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13th Jan '17 4:25:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''MassEffectTheEquestrianEquation'', System AR-43281, the star system where Equestria is located, at first appears to be nothing but uninhabitable planets with absolutely nothing of interest or value. This trips EDI's logic filters because the odds of there being a star system ''that'' bland, with absolutely ''nothing'' of value, is so small that they have either found the most impossibly generic and uninteresting star system in the galaxy, [[LopsidedDichotomy or their scanners are being fed false data]].
* In ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'', the mastermind doesn't want the other students to try and guess that their true identity is [[spoiler: Saemi Sasagawa]], so they blank out the name and any information on [[spoiler: Shuuya Kuronaga]] in documents so if they find out his talent they'll think it's him. Takara isn't fooled though, and points out how Monokuma's behavior is strange for as [[spoiler: assassin]].

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* In ''MassEffectTheEquestrianEquation'', ''FanFic/MassEffectTheEquestrianEquation'', System AR-43281, the star system where Equestria is located, at first appears to be nothing but uninhabitable planets with absolutely nothing of interest or value. This trips EDI's logic filters because the odds of there being a star system ''that'' bland, with absolutely ''nothing'' of value, is so small that they have either found the most impossibly generic and uninteresting star system in the galaxy, [[LopsidedDichotomy or their scanners are being fed false data]].
* In ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'', the mastermind doesn't want the other students to try and guess that their true identity is [[spoiler: Saemi Sasagawa]], so they blank out the name and any information on [[spoiler: Shuuya Kuronaga]] in documents so if they find out his talent they'll think it's him. Takara isn't fooled though, and points out how Monokuma's behavior is strange for as [[spoiler: assassin]].[[spoiler:assassin]].
13th Jan '17 4:03:01 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In "Operation: E.N.D.", someone up in global command tampers with the KND database, upping the ages of Sector V to thirteen, causing Numbuh 86 to go after them for mandatory decommissioning. Numbuh 1 searches for the perpetrator and the reason as to why this happened, rejecting help from Chad (Numubuh 274), who informed him of the conspiracy ahead of the decommissioning squad. As it turned out, ''Chad'' was responsible for what happened, in order to cover up the fact that ''he'' was turning thirteen (he falsified his age months ago, but his parents decided to throw a birthday party, forcing him to decommission ''everyone'' on the mailing list, starting with Sector V). And all Nigel had to do was look at his mail to find out.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In "Operation: E.N.D.", someone up in global command tampers with the KND database, upping the ages of Sector V to thirteen, causing Numbuh 86 to go after them for mandatory decommissioning. Numbuh 1 searches for the perpetrator and the reason as to why this happened, rejecting help from Chad (Numubuh (Numbuh 274), who informed him of the conspiracy ahead of the decommissioning squad. As it turned out, ''Chad'' was responsible for what happened, in order to cover up the fact that ''he'' was turning thirteen (he falsified his age months ago, but his parents decided to throw a birthday party, forcing him to decommission ''everyone'' on the mailing list, starting with Sector V). And all Nigel had to do was look at his mail to find out.
6th Jan '17 9:29:14 PM billybobfred
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* In ''MassEffectTheEquestrianEquation'', System AR-43281, the star system where Equestria is located, at first appears to be nothing but uninhabitable planets with absolutely nothing of interest or value. This trips EDI's logic filters because the odds of there being a star system ''that'' bland, with absolutely ''nothing'' of value, is so small that they have either found the most impossibly generic and uninteresting star system in the galaxy, or their scanners are being fed false data.

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* In ''MassEffectTheEquestrianEquation'', System AR-43281, the star system where Equestria is located, at first appears to be nothing but uninhabitable planets with absolutely nothing of interest or value. This trips EDI's logic filters because the odds of there being a star system ''that'' bland, with absolutely ''nothing'' of value, is so small that they have either found the most impossibly generic and uninteresting star system in the galaxy, [[LopsidedDichotomy or their scanners are being fed false data.data]].
6th Jan '17 4:39:37 PM TheSinful
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* To cover up her new body's miraculous recovery in ''[[http://ficwad.com/story/213011 Eroninja]]'', Kyuubi releases a pulse of healing chakra that fully heals everyone in the village. A single long term coma patient suddenly recovering would raise several eyebrows, but with hundreds of patients recovering from illnesses, lost limbs, and more, she's not even a blip on the radar.
29th Dec '16 2:15:06 PM upupandaway42
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* In the Series/AgentCarter episode [[Recap/AgentCarterS2E1TheLadyInTheLake "The Lady in the Lake"]], [[spoiler: [[DirtyCop Detective]] Henry]] has been hired to dump the body of Jane Scott, an Isodyne physicist killed [[spoiler: by accidental exposure to Zero Matter]]. Dumping the body causes the lake to freeze over (in the middle of the hottest day of summer in L.A.), alerting the SSR that something strange is going on and kicking off Peggy's investigation.
23rd Dec '16 1:32:33 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* This very wiki sometimes falls into this, through badly placed spoiler tags. For example, if someone apparently dies (only to show up again many issues later), and an article describes it as "her [[spoiler:apparent]] death"... there are very few words that would fit into that spot, and most of them indicate that the person's still around in some sense. So unless we all get into the habit of saying "her [[spoiler:real, permanent, not a dream, not a robot, not an imaginary story!]] death", it's probably best to stick the spoiler at the end, where it could mean any number of things, including things that happened to someone else entirely.

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* This very wiki sometimes falls into this, through badly placed this when it comes to spoilers.
** Badly-placed
spoiler tags.tags can do this. For example, if someone apparently dies (only to show up again many issues later), and an article describes it as "her [[spoiler:apparent]] death"... there are very few words that would fit into that spot, and most of them indicate that the person's still around in some sense. So unless we all get into the habit of saying "her [[spoiler:real, permanent, not a dream, not a robot, not an imaginary story!]] death", it's probably best to stick the spoiler at the end, where it could mean any number of things, including things that happened to someone else entirely.entirely.
** Likewise, this is the entire reason why we have the WalkingSpoiler trope. If you're reading the "Characters" subpage for a work, and you notice that a character has more than half of his or her entries whited out -- often to the point where even ''trope names'' are covered up -- you're probably looking at a character who is at the center of a major twist, such as him or her turning out to be a villain, dying early, or having an important secret.
12th Dec '16 8:43:32 AM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/ClockTower 3'' has the protagonist's grandfather plan to sacrifice the protagonist when she turns 15 in order to gain immortality as an evil creature. To accomplish this he sends strange letters, sets up traps and throws her into various evil settings. Along the way, she clues in that something very wrong is going down, awakens her evil-fighting powers, and hones her combat skills by killing off other evil creatures; by the time he finally confronts her, she is ready to take him down. The alternative, not pulling any of that crap and just welcome her home, celebrate her birthday and then suddenly sacrifice her when the time is right, doesn't really occur to him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II: Tides of Darkness'': King Aiden Perenolde of Alterac made a secret alliance with the Horde. To cover the orcs' mining operations in the Hinterlands, he plots a [[StagedPopulistUprising peasant revolt]] in the township of Tyr's Hand, which only succeeds in bringing the attention of the Alliance to the region, who send the Silver Hand to investigate and then destroy the Horde presence. Not deterred by this failure, Perenolde then tries to have Lord Uther assassinated, thus revealing to him Alterac's betrayal.

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* ''VideoGame/ClockTower 3'' ''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' has the protagonist's grandfather plan to sacrifice the protagonist when she turns 15 in order to gain immortality as an evil creature. To accomplish this he sends strange letters, sets up traps and throws her into various evil settings. Along the way, she clues in that something very wrong is going down, awakens her evil-fighting powers, and hones her combat skills by killing off other evil creatures; by the time he finally confronts her, she is ready to take him down. The alternative, not pulling any of that crap and just welcome her home, celebrate her birthday and then suddenly sacrifice her when the time is right, doesn't really occur to him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II: ''VideoGame/WarCraftII: Tides of Darkness'': King Aiden Perenolde of Alterac made a secret alliance with the Horde. To cover the orcs' mining operations in the Hinterlands, he plots a [[StagedPopulistUprising peasant revolt]] in the township of Tyr's Hand, which only succeeds in bringing the attention of the Alliance to the region, who send the Silver Hand to investigate and then destroy the Horde presence. Not deterred by this failure, Perenolde then tries to have Lord Uther assassinated, thus revealing to him Alterac's betrayal.
8th Dec '16 7:50:32 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/262093/chapters/410390 Enemy Mine]]'', this is mentioned as a potential issue with silencing spells, which prevent the victim from communicating about certain subjects (and are incidentally highly illegal). Don't be thorough enough with what you forbid and your victim can indirectly communicate what you don't want them to, but if you exert ''too much'' control, then it's more likely that the spell will fall into this trope- and putting a silencing spell on someone means an instant death sentence if you're caught.
5th Dec '16 2:44:56 AM Luc
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* ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is one of the few times that the usual FridgeLogic associated with this trope is avoided; while Fagin, Sikes and Co. were reasonably safe, in that Oliver wasn't inclined to talk about them, they did not know that for certain, and their already committed crimes would be enough to hang them anyway.
28th Nov '16 6:10:25 AM AG1995
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* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'': The culprit of the third trial falls afoul of this in trying to make their [[spoiler:first]] victim look like they committed suicide. [[spoiler:As the Ultimate Nurse, Mikan should have been able to tell that Ibuki had died of ''strangulation'' rather than hanging, despite the killer hanging the body afterwards]].
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