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19th Jun '17 10:52:23 PM TheSinful
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* Literature/HarryPotter in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9443327/1/A-third-Path-to-the-Future A Third Path to the Future]]'' is immune to telepathy but in such a way that telepaths since a void when they try to read his mind, basically announcing that he's blocking them.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9049136/1/Lay-Down-Your-Burdens Lay Down Your Burdens]]'', Naruto notes how terrible the security on Kushina's unclassified file is as both her marital status and offspring are classified. As Naruto puts it, "You don't hide that she's married and has a kid by stating she does."
10th Jun '17 3:24:59 AM lillolillo
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** When villains Blockhouse and Jolt kidnap Lois Lane, they cover the inner walls of their hideout with lead, so Superman cannot find them with his x-ray vision. However, the lead covering makes the building stick out like a sore thumb to Superman, since it was the ''only'' thing he couldn't see through. This isn't the only time criminals try the trick and have it backfire on them.

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** When villains Blockhouse and Jolt kidnap Lois Lane, Comicbook/LoisLane, they cover the inner walls of their hideout with lead, so Superman cannot find them with his x-ray vision. However, the lead covering makes the building stick out like a sore thumb to Superman, since it was the ''only'' thing he couldn't see through. This isn't the only time criminals try the trick and have it backfire on them.



* In a Silver Age story, Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor sets in motion a bullying campaign to cover up her uncle Lex's latest ploy to kill Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} as luring the Girl of Steel out. Her bullying spree indeed drew Supergirl's attention... so she spied on Nasty and found out about Comicbook/LexLuthor's whole sceme.



* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', Carthoris is framed for Thuvia's kidnapping. Not his love would have let him leave the matter alone, but it always helps, to implicate his honor.

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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' novel "Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', Mars", Carthoris is framed for Thuvia's kidnapping. Not his love would have let him leave the matter alone, but it always helps, to implicate his honor.
2nd Jun '17 12:34:20 PM StFan
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* In the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' storyline "Blind Justice", an investment banker who thinks his favourite employee may have overheard his unsavoury business dealings has him arbitarily fired so he won't be a target. This is a revealing coverup ''twice''; it attracts his criminal associates' attention to the employee, which is exactly what he wanted to avoid, and the employee himself goes straight to Matt Murdock to talk about a wrongful dismissal suit.

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* In the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' storyline "Blind Justice", an investment banker who thinks his favourite employee may have overheard his unsavoury business dealings has him arbitarily fired so he won't be a target. This is a revealing coverup cover-up ''twice''; it attracts his criminal associates' attention to the employee, which is exactly what he wanted to avoid, and the employee himself goes straight to Matt Murdock to talk about a wrongful dismissal suit.



* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': At the climax of the battle for the High temple of Crowned Death, Ami gets posessed by both [[BattleInThecenterOfTheMind Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect]], and her [[BigDamnHeroes sister Tiger]]. As a result, scrying no longer works on her. Furthermore, due to the high percentage of the Light-affiliated mages distracted by the battle, Ami's Lightworlder allies immeadiately suspect RevealingCoverup. Ami, of course, didn't intend this at all. However, in light of her reputation as a class-one MagnificentBastard, she decides correcting them to be more trouble than it's worth.
* In ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}'', the SGC are being threatened with the public figuring out what's going on behind the scenes. The truth is that Anubis has attacked Earth but they obviously can't tell the public that. So instead of trying to cover up the attack, they pull out a unique version of SarcasticConfession, ''[[BatmanGambit posing the aliens as coverup of something else and leaking THAT out to the public in order to make the aliens appear as just another conspiracy theory]]''. And it works!

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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': At the climax of the battle for the High temple of Crowned Death, Ami gets posessed by both [[BattleInThecenterOfTheMind Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect]], and her [[BigDamnHeroes sister Tiger]]. As a result, scrying no longer works on her. Furthermore, due to the high percentage of the Light-affiliated mages distracted by the battle, Ami's Lightworlder allies immeadiately immediately suspect RevealingCoverup.something. Ami, of course, didn't intend this at all. However, in light of her reputation as a class-one MagnificentBastard, she decides correcting them to be more trouble than it's worth.
* In ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}'', the SGC are being threatened with the public figuring out what's going on behind the scenes. The truth is that Anubis has attacked Earth but they obviously can't tell the public that. So instead of trying to cover up the attack, they pull out a unique version of SarcasticConfession, ''[[BatmanGambit posing the aliens as coverup cover-up of something else and leaking THAT out to the public in order to make the aliens appear as just another conspiracy theory]]''. And it works!



* ''Film/MinorityReport'': John Anderton, a detective who uses advanced psychic technology to prevent murders before they ever happen, is accused of a future attempt at murder. The thing is, from the get go this makes no sense, so the killer provides lots and lots of evidence for Danny Witwer, the detective chasing Anderton, to ensure that it all goes off to plan. Witwer, however, is instantly suspicious of the "OrgyOfEvidence". The killer framed Anderton because he feared that he might discover the truth about a previous coverup. So the revealing coverup with Anderton was staged to prevent another coverup from becoming revealing. [[spoiler: Naturally enough, it all comes down around their ears in a very public fashion.]]

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* ''Film/MinorityReport'': John Anderton, a detective who uses advanced psychic technology to prevent murders before they ever happen, is accused of a future attempt at murder. The thing is, from the get go this makes no sense, so the killer provides lots and lots of evidence for Danny Witwer, the detective chasing Anderton, to ensure that it all goes off to plan. Witwer, however, is instantly suspicious of the "OrgyOfEvidence". The killer framed Anderton because he feared that he might discover the truth about a previous coverup. cover-up. So the revealing coverup cover-up with Anderton was staged to prevent another coverup cover-up from becoming revealing. [[spoiler: Naturally enough, it all comes down around their ears in a very public fashion.]]



* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', it's the Kanes' coverup of [[spoiler:what they believed to be]] the circumstances of Lily's death that alerts Keith to their dishonesty.

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* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', it's the Kanes' coverup cover-up of [[spoiler:what they believed to be]] the circumstances of Lily's death that alerts Keith to their dishonesty.



* ''VideoGame/LANoire'': You know, it may have just been the deadlines and lack of serious threats talking, but burning down entire houses with families still alive in them is NOT a good way to hush up a government-level scam. Cole proceeds to crack the case wide open. Sadly, his rival remixes the coverup so that the corrupt higher-ups are arrested, but the multibillion dollar redevelopment project (read: highway that made Los Angeles a megacity) goes ahead.

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* ''VideoGame/LANoire'': You know, it may have just been the deadlines and lack of serious threats talking, but burning down entire houses with families still alive in them is NOT a good way to hush up a government-level scam. Cole proceeds to crack the case wide open. Sadly, his rival remixes the coverup cover-up so that the corrupt higher-ups are arrested, but the multibillion dollar redevelopment project (read: highway that made Los Angeles a megacity) goes ahead.



* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'', where agents Fitz and Nema use BadBadActing to "coverup" nonexistent conspiracies, in order to distract from their own.

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* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'', where agents Fitz and Nema use BadBadActing to "coverup" "cover-up" nonexistent conspiracies, in order to distract from their own.



* Often the only convictions that result in a scandal come from the coverup, rather than the actual crime. Partly, this is because in the United States, obstruction of justice laws are so broad that they can be interpreted to cover almost anything. Sometimes it's because the real evidence was destroyed in the coverup, and so the only evidence left is ''for'' the coverup. Finally, when confronting a defendant who they feel is guilty but without enough evidence to convict, a jury will search for some lesser charge like obstruction to nail them on.

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* Often the only convictions that result in a scandal come from the coverup, cover-up, rather than the actual crime. Partly, this is because in the United States, obstruction of justice laws are so broad that they can be interpreted to cover almost anything. Sometimes it's because the real evidence was destroyed in the coverup, cover-up, and so the only evidence left is ''for'' the coverup.cover-up. Finally, when confronting a defendant who they feel is guilty but without enough evidence to convict, a jury will search for some lesser charge like obstruction to nail them on.



** Bill Clinton famously was impeached over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. However, while tacky and morally reprehensible, his affair wasn't actually illegal. He was indicted over perjuring himself by lying to a grand jury to cover the affair up. His defenders argued that it was mostly political, and that the "crime" itself was so silly that the coverup shouldn't be prosecutable.

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** Bill Clinton famously was impeached over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. However, while tacky and morally reprehensible, his affair wasn't actually illegal. He was indicted over perjuring himself by lying to a grand jury to cover the affair up. His defenders argued that it was mostly political, and that the "crime" itself was so silly that the coverup cover-up shouldn't be prosecutable.
2nd Jun '17 12:32:48 PM StFan
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->'''Father Brown:''' For an intelligent murderer, such as you or I might be, it is an impossible plan to make sure that nobody is looking at you.
->'''Flambeau:''' But what other plan is there?
->'''Father Brown:''' There is only one...To make sure that everybody is looking at something else.

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->'''Father Brown:''' For an intelligent murderer, such as you or I might be, it is an impossible plan to make sure that nobody is looking at you.
->'''Flambeau:'''
you.\\
'''Flambeau:'''
But what other plan is there?
->'''Father
there?\\
'''Father
Brown:''' There is only one...To one... to make sure that everybody is looking at something else.



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* The UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper conspiracy graphic novel ''Comicbook/FromHell'', and the real-life Prince Albert Victor-centric conspiracy theory it dramatizes, hinges on the monarch of the world's most powerful nation being so threatened by the possibility of unsubstantiated (though true) allegations from four London prostitutes that she has them all murdered.
** Not only murdered, but killed in such a needlessly elaborate and gruesome way that it inevitably attracts the attention of half the country, never mind the obsessive detective.
** Though Victoria only wanted the situation quietly taken care of. It was her bad luck that the man she picked to do it turned out to be an increasingly insane psychopath who insisted on mutilating the bodies in an ever more shocking and attention drawing fashion.
* When Franchise/{{Superman}} villains Blockhouse and Jolt kidnap Lois Lane, they cover the inner walls of their hideout with lead, so Superman cannot find them with his x-ray vision. However, the lead covering makes the building stick out like a sore thumb to Superman, since it was the ''only'' thing he couldn't see through. This isn't the only time criminals try the trick and have it backfire on them.
* In another case involving Superman, a group of crooks were running a scam with one pretending to be the Man of Steel and asking for money to guard various valuables. This attracts ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's attention, as not only did the fake Supes fail to recognize him, but also he was aware that Superman would never ask for money for his services. The scam attracts further suspicion when Jimmy attacks and is easily able to give the fake Superman trouble, causing the crook to yell for his partners to shoot him "before he ruins everything!" A little late for that...

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* The UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper conspiracy graphic novel ''Comicbook/FromHell'', and the real-life Prince Albert Victor-centric conspiracy theory it dramatizes, hinges on the monarch of the world's most powerful nation being so threatened by the possibility of unsubstantiated (though true) allegations from four London prostitutes that she has them all murdered.
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murdered. Not only murdered, but killed in such a needlessly elaborate and gruesome way that it inevitably attracts the attention of half the country, never mind the obsessive detective.
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detective. Though Victoria only wanted the situation quietly taken care of. It was her bad luck that the man she picked to do it turned out to be an increasingly insane psychopath who insisted on mutilating the bodies in an ever more shocking and attention drawing fashion.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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When Franchise/{{Superman}} villains Blockhouse and Jolt kidnap Lois Lane, they cover the inner walls of their hideout with lead, so Superman cannot find them with his x-ray vision. However, the lead covering makes the building stick out like a sore thumb to Superman, since it was the ''only'' thing he couldn't see through. This isn't the only time criminals try the trick and have it backfire on them.
* ** In another case involving Superman, a group of crooks were running a scam with one pretending to be the Man of Steel and asking for money to guard various valuables. This attracts ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's attention, as not only did the fake Supes fail to recognize him, but also he was aware that Superman would never ask for money for his services. The scam attracts further suspicion when Jimmy attacks and is easily able to give the fake Superman trouble, causing the crook to yell for his partners to shoot him "before he ruins everything!" A little late for that...



* In the ''Spirou'' comic "L'ombre du Z", mad scientist Zorglub keeps his jungle base in Palombia hidden by mind-controlling fliers into ignoring everything when they fly over the area. The heroes discover the location by looking up aerial survey photos and finding one page with a huge blank spot, as the photographer "forgot" to take that picture.

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* In the ''Spirou'' ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' comic "L'ombre ''L'ombre du Z", Z'', mad scientist Zorglub keeps his jungle base in Palombia hidden by mind-controlling fliers into ignoring everything when they fly over the area. The heroes discover the location by looking up aerial survey photos and finding one page with a huge blank spot, as the photographer "forgot" to take that picture.



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* At the climax of the [[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi battle for the High temple of Crowned Death]], Ami gets posessed by both [[BattleInThecenterOfTheMind Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect]], and her [[BigDamnHeroes sister Tiger]]. As a result, scrying no longer works on her. Furthermore, due to the high percentage of the Light-affiliated mages distracted by the battle, Ami's Lightworlder allies immeadiately suspect RevealingCoverup. Ami, of course, didn't intend this at all. However, in light of her reputation as a class-one MagnificentBastard, she decides correcting them to be more trouble than it's worth.
* In ''FanFic/{{XSGCOM}}'', the SGC are being threatened with the public figuring out what's going on behind the scenes. The truth is that Anubis has attacked Earth but they obviously can't tell the public that. So instead of trying to cover up the attack, they pull out a unique version of SarcasticConfession, ''[[BatmanGambit posing the aliens as coverup of something else and leaking THAT out to the public in order to make the aliens appear as just another conspiracy theory]]''. And it works!
* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry explains this is why he doesn't simply deny the crazy rumours about him which ''aren't'' true.
* ''FanFic/DeathNoteEquestria'': At one point, [[VillainProtagonist Twilight]] gets a pony killed in front of the cameras to give herself an alibi. The problem is, she needed to mind-control the reporter to make sure the cameras get there. The reporter was supposed to die later and be overlooked by investigators... except that having her death already assigned, she is now impossible to kill ahead of schedule. This complicates matters immensely when she gets drawn back into the plot due to unforeseen circumstances.
* In ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' L concludes that since Kira took the time to tamper with evidence and [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wipe their memories]]]] there must be a way to defeat Kira.

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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': At the climax of the [[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi battle for the High temple of Crowned Death]], Death, Ami gets posessed by both [[BattleInThecenterOfTheMind Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect]], and her [[BigDamnHeroes sister Tiger]]. As a result, scrying no longer works on her. Furthermore, due to the high percentage of the Light-affiliated mages distracted by the battle, Ami's Lightworlder allies immeadiately suspect RevealingCoverup. Ami, of course, didn't intend this at all. However, in light of her reputation as a class-one MagnificentBastard, she decides correcting them to be more trouble than it's worth.
* In ''FanFic/{{XSGCOM}}'', ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}'', the SGC are being threatened with the public figuring out what's going on behind the scenes. The truth is that Anubis has attacked Earth but they obviously can't tell the public that. So instead of trying to cover up the attack, they pull out a unique version of SarcasticConfession, ''[[BatmanGambit posing the aliens as coverup of something else and leaking THAT out to the public in order to make the aliens appear as just another conspiracy theory]]''. And it works!
* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry explains this is why he doesn't simply deny the crazy rumours about him which ''aren't'' true.
* ''FanFic/DeathNoteEquestria'': ''Fanfic/DeathNoteEquestria'': At one point, [[VillainProtagonist Twilight]] gets a pony killed in front of the cameras to give herself an alibi. The problem is, she needed to mind-control the reporter to make sure the cameras get there. The reporter was supposed to die later and be overlooked by investigators... except that having her death already assigned, she is now impossible to kill ahead of schedule. This complicates matters immensely when she gets drawn back into the plot due to unforeseen circumstances.
* In ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' ''Fanfic/FeverDreams'' L concludes that since Kira took the time to tamper with evidence and [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wipe their memories]]]] there must be a way to defeat Kira.



* Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse has a RequiredSecondaryPowers version of this. Trixie's original invisibility spell doesn't have silencing effects, which allows Octavia to hear her hoofsteps... but when the former casts a silencing spell, the latter is able to notice the unusual silence that shouldn't be there and use that to work out where she is.
* In ''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]].
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Maledict sends Tsali to kill Venus after she steals tons of classified information from the Demon government. Tsali eventually finishes her off - but not before she reveals that bits of the information she found pertains to him. This makes Tsali intensely suspicious of Maledict and leads him to go find out what she learned [[spoiler: which ends up with him discovering the conspiracy behind both him the Metarex War - and wrecking Maledict's entire master plan]].

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* Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has a RequiredSecondaryPowers version of this. Trixie's original invisibility spell doesn't have silencing effects, which allows Octavia to hear her hoofsteps... but when the former casts a silencing spell, the latter is able to notice the unusual silence that shouldn't be there and use that to work out where she is.
* In ''FanFic/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'', ''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]].
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Maledict sends Tsali to kill Venus after she steals tons of classified information from the Demon government. Tsali eventually finishes her off - -- but not before she reveals that bits of the information she found pertains to him. This makes Tsali intensely suspicious of Maledict and leads him to go find out what she learned [[spoiler: which ends up with him discovering the conspiracy behind both him the Metarex War - -- and wrecking Maledict's entire master plan]].



* 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.
* Literature/HarryPotter learns the hard way in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8501689/20/The-Havoc-side-of-the-Force The Havoc Side of the Force]]'' that while the Fidelius Charm perfectly hides a location or piece of information on Earth, it's less effective in a [[Franchise/StarWars galaxy far, far away]]. Because anyone Force sensitive can sense how magic tears at the Force, to them the space around Harry's new space station feels like a chaotic maelstrom. They can't find the space station itself but as Harry notes, it's like a giant neon sign announcing there's something hidden there.

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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 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.
* Literature/HarryPotter learns the hard way in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8501689/20/The-Havoc-side-of-the-Force The Havoc Side of the Force]]'' that while the Fidelius Charm perfectly hides a location or piece of information on Earth, it's less effective in a [[Franchise/StarWars galaxy far, far away]]. Because anyone Force sensitive Force-sensitive can sense how magic tears at the Force, to them the space around Harry's new space station feels like a chaotic maelstrom. They can't find the space station itself but as Harry notes, it's like a giant neon sign announcing there's something hidden there.



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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Ultron kills Baron Strucker and uses his blood to write "peace" on the wall behind him. Most of the team assumes this is just grandstanding until Natasha points out he already gave them a whole speech on his motives. She confirms this by checking their files on Strucker - and finding that Ultron has conspicuously deleted them.

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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Ultron kills Baron Strucker and uses his blood to write "peace" on the wall behind him. Most of the team assumes this is just grandstanding until Natasha points out he already gave them a whole speech on his motives. She confirms this by checking their files on Strucker - -- and finding that Ultron has conspicuously deleted them.



* ''Film/JamesBond''
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', SPECTRE could have completed their scheme if they hadn't given themselves away on ''three'' separate occasions, all but red flags to Film/JamesBond and Tiger Tanaka. The first was one where Bond finds a photo of a cargo vessel with a secret message saying the tourists who took the photo were killed, leading him to wonder what in the photo was worth killing for (of course, the photo was in a safe in an office building Bond broke into, perhaps a reasonable level of security...but it makes one wonder why they bothered to save the photo in the first place). In the second, Bond was doing an aerial search and was about to give up when he was attacked by 4 choppers. They obviously had to have come from SPECTRE, whose base therefore had to be in the general area. Lastly Bond learns of a local woman's mysterious death in a cave, which leads to him and Kissy to investigate it, dodge the poison gas trap and find SPECTRE's base.

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* ''Film/JamesBond''
''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', SPECTRE could have completed their scheme if they hadn't given themselves away on ''three'' separate occasions, all but red flags to Film/JamesBond James Bond and Tiger Tanaka. The first was one where Bond finds a photo of a cargo vessel with a secret message saying the tourists who took the photo were killed, leading him to wonder what in the photo was worth killing for (of course, the photo was in a safe in an office building Bond broke into, perhaps a reasonable level of security...but it makes one wonder why they bothered to save the photo in the first place). In the second, Bond was doing an aerial search and was about to give up when he was attacked by 4 choppers. They obviously had to have come from SPECTRE, whose base therefore had to be in the general area. Lastly Bond learns of a local woman's mysterious death in a cave, which leads to him and Kissy to investigate it, dodge the poison gas trap and find SPECTRE's base.



-->'''The Great Rinaldi''': You had every reason to hate him. What did you do with him, Gallico? How did you get rid of it? ''[indicating the retort in the center of the room]'' Was this thing already built and hidden away, waiting for a job like that?\\
'''Don Gallico''': Ormond was seen alive two weeks ago. The Prentisses identified him.\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': That didn't have to be him.\\
'''Don Gallico''': Who else could it have been?\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': It could have been you, Gallico. From what Ormond told me you are a clever man, developed a wonderful new makeup, something new in the theater. Something that might be used offstage too. Only a man who dreams up illusions would think of such a thing, and only people of the theater would know it was possible.

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-->'''The Great Rinaldi''': Rinaldi:''' You had every reason to hate him. What did you do with him, Gallico? How did you get rid of it? ''[indicating the retort in the center of the room]'' Was this thing already built and hidden away, waiting for a job like that?\\
'''Don Gallico''': Gallico:''' Ormond was seen alive two weeks ago. The Prentisses identified him.\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': Rinaldi:''' That didn't have to be him.\\
'''Don Gallico''': Gallico:''' Who else could it have been?\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': Rinaldi:''' It could have been you, Gallico. From what Ormond told me you are a clever man, developed a wonderful new makeup, something new in the theater. Something that might be used offstage too. Only a man who dreams up illusions would think of such a thing, and only people of the theater would know it was possible.



* Similar to the above, ''{{Film/Shooter}}'' is about a sniper who is set up as the fall guy for a failed presidential assassination. It turns out that the senator who funded the job was joking about killing the president -- it was the African ambassador next to him that was a serious threat. As the real killer puts it, "What better way to kill a man in plain sight of one million Americans than by shooting him right next to the president?" By the end of the movie, the sniper successfully uncovers the mass murder of third world tribes for oil pipelines to the Secretary of Defense, but the senator is too high up / the crime is foreign so it isn't in American jurisdiction. So said sniper just kills them all. And ironically covers it up so that the senator's hitman looks like the shooter.
** Agent Nick Memphis smells fish when the police officer who got a shot at the alleged-would-be assassin of the President dies few days later in a "botched robbery".

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* Similar to the above, ''{{Film/Shooter}}'' is about a sniper who is set up as the fall guy for a failed presidential assassination. It turns out that the senator who funded the job was joking about killing the president -- it was the African ambassador next to him that was a serious threat. As the real killer puts it, "What better way to kill a man in plain sight of one million Americans than by shooting him right next to the president?" By the end of the movie, the sniper successfully uncovers the mass murder of third world tribes for oil pipelines to the Secretary of Defense, but the senator is too high up / the crime is foreign so it isn't in American jurisdiction. So said sniper just kills them all. And ironically covers it up so that the senator's hitman looks like the shooter.
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shooter. Agent Nick Memphis smells fish when the police officer who got a shot at the alleged-would-be assassin of the President dies few days later in a "botched robbery".



* Lyra Silvertongue, in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials,'' carries out this skill with the modifiers of being [[GuileHero the hero]] and a [[LittleMissBadass twelve-year-old girl.]] Her strategy, when she finds out that the cops are looking for her companion, Will, is to talk to the cops themselves, pretending that Will is her brother, to throw them off the trail. Will, who prefers to blend in and go completely unnoticed, finds this very irritating.
* A humorous version in the Carol Higgins Clark novel ''Jinxed.'' A con artist passing himself off as a well-to-do man is about to marry an heiress but concerned that her sister will recognize him from the acting class they both attended. He thus gets his brother to kidnap her until the wedding is done but things get wildly complicated and in the end, he's arrested for the kidnapping and several crimes. The kicker: The sister never paid any attention to him in that class, has no idea who he is and thus he would have married into money if he hadn't done all this.
* OlderThanSteam-- ''Literature/DonQuixote'' presents a parody: In his first sally, DaydreamBeliever Alonso Quijano [[MadDreamer pretends he is]] KnightErrant don Quixote. He tries to live the MedievalEuropeanFantasy in RealLife Spain. He doesn’t find any [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]], [[RobeAndWizardHat enchanters]] nor any DamselInDistress. He is very disappointed when he comes back to his house, where his family and two {{Moral Guardian}}s have [[BookBurning burned]] his ChivalricRomance books. To avoid Don Quixote’s ire, the Moral Guardians advise the family to tell him, literally, that AWizardDidIt. That excuse was the Don Quixote’s first contact with the MedievalEuropeanFantasy he so desperately wanted to live! If the Moral Guardians had told him the truth, he never would have persevered in his madness.

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* Lyra Silvertongue, in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials,'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', carries out this skill with the modifiers of being [[GuileHero the hero]] and a [[LittleMissBadass twelve-year-old girl.]] Her strategy, when she finds out that the cops are looking for her companion, Will, is to talk to the cops themselves, pretending that Will is her brother, to throw them off the trail. Will, who prefers to blend in and go completely unnoticed, finds this very irritating.
* A humorous version in the Carol Higgins Clark novel ''Jinxed.'' ''Jinxed''. A con artist passing himself off as a well-to-do man is about to marry an heiress but concerned that her sister will recognize him from the acting class they both attended. He thus gets his brother to kidnap her until the wedding is done but things get wildly complicated and in the end, he's arrested for the kidnapping and several crimes. The kicker: The sister never paid any attention to him in that class, has no idea who he is and thus he would have married into money if he hadn't done all this.
* OlderThanSteam-- OlderThanSteam -- ''Literature/DonQuixote'' presents a parody: In his first sally, DaydreamBeliever Alonso Quijano [[MadDreamer pretends he is]] KnightErrant don Quixote. He tries to live the MedievalEuropeanFantasy in RealLife Spain. He doesn’t doesn't find any [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]], [[RobeAndWizardHat enchanters]] nor any DamselInDistress. He is very disappointed when he comes back to his house, where his family and two {{Moral Guardian}}s have [[BookBurning burned]] his ChivalricRomance books. To avoid Don Quixote’s Quixote's ire, the Moral Guardians advise the family to tell him, literally, that AWizardDidIt. That excuse was the Don Quixote’s Quixote's first contact with the MedievalEuropeanFantasy he so desperately wanted to live! If the Moral Guardians had told him the truth, he never would have persevered in his madness.



-->'''Alexis:''' So by trying to look smart they were actually being stupid?\\

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-->'''Alexis:''' --->'''Alexis:''' So by trying to look smart they were actually being stupid?\\



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: A fake UFO crash was organized by real aliens among the British government to cause worldwide panic and distract attention from ''themselves'' and such "non-noteworthy" events as the "disappearance" of the Prime Minister. While this did allow them to take over 10 Downing Street, wipe out most of the country's alien-invasion experts (who were intentionally gathered in Number Ten to discuss the crash, so they could be taken out) and gain access to the British nuclear arsenal, it also alerted the Doctor and Rose Tyler to their presence.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Aliens of London"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World London]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree World War Three"]]: Three]]": A fake UFO crash was organized by real aliens among the British government to cause worldwide panic and distract attention from ''themselves'' and such "non-noteworthy" events as the "disappearance" of the Prime Minister. While this did allow them to take over 10 Downing Street, wipe out most of the country's alien-invasion experts (who were intentionally gathered in Number Ten to discuss the crash, so they could be taken out) and gain access to the British nuclear arsenal, it also alerted the Doctor and Rose Tyler to their presence.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]]: There's a murderer prowling the streets of VictorianLondon who makes a point of partially burning the bodies of all of his victims; Madame Vastra correctly deduces that he's harvesting the victims' organs, then burning the bodies so the police can't tell what's missing.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]]: "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath Deep Breath]]": There's a murderer prowling the streets of VictorianLondon who makes a point of partially burning the bodies of all of his victims; Madame Vastra correctly deduces that he's harvesting the victims' organs, then burning the bodies so the police can't tell what's missing.



** ''Series/AgentCarter'': In [[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.

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** ''Series/AgentCarter'': In [[Recap/AgentCarterS2E1TheLadyInTheLake "The "[[Recap/AgentCarterS2E1TheLadyInTheLake The Lady in the Lake"]], 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.



-->'''Peter:''' ...Why do I find that hard to believe?
-->'''Willis "Diamondback" Stryker:''' ''[enters, grinning]'' [[TooCleverByHalf Because you're smart and stupid at the same time!]]
-->'''Jacques:''' Diamondback, what are you doing here?
-->'''Willis "Diamondback" Stryker:''' You invited me. By ''not'' inviting me.

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-->'''Peter:''' ...--->'''Peter:''' ... Why do I find that hard to believe?
-->'''Willis
believe?\\
'''Willis
"Diamondback" Stryker:''' ''[enters, grinning]'' [[TooCleverByHalf Because you're smart and stupid at the same time!]]
-->'''Jacques:'''
time!]]\\
'''Jacques:'''
Diamondback, what are you doing here?
-->'''Willis
here?\\
'''Willis
"Diamondback" Stryker:''' You invited me. By ''not'' inviting me.



* This was the plot of the bad guys in the second season ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' episode "Rampage". [[spoiler:A man (who was a perfectly innocent civilian dad aside from having a brown belt in martial arts) was blackmailed into going on a shooting rampage in the FBI building and provoke an emergency evacuation in order to cover up getting a list of key witnesses in a trial out of the building. In a slight subversion, while the FBI was able to connect the shooter to the criminal, the guy was off the grid. The break came when Charlie analyzed the shooter's path, discovering that the only conscious choice he had made was to avoid shooting two people, one of whom was carrying the list.]]

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* This was the plot of the bad guys in the second season ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' ''Series/Numb3rs'' episode "Rampage". [[spoiler:A man (who was a perfectly innocent civilian dad aside from having a brown belt in martial arts) was blackmailed into going on a shooting rampage in the FBI building and provoke an emergency evacuation in order to cover up getting a list of key witnesses in a trial out of the building. In a slight subversion, while the FBI was able to connect the shooter to the criminal, the guy was off the grid. The break came when Charlie analyzed the shooter's path, discovering that the only conscious choice he had made was to avoid shooting two people, one of whom was carrying the list.]]



* An episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had a tourist hire the Simon Brothers to find out why she was the victim of a series of petty thefts: first her camera, then her purse, then her hotel room was broken into... Turned out she'd snapped a picture that showed a man someplace he wasn't supposed to be in the background, and he was trying to get the film. (She had already dropped it off to be developed, when he started stealing her stuff looking for it.)

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* An episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had has a tourist hire the Simon Brothers to find out why she was the victim of a series of petty thefts: first her camera, then her purse, then her hotel room was broken into... Turned out she'd snapped a picture that showed a man someplace he wasn't supposed to be in the background, and he was trying to get the film. (She had already dropped it off to be developed, when he started stealing her stuff looking for it.)



* This is how ''Series/TheXFiles'' starts. All the weird brainwashing, floodlights, and murders undermine [[AgentScully Scully's]] skepticism. Of course, it stays throughout the series, but...

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
**
This is how ''Series/TheXFiles'' the series starts. All the weird brainwashing, floodlights, and murders undermine [[AgentScully Scully's]] skepticism. Of course, it stays throughout the series, but...



-->'''Cigarette Smoking Man''': Kill Mulder, and you risk turning one man's crusade into a religion.

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-->'''Cigarette Smoking Man''': --->'''Cigarette-Smoking Man:''' Kill Mulder, and you risk turning one man's crusade into a religion.



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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': [[spoiler:Alistair]] is the bastard son of King [[spoiler:Maric]] and a serving girl who died giving birth to him. Despite the big conspiracy by the royal family to keep his existence secret (so as not to challenge his legitimate half-brother's rule), they leave a huge paper trail. He's easily able to find his half-sister (the daughter of his servant mother), and once he finds her she already knows he's her brother and that he's of noble blood because right after her mother died giving birth to him, "thems at the castle" made a huge show of giving her a coin to shut her mouth, then chasing her off when she came back for more.
** [[spoiler: ''Literature/TheCalling'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' strongly imply that his mother was actually an Orlesian Elven Mage Grey Warden named Fiona (all ''huge'' no-no's in Ferelden society), who gave him to his father and requested that Alistair be told his mother was a human who died giving birth to him because she doesn't want him to live with the FantasticRacism associated with having an elven mother. In hindsight, it's strongly implied that "thems at the castle" deliberately invoked this trope as a RedHerring to hide Alistair's ''[[MuggleBornOfMages true]]'' [[HalfHumanHybrid parentage]].)]]

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': [[spoiler:Alistair]] is the bastard son of King [[spoiler:Maric]] and a serving girl who died giving birth to him. Despite the big conspiracy by the royal family to keep his existence secret (so as not to challenge his legitimate half-brother's rule), they leave a huge paper trail. He's easily able to find his half-sister (the daughter of his servant mother), and once he finds her she already knows he's her brother and that he's of noble blood because right after her mother died giving birth to him, "thems at the castle" made a huge show of giving her a coin to shut her mouth, then chasing her off when she came back for more. \n** [[spoiler: ''Literature/TheCalling'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' strongly imply that his mother was actually an Orlesian Elven Mage Grey Warden named Fiona (all ''huge'' no-no's in Ferelden society), who gave him to his father and requested that Alistair be told his mother was a human who died giving birth to him because she doesn't want him to live with the FantasticRacism associated with having an elven mother. In hindsight, it's strongly implied that "thems at the castle" deliberately invoked this trope as a RedHerring to hide Alistair's ''[[MuggleBornOfMages true]]'' [[HalfHumanHybrid parentage]].)]]



* ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', where if the conspirators hadn't sent thugs to try and kill Sam Fisher he would never have been aware there was even a conspiracy in the first place. Of course, we shortly find out that [[spoiler:one of the top-level conspirators is an double agent and old friend of Sam's who ''wanted'' him to find out and be bought to her.]]
-->'''Yahtzee:''' Note that Sam only finds out about the conspiracy ''after'' it sends thugs to kill him, so the baddies said to themselves, "Hey, the one guy who could threaten our operation is in a different country and isn't the slightest bit interested in our stupid conspiracy. ''Fuck that,'' let's go shoot at him!"
** ''VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory'' actually has this as a tutorial video titled "what not to do", showing a guard getting suspicious when he finds a light turned off - investigating, he finds the door in the darkened room with a broken lock, leading to yet another room with the light off, and finding an unconscious colleague. Cue them hitting the alarms. If you hadn't turned off the lights in an attempt to hide the mess you left, the guard would have probably never found it.

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* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'':
**
''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', where if the conspirators hadn't sent thugs to try and kill Sam Fisher he would never have been aware there was even a conspiracy in the first place. Of course, we shortly find out that [[spoiler:one of the top-level conspirators is an double agent and old friend of Sam's who ''wanted'' him to find out and be bought to her.]]
-->'''Yahtzee:''' --->'''Yahtzee:''' Note that Sam only finds out about the conspiracy ''after'' it sends thugs to kill him, so the baddies said to themselves, "Hey, the one guy who could threaten our operation is in a different country and isn't the slightest bit interested in our stupid conspiracy. ''Fuck that,'' let's go shoot at him!"
** ''VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory'' actually has this as a tutorial video titled "what not to do", showing a guard getting suspicious when he finds a light turned off - -- investigating, he finds the door in the darkened room with a broken lock, leading to yet another room with the light off, and finding an unconscious colleague. Cue them hitting the alarms. If you hadn't turned off the lights in an attempt to hide the mess you left, the guard would have probably never found it.



* Many of the mysteries in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series would be a lot harder to solve if the culprits hadn't insisted on giving themselves "perfect alibis", which always creates a chain of evidence leading back to them as the only person who had a reason to create such a convoluted set-up.

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* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'':
**
Many of the mysteries in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series would be a lot harder to solve if the culprits hadn't insisted on giving themselves "perfect alibis", which always creates a chain of evidence leading back to them as the only person who had a reason to create such a convoluted set-up.



* ''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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* ** ''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]].



* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' lampshaded this in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060802 these]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 two]] strips, where Tarvek teaches Vrin the right way to cover up things that are best kept hidden.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' lampshaded this ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Lampshaded
in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060802 these]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 two]] strips, where Tarvek teaches Vrin the right way to cover up things that are best kept hidden.



* Ysengrin tries to pull one of these off on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=284 this page]] of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Four pages later, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=288 Jones points it out,]] calling it a "fairly transparent ruse" (apparently, being on "the brink of insanity" was why Ysengrin didn't think to just drop the seeds while Coyote and Reynardine were arguing).

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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
**
Ysengrin tries to pull one of these off on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=284 this page]] of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.page]]. Four pages later, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=288 Jones points it out,]] calling it a "fairly transparent ruse" (apparently, being on "the brink of insanity" was why Ysengrin didn't think to just drop the seeds while Coyote and Reynardine were arguing).



* The spoiler tags on ThisVeryWiki, whether [[spoiler:they're placed next to incomplete sentences]] or not. [[spoiler:Of course, the idea is to let people know they shouldn't read these parts, but it can't deter curiosity.]] This can get particularly bad on Character pages: if a character has a [[WalkingSpoiler huge amount of spoilered text]] in their examples, you can be pretty sure that there is a major twist of some kind that they are involved in.

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* This very wiki sometimes falls into this when it comes to spoilers.
**
The spoiler tags on ThisVeryWiki, tags, whether [[spoiler:they're placed next to incomplete sentences]] or not. [[spoiler:Of course, the idea is to let people know they shouldn't read these parts, but it can't deter curiosity.]] This can get particularly bad on Character pages: if a character has a [[WalkingSpoiler huge amount of spoilered text]] in their examples, you can be pretty sure that there is a major twist of some kind that they are involved in.in.
** Badly-placed spoiler 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.
** 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.



* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Near the end of "A Canterlot Wedding, Part One", Twilight Sparkle's slanderous and unfounded claims that her brother's wife-to-be is an evil imposter has resulted in her friends, her brother and the princess losing their trust in her, leaving her a doubt-filled wreck. Instead of talking her into going back to Ponyville in shame, or just leaving her alone, the evil imposter decides to reveal her true nature and sends Twilight down to the dungeons, where she finds the real bride, realizes she was right all along, and organizes a breakout followed by a wedding interruption.

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* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Near the end of "A Canterlot Wedding, Part One", Twilight Sparkle's slanderous and unfounded claims that her brother's wife-to-be is an evil imposter has resulted in her friends, her brother and the princess losing their trust in her, leaving her a doubt-filled wreck. Instead of talking her into going back to Ponyville in shame, or just leaving her alone, the evil imposter decides to reveal her true nature and sends Twilight down to the dungeons, where she finds the real bride, realizes she was right all along, and organizes a breakout followed by a wedding interruption.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' had Mr. E invoke this trope on Scooby and co. He gave the gang just enough information about the former Mystery Inc to get them interested and let the attempts of Crystal Cove's adults to hide anything about it ''keep'' the kids interested in order to draw them into the ''real'' secret of the town [[spoiler: a hidden treasure that, unknown to even Mr. E, is cursed and hiding an EldritchAbomination who's been luring mystery solvers to it for centuries]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E10TheLostOne "The Lost One"]], Anakin and Obi-Wan have come to the planet Oba Diah, headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate, investigating the circumstances of the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas over a decade before. They're questioning Silman, aide to former chancellor Finis Valorum, about why the Pykes were hired to kill Sifo-Dyas. Silman has [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad from over a decade in a dungeon]], and can't coherently explain what happened. Just as Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to get him to tell them the identity of the man who wanted Sifo-Dyas dead, someone starts Force-choking Silman -- it's Count Dooku, come to clear up a few loose ends from Sifo-Dyas' death, and in the process giving the Jedi the answer they were looking for.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' had Mr. E invoke this trope on Scooby and co. He gave the gang just enough information about the former Mystery Inc Inc. to get them interested and let the attempts of Crystal Cove's adults to hide anything about it ''keep'' the kids interested in order to draw them into the ''real'' secret of the town [[spoiler: a hidden treasure that, unknown to even Mr. E, is cursed and hiding an EldritchAbomination who's been luring mystery solvers to it for centuries]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E10TheLostOne "The "[[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E10TheLostOne The Lost One"]], One]]", Anakin and Obi-Wan have come to the planet Oba Diah, headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate, investigating the circumstances of the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas over a decade before. They're questioning Silman, aide to former chancellor Finis Valorum, about why the Pykes were hired to kill Sifo-Dyas. Silman has [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad from over a decade in a dungeon]], and can't coherently explain what happened. Just as Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to get him to tell them the identity of the man who wanted Sifo-Dyas dead, someone starts Force-choking Silman -- it's Count Dooku, come to clear up a few loose ends from Sifo-Dyas' death, and in the process giving the Jedi the answer they were looking for.



** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E12Warhead "Warhead"]]: An Imperial infiltrator droid lands on Atollon, and Zeb winds up having to deal with it. Since its memory can't be erased without triggering its SelfDestructMechanism, he has AP-5 reprogram it so it'll detonate when it reconnects to the Imperial network. While this succeeds in obfuscating which droid was compromised, it also narrows the possible location of the rebel base down to 94 planets, as there were only around 100 droids and all of their destinations were on record. Ezra did delete Atollon from the list later on, but Thrawn stopped relying on the database a while later.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]]: [[spoiler:[[ReverseMole Agent Kallus]]]] ends up [[FrameUp framing]] [[spoiler:Lieutenant Lyste]] as being Fulcrum. The problem is, he set [[spoiler:Lyste]] up ''too well''. Thrawn and Yularen both agree that the events in question are beyond [[spoiler:Lyste's]] capabilities, but it isn't until [[spoiler:Ezra's helmet, painted with Sabine's distinctive artwork]] is brought in that Thrawn realizes [[spoiler:who the ReverseMole ''really'' is]]. Ezra altering Thrawn's database may have barely escaped his notice while all that was happening, but it didn't matter because [[spoiler:Kallus was just half the puzzle Thrawn needed to find Phoenix Squadron's base]].

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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E12Warhead "Warhead"]]: "[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E12Warhead Warhead]]": An Imperial infiltrator droid lands on Atollon, and Zeb winds up having to deal with it. Since its memory can't be erased without triggering its SelfDestructMechanism, he has AP-5 reprogram it so it'll detonate when it reconnects to the Imperial network. While this succeeds in obfuscating which droid was compromised, it also narrows the possible location of the rebel base down to 94 planets, as there were only around 100 droids and all of their destinations were on record. Ezra did delete Atollon from the list later on, but Thrawn stopped relying on the database a while later.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through "[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes Through Imperial Eyes"]]: Eyes]]": [[spoiler:[[ReverseMole Agent Kallus]]]] ends up [[FrameUp framing]] [[spoiler:Lieutenant Lyste]] as being Fulcrum. The problem is, he set [[spoiler:Lyste]] up ''too well''. Thrawn and Yularen both agree that the events in question are beyond [[spoiler:Lyste's]] capabilities, but it isn't until [[spoiler:Ezra's helmet, painted with Sabine's distinctive artwork]] is brought in that Thrawn realizes [[spoiler:who the ReverseMole ''really'' is]]. Ezra altering Thrawn's database may have barely escaped his notice while all that was happening, but it didn't matter because [[spoiler:Kallus was just half the puzzle Thrawn needed to find Phoenix Squadron's base]].



* Scientology's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Snow_White Operation Snow White]] was started with the intention of expunging all 'unfavorable' material pertaining to the cult. Scarily, ''5,000'' of the organization's agents ''penetrated the IRS, FBI and other US government organizations'', the largest such infiltration in history, and did manage to abscond with the 'erroneous' documents. Two Scientologists were caught essentially red-handed by the FBI, and from there the whole plot unraveled, and ended up with several prominent Scientologists getting hefty fines or prison sentences, including L. Ron Hubbard's wife. The resultant publicity caused a backlash against the Church, and indirectly led to its banning in several countries.
* This very wiki sometimes falls into this when it comes to spoilers.
** Badly-placed spoiler 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.
** 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.

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* Scientology's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Snow_White Operation Snow White]] was started with the intention of expunging all 'unfavorable' "unfavorable" material pertaining to the cult. Scarily, ''5,000'' of the organization's agents ''penetrated the IRS, FBI and other US government organizations'', the largest such infiltration in history, and did manage to abscond with the 'erroneous' "erroneous" documents. Two Scientologists were caught essentially red-handed by the FBI, and from there the whole plot unraveled, and ended up with several prominent Scientologists getting hefty fines or prison sentences, including L. Ron Hubbard's wife. The resultant publicity caused a backlash against the Church, and indirectly led to its banning in several countries.
* This very wiki sometimes falls into this when it comes to spoilers.
** Badly-placed spoiler 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.
** 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.
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* In late 2016, President UsefulNotes/BarackObama enacted several sanctions on Russia for its interference in the U.S. election. The intelligence community was tipped off that there might be a Russian mole on UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's transition team when Russian president Vladimir Putin didn't retaliate with tit-for-tat sanctions against the U.S. It turned out that Trump's pick for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, had made several calls to the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss the sanctions in possible violation of the Logan Act barring nongovernment employees from negotiating with foreign governments. Three weeks into Trump's presidency, Flynn resigned. Flynn's resignation has also raised more questions about the Trump administration's ties to Russia.
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* In ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', the villain steals one of an intended victim's new boots, then returns to swipe one of an older pair, while ''returning the first one'', presumably so the owner would assume he'd just misplaced it. Granted, Holmes was bound to solve the case anyway, but the fact that the boot ''not'' bearing its owner's smell was brought back again clinched his suspicion that there was a real, trained dog involved. Had the culprit stolen all four boots and returned nothing, Holmes couldn't have ruled out the possibility that one of the hotel staff had a profitable sideline stealing guests' possessions.

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* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'':
** ''The Adventure of the Norwood Builder'' has the villain fake their own death and frame the son of a woman who turned him down for his murder, and the evidence against the son is so thorough that even Holmes is stumped by how to prove his innocence. However, the day after the initial investigation the villain decides to further incriminate the son by using a wax imprint of the son's thumb to leave a bloody thumbprint on the wall of his house; since Holmes is convinced the thumbprint appeared on the wall after the crime, this only strengthens his resolve to expose the true culprit.
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In ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', the villain steals one of an intended victim's new boots, then returns to swipe one of an older pair, while ''returning the first one'', presumably so the owner would assume he'd just misplaced it. Granted, Holmes was bound to solve the case anyway, but the fact that the boot ''not'' bearing its owner's smell was brought back again clinched his suspicion that there was a real, trained dog involved. Had the culprit stolen all four boots and returned nothing, Holmes couldn't have ruled out the possibility that one of the hotel staff had a profitable sideline stealing guests' possessions.



* Used several different ways in an episode of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' in which the killer tries to make the victim's death look like suicide-by-pill-overdose. The killer wipes their own prints off the pill bottle, but the lack of ''any'' prints, including the victims', piques Mark Sloan's suspicion. Also, when he notes that the lack of a suicide note is irregular, the killer forges one using the victim's laptop; Mark checks the laptop's date-stamp and finds that the note was typed 20 hours after the victim's death.

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* Used several different ways in an episode of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' in which the killer tries to make the victim's death look like suicide-by-pill-overdose. The killer wipes their own prints off the pill bottle, but the lack of ''any'' prints, including the victims', piques Mark Sloan's suspicion. Also, when he notes that the lack of a suicide note is irregular, irregular in the killer's presence, the killer forges one using the victim's laptop; Mark checks the laptop's date-stamp and finds that the note was typed 20 hours after the victim's death.
12th May '17 12:01:03 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E10TheLostOne "The Lost One"]], Anakin and Obi-Wan have come to the planet Oba Diah, headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate, investigating the circumstances of the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas over a decade before. They're questioning Silman, aide to former chancellor Finis Valorum, about why the Pykes were hired to kill Sifo-Dyas. Silman has [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad from over a decade in a dungeon]], and can't coherently explain what happened. Just as Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to get him to explain why the man who wanted Sifo-Dyas dead wanted to ''be'' him, someone starts Force-choking Silman -- it's Count Dooku, come to clear up a few loose ends from Sifo-Dyas' death, and in the process giving the Jedi the answer they were looking for.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E10TheLostOne "The Lost One"]], Anakin and Obi-Wan have come to the planet Oba Diah, headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate, investigating the circumstances of the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas over a decade before. They're questioning Silman, aide to former chancellor Finis Valorum, about why the Pykes were hired to kill Sifo-Dyas. Silman has [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad from over a decade in a dungeon]], and can't coherently explain what happened. Just as Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to get him to explain why tell them the identity of the man who wanted Sifo-Dyas dead wanted to ''be'' him, dead, someone starts Force-choking Silman -- it's Count Dooku, come to clear up a few loose ends from Sifo-Dyas' death, and in the process giving the Jedi the answer they were looking for.
12th May '17 12:00:20 PM AthenaBlue
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* Used to extreme effect in the eleventh volume of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles.'' The killer followed Kindaichi throughout the two-parter mystery, killing people after they provided messages which was supposed to lead to a manuscript he wanted to keep from being published. What neither the killer nor Kindaichi realize until after the last message was a dead end is that the message itself was irrelevant. The real clue was hidden in the order of the now dead message givers. Because of the murders meant to silence them, the newspaper following the last murder would inevitably print them in order of killing, providing the same clue to ''everyone'' who read the paper, guaranteeing ''someone'' would figure it out before the killer could and prompting a desperate grasping of the VillainBall.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the denizens of Punk Hazard try to trick Smoker out of investigating their island by putting out toxic gas. The idea was to make him think it was still uninhabitable after a prior accident. Unfortunately, Smoker knows the history of that island and this only makes him ''more'' suspicious.

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* Used to extreme effect in the eleventh volume of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles.'' The killer followed Kindaichi throughout the two-parter mystery, killing people after they provided messages which was supposed to lead to a manuscript he wanted to keep from being published. What neither the killer nor Kindaichi realize until after the last message was a dead end is that the message itself was irrelevant. The real clue was hidden in the order of the now dead message givers. Because of the murders meant to silence them, the newspaper following the last murder would inevitably print them in order of killing, providing the same clue to ''everyone'' who read the paper, guaranteeing ''someone'' would figure it out before the killer could and prompting a desperate grasping of the VillainBall.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the denizens of Punk Hazard try to trick Smoker out of investigating their island by putting out toxic gas. The idea was to make him think it was still uninhabitable after a prior accident. Unfortunately, Smoker knows the history of that island and this only makes him ''more'' suspicious.
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** Light's murder of Naomi Misora ''almost'' worked as intended, but ultimately just alerted L that there was a good chance that Kira was one of the people that her fiance had been investigating.

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** Light's murder of Naomi Misora ''almost'' worked as intended, but ultimately just alerted L that there was a good chance that Kira was one of the people that her fiance fiancé had been investigating.



* Used to extreme effect in the eleventh volume of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles.'' The killer followed Kindaichi throughout the two-parter mystery, killing people after they provided messages which was supposed to lead to a manuscript he wanted to keep from being published. What neither the killer nor Kindaichi realize until after the last message was a dead end is that the message itself was irrelevant. The real clue was hidden in the order of the now dead message givers. Because of the murders meant to silence them, the newspaper following the last murder would inevitably print them in order of killing, providing the same clue to ''everyone'' who read the paper, guaranteeing ''someone'' would figure it out before the killer could and prompting a desperate grasping of the VillainBall.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the denizens of Punk Hazard try to trick Smoker out of investigating their island by putting out toxic gas. The idea was to make him think it was still uninhabitable after a prior accident. Unfortunately, Smoker knows the history of that island and this only makes him ''more'' suspicious.



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* Taken to extremes in ''Film/ElevenFourteen'', in which three different people, afraid that they or someone they love will be accused of killing Aaron, enact different schemes to conceal his death, make it look like an accident or suicide, or frame someone else for it. [[spoiler:Aaron wasn't even murdered.]]
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Ultron kills Baron Strucker and uses his blood to write "peace" on the wall behind him. Most of the team assumes this is just grandstanding until Natasha points out he already gave them a whole speech on his motives. She confirms this by checking their files on Strucker - and finding that Ultron has conspicuously deleted them.
* Averted in ''Film/TheBourneSeries''. Treadstone assassin Jason Bourne is supposed to kill people in a way that won't cast suspicion on the US government ("I don't send you to kill! I send you because you don't exist!") such as a former dictator who's threatening to blow the whistle on CIA activities in Africa, the plan being to make it look like he'd been killed by one of his own men. After Bourne fails the dictator is killed by a sniper, as by that time Treadstone is trying to cover up for its own activities by making it look like Bourne has [[RogueAgent gone rogue]].



* If the traitor in the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film had not tried to be overly clever in trying to frame Kittridge as the real traitor, Ethan Hunt would not have been able to confirm the identity of TheMole on his team. All he'd had to do was simply shoot Hunt, have TheMole grab the list, and he'd have been in the clear with Hunt still considered the traitor and everyone else believing [[spoiler:Jim Phelps was dead]].

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* If In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', the traitor in Thuggee cult sends an assassin against Indy once he reveals he knows about the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film Shankara stones to the Maharajah. This gives him the lead he needs to find the secret temple and thwart their evil schemes. If they had not tried to be overly clever in trying to frame Kittridge as the real traitor, Ethan Hunt would not just left Indy alone he probably wouldn't have been able to confirm the identity of TheMole on his team. All he'd had to do was simply shoot Hunt, found anything at all. Or they could have TheMole grab just said, "Sorry Dr. Jones, you've overstayed your welcome", given him a lift to the list, nearest port and he'd have been in the clear with Hunt still considered the traitor and everyone else believing [[spoiler:Jim Phelps was dead]].sent him home.



* The Alliance in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' (and the predecessor series ''Series/{{Firefly}}'') spent a whole lot of time and effort hunting down River Tam, including murdering just about everybody who may have been in contact with her in order to cover up what she learned through her telepathy and being in the same room as several high ranking Alliance members. River, being insane, probably didn't understand what she knew and, in any case, wasn't in any position to tell anybody even if she did. But the Alliance's campaign of persecution gave Serenity's crew a big motive to find out and make the information public knowledge.



* Averted in ''Film/TheBourneSeries''. Treadstone assassin Jason Bourne is supposed to kill people in a way that won't cast suspicion on the US government ("I don't send you to kill! I send you because you don't exist!") such as a former dictator who's threatening to blow the whistle on CIA activities in Africa, the plan being to make it look like he'd been killed by one of his own men. After Bourne fails the dictator is killed by a sniper, as by that time Treadstone is trying to cover up for its own activities by making it look like Bourne has [[RogueAgent gone rogue]].
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', the Thuggee cult sends an assassin against Indy once he reveals he knows about the Shankara stones to the Maharajah. This gives him the lead he needs to find the secret temple and thwart their evil schemes. If they had just left Indy alone he probably wouldn't have found anything at all. Or they could have just said, "Sorry Dr. Jones, you've overstayed your welcome", given him a lift to the nearest port and sent him home.

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* Averted This exchange from ''Film/TheMadMagician'' concerning the murder of Ormond, though at this point The Great Rinaldi merely suspects Don Gallico's involvement.
-->'''The Great Rinaldi''': You had every reason to hate him. What did you do with him, Gallico? How did you get rid of it? ''[indicating the retort
in ''Film/TheBourneSeries''. Treadstone assassin Jason Bourne the center of the room]'' Was this thing already built and hidden away, waiting for a job like that?\\
'''Don Gallico''': Ormond was seen alive two weeks ago. The Prentisses identified him.\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': That didn't have to be him.\\
'''Don Gallico''': Who else could it have been?\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': It could have been you, Gallico. From what Ormond told me you are a clever man, developed a wonderful new makeup, something new in the theater. Something that might be used offstage too. Only a man who dreams up illusions would think of such a thing, and only people of the theater would know it was possible.
* ''Film/MercuryRising'''s plot kicks off when the NSA's supposedly unbreakable code
is supposed published in a magazine by low-ranking employee's to test it and a young [[IdiotSavant autistic savant]] cracks the code and dials the NSA's phone number that was hidden in it. The boss freaks out at this breach of security and sends a hitman to kill people in a way that won't cast suspicion on the US government ("I don't send you to kill! I send you because you don't exist!") such as a former dictator who's threatening to blow the whistle on CIA activities in Africa, the plan being to make it look like he'd been killed by one of kid and his own men. After Bourne parents, but who fails the dictator is killed by a sniper, as by that time Treadstone is trying to cover up for its own activities by making it look like Bourne has [[RogueAgent gone rogue]].
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', the Thuggee cult sends an assassin against Indy once he reveals he knows about the Shankara stones to the Maharajah. This gives him the lead he needs
to find the secret temple boy before the police shows up. Even ignoring how this is well beyond the MoralEventHorizon, the boy still didn't know what the code really meant, had no initiative to find anyone to sell his knowledge to and thwart only the NSA knew he could break the code. [[JustEatGilligan But the NSA can't think of a better way to hush this up, apparently.]]
* ''Film/MinorityReport'': John Anderton, a detective who uses advanced psychic technology to prevent murders before they ever happen, is accused of a future attempt at murder. The thing is, from the get go this makes no sense, so the killer provides lots and lots of evidence for Danny Witwer, the detective chasing Anderton, to ensure that it all goes off to plan. Witwer, however, is instantly suspicious of the "OrgyOfEvidence". The killer framed Anderton because he feared that he might discover the truth about a previous coverup. So the revealing coverup with Anderton was staged to prevent another coverup from becoming revealing. [[spoiler: Naturally enough, it all comes down around
their evil schemes. ears in a very public fashion.]]
*
If they the traitor in the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film had just left Indy alone he probably wouldn't not tried to be overly clever in trying to frame Kittridge as the real traitor, Ethan Hunt would not have found anything at all. Or they could been able to confirm the identity of TheMole on his team. All he'd had to do was simply shoot Hunt, have just said, "Sorry Dr. Jones, you've overstayed your welcome", given him a lift to TheMole grab the nearest port list, and sent him home.he'd have been in the clear with Hunt still considered the traitor and everyone else believing [[spoiler:Jim Phelps was dead]].



* ''Film/MinorityReport'': John Anderton, a detective who uses advanced psychic technology to prevent murders before they ever happen, is accused of a future attempt at murder. The thing is, from the get go this makes no sense, so the killer provides lots and lots of evidence for Danny Witwer, the detective chasing Anderton, to ensure that it all goes off to plan. Witwer, however, is instantly suspicious of the "OrgyOfEvidence". The killer framed Anderton because he feared that he might discover the truth about a previous coverup. So the revealing coverup with Anderton was staged to prevent another coverup from becoming revealing. [[spoiler: Naturally enough, it all comes down around their ears in a very public fashion.]]
* ''Film/MercuryRising'''s plot kicks off when the NSA's supposedly unbreakable code is published in a magazine by low-ranking employee's to test it and a young [[IdiotSavant autistic savant]] cracks the code and dials the NSA's phone number that was hidden in it. The boss freaks out at this breach of security and sends a hitman to kill the kid and his parents, but who fails to find the boy before the police shows up. Even ignoring how this is well beyond the MoralEventHorizon, the boy still didn't know what the code really meant, had no initiative to find anyone to sell his knowledge to and only the NSA knew he could break the code. [[JustEatGilligan But the NSA can't think of a better way to hush this up, apparently.]]

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* ''Film/MinorityReport'': John Anderton, a detective who uses advanced psychic technology to prevent murders before they ever happen, is accused of a future attempt at murder. The thing is, from Alliance in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' (and the get go this makes no sense, so the killer provides lots predecessor series ''Series/{{Firefly}}'') spent a whole lot of time and lots of evidence for Danny Witwer, the detective chasing Anderton, to ensure that it all goes off to plan. Witwer, however, is instantly suspicious of the "OrgyOfEvidence". The killer framed Anderton because he feared that he might discover the truth effort hunting down River Tam, including murdering just about a previous coverup. So the revealing coverup everybody who may have been in contact with Anderton was staged her in order to prevent another coverup from becoming revealing. [[spoiler: Naturally enough, it all comes down around their ears cover up what she learned through her telepathy and being in a very public fashion.]]
* ''Film/MercuryRising'''s plot kicks off when
the NSA's supposedly unbreakable code is published in a magazine by low-ranking employee's to test it and a young [[IdiotSavant autistic savant]] cracks the code and dials the NSA's phone number that was hidden in it. The boss freaks out at this breach of security and sends a hitman to kill the kid and his parents, but who fails to find the boy before the police shows up. Even ignoring how this is well beyond the MoralEventHorizon, the boy still same room as several high ranking Alliance members. River, being insane, probably didn't know understand what she knew and, in any case, wasn't in any position to tell anybody even if she did. But the code really meant, had no initiative Alliance's campaign of persecution gave Serenity's crew a big motive to find anyone to sell his knowledge to out and only make the NSA knew he could break information public knowledge.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Professor Moriarty blows up a room of businessmen to cover up
the code. [[JustEatGilligan But shooting of the NSA can't think of one businessman in that room that he had targeted. Played with, in that Holmes does deduce this, but no one else learns about it.
* Similar to the above, ''{{Film/Shooter}}'' is about
a sniper who is set up as the fall guy for a failed presidential assassination. It turns out that the senator who funded the job was joking about killing the president -- it was the African ambassador next to him that was a serious threat. As the real killer puts it, "What better way to hush this up, apparently.]]kill a man in plain sight of one million Americans than by shooting him right next to the president?" By the end of the movie, the sniper successfully uncovers the mass murder of third world tribes for oil pipelines to the Secretary of Defense, but the senator is too high up / the crime is foreign so it isn't in American jurisdiction. So said sniper just kills them all. And ironically covers it up so that the senator's hitman looks like the shooter.
** Agent Nick Memphis smells fish when the police officer who got a shot at the alleged-would-be assassin of the President dies few days later in a "botched robbery".



* Similar to the above, ''{{Film/Shooter}}'' is about a sniper who is set up as the fall guy for a failed presidential assassination. It turns out that the senator who funded the job was joking about killing the president - it was the African ambassador next to him that was a serious threat. As the real killer puts it, "What better way to kill a man in plain sight of one million Americans than by shooting him right next to the president?" By the end of the movie, the sniper successfully uncovers the mass murder of third world tribes for oil pipelines to the Secretary of Defense, but the senator is too high up / the crime is foreign so it isn't in American jurisdiction. So said sniper just kills them all. And ironically covers it up so that the sentator's hitman looks like the shooter.
** Agent Nick Memphis smells fish when the police officer who got a shot at the alleged-would-be assassin of the President dies few days later in a "botched robbery".

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* Similar ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': [[spoiler: Judge Matthew Helms]] tries to the above, ''{{Film/Shooter}}'' is about a sniper who is set cover up as the fall guy for his past bribe-taking to throw a failed presidential assassination. It turns out that the senator who funded the job was joking about case by killing the president - person who found it was the African ambassador next to him that was a serious threat. As the real killer puts it, "What better way to kill a man in plain sight of one million Americans than by shooting him right next out, but this leads to the president?" By the end of the movie, the sniper successfully uncovers the mass revelation later when her murder of third world tribes for oil pipelines to the Secretary of Defense, but the senator is too high up / the crime is foreign so it isn't in American jurisdiction. So said sniper just kills them all. And ironically covers it up so that the sentator's hitman looks like the shooter.
** Agent Nick Memphis smells fish when the police officer who got a shot at the alleged-would-be assassin of the President dies few days later in a "botched robbery".
investigated.



* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Professor Moriarty blows up a room of businessmen to cover up the shooting of the one businessman in that room that he had targeted. Played with, in that Holmes does deduce this, but no one else learns about it.
* Taken to extremes in ''Film/ElevenFourteen'', in which three different people, afraid that they or someone they love will be accused of killing Aaron, enact different schemes to conceal his death, make it look like an accident or suicide, or frame someone else for it. [[spoiler:Aaron wasn't even murdered.]]
* This exchange from ''Film/TheMadMagician'' concerning the murder of Ormond, though at this point The Great Rinaldi merely suspects Don Gallico's involvement.
-->'''The Great Rinaldi''': You had every reason to hate him. What did you do with him, Gallico? How did you get rid of it? ''[indicating the retort in the center of the room]'' Was this thing already built and hidden away, waiting for a job like that?\\
'''Don Gallico''': Ormond was seen alive two weeks ago. The Prentisses identified him.\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': That didn't have to be him.\\
'''Don Gallico''': Who else could it have been?\\
'''The Great Rinaldi''': It could have been you, Gallico. From what Ormond told me you are a clever man, developed a wonderful new makeup, something new in the theater. Something that might be used offstage too. Only a man who dreams up illusions would think of such a thing, and only people of the theater would know it was possible.
* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': [[spoiler: Judge Matthew Helms]] tries to cover up his past bribe-taking to throw a case by killing the person who found it out, but this leads to the revelation later when her murder is investigated.
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Ultron kills Baron Strucker and uses his blood to write "peace" on the wall behind him. Most of the team assumes this is just grandstanding until Natasha points out he already gave them a whole speech on his motives. She confirms this by checking their files on Strucker - and finding that Ultron has conspicuously deleted them.



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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E10TheLostOne "The Lost One"]], Anakin and Obi-Wan have come to the planet Oba Diah, headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate, investigating the circumstances of the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas over a decade before. They're questioning Silman, aide to former chancellor Finis Valorum, about why the Pykes were hired to kill Sifo-Dyas. Silman has [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad from over a decade in a dungeon]], and can't coherently explain what happened. Just as Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to get him to explain why the man who wanted Sifo-Dyas dead wanted to ''be'' him, someone starts Force-choking Silman -- it's Count Dooku, come to clear up a few loose ends from Sifo-Dyas' death, and in the process giving the Jedi the answer they were looking for.
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* Literature/HarryPotter learns the hard way in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8501689/20/The-Havoc-side-of-the-Force The Havoc Side of the Force]]'' that while the Fidelius Charm perfectly hides a location or piece of information on Earth, it's less effective in a [[Franchise/StarWars galaxy far, far away]]. Because anyone Force sensitive can sense how magic tears at the Force, to them the space around Harry's new space station feels like a chaotic maelstrom. They can't find the space station itself but as Harry notes, it's like a giant neon sign announcing there's something hidden there.
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* Having already exposed that the cause of the 9/11/12 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Bengazi were not what the Obama Administration initially claimed (a protest against an offensive [=YouTube=] video), several political watchdogs filed Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests for Hillary Clinton's e-mails for when she was Secretary of State. After much stonewalling, a federal judge ordered the State Department to turn over all of Hillary's e-mails... which they did, only to be accused that they were covering something up because for the top diplomat for the United States, she had a surprisingly light amount of e-mails. Turns out Hillary conducted much of her business through a private server which wasn't subject to the FOIA request. This in and of itself is illegal because it skirts laws that make government accountable to the people. Ultimately, Hillary lost her bid for the 2016 Presidency, in no small part related to the entire above affair.
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