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17th Aug '16 12:40:27 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "The Return of Preston Giles", Jessica realises the VictimOfTheWeek is the same man who attacked her in her hotel room because of the scratch marks she left on his hand when he grabbed her.
31st Mar '16 5:54:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is sort of borderline, but in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Strikers'', late in the season, protagonist Subaru fights some combat cyborgs who are kidnapping her big sister Ginga. She fails to save her and is seriously injured, which is when we see that [[spoiler: she is a combat cyborg too.]]

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* This is sort of borderline, but in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Strikers'', late in the season, protagonist Subaru fights some combat cyborgs who are kidnapping her big sister Ginga. She fails to save her and is seriously injured, which is when we see that [[spoiler: she is a combat cyborg too.]]



* ''Film/{{Bestseller}}'' opens with a masked robbery, during which one of the robbers is shown to have CigaretteBurns on his wrist, and gets stabbed by the protagonist Meechum. Years later Meechum is approached by a man claiming to have been the driver on that robbery. However when the man burns his wrist in a display of MachoMasochism, Meechum rips open his shirt to reveal the scar.

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* ''Film/{{Bestseller}}'' ''Film/BestSeller'' opens with a masked robbery, during which one of the robbers is shown to have CigaretteBurns on his wrist, and gets stabbed by the protagonist Meechum. Years later Meechum is approached by a man claiming to have been the driver on that robbery. However when the man burns his wrist in a display of MachoMasochism, Meechum rips open his shirt to reveal the scar.



* In ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', Starfleet figures out that Soleta is half-Romulan after she's badly injured after JumpingOnAGrenade for her commanding officer. (How, I don't know, given that her other half is Vulcan, and supposedly they're still close enough to each other to interbreed, so...)

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* In ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'', Starfleet figures out that Soleta is half-Romulan after she's badly injured after JumpingOnAGrenade for her commanding officer. (How, I don't know, given that her other half is Vulcan, and supposedly they're still close enough to each other to interbreed, so...)



** Also used in WomenOfTheOtherworld. Elena reads a version of the old legend in the Pack's history books: a knight wounded the werewolf's paw, came home to find his own wife bandaging her bloody hand, and killed her. As he gutted her, her unborn wolf cubs fell from her stomach. Overcome with horror, the knight committed suicide. Elena prefers to interpret the belly full of puppies as a metaphor for the knight's guilt when he realized he murdered his wife without letting her explain. In ''Broken'', [[spoiler: We learn she's at least half right about the puppies: female werewolves bear their young in human form.]]

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** Also used in WomenOfTheOtherworld.Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld. Elena reads a version of the old legend in the Pack's history books: a knight wounded the werewolf's paw, came home to find his own wife bandaging her bloody hand, and killed her. As he gutted her, her unborn wolf cubs fell from her stomach. Overcome with horror, the knight committed suicide. Elena prefers to interpret the belly full of puppies as a metaphor for the knight's guilt when he realized he murdered his wife without letting her explain. In ''Broken'', [[spoiler: We learn she's at least half right about the puppies: female werewolves bear their young in human form.]]



* There's a subtle version of something like this at the end of ''TheWreckOfTheZephyr'', [[spoiler:when the limp of the old man narrating the story is juxtaposed with the protagonist of the FramingStory having badly broken his leg at the end.]]

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* There's a subtle version of something like this at the end of ''TheWreckOfTheZephyr'', ''Literature/TheWreckOfTheZephyr'', [[spoiler:when the limp of the old man narrating the story is juxtaposed with the protagonist of the FramingStory having badly broken his leg at the end.]]



* A SweetValleyHigh book had the girls being courted by twin brothers, one of whom cuts his hand very badly while on a date with Elizabeth. Later, she sees that Jessica's date has a bandaged hand, revealing that there is no twin and that this guy is a jerk who's been playing games with both of them.
* An ''RL Stine'' book had a young hospital patient attacked in the shower. Unable to see, she manages to defend herself by cutting her assailant with a razor blade. For several days afterwards, she notices a cut on several people, all of whom provide plausible explanations. She's still fearful and suspicious and not until someone outright tells her that their cut is the result of the razor blade does she know who her attacker is.
* In a NancyDrew Files book, Nancy is attacked while skiing. Ned comes to her rescue, but the assailant escapes while he's tending to her. But not before Nancy notices that he favors his right leg. Later, while out skiing with one of the resorts instructors, Nancy realizes that she's AloneWithThePsycho when she notices that he has the same quirk that her attacker did.

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* A SweetValleyHigh Literature/SweetValleyHigh book had the girls being courted by twin brothers, one of whom cuts his hand very badly while on a date with Elizabeth. Later, she sees that Jessica's date has a bandaged hand, revealing that there is no twin and that this guy is a jerk who's been playing games with both of them.
* An ''RL Stine'' Creator/RLStine book had a young hospital patient attacked in the shower. Unable to see, she manages to defend herself by cutting her assailant with a razor blade. For several days afterwards, she notices a cut on several people, all of whom provide plausible explanations. She's still fearful and suspicious and not until someone outright tells her that their cut is the result of the razor blade does she know who her attacker is.
* In a NancyDrew Literature/NancyDrew Files book, Nancy is attacked while skiing. Ned comes to her rescue, but the assailant escapes while he's tending to her. But not before Nancy notices that he favors his right leg. Later, while out skiing with one of the resorts instructors, Nancy realizes that she's AloneWithThePsycho when she notices that he has the same quirk that her attacker did.



* ''Utopia'': The only thing anybody knows about Mr Rabbit's identity is the Chinese character for Rabbit carved on his belly. Of course, since nobody has ever seen the scar but knows what it might look like, it's easily [[spoiler: forged]].
* ''RobinOfSherwood'': The new Robin is shot in the leg, a young nobleman starts to limp. People notice.

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* ''Utopia'': ''Series/{{Utopia}}'': The only thing anybody knows about Mr Rabbit's identity is the Chinese character for Rabbit carved on his belly. Of course, since nobody has ever seen the scar but knows what it might look like, it's easily [[spoiler: forged]].
* ''RobinOfSherwood'': ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'': The new Robin is shot in the leg, a young nobleman starts to limp. People notice.



* In an episode of ''DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' Sully identifies the leader of the Klu Klux Klan by revealing the burn mark on his arm that he sustained at a rally the night before.

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* In an episode of ''DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' Sully identifies the leader of the Klu Klux Klan by revealing the burn mark on his arm that he sustained at a rally the night before.



* While not an injury per se, there is an episode of ''WhiteCollar'' where Neal gets himself captured and drugged up with an unspecified drug that makes him higher than a kite. When Peter rescues him Neal admits to him that he trusts Peter more than anyone - a revelation he probably wouldn't have made if he weren't so loopy.

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* While not an injury per se, there is an episode of ''WhiteCollar'' ''Series/WhiteCollar'' where Neal gets himself captured and drugged up with an unspecified drug that makes him higher than a kite. When Peter rescues him Neal admits to him that he trusts Peter more than anyone - a revelation he probably wouldn't have made if he weren't so loopy.



* In ''The Sopranos'' Tony Blundetto is identified as the killer of Joey Peeps after witnesses claimed Peeps' killer ran away with a limp. Blundetto received the injury when Peeps' car ran over his foot.

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* In ''The Sopranos'' ''Series/TheSopranos'' Tony Blundetto is identified as the killer of Joey Peeps after witnesses claimed Peeps' killer ran away with a limp. Blundetto received the injury when Peeps' car ran over his foot.
31st Mar '16 5:53:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the heroine is revealed to be a woman when she saves her commanding officer from death and is injured in the process. Their physician has to patch her up. He tries to be discreet about it, but informs her commanding officer, who is forced to expel her from the army. (Technically he's supposed to kill her, but he still felt gratitude so he let her live.)
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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the heroine is revealed to be a woman when she saves her commanding officer from death and is injured in the process. Their physician has to patch her up. He tries to be discreet about it, but informs her commanding officer, who is forced to expel her from the army. (Technically he's supposed to kill her, but he still felt gratitude so he let her live.)
31st Mar '16 5:51:35 AM Morgenthaler
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30th Mar '16 11:49:12 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Bestseller}}''.

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* ''Film/{{Bestseller}}''.
''Film/{{Bestseller}}'' opens with a masked robbery, during which one of the robbers is shown to have CigaretteBurns on his wrist, and gets stabbed by the protagonist Meechum. Years later Meechum is approached by a man claiming to have been the driver on that robbery. However when the man burns his wrist in a display of MachoMasochism, Meechum rips open his shirt to reveal the scar.
30th Mar '16 11:44:25 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Bestseller}}''.
26th Jan '16 5:47:09 PM Bissek
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* In one chapter of the ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' manga, Lina suggests using this to identify a werewolf. Unfortunately, the only injury the werewolf suffered that could be used was that Lina had fireballed it in the ass. Since they couldn't go around town pulling people's pants down, they came up with an alternative plan - they gathered the town's population in one place, fried an egg, and showed them the "Sunny-Side-Up Full Moon". The werewolf exposed himself by being the first to point out how utterly ridiculous this plan was.
25th Jan '16 8:00:13 PM foxley
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* Averted in an episode of ''Series/RobinHood''. Guy of Gisbornes injure Marian's arm whilst she was in her Night Watchman disguise. Later he casually pats Marian on the arm and notices that she's bleeding. As she's cutting an apple at the time, Marian casually slices her palm with the knife and tells Guy that she accidentally got a little blood on her sleeve. He seems suspicious, but lets it go.

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* Averted in an episode of ''Series/RobinHood''. Guy of Gisbornes injure Gisbourne injures Marian's arm whilst she was in her Night Watchman disguise. Later he casually pats Marian on the arm and notices that she's bleeding. As she's cutting an apple at the time, Marian casually slices her palm with the knife and tells Guy that she accidentally got a little blood on her sleeve. He seems suspicious, but lets it go.




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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "To Catch a Rat", Gunnar knows that he will be able to identify the White Rat because he shot the White Rat in the left leg during their last encounter.
10th Dec '15 9:44:55 PM galaxyeyes
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* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', Harry, an alien masquerading as a human, does not want anyone else to treat his gunshot wound except himself because he's afraid this will happen and people will discover that he's really an alien.
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* In the B-plot of the ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Librarian", set on the German-occupied island of Guernsey during World War II, a German officer has been tasked with finding a man who tried to escape the island in the previous episode. The escape attempt happened at night, so the Germans don't have a clear description of the man, but they do know that he was wounded in the arm when a patrol shot at him. After narrowing down the pool of suspects by other means, he manufactures an opportunity to "accidentally" stumble against the arm of his prime suspect, with the suspect's reaction confirming that he has an arm injury which he is concealing.
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