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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball and Darwin try to find a secret room in their house by attempting to invoke this trope.
--> '''Gumball:''' He must have a secret hideout somewhere in the house. And the best way to find a secret hideout... is by accident.
12th Aug '16 9:16:10 AM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Twice in Pandora's Box. Played straight the first time, then [[InvokedTrope invoked]] and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] the second time, when Superlópez tries to [[GenreSavvy play it smart]] and [[ExploitedTrope make it work for him.]]
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21st Jul '16 10:06:05 PM Eddy1215
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-->'''Brain''': ''(Smugly)'' I'm sorry, you were saying?
-->'''Igor''': Technically, it's a secret ''staircase''.
19th Jun '16 2:43:54 PM nombretomado
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* Sort of in ''TheThrawnTrilogy''. Leia and others, looking for the Delta Source that is reporting things to Thrawn, rest for a bit in the room where most of the spying happens, and then Leia looks at a droid tending one of the decorative color-changing trees and notices the red ripples forming and spreading each time the droid clicks.\\

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* Sort of in ''TheThrawnTrilogy''.''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy''. Leia and others, looking for the Delta Source that is reporting things to Thrawn, rest for a bit in the room where most of the spying happens, and then Leia looks at a droid tending one of the decorative color-changing trees and notices the red ripples forming and spreading each time the droid clicks.\\
31st Dec '15 1:30:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'', the main characters are being chased, so Brain starts trying to find a switch for a secret passage on the wall. Igor tells him there isn't a secret passage and bangs the opposite wall in frustration, hitting the switch for the secret passage.
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* The film ''The Ghost And Mr. Chicken''. While spending the night in a haunted house, Luther Heggs (Don Knotts) throws an object at a bookcase and accidentally trips a switch that causes the bookcase to slide back, exposing a secret passage.

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* The film ''The Ghost And Mr. Chicken''.''Film/TheGhostAndMrChicken''. While spending the night in a haunted house, Luther Heggs (Don Knotts) throws an object at a bookcase and accidentally trips a switch that causes the bookcase to slide back, exposing a secret passage.



* In the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'', the main characters are being chased, so Brain starts trying to find a switch for a secret passage on the wall. Igor tells him there isn't a secret passage and bangs the opposite wall in frustration, hitting the switch for the secret passage.
13th Dec '15 3:59:03 PM nombretomado
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Similarly, in the XWingSeries Corran Horn, while infiltrating on Coruscant, goes walking without paying attention to where he's going because he's thinking. Yes, he does this on a hostile planet. But the Force was with him, since not only did he ''not'' get jumped while [[ContemplateOurNavels contemplating his past]], but he ended up outside of a WretchedHive where an enemy was having a drink, and in the following pages he ends up finding some friends he hadn't seen for a while.

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Similarly, in the XWingSeries Literature/XWingSeries Corran Horn, while infiltrating on Coruscant, goes walking without paying attention to where he's going because he's thinking. Yes, he does this on a hostile planet. But the Force was with him, since not only did he ''not'' get jumped while [[ContemplateOurNavels contemplating his past]], but he ended up outside of a WretchedHive where an enemy was having a drink, and in the following pages he ends up finding some friends he hadn't seen for a while.
9th Dec '15 10:30:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* A similar event happens in BreathOfFire3 when the gang of {{Loveable Rogue}}s are trying to find a way into a mansion early in the game: they search the wall around it for a way in, but give up quickly. Rei then leans against it, causing a large section of it to tip over since it was broken recently and they half-assed the repair job.

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* A similar event happens in BreathOfFire3 ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire3'' when the gang of {{Loveable Rogue}}s are trying to find a way into a mansion early in the game: they search the wall around it for a way in, but give up quickly. Rei then leans against it, causing a large section of it to tip over since it was broken recently and they half-assed the repair job.
16th Nov '15 8:22:16 AM FF32
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* In the first series of ''{{Blackadder}}'', our heroes are being hunted by drunken knights in a convent. In their despair, they [[PrayerIsALastResort beg the blessed virgin to help them]] - and when Edmund grabs the statue of Mary, it opens a secret passage. Subverted immediately afterwards when the knights burst in, find the room empty, and immediately figure out that they must have used the statue of Mary to open a secret passage and follow them.

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* In the first series of ''{{Blackadder}}'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', our heroes are being hunted by drunken knights in a convent. In their despair, they [[PrayerIsALastResort beg the blessed virgin to help them]] - and when Edmund grabs the statue of Mary, it opens a secret passage. Subverted immediately afterwards when the knights burst in, find the room empty, and immediately figure out that they must have used the statue of Mary to open a secret passage and follow them.
12th Sep '15 8:52:27 AM StFan
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* ''Series/ThunderbirdsAreGo'': In "Tunnels of Time", Gordon, Lady Penelope and Parker are trapped in a pyramid that is slowly filling with toxic gas. Parker sits down to be comfortable while he waits to die, and the stone he sits on opens a secret passage.

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* ''Series/ThunderbirdsAreGo'': ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo'': In "Tunnels of Time", Gordon, Lady Penelope and Parker are trapped in a pyramid that is slowly filling with toxic gas. Parker sits down to be comfortable while he waits to die, and the stone he sits on opens a secret passage.
9th Sep '15 7:03:48 PM AnotherDuck
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** A similar event happens in BreathOfFire3 when the gang of {{Loveable Rogue}}s are trying to find a way into a mansion early in the game: they search the wall around it for a way in, but give up quickly. Rei then leans against it, causing a large section of it to tip over since it was broken recently and they half-assed the repair job.

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** * A similar event happens in BreathOfFire3 when the gang of {{Loveable Rogue}}s are trying to find a way into a mansion early in the game: they search the wall around it for a way in, but give up quickly. Rei then leans against it, causing a large section of it to tip over since it was broken recently and they half-assed the repair job.



* In a lot of PointAndClick games, randomly clicking on everything is a good way to find things.
** In a lot of FirstPersonShooter, sliding along the wall while mashing the "open" key is a good way to find a hidden door or "fall into" a concealed passageway.
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