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3rd Oct '17 5:24:01 PM ANTMuddle
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Compare EurekaMoment and YouWereTryingTooHard. Can also be TruthInTelevision in the case of misplaced items.

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Compare EurekaMoment and YouWereTryingTooHard. Can %%Can also be TruthInTelevision in the case of constantly misplaced items.
3rd Oct '17 5:23:33 PM ANTMuddle
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Compare EurekaMoment and YouWereTryingTooHard.

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Compare EurekaMoment and YouWereTryingTooHard. Can also be TruthInTelevision in the case of misplaced items.
28th Aug '17 2:43:21 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Lampshaded, parodied, and eventually played straight in Episode 81.
-->'''Mackenzie:''' ''(leans against a wall)'' We're never gonna figure this out!
-->'''Saison:''' ''(beat)'' Eh, Mackenzie, what are you doing?
-->'''Mackenzie:''' That's how you usually find a secret passage. You just give up and then you lean on something, and it usually opens...
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11th Aug '17 3:30:10 PM StFan
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-> '''Daphne''': Look! A secret passage!\\
'''Fred''': You're right! Shaggy, you're a genius!\\
'''Shaggy''': I am?\\
'''Velma''': Sure. Who else but you could've sat down on the rock that opened the secret passage?\\
'''Shaggy''': I thought that rock was pretty suspicious.
-->--''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou''

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-> '''Daphne''': '''Daphne:''' Look! A secret passage!\\
'''Fred''': '''Fred:''' You're right! Shaggy, you're a genius!\\
'''Shaggy''': '''Shaggy:''' I am?\\
'''Velma''': '''Velma:''' Sure. Who else but you could've sat down on the rock that opened the secret passage?\\
'''Shaggy''': '''Shaggy:''' I thought that rock was pretty suspicious.
-->--''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou''



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* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'': The Legion is hiding from the 30th-Century authorities in a sewer beneath Metropolis. One of them trips, smacks a wall with hand, a trips a hidden switch that reveals a thousand-year-old ComicBook/LexLuthor lair to hide out in.

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* ''Legion ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes'': Super-Heroes}}'': The Legion is hiding from the 30th-Century authorities in a sewer beneath Metropolis. One of them trips, smacks a wall with hand, a trips a hidden switch that reveals a thousand-year-old ComicBook/LexLuthor lair to hide out in.



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-->'''Brain''': ''(Smugly)'' I'm sorry, you were saying?
-->'''Igor''': Technically, it's a secret ''staircase''.

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-->'''Brain''': ''(Smugly)'' -->'''Brain:''' ''[smugly]'' I'm sorry, you were saying?
-->'''Igor''':
saying?\\
'''Igor:'''
Technically, it's a secret ''staircase''.



* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''

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* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''''Franchise/IndianaJones'':



* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', [[spoiler:the Apocalypse clock has minutes to go, with the heroes still baffled over how to get the Macguffin stones to open. Vito's lackey, David, resigns himself to their fate and sighs, accidentally triggering the "Wind" stone with his breath.]]

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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', [[spoiler:the Apocalypse clock has minutes to go, with the heroes still baffled over how to get the Macguffin MacGuffin stones to open. Vito's lackey, David, resigns himself to their fate and sighs, accidentally triggering the "Wind" stone with his breath.]]



-->'''Frederick:''' "PUT! THE CANDLE! BACK!"

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-->'''Frederick:''' "PUT! PUT! THE CANDLE! BACK!"BACK!



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

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* Sort of in ''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.\\
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Similarly, in the 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.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
**
Sort of in ''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.\\
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clicks.
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Similarly, in the Literature/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.



* In "Lord of the Rings" - The fellowship spend ages trying to work out how to enter the gates of Moria, until someone suggests taking the instructions literally!

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* In "Lord of the Rings" - ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': The fellowship spend ages trying to work out how to enter the gates of Moria, until someone suggests taking the instructions literally!



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* TheComicStripPresents

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** In "Black Orchid", the Doctor gets trapped in a secret passage. After searching for the catch to the door and failing to find it, he deliberately leans against a random wall - and it clicks open.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "Message in a Bottle", the USS ''Prometheus'' has lost weapons, shields and navigation, and is being fired on by both Starfleet and Romulans. Neither Voyager's Doctor nor the Prometheus' doctor (EMH-2) has any idea what to do, when EMH-2 puts his hand on a console and inadvertently activates the Multi-Vector Assault Mode.

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** In "Black Orchid", the Doctor gets trapped in a secret passage. After searching for the catch to the door and failing to find it, he deliberately leans against a random wall - -- and it clicks open.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': In "Message in a Bottle", the USS ''Prometheus'' has lost weapons, shields and navigation, and is being fired on by both Starfleet and Romulans. Neither Voyager's ''Voyager''[='s=] Doctor nor the Prometheus' ''Prometheus''[='=] doctor (EMH-2) has any idea what to do, when EMH-2 puts his hand on a console and inadvertently activates the Multi-Vector Assault Mode.



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' by Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0691.html here]]. Elan manages to find a treasure chest while walking around.
* ''ChasingTheSunset'': Suggested as a possible method for finding a secret door in [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c166 this strip]].
* Played straight in [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20110819 this]] ''CtrlAltDel'' strip.
* …and in [[http://strewthcomic.com/2011/09/22/chapter-five-page-four/ this]] ''Strewth!'' strip.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' by Roy in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0691.html here]]."All Available Resources"]]. Elan manages to find a treasure chest while walking around.
* ''ChasingTheSunset'': ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'': Suggested as a possible method for finding a secret door in [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c166 this strip]].
* Played straight in [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20110819 this]] ''CtrlAltDel'' ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' strip.
* …and And in [[http://strewthcomic.com/2011/09/22/chapter-five-page-four/ this]] ''Strewth!'' strip.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has Ben doing this with the omnitrix; rather than trying logical patterns or anything like that, he just randomly rotates the dial. It actually doesn't do anything for many episodes, until he gets lucky and triggers the SuperMode that removes form time limits. Other characters call him on the useless fiddling several times as well. Justified by the fact that he's a kid and no one understands the thing anyway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':
** Ben
has Ben been doing this with the omnitrix; rather than trying logical patterns or anything like that, he just randomly rotates the dial. It actually doesn't do anything for many episodes, until he gets lucky and triggers the SuperMode that removes form time limits. Other characters call him on the useless fiddling several times as well. Justified by the fact that he's a kid and no one no-one understands the thing anyway.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'': Ron Stoppable has many of these moments. It's even lampshaded once:
-->(Ron catches himself on a bit of piping. The piping shifts, and a secret door opens.)\\
'''Kim:''' (to Ron) Mr. Dumb Luck!

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'': ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable has many of these moments. It's even lampshaded once:
-->(Ron -->''[Ron catches himself on a bit of piping. The piping; the piping shifts, and a secret door opens.)\\
opens]''\\
'''Kim:''' (to Ron) ''[to Ron]'' Mr. Dumb Luck!
14th Jul '17 4:27:26 AM NightShade96
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* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'': The Legion is hiding from the 30th-Century authorities in a sewer beneath Metropolis. One of them trips, smacks a wall with hand, a trips a hidden switch that reveals a thousand-year-old LexLuthor lair to hide out in.

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* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'': The Legion is hiding from the 30th-Century authorities in a sewer beneath Metropolis. One of them trips, smacks a wall with hand, a trips a hidden switch that reveals a thousand-year-old LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor lair to hide out in.
7th Jul '17 1:03:09 AM infernape612
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-->(Ron catches himself on a bit of piping. The piping shifts, and a secret door opens.)
--> Kim: (to Ron) Mr. Dumb Luck!

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-->(Ron catches himself on a bit of piping. The piping shifts, and a secret door opens.)
--> Kim:
)\\
'''Kim:'''
(to Ron) Mr. Dumb Luck!
10th Jun '17 12:49:03 AM FurtiveGrist
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'': Ron Stoppable has many of these moments It's even lampshaded once:

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'': Ron Stoppable has many of these moments moments. It's even lampshaded once:
10th Jun '17 12:48:27 AM FurtiveGrist
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'': Ron Stoppable has many of these moments It's even lampshaded once:
-->(Ron catches himself on a bit of piping. The piping shifts, and a secret door opens.)
--> Kim: (to Ron) Mr. Dumb Luck!
30th Apr '17 3:38:26 AM foxley
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Black Orchid", the Doctor gets trapped in a secret passage. After searching for the catch to the door and failing to find it, he deliberately leans against a random wall - and it clicks open.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]", Clare is searching Prof. Chronotis' study and discovers the controls to his TARDIS by leaning on a bookshelf.
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In "Black Orchid", the Doctor gets trapped in a secret passage. After searching for the catch to the door and failing to find it, he deliberately leans against a random wall - and it clicks open.
30th Mar '17 7:54:10 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* An early episode of WesternAnimation/Cyberchase featured Matt evoking this on a pyramid, claiming that in movies, you press a random brick to open a door. He's proven right when Didgit leans against the pyramid and fall backwards upon the door opening.

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* An early episode of WesternAnimation/Cyberchase WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}} featured Matt evoking this on a pyramid, claiming that in movies, you press a random brick to open a door. He's proven right when Didgit leans against the pyramid and fall backwards upon the door opening.
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