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24th Feb '17 2:54:24 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tywin Lannister immediately recognizes that the disguised Arya is actually a girl. Jaqen H'ghar does too. Tywin also quickly works out that Arya is a highborn posing as a commoner.
--> '''Tywin:''' Lowborn girls say "m'lord", not "my lord". If you're going to pose as a commoner, you should do it properly.
31st Jan '17 8:33:11 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', unsurprisingly, uses this at least once an episode.
** "A Study In Pink" contains 3 different types of scans to [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establish]] just how CrazyAwesome the titular detective is. Though in a bit of a departure from the usual trope, he's not always ''quite'' right -- when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EbhfRBAWwo he first meets Watson]], he deduces that Watson has an estranged alcoholic brother named Harry who has recently left his wife. He's right about the troubled sibling relationship, the alcohol, and the break-up... but Harry [[spoiler:is short for ''[[TomboyishName Harriet]]''.]]
** A DoubleSubversion in "The Blind Banker." Sherlock tells a college acquaintance familiar with his deductive scans that he's been around the world twice in the last month. When asked how he knew, Sherlock says the secretary mentioned it, which John knows to be untrue. Sherlock later explains to John that he deduced it from looking at the man's watch and seeing the date changes, but felt like messing with the guy's head.
** Subverted in "The Great Game" when Sherlock, having pronounced Molly's new boyfriend Jim gay, follows up a long list of subtle, ambiguous clues about Jim's personal grooming habits with the fact that he has just given Sherlock his phone number. And after all that, he still misses the fact that [[spoiler:Jim's last name is Moriarty.]]
** Subverted to the point of parody in "A Scandal in Belgravia", when Irene Adler flummoxes Sherlock by [[NakedFirstImpression giving him nothing to scan]]. To add to the humor, Sherlock immediately looks over at John and confirms he's not going insane by scanning him effortlessly ([[FunWithSubtitles the subtitles point out "new toothbrush" and "going out on date tonight"]]), then he glances right back at Irene's mischievous smile... and all he can get is [[DistractedByTheSexy "??????"]]
*** In the same episode, because he wants to show off and impress Irene, we see his Sherlock Scan enter BulletTime, breaking the combination of a safe in under ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 8 seconds!]]'' She later references the act as proof of his abilities, so he succeeded in impressing her. And he realizes the combination is her measurements--so he ''[[NotDistractedByTheSexy did]]'' pick up relevant information on her after all, he just didn't know what it was relevant ''to'' until he was told to open the safe.
*** At another point in the episode, the scan is used to highlight Sherlock's [[TranquilFury hidden anger]], as it becomes a litany of ways to inflict pain and injury on the operative who had [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique worked over]] [[ItsPersonal Mrs. Hudson]].
** [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft's]] Scanning abilities are shown to be superior in "The Great Game". Sherlock asks John (who has just spent a night at his girlfriend's house but ''not'' in her bed) "How was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_mattress lilo]]", only for Mycroft to immediately correct him: "Sofa, Sherlock, it was the sofa."
*** In "The Empty Hearse" Sherlock and Mycroft have a Scan-off with a hat left behind by one of Sherlock's clients, volleying deductions back and forth until [[spoiler:Sherlock]] runs out of fresh details to analyse. [[spoiler:However, Sherlock offers an insight into the subject's social isolation overlooked by Mycroft, who cannot perceive loneliness in himself or in others. Non-verifiable deduction so Sherlock loses the battle... but he wins the broader war by completely flummoxing Mycroft.]]
** Hilariously subverted in "The Sign Of Three", when Sherlock is [[spoiler: [[InterfaceScrew called out on a case while messily drunk]]. When he tries to Scan the crime scene, all of the deduction subtitles are blurry, inaccurate, and slurred, like [[BuffySpeak "egg chair sitty thing"]], "???", and "sleep".]]
* The American ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' features this as well. It's subverted in the first episode when he explains the intricate basis for several inductions in a row, ending with one that he simply knew beforehand [[CuttingTheKnot thanks to]] Website/{{Google}}.
** And again in season two.
--->"So you're a dog owner, correct? A Boston terrier."\\
"How did you know that?"\\
"You registered him with the city when you procured a pet license."
** The series also includes the part of Holmes genius' for the stories that is often overlooked in adaptations; sitting around for hours trying to look for some critical detail in the evidence that'll break the case. One RunningGag is Sherlock waking Joan up in some amusing fashion after a sleepless night of such deductions.



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', unsurprisingly, uses this at least once an episode.
** "A Study In Pink" contains 3 different types of scans to [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establish]] just how CrazyAwesome the titular detective is. Though in a bit of a departure from the usual trope, he's not always ''quite'' right -- when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EbhfRBAWwo he first meets Watson]], he deduces that Watson has an estranged alcoholic brother named Harry who has recently left his wife. He's right about the troubled sibling relationship, the alcohol, and the break-up... but Harry [[spoiler:is short for ''[[TomboyishName Harriet]]''.]]
** A DoubleSubversion in "The Blind Banker." Sherlock tells a college acquaintance familiar with his deductive scans that he's been around the world twice in the last month. When asked how he knew, Sherlock says the secretary mentioned it, which John knows to be untrue. Sherlock later explains to John that he deduced it from looking at the man's watch and seeing the date changes, but felt like messing with the guy's head.
** Subverted in "The Great Game" when Sherlock, having pronounced Molly's new boyfriend Jim gay, follows up a long list of subtle, ambiguous clues about Jim's personal grooming habits with the fact that he has just given Sherlock his phone number. And after all that, he still misses the fact that [[spoiler:Jim's last name is Moriarty.]]
** Subverted to the point of parody in "A Scandal in Belgravia", when Irene Adler flummoxes Sherlock by [[NakedFirstImpression giving him nothing to scan]]. To add to the humor, Sherlock immediately looks over at John and confirms he's not going insane by scanning him effortlessly ([[FunWithSubtitles the subtitles point out "new toothbrush" and "going out on date tonight"]]), then he glances right back at Irene's mischievous smile... and all he can get is [[DistractedByTheSexy "??????"]]
*** In the same episode, because he wants to show off and impress Irene, we see his Sherlock Scan enter BulletTime, breaking the combination of a safe in under ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 8 seconds!]]'' She later references the act as proof of his abilities, so he succeeded in impressing her. And he realizes the combination is her measurements--so he ''[[NotDistractedByTheSexy did]]'' pick up relevant information on her after all, he just didn't know what it was relevant ''to'' until he was told to open the safe.
*** At another point in the episode, the scan is used to highlight Sherlock's [[TranquilFury hidden anger]], as it becomes a litany of ways to inflict pain and injury on the operative who had [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique worked over]] [[ItsPersonal Mrs. Hudson]].
** [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft's]] Scanning abilities are shown to be superior in "The Great Game". Sherlock asks John (who has just spent a night at his girlfriend's house but ''not'' in her bed) "How was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_mattress lilo]]", only for Mycroft to immediately correct him: "Sofa, Sherlock, it was the sofa."
*** In "The Empty Hearse" Sherlock and Mycroft have a Scan-off with a hat left behind by one of Sherlock's clients, volleying deductions back and forth until [[spoiler:Sherlock]] runs out of fresh details to analyse. [[spoiler:However, Sherlock offers an insight into the subject's social isolation overlooked by Mycroft, who cannot perceive loneliness in himself or in others. Non-verifiable deduction so Sherlock loses the battle... but he wins the broader war by completely flummoxing Mycroft.]]
** Hilariously subverted in "The Sign Of Three", when Sherlock is [[spoiler: [[InterfaceScrew called out on a case while messily drunk]]. When he tries to Scan the crime scene, all of the deduction subtitles are blurry, inaccurate, and slurred, like [[BuffySpeak "egg chair sitty thing"]], "???", and "sleep".]]
* The American ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' features this as well. It's subverted in the first episode when he explains the intricate basis for several inductions in a row, ending with one that he simply knew beforehand [[CuttingTheKnot thanks to]] Website/{{Google}}.
** And again in season two.
--->"So you're a dog owner, correct? A Boston terrier."\\
"How did you know that?"\\
"You registered him with the city when you procured a pet license."
** The series also includes the part of Holmes genius' for the stories that is often overlooked in adaptations; sitting around for hours trying to look for some critical detail in the evidence that'll break the case. One RunningGag is Sherlock waking Joan up in some amusing fashion after a sleepless night of such deductions.
21st Jan '17 4:52:29 PM MikeW
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** The [[film/XXXReturnOfXanderCage sequel]] reprises it as Cage figures out he's being tested when a strange man sits by him at a village square and somehow knows Xander speaks English as he talks. Xander also notices a teenager wearing too expensive headphones, a woman running to a bus that won't leave for a while and a "cop" paying for a drink with foreign currency.

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** The [[film/XXXReturnOfXanderCage [[film/XxXReturnOfXanderCage sequel]] reprises it as Cage figures out he's being tested when a strange man sits by him at a village square and somehow knows Xander speaks English as he talks. Xander also notices a teenager wearing too expensive headphones, a woman running to a bus that won't leave for a while and a "cop" paying for a drink with foreign currency.
21st Jan '17 4:51:10 PM MikeW
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** The [[film/XXXReturnOfXanderCage sequel]] reprises it as Cage figures out he's being tested when a strange man sits by him at a village square and somehow knows Xander speaks English as he talks. Xander also notices a teenager wearing too expensive headphones, a woman running to a bus that won't leave for a while and a "cop" paying for a drink with foreign currency.
18th Jan '17 7:56:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* There is a video on [=YouTube=] parodying Sherlock and John's first meeting in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', except Sherlock's rapid-fire observations and conclusions are dead wrong. In fact, one of his conclusions - scratches near the charging port of a cell phone indicate a drunk - is pointed out by both John and Mike as a pretty common occurrence among most cell phone users.
18th Jan '17 7:38:13 AM ChronoLegion
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*** Given that he's an android, he has also probably run thousands of calculations and probabilities on what that 3 could have meant in the span of a few seconds.
18th Jan '17 7:30:28 AM ChronoLegion
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* [[GeniusBruiser Xander Cage]] (played by Creator/VinDiesel) in ''Film/XXx'' pulls one of these in a cafe, effortlessly pointing out all the plainclothes agents by noticing all the things that are wrong with the situation (like a waitress in high-heeled shoes).

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* [[GeniusBruiser Xander Cage]] (played by Creator/VinDiesel) in ''Film/XXx'' pulls one of these in a cafe, effortlessly pointing out all the plainclothes agents by noticing all the things that are wrong with the situation (like a waitress in high-heeled shoes).shoes or a businessman reading the stocks report on a Sunday).
9th Jan '17 6:08:00 PM nombretomado
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** At least for Frasiers Sr. and Jr. and [[LeslieNielsen Buck Frobisher]]. It's more of an ''arctic'' superpower that lead people to become Mounties.

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** At least for Frasiers Sr. and Jr. and [[LeslieNielsen [[Creator/LeslieNielsen Buck Frobisher]]. It's more of an ''arctic'' superpower that lead people to become Mounties.
2nd Jan '17 8:37:44 PM AuraXtreme
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** He also uses it on Mary Morstan (at her eager request). His observations are bang-on, down to the tan-line on her finger speaking of a prior betrothal, but when he [[HoYay rather cattily]] speculates that she broke off the engagement to find better prospects (i.e., Watson), she tosses her drink in his face. [[spoiler:Turns out, the guy died before they could marry.]] Earlier in the scene, when Holmes is alone at the table, it's implied that he suffers from hyper-awareness, [[NightmareFuel and can't turn it ''off''.]]
** In the [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows sequel]], [[spoiler: Moriarty uses this as well during the final fight. Holmes ends up pulling a TakingYouWithMe and showing that Moriarty's scan [[EvilCannotComprehendGood has a fatal flaw]]]]

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** He also uses it on Mary Morstan (at her eager request). His observations are bang-on, down to the tan-line on her finger speaking of a prior betrothal, but when he [[HoYay rather cattily]] speculates that she broke off the engagement to find better prospects (i.e., Watson), she tosses her drink in his face. [[spoiler:Turns out, the guy died before they could marry.]] Earlier in the scene, when Holmes is alone at the table, it's implied that he suffers from hyper-awareness, [[NightmareFuel and can't turn it ''off''.]]
]] ''[[BlessedWithSuck off]]''.
** In the [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows sequel]], [[spoiler: the Holmes-O-Vision fights are both derailed mid-follow-through. The first time, the assassin he's kicking the ass of [[CuttingTheKnot gets a knife to his]] [[SubvertedTrope body armour]], forcing Holmes to improvise. The second time, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Moriarty uses this as well during can do the final same thing - and they both realize that Holmes is going to lose in a proper fight. Holmes ends up pulling a TakingYouWithMe and showing that Moriarty's scan [[EvilCannotComprehendGood has a fatal flaw]]]]
2nd Jan '17 8:20:56 PM AuraXtreme
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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has a curious subversion with Vicar Jeremy (first seen in Chapter 45 of the manga). He demonstrates several different Sherlock Scans, all of which are accurate and logical once he explains his trains of thought, but most of which are ultimately [[spoiler:a way to maintain the cover of Sebastian Michaelis, devil of a butler and NotQuiteDead]]. He ends up being [[BeenThereShapedHistory the inspiration for Arthur]] (author of ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'') to continue writing professionally. His scans include:
** Identifying a particular guest of Ciel's party as Karl Woodley.
--->'''Woodley:''' How do you know my name...!?
--->'''Jeremy:''' Oh, it's quite obvious from the rings adorning your fingers. Large diamonds of that size are mined in South Africa. And the unique round brilliant-cut of those diamonds is possible only with [[SecretArt the latest polisher devloped by the Woodley Company]]. [...] Thus, if among the guests at Earl Phantomhive's dinner party, there is one individual wearing such rare rings, he is most likely to be president of the Woodley Company... you, Mister Woodley.
** Identifying Arthur as an author [[{{Irony}} (while praising him for saving the Vicar his breath)]].
--->'''Jeremy:''' It's a simple feat to tell a person's occupations and such from their clothing and habits. First, you have a writer's callus on the middle finger of your right hand. And it differs from that of those who draw or paint.. in other words, it goes to show just how much you write. Next, that blue smudge on your sleeve. This can happen when laundering fabric to which coloured ink has adhered. And lastly... you have made a habit of noting on your cuffs with pencil story ideas as they strike you so they do not forget. ''Pearl... India... Secret Room... Sign.'' Only a writer would do something like that, hmm?
** The classic Holmesian "drunkard's pocketwatch" scan, combined with TheNoseKnows.
--->'''Jeremy:''' Here we have a very expensive-looking pocketwatch, but there are numerous scratches around the key wind. Only a terrible boor or a drunkard would do such a thing, don't you agree? And this pungent odour of alcohol is proof that he was drinking spirits of considerable strength right up until the moment of his death... Oh? I detect an ever-so-slight scent of the sea...
** Identifying a faked-death-turned-backstab via the aforementioned nose-knowing and a knowledge of poisons.
--->'''Jeremy:''' There is a substance that has been recently discovered called tetrodotoxin. If it is purified in a certain way, one can enter a state of apparent death by consuming it.
--->'''Arthur:''' Tetrodotoxin is a neurotoxin possessed by blowfish and octopi. [...]
--->'''Jeremy:''' I noticed a slight scent of the sea when I inspected Siemens's corpse. That was probably the result of the poison being distilled from blowfish venom. [...]
--->'''Lau:''' He only intended to fake his death but ended up being murdered for real.
** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Dissolving suspicions of actress Irene Diaz being a vampire]] after said actress was found to be twelve years older than her lover and possessing a bottle of dark red liquid.
--->'''Jeremy:''' Red perilla is known as an antiaging substance. The extract that is produced from boiling it down is what keeps you looking so young... no?
--->'''Diaz:''' Y-yes. [...]
--->'''Baldroy, Mey-Rin, Finnian''': [[AntiClimax That was iiit?]]
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