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6th Feb '16 8:57:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In one episode where Detective Goren is trying (as usual) to force a confession out of a killer, he needs to force him to admit that his father wanted little if anything to do with him. To do this, he exploits his fondness for finely, immaculately detailed scale model cars (for which the suspect had spent a considerable amount). The trope applies when Goren shows him the kit of a car his father did buy as a gift: a cheap dime-store model that was meant more for children and novice model-kit builders. Goren informs the suspect that the gift wasn't given out of the goodness of his father's heart, but to get him to shut up and go away.
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* ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In one episode where Detective Goren is trying (as usual) to force a confession out of a killer, he needs to force him to admit that his father wanted little if anything to do with him. To do this, he exploits his fondness for finely, immaculately detailed scale model cars (for which the suspect had spent a considerable amount). The trope applies when Goren shows him the kit of a car his father did buy as a gift: a cheap dime-store model that was meant more for children and novice model-kit builders. Goren informs the suspect that the gift wasn't given out of the goodness of his father's heart, but to get him to shut up and go away.

* On ''{{Cheers}}'' Norm's favorite low-price restaurant sold things which were [[LiteCreme nearly meat]], like "Baff" and "Loobster."
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* On ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' Norm's favorite low-price restaurant sold things which were [[LiteCreme nearly meat]], like "Baff" and "Loobster."
2nd Feb '16 12:51:22 AM TheCuza
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* In an episode of ''Series/YesDear'', it's mentioned that the engagement ring Jimmy gave to Christine was a very obvious fake. For one thing, the "diamond" was full of black spots, which Jimmy claimed was because it was a rare and valuable "Leopard Diamond". This results in a BrickJoke when, in TheTag of the episode, Jimmy is watching a home shopping channel and [[AccidentalTruth they are actually selling a Leopard Diamond]]. He calls Christine into the room, but after the channel mentions the (very high) price, he quickly calls out again: "Never mind!"
23rd Jan '16 8:56:17 PM Franklansburg
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* In Belarus around 2010, one of the most popular television shows was ''The Theorists'', where every single episode was a loosely translated episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', complete with {{expy}}s of every -- single -- main character from the show. Chuck Lorre called out the series in a vanity card at the end of a ''Big Bang'' episode. Fortunately, before Creator/WarnerBros had to sue, ''The Theorists'' ended when its stars walked off the job.
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* In Belarus around 2010, one of the most popular television shows was ''The Theorists'', where every single episode was a loosely translated episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', complete with {{expy}}s of every -- single -- main character from the show. Chuck Lorre called out the series in [[http://www.chucklorre.com/index-bbt.php?p=277 a vanity card card]] at the end of a ''Big Bang'' episode. Fortunately, before Creator/WarnerBros had to sue, ''The Theorists'' ended when its stars walked off the job.
9th Jan '16 11:16:05 AM AHI-3000
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* One particular ''{{Boondocks}}'' story arc involved the granddad getting Huey a "Phony Funstation" as a present. He then tries to justify it by saying it came with a free griddle.
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* One particular ''{{Boondocks}}'' ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' story arc involved the granddad Granddad getting Huey a "Phony Funstation" as a present. He then tries to justify it by saying it came with a free griddle.
8th Jan '16 3:58:39 PM nombretomado
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* A large percentage of {{Shovelware}} is made of these.
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* A large percentage of {{Shovelware}} UsefulNotes/{{Shovelware}} is made of these.
7th Jan '16 11:50:48 AM GastonRabbit
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlatantLies It's just as good as]] [[NintendoDS the real thing]]!]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlatantLies It's just as good as]] [[NintendoDS [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS the real thing]]!]]
1st Jan '16 2:46:57 AM shadowbeast
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** This was going on during the interwar period, as many metal fabricators were set to work making weapons for various factions, including [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HNaB7l2GQk these showcased by Forgotten Weapons]], which were based on known brands of self-loading pistols but clearly weren't, with quality ranging from plain crap to surprisingly good, but copied in form and not function, due the manufacturer simply being told to make copies of a gun and not knowing much about them; leading to some that will reliably fire, but had all manner of secondary functions that were simply left as solid details with no moving parts, dead loose, or simply with no alignment at all, particularly the rear sights which are often graduated in a series of numbers which makes no sense at all, due to them not being able to read European languages either, and just stamping on improper makers' marks, nonsense graduations and strings of total gibberish all over the item.
12th Dec '15 4:53:38 PM AgProv
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PF Chisholm's border mysteries
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* ''A Surfeit Of Guns'', by historical whodunnit writer P.F. Chisholm, plays on the historical example of Ulfbehrt/Ulfbert (see Military, below). The King of Scotland has been scammed by a German armourer promising the best quality pistols and muskets for his army. These are sold on the basis of having been created by the best gunsmith in Germany, who has signed every weapon with his name. But the name on the guns is mis-spelt, which alerts the hero to the scam. At first inclined to let the Scots find out the hard way, the (English) Border Warden, Sir Robert Carey, is prodded into action when the defective weapons are smuggled to the English side, and start blowing up in the hands of English users...
6th Dec '15 5:14:13 PM Saber15
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* The original ''Videogame/{{Crysis}}'' has an InUniverse example. Nomad encounters a group of North Korean soldiers wearing PowerArmor based on the US's multi-billion dollar nanosuits. Nomad explicitly says they look like cheap knockoffs, and in gameplay they are; while Nomad's suit can flip between bullet-resistance, super strength, super speed, and cloaking, the KPA suits can only boost their resistance or strength. However, in multiplayer the US and KPA suits are a case of CosmeticallyDifferentSides.
27th Nov '15 3:54:34 PM nombretomado
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* A recurring character on SaturdayNightLive (played by Creator/DanAykroyd) is a sleazy businessman jumping aboard the latest fads with ''horrendous'' products. The Halloween costumes stand out in this department, with "TheInvisibleMan" (an all-black outfit and ski-mask, making it easy for kids to get hit by a car while Trick-or-Treating), and "[[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Human Torch]]" (a bunch of oil-soaked rags stapled to a shirt and a lighter).
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* A recurring character on SaturdayNightLive ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (played by Creator/DanAykroyd) is a sleazy businessman jumping aboard the latest fads with ''horrendous'' products. The Halloween costumes stand out in this department, with "TheInvisibleMan" (an all-black outfit and ski-mask, making it easy for kids to get hit by a car while Trick-or-Treating), and "[[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Human Torch]]" (a bunch of oil-soaked rags stapled to a shirt and a lighter).
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