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12th Jun '16 8:56:42 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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A skeleton key (also known as a pass key) is a master key often used by [[MasterOfUnlocking locksmiths]], that will open any lock in the set of locks for which it is made. In fiction, a skeleton key will open ''any'' lock or LockedDoor, ''period'', and will often be shaped like a skeleton, skull or bone (partly a SightGag and partly a visual clue as to the key's purpose). More realistic examples have a full keyring of them, one for each type of lock.

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A skeleton key (also known as a pass key) is a master key often used by [[MasterOfUnlocking locksmiths]], that will open any lock in the set of locks for which it is made. In fiction, a skeleton key will open ''any'' lock or LockedDoor, ''period'', and will often be shaped like a skeleton, skull or bone (partly a SightGag and partly a visual clue as to the key's purpose).purpose)[[note]] This has confused generations of foreign viewers, as very few languages' terms for "skeleton key" actually involve a "skeleton" part.[[/note]]. More realistic examples have a full keyring of them, one for each type of lock.
9th May '16 6:47:25 AM Waddle
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* Alyx Vance appears to have an electronic one about half-way through ''VideoGame/{{HalfLife 2}}'', which opens all doors in Nova Prospekt and can also hack Combine computer consoles.

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* Alyx Vance appears to have an electronic one about half-way through ''VideoGame/{{HalfLife 2}}'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', which opens all doors in Nova Prospekt and can also hack Combine computer consoles.



* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': ''Videogame/HarmonyOfDissonance'' features a Lure Key that opens almost all the doors in the castle, to ease backtracking in the later parts of the game. There are two doors that it doesn't work on - MK's Bracelet opens one, and the Skull Key opens the other.

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* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': ''Videogame/HarmonyOfDissonance'' ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance'' features a Lure Key that opens almost all the doors in the castle, to ease backtracking in the later parts of the game. There are two doors that it doesn't work on - MK's Bracelet opens one, and the Skull Key opens the other.
23rd Apr '16 8:35:41 AM drbreakfast
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* In ''Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole'', the Covenant Man gives Tim a key which can be used to open any lock, but it only works once then becomes a useless chunk of metal.
22nd Mar '16 5:41:13 AM lvthn13
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* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has one of these as a random power. It's the only InterchangeableAntimatterKey which isn't made of antimatter, so it sets your key count to the cap of 99.

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* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'':
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has one of these as a random power. It's Skeleton Key item that grants 99 keys
** ReBirth retains
the only InterchangeableAntimatterKey which isn't made of antimatter, so it sets your key count to Skeleton Key item and adds golden keys (unlimited keys for the cap rest of 99.the floor), Dad's Key (multiple use item that opens all doors in the current room), and a lockpick trinket that allows all locked chests to be opened for free.
6th Mar '16 4:03:53 PM Bissek
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* One shows up in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' -- it not only opens any lock (which is useful in case Alex gets imprisoned), it's also shaped like a skeleton, and Alex has to steal it from a real skeleton.

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* One shows up in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' -- it not only opens any lock (which is useful in case Alex gets imprisoned), it's also shaped like a skeleton, and Alex has to steal it from a real skeleton.skeleton - [[GuideDangIt in an area with no locks, which you can't go back to once you find places with locks, which you steal by playing a xylophone, with no evidence that anyone present likes music]].
28th Jan '16 6:35:25 PM Sheena08
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* In ''Literature/SamhainIsland'' Tremaine and Hannah use a skeleton key to get into the tower.
25th Sep '15 6:31:24 AM MissingNumbers
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* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' 2 and 3 have Skeleton Keys

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* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' 2 and 3 have Skeleton KeysKeys to unlock door passages on the board, of which Luigi is particularly fond of [[ArtificialStupidity even if he isn't interested in actually using them properly]].
4th Sep '15 9:14:10 PM jormis29
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[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* One of the powers that are sometimes ascribed to a HandOfGlory is the ability to magically open any lock. No wonder it is generally associated with thieves.
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17th Jul '15 10:34:36 AM rcmerod52
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* ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' has an item called the Skeleton Key, which allows you to choose the item you get out of Item Spaces, including red ones.
13th Apr '15 5:52:34 PM Discar
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* In ''Anime/TheBigO'', Roger Smith has a device that looks like a key blank. When inserted into a lock, it will emerge as a perfect copy of that lock's key, which can then be used to open the lock. It is unclear whether it is reusable or if he has several.

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In ''Anime/TheBigO'', Roger Smith has a device that looks like a key blank. When inserted into a lock, it will emerge as a perfect copy of that lock's key, which can then be used to open the lock. It is unclear whether it is reusable or if he has several.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' and his SuperTeam in the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, the Others, have Joshua Cole, a.k.a. Operative, who has an Atlantean key that has the magic property of being able to unlock any lock.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' and his SuperTeam in the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, the Others, have Joshua Cole, a.k.a. Operative, who has an Atlantean key that has the magic property of being able to unlock any lock.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had several magical keys that could open any lock, such as the Key of Opening, the Silver Key of Portals and Skeleton Keys (I and II). Also worth noting is the spell Knock, which, when cast, immediately opens (or closes) most objects that can be opened (or closed): doors, chests, boxes, and so on. Amusingly, Knock can be keyed to a Wand for repeated casting, creating a limited-use "skeleton wand".

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had several magical keys that could open any lock, such as the Key of Opening, the Silver Key of Portals and Skeleton Keys (I and II). Also worth noting is the spell Knock, which, when cast, immediately opens (or closes) most objects that can be opened (or closed): doors, chests, boxes, and so on. Amusingly, Knock can be keyed to a Wand for repeated casting, creating a limited-use "skeleton wand".



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* While jailed, Shane Baker made a copy of the master key using its images [[http://www.news.com.au/national-news/killer-escaped-prison-after-being-issued-picture-of-master-key-to-all-locks/story-fncynjr2-1226629878591 from a booklet that were handed out to all prisoners]]. The copy allowed him and his inmate Daniel Heiss to escape from the prison only to be recaptured some days later.
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* While jailed, Shane Baker made a copy of the master key using its images [[http://www.news.com.au/national-news/killer-escaped-prison-after-being-issued-picture-of-master-key-to-all-locks/story-fncynjr2-1226629878591 from a booklet that were handed out to all prisoners]]. The copy allowed him and his inmate Daniel Heiss to escape from the prison only to be recaptured some days later.
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