History Main / SmokingGun

9th Mar '16 12:12:17 PM NNinja
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* Sometimes shows up in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', like [[spoiler:the receipt used to absolve Maya]] in the second case of the first game.

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* Sometimes shows up in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', like [[spoiler:the receipt used to absolve Maya]] in the second case of the first game.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.
28th Dec '15 12:34:46 PM Meltemi
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** Subverted in case 1-5: presenting a piece of unapproved evidence too soon will cause the judge to give you a [[OneHitKill one hundred percent penalty]], and you'll have to reload. [[spoiler: You have to trick Damon Gant, who is both the witness at the time and the chief of police, into ''technically'' approving the evidence; you can then present it and win the trial.]]

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** Subverted in case 1-5: presenting a piece of unapproved evidence too soon will point the gun at the wrong person, cause the judge to give you a [[OneHitKill one hundred percent penalty]], and you'll have force the player to reload. [[spoiler: You have to trick Damon Gant, who is both the witness at the time and the chief of police, into ''technically'' approving tying the evidence; evidence to the case through his testimony, and more importantly tying himself to the evidence as the one responsible for its existence as opposed to merely concealing it; you can then present it and win the trial.]]
12th Nov '15 12:58:10 AM RavenWilder
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Sometimes other [[CourtroomAntic courtroom antics]] are pulled to buy time if it is known the smoking gun will arrive soon. Compare SurpriseWitness. When used outside the courtroom as the last part of a BatDeduction, it's ClueEvidenceAndASmokingGun

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Sometimes other [[CourtroomAntic courtroom antics]] are pulled to buy time if it is known the smoking gun will arrive soon. Often, the key piece of evidence is the real perpetrator being CaughtOnTape. Compare SurpriseWitness. When used outside the courtroom as the last part of a BatDeduction, it's ClueEvidenceAndASmokingGun
11th Nov '15 5:55:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Creator/LordPeterWimsey mystery novel ''Clouds of Witness'' ends with a smoking gun, namely [[spoiler: the victim's suicide letter, which he sent to his ex-lover in America. To get the letter back to London in time for the trial, Lord Peter has to take an airplane... and in the year 1926, a transatlantic flight is no laughing matter. It's dramatic all right.]]

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* The Creator/LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey mystery novel ''Clouds of Witness'' ends with a smoking gun, namely [[spoiler: the victim's suicide letter, which he sent to his ex-lover in America. To get the letter back to London in time for the trial, Lord Peter has to take an airplane... and in the year 1926, a transatlantic flight is no laughing matter. It's dramatic all right.]]
11th Nov '15 5:54:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Done literally in ''New Warriors''. Vance, a telekinetic, is on trial for the murder of his abusive father. The defense claims it was an accident, Vance was striking out in self-defense with his badly-tuned powers. The prosecuter pulls a pistol and fires at Vance's face. Vance mentally freezes the gag pistol and, unfortunately, the very smoke emanating from it. Stopping the smoke gets him sent away. The prosecuter remains unpunished.
* In ''YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', Toby King introduces the book of Hermes, a book containing all of history that can be used to alter the future -- or the past. He'd spent the entire trial trying to prove that the theft of the book was the true motive for Riptide's murder, and finally had proof of both this and his client Knightsabre's innocence: a passage written by [[spoiler:Sentinel]] to implicate Knightsabre in the crime, as proven by the fact that it ''describes him writing it''.

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* Done literally in ''New Warriors''.''ComicBook/NewWarriors''. Vance, a telekinetic, is on trial for the murder of his abusive father. The defense claims it was an accident, Vance was striking out in self-defense with his badly-tuned powers. The prosecuter pulls a pistol and fires at Vance's face. Vance mentally freezes the gag pistol and, unfortunately, the very smoke emanating from it. Stopping the smoke gets him sent away. The prosecuter remains unpunished.
* In ''YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', ''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', Toby King introduces the book of Hermes, a book containing all of history that can be used to alter the future -- or the past. He'd spent the entire trial trying to prove that the theft of the book was the true motive for Riptide's murder, and finally had proof of both this and his client Knightsabre's innocence: a passage written by [[spoiler:Sentinel]] to implicate Knightsabre in the crime, as proven by the fact that it ''describes him writing it''.



* The LordPeterWimsey mystery novel ''Clouds of Witness'' ends with a smoking gun, namely [[spoiler: the victim's suicide letter, which he sent to his ex-lover in America. To get the letter back to London in time for the trial, Lord Peter has to take an airplane... and in the year 1926, a transatlantic flight is no laughing matter. It's dramatic all right.]]

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* The LordPeterWimsey Creator/LordPeterWimsey mystery novel ''Clouds of Witness'' ends with a smoking gun, namely [[spoiler: the victim's suicide letter, which he sent to his ex-lover in America. To get the letter back to London in time for the trial, Lord Peter has to take an airplane... and in the year 1926, a transatlantic flight is no laughing matter. It's dramatic all right.]]



* In the trial of Tycho Celchu in the ''XWingSeries'' novels, there are two smoking guns. The first is a surprise witness (Who the prosecution and defense were both fully aware of and trying to bring in, it's just that he had only come forward as a witness less than a day before), who was killed before he could testify. The other is yet another surprise witness, who neither prosecutor or defense knew about until he walked into the courtroom - [[spoiler:the man that Tycho was on trial for murdering]].

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* In the trial of Tycho Celchu in the ''XWingSeries'' ''Literature/XWingSeries'' novels, there are two smoking guns. The first is a surprise witness (Who the prosecution and defense were both fully aware of and trying to bring in, it's just that he had only come forward as a witness less than a day before), who was killed before he could testify. The other is yet another surprise witness, who neither prosecutor or defense knew about until he walked into the courtroom - [[spoiler:the man that Tycho was on trial for murdering]].



* The Christmas special ''GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'' has the grandson Jake clearing Santa's name with surprise evidence and no backing from anyone other than his own knowledge by proving the real culprit [[spoiler: his Cousin Mel. To do this, he enters the courtroom, states that Cousin Mel gave the cake that grandma had "Reindeer Nip", which caused the reindeer to make a U turn and slam into her. That, along with a note that says essentially "It's okay, I'm Santa, I'm going to take your grandmother to the north pole to heal, causes his cousin to confess and get herself arrested.]] [[AssPull Almost as if the writers knew this was impossible]], the prosecution attempts to object, and the judge never acknowledges that he said anything and lets Jake keep talking.

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* The Christmas special ''GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'' ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'' has the grandson Jake clearing Santa's name with surprise evidence and no backing from anyone other than his own knowledge by proving the real culprit [[spoiler: his Cousin Mel. To do this, he enters the courtroom, states that Cousin Mel gave the cake that grandma had "Reindeer Nip", which caused the reindeer to make a U turn and slam into her. That, along with a note that says essentially "It's okay, I'm Santa, I'm going to take your grandmother to the north pole to heal, causes his cousin to confess and get herself arrested.]] [[AssPull Almost as if the writers knew this was impossible]], the prosecution attempts to object, and the judge never acknowledges that he said anything and lets Jake keep talking.
11th Nov '15 5:53:21 AM Morgenthaler
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Sometimes other [[CourtroomAntic courtroom antics]] are pulled to buy time if it is known the SmokingGun will arrive soon. Compare SurpriseWitness. When used outside the courtroom as the last part of a BatDeduction, it's ClueEvidenceAndASmokingGun

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Sometimes other [[CourtroomAntic courtroom antics]] are pulled to buy time if it is known the SmokingGun smoking gun will arrive soon. Compare SurpriseWitness. When used outside the courtroom as the last part of a BatDeduction, it's ClueEvidenceAndASmokingGun



* The film ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' ends with a classic SmokingGun revelation, in which Vinny discovers a piece of evidence (Mona Lisa Vito's photograph of the tire marks, which was taken from a different position than the police photo and so showed the tire marks in their entirety) that proves that his clients couldn't have committed the murder, which leads to the further revelation that the actual perpetrators have already been arrested for an unrelated crime. At that point, it doesn't even have to go to the jury -- the prosecuting attorney dismisses the charges against Vinny's clients.

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* The film ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' ends with a classic SmokingGun smoking gun revelation, in which Vinny discovers a piece of evidence (Mona Lisa Vito's photograph of the tire marks, which was taken from a different position than the police photo and so showed the tire marks in their entirety) that proves that his clients couldn't have committed the murder, which leads to the further revelation that the actual perpetrators have already been arrested for an unrelated crime. At that point, it doesn't even have to go to the jury -- the prosecuting attorney dismisses the charges against Vinny's clients.



* The LordPeterWimsey mystery novel ''Clouds of Witness'' ends with a SmokingGun, namely [[spoiler: the victim's suicide letter, which he sent to his ex-lover in America. To get the letter back to London in time for the trial, Lord Peter has to take an airplane... and in the year 1926, a transatlantic flight is no laughing matter. It's dramatic all right.]]

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* The LordPeterWimsey mystery novel ''Clouds of Witness'' ends with a SmokingGun, smoking gun, namely [[spoiler: the victim's suicide letter, which he sent to his ex-lover in America. To get the letter back to London in time for the trial, Lord Peter has to take an airplane... and in the year 1926, a transatlantic flight is no laughing matter. It's dramatic all right.]]
17th Jun '15 6:49:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used literally in ''WesternAninimation/BeeMovie''. Barry's friend even has to buy time, and the defending lawyer demands evidence (despite there already being evidence) of a smoking gun. Barry shows up with a smoke gun used to calm down honeybees. Bees win the case against humans.
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* Used literally in ''BeeMovie''. Barry's friend even has to buy time, and the defending lawyer demands evidence (despite there already being evidence) of a smoking gun. Barry shows up with a smoke gun used to calm down honeybees. Bees win the case against humans.
14th Jun '15 5:33:00 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair novel ''Rule of Evidence'', Paul Sinclair dredges up evidence at the last moment that the newly installed system on the ship could have caused the problem they were blaming on sabotage. Specifically, the evidence includes a warning of problems the system could cause ... and the description in the warning is essentially identical to what actually happened. Someone in the government had concealed that evidence; the prosecutor [[note]]who helped get the evidence introduced, even though it trashed the case she'd been making[[/note]] and the judge were '''NOT''' happy with whoever it was.

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* In JohnHemry's Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair novel ''Rule of Evidence'', Paul Sinclair dredges up evidence at the last moment that the newly installed system on the ship could have caused the problem they were blaming on sabotage. Specifically, the evidence includes a warning of problems the system could cause ... and the description in the warning is essentially identical to what actually happened. Someone in the government had concealed that evidence; the prosecutor [[note]]who helped get the evidence introduced, even though it trashed the case she'd been making[[/note]] and the judge were '''NOT''' happy with whoever it was.
5th Mar '15 8:45:22 PM PhillyDom
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** The animation cell in one episode which revealed the true creator of Itchy and Scratchy.

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** The animation cell cel in one episode which revealed the true creator of Itchy and Scratchy.
5th Mar '15 8:43:07 PM PhillyDom
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* ''Series/{{Mash}}''

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* ''Series/{{Mash}}''''Series/{{MASH}}''
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