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20th Nov '16 1:22:32 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* An illegal slave sale in ''[[Literature/BekaCooper Terrier]]'' is found out by the spotting of several such threads in the announcement they sent out. The threads were these: They used pure red wax for seals (the legitimate version includes ebony shavings), used a cotton ribbon (legitimate announcements use silk), misnamed the king, and wrote the letter 's' normally (scribes at the Ministry of Slave Sales put an extra curl on the letter 's').

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* An illegal slave sale in ''[[Literature/BekaCooper ''[[Literature/ProvostsDog Terrier]]'' is found out by the spotting of several such threads in the announcement they sent out. The threads were these: They used pure red wax for seals (the legitimate version includes ebony shavings), used a cotton ribbon (legitimate announcements use silk), misnamed the king, and wrote the letter 's' normally (scribes at the Ministry of Slave Sales put an extra curl on the letter 's').
20th Nov '16 1:21:51 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* An illegal slave sale in ''[[Literature/BekaCooper Terrier]]'' is found out by the spotting of several such threads in the announcement they sent out. The threads were these: They used pure red wax for seals (the legitimate version includes ebony shavings), used a cotton ribbon (legitimate announcements use silk), misnamed the king, and wrote the letter 's' normally (scribes at the Ministry of Slave Sales put an extra curl on the letter 's').
** Beka also notices a man trying to exchange counterfeit silver coins for copper ones because it's too early in the evening for most Lower City residents to have silver (gambling starts later at night, and gambling is the only real way for most to get silver). When she investigates further, she notices that the profile on the coins is pointed in the wrong direction. The man is quickly caught.
7th Nov '16 1:28:04 PM MikeW
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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Thea's boyfriend takes her to a suburban vacation, Thea falling asleep during the ride. She feels something is off when the skies are so bright and clear and the suburb immaculate. However, she soon realizes that the background sounds end up looping with birds chirping and a dog barking in a perfect sequence over and over. It leads her to discover that the "suburb" is an underground chamber set up by HIVE for survivors of the nuclear war they plan to set off.
6th Nov '16 9:03:26 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** Sasuke recognizes a Naruto impostor because he doesn't have a cut on his cheek. (Naruto received it before they entered the Forest of Death.) After this incident, the team decides to have a secret password, so if they split up and someone comes back, they can confirm their identity via the password. Naruto promptly is separated from the group, rejoins them, and recites the password correctly. Sasuke attacks, knowing that the real Naruto would never remember the intentionally long and complicated password, especially on his first try.

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** Sasuke recognizes a Naruto impostor because he doesn't have a cut on his cheek. (Naruto received it before they entered the Forest of Death.) After this incident, the team decides to have a secret password, so if they split up and someone comes back, they can confirm their identity via the password. Naruto promptly is separated from the group, rejoins them, and recites the password correctly. Sasuke attacks, knowing that promptly attacks. [[KansasCityShuffle The real point of the password]] was to see if a Naruto imposter could recite it correctly- the real Naruto would never remember the intentionally long and complicated password, especially on his first try.
6th Nov '16 9:00:28 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Magnus figures out that [[spoiler: First Spear Valiar Marcus]] is actually the traitorous Cursor Fidelias by spotting a number of such threads, such as [[spoiler: Marcus]] being able to reliably spot him when he's trying to be stealthy and seemingly having disappeared off the face of Carna after serving his military term (because Fidelias abandoned that cover identity after serving his time, later reusing it to spy on the First Aleran).
5th Nov '16 10:50:07 PM Premonition45
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** During the "Nuclear Meltdown" encountered during his escape attempt, [[OhCrap his reaction]] to a '''complete stranger''' (a police officer) [[INeverToldYouMyName uttering "You're welcome, Truman."]]

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** During the "Nuclear Meltdown" encountered during his escape attempt, [[OhCrap his reaction]] to a '''complete stranger''' (a police officer) officer [[INeverToldYouMyName uttering "You're welcome, Truman."]]" without ever asking his name or being shown any ID]].
24th Oct '16 10:09:22 AM capthanos
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls:
** "Into the Bunker:" [[spoiler:When Dipper asks for a sign to decide which Wendy is the imposter, the shape shifter gives him a suggestive wink, which Dipper knows the real Wendy would not do as of yet, and the real Wendy gives a legitimate sign, so Dipper correctly strikes the imposter.]]
** "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape to Reality:" [[spoiler:In Mabeland, a frustrated Dipper talks to Wendy, who says that if Dipper were older, she might have wanted to date him. At first, Dipper gets really happy at the thought, until Wendy yet again gives him a wink, a CallBack to "Into the Bunker," revealing that this Wendy is just a part of the fantasy world.]]
23rd Oct '16 10:01:34 AM nombretomado
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-->'''Spy (on American gas station)''': [[BritishAccents Petrol]], [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman please]]!

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-->'''Spy (on American gas station)''': [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Petrol]], [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman please]]!
18th Oct '16 8:51:12 PM KeithM
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** Used deliberately when a Solarian supposedly assisting Haven's StateSec uses computer imagery to disguise the appearance of the StateSec crew when they communicate with an Andermani warship. The Andermani commander realizes immediately that someone is trying to con him because the Solarian secretly inserted a CGI "extra" in the background of the bridge, one that looks exactly like Honor Harrington. Not only did the Andermani know her personally, at the time she was thought dead after apparently being executed.

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** Used deliberately when a Solarian supposedly assisting Haven's StateSec uses computer imagery to disguise digitally alters the appearance uniforms and bridge of the StateSec crew to look Manticoran when they communicate with an Andermani warship. The Andermani commander realizes immediately that someone is trying to con him because the Solarian secretly inserted a CGI "extra" in the background of the bridge, one that looks exactly like Honor Harrington. Not only did the Andermani commander know her personally, having met in the past, at the time she was thought dead after apparently being executed.executed by the People's Republic of Haven.
15th Oct '16 8:55:11 AM TheWanderer
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* Zigzagged in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'': Billy Loomis, who has been suspected of being the killer for the entire movie, and even taken into custody at one point (although he was later cleared) is asked by his girlfriend Sidney who he called with his "one phone call" when he was arrested. He tells her that he called his father, but Sidney points out that the station called his father. [[spoiler: Not thirty seconds later, he is killed, exonerating him from suspicion. However, it turns out that he actually ''was'' the killer (or one of them anyway) and had faked his death, and the thread Sidney had spotted earlier was probably correct.]]

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* Zigzagged in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'': Billy Loomis, who has been suspected of being the killer for the entire movie, and even taken into custody at one point (although he was later cleared) is asked by his girlfriend Sidney who he called with his "one phone call" "OnePhoneCall" when he was arrested. He tells her that he called his father, but Sidney points out that the station called his father. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not thirty seconds later, he is killed, exonerating him from suspicion. However, it turns out that he actually ''was'' the killer (or one of them anyway) and had faked his death, and the thread Sidney had spotted earlier was probably correct.]] ]]



* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'' there's an example of ''literally'' spotting the thread, when [[spoiler:Saito notices that the carpet in a room he's in is made of the wrong fibre, tipping him off that he's still in a dream.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'' there's an example of ''literally'' spotting the thread, when [[spoiler:Saito Saito notices that the carpet in a room he's in is made of the wrong fibre, tipping him off that he's still in a dream.]]
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