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17th Oct '17 2:08:07 PM Triscon42
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*** The other bit of damning info came when Armin remembered that during the 57th expedition, [[spoiler: Reiner]] had been overtly interested in figuring out where Eren was; and, after a run-in with the Female Titan, she had changed course.


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** ''Much'' later in the manga [[spoiler: Eren sneaks into Marley disguised as a wounded soldier, but puts his Eldian armband on the wrong arm.
16th Oct '17 1:58:27 PM Inediblecake
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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huck goes in disguise as a girl at one point; the woman he's talking to gets suspicious when he can't thread a needle, and he is found out because of the way he catches a ball of yarn tossed to him. In short, Huck didn't do his research.
** If memory serves, he could thread a needle, only he was putting a needle on a thread, not the thread into the needle like any girl would do. Makes less sense, though.
*** The real giveaway was how he caught the yarn: A girl would open her legs, to catch the ball on her skirt, but a boy would close his legs to catch it on his lap. Oh, and anyone who'd ever done sewing would know that putting the thread into the needle is much, much easier than putting the needle onto the thread.

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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huck goes in disguise as a girl at one point; the woman he's talking to gets suspicious when he can't attempts to thread a needle, needle by putting the needle onto the thread, whereas any girl would know that it is far easier to do it the other way around, and he ultimately is found out because of the way when he catches a ball of yarn tossed to him. him via closing his legs such that it lands on his lap. A girl would instead open her legs to catch it on her skirt. In short, Huck didn't do his research.
** If memory serves, he could thread a needle, only he was putting a needle on a thread, not the thread into the needle like any girl would do. Makes less sense, though.
*** The real giveaway was how he caught the yarn: A girl would open her legs, to catch the ball on her skirt, but a boy would close his legs to catch it on his lap. Oh, and anyone who'd ever done sewing would know that putting the thread into the needle is much, much easier than putting the needle onto the thread.
research.
16th Oct '17 1:51:13 PM Inediblecake
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', when Jake is infested with a Yeerk (mind-controlling slug), the GenreSavvy alien Ax immediately spots that something is wrong from his unusually vacant expression (it helps that just before that Jake fell head first into a pool full of Yeerks so the suspicion was not far-fetched). The Yeerk blows the disguise completely when Ax makes skin contact with Jake’s body, which revolts the Yeerk beyond limits and causes him to scream at Ax in rage. [[OutOfCharacterAlert "GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME, ANDALITE FILTH!"]].
** Gets better. The other Animorphs point out that if Jake was really the one "in the driver's seat", he would have gone along with their plan to starve the Yeerk, just to make absolutely sure and settle everyone’s minds. But since the Yeerk was fighting them every step in the way, the other Animorphs locked him up, knowing with 100% surety that he was a Controller.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', when Jake is infested with a Yeerk (mind-controlling slug), the GenreSavvy alien Ax immediately spots that something is wrong from his unusually vacant expression (it helps that just before that Jake fell head first into a pool full of Yeerks so the suspicion was not far-fetched). The Yeerk blows the disguise completely when Ax makes skin contact with Jake’s body, which revolts the Yeerk beyond limits and causes him to scream at Ax in rage. [[OutOfCharacterAlert "GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME, ANDALITE FILTH!"]].
** Gets better.
FILTH!"]]. The other Animorphs also point out that if Jake was really the one "in the driver's seat", seat," he would have gone along with their plan to starve the Yeerk, Yeerk just to make absolutely sure and settle everyone’s minds. But since the Yeerk was fighting them every step in the way, the other Animorphs locked him up, knowing with 100% surety that he was a Controller.
5th Oct '17 7:39:37 PM AFP
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* In ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', Kirk finds something off in "God's" demands for his followers:
-->'''"God"''': This... starship... could it carry my... ''wisdom'' beyond the Barrier?\\
'''Sybok''': It could! Yes!\\
'''"God"''': Then I shall make use of this starship.\\
'''Sybok''': It will be your chariot!\\
'''Kirk''': [[PullingTheThread Excuse me...]]\\
'''"God"''': It will carry my power through every corner of Creation...\\
'''Kirk''': ''Excuse me'', I'd just like to ask a question... [[ArmorPiercingQuestion What does God need with a Starship?]]
27th Sep '17 9:44:52 AM Daeolus
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* In ''Fanfic/BringMeBackHome'', while questioning Marinette (actually her parallel universe double Bridgette) about her sudden and unexplained dislike of Chat Noir, he notices that her pigtails are suddenly much longer than they were the day before. It remains to be seen just what he deduces from this information.

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* In ''Fanfic/BringMeBackHome'', while questioning Marinette (actually her parallel universe double Bridgette) about her sudden and unexplained dislike of Chat Noir, he Adrien notices that her pigtails are suddenly much longer than they were the day before. It remains to be seen just what he deduces from this information.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Tails' New Home", Sonic and Tails meet an elderly fox couple who are apparently Tails' long-lost parents. Sonic allows Tails to stay with the couple, and while reminiscing on their first meeting, remembers that Tails is OnlyKnownByHisNickname, and on hop of that, it's a nickname that Sonic gave him. If the couple really were Tails' parents, they would have called him "Miles". Sure enough, the 'parents' are actually some of Robotnik's robots in disguise.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Tails' New Home", Sonic and Tails meet an elderly fox couple who are apparently Tails' long-lost parents. Sonic allows Tails to stay with the couple, and while reminiscing on their first meeting, remembers that Tails is OnlyKnownByHisNickname, and on hop top of that, it's a nickname that Sonic gave him. If the couple really were Tails' parents, they would have called him "Miles". Sure enough, the 'parents' are actually some of Robotnik's robots in disguise.
24th Sep '17 4:52:45 PM eowynjedi
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* In one episode of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', both Charles and Rosa apply to rent the apartment of an elderly woman who passed away and go to great lengths to butter up the landlord. When he rents to someone else, they start wondering if he has a reason not to rent to ''cops'', because on paper they are very desirable tenants, and find that the woman was poisoned because her apartment was rent-controlled and the landlord wanted to jack up the price.
9th Sep '17 7:18:40 AM TheKaizerreich
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* Legend has it that the "Romeo" spies used by East German spymaster Markus Wolf to prey on lonely West German women who had access to relevant information eventually got compromised by German train conductors who noticed their totally unfashionable haircuts as soon as they entered West Germany.

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* Legend has it that the "Romeo" spies used by East German spymaster Markus Wolf to prey on lonely West German women who had access to relevant information eventually got compromised by German train conductors who noticed their totally unfashionable haircuts as soon as they entered West Germany. Which of course is unrealistically silly because physical appearance, including clothes, hairstyle etc is one of the core problems a spy has to keep in mind - if a haircut gives the spy away, then said spy might as well not bother with the job.
3rd Sep '17 7:38:13 AM KingLyger
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Tails' New Home", Sonic and Tails meet an elderly fox couple who are apparently Tails' long-lost parents. Sonic allows Tails to stay with the couple, and while reminiscing on their first meeting, remembers that Tails is OnlyKnownByHisNickname; if the couple really were the parents, they would have used Tails' EmbarrassingFirstName, Miles! Sure enough, the 'parents' are actually some of Robotnik's robots in disguise.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Tails' New Home", Sonic and Tails meet an elderly fox couple who are apparently Tails' long-lost parents. Sonic allows Tails to stay with the couple, and while reminiscing on their first meeting, remembers that Tails is OnlyKnownByHisNickname; if OnlyKnownByHisNickname, and on hop of that, it's a nickname that Sonic gave him. If the couple really were the Tails' parents, they would have used Tails' EmbarrassingFirstName, Miles! called him "Miles". Sure enough, the 'parents' are actually some of Robotnik's robots in disguise.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "The Trial", the Defense Zircon spots several inconsistencies with [[spoiler: the story of Rose shattering Pink Diamond]].
** At this point, Rose Quartz was an infamous, wanted criminal, and [[spoiler: the only one of her gem type that was active at the time]]. So how did she [[spoiler: get past ''all'' of Pink Diamond's entourage without somebody recognizing her and at least sounding the alarm? Either TheGuardsMustBeCrazy, or Pink Diamond was killed by someone close to her, someone who could get past Pink's entourage with no interference, someone who'd have the authority to have the entire situation covered up, someone... like another Diamond]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "The Trial", the Defense Zircon spots several inconsistencies with [[spoiler: the story of Rose shattering Pink Diamond]].
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Diamond]]. At this point, Rose Quartz was an infamous, wanted criminal, and [[spoiler: the only one of her gem type that was active at the time]]. So how did she [[spoiler: get past ''all'' of Pink Diamond's entourage without somebody recognizing her and at least sounding the alarm? Either TheGuardsMustBeCrazy, or On top of that, the explanation that Rose's sword shattered Pink Diamond makes no sense, because it was made so it couldn't shatter Gems, much less one of the most powerful Gems in the entire universe. The Defense Zircon concludes that Pink Diamond was killed by someone close to her, someone who could get past Pink's entourage with no interference, someone who'd have the authority to have the entire situation covered up, someone... like another Diamond]]. Of course, right after this, the Defense Zircon [[ExplainExplainOhCrap realizes what she just said]] and tries a VerbalBackspace, but the judge for the trial poofs her immediately.
27th Aug '17 9:54:24 PM PaulA
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* In KeithLaumer's ''Worlds of the Imperium'', the protagonist is recruited as a spy because his counterpart in an alternate universe was a ruthless dictator, and the plan was to replace his double to allow for a successful revolution. The plan works and he's successful in convincing everyone he's the dictator... up until the moment, flush with how successful the masquerade has been, he stands to greet one of the dictator's confidants and is immediately exposed. No one outside the dictator's immediate circle knew he's lost the use of his legs.

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* In KeithLaumer's Creator/KeithLaumer's ''Worlds of the Imperium'', the protagonist is recruited as a spy because his counterpart in an alternate universe was a ruthless dictator, and the plan was to replace his double to allow for a successful revolution. The plan works and he's successful in convincing everyone he's the dictator... up until the moment, flush with how successful the masquerade has been, he stands to greet one of the dictator's confidants and is immediately exposed. No one outside the dictator's immediate circle knew he's lost the use of his legs.
23rd Aug '17 2:01:47 PM MikeW
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** ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''[='=] Hope was replaced by the evil princess Gina, but her son and husband suspected this immediately, as Gina's demeanor was icy and cruel, in stark contrast to Hope's. ** ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Mac was replaced by a double who imitated him a little ''too'' perfectly. Plus, the imprisoned Mac fed the double false information about his love life, resulting in him ignoring a fiancee he had previously been very loving towards while making advances (which he thought were welcome, but came off as sleazy, thanks to the other woman's lack of interest in him) to another woman. It was then that his friends wised up to what was going on.

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** ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''[='=] Hope was replaced by the evil princess Gina, but her son and husband suspected this immediately, as Gina's demeanor was icy and cruel, in stark contrast to Hope's.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Mac was replaced by a double who imitated him a little ''too'' perfectly. Plus, the imprisoned Mac fed the double false information about his love life, resulting in him ignoring a fiancee he had previously been very loving towards while making advances (which he thought were welcome, but came off as sleazy, thanks to the other woman's lack of interest in him) to another woman. It was then that his friends wised up to what was going on.



** In "Future Imperfect", Riker is in a simulation designed to make him think it is 16 years in the future and he is captain. Among the threads he spots: The computer takes forever to respond to requests, Geordi takes over 30 hours to run a level one diagnostic on this problem ("You're incapable of this level of incompetence!"), Data cannot do trillions of calculations per second and uses contractions (but denies it immediately afterward), and finally when he sees pictures of his dead wife it turns out to be a non-existent girl he met on the holodeck (they scanned his memory for a woman he had loved and lost but whose actual death he had never grieved). He's suspicious that something is ''off'' but isn't sure what until he sees the pictures, then realizes all the other threads confirm he's in a simulation. It's revealed to be a Romulan simulation, until Riker realizes ''that's'' also wrong when Ethan, who played his son in the prior simulation, refers to Commander Tomalak as "Ambassador" (his title from the previous simulation) once again.

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** In "Future Imperfect", Riker is in a simulation designed to make him think it is 16 years in the future and he is captain. Among the threads he spots: The computer takes forever to respond to requests, Geordi takes over 30 hours to run a level one diagnostic on this problem ("You're incapable of this level of incompetence!"), Worf cannot give the slightest details on where and when he got a scar from combat, Data cannot do trillions of calculations per second and uses contractions (but denies it immediately afterward), and finally when he sees pictures of his dead wife it turns out to be a non-existent girl he met on the holodeck (they scanned his memory for a woman he had loved and lost but whose actual death he had never grieved). He's suspicious that something is ''off'' but isn't sure what until he sees the pictures, then realizes all the other threads confirm he's in a simulation. It's revealed to be a Romulan simulation, until Riker realizes ''that's'' also wrong when Ethan, who played his son in the prior simulation, refers to Commander Tomalak as "Ambassador" (his title from the previous simulation) once again.
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