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14th Jan '18 1:15:54 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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This is when an impersonator has an almost perfect disguise, only to ruin it with a seemingly inconspicuous mistake. Perhaps the imposter blurted out [[OutOfCharacterAlert something out-of-character]] (or a [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay personal catchphrase]]), or accidentally revealed that [[ASinisterClue they're left-handed]]. %% *NOT* IAmNotLeftHanded.

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This is when an impersonator has an almost perfect disguise, only to ruin it with a seemingly inconspicuous mistake. Perhaps the imposter blurted out [[OutOfCharacterAlert something out-of-character]] (or a [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay personal catchphrase]]), forgot to include a DistinguishingMark (often a {{Intimate Mark|s}}), or accidentally revealed that [[ASinisterClue they're left-handed]]. %% *NOT* IAmNotLeftHanded.
8th Jan '18 6:29:43 PM Someoneman
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* Plane-spotters and birdwatchers do this in [[this https://xkcd.com/1910/]] [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}}]] strip, much to the frustration of a government cabal who need to find something to disguise their surveillance drones as that ''doesn't'' have an obsessive spotting community. Turns out, there's a lot of people who like staring at the sky.

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* Plane-spotters and birdwatchers do this in [[this https://xkcd.com/1910/]] [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}}]] [[https://xkcd.com/1910/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip, much to the frustration of a government cabal who need to find something to disguise their surveillance drones as that ''doesn't'' have an obsessive spotting community. Turns out, there's a lot of people who like staring at the sky.
8th Jan '18 7:30:12 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''Warnings at Waverly Academy'', NancyDrew has the chance to notice that [[spoiler: one of the students is actually twins, who take turn attending classes because only one of them was awarded a scholarship. The Spottable Thread is that one twin's bangs are always falling into her eyes.]]

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* In ''Warnings at Waverly Academy'', NancyDrew VideoGame/NancyDrew has the chance to notice that [[spoiler: one of the students is actually twins, who take turn attending classes because only one of them was awarded a scholarship. The Spottable Thread is that one twin's bangs are always falling into her eyes.]]
7th Jan '18 1:00:57 PM intastiel
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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheEmperorsSoul'' by Wan [=ShaiLu=], a Master Forger whose work requires her to be a polymath with an [[AwesomenessByAnalysis exacting eye for detail]]. When she learns that the Emperor is brain-dead and a government faction is trying to hide that fact, her first instruction is that someone regularly fill the Imperial chamber pot, because servants would notice that sort of thing.
29th Dec '17 7:34:57 PM ThraggLootrippa
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* Xander Cage spotting the fake diner hold-up in ''Film/XXx'':

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* Xander Cage spotting the fake diner hold-up in ''Film/XXx'':''Film/XXx'', and critiquing everyone in on it due to all the dangling threads he spotted within a minute:



** Subverted in the next scene when he assumes they are still playing him after dumping him in Columbian drug cartel territory. He figures it out just before Danny Trejo goes to work on him with a machete.

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** Subverted in the next scene when he Xander assumes they are still playing with him after dumping him in Columbian drug cartel territory. He figures it out just before Danny Trejo goes to work on him with a machete.



* In ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', Judge Dredd trips up a corrupt Judge on Ma-Ma's payroll this way. When the Judge states that he was responding to a call for backup, Dredd points out that the Judge didn't ask about the rookie Anderson.

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* In ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', Judge Dredd trips up a corrupt Judge on Ma-Ma's payroll this way. When the Judge states that he was responding to a call for backup, Dredd points out that the Judge didn't ask about the rookie Anderson.Anderson; Dredd was alone in hostile territory at the time, and a Judge really responding to such a call for Dredd and Anderson would have have asked where the missing rookie was.
29th Dec '17 3:13:28 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Plane-spotters and birdwatchers do this in [[this https://xkcd.com/1910/]] [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}}]] strip, much to the frustration of a government cabal who need to find something to disguise their surveillance drones as that ''doesn't'' have an obsessive spotting community. Turns out, there's a lot of people who like staring at the sky.
28th Dec '17 7:07:02 PM ZashikiWarashi
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* A rejected student of Izumi's kidnaps Edward for revenge in ''[[https://fanfiction.net/s/3539895/3/ Scare Tactics]]'' and threatens to slit his throat with a knife. [[spoiler: Izumi scoffs, and lets him know that the real Edward has an automail ''right'' arm, not a left one (the villain specializes in creating humanoid dolls, and when trying to make a copy of Edward, made a reflection by mistake)]].
20th Dec '17 12:15:28 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheDeuce'': IntrepidReporter (and HotScoop) Sandra dresses up like a prostitute to write a story about prostitution around the Deuce. After she gets picked up by a paddywagon, patrolmen Chris spots that she's an impostor by the fact that her shoes are too expensive.

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* ''Series/TheDeuce'': IntrepidReporter (and HotScoop) Sandra dresses up like a prostitute to write a story about prostitution around the Deuce. After she gets picked up by a paddywagon, patrolmen patrolman Chris spots that she's an impostor by the fact that her shoes are too expensive.
20th Dec '17 12:14:38 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheDeuce'': IntrepidReporter (and HotScoop) Sandra dresses up like a prostitute to write a story about prostitution around the Deuce. After she gets picked up by a paddywagon, patrolmen Chris spots that she's an impostor by the fact that her shoes are too expensive.
19th Nov '17 11:36:41 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', murderous thief Sabine is [[GenreSavvy canny enough]] to know that IMF is after the intelligence she stole (killing IMF Agent Hanaway to do so), and realizes that Ethan and Brandt are IMF agents when she sees Brandt's hi-tech contact lens, which Hanaway had been wearing when she killed him at the start of the film.

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* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', murderous thief Sabine is [[GenreSavvy canny enough]] enough to know that IMF is after the intelligence she stole (killing IMF Agent Hanaway to do so), and realizes that Ethan and Brandt are IMF agents when she sees Brandt's hi-tech contact lens, which Hanaway had been wearing when she killed him at the start of the film.



* 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!"]]. The other Animorphs also 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!"]]. The other Animorphs also 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.



* In ''VideoGame/EatLeadTheReturnOfMattHazard'', at one point an impostor QA shows up, and they each accuse the other of being the impostor, but Matt already knows the red one is bad. How? Well, aside from GoodColorsEvilColors, she actually flirted with Matt, and gave nothing but bad advice. It helps that Matt is generally GenreSavvy.

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* In ''VideoGame/EatLeadTheReturnOfMattHazard'', at one point an impostor QA shows up, and they each accuse the other of being the impostor, but Matt already knows the red one is bad. How? Well, aside from GoodColorsEvilColors, she actually flirted with Matt, and gave nothing but bad advice. It helps that Matt is generally GenreSavvy.
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