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20th Sep '17 8:42:57 AM CosmicFerret
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*** When JamesBond meets with his Japanese contact he gives her the Sign "I love you" to identify himself to her. She doesn't give him a Countersign to verify that she is his contact, which causes him to be suspicious of her. Later on Tiger Tanaka gives him the Countersign, which causes Bond to trust him.

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*** When JamesBond Film/JamesBond meets with his Japanese contact he gives her the Sign "I love you" to identify himself to her. She doesn't give him a Countersign to verify that she is his contact, which causes him to be suspicious of her. Later on Tiger Tanaka gives him the Countersign, which causes Bond to trust him.
3rd Sep '17 3:45:22 AM F1Krazy
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** During Henry Hill's (the mobster whose life ''Goodfellas'' was based on) trial, the Feds brought in actual jewelers to testify that the conversations Hill was having weren't actually related to jewelry work and were instead code for drug deals.

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** During the trial of Henry Hill's (the Hill, the mobster whose life ''Goodfellas'' was based on) trial, on, the Feds brought in actual jewelers to testify that the conversations Hill was having weren't actually related to jewelry work and were instead code for drug deals.



** Another Nazi example is "operation sea lion", their plan for an assault and landing on the British coast. Note to all troperific generals: if it contains a clever reference to what you're planning to do, it's not a good code name.

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** Another Nazi example is "operation sea lion", "Operation Sea Lion", their plan for an assault and landing on the British coast. Note to all troperific generals: if it contains a clever reference to what you're planning to do, it's not a good code name.


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* A more light-hearted example: one Tumblr post that [[MemeticMutation rapidly went viral]] suggested that users of the site could do this to find each other in real life. The idea was that if you thought someone was a fellow Tumblr blogger, you'd tell them, "Hey, I like your shoelaces", and if they ''were'' a Tumblr blogger, they'd reply, "Thanks, I stole them from the President". The idea was soundly ridiculed.
21st Aug '17 11:17:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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** In ''[[HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'' Han Solo, suspecting that his communications were being monitored by Imperial ships, sent a message to Lando Calrissian to rendezvous with him "two systems rimward from where you had no choice". In other words, two systems towards the galactic rim from Bespin, where [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Lando was forced to hand Han and Leia over to Vader]]. (Alluding to his line, "Sorry, Han, but I had no choice.") Later in the same novel, General bel Iblis issues a recall order to two Rogue Squadron pilots (who are operating anonymously) reading simply "This is father. All is forgiven; come home at once."

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** In ''[[HandOfThrawn ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'' Han Solo, suspecting that his communications were being monitored by Imperial ships, sent a message to Lando Calrissian to rendezvous with him "two systems rimward from where you had no choice". In other words, two systems towards the galactic rim from Bespin, where [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Lando was forced to hand Han and Leia over to Vader]]. (Alluding to his line, "Sorry, Han, but I had no choice.") Later in the same novel, General bel Iblis issues a recall order to two Rogue Squadron pilots (who are operating anonymously) reading simply "This is father. All is forgiven; come home at once."



* In the second book of TheBabysittersClub, the girls are worried about the possibility of a crook from the news (or any crook for that matter) showing up while they're on the job and how suspicious it would look for them to call the police so they come up with the following: The girl who thinks there's something up calls up a friend and asks "Have you found my red ribbon?" The person receiving the call responds "No; the blue one." which is followed by "Oh; that's okay." if the caller isn't sure there's trouble or "Now I'm gonna get it." to signify "I'm in deep trouble; call the police ASAP!"

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* In the second book of TheBabysittersClub, Literature/TheBabysittersClub, the girls are worried about the possibility of a crook from the news (or any crook for that matter) showing up while they're on the job and how suspicious it would look for them to call the police so they come up with the following: The girl who thinks there's something up calls up a friend and asks "Have you found my red ribbon?" The person receiving the call responds "No; the blue one." which is followed by "Oh; that's okay." if the caller isn't sure there's trouble or "Now I'm gonna get it." to signify "I'm in deep trouble; call the police ASAP!"
19th Aug '17 6:57:03 PM jormis29
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* ''The Assignment'' (1997) is about a US naval officer who has an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, so he's recruited in a CIA/Mossad scheme to discredit the terrorist. Another terrorist who knows the real Carlos accidentally runs into this {{doppelganger}} at Heathrow Airport. The protagonist tries to bluff his way out by pretending to be Carlos, but when the terrorist responds, "I need to buy a newspaper" realizes too late that it's a password to which he doesn't know the countersign -- his life is only saved by the intervention of a Mossad agent who gets killed in the process. Afterwards his CIA handler mentions a similar incident where he was forced to kill a man who didn't respond with the correct countersign, and later uses this story to [[SpotTheImposter tell the difference between the protagonist and the real Carlos]].

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* ''The Assignment'' ''Film/TheAssignment'' (1997) is about a US naval officer who has an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, so he's recruited in a CIA/Mossad scheme to discredit the terrorist. Another terrorist who knows the real Carlos accidentally runs into this {{doppelganger}} at Heathrow Airport. The protagonist tries to bluff his way out by pretending to be Carlos, but when the terrorist responds, "I need to buy a newspaper" realizes too late that it's a password to which he doesn't know the countersign -- his life is only saved by the intervention of a Mossad agent who gets killed in the process. Afterwards his CIA handler mentions a similar incident where he was forced to kill a man who didn't respond with the correct countersign, and later uses this story to [[SpotTheImposter tell the difference between the protagonist and the real Carlos]].
19th Aug '17 12:59:30 PM BreadBull
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** Well, law enforcement, if they managed to listen, usually do know what they are speaking about... they just can't use it in court as evidence.

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** Well, Trouble is, even if law enforcement, if they managed to listen, usually enforcement do know what they are speaking about... about, they just can't just use it in court as evidence.
17th Aug '17 12:45:45 AM jormis29
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* Partially parodied in ''Film/TheSaint'':

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* Partially parodied in ''Film/TheSaint'':''Film/TheSaint1997'':
8th Aug '17 8:39:41 PM DrFraud
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11191235/45/Harry-Potter-and-the-Prince-of-Slytherin Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin]]'':
-->'''Theo:''' Somebody tried to kill you, and I'm just now learning about it?! I mean, I know I was at Malfoy Manor, but can't we work out a code to let me know about things like that before next summer? Like "''the rooster crowed at midnight''" means "''somebody tried to feed Harry to a pack of feral pixies''"?\\
'''Harry:''' Doxies. And we'll make that a project before next summer.
29th Jul '17 10:54:26 PM AtmosBlitzer
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** As evidenced above, Mustang's version is comprised almost entirely of talk about his many, many girlfriends. Who, incidentally, by the end of the manga pretty clearly utterly fail to exist. Most of the few actual women he's seen with turn out to be agents with his foster mother's information network.

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** As evidenced above, Mustang's version is comprised almost entirely of talk about his [[UrbanLegendLoveLife many, many girlfriends.girlfriends]]. Who, incidentally, by the end of the manga pretty clearly utterly fail to exist. Most of the few actual women he's seen with turn out to be agents with his foster mother's information network.



** There's a lovely one which consists of Roy and Riza discussing a bunch of friends at lunch. The first initials of the names Riza mentions Roy spells out (in the loo) to convey the shocking [[TheReveal Reveal]]: [[spoiler: SELIM BRADLEY IS HOMUNCULUS.]]

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** There's a lovely one which consists of Roy and Riza discussing a bunch of friends at lunch. The first initials of the names Riza mentions Roy spells out (in the loo) to convey the shocking [[TheReveal Reveal]]: [[spoiler: SELIM BRADLEY IS A HOMUNCULUS.]]
17th Jul '17 7:23:15 PM HeroGal2347
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', the protagonists visit a restaurant full of spies speaking Spy Speak.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', the protagonists visit a restaurant full of spies speaking Spy Speak.
7th Jul '17 12:14:09 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Companies will often give codenames to projects in production, mostly to prevent competitors from figuring out what they're doing. The most evident one is filmmaking on location, upon which someone will post temporary signs on streetlights, telephone poles, and other structures with an arrow leading to the set and some word either marginally related or completely unrelated to what they're filming.
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