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* The ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence'' short story "Blind Man's Bluff" has an improvised metaphor code, as Tommy manages to tell Tuppence that she should phone Albert and get him to follow them when they leave the [[BlandNameProduct Blitz]] Hotel with their new clients, while apparently telling her to place an order with the hotel restaurant for tomorrow's dinner.
27th Aug '16 12:20:35 AM Allexan
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** Once there was a situation, when two guys, big fans of anime, and two girls, were working on common choir. Boys were actively discussing last TV season, using lots of GratuitousJapanese, and after several minutes one of the girls told another: "Let's talk clothes, so that they wouldn't understand anything either!"

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** Once there was a situation, when two guys, big fans of anime, and two girls, were working on common choir. Boys were actively discussing last TV season, using lots of GratuitousJapanese, and after several minutes one of the girls told another: "Let's talk about clothes, so that they wouldn't understand anything either!"
27th Aug '16 12:20:06 AM Allexan
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** Once there was a situation, when two guys, big fans of anime, and two girls, were working on common choir. Boys were actively discussing last TV season, using lots of GratuituousJapanese, and after several minutes one of the girls told another: "Let's talk clothes, so that they wouldn't understand anything either!"

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** Once there was a situation, when two guys, big fans of anime, and two girls, were working on common choir. Boys were actively discussing last TV season, using lots of GratuituousJapanese, GratuitousJapanese, and after several minutes one of the girls told another: "Let's talk clothes, so that they wouldn't understand anything either!"either!"
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27th Aug '16 12:19:00 AM Allexan
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* Any sufficiently developed slang can be this - lots of words with meaning known to only a selected few.
** Once there was a situation, when two guys, big fans of anime, and two girls, were working on common choir. Boys were actively discussing last TV season, using lots of GratuituousJapanese, and after several minutes one of the girls told another: "Let's talk clothes, so that they wouldn't understand anything either!"
19th Aug '16 2:24:25 AM StFan
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'''The Exterminator:''' (''[[HollywoodSilencer *pfft*]]'') It's good it will be '''''[[BondOneLiner fall]]''''' soon, then.

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'''The Exterminator:''' (''[[HollywoodSilencer *pfft*]]'') ''[[HollywoodSilencer *pfft*]]'' It's good it will be '''''[[BondOneLiner fall]]''''' soon, then.



'''Asimov:''' I'm sure there's one can in the back. (''they both go to the back room to talk terms'')

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'''Asimov:''' I'm sure there's one can in the back. (''they ''[they both go to the back room to talk terms'')terms]''



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* Soldiers from Ft. Irwin use code phrases to identify themselves over radio or sat phone communications in AudioPlay/WereAlive. These phrases are ad libbed but require a certain combination of pre-arranged words within them. For example:
-->'''Puck''':Three tangos sat on the wire.
-->'''Carl''':The Roman pillar fell on the fish!
** Earlier in the series survivors from The Tower used bird-themed callsigns for people and places to disguise their communications over CB radio.

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* ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'':
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Soldiers from Ft. Irwin use code phrases to identify themselves over radio or sat phone communications in AudioPlay/WereAlive.communications. These phrases are ad libbed but require a certain combination of pre-arranged words within them. For example:
-->'''Puck''':Three --->'''Puck:''' Three tangos sat on the wire.
-->'''Carl''':The
wire.\\
'''Carl:''' The
Roman pillar fell on the fish!
** Earlier in the series series, survivors from The Tower used use bird-themed callsigns for people and places to disguise their communications over CB radio.



* Music/BillBailey claims dentists talk in Spy Speak to avoid terrifying patients with what they actually mean ("Fetch me THE WIDOWMAKER!"). He joins in with "The Pheasant Has No Agenda".

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* Music/BillBailey claims dentists talk in Spy Speak to avoid terrifying patients with what they actually mean ("Fetch me THE WIDOWMAKER!"). He joins in with "The Pheasant Has No Agenda".Agenda."



** A similar skit was performed on the album "You Don't have to be Jewish". The punchline was, "Oh you want Moscowitz the spy... top floor on the left."

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** * A similar skit was is performed on the album "You Don't have to be Jewish". The punchline was, is, "Oh you want Moscowitz the spy... top floor on the left."



* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel book ''Start of Darkness''.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel book ''Start of Darkness''.''Recap/StartOfDarkness''.



(''both stare at each other for a panel'')\\

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(''both ''[both stare at each other for a panel'')\\panel]''\\



* In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic "Vacation From the Norm" ([[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7365434/1/Vacation-from-the-Norm part 1]], [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8247998/1/Vacation-from-the-Norm-Bk-2-Journey-of-Discovery part 2]]), Gemini's World-Wide Evil Empire (WWEE) has infiltrated Global Justice. In Part 2, Betty Director communicates this to Will Du, using a code exchange only known by the two of them, and inspired by MontyPython:
-->'''Director''': The Ministry of Silly Walks needs more [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights that Say 'Ni'.']]\\
'''Du''': It's not dead, it's just...resting.\\
'''Director''': Nobody expects the...[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!]]
--->(It is noted in-story that Director's substituting "The Spanish Inquisition" with "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" was itself a code, stating that GJ has been infiltrated at the highest level. [[spoiler: Indeed, shapechanger Camille Leone was impersonating Dr. Director, and the real Director used the Python code to assure Du that she was real.]]

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* In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic "Vacation From the Norm" ([[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7365434/1/Vacation-from-the-Norm part 1]], [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8247998/1/Vacation-from-the-Norm-Bk-2-Journey-of-Discovery part 2]]), Gemini's World-Wide Evil Empire (WWEE) has infiltrated Global Justice. In Part 2, Betty Director communicates this to Will Du, using a code exchange only known by the two of them, and inspired by MontyPython:
-->'''Director''':
creator/MontyPython:
-->'''Director:'''
The Ministry of Silly Walks needs more [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights that Say 'Ni'.']]\\
'''Du''': '''Du:''' It's not dead, it's just...just... resting.\\
'''Director''': '''Director':'' Nobody expects the...the... [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!]]
--->(It ::(It is noted in-story that Director's substituting "The Spanish Inquisition" with "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" was itself a code, stating that GJ has been infiltrated at the highest level. [[spoiler: Indeed, [[spoiler:Indeed, shapechanger Camille Leone was impersonating Dr. Director, and the real Director used the Python code to assure Du that she was real.]]



* The {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} fanfic ''FanFic/FourDeadlySecrets'' has [[spoiler:Neo]] and [[spoiler:Ruby]] use this, in the form of sign/counter-sign when they first meet
->'''[[spoiler:Neo]]''': So breathe easy, sister. \\
'''[[spoiler:Ruby]]''': Free air is easy to breathe, sister.

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* The {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/FourDeadlySecrets'' has [[spoiler:Neo]] and [[spoiler:Ruby]] use this, in the form of sign/counter-sign when they first meet
->'''[[spoiler:Neo]]''': -->'''[[spoiler:Neo]]:''' So breathe easy, sister. sister.\\
'''[[spoiler:Ruby]]''': '''[[spoiler:Ruby]]:''' Free air is easy to breathe, sister.



* Done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' between Holly Shiftwell and Mater -- she ([[MistakenForSpies incorrectly]]) identifies Mater as a fellow spy when he correctly answers obscure questions about the air cooling used by Volkswagen engines.

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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' between Holly Shiftwell and Mater -- she ([[MistakenForSpies incorrectly]]) identifies Mater as a fellow spy when he correctly answers obscure questions about the air cooling used by Volkswagen engines.



* In ''Film/TheLongestDay'', the Free French use the phrase ''Jean had a long moustache'' as the signal for "The invasion will come tomorrow, the [[LaResistance Resistance]] shall begin with the preparations" (probably TruthInTelevision). Cue the mayor of Colleville (André Bourvil) dancing around the radio and shouting "Jean had a long moustache... Jean had a long moustache!", before running outside to blow up some telephone lines. In fact, those radio transmissions were full of dozens of messages like that every night. Some of them were communiques to various resistance cells, and others were sheer gibberish sent over the airwaves to drive any Germans listening on that frequency nuts.

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* In ''Film/TheLongestDay'', the Free French use the phrase ''Jean had "Jean has a long moustache'' moustache" as the signal for "The invasion will come tomorrow, the [[LaResistance Resistance]] shall begin with the preparations" (probably TruthInTelevision). Cue the mayor of Colleville (André Bourvil) dancing around the radio and shouting "Jean had has a long moustache... Jean had has a long moustache!", before running outside to blow up some telephone lines. In fact, those radio transmissions were full of dozens of messages like that every night. Some of them were communiques to various resistance cells, and others were sheer gibberish sent over the airwaves to drive any Germans listening on that frequency nuts.



(''Bond then [[spoiler:holds him at gunpoint until he gives the correct response before introducing himself]]'')

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(''Bond ''[Bond then [[spoiler:holds him at gunpoint until he gives the correct response before introducing himself]]'')himself]]]''



* A scene like this happened in ''Film/{{Casino}}''.

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* %%* A scene like this happened happens in ''Film/{{Casino}}''.



--> '''Agent Cedric:''' Do you know any good white basketball players?
--> '''Blind Man:''' There ''are'' no good white basketball players, my friend.

--> '''Hillary:''' Who do you favor in the Virginia Slims Tournament?
--> '''Blind Man:''' In women's tennis, I always root against the heterosexual.

-->'''Hillary:''' My father is Dr. Paul Flammond
-->'''Bookstore Owner:''' I'm sorry. I don't know a Dr. Flammond.
-->'''Hillary:''' He told me you may have a book of Swedish poems by Von Brieson.
-->'''Bookstore Owner:''' So you are Hillary Flammond!

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--> '''Agent -->'''Agent Cedric:''' Do you know any good white basketball players?
-->
players?\\
'''Blind Man:''' There ''are'' no good white basketball players, my friend.

-->
friend.\\\
'''Hillary:''' Who do you favor in the Virginia Slims Tournament?
-->
Tournament?\\
'''Blind Man:''' In women's tennis, I always root against the heterosexual.

-->'''Hillary:'''
heterosexual.\\\
'''Hillary:'''
My father is Dr. Paul Flammond
-->'''Bookstore
Flammond.\\
'''Bookstore
Owner:''' I'm sorry. I don't know a Dr. Flammond.
-->'''Hillary:'''
Flammond.\\
'''Hillary:'''
He told me you may have a book of Swedish poems by Von Brieson.
-->'''Bookstore
Brieson.\\
'''Bookstore
Owner:''' So you are Hillary Flammond!



* Parodied in ''International Lady'', when British agent Reggie Oliver (BasilRathbone) does not understand [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage the American slang]] used by FBI agents:

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* Parodied in ''International Lady'', when British agent Reggie Oliver (BasilRathbone) (Creator/BasilRathbone) does not understand [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage the American slang]] used by FBI agents:



** Also used in the 1990 film, but they talk about the food.



* Variant #1 happens from time to time in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', usually over the phone.

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* %%* Variant #1 happens from time to time in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', usually over the phone.



'''Pym:''' (''thinking'') In ''this'' neighborhood? It'll be more like "Is this phone broke?" "The fuck's it to you?" "I gotta make a fuckin' call." "You touch that fuckin' phone, I'll break all your fuckin' fingers."

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'''Pym:''' (''thinking'') ''[thinking]'' In ''this'' neighborhood? It'll be more like "Is this phone broke?" "The fuck's it to you?" "I gotta make a fuckin' call." "You touch that fuckin' phone, I'll break all your fuckin' fingers."



--> "The day dawned most promisingly." "Like a new world."
---> "We bring tidings of the new day!" "Then hurry the dawn!"
* The "metaphor" variant is used in GameOfThrones, when one of the young Stark children overhears two spymasters comparing notes on the goings on in the court and debating how to proceed with their individual schemes. Unfortunately, the child in question doesn't have the context to understand what they are talking about (while the reader has only ''some'' context at that point), so none of the "good guys" are able to benefit from the inside info this could have provided.

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--> "The -->"The day dawned most promisingly." "\\
"Like a new world."
--->
"\\\
"We bring tidings of the new day!" day!"\\
"Then hurry the dawn!"
* The "metaphor" variant is used in GameOfThrones, ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', when one of the young Stark children overhears two spymasters comparing notes on the goings on in the court and debating how to proceed with their individual schemes. Unfortunately, the child in question doesn't have the context to understand what they are talking about (while the reader has only ''some'' context at that point), so none of the "good guys" are able to benefit from the inside info this could have provided.



-->'''Lorelai:''' (''answering the phone'') Independence Inn.\\

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-->'''Lorelai:''' (''answering ''[answering the phone'') phone]'' Independence Inn.\\



'''Lorelai:''' (''mysteriously'') The fish flies at night!\\

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'''Lorelai:''' (''mysteriously'') ''[mysteriously]'' The fish flies at night!\\



* Happened at least once on ''Series/CriminalMinds''. Fortunately the team genius was the person they needed to contact.
* ''Series/{{House}}''

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* Happened Happens at least once on ''Series/CriminalMinds''. Fortunately the team genius was is the person they needed need to contact.
* ''Series/{{House}}''''Series/{{House}}'':



* ''Series/GetSmart''

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* ''Series/GetSmart''''Series/GetSmart'':



* ''Series/BabylonFive''
** Kosh speaks entirely in Spy Speak, which frustrates the humans ([[BetterOnDVD including the audience]]) to no end. At one point, Sheridan is being mentored by Kosh. Ivanova quips that it must be working, because he's [[LampshadeHanging starting to sound like a Vorlon]]. There is also one conversation which consisted entirely of {{Ice Cream Koan}}s. When the frustrated telepath Talia Winters remarks that the conversation was entirely pointless (and there was nothing going on with telepathy either), Kosh replies: "Listen to the music, not the song".

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* ''Series/BabylonFive''
''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Kosh speaks entirely in Spy Speak, which frustrates the humans ([[BetterOnDVD including the audience]]) to no end. At one point, Sheridan is being mentored by Kosh. Ivanova quips that it must be working, because he's [[LampshadeHanging starting to sound like a Vorlon]]. There is also one conversation which consisted entirely of {{Ice Cream Koan}}s. When the frustrated telepath Talia Winters remarks that the conversation was entirely pointless (and there was nothing going on with telepathy either), Kosh replies: "Listen to the music, not the song".song."



* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' has a sketch in which "Good morning" is used as Spy Speak. [[HilarityEnsues It doesn't work very well.]]
** Also hilariously {{Averted}} in the "Tony and Control" sketches, which feature two high ranking intelligence officials who speak in simple naive terms that you could almost use if talking to a three-year-old.
-->'''Tony''': Do you remember we decided to put a tail on the new Cultural Attache at the Russian Embassy?
-->'''Control''': Yes, I do remember. I remember the very day we talked about it. We thought he might be a spy working for the KGB, and I said, "Let's follow him around and see if he does anything that might look suspicious."

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* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' has a sketch ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
** Asketch
in which "Good morning" is used as Spy Speak. [[HilarityEnsues It doesn't work very well.]]
** Also hilariously {{Averted}} in the "Tony and Control" sketches, which feature two high ranking high-ranking intelligence officials who speak in simple naive terms that you could almost use if talking to a three-year-old.
-->'''Tony''': --->'''Tony:''' Do you remember we decided to put a tail on the new Cultural Attache at the Russian Embassy?
-->'''Control''':
Embassy?\\
'''Control:'''
Yes, I do remember. I remember the very day we talked about it. We thought he might be a spy working for the KGB, and I said, "Let's follow him around and see if he does anything that might look suspicious."



-->'''Quirley:''' (''knocks'') The weasel runs at midnight.

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-->'''Quirley:''' (''knocks'') ''[knocks]'' The weasel runs at midnight.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':



'''Lily:''' (''quietly'') Yeah... yeah, I got it.\\

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'''Lily:''' (''quietly'') ''[quietly]'' Yeah... yeah, I got it.\\



'''Lily:''' Nope. (''smiles'') Nope, I'm good. I don't need any milk.\\

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'''Lily:''' Nope. (''smiles'') ''[smiles]'' Nope, I'm good. I don't need any milk.\\



* An old ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch parodied WWII spy movies, using phrases like "Cats are nothing more than effeminate dogs."

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
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An old ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch parodied WWII spy movies, using phrases like "Cats are nothing more than effeminate dogs."



-->"How old are your grandkids?"
-->"Oh, about 9, 11..."

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-->"How --->"How old are your grandkids?"
-->"Oh,
grandkids?"\\
"Oh,
about 9, 11..."



--->'''Skye''': Skipper to Bravo. I got eyes on Top Dog. The Eagle is landing.\\
'''Simmons''': What are you doing?\\
'''Skye''': Uh, sorry. I ... I dunno. I see Quinn, I'm gonna go talk to him.
** Played straight in "T.A.H.I.T.I.". When the team arrives at the Guest House facility, the guards greet them with "How was the ride from Istanbul?" None of them know the countersign, it's not in any of SHIELD's databases, and the guards refuse to say anything else. So, the team ends up having to fight their way in.

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--->'''Skye''': --->'''Skye:''' Skipper to Bravo. I got eyes on Top Dog. The Eagle is landing.\\
'''Simmons''': '''Simmons:''' What are you doing?\\
'''Skye''': '''Skye:''' Uh, sorry. I ... I dunno. I see Quinn, I'm gonna go talk to him.
** Played straight in "T.A.H.I.T.I.". When the team arrives at the Guest House facility, the guards greet them with "How was the ride from Istanbul?" None of them know the countersign, it's not in any of SHIELD's S.H.I.E.L.D.'s databases, and the guards refuse to say anything else. So, the team ends up having to fight their way in.



[[folder:Theatre]]

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[[folder:Theatre]][[folder:Theater]]



--->'''Bakunin:''' (''confidentially'') The green canary flies tonight -- ten o'clock -- usual place -- pass it on.\\

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--->'''Bakunin:''' (''confidentially'') ''[confidentially]'' The green canary flies tonight -- ten o'clock -- usual place -- pass it on.\\



--->'''Sabine-as-Azurite:''' (''whispering'') Psssssst! "Beware the green monkey."\\
'''Nale-as-Elan:''' (''whispering'') "He barks at midnight."
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0928.html During the fight against Tarquin and his party]], V says "Sir Greenhilt, I believe Xykon is feeling chilly today". The others immediately understand that it means "attack the [[SquishyWizard wizard]]".

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--->'''Sabine-as-Azurite:''' (''whispering'') ''[whispering]'' Psssssst! "Beware the green monkey."\\
'''Nale-as-Elan:''' (''whispering'') ''[whispering]'' "He barks at midnight."
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0928.html During the fight against Tarquin and his party]], V says "Sir Greenhilt, I believe Xykon is feeling chilly today". today." The others immediately understand that it means "attack the [[SquishyWizard wizard]]".SquishyWizard."



* Done in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' quite often, between teams of mercs/soldiers. {{Subverted}} [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-10 when]] Schlock announces to the room that he's found their contact after completing the phrase.

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* Done in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' quite often, between teams of mercs/soldiers. mercs/soldiers.
**
{{Subverted}} [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-10 when]] Schlock announces to the room that he's found their contact after completing the phrase.



* In [[Webcomic/RustyAndCo Rusty and Co]], some rogues have a [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-6/ complete conversation]] entirely in code phrases about a job they declined and the amount of help they need escaping their potential employers.

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* In [[Webcomic/RustyAndCo Rusty and Co]], ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', some halfling rogues have a [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-6/ complete conversation]] entirely in code phrases about a job they declined and the amount of help they need escaping their potential employers.



-->'''Man:''' Who knocks at the guarded gate?\\

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-->'''Man:''' --->'''Man:''' Who knocks at the guarded gate?\\



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' "Slalom! Slalom!"

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' "Slalom! Slalom!"



'''Herman:''' Right you are. (''opens door'')

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'''Herman:''' Right you are. (''opens door'')''[opens door]''



-->'''Mob Customer:''' I'd like to buy a "bunny". (''makes air quotes'')\\

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-->'''Mob Customer:''' I'd like to buy a "bunny". (''makes ''[makes air quotes'')\\quotes]''\\



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':



* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''
-->'''Kurt:''' (''looking at the girls through a pair of binoculars'') Blue Boy to Tracker One, do you read me? The pigeons are leaving the roost. (''camera pans down to see Scott sitting next to him'')\\

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''
''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
-->'''Kurt:''' (''looking ''[looking at the girls through a pair of binoculars'') binoculars]'' Blue Boy to Tracker One, do you read me? The pigeons are leaving the roost. (''camera ''[camera pans down to see Scott sitting next to him'')\\him]''\\



'''Klump:''' No no, I mean the air is thick with enemies! Code-talk! So no one will understand me.\\

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'''Klump:''' No no, I mean the air is thick with enemies! Code-talk! So no one no-one will understand me.\\



* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats''. In the episode ""Never Mind A Master Mind". Melody tries to trade in wooden blocks for purple wooden shoes at a shoe store. The shoe store is actually a front for a spy operation and the phrase Melody uses turns out to be a code phrase identifying the user as a secret agent. Melody is thus given the mission intended for the real agent.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats''. In the episode ""Never "Never Mind A a Master Mind". Mind", Melody tries to trade in wooden blocks for purple wooden shoes at a shoe store. The shoe store is actually a front for a spy operation and the phrase Melody uses turns out to be a code phrase identifying the user as a secret agent. Melody is thus given the mission intended for the real agent.
13th Aug '16 9:40:51 AM Beaumains1
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* In ''Literature/TheTaleOfGurionThricebound'' The Raven's Organization uses the second type

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* In ''Literature/TheTaleOfGurionThricebound'' The Raven's Organization uses the second typesigns and countersigns.
13th Aug '16 9:38:27 AM Beaumains1
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* In ''Literature/TheTaleOfGurionThricebound'' The Raven's Organization uses the second type
-->'''The Cuckoo:''' Who goes before?\\
'''The Fox:''' The twenty-four gazelles.\\
'''The Cuckoo:''' And who follows after?\\
'''The Spark:''' The uncaged flocks, free to fly.
28th Jul '16 5:51:19 PM BentusiAvatar
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' plays this trope straight, requiring one to get a code from NPC A and give it to NPC B every now and then. This led to its BrokenBase among fans.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' plays this trope straight, requiring one to get a code from NPC A and give it to NPC B every now and then. This led contributed to its BrokenBase among fans.
19th Jun '16 2:44:52 PM nombretomado
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* Several variations on these types of code show up in Timothy Zahn's ''StarWars'' novels, most prominently in TheThrawnTrilogy. In one case, Han and Leia are discussing Admiral Ackbar's political situation, disguising it by talking about his family life (although it's not perfect since, as Han points out, it was an improvised code and they really ought to have set it up in advance). In the annotated edition, Zahn relates how this was inspired by a discussion he himself had with a few friends while first writing the novel. In the middle of a restaurant full of Star Wars fans, and under strict orders not to reveal that he was working on a new novel, he was forced to talk around the identities of his characters (such as using "Brother" and "Sister" for Luke and Leia).

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* Several variations on these types of code show up in Timothy Zahn's ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' novels, most prominently in TheThrawnTrilogy.Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy. In one case, Han and Leia are discussing Admiral Ackbar's political situation, disguising it by talking about his family life (although it's not perfect since, as Han points out, it was an improvised code and they really ought to have set it up in advance). In the annotated edition, Zahn relates how this was inspired by a discussion he himself had with a few friends while first writing the novel. In the middle of a restaurant full of Star Wars fans, and under strict orders not to reveal that he was working on a new novel, he was forced to talk around the identities of his characters (such as using "Brother" and "Sister" for Luke and Leia).
17th Jun '16 7:22:17 AM saberwyn
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** Another instance had former intelligence analyst Kathryn captured by a spy. She flukes his [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-06-10 call-and-response]], then realizes [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-06-12 a few strips later]] what has happened when he tries to get her to report. As an ex-analyst, she knows ''about'' the code, but not how to use it, which makes her a bigger target
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