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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
10th Jun '16 10:26:09 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Col. Flagg on ''Series/{{Mash}}'' uses this in official communications, though also in regular speech. Favors the unrelated phrases variety.

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* Col. Flagg on ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' uses this in official communications, though also in regular speech. Favors the unrelated phrases variety.
10th Jun '16 10:09:51 PM Erzengel
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* Done in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' quite often, between teams of mercs/soldiers. Hilariously subverted [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-10 here]].
* Used by some rogues in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-6/ this]] [[Webcomic/RustyAndCo Rusty and Co]] strip.

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* Done in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' quite often, between teams of mercs/soldiers. Hilariously subverted {{Subverted}} [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-05-10 here]].
when]] Schlock announces to the room that he's found their contact after completing the phrase.
* Used by In [[Webcomic/RustyAndCo Rusty and Co]], some rogues in have a [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-6/ this]] [[Webcomic/RustyAndCo Rusty complete conversation]] entirely in code phrases about a job they declined and Co]] strip.the amount of help they need escaping their potential employers.
10th Jun '16 10:01:48 PM Erzengel
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** And again in [[http://xkcd.com/733/ this strip]].

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** And again in [[http://xkcd.com/733/ this strip]].strip]]
--->'''Caption''': My hobby: Following field biologists and interpreting everything they say as code phrases.
5th Jun '16 2:40:38 AM Kirayoshi
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Smoke Knight Violetta coerced two other Smoke Knights (who were functionally invisible to everyone but Violetta) to reveal themselves by uttering the phrase. "All shadows are to come into the light."
14th May '16 12:03:20 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11775040/11/Tempus-Fugit Tempus Fugit]]'' Harry, Ron and Hermione go back in time to kill Voldemort and destroy his existing Horcruxes. They decide that when discussing their plans where they might be overheard "killing Voldemort" will be replaced by "eating sandwiches," while "destroying Horcruxes" will be replaced by "slicing bread."
14th May '16 9:26:35 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Local CreepyChild Rika likes to discuss the activities of "cats" that are quite prone to doing things.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Local CreepyChild Rika likes to discuss the activities of "cats" that are quite prone to doing things. [[spoiler:Rika is the reason for all the problems as the BigBad wants to kill her.]]



* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Twilight tries to use a code phrase... only to find that the person who gave her the original code was just messing with her.

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* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', "Stay Tuned!", Rainbow Dash pranks Twilight tries to use a code phrase... only to find that the person who gave Sparkle by telling her the original code was just messing with her.to give a sign/countersign at a dropoff. The sign is nonsense, and completely unnecessary.



* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' Applejack tells her friends "Tell Big Macintosh the eagle has landed in the pond, and there's a bomb strapped to the eagle." They fail to understand it. Even when she outright tells them she was being held against her will and there's a bomb, they [[TooDumbToLive stay completely oblivious]]. The only reason they didn't all die was because [[spoiler:of Raincloud's HeroicSacrifice]].



* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. In "Stay Tuned!", Rainbow Dash pranks Twilight Sparkle by telling her to give a sign/countersign at a dropoff. The sign is nonsense, and completely unnecessary.
-->'''Twilight:''' The dawn cow barks at the lonely sponge on a midsummer's eve.\\
'''Mrs. Cake:''' Damn it all, what are you talking about, girl?
7th May '16 1:57:22 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in the ''GilmoreGirls'' episode "The Third Lorelai".

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* Parodied in the ''GilmoreGirls'' ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "The Third Lorelai".
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