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21st Nov '17 10:20:17 AM LiveSpark2010
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FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize that, if the detective already knows who the killer is, he should just have the guy arrested. And it's probably best to do that by ''surprise'', rather than by giving a long speech in which the list of suspects is gradually shortened and the killer might be tempted to run away before anyone can put him in handcuffs. But the trope works well from a storytelling perspective, since it builds suspense.

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FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize that, if the detective already knows who the killer is, he should just have the guy arrested. And it's probably best to do that by ''surprise'', rather than by giving a long speech in which the list of suspects is gradually shortened and the killer might be tempted to run away before anyone can put him in handcuffs. But Additionally any testimony and statements given by anyone present at the summoning would be inadmissible in court, as the those present have been lead to believe speculation presented as fact, but the trope works well from a storytelling perspective, since it builds suspense.
29th Oct '17 12:10:15 PM reallynicehats
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*In the freeware game ''Disorient on the Murder Express'', the detective gathers everyone to the fireplace at the rear of the train [[spoiler:to explain how they ''all'' tried to murder the victim for their own reasons, contributing to his death. Then [[FridgeLogic they all shoot him.]]]]
17th Oct '17 11:24:03 AM infernape612
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* Subverted in Episode 5 or ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. All the elements of the trope are in action, including the revealing of the culprit's shameful secrets. Except a tiny, insignificant detail� [[spoiler:the "obvious culprit" is actually innocent.]] Not that the Episode's detective has the slightest concern for such trivialities.

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* Subverted in Episode 5 or ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. All the elements of the trope are in action, including the revealing of the culprit's shameful secrets. Except a tiny, insignificant detail� detail: [[spoiler:the "obvious culprit" is actually innocent.]] innocent]]. Not that the Episode's detective has the slightest concern for such trivialities.



-->'''Mulia''': Erm, why are we all here again?\\

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-->'''Mulia''': --->'''Mulia''': Erm, why are we all here again?\\
1st Oct '17 8:24:34 PM intastiel
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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'' has this as standard operating procedure. It's played straight, with an occasional lampshade. (Poole's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Goodman initially doesn't see the point, but decides to keep the tradition going.)

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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'' has this as standard operating procedure. It's played straight, with an occasional lampshade. (Poole's Lampshaded when Poole's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Goodman initially doesn't see the point, is startled at being prodded to do one in his predecessor's style, but decides to keep the tradition going.)going in later episodes.
--> '''Goodman:''' Camille, would you do that thing where you gather everyone together? I [[NotSoAboveItAll rather liked that]] last time...
30th Jul '17 3:13:09 AM foxley
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In "Palimpsest", Nichols stages one of these; gathering all of the suspects into the attic (ItMakesSenseInContext) to expose the murderer. This is probably the only time in the series this trope is used, but as it involves a murder in an old, book-filled mansion it seems to fit.
14th Jul '17 11:24:30 PM Geoduck
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** Subverted in the second film of the series, ''Film/AShotInTheDark''. Clouseau has no idea who the killer is, so gathers all the suspects and arranges for his partner to turn out the lights, hoping the guilty party will panic and flee. Clouseau rambles on so much the killer confesses out of exasperation, and the blackout just gives him a chance to escape.

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** Subverted in the second film of the series, ''Film/AShotInTheDark''. Clouseau has no idea who the killer is, so gathers all the suspects and arranges for his partner to turn out the lights, hoping the guilty party will panic and flee. The meeting instead dissolves into an enraged argument between all the suspects, with Clouseau rambles on so much [[AsideGlance staring helplessly into the killer confesses out of exasperation, and camera]] before the blackout just gives him a chance to escape.lights go out.


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* Parodied in one ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic, with the detective announcing to the gathered suspects that [[TheButlerDidIt the butler]] gored and trampled the murder victim to death. Just ignore the [[ElephantInTheRoom elephant in the trenchcoat]]..

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15th May '17 2:52:46 PM NNinja
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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' has one [[spoiler: in the "Safe" ending, Junpei attempting to prove who killed Guy X.]]




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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'':
** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' has one [[spoiler: in the "Safe" ending, Junpei attempting to prove who killed Guy X.]]
** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' has one [[spoiler: in Luna's ending.]] Unusually for this trope [[spoiler: it's just two people, Sigma and Luna, since Phi left with Quark and everyone else was already dead]].

13th May '17 12:05:32 PM nombretomado
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* In Chapter Three of ''LimboOfTheLost'' Briggs calls everybody to the Town Hall to reveal who's been killing everybody.

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* In Chapter Three of ''LimboOfTheLost'' ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' Briggs calls everybody to the Town Hall to reveal who's been killing everybody.
12th May '17 11:56:19 AM infernape612
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* In Creator/RandallGarrett's Literature/LordDarcy homage to "Too Many Cooks", ''Too Many Magicians'', the Summation Gathering takes place in the Nero Wolfe-analogue's office, but it's conducted by Lord Darcy. However, the SummationGathering is actually [[KansasCityShuffle an elaborate misdirection]] to [[spoiler:get the real murderer to give them his sword to reenact of the murder, so he'll be unarmed when they arrest him]].

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* In Creator/RandallGarrett's Literature/LordDarcy homage to "Too Many Cooks", ''Too Many Magicians'', the Summation Gathering takes place in the Nero Wolfe-analogue's office, but it's conducted by Lord Darcy. However, the SummationGathering is actually [[KansasCityShuffle an elaborate misdirection]] to [[spoiler:get the real murderer to give them his sword to reenact of the murder, so he'll be unarmed when they arrest him]].
5th May '17 4:12:57 PM nighttrainfm
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->''"I've summoned you all to the accusing parlor, so you can watch while I gradually solve the crime. One of the people in this room... IS A BIG FAT MURDERER!"''

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->''"I've summoned called you all here to the accusing parlor, so you can parlor to watch while as I gradually solve the crime. One of the people in this room... IS A BIG FAT MURDERER!"''
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