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17th Aug '16 9:28:03 AM ElodieHiras
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* InvokedTrope in ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' Urban Arcana by the Tecno Mage: The techno mage can cast spells through electrical wiring. Cast a Sleep Spell on that security camera to affect the security guard at the security station, and the guard watching the cams falls asleep.
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13th Aug '16 9:40:28 PM manepony101
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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.

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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.
13th Aug '16 9:39:50 PM manepony101
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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.
6th Aug '16 2:42:38 PM Jacob175
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* In the anime version of ''Manga/RaveMaster'', the episode after Haru defeats Lance opens with Musica in the middle of a robbery. Since the guards are too busy watching TV, he and his gang easily leaves them BoundAndGagged while they investigate for the Silver Ray.


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* This started off the plot of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. Daffy, working as a security guard, fell asleep on the job the one night a robber broke in. [[RealityEnsues This got him fired]], and the rest of the episode is about how his lack of work leads to him getting thrown out by Bugs.
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', when XR encourages Booster to do this when they're stuck on monitor duty while Buzz and Mira are away on a mission on Zurg's planet. They do spring into action when the monitor reports Buzz and Mira's vital signs have gone flat.
6th Aug '16 10:51:22 AM Generality
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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Tony Stark calls out a SHIELD MissionControl op for playing ''Galaga'' while on duty. The guy goes right back to playing the game after Tony leaves.

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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Tony Stark calls out a SHIELD MissionControl op for playing ''Galaga'' ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}'' while on duty. The guy goes right back to playing the game after Tony leaves.
11th Jul '16 3:56:53 AM JackG
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* Though averted earlier in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', once Syndrome leaves to carry out his EvilPlan, his mooks are seen enjoying the havoc being inflicted by the giant robot on live television, instead of watching the security monitors showing that the Parr family have escaped their confinement.

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* Though averted earlier in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', once Syndrome leaves to carry out his EvilPlan, EvilPlan his mooks are seen enjoying the havoc being inflicted by the giant robot on live television, instead of watching the security monitors showing that the Parr family have escaped their confinement.
11th Jul '16 3:56:27 AM JackG
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* Though averted earlier in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', once Syndrome leaves to carry out his EvilPlan, his mooks are seen enjoying the havoc being inflicted by the giant robot on live television, instead of watching the security monitors showing that the Parr family have escaped their confinement.
29th Jun '16 1:05:47 PM nielas
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* In ''Series/StanLeesLuckyMan'' Harry is escaping from [[spoiler: the prison]] when he realizes that he has jumped right in front of a security camera. However, Harry is supernaturally lucky so the guard watching the security monitors is slacking off and does not actually look at them until Harry run out of the camera's view.
3rd Jun '16 3:25:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WarGames''. Two U.S. Air Force officers are in a missile silo control room carrying out their standard routine - they're fairly bored and not expecting any problems. Suddenly there's an alert message from NORAD telling them to prepare to launch their missiles.
* ''{{Sneakers}}''. A security guard who appears to be in his teens is sitting around in a bank late at night watching TV. All of a sudden the fire alarm goes off and he panics, scrambling around trying to find the instruction book and figure out who to call.

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* ''WarGames''.''Film/WarGames''. Two U.S. Air Force officers are in a missile silo control room carrying out their standard routine - they're fairly bored and not expecting any problems. Suddenly there's an alert message from NORAD telling them to prepare to launch their missiles.
* ''{{Sneakers}}''.''Film/{{Sneakers}}''. A security guard who appears to be in his teens is sitting around in a bank late at night watching TV. All of a sudden the fire alarm goes off and he panics, scrambling around trying to find the instruction book and figure out who to call.



* The cheap 60s sci-fi horror movie ''AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'' features a pair of Army guys who, while a flying saucer invasion is taking place, spend their time watching teenage couples in Lovers Lane on their monitor - yet somehow they're not the creepiest people in the movie.

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* The cheap 60s sci-fi horror movie ''AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'' ''Film/AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'' features a pair of Army guys who, while a flying saucer invasion is taking place, spend their time watching teenage couples in Lovers Lane on their monitor - yet somehow they're not the creepiest people in the movie.



* Lampshaded in ''{{SSDD}}'' [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010316.html here]]

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* Lampshaded in ''{{SSDD}}'' ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010316.html here]]



* Subverted in ''StrokerAndHoop'', where Stroker is caught breaking into a high-security facility when he walks by the surveillance room and is held up by the guard manning it. He saw ''everything'' Stroker had done up to that point via the camera feeds. Stroker [[WrongGenreSavvy complains that the guard should have been watching a sports game or reading a skin mag]], but it turns out this guy happens to ''like'' his job.

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* Subverted in ''StrokerAndHoop'', ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'', where Stroker is caught breaking into a high-security facility when he walks by the surveillance room and is held up by the guard manning it. He saw ''everything'' Stroker had done up to that point via the camera feeds. Stroker [[WrongGenreSavvy complains that the guard should have been watching a sports game or reading a skin mag]], but it turns out this guy happens to ''like'' his job.
3rd Jun '16 3:24:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' begins with two technicians at an isolated base in Antartica monitoring for extraterrestial activity. When they detect some, one of them freaks out because he took the job specifically because he wasn't expecting to ever do anything Interestingly, said "extraterrestrial activity" was just a meteor (full of [[spoiler:quantonium]], but still), so it shouldn't have even registered as a UFO. Those show up later.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', a CymbalBangingMonkey is checking the daycare security monitors at night, without ever going to sleep.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders'' has a trio of scientists who man a satellite station watching for evidence of extraterrestrial life. While not slobs, they're cynical about any hope of success and joke about the massive collection of static they've collected. Fortunately, [[ScoobyDooHoax they've found other ways to occupy the time]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' begins with two technicians at an isolated base in Antartica monitoring for extraterrestial activity. When they detect some, one of them freaks out because he took the job specifically because he wasn't expecting to ever do anything.
** Interestingly, said "extraterrestrial activity" was just a meteor (full of [[spoiler:quantonium]], but still), so it shouldn't have even registered as a UFO. Those show up later.



* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', a CymbalBangingMonkey is checking the daycare security monitors at night, without ever going to sleep.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders'' has a trio of scientists who man a satellite station watching for evidence of extraterrestrial life. While not slobs, they're cynical about any hope of success and joke about the massive collection of static they've collected. Fortunately, [[ScoobyDooHoax they've found other ways to occupy the time]].
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