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* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', Meekrob security systems are ridiculously simple and easy to bypass. But as shown in Episode 10, [[spoiler: at least some of this is [[BatmanGambit intentionally invoked]] in order to lull enemies into a false sense of security]].
18th May '17 6:18:43 AM Anddrix
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* Speaking of passwords, the practice of masking password input fields continues despite contributing greatly to password weaknesses. Masking was developed when the only possible access was from public terminals to prevent the password from being seen over the shoulder of the typist. Now this is rarely possible since computers are usually used in where someone reading over your shoulder is unlikely. Masked passwords must be short and hence easy to crack since any typo won't be spotted until the password is entered. Where this practiced ended considerably longer and more secure passwords could be used since the user could spot any typos while entering it.
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** Lampshaded when the Doctor and Ace [[RecapDoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis found themselves]] wandering around Windsor Castle -- walking towards ''the Queen'':

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** Lampshaded when the Doctor and Ace [[RecapDoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis found themselves]] wandering around Windsor Castle -- walking towards ''the Queen'':
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->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]:''' I don't know why the mayor would refuse to speak to me.
->'''Secretary:''' He's not refusing to speak to you, sir. He's just out.
->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]:''' He knows I can just appear in his office whenever I want. Your security means nothing to me.

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->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]:''' I don't know why the mayor would refuse to speak to me.
->'''Secretary:'''
me.\\
'''Secretary:'''
He's not refusing to speak to you, sir. He's just out.
->'''Dr.
out.\\
'''Dr.
[=McNinja=]:''' He knows I can just appear in his office whenever I want. Your security means nothing to me.



* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'': General Zod calmly walks into the high council of Krypton's chamber to start his revolt while facing virtually no opposition.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Harrison is able to massacre much of the Starfleet High Command simply by flying a ship up to their meeting room and blasting them, totally uncontested. If Kirk hadn't disabled his ship, forcing an alternate escape, he probably could have flown right back out when he was finished. Later on, Scotty is able to board the super-secret ''Vengeance'' by simply flying his shuttle into its hidden spacedock, which apparently has no sensors to detect incoming ships.



* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. The meeting of the Council of Ministers (a group of high government officials) apparently has no security whatsoever. Sir August and his color guard are able to walk right in without opposition, and walk out again unopposed after making extortion threats.

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* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. The meeting of the Council of Ministers (a group of high government officials) apparently has no security whatsoever. Sir August and his color colour guard are able to walk right in without opposition, and walk out again unopposed after making extortion threats.threats.
* In ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', Axel Foley gets into a Federal Customs facility merely by hopping a fence, then flashing his badge to the first person he sees and ordering everyone around. They assume that, if he's inside the perimeter, he must belong inside the perimeter.
* The guards at the Fishes refugee house in ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''. They let Theo [[ExactEavesDropping overhear the plan about his execution]], let him enter Kee's room unchallenged, don't notice him [[VehicularSabotage sabotage the cars]] and only notice the group escaping when the car is right behind them.



* ''Film/InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'' features the Earth under attack from a group of aliens. The world is on high alert, scientists are working around the clock for ways to combat them...and a group of children can seemingly walk right into any military building without question. The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] episode lampshades this: "Apparently the kids have level five security clearance."

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* ''Film/InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'' features the Earth under attack from a group of aliens. The world is on high alert, scientists are working around the clock for ways to combat them...them ... and a group of children can seemingly walk right into any military building without question. The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] episode lampshades this: "Apparently the kids have level five security clearance.""
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', Hammond trusts the entire security of his park to mere electric fences, and has no backup plan in place if electricity ever fails. There is also no security force on stand-by for emergencies. Robert Mauldoon is the only armed person in the entire island.
* ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'': [[EvilIsSexy Space Girl]]'s escape and subsequent FullFrontalAssault on the space research facility faces no resistance aside for some (read: 3) helpless, unarmed security guards that do little to nothing at trying to stop her and are easily taken care of. After blasting the glass windows in the foyer, she calmly exits the premises into the night.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'': General Zod calmly walks into the high council of Krypton's chamber to start his revolt while facing virtually no opposition.



* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Harrison is able to massacre much of the Starfleet High Command simply by flying a ship up to their meeting room and blasting them, totally uncontested. If Kirk hadn't disabled his ship, forcing an alternate escape, he probably could have flown right back out when he was finished. Later on, Scotty is able to board the super-secret ''Vengeance'' by simply flying his shuttle into its hidden spacedock, which apparently has no sensors to detect incoming ships.



* In ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', Axel Foley gets into a Federal Customs facility merely by hopping a fence, then flashing his badge to the first person he sees and ordering everyone around. They assume that, if he's inside the perimeter, he must belong inside the perimeter.
* The guards at the Fishes refugee house in ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''. They let Theo [[ExactEavesDropping overhear the plan about his execution]], let him enter Kee's room unchallenged, don't notice him [[VehicularSabotage sabotage the cars]] and only notice the group escaping when the car is right behind them.
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', Hammond trusts the entire security of his park to mere electric fences, and has no backup plan in place if electricity ever fails. There is also no security force on stand-by for emergencies. Robert Mauldoon is the only armed person in the entire island.
* ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'': [[EvilIsSexy Space Girl]]'s escape and subsequent FullFrontalAssault on the space research facility faces no resistance aside for some (read: 3) helpless, unarmed security guards that do little to nothing at trying to stop her and are easily taken care of. After blasting the glass windows in the foyer, she calmly exits the premises into the night.






* For all that ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'''s Camelot is meant to be impenetrable it is invaded constantly; even in the first episode. Merlin himself is able to go anywhere he wants. It gets even worse in the fourth season. You know it's really bad when the villain says: "taking the castle was the easy part".

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* For all The number of times people have managed to invade, hack, or subvert the ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' Ascendant is more than a little disconcerting. It can be {{hand wave}}d a bit with the fact that ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'''s Camelot the ship normally has a crew of thousands instead of 6 and that the people on board haven't had enough training to properly run it, but still.
* The Mayberry Bank in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. The sole guard
is meant an 80-year-old half-deaf geezer who spends all his time sleeping heavily and whose ancient WWI pistol falls to be impenetrable pieces if he takes it is invaded constantly; out. The teller and manager allow customers free reign of the place even when they're in the other room. People can waltz through the half-gate between the counter from the lobby without being stopped. The cash register drawers stand wide open with bundles of cash in full sight, as does the safe. And the safe can be entered by kicking a hole in the plaster wall of the hairdresser's shop adjacent to the bank. Of course, Mayberry doesn't ''need'' any effective bank security, what with its rock-bottom crime rate and genial, honest community -- in fact, the only reason it was robbed in the first episode. Merlin himself is able to go anywhere he wants. It gets even worse in place was because an out-of-town robber overheard Barney ranting about the fourth season. You lax security in specific detail.
** The Bank has a second attempted robbery later on where two crooks stage an elaborate awards ceremony that engages the whole town. Then another crook sneaks into the bank and opens the vault by listening to the combination. Once inside the Vault, the crook is greeted by Andy who is sitting on a chair calmly reading a paper. The crook demands to
know it's really bad when how Andy got in, only for Andy to point out the villain says: "taking back door to the castle was vault that the easy part".town put in after they forgot the combination to the vault.



* Parodied (like everything else) in the ''Series/AngieTribeca'' episode "The Thumb Affair", when a velvet rope and a "Do Not Touch" sign are revered by art gallery visitors as though they were a high-tech security system. The thief is considered brilliant for unhooking the rope and crossing out the word "Not" to change the meaning of the sign.
* ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': It's a RunningGag that highly trained covert operatives can stroll into whatever heavily-secured location they want because people keep leaving the doors unlocked.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
*** STAR Labs appears to have an "open door policy" for anyone who wants to come in. Partly justified by the fact that the lab no longer employs security personnel (in fact, it employs less than half-a-dozen people now, none of whom have any security training). Captain Cold ends up just strolling in without Cisco's alarm even going off. He is, however, supposed to be a master thief.
*** In Season 2, Cisco claims to have upgraded the security system to keep anyone from coming in. Two seconds later, Jay Garrick walks in with no explanation (and he no longer has SuperSpeed to justify it). Cisco's supposed "security system" constantly fails throughout the season, frequently not even warning anyone that someone is coming. During a cross-over episode, Team Arrow asks Cisco if he's finally gotten rid of that "revolving door" at STAR Labs. Cisco counters by pointing out that ''both'' Team Arrow headquarters have been broken into. The point it proven when Merlyn keeps randomly appearing there with a StealthHiBye (not just by himself, but with over a dozen League assassins), surprising even Barry.
** ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': Quietly subverted. It seems like practically anyone can walk into the DEO's top-secret base whenever they want, but they are always accompanied by armed guards, even though no one ever draws attention to them. The one time someone got in without permission was when Supergirl let in [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]], which is justified because they both have superspeed (and she'd have any necessary codes). Even then, the guards showed up within a minute.



* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' three-parter "Look at the Princess" is full of this. Despite endless comments about how tight the security is in the lead-up to the Royal wedding, the various protagonists and antagonists have no problem carrying out various kidnappings, assaults and assassination attempts on each other. Partially justified since the members of the royal family were in on some of the kidnappings and assassination attempts to begin with.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' season 5 is a major offender especially because the series is quite level headed and grounded in (to a point) reality. Colleen harassed Sean throughout half of the season, and in this time (from the point she is discovered to be an impostor) she managed to break into: the studio Sean was working in, his apartment to try to kill herself and die in his arms, his clinic (although it does have a flimsy security at best) in order to beg that he fixes her pulse, the Studio AGAIN, and this time presumably knocking out another minor cast member of the series he was part of since she took the role of an assisting medic within and in dangerous proximity to a blade, his apartment AGAIN to plant a BODY of a "rival" agent (she wasn't a real agent to begin with), and finally at his clinic AGAIN to try and murder him. That's made worse by the fact that she is an ordinary (albeit crazy) middle-aged woman. Not only does she break into 3 locations that ought to have some sort of security, she does so again in the SAME ORDER with apparently no difficulty whatsoever.
* In the 2006 series of ''Series/RobinHood'', the Merry Men seem able to waltz into Nottingham Castle any time they feel like it. When Alan A Dale does one of his {{Face Heel Turn}}s, he shows the Sheriff and Guy the passageways they use to get in. The Sheriff has them closed off. A few episodes later, this is forgotten.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has an inversion: Jerry would not let one of his own neighbors into his apartment building.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** In the episode "Shades of Grey", Jack O'Neill (who has been forced to resign from the Air Force in order to avoid criminal prosecution) is able to waltz into Stargate Command and straight into General Hammond's office, without security apparently noticing his presence at all. Now, he ''is'' a former Black Ops veteran and ex-second-in-command of the base, but it still stretches the bounds of plausibility quite a bit. In fact, ''all'' secret bases in ''Stargate SG-1'' seem to qualify, from Goa'uld strongholds to the SGC to NID prisons. The incident in "Shades of Grey" is actually more or less justified, as [[spoiler:the entire thing was a GambitRoulette organized by Hammond and O'Neill, and the latter may have been secretly given means to bypass security and slip into Hammond's office undetected. Besides, O'Neill never actually resigned his commission]].
** In the episode ''Prometheus'', Major Carter and Quinn Escort a news crew into a top secret prototype spaceship without checking their equipment for weapons (They even had a Zat!) and with only two guards as escorts.
* On the satirical SitCom ''Series/ThatsMyBush'', the DropInCharacter Larry is able to waltz right in the front door. At the ''White House''.

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* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' three-parter "Look ''Series/BurnNotice''
** Subverted whenever Michael needs to get somewhere. They almost always show (or
at the Princess" is full of this. Despite endless comments about least reference) how tight the Michael gets to where he needs to be and it's usually acting like he's supposed to be there.
** One Season Two episode has him walk into a government contractor with a friend claiming he lost his
security is in badge. After he's inside, he further 'sneaks' into the lead-up to the Royal wedding, the various protagonists and antagonists have no problem carrying out various kidnappings, assaults and assassination attempts on each other. Partially justified since the members of the royal family were in on some of the kidnappings and assassination attempts to begin with.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' season 5 is a major offender especially because the series is quite level headed and grounded in (to a point) reality. Colleen harassed Sean throughout half of the season, and in this time (from the point she is discovered to be an impostor) she managed to break into: the studio Sean was working in, his apartment to try to kill herself and die in his arms, his clinic (although it does have a flimsy
high security at best) area... by taking a soda can out of the trash and lifting a handprint.
** A later episode has Michael again trying to get into a government building
in order to beg that he fixes her pulse, obtain something. He walks in pretending to be the Studio AGAIN, weekend cleaning crew. However, getting what he needs requires him to trigger an alarm. How does he get out? He allows himself to get caught by security, pretends he's drunk (and cuts himself on the window he had to break), and this time presumably knocking out another minor cast member begs security not to report it since he ''really'' needs the job or his wife will take away the kids. Security pities him, reports a false alarm, and escorts him to the front door while suggesting he take the rest of the series day off to get clean & sober.
** Another episode has Michael once again triggering an alarm while already having gotten what
he was part of since she took wanted inside a high-security building (specifically, a ''Police building''). He slips on a Police jacket and starts yelling at people to find the role of an assisting medic within and in dangerous proximity to a blade, his apartment AGAIN to plant a BODY of a "rival" agent (she wasn't a real agent to begin with), and finally at his clinic AGAIN to try and murder him. That's made worse by the fact intruder. It's specifically mentioned that she is an ordinary (albeit crazy) middle-aged woman. Not only does she break into 3 locations new recruits are trained to follow higher ups' orders without question, so all he had to do was act like one.
** Essentially, the show takes great lengths to avert this with the point it always makes being
that ought to have getting somewhere is generally very easy. Ultimately, all security has some sort of security, she does so again in the SAME ORDER with apparently no difficulty whatsoever.
* In the 2006 series of ''Series/RobinHood'', the Merry Men seem able to waltz
weak spot whether it's a keycard, a person, or what not. It's getting into Nottingham Castle any time they feel like it. When Alan A Dale does one of his {{Face Heel Turn}}s, he shows the Sheriff and Guy the passageways they use right position to get in. The Sheriff has them closed off. A few episodes later, this is forgotten.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has an inversion: Jerry would not let one of his own neighbors into his apartment building.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** In the episode "Shades of Grey", Jack O'Neill (who has been forced to resign from the Air Force in order to avoid criminal prosecution) is able to waltz into Stargate Command and straight into General Hammond's office,
enter or leave without security apparently noticing his presence at all. Now, he ''is'' a former Black Ops veteran and ex-second-in-command of anyone thinking you're not supposed to be there that poses the base, but it still stretches the bounds of plausibility quite a bit. In fact, ''all'' secret bases in ''Stargate SG-1'' seem to qualify, from Goa'uld strongholds to the SGC to NID prisons. The incident in "Shades of Grey" is actually more or less justified, as [[spoiler:the entire thing was a GambitRoulette organized by Hammond and O'Neill, and the latter may have been secretly given means to bypass security and slip into Hammond's office undetected. Besides, O'Neill never actually resigned his commission]].
** In the episode ''Prometheus'', Major Carter and Quinn Escort a news crew into a top secret prototype spaceship without checking their equipment for weapons (They even had a Zat!) and with only two guards as escorts.
* On the satirical SitCom ''Series/ThatsMyBush'', the DropInCharacter Larry is able to waltz right in the front door. At the ''White House''.
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** Lampshaded when the Doctor and Ace found themselves wandering around Windsor Castle - walking towards ''the Queen'':
--->'''The Doctor:''' [[BavarianFireDrill Act as if you own the place.]]
--->'''Ace:''' What?!
--->'''The Doctor:''' It always works!

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** Lampshaded when the Doctor and Ace [[RecapDoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis found themselves themselves]] wandering around Windsor Castle - -- walking towards ''the Queen'':
--->'''The Doctor:''' [[BavarianFireDrill Act as if you own the place.]]
--->'''Ace:''' What?!
--->'''The
]]\\
'''Ace:''' What?!\\
'''The
Doctor:''' It always works!



** It also doesn't hurt that the Sonic Screwdriver can open any lock, and disable pretty much any other security device, or that the Tardis isn't exactly inhibited by walls.
** This comes up in the first episode of season 6, where the TARDIS landed ''in the Oval Office''.
--->'''Canton:''' Mr. President, that man just walked in here with three of his friends and a great big blue box... [points at the Secret Service head] and that is the man he walked past. ''One'' of them is worth listening to.

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** It also doesn't hurt that the Sonic Screwdriver sonic screwdriver can open any lock, lock (except a deadlock seal), and disable pretty much any other security device, or that the Tardis TARDIS isn't exactly inhibited by walls.
** This comes up in the first episode of season 6, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]], where the TARDIS landed ''in the Oval Office''.
--->'''Canton:''' Mr. President, that man just walked in here with three of his friends and a great big blue box... [points at the Secret Service head] and that is that's the man he walked past. ''One'' of them is worth listening to.to.
* The titular building of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' was originally impossible to find, let alone break into or escape from, until the end of the first season. After that, characters seem to be able to get in and out whenever the plot demands it.
* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' three-parter "Look at the Princess" is full of this. Despite endless comments about how tight the security is in the lead-up to the Royal wedding, the various protagonists and antagonists have no problem carrying out various kidnappings, assaults and assassination attempts on each other. Partially justified since the members of the royal family were in on some of the kidnappings and assassination attempts to begin with.
* Most of the big mansions in Port Charles of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' have this type of security. It gets ridiculous with Greystone Manor, the home of mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos. That many people who want to kill him, and pretty much anyone who wants to can just waltz onto the premises?
* In ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' characters frequently show up at the Seattle police morgue unannounced and unaccompanied. Generally they're just there to visit Liv and no one is too bothered by the intrusion, even when it's [[FriendlyEnemy Blaine]], but security seems very lax on who they give access to the police station.
* On ''Series/LasVegas'', The Montecito gets robbed in just about every other episode despite supposedly having the most sophisticated security in the world.
* The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team is very good in getting past security but they usually have studied the target extensively and do a lot of prep work first. However, in one episode when they are forced to improvise, they are able to lie, steal and bluff their way through three layers of security so Hardison can infiltrate the control tower of an airport. Hardison is allowed in even though the security badge he is using belongs to a female employee and the guards verify the picture on the badge against Hardison's face. They do not want to be politically incorrect to someone who just had a sex-change operation so they let him in. The consequences of this type of failed security are quickly lampshaded when Hardison almost causes an airliner to crash.
* For all that ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'''s Camelot is meant to be impenetrable it is invaded constantly; even in the first episode. Merlin himself is able to go anywhere he wants. It gets even worse in the fourth season. You know it's really bad when the villain says: "taking the castle was the easy part".



* The number of times people have managed to invade, hack, or subvert the ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' Ascendant is more than a little disconcerting. It can be {{hand wave}}d a bit with the fact that the ship normally has a crew of thousands instead of 6 and that the people on board haven't had enough training to properly run it, but still.
* The same thing happened to the Enterprise on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' a LOT. One episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' even had Odo tease Worf about it. Seriously, in ''TNG'' only the bad guys ever enacted IT security pertaining to anything except the self-destruct. Forget circuit breakers, surge suppressors, seat belts, where were the PASSWORDS?
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' has nothing to brag about. The turbolift is apparently unrestricted, very often people who shouldn't be allowed in Ops unescorted (like Quark) stroll right in. Then again, Quark has proven he has security chips granting him security clearance even higher than Odo. He's just that good. In addition, Ops isn't so much a bridge like on the ''Enterprise'' as it is the manager's office (technically, a combination of the two). People are ''supposed'' to come up there with grievances and such (especially Quark, who is head of the station's business union).
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' had perhaps the worst security in the history of Starfleet, considering how often enemies were able to steal shuttles or hack their computer. One episode ended with two unarmed Ferengi overpowering their guards, getting to the shuttlebay, stealing their own ship, and escaping through a wormhole.
** ''[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'' was no better. A group of "space hippies" managed to divert the ship by taking out the one guy manning Auxiliary Control.

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* The number In ''Series/TheNewAvengers'', enemy agents seem to wander into Steed's house every other episode.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' season 5 is a major offender especially because the series is quite level headed and grounded in (to a point) reality. Colleen harassed Sean throughout half
of times people have the season, and in this time (from the point she is discovered to be an impostor) she managed to invade, hack, or subvert break into: the ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' Ascendant is more than studio Sean was working in, his apartment to try to kill herself and die in his arms, his clinic (although it does have a little disconcerting. It can be {{hand wave}}d flimsy security at best) in order to beg that he fixes her pulse, the Studio AGAIN, and this time presumably knocking out another minor cast member of the series he was part of since she took the role of an assisting medic within and in dangerous proximity to a bit with blade, his apartment AGAIN to plant a BODY of a "rival" agent (she wasn't a real agent to begin with), and finally at his clinic AGAIN to try and murder him. That's made worse by the fact that the ship normally has a crew of thousands instead of 6 and she is an ordinary (albeit crazy) middle-aged woman. Not only does she break into 3 locations that ought to have some sort of security, she does so again in the people on board haven't had enough training to properly run it, but still.
* The same thing happened to the Enterprise on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' a LOT. One episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' even had Odo tease Worf about it. Seriously, in ''TNG'' only the bad guys ever enacted IT security pertaining to anything except the self-destruct. Forget circuit breakers, surge suppressors, seat belts, where were the PASSWORDS?
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' has nothing to brag about. The turbolift is
SAME ORDER with apparently unrestricted, very often people no difficulty whatsoever.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** In the Season 1 flashbacks, Rumpelstiltskin's cell is guarded by a grand total of one palace guard, allowing easy entrance and exit by Regina (who simply transformed herself into a rat). However, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because, as far as Snow White and Prince Charming know, Rumpelstiltskin's powers are sealed and he can't escape. [[spoiler: He actually ''does'' have a means of escape, but he doesn't use it because his plan is working perfectly without him being free (and he needs his escape plan to be there so the heroes can use it later).]]
** In an alternate reality in Season 4, [[spoiler: the island where Emma is being held prisoner has only one knight guarding it]]. However, in a subversion, this knight is [[spoiler: Maleficent's daughter Lily,
who shouldn't be allowed in Ops unescorted (like Quark) stroll right in. Then again, Quark has proven he has can turn herself into a dragon.]] In other words, that one knight is all the security chips granting him security clearance even higher than Odo. He's just the place needs.
* Chris and the crew from ''{{Series/Overhaulin}}'' once discovered
that good. In addition, Ops isn't so much a bridge like on the ''Enterprise'' as it is car's owner (Mark) equipped the manager's office (technically, a combination of the two). People are ''supposed'' car they were supposed to come up there take with grievances and such (especially Quark, who is head of the station's business union).
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' had perhaps the worst security in the history of Starfleet, considering how often enemies were
"The Club" anti-theft device. However, they're still able to steal shuttles or hack their computer. One episode ended easily make off with two unarmed Ferengi overpowering their guards, getting to the shuttlebay, stealing their own ship, and escaping through a wormhole.
** ''[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'' was no better. A group of "space hippies" managed to divert
car because Mark forgot an important step.
-->'''Chris:''' See, Mark, when you put
the ship by taking out the one guy manning Auxiliary Control.Club on your car, it helps usually to ''lock'' it.



* The titular building of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' was originally impossible to find, let alone break into or escape from, until the end of the first season. After that, characters seem to be able to get in and out whenever the plot demands it.
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** Subverted whenever Michael needs to get somewhere. They almost always show (or at least reference) how Michael gets to where he needs to be and it's usually acting like he's supposed to be there.
** One Season Two episode has him walk into a government contractor with a friend claiming he lost his security badge. After he's inside, he further 'sneaks' into the high security area... by taking a soda can out of the trash and lifting a handprint.
** A later episode has Michael again trying to get into a government building in order to obtain something. He walks in pretending to be the weekend cleaning crew. However, getting what he needs requires him to trigger an alarm. How does he get out? He allows himself to get caught by security, pretends he's drunk (and cuts himself on the window he had to break), and begs security not to report it since he ''really'' needs the job or his wife will take away the kids. Security pities him, reports a false alarm, and escorts him to the front door while suggesting he take the rest of the day off to get clean & sober.
** Another episode has Michael once again triggering an alarm while already having gotten what he wanted inside a high-security building (specifically, a ''Police building''). He slips on a Police jacket and starts yelling at people to find the intruder. It's specifically mentioned that new recruits are trained to follow higher ups' orders without question, so all he had to do was act like one.
** Essentially, the show takes great lengths to avert this with the point it always makes being that getting somewhere is generally very easy. Ultimately, all security has some sort of weak spot whether it's a keycard, a person, or what not. It's getting into the right position to enter or leave without anyone thinking you're not supposed to be there that poses the problem.
* Most of the big mansions in Port Charles of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' have this type of security. It gets ridiculous with Greystone Manor, the home of mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos. That many people who want to kill him, and pretty much anyone who wants to can just waltz onto the premises?
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' has Neal walk into a bank dressed as a maintenance guy, insert fake credentials for himself into their mail system, change into a suit and walk up to a bank employee and pretend to be a freshly hired new accounts manager. The employee finds the 'new employee' package he planted and assumes that HR simply failed to call ahead. When his security badge fails to work, she uses her own since new badges tend to glitch out. With access to the inner offices, Neal easily swipes a real badge, walks into the vault, packs his briefcase full of cash and then walks out. However, [[spoiler:this is a security test orchestrated by the FBI and Peter later shows the money to a conference room full of bank managers to prove to them how lousy their bank security is]]. He also pretends to be a sportscar salesman to get into the dealership's computer system, and actually makes a sale. The implication is that he could've a)stolen a car b)gotten lots of people's banking records, or c)done both.
* ''Series/{{V 2009}}'' plays this trope completely straight in the first season finale [[spoiler:when Erica is able to waltz into the Visitor soldier gestation pool and destroy almost all of the soldier eggs with impunity. Why weren't any of the other fully grown soldiers guarding the chamber?]]
** That can be justified, since the BigBad was keeping it secret, and was worried about security breaches. But why wasn't there at least a ''lock?''
* Played with in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Gwen Cooper traces the location of Torchwood by talking to a local pizza delivery place and had no problem entering their secret compound. The Torchwood staff finally admit they wanted to talk to her after they nearly bust up laughing at her "covert" entrance. It's later proven to be very difficult to get into (or out of) Torchwood Institute.
* The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team is very good in getting past security but they usually have studied the target extensively and do a lot of prep work first. However, in one episode when they are forced to improvise, they are able to lie, steal and bluff their way through three layers of security so Hardison can infiltrate the control tower of an airport. Hardison is allowed in even though the security badge he is using belongs to a female employee and the guards verify the picture on the badge against Hardison's face. They do not want to be politically incorrect to someone who just had a sex-change operation so they let him in. The consequences of this type of failed security are quickly lampshaded when Hardison almost causes an airliner to crash.

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* The titular building of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' was originally impossible to find, let alone break into or escape from, until In the end 2006 series of ''Series/RobinHood'', the first season. After that, characters Merry Men seem to be able to get in and out whenever the plot demands it.
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** Subverted whenever Michael needs to get somewhere. They almost always show (or at least reference) how Michael gets to where he needs to be and it's usually acting like he's supposed to be there.
** One Season Two episode has him walk into a government contractor with a friend claiming he lost his security badge. After he's inside, he further 'sneaks' into the high security area... by taking a soda can out of the trash and lifting a handprint.
** A later episode has Michael again trying to get into a government building in order to obtain something. He walks in pretending to be the weekend cleaning crew. However, getting what he needs requires him to trigger an alarm. How does he get out? He allows himself to get caught by security, pretends he's drunk (and cuts himself on the window he had to break), and begs security not to report it since he ''really'' needs the job or his wife will take away the kids. Security pities him, reports a false alarm, and escorts him to the front door while suggesting he take the rest of the day off to get clean & sober.
** Another episode has Michael once again triggering an alarm while already having gotten what he wanted inside a high-security building (specifically, a ''Police building''). He slips on a Police jacket and starts yelling at people to find the intruder. It's specifically mentioned that new recruits are trained to follow higher ups' orders without question, so all he had to do was act like one.
** Essentially, the show takes great lengths to avert this with the point it always makes being that getting somewhere is generally very easy. Ultimately, all security has some sort of weak spot whether it's a keycard, a person, or what not. It's getting into the right position to enter or leave without anyone thinking you're not supposed to be there that poses the problem.
* Most of the big mansions in Port Charles of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' have this type of security. It gets ridiculous with Greystone Manor, the home of mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos. That many people who want to kill him, and pretty much anyone who wants to can just waltz onto the premises?
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' has Neal walk into a bank dressed as a maintenance guy, insert fake credentials for himself into their mail system, change into a suit and walk up to a bank employee and pretend to be a freshly hired new accounts manager. The employee finds the 'new employee' package he planted and assumes that HR simply failed to call ahead. When his security badge fails to work, she uses her own since new badges tend to glitch out. With access to the inner offices, Neal easily swipes a real badge, walks into the vault, packs his briefcase full of cash and then walks out. However, [[spoiler:this is a security test orchestrated by the FBI and Peter later shows the money to a conference room full of bank managers to prove to them how lousy their bank security is]]. He also pretends to be a sportscar salesman to get into the dealership's computer system, and actually makes a sale. The implication is that he could've a)stolen a car b)gotten lots of people's banking records, or c)done both.
* ''Series/{{V 2009}}'' plays this trope completely straight in the first season finale [[spoiler:when Erica is
able to waltz into the Visitor soldier gestation pool and destroy almost all of the soldier eggs with impunity. Why weren't Nottingham Castle any of the other fully grown soldiers guarding the chamber?]]
** That can be justified, since the BigBad was keeping it secret, and was worried about security breaches. But why wasn't there at least a ''lock?''
* Played with in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Gwen Cooper traces the location of Torchwood by talking to a local pizza delivery place and had no problem entering their secret compound. The Torchwood staff finally admit
time they wanted to talk to her after feel like it. When Alan A Dale does one of his {{Face Heel Turn}}s, he shows the Sheriff and Guy the passageways they nearly bust up laughing at her "covert" entrance. It's later proven to be very difficult use to get into (or out of) Torchwood Institute.
* The ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team is very good in getting past security but they usually have studied the target extensively and do a lot of prep work first. However, in one episode when they are forced to improvise, they are able to lie, steal and bluff their way through three layers of security so Hardison can infiltrate the control tower of an airport. Hardison is allowed in even though the security badge he is using belongs to a female employee and the guards verify the picture on the badge against Hardison's face. They do not want to be politically incorrect to someone who just had a sex-change operation so they let him
in. The consequences of Sheriff has them closed off. A few episodes later, this type is forgotten.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has an inversion: Jerry would not let one
of failed security are quickly lampshaded when Hardison almost causes an airliner to crash.his own neighbors into his apartment building.



* On ''Series/LasVegas'', The Montecito gets robbed in just about every other episode despite supposedly having the most sophisticated security in the world.
* The Mayberry Bank in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. The sole guard is an 80-year-old half-deaf geezer who spends all his time sleeping heavily and whose ancient WWI pistol falls to pieces if he takes it out. The teller and manager allow customers free reign of the place even when they're in the other room. People can waltz through the half-gate between the counter from the lobby without being stopped. The cash register drawers stand wide open with bundles of cash in full sight, as does the safe. And the safe can be entered by kicking a hole in the plaster wall of the hairdresser's shop adjacent to the bank. Of course, Mayberry doesn't ''need'' any effective bank security, what with its rock-bottom crime rate and genial, honest community -- in fact, the only reason it was robbed in the first place was because an out-of-town robber overheard Barney ranting about the lax security in specific detail.
** The Bank has a second attempted robbery later on where two crooks stage an elaborate awards ceremony that engages the whole town. Then another crook sneaks into the bank and opens the vault by listening to the combination. Once inside the Vault, the crook is greeted by Andy who is sitting on a chair calmly reading a paper. The crook demands to know how Andy got in, only for Andy to point out the back door to the vault that the town put in after they forgot the combination to the vault.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** In the Season 1 flashbacks, Rumpelstiltskin's cell is guarded by a grand total of one palace guard, allowing easy entrance and exit by Regina (who simply transformed herself into a rat). However, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because, as far as Snow White and Prince Charming know, Rumpelstiltskin's powers are sealed and he can't escape. [[spoiler: He actually ''does'' have a means of escape, but he doesn't use it because his plan is working perfectly without him being free (and he needs his escape plan to be there so the heroes can use it later).]]
** In an alternate reality in Season 4, [[spoiler: the island where Emma is being held prisoner has only one knight guarding it]]. However, in a subversion, this knight is [[spoiler: Maleficent's daughter Lily, who can turn herself into a dragon.]] In other words, that one knight is all the security the place needs.
* Chris and the crew from ''{{Series/Overhaulin}}'' once discovered that the car's owner (Mark) equipped the car they were supposed to take with "The Club" anti-theft device. However, they're still able to easily make off with the car because Mark forgot an important step.
-->'''Chris:''' See, Mark, when you put the Club on your car, it helps usually to ''lock'' it.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': It's a RunningGag that highly trained covert operatives can stroll into whatever heavily-secured location they want because people keep leaving the doors unlocked.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** STAR Labs appears to have an "open door policy" for anyone who wants to come in. Partly justified by the fact that the lab no longer employs security personnel (in fact, it employs less than half-a-dozen people now, none of whom have any security training). Captain Cold ends up just strolling in without Cisco's alarm even going off. He is, however, supposed to be a master thief.
** In Season 2, Cisco claims to have upgraded the security system to keep anyone from coming in. Two seconds later, Jay Garrick walks in with no explanation (and he no longer has SuperSpeed to justify it). Cisco's supposed "security system" constantly fails throughout the season, frequently not even warning anyone that someone is coming. During a cross-over episode, Team Arrow asks Cisco if he's finally gotten rid of that "revolving door" at STAR Labs. Cisco counters by pointing out that ''both'' Team Arrow headquarters have been broken into. The point it proven when Merlyn keeps randomly appearing there with a StealthHiBye (not just by himself, but with over a dozen League assassins), surprising even Barry.
* In ''Series/TheNewAvengers'', enemy agents seem to wander into Steed's house every other episode.
* Parodied (like everything else) in the ''Series/AngieTribeca'' episode "The Thumb Affair", when a velvet rope and a "Do Not Touch" sign are revered by art gallery visitors as though they were a high-tech security system. The thief is considered brilliant for unhooking the rope and crossing out the word "Not" to change the meaning of the sign.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': Quietly subverted. It seems like practically anyone can walk into the DEO's top-secret base whenever they want, but they are always accompanied by armed guards, even though no one ever draws attention to them. The one time someone got in without permission was when Supergirl let in [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]], which is justified because they both have superspeed (and she'd have any necessary codes). Even then, the guards showed up within a minute.
* In ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' characters frequently show up at the Seattle police morgue unannounced and unaccompanied. Generally they're just there to visit Liv and no one is too bothered by the intrusion, even when it's [[FriendlyEnemy Blaine]], but security seems very lax on who they give access to the police station.

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* On ''Series/LasVegas'', The Montecito gets robbed in just about every other ''Series/StargateSG1''
** In the
episode despite supposedly having "Shades of Grey", Jack O'Neill (who has been forced to resign from the most sophisticated Air Force in order to avoid criminal prosecution) is able to waltz into Stargate Command and straight into General Hammond's office, without security apparently noticing his presence at all. Now, he ''is'' a former Black Ops veteran and ex-second-in-command of the base, but it still stretches the bounds of plausibility quite a bit. In fact, ''all'' secret bases in ''Stargate SG-1'' seem to qualify, from Goa'uld strongholds to the SGC to NID prisons. The incident in "Shades of Grey" is actually more or less justified, as [[spoiler:the entire thing was a GambitRoulette organized by Hammond and O'Neill, and the latter may have been secretly given means to bypass security and slip into Hammond's office undetected. Besides, O'Neill never actually resigned his commission]].
** In the episode "Prometheus", Major Carter and Quinn Escort a news crew into a top secret prototype spaceship without checking their equipment for weapons (They even had a Zat!) and with only two guards as escorts.
* The same thing happened to the Enterprise on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' a LOT. One episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' even had Odo tease Worf about it. Seriously, in ''TNG'' only the bad guys ever enacted IT security pertaining to anything except the self-destruct. Forget circuit breakers, surge suppressors, seat belts, where were the PASSWORDS?
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' has nothing to brag about. The turbolift is apparently unrestricted, very often people who shouldn't be allowed in Ops unescorted (like Quark) stroll right in. Then again, Quark has proven he has security chips granting him security clearance even higher than Odo. He's just that good. In addition, Ops isn't so much a bridge like on the ''Enterprise'' as it is the manager's office (technically, a combination of the two). People are ''supposed'' to come up there with grievances and such (especially Quark, who is head of the station's business union).
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' had perhaps the worst
security in the world.
* The Mayberry Bank in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. The sole guard is an 80-year-old half-deaf geezer who spends all his time sleeping heavily
history of Starfleet, considering how often enemies were able to steal shuttles or hack their computer. One episode ended with two unarmed Ferengi overpowering their guards, getting to the shuttlebay, stealing their own ship, and whose ancient WWI pistol falls to pieces if he takes it out. The teller and manager allow customers free reign of the place even when they're in the other room. People can waltz escaping through a wormhole.
** ''[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'' was no better. A group of "space hippies" managed to divert
the half-gate between ship by taking out the counter from one guy manning Auxiliary Control.
* On
the lobby without being stopped. The cash register drawers stand wide open with bundles of cash in full sight, as does satirical SitCom ''Series/ThatsMyBush'', the safe. And the safe can be entered by kicking a hole DropInCharacter Larry is able to waltz right in the plaster wall of front door. At the hairdresser's shop adjacent to the bank. Of course, Mayberry doesn't ''need'' any effective bank security, what ''White House''.
* Played
with its rock-bottom crime rate in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Gwen Cooper traces the location of Torchwood by talking to a local pizza delivery place and genial, honest community -- in fact, the only reason it was robbed had no problem entering their secret compound. The Torchwood staff finally admit they wanted to talk to her after they nearly bust up laughing at her "covert" entrance. It's later proven to be very difficult to get into (or out of) Torchwood Institute.
* ''Series/{{V 2009}}'' plays this trope completely straight
in the first place season finale [[spoiler:when Erica is able to waltz into the Visitor soldier gestation pool and destroy almost all of the soldier eggs with impunity. Why weren't any of the other fully grown soldiers guarding the chamber?]]
** That can be justified, since the BigBad
was because an out-of-town robber overheard Barney ranting keeping it secret, and was worried about the lax security in specific detail.
** The Bank has a second attempted robbery later on where two crooks stage an elaborate awards ceremony that engages the whole town. Then another crook sneaks into the bank and opens the vault by listening to the combination. Once inside the Vault, the crook is greeted by Andy who is sitting on a chair calmly reading a paper. The crook demands to know how Andy got in, only for Andy to point out the back door to the vault that the town put in after they forgot the combination to the vault.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** In the Season 1 flashbacks, Rumpelstiltskin's cell is guarded by a grand total of one palace guard, allowing easy entrance and exit by Regina (who simply transformed herself into a rat). However, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because, as far as Snow White and Prince Charming know, Rumpelstiltskin's powers are sealed and he can't escape. [[spoiler: He actually ''does'' have a means of escape, but he doesn't use it because his plan is working perfectly without him being free (and he needs his escape plan to be
breaches. But why wasn't there so the heroes can use it later).]]
** In an alternate reality in Season 4, [[spoiler: the island where Emma is being held prisoner
at least a ''lock?''
* ''Series/WhiteCollar''
has only one knight guarding it]]. However, in a subversion, this knight is [[spoiler: Maleficent's daughter Lily, who can turn herself into a dragon.]] In other words, that one knight is all the security the place needs.
* Chris and the crew from ''{{Series/Overhaulin}}'' once discovered that the car's owner (Mark) equipped the car they were supposed to take with "The Club" anti-theft device. However, they're still able to easily make off with the car because Mark forgot an important step.
-->'''Chris:''' See, Mark, when you put the Club on your car, it helps usually to ''lock'' it.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': It's a RunningGag that highly trained covert operatives can stroll into whatever heavily-secured location they want because people keep leaving the doors unlocked.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** STAR Labs appears to have an "open door policy" for anyone who wants to come in. Partly justified by the fact that the lab no longer employs security personnel (in fact, it employs less than half-a-dozen people now, none of whom have any security training). Captain Cold ends up just strolling in without Cisco's alarm even going off. He is, however, supposed to be a master thief.
** In Season 2, Cisco claims to have upgraded the security system to keep anyone from coming in. Two seconds later, Jay Garrick walks in with no explanation (and he no longer has SuperSpeed to justify it). Cisco's supposed "security system" constantly fails throughout the season, frequently not even warning anyone that someone is coming. During a cross-over episode, Team Arrow asks Cisco if he's finally gotten rid of that "revolving door" at STAR Labs. Cisco counters by pointing out that ''both'' Team Arrow headquarters have been broken into. The point it proven when Merlyn keeps randomly appearing there with a StealthHiBye (not just by himself, but with over a dozen League assassins), surprising even Barry.
* In ''Series/TheNewAvengers'', enemy agents seem to wander into Steed's house every other episode.
* Parodied (like everything else) in the ''Series/AngieTribeca'' episode "The Thumb Affair", when a velvet rope and a "Do Not Touch" sign are revered by art gallery visitors as though they were a high-tech security system. The thief is considered brilliant for unhooking the rope and crossing out the word "Not" to change the meaning of the sign.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': Quietly subverted. It seems like practically anyone can
Neal walk into a bank dressed as a maintenance guy, insert fake credentials for himself into their mail system, change into a suit and walk up to a bank employee and pretend to be a freshly hired new accounts manager. The employee finds the DEO's top-secret base whenever they want, but they are always accompanied by armed guards, even though no one ever draws attention to them. The one time someone got in without permission was when Supergirl let in [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]], which is justified because they both have superspeed (and she'd have any necessary codes). Even then, the guards showed up within a minute.
* In ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' characters frequently show up at the Seattle police morgue unannounced
'new employee' package he planted and unaccompanied. Generally they're just there assumes that HR simply failed to visit Liv and no one is too bothered by the intrusion, even when it's [[FriendlyEnemy Blaine]], but call ahead. When his security seems very lax on who they give badge fails to work, she uses her own since new badges tend to glitch out. With access to the police station. inner offices, Neal easily swipes a real badge, walks into the vault, packs his briefcase full of cash and then walks out. However, [[spoiler:this is a security test orchestrated by the FBI and Peter later shows the money to a conference room full of bank managers to prove to them how lousy their bank security is]]. He also pretends to be a sportscar salesman to get into the dealership's computer system, and actually makes a sale. The implication is that he could've a)stolen a car b)gotten lots of people's banking records, or c)done both.
19th Mar '17 1:06:37 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': [[KnightTemplar Talon Ryashen]] is able to effortlessly break into the home of Issa Shuzen, one of the Dark Lords of the monster world, not once, but ''twice'', the second time with ''three other people'' helping him. After the second time, Akua and Kahlua outright [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] how poor their security is since Talon was able to break in and try to kill them so easily.




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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'': [[ArtifactOfDoom Shinnok's Amulet]] is stated by Sonya to be heavily guarded by both the Special Forces and Shaolin, and yet, Mileena was able to steal it and use it against Kotal Kahn without ''anyone'' in Earthrealm noticing until a group of Outworld refugees inform them.
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** The Bank has a second attempted robbery later on where two crooks stage an elaborate awards ceremony that engages the whole town. Then another crook sneaks into the bank and opens the vault by listening to the combination. Once inside the Vault, the crook is greeted by Andy who is sitting on a chair calmly reading a paper. The crook demands to know how Andy got in, only for Andy to point out the back door to the vault that the town put in after they forgot the combination to the vault.
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*The four unhappily run into this twice in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. They take a penthouse suite at one of the most expensive inns in Tevri'ed, and the management promises them complete security. Of course they're attacked by [[EverythingsBetterWithNinjas ninjas who come ghosting through the walls]]. The next night they stay in the same room at half price, with the management swearing it won't happen again... and they're attacked ''twice'' (though not by ninjas, so technically management was correct). After that they give up on inns entirely.
**This is one of the reasons they're ready to check out the Guardians; Major Tallant promises that they won't be attacked by anyone once they're in Central City, and they're so desperate at this point that they're willing to take a chance he's right. (He is, and they get their first uninterrupted night's sleep since returning to C'hou.)
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', Puss invites the RiddlingSphinx to guard the gates of San Lorenzo to protect its treasure from thieves, but she's often sleeping, away, or simply lets thieves in because they solved her riddle.
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* From 1968-1985, US Navy Warrant Officer John Anthony Walker acted as a spy for the Soviet Union, handing over thousands of pages of classified documents in exchange for millions of dollars in cash payments. Despite two decades of espionage, Walker was never even suspected of criminal activity by authorities. He received an honorable retirement from the navy in 1976 and continued his spying even after leaving service, getting his son (who was also in the navy) involved in his activities as well. Walker's downfall and arrest only happened as a result of his estranged ex-wife turning him in. When asked how he was able to get away with espionage for so long without being detected, he said "K-Mart has better security than the Navy".
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