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19th Jul '17 12:02:42 AM rdococ
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-> '''Lord Peter Wimsey''': It's surprising how often you get them in detective fiction. A sort of [[Pun sinister]] twist running right through the character.

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-> '''Lord Peter Wimsey''': It's surprising how often you get them in detective fiction. A sort of [[Pun [[IncrediblyLamePun sinister]] twist running right through the character.
19th Jul '17 12:02:16 AM rdococ
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-> '''Lord Peter Wimsey''': It's surprising how often you get them in detective fiction. A sort of sinister twist running right through the character.

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-> '''Lord Peter Wimsey''': It's surprising how often you get them in detective fiction. A sort of sinister [[Pun sinister]] twist running right through the character.
18th May '17 10:52:04 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* One manga ''Shinjuku [=DxD=]'' has this as one of clues the main character used to determine someone bought a knife not for cooking: The knife he bought was designed for right-handed people yet the person themselves was left-handed.

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* One manga ''Shinjuku [=DxD=]'' ''Manga/ShinjukuDxD'' has this as one of clues the main character used to determine someone bought a knife not for cooking: The knife he bought was designed for right-handed people yet the person themselves was left-handed.
1st Feb '17 11:44:04 AM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left-handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas]].
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*** Played straight in case 4. The gun was used with the right hand, but the person who held it was a lefty, as demonstrated by another piece of evidence. This leads Edgeworth to conclude that another individual had to fire the gun.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left-handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas]].

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*** Played straight {{Inverted|Trope}} in case 4. The gun was used with the right hand, but the person who held it was a lefty, as demonstrated by another piece of evidence. This leads Edgeworth to conclude that another individual had to fire the gun.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left-handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas]].
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9th Nov '16 12:51:04 AM wentesur
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* One manga ''Shinjuku [=DxD=]'' has this as one of clues the main character used to determine someone bought a knife not for cooking: The knife he bought was designed for red-handed people yet the person themselves was left-handed.

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* One manga ''Shinjuku [=DxD=]'' has this as one of clues the main character used to determine someone bought a knife not for cooking: The knife he bought was designed for red-handed right-handed people yet the person themselves was left-handed.
9th Nov '16 12:49:39 AM wentesur
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* One manga ''Shinjuku [=DxD=]'' has this as one of clues the main character used to determine someone bought a knife not for cooking: The knife he bought was designed for red-handed people yet the person themselves was left-handed.
16th Sep '16 1:53:31 AM PaulA
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* ''Death Watch'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr: An early clue establishes the killer was left handed. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d / {{Subverted|Trope}}: [[spoiler: It was part of a frame up by the real killer, and the detective has a brief rant about left-handed / right-handed clues.]]

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* ''Death Watch'' ''Death-Watch'', a Literature/DrGideonFell novel by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr: An early clue establishes the killer was left handed. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d / {{Subverted|Trope}}: [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was part of a frame up by the real killer, and the detective has a brief rant about left-handed / right-handed clues.]]
13th Sep '16 5:39:38 PM Gosicrystal
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You can determine many things about the way an injury was inflicted by studying the wound. You can determine the kind of weapon used, and what kind of motion it was making. In fiction, you can also tell the handedness of the wielder. For this to be relevant, the killer must turn out to be left-handed (which goes [[StealthPun hand-in-hand]] with ASinisterClue), or the killer's right-handedness must rule out a leftie suspect.

This can clear one person and convict another. Even though [[SuspectIsHatless one out of every ten people]] is left-handed (and even though it's perfectly possible to kill someone using your non-dominant hand), being left-handed is good enough to make you the prime suspect. This can be justified, though, if only one of the suspects is left-handed. For this reason, if it's discovered early on that TheKillerWasLeftHanded, you can bet that there will be at least two leftie suspects so as not to conclude the case too early.

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You can determine many things about the way an injury was inflicted by studying the wound. You can determine the kind of weapon used, and what kind of motion it was making. In fiction, you can also tell the handedness of the wielder. For this to be relevant, the killer must turn out to be left-handed (which goes [[StealthPun [[{{Pun}} hand-in-hand]] with ASinisterClue), or the killer's right-handedness must rule out a leftie suspect.

This can clear one person and convict another. Even though [[SuspectIsHatless one out of every ten people]] is left-handed (and even though it's perfectly possible to kill someone using your non-dominant hand), being left-handed is good enough to make you the prime suspect. This can be justified, though, if only one of the suspects is left-handed. For this reason, if it's discovered early on that TheKillerWasLeftHanded, the killer was left-handed, you can bet that there will be at least two leftie lefty suspects so as not to conclude the case too early.



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* Happens in case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', since [[spoiler: the gun bears prints from the defendant's right hand, while the photograph shows the killer holding it in his left]]. The trope is then subverted in that Edgeworth actually brings this up in a later case in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''. Upon proving that [[spoiler:the culprit that hit him with a sword did so with their right hand, Kay says that Lance, the person who Edgeworth suspects did it, is left-handed. Edgeworth however says that he simply used his non-dominant hand on purpose to throw suspicion away from him, stating that swinging a simple prop sword is easy, no matter what hand you use]].
** In Case 1 of Justice For All, it is an InvertedTrope. The victim was left-handed, as evidenced by a baseball glove he was offered by the defendant, which is a plot point: the message written in the sand implicating her was written with his right hand ([[FridgeLogic although why Phoenix Wright didn't simply point out the most obvious fact that that he couldn't have written the message since the cause of death was a broken neck due to a fall is unclear...]])
* Subverted/Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', where you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas.

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* Happens in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
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case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', since [[spoiler: the first game, [[spoiler:the gun bears prints from the defendant's right hand, while the photograph shows the killer holding it in his left]]. left]].
** In Case 1 of ''Justice For All'', it is an InvertedTrope. The victim was left-handed, as evidenced by a baseball glove he was offered by the defendant, which is a plot point: the message written in the sand implicating her was written with his right hand.
** Happens twice and [[PlayingWithATrope in different ways]] in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'':
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The trope is then subverted {{subverted|Trope}} in that Edgeworth actually brings this up in a later case in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''.3. Upon proving that [[spoiler:the culprit that hit him with a sword did so with their right hand, Kay says that Lance, the person who Edgeworth suspects did it, is left-handed. Edgeworth however says that he simply used his non-dominant hand on purpose to throw suspicion away from him, stating that swinging a simple prop sword is easy, no matter what hand you use]].
** In Case 1 of Justice For All, it is an InvertedTrope. *** Played straight in case 4. The victim gun was left-handed, as evidenced by a baseball glove he was offered by the defendant, which is a plot point: the message written in the sand implicating her was written used with his the right hand ([[FridgeLogic although why Phoenix Wright didn't simply point out hand, but the most obvious fact that that he couldn't have written the message since the cause of death person who held it was a broken neck due lefty, as demonstrated by another piece of evidence. This leads Edgeworth to a fall is unclear...]])
conclude that another individual had to fire the gun.
* Subverted/Averted in In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', where you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left handed, left-handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas.Lucas]].



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1st Sep '16 3:46:37 AM JackG
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* ''Manga/Golgo13''. An actress is pretending to be a client so Duke Togo can be captured on film committing an assassination. When Togo responds to her entreaties with his trademark stoicism she has to improvise, saying among other things that the mark had injured his left hand. When looking through his sniper scope however, Togo realises that the mark moves as if he's been using his right hand from birth, not someone who had to adapt in response to an injury.
1st Sep '16 3:44:40 AM JackG
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