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19th Jul '17 1:01:06 PM SeptimusHeap
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* In one issue of ''{{Steel}}'' Natasha Irons successfully activates her uncle's PoweredArmor with the password "[[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]".

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* In one issue of ''{{Steel}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Steel}}'' Natasha Irons successfully activates her uncle's PoweredArmor with the password "[[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]".
15th Jul '17 8:26:12 AM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
6th Jul '17 6:49:43 AM nowaymanguy
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** A variation: Manfred [[TheVonTropeFamily von Karma]] set his PIN to 0001, in his own words, "Because I'm number one!" [[DeadpanSnarker Phoenix]] immediately notes that it's pretty dumb to announce it in a packed courtroom.

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** A variation: Manfred [[TheVonTropeFamily von Karma]] set his PIN to 0001, in his own words, "Because I'm number one!" [[DeadpanSnarker Phoenix]] immediately notes that it's pretty dumb one!", which he announces to announce it in a packed the entire courtroom.


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** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', the password to Inga's safe in his study is his daughter's birthday. [[spoiler:Inside are [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes several mementos relating to his daughter as well as his plans to assassinate his own wife in a coup d'etat.]]]]
4th Jul '17 10:32:13 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': In "Crimes of Passion", a mayoral candidate has his laptop password as "I've got your back": which was his campaign slogan and prominently displayed on a poster in his study.

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* ''Series/{{Motive}}'': In "Crimes of Passion", a mayoral candidate has his laptop password as "I've got your back": back", which was his campaign slogan and prominently displayed on a poster in his study.study.
* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': Sam is able to break easily into ''Pastiche'''s Facebook page because their password is ''pastiche''.
9th Jun '17 8:49:05 PM Willbyr
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* During the early days of ''MapleStory'', there was a period of time when accounts with USA registered as the player's country couldn't log in due to an error. One disgruntled player decided to try logging in with random combinations, and to his (and afterwards, everyone's) astonishment, the combination "asdf/(none)" (yes, that means NO password at all) netted him access to a GM account. HilarityEnsues.

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* During the early days of ''MapleStory'', ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', there was a period of time when accounts with USA registered as the player's country couldn't log in due to an error. One disgruntled player decided to try logging in with random combinations, and to his (and afterwards, everyone's) astonishment, the combination "asdf/(none)" (yes, that means NO password at all) netted him access to a GM account. HilarityEnsues.
4th Jun '17 2:29:30 PM nombretomado
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* Before Administrivia/TheGoogleIncident caused anonymous editing to be axed, the password to edit TVTropes articles without an account was "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E5BeerBad foamy]]", which the password pop-up outright said. The only point was to keep spambots out.

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* Before Administrivia/TheGoogleIncident caused anonymous editing to be axed, the password to edit TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes articles without an account was "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E5BeerBad foamy]]", which the password pop-up outright said. The only point was to keep spambots out.
24th May '17 12:15:43 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* An episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' featured a deceased computer tycoon who set his PC's password to "OPENDOOR", on the arrogant assumption that nobody would expect him to use something so obvious. The protagonists stumble upon it through a sudden flash of insight.

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* An episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' featured a deceased computer tycoon who set his PC's password to "OPENDOOR", on the arrogant assumption that nobody would expect him to use something so obvious. The protagonists cast stumble upon it through a sudden flash of insight.



* Played with in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/IronWarriors Storm of Iron]]'' in which the "sacred chant of activation" used by the Tech Marines to launch a large missile (melta torpedo) is correctly guessed in frustration by one of the protagonists when he exclaims, "God damn it! Fire you worthless piece of fucking shit! FIRE!"

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* Played with in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/IronWarriors Storm of Iron]]'' in which the "sacred chant of activation" used by the Tech Marines to launch a large missile (melta torpedo) is correctly guessed in frustration by one of the protagonists characters when he exclaims, "God damn it! Fire you worthless piece of fucking shit! FIRE!"



* When an exceptionally good hacker begins messing with the game ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Bog of Bloodbath]]'', while the characters of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' are in a DeepImmersionGaming session, Nick desperately tries to un-hack it for fear YourMindMakesItReal only to discover that the "uber-hacker's" password was, in Nick's words, "obscenely obvious." [[spoiler:It was the name of the alter-ego he was using to fight the protagonists with.]]

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* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'': When an exceptionally good hacker begins messing with the game ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Bog of Bloodbath]]'', while the characters of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' are in a DeepImmersionGaming session, Nick desperately tries to un-hack it for fear YourMindMakesItReal only to discover that the "uber-hacker's" password was, in Nick's words, "obscenely obvious." [[spoiler:It was the name of the alter-ego he was using to fight the protagonists heroes with.]]
24th May '17 12:13:20 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** The password that stops the deadly virus from destroying US intelligence firewalls and opening their secrets to the public is [[spoiler:3, the number]]. That's it. The villain even [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil leaves a clue to the password in the coding for the virus program]] for no clearly defined reason: [[spoiler:"What is the prime difference between the elements responsible for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?"]] A team of NASA scientists have to go through a whole scene of completely missing the point of the clue to make it seem more clever.

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** The password that stops the deadly virus from destroying US intelligence firewalls and opening their secrets to the public is [[spoiler:3, the number]]. That's it. The villain even [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil leaves a clue to the password in the coding for the virus program]] for no clearly defined reason: [[spoiler:"What is the prime difference between the elements responsible for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?"]] A team of NASA scientists have to go through a whole scene of completely missing the point incorrect guesswork of the clue to make it seem more clever.



** And in the Discworld novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the doorkeeper for a secret society trades complicated pass-phrases with a new arrival, only to discover the newcomer is looking for a different secret gathering when ''the sixth phrase'' fails to match. (Apparently there are a LOT of secret societies in Ankh-Morpork.)

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** And in In the Discworld novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the doorkeeper for a secret society trades complicated pass-phrases with a new arrival, only to discover the newcomer is looking for a different secret gathering when ''the sixth phrase'' fails to match. (Apparently there are a LOT of secret societies in Ankh-Morpork.)



** The Slytherin password at one point in ''Chamber of Secrets'' is "pure blood".
** The Chamber of Secrets itself is opened by simply telling it to open in Parseltongue. Seems justified in that almost all wizards who were not descendants of Salazar Slytherin cannot speak the language, but Ron manages to brute force it in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' by repeatedly trying gibberish that sounds like Parseltongue. It helps that Ron was in Harry's presence both times Harry used the Parseltongue command "Open", so he had some idea of how it sounded.

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** The Slytherin password at one point in ''Chamber of Secrets'' is "pure blood".
blood". Note that the Slytherins are infamous for FantasticRacism and obsess over the stuff.
** The Chamber of Secrets itself is opened by simply telling it to open in Parseltongue. Seems justified in that almost all most wizards who were not descendants of Salazar Slytherin cannot speak the language, but Ron manages to brute force it in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' by repeatedly trying gibberish that sounds like Parseltongue. It helps that Ron was in Harry's presence both times Harry used the Parseltongue command "Open", so he had some idea of how it sounded.



** An example more demonstrative of the trope, although still not exactly straight, is also in ''The Opal Deception'', when Artemis's password for an encrypted disc is the family motto, ''Aurum est potestas''. However, here he ''wanted'' Butler to guess the password, and it is arguably a password that you could only guess if you knew Artemis well.

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** An example more demonstrative of the trope, although still not exactly straight, is also Also in ''The Opal Deception'', when Artemis's password for an encrypted disc is the family motto, ''Aurum est potestas''. However, here he ''wanted'' Butler to guess the password, and it is arguably a password that you could only guess if you knew Artemis well.password.



* No specific examples of easy-to-crack passwords show up, but ''Literature/TrueNames'' displays a contrast in "conventional" online security (passcodes, tokens, dedicated terminals) and what the hacker underground uses ''instead'' of it. Getting into their online community center requires first navigating a changing cyberspace landscape with also changing challenges and responses hidden in subtle interactions with the environment (so that a single complete decrypted session log won't make it clear how to follow you, and using an intrinsically obfuscated UI to hide what the challenges ''were''), followed by interacting with a regularly updated AI guardian who tests your current mental awareness and coding style under real-time pressure while interrogating you about yourself, people you should know and events you've attended there, both to check for others using your equipment plus stupidly made notes ''plus'' interrogation results and give you chances to give a CovertDistressCode.

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* No specific examples of easy-to-crack passwords show up, but ''Literature/TrueNames'' displays a contrast in "conventional" online security (passcodes, tokens, dedicated terminals) and what the hacker underground uses ''instead'' of it. Getting into their online community center requires first navigating a changing cyberspace landscape with also changing challenges and responses hidden in subtle interactions with the environment (so that a single complete decrypted session log won't make it clear how to follow you, and using an intrinsically obfuscated UI to hide what the challenges ''were''), followed by interacting with a regularly updated AI guardian who tests your current mental awareness and coding style under real-time pressure while interrogating you about yourself, people you should know and events you've attended there, both to check for others using your equipment plus stupidly made notes ''plus'' interrogation results and give you chances to give a CovertDistressCode.CovertDistressCode.
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Dengel guarded the final door to his final lair with a password that had to be entered with {{mana}}. It is the only secret that he ''didn't'' tell Eric, but he made it so plainly obvious that Eric could guess, [[spoiler: D-E-N-G-E-L]].
21st May '17 2:59:00 PM nombretomado
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** While trying to hack into Frank's encrypted hard drive, Charlie thinks she found the password in the remarkably simple "WarGames" when this yields results. Then Frank's hard drive opens a program revealing that it's a false lead and taunts her.

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** While trying to hack into Frank's encrypted hard drive, Charlie thinks she found the password in the remarkably simple "WarGames" "Film/WarGames" when this yields results. Then Frank's hard drive opens a program revealing that it's a false lead and taunts her.
17th May '17 1:42:21 PM dracogeorge
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': One item on the [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/log-of-anomalous-items Log of Anomalous Items]] is a 129-character string that can be entered into the password field to log into any account. Unless the password for the account is "password".
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