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7th Nov '17 4:35:55 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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It seems that most characters in fiction missed the memo on making a good SecretWord or pass phrase. They are almost invariably single words or names of significance to a character which can be easily deduced using a little detective work: the clue is often right there on the desk, in the form of a picture or memento. Or simply spelled out in bold lettering on your commemorative plaque or a wall poster. Another thing that's widely overlooked in fiction is the fact that a password in most cases has to be matched with a username. Many websites and servers nowadays also require you to include mixed-case letters, number, and special characters in an effort to make your password less guessable. In addition, they lock you out after three tries. Both these measures can be ignored at will in fiction if it serves the plot.

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It seems that most characters in fiction missed the memo on making a good SecretWord or pass phrase. They are almost invariably single words words, names, or names dates of significance to a character which can be easily deduced using a little detective work: the clue is often right there on the desk, in the form of a picture or memento. Or simply spelled out in bold lettering on your commemorative plaque or a wall poster. Another thing that's widely overlooked in fiction is the fact that a password in most cases has to be matched with a username. Many websites and servers nowadays also require you to include mixed-case letters, number, and special characters in an effort to make your password less guessable. In addition, they lock you out after three tries. Both these measures can be ignored at will in fiction if it serves the plot.
19th Oct '17 2:01:39 PM Unicorndance
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* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has the mission "Candy Cane Caves", in which the password to get into the cave was "password".
18th Oct '17 12:44:22 AM DrFraud
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* "Hernando's Hideaway" from ''Theatre/ThePajamaGame'':
-->Just knock three times and whisper low\\
That you and I were sent by Joe
18th Oct '17 12:40:39 AM DrFraud
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** Subverted in an enchanted door in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', which harangues a character with a demand for "the magic word" before it will open... Only it's not asking for a password--as your mother told you, the magic word is "please". Subverted further in that she doesn't catch on; the door only tells her the answer after its owner hears her fighting with it and lets her in himself.

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** Subverted in by an enchanted door in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', which harangues a character with a demand for "the magic word" before it will open... Only it's not asking for a password--as your mother told you, the magic word is "please". Subverted further in that she doesn't catch on; the door only tells her the answer after its owner hears her fighting with it and lets her in himself.



* "Hernando's Hideaway" from ''Theatre/ThePajamaGame'':
-->Just knock three times and whisper low\\
That you and I were sent by Joe



* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', the Origami Killer's password turns out to be the name of his brother's paper dogs: Max, something you learn just a few minutes prior to needing it. %%The location of Shaun Mars in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.

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* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', the Origami Killer's password turns out to be the name of his brother's paper dogs: Max, something you learn just a few minutes prior to needing it. %%The location of Shaun Mars in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.
4th Oct '17 1:14:58 PM Xtifr
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* The protagonist of Rudy Rucker's ''The Hacker and the Ants'' keeps a password ''in'' a swordfish: to be specific, the unlocking-code for a secure file is concealed within a VirtualReality simulated swordfish in the clip-art drawer of his virtual office.

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* The protagonist of Rudy Rucker's Creator/RudyRucker's ''The Hacker and the Ants'' keeps a password ''in'' a swordfish: to be specific, the unlocking-code for a secure file is concealed within a VirtualReality simulated swordfish in the clip-art drawer of his virtual office.
10th Sep '17 6:12:35 PM merotoker
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* In the non-canon chapter 'Born and Bred' of ''FanFic/VariousVytalVEntures'' Ruby, Yang, and their father have a more complicated song and dance to get to it, but in the end the password to get into the home is even the TropeNamer.

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* In the non-canon chapter 'Born and Bred' of ''FanFic/VariousVytalVEntures'' Ruby, Yang, and their father have a more complicated song and dance to get to it, but in the end the password to get into the home is even the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



* Played with in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. A two-part password to identify a hired bodyguard as genuine is "May the force be with you" ("The Triad is super cool." in the japanese version). The lack of creativity behind this password is {{lampshaded}} by both courier and bodyguard. [[spoiler:The trick is that it's not the real password. The real password was handed out in sealed envelopes to the courier and bodyguard beforehand, and having anyone complete the fake one would identify an impostor and also implicate a leak in the organization.]]
* In ''Manga/SuperGals'', a student has been copying test answers and other data from the school computers to gain near-perfect results on every exam. The school is called Honan and what is the password? "[=Honan2=]". The student even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] what a stupidly easy to figure out password it was.

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* Played with in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. A two-part password to identify a hired bodyguard as genuine is "May the force be with you" ("The Triad is super cool." in the japanese Japanese version). The lack of creativity behind this password is {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by both courier and bodyguard. [[spoiler:The trick is that it's not the real password. The real password was handed out in sealed envelopes to the courier and bodyguard beforehand, and having anyone complete the fake one would identify an impostor and also implicate a leak in the organization.]]
* In ''Manga/SuperGals'', a student has been copying test answers and other data from the school computers to gain near-perfect results on every exam. The school is called Honan and what is the password? "[=Honan2=]". The student even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s what a stupidly easy to figure out password it was.



* Near the end of one ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'' arc, [[spoiler:Jaime is captured by the aliens who built the suit and locked in a cell. After he slips his cuffs, he tries poking at the door and wall until he realizes it's voice-commanded.]]

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* Near the end of one ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'' arc, [[spoiler:Jaime is captured by the aliens who built the suit and locked in a cell. After he slips his cuffs, he tries poking at the door and wall until he realizes it's voice-commanded.]]voice-commanded]].



* In ''Fanfic/BleachFanWorks'', Kon, while trying to get onto Ichigo's computer, tries several different passwords- "Shinigami" for Ichigo(what he is), "Soccer" for Karin(the sport she plays), and "Masaki" for Isshin(the name of his dead wife). None of them work until he gets through with "Strawberry" for Yuzu(what Ichigo's name means in Japanese).

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* In ''Fanfic/BleachFanWorks'', Kon, while trying to get onto Ichigo's computer, tries several different passwords- "Shinigami" for Ichigo(what Ichigo (what he is), "Soccer" for Karin(the Karin (the sport she plays), and "Masaki" for Isshin(the Isshin (the name of his dead wife). None of them work until he gets through with "Strawberry" for Yuzu(what Yuzu (what Ichigo's name means in Japanese).



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Vitruvius has to open a magic door with the secret knock -- a single knock. (Avoided in the VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame, where it's never a single knock and only a wizard using a staff can do it.)



* In ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'', the crucial recall code that will prevent nuclear war involves the letters P, O, and E, stemming from General Ripper's obsession with "purity of essence", as well as "peace on earth". Fortunately, Creator/PeterSellers figures this out in time. Sort of.

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* In ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'', ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the crucial recall code that will prevent nuclear war involves the letters P, O, and E, stemming from General Ripper's obsession with "purity of essence", as well as "peace on earth". Fortunately, Creator/PeterSellers figures this out in time. Sort of.



* As with the ComicBook, in the film version of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', the password to Ozymandias' computer is Ramses II, which was slightly obvious considering his superhero name, his favorite person, and the books on his shelves. You would think the Smartest Man In The World would choose a harder to guess password...

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* As with the ComicBook, in the film version of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', the password to Ozymandias' computer is Ramses II, which was slightly obvious considering his superhero name, his favorite person, and the books on his shelves. You would think the Smartest Man In The World would choose a harder to guess password...



* In ''Film/DennisTheMenace'', Dennis correctly guesses that Mr. Wilson's safe combination is the same as his house number, reasoning that Mr. Wilson is "at least as smart" as his classmate who did the same. And while you would think Mr. Wilson would realize how foolish that is when a grade schooler figures it out, he apparently doesn't, as [[spoiler:a thief effortlessly cracks the safe later in the movie.]]
* In ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'', the "Lion's Den" (i.e. the storeroom of important stuff like drugs, alcohol, fireworks, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ping pong paddles]]), is protected by a three-digit password. Mac and Kelly have little trouble guessing that a bunch of fairly immature stoners like Delta Psi would use "420" for the password.

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* In ''Film/DennisTheMenace'', Dennis correctly guesses that Mr. Wilson's safe combination is the same as his house number, reasoning that Mr. Wilson is "at least as smart" as his classmate who did the same. And while you would think Mr. Wilson would realize how foolish that is when a grade schooler figures it out, he apparently doesn't, as [[spoiler:a thief effortlessly cracks the safe later in the movie.]]
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* In ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'', ''Film/{{Neighbors|2014}}'', the "Lion's Den" (i.e. the storeroom of important stuff like drugs, alcohol, fireworks, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ping pong paddles]]), is protected by a three-digit password. Mac and Kelly have little trouble guessing that a bunch of fairly immature stoners like Delta Psi would use "420" for the password.



* A blonde joke tells of a [[TooDumbToLive blonde]] who chose the password "Mickeyminnieplutohueylouiedeweydonaldgoofysacramento", because it [[ExactWords needed to have at least 8 characters and include at least 1 capital.]]

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* A blonde joke tells of a [[TooDumbToLive [[TheDitz blonde]] who chose the password "Mickeyminnieplutohueylouiedeweydonaldgoofysacramento", because it [[ExactWords needed to have at least 8 characters and include at least 1 capital.]]



* In ''Along Came a Spider'', [[spoiler: the villain mentions the significance of the phrase "Aces & Eights" to her, when she's using it as her password.]]

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* In ''Along Came a Spider'', [[spoiler: the villain mentions the significance of the phrase "Aces & Eights" to her, when she's using it as her password.]]password]].



** ''The Opal Deception'': Artemis correctly deduces that the henchmen didn't change the password on the cuffs on him and Holly Short from its factory default. However, it's not one digit repeated three times. [[spoiler:It's the LEP equivalent to 911, which is on every billboard in Haven and Holly has memorized]]. This was possibly done deliberately so Opal could have more fun watching them try to survive against impossible odds.

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** ''The Opal Deception'': Artemis correctly deduces that the henchmen didn't change the password on the cuffs on him and Holly Short from its factory default. However, it's not one digit repeated three times. [[spoiler:It's the LEP equivalent to 911, which is on every billboard in Haven and Holly has memorized]]. memorized.]] This was possibly done deliberately so Opal could have more fun watching them try to survive against impossible odds.



* There's a short story called ''Mousetrap'' which thoroughly averted this trope in an unusual way. Simply knowing the password to a character's computer account proved insufficient to gain access to it, [[spoiler: you also had to type it with the correct rhythm, as the computer timed the keystrokes.]]

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* There's a short story called ''Mousetrap'' which thoroughly averted this trope in an unusual way. Simply knowing the password to a character's computer account proved insufficient to gain access to it, [[spoiler: you also had to type it with the correct rhythm, as the computer timed the keystrokes.]]keystrokes]].



* Played with in ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly Temple]]''. William Race comments fairly early on that his brother's passwords are ''always'' Elvis's army serial number. Later on, when [[spoiler:trying to defuse an [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth-Shattering Bomb]] set up by a thought-executed scientist, Race and a friend attempt to guess the password. Race realizes that, thanks to the scientist's pride, he would want to stick it to the world in some way with his last act, and punches in the execution date. It works.]] Later, [[spoiler:Race is defusing ''another'' bomb of the same type. However, his brother designed the codes on this one, and so it's Elvis's army serial number.]]

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* Played with in ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly Temple]]''. William Race comments fairly early on that his brother's passwords are ''always'' Elvis's army serial number. Later on, when [[spoiler:trying to defuse an [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth-Shattering Bomb]] set up by a thought-executed scientist, Race and a friend attempt to guess the password. Race realizes that, thanks to the scientist's pride, he would want to stick it to the world in some way with his last act, and punches in the execution date. It works.]] works]]. Later, [[spoiler:Race is defusing ''another'' bomb of the same type. However, his brother designed the codes on this one, and so it's Elvis's army serial number.]]number]].



* In a episode of {{Honey, We're Killing the Kids}}, one of the children discovers the password to unlock the television: 0000

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* In a episode of {{Honey, ''Honey We're Killing the Kids}}, Kids'', one of the children discovers the password to unlock the television: 00000000.



** Subverted again in "Mars vs. Mars." Keith changes the combination to his safe to something of personal significance, then leaves it in a location that would be highly visible to a trained PI. When trained PI Veronica finds all the password and opens the safe, it no longer contains files but instead an ink packet that explodes onto her.

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** Subverted again in "Mars vs. Mars." Keith changes the combination to his safe to something of personal significance, then leaves it in a location that would be highly visible to a trained PI. When trained PI Veronica finds all the password and opens the safe, it no longer contains files but instead an ink packet that explodes onto her.



** {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in another ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode. Tony, breaking into a house, enters in a password easily extrapolated from GenreSavvy knowledge of this trope (the password was a birthday, as indicated by the worn out numbers). Unfortunately for him, it's a double-failsafe system. '''Triple''' subverted, perhaps, by the fact that [[spoiler: [[FridgeLogic the policeman that arrives is the killer.]]]]

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** {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in another ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode. Tony, breaking into a house, enters in a password easily extrapolated from GenreSavvy knowledge of this trope (the password was a birthday, as indicated by the worn out numbers). Unfortunately for him, it's a double-failsafe system. '''Triple''' subverted, perhaps, by the fact that [[spoiler: [[FridgeLogic the policeman that arrives is the killer.]]]]killer]]]].



* A masked orgy in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is guarded by the password "orgy". (Or, as Danny [=DeVito=] puts it, "ooooooorrrrrgggggyyyyyy".) Of course, given the... rather low caliber of the participants, it doesn't look like they're in a hurry to turn anyone down.

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''
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A masked orgy in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is guarded by the password "orgy". (Or, as Danny [=DeVito=] puts it, "ooooooorrrrrgggggyyyyyy".) Of course, given the... rather low caliber of the participants, it doesn't look like they're in a hurry to turn anyone down.



** In one episode, Lois hides a computer expert who's framed for a crime in her house. When she gets back, he's on her computer, so she reprimends him for hacking into it. But it turns out he didn't have to, he just correctly guessed her password to be "Superman".

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** In one episode, Lois hides a computer expert who's framed for a crime in her house. When she gets back, he's on her computer, so she reprimends reprimands him for hacking into it. But it turns out he didn't have to, he just correctly guessed her password to be "Superman".



* In one episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' TheMark's password is the name of his dog. Who guards the warehouse with the laptop in it. And wears a name-tag. Except [[spoiler: The whole thing is a set up: the laptop is a plant, the dog belongs to someone else, and ''that isn't even its real name''!]]

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' TheMark's password is the name of his dog. Who guards the warehouse with the laptop in it. And wears a name-tag. Except [[spoiler: The whole thing is a set up: the laptop is a plant, the dog belongs to someone else, and ''that isn't even its real name''!]]name'']]!



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' "Educated Guess" features a man who has been raping his niece since she was 14. When the detectives find a lock box which they believe has evidence of this, they first try his birthday and then his wife's birthday to open it. Then they try his niece's birthday, which does open it.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': "Educated Guess" features a man who has been raping his niece since she was 14. When the detectives find a lock box which they believe has evidence of this, they first try his birthday and then his wife's birthday to open it. Then they try his niece's birthday, which does open it.



* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', George is a genius with an IQ in the 150s, but he admits that all of his internet passwords are 'password1'.

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* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', George is a genius with an IQ in the 150s, but he admits that all of his internet Internet passwords are 'password1'.



--> '''[[BigBad The Alpha]]:''' His username is [[LoveInterest Allison]]?...His password is ''also'' Allison?\\

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--> '''[[BigBad The Alpha]]:''' His username is [[LoveInterest [[LoveInterests Allison]]?...His password is ''also'' Allison?\\



* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "13.1", the password Hugo Miller uses to secure his groundbreaking [[AIIsACrapshoot AI]] is his cat's name. The length of time the password has been in the system accidentally makes this more secure, as everyone but Hugo has forgotten what the cat's name was. Fortunately for the agents, Hugo's accident left him [[TalkativeLoon very talkative]].

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* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "13.1", the password Hugo Miller uses to secure his groundbreaking [[AIIsACrapshoot AI]] {{AI|IsACrapshoot}} is his cat's name. The length of time the password has been in the system accidentally makes this more secure, as everyone but Hugo has forgotten what the cat's name was. Fortunately for the agents, Hugo's accident left him [[TalkativeLoon very talkative]].



* Played with in the ''Series/CSICyber'' pilot, where they have to guess a long alphanumeric password. However, Ryan points out that most people can't remember a random string of numbers and/or letters longer than several digits/characters due to the way the human mind works. And the guys they just busted don't appear to be genuises capable of such feat. Thus, she figures they must have written down the password somewhere. It turns out to be [[spoiler:the dates tattooed on one of the criminals' body, arranged from earliest to latest]].

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* Played with in the ''Series/CSICyber'' pilot, where they have to guess a long alphanumeric password. However, Ryan points out that most people can't remember a random string of numbers and/or letters longer than several digits/characters due to the way the human mind works. And the guys they just busted don't appear to be genuises geniuses capable of such feat. Thus, she figures they must have written down the password somewhere. It turns out to be [[spoiler:the dates tattooed on one of the criminals' body, arranged from earliest to latest]].



* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'': You're asked for a password, and your choices are "Rosebud," "Courage," and "Failure." A nearby {{NPC}} will tell you the answer in exchange for some [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "cider,"]] but since you're part of an underground rebellion against an Evil Empire, take a wild guess. It's actually a little more interesting in the original Japanese, where the password was "Wild Rose." Anyone who had played ''Videogame/FinalFantasyII'' would instantly recognize it, since both games deal with taking out an [[TheEvilEmpire Evil Empire]], making it a quick ShoutOut to the earlier installment of the series.

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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'': You're asked for a password, and your choices are "Rosebud," "Courage," and "Failure." A nearby {{NPC}} {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC will tell you the answer in exchange for some [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "cider,"]] but since you're part of an underground rebellion against an Evil Empire, take a wild guess. It's actually a little more interesting in the original Japanese, where the password was "Wild Rose." Anyone who had played ''Videogame/FinalFantasyII'' would instantly recognize it, since both games deal with taking out an [[TheEvilEmpire Evil Empire]], making it a quick ShoutOut to the earlier installment of the series.



* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', this is averted in 1994, where a password is a string of numbers and letters; [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in 2052, where Amy accesses Crow's computer, saying, "Anyone who uses his own name as a password deserves to be hacked"; and played straight when four Cortezes have to open a "Dual-Key" security door, and the passwords are "banana" and "lollipop".

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* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', this is averted in 1994, where a password is a string of numbers and letters; [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in 2052, where Amy accesses Crow's computer, saying, "Anyone who uses his own name as a password deserves to be hacked"; and played straight when four Cortezes have to open a "Dual-Key" security door, and the passwords are "banana" and "lollipop".



** The password to the DTD dataspace in Ansem's computer is comprised of the names of the 7 Princesses of Heart, who are necessary to get to the real DTD (Door to Darkness). The MCP even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s this when he finds out what it is, stating that it was a simple password. When Tron changes it to lock the MCP out, he makes it "Sora, Donald, and Goofy" after his newfound friendship with them.

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** The password to the DTD dataspace in Ansem's computer is comprised of the names of the 7 Princesses of Heart, who are necessary to get to the real DTD (Door to Darkness). The MCP even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when he finds out what it is, stating that it was a simple password. When Tron changes it to lock the MCP out, he makes it "Sora, Donald, and Goofy" after his newfound friendship with them.



* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', the Origami Killer's password turns out to be the name of his brother's paper dogs: Max, something you learn just a few minutes prior to needing it.

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* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', the Origami Killer's password turns out to be the name of his brother's paper dogs: Max, something you learn just a few minutes prior to needing it. %%The location of Shaun Mars in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.



** In the first ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game, the owner of the boat rental shop, [[spoiler: Yanni Yogi, witness and accused of the DL-6 incident]], set his safe combination to "1228", [[spoiler: which directly corresponds to December 28th, the date the DL-6 incident happened.]] Not made better at all by the fact that he taught his ''pet parrot'', who is located just ''next'' to the safe, to recite the number when asked.

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** In the first ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game, the owner of the boat rental shop, [[spoiler: Yanni Yogi, witness and accused of the DL-6 incident]], set his safe combination to "1228", [[spoiler: which directly corresponds to December 28th, the date the DL-6 incident happened.]] happened]]. Not made better at all by the fact that he taught his ''pet parrot'', who is located just ''next'' to the safe, to recite the number when asked.



* The combination of a briefcase in ''VideoGame/BarrowHill'' is the license plate number of its owner's car, which you find crashed and abandoned within the first half-hour of play. The only tricky bit [[spoiler: is that there's an X in the plate code, so the number of digits is only right if you multiply.]]

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* The combination of a briefcase in ''VideoGame/BarrowHill'' is the license plate number of its owner's car, which you find crashed and abandoned within the first half-hour of play. The only tricky bit [[spoiler: is that there's an X in the plate code, so the number of digits is only right if you multiply.]]multiply]].



* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', when Momo access a laboratory computer which requires a password, she assumes people use their friend's name as their password and correctly guesses [[spoiler: "Pelet" (the lab creator)]] as the password. Lampshaded for being little too obvious. The other passwords require searching the lab which are [[spoiler: "Repsol" (Momo's father), "AA" (Project) and the third is a little trickier having to know the right combination of five numbers.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', when Momo access a laboratory computer which requires a password, she assumes people use their friend's name as their password and correctly guesses [[spoiler: "Pelet" (the lab creator)]] as the password. Lampshaded for being little too obvious. The other passwords require searching the lab which are [[spoiler: "Repsol" (Momo's father), "AA" (Project) and the third is a little trickier having to know the right combination of five numbers.]]numbers]].



* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' a password used among Jim Gordon and his precinct cops is "Sarah", the name of his second wife.
** Also, all the passwords you have to crack with the Cryptographic Sequencer are this. If they're for progression in the story, they are related to the owner of the place (Penguin and Hugo Strange are common offenders); if it's for Riddler Trophies, it's always something to do with brains or something (given that Riddler's an InsufferableGenius); and so on. The only thing that can slightly complicate this is that you don't have to type them, but tune the Sequencer to form the word.

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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' a password used among Jim Gordon and his precinct cops is "Sarah", the name of his second wife.
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wife. Also, all the passwords you have to crack with the Cryptographic Sequencer are this. If they're for progression in the story, they are related to the owner of the place (Penguin and Hugo Strange are common offenders); if it's for Riddler Trophies, it's always something to do with brains or something (given that Riddler's an InsufferableGenius); and so on. The only thing that can slightly complicate this is that you don't have to type them, but tune the Sequencer to form the word.



* The location of Shaun Mars in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.



* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has a number of safes, most of which can be opened using fairly obvious clues from the notes found near the safes. The art dealer Bunting is a notable exception. Fortunately [[spoiler:he has a pain fetish and is already bounded and blindfolded in a torture device at a brothel. A few electrical zaps past his limit gets him to give up the combination.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has a number of safes, most of which can be opened using fairly obvious clues from the notes found near the safes. The art dealer Bunting is a notable exception. Fortunately [[spoiler:he has a pain fetish and is already bounded and blindfolded in a torture device at a brothel. A few electrical zaps past his limit gets him to give up the combination.]]combination]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' not only has people frequently leaving their [=PDAs=], which act as clearance to access various devices and areas by themselves, laying around often near the things they allow access to, but the passwords for lockers and such are on them. In one area the password for a locker is "123" not because the one ''setting'' it is an idiot, but [[WhatAnIdiot the people who are supposed to remember the passwords for them are too stupid to remember them,]] [[UpToEleven so much so that they even forget THAT.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' ''VideoGame/Doom3'' not only has people frequently leaving their [=PDAs=], which act as clearance to access various devices and areas by themselves, laying around often near the things they allow access to, but the passwords for lockers and such are on them. In one area the password for a locker is "123" not because the one ''setting'' it is an idiot, but [[WhatAnIdiot the people who are supposed to remember the passwords for them are too stupid to remember them,]] [[UpToEleven so much so that they even forget THAT.]]



* A variation of this occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' where the main character tries to guess the password to access the computer network of a nuclear power plant and trigger a meltdown. Not only is the password a simple 3-digit number, but the number is [[spoiler: whatever the player enters on their first try.]]

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* A variation of this occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' where the main character tries to guess the password to access the computer network of a nuclear power plant and trigger a meltdown. Not only is the password a simple 3-digit number, but the number is [[spoiler: whatever the player enters on their first try.]]try]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' Demon Doors protect ancient treasures from being taken, but each of them is also obsessed with riddles which they will open for anyone that solves them. One in particular requires the player to hit nearby rocks corresponding to I H S T to spell out it's password, and while there is an NPC nearby that will tell the player the password if paid, it's not necessary as there are only 3 words in the entire english language those letters can spell. Hilariously, [[PrecisionFStrike one of them will send Balverines to attack you if you use it.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' Demon Doors protect ancient treasures from being taken, but each of them is also obsessed with riddles which they will open for anyone that solves them. One in particular requires the player to hit nearby rocks corresponding to I H S T to spell out it's password, and while there is an NPC nearby that will tell the player the password if paid, it's not necessary as there are only 3 words in the entire english English language those letters can spell. Hilariously, [[PrecisionFStrike one of them will send Balverines to attack you if you use it.]]



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0863.html #863]]:

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0863.html #863]]:



* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] rigs [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Eggplant Wizard]] with a chip that shocks him if he steps out of line, makes an awful vegetable pun, or if she says "Sweet Christmas". She chose these words because she figured no one would ever say them together accidentally. Unbeknownst to her, these are the first two words of Alex's CatchPhrase.

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* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', [[{{Metroid}} [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] rigs [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Eggplant Wizard]] with a chip that shocks him if he steps out of line, makes an awful vegetable pun, or if she says "Sweet Christmas". She chose these words because she figured no one would ever say them together accidentally. Unbeknownst to her, these are the first two words of Alex's CatchPhrase.






* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' Mr. Krabs has a voice activated password for a door that will only open, when he says "Open", and much to his dismay it does.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' Mr. Krabs has a voice activated password for a door that will only open, when he says "Open", and much to his dismay it does.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy needs to get the password to a special cage belonging to "Catman", a superhero who had outstayed his welcome as the Crimson Chin's temporary replacement, to rescue his Fairy Godparents, disguised as dogs. Timmy then ponders what a man as deep and thoughtful as Catman would choose... three guesses what he came up with.
** Also in "Hassle in the Castle". The password to Cosmo&Wandas house is: "COSMO, YOU IDIOT!!!" (It comes handy that Timmy can also impersonate Wandas voice.) The password to the wand safe is somewhat harder, but Timmy cracks it on the third try: "I should have married the monkey!"

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
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Timmy needs to get the password to a special cage belonging to "Catman", a superhero who had outstayed his welcome as the Crimson Chin's temporary replacement, to rescue his Fairy Godparents, disguised as dogs. Timmy then ponders what a man as deep and thoughtful as Catman would choose... three guesses what he came up with.
** Also in "Hassle in the Castle". The password to Cosmo&Wandas house is: "COSMO, YOU IDIOT!!!" (It comes handy that Timmy can also impersonate Wandas Wanda's voice.) The password to the wand safe is somewhat harder, but Timmy cracks it on the third try: "I should have married the monkey!"



* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Comet Kermillian," Perry starts hacking into Doofenshmirtz's computer, which doesn't worry the doctor, since he's sure Perry will never guess his "super secret password." Which turns out to be "Doofalicious."

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
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In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Comet Kermillian," Perry starts hacking into Doofenshmirtz's computer, which doesn't worry the doctor, since he's sure Perry will never guess his "super secret password." Which turns out to be "Doofalicious."



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Demona, the only member of her clan who was actually awake for the past few centuries, used "[[TearJerker alone]]" as her password. Although it should be noted, no one guessed it. They had to use magic to force her to reveal what it was.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Demona, the only member of her clan who was actually awake for the past few centuries, used "[[TearJerker "[[TearJerker/{{Gargoyles}} alone]]" as her password. Although it should be noted, no one guessed it. They had to use magic to force her to reveal what it was.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', Tina's computer password is her mother's maiden name.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''
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Tina's computer password is her mother's maiden name.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the Guys In White are dumbfounded that the password Jack put on the Fenton Portal is "Open Sesame".
** Earlier than that, Danny's sister Jazz is looking through Danny's laptop who is surprised she got the password. Jazz, Sam, ''and'' Tucker all immediately and flatly respond, "It's 'Paulina Fenton'."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "Hulk vs. the World", Hawkeye and the Black Widow both have their passwords set to the names of the villains of their [[OriginStory Origin Stories]] (Trickshot and the Red Room, respectively) as a MythologyGag. The way Black Widow's password is revealed also reveals that the system has no penalty for random guessing, making it even less secure.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the Guys In White are dumbfounded that the password Jack put on the Fenton Portal is "Open Sesame".
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** Earlier than that, Danny's sister Jazz is looking through Danny's laptop who is surprised she got the password. Jazz, Sam, ''and'' Tucker all immediately and flatly respond, "It's 'Paulina Fenton'."
** The Guys In White are dumbfounded that the password Jack put on the Fenton Portal is "Open Sesame".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "Hulk vs. the World", Hawkeye and the Black Widow both have their passwords set to the names of the villains of their [[OriginStory Origin Stories]] {{Origin Stor|y}}ies (Trickshot and the Red Room, respectively) as a MythologyGag. The way Black Widow's password is revealed also reveals that the system has no penalty for random guessing, making it even less secure.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Vitruvius has to open a magic door with the secret knock -- a single knock. (Avoided in the VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame, where it's never a single knock and only a wizard using a staff can do it.)
* {{Lampshade| hanging}}d in and episode of ''Westernanimation/{{The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest}}'' - when Jonny and Jessie are trapped in Cape Canaveral by Ezekiel Rage's henchmen, they need to hack the password to let the army in. After scrounging some parts and running a series of codebreakers, they find the password is 'Open Sesame'. Jonny is surprised NASA had such an obvious code.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Vitruvius has to open a magic door with the secret knock -- a single knock. (Avoided {{Lampshade|hanging}}d in the VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame, where it's never a single knock and only a wizard using a staff can do it.)
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an episode of ''Westernanimation/{{The ''WesternAnimation/{{The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest}}'' - when Jonny and Jessie are trapped in Cape Canaveral by Ezekiel Rage's henchmen, they need to hack the password to let the army in. After scrounging some parts and running a series of codebreakers, they find the password is 'Open Sesame'. Jonny is surprised NASA had such an obvious code.



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--->'''Alex Jacobson:''' I installed UNATCO's security myself. It's unbeatable.
** Alex himself has a storage room in his office which is locked by a keypad. The code is "2001" which is prominently displayed on a huge poster right next to the door.

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--->'''Alex Jacobson:''' I installed UNATCO's security myself. [[BlatantLies It's unbeatable.
unbeatable.]]
** Alex himself has a storage room in his office which is locked by a keypad. The code is "2001" "2001", which is prominently displayed on a huge poster right next to the door.



* The FullMotionVideo ''VideoGame/TheXFilesGame'' Video Game:
** Played straight when you try to find the password to your own computer which turns out to be a place from a postcard tagged to the wall next to your desk.

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* The FullMotionVideo ''VideoGame/TheXFilesGame'' Video Game:
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** Played straight when you try to find the password to your own computer which turns out to be a place from a postcard tagged to on the wall next to your desk.



* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', this is averted in 1994, where a password is a string of numbers and letters, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in 2052, where Amy accesses Crow's computer, saying, "Anyone who uses his own name as a password deserves to be hacked", and played straight when four Cortezes have to open a "Dual-Key" security door, and the passwords are "banana" and "lollipop".

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* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', this is averted in 1994, where a password is a string of numbers and letters, letters; [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in 2052, where Amy accesses Crow's computer, saying, "Anyone who uses his own name as a password deserves to be hacked", hacked"; and played straight when four Cortezes have to open a "Dual-Key" security door, and the passwords are "banana" and "lollipop".



* From ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'':

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* From ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'':''VideoGame/HalfLife2'':



* And then in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode One'':

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* And then in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode ''Episode One'':


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* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' has a lot of doors locked by key code. It also has a lot of fun with those codes being incredibly easy to acquire, each mission having at least two codes retrieved just by reading someone's email. In the first game, you can even find an email from TheDragon in a late-game mission complaining about the "security catastrophe" caused by people transmitting all the local door codes via insecure emails, forcing you to find alternate methods (usually involving your thermal goggles) to find out the codes for doors - and then you go back to deal with a different villain whose mooks didn't get the memo, and you're right back to acquiring door codes by reading emails.
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* The password to the Maternity Ward in AwfulHospital is [[spoiler: Dr HM Phage's own name.]] But Phage decided at the last minute that that password might not be secure enough, so...
-->'''Phage's note:''' Wait, no! I am a genius! Now it's: [[spoiler: DRHMPHAPE]]
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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'': You're asked for a password, and your choices are "Rosebud," "Courage," and "Failure." A nearby {{NPC}} will tell you the answer in exchange for some [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "cider,"]] but since you're part of an underground rebellion against an Evil Empire, take a wild guess. It's actually a little more interesting in the original Japanese, where the password was "Wild Rose." Anyone who had played Videogame/FinalFantasyII would instantly recognize it, since both games deal with taking out an [[TheEvilEmpire Evil Empire]], making it a quick ShoutOut to the earlier installment of the series.

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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'': You're asked for a password, and your choices are "Rosebud," "Courage," and "Failure." A nearby {{NPC}} will tell you the answer in exchange for some [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "cider,"]] but since you're part of an underground rebellion against an Evil Empire, take a wild guess. It's actually a little more interesting in the original Japanese, where the password was "Wild Rose." Anyone who had played Videogame/FinalFantasyII ''Videogame/FinalFantasyII'' would instantly recognize it, since both games deal with taking out an [[TheEvilEmpire Evil Empire]], making it a quick ShoutOut to the earlier installment of the series.


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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' has two separate numeric codes in two separate regions of an absolutely ''massive'' tower run by a sentient AI. One has several [[spoiler:duplicate]] scientists muttering the numbers, ''in order'' between your entry point and the place you enter it, and the other has the AI rambling it over the intercom.
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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]]".
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