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20th May '16 1:06:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* A common passcode that appears in both ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', as well as ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'', is the number 451. This is a reference to the office door code for Looking Glass Studios (the developers of the System Shock series) which in turn was a reference to Creator/RayBradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}''.

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* A common passcode that appears in both ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', as well as ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'', is the number 451. This is a reference to the office door code for Looking Glass Studios (the developers of the System Shock series) which in turn was a reference to Creator/RayBradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''.
17th May '16 4:20:32 AM DrFraud
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* Parodied in ''Nellie Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet'' when Lucky Jack says that the password to get in behind the action at the Toff Races is "R!dx5pF2z," which he claims is his mother's maiden name.
9th May '16 9:48:06 PM erforce
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* In ''Octagon'', two programmers responsible for their universe's version of MS-DOS programmed an OverrideCommand into the code, so they could take control of any system with [[TwoKeyedLock two passwords]]. Each programmer only knows one of these passwords, to prevent abuse. The problem arises when [[AIIsACrapshoot AI becomes a crapshoot]], with one of the passwords programmed into it from the start, and it turns out both programmers used the same password, giving [[{{Terminator}} Skynet Lite]] access to everything that uses an operating system based off of [[BlandNameProduct MS-BOS]].
* Played with in ''[[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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* In ''Octagon'', two programmers responsible for their universe's version of MS-DOS programmed an OverrideCommand into the code, so they could take control of any system with [[TwoKeyedLock two passwords]]. Each programmer only knows one of these passwords, to prevent abuse. The problem arises when [[AIIsACrapshoot AI becomes a crapshoot]], with one of the passwords programmed into it from the start, and it turns out both programmers used the same password, giving [[{{Terminator}} [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Skynet Lite]] access to everything that uses an operating system based off of [[BlandNameProduct MS-BOS]].
* Played with in ''[[MatthewReilly ''[[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.]]
9th May '16 4:48:56 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* And the system returns in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''.


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* In an episode (''Uneasy Allies'') of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' we learn from Empress Sela that every imperial Romulan computer has an override - Username ''Sela'', password ''Empress One''. Granted, there may be some kind of recognition software involved as well, but it is never stated.
3rd May '16 1:54:33 PM Bilorv
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* In ''Literature/WelcomeToNightVale'', this is played for laughs when Diane claims to, as a "party trick", be able to use people's personalities to work out their passwords, which include "'[=WhoAmIReally=]' followed by nineteen question marks" and "[=A11isL0ss=]".
23rd Apr '16 10:45:15 PM JMQwilleran
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* From ''Agents of Deception'', an expansion of the trading card game of ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies''...
-->'''Slicer''': Never use your pet's name as a password, Lord Vader.
6th Apr '16 1:27:30 PM DrFraud
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* Subverted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11542111/2/Too-Late-to-Apologize Too Late to Apologize]]'' where the combination to Hermione's father's wall safe is his, her mother's and Hermione's birth dates ''and'' their wedding date, with three added to each and every digit. (Not to mention the fire safe ''inside'' the safe where the combination is the exact same numbers but with seven subtracted from them this time.)
4th Apr '16 4:05:24 AM AnotherDuck
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* ''QuestForGloryIV'' acknowledges this trope by teaching a thief character that people are really dumb about their passwords, and is usually an object or picture nearby. For example, the password for a Filch-brand Safe is... "Filch."
** At least it's pretty non-obvious: the safe has only every other letter on it (A, C, E, G, I, K), while there are blank spaces in between. So it's not immediately obvious what the code should be.

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* ''QuestForGloryIV'' acknowledges this trope by teaching a thief character that people are really dumb about their passwords, and is usually an object or picture nearby. For example, the nearby.
** The
password for a Filch-brand Safe is... "Filch."
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" At least it's pretty non-obvious: the safe has only every other letter on it (A, C, E, G, I, K), while there are blank spaces in between. So it's not immediately obvious what the code should be.



* Guess what the password in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' is. No, go on. Guess. [[spoiler: Justfied because the base was meant to be blown up easily -- so no one would find the family secret. ]]

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* Guess what the final password in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' is. No, go on. Guess. Interestingly, there are no in-game hints for what it is, which due to this trope is a clue in itself. [[spoiler: Justfied because the base was meant to be blown up easily -- so no one would find the family secret. ]]
20th Mar '16 4:42:12 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Vitruvius has to open a magic door with the secret knock -- a single knock.
17th Mar '16 9:07:18 AM Discar
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* ''WebOriginal/TheSetupWizard'': Jonathan mentions that the Headmaster never bothered to remember a login or password, because it was assumed that ''alohomora'' would be able to unlock it. It doesn't. Then Jonathan had to explain that ''alohomora'' cannot be used as a password, if only because half the rest of the school is already using it.
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