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13th Jul '16 2:41:25 AM SilverDragon
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* Used in ''{{Webcomic/Skullkickers}}''. When Shorty and Baldy make a stop in a tavern while hunting a doppelganger, Shorty suggests establishing a trust password, so that they will know if the doppelganger is impersonating the other. Baldy dismisses all Shorty's suggestions... [[spoiler:and kills the false "Shorty" on the spot. As it happens, they'd already established such a password.]]

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* Used in ''{{Webcomic/Skullkickers}}''. When Shorty and Baldy make a stop in a tavern while hunting a doppelganger, Shorty Baldy suggests establishing a trust password, so that they will know if the doppelganger is impersonating the other. Shorty suggests some passwords, but Baldy dismisses all the Shorty's suggestions... [[spoiler:and kills the false "Shorty" on the spot. As it happens, they'd already established such a password.]]
12th Jul '16 10:05:00 AM vtarira
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Bucky proves that he's back to his old self [[spoiler:after being re-[[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and causing an international incident]] by remembering that pre-serum Steve used to stuff newspapers in his shoes; he's the only living person other than Steve [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay who would know that]], [[spoiler:and wouldn't remember it if he were still under the effects of the [[MindRape kind of brainwashing]] HYDRA uses]].
10th Jul '16 8:45:50 PM Mhazard
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* In World War II: A variation of trust password is used to BluffTheImposter: The guard would state "The Land of the Free," to which an American would reply "And the Home of the Brave." Then the guard would state "The Terror of Flight," to which a German would reply as "And the Gloom of the Grave"... Every American soldier would know the first verse of their national anthem, but only a spy [[INeverSaidItWasPoison trying too hard to pass as one]] would know the ''third'' verse.
26th Jun '16 7:46:54 PM Mayyday
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* In ''ComicBook/PaperGirls'', [[spoiler: 2016!Erin]] asks several very personal questions in a row to verify that [[spoiler:1988!Erin]] is who she claims to be. Subverted in that [[spoiler:1988!Erin]] doesn't know the answer to the first one (her social security number), and the last one isn't a Trust Password at all, it's a genuine question that [[spoiler:2016!Erin]] has always wondered about.
21st Jun '16 1:45:35 PM JackG
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* ''The Assignment'' (1997) is about a US naval officer who has an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, so he's recruited in a CIA/Mossad scheme to discredit the terrorist. Another terrorist who knows the real Carlos accidentally runs into this {{doppelganger}} at Heathrow Airport. The protagonist tries to bluff his way out by pretending to be Carlos, but when the terrorist responds, "I need to buy a newspaper" realizes too late that it's a password to which he doesn't know the countersign -- his life is only saved by the intervention of a Mossad agent who gets killed in the process. Afterwards his CIA handler mentions a similar incident where he was forced to kill a man who didn't respond with the correct countersign, and later uses this story to [[SpotTheImposter tell the difference between the protagonist and the real Carlos]].
21st Jun '16 1:41:17 PM JackG
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A subtrope of GodTest. Compare SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay and OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass. May be in SpySpeak if it's a sign/countersign challenge.

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A subtrope of GodTest. Compare CovertDistressCode, SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay and OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass. May be in SpySpeak if it's a sign/countersign challenge.
4th May '16 11:38:11 PM albertonykus
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* [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/11/08/fairy-wrens-teach-secret-passwords-to-their-unborn-chicks-to-tell-them-apart-from-cuckoo-impostors/ Some birds]] teach these to their unhatched chicks, which then use the password in their begging calls. If the parents return to their nest and do not hear the password, they'll know that the nest has likely been taken over by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_parasite brood parasites]] and will abandon the nest.
16th Apr '16 5:13:55 AM JackG
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* In the non-fiction ''Don't Tell Mum I Work On the Oil Rigs, She Thinks I'm A Piano Player In A Whorehouse'' the author Paul Carter is sent to work in Nigeria. He's given a sentence which the driver picking him up at the airport ''must'' give before he gets in the cab to avoid a NotMyDriver trope ending in robbery and murder. The sentence is somewhat garbled in translation, but close enough.
30th Mar '16 7:51:52 PM TheTropper
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* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Past!Gwen demands Future!Gwen say something only they/she would know. Future!Gwen whispers something to her, prompting a disgusted reaction. We never find out what it was. Dwayne [=MacDuffie=] refused to comment, saying it was "personal."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' two-parter "A Canterlot Wedding", Twilight and Cadance have a rhyme from way back when. [[spoiler:When the false Cadance doesn't know it, Twilight smells a rat. When, due to False!Cadence's manipulations, she nearly blasts the head off the real one, Real!Cadence does this to prove it's really her this time.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "Hedgehog Day", Eggman asks Sonic and Tails what he can say in order to convince them quickly that the time loop exists. After time resets itself again:
-->'''Tails''': There's no such thing as a time--
-->'''Eggman''': Last night, you dreamed you were being chased by a giant sock puppet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Past!Gwen Past Gwen demands Future!Gwen Future Gwen say something only they/she would know. Future!Gwen whispers something to her, prompting a disgusted reaction. We never find out what it was. Dwayne [=MacDuffie=] refused to comment, saying it was "personal."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' two-parter "A Canterlot Wedding", Twilight and Cadance have a rhyme from way back when. [[spoiler:When the false Cadance doesn't know it, Twilight smells a rat. When, due to False!Cadence's Fake Cadence's manipulations, she nearly blasts the head off the real one, Real!Cadence the Real Cadence does this to prove it's really her this time.]]
26th Mar '16 6:29:19 PM JackG
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* In ''Brotherhood of the Rose'' by David Morrell, the CIA are following Saul until he makes contact with his surrogate brother Chris and they can both be killed. When Saul sets up the meeting, an underling urges spymaster Elliot to let them grab Saul and sweat the meeting place out of him. Elliot turns this idea down, pointing out that Chris and Saul have known each other since they were children and have codes and passwords dating back to then, so they've no way of being sure that Saul couldn't pass on a hidden warning.
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