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15th May '18 4:11:48 AM WillDraco
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* In ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' [[https://xkcd.com/1121/ #1121]] Cueball asks Megan for a server password over the phone. When she asks how she knows it's him he begins to excitedly suggest a proof-of-identity protocol. She stops him mid-sentence; that suggestion alone was enough to confirm his identity.
18th Mar '18 4:41:28 PM Eddy1215
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* In an early Iron Man comic Rhodney Rhodes does this by accident when he steals a VC helicopter and tries to fly it back to an American base, only to be challenged for the password which he does not have. He spends some time in explanation but is not believed by the skeptical tower personnel. After he mutters under his breath "The Mets will win the pennant before these bozos believe me" the two tower personnel look at each other, exclaim "Mets!" and "Pennant!" and then allow him to land.



* In an early Iron Man comic Rhodney Rhodes does this by accident when he steals a VC helicopter and tries to fly it back to an American base, only to be challenged for the password which he does not have. He spends some time in explanation but is not believed by the skeptical tower personnel. After he mutters under his breath "The Mets will win the pennant before these bozos believe me" the two tower personnel look at each other, exclaim "Mets!" and "Pennant!" and then allow him to land.

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* In an early Iron Man comic Rhodney Rhodes does this by accident when he steals a VC helicopter and tries to fly it back to an American base, only to be challenged for the password which he does not have. He spends some time in explanation but is not believed by the skeptical tower personnel. After he mutters under his breath "The Mets will win the pennant before these bozos believe me" the two tower personnel look at each other, exclaim "Mets!" and "Pennant!" and then allow him to land.
1st Mar '18 6:12:28 AM Kompera
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* In an early Iron Man comic Rhodney Rhodes does this by accident when he steals a VC helicopter and tries to fly it back to an American base, only to be challenged for the password which he does not have. He spends some time in explanation but is not believed by the skeptical tower personnel. After he mutters under his breath "The Mets will win the pennant before these bozos believe me" the two tower personnel look at each other, exclaim "Mets!" and "Pennant!" and then allow him to land.
11th Feb '18 8:46:40 PM Calandir
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* A variant appears the Literature/HorusHeresy novel "Know No Fear", Captain Ventanus is thrust into a situation where he has no idea who is an ally and who isn't. The enemy attempts to portray themselves as a specific company of allies several times. Ventanus asks a question to identify them over the vox; "What is the number of the painted Eldar?". Whilst obviously a shibboleth, the trick here is that there are two different answers to the question (12 and 13) depending on the one asking or answering the question.
10th Feb '18 12:17:55 PM Premonition45
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** In [[Film/BackToTheFuture the first film]], Marty tries to convince 1955 Doc that he's from the future and he needs Doc's help. He first shows him his driver's license and a picture of his family where his sister is wearing a sweatshirt that says "Class of '84" (Doc assumes he doctored them). He then tries to reveal "future" history, which Doc laughs off because he refuses to believe that [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan is really President]]. Marty successfully gets Doc to believe him by telling him something only Doc would know -- the vision that led to his invention of the time machine.

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** In [[Film/BackToTheFuture the first film]], Marty tries to convince 1955 Doc that he's from the future and he needs Doc's help. He first shows him his driver's license and a picture of his family where his sister is wearing a sweatshirt that says "Class of '84" (Doc assumes he doctored them).them[[note]]They soon realize the "doctoring" was actually the first signs that history was changing[[/note]]). He then tries to reveal "future" history, which Doc laughs off because he refuses to believe that [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan is really President]]. Marty successfully gets Doc to believe him by telling him something only Doc would know -- the vision that led to his invention of the time machine.
8th Feb '18 1:16:46 PM ultimomant
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** The team finds a crystal skull inside a chamber filled with radiation, and their attempt to examine it results in Daniel being made [[Intangibility invisible and immaterial]]. The rest of the cast has no idea what happened to him until it is revealed that Daniel's grandfather Nick (who had once seen a similar skull and was living in a mental institution) can see him. Jack is skeptical, but is convinced by this exchange:

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** The team finds a crystal skull inside a chamber filled with radiation, and their attempt to examine it results in Daniel being made [[Intangibility [[{{Intangibility}} invisible and immaterial]]. The rest of the cast has no idea what happened to him until it is revealed that Daniel's grandfather Nick (who had once seen a similar skull and was living in a mental institution) can see him. Jack is skeptical, but is convinced by this exchange:
16th Jan '18 11:02:36 AM kquinn0830
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** In [[Film/BackToTheFuture the first film]], Marty tries to convince 1955 Doc that he's from the future and he needs Doc's help. He first tries to reveal "future" history, which Doc laughs off because he refuses to believe that [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan is really President]]. Marty successfully gets Doc to believe him by telling him something only Doc would know -- the vision that led to his invention of the time machine.

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** In [[Film/BackToTheFuture the first film]], Marty tries to convince 1955 Doc that he's from the future and he needs Doc's help. He first shows him his driver's license and a picture of his family where his sister is wearing a sweatshirt that says "Class of '84" (Doc assumes he doctored them). He then tries to reveal "future" history, which Doc laughs off because he refuses to believe that [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan is really President]]. Marty successfully gets Doc to believe him by telling him something only Doc would know -- the vision that led to his invention of the time machine.
7th Dec '17 5:00:36 AM batty3108
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* In an Literature/AlexRider book, the titular character agrees that, when reporting to his handlers, if everything is okay, he'll preface his message by saying things are terrible. The wisdom for this being that if his cover was blown, his captors might make him report back saying "Everything is okay" - this was the signal that he needed rescuing.
7th Dec '17 4:52:24 AM batty3108
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** In detail: In ''Half Blood Prince'', the accepted wisdom is to pre-arrange these passwords with family members - an approach with obvious vulnerabilities - and the questions are asked in a way that doesn't afford much security should the impostor fail the test. In ''Deathly Hallows'', the questions are random, and posed to the suspected impostor ''at wandpoint''.
3rd Dec '17 12:41:56 PM Kirayoshi
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10993269/chapters/24485088 The Tie that Binds]]'', a Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse crossover centering on ''Series/AgentsOfShield'', Agent Coulson is held prisoner by Thanos, whose agents showed him faked footage of his team being tortured, and Melinda May being killed. Meanwhile [[Film/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxy Gamora]] makes contact with May on Earth and asks for a message to pass along to Coulson when they plan to rescue him from prison. May's message, which convinces Coulson that she's alive and the rest of his team are safe, is [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS4E21TheReturn "Tell Phil I'm going to kick his ass for opening the Haig without me."]]
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