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17th Nov '15 9:44:41 PM Gamermaster
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* After hiking with her friends, Komori from ''Manga/KomorisanWaKotowarenai'' gave some of her pictures to her crush Ootani. The picture in question was [[{{Fanservice}} her wearing a bikini.]] She immediately [[OhCrap realized her mistake]] and grabbed it back. -->'''Ootani:''' Hey, this is...\\ '''Komori:''' '''WRONG ONE!!'''
18th Jul '15 3:47:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', Johnny intends to [[EngineeredPublicConfession play a DVD]] on which the villain explains his EvilPlan in detail to a crowd of royalty, politicians, and other [=VIPs=]. But this trope happens, and a surveillance clip of Johnny dancing half-naked in front of his bathroom mirror comes up instead... Live... To the ''whole'' world.

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[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]] * In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', Johnny intends to [[EngineeredPublicConfession play a DVD]] on which the villain explains his EvilPlan in detail to a crowd of royalty, politicians, and other [=VIPs=]. But this trope happens, and a surveillance clip of Johnny dancing half-naked in front of his bathroom mirror comes up instead... Live... To the ''whole'' world.

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* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', Johnny intends to [[EngineeredPublicConfession play a DVD]] on which the villain explains his EvilPlan in detail to a crowd of royalty, politicians, and other [=VIPs=]. But this trope happens, and a surveillance clip of Johnny dancing half-naked in front of his bathroom mirror comes up instead... Live... To the ''whole'' world.
18th Jul '15 3:46:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MonstersVsAliens'', the BigRedButton that launches all the nuclear missiles is identical to, and right next to, the button for the coffee dispenser. President Hardaway [[SubvertedTrope is warned in time]]. [[spoiler:In TheStinger, he's not so lucky.]]
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* In ''MonstersVsAliens'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', the BigRedButton that launches all the nuclear missiles is identical to, and right next to, the button for the coffee dispenser. President Hardaway [[SubvertedTrope is warned in time]]. [[spoiler:In TheStinger, he's not so lucky.]]

* ''The Return of ThePinkPanther'': Chief Inspector Dreyfus has both a real gun and a lighter that looks identical to the gun. After getting angry at Clouseau he tries to shoot him with the gun (yes, in his office in broad daylight) but it turns out to be the lighter. Later he tries to light a cigarette and ends up shooting his nose off with the gun. * The entire plot of ''RoadTrip'' is built on this. The protagonist inadvertently sends a sex tape (of him cheating) to his long-distance girlfriend, instead of a tape on which he sings a romantic song for her. Cue epic quest to get it back before she gets to watch it.
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* ''The Return of ThePinkPanther'': ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'': Chief Inspector Dreyfus has both a real gun and a lighter that looks identical to the gun. After getting angry at Clouseau he tries to shoot him with the gun (yes, in his office in broad daylight) but it turns out to be the lighter. Later he tries to light a cigarette and ends up shooting his nose off with the gun. * The entire plot of ''RoadTrip'' ''Film/RoadTrip'' is built on this. The protagonist inadvertently sends a sex tape (of him cheating) to his long-distance girlfriend, instead of a tape on which he sings a romantic song for her. Cue epic quest to get it back before she gets to watch it.

* In ''Blame It On The Bellboy'', three envelopes intended for three guests at a hotel get mixed up by the aforementioned bellboy (played by Bronson Pinchot).
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* In ''Blame It On The Bellboy'', ''Film/BlameItOnTheBellboy'', three envelopes intended for three guests at a hotel get mixed up by the aforementioned bellboy (played by Bronson Pinchot).

* In the french movie ''Subway'', the two halves of the plot are each kickstarted when two identical recordings - a bootleg opera performance, and two criminals' confession - are mixed up. * In ''The Comedy Of Terrors'' Waldo Turmbull (VincentPrice) has a bottle of poison he taunts his father-in-law with, and also a flask. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity eventually ensues.]] * In ''The Captain's Paradise'' Creator/AlecGuinness' character, who has a wife in two different ports, accidentally swaps the presents he intends to send them. Fortunately for him, the homebody wife interprets the swimsuit she receives as a sign that he finds her sexually desirable, while the party-going wife interprets the apron she receives as acknowledgement of her domestic side.
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* In the french movie ''Subway'', ''Film/{{Subway}}'', the two halves of the plot are each kickstarted when two identical recordings - a bootleg opera performance, and two criminals' confession - are mixed up. * In ''The Comedy Of Terrors'' ''Film/TheComedyOfTerrors'' Waldo Turmbull (VincentPrice) has a bottle of poison he taunts his father-in-law with, and also a flask. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity eventually ensues.]] * In ''The Captain's Paradise'' ''Film/TheCaptainsParadise'' Creator/AlecGuinness' character, who has a wife in two different ports, accidentally swaps the presents he intends to send them. Fortunately for him, the homebody wife interprets the swimsuit she receives as a sign that he finds her sexually desirable, while the party-going wife interprets the apron she receives as acknowledgement of her domestic side.
18th Jul '15 9:46:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In {{Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress}}, the old miller puts down 2 identical calabash gourds: one filled with liquor, the other with lamp oil. On their last toast, Luo pours out the lamp oil for everyone to drink instead of the liquor.
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* In {{Balzac Literature/{{Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress}}, the old miller puts down 2 identical calabash gourds: one filled with liquor, the other with lamp oil. On their last toast, Luo pours out the lamp oil for everyone to drink instead of the liquor.

* In the ''DresdenFiles'' novel ''Storm Front'', Harry makes an Escape Potion because he might need one and a LovePotion because Bob insists on teaching him how. Unfortunately, he doesn't label them and has Susan take the wrong one in an emergency. * The plot of ''TheSharingKnife'' gets started when the hero tosses his two knives, one charged and capable of killing the monster they're currently fighting and the other uncharged, and she stabs the monster with the wrong one.
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* In the ''DresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Storm Front'', Harry makes an Escape Potion because he might need one and a LovePotion because Bob insists on teaching him how. Unfortunately, he doesn't label them and has Susan take the wrong one in an emergency. * The plot of ''TheSharingKnife'' ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' gets started when the hero tosses his two knives, one charged and capable of killing the monster they're currently fighting and the other uncharged, and she stabs the monster with the wrong one.

* ''AndThenThereWereNone'' has the general find out about his wife's affair with a subordinate when she mixed up her letters to her lover and her husband.
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* ''AndThenThereWereNone'' ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' has the general find out about his wife's affair with a subordinate when she mixed up her letters to her lover and her husband.
5th Jul '15 3:47:14 PM passengerpigeon
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* This trope causes many household poisonings per year in Real Life, usually due to beverage containers being refilled with chemicals, or due to misleading packaging that causes customers to confuse cleaning products with drinks. The [[http://ipcblog.org/2014/03/18/the-case-of-the-wrong-container/ Illinois Poison Control Centre Blog]] lists several examples of this. ** In one incident, a young man wanted to store some windshield cleaning fluid in his Jeep. However, the large jug that the fluid came in would take up too much space in the back seat. So, the man decided to pour some of the fluid into a blue Gatorade bottle. Unfortunately, one of his friends came back from playing basketball and took a few swigs of the cleaner thinking it was actually Gatorade. Luckily, the man was rushed to hospital before he died of wood alcohol poisoning, and suffered no lasting effects.

* The [[http://ipcblog.org/2014/03/18/the-case-of-the-wrong-container/ Illinois Poison Control Centre Blog]] lists several examples of this. ** In one case, a young man wanted to store some windshield cleaning fluid in his Jeep. However, the large jug that the fluid came in would take up too much space in the back seat. So, the man decided to pour some of the fluid into a blue Gatorade bottle. Unfortunately, one of his friends came back from playing basketball and took a few swigs of the cleaner thinking it was actually Gatorade. Luckily, the man was rushed to hospital before he died of wood alcohol poisoning, and suffered no lasting effects.
20th Jun '15 12:01:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the "Get me Hennimore" sketch from ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', Hennimore is a slightly clumsy secretary who is given two extremely similar orders by his boss (e.g. To put a Krufts dog show in room 1 and dog-eating Koreans in room I) which ends up with disasterous, sometimes dangerous consequenses. * In an episode of the reality series ''[[{{Series/Pyros}} Pyros]]'', the speaker wiring at a fireworks show gets mixed up, and ended up playing the raw time codes used to synchronize the show (both tracks were on different audio channels of the same CD) instead of music, reducing its soundtrack to beeping noises. When the operators realized this and quickly fixed up the speakers, the person operating the music insisted on restarting the CD entirely instead of just letting it go, leading to DeadAir in the sky until it got to the part of the show that it was stopped at.
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* In the "Get me Hennimore" sketch from ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', Hennimore is a slightly clumsy secretary who is given two extremely similar orders by his boss (e.g. To put a Krufts dog show in room 1 and dog-eating Koreans in room I) which ends up with disasterous, sometimes dangerous consequenses. * In an episode of the reality series ''[[{{Series/Pyros}} Pyros]]'', ''Series/{{Pyros}}'', the speaker wiring at a fireworks show gets mixed up, and ended up playing the raw time codes used to synchronize the show (both tracks were on different audio channels of the same CD) instead of music, reducing its soundtrack to beeping noises. When the operators realized this and quickly fixed up the speakers, the person operating the music insisted on restarting the CD entirely instead of just letting it go, leading to DeadAir in the sky until it got to the part of the show that it was stopped at.

* ''{{Soap}}'': Eunice is having an affair with a Congressman. A {{Blackmail}}er sends him pictures in a manila envelope, threatening that he'll expose the affair unless the Congressman pays him. As he and Eunice are talking about it, a delivery boy from a newspaper comes to pick up a copy of the Congressman's speech scheduled for the next day. The Congressman absently hands him the speech in a manila envelope. A few minutes later, after the Congressman's wife comes home, she picks up the manila envelope and opens it - it's the speech. The Congressman accidentally gave the blackmail photos to the press.
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* ''{{Soap}}'': ''Series/{{Soap}}'': Eunice is having an affair with a Congressman. A {{Blackmail}}er sends him pictures in a manila envelope, threatening that he'll expose the affair unless the Congressman pays him. As he and Eunice are talking about it, a delivery boy from a newspaper comes to pick up a copy of the Congressman's speech scheduled for the next day. The Congressman absently hands him the speech in a manila envelope. A few minutes later, after the Congressman's wife comes home, she picks up the manila envelope and opens it - it's the speech. The Congressman accidentally gave the blackmail photos to the press.

* Occurs in an early episode of ''RedDwarf'', where Lister is singing in the mirror and applying deodorant from a spray can. Once he's finished he grabs another can to apply shaving cream, only to find it sprays antiperspirant; no surprises on what the first can actually was. To top it off, he's completely unflustered and simply grabs a swab of cream from under his armpit! * An episode of ''ElChavoDelOcho'' had Quico trying to pull a prank on El Chavo with a mouse inside a paper bag, pretending it was full of cookies. However, Doņa Clotilde comes up with an identical bag of sugar for him to deliver to Doņa Florinda. [[TheDitz Quico being Quico]], he mixes up both bags, [[HilarityEnsues with predictable results]]
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* Occurs in an early episode of ''RedDwarf'', ''Series/RedDwarf'', where Lister is singing in the mirror and applying deodorant from a spray can. Once he's finished he grabs another can to apply shaving cream, only to find it sprays antiperspirant; no surprises on what the first can actually was. To top it off, he's completely unflustered and simply grabs a swab of cream from under his armpit! * ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': ** An episode of ''ElChavoDelOcho'' had Quico trying to pull a prank on El Chavo with a mouse inside a paper bag, pretending it was full of cookies. However, Doņa Clotilde comes up with an identical bag of sugar for him to deliver to Doņa Florinda. [[TheDitz Quico being Quico]], he mixes up both bags, [[HilarityEnsues with predictable results]]

* In the pilot of ''TheWestWing'', Sam is leaving the house of the girl he slept with the night before; she holds both of their pagers and remarks that they look identical before accidentally handing him hers. When he later receives a page from an escort service, he realizes both the mix-up and the fact that she's a call girl.
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* In the pilot of ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', Sam is leaving the house of the girl he slept with the night before; she holds both of their pagers and remarks that they look identical before accidentally handing him hers. When he later receives a page from an escort service, he realizes both the mix-up and the fact that she's a call girl.
24th May '15 6:41:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''HowIMetYourMother'': Robin gets Lily a vibrator for her wedding shower before seeing that the attendees are Lily's immediate family, mostly elderly women. Naturally, there's another gift with identical wrapping, leading viewers to expect an accidental switcheroo, but in fact Robin ''deliberately'' swaps the tags, then confesses afterward.
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* ''HowIMetYourMother'': ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Robin gets Lily a vibrator for her wedding shower before seeing that the attendees are Lily's immediate family, mostly elderly women. Naturally, there's another gift with identical wrapping, leading viewers to expect an accidental switcheroo, but in fact Robin ''deliberately'' swaps the tags, then confesses afterward.
24th May '15 4:42:50 PM f1shst1x
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\n* In the pilot of ''TheWestWing'', Sam is leaving the house of the girl he slept with the night before; she holds both of their pagers and remarks that they look identical before accidentally handing him hers. When he later receives a page from an escort service, he realizes both the mix-up and the fact that she's a call girl.
18th Apr '15 4:53:01 PM rodneyAnonymous
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Bob has two (rarely more) different items, which look rather similar on the outside; however, in reality they are vastly different, and meant for different people and/or situations. Of course, RuleOfFunny – or in rare examples, RuleOfDrama – dictates that he ''must'' get them mixed up, with disastrous results.
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Bob has two (rarely more) different items, which look rather similar on the outside; however, in reality they are vastly different, and meant for different people and/or situations. Of course, RuleOfFunny – or in rare examples, RuleOfDrama – dictates that he ''must'' get them mixed up, with disastrous results.
11th Apr '15 3:08:49 PM DrFraud
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* In ''The Captain's Paradise'' Creator/AlecGuinness' character, who has a wife in two different ports, accidentally swaps the presents he intends to send them. Fortunately for him, the homebody wife interprets the swimsuit she receives as a sign that he finds her sexually desirable, while the party-going wife interprets the apron she receives as acknowledgement of her domestic side.
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