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Embarrassing Password


(permanent link) added: 2012-10-23 17:32:28 sponsor: KZN02 (last reply: 2012-11-14 09:56:40)

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Passwords are a necessary evil in this modern world we live in, where we want things kept secret from others. Good passwords are often long and complicated affairs involving random smatterings of letters, numbers, and symbols. Bad passwords are simple things like "password" and "12345" and "cat".

Then, there are the embarrassing passwords. These passwords more often than not overlap with the "bad" ones, but they're doubly bad because they reveal something that the owner might not want others to know. And when that password gets out, hilarity is likely to ensue. The password to the evil super genius's main computer is "AdamSandler"? I guess even the smartest of geniuses can like stupid comedy sometimes...

Compare The Password Is Always Swordfish.

Examples:

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Film
  • You Only Live Twice had a Trust Password that Bond was supposed to expect from his (as yet unknown to him) contact in the Japanese S.I.S. The contact turns out to be a Japanese man, leading to the trust password:
    Tiger Tanaka: I... love you.
    James Bond: I'm glad we got that out of the way.
  • An inversion happens in GoldenEye; genius hacker Boris is constantly using sexual remarks towards a woman's anatomy for all his passwords, and isn't ashamed to let others know it. When Natalya has to shut down the doomsday weapon, she can't figure out the password. Boris left a simple riddle to figure it out. "You sit on this, but can't take it with you." Natalya tries every embarrassing word she can think of for a woman's butt. Stumped, she tell Bond about it, and he replies with "chair". Natalya is embarrassed that she didn't think of that.
  • In Spy Kids, the password to the base the kids find turns out to be their names. Unfortunately...
  • The Peacemaker: the German boss of the mafia front company is forced to reveal the password to his computer "Hasselhoff". Guess Germans love David Hasselhoff.

Jokes
  • There's an old joke about a man who's having his secretary help him set up a password on his new computer. She asks what he wants his password to be. He tells her, "Penis". And the computer says, "Error: Too Short".

Literature
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Ministry of Magic encourages people to devise security questions with their loved ones. One of the security questions between Mr and Mrs Weasley is:
Mr Weasley: What do you like me to call you when we're alone together?
Mrs Weasley: Mollywobbles.
  • The password to Dumbledore's office is always a type of candy. At one point in Goblet of Fire, Harry, trying to get inside, lists off every single magical candy he can think of, only to find the correct one is "Cockroach Cluster".

Live-Action TV
  • In Babylon 5, the commanding officers change their passwords after a big spoilery event. The tough, paranoid security chief Garabaldi chooses... Peekaboo. May not count, because he chose it on purpose, saying "Would you have guessed it?"
  • The MacGyver episode "Ugly Duckling" revolves around a teenage computer hacker; at one point MacGyver has to guess her computer password, and it turns out to be "uglyduckling".
  • One episode of Seinfeld centers around the reveal of George's ATM password, "Bosco". George is ashamed at how much this shows his adoration for the chocolate syrup brand.
  • Veronica Mars
    • Mayor Woody Goodman's password is stated to be Mr Good Wood. Considering this is only an episode before we learn he is a child molester this is also a disturbing password
    • Veronia comments on how adorable it is that criminology TA and wannabe amateur sleuth Tim Foyle password is Dick Tracy.

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Video Games
  • Seemingly used in StarCraft: Brood War's Terran campaign during the mission to infiltrate the Psi Disruptor. One scientist seems a little nervous to admit that his password is "Farnham". (Though it might be more to do with the fact your marines have a gun to his head...)

Web Comics
  • In Homestuck, Karkat is justifiably unwilling to reveal his password, which doubles as a Call Back to a previous line addressing him:
    "IF I HATE MYSELF SO MUCH WHY DON'T I JUST HATEMARRY MYSELF?"

Western Animation
  • In the final episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, while the gang tries to run the show without a budget, Space Ghost tells Zorak and Mortar to go on the internet to order a robot:
    Space Ghost: Sign on with my screenname.
    Moltar: Okay, what's your screenname?
    Space Ghost: "Refresher", password "dianarossfan."
    Zorak: Huh-ho! You like her? (laughs)
    Moltar: Who doesn't?
    Space Ghost: Shut up! Now I don't like her.
  • In the episode "Comet Karmillian" of Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz's computer password is revealed to be "doofalicious". To add insult to injury, the computer even reads it out aloud.
  • Regular Show: Margret's password to her voicemail is "daddysgirl".

Real Life
  • Emperor Tiberius would make his Praetorians give him a humiliating passcode every day (one of them was "pirapus"). This is one of the reasons he was assassinated by them.

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