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 "Adam Sandler
"? I guess even the smartest of geniuses can like stupid comedy sometimes....
Or perhaps they deliberately choose a silly password precisely
because (they believe) no one would guess it. After all, who would think a Properly Paranoid
security chief would choose "Peekaboo
" as their spoken password?
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- 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".
Live Action TV
- 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... he doesn't stay embarrassed for long anyway)
- Annoy the Bastard Operator from Hell by forgetting your password once too often and he will 1) change it to something embarrassing or insulting and 2) take away your ability to change it again.
- 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".
- An episode of Beavis and Butt-Head had someone who didn't realize they had an embarrassing ATM password. A pro basketball player accidentally left his card in the machine (he tried to make it look like he had been mugged) and when our boys showed up, Beavis decided to type in a rude word just for fun. It turned out "balls" was the pro's password.
- American Dad!: Not a password, but the activation code for Hailey's programming is something that nobody would ever say by accident: "I'm getting fed up with this orgasm!"
- An episode of My Gym Partner's a Monkey reveals that Principal Pixiefrog's password is "pollywogadoodle24".
- Gargoyles has a Played for Drama example, as at the end of "City of Stone" Demona suffers a Villainous BSOD and reveals that the access code needed to end her scheme is "alone". Sadly, she quickly slips back into denial about her actions.
- Emperor Caligula would make his Praetorians give him a humiliating passcode every day (one of them was "priapus"). This is one of the reasons he was assassinated by them.