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
- 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 (without the period, of course).Considering this is only an episode before we learn he is a child molester, this is also a disturbing password
- Veronica comments on how adorable it is that criminology TA and wannabe amateur sleuth Tim Foyle's password is Dick Tracy.
- Babylon 5: Invoked by security chief Michael Garibaldi. His spoken password for critical authorizations of computer functions is...
Garibaldi: Hey, would you have guessed it?
- In one episode of Power Rangers RPM, the Rangers have to figure out Dr. K's password to locate and rescue her and Ziggy. Summer eventually figures it out that it's... "Ziggy", though she covers for K by claiming to the rest of the team that it's "Mr Marshmallow" after her Sweet Tooth.
- In one episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody London sends the Delivery Not Desired email Maddie writes to Mr. Moseby and the group breaks into Mr. Moseby's office to delete it before he reads it. When attempting to guess Mr. Moseby's email password, Esteban suggests that it may be "Esteban Is The Most Amazing Person In The World".
- I, Claudius: Emperor Caligula makes the head of his Praetorian Guard use the password "Give us a kiss", which he thinks is quite amusing. The humiliated man gets his revenge by joining the plot to have him assassinated.
- Get Smart - Max has to contact an unknown double agent with the password "Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?" - he stares uncomfortably at at a big surly hulk until the guy grabs him by the lapels.
Hulk: Listen, bud, I don't like people to look at me funny!
Max: Well, if you don't like the way I'm looking at you you're gonna hate what I'm gonna say to you!
- 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.
- In ReBoot, when dealing with pirates (actually, when making a deal with pirates), Dot reveals that her PDA password is "Guardian." This earns amused smiles from her friends.
- 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.