->''"WARMACHINEROX with an x, all caps."''
-->-- '''Iron Patriot''', ''Film/IronMan3''

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 "[[Film/SpaceBalls 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, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity is likely to ensue]]. The password to the evil super genius's main computer is "Creator/AdamSandler"? I guess even the smartest of geniuses can like stupid comedy sometimes....

Or perhaps they [[InvokedTrope deliberately choose a silly password]] ''precisely'' because (they believe) no one would guess it. After all, who would think a ProperlyParanoid security chief would choose "[[Series/BabylonFive Peekaboo]]" as their spoken password?

Compare ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1987/05/05 Hobbes gets to the treehouse first and refuses to lower the ladder]] [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1987/08/22 until Calvin recites the password, a multi-verse ode to how awesome tigers are.]] In another, Calvin argues for a while, but finally gives in... just as Susie walks by.
-->'''Susie:''' I was going to ask him to come over and play house, but I think you'd be a weird example for our children.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' has a TrustPassword that Bond is 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:''' [[HoYay I... love you.]]\\
'''James Bond:''' I'm glad we got that out of the way.
* An inversion happens in ''Film/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 -- what is right in front of you and open very large doors? ([[spoiler:"KNOCKERS"]] Later in the movie, Natalya gets an opportunity to trace Boris's location because he's online backing up his files, but she can't figure out the current password -- "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 [[spoiler:"CHAIR"]]. Natalya is embarrassed that she didn't think of that.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' classically lampoons this trope. The password is, naturally, 1-2-3-4-5 (the kind of password "an idiot would have on his luggage." Which, of course, it turns out he does).
* In ''Film/SpyKids'', the password to the base the kids find turns out to be their names. [[OverlyLongName Unfortunately...]]
* ''Film/ThePeacemaker'': The German boss of the mafia front company is forced to reveal the password to his computer, which turns out to be "Hasselhoff". Guess {{Germans love David Hasselhoff}}.
* Rhodey's password in ''Film/IronMan3'': "WARMACHINEROX". After he had spent half the movie trying to defend his armor's rebranding from "War Machine" to "Iron Patriot".
* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', the pass phrase to get into Mecánico's workshop is the deliberately homoerotic "I want you to check my oil. You will need to go very deep."

* 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".
* In the same vein, the joke with a computer being extremely picky with the allowed passwords [[TruthInTelevision (use of blanks, special characters, caps, length etc.)]]. The poor user goes berserk and types in a string of obscenities as suggested password. Result: "Sorry, this password is already taken." (Telling your users another user has the same password is terrible security, incidentally -- all you've got to do is try that password with each username 'til you get lucky -- but [[RealityIsUnrealistic it's happened]].)
* A variation on the joke has the user attempting to reset their password after forgetting it, typing in curses out of frustration at arcane security requirements, and being sternly informed passwords cannot be reused. (Or, in more optimistic variations, the password cursing doesn't need to be reset.)

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', the Ministry of Magic encourages people to [[TrustPassword 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 [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "Cockroach Cluster"]].
* At one point in the [[Literature/HonorHarrington Honorverse]] story ''Fanatic'', Victor Cachat needs to give another character the passwords to some encrypted files. One of those passwords is "shakehertail", and everyone present finds out that a State Security Captain ''can'' blush.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/MacGyver1985'' 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 "[[TitleDrop uglyduckling]]".
* One episode of ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'':
** Mayor Woody Goodman's password is stated to be Mr. Good Wood (without the period, of course).[[spoiler: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 ComicStrip/DickTracy.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Invoked by security chief Michael Garibaldi. His spoken password for critical authorizations of computer functions is...
-->'''Ivanova:''' "[[LampshadeHanging Peekaboo]]"?\\
'''Garibaldi:''' Hey, would ''you'' have guessed it?
* In one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', 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... [[BelligerentSexualTension "Ziggy"]], though she covers for K by claiming to the rest of the team that it's "Mr Marshmallow" after her SweetTooth.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' London sends the DeliveryNotDesired 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".
* ''Series/IClaudius'': 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.
* ''Series/TheCaesars'', like ''Series/IClaudius'' after it, includes a nod to Emperor Caligula's fondness for giving his guards embarrassing passwords, such as "Cupid" or "Loveykins", which make them sound as though they are flirting with each other. "Loveykins" in particular is the last straw for Cassius Chaerea, who joins the conspiracy against Caligula.
* ''Series/GetSmart'': 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!
* Discussed in ''Series/TheWrongMans''. Phil thinks that Lizzie's password is "samhasnopubes", since they had broken up recently.
* ''Series/BrookylnNineNine'' reveals that the large, muscular Sgt. Jefford's password is "yogurt", because [[CatchPhrase Terry]] ''[[CatchPhrase loves]]'' [[CatchPhrase yogurt]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Seemingly used in ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}: 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 [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness doesn't stay embarrassed for long]] anyway)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Karkat is justifiably unwilling to reveal his password, which doubles as a CallBack to a previous line addressing him:

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Annoy the ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell'' 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Doofenshmirtz's computer password is revealed to be "doofalicious". To add insult to injury, the computer even reads it out aloud.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Margret's password to her voicemail is "daddysgirl".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' reveals that Principal Pixiefrog's password is "pollywogadoodle24".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has a PlayedForDrama example, as at the end of the "City of Stone" multi-parter Demona suffers a VillainousBSOD and reveals that the access code needed to end her scheme is "[[spoiler:[[TheAloner alone]]]]". Sadly, [[IgnoredEpiphany she quickly slips back into denial about her actions]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', when dealing with pirates (actually, when making a deal with pirates), Dot reveals that her PDA password is "[[WillTheyOrWontThey Guardian]]". This earns amused smiles from her friends.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', the code for the self-virtualization into the Mountain Sector is "Big Fat Cheese-Head". Aelita claims it's a [[NoodleIncident personal joke between her and Jérémie]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Emperor [[TheCaligula Caligula]] would make his Praetorians give him a humiliating passcode every day (one of them was "[[GagPenis priapus]]"). This is one of the reasons he was assassinated by them.