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->''You'll just leave him a clue\\
For example, a shoe\\
And then see what he'll do...''
-->-- '''"On the Steps of the Palace"''', ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''

A conspicuous possession, often a piece of clothing, jewelry, or other personal effect, which becomes significant when its owner disappears and only the object is left behind. It is a type of ChekhovsGun, and may be a MementoMacGuffin. The object is often found on the ground, and if it is something the character would not have left behind on purpose this implies the character was abducted or worse. It may give a clue to the direction or path to find the person such as a TrailOfBreadCrumbs. If the person drowned, it can be a DeadHatShot. One form may also be EmptyPilesOfClothing.

Compare to TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper and NoBodyLeftBehind.
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!Examples

[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' starts off with Lupin saving [[DamselInDistress Clarisse]] from falling off a cliff. Yet, before they can get to know each other, Clarisse has to rush off, accidentally leaving behind her family ring which Lupin uses to track her down.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The titular heroine ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' has a LoveAtFirstSight moment when bumping into Nino at a Parisian subway station. He doesn't notice her at all and quickly rides off with his scooter. However, a photo album falls off when he takes a sharp corner and Amelie picks it up. It helps her to get in contact with Nino, who, after noticing his loss, leaves stickers around the station with his phone number.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': See entry under Literature.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* The UrExample of the trope is probably ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}''. On her hasty way out from the ball, Cinderella loses one of her glass slippers on the steps of the palace. The Prince chases after her but only notices a simple country girl leave. He pockets the slipper and vows to find and marry the girl to whom it belonged. Through a lengthy TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper audition process, he eventually succeeds to seek her out.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* The French cartoon ''WesternAnimation/LaJoieDeVivre'' from 1934 has one of the two young women lose a shoe in the course of her cavorting. A NoNameGiven young man on a bicycle recovers the shoe and follows the women with the intent of returning it. The women, however, think he's stalking them, and flee to a railroad switching station. There, the young man succeeds in fitting the lost shoe back on the lady's foot. All three board the bicycle, which can now suddenly ''fly''.
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