->'''Danny Witwer:''' I worked homicide before I went federal. This is what we call an [[TropeNamer orgy of evidence]]. You know how many orgies I had as a homicide cop?\\
'''Officer Fletcher:''' How many?\\
'''Danny Witwer:''' None.
-->-- ''Film/MinorityReport''

A common tactic for fictional criminals (especially murderers) is to plant false clues at the scene of their crime: either to deliberately frame someone else or merely to throw suspicion away from themselves. Sometimes, however, they take things too far and the sheer amount of clues they plant has the opposite effect. No detective will believe that any criminal could be so careless as to leave that much incriminating evidence behind. He may also be suspicious because his investigation seems to be turning up all this evidence [[TooGoodToBeTrue far more quickly and easily than is usual for this kind of case]].

In RealLife, of course, this is unlikely to work as it does in fiction[[note]] i.e. in RealLife, the police will likely fall for it[[/note]]. Any defense made in court that "I wouldn't be that stupid" is an EpicFail. Even if you prove to the court that you have an IQ of 200, [[StupidCrooks so many other criminals have done stupid things]] that you would not be believed. The reason in fiction that the detective ''doesn't'' believe the evidence is generally that the detective is GenreSavvy; the amount of evidence they find is ''so'' disproportional to the norm that it not only strikes them as unusual but ''implausible''. That's why they start to suspect that it was planted deliberately. A SignatureItemClue may be what is used in these.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}: [[Comicbook/DaredevilBornAgain Born Again]]'', this phenomenon was what finally convinced Matt Murdock that the recent misfortunes he had suffered was being caused by the [[BigBad Kingpin]] rather than simply being a string of bad luck. Most of his sufferings are subtly engineered problems concerning his taxes, his career and his friends- someone blowing up his house tends to be a little more suspicious.
-->'''Murdock:''' "You shouldn't have signed it, Kingpin. Now I'm coming for you."
* In ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Noir'', Tommy Halloway/the Angel investigates the murder of Jean Grey, which was clearly done with WolverineClaws. When he finds the missing X-Man, Anne-Marie Rankin, he's suspicious because she pointed him in the direction of Captain Logan almost immediately after they met. Halloway manages to figure out it couldn't be Logan very quickly, leading to the obvious conclusion that Rankin's trying to frame him - and since Logan's ''neko de'' aren't too hard to come by if you know where to look, she likely killed Jean herself.
* In ''TheMazeAgency'' story "The Mile High Corpse", evidence is found on the body of the victim that seems to implicate all of the possible suspects.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', this is part of what makes Bigby Wolf suspect that [[spoiler:Rose Red's murder was staged]].
* In ''IR$'', the BigBad decide to sacrifice his Dragon, hanging him so it looks like a suicide, with evidence of traffic… Not as bad as the main conspiracy, but maybe enough to commit suicide instead of the shame of the trial. The hero declares that in IRS, you learn never to trust any document presented before you asked for it.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/MinorityReport'', Danny Witwer outlines the basics of this trope:
-->[viewing the crime scene of Leo Crow's murder]\\
'''Danny Witwer''': I worked homicide before I went federal. This is what we call an [[TropeNamer orgy of evidence]]. You know how many orgies I had as a homicide cop?\\
'''Officer Fletcher''': How many?\\
'''Danny Witwer''': None.\\
[crouches down and looks back up]\\
'''Danny Witwer''': This was all arranged.
** The TropeNamer has more logical reasoning than most entries on the page: Witwer is looking at dozens of photos that suggest the victim killed multiple children. One of the pictures includes the supposed murderer's child. Witwer is immediately baffled as to why, according to the scene, the victim had all these pictures lying on his bed before the murderer arrived. Even if the murderer had found the pictures somewhere else in the apartment, he would have no reason to carefully set up where they were dramatically placed. It's this knowledge that finally gets Witwer to investigate other possibilities.
* Esteban tries to point out this trope in ''Film/{{Fresh}}'' when the police find a gun just used in a murder and a huge bag of heroin under his mattress. It doesn't help his case that both the drugs and the gun were really Esteban's, Fresh just made sure they could be found.
* ''Film/JackReacher'': The case against a former Army sniper for killing several random people seems airtight, since there was so much evidence found at the shooting site, including fingerprints on the quarter used to pay for the parking meter, bullet ballistics and license plate identification. The amount of evidence is not what makes Reacher realize the situation is a set-up, but rather wondering [[spoiler: why the lead detective would even think to look for the parking meter quarter in the first place. Such a thought goes beyond due diligence into almost obsessiveness, and Reacher ultimately deduces that the lead detective was in on the frame from the beginning.]]

[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'': A bewildering array of clues, much of them contradictory, serve to alert HerculePoirot that someone is making massive attempts to muddy the waters. The clues include a dropped handkerchief, a dropped pipe cleaner, a dented watch showing the time of the murder, a lost button, someone pretending to be the victim (and speaking a language he did not speak) after he was supposedly dead, an abandoned conductor's uniform, and a sighting of a mysterious woman in a scarlet kimono.
** It happens again (though not to the same extent) in ''The Hollow'', which involves several people [[spoiler:diverting attention away from the real killer by planting false clues and generally acting as suspicious as possible]].
* Deliberately invoked in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' where a vast amount of stereoypical evidence implicating Klatch in a murder is planted, as the Klatchian ambassador realizes this will cause Sam Vimes to look everywhere except Klatch for the killers. It works flawlessly on Vimes because he's (justifiably) cynical about his own people; it fails to work on his Klatchian opposite number, as ''he's'' (justifiably) cynical about ''his'' own people...
** Also lampshaded in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''. Vimes states that he instinctively distrusts clues because "you could walk around with a pocketful of the things."
* In one ''Five Finder-Outers'' book by EnidBlyton, the kids do this deliberately to confuse the [[PoliceAreUseless policeman]]. He seems to be fooled only for a while, though.
* In the Literature/{{Jack Reacher}} novel ''One Shot'', this is what the case against James Barr becomes. However, what makes Reacher suspicious is not the amount of evidence, but [[spoiler: that the investigative team thought to look for a clue that they had no reason to believe existed.]]
* In the SherlockHolmes story ''The Adventure of the Norwood Builder'', there is already considerable evidence incriminating the suspect in the eyes of the police, but the clincher is a bloody thumbprint of the suspect on the wall. Holmes finds this suspicious, especially as he had carefully searched that hall the day before, and there had been no bloody thumbprint there, making the clue proof in his eyes that it was a setup.
* In ''The Clue of the Screaming Woman'' by ErleStanleyGardner, the killer attempts to frame a local recluse for a murder. However, believing Sheriff Eldon to be a doddering old fool, he badly overplays his hand.
* In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse XWingSeries of books, Tycho Celchu is accused of being a sleeper agent, as well as for murdering Corran Horn. His lawyer is quick to point out to the military tribunal that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that proves Tycho's guilt, but that someone has been actively destroying anything that could exonerate Tycho.[[spoiler: In the end, Tycho is let go when other clues come up, like the fact that Corran himself walks into the room and declares that Tycho didn't kill him.]]
* Lampshaded in AnthonyBoucher's ''TheCaseOfTheBakerStreetIrregulars''. When someone questions why Harrison Ridgely is so ready to call attention to anything that makes him look guilty, the police officer sighs "It's an old trick to make the case against yourself so black an investigator will automatically disregard it. Trouble is, it so seldom works."
* Played with in ''Literature/BlackMan''. The main court-admissible evidence of someone's presence at the crime scene is "genetic trace", which is unique for every person. Merrin's rampage across the US countryside leaves one orgy after another. The trick is, [[spoiler:if it's a genetically engineered supersoldier that just happened to have an identical twin in a freak development of the already-modified egg, they would leave identical traces...]]
* The [[Literature/TheContinentalOp Continental Op]] story "The Tenth Clew"[[note]]"Clew" is an archaic spelling of "clue"[[/note]] -- the eponymous clue being that the other nine are bogus.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Parodied in ''Series/TheGoodies'' episode "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express", where the clues they find include a Union Jack waistcoat, a pair of glasses, and a beard...
* ''CSINewYork'': In "Prey", the CSI team investigate a murder with a large amount of strange evidence, all of it designed to simulate evidence encountered at early crime scenes.
* An episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues", had John Steed go up against a killer who planted clues over each of his hits, and then posed as a detective attempting to "solve" each of the murders he himself committed.
* ''{{Glee}}'', or specifically Sue Sylvester, did this with her leaking of the New Directions set list to the opposing glee clubs.
--> '''Principal Figgins:''' Sue, the directors, both from the Jane Addams Academy and Haverbrook School for the Deaf, have informed me that you gave them the New Directions' set list. \\
'''Sue:''' You have no proof. \\
'''Figgins:''' The set lists were on Cheerios' letterhead. \\
'''Sue:''' [[ImplausibleDeniability I didn't do it]]. \\
'''Figgins:''' They say, "From the desk of Sue Sylvester." \\
'''Sue:''' Circumstantial evidence. \\
'''Figgins:''' They're written in your handwriting! \\
'''Sue:''' Forgeries. \\
'''Figgins:''' Sue, there is an OrgyOfEvidence stacked against you! \\
'''Sue:''' Well, you've clearly made up your mind not to be impartial in this case.
* ''Series/BurkesLaw'': In "Who Killed Marty Kelso?", the murderer plants a cufflink at the scene to implicate an innocent man. After the police fail to find it, she plants its mate. When Burke finds both of them, he figures that one cufflink is a clue and two is an obvious frameup.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': In "The Cricket Game", there's so much reason to believe that Regina killed Archie that Emma, quite possibly the person in Storybrooke most familiar with this world's law enforcement and crime, finds it difficult to believe that Regina's actually guilty.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' Sherlock believes that [[spoiler:Detective Bell]] is being framed because the suspect is an experienced police officer who would know better than to make so many basic mistakes. He might get sloppy on one or two things but would not do something as stupid as [[spoiler: hide the murder weapon in his own home in a place where the police were bound to search]].
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has a variation on this, where Tyr is in a locked room alone with a planetary president he blames for killing tens of thousands of Tyr's people, when two shots are fired from Tyr's weapon, killing the man instantly. Tyr's defense is essentially that if he had actually planned to assassinate the president, he wouldn't have gotten caught. "And I have... some small experience in these matters." He then starts listing off virtually untraceable means of assassination with discussion of their pros and cons until Dylan stops him.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': The plot of the episode "Confession", after Kahlan finds a man she had confessed to killing resistance members somehow was not really guilty. Richard, along with another woman, also suffer this before it's over. It doesn't help that the real murderer has a magical artifact that allows him to transfer some of his memories (such as those of the murders) to another person.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Fit for Murder", Barnaby and Jones find a large amount of incriminating evidence when they search the house and vehicle of a pair of suspects. Barnaby points out the murders were methodical and carefully premeditated, and scarcely the work of someone who leave incriminating evidence (that they had no reason to keep) where any search would reveal it.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Will Graham is able to deduce that he is being framed because while he might believe he was capable of [[spoiler:murdering Abigail Hobbs]], he couldn't possibly accept that [[spoiler:he also murdered the victims of the copycat killer (a.k.a Hannibal Lecter)]].
** Will Graham actually [[ConversationalTroping uses the trope name]] in the second season premiere, but in something of a subversion since he's telling Jack Crawford that [[spoiler:Hannibal Lecter's frame-up was successful because it ''averted'' this trope, avoiding a glut of incriminating evidence in favour of just enough to convince Crawford]].
** Comes up later when Will predicts that evidence in the barn where [[spoiler: Miriam Lass]] was found will exonerate Lecter. Lecter, however, anticipated this and left evidence that ''could'' implicate himself...but could also be interpreted as implicating [[spoiler: Chilton]].
* In a series 3 episode of ''Series/DeathInParadise'', the VictimOfTheWeek has been poisoned, and nobody has been able to find the poison or work out how it has been administered. The killer then plants the poison at the scene of the crime to try and frame somebody else, but this inadvertently gives the police the information they need to solve the case.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has used this trope several times:
** In "Mr. Monk and the Rapper", only Natalie, not the police or even Monk, realizes that someone is trying too hard to make [[Music/SnoopDogg Murderuss]] take the fall for the car bombing that killed Extra Large, which include: the use of a white gold pocket watch as the timer (a signature trademark of Murderuss's), lyrics from a suggestive song by Murderuss called "[[FunnyAneurysmMoment Car Bomb]]", a blasting cap stolen from a construction site near Murderuss's house, and footprints of a shoe brand that he wears at the scene of the limo driver's murder, after he's killed by the real attacker to keep from talking to the police. Natalie deduces this as she reasons that if Murderuss were responsible, he wouldn't be dropping so many obvious clues behind that pointed to himself (he would have probably used a generic pocket watch instead of his trademark type; stolen the blasting cap from somewhere away from his house; not worn his trademark shoe brand when he killed the driver; nor written the song "Car Bomb").
** In "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," this trope is invoked almost on purpose. Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck has his physician Dr. Christiaan Vezza kill judge Catherine Lavinio and stage the scene to make it look like Dale himself did it...because bedridden Dale, who is so morbidly obese he hasn't left his bed in nine years, is the only suspect who could ''not'' have possibly done it. Dr. Vezza does it by wearing large boots to leave big footprints behind. He kills the judge with [[BatterUp a baseball bat]] with the engraved initials "DB". He also deliberately sets off a smoke alarm and dons his own empathy suit (a giant fat suit) so that a passing neighborhood girl sees a "very, VERY fat man" disabling the alarm. Lastly, he fakes a 911 call, impersonating the judge's voice to deliver the ace in the hole.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show," Monk is convinced that Pablo Ortiz is innocent in spite of the fact there's an orgy of forensic evidence against him. This turns out to be because the orgy of forensic evidence is actually against Julian Hodge, the real killer, but a forensics tech was bribed into relabeling the blood samples so they appeared to be Ortiz's.
* ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' had Dr Sloan realise that the suspect was being framed because there was "a mountain of evidence" left behind, which he found suspicious. This leads him to the killer who is arrested by the police, even though Sloan has no real evidence to tie him to the crime and the mountain of evidence hasn't been proven fake.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, this happens a few times. For instance, in the fourth case of the second game, a character has been murdered and is found with your defendant's knife in his chest while one of the bloodied buttons on his costume was found in your defendant's pants. This is considered too incriminating and casts suspicion upon another character with a motive to frame your defendant. [[spoiler: As it turns out, she did plant that evidence to frame him, [[FramingTheGuiltyParty but the defendant actually is the murderer after all.]]]]
* Double Subversion in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' - In the Sunry case, his medal was quite obviously planted at the scene, put into the hands of the victim. However, that was the Sith's counterattack to the ''Republic's'' coverup of what really happened.


[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Terror Within", [[TheMole Aiwei]] sets this up on a random guard when investigating how the villains infiltrated the ironclad-security city of Zaofu and almost succeeded in abducting Korra. It sets off Mako's suspicion first, since it's his job as a police detective back at Republic City.