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* Although it happens in nearly every KidCom and TeenDrama, whenever a ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' character listens in on a conversation, it always relates or leads to relation problems.

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* Although it happens in nearly every KidCom and TeenDrama, whenever a ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' character listens in on a conversation, [[RunningGag it always relates or leads to relation problems.problems]].


See also: ContrivedCoincidence, and ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts for a mind-reading variation. Contrast TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness. Characters who are likely to benefit from this trope include the SnoopingLittleKid and AmateurSleuth. If the eavesdropper gets caught, the question is HowMuchDidYouHear Occurs frequently when you use CurtainCamouflage. EasilyOverheardConversation is a given for this trope. StagingTheEavesdrop is when someone tries to intentionally invoke this trope on others in other to achieve some kind of goal.

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See also: ContrivedCoincidence, and ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts for a mind-reading variation. Contrast TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness. Characters who are likely to benefit from this trope include the SnoopingLittleKid and AmateurSleuth. If the eavesdropper gets caught, the question is HowMuchDidYouHear Occurs frequently when you use CurtainCamouflage. EasilyOverheardConversation is a given for this trope. StagingTheEavesdrop is when someone tries to intentionally invoke this trope on others in other to achieve some kind of goal.
goal. Contrast OutOfContextEavesdropping.

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* Happens a lot in ''Literature/TheSight''. Characters often hear conversations about crucial plot details or the meaning of the book's prophecy while trying to hide from them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'' episode "Family Secrets", Li'l One walks outside to the brick his dog was supposed to fetch and hears a conversation between his sister Ditzy and their neighbor Cassandra through a hedge. At that time, Ditzy gossips secrets of her family to Cassie in a successful attempt to [[LosingYourHead re-float her grounded head]]. She also shares her rumor that Pa has a mistress, which makes Li'l One yell happily (and stopped yelling, oddly without being noticed by the girls) to find a way to kick their father out of their house.

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* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'', this is subverted. Karen Kohiruimaki, an extremely tall girl who suffers from HeightAngst, overhears some short high school girls talking about how tall she is. She assumes they're making fun of her, but it later turns out that they think it's cool.


* In "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji" has a gameplay mechanic in which you can listen to any conversations and remember them to solve puzzles.

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* In "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji" ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'' has a gameplay mechanic in which you can listen to any conversations and remember them to solve puzzles.

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* In ''VideoGame/StardewValley'', the player character sure has a tendency to walk in on particularly revealing moments.


* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', when the player is infiltrating the enemy base they will conveniently walk into a room where the BigBad is giving a speech to his mooks laying out his EvilPlan point by point. (This is partially subverted later when the BigBad reveals that he was leaving out key points of the plan during said speech.)

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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokemon Platinum]]'', when the player is infiltrating the enemy base they will conveniently walk into a room where the BigBad is giving a speech to his mooks laying out his EvilPlan point by point. (This is partially subverted later when the BigBad reveals that he was leaving out key points of the plan during said speech.)


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* In "Literature/WilliesLady," the eponymous lady instructs her despairing husband on how to set up a situation in which he can get his antagonistic mother to [[spoiler:go over the necessary steps to break the spell that is preventing his wife from giving birth]]. Which she does. In detail.

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* In "Literature/WilliesLady," "Literature/WilliesLady", the eponymous lady instructs her despairing husband on how to set up a situation in which he can get his antagonistic mother to [[spoiler:go over the necessary steps to break the spell that is preventing his wife from giving birth]]. Which she does. In detail.



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* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Izuku's Super-Hearing manifests at the exact moment that his parents are arguing with police and medical professionals about the nature of his powers and how they don't make sense given his diagnosis as Quirkless.

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* A key twist of ''Film/ReindeerGames'' is when Rudy tries to escape in a hotel and stumbles onto the pool area where he soon hears a conversation revealing [[spoiler: Ashley and Gabriel aren't brother and sister at all but lovers who have been setting Rudy up all this time as part of their scheme.]]

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* Justified in ''Literature/{{Eragon}}''. While meeting with Jeod in Teirm, Brom sends Eragon away to do some busy work, and Eragon instantly knows they want to talk about things he shouldn't hear, so he finds a secluded spot where he can sit and uses magic to listen through the wall, hearing about all of the things they didn't want him to, such as how Brom and Jeod are agents of [[LaResistance the Varden]].


* Subverted on ''TheOffice''. When Jim is promoted, Dwight goes through an elaborate plan to bug his office, and ends up with hours and hours of Jim talking to clients about paper.

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* Subverted on ''TheOffice''.''Series/{{The Office|US}}''. When Jim is promoted, Dwight goes through an elaborate plan to bug his office, and ends up with hours and hours of Jim talking to clients about paper.


* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'':

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