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** In "Stealing First Base", Lisa gets an F on her test, which [[HeroicBSOD puts her into a depression]]. It is later revealed that the test with the F was [[TheDitz Ralph's]], and that Ralph signed Lisa's name on his paper.

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* In "Alex Gets Schooled" (a Season-4 episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''), Alex's parents have her transferred to a boarding school in England after she had gotten straight-F's on her report card. But at the end of the episode, after Alex is rescued by Sam and Clover, it later turns out that there was a mix-up among some of the report cards at the spies' high school, and that Alex's actual report card had A's and B's--and later on, it turns out that the report card with straight-F's actually belonged to the spies' nemesis, Mandy, who ends up being grounded by her mother for getting such poor grades.

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* In the ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode, "[[Recap/DinosaursS02E11SwitchedAtBirth Switched at Birth]]", the Sinclairs discover evidence that their baby [[SwitchedAtBirth may have been switched with another baby while still an egg]]. This is implied to be the case at first, as Aubrey, the baby belonging to the Molehill family is green like the rest of the Sinclair family, and Gus, the father of the Molehill family has a personality similar to Baby's. Tests from the laboratory result in Baby belonging to the Molehills and Aubrey belonging to the Sinclairs, but at the end, it is revealed that there was a mix-up with the tests. That being said, Aubrey turned out to be so cloyingly sweet and agreeable [[WeWantOurJerkBack that the Sinclairs wanted Baby back]].
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* In ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', Tuttle is set for arrest and eventual execution, but due to a literal bug in the machine as it's typing out the order a Mr. Buttle gets arrested instead. None of the bureaucrats are willing to fix the error; they deny there even is an error.

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* In ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', Tuttle is set for arrest and eventual execution, but due to a literal bug in the machine as it's [[AcquiredErrorAtThePrinter typing out the order a Mr. Buttle gets arrested instead.instead]]. None of the bureaucrats are willing to fix the error; they deny there even is an error.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "Angelica Breaks a Leg", Angelica [[ObfuscatingDisability fakes a broken leg]] ([[SpoiledBrat to force her aunt and uncle to look after her like her own parents normally do]]). She succeeds when a young doctor gets "Pickles" mixed up with "Peaches" and looks at the wrong x-ray.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "Angelica "[[Recap/RugratsS3E7WhenWishesComeTrueAngelicaBreaksALeg Angelica Breaks a Leg", Leg]]", Angelica [[ObfuscatingDisability fakes a broken leg]] ([[SpoiledBrat to force her aunt and uncle to look after her like her own parents normally do]]). She succeeds when a young doctor gets "Pickles" mixed up with "Peaches" and looks at the wrong x-ray.



* In the short, "Plucky's Dastardly Deed" from the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Son of Looniversity Daze", Plucky forgets to study for a test and decides to swap his test with that of Egghead Jr., the smartest kid in class. He later feels guilty about doing it and decides to confess it to Foghorn. Before he can though, Foghorn reveals that he accidentally dropped all the test papers in a mud puddle, and because this happened before he could look at them, the students have to retake the test, which Plucky decides to do the honest way.

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* In the short, "Plucky's Dastardly Deed" from the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Son "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E47SonOfLooniversityDaze Son of Looniversity Daze", Daze]]", Plucky forgets to study for a test and decides to swap his test with that of Egghead Jr., the smartest kid in class. He later feels guilty about doing it and decides to confess it to Foghorn. Before he can though, Foghorn reveals that he accidentally dropped all the test papers in a mud puddle, and because this happened before he could look at them, the students have to retake the test, which Plucky decides to do the honest way.


* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Shy-Hi IQ", the General sends an efficiency expert to evaluate the Vulture Squadron. The expert deems Muttley the only squadron member to be a competent pilot and makes him the squadron's new leader. He eventually finds out he mixed up Muttley's test with Dick Dastardly's.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Shy-Hi IQ", "Sky-Hi I.Q.," the General sends an efficiency expert to evaluate the Vulture Squadron. The expert deems Muttley the only squadron member to be a competent pilot and makes him the squadron's new leader. He eventually finds out he mixed up Muttley's test with Dick Dastardly's.


* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "A Smattering Of Intelligence," Col. Flagg and an old friend of Trapper's who is in Intelligemce compete with each other to find security leaks at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Trapper dilly dally with Frank's personal file (taking out his real file and inserting a doctored one) to make it appear to the two agents that he's a communist ''and'' a fascist. They let on to the prank, eventually when the agents try to arrest Frank.

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* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "A Smattering Of Intelligence," Col. Flagg and Vinnie Pratt, an old friend of Trapper's who is in Intelligemce Intelligence, compete with each other to find security leaks at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Trapper dilly dally with Frank's personal file (taking out his real file and inserting a doctored one) to make it appear to the two agents that he's a communist ''and'' a fascist. They let on to the prank, eventually when the agents try to arrest Frank.


* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "A Smattering Of Intelligence," Col. Flagg and an old friend of Trapper's who is in Intelligemce compete with each other to find security leaks at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Trapper dilly dally with Frank's personal file to make it appear to the two agents that he's a communist ''and'' a fascist. They let on to the prank, eventually when the agents try to arrest Frank.

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* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "A Smattering Of Intelligence," Col. Flagg and an old friend of Trapper's who is in Intelligemce compete with each other to find security leaks at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Trapper dilly dally with Frank's personal file (taking out his real file and inserting a doctored one) to make it appear to the two agents that he's a communist ''and'' a fascist. They let on to the prank, eventually when the agents try to arrest Frank.

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* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "A Smattering Of Intelligence," Col. Flagg and an old friend of Trapper's who is in Intelligemce compete with each other to find security leaks at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Trapper dilly dally with Frank's personal file to make it appear to the two agents that he's a communist ''and'' a fascist. They let on to the prank, eventually when the agents try to arrest Frank.

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* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Chef Pee Pee's Bucket List!". Chef Pee Pee gets sick, and after Dr. Brooklyn T. Guy does some tests on him, Brooklyn jumps to the conclusion that Chef Pee Pee has feline lukemia and only has 24 hours to live. It is later revealed that Brooklyn accidentally mixed up Chef Pee Pee's test results with a cat's, and that Chef Pee Pee just had the flu. Unfortunately, by the time Brooklyn finds out the truth, the cat he had mixed up Chef Pee Pee's results with is already dead.
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* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Shy-Hi IQ", the General sends an efficiency expert to evaluate the Vulture Squadron. The expert deems Muttley the only squadron member to be a competent pilot and makes him the squadron's new leader. He eventually finds out he mixed up Muttley's test with Dick Dastardly's.

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* ''Film/ClassAct'' is PrinceAndPauper story of two high school students; Duncan (a genius), and Blade (a convict), whose identities are mixed-up when their photos are accidentally switched in their files, HilarityEnsues.


* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': Works in the good guys' favor for once: The Valhallan 597th regiment is created by combining two nearly-dead regiments into a single one, [[VastBureaucracy but the Administratum being what it is]], they receive supplies and troops for ''two'' regiments.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In one episode, Tony finds his bank account frozen because his father, Anthony [=DiNozzo=] Sr. The bank got the perfectly successful son crossed with the broke, overdrawn and in foreclosure father.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In one episode, Tony finds his bank account frozen because of his father, Anthony [=DiNozzo=] Sr. The bank got the perfectly successful son crossed with the broke, overdrawn and in foreclosure father.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'', when Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty turn in their standardized tests, they accidentally sign their names on each other's papers. [[spoiler:This results in Charlie Brown being the first kid to score a 100%, despite Peppermint Patty [[ScantronPicture marking her answers in the shape of a smiley face]]. When Charlie Brown sees it, he realizes the test isn't his and tells everyone the truth during his acceptance speech.
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* On one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', Angelica fakes a broken leg ([[SpoiledBrat to force her aunt and uncle to look after her like her own parents normally do]]). She succeeds when a young doctor gets "Pickles" mixed up with "Peaches" and looks at the wrong x-ray.

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* On one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "Angelica Breaks a Leg", Angelica [[ObfuscatingDisability fakes a broken leg leg]] ([[SpoiledBrat to force her aunt and uncle to look after her like her own parents normally do]]). She succeeds when a young doctor gets "Pickles" mixed up with "Peaches" and looks at the wrong x-ray.






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* Debt collectors are notorious not only for doing this, but refusing to believe you when you try to correct them. It's common to be routinely harassed for debts you had nothing to do with and hadn't even heard about until the calls started coming in.

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