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* ''Manga/CellsAtWorkAndFriends'': Combined with a bit of IdiotBall in Chapter 3, "Ransomware," where Killer T's underlings find his broken cell phone, see or overhear bits of information, and come to the least reasonable conclusions possible.

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* %%* ''Manga/CellsAtWorkAndFriends'': Combined with a bit of IdiotBall in Chapter 3, "Ransomware," where Killer T's underlings find his broken cell phone, see or overhear bits of information, and come to the least reasonable conclusions possible.

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* ''Manga/CellsAtWorkAndFriends'': Combined with a bit of IdiotBall in Chapter 3, "Ransomware," where Killer T's underlings find his broken cell phone, see or overhear bits of information, and come to the least reasonable conclusions possible.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' episode From Zero to Hero, Bluster Kong has an X-ray, which reveals something wrong with the machine. Bluster overhears Cranky, Donkey and Diddy Kong talking about how it "doesn't look good" and they'd "give it a week". However, Bluster leaves upset before he hears the context.


* On a ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' episode, the kids overhear Nanny talking on the phone saying, "I must get rid of one of them." The kids think she is talking about them, but it turns out she was talking about an old chair.

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* On a ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies1984'' episode, the kids overhear Nanny talking on the phone saying, "I must get rid of one of them." The kids think she is talking about them, but it turns out she was talking about an old chair.



* The ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NolKsx27tRo Percy's Big Mistake]] had Percy overhearing The Fat Controller say something about scrap and thought it meant he was to be scrapped (he's a steam engine). [[spoiler: The Fat Controller actually said that Percy was working to hard recently and so after taking some scrap metal to the smelters he would be given the somewhat easier job of carrying the mail for a week]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NolKsx27tRo "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS8E7PercysBigMistake Percy's Big Mistake]] Mistake]]" had Percy overhearing The Fat Controller say something about scrap and thought it meant he was to be scrapped (he's a steam engine). [[spoiler: The Fat Controller actually said that Percy was working to hard recently and so after taking some scrap metal to the smelters he would be given the somewhat easier job of carrying the mail for a week]].


->''"I must be the only gullible husband who ever overheard snippets of surprise-party planning, and believed his wife was having an affair!"''

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->''"I must be the only gullible husband who ever overheard snippets of [[SurpriseParty surprise-party planning, planning]], and believed his wife was having an affair!"''


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'': In "To Cure a Thief", Abu runs away after a nasty falling-out with Aladdin, and he is soon partnered with a thief who wants to rob the palace. As he roams the halls, he overhears hears Jasmine and Genie trying to cheer up Aladdin, who denies that he misses him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'': ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'': In "To Cure a Thief", Abu runs away after a nasty falling-out with Aladdin, and he is soon partnered with a thief who wants to rob the palace. As he roams the halls, he overhears hears Jasmine and Genie trying to cheer up Aladdin, who denies that he misses him.


* The sequel to ''FanFic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima'' has [[Manga/SailorMoon Luna]] go to the [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Tendo Dojo]] to gather information on the eponymous Dark Lords. There, she overhears Ranma and Akane talking about the usual chaos that afflicts Nerima, and an upcoming meeting with the Sailor Senshi to try and sort out misunderstanding, but since she misses key portions of the conversation, she becomes more convinced than ever that Ramna intends to take over the world and the meeting with the Senshi is a trap.

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* The sequel to ''FanFic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima'' has [[Manga/SailorMoon Luna]] go to the [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Tendo Dojo]] to gather information on the eponymous Dark Lords. There, she overhears Ranma and Akane talking about the usual chaos that afflicts Nerima, and an upcoming meeting with the Sailor Senshi to try and sort out the misunderstanding, but since she misses key portions of the conversation, she becomes more convinced than ever that Ramna intends to take over the world and the meeting with the Senshi is a trap.


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* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': In an early episode Willis & Arnold (black) plan to run away because they overhear their adopted father (white) saying that black boys should be put with black families, thinking that he didn't want them; but he didn't believe in that, he was telling someone else what a white social worker said to him before he threw her out.

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* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': In an early episode episode, Willis & and Arnold (black) plan to run away because they overhear their adopted father (white) saying that black boys should be put with black families, thinking that he didn't want them; but he didn't believe in that, he was telling someone else what a white social worker said to him before he threw her out.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'': In "To Cure a Thief", Abu runs away after a nasty falling-out with Aladdin, and he is soon partnered with a thief who wants to rob the palace. As he roams the halls, he overhears hears Jasmine and Genie trying to cheer up Aladdin, who denies that he misses him.
-->'''Aladdin:''' I didn't ''ask'' Abu to leave! I-I'm ''glad'' he's gone! He can just stay away forever!
-->''(Abu, feeling betrayed, lowers his head and sadly walks away)''
-->'''Aladdin:''' ''(sigh)'' Who am I kidding? I miss that furry little guy.



-->'''Stan:''' As far as I'm concerned, we only have ''one'' child! It's like someone left the other one on our doorstep!
-->'''Steve:''' ''(gasps and starts sobbing)''
-->'''Roger:''' Oh, I just love it when crap lines up like that.

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-->'''Stan:''' --->'''Stan:''' As far as I'm concerned, we only have ''one'' child! It's like someone left the other one on our doorstep!
-->'''Steve:''' --->'''Steve:''' ''(gasps and starts sobbing)''
-->'''Roger:''' --->'''Roger:''' [[LampshadeHanging Oh, I just love it when crap lines up like that.]]

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* In the events leading up the original ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'', Sticky Washington is [[FinancialAbuse financially abused]] by his parents after they learn he's a genius, forced to repeatedly enter quiz competitions to the point of exhaustion. After pretending to run away from home, Sticky overhears part of a conversation of his parents in which he hears the phrase "better off" and believes that they feel they're better off without him. This is the final straw that causes him to truly run away. At the end of the story, he learns that in fact what his parents had said was that perhaps ''he'' was better off without them because of how badly they had messed things up.


Often a form of ContrivedCoincidence. A common source of ThirdActMisunderstanding. Compare OneDialogueTwoConversations, a similar trope without the eavesdropping, and PoorCommunicationKills, where the speaker and not the listener is at fault for the misunderstanding. See also: BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults, OneSideOfTheStory, NotWhatItLooksLike. Can result in half or more of the entries on the MistakenForIndex. TheMovingExperience can often happen because of this.

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Often a form of ContrivedCoincidence. A common source of ThirdActMisunderstanding. Compare OneDialogueTwoConversations, a similar trope without the eavesdropping, and PoorCommunicationKills, where the speaker and not the listener is at fault for the misunderstanding. See also: BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults, OneSideOfTheStory, NotWhatItLooksLike. Can result in half or more of the entries on the MistakenForIndex. TheMovingExperience can often happen because of this.
this. Compare TwistingTheWords.


* In the LordOfTheRings fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1794231/1/At-the-End-of-All-Things At the End of All Things,]] Sam overhears Frodo claiming that he should have never let someone come on the quest with him, and how he wishes that they'd remained in Mount Doom. Sam thinks that Frodo is talking about him and is heartbroken (Frodo's really talking about Gollum).

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* In the LordOfTheRings ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1794231/1/At-the-End-of-All-Things At the End of All Things,]] Sam overhears Frodo claiming that he should have never let someone come on the quest with him, and how he wishes that they'd remained in Mount Doom. Sam thinks that Frodo is talking about him and is heartbroken (Frodo's really talking about Gollum).


** The page quote comes from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E9EternalMoonshineOfTheSimpsonMind Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]", where Homer takes snippets of a conversation between Marge and Duffman and believes they are having an affair, though the situation is a little different. Homer actually ''had'' heard the entire conversation in context, and understood what was really happening, but in order to keep the surprise Marge worked so hard on, he drank on of Moe's [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forget-me-shots]] to forget the event, and could only remember snippets.

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** The page quote comes from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E9EternalMoonshineOfTheSimpsonMind Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]", where Homer takes snippets of a conversation between Marge and Duffman and believes they are having an affair, though the situation is [[ZigZaggedTrope a little different.different]]. Homer actually ''had'' heard the entire conversation in context, and understood what was really happening, but in order to keep the surprise Marge worked so hard on, he drank on of Moe's [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forget-me-shots]] to forget the event, and could only remember snippets.



** In another episode, Marge listens in on Bart and Milhouse playing a card game and thinks Bart is dealing drugs. Lampshaded, where she mentions that she listens to it out of context.
** Lisa in the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E18DudeWheresMyRanch Dude, Where's My Ranch]]" overhears her cowboy crush talking to a girl named Clara and thinks she's his girlfriend. She finds out the truth, that Clara's his sister...but not before her jealousy gets the better of her and she sends Clara down a dangerous trail.

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** In another episode, Marge listens in on Bart and Milhouse playing a card game and thinks Bart is dealing drugs. Lampshaded, where she mentions that she listens listened to it out of context.
** Lisa in the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E18DudeWheresMyRanch Dude, Where's My Ranch]]" overhears her cowboy crush talking to a girl named Clara and thinks she's his girlfriend. She finds out the truth, that Clara's his sister... but not before her jealousy gets the better of her and she sends Clara down a dangerous trail.

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* Played very much [[PlayedForDrama for drama]] in ''Literature/WutheringHeights.'' Heathcliff overhears Cathy say that she's resolved to marry Edgar because it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff now. He doesn't stay long enough to hear her confess that she truly does love Heathcliff as her own being, and that a key part of why she's chosen Edgar is so she can share her new wealth with Heathcliff and help him escape from Hindley's abuse. Cue Heathcliff's FaceHeelTurn and twenty-year RoaringRampageOfRevenge on everyone who led Cathy away from him and their children too.


** In the book "Ramona and Her Mother", Ramona overhears Mrs. Quimby say something about "my little showoff" followed by "what a nuisance!". Ramona thinks her mom believes she's a showoff and a nuisance, but in actuality, she was calling her a showoff in jest and saying that a certain scenario would be a nuisance for Ramona's teacher.

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** In the book "Ramona and Her Mother", Quimby, Age 8", Ramona overhears her teacher Mrs. Quimby Whaley say something about "my little showoff" followed by "what a nuisance!". Ramona thinks her mom teacher believes she's a showoff and a nuisance, but in actuality, she was calling her a showoff in jest and saying that when she accidentally cracked a certain scenario would be raw egg onto her hair, it was a nuisance for Ramona's teacher.the school secretary to have to wash it out.

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