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* Toaster does this in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''.
* Mary does this in ''WesternAnimation/MaryAndMax'' when looking for the address of an American, wanting to ask a question about the country. She does this because her mom drags her along (causing to rip out the page in the progress) after she's trying to flee the post office, having been caught shoplifting.
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* In ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', when Vittoria Vetra rips the page from a priceless document by Galileo (likely the only one left in the entire world) to the shock of Dr Langdon, rather than waste time copying it.



* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Kyle Reese does this with the page containing the listing for "Sarah Connor". A DeletedScene has Sarah doing it when she finds Cyberdyne Systems in a rather tattered phone book. Averted by the Terminator himself, since the cyborg's flawless memory allows it to instantly memorize the listings.
* Hilariously [[UpToEleven taken to the extreme]] in ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' when Nicolas Cage's character crowbars an ''entire door'' (which of course has information written on it) off of its hinges and takes it with him. Well, he was in a hurry.
* In ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', when Vittoria Vetra rips the page from a priceless document by Galileo (likely the only one left in the entire world) to the shock of Dr Langdon, rather than waste time copying it.

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* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Kyle Reese does this with ''Film/CradleOfFear'': After getting the page email containing the listing for "Sarah Connor". A DeletedScene has Sarah doing it when she finds Cyberdyne Systems in a rather tattered phone book. Averted by address where the Terminator himself, since the cyborg's flawless memory allows it {{Snuff Film}}s are made, Richard goes to instantly memorize the listings.
* Hilariously [[UpToEleven taken to the extreme]] in ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' when Nicolas Cage's character crowbars an ''entire door'' (which of course has information written on it) off of its hinges
a newsagent and takes it with him. Well, he was in a hurry.
* In ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', when Vittoria Vetra
surreptitiously rips the page showing the location from a priceless document by Galileo (likely street directory.
* A variant in ''Film/{{Disconnect}}'', where Ben's father rips
the only one left in page with Jason's picture from the entire world) to school's year book for later use.
* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' starts with
the shock villains breaking into Kamar-Taj's library to steal a page from a TomeOfEldritchLore depicting a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, which they do just by ripping the page out, showing their contempt for the Ancient One who owns it. As Strange points out at the end of Dr Langdon, rather than waste time copying it.the movie, they should have stolen the whole book, given that it warns ''why'' it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.



* In ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'', Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) uses a pay phone (in a police station no less) to get an address so he can track down where Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is. He rips the page from the phone book as Joe's daughter looks on. She then traces the information he wrote down, and rips ''that'' page out of the phone book and follows him, leaving the phone book back at the police station with two missing pages!

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* Downplayed in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''. In ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'', Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) uses the last scene when Clem tracks down Joel at his apartment, we see her in the car holding a pay phone (in a police station no less) to get an ripped out telephone page with Joel's address so he can track down where Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is. He rips the page from the phone book as Joe's daughter looks on. She then traces the information he wrote down, and rips ''that'' page out of the phone book and follows him, leaving the phone book back at the police station with two missing pages!marked up.



* ''Film/{{Superman}}''. Lex Luthor is looking through a book in his library to find some information about a meteor landing in Addis Ababa, When he finds it, instead of just showing it to his henchmen he rips it out and hands it to them.



* Hilariously [[UpToEleven taken to the extreme]] in ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' when Nicolas Cage's character crowbars an ''entire door'' (which of course has information written on it) off of its hinges and takes it with him. Well, he was in a hurry.
* In ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'', Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) uses a pay phone (in a police station no less) to get an address so he can track down where Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is. He rips the page from the phone book as Joe's daughter looks on. She then traces the information he wrote down, and rips ''that'' page out of the phone book and follows him, leaving the phone book back at the police station with two missing pages!
* ''Film/{{Superman}}''. Lex Luthor is looking through a book in his library to find some information about a meteor landing in Addis Ababa, When he finds it, instead of just showing it to his henchmen he rips it out and hands it to them.
* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Kyle Reese does this with the page containing the listing for "Sarah Connor". A DeletedScene has Sarah doing it when she finds Cyberdyne Systems in a rather tattered phone book. Averted by the Terminator himself, since the cyborg's flawless memory allows it to instantly memorize the listings.



* Downplayed in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''. In the last scene when Clem tracks down Joel at his apartment, we see her in the car holding a ripped out telephone page with Joel's address marked up.
* A variant in ''Film/{{Disconnect}}'', where Ben's father rips the page with Jason's picture from the school's year book for later use.
* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' starts with the villains breaking into Kamar-Taj's library to steal a page from a TomeOfEldritchLore depicting a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, which they do just by ripping the page out, showing their contempt for the Ancient One who owns it. As Strange points out at the end of the movie, they should have stolen the whole book, given that it warns ''why'' it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.
* ''Film/CradleOfFear'': After getting the email containing the address where the {{Snuff Film}}s are made, Richard goes to a newsagent and surreptitiously rips the page showing the location from a street directory.



* In one episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', there was a plot point where Lois was looking for information on an individual but it wasn't in the phone book nor yellow pages. It was however in the white pages and she promptly tore a page out of a copy in the phonebooth.

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* In one Glory with the Magic Box ad in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Shadow". And a different use of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', there was a plot point where Lois was looking for information on an individual but it wasn't in the trope is shown in Season 7's "Showtime". A Potential steps off a bus and goes to a public phone book nor yellow pages. It was however in to look up Buffy's address, only to find the white pages and she promptly tore a page out of a copy in ripped out. Having identified herself by turning to the phonebooth.torn page, the Bringers move in to kill her.



* In the season 3 pilot of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', when Maurice arrives at Eden Valley, he looks up E. Stussy in a gas station's phone book and rips out the page with his address in full view of the attendant. Not only does it lead to him killing the wrong person, it also provides evidence that the killing wasn't random.
* ''Series/TheFBI'': In "The Monster", fugitive Francis Jerome looks up the phone number of the woman he is hunting in a directory in a phone booth, then calls her to make sure she is there. When she answers, he hangs up and rips the page from the phone book.



* In one episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', there was a plot point where Lois was looking for information on an individual but it wasn't in the phone book nor yellow pages. It was however in the white pages and she promptly tore a page out of a copy in the phonebooth.
* ''Series/TheMagician'': In "The Illusion of the Fatal Arrow", a ProfessionalKiller is given Tony's name from his employer while he is in a phone booth, and immediately rips the page with Tony's name and address out of the directory.



* Glory with the Magic Box ad in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Shadow". And a different use of the trope is shown in Season 7's "Showtime". A Potential steps off a bus and goes to a public phone to look up Buffy's address, only to find the page ripped out. Having identified herself by turning to the torn page, the Bringers move in to kill her.
* In the season 3 pilot of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', when Maurice arrives at Eden Valley, he looks up E. Stussy in a gas station's phone book and rips out the page with his address in full view of the attendant. Not only does it lead to him killing the wrong person, it also provides evidence that the killing wasn't random.
* ''Series/TheFBI'': In "The Monster", fugitive Francis Jerome looks up the phone number of the woman he is hunting in a directory in a phone booth, then calls her to make sure she is there. When she answers, he hangs up and rips the page from the phone book.



* Toaster does this in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa does this to Dr. Nick's ad in ''My Sister, My sitter''.
* Mary does this in ''WesternAnimation/MaryAndMax'' when looking for the address of an American, wanting to ask a question about the country. She does this because her mom drags her along (causing to rip out the page in the progress) after she's trying to flee the post office, having been caught shoplifting.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa does this to Dr. Nick's ad in "My Sister, My sitter".


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* In ''Film/KangarooJack'', Lewis looks through a phone book to find someone who knows about kangaroos. He comes across a page about wild life and tears it out.






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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'', Lok Lambert goes into a phone booth to find Dante Vale's phone number while fleeing from the Organizagion. He eventually finds the number on its page and tears it out and runs out of the booth just as it explodes.



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* ''Film/CradleOfFear'': After getting the email containing the address where the {{Snuff Film}}s are made, Richard goes to a newsagent and surreptitiously rips the page showing the location from a street directory.


* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', a scheming and ambitious wizard discovers the one piece of information that makes sense of a major crisis threatening the existence of the Disc itself. Rather than share the vital knowledge, and in order to discredit his rivals and boost his claim to the Arch-Chancellory, he bribes the Librarian with bananas [[note]]A magical accident has just transformed the human Librarian into the form of an orang-utan[[/note]] to locate all the copies of this particular Book, plus cross-references to it in other books, and check them all out on his ticket - so that nobody else can find them.

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* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', ''Literature/TheLightFantastic'', a scheming and ambitious wizard discovers the one piece of information that makes sense of a major crisis threatening the existence of the Disc itself. Rather than share the vital knowledge, and in order to discredit his rivals and boost his claim to the Arch-Chancellory, he bribes the Librarian with bananas [[note]]A magical accident has just transformed the human Librarian into the form of an orang-utan[[/note]] to locate all the copies of this particular Book, plus cross-references to it in other books, and check them all out on his ticket - so that nobody else can find them.

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* ''Series/TheFBI'': In "The Monster", fugitive Francis Jerome looks up the phone number of the woman he is hunting in a directory in a phone booth, then calls her to make sure she is there. When she answers, he hangs up and rips the page from the phone book.

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* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' starts with the villains breaking into Kamar-Taj's library to steal a page from a TomeOfEldritchLore depicting a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, which they do just by ripping the page out, showing their contempt for the Ancient One who owns it. As Strange points out at the end of the movie, they should have stolen the whole book, given that it warns ''why'' it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.


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* In the season 3 pilot of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Maurice rips the page with Stussy's address from the phone book at a shop. The shop owner complains as Maurice leaves in a hurry.

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* In the season 3 pilot of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', when Maurice arrives at Eden Valley, he looks up E. Stussy in a gas station's phone book and rips out the page with Stussy's his address from in full view of the phone book at a shop. The shop owner complains as Maurice leaves in a hurry.attendant. Not only does it lead to him killing the wrong person, it also provides evidence that the killing wasn't random.




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* A variant in ''Film/{{Disconnect}}'', where Ben's father rips the page with Jason's picture from the school's year book for later use.

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Whenever an investigative character looks up information in a telephone directory and find the one piece of information they've been looking for, they'll rip out the entire page from the phone book. A lot of the time, the directory was one of those found next to a public telephone, which mean that our Sam Spade or Intrepid Reporter has just ruined the chances of anybody else looking up anybody who's name begins with B. Perhaps it helps to [[RuleOfDrama show how rushed and straight to the point]] they are but you'd think people in those professions would have gotten used to carrying around a pen and notepad.

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Whenever an investigative character looks up information in a telephone directory and find the one piece of information they've been looking for, they'll rip out the entire page from the phone book. A lot of the time, the directory was one of those found next to a public telephone, which mean that our Sam Spade or Intrepid Reporter has just ruined the chances of anybody else looking up anybody who's whose name begins with B. Perhaps it helps to [[RuleOfDrama show how rushed and straight to the point]] they are but you'd think people in those professions would have gotten used to carrying around a pen and notepad.


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