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* ''Film/Alien40thAnniversaryShorts''. In "Ore", the human worker in the monitoring room is actually asleep while the [[ArtificialHuman synthetic]] is doing all the work. When he leaves the room for a toilet break, the synthetic simply locks the door to prevent him interfering in subsequent events.



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* ''Film/{{girlhouse}}'': When Anna sneaks back into the house, she passes the gatehouse where Big Mike is asleep with his feet up on the console next to the monitors he's supposed to be watching.

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* ''Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA''. The two detectives Chance and Vukovich fall asleep while on stakeout. They wake up to see police cars outside the place they're watching, because the BigBad has just walked in (''knowing'' the place is under surveillance) and [[RefugeInAudacity murdered someone]].


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* Averted in ''Sharky's Machine'', by William Diehl. A detective makes sure to bring the Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords to kill time on stakeout, because it's easy to put down if something happens.


* In ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', The guard in charge of the Gibson computer at Ellingson Mineral is asleep on duty when someone breaks into the system. He only wakes up when the alarm goes off after the fact, and has to call [[BigBad The Plague]] to come help.



* In ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', The guard in charge of the Gibson computer at Ellingson Mineral is asleep on duty when someone breaks into the system. He only wakes up when the alarm goes off after the fact, and has to call [[BigBad The Plague]] to come help.

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* In ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', The guard in charge of the Gibson computer at Ellingson Mineral is asleep on duty when someone breaks into the system. He only wakes up when the alarm goes off after the fact, and has to call [[BigBad The Plague]] to come help.


* In ''Wolves Eat Dogs'' by Martin Cruz Smith, one character notes that no-one is even manning the OminousMultipleScreens at the security company he works for. When he sees a Russian oligarch whom he has a grudge against on one of the screens, he uses the system to plan his revenge.

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* In ''Wolves ''[[Literature/ArkadyRenko Wolves Eat Dogs'' Dogs]]'' by Martin Cruz Smith, one character notes that no-one is even manning the OminousMultipleScreens at the security company he works for. When he sees a Russian oligarch whom he has a grudge against on one of the screens, he uses the system to plan his revenge.


* In ''Wolves Eat Dogs'' by Martin Cruz Smith, one character notes that no-one is even manning the OminousMultipleScreens at the security company he works for.

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* In ''Wolves Eat Dogs'' by Martin Cruz Smith, one character notes that no-one is even manning the OminousMultipleScreens at the security company he works for. When he sees a Russian oligarch whom he has a grudge against on one of the screens, he uses the system to plan his revenge.

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--> Just as a guardsman on top of the tower was keeping a watchful eye on the surrounding fields and pastures with a telescope, a second guard
attentively observed the sensitive instruments that measured vibrations in the ground. In theory.\\

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--> Just as a guardsman on top of the tower was keeping a watchful eye on the surrounding fields and pastures with a telescope, a second guard
guard attentively observed the sensitive instruments that measured vibrations in the ground. In theory.\\

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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': In ''A Better Plan?'', Theo, the watchman of Sleepymeadows is like this:
--> Just as a guardsman on top of the tower was keeping a watchful eye on the surrounding fields and pastures with a telescope, a second guard
attentively observed the sensitive instruments that measured vibrations in the ground. In theory.\\
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In practice, Theo considered watching the calm basins, swinging pendulums, and trembling indicators one of the most boring jobs in the world. He wasnít going to take a nap while he was on duty, but he also wasnít going to stare at the hands moving across never-changing charts all the time. That would lead to him falling asleep for sure.\\
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Instead, he reclined on his chair and flipped the pages of a worn booklet, glancing from time to time at the instruments.\\
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''Now whatís this noise?''\\
He listened intently for the feint ringing that sounded just as if he had struck his helmet with a teaspoon. It repeated, and his eyes darted toward the cylindrical chimes hanging from the wall, connected to one of the vibration-measuring devices clicking away before him. Alarmed, he stood up, put the book aside, and wiped the dust and spider webs off a huge board that covered the right wall. Nervously, he searched the comparison chart for patterns matching the graphs the mechanical instruments were drawing. Once he found them, he paled.\\
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The proper authorities needed to be informed immediately! His keys jingled as he approached the dusty cabinet that held a crystal ball for just that purpose. He missed the keyhole twice in his haste, and hoped the orb would still be in good shape. As far as he knew, there hadnít been a need to use it in the last two decades.
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* ''VideoGame/TheDig'' opens with a cutscene showing a tracking station in Borneo, whose operator (SteveBlum, playing a SouthernFriedGenius) is on the phone to his "darlin'", explaining that the most interesting thing there is a day when it doesn't rain. Until an asteroid on a collision course with Earth shows up on his scope...

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* ''VideoGame/TheDig'' opens with a cutscene showing a tracking station in Borneo, whose operator (SteveBlum, (Creator/SteveBlum, playing a SouthernFriedGenius) is on the phone to his "darlin'", explaining that the most interesting thing there is a day when it doesn't rain. Until an asteroid on a collision course with Earth shows up on his scope...

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* ''Film/{{Screamers}}''. The sentries in the Alliance bunker are playing cards and only just happen to notice the lone enemy soldier approaching on their monitors. We soon find out why they're slacking off -- there's been no enemy sighted for months as the base is defended by the titular {{Killer Robot}}s, who soon make short work of the approaching soldier.


* In ''Lost'', Michael uses the Hatch computer to communicate with Walt, despite DHARMA's warning not to use the computer for any purpose other than entering the Numbers.

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* In ''Lost'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Michael uses the Hatch computer to communicate with Walt, despite DHARMA's warning not to use the computer for any purpose other than entering the Numbers.

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* In ''Wolves Eat Dogs'' by Martin Cruz Smith, one character notes that no-one is even manning the OminousMultipleScreens at the security company he works for.


* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job. This trope is his AchillesHeel in his Boss fight.

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