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* Averted when ComicBook/IronMan tried infiltrating ComicBook/DoctorDoom's castle with an armor that can become invisible. When he tried, Stark forgot the little fact that Doom's had enough run ins with the ComicBook/FantasticFour's Invisible Woman sneaking around to have numerous sensors everywhere specifically designed to detect invisible intruders.

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* Averted when ComicBook/IronMan tried infiltrating ComicBook/DoctorDoom's castle with an armor that can become invisible. When he tried, Stark forgot the little fact that Doom's had enough run ins with the ComicBook/FantasticFour's Invisible Woman ComicBook/InvisibleWoman sneaking around to have numerous sensors everywhere specifically designed to detect invisible intruders.



* Marvel has a lot of abandoned assets with all their high-tech equipment inside ready for someone to take over. When the Cyclops and Emma Frost had their renegade X-Men, they took over the old Weapon X facility which had everything in order. Cable and other heroes had occupied crashed Helicarriers before and one incarnation of the Thunderbolts even take over a secret U.S military base. Despite being government property, nobody ever reclaims them and occupants have a field day squatting on these bases.

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* Marvel has a lot of abandoned assets with all their high-tech equipment inside ready for someone to take over. When the Cyclops ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and Emma Frost ComicBook/EmmaFrost had their renegade X-Men, they took over the old Weapon X facility which had everything in order. Cable ComicBook/{{Cable}} and other heroes had occupied crashed Helicarriers before and one incarnation of the Thunderbolts ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} even take over a secret U.S military base. Despite being government property, nobody ever reclaims them and occupants have a field day squatting on these bases.



* The four unhappily run into this twice in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. They take a penthouse suite at one of the most expensive inns in Tevri'ed, and the management promises them complete security. Of course they're attacked by [[EverythingsBetterWithNinjas ninjas who come ghosting through the walls]]. The next night they stay in the same room at half price, with the management swearing it won't happen again... and they're attacked ''twice'' (though not by ninjas, so technically management was correct). After that they give up on inns entirely.

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* The four unhappily run into this twice in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. They take a penthouse suite at one of the most expensive inns in Tevri'ed, and the management promises them complete security. Of course they're attacked by [[EverythingsBetterWithNinjas [[GratuitousNinja ninjas who come ghosting through the walls]]. The next night they stay in the same room at half price, with the management swearing it won't happen again... and they're attacked ''twice'' (though not by ninjas, so technically management was correct). After that they give up on inns entirely.



* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': [[KnightTemplar Talon Ryashen]] is able to effortlessly break into the home of Issa Shuzen, one of the Dark Lords of the monster world, not once, but ''twice'', the second time with ''three other people'' helping him. After the second time, Akua and Kahlua outright [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] how poor their security is since Talon was able to break in and try to kill them so easily.

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': [[KnightTemplar Talon Ryashen]] is able to effortlessly break into the home of Issa Shuzen, one of the Dark Lords of the monster world, not once, but ''twice'', the second time with ''three other people'' helping him. After the second time, Akua and Kahlua outright [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] {{lampshade|Hanging}} how poor their security is since Talon was able to break in and try to kill them so easily.



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' had Lois Lane easily sneak into the most secure areas of Luthor's building and into his office, tranquilize him into unconsciousness, call up Jimmy Olsen to help her, both of them spend a ''few hours'' going through all his files, before finally dragging the unconscious (paranoid, ridiculously-intelligent, could lose everything if this got out) Luthor over to a retinal scanner and requiring nothing more than sticking his eye against the screen to get directly into a lab where Luthor's most dangerous, most secret project was going on.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' had Lois Lane easily sneak into the most secure areas of Luthor's building and into his office, tranquilize him into unconsciousness, and call up Jimmy Olsen to help her, both her. Both of them spend a ''few hours'' going through all his files, before finally dragging the unconscious (paranoid, ridiculously-intelligent, could lose everything if this got out) Luthor over to a retinal scanner and requiring nothing more than sticking his eye against the screen to get directly into a lab where Luthor's most dangerous, most secret project was going on.



** In the Season 1 flashbacks, Rumpelstiltskin's cell is guarded by a grand total of one palace guard, allowing easy entrance and exit by Regina (who simply transformed herself into a rat). However, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because, as far as Snow White and Prince Charming know, Rumpelstiltskin's powers are sealed and he can't escape. [[spoiler: He actually ''does'' have a means of escape, but he doesn't use it because his plan is working perfectly without him being free (and he needs his escape plan to be there so the heroes can use it later).]]

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** In the Season 1 flashbacks, Rumpelstiltskin's cell is guarded by a grand total of one palace guard, allowing easy entrance and exit by Regina (who simply transformed herself into a rat). However, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} because, as far as Snow White and Prince Charming know, Rumpelstiltskin's powers are sealed and he can't escape. [[spoiler: He actually ''does'' have a means of escape, but he doesn't use it because his plan is working perfectly without him being free (and he needs his escape plan to be there so the heroes can use it later).]]



* There are no examples of Batman's many hideout break-ins in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} because he's ''Batman'', so flimsy or top-notch security is all the same.

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* There are no examples of Batman's many hideout break-ins in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse because he's ''Batman'', so flimsy or top-notch security is all the same.



* An event in which a couple crashed a White House party pointed out this. The White House actually used to be like this ''regularly'', up until after the presidency of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[WhatsUpKingDude It was how the Prez kept in touch with the people.]] It was still pretty easy to get into the White House ''after'' the Lincoln assassination, too. Charles Guiteau, the future assassin of President UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield, was able to get several ''meetings'' with the President to discuss his supposed pending appointing as Ambassador to France, even though Garfield didn't know him from Adam. Garfield's shooting was itself an example, as it happened in public when he'd entered a train station (without guards, to boot). Guiteau (along with everyone else) was able to simply walk right up. This applies to Lincoln (his bodyguard, a chronic alcoholic, left for a nearby bar, with no one stopping Booth from entering his box at the theater, albeit he was an actor who'd performed at it, thus his presence didn't arouse suspicion) and [=McKinley=] (shot while greeting people at the Pan-American Expedition in Buffalo, NY (Leon Czolgosz simply wrapping his hand and pistol in bandages, faking an injury to cover it). Security still wasn't really amplified before JFK was shot in an open-top automobile. In the wake of that, Presidential security is ''very'' tight, and none has been assassinated since.

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* An event in which a couple crashed a White House party pointed out this. The White House actually used to be like this ''regularly'', up until after the presidency of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[WhatsUpKingDude It was how the Prez kept in touch with the people.]] It was still pretty easy to get into the White House ''after'' the Lincoln assassination, too. Charles Guiteau, the future assassin of President UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield, was able to get several ''meetings'' with the President to discuss his supposed pending appointing as Ambassador to France, even though Garfield didn't know him from Adam. Garfield's shooting was itself an example, as it happened in public when he'd entered a train station (without guards, to boot). Guiteau (along with everyone else) was able to simply walk right up. This applies to Lincoln (his bodyguard, a chronic alcoholic, left for a nearby bar, with no one stopping Booth from entering his box at the theater, albeit he was an actor who'd performed at it, thus his presence didn't arouse suspicion) and [=McKinley=] (shot while greeting people at the Pan-American Expedition in Buffalo, NY (Leon Czolgosz simply wrapping his hand and pistol in bandages, faking an injury to cover it). Security still wasn't really amplified before JFK was shot in an open-top automobile. In the wake of that, Presidential security is ''very'' tight, and none has have been assassinated since.

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* Marvel has a lot of abandoned assets with all their high-tech equipment inside ready for someone to take over. When the Cyclops and Emma Frost had their renegade X-Men, they took over the old Weapon X facility which had everything in order. Cable and other heroes had occupied crashed Helicarriers before and one incarnation of the Thunderbolts even take over a secret U.S military base. Despite being government property, nobody ever reclaims them and occupants have a field day squatting on these bases.


-->'''Liara:''' "''That'' security upgrade made a lot of people unhappy. "

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-->'''Liara:''' "''That'' security upgrade [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall made a lot of people unhappy.unhappy]]. "


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* ''VideoGame/TheStarshipDamrey'' focuses on the titular starship which has an internal computer network with the crew being assigned user accounts. In a far cry from real life network security protocols, it still allows the creation of guest accounts which have access to quite a few programs and systems they really shouldn't. [[spoiler:This comes to a head during the plot of the game, as a Keplarian, an antagonistic alien the crew has imprisoned, is granted a guest account and uses its functions to free himself.]]


* An event in which a couple crashed a White House party pointed out this. The White House actually used to be like this ''regularly'', up until after the presidency of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[WhatsUpKingDude It was how the Prez kept in touch with the people.]] It was pretty easy to get into the White House ''after'' the Lincoln assassination, too. Charles Guiteau, the future assassin of President UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield, was able to get several ''meetings'' with the President to discuss his supposed pending appointing as Ambassador to France, even though Garfield didn't know him from Adam.

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* An event in which a couple crashed a White House party pointed out this. The White House actually used to be like this ''regularly'', up until after the presidency of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. [[WhatsUpKingDude It was how the Prez kept in touch with the people.]] It was still pretty easy to get into the White House ''after'' the Lincoln assassination, too. Charles Guiteau, the future assassin of President UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield, was able to get several ''meetings'' with the President to discuss his supposed pending appointing as Ambassador to France, even though Garfield didn't know him from Adam. Garfield's shooting was itself an example, as it happened in public when he'd entered a train station (without guards, to boot). Guiteau (along with everyone else) was able to simply walk right up. This applies to Lincoln (his bodyguard, a chronic alcoholic, left for a nearby bar, with no one stopping Booth from entering his box at the theater, albeit he was an actor who'd performed at it, thus his presence didn't arouse suspicion) and [=McKinley=] (shot while greeting people at the Pan-American Expedition in Buffalo, NY (Leon Czolgosz simply wrapping his hand and pistol in bandages, faking an injury to cover it). Security still wasn't really amplified before JFK was shot in an open-top automobile. In the wake of that, Presidential security is ''very'' tight, and none has been assassinated since.


* Worst real-life example ever: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Fagan_incident Michael Fagan]], who not only sneaked into ''Buckingham Palace'' in 1982 but managed to get all the way to the '''''Queen's bedroom''''' and chat with her for a while while security finally came. Apparently the palace security was so used to the oversensitive alarms going off all the time that they had stopped taking them seriously ...



* A white hard hat and a clipboard will get you in ''anywhere.''

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* A white hard hat hat, an ID that looks appropriate on a lanyard and a clipboard will get you in ''anywhere.''

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** Lampshaded when he then poses as an undercover customs inspector who is ''outraged'' that he was able to do this.


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* Subverted in ''Film/CryFreedom'': Early in the film, Woods just casually walks up to the house of South Africa's Justice Minister to speak with him about Stephen Biko. After he lampshades the trope by pointing out how easily he was able to do this, his host points out that he was being watched as he approached in ways he was completely unaware of.


** ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': Quietly subverted. It seems like practically anyone can walk into the DEO's top-secret base whenever they want, but they are always accompanied by armed guards, even though no one ever draws attention to them. The one time someone got in without permission was when Supergirl let in [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]], which is justified because they both have superspeed (and she'd have any necessary codes). Even then, the guards showed up within a minute.

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Quietly subverted. It seems like practically anyone can walk into the DEO's top-secret base whenever they want, but they are always accompanied by armed guards, even though no one ever draws attention to them. The one time someone got in without permission was when Supergirl let in [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]], which is justified because they both have superspeed (and she'd have any necessary codes). Even then, the guards showed up within a minute.minute.
*** In season 3, the mother of an agent is brought into the DEO for her protection. The problem is that she is able to walk right into the armory, steal a weapon, and leave again without anyone noticing. In a later episode it's mentioned that they put a lock on the door after that embarrassment.
*** Another subversion, this time PlayedForLaughs, in season 3. M'yrnn J'onzz, father of the DEO director J'onn J'onzz, ordered a pizza. When the delivery guy showed up at the top-secret government facility, the guards immediately tackled him. J'onn only finds out when M'yrnn asks him for some money, because he feels like the delivery guy deserves a really big tip.
*** In season 4, Supergirl shows up in the Oval Office waiting for the President. While of course she has superpowers and could easily dodge any guards, none are seen or even mentioned.


* Subverted in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', when Spidey tries to intimidate the Kingpin by dropping in on him unexpectedly, only to realize that the Kingpin put in shatter-proof windows to get rid of such problems. Makes the web head lose his cool. Kingpin doesn't even blink at the sound of Spidey hitting his window.

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Subverted in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', when Spidey tries to intimidate the Kingpin by dropping in on him unexpectedly, only to realize that the Kingpin put in shatter-proof windows to get rid of such problems. Makes the web head lose his cool. Kingpin doesn't even blink at the sound of Spidey hitting his window.window.
** Wendell Vaughn. Getting your base broken into by a posse of supervillains once would be embarrassing. Having it happen ''three times'' on your watch, the third time ending with the attacker making off with damn near everything that hasn't been nailed down makes it look like someone took the wrong job. And yet, Wendell never seems to suffer any consequences.


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* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the heroes manage to get past the Empire's security using one of their ships and outdated clearance codes. While Vader gives the ultimate go ahead because he can sense Luke onboard, the commanding officer, Admiral Piett, was about to do so anyway despite the codes being out of date.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the heroes manage to get past the Empire's security using one of their ships and outdated clearance codes. While Vader gives the ultimate go ahead because he can sense Luke onboard, the commanding officer, Admiral Piett, was about to do so anyway despite the codes being out of date.



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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_(security) Social Engineering]]. Just ask [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick Kevin Mitnick]], a famous hacker. For example, need to get inside a door that can only be opened with a card key? Just stand outside, wait for someone to come by, say something along the lines of "I'm new here" or "I'm having a bad day, my card was destroyed..." People are nice enough to open doors with no questions asked. [[ParanoiaFuel That is just one example.]]
** A particularly devious method is standing next to the door while holding a bunch of (seemingly) heavy boxes, or folders, etc. Not only will people be willing to help you, but will most likely assume you have the card and just can't reach it.
** Many places where card access is given to people who haven't had any kind of security instruction have large signs actually instructing you to close the door in front of the next person. They don't work, of course (the real solution would be to actually train people).
*** Most companies very specifically warn their employees against this, but people rarely cooperate. No one wants to be the JerkAss who wouldn't let the poor new guy in.
* Similar to the above examples, the easiest way to get a password is to ring the building and say "This is Tech Support - can I have your Username and Password?" Despite the fact that Tech Support will ''never'' say this (they'll usually have an Admin Password that allows them into all accounts) and that people are warned never to give this info out, it still works a lot of the time.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_(security) Social Engineering]]. Engineering]].
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Just ask [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick Kevin Mitnick]], a famous hacker. For example, need to get inside a door that can only be opened with a card key? Just stand outside, wait for someone to come by, say something along the lines of "I'm new here" or "I'm having a bad day, my card was destroyed..." People are nice enough to open doors with no questions asked. [[ParanoiaFuel That is just one example.]]
** A particularly devious method is standing next to the door while holding a bunch of (seemingly) heavy boxes, or folders, etc. Not only will people be willing to help you, but will most likely assume you have the card and just can't reach it.
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it. Many places where card access is given to people who haven't had any kind of security instruction have large signs actually instructing you to close the door in front of the next person. They don't work, of course (the real solution would be to actually train people).
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people). Most companies very specifically warn their employees against this, but people rarely cooperate. No one wants to be the JerkAss who wouldn't let the poor new guy in.
in. It's bad enough companies have had to make not making the person behind you use their own card a termination-level offense.
* Passwords:
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Similar to the above examples, the easiest way to get a password is to ring the building and say "This is Tech Support - can I have your Username and Password?" Despite the fact that Tech Support will ''never'' say this (they'll usually have an Admin Password that allows them into all accounts) and that people are warned never to give this info out, it still works a lot of the time.



* Speaking of passwords, the practice of masking password input fields continues despite contributing greatly to password weaknesses. Masking was developed when the only possible access was from public terminals to prevent the password from being seen over the shoulder of the typist. Now this is rarely possible since computers are usually used in where someone reading over your shoulder is unlikely. Masked passwords must be short and hence easy to crack since any typo won't be spotted until the password is entered. Where this practiced ended considerably longer and more secure passwords could be used since the user could spot any typos while entering it.
* Password security questions. Some services (usually email) will require you to pick from a set of pre-written questions and write answers to them, and if you forget your password, you're to answer this question in order to reset your password. Most of these pre-written questions will ask for answers that can easily be obtained through SocialEngineering such as "What city did you grow up in?" or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is ''their own middle name''); worse, most of the time you can't just make up your own questions. Granted, the next step after answering one of these questions is usually to then have a password reset link emailed to you and you'll need to be able to access your email account to use the link, but if the question is the ''only'' thing guarding your account from a password change, the answer is effectively [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish an extremely weak alternative password]] in practice, unless you get crafty and make a password-grade answer that doesn't actually answer the question.

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* ** Speaking of passwords, the practice of masking password input fields continues despite contributing greatly to password weaknesses. Masking was developed when the only possible access was from public terminals to prevent the password from being seen over the shoulder of the typist. Now this is rarely possible since computers are usually used in where someone reading over your shoulder is unlikely. Masked passwords must be short and hence easy to crack since any typo won't be spotted until the password is entered. Where this practiced ended considerably longer and more secure passwords could be used since the user could spot any typos while entering it.
* ** Password security questions. Some services (usually email) will require you to pick from a set of pre-written questions and write answers to them, and if you forget your password, you're to answer this question in order to reset your password. Most of these pre-written questions will ask for answers that can easily be obtained through SocialEngineering such as "What city did you grow up in?" or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is ''their own middle name''); worse, most of the time you can't just make up your own questions. Granted, the next step after answering one of these questions is usually to then have a password reset link emailed to you and you'll need to be able to access your email account to use the link, but if the question is the ''only'' thing guarding your account from a password change, the answer is effectively [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish an extremely weak alternative password]] in practice, unless you get crafty and make a password-grade answer that doesn't actually answer the question. Of course, you can always lie, if you can remember your specific answer, such as a pet of a species or type you never had.


* {{Defied|Trope}} by Wrestling/{{ROH}} match maker Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness when Wrestling/BulletClub, which had pretty much been on its best behavior when working for the promotion, started their trademark attacks at the 2016 ''Global Wars''. He found ROH security needed ''quadrupling'' but he paid for it by ''fining Bullet Club''. [[/folder]]

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* {{Defied|Trope}} by Wrestling/{{ROH}} Wrestling/RingOfHonor match maker Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness when Wrestling/BulletClub, which had pretty much been on its best behavior when working for the promotion, started their trademark attacks at the 2016 ''Global Wars''. He found ROH security needed ''quadrupling'' but he paid for it by ''fining Bullet Club''. [[/folder]]


* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E2TheTrial "The Trial"]]; Steven's lawyer Zircon points out that it should have been essentially impossible for Rose Quartz to have gotten close enough to Pink Diamond [[spoiler:to shatter her]]. Pink Diamond was surrounded by attendants, including precognitive Sapphires, Agate bodyguards, and her personal Pearl. Moreover, Rose Quartz had been a known public enemy for centuries and all other Rose Quartz gems had been bubbled, so she would have been instantly recognizable. So how could Rose Quartz have possibly gotten close enough to shatter Pink Diamond without ''anygem'' trying to fight her off, or at least sound the alarm? We're given the answer [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E18ASinglePaleRose later that season]]: [[spoiler:Pink herself sent all of them but her Pearl away [[FakingTheDead to fake her own death]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E2TheTrial "The Trial"]]; Steven's lawyer Zircon points out that it should have been essentially impossible for Rose Quartz to have gotten close enough to Pink Diamond [[spoiler:to shatter her]]. Pink Diamond was surrounded by attendants, including precognitive Sapphires, Agate bodyguards, and her personal Pearl. Moreover, Rose Quartz had been a known public enemy for centuries and all other Rose Quartz gems had been bubbled, so she would have been instantly recognizable. So how could Rose Quartz have possibly gotten close enough to shatter Pink Diamond without ''anygem'' ''anyone'' trying to fight her off, or at least sound the alarm? We're given the answer [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E18ASinglePaleRose later that season]]: [[spoiler:Pink herself sent all of them but her Pearl away [[FakingTheDead to fake her own death]].]]

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* ''Film/ShandraTheJungeGirl'': Despite Shandra being both incredibly dangerous ''and'' incredibly valuable, Karen is able to waltz through an empty lab and into her cell without being challenged, and (seemingly) without the door even being locked from the outside: despite the fact that other characters had be shown needing keys to access it earlier.


* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the heroes manage to get past the Empire's security using one of their ships and outdated clearance codes. While Vader gives the ultimate go ahed because he can sense Luke onboard, the commanding officer was about to do so anyway despite the codes being out of date.

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* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the heroes manage to get past the Empire's security using one of their ships and outdated clearance codes. While Vader gives the ultimate go ahed ahead because he can sense Luke onboard, the commanding officer officer, Admiral Piett, was about to do so anyway despite the codes being out of date.

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* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the heroes manage to get past the Empire's security using one of their ships and outdated clearance codes. While Vader gives the ultimate go ahed because he can sense Luke onboard, the commanding officer was about to do so anyway despite the codes being out of date.

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