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* In ''Film/AnotherThinMan'' Lois is with Nick and Nora when the Colonel's shot goes off, so she is believed to be innocent. It is revealed that with her hoodlum boyfriend Phil's help she set up an elaborate timing mechanism in which she first killed her father, and then rigged the gun to go off five minutes later, after she'd left.
* In ''Film/HangmenAlsoDie'', the hospital provides a fake one for Dr. Svoboda to prove that he couldn't have killed [[UsefulNotes/ReinhardHeydrich Heydrich]]: he was at a cholecystectomy all day.



* ''Film/TheMadMissManton'': Melsa Manton and her gal pals try to find out if Edward Norris and his friend Frances' alibi of being at a hockey game, and therefore unable to commit the murders, is true. They find out that he couldn't have killed old man Lane because that would've meant going across town and back in the small amount of ten minutes.
* [[Creator/JohnCandy Augie]] from ''Once Upon A Crime'' tells the police detective he was with his wife in their hotel room when the murder took place. The detective then tells him that a witness saw a man leave his room and climb down the fire escape. Augie claims that the man was himself and the detective asks him to recreate this feat. So, he does. Then the detective asks him what he thinks the man did and has him recreate those feats as well. After performing those feats, Augie asks if that matches the witness' account. The detective confirms that it did and also [[spoiler: puts him at the scene of the crime.]]



* [[Creator/JohnCandy Augie]] from ''Once Upon A Crime'' tells the police detective he was with his wife in their hotel room when the murder took place. The detective then tells him that a witness saw a man leave his room and climb down the fire escape. Augie claims that the man was himself and the detective asks him to recreate this feat. So, he does. Then the detective asks him what he thinks the man did and has him recreate those feats as well. After performing those feats, Augie asks if that matches the witness' account. The detective confirms that it did and also [[spoiler: puts him at the scene of the crime.]]
* In ''Film/AnotherThinMan'' Lois is with Nick and Nora when the Colonel's shot goes off, so she is believed to be innocent. It is revealed that with her hoodlum boyfriend Phil's help she set up an elaborate timing mechanism in which she first killed her father, and then rigged the gun to go off five minutes later, after she'd left.
* ''Film/TheMadMissManton'': Melsa Manton and her gal pals try to find out if Edward Norris and his friend Frances' alibi of being at a hockey game, and therefore unable to commit the murders, is true. They find out that he couldn't have killed old man Lane because that would've meant going across town and back in the small amount of ten minutes.


* On ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' Lester creates an alibi for himself for the murder of [[spoiler: Linda, his second wife]] that he did not commit but witnessed from across the street. He is the natural suspect for the crime and if he told the truth, it would expose the lies he told to cover up a murder he ''did'' commit. He quickly goes to a nearby diner and makes a big deal about the victim meeting him there in a few minutes. He then pretends to go to the bathroom but instead sneaks outside where he uses a pay phone to call the police to report gunshots. This skews the timeline enough that the diner owner would report that Lester was in the diner at the time of the murder. [[spoiler: The police know that he is lying and use him as bait to catch Malvo, Linda's actual killer.]]

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* On ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' Lester creates an alibi for himself for the murder of [[spoiler: Linda, his second wife]] that he did not commit but witnessed from across the street. He is the natural suspect for the crime and if he told the truth, it would expose the lies he told to cover up a murder he ''did'' commit. commit, that of his first wife Pearl. He quickly goes to a nearby diner and makes a big deal about the victim Linda meeting him there in a few minutes. He then pretends to go to the bathroom but instead sneaks outside where he uses a pay phone to call the police to report gunshots. This skews the timeline enough that the diner owner would report that Lester was in the diner at the time of the murder. [[spoiler: The police know that he is lying and use him as bait to catch Malvo, Linda's actual killer.]]



* ''Series/{{Columbo}}''. In "Agenda For Murder," a defense attorney working for a congressman kills someone who tried to blackmail them both. When told of this, the congressman asks curiously, "Who's your alibi?" Cue OhCrap look as the lawyer smiles evilly at him...

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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}''. In "Agenda For Murder," a defense attorney working for a congressman Oscar Finch kills someone who tried a racketeer who's trying to blackmail them both. him into doing a favor, lest the blackmailer ruin his friend Paul Mackey's chances at becoming Vice-President. When told of this, the congressman Mackey asks curiously, "Who's your alibi?" Cue OhCrap look as the lawyer Finch smiles evilly at him...


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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Since "The Unicorn and the Wasp" is a homage to the tropes of Agatha Christie murder mysteries, the suspects in the murder of Professor Peach all have alibis. But when the Doctor questions each one of them, they only are being half-truthful about what they were actually doing at a quarter past four, and the one alibi flashback that matches up with the speaker's account is that of the actual perpetrator, [[spoiler:Reverend Golightly]].


Note, however that the term "alibi" is sometimes misused. First an alibi is rebuttable evidence that the person suspected of a crime requiring them to be where the crime took place was not there. It is ''rebuttable'' which is a technical term meaning the prosecution can show it's not valid, is wrong or is faked. Second, unless the evidence is showing you were someplace else than where the crime was committed, ''and'' the crime requires you to be there during its commission, the evidence is ''not'' an alibi. Catherine Trammel's books describing how she'd murder people in ''Film/BasicInstinct'' are ''not'' an alibi; despite the (reasonable) argument that she'd have to be really stupid to murder someone in exactly the way her books describe, they do not prove that she was somewhere else when the murders took place.

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Note, however that the term "alibi" is sometimes misused. First an alibi is rebuttable evidence that the person suspected of a crime requiring them to be where the crime took place was not there. It is ''rebuttable'' which is a technical term meaning the prosecution can show it's not valid, is wrong or is faked. Second, unless the evidence is showing you were someplace else than where the crime was committed, ''and'' the crime requires you to be there during its commission, the evidence is ''not'' an alibi. Catherine Trammel's books describing how she'd murder people in ''Film/BasicInstinct'' are ''not'' an alibi; despite the (reasonable) argument that she'd have to be really stupid to murder someone in exactly the way her books describe, describe and her lawyers could easily attribute it to a LoonyFan, they do not prove that she was somewhere else when the murders took place.


* PlayedForLaughs once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' when one murder suspect claims that he has a "[[{{Malaprop}} lullaby]]". Stabler corrects him on his poor vocabulary before verifying his "lullaby".

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* PlayedForLaughs once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' when one murder suspect claims that he has a "[[{{Malaprop}} "[[{{Malaproper}} lullaby]]". Stabler corrects him on his poor vocabulary before verifying his "lullaby".


* PlayedForLaughs once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' when one murder suspect claims that he has a "[[{{Malaprop lullaby}}]]". Stabler corrects him on his poor vocabulary before verifying his "lullaby".

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* PlayedForLaughs once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' when one murder suspect claims that he has a "[[{{Malaprop lullaby}}]]"."[[{{Malaprop}} lullaby]]". Stabler corrects him on his poor vocabulary before verifying his "lullaby".

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* PlayedForLaughs once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' when one murder suspect claims that he has a "[[{{Malaprop lullaby}}]]". Stabler corrects him on his poor vocabulary before verifying his "lullaby".



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* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'': In ''The Cell'', Frank kills a black inmate and carves a swastika on his face, planting the warden Leonard's nametag on the corpse. When the warden shows up to investigate the murder, he immediately realizes his dilemma: he physically wasn't there that night... because he was having sex with a neo-Nazi inmate.



* PlayedStraight in ''Film/{{Whirlpool}}'' until we find out the truth. [[spoiler: Korvo used ''hypnoses'' on ''himself'' to commit the murder while recovering from a gallbladder surgery.]]

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* PlayedStraight in ''Film/{{Whirlpool}}'' until we find out the truth. [[spoiler: Korvo used ''hypnoses'' ''hypnosis'' on ''himself'' to commit the murder while recovering from a gallbladder surgery.]]

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* In a short story by Creator/AndrewVachss, a VigilanteMan goes to an underground service that arranges a poker game as an alibi. He then goes to murder the man who raped and murdered his daughter, who objects that he didn't do it, as he was elsewhere playing a poker game at the time. "I know," says the vigilante. [[LaserGuidedKarma "I'm there right now."]]


** Groundskeeper Willie couldn't have fired the shot because of crippling arthritis on his index fingers, which he got in the eighties from VideoGame/SpaceInvaders. [[note]] "Yeah, that was a very addictive video game." "Video game?"[[/note]]

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** Groundskeeper Willie couldn't have fired the shot because of crippling arthritis on his index fingers, which he got in the eighties from VideoGame/SpaceInvaders.''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''. [[note]] "Yeah, that was a very addictive video game." "Video game?"[[/note]]



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* "Alibi, Alibi", in which Music/ElvisCostello [[ListSong lists]] various "alibis" and summarily discredits them.

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*** In "Turnabout Revolution", the culprit has a seemingly ironclad alibi of having performed a spirit summoning ritual in front of an audience at the time of the murder, until it's revealed that they had another person pretend to be them during that ritual.



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* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow'' had interstitials narrated by Tracy himself about law enforcement, such as this:
-->The police radio control center is an important aid in the war against crime. A suspect alibied that he was at an address in another city at the time of a crime. Radio control contacted the city. The address came back as an empty lot and within minutes the suspect's alibi was broken. And now, another cartoon.


-->--"Long Black Veil"

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-->--"Long -->-- "Long Black Veil"


* In many of Freeman Wills Crofts' detective novels, the detective has to disprove what appears to be an unimpeachable alibi. As Creator/DorothyLSayers remarked, eventually the reader begins to suspect the person with the best alibi straight away. For example, in ''Mystery in the Channel'', one suspect is ruled out of consideration because his launch couldn't have reached the scene of the crime at its maximum speed. [[spoiler: He'd fitted an outboard motor to the launch, which he then threw overboard before the police examined the boat.]] Crofts eventually subverted this facet of his writing in ''Death on the Way''. Inspector French proves that a suspect faked his alibi, and arrests him -- but it turns out he wasn't the murderer, and faked the alibi because he knew he couldn't prove his innocence.

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* In many of Freeman Wills Crofts' Creator/FreemanWillsCrofts' detective novels, the detective has to disprove what appears to be an unimpeachable alibi. As Creator/DorothyLSayers remarked, eventually the reader begins to suspect the person with the best alibi straight away. For example, in ''Mystery in the Channel'', one suspect is ruled out of consideration because his launch couldn't have reached the scene of the crime at its maximum speed. [[spoiler: He'd fitted an outboard motor to the launch, which he then threw overboard before the police examined the boat.]] Crofts eventually subverted this facet of his writing in ''Death on the Way''. Inspector French proves that a suspect faked his alibi, and arrests him -- but it turns out he wasn't the murderer, and faked the alibi because he knew he couldn't prove his innocence.


* This backfires badly in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/OrdealByInnocence''. [[spoiler:As he would be an obvious suspect, the murderer arranges for an accomplice to commit the crime while he hitches a lift with Dr Arthur Calgary, a stranger who has no connection with him and thus no reason to lie about his whereabouts. Unfortunately Dr Calgary loses his memory in an accident shortly afterwards, and the murderer ends up getting hung anyway (the book takes places after this when Calgary [[EasyAmnesia regains his memory]] and seeks to clear the name of a man he assumes was innocent).]]

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* This backfires badly in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/OrdealByInnocence''. [[spoiler:As he would be an obvious suspect, the murderer arranges for an accomplice to commit the crime while he hitches a lift with Dr Arthur Calgary, a stranger who has no connection with him and thus no reason to lie about his whereabouts. Unfortunately Dr Calgary loses his memory in an accident shortly afterwards, and the murderer ends up getting hung anyway (the book takes places place after this when Calgary [[EasyAmnesia regains his memory]] and seeks to clear the name of a man he assumes was innocent).]]

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