At issue:Not all options are mutually exclusive. Something They Would Never Say is losing the battle against Trope Decay — misuse has increased from 35% to 45% between June and October 2011.
- Actual definition: A character can't directly tell their friends that they're in danger, so they send a message with a deliberately out of character remark added that the bad guys won't even be aware of, but the friends will pick up on and identify that they're in trouble.
- Prevelant misuse: Any time a character appears to say something out of character. May be a case of Spotting The Thread or OOC Is Serious Business.