In Why Him?, Ned Fleming is trying to log into Laird Mayhew's computer. He tries to enter some random passwords like stephaniesboobs etc.

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Then why is it showing the characters instead of dots while logging in?

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    ..that would be for the sake of the audience. Dots are hard to laugh at, especially in a screenshot. Mar 21, 2017 at 5:05
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    May the programmer used input type=text instead of type=password :P
    – Rippy
    Mar 21, 2017 at 9:56

2 Answers 2


How would you know what he tried, if asteriscs were shown instead of the real password?

As stated in comments: it would not be funny at all without actually showing the password.

By the way, this is a common trope when showing someone guessing passwords, not only when making jokes about it...


It is often possible to set up login screens to show password for the sake of people who are not good at typing and need to verify that they did it correctly.

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