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24th May '17 8:39:53 PM PaulA
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* In the AlternateHistory novel ''West of Eden'' by Creator/HarryHarrison, [[LizardFolk Vainte]] uses the ability of humans to lie by instructing her captive human Kerrick to shout "Look, a ustouzou (human) in the trees!" on a particular signal. She later stabs a rival with a human arrow and gives the signal--fortunately the startled Kerrick remembers his cue.

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* In the AlternateHistory novel ''West of Eden'' ''Literature/WestOfEden'' by Creator/HarryHarrison, [[LizardFolk Vainte]] uses the ability of humans to lie by instructing her captive human Kerrick to shout "Look, a ustouzou (human) in the trees!" on a particular signal. She later stabs a rival with a human arrow and gives the signal--fortunately the startled Kerrick remembers his cue.
29th Apr '17 12:38:20 PM shokoshu
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* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. Hazel's rabbits have crowded onto the ConvenientEscapeBoat, only to realise that [[LeaveNoManBehind Dandelion is missing]]. Hazel sees Dandelion peeking out of a nearby bush, but General Woundwort and his [[BadassArmy Owsla]] have them surrounded. So Hazel shouts that the [[DeathFromAbove seagull Kehaar is attacking]], causing Woundwort to instinctively dive for cover. It's all the opportunity [[FragileSpeedster Dandelion]] needs; he jumps onto the boat just as the mooring rope breaks.

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* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. Hazel's rabbits have crowded onto the ConvenientEscapeBoat, only to realise that [[LeaveNoManBehind Dandelion is missing]]. Hazel sees Dandelion peeking out of a nearby bush, but General Woundwort and his [[BadassArmy Owsla]] have them surrounded. So Hazel shouts that the [[DeathFromAbove seagull Kehaar is attacking]], causing Woundwort to instinctively dive for cover. It's all the opportunity [[FragileSpeedster Dandelion]] needs; he jumps onto the boat just as the mooring rope breaks.breaks.
* In the German crime parody "Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox!" we have it played straight AND subverted at the same time. Cox distracts the baddie by turning his attention to a car that allegedly follows them since miles. Baddie falls for it and is overwhelmed. Subversion: the cavalry WAS in the car following.
3rd Apr '17 12:27:05 PM Vox
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* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', Bartimaeus once defeated a group of Djinn by using this trick. Additionally, in ''Ptolemy's Gate'', when Nathaniel is facing off agains the mercenary for the final time, he tells him that his doom approaches from behind and shouts for "Belazael" to attack. There is no Belazael, but he tactic does get the mercenary to look behind him, allowing Nathaniel some time to make his move.

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* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', Bartimaeus once defeated a group large number of Djinn Utukku spirits at the battle of Al-Arish by repeatedly using this trick. He explains that the only reason it worked is because Utukku are invariably TooDumbToLive. When one of the survivors encounters him trapped and helpless a thousand years later, he attempts to kill Bartimaeus with a spear, having grown smart enough in the meantime not to fall for the trick when Bartimaeus tries it again... so of course, ''that'' time there happened to be a pair of powerful, extremely unfriendly Djinn sneaking up on the Utukku whom he fails to notice, leading to his death.
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Additionally, in ''Ptolemy's Gate'', when Nathaniel is facing off agains the mercenary for the final time, he tells him that his doom approaches from behind and shouts for "Belazael" to attack. There is no Belazael, but he tactic does get the mercenary to look behind him, allowing Nathaniel some time a few seconds to make his move.
25th Mar '17 1:41:28 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. Hazel's rabbits have crowded onto the ConvenientEscapeBoat, only to realise that Dandelion is missing. Hazel sees Dandelion peeking out of a nearby bush, but General Woundwort and his [[BadassArmy Owsla]] have them surrounded. So Hazel shouts that the [[DeathFromAbove seagull Kehaar is attacking]], causing Woundwort to instinctively dive for cover. It's all the opportunity [[FragileSpeedster Dandelion]] needs; he jumps onto the boat just as the mooring rope breaks.

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* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. Hazel's rabbits have crowded onto the ConvenientEscapeBoat, only to realise that [[LeaveNoManBehind Dandelion is missing.missing]]. Hazel sees Dandelion peeking out of a nearby bush, but General Woundwort and his [[BadassArmy Owsla]] have them surrounded. So Hazel shouts that the [[DeathFromAbove seagull Kehaar is attacking]], causing Woundwort to instinctively dive for cover. It's all the opportunity [[FragileSpeedster Dandelion]] needs; he jumps onto the boat just as the mooring rope breaks.
25th Mar '17 1:36:54 AM JackG
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----* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. Hazel's rabbits have crowded onto the ConvenientEscapeBoat, only to realise that Dandelion is missing. Hazel sees Dandelion peeking out of a nearby bush, but General Woundwort and his [[BadassArmy Owsla]] have them surrounded. So Hazel shouts that the [[DeathFromAbove seagull Kehaar is attacking]], causing Woundwort to instinctively dive for cover. It's all the opportunity [[FragileSpeedster Dandelion]] needs; he jumps onto the boat just as the mooring rope breaks.
6th Jul '16 7:15:53 PM HeraldAlberich
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-->"Powers o' Darkness!" Jack exclaimed, focusing his one eye that hadn't swollen shut on a point in the middle distance. "I do believe that elephant is fookin' that camel up the arse -- or is it t'other way round?"
* ''[[Literature/MythAdventures M.Y.T.H. Inc in Action]]'' -- double subversion and then unusual subversion [[ZigZaggingTrope again]].
* The usual subversion in ''[[Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco The Silver Pigs]]'' by Lindsey Davies -- notable for the villain mocking Falco for using "that old trick" ''in AncientRome''.

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-->"Powers o' Darkness!" Jack exclaimed, focusing his one eye that hadn't swollen shut on a point in the middle distance. "I do believe that elephant is fookin' that camel up the arse -- or arse--or is it t'other way round?"
* ''[[Literature/MythAdventures M.Y.T.H. Inc in Action]]'' -- double Action]]''--double subversion and then unusual subversion [[ZigZaggingTrope again]].
* The usual subversion in ''[[Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco The Silver Pigs]]'' by Lindsey Davies -- notable Davies--notable for the villain mocking Falco for using "that old trick" ''in AncientRome''.



* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' has a bizarre version of the not-looking version. Kendra is trapped in a cave by the human form of Navarog ([[TheDragon both the literal and figurative dragon for the]] BigBad), and [[spoiler: Raxtus appears behind Navarog ]]; Kendra makes an expression of genuine surprise. Navarog comments that she's over acting, lectures her on the lack of ingenuity, and says she needs to try harder on this trope to fool him, even saying "If something tried to creep up on me, I would know". [[spoiler: This comes back to bite him, literally, as Raxtus eats him]].
* SherlockHolmes actually does this in one famous scene, though being SherlockHolmes, he does of course give the trope a little finesse. (All protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, he ''has'' to be having a bit of fun at Watson's expense. It's not like he didn't have Mrs. Hudson as a gauge, if nothing else.)

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* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' has a bizarre version of the not-looking version. Kendra is trapped in a cave by the human form of Navarog ([[TheDragon both the literal and figurative dragon for the]] BigBad), and [[spoiler: Raxtus [[spoiler:Raxtus appears behind Navarog ]]; Navarog]]; Kendra makes an expression of genuine surprise. Navarog comments that she's over acting, lectures her on the lack of ingenuity, and says she needs to try harder on this trope to fool him, even saying "If something tried to creep up on me, I would know". [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This comes back to bite him, literally, as Raxtus eats him]].
him.]]
* SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes actually does this in one famous scene, though being SherlockHolmes, Sherlock Holmes, he does of course give the trope a little finesse. (All protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, he ''has'' to be having a bit of fun at Watson's expense. It's not like he didn't have Mrs. Hudson as a gauge, if nothing else.)



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/XuthalOfTheDusk" how Thalis distracts ConanTheBarbarian.
-->''"What do you hear?" he demanded.\\

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/XuthalOfTheDusk" how Thalis distracts ConanTheBarbarian.
-->''"What
Literature/ConanTheBarbarian.
-->"What
do you hear?" he demanded.\\



He wheeled, sword ready. Only the empty arch of the entrance met his gaze. Then behind him sounded a quick faint scuffling noise, a half-choked gasp. He whirled. Thalis and Natala had vanished.''

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He wheeled, sword ready. Only the empty arch of the entrance met his gaze. Then behind him sounded a quick faint scuffling noise, a half-choked gasp. He whirled. Thalis and Natala had vanished.''



* In the AlternateHistory novel ''West of Eden'' by Creator/HarryHarrison, [[LizardFolk Vainte]] uses the ability of humans to lie by instructing her captive human Kerrick to shout "Look, a ustouzou (human) in the trees!" on a particular signal. She later stabs a rival with a human arrow and gives the signal -- fortunately the startled Kerrick remembers his cue.
* This is used for a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]]''. A minor villain believes that Harry has been hiding the person he's after.
--> '''Binder:''' I'll give you one last chance to save yourself, Dresden. ''Where is he?''
--> '''Harry:''' ...he's sitting in a wheelchair about forty feet behind you. Holding a shotgun.

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* In the AlternateHistory novel ''West of Eden'' by Creator/HarryHarrison, [[LizardFolk Vainte]] uses the ability of humans to lie by instructing her captive human Kerrick to shout "Look, a ustouzou (human) in the trees!" on a particular signal. She later stabs a rival with a human arrow and gives the signal -- fortunately signal--fortunately the startled Kerrick remembers his cue.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': This is used for a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]]''.''Literature/TurnCoat''. A minor villain believes that Harry has been hiding the person he's after.
--> '''Binder:''' -->'''Binder:''' I'll give you one last chance to save yourself, Dresden. ''Where is he?''
-->
he?''\\
'''Harry:''' ...he's sitting in a wheelchair about forty feet behind you. Holding a shotgun.



* In ''[[TheHeroesOfOlympus The Lost Hero]]'', Piper plays this straight up in an admittedly obvious trick, but it works because as a child of Aphrodite she has the ability to [[JediMindTrick charmspeak]] which causes not only her target to look, but everyone else as well.

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* In ''[[TheHeroesOfOlympus ''[[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus The Lost Hero]]'', Piper plays this straight up in an admittedly obvious trick, but it works because as a child of Aphrodite she has the ability to [[JediMindTrick charmspeak]] which causes not only her target to look, but everyone else as well.



--> Oooh, look! A Blibbering Humdigger!

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--> -->'''Luna:''' Oooh, look! A Blibbering Humdigger!


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* ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'': After [[spoiler:foiling his FalseFlagOperation]] and pursuing him over the desert, Ben shouts to [[spoiler:Orrin]] to watch out for [[spoiler:actual Sand People]] behind him, but he refuses to believe it and runs into their ambush.
15th Jan '16 9:30:39 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand'', Stu Redman tells the soldier who's been sent to terminate him at the Stovington hospital that there's a huge rat behind him, then hits him over the head with a chair.

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand'', ''Literature/TheStand'', Stu Redman tells the soldier who's been sent to terminate him at the Stovington hospital that there's a huge rat behind him, then hits him over the head with a chair.
15th Jan '16 7:48:27 PM nombretomado
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* In TheStainlessSteelRat, Angelina holds a gun on Jim, and his eyes widen as he looks over her shoulder. She scoffs at him for trying to pull that trick, and is then disarmed by the man coming up behind her.

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* In TheStainlessSteelRat, ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'', Angelina holds a gun on Jim, and his eyes widen as he looks over her shoulder. She scoffs at him for trying to pull that trick, and is then disarmed by the man coming up behind her.
29th Apr '15 7:25:46 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[GentlemanBastard The Lies of Locke Lamora]]'', Locke is getting his ass kicked by [[spoiler: the Grey King]], and tricks him into thinking that Jean (who is a much better fighter than Locke) is right behind him. While he's distracted, Locke steals the dagger from his enemy's belt and stabs him to death.

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* In ''[[GentlemanBastard ''[[Literature/GentlemanBastard The Lies of Locke Lamora]]'', Locke is getting his ass kicked by [[spoiler: the Grey King]], and tricks him into thinking that Jean (who is a much better fighter than Locke) is right behind him. While he's distracted, Locke steals the dagger from his enemy's belt and stabs him to death.
19th Jan '15 12:46:51 PM Mhoram
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* In ''LuckyStarr and the Big Sun of Mercury'', Bigman Jones is holding Jonathan Urteil at blaster-point in the Mercury mines when Urteil looks over Bigman's shoulder and says that Lucky Starr is coming back. Bigman looks, and Urteil quickly gains the upper hand.

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* In ''LuckyStarr ''Literature/LuckyStarr and the Big Sun of Mercury'', Bigman Jones is holding Jonathan Urteil at blaster-point in the Mercury mines when Urteil looks over Bigman's shoulder and says that Lucky Starr is coming back. Bigman looks, and Urteil quickly gains the upper hand.
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