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14th Feb '18 2:32:31 PM Andre
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** In ''Winner Take All'', Rain walks right up to a BadassInANiceSuit who's been sent to kill him and says, "Is that birdshit on your shoulder?", then attacks him when he turns to look. He notes that you shouldn't wear an expensive suit in their profession because you're always going to be worried about damage to it.

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** In ''Winner Take All'', Rain walks right up to a BadassInANiceSuit who's been sent to kill him and says, "Is that birdshit on your shoulder?", then attacks him when he turns to look. He notes that you shouldn't wear an expensive suit in their profession because you're always going to be worried about damage to it.it.
* Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo features a use of this trope by Apollo in ''The Dark Prophecy'' that works especially well, since the ones he tricks are very gullible and slow to turn around. Apollo then goes further to thoroughly [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] how this trope is apparently OlderThanFeudalism.
4th Feb '18 2:14:29 AM JackG
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* ''Requiem for an Assassin'' (aka ''The Killer Ascendant'') by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is being held at gunpoint by the BigBad, who demands to know where his friend [[FriendlySniper Dox]] is (not knowing that Dox was too severely injured to accompany Rain). Rain replies, "Dox, take him out!" and jumps the BigBad when he tries to move out of Dox's assumed line-of-fire.

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* ''Requiem for an Assassin'' (aka ''The Killer Ascendant'') by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is being held at gunpoint by the BigBad, who demands to know where his friend [[FriendlySniper Dox]] is (not knowing that Dox was too severely injured to accompany Rain). Rain replies, "Dox, take him out!" and jumps the BigBad when he tries to move out of Dox's assumed line-of-fire.line-of-fire.
** In ''Winner Take All'', Rain walks right up to a BadassInANiceSuit who's been sent to kill him and says, "Is that birdshit on your shoulder?", then attacks him when he turns to look. He notes that you shouldn't wear an expensive suit in their profession because you're always going to be worried about damage to it.
1st Jan '18 3:43:59 PM MasterFuzzy
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': This is used for a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''Literature/TurnCoat''. A minor villain believes that Harry has been hiding the person he's after.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': This is used for a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''Literature/TurnCoat''.''Literature/TurnCoat'' when for once, it's actually played straight. A minor villain believes that Harry has been hiding the person he's after.



'''Harry:''' ...he's sitting in a wheelchair about forty feet behind you. Holding a shotgun.

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'''Harry:''' ...he's sitting in a wheelchair about forty feet behind you. Holding a shotgun.\\
'''Binder:''' [[VillainRespect Dresden. We have a bit of banter going between us. We're both here in a moment where neither of us wants to act rashly. And that's all good fun. It's one of the little things that makes a day more enjoyable. But don't do me the incredibly insulting disservice of assuming that I'm a bloody moron.]]\\
'''Harry:''' I'm not. He's about forty feet behind you. In a wheelchair.\\
Binder gave me a gimlet stare, then he rolled his eyes and shot a brief glance over his shoulder—then did a double take as his mouth dropped open. [[spoiler: Morgan]] sat in his wheelchair about forty feet away from Binder, my shotgun in his hands.
1st Dec '17 4:52:30 PM JackG
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* Likewise in ''Literature/FeersumEndjinn'', the protagonist demands to know where the monstrous creature chasing him is. The person he's interrogating just bursts out laughing, as [[OhCrap the monster really is behind him.]]
21st Oct '17 7:22:13 PM Vox
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* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', Bartimaeus once defeated a large number of 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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* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', Bartimaeus once defeated a large number of 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... [[TemptingFate so of course, ''that'' time course]], on this ''one'' occasion there happened happen to be a pair of powerful, extremely unfriendly Djinn sneaking up on the Utukku whom he fails to notice, leading to his death.
12th Jun '17 12:08:10 PM JackG
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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 run for cover. It's all the opportunity [[FragileSpeedster Dandelion]] needs; he jumps onto the boat just as the mooring rope breaks.



* ''Requiem for an Assassin'' (aka ''The Killer Ascendant'') by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is being held at gunpoint by the BigBad, who demands to know where his friend [[FriendlySniper Dox]] is (not knowing that Dox was too severely injured to accompany Rain). Rain replies, "Dox, take him out!" and jumps the BigBad when he instinctively tries to dive for cover.

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* ''Requiem for an Assassin'' (aka ''The Killer Ascendant'') by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is being held at gunpoint by the BigBad, who demands to know where his friend [[FriendlySniper Dox]] is (not knowing that Dox was too severely injured to accompany Rain). Rain replies, "Dox, take him out!" and jumps the BigBad when he instinctively tries to dive for cover.move out of Dox's assumed line-of-fire.
12th Jun '17 12:02:45 PM JackG
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* 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.

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* 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.following.
* ''Requiem for an Assassin'' (aka ''The Killer Ascendant'') by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is being held at gunpoint by the BigBad, who demands to know where his friend [[FriendlySniper Dox]] is (not knowing that Dox was too severely injured to accompany Rain). Rain replies, "Dox, take him out!" and jumps the BigBad when he instinctively tries to dive for cover.
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.
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