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6th May '17 9:55:05 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', Dr. King Schultz asks Calvin Candie to send a particular slave by the name of Broomhilda to his room for a private 'conversation'. While Hildy does speak his native language, Candie clearly assumes he has more than talking in mind, and is happy to oblige. In fact, when Schultz and Broomhilda are alone, he takes the opportunity to reveal, [[HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier in German so the others can't overhear]], that he's come with her husband, the title character, to free her.



* Textbook example in ''Film/GreenZone'', though it turns out the target prisoner is beaten up pretty badly and the conversation doesn't go as planned.
* In ''Film/JohnCarter'', Kantos Kan, a Helium officer, enters the room where John Carter is being healed (actually, held by Zodangan soldiers). He tries to pull this off by claiming that he's been authorized by the soldiers' leader to "interrogate" Carter alone. The soldiers don't believe him, especially since there's no reason for the leader of Zodanga to trust a task like this to a Helium officer. It's all a ploy, though, for Kan to get close to Carter, so that Carter can steal Kan's sword and take him prisoner. Unfortunately, Carter proves a bit thick and doesn't take the ''numerous'' hints from Kan on what to do. So Kan has to literally take out his own sword, put it in Carter's hand, and hold it against his own throat. The Zondangans actually ''buy'' that and don't see anything suspicious when Carter performs InASingleBound halfway across the city while still holding Kan, even though there's no reason for him to hold Kan prisoner at that point.



* Textbook example in ''Film/GreenZone'', though it turns out the target prisoner is beaten up pretty badly and the conversation doesn't go as planned.
* In ''Film/JohnCarter'', Kantos Kan, a Helium officer, enters the room where John Carter is being healed (actually, held by Zodangan soldiers). He tries to pull this off by claiming that he's been authorized by the soldiers' leader to "interrogate" Carter alone. The soldiers don't believe him, especially since there's no reason for the leader of Zodanga to trust a task like this to a Helium officer. It's all a ploy, though, for Kan to get close to Carter, so that Carter can steal Kan's sword and take him prisoner. Unfortunately, Carter proves a bit thick and doesn't take the ''numerous'' hints from Kan on what to do. So Kan has to literally take out his own sword, put it in Carter's hand, and hold it against his own throat. The Zondangans actually ''buy'' that and don't see anything suspicious when Carter performs InASingleBound halfway across the city while still holding Kan, even though there's no reason for him to hold Kan prisoner at that point.
* In ''DjangoUnchained'', Dr. King Schultz asks Calvin Candie to send a particular slave by the name of Broomhilda to his room for a private 'conversation'. While Hildy does speak his native language, Candie clearly assumes he has more than talking in mind, and is happy to oblige. In fact, when Schultz and Broomhilda are alone, he takes the opportunity to reveal, [[HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier in German so the others can't overhear]], that he's come with her husband, the title character, to free her.



* [[spoiler: Xanth]], from ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', does this for [[spoiler: Magda, when she is captured by the Guardians of Night]]. Slight variation; instead of pretending to be evil for the guards, he just pulls rank on them.

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* [[spoiler: Xanth]], [[spoiler:Xanth]], from ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', does this for [[spoiler: Magda, when she is captured by the Guardians of Night]]. Slight variation; instead of pretending to be evil for the guards, he just pulls rank on them.
2nd May '17 4:33:58 PM AthenaBlue
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* Sawyer uses this to talk to Sayid in season 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Colonel Mitchell has to pretend to attack (and then pretend to torture) a captured Teal'c so they can plan their escape in an episode.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'' (''Mind Games'') Michael accidentally exposes an undercover cop while undercover himself. He shoos the others away while he threatens the prisoner, and takes the oppourtunity to mention that he's undercover too and slip the cop a means of escape.
** The sad irony here was that Michael ''was'' trying to frame the guy he thought was a monster as an undercover cop to his crime boss. Realizing he has condemned a good man to death, Michael is determined to make sure the cop lives to go back to his wife and kids.



** Played straight in season 1, when N'Toth rescues G'Kar from an assassin. The assassin is using pain givers. To free him from the devices she pretends to beat him while actually breaking the pain givers.

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** Played straight in season 1, when N'Toth Na'Toth rescues G'Kar from an assassin. The assassin is using pain givers. To free him from the devices she pretends to beat him while actually breaking the pain givers.



* On ''Series/BurnNotice'' (''Mind Games'') Michael accidentally exposes an undercover cop while undercover himself. He shoos the others away while he threatens the prisoner, and takes the oppourtunity to mention that he's undercover too and slip the cop a means of escape.
** The sad irony here was that Michael ''was'' trying to frame the guy he thought was a monster as an undercover cop to his crime boss. Realizing he has condemned a good man to death, Michael is determined to make sure the cop lives to go back to his wife and kids.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Played with in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks "Day of the Daleks"]]: When the Doctor is captured at one of the Daleks' factories, the manager says he'll speak to him alone. The manager is a rebel infiltrator but the Doctor isn't a rebel so doesn't know what he's talking about, and the manager's superior interrupts them before he can get the point across.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]]: While the Doctor is imprisoned, Canton has body bags brought in containing Amy and Rory, presumably to taunt the Doctor, then has the guards exit so he can interrogate him. Once Canton seals the door, Amy and Rory sit up, and the group go off to fight the Silence in the cloaked TARDIS.
* Sawyer uses this to talk to Sayid in season 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}''. In "White Gold", Colonel Flagg demands to interrogate a prisoner whom he actually helps to escape for secret intelligence reasons. He then rams his head into a cupboard so he can pretend he was overpowered by the prisoner. Well used to Flagg's insane antics by now, no-one is fooled.



* Used in the two-part premiere of the sixth series of new ''Series/DoctorWho''. While the Doctor is imprisoned, Canton has body bags brought in containing Amy and Rory, presumably to taunt the Doctor, then has the guards exit so he can interrogate him. Once the door closes, Canton reveals that Amy and Rory are alive, and the group go off to fight the Silence in the cloaked TARDIS.
** Played with in "Day of the Daleks", the ninth season premiere of the original series. When the Doctor is captured at one of the Daleks' factories, the manager says he'll speak to him alone. The manager is a rebel infiltrator but the Doctor isn't a rebel so doesn't know what he's talking about, and the manager's superior interrupts them before he can get the point across.

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* Used in the two-part premiere of the sixth series of new ''Series/DoctorWho''. While the Doctor is imprisoned, Canton ''Series/StargateSG1'': Colonel Mitchell has body bags brought in containing Amy and Rory, presumably to taunt the Doctor, pretend to attack (and then has the guards exit so he can interrogate him. Once the door closes, Canton reveals that Amy and Rory are alive, and the group go off pretend to fight the Silence in the cloaked TARDIS.
** Played with in "Day of the Daleks", the ninth season premiere of the original series. When the Doctor is
torture) a captured at one of the Daleks' factories, the manager says he'll speak to him alone. The manager is a rebel infiltrator but the Doctor isn't a rebel Teal'c so doesn't know what he's talking about, and the manager's superior interrupts them before he they can get the point across.plan their escape in an episode.



* ''Series/{{MASH}}''. In "White Gold", Colonel Flagg demands to interrogate a prisoner whom he actually helps to escape for secret intelligence reasons. He then rams his head into a cupboard so he can pretend he was overpowered by the prisoner. Well used to Flagg's insane antics by now, no-one is fooled.
7th Jan '17 6:22:03 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}''. In "White Gold", Colonel Flagg demands to interrogate a prisoner whom he actually helps to escape for secret intelligence reasons. He then rams his head into a cupboard so he can pretend he was overpowered by the prisoner. Well used to Flagg's insane antics by now, no-one is fooled.
30th Mar '16 5:48:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'': Johnny's "norm" sister Ruth uses her status as Minister Kreelman's daughter to get alone in a cell with Johnny under pretense of berating a mutant who tried to oppose her father, as Alpha's true identity is a secret. She gives her brother the gun he needs to escape.
28th Mar '16 4:14:01 PM rjd1922
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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Barney Calhoun is working undercover for [[LaResistance the resistance]] in Civil Protection, the Combine's brutal police force. When he comes across Gordon, he justifies wanting to be alone with Gordon by implying to another (real) officer that he's going to beat/torture him. Then when the guard leaves Barney and Gordon alone, Barney clues Gordon in with exposition and then sends him in the right direction.

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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Barney Calhoun is working undercover for [[LaResistance the resistance]] in Civil Protection, the Combine's brutal police force. When he comes across Gordon, he justifies wanting to be alone with Gordon by implying to another (real) officer that he's going to beat/torture him. Then when the guard leaves Barney and Gordon alone, Barney turns off the cameras and clues Gordon in with exposition and then sends him in the right direction.
28th Mar '16 4:13:35 PM rjd1922
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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Barney is working undercover for the resistance as a Combine soldier. When he comes across Gordon, he justifies wanting to be alone with Gordon by implying to another (real) Combine guard he's going to beat/torture him. Then when the guard leaves Barney and Gordon alone, Barney clues Gordon in with exposition and then sends him in the right direction.

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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Barney Calhoun is working undercover for [[LaResistance the resistance as a Combine soldier. resistance]] in Civil Protection, the Combine's brutal police force. When he comes across Gordon, he justifies wanting to be alone with Gordon by implying to another (real) Combine guard officer that he's going to beat/torture him. Then when the guard leaves Barney and Gordon alone, Barney clues Gordon in with exposition and then sends him in the right direction.
28th Nov '15 12:11:08 PM kaherbert
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**Played straight in season 1, when N'Toth rescues G'Kar from an assassin. The assassin is using pain givers. To free him from the devices she pretends to beat him while actually breaking the pain givers.


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21st Aug '15 9:36:28 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', Riddhe visits Audrey's cell twice, first to interrogate her and later to help her escape to Earth with him. Subverted in that the Federation isn't the bad guy and Riddhe wasn't trying to fool the guard, just knock him out.

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* In ''MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', Riddhe visits Audrey's cell twice, first to interrogate her and later to help her escape to Earth with him. Subverted in that the Federation isn't the bad guy and Riddhe wasn't trying to fool the guard, just knock him out.
27th Jul '15 2:06:36 PM skteosk
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** Played with in "Day of the Daleks", the ninth season premiere of the original series. When the Doctor is captured at one of the Daleks' factories, the manager says he'll speak to him alone. The manager is a rebel infiltrator but the Doctor isn't a rebel so doesn't know what he's talking about, and the manager's superior interrupts them before he can get the point across.
24th Jul '15 4:42:25 PM nombretomado
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* Near the end of MetalGearSolid2, there is a torture sequence reminiscent of the first game that ends with Raiden being released by Olga Gurlukovich. She reveals that she was only helping the Patriots because they were holding her son hostage, and that she was the mysterious "Deepthroat" that assisted Raiden at several points in the story.

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* Near the end of MetalGearSolid2, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', there is a torture sequence reminiscent of the first game that ends with Raiden being released by Olga Gurlukovich. She reveals that she was only helping the Patriots because they were holding her son hostage, and that she was the mysterious "Deepthroat" that assisted Raiden at several points in the story.
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