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20th Apr '16 4:37:08 PM KNHaw
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* Using fake cannons is such a common tactic that it actually has a name: a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaker_Gun Quaker Gun]], named for the famous pacifists. Painted logs, posts, and even broomsticks (to simulate tail guns on B-25 bombers) have been been documented as stand ins for real guns to confound the enemy since at least the American Revolution.
10th Apr '16 1:59:39 PM Trogdor
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One of TheOldestTricksInTheBook. Compare BrandishmentBluff, for when a weapon, rather than back up, is used.

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One of TheOldestTricksInTheBook. Compare BrandishmentBluff, for when a weapon, rather than back up, backup, is used.
11th Mar '16 5:30:56 PM Trogdor
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has an article titled [[http://www.cracked.com/article_22316_5-soldiers-who-beat-insane-odds-by-lying-their-ass-off.html 5 Soldiers Who Beat Insane Odds (By Lying Their Ass Off)]], which lists events such as two soldiers pretending to have a concealed Spitfire preparing to attack, causing two German pilots to panic and shoot each other by accident, or one Scottish officer using RefugeInAudacity to convince 23,000 Germans that he had an army listening to him.

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has an article titled [[http://www.cracked.com/article_22316_5-soldiers-who-beat-insane-odds-by-lying-their-ass-off.html 5 Soldiers Who Beat Insane Odds (By Lying Their Ass Off)]], which lists events such as two soldiers pretending to have a concealed Spitfire preparing to attack, causing two German pilots to panic and shoot each other by accident, or one Scottish officer using RefugeInAudacity to convince 23,000 Germans that he had an army listening to him.waiting for his orders.
18th Feb '16 1:03:51 AM Trogdor
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One of TheOldestTricksInTheBook.

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One of TheOldestTricksInTheBook.
TheOldestTricksInTheBook. Compare BrandishmentBluff, for when a weapon, rather than back up, is used.
18th Feb '16 12:46:06 AM Trogdor
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has an article titled [[http://www.cracked.com/article_22316_5-soldiers-who-beat-insane-odds-by-lying-their-ass-off.html 5 Soldiers Who Beat Insane Odds (By Lying Their Ass Off)]], which lists events such as two soldiers pretending to have a concealed Spitfire preparing to attack, causing two German pilots to panic and shoot each other by accident, or one Scottish officer using RefugeInAudacity to convince 23,000 Germans that he had an army listening to him.
4th Oct '15 9:37:35 AM DeisTheAlcano
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** In the LiveActionAdaptation ''Kudo Shinichi Returns! Showdown with the Black Organization'', Kudo tells his opponents that twenty helicopters from the [[SWATTeam special police force]] are on their way with fifty armored police officers. In truth, his backup was only a single police helicopter with a single [[TheInspector plain clothes police inspector]] and one injured ([[DefectiveDetective and not particularly competent]]) PrivateDetective.

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** In the LiveActionAdaptation ''Kudo Shinichi Returns! Showdown with the Black Organization'', Kudo tells his opponents that twenty helicopters from the [[SWATTeam special police force]] are on their way with fifty armored police officers. In truth, his backup was only a single police helicopter with a single [[TheInspector [[LeadPoliceDetective plain clothes police inspector]] and one injured ([[DefectiveDetective and not particularly competent]]) PrivateDetective.
24th Sep '15 6:38:31 PM TempestKnight
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* [[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium Turin Turambar]] of ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fame uses this bluff on a group of orcs attacking some helpless woodmen. Of course, the legend of Turin and his [[BlackSwordsAreBetter sword]] are enough to send the orcs fleeing in terror.
11th Aug '15 5:06:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''BeauGeste'', the initial assault on a fort is beaten off, but after each new attack, there are fewer defenders. Markoff props up the corpses at their posts to make it look as if there are still plenty of soldiers left.

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* In ''BeauGeste'', ''Literature/BeauGeste'', the initial assault on a fort is beaten off, but after each new attack, there are fewer defenders. Markoff props up the corpses at their posts to make it look as if there are still plenty of soldiers left.



* Several groups in various ''{{Redwall}}'' books use this trick, usually successfully. Of course, it helps that the bluffer is usually ''[[OneManArmy worth]]'' [[BadassCrew that many]].

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* Several groups in various ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books use this trick, usually successfully. Of course, it helps that the bluffer is usually ''[[OneManArmy worth]]'' [[BadassCrew that many]].
27th Jun '15 4:07:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'': In the original series episode ''Saga Of A Star World'', Starbuck and Apollo bluff a Cylon [[TheBattlestar Base Star]] into a severe tactical misstep by discussing over the radio whether or not they should bring ''all'' of their Viper squadrons with them to attack the ship (when in fact, they only have a single squadron at their disposal, and that squadron is already occupied providing cover to the evacuation of the Colonials from the surface of Carillon).

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* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'': ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'': In the original series episode ''Saga "Saga Of A Star World'', World", Starbuck and Apollo bluff a Cylon [[TheBattlestar Base Star]] into a severe tactical misstep by discussing over the radio whether or not they should bring ''all'' of their Viper squadrons with them to attack the ship (when in fact, they only have a single squadron at their disposal, and that squadron is already occupied providing cover to the evacuation of the Colonials from the surface of Carillon).
9th Jun '15 2:29:14 PM SteveMB
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** Subverted in one episode where Max does this and to his surprise the Chief is waiting outside.

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** Subverted in one episode where Max does this and [[AccidentalTruth to his surprise surprise]] the Chief is waiting outside.
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