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8th Feb '17 6:03:21 AM Trogdor
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* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Badlands": Rex, Noah and Bobo are given the task of transporting a small container of valuable and unstable nanites, which they are told will "go off" if they are handled roughly. When the group is attacked by anarchists who want the nanites for their own purposes, Rex grabs a can of soda (which is the same size and shape as the nanite container) and threatens to intentionally make the nanites go off, and kill all of them in the explosion it will cause. This manages to scare the anarchists off, just long enough for Rex and Noah to steal one of their vehicles. It's only later that Rex and Noah find out that [[spoiler:the nanites were ''not'' going to "explode" if they were handled roughly, they were going to "go off", as in ''turn'' off]].
2nd Feb '17 6:04:01 AM Trogdor
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* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode "Badlands": Rex, Noah and Bobo are given the task of transporting a small container of valuable and unstable nanites, which they are told will "go off" if they are handled roughly. When the group is attacked by anarchists who want the nanites for their own purposes, Rex grabs a can of soda (which is the same size and shape as the nanite container) and threatens to intentionally make the nanites go off, and kill all of them in the explosion it will cause. This manages to scare the anarchists off, just long enough for Rex and Noah to steal one of their vehicles. It's only later that Rex and Noah find out that [[spoiler:the nanites were ''not'' going to "explode" if they were handled roughly, they were going to "go off", as in ''turn'' off]].
21st Dec '16 12:47:13 AM Xtifr
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* In the last book of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', King Rhun takes advantage of the smoke and confusion that pervades a battle. He races his horse from one side of the battlefield to the other, shouting orders to regiments of cavalry that don't exist.

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* In the last book of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', King Rhun takes advantage of the smoke and confusion that pervades a battle. He races his horse from one side of the battlefield to the other, shouting orders to regiments of cavalry that don't exist.
19th Nov '16 10:53:37 PM DustSnitch
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Frequently characters, especially [[TheHero heroic]] {{Main Character}}s, find themselves going up against an opponent which outnumbers them or otherwise has a tactical advantage. Whether the character is a {{Badass}} or completely incapable, they know that in this instance, they don't have enough of a chance in a straight-up fight, so they try to gain an advantage by out-thinking their opponent.

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Frequently characters, especially [[TheHero heroic]] {{Main Character}}s, find themselves going up against an opponent which outnumbers them or otherwise has a tactical advantage. Whether the character is a {{Badass}} badass or completely incapable, they know that in this instance, they don't have enough of a chance in a straight-up fight, so they try to gain an advantage by out-thinking their opponent.
17th Jul '16 10:06:16 AM nombretomado
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-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' How about ChuckNorris with a BB gun?

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-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' How about ChuckNorris Creator/ChuckNorris with a BB gun?
21st May '16 4:20:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheSubstitute2SchoolsOut'': Thomasson and one of his mercenary friends intimidate a gang by walking right up to them and rigging a device to point multiple {{Laser Sight}}s at their chests, claiming them to be a whole group of snipers.
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.
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