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28th Jun '17 12:50:26 PM GMon
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* The [[http:www.ghostarmy.org Ghost Army]] used this trick for the Allies in World War II many times, with inflatable tanks, sound-effects records of warships and submarines played through loudspeakers, fake radio chatter referring to nonexistent troops, and having the same battalion march several times through town wearing the uniforms of different armies (pretending to be French, then American, then British soldiers) etc.

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* The [[http:www.[[http://www.ghostarmy.org Ghost Army]] used this trick for the Allies in World War II many times, with inflatable tanks, sound-effects records of warships and submarines played through loudspeakers, fake radio chatter referring to nonexistent troops, and having the same battalion march several times through town wearing the uniforms of different armies (pretending to be French, then American, then British soldiers) etc.
28th Apr '17 10:58:40 AM infernape612
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Against Lord Slug in FanFic/SaviorOfDemons, [[OffscreenTeleportation Frieza]] suddenly appears to dress the villain down and warn him to get off Frieza's planet. [[spoiler: It's actually {{Shapeshifter}} [[TalkingAnimal Puar]] in disguise, trying to buy time.]] Made more amazing by the fact that [[spoiler: Oolong]] had just tried (and failed miserably) at this exact same tactic.

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* Against Lord Slug in FanFic/SaviorOfDemons, ''FanFic/SaviorOfDemons'', [[OffscreenTeleportation Frieza]] suddenly appears to dress the villain down and warn him to get off Frieza's planet. [[spoiler: It's actually {{Shapeshifter}} [[TalkingAnimal Puar]] in disguise, trying to buy time.]] Made more amazing by the fact that [[spoiler: Oolong]] had just tried (and failed miserably) at this exact same tactic.



-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' I think it's only fair to warn you, this facility is surrounded by a highly trained team of 130 Black Op Snipers.
-->'''Siegfried:''' I find that hard to believe.
-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' Would you believe two dozen Delta Force Commandos?
-->'''Siegfried:''' No.
-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' How about Creator/ChuckNorris with a BB gun?

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-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' I think it's only fair to warn you, this facility is surrounded by a highly trained team of 130 Black Op Snipers.
-->'''Siegfried:'''
Snipers.\\
'''Siegfried:'''
I find that hard to believe.
-->'''Maxwell
believe.\\
'''Maxwell
Smart:''' Would you believe two dozen Delta Force Commandos?
-->'''Siegfried:''' No.
-->'''Maxwell
Commandos?\\
'''Siegfried:''' No.\\
'''Maxwell
Smart:''' How about Creator/ChuckNorris with a BB gun?
9th Mar '17 12:33:56 PM Roketto
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Against Lord Slug in FanFic/SaviorOfDemons, [[OffscreenTeleportation Frieza]] suddenly appears to dress the villain down and warn him to get off Frieza's planet. [[spoiler: It's actually {{Shapeshifter}} [[TalkingAnimal Puar]] in disguise, trying to buy time.]] Made more amazing by the fact that [[spoiler: Oolong]] had just tried (and failed miserably) at this exact same tactic.
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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.
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