History Main / BavarianFireDrill

28th Apr '16 6:01:24 AM Nepeta
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-->'''[[spoiler:Ford]]:''' Well, what are you waiting for, a kiss on the cheek? [[DrillSergeantNasty GET OUTTA HERE BEFORE I HAVE YOUR BUTTS COURT-MARTIALED!]]\\

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-->'''[[spoiler:Ford]]:''' Well, what are you waiting for, [[CallBack a kiss on the cheek? cheek]]? [[DrillSergeantNasty GET OUTTA HERE BEFORE I HAVE YOUR BUTTS COURT-MARTIALED!]]\\
21st Apr '16 1:04:24 AM TomWalpertac2
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Related tropes include TrojanPrisoner, where the emphasis is on the disguise rather than the bluff; TheGuardsMustBeCrazy, which is often how people fall for this; and RefugeInAudacity, which is often how it's pulled off. This trope can be combined with SafetyInMuggles to manipulate enemies bound to respect the Masquerade into going along with the crowd...or alienating them from it. Compare ImpersonatingAnOfficer, where the person outright claims to be a law officer.

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Related tropes include TrojanPrisoner, where the emphasis is on the disguise rather than the bluff; TheGuardsMustBeCrazy, which is often how people fall for this; and RefugeInAudacity, which is often how it's pulled off. This trope can be combined with SafetyInMuggles to manipulate enemies bound to respect the Masquerade into going along with the crowd...or alienating them from it. Compare ImpersonatingAnOfficer, where the person outright claims to be a law officer.
officer or other ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
9th Apr '16 11:56:29 PM JMQwilleran
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* A [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/09/us/minnesota-burger-king-prank/index.html prank caller]] dials up several fast food restaurants and convinces the employees there to smash out their restaurant's windows by pretending to be a fire department official who's been alerted to a dangerous gas leak at the restaurant that will result in an explosion if they the building isn't depressurized by smashing out the windows.
1st Apr '16 3:50:43 PM CrowTR0bot
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* [[Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas The Courier]] does this to break into the Solar Power facility by impersonating an NCR officer, shouting DrillSergeantNasty phrases at the door guard until she lets him in.
29th Mar '16 7:57:08 AM erraticegomania
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Sylvester is able to convince the headmistress of the Mothmont preparatory school that [[AcademyOfEvil Radham Academy]] is requesting that she institute a quarantine by leaving her an anonymous note in her (locked) office, ''signed in his own blood'' to lend it the requisite dash of melodrama.
28th Mar '16 11:02:02 PM Viira
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans A Tale of Two Stans]]," [[spoiler:Stan's just-returned LongLostBrother Ford]] pulls this on the government agents swarming the Mystery Shack after [[spoiler:wiping their memories]] by giving them a "[[BlatantLies very real report]]" about an undocumented meteor shower elsewhere and demanding all their data on the Pines case.
-->'''[[spoiler:Ford]]:''' Well, what are you waiting for, a kiss on the cheek? [[DrillSergeantNasty GET OUTTA HERE BEFORE I HAVE YOUR BUTTS COURT MARSHALED!]]\\

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans A Tale of Two Stans]]," [[spoiler:Stan's just-returned LongLostBrother long lost brother Ford]] pulls this on the government agents swarming the Mystery Shack after [[spoiler:wiping their memories]] by giving them a "[[BlatantLies very real report]]" about an undocumented meteor shower elsewhere and demanding all their data on the Pines case.
-->'''[[spoiler:Ford]]:''' Well, what are you waiting for, a kiss on the cheek? [[DrillSergeantNasty GET OUTTA HERE BEFORE I HAVE YOUR BUTTS COURT MARSHALED!]]\\COURT-MARTIALED!]]\\
20th Mar '16 8:29:56 AM skidoo23
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* Happens a lot in ''Series/DoctorWho'', partly because of narrative necessity, partly because the Doctor seems commanding and often knows what to do.
** In "The Reign of Terror", the Doctor uses the uniform of a French official to gain access to the jail where his companions are held, order around the jailor and bluff his way into a meeting with Robespierre.
** In "Aliens of London", he gets out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of armed soldiers by using this--when a scream sounds from another room he yells, "Defense plan Delta! Come on!" and runs out of the room, and they all instinctively follow his orders, even though he's presented no identification at all. Of course, we later learn they're UNIT soldiers, so presumably he learned the correct code during his time [[ContinuityNod working for them]].
** In "Silver Nemesis", the TARDIS arrives in the present day on the grounds of a castle and the Doctor approaches the little old lady he sees confidently, telling Ace, "Act like we own the place...always works. We own the place." Ace has to point out that the woman they're approaching really does own the place--and the place is Windsor Castle.
** In "The Shakespeare Code", he tells Martha something similar to allay her concerns about walking around Elizabethan London: "Just walk around like you own the place, always works for me."
** In "The Curse of Fenric", the Doctor types out his own letter of authorization and forges the signatures of the head of the secret service and the Prime Minister (at the same time, no less, with a pen in each hand) in front of the person he's bluffing, and then hands them to him. They are accepted without question.

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* Happens a lot in ''Series/DoctorWho'', partly because of narrative necessity, partly because the Doctor seems commanding and often knows what to do.
do. In fact, the Doctor can be said to be a grand master of the fire drill.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror", Terror]]", the Doctor uses the uniform of a French official to gain access to the jail where his companions are held, order around the jailor and bluff his way into a meeting with Robespierre.
** In "Aliens "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Aliens of London", London]]", he gets out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of armed soldiers by using this--when a scream sounds from another room he yells, "Defense plan Delta! Come on!" and runs out of the room, and they all instinctively follow his orders, even though he's presented no identification at all. Of course, we later learn they're UNIT soldiers, so presumably he learned the correct code during his time [[ContinuityNod working for them]].
** In "Silver Nemesis", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", the TARDIS arrives in the present day on the grounds of a castle and the Doctor approaches the little old lady he sees confidently, telling Ace, "Act like we own the place...always works. We own the place." Ace has to point out that the woman they're approaching really does own the place--and the place is Windsor Castle.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code", Code]]", he tells Martha something similar to allay her concerns about walking around Elizabethan London: "Just walk around like you own the place, always works for me."
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric", Fenric]]", the Doctor types out his own letter of authorization and forges the signatures of the head of the secret service and the Prime Minister (at the same time, no less, with a pen in each hand) in front of the person he's bluffing, and then hands them to him. They are accepted without question.



** Inverted in "Midnight". The Doctor does his usual thing with psychic paper, bluffing his way into the cabin and generally making it clear that he knows what he's doing...which leads the passengers to suspect he has something to do with the alien. The more he tries to take control of the situation, the more suspicious of him everyone becomes.
** Used in "The War Games" to get into a military prison. One of the most impressive uses in the series--the Doctor has been convicted of espionage in wartime and has escaped from prison. He is not in uniform, or even a proper suit, and he has a gaping HOLE in the knee of his trousers, and yet he managed to bluff the prison commander for a solid chunk of time just by knowing what to say and shouting loudly.

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** Inverted in "Midnight"."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]". The Doctor does his usual thing with psychic paper, bluffing his way into the cabin and generally making it clear that he knows what he's doing...which leads the passengers to suspect he has something to do with the alien. The more he tries to take control of the situation, the more suspicious of him everyone becomes.
** Used in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games" Games]]" to get into a military prison. One of the most impressive uses in the series--the Doctor has been convicted of espionage in wartime and has escaped from prison. He is not in uniform, or even a proper suit, and he has a gaping HOLE in the knee of his trousers, and yet he managed to bluff the prison commander for a solid chunk of time just by knowing what to say and shouting loudly.loudly.
** Companions on occasion have been known to engage in this, with Clara Oswald bluffing her way through commanding a group of soldiers in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]" and later squaring off against several Cybermen by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven fire-drilling her way through an impersonation of the Doctor himself]].
16th Mar '16 3:17:42 PM ObsidianFire
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Preed tries to bully the guard to the slave pens by pretending to be a slave trader. The guard shows he's GenreSavvy and not just DumbMuscle by pointing out all the flaws in the masquerade, forcing Preed's companion to knock him out. Preed hangs a final lampshade on the subversion with the comment, "A smart guard. Didn't see ''that'' coming."

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' when Preed tries to bully the guard to the slave pens by pretending to be a slave trader. The guard shows he's GenreSavvy smart and not just DumbMuscle by pointing out all the flaws in the masquerade, forcing Preed's companion to knock him out. Preed hangs a final lampshade on the subversion with the comment, "A smart guard. Didn't see ''that'' coming."



** William, in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', exploits this technique when he tells Nobby "Yes, I've been talking to Commander Vimes, and now I would like to see the room where the crime was committed," and thinks that while the implication is that Vimes has ''given him permission'', William has not [[ExactWords claimed this]]. Unfortunately for him, he shortly runs into a more GenreSavvy cop.

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** William, in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', exploits this technique when he tells Nobby "Yes, I've been talking to Commander Vimes, and now I would like to see the room where the crime was committed," and thinks that while the implication is that Vimes has ''given him permission'', William has not [[ExactWords claimed this]]. Unfortunately for him, he shortly runs into a more GenreSavvy smarter cop.



** They are more willing to offer it after you tell them you don't want it because ''obviously'' [[KillUsBoth only the good guy would say that]]. Of course, the whole point of a BavarianFireDrill is being GenreSavvy.
12th Mar '16 5:58:24 PM tsstevens
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** A related instruction given in self-defense courses is to never yell "Help!" because of the chance that some people will be less likely to respond if there is a threat of danger. Instead, when threatened, you should yell "Fire!", because that will attract more people. (Within reason, obviously--if there are police/security guards within earshot, then "Help" is better because it's more likely to bring professional assistance, who aren't impeded by curious on-lookers. If there are so many people that yelling "Fire" may cause a dangerous panic, then, of course, you should yell "Help!" instead.)

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** A related instruction given in self-defense courses is to never yell "Help!" because of the chance that some people will be less likely to respond if there is a threat of danger. Instead, when threatened, you should yell "Fire!", and/or flip a fire or car alarm, DontTryThisAtHome unless it's life or death, because that will attract more people. (Within reason, obviously--if there are police/security guards within earshot, then "Help" is better because it's more likely to bring professional assistance, who aren't impeded by curious on-lookers. If there are so many people that yelling "Fire" may cause a dangerous panic, then, of course, you should yell "Help!" instead.)
12th Mar '16 2:35:17 PM Nulono
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* Gatecrashing the Obama White House has [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34690470/ns/politics?GT1=43001 become something of a hobby of tourists lately]]. The Secret Service has admitted the wrong people no less than three times in the past three months.

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* Gatecrashing the Obama White House has [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34690470/ns/politics?GT1=43001 become something of a hobby of tourists lately]]. The Secret Service has admitted the wrong people no less fewer than three times in the past three months.
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