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12th Jul '17 1:08:46 PM Linda58
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** This also backfired when he needed the security camera tapes of a simple construction company and a woman there was instantly suspicious of him, asking who he worked for and immediately phoning to check. Mike barely gets out ahead of security. This is one of the show's themes: no matter how good a spy you are, you're just as vulnerable as anyone else.

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** This was also backfired zigzagged to hell and back when he needed the security camera tapes of a simple construction company and a company. A woman there was instantly suspicious of him, asking who he worked for and immediately phoning to check. Aware trying to stop her would blow his cover, Mike barely encourages her to do so... and then she makes the mistake of handing him the phone. He then acts as if everything is fine and gets the information he needs, all while the man on the phone is screaming at him to stop. Aware he's out ahead of security.time, he causes a distraction and runs. Played straight with him running, as he notes that people run (or at least jog) out of offices all the time, as long as the look on your face says "I'm in a hurry" (presumably as opposed to a guilty look) you can get out just fine. The man he had been talking to manages to tell the woman he's imposter and she calls for security to stop him just ''after'' he gets away. This is one of the show's themes: no matter how good a spy you are, you're just as vulnerable as anyone else.
8th Jul '17 3:34:57 AM azbyc15243
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* In ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', Kyousuke needs to infiltrate a hotel where a VIP is staying. As it happens, there's a musical currently airing in the local area, with the [[TopGod White Queen]] as the lead character... and the actual White Queen is currently working with Kyousuke. He messes up her hair, throws a towel at her and berates her, pretending that she's the lead actress of said musical and that he's another member of the staff. To further the deception, he makes his smartphone ring and pretends to answer a call from his boss.
24th Jun '17 6:01:11 AM JackG
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** Assisted in the new series by a kind of AppliedPhlebotinum known as psychic paper, which the reader sees as whatever form of credentials they think the Doctor needs... unless the viewer happens to be psychic enough to see through the illusion, like everyone working for Torchwood, or intelligent enough, like Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Also, lies too big will break it, as seen in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]], when it refuses to say he's "widely acknowledged as a [[BlatantLies mature and responsible adult]]". Furthermore, it appears it needs the target to have some semblance of imagination, as it [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline failed on the grumpy old work supervisor]].

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** Assisted This trope seems less convincing in the new series by a kind security-paranoid [=21st=] century, so the Revival Series saw the introduction of an AppliedPhlebotinum known as psychic paper, which the reader sees as whatever form of credentials they think the Doctor needs... unless the viewer happens to be psychic enough to see through the illusion, like everyone working for Torchwood, or intelligent enough, like Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Also, lies too big will break it, as seen in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]], when it refuses to say he's "widely acknowledged as a [[BlatantLies mature and responsible adult]]". Furthermore, it appears it needs the target to have some semblance of imagination, as it [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline failed on the grumpy old work supervisor]]. You don't want to be DistractedByTheSexy either.
17th Jun '17 3:52:29 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', [[spoiler:Jedao]] takes over the Swanknot swarm by waltzing aboard under the pretense of being send there by the Command, with their supposed recommendation being the only thing letting him keep an entire swarm on hold, then acting with enough airs that the [[{{Brainwashed}} formation instinct]] kicks in and makes them all slavishly obedient.
27th May '17 1:27:39 PM merotoker
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A SocialEngineering tactic to get what you need done by shouting that it's an emergency and giving orders. This is a favorite tactic of {{High School Hustler}}s, {{Phantom Thie|f}}ves, and Series/MacGyver-like characters. They enlist others in their StoneSoup or FencePainting project simply by acting in charge. TheGadfly or the TricksterArchetype is more likely interested in confusing the hell out of people. In some works, all you need to do is look like you're in charge and know what you're doing.

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A SocialEngineering tactic to get what you need done by shouting that it's an emergency and giving orders. This is a favorite tactic of {{High School Hustler}}s, {{Phantom Thie|f}}ves, and Series/MacGyver-like characters. They enlist others in their StoneSoup or FencePainting project simply by acting in charge. TheGadfly or the TricksterArchetype TheTrickster is more likely interested in confusing the hell out of people. In some works, all you need to do is look like you're in charge and know what you're doing.



ItsForABook is often a subtrope of this. May involve deploying the ClipboardOfAuthority, MuggedForDisguise, and DeliveryGuyInfiltration. The TropeNamer is ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} The Illuminatus Trilogy]]'', in which the ploy is used as a metaphor for how the [[AncientConspiracy Bavarian Illuminati]] maintain their power.

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ItsForABook is often a subtrope of this. May involve deploying the ClipboardOfAuthority, MuggedForDisguise, and DeliveryGuyInfiltration. The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} is ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} The Illuminatus Trilogy]]'', in which the ploy is used as a metaphor for how the [[AncientConspiracy Bavarian Illuminati]] maintain their power.



* Virtually half of the G-8 filler arc in ''Anime/{{One Piece}}'' is a Bavarian fire drill. The crew gets stuck in a naval base and have to disguise themselves. Two claim to be the new kitchen help that the base was expecting. One disguises himself as a janitor, and is caught pretty quickly. Two others start working in the infirmary. One more starts working on ships in an attempt to get closer to their own. The biggest example has a rigmarole of one character knocking out the expected inspector, taking his clothing and his identity. Eventually, most of them are caught excluding the "inspector," who even refuses to confirm another crewmate's lies. Eventually the real inspector is caught, assumed to be a straw hat, and taken to the brig. Those already captured keep the real inspector behind bars.

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* Virtually half of the G-8 filler arc in ''Anime/{{One Piece}}'' ''Anime/OnePiece'' is a Bavarian fire drill. The crew gets stuck in a naval base and have to disguise themselves. Two claim to be the new kitchen help that the base was expecting. One disguises himself as a janitor, and is caught pretty quickly. Two others start working in the infirmary. One more starts working on ships in an attempt to get closer to their own. The biggest example has a rigmarole of one character knocking out the expected inspector, taking his clothing and his identity. Eventually, most of them are caught excluding the "inspector," who even refuses to confirm another crewmate's lies. Eventually the real inspector is caught, assumed to be a straw hat, and taken to the brig. Those already captured keep the real inspector behind bars.



* [[LoveableRogue Reigen Arataka]] of ''Anime/MobPsycho100'' does this ''unintentionally''. When his student goes missing, he tracks him to the headquarters of evil esper organization, Claw, who - unbeknownst to Reigen - have abducted Mob, his brother, and several other psychic children (Reigen just thinks they're "some shifty group"). The guards demand to know who he is, but Reigen replies that he's run out of business cards and is only "here to talk things over with my subordinate"; they end up assuming that the subordinate he's referring to is their commander, meaning [[PhonyPsychic he]] must be the shadowy, rarely-seen leader of Claw. (It helps that the guards are already very confused and jumpy from Mob breaking in earlier to find his brother, and Claw's higher-ups don't normally [[WeHaveReserves treat the Mooks well]], so they're eager to get on his good side.) The misunderstanding is continued on the ''other'' side of things by the fact that none of Mob's friends have ever seen Reigen, either, though it's clear that, at some point, he realizes what's going on and rolls with it as an attempt to get them all out of there safely - and by time the truth is revealed, [[MagneticHero he's won over the guards enough to get them to desert]].

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* [[LoveableRogue [[LovableRogue Reigen Arataka]] of ''Anime/MobPsycho100'' does this ''unintentionally''. When his student goes missing, he tracks him to the headquarters of evil esper organization, Claw, who - unbeknownst to Reigen - have abducted Mob, his brother, and several other psychic children (Reigen just thinks they're "some shifty group"). The guards demand to know who he is, but Reigen replies that he's run out of business cards and is only "here to talk things over with my subordinate"; they end up assuming that the subordinate he's referring to is their commander, meaning [[PhonyPsychic he]] must be the shadowy, rarely-seen leader of Claw. (It helps that the guards are already very confused and jumpy from Mob breaking in earlier to find his brother, and Claw's higher-ups don't normally [[WeHaveReserves treat the Mooks well]], so they're eager to get on his good side.) The misunderstanding is continued on the ''other'' side of things by the fact that none of Mob's friends have ever seen Reigen, either, though it's clear that, at some point, he realizes what's going on and rolls with it as an attempt to get them all out of there safely - and by time the truth is revealed, [[MagneticHero he's won over the guards enough to get them to desert]].



* A serial case in the ''AudioPlay/BlakesSeven'' audio "Counterfeit". Blake bluffs his way into a scientific work camp as a new prisoner. Above ground, Avon uses the power of sheer arrogance to impersonate Space Commander Travis (a man, let us remind you, with one eye and an artificial hand). Eventually, however, they're both unmasked and Supreme Commander Servalan herself arrives to take the prisoners off the Governor's hands. They recognise her at once of course - the way she dominates the room, the white dress, the hair. [[spoiler:It's Jenna]].
* Near the end of the audio play for the ''VideoGame/Halo2'' AlternateRealityGame ''ARG/ILoveBees'', Ronnie manages to bluff her way into getting past the guard with her admittedly low security clearance by pointing out that he's been chewing 'pick-up sticks' on duty, and that the penalty therefor is technically treason.

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* A serial case in the ''AudioPlay/BlakesSeven'' audio "Counterfeit". Blake bluffs his way into a scientific work camp as a new prisoner. Above ground, Avon uses the power of sheer arrogance to impersonate Space Commander Travis (a man, let us remind you, with one eye and an artificial hand). Eventually, however, they're both unmasked and Supreme Commander Servalan herself arrives to take the prisoners off the Governor's hands. They recognise her at once of course - the way she dominates the room, the white dress, the hair. [[spoiler:It's Jenna]].
Jenna.]]
* Near the end of the audio play for the ''VideoGame/Halo2'' AlternateRealityGame ''ARG/ILoveBees'', Ronnie manages to bluff her way into getting past the guard with her admittedly low security clearance by pointing out that he's been chewing 'pick-up sticks' on duty, and that the penalty therefor therefore is technically treason.



* In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the bomb he intends to use on the SuperBowl crowd onto the base of the Goodyear Blimp.

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* In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the bomb he intends to use on the SuperBowl UsefulNotes/SuperBowl crowd onto the base of the Goodyear Blimp.



* In ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'', Captain Spaulding commandeers a car by giving the driver the line "I've got to borrow your car, ma'am. Official clown business."
** This backfires, so he has to headbutt her and steal the car. Also scares the shit out of her son.

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* In ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'', Captain Spaulding commandeers a car by giving the driver the line "I've got to borrow your car, ma'am. Official clown business."
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" This backfires, so he has to headbutt her and steal the car. Also scares the shit out of her son.



** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': The bad guys have kidnapped and killed an elderly official from Russia's Atomic Energy Authority, planning to replace him to aid their theft of plutonium. Bond kills and replaces their replacement (fooling the bad guys into getting him transport), and successfully bluffs his way into the nuclear disarmament site that is going to be robbed. [[spoiler:The subversion comes from the fact that Dr. Christmas Jones, the film's GirlOfTheWeek, saw straight through it and let Bond through while she grabbed security. She arrives just as Bond is trying to foil TheDragon's real theft]].

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** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': The bad guys have kidnapped and killed an elderly official from Russia's Atomic Energy Authority, planning to replace him to aid their theft of plutonium. Bond kills and replaces their replacement (fooling the bad guys into getting him transport), and successfully bluffs his way into the nuclear disarmament site that is going to be robbed. [[spoiler:The subversion comes from the fact that Dr. Christmas Jones, the film's GirlOfTheWeek, saw straight through it and let Bond through while she grabbed security. She arrives just as Bond is trying to foil TheDragon's real theft]].theft.]]



* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member is able to infiltrate a German officer's party in a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar enough to a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way right through a German roadblock by looking the guards in the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about the meaning of that strange, crown-like emblem on his hat]].

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* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member is able to infiltrate a German officer's party in a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar enough to a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way right through a German roadblock by looking the guards in the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about the meaning of that strange, crown-like emblem on his hat]].



* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[TheDeterminator Bryan]] [[ImplacableMan Mills]] blusters his way into the office of an Albanian white slavery ring by claiming to be a policeman -- and once inside, [[RefugeInAudacity demanding bribe money from them to keep the police off their backs.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} Bryan]] [[ImplacableMan Mills]] blusters his way into the office of an Albanian white slavery ring by claiming to be a policeman -- and once inside, [[RefugeInAudacity demanding bribe money from them to keep the police off their backs.]]



* The TropeNamer comes from the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, where Simon Moon used it to illustrate how most people will follow even nonsensical orders if given in a tone of authority: he stops several cars in the middle of traffic, shouting, "BavarianFireDrill! Everyone out! Stay in line!", getting the perplexed drivers to follow him in marching in a circle around their cars before then getting back in as if nothing had happened. The name itself is a reference to the old prank of a "Chinese fire drill", where the passengers in a car stopped at a sign or light all get out at once and get back in different seats.

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* The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} comes from the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, where Simon Moon used it to illustrate how most people will follow even nonsensical orders if given in a tone of authority: he stops several cars in the middle of traffic, shouting, "BavarianFireDrill! "Bavarian Fire Drill! Everyone out! Stay in line!", getting the perplexed drivers to follow him in marching in a circle around their cars before then getting back in as if nothing had happened. The name itself is a reference to the old prank of a "Chinese fire drill", where the passengers in a car stopped at a sign or light all get out at once and get back in different seats.



** Subverted in ''1635: The Cannon Law''. Ruy Sanchez tells several Spanish soldiers that he is a captain in the Spanish army, and gets valuable information from them. The Americans think he's pulled a BavarianFireDrill, until Sharon informs them that Ruy ''is'' a captain in the Spanish army. He just left out the part where he's working for the Americans.

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** Subverted in ''1635: The Cannon Law''. Ruy Sanchez tells several Spanish soldiers that he is a captain in the Spanish army, and gets valuable information from them. The Americans think he's pulled a BavarianFireDrill, this, until Sharon informs them that Ruy ''is'' a captain in the Spanish army. He just left out the part where he's working for the Americans.



* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the rabbit hero El-ahrairah (a {{Trickster|Archetype}} god) does this in some of his adventures. Inspired by his tales, several protagonist rabbits imprisoned in another warren pull this to distract a guard.

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* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the rabbit hero El-ahrairah (a {{Trickster|Archetype}} [[TheTrickster trickster]] god) does this in some of his adventures. Inspired by his tales, several protagonist rabbits imprisoned in another warren pull this to distract a guard.



** Her deception was greatly helped by the fact that Tobias had been talking up the name Funke at the water cooler for the whole day at Maeby's recommendation. And the reason she had done that was because she was skipping school by convincing Tobias that it was "Help Your Dad Achieve His Dream Day", which was another instance of this trope (not to mention that they only got into the film studio in the first place because Maeby convinced the security guard that they were meant to be there. Maeby is a ''master'' of the BavarianFireDrill).

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** Her deception was greatly helped by the fact that Tobias had been talking up the name Funke at the water cooler for the whole day at Maeby's recommendation. And the reason she had done that was because she was skipping school by convincing Tobias that it was "Help Your Dad Achieve His Dream Day", which was another instance of this trope (not to mention that they only got into the film studio in the first place because Maeby convinced the security guard that they were meant to be there. Maeby is a ''master'' of the BavarianFireDrill).this).



* A skit from the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "The Screaming Skull" has Pearl, Bobo, and Observer putting on penguin costumes and using BavarianFireDrill tactics to try and trick Mike and the bots into dressing in a similar fashion. After laughing at Mike and the bots' pathetic attempts at costumes, Pearl, Bobo, and Observer come to the sad realization that they themselves are even ''more'' pathetic thanks to [[OverlyPrepreparedGag the massive amount of effort they put into their lame joke]].

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* A skit from the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "The Screaming Skull" has Pearl, Bobo, and Observer putting on penguin costumes and using BavarianFireDrill these tactics to try and trick Mike and the bots into dressing in a similar fashion. After laughing at Mike and the bots' pathetic attempts at costumes, Pearl, Bobo, and Observer come to the sad realization that they themselves are even ''more'' pathetic thanks to [[OverlyPrepreparedGag the massive amount of effort they put into their lame joke]].



* Happens more or less OnceAnEpisode in the BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'', yet no one ever catches on.

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* Happens more or less OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode in the BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'', yet no one ever catches on.



* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is that Mike, a genius college dropout, has successfully convinced the entirety of the New York business elite that he is a Harvard-educated lawyer with only his boss Harvey's word as a vouchsafe. In addition to this first deception, this is a trademark of Mike's. He gets information from a witness by implying that he works for the Department of Justice, he's gotten onto a booked tour of Harvard by pretending to work for the Dean's office, and he's crashed a party full of Harvard graduates, getting himself into the official Class of 2011 group photo, despite having never gone to the school. Deconstructed later, when, every time someone gets supicious and tries to dig deeper, Mike and the others have to scramble to fake some more evidence or divert attention. [[spoiler:This eventually lands Mike in prison and puts the whole firm under review]].

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* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is that Mike, a genius college dropout, has successfully convinced the entirety of the New York business elite that he is a Harvard-educated lawyer with only his boss Harvey's word as a vouchsafe. In addition to this first deception, this is a trademark of Mike's. He gets information from a witness by implying that he works for the Department of Justice, he's gotten onto a booked tour of Harvard by pretending to work for the Dean's office, and he's crashed a party full of Harvard graduates, getting himself into the official Class of 2011 group photo, despite having never gone to the school. Deconstructed later, when, every time someone gets supicious and tries to dig deeper, Mike and the others have to scramble to fake some more evidence or divert attention. [[spoiler:This eventually lands Mike in prison and puts the whole firm under review]].review.]]



* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', you gain entry to Kaocho Palace by telling the guards that you're the Adepts the king was expecting. [[spoiler:[[AccidentalTruth You are]], [[UnwittingPawn though you didn't know that at the time]]]].

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* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', you gain entry to Kaocho Palace by telling the guards that you're the Adepts the king was expecting. [[spoiler:[[AccidentalTruth You are]], [[UnwittingPawn though you didn't know that at the time]]]].time]].]]



* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'': Unlocking Tier III of the Sabotage perk allows Sean to walk into any Nazi fortification while in desguise and plant dynamite on anything, such as the base of a watchtower or the side of a flak cannon, for instance, in full view of the guards without alerting ''anyone'' (until the dynamite actually goes off of course), apparently as a result of this trope.

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* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'': Unlocking Tier III of the Sabotage perk allows Sean to walk into any Nazi fortification while in desguise disguise and plant dynamite on anything, such as the base of a watchtower or the side of a flak cannon, for instance, in full view of the guards without alerting ''anyone'' (until the dynamite actually goes off of course), apparently as a result of this trope.



-->'''[[LoveableRogue Sam Starfall]]:''' Quick! Where's the nearest concentration of valuables that would easily fit into a pocket?\\

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-->'''[[LoveableRogue -->'''[[LovableRogue Sam Starfall]]:''' Quick! Where's the nearest concentration of valuables that would easily fit into a pocket?\\



** Done earlier in the episode ''Gale Force Winds''. Part of Aerrow's plan to save Dove from a Cyclonian prison was to have him and finn dress up as maintenance workers there to fix the boilers (which they themselves sabotaged earlier to give them cover to fly in undetected). Initially subverted when a pair of guards don't buy it, but played straight after Junko knocks them out, and he and Piper steal their uniforms.

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** Done earlier in the episode ''Gale "Gale Force Winds''.Winds". Part of Aerrow's plan to save Dove from a Cyclonian prison was to have him and finn dress up as maintenance workers there to fix the boilers (which they themselves sabotaged earlier to give them cover to fly in undetected). Initially subverted when a pair of guards don't buy it, but played straight after Junko knocks them out, and he and Piper steal their uniforms.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Of all the characters to pull off a BavarianFireDrill, especially those with Force powers, [=C3P0=] manages to get a pair of Battle Droids to stop guarding a room he was trying to get into by warning about a incoming Jedi and just continuing to walk on past them when they dash off.
** The same episode features Jar Jar Binks being mistaken for a Jedi because of his robe and he plays the role for all it's worth.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' combined this with GoLookAtTheDistraction. Peter and Lois get caught by police at a teenage drinking party ("Aren't you two a little old to be drinking illegally?"). Peter tells ''Lois'' to "Look over there!" and ''the cops'' to "Run!". The cops run away.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Of all the characters to pull off a BavarianFireDrill, this off, especially those with Force powers, [=C3P0=] manages to get a pair of Battle Droids to stop guarding a room he was trying to get into by warning about a an incoming Jedi and just continuing to walk on past them when they dash off.
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An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' combined this with GoLookAtTheDistraction. Peter and Lois get caught by police at a teenage drinking party ("Aren't you two a little old to be drinking illegally?"). Peter tells ''Lois'' to "Look over there!" and ''the cops'' to "Run!". The cops run away.



** Quagmire also pulls this on Jillian, telling her that he was a boob inspector and she let him in the apartment because he had a badge (actually a Snicker's wrapper).

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** Quagmire also pulls this on Jillian, telling her that he was a boob inspector and she let him in the apartment because he had a badge warrant (actually a Snicker's wrapper).



* In the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon "Daffy Dilly", Daffy is a novelty salesman trying to get past the snooty butler of a sickly millionaire so he can cheer the millionaire up. Daffy eventually gets rid of the butler by accusing him of trying to off his boss in order to get his hands on the fortune. Daffy's hard-boiled police detective impression is so convincing, he intimidates the butler into skipping town: "Just to show I'm not all copper, I'll give you [[MercyLead a ten-minute head start!]]"



* This is a key weapon in WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's arsenal. Notable examples include tricking the [[RobinHood Sheriff of Nottingham]] into buying real estate on the Royal Rose Garden ("WesternAnimation/RabbitHood"), convincing Elmer that he needs a fricasseeing rabbit license to shoot him ("Duck, Rabbit, Duck!"), and restraining Marvin the Martian in a straitjacket by claiming that his spaceship has struck an iceberg and putting him in a "life jacket" ("Hasty Hare").
* Another ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' master of the BavarianFireDrill is Foghorn Leghorn, whose tactic is to [[MotorMouth not let his victims get a word in edgewise]].

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* * ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
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This is a key weapon in WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's arsenal. Notable examples include tricking the [[RobinHood [[Myth/RobinHood Sheriff of Nottingham]] into buying real estate on the Royal Rose Garden ("WesternAnimation/RabbitHood"), convincing Elmer that he needs a fricasseeing rabbit license to shoot him ("Duck, Rabbit, Duck!"), and restraining Marvin the Martian in a straitjacket by claiming that his spaceship has struck an iceberg and putting him in a "life jacket" ("Hasty Hare").
* ** Another ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' master of the BavarianFireDrill trope is Foghorn Leghorn, WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn, whose tactic is to [[MotorMouth not let his victims get a word in edgewise]].edgewise]].
** In the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon "Daffy Dilly", Daffy is a novelty salesman trying to get past the snooty butler of a sickly millionaire so he can cheer the millionaire up. Daffy eventually gets rid of the butler by accusing him of trying to off his boss in order to get his hands on the fortune. Daffy's hard-boiled police detective impression is so convincing, he intimidates the butler into skipping town: "Just to show I'm not all copper, I'll give you [[MercyLead a ten-minute head start!]]"



* Bill uses this in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when, after stealing a tank while drunk then attempting to return it to the base, he is pulled over by the cops. At this point, Bill's arm is in a cast, he's weraing nothing but his boxers, and he smells horrible. Using a full-on drill instructor voice, he commands them to get back in their car and pretend they never saw a thing. He even gets a date out of the female of the duo.

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* Bill uses this in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when, after stealing a tank while drunk then attempting to return it to the base, he is pulled over by the cops. At this point, Bill's arm is in a cast, he's weraing wearing nothing but his boxers, and he smells horrible. Using a full-on drill instructor voice, he commands them to get back in their car and pretend they never saw a thing. He even gets a date out of the female of the duo.



-->'''The Brain:''' Actually, we are genetically-altered lab mice bent on world domination.

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-->'''The Brain:''' [[SarcasticConfession Actually, we are genetically-altered lab mice bent on world domination.]]



* Many of Joey Skaggs' greatest pranks are predicated on the BavarianFireDrill. The best of these was The Solomon Project, where Skaggs (as Dr. Joseph Bonuso) got on CNN to shill a computer that could replace judges. Even better, though, was the fact that ''this was the fifth time Skaggs had snowed CNN this way''.

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* Many of Joey Skaggs' greatest pranks are predicated on the BavarianFireDrill.these. The best of these was The Solomon Project, where Skaggs (as Dr. Joseph Bonuso) got on CNN to shill a computer that could replace judges. Even better, though, was the fact that ''this was the fifth time Skaggs had snowed CNN this way''.



* [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]] has told how he used to "sneak" out of school as a teenager by just putting on his school cap and walking purposefully out the front gate, whereupon he'd go downtown and see a movie. He notes that [[RefugeInAudacity as long as he looked like he didn't expect to be stopped, everyone assumed he was running an errand or something]].

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* [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]] Creator/EricIdle has told how he used to "sneak" out of school as a teenager by just putting on his school cap and walking purposefully out the front gate, whereupon he'd go downtown and see a movie. He notes that [[RefugeInAudacity as long as he looked like he didn't expect to be stopped, everyone assumed he was running an errand or something]].



* An old UrbanLegend has a guard at a salt quarry check for mining equipment possibly being smuggled out in salt shipments. One particularly-skeezy guy was checked every day for 30 years. The guard and the guy built up a rapport, and, on the guard's final day, he asked the guy what he was smuggling out, because he knew he had to be smuggling something. The guy coolly replied, "[[KansasCityShuffle salt]]."

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* An old UrbanLegend {{Urban Legend|s}} has a guard at a salt quarry check for mining equipment possibly being smuggled out in salt shipments. One particularly-skeezy guy was checked every day for 30 years. The guard and the guy built up a rapport, and, on the guard's final day, he asked the guy what he was smuggling out, because he knew he had to be smuggling something. The guy coolly replied, "[[KansasCityShuffle salt]]."



** This story may be very old indeed. A variation is also told of the Mullah Nasruddin--the Sufi [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] [[TricksterArchetype trickster]], who goes by the name Juha in Arab countries--involving donkeys carrying loads of hay across a border. Every day Nasruddin cheerfully admits to the border guard that he is "smuggling", but refuses to elaborate. The border guard never finds anything hidden in the hay. Years later, when both of them are retired, Nasruddin confesses to the guard that he was, of course, smuggling donkeys.

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** This story may be very old indeed. A variation is also told of the Mullah Nasruddin--the Sufi [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] [[TricksterArchetype [[TheTrickster trickster]], who goes by the name Juha in Arab countries--involving donkeys carrying loads of hay across a border. Every day Nasruddin cheerfully admits to the border guard that he is "smuggling", but refuses to elaborate. The border guard never finds anything hidden in the hay. Years later, when both of them are retired, Nasruddin confesses to the guard that he was, of course, smuggling donkeys.



** And in movies. In ''Contraband'', the corrupt ship's captain searches the van Mark Wahlberg and his crew were using to transport forged banknotes and is ticked that all he finds is a used painter's dropcloth. [[spoiler:The dropcloth is actually a Jackson Pollock painting the crew stole from a drug lord and is worth millions]].

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** And in movies. In ''Contraband'', the corrupt ship's captain searches the van Mark Wahlberg and his crew were using to transport forged banknotes and is ticked that all he finds is a used painter's dropcloth. [[spoiler:The dropcloth is actually a Jackson Pollock painting the crew stole from a drug lord and is worth millions]].millions.]]



** ImprovEverywhere exploited this in their Best Buy operation.

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** ImprovEverywhere Creator/ImprovEverywhere exploited this in their Best Buy operation.



* April 10, 1940 was the day after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the German invasion of Norway]]. This particular day was nicknamed "panic day" in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. For decades, Norwegians believed rumors that British bombers were about to attack that morning, and people panicked, packed their belongings and rushed out of town. That would be something like most of the population in that city. Only recently it was revealed that the whole incident was one gigantic BavarianFireDrill, a diversion to get a known German anti-fascist, Ernst Wollweber, out of town. The Norwegian communist faction actually hired a truck, drove it through town and yelled "The British are about to bomb!" In the imminent confusion, everybody believed this, and panicked. The communists succeeded in getting Wollweber to Sweden, and also in stirring up some 200.000 Oslo inhabitants. One of the greatest fire drills in the twentieth century.

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* April 10, 1940 was the day after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the German invasion of Norway]]. This particular day was nicknamed "panic day" in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. For decades, Norwegians believed rumors that British bombers were about to attack that morning, and people panicked, packed their belongings and rushed out of town. That would be something like most of the population in that city. Only recently it was revealed that the whole incident was one gigantic BavarianFireDrill, example, a diversion to get a known German anti-fascist, Ernst Wollweber, out of town. The Norwegian communist faction actually hired a truck, drove it through town and yelled "The British are about to bomb!" In the imminent confusion, everybody believed this, and panicked. The communists succeeded in getting Wollweber to Sweden, and also in stirring up some 200.000 Oslo inhabitants. One of the greatest fire drills in the twentieth century.
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* The protagonists of the Creator/SvenHassel novels do this on several occasions. In "Blitzfreeze", Porta and Tiny con the commander of a supplies depot into giving them all the food they want by pretending to be undercover inspectors. In "Monte Cassino", Heide gets them through several roadblocks while dressed as an SS officer and blustering his way through (it helps that Heide is a rabid Nazi who always wanted to be in the SS, so the power goes to his head). They've also done the NKVD trick mentioned below in the Real Life section, while operating as a commando unit behind enemy lines.
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Often TruthInTelevision. See also Wiki/TVTropes's handy [[JustForFun/HowToPullOffABavarianFireDrill how to]] guide on how to pull off one of these.

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Often TruthInTelevision. See also Wiki/TVTropes's Wiki/TVTropes' handy [[JustForFun/HowToPullOffABavarianFireDrill how to]] guide on how to pull off one of these.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* 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 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."

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[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* 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 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."
Animated]]



* 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 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."



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Jake Blues in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' buys time to get away from a gig gone bad by [[RefugeInAudacity flashing a pack of cigarettes]] like a badge and claiming to be a [[ItMakesSenseInContext union representative]].
* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member is able to infiltrate a German officer's party in a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar enough to a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way right through a German roadblock by looking the guards in the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about the meaning of that strange, crown-like emblem on his hat]].

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[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Jake Blues in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' buys time to get away from a gig gone bad by [[RefugeInAudacity flashing a pack of cigarettes]] like a badge and claiming to be a [[ItMakesSenseInContext union representative]].
* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member
In ''Film/{{Accepted}}'', Bartelbee is able to infiltrate sneak into a German officer's college frat party in by wearing a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar suit and pretending to know the fraternity’s members.
* In ''Film/TheBeastMaster 2'', an atom bomb big
enough to destroy the world is stolen by the main villain. He steals a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way general's uniform, security papers and memories, then walks right through a German roadblock by looking in to the guards in secure military base, being allowed past the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about gate and all the meaning of way up to the bomb itself before being so much as questioned ''despite'' the fact that strange, crown-like emblem on he has a leather patch fixed over half his hat]].face.



* A recurring gag in Creator/BusterKeaton films is for Keaton's character to start acting like a traffic cop.



* In the remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'':
** Rusty Ryan pulls this, rescuing Basher from arrest by barging onto the scene and acting like a detective, taking charge of the arrest and getting rid of the officer by ordering him to go find someone who didn't exist.
--->'''Rusty:''' Go find Griggs, tell him I need to talk to him.\\
'''Officer:''' Who?\\
'''Rusty:''' JUST FIND HIM, ALL RIGHT?
** A number of team members [[spoiler:posed as the SWAT team sent to secure Benedict's vault, faked an assault on the intruders, then trooped out of the casino in plain view, concealing the money in their equipment and ammo bags]].
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger pulled this in ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'', showing a fake badge and ordering cops around during the raid on Santas' counterfeit toy factory.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond donned a lab coat, grabbed a clipboard and masqueraded as "Klaus Hergesheimer, G Section" (whom he had met earlier) to explore the secret installation where the KillSat was being created.
** In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Bond attempts (and succeeds) to masquerade as the villain, Scaramanga, to a Thai entrepreneur--by ''pasting a third nipple on himself'' and hanging out proudly by the pool. He's gambling on the idea that that the entrepreneur and Scaramanga have never met in person, and that the entrepreneur would only know Scaramanga by his identifying physical oddity. The plan works, [[spoiler:but then Bond gets found out and used for practice by a Thai krabi krabong school. Turns out, Scaramanga was ''right there'']].
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': The bad guys have kidnapped and killed an elderly official from Russia's Atomic Energy Authority, planning to replace him to aid their theft of plutonium. Bond kills and replaces their replacement (fooling the bad guys into getting him transport), and successfully bluffs his way into the nuclear disarmament site that is going to be robbed. [[spoiler:The subversion comes from the fact that Dr. Christmas Jones, the film's GirlOfTheWeek, saw straight through it and let Bond through while she grabbed security. She arrives just as Bond is trying to foil TheDragon's real theft]].
* In the 1987 film ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'', whiz kid business school graduate [[Creator/MichaelJFox Brantley Foster]] is given a charity mailroom job by his uncle when the company he was supposed to go to work for goes under on his first day. He becomes a mid-level executive in his uncle's company simply by taking over an unoccupied office, requisitioning supplies, and getting a secretary from the company pool. He plays the part so well that no one catches on to what he's doing. It helps that his mailroom job lets him go anywhere in the building unnoticed, talk to almost anyone, and observe the workings of the corporation in a way that the other executives can't.



* A version of this is pulled in the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', where the male lead talks a guard on night watch at the local TV station into handing over the number to the modem by claiming to work in accounting. Words like "[[SatiatingSandwich BLT]] drive" are exchanged.
* Mildly in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to be challenged by the hotel staff. And also done right at the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.
* Done effectively in ''Film/MidnightRun''.

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* A version of this is pulled in In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', where confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the male lead talks a guard bomb he intends to use on night watch at the local TV station into handing over SuperBowl crowd onto the number to base of the modem Goodyear Blimp.
* Jake Blues in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' buys time to get away from a gig gone bad
by [[RefugeInAudacity flashing a pack of cigarettes]] like a badge and claiming to work in accounting. Words like "[[SatiatingSandwich BLT]] drive" are exchanged.
* Mildly in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to
be challenged by the hotel staff. And also done right at the beginning of the film to steal an ambulance.
* Done effectively in ''Film/MidnightRun''.
a [[ItMakesSenseInContext union representative]].



* In ''The Paper'', Creator/MichaelKeaton claims (and demonstrates!) that all you need to get into any building in the world is a clipboard and a confident wave.
* ''Film/TheYesMen'' is a documentary of a group of activists who went around the world pulling off stunts like these, getting to hold speeches at all sorts of institutes, universities, and getting on news broadcasts. Selection of topics their Straw Man alter egos supported are recycling "human waste" into food in the third world, and reinstating slavery for the benefit of the clothing industry.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Dr. Friedman pulls one of these on the people studying the spaceship to get them to leave.
* In ''The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'', the titular character managed to successfully become part of an advertising agency by going in with a clipboard, looking like he knew what he was doing and saying he was with "efficiency", and everyone perfectly buys it!

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* In ''The Paper'', Creator/MichaelKeaton claims (and demonstrates!) that all you need Charlie of ''Film/TheDeal2008'' manages to get into any building in keep the world is a clipboard and a confident wave.
* ''Film/TheYesMen'' is a documentary of a group of activists who went around the world pulling off stunts
film production constantly moving forward by acting like these, getting he knows the exact right next step and alternately banding everyone together to hold speeches at all sorts of institutes, universities, act as one and getting on news broadcasts. Selection of topics their Straw Man alter egos supported are recycling "human waste" into food in the third world, and reinstating slavery for the benefit of the clothing industry.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Dr. Friedman pulls one of these on the people studying the spaceship to get
them to leave.
* In ''The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'', the titular character managed to successfully become part of an advertising agency by going in with a clipboard, looking like he knew what he was doing and saying he was with "efficiency", and everyone perfectly buys it!
fight each other.



* In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Riddick's captor lets the other crash survivors believe he's the equivalent of a federal marshal, but is a drug-addicted mercenary, out to collect the price on Riddick's head.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[TheDeterminator Bryan]] [[ImplacableMan Mills]] blusters his way into the office of an Albanian white slavery ring by claiming to be a policeman--and once inside, [[RefugeInAudacity demanding bribe money from them to keep the police off their backs.]]
* In ''Film/{{Fletch}}'', Fletch often pulls off bluffs like this.
* In ''Film/{{Accepted}}'', Bartelbee is able to sneak into a college frat party by wearing a suit and pretending to know the fraternity’s members.
* Dewey Finn conducts a Bavarian Fire Drill for most of ''Film/SchoolOfRock''.
* In ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', the guards stationed around Katsumoto's house have this routine pulled on them by interpreter Simon Graham, who convinces them that Creator/TomCruise is the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny President of the United States]].
-->'''Algren:''' The President of the United States?
-->'''Simon Graham:''' Sorry. I think I'm going to be sick.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Scotty and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]], who are trying to build a giant water tank, barge into a Plexiglas manufacturer on an "invited tour" which the manager knows nothing about, prompting Scotty to go on a tirade, demanding to see the owners until the manager offers to conduct their tour personally. They pull ''another one'' later in the film, using a fake medical emergency to get past two guards at a hospital.
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' This woman has acute post-prandial upper abdominal distension!
--> (''The guards let them in.'')
--> '''James T. Kirk:''' What did you say she's got?
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' Cramps.
* Accidentally invoked and taken to its ultimate extreme in Israeli comedy film ''Te'alat Blaumilch'' (translation: ''The Blaumilch Canal''; English title: ''The Big Dig'') in which a lunatic escapes from an asylum and starts digging up a [[spoiler:major road. When it comes to official notice, he is given every assistance possible, despite numerous complaints. HilarityEnsues, especially when they reach the sea]].
* The 1941 film ''Film/TheyMetInBombay'', starring Creator/ClarkGable, had his character, dressed as a British officer, ordering soldiers he finds on the street to follow him. Eventually he is sent by the British army into battle against the Japanese. His performance is such that he is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, at which point they find out that not only is he not in the army at all, he's a notorious jewel thief who disguised himself as an officer as part of a scam.



* In ''Film/TheBeastMaster 2'', an atom bomb big enough to destroy the world is stolen by the main villain. He steals a general's uniform, security papers and memories, then walks right in to the secure military base, being allowed past the gate and all the way up to the bomb itself before being so much as questioned ''despite'' the fact that he has a leather patch fixed over half his face.

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%%* In ''Film/{{Fletch}}'', Fletch often pulls off bluffs like this.
* In ''Film/TheBeastMaster 2'', an atom bomb big enough to destroy ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'', this is how [[spoiler:the kidnapper pulls off the world girl's disappearance without anyone noticing]].
* A version of this
is stolen pulled in the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'', where the male lead talks a guard on night watch at the local TV station into handing over the number to the modem by claiming to work in accounting. Words like "[[SatiatingSandwich BLT]] drive" are exchanged.
* Mildly in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where [=McCauley=] merely needs to look and sound like he belongs in order not to be challenged
by the main villain. He steals a general's uniform, security papers and memories, then walks hotel staff. And also done right in to at the secure military base, being allowed past beginning of the gate and all the way up film to the bomb itself before being so much as questioned ''despite'' the fact that he has a leather patch fixed over half his face.steal an ambulance.



* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond donned a lab coat, grabbed a clipboard and masqueraded as "Klaus Hergesheimer, G Section" (whom he had met earlier) to explore the secret installation where the KillSat was being created.
** In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Bond attempts (and succeeds) to masquerade as the villain, Scaramanga, to a Thai entrepreneur--by ''pasting a third nipple on himself'' and hanging out proudly by the pool. He's gambling on the idea that that the entrepreneur and Scaramanga have never met in person, and that the entrepreneur would only know Scaramanga by his identifying physical oddity. The plan works, [[spoiler:but then Bond gets found out and used for practice by a Thai krabi krabong school. Turns out, Scaramanga was ''right there'']].
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': The bad guys have kidnapped and killed an elderly official from Russia's Atomic Energy Authority, planning to replace him to aid their theft of plutonium. Bond kills and replaces their replacement (fooling the bad guys into getting him transport), and successfully bluffs his way into the nuclear disarmament site that is going to be robbed. [[spoiler:The subversion comes from the fact that Dr. Christmas Jones, the film's GirlOfTheWeek, saw straight through it and let Bond through while she grabbed security. She arrives just as Bond is trying to foil TheDragon's real theft]].
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger pulled this in ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'', showing a fake badge and ordering cops around during the raid on Santas' counterfeit toy factory.
* A recurring gag in Creator/BusterKeaton films is for Keaton's character to start acting like a traffic cop.
* In ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', the guards stationed around Katsumoto's house have this routine pulled on them by interpreter Simon Graham, who convinces them that Creator/TomCruise is the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny President of the United States]].
-->'''Algren:''' The President of the United States?\\
'''Simon Graham:''' Sorry. I think I'm going to be sick.



* In ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'', this is how [[spoiler:the kidnapper pulls off the girl's disappearance without anyone noticing]].
* Charlie of ''{{Film/TheDeal|2008}}'' manages to keep the film production constantly moving forward by acting like he knows the exact right next step and alternately banding everyone together to act as one and getting them to fight each other.

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%%* Done effectively in ''Film/MidnightRun''.
* In ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'', this is how [[spoiler:the kidnapper the remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'':
** Rusty Ryan
pulls off this, rescuing Basher from arrest by barging onto the girl's disappearance without anyone noticing]].
* Charlie
scene and acting like a detective, taking charge of ''{{Film/TheDeal|2008}}'' manages the arrest and getting rid of the officer by ordering him to go find someone who didn't exist.
--->'''Rusty:''' Go find Griggs, tell him I need to talk to him.\\
'''Officer:''' Who?\\
'''Rusty:''' JUST FIND HIM, ALL RIGHT?
** A number of team members [[spoiler:posed as the SWAT team sent to secure Benedict's vault, faked an assault on the intruders, then trooped out of the casino in plain view, concealing the money in their equipment and ammo bags]].
* In ''The Paper'', Creator/MichaelKeaton claims (and demonstrates!) that all you need to get into any building in the world is a clipboard and a confident wave.
* In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Riddick's captor lets the other crash survivors believe he's the equivalent of a federal marshal, but is a drug-addicted mercenary, out to collect the price on Riddick's head.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Dr. Friedman pulls one of these on the people studying the spaceship to get them to leave.
* In ''The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer'', the titular character managed to successfully become part of an advertising agency by going in with a clipboard, looking like he knew what he was doing and saying he was with "efficiency", and everyone perfectly buys it!
%%* Dewey Finn conducts a Bavarian Fire Drill for most of ''Film/SchoolOfRock''.
* In the 1987 film ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'', whiz kid business school graduate [[Creator/MichaelJFox Brantley Foster]] is given a charity mailroom job by his uncle when the company he was supposed to go to work for goes under on his first day. He becomes a mid-level executive in his uncle's company simply by taking over an unoccupied office, requisitioning supplies, and getting a secretary from the company pool. He plays the part so well that no one catches on to what he's doing. It helps that his mailroom job lets him go anywhere in the building unnoticed, talk to almost anyone, and observe the workings of the corporation in a way that the other executives can't.
* The Dutch UsefulNotes/WW2 epic ''Film/SoldierOfOrange'' features one of the ballsier examples, when a Dutch Resistance member is able to infiltrate a German officer's party in a ''[[RefugeInAudacity British Royal Navy officer's uniform]]'', because it looks similar enough to a Kriegsmarine one "...at a distance". At one point, he bluffs his way right through a German roadblock by looking the guards in the eyes sternly. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy They are left wondering about the meaning of that strange, crown-like emblem on his hat]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Scotty and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]], who are trying to build a giant water tank, barge into a Plexiglas manufacturer on an "invited tour" which the manager knows nothing about, prompting Scotty to go on a tirade, demanding to see the owners until the manager offers to conduct their tour personally. They pull ''another one'' later in the film, using a fake medical emergency to get past two guards at a hospital.
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' This woman has acute post-prandial upper abdominal distension!
--> (''The guards let them in.'')
--> '''James T. Kirk:''' What did you say she's got?
--> '''Leonard [=McCoy=]:''' Cramps.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ANewHope'', when some Stormtroopers are breaking into the control room they're hiding in, C-3PO and R2-D2 simply hide in a nearby closet: when the troopers discover them, 3PO claims they were locked in by the intruders.
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[TheDeterminator Bryan]] [[ImplacableMan Mills]] blusters his way into the office of an Albanian white slavery ring by claiming to be a policeman -- and once inside, [[RefugeInAudacity demanding bribe money from them
to keep the police off their backs.]]
* Accidentally invoked and taken to its ultimate extreme in Israeli comedy
film production constantly moving forward by acting like ''Te'alat Blaumilch'' (translation: ''The Blaumilch Canal''; English title: ''The Big Dig'') in which a lunatic escapes from an asylum and starts digging up a [[spoiler:major road. When it comes to official notice, he knows is given every assistance possible, despite numerous complaints. HilarityEnsues, especially when they reach the exact right next step and alternately banding everyone together sea]].
* The 1941 film ''Film/TheyMetInBombay'', starring Creator/ClarkGable, had his character, dressed as a British officer, ordering soldiers he finds on the street
to act follow him. Eventually he is sent by the British army into battle against the Japanese. His performance is such that he is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions, at which point they find out that not only is he not in the army at all, he's a notorious jewel thief who disguised himself as one and getting them to fight each other.an officer as part of a scam.



* In ''Film/ANewHope'', when some Stormtroopers are breaking into the control room they're hiding in, C-3PO and R2-D2 simply hide in a nearby closet: when the Troopers open up, 3PO claims they were locked in by the intruders.
* In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the bomb he intends to use on the SuperBowl crowd onto the base of the Goodyear Blimp.

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* In ''Film/ANewHope'', when some Stormtroopers ''Film/TheYesMen'' is a documentary of a group of activists who went around the world pulling off stunts like these, getting to hold speeches at all sorts of institutes, universities, and getting on news broadcasts. Selection of topics their Straw Man alter egos supported are breaking recycling "human waste" into food in the control room they're hiding in, C-3PO third world, and R2-D2 simply hide in a nearby closet: when reinstating slavery for the Troopers open up, 3PO claims they were locked in by the intruders.
* In ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[ShellShockedVeteran Lander]] uses the confusion caused by an engine fire to get his own ground crew to load the bomb he intends to use on the SuperBowl crowd onto the base
benefit of the Goodyear Blimp.clothing industry.
20th May '17 10:37:51 PM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', Shrek gets into the Fairy Godmother's factory by claiming to be from "the Union".
-->'''Shrek:''' We represent the workers in all magical industries, both evil and benign. Have you been feeling oppressed or degraded lately?
-->'''Secretary Elf:''' ''[perking up]'' Um, maybe...

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Shrek gets into the Fairy Godmother's factory by claiming to be from "the Union".
-->'''Shrek:''' We represent the workers in all magical industries, both evil and benign. Have you been feeling oppressed or degraded lately?
-->'''Secretary
lately?\\
'''Secretary
Elf:''' ''[perking up]'' Um, maybe...
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