History Main / BavarianFiredrill

30th Jun '16 10:27:55 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* Legendary electric guitarist Les Paul was unable to get any record exectutives to sign him, until one day he was headed home from yet another unsucessful interview and saw workmen erecting a sign for the newly formed Capitol Records. Paul waited until they were distracted, then walked into the building backwards, figuring that if anyone stopped him, he'd say he was on his way out. He managed to make his way into the offices, and convinced an A&R man to listen to his recordings, upon which the man wrote out a contract on the spot.
27th Jun '16 1:21:53 AM PaulA
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* Inverted in Creator/NikolaiGogol's ''The Inspector General'' via MistakenForSpecialGuest when the townspeople were expecting an authority figure in disguise.

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* Inverted in Creator/NikolaiGogol's ''The Inspector General'' ''Theatre/TheInspectorGeneral'' via MistakenForSpecialGuest when the townspeople were expecting an authority figure in disguise.
12th Jun '16 5:45:11 PM Discar
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-->'''Chloe:''' It's easy. You've just gotta walk in, fire the person who asks you a question, fire the second person who asks you a question, [[FauxSymbolism then gaze meaningfully out the window]] [[RefugeInVulgarity and draw a peen on the board]].

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-->'''Chloe:''' It's easy. You've just gotta walk in, fire the first person who asks you a question, fire the second person who asks you a question, [[FauxSymbolism then gaze meaningfully out the window]] [[RefugeInVulgarity and draw a peen on the board]].
4th Jun '16 6:13:04 AM Doug86
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* April 10, 1940 was the day after [[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 [[WorldWarII [[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.
3rd Jun '16 10:54:46 PM JackG
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* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the rabbit hero El-ahrairah (a {{Trickster|Archetype}} god) does this in some of his adventures. Inspired by this, 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}} god) does this in some of his adventures. Inspired by this, his tales, several protagonist rabbits imprisoned in another warren pull this to distract a guard.
3rd Jun '16 10:53:26 PM JackG
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* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the rabbit hero El-ahrairah (a {{Trickster|Archetype}} god) does this in some of his adventures. Similarly, 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}} god) does this in some of his adventures. Similarly, Inspired by this, several protagonist rabbits imprisoned in another warren pull this to distract a guard.
3rd Jun '16 10:51:46 PM JackG
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* A favorite tactic of Rashid in ''On Wings of Eagles'', by Ken Follett. When the EDS men are detained as they're about to cross the Iranian border, Rashid realises the overworked rebel commander is likely to just throw them into prison until he has time to deal with them, so takes the initiative by asking to discuss the matter with one of his subordinates, as he's clearly got more important matters to deal with. He does so, and as his commander has already accepted the authority of this stranger (ostensibly from the revolutionary committee in Tehran) Rashid is able to arrange a pass for the EDS men to cross the border.
3rd Jun '16 12:32:06 PM Ccook1956
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* The [[TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy cartoon]] "The Venetian Bind" has Sketch Paree and the Mople disguised as doctors tending to the wife of Venice's mayor in an attempt to steal the last statue in the city (they had stolen all the others).

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* The [[TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy cartoon]] "The Venetian Bind" has Sketch Paree and the Mople Mole disguised as doctors tending to the wife of Venice's mayor in an attempt to steal the last statue in the city (they had stolen all the others).
3rd Jun '16 12:31:28 PM Ccook1956
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* TheHairBearBunch disguise themselves as tree surgeons tending to an allegedly sick tree in "Ark Lark" as an attempt to escape the zoo. Bubi even diagnoses the tree with having "delirium tree-mens and aching acorns."
* The [[TheDickTracyShow Dick Tracy cartoon]] "The Venetian Bind" has Sketch Paree and the Mople disguised as doctors tending to the wife of Venice's mayor in an attempt to steal the last statue in the city (they had stolen all the others).
31st May '16 7:31:02 PM eroock
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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 or other ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

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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 or other ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Compare EmptyCopThreat when an officer is applying pressure on a witness with white lies.
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