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4th May '17 4:23:34 AM FoxBluereaver
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* The ''Manga/LovePlus: Rinko Days'' manga adaptation has the protagonist invoking this to save Rinko from an angry gamer who got beaten by her in a fighting game at the local arcade. The game itself has it inverted, with Rinko being the one who pretends the player is her boyfriend.
29th Jan '17 5:46:20 AM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/{{Rules}}'': A gender-inverted example with Light and Charlie, in order to get rid of Misa. It seems to have worked ''at first'' -- Charlie tells her, over the phone, to stay the hell away from "her man", which relieves Light of the constant emails, calls, and voicemails. However, it was just the calm before the storm, as Misa goes as far as ''showing up on campus'' to win him back. Even a FakeOutMakeOut doesn't completely deter her -- she is convinced that she can't save Light from the "American whore," and will instead ''wait for Light'', who she believes will come crawling back to her once Charlie breaks his heart. Obviously, that will never happen, as Light and Charlie aren't actually dating [[spoiler:yet]].
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11th Nov '16 9:56:32 PM Discar
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* GenderFlipped in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', where [[HelloAttorney Elle]] pretends [[{{Geek}} a boy at her college]] broke her heart, in order to [[AManIsNotAVirgin make him seem cooler]] and get the GirlPosse to stop haranguing him.

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* GenderFlipped in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', where [[HelloAttorney Elle]] pretends [[{{Geek}} a boy at her college]] broke her heart, in order to [[AManIsNotAVirgin make him seem cooler]] cooler and get the GirlPosse to stop haranguing him.
12th Oct '16 2:26:30 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Film/WhosThatGirl'', Nikki Finn had to pose as Louden Trott's fiancee Wendy Worthington during an interview to obtain an apartment while the real Wendy was captured by Raoul and Benny.
13th Aug '16 12:45:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* GenderFlipped in ''{{Literature/Everworld}}''--the group encounters the Amazons, who seem prepared to take any unclaimed man for themselves. [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] claims that [[HeroicWannabe David]] is hers, which is [[MoreThanMindControl kind of true]], while [[TheSmartGuy Jalil]] is claimed by [[TheChick April]], to his surprise. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] is claimed by no one and willingly taken away by the Amazon queen. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He claims they just cuddled]].

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* GenderFlipped in ''{{Literature/Everworld}}''--the group encounters the Amazons, who seem prepared to take any unclaimed man for themselves. [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] claims that [[HeroicWannabe David]] is hers, which is [[MoreThanMindControl kind of true]], while [[TheSmartGuy Jalil]] is claimed by [[TheChick April]], to his surprise. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] is claimed by no one and willingly taken away by the Amazon queen. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He claims they just cuddled]].cuddled.
13th Aug '16 12:44:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* AnitaBlake takes hitman Bernardo with her to a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot werewolf biker-gang]] bar, because she believes they are unlikely to listen seriously to a woman who shows up at their hangout alone.

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* AnitaBlake Literature/AnitaBlake takes hitman Bernardo with her to a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot werewolf biker-gang]] bar, because she believes they are unlikely to listen seriously to a woman who shows up at their hangout alone.
16th Jun '16 9:56:06 AM Yayalicious
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In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Helga's Boyfriend" Helga enlists Stinky to be her boyfriend in order to make Arnold jealous.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Helga's Boyfriend" Helga enlists Stinky to be her boyfriend in order to make Arnold jealous.
16th Jun '16 9:55:07 AM Yayalicious
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In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Helga's Boyfriend" Helga enlists Stinky to be her boyfriend in order to make Arnold jealous.
13th Jun '16 7:59:33 AM ChaoticNovelist
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When a man (and it's almost [[AlwaysMale always a man]]) saves a girl on the street from being harrassed by some undesirables by coming over and pretending to be her boyfriend or brother, or something similar. The girl is usually not aware that the guy is about to do this, and often doesn't even know the guy in question. This doesn't stop them from [[BecomingTheMask turning into real lovers]], though.

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When a man guy (and it's almost [[AlwaysMale always a man]]) guy]]) saves a girl on the street from being harrassed by some undesirables by coming over and pretending to be her boyfriend or brother, or something similar. The girl is usually not aware that the guy is about to do this, and often doesn't even know the guy in question. This doesn't stop them from [[BecomingTheMask turning into real lovers]], though.lovers]] at some point.

Another scenario is the girl invoking this trope with a guy friend she might be with, by [[HoldingHands grabbing his hand]] or using a petname. Expect him to be surprised but play along. This also doesn't stop them from [[BecomingTheMask turning into real lovers]] at some point.



* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Kyo pulls a non-verbal version of this to protect Tohru from some guys that want to take advantage of her.

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* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Kyo pulls a non-verbal version of this to protect Tohru from some guys that want to take advantage of her. It involves leaning on the wall next to her and glaring at them.



* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'': it's how they met. They actually managed to avoid the ''military'' this way: they were looking for an American traveling alone.

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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'': it's how they met. They actually managed to avoid the ''military'' this way: they were looking for an American traveling alone.



* An absolutely brilliant example in ''Film/ThisMeansWar'' in which Lauren [[{{FakeoutMakeout}} makes out with FDR]] in which to convince her ex, Steve, that she is perfectly happy without him. FDR builds on her [[{{BlatantLies}} story of her surgeon boyfriend]] by adding that he is a [[{{UptoEleven}} neurosurgeon, head of department at a children's hospital.]] He puts the crowning touch on by calling Steve the wrong name--repeatedly. [[spoiler: The payoff comes when Steve's new fiancée clasps Lauren's hand and tells her she's "so lucky", while Steve looks ''verrry'' uncomfortable.]]

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* An absolutely brilliant example in ''Film/ThisMeansWar'' in which *''Film/ThisMeansWar'': Lauren [[{{FakeoutMakeout}} makes out with FDR]] in which to convince her ex, Steve, that she is perfectly happy without him. FDR builds on her [[{{BlatantLies}} story of her surgeon boyfriend]] by adding that he is a [[{{UptoEleven}} neurosurgeon, head of department at a children's hospital.]] He puts the crowning touch on by calling Steve the wrong name--repeatedly. [[spoiler: The payoff comes when Steve's new fiancée clasps Lauren's hand and tells her she's "so lucky", while Steve looks ''verrry'' uncomfortable.]]



** Similarly, in VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope, if you head back to the base on Aeos, Commander Graft will think Edge and Reimi are a couple. Like the above example, pretending this is true is the more favorable response. Amusingly enough, [[spoiler:it's very heavily implied the two did hook up in the ending.]]

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** Similarly, in VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope, if you head back to the base on Aeos, Commander Graft will think Edge and Reimi are a couple. Like the above example, pretending this is true is the more favorable response. Amusingly enough, [[spoiler:it's very heavily implied the two did hook up in the ending.]]



* A bunch of years ago there was some talk of a UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity mugger who would approach people (usually women) and say "walk with me." His cover story was that ''he'' was being stalked/robbed, and if his stalker saw he had a companion they would back off. Of course he got his victim into an alley or other secluded location and then robbed them.

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* A bunch of years ago there There was some talk of a UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity mugger who would approach people (usually women) and say "walk with me." His cover story was that ''he'' was being stalked/robbed, and if his stalker saw he had a companion they would back off. Of course he got his victim into an alley or other secluded location and then robbed them.



* Plenty women on feministic pages love to point out that this is TruthInTelevision as their own opinion often doesn't matter in refusing advances, only being "owned" by another man does, wether he is there or not.

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* Plenty women on feministic pages love to point out that this is TruthInTelevision as their own opinion opinions often doesn't matter in refusing advances, only being "owned" by another man does, wether he is there or not.
8th Jun '16 9:52:00 PM PaulA
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* In ''Series/ThePretender'' episode "Prison Story", Jarod uses it to rescue a woman being harassed about her jailbird father.
* In ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Jerrybag", Peter intervenes when he comes across a young woman being harassed by a couple of German soldiers, apologizing for being late to an invented rendezvous. It doesn't entirely work, since the Germans are confident they have him outmatched physically and in authority, and he has to do some more fast talking to get them both away unscathed.
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