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-->-- '''Br'er Rabbit''', ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''

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-->-- '''Br'er Rabbit''', ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''
''Film/SongOfTheSouth''






-->'''Boy A''': You were lying about being afraid of anal, weren't you?
-->'''Boy B''': Well, actually... I'm afraid of giving you oral.
-->''Cue [[{{Squee}} squeeing]].''

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-->'''Boy A''': A:''' You were lying about being afraid of anal, weren't you?
-->'''Boy B''':
you?\\
'''Boy B:'''
Well, actually... I'm afraid of giving you oral.
-->''Cue
oral.\\
''[cue
[[{{Squee}} squeeing]].''squeeing]]]''



[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In one of the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audios, a Nazi has gotten hold of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver (and the Doctor himself) and thinks that, despite the Doctor's comments to the contrary, it's a weapon. During this exchange he is examining it.
-->'''Nazi:''' Who are you with, Doctor? The SOE? The OSS? Hmm? Where is your aircraft hidden?\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[calmly]'' One thing at a time, Major. Oh, and I wouldn't press the button on the end in particular.\\
'''Nazi:''' Answer me! ''[presses button, promptly incapacitating himself with the sound waves]''\\
'''The Doctor:''' Especially not when you're pointing it right at your own head. ''[takes it back]'' I bet that rattled your fillings. I think I'd best look after it, don't you?
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* Similarly playable with ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh's'' Trap Cards, which are usually meant to be used on the opponent's turn. So any face-down card in the spell zone is a potential source of worry because you never know just when the opponent will flip and activate it. Even attempting to counter it may be the intent, as more advanced strategies employ reverse psychology to entice the opponent into a predictable action. You can pull off similar effects with certain Effect Monsters, particularly when they're Set face-down. Especially in early sets, an Effect Monster can have a Flip or "When attacked" effect that can make players think twice about targeting the hidden monster so as to reveal it.

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
**
Similarly playable with ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh's'' the Trap Cards, which are usually meant to be used on the opponent's turn. So any face-down card in the spell zone is a potential source of worry because you never know just when the opponent will flip and activate it. Even attempting to counter it may be the intent, as more advanced strategies employ reverse psychology to entice the opponent into a predictable action. You can pull off similar effects with certain Effect Monsters, particularly when they're Set face-down. Especially in early sets, an Effect Monster can have a Flip or "When attacked" effect that can make players think twice about targeting the hidden monster so as to reveal it.



* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica faced a Nazi spy who had stolen a powerful prototype disintegrator gun and was attempting to blast his way out. Finally, Cap stopped him by begging him not to use the gun at full intensity; the mook of course puts it that setting and it blows up in his face.

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* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica faced faces a Nazi spy who had stolen a powerful prototype disintegrator gun and was is attempting to blast his way out. Finally, Cap stopped stops him by begging him not to use the gun at full intensity; the mook of course puts it that setting and it blows up in his face.



* SpiderMan once webbed Scorpion's tail to his leg, then pleaded "Just don't finish me off with that tail...please." [[WhatAnIdiot Scorpy then attacks with his tail,]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny causing him to break his leg]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Shadow of the Bat'' "Road To [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]" story, Dr. Arkham tells his charges that he'll release them from the Asylum (since there's no food, no guards, no medication, and no chance of relief arriving) ''on condition'' they ''don't'' go to Gotham because "those poor people have suffered enough". The lunatics accept the deal, and head straight for Gotham ... just before the bridges get blown up and it's cut off from the rest of the country.
* In one Magazine/{{MAD}} The Lighter Side Of, a kid gets in trouble, and begs his mother not to tell his father. The mother gleefully says she's going to do it, and another kid tells him he was stupid to reveal his fear of his father, only to find out that the kid thinks his father will go easy on him.

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* SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan once webbed Scorpion's tail to his leg, then pleaded "Just don't finish me off with that tail...tail... please." [[WhatAnIdiot Scorpy then attacks with his tail,]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny causing him to break his leg]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Shadow of the Bat'' "Road To to [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]" story, Dr. Arkham tells his charges that he'll release them from the Asylum (since there's no food, no guards, no medication, and no chance of relief arriving) ''on condition'' they ''don't'' go to Gotham because "those poor people have suffered enough". The lunatics accept the deal, and head straight for Gotham ...Gotham... just before the bridges get blown up and it's cut off from the rest of the country.
* In one Magazine/{{MAD}} ''Magazine/{{MAD}}: The Lighter Side Of, Of'', a kid gets in trouble, and begs his mother not to tell his father. The mother gleefully says she's going to do it, and another kid tells him he was stupid to reveal his fear of his father, only to find out that the kid thinks his father will go easy on him.



* Attempted unsuccessfully by DirtyCoward Boomerang in ''Comicbook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', because he's just too blatant about it; dragging his sort-of-girlfriend (whose name he doesn't even know) ''out of hiding'' to [[TakeMeInstead beg Bullseye not to kill her and leave him alive]]:
-->'''Bullseye''': This is just ''embarrassing''.
-->'''Boomerang''': That would be so much worse! Don't do that ''totally awesome'' thing that you did to Daredevil that you're so proud of! Anything but that!
-->'''Girlfriend''': Oh, you pathetic @#$%@*!
* In his ''New 52'' run ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} managed to trick a deranged Hercules into trying to drown him by acting scared of the water. Naturally, this gave Aquaman the upper hand in their fight.

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* Attempted unsuccessfully by DirtyCoward Boomerang in ''Comicbook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', because he's just too blatant about it; dragging his sort-of-girlfriend (whose name he doesn't even know) ''out of hiding'' to [[TakeMeInstead beg Bullseye not to kill her and leave him alive]]:
-->'''Bullseye''': -->'''Bullseye:''' This is just ''embarrassing''.
-->'''Boomerang''':
''embarrassing''.\\
'''Boomerang:'''
That would be so much worse! Don't do that ''totally awesome'' thing that you did to Daredevil that you're so proud of! Anything but that!
-->'''Girlfriend''':
that!\\
'''Girlfriend:'''
Oh, you pathetic @#$%@*!
* In his ''New 52'' run run, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} managed manages to trick a deranged Hercules into trying to drown him by acting scared of the water. Naturally, this gave gives Aquaman the upper hand in their fight.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', [[http://john.seikdel.net/gocomics.php?date=090826&comic=blm here,]] Binkley tries this gambit out with the monster in the anxiety closet, pleading "Don't send out Natassja Kinski to give me a Swedish massage!" He overplays his hand when he adds "With a big slice of cheesecake."
* Subverted twice in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''.
** When Jason gets in trouble for damaging the car, he proves singularly unapologetic, and asks that Roger not make him eat a whole box of Ding Dongs and instead take away his computer for a month. Roger takes this suggestion and gives him the latter punishment, except for two months.
--->'''Jason:''' Boy, when reverse psychology backfires, it ''really'' backfires.
** Pretty much the same joke is used when Jason begs Andy ''not'' to buy a new computer with Windows, and she says she won't, causing Jason to mumble that "Reverse psychology must have been invented by a parent."
* In ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'', Kevin's first step in angling for the VP nomination is to announce he would never accept it.
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* In ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' in order to get [[CommanderContrarian Alucard]] to go to Brazil, Walter tells him he's forbidden from going to Brazil. It is, of course, heavily implied that Alucard knows full well what Walter is trying to do, but goes to Brazil anyway because he knows he really should, and because if they need to send him, it's probably going to be an impossibly violent and painful (read: fun) visit anyway.
-->'''Alucard:''' Well that settles it, I'm going traveling!\\
'''Walter:''' Yes, you can go anywhere you wish. ''Except'' for Brazil. Sir Integra was ''quite'' insistent that you ''never'' visit Brazil.\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Alucard:''' [=TakingthePoliceGirlandtheFrenchman!=]



[[folder:Film]]
* In both movies, this was how Mr. Coriander convinced Bastian to read ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory''.
** Of course, in the novel Bastian just ''steals it''. It turns out to be alright, because after it's gone, Coriander doesn't realize he ever had it. [[spoiler: But he does know about Fantastica (Fantasia in the movies.)]]
* Richard Pryor begs a judge not to release him to his parole officer in ''Bustin' Loose.'' When the judge ignores him, he and the parole officer exchange warm handshakes.
* In the first ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' LiveActionAdaptation, a mysterious voodoo man tells Daphne not to go into Spooky Island Castle. Daphne suspects that it's this trope in order to have her go to the castle, where he might have sprung a trap. In reality he simply didn't want her to go because he thought it was cursed.
* In the 1998 adaptation of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', Philippe does some impromptu and rather inspired Briar Patching after he's been recaptured, begging [[JerkAss Louis]] to kill him rather than put him back in prison with predictable results. When Athos, Porthos, and Aramis arrive to rescue Philippe, he's ready and waiting for them rather than being the emotional wreck they were expecting, leading to one of the great lines in movie history:
-->'''I wear the mask; the mask doesn't wear me.'''
* In ''Film/LetsGoToPrison'', [[spoiler:Nelson does this to Lenard when he finds the syringe of boat cleaner Nelson was going to kill himself with.]]
-->'''Nelson''': (As [[spoiler:Lenard injects himsef]]) Please don't throw me into the briar patch.

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[[folder:Film]]
* In both movies, this was how Mr. Coriander convinced Bastian to read ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory''.
** Of course, in the novel Bastian just ''steals it''. It turns out to be alright, because after it's gone, Coriander doesn't realize he ever had it. [[spoiler: But he does know about Fantastica (Fantasia in the movies.)]]
* Richard Pryor begs a judge not to release him to his parole officer in ''Bustin' Loose.'' When the judge ignores him, he and the parole officer exchange warm handshakes.
* In the first ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' LiveActionAdaptation, a mysterious voodoo man tells Daphne not to go into Spooky Island Castle. Daphne suspects that it's this trope in order to have her go to the castle, where he might have sprung a trap. In reality he simply didn't want her to go because he thought it was cursed.
* In the 1998 adaptation of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', Philippe does some impromptu and rather inspired Briar Patching after he's been recaptured, begging [[JerkAss Louis]] to kill him rather than put him back in prison with predictable results. When Athos, Porthos, and Aramis arrive to rescue Philippe, he's ready and waiting for them rather than being the emotional wreck they were expecting, leading to one of the great lines in movie history:
-->'''I wear the mask; the mask doesn't wear me.'''
* In ''Film/LetsGoToPrison'', [[spoiler:Nelson does this to Lenard when he finds the syringe of boat cleaner Nelson was going to kill himself with.]]
-->'''Nelson''': (As [[spoiler:Lenard injects himsef]]) Please don't throw me into the briar patch.
[[folder:Films -- Animation]]



-->“Please don’t throw me out the window to that cold ground below! Shoot me, strangle me, do anything you want…just don’t throw me into that garbage can!” Of course, they throw Rabbit out of the window ” ‘Cause I’se born and raised in a garbage can.”
* In ''Film/{{Steel}}'', the titular hero is captured and BigBad Nathaniel Burke is asking how the latter's hammer weapon works. Steel tells him not to press a certain button because "he can't handle it". In the beginning of the movie, said BigBad was dishonorably discharged from the Army ''precisely'' for turning an experimental gun to full power after Steel told him ''not to'' causing a building to collapse and several people to be injured. You'd think he'd learn his lesson right? Not exactly:
-->'''Burke''': Well, you know me: [[TooDumbToLive I always take things to the next level]].
** The button then causes the hammer to fly into Steel's hands followed by the latter kicking Burke's ass.
* In ''Film/LittleBigMan'', General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a "reverse barometer". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:
-->'''Crabb:''' General, you go down there.
-->'''Custer:''' You're advising me to go into the Coulee?
-->'''Crabb:''' Yes, sir.
-->'''Custer:''' There are no Indians there, I suppose.
-->'''Crabb:''' I didn't say that. There are ''thousands'' of Indians down there. And when they get done with you, there won't be nothing left but a greasy stain. This ain't the Washite River, General, and them ain't helpless women and children waiting for you. They're Cheyenne brave, and Sioux. You go down there, General, if you've got the nerve.
-->'''Custer:''' Still trying to outsmart me, aren't you, mule-skinner? You want me to think that you don't want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is you really ''don't'' want me to go down there!
* Used in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', with a nebula conveniently named the "Briar Patch". The ''Enterprise'' is being pursued by So'na ships who have no qualms about using forbidden weapons, so Riker takes a huge risk that pays off.[[note]]He sucks up some of the MadeOfExplodium gas that makes up the Briar Patch and shoots it back out between them and the So'na, basically daring them to come through. They try and lose their ships as a result.[[/note]]
--> '''Riker:''' It's time to use the Briar Patch the way Br'er Rabbit did.
* ''Film/SupermanII''. Superman tells ComicBook/LexLuthor to try to lure the three Kryptonian criminals into his depowering chamber, counting on Lex to betray him and share this knowledge with the three and that they would force him into the chamber. Fortunately he'd reconfigured the chamber to depower all the Kryptonians outside of it.
* In ''Film/{{Election}}'', lesbian Tammy Metzler falsely confesses to destroying the school election posters precisely so she'll get sent to a [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Catholic girls' school]]. At one point we see her "begging" her mom not to make her go there.
* At the climax of Robert Altman's ''Film/{{Popeye}},'' Bluto forces Popeye to eat spinach because he knows the sailor hates the way it tastes. Bluto should've known better than to take Poopdeck Pappy's word for it, as that was exactly what Pappy was coaxing him to do so Popeye would finally {{power up|Food}} and beat him.

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-->“Please don’t -->'''Br'er Rabbit:''' Please don't throw me out the window to that cold ground below! Shoot me, strangle me, do anything you want…just don’t want... just don't throw me into that garbage can!” Of course, they throw Rabbit out of the window ” ‘Cause I’se born and raised in a garbage can.”
* In ''Film/{{Steel}}'', the titular hero is captured and BigBad Nathaniel Burke is asking how the latter's hammer weapon works. Steel tells him not to press a certain button because "he can't handle it". In the beginning of the movie, said BigBad was dishonorably discharged from the Army ''precisely'' for turning an experimental gun to full power after Steel told him ''not to'' causing a building to collapse and several people to be injured. You'd think he'd learn his lesson right? Not exactly:
-->'''Burke''': Well, you know me: [[TooDumbToLive I always take things to the next level]].
** The button then causes the hammer to fly into Steel's hands followed by the latter kicking Burke's ass.
* In ''Film/LittleBigMan'', General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a "reverse barometer". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:
-->'''Crabb:''' General, you go down there.
-->'''Custer:''' You're advising me to go into the Coulee?
-->'''Crabb:''' Yes, sir.
-->'''Custer:''' There are no Indians there, I suppose.
-->'''Crabb:''' I didn't say that. There are ''thousands'' of Indians down there. And when they get done with you, there won't be nothing left but a greasy stain. This ain't the Washite River, General, and them ain't helpless women and children waiting for you. They're Cheyenne brave, and Sioux. You go down there, General, if you've got the nerve.
-->'''Custer:''' Still trying to outsmart me, aren't you, mule-skinner? You want me to think that you don't want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is you really ''don't'' want me to go down there!
* Used in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', with a nebula conveniently named the "Briar Patch". The ''Enterprise'' is being pursued by So'na ships who have no qualms about using forbidden weapons, so Riker takes a huge risk that pays off.[[note]]He sucks up some of the MadeOfExplodium gas that makes up the Briar Patch and shoots it back out between them and the So'na, basically daring them to come through. They try and lose their ships as a result.[[/note]]
--> '''Riker:''' It's time to use the Briar Patch the way Br'er Rabbit did.
* ''Film/SupermanII''. Superman tells ComicBook/LexLuthor to try to lure the three Kryptonian criminals into his depowering chamber, counting on Lex to betray him and share this knowledge with the three and that they would force him into the chamber. Fortunately he'd reconfigured the chamber to depower all the Kryptonians outside of it.
* In ''Film/{{Election}}'', lesbian Tammy Metzler falsely confesses to destroying the school election posters precisely so she'll get sent to a [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Catholic girls' school]]. At one point we see her "begging" her mom not to make her go there.
* At the climax of Robert Altman's ''Film/{{Popeye}},'' Bluto forces Popeye to eat spinach because he knows the sailor hates the way it tastes. Bluto should've known better than to take Poopdeck Pappy's word for it, as that was exactly what Pappy was coaxing him to do so Popeye would finally {{power up|Food}} and beat him.
can!



* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', when Artemus is caught and about to be executed, he begs to be "shot in my heart, which has loved this country so much" because he is wearing his prototype for a bullet proof vest. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
-->'''Loveless''': Shoot him in the head.
-->'''Artemus''': ''Damn.''
* In the final moments of ''Film/InTheLoop'', this is how Malcolm Tucker gets the news stations to focus on the [[spoiler: garden wall story.]] He does so by "begging" the reporter not to run the story because it would ruin him, Tucker having blackmailed the same reporter into spiking a story that genuinely would have caused him problems at the start of the film. While screwing over [[spoiler: Foster, it distracts enough attention to prevent the leaking of the anti-war paper from getting any traction, and allows the vote for war to pass.]]
* A segment of the stand-up concert film ''[[Creator/BillCosby Bill Cosby: Himself]]'' has Bill Cosby telling a story about a time when his wife threw him out of bed and demanded that he make breakfast for the children. He ends up giving them slices of chocolate cake, which enrages his wife, who then sends him to his room. Which is where he wanted to be in the first place. Any questions?



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In both movies, this was how Mr. Coriander convinced Bastian to read ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory''. Of course, in the novel Bastian just ''steals it''. It turns out to be alright, because after it's gone, Coriander doesn't realize he ever had it. [[spoiler:But he does know about Fantastica (Fantasia in the movies.)]]
* Richard Pryor begs a judge not to release him to his parole officer in ''Bustin' Loose.'' When the judge ignores him, he and the parole officer exchange warm handshakes.
* In the first ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' LiveActionAdaptation, a mysterious voodoo man tells Daphne not to go into Spooky Island Castle. Daphne suspects that it's this trope in order to have her go to the castle, where he might have sprung a trap. In reality he simply didn't want her to go because he thought it was cursed.
* In the 1998 adaptation of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', Philippe does some impromptu and rather inspired Briar Patching after he's been recaptured, begging [[JerkAss Louis]] to kill him rather than put him back in prison with predictable results. When Athos, Porthos, and Aramis arrive to rescue Philippe, he's ready and waiting for them rather than being the emotional wreck they were expecting, leading to one of the great lines in movie history:
-->'''I wear the mask; the mask doesn't wear me.'''
* In ''Film/LetsGoToPrison'', [[spoiler:Nelson does this to Lenard when he finds the syringe of boat cleaner Nelson was going to kill himself with.]]
-->'''Nelson:''' (As [[spoiler:Lenard injects himsef]]) Please don't throw me into the briar patch.
* In ''Film/{{Steel}}'', the title hero is captured and BigBad Nathaniel Burke is asking how the latter's hammer weapon works. Steel tells him not to press a certain button because "he can't handle it". In the beginning of the movie, said BigBad was dishonorably discharged from the Army ''precisely'' for turning an experimental gun to full power after Steel told him ''not to'' causing a building to collapse and several people to be injured. You'd think he'd learn his lesson right? Not exactly:
-->'''Burke:''' Well, you know me: [[TooDumbToLive I always take things to the next level]].
:: The button then causes the hammer to fly into Steel's hands, followed by the latter kicking Burke's ass.
* In ''Film/LittleBigMan'', General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a "reverse barometer". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:
-->'''Crabb:''' General, you go down there.\\
'''Custer:''' You're advising me to go into the Coulee?\\
'''Crabb:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Custer:''' There are no Indians there, I suppose.\\
'''Crabb:''' I didn't say that. There are ''thousands'' of Indians down there. And when they get done with you, there won't be nothing left but a greasy stain. This ain't the Washite River, General, and them ain't helpless women and children waiting for you. They're Cheyenne brave, and Sioux. You go down there, General, if you've got the nerve.\\
'''Custer:''' Still trying to outsmart me, aren't you, mule-skinner? You want me to think that you don't want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is you really ''don't'' want me to go down there!
* Used in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', with a nebula conveniently named the "Briar Patch". The ''Enterprise'' is being pursued by So'na ships who have no qualms about using forbidden weapons, so Riker takes a huge risk that pays off.[[note]]He sucks up some of the MadeOfExplodium gas that makes up the Briar Patch and shoots it back out between them and the So'na, basically daring them to come through. They try and lose their ships as a result.[[/note]]
-->'''Riker:''' It's time to use the Briar Patch the way Br'er Rabbit did.
* ''Film/SupermanII'': Superman tells ComicBook/LexLuthor to try to lure the three Kryptonian criminals into his depowering chamber, counting on Lex to betray him and share this knowledge with the three and that they would force him into the chamber. Fortunately he'd reconfigured the chamber to depower all the Kryptonians outside of it.
* In ''Film/{{Election}}'', lesbian Tammy Metzler falsely confesses to destroying the school election posters precisely so she'll get sent to a [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Catholic girls' school]]. At one point we see her "begging" her mom not to make her go there.
* At the climax of Robert Altman's ''Film/{{Popeye}},'' Bluto forces Popeye to eat spinach because he knows the sailor hates the way it tastes. Bluto should've known better than to take Poopdeck Pappy's word for it, as that was exactly what Pappy was coaxing him to do so Popeye would finally {{power up|Food}} and beat him.
* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', when Artemus is caught and about to be executed, he begs to be "shot in my heart, which has loved this country so much" because he is wearing his prototype for a bullet proof vest. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
-->'''Loveless:''' Shoot him in the head.\\
'''Artemus:''' ''Damn.''
* In the final moments of ''Film/InTheLoop'', this is how Malcolm Tucker gets the news stations to focus on the [[spoiler: garden wall story.]] He does so by "begging" the reporter not to run the story because it would ruin him, Tucker having blackmailed the same reporter into spiking a story that genuinely would have caused him problems at the start of the film. While screwing over [[spoiler: Foster, it distracts enough attention to prevent the leaking of the anti-war paper from getting any traction, and allows the vote for war to pass.]]
* A segment of the stand-up concert film ''[[Creator/BillCosby Bill Cosby: Himself]]'' has Bill Cosby telling a story about a time when his wife threw him out of bed and demanded that he make breakfast for the children. He ends up giving them slices of chocolate cake, which enrages his wife, who then sends him to his room. Which is where he wanted to be in the first place. Any questions?
[[/folder]]



** Told in the Disney film ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', which [[ForbiddenFruit you will never see]], and more or less faithfully recreated (with audience participation!) in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Splash Mountain]], where, as soon as Br'er Rabbit says this, your log crests the conveyor lift and goes down the big drop.

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** Told in the Disney film ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', which [[ForbiddenFruit you will never see]], and more or less faithfully recreated (with audience participation!) in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Splash Mountain]], where, as soon as Br'er Rabbit says this, your log crests the conveyor lift and goes down the big drop.



* The marketing for ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' revolves around them warning the readers that the books are about an absurd amount of bad things happening to people, and the faint of heart should probably go read something more cheerful.
** Ironically, the advertising is right on the money -- the story gets ''really grim''.

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* The marketing for ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' revolves around them warning the readers that the books are about an absurd amount of bad things happening to people, and the faint of heart should probably go read something more cheerful.
**
cheerful. Ironically, the advertising is right on the money -- the story gets ''really grim''.



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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]



* As befits a show with a GuileHero, ''Series/BurnNotice'' has done this quite a few times.
** In one episode, a captured Sam plays a head of Russian intelligence into thinking he's a bounty hunter going after Michael, infiltrates her camp, sets a diversion, then when Michael beats her and she asks what he wants, he says he wants "the bastard who tried to capture me. The one with the chin." Sam yells, "how can you do this to me? I was helping you! Colonel, don't hand me off to them! They'll kill me!" They let him walk right back out the front door, where he escapes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Remembrance of the Daleks''. The Seventh Doctor begs Davros not to use the Hand of Omega, knowing full well it will only encourage him to do so. Davros does, and it turns out to have been rigged, destroying his own homeworld of Skaro. Whether or not this lays the ultimate blame for the planet's destruction on the Doctor is a hotly contested philosophical issue in fandom.
** In the end of [[Recap.DoctorWhoNSS4E15PlanetoftheDead "Planet of the Dead"]], a constable attempts to arrest the Doctor for helping jewel thief Christina De Sousa escape. The Doctor offers to "just step inside this police box and arrest myself."

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* As befits a show with a GuileHero, ''Series/BurnNotice'' has done this quite a few times.
**
times. In one episode, a captured Sam plays a head of Russian intelligence into thinking he's a bounty hunter going after Michael, infiltrates her camp, sets a diversion, then when Michael beats her and she asks what he wants, he says he wants "the bastard who tried to capture me. The one with the chin." Sam yells, "how can you do this to me? I was helping you! Colonel, don't hand me off to them! They'll kill me!" They let him walk right back out the front door, where he escapes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Remembrance ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "Remembrance
of the Daleks''.Daleks". The Seventh Doctor begs Davros not to use the Hand of Omega, knowing full well it will only encourage him to do so. Davros does, and it turns out to have been rigged, destroying his own homeworld of Skaro. Whether or not this lays the ultimate blame for the planet's destruction on the Doctor is a hotly contested philosophical issue in fandom.
** In the end of [[Recap.DoctorWhoNSS4E15PlanetoftheDead "Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E15PlanetoftheDead Planet of the Dead"]], Dead]]", a constable attempts to arrest the Doctor for helping jewel thief Christina De Sousa escape. The Doctor offers to "just step inside this police box and arrest myself."



* A non-verbal example from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Malcolm is shown making what looks to be the world's most disgusting sandwich, taking crud from the fridge, from the sink drain, from under the couch, etc. and putting it all between two slices of bread. He sits down to eat it...and Reese immediately swoops in to steal it, and [[IAteWhat takes a bite before he realizes he's been had.]]

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
**
A non-verbal example from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. example: Malcolm is shown making what looks to be the world's most disgusting sandwich, taking crud from the fridge, from the sink drain, from under the couch, etc. and putting it all between two slices of bread. He sits down to eat it... and Reese immediately swoops in to steal it, and [[IAteWhat takes a bite before he realizes he's been had.]]



* On the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Naughty But Niece," Bud begs Al, when the time comes for him to decide a punishment, to do anything but send him to his room. Let alone for a week. Al, slow-witted as ever, thinks it over and, with a cartoon light bulb almost literally appearing over his head, says, "You go to your ''room''!...''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis For. One. Week.]]" Bud wanted to spend as much time in his room as possible because for the first time in his life he was having a hot fling with a neighbor who regularly [[EnterStageWindow came in through his window]].

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* On the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Naughty But Niece," but Niece", Bud begs Al, when the time comes for him to decide a punishment, to do anything but send him to his room. Let alone for a week. Al, slow-witted as ever, thinks it over and, with a cartoon light bulb almost literally appearing over his head, says, "You go to your ''room''!... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis For. One. Week.]]" Bud wanted wants to spend as much time in his room as possible because for the first time in his life he was is having a hot fling with a neighbor who regularly [[EnterStageWindow came comes in through his window]].



* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', It's revealed that [[spoiler: Grant Ward had been doing this when he told Agent Coulson that he didn't want to be part of the team.]] It was all a trick to play on Coulson's need to "fix" people and gain his trust, making it easier for [[spoiler: Ward to be TheMole.]]
* Done in ''Series/FamilyMatters'' when Carl, Laura and Steve take his time machine into the past during the pirate days. Carl unwittingly becomes the captain of a ship but the pirates soon turn on him since they can't do anything pirate-y under his command. They set to have the three walk the plank, but Steve begs them not to "have to do it together" which the pirates of course do. This is what Steve want since with all of three bunched together, he can use his time machine to warp them away.

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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', It's it's revealed that [[spoiler: Grant [[spoiler:Grant Ward had been doing this when he told Agent Coulson that he didn't want to be part of the team.]] It was all a trick to play on Coulson's need to "fix" people and gain his trust, making it easier for [[spoiler: Ward [[spoiler:Ward to be TheMole.]]
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'':
**
Done in ''Series/FamilyMatters'' when Carl, Laura and Steve take his time machine into the past during the pirate days. Carl unwittingly becomes the captain of a ship but the pirates soon turn on him since they can't do anything pirate-y under his command. They set to have the three walk the plank, but Steve begs them not to "have to do it together" which the pirates of course do. This is what Steve want since with all of three bunched together, he can use his time machine to warp them away.



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* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', [[http://john.seikdel.net/gocomics.php?date=090826&comic=blm here,]] Binkley tries this gambit out with the monster in the anxiety closet, pleading "Don't send out Natassja Kinski to give me a Swedish massage!" He overplays his hand when he adds "With a big slice of cheesecake."
* Subverted twice in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''.
** When Jason gets in trouble for damaging the car, he proves singularly unapologetic, and asks that Roger not make him eat a whole box of Ding Dongs and instead take away his computer for a month. Roger takes this suggestion and gives him the latter punishment, except for two months.
--->'''Jason:''' Boy, when reverse psychology backfires, it ''really'' backfires.
** Pretty much the same joke is used when Jason begs Andy ''not'' to buy a new computer with Windows, and she says she won't, causing Jason to mumble that "Reverse psychology must have been invented by a parent."
* In ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'', Kevin's first step in angling for the VP nomination is to announce he would never accept it.
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* In one of the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audios, a Nazi has gotten hold of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver (and the Doctor himself) and thinks that, despite the Doctor's comments to the contrary, it's a weapon. During this exchange he is examining it.
-->'''Nazi''': Who are you with, Doctor? The SOE? The OSS? Hmm? Where is your aircraft hidden?
-->'''The Doctor''': (Calmly) One thing at a time, Major. Oh, and I wouldn't press the button on the end in particular.
-->'''Nazi''': Answer me! (Presses button, promptly incapacitating himself with the sound waves)
-->'''Doctor''': Especially not when you're pointing it right at your own head. (Takes it back) I bet that rattled your fillings. I think I'd best look after it, don't you?



---> Br'er Fox: "I's gonna skin you and boil you and eat you up, Br'er Rabbit."
---> Br'er Rabbit: "Whatever you say, suh, just don't throw me in de briar patch."
---> Br'er Fox: "I know, I's gonna throw you in de briar patch!"
---> ''(cry of pain)''
---> Br'er Rabbit: "I said ''don't'' throw me in de flaming briar patch!"

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---> Br'er Fox: "I's -->'''Br'er Fox:''' I's gonna skin you and boil you and eat you up, Br'er Rabbit."
---> Br'er Rabbit: "Whatever
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'''Br'er Rabbit:''' Whatever
you say, suh, just don't throw me in de briar patch."
---> Br'er Fox: "I
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'''Br'er Fox:''' I
know, I's gonna throw you in de briar patch!"
---> ''(cry
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''[cry
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---> Br'er Rabbit: "I
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'''Br'er Rabbit:''' I
said ''don't'' throw me in de flaming briar patch!"patch!



* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' 1E adventure ''The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues''. The traitor Oregon Warbler will act wildly afraid of a trap in an attempt to get the Troubleshooters to make him go in front of them, much like Brer Rabbit in ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''. If they do, he will take the opportunity to escape and taunt the Troubleshooters by saying "[[ShoutOutTabletopGames Born and bred in the briar patch.]]"
* Also a surprisingly reliable strategy in wargaming.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' 1E adventure ''The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues''. The traitor Oregon Warbler will act wildly afraid of a trap in an attempt to get the Troubleshooters to make him go in front of them, much like Brer Rabbit in ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''.''Film/SongOfTheSouth''. If they do, he will take the opportunity to escape and taunt the Troubleshooters by saying "[[ShoutOutTabletopGames Born and bred in the briar patch.]]"
* Also a surprisingly reliable strategy in wargaming.
]]"



* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', [=GLaDOS=] the AI [[spoiler:drops its Morality Core and constantly encourages the player's character to leave "that Aperture-Science-Thing-We-Don't-Know-What-It-Does" alone, expecting that the character's distrust towards it will cause her to destroy it.]] [=GLaDOS=] even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] by saying, "Do you think I'm trying to trick you with reverse psychology? I mean, ''seriously'' now..."), but StupidityIsTheOnlyOption to continue.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:in the FinalBoss fight. You are presented with the opportunity to press a button that the boss in question apparently very much does not want you to. Except that when you try to press it, it turns out to have been booby trapped with a difficult to detect trap. Unfortunately, your options were press the button or die when the end boss' own stupidity causes his entire lair to explode and kill everyone within, including you]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':
**
[=GLaDOS=] the AI [[spoiler:drops its Morality Core and constantly encourages the player's character to leave "that Aperture-Science-Thing-We-Don't-Know-What-It-Does" alone, expecting that the character's distrust towards it will cause her to destroy it.]] [=GLaDOS=] even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] by saying, "Do you think I'm trying to trick you with reverse psychology? I mean, ''seriously'' now..."), but StupidityIsTheOnlyOption to continue.
* ** In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Portal2'', [[spoiler:in the FinalBoss fight. You are presented with the opportunity to press a button that the boss in question apparently very much does not want you to. Except that when you try to press it, it turns out to have been booby trapped with a difficult to detect trap. Unfortunately, your options were press the button or die when the end boss' own stupidity causes his entire lair to explode and kill everyone within, including you]].



* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', R2-D2 [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0694.html is fitted with]] a RestrainingBolt that limits his actions, including making R2-D2 incapable of thinking of the possibility of removing it. So when a new player joins as Luke/Adam, Pete has R2 say, in character, [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0706.html that he does not want Luke/Adam to remove it, and the possibility of it being removed is something he doesn't even want to think about.]] Naturally, Corey has Luke/Adam remove the bolt. The Game Master awards role playing experience to R2 for this clever act.

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* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', R2-D2 [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0694.html is fitted with]] a RestrainingBolt that limits his actions, including making R2-D2 incapable of thinking of the possibility of removing it. So when a new player joins as Luke/Adam, Pete has R2 say, in character, [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0706.html that he does not want Luke/Adam to remove it, and the possibility of it being removed is something he doesn't even want to think about.]] Naturally, Corey has Luke/Adam remove the bolt. The Game Master awards role playing role-playing experience to R2 for this clever act.



* Attempted (but failed) in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' when Xykon warns all his minion ''not'' to let the heroes touch the Gate, wink wink (said Gate can only open if touched by one pure of heart, meaning Xykon himself and his lackeys are out.) Fortunately, Haley already knew about the trick and stopped Elan from touching it.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
**
Attempted (but failed) in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' when Xykon warns all his minion ''not'' to let the heroes touch the Gate, wink wink (said wink. (Said Gate can only open if touched by one pure of heart, meaning Xykon himself and his lackeys are out.) Fortunately, Haley already knew knows about the trick and stopped stops Elan from touching it.



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]], and [[ZigZaggingTrope triple-subverted]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiJAmvmCCYU&sdig=1 this]] video; a group of superheroes try and use ReversePsychology to persuade the viewer to go to New York Comic Con, but then go overboard and start threatening you, and then start using reverse psychology to make you stay away.
* In ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' in order to get [[CommanderContrarian Alucard]] to go to Brazil, Walter tells him he's forbidden from going to Brazil:
-->'''Alucard:''' Well that settles it, I'm going traveling!
-->'''Walter:''' Yes, you can go anywhere you wish. ''Except'' for Brazil. Sir Integra was ''quite'' insistent that you ''never'' visit Brazil.
-->*{{Beat}}*
-->'''Alucard:''' [=TakingthePoliceGirlandtheFrenchman!=]
** It is, of course, heavily implied that Alucard knows full well what Walter is trying to do, but goes to Brazil anyway because he knows he really should, and because if they need to send him, it's probably going to be an impossibly violent and painful (read: fun) visit anyway.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]], and [[ZigZaggingTrope triple-subverted]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiJAmvmCCYU&sdig=1 this]] video; this video;]] a group of superheroes try and use ReversePsychology to persuade the viewer to go to New York Comic Con, but then go overboard and start threatening you, and then start using reverse psychology to make you stay away.
* In ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' in order to get [[CommanderContrarian Alucard]] to go to Brazil, Walter tells him he's forbidden from going to Brazil:
-->'''Alucard:''' Well that settles it, I'm going traveling!
-->'''Walter:''' Yes, you can go anywhere you wish. ''Except'' for Brazil. Sir Integra was ''quite'' insistent that you ''never'' visit Brazil.
-->*{{Beat}}*
-->'''Alucard:''' [=TakingthePoliceGirlandtheFrenchman!=]
** It is, of course, heavily implied that Alucard knows full well what Walter is trying to do, but goes to Brazil anyway because he knows he really should, and because if they need to send him, it's probably going to be an impossibly violent and painful (read: fun) visit anyway.
away.



-->"Oh please… no. Don't do that, please. They'll shut me down! Please, I beg of you and implore you not to do that. Whatever you do, don't call the 'Bureau of Video Games and Customer Service.' I've already got my one warning, and if they get another complaint they'll shut me down… please, don't…"

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-->"Oh please… -->'''Gord:''' Oh please... no. Don't do that, please. They'll shut me down! Please, I beg of you and implore you not to do that. Whatever you do, don't call the 'Bureau "Bureau of Video Games and Customer Service.' " I've already got my one warning, and if they get another complaint they'll shut me down… please, don't…"don't...



* A ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' special where he begs the villains to do anything but make them eat the "deadly" powder he brought (it gives them super powers).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Gwen tells the villains not to throw them out of the space station into the vacuum of space. The villain of course attempts this but once their space suits are removed, she is able to use her magic attacks like normal again.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the hero beg his captors to do anything ''but'' scald him with water from an oversized tea kettle (It's a long story.) Luckily the {{Mooks}} forget Darkwing's friend [[FlyingBrick Comet Guy's]] powers are triggered by the sound of a whistle...
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda''. Angela's rival Nanette ends up getting the job of casting people for a play based on Greek mythology, and Angela wants to be Hercules. Since she knows Nanette will cast her in a role she'll hate, Angela loudly complains about not wanting to play Hercules. Nanette, however, sees past the ruse, and casts her as Medusa.
** This backfires however, as Angela 'sssssomehow' manages to to have fun with the role anyway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': A ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' special where he begs the villains to do anything but make them eat the "deadly" powder he brought (it gives them super powers).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', Gwen tells the villains not to throw them out of the space station into the vacuum of space. The villain of course attempts this but once their space suits are removed, she is able to use her magic attacks like normal again.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the hero beg his captors to do anything ''but'' scald him with water from an oversized tea kettle (It's (it's a long story.) story). Luckily the {{Mooks}} forget Darkwing's friend [[FlyingBrick Comet Guy's]] powers are triggered by the sound of a whistle...
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda''. Angela's rival Nanette ends up getting the job of casting people for a play based on Greek mythology, and Angela wants to be Hercules. Since she knows Nanette will cast her in a role she'll hate, Angela loudly complains about not wanting to play Hercules. Nanette, however, sees past the ruse, and casts her as Medusa.
**
Medusa. This backfires however, as Angela 'sssssomehow' "sssssomehow" manages to to have fun with the role anyway.



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny did this a few times. For example, he was facing Yosemite Sam as an alien. He counters a robot "ferret" with one of his own design. Bug's robot says "I'll go with you on one condition: that you [[KarmicTrickster don't press this button]]." and points to a big red button on his chest. The alien robot hates the condition ("No Earth robot is telling me what button I can't press!" it angrily says) and presses away in defiance. [[SchmuckBait Cue a CRUNCH as a lump of metal pops out and punches the robot.]]
** At the end of "1001 Rabbit Tales" Bugs begs Sam not to throw him down a hole. Being a rabbit, Bugs easily [[FastTunnelling burrows away.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
**
WesternAnimation/BugsBunny did this a few times. For example, he was facing Yosemite Sam as an alien. He counters a robot "ferret" with one of his own design. Bug's robot says "I'll go with you on one condition: that you [[KarmicTrickster don't press this button]]." and points to a big red button on his chest. The alien robot hates the condition ("No Earth robot is telling me what button I can't press!" it angrily says) and presses away in defiance. [[SchmuckBait Cue a CRUNCH as a lump of metal pops out and punches the robot.]]
** At the end of "1001 Rabbit Tales" Tales", Bugs begs Sam not to throw him down a hole. Being a rabbit, Bugs easily [[FastTunnelling burrows away.]]]]
** Done when Daffy tries to hitchhike his way to the south and forces his way into Porky's car. He practically gets Porky into trouble with the law and fellow motorists with his brashness. Fed up, Porky comes up with a plan to buy a present from a gift shop and puts it into his trunk. Telling Daffy not to open it till later, naturally Daffy can't resist temptation and opens the trunk where all of his baggage that was stuffed to compacity flies out into his face, allowing Porky to drive off, free from Daffy's side seat driving. For added revenge, the present turned out to be a novelty hitch hiking thumb.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episode "Mindnet:" the ArtifactOfDoom is an ElectronicTelepathy machine that, on natural telepaths, acts as an AmplifierArtifact. The [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen of the Crown]] has one half, the Rangers have the other. The Queen's got the Rangers surrounded. Niko shrugs and says the Queen can have it if they go free, knowing damn well the Queen won't uphold her end of it. Niko warns Her Majesty to start with a low setting. Sure enough, no sooner are both parts fit together than the Queen cranks it UpToEleven. Niko barely gets the team together and they pull their MentalFusion tactic to shield themselves. Meanwhile the device has caused everyone else in the room to [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead read each other's minds]]. Considering the room's inhabitants are The Queen, her scheming {{Mooks}}, and the psychotic mercenary [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ryker Kilbane]]...all hell breaks loose, the device gets smashed in the dust-up, and the Rangers are able to escape.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', episode "Mindnet:" the ArtifactOfDoom is an ElectronicTelepathy machine that, on natural telepaths, acts as an AmplifierArtifact. The [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen of the Crown]] has one half, the Rangers have the other. The Queen's got the Rangers surrounded. Niko shrugs and says the Queen can have it if they go free, knowing damn well the Queen won't uphold her end of it. Niko warns Her Majesty to start with a low setting. Sure enough, no sooner are both parts fit together than the Queen cranks it UpToEleven. Niko barely gets the team together and they pull their MentalFusion tactic to shield themselves. Meanwhile the device has caused everyone else in the room to [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead read each other's minds]]. Considering the room's inhabitants are The Queen, her scheming {{Mooks}}, and the psychotic mercenary [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ryker Kilbane]]...all hell breaks loose, the device gets smashed in the dust-up, and the Rangers are able to escape.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' story "A New Villain" Underdog begs his would-be killer not to dump him in the lake - because Underdog knows that the water in the lake will remove the electricity effect the villain (the Electric Eel) used on him. Naturally, the egotistical villain falls for it.
* Done in a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short when Daffy tried to hitchhike his way to the south and forces his way into Porky's car. He practically gets Porky into trouble with the law and fellow motorists with his brashness. Fed up, Porky comes up with a plan to buy a present from a gift shop and puts it into his trunk. Telling Daffy not to open it till later, naturally Daffy can't resist temptation and opens the trunk where all of his baggage that was stuffed to compacity flies out into his face, allowing Porky to drive off, free from Daffy's side seat driving. For added revenge, the present turned out to be a novelty hitch hiking thumb.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' story "A New Villain" Underdog begs his would-be killer not to dump him in the lake - -- because Underdog knows that the water in the lake will remove the electricity effect the villain (the Electric Eel) used on him. Naturally, the egotistical villain falls for it.
* Done in a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short when Daffy tried to hitchhike his way to the south and forces his way into Porky's car. He practically gets Porky into trouble with the law and fellow motorists with his brashness. Fed up, Porky comes up with a plan to buy a present from a gift shop and puts it into his trunk. Telling Daffy not to open it till later, naturally Daffy can't resist temptation and opens the trunk where all of his baggage that was stuffed to compacity flies out into his face, allowing Porky to drive off, free from Daffy's side seat driving. For added revenge, the present turned out to be a novelty hitch hiking thumb.






->''"I was bred and born in the briar patch, Br'er Fox," he called. "Born and bred in the briar patch."''

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->''"I was bred and born in the briar patch, Br'er Fox," he called. "Born and bred in the briar patch."''"''
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* A particularly elaborate version in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', where travelling witch Miss Tick has written a ''book'' for would-be witch-hunters, explaining that [[BurnTheWitch burning a witch]] just makes her angry, and the best plan is to rob her of her powers by giving her soup (not tomato, as that would make her ''more'' powerful), then providing pillows and blankets to trick her into going to sleep, and later waking her quietly with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit (a ginger biscuit may also work, plain would be a very bad idea) tying her hands with a bosun's knot and throwing her in the river. The knot is easily undone, and Miss Tick was a swimming champion at school.
11th Jun '17 8:09:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Seen in ''{{Spacetrawler}}'' when Yuri's being "tortured" by some bounty hunters [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/07/20/spacetrawler-60/ here]] and [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/01/spacetrawler-63/ here]], before [[spoiler:being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-64/ here]]]].

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* Seen in ''{{Spacetrawler}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' when Yuri's being "tortured" by some bounty hunters [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/07/20/spacetrawler-60/ here]] and [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/01/spacetrawler-63/ here]], before [[spoiler:being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-64/ here]]]].
27th May '17 10:04:15 AM MikeW
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* Lampshaded on ''Series/Airwolf.'' A renegade military officer sets a huge trap for Hawke and Airwolf with Hawke taunting the guy before ducking into a canyon. The officer orders a massive strike against it that nearly kills civilians in the area. It's enough for another officer to recognize the man has gone over the edge and has him arrested. At which point, Airwolf comes out of hiding with Hawke openly mocking the officer with "please don't throw me into that briar patch."

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* Lampshaded on ''Series/Airwolf.''Series/{{Airwolf}}.'' A renegade military officer sets a huge trap for Hawke and Airwolf with Hawke taunting the guy before ducking into a canyon. The officer orders a massive strike against it that nearly kills civilians in the area. It's enough for another officer to recognize the man has gone over the edge and has him arrested. At which point, Airwolf comes out of hiding with Hawke openly mocking the officer with "please don't throw me into that briar patch."
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* Lampshaded on ''Series/Airwolf.'' A renegade military officer sets a huge trap for Hawke and Airwolf with Hawke taunting the guy before ducking into a canyon. The officer orders a massive strike against it that nearly kills civilians in the area. It's enough for another officer to recognize the man has gone over the edge and has him arrested. At which point, Airwolf comes out of hiding with Hawke openly mocking the officer with "please don't throw me into that briar patch."
2nd May '17 7:57:31 PM Celcey
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* {{Lampshaded}} AND {{Inverted}} in ''Series/TheWire'':
** In the first episode, [=McNulty=] makes a bet with Landsman revealing where he would least want to serve [[spoiler: on a boat]]
** Later in the season, Freamon warns [=McNulty=] "When they ask you where you wanna go, and they are gonna ask you where you wanna go, do yourself a favor. Keep your mouth shut."
** Guess where we see [=McNulty=] working at the start of season 2?

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* {{Lampshaded}} AND {{Inverted}} in ''Series/TheWire'':
**
''Series/TheWire'': In the first episode, [=McNulty=] makes a bet with Landsman revealing where he would least want to serve serve: [[spoiler: on a boat]]
** Later
boat]]. Then later in the season, Freamon Lester warns [=McNulty=] [=McNulty=], "When they ask you where you wanna go, and they are gonna ask you where you wanna go, do yourself a favor. Keep your mouth shut."
**
" Guess where we see [=McNulty=] working at the start of season 2?


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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': After Hector Salamanca's drug operation is shut down due to Gus Fring's machinations, Hector and his goons pay a visit to Los Pollos Hermanos and hold the employees hostage until Gus arrives. Hector, planted in Gus's office, tries to intimidate Gus into trafficking Hector's drugs from now on. But Gus is the reason why Hector's supply line is shut down, so he pretends to be intimidated, to let Hector think that he has all the power.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': [=GLaDOS=] the AI [[spoiler:drops its Morality Core and constantly encourages the player's character to leave "that Aperture-Science-Thing-We-Don't-Know-What-It-Does" alone, expecting that the character's distrust towards it will cause her to destroy it.]] [=GLaDOS=] even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] by saying, "Do you think I'm trying to trick you with reverse psychology? I mean, ''seriously'' now..."), but StupidityIsTheOnlyOption to continue.
** Used again in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:in the FinalBoss fight. You are presented with the opportunity to press a button that the boss in question apparently very much does not want you to. Except that when you try to press it, it turns out to have been booby trapped with a difficult to detect trap. Unfortunately, your options were press the button or die when the end boss' own stupidity causes his entire lair to explode and kill everyone within, including you]].
---> [[spoiler:'''Wheatley:''' PART FIVE: BOOBY-TRAP THE STALEMATE BUTTON!]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', [=GLaDOS=] the AI [[spoiler:drops its Morality Core and constantly encourages the player's character to leave "that Aperture-Science-Thing-We-Don't-Know-What-It-Does" alone, expecting that the character's distrust towards it will cause her to destroy it.]] [=GLaDOS=] even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] by saying, "Do you think I'm trying to trick you with reverse psychology? I mean, ''seriously'' now..."), but StupidityIsTheOnlyOption to continue.
** Used again in * In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:in the FinalBoss fight. You are presented with the opportunity to press a button that the boss in question apparently very much does not want you to. Except that when you try to press it, it turns out to have been booby trapped with a difficult to detect trap. Unfortunately, your options were press the button or die when the end boss' own stupidity causes his entire lair to explode and kill everyone within, including you]].
---> [[spoiler:'''Wheatley:''' PART FIVE: BOOBY-TRAP THE STALEMATE BUTTON!]]
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* * In one episode of ''Series/IZombie'', minor villain Don E begs a thug sent to kill him to do it quickly with a clean headshot, claiming that he can't stand pain, while at the same time insulting the thug and getting him angry. Sure enough, the thug shoots him in the gut instead. Since Don E is a zombie, the wound isn't even particularly painful to him, let alone fatal - whereas a headshot is the one thing that ''would'' have killed him.

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* * In one episode of ''Series/IZombie'', minor villain Don E begs a thug sent to kill him to do it quickly with a clean headshot, claiming that he can't stand pain, while at the same time insulting the thug and getting him angry. Sure enough, the thug shoots him in the gut instead. Since Don E is a zombie, the wound isn't even particularly painful to him, let alone fatal - whereas a headshot is the one thing that ''would'' have killed him.
7th Apr '17 12:53:32 AM Baeraad555
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* * In one episode of ''Series/IZombie'', minor villain Don E begs a thug sent to kill him to do it quickly with a clean headshot, claiming that he can't stand pain, while at the same time insulting the thug and getting him angry. Sure enough, the thug shoots him in the gut instead. Since Don E is a zombie, the wound isn't even particularly painful to him, let alone fatal - whereas a headshot is the one thing that ''would'' have killed him.
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