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12th Jan '17 12:58:53 PM Dreadjaws
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione fakes tears and uses this strategy to trick Dolores Umbridge into a position where she can be ambushed. She begs Harry not to [[spoiler: reveal the location of "the secret weapon in the Forbidden Forest", whatever he does]]. Naturally, Umbridge [[spoiler: marches the kids into the Forbidden Forest at wand-point and demands that they take her to it]]...at which point, [[spoiler: she's ambushed and pummeled by Centaurs, who had explicitly forbidden the adults at Hogwarts from entering the Forest]].

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione fakes tears and uses this strategy to trick Dolores Umbridge into a position where she can be ambushed. She begs Harry not to [[spoiler: reveal the location of "the secret weapon in the Forbidden Forest", whatever he does]]. Naturally, Umbridge [[spoiler: marches the kids into the Forbidden Forest at wand-point and demands that they take her to it]]...at which point, [[spoiler: she's ambushed and pummeled by Centaurs, who had explicitly forbidden the adults at Hogwarts from entering the Forest]]. Uncharacteristically for an example of this trope, it both works and backfires, as [[spoiler: the centaurs don't like the idea of having been used and they decide to attack the kids as well]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: they're saved a second time by the timely appereance of the giant Grawp]].
12th Jan '17 5:41:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'':
** An episode of the original series features a villain named Zalt, an extradimensional tyrant whose plan involves using technology to siphon power from both creatures and magical items. When He-Man and Orko find him, He-Man says out loud that "I hope he doesn't want my sword!" causing Zalt to use telekinesis to grab it. Which is what the hero wanted, because by chanting ByThePowerOfGreyskull while Zalt is holding it, the villain is ''clobbered'' by said Power, which also destroys the technology.
** Skeletor does little better in the remake. In the episode "Turnabout", Adam and Teela drive boldly into a place in full view of Snake Mountain, Teela saying loudly that she hopes Skeletor doesn't see him. Naturally, he does, and naturally, he walks right into an ambush set by her dad and the other Masters.
10th Jan '17 9:47:33 AM Schismatism
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* Later, in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' (a sequel to ''Webcomic/Narbonic''), Tip attempts to apologize to Doctor Lee for using her as a pawn in a game of one-upsmanship with Artie. She is, of course, terribly, ''terribly'' put out by having to spend her day having two attractive men ply her with favours.

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* Later, in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' (a sequel to ''Webcomic/Narbonic''), ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''), Tip attempts to apologize to Doctor Lee for using her as a pawn in a game of one-upsmanship with Artie. She is, of course, terribly, ''terribly'' put out by having to spend her day having two attractive men ply her with favours.
10th Jan '17 9:46:43 AM Schismatism
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* Later, in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' (a sequel to ''Webcomic/Narbonic''), Tip attempts to apologize to Doctor Lee for using her as a pawn in a game of one-upsmanship with Artie. She is, of course, terribly, ''terribly'' put out by having to spend her day having two attractive men ply her with favours.
9th Dec '16 1:20:25 PM DrFraud
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* The ''Series/{{LOST}}'' fanfiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3564148/1/Shadows Shadows]]'' uses this as an allegory while describing Jack's thoughts as Ben desperately pleads not to be taken from the island: "He's not about to throw Brer Rabbit into the briar patch"

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* The ''Series/{{LOST}}'' fanfiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3564148/1/Shadows Shadows]]'' uses this as an allegory while describing Jack's thoughts as Ben desperately pleads not to be taken from the island: "He's not about to throw Brer Br'er Rabbit into the briar patch"patch."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8333963/16/Emerald-Flight-Book-One-Union Emerald Flight Book One: Union]]'' Harry tells the Parasite not to touch his scar, claiming that it's the strongest part of his powers. This results in partially draining the [[SoulJar Horcrux]] instead of Harry.
23rd Nov '16 12:42:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' ends with Indy being forced by MadScientist [[ThoseWackyNazis Dr. Ubermann]] to be his guinea pig for testing the Atlantean ascension machine. (This is right after he's seen Nazi agent Klaus Kerner [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor jump eagerly into the machine]] [[BalefulPolymorph only to be turned into a dwarf minotaur]].) The only way to keep Indy from being transformed into [[AGodAmI a rampaging energy being]] [[BlessedWithSuck with a lifespan of about 15 seconds]] is to have him convince Dr. Ubermann that he ''wants'' to be transformed so he can turn around and use his newfound omnipotence against the mad doctor; Dr. Ubermann then decides to [[ProfessorGuineaPig test the machine out on himself]] instead, and is transformed into (you guessed it) [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a rampaging energy being with a lifespan of about 15 seconds]].

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* ''IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' ends with Indy being forced by MadScientist [[ThoseWackyNazis Dr. Ubermann]] to be his guinea pig for testing the Atlantean ascension machine. (This is right after he's seen Nazi agent Klaus Kerner [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor jump eagerly into the machine]] [[BalefulPolymorph only to be turned into a dwarf minotaur]].) The only way to keep Indy from being transformed into [[AGodAmI a rampaging energy being]] [[BlessedWithSuck with a lifespan of about 15 seconds]] is to have him convince Dr. Ubermann that he ''wants'' to be transformed so he can turn around and use his newfound omnipotence against the mad doctor; Dr. Ubermann then decides to [[ProfessorGuineaPig test the machine out on himself]] instead, and is transformed into (you guessed it) [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a rampaging energy being with a lifespan of about 15 seconds]].
23rd Oct '16 12:50:44 PM Kirayoshi
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** 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."
9th Oct '16 10:10:20 AM SirVancelot131
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** Averted in a later episode where Reese attempts to get intentionally grounded to avoid having to spend money to take his girlfriend to a dance, but Lois is GenreSavvy enough to know what Reese is up to, and tells him the grounding begins the day after the dance.
29th Sep '16 2:41:01 AM MoPete
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* On one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' 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 one episode of 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]].
9th Sep '16 8:30:22 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'': Did you forget a critical ingredient? Well, sometimes the sabotages will provide the needed ingredient, albeit one with lower quality (chicken in a can) or a time-consuming method of harvesting it (scraping pasta off macaroni art). But both are better than ''not'' having it, and if you can trick your opponent into sabotaging you with it, you also get them to spend their money to give you a key ingredient.
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