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2nd May '17 7:57:31 PM Celcey
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2nd May '17 5:05:57 PM dmcreif
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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'':
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''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."
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" 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.
17th Apr '17 8:38:02 AM Gosicrystal
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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!]]
you]].
7th Apr '17 12:54:07 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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* * 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.
3rd Apr '17 5:00:13 AM Doug86
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* {{Superman}}, having lost most of his powers due to being held in a cage under artificial red sunlight, used a double-reverse version in the ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]]'' episode "The Main Man, part II". He specifically tells the thugs attacking him that "they don't want to" throw him into the enclosure to which he's just knocked down the door, knowing full well [[TooDumbToLive they'd do just that]]. They do, and discover that instead of a bloodthirsty beast, it contains a dodo. From ''[[HesBack Earth]]''. And a yellow sun lamp, which quickly recharges him. Cue ass-kicking.

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* {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, having lost most of his powers due to being held in a cage under artificial red sunlight, used a double-reverse version in the ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]]'' episode "The Main Man, part II". He specifically tells the thugs attacking him that "they don't want to" throw him into the enclosure to which he's just knocked down the door, knowing full well [[TooDumbToLive they'd do just that]]. They do, and discover that instead of a bloodthirsty beast, it contains a dodo. From ''[[HesBack Earth]]''. And a yellow sun lamp, which quickly recharges him. Cue ass-kicking.
23rd Mar '17 1:57:33 PM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/Flash2015'' episode "The Wrath of Savitar", the S.T.A.R. Labs team deduce that BigBad Savitar is trapped in the Speed Force, and needs the complete Philosopher's Stone to escape ... which makes the fact Barry threw most of it into the Speed Force to keep it ''out'' of Savitar's hands a huge mistake, but at least there's one shard left. Cut to Savitar's mental projection taunting Wally that he just doesn't have the speed to throw the final shard safely into the Force the way Barry did...
23rd Mar '17 1:20:06 PM beergood
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* From ''Website/ActsOfGord'', when a woman [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Victory/chapter01.php threatens]] to report him to the government for refusing to let her open an account without a valid ID.

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* From ''Website/ActsOfGord'', when a woman [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Victory/chapter01.php threatens]] to report him to the government for refusing to let her open an account without a valid ID. Of course, the number he actually gives her is [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Victory/chapter02.php his own]].
23rd Mar '17 1:17:14 PM beergood
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* From ''Website/ActsOfGord'', when a woman [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Victory/chapter01.php threatens]] to report him to the government for refusing to let her open an account without a valid ID.
-->"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…"
11th Mar '17 2:27:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy}} The Hero of Ages]]'', [[VoluntaryShapeshifting TenSoon]] deliberately lets his captors overhear him saying how degrading he found it to have been made to wear the bones of a dog under his previous master. Of course they give him the dog bones to wear when his sentence is carried out; quoth, "that was exactly what [=TenSoon=] had been counting on." Naturally the abilities of that body make it much easier for him to escape, aided by the fact that the normally highly obedient kandra didn't expect him to actually ''resist'' the sentence of having his bones broken with hammers, being thrown in a pit for a thousand years, and finally executed via acid bath.

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* In ''[[{{Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy}} ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Hero of Ages]]'', [[VoluntaryShapeshifting TenSoon]] deliberately lets his captors overhear him saying how degrading he found it to have been made to wear the bones of a dog under his previous master. Of course they give him the dog bones to wear when his sentence is carried out; quoth, "that was exactly what [=TenSoon=] had been counting on." Naturally the abilities of that body make it much easier for him to escape, aided by the fact that the normally highly obedient kandra didn't expect him to actually ''resist'' the sentence of having his bones broken with hammers, being thrown in a pit for a thousand years, and finally executed via acid bath.



* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', the Fudir, inveilging his way off planet, tells the man who's taking him, "You'll have to arrest me, Br'er Fox."

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', the Fudir, inveilging his way off planet, tells the man who's taking him, "You'll have to arrest me, Br'er Fox."



* There's an old (African?) story about a turtle who was caught eating the crops. The villagers gather around and debate what to do with him, and each time he agrees that he'd made an excellent drum or great soup, but please don't throw him in the river. Eventually, the group decides that the worst punishment would be his worst fear. They throw the turtle in the river and he swims along on his merry way.

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* There's an old (African?) story about a turtle who was caught eating the crops. The villagers gather around and debate what to do with him, and each time he agrees that he'd made an excellent drum or great soup, but please don't throw him in the river. Eventually, the group decides that the worst punishment would be his worst fear. They throw the turtle in the river and he swims along on his merry way.
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