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20th Aug '16 12:09:40 AM marcoasalazarm
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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/CatsEye'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.

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* InvokedTrope and played with on ''Anime/CatsEye'': ''Manga/CatsEye'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.
20th Aug '16 12:08:37 AM marcoasalazarm
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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/BlackCat'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.

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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/BlackCat'': ''Anime/CatsEye'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.
18th Aug '16 10:21:13 AM KeithM
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* Terry Blair, a serial killer in Kansas City who was featured on ''TheFirst48'' which was filming in the city at the time, called 911 to report the location of some of the bodies of his victims, which was their first indication they actually had a serial killer, and taunt the police. In an example of a real-life [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]], detectives were able to use the cell tower data to identify the area he was calling from and then the background sounds on the call to narrow it down to the street, which allowed them to home in on Blair as a suspect.
18th Aug '16 10:03:56 AM marcoasalazarm
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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/BlackCat'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.
13th Aug '16 2:58:10 PM nombretomado
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* The Zodiac Killer; a serial killer who taunted California policemen with postcards and letters written in secret code. According to the letters he sent to the press, he killed people in order to have slaves in the afterlife. Ergo also his [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed obvious stand-in]] Scorpio from ''DirtyHarry''. A number of investigators and researchers consider many, if not all, of his "clues", including his codes, to be purely [[RedHerring red herrings]]. He was never caught.

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* The Zodiac Killer; a serial killer who taunted California policemen with postcards and letters written in secret code. According to the letters he sent to the press, he killed people in order to have slaves in the afterlife. Ergo also his [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed obvious stand-in]] Scorpio from ''DirtyHarry''.''Film/DirtyHarry''. A number of investigators and researchers consider many, if not all, of his "clues", including his codes, to be purely [[RedHerring red herrings]]. He was never caught.
28th May '16 9:33:33 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Often done in ''ThePretender'' by Jarod to the Centre operatives chasing him both to mock them and to leave clues that their superiors were up to shenanigans behind their backs. Done more often in the first couple of seasons... later on, Jarod simply calls them to tip them off about their employer's latest wacky hijinx.

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* Often done in ''ThePretender'' ''Series/ThePretender'' by Jarod to the Centre operatives chasing him both to mock them and to leave clues that their superiors were up to shenanigans behind their backs. Done more often in the first couple of seasons... later on, Jarod simply calls them to tip them off about their employer's latest wacky hijinx.
10th May '16 12:36:21 AM TARINunit9
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* ''VideoGame/CarmenSandiego'': Carmen is possibly only second to the Riddler in being known for this. She leaves the clues as a friendly challenge of wits against the FriendlyEnemy / WorthyOpponent detectives.

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* ''VideoGame/CarmenSandiego'': Carmen is possibly only second to the Riddler in being known for this. She leaves the clues as a friendly challenge of wits against the FriendlyEnemy / WorthyOpponent detectives.FriendlyEnemy[=/=]WorthyOpponent detectives. It's implied she doesn't actually want the stuff she's stealing (since she would have to be set for life hundreds of times over just to pull off the heists in the first place), and is in it purely for the thrill of the chase.



** Justified: Carmen WANTS to either win or lose very narrowly. It's not fun otherwise.

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** As with the games, it's Justified: Carmen is only in it for the thrill of the chase. And she WANTS to either win or lose [[NearVillainVictory very narrowly.narrowly]]. It's not fun otherwise.
18th Apr '16 5:57:36 AM MoonByte
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*''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' constantly suspects this happens with certain enemies. It is even weaponized by Negaduck who [[LampshadeHanging lamshades it]] by leaving ridiculously vague trails to his HQ on purpose, simply because Darkwing would never get the idea to simply look at the logo that broadly proclaims it is Negaducks hideout. Interestingly enough, while actual mind games that are supposed to keep him stuck or even killed are solved by Darkwing with ease, mock games take him forever or he may even end up never solving them despite the obvious solution being right in front of him.
12th Apr '16 8:09:24 PM PaulA
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* Double-subverted in John Buchan's RichardHannay novel ''The Three Hostages''. The villain leaves a riddle for the police, in the form of a six-line poem. Subversion: It's deliberately uncrackable, and therefore ''should'' act only as a distraction. Double-subversion: But, possibly subconsciously, he laces the riddle with subtle clues, which the heroes crack thanks to a number of [[ContrivedCoincidence remarkably fortuitous encounters and observations]].

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* Double-subverted in John Buchan's RichardHannay Richard Hannay novel ''The Three Hostages''.''Literature/TheThreeHostages''. The villain leaves a riddle for the police, in the form of a six-line poem. Subversion: It's deliberately uncrackable, and therefore ''should'' act only as a distraction. Double-subversion: But, possibly subconsciously, he laces the riddle with subtle clues, which the heroes crack thanks to a number of [[ContrivedCoincidence remarkably fortuitous encounters and observations]].
9th Apr '16 1:38:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' in the episode "Sniper". A serial killer draws a hangman game in chalk at the scene of each crime, with another letter filled in each time. The detectives hope that if they can guess the word, they can solve the crime. [[spoiler: It turns out that the word is "eromitlab," a nonsense word -- Baltimore backwards. The killer is simply crazy. There's nothing more to it than that.]]

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* Subverted in ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' in the episode "Sniper". A serial killer draws a hangman game in chalk at the scene of each crime, with another letter filled in each time. The detectives hope that if they can guess the word, they can solve the crime. [[spoiler: It turns out that the word is "eromitlab," a nonsense word -- Baltimore backwards. The killer is simply crazy. There's nothing more to it than that.]]
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