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19th Jun '16 1:40:22 PM nombretomado
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* Stratagem #1 of TheThirtySixStratagems is essentially this, banking on the fact that the enemy will be so annoyed by constant false alarms that they will ignore you once you make your real move.

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* Stratagem #1 of TheThirtySixStratagems UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems is essentially this, banking on the fact that the enemy will be so annoyed by constant false alarms that they will ignore you once you make your real move.
16th Jun '16 11:14:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''YogisGang'', the animals and "Mr. Fibber" convince Yogi to land the flying ark, twice. Both times they claimed an emergency situation of some sort, but it turned out they just spotted a lemonade stand and then an ice cream factory. When the animals spot an approaching tornado, Yogi refuses to land, thinking it's another trick.

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* In ''YogisGang'', ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'', the animals and "Mr. Fibber" convince Yogi to land the flying ark, twice. Both times they claimed an emergency situation of some sort, but it turned out they just spotted a lemonade stand and then an ice cream factory. When the animals spot an approaching tornado, Yogi refuses to land, thinking it's another trick.



* ''TheRaccoons'': In one episode, Bert Raccoon found out Cyril Sneer wanted to pave the forest but nobody would believe him because of how he jumped into conclusions before.

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* ''TheRaccoons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'': In one episode, Bert Raccoon found out Cyril Sneer wanted to pave the forest but nobody would believe him because of how he jumped into conclusions before.



* ''WheelSquad'' had an episode where Enzo was having a tunnel built to grant potential customers easy access to World Mart. Unfortunately, the construction was threatening the neighborhood, so they started a petition. Fearing the petition wouldn't be ready on time, the heroes tried to forge signs of dinosaurs having lived there so archaeologists would delay the work until the petition was ready but the hoax was soon exposed. Later on, the heroes investigated and found out remains of an Ancient Roman bath house. As it sometimes happens when the hero finds out the villain's secret, the villain appeared to confront them about it. One of the heroes told Enzo he couldn't keep them from telling about the bath house and Enzo said he didn't have to, since nobody would believe them after the dinosaur hoax. Nevertheless, they ''did'' convince someone to investigate and the truth gets out.

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* ''WheelSquad'' ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'' had an episode where Enzo was having a tunnel built to grant potential customers easy access to World Mart. Unfortunately, the construction was threatening the neighborhood, so they started a petition. Fearing the petition wouldn't be ready on time, the heroes tried to forge signs of dinosaurs having lived there so archaeologists would delay the work until the petition was ready but the hoax was soon exposed. Later on, the heroes investigated and found out remains of an Ancient Roman bath house. As it sometimes happens when the hero finds out the villain's secret, the villain appeared to confront them about it. One of the heroes told Enzo he couldn't keep them from telling about the bath house and Enzo said he didn't have to, since nobody would believe them after the dinosaur hoax. Nevertheless, they ''did'' convince someone to investigate and the truth gets out.



* Double subverted in ''CampLazlo'' with the episode "Radio Free Edward". When his radio show isn't getting any attention, Edward sets up a sham about being attacked by yetis and everyone believes him. The next night, he's attacked by yetis for ''real'', and successfully convinces everyone that he's telling the truth... only to find that the yetis are intellectuals who are breaking into the radio station to play music.

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* Double subverted in ''CampLazlo'' ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' with the episode "Radio Free Edward". When his radio show isn't getting any attention, Edward sets up a sham about being attacked by yetis and everyone believes him. The next night, he's attacked by yetis for ''real'', and successfully convinces everyone that he's telling the truth... only to find that the yetis are intellectuals who are breaking into the radio station to play music.
15th Jun '16 11:21:50 AM Noumero
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* Over the course of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Lambsbridge Gang develops a deserved reputation for [[ManipulativeBastard dangerously cunning]] human-looking experiments that masquerade as children and use their [[TheSocialExpert abilities]] to bait their enemies into disastrous actions. Naturally, when Lillian, who actually ''is'' a normal human child, is injured and needs medical help, Sylvester and Jamie run into problems convincing the people they go to for help that it's not a trap.

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* Over the course of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Lambsbridge Gang develops a deserved reputation for as [[ManipulativeBastard dangerously devastatingly cunning]] human-looking experiments that masquerade as children and use their [[TheSocialExpert abilities]] to bait their enemies into disastrous actions. Naturally, when Lillian, who actually ''is'' a normal human child, is injured and needs medical help, Sylvester and Jamie run into problems convincing the people they go to for help that it's not a trap.
8th Jun '16 4:43:19 PM Anddrix
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* Invoked in ''Literature/TheCityOfEmber''; [[spoiler:the mayor tried to claim to the city that this is what Doon and Lina were doing when they reported that he and Looper were stealing, stating that they were "spreading vicious rumors." However, they were telling the truth]].
8th Jun '16 3:48:50 AM Kitch
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* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', Wilbur Fuzz is shaken when after all his jokes about heart attacks, he actually has one. He thinks of this trope. The paramedics -- wolves -- tell him that they came, and he should BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.



* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', Wilbur Fuzz is shaken when after all his jokes about heart attacks, he actually has one. He thinks of this trope. The paramedics -- wolves -- tell him that they came, and he should BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
7th Jun '16 8:23:21 AM Doug86
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* In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, both sides spread propaganda about the enemy, which included a genocide perpetrated by the Germans. While there were indeed occasional war crimes against the civilian population (what with the western front being most of the time in Belgium and France), but genocide... less so. This came to light after the war, of course. Now, if you have been paying attention during history lessons, you might remember that Germany did indeed start a program of genocide within the next 20 years. The response to warnings this time was rather... lukewarm. Ouch.

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* In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, both sides spread propaganda about the enemy, which included a genocide perpetrated by the Germans. While there were indeed occasional war crimes against the civilian population (what with the western front being most of the time in Belgium and France), but genocide... less so. This came to light after the war, of course. Now, if you have been paying attention during history lessons, you might remember that Germany did indeed start a program of genocide within the next 20 years. The response to warnings this time was rather... lukewarm. Ouch.
5th Apr '16 9:48:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' the reason why social services do not believe that Satoko is being abused by her uncle is because she used a WoundedGazelleGambit one too many times against her innocent stepfather and they were afraid that she was doing the same thing again. [[spoiler: This is rather tragic when you read the TIPS and learn that abuse from previous stepfathers has really messed with her head and she can't tell the difference between her current stepfather and the ones before. In other words: There's a good chance she really believed she was being abused.]]
** Although the social services actually DID show up at her house when her teacher called them. However, this time Satoko refuses to admit to the abuse, so they can't do anything.



* One chapter of ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' has this occur to Laura's cousin Charley. He doesn't want to help his father and uncle in the fields so he goofs off all day and gets in the way of their work. Eventually they tell him to go away, but even then he keeps on mock screaming to fool them until they begin ignore him. Charley begins to scream and it turns out this time it's for real danger. He had stepped on a bee hive and they were attacking him. He ends up okay but covered in bee stings.



* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Klinger lies repeatedly about family emergencies that require him to be sent home. When he receives word in the mail that his wife wants a divorce, nobody believes it's for real.

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* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
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Klinger lies repeatedly about family emergencies that require him to be sent home. When he receives word in the mail that his wife wants a divorce, nobody believes it's for real.



* ''{{Series/Newhart}}'': In the episode "The Boy Who Cried Goat", the Minuteman Cafe gets robbed (off-camera), and when the insurance man investigates he asks Dick about Kirk, and Dick reluctantly tells him that Kirk is known for telling lies. With insurance believing that Kirk might have been lying about the robbery, Kirk has to take a lie detector test... which ends up not showing any results when used on Kirk. When it looks like Kirk won't get the insurance money, Dick tells Kirk that the whole situation was his fault for lying so many times before, comparing it to "The Boy Who Creid Wolf", a story that Kirk had never heard (and as Dick tells the story everyone else mentions hearing different versions).
** Of course, in this episode the robbery happens off-camera, so the viewer has to decide that Kirk is actually telling the truth this time.

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* ''{{Series/Newhart}}'': ''Series/{{Newhart}}'': In the episode "The Boy Who Cried Goat", the Minuteman Cafe gets robbed (off-camera), and when the insurance man investigates he asks Dick about Kirk, and Dick reluctantly tells him that Kirk is known for telling lies. With insurance believing that Kirk might have been lying about the robbery, Kirk has to take a lie detector test... which ends up not showing any results when used on Kirk. When it looks like Kirk won't get the insurance money, Dick tells Kirk that the whole situation was his fault for lying so many times before, comparing it to "The Boy Who Creid Wolf", a story that Kirk had never heard (and as Dick tells the story everyone else mentions hearing different versions).
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versions). Of course, in this episode the robbery happens off-camera, so the viewer has to decide that Kirk is actually telling the truth this time.



* [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1986&addr=860330 This]] ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
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[[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1986&addr=860330 This]] ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip.



* A {{Muppet}} sketch on ''Series/SesameStreet'' adapted the classic fable, with Cookie Monster taking the place of the wolf.

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A {{Muppet}} sketch on ''Series/SesameStreet'' adapted the classic fable, with Cookie Monster taking the place of the wolf.


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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' the reason why social services do not believe that Satoko is being abused by her uncle is because she used a WoundedGazelleGambit one too many times against her innocent stepfather and they were afraid that she was doing the same thing again. [[spoiler: This is rather tragic when you read the TIPS and learn that abuse from previous stepfathers has really messed with her head and she can't tell the difference between her current stepfather and the ones before. In other words: There's a good chance she really believed she was being abused.]] Although the social services actually DID show up at her house when her teacher called them. However, this time Satoko refuses to admit to the abuse, so they can't do anything.
26th Mar '16 10:05:56 PM JackG
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** Which is exactly the problem for Garak -- in the same episode it's apparent that someone is out to kill Garak when a bomb goes off in his tailor shop. Odo tracks down the assassin, but realises that Garak set off the bomb himself so people would believe him when he said his life was in danger, despite being a known ConsumateLiar.

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** Which is exactly the problem for Garak -- in the same episode it's apparent that someone is out to kill Garak when a bomb goes off in his tailor shop. Odo tracks down the assassin, but realises that Garak set off the bomb himself so people would believe him when he said his life was in danger, despite being a known ConsumateLiar.ConsummateLiar.
26th Mar '16 10:04:07 PM JackG
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** Which is exactly the problem for Garak -- in the same episode it's apparent that someone is out to kill Garak when a bomb goes off in his tailor shop. Odo tracks down the assassin, but realises that Garak set off the bomb himself so people would believe him when he said his life was in danger, despite being a known ConsumateLiar.
19th Mar '16 5:28:15 AM GrammarNavi
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* At the beginning of ''[[{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Banjo-Tooie]]'', [[{{Jerkass}} Kazooie]] cheats at a game of cards by telling everyone that [[LookOverThere Gruntilda has come back to life]]. While they're looking out the window, Kazooie steals some chips. During that very same game of cards, the whole house starts shaking, and Mumbo leaves to investigate. He comes back and reveals that Gruntilda really has come back. Bottles doesn't believe him and stays inside while everyone else is running out, which [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome doesn't end so well for him]].

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* At the beginning of ''[[{{Banjo-Kazooie}} ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'', [[{{Jerkass}} Kazooie]] cheats at a game of cards by telling everyone that [[LookOverThere Gruntilda has come back to life]]. While they're looking out the window, Kazooie steals some chips. During that very same game of cards, the whole house starts shaking, and Mumbo leaves to investigate. He comes back and reveals that Gruntilda really has come back. Bottles doesn't believe him and stays inside while everyone else is running out, which [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome doesn't end so well for him]].
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