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6th Feb '17 7:31:26 PM Ardashir
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* The [[{{Samurai}} Shimazu Clan]] used this tactic to terrific effect many times during the SengokuJidai, more than once utterly destroying armies that had them outnumbered more than 10-to-1. It worked for them because, unlike most other clan armies of the time, they were a united force rather than a collection of various lesser daimyo's forces. They were [[CombatPragmatist also far more pragmatic]] than many other samurai, who saw even a pretended retreat as [[HonorBeforeReason disgraceful.]]
28th Nov '16 4:15:37 PM hubakon1368
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* ''Fanfic/BlackCrayons'' series: In one of the installments, titled ''A Child's Innocence'', [[BigBad Megatron]] feigns not being in top condition to lull his everyone around him to make them underestimate him should the time come for him to ''really'' fight. [[spoiler:[[SpannerInTheWorks Annabelle inadvertently convinces him that this backfired when she assumes that Sentinel and Dylan are behind the events in Chicago leading the Decepticon leader to believe he is no longer seen as a credible threat. This leads to Megatron turning on Sentinel.]]]]
22nd Nov '16 6:33:24 PM PaulA
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* Creator/GordonRDickson's ''The Tactics of Mistake'' (part of the Literature/ChildeCycle) The title comes from the hero's tactical doctrine, which calls for a series of feints, that gradually draw the enemy into an untenable position, at which point he attacks, and demolishes them.

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* Creator/GordonRDickson's ''The Tactics of Mistake'' (part of the Literature/ChildeCycle) ''Literature/TacticsOfMistake'': The title comes from the hero's tactical doctrine, which calls for a series of feints, feints that gradually draw the enemy into an untenable position, at which point he attacks, and demolishes them.
27th Oct '16 12:31:50 PM jazzyamx
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Expect at least one ally to say "[[ItsQuietTooQuiet This is too easy]]", and later yell "[[LuredIntoATrap No, stop! It's A Trap!]]" and get either ignored by the hero or heard too late. This can also take the form of an enemy enticing their attacker into "winning" PyrrhicVictory before they realize what just happened.

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Expect at least one ally to say "[[ItsQuietTooQuiet This is too easy]]", and later yell "[[LuredIntoATrap No, stop! It's A Trap!]]" and get either ignored by the hero or heard too late. This can also take the form of an enemy enticing their attacker into "winning" a PyrrhicVictory before they realize what just happened.
11th Oct '16 8:10:35 AM dotchan
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* Creator/SunTzu made it clear of the importance of Feigned Retreat through his book ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''.

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* Creator/SunTzu made it clear of the importance of using the Feigned Retreat on enemies (and not falling for them yourself) through his book ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''.
7th Sep '16 12:35:40 PM EDP
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* [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Yusuke Urameshi]] ran away once from a super fast foe. He cornered himself into an alley; then, when his foe came to mock him, he shot a burst of his [[KiAttacks Rei Gun]]. In the narrow alley, his enemy wasn't able to avoid the shots and was promptly defeated.

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* [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Yusuke Urameshi]] Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara]] ran away once from a super very fast and invisible foe. He They cornered himself themselves into an alley; a corridor, then, when his foe the enemy came to mock for the kill, Kuwabara, who could sense his presence but not pinpoint him, he told Yusuke to attack and Yu shot a burst of his [[KiAttacks Rei Shot Gun]]. In the narrow alley, his corridor, the enemy wasn't able to avoid the shots and was promptly defeated.
6th Sep '16 2:30:15 AM Morgenthaler
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** A well known variation is to [[GeoEffects use nature]] as a DefensiveFeintTrap. If the defender has no points that it absolutely needs to defend, or it can trust that such points are strong enough to last through an entire campaigning season; and if the area hasn't enough [[{{Plunder}} forage]] to sustain the invader it is commonly used. The invader has to maintain a long supply line draining off garrisons for outposts and escorts for convoys (which are often subject to partisan attacks when this kind of strategy is used). The effect is similar to that of a {{Risk}} player who advances until he has no army left. Examples of such strategy include the ByzantineEmpire on several occasions, the Americans during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, the Spaniards in UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and, most famously, Russia in UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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** A well known variation is to [[GeoEffects use nature]] as a DefensiveFeintTrap. If the defender has no points that it absolutely needs to defend, or it can trust that such points are strong enough to last through an entire campaigning season; and if the area hasn't enough [[{{Plunder}} forage]] to sustain the invader it is commonly used. The invader has to maintain a long supply line draining off garrisons for outposts and escorts for convoys (which are often subject to partisan attacks when this kind of strategy is used). The effect is similar to that of a {{Risk}} TabletopGame/{{Risk}} player who advances until he has no army left. Examples of such strategy include the ByzantineEmpire UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire on several occasions, the Americans during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, the Spaniards in UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and, most famously, Russia in UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
29th Aug '16 11:06:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** And in Modern Warfare 3, [[spoiler: during the battle of Berlin]], Russian troops pull this, luring in a Delta Team and two [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]] tanks [[spoiler: then collapsing a freakin' ''building'' on top of them]].

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** And in Modern Warfare 3, [[spoiler: during the battle of Berlin]], Russian troops pull this, luring in a Delta Team and two [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]] tanks [[spoiler: then collapsing a freakin' ''building'' on top of them]].
25th Jun '16 8:44:22 PM nombretomado
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* If you want to [[strike:do well]] survive [[ClassAndLevelSystem levels 1-3]] in the Infinity Engine games (''BaldursGate'', ''Icewind Dale'', etc.), learning this tactic will be a godsend.

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* If you want to [[strike:do well]] survive [[ClassAndLevelSystem levels 1-3]] in the Infinity Engine games (''BaldursGate'', (''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', ''Icewind Dale'', etc.), learning this tactic will be a godsend.
15th Jun '16 10:22:25 PM Doug86
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** The best part is that this is the ''second time'' the British had pulled this on the Germans. After the British and American armies kicked ErwinRommel and company out of North Africa, the obvious next step was to sail across the Mediterranean and invade Europe from the south. In order to cover the invasion, Operation Mincemeat was devised by Royal Naval Intelligence (including a contribution from the [[Film/JamesBond real-life inspiration for Q]]) to fake a plane crash off the southern coast of Spain and use a submarine to float a body dressed as a Royal Marine officer toward the shore. There, it was picked up by Spanish authorities, who allowed German agents to examine it. The body carried letters to British commanders warning that invading Sicily (the closest point to North Africa and stepping-stone to invading Italy) would be too obvious a move, and that Sardinia or Greece should be invaded instead. The German and Italian forces thus had to split their numbers to cover multiple locations, leaving Sicily undermanned. Operation Husky, the airborne and amphibious invasion of Sicily, commenced on 9 July 1943, and by 17 August the island was secure.

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** The best part is that this is the ''second time'' the British had pulled this on the Germans. After the British and American armies kicked ErwinRommel UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel and company out of North Africa, the obvious next step was to sail across the Mediterranean and invade Europe from the south. In order to cover the invasion, Operation Mincemeat was devised by Royal Naval Intelligence (including a contribution from the [[Film/JamesBond real-life inspiration for Q]]) to fake a plane crash off the southern coast of Spain and use a submarine to float a body dressed as a Royal Marine officer toward the shore. There, it was picked up by Spanish authorities, who allowed German agents to examine it. The body carried letters to British commanders warning that invading Sicily (the closest point to North Africa and stepping-stone to invading Italy) would be too obvious a move, and that Sardinia or Greece should be invaded instead. The German and Italian forces thus had to split their numbers to cover multiple locations, leaving Sicily undermanned. Operation Husky, the airborne and amphibious invasion of Sicily, commenced on 9 July 1943, and by 17 August the island was secure.
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