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4th May '16 12:31:48 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[spoiler: Jessica Ushiromiya]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. [[spoiler: While she ''is'' an asthmatic IllGirl, she more than once pretends to be more ill than she truly is.]]

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* [[spoiler: Jessica Ushiromiya]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''.''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler: While she ''is'' an asthmatic IllGirl, she more than once pretends to be more ill than she truly is.]]
24th Apr '16 5:48:16 AM JackG
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* The short film that ''Film/{{DEBS}}'' was based on had a team member who keeps getting kidnapped by the BigBad to cover for their DatingCatwoman relationship.
1st Mar '16 3:29:49 PM StFan
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* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', Shizuru intentionally gives herself up to the invading Schwarz forces to buy Natsuki enough time to escape and get enough help to take back Garderobe.

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* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Shizuru intentionally gives herself up to the invading Schwarz forces to buy Natsuki enough time to escape and get enough help to take back Garderobe.



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20th Feb '16 9:19:13 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheAvengers'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff / ComicBook/BlackWidow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general... then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.

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* ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff / ComicBook/BlackWidow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general... then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.
15th Dec '15 7:56:47 PM Tuckerscreator
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* ''Film/TheAvengers'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

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* ''Film/TheAvengers'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.Romanoff / ComicBook/BlackWidow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general... then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.
15th Dec '15 7:51:43 PM Discar
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* In ''{{Literature/Everworld}},'' [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] knew that someone like [[GodOfEvil Loki]] was going to come for her eventually, so she purposefully manipulated people she knew to get sucked into Everworld with her. Particularly early on she tried to [[PlayingTheVictimCard play the innocent]] MacGuffinGirl, but [[SiblingYinYang April]], [[TheSmartGuy Jalil]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] could see through her. [[HeroicWannabe David]] had a harder time of it, though, for [[MoreThanMindControl various reasons]].

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* In ''{{Literature/Everworld}},'' [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] knew that someone like [[GodOfEvil Loki]] was going to come for her eventually, so she purposefully manipulated people she knew to get sucked into Everworld with her. Particularly early on she tried to [[PlayingTheVictimCard play the innocent]] MacGuffinGirl, LivingMacGuffin, but [[SiblingYinYang April]], [[TheSmartGuy Jalil]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] could see through her. [[HeroicWannabe David]] had a harder time of it, though, for [[MoreThanMindControl various reasons]].
25th Oct '15 3:46:29 PM CLT009
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* ''Webcomic/BlindSprings'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of the Princess's work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]
7th Sep '15 6:46:16 AM RainFairy
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* It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a ''very''' powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]

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* It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a ''very''' powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]
7th Sep '15 6:45:39 AM RainFairy
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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of fear of being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable". Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of fear of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable". "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.



* It's implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's {{Chickification}} is actually this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: May have been confirmed in TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a ''very'' powerful DarkActionGirl who has just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]

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* It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is actually this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: May have been confirmed in Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''easily'' ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a ''very'' ''very''' powerful DarkActionGirl who has had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]
17th Jul '15 8:48:55 AM RainFairy
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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman and living in constant fear that her finance would hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless, her self-esteem suffers and she even places herself at great risk out of fear of being seen as "uncute". Once the truth comes out and she learns he doesn't mind marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her finance fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless, her clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk risk]], out of fear of being seen as "uncute". "uncute" and "undesirable". Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he doesn't mind mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.



* It's implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's {{Chickification}} is actually this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: May have been confirmed in TheMovie: when Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, Mai [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and ''easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a ''very'' powerful DarkActionGirl who defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]

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* It's implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's {{Chickification}} is actually this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: May have been confirmed in TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, Mai [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a ''very'' powerful DarkActionGirl who has just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]
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