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11th Jan '18 5:47:40 PM nombretomado
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* KarateBears actually [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/11/devils-advocate-advocate_16.html advocate for the devil's advocate!]]

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* KarateBears Webcomic/KarateBears actually [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/11/devils-advocate-advocate_16.html advocate for the devil's advocate!]]
26th Oct '17 3:50:11 PM chopshop
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Blue Zircon is essentially forced to take up take up this role when Steven is put on trial by the Diamond Authority for [[spoiler: [[SinsOfTheFather Rose's supposed murder of Pink Diamond]].]] Steven is blatantly in a KangarooCourt and the Diamonds (mainly Yellow) are dead set on a guilty verdict, but they still feel obliged to give him a chance to defend himself. [[spoiler: Except not really. It quickly becomes apparent that [[DeconstructedTrope the "Devil's Advocate ensuring a fair trial" angle is just for show]]; the second Zircon starts winning and ripping apart the prosecution's flimsy argument, Yellow Diamond throws a tantrum and smashes Zircon unconcious, declaring Steven guilty right than and there.]]
23rd Aug '17 6:42:36 PM TotallyNotAnAlien
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** It should be noted that Satan [[MeaningfulName is Hebrew for "the accuser"]]. His entire character was originally this trope.
12th Aug '17 1:29:58 PM Gosicrystal
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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, the rival prosecutors sometimes become this, rather than your true opponent. In the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy, once he warms up to Phoenix, Edgeworth isn't acting as a prosecutor because he wants him to fail, but because he wants all the holes in the logic of the case to be filled satisfactorily; and in [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo's arc]], Klavier Gavin is always focused on finding the truth instead of getting a guilty verdict, being the only prosecutor in the series that had this as his goal from the beginning of his career.

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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, the rival prosecutors sometimes become this, rather than your true opponent. In the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy, [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright trilogy]], once he warms up to Phoenix, Edgeworth isn't acting as a prosecutor because he wants him to fail, but because he wants all the holes in the logic of the case to be filled satisfactorily; and in [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo's arc]], Klavier Gavin is always focused on finding the truth instead of getting a guilty verdict, being the only prosecutor in the series that had this as his goal from the beginning of his career.
17th Aug '16 2:42:25 AM VVK
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' invokes this trope, but does not actually use it [[http://xkcd.com/164/ here]]. The trope itself is used without NameDrop in [[http://xkcd.com/106/ the Wright Brothers example]]. Used and namedropped [[http://xkcd.com/1432/ here]], with a character getting LiteralMinded about it [[{{Troll}} just to be annoying]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' invokes this trope, but does not actually use it [[http://xkcd.com/164/ here]]. The trope itself is used without NameDrop in [[http://xkcd.com/106/ the Wright Brothers example]]. Used and namedropped [[http://xkcd.com/1432/ here]], with a character getting LiteralMinded about it to prove it's bad practice or maybe [[{{Troll}} just to be annoying]].
5th Aug '16 8:35:32 AM WM-R
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* During the [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]], the Jin empire prepared for an invasion of the rival state of Wu (the last of the titular Three Kingdoms, as Shu was destroyed in 263/264 and Jin itself was the successor state to Wei). The high official Jia Chong opposed the invasion, believing that it was too risky and would take too many resources to pull off. When the Jin Emperor Sima Yan commanded the invasion begin in 279, Jia Chong was chosen to handle the logistics of the operation, and despite his personal opposition he successfully carried out his duties, leading to Jin's complete victory over Wu and Wu's destruction. His opposition may actually have helped him in his work, as he was so focused on the ways the invasion could fail that there was no problem he hadn't accounted for.
27th Jul '16 5:46:54 AM Kakai
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', when Kenton tries to figure out how the plot of poisoning the Sand Masters was enacted, Aarik helps him by pointing out holes in his logic and offering opposing viewpoint whenever necessary.
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30th Apr '16 10:28:59 PM nombretomado
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* In the CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers AU/Reboot fic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6434636/1/Heroes_For_Earth Heroes for Earth]], Wheeler gets upgraded into this role due to being the most social-savvy Planeteer; this is particularly interesting when he's talking with Gi who is very eco-savvy but social naive due to having been homeschooled by her parents.

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* In the CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' AU/Reboot fic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6434636/1/Heroes_For_Earth Heroes for Earth]], Wheeler gets upgraded into this role due to being the most social-savvy Planeteer; this is particularly interesting when he's talking with Gi who is very eco-savvy but social naive due to having been homeschooled by her parents.
19th Apr '16 11:16:24 PM TheShatterer
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Not to be confused with the movie ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', which is about more a literal interpretation of this phrase.

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Not to be confused with the movie ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', which is about more a literal interpretation of this phrase. If you're looking for a trope that's a more literal interpretation, it's probably MouthOfSauron.
24th Jan '16 1:35:15 PM SignSeeker7
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Milton Library Assistant aka Milton in ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple''. He frequently questions the player's understanding of philosophy and morality and finds holes in their logic, and he encourages the player to question the nature of the godlike Elohim, who refers to Milton as [[Literature/BookOfGenesis "the serpent"]] spreading doubt. [[spoiler: Being a Devil's Advocate is in fact Milton's purpose within the simulation, testing the AIs independence and willingness to think for themselves]]. Appropriately, he shares a name with Creator/JohnMilton, who was himself [[Literature/ParadiseLost something of a literal Devil's Advocate]].
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