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21st Aug '16 12:42:09 PM nombretomado
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* Brilliant subversion (or perhaps DoubleSubversion) in the EddieMurphy political comedy ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman.'' Murphy's conman-turned-congressman is secretly trying to prove that a more senior congressman is taking kickbacks from a lobbyist in return for blocking an investigation into the relationship between power lines and cancer. He claims in a committee hearing to have videotaped a meeting between himself, the senior member, and the lobbyist. When they grab him and pull him into the meeting and demand to watch the tape, they discover its a bluff- it was just an ad for the phone sex business he used to own. Secure that they've dodged the bullet, they launch into discussing their EvilPlan-as he surreptitiously tapes the whole thing and then plays it for the media as soon as they go back into the hearing.

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* Brilliant subversion (or perhaps DoubleSubversion) in the EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy political comedy ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman.'' Murphy's conman-turned-congressman is secretly trying to prove that a more senior congressman is taking kickbacks from a lobbyist in return for blocking an investigation into the relationship between power lines and cancer. He claims in a committee hearing to have videotaped a meeting between himself, the senior member, and the lobbyist. When they grab him and pull him into the meeting and demand to watch the tape, they discover its a bluff- it was just an ad for the phone sex business he used to own. Secure that they've dodged the bullet, they launch into discussing their EvilPlan-as he surreptitiously tapes the whole thing and then plays it for the media as soon as they go back into the hearing.
20th Aug '16 2:38:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold The Movie'': After Scheck burns the document that declares the neighborhood, the location of the "Tomato Incident," as a national landmark, Arnold gets around not having the document by using [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Scheck's own security camera footage]] of him burning the document to reveal the truth to everyone about both the neighborhood and Scheck himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': [[LegacyCharacter Terry]] gives the police the sound byte of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jordan Pryce]] telling the Jokerz that he gave them the security codes in exchange for hiring them to kill/ice Bruce Wayne.
--> '''Pryce''': ...I want my lawyer.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Officer Judy Hopps blackmails ConMan Nick Wilde into helping her investigation by tricking him into boasting about his success at raking in cash that hasn't been properly taxed and then playing it back with her novelty recorder pen. At the climax, this is how [[FireForgedFriends Judy and Nick]] take down the true BigBad -- [[spoiler: cornered by Bellwether and her goons, she shoots Nick with her [[HatePlague Night Howler]] serum gun, and as he menaces Judy, she gloats about how she'll turn the whole city against predators... at which point Nick and Judy reveal that he was faking having been affected (in fact, they'd managed to switch out the Night Howler pellets with blueberries), and Judy had [[CaughtOnTape recorded Bellwether's gloating]], just as the police arrive]].
-->"[[IronicEcho It's called a hustle, sweetheart.]]"
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%%* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' movie.



* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Officer Judy Hopps blackmails ConMan Nick Wilde into helping her investigation by tricking him into boasting about his success at raking in cash that hasn't been properly taxed and then playing it back with her novelty recorder pen. At the climax, this is how [[FireForgedFriends Judy and Nick]] take down the true BigBad -- [[spoiler: cornered by Bellwether and her goons, she shoots Nick with her [[HatePlague Night Howler]] serum gun, and as he menaces Judy, she gloats about how she'll turn the whole city against predators... at which point Nick and Judy reveal that he was faking having been affected (in fact, they'd managed to switch out the Night Howler pellets with blueberries), and Judy had [[CaughtOnTape recorded Bellwether's gloating]], just as the police arrive]].
-->"[[IronicEcho It's called a hustle, sweetheart.]]"



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold The Movie'': After Scheck burns the document that declares the neighborhood, the location of the "Tomato Incident," as a national landmark, Arnold gets around not having the document by using [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Scheck's own security camera footage]] of him burning the document to reveal the truth to everyone about both the neighborhood and Scheck himself.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': [[LegacyCharacter Terry]] gives the police the sound byte of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jordan Pryce]] telling the Jokerz that he gave them the security codes in exchange for hiring them to kill/ice Bruce Wayne.
--> '''Pryce''': ...I want my lawyer.
20th Aug '16 2:34:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''HomeAlone 2: Lost In New York'', [[KidHero Kevin]] recorded the "Sticky Bandits"' confessions with his toy tape recorder.
* ''[[Film/SixteenBlocks 16 Blocks]]'' [[spoiler:uses the tape recorder variety, in which the protagonist plays back the words of a corrupt cop]]. Also, in the alternate ending, [[spoiler:the tape recorder is found and played by the DA after the protagonist is shot]].

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* In ''HomeAlone 2: Lost In New York'', ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'', [[KidHero Kevin]] recorded the "Sticky Bandits"' confessions with his toy tape recorder.
* ''[[Film/SixteenBlocks 16 Blocks]]'' ''Film/SixteenBlocks'' [[spoiler:uses the tape recorder variety, in which the protagonist plays back the words of a corrupt cop]]. Also, in the alternate ending, [[spoiler:the tape recorder is found and played by the DA after the protagonist is shot]].
20th Aug '16 2:33:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Tape_scandal Teapot Tapes]]" in NewZealand. Ironically the politicians at the centre of it have accused the media of "News of the World"-style tactics. Initially it wasn't completely played straight - the tapes are in the hands of the police after the initial controversy, and the cameraman who made the original recording is fighting for his reputation and bank balance in the courts. In early 2012, however, it was subsequently inverted when the recording was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F-cEbn8_U8 leaked onto the Internet]].

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* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Tape_scandal Teapot Tapes]]" in NewZealand.UsefulNotes/NewZealand. Ironically the politicians at the centre of it have accused the media of "News of the World"-style tactics. Initially it wasn't completely played straight - the tapes are in the hands of the police after the initial controversy, and the cameraman who made the original recording is fighting for his reputation and bank balance in the courts. In early 2012, however, it was subsequently inverted when the recording was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F-cEbn8_U8 leaked onto the Internet]].
12th Aug '16 9:04:29 PM LinusEitname
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** Ace Attorney has played with this trope before as well, by having a number of killers engineers a public confession for someone else, by confessing ''themselves'' while in disguise. For example, [[spoilier: L'Belle, the true killer of case 5-2 told the defendant's daughter "I killed alderman Rex Kyubi. Due to [[spoiler:[[MindScrew extremely complex and elaborate reasons that'd take far too long to explain]], L'Belle was able to trick her into thinking he was her father, despite looking and sounding nothing alike.]]

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** Ace Attorney has played with this trope before as well, by having a number of killers engineers a public confession for someone else, by confessing ''themselves'' while in disguise. For example, [[spoilier: L'Belle, [[spoiler: L'Belle]], the true killer of case 5-2 told the defendant's daughter "I killed alderman Rex Kyubi. Due to [[spoiler:[[MindScrew [[MindScrew extremely complex and elaborate reasons that'd take far too long to explain]], L'Belle [[spoiler:L'Belle]] was able to trick her into thinking he was her father, despite looking and sounding nothing alike.]]
8th Aug '16 12:23:42 AM MiriOhki
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** What makes this even worse is the fact that Jones lambasted his own [[TheDragon henchman]] for doing the exact same thing earlier, incriminating Jones and thus setting Robocop on his trail.
5th Aug '16 1:26:56 PM ironballs16
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** That's not exactly how it went. The two times Vicky did it to Timmy involved her using two separate recordings and then Timmy did it to her with two recordings after turning her into a child pertaining to her stealing from her mom's purse. When Timmy plays the recording of Vicky saying she's happy and doesn't need the fairies anymore, this time, it's one full recording all the way through.

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** That's not exactly how it went. The two times Vicky did it to Timmy involved her [[QuoteMining using two separate recordings recordings]] and then Timmy did it to her with two recordings after turning her into a child pertaining to her stealing from her mom's purse. When Timmy plays the recording of Vicky saying she's happy and doesn't need the fairies anymore, this time, it's one full recording all the way through.
5th Aug '16 1:12:45 PM ironballs16
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* Often, whenever a public figure or celebrity decides to confess to committing an action, it is only because someone else has discovered it and is about to release the details. A prime example is Tom [=MacMaster=], who decided to reveal that his blog ''A Gay Girl in Damascus'' was a fraud only after his identity was uncovered by Electronic Intifada.

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* Often, whenever a public figure or celebrity decides to confess to committing an action, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled it is only because someone else has discovered it and is about to release the details.details]]. A prime example is Tom [=MacMaster=], who decided to reveal that his blog ''A Gay Girl in Damascus'' was a fraud only after his identity was uncovered by Electronic Intifada.
21st Jul '16 3:10:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** A team member tries to prod the villain into a confession while they're in a nightclub's A/V room. The villain punches him and bends over to whisper "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy You think I'm gonna confess to a murder in a room full of microphones?]]" into the team member's ear...which has an earbud in it. Ooops!

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** A team member tries to prod the villain into a confession while they're in a nightclub's A/V room. The villain punches him and bends over to whisper "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy You "You think I'm gonna confess to a murder in a room full of microphones?]]" microphones?" into the team member's ear...which has an earbud in it. Ooops!



** Deliberately inverting this trope with a confession she knew would be overheard by the SecretPolice is how DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] wormed her way into [[spoiler:Long Feng]]'s trust. [[TurnCoat Too bad for him]] that what she confessed [[RefugeInAudacity was only half her plan]].

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** Deliberately inverting this trope with a confession she knew would be overheard by the SecretPolice is how DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[MagnificentBastard [[MagnificentBitch Azula]] wormed her way into [[spoiler:Long Feng]]'s trust. [[TurnCoat Too bad for him]] that what she confessed [[RefugeInAudacity was only half her plan]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' the villain is GenreSavvy enough to make sure none of Sabrina's ''first'' attempt to do this works, only to find out she had Salem jack into their signal to broadcast the confession on a separate camera.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' the villain is GenreSavvy enough to make made sure none of Sabrina's ''first'' attempt to do this works, only to find out she had Salem jack into their signal to broadcast the confession on a separate camera.
18th Jul '16 1:58:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Blackjack engineers a public confession in ''FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' in order to expose [[spoiler:Ahuizotl]] as a traitor to the rest of Meatlocker. [[spoiler:Ahuizotl]], however, is DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to realize what's going on, and activates the rooms's hidden booby traps.

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* Blackjack engineers a public confession in ''FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' in order to expose [[spoiler:Ahuizotl]] as a traitor to the rest of Meatlocker. [[spoiler:Ahuizotl]], however, is DangerouslyGenreSavvy smart enough to realize what's going on, and activates the rooms's hidden booby traps.
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