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8th Oct '17 4:20:53 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 themselves try this at one point, in an attempt to sabotage a diplomatic meeting between the System Lords Heru-ur and Apophis, who were negotiating an alliance. It works, and they successfully trick Apophis into thinking that Heru-ur has betrayed him... but it turns out that Apophis has more troops in hiding than anyone knew, and his massively superior forces easily obliterate Heru-ur's, rendering the whole operation moot. Now, instead of an alliance of two System Lords, who distrust one another, they have one System Lord, who has absorbed the other's forces and rules them unchallenged.

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''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 themselves try this at one point, in an attempt to sabotage a diplomatic meeting between the System Lords Heru-ur and Apophis, who were negotiating an alliance. It works, and they successfully trick Apophis into thinking that Heru-ur has betrayed him... but it turns out that Apophis has more troops in hiding than anyone knew, and his massively superior forces easily obliterate Heru-ur's, rendering the whole operation moot. Now, instead of an alliance of two System Lords, who distrust one another, they have one System Lord, who has absorbed the other's forces and rules them unchallenged.unchallenged.
** In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', after an attempted attack on a Wraith hive ship GoesHorriblyWrong, John Shepherd and his team escape in a Wraith Dart. Shepherd shoots up another hive ship that is working with one he stole the dart from, baiting them into a LetsYouAndHimFight that ends with [[MutualKill the two hives blowing each other up]].
7th Oct '17 3:14:02 AM BuddyBoy600alt
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* When a bad user on on Creator/YouTube false flags a non-inappropriate video and giving an innocent user a community guideline strike.


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* Happens on ''WebAnimation/GoAnimate'' when a bad user false flags an innocent user's video from Creator/YouTube and giving them a community guideline strike. The innocent user would call the police to arrest the bad user for false flagging.
29th Sep '17 12:55:48 AM SSJMagus
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* In both great wars, armed merchantmen or auxiliary cruisers (the German term for retrofitted fast merchantmen) both operating under false flags from neutral or opposing nations. While the British primarily used these ships in a defensive role to sucker their opponents (as noted above), the German ships would be used against other merchant ships as commerce raiders and minelayers, seeding well-trafficked areas with mines, but particularly in the First World War, British [=AMCs=] were also used in a raider role against German ships that had escaped the blockade. Infamously, and demonstrating the confusion that can result from this practice, in the First World War, the armed merchantman RMS Carmania encountered the SMS Cap Trafalgar, disguised as the RMS Carmania. The former [[ConfrontingYourImposter immediately recognized]] the deception and subsequently engaged and sank the Cap Trafalgar in the Battle of Trindade.

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* In both great wars, armed merchantmen or auxiliary cruisers (the German term for retrofitted fast merchantmen) both operating under false flags from neutral or opposing nations. While the British primarily used these ships in a defensive role to sucker their opponents (as noted above), the German ships would be used against other merchant ships as commerce raiders and minelayers, seeding well-trafficked areas with mines, but particularly in the First World War, British [=AMCs=] were also used in a raider role against German ships that had escaped the blockade. Infamously, and demonstrating the confusion that can result from this practice, in the First World War, the armed merchantman RMS Carmania ''Carmania'' encountered the SMS Cap Trafalgar, ''Cap Trafalgar'', disguised as the RMS Carmania. ''Carmania''. The former [[ConfrontingYourImposter immediately recognized]] the deception and subsequently engaged and sank the Cap Trafalgar ''Cap Trafalgar'' in the Battle of Trindade.Trindade. Accounts of the battle are often embellished by claiming that RMS ''Carmania'' was also disguised as SMS ''Cap Trafalgar''. This was not the case, but [[RuleOfFunny it makes the story much funnier]].



* During UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, Confederate raiders disguised themselves as ships of foreign nations. CSS Alabama, a case in point, disguised itself as HMS Spitfire, a British warship, before the battle against USS Kearsarge. The only requirement, which all legitimate combatants followed, was that they identify themselves as warships of the correct nation before fighting (or, seizing a merchant ship.) It's still done today, in fact - there's a story floating around the interweb of the HMS ''Illustrious'' responding to radio challenges in Urdu when on exercises and pretending to be a cruise liner from Pakistan, thus fooling their opponents. [[CaptainObvious This only works when outside visual range]], but that isn't such a problem when you are an aircraft carrier.

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* During UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, Confederate raiders disguised themselves as ships of foreign nations. CSS Alabama, ''Alabama'', a case in point, disguised itself as HMS Spitfire, ''Spitfire'', a British warship, before the battle against USS Kearsarge.''Kearsarge''. The only requirement, which all legitimate combatants followed, was that they identify themselves as warships of the correct nation before fighting (or, seizing a merchant ship.) It's still done today, in fact - there's a story floating around the interweb of the HMS ''Illustrious'' responding to radio challenges in Urdu when on exercises and pretending to be a cruise liner from Pakistan, thus fooling their opponents. [[CaptainObvious This only works when outside visual range]], but that isn't such a problem when you are an aircraft carrier.[[note]]It also only works if the opposing force in the exercise is unaware that while Urdu is one of the official languages of Pakistan, Pakistani merchant ships (like the government) operate using the ''other'' official language of Pakistan: English.[[/note]]



* In the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre Mountain Meadows Massacre]], a Mormon militia disguised themselves as local Ute braves, attacking and massacring emigrants moving through the area.

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* In the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre Mountain Meadows Massacre]], a Mormon militia disguised themselves as local Ute braves, attacking and massacring emigrants moving through the area. While the massacre was intended to LeaveNoWitnesses, this failed because one of the participants later confessed to his crimes and identified the ringleaders.
17th Sep '17 11:19:29 AM nombretomado
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** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' has [[RenegadeRussian rogue Soviet]] [[GeneralRipper General Orlov]] attempting to smuggle in and detonate a nuclear bomb on a US military base in UsefulNotes/WestGermany. Since there will be no detected missile launch, he hopes it will be assumed the explosion was an accident and that the European powers will respond by demanding removal/disarming of all stockpiled nuclear weapons. Once they are gone, Orlov plans to launch a massive land-based invasion of Western Europe, confident that without [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower nukes]], NATO will be powerless to stop him.

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** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' has [[RenegadeRussian rogue Soviet]] [[GeneralRipper General Orlov]] attempting to smuggle in and detonate a nuclear bomb on a US military base in UsefulNotes/WestGermany. Since there will be no detected missile launch, he hopes it will be assumed the explosion was an accident and that the European powers will respond by demanding removal/disarming of all stockpiled nuclear weapons. Once they are gone, Orlov plans to launch a massive land-based invasion of Western Europe, confident that without [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower nukes]], NATO will be powerless to stop him.
17th Sep '17 5:32:58 AM Chabal2
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* ''Discworld/SmallGods'': Omnia goes to war against Ephebe because the Ephebians killed one of their emissaries. In fact, he was murdered on Vorbis' orders as a PretextForWar.
6th Sep '17 1:35:37 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* Police forces have used (and may still use) [[AgentProvocateur agents provocateur]] during demonstrations to start riots and give their uniformed comrades a reason to crack down on the demonstrators. It has backfired occasionally, when the uniformed riot cops battered a group of protestors, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand including some undercover officers]]. It would have been hilarious, if it hadn't been for the dozens of injured protestors. Unfortunately, this also leads to people reflexively excusing bad behavior on the part of protesters [[NeverMyFault by claiming that it was done by said agents]], sometimes with the claim that [[NoTrueScotsman real members wouldn't resort to violence]].

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* Police forces have used (and may still use) [[AgentProvocateur agents provocateur]] during demonstrations to start riots and give their uniformed comrades a reason to crack down on the demonstrators. It has backfired occasionally, when the uniformed riot cops battered a group of protestors, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand including some undercover officers]]. It would have been hilarious, if it hadn't been for the dozens of injured protestors. Unfortunately, this also leads to people reflexively excusing bad behavior on the part of protesters [[NeverMyFault by claiming that it was done by said agents]], agents, sometimes with the claim that [[NoTrueScotsman real members wouldn't resort to violence]].violence.
29th Aug '17 3:53:26 AM bwburke94
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* In [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/monarch-16-13/ Chapter 16.13]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', we learn about an operation in which [[spoiler:Coil]] used a young child solider and a device made by [[GadgeteerGenius Leet]] to [[spoiler:fake a betrayal of the Undersiders by Skitter]], thereby allowing him to both [[spoiler:kill Skitter]] and [[spoiler:keep his captive {{seer|s}}, Dinah, whom Skitter wanted freed]]. Unfortunately for his plans, [[spoiler:Skitter survived]].



* In [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/monarch-16-13/ Chapter 16.13]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', we learn about an operation in which [[spoiler:Coil]] used a young child solider and a device made by [[GadgeteerGenius Leet]] to [[spoiler:fake a betrayal of the Undersiders by Skitter]], thereby allowing him to both [[spoiler:kill Skitter]] and [[spoiler:keep his captive {{seer|s}}, Dinah, whom Skitter wanted freed]]. Unfortunately for his plans, [[spoiler:Skitter survived]].
13th Aug '17 10:56:35 PM Gregzilla
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* In Volume 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Homeland Security Black Ops leader and evil Jack Bauer {{Expy}} Danko (aka TheHunter) attempts to stage a nuclear suicide bombing of D.C., with the intention of blaming the whole thing on Supers to create justification for his anti-Super crusade.

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* In Volume 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Homeland Security Black Ops leader and evil Jack Bauer {{Expy}} Danko (aka TheHunter) attempts to stage a nuclear suicide bombing of D.C., with the intention of blaming the whole thing on Supers to create justification for his anti-Super crusade.
5th Aug '17 11:42:50 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did this in one of its most celebrated episodes, "In the Pale Moonlight". Sisko puts aside his principles to get the Romulans to join the war against the Dominion. First a holographic recording is faked to make it appear that the Dominion were intending to attack the Romulans, and when this falls through, the Romulan ambassador is assassinated, his shuttle bombed, to make it appear that the Dominion didn't want the truth to be discovered. It is learned that Garak had, without Sisko's knowledge, set it up at a XanatosGambit, realizing the fake recording might not pass inspection, with the backup plan being to kill the Senator if he realized that.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did this in one of its most celebrated episodes, "In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight}} In the Pale Moonlight".Moonlight]]". Sisko puts aside his principles to get the Romulans to join the war against the Dominion. First a holographic recording is faked to make it appear that the Dominion were intending to attack the Romulans, and when this falls through, the Romulan ambassador is assassinated, his shuttle bombed, to make it appear that the Dominion didn't want the truth to be discovered. It is learned that Garak had, without Sisko's knowledge, set it up at a XanatosGambit, realizing the fake recording might not pass inspection, with the backup plan being to kill the Senator if he realized that.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''Frontier in Space'', ships from the Earth Empire are apparently being raided by the Draconian Empire, and vice versa; the attacks are actually being staged by a third alien power that hopes to provoke a war that will weaken both Empires and leave them vulnerable to invasion.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''Frontier "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space'', Space]]", ships from the Earth Empire are apparently being raided by the Draconian Empire, and vice versa; the attacks are actually being staged by a third alien power that hopes to provoke a war that will weaken both Empires and leave them vulnerable to invasion.
26th Jul '17 8:15:32 PM merotoker
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** Also discussed in ''The Bear and the Dragon'', when China is preparing to invade Russia. The Chinese Defense Minister suggests that they shoot down a Russian recon plane, and then claim that it had invaded Chinese airspace as a justification for the invasion. Whether that actually happens is not mentioned (but it probably doesn't, as the Russians stop their recon flights in favor of the American UAVs).

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** Also discussed in ''The Bear and the Dragon'', when China is preparing to invade Russia. The Chinese Defense Minister suggests that they shoot down a Russian recon plane, and then claim that it had invaded Chinese airspace as a justification for the invasion. Whether that actually happens is not mentioned (but it probably doesn't, as the Russians stop their recon flights in favor of the American UAVs).[=UAVs=]).



* In "Crux", the second book of Literature/TheNexusSeries, it's discovered by [[spoiler:Dr. Holtzmann]] that the Posthuman Liberation Front's failed assassination attempt on the President was in fact ''designed'' to fail, with the assassin's targeting program adjusted to fire half a meter to the left of the president. After some digging, [[spoiler:Holtzmann]] realizes that this and several false flag operations were planned and executed by then [[spoiler: ERD director [[CorruptPolitician Maximilian Barnes]]. Later, Holtzmann is killed by Barnes [[HeKnowsTooMuch for figuring this out]], but not before Holtzman has used his secret [[BrainComputerInterface Nexus application]] to upload [[CantStopTheSignal all his evidence to the internet]] and, for good measure, [[EngineeredPublicConfession record and transmit Barnes explaining his role in the operations]] and forcing a heart attack pill down Holtzmann's throat]].

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* In "Crux", the second book of Literature/TheNexusSeries, it's discovered by [[spoiler:Dr. Holtzmann]] that the Posthuman Liberation Front's failed assassination attempt on the President was in fact ''designed'' to fail, with the assassin's targeting program adjusted to fire half a meter to the left of the president. After some digging, [[spoiler:Holtzmann]] realizes that this and several false flag operations were planned and executed by then [[spoiler: ERD director [[CorruptPolitician Maximilian Barnes]]. Later, Holtzmann is killed by Barnes [[HeKnowsTooMuch for figuring this out]], but not before Holtzman has used his secret [[BrainComputerInterface Nexus application]] to upload [[CantStopTheSignal all his evidence to the internet]] Internet]] and, for good measure, [[EngineeredPublicConfession record and transmit Barnes explaining his role in the operations]] and forcing a heart attack pill down Holtzmann's throat]].



** In "World's End", [[BigBadDuumvirate AIDA and Ivanov]] have an [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot LMD]] of Daisy attack an international intelligence meeting regarding S.H.I.E.L.D.'s latest activities and shoot General Talbot. This not only finalizes the process of [[HeroWithBadPublicity destroying S.H.I.E.L.D.'s reputation and getting them rendered terrorists]], but because Daisy is an Inhuman, it further stokes anti-Inhuman anger and fear.

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** In "World's End", [[BigBadDuumvirate AIDA and Ivanov]] have an [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots LMD]] of Daisy attack an international intelligence meeting regarding S.H.I.E.L.D.'s latest activities and shoot General Talbot. This not only finalizes the process of [[HeroWithBadPublicity destroying S.H.I.E.L.D.'s reputation and getting them rendered terrorists]], but because Daisy is an Inhuman, it further stokes anti-Inhuman anger and fear.



** Also, in the Imaginationland trilogy, the terrorist cell, while attacking the Good Imaginary Characters' territory, secretly plants evidence to make the Evil Imaginary Characters' territory think the Good Characters are vandalizing their EldritchLocation of a home territory and declare war on the Good territory, [[PretextForWar thus bringing the Good and Evil characters to war]] [[KillEmAll so the terrorists would hope to see both sides kill each other.]]



* WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'s mother, in a drunken fit of jealousy, issues a burn notice on her son after he quits ISIS to work for the agency's nemesis ODIN. To save Archer from being killed by his new coworkers, Lana sends a retraction of the burn notice from a Telex in the ODIN office building. Lana's false flag is compounded, as it implies that the burn notice itself was an ODIN false flag operation designed to discredit ISIS and its best field agent.

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mother, in a drunken fit of jealousy, issues a burn notice on her son after he quits ISIS to work for the agency's nemesis ODIN. To save Archer from being killed by his new coworkers, Lana sends a retraction of the burn notice from a Telex in the ODIN office building. Lana's false flag is compounded, as it implies that the burn notice itself was an ODIN false flag operation designed to discredit ISIS and its best field agent.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxist-Leninist_Party_of_the_Netherlands Marxist-Leninist Party of the Netherlands]], a fake pro-China communist party in the Netherlands set up by the Dutch secret service to develop contacts with the Chinese government for espionage purposes.

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* The [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxist-Leninist_Party_of_the_Netherlands org/wiki/Marxist–Leninist_Party_of_the_Netherlands Marxist-Leninist Party of the Netherlands]], a fake pro-China communist party in the Netherlands set up by the Dutch secret service to develop contacts with the Chinese government for espionage purposes.
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