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20th Jul '17 8:06:54 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' reveals that [[spoiler:the ''SMTIV'' universe's version of Lucifer -- known amongst franchise fans as YHVH's archnemesis and opposite -- was actually created by YHVH]] in order to make him and the concept of [[OrderVersusChaos law/order]] look better.
4th Jul '17 9:42:14 AM SullenFrog
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': The Griffin (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ilberd]]) wants to kick the Garlean Empire out of his home country Ala Mhigo, and he forces the Eorzean Alliance to take up his cause by having his men pose as Eorzean Grand Company soldiers and attack an Imperial border fortress.


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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': The Griffin (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ilberd]]) wants to kick the Garlean Empire out of his home country Ala Mhigo, and he forces the Eorzean Alliance to take up his cause by having his men pose as Eorzean Grand Company soldiers and attack an Imperial border fortress.
4th Jul '17 9:41:15 AM SullenFrog
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': The Griffin (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ilberd]]) wants to kick the Garlean Empire out of his home country Ala Mhigo, and he forces the Eorzean Alliance to take up his cause by having his men pose as Eorzean Grand Company soldiers and attack an Imperial border fortress.
1st Jun '17 8:02:13 PM MsDevin92
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* During the ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' Charr storyline if you're an Ash Legion soldier, you have to fight a plot of the Flame legion to attack Blood and Iron legion leaders while wearing Iron and Blood legion uniforms respectively.

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* During the ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' Charr storyline if you're an Ash Legion soldier, you have to fight a plot of the Flame legion Legion to attack Blood and Iron legion Legion leaders while wearing Iron and Blood legion Legion uniforms respectively.respectively.
** There's also an event where players disguise themselves as Separatists to sabotage a Flame Legion camp, and vice-versa. Since both factions want to overthrow the current Charr leadership for their own reasons (the Separatists [[FantasticRacism want all Charr dead]], and the Flame Legion want to reinstall their CorruptChurch), it's better to have them weaken each other than have the Legions face two enemies at once on top of their recurring ghost problem.
29th May '17 1:59:07 PM gb00393
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** In the beginning, Theon's torture is conducted by men dressed like ironborn.

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** In the beginning, Theon's torture is conducted by men dressed like ironborn. They are actually Ramsay's men, and Ramsay kills four of them to gain Theon's trust.
24th May '17 9:03:29 AM HighCrate
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* In ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'', a member of the [[EvilEmpire Guylos Empire]] hired some mercenaries to pose as members of the Republic to stage an attack on their own forces to start the war the Empire's been itching to have. While it worked initially, the commanders from [[TokenGoodTeammate both sides]] [[GenreSavvy fortunately knew it was a False Flag Gambit]] and found an excuse to stop the fighting.

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* In ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'', a member of the [[EvilEmpire Guylos Empire]] hired some mercenaries to pose as members of the Republic to stage an attack on their own forces to start the war the Empire's been itching to have. While it worked initially, the commanders from [[TokenGoodTeammate both sides]] [[GenreSavvy fortunately knew it was a False Flag Gambit]] Gambit and found an excuse to stop the fighting.
24th May '17 8:27:24 AM ZimFan89
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** 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.
11th May '17 5:44:28 PM LordXavius
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* In ''Film/SiegeOfTheSaxons'', Duke Edmund betrays King Arthur by dressing his own troops up as Saxons (while also being allied to the actual Saxons), ensuring that the people thinks of him as a loyal and legitimate successor.
26th Apr '17 1:28:24 AM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The regime slaughtered Congress and blamed it on terrorists, which gave them the pretext to suspend the Constitution, then take over.
9th Apr '17 7:27:49 PM Fireblood
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* In 1965, a clandestine group of army officers in Indonesia attempted, and failed, a coup against the military leadership. The army promptly blamed the whole incident on Indonesian communists...not the party, mind you, but ''all Indonesian communists'', leading to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%931966 largest mass murder in Indonesian history]] to kill every last one of them (~500,000 or more). The operation was so successful the mass murder of communists and leftists is largely still unknown, ignored, or blamed on the actual communists who were among the first of hundreds of thousands killed.

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* In 1965, a clandestine group of army officers in Indonesia attempted, and failed, a coup against the military leadership. The army promptly blamed the whole incident on Indonesian communists...not the party, mind you, but ''all Indonesian communists'', leading to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%931966 org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965 largest mass murder in Indonesian history]] to kill every last one of them (~500,000 or more). The operation was so successful the mass murder of communists and leftists is largely still unknown, ignored, or blamed on the actual communists who were among the first of hundreds of thousands killed.



* In June 1968, during the Brazilian Military Government, several officers of an air force rescue unit planned to blow a bank, a department store, an American embassy, a gas holder and a dam with remote explosives. One of the objectives was to blame Left-wing guerrillas. One officer denounced the attack, and the Government was less than pleased with the news.
** Latter, in April 1981, two Brazilian officers tried to bomb a musical concert and blame a group called the "People's Revolutionary Vanguard" (inactive since 1972). The bomb exploded earlier than planned, killing one of the men and injuring the other.

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* In June 1968, during the Brazilian Military Government, several officers of an air force rescue unit planned to blow a bank, a department store, an American embassy, a gas holder and a dam with remote explosives. One of the objectives was to blame Left-wing left-wing guerrillas. One officer denounced the attack, and the Government was less than pleased with the news.
** Latter, Later, in April 1981, two Brazilian officers tried to bomb a musical music concert and blame a group called the "People's Revolutionary Vanguard" (inactive since 1972). The bomb exploded earlier than planned, killing one of the men and injuring the other.



** These days basically every single high-profile violent crime, terror attack, or act of war anywhere in the world will spark claims of a False Flag Operation somewhere on the Internet. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all that will be said of the topic here]] [[note]] ...but [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag a page]] on such matters, as does [[http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/false-flag-3.html Washington's Blog]] [[/note]].
* A rather silly example: A Tennessee high school football coach [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/football-coach-vandalizes_n_4275209.html was fired and arrested after vandalizing his own school]] and spraypainting insults about his own players, in the hopes that a rival school would be blamed and his team would be riled up for the upcoming game.
* While it's never been proven, there's a [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories theory]] that many of the supposedly "Soviet" submarine incursions into Swedish territorial waters during the 1980's were actually done by US and British submarines. These happened after the so-called "Whisky in the Rocks" incident where an actual Soviet submarine was grounded in Swedish waters, the theory states that NATO wanted to create the illusion that the Soviets were continuing to disrespect Swedish neutrality. While the theory has never been proven, former US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger has gone on record that US did regularly enter Swedish waters during that time.
* It has been widely alleged, with evidence, that the Ukranian separatists/insurgents/fighters-against-the-government, starting in 2014, has basically been the Russian Army with some upset locals mixed in. Numerous incidents have occurred where Russian soldiers have been found mixed among Donetsk fighters, including an [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28934213 infamous incident where Russian soldiers were discovered in Donetsk, claiming to have 'gotten lost'.]] If it is a false flag operation, it is almost as much of an EpicFail as the Gleiwitz incident noted above. The Russian government has PlausibleDeniability, though, as all those soldiers are listed as being "on vacation" with all the paperwork properly filled out and signed.
* In 1956, incensed that [[UsefulNotes/GamalAbdelNasser Nasser]] had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.

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** These days basically every single high-profile violent crime, terror attack, or act of war anywhere in the world will spark claims of a False Flag Operation somewhere on the Internet. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all that will be said of the topic here]] [[note]] ...but But [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag a page]] on such matters, as does [[http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/false-flag-3.html Washington's Blog]] [[/note]].
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* A rather silly example: A a Tennessee high school football coach [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/football-coach-vandalizes_n_4275209.html was fired and arrested after vandalizing his own school]] and spraypainting spray-painting insults about his own players, in the hopes that a rival school would be blamed and his team would be riled up for the upcoming game.
* While it's never been proven, there's a [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories theory]] that many of the supposedly "Soviet" submarine incursions into Swedish territorial waters during the 1980's were actually done by US and British submarines. These happened after the so-called "Whisky in the Rocks" incident where an actual Soviet submarine was grounded in Swedish waters, the theory states stating that NATO wanted to create the illusion that the Soviets were continuing to disrespect Swedish neutrality. While the theory has never been proven, former US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger has gone on record that US did regularly enter Swedish waters during that time.
* It has been widely alleged, with evidence, that the Ukranian Ukrainian separatists/insurgents/fighters-against-the-government, starting in 2014, has have basically been the Russian Army with some upset locals mixed in. Numerous incidents have occurred where Russian soldiers have been found mixed among Donetsk fighters, including an [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28934213 infamous incident where Russian soldiers were discovered in Donetsk, claiming to have 'gotten lost'.]] If it is a false flag operation, it is almost as much of an EpicFail as the Gleiwitz incident noted above. The Russian government has PlausibleDeniability, though, as all those soldiers are listed as being "on vacation" with all the paperwork properly filled out and signed.
* In 1956, incensed that [[UsefulNotes/GamalAbdelNasser Nasser]] had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, operation was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, peacekeepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour endeavor in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.
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