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31st Jul '16 5:54:05 PM JBsteeple
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** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' there are a group of Dort colonists protesting for better working conditions. They are armed but simply demand the right right to negotiate. [[spoiler: It turns out Gjallarhorn actually planned for the protest. They set off a bomb at the protest site, blaming it on the protesters and using it as an excuse to butcher the entire protest. Then Gjallarhorn allows protesters on the other Dorts to steal Gjallarhorn weapons, which had been rendered unusable, so that Gjallarhorn could then butcher all of THOSE protesters too. Even some members of Gjallarhorn were disgusted by the underhanded brutality.]]
18th Jul '16 4:59:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a move that borders on DangerouslyGenreSavvy, the Stunticons of all groups pull this in the course of the original ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' Marvel comic run. They end up realizing that the anti-robot human organization RAAT and their PsychoElectro BrokenBird Circuit Breaker are indiscriminately targeting Transformers, completely blind to faction affiliations. They wise up to the fact faster than the Autobots, and during a battle with the Aerialbots, the Stunticons rally around the Autobot Skids, pretending to protect him from his allies, and ultimately convincing the mentally unhinged Circuit Breaker that her hunch was right--all the robots were working in concert to overthrow Earth and that the factions are just a ruse. Naturally, she attacks the Aerialbots while the Stunticons make a hasty escape. This is a case of an inverted false flag operation, with one faction pretending to protect their enemies in the middle of a clear fight between the two groups in order to have their ''mutual'' enemies start blindly attacking. Now bear in mind that this is the ''[[TeethClenchedTeamwork Stunticons]]'' we're talking about here.

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* In a move that borders on DangerouslyGenreSavvy, the The Stunticons of all groups pull this in the course of the original ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' Marvel comic run. They end up realizing that the anti-robot human organization RAAT and their PsychoElectro BrokenBird Circuit Breaker are indiscriminately targeting Transformers, completely blind to faction affiliations. They wise up to the fact faster than the Autobots, and during a battle with the Aerialbots, the Stunticons rally around the Autobot Skids, pretending to protect him from his allies, and ultimately convincing the mentally unhinged Circuit Breaker that her hunch was right--all the robots were working in concert to overthrow Earth and that the factions are just a ruse. Naturally, she attacks the Aerialbots while the Stunticons make a hasty escape. This is a case of an inverted false flag operation, with one faction pretending to protect their enemies in the middle of a clear fight between the two groups in order to have their ''mutual'' enemies start blindly attacking. Now bear in mind that this is the ''[[TeethClenchedTeamwork Stunticons]]'' we're talking about here.
13th Jul '16 9:31:38 AM GutstheBerserker
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* In Naval Combat using a false flag is a ''nom de guerre'', a "Ruse of War" and is a legal tactic ''as long you hoist true colours prior to engaging'', even if it is mere seconds before.

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* In Naval Combat using a false flag is a ''nom de guerre'', a "Ruse "Name of War" and is a legal tactic ''as long you hoist true colours prior to engaging'', even if it is mere seconds before.
4th Jul '16 4:21:41 PM Perseus
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* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 4-II'', the final stage of Matsunaga Hisahide's story portrays the Honnōji Incident as this: having previously faked his own death, Hisahide marches on Honnōji with his army flying the Akechi clan's banners in order to assassinate Nobunaga while framing Mitsuhide as a traitor.
19th Jun '16 1:41:09 PM nombretomado
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Any False Flag Operation can be used to generate a PretextForWar. If a False Flag Operation is perpetrated by an individual villain to start a war for his own benefit, it's a case of WarForFunAndProfit. If the attack is directly against the guys you're posing as (as opposed to your own), it's DressingAsTheEnemy. When they disguise ''someone else'', it's DisguisedHostageGambit. If the intent is to incite two villainous groups to wipe each other out, it can either be EvilVersusEvil or EnemyCivilWar. Thus, it is the third of TheThirtySixStratagems.

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Any False Flag Operation can be used to generate a PretextForWar. If a False Flag Operation is perpetrated by an individual villain to start a war for his own benefit, it's a case of WarForFunAndProfit. If the attack is directly against the guys you're posing as (as opposed to your own), it's DressingAsTheEnemy. When they disguise ''someone else'', it's DisguisedHostageGambit. If the intent is to incite two villainous groups to wipe each other out, it can either be EvilVersusEvil or EnemyCivilWar. Thus, it is the third of TheThirtySixStratagems.
UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems.
17th Jun '16 1:34:46 AM mack
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* In Naval Combat using a false flag is a ''nom de guerre'', a "Ruse of War" and is a legal tactic ''as long you hoist true colours prior to engaging'', even if it is mere seconds before.
** Similarly, but less commonly, wearing the uniform of your enemy is also legal, as long as you discard the false uniform prior to engaging. Such a tactic was used in World War 2, with the resulting post-war trials resulting in the tactic being recognised as legal to order, as long as the troops ordered to do so were reminded and advised that they would need to discard the uniforms or potentially be liable to be executed as unlawful combatants, spies or saboteurs.


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** ''HMAS Sydney'', an Australian heavy cruiser was sunk as a result of this tactic being used by the German auxiliary cruiser ''Kormoran'' (converted from a civilian merchant ship) which had disguised itself as the Dutch freighter ''Straat Malakka''. The use of the false flag, camouflage and signal trickery combined with slack handling by Sydney, saw the two ships enter very close range, at which point the surprise of the Kormoran allowed it to gain an upper hand on the heavy cruiser and pound it with torpedos & heavy gun fire. While Sydney was able to sink the Kormoran in retaliation, the majority of the German crew survived and were rescued, while the Sydney went down with all hands (the largest Allied ship to be lost with all hands) in a major blow to Australian morale.
14th Jun '16 11:03:56 AM StFan
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* In the early issues of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', the original five X-Men thought it would be a good idea to locate mutants to save by pretending to be a mutant-hunting organization called X-Factor, Inc., and a group of mutant terrorists informally known as the X-Terminators.

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* In the early issues of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', ''ComicBook/XFactor'', the original five X-Men thought it would be a good idea to locate mutants to save by pretending to be a mutant-hunting organization called X-Factor, Inc., and a group of mutant terrorists informally known as the X-Terminators.



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** SHIELD gets their own back with much more success when they allow Bakshi to "escape" and convinces him that senior HYDRA leaders are conspiring to seize control of the organization. The result is that three of the four leaders are assassinated by HYDRA kill teams when Bakshi reports their "conspiracy", allowing the last one to be easily killed by SHIELD when they recapture Bakshi.
** One of these kicks off the war between SHIELD and the Inhumans at the end of season 2. During a sit down between SHIELD Agent Robert Gonzales and Inhuman leader Jiaying, [[spoiler: she kills him with a Terragin crystal, then shoots herself with his gun. And then on top of that, she has a couple of her lackeys hijack a Quinjet and open fire on the Inhumans' compound, making it appear as if SHIELD is trying to kill them all.]] This thus allows [[spoiler: Jiaying]] to start the war that they feel is inevitable anyway.

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** SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. gets their own back with much more success when they allow Bakshi to "escape" and convinces him that senior HYDRA leaders are conspiring to seize control of the organization. The result is that three of the four leaders are assassinated by HYDRA kill teams when Bakshi reports their "conspiracy", allowing the last one to be easily killed by SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. when they recapture Bakshi.
** One of these kicks off the war between SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans at the end of season 2. During a sit down between SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Robert Gonzales and Inhuman leader Jiaying, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she kills him with a Terragin Terragene crystal, then shoots herself with his gun. And then on top of that, she has a couple of her lackeys hijack a Quinjet and open fire on the Inhumans' compound, making it appear as if SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to kill them all.]] This thus allows [[spoiler: Jiaying]] [[spoiler:Jiaying]] to start the war that they feel is inevitable anyway.



* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': Cobblepot is rather fond of this technique:

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* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Cobblepot is rather fond of this technique:



** In the penultimate episode, he tops himself, as he [[spoiler: hires Falcone's best hitmen to take out Maroni, only to sabotage the attempt. This leads to Maroni going to war with Falcone, giving Cobblepot the opportunity to eliminate his rivals and take over Gotham's underworld.]]

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** In the penultimate episode, he tops himself, as he [[spoiler: hires [[spoiler:hires Falcone's best hitmen to take out Maroni, only to sabotage the attempt. This leads to Maroni going to war with Falcone, giving Cobblepot the opportunity to eliminate his rivals and take over Gotham's underworld.]]



* ''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 had more troops in hiding than anyone knew, and his massively superior forces easily obliterate Heru-ur's, rendering the whole operation moot.

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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 had has more troops in hiding than anyone knew, and his massively superior forces easily obliterate Heru-ur's, rendering the whole operation moot.



* In ''VideoGame/EndWar'', a new World War erupts when the European Federation, leery of the United States achieving clear military dominance through completion of a militarized space station, fund terrorist attacks on them and when that fails, they use their anti-ballistic-missile KillSat to shoot down the [[FauxSymbolism Freedom IV]] shuttle headed up to complete the station. ''Actually,'' the terrorists were funded by ''Russia,'' who was leery of being the world's largest supplier of oil once several other nations have hit Hubbert's Peak, and wanted the US to declare war on Europe so they could "aid their allies" in making Europe go away before the United States and Europe would turn Russia into Iraq II for their oil. As false flag operations go, this one is subverted; the plan goes off without a hitch...until the United States wigs right out when Russia starts making gains in the conflict and declares war on them, too.

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* In ''VideoGame/EndWar'', a new World War erupts when the European Federation, leery of the United States achieving clear military dominance through completion of a militarized space station, fund terrorist attacks on them and when that fails, they use their anti-ballistic-missile KillSat to shoot down the [[FauxSymbolism Freedom IV]] shuttle headed up to complete the station. ''Actually,'' the terrorists were funded by ''Russia,'' who was leery of being the world's largest supplier of oil once several other nations have hit Hubbert's Peak, and wanted the US to declare war on Europe so they could "aid their allies" in making Europe go away before the United States and Europe would turn Russia into Iraq II for their oil. As false flag operations go, this one is subverted; the plan goes off without a hitch... until the United States wigs right out when Russia starts making gains in the conflict and declares war on them, too.
11th May '16 4:22:00 AM thatmadork
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* By the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 3, [[spoiler:the four kingdoms are on the verge of a world war, as the last thing anyone got out of Vale before the trans-continental network went down was images of Ironwood's Atlesian military robots attacking the city and shooting people. Of course, the robots had really been hacked by Cinder and the images were captured by them too.]]

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* By the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 3, [[spoiler:the four kingdoms are on the verge of a world war, as the last thing anyone got out of Vale before the trans-continental network went down was images of Ironwood's Atlesian military robots attacking the city and shooting people. Of course, the robots had really been hacked by Cinder and the images were captured by them too.Cinder.]]
11th May '16 4:20:21 AM thatmadork
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* By the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 3, [[spoiler:the four kingdoms are on the verge of a world war, as the last thing anyone got out of Vale before the trans-continental network went down was images of Ironwood's Atlesian military robots attacking the city and shooting people. Of course, the robots had really been hacked by Cinder and the images were captured by them too.]]
19th Apr '16 1:20:05 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', a bomber painted to look like a Capitol ship drops aid canisters containing fire bombs. This makes it look like Snow bombed his own citizens to save himself, causing his troops to turn on him and handing the rebels victory.

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* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', a bomber painted to look like a Capitol ship drops aid canisters containing fire bombs. This makes it look like Snow bombed his own citizens just to save himself, slow down the rebels trying to overrun his mansion, causing his troops to turn on him and handing the rebels victory.
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