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29th Dec '16 9:08:11 PM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Tigerstar and Hawkfrost use cats' flaws to convince them to join the Dark Forest, mainly preying upon cats who just want to prove themselves and feel unnoticed and unliked.
29th Dec '16 10:53:19 AM MiddleEighth
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*Examples in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'':
**The Guardians exploit Ringo's addiction to his mindsight in an attempt to make him turn against the others. It works well, but John manages to get him away from their influence, albeit not before a near-tragedy.
**Knowing that outworlders have a tendency to attack other outworlders, and that people who are unjustly attacked and win get to keep their opponents' stuff, Paul successfully gets the mine-robbers to attack him—literally just by standing there and politely asking them questions—after which the four [[ActualPacifist non-lethally]] [[CurbStompBattle mop the floor with them]] and get a bunch of useful stuff as well as more than enough money to pay off their library fine.
24th Dec '16 3:05:44 AM Tron80
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* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', major villain Mongul kidnaps Superman's three friends to blackmail him into doing his bidding.
23rd Dec '16 2:22:17 AM Tron80
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23rd Dec '16 2:20:48 AM Tron80
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* In the DCU, this is the villain Prometheus's shtick. In his first appearance, he used it to take down every single member of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, with the exception of {{Superman}}, who was going through his "[[EnergyBeing Superman Blue]]" phase. Since he was immune even to [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]], Prometheus threatened to kill several hundred innocent bystanders [[SadisticChoice unless Superman committed suicide]].

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* In the DCU, this is the villain Prometheus's shtick. In his first appearance, he used it to take down every single member of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, with the exception of {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, who was going through his "[[EnergyBeing Superman Blue]]" phase. Since he was immune even to [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]], Prometheus threatened to kill several hundred innocent bystanders [[SadisticChoice unless Superman committed suicide]].


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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' several villains try to exploit Supergirl's unwillingness to let innocent people be hurt.
** Knowing Supergirl is on the verge of a fit of rage, Comicbook/{{Lobo}} pushes all her Berserk Buttons so she cannot fight effectively, and then he moves the fight to New York, thinking that she will not dare to fight in the middle of a city. Subverted because he made Kara so irrationally, blindingly furious that she couldn't think anything other than "Trash Lobo NOW!"
** Later on, a body-snatcher enemy fights Supergirl in a city and posseses -and consumes- the bodies of innocent bystanders to force her to surrender. Kara notes that he chose that location on purpose so she cannot fight freely.
13th Nov '16 9:43:23 PM FordPrefect
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* After hearing Wrestling/JayLethal proclaim there were no challengers to his World Title left in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/ColtCabana decided to end his self imposed five year exile from the promotion, where played to Lethal's pride for a non title match, which after winning he shouted "That's how you beat the World Champion!".

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* After hearing Wrestling/JayLethal proclaim there were no challengers to his World Title left in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/ColtCabana decided to end his self imposed five year exile from the promotion, where played playing to Lethal's pride for a non title match, which after winning he shouted "That's how you beat the World Champion!".
13th Nov '16 9:42:43 PM FordPrefect
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-->'''Fajo:'''If only you could feel ''rage'' over Varria's death... If only you could feel the need for revenge, then maybe you could fire. But you're...just an android. You can't feel anything, can you? It's just another interesting, intellectual puzzle for you--another of life's curiosities.

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-->'''Fajo:'''If -->'''Fajo:''' If only you could feel ''rage'' over Varria's death... If only you could feel the need for revenge, then maybe you could fire. But you're...just an android. You can't feel anything, can you? It's just another interesting, intellectual puzzle for you--another of life's curiosities.
13th Nov '16 9:42:13 PM FordPrefect
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* Omar Little of ''Series/TheWire'' is a KarmicThief who only targets drug dealers and other criminals for his robberies. In order to do this successfully and keep doing it, (and he's been doing it for a ''long'' time) he relies on pain staking surveillance of his targets that allows him to learn their tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses, which he then takes advantage of. For example, in his attempt to assassinate Avon Barksdale, (a drug kingpin who goes beyond ProperlyParanoid) Omar knows that Avon will never use either a landline or cell phone from within his base of operations, as Avon doesn't want to risk using a phone that may be bugged. So Omar engineers a situation where Avon needs to use a phone and goes outside to use a payphone... leaving Avon out in the open without any bodyguards and Omar coming at him from behind to finish Avon off.
** Omar does it again in season 2 when he finds out that Brother Mouzone's bodyguard Lamar likes dogs so he gets Kimmy and Tasha to distract him with one so he can try and kill Mouzone.
* Mandy in ''Series/TwentyFour'' season 4 takes Tony Almeida hostage and threatens Michelle Dessler that she will kill him if she doesn't help her escape (Tony and Michelle were in the same situation last season with Michelle as the hostage). Michelle sets a trap but Mandy sees through it and kills herself and Tony. It turns out she used decoys because she knew Michelle is too honest to go rogue.

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* Omar Little of ''Series/TheWire'' is a KarmicThief who only targets drug dealers and other criminals for his robberies. In order to do this successfully and keep doing it, it (and he's been doing it for a ''long'' time) time), he relies on pain staking painstaking surveillance of his targets that allows him to learn their tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses, which he then takes advantage of. For example, in his attempt to assassinate Avon Barksdale, Barksdale (a drug kingpin who goes beyond ProperlyParanoid) ProperlyParanoid), Omar knows that Avon will never use either a landline or cell phone from within his base of operations, as Avon doesn't want to risk using a phone that may be bugged. So Omar engineers a situation where Avon needs to use a phone and goes outside to use a payphone... leaving Avon out in the open without any bodyguards and Omar coming at him from behind to finish Avon off.
** Omar does it again in season 2 when he finds out that Brother Mouzone's bodyguard Lamar likes dogs dogs, so he gets Kimmy and Tasha to distract him with one so he can try and kill Mouzone.
* Mandy in ''Series/TwentyFour'' season 4 takes Tony Almeida hostage and threatens Michelle Dessler that she will kill him if she doesn't help her escape (Tony and Michelle were in the same situation last season with Michelle as the hostage). Michelle sets a trap trap, but Mandy sees through it and kills herself and Tony. It turns out she used decoys because she knew Michelle is too honest to go rogue.
13th Nov '16 9:40:03 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' when Sykes puts Myka in the Chess lock chair to make HG give the right answer...if HG fails 3 times the one person she cares about will die.

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* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' when Sykes puts Myka in the Chess lock chair to make HG give the right answer...if HG fails 3 times times, the one person she cares about will die.
15th Sep '16 4:32:36 PM Goldfritha
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** When Jake doesn't want to join the Grimnoir, [[spoiler:Pershing]] exploits his soldier past by telling Jake that it's past time to allow volunteers; he's needed, soldier, and he's to join.
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