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21st Aug '17 11:28:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* [[Literature/{{Allegiance}} Baron Choard]] wasn't exactly a hero, but his assistant Disra did spend a long time finding all of his buttons, and influenced his boss into planning to secede violently from the Empire. Disra, as it turned out, was orchestrating all this so he could report the treasonous activity and get promoted. Given that twenty or so years later he's a [[HandOfThrawn Moff]] of no small power, we can assume that he did.

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* [[Literature/{{Allegiance}} Baron Choard]] wasn't exactly a hero, but his assistant Disra did spend a long time finding all of his buttons, and influenced his boss into planning to secede violently from the Empire. Disra, as it turned out, was orchestrating all this so he could report the treasonous activity and get promoted. Given that twenty or so years later he's a [[HandOfThrawn [[Literature/HandOfThrawn Moff]] of no small power, we can assume that he did.
12th Aug '17 2:34:49 PM Doug86
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** 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!"

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** Knowing Supergirl is on the verge of a fit of rage, Comicbook/{{Lobo}} SelfDemonstrating/{{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!"
2nd Aug '17 8:38:14 PM DanielCase
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* In ''Film/T2Trainspotting'', Renton and Sick Boy are able to steal large amounts from the patrons of a Unionist event at a pub because so many of them use "1690", the year of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Boyne Battle of the Boyne]], as their PINs.
13th Jul '17 6:28:11 PM infernape612
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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP]]'' fic, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]]'', The interrogator notices that Shadowfax is quite susceptible to pride. Guess how he gets her to spill the beans.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP]]'' fic, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]]'', The the interrogator notices that Shadowfax is quite susceptible to pride. Guess how he gets her to spill the beans.
8th Jun '17 2:11:23 PM PlasmaTalon
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* One of the many tactics encouraged by Sun Tzu in the ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''.
31st May '17 4:09:17 PM libertydude
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* In the finale of ''Film/IShotJesseJames'', [[spoiler: John Kelley turns his back to Bob Ford as the latter howls for his blood. Kelley knows Bob has an aversion to shooting people [[InTheBack in the back]], given this was the way he killed UsefulNotes/JesseJames. This leaves Bob unable to shoot Kelley, and he can only pitiably scream for Kelley to turn around. Kelley does eventually, but draws his own shotgun to even the odds.]]
9th Apr '17 12:01:56 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', this is one of the Doctor's main tactics. He is ''repeatedly'' underestimated about how [[LetsGetDangerous dangerous]] (for those people, who don't ''know'' about him) or how [[TranquilFury ruthless]] (for some who do) he can be, and he plays on this to ManipulativeBastard levels. That's only if everyone else involved isn't already scared stiff of him...
** A good example is the Doctor's defeat of the Silence in "Day of the Moon," although that could be better called 'strength exploitation.' He uses the Silence's powers of post-hypnotic suggestion against them to devastating effect.
** In "The Time of the Doctor", the Doctor kills a Cyberman by exploiting his own sonic's uselessness against wood and twisting the truth in a scenario where he is unable to lie.
** In recent seasons the fact the Doctor cannot resist a mystery has been established as a flaw which becomes the core of the events of "Face the Raven", leading to tragic consequences for his companion.
** The Doctor's loyalty to his companions is often exploited by villains and is described directly as one of his weaknesses by the immortal (and occasional adversary) Ashildr.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects In Space," [[PsychoForHire Jubal Early]] takes advantage of Simon's love for his sister River ''and'' his attraction to Kaylee by presenting him with a SadisticChoice: either he helps Early hunt down River, or Early will kill Simon and then go back to the engine room where he has Kaylee tied up and then rape and kill her.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', it didn't take long for Morgana to pick up on Arthur's devotion to Guinevere and use it to her own advantage on at least two occasions: "The Castle of Fyrien" and "Queen of Hearts". The latest footage from season four suggests that Arthur's enemies aren't done exploiting this weakness.
* In ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian attempts to use Guy's genuine feelings for her to get information about the Sheriff's evil schemes so that she can pass it on to Robin. [[ShippingGoggles It works less often than the shippers would have you believe]], and it ultimately [[spoiler:costs her her life]].
** However, one notable instance is when both Marian ''and'' Robin acknowledge Guy's weakness for Marian by executing a perfect DecoyDamsel ploy in order for them to escape a tight situation. Guy falls for it hook, line and sinker.
* Kivas Fajo uses this against Data in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Most Toys", while Data has a disruptor weapon pointed at him, convinced that Data will not fire it because he's programmed with a "fundamental respect for all life, and an inhibition against harming living beings". Subverted [[spoiler:in that Data ''does'' actually prepare to shoot, reasoning that killing Fajo would save more lives in the long run, and would have done so if he hadn't been beamed out of there in the nick of time. He then tells a near-lie to his commanding officer about it; he suggests that the disruptor may have discharged due to the transport. He never says that this is what happened, only that it is a possible explanation.]]
-->'''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.
** Of course, this was only after Fajo had ''successfully'' used this against Data to get him to sit in his assigned chair by, ironically, threatening to kill the aforementioned Varria if he didn't comply, on the same hunch that Data's "fundamental respect for all life" [[ThreeLawsCompliant wouldn't even let him allow someone to die, through his inaction]]. In case the above quote wasn't obvious, it was Fajo's killing of Varria at the end of the episode that prompted the subversion.
* 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/DoctorWho'', this is one of the Doctor's main tactics. He is ''repeatedly'' underestimated about how [[LetsGetDangerous dangerous]] (for those people, who don't ''know'' about him) or how [[TranquilFury ruthless]] (for some who do) he can be, and he plays on this to ManipulativeBastard levels. That's only if everyone else involved isn't already scared stiff of him...
** A good example is the Doctor's defeat of the Silence
Mandy in "Day of the Moon," although that could be better called 'strength exploitation.' He uses the Silence's powers of post-hypnotic suggestion against them to devastating effect.
** In "The Time of the Doctor", the Doctor kills a Cyberman by exploiting his own sonic's uselessness against wood and twisting the truth in a scenario where he is unable to lie.
** In recent seasons the fact the Doctor cannot resist a mystery has been established as a flaw which becomes the core of the events of "Face the Raven", leading to tragic consequences for his companion.
** The Doctor's loyalty to his companions is often exploited by villains and is described directly as one of his weaknesses by the immortal (and occasional adversary) Ashildr.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects In Space," [[PsychoForHire Jubal Early]]
''Series/TwentyFour'' season 4 takes advantage of Simon's love for his sister River ''and'' his attraction to Kaylee by presenting him with a SadisticChoice: either he helps Early hunt down River, or Early Tony Almeida hostage and threatens Michelle Dessler that she will kill Simon and then go back to the engine room where he has Kaylee tied up and then rape and kill her.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', it didn't take long for Morgana to pick up on Arthur's devotion to Guinevere and use it to
him if she doesn't help her own advantage on at least two occasions: "The Castle of Fyrien" and "Queen of Hearts". The latest footage from season four suggests that Arthur's enemies aren't done exploiting this weakness.
* In ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian attempts to use Guy's genuine feelings for her to get information about the Sheriff's evil schemes so that she can pass it on to Robin. [[ShippingGoggles It works less often than the shippers would have you believe]], and it ultimately [[spoiler:costs her her life]].
** However, one notable instance is when both Marian ''and'' Robin acknowledge Guy's weakness for Marian by executing a perfect DecoyDamsel ploy in order for them to
escape a tight situation. Guy falls for it hook, line (Tony and sinker.
* Kivas Fajo uses this against Data
Michelle were in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Most Toys", while Data has a disruptor weapon pointed at him, convinced that Data will not fire it because he's programmed with a "fundamental respect for all life, and an inhibition against harming living beings". Subverted [[spoiler:in that Data ''does'' actually prepare to shoot, reasoning that killing Fajo would save more lives in the long run, and would have done so if he hadn't been beamed out of there in the nick of time. He then tells a near-lie to his commanding officer about it; he suggests that the disruptor may have discharged due to the transport. He never says that this is what happened, only that it is a possible explanation.]]
-->'''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.
** Of course, this was only after Fajo had ''successfully'' used this against Data to get him to sit in his assigned chair by, ironically, threatening to kill the aforementioned Varria if he didn't comply, on
the same hunch that Data's "fundamental respect for all life" [[ThreeLawsCompliant wouldn't even let him allow someone to die, situation last season with Michelle as the hostage). Michelle sets a trap, but Mandy sees through his inaction]]. In case the above quote wasn't obvious, it was Fajo's killing of Varria at the end of the episode that prompted the subversion.
* 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
and kills herself and Tony. It turns out she cares about will die.used decoys because she knew Michelle is too honest to go rogue.



* By its very nature, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' runs on this trope. For example, "Puppetmaster" Russell Hantz: great at the mechanics, horrible at the core. He had absolutely no idea just how bad he was at that last part. But Natalie White did, and guess what happened.



* 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 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 (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.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This is one of the Doctor's main tactics. He is ''repeatedly'' underestimated about how [[LetsGetDangerous dangerous]] (for those people who don't ''know'' about him) or how [[TranquilFury ruthless]] (for some who do) he can be, and he plays on this to ManipulativeBastard levels. That's only if everyone else involved isn't already scared stiff of him . . .
** A good example is the Doctor's defeat of the Silence in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]], although that could be better called "strength exploitation". He uses the Silence's powers of post-hypnotic suggestion against them to devastating effect.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], the Doctor kills a Cyberman by exploiting his own sonic's uselessness against wood and twisting the truth in a scenario where he is unable to lie.
** In recent seasons the fact the Doctor cannot resist a mystery has been established as a flaw which becomes the core of the events of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven "Face the Raven"]], leading to tragic consequences for his companion.
** The Doctor's loyalty to his companions is often exploited by villains and is described directly as one of his weaknesses by the immortal (and occasional adversary) Ashildr.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects in Space", [[PsychoForHire Jubal Early]] takes advantage of Simon's love for his sister River ''and'' his attraction to Kaylee by presenting him with a SadisticChoice: either he helps Early hunt down River, or Early will kill Simon and then go back to the engine room where he has Kaylee tied up and then rape and kill her.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', it didn't take long for Morgana to pick up on Arthur's devotion to Guinevere and use it to her own advantage on at least two occasions: "The Castle of Fyrien" and "Queen of Hearts". The latest footage from season four suggests that Arthur's enemies aren't done exploiting this weakness.



* In ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian attempts to use Guy's genuine feelings for her to get information about the Sheriff's evil schemes so that she can pass it on to Robin. [[ShippingGoggles It works less often than the shippers would have you believe]], and it ultimately [[spoiler:costs her her life]].
** However, one notable instance is when both Marian ''and'' Robin acknowledge Guy's weakness for Marian by executing a perfect DecoyDamsel ploy in order for them to escape a tight situation. Guy falls for it hook, line and sinker.
* Kivas Fajo uses this against Data in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Most Toys", while Data has a disruptor weapon pointed at him, convinced that Data will not fire it because he's programmed with a "fundamental respect for all life, and an inhibition against harming living beings". Subverted [[spoiler:in that Data ''does'' actually prepare to shoot, reasoning that killing Fajo would save more lives in the long run, and would have done so if he hadn't been beamed out of there in the nick of time. He then tells a near-lie to his commanding officer about it; he suggests that the disruptor may have discharged due to the transport. He never says that this is what happened, only that it is a possible explanation.]]
-->'''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.
** Of course, this was only after Fajo had ''successfully'' used this against Data to get him to sit in his assigned chair by, ironically, threatening to kill the aforementioned Varria if he didn't comply, on the same hunch that Data's "fundamental respect for all life" [[ThreeLawsCompliant wouldn't even let him allow someone to die, through his inaction]]. In case the above quote wasn't obvious, it was Fajo's killing of Varria at the end of the episode that prompted the subversion.
* By its very nature, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' runs on this trope. For example, "Puppetmaster" Russell Hantz: great at the mechanics, horrible at the core. He had absolutely no idea just how bad he was at that last part. But Natalie White did, and guess what happened.
* 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.
* 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 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 (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.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Doctor Octopus pegs Spider-Man as "weak" because he's obliged to save [[InnocentBystander Innocent Bystanders]]. Ock then grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] and uses her in a HostageForMcGuffin ploy to get Spider-Man to fork over some desirable AppliedPhlebotinum.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Cartman's revenge plot against Scott Tenorman relies heavily on this. If Stan and Kyle didn't rat him out to Scott, or Scott himself had reacted differently, the whole plan could have fallen apart.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'':
** One episode has Megatron executing a plan to teleport Cybertron (the Transformers' homeworld) into Earth orbit, the presence of which would disrupt Earth's gravity and ultimately destroy the planet. The Autobots try to stop him, but when Optimus finally does prevent Megatron from pressing the button to complete the teleport, Megatron gloats, and insists that ''Optimus'' will be the one to push the button -- because if he doesn't, the teleport will fail, destroying Cybertron in the process. Optimus, true to form, reluctantly pushes the button, rather than let his homeworld perish. (Which is kind of opposite of other characterization he's had since, where he would sacrifice the rest of his species if it means the Decepticons would not be able to threaten any other sentients ever again.)
** In an earlier episode, Megatron goads Optimus into a one-on-one duel in which the loser's faction will exile themselves forever, knowing the Autobot leader's sense of honor would never allow him to refuse a chance to end their war peacefully. Naturally, he cheats during the competition, and sends troops into the Autobot base to disable their computer and prevent the deception from being noticed (and he would've gotten away with it, too, were it not for those meddling Dinobots...).
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]] is known to have exploited Kim's teenager flaws, like making Kim disappear if she's too embarrassed or sending in a perfect boyfriend for Kim to fall in love with.
** [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] takes over the world by exploiting the major flaw that Kim Possible is nowhere near as effective without her sidekick Ron Stoppable, Shego splits them up by offering Ron's mother a new job in Norway.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}} once reluctantly agreed to a bargain with Tex Hex, because he knew that Tex was such a compulsive backstabber that he would never honor his own end of the deal, which would then leave Bravestarr free to break it as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''
-->'''Zurg''': We need to get him to come out... *''to a minion''* Target the Planet of Widows and Orphans!
-->'''Buzz''': You fiend! *''flies out''*
-->'''Zurg''': I ''knew'' that would get him!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Doctor Octopus pegs Spider-Man as "weak" the ''Westernanimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation GROWUP", the agified Nigel gets the Delightful Children to hand him the age-changing cigar simply by asking for it. It works because he's obliged to save [[InnocentBystander Innocent Bystanders]]. Ock then grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] an adult, and uses her in a HostageForMcGuffin ploy to get Spider-Man to fork over some desirable AppliedPhlebotinum.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Cartman's revenge plot against Scott Tenorman relies heavily on this. If Stan and Kyle didn't rat him out to Scott, or Scott himself had reacted differently, the whole plan could
goody-goody little brats have fallen apart.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'':
** One episode has Megatron executing a plan
to teleport Cybertron (the Transformers' homeworld) into Earth orbit, the presence of which would disrupt Earth's gravity and ultimately destroy the planet. The Autobots try to stop him, but when Optimus finally does prevent Megatron from pressing the button to complete the teleport, Megatron gloats, and insists that ''Optimus'' will be the one to push the button -- because if he doesn't, the teleport will fail, destroying Cybertron in the process. Optimus, true to form, reluctantly pushes the button, rather than let his homeworld perish. (Which is kind of opposite of other characterization he's had since, where he would sacrifice the rest of his species if it means the Decepticons would not be able to threaten any other sentients ever again.)
** In an earlier episode, Megatron goads Optimus into a one-on-one duel in which the loser's faction will exile themselves forever, knowing the Autobot leader's sense of honor would never allow him to refuse a chance to end their war peacefully. Naturally, he cheats during the competition, and sends troops into the Autobot base to disable their computer and prevent the deception from being noticed (and he would've gotten away with it, too, were it not for those meddling Dinobots...).
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]] is known to have exploited Kim's teenager flaws, like making Kim disappear if she's too embarrassed or sending in a perfect boyfriend for Kim to fall in love with.
** [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] takes over the world by exploiting the major flaw that Kim Possible is nowhere near as effective without her sidekick Ron Stoppable, Shego splits them up by offering Ron's mother a new job in Norway.
obey adults.



* This is how Bill Cipher in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' manipulates others into taking his deals, even when they should know better. For example, despite Dipper being well aware Bill likely won't properly honor any deal he makes, he still takes it because he's desperate for the password to a laptop which may have information on the Author, and he only has five minutes before the laptop clears all its data as a failsafe.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]] is known to have exploited Kim's teenager flaws, like making Kim disappear if she's too embarrassed or sending in a perfect boyfriend for Kim to fall in love with.
** [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] takes over the world by exploiting the major flaw that Kim Possible is nowhere near as effective without her sidekick Ron Stoppable, Shego splits them up by offering Ron's mother a new job in Norway.



* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''
-->'''Zurg''': We need to get him to come out... *''to a minion''* Target the Planet of Widows and Orphans!
-->'''Buzz''': You fiend! *''flies out''*
-->'''Zurg''': I ''knew'' that would get him!
* Chase Young may be a NobleDemon in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', but that doesn't stop him from being ManipulativeBastard as well. Wanting to take the young Omi as his apprentice, he uses Omi's biggest flaws to bring the boy over to his side...his naivity, his over-trusting nature, and then even after his friends save Omi from the dark side...Chase also previously had Omi swear his loyalty to him, knowing Omi would have no choice but to stay, because like Chase, the boy [[HonorBeforeReason always]] [[IGaveMyWord honors his word]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}} once reluctantly agreed to a bargain with Tex Hex, because he knew that Tex was such a compulsive backstabber that he would never honor his own end of the deal, which would then leave Bravestarr free to break it as well.
* As a counterpart to what happened in the comic book, the second season of the animated series of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' has ''Will'' [[TheChessmaster using Phobos' own arrogance and sense of superiority to manipulate him like a fiddle]], also [[spoiler: convincing a few {{Noble Demon}}s among his men to pull an HeelFaceTurn by exposing his lack of honour]]. Again, it fail, but for different reasons: Phobos ''did'' fall for it, but [[spoiler: Cedric saw through it and choose the moment before it would have paid off to pull a [[{{TheStarscream}} Starscream...]] ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' had Wander and Sylvia trying to escape from a planet with an Army of Watchdogs trying to hunt them down. The Watchdogs figure out that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Wander is compelled to help people]] and start to victimize random beings to draw Wander out for capture. It works.
* In the ''Westernanimation/{{Codename Kids Next Door}}'' episode "Operation GROWUP", the agified Nigel gets the Delightful Children to hand him the age-changing cigar simply by asking for it. It works because he's an adult, and goody-goody little brats have to obey adults.
* This is how Bill Cipher in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' manipulates others into taking his deals, even when they should know better. For example, despite Dipper being well aware Bill likely won't properly honor any deal he makes, he still takes it because he's desperate for the password to a laptop which may have information on the Author, and he only has five minutes before the laptop clears all its data as a failsafe.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Cartman's revenge plot against Scott Tenorman relies heavily on this. If Stan and Kyle didn't rat him out to Scott, or Scott himself had reacted differently, the whole plan could have fallen apart.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Doctor Octopus pegs Spider-Man as "weak" because he's obliged to save [[InnocentBystander Innocent Bystanders]]. Ock then grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] and uses her in a HostageForMcGuffin ploy to get Spider-Man to fork over some desirable AppliedPhlebotinum.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'':
** One episode has Megatron executing a plan to teleport Cybertron (the Transformers' homeworld) into Earth orbit, the presence of which would disrupt Earth's gravity and ultimately destroy the planet. The Autobots try to stop him, but when Optimus finally does prevent Megatron from pressing the button to complete the teleport, Megatron gloats, and insists that ''Optimus'' will be the one to push the button -- because if he doesn't, the teleport will fail, destroying Cybertron in the process. Optimus, true to form, reluctantly pushes the button, rather than let his homeworld perish. (Which is kind of opposite of other characterization he's had since, where he would sacrifice the rest of his species if it means the Decepticons would not be able to threaten any other sentients ever again.)
** In an earlier episode, Megatron goads Optimus into a one-on-one duel in which the loser's faction will exile themselves forever, knowing the Autobot leader's sense of honor would never allow him to refuse a chance to end their war peacefully. Naturally, he cheats during the competition, and sends troops into the Autobot base to disable their computer and prevent the deception from being noticed (and he would've gotten away with it, too, were it not for those meddling Dinobots...).
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' had Wander and Sylvia trying to escape from a planet with an Army of Watchdogs trying to hunt them down. The Watchdogs figure out that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Wander is compelled to help people]] and start to victimize random beings to draw Wander out for capture. It works.
* As a counterpart to what happened in the comic book, the second season of the animated series of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' has ''Will'' [[TheChessmaster using Phobos' own arrogance and sense of superiority to manipulate him like a fiddle]], also [[spoiler: convincing a few {{Noble Demon}}s among his men to pull an HeelFaceTurn by exposing his lack of honour]]. Again, it fail, but for different reasons: Phobos ''did'' fall for it, but [[spoiler: Cedric saw through it and choose the moment before it would have paid off to pull a [[{{TheStarscream}} Starscream...]] ]]
* Chase Young may be a NobleDemon in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', but that doesn't stop him from being ManipulativeBastard as well. Wanting to take the young Omi as his apprentice, he uses Omi's biggest flaws to bring the boy over to his side...his naivity, his over-trusting nature, and then even after his friends save Omi from the dark side...Chase also previously had Omi swear his loyalty to him, knowing Omi would have no choice but to stay, because like Chase, the boy [[HonorBeforeReason always]] [[IGaveMyWord honors his word]].
23rd Mar '17 10:55:40 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In an earlier episode, Megatron goads Optimus into a one-on-one duel in which the loser's faction will exile themselves forever, knowing the Autobot leader's sense of honor would never allow him to refuse a chance to end their war peacefully. Naturally, he cheats during the competition, but at least he was just GenreSavvy enough to send troops into the Autobot base to disable their computer and prevent the deception from being noticed (and he would've gotten away with it, too, were it not for those meddling Dinobots...).

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** In an earlier episode, Megatron goads Optimus into a one-on-one duel in which the loser's faction will exile themselves forever, knowing the Autobot leader's sense of honor would never allow him to refuse a chance to end their war peacefully. Naturally, he cheats during the competition, but at least he was just GenreSavvy enough to send and sends troops into the Autobot base to disable their computer and prevent the deception from being noticed (and he would've gotten away with it, too, were it not for those meddling Dinobots...).
6th Mar '17 2:18:42 AM Doug86
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': How a Tau world managed to fend off Hive Fleet Gorgon. Gorgon didn't have the numbers of a usual hive fleet, instead having an extremely fast rate of new adaptations. A first wave of hormagaunts got tangled in the underbrush, where they were slaughtered by Kroot forces. The waves after were smaller and nimbler... and therefore more vulnerable to Tau plasma fire. The wave after that was immune to plasma weaponry, but not solid-ammo Kroot rifles. And so on and so forth, until the Tau found the critical weakness: the Tyranids' reliance on a globally JackOfAllStats army meant there were fewer [[KeystoneArmy synapse creatures]] around, and by targeting them managed to push the swarm off the planet.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': How a Tau world managed to fend off Hive Fleet Gorgon. Gorgon didn't have the numbers of a usual hive fleet, instead having an extremely fast rate of new adaptations. A first wave of hormagaunts got tangled in the underbrush, where they were slaughtered by Kroot forces. The waves after were smaller and nimbler... and therefore more vulnerable to Tau plasma fire. The wave after that was immune to plasma weaponry, but not solid-ammo Kroot rifles. And so on and so forth, until the Tau found the critical weakness: the Tyranids' reliance on a globally JackOfAllStats army meant there were fewer [[KeystoneArmy synapse creatures]] around, and by targeting them managed to push the swarm off the planet.
2nd Mar '17 7:51:44 AM TotemicHero
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** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0205.html Durkon exploits Hayley's greed]], to get her to come with the rest of the Order to a court case.

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** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0205.html Durkon exploits Hayley's Haley's greed]], to get her to come with the rest of the Order to a court case.
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