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21st Jun '18 7:42:23 PM nombretomado
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* An interesting variation occurs in ''Literature/PayMeBug''. As the ''Fool's Errand'' is about to be boarded and searched, [[TheCaptain Grif Vindh]] deliberately makes their cargo of fine whiskey easy to find. [[SubvertedTrope But, they aren't doing anything illegal]] ''[[SubvertedTrope besides]]'' [[SubvertedTrope smuggling whiskey]], so there's no apparent reason for this. We find out later that [[DoubleSubversion they actually]] ''[[DoubleSubversion are]]'' [[DoubleSubversion smuggling something else]]: a supply of anagathics[[labelnote:*]]drugs that greatly slow the aging process[[/labelnote]] that are ''way'' more valuable than the whiskey, and that nobody but Vindh knew about. Even later, [[FunnyMoment we find out that the reason nobody on the crew knew about it]] is that [[spoiler:the original plan ''was'' just to smuggle the whiskey, but the anagathics dropped into Vindh's lap during the pickup due to a [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck freak traffic accident]], so he ran with it]].

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* An interesting variation occurs in ''Literature/PayMeBug''. As the ''Fool's Errand'' is about to be boarded and searched, [[TheCaptain Grif Vindh]] deliberately makes their cargo of fine whiskey easy to find. [[SubvertedTrope But, they aren't doing anything illegal]] ''[[SubvertedTrope besides]]'' [[SubvertedTrope smuggling whiskey]], so there's no apparent reason for this. We find out later that [[DoubleSubversion they actually]] ''[[DoubleSubversion are]]'' [[DoubleSubversion smuggling something else]]: a supply of anagathics[[labelnote:*]]drugs that greatly slow the aging process[[/labelnote]] that are ''way'' more valuable than the whiskey, and that nobody but Vindh knew about. Even later, [[FunnyMoment [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments we find out that the reason nobody on the crew knew about it]] is that [[spoiler:the original plan ''was'' just to smuggle the whiskey, but the anagathics dropped into Vindh's lap during the pickup due to a [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck freak traffic accident]], so he ran with it]].
5th Mar '18 8:50:36 PM JackG
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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[TheQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.

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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[TheQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
son, which fortunately he'd seen and pocketed on a whim.
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. One's provided by the villain when undercover federal agent Vinnie Terranova examines a vehicle for evidence that it was involved in the hit-and-run murder of his brother. The driver catches him, but thinks he's sniffing fumes instead.
5th Feb '18 3:21:35 PM Discar
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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington With One Stone]]'', some [[TheKingdom Manticoran]] spies disposed of their espionage gear so that [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Havenite]] police wouldn't find it, then realized they now had some suspiciously empty suitcases to explain. They got away with it by packing the suitcases with valuables from their room, then pretended they had been caught StealingFromTheHotel.

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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington With One Stone]]'', some [[TheKingdom Manticoran]] Manticoran spies disposed of their espionage gear so that [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Havenite]] police wouldn't find it, then realized they now had some suspiciously empty suitcases to explain. They got away with it by packing the suitcases with valuables from their room, then pretended they had been caught StealingFromTheHotel.
26th Jan '18 4:14:11 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. [[spoiler:Bill Hayden has an affair with Smiley's wife, so if Smiley ever accused him of being TheMole, people would think Smiley was just acting out of personal dislike.]]

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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. [[spoiler:Bill Hayden has an affair with Smiley's wife, so if Smiley ever accused him of being TheMole, people would think Smiley was just acting out of personal dislike. Smiley too would distrust his own instincts for this reason.]]
26th Jan '18 4:13:14 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. [[spoiler:Bill Hayden has an affair with Smiley's wife, so if Smiley ever accused him of being TheMole, people would think Smiley was just acting out of personal dislike.]]
26th Jan '18 12:50:31 AM JackG
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* In ''Seven'', the Professor plants an inflatable sex doll in his luggage, which then inflates when customs opens his bag. Everyone is so embarrassed that they just wave him through without spotting the weapon components he had hidden in his luggage.

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* In ''Seven'', ''Seven'' (the 1979 film), the Professor plants an inflatable sex doll in his luggage, which then inflates when customs opens his bag. Everyone is so embarrassed that they just wave him through without spotting the weapon components he had hidden in his luggage.
26th Jan '18 12:47:37 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[LaQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.

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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[LaQuisling [[TheQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
26th Jan '18 12:47:18 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. [[LaQuisling Donovan's mother]] catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
6th Jan '18 5:04:51 AM JackG
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* In ''Redemption Games'', Literature/JohnRain [[NotSoAboveItAll gleefully mocks Dox]] when he almost takes a [[DudeLooksLikeALady Thai ladyboy]] back to his hotel. Rain realises almost too late that [s]he was separating them for a kidnapping team, the idea being that if the ProperlyParanoid Rain suspected something was off-key, he'd just assume his GutFeeling was reacting to her actually being a man.
13th Oct '17 1:00:36 AM PaulA
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* This is part of the plot in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]''. Bishop tries to make everybody [[spoiler:including his accomplice]] think he's trying to fix the Game, but in reality [[spoiler:he's committing industrial espionage]]. Averted in that nobody believes for a second that's all Bishop is really up to, [[spoiler:but subverted again in that, while they think he's trying to steal information, he's actually trying to find a way to circumvent the security system so that his handlers can steal anything they like in the future]].

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* This is part of the plot in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]''.''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame''. Bishop tries to make everybody [[spoiler:including his accomplice]] think he's trying to fix the Game, but in reality [[spoiler:he's committing industrial espionage]]. Averted in that nobody believes for a second that's all Bishop is really up to, [[spoiler:but subverted again in that, while they think he's trying to steal information, he's actually trying to find a way to circumvent the security system so that his handlers can steal anything they like in the future]].
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