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21st Mar '17 10:09:40 AM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'', Bishop Mandible traps Bobbin in a cage, but doesn't take the magical distaff Bobbin carries. Big mistake, right? Not quite -- Mandible is actually after the Draft of Opening. He watches Bobbin cast the spell to unlock the cage and ''then'' takes the distaff.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'', Bishop Mandible traps Bobbin in a cage, but doesn't take the magical distaff Bobbin carries. Big mistake, right? Not quite -- Mandible is actually after the [[MagicMusic Draft of Opening.Opening]]. He watches Bobbin cast the spell to unlock the cage and ''then'' takes the distaff.
17th Mar '17 10:53:36 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The book version of ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' has a Zoo of Death instead of the Pit of Despair. It has multiple levels of basement, and as you go down the enemies get scarier. [[NothingIsScarier One level has absolutely nothing in it. Just a long, black tunnel with the exit door at the other end.]] For Inigo and Fezzik, this is goddamn disturbing. ''Something'' should be happening! This is the level of the Enemies of Fear. The idea is that you panic, run for the opposite door, [[spoiler:and let the venomous spider under the handle kill you.]]

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* The book version of ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' has a Zoo of Death instead of the Pit of Despair. It has multiple levels of basement, and as you go down the enemies get scarier. [[NothingIsScarier One level has absolutely nothing in it. Just a long, black tunnel with the exit door at the other end.]] For Inigo and Fezzik, this is goddamn disturbing. ''Something'' should be happening! This is the level of the Enemies of Fear. The idea is that you panic, run for the opposite door, [[spoiler:and let the venomous spider under the handle kill you. It ends up working ''too'' well; Fezzik just kept on running without bothering with the handle, and the spider was trampled without either of them ever noticing it.]]
17th Mar '17 10:50:43 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Another that he does in the story is act desperate and try to pawn a diamond. The victim then tries to rip him off, but he palms it and substitutes a fake at the last second. At one point he tries to argue to his parole officer that it shouldn't count as wrong if the victim thought they were conning ''him'', but nobody's buying it.
15th Mar '17 8:08:12 PM Rebonack7
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** Round 4, both Yokoya and Samue think that Akiyama is trying to dominate the [[spoiler:chairs game, when in fact he was trying to lay his hands on the winning medals.]]

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** Round 4, both Yokoya and Samue Harimoto think that Akiyama is trying to dominate the [[spoiler:chairs game, when in fact he was trying to lay his hands on the winning medals.]]
** Revival Round 3, Harimoto and his followers think Nao is trying to trick them into thinking Kimura is a spy. Her actual goal was to [[spoiler:confirm Akiyama's hypothesis that [[TheManBehindTheMan Kimura is the real cult leader.]]]]
** Final Round, Yokoya thinks Akiyama is trying to [[spoiler:get Wei to win, then use Yokoya's [[RevengeBeforeReason obsession with defeating Akiyama]] to force him to save the other players.]] Instead, Akiyama [[spoiler:allows Yokoya to remove Wo and Wei from the game, then manipulates Wu and Shu into a deadlock that forces the dealers to end the Liar Game altogether.
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12th Mar '17 8:12:01 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'': In the beginning of the second case, you unravel Luke Atmey's deception and uncover him as (supposedly) the true identity of master thief Masque de Masque...only for that to turn out to be have been his plan all along, so his presence at a theft will serve as an alibi for the murder he committed and pinned on the actual de Masque.


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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'': In the beginning of the second case, you unravel Luke Atmey's deception and uncover him as (supposedly) the true identity of master thief Masque de Masque...only for that to turn out to be have been his plan all along, so his presence at a theft will serve as an alibi for the murder he committed and pinned on the actual de Masque.
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11th Mar '17 5:51:11 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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11th Mar '17 5:50:51 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** In ''White Night'', Lara Raith suggested to a member of another family in [[HornyDevils the White Court]] that they should kill off weak female magical practitioners. She did this so that she could rope the other White Court family into the scheme because she knew that eventually Harry Dresden would get involved and generally smash everyone in sight before he realized she came up with the whole thing. He didn't realize until he'd already played straight into the plot because what this amounted to was ''[[TheChessmaster a ruler of a vampire court deliberately getting their minions to try to supplant the ruler]]''. And nearly dying in the process due to interference by [[TheManBehindTheMan Cowl's]] [[EldritchAbomination Outsider]] ghouls.
** In ''Small Favor'', the Order of the Blackened Denarius kidnap a freeholding lord, a recent signatory to the Unseelie Accords, simultaneously threatening that lord, disrupting his power base, and placing the Order in violation of the Accords (thus challenging the weakened White Council to choose risking a multi-front war if they enforce the Accords, and offending the Unseelie Court if they don't). Harry manipulates the White Council into acting, selecting a particular charater as arbiter which is what the Order wanted, as it made her vulnerable to a kidnap attempt.

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** In ''White Night'', ''Literature/WhiteNight'', Lara Raith suggested to a member of another family in [[HornyDevils the White Court]] that they should kill off weak female magical practitioners. She did this so that she could rope the other White Court family into the scheme because she knew that eventually Harry Dresden would get involved and generally smash everyone in sight before he realized she came up with the whole thing. He didn't realize until he'd already played straight into the plot because what this amounted to was ''[[TheChessmaster a ruler of a vampire court deliberately getting their minions to try to supplant the ruler]]''. And nearly dying in the process due to interference by [[TheManBehindTheMan Cowl's]] [[EldritchAbomination Outsider]] ghouls.
** In ''Small Favor'', ''Literature/SmallFavor'', the Order of the Blackened Denarius kidnap a freeholding lord, a recent signatory to the Unseelie Accords, simultaneously threatening that lord, disrupting his power base, and placing the Order in violation of the Accords (thus challenging the weakened White Council to choose risking a multi-front war if they enforce the Accords, and offending the Unseelie Court if they don't). Harry manipulates the White Council into acting, selecting a particular charater as arbiter which is what the Order wanted, as it made her vulnerable to a kidnap attempt.
11th Mar '17 7:51:02 AM MisterBeeg
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy (and several other Arlenites) get scammed by a con man and work together to craft a counter-con in order to make their money back. They set up a fairly transparent off-track betting scam, but the con man stops cashes out before he can suffer the inevitable "lose everything" step. Hank shows up and sees Peggy sobbing over her failure and goes to confront the con man in his hotel room, prompting him to stash his winnings in the hotel safe...and after Hank's left, he discovers the safe is empty and the staff says that this hotel doesn't provide safes. It turns out Peggy anticipated all of this, [[BatmanGambit including Hank's interference]], and snuck the money out through a false back wall. Hank asks what he'd done if things hadn't gone as planned; Peggy responds that [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill they also faked valet parking and would have taken his car]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy (and several other Arlenites) get scammed by a con man and work together to craft a counter-con in order to make their money back. They set up a fairly transparent off-track betting scam, but the con man stops cashes out before he can suffer the inevitable "lose everything" step. Hank shows up and sees Peggy sobbing over her failure and goes to confront the con man in his hotel room, prompting him to stash his winnings in the hotel safe...and after Hank's left, he discovers the safe is empty and the staff says that this hotel doesn't provide safes. It turns out Peggy anticipated all of this, [[BatmanGambit including Hank's interference]], and snuck the money out through a false back wall. Hank asks what he'd she'd done if things hadn't gone as planned; Peggy responds that [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill they also faked valet parking and would have taken his car]].
2nd Mar '17 4:40:30 PM Madrugada
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** Similarly, Operation Mincemeat (which took place before the Normandy invasion). British intelligence plants fake documents on a dead man's body and allows it to wash ashore in Spain. As intended, the documents find their way to German intelligence agents, who discover "evidence" that the allies planned to invade Sardinia and Greece rather than Sicily. The Germans then proceeded to move forces to Greece, and when the actual invasion happened in Sicily, they continued to believe the Sicily landings to be a feint until it was too late.
** The Western Allies used all sorts of variations to disguise the fact they were getting intelligence through the Enigma codebreaking system, and secret technology like airborne millimetric radar and radio direction finding for u-boat detection. When Allied forces did something which made it obvious that they had to have had knowledge they shouldn't have had, they'd come up with all sorts of bullshit explanations that were leaked to the Germans to explain it away. "Oh, we're seeing surfaced u-boats at night through massive intake of carrots giving pilots enhanced night vision."
27th Feb '17 12:13:20 AM Arha
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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi pulls one off: [[spoiler:His whole "turn into lightning and beat the crap out of Rakan" was actually meant to distract Rakan so Negi could set up another spell. He then pulled out a new upgrade solely so Rakan would attack him with full power. When he does, Negi uses the spell he set up earlier to absorb Rakan's attack and shoot it back at him.]]

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi pulls one off: [[spoiler:His whole "turn into off in his fight against Rakan. [[spoiler:He blitzes him with superspeed and while Rakan can't keep up with Negi hitting him from every angle at the speed of lightning, he can't get through Rakan's defenses. However, at this time he also sets up a spell circle around the two of them by using his attacks as a disguise since Rakan can't actually keep track of what he's doing anyway. After that he challenges Rakan to a show of strength and while Rakan assumes Negi will either throw a lightning and beat the crap out of Rakan" was actually meant to distract Rakan so Negi could set up another spell. He then pulled out a new upgrade solely so Rakan would attack spear at him with full power. When he does, Negi uses the spell he set up earlier to absorb or nullify Rakan's attack with Asuna's sword, he actually does nothing but activate the spell circle he'd set up beforehand so he could absorb the attack and shoot it back at him.increase his offenses enough to actually hurt Rakan.]]
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