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14th Feb '17 11:26:22 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy cons a con man who conned her by setting up a pretty transparent off-track betting scam, which the mark bought out of before they got to the "and then he loses everything" stage, only to hide the money in a hotel safe ''that Peggy planted in his room''. The failsafe involved [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill stealing his car]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy cons (and several other Arlenites) get scammed by a con man who conned her by setting and work together to craft a counter-con in order to make their money back. They set up a pretty fairly transparent off-track betting scam, which but the mark bought con man stops cashes out of before they got to he can suffer the "and then he loses inevitable "lose everything" stage, only step. Hank shows up and sees Peggy sobbing over her failure and goes to hide 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 in out through a hotel safe ''that false back wall. Hank asks what he'd done if things hadn't gone as planned; Peggy planted in his room''. The failsafe involved responds that [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill stealing they also faked valet parking and would have taken his car]].
11th Feb '17 9:04:29 AM Kalaong
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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. The antagonistic Boss and Rabbi both assume that Mr. Goodkat and his seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" are being manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and manipulate Slevin themselves to exploit their enemy's con to their own advantage, only for the end of the film to reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con of their opponent, he'd already won.]]

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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. enacts; "...when everybody looks right, you go left." The antagonistic Boss and Rabbi both assume that Mr. Goodkat and his seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" are being manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and manipulate Slevin themselves to exploit their enemy's con to their own advantage, only for the end of the film to reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con of their opponent, he'd already won.]]



* In the 2003 movie ''Film/{{Johnny English}}'', Pascal Sauvage toys around with the the idea of having a fake Archbishop of Canterbury to preside at his coronation; however, once English is caught trespassing at Sauvage's office building, and later tries to unmask the Archbishop, he finds out that Sauvage had scrapped the fake Archbishop plot when Johnny attempts to unmask the fake Archbishop and reveal the impostor's tattoo, only to discover that the Archbishop at Sauvage's coronation ceremony is the genuine one.

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* In the 2003 movie ''Film/{{Johnny English}}'', ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', Pascal Sauvage toys around with the the idea of having a fake Archbishop of Canterbury to preside at his coronation; however, once English is caught trespassing at Sauvage's office building, and later tries to unmask the Archbishop, he finds out that Sauvage had scrapped the fake Archbishop plot when Johnny attempts to unmask the fake Archbishop and reveal the impostor's tattoo, only to discover that the Archbishop at Sauvage's coronation ceremony is the genuine one.
10th Feb '17 7:21:05 AM ashlay
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The TropeNamer is the song "The Kansas City Shuffle" explained in detail in the movie ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin''. For those of you not from the U.S, UsefulNotes/KansasCity is (depending on the time period and your definition of "city") the largest or second-largest city in the State of... Missouri. There ''is'' a Kansas City, Kansas (it's right across the river, or in some parts of town, across State Line Road), but it's much smaller and usually not what people are talking about when they mention a Kansas City. It throws off many Americans, too, especially those who write off the Midwest as FlyoverCountry. This is actually a near-perfect physical metaphor, as "when they look on one side of the river, you're on the other".

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\nThe TropeNamer is the song "The Kansas City Shuffle" Shuffle", which is explained in detail in the movie ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin''. For those of you not from the U.S, In UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, UsefulNotes/KansasCity is (depending on the time period and your definition one of "city") the largest or second-largest city cities in the State of... Missouri. There ''is'' a Kansas City, Kansas (it's right across the river, or in some parts of town, across State Line Road), but it's much smaller and usually not what people are talking about when they mention a Kansas City. It throws off many Americans, too, especially those who write off the Midwest as FlyoverCountry. This is actually Thus, it's a near-perfect physical metaphor, as metaphor: "when they look on one side of the river, you're on the other".
10th Feb '17 7:17:05 AM ashlay
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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. The Boss and Rabbi both assume that Mr. Goodkat and his seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" are being manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and manipulate Slevin themselves to exploit their enemy's con to their own advantage, only for the end of the film to reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con of their opponent, he'd already won.]]

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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. The antagonistic Boss and Rabbi both assume that Mr. Goodkat and his seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" are being manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and manipulate Slevin themselves to exploit their enemy's con to their own advantage, only for the end of the film to reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con of their opponent, he'd already won.]]
10th Feb '17 7:15:47 AM ashlay
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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. The Boss and Rabbi both assume that Mr. Goodkat and his seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" are being manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and manipulate Slevin to exploit their enemy's con to their own advantage, only for the end of the film to reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con of their opponent, he'd already won.]]

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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. The Boss and Rabbi both assume that Mr. Goodkat and his seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" are being manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and manipulate Slevin themselves to exploit their enemy's con to their own advantage, only for the end of the film to reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con of their opponent, he'd already won.]]
10th Feb '17 7:14:57 AM ashlay
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Related (but distinct) cons include the very common TheConWithinACon (where the grifter convinces the mark that they can be partners in conning a third party), and ViolinScam (where the grifter tricks the mark into trying to con ''him'').

A mark who is TooCleverByHalf is likely to take the bait and be conned, while another who is TooDumbToFool may unwittingly evade the trap.

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Related (but distinct) cons include the very common TheConWithinACon (where the grifter convinces the mark that they can be partners in conning a third party), and ViolinScam (where the grifter tricks the mark into trying to con ''him'').

''him''). A mark who is TooCleverByHalf is likely to take the bait and be conned, while another who is TooDumbToFool may unwittingly evade the trap.



* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. However, the central plot itself is not an example of the trope, as the marks never even figure out that a con is happening let alone try and manoeuvre their way out of it; the true Kansas City Shuffle turns out to be [[spoiler:a meta example, as the film is an entire exercise in misleading and misdirecting the audience with DramaticIrony and [[TheUntwist Untwists]] to slip around and surprise them, making ''the film itself'' a Kansas City Shuffle.]]
** There are, however, high levels of mistrust from both The Boss and The Rabbi regarding Mr. Goodkat. First, he's back in a city he hasn't worked in over a decade. Second, The Rabbi says that in his business gut-instinct is important when knowing if someone is lying, and he knows that "Nick Fisher" is not lying about being Nick Fisher. Mr. Goodkat says "I know" and that surprises The Rabbi, but he allows the con to go, because he wants to keep his son safe [[spoiler: he fails]]. Third, there ''is'' a con that the marks know about, namely that "Nick Fisher" owes a lot of money to one/both of them and Mr. Goodkat is using that as some sort of leverage/means, but they've no idea as to why him or to what extent it reaches.

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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', which uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts. However, the central plot itself is not an example of the trope, as the marks never even figure out that a con is happening let alone try and manoeuvre their way out of it; the true Kansas City Shuffle turns out to be [[spoiler:a meta example, as the film is an entire exercise in misleading and misdirecting the audience with DramaticIrony and [[TheUntwist Untwists]] to slip around and surprise them, making ''the film itself'' a Kansas City Shuffle.]]
** There are, however, high levels of mistrust from both
The Boss and The Rabbi regarding Mr. Goodkat. First, he's back in a city he hasn't worked in over a decade. Second, The Rabbi says both assume that in Mr. Goodkat and his business gut-instinct is important when knowing if someone is lying, and he knows that seeming patsy Slevin / "Nick Fisher" is not lying about are being Nick Fisher. Mr. Goodkat says "I know" manipulated by their enemy to con them. Both proceed to attempt to bring in and that surprises The Rabbi, but he allows the manipulate Slevin to exploit their enemy's con to go, because he wants their own advantage, only for the end of the film to keep reveal [[spoiler:the true con was being run by Slevin himself, who wanted access to both the Boss and the Rabbi to exact revenge for their murder of his son safe [[spoiler: he fails]]. Third, there ''is'' a parents decades earlier. As soon as they attempted to bring him in to stop the apparent con that the marks know about, namely that "Nick Fisher" owes a lot of money to one/both of them and Mr. Goodkat is using that as some sort of leverage/means, but they've no idea as to why him or to what extent it reaches.their opponent, he'd already won.]]
8th Feb '17 5:29:29 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': The supervillain Mephisto the Mystic says that most of his more public capers were set up primarily to distract the heroes from more mundane crimes done by his Mob associates.
29th Jan '17 10:49:30 PM KeithM
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** Doubles as a BatmanGambit, as Garak's plan is based on the Romulans assuming the Dominion would kill someone to prevent a leak, as the Romulans would readily do the same, and that the Federation were too goody-two-shoes tp be involved in an assassination.

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** Doubles as a BatmanGambit, as Garak's plan is based on the Romulans assuming the Dominion would kill someone to prevent a leak, as the Romulans would readily do the same, and that the Federation were too goody-two-shoes tp to be involved in an assassination.assassination of a person they'd invited into their space.
29th Jan '17 10:46:02 PM KeithM
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** Doubles as a BatmanGambit, as Garak's plan is based on the Romulans assuming the Dominion would kill someone to prevent a leak, as the Romulans would readily do the same.

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** Doubles as a BatmanGambit, as Garak's plan is based on the Romulans assuming the Dominion would kill someone to prevent a leak, as the Romulans would readily do the same.same, and that the Federation were too goody-two-shoes tp be involved in an assassination.
24th Jan '17 10:39:37 PM neitokun
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* A significant amount of the difference between a good MagicTheGathering player and a pro is not in their deck, but in their ability to play mind games like this. For example, an attacking player may bluff having combat tricks (spells playable during the game's combat phase that make your creatures stronger or better) to try to trick the opponent into an unfavorable block, or to convince a player to play around a counterspell he doesn't have.
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