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26th Apr '18 8:12:41 AM MasterFuzzy
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, everyone ''knows'' that Doctor Strange is going to play them - the question is not 'if', but 'how'. He usually winds up playing everyone anyway (being both a time traveller and a {{Seer}} helps in this regard), by having prepared long in advance, and usually by introducing/bringing up a factor that no one had taken into account.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, everyone ''knows'' that Doctor Strange is going to play them - the question is not 'if', but 'how'. He usually winds up playing everyone anyway (being both a time traveller and a {{Seer}} helps in this regard), by having prepared long in advance, and usually by introducing/bringing up a factor that no one had taken into account. He's also a total master of the BatmanGambit, meaning that he doesn't get people to do what he wants-he gets people to do what ''they'' want, but in a way that ultimately benefits him.



** In ''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.

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** In ''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]]''. ruler]]'' and then having them destroyed without having to lift a finger herself. And nearly dying in the process due to interference by [[TheManBehindTheMan Cowl's]] [[EldritchAbomination Outsider]] ghouls.ghouls, but hey, no plan is perfect, right?
24th Apr '18 9:40:57 PM Ambaryerno
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** Similar games include variations on Liar's Dice and other such dice games, such as Mia.
10th Apr '18 4:33:46 AM jormis29
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* In "The Acquisitive Chuckle" (the first of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Black Widowers'' mysteries), the protagonist had been bankrupted by his crooked business partner, who was also an inveterate collector with more stuff than he could keep track of. The protagonist was seen leaving the ex-partner's house with a briefcase, while chuckling in the exact same way the ex-partner always did after acquiring something in a not-entirely-honest way. For years, the ex-partner went nuts trying to figure out just what had been stolen. What did the protagonist take? Only [[ParanoiaGambit the ex-partner's peace of mind]]. The briefcase was empty.

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* In "The Acquisitive Chuckle" "Literature/TheAcquisitiveChuckle" (the first of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Black Widowers'' mysteries), the protagonist had been bankrupted by his crooked business partner, who was also an inveterate collector with more stuff than he could keep track of. The protagonist was seen leaving the ex-partner's house with a briefcase, while chuckling in the exact same way the ex-partner always did after acquiring something in a not-entirely-honest way. For years, the ex-partner went nuts trying to figure out just what had been stolen. What did the protagonist take? Only [[ParanoiaGambit the ex-partner's peace of mind]]. The briefcase was empty.
3rd Apr '18 8:10:09 AM Kalaong
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** During the battle of Azure City, the heroes see three people who look like [[BigBad Xykon]]--two lead separate charges against the city's defenses, and the third one hang back with [[TheDragon Redcloak]]. As they try to figure out which one is real and should be their main target, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley works out the con]]--none of them are the real one, because if Redcloak can make two duplicates, why not three? (The real Xykon, sure enough, is trying to sneak invisibly into the city while they're distracted.)

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** During the battle of Azure City, the heroes see three people who look like [[BigBad Xykon]]--two lead separate charges against the city's defenses, and the third one hang back with [[TheDragon Redcloak]]. As they try to figure out which one is real and should be their main target, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley works out the con]]--none of them are the real one, because if con]]--if Redcloak can make two duplicates, why not three? (The ([[spoiler:She's right; Redcloak conjured a death knight, a huecuva, and an Eye of Fear and Flame. As Xykon is just a humanoid skeleton, all he had to do to perfectly disguise them was put blue robes and red capes on them and call it a night. Heck, he had to put colored pendants on them just to tell them apart enough to give them specific orders. The real Xykon, sure enough, is trying Xykon tries to sneak invisibly into the city on zombie-dragonback while they're distracted.)]])
2nd Apr '18 7:39:49 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Gilt is using a variant. The board of the Clacks know he helped them steal the company and that the way he's running it is intended to milk it of profits in the short term; this keeps them from realizing that he's robbing them blind.
1st Apr '18 11:17:41 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, everyone ''knows'' that Doctor Strange is going to play them - the question is not 'if', but 'how'. He usually winds up playing everyone anyway (being both a time traveller and a {{Seer}} helps in this regard), by having prepared long in advance, and usually by introducing/bringing up a factor that no one had taken into account.
28th Mar '18 8:01:45 PM karstovich2
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* In ''Series/MadMen'', Don Draper executes a magnificent one against his self-proclaimed rival Ted Chaough in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword." During the competition over the Honda Motorcycles account, the Honda execs make certain rules to ensure a level playing field: each agency is given $3000 to make boards and copy--no finished work allowed. Don goes to great lengths to hint that SCDP is going to make a big, expensive spec commercial for Honda (which is finished work and therefore not allowed) convincing Ted Chaough that his firm should do the same. But SCDP isn't making a commercial at all (leading to a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty hilarious scene]] with [[http://i34.tinypic.com/11w6ck2.jpg Peggy riding around an empty set on a Honda motorcycle]]) Draper's intention was to severely damage Chaough's firm's budget by fooling them into making the big, expensive commercial. Don resigns the Honda account, returning the $3000, on the grounds that Honda had broken its own rules and he could not honorably do business with them. Chaough's firm is now a mess, and while Honda doesn't end up giving ''anyone'' their main motorcycle account, SCDP gets a shot at the advertising for their new automotive division.

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* In ''Series/MadMen'', Don Draper executes a magnificent one against his self-proclaimed rival Ted Chaough in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword." During the competition over the Honda Motorcycles account, the Honda execs make certain rules to ensure a level playing field: each agency is given $3000 to make boards and copy--no finished work allowed. After Roger Sterling makes a point of displaying what he thinks of the Japanese (not very much) to the visiting Honda executives, Don decides that by way of damage control, he needs to make sure Chaough doesn't use this to sail to victory. Don thus goes to great lengths to hint that SCDP is going to make a big, expensive spec commercial for Honda (which is finished work and therefore not allowed) convincing Ted convincing Chaough that his firm should do the same. But SCDP isn't making a commercial at all (leading to a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty hilarious scene]] with [[http://i34.tinypic.com/11w6ck2.jpg Peggy riding around an empty set on a Honda motorcycle]]) Draper's intention was to severely damage Chaough's firm's budget by fooling them into making the big, expensive commercial. Don resigns the Honda account, returning the $3000, on the grounds that Honda had broken its own rules and he could not honorably do business with them. Chaough's firm is now a mess, and while Honda doesn't end up giving ''anyone'' their main motorcycle account, SCDP gets a shot at the advertising for their new automotive division.
25th Feb '18 5:30:02 PM JoeMerl
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** During the battle of Azure City, the heroes see three people who look like [[BigBad Xykon]]--two lead separate charges against the city's defenses, and the third one hang back with [[TheDragon Redcloak]]. As they try to figure out which one is real and should be their main target,
[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley works out the con]]--none of them are the real one, because if Redcloak can make two duplicates, why not three? (The real Xykon, sure enough, is trying to sneak invisibly into the city while they're distracted.)

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** During the battle of Azure City, the heroes see three people who look like [[BigBad Xykon]]--two lead separate charges against the city's defenses, and the third one hang back with [[TheDragon Redcloak]]. As they try to figure out which one is real and should be their main target,
target, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley works out the con]]--none of them are the real one, because if Redcloak can make two duplicates, why not three? (The real Xykon, sure enough, is trying to sneak invisibly into the city while they're distracted.)
25th Feb '18 5:28:04 PM JoeMerl
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** During the battle of Azure City, [[TheDragon Redcloak]] creates three duplicates of [[BigBad Xykon]], having two lead separate charges against the city's defenses and the third one hang back with Redcloak himself. The plan is for the heroes to assume that only two are decoys, waste time trying to deduce which one is the real one, and ultimately attack a decoy regardless of their choice, all while the real Xykon sneaks into the city atop an invisible zombie dragon. Fortunately, Roy is able to go after the real Xykon after [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley works out the con]], complete with a discussion of the trope:

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** During the battle of Azure City, [[TheDragon Redcloak]] creates the heroes see three duplicates of people who look like [[BigBad Xykon]], having two Xykon]]--two lead separate charges against the city's defenses defenses, and the third one hang back with Redcloak himself. The plan is for the heroes [[TheDragon Redcloak]]. As they try to assume that only two are decoys, waste time trying to deduce figure out which one is the real one, and ultimately attack a decoy regardless of should be their choice, all while the real Xykon sneaks into the city atop an invisible zombie dragon. Fortunately, Roy is able to go after the real Xykon after main target,
[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley works out the con]], complete with a discussion con]]--none of them are the trope:real one, because if Redcloak can make two duplicates, why not three? (The real Xykon, sure enough, is trying to sneak invisibly into the city while they're distracted.)
6th Feb '18 2:03:01 PM Gravidef
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* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' episode "The Case of the Libertine Belle" features this. The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend with the staff of Blanche's museum, and Dorothy, who loves crime novels, proves to be quite adept at solving the phony cases. Later, Blanche's boss is found dead in her room, making her the main suspect in an actual crime. Dorothy insists it's just another mock-murder for the guests to figure out, until she puts a mirror under the man's nose and sees that it's not fogging up, which convinces her that he's dead for real. The actual cops are called in, and just as Blanche is about to be taken away, Dorothy [[ConvictionByContradiction notices a flaw in Blanche's rival Posey's testimony]] and exposes her as the true culprit. The cops put the cuffs on Posey...and then Blanche's boss comes downstairs, revealing that it ''was'' all another staged crime. As for the mirror: it turns out that Rose, of all people, secretly sprayed it with defogger (at the request of the mystery club's staff) to make the corpse appear dead. Why? [[DisproportionateRetribution To get back at Blanche for lying about borrowing a pair of her earrings, of course]]. BewareTheNiceOnes indeed.
** Dorothy and Sophia ''inadvertently'' create one in another episode. Rose has trouble sleeping, so Sophia offers to make her a "Sicilian sleeping potion." Dorothy figures out the real cause of Rose's insomnia ([[TheDitz she's confused caffeine with calcium and has been downing it every night]]), but Sophia still whips up the potion, and Dorothy takes a sip--then immediately falls over on the bed. Sophia is thrilled, as it was apparently a fake ("I gotta remember what I put in this thing!") and runs out of the room, at which points Dorothy gets up--she was faking. Then, as the episode ends, Dorothy ''actually'' keels over, fast asleep. It's not clear if Sophia's comment was part of the con, or if she genuinely didn't know that the potion would work.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', the titular psychiatrist gets involved in a prank war with Bulldog, the sports commentator for the radio station where they work. Frasier naturally concocts overly-complicated, psychologically-based schemes, such as creating subconscious pathological fear in Bulldog via a red balloon appearing randomly. Frasier's dad Martin and producer Roz endlessly mock him for his ideas, and decide to team up with Bulldog to scare Frasier with a prank involving zombies. The joke goes off without a hitch, and Frasier is terrified...until one of the actors they hired ''actually'' drops dead. Martin and Roz panic, while Frasier grabs a walkie-talkie to call for help...or rather, announce the greatest prank ever. He figured out that Martin and Roz secretly joined forces with Bulldog, and [[EnemyMine the two created their own alliance]] to get back at them.
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