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** It actually becomes a major plot point later, because the con was SO effective, that even when Lelouch explicitly told Rolo everything he said was lies, Rolo doesn't actually believe him and [[spoiler:winds up sacrificing himself to allow Lelouch to escape.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The 13 Day Test [[spoiler:1) L knows Light is plotting to kill him and he suspects Light is plotting with Misa to do it. 2) L thinks he can prove that both Light and Misa are Kira by testing the 13 Day Rule. 3) Neither Light nor Misa is going to kill him. Rem is going to kill him.]]
* In Episode 8 of ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', Narsus pulls off a textbook example.[[spoiler:He sends a peasant to Kharlan's camp, claiming that he was attacked by the heroes and saw them head south. Kharlan tells his troops to head north, into unfavorable terrain, believing that he has seen through Narsus' plot to lure him south. As it turns out, this is part of Narsus' plan to capture Kharlan.]]

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** It actually becomes a major plot point later, because the con was SO effective, that even when Lelouch explicitly told Rolo everything he said was lies, Rolo doesn't actually believe him and [[spoiler:winds winds up sacrificing himself to allow Lelouch to escape.]]
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The 13 Day Test [[spoiler:1) 1) L knows Light is plotting to kill him and he suspects Light is plotting with Misa to do it. 2) L thinks he can prove that both Light and Misa are Kira by testing the 13 Day Rule. 3) Neither Light nor Misa is going to kill him. Rem is going to kill him.]]
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* In Episode 8 of ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', Narsus pulls off a textbook example.[[spoiler:He He sends a peasant to Kharlan's camp, claiming that he was attacked by the heroes and saw them head south. Kharlan tells his troops to head north, into unfavorable terrain, believing that he has seen through Narsus' plot to lure him south. As it turns out, this is part of Narsus' plan to capture Kharlan.]]



* A little-known boardgame called "''Lie, Cheat, and Steal''" is essentially a Kansas City Shuffle variant of ''Monopoly''. The only restriction that the rules place on dishonest play is that no-one may directly steal from the bank. When you draw the equivalent of a Chance"or "Community Chest" card, you don't have to tell the truth about what it says. Other players can challenge your claim, but if they're wrong and you were telling the truth about what it said, they are penalized. As with other games of this nature, the skill lies in convincing the other players that you're lying when you're really telling the truth, to the point that they become wary of challenging you at all, even when they should.



* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/FeverDreams'': 1) L knows Light is planning something to derail his investigation and it's [[SmugSmiler clearly]] [[AllAccordingToPlan all going according to plan]] 2) Light is counting on L to make this assumption in order to stay close to him. 3) L is now wrong about what Light's ultimate goal is: [[spoiler:L is waiting for Light to murder him or try to murder him. L thinks he can can defeat Light either by finding the evidence before Light can kill him or [[ThanatosGambit if he does kill him that can be used as evidence against him.]] Light is no longer trying to kill him...]]

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* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/FeverDreams'': 1) L knows Light is planning something to derail his investigation and it's [[SmugSmiler clearly]] [[AllAccordingToPlan all going according to plan]] 2) Light is counting on L to make this assumption in order to stay close to him. 3) L is now wrong about what Light's ultimate goal is: [[spoiler:L L is waiting for Light to murder him or try to murder him. L thinks he can can defeat Light either by finding the evidence before Light can kill him or [[ThanatosGambit if he does kill him that can be used as evidence against him.]] Light is no longer trying to kill him...]]



* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', the man in black convinces Vizzini that he has placed poison in one of two cups of wine and asks him to choose. Vizzini quickly deduces that he cannot choose either cup with any degree of certainty, but also assumes that the man in black will surely not drink the wine that he knows is poisoned even if Vizzini chooses correctly. Vizzini distracts him for a moment and switches the cups, assuming the man in black will not hesitate to drink from the cup he thinks is unpoisoned. Vizzini thinks his gambit has succeeded when he makes his choice and the man in black starts drinking first. [[spoiler:It turns out both cups were poisoned and the man in black is simply [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune]] to it]].

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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', the man in black convinces Vizzini that he has placed poison in one of two cups of wine and asks him to choose. Vizzini quickly deduces that he cannot choose either cup with any degree of certainty, but also assumes that the man in black will surely not drink the wine that he knows is poisoned even if Vizzini chooses correctly. Vizzini distracts him for a moment and switches the cups, assuming the man in black will not hesitate to drink from the cup he thinks is unpoisoned. Vizzini thinks his gambit has succeeded when he makes his choice and the man in black starts drinking first. [[spoiler:It It turns out both cups were poisoned and the man in black is simply [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune]] to it]].it.



* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts, but it's not actually an example of the trope, as [[spoiler: The Boss and The Rabbi never even figure out that a con is happening, let alone try and manoeuvre their way out of it.]]

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* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' uses "Kansas City Shuffle" as a code for a type of con that Mr. Goodkat enacts, but it's not actually an example of the trope, as [[spoiler: The Boss and The Rabbi never even figure out that a con is happening, let alone try and manoeuvre their way out of it.]]



* ''Film/{{Duplicity}}'' - The whole movie is about a pair of ex-spies hired by industrialist Dick Garsik to infiltrate his archrival Howard Tully's company and steal his mysterious new product. The spies, meanwhile, are plotting to betray Garsik (and perhaps each other) and take the product for themselves. The shuffle: [[spoiler:Tully has no product. He knew all about the spies, and set up an elaborate hoax to waste their time and make Garsik look foolish. At the end, Garsik is announcing the miraculous new cure for baldness he just "developed" to the world, while the spies' buyer tells them that their "cure" is a worthless formula for skin lotion...]]
* The 1959 ''[[Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959 House on Haunted Hill]]'' is essentially a whole load of characters going around trying to trap and falling into the traps of others. We can particularly point out the trope use in the use of [[spoiler:the characters who are playing dead. In Annabelle's case it is a simple misdirection as part of the plot in which she is involved. However when Vincent Price's character reveals himself to have not only been playing dead but also been playing along with his wife's entire plot to just switch out key elements so that it turns back on her, ''that'' takes the biscuit.]]

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* ''Film/{{Duplicity}}'' - The whole movie is about a pair of ex-spies hired by industrialist Dick Garsik to infiltrate his archrival Howard Tully's company and steal his mysterious new product. The spies, meanwhile, are plotting to betray Garsik (and perhaps each other) and take the product for themselves. The shuffle: [[spoiler:Tully Tully has no product. He knew all about the spies, and set up an elaborate hoax to waste their time and make Garsik look foolish. At the end, Garsik is announcing the miraculous new cure for baldness he just "developed" to the world, while the spies' buyer tells them that their "cure" is a worthless formula for skin lotion...]]
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* The 1959 ''[[Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959 House on Haunted Hill]]'' is essentially a whole load of characters going around trying to trap and falling into the traps of others. We can particularly point out the trope use in the use of [[spoiler:the the characters who are playing dead. In Annabelle's case it is a simple misdirection as part of the plot in which she is involved. However when Vincent Price's character reveals himself to have not only been playing dead but also been playing along with his wife's entire plot to just switch out key elements so that it turns back on her, ''that'' takes the biscuit.]]



* The entire plot of ''Film/WildThings'' revolves around [[spoiler:Suzie convincing the other conspirators into thinking they know what the con is. Kelly thinks she and Sam will get rid of Suzie and run off together with the money. Ray thinks he and Sam will get rid of both girls, implicate Kelly in Suzie's murder, and split the money two-ways before parting. Sam thinks he and Suzie will frame Kelly for Suzie's "murder", kill Ray, and run off together with the money. Turns out the real plan was for Suzie to fake her own death with Sam's assistance, implicate Kelly, kill both Ray and Sam, and take ''all'' the money]].
* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', Agent Kujan strongly suspects that Verbal Kint is hiding something and is covering for ex-cop Dean Keaton, who is Kujan's real target. [[spoiler:He's right about the first part, but he doesn't realize how badly off he is about the second until after he lets Verbal -- aka '''Keyser Söze''' -- walk out of his office]].
* In ''Film/HouseOfGames'', the affluent heroine realizes that she's being conned and exposes the conman. Impressed, the conman shows her a little bit of his lifestyle, and she quickly gets wrapped up in his exotic world of shadows. In the end, [[spoiler:the whole thing was one bigger con to get even more money out of her]].
* A minor version exists in ''Film/{{Heat}}'' -- Neil [=McCauley=], Chris Shiherlis and Michael Cheritto discuss their possible escape routes from their next heist right in plain sight where the cops can overhear them (despite being a group of professional thieves). Cue Lt. incent Hanna and his team heading down to the scene for additional clues, only for Hanna to realize that it was probably misinformation they were fed, and that the entire meeting was to get the detectives in the open, ''allowing Neil to counterspy on them and learn their identities.'' Indeed, we see Neil taking pictures of them from the same vantage point Hanna was using earlier.

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* The entire plot of ''Film/WildThings'' revolves around [[spoiler:Suzie Suzie convincing the other conspirators into thinking they know what the con is. Kelly thinks she and Sam will get rid of Suzie and run off together with the money. Ray thinks he and Sam will get rid of both girls, implicate Kelly in Suzie's murder, and split the money two-ways before parting. Sam thinks he and Suzie will frame Kelly for Suzie's "murder", kill Ray, and run off together with the money. Turns out the real plan was for Suzie to fake her own death with Sam's assistance, implicate Kelly, kill both Ray and Sam, and take ''all'' the money]].
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* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', Agent Kujan strongly suspects that Verbal Kint is hiding something and is covering for ex-cop Dean Keaton, who is Kujan's real target. [[spoiler:He's He's right about the first part, but he doesn't realize how badly off he is about the second until after he lets Verbal -- aka '''Keyser Söze''' -- walk out of his office]].
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* In ''Film/HouseOfGames'', the affluent heroine realizes that she's being conned and exposes the conman. Impressed, the conman shows her a little bit of his lifestyle, and she quickly gets wrapped up in his exotic world of shadows. In the end, [[spoiler:the the whole thing was one bigger con to get even more money out of her]].
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* A minor version exists in ''Film/{{Heat}}'' -- Neil [=McCauley=], Chris Shiherlis and Michael Cheritto discuss their possible escape routes from their next heist right in plain sight where the cops can overhear them (despite being a group of professional thieves). Cue Lt. incent Vincent Hanna and his team heading down to the scene for additional clues, only for Hanna to realize that it was probably misinformation they were fed, and that the entire meeting was to get the detectives in the open, ''allowing Neil to counterspy on them and learn their identities.'' Indeed, we see Neil taking pictures of them from the same vantage point Hanna was using earlier.



** Towards the end of ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'', [[spoiler: he phones in Conklin to come alone. Conklin brings backup disguised as bystanders but Jason knows he's not alone. He was just using this ploy so he could put a bug on one of their vans to track them to their hideout]]
** In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', [[spoiler: he uses a crowd from a protest to mask his movements while extracting Nicky to a subway station, and out of sight, to get answers]]
** In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'', [[spoiler: he asks to meet Pamela Landy at a particular location. Noah Vosen, the antagonist after Bourne, follows Landy and despite that he knows the location is a wide open space, he follows her anyway to get Bourne. He later gets a call from Bourne and tries to set up a meeting with him and claims he's at his office. Except Bourne already sneaked into the CRI headquarters into his office.]]

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** Towards the end of ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'', [[spoiler: he phones in Conklin to come alone. Conklin brings backup disguised as bystanders but Jason knows he's not alone. He was just using this ploy so he could put a bug on one of their vans to track them to their hideout]]
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** In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', [[spoiler: he uses a crowd from a protest to mask his movements while extracting Nicky to a subway station, and out of sight, to get answers]]
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** In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'', [[spoiler: he asks to meet Pamela Landy at a particular location. Noah Vosen, the antagonist after Bourne, follows Landy and despite that he knows the location is a wide open space, he follows her anyway to get Bourne. He later gets a call from Bourne and tries to set up a meeting with him and claims he's at his office. Except Bourne already sneaked into the CRI headquarters into his office.]]



--> '''Bourne:''' [[spoiler: [[WhamLine If you were in your office right now, we'd be having this conversation face-to-face.]]]] [hangs up phone]

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--> '''Bourne:''' [[spoiler: [[WhamLine If you were in your office right now, we'd be having this conversation face-to-face.]]]] ]] [hangs up phone]



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:the police discover Bane uses the sewers as an intricate network for his base of operations, as to remain undetected; when the police suspect this is his trick to hiding, they counter it by swarming the sewers with every available cop. Right as almost every officer available is underground, it turns out Bane set everything up so he could cause several explosions, revealing his true intent was to trap them all underground and leave Gotham undefended.]]
* In ''Film/WouldYouRather'', one of the characters (Peter) is a gambler who thinks he has outsmarted the rich sadist leading him and others through the titular game: given the choice between having your head held underwater for two minutes or chancing what's in a sealed envelope, he explains why the envelope is the safe bet. [[spoiler:In fact, the envelope choice is to have a firecrack explode in your hand. Unfortunately for Peter, the "firecrack" in question is a massive M-80 duct-taped to his hand - most of which he loses in the explosion.]]

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:the the police discover Bane uses the sewers as an intricate network for his base of operations, as to remain undetected; when the police suspect this is his trick to hiding, they counter it by swarming the sewers with every available cop. Right as almost every officer available is underground, it turns out Bane set everything up so he could cause several explosions, revealing his true intent was to trap them all underground and leave Gotham undefended.]]
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* In ''Film/WouldYouRather'', one of the characters (Peter) is a gambler who thinks he has outsmarted the rich sadist leading him and others through the titular game: given the choice between having your head held underwater for two minutes or chancing what's in a sealed envelope, he explains why the envelope is the safe bet. [[spoiler:In In fact, the envelope choice is to have a firecrack firecracker explode in your hand. Unfortunately for Peter, the "firecrack" "firecracker" in question is a massive M-80 duct-taped to his hand - most of which he loses in the explosion.]]



* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': [[spoiler:Ethan Hunt requires the British Prime Minister's fingerprint, retinal scan, and voice pattern to decrypt a virtual redbox. Brandt sells him out to Hunley, who informs MI6 chairman Attley, who ushers the Prime Minister to safety, because Hunt going after the Prime Minister would cause an international incident. Once safely in a room, Brandt manages to manipulate the Prime Minister and Attley into revealing the existence of [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Syndicate]]. With this knowledge in hand, Hunley and Brandt, knowing Hunt's previous track record of anticipating his opponent's every move (conversation included), decide the best course of action is to stay put. Turns out, ''that'' was the action Ethan planned for, and that Brandt was in on it all along.]]
* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'' uses this heavily with both sides trying to cheat/outcon the other. [[spoiler: The end hinges on a ExactWords clause in the initial bet that the villain/mark believes he's using to his advantage, but the protagonist has actually been ready for it since before the movie actually began.]]

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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': [[spoiler:Ethan Ethan Hunt requires the British Prime Minister's fingerprint, retinal scan, and voice pattern to decrypt a virtual redbox. Brandt sells him out to Hunley, who informs MI6 chairman Attley, who ushers the Prime Minister to safety, because Hunt going after the Prime Minister would cause an international incident. Once safely in a room, Brandt manages to manipulate the Prime Minister and Attley into revealing the existence of [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Syndicate]]. With this knowledge in hand, Hunley and Brandt, knowing Hunt's previous track record of anticipating his opponent's every move (conversation included), decide the best course of action is to stay put. Turns out, ''that'' was the action Ethan planned for, and that Brandt was in on it all along.]]
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* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'' uses this heavily with both sides trying to cheat/outcon the other. [[spoiler: The end hinges on a ExactWords clause in the initial bet that the villain/mark believes he's using to his advantage, but the protagonist has actually been ready for it since before the movie actually began.]]



*** Or "Cars" with an older person doing the smuggling.

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*** ** Or "Cars" with an older person doing the smuggling.



** In ''White Night'', [[spoiler: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 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 [[spoiler:the Archive]] as arbiter [[spoiler:which is what the Order wanted, as it made her vulnerable to a kidnap attempt]].
* The Creator/JorgeLuisBorges story ''Death and the Compass'', where Erik Lonnrot follows a ConnectTheDeaths around the city, only to find that [[spoiler:his nemesis Red Scharlach made a series of fortuitous coincidences look like it had happened on purpose so Lonnrot would find him and Scharlach could kill him without trouble. Just before dying, Lonnrot suggests a simpler puzzle for Scharlach to use in case the two of them ever reincarnate.]]

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** In ''White Night'', [[spoiler:Lara 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 Cowl's [[EldritchAbomination Outsider ghouls]].
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** 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 [[spoiler:the Archive]] a particular charater as arbiter [[spoiler:which which is what the Order wanted, as it made her vulnerable to a kidnap attempt]].
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* The Creator/JorgeLuisBorges story ''Death and the Compass'', where Erik Lonnrot follows a ConnectTheDeaths around the city, only to find that [[spoiler:his his nemesis Red Scharlach made a series of fortuitous coincidences look like it had happened on purpose so Lonnrot would find him and Scharlach could kill him without trouble. Just before dying, Lonnrot suggests a simpler puzzle for Scharlach to use in case the two of them ever reincarnate.]]



* In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the DangerouslyGenreSavvy vampyres are well-aware of Granny Weatherwax's skill at "Borrowing" (the ability to put a part of her mind into another creature). Even after they suck Granny's blood and try to turn her into a vampire, they suspect Granny's used Borrowing to put part of herself elsewhere, either in Magrat's newborn daughter or into wishy-washy priest Mightily Oats. It turns out, Granny put herself into [[spoiler:''her own blood'', meaning [[OutGambitted when the Magpyr clan members drank her blood, she was ready to tear down their mental defenses from the inside]] once she shrugged off the vampirism by HeroicWillpower.]]
* [[BoxedCrook Moist Von Lipwig]], the protagonist of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' and ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', is rather fond of this. In ''Postal'' he reminisces on using this with one of his old alternate identities, "lack-of-confidence trickester" Edwin Streep:
-->He was so patently, obviously ''bad'' at running a bent Find-the-Lady game and other street scams that people positively queued up to trick the dumb trickster and walked away grinning... right up to the moment when they tried to spend the coins they'd scooped up so quickly... later on they learned that Streep might be rubbish with a deck of cards but also that his lack was more than made up for by his exceptional skill as a pickpocket.
** Moist does this later on in the Clacks vs. Post race against the Grand Trunk. He knows that the Trunk's chairman, Reacher Gilt, is just as much a conman as he, so he provides him with a fake con to foil. First he turns up to the race with a broomstick that has silver stars painted on it, making it seem like it is a magic broomstick and he intends to win the race by flying. When Gilt points out that this is against the rules, Lipwig points out that each Clacks tower has a horse available to deliver messages when the towers break, and that using them would be cheating as well. Thus both methods are disqualified. Gilt naturally assumes that this was Moist's plan all along, but in actuality [[spoiler:he doesn't intend to "win" at all. He intends to change the message along the way and reveal the trunk's treachery in front of everyone, disguised as a message from beyond the grave]].
* 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? [[spoiler:Only [[ParanoiaGambit the ex-partner's peace of mind]]. The briefcase was empty.]]

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* In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the DangerouslyGenreSavvy vampyres are well-aware of Granny Weatherwax's skill at "Borrowing" (the ability to put a part of her mind into another creature). Even after they suck Granny's blood and try to turn her into a vampire, they suspect Granny's used Borrowing to put part of herself elsewhere, either in Magrat's newborn daughter or into wishy-washy priest Mightily Oats. It turns out, Granny put herself into [[spoiler:''her ''her own blood'', meaning [[OutGambitted when the Magpyr clan members drank her blood, she was ready to tear down their mental defenses from the inside]] inside once she shrugged off the vampirism by HeroicWillpower.]]
* [[BoxedCrook Moist Von Lipwig]], the protagonist of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' and ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', is rather fond of this. In ''Postal'' he reminisces on using this with one of his old alternate identities, "lack-of-confidence trickester" trickster" Edwin Streep:
-->He was so patently, obviously ''bad'' at running a bent Find-the-Lady game and other street scams that people positively queued up to trick the dumb trickster and walked away grinning... right up to the moment when they tried to spend the coins they'd scooped up so quickly... later Later on they learned that Streep might be rubbish with a deck of cards but also that his lack was more than made up for by his exceptional skill as a pickpocket.
** Moist does this later on in the Clacks vs. Post race against the Grand Trunk. He knows that the Trunk's chairman, Reacher Gilt, is just as much a conman as he, so he provides him with a fake con to foil. First he turns up to the race with a broomstick that has silver stars painted on it, making it seem like it is a magic broomstick and he intends to win the race by flying. When Gilt points out that this is against the rules, Lipwig points out that each Clacks tower has a horse available to deliver messages when the towers break, and that using them would be cheating as well. Thus both methods are disqualified. Gilt naturally assumes that this was Moist's plan all along, but in actuality [[spoiler:he he doesn't intend to "win" at all. He intends to change the message along the way and reveal the trunk's Trunk's treachery in front of everyone, disguised as a message from beyond the grave]].
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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? [[spoiler:Only Only [[ParanoiaGambit the ex-partner's peace of mind]]. The briefcase was empty.]]



* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'', the President of the United States invents a convoluted device that would be used to kill flies. It is basically a walkway mounted on two miniature ladders on each side, with a cube of sugar hanging from the center of the walkway. As the President explains, the fly would climb up the first ladder and would be traversing the walkway when it would catch sight of the sugar cube and become tempted by it; just before it decided to make its way down the hanging string to eat the sugar, however, it would realize that there is a bowl of water directly beneath the hanging cube, meaning that the fly would drown if it fell. As a result, the fly would continue walking over to the second ladder, feeling smug that it had avoided the water trap - until it started to descend the second ladder and fell to its death because the President had left off one of the ladder's rungs near the top. (Also counts as AwesomeButImpractical.)
** It's parodious, too, since flies obviously aren't smart enough for such an overelaborate trick to work, and they can't fall to their deaths because they can, y'know, ''fly''.
* In ''Carcinoma Angels'' [[MartyStu Harrison Wintergreen]] reverses the Mexican joke above. He drives his very nice car into Tijuana and buy some marijuana from a local. When he then crosses back into the USA, he's stopped and searched by the border guards who have, of course, been tipped off by Wintergreen's connection. They don't find the marijuana, which he threw away earlier, so they let him go, having just smuggled a very nice car into Mexico, sold it for several times what he paid for it and not paid a cent of import duty or capital gains tax.[[note]] Don't try this at home, kids. Nowadays, if you get searched by border guards and they find a large amount of cash concealed somewhere about your person, they will confiscate the money and force you to prove you came by it legally. Spoilsports.[[/note]]
* President Snow pulls off a version of this in [[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]. He is holding Peeta captured and shows him off on TV, letting Katniss understand that anything she does to help the rebellion will result in torture for Peeta, thereby attempting - and succeeding - to make it impossible for her to be the Mockingjay. Once District 13's leader Alma Coin realizes that Katniss is useless to their cause so long as she's worried sick about Peeta she sends in a team to retrieve him and take that ace out of Snow's deck. Turns out [[spoiler:this is what Snow wanted them to do all along, as the torture he inflicted on Peeta included hijacking, a method of brainwashing that essentially turned Peeta into a human terminator focused only on killing Katniss. It nearly succeeds, too.]]
* In Paul Robinson's ''The Gatekeeper: The Gate Contracts'', Dean [=McNeil=] gives George and Lynn an example of one crime used to cover for another:
-->“Let me try a different tack. A group of people are intending to rob a bank. At the same time, they get a man dying of cancer to go up on a roof in a suicide mission and start shooting at innocent bystanders in order to draw police over there. The real event is the bank robbery. What is the man on the roof creating?”
-->“A diversion.”
-->“Exactly! Do both of you understand so far?” We both nodded.

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* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'', the President of the United States invents a convoluted device that would be used to kill flies. It is basically a walkway mounted on two miniature ladders on each side, with a cube of sugar hanging from the center of the walkway. As the President explains, the fly would climb up the first ladder and would be traversing the walkway when it would catch sight of the sugar cube and become tempted by it; just before it decided to make its way down the hanging string to eat the sugar, however, it would realize that there is a bowl of water directly beneath the hanging cube, meaning that the fly would drown if it fell. As a result, the fly would continue walking over to the second ladder, feeling smug that it had avoided the water trap - until it started to descend the second ladder and fell to its death because the President had left off one of the ladder's rungs near the top. (Also counts as AwesomeButImpractical.)
**
) It's parodious, too, since flies obviously aren't smart enough for such an overelaborate trick to work, and they can't fall to their deaths because they can, y'know, ''fly''.
* In ''Carcinoma Angels'' [[MartyStu Harrison Wintergreen]] reverses the Mexican joke above. He drives his very nice car into Tijuana and buy buys some marijuana from a local. When he then crosses back into the USA, he's stopped and searched by the border guards who have, of course, been tipped off by Wintergreen's connection. They don't find the marijuana, which he threw away earlier, so they let him go, having just smuggled a very nice car into Mexico, sold it for several times what he paid for it and not paid a cent of import duty or capital gains tax.[[note]] Don't try this at home, kids. Nowadays, if you get searched by border guards and they find a large amount of cash concealed somewhere about your person, they will confiscate the money and force you to prove you came by it legally. Spoilsports.[[/note]]
* President Snow pulls off a version of this in [[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]. He is holding Peeta captured and shows him off on TV, letting Katniss understand that anything she does to help the rebellion will result in torture for Peeta, thereby attempting - and succeeding - to make it impossible for her to be the Mockingjay. Once District 13's leader Alma Coin realizes that Katniss is useless to their cause so long as she's worried sick about Peeta she sends in a team to retrieve him and take that ace out of Snow's deck. Turns out [[spoiler:this this is what Snow wanted them to do all along, as the torture he inflicted on Peeta included hijacking, a method of brainwashing that essentially turned Peeta into a human terminator focused only on killing Katniss. It nearly succeeds, too.]]
* In Paul Robinson's ''The Gatekeeper: The Gate Contracts'', Dean [=McNeil=] gives George and Lynn an example of one crime used to cover for another:
-->“Let me try a different tack. A group of people are intending to rob a bank. At the same time, they get a man dying of cancer to go up on a roof in a suicide mission and start shooting at innocent bystanders in order to draw police over there. The real event is the bank robbery. What is the man on the roof creating?”
-->“A diversion.”
-->“Exactly! Do both of you understand so far?” We both nodded.



** In Season Six [[spoiler:Locke/The Man in Black explains to the surviving castaways that he wants them to leave the Island with him in the Ajira plane, but when the good guys ditch him and lock themselves inside Widmore's submarine in "The Candidate," it looks like they've outsmarted him...that is, until Locke/The Man in Black grins and says to survivor Claire, "You don't want to be anywhere on that sub." 'Cause the MagnificentBastard snuck a bomb onboard. Cue the cruelest twenty minutes of the show's history, as Sayid, Jin, and Sun all perish, Lapidus is left for dead, and the four survivors barely escape and are left to sob on a beach at night.]] Then there is the second layer to that con. [[spoiler:The Man in Black cannot kill the castaways himself so he lets them think that he conned them into locking themselves in the submarine with a bomb. They discover the bomb before the timer runs down so they figure that they can just disarm the bomb to neutralize the trap. However, 'disarming' the bomb actually arms it so the castaways are causing their own deaths which is the LoopholeAbuse the Man In Black needed. Ironically Jack figured it out ahead of time but the experienced conman Sawyer insisted on pulling the wires on the bomb]]
** In the season two episode "The Long Con", [[ConMan Sawyer]] plays this straight as can be in his flash back, making a woman think she has caught him trying to con her while that is actually the setup for a much longer and more profitable con.

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** In Season Six [[spoiler:Locke/The Man in Black Six, a character explains to the surviving castaways that he wants them to leave the Island with him in the Ajira plane, but when the good guys ditch him and lock themselves inside Widmore's submarine in "The Candidate," it looks like they've outsmarted him...that is, until Locke/The Man in Black he grins and says to survivor Claire, "You don't want to be anywhere on that sub." 'Cause the MagnificentBastard snuck a bomb onboard. Cue the cruelest twenty minutes of the show's history, as Sayid, Jin, and Sun all perish, Lapidus is left for dead, and the four survivors barely escape and are left to sob on a beach at night.]] Then there is the second layer to that con. [[spoiler:The Man in Black He cannot kill the castaways himself so he lets them think that he conned them into locking themselves in the submarine with a bomb. They discover the bomb before the timer runs down so they figure that they can just disarm the bomb to neutralize the trap. However, 'disarming' the bomb actually arms it so the castaways are causing their own deaths which is the LoopholeAbuse the Man In Black he needed. Ironically Jack figured it out ahead of time but the experienced conman Sawyer insisted on pulling the wires on the bomb]]
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** In the season two episode "The Long Con", [[ConMan Sawyer]] plays this straight as can be in his flash back, flashback, making a woman think she has caught him trying to con her while that is actually the setup for a much longer and more profitable con.



** And all of season 5 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', but by the bad guys. Get the good guys so tangled up trying to deal with Wolfram & Hart that they don't notice they're being corrupted.

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** And all * All of season 5 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', but by the bad guys. Get the good guys so tangled up trying to deal with Wolfram & Hart that they don't notice they're being corrupted.



** ''Hustle'' had one involving a roulette table and a Sheriff from TheWildWest. Saying any more will ruin it. Though if you ''really'' want to know: [[spoiler:The original roulette wheel from the 1800's was mechanised and could be controlled with a sheriff's badge in a slot on the top. Of course the team couldn't let the mark know this, so they went to the trouble of constructing (and auctioning off) a fake table just so that their mark could get it. However it was more of "We have to make him ''think'' that we are up to something when we aren't".]]

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** ''Hustle'' had one involving a roulette table and a Sheriff from TheWildWest. Saying any more will ruin it. Though if you ''really'' want to know: [[spoiler:The The original roulette wheel from the 1800's was mechanised and could be controlled with a sheriff's badge in a slot on the top. Of course the team couldn't let the mark know this, so they went to the trouble of constructing (and auctioning off) a fake table just so that their mark could get it. However it was more of "We have to make him ''think'' that we are up to something when we aren't".]]



** "The Boiler Room Job" is one huge Shuffle, though it's called something else (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 this link]]). [[spoiler:The team couldn't con TheMark, because he knew every con and every con man in the country...so they distracted him with an elaborate Big Store con, knowing he'd see right through it, and forget that Hardison was waiting with a trace on his bank account. They even called it the Moonwalking Bear. The guy can't believe they'd just steal from him and even as he's dragged out by the Feds, is convinced they have to be part of the con.]]

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** "The Boiler Room Job" is one huge Shuffle, though it's called something else (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 this link]]). [[spoiler:The The team couldn't con TheMark, because he knew every con and every con man in the country...so they distracted him with an elaborate Big Store con, knowing he'd see right through it, and forget that Hardison was waiting with a trace on his bank account. They even called it the Moonwalking Bear. The guy can't believe they'd just steal from him and even as he's dragged out by the Feds, is convinced they have to be part of the con.]]



** The series finale takes this UpToEleven. It must be seen to be believed. [[spoiler: Sterling finally catches on by the end, but decides to let Nate go and gives him a card saying, "[[MakesUsEven Now we're even.]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tell Sophie to drive carefully.]]"]]

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** The series finale takes this UpToEleven. It must be seen to be believed. [[spoiler: Sterling finally catches on by the end, but decides to let Nate go and gives him a card saying, "[[MakesUsEven Now we're even.]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tell Sophie to drive carefully.]]"]]]]"



* 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. [[spoiler:The problem is that 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.]]
* ''Series/TheUnusuals'', in the episode "The Dentist," features a couple of con artists stealing evidence from the precinct. They make a big production of making off with a backpack, indicating that the evidence was in it when they made their getaway. [[spoiler:Turns out, the money didn't leave the precinct when they did. They boxed it up and left it with the outgoing mail.]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War]]", The Doctor dresses as a headless monk in order to apparently turn them and the marines against each other. When Colonel Manton calms the situation down by having everyone disarm and having them chant [[TemptingFate "we are not fools"]] The Doctor reveals his true plan, warping in his own army and capturing his now defenseless enemies in one fell swoop.[[spoiler:Unfortunately for the Doctor, his enemies are ''also'' pulling the Kansas City Shuffle in this episode- there is another armed force on its way and it kills off several of his allies, and the baby he's there to rescue is a fake. In fact the whole point of this seems to have been to humiliate him; they knew he would show up, so all the dupes were sacrificed while the people in the ''actual'' conspiracy ran off with the baby.]]
** It happens to him earlier in [[DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens".]] At first, the Doctor thinks that the Pandorica is just a fairy tale...until River Song brings him face to face with it. According to the legend, it contains a horrible evil that couldn't be defeated, only contained...and now it is starting to open. The Doctor is standing by with River, Amy, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bunch of Roman Legionnaires]] to combat the monster that is to emerge, and manages to drive off a [[LegionOfDoom collection of his greatest enemies]] with [[LargeHam deliciously-hammy]] BadassBoast. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler:the enemy retreat was a ruse to lure him into a false sense of security, the legionnaires are a bunch of Autons working with them, and there is no monster in the Pandorica; it was built by them specifically to contain the Doctor.]]
*** [[spoiler:Specifically, the Doctor IS the monster in the Pandorica. "There was a goblin, or a... trickster. Or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or... reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world." That's a great description of the Doctor from the viewpoint of his enemies.]]

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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. [[spoiler:The problem is that But SCDP isn't making a commercial at all (leading to a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty hilarious scene]] 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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* ''Series/TheUnusuals'', in the episode "The Dentist," features a couple of con artists stealing evidence from the precinct. They make a big production of making off with a backpack, indicating that the evidence was in it when they made their getaway. [[spoiler:Turns Turns out, the money didn't leave the precinct when they did. They boxed it up and left it with the outgoing mail.]]
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War]]", The Doctor dresses as a headless monk in order to apparently turn them and the marines against each other. When Colonel Manton calms the situation down by having everyone disarm and having them chant [[TemptingFate "we are not fools"]] The Doctor reveals his true plan, warping in his own army and capturing his now defenseless enemies in one fell swoop.[[spoiler:Unfortunately Unfortunately for the Doctor, his enemies are ''also'' pulling the Kansas City Shuffle in this episode- there is another armed force on its way and it kills off several of his allies, and the baby he's there to rescue is a fake. In fact the whole point of this seems to have been to humiliate him; they knew he would show up, so all the dupes were sacrificed while the people in the ''actual'' conspiracy ran off with the baby.]]
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** It happens to him earlier in [[DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens".]] At first, the Doctor thinks that the Pandorica is just a fairy tale...until River Song brings him face to face with it. According to the legend, it contains a horrible evil that couldn't be defeated, only contained...and now it is starting to open. The Doctor is standing by with River, Amy, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bunch of Roman Legionnaires]] to combat the monster that is to emerge, and manages to drive off a [[LegionOfDoom collection of his greatest enemies]] with [[LargeHam deliciously-hammy]] BadassBoast. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler:the the enemy retreat was a ruse to lure him into a false sense of security, the legionnaires are a bunch of Autons working with them, and there is no monster in the Pandorica; it was built by them specifically to contain the Doctor.]]
*** [[spoiler:Specifically, the Doctor IS the monster in the Pandorica. "There was a goblin, or a... trickster. Or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or... reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world." That's a great description of the Doctor from the viewpoint of his enemies.]]



** Also making it a double shuffle, in that he bluffed them into believing he was bluffing.
** Likewise, the episode The Playbook was an elaborate con to get Lily to think she was sabotaging all of Barney's usual cons to get women, only to have it been a ploy to get her to set him up with one.

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** Also making it a double shuffle, in that he bluffed them into believing he was bluffing.
** Likewise, the
The episode The Playbook was an elaborate con to get Lily to think she was sabotaging all of Barney's usual cons to get women, only to have it been a ploy to get her to set him up with one.



* In the ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode "The King of Thieves", Hercules is going after a thief who uses a grappling hook. Once, while Hercules is searching through a castle, the thief leaves his grappling hook dangling over the edge of a window while he hides in the rafters. [[spoiler:Turns out Hercules knew about that trick for some time.]]
* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Game Over," Jack plans to expose Kaylee Hooper, the granddaughter of Kabletown CEO Hank Hooper, as ineligible to to inherit because Kaylee might not be related to Hank after all. Kaylee figures out his plan and avoids it by planting Jenna's DNA for Jack to find and test, instead of her own (thus making Jack look like a conniving traitor for trying to mailing Hank an unauthorized paternity test that doesn't prove anything). However, [[spoiler:the only thing Hank Hooper loves more than his family is his birthday. The DNA was a distraction to prevent Kaylee from doing anything to celebrate Hank's birthday, whereas the envelope of DNA results actually contained a birthday card from Jack.]]
** Jack didn't need to [[spoiler:put the birthday card in the envelope with the DNA results]], he did it [[CherryTapping "just to be mean."]]
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', BJ convinces Hawkeye that he's pranking everyone in the camp, and is saving the best one for Hawkeye. He puts a snake in Charles' bed, puts shaving cream in Colonel Potter's toothpaste, cuts the back off of Margret's bathrobe, poisons Father Mulcahy and sets off a bomb in Klinger's filing cabinet, each one making Hawkeye increasingly paranoid. After the last two, he sets up a cot outside in a barb wire enclosure, resulting in him getting no sleep from all the background noise. At the end [[spoiler:everyone reveals they were in on it and either did everything themselves or simply lied to Hawkeye, and that Hawkeye was the actual victim.]]
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' the assault on a Cylon-defended fuel-rich asteroid goes thusly: 1) Send undefended freighter within sight of asteroid, wait for Cylon attack response. 2) Send ten Vipers to attack the base while the Cylons are distracted. 3) [[spoiler:Once the Cylons have refocused on the ten attacking Vipers, the now-ignored freighter (which has gotten a LOT closer to the asteroid in the meantime) opens up in order to launch the remaining THIRTY Vipers that it was carrying all along, which then destroy the Cylon base, securing the fuel supplies for the Colonials.]]

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* In the ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode "The King of Thieves", Hercules is going after a thief who uses a grappling hook. Once, while Hercules is searching through a castle, the thief leaves his grappling hook dangling over the edge of a window while he hides in the rafters. [[spoiler:Turns out Hercules knew about that trick for some time.]]
* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Game Over," Jack plans to expose Kaylee Hooper, the granddaughter of Kabletown CEO Hank Hooper, as ineligible to to inherit because Kaylee might not be related to Hank after all. Kaylee figures out his plan and avoids it by planting Jenna's DNA for Jack to find and test, instead of her own (thus making Jack look like a conniving traitor for trying to mailing mail Hank an unauthorized paternity test that doesn't prove anything). However, [[spoiler:the the only thing Hank Hooper loves more than his family is his birthday. The DNA was a distraction to prevent Kaylee from doing anything to celebrate Hank's birthday, whereas the envelope of DNA results actually contained a birthday card from Jack.]]
** Jack didn't need to [[spoiler:put the birthday card in the envelope with the DNA results]], he did it [[CherryTapping "just to be mean."]]
Jack.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', BJ convinces Hawkeye that he's pranking everyone in the camp, and is saving the best one for Hawkeye. He puts a snake in Charles' bed, puts shaving cream in Colonel Potter's toothpaste, cuts the back off of Margret's bathrobe, poisons Father Mulcahy and sets off a bomb in Klinger's filing cabinet, each one making Hawkeye increasingly paranoid. After the last two, he sets up a cot outside in a barb wire barb-wire enclosure, resulting in him getting no sleep from all the background noise. At the end [[spoiler:everyone everyone reveals they were in on it and either did everything themselves or simply lied to Hawkeye, and that Hawkeye was the actual victim.]]
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' the assault on a Cylon-defended fuel-rich asteroid goes thusly: 1) Send undefended freighter within sight of asteroid, wait for Cylon attack response. 2) Send ten Vipers to attack the base while the Cylons are distracted. 3) [[spoiler:Once the Cylons have refocused on the ten attacking Vipers, the now-ignored freighter (which has gotten a LOT closer to the asteroid in the meantime) opens up in order to launch the remaining THIRTY Vipers that it was carrying all along, which then destroy the Cylon base, securing the fuel supplies for the Colonials.]]



* [[Series/{{Castle}} Richard Castle]] pulls a masterful one over on serial killer Jerry "3XK" Tyson in "Reckoning". After Castle is caught sneaking into Tyson's hideout to try and find the captured Beckett, Tyson gloats that he knew Castle would go see Tyson's old cellmate and find out about the house, and he's set everything up to capture Castle and force him to witness Beckett's death over video from another location before Castle himself is killed. Then Castle explains he knew Tyson would do that, and that he didn't show up to rescue Beckett, but to get Tyson to reveal where Beckett really was...and to maneuver Tyson in front of a window so Esposito can put a bullet in him with a sniper rifle.
** Castle and Jackson Hunt pull one off in "Hunt" to rescue Alexis ([[spoiler:who happens to be Hunt's granddaughter because he's Castle's father]]): Hunt sends Castle to sneak into the bad guy's compound through the sewers; he's easily caught, and the bad guy stows him with Alexis and calls Hunt (his archnemesis) over Castle's radio, and warns them that he'll shoot both of them if he doesn't come out...all of which Hunt wanted him to do, so he could blow him up through the radio and let Alexis and Castle escape.

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* [[Series/{{Castle}} Richard Castle]] pulls a masterful one over on serial killer Jerry "3XK" Tyson in "Reckoning". After Castle is caught sneaking into Tyson's hideout to try and find the captured Beckett, Tyson gloats that he knew Castle would go see Tyson's old cellmate and find out about the house, and he's set everything up to capture Castle and force him to witness Beckett's death over video from another location before Castle himself is killed. Then Castle explains he knew Tyson would do that, and that he didn't show up to rescue Beckett, but to get Tyson to reveal where Beckett really was...and to maneuver Tyson in front of a window so Esposito can put a bullet in him with a sniper rifle.
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Castle and Jackson Hunt pull one off in "Hunt" to rescue Alexis ([[spoiler:who happens to be Hunt's granddaughter because he's Castle's father]]): Alexis: Hunt sends Castle to sneak into the bad guy's compound through the sewers; he's easily caught, and the bad guy stows him with Alexis and calls Hunt (his archnemesis) over Castle's radio, and warns them that he'll shoot both of them if he doesn't come out...all of which Hunt wanted him to do, so he could blow him up through the radio and let Alexis and Castle escape.



* Niels Lykke, the adversary of ''Theatre/LadyIngerAtAustraat'', manages to use a KansasCityShuffle on titular character Inger, after developing a XanatosSpeedChess during the play. He cons her into ordering the death of her own son, believing said son to be someone else. Niels exploits the situation by misdirecting both Inger, her son, and her faithful friend, Norwegian nobleman Olaf Skaktavl (who executed the son). Thus, the trope was used [[OlderThanTheyThink before anything significant ever happened in Kansas]].

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* Niels Lykke, the adversary of ''Theatre/LadyIngerAtAustraat'', manages to use a KansasCityShuffle on titular character Inger, after developing a XanatosSpeedChess during the play. He cons her into ordering the death of her own son, believing said son to be someone else. Niels exploits the situation by misdirecting both Inger, her son, and her faithful friend, Norwegian nobleman Olaf Skaktavl (who executed the son). Thus, the trope was used [[OlderThanTheyThink before anything significant ever happened in Kansas]].



* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'': In the beginning of the second case, [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:you 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.]]



* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', the [[FiveManBand Six Man Band]] suspect that there is [[TheMole a mole amongst them]] for quite some time. The player will probably assume it to be either Lyude (who is susceptible to brainwashing), Savyna (who is the MysteriousStranger to a T) or Mizuti (for dressing uncannily similarly to the BigBad, except with a CoolMask on). As it turns out, TheMole [[spoiler:was ''Kalas'', whom the player (and the party!) would never suspect due to him being TheHero]]. [[WhamEpisode When the other heroes find this out]], [[DarkestHour they're completely out of]] [[IncrediblyLamePun cards to play]].
* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' [[spoiler:prologue "Ground Zeroes", Snake rescues Paz only to find she has a huge abdominal scar, as XOF tricked him into saving her while she had a bomb inside of her. Extracting the bomb without killing her, she awakens a scene later to explain she has a ''second'' bomb inside of her, as XOF knew Snake wouldn't expect it.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', the [[FiveManBand Six Man Band]] Band suspect that there is [[TheMole a mole amongst them]] for quite some time. The player will probably assume it to be either Lyude (who is susceptible to brainwashing), Savyna (who is the MysteriousStranger to a T) or Mizuti (for dressing uncannily similarly to the BigBad, except with a CoolMask on). As it turns out, TheMole [[spoiler:was was ''Kalas'', whom the player (and the party!) would never suspect due to him being TheHero]].TheHero. [[WhamEpisode When the other heroes find this out]], [[DarkestHour they're completely out of]] [[IncrediblyLamePun cards to play]].
* 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''' ''then'' takes the distaff.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' [[spoiler:prologue prologue "Ground Zeroes", Snake rescues Paz only to find she has a huge abdominal scar, as XOF tricked him into saving her while she had a bomb inside of her. Extracting the bomb without killing her, she awakens a scene later to explain she has a ''second'' bomb inside of her, as XOF knew Snake wouldn't expect it.]]



* Along with a plethora of [[ThePlan other plans]] this is the primary tool of [[TheChessmaster Doc Scratch]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. His crowning moment is undoubtedly [[spoiler:convincing the heroes they are destroying the Green Sun, an extremely powerful and dangerous energy source, when in fact they are participating in its '''creation''' - and in turn, the creation of an immortal, time-travelling demon.]] He accomplishes this without telling ''[[VillainsNeverLie a single falsehood.]]''

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* Along with a plethora of [[ThePlan other plans]] this is the primary tool of [[TheChessmaster Doc Scratch]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. His crowning moment is undoubtedly [[spoiler:convincing convincing the heroes they are destroying the Green Sun, an extremely powerful and dangerous energy source, when in fact they are participating in its '''creation''' - and in turn, the creation of an immortal, time-travelling demon.]] demon. He accomplishes this without telling ''[[VillainsNeverLie a single falsehood.]]''



* In ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'', during the bank robbery arc (more or less starting [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00166.html HERE,]] Ben and Lily get entangled in a bank heist which is only part of the guest villain's double and possibly triple-fakeout plot which involves multiple simultaneous armed robberies, a mysterious pearl necklace, a jade box full of [[spoiler:Boggarts]] and an army of mooks in clown suits.....

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* In ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'', during the bank robbery arc (more or less starting [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00166.html HERE,]] Ben and Lily get entangled in a bank heist which is only part of the guest villain's double and possibly triple-fakeout plot which involves multiple simultaneous armed robberies, a mysterious pearl necklace, a jade box full of [[spoiler:Boggarts]] Boggarts and an army of mooks in clown suits.....



* In ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', Murdoch finds himself hanging from the edge of a building with four geeks hanging off of him. Joel is waiting on the roof, offering a hand up, but Murdoch guesses that he'll only be captured if he accepts the offer. Instead, he opts to fall to his death and take the four geeks with him. [[spoiler:Instead, he falls into [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/01/27/ the net Joel set up]] and realizes this was what was intended the whole time.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', Murdoch finds himself hanging from the edge of a building with four geeks hanging off of him. Joel is waiting on the roof, offering a hand up, but Murdoch guesses that he'll only be captured if he accepts the offer. Instead, he opts to fall to his death and take the four geeks with him. [[spoiler:Instead, Instead, he falls into [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/01/27/ the net Joel set up]] and realizes this was what was intended the whole time.]]



* A couple in a row get pulled off in season 12 of Machinima/RedVsBlue: first, it looks like the Reds and Blues' big plan is [[spoiler:for Carolina to infiltrate Locus' soldiers, like she did earlier in the season.]] Then, when that plan is revealed, it looks like the plan was ''really'' for [[spoiler:Wash to sneak in and hold Felix at gunpoint while he's distracted by Carolina]]. In reality, all of this was just setup [[spoiler: for the Reds and Blues to take out Felix and Locus' minions while they're distracted by the Freelancers]]... which in turn is all just setup to get [[spoiler:Felix to rant about their evil plans while facing off with Tucker, who is secretly recording the whole thing]]!

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* A couple in a row get pulled off in season 12 of Machinima/RedVsBlue: first, it looks like the Reds and Blues' big plan is [[spoiler:for for Carolina to infiltrate Locus' soldiers, like she did earlier in the season.]] season. Then, when that plan is revealed, it looks like the plan was ''really'' for [[spoiler:Wash Wash to sneak in and hold Felix at gunpoint while he's distracted by Carolina]]. Carolina. In reality, all of this was just setup [[spoiler: for the Reds and Blues to take out Felix and Locus' minions while they're distracted by the Freelancers]]... Freelancers... which in turn is all just setup to get [[spoiler:Felix Felix to rant about their evil plans while facing off with Tucker, who is secretly recording the whole thing]]!thing!



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Law and Oracle" has one when Fry is told of a future crime he has to solve; an oracle robot called "Pickles" gives Fry [[EitherOrProphecy the prediction that one of the following will happen]]: '''1. He will shoot Bender''', causing him to destroy the [[MacGuffin Maltese Liquor]] and die; '''2. He won't shoot Bender''', but Bender will share the priceless alcohol with Planet Express, killing everyone due to its lethality. Fry attempts to pick neither, but [[spoiler:Pickles appears at the crime and reveals it wasn't a prediction, but a set up. After Fry accidentally shoots Bender, Pickles shoots Fry and drinks the real liquor to kill his human brain, thus removing his psychic abilities; however, it is then revealed that the prediction came true simply because Fry figured out Pickles was the mastermind (due to the inconsistency of Bender sharing) and thus set up Pickles' con, causing Pickles to lose his oracle powers and allowing them to arrest him.]]
* Cartman pulls this off in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die". Cartman is scammed out of some money by Scott, and after several failed attempts to counter Scott's initial con, Cartman brags to Stan and Kyle about his ultimate plan to have a farmer's pony bite Scott's penis off in front of his favorite band, Music/{{Radiohead}}, whom he has invited to a local Chili Cookoff. [[spoiler:Cartman actually counts on Stan and Kyle to "sabotage" him by informing Scott of the plan, and counts on Scott to try to get rid of the pony (but not to risk getting his penis bit off by going himself). Scott tells his parents a pony is being abused and has them try to "rescue" it. However, Cartman has already tipped off the farmer that someone is trying to kill it, and the farmer resolves to shoot the tresspassers. After Scott's parents are shot and killed, Cartman steals their bodies and grinds them into mincemeat, feeding them to Scott in the form of "chili." After the plan succeeds, he gloats about it to Scott (who is further humiliated when Radiohead show up and mock his emotional breakdown), and the rest of the cast vow not to mess with Cartman in the future.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Book Job", Bart and Homer form a gang to make big bucks in the field of YA lit. They con the publisher, who one-ups them by recruiting Lisa. Who actually takes their side. But none of them should have trusted team ButtMonkey Creator/NeilGaiman.
** Bart and Homer even refer to a NoodleIncident known only as [[NameDrop Kansas City.]]
** Sideshow Bob does one in Funeral for a Fiend; [[spoiler:he sets up a fake restaurant and pretends that that's his plan to kill The Simpson's once and for all. It turns out it's all a fake to get to court again to make everyone think Bart killed him by throwing away his heart medicine]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the BigBad group "The Light" regularly uses the superheroes attempts to "stop the evil plan" to further their real machinations. In "Usual Suspects" for instance, The Light stages an attack on the heroes so the good guys will bring dangerous devices the Light's agents are carrying at the time to their secret base to stop the Light from getting to them. The Light promptly uses the devices to take the heroes' secret base over.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Law and Oracle" has one when Fry is told of a future crime he has to solve; an oracle robot called "Pickles" gives Fry [[EitherOrProphecy the prediction that one of the following will happen]]: '''1. He will shoot Bender''', causing him to destroy the [[MacGuffin Maltese Liquor]] and die; '''2. He won't shoot Bender''', but Bender will share the priceless alcohol with Planet Express, killing everyone due to its lethality. Fry attempts to pick neither, but [[spoiler:Pickles Pickles appears at the crime and reveals it wasn't a prediction, but a set up. After Fry accidentally shoots Bender, Pickles shoots Fry and drinks the real liquor to kill his human brain, thus removing his psychic abilities; however, it is then revealed that the prediction came true simply because Fry figured out Pickles was the mastermind (due to the inconsistency of Bender sharing) and thus set up Pickles' con, causing Pickles to lose his oracle powers and allowing them to arrest him.]]
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* Cartman pulls this off in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die". Cartman is scammed out of some money by Scott, and after several failed attempts to counter Scott's initial con, Cartman brags to Stan and Kyle about his ultimate plan to have a farmer's pony bite Scott's penis off in front of his favorite band, Music/{{Radiohead}}, whom he has invited to a local Chili Cookoff. [[spoiler:Cartman Cartman actually counts on Stan and Kyle to "sabotage" him by informing Scott of the plan, and counts on Scott to try to get rid of the pony (but not to risk getting his penis bit off by going himself). Scott tells his parents a pony is being abused and has them try to "rescue" it. However, Cartman has already tipped off the farmer that someone is trying to kill it, and the farmer resolves to shoot the tresspassers. After Scott's parents are shot and killed, Cartman steals their bodies and grinds them into mincemeat, feeding them to Scott in the form of "chili." After the plan succeeds, he gloats about it to Scott (who is further humiliated when Radiohead show up and mock his emotional breakdown), and the rest of the cast vow not to mess with Cartman in the future.]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Book Job", Bart and Homer form a gang to make big bucks in the field of YA lit. They con the publisher, who one-ups them by recruiting Lisa. Who actually takes their side. But none of them should have trusted team ButtMonkey Creator/NeilGaiman.
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Creator/NeilGaiman. Bart and Homer even refer to a NoodleIncident known only as [[NameDrop Kansas City.]]
** Sideshow Bob does one in Funeral for a Fiend; [[spoiler:he he sets up a fake restaurant and pretends that that's his plan to kill The Simpson's once and for all. It turns out it's all a fake to get to court again to make everyone think Bart killed him by throwing away his heart medicine]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the BigBad group "The Light" regularly uses the superheroes superheroes' attempts to "stop the evil plan" to further their real machinations. In "Usual Suspects" for instance, The Light stages an attack on the heroes so the good guys will bring dangerous devices the Light's agents are carrying at the time to their secret base to stop the Light from getting to them. The Light promptly uses the devices to take the heroes' secret base over.



* In the second season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'', [[FallenHero Alvin]] appears to be planning to attack Berk with a swarm of wild Changewings, then when the Riders push them back they retreat shortly after. As it turns out, the Changewings were a diversion so that Mildew could plant Whispering Death eggs under Berk.



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** In "Bar Mitzvah Hustle", Steve sets up a con at Etan's Bar Mitzvah, using Roger to plant false information to make it seem like his plan is to steal his Bar Mitzvah presents. This causes Etan to be so focused on the presents that he doesn't realize that Steve's true target was the Bar Mitzvah money. While Etan was distracted by the presents, Steve put the envelopes in Snot's jacket, planning to have Snot be the mule to carry the envelopes away. Unfortunately, Steve's plan backfires when Snot doesn't leave, instead, returning to show off the stain Steve left on his shirt, which revealed the Bar Mitzvah cards in Snot's jacket pocket.
** In "Toy Whorey", Roger's plan to take a bottle of wine from Greg and Terry is to use a RubeGoldbergDevice to knock out the Smith house's power so Greg and Terry come over to check on them, then when Francine angrily walks over to their house and takes it from them, it's shown that Roger's other plan was to attach a string to the corkscrew so when Francine tried to open the wine she'd get hit with a wrecking ball, all so he can eat both of their steaks.



** 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 body finds its 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.

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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 body finds its 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 famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem "Monty Hall" problem]] uses this trope to illustrate probability theory. In the problem, a contestant on a game show is given the opportunity to win a new car by choosing one of three doors--one of which has a car behind it, and two of which have goats behind them. After the contestant makes his choice, the game show host opens one of the two other doors to reveal one of the two goats, then asks the contestant if he would rather choose the prize behind the third and final door, which could either be the car or the second goat. By focusing one's attention on the two remaining closed doors (one of which conceals a car, and one of which conceals a goat), the problem manages to make it look like one has a simple 50/50 chance of winning the car. In fact, [[spoiler: the contestant has a 2 in 3 chance of choosing a goat on his first guess, but only a 1 in 3 chance of choosing the car]]...meaning that [[spoiler: the contestant will always have a better chance of getting the car if he changes his choice when given the chance]].

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* The famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem "Monty Hall" problem]] uses this trope to illustrate probability theory. In the problem, a contestant on a game show is given the opportunity to win a new car by choosing one of three doors--one of which has a car behind it, and two of which have goats behind them. After the contestant makes his choice, the game show host opens one of the two other doors to reveal one of the two goats, then asks the contestant if he would rather choose the prize behind the third and final door, which could either be the car or the second goat. By focusing one's attention on the two remaining closed doors (one of which conceals a car, and one of which conceals a goat), the problem manages to make it look like one has a simple 50/50 chance of winning the car. In fact, [[spoiler: the contestant has a 2 in 3 chance of choosing a goat on his first guess, but only a 1 in 3 chance of choosing the car]]...car...meaning that [[spoiler: the contestant will always have a better chance of getting the car if he changes his choice when given the chance]].chance.
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* Frank Fontaine references the general concept in ''VideoGame/BioShock.'' Quoth Fontaine, "I'm gonna miss this place. Rapture was a candy store for a guy like me. Guys who thought they knew it all. Dames who thought they'd SEEN it all. Give me a smart mark over a dumb one every time."
21st Apr '16 9:00:36 PM kingofkatamari
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--> '''Vosen:''' Why don't you come in, and we can talk about it?
--> '''Bourne:''' Where are you?
--> '''Vosen:''' In my office.
--> '''Bourne:''' I highly doubt that.
--> '''Vosen:''' Why?
--> '''Bourne:''' [[spoiler: [[WhamLine Because if you were in your office we'd be having this conversation face-to-face.]]]] [hangs up phone]

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--> '''Vosen:''' Why don't If it's me you come in, and want to talk to, perhaps we can talk about it?
arrange a meeting.
--> '''Bourne:''' Where are you?
you now?
--> '''Vosen:''' In I'm sitting in my office.
--> '''Bourne:''' I highly doubt that.
--> '''Vosen:''' Why?
Why would you doubt that?
--> '''Bourne:''' [[spoiler: [[WhamLine Because if If you were in your office right now, we'd be having this conversation face-to-face.]]]] [hangs up phone]
12th Apr '16 12:48:36 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* The famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem "Monty Hall" problem]] uses this trope to illustrate probability theory. In the problem, a contestant on a game show is given the opportunity to win a prize by choosing one of three doors--two of which have goats behind them, and one of which has a new car behind it. After the contestant makes his choice, the game show host opens one of the two remaining doors to reveal one of the two goats, then asks the contestant if he would rather choose the prize behind the third and final door, which could either be the car or the second goat. By focusing one's attention on the two remaining closed doors (one of which conceals a car, and one of which conceals a goat), the problem manages to make it like one has a simple 50/50 chance of winning the car. In fact, [[spoiler: the contestant has a 2 in 3 chance of choosing a goat on his first guess, but only a 1 in 3 chance of choosing the car]]...meaning that [[spoiler: the contestant will always have a better chance of getting the car if he changes his choice when given the chance]].

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* The famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem "Monty Hall" problem]] uses this trope to illustrate probability theory. In the problem, a contestant on a game show is given the opportunity to win a prize new car by choosing one of three doors--two doors--one of which has a car behind it, and two of which have goats behind them, and one of which has a new car behind it. them. After the contestant makes his choice, the game show host opens one of the two remaining other doors to reveal one of the two goats, then asks the contestant if he would rather choose the prize behind the third and final door, which could either be the car or the second goat. By focusing one's attention on the two remaining closed doors (one of which conceals a car, and one of which conceals a goat), the problem manages to make it look like one has a simple 50/50 chance of winning the car. In fact, [[spoiler: the contestant has a 2 in 3 chance of choosing a goat on his first guess, but only a 1 in 3 chance of choosing the car]]...meaning that [[spoiler: the contestant will always have a better chance of getting the car if he changes his choice when given the chance]].
12th Apr '16 12:35:27 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* The famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem "Monty Hall" problem]] uses this trope to illustrate probability theory. In the problem, a contestant on a game show is given the opportunity to win a prize by choosing one of three doors--two of which have goats behind them, and one of which has a new car behind it. After the contestant makes his choice, the game show host opens one of the two remaining doors to reveal one of the two goats, then asks the contestant if he would rather choose the prize behind the third and final door, which could either be the car or the second goat. By focusing one's attention on the two remaining closed doors (one of which conceals a car, and one of which conceals a goat), the problem manages to make it like one has a simple 50/50 chance of winning the car. In fact, [[spoiler: the contestant has a 2 in 3 chance of choosing a goat on his first guess, but only a 1 in 3 chance of choosing the car]]...meaning that [[spoiler: the contestant will always have a better chance of getting the car if he changes his choice when given the chance]].
10th Apr '16 6:25:58 PM FordPrefect
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Avoiding the Truth Technique]]. The goal is to get the target to [[SarcasticConfession see through your "lies"]]. Then you if you really want to screw them, tell them an '''actual''' lie afterwards so they'll believe it.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Avoiding the Truth Technique]]. The goal is to get the target to [[SarcasticConfession see through your "lies"]]. Then you if you really want to screw them, tell them an '''actual''' lie afterwards so they'll believe it.
10th Apr '16 6:25:27 PM FordPrefect
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* On ''Series/TheBlacklist'' Tom pretends to be a conman who goes to underground casinos and cheats at craps by distracting the casino employees and other players by telling an elaborate story of how he once went on vacation and found a watch worth thousands of dollars. A rich playboy quickly realizes that the story is bogus since he knows the area where the story supposedly took place and the story does not fully match reality. The playboy spots Tom's cheating but rather than report him to the casino, he befriends Tom instead. This was Tom's plan all along. He deliberately added flaws to his story that only the mark would spot. The mark has a habit of befriending conmen and Tom needed a way to get into his confidence quickly. Tom is actually looking for a quick way to get close to some Russian criminals the mark is being blackmailed by.

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* On ''Series/TheBlacklist'' ''Series/TheBlacklist'', Tom pretends to be a conman who goes to underground casinos and cheats at craps by distracting the casino employees and other players by telling with an elaborate story of how he once went on vacation and found a watch worth thousands of dollars. A rich playboy quickly realizes that the story is bogus bogus, since he knows the area where the story supposedly took place and the story does not fully match reality. The playboy also spots Tom's cheating cheating, but rather than report him to the casino, he befriends Tom instead.Tom. This was Tom's plan all along. He deliberately added flaws to his story that only the mark would spot. The mark has a habit of befriending conmen conmen, and Tom needed a way to get into his confidence quickly. Tom is actually looking for a quick way to get close to some Russian criminals who are blackmailing the mark is being blackmailed by.mark.
10th Apr '16 6:15:35 PM FordPrefect
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** ''Hustle'' had one involving a roulette table and a Sheriff from TheWildWest. Saying any more will ruin it. Though if you ''really'' want to know: [[spoiler:The original roulette wheel from the 1800's was mechanised and could be controlled with a sheriff's badge in a slot on the top. Of course the team couldn't let the mark know this so they went to the trouble of constructing (And auctioning off) a fake table just so that their mark could get it. However it was more of "We have to make him ''think'' that we are up to something when we aren't".]]

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** ''Hustle'' had one involving a roulette table and a Sheriff from TheWildWest. Saying any more will ruin it. Though if you ''really'' want to know: [[spoiler:The original roulette wheel from the 1800's was mechanised and could be controlled with a sheriff's badge in a slot on the top. Of course the team couldn't let the mark know this this, so they went to the trouble of constructing (And (and auctioning off) a fake table just so that their mark could get it. However it was more of "We have to make him ''think'' that we are up to something when we aren't".]]
10th Apr '16 6:14:25 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'' uses this heavily with both sides trying to cheat/outcon the other. [[spoiler: They end hinges on a ExactWords clause in the initial bet that the villain/mark believes he's using to his advantage, but the protagonist has actually been ready for it since before the movie actually began.]]

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* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'' uses this heavily with both sides trying to cheat/outcon the other. [[spoiler: They The end hinges on a ExactWords clause in the initial bet that the villain/mark believes he's using to his advantage, but the protagonist has actually been ready for it since before the movie actually began.]]
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