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20th Aug '17 3:02:05 AM bwehehehe
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** The same reputation is now preceding the Philippine National Police, deputised to hunt down drug users and pushers in the ongoing war on drugs under the current Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte. Several times the Filipino word "''nanlaban''" is used in police encounters, meaning that the suspect allegedly made a grab for an officer's gun.

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** The same reputation is now preceding the Philippine National Police, deputised to hunt down drug users and pushers in the ongoing war on drugs under the current Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte. UsefulNotes/RodrigoDuterte. Several times the Filipino word "''nanlaban''" ("fought back" in English) is used in police encounters, meaning that the suspect allegedly made a grab for an officer's gun.
18th Aug '17 5:23:11 AM Euodiachloris
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** The use of the poison known as "the Strangler" in Joffrey's death was a case of a double-bluff/ XanatosGambit deliberately using this trope. Had it gone undetected: great... people would think he died choking on his pie or wine. If it got detected: great... would people think it was a case of deliberately trying to make it look like he died on pie or wine to confuse exactly who among his haters killed him aka "a perfectly normal political death using very bog-standard tactics". If people started pointing fingers in dangerous directions... provide some carefully pre-prepared [[TheScapegoat Scapegoats]] you want discredited or politically isolated to further muddy the waters.

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** The use of the poison known as "the Strangler" in Joffrey's death was a case of a double-bluff/ XanatosGambit deliberately using this trope.trope as a smokescreen. Had it gone undetected: great... people would think he ''probably'' died choking on his pie or wine.wine (a few would always question it). If it got detected: great... would most people would think it was a case of deliberately trying to make it look like he died on pie or wine to confuse exactly who among his haters killed him aka "a perfectly normal political death using very bog-standard tactics". If people started pointing fingers in dangerous directions... provide some great: out come the carefully pre-prepared [[TheScapegoat Scapegoats]] you want you've wanted politically discredited or politically isolated for a while to further muddy the waters.waters. All the floating question marks surrounding his death are a design feature, not a bug.
18th Aug '17 5:15:29 AM Euodiachloris
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** The use of the poison known as "the Strangler" in Joffrey's death was a case of a double-bluff/ XanatosGambit deliberately using this trope. Had it gone undetected: great... people would think he died choking on his pie or wine. If it got detected: great... would people think it was a case of deliberately trying to make it look like he died on pie or wine to confuse exactly who among his haters killed him aka "a perfectly normal political death using bog-standard tactics". Combine with pre-prepared [[TheScapegoat Scapegoats]] in the case of the first scenario or something else going wrong: serve chilled.

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** The use of the poison known as "the Strangler" in Joffrey's death was a case of a double-bluff/ XanatosGambit deliberately using this trope. Had it gone undetected: great... people would think he died choking on his pie or wine. If it got detected: great... would people think it was a case of deliberately trying to make it look like he died on pie or wine to confuse exactly who among his haters killed him aka "a perfectly normal political death using very bog-standard tactics". Combine with tactics". If people started pointing fingers in dangerous directions... provide some carefully pre-prepared [[TheScapegoat Scapegoats]] in you want discredited or politically isolated to further muddy the case of the first scenario or something else going wrong: serve chilled.waters.
18th Aug '17 5:10:27 AM Euodiachloris
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** The use of the poison known as "the Strangler" in Joffrey's death was a case of a double-bluff/ XanatosGambit deliberately using this trope. Had it gone undetected: great... people would think he died choking on his pie or wine. If it got detected: great... would people think it was a case of deliberately trying to make it look like he died on pie or wine to confuse exactly who among his haters killed him aka "a perfectly normal political death using bog-standard tactics". Combine with pre-prepared [[TheScapegoat Scapegoats]] in the case of the first scenario or something else going wrong: serve chilled.
14th Aug '17 11:56:28 PM DrOO7
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* Subverted in the Robin Cook medical thriller ''Literature/{{Coma}}'', in which a hitman is given orders to kill medical student Susan Wheeler who [[HeKnowsTooMuch has been snooping into suspicious deaths at the hospital]]. He is instructed to "make it look like a rape", as though Susan were merely the victim of a random street crime rather than a carefully orchestrated murder.
** Played straight in the film though.

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* Subverted in In the Robin Cook medical thriller ''Literature/{{Coma}}'', in which a hitman is given orders to kill medical student Susan Wheeler who [[HeKnowsTooMuch has been snooping into suspicious deaths at the hospital]]. He is instructed to "make it look like a rape", as though Susan were merely the victim of a random street crime rather than a carefully orchestrated murder.
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* In the ''Creator/SidneySheldon'' novel ''Master Of The Game'', matriarch Kate notes that her granddaughter Alexandra is very accident-prone. When she discovers what an evil bitch her granddaughter Eve (Alexandra's twin) is, she suddenly realizes what the reader has known for pages--that all of Alexandra's "accidents" were Eve's attempts at ''killing her''.

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* In the ''Creator/SidneySheldon'' novel ''Master Of The Game'', matriarch Kate notes that her granddaughter Alexandra is very accident-prone. When she discovers what an evil bitch her granddaughter Eve (Alexandra's twin) is, she suddenly realizes what the reader has known for pages--that all of Alexandra's "accidents" were Eve's attempts at ''killing her''.her'', starting when the girls were only ''5''.



* The reason why some of the cases on ''Series/ColdCase'' went cold in the first place. What was really a murder was made to look like an accident (like in the episode "Blood On The Tracks", where a fatal explosion was thought to be due to a gas leak, only for the remnants of a bomb to be discovered 26 years later), suicide, or even natural causes ("The Good Death", where the victim was thought to have died from a brain tumor, only for it be a MercyKilling).

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* The reason why some of the cases on ''Series/ColdCase'' went cold in the first place. What was really a murder was made to look like an accident (like in the episode place:
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"Blood On The Tracks", where a fatal Tracks". A married couple dies due to an explosion was thought to be due to supposedly caused by a gas leak, only for the remnants of a bomb to be discovered 26 years later), suicide, or later.
** Some made to look like suicide.
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even natural causes ("The causes-- in "The Good Death", where the victim was thought to have died from a brain tumor, only for it be a MercyKilling).MercyKilling.


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* Pretty much ''every'' RealLife or fictional cop show will feature criminals who try to invoke varying versions of this. Accident, suicide, self-defense, "someone else did it", etc.


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* In October 2007, Drew Petersen's his 4th wife Stacy mysteriously vanished. Despite rampant--and likely correct--suspicion that he murdered her, there was no evidence to support this. However, this made cops become suspicious regarding the death of his ''3rd'' wife Kathleen, who was found dead in her bathtub 3 years prior. Despite his history of DomesticAbuse and their acrimonious divorce, it was deemed that she'd had drowned after slipping and hitting her head. A second autopsy found that she had in fact been struck on the head and then forcibly held underwater.
* Pretty much ''every'' RealLife or fictional cop show will feature criminals who try to invoke varying versions of this. Accident, suicide, self-defense, "someone else did it", etc.
6th Aug '17 7:26:32 PM foxley
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* 'ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Children of Lucifer", two henchmen are told to dispose of a defector who is fleeing on skis, and to make it look like an accident. They do this by forcing her into a tree, then knocking her out and leaving her to freeze to death. This probably would have worked if their forceful attempts to stop Modesty going down the same ski run [[RevealingCoverUp hadn't aroused her suspicions]].

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* 'ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Children of Lucifer", two henchmen are told to dispose of a defector who is fleeing on skis, and to make it look like an accident. They do this by forcing her into a tree, then knocking her out and leaving her to freeze to death. This probably would have worked if their forceful attempts to stop Modesty going down the same ski run [[RevealingCoverUp hadn't aroused her suspicions]].
6th Aug '17 7:25:19 PM foxley
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* 'ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Children of Lucifer", two henchmen are told to dispose of a defector who is fleeing on skis, and to make it look like an accident. They do this by forcing her into a tree, then knocking her out and leaving her to freeze to death. This probably would have worked if their forceful attempts to stop Modesty going down the same ski run [[RevealingCoverUp hadn't aroused her suspicions]].
5th Aug '17 9:13:26 PM trixus
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5th Aug '17 9:13:25 PM trixus
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* Inverted in a discussion by Pat from WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay about how to prepare yourself if you end up dying like David Carradine.
-->'''Pat:''' Girlfriend, if,[[NoodleIncident somehow for whatever reason]],you find me in such an uncompromising position, there is a [[BatterUp baseball bat]] in the other room, I want you to cut me down and I want you to fake a murder by thugs. And yes I know it's gonna look like you murdered me but you need to take that risk for my pride.
3rd Aug '17 2:25:51 PM DynastiNoble
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** In one episode "Rm w/ a Vu", when in 1946 where Maude met her demise after she finished [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere trapping her son, Dennis inside a brick wall]], she murdered and haunted Margo Dressner in 1959, Jenny Kim in 1965, and Natalie Davis in March 7th, 1994 to make them look like suicides because she mistook her for Dennis' girlfriends. But when Cordelia moved in, turns out that she was mistaken for Dennis' fiancé.
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