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4th Apr '16 11:26:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. When Butch and Sundance go to see their friend Sheriff Bledsoe, he insists on their tying him up and gagging him so there's no chance of him losing his job if anyone saw the two criminals entering his home.
* ''Force 10 from Navarone''. After Maritza kills the two Nazi guards, she demands that Barnsby hit her to make it appear that he and Mallory attacked her and got away. Barnsby [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes]] and hits her weakly. She berates him and [[HitMeDammit orders him to hit her harder]]. Mallory suddenly [[TapOnTheHead punches her hard and knocks her out]].

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* ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''.''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. When Butch and Sundance go to see their friend Sheriff Bledsoe, he insists on their tying him up and gagging him so there's no chance of him losing his job if anyone saw the two criminals entering his home.
* ''Force 10 from Navarone''.''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone''. After Maritza kills the two Nazi guards, she demands that Barnsby hit her to make it appear that he and Mallory attacked her and got away. Barnsby [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes]] and hits her weakly. She berates him and [[HitMeDammit orders him to hit her harder]]. Mallory suddenly [[TapOnTheHead punches her hard and knocks her out]].



* A variation in ''OceansEleven'': Benedict puts Danny Ocean in a room with a thug. Turns out the thug is actually on Danny's side, and he beats on the furniture to make it sound like he's beating the crap out of Danny while Danny himself escapes the room and joins in the heist. Later on, he returns to the room and the thug beats him up for real, making his alibi complete.

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* A variation in ''OceansEleven'': ''Film/OceansEleven'': Benedict puts Danny Ocean in a room with a thug. Turns out the thug is actually on Danny's side, and he beats on the furniture to make it sound like he's beating the crap out of Danny while Danny himself escapes the room and joins in the heist. Later on, he returns to the room and the thug beats him up for real, making his alibi complete.
4th Apr '16 11:20:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the original ''Series/{{V}}'', a Fifth Columnist gives Donovan her uniform to help him escape the ship, then makes him shoot her so it will look like a genuine escape. She actually tells Donovan to ''kill'' her, not stun her, as her superiors would never believe any story she'd come up with. He checks her pulse, and she luckily survived the blast.

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* In the original ''Series/{{V}}'', a ''Series/{{V 1983}}'':
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Fifth Columnist gives Donovan her uniform to help him escape the ship, then makes him shoot her so it will look like a genuine escape. She actually tells Donovan to ''kill'' her, not stun her, as her superiors would never believe any story she'd come up with. He checks her pulse, and she luckily survived the blast.



* {{Spaced}} When the gang rescue Tim & Daisy's dog from an animal testing lab, they feel bad that the sympathetic security guard will lose his job over it. Luckily, twist insisted on bringing her makeup bag.

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* {{Spaced}} ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': When the gang rescue Tim & Daisy's dog from an animal testing lab, they feel bad that the sympathetic security guard will lose his job over it. Luckily, twist insisted on bringing her makeup bag.
13th Mar '16 11:59:40 AM rwe1138
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* In an issue of [[Franchise/SpiderMan Web of Spider-Man]] [[note]]Which focusses on the [[ADayInTheLimeLight world around Spider-Man]] instead of the hero himself[[/note]] one of the employees of ComicBook/TheKingpin has had one of his criminal projects ruined by Spider-Man. He gets called in, by a low level crook who recently messed up pretty bad as well. The guy shoots the driver, goes up to the Kingpin. Kingpin expected him to shoot the driver (Because the employee was exemplary) and in return for [[MakeItLookLikeAStruggle Making It Look Like A Struggle]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards Kingpin assures his wife and child would not be touched]]. The guy unleashes FiveRoundsRapid into the Kingpin's [[KevLard chest]] who then proceeds to [[YourHeadASplode crush his employee's head in between his hands]].

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* In an issue of [[Franchise/SpiderMan Web of Spider-Man]] Spider-Man's Tangled Web]] [[note]]Which focusses on the [[ADayInTheLimeLight world around Spider-Man]] instead of the hero himself[[/note]] one of the employees of ComicBook/TheKingpin has had one of his criminal projects ruined by Spider-Man. He gets called in, by a low level crook who recently messed up pretty bad as well. The guy shoots the driver, goes up to the Kingpin. Kingpin expected him to shoot the driver (Because the employee was exemplary) and in return for [[MakeItLookLikeAStruggle Making It Look Like A Struggle]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards Kingpin assures his wife and child would not be touched]]. The guy unleashes FiveRoundsRapid into the Kingpin's [[KevLard chest]] who then proceeds to [[YourHeadASplode crush his employee's head in between his hands]].
5th Mar '16 2:46:07 PM nombretomado
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* [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] CaptainAmerica is told SHIELD can't go after Nuke. Specifically, he's told by [[MsMarvel Cap. Danvers]] that he [[CouldSayItBut shouldn't even think about going rogue and hunting down Nuke on his own.]]

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* [[UltimateMarvel [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is told SHIELD can't go after Nuke. Specifically, he's told by [[MsMarvel [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Cap. Danvers]] that he [[CouldSayItBut shouldn't even think about going rogue and hunting down Nuke on his own.]]
26th Feb '16 2:49:45 PM margdean56
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* ''The Tomorrow War'' by Alexander Zorich. When a desperate employee running from PeaceAndLoveIncorporated hijacks a freighter ship, the navigator sets up a [[{{FTL}} jump]] quickly, because she isn't enthusiastic about having corporate security assault the ship, then stay in detention while it's all sorted out if she survives the cross-fire -- she's hurrying to wedding. She only insists that a pirate strike her with a pistol handle -- on her cheek-bone, so that it will be visible.
* ''No one but President'' by Lev Gursky. The escaped abductee apologized to an innocent who noticed him about the upcoming TapOnTheHead. The innocent, being in an empty theater box viewing a spectacle he ''hated'' (because of his vow to Fate for getting away from another trouble), he only asks to be knocked out till the end of the show, if possible.

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* ''The Tomorrow War'' by Alexander Zorich. When a desperate employee running from PeaceAndLoveIncorporated hijacks a freighter ship, the navigator sets up a [[{{FTL}} jump]] quickly, because she isn't enthusiastic about having corporate security assault the ship, then stay staying in detention while it's all sorted out if she survives the cross-fire -- she's hurrying to a wedding. She only insists that a pirate strike her with a pistol handle -- on her cheek-bone, so that it will be visible.
* ''No one but President'' by Lev Gursky. The escaped abductee apologized to an innocent who noticed him about the upcoming TapOnTheHead. The innocent, being in an empty theater box viewing a spectacle he ''hated'' (because of his vow to Fate for getting away from another trouble), he only asks to be knocked out till the end of the show, if possible.
26th Feb '16 2:47:44 PM margdean56
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* ''The Tomorrow War'' by Alexander Zorich. When a desperate employees running from PeaceAndLoveIncorporated hijacked a freighter ship, the navigator set up a [[{{FTL}} jump]] quickly, because she wasn't enthusiastic about having the corporate security assault on the ship, then detention while it's all sorted out if she survives in cross-fire -- she's hurrying to wedding. She only insisted that a pirate struck her with a pistol handle -- on cheek-bone, so that it will be visible.
* ''No one but President'' by Lev Gursky. The escaped abductee apologized to an innocent who noticed him about the upcoming TapOnTheHead. The innocent being in an empty theater box on the spectacle he ''hated'' (because of his vow to the Fate for getting away from another trouble), he only asks to knock him out to the end of the show, if possible.

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* ''The Tomorrow War'' by Alexander Zorich. When a desperate employees employee running from PeaceAndLoveIncorporated hijacked hijacks a freighter ship, the navigator set sets up a [[{{FTL}} jump]] quickly, because she wasn't isn't enthusiastic about having the corporate security assault on the ship, then stay in detention while it's all sorted out if she survives in the cross-fire -- she's hurrying to wedding. She only insisted insists that a pirate struck strike her with a pistol handle -- on her cheek-bone, so that it will be visible.
* ''No one but President'' by Lev Gursky. The escaped abductee apologized to an innocent who noticed him about the upcoming TapOnTheHead. The innocent innocent, being in an empty theater box on the viewing a spectacle he ''hated'' (because of his vow to the Fate for getting away from another trouble), he only asks to knock him be knocked out to till the end of the show, if possible.
26th Feb '16 2:41:52 PM margdean56
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TheHero needs a MacGuffin, or simply an escape. Someone is supposed to prevent it... but doesn't really want to. Or simply doesn't want to fight TheHero. So that person wouldn't be punished for aiding, they have to pretend the guard tried to resist, but was defeated. This means that the helper will be tied up and sometimes smacked around a bit to make it look genuine. This is generally somewhat PlayedForLaughs, especially when the hero [[ComedicSociopathy takes it upon themselves to do this]] rather than their ally suggesting it. Often involves TapOnTheHead.

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TheHero needs a MacGuffin, or simply an escape. Someone is supposed to prevent it... but doesn't really want to. Or simply doesn't want to fight TheHero. So that person wouldn't won't be punished for aiding, they have to pretend the guard tried to resist, but was defeated. This means that the helper will be tied up and sometimes smacked around a bit to make it look genuine. This is generally somewhat PlayedForLaughs, especially when the hero [[ComedicSociopathy takes it upon themselves to do this]] rather than their ally suggesting it. Often involves TapOnTheHead.
28th Jan '16 4:37:05 AM Hanz
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* In the end of ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', Grim does this to Sam.

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* In the end of ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', Grim does this to Sam.Sam, telling him to hit her to help sell the story. She baits him by telling her about how she knew what really happened to his daughter, after which he gives her a good smack (and another unnecessary one just because he's that pissed off).
23rd Nov '15 11:43:31 PM jormis29
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* In the end of ''SplinterCell: Conviction'', Grim does this to Sam.

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* In the end of ''SplinterCell: Conviction'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', Grim does this to Sam.
25th Sep '15 2:38:12 PM Discar
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* A villainous version appears at the end of one episode of ''PersonOfInterest'': The head of [[DirtyCops HR]] murders two people who are threatening to interfere with his plans, and then has one of his henchman shoot ''him'' in order to divert suspicion away from him.

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* A villainous version appears at the end of one episode of ''PersonOfInterest'': ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': The head of [[DirtyCops HR]] murders two people who are threatening to interfere with his plans, and then has one of his henchman shoot ''him'' in order to divert suspicion away from him.
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