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* At one point in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', AntiVillain Kagura is forced to pretend to fight Inuyasha so that [[BigBad Naraku]]'s wasps will not get suspicious, but she's grown to detest Naraku so much that she doesn't put any force at all in her [[BlowYouAway wind attacks]] and lets Inuyasha reach Naraku easily.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the Impel Down Arc, Buggy and Mr. 3 are attempting to escape Level 4 by going up the stairs where Hannyable, the guard that they believe to be weakest, was guarding. Hannyable, wanting to get promoted, purposefully lets Buggy and Mr. 3 go up, hoping to blame Magellan later and get his job. [[SubvertedTrope However]], [[WrongGenreSavvy Mr. 3 and Buggy think that it's a trap, so it results in them getting brutally beaten up when they try to preemptively attack the guards.]]



* At one point in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', AntiVillain Kagura is forced to pretend to fight Inuyasha so that [[BigBad Naraku]]'s wasps will not get suspicious, but she's grown to detest Naraku so much that she doesn't put any force at all in her [[BlowYouAway wind attacks]] and lets Inuyasha reach Naraku easily.
* In ''OnePiece'', during the Impel Down Arc, Buggy and Mr. 3 are attempting to escape Level 4 by going up the stairs where Hannyable, the guard that they believe to be weakest, was guarding. Hannyable, wanting to get promoted, purposefully lets Buggy and Mr. 3 go up, hoping to blame Magellan later and get his job. [[SubvertedTrope However]], [[WrongGenreSavvy Mr. 3 and Buggy think that it's a trap, so it results in them getting brutally beaten up when they try to preemptively attack the guards.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E08AnInsideMan "An Inside Man"]], [[spoiler:Agent Kallus, who's revealed himself as [[ReverseMole Fulcrum]], gets Force-thrown around by Ezra a few times to conceal the fact he was helping Ezra and Kanan escape from the Imperial complex.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E10APrincessOnLothal "A Princess on Lothal"]]: Twice, both to prevent the Imperials from realizing Princess Leia is a rebel.
*** When the ''Ghost'' arrives in the mountains to rescue them, Ryder Azadi, a wanted prisoner, gets himself and Leia aboard by pretending to abduct her. Kanan and Ezra, DressingAsTheEnemy, get aboard by attempting to stop the "kidnapping" and get knocked out and "taken prisoner" by Zeb.
*** When they're almost done "stealing" Leia's ships, Ezra stuns her, with her permission.
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[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E08AnInsideMan "An Inside Man"]], Man"]]: [[spoiler:Agent Kallus, who's revealed himself as [[ReverseMole Fulcrum]], gets Force-thrown around by Ezra a few times to conceal the fact he was helping Ezra and Kanan escape from the Imperial complex.]]
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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': In ''The Opal Deception'', Mulch Diggums has been arrested at the Tara shuttleport for escaping from a police transport. The officer sent to interrogate him is Chix Verbil. Mulch persuades Chix to let him escape by informing him of the dire situation: [[spoiler:"[[BigBad Opal Koboi]] is back."]] He knocks Chix out so he doesn't get in trouble with the Lower Elements Police while escaping.
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* According to Corrie Ten Boom, an inside man helping TheResistance against the Nazis in the Netherlands who got their hands on some ration cards told the Resistance member who'd come to get the cards to make the pickup look like a robbery. The inside man in question later turned up with several bumps on his head, explaining when asked only that the Resistance member had indeed made the raid look like a robbery.


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* According to Corrie Ten Boom, an inside man helping TheResistance against the Nazis in the Netherlands who got their hands on some ration cards told the Resistance member who'd come to get the cards to make the pickup look like a robbery. The inside man in question later turned up with several bumps on his head, explaining when asked only that the Resistance member had indeed made the raid look like a robbery.
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* In an issue of [[Franchise/SpiderMan 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]].



* In an issue of [[Franchise/SpiderMan 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]].



* This exchange from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'':
--> '''Mal:''' The leg is good. It'll bleed plenty, and we avoid any necessary organs.
--> '''Payroll Guard:''' I was thinking more like a graze?
--> '''Mal:''' Eh, you don't wanna make it seem like you just gave up.
--> '''Payroll Guard:''' No, I get that.
* Ghost Dog in ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' had to shoot his former boss in the arm, to avoid suspicions from the rest of mafiosi when they both survive the encounter.



* Ghost Dog in ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' had to shoot his former boss in the arm, to avoid suspicions from the rest of mafiosi when they both survive the encounter.
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', WillSmith's character "borrows" a helicopter to find his girlfriend. One soldier catches him and draws his pistol, ordering Smith out. Smith just gives him a look and asks if he really wants to shoot him, which makes the soldier lower the gun. As he's taking off, Smith goes, "Look, just tell 'em I hit you."
** The soldier is quite a bit bigger than Smith's character, making his "you shittin' me?" look particularly amusing.



* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', WillSmith's character "borrows" a helicopter to find his girlfriend. One soldier catches him and draws his pistol, ordering Smith out. Smith just gives him a look and asks if he really wants to shoot him, which makes the soldier lower the gun. As he's taking off, Smith goes, "Look, just tell 'em I hit you."
** The soldier is quite a bit bigger than Smith's character, making his "you shittin' me?" look particularly amusing.

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', WillSmith's character "borrows" a helicopter to find his girlfriend. One soldier catches him This exchange from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'':
--> '''Mal:''' The leg is good. It'll bleed plenty,
and draws his pistol, ordering Smith out. Smith we avoid any necessary organs.
--> '''Payroll Guard:''' I was thinking more like a graze?
--> '''Mal:''' Eh, you don't wanna make it seem like you
just gives him a look and asks if he really wants to shoot him, which makes the soldier lower the gun. As he's taking off, Smith goes, "Look, just tell 'em gave up.
--> '''Payroll Guard:''' No,
I hit you."
** The soldier is quite a bit bigger than Smith's character, making his "you shittin' me?" look particularly amusing.
get that.



* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', after the female soldiers knock out one of the two guards and try to escape, the other guard says this:
-->"Would you mind giving me a whack on the head too? Only it looks like I didn't put up a fight against a bunch of women."\\
"Why ''don't'' you put up a fight? We're only a bunch of women."\\
"I'm not crazy!"



* It's a Troll tradition in ''Literature/MythAdventures'' -- the unique method of talking secrets publicly by making a spectacle of fighting. Because in few seconds after trolls begin punch and wrestle there's usually no one close enough to overhear quiet speech. With an added bonus of advertisement -- trolls tend to be hired as a muscle.
* ''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 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), only asks to be knocked out till the end of the show, if possible.

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* It's a Troll tradition in ''Literature/MythAdventures'' -- In the unique method of talking secrets publicly by making a spectacle of fighting. Because in few seconds after trolls begin punch ''Vicious Circle'', ''Literature/FelixCastor'' and wrestle there's usually no one close enough a guard go in to overhear quiet speech. With an added bonus of advertisement -- trolls tend Rafi's room, and Felix offers to be hired as a muscle.
* ''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 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
make it will be visible.
* ''No one but President'' by Lev Gursky.
look like a struggle. 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), only asks to be knocked out till the end guard was sick of the show, if possible.job anyway and declines, knowing he'll be fired.



* In the ''Vicious Circle'', ''Literature/FelixCastor'' and a guard go in to Rafi's room, and Felix offers to make it look like a struggle. The guard was sick of the job anyway and declines, knowing he'll be fired.

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* In It's a Troll tradition in ''Literature/MythAdventures'' -- the ''Vicious Circle'', ''Literature/FelixCastor'' unique method of talking secrets publicly by making a spectacle of fighting. Because in a few seconds after trolls begin to punch and a guard go in wrestle there's usually no one close enough to Rafi's room, and Felix offers overhear quiet speech. With an added bonus of advertisement -- trolls tend to make it look like a struggle. The guard was sick of the job anyway and declines, knowing he'll be fired.hired as a muscle.



* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', after the female soldiers knock out one of the two guards and try to escape, the other guard says this:
-->"Would you mind giving me a whack on the head too? Only it looks like I didn't put up a fight against a bunch of women."\\
"Why ''don't'' you put up a fight? We're only a bunch of women."\\
"I'm not crazy!"

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* In ''No one but President'' by Lev Gursky. The escaped abductee apologized to an innocent who noticed him about the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', after 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), only asks to be knocked out till the female soldiers knock out one end of the two guards and try to escape, the other guard says this:
-->"Would you mind giving me a whack on the head too? Only it looks like I didn't put up a fight against a bunch of women."\\
"Why ''don't'' you put up a fight? We're only a bunch of women."\\
"I'm not crazy!"
show, if possible.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** ''[[Literature/StarWarsAhsoka Ahsoka]]'' has an unusual example: R2-D2, after agreeing to help the title character sneak onboard the ''Tantive IV'' to see Bail Organa, activates a circuit making it look like she deactivated him with a shocker. It's unusual because ultimately, everyone involved is on the same side.
* ''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 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.



* On ''Series/TwentyFour'', while Jack is undercover with terrorists attacking CTU, he allows a hostage to escape but cuts his own scalp to make it appear he had been knocked out.



* In an early episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a soldier was captured trying to steal medical supplies from the 4077th. Col. Flagg then showed up to interrogate him. Instead of asking questions, Flagg told him to go, assuring him it wasn't a ploy to kill him for "trying to escape". Once the soldier was gone, Flagg trashed the tent he was being held in, broke a phone over his head, ran himself head-first into the door, then claimed the soldier jumped him and escaped.
* A villainous version appears at the end of one episode of ''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.
* ''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.
-->'''Tim''': There. It's not your fault we got past you. We "beat you up".
-->''All laugh''.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "1969", a young Lieutenant Hammond is worried that helping the team escape will get him court-martialed. Before they leave, O'Neill tells him he's about to make sure that doesn't happen... and zaps him with a Zat gun.
* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E19FolsomPrisonBlues "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19)]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean stage a fight to help them escape. In addition, Dean punches Deacon on the cheek to make it look like he was jumped.



* In an early episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a soldier was captured trying to steal medical supplies from the 4077th. Col. Flagg then showed up to interrogate him. Instead of asking questions, Flagg told him to go, assuring him it wasn't a ploy to kill him for "trying to escape". Once the soldier was gone, Flagg trashed the tent he was being held in, broke a phone over his head, ran himself head-first into the door, then claimed the soldier jumped him and escaped
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "1969", a young Lieutenant Hammond is worried that helping the team escape will get him court-martialed. Before they leave, O'Neill tells him he's about to make sure that doesn't happen... and zaps him with a Zat gun.
* On ''Series/TwentyFour'', while Jack is undercover with terrorists attacking CTU, he allows a hostage to escape but cuts his own scalp to make it appear he had been knocked out.
* A villainous version appears at the end of one episode of ''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.
* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E19FolsomPrisonBlues "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19)]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean stage a fight to help them escape. In addition, Dean punches Deacon on the cheek to make it look like he was jumped.
* ''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.
-->'''Tim''': There. It's not your fault we got past you. We "beat you up".
-->''All laugh''.



* A borderline case: in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', if Vateilika helps you [[spoiler:and kills Krotera]], she asks Iji to pretend that she (Iji) did it herself. Similar with Ansaksie against Iosa.



* A borderline case: in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', if Vateilika helps you [[spoiler:and kills Krotera]], she asks Iji to pretend that she (Iji) did it herself. Similar with Ansaksie against Iosa.



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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E08AnInsideMan "An Inside Man"]], [[spoiler:Agent Kallus, who's revealed himself as [[ReverseMole Fulcrum]], gets Force-thrown around by Ezra a few times to conceal the fact he was helping Ezra and Kanan escape from the Imperial complex.]]



* According to Corrie Ten Boom, an inside man helping TheResistance against the Nazis in the Netherlands get their hands on some ration cards told the Resistance member who'd come to get the cards to make the pickup look like a robbery. The inside man in question later turned up with several bumps on his head, explaining when asked only that the Resistance member had indeed made the raid look like a robbery.

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* According to Corrie Ten Boom, an inside man helping TheResistance against the Nazis in the Netherlands get who got their hands on some ration cards told the Resistance member who'd come to get the cards to make the pickup look like a robbery. The inside man in question later turned up with several bumps on his head, explaining when asked only that the Resistance member had indeed made the raid look like a robbery.


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* ''Film/TrainingDay'' features a villainous example, in which a murder is disguised as a shootout during a drug raid. [[spoiler:After killing his victim with Jake's shotgun, Alonzo shoots - and accidentally wounds - another officer with a "throw down" gun, which he places in the victim's hands.]]
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* In an early episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a soldier was captured trying to steal medical supplies from the 4077th. Col. Flagg then showed up to interrogate him. Instead of asking questions, Flagg told him to go, assuring him it wasn't a ploy to kill him for "trying to escape". Once the soldier was gone, Flagg trashed the tent he was being held in, broke a phone over his head, ran himself head-first into the door, then claimed the soldier jumped him and escaped
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* Subverted in ''{{Bionicle}}''. A group of {{Boxed Crook}}s trick a villager by offering him the claim to the capture of a wanted criminal in exchange for his boat. The leader of the group offers to do this to him.

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* Subverted in ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. A group of {{Boxed Crook}}s trick a villager by offering him the claim to the capture of a wanted criminal in exchange for his boat. The leader of the group offers to do this to him.
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.
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