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13th Jan '16 7:01:39 PM Eddy1215
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** One episode parodies ''Film/StateAndMain'''s final scene where [[spoiler:a fake trial is put on to allow Homer the opportunity to realize that he'd regret it if he lied during the real trial]]. When Homer expresses his incredulity, Lisa agrees that the massive con was [[LampeshadeHanging pretty implausible]].
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** One episode parodies ''Film/StateAndMain'''s final scene where [[spoiler:a fake trial is put on to allow Homer the opportunity to realize that he'd regret it if he lied during the real trial]]. When Homer expresses his incredulity, Lisa agrees that the massive con was [[LampeshadeHanging [[LampshadeHanging pretty implausible]].
10th Jan '16 10:07:22 AM nombretomado
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%%* The ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "I Only Have Surprise For You?" * ''SpongebobSquarepants'', the April Fools episode, played for laughs. Squidward attempts a prank on Spongebob to get back at him, and it ends up being rather... Cruel, which actually upsets Spongebob, and make Squidward look like a total jerk (which he is). This makes Squidward so guilty that he spends the rest of the episode trying to apologize to Spongebob, and when he finally does... ''Everyone'' shows up inside the pineapple house (including a now cheerful Spongebob), with a hearty "April Fools!", implying that they planned the whole thing. Squidward immediately ''snaps''.
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%%* The ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "I Only Have Surprise For You?" * ''SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', the April Fools episode, played for laughs. Squidward attempts a prank on Spongebob to get back at him, and it ends up being rather... Cruel, which actually upsets Spongebob, and make Squidward look like a total jerk (which he is). This makes Squidward so guilty that he spends the rest of the episode trying to apologize to Spongebob, and when he finally does... ''Everyone'' shows up inside the pineapple house (including a now cheerful Spongebob), with a hearty "April Fools!", implying that they planned the whole thing. Squidward immediately ''snaps''.
8th Jan '16 1:58:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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%%* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' %%* ''Film/BirthdayGirl'' %%* ''Film/{{House of Games}}'' %%* ''Film/StateAndMain'' %%* ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner''
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%%* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' %%* ''Film/BirthdayGirl'' %%* * ''Film/BirthdayGirl'': [[spoiler:The second act twist is that the Russian bride and her kidnappers are working together to scam her husband, and do it all the time]]. * Favored by Creator/DavidMamet ** ''Film/{{House of Games}}'' %%* ''Film/StateAndMain'' %%* ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner''Games}}'' features a psychiatrist getting involved in a world of con-men who sometimes perform cons that include many participants. [[spoiler:It turns out that her entire experience with the con-men has been a giant con on ''her'']]. ** ''Film/StateAndMain'': [[spoiler:The end reveals that the first trial was actually a fake put on to allow the main character to perjure himself and regret it, allowing him to tell the truth when the real trial starts]]. ** ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner'': [[spoiler:Everything that's gone on has been a giant con to steal a multimillion-dollar process and pin the theft on the protagonist]].

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' involved Bart and Homer working as con artists. Grandpa Simpson pretended to help them, but secretly lured them into a trap where they were arrested by a government agent who robbed them and turned out to be a con artist. Bart and Homer made up a story to explain the robbery, which inadvertently led to Willie being arrested, put on trial, found guilty, and given a long prison sentence. Out of desperation, Willie steals a bailiff's gun and starts shooting. When Skinner is apparently killed[[note]] Actually a ruse with blanks, squibs, and a blood pack[[/note]]), Homer finally confesses, only for everyone else to admit their deception, down to the judge revealing himself to be Grandpa in a mask and wig. It turns out the whole town was working together to teach them a lesson.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' involved Bart and Homer working as con artists. Grandpa Simpson pretended to help them, but secretly lured them into a trap where they were arrested by a government agent who robbed them and turned out to be a con artist. Bart and Homer made up a story to explain the robbery, which inadvertently led to Willie being arrested, put on trial, found guilty, and given a long prison sentence. Out of desperation, Willie steals a bailiff's gun and starts shooting. When Skinner is apparently killed[[note]] Actually a ruse with blanks, squibs, and a blood pack[[/note]]), Homer finally confesses, only for everyone else to admit their deception, down to the judge revealing himself to be Grandpa in a mask and wig. It turns out the whole town was working together to teach them a lesson.

** Another episode featured Homer and Marge being framed for murder as contestants of a RealityShow, even the police are deceived.
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** Another episode featured Homer and Marge being framed for murder as contestants of a RealityShow, even RealityShow. Even the police are deceived.deceived. ** One episode parodies ''Film/StateAndMain'''s final scene where [[spoiler:a fake trial is put on to allow Homer the opportunity to realize that he'd regret it if he lied during the real trial]]. When Homer expresses his incredulity, Lisa agrees that the massive con was [[LampeshadeHanging pretty implausible]].
6th Jan '16 2:16:49 PM MikeW
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* The Disney XD movie ''Pants On Fire'' has a teen who lies constantly to get success, friends and trips to ball games suddenly finding all his strange lies coming true: He's attacked by aliens and government agents, his non-existent girlfriend suddenly pops up wanting to get together, his parents are Asian geniuses who adopted him and his troublesome sister seems to have never existed. At a school gathering, he finally confesses the truth to the entire student body. It turns out it was his sister behind all this, all the various people her actor friends using costumes and special effects and this was all to teach her brother a lesson in letting your lies get out of control. While he is punished by his parents and school, he ends up realizing she was right and being honest is the best policy.
27th Apr '15 9:00:54 PM Gamecubist
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* [[spoiler:Urahara]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' similarly comes up with a plan in which three mod-souls kidnap Orihime and force Ichigo and his friends to play several games against them, like running to certain destinations, finding their way through a maze of illusions, picking out the impostor among their classmates, and saving Chad from a giant hourglass, [[spoiler:to teach them how to work together and fight the Bounts]].
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* [[spoiler:Urahara]] in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime similarly comes up with a plan in which three mod-souls kidnap Orihime and force Ichigo and his friends to play several games against them, like running to certain destinations, finding their way through a maze of illusions, picking out the impostor among their classmates, and saving Chad from a giant hourglass, [[spoiler:to teach them how to work together and fight the Bounts]].
6th Apr '15 10:31:46 PM nombretomado
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* The ''DoctorWho'' story "City of Death" takes this to [[RefugeInAudacity ludicrous levels]]. The con: Count Scarlioni plans to steal the ''Mona Lisa'' from the Louvre. He's set up a silent auction among a group of unscrupulous art collectors who think they're about to get the most valuable painting in the world, and they mail in their checks. Here's how it would normally work: The thief would steal the ''Mona Lisa'', only for the Count to refuse it. The Count gets the money, the thief goes to prison, and the art collectors eat humble pie--they can't raise a fuss at the risk of incriminating themselves. Here's how it works on ''Doctor Who'': the six art collectors ''get'' their ''Mona Lisas'', each of which is the genuine article, painted by [=daVinci=] himself. [[spoiler: The Count is really an alien splintered through time, and he's been working a long con throughout human history so that he can eventually save his own species at the cost of preventing humanity from ever existing. The good Doctor saves the day by aiming to visit [=daVinci=], missing intentionally, and writing "THIS IS A FAKE" in permanent marker on the canvases reserved for the commissioned ''Mona Lisa'' replicas.]]
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* The ''DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "City of Death" takes this to [[RefugeInAudacity ludicrous levels]]. The con: Count Scarlioni plans to steal the ''Mona Lisa'' from the Louvre. He's set up a silent auction among a group of unscrupulous art collectors who think they're about to get the most valuable painting in the world, and they mail in their checks. Here's how it would normally work: The thief would steal the ''Mona Lisa'', only for the Count to refuse it. The Count gets the money, the thief goes to prison, and the art collectors eat humble pie--they can't raise a fuss at the risk of incriminating themselves. Here's how it works on ''Doctor Who'': the six art collectors ''get'' their ''Mona Lisas'', each of which is the genuine article, painted by [=daVinci=] himself. [[spoiler: The Count is really an alien splintered through time, and he's been working a long con throughout human history so that he can eventually save his own species at the cost of preventing humanity from ever existing. The good Doctor saves the day by aiming to visit [=daVinci=], missing intentionally, and writing "THIS IS A FAKE" in permanent marker on the canvases reserved for the commissioned ''Mona Lisa'' replicas.]]
31st Mar '15 4:18:31 PM PhillyDom
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* A latter-season episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' features B.J. betting Hawkeye that he is the greatest prankster in the 4077th's history. To prove it, he will prank every member of the main cast in the next 24 hours...with Hawkeye last. Over the next day, B.J. fells every single one of the other characters, while Hawkeye grows progressively more and more paranoid and resorts to ever-more-bizarre measures to avoid being pranked. [[spoiler:The next morning, Hawkeye triumphantly announces that he has emerged unscathed. It is then the others reveal that all of the pranks on them were phonies. The whole thing was a set-up to [[ParanoiaGambit drive Hawkeye nuts]] all along.]]
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* A latter-season episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' features B.J. betting Hawkeye that he is the greatest prankster in the 4077th's history. To prove it, he will prank every member of the main cast in the next 24 hours...with Hawkeye last. Over the next day, B.J. fells every single one of the other characters, while Hawkeye grows progressively more and more paranoid and resorts to ever-more-bizarre measures to avoid being pranked. [[spoiler:The next morning, Hawkeye triumphantly announces that he has emerged unscathed. It is then the others reveal that all of the pranks on them were phonies. The whole thing was a set-up to [[ParanoiaGambit drive Hawkeye nuts]] all along.]]
29th Jan '15 10:01:30 AM hbi2k
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Commented out MANY Zero Context Examples.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': ** In a filler arc, Gennou sets paper bombs throughout all of Konoha, supposedly to detonate them to destroy the village, but it is later revealed that many of the original paper bombs were replaced with fakes in order to let Naruto and his friends have a scavenger hunt like the ones his son used to enjoy.
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': ** ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': In a filler arc, Gennou sets paper bombs throughout all of Konoha, supposedly to detonate them to destroy the village, but it is later revealed that many of the original paper bombs were replaced with fakes in order to let Naruto and his friends have a scavenger hunt like the ones his son used to enjoy.

* ''Film/AprilFoolsDay'' * ''Film/TheGame'' * ''Film/TheSting'' * ''Film/{{Confidence}}'' (spiritual remake of ''The Sting'') * ''Film/AngerManagement'' * ''Film/BigFatLiar'' * The movie of ''Film/MatchstickMen'' is just smaller scale than the book (although the mark has less money to take). * ''Film/RuthlessPeople'' ends up as this. * The Argentine film ''Film/NineQueens'' and its American remake, ''Film/{{Criminal}}'' (see below). [[spoiler: ''Nine Queens'' had the following: "Get the rare 'Nine Queens' stamp set and collect a lot of money," but the volatile unreliability of Argentine currency adds another twist.]] * ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'' * ''Film/TradingPlaces'' * ''Film/BirthdayGirl'' * ''Film/{{House of Games}}'' * ''Film/StateAndMain'' * ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner''
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* %%* ''Film/AprilFoolsDay'' * %%* ''Film/TheGame'' * %%* ''Film/TheSting'' * %%* ''Film/{{Confidence}}'' (spiritual remake of ''The Sting'') * %%* ''Film/AngerManagement'' * %%* ''Film/BigFatLiar'' * %%* The movie of ''Film/MatchstickMen'' is just smaller scale than the book (although the mark has less money to take). * %%* ''Film/RuthlessPeople'' ends up as this. * %%* The Argentine film ''Film/NineQueens'' and its American remake, ''Film/{{Criminal}}'' (see below). [[spoiler: ''Nine Queens'' had the following: "Get the rare 'Nine Queens' stamp set and collect a lot of money," but the volatile unreliability of Argentine currency adds another twist.]] * %%* ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'' * %%* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' * %%* ''Film/BirthdayGirl'' * %%* ''Film/{{House of Games}}'' * %%* ''Film/StateAndMain'' * %%* ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner''

* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': Everyone but Truman knows [[spoiler:his life is a lie.]]
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* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': Everyone but Truman knows [[spoiler:his life that his entire town, which he has never left since birth, is really an elaborate film set populated by actors. His parents, his teachers, his best friend, he ''wife'', all actors in a lie.]]reality TV show.

* ''Film/{{Duplex}}''
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* ''Film/WildThings'' - One of the layers of deceit appears to be this.
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* ''Film/TheBestOffer''
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* The novel ''Film/MatchstickMen'' * In ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', [[spoiler:EverybodyDidIt. Except for Countess Andreyi. And Poirot, of course.]] * ''Literature/AmericanGods''. [[spoiler: There were only two scammers, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu but they fooled a whole lot of gods]].]]
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* %%* The novel ''Film/MatchstickMen'' * %%* In ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', [[spoiler:EverybodyDidIt. Except for Countess Andreyi. And Poirot, of course.]] * %%* ''Literature/AmericanGods''. [[spoiler: There were only two scammers, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu but they fooled a whole lot of gods]].]]

* This trope is used as the plot of multiple ''Series/BurnNotice'' episodes. Sometimes done by both the heroes and bad guys in the same episode.
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* %%* This trope is used as the plot of multiple ''Series/BurnNotice'' episodes. Sometimes done by both the heroes and bad guys in the same episode.

[[AC:Music]] * The video for ''The Call'' by the BackstreetBoys involves one of these. ''[[MindScrew Probably]]''.
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[[AC:Music]] * %%[[AC:Music]] %%* The video for ''The Call'' by the BackstreetBoys involves one of these. ''[[MindScrew Probably]]''.

* The other unicorns do this to Charlie in ''CharlieTheUnicorn''. They take him on a huge adventure to Candy Mountain... [[spoiler:Only to knock him out and take his kidney.]] The second one takes him on another huge adventure to return the Magical Amulet to the Banana King... [[spoiler:and they rob him]]. The third one (Yeah, he's that smart) takes them under the deep blue sea to help them with a... snowman... [[spoiler:and they take his horn.]] ** [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke But they did give back his kidney.]]]]
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* The other unicorns do this to Charlie in ''CharlieTheUnicorn''. They take him on a huge adventure to Candy Mountain... [[spoiler:Only to knock him out and take his kidney.]] The second one takes him on another huge adventure to return the Magical Amulet to the Banana King... [[spoiler:and they rob him]]. The third one (Yeah, he's that smart) takes them under the deep blue sea to help them with a... snowman... [[spoiler:and they take his horn.]] ** ]] [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke But they did give back his kidney.]]]]

* The ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "I Only Have Surprise For You?"
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4th Dec '14 11:27:39 AM eroock
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* ''Film/TheBestOffer''
24th Aug '14 9:24:42 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Derailed}}''
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* ''Film/{{Derailed}}''In ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'', an unethical studio publicity man hires a whole family of actors to perform in character in order to create a fake romance for Lola Burns, an actress who has quit Hollywood. The idea is to get her to go back to work after the fake romance ends. The LoonyFan who keeps following Lola around is also a performer hired by the publicity guy.
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