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8th Aug '17 7:08:28 AM JamesAustin
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* This happened a ''[[GoodIsDumb lot]]'' to Wrestling/{{Sting}} in his Wrestling/{{WCW}} run, often at the hands of Ric Flair and TheFourHorsemen or Wrestling/LexLuger. Perhaps the most famous example occurred in an angle involving our hero and Flair in 1995. Flair lost a match to Wrestling/ArnAnderson at Fall Brawl due to interference from Wrestling/BrianPillman, and spent the next month trying to convince an extremely wary Sting to be his partner against the duo for Halloween Havoc. After weeks of vehement refusal, Flair finally got Sting to relent, but not before the latter threatened to mess up the former real good if he got screwed. Before the match, Anderson and Pillman ambushed and seemingly injured Flair, forcing Sting to face the heels by himself. However, in the middle of the match, as Sting was getting his ass kicked, Flair appeared to the roar of the crowd and took his place at Sting's corner. Sting played RickyMorton for a long time, getting closer and closer to making the tag to Flair each time. When he finally made the tag, the arena went nuts, and Flair looked prepared to ''kill'' Arn and Pillman...and then [[FaceHeelTurn proceeded to immediately lay out Sting]], revealing that the entire incident was a set up to re-form TheFourHorsemen and humiliate Sting.
** It got so bad that in one match it was lampshaded when Sting gave his valet Elizabeth a can of mace to use in case any of the heels tried to make a move on her. Predictably, she turned around and used the mace on Sting later in the match--only it wasn't mace, it was ''silly string''! This was the only time Sting ever managed to outsmart someone.

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* This happened a ''[[GoodIsDumb a lot]]'' to Wrestling/{{Sting}} in his Wrestling/{{WCW}} run, often at the hands of Ric Flair Wrestling/RicFlair and TheFourHorsemen Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen or Wrestling/LexLuger. Perhaps the most famous example occurred in an angle involving our hero and Flair in 1995. Flair lost a match to Wrestling/ArnAnderson at Fall Brawl due to interference from Wrestling/BrianPillman, and spent the next month trying to convince an extremely wary Sting to be his partner against the duo for Halloween Havoc. After weeks of vehement refusal, Flair finally got Sting to relent, but not before the latter threatened to mess up the former real good if he got screwed. Before the match, Anderson and Pillman ambushed and seemingly injured Flair, forcing Sting to face the heels by himself. However, in the middle of the match, as Sting was getting his ass kicked, Flair appeared to the roar of the crowd and took his place at Sting's corner. Sting played RickyMorton for a long time, getting closer and closer to making the tag to Flair each time. When he finally made the tag, the arena went nuts, and Flair looked prepared to ''kill'' Arn and Pillman...and then [[FaceHeelTurn proceeded to immediately lay out Sting]], revealing that the entire incident was a set up to re-form TheFourHorsemen The Four Horsemen and humiliate Sting.
** It got so bad that in one match it was lampshaded when Sting gave his Flair's valet Elizabeth a can of mace to use in case any of the heels tried to make a move on her. Predictably, she turned around and used the mace on Sting later in the match--only it wasn't mace, it was ''silly string''! This was the only time Sting ever managed to outsmart someone.
16th Jun '17 10:19:31 PM nombretomado
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%%* The video for ''The Call'' by the BackstreetBoys involves one of these. ''[[MindScrew Probably]]''.

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\n%%* The video for ''The Call'' "The Call" by the BackstreetBoys Music/BackstreetBoys involves one of these. ''[[MindScrew Probably]]''.
15th May '17 6:42:32 PM nombretomado
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* "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig's eponymous "Perfect Hoax" back in 1996. For weeks, he stole TripleH's valets and caused him to lose numerous matches because of the subsequent distractions. Finally getting fed up with it, Triple H challenged the retired Hennig to a match; Hennig accepted. However, on the night of the match during an episode of RAW, Triple H ambushed Hennig backstage before the match and seemingly injured his knee, preventing him from continuing. Then-Intercontinental Champion "Wild Man" Marc Mero decided to fight Triple H in Hennig's place, putting his title on the line. In the match's climax, Triple H attempted to cheat using a steel chair, but Hennig ran in for the save and took the chair from Triple H... only to wallop Mero with the chair, allowing Triple H to pin him for the title. Afterwards, the duo revealed that the entire debacle was a plan to put the title on Triple H (and return him to a prominent stature within the company), while embarrassing Mero for stealing Sable from Triple H.

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* "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig's eponymous "Perfect Hoax" back in 1996. For weeks, he stole TripleH's Wrestling/TripleH's valets and caused him to lose numerous matches because of the subsequent distractions. Finally getting fed up with it, Triple H challenged the retired Hennig to a match; Hennig accepted. However, on the night of the match during an episode of RAW, Triple H ambushed Hennig backstage before the match and seemingly injured his knee, preventing him from continuing. Then-Intercontinental Champion "Wild Man" Marc Mero decided to fight Triple H in Hennig's place, putting his title on the line. In the match's climax, Triple H attempted to cheat using a steel chair, but Hennig ran in for the save and took the chair from Triple H... only to wallop Mero with the chair, allowing Triple H to pin him for the title. Afterwards, the duo revealed that the entire debacle was a plan to put the title on Triple H (and return him to a prominent stature within the company), while embarrassing Mero for stealing Sable from Triple H.
3rd May '17 9:27:47 AM hello86
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* The whole point of ''Film/TheSting''.
15th Apr '17 9:13:20 PM marcoasalazarm
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* In a variant, ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' has one of the local policemen, Mooney, thinking that he's being the target of one of these (that somehow is involving ''all of the town's residents'') to drive him nuts and force him to quit being a policeman. [[PoliceAreUseless And because of this, he absolutely refuses to believe that alien Klowns are abducting and killing people, even when his superior officer calls through the radio asking for him to request backup (he just assumes he's in on it, too)]]. Goes without saying that the threat is real and it ends up killing him.



* In a variant, ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' has one of the local policemen, Mooney, thinking that he's being the target of one of these (that somehow is involving ''all of the town's residents'') to drive him nuts and force him to quit being a policeman. [[PoliceAreUseless And because of this, he absolutely refuses to believe that alien Klowns are abducting and killing people, even when his superior officer calls through the radio asking for him to request backup (he just assumes he's in on it, too)]]. Goes without saying that the threat is real and it ends up killing him.
15th Apr '17 9:12:09 PM marcoasalazarm
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%%* ''Film/TheSting''

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%%* ''Film/TheSting''* ''Film/TheSting'': The plan to steal a lot of money from TheDon through a false fixed wire scam.



%%* ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels''

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%%* ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels''* ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'': two men trying to scam a girl by way of pretending they are competing with each other to see who gets all the money... [[spoiler:and then it turns out that the girl is ''an even better'' scammer, using them both as pawns to get money herself.]]



%%* ''Film/WildThings'' - One of the layers of deceit appears to be this.

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%%* * ''Film/WildThings'' - One of the Layers upon layers of deceit appears deceit, many people trying to be this.back-stab each other. It is not until the denouement that it turns out that most of them were actually working together and just ''pretending'' stop backstab each other (not to say that one or two of them didn't ended up dead, though).



* In a variant, ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' has one of the local policemen, Mooney, thinking that he's being the target of one of these (that somehow is involving ''all of the town's residents'') to drive him nuts and force him to quit being a policeman. [[PoliceAreUseless And because of this, he absolutely refuses to believe that alien Klowns are abducting and killing people, even when his superior officer calls through the radio asking for him to request backup (he just assumes he's in on it, too)]]. Goes without saying that the threat is real and it ends up killing him.



%%* 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. episodes (because of Michael Westen's dislike to assassinate people, so he makes use of scams to make them face AFateWorseThanDeath... or get killed by other bad guys, it's also fine by him). Sometimes done by both the heroes and bad guys in VictimOfTheWeek having been the same episode.target of one of these by VillainOfTheWeek is the reason they come asking Michael for help.
10th Apr '17 10:01:05 AM nombretomado
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* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''; in the episode "Wrath of the Krampus", [[spoiler: Mystery Inc, with a little help from several others, including Hot Dog Water, Jason Wyatt and former mayor Fred Jones Sr, created the hoax of the Krampus to distract Mr. E and his allies so they could acquire Mr. E's segments of the Planispheric Disc.]]

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* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''; ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''; in the episode "Wrath of the Krampus", [[spoiler: Mystery Inc, with a little help from several others, including Hot Dog Water, Jason Wyatt and former mayor Fred Jones Sr, created the hoax of the Krampus to distract Mr. E and his allies so they could acquire Mr. E's segments of the Planispheric Disc.]]
2nd Apr '17 5:07:09 PM Sonofstranger
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* The third game, fourth case of ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' is about how a cop's sister is kidnapped by her boyfriend, asking for a ransom of an expensive diamond of their father's at a mountain river. [[spoiler: It was all staged in order to sell the diamond and split the millions of dollars amongst themselves. However, all of THAT was a scam; the sister planned this all along and jumped into a river with the diamond, keeping it for herself. (Until it was lost in the river, leaving her with nothing but a criminal background and a lot of karma to hit her over the head later.)]]

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* The third game, fourth case ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Case 4
of ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Trials and Tribulations]]'' is about how a cop's sister is kidnapped by her boyfriend, asking for a ransom of an expensive diamond of their father's at a mountain river. [[spoiler: It was all staged in order to sell the diamond and split the millions of dollars amongst themselves. However, all of THAT was a scam; the sister planned this all along and jumped into a river with the diamond, keeping it for herself. (Until it was lost in the river, leaving her with nothing but a criminal background and a lot of karma to hit her over the head later.)]])]]
** In case 2 of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', [[spoiler:Roger Retinz plots to pull a hidden camera "prank" on Trucy's first televised appearance with Mr. Reus and Bonny and Betty de Famme by tricking Trucy into thinking she had accidentally killed Reus. Like the previous example, it turns out to be an elaborate scheme by Roger to kill Mr. Reus and pin the blame on Trucy that none of the other characters are aware of. He gets bonus points for managing to convince Betty that the "prank" was all ''her'' idea.]]
25th Mar '17 5:55:13 PM nombretomado
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* In TheWitcher3 's Blood and Wine expansion, the killer of the knights turns out to be [[spoiler: A Higher Vampire acting under the understanding that someone had his former lover and was going to torture her to death, the blackmailer in question being an exiled noble with a grudge. Of course, the blackmailer and his lover turn out to be one and the same.]]

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* In TheWitcher3 's ''TheWitcher3'''s Blood and Wine expansion, the killer of the knights turns out to be [[spoiler: A Higher Vampire acting under the understanding that someone had his former lover and was going to torture her to death, the blackmailer in question being an exiled noble with a grudge. Of course, the blackmailer and his lover turn out to be one and the same.]]



* 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''.''WebAnimation/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.]]]]
15th Jan '17 12:43:46 AM 59Efra
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* A rare well-intentioned instance in ''Ocho apellidos catalanes''. Pau's grandmother, Roser, is a fervent Catalan nationalist who wants to see her region secede from Spain, so he decides to pretend it has actually happened. Since she has been an important woman in the town, Pau doesn't have much trouble getting everybody to play along. [[spoiler:Koldo inadvertedly blows the ruse during the WeddingDay sequence.]]
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