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30th Apr '18 9:39:11 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[AllegedlyFreeGame massively-multiplayer online games that are scams]], or people who have been scammed by other players in a massively-multiplayer online game.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[AllegedlyFreeGame massively-multiplayer online games that are scams]], or people who have been scammed by other players in a massively-multiplayer online game.
17th Jan '18 1:20:30 PM RedScharlach
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%%* 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.]]

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%%* The Argentine Argentinian 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 Argentinian currency adds another twist.]]



* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': Everyone but Truman knows 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 reality TV show.

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* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': Everyone but Truman knows 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'', his ''wife'': all actors in a reality TV show.



* ''Film/WildThings'' - Layers upon layers of deceit, many people trying to 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).

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* ''Film/WildThings'' - Layers upon layers of deceit, many people trying to 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 to backstab each other (not to say that one or two of them didn't ended up dead, though).



* 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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* 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 inadvertently blows the ruse during the WeddingDay sequence.]]



* The ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' story "Take Me To Your Leader" revolves around an alien vistation -- complete with flying saucer, heat rays, MissingTime incidents, and all the trimmings -- witnessed by a disparate group of people under circumstances that make it unlikely any trickery could have fooled all of them. It turns out that it's an elaborate con aimed at one man, a respected scientist with the ear of the British government, and everybody else present for the incident is in on it. After uncovering the truth, Modesty remarks that it's possibly the one explanation even less likely than it actually being aliens.

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* The ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' story "Take Me To Your Leader" revolves around an alien vistation visitation -- complete with flying saucer, heat rays, MissingTime incidents, and all the trimmings -- witnessed by a disparate group of people under circumstances that make it unlikely any trickery could have fooled all of them. It turns out that it's an elaborate con aimed at one man, a respected scientist with the ear of the British government, and everybody else present for the incident is in on it. After uncovering the truth, Modesty remarks that it's possibly the one explanation even less likely than it actually being aliens.
6th Jan '18 1:34:27 AM PhilsLover
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* ''Film/{{Criminal}}'' (an English-language remake of ''Nine Queens'') is about a veteran conman named Richard who takes on a younger partner named Rodrigo and convinces him to assist him in pulling a major con on a mark who's staying in the hotel where Richard's sister works as a concierge. TheReveal at the end is that [[spoiler:the whole plan is really a con engineered by Rodrigo against Richard, which both the mark and the sister (whom Rodrigo is dating) are in on. The goal: to coerce Richard into giving his sister and brother the inheritance he cheated them out of. The kicker: Richard never finds out what's really going on.]]

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* ''Film/{{Criminal}}'' ''Criminal'' (an English-language remake of ''Nine Queens'') is about a veteran conman named Richard who takes on a younger partner named Rodrigo and convinces him to assist him in pulling a major con on a mark who's staying in the hotel where Richard's sister works as a concierge. TheReveal at the end is that [[spoiler:the whole plan is really a con engineered by Rodrigo against Richard, which both the mark and the sister (whom Rodrigo is dating) are in on. The goal: to coerce Richard into giving his sister and brother the inheritance he cheated them out of. The kicker: Richard never finds out what's really going on.]]
1st Oct '17 7:26:49 PM HeraldAlberich
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The kidnapper calls: [[IHaveYourWife he has your wife,]] and he's asking for $2,000,000 in small, unmarked bills, or else [[StuffedIntoTheFridge she comes home in pieces.]] It's the worst day of your life, but you have no idea how bad it's going to get. You tell your best friend what's happened and he, ever the pillar of support, tells you to just give the kidnapper the ransom; bringing in the police might set him off. So the two of you drive to the arranged meeting point. Your friend offers to carry the ransom inside the abandoned warehouse, but then - just after he steps through the door - a police car passes through the area, sirens wailing. Your cellphone rings - "they'll never take me alive!" - and then the warehouse, the kidnapper, your best friend, and the ransom money are all consumed in the biggest explosion you've ever seen.

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The kidnapper calls: [[IHaveYourWife he has your wife,]] and he's asking for $2,000,000 in small, unmarked bills, or else [[StuffedIntoTheFridge she comes home in pieces.]] pieces]]. It's the worst day of your life, but you have no idea how bad it's going to get. You tell your best friend what's happened and he, ever the pillar of support, tells you to just give the kidnapper the ransom; bringing in the police might set him off. So the two of you drive to the arranged meeting point. Your friend offers to carry the ransom inside the abandoned warehouse, but then - just then--just after he steps through the door - a door--a police car passes through the area, sirens wailing. Your cellphone rings - "they'll rings--"they'll never take me alive!" - and alive!"--and then the warehouse, the kidnapper, your best friend, and the ransom money are all consumed in the biggest explosion you've ever seen.
23rd Sep '17 10:57:55 AM Sharlee
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* In ''House Of The Long Shadows'', [[spoiler: the novel [=McGee=] writes in 24 hours is about]] how an unsuspecting author is set up to experience a Gothic-horror-flavored suspense story by his publisher, who hires actors to pose as a Family With A DarkSecret, gathering to resolve a long-ago injustice.

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* In ''House Of The Long Shadows'', [[spoiler: the novel [=McGee=] writes in 24 hours is about]] Shadows'' recounts how an unsuspecting author is set up to experience a Gothic-horror-flavored suspense story by his publisher, who hires actors to pose as a Family With A DarkSecret, gathering to resolve a long-ago injustice.injustice. [[spoiler: At least, that's what the novel the author writes in 24 hours is about.]]
23rd Sep '17 10:56:30 AM Sharlee
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* In ''House Of The Long Shadows'', [[spoiler: the novel [=McGee=] writes in 24 hours is about]] how an unsuspecting author is set up to experience a Gothic-horror-flavored suspense story by his publisher, who hires actors to pose as a Family With A DarkSecret, gathering to resolve a long-ago injustice.
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''.
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