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19th Apr '17 12:07:58 PM Julia1984
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* One theory behind ''FairyTales/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Continues to show up in most parodies and deconstructions.

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* One theory behind ''FairyTales/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''.''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Continues to show up in most parodies and deconstructions.
19th Apr '17 12:06:05 PM Julia1984
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* Most fiction parodying/deconstructing ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''.

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* Most fiction parodying/deconstructing ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''.One theory behind ''FairyTales/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Continues to show up in most parodies and deconstructions.
12th Apr '17 5:47:03 AM TheDocCC
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** The French did something similar with bounties paid for rat tails in Vietnam. The results were predictable in hindsight - rat ranchers chopping the tails off of rats, then letting them go.
9th Apr '17 9:27:41 AM nombretomado
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* The short story "The George Business" by RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.

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* The short story "The George Business" by RogerZelazny Creator/RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.
12th Feb '17 9:42:48 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Crime and Punishment", the neighbourhood watch in a remote village faces having its funding cut as crime has dropped 70%. The organizer of the watch bullies one of her subordinates into staging a series of burglaries so the watch can justify its continued existence.
7th Feb '17 2:58:44 PM intastiel
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* A variant in ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'', where the dragon menacing a village [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=20040401 turns out]] to be an illusion created by a [[HonestJohnsDealership shopkeeper]] to boost sales of (bogus) anti-dragon {{Protective Charm}}s.
30th Oct '16 10:17:08 AM nombretomado
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* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' Magazine "Dragon Project" article (unusual dragons for games other than D&D; in this case ''{{GURPS}}'') describes Dexter and Cornelius, a conman who works with a naive dragon. Cornelius "threatens" a village, and Dexter arrives to "save" it.

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* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' Magazine "Dragon Project" article (unusual dragons for games other than D&D; in this case ''{{GURPS}}'') ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'') describes Dexter and Cornelius, a conman who works with a naive dragon. Cornelius "threatens" a village, and Dexter arrives to "save" it.
6th Jul '16 7:52:50 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In the film ''Film/{{Thor}}'', this is an aspect of [[spoiler: Loki]]'s scheme. [[spoiler: He sets up a Frost Giant assassination attempt against Odin, foiling it himself in order for an excuse to destroy Jotunheim and [[WellDoneSonGuy win his father's approval]].]]

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* In the film ''Film/{{Thor}}'', this is an aspect of [[spoiler: Loki]]'s scheme. [[spoiler: He sets up a Frost Giant assassination attempt against Odin, foiling it himself in order for to have an excuse to destroy Jotunheim and [[WellDoneSonGuy win his father's approval]].]]



* The short story ''The George Business'' by RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.

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* The short story ''The "The George Business'' Business" by RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.



** Earlier in the series, the human villain of ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'' had ''tried'' to use a one-shot version of this scheme to get a (figurehead) king installed as the ruler of Ankh-Morpork. It backfired, because the dragon he summoned as part of the plan turned out to have ambitions of its own....

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** Earlier in the series, the human villain of ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'' ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' had ''tried'' to use a one-shot version of this scheme to get a (figurehead) king installed as the ruler of Ankh-Morpork. It backfired, because the dragon he summoned as part of the plan turned out to have ambitions of its own....



* The well-known Japanese story ''Naita Akaoni'' -- which roughly translates to "Crying Red Oni" or "Tears of the Red Oni" and is referenced in, among other things, ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' and ''Manga/SgtFrog'' -- features a Blue Oni that comes up with this scheme and acts as the monster in it, so his friend the Red Oni can befriend humans. In the BittersweetEnding, Blue Oni has to leave forever to keep up the ruse.

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* The well-known Japanese story ''Naita Akaoni'' -- which Akaoni''--which roughly translates to "Crying Red Oni" or "Tears of the Red Oni" and is referenced in, among other things, ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' and ''Manga/SgtFrog'' -- features ''Manga/SgtFrog''--features a Blue Oni that comes up with this scheme and acts as the monster in it, so his friend the Red Oni can befriend humans. In the BittersweetEnding, Blue Oni has to leave forever to keep up the ruse.


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* In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', the Sand People are a legitimate threat to the settlers, and the Settlers' Call {{posse}} is an honest, if brutal, response. [[spoiler:Until the Tuskens stop attacking so much, and Orrin--embezzling from the Call Fund to cover his debts--disguises himself and his kids as Sand People to (non-fatally) attack non-subscribers to keep his cash flow going.]]
15th Jun '16 2:05:46 AM PaulA
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* One of Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/ParkerPyne'' stories featured an elaborate con in which a rich MyBelovedSmother's son was kidnapped and held for ransom. Fortunately Parker Pyne was on the scene, and suggested a plan of action: Pyne knew a jeweller who could copy the woman's pearl necklace, which Pyne would then bring to the kidnappers. The story ends quite happily with the family reunited... then the ''real'' Parker Pyne shows up to explain that the first one was in on the con, intending to run off with her original necklace.
21st May '16 12:36:58 PM erforce
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* The Film/{{Ghostbusters}} had to face accusations of this, in the movies at least. Venkman actually ''does'' pretend to detect paranormal activity in Dana's apartment, although he's faking it to get into her pants rather than her wallet.

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* The Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} had to face accusations of this, in the movies at least. Venkman actually ''does'' pretend to detect paranormal activity in Dana's apartment, apartment in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} original film]], although he's faking it to get into her pants rather than her wallet.
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