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27th Apr '16 1:27:41 PM margdean56
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* Max Lord, when he was running ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', and his ex-wife Clare Montgomary of the Conglomorate, both have a habit of faking or hiring villains to make "their guys" look good (and in Claire's case because her corporate sponsers don't want the team fighting real villains without their control). In a variation, the teams themselves don't (usually) realise this, and think they're genuinely fighting the villains.

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* Max Lord, when he was running ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', and his ex-wife Clare Montgomary of the Conglomorate, both have a habit of faking or hiring villains to make "their guys" look good (and in Claire's case because her corporate sponsers sponsors don't want the team fighting real villains without their control). In a variation, the teams themselves don't (usually) realise this, and think they're genuinely fighting the villains.



** The gang scares the person behind the second racket by disguising themselves as ghost and allowing the racket's victim to beat them off.

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** The gang scares the person behind the second racket by disguising themselves as ghost ghosts and allowing the racket's victim to beat them off.
16th Apr '16 5:58:56 PM Homemaderat
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* ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' plays with this in the Pied Piper way. The gang try to infilitrate Befuddled Manor as exterminators. When Scrappy asks how do they know they have pests there, Flim Flam releases several rats into the building. This is made somewhat funnier when the Hall is populated with many monsters who themselves give an off screen scream when the rats are released.
1st Mar '16 8:15:08 AM EDP
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* In the ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' this is a somewhat recurring tactic of Paperinik's villains, with them inventing a fake superhero that, by foiling them, would be able to replace Paperinik before they can perform their main heist. The two most notable instances were the one time the ''Beagle Boys'' pulled it off (it ended with their hero successfully replacing Paperinik for a job at escorting Scrooge's money... And Paperinik waiting for him to drop his weapons before locking them in the armoured truck) and Pap-Man, who arrested ''hundreds'' of criminals before, upon succeeding, breaking them out and ''sack the whole city'' (Paperinik knocked him out as soon as he dropped his weapons to take on a disguise, and ''arrested everyone''. He also gave some of the loot to charity).
** In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' [[WorstNewsJudgementEver Angus Fangus]] often accuses him of this, but in at least one case he didn't actually believe it. [[spoiler:Giving Angus false evidence of Paperinik committing terrorist acts to justify his superhero role is how the time-travelling criminals of the Organization temporarily defeated him]].
19th Jan '16 3:02:07 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/{{Updraft}}'', Kirit is told that she the ability to repel skymouths ([[InvisibleMonsters invisible flying tentacled maws]]). This power is real, but [[spoiler:the people recruiting her don't want her to repel skymouths so much as help herd them; the Singers breed skymouths and control their supposedly random migrations, while taking credit for protecting the city]].
15th Oct '15 8:37:11 PM Josef5678
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* One of 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.

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* One of AgathaChristie's 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.
15th Oct '15 9:17:15 AM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', villages that don't pay out after Claymores kill their yoma infestations are ''coincidentally'' overrun by yoma shortly thereafter. Huh. [[spoiler:Yes, the Organization did create the yoma in the first place, and the payouts are just a side benefit to their real goal of creating and testing living weapons.]] The Claymores are innocent of this, but some start wising up later on in the manga.

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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', villages that don't pay out after Claymores kill their yoma infestations are ''coincidentally'' overrun by yoma shortly thereafter. Huh. [[spoiler:Yes, the Organization did create the yoma in the first place, and the payouts are just a side benefit to their real goal of creating and testing living weapons.]] The Claymores are innocent of this, but some start wising up later on in the manga.



* A variation of this is the bulk of the short manga [[OnePieceWanted Monsters]] by Eiichiro Oda (author of ''OnePiece''), where the villains uses a magical horn to summon a giant dragon to raze the cities (so that they can pillage them). [[spoiler: The hero Ryuuma manages to slay said dragon with a single slash.]]

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* A variation of this is the bulk of the short manga [[OnePieceWanted [[Manga/OnePieceWanted Monsters]] by Eiichiro Oda (author of ''OnePiece''), ''Franchise/OnePiece''), where the villains uses a magical horn to summon a giant dragon to raze the cities (so that they can pillage them). [[spoiler: The hero Ryuuma manages to slay said dragon with a single slash.]]
14th Oct '15 11:54:43 AM Discar
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', it's apparently rumoured the original [[VampireHunter Dawnguard]] may have pulled this and faked Vampire attacks on cities, then charged them for better protection; or pulled this con after ''becoming'' Vampires themselves?! History is somewhat unclear on the details, but what is certain, there is a ''lot'' of treasure under Fort Dawnguard. The source of the rumors is the local priest of Arkay who seems a [[CloudCuckoolander bit touched in the head]], claiming that he can [[HearingVoices hear the voice of Arkay]]...[[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight who somehow always knows whenever someone needs to be rescued from Vampires]].

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', it's apparently rumoured the original [[VampireHunter Dawnguard]] may have pulled this and faked Vampire attacks on cities, then charged them for better protection; or pulled this con after ''becoming'' Vampires themselves?! themselves. History is somewhat unclear on the details, but what is certain, there is a ''lot'' of treasure under Fort Dawnguard. The source of the rumors is the local priest of Arkay who seems a [[CloudCuckoolander bit touched in the head]], claiming that he can [[HearingVoices hear the voice of Arkay]]... [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight who somehow always knows whenever someone needs to be rescued from Vampires]].
14th Oct '15 11:53:01 AM Discar
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** This is a regular con that ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} the Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents]]'' pull: rats show up and mess with things in incredibly visible ways. Town hires a piper, who is usually some kid and his pet cat (legitimate pipers are hideously expensive and prissy). Kid leads out all the rats in showy fashion. Kid gets paid. Kid leaves town and meets up with rats to count up and split the profits. (The meeting up with the real thing is also played straight, in fact, it is the main plot of the book.)

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** This is a regular con that ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} the ''the Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents]]'' Rodents'' pull: rats show up and mess with things in incredibly visible ways. Town hires a piper, who is usually some kid and his pet cat (legitimate pipers are hideously expensive and prissy). Kid leads out all the rats in showy fashion. Kid gets paid. Kid leaves town and meets up with rats to count up and split the profits. (The meeting up with the real thing is also played straight, in fact, it is the main plot of the book.)



** Earlier in the Literature/{{Discworld}} 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 Literature/{{Discworld}} 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....
14th Oct '15 11:52:07 AM Discar
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*** At another point in the Discworld series, there's an anecdote about people attempting the "pest" version of this when Ankh-Morpork was in the throes of a rat infestation and people were being paid per rat. Lord Vetinari was asked what should be done, and replied simply "Tax the rat farms."

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*** ** At another point in the Discworld series, there's an anecdote about people attempting the "pest" version of this when Ankh-Morpork was in the throes of a rat infestation and people were being paid per rat.rat. People were lining up to turn in dead rats, but the infestation didn't seem to be going down at all. Lord Vetinari was asked what should be done, and replied simply "Tax the rat farms."
1st Oct '15 1:15:55 AM foxley
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* One of AgathaChristie's ''Literature/ParkerPyne'' stories featured an elaborate con in which a rich BelovedSmother'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.

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* One of AgathaChristie's ''Literature/ParkerPyne'' stories featured an elaborate con in which a rich BelovedSmother's 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.
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