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29th Apr '17 11:23:53 AM nombretomado
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** Thrawn himself pulls off a multitasked conversation in ''Side Trip'', a collaborative MichaelStackpole / TimothyZahn novella in ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Tales From The Empire]]''. Disguised as a helmeted bounty hunter, he gets [[Literature/XWingSeries Corran Horn]] to go along with him into a criminal's fortress, then turns a blaster on him and helps the criminals stick Corran in the jail. While Corran blusters and threatens retribution, Thrawn tells him that he looks forward to when Corran gets out, since he's the only one standing between Corran and freedom. Come find him. To the criminals, and admittedly to Corran, this is a threat. To himself and Corran's more rationally-thinking father, who he's come to save, it's an announcement that this is a TrojanPrisoner scheme, since Thrawn provided a way for them to break out.

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** Thrawn himself pulls off a multitasked conversation in ''Side Trip'', a collaborative MichaelStackpole Creator/MichaelStackpole / TimothyZahn Creator/TimothyZahn novella in ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Tales From The Empire]]''. Disguised as a helmeted bounty hunter, he gets [[Literature/XWingSeries Corran Horn]] to go along with him into a criminal's fortress, then turns a blaster on him and helps the criminals stick Corran in the jail. While Corran blusters and threatens retribution, Thrawn tells him that he looks forward to when Corran gets out, since he's the only one standing between Corran and freedom. Come find him. To the criminals, and admittedly to Corran, this is a threat. To himself and Corran's more rationally-thinking father, who he's come to save, it's an announcement that this is a TrojanPrisoner scheme, since Thrawn provided a way for them to break out.
17th Dec '16 7:32:03 AM Atticus
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* A variation occurs in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', when one of Elain's coworkers believes that Elain's name is actually Suzi, and complains about her to Elain's boss. Her boss, of course, believes that Suzi must be a separate person entirely. When this woman (in the presence of Elain's boss) demands to confront both Elain and Suzi at the same time, Elain manages to talk her way out of the situation while simultaneously maintaining the illusion that she is Suzi (to her coworker) and that Suzi is someone else (to her boss).

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* A variation occurs in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', when one of Elain's Elaine's coworkers believes that Elain's Elaine's name is actually Suzi, and complains about her to Elain's Elaine's boss. Her boss, of course, believes that Suzi must be a separate person entirely. When this woman (in the presence of Elain's Elaine's boss) demands to confront both Elain Elaine and Suzi at the same time, Elain Elaine manages to talk her way out of the situation while simultaneously maintaining the illusion that she is Suzi (to her coworker) and that Suzi is someone else (to her boss).
23rd Oct '16 3:40:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happens in Literature/{{Discworld}}'s stand-alone novel ''Discworld/SmallGods''. The central premise is that [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly gods need belief to exist]], and the book's God, Om, has only one believer left. He and said believer, Brutha, travel together, but since nobody else believes, nobody else can hear Om's voice. This leads to some interesting situations where Brutha and Om are trying to yell at each other (usually about some demonstration of godly powers or the lack thereof). It doesn't help that Brutha CannotTellALie, although over the course of the book he does get better at twisting the truth.
** Also happens in Discworld/WyrdSisters. Two soldiers confront the witches, who have just been handed a baby by a dying man, to keep it safe. One of the soldiers is respectful and knows messing with witches is a very bad idea. The other demands the baby be handed over, claiming that he could strike them all down easily. Granny responds "Then strike, man. If your heart tells you, strike as hard as you dare". Just as he is about to stab her, he himself is stabbed in the back by the other soldier, who Granny was actually addressing.

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Happens in Literature/{{Discworld}}'s the stand-alone novel ''Discworld/SmallGods''. The central premise is that [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly gods need belief to exist]], and the book's God, Om, has only one believer left. He and said believer, Brutha, travel together, but since nobody else believes, nobody else can hear Om's voice. This leads to some interesting situations where Brutha and Om are trying to yell at each other (usually about some demonstration of godly powers or the lack thereof). It doesn't help that Brutha CannotTellALie, although over the course of the book he does get better at twisting the truth.
** Also happens in Discworld/WyrdSisters.''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. Two soldiers confront the witches, who have just been handed a baby by a dying man, to keep it safe. One of the soldiers is respectful and knows messing with witches is a very bad idea. The other demands the baby be handed over, claiming that he could strike them all down easily. Granny responds "Then strike, man. If your heart tells you, strike as hard as you dare". Just as he is about to stab her, he himself is stabbed in the back by the other soldier, who Granny was actually addressing.
23rd Oct '16 3:39:58 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the HandOfThrawn duology, the ConMan Flim, [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating Grand Admiral Thrawn]], tries to talk down a pirate ally who wants to kill one of Flim's allies. He suggests a new alliance. A Mistryl shadow warrior with a grudge against the pirate is eavesdropping, having taken out the pirate's backup, and when the pirate decides to ignore the offer she kills him. In the ensuing conversation, Flim tells the shadow warrior that he knows what she is, knew that she was there, and his offer was actually for ''her''. Later he admits to his allies that he hadn't known any of that; when she'd appeared he'd just recognized that she was a Mistryl shadow warrior. He's just very good at [[IndyPloy rolling with the punches]].

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** In the HandOfThrawn ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, the ConMan Flim, [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating Grand Admiral Thrawn]], tries to talk down a pirate ally who wants to kill one of Flim's allies. He suggests a new alliance. A Mistryl shadow warrior with a grudge against the pirate is eavesdropping, having taken out the pirate's backup, and when the pirate decides to ignore the offer she kills him. In the ensuing conversation, Flim tells the shadow warrior that he knows what she is, knew that she was there, and his offer was actually for ''her''. Later he admits to his allies that he hadn't known any of that; when she'd appeared he'd just recognized that she was a Mistryl shadow warrior. He's just very good at [[IndyPloy rolling with the punches]].
23rd Oct '16 3:39:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hogarth saying grace at the dinner table in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' doubles (rather clumsily) as an attempt to shoo away the Giant's hand before his mom sees it.
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* Hogarth saying grace at the dinner table in ''TheIronGiant'' doubles (rather clumsily) as an attempt to shoo away the Giant's hand before his mom sees it.
27th Aug '16 2:12:58 PM DaibhidC
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* In the autobiography of former UK Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he describes phoning UsefulNotes/GordonBrown in response to a pager alert at the same moment as he realised the joint of beef they were supposed to take to his parents for Christmas was still in the fridge at home. He largely forgot about the phone call as he discussed this with his wife, with the result that the PM interpreted "Where's the beef?" and "Is it too late to turn back?" as being Balls' reaction to the political situation.

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* In the autobiography of former UK Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he describes phoning an occasion in 1998, when he phoned UsefulNotes/GordonBrown in response to a pager alert at the same moment as he realised the joint of beef they were supposed to take to his parents for Christmas was still in the fridge at home. He largely forgot about the phone call as he discussed this with his wife, with the result that the PM Chancellor interpreted "Where's the beef?" and "Is it too late to turn back?" as being Balls' reaction to the political situation.
27th Aug '16 2:11:37 PM DaibhidC
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* In the autobiography of former UK Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he describes phoning UsefulNotes/GordonBrown in response to a pager alert at the same moment as he realised the joint of beef they were supposed to take to his parents for Christmas was still in the fridge at home. He largely forgot about the phone call as he discussed this with his wife, with the result that the PM interpreted "Where's the beef?" and "Is it too late to turn back?" as being Balls' reaction to the political situation.
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12th Aug '16 1:09:17 AM PaulA
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* In "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Borders of Infinity]]" by LoisMcMasterBujold, some of Miles' more oblique comments to his fellow prisoners are really instructions to his Dendarii Mercenaries, who he knows are listening in, telling them that he's changing the plan in mid stream. The reader is kept in the dark about that until late in the story.

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* In "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Borders of Infinity]]" "Literature/TheBordersOfInfinity" by LoisMcMasterBujold, Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, some of Miles' more oblique comments to his fellow prisoners are really instructions to his Dendarii Mercenaries, who he knows are listening in, telling them that he's changing the plan in mid stream. The reader is kept in the dark about that until late in the story.
27th Jun '16 9:23:23 AM longWriter
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* In ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'', Sanae has a [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic102 conversation]] which sounds like "I'm not treating you as a serious threat" to Meimu and a sort of in-character "StopHelpingMe" to Suwako.

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* In ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'', Sanae has a [[http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic102 conversation]] which sounds like "I'm not treating you as a serious threat" to Meimu and a sort of in-character "StopHelpingMe" "[[UnwantedAssistance stop helping me]]" to Suwako.
7th May '16 12:02:04 AM nombretomado
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* In ''GeneratorRex'' Cesar notices that someone cloaked is following him and the providence agents, since they plan on blowing up the area after they're done searching it, he loudly announces it for the sake of the cloaked followers

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* In ''GeneratorRex'' ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' Cesar notices that someone cloaked is following him and the providence agents, since they plan on blowing up the area after they're done searching it, he loudly announces it for the sake of the cloaked followers
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