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10th Jul '16 3:11:34 PM karstovich2
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*** To elaborate: the poison Londo claims to have used is one-half of a binary poison, which remains latent in the body. That means that he has Lord Refa on a leash indefinitely, for fear of being dosed with the second component of the poison if he ever defies Londo in the future. The final irony is that [[spoiler:Londo eventually ''does'' have Refa murdered, but not by poisoning.]]

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*** To elaborate: the poison Londo claims to have used is one-half of a binary poison, which remains latent in the body. That means that he has Lord Refa on a leash indefinitely, for fear of being dosed with the second component of the poison if he ever defies Londo in the future. [[note]]This works because the second component won't kill a taster--except in the extremely unlikely event that the taster has also been previously dosed with the first component--and probably won't be caught by any other device to detect poison.[[/note]] The final irony is that [[spoiler:Londo eventually ''does'' have Refa murdered, but not by poisoning.]]
25th Jun '16 9:25:58 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', Dwight ambushes Jim by hiding inside a snowman. Later that day, when Jim is walking to his car, he finds himself surrounded by snowmen. As Jim snaps and starts destroying every one of them, Dwight watches from the roof. "The greatest snowball is fear. Merry Christmas."

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* In ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', Dwight ambushes Jim by hiding inside a snowman. Later that day, when Jim is walking to his car, he finds himself surrounded by snowmen. As Jim snaps and starts destroying every one of them, Dwight watches from the roof. "The "In the end, the greatest snowball is fear.isn't a snowball at all. It's ''fear''. Merry Christmas."
22nd Jun '16 7:42:58 PM somebob
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* Dawn delivers a nice gambit in the ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'' episode, "Diary of an Angry Quad". After realizing her brothers read her diary, she decided to get them back by writing a false entry saying that two of the boys are conspiring to do something to the third. This leads the boys to distrust each other and be nice to Dawn to get information from her.
19th Jun '16 1:46:10 PM nombretomado
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See also KansasCityShuffle, which involves making the target suspect something and try to counteract that, then doing something else that needed them to do what they just did. Also #20 of TheThirtySixStratagems.

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See also KansasCityShuffle, which involves making the target suspect something and try to counteract that, then doing something else that needed them to do what they just did. Also #20 of TheThirtySixStratagems.
UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems.
28th May '16 11:06:42 PM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Forward Base", Purdey and Gambit spook a Russian agent into revealing the location of the base by calling him to tell him his cover is blown, and then doing absolutely nothing. They reason that the fact that he cannot find them will absolutely convince him that they are on to him.
26th Mar '16 7:01:28 PM BobTanaka
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-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "The first step is to make people believe you harbor dark and powerful secrets."
-->'''Mel:''' "How do you do that?"
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' [[EvilLaugh "Heh heh heh."]]
-->'''Mel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "What?! What are the secrets?! Why won't you tell me!?"]]

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-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "The first step is to make people believe you harbor dark and powerful secrets."Heh heh heh."
-->'''Mel:''' "How do you do that?"
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' [[EvilLaugh "Heh heh heh."]]
-->'''Mel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "What?! What are the secrets?! Why won't you tell me!?"]]
-->'''Helen:''' "This is how she used to get me to eat cream corn."
26th Mar '16 6:56:17 PM BobTanaka
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* Dr. Helen Narbon (senior) is a ''master'' of this technique in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''. Roughly 90% of her evil schemes consist of simply saying "Heh heh heh" in answer to any question.
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "The first step is to make people believe you harbor dark and powerful secrets."
-->'''Mel:''' "How do you do that?"
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' [[EvilLaugh "Heh heh heh."]]
-->'''Mel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "What?! What are the secrets?! Why won't you tell me!?"]]
14th Feb '16 9:57:50 PM WillBGood
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** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry has to resort to this in two stories to Paxton Powers and Inque's daughter respectively when they screwed over their parents, profited from it and Batman can't bring them to justice. Namely, he visits them and suggests most heavily to each that their supervillain parents would possibly come after them for revenge and may strike at any time. While Paxton isn't phased, considering he could afford increasing his security detail, Inque's is unsettled.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry has to resort to this in two stories to Paxton Powers and Inque's daughter respectively when they screwed over their parents, profited from it and Batman can't bring them to justice. Namely, he visits them and suggests most heavily to each that their supervillain parents would possibly come after them for revenge and may strike at any time. While Paxton isn't phased, considering he could afford increasing his security detail, Inque's is unsettled.



* Slappy Squirrel in the ''Animaniacs'' episode "I got your can" pulls one off on Candie Chipmunk, after having subjected her to some well-deserved revenge. And then it stopped. Queue the Paranoia Gambit.

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* Slappy Squirrel in the ''Animaniacs'' episode "I got your can" Got Your Can" pulls one off on Candie Chipmunk, after having subjected her to some well-deserved revenge. And then it stopped. Queue Cue the Paranoia Gambit.
14th Feb '16 9:52:51 PM WillBGood
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* This is how Dora defeats [[spoiler:Albin]] in book four of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'': she changes [[spoiler:his]] kill charm formula by adding runes "mirror reflection" and "powering up" (thus making the charm [[spoiler:Albin]] makes return to [[spoiler:him]] stronger) and then suggests that she added charm elixir to his drink. She didn't, but being a [[SmugSnake vampire]], [[spoiler:Albin]] thinks she did, so if [[spoiler:Albin]] ever tries throwing this charm again, it will kill [[spoiler:him]] instead.

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* This is how Dora defeats [[spoiler:Albin]] in book four of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'': she changes [[spoiler:his]] their kill charm formula by adding runes "mirror reflection" and "powering up" (thus making the charm [[spoiler:Albin]] makes they make return to [[spoiler:him]] the caster stronger) and then suggests that she added charm elixir to his their drink. She didn't, but being a [[SmugSnake vampire]], [[spoiler:Albin]] thinks they think she did, so if [[spoiler:Albin]] they ever tries throwing this charm again, it will kill [[spoiler:him]] them instead.
2nd Feb '16 12:49:41 PM Aquillion
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Since it relies on the mark's paranoia, it resembles a BatmanGambit. Compare ConfoundThemWithKindness, where Alice acts nicely towards Bob after the fact to confuse him.

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Since it relies on the mark's paranoia, it resembles a BatmanGambit. Compare ConfoundThemWithKindness, where Alice acts nicely towards Bob after the fact to confuse him. Often this relies on making something look like ShmuckBait.
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