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10th Dec '16 5:42:39 PM Kimera128
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* In ''Series/AgentsOfShield'', SHIELD fooled HYDRA into killing three of its top leaders by making it look like these leaders planned to kill the rest off. HYDRA's paranoia made it vulnerable to this tactic, especially since several of the leaders were competing for a promotion.
9th Dec '16 9:27:39 PM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', after Robin joins the crew, despite Cross' friendliness towards her, she remembers that after their first meeting, he promised that they'd meet again, and he'd pay her back. Cross informs her that he doesn't plan on getting her back anytime soon, because he needs to think a long time about what to do. And meanwhile...she can worry about it.
3rd Dec '16 11:44:09 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Tuuri pulls a minor one on her employer's three children: after one of them pushes the wrong button by [[WeightWoe calling her fat]], she tells them that she heard their parents one of them was adopted and that they loved that child less than the other two.

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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Tuuri pulls a minor one on her employer's three children: after one of them pushes the wrong button by [[WeightWoe calling her fat]], she tells them that she heard their parents say one of them was adopted and that they loved that child less than the other two.
19th Nov '16 6:18:31 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Tuuri pulls a minor one on her employer's three children. After one of them pushes the the wrong button by [[WeightWoe calling her fat]], she tells them that she heard their parents one of the was adopted and that they loved that child less than the other two.

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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Tuuri pulls a minor one on her employer's three children. After children: after one of them pushes the the wrong button by [[WeightWoe calling her fat]], she tells them that she heard their parents one of the them was adopted and that they loved that child less than the other two.
19th Nov '16 10:19:56 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Tuuri pulls a minor one on her employer's three children. After one of them pushes the the wrong button by [[WeightWoe calling her fat]], she tells them that she heard their parents one of the was adopted and that they loved that child less than the other two.
5th Nov '16 8:28:18 AM WillBGood
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** Also from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the short story ''The Sea and Little Fishes''. Granny Weatherwax does this to the entire Witch community merely by smiling and offering to help kindly, when she had been horribly insulted the night before by one of the contest's organizers. Seeing one of the most successful [[TheMaidenTheMotherAndTheCrone Crones]] out there acting like a kindly old lady makes everyone think she's planning something terrifying, and ruins the whole thing through sheer paranoia.

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** Also from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the short story ''The Sea and Little Fishes''. Granny Weatherwax does this to the entire Witch community merely by smiling and offering to help kindly, when she had been horribly insulted the night before by one of the contest's organizers. Seeing one of the most successful [[TheMaidenTheMotherAndTheCrone [[TheHecateSisters Crones]] out there acting like a kindly old lady makes everyone think she's planning something terrifying, and ruins the whole thing through sheer paranoia.
5th Nov '16 8:27:27 AM WillBGood
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* In ''Film/TheTallBlondWithOneBlackShoe'', the head of the French secret service pulls one of these on his [[TheStarscream Starscream]] number two, by convincing him that a completely random stranger, the titular blond, is in fact a top agent who will 'deal with him'. This causes the number two to get increasingly paranoid, and eventually results in [[spoiler:him dying]].

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* In ''Film/TheTallBlondWithOneBlackShoe'', ''Film/TheTallBlondManWithOneBlackShoe'', the head of the French secret service pulls one of these on his [[TheStarscream Starscream]] number two, by convincing him that a completely random stranger, the titular blond, is in fact a top agent who will 'deal with him'. This causes the number two to get increasingly paranoid, and eventually results in [[spoiler:him dying]].
1st Oct '16 12:23:40 PM EDP
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* Often done by ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} against someone who ''really'' pissed him off, usually by [[CruelMercy making clear he's going to kill them when he's in the mood and then leaving]], resulting in them ruining their lives in utter terror of what he'll do when he comes back.

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* Often done by ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} against someone who ''really'' pissed him off, usually by [[CruelMercy making clear he's going to kill them when he's in the mood and then leaving]], resulting in them ruining their lives in utter terror of what he'll do when he comes back. Considering [[TheDreaded his well-earned reputation]] as a murderer and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King of Terror]] it works every time, even if he never spares a thought about them once he made sure it worked.
** In one particular occasion Diabolik did this to murder the director of a newspaper that [[WorstNewsJudgementEver had called him a fool that the police presented as a super thief to cover their own incompetence]]: after kidnapping him and poisoning the journalist who had written the article he told him he'd die in five days and released him. The poor director, terrified, hired bodyguards that would check anyone for LatexPerfection, would only eat food prepared by his personal cook and after it had been checked for poison, and lived those days in fear of Diabolik ''still'' killing him... Not knowing that, before releasing him, Diabolik had put a cyanide capsule in one of his dentures and terrified him so he would continuously clatter his teeth until the capsule broke, killing him on the fourth day. No newspaper dared to publish such an article again.
1st Oct '16 12:14:03 PM EDP
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* Often done by ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} against someone who ''really'' pissed him off, usually by [[CruelMercy making clear he's going to kill them when he's in the mood and then leaving]], resulting in them ruining their lives in utter terror of what he'll do when he comes back.
1st Oct '16 12:08:18 PM EDP
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* UsefulNotes/FascistItaly's OVRA may have been this trope, enacted by UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini drawing on his experience as a journalist. As far as anyone knew back in the day it was a scaringly efficient SecretPolice and ''anyone'' could have been a member-but there's no evidence it actually existed beyond a name that sounds suspiciously like "piovra" (meaning "octopus" in Italian) and served as anything more than this and a distraction for the ''regular'' police to do the actual job, and it never officially existed.
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