History Main / ParanoiaGambit

23rd Sep '16 12:10:35 PM IamTheCaligula
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, on of the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Myths_of_Sheogorath myths surrounding Sheogorath]] (the AffablyEvil daedric prince of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality madness]]) has a wizard come to him asking for power. Sheogorath says he can have it, if he stays sane for [[RuleOfThree three days]]. The fear drives said wizard completely bonkers even though Sheogorath hadn't bothered ''actually doing anything''.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, on one of the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Myths_of_Sheogorath myths surrounding Sheogorath]] (the AffablyEvil Sheogorath]], the daedric prince of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality madness]]) [[MadGod madness]], has a wizard come to him asking for power. Sheogorath says he can have it, if he stays sane for ''if'' Sheogorath fails to drive the wizard insane within [[RuleOfThree three days]]. The fear drives said wizard completely bonkers even though Sheogorath hadn't bothered ''actually doing anything''.
14th Sep '16 8:42:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''The Tall Blond With One Black Shoe'', 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 ''The Tall Blond With One Black Shoe'', ''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]].
9th Sep '16 3:23:39 PM Lopiny
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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.

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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.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.
30th Jul '16 1:17:22 PM KeithM
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* The [[Series/MissionImpossible Impossible Missions Force]] had this in their usual bag of tricks in order to screw with the minds of their targets, typically by using a FalseFlag to convince the mark that someone else on their side was out to get them.

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* The [[Series/MissionImpossible Impossible Missions Force]] had this in their usual bag of tricks in order to screw with the minds of their targets, typically by using a FalseFlag FalseFlagOperation to convince the mark that someone else on their side was out to get them.them, and then exploiting the paranoia to get on with what they were really up to.
30th Jul '16 1:16:00 PM KeithM
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* The [[Series/MissionImpossible Impossible Missions Force]] had this in their usual bag of tricks in order to screw with the minds of their targets, typically by using a FalseFlag to convince the mark that someone else on their side was out to get them.
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.
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