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21st Mar '17 12:04:42 PM SteveMB
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* Despite this being 2/3 of Batman's M.O., one episode of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]] features the Riddler pulling an epic one... sort of. His origin episode revolves around him going after Mockridge, the man who cheated him out of the profits for a game he designed due to him being 'work-for-hire'. Batman and Robin manage to save Mockridge, but the Riddler gets away and implies he will eventually return to finish the job. The episode ends with a terrified Mockridge in his mansion, locking every door and window in the place, checking every shadow, and getting into bed with a loaded shotgun at his side while Bruce muses on the situation:
--> '''Bruce:''' [[PyrrhicVillainy Mockridge may have his money, but he won't be sleeping well]]. "How much is a good night's sleep worth?" Now THERE'S a riddle for you.
** In the episode "Joker's Millions", Joker inherits a fortune and uses it to buy his freedom, then spends a montage living it up as a richman. When asked by Penguin what his scheme is, Joker remarks that he has none; The knowledge that the Bat-family can't touch him and that it's upsetting Batman is good enough.

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Despite this being 2/3 of Batman's M.O., one the Riddler's origin episode of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]] "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" features the Riddler pulling an epic one... sort of. His origin episode revolves around him going after He seeks revenge on his former employer Mockridge, the man who cheated had contemptuously fired him out of when he asked for a share in the profits for of a game he designed due to him being 'work-for-hire'.he'd created. Batman and Robin manage to save Mockridge, but the Riddler gets away and implies he will eventually return to finish the job. The episode ends with a terrified Mockridge in his mansion, locking every door and window in the place, checking every shadow, and getting into bed with a loaded shotgun at his side while Bruce muses on the situation:
--> ---> '''Bruce:''' [[PyrrhicVillainy Mockridge may have his money, but he won't be sleeping well]]. "How much is a good night's sleep worth?" Now THERE'S a riddle for you.
** In the episode "Joker's Millions", Joker inherits a fortune and uses it to buy his freedom, then spends a montage living it up as a richman.rich man. When asked by Penguin what his scheme is, Joker remarks that he has none; The knowledge that the Bat-family can't touch him and that it's upsetting Batman is good enough.
29th Jan '17 8:22:31 AM SteveMB
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* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov story ''The Acquisitive Chuckle'', a rich collector's business partnership goes bad, and as the partner leaves, he snaps his suitcase shut in a suspicious manner and chuckles "acquisitively". The collector freaks out and his life goes downhill as he frantically searches through everything he owns to try to find out what valuable item his partner stole from him. Years later, his lawyer confronts the thief and asks him what he took. His answer? "Only his peace of mind, sir."

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* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov Creator/IsaacAsimov's first Literature/BlackWidowers story ''The "The Acquisitive Chuckle'', Chuckle", a rich collector's business partnership goes bad, and as the partner leaves, he snaps his suitcase shut in a suspicious manner and chuckles "acquisitively". The collector freaks out and his life goes downhill as he frantically searches through everything he owns to try to find out what valuable item his partner stole from him. Years later, his lawyer confronts the thief and asks him what he took. His answer? "Only his peace of mind, sir."
6th Jan '17 3:35:47 AM KingLyger
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* [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-03-05 This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' comic.

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* [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-03-05 This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' comic.comic, where all Garfield needs to induce paranoia in Jon is a big smile.



* Expertly done in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. An example is how, early in the game, it will give you the helpful hint of how to hide from monsters. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny There are no monsters for quite a while...not that you know that.]] The game in general does this so well, minor sounds can get you to scream just because the tension is that high and you're ''that'' paranoid.

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* Expertly done Early in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. An example is how, early in the game, ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', it will give you the helpful hint of how to hide from monsters. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny There are no monsters for quite a while...not while. Not that you you'd know that.]] that. The game in general does this so well, minor sounds can get you to scream just because the tension is that high and you're ''that'' paranoid.
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]].
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