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22nd Sep '17 11:05:14 PM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Sonny With A Chance}}'': Chad pulls this on the cast of ''So Random!'' when he hosts a celebrity prank show and plans on pranking one of them. Each of them starts suspecting the other of [[TheMole secretly working with Chad in the prank]] and start sabotaging each other or even themselves; Nico and Grady pull pranks on each other, Sonny ruins her audition thinking it was a setup by Chad; and Tawni starts acting like there's a hidden camera everywhere. [[spoiler: Ironically, Chad himself is pranked in the end when it is revealed that Zora is the ''real'' host and that the entire episode was a {{Batman Gambit}} set up by her.]]

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* ''Series/{{Sonny With A Chance}}'': Chad pulls this on the cast of ''So Random!'' when he hosts a celebrity prank show and plans on pranking one of them. Each of them starts suspecting the other of [[TheMole secretly working with Chad in the prank]] and start sabotaging each other or even themselves; Nico and Grady pull pranks on each other, Sonny ruins her audition thinking it was a setup by Chad; and Tawni starts acting like there's a hidden camera everywhere. [[spoiler: Ironically, Chad himself is pranked in the end when it is revealed that Zora is the ''real'' host and that the entire episode was a {{Batman Gambit}} set up by her.]]show.
16th Sep '17 7:07:41 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': Unintentionally happens in the episode "A Close Shave"". Bertram accidentally shaves the middle of Luke's head after being startled by Zuri. Both Bertram and Zuri fear that Luke will get revenge on them even after Luke forgave them. They even destroy the presents he gave them thinking it was a prank.
-->'''Luke:''' Wow! I didn't have to do anything. Just sit back and let your paranoia destroy you.
16th Sep '17 6:56:03 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Sonny With A Chance}}'': Chad pulls this on the cast of ''So Random!'' when he hosts a celebrity prank show and plans on pranking one of them. Each of them starts suspecting the other of [[TheMole secretly working with Chad in the prank]] and start sabotaging each other or even themselves; Nico and Grady pull pranks on each other, Sonny ruins her audition thinking it was a setup by Chad; and Tawni starts acting like there's a hidden camera everywhere. [[spoiler: Ironically, Chad himself is pranked in the end when it is revealed that Zora is the ''real'' host and that the entire episode was a {{Batman Gambit}} set up by her.]]
2nd Sep '17 4:55:52 PM Schismatism
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* This tends to be one of Discord's go-tos in ''Fanfic/TheMLPLoops'' with certain variants of Celestia: upon his escape, she'll put the whole palace under lockdown, rally the guard, and cause all manner of chaos ''on her own'', without his slightest intervention. In one of his earliest loops, he even took the time to make the entire legal structure ''more efficient'', thus throwing both Celestia and Luna into a tizzy as they tried to decipher his plans.


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** Both [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Angua]] and [[TheHero Carrot]] are fond of saying that you can get quite a lot done with a friendly smile. Her smile has lots of pointy teeth; his tends to ''imply'' teeth. Neither tend to follow through with these potential threats, as that would be Police Brutality, but that doesn't mean people won't draw their own conclusions. As Sergeant Colon puts it, it's commonplace to see someone bluff with a bad hand, but it's rare to see someone bluff (and win) with ''no cards.''
4th Jul '17 5:37:47 PM Lemia
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* ''Literature/BlackWidowers'': In "The Acquisitive Chuckle", a wronged business partner steals something from the man who wronged him and chuckles to let him know what he has done. The former partner drives himself crazy attempting to work out what was stolen. [[spoiler:Actually nothing physical had been taken. What the thief had 'stolen was his former partner's peace of mind, as he knew the man's mindset would cause him to obsess over discovering what had been stolen to the exclusion of all else]].
4th Jul '17 5:31:44 PM Lemia
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* In ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', Jughead does this at least once to Reggie.

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* In ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', Jughead does this at least once to Reggie. One of these gambits culminated in Reggie [[PieInTheFace pieing]] ''himself'' in the face just so that he'd stop freaking out over every little thing Jughead did being a potential set-up for a revenge prank.
27th Jun '17 10:18:17 PM Statzkeen
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*** The existence of this trope is why Barney was urged by some of his friends to choose "10 slaps right now" rather than "5 slaps at any random time in the future".
23rd Jun '17 12:21:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Pintsize ''tries'' to do this once in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', but the rest of the cast are too GenreSavvy to fall for it.

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* Pintsize ''tries'' to do this once in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', but the rest of the cast are too GenreSavvy to don't fall for it.
6th May '17 9:50:43 PM TheWanderer
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-->'''Ocelot:''' Take that cup of coffee, for instance. Maybe this morning when you weren't looking, I poured in a jar of my own urine while it was brewing. Or maybe I didn't. Anyone else, [[{{Telepathy}} you could read their mind and find out]], but with me you'll never know. So I think I'll have a very nice day, in fact. Enjoy your coffee.\\

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-->'''Ocelot:''' You know, back when I was with the KGB, my area of specialty wasn't assassination, it was torture. ... Sure, I was pissed off yesterday, but then it hit me. Even if I can't kill you, I can still make your life miserable. Take that cup of coffee, for instance. Maybe this morning when you weren't looking, I poured in a jar of my own urine while it was brewing. Or maybe I didn't. Anyone else, [[{{Telepathy}} you could read their mind and find out]], but with me you'll never really know. So I think I'll have a very nice day, in fact. Enjoy your coffee.\\
4th May '17 6:13:22 PM FF32
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* 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. Cue the Paranoia Gambit.

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* Slappy Squirrel in the ''Animaniacs'' ''WesternAnimation/{{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. Cue the Paranoia Gambit.
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