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25th Oct '17 4:12:10 AM NanoMoose
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'''Mantis:''' [After several {{beat panel}}s of staring at his coffee] Goddamnit.

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'''Mantis:''' [After ''(after several {{beat panel}}s of staring at his coffee] coffee)'' Goddamnit.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' one of the stages of Condence plan to take over the Earth, involved pulling one of these on the entire planet. She announce, that she is an alien who plans, to take over and let the nations start preparing to invasion, which never came. This not only created mass hysteria, which is ideal condition for manipulating society into the madness, but also give her giant supply of weapons, which natons build to confront her.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' one of the stages of Condence the Condesce's plan to take over the Earth, Earth involved pulling one of these on the entire planet. She announce, that she is announced herself as an alien who plans, to take over will conquer the world and let the nations of Earth start preparing to invasion, which for an invasion that never came. This not only created mass hysteria, which is ideal condition for manipulating fracturing a society into the madness, and preventing it from maintaining or defending itself, but also give allowed her giant supply pick of weapons, which natons build the weapons built to confront her.



-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "Heh heh heh."
-->'''Helen:''' "This is how she used to get me to eat cream corn."

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-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "Heh Heh heh heh."
heh.
-->'''Helen:''' "This This is how she used to get me to eat cream corn."
27th Sep '17 12:07:41 AM TheSinful
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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.

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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. [[spoiler:Eventually he gets back at Robin by giving her a noogie live on the SBS]].


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* One of Naruto's more ingenious traps in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4573620/14/A-Drop-of-Poison A Drop of Poison]]'' is a step that makes a slight click sound when stepped on. It does nothing but anyone who hears it reflexively jumps away from it, right into an actual trap.
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.
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