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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.
14th Apr '17 4:02:56 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound The Last Days of FOXHOUND]]'', Psycho Mantis and Revolver Ocelot tend to pull this ploy on each other with various degrees of success. Perhaps the best example is a case where Ocelot implies that he has tampered with [[MustHaveCaffeine Mantis' coffee]], (Mantis has a coffee obsession that is ''extremely'' SeriousBusiness, as he has his personal supply of coffee that is custom made and is so expensive he has to [[CrackIsCheaper rob banks to help finance it]]) and while it's implied that Ocelot hasn't actually done anything to the coffee, his recently acquired [[PowerNullifier telepathy blocking technology]] keeps Mantis from being able to tell for sure. In the end, Mantis becomes too paranoid to drink his beloved coffee.

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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound The Last Days of FOXHOUND]]'', Psycho Mantis and Revolver Ocelot tend to pull this ploy on each other with various degrees of success. Perhaps the best example is a case where Ocelot implies that he has tampered with [[MustHaveCaffeine Mantis' coffee]], (Mantis has a coffee obsession that is ''extremely'' SeriousBusiness, as he has his personal supply of coffee that is custom made custom-made and is so expensive he has to [[CrackIsCheaper rob banks to help finance it]]) and while it's implied that Ocelot hasn't actually done anything to the coffee, his recently acquired [[PowerNullifier telepathy blocking technology]] keeps Mantis from being able to tell for sure. In the end, Mantis becomes too paranoid to drink his beloved coffee.
14th Apr '17 8:14:06 AM TheWanderer
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Since it relies on the mark's paranoia, it resembles a BatmanGambit. Compare ConfoundThemWithKindness, where Alice acts nicely towards Bob after the fact to confuse him. Often this relies on making something look like ShmuckBait.
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 UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems.

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Since it relies on the mark's paranoia, it resembles a BatmanGambit. Compare ConfoundThemWithKindness, where Alice acts nicely towards Bob after the fact to confuse him. Often this relies on making something innocent look like ShmuckBait.
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 UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems.
UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems. Contrast ProperlyParanoid.
14th Apr '17 8:10:37 AM TheWanderer
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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound The Last Days of FOXHOUND]]'', Psycho Mantis and Ocelot tend to pull this ploy on each other with various degrees of success.

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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound The Last Days of FOXHOUND]]'', Psycho Mantis and Revolver Ocelot tend to pull this ploy on each other with various degrees of success.success. Perhaps the best example is a case where Ocelot implies that he has tampered with [[MustHaveCaffeine Mantis' coffee]], (Mantis has a coffee obsession that is ''extremely'' SeriousBusiness, as he has his personal supply of coffee that is custom made and is so expensive he has to [[CrackIsCheaper rob banks to help finance it]]) and while it's implied that Ocelot hasn't actually done anything to the coffee, his recently acquired [[PowerNullifier telepathy blocking technology]] keeps Mantis from being able to tell for sure. In the end, Mantis becomes too paranoid to drink his beloved coffee.
-->'''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.\\
'''Mantis:''' [After several {{beat panel}}s of staring at his coffee] Goddamnit.
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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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
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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.
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