History Main / ParanoiaGambit

15th Apr '18 7:06:46 PM HeroGal2347
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This is usually a case of RestrainedRevenge, although it can also be a practical joke with no prior provocation. It may overlap with SelfFulfillingProphecy when paranoia of a specific event causes said event to occur. The nastier versions may overlap with FrightDeathtrap.

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This is usually a case of RestrainedRevenge, although it can also be a practical joke with no prior provocation. It may overlap with SelfFulfillingProphecy when paranoia of a specific event ([[ImproperlyParanoid even if it's unlikely]]) causes said event to occur. The nastier versions may overlap with FrightDeathtrap.
10th Apr '18 4:32:55 AM jormis29
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's first Literature/BlackWidowers 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 Creator/IsaacAsimov's first Literature/BlackWidowers story "The Acquisitive Chuckle", "Literature/TheAcquisitiveChuckle", 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."
26th Feb '18 9:08:14 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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23rd Feb '18 5:28:28 AM ElodieHiras
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* In a more mundane example of this trope, someone (who has ended up on a repository of IRC quotes) has claimed that he saw some man in a delivery van parked on a parking spot reserved for handicapped students. So he simply slipped a note on the windshield saying he was "sorry for [[WatchThePaintJob scratching the paint job]]" and has happened to catch the man scanning his van for half an hour looking for the nonexistent scratch.
16th Feb '18 3:42:38 PM eroock
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-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''', "Wanted Man"

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-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''', ''Series/BurnNotice'', "Wanted Man"
1st Feb '18 10:47:54 AM Kalaong
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'''Sinclair:''' No they won't. Because there is none. If I had put one in, sooner or later, they would have found it. This way, they'll keep looking.\\
'''Garibaldi:''' Are you aware of the tests they'll perform and the things they'll do to him?\\

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'''Sinclair:''' No No, they won't. Because there is none. If I had put one in, figured if there was a transmitter sooner or later, they would have found later they'd find it and remove it. This way, they'll But if I just told him there was, they'd keep looking.looking. Indefinitely.\\
'''Garibaldi:''' Are Commander, do you aware have any idea of the tests ''tests'' they'll perform and put him through, the things ''things'' they'll do to him?\\him, tryin' to find a transmitter that's ''not there?''\\
31st Jan '18 7:54:42 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, one of the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Myths_of_Sheogorath myths surrounding Sheogorath]], the daedric prince of [[MadGod madness]], has a wizard come to him asking for power. Sheogorath says he can have it, ''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''.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, one of the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Myths_of_Sheogorath myths surrounding Sheogorath]], the daedric prince [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod madness]], Madness]], has a wizard come to him asking for power. Sheogorath says he can have it, ''if'' Sheogorath fails to drive the wizard insane within [[RuleOfThree three days]]. The fear drives said wizard completely bonkers even though Sheogorath hadn't actually bothered ''actually ''[[WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing doing anything''.anything]]''.
28th Jan '18 3:46:19 PM RoarkTenjouin
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* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.



* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.

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* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.
27th Jan '18 4:35:16 PM MoPete
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* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[ManiacalLaughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.

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* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[ManiacalLaughter]].[[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.
27th Jan '18 4:33:59 PM MoPete
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* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[ManiacalLaughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.
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