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26th Mar '16 7:01:28 PM BobTanaka
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-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "The first step is to make people believe you harbor dark and powerful secrets."
-->'''Mel:''' "How do you do that?"
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' [[EvilLaugh "Heh heh heh."]]
-->'''Mel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "What?! What are the secrets?! Why won't you tell me!?"]]

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-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "The first step is to make people believe you harbor dark and powerful secrets."Heh heh heh."
-->'''Mel:''' "How do you do that?"
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' [[EvilLaugh "Heh heh heh."]]
-->'''Mel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "What?! What are the secrets?! Why won't you tell me!?"]]
-->'''Helen:''' "This is how she used to get me to eat cream corn."
26th Mar '16 6:56:17 PM BobTanaka
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* Dr. Helen Narbon (senior) is a ''master'' of this technique in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''. Roughly 90% of her evil schemes consist of simply saying "Heh heh heh" in answer to any question.
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' "The first step is to make people believe you harbor dark and powerful secrets."
-->'''Mel:''' "How do you do that?"
-->'''Dr. Narbon:''' [[EvilLaugh "Heh heh heh."]]
-->'''Mel:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "What?! What are the secrets?! Why won't you tell me!?"]]
14th Feb '16 9:57:50 PM WillBGood
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** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry has to resort to this in two stories to Paxton Powers and Inque's daughter respectively when they screwed over their parents, profited from it and Batman can't bring them to justice. Namely, he visits them and suggests most heavily to each that their supervillain parents would possibly come after them for revenge and may strike at any time. While Paxton isn't phased, considering he could afford increasing his security detail, Inque's is unsettled.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry has to resort to this in two stories to Paxton Powers and Inque's daughter respectively when they screwed over their parents, profited from it and Batman can't bring them to justice. Namely, he visits them and suggests most heavily to each that their supervillain parents would possibly come after them for revenge and may strike at any time. While Paxton isn't phased, considering he could afford increasing his security detail, Inque's is unsettled.



* 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. Queue the Paranoia Gambit.

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* Slappy Squirrel in the ''Animaniacs'' episode "I got your can" Got Your Can" pulls one off on Candie Chipmunk, after having subjected her to some well-deserved revenge. And then it stopped. Queue Cue the Paranoia Gambit.
14th Feb '16 9:52:51 PM WillBGood
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* This is how Dora defeats [[spoiler:Albin]] in book four of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'': she changes [[spoiler:his]] kill charm formula by adding runes "mirror reflection" and "powering up" (thus making the charm [[spoiler:Albin]] makes return to [[spoiler:him]] stronger) and then suggests that she added charm elixir to his drink. She didn't, but being a [[SmugSnake vampire]], [[spoiler:Albin]] thinks she did, so if [[spoiler:Albin]] ever tries throwing this charm again, it will kill [[spoiler:him]] instead.

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* This is how Dora defeats [[spoiler:Albin]] in book four of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'': she changes [[spoiler:his]] their kill charm formula by adding runes "mirror reflection" and "powering up" (thus making the charm [[spoiler:Albin]] makes they make return to [[spoiler:him]] the caster stronger) and then suggests that she added charm elixir to his their drink. She didn't, but being a [[SmugSnake vampire]], [[spoiler:Albin]] thinks they think she did, so if [[spoiler:Albin]] they ever tries throwing this charm again, it will kill [[spoiler:him]] them instead.
2nd Feb '16 12:49:41 PM Aquillion
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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.

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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.
27th Jan '16 10:37:17 AM OptimumTaurus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s suspicions about ComicBook/LexLuthor and his growing public approval rating left him open for Luthor to trap him with this. Luthor had a self-sustaining city built for the homeless, and Superman detected a device with a timer underground. Ignoring [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] pleas to resolve the issue peacefully, he charged straight down to destroy it. As it turned out, the device was a generator, which, though powered by kryptonite, was legit. Superman had levelled the city by this point, however, and had publicly fought Captain Marvel over the incident. This left his own reputation in tatters, and resulted in Captain Marvel [[BrokenPedestal resigning from the Justice League in disillusionment.]] [[XanatosGambit Had Supes left well enough alone, all Luthor would have gained was the extra PR from his charity.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s suspicions about ComicBook/LexLuthor and his growing public approval rating left him open for Luthor to trap him with this. Luthor had a self-sustaining city built for the homeless, and Superman detected a device with a timer underground. Ignoring [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] pleas to resolve the issue peacefully, he charged straight down to destroy it. As it turned out, the device was a generator, which, though powered by kryptonite, was legit. Superman had levelled the city by this point, however, and had publicly fought Captain Marvel over the incident. This left his own reputation in tatters, and resulted in Captain Marvel [[BrokenPedestal resigning from the Justice League in disillusionment.]] [[XanatosGambit Had Supes left well enough alone, all Luthor would have gained was the extra PR from his charity.]]]] In fact, Luthor only expected Superman to destroy the generator; he never expected Supes and Captain Marvel to get into a televised slap-fight that destroyed the city. Luthor was then able to publicly "be the bigger man" by paying for the damages himself and refusing reimbursement by the League.
12th Jan '16 10:29:50 AM Conradus
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-->'''Harry:''' You may be younger, faster, maybe even smarter. But you will ''never'' be ''crazier'' than me.

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-->'''Harry:''' Cleaver, you may be younger. You may be younger, faster, maybe faster. You may even be even smarter. But you will ''never'' be ''crazier'' than me.crazier...'''THAN ME'''.
29th Dec '15 11:44:44 PM Anddrix
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s suspicions about SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and his growing public approval rating left him open for Luthor to trap him with this. Luthor had a self-sustaining city built for the homeless, and Superman detected a device with a timer underground. Ignoring [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] pleas to resolve the issue peacefully, he charged straight down to destroy it. As it turned out, the device was a generator, which, though powered by kryptonite, was legit. Superman had levelled the city by this point, however, and had publicly fought Captain Marvel over the incident. This left his own reputation in tatters, and resulted in Captain Marvel [[BrokenPedestal resigning from the Justice League in disillusionment.]] [[XanatosGambit Had Supes left well enough alone, all Luthor would have gained was the extra PR from his charity.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s suspicions about SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor and his growing public approval rating left him open for Luthor to trap him with this. Luthor had a self-sustaining city built for the homeless, and Superman detected a device with a timer underground. Ignoring [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] pleas to resolve the issue peacefully, he charged straight down to destroy it. As it turned out, the device was a generator, which, though powered by kryptonite, was legit. Superman had levelled the city by this point, however, and had publicly fought Captain Marvel over the incident. This left his own reputation in tatters, and resulted in Captain Marvel [[BrokenPedestal resigning from the Justice League in disillusionment.]] [[XanatosGambit Had Supes left well enough alone, all Luthor would have gained was the extra PR from his charity.]]
13th Dec '15 11:52:04 AM 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.

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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.
occur. The nastier versions may overlap with FrightDeathtrap.
9th Dec '15 5:35:20 PM GMon
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* [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090305.gif This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' comic.

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* [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090305.gif [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-03-05 This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' comic.
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