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26th Dec '16 3:55:20 AM StarTropes
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* On ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Kanan plays drunk once [[WeNeedADistraction in order to distract some stormtroopers]] during a parade that the gang is about to crash. Ezra gets the assist by claiming that Kanan is his dad and is just overexcited.
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9th Dec '16 8:11:21 AM Argon2
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* Contrary to popular opinion, the lyric "What's in this drink?" in ''Baby, It's Cold Outside'' is an invocation of this trope. At the time of the song's publication, that line was a stock joke in sitcoms- the punchline being that nothing, not even much alcohol, was in the drink. It aligns with other excuses the singers suggest using (that the weather is dangerous, that there are no cabs running, etc) so that the female singer can...stay the night...at a man's house. Contemporary listeners often interpret this lyric as a mention of date rape.
-->"I ought to say no, no, no... (...) At least I'm gonna say that I tried..."
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28th Nov '16 7:31:41 AM MBI
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* In ''Series/TheAmericans'', Philip and Elizabeth attack an Israeli operative and are dragging him away when they're stopped by a cop. They claim they're just escorting their too-drunk friend home. The Israeli, not wanting to make a bad situation even worse, plays along by slurring through a few bars of Kenny Rogers's "The Gambler" along with a nearby jukebox.
29th Sep '16 10:32:09 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/The47Ronin'': Kuranosuke does this when some visitors arrive, the first trying to convince him to work for the shogun and the next two demanding he immediately go to war against Kira. He immediately drops the pretense when his son is about to leave to go make war on Kira as well, explaining to his son that everything he's doing is part of his plan for revenge against Kira.
22nd Sep '16 9:43:13 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the ''BloodyJack'' books, Jacky Faber and one of her female friends fake being drunk in order to fool some guards into drinking some opium-laced liquor. Once the guards are out, they sabotage the cannons that the guards are supposed to be guarding, which ensures their safe escape.

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* In one of the ''BloodyJack'' ''Literature/BloodyJack'' books, Jacky Faber and one of her female friends fake being drunk in order to fool some guards into drinking some opium-laced liquor. Once the guards are out, they sabotage the cannons that the guards are supposed to be guarding, which ensures their safe escape.
14th Sep '16 5:35:24 AM JackG
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* Bruce Wayne does this in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he fakes being drunk as an excuse to insult all of his party guests and shoo them out of his house (thus preventing them getting killed).

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* Bruce Wayne does this in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he fakes being drunk as an excuse to insult all of his party guests and shoo them out of his house (thus preventing them getting killed). When Wayne Manor is torched in the ensuing battle, the next day the papers read: [[HeroWithBadPublicity Drunken Billionaire Burns Down Home]].
21st Aug '16 11:50:58 AM rafi
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* Zoro and Nami do this in ''OnePiece'' during Whisky Peak. Nami also used it frequently as a tactic for her pirate robbing prior to becoming a Straw Hat.
* It's hard to determine at any time just how much of [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]'s apparent drunkenness is honest and how much is the trope. While at times he shown to be so plastered as to be unable to maintain his ObfuscatingStupidity, at other times he's been able to snap sober in a blink.

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* Zoro and Nami do this in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' during Whisky Peak. Nami also used it frequently as a tactic for her pirate robbing prior to becoming a Straw Hat.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. It's hard to determine at any time just how much of [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]'s Stampede's apparent drunkenness is honest and how much is the trope. While at times he shown to be so plastered as to be unable to maintain his ObfuscatingStupidity, at other times he's been able to snap sober in a blink.
21st Aug '16 11:03:26 AM nombretomado
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* Kiel'ndia from ''{{Drowtales}}'' [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1376 gets directly told she's baked]] on [[AlienCatnip chocolate]] after she gets caught somewhere she shouldn't be and plays along. It works in part because even sober that's just [[CloudCuckooLander how Kiel acts]].

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* Kiel'ndia from ''{{Drowtales}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1376 gets directly told she's baked]] on [[AlienCatnip chocolate]] after she gets caught somewhere she shouldn't be and plays along. It works in part because even sober that's just [[CloudCuckooLander how Kiel acts]].
5th Mar '16 2:35:02 PM JBK405
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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': In a flashback, Mike pretends to be drunk as part of a BatmanGambit, hoping that [[spoiler:the two {{Dirty Cop}}s who killed his son]] would offer him a ride home. During the ride, he "drunkenly" rants that he knows [[spoiler:the two of them killed his son and that he doesn't know how, but he's going to prove it]]. Just as planned, [[spoiler:they drive him to a secluded area so they can kill him, and take his gun from him so he can't fight back. What they didn't know is that he broke into the car hours ago and hid a ''second'' gun, which he uses to kill both of them]].

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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': In a flashback, Mike pretends to be drunk as part of a BatmanGambit, hoping that [[spoiler:the complex BatmanGambit to [[spoiler:kill the two {{Dirty Cop}}s who killed his son]] would offer him a ride home. During the ride, he "drunkenly" rants that he knows [[spoiler:the two of son. Mike drunkenly accuses them killed of the murder of his son and while they were in the bar, then continues to act drunk so that he doesn't know how, but he's going they will "helpfully" offer to prove it]]. Just as planned, [[spoiler:they drive him home as part of ''their'' plan to drive to a secluded area so they can kill him, and take his gun from him so he can't fight back. What they didn't know is that he broke to execute him. Unbeknownst to them, the episode had earlier shown Mike breaking into their patrol car and stashing a gun in the car hours ago and hid a ''second'' gun, which he uses seats, allowing him to kill them both after they had already taken care of them]].getting away from bystanders and witnesses]].
29th Feb '16 10:11:54 AM JBK405
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* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', pretending to ''get'' drunk is one of the spy skills Michael has cultivated (the trick is to order a lot of ice in your drinks, leaving less space for alcohol, spill them a lot, and re-order before they're all the way gone). He's also played the trope straighter on occasion, when he needs a distraction.

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* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', pretending Michael points out that appearing to ''get'' be drunk is one of the spy skills Michael has cultivated (the trick is to order a lot of ice in your drinks, leaving less space very effective tool for alcohol, spill them a lot, and re-order before they're all the way gone). He's also played the trope straighter on occasion, numerous different types of operations. Once, when he needs a distraction.to be seen ''getting'' drunk instead of just showing up already-drunk, he explains the three simple steps he uses to make it seem like he is drinking more than he is: 1) Order drinks with lots of ice, lowering the total amount of alcohol present. 2) Order refills before you have finished your drink. 3) Spill.
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