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21st Feb '17 7:19:31 AM Kakai
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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington On Basilisk Station]]'', Honor makes the Havenite spaceship ''Sirius'' that ''Fearless'' (Honor's spaceship) is dead in the water, so it will come close to finish her with a barrage... only for her to avoid the barrage and bring out her grav lance, which leaves ''Sirius'' wide open for a devastating attack that destroys it.

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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington On Basilisk Station]]'', Honor makes convinces the Havenite spaceship ''Sirius'' that ''Fearless'' (Honor's spaceship) is dead in the water, so it will come close to finish her with a barrage... only for her to avoid the barrage and bring out her grav lance, which leaves ''Sirius'' wide open for a devastating attack that destroys it.it.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', when a group of pirates is searching the shore for any survivors of a battle, Iseult covers her face and pretends to be one of the dead.
18th Feb '17 10:21:16 AM Katsuhagi
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Subtrope of FakingTheDead. See also ISurrenderSuckers. Compare DefensiveFeintTrap. Contrast FingerTwitchingRevival and OfCorpseHesAlive. Not to be confused with DeadPersonImpersonation.

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Subtrope of FakingTheDead. BuriedInAPileOfCorpses is a specific sub-trope. See also ISurrenderSuckers. Compare DefensiveFeintTrap. Contrast FingerTwitchingRevival and OfCorpseHesAlive. Not to be confused with DeadPersonImpersonation.
17th Feb '17 7:49:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'': When they notice that they're being followed by two Chetnik soldiers, Mallory shoots his gun in the air and plays dead so they will get close enough that Barnsby can shoot them.
17th Dec '16 7:13:07 PM Geoduck
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->'''Ash:''' It's a trick. Get an axe.

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->'''Ash:''' -->'''Ash:''' It's a trick. Get an axe.
17th Dec '16 7:12:47 PM Geoduck
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* In ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' a Deadite tries this tactic, but..
->'''Ash:''' It's a trick. Get an axe.
29th Nov '16 2:30:18 AM ultimomant
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "Flashpoint", The Rival pretends to be knocked out, then stabs Wally in the back as soon as he looks away.
27th Nov '16 7:44:12 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/{{Shooter}},'' Bob Lee Swagger is badly wounded after being shot twice, but as a highly trained [[{{Badass}} Marine Scout Sniper]] he is far from disabled. He plays up his injuries so FBI Agent Memphis will get close to him, then quickly disarms him and steals his car.

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* In ''Film/{{Shooter}},'' Bob Lee Swagger is badly wounded after being shot twice, but as a highly trained [[{{Badass}} Marine Scout Sniper]] Sniper he is far from disabled. He plays up his injuries so FBI Agent Memphis will get close to him, then quickly disarms him and steals his car.



* A random, unnamed soldier does this in an episode of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', FakingTheDead in order to attempt to kill an alien. Most of the guards stationed at the entrance to a stockpile of United Kingdom nuclear weapons have all been slaughtered by the attacking alien, who has now crossed the entrance and is approaching the facility itself, when suddenly one of the soldiers lying on the ground bounds up, grabs his assault rifle, and starts gunning right into the aliens back. It fails (damn forcefields), but still, BadAss.

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* A random, unnamed soldier does this in an episode of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', FakingTheDead in order to attempt to kill an alien. Most of the guards stationed at the entrance to a stockpile of United Kingdom nuclear weapons have all been slaughtered by the attacking alien, who has now crossed the entrance and is approaching the facility itself, when suddenly one of the soldiers lying on the ground bounds up, grabs his assault rifle, and starts gunning right into the aliens back. It fails (damn forcefields), but still, BadAss.badass.
13th Nov '16 3:14:11 PM Milarqui
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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington On Basilisk Station]]'', Honor makes the Havenite spaceship ''Sirius'' that ''Fearless'' (Honor's spaceship) is dead in the water, so it will come close to finish her with a barrage... only for her to avoid the barrage and bring out her grav lance, which leaves ''Sirius'' wide open for a devastating attack that destroys it.
2nd Nov '16 12:06:11 PM Morgenthaler
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18th Oct '16 3:54:05 PM foxley
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* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': [[spoiler:Billy the Kid falls down with a dead bandit, closes his eyes, and slooooowly reloads his gun.]]
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