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9th Oct '17 12:38:05 PM Kaiseror
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': Nightbird, the female ninja robot, uses this tactic on Optimus Prime and the other Autobots after Prime hits her with what he says is a simple stun blast.[[/folder]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': Nightbird, the female ninja robot, uses this tactic on Optimus Prime and the other Autobots after Prime hits her with what he says is a simple stun blast.blast.
* ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs: A village of possums have a RunningGag of playing dead whenever they get spooked which prompts someone to say "We know you're not dead". [[note]] While they do have the correct appearance for [[SeldomSeenSpecies australian possums]], playing dead is something only the Virginia Opposum does.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'': [[DirtyCoward Argit]]'s species as the ability to drop their pulse to a near death-like state to fool attackers, to which Ben snarks "How else could a species that annoying survive that long". It helps that Argit actually looks kinda like a [[IntelligentGerbil humanoid opposum]] with [[SpikeShooter porcupine quills.]]
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5th Oct '17 3:03:49 AM jormis29
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* WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd does this in the cartoon [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes "Wabbit Twouble"]] to avoid being attacked by a bear and it works, then WesternAnimation/BugsBunny decides to have some fun by pretending to be the bear himself. A very similar scene also happened at the end of the cartoon "Hare Remover".

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* WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd does this in the cartoon [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes "Wabbit Twouble"]] "WesternAnimation/WabbitTwouble" to avoid being attacked by a bear and it works, then WesternAnimation/BugsBunny decides to have some fun by pretending to be the bear himself. A very similar scene also happened at the end of the cartoon "Hare Remover".
12th Sep '17 12:20:50 AM KobyFish
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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/PixieDixieAndMrJinks Pixie and Dixie]]'' cartoon "Ghost With The Most" has Dixie playing possum when Jinks clobbers him with a fireplace shovel, making a very paranoid Jinks think he's killed Dixie. [[/folder]]

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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/PixieDixieAndMrJinks Pixie and Dixie]]'' cartoon "Ghost With The Most" has Dixie playing possum when Jinks clobbers him with a fireplace shovel, making a very paranoid Jinks think he's killed Dixie. Dixie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': Nightbird, the female ninja robot, uses this tactic on Optimus Prime and the other Autobots after Prime hits her with what he says is a simple stun blast.
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11th Sep '17 9:33:19 PM grumpyghostowl
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* Injured Barn Owls will sometimes go limp and pretend to be dead when being rescued, examined or treated. The unwary rescuer, animal health professional or rehabilitator can either (a) end up with a handful of talons; (b) wind up chasing an injured but terrified predator around the clinic; or (c) both, if they fall for it.
21st Aug '17 3:59:45 PM Ccook1956
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* The ''[[PixieDixieAndMrJinks Pixie and Dixie]]'' cartoon "Ghost With The Most" has Dixie playing possum when Jinks clobbers him with a fireplace shovel, making a very paranoid Jinks think he's killed Dixie. [[/folder]]

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* The ''[[PixieDixieAndMrJinks ''[[WesternAnimation/PixieDixieAndMrJinks Pixie and Dixie]]'' cartoon "Ghost With The Most" has Dixie playing possum when Jinks clobbers him with a fireplace shovel, making a very paranoid Jinks think he's killed Dixie. [[/folder]]
21st Aug '17 3:56:52 PM Ccook1956
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* The ''[[PixieDixieAndMrJinks Pixie and Dixie]]'' cartoon "Ghost With The Most" has Dixie playing possum when Jinks clobbers him with a fireplace shovel, making a very paranoid Jinks think he's killed Dixie. [[/folder]]
12th Aug '17 4:05:28 PM Doug86
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* In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' fights ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''. At the beginning he tries to drive her mad so she can't fight effectively. When his tactic doesn't work he plays dead until she stops pummelling him and leaves.

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* In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'' fights ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''. At the beginning he tries to drive her mad so she can't fight effectively. When his tactic doesn't work he plays dead until she stops pummelling him and leaves.
10th Aug '17 12:55:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan destroyed the Minbari warship ''Black Star'' by luring it into a Space Mine trap with a distress signal. While also signaling for the legitimate reason, he [[GenreSavvy knew]] that (as per WordOfGod) the Minbari ship's response to the distress call will be in order to find and destroy the surviving ship, not to rescue the crew, and that they'd get there before any [=EarthForce=] assistance could arrive.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan destroyed the Minbari warship ''Black Star'' by luring it into a Space Mine trap with a distress signal. While also signaling for the legitimate reason, he [[GenreSavvy knew]] knew that (as per WordOfGod) the Minbari ship's response to the distress call will be in order to find and destroy the surviving ship, not to rescue the crew, and that they'd get there before any [=EarthForce=] assistance could arrive.
21st Jul '17 6:49:47 PM Trogdor7620
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* Nearly ten years into the war against the {{Kaiju}} in ''Film/PacificRim'', Kaiju have taken to doing this so that [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]] will drop their guard. After [[WakeUpCallBoss Knifehead]] does this to Gipsy Danger in the prologue, resulting in Raleigh's brother being killed, Raleigh decides to DoubleTap the next Kaiju he fights.
-->'''Raleigh:''' I think this guy's dead. But just in case, let's check for a pulse.
-->''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!]]''
-->'''Raleigh:''' [[BondOneLiner No pulse.]]


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* [[TheMedic Rat]][[ShellShockedVeteran chet]] does this to [[BountyHunter Lockdown]] in "Thrill of the Hunt". Lockdown later rsponds in kind, saying he'll have to remember that one.
16th Jul '17 11:36:14 AM nombretomado
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* This tactic is used so often in the WW2 novels by Creator/SvenHassel that veteran soldiers never pass an enemy corpse without putting a bullet in it.

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* This tactic is used so often in the WW2 [=WW2=] novels by Creator/SvenHassel that veteran soldiers never pass an enemy corpse without putting a bullet in it.
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