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12th Aug '16 1:45:45 PM Morgenthaler
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* Tsubodai comes up with such a plan in ''[[{{Conqueror}} Wolf of the Plains]]'' when the Mongols move to attack the Shizuan fort. Those with the hammers feign death and, when the Xi Xia soldiers come to loot their corpses, they jump up and attack the now-open fort with the rest of the Mongol army waiting just around the mountain.

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* Tsubodai comes up with such a plan in ''[[{{Conqueror}} ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Wolf of the Plains]]'' when the Mongols move to attack the Shizuan fort. Those with the hammers feign death and, when the Xi Xia soldiers come to loot their corpses, they jump up and attack the now-open fort with the rest of the Mongol army waiting just around the mountain.
28th Jul '16 9:01:54 AM Tron80
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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.
14th Jul '16 10:42:52 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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Subtrope of FakingTheDead. See also ISurrenderSuckers. Compare DefensiveFeintTrap. Contrast FingerTwitchingRevival and OfCorpseHesAlive.

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Subtrope of FakingTheDead. See also ISurrenderSuckers. Compare DefensiveFeintTrap. Contrast FingerTwitchingRevival and OfCorpseHesAlive. Not to be confused with DeadPersonImpersonation.
24th May '16 8:23:27 AM Vicky125
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* In "WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar in "Smoterly love" there is [[spoiler: a possum, who, well, plays the possum to beat Hans and free the penguins.]]

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* In "WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar in "Smoterly "Smotherly love" there is [[spoiler: a possum, who, well, plays the possum to beat Hans and free the penguins.]]
24th May '16 8:22:17 AM Vicky125
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* In "WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar in "Smoterly love" there is [[spoiler: a possum, who, well, plays the possum.]]

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* In "WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar in "Smoterly love" there is [[spoiler: a possum, who, well, plays the possum.possum to beat Hans and free the penguins.]]
21st May '16 4:13:21 PM Steven
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* The zombies in several of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games have a tendency to do this, falling to the ground after you've damaged them enough, but getting back up a short while later (or gnawing on your legs if you get too close). The key is that they're not really dead until you see the spreading pool of blood beneath them.

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* The zombies in several of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games have a tendency to do this, falling to the ground after you've damaged them enough, but getting back up a short while later (or gnawing on your legs if you get too close). The key is that they're not really dead until you see the spreading pool of blood beneath them. You can also encounter some zombie bodies lying on the ground that fools many first time players into thinking they're already dead, only to immediately get bitten at the ankles and find out that the body was a zombie lying in wait.
9th May '16 7:46:52 PM eroock
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* Fredrick Zoller in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' gets shot InTheBack by Shosanna and sinks to the floor lifelessly but when she comes closer to check up on him, he turns around and [[TakingYouWithMe shoots her as well before dying]].
1st May '16 7:42:24 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', [[spoiler:Kaji]] pretended to be dead after getting shot by a henchman to throw him off.
14th Apr '16 6:42:53 PM dRoy
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In RealLife, this is a ''war crime'' and has been since at least 1948. UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar state that those soldiers that are ''hors de combat'' ("out of the fight") a category that includes prisoners, the severely wounded, the dead and ejecting aircrew -- although not paratroopers -- [[WouldNotShootACivilian are not]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown to be attacked]]. Feigning that status is perfidy and highly illegal, since it would lead to the other side [[CoupDeGrace killing the genuinely wounded]] [[LeaveNoSurvivors on the spot]] (which is a war crime too) to make sure.[[note]]Modern weapons can make survivors look dead, so examination of the apparently dead is mandatory where practicable[[/note]] Of course, fictionally (and [[RealLife non-fictionally]]), you're often up against people who aren't signatories to the Geneva Conventions, or the instigator themselves is not protected under them due to [[TheSpook not belonging to any 'official' government]] ...

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In RealLife, this is a ''war crime'' and has been since at least 1948. UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar state that those soldiers that are ''hors de combat'' ("out of the fight") a category that includes prisoners, the severely wounded, the dead and ejecting aircrew -- although not paratroopers -- [[WouldNotShootACivilian are not]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown to be attacked]]. Feigning that status is perfidy and highly illegal, since it would lead to the other side [[CoupDeGrace killing the genuinely wounded]] [[LeaveNoSurvivors on the spot]] (which is a war crime too) to make sure.[[note]]Modern weapons can make survivors look dead, so examination of the apparently dead is mandatory where practicable[[/note]] Of course, fictionally (and [[RealLife non-fictionally]]), you're often up against people who aren't signatories to the Geneva Conventions, or the instigator themselves is not protected under them due to [[TheSpook not belonging to any 'official' government]] ...
government]]. That said, provided that you don't initiate attack, playing dead until your enemy goes away is not a war crime.
11th Mar '16 11:31:24 AM Vicky125
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[[folder:Western Animations]]
*In "WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar in "Smoterly love" there is [[spoiler: a possum, who, well, plays the possum.]]
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