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8th Nov '17 3:35:46 PM CJCroen1393
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* The killdeer is a cute little bird that ''weaponizes'' this trope. Should a predator approach the mother bird's nest while she's still sitting on it, she will run off, dragging her wing along the ground and calling out in distress. She will keep this up, allowing the predator to chase her until eventually she has lured the predator far enough from the nest that she doesn't have to worry anymore. At that point, she drops the bluff and flies back to the nest.
30th Oct '17 1:09:59 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In [[Literature/TheBible 2nd Samuel chapter 13]], King David's son Amnon did this in order to lure his half-sister Tamar into a private encounter where he could sleep with her. When Tamar resisted, Amnon forced himself upon her and raped her, thus forever defiling Tamar and making him a target for his half-brother Absalom, who avenged the rape by killing him in a private party.
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7th Oct '17 5:38:59 AM Ccook1956
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* Ben Johnson's comedy ''Volpone'' deals with a man who fakes being terminally ill so his greedy friends will cater to his every whim so they can be named in his will.

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* Ben Johnson's comedy ''Volpone'' deals with a man who fakes being terminally ill so his greedy friends will cater to his every whim so and they can be named in his will.
7th Oct '17 4:53:06 AM Ccook1956
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* Ben Johnson's comedy ''Volpone'' deals with a man who fakes being terminally ill so his greedy friends will cater to his every whim so they can be named in his will.
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* Two instances in ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'':
** In "Rare Bear Bungle," Bubi feigns an illness so Peevly will tend to him while Hair and Square disguise Bananas the Gorilla as Rare Bear (a critter that costs the city $50,000 and was tricked by the bears into going into town).
** "The Bear Who Came To Dinner" has Square Bear faking an injury after slipping on a banana peel Peevly dropped. Hair threatens Peevly with an animal negligence suit if Square isn't cared for.
3rd Oct '17 2:18:00 PM Unicorndance
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* In the ''Literature/DirtyBertie'' story "Pants", Bertie loses a bet and has to go to school in his underwear. To get out of it, Bertie pretends he has "Germy Measles" and the spots are invisible, but his mother doesn't buy it and sends him to school anyway.
30th Sep '17 7:49:23 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy does this in Episode 138 in order to avoid cleaning his incredibly messy room. Kaeloo immediately sees through the ruse, but Stumpy refuses to admit he's faking. [[spoiler: Kaeloo ends up using the fact that Stumpy is AfraidOfNeedles against him by saying that if he's sick, he must need injections, and she brings in a tray full of them. Stumpy claims to have gotten better and cleans the whole room within seconds.]]
24th Sep '17 12:13:06 PM nombretomado
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* Katie pulls off an interesting variant of this in ''BigTimeRush''. When her mother laments that nether Katie nor her brother need her much anymore, Katie acts as if she was sick to make her mother feel needed. Katie has to admit to pretending after her mother goes from caring to nearly [[MyBelovedSmother suffocating]].

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* Katie pulls off an interesting variant of this in ''BigTimeRush''.''Series/BigTimeRush''. When her mother laments that nether Katie nor her brother need her much anymore, Katie acts as if she was sick to make her mother feel needed. Katie has to admit to pretending after her mother goes from caring to nearly [[MyBelovedSmother suffocating]].
8th Sep '17 11:29:05 PM Unicorndance
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* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', Greg states that he has faked being sick to get out of going to school before but it never worked because his mom Susan always checked his temperature.
* In the ''Literature/LittlePrincess'' book "I Feel Sick", the Princess pretends she's sick by [[GreenAroundTheGills painting her face green]] in order to get out of doing things she doesn't want.


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* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePrincess''
** In "I Don't Want to Kiss Great Aunty", the Princess draws green spots on her face so that the adults would think she was carrying "warble dots" and she wouldn't have to kiss her great-aunt. She gives up when the doctor claims that the cure [[TastesLikeFeet tastes like sweaty old socks.]]
** Played with in "I Want My Voice Back". The Princess does lose her voice (albeit probably not due to illness as she seemed fine otherwise), but when she gets it back, she pretends it's still gone as she likes communicating with a bell and pictures.
2nd Sep '17 8:02:47 AM GrammarNavi
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-->-- "Sick," by '''ShelSilverstein'''

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-->-- "Sick," by '''ShelSilverstein'''
'''Creator/ShelSilverstein'''
14th Aug '17 4:05:26 PM ngh93
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In some cases, the character starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.

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In some cases, the character starts out as ''genuinely'' sick, but they become so pampered by the care they receive that when they recover, they pretend to still be sick just so they can continue to be pampered for as long as they want.still receive the special treatment.
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