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13th Apr '18 10:13:03 PM fdsa1234567890
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* Pick a character from ''Film/BurnAfterReading''. Any character. Although they're frequently paranoid about the wrong things.

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* Pick a character from ''Film/BurnAfterReading''. Any character. Although they're frequently paranoid [[WrongGenreSavvy about the wrong things.]]
7th Apr '18 5:08:09 PM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/AllGuardsmenParty'': The guardsmen's paranoia has saved them a great many times. It's shown to great effect in The Xenotech Heresy: the Guardsmen's paranoia allows them to counter the machinations [[spoiler:of the Eldar and Mechanicus]].
** After the events of ''Discount Spaceship'', the party has a unanimous paranoid hatred of servitors, declaring them daemon-possessed spies at the drop of a bolter shell and commissioning Twitch to make overkill anti-servitor traps for their barracks. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Mechanicus was indeed attempting to spy on the group with cleaning servitors during The Xenotech Heresy, only failing because the party killed them all with extreme prejudice.]]
** Twitch, the explosives expert, is a full-on paranoid, especially when Orks are involved (as they triggered his paranoia in the first place). This gets to the point of having short-fuse grenades taped to the inside of a top-of-the-line security door, setting up redundant detonators, keeping shaped charges on his back-plate to keep people from sneaking up on him, and booby-trapping his own weapons (when Twitch says not to touch his stuff, it's for your safety). This would normally make him a bit too paranoid, but each time this comes up it saves the rest of the team.
*** According to Shoggy, the DM allows Twitch's player to roll for paranoia and leaks him spoilers based on how well he does, which the other players are only privy to through Twitch's in-character interpretation. Consequently, the revelations that the mystery box was [[spoiler:"full of Orks"]] and the Tyrannid "ghosts" were caused by [[spoiler:the comatose Zoanthrope becoming possessed by a Daemon]] resulted in "I told you so" moments.
1st Apr '18 8:40:56 PM gophergiggles
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe, Douglas Rattmann is a [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid schizophrenic]] who works as a researcher for Aperture Science. When off his meds, he imagines all sorts of odd things, like [[CompanionCube inanimate objects]] talking to him and that the AI MasterComputer who runs the facility is out to murder everyone. He's exactly correct about the latter, allowing him to survive the purge and provide surreptitious aid to the series' protagonist.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe, Douglas Rattmann is a [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid schizophrenic]] who works as a researcher for Aperture Science. When off his meds, he imagines all sorts of odd things, like [[CompanionCube inanimate objects]] talking to him and that the AI MasterComputer who runs the facility is out to murder everyone. He's exactly correct about the latter, latter (and possibly correct about the former), allowing him to survive the purge and provide surreptitious aid to the series' protagonist.
29th Mar '18 5:51:04 PM Triscon42
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* Bob Lee Swagger in ''Film/{{Shooter}}''. Religiously, ''obsessively'' protective of his guns, [[spoiler:which turns out to be what clears his name when he is framed for an assassination. Taking the firing pins out of his rifles when he puts them away would be just as effective at preventing accidents or unauthorized use, but Bob goes the extra mile and replaces them with custom-modified pins that will not fire. The ''only'' reason for this would be to fool someone who was deliberately trying to frame him, and who would know to check the firing pin. Which means he planned for that exact scenario]].

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* Bob Lee Swagger in ''Film/{{Shooter}}''. Religiously, ''obsessively'' protective of his guns, [[spoiler:which turns out to be what clears his name when he is framed for an assassination. Taking the firing pins out of his rifles when he puts them away would be just as effective at preventing accidents or unauthorized use, but Bob goes the extra mile and replaces them with custom-modified pins that will not fire. The ''only'' reason for this would be to fool someone who was deliberately trying to frame him, and who would know to check the firing pin. Which means he planned for that exact scenario]]. Bob has good reason for his paranoia; he's been back-stabbed before.
8th Mar '18 12:01:59 PM TheCuza
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* In the {{Creepypasta}}, "[[http://www.creepypasta.com/psychosis/ Psychosis]]", the protagonist becomes convinced that everyone but him has disappeared and been replaced by some EldritchAbomination taking their form. It certainly seems like it's all in his head and that he's just going crazy. Turns out that's only ''partially'' true. [[spoiler:He is mistaken that there are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s replacing people. There aren't. There ''are'' {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s controlling them, though.]] At the end we get the following WhamLine:
-->After all, a ''sane'' man would have fallen for the deception long ago.

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* In the {{Creepypasta}}, "[[http://www.creepypasta.com/psychosis/ Psychosis]]", the protagonist becomes increasingly convinced that everyone but him has disappeared and been abducted and replaced by some EldritchAbomination taking shapeshifting monsters assuming their form. identities, and that he's next. It certainly seems like it's all in his head and that he's just going crazy. Turns out that's only ''partially'' true. [[spoiler:He is mistaken crazy, and the ending confirms that there are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s replacing people. There aren't. There ''are'' he is in fact wrong. [[spoiler:Everyone is being controlled by {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s controlling them, though.]] At the end we get the following WhamLine:
-->After all, a ''sane'' man would have fallen for the deception long ago.
instead]].
27th Feb '18 7:48:16 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': In 'Untamed and Uncut', Asia is worried that Lisa is going to come up out of nowhere and ruin everything as usual. She ends up being partly-right.
25th Feb '18 9:44:43 AM gb00393
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** Much like Robert before him, Joffrey points out during Season 3 that Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons pose a very real threat to Westeros; he's absolutely right about this, but Tywin dismisses him.
14th Feb '18 11:22:58 PM MisterBeeg
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** Pinkie was hit with this in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies Secrets and Pies]], where she believed that Rainbow Dash was faking her love of pies and was secretly disposing them in various places while Pinkie was distracted. Turns out, Pinkie was 100% correct.

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** Pinkie was hit with this in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies Secrets and Pies]], Pies]]", where she believed that Rainbow Dash was faking her love of pies and was secretly disposing them in various places while Pinkie was distracted. Turns out, Pinkie was 100% correct.
14th Feb '18 11:17:33 PM MisterBeeg
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** Pinkie was hit with this in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E23SecretsAndPies Secrets and Pies]], where she believed that Rainbow Dash was faking her love of pies and was secretly disposing them in various places while Pinkie was distracted. Turns out, Pinkie was 100% correct.
28th Jan '18 8:05:01 AM MrUnderhill
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': After a certain point, players ''will'' get into the habit of poking every single treasure chest they see with a weapon before opening it. The [[ChestMonster Mimic]] enemies do a fantastic job of disguising themselves as chests, and getting tricked by one is almost guaranteed death. Poking them beforehand will damage them if they're a Mimic, and cause them to get up and attack.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
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After a certain point, players ''will'' get into the habit of poking every single treasure chest they see with a weapon before opening it. The [[ChestMonster Mimic]] enemies do a fantastic job of disguising themselves as chests, and getting tricked by one is almost guaranteed death. Poking them beforehand will damage them if they're a Mimic, and cause them to get up and attack.attack.
** The series is very good at teaching players to anticipate ambushes. The designers in particular seem to ''[[RunningGag love]]'' the old "2-3 enemies in plain sight, [[BehindTheBlack one hiding off to the side]]" trick.
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