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13th Jan '16 4:35:43 PM WillBGood
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* ''Film/MercuryRising'''s plot kicks off when the NSA's supposedly unbreakable code is published in a magazine by low-ranking employee's to test it and a little Autistic IdiotSavant cracks the code and dials the NSA's phone number that was hidden in it. The boss freaks out at this breach of security and sends a hitman to kill the kid and his parents, but who fails to find the boy before the police shows up. Even ignoring how this is well beyond the MoralEventHorizon, the boy still didn't know what the code really meant, had no initiative to find anyone to sell his knowledge to and only the NSA knew he could break the code. [[JustEatGilligan But the NSA can't think of a better way to hush this up, apparently.]]
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* ''Film/MercuryRising'''s plot kicks off when the NSA's supposedly unbreakable code is published in a magazine by low-ranking employee's to test it and a little Autistic IdiotSavant young [[IdiotSavant autistic savant]] cracks the code and dials the NSA's phone number that was hidden in it. The boss freaks out at this breach of security and sends a hitman to kill the kid and his parents, but who fails to find the boy before the police shows up. Even ignoring how this is well beyond the MoralEventHorizon, the boy still didn't know what the code really meant, had no initiative to find anyone to sell his knowledge to and only the NSA knew he could break the code. [[JustEatGilligan But the NSA can't think of a better way to hush this up, apparently.]]
7th Jan '16 5:46:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** People also tend to forget that once L began investigating him and started putting pressure on his mass murder schedule, Light actually managed to kill people in even higher measures each day, as if to contradict his adversary's hypothesis (he reacted to something that should have prompted no change were he not Kira by killing excessively).
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** People also tend to forget that once Once L began investigating him and started putting pressure on his mass murder schedule, Light actually managed to kill killed people in even higher measures each day, as if to contradict his adversary's hypothesis (he reacted to something that should have prompted no change were he not Kira by killing excessively).excessively). He tells Ryuki that this was supposed to make L investigate the police, which would make them resent L and investigate him as well, and find his real name. Ryuk has a good laugh at his expense.
7th Jan '16 5:44:16 PM ChaoticNovelist
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run on sentence. Not A Subversion.
It never works. Inevitably they'll connect the fake aliens to your organization, making them wonder what you're up to, which will lead them to the (hitherto unknown) [[TheMole Mole]] you had planted in the embassy staff, and then it's heroes getting [[strike:all over your business]] all up in yo' bidness [[OhGodWithTheVerbing with the rappelling]] into the [[SupervillainLair volcanic headquarters]] and the shooting and the debris falling into the SharkPool and having to run away while waving your fist and yelling about [[YouMeddlingKids getting away with it if it hadn't been for those darn kids]] and then having to find a new lieutenant after [[YouHaveFailedMe having shot the previous one]] for having the bad taste to point out that it was your plan that caused all this when you'd have been further ahead just getting the damn pictures taken.
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It never works. Inevitably they'll connect the fake aliens to your organization, making them wonder what you're up to, which will lead them to the (hitherto unknown) [[TheMole Mole]] you had planted in the embassy staff, and then staff. Then it's heroes getting [[strike:all over your business]] all up in yo' bidness [[OhGodWithTheVerbing with the rappelling]] into the [[SupervillainLair volcanic headquarters]] and the shooting and the debris falling into the SharkPool and having to run away while waving your fist and yelling about [[YouMeddlingKids getting away with it if it hadn't been for those darn kids]] and then having kids]]. ''Then'' you have to find a new lieutenant after [[YouHaveFailedMe having shot the previous one]] for having the bad taste to point out that it was your plan that caused all this when you'd have been further ahead just getting the damn pictures taken.

An occasional subversion is someone organizing a Revealing Cover-Up because they ''want'' to keep the heroes interested. Compare KansasCityShuffle.
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An occasional subversion variation is someone organizing a Revealing Cover-Up because they ''want'' to keep the heroes interested. Compare KansasCityShuffle.
28th Dec '15 2:02:15 PM Antigone3
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minor edit - linked
* How many Doc Savage pulps started out with the villain trying to pull a preemptive strike on the Man of Bronze, getting his minions slamdunked, and Doc then becoming curious about what was going on?
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* How many Doc Savage Franchise/DocSavage pulps started out with the villain trying to pull a preemptive strike on the Man of Bronze, getting his minions slamdunked, and Doc then becoming curious about what was going on?
18th Dec '15 5:47:20 PM rjd1922
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* LANoire: You know, it may have just been the deadlines and lack of serious threats talking, but burning down entire houses with families still alive in them is NOT a good way to hush up a government-level scam. Cole proceeds to crack the case wide open. Sadly, his rival remixes the coverup so that the corrupt higher-ups are arrested, but the multibillion dollar redevelopment project (read: highway that made Los Angeles a megacity) goes ahead. * TeamFortress2's story: The reason why two merc teams owned by two megacorporations that secretly rule the world are continuously killing each other in the middle of nowhere is [[spoiler:so that the megacorporations' secret leader and her stash of game-breaking Unobtainium can go unnoticed]]. Unlike most examples, this works because the mercenaries are hyped-up, excessively violent, and well-armed against any bystanders standing too close to the [[spoiler:Unobtainium]] mines.
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* LANoire: ''VideoGame/LANoire'': You know, it may have just been the deadlines and lack of serious threats talking, but burning down entire houses with families still alive in them is NOT a good way to hush up a government-level scam. Cole proceeds to crack the case wide open. Sadly, his rival remixes the coverup so that the corrupt higher-ups are arrested, but the multibillion dollar redevelopment project (read: highway that made Los Angeles a megacity) goes ahead. * TeamFortress2's ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s story: The reason why two merc teams owned by two megacorporations that secretly rule the world are continuously killing each other in the middle of nowhere is [[spoiler:so that the megacorporations' secret leader and her stash of game-breaking Unobtainium can go unnoticed]]. Unlike most examples, this works because the mercenaries are hyped-up, excessively violent, and well-armed against any bystanders standing too close to the [[spoiler:Unobtainium]] mines.
18th Dec '15 5:46:30 PM rjd1922
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The phantom isn't capitalized.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: the desperate attempts of "the Phantom" to keep his existence a secret, which includes at least two murders (three if you count him killing Bobby Fulbright and stealing his identity) and ''bombing a courtroom'' to either steal or destroy evidence, ultimately contributes to his undoing.]]
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: the desperate attempts of "the Phantom" phantom" to keep his existence a secret, which includes at least two murders (three if you count him killing Bobby Fulbright and stealing his identity) and ''bombing a courtroom'' to either steal or destroy evidence, ultimately contributes to his undoing.]]
23rd Nov '15 10:05:24 PM jormis29
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** ''[[SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory]]'' actually has this as a tutorial video titled "what not to do", showing a guard getting suspicious when he finds a light turned off - investigating, he finds the door in the darkened room with a broken lock, leading to yet another room with the light off, and finding an unconscious colleague. Cue them hitting the alarms. If you hadn't turned off the lights in an attempt to hide the mess you left, the guard would have probably never found it.
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** ''[[SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory]]'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory'' actually has this as a tutorial video titled "what not to do", showing a guard getting suspicious when he finds a light turned off - investigating, he finds the door in the darkened room with a broken lock, leading to yet another room with the light off, and finding an unconscious colleague. Cue them hitting the alarms. If you hadn't turned off the lights in an attempt to hide the mess you left, the guard would have probably never found it.
23rd Nov '15 10:04:51 PM jormis29
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* ''[[SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Conviction]]'', where if the conspirators hadn't sent thugs to try and kill Sam Fisher he would never have been aware there was even a conspiracy in the first place. Of course, we shortly find out that [[spoiler:one of the top-level conspirators is an double agent and old friend of Sam's who ''wanted'' him to find out and be bought to her.]]
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* ''[[SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Conviction]]'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', where if the conspirators hadn't sent thugs to try and kill Sam Fisher he would never have been aware there was even a conspiracy in the first place. Of course, we shortly find out that [[spoiler:one of the top-level conspirators is an double agent and old friend of Sam's who ''wanted'' him to find out and be bought to her.]]
10th Nov '15 5:44:49 PM nombretomado
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* The excesses of the [[RichardNixon Nixon Administration]] might not have become public if flunkies hadn't been carrying out completely unnecessary break-ins, with more cunning plans piled on top to prevent the preceding cunning plans from coming to light, which instead attracted even more attention.
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* The excesses of the [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon Administration]] might not have become public if flunkies hadn't been carrying out completely unnecessary break-ins, with more cunning plans piled on top to prevent the preceding cunning plans from coming to light, which instead attracted even more attention.
10th Nov '15 10:13:55 AM Blazer
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The First Duty", Nova Squadron's attempt to hide the fact they performed a highly illegal move that got a classmate killed ended up being exposed due to the fact that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' got involved as one of those involved was Wesley Crusher. When Picard figures it out, he's [[{{Understatement}} not too happy.]]
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