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8th Aug '16 12:45:41 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]. Cassandra claims that the cat nurse nuns have been keeping a secret, and tells Rose to come in close so she can whisper it in her ear. Rose laughs at such an obvious trap and backs away -- into Cassandra's ''real'' trap.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', in ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]. Cassandra claims that the cat nurse nuns have been keeping a secret, and tells Rose to come in close so she can whisper it in her ear. Rose laughs at such an obvious trap and backs away -- into Cassandra's ''real'' trap.
29th Jul '16 8:22:43 AM eowynjedi
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* Thomas Cromwell makes use of this in ''Series/WolfHall'' when presiding over the trial of George Boleyn. He hands George a paper and tells him only to say if he recognizes the words, ''not'' to read them aloud. George--who is something of a SmugSnake--proceeds to read it out in a mocking tone and belatedly realizes that he's just doomed himself by speaking a slanderous statement about Henry.
-->'''George:''' [[OhCrap ...These are not my words.]]\\
'''Cromwell:''' They are now.
26th Jun '16 6:17:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used by {{Satan}} in the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. He's grown fond of Jehovah (not to be confused with God), and wants to stop the Holocaust that is killing his followers. So he invites [[TimeTravel Chronos]] and gloats about how the Nazis are all his plan. Chronos went back in time and [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct prevents Hitler's rise to power]], thus saving Jehovah.
* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', one character argues with Menelaus not to try his mad experiment as if he really wants him to do it.

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* Used by {{Satan}} in the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. He's grown fond of Jehovah (not to be confused with God), and wants to stop the Holocaust that is killing his followers. So he invites [[TimeTravel Chronos]] and gloats about how the Nazis are all his plan. Chronos went back in time and [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct prevents Hitler's rise to power]], thus saving Jehovah.
* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', one character argues with Menelaus not to try his mad experiment as if he really wants him to do it.
26th Jun '16 3:09:15 AM eroock
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* In an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', [[IdiotHero Ash]] thinks that Elite 4 trainer [[ActionGirl Prima]] is doing this when she seems to ignore his battle challenge. He also thinks it's called "''perverse'' psychology.

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* In an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', [[IdiotHero Ash]] thinks that Elite 4 trainer [[ActionGirl Prima]] is doing this when she seems to ignore his battle challenge. He also thinks it's called "''perverse'' ''perverse'' psychology.
11th Jun '16 7:04:16 PM bt8257
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It's a {{subtrope}} of BatmanGambit. Compare ThoughtAversionFailure (telling someone not to think about something will lead to them thinking about that very thing - involuntarily).

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It's a {{subtrope}} SubTrope of BatmanGambit. Compare ThoughtAversionFailure (telling someone not to think about something will lead to them thinking about that very thing - involuntarily).
11th Jun '16 7:03:59 PM bt8257
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17th May '16 6:45:28 PM ngh93
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-->'''Voodoo Guy''': What ever you do Miss, do not, I repeat NOT go into the Spooky Island castle!\\

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-->'''Voodoo Guy''': What ever you do do, Miss, do not, I repeat NOT go into the Spooky Island castle!\\
5th May '16 10:48:47 AM TrustBen
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* Literature/NeroWolfe and Archie Goodwin pull a lulu in ''The Silent Speaker''. Wolfe sends Archie to collect evidence on the murder of a bureaucrat at an industry function, and make waves doing it, without revealing who his client is. He doesn't have one. When an executive from the trade organization calls Wolfe, Wolfe initially refuses to meet with him and, once meeting face to face, discourages the executive from hiring him. All of this obscures the fact that Wolfe is short on money to pay the bills and needs a fee badly.



* In ''{{MASH}}'' after a visiting British officer loudly berates his wounded men for being slackers and malingerers. Hawkeye and company are appalled, but later realize that the men are recovering well and showing excellent morale. The officer patiently explains that his actions were deliberate, since no one would berate a dying man, his harsh demeanor convinces his men that they can't be hurt that badly.

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* In ''{{MASH}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' after a visiting British officer loudly berates his wounded men for being slackers and malingerers. Hawkeye and company are appalled, but later realize that the men are recovering well and showing excellent morale. The officer patiently explains that his actions were deliberate, since no one would berate a dying man, his harsh demeanor convinces his men that they can't be hurt that badly.
20th Apr '16 4:36:30 PM Gallimaufry
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* In ''Kingdom of Magic'', the hero has to talk a water elemental ito turning a water wheel. One of the dialog choices: (Paraphrased, it's an old game)

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* In ''Kingdom of Magic'', the hero has to talk a water elemental ito into turning a water wheel. One of the dialog choices: (Paraphrased, it's an old game)


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* Page #49 of ''GirlsNextDoor'': Jareth files a claim of sexual harrassment against Sarah (to her complete bafflement, as he's the one stalking and harrassing her all the time), with mention of considering getting a restraining order if she persists. The girls realize that this is a golden opportunity to get rid of him (since a restraining order works both ways, and the only reason she can't file one is because of his diplomatic immunity), and get ready to force the issue by Sarah putting on a revealing outfit and glomping Jareth while Christine gets the spectacle on tape. She's just about to begin when she realizes that he's playing her.
11th Mar '16 6:37:20 PM Megadoomer
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* Both the film and book version of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' tell the audience to go see/read something more pleasant than what they're currently attending.

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* Both the film and book version of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' tell the audience to [[SnicketWarningLabel go see/read something more pleasant than what they're currently attending.attending]].
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