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21st Jul '17 8:31:24 AM rdococ
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Compare TooDumbToLive and GenreBlindness. It's worth comparing to CouldSayItBut. Do not, under any circumstances, take this trope to an extreme, as it may approach MindScrew and IKnowYouKnowIKnow.

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Compare TooDumbToLive and GenreBlindness. It's worth comparing to CouldSayItBut. [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Do not, under any circumstances, circumstances,]] take this trope to an extreme, as it may approach MindScrew and IKnowYouKnowIKnow.
6th Jul '17 3:47:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' begins this way. Tenchi has repeatedly been warned by his grandfather that he must never, ever, under any circumstances enter the cave behind their ancestral shrine where a demon was supposedly imprisoned. It's later revealed that this was a case of his grandfather being a GenreSavvy TricksterMentor, since he knew full well what Tenchi would do and what the likely result would be. He pretty openly goads Tenchi to opening the shrine, as he tells him that he can have the key as soon as he's able to take it from him through combat or trickery, and eventually Tenchi succeeds.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' begins this way. Tenchi has repeatedly been warned by his grandfather that he must never, ever, under any circumstances enter the cave behind their ancestral shrine where a demon was supposedly imprisoned. It's later revealed that this was a case of his grandfather being a GenreSavvy TricksterMentor, since he knew full well what Tenchi would do and what the likely result would be. He pretty openly goads Tenchi to opening the shrine, as he tells him that he can have the key as soon as he's able to take it from him through combat or trickery, and eventually Tenchi succeeds.



* ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' has a nice little complex one. Creator/ClintEastwood's Man With No Name character is a bounty hunter working from the inside of BigBad Indio's gang. His partner on the outside, [[CoolOldGuy Colonel Mortimer]], tells him to advise the gang to flee north since there's a good place for an ambush, and the two can catch the gang in a cross-fire. However, Eastwood wants all the money for himself and advises the gang to go south, pointing out that north would be [[IronicEcho a good place for an ambush]]. But Indio doesn't know Eastwood very well and [[GenreSavvy suspects it may be a trap]]. So he splits the difference and heads east. When they get there, Eastwood finds Mortimer waiting for him, explaining that he ''knew'' Eastwood would do the exact opposite of what he said and ''also knew'' that Indio is suspicious of betrayal. Since they couldn't go west, as that's where they pulled off their heist, east was the only place they could run.

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* ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' has a nice little complex one. Creator/ClintEastwood's Man With No Name character is a bounty hunter working from the inside of BigBad Indio's gang. His partner on the outside, [[CoolOldGuy Colonel Mortimer]], tells him to advise the gang to flee north since there's a good place for an ambush, and the two can catch the gang in a cross-fire. However, Eastwood wants all the money for himself and advises the gang to go south, pointing out that north would be [[IronicEcho a good place for an ambush]]. But Indio doesn't know Eastwood very well and [[GenreSavvy suspects it may be a trap]].trap. So he splits the difference and heads east. When they get there, Eastwood finds Mortimer waiting for him, explaining that he ''knew'' Eastwood would do the exact opposite of what he said and ''also knew'' that Indio is suspicious of betrayal. Since they couldn't go west, as that's where they pulled off their heist, east was the only place they could run.
8th Jun '17 2:57:34 AM BackgroundGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The episode "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!" In the same episode, Ed's reaction to reverse psychology is portrayed somewhat akin to a compulsion: to demonstrate, Edd tells him not to eat a pile of dirt. Ed sits there blank-faced for a few seconds, then nervously looks at the dirt before finally going over and eating it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The episode In "A Twist of Ed": Ed", Edd gets the idea to use Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until [[spoiler:It might have worked were it not for Eddy, who was too much of a chicken to really sell it when it mattered. Then the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!" In the same episode, Ed's reaction to realized ''they'' could use "reverse reverse psychology is portrayed somewhat akin psychology" to a compulsion: [[StatusQuoIsGod restore things back to demonstrate, normal]]]]. Before enacting the plan, Edd tells him tries to convince a skeptical Eddy that it could work by telling Ed to not to eat a pile of dirt. Ed sits there blank-faced for a few seconds, then nervously looks at the dirt before finally going over suddenly feels compelled to do it, unable to ''not'' do it, and eating goes hog wild on it.
28th Apr '17 9:32:40 PM genisgone
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* Used to murderous ends in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'', when Ananke [[spoiler:(untruthfully)]] tells [[MortalityPhobia Baphomet]] that while the Prometheus Gambit won't work for mortals, as a death god, he would be able to gain the extra years of any god he killed. She emphatically tells him to never, ever, do this, at risk of execution. Because she trusts him not to even think about trying it. Three guesses as to what dear Baph chooses to do with this information. [[spoiler:Though in the end, he can't actually go through with it. Unfortunately, having publicly attacked two gods already, it makes him a very easy FallGuy when gods do start turning up dead. This is implied have been her plan from the beginning]].
23rd Apr '17 1:09:03 AM Wkenneth334
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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!" In the same episode, Ed's reaction to reverse psychology is portrayed somewhat akin to a compulsion: to demonstrate, Edd tells him not to eat a pile of dirt. Ed sits there blank-faced for a few seconds, then nervously looks at the dirt before finally going over and eating it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
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''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The episode "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!" In the same episode, Ed's reaction to reverse psychology is portrayed somewhat akin to a compulsion: to demonstrate, Edd tells him not to eat a pile of dirt. Ed sits there blank-faced for a few seconds, then nervously looks at the dirt before finally going over and eating it.
23rd Apr '17 1:07:49 AM Wkenneth334
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** "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!"
** In the same episode, Ed's reaction to reverse psychology is portrayed somewhat akin to a compulsion: to demonstrate, Edd tells him not to eat a pile of dirt. Ed sits there blank-faced for a few seconds, then nervously looks at the dirt before finally going over and eating it.

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** "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!"
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Psychology!!" In the same episode, Ed's reaction to reverse psychology is portrayed somewhat akin to a compulsion: to demonstrate, Edd tells him not to eat a pile of dirt. Ed sits there blank-faced for a few seconds, then nervously looks at the dirt before finally going over and eating it.
6th Mar '17 12:03:02 PM Lemia
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* In ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'', one of 707's plans to [[TheGadfly play around]] with [[ButtMonkey Yoosung]] involves taking all the credit for making Yoosung quit playing LOLOL until he gets thoroughly annoyed and then pleading with him to not return to LOLOL to goad him into doing just that.
3rd Jan '17 8:10:08 PM JMQwilleran
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* In the Disney ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' installments, Kanga sometimes uses this as a parenting tactic with Roo. For example, in the book ''Oh, Bother! Someone's Messy!'', after getting tired of always having to tell Roo to clean his room, she tells him he can just leave it however he wants. Roo thinks it's fun at first, but soon begins to think otherwise when he can't find anything in his messy room, then pays a visit to Piglet's place, which is always kept perfectly tidy. After this, and some help from the gang to clean his room, Roo even promises Kanga that he'll be more diligent about helping her to clean the entire house.
22nd Nov '16 4:13:51 AM LB7979
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* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', [[GuileHero Aladdin]] and [[RebelliousPrincess Jasmine]] have a fight after the former allows [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Iago]], the villain's former {{Mook}}, to live in the palace. Iago repays him with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgySIBaPRVM a song]] that encourages Jasmine to just [[AntiLoveSong give up on love]], while listing everything about Aladdin that she loves. She catches on, but gets his point and reconciles with Aladdin.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Scar implores Simba not to visit the elephant graveyard and tells him that only the bravest of lions dare to go there, knowing full well that Simba's ego and curiosity will get the better of him.

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* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': [[GuileHero Aladdin]] and [[RebelliousPrincess Jasmine]] have a fight after the former allows [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Iago]], the villain's former {{Mook}}, to live in the palace. Iago repays him with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgySIBaPRVM a song]] that encourages Jasmine to just [[AntiLoveSong give up on love]], while listing everything about Aladdin that she loves. She catches on, but gets his point and reconciles with Aladdin.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar implores Simba not to visit the elephant graveyard and tells him that only the bravest of lions dare to go there, knowing full well that Simba's ego and curiosity will get the better of him.him.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Flynn tries to get rid of Rapunzel by using her fear of disobeying her mother, by encouraging her to do it:
-->'''Flynn:''' Overprotecting mother, forbidden road trip... But let me ease your conscience: this is part of growing up. A little rebellion, a little adventure. That's good, healthy even. [...] Does your mother deserve it? ''No.'' Would this break her heart and crush her soul? ''Of course.'' But you've just got to do it.
12th Nov '16 11:00:47 AM azul120
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** "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use ReversePsychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!"

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** "A Twist of Ed": Edd gets the idea to use ReversePsychology Reverse Psychology to drive away the Kanker sisters by acting as [[StalkerWithACrush stalker-ish]] towards the girls as they do towards the boys. It works wonders until the Kankers notice Eddy, who's too nervous to pull it off, and then pretend to run away in fear to draw them closer. "It's a Reverse Reverse Psychology!!"



-->'''Dale:''' ReversePsychology. That'll never work.\\

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-->'''Dale:''' ReversePsychology.Reverse Psychology. That'll never work.\\



* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo falls for this twice in an episode in which Suzie begs him to take her to the toy store. He catches on, saying that her ReversePsychology will not work on him. She agrees, which angers Johnny so much that he forcibly takes her just to prove her wrong.

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* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo falls for this twice in an episode in which Suzie begs him to take her to the toy store. He catches on, saying that her ReversePsychology Reverse Psychology will not work on him. She agrees, which angers Johnny so much that he forcibly takes her just to prove her wrong.
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