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25th Feb '17 1:23:32 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DoubleSubverted in the first episode of ''Series/{{Community}}''. To try and manipulate Professor Duncan into getting him the answers for every test in his classes, and thus being able to coast his way through his studies, Jeff tries to pull reverse psychology on Duncan. Except that Duncan is a psychology professor, and can instantly see what Jeff is trying to do. Except that Jeff is ''very'' manipulative and ''very'' unscrupulous, and ends up managing to sucker Duncan into doing his bidding anyway. [[spoiler: Except that, as it turns out, much to Jeff's astonishment Duncan actually ''didn't'' do what he wanted, and tricked him.]]
21st Jan '17 10:41:02 AM PsychoNormal91
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* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Ducky Tie", Barney makes a bet with Marshall and Lily where he gets to touch Lily's boobs if he can successfully perform Teppenyaki (the cooking style of the restaurant they're eating in). He then talks about a school that teaches the style in Hoboken, making them worry that he'll win the bet. Barney then compromises with seeing her boobs, but not touching them, in the alley behind the restaurant. Marshall then assumes that because Barney gave in to the compromise too easily, that he really isn't an expert at Teppenyaki, and was just trying to psyche them out so he could see Lily's boobs. Cue the next scene, where Barney indeed proves himself to be an expert at the cooking style. The only reason he lost was because Lily flashed her boobs to distract him from the cooking, causing him to lose focus.
9th Dec '16 6:36:42 AM Luigifan
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(Please do not use this for examples where ReversePsychology only simply does not work. Or rather, do use it for them. Or... Oh, forget it.)

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(Please do not use this for examples where ReversePsychology only simply does not work. Or rather, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle do use it for them.them]]. Or... [[MindScrew Oh, forget it.it]].)
9th Feb '16 10:23:37 AM Knight20
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22nd Nov '15 10:58:44 AM nombretomado
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25th Oct '15 8:50:57 PM Micah
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* In a police drama, a father tries to keep her daughter from entering the police force by telling her that she should, thinking that it is just a phase for her and she just says she wants to be one to spite him. She doesn't.

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* %%* In a police drama, a father tries to keep her daughter from entering the police force by telling her that she should, thinking that it is just a phase for her and she just says she wants to be one to spite him. She doesn't.
14th Oct '15 12:30:30 AM Chabal2
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** And another (sort of):
--> '''Andy:''' Roger, money is pretty tight this month. Don't get me anything expensive for my birthday, okay?\\
'''Roger:''' Okay. (leaves)\\
'''Andy:''' YOU COULD HAVE ARGUED THE POINT A LITTLE! [[note]]For the record, Roger is a husband who thinks a spatula is a good ValentinesDay gift because his wife'd been wanting one for years[[/note]]

8th Jun '15 6:36:14 AM TrustBen
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', when trying to convince Max to go on the fishing trip, Goofy resorts to using reverse psychology, pitifully talking about how he's going to do everything ''"all alone."'' Max's response is to shrug and say "I guess so."

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* In Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Vetinari tries to use reverse psychology to get Vimes to work on a politically sensitive case; he does this by absolutely forbidding Vimes from working on it. This almost completely backfires, with Vimes going through a HeroicBSOD and drinking himself to near-death. He would have worked on the case tirelessly without Vetinari's interference, giving Vetinari a shockingly out-of-character NiceJobBreakingItHero. To Vetinari's credit, he almost immediately realizes he pushed Vimes too far when Vimes fails to punch the wall on his way out of the office.

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* [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' tries this a lot. Unfortunately she doesn't know much about the human psyche, and her intentions are very, very transparent.

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* [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' In the ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episode "Stage Fright", Ethel tries this reverse psychology on Little Ricky, who is reluctant to play his drums. After a lot. Unfortunately moment, she doesn't know much about comes out of his room.
-->'''Lucy''': Did it work?
-->'''Ethel''': Well, sort of. I said, "Little Ricky, you don't want to play those nasty old drums, do you?" and he said, "No."
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the human psyche, and her intentions ''Series/GetSomeIn'' episode "End of Basic Training", the RAF recruits are very, very transparent.being assigned to new posts after their basic training has finished. After seeing his three friends get assigned against their will to a nursing course, Teddy boy Jakey Smith decides to tell the Squadron Leader making the assignments that he really wants to study nursing, assuming that his "request" will also be ignored. To his horror, the Squadron Leader is delighted, as he had Jakey in mind for nursing all along.


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* In Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Vetinari tries to use reverse psychology to get Vimes to work on a politically sensitive case; he does this by absolutely forbidding Vimes from working on it. This almost completely backfires, with Vimes going through a HeroicBSOD and drinking himself to near-death. He would have worked on the case tirelessly without Vetinari's interference, giving Vetinari a shockingly out-of-character NiceJobBreakingItHero. To Vetinari's credit, he almost immediately realizes he pushed Vimes too far when Vimes fails to punch the wall on his way out of the office.

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* In Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Vetinari [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' tries to use reverse psychology to get Vimes to work on a politically sensitive case; he does this by absolutely forbidding Vimes from working on it. This almost completely backfires, with Vimes going through a HeroicBSOD lot. Unfortunately she doesn't know much about the human psyche, and drinking himself to near-death. He would have worked on the case tirelessly without Vetinari's interference, giving Vetinari a shockingly out-of-character NiceJobBreakingItHero. To Vetinari's credit, he almost immediately realizes he pushed Vimes too far when Vimes fails to punch the wall on his way out of the office.her intentions are very, very transparent.


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* In the ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episode "Stage Fright", Ethel tries reverse psychology on Little Ricky, who is reluctant to play his drums. After a moment, she comes out of his room.
-->'''Lucy''': Did it work?
-->'''Ethel''': Well, sort of. I said, "Little Ricky, you don't want to play those nasty old drums, do you?" and he said, "No."
* In the ''Series/GetSomeIn'' episode "End of Basic Training", the RAF recruits are being assigned to new posts after their basic training has finished. After seeing his three friends get assigned against their will to a nursing course, Teddy boy Jakey Smith decides to tell the Squadron Leader making the assignments that he really wants to study nursing, assuming that his "request" will also be ignored. To his horror, the Squadron Leader is delighted, as he had Jakey in mind for nursing all along.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', when trying to convince Max to go on the fishing trip, Goofy resorts to using reverse psychology, pitifully talking about how he's going to do everything ''"all alone."'' Max's response is to shrug and say "I guess so."

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* In the ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episode "Stage Fright", Ethel tries reverse psychology on Little Ricky, who is reluctant to play his drums. After a moment, she comes out of his room.
-->'''Lucy''': Did it work?
-->'''Ethel''': Well, sort of. I said, "Little Ricky, you don't want to play those nasty old drums, do you?" and he said, "No."
* In the ''Series/GetSomeIn'' episode "End of Basic Training", the RAF recruits are being assigned to new posts after their basic training has finished. After seeing his three friends get assigned against their will to a nursing course, Teddy boy Jakey Smith decides to tell the Squadron Leader making the assignments that he really wants to study nursing, assuming that his "request" will also be ignored. To his horror, the Squadron Leader is delighted, as he had Jakey in mind for nursing all along.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', when trying to convince Max to go on the fishing trip, Goofy resorts to using reverse psychology, pitifully talking about how he's going to do everything ''"all alone."'' Max's response is to shrug and say "I guess so."
30th Apr '15 8:09:56 PM nombretomado
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** Another strip had Jason and Peter arguing over which movie to rent. Peter tries to pull the BugsBunny "DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trick, and says the name of the movie Jason wants, with the idea that Jason will then reflexively argue for Peter's movie. Instead, Jason simply says, "Oh good, we agree."

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** Another strip had Jason and Peter arguing over which movie to rent. Peter tries to pull the BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny "DuckSeasonRabbitSeason" trick, and says the name of the movie Jason wants, with the idea that Jason will then reflexively argue for Peter's movie. Instead, Jason simply says, "Oh good, we agree."
2nd Apr '15 7:52:31 PM Discar
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-->'''Andy''': I think it's wonderful that you want to spend more time with your family even though it means letting 25 years of experience and hard work in the corporate world go to waste while we eat up our savings. I'm behind you 100 percent.
-->'''Roger''': Thanks, sweetie. Now I know it was the right decision.
-->'''Andy''': ''(thinking)'' Boy, when reverse psychology backfires, it really backfires.

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-->'''Andy''': ->'''Andy''': I think it's wonderful that you want to spend more time with your family even though it means letting 25 years of experience and hard work in the corporate world go to waste while we eat up our savings. I'm behind you 100 percent.
-->'''Roger''':
percent.\\
'''Roger''':
Thanks, sweetie. Now I know it was the right decision.
-->'''Andy''':
decision.\\
'''Andy''':
''(thinking)'' Boy, when reverse psychology backfires, it really backfires.
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