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21st Mar '16 11:39:44 AM JMQwilleran
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* In "Parade Problem" on ''WesternAnimation/EllaTheElephant'', one of these kicks off the problem described in the title. An unwitting seagull reverses a sign, causing a delivery van with frozen bananas to go the wrong way.
10th Mar '16 7:30:27 PM foxley
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* On ''KenanAndKel'', Kel accidentally knocks down the arrow in a restaurant pointing to the bathrooms and puts it back up the wrong way, causing everyone who was looking for the bathroom to end up [[LockedInAFreezer getting trapped in the restaurant's walk-in freezer]] instead.

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* On ''KenanAndKel'', ''Series/KenanAndKel'', Kel accidentally knocks down the arrow in a restaurant pointing to the bathrooms and puts it back up the wrong way, causing everyone who was looking for the bathroom to end up [[LockedInAFreezer getting trapped in the restaurant's walk-in freezer]] instead.
10th Mar '16 10:06:12 AM CrazyLegs2
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* On ''KenanAndKel'', Kel accidentally knocks down the arrow in a restaurant pointing to the bathrooms and puts it back up the wrong way, causing everyone who was looking for the bathroom to end up [[LockedInAFreezer getting trapped in the restaurant's walk-in freezer]] instead.


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* On ''KenanAndKel'', Kel accidentally knocks down the arrow in a restaurant pointing to the bathrooms and puts it back up the wrong way, causing everyone who was looking for the bathroom to end up [[LockedInAFreezer getting trapped in the restaurant's walk-in freezer]] instead.
10th Mar '16 10:05:14 AM CrazyLegs2
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* On ''KenanAndKel'', Kel accidentally knocks down the arrow in a restaurant pointing to the bathrooms and puts it back up the wrong way, causing everyone who was looking for the bathroom to end up [[LockedInAFreezer getting trapped in the restaurant's walk-in freezer]] instead.
26th Feb '16 9:53:58 PM foxley
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* In ''[[Literature/AlexRider Stormbreaker]]'', a new sign is posted on the footpath to Port Tallon to send Alex into an ambush.

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* ''Literature/AlexRider'':
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In ''[[Literature/AlexRider Stormbreaker]]'', ''Stormbreaker'', a new sign is posted on the footpath to Port Tallon to send Alex into an ambush.ambush.
** In ''Skeleton Key'', General Sarov rigs a second set of runway lights, which causes a plane to crash into a swamp while attempting to take off.
27th Jan '16 9:12:28 PM foxley
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* In ''[[Literature/AlexRider Stormbreaker]]'', a new sign is posted on the footpath to Port Tallon to send Alex into an ambush.
2nd Nov '15 1:11:11 PM DavidCowie
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28th Oct '15 3:13:57 AM Mhazard
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The racecourse or other path is marked off by arrows. Either a villain or a prankster mucks things up by flipping the sign so the arrows point the other way. Can also include incidents where someone who, with honest intentions, by mistake thinks the sign is wrong and "fixes" it, whereupon HilarityEnsues.

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The racecourse or other path is marked off by arrows. Either a villain or a prankster mucks things up by flipping the sign so the arrows point the other way. Can also include incidents where someone who, with honest intentions, by mistake thinks the sign is wrong and "fixes" "[[NiceJobFixingItVillain fixes]]" it, whereupon HilarityEnsues.
27th Oct '15 7:34:33 AM DeisTheAlcano
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->'''Dean Toadblatt:''' Hey, jerkwad, you're going the wrong way! The Enchanted Meadow is in that spooky cave, and the deadly Manticore is in that happy meadow! Can't you read?
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->'''Dean Toadblatt:''' Hey, ->''"Hey, jerkwad, you're going the wrong way! The Enchanted Meadow is in that spooky cave, and the deadly Manticore is in that happy meadow! Can't you read?
read?"''
-->-- '''''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'''''
'''Dean Toadblatt''', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
26th Oct '15 6:51:01 AM StFan
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->'''Dean Toadblatt''': Hey, jerkwad, youíre going the wrong way! The Enchanted Meadow is in that spooky cave, and the deadly Manticore is in that happy meadow! Canít you read?
-->--'''''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'''''

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->'''Dean Toadblatt''': Toadblatt:''' Hey, jerkwad, youíre you're going the wrong way! The Enchanted Meadow is in that spooky cave, and the deadly Manticore is in that happy meadow! Canít Can't you read?
-->--'''''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'''''
-->-- '''''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'''''



* A 90s French Cheerios commercial had the hare doing this to send the tortoise into a much longer, windier path, but [[CerealInducedSuperpowers the cereal give so much strength and speed]] that the tortoise wins the race anyway.

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* A 90s '90s French Cheerios commercial had the hare doing this to send the tortoise into a much longer, windier path, but [[CerealInducedSuperpowers the cereal give so much strength and speed]] that the tortoise wins the race anyway.



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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ranma and Genma travel back in time, switching the arrows pointing to Jusenkyo so their past selves will go the wrong way. Happosai sabotages the attempt by reversing them again. It wouldn't have worked anyway, because [[spoiler: the whole thing takes place inside Ranma's dream]].

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' anime, Ranma and Genma travel back in time, switching the arrows pointing to Jusenkyo so their past selves will go the wrong way. Happosai Happōsai sabotages the attempt by reversing them again. It wouldn't have worked anyway, because [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the whole thing takes place inside Ranma's dream]].



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* In one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' sequence, Jason and Marcus strike out into the wilds of suburbia in search of adventure (wearing pith helmets, no less). Along their way they encounter the streets of "Maple" and "Oak;" Maple Street is lined with oak trees and Oak Street is lined with maples. Helpfully, they decide to switch the street signs around to correct the error, but wind up attracting the attention of the police in the process.
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* One of the Shapoklyak's pranks in ''{{Cheburashka}}''.

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* One of the Shapoklyak's pranks in ''{{Cheburashka}}''.''Literature/{{Cheburashka}}''.



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* ''Film/HerbieGoesToMonteCarlo''. The misdirecting arrow sends our heroes onto a very narrow cliff edge and almost causes them to die via avalanche.

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* ''Film/HerbieGoesToMonteCarlo''. The misdirecting arrow sends our heroes onto a very narrow cliff edge Listed as one of the things Stitch is programmed to do in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', along with backing up sewers and almost causes them to die via avalanche.stealing everyone's left shoe.
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* ''Film/TheLoveBug'':



** ''Film/HerbieGoesToMonteCarlo''. The misdirecting arrow sends our heroes onto a very narrow cliff edge and almost causes them to die via avalanche.



* Done by the Red Feathers in ''TroopBeverlyHills''.

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* Done by the Red Feathers in ''TroopBeverlyHills''.''Film/TroopBeverlyHills''.



* A Reversed Road Sign to Ste.-Mère-Eglise briefly confuses invading Allied forces in ''Film/TheLongestDay'', until an American officer sees through the trick and orders the sign cut down.

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* A Reversed Road Sign to Ste.-Mère-Eglise Sainte-Mère-Église briefly confuses invading Allied forces in ''Film/TheLongestDay'', until an American officer sees through the trick and orders the sign cut down.



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* In one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' sequence, Jason and Marcus strike out into the wilds of suburbia in search of adventure (wearing pith helmets, no less). Along their way they encounter the streets of "Maple" and "Oak;" Maple Street is lined with oak trees and Oak Street is lined with maples. Helpfully, they decide to switch the street signs around to correct the error, but wind up attracting the attention of the police in the process.

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* In one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' sequence, Jason and Marcus strike out into the wilds of suburbia in search of adventure (wearing pith helmets, no less). Along their way they encounter the streets of "Maple" and "Oak;" Maple Street is lined with oak trees and Oak Street is lined with maples. Helpfully, they decide to switch the street signs around to correct the error, but wind up attracting the attention The "plot" of the police in ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''-themed water ride at Ride/UniversalStudios' Island of Adventure begins with Bluto switching signs so that the process.riders go down some "dangerous" rapids instead of the idyllic river. A thorough soaking ensues.



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* The "plot" of the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''-themed water ride at Ride/UniversalStudios' Island of Adventure begins with Bluto switching signs so that the riders go down some "dangerous" rapids instead of the idyllic river. A thorough soaking ensues.

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* The "plot" In a MLP-based webcomic ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'' the trope is subverted and defied; in its version of the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''-themed water ride at Ride/UniversalStudios' Island of Adventure begins with Bluto switching signs so that story Rainbow Dash doesn't flip the riders go down some "dangerous" rapids instead of sign, but [[KansasCityShuffle tricks Applejack into believing she did]]. Applejack tries to defy the idyllic river. A thorough soaking ensues.trope and ends up going the wrong way anyway.



* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]] tried this a few times with the Roadrunner and a detour sign. The gag being that the way the Roadrunner went turned safe, while Wile E.'s way turned out to be the one with the road out... cue whistling sound...
* One of Dick Dastardly's favourite dirty tricks in the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''.
** Not surprising since, as has been mentioned elsewhere, ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' (ahem) borrowed a lot of ''Road Runner'' gags.
* Listed as one of the things Stitch is programmed to do in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', along with backing up sewers and stealing everyone's left shoe.

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* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteandTheRoadRunner'': Wile E. Coyote]] tried Coyote tries this a few times with the Roadrunner Road Runner and a detour sign. The gag being that the way the Roadrunner went turned Road Runner goes turns safe, while Wile E.'s way turned turns out to be the one with the road out... cue whistling sound...
* One of Dick Dastardly's favourite dirty tricks in the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''.
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''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''. Not surprising since, as has been mentioned elsewhere, ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' ''Wacky Races'' (ahem) borrowed a lot of ''Road Runner'' gags.
* Listed as one of the things Stitch is programmed to do in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', along with backing up sewers and stealing everyone's left shoe.
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* Done to lure the Mystery Machine into a trap in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster''.

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
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Done to lure the Mystery Machine into a trap in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster''.''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster''.
** Dracula does this to send Shaggy and Scooby into the tar pits in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''.
* Happens in an episode of ''Scooby's All-Star WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. The cheaters mistakenly switch the signs back, resulting in disgust from their teammates (although they DO get a 50 point bonus for "chivalry" because the judges think they did it to help their opponents).



* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' spoof of ''CannonballRun'', Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltrane does this to trick, "them Duke Boys," possibly as an homage to the actual show, ''TheDukesOfHazzard''.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' spoof of ''CannonballRun'', ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltrane does this to trick, "them Duke Boys," possibly as an homage to the actual show, ''TheDukesOfHazzard''.''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''.



* Used by Boris Badenov in one of the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' openings (see it towards the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65t-OzhlmvE&feature=player_embedded#! this video]]). However, instead of rotating the entire arrow he's able to remove the arrowhead from one end and attach it to the other instead.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
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Used by Boris Badenov in one of the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' the openings (see it towards the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65t-OzhlmvE&feature=player_embedded#! com/watch?v=65t-OzhlmvE this video]]). However, instead of rotating the entire arrow he's able to remove the arrowhead from one end and attach it to the other instead.



* Happened in an episode of ''Scooby's All-Star WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. The cheaters mistakenly switched the signs back, resulting in disgust from their teammates (although they DID get a 50 point bonus for "chivalry" because the judges thought they did it to help their opponents).
* In an episode of ''TheBusyWorldOfRichardScarry'', an inadequately supported sign flips and sends people looking for a stall selling corn into the middle of a cornfield, causing them to become LostInTheMaize.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} 1973''-74 episode "The Fantastic Frerps". This is how King Plasto diverts a shipment of raw plastic from the real GREPS building to his imitation.

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* Happened in an episode of ''Scooby's All-Star WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. The cheaters mistakenly switched the signs back, resulting in disgust from their teammates (although they DID get a 50 point bonus for "chivalry" because the judges thought they did it to help their opponents).
* In an episode of ''TheBusyWorldOfRichardScarry'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBusyWorldOfRichardScarry'', an inadequately supported sign flips and sends people looking for a stall selling corn into the middle of a cornfield, causing them to become LostInTheMaize.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} 1973''-74 ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' 1973-74 episode "The Fantastic Frerps". This is how King Plasto diverts a shipment of raw plastic from the real GREPS building to his imitation.



** In a MLP-based webcomic ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'' the trope is subverted and defied; in its version of the story Rainbow Dash doesn't flip the sign, but [[KansasCityShuffle tricks Applejack into believing she did]]. Applejack tries to defy the trope and ends up going the wrong way anyway.



-->'''Dean Toadblatt''': [[TooDumbToLive Hey, jerkwad, youíre going the wrong way! The Enchanted Meadow is in that spooky cave, and the deadly Manticore is in that happy meadow! Canít you read?]]
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/DoctorSnuggles''.

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-->'''Dean Toadblatt''': Toadblatt:''' [[TooDumbToLive Hey, jerkwad, youíre going the wrong way! The Enchanted Meadow is in that spooky cave, and the deadly Manticore is in that happy meadow! Canít you read?]]
* %%* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/DoctorSnuggles''.



* Dracula does this to send Shaggy and Scooby into the tar pits in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''.



* ''[[DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace and Gnasher]]'': Dennis does this to temporarily confuse the Greytowers Prep triathlete (who is already cheating). It delays him long enough for Gnasher to disable his bike.

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* ''[[DennisTheMenaceUK ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace and Gnasher]]'': Dennis does this to temporarily confuse the Greytowers Prep triathlete (who is already cheating). It delays him long enough for Gnasher to disable his bike.



* Mentioned in [[AC:{{Film}}]] above, the switching (or removal) of signs did regularly happen in WWII.
** In fact it was one of neutral Ireland's main defenses. Road signs were arranged so that following them would lead the invaders in a big circle. Still practiced by some locals today, though that's more so that they can troll the tourists who get lost and stop to ask for directions.

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* Mentioned in [[AC:{{Film}}]] ''Film/TheLongestDay'' entry above, the switching (or removal) of signs did regularly happen in WWII.
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WWII. In fact it was one of neutral Ireland's main defenses. Road signs were arranged so that following them would lead the invaders in a big circle. Still practiced by some locals today, though that's more so that they can troll the tourists who get lost and stop to ask for directions.



** Similar tactics were used inside Britain, in case of Nazi invasion. Road signs were routinely removed, often confusing domestic military units traveling through the countryside. This was often made worse by the fact that villagers would be very suspicious of any stranger asking for directions while using the "wrong" accent -- i.e., one that marked him as from out of town.

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** * Similar tactics were used inside Britain, in case of Nazi invasion. Road signs were routinely removed, often confusing domestic military units traveling through the countryside. This was often made worse by the fact that villagers would be very suspicious of any stranger asking for directions while using the "wrong" accent -- i.e., one that marked him as from out of town.
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