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2nd Feb '18 4:16:59 AM StFan
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2nd Feb '18 4:15:07 AM StFan
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* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' from Creator/DonRosa - the first chapter when Scrooge scares the Whiskerville away by making a fake ghost. They were so scared that, years later, ''all'' the Whiskervilles have white hair (their first appearance showed them black and brown haired, so it wasn't a family trait before that).
** A repeatedly used plot element in lesser ''DonaldDuck'' comics - a variant involves making some idol worshiped by primitive people appear to speak and tell them to stop roasting the heroes or whatever.
* One ''SamAndMax'' story ("Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple") has Max about to be used as a sacrifice for a volcano cult. Sam tries this trope, covering himself in mud to ape the volcano god the cult worships. Not only are the cultists not fooled, they beat the stuffing out of Sam.
* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' uses a psychological AntiHero version when a reporter discovers the Fables' (fairytale characters who are actually real) society, though with the belief that they're vampires. Ultimately they kidnap him and trick him into believing they are indeed vampires who have tasted his blood and will control him into committing suicide along with publishing pictures painting him as a child molester (staged with the help of a 300-year-old Pinocchio) should he ever release his discovery. The reporter gets scared out of his mind and complies, but is ultimately killed a few days later by one of the more evil fables acting on his own.

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** A repeatedly used plot element in lesser ''Donald Duck'' comics -- a variant involves making some idol worshiped by primitive people appear to speak and tell them to stop roasting the heroes or whatever.
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''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' from Creator/DonRosa - -- the first chapter when Scrooge scares the Whiskerville away by making a fake ghost. They were so scared that, years later, ''all'' the Whiskervilles have white hair (their first appearance showed them black and brown haired, so it wasn't a family trait before that).
** A repeatedly used plot element in lesser ''DonaldDuck'' comics - a variant involves making some idol worshiped by primitive people appear to speak and tell them to stop roasting the heroes or whatever.
* One ''SamAndMax'' ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' story ("Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple") has Max about to be used as a sacrifice for a volcano cult. Sam tries this trope, covering himself in mud to ape the volcano god the cult worships. Not only are the cultists not fooled, they beat the stuffing out of Sam.
* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' uses a psychological AntiHero version when a reporter discovers the Fables' (fairytale characters who are actually real) society, though with the belief that they're vampires. Ultimately they kidnap him and trick him into believing they are indeed vampires who have tasted his blood and will control him into committing suicide along with publishing pictures painting him as a child molester (staged with the help of a 300-year-old Pinocchio) should he ever release his discovery. The reporter gets scared out of his mind and complies, but is ultimately killed a few days later by one of the more evil fables acting on his own.






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* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise fakes an alien visitation in "The Moonman" arc.
* This is the [[CharacteristicTrope modus operandi]] of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom''. The natives of his home country think he's an immortal personification of justice and protection, when he's actually [[LegacyImmortality the great-great-great (and so on) grandson of the original Phantom]], with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Stories generally climax with him using a Scarecrow Solution to convince criminals that he's immortal.
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-->'''Wash''': Every man go back inside, or we will blow a new crater in this little moon.
-->'''Jayne''' ''(later)'': Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it.

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-->'''Wash''': -->'''Wash:''' Every man go back inside, or we will blow a new crater in this little moon.
-->'''Jayne''' ''(later)'':
moon.\\
'''Jayne:''' ''[later]''
Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl Who Died" part one of the plan to defeat the Mire involves altering what they see through their video interface, so that a ship's figurehead becomes a terrifying sea serpent and so on. Part two involves taking a video of their proud warrior race cowering in fear from obvious puppets, and threatening to effectively upload it to [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYoutube Youtube]] to ruin their reputation.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl Who Died" Died", part one of the plan to defeat the Mire involves altering what they see through their video interface, so that a ship's figurehead becomes a terrifying sea serpent and so on. Part two involves taking a video of their proud warrior race cowering in fear from obvious puppets, and threatening to effectively upload it to [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYoutube Youtube]] YouTube]] to ruin their reputation.






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* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise fakes an alien visitation in "The Moonman" arc.
* This is the [[CharacteristicTrope modus operandi]] of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom''. The natives of his home country think he's an immortal personification of justice and protection, when he's actually [[LegacyImmortality the great-great-great (and so on) grandson of the original Phantom]], with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Stories generally climax with him using a Scarecrow Solution to convince criminals that he's immortal.

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* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise fakes an alien visitation in "The Moonman" arc.
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In the [[CharacteristicTrope modus operandi]] of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom''. The natives of his home country think he's an immortal personification of justice and protection, when he's actually [[LegacyImmortality Norwegian children's plays about ''Theatre/CaptainSabretooth'', the great-great-great (and so on) grandson good guys pretend to be the ghost of the original Phantom]], with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Stories generally climax with him using a Scarecrow Solution infamous pirate Gory Gabriel to convince criminals that he's immortal.
scare Sabretooth away on several occasions. He falls for it every time, probably because [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ghosts are the only thing he really fears]].



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* In the Norwegian children's plays about ''CaptainSabretooth'', the good guys pretend to be the ghost of the infamous pirate Gory Gabriel to scare Sabretooth away on several occasions. He falls for it every time, probably because [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ghosts are the only thing he really fears]].

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* In the Norwegian children's plays about ''CaptainSabretooth'', the good guys pretend to be the ghost of the infamous pirate Gory Gabriel to scare Sabretooth away on several occasions. He falls for it every time, probably because [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ghosts are the only thing he really fears]].

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** Gabe/Toxic Terror from ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' is good one. In fact, the next to final scene has the Gabe, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and the camp kid disguise them as Toxic Terror sending Clyde packing.
** Velma Dinkley, the brains of Mystery Inc. itself, did this in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy''.

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** Gabe/Toxic Terror from ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' is a good one. In fact, the next to final scene has the Gabe, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and the camp kid disguise them as Toxic Terror sending Clyde packing.
** Velma Dinkley, the brains of Mystery Inc. itself, did does this in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy''.



*** Later in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', the Mystery Inc. gang create the Krampus to distract the real villains from their plan to steal their segments of the season's MacGuffin.

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*** ** Later in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', ''Mystery Incorporated'', the Mystery Inc. gang create the Krampus to distract the real villains from their plan to steal their segments of the season's MacGuffin.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Escape To The House of Mummies Part II". Dr. Venture, sitting on Brock's shoulders and dressed in a green blanket waves a flashlight at cultists to save Hank and Dean. It doesn't work:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Escape To The to the House of Mummies Part II". Dr. Venture, sitting on Brock's shoulders and dressed in a green blanket waves a flashlight at cultists to save Hank and Dean. It doesn't work:






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5th Jan '18 4:47:49 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'': The ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' crossover features two realtors whose project [[CommunityThreateningConstruction threatens the local suburbs]]. Since what they're doing isn't illegal, no matter how despicable they are, [[spoiler:Officer Dibble]] pulls the BedsheetGhost trick to get rid of them. It takes some time to convince them it's a real ghost since Top Cat had previously tried the trick to keep his illegal gambling operation a secret and [[ScoobyDooHoax dressing up as a ghost]] is the first thing they teach at realtor school and, when they're finally convinced, they flee not in fear of the ghost itself but of how unprofitable the land they want becomes because of it.
20th Dec '17 2:19:14 AM Shadowgazer
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* The original short story ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'' is a very early example of this one, especially if you subscribe to the interpretation that Ichabod Crane is a meddling jerk rather than a protagonist.
19th Dec '17 2:08:37 PM margdean56
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* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' uses a psychological AntiHero version when a reporter discovers the Fables' (fairytale characters who are actually real) society, though with the belief that they're vampires. Ultimately they kidnap him and trick him into believing they are indeed vampires who have tasted his blood and will control him into committing suicide along with publishing pictures painting him as a child molester (staged with the help of a 300-year-old Pinnochio) should he ever release his discovery. The reporter gets scared out of his mind and complies, but is ultimately killed a few days later by one of the more evil fables acting on his own.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' uses a psychological AntiHero version when a reporter discovers the Fables' (fairytale characters who are actually real) society, though with the belief that they're vampires. Ultimately they kidnap him and trick him into believing they are indeed vampires who have tasted his blood and will control him into committing suicide along with publishing pictures painting him as a child molester (staged with the help of a 300-year-old Pinnochio) Pinocchio) should he ever release his discovery. The reporter gets scared out of his mind and complies, but is ultimately killed a few days later by one of the more evil fables acting on his own.
5th Oct '17 3:23:02 AM Snicka
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Compare and contrast MonsterFacade, which is a similarly terrifying act put on by a GentleGiant or a ReluctantMonster, who would have the strength to actually harm their opponent but prefers not to.
15th Sep '17 8:18:11 AM StarTropes
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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the fake bird. The solution [[spoiler: part is subverted because the villains see the trick, but it is for the better because the ants finally find the courage to rebel against the grasshoppers and send them packing for good as a more permanent solution. Also the scarecrow was still vital to this turn of events, because it helped them consider the possibility in the first place, that the grasshoppers are not unbeatable]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the fake bird. The solution [[spoiler: part is subverted because the villains see the trick, but it is for the better because the ants finally find the courage to rebel against the grasshoppers and send them packing for good as a more permanent solution. Also the scarecrow was still vital to this turn of events, because it helped them consider the possibility in the first place, that the grasshoppers are not unbeatable]].
unbeatable. And then it's subverted again when Hopper comes face-to-face with what looks like another fake bird, only to discover that it's ''quite'' real--and hungry]].
9th Aug '17 5:35:18 AM Daedalis
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* One of the few books ComicBook/RedSonja ever experienced in-universe was ''The Tales of Gravaha the Clever'', where the heroine dresses a field of cornstalks as an army to intimidate a foe with terrible eyesight.
21st May '17 10:13:51 PM maxwellsilver
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* "The Dread Pirate Roberts" rig that Fezzik wore in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* The 1971 film, ''The Johnstown Monster''.

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* "The Dread Pirate Roberts" rig -- a holocaust cloak that is set on fire -- that Fezzik wore in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* %%* The 1971 film, ''The Johnstown Monster''.
10th Jan '17 3:53:34 AM Snicka
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', the original, the dinosaurs cover themselves in tar and pile on top of each other.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', the original, four of the dinosaurs dinosaur children cover themselves in tar and pile on top of each other.other to save Cera from a group of aggressive ''Pachycephalosaurus''.




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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Babar}}'' books, Babar defeats the rhinoceros army by disguising the elephants as monsters, painting giant eyes on their backsides and putting bushy wigs on their backs.
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