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18th Jul '16 1:24:50 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Night of the Tarantula", Jessica fakes a murder victim rising as a zombie in order to spook to killer into revealing that he knew the location of a secret passage: something only the killer could have known.
19th Jun '16 2:15:51 PM elemt
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''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.
17th May '16 11:24:14 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the fake bird.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the fake bird.
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]].
21st Jan '16 7:50:51 PM PaulA
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* In "Imprint of Chaos", the first story in ''Literature/TheTravellerInBlack'' by Creator/JohnBrunner, the protagonists build a giant scarecrow-puppet-thing to scare off a ''god''. (It wasn't a very smart god.)
28th Dec '15 8:31:09 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'': had in a ''Glo Friends'' segment, a plan of the heroes to get rid of their enemies the Moligans, by making them think that there was a giant Glo monster who would get them, if they kept threatening them.
24th Dec '15 9:59:14 AM SteveMB
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* In the ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "Great Caesar's Ghost!", Perry White starts seeing Caesar's ghost. This turns out to be [[ScoobyDooHoax a trick by a gang of crooks]] to [[{{Gaslighting}} ruin his credibility as a witness]] in an upcoming trial. Superman turns the trick around on the gangsters, disguising himself as another criminal who had been killed by the gang, causing them to give up in terror when their bullets [[ShootingSuperman apparently just go right through the "ghost"]].
24th Dec '15 9:52:15 AM SteveMB
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* 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 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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* 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, Phantom]], with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Stories generally climax with him using a Scarecrow Solution to convince criminals that he's immortal.
27th May '15 7:20:30 PM hujwernoo
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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 him as a child molester 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) 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.
29th Mar '15 9:22:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{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 him as a child molester 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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* ''{{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 him as a child molester 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.
20th Mar '15 9:32:10 PM foxley
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* Used occasionally by the IMF in ''Series/MissionImpossible''. "Banshee" features feature perhaps the fullest embodiment as the plan hinges entirely on convincing the villain that he is being stalked by the souls of those he has killed.

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* Used occasionally by the IMF in ''Series/MissionImpossible''. "Banshee" features feature perhaps the fullest embodiment of the trope as the plan hinges entirely on convincing the villain that he is being stalked by the souls of those he has killed.
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