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9th Jul '16 11:54:52 AM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: Web of Shadows'' puts a spin on it by having TheStarscream Roodaka do one on behalf of the heroes, arguing that a spectacular execution would enhance Sidorak's reputation better than [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Just Shooting Them]]. Admittedly, she only wanted them killed ''differently'' for the purposes of her own schemes, but the effect is the same as it gave the Rahaga time to stage a rescue.



* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: Web of Shadows'' puts a spin on it by having TheStarscream Roodaka do one on behalf of the heroes, arguing that a spectacular execution would enhance Sidorak's reputation better than [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Just Shooting Them]]. Admittedly, she only wanted them killed ''differently'' for the purposes of her own schemes, but the effect is the same as it gave the Rahaga time to stage a rescue.
17th Jun '16 9:22:00 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** In "The Squire of Gothos", Kirk convinces Trelane to spare him because it would be more fun to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Hunt The Most Dangerous Game]].

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** In "The Squire of Gothos", Kirk convinces Trelane to spare him because it would be more fun to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Hunt The Most Dangerous Game]]. In this case, however, Kirk's actual intent is to buy time to radio ''The Enterprise'' to [[TheMenFirst tell them to flee while Trelane is distracted.]]
16th Jun '16 4:03:36 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter [[http://www.cracked.com/article_22868_6-famous-people-who-used-to-be-straight-up-criminals_p2.html successfully convinced the state governor to release him from prison with a song]]. ''Twice.''
17th May '16 1:29:16 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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This trope can run several ways. In the most tragic versions, "Scheherezade" wins only a few more minutes of life -- or her request is ignored entirely and she is killed on the spot. Other times, as in the original, her captor [[LimaSyndrome decides she is worth sparing and releases her]]. A third option is that Scheherezade stalls for time long enough to escape, turn the tables on her enemy, or be rescued by TheCavalry.

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This trope can run several ways. In the most tragic versions, "Scheherezade" wins only a few more minutes of life -- or her request is ignored entirely and she is killed on the spot. Other times, as in the original, her captor [[LimaSyndrome decides she is worth sparing and releases her]].her (a bit a la LimaSyndrome). A third option is that Scheherezade stalls for time long enough to escape, turn the tables on her enemy, or be rescued by TheCavalry.
17th May '16 1:28:13 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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This trope can run several ways. In the most tragic versions, "Scheherezade" wins only a few more minutes of life -- or her request is ignored entirely and she is killed on the spot. Other times, as in the original, her captor decides she is worth sparing and releases her. A third option is that Scheherezade stalls for time long enough to escape, turn the tables on her enemy, or be rescued by TheCavalry.

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This trope can run several ways. In the most tragic versions, "Scheherezade" wins only a few more minutes of life -- or her request is ignored entirely and she is killed on the spot. Other times, as in the original, her captor [[LimaSyndrome decides she is worth sparing and releases her.her]]. A third option is that Scheherezade stalls for time long enough to escape, turn the tables on her enemy, or be rescued by TheCavalry.
21st Feb '16 12:38:54 AM karategal
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* In Part 2 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[GuileHero Joseph]] pulls this on the super-vampires Wham and ACDC, appealing to their ProudWarriorRaceGuy nature by convincing them that it would be more fun to let him live for a month so he can perfect his [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Ripple technique]] and fight them again.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is cornered by [[spoiler: TykeBomb Rolo but Lelouch manages to talk Rolo into letting him live by offering to give up C.C. and for Rolo to ''[[BecomingTheMask really becoming his brother]]'' setting up a KansasCityShuffle.]] He agrees in hopes of killing both C.C. and Lelouch later giving Lelouch a chance to live another day. Which Lelouch takes [[XanatosGambit full advantage of]].



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is cornered by [[spoiler: TykeBomb Rolo but Lelouch manages to talk Rolo into letting him live by offering to give up C.C. and for Rolo to ''[[BecomingTheMask really becoming his brother]]'' setting up a KansasCityShuffle.]] He agrees in hopes of killing both C.C. and Lelouch later giving Lelouch a chance to live another day. Which Lelouch takes [[XanatosGambit full advantage of]].

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is cornered Part 2 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[GuileHero Joseph]] pulls this on the super-vampires Wham and ACDC, appealing to their ProudWarriorRaceGuy nature by [[spoiler: TykeBomb Rolo but Lelouch manages convincing them that it would be more fun to talk Rolo into letting let him live by offering to give up C.C. for a month so he can perfect his [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Ripple technique]] and for Rolo to ''[[BecomingTheMask really becoming his brother]]'' setting up a KansasCityShuffle.]] He agrees in hopes of killing both C.C. and Lelouch later giving Lelouch a chance to live another day. Which Lelouch takes [[XanatosGambit full advantage of]].fight them again.



* In ''ComicBook/HaloUprising'', Colonel Ackerson convinces the Covenant not to blast Cleveland from orbit by making up an artifact called the "Key of Osanalan" which he told them was hidden somewhere in the city.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen pulled this on an escaped murderer in "The Story of Superman's Souvenirs." The murderer cornered Jimmy and ordered him to provide some gizmo to help him escape the law. Jimmy had to tell him why some of them wouldn't work until he found a solution.



* In ''ComicBook/HaloUprising'', Colonel Ackerson convinces the Covenant not to blast Cleveland from orbit by making up an artifact called the "Key of Osanalan" which he told them was hidden somewhere in the city.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen pulled this on an escaped murderer in "The Story of Superman's Souvenirs." The murderer cornered Jimmy and ordered him to provide some gizmo to help him escape the law. Jimmy had to tell him why some of them wouldn't work until he found a solution.



* In the film ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', the police have captured one member of a criminal gang. They interrogate him, and the Suspect tells the story of the gang's exploits, leading up to the Suspect's capture.
* The film ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', this happens when Westley is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts.
* This trope is practically Captain Jack Sparrow's ''modus operandi'' in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. In the first movie, he successfully uses it ''twice'' on Captain Barbossa and crew, and he goes on to use it (still successfully) against Davy Jones, Beckett, and on his own crew in the sequels.
** Made even more amusing by the fact that Captain Barbossa ''knows'' that Jack is using this on him. He closes his eyes and you can see him trying to will himself not to ask what Jack is babbling about this time. He fails, of course, by the very merit of this gambit.
* Film/JamesBond saves himself from laser-based castration by convincing ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' (in the movie of the same name) that he's more valuable alive as a prisoner.

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* In the film ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', the police have captured one member of a criminal gang. They interrogate him, and the Suspect tells the story of the gang's exploits, leading up to the Suspect's capture.
* The film ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', this happens when Westley is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts.
* This trope is practically Captain Jack Sparrow's ''modus operandi'' in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. In the first movie, he successfully uses it ''twice'' on Captain Barbossa and crew, and he goes on to
miniseries ''Series/ArabianNights'' makes use it (still successfully) against Davy Jones, Beckett, and on his own crew in the sequels.
** Made even more amusing by the fact that Captain Barbossa ''knows'' that Jack is using this on him. He closes his eyes and you can see him trying to will himself not to ask what Jack is babbling about this time. He fails,
of course, by the very merit of this gambit.
* Film/JamesBond saves himself from laser-based castration by convincing ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' (in the movie of the same name) that he's more valuable alive as a prisoner.
this, unsurprisingly.



* ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin:'' Emperor Ying Zheng plans a BatmanGambit: Trick Yan reign to send an assassin to kill Ying as a deliberate move to give Ying the excuse he needs to invade Yan. Assassin Jing Ke, realising his target is watching him like a hawk, pretends to collapse in fear and confesses he's been sent to kill the Emperor. Ying Zheng is so overjoyed at this (it's exactly the pretext he needs to launch his invasion) that he lets his guard down.



* Film/JamesBond saves himself from laser-based castration by convincing ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' (in the movie of the same name) that he's more valuable alive as a prisoner.
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'': Wu Ming ("Nameless"), a minor official who claims to have vanquished three assassins out to kill the King (Broken Sword, Long Sky and Flying Snow) before he has a chance to declare himself Emperor, is given a extremely rare audience with the King to tell him the story. The story is [[spoiler: only an excuse to be given an audience with the King so Wu Ming could assassinate him]].
* ''Film/TheHobbit''
** Bilbo in ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' keeps Gollum from eating him by proposing a game of riddles, as in the book.
** In [[Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug the next film]], he tries this on Smaug. Doesn't work nearly as well, though.



* The miniseries ''Series/ArabianNights'' makes use of this, unsurprisingly.

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* This trope is practically Captain Jack Sparrow's ''modus operandi'' in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. In the first movie, he successfully uses it ''twice'' on Captain Barbossa and crew, and he goes on to use it (still successfully) against Davy Jones, Beckett, and on his own crew in the sequels.
** Made even more amusing by the fact that Captain Barbossa ''knows'' that Jack is using this on him. He closes his eyes and you can see him trying to will himself not to ask what Jack is babbling about this time. He fails, of course, by the very merit of this gambit.
* The miniseries ''Series/ArabianNights'' makes use of this, unsurprisingly.film ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', this happens when Westley is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts.



* ''Film/TheHobbit''
** Bilbo in ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' keeps Gollum from eating him by proposing a game of riddles, as in the book.
** In [[Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug the next film]], he tries this on Smaug. Doesn't work nearly as well, though.
* ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin:'' Emperor Ying Zheng plans a BatmanGambit: Trick Yan reign to send an assassin to kill Ying as a deliberate move to give Ying the excuse he needs to invade Yan. Assasin Jing Ke, realising his target is watching him like a hawk, pretends to collapse in fear and confesses he's been sent to kill the Emperor. Ying Zheng is so overjoyed at this (it's exactly the pretext he needs to launch his invasion) that he lets his guard down.
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'': Wu Ming ("Nameless"), a minor official who claims to have vanquished three assassins out to kill the King (Broken Sword, Long Sky and Flying Snow) before he has a chance to declare himself Emperor, is given a extremely rare audience with the King to tell him the story. The story is [[spoiler: only an excuse to be given an audience with the King so Wu Ming could assasinate him]].
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'', Rose does this when Pablo Chacon first catches up to the Millers after tracking down where their RV was being fixed at. She ends up stripping for him, though they also use this opportunity to escape.



* In the film ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', the police have captured one member of a criminal gang. They interrogate him, and the Suspect tells the story of the gang's exploits, leading up to the Suspect's capture.
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'', Rose does this when Pablo Chacon first catches up to the Millers after tracking down where their RV was being fixed at. She ends up stripping for him, though they also use this opportunity to escape.



* Creator/StephenKing's novel ''{{Literature/Misery}}'' is about a LoonyFan kidnapping her favorite author and forcing him to write a book just for her. After a while, the writer begins to compare himself to Scheherezade, knowing that he will be kept alive at least as long as it takes him to finish the book.
* In "Jack's Bean Problem" from Jon Scieszka's book ''Literature/TheStinkyCheeseMan and Other Fairly Stupid Tales'', the Giant kidnaps Jack the Narrator and gives an ultimatum: "Tell me a better story or I'll grind your bones to bake my bread. And when you're done I'll grind your bones to bake my bread anyway!" Jack then tells the Giant a recursive story, repeats it until the Giant falls asleep, and sneaks away.
* In another "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk" adaptation, Jack says he can recite poetry, in an attempt to prevent the Giant from killing him. I don't think he actually recites it, but in his first attempt he puts the Giant to sleep. He isn't so lucky the second time.



* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus and Ira embark on what they call a "reverse Scheherazade". Lazarus agrees to not suicide if Ira shows up faithfully every day to listen to him (Lazarus will accept an ''occasional'' suitable substitute if Ira's official duties prohibit him showing up in person). In a subversion, Lazarus has no way to measure the passage of time, so Ira has him kept unconscious for days at a time, until it's convenient for Ira to show up.

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus and Ira embark on what they call a "reverse Scheherazade". Lazarus agrees to not suicide if Ira shows up faithfully every day to listen to him (Lazarus will accept ''Literature/TheHobbit'' there's an ''occasional'' suitable substitute if Ira's official duties prohibit him showing up in person). In a subversion, Lazarus has no inversion, as Bilbo realize that the way to measure keep Gollum from attacking him is to go along with his riddle-game and keep him distracted long enough to formulate an escape plan. In an interesting twist on the passage of time, so Ira has him kept unconscious trope, the Scheherazade Gambit only succeeds thanks to luck; when stumped by a riddle, Bilbo can only stammer for days at a time, until it's convenient for Ira more "time," which was the answer. In fact, after Bilbo wins, Gollum decides to show up.go back on his word and get the Ring so he can ambush Bilbo while invisible.



* In Gail Carson Levine's ''Literature/TheTwoPrincessesOfBamarre'', the dragon Vollys deliberately invokes this - she keeps her human prisoners alive as long as they amuse her, with even a point system to measure how far they are from death. The catch is that she always gets bored eventually.

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* In Gail Carson Levine's ''Literature/TheTwoPrincessesOfBamarre'', another "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk" adaptation, Jack says he can recite poetry, in an attempt to prevent the dragon Vollys deliberately invokes Giant from killing him. I don't think he actually recites it, but in his first attempt he puts the Giant to sleep. He isn't so lucky the second time.
* Keturah Reeve of ''Keturah and Lord Death'' meets Death, come to claim her life, after she becomes lost in a forest. She persuades him to grant her a reprieve by putting her storytelling skills to use in the fashion of
this - she keeps trope, winning herself a number of extra days by drawing out the story (although it becomes clear that Death is already inclined to be generous; on one of the nights he comes for her, Keturah doesn't have a story prepared but is allowed another day anyhow).
* Creator/StephenKing's novel ''{{Literature/Misery}}'' is about a LoonyFan kidnapping
her human prisoners favorite author and forcing him to write a book just for her. After a while, the writer begins to compare himself to Scheherezade, knowing that he will be kept alive at least as long as they amuse her, with even a point system it takes him to measure how far they are from death. The catch is that she always gets bored eventually.finish the book.



* Keturah Reeve of ''Keturah and Lord Death'' meets Death, come to claim her life, after she becomes lost in a forest. She persuades him to grant her a reprieve by putting her storytelling skills to use in the fashion of this trope, winning herself a number of extra days by drawing out the story (although it becomes clear that Death is already inclined to be generous; on one of the nights he comes for her, Keturah doesn't have a story prepared but is allowed another day anyhow).
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' there's an inversion, as Bilbo realize that the way to keep Gollum from attacking him is to go along with his riddle-game and keep him distracted long enough to formulate an escape plan. In an interesting twist on the trope, the Scheherazade Gambit only succeeds thanks to luck; when stumped by a riddle, Bilbo can only stammer for more "time," which was the answer. In fact, after Bilbo wins, Gollum decides to go back on his word and get the Ring so he can ambush Bilbo while invisible.

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* Keturah Reeve of ''Keturah In "Jack's Bean Problem" from Jon Scieszka's book ''Literature/TheStinkyCheeseMan and Lord Death'' meets Death, come to claim her life, after she becomes lost in a forest. She persuades him to grant her a reprieve by putting her storytelling skills to use in Other Fairly Stupid Tales'', the fashion of this trope, winning herself a number of extra days by drawing out Giant kidnaps Jack the Narrator and gives an ultimatum: "Tell me a better story (although it becomes clear that Death is already inclined or I'll grind your bones to be generous; on one of bake my bread. And when you're done I'll grind your bones to bake my bread anyway!" Jack then tells the nights he comes for her, Keturah doesn't have Giant a story prepared but is allowed another day anyhow).
recursive story, repeats it until the Giant falls asleep, and sneaks away.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' there's Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus and Ira embark on what they call a "reverse Scheherazade". Lazarus agrees to not suicide if Ira shows up faithfully every day to listen to him (Lazarus will accept an inversion, as Bilbo realize that the ''occasional'' suitable substitute if Ira's official duties prohibit him showing up in person). In a subversion, Lazarus has no way to keep Gollum measure the passage of time, so Ira has him kept unconscious for days at a time, until it's convenient for Ira to show up.
* In Gail Carson Levine's ''Literature/TheTwoPrincessesOfBamarre'', the dragon Vollys deliberately invokes this - she keeps her human prisoners alive as long as they amuse her, with even a point system to measure how far they are
from attacking him death. The catch is to go along with his riddle-game and keep him distracted long enough to formulate an escape plan. In an interesting twist on the trope, the Scheherazade Gambit only succeeds thanks to luck; when stumped by a riddle, Bilbo can only stammer for more "time," which was the answer. In fact, after Bilbo wins, Gollum decides to go back on his word and get the Ring so he can ambush Bilbo while invisible.that she always gets bored eventually.



* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'':
** In "The Squire of Gothos", Kirk convinces Trelane to spare him because it would be more fun to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Hunt The Most Dangerous Game]].
** In "The Enterprise Incident", after Spock is exposed as a FakeDefector, he requests he be allowed the traditional Romulan right of statement before his conviction and eventual execution, which the Romulan Commander grants. In truth, Spock is stalling so that Scotty can adapt the stolen Romulan cloaking device to the ''Enterprise'' deflectors and then beam Spock onboard. It actually works ''better'' than they had planned. When the Commander realizes that Spock is escaping, she tries to grab him, only to be transported ''with'' him, and taken prisoner herself.

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* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'':
** In "The Squire of Gothos", Kirk convinces Trelane
Averted in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. During TheMutiny, Admiral Adama is subject to spare him because it would be more fun to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Hunt The Most Dangerous Game]].
** In "The Enterprise Incident", after Spock is exposed as
a FakeDefector, he requests he be allowed the traditional Romulan right of statement before KangarooCourt over his conviction and eventual execution, which the Romulan Commander grants. In truth, Spock command decisions. Romo Lampkin is stalling so roped in as his defense attorney. Aware that Scotty can adapt the stolen Romulan cloaking device to the ''Enterprise'' deflectors and then beam Spock onboard. It actually works ''better'' than they had planned. When the Commander realizes that Spock is escaping, she tries to grab him, only they're both going to be transported ''with'' him, executed regardless, and taken prisoner herself. knowing that loyalists are fighting the mutineers, Romo urges Adama to play along with the charade to stall for time. Adama refuses, [[ThisIsUnforgivable such is his contempt for the mutineers for betraying him]].
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'', "Damaged": Spencer Reid puts his well-honed capacity for statistical and psychological babble to life-saving use.
** One of this character's more quietly badass moments.
-->'''Hardwick''': (''as the guards rush in to rescue him'') Is that true? Did I really never have a chance?\\
'''Reid''': (''on his way out the door'') I don't know. Maybe.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'', "Damaged": Spencer Reid puts his well-honed capacity for statistical and psychological babble to life-saving use.
** One of this character's more quietly badass moments.
-->'''Hardwick''': (''as the guards rush in to rescue him'') Is that true? Did I really never have a chance?\\
'''Reid''': (''on his way out the door'') I don't know. Maybe.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'', "Damaged": Spencer Reid puts his well-honed capacity for statistical and psychological babble Referred to life-saving use.
** One
in the aptly-named ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Sheherezade," with a dying old man making a deathbed confession piece-by-piece.
* In an episode
of ''Series/MagnumPI'', Higgins tells of once when he was in the British Army, a soldier did this character's more quietly badass moments.
-->'''Hardwick''': (''as
so the guards rush in to rescue him'') Is that true? Did I really never have a chance?\\
'''Reid''': (''on
rest of his way out the door'') I don't know. Maybe.unit (including Higgins) could slip away.



* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'':
** In "The Squire of Gothos", Kirk convinces Trelane to spare him because it would be more fun to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Hunt The Most Dangerous Game]].
** In "The Enterprise Incident", after Spock is exposed as a FakeDefector, he requests he be allowed the traditional Romulan right of statement before his conviction and eventual execution, which the Romulan Commander grants. In truth, Spock is stalling so that Scotty can adapt the stolen Romulan cloaking device to the ''Enterprise'' deflectors and then beam Spock onboard. It actually works ''better'' than they had planned. When the Commander realizes that Spock is escaping, she tries to grab him, only to be transported ''with'' him, and taken prisoner herself.



* Averted in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. During TheMutiny, Admiral Adama is subject to a KangarooCourt over his command decisions. Romo Lampkin is roped in as his defense attorney. Aware that they're both going to be executed regardless, and knowing that loyalists are fighting the mutineers, Romo urges Adama to play along with the charade to stall for time. Adama refuses, [[ThisIsUnforgivable such is his contempt for the mutineers for betraying him]].
* In an episode of ''Series/MagnumPI'', Higgins tells of once when he was in the British Army, a soldier did this so the rest of his unit (including Higgins) could slip away.
* Referred to in the aptly-named ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Sheherezade," with a dying old man making a deathbed confession piece-by-piece.



* A ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' game has Jack Sparrow's allies betray him the second the tutorial level is beaten. The majority of the game is his story of what ''really'' happened, which he's telling the executioners as he is about to be hanged. (It is, of course, BlatantLies.)



* A ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' game has Jack Sparrow's allies betray him the second the tutorial level is beaten. The majority of the game is his story of what ''really'' happened, which he's telling the executioners as he is about to be hanged. (It is, of course, BlatantLies.)



* In the first chapter of ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' Billy begs Amical for his life when put up against Tyler in the pit, assuring that he is a celebrity and he would be better alive then dead. Amical happens to be a fan and so shoots Tyler in the shoulder to make the fight more "fair".



* In the first chapter of ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' Billy begs Amical for his life when put up against Tyler in the pit, assuring that he is a celebrity and he would be better alive then dead. Amical happens to be a fan and so shoots Tyler in the shoulder to make the fight more "fair".



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' version of ''The Nutcracker Suite'', the Sugar Plum Fairy gets locked in a cage and manages to steal the keys. The head cat catches her with them, but he thinks she wants to play with him, so she goes along with this misunderstanding; this leads to her being in possession of the right key later.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Xanatos has admitted this is why he doesn't just send a PsychoForHire [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim with a sledgehammer at daybreak]]. Whether or not they foil his plans doesn't matter [[XanatosGambit he always benefits anyways]] even if its just a fun fight in his PoweredArmor.
* Done in one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode where Stewie was the king of England, and his entertainers simulated television. When you get canceled, you get ''canceled''.



* Shaggy pulls this in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights'' in order to avoid having to marry the Caliph (ItMakesSenseInContext. Just). His actual plan is to bore the Caliph into falling asleep so he can sneak away, but it doesn't work out that way.

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* Shaggy pulls ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman "The Man Who Killed Batman"]]: After [[{{Mooks}} humble mook]] Sid the Squid explains to TheDon Rupert Thorne he is a BadassOnPaper, Thorne replies him that Sid is just using ObfuscatingStupidity and invokes this in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights'' in order to avoid having to marry trope as the Caliph (ItMakesSenseInContext. Just). His actual plan is excuse Sid needed to bore the Caliph into falling asleep so he can sneak away, but it doesn't work out that way.muscle in on Thorn's drug racket.



* Done in one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode where Stewie was the king of England, and his entertainers simulated television. When you get canceled, you get ''canceled''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Xanatos has admitted this is why he doesn't just send a PsychoForHire [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim with a sledgehammer at daybreak]]. Whether or not they foil his plans doesn't matter [[XanatosGambit he always benefits anyways]] even if its just a fun fight in his PoweredArmor.
* Shaggy pulls this in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights'' in order to avoid having to marry the Caliph (ItMakesSenseInContext. Just). His actual plan is to bore the Caliph into falling asleep so he can sneak away, but it doesn't work out that way.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman "The Man Who Killed Batman"]]: After [[{{Mooks}} humble mook]] Sid the Squid explains to TheDon Rupert Thorne he is a BadassOnPaper, Thorne replies him that Sid is just using ObfuscatingStupidity and invokes this trope as the excuse Sid needed to muscle in on Thorn's drug racket.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman "The Man Who Killed Batman"]]: After [[{{Mooks}} humble mook]] Sid In the Squid explains to TheDon Rupert Thorne he is ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' version of ''The Nutcracker Suite'', the Sugar Plum Fairy gets locked in a BadassOnPaper, Thorne replies him that Sid is just using ObfuscatingStupidity cage and invokes manages to steal the keys. The head cat catches her with them, but he thinks she wants to play with him, so she goes along with this trope as misunderstanding; this leads to her being in possession of the excuse Sid needed to muscle in on Thorn's drug racket.right key later.
2nd Feb '16 11:43:29 AM StarTropes
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* Referred to in the aptly-named ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Sheherezade," with a dying old man making a deathbed confession piece-by-piece.
18th Nov '15 4:24:49 PM FordPrefect
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* In an episode of the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' from the 1980's, a teacher is told that one of her student's must be allowed to take books home, though why he must is not given. When the student falls during recess and must be taken to the hospital overnight, she finds out that the boy's grandfather is home and waiting for the concluding half of the last night's story. She offers to fill in for the student. Many years later she sees the now-grown man hurrying home and follows him, wondering if the grandfather is still alive. Just as she is about to open the door to the room where they are, she stops telling the narrative to ''her'' mother, who must now wait until the next day to hear the conclusion.

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* In an episode of the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' from the 1980's, 1980's ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', a teacher is told that one of her student's students must be allowed to take books home, though why he must is not given.specified. When the student falls during recess and must be taken to the hospital overnight, she finds out that the boy's grandfather is home and waiting for the concluding half of the last night's story. She offers to fill in for the student. Many years later she sees the now-grown man hurrying home and follows him, wondering if the grandfather is still alive. Just as she is about to open the door to the room where they are, she stops telling the narrative to ''her'' mother, who must now wait until the next day to hear the conclusion.
18th Nov '15 4:23:26 PM FordPrefect
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** In "The Enterprise Incident", after Spock is exposed as a FakeDefector, he requests he be allowed the traditional Romulan right of statement before his conviction and eventual execution, which the Romulan Commander grants. In truth, Spock is stalling so that Scotty can adopt the stolen Romulan cloaking device to the ''Enterprise'' deflectors and then beam Spock onboard. It actually works ''better'' than they had planned. When the Commander realizes that Spock is escaping, she tries to grab him, only to be transported ''with'' him, and taken prisoner herself.

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** In "The Enterprise Incident", after Spock is exposed as a FakeDefector, he requests he be allowed the traditional Romulan right of statement before his conviction and eventual execution, which the Romulan Commander grants. In truth, Spock is stalling so that Scotty can adopt adapt the stolen Romulan cloaking device to the ''Enterprise'' deflectors and then beam Spock onboard. It actually works ''better'' than they had planned. When the Commander realizes that Spock is escaping, she tries to grab him, only to be transported ''with'' him, and taken prisoner herself.
18th Nov '15 4:22:09 PM FordPrefect
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* Actually ''inverted'' in the animated film ''Magic Gift of the Snowman''. At the start of the film, protagonist Landon learns that his [[IllGirl younger]] [[WheelchairWoobie sister]] Emery-Elizabeth is very ill and confined to her bed; although the doctor believes she'll recover if she can make it to Christmas, she seems to have lost the will to live and might not last that long. Determined to help his sister pull through, Landon begins telling her a story about [[TotallyRadical a magical]] [[AnIceGuy snowman]] named Snowden and his adventures with the two of them, ending it on a cliffhanger each night so that Emery-Elizabeth will have to hang on until the following day to hear what happens next. [[spoiler:Not only does she make it to Christmas, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming come Christmas morning she's out of her wheelchair as well]].]]

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* Actually ''inverted'' in the animated film ''Magic Gift of the Snowman''. At the start of the film, protagonist Landon learns that his [[IllGirl younger]] [[WheelchairWoobie sister]] Emery-Elizabeth is very ill and confined to her bed; although the doctor believes she'll recover if she can make it to Christmas, she seems to have lost the will to live and might not last that long. Determined to help his sister pull through, Landon begins telling her a story about [[TotallyRadical a magical]] [[AnIceGuy [[AnIcePerson snowman]] named Snowden and his adventures with the two of them, ending it on a cliffhanger each night so that Emery-Elizabeth will have to hang on until the following day to hear what happens next. [[spoiler:Not only does she make it to Christmas, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming come Christmas morning she's out of her wheelchair as well]].]]
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