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19th Jul '17 3:29:36 AM jormis29
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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]] [[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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* Actually ''inverted'' in the animated film ''Magic Gift of the Snowman''.''WesternAnimation/MagicGiftOfTheSnowman''. 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]] [[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]].]]
17th Jun '17 12:56:31 PM Redhead64
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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]] [[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]].]]



* 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]] [[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]].]]
20th May '17 3:06:35 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' Talia starts off seeking out mentors for Jason all over the world as a stalling tactic since she loves Bruce and doesn't actually want Jason to kill him. By the end of the comic she's also seeking revenge on Bruce and she convinces Jason to punish him for the both of them without killing him.
1st Apr '17 9:56:57 PM SarcasmKid
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* Snow White uses the tactic in the ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' graphic novel ''1001 Nights of Snowfall''. The title is a clear allusion to ''One Thousand and One Nights''.

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* Snow White uses the tactic in the ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' graphic novel ''1001 Nights of Snowfall''. The title is a clear allusion to ''One Thousand and One Nights''. [[spoiler: The ending reveals this is actually a prequel to ''One Thousand and One Nights'' when Snow meets Scheherezade herself and tells her how to avoid being executed.]]
1st Apr '17 9:05:50 PM DustSnitch
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* The Jewish rebel Josephus pulled more or less the same stunt as Caractacus during the Jewish Revolt of 66-70 CE, convincing the Roman commander Vespasian that he (Josephus) was a prophet, and predicting that Vespasian could become Emperor. Sure enough, 69 CE was the "Year of the Four Emperors," and come the end of the year, who was in charge? Why, Vespasian, of course. Josephus received Roman citizenship and Imperial patronage, got himself a state pension, and spent the rest of his life in Rome writing books. He ended up being one of the more important historians of the Jews, providing valuable information about Judea and Judaism in the first century which, for those of you living under a rock, is when the Jews were evicted from their traditional homeland and when a certain [[{{Jesus}} Yeshua ben Yosef]] got himself nailed to a stick for [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} some things he said]]...

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* The Jewish rebel Josephus pulled more or less the same stunt as Caractacus during the Jewish Revolt of 66-70 CE, convincing the Roman commander Vespasian that he (Josephus) was a prophet, and predicting that Vespasian could become Emperor. Sure enough, 69 CE was the "Year of the Four Emperors," and come the end of the year, who was in charge? Why, Vespasian, of course. Josephus received Roman citizenship and Imperial patronage, got himself a state pension, and spent the rest of his life in Rome writing books. He ended up being one of the more important historians of the Jews, providing valuable information about Judea and Judaism in the first century which, for those of you living under a rock, is when the Jews were evicted from their traditional homeland and when a certain [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Yeshua ben Yosef]] got himself nailed to a stick for [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} some things he said]]...
18th Mar '17 12:01:49 PM Meenoru
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'''Judge Lex:''' "Wait?" Are you kidding me? Did you just say, "Wait?" Judge Dredd - *the* Judge Dredd - finally gets on the wrong end of a gun, and all he says is, "Wait?" You know what? I expected more from you. I mean, wait for what? Wait for me to change my mind? Wait for another two or three seconds of life because you are so fucking weak you can't stand to see it end?\\

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'''Judge Lex:''' "Wait?" ''"Wait?"'' Are you kidding me? Did you just say, "Wait?" ''"Wait?"'' Judge Dredd - *the* '''''the''''' Judge Dredd - finally gets on the wrong end of a gun, and all he says is, "Wait?" ''"Wait?"'' You know what? I expected more from you. I mean, wait for what? Wait for me to change my mind? Wait for another two or three seconds of life because you are so fucking weak you can't stand to see it end?\\
15th Mar '17 6:09:30 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In another episode, Red Claw kidnaps Alfred, who knows a secret password that will allow her to seize control of an army of missiles that could wipe out the whole United Kingdom. Being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, she injects Alfred with a powerful truth serum to make him reveal the password. The moment the butler is injected, he begins shouting random lines from British poetry non-stop. It's eventually revealed that "The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown" is the code; by reciting other poems, he's making it impossible for Red Claw to figure out which verse is the important one, forcing her to keep listening and thus delay her plan (a ploy that works).

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** In another episode, Red Claw kidnaps Alfred, who knows a secret password that will allow her to seize control of an army of missiles that could wipe out the whole United Kingdom. Being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, she She injects Alfred with a powerful truth serum to make him reveal the password. The moment the butler is injected, he begins shouting random lines from British poetry non-stop. It's eventually revealed that "The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown" is the code; by reciting other poems, he's making it impossible for Red Claw to figure out which verse is the important one, forcing her to keep listening and thus delay her plan (a ploy that works).
15th Mar '17 1:10:33 PM Gravidef
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* In an episode of the 1980's ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', a teacher is told that one of her students must be allowed to take books home, though why he must is not 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.
* A version is described in BurnNotice. Michael (in narration) says that someone who's trained in withstanding interrogation won't clam up. Instead, he'll talk incessantly, never revealing anything important, but always sounding like there will be a point at the end of the story. This supposedly interferes with any techniques the interrogators might use (since they don't want to interrupt a guy who might be about to confess) and frustrates the captors far more than the prisoner.

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* In an episode of the 1980's ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', a teacher is told that one of her students must be allowed to take books home, though why he must is not 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.
conclusion. It's revealed that this method grants the listener immortality--they can't die until the story is completed.
* A version is described in BurnNotice. ''Series/BurnNotice.'' Michael (in narration) says that someone who's trained in withstanding interrogation won't clam up. Instead, he'll talk incessantly, never revealing anything important, but always sounding like there will be a point at the end of the story. This supposedly interferes with any techniques the interrogators might use (since they don't want to interrupt a guy who might be about to confess) and frustrates the captors far more than the prisoner.
* In a Season Three episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina's zany cousin Zsa Zsa tricks Sabrina into buying a large amount of ambition-boosting products for Harvey by repeatedly insisting that they're not what she wants. Once Sabrina's made her purchases, Zsa Zsa lampshades the trope by remarking that she loves reverse psychology.


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** In another episode, Red Claw kidnaps Alfred, who knows a secret password that will allow her to seize control of an army of missiles that could wipe out the whole United Kingdom. Being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, she injects Alfred with a powerful truth serum to make him reveal the password. The moment the butler is injected, he begins shouting random lines from British poetry non-stop. It's eventually revealed that "The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown" is the code; by reciting other poems, he's making it impossible for Red Claw to figure out which verse is the important one, forcing her to keep listening and thus delay her plan (a ploy that works).
14th Mar '17 1:06:50 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/justiceLeagueAction'' has the Toyman rig up a facsimile of a FightingGame and devices that let him control whoever they are affixed to as puppets, the idea being to force Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg to fight for his amusement. Cyborg (who happens to be a fan of the game it's based on) reminds him that it's a two-player game, offering some "friendly competition". Toyman seems GenreSavvy at first ("Oh sure! I let you play, and you take advantage of the situation to free your friends. How stupid do you think I am?" ) but Cyborg plays on the villain's competitive nature (seeing that Toyman's goal is to not just ''defeat'' them, but ''humiliate'' them and have fun in the process), and he agrees to it. Naturally, Toyman's first hunch was the one he should have listened to. After two "rounds" of the "game", one of his own robotic action figures (who Cyborg had hacked) sabotages the system and disables it.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/justiceLeagueAction'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' has the Toyman rig up a facsimile of a FightingGame and devices that let him control whoever they are affixed to as puppets, the idea being to force Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg to fight for his amusement. Cyborg (who happens to be a fan of the game it's based on) reminds him that it's a two-player game, offering some "friendly competition". Toyman seems GenreSavvy at first ("Oh sure! I let you play, and you take advantage of the situation to free your friends. How stupid do you think I am?" ) but Cyborg plays on the villain's competitive nature (seeing that Toyman's goal is to not just ''defeat'' them, but ''humiliate'' them and have fun in the process), and he agrees to it. Naturally, Toyman's first hunch was the one he should have listened to. After two "rounds" of the "game", one of his own robotic action figures (who Cyborg had hacked) sabotages the system and disables it.
14th Mar '17 1:05:56 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/justiceLeagueAction'' has the Toyman rig up a facsimile of a FightingGame and devices that let him control whoever they are affixed to as puppets, the idea being to force Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg to fight for his amusement. Cyborg (who happens to be a fan of the game it's based on) reminds him that it's a two-player game, offering some "friendly competition". Toyman seems GenreSavvy at first ("Oh sure! I let you play, and you take advantage of the situation to free your friends. How stupid do you think I am?" ) but Cyborg plays on the villain's competitive nature (seeing that Toyman's goal is to not just ''defeat'' them, but ''humiliate'' them and have fun in the process), and he agrees to it. Naturally, Toyman's first hunch was the one he should have listened to. After two "rounds" of the "game", one of his own robotic action figures (who Cyborg had hacked) sabotages the system and disables it.
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