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3rd May '18 1:25:32 AM foxley
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* Played with in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and not only does she have no qualms about murdering anyone in her path, but she willingly releases a known serial killer notorious for targeting co-eds from custody to create a fall guy should she succeed and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the she fail.

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* Played with in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and not only does she have no qualms about murdering anyone in her path, but she willingly releases a known serial killer notorious for targeting co-eds from custody to create a fall guy should she succeed and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the she fail.
2nd May '18 1:48:38 PM akih08
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* Played with in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and not only does she have no qualms about murdering anyone in her path, but she willingly releases a known serial killer notorious for targeting co-eds from custody to create a fall guy and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the she herself fail.

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* Played with in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and not only does she have no qualms about murdering anyone in her path, but she willingly releases a known serial killer notorious for targeting co-eds from custody to create a fall guy should she succeed and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the she herself fail. fail.
2nd May '18 1:47:47 PM akih08
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* Played with, somewhat, in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and in willingly releases a known serial killer from custody to create a fall guy and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the killer fail.

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* Played with, somewhat, with in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and not only does she have no qualms about murdering anyone in her path, but she willingly releases a known serial killer notorious for targeting co-eds from custody to create a fall guy and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the killer fail.she herself fail.
2nd May '18 1:43:57 PM akih08
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* Played with, somewhat, in ''Film/HappyDeathDay''; the killer is trying to eliminate the main protagonist, a college student, and in willingly releases a known serial killer from custody to create a fall guy and/or to [[BatmanGambit have a backup plan]] should the killer fail.
2nd May '18 9:22:56 AM __Vano
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This trope is distinct from the situation of killers having to commit additional murders (e.g. [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses and/or blackmailers]]) to get away with the first one after the fact; here, the murderer plans ''right from the start'' to kill the extra victims simply to create a smokescreen. This is a particularly heinous tactic, and is likely to constitute a MoralEventHorizon crossing.

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This trope is distinct from the situation of killers [[CrimeAfterCrime having to commit additional murders murders]] (e.g. [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses and/or blackmailers]]) to get away with the first one after the fact; here, the murderer plans ''right from the start'' to kill the extra victims simply to create a smokescreen. This is a particularly heinous tactic, and is likely to constitute a MoralEventHorizon crossing.
1st May '18 10:06:22 AM MikeW
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* The short story collection ''The Further Adventures of the Joker'' has a tale where, with Batman out of town, Jim Gordon starts seeing a pattern in murders. A singing group called "The Four Aces", a "king of comedy," a "queen of cosmetics," etc. At first, he seems paranoid but as more victims pile up, others realize all these victims are somehow connected to playing cards and thus it has to be the Joker. The final victim is to be the king of a small European nation visiting Gotham but Batman returns in time to stop it. The Joker is seen running off to a helicopter only for it to crash. Talking to Gordon later, Batman delivers the startling news that this was never the Joker at all. Rather, the king's cousin, Gustavo, wanted the throne himself but knew just killing the king would be too suspicious. By making it look like the king was the victim of a wild Joker spree, Gustavo could take the crown without suspicion. Gordon is rocked that 51 innocent people were killed to cover up a regicide but Batman then reveals that the helicopter crashed because it was sabotaged.
-->'''Batman''': Gustavo forgot one important thing: Every deck has ''two'' Jokers.

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* The short story collection ''The Further Adventures of the Joker'' has a tale where, with Batman out of town, Jim Gordon starts seeing a pattern in murders. A singing group called "The Four Aces", a "king of comedy," a "queen of cosmetics," etc. At first, he seems paranoid but as more victims pile up, others realize all these victims are somehow connected to playing cards and thus it has to be the Joker. The final victim is to be the king of a small European nation visiting Gotham but Batman returns in time to stop it. The Joker is seen running off to a helicopter only for it to crash. Talking to Gordon later, Batman delivers the startling news that this was never the Joker at all. Rather, the king's cousin, Gustavo, Herbert, wanted the throne himself but knew just killing the king would be too suspicious. By making it look like the king was the victim of a wild Joker spree, Gustavo Herbert could take the crown without suspicion. Gordon is rocked that 51 innocent people were killed to cover up a regicide but Batman then reveals that the helicopter crashed because it was sabotaged.
-->'''Batman''': Gustavo Herbert was trying to kill the entire deck of cards. But he forgot one important thing: Every deck has ''two'' Jokers.
23rd Apr '18 10:18:14 AM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' episode "Aporia", Varga has Meemo kill two men named Stussy in St. Cloud and Eden Valley in ways that mimic the deaths of Ennis and Ray. He does this to make it seem like all four were killed by a serial killer and does so to neutralize Emmit's confession of Ray's death. He goes as far as securing a willing patsy who confesses to the whole thing.

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* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' episode "Aporia", Varga ''Series/FargoSeasonThree'': V.M. Varga, seeking to assert his control over Emmit Stussey following the death of Emmit's brother Ray, has Meemo kill two men named Stussy in St. Cloud and Eden Valley in ways that mimic the deaths of Ennis and Ray. He does this to make it seem like all four were killed by a serial killer and does so to neutralize and, in doing so, voids Emmit's confession of Ray's to his brother's death. He goes as far as securing even hires a willing patsy who confesses "confesses" to the whole thing.thing.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'': It was hinted in ''Series/Daredevil2015'' season 2 that Frank Castle had been specifically targeted by the people that killed his family. Here, when he catches up to Carson Wolf, the Special Agent in Charge of the DHS office for New York City, he tortures then tricks Wolf into revealing that the whole three-way gang shootout and the death of Frank's family were all staged to cover up the true motive.
-->'''Frank Castle:''' What are you saying? You killed my family to get to me?
-->'''Carson Wolf:''' Misdirection. A good player hides his hand, Frank. We figured if there were enough dead bodies, nobody would really care to look close enough at any given one of them. It was a calculated risk. You understand, right?
20th Apr '18 1:07:01 PM MikeW
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20th Apr '18 12:24:09 PM MikeW
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** Another story has men dressed like Batman being murdered. Gordon wonders if it's possible the killer is trying to cover up one specific victim, citing the trope and how the costumes add to the confusion.



** Another story has men dressed like Batman being murdered. Gordon wonders if it's possible the killer is trying to cover up one specific victim, citing the trope and how the costumes add to the confusion.
20th Apr '18 12:23:31 PM MikeW
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** Another story has men dressed like Batman being murdered. Gordon wonders if it's possible the killer is trying to cover up one specific victim, citing the trope and how the costumes add to the confusion.


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* The short story collection ''The Further Adventures of the Joker'' has a tale where, with Batman out of town, Jim Gordon starts seeing a pattern in murders. A singing group called "The Four Aces", a "king of comedy," a "queen of cosmetics," etc. At first, he seems paranoid but as more victims pile up, others realize all these victims are somehow connected to playing cards and thus it has to be the Joker. The final victim is to be the king of a small European nation visiting Gotham but Batman returns in time to stop it. The Joker is seen running off to a helicopter only for it to crash. Talking to Gordon later, Batman delivers the startling news that this was never the Joker at all. Rather, the king's cousin, Gustavo, wanted the throne himself but knew just killing the king would be too suspicious. By making it look like the king was the victim of a wild Joker spree, Gustavo could take the crown without suspicion. Gordon is rocked that 51 innocent people were killed to cover up a regicide but Batman then reveals that the helicopter crashed because it was sabotaged.
-->'''Batman''': Gustavo forgot one important thing: Every deck has ''two'' Jokers.
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