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15th Apr '16 1:13:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' (NES) has King Dedede stealing the Star Rod and breaking it into seven pieces to hide all over Dreamland. Kirby tracks down the pieces of the MacGuffin, only to learn that [[spoiler: Dedede stole the Rod to keep it from Nightmare who corrupted the Fountain of Dreams and to protect Dreamland. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot But he doesn't explain this to Kirby very well]] though it doesn't help that Dedede was bathing in the Fountain of Dreams when Kirby arrived making him look especially guilty]].

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* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' (NES) has King Dedede stealing the Star Rod and breaking it into seven pieces to hide all over Dreamland. Kirby tracks down the pieces of the MacGuffin, only to learn that [[spoiler: Dedede stole the Rod to keep it from Nightmare who corrupted the Fountain of Dreams and to protect Dreamland. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot [[PoorCommunicationKills But he doesn't explain this to Kirby very well]] though it doesn't help that Dedede was bathing in the Fountain of Dreams when Kirby arrived making him look especially guilty]].
9th Apr '16 8:52:04 PM PresidentStalkeyes
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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the end-of-episode OnTheNext sequence at the end of ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'' Part III. We see [[MrExposition Asap]] holding another member of the team hostage with a gun to their head. Another teammate tells him to stop, because it's [[LampshadeHanging 'out of character'.]] It should also be noted that the OnTheNext sequences [[RuleOfFunny always flat-out lie]] [[TrailersAlwaysLie about what's in the next part]], and Part III's sequence breaks the record for [[MakesJustAsMuchAsSenseInContext bizarre stuff happpening]], as it also features giant spaceships and angry ghost women.

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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the end-of-episode OnTheNext sequence at the end of ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'' Part III. We see [[MrExposition Asap]] holding another member of the team hostage with a gun to their head. Another teammate tells him to stop, because it's [[LampshadeHanging 'out of character'.]] It should also be noted that the OnTheNext sequences [[RuleOfFunny always flat-out lie]] [[TrailersAlwaysLie about what's in the next part]], and Part III's sequence breaks the record for [[MakesJustAsMuchAsSenseInContext [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext bizarre stuff happpening]], as it also features giant spaceships and angry ghost women.
9th Apr '16 8:51:22 PM PresidentStalkeyes
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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the end-of-episode OnTheNext sequence at the end of ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'' Part III. We see [[MrExposition Asap]] holding another member of the team hostage with a gun to their head. Another teammate tells him to stop, because it's [[LampshadeHanging 'out of character'.]] It should also be noted that the OnTheNext sequences [[RuleOfFunny always flat-out lie]] [[TrailersAlwaysLie about what's in the next part]], and Part III's sequence breaks the record for [[ItMakesJustAsMuchAsSenseInContext bizarre stuff happpening]], as it also features giant spaceships and angry ghost women.

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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the end-of-episode OnTheNext sequence at the end of ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'' Part III. We see [[MrExposition Asap]] holding another member of the team hostage with a gun to their head. Another teammate tells him to stop, because it's [[LampshadeHanging 'out of character'.]] It should also be noted that the OnTheNext sequences [[RuleOfFunny always flat-out lie]] [[TrailersAlwaysLie about what's in the next part]], and Part III's sequence breaks the record for [[ItMakesJustAsMuchAsSenseInContext [[MakesJustAsMuchAsSenseInContext bizarre stuff happpening]], as it also features giant spaceships and angry ghost women.
9th Apr '16 8:50:39 PM PresidentStalkeyes
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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the end-of-episode OnTheNext sequence at the end of ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'' Part III. We see [[MrExposition Asap]] holding another member of the team hostage with a gun to their head. Another teammate tells him to stop, because it's [[LampshadeHanging 'out of character'.]] It should also be noted that the OnTheNext sequences [[RuleOfFunny always flat-out lie]] [[TrailersAlwaysLie about what's in the next part]], and Part III's sequence breaks the record for [[ItMakesJustAsMuchAsSenseInContext bizarre stuff happpening]], as it also features giant spaceships and angry ghost women.
26th Mar '16 12:21:51 PM Dragon101
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* An interesting one was done in ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', which shows Magneto standing over the broken and beaten bodies of the titular heroes. Doesn't seem like Superdickery at first glance since Ultimate Magneto is [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] [[KillEmAll mass murderer]], but the comic reveals that this is actually the Magneto of an alternate universe who is, like his mainstream 616 counterpart, more of a NobleDemon AntiHero DependingOnTheWriter. Turns out the Fantastic Four team he was defeating (though this scene does not actually happen in the comic) were their undead {{Evil Twin}}s from the ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' universe, so this was really a heroic Magneto defeating a group of very, very evil villains.
15th Mar '16 7:24:59 PM merotoker
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** While many Silver and Golden Age stories had Superman being a dick, many had his friends being dicks to ''him''- Lois Lane (and Lana Lang, when he was Superboy) constantly tried to prove that Clark was Superman, on the assumption that he would ''have'' to marry her once she did! He also had to constantly save them from danger that they put themselves in recklessly. The latter was also a problem with Jimmy Olsen. So it was really a mutual thing. About the only regular character who wasn't a dick was Perry White, despite his gruff behavior.

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** While many Silver and Golden Age stories had Superman being a dick, many had his friends being dicks to ''him''- Lois Lane (and Lana Lang, ComicBook/LanaLang, when he was Superboy) constantly tried to prove that Clark was Superman, on the assumption that he would ''have'' to marry her once she did! He also had to constantly save them from danger that they put themselves in recklessly. The latter was also a problem with Jimmy Olsen. So it was really a mutual thing. About the only regular character who wasn't a dick was Perry White, despite his gruff behavior.



*** Bizarrely, the whole prove-his-identity-to-get-him-to-marry-me bit seems to have been valid for Superman. A comic in which he went back in time to get away from Lois and Lana had him meet [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest another girl]] who -- surprise -- came to the same conclusion and tried to get his secret identity. She never ''tells'' Superman that this is her plan, but when he gets back to the present and finds out that she's become fat, he expresses relief that he didn't end up having to marry her. Perhaps Superman is subject to the TrueName effect?

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*** Bizarrely, the whole prove-his-identity-to-get-him-to-marry-me bit seems to have been valid for Superman. A comic in which he went back in time to get away from Lois and Lana had him meet [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest another girl]] who -- surprise -- came to the same conclusion and tried to get his secret identity. She never ''tells'' Superman that this is her plan, but when he gets back to the present and finds out that she's become fat, he expresses relief that he didn't end up having to marry her. Perhaps Superman is subject to the TrueName [[IKnowYourTrueName True Name]] effect?



* Another on-panel version - the original introduction of the Skrulls had the Fantastic Four doing criminal acts, from the minor to the not very minor (like knocking over an oil rig). Soon after, it's - surprise - really the Skrulls causing trouble.

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* Another on-panel version - the original introduction of the Skrulls had the Fantastic Four ComicBook/FantasticFour doing criminal acts, from the minor to the not very minor (like knocking over an oil rig). Soon after, it's - surprise - really the Skrulls causing trouble.



* Speaking of Wolverine, one issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' featured Wolvie standing over an eviscerated Kitty Pryde. [[spoiler: Wolverine was actually Mystique in disguise, and Kitty was an android; Mystique was just practicing]].

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* Speaking of Wolverine, one issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' featured Wolvie standing over an eviscerated Kitty Pryde. [[spoiler: Wolverine was actually Mystique in disguise, and Kitty was an android; Mystique was just practicing]].practicing.]]



*** And later [[spoiler: it's revealed that Mysterio worked for Octopus, who [[BatmanGambit planned the whole thing]] in order to frame Spidey to accomplish his EvilPlan without being disturbed.]]

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*** And later [[spoiler: it's revealed that Mysterio worked for Octopus, who [[BatmanGambit planned the whole thing]] in order to frame Spidey to accomplish his EvilPlan without being disturbed.]]disturbed]].



* The cover to issue #28 of ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' depicts Sonic having just beaten up the other Freedom Fighters and being commanded by Robotnik to finish them off. However, the apparent dickery here is kind of made not that suspenseful by the fact that this was printing the second half of a two-part, and therefore if you read the previous issue, then you know that [[spoiler:Sonic is just [[CriminalAmnesiac suffering amnesia and thinks he's on Robotnik's side]].]]
** Issue #203, has [[{{Cyborg}} Bunnie]] pinning Sonic under her foot and preparing to blast him with her arm cannon, complete with the caption "Bunnie Gone Bad?!". Actually reading it reveals [[spoiler: the Iron Queen, being a techno-mage, has taken control of her cybernetic limbs and is forcing her to fight the others]]. They did the same thing next issue with Monkey Khan, though, like the above example, it's not at all suspenseful if you've read the previous issue. [[spoiler: It has almost the same explanation as Bunnie's]].

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The cover to issue #28 of ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' depicts Sonic having just beaten up the other Freedom Fighters and being commanded by Robotnik to finish them off. However, the apparent dickery here is kind of made not that suspenseful by the fact that this was printing the second half of a two-part, and therefore if you read the previous issue, then you know that [[spoiler:Sonic is just [[CriminalAmnesiac suffering amnesia and thinks he's on Robotnik's side]].]]
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** Issue #203, has [[{{Cyborg}} Bunnie]] pinning Sonic under her foot and preparing to blast him with her arm cannon, complete with the caption "Bunnie Gone Bad?!". Actually reading it reveals [[spoiler: the Iron Queen, being a techno-mage, has taken control of her cybernetic limbs and is forcing her to fight the others]]. They did the same thing next issue with Monkey Khan, though, like the above example, it's not at all suspenseful if you've read the previous issue. [[spoiler: It has almost the same explanation as Bunnie's]].Bunnie's.]]



** Issue #217 ''inverts'' this - on the cover, we see Sonic drowning in oil, and Bunnie rushing to help him. Not only does this never happen in the story, but on the first page, [[spoiler:Bunnie and Sonic are in the middle of an all-out battle in the middle of an oil refinery; the issue-long flashback that shows how they got to this point reveals that neither one was being forced, and they're fighting over largely ideological differences.]]

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** Issue #217 ''inverts'' this - on the cover, we see Sonic drowning in oil, and Bunnie rushing to help him. Not only does this never happen in the story, but on the first page, [[spoiler:Bunnie and Sonic are in the middle of an all-out battle in the middle of an oil refinery; the issue-long flashback that shows how they got to this point reveals that neither one was being forced, and they're fighting over largely ideological differences.]]differences]].



* Comicbook/{{Sleepwalker}} did this in-story at the end of one issue. A mob of bizarre alien "mindspawn" who all strongly resemble Sleepwalker are invading New York City and killing the innocent bystanders. The issue ends with Sleepwalker seemingly destroying and absorbing Rick Sheridan's mind, with the final caption asking if Sleepwalker is a {{Supervillain}}. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Sleepwalker actually absorbed Rick's mind in a special weapon to protect him from being killed by the mindspawn, who really ''were'' going to kill him. Sleepwalker knew that if he tried to fight the mindspawn, Rick could have gotten hurt in the crossfire. This way, he could both keep Rick's mind safe and ingratiate himself with the mindspawn, which allows him to free their human prisoners.]]

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* Comicbook/{{Sleepwalker}} did this in-story at the end of one issue. A mob of bizarre alien "mindspawn" who all strongly resemble Sleepwalker are invading New York City and killing the innocent bystanders. The issue ends with Sleepwalker seemingly destroying and absorbing Rick Sheridan's mind, with the final caption asking if Sleepwalker is a {{Supervillain}}. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Sleepwalker actually absorbed Rick's mind in a special weapon to protect him from being killed by the mindspawn, who really ''were'' going to kill him. Sleepwalker knew that if he tried to fight the mindspawn, Rick could have gotten hurt in the crossfire. This way, he could both keep Rick's mind safe and ingratiate himself with the mindspawn, which allows him to free their human prisoners.]]prisoners]].



* Issue 3 of ''ComicBook/OriginalSin'' ends with [[spoiler:Bucky Barnes stranding Moon Knight and Gamora in space, confronting Nick Fury and brutally killing and decapitating him]]. Then Issue 4 comes around and we find out that [[spoiler:Bucky realized they were being played and went hunting down their benefactor... the ''real'' Nick Fury - the Fury he killed was [[ActuallyADoombot a Life Model Decoy]].]]

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* Issue 3 of ''ComicBook/OriginalSin'' ends with [[spoiler:Bucky Barnes stranding Moon Knight and Gamora in space, confronting Nick Fury and brutally killing and decapitating him]]. Then Issue 4 comes around and we find out that [[spoiler:Bucky realized they were being played and went hunting down their benefactor... the ''real'' Nick Fury - the Fury he killed was [[ActuallyADoombot a Life Model Decoy]].]]Decoy]]]].



** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen'' features ''two'' separate [[LegionOfDoom Legions of Doom]], a reformed Dai Shocker and the all-new Dai Zangyack. Both are staffed by villains from both franchises... and headed by two ''heroes'', Series/KamenRiderDecade and Gokai Red. Okay, Decade ''used'' to be a villain, but promo material says he only reformed Dai Shocker after the Sentai villains invaded the Rider universe. It turns out [[spoiler:a massive gambit by the two heroes to get the villains to bring their super-weapons out into the open so they and the other heroes (whom they faked killing while really sending them to a pocket dimension for safety) could destroy them.]]

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** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen'' features ''two'' separate [[LegionOfDoom Legions of Doom]], a reformed Dai Shocker and the all-new Dai Zangyack. Both are staffed by villains from both franchises... and headed by two ''heroes'', Series/KamenRiderDecade and Gokai Red. Okay, Decade ''used'' to be a villain, but promo material says he only reformed Dai Shocker after the Sentai villains invaded the Rider universe. It turns out [[spoiler:a massive gambit by the two heroes to get the villains to bring their super-weapons out into the open so they and the other heroes (whom they faked killing while really sending them to a pocket dimension for safety) could destroy them.]]them]].



* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', at the beginning of the film, a scene depicts The Lone Ranger and Tonto are seen robbing a bank. By the end of the movie when we come full round to this scene [[spoiler: They're robbing the bank because it has explosives in it so they can take down the big bad.]]

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* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', at the beginning of the film, a scene depicts The Lone Ranger and Tonto are seen robbing a bank. By the end of the movie when we come full round to this scene [[spoiler: They're robbing the bank because it has explosives in it so they can take down the big bad.]]bad]].



** The episode ''Exile'' (and part of the next episode, ''Phoenix'') deserves a special mention. It is a full episode of Clark doing everything ever linked to the word "superdickery", including but not limited to [[BankRobbery robbing banks]] ([[KickTheSonOfABitch beating up the would-be robbers on the way]]), [[KickTheMoralityPet roughing up Chloe]] after [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight she spent two months trying to convince him to go home]], making a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a crime boss to break into a high-security vault]] and [[CallingTheOldManOut coming to actual blows with Jonathan]]. Oh, he [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stole and destroyed Chloe's class ring too]]. [[spoiler:He is actually affected by the red kryptonite in Chloe's ring, and breaking it finally frees him from his SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]
** ''Progeny'' opens with Chloe forcing Lex's car off the road, knock him out and rob him of his cell phone. Not that he doesn't deserve it.
** ''Sleeper'' starts with a man fully clad in black surprising and robbing some guy of his high tech briefcase and stealing information from it. He then escapes through the elevator, changing to a formal suit on the way, revealing its Jimmy Olsen.[[spoiler: Turns out he's doing this because the DDS are blackmailing him into finding out what Chloe is hacking and armed him with the spy toys to do it.]]

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** The episode ''Exile'' "Exile" (and part of the next episode, ''Phoenix'') "Phoenix") deserves a special mention. It is a full episode of Clark doing everything ever linked to the word "superdickery", including but not limited to [[BankRobbery robbing banks]] ([[KickTheSonOfABitch beating up the would-be robbers on the way]]), [[KickTheMoralityPet roughing up Chloe]] after [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight she spent two months trying to convince him to go home]], making a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a crime boss to break into a high-security vault]] and [[CallingTheOldManOut coming to actual blows with Jonathan]]. Oh, he [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stole and destroyed Chloe's class ring too]]. [[spoiler:He is actually affected by the red kryptonite in Chloe's ring, and breaking it finally frees him from his SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]
** ''Progeny'' "Progeny" opens with Chloe forcing Lex's car off the road, knock him out and rob him of his cell phone. Not that he doesn't deserve it.
** ''Sleeper'' "Sleeper" starts with a man fully clad in black surprising and robbing some guy of his high tech briefcase and stealing information from it. He then escapes through the elevator, changing to a formal suit on the way, revealing its Jimmy Olsen.[[spoiler: Turns out he's doing this because the DDS are blackmailing him into finding out what Chloe is hacking and armed him with the spy toys to do it.]]



* Done at least once in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''. Dress the friendly neighborhood Terminator up in a way to evoke memories of the T-1000 and stick that sucker in the trailer, and your fanbase starts wondering if she hasn't gone bonkers.

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* Done at least once in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''.''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Dress the friendly neighborhood Terminator up in a way to evoke memories of the T-1000 and stick that sucker in the trailer, and your fanbase starts wondering if she hasn't gone bonkers.



** The fact that the brothers sometimes do end up in a BlackAndGreyMorality situation, or play the role of VillainProtagonist, makes the teaser fake-outs somewhat more effective. Sometimes the teaser or intro scene is exactly what it seems, and the MonsterOfTheWeek actually is innocent of actual wrongdoing (and killed by the Winchesters anyway).

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** The fact that the brothers sometimes do end up in a BlackAndGreyMorality BlackAndGrayMorality situation, or play the role of VillainProtagonist, makes the teaser fake-outs somewhat more effective. Sometimes the teaser or intro scene is exactly what it seems, and the MonsterOfTheWeek actually is innocent of actual wrongdoing (and killed by the Winchesters anyway).



* Can any ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' fan forget Merlin's brutal assassination attempts on Arthur? And his [[FoeYay somewhat aroused expression]] just before, after, and heck ''during'' these attempts?

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* Can any ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' fan forget Merlin's brutal assassination attempts on Arthur? And his [[FoeYay somewhat aroused expression]] just before, after, and heck ''during'' these attempts?



** Happens again in the teaser of "Veritas" with Will finding out that Helen apparently killed the Big Guy [[spoiler: turns out it was all a BatmanGambit to flush out a bad guy.]]

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** Happens again in the teaser of "Veritas" with Will finding out that Helen apparently killed the Big Guy [[spoiler: turns out it was all a BatmanGambit to flush out a bad guy.]]guy]].



* This is sort of a version of this trope: The ''Series/{{House}}'' season 6 finale begins with House sitting in a bathroom, opening a bottle of vicodin, and we're all, "WHAT, WHY DAT VICODIN?!". The narration then goes back to the beginning of the day. In the very end of the episode, the situation is pretty much what it looked like in the opening of the episode, [[spoiler: but Cuddy shows up, having broken up with Lucas, and wants to try a relationship with House, just preventing him from taking the pill.]]

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* This is sort of a version of this trope: The ''Series/{{House}}'' season 6 finale begins with House sitting in a bathroom, opening a bottle of vicodin, and we're all, "WHAT, WHY DAT VICODIN?!". The narration then goes back to the beginning of the day. In the very end of the episode, the situation is pretty much what it looked like in the opening of the episode, [[spoiler: but Cuddy shows up, having broken up with Lucas, and wants to try a relationship with House, just preventing him from taking the pill.]]pill]].



* One episode of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' begins with the Zyurangers attacking a helpless city. It's quickly revealed that these are actually some of Bandora's Golem Soldiers (plus the MonsterOfTheWeek) in disguise. When ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers" adapted the episode for its first season as "A Bad Reflection on You" they averted this, making it clear that the false Rangers were evil duplicates from the very beginning.

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* One episode of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' begins with the Zyurangers attacking a helpless city. It's quickly revealed that these are actually some of Bandora's Golem Soldiers (plus the MonsterOfTheWeek) in disguise. When ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers" ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' adapted the episode for its first season as "A Bad Reflection on You" they averted this, making it clear that the false Rangers were evil duplicates from the very beginning.



* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', [[spoiler:Shepherd tries to get Price to back off raiding the nuclear submarine, saying that he's too far off the deep end and wanting a plan of revenge. You go through with the mission, believing Price will stop the missile. He doesn't. Cue about five minutes of 'HINT IT'S OBVIOUSLY GOING TO HIT NORTH AMERICA', complete with nuclear blast seen from two points of view - but he was just utilizing the EMP blast to give the Americans a fighting chance, not wipe it off the map.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', [[spoiler:Shepherd tries to get Price to back off raiding the nuclear submarine, saying that he's too far off the deep end and wanting a plan of revenge. You go through with the mission, believing Price will stop the missile. He doesn't. Cue about five minutes of 'HINT IT'S OBVIOUSLY GOING TO HIT NORTH AMERICA', complete with nuclear blast seen from two points of view - but he was just utilizing the EMP blast to give the Americans a fighting chance, not wipe it off the map.]]map]].



* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' (NES) has King Dedede stealing the Star Rod and breaking it into seven pieces to hide all over Dreamland. Kirby tracks down the pieces of the MacGuffin, only to learn that [[spoiler: Dedede stole the Rod to keep it from Nightmare who corrupted the Fountain of Dreams and to protect Dreamland. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot But he doesn't explain this to Kirby very well]] though it doesn't help that Dedede was bathing in the Fountain of Dreams when Kirby arrived making him look especially guilty.]]

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* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' (NES) has King Dedede stealing the Star Rod and breaking it into seven pieces to hide all over Dreamland. Kirby tracks down the pieces of the MacGuffin, only to learn that [[spoiler: Dedede stole the Rod to keep it from Nightmare who corrupted the Fountain of Dreams and to protect Dreamland. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot But he doesn't explain this to Kirby very well]] though it doesn't help that Dedede was bathing in the Fountain of Dreams when Kirby arrived making him look especially guilty.]]guilty]].



** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19731_the-7-biggest-dick-moves-in-history-superheroes.html The 7 Biggest Dick Moves In History Superheroes]].

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** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19731_the-7-biggest-dick-moves-in-history-superheroes.html The 7 Biggest Dick Moves In in the History of Superheroes]].



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' pulled one off and made it absolutely ''terrifying'', in which Commissioner Gordon goes into ''all out war'' against Batman for the death of Barbara Gordon. [[spoiler: It's all Barbara's nightmare]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
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pulled one off and made it absolutely ''terrifying'', in which ''terrifying''; Commissioner Gordon goes into ''all out war'' against Batman for the death of Barbara Gordon. [[spoiler: It's all Barbara's nightmare]].nightmare.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Root Beer Guy" has heroes Finn and Jake kidnapping Princess Bubblegum, with Root Beer Guy as the only witness. He's been working on a [[DetectiveFiction detective novel]] for years and [[MysteryWriterDetective decides to solve the crime]] himself. [[PoliceAreUseless The Banana Guards don't believe him]] when he reports seeing Finn and Jake [[DisposingOfABody about to dump PB's body]] and only come when he tells them he has gone [[LawfulStupid out boating after 8 pm.]] It turns out that Princess Bubblegum enlisted Finn and Jake's help to test the new security system, intentionally leaving evidence for the guards to find.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Root Beer Guy" has heroes Finn and Jake kidnapping Princess Bubblegum, with Root Beer Guy as the only witness. He's been working on a [[DetectiveFiction [[DetectiveDrama detective novel]] for years and [[MysteryWriterDetective decides to solve the crime]] himself. [[PoliceAreUseless The Banana Guards don't believe him]] when he reports seeing Finn and Jake [[DisposingOfABody about to dump PB's body]] and only come when he tells them he has gone [[LawfulStupid out boating after 8 pm.]] It turns out that Princess Bubblegum enlisted Finn and Jake's help to test the new security system, intentionally leaving evidence for the guards to find.
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** #24 opens with Sonic and all of the other Freedom Fighters attacking the citizen of Knothole Village in petty ways. [[spoiler: It's really Evil Sonic and his own band of Freedom Fighters (who fight ''against'' freedom) from an alternate universe, hoping to ruin the reputation of the their counterparts.]]


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* One episode of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' begins with the Zyurangers attacking a helpless city. It's quickly revealed that these are actually some of Bandora's Golem Soldiers (plus the MonsterOfTheWeek) in disguise. When ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers" adapted the episode for its first season as "A Bad Reflection on You" they averted this, making it clear that the false Rangers were evil duplicates from the very beginning.
29th Jan '16 9:11:44 PM Quanyails
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'''Superman(smiling)''': That's just what I'm ''waiting'' for it to do!

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'''Superman(smiling)''': '''Superman''': ''(smiling)'' That's just what I'm ''waiting'' for it to do!
23rd Jan '16 4:19:55 PM LentilSandEater
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* An issue of ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman and Robin]]'' shows Robin preparing to decapitate Batman with a giant sword. The issue is even called "Batman vs. Robin." [[spoiler:And it does happen! In one panel. Then Robin has a pre-emptive MyGodWhatHaveIDone and freaks out.]]
** Actually, he's [[spoiler:fighting off the mind control that his mother implanted into his spine after he was injured]]

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* An issue of ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman and Robin]]'' shows Robin preparing to decapitate Batman with a giant sword. The issue is even called "Batman vs. Robin." [[spoiler:And it does happen! In one panel. Then Robin has a pre-emptive MyGodWhatHaveIDone and freaks out.]]
** Actually, he's [[spoiler:fighting
out and fights off the mind control mind-control that his mother implanted into his spine after he was injured]]had put him under.]]
23rd Jan '16 4:14:40 PM LentilSandEater
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*** Exaggerate? Some of the covers flat-out ''lied''. "The Miracle of Thirsty Thursday"'s cover shows Metropolis citizens dying of thirst whilst Superman stands before a gushing fire hydrant and explicitly denies water to everyone. Of course, a thoughtful reader may assume that the clarifying context is that the water is in some way contaminated and that Superman is protecting them. In this case, however, the "context" is that the cover is a lie: in the actual story, citizens of Metropolis are affected by a serum that creates an ''aversion'' to water, and Superman has to come up with a means to make them drink.

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*** Exaggerate? ** Some of the covers flat-out ''lied''. "The Miracle of Thirsty Thursday"'s cover shows Metropolis citizens dying of thirst whilst Superman stands before a gushing fire hydrant and explicitly denies water to everyone. Of course, a thoughtful reader may assume that the clarifying context is that the water is in some way contaminated and that Superman is protecting them. In this case, however, the "context" is that the cover is a lie: in the actual story, citizens of Metropolis are affected by a serum that creates an ''aversion'' to water, and Superman has to come up with a means to make them drink.
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