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10th Apr '16 9:00:48 PM 10-13-2
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** As one of [[AntiVillain the more sympathetic villains]] in Batman's RoguesGallery, Catwoman tends to have this happen to her from time to time. In ''Hush'', the trope is [[SubvertedTrope double-subverted]] when [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Poison Ivy puts her under a love spell]] in order to make her a slave for one of her schemes. Catwoman does get her...uh, "cake" - but in this case it is something she did not desire, never asked for, and is very angry about receiving once she breaks free of the mind-control.
10th Apr '16 8:48:01 PM 10-13-2
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When the other character isn't necessarily evil, doesn't plan on hurting the hero, and simply raises his or her standards whenever the other character comes near to completion, this becomes MovingTheGoalposts. Compare DealWithTheDevil, RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo, ReleasedToElsewhere. Contrast VillainsNeverLie.

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When the other character isn't necessarily evil, doesn't plan on hurting the hero, and simply raises his or her standards whenever the other character comes near to completion, this becomes MovingTheGoalposts. Compare DealWithTheDevil, RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo, ReleasedToElsewhere. Contrast VillainsNeverLie.
VillainsNeverLie. May double as SchmuckBait if the lackey never had a logical reason to expect cake in the first place.
13th Mar '16 8:38:01 PM dsneybuf
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** Averted in the Portal level of ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions''. Not only does the cake exist, but it's an important part of the foundation of the entire multiverse. The free-roaming Portal Adventure World has a minigame in which a minifigure adept at technology[[labelnote:examples]]The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', Doc Brown from ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'', Benny from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''[[/labelnote]] can help the Cake Core bake a new cake...from ''inedible'' ingredients.

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** Averted in the Portal level of ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions''. Not only does the cake exist, but it's an important part of the foundation of the entire multiverse. The free-roaming Portal Adventure World has a minigame in which a minifigure adept at technology[[labelnote:examples]]The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', Doc Brown from ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'', Benny from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''[[/labelnote]] can help the Cake Core bake a new cake...from ''inedible'' ingredients.though the use of "[[spoiler:fish-shaped solid waste]]" as an ingredient makes one wonder if it actually seems edible.
13th Mar '16 11:02:26 AM dsneybuf
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** [[AvertedTrop Averted]] in the Portal level of ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions''. Not only does the cake exist, but it's an important part of the foundation of the entire multiverse.

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** [[AvertedTrop Averted]] Averted in the Portal level of ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions''. Not only does the cake exist, but it's an important part of the foundation of the entire multiverse. The free-roaming Portal Adventure World has a minigame in which a minifigure adept at technology[[labelnote:examples]]The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', Doc Brown from ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'', Benny from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''[[/labelnote]] can help the Cake Core bake a new cake...from ''inedible'' ingredients.
3rd Feb '16 11:02:50 PM laserviking42
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** In a similar case in 1990's, Pepsi had run TV ads advertising their latest promotion in which customers could "Pepsi points" from bottle caps and redeem them for various merchandise. The TV ads ended with a kid landing a AV-8 Harrier II jump jet in a school parking lot claiming you needed 7,000,000 points (most merchandise was in the 15-500 range). One person seeing the ad, managed to collect the required amount (in actuality he collected the minimum number of points and sent a certified check for the rest at $.10 a point, which the contest rules allowed) and attempted to claim the fighter jet. Despite this obviously being a joke, the contestant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc. sued]] to enforce the offer. The judge ruled the advertisement was obviously a joke, noting, among other things, that the Department of Defense would never allow it to begin with. He attempted an appeal, which was immediately dismissed.

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** In a similar case in 1990's, Pepsi had run TV ads advertising their latest promotion in which customers could "Pepsi points" from bottle caps and redeem them for various merchandise. The TV ads ended with a kid landing a AV-8 Harrier II jump jet in a school parking lot claiming you needed 7,000,000 points (most merchandise was in the 15-500 range). One person seeing the ad, managed to collect the required amount (in actuality he collected the minimum number of points and sent a certified check for the rest at $.10 a point, which the contest rules allowed) and attempted to claim the fighter jet. Despite this obviously being a joke, the contestant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc. _Pepsico,_Inc sued]] to enforce the offer. The judge ruled the advertisement was obviously a joke, noting, among other things, that the Department of Defense would never allow it to begin with. He attempted an appeal, which was immediately dismissed.
3rd Feb '16 11:01:32 PM laserviking42
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** In a similar case in 1990's, Pepsi had run TV ads advertising their latest promotion in which customers could "Pepsi points" from bottle caps and redeem them for various merchandise. The TV ads ended with a kid landing a AV-8 Harrier II jump jet in a school parking lot claiming you needed 7,000,000 points (most merchandise was in the 15-500 range). One person seeing the ad, managed to collect the required amount (in actuality he collected the minimum number of points and sent a certified check for the rest at $.10 a point, which the contest rules allowed) and attempted to claim the fighter jet. Despite this obviously being a joke, the contestant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_v._Pepsico,_Inc. sued]] to enforce the offer. The judge ruled the advertisement was obviously a joke, noting, among other things, that the Department of Defense would never allow it to begin with. He attempted an appeal, which was immediately dismissed.
3rd Feb '16 10:49:03 PM laserviking42
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* The term [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potemkin_village Potemkin village]], used to describe any literal or figurative construct that is entirely fake, was an early form of the trope. During the reign of Catherine the Great of Russia, large portions of what is now the Ukraine and Crimea had been recently conquered from the Ottoman Turks. When a new war was due to break out, Catherine and her court, along with several foreign ambassadors, made a tour of the region to show how impressive Russian rule was. As the territory had been ravaged by war, the governor of the region (and Catherine's lover) Grigory Potemkin had mobile villages set up along the route, which gave the impression of prosperous and happy settlements. As Catherine's barge continued down the river, Potemkin would send his men down to the next spot to set up a new model village.
3rd Feb '16 10:41:31 PM laserviking42
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** ''[[http://www.quatloos.com/taxscams/protcase/newman.htm Newman v. Schiff]]''. Tax-avoidance charlatan Irwin Schiff appeared on CBS News, and offered to pay $100,000 to anyone who could identify the section of the United States Code requiring citizens to pay income tax. When a lawyer named John Newman called in with the correct answer, Schiff refused to pay. A judge affirmed Newman's answer, but since he didn't call during the time specified by Schiff, Schiff did not have to pay.

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** * ''[[http://www.quatloos.com/taxscams/protcase/newman.htm Newman v. Schiff]]''. Tax-avoidance charlatan Irwin Schiff appeared on CBS News, and offered to pay $100,000 to anyone who could identify the section of the United States Code requiring citizens to pay income tax. When a lawyer named John Newman called in with the correct answer, Schiff refused to pay. A judge affirmed Newman's answer, but since he didn't call during the time specified by Schiff, Schiff did not have to pay.pay.
* Noted proponent of creationism Kent Hovind has a standing offer to pay $250,000 to anyone that can offer scientific proof that evolution is real. [[http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hovind.html Talk Origins]] has a breakdown of the conditions showing how the offer will never ever be paid out, despite the vast amount of scientific evidence for evolution in existence.
3rd Feb '16 10:34:36 PM laserviking42
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* Although the exact amount is disputed, Thomas Edison reportedly promised $10-50,000 ($1.1 million today) to anyone who could solve the crippling inefficiencies in his prototype automobile motors and electrical generators. When UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla solved them both, Edison refused to honor his agreement.

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* Although the exact amount is disputed, Thomas Edison reportedly promised $10-50,000 ($1.1 million today) to anyone who could solve the crippling inefficiencies in his prototype automobile motors and electrical generators. When UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla solved them both, Edison refused to honor his agreement.agreement (in what can only be described as a dick move, Edison told Tesla that he didn't understand "American humor").
31st Jan '16 3:45:07 PM LancelotG
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* In an early episode of WesternAnimation/GravityFalls , Grunkle Stan advertises the re-opening of a lost exhibit with the promise of free pizza. There is, of course, no pizza. When questioned by the press, Stan says "That's just a typo. GOODNIGHT, EVERYBODY!" and runs off with the donation money.

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* In an early episode of WesternAnimation/GravityFalls , ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Grunkle Stan advertises the re-opening of a lost exhibit with the promise of free pizza. There is, of course, no pizza. When questioned by the press, Stan says "That's just a typo. GOODNIGHT, EVERYBODY!" and runs off with the donation money.money, to the disappointment and frustration of the attendees--particularly a guy wearing a "Free Pizza" t-shirt.
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