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28th May '16 7:50:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Albireo Imma in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', who seems to feel it is his job to get a rise out of Evangeline. He's described as her 'natural enemy'.

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* Albireo Imma in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', who seems to feel it is his job to get a rise out of Evangeline. He's described as her 'natural enemy'.
18th May '16 1:14:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/GilmoreGirls Lorelai Gilmore]] uses this as her main coping method with her overbearing parents. She even describes it to her mother Emily at one point so Emily can do it to her hated mother-in-law.

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* [[Series/GilmoreGirls ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Lorelai Gilmore]] Gilmore uses this as her main coping method with her overbearing parents. She even describes it to her mother Emily at one point so Emily can do it to her hated mother-in-law.
18th May '16 1:13:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[GenkiBoy Jeko]] from the ''{{ColSec Trilogy}}''. His usual target is his {{implied|LoveInterest}} [[ShipTease crush]] [[{{Tsundere}} Heleth]], but he heckles [[TheHero Cord]] a few times as well.

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* [[GenkiBoy Jeko]] from the ''{{ColSec ''Literature/{{ColSec Trilogy}}''. His usual target is his {{implied|LoveInterest}} [[ShipTease crush]] [[{{Tsundere}} Heleth]], but he heckles [[TheHero Cord]] a few times as well.



* ''TheRailwaySeries'': Most of the Fat Controller's engines have gadfly tendencies. Thomas during his BrattyHalfPint days was particularly so, with a hobby of quietly creeping up on dozing big engines, waking them up suddenly, and then running off laughing. And in general, they all love pushing other engines' buttons and winding them up.
* Lord Henry from ThePictureOfDorianGray is an example, saying whether or not the speaker personally believes an idea is completely irrelevant to its value and saying anything and everything to get a rise out of others

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* ''TheRailwaySeries'': ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'': Most of the Fat Controller's engines have gadfly tendencies. Thomas during his BrattyHalfPint days was particularly so, with a hobby of quietly creeping up on dozing big engines, waking them up suddenly, and then running off laughing. And in general, they all love pushing other engines' buttons and winding them up.
* Lord Henry from ThePictureOfDorianGray ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' is an example, saying whether or not the speaker personally believes an idea is completely irrelevant to its value and saying anything and everything to get a rise out of others



* Bill [=McNeil=] from NewsRadio. At some point, Dave has to explain to Mathew that Bill lies to him "because he thinks it's funny".

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* Bill [=McNeil=] from NewsRadio.''Series/NewsRadio''. At some point, Dave has to explain to Mathew that Bill lies to him "because he thinks it's funny".
11th May '16 8:27:27 AM DenisK21
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** Also done by [[IronMan Tony Stark]] to aforementioned Banner. Tony gently pokes and prods the guy, seemingly just to test how far he can take it before Bruce... well, Hulks out. He even gives Bruce a tiny electric shock with lab equipment, and can be seen looking into Bruce's eyes for an instant as if to check if the "other guy" is in there. In spite of this (or maybe even because of this), Tony and Bruce get along quite well.
---> '''Tony''': I'm a huge fan of your work on gamma radiation, and I'm also a fan of the way you turn into a giant, green rage monster.
7th May '16 2:01:31 PM nombretomado
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* [[GilmoreGirls Lorelai Gilmore]] uses this as her main coping method with her overbearing parents. She even describes it to her mother Emily at one point so Emily can do it to her hated mother-in-law.

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* [[GilmoreGirls [[Series/GilmoreGirls Lorelai Gilmore]] uses this as her main coping method with her overbearing parents. She even describes it to her mother Emily at one point so Emily can do it to her hated mother-in-law.
1st May '16 12:58:08 PM Jhonny
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* Creator/ChristopherHitchens had streaks of this. While he managed to build a rather consistent (to him) set of belief out of seemingly opposite tenets (e.g. he was for the Iraq War and still thought Bush was a doofus), it is hard to say which - if any - of his public statements he made just for the sake of conflict and discussion. He once argued the part of the canonization of Mother Theresa which used to be called "Advocatus Diaboli" but isn't any more. [[note]] The side which brings forth arguments against the sainthood of a deceased person used to be called "Devil's Advocate in (church) Latin[[/note]] Given that he wrote a whole book on why Mother Theresa was a terrible person and a fraud, his opinion on that issue was probably genuine. He did argue the case ''pro bono'', after all.

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* Creator/ChristopherHitchens had streaks of this. While he managed to build a rather consistent (to him) set of belief beliefs out of seemingly opposite tenets (e.g. he was for the Iraq War and still thought Bush was a doofus), it is hard to say which - if any - of his public statements he made just for the sake of conflict and discussion. He once argued the part of the canonization of Mother Theresa which used to be called "Advocatus Diaboli" but isn't any more. [[note]] The side which brings forth arguments against the sainthood of a deceased person used to be called "Devil's Advocate in (church) Latin[[/note]] Given that he wrote a whole book on why Mother Theresa was a terrible person and a fraud, his opinion on that issue was probably genuine. He did argue the case ''pro bono'', after all.
30th Apr '16 9:18:02 AM Jhonny
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* Creator/ChristopherHitchens had streaks of this. While he managed to build a rather consistent (to him) set of belief out of seemingly opposite tenets (e.g. he was for the Iraq War and still thought Bush was a doofus), it is hard to say which - if any - of his public statements he made just for the sake of conflict and discussion. He once argued the part of the canonization of Mother Theresa which used to be called "Advocatus Diaboli" but isn't any more. [[note]] The side which brings forth arguments against the sainthood of a deceased person used to be called "Devil's Advocate in (church) Latin[[/note]] Given that he wrote a whole book on why Mother Theresa was a terrible person and a fraud, his opinion on that issue was probably genuine. He did argue the case ''pro bono'', after all.
16th Apr '16 7:06:32 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'': In "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E25IncidentAtCrystalLake Incident At Crystal Lake]]", the episode begins with Face falling for Decker's bait of a pretty girl whose car broke down by the roadside. The end has him almost falling for it and being pulled back into the van by one of the other members.

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* ''Series/TheATeam'': In "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E25IncidentAtCrystalLake Incident At Crystal Lake]]", Hannibal tricks the episode begins with Face falling for Decker's bait of a pretty girl whose car broke down by the roadside. The end has him almost falling for it and being pulled back bad guys into leaving the van (which they grabbed as a getaway vehicle) and running away by one of claiming that he put explosives on it. When they're gone, he still looks like he'll blow it up for a moment, causing B.A. to yell loudly in protest about destroying "his van". Hannibal grins and reveals that the other members.explosives were road flares and the explosive remote was a TV remote.
16th Apr '16 7:02:23 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'': In "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E25IncidentAtCrystalLake Incident At Crystal Lake]]", the episode begins with Face falling for Decker's bait of a pretty girl whose car broke down by the roadside. The end has him almost falling for it and being pulled back into the van by one of the other members.
9th Apr '16 7:41:58 AM OrangenChan
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* Orochi from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has her moments of this. One of the best examples is in her conversations with Hinata, where she sends him off on a bunch of seemingly-random tasks in order to "build character"... And then she reveals that she was only tricking him into running errands for her.
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