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24th Feb '17 7:34:19 AM Tamfang
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* So crucial a trope in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' that it becomes a plot point. Realizing that "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king," Prince Hamlet has a theatrical troupe visiting the Danish court stage ''The Murder Of Gonzago'', whose plot mirrors almost exactly the plot of ''{{Hamlet}}''. Upon hearing the line "None wed the second but who killed the first," Queen Gertrude becomes uneasy (and remarks "The lady doth protest too much, methinks,"). Then, when Lucianus pours poison into the ears of the sleeping King Gonzago, King Claudius is so stricken with guilt that he abruptly gets up and leaves. This is proof enough for Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the murder of his father.

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* So crucial a trope in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' that it becomes a plot point. Realizing that "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king," Prince Hamlet has a theatrical troupe visiting the Danish court stage ''The Murder Of of Gonzago'', whose plot mirrors almost exactly the plot backstory of ''{{Hamlet}}''. Upon hearing the line "None wed the second but who killed the first," Queen Gertrude becomes uneasy (and remarks "The lady doth protest too much, methinks,"). Then, when Lucianus pours poison into the ears of the sleeping King Gonzago, King Claudius is so stricken with guilt that he abruptly gets up and leaves. This is proof enough for Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the murder of his father.
15th Nov '16 8:20:42 AM DannWoolf
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy and Nick's climatic BatmanGambit required [[spoiler: Nick to pull off a [[PretendToBeBrainwashed successful performance of succumbing]] to the [[PsychoSerum Night Howler serum]] and hunting Judy long enough for her [[EngineeredPublicConfession to secretely record]] all of [[BigBad Bellwether's]] gloating]].

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy and Nick's climatic BatmanGambit required [[spoiler: Nick to pull off a [[PretendToBeBrainwashed successful performance of succumbing]] to the [[PsychoSerum Night Howler serum]] and hunting Judy long enough for her [[EngineeredPublicConfession to secretely secretly record]] all of [[BigBad Bellwether's]] gloating]].
2nd Oct '16 10:24:41 PM Ravenya003
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* In an episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Carla reminds Jonathan that all the suspects are trained actors who will naturally be able to put up a convincing show of grief for the murder victim. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they're the culprits, though it was slightly {{subverted}} considering one of them was having trouble keeping calm after the murder]].

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* In an episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Carla reminds Jonathan that all the suspects are trained actors who will naturally be able to put up a convincing show of grief for the murder victim. [[spoiler:Sure enough, [[spoiler:As it happens, they're not faking their grief (since they were genuinely fond of their dead co-star) but are instead pretending to fight with each other in order to make the culprits, though it was slightly {{subverted}} considering one ''real'' killer think he's escaped their suspicion. This of course leads to them was having trouble keeping calm after the murder]].successfully murdering ''him'']].
28th Sep '16 6:02:44 AM JJHIL325
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy and Nick's climatic BatmanGambit required [[spoiler: Nick to pull off a [[PretendToBeBrainwashed successful performance of succumbing]] to the [[PsychoSerum Night Howler serum]] and hunting Judy long enough for her [[EngineeredPublicConfession to secretely record]] all of [[BigBad Bellwether's]] gloating]].
24th Sep '16 5:00:09 PM nombretomado
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* Great Britain in ''{{Cyborg 009}}'', it's the reason he was chosen to be transformed into a cyborg.

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* Great Britain in ''{{Cyborg 009}}'', ''Manga/Cyborg009'', it's the reason he was chosen to be transformed into a cyborg.
20th Sep '16 2:45:33 AM Sandman87
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** He also used the power of BS on Thriller Bark to make [[spoiler: Perona]] faint from sheer terror.
23rd Jun '16 7:10:19 AM Quanyails
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* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch once used this to act his way out of a kidnapping in South Africa- he persuaded his attackers that he had a medical condition that could cause him to die if he was stuffed into the boot of their car. They let him go.

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* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch once used this to act his way out of a kidnapping in South Africa- Africa; he persuaded his attackers that he had a medical condition that could cause him to die if he was stuffed into the boot of their car. They let him go.
23rd Jun '16 7:09:21 AM Quanyails
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* So crucial a trope in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' that it becomes a plot point. Realizing that "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king," Prince Hamlet has a theatrical troupe visiting the Danish court stage ''The Murder Of Gonzago'', whose plot mirrors almost exactly the plot of ''{{Hamlet}}''. Upon hearing the line "None wed the second but who killed the first," Queen Gertrude becomes uneasy (and remarks "The lady doth protest too much, methinks,")]]. Then, when Lucianus pours poison into the ears of the sleeping King Gonzago, King Claudius is so stricken with guilt that he abruptly gets up and leaves. This is proof enough for Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the murder of his father.

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* So crucial a trope in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' that it becomes a plot point. Realizing that "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king," Prince Hamlet has a theatrical troupe visiting the Danish court stage ''The Murder Of Gonzago'', whose plot mirrors almost exactly the plot of ''{{Hamlet}}''. Upon hearing the line "None wed the second but who killed the first," Queen Gertrude becomes uneasy (and remarks "The lady doth protest too much, methinks,")]].methinks,"). Then, when Lucianus pours poison into the ears of the sleeping King Gonzago, King Claudius is so stricken with guilt that he abruptly gets up and leaves. This is proof enough for Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the murder of his father.
19th May '16 4:22:58 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked/played with in TheMightyBoosh episode, "The Chokes".

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* Invoked/played with in TheMightyBoosh ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' episode, "The Chokes".



* In an episode of ''JonathanCreek'', Carla reminds Jonathan that all the suspects are trained actors who will naturally be able to put up a convincing show of grief for the murder victim. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they're the culprits, though it was slightly {{subverted}} considering one of them was having trouble keeping calm after the murder]].

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* In an episode of ''JonathanCreek'', ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Carla reminds Jonathan that all the suspects are trained actors who will naturally be able to put up a convincing show of grief for the murder victim. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they're the culprits, though it was slightly {{subverted}} considering one of them was having trouble keeping calm after the murder]].
28th Mar '16 2:02:42 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The very concept of piloting the HumongousMecha in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is that performing in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
** There's really more to it than that. The acting is not only regarded as good training for the troupe, it actually helps defend their city, by giving the people hope and spirit and producing something of its own mystical power. It's noted by one of the characters that theatre in Japan started as a religious ritual to placate the spirits (and same is true of theatre in Europe, incidentally).
** Also, in one of [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV the anime episodes]], Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a TearJerker to see the ghost finally happy again.


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* The very concept of piloting the HumongousMecha in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is that performing in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
** There's really more to it than that. The acting is not only regarded as good training for the troupe, it actually helps defend their city, by giving the people hope and spirit and producing something of its own mystical power. It's noted by one of the characters that theatre in Japan started as a religious ritual to placate the spirits (and same is true of theatre in Europe, incidentally).
** Also, in one of [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV the anime episodes]], Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a TearJerker to see the ghost finally happy again.
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