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5th May '17 12:54:24 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: If Mephisto the Mentalist's claims are [[UnreliableNarrator to be believed]], 99% of his career as a SuperVillain consisted of a bunch of old {{Vaudeville}} tricks and illusions backed up by a lot of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] and the judicious use of [[JediMindTrick mind-altering powers] [[EnlightenmentPowers taught to him]] by masters of the AncientConspiracy he serves. He was consistently able to pull a fast one over even his cleverest opponents, convincing them of everything from alien invasions to his own [[AGodAmI seeming apotheosis]] decade after decade. As for the less brilliant SuperHero types, such as the Champion, well, in his own words,

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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: If Mephisto the Mentalist's claims are [[UnreliableNarrator to be believed]], 99% of his career as a SuperVillain consisted of a bunch of old {{Vaudeville}} tricks and illusions backed up by a lot of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] and the judicious use of [[JediMindTrick mind-altering powers] [[EnlightenmentPowers powers]] which were [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers taught to him]] by masters of the AncientConspiracy he serves. He was consistently able to pull a fast one over even his cleverest opponents, convincing them of everything from alien invasions to his own [[AGodAmI seeming apotheosis]] decade after decade. As for the less brilliant SuperHero types, such as the Champion, well, in his own words,
5th May '17 12:52:34 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: If Mephisto the Mentalist's claims are [[UnreliableNarrator to be believed]], 99% of his career as a SuperVillain consisted of a bunch of old {{Vaudeville}} tricks and illusions backed up by a lot of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] and just a smidgen of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower mind-control tricks]]. He was consistently able to pull a fast one over even his cleverest opponents, convincing them of everything from alien invasions to his own [[AGodAmI seeming apotheosis]] decade after decade. As for the less brilliant SuperHero types, such as the Champion, well, in his own words,

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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: If Mephisto the Mentalist's claims are [[UnreliableNarrator to be believed]], 99% of his career as a SuperVillain consisted of a bunch of old {{Vaudeville}} tricks and illusions backed up by a lot of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] and just a smidgen the judicious use of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower mind-control tricks]].[[JediMindTrick mind-altering powers] [[EnlightenmentPowers taught to him]] by masters of the AncientConspiracy he serves. He was consistently able to pull a fast one over even his cleverest opponents, convincing them of everything from alien invasions to his own [[AGodAmI seeming apotheosis]] decade after decade. As for the less brilliant SuperHero types, such as the Champion, well, in his own words,
6th Apr '17 4:44:21 PM Divra
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* ''Fanfic/SeanBeanSavesWesteros'': When Sean Bean, in the place of Eddard Stark has to rouse the armies of the North against the Lannisters, he delivers a RousingSpeech. The reader will recognize it as a mosaic of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare vaguely adapted Shakespeare quotes]], but the effect of The Bard's words, delivered by a trained Shakespearean actor, on people who don't know the speech is stolen is truly a sight to behold.
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.
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