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24th May '17 5:37:07 PM Paranoia
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* In ''Film/FaceOff'', FBI agent Sean Archer has plastic surgery to resemble criminal mastermind Castor Troy, who is conveniently unconscious and in custody, adopts his mannerisms, and gets himself jailed to find out the location of a bomb from Troy's brother. However, Archer soon finds himself HoistByHisOwnPetard when [[spoiler: Troy awakens, forces the doctors to give him Archer's face, and takes his place at home and work]].

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* In ''Film/FaceOff'', FBI agent Sean Archer has plastic surgery to resemble criminal mastermind Castor Troy, who is conveniently unconscious in a coma and in custody, adopts his mannerisms, and gets himself jailed to find out the location of a bomb from Troy's brother. However, Archer soon finds himself HoistByHisOwnPetard when [[spoiler: Troy awakens, forces the doctors to give him Archer's face, kills everyone who knows about the switch, and takes his place at home and work]].
17th Jan '17 1:11:16 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''FamilyGuy'' when the Griffins house is infested with termites. Peter suggests that they adapt the termites customs, wear their clothing, and breed with their women, and "eventually, our differences will be forgotten".

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* Parodied in ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when the Griffins house is infested with termites. Peter suggests that they adapt the termites customs, wear their clothing, and breed with their women, and "eventually, our differences will be forgotten".
2nd Jan '17 9:51:51 AM MiddleEighth
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*Literally in George's case in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. When he [[VoluntaryShapeshifting becomes another creature]], he thinks like that creature, sometimes [[TheMindIsAPlayThingOfTheBody to the point where he almost loses his own personality]] until something (usually the thought of his wife) snaps him back. So when he becomes a Leader Tayhil so he can boss other Tayhil around, he learns a lot about Tayhil in general. Later, he ponders shapeshifting as an aid to interspecies understanding.
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5th Nov '16 1:58:24 AM Siempie
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. In the episode "The Kindergarten Kid", Peridot and Steven spend the entire episode trying to catch a corrupted gem. When none of Peridot's traps work, Steven suggests she "tries seeing things from [the monster's] perspective". Peridot's idea of doing this is imitating the monster. By lightly jumping up and down and sticking her tongue in the air. It works, until Peridot decides to kick her, pissing her off.
18th Oct '16 7:04:17 AM Duffan
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19th Sep '16 6:19:26 AM SilentStranger
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* When Comicbook/TheKingpin hires Bullseye to kill Frank Castle in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', he decides the best way to understand him is to go through the same experiences. So he has the Kingpin's goons kidnap a family, tie them up [[StartOfDarkness at a picnic at the park and execute them]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Three times.]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards The Kingpin is not amused]], but apparently [[ArmorPiercingQuestion it]] [[HeroicBSOD worked]] [[DownerEnding in the end.]]
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* When Comicbook/TheKingpin hires Bullseye to kill Frank Castle in ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', Bullseye first fails to kill Frank when he decides shows up and tries to snipe the best way Kingpin. With his first attempt a failure, Bullseye embarks on a quest to understand him is get inside Frank Castle's head by sleeping in his old hideouts, wearing his clothes, eating his food, and finally, to go through try and recreate what created the same experiences. So he has Punisher in the Kingpin's goons kidnap a family, tie first place - by kidnapping families, then having them up [[StartOfDarkness at a picnic at murdered in the park while pretending he's the father. He repeats this ''three times'', but still doesnt succeed, until he spends a week isolated in a room while staring at old family photos of Frank and execute them]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Three times.]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards The Kingpin is not amused]], but apparently [[ArmorPiercingQuestion it]] [[HeroicBSOD worked]] [[DownerEnding in his family, and finally realizes something that no one else has: [[spoiler: Frank's last words to Lisa before she and the end.]]
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kids were killed - "I'm leaving"]].
15th Sep '16 1:30:09 AM PaulA
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* The whole reason children, and specifically Ender, are trained the way they are in ''EndersGame''. Only someone who completely sympathises with and understands the buggers can predict their tactics and defeat them, but [[spoiler:anyone who could understand them that well couldn't bring themselves to wipe them out. So you train children up and don't let them know they're already commanding real armies in real war; an adult would see through this. (Also, they have nimble video-game-playing fingers.)]]

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* The whole reason children, and specifically Ender, are trained the way they are in ''EndersGame''.''Literature/EndersGame''. Only someone who completely sympathises with and understands the buggers can predict their tactics and defeat them, but [[spoiler:anyone who could understand them that well couldn't bring themselves to wipe them out. So you train children up and don't let them know they're already commanding real armies in real war; an adult would see through this. (Also, they have nimble video-game-playing fingers.)]]
2nd Jun '16 12:40:38 PM eroock
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Compare: ConsultingAConvictedKiller, where the law-abiding protagonists ask a dangerous criminal with a background much similar to the person on the loose to try to suss out how the criminal mind works.

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Compare: Compare ConsultingAConvictedKiller, where the law-abiding protagonists ask a dangerous criminal with a background much similar to the person on the loose to try to suss out how the criminal mind works.works. Contrast ThatsWhatIWouldDo.
22nd May '16 10:37:56 AM Quanyails
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* In the 1920's World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca was unbeatable. In one particular 8 year span, he never suffered a single loss. His style defined coolness and precision at that time. He was challenged by Alexander Alekhin, a man who never won against him. Alekhin's style was fiery and risk loving, or in other words, he was easy prey for Capablanca. In 1926, Capablanca's cool and precise style sat down to meet Alekhin's - cool and precise style! In the months preceding the match, Alekhin completely analyzed and dissected Capablanca's style (such preparation was unheard of during that time). He determined that the only way to win was to out-Capablanca Capablanca. He tightly controlled his aggressive and risky tendencies. He even agreed to easy draws because that was how Capablanca would play that position. It worked. Alekhin became the next World Chess Champion.
* The above Batman Begins example was deconstructed by stand-up comedian Reginald D. Hunter, pointing out that it was just a way to do what you want. Point in hand, he uses it as an excuse if someone takes offence to his Josef Fritzl routine.

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* In the 1920's World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca was unbeatable. In one particular 8 year span, he never suffered a single loss. His style defined coolness and precision at that time. He was challenged by Alexander Alekhin, a man who never won against him. Alekhin's style was fiery and risk loving, or in other words, he was easy prey for Capablanca. In 1926, Capablanca's cool and precise style sat down to meet Alekhin's - cool Alekhin's--cool and precise style! In the months preceding the match, Alekhin completely analyzed and dissected Capablanca's style (such preparation was unheard of during that time). He determined that the only way to win was to out-Capablanca Capablanca. He tightly controlled his aggressive and risky tendencies. He even agreed to easy draws because that was how Capablanca would play that position. It worked. Alekhin became the next World Chess Champion.
* The above Batman Begins ''Batman Begins'' example was deconstructed by stand-up comedian Reginald D. Hunter, pointing out that it was just a way to do what you want. Point in hand, he uses it as an excuse if someone takes offence to his Josef Fritzl routine.
9th Mar '16 9:37:54 AM Hossmeister
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* This is played for laughs in ''{{American Dad}}'', when Roger tasks himself with finding Haley and Jeff to [[spoiler:steal the money they conned from Haley's parents to elope with]]. When Klaus questions how Roger will find them, Roger replies, "to find a stoned loser, I must become a stoned loser". After taking a large hit off a water bong, he begins skateboarding off down the street. Suddenly the pot kicks in and he skates through a psychedelic acid sequence to MGM's "Electric Feels" before face-planting on a beach in Thailand, right in front of Haley and Jeff.

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* This is played for laughs in ''{{American Dad}}'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when Roger tasks himself with finding Haley and Jeff to [[spoiler:steal the money they conned from Haley's parents to elope with]]. When Klaus questions how Roger will find them, Roger replies, "to find a stoned loser, I must become a stoned loser". After taking a large hit off a water bong, he begins skateboarding off down the street. Suddenly the pot kicks in and he skates through a psychedelic acid sequence to MGM's "Electric Feels" before face-planting on a beach in Thailand, right in front of Haley and Jeff.
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