History Main / TooCleverByHalf

15th Aug '17 10:43:00 AM XMenMutant22
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::Mind you, America being [[{{Eagleland}} what it is,]] it might be this trope, RightHandVersusLeftHand (due to the nation's size), or even IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance...

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::Mind * Mind you, America being [[{{Eagleland}} what it is,]] it might be this trope, RightHandVersusLeftHand (due to the nation's size), or even IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance...
14th Aug '17 1:50:21 PM MikeW
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** More than once, a killer goes to massive lengths for the "perfect" alibi only to have that be the very thing that trips them up. How often has Columbo done the math to realize there's no way a guy could have been halfway across town yet able to get to the murder scene in record time?

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** More than once, a killer goes to massive lengths for the "perfect" alibi only to have that be the very thing that trips them up. How often has Columbo done the math to realize there's no way a guy could how far you'd have been halfway across town yet able to get go out of your way to the murder scene in record time?ensure you're seen at a specific time and place?
14th Aug '17 1:49:09 PM MikeW
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** A Senator tries to make himself look the victim of the same man he's suspected of killing. He puts a bullet from that gun into a wall and fakes it being fired at him during a party. With several people present, the man openly says that if Columbo finds the bullet, he can figure out it's from the same gun. Columbo agrees...and says he's already run the tests as he found that bullet in the wall six hours ago. The man's face falls as he realizes he just implicated himself in front of witnesses.

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** A Senator tries to make himself look the victim of the same "killer" of a man he's suspected of killing.he murdered. He puts a bullet from that gun into a wall and fakes it being fired at him during a party. With several people present, the man openly says that if Columbo finds the bullet, he can figure out it's from the same gun. Columbo agrees...and says he's already run the tests as he found that bullet in the wall six three hours ago. The man's face falls as he realizes he just implicated himself in front of witnesses.
3rd Aug '17 10:35:40 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Cersei Lannister is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
26th Jul '17 10:47:39 AM MikeW
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** This is lampshaded when Sherlock believes Moriarty has created a super-hacking bug that can open bank vaults, prison cells and the Tower of London. He confronts Moriarty on how he'll figure out how to use the bug himself. Moriarty then laughs that there ''is'' no bug, he just bribed people to open up doors at the right moment and is amazed Sherlock fell for his ruse.
-->'''Moriarty''': That's your problem, you always want everything to be so ''clever.''
25th Jul '17 2:07:45 PM MikeW
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** More than once, a killer goes to massive lengths for the "perfect" alibi only to have that be the very thing that trips them up. How often has Columbo noted there's no way a guy could have made a certain phone call at the time he said without being at the crime scene?
** A Senator tries to make himself look the victim of the same man he's accused of killing. He puts a bullet from that gun into a wall and fakes it being fired at him during a party. With several people present, the man openly says that if Columbo finds the bullet, he can figure out it's from the same gun. Columbo agrees...and says he's already run the tests as he found that bullet in the wall six hours ago. The man's face falls as he realizes he just implicated himself in front of witnesses.
** A director sets up a distraction with a talk at a lunch with some hired extras posing as studio workers in costume. However, Columbo notes how no movie being shot that day would require a woman in a wedding dress or a pair of maids and knows the whole thing was staged for his benefit. He then turns it around to have the guy implicate himself in a lunch, unaware all the workers around him are cops.

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** More than once, a killer goes to massive lengths for the "perfect" alibi only to have that be the very thing that trips them up. How often has Columbo noted done the math to realize there's no way a guy could have made a certain phone call at been halfway across town yet able to get to the time he said without being at murder scene in record time?
** Often,
the crime scene?
killer will steer Columbo to a suspect they've managed to expertly frame. But in almost every case, Columbo sees through it simply because there's no way someone could be smart enough to commit such a complex murder but then be dumb enough to leave so many obvious clues behind.
** A Senator tries to make himself look the victim of the same man he's accused suspected of killing. He puts a bullet from that gun into a wall and fakes it being fired at him during a party. With several people present, the man openly says that if Columbo finds the bullet, he can figure out it's from the same gun. Columbo agrees...and says he's already run the tests as he found that bullet in the wall six hours ago. The man's face falls as he realizes he just implicated himself in front of witnesses. \n** A director sets up a distraction with a talk at a lunch with some hired extras posing as studio workers in costume. However, Columbo notes how no movie being shot that day would require a woman in a wedding dress or a pair of maids and knows the whole thing was staged for his benefit. He then turns it around to have the guy implicate himself in a lunch, unaware all the workers around him are cops.



* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Nate warns the gang about trying to make a con too complex too work. In "The Gold Job," Hardison brags about his con that involves a cipher, a watch, a Cantonese bible, a tunnel cave-in and a faked death. Before coming close to the finish, the marks get tired of all these hoops to jump through and quit. Nate is able to save the day by taking them down with a plan that literally takes just three easy steps.
25th Jul '17 1:48:06 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Nate warns the gang about trying to make a con too complex too work. In "The Gold Job," Hardison brags about his con that involves a cipher, a watch, a Cantonese bible, a tunnel cave-in and a faked death. Before coming close to the finish, the marks get tired of all these hoops to jump through and quit. Nate is able to save the day by taking them down with a plan that literally takes just three easy steps.
25th Jul '17 1:45:21 PM MikeW
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* This happens constantly on ''Series/{{Columbo}}''. So many of the killers come up with really great plans that would have allowed them to literally get away with murder. However, too many of them try to add in a flourish or touch which ends up containing the clues Columbo needs to figure out the truth.
** More than once, a killer goes to massive lengths for the "perfect" alibi only to have that be the very thing that trips them up. How often has Columbo noted there's no way a guy could have made a certain phone call at the time he said without being at the crime scene?
** A Senator tries to make himself look the victim of the same man he's accused of killing. He puts a bullet from that gun into a wall and fakes it being fired at him during a party. With several people present, the man openly says that if Columbo finds the bullet, he can figure out it's from the same gun. Columbo agrees...and says he's already run the tests as he found that bullet in the wall six hours ago. The man's face falls as he realizes he just implicated himself in front of witnesses.
** A director sets up a distraction with a talk at a lunch with some hired extras posing as studio workers in costume. However, Columbo notes how no movie being shot that day would require a woman in a wedding dress or a pair of maids and knows the whole thing was staged for his benefit. He then turns it around to have the guy implicate himself in a lunch, unaware all the workers around him are cops.
12th Jul '17 10:32:05 AM Prometheus117
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* This trope is the reason why a startlingly huge proportion of people who get roped into scams, cults, and buy into other patent bogus things are actually very intelligent. They think of themselves as being too smart to possibly ever willingly hand over their money to a crook, or be manipulated by someone who heads a ScamReligion, or even come to very invalid conclusions, simply because they believe they're so smart that nobody could fool them, so therefore, anything which registers in their mind as checking out has to be correct, even if there's good evidence that they're wrong. [[KansasCityShuffle More than a few cons are based on letting the victim think they've spotted the con and can find a loophole to profit from it, when that supposed loophole is itself actually the bait for the real con.]]

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* This trope is the reason why a startlingly huge proportion of people who get roped into scams, cults, and buy into other patent bogus things are actually very intelligent. They think of themselves as being too smart to possibly ever willingly hand over their money to a crook, or be manipulated by someone who heads a ScamReligion, or even come to very invalid conclusions, simply because they believe they're so smart that nobody could fool them, so therefore, anything which registers in their mind as checking out has to be correct, even if there's good evidence that they're wrong. [[KansasCityShuffle More than a few cons are based on letting the victim think they've spotted the con and can find a loophole to profit from it, when that supposed loophole is itself actually the bait for the real con.]]]] This is also the reason why scammers and the like [[HoistByHisOwnPetard can end up on the other end of this themselves]], because they assume that since they're so good at fooling others and know the tricks of the trade [[SuicidalOverconfidence they would never fall into the trap themselves]].
24th Jun '17 11:27:01 AM marcoasalazarm
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** Bruce himself is not above this, either. Two arcs ("War Games" in his own series and "Tower Of Babel" in Justice League) come to happen because he made 'perfect' plans (to take over the Gotham underworld in "War Games" and take out League members in case they went rogue in "Tower Of Babel"), but was not as CrazyPrepared when it came to taking measures to prevent them from being stolen and implemented by other people.
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