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8th Mar '17 6:13:27 PM nombretomado
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** In MercedesLackey's retelling of ''Literature/PussInBoots'', ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Reserved for the Cat]]'', Thomas attempts to trick [[AllTrollsAreDifferent a troll]] into doing this. Unlike the ogre in the original however the troll is not an idiot, and shifts again to catch the cat by the throat when he pounces.

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** In MercedesLackey's Creator/MercedesLackey's retelling of ''Literature/PussInBoots'', ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Reserved for the Cat]]'', Thomas attempts to trick [[AllTrollsAreDifferent a troll]] into doing this. Unlike the ogre in the original however the troll is not an idiot, and shifts again to catch the cat by the throat when he pounces.
26th Feb '17 11:13:32 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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This could be how the [[SealedEvilInACan Evil got Sealed in the Can]]. Lately, some shapeshifters have started becoming GenreSavvy about this ("Did you honestly think I would fall for that old chestnut?"), but it is still played straight as often as it is subverted.

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This could be how the [[SealedEvilInACan Evil got Sealed in the Can]]. Lately, some shapeshifters have started becoming GenreSavvy about aware of this ("Did you honestly think I would fall for that old chestnut?"), but it is still played straight as often as it is subverted.
7th Dec '16 4:10:18 PM Eddy1215
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* Alluded to in the "MickeyAndTheBeanstalk" sequence in ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Fun and Fancy Free]]''. Mickey very nearly talks Willie the Giant into turning into a housefly; but Willie notices him, Donald, and Goofy going for the giant fly-swatter. Unfortunately, Willie is a little more intelligent than he looks.

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* Alluded to in the "MickeyAndTheBeanstalk" "Disney/MickeyAndTheBeanstalk" sequence in ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Fun and Fancy Free]]''. Mickey very nearly talks Willie the Giant into turning into a housefly; but Willie notices him, Donald, and Goofy going for the giant fly-swatter. Unfortunately, unfortunately, Willie is a little more intelligent than he looks.looks and notices Mickey, Donald, and Goofy going for the giant flyswatter.
3rd Sep '16 11:56:42 PM Cakeman
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The team [[spoiler:defeats David]] by using an elaborate version of this ruse: they trick him into turning into a mouse to enter a miniature labyrinth with Rachel (by pretending that the MacGuffin he tried to blackmail out of them is there). Rachel escapes the labyrinth, [[spoiler:David stays locked inside until he enters ShapeshifterModeLock]].

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The team [[spoiler:defeats David]] by using an elaborate version of this ruse: they trick him into turning into a mouse to enter a miniature labyrinth with Rachel (by pretending that the MacGuffin he tried to blackmail out of them is there). Rachel escapes the labyrinth, [[spoiler:David stays locked inside until he enters ShapeshifterModeLock]].ShapeshifterModeLock, since he wouldn't be able to demorph without being squished like a pancake]].
29th Jul '16 2:05:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* Alluded to in the "MickeyAndTheBeanstalk" sequence in ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Fun and Fancy Free]]''. Mickey very nearly talks Willie the Giant into turning into a housefly; but Willie notices him, Donald, and Goofy going for the giant fly-swatter. Unfortunately, Willie is a little more DangerouslyGenreSavvy than he looks.

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* Alluded to in the "MickeyAndTheBeanstalk" sequence in ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Fun and Fancy Free]]''. Mickey very nearly talks Willie the Giant into turning into a housefly; but Willie notices him, Donald, and Goofy going for the giant fly-swatter. Unfortunately, Willie is a little more DangerouslyGenreSavvy intelligent than he looks.
3rd Jun '16 12:53:18 PM nighttrainfm
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* This is one fundamental strategy for dealing with a boggart in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.

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* This is one fundamental strategy for dealing with a boggart in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. As it automatically assumes the shape of your greatest fear, tackling it in a group may cause it to try and combine two different fears - and end up with [[GoldenMeanFallacy something less scary than either.]]
21st May '16 12:27:52 PM TVRulezAgain
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** This is presumably why Puss has the reputation of being a "Notorious Ogre Slayer" in the ''{{Shrek}}'' series. However, neither Shrek nor Fiona has shown any signs of being magical. While we don't know about other Ogres yet, it'll be interesting to see how the writers deal with this in Puss In Boot's long-teased origin story film.

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** This is presumably why Puss has the reputation of being a "Notorious Ogre Slayer" in the ''{{Shrek}}'' ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' series. However, neither Shrek nor Fiona has shown any signs of being magical. While we don't know about other Ogres yet, it'll be interesting to see how the writers deal with this in Puss In Boot's long-teased origin story film.
30th Jan '16 9:44:18 AM StFan
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* In [[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]], the Absorbing Man touches Thor's hammer Mjölnir and converts himself into metal that can harm a god. Thor, however, points out that he can control Mjölnir, and can therefore control Absorbing Man, whom he uses as a human-sized hammer for the rest of the fight.

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* In [[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]], ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the Absorbing Man touches Thor's hammer Mjölnir and converts himself into metal that can harm a god. Thor, however, points out that he can control Mjölnir, and can therefore control Absorbing Man, whom he uses as a human-sized hammer for the rest of the fight.
23rd Jan '16 5:52:50 PM Looneygamemaster
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* Mexican children's film ''[[KatyLaOruga Katy Meets the Aliens]]'' has its animal heroes trick the shapeshifting [[BigBad Alien X]] into turning into a balloon so they can pop him with a pin. [[spoiler: It takes him out of action long enough for them to free his prisoners, but he eventually reforms into a [[NightmareFuel horrific]] [[OneWingedAngel monstrosity.]]]]
8th Jan '16 12:59:59 PM nombretomado
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* Used rather cleverly by Jon-Tom to [[spoiler: escape the mimicvines]] in the {{Spellsinger}} novel ''The Moment of the Magician.''

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* Used rather cleverly by Jon-Tom to [[spoiler: escape the mimicvines]] in the {{Spellsinger}} Literature/{{Spellsinger}} novel ''The Moment of the Magician.''
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