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27th Jul '16 6:22:24 PM nombretomado
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* There's an interesting version in ''CyranoDeBergerac''. At the beginning of the play, the Comte de Guiche is a [[TheCasanova lecherous]] [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrat]] who wants to make Roxane his mistress and is the enemy of Cyrano and his cadets. During a battle with Spain, he sends a spy to tell the Spanish how to attack the Cadets so they will be massacred. What makes this interesting, is that although this scheme results in the death of Roxane's husband, Christian (which is typical of a Uriah Gambit), this wasn't the intent and seems to have prompted de Guiche's HeelRealization, as post-time skip, he admires Cyrano's virtue and is [[JustFriends just a close friend]] to Roxane, who is now a nun.

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* There's an interesting version in ''CyranoDeBergerac''.''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''. At the beginning of the play, the Comte de Guiche is a [[TheCasanova lecherous]] [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrat]] who wants to make Roxane his mistress and is the enemy of Cyrano and his cadets. During a battle with Spain, he sends a spy to tell the Spanish how to attack the Cadets so they will be massacred. What makes this interesting, is that although this scheme results in the death of Roxane's husband, Christian (which is typical of a Uriah Gambit), this wasn't the intent and seems to have prompted de Guiche's HeelRealization, as post-time skip, he admires Cyrano's virtue and is [[JustFriends just a close friend]] to Roxane, who is now a nun.
20th Jul '16 9:17:43 PM TraceurTropeur
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** Coupled with BetrayalByInaction, considering Clayton reacts exactly like you would expect when Tarzan asks him for help (and maybe even ''[[AddingInsultToInjury worse]]'').

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** Coupled with BetrayalByInaction, considering Clayton [[spoiler:Clayton]] reacts exactly like you would expect when Tarzan asks him for help (and maybe even ''[[AddingInsultToInjury worse]]'').
6th Jul '16 10:55:23 PM TraceurTropeur
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* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', the protagonist boards a ship (which would allegedly take him and the crew back to England) to find Jane, her father and the rest being taken hostages by the ship's henchmen, leading to an intense escape sequence that ends with Tarzan getting captured as well. The reason for such a sudden attack? Why, it was set up by none other than [[spoiler:Clayton]]! He knew Tarzan wouldn't quite like it when he found out they were going to capture his gorilla family, so he got the henchmen to jump on him ALL at once to try and succesfully overwhelm him!
** Coupled with BetrayalByInaction, considering Clayton reacts exactly like you would expect when Tarzan asks him for help (and maybe even ''[[AddingInsultToInjury worse]]'').
3rd Jul '16 10:17:33 PM mhj0808
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A subtrope of ShootTheDangerousMinion and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident. See also UnfriendlyFire for a more hands-on approach that can work in both directions. When you send someone out with an item that attracts danger, that's the TroubleMagnetGambit. When that someone actually pulls it off, repeatedly, it's SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder. When you do this [[DrivenToSuicide to yourself]], it's SuicideByCop.

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A subtrope of ShootTheDangerousMinion and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident. See also UnfriendlyFire for a more hands-on approach that can work in both directions. When you send someone out with an item that attracts danger, that's the TroubleMagnetGambit. When that someone actually pulls it off, repeatedly, it's SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder. When you do this [[DrivenToSuicide to yourself]], it's SuicideByCop.
SuicideByCop. May overlap with ReassignedToAntarctica if the mission is to guard or otherwise stay posted in an extremely dangerous area.
2nd Jul '16 4:24:21 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', Prince Sprocket offers his older brother [[BigBadWannabe Prince Gasket]] (who he hates) and Archerina use of Clank and Orbus to enlarge the two to giant size, claiming that Gasket can win [[BigBad their father's]] respect if they defeat the Megazord personally. While Sprocket's offer is genuine, he's really hoping that the two are slain, seeing as even their dad couldn't defeat it. (Gasket and Archerina survive, despite losing the battle, and realize Sprocket's true intent, but their ''very'' angry father's intervention causes both to flee.)
19th Jun '16 2:55:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''Dark Force Rising'', the middle book of TheThrawnTrilogy, had an interesting variation: [[SmugSnake Borsk]] [[DividedWeFall Fey'lya]], going out to the site of the Katana Fleet in a ship crewed solely by his most ardent supporters, following right after some political adversaries, ended up ambushed by a superior Imperial force. He got the ship and its escort to turn around and start to flee, leaving Luke, Han, and Rogue Squadron high and dry. However, he got tricked into an EngineeredPublicConfession in which he stated his belief that those who weren't with him were his enemies, no one cared if their enemies died, and he wouldn't lose his allies, who were of purely political significance, to anything as outmoded as loyalty. His ship and its escort promptly turned back for a BigDamnHeroes moment.

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* ''Dark Force Rising'', the middle book of TheThrawnTrilogy, Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, had an interesting variation: [[SmugSnake Borsk]] [[DividedWeFall Fey'lya]], going out to the site of the Katana Fleet in a ship crewed solely by his most ardent supporters, following right after some political adversaries, ended up ambushed by a superior Imperial force. He got the ship and its escort to turn around and start to flee, leaving Luke, Han, and Rogue Squadron high and dry. However, he got tricked into an EngineeredPublicConfession in which he stated his belief that those who weren't with him were his enemies, no one cared if their enemies died, and he wouldn't lose his allies, who were of purely political significance, to anything as outmoded as loyalty. His ship and its escort promptly turned back for a BigDamnHeroes moment.
15th Jun '16 10:38:00 AM EdwardGil
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** In ''Pool of Radiance'', the first of the Gold Boxgames, you could hire [=NPCs=] to go with you. Hire until you get two guys in plate armor, then 'accidentally' cast a sleep spell too close to them, which makes them die immediately when hit by the enemy. They have magic plate armor and swords. "Oops, I'm too low level to resurrect you, but I can use animate dead", and get two free fairly powerful zombies you don't have to pay, and once they finally get hacked to pieces, some nice armor and swords...

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** In ''Pool of Radiance'', the first of the Gold Boxgames, VideoGame/GoldBox games, you could hire [=NPCs=] to go with you. Hire until you get two guys in plate armor, then 'accidentally' cast a sleep spell too close to them, which makes them die immediately when hit by the enemy. They have magic plate armor and swords. "Oops, I'm too low level to resurrect you, but I can use animate dead", and get two free fairly powerful zombies you don't have to pay, and once they finally get hacked to pieces, some nice armor and swords...
14th Jun '16 1:38:54 AM Doug86
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* Done in the MirrorUniverse novel ''[[StarTrekNovelVerse Dark Mirror]]'' to [[DoomedByCanon Jack Crusher]]'s mirror counterpart by Picard's to take possession of Beverly. The main universe's Picard is horrified to learn this.

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* Done in the MirrorUniverse novel ''[[StarTrekNovelVerse ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Dark Mirror]]'' to [[DoomedByCanon Jack Crusher]]'s mirror counterpart by Picard's to take possession of Beverly. The main universe's Picard is horrified to learn this.
6th Jun '16 12:33:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime'', Walker encourages the moronic Pamela Lisketter and her followers in their supremely idiotic plan to steal a ship and travel to Mexico to educate the pre-Columbian civilizations, and even suggests that they kidnap Martha Cofflin and keep her as a hostage, because he knows that they'll all probably get killed and their ill-conceived venture will serve as a distraction to keep Marian Alston and the rest of the Coast Guard off of his ass while he sets up shop across the Atlantic.

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* In ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime'', ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'', Walker encourages the moronic Pamela Lisketter and her followers in their supremely idiotic plan to steal a ship and travel to Mexico to educate the pre-Columbian civilizations, and even suggests that they kidnap Martha Cofflin and keep her as a hostage, because he knows that they'll all probably get killed and their ill-conceived venture will serve as a distraction to keep Marian Alston and the rest of the Coast Guard off of his ass while he sets up shop across the Atlantic.
3rd Jun '16 5:41:17 PM TheBigBopper
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* In the animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil general sent the part of the army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in the war against the termites.

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* In the animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general sent Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in the a war against the termites.termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power.



* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', it's the key point of Clayton's plan to capture the gorillas. He knew Tarzan was a powerful and agile individual who wouldn't like it if someone laid a finger on his gorilla family, so he set him up in a situation that would potentially (and in fact ''did'') overwhelm him: have his thugs jump at him ALL AT ONCE ''as soon'' as he stepped on the ship that would allegedly head back to England, so that they'd try and capture him in the ship's limited area, which Tarzan couldn't properly traverse due to his impractical choice of footwear. Needless to say, despite the ape man's skills, Clayton succeedeed in capturing him.
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