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24th Jul '16 3:07:03 PM nombretomado
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* A RunningGag in the BobHope / Music/BingCrosby ''Film/RoadTo'' pictures of the 1940s was the "patty-cake" routine: When faced with a foe, Bob and Bing start playing patty-cake, and while the bad guy watches in bemusement, they each punch him out simultaneously. Occasionally, the villain [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is onto them]] and hits them first, causing Hope to [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that "he must have seen the picture."

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* A RunningGag in the BobHope Creator/BobHope / Music/BingCrosby ''Film/RoadTo'' pictures of the 1940s was the "patty-cake" routine: When faced with a foe, Bob and Bing start playing patty-cake, and while the bad guy watches in bemusement, they each punch him out simultaneously. Occasionally, the villain [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is onto them]] and hits them first, causing Hope to [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that "he must have seen the picture."
4th Jul '16 6:58:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Wasted Talent", Peter needs to be drunk to play piano and they ran out of beer, so he and Lois crash an underage drinking party. The cops show up and bust them in the back yard. Peter handles it by telling Lois "Look over there." She does. He then tells the cops "Run!". They do.
** A common gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is to have Peter piss off one of the main characters so furiously that it looks like hell is about to be raised. Peter then responds with a "Yikes! Looks like I need a distraction! Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Konway Twitty!", followed by a CutawayGag to a [[MediumBlending live-action music video of a song]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin being performed by country singer Konway Twitty]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Wasted Talent", Peter needs to be drunk to play piano and they ran out of beer, so he and Lois crash an underage drinking party. The cops show up and bust them in the back yard. Peter handles it by telling Lois "Look over there." She does. He then tells the cops "Run!". They do.
** A common gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' the show is to have Peter piss off one of the main characters so furiously that it looks like hell is about to be raised. Peter then responds with a "Yikes! Looks like I need a distraction! Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Konway Twitty!", followed by a CutawayGag to a [[MediumBlending live-action music video of a song]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin being performed by country singer Konway Twitty]].
4th Jul '16 6:58:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' does this - Cletus Spuckler, better known as "Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel", distracts [[BigBad Russ Cargill]] with a ''thumb trick'' while dozens use a rope to escape Springfield.
--> '''Cletus''': Guess how I'm doing this!
--> '''Russ Cargill''': Generations of inbreeding?



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' does this - Cletus Spuckler, better known as "Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel", distracts [[BigBad Russ Cargill]] with a ''thumb trick'' while dozens use a rope to escape Springfield.
--> '''Cletus''': Guess how I'm doing this!
--> '''Russ Cargill''': Generations of inbreeding?

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' does this - Cletus Spuckler, better known as "Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel", distracts [[BigBad Russ Cargill]] with a ''thumb trick'' while dozens use a rope to escape Springfield.
--> '''Cletus''': Guess how I'm doing this!
--> '''Russ Cargill''': Generations of inbreeding?
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
4th Jul '16 6:57:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the many iterations of ''ScoobyDoo'', plots would often involve this trope, often invoked word for word by Fred.
* ''TheTick'', "The Tick Vs. Arthur's Bank Account": "My name is Arthur, and [[LampshadeHanging this is my diversion]]: 'The Itsy-Bitsy Spider went up the waterspout'..."

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* In the many iterations of ''ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', plots would often involve this trope, often invoked word for word by Fred.
* ''TheTick'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', "The Tick Vs. Arthur's Bank Account": "My name is Arthur, and [[LampshadeHanging this is my diversion]]: 'The Itsy-Bitsy Spider went up the waterspout'..."



* ''TheSimpsons [[TheMovie Movie]]'' does this - Cletus Spuckler, better known as "Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel", distracts [[BigBad Russ Cargill]] with a ''thumb trick'' while dozens use a rope to escape Springfield.

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* ''TheSimpsons [[TheMovie Movie]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' does this - Cletus Spuckler, better known as "Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel", distracts [[BigBad Russ Cargill]] with a ''thumb trick'' while dozens use a rope to escape Springfield.



* Played with on ''TransformersAnimated''. Sentinel Prime tells Jetfire and Jetstorm that he needs a diversion to get past the villain's guards. The twins aren't very firm on the concept of "diversion" but seem to have the idea that it means for to be blowing something up, so they opt to blow up the guards they are supposed to be distracting (although in the end they settle for exhausting).

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* Played with on ''TransformersAnimated''.''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Sentinel Prime tells Jetfire and Jetstorm that he needs a diversion to get past the villain's guards. The twins aren't very firm on the concept of "diversion" but seem to have the idea that it means for to be blowing something up, so they opt to blow up the guards they are supposed to be distracting (although in the end they settle for exhausting).
21st Jun '16 8:46:35 PM Nintendoman01
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* A villainous example in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness''. In Act II, Fairy Tale attacks the Shuzens' homeland and is forced out. It's later revealed in Act III chapter 46 that during the attack, they remained on the outskirts of the town without really engaging in a fight, and Issa's guards took them out with little trouble; as it turns out, the attack was nothing more than a diversion so Akua and Kahlua, who had [[HiddenEvil joined Fairy Tale right under Issa's nose]], could break into Issa's secret archive and steal the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique forbidden]] [[TimeTravel Chrono Displacement spell]] for Kiria's EvilPlan without interference.

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* A ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'' has two villainous example in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness''. examples:
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In Act II, Fairy Tale attacks the Shuzens' homeland and is forced out. It's later revealed in Act III chapter 46 that during the attack, they remained on the outskirts of the town without really engaging in a fight, and Issa's guards took them out with little trouble; as it turns out, the attack was nothing more than a diversion so Akua and Kahlua, who had [[HiddenEvil joined Fairy Tale right under Issa's nose]], could break into Issa's secret archive and steal the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique forbidden]] [[TimeTravel Chrono Displacement spell]] for Kiria's EvilPlan without interference.interference.
** In Act III, it's also revealed that Hokuto, playing the role of a BigBadFriend, orchestrated Kuyou's return to Yokai Academy to serve as a distraction, allowing him to steal an ArtifactOfDoom from the academy unhindered while Tsukune and the others were occupied with taking Kuyou down.
20th Jun '16 12:46:26 PM Nintendoman01
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* A villainous example in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness''. In Act II, Fairy Tale attacks the Shuzens' homeland and is forced out. It's later revealed in Act III chapter 46 that during the attack, they remained on the outskirts of the town without really engaging in a fight, and Issa's guards took them out with little trouble; as it turns out, the attack was nothing more than a diversion so Akua and Kahlua, who had [[HiddenEvil joined Fairy Tale right under Issa's nose]], could break into Issa's secret archive and steal the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique forbidden]] [[TimeTravel Chrono Displacement spell]] for Kiria's EvilPlan without interference.
17th Jun '16 5:50:29 AM Monolaf317
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* DingDongDitchDistraction
29th Apr '16 4:55:52 AM aye_amber
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* A RunningGag in the BobHope / BingCrosby ''Film/RoadTo'' pictures of the 1940s was the "patty-cake" routine: When faced with a foe, Bob and Bing start playing patty-cake, and while the bad guy watches in bemusement, they each punch him out simultaneously. Occasionally, the villain [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is onto them]] and hits them first, causing Hope to [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that "he must have seen the picture."

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* A RunningGag in the BobHope / BingCrosby Music/BingCrosby ''Film/RoadTo'' pictures of the 1940s was the "patty-cake" routine: When faced with a foe, Bob and Bing start playing patty-cake, and while the bad guy watches in bemusement, they each punch him out simultaneously. Occasionally, the villain [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is onto them]] and hits them first, causing Hope to [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that "he must have seen the picture."
2nd Apr '16 7:33:38 PM MissMokushiroku
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27th Mar '16 7:28:14 PM notShemp
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* ConvenientlyTimedDistraction



Compare TheBait, DrawAggro. Contrast DeusExScuseMe, where the plot gods distract the character, and ConvenientlyTimedDistraction, where the distraction is unintentional.

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Compare TheBait, DrawAggro. Contrast DeusExScuseMe, where the plot gods distract the character, and ConvenientlyTimedDistraction, where the distraction is unintentional.
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