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16th Jan '18 2:46:21 AM Cryoclaste
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--> '''Richard''': Good evening. This is a diversion. (snaps his fingers and kills three soldiers by setting their heads on fire.) Say hello to my little friend. (holds up small innocent looking rabbit.) Now say hello to his larger, angrier friend. (points at huge {{Expy}} of a [[WorldOfWarcraft Tauren]] clobbering soldiers with a hammer bigger than they are.)

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--> '''Richard''': Good evening. This is a diversion. (snaps his fingers and kills three soldiers by setting their heads on fire.) Say hello to my little friend. (holds up small innocent looking rabbit.) Now say hello to his larger, angrier friend. (points at huge {{Expy}} of a [[WorldOfWarcraft [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Tauren]] clobbering soldiers with a hammer bigger than they are.)
5th Jan '18 8:35:04 PM nombretomado
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* In Chris Roberson's ImperialFists novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Captain Taelos suspects something when they arrive to find the Chaos forces gone and an attack being launched on a neighboring planet.

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* In Chris Roberson's ImperialFists Literature/ImperialFists novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Captain Taelos suspects something when they arrive to find the Chaos forces gone and an attack being launched on a neighboring planet.
10th Nov '17 12:52:21 PM Excelsior123
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* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'': In "Mindy's Mystery", the kids try to infiltrate Mitchell's backyard in order to find the source of the mystery smell. In order to distract Mitchell, Jet and Sunspot stop him in his tracks and perform circus tricks while Sean, Sydney, and Mindy search Mitchell's area.
** In "Ice Moon Enceladus", the kids run out of ice for their sno-cone stand, so they decide to fly to Enceladus to get more. However, the Propulsions need to keep secret that they are aliens, so in order to distract the angry customers, Mindy sings a cute little song of hers while hula-hooping to distract them.
10th Nov '17 10:11:02 AM lillolillo
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** Occurs in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'':

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** Occurs in ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'':''Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'':



* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Gordon]] slips in ComicBook/LexLuthor's city-state to get her sister [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara]] out of there. On their way out both girls are being chased by Batman, so Kara's biker gang provides several distractions to force him to give up the chase: Big Barda and Harley Quinn blow up a chunk of the wall surrounding the city and Zatanna and Silver Banshee sneak in the city and wreak havoc.



-->'''Flagg''': Deadshot, distract the guards.
-->'''Deadshot''': Okay. (''shoots the guards.'')

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-->'''Flagg''': Deadshot, distract the guards.
-->'''Deadshot''':
guards.\\
'''Deadshot''':
Okay. (''shoots the guards.'')
28th Oct '17 5:28:56 AM darkemyst
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' the Weasley twins are more than happy to provide Harry with a distraction so that he can break into Umbridge's office when they overhear him saying he'll need one. They do so by turning an entire hall into a swamp in a bit of magic Flitwick is so impressed by that he refuses to remove the entire thing and ropes off a bit to preserve as a permanent installation in the castle. They had been planning this prank for a long time, but Harry's need helped them decide where to put it.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' the Weasley twins are more than happy to provide Harry with a distraction so that he can break into Umbridge's office when they overhear him saying he'll need one.Ginny tells them he wants to talk to Sirius. They do so by turning an entire hall into a swamp in a bit of magic Flitwick is so impressed by that he refuses to remove the entire thing and ropes off a bit to preserve as a permanent installation in the castle. They had been planning this prank for a long time, but Harry's need helped them decide where to put it.
28th Oct '17 5:11:46 AM darkemyst
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' the Weasley twins are more than happy to provide Harry with a distraction so that he can break into Umbridge's office when they overhear him saying he'll need one. They do so by turning an entire hall into a swamp in a bit of magic Flitwick is so impressed by that he refuses to remove the entire thing and ropes off a bit to preserve as a permanent installation in the castle. They had been planning this prank for a long time, but Harry's need helped them decide where to put it.
13th Sep '17 6:38:05 PM foxley
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* Several times in ''Theatre/AccidentalDeathOfAnAnarchist'', the Maniac distracts the other characters by pretending to lose his (non-existent) GlassEye and getting them to look for it.
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24th Jul '17 9:03:42 AM Kirayoshi
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances The Doctor Dances]]" lampshades the trope:
--->'''Jack''': They got Algie on duty. Must be important.\\
'''Rose''': Are the words "Distract the guards" heading in my general direction?
15th Jul '17 4:12:53 PM nombretomado
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* Late in WorldWarII, American and Filipino forces launched a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_at_Cabanatuan raid at Cabanatuan]] to [[BigDamnHeroes rescue 500 POWs]] being held by the Japanese. Part of their approach required them to cross a field that would leave them exposed, so a twin-engined USAAF [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-61_Black_Widow P-61 Black Widow]] buzzed the camp to draw the guards' attention. The pilot first shut off and restarted one of his engines, causing it to backfire while he lost altitude, giving the impression that the guards were about to witness a plane crash. After repeating this a few times, he decided to [[RefugeInAudacity just do some aerobatics over the camp]], [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy captivating the guards' attention]] until their still unnoticed attackers had gotten into position.

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* Late in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, American and Filipino forces launched a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_at_Cabanatuan raid at Cabanatuan]] to [[BigDamnHeroes rescue 500 POWs]] being held by the Japanese. Part of their approach required them to cross a field that would leave them exposed, so a twin-engined USAAF [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-61_Black_Widow P-61 Black Widow]] buzzed the camp to draw the guards' attention. The pilot first shut off and restarted one of his engines, causing it to backfire while he lost altitude, giving the impression that the guards were about to witness a plane crash. After repeating this a few times, he decided to [[RefugeInAudacity just do some aerobatics over the camp]], [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy captivating the guards' attention]] until their still unnoticed attackers had gotten into position.
17th Jun '17 12:45:26 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In one episode where Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat are surrounded by [[RobotMaster Olaf]]'s MechaMooks, Stumpy mentions how in movies people create distractions to escape from situations like this. [[{{Jerkass}} Mr. Cat]] uses a golf club to send [[ButtMonkey Stumpy]] flying into the distance, and all the MechaMooks follow him away.
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