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14th Jul '16 3:22:56 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': O'Neill does it again in order to fool the Asuran Replicators, whom he knows have the ability to MindProbe people. He and the team give a bogus plan to Woolsey, knowing the Asurans will get it out of him, while they enact their real plan behind everyone's backs.
1st Jun '16 9:12:08 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Growing Pain," Glomer starts to grow uncontrollably after he sneezes from eating pepperoni pizza. The flowers from Margaux's parade float help Glomer to shrink a little, but as he tries to tell Punky this, she's not listening because she's competing against Margaux with her own float.
-->'''Glomer:''' But Punky...Margaux's flowers making me--\\
'''Punky:''' I don't want to hear another word about Margaux's dumb flowers!\\
(''Later, when he finally tells Punky this'')\\
'''Glomer:''' Flowers shrinking me back to normal. Pretty nifty, huh?\\
'''Punky:''' Glomer, why didn't you tell me?\\
'''Glomer:''' Well, I trying to. But you say "I don't want to hear another word about Margaux's dumb flowers"!

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* In the ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Growing Pain," Glomer starts to grow uncontrollably after he sneezes from eating pepperoni pizza. The flowers from Margaux's parade float help Glomer to shrink a little, but as he tries to tell Punky this, she's not listening because she's competing against Margaux with her own float.
-->'''Glomer:''' But Punky...Margaux's flowers making me--\\
'''Punky:''' I don't want to hear another word about Margaux's dumb flowers!\\
(''Later, when he finally tells Punky this'')\\
'''Glomer:''' Flowers shrinking me back to normal. Pretty nifty, huh?\\
'''Punky:''' Glomer, why didn't you tell me?\\
'''Glomer:''' Well, I trying to. But you say "I don't want to hear another word about Margaux's dumb flowers"!
10th May '16 9:02:18 AM lavendermintrose
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* Lelouch does this [[spoiler: to ''himself'' - he erases his own memory of making a plan and telling Suzaku how to follow it, so that Mao won't be able figure it out by reading Lelouch's mind]] in an episode in the middle of season 1.

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* Lelouch [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch]] does this [[spoiler: to ''himself'' - he erases his own memory of making a plan and telling Suzaku how to follow it, so that Mao won't be able figure it out by reading Lelouch's mind]] in an episode in the middle of season 1.
10th May '16 9:01:41 AM lavendermintrose
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* Lelouch pulls this at the end of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[spoiler:when playing the role of EvilOverlord]].

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* Lelouch pulls does this at [[spoiler: to ''himself'' - he erases his own memory of making a plan and telling Suzaku how to follow it, so that Mao won't be able figure it out by reading Lelouch's mind]] in an episode in the end middle of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[spoiler:when playing the role of EvilOverlord]].season 1.
27th Feb '16 11:15:45 PM SpocktorWho
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* Edward Elric is on the receiving end of this trope (along with his brother and Major Armstrong) in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Mustang and his team do a lot of investigating offscreen and determine that they need to get [[spoiler: Maria Ross]] out of prison before she's murdered by [[spoiler: the people who framed her for Hughes' death.]] Consequently, Mustang [[spoiler: pretends to burn Ross alive, while actually helping her escape]] and then purposely allows Ed and everyone else to believe his actions were genuine, enraging them in the process. He even punches Ed in the face and casually dismisses Armstrong's grief to keep everyone suitably riled enough to be convincing. He then sends both Ed and Armstrong off on a mission that [[spoiler: culminates in them happily meeting a very much alive Ross.]]
14th Feb '16 2:32:32 PM eroock
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->''You won't be offended, Watson? You will realize that among your many talents dissimulation finds no place, and that if you had shared my secret you would never have been able to impress Smith with the urgent necessity of his presence, which was the vital point of the whole scheme.''
-->--'''SherlockHolmes''', "The Adventure of the Dying Detective"

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->''You ->''"You won't be offended, Watson? You will realize that among your many talents dissimulation finds no place, and that if you had shared my secret you would never have been able to impress Smith with the urgent necessity of his presence, which was the vital point of the whole scheme.''
-->--'''SherlockHolmes''',
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-->-- '''SherlockHolmes''',
"The Adventure of the Dying Detective"
25th Sep '15 4:37:26 PM nombretomado
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* In one ''ComicBook/BlackCanary'' miniseries, when Black Canary's adopted daughter Sin is kidnapped, GreenArrow makes it appear that the rescue attempt, badly bungled, killed Sin. He knows the kidnappers will watch Black Canary and note if she does not show grief, so he keeps her in the dark to make sure her reaction will be authentic, and he does not expect her to forgive him when he reveals the truth.

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* In one ''ComicBook/BlackCanary'' miniseries, when Black Canary's adopted daughter Sin is kidnapped, GreenArrow ComicBook/GreenArrow makes it appear that the rescue attempt, badly bungled, killed Sin. He knows the kidnappers will watch Black Canary and note if she does not show grief, so he keeps her in the dark to make sure her reaction will be authentic, and he does not expect her to forgive him when he reveals the truth.
28th May '15 2:48:08 AM DaibhidC
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* Literature/HerculePoirot pulled this one ''all the time'' (except that he rarely gives a reason).

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* Literature/HerculePoirot pulled this one ''all the time'' (except that he rarely gives a reason). The pinnacle is ''The Big Four'', where he explains to Hastings after the event that his plan to take the Four down required [[spoiler: "your own knowledge and belief that there was such a person as Achille Poirot!"]]




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* In the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch", the late Mycroft Holmes's BatmanGambit to take down Colonel Zenf relies on Zenf believing that one of the four guardians of London's magic is a traitor ("a Rat amongst the Ravens"). For this to be convincing, Mycroft's successors at the Diogenes must ''also'' believe one of the Ravens is a Rat, and evidence to this effect is provided to them, in part by the Ravens themselves.
21st Mar '15 1:31:10 PM StFan
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* The entire plot of ''Mordant's Need'' (the first novel of which is ''TheMirrorOfHerDreams'') by Stephen R. Donaldson revolved around [[spoiler: a king pretending to be insane to drive away his allies. He needed to appear weak]].

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* The entire plot of ''Mordant's Need'' (the first novel of which is ''TheMirrorOfHerDreams'') ''Literature/TheMirrorOfHerDreams'') by Stephen R. Donaldson revolved around [[spoiler: a king pretending to be insane to drive away his allies. He needed to appear weak]].
19th Jan '15 1:00:58 PM Mhoram
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* Literature/LuckyStarr pulls this all the time, often dramatically accusing the wrong suspect on purpose and using people's reactions to gain proof against the real culprit. The worst instance is in ''LuckyStarr and the Rings of Saturn'', in which Lucky allows everyone to believe [[FakeDefector he is going to betray Earth]]--including his best friend, who thinks Lucky is turning traitor in exchange for the friend's life.

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* Literature/LuckyStarr pulls this all the time, often dramatically accusing the wrong suspect on purpose and using people's reactions to gain proof against the real culprit. The worst instance is in ''LuckyStarr ''Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn'', in which Lucky allows everyone to believe [[FakeDefector he is going to betray Earth]]--including his best friend, who thinks Lucky is turning traitor in exchange for the friend's life.
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