History Main / WhoWillBellTheCat

27th Jan '16 12:31:57 PM Piando
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* When the Comicbook/FantasticFour testified before Congress about the SuperRegistrationAct, Johnny said he'd like to see someone registering Doctor Doom -- from a suitable distance, like a few countries away.
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* When the Comicbook/FantasticFour testified before Congress about the SuperRegistrationAct, Johnny said he'd like to see someone registering Doctor Doom SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom -- from a suitable distance, like a few countries away.

** The fact that said prisoner is none other than ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Debo]] himself'' also makes it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
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** The fact that said prisoner is none other than ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Debo]] himself'' also makes it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

* {{Invoked}} by {{Satan}} in one episode of ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' to quash a demonic coup d'état. Satan points out to them that, while he could easily kill any one of them individually, if the rebels were to all attack him at once they could probably weaken him enough that the second half would survive. No one is particularly eager to be in the first half.
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* {{Invoked}} {{Invoked|Trope}} by {{Satan}} in one episode of ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' to quash a demonic coup d'état. Satan points out to them that, while he could easily kill any one of them individually, if the rebels were to all attack him at once they could probably weaken him enough that the second half would survive. No one is particularly eager to be in the first half.

* Many of {{Jesus}}'s teachings in the Bible operate in this way, often with his rivals trying to trap him into supporting an unpopular cause or betray a possible hypocrisy in his teachings, only for Jesus to then turn it back on them in this fashion. In one example, the Pharisees drag an adulterous woman before him and inform him that the law requires her to be stoned to death, intending to trap him out. Jesus responds with "[[ShamingTheMob let he who is without sin cast the first stone]]"; since, of course, everyone eagerly demanding the woman's death are themselves guilty of sins that just haven't been publicly exposed, everyone knows it, and to step up to be the first to throw stones would be to expose themselves as a {{hypocrite}} or worse, no one is willing to go first.
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* Many of {{Jesus}}'s teachings in the Bible Literature/TheBible operate in this way, often with his rivals trying to trap him into supporting an unpopular cause or betray a possible hypocrisy in his teachings, only for Jesus to then turn it back on them in this fashion. In one example, the Pharisees drag an adulterous woman before him and inform him that the law requires her to be stoned to death, intending to trap him out. Jesus responds with "[[ShamingTheMob let he who is without sin cast the first stone]]"; since, of course, everyone eagerly demanding the woman's death are themselves guilty of sins that just haven't been publicly exposed, everyone knows it, and to step up to be the first to throw stones would be to expose themselves as a {{hypocrite}} or worse, no one is willing to go first.
16th Jan '16 10:43:29 PM TARINunit9
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-> ''Once, all the mice agreed that life would be better if the cat wore a bell to warn of his coming--until a wise old mouse asked, "[[TropeNamer Who will bell the cat]]?"''[[note]]In RealLife, cats learn to stalk without ringing the bell, but the fable (and by extension, the general premise) hasn't died.[[/note]]
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-> ''Once, all the mice agreed that life would be better if the cat wore a bell to warn of his coming--until a wise old mouse asked, "[[TropeNamer Who will bell the cat]]?"''[[note]]In RealLife, cats can learn to stalk without ringing the bell, but the fable (and by extension, the general premise) hasn't died.[[/note]]
9th Jan '16 9:32:43 PM Chariset
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Compare AndThenWhat. Contrast JustEatGilligan, where a simple action which would resolve the plot is not carried out because [[IdiotPlot no one thinks of it.]] Also contrast MoreHeroThanThou, LeastIsFirst and SomeoneHasToDie.
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Compare AndThenWhat. Contrast JustEatGilligan, where a simple action which would resolve the plot is not carried out because [[IdiotPlot no one thinks of it.]] Also contrast MoreHeroThanThou, LeastIsFirst and SomeoneHasToDie. SomeoneHasToDie. OriginalPositionFallacy is a related trope where the mouse who agrees that the cat should be belled likes the idea because he assumes ''he'' won't be the one who has to do it.
8th Jan '16 8:52:58 AM Willbyr
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* In the Israeli short story collection ''[[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A1%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%99_%D7%90%D7%91%D7%95-%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%A8 Abu Nimer Stories]]'' (link in Hebrew), which may or [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie may not]] be a collection of folk stories told by [[TheStoryteller an old Arab from Jaffa]] to the compiler(/writer), features a variation of the story, in which a fox is the one who offers the plan in exchange for a reward, and when the mice ask how to hang the bell he claims it’s ‘just a technicality’. When he asks for the reward, the mice point out a large [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers chunk of delicious cheese]] on a shelf the fox can’t reach; when he asks how he’s supposed to reach it, they [[IronicEcho claim it’s ‘just a technicality’]].
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* In the Israeli short story collection ''[[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A1%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%99_%D7%90%D7%91%D7%95-%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%A8 Abu Nimer Stories]]'' (link in Hebrew), which may or [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie may not]] be a collection of folk stories told by [[TheStoryteller an old Arab from Jaffa]] to the compiler(/writer), features a variation of the story, in which a fox is the one who offers the plan in exchange for a reward, and when the mice ask how to hang the bell he claims it’s ‘just a technicality’. When he asks for the reward, the mice point out a large [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers chunk of delicious cheese]] cheese on a shelf the fox can’t reach; when he asks how he’s supposed to reach it, they [[IronicEcho claim it’s ‘just a technicality’]].

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* In the Israeli short story collection ''[[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A1%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%99_%D7%90%D7%91%D7%95-%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%A8 Abu Nimer Stories]]'' (link in Hebrew), which may or [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie may not]] be a collection of folk stories told by [[TheStoryteller an old Arab from Jaffa]] to the compiler(/writer), features a variation of the story, in which a fox is the one who offers the plan in exchange for a reward, and when the mice ask how to hang the bell he claims it’s ‘just a technicality’. When he asks for the reward, the mice point out a large [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers chunk of delicious cheese]] on a shelf the fox can’t reach; when he asks how he’s supposed to reach it, they [[IronicEcho claim it’s ‘just a technicality’]].
28th Dec '15 11:11:04 AM Anddrix
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* When the Comicbook/FantasticFour testified before Congress about the SuperRegistrationAct, Johnny said he'd like to see someone registering DoctorDoom -- from a suitable distance, like a few countries away.
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* When the Comicbook/FantasticFour testified before Congress about the SuperRegistrationAct, Johnny said he'd like to see someone registering DoctorDoom Doctor Doom -- from a suitable distance, like a few countries away.
22nd Dec '15 9:51:56 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** Incidentally it turns out River is underselling herself to spare his feelings; as soon as the Doctor is out of the room she kills them all in seconds.
22nd Dec '15 9:48:02 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* This was a running gag in Kenny Rogers' ''The Gambler'' movies. The titular character is able to face down crowds of enemies with a pistol that only carries two bullets. They're guaranteed to get him if they rush him, but nobody wants to go first and get shot.
21st Nov '15 6:51:25 AM KarjamP
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Literature/AesopsFables contains the "Mice in Council" fable listed above.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Literature/AesopsFables contains the "Mice in Council" The trope namer is an ancient fable listed above.called "''Belling the cat''", in which a group of mice suggests to nullify the threat of a cat that threatens them by putting a bell on them, only to get stumped when one mouse asks, "Who will bell the cat?"
22nd Oct '15 4:18:23 PM YT45
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** The fact that said prisoner is none other than ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Debo]] himself also makes it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
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** The fact that said prisoner is none other than ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Debo]] himself himself'' also makes it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
22nd Oct '15 4:17:52 PM YT45
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** The fact that said prisoner is none other than ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Debo]] himself also makes it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
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