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17th Sep '17 12:32:16 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* One of the issues that crops up now and then in ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' is that a suspicious player could always be a jester, and usually town and evil roles tend to not take that risk and abstain, with some declaring that they will pull a HeroicSacrifice just in case.
22nd Aug '17 2:41:58 PM Liangnui
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* Occurs in the pro-mage ending, too. A small army of Templars arrive after you just killed Knight-Commander Meredith. They back up in fear.

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* ** Occurs in the pro-mage ending, too. A small army of Templars arrive after you just killed Knight-Commander Meredith. They back up in fear.
18th Aug '17 2:36:57 PM xcountryguy
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* Invoked in a BadassBoast in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pandorica Opens". The [[LegionOfDoom Legion of Every Species The Doctor Ever Fought]] is descending on the planet the Doctor's on. The Doctor gets on the radio and reminds them that he's always been able to take the respective species when they weren't working together. [[spoiler: Of course, what he doesn't know is that they're not there to ''kill'' him...]]

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* Invoked in a BadassBoast in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pandorica Opens". The [[LegionOfDoom Legion of Every Species The Doctor Ever Fought]] is descending on the planet the Doctor's on. The Doctor gets on the radio and reminds them that he's always been able to take the respective species when they weren't working together. [[spoiler: Of [[spoiler:Of course, what he doesn't know is that they're not there to ''kill'' him...]]



** A cat gets belled almost every episode. One of the recurring themes of the show (deliberately, by WordOfGod) is that there are mice who bell cats. In the final confrontation with the Shadows, [[spoiler: the best way to lure them into a trap is to "let" them steal the trap's location from the wreckage of a defeated warship. Who will fight a known hopeless battle just so the enemy can pick over their corpse properly?]] The One gives the order, a Ranger obeys it, the cat gets belled. And yes, the Ranger knows exactly what's being asked of him.

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** A cat gets belled almost every episode. One of the recurring themes of the show (deliberately, by WordOfGod) is that there are mice who bell cats. In the final confrontation with the Shadows, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the best way to lure them into a trap is to "let" them steal the trap's location from the wreckage of a defeated warship. Who will fight a known hopeless battle just so the enemy can pick over their corpse properly?]] The One gives the order, a Ranger obeys it, the cat gets belled. And yes, the Ranger knows exactly what's being asked of him.



** Whether it's [[spoiler: refusing to turn [=DS9=] over to a Bajoran coup, blocking the Dominion fleet's entry to the Alpha Quadrant, or drawing Romulus into the war,]] chances are Sisko will end up belling the cat. Unless the cat in question is the Federation itself, in which case Kira will do it.

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** Whether it's [[spoiler: refusing [[spoiler:refusing to turn [=DS9=] over to a Bajoran coup, blocking the Dominion fleet's entry to the Alpha Quadrant, or drawing Romulus into the war,]] chances are Sisko will end up belling the cat. Unless the cat in question is the Federation itself, in which case Kira will do it.



* MGM's ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' uses this in "Little School Mouse". Teacher Jerry includes "Belling The Cat" in a survival lesson for Nibbles/Tuffy. It ends poorly for Jerry, but the little grey mouse manages to [[spoiler: get Tom to wear the bell simply through ThePowerOfFriendship.]]

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* MGM's ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' uses this in "Little School Mouse". Teacher Jerry includes "Belling The Cat" in a survival lesson for Nibbles/Tuffy. It ends poorly for Jerry, but the little grey mouse manages to [[spoiler: get [[spoiler:get Tom to wear the bell simply through ThePowerOfFriendship.]]
4th Aug '17 9:41:17 PM Xshu
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Sebastian tells Fenris that it's their duty to inform the Templars about "the maleficar" in Hawke's circle of friends. (Whether he means Anders or Merrill is unclear, though the former is more likely given their mutual animosity.) Fenris' response invokes this trope, as his response to Sebastian is basically "If you want to turn in Hawke's friends, be prepared to incur Hawke's wrath."

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Sebastian tells Fenris that it's their duty to inform the Templars about "the maleficar" in Hawke's circle of friends. (Whether he means Anders or Merrill is unclear, though the former is more likely given their mutual animosity.) Fenris' response invokes this trope, as his response to Sebastian is basically "If you want to turn in Hawke's friends, be prepared to incur Hawke's wrath."
31st Jul '17 10:38:36 AM TheDocCC
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* ForUsTheLiving, Heinlein's half-finished first novel, is about a time traveler who visits a future United States where this trope is in effect; before entering an offensive war, the citizens eligible for military service must vote to go to war. Anyone voting pro-war is also first in line for enlistment. This may be based on the historical example below; see Real Life.
18th Jul '17 8:33:03 AM billybobfred
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* That wasn't the first Warners' cartoon about it either. In 1941, "Sniffles Bells the Cat" has a group of mice debating what to do about the resident cat; Sniffles suggests the bell idea and everyone agrees to it, especially Sniffles, who realizes too late that he's not only the one given the bell but has been locked outside the mousehole. He reacts to this about as well as expected, then does run into the cat and gets it belled in spite of himself. Of course in the last scene he regales the other mice about his bravado over said cat, with fingers firmly crossed behind his back.

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* That wasn't the first Warners' cartoon about it either. In 1941, "Sniffles Bells the Cat" has a group of mice debating what to do about the resident cat; Sniffles suggests the bell idea and everyone agrees to it, especially Sniffles, who realizes too late that he's not only the one given the bell but has been locked outside the mousehole. He reacts to this about as well as expected, then does run into the cat and gets it belled in spite of himself. Of course in the last scene he regales the other mice about his bravado over said cat, with [[LyingFingerCross fingers firmly crossed behind his back.back]].
25th Jun '17 2:58:21 AM eroock
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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, "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]]

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-> ''Once, ->''"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, "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]] "[[/note]]
6th Jun '17 9:41:18 AM WillKeaton
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* After the death of Pope Nicholas IV in 1292, the deliberating cardinals [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_election,_129294 took over two years to choose a successor]]. A pious hermit named Pierro de Morrone sent the cardinals a letter warning that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution God would punish them]] if they didn't get the job done. They responded by electing ''him'' Pope, much to his dismay. After initially trying to refuse, he accepted the Papacy (as Celestine V), only to resign five months later.

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* After the death of Pope Nicholas IV in 1292, the deliberating cardinals [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_election,_129294 took over two years to choose a successor]]. successor.]] A pious hermit named Pierro de Morrone sent the cardinals a letter warning that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution God would punish them]] if they didn't get the job done. They responded by electing ''him'' Pope, much to his dismay. After initially trying to refuse, he accepted the Papacy (as Celestine V), only to resign five months later.
6th Jun '17 9:38:28 AM WillKeaton
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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. 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.

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Compare AndThenWhat. 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. 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.
7th Apr '17 2:25:28 PM DustSnitch
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* It's fairky common in Literature/TheFourGospel for the enemies of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} to try to trap Him into supporting an unpopular cause or betray a possible hypocrisy in his teachings, only for Jesus to point out how unwilling they are to act on their words. 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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* It's fairky fairly common in Literature/TheFourGospel Literature/TheFourGospels for the enemies of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} to try to trap Him into supporting an unpopular cause or betray a possible hypocrisy in his teachings, only for Jesus to point out how unwilling they are to act on their words. 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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