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** Averted in a case where [[spoiler:Ran thought that the karate champion she fangirled was the murderer, but he was planting evidence ''against himself'' to divert attention from the true murderer, his BrokenBird girlfriend. He ''was'' arrested too, but for TakingTheHeat.]]
** Averted also with [[spoiler:Asami Uchida's almost death in a fire. One of Conan's theories at the beginning was that she caused the fire to drive attention to herself... but it was her HopelessSuitor, who tries to stage a RescueRomance to gain her attention.]]
** And another case has [[spoiler:Ran and Sonoko's old schoolteacher murdering her colleagues for killing one of their students, and to make believe one of the "victims" was the killer, she knocked Sonoko out with chloroform and then lay a corpse with her (the teacher's) wig next to her, to make it look like both of them were attacked.]]

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** Averted in a case where [[spoiler:Ran thought that the karate champion she fangirled was the murderer, but he was planting evidence ''against himself'' to divert attention from the true murderer, his BrokenBird girlfriend. He ''was'' arrested too, but for TakingTheHeat.]]
TakingTheHeat]].
** Averted also with [[spoiler:Asami Uchida's almost death in a fire. One of Conan's theories at the beginning was that she caused the fire to drive attention to herself... but it was her HopelessSuitor, who tries to stage a RescueRomance to gain her attention.]]
attention]].
** And another case has [[spoiler:Ran and Sonoko's old schoolteacher murdering her colleagues for killing one of their students, and to make believe one of the "victims" was the killer, she knocked Sonoko out with chloroform and then lay a corpse with her (the teacher's) wig next to her, to make it look like both of them were attacked.]]attacked]].



* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', Nadja [[SheCleansUpNicely dolls up]] to attend a high-class party where she can get answers about [[spoiler:her stolen OrphansPlotTrinket and see who has been impersonating her.]] Soon, she meets up with one of the culprits... [[spoiler:and it's her old friend Rosemary]]. What does said culprit do? [[spoiler:Though she's ''willingly'' in the whole complot, Rosemary tearfully tells Nadja that she's a mere pawn, kidnapped and blackmailed by the SmugSnake to pose as Nadja.]] It works so well that [[spoiler:Rosemary returns the brooch... but sends Nadja into an HeroicBSOD by revealing the truth behind her involvement, ripping Nadja's GorgeousPeriodDress into pieces and kicking her out of the mansion]].

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* In ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', Nadja [[SheCleansUpNicely dolls up]] to attend a high-class party where she can get answers about [[spoiler:her stolen OrphansPlotTrinket and see who has been impersonating her.]] her]]. Soon, she meets up with one of the culprits... [[spoiler:and it's her old friend Rosemary]]. What does said culprit do? [[spoiler:Though she's ''willingly'' in the whole complot, Rosemary tearfully tells Nadja that she's a mere pawn, kidnapped and blackmailed by the SmugSnake to pose as Nadja.]] It works so well that [[spoiler:Rosemary returns the brooch... but sends Nadja into an HeroicBSOD by revealing the truth behind her involvement, ripping Nadja's GorgeousPeriodDress into pieces and kicking her out of the mansion]].



* ''Manga/KyoKoiOHajimemasu'': [[spoiler:Rika]] is fond of this trick, especially when it comes to Halstead. When Kyota refused to sleep with her and said he dislikes women like her, she set it up so it seemed [[spoiler:he had harassed and raped her, giving her an excuse to break up with Hal and ruining their friendship.]]

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* ''Manga/KyoKoiOHajimemasu'': [[spoiler:Rika]] is fond of this trick, especially when it comes to Halstead. When Kyota refused to sleep with her and said he dislikes women like her, she set it up so it seemed [[spoiler:he had harassed and raped her, giving her an excuse to break up with Hal and ruining their friendship.]]friendship]].



** In a story from the first LightNovel, AlphaBitch Mayuhara pretends to have been punched in order to get Touka in trouble with their teacher.

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** In a story from the first LightNovel, {{Light Novel|s}}, AlphaBitch Mayuhara pretends to have been punched in order to get Touka in trouble with their teacher.



* This was how Ava manipulated Dwight into murdering her husband in the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "A Dame to Kill For."

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* ''ComicBook/SinCity''
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This was how Ava manipulated Dwight into murdering her husband in the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "A Dame to Kill For."



* Early in the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}' history, they took in a teenage boy named Topher, who claimed that his evil parents were forcing him to help them commit crimes. [[spoiler:Topher was actually a vampire, and once they brought him back to their headquarters, he tried to feed on them, only to die after Karolina's blood turned out to be loaded with sunlight]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Alex Wilder quickly realized that Topher was lying, but said nothing to anyone else, because he wanted to use the bastard's deception to make his team more distrustful of outsiders]].
* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'': A demon possessing Luke Cage pretends to flee, in order to get Jessica Jones in closer. After a few seconds everyone figures out it's not her husband. Cue the enraged FlyingBrick.

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* Early in the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}' history, they took in a teenage boy named Topher, who claimed that his evil parents were forcing him to help them commit crimes. [[spoiler:Topher was actually a vampire, and once they brought him back to their headquarters, he tried to feed on them, only to die after Karolina's blood turned out to be loaded with sunlight]]. sunlight.]] Subverted in that [[spoiler:Alex Wilder quickly realized that Topher was lying, but said nothing to anyone else, because he wanted to use the bastard's deception to make his team more distrustful of outsiders]].
* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'': A demon possessing Luke Cage ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} pretends to flee, in order to get Jessica Jones ComicBook/JessicaJones in closer. After a few seconds everyone figures out it's not her husband. Cue the enraged FlyingBrick.



* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[spoiler:After [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] is stripped of her power and imprisoned by the Mane Cast, she eventually pretends to have an emotional breakdown in order to lure Fluttershy close enough to her cage that she can try and strangle her through the bars.]]

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* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[spoiler:After [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] is stripped of her power and imprisoned by the Mane Cast, she eventually pretends to have an emotional breakdown in order to lure Fluttershy close enough to her cage that she can try and strangle her through the bars.]]bars]].



* In ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'', [[spoiler:ShockJock Sarah Blaze uses a variation of this similar to Palpatine's in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', arranging for her own kidnapping and pretending to be a DamselInDistress so she won't be considered a suspect later when things get more serious. Unfortunately for her, [[TagAlongKid Karen]] picks up on a few interactions between her and the kidnapper that seem contradictory. When she interviews the kidnapper on her show, she acts like the two have never met; however, when she's actually kidnapped, she addresses him as if she's known him a long time. This eventually gets her found out, and ruins a big part of the villains' plans.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'', [[spoiler:ShockJock Sarah Blaze uses a variation of this similar to Palpatine's in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', arranging for her own kidnapping and pretending to be a DamselInDistress so she won't be considered a suspect later when things get more serious. Unfortunately for her, [[TagAlongKid Karen]] picks up on a few interactions between her and the kidnapper that seem contradictory. When she interviews the kidnapper on her show, she acts like the two have never met; however, when she's actually kidnapped, she addresses him as if she's known him a long time. This eventually gets her found out, and ruins a big part of the villains' plans.]] plans]].



* When the unnamed protagonist in ''Film/FightClub'' is about to be fired, he tries blackmailing his boss by threatening to leak sensitive information. When that doesn't work, the protagonist starts throwing himself around the boss's office, breaking furniture and smearing his own blood everywhere while the boss looks on in a state of utter disbelief. When other people come in to find out what's going on, the protagonist begs for mercy. [[RefugeInAudacity Crude but effective]]; the boss gives him a very generous severance package to avoid any more trouble.
** Don't forget, he started beating himself up after the supervisor called security, and was too shocked by his actions to hang up. It was a brilliant double play because not only did the arriving security misread the scene, but whoever was listening on the phone would have heard what sounded like the supervisor beating up a helpless subordinate. For bonus effectiveness points, he was kneeling right at the supervisor's feet when the security arrived.
* Linda Fiorentino's character in ''Film/TheLastSeduction''.
* Hans Gruber pretends to be an escaped partygoer when he first meets [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane]].

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* When the unnamed protagonist in ''Film/FightClub'' is about to be fired, he tries blackmailing his boss by threatening to leak sensitive information. When that doesn't work, the protagonist starts throwing himself around the boss's office, breaking furniture and smearing his own blood everywhere while the boss looks on in a state of utter disbelief. When other people come in to find out what's going on, the protagonist begs for mercy. [[RefugeInAudacity Crude but effective]]; the boss gives him a very generous severance package to avoid any more trouble.
** Don't forget, he
trouble. He started beating himself up after the supervisor called security, and was too shocked by his actions to hang up. It was a brilliant double play because not only did the arriving security misread the scene, but whoever was listening on the phone would have heard what sounded like the supervisor beating up a helpless subordinate. For bonus effectiveness points, he was kneeling right at the supervisor's feet when the security arrived.
* %%* Linda Fiorentino's character in ''Film/TheLastSeduction''.
* ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber pretends to be an escaped partygoer when he first meets [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane]].[=McClane=].



* ''Film/BobRoberts'' is full of these, seeing as its a movie about politics. Perhaps the worst one, though, is when [[spoiler:Bob Roberts stages an assassination attempt on himself and frames an innocent journalist who is later killed by vigilantes.]]

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* ''Film/BobRoberts'' is full of these, seeing as its a movie about politics. Perhaps the worst one, though, is when [[spoiler:Bob Roberts stages an assassination attempt on himself and frames an innocent journalist who is later killed by vigilantes.]]vigilantes]].



* The final part of the villain's plot in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''.
** The villain in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' pulls it again, only that time, it actually works. [[spoiler:[[INeverSaidItWasPoison Almost.]]]]

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* The final part of the villain's plot in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''.
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1996}}''. The villain in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' pulls it again, only that time, it actually works. [[spoiler:[[INeverSaidItWasPoison Almost.]]]]



* [[spoiler:Rhoda]] in ''Literature/TheBadSeed'' manages this while ''unconscious'', [[spoiler:as it is assumed her near-lethal poisoning was due to her mother being crazy rather than her being [[EnfantTerrible a complete psychopath]].]]

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* [[spoiler:Rhoda]] in ''Literature/TheBadSeed'' manages this while ''unconscious'', [[spoiler:as it is assumed her near-lethal poisoning was due to her mother being crazy rather than her being [[EnfantTerrible a complete psychopath]].]]psychopath]]]].



* The entire {{plan}} of ''Film/WildThings'' began when Denise Richards' character accuses Matt Dillon's character of rape. Though he was in on it too.
** In variant as revealed in TheStinger [[spoiler: Kevin Bacon's character also pulled it off]]. Using the ''false'' self-defense excuse to cover his murder of Denise Richard's character.

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* The entire {{plan}} [[ThePlan plan]] of ''Film/WildThings'' began when Denise Richards' character accuses Matt Dillon's character of rape. Though he was in on it too.
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too. In a variant as revealed in TheStinger [[spoiler: Kevin Bacon's character also pulled it off]]. Using the ''false'' self-defense excuse to cover his murder of Denise Richard's character.



* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', Mal [[spoiler:planned to kill herself (though only to "wake up"; she thinks she's dreaming) and convince her husband to go with her, and she used this as part of the means of convincing him of that. She told her lawyer that she was fearing for her life, and then trashed the room Cobb was in, just so that if she died and he didn't agree to go with her, everyone would think he killed her. She threatened her own husband with false incrimination on murder, and actually followed through on that threat when he didn't agree to go with her.]] Because of this, she manages to come across as the most {{manipulative|Bastard}} character in the movie, which says a lot in a movie [[BlackAndGrayMorality where even the good guys are manipulative]].

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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', Mal [[spoiler:planned to kill herself (though only to "wake up"; she thinks she's dreaming) and convince her husband to go with her, and she used this as part of the means of convincing him of that. She told her lawyer that she was fearing for her life, and then trashed the room Cobb was in, just so that if she died and he didn't agree to go with her, everyone would think he killed her. She threatened her own husband with false incrimination on murder, and actually followed through on that threat when he didn't agree to go with her.]] her]]. Because of this, she manages to come across as the most {{manipulative|Bastard}} character in the movie, which says a lot in a movie [[BlackAndGrayMorality where even the good guys are manipulative]].



* This is a major facet of Black Widow's unique interrogation methods in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', as seen in her first scene when she's being held captive by some Russian baddies. Her strategy focuses on putting her target in a position of superiority over her, where they're highly likely to spill the beans on their plans through all the hubris[[note]]This is an actual interrogation technique called a Reverse Interrogation. It's dangerous, but if you pull it off right, you can get your "interrogator" to tell you far more than you tell them, and they won't even realize it. The trick is, because you're in a position of weakness, getting out is somewhat more difficult[[/note]]. [[spoiler:She later puts this to good use when questioning Loki by feigning agony over the villain discussing about what he plans to do to Hawkeye, her fellow SHIELD agent.]]
** However, she does later admit that [[spoiler:Loki managed to get under her skin after all]].

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* This is a major facet of Black Widow's unique interrogation methods in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', as seen in her first scene when she's being held captive by some Russian baddies. Her strategy focuses on putting her target in a position of superiority over her, where they're highly likely to spill the beans on their plans through all the hubris[[note]]This is an actual interrogation technique called a Reverse Interrogation. It's dangerous, but if you pull it off right, you can get your "interrogator" to tell you far more than you tell them, and they won't even realize it. The trick is, because you're in a position of weakness, getting out is somewhat more difficult[[/note]]. [[spoiler:She later puts this to good use when questioning Loki by feigning agony over the villain discussing about what he plans to do to Hawkeye, her fellow SHIELD agent.]]
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]] However, she does later admit that [[spoiler:Loki managed to get under her skin after all]].



* In ''Franchise/TheOmen'' the VillainProtagonist is Damien, the AntiChrist. The first two movies have {{Downer Ending}}s where TheBadGuyWins, but in the ''third'', Damien is finally defeated and killed. A big reason is, in the first two, he's a child, and uses this trick for all it's worth. In the third, however, he's an adult, and he can't fool other adults any longer.

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* In ''Franchise/TheOmen'' ''Film/TheOmen'' the VillainProtagonist is Damien, the AntiChrist. The first two movies have {{Downer Ending}}s where TheBadGuyWins, but in the ''third'', Damien is finally defeated and killed. A big reason is, in the first two, he's a child, and uses this trick for all it's worth. In the third, however, he's an adult, and he can't fool other adults any longer.



* In ''Literature/TheAccursedKings'' (''Les Rois Maudits''), the last Pope has just died, so the Cardinals have to elect one of them as the next one. Unfortunately, the two favorites for the post have exactly the same numbers of voters on each side, so the election process goes on for several ''years'' with no result. The French Royal Family is growing impatient, since their King just died and they can't legally get a new one if a Pope doesn�t oversee the coronation - and the country will fall into chaos if there's no new King. They therefore decide to ''kidnap'' the Cardinals and lock them up together in a room as prisoners to force their decision process: they'll only release them if they walk out of here with a new Pope. The two candidates and their voters come up with a solution: they're going to vote for a Cardinal whose health is declining and who won't pass the next month anyway. Once that new Pope dies, they'll be free to restart the same incessant voting process.

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* In ''Literature/TheAccursedKings'' (''Les Rois Maudits''), the last Pope has just died, so the Cardinals have to elect one of them as the next one. Unfortunately, the two favorites for the post have exactly the same numbers of voters on each side, so the election process goes on for several ''years'' with no result. The French Royal Family is growing impatient, since their King just died and they can't legally get a new one if a Pope doesn�t doesn't oversee the coronation - and the country will fall into chaos if there's no new King. They therefore decide to ''kidnap'' the Cardinals and lock them up together in a room as prisoners to force their decision process: they'll only release them if they walk out of here with a new Pope. The two candidates and their voters come up with a solution: they're going to vote for a Cardinal whose health is declining and who won't pass the next month anyway. Once that new Pope dies, they'll be free to restart the same incessant voting process.



* A suspect tries the same thing by head-desk on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. Someone just points out that they can prove it was self-inflicted. Suspect sulks and asks for an aspirin.

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* A suspect tries the same thing by head-desk on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''.''Series/{{CSINY}}''. Someone just points out that they can prove it was self-inflicted. Suspect sulks and asks for an aspirin.



* Played to [[PlayedForDrama extremely dramatic levels]] in ''Series/{{Full House}}'' episode "Just Say No Way" when DJ openly mocks a couple of boys for their earlier comments about how supposedly "cool" alcohol is, only for them to witness Jesse enter the room right behind her and trick him into thinking that ''she's'' trying to manipulate ''them'' into drinking beer, not vice versa. [[ContentWarnings Viewer discretion has been given]].

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* Played to [[PlayedForDrama extremely dramatic levels]] in ''Series/{{Full House}}'' episode the ''Series/FullHouse'' VerySpecialEpisode "Just Say No Way" when DJ openly mocks a couple of boys for their earlier comments about how supposedly "cool" alcohol is, only for them to witness Jesse enter the room right behind her and trick him into thinking that ''she's'' trying to manipulate ''them'' into drinking beer, not vice versa. [[ContentWarnings Viewer discretion has been given]].



* In ''RebeldeWay'' the entire character of Javier Alanis was built to be a XanatosSpeedChess match where his only move was this gambit.

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* In ''RebeldeWay'' ''Series/RebeldeWay'' the entire character of Javier Alanis was built to be a XanatosSpeedChess match where his only move was this gambit.



In Season 3, Michael comments that injuries can help with cover stories, and hurts himself a few times. Playing on her knowledge of Michael's childhood,[[spoiler:Evelyn pretends to be a battered wife]] in Season 1 so that[[spoiler:Michael will help her track down the man she has been hired to kill. ]]

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In Season 3, Michael comments that injuries can help with cover stories, and hurts himself a few times. Playing on her knowledge of Michael's childhood,[[spoiler:Evelyn pretends to be a battered wife]] in Season 1 so that[[spoiler:Michael that [[spoiler:Michael will help her track down the man she has been hired to kill. ]]kill]].



* JonAndKatePlusEight: [[BrokenBase If you believe Jon]], Kate pulled one of these when [[BerserkButton her temper flared]] and Jon [[NiceJobBreakingItHero locked her out of the house to try to get her to cool down]].
* Katherine of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' took this a step farther and [[spoiler:''actually stabbed herself'' in order to frame Susan because she wanted Mike back.]]

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* JonAndKatePlusEight: ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight'': [[BrokenBase If you believe Jon]], Kate pulled one of these when [[BerserkButton her temper flared]] and Jon [[NiceJobBreakingItHero locked her out of the house to try to get her to cool down]].
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives''
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Katherine of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' took this a step farther and [[spoiler:''actually stabbed herself'' in order to frame Susan because she wanted Mike back.]]back]].



* In one episode of ''Series/LieToMe'', there are two interesting twists on this trope. A soldier [[spoiler:claimed she was raped by her commanding officer.]] She was lying, but [[spoiler:he did rape another soldier under his command. Eventually, the team says she was telling the truth in order to put him behind bars.]]

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* In one episode of ''Series/LieToMe'', there are two interesting twists on this trope. A soldier [[spoiler:claimed she was raped by her commanding officer.]] officer]]. She was lying, but [[spoiler:he did rape another soldier under his command. Eventually, the team says she was telling the truth in order to put him behind bars.]]bars]].



** In "The Royal We" [[spoiler:Megan accuses a guy of molesting her. Turns out she was doing it because she took delight in the guy going through hell. When Dr. Lightman confronts Megan, she threatens to accuse him of sexual assault if he gets in her way.]]
* In ''Series/{{V 2009}}'', Anna invokes this trope by [[spoiler:having [[AbusiveParents her daughter]] and Tyler's love interest, Lisa, severely injured in order to claim that she was attacked by the Fifth Column, thereby getting Tyler to want to be near her as protection.]]

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** In "The Royal We" [[spoiler:Megan accuses a guy of molesting her. Turns out she was doing it because she took delight in the guy going through hell. When Dr. Lightman confronts Megan, she threatens to accuse him of sexual assault if he gets in her way.]]
way]].
* In ''Series/{{V 2009}}'', Anna invokes this trope by [[spoiler:having [[AbusiveParents her daughter]] and Tyler's love interest, Lisa, severely injured in order to claim that she was attacked by the Fifth Column, thereby getting Tyler to want to be near her as protection.]]protection]].



* Often used by Megan on ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.

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* %%* Often used by Megan on ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.



* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', [[spoiler:Kirby uses this to turn Annie against Hal (who is the only one who suspects his murderous nature). Kirby baits Hal, and then teleports into baby Eve's bedroom. Hal panics and breaks into the room. Annie arrives at this point, to find Hal in full-on vampire mode, with Kirby protectively cradling Eve and screaming for help.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', [[spoiler:Kirby uses this to turn Annie against Hal (who is the only one who suspects his murderous nature). Kirby baits Hal, and then teleports into baby Eve's bedroom. Hal panics and breaks into the room. Annie arrives at this point, to find Hal in full-on vampire mode, with Kirby protectively cradling Eve and screaming for help.]]help]].



* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' AlphaBitch Mio is injured when a youma attacks and is able to blame Usagi for it. The clever thing is that she actually tells the truth (sort of). Usagi helps her to safety but leaves her there (to transform into Sailor Moon), which Mio is able to paint as Usagi running off and leaving her. Of course Usagi can't tell the truth because of TheMasquerade.

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* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' AlphaBitch Mio is injured when a youma attacks and is able to blame Usagi for it. The clever thing is that she actually tells the truth (sort of). Usagi helps her to safety but leaves her there (to transform into Sailor Moon), which Mio is able to paint as Usagi running off and leaving her. Of course Usagi can't tell the truth because of TheMasquerade.the {{masquerade}}.



* At the beginning of season 3 of ''{{Homeland}}'', Carrie Mathison has a major falling out with Saul Berenson after he publicly reveals that she is bipolar and had an affair with Brody, who is believed to be responsible for the bombing at Langley. She tries to go to the press to tell her side of the story, so Saul has her committed to a psych ward and has her bank accounts frozen. A lobbyist law firm then tries to recruit her, revealing in the process that their client is [[BigBad Javadi]], the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps officer really responsible for the bombing. Carrie accepts their offer, insisting, however, on a face-to-face meeting with Javadi. The fourth episode ends with the revelation that this whole thing was a plot between Carrie and Saul to lure Javadi into a trap.
* In a ShoutOut to the SilenceOfTheLambs and RealLife examples mentioned, [[ThirtyRock Liz Lemon]] warns her naive cousin not to help anyone move a couch into a van, "because that's definitely a serial killer."

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* At the beginning of season 3 of ''{{Homeland}}'', ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Carrie Mathison has a major falling out with Saul Berenson after he publicly reveals that she is bipolar and had an affair with Brody, who is believed to be responsible for the bombing at Langley. She tries to go to the press to tell her side of the story, so Saul has her committed to a psych ward and has her bank accounts frozen. A lobbyist law firm then tries to recruit her, revealing in the process that their client is [[BigBad Javadi]], the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps officer really responsible for the bombing. Carrie accepts their offer, insisting, however, on a face-to-face meeting with Javadi. The fourth episode ends with the revelation that this whole thing was a plot between Carrie and Saul to lure Javadi into a trap.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': In a ShoutOut to the SilenceOfTheLambs ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' and RealLife examples mentioned, [[ThirtyRock Liz Lemon]] Lemon warns her naive cousin not to help anyone move a couch into a van, "because that's definitely a serial killer."



* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Broken Wing Gambit feat allows a party to pull this off. A characters makes himself appear vulnerable and grants the opponent a significant bonus to hit and to damage him. If the opponent buys it and attacks, the rest of the party gets to unload a whole mess of hurt onto the enemy beforehand.

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* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Broken Wing Gambit feat allows a party to pull this off. A characters character makes himself appear vulnerable and grants the opponent a significant bonus to hit and to damage him. If the opponent buys it and attacks, the rest of the party gets to unload a whole mess of hurt onto the enemy beforehand.



* Dr. Wily of ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' has done this a total of ''11 times'' to make sure the main character doesn't maim him, send him to jail, or flat out kill him. [[ThreeLawsCompliant Not that Mega Man can anyway, no matter how hard he's tried.]]
** It runs in the "family." Bass does it in ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' to gain entry to Dr. Light's lab and steal the Super Adapter.

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* Dr. Wily of ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' has done this a total of ''11 times'' to make sure the main character doesn't maim him, send him to jail, or flat out kill him. [[ThreeLawsCompliant Not that Mega Man can anyway, no matter how hard he's tried.]]
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]] It runs in the "family." Bass does it in ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' to gain entry to Dr. Light's lab and steal the Super Adapter.



* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': [[spoiler:Iris]] is incredibly fond of this trick in the game, when [[spoiler:she uses it to manipulate her dad into war and imprisoning Karl because HeKnowsTooMuch]], and, being a ''Mega Man'' clone, [[spoiler:she does the whole "Please don't kill me" thing.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': [[spoiler:Iris]] is incredibly fond of this trick in the game, when [[spoiler:she uses it to manipulate her dad into war and imprisoning Karl because HeKnowsTooMuch]], and, being a ''Mega Man'' clone, [[spoiler:she does the whole "Please don't kill me" thing.]]thing]].



** Again in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': after [[spoiler: Phoenix accuses Detective Bobby Fulbright of being [[BigBad the phantom]], he tries to claim that he's being blackmailed by the phantom into working for him, not the phantom himself. When he's pressed, however, he can't even decide which of his relatives is the hostage, and no one takes it seriously.]]
* Sonya defeats Kano this way in the storyline of ''[[Franchise/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat 3]]'' during a rooftop battle, pretending she's hurt to lure him close in order to grab him with her scissor kick and throw him off it.

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** Again in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': after [[spoiler: Phoenix accuses Detective Bobby Fulbright of being [[BigBad the phantom]], he tries to claim that he's being blackmailed by the phantom into working for him, not the phantom himself. When he's pressed, however, he can't even decide which of his relatives is the hostage, and no one takes it seriously.]]
seriously]].
* Sonya defeats Kano this way in the storyline of ''[[Franchise/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat 3]]'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' during a rooftop battle, pretending she's hurt to lure him close in order to grab him with her scissor kick and throw him off it.



* A bit downplayed here in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'': [[spoiler:Alexander acts all {{Emo}} in the Pawn Shop and pretends [[DespairEventHorizon that all hope is lost without Cassima]] while pretending to cry, and fakes suicide by drinking the "Drink Me" potion. This gambit is an effort to trick Shamir and the guard dogs into lowering their guard for entry into the castle.]]

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* A bit downplayed here in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'': [[spoiler:Alexander acts all {{Emo}} in the Pawn Shop and pretends [[DespairEventHorizon that all hope is lost without Cassima]] while pretending to cry, and fakes suicide by drinking the "Drink Me" potion. This gambit is an effort to trick Shamir and the guard dogs into lowering their guard for entry into the castle.]]castle]].



* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has Selvaria pull off a very convincing one. After her defeat, she feigns exhaustion and surrenders; one of the soldiers doesn't buy it and [[PistolWhip pistol-whips]] her, with [[JerkAss General Damon]] [[StrawmanHasAPoint pointing out]] that she could still be dangerous; Welkin and Alicia are shocked and appalled at Damon's apparent mistreatment of a prisoner, but the matter is out of their hands. [[spoiler:A few hours later, Selvaria obliterates the entire army in a SuicideAttack, which she had been ordered to do before the battle at Ghirlandaio even started.]]

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* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has Selvaria pull off a very convincing one. After her defeat, she feigns exhaustion and surrenders; one of the soldiers doesn't buy it and [[PistolWhip [[PistolWhipping pistol-whips]] her, with [[JerkAss General Damon]] [[StrawmanHasAPoint pointing out]] that she could still be dangerous; Welkin and Alicia are shocked and appalled at Damon's apparent mistreatment of a prisoner, but the matter is out of their hands. [[spoiler:A few hours later, Selvaria obliterates the entire army in a SuicideAttack, which she had been ordered to do before the battle at Ghirlandaio even started.]]



* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: KYO'', this is how [[spoiler: Chris]] manages to capture [[spoiler: Kyo's girlfriend Yuki]] while she's waiting for her boyfriend for what was supposed to be their last date before the tournament. He [[spoiler: pretends to feel ill and asks Yuki for help, and when the girl's guard is low enough he seizes her and brings her to his teammates so they can use her as a TargetedHumanSacrifice to resurrect Orochi.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: KYO'', this is how [[spoiler: Chris]] manages to capture [[spoiler: Kyo's girlfriend Yuki]] while she's waiting for her boyfriend for what was supposed to be their last date before the tournament. He [[spoiler: pretends to feel ill and asks Yuki for help, and when the girl's guard is low enough he seizes her and brings her to his teammates so they can use her as a TargetedHumanSacrifice to resurrect Orochi.]]Orochi]].



* CantrII: Another tactic, guaranteed to get sympathy. Or encourage the more ..... [[AxCrazy violent members]] of the community to try and pull a Series/{{Dexter}}. Or Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs. Or Film/{{Psycho}}. Hell, pick a serial killer trope, and we've got/had some iteration of it.

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* CantrII: ''Videogame/CantrII'': Another tactic, guaranteed to get sympathy. Or encourage the more ..... [[AxCrazy violent members]] of the community to try and pull a Series/{{Dexter}}. Or Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs. ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. Or Film/{{Psycho}}.''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Hell, pick a serial killer trope, and we've got/had some iteration of it.



* Done in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' Episode 6, ''Dawn of the Golden Witch'' [[spoiler:by Erika, who pretends to have a VillainousBreakdown so that Battler will take pity on her and grant her the use of her dreaded {{duct tape|ForEverything}}.]] According to Episode 8, ''Twilight of the Golden Witch'', [[spoiler:Battler fell for the trick on purpose because it helped set up the logic error that revived Beatrice.]]

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* Done in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' Episode 6, ''Dawn of the Golden Witch'' [[spoiler:by Erika, who pretends to have a VillainousBreakdown so that Battler will take pity on her and grant her the use of her dreaded {{duct tape|ForEverything}}.]] tape|ForEverything}}]]. According to Episode 8, ''Twilight of the Golden Witch'', [[spoiler:Battler fell for the trick on purpose because it helped set up the logic error that revived Beatrice.]]Beatrice]].



* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' has Sidney pull this on a villain, pretending to be BlindWithoutEm to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Velma-levels]] where she can't see a thing when, as she points out later, she may need glasses but the guy was ''four feet from her'' and so aiming a GroinAttack wasn't that hard.

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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' has Sidney pull this on a villain, pretending to be BlindWithoutEm to [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Velma-levels]] where she can't see a thing when, as she points out later, she may need glasses but the guy was ''four feet from her'' and so aiming a GroinAttack wasn't that hard.



* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', [[spoiler:Felix lets himself gets shot in the leg by his partner, Locus, in order to trick the stranded Reds and Blues into trusting him. Later on when Felix's true motives are revealed, he takes great pleasure in taunting them about it.]]

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', [[spoiler:Felix lets himself gets shot in the leg by his partner, Locus, in order to trick the stranded Reds and Blues into trusting him. Later on when Felix's true motives are revealed, he takes great pleasure in taunting them about it.]]it]].



* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[spoiler:Mercury, with assistance from Emerald's illusions, tricks Yang into shooting him in the leg after she has already won a match against him, in order to enrage the audience and attract the Grimm.]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[spoiler:Mercury, with assistance from Emerald's illusions, tricks Yang into shooting him in the leg after she has already won a match against him, in order to enrage the audience and attract the Grimm.]]Grimm]].



* In an Episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has Sarah leave Jimmy in the care of the Eds. She gives him a whistle "If anything goes wrong". When Ed accidentally blows the whistle himself, Jimmy quickly shoves some dirt in his mouth and starts crying. He tells Sarah the Eds made him eat dirt and were mean to him, when actually Jimmy had been antagonizing the Eds this whole time.

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* In an Episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** One episode
has Sarah leave Jimmy in the care of the Eds. She gives him a whistle "If anything goes wrong". When Ed accidentally blows the whistle himself, Jimmy quickly shoves some dirt in his mouth and starts crying. He tells Sarah the Eds made him eat dirt and were mean to him, when actually Jimmy had been antagonizing the Eds this whole time.



--> '''Ed''': Ow, my liver! Ow, my lasagna!

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--> ---> '''Ed''': Ow, my liver! Ow, my lasagna!
19th Jun '16 1:48:33 PM nombretomado
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This is by no means limited to personal injuries. The EvilOverlord can injure his own people and try to blame another country, providing a quick and easy [[ThisMeansWar justification for war]]. This is mentioned as #34 ([[RuleThirtyFour not that kind]]) in TheThirtySixStratagems, making this one of TheOldestTricksInTheBook.

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This is by no means limited to personal injuries. The EvilOverlord can injure his own people and try to blame another country, providing a quick and easy [[ThisMeansWar justification for war]]. This is mentioned as #34 ([[RuleThirtyFour not that kind]]) in TheThirtySixStratagems, UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems, making this one of TheOldestTricksInTheBook.
15th Jun '16 5:55:20 AM DesertDragon
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* This trope is the new favorite tactic of bigots. If someone says or does something hateful towards a group of people and you call them out on it, they're "expressing their opinion" and suddenly ''you'' are the intolerant one and a "bully". This conveniently ignores their own intolerant views that started the whole argument in the first place. Anyone with a shred of decency will not hesitate to call out the hypocrisy of such behavior, but it's like talking to a brick wall.

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* This trope is the new favorite tactic of bigots. If someone says or does something hateful towards a group of people and you call them out on it, they're "expressing their opinion" and suddenly ''you'' are the intolerant one and a "bully". This conveniently ignores their own intolerant views that started the whole argument in the first place. Anyone with a shred of decency will not hesitate to call out the hypocrisy of such behavior, and it ''never'' works in court as homophobic county clerk Kim Davis learned the hard way, but it's like talking to a brick wall.
15th Jun '16 5:51:57 AM DesertDragon
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* This trope is the new favorite tactic of bigots. If someone says or does something hateful towards a group of people and you call them out on it, they're "expressing their opinion" and suddenly ''you'' are the intolerant one and a "bully". This conveniently ignores their own intolerant views that started the whole argument in the first place. Anyone with a shred of decency will not hesitate to call out the hypocrisy of such behavior, but it's like talking to a brick wall.
13th Jun '16 5:23:47 PM PixelKnight
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* This trope is one of the reasons why its standard procedure for SWAT teams around the world to detain (not arrest, ''detain'' which is entirely different) every single person in a crime scene, complete with handcuffs. There's just no way of knowing in the heat of the moment who's a real hostage or bystander, and who's a criminal trying to use the DisguisedHostageGambit. (The other reason is that hostages sometimes side with their captors, or panic and otherwise interfere with the tactics of the police)

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* This trope is one of the reasons why its standard procedure for SWAT teams around the world to detain (not arrest, ''detain'' which is entirely different) every single person in a crime scene, complete with handcuffs. There's just no way of knowing in the heat of the moment who's a real hostage or bystander, and who's a criminal trying to use invert the DisguisedHostageGambit. (The other reason is that hostages sometimes side with their captors, or panic and otherwise interfere with the tactics of the police)
13th Jun '16 5:22:11 PM PixelKnight
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* This trope is one of the reasons why its standard procedure for SWAT teams around the world to detain (not arrest, ''detain'' which is entirely different) every single person in a crime scene, complete with handcuffs. There's just no way of knowing in the heat of the moment who's a real hostage or bystander, and who's a criminal trying to hide among bystanders/hostages. (The other reason is that hostages sometimes side with their captors, or panic and otherwise interfere with the tactics of the police)

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* This trope is one of the reasons why its standard procedure for SWAT teams around the world to detain (not arrest, ''detain'' which is entirely different) every single person in a crime scene, complete with handcuffs. There's just no way of knowing in the heat of the moment who's a real hostage or bystander, and who's a criminal trying to hide among bystanders/hostages.use the DisguisedHostageGambit. (The other reason is that hostages sometimes side with their captors, or panic and otherwise interfere with the tactics of the police)
13th Jun '16 6:59:10 AM TheWanderer
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* In Season 1 of ''Series/{{Graceland}}'', an FBI Agent's attempts to infiltrate and bring down a [[TheMafiya Russian mob]] in Los Angeles have hit a wall and the investigation is about to be ended because of the danger involved. She's furious about the fact because another agent she knew was almost killed investigating the Russians and she wants to bring them down hard. Then she shows up with a ton of bruises on her face and claims that the Russian boss got suspicious about her questions and beat the crap out of her. This pushes her boss' BigBrotherInstinct hard, and he agrees to arrest the Russians based on the limited information they have. However, he catches on after the arrest when he sees that the Russian boss doesn't have the bruising or swelling on his hands that he should from giving her such a beating.
3rd Jun '16 9:44:54 AM AndyLA
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** Don't forget, he started beating himself up after the supervisor called security, and was too shocked by his actions to hang up. It was a brilliant double play because not only did the arriving security misread the scene, but whoever was listening on the phone would have heard what sounded like the supervisor beating up a helpless subordinate.

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** Don't forget, he started beating himself up after the supervisor called security, and was too shocked by his actions to hang up. It was a brilliant double play because not only did the arriving security misread the scene, but whoever was listening on the phone would have heard what sounded like the supervisor beating up a helpless subordinate. For bonus effectiveness points, he was kneeling right at the supervisor's feet when the security arrived.
1st Jun '16 3:55:33 AM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': The history teacher Tsuruta in chapter 2 of the first light novel comes across Mayuhara laying on the ground crying in pain blaming Touka for punching her. She's faking and Touka was just threatening to punch her due to Mayuhara's badmouthing of Touka's friend Yoriko.

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': The history teacher Tsuruta in chapter 2 of ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** In a story from
the first light novel comes across LightNovel, AlphaBitch Mayuhara laying on the ground crying pretends to have been punched in pain blaming order to get Touka for punching her. She's faking in trouble with their teacher.
** In '':Re'', [[spoiler: Nimura Furuta]] is found barely conscious
and Touka badly beaten in the aftermath of a massacre. He reports that everyone else was just threatening to punch her due to Mayuhara's badmouthing killed during the fierce battle, and breaks down in hysterical tears. In truth, he murdered the other survivors and is actually laughing over having gotten away with it. This is our first hint of Touka's friend Yoriko.his [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent true]] [[TheMole nature]].
27th May '16 11:03:27 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Humorously subverted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip: Dilbert accidentally bumps the car in front of him and gets out to apologize. When he looks in the front window of the other car, he sees a man with a grotesquely twisted-up body who screams "LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO ME!" The alleged victim takes Dilbert to court, intending to sue him for all he's worth. "Now I'll never be able to work again!" he whines to the defense attorney. But the plaintiff's scheme fails when the defense attorney asks him what his job had been, and he's forced to admit: "Circus contortionist." (Although, [[FridgeLogic come to think of it]], if the man willingly perjured himself when claiming that he'd be unable to work, what was stopping him from lying when asked his job description?)

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* Humorously subverted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip: Dilbert accidentally bumps the car in front of him and gets out to apologize. When he looks in the front window of the other car, he sees a man with a grotesquely twisted-up body who screams "LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO ME!" The alleged victim takes Dilbert to court, intending to sue him for all he's worth. "Now I'll never be able to work again!" he whines to the defense attorney. But the plaintiff's scheme fails when the defense attorney asks him what his job had been, and he's forced to admit: "Circus contortionist." (Although, [[FridgeLogic come to think of it]], if the man willingly perjured himself when claiming that he'd be unable to work, what was stopping him from lying when asked his job description?)"
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