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19th Jul '17 3:37:28 PM WillKeaton
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* Barry, TheScrappy little brother in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', shows how it's done [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20100205&name=Curtis here]].
** He even manages to do it ''by accident'' [[http://joshreads.com/images/15/07/i150726curtis.jpg on one occasion]].

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* Barry, TheScrappy little brother in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', shows how it's done [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20100205&name=Curtis here]].
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** He even manages to do it ''by accident'' [[http://joshreads.com/images/15/07/i150726curtis.jpg on one occasion]].occasion.]]
19th Jul '17 3:37:05 PM WillKeaton
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* A Teddiursa from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' successfully frames Totodile and Chikorita of stealing a ham and hot dogs when it steals them. Thus, Misty (who falls for its charms) is quick to blame them both. Unlike Misty, Ash Ketchum (who actually owns the Totodile and Chikorita in question) isn't ''quite'' fooled: he doesn't figure out that Teddiursa is the thief, but he is pretty sure Totodile is innocent and, after some hesitance due to sausages in Chikorita's mouth, also consoles Chikorita that he knows Chikorita would never steal. When they finally catch Teddiursa in the act of stealing bread, it tries to blame Bulbasaur for hurting it and stealing it. Doesn't work this time... except with Misty, again. When Nurse Joy tells Bulbasaur's story, Misty realizes the truth and apologizes to Totodile and Chikorita.

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* A Teddiursa from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' successfully frames Totodile and Chikorita for the teft of stealing a ham and some hot dogs dogs, when it steals in fact the Teddiursa stole them. Thus, Misty (who falls for its charms) is quick to blame them both. Unlike Misty, Ash Ketchum (who actually owns the Totodile and Chikorita in question) isn't ''quite'' fooled: he doesn't figure out that Teddiursa is the thief, but he is pretty sure Totodile is innocent and, after some hesitance due to sausages in Chikorita's mouth, also consoles Chikorita that he knows Chikorita would never steal. When they finally catch Teddiursa in the act of stealing bread, it tries to blame Bulbasaur for hurting it and stealing it. Doesn't work this time... except with Misty, again. When Nurse Joy tells Bulbasaur's story, Misty realizes the truth and apologizes to Totodile and Chikorita.
19th Jul '17 3:35:01 PM WillKeaton
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Compare WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou, ArrestedForHeroism, and PlayingTheVictimCard. Often related to GuiltByAssociationGag and EtTuBrute. Contrast WoundedGazelleWarcry where it's not a trick. Not to be mistaken with DeliberateInjuryGambit as well; that one is about someone getting themself hurt for real to achieve a goal.

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Compare WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou, WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou ArrestedForHeroism, and PlayingTheVictimCard. Often related to GuiltByAssociationGag and EtTuBrute. EtTuBrute Contrast WoundedGazelleWarcry where it's not a trick. Not to be mistaken with DeliberateInjuryGambit as well; that one is about someone getting themself hurt for real to achieve a goal.
21st Jun '17 1:20:52 AM MoPete
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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has an interesting variation when Sam sets Florence up to look like she's tried to kill him and present his body to the Mayor. This is for the benefit of them both, though - the Mayor hates Sam, and is extremely grateful to Florence for trying to take him down.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
** Mr. Kornada fakes a heart attack, forcing the nearby robots' "human preservation safeguards" to kick in and abandon Florence, who's currently stuck in the ocean during a hurricane, to take him to get medical care. And all this is because he's ''missing a meeting''.
** A later strip
has an interesting variation when Sam sets Florence up to look like she's tried to kill him and present his body to the Mayor. This is for the benefit of them both, though - the Mayor hates Sam, and is extremely grateful to Florence for trying to take him down.
12th Jun '17 11:55:35 AM jtierney50
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** And inverted later when Wesley talks Humperdinck down by challenging him to a duel ToThePain. As it turns out, Wesley was too weak from move due to [[spoiler:only recently having been "mostly dead"]]; he was pretending to be the lion while actually being the wounded gazelle.
16th Apr '17 10:11:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Subverted in ''Manga/KareKano''. ClingyJealousGirl Tsubasa tries to use this technique against female lead Yukino since she's dating her beloved Arima, but [[GenreSavvy Arima himself]] knows better and actually catches her trying to kick Yukino on the head while she ''thinks'' he's not looking.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/KareKano''. ClingyJealousGirl Tsubasa tries to use this technique against female lead Yukino since she's dating her beloved Arima, but [[GenreSavvy Arima himself]] himself knows better and actually catches her trying to kick Yukino on the head while she ''thinks'' he's not looking.



** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' included a scene where [[FanNickname Cindy]] lectures the hound dog Bruno on getting along with [[CatsAreMean Lucifer]]. While her back is turned, Lucifer lies down in front of Bruno and scratches his snout, yowling when he growls. The trope is played with a bit, however. Cindy does not try to play favorites with any of the animals, insisting that they treat each other equally. After she sends the abashed Bruno outside, [[GenreSavvy she]] angrily sets down Lucifer's saucer of milk while snapping a remark that she knows Lucifer to be a bully himself, and that he probably deserved what he "got."

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** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' included a scene where [[FanNickname Cindy]] lectures the hound dog Bruno on getting along with [[CatsAreMean Lucifer]]. While her back is turned, Lucifer lies down in front of Bruno and scratches his snout, yowling when he growls. The trope is played with a bit, however. Cindy does not try to play favorites with any of the animals, insisting that they treat each other equally. After she sends the abashed Bruno outside, [[GenreSavvy she]] she angrily sets down Lucifer's saucer of milk while snapping a remark that she knows Lucifer to be a bully himself, and that he probably deserved what he "got."



** A rich woman is going through a horrible divorce from her sports star husband, then at some point she has sex with her handsome divorce lawyer and uses this to falsely accuse her husband of raping and beating her, [[TheUnfairSex getting everyone's sympathies and effectively ruining her ex-husband's reputation]]. (The only one who is suspicious is Stabler, [[GenreSavvy who's going through a divorce himself]].) The ex-husband [[UnstoppableRage snaps so violently]] at the fake accusation that he ''[[ManOnFire sets his abusive ex-wife on fire]]''. And then, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler:Even on her deathbed, confronted by Olivia with the truth, she '''still''' accuses her ex-husband of a crime he didn't commit, effectively ruining the lives of herself, the ex-husband, and most tragically, [[BreakTheCutie their daughter]]... '''All so she could "win" a divorce settlement'''.]] (Olivia only learns the truth when she speaks to the lawyer ''by fluke'', [[OhCrap and then is horrified]] at how far the woman went.)

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** A rich woman is going through a horrible divorce from her sports star husband, then at some point she has sex with her handsome divorce lawyer and uses this to falsely accuse her husband of raping and beating her, [[TheUnfairSex getting everyone's sympathies and effectively ruining her ex-husband's reputation]]. (The only one who is suspicious is Stabler, [[GenreSavvy who's going through a divorce himself]].himself.) The ex-husband [[UnstoppableRage snaps so violently]] at the fake accusation that he ''[[ManOnFire sets his abusive ex-wife on fire]]''. And then, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler:Even on her deathbed, confronted by Olivia with the truth, she '''still''' accuses her ex-husband of a crime he didn't commit, effectively ruining the lives of herself, the ex-husband, and most tragically, [[BreakTheCutie their daughter]]... '''All so she could "win" a divorce settlement'''.]] (Olivia only learns the truth when she speaks to the lawyer ''by fluke'', [[OhCrap and then is horrified]] at how far the woman went.)



** Wrestling/CMPunk inverted this same move against Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio years later. Del Rio slammed the chair into the mat, then threw it to Punk-- who caught it, [[GenreSavvy threw it back to Del Rio, and fell to the mat]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard The ref ended up berating Del Rio]].

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** Wrestling/CMPunk inverted this same move against Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio years later. Del Rio slammed the chair into the mat, then threw it to Punk-- who caught it, [[GenreSavvy threw it back to Del Rio, and fell to the mat]].mat. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard The ref ended up berating Del Rio]].
21st Mar '17 7:55:38 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:Maul]] does this by proxy, via luring Ezra to Tatooine and tricking him into getting lost in the desert wastes, [[spoiler:knowing that Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Maul has been trying to find for months, won't be able to resist going to help Ezra when he starts to succumb to the desert]]. It works.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E14Homecoming "Homecoming"]]: The rebel strike team gets on board the Imperial carrier by flying in a stolen TIE bomber, and having two of Phoenix Squadron's A-Wings stage an attack so they'll quickly be given clearance to land.
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[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], Suns"]]: [[spoiler:Maul]] does this by proxy, via luring Ezra to Tatooine and tricking him into getting lost in the desert wastes, [[spoiler:knowing that Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Maul has been trying to find for months, won't be able to resist going to help Ezra when he starts to succumb to the desert]]. It works.


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21st Mar '17 2:10:57 PM StFan
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* [[AlphaBitch Sae]] from ''Anime/PeachGirl'' is a master of this. Most of the conflict in the first arc is driven by Sae convincing people that Momo is bullying her. In fact, she seems to rely a little too much on this tactic; even in circumstances where it's obvious she's lying, this is still the first thing she'll always pull.

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* [[AlphaBitch Sae]] from ''Anime/PeachGirl'' is a master of this. Most of the conflict in the first arc is driven by Sae convincing people that Momo is bullying her. In fact, she seems to rely a little too much on this tactic; even in circumstances where it's obvious she's lying, this is still the first thing she'll always pull.



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ukyo used this in ''Ukyo's Secret Sauce'' but with a twist. She implicates her {{Love Interest|s}} Ranma as the one who has injured her (by cheating on her with Akane, since Ranma spent the night in Akane's room). Since Ranma was already feeling guilty about wrecking her special sauce (and letting her think it was her failure) he falls for it pretty badly. Afterwards Ukyo comments to herself: "Wow, tears really do work."
** Ranma himself has done this a few times. Most prominently in ''Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix'', where he attempts to use it (as "the pigtailed girl") to trick Kuno into getting rid of a bird that is constantly attacking Ranma and which Ranma can't hurt, due to its paralytic gaze.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ukyo used ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ukyō uses
this in ''Ukyo's "Ukyō's Secret Sauce'' Sauce", but with a twist. She implicates her {{Love Interest|s}} Ranma as the one who has injured her (by cheating on her with Akane, since Ranma spent the night in Akane's room). Since Ranma was is already feeling guilty about wrecking her special sauce (and letting her think it was her failure) he falls for it pretty badly. Afterwards Ukyo Ukyō comments to herself: "Wow, tears really do work."
** Ranma himself has done this a few times. Most prominently in ''Team "Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix'', Phoenix", where he attempts to use it (as "the pigtailed girl") to trick Kuno Kunō into getting rid of a bird that is constantly attacking Ranma and which Ranma can't hurt, due to its paralytic gaze.



* Played for laughs in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', where the effect of Blair/Rei's [[{{Moe}} "Maiden In Love"]] card is to make puppy eyes at the male monsters of her opponent and turn them against each other since they can't bring themselves to attack her.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'':
**
Played for laughs in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', laughs, where the effect of Blair/Rei's [[{{Moe}} "Maiden In in Love"]] card is to make puppy eyes at the male monsters of her opponent and turn them against each other since they can't bring themselves to attack her.



* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Female characters will play on Onizuka's sympathies all the time, and Onizuka still falls for it every time.

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* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'':
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Female characters will play on Onizuka's sympathies all the time, and Onizuka still falls for it every time.



* A Teddiursa from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' successfully frames Totodile and Chikorita of stealing a ham and hot dogs when it steals them. Thus, Misty (who falls for its charms) is quick to blame them both. Unlike Misty, Ash Ketchum (who actually owns the Totodile and Chikorita in question) wasn't ''quite'' fooled: he didn't figure out that Teddiursa was the thief, but he was pretty sure Totodile was innocent and, after some hesitance due to sausages in Chikorita's mouth, also consoled Chikorita that he knows Chikorita would never steal. When they finally catch Teddiursa in the act of stealing bread, it tries to blame Bulbasaur for hurting it and stealing it. Didn't work this time ... except with Misty, again. When Nurse Joy tells Bulbasaur's story, Misty realizes the truth and apologizes to Totodile and Chikorita.

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* A Teddiursa from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' successfully frames Totodile and Chikorita of stealing a ham and hot dogs when it steals them. Thus, Misty (who falls for its charms) is quick to blame them both. Unlike Misty, Ash Ketchum (who actually owns the Totodile and Chikorita in question) wasn't isn't ''quite'' fooled: he didn't doesn't figure out that Teddiursa was is the thief, but he was is pretty sure Totodile was is innocent and, after some hesitance due to sausages in Chikorita's mouth, also consoled consoles Chikorita that he knows Chikorita would never steal. When they finally catch Teddiursa in the act of stealing bread, it tries to blame Bulbasaur for hurting it and stealing it. Didn't Doesn't work this time ...time... except with Misty, again. When Nurse Joy tells Bulbasaur's story, Misty realizes the truth and apologizes to Totodile and Chikorita.



* Invoked and defied in AccelWorld. At the start of the story, Takumu has gotten it into his head that Haruyuki is pulling one of these to manipulate their mutual friend Chiyuri and keep her from moving past him and into a full relationship with Takumu. In truth Haruyuki can't stand being percceived as an object of pity for Chiyuri and has actively been pushing her away as a result.

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* Invoked and defied in AccelWorld.''LightNovel/AccelWorld''. At the start of the story, Takumu has gotten it into his head that Haruyuki is pulling one of these to manipulate their mutual friend Chiyuri and keep her from moving past him and into a full relationship with Takumu. In truth Haruyuki can't stand being percceived as an object of pity for Chiyuri and has actively been pushing her away as a result.



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* Comedian John Heffron has a joke about this; whatever he was doing to annoy his brother would lead his brother to yell out [[ArtisticLicenseBiology "I can't breathe!"]], leading to Heffron being grounded.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In ''FanFic/IWontSay'' when [[Manga/DeathNote L catches Mello and Matt]] sneaking around his room Matt turns on the waterworks and tries to blame it all on [[NotMeThisTime Light]].
* ''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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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Barry, TheScrappy little brother in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', shows how it's done [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20100205&name=Curtis here]].
** He even manages to do it ''by accident'' [[http://joshreads.com/images/15/07/i150726curtis.jpg on one occasion]].
* 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."
* One ''Bo Nanas'' strip featured a woman asking the main character to hold her purse. Once he does so, she starts yelling, claiming that she's been purse-snatched. [[spoiler: It didn't work; the policeman nearby saw the whole thing, and apparently she's done this before.]]
* Inverted and then triple-subverted in one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip. Garfield sees Jon lavishing attention on the cute kitten Nermal and becomes envious. He walks up to Nermal and--with Jon's eyes upon him--[[KickTheDog deliberately kicks the little guy over]] in the hope that Jon will become angry with him. He is disgusted when Jon simply takes pity on Nermal and completely ignores what Garfield did. Figuring that "two can play the sympathy game," Garfield takes up a plate of fine china and smashes it against his head, then "falls down unconscious" in an attempt to make Jon feel sorry for him. Instead, Jon scolds Garfield for breaking one of his most valuable plates--and, even worse for Garfield, it turns out that [[GoneHorriblyRight the plate-breaking really]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight did]]'' [[GoneHorriblyRight hurt him, giving him a colossal headache]]!
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/IWontSay'' ''Fanfic/IWontSay'' when [[Manga/DeathNote L catches Mello and Matt]] sneaking around his room Matt turns on the waterworks and tries to blame it all on [[NotMeThisTime Light]].
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': ''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]].



* In ''FanFic/ACureForLove'', while [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] is in the middle of killing one of his former coworkers he makes said coworker [[JustAFleshWound shoot him in the arm]] so that he will look innocent to the investigators.
* In the SherlockHolmes fic ''Fanfic/TheGhostMap'', Holmes shoots himself in the shoulder to frame a SerialKiller[=/=]DeadlyDoctor and get him convicted in court.

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* In ''FanFic/ACureForLove'', ''Fanfic/ACureForLove'', while [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] is in the middle of killing one of his former coworkers he makes said coworker [[JustAFleshWound shoot him in the arm]] so that he will look innocent to the investigators.
* In the SherlockHolmes Franchise/SherlockHolmes fic ''Fanfic/TheGhostMap'', Holmes shoots himself in the shoulder to frame a SerialKiller[=/=]DeadlyDoctor and get him convicted in court.



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-->'''Kay-Em:''' ''(SlasherSmile)'' '''GOTCHA!'''

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-->'''Kay-Em:''' ''(SlasherSmile)'' ''[{{slasher smile}}]'' '''GOTCHA!'''



* In ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown,'' two other wives of the former king are portrayed as using this tactic against the current king's mother in a dramatic "reenactment" of the events surrounding her poisoning. The king takes it very seriously. The two women in question happen to be attending the performance. The results aren't pretty.

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* In ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown,'' ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown'', two other wives of the former king are portrayed as using this tactic against the current king's mother in a dramatic "reenactment" of the events surrounding her poisoning. The king takes it very seriously. The two women in question happen to be attending the performance. The results aren't pretty.



* Used in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' by Furiosa's tribe to bait possible raiders: one of them perches naked in an old electrical tower and the others lie in ambush. Max sees through the ruse almost instantly.

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* Used in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' by Furiosa's all-female tribe to bait possible raiders: one of them perches naked in an old electrical tower and the others lie in ambush. Max sees through the ruse almost instantly.



* In the backstory of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Keifer Porter gets away with torturing and raping one of his [[ExoticExtendedMarriage younger wives]] by convincing her eldest sister that she "provoked him". Due to LoveMakesYouStupid, he actually succeeds with this.
** A milder example would be Odelia, who is really hurt, but pretends to be unconscious in the hopes that handsome Jerin will enter the room where she lies without chaperone so that she can steal a kiss. She's not even able to sit up, so her plan likely involved ''asking'' Jerin for a kiss.

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* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'':
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In the backstory of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', backstory, Keifer Porter gets away with torturing and raping one of his [[ExoticExtendedMarriage younger wives]] by convincing her eldest sister that she "provoked him". Due to LoveMakesYouStupid, he actually succeeds with this.
** A milder example would be Odelia, who is really hurt, but pretends to be unconscious in the hopes that handsome Jerin will enter the room where she lies without chaperone so that she can steal a kiss. She's not even able to sit up, so her plan likely involved ''asking'' Jerin for a kiss.



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', [[spoiler:Inquisitor Stele]] accuses the astropath Horin of trying to kill him and uses psyker magic to strengthen his case. The Space Marines he deludes promptly shoot the astropath apart.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000: Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', [[spoiler:Inquisitor Stele]] accuses the astropath Horin of trying to kill him and uses psyker magic to strengthen his case. The Space Marines he deludes promptly shoot the astropath apart.



* In ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'', one of the women tells her back story, in which she goes to live with her mother and her mother's second husband. It turns out that the husband has several wives and the second one frequently employs this trope by sickening herself by eating large amounts of opium and pretending to be dying so she could have her way. It gets to the point that she doesn't even need to eat opium to trick her husband. [[spoiler:Ultimately, the narrator's mother goes one step further and actually ''does'' commit suicide by opium [[ThanatosGambit to ensure that her daughter is best treated and the second wife loses power]].]] Possibly subverted in that the husband was extremely superstitious and feared angering a woman who would potentially come back to haunt him, rather than feeling sorry for her.

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* In ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'', one ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'':
** One
of the women tells her back story, in which she goes to live with her mother and her mother's second husband. It turns out that the husband has several wives and the second one frequently employs this trope by sickening herself by eating large amounts of opium and pretending to be dying so she could have her way. It gets to the point that she doesn't even need to eat opium to trick her husband. [[spoiler:Ultimately, the narrator's mother goes one step further and actually ''does'' commit suicide by opium [[ThanatosGambit to ensure that her daughter is best treated and the second wife loses power]].]] Possibly subverted in that the husband was extremely superstitious and feared angering a woman who would potentially come back to haunt him, rather than feeling sorry for her.



* In ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Lila has rough sex with Angel Batista and then takes a date rape drug to accuse him of rape. Earlier in the season, she torched her apartment to get sympathy from Dexter.
** In the same season, Dexter himself uses this tactic by headbutting Doakes and walking out of a conversation held in private; successfully provoking Doakes into attacking him in front of everyone else, which leads to Doakes' suspension from the police department and definitely makes Dexter out to be an innocent victim of Doakes' animosity:
---> '''Dexter''': "I own you." ''*BAM*''

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* In ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
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Lila has rough sex with Angel Batista and then takes a date rape drug to accuse him of rape. Earlier in the season, she torched her apartment to get sympathy from Dexter.
Dexter.
** In the same season, Dexter himself uses this tactic by headbutting Doakes and walking out of a conversation held in private; successfully provoking Doakes into attacking him in front of everyone else, which leads to Doakes' Doakes's suspension from the police department and definitely makes Dexter out to be an innocent victim of Doakes' Doakes's animosity:
---> '''Dexter''': "I --->'''Dexter:''' I own you." ''*BAM*''you. ''[BAM]''



* And on ''Series/MelrosePlace''.

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* And on ''Series/MelrosePlace''. ''Series/MelrosePlace'':



* ''Series/BurnNotice'' talks about a variant of this, calling it "Double Blackmail," where the blackmailer will make it look like they are being blackmailed as well, so that the mark is more trusting. It is referred to as being "Older than the Pyramids".\\
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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 will help her track down the man she has been hired to kill]].

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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' ''Series/BurnNotice'':
** The show
talks about a variant of this, calling it "Double Blackmail," where the blackmailer will make it look like they are being blackmailed as well, so that the mark is more trusting. It is referred to as being "Older than the Pyramids".\\
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Pyramids".
**
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]].



* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'' Sam discovers that the wife of his "brother" is another leaper. Carried away by the moment of finding a fellow leaper, when the brother/husband comes home unexpectedly they need to pretend that nothing was happening. Instead she horrifically scratches her face to claim Sam attacked her.

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* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'' ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam discovers that the wife of his "brother" is another leaper. Carried away by the moment of finding a fellow leaper, when the brother/husband comes home unexpectedly they need to pretend that nothing was happening. Instead she horrifically scratches her face to claim Sam attacked her.



* ''Series/DesperateHousewives''

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* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' ''Series/DesperateHousewives'':



* 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 ''Series/{{V 2009}}'', ''Series/{{V|2009}}'' (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]].



--> '''Christina:''' *bent over, face in hands* I want Owen.
--> '''Meredith:''' Go find him!
--> *Avery runs off, Christina promptly drops the act*
--> '''Meredith:''' What the hell--
--> '''Christina:''' He's gonna be running around for the next hour while I sew grafts on a triple bypass. Owen's at the dentist-- he'll be hard to find.

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--> '''Christina:''' *bent -->'''Christina:''' ''[bent over, face in hands* hands]'' I want Owen.
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Owen.\\
'''Meredith:''' Go find him!
--> *Avery
him!\\
''[Avery
runs off, Christina promptly drops the act*
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'''Meredith:''' What the hell--
-->
hell--\\
'''Christina:''' He's gonna be running around for the next hour while I sew grafts on a triple bypass. Owen's at the dentist-- he'll be hard to find.



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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 the {{masquerade}}.

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* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' ''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 the {{masquerade}}.



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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Barry, TheScrappy little brother in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', shows how it's done [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20100205&name=Curtis here]].
** He even manages to do it ''by accident'' [[http://joshreads.com/images/15/07/i150726curtis.jpg on one occasion]].
* 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."
* One ''Bo Nanas'' strip featured a woman asking the main character to hold her purse. Once he does so, she starts yelling, claiming that she's been purse-snatched. [[spoiler: It didn't work; the policeman nearby saw the whole thing, and apparently she's done this before.]]
* Inverted and then triple-subverted in one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip. Garfield sees Jon lavishing attention on the cute kitten Nermal and becomes envious. He walks up to Nermal and--with Jon's eyes upon him--[[KickTheDog deliberately kicks the little guy over]] in the hope that Jon will become angry with him. He is disgusted when Jon simply takes pity on Nermal and completely ignores what Garfield did. Figuring that "two can play the sympathy game," Garfield takes up a plate of fine china and smashes it against his head, then "falls down unconscious" in an attempt to make Jon feel sorry for him. Instead, Jon scolds Garfield for breaking one of his most valuable plates--and, even worse for Garfield, it turns out that [[GoneHorriblyRight the plate-breaking really]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight did]]'' [[GoneHorriblyRight hurt him, giving him a colossal headache]]!

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Barry, TheScrappy little brother in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', shows how it's done [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20100205&name=Curtis here]].
** He even manages to do it ''by accident'' [[http://joshreads.com/images/15/07/i150726curtis.jpg on one occasion]].
* Humorously subverted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip: Dilbert accidentally bumps
Literature/TheBible: In the car Book of Genesis, Potiphar's wife[[note]]who is not named in front of the Torah or the Bible but is given the name Zuleikha by the Sefer [=HaYashar=][[/note]] attempts to seduce Joseph; when he refuses, she falsely accuses him of rape and gets out to apologize. When he looks him thrown in the front window of dungeon.
** This tale also appears in
the other car, he sees Quran, as Yusuf and Zulaikha, and has been the focus of retellings by Islamic poets.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Proetus, King of Tiryns, took in Bellerophon after his exile; Proetus' wife--whether her name is Antea or Stheneboea is [[ContinuitySnarl unclear]]--takes
a man with a grotesquely twisted-up body who screams "LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO ME!" The alleged victim takes Dilbert shine to court, intending to sue him for all he's worth. "Now I'll never and attempts to seduce him. For whatever reason (probably at least in part ''[[SacredHospitality xenia]]''; why this is a likely theory should be able clear in a moment), Bellerophon refuses, so she tells Proetus that Bellerophon had tried to work again!" rape her. Because of ''xenia'', he whines couldn't kill Bellerophon directly, and then the guy whom he was trying to get to kill Bellerophon also ended up bound by ''xenia'' not to do so, leading 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."
* One ''Bo Nanas'' strip featured a woman asking the main character to hold her purse. Once he does so, she starts yelling, claiming that she's been purse-snatched. [[spoiler: It didn't work; the policeman nearby saw the whole thing, and
[[UriahGambit apparently she's done this before.]]
* Inverted and then triple-subverted in one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip. Garfield sees Jon lavishing attention on the cute kitten Nermal and becomes envious. He walks up
suicidal quests]] to Nermal and--with Jon's eyes upon him--[[KickTheDog deliberately kicks the little guy over]] in the hope get rid of him that Jon will become angry with him. He is disgusted when Jon simply takes pity on Nermal and completely ignores what Garfield did. Figuring that "two can play the sympathy game," Garfield takes up a plate of fine china and smashes it against his head, then "falls down unconscious" in an attempt to make Jon feel sorry for him. Instead, Jon scolds Garfield for breaking one of his most valuable plates--and, even worse for Garfield, it turns out that [[GoneHorriblyRight the plate-breaking really]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight did]]'' [[GoneHorriblyRight hurt him, giving him a colossal headache]]!form Bellerophon's myth.



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[[folder:Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Comedian John Heffron has a joke about this; whatever he was doing to annoy his brother would lead his brother to yell out [[ArtisticLicenseBiology "I can't breathe!"]], leading to Heffron being grounded.

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[[folder:Recorded [[folder:Sports]]
%%Only include documented cases where the person involved has admitted to the behavior or has been subject to disciplinary action by an appropriate sports authority.
* In [[InsistentTerminology soccer/football]] this is called "diving". If the referee concludes that this trope has been invoked, he/she is authorized to punish the one who pulled it (although [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught if they're fooled
and Stand-Up Comedy]]
award a penalty, it still stands]] - the player and/or team can still be punished later, though). Referees will give out yellow cards for diving in the penalty area (or in a similar high-stakes situation).
* Comedian Brazil vs. Chile, 1990 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]] qualifying. A firework fell in the field. The Chilean goalkeeper fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead, and play was suspended. Later it was discovered the player created the injury himself, with a razor blade hidden in his glove. Chile was banned for eight years, and the keeper for life.
* Notorious troublemaker Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers admitted in a documentary that he "milked it" when Knicks player
John Heffron has a joke about this; whatever he Starks headbutted him on the court in 1993.
* Terry Bradshaw
was doing to annoy famous for this on the gridiron. He claims that at one point his brother would lead his brother to yell out [[ArtisticLicenseBiology "I can't breathe!"]], leading to Heffron being grounded.teammates presented him with a mock-up Emmy statuette.
* In sports, this is colloquially known as flopping. Both the NBA and the WNBA have forbidden it. On the other hand, it's a major part of UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball -- albeit ones that many fans complain about.



[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Literature/TheBible: In the Book of Genesis, Potiphar's wife[[note]]who is not named in the Torah or the Bible but is given the name Zuleikha by the Sefer [=HaYashar=][[/note]] attempts to seduce Joseph; when he refuses, she falsely accuses him of rape and gets him thrown in the dungeon.
** This tale also appears in the Quran, as Yusuf and Zulaikha, and has been the focus of retellings by Islamic poets.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Proetus, King of Tiryns, took in Bellerophon after his exile; Proetus' wife--whether her name is Antea or Stheneboea is [[ContinuitySnarl unclear]]--takes a shine to him and attempts to seduce him. For whatever reason (probably at least in part ''[[SacredHospitality xenia]]''; why this is a likely theory should be clear in a moment), Bellerophon refuses, so she tells Proetus that Bellerophon had tried to rape her. Because of ''xenia'', he couldn't kill Bellerophon directly, and then the guy whom he was trying to get to kill Bellerophon also ended up bound by ''xenia'' not to do so, leading to the [[UriahGambit apparently suicidal quests]] to get rid of him that form Bellerophon's myth.

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[[folder:Religion [[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is a staple trick of any TabletopRPG, used by both the GameMaster
and Mythology]]
* Literature/TheBible: In
Players alike regardless of the Book of Genesis, Potiphar's wife[[note]]who setting. The common setup is not named something like this: a character is in trouble, whether held captive or simply seeking out help righting a wrong he or she cannot right. He or she uses his or her apparent vulnerability to manipulate the other parties into doing what he or she wants. Depending on the genre, mystical or technological augmentations can help with the con. Then, when the character gets what they want, they may either dramatically betray the others then or just leave their stooges in the Torah or dark entirely. Alternatively, play the Bible but is given victim when the name Zuleikha paladins/Jedi/police/player characters show up.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Black_Claw_Style an entire Martial Arts style]] based around this trope.
* In ''Warzone'', the tabletop game set in the ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' universe, the "Dark Huntsman" is a Dark Legion unit in the form of a former human soldier who was brainwashed
by the Sefer [=HaYashar=][[/note]] attempts to seduce Joseph; when he refuses, she falsely accuses him of rape and gets him thrown in the dungeon.
** This tale also appears in the Quran, as Yusuf and Zulaikha, and has been the focus of retellings by Islamic poets.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Proetus, King of Tiryns, took in Bellerophon after his exile; Proetus' wife--whether her name is Antea or Stheneboea is [[ContinuitySnarl unclear]]--takes a shine to him and attempts to seduce him. For whatever reason (probably at least in part ''[[SacredHospitality xenia]]''; why this is a likely theory should be clear in a moment), Bellerophon refuses, so she tells Proetus that Bellerophon had tried to rape her. Because of ''xenia'', he couldn't kill Bellerophon directly,
Dark Symmetry and then the guy whom he was trying to get to kill Bellerophon also ended up bound by ''xenia'' not to do so, leading sent back to the [[UriahGambit apparently suicidal quests]] no man's land between the front lines to get rid of him prey on his ex-comrades. His modus operandi is lying in a ditch somewhere crying for help, claiming to be wounded, then killing any soldiers that form Bellerophon's myth.come investigating. Of course, since he retains all knowledge of codewords etc., he is also a perfect infiltrator.
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Broken Wing Gambit feat allows a party to pull this off. A 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.



[[folder:Sporting Event]]
%%Only include documented cases where the person involved has admitted to the behavior or has been subject to disciplinary action by an appropriate sports authority.
* In [[InsistentTerminology soccer/football]] this is called "diving". If the referee concludes that this trope has been invoked, he/she is authorized to punish the one who pulled it (although [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught if they're fooled and award a penalty, it still stands]] - the player and/or team can still be punished later, though). Referees will give out yellow cards for diving in the penalty area (or in a similar high-stakes situation).
* Brazil vs. Chile, 1990 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]] qualifying. A firework fell in the field. The Chilean goalkeeper fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead, and play was suspended. Later it was discovered the player created the injury himself, with a razor blade hidden in his glove. Chile was banned for eight years, and the keeper for life.
* Notorious troublemaker Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers admitted in a documentary that he "milked it" when Knicks player John Starks headbutted him on the court in 1993.
* Terry Bradshaw was famous for this on the gridiron. He claims that at one point his teammates presented him with a mock-up Emmy statuette.
* In sports, this is colloquially known as flopping. Both the NBA and the WNBA have forbidden it. On the other hand, it's a major part of UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball -- albeit ones that many fans complain about.

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[[folder:Theater]]
* In [[InsistentTerminology soccer/football]] this is called "diving". If ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', Abigail Williams stabs herself in the referee concludes that this trope has been invoked, he/she is authorized leg to punish the one who pulled it (although [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught if they're fooled and award a penalty, it still stands]] - the player and/or team can still be punished frame Elizabeth Proctor. She also, later, though). Referees will give out yellow cards for diving pretends to be possessed by Mary Warren.
* Subverted
in ''Theatre/KingLear'', Edmund, the penalty area (or in a similar high-stakes situation).
* Brazil vs. Chile, 1990 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]] qualifying. A firework fell in the field. The Chilean goalkeeper fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead, and play was suspended. Later it was discovered the player created the injury himself, with a razor blade hidden in his glove. Chile was banned for eight years, and the keeper for life.
* Notorious troublemaker Reggie Miller
son of the Indiana Pacers admitted in a documentary Earl of Gloucester, cuts his own arm to make it look like his older brother Edgar attacked him. Although his father does disinherit Edgar, he barely acknowledges that he "milked it" when Knicks player John Starks headbutted him on Edmund is hurt.
* The Queen of
the court Night in 1993.
* Terry Bradshaw was famous for this on the gridiron. He claims that at one point his teammates presented him with a mock-up Emmy statuette.
Mozart's ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''. That is, until she reveals her [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen true colors]].
* In sports, this is colloquially known Seneca's ''Phaedra'', Phaedra actually accuses Hippolytus of rape after he spurns her, rather than simply hanging herself right away as flopping. Both in Euripides' ''Hippolytus'' (where Theseus simply misunderstands the NBA and the WNBA have forbidden it. On the other hand, it's a major part of UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball -- albeit ones that many fans complain about.suicide note).



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is a staple trick of any TabletopRPG, used by both the GameMaster and Players alike regardless of the setting. The common setup is something like this: a character is in trouble, whether held captive or simply seeking out help righting a wrong he or she cannot right. He or she uses his or her apparent vulnerability to manipulate the other parties into doing what he or she wants. Depending on the genre, mystical or technological augmentations can help with the con. Then, when the character gets what they want, they may either dramatically betray the others then or just leave their stooges in the dark entirely. Alternatively, play the victim when the paladins/Jedi/police/player characters show up.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Black_Claw_Style an entire Martial Arts style]] based around this trope.
* In ''Warzone'', the tabletop game set in the ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' universe, the "Dark Huntsman" is a Dark Legion unit in the form of a former human soldier who was brainwashed by the Dark Symmetry and then sent back to the no man's land between the front lines to prey on his ex-comrades. His modus operandi is lying in a ditch somewhere crying for help, claiming to be wounded, then killing any soldiers that come investigating. Of course, since he retains all knowledge of codewords etc., he is also a perfect infiltrator.
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Broken Wing Gambit feat allows a party to pull this off. A 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', Abigail Williams stabs herself in the leg to frame Elizabeth Proctor. She also, later, pretends to be possessed by Mary Warren.
* Subverted in ''Theatre/KingLear'', Edmund, the son of the Earl of Gloucester, cuts his own arm to make it look like his older brother Edgar attacked him. Although his father does disinherit Edgar, he barely acknowledges that Edmund is hurt.
* The Queen of the Night in Mozart's ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''. That is, until she reveals her [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen true colors]].
* In Seneca's ''Phaedra'', Phaedra actually accuses Hippolytus of rape after he spurns her, rather than simply hanging herself right away as in Euripides' ''Hippolytus'' (where Theseus simply misunderstands the suicide note).
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* ''Videogame/{{Firefall}}'': Most of the time, that wounded bandit who is begging for mercy will ask for medicine in exchange for crystite, only to reveal that the medical supplies are a ''homing beacon''. Cue "Big Brother", the dreadnaught with a rocket launcher. Then the little guy will pretend he's sad about the death of his "big brother" and give you co-ordinates and a key to a loot crate - which may or may not work. Occasionally, it really is medical supplies and the wounded bandit will give you the map and key out of gratitude... or to make you look the other way while he runs.
--> Wounded Bandit: Guess what? We're going to rob you!
--> Big Brother: Guess what? We're cannibals!

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* ''Videogame/{{Firefall}}'': Most of the time, that wounded bandit who is begging for mercy will ask for medicine in exchange for crystite, only to reveal that the medical supplies are a ''homing beacon''. Cue "Big Brother", the dreadnaught with a rocket launcher. Then the little guy will pretend he's sad about the death of his "big brother" and give you co-ordinates and a key to a loot crate - -- which may or may not work. Occasionally, it really is medical supplies and the wounded bandit will give you the map and key out of gratitude... or to make you look the other way while he runs.
--> Wounded Bandit: -->'''Wounded Bandit:''' Guess what? We're going to rob you!
--> Big Brother:
you!\\
'''Big Brother:'''
Guess what? We're cannibals!



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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* 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]].
-->[[spoiler:"Yeah, funny how an act of sacrifice like that buys you so much trust. And so much information."]]
* 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]].
[[/folder]]



* Zola, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', does this as part of her big plan - not ''solely'' to convince Gil to feel sorry for her, but to get everyone else to [[ObfuscatingStupidity write her off as a helpless, blithering idiot]].

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* Zola, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Zola
does this as part of her big plan - -- not ''solely'' to convince Gil to feel sorry for her, but to get everyone else to [[ObfuscatingStupidity write her off as a helpless, blithering idiot]].



* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' has Loki (yes, THAT [[Myth/NorseMythology L]][[MagnificentBastard o]][[{{Jerkass}} k]][[SociopathicHero i]]), who, acting under orders from [[BigBad Surt]] [[spoiler:and/or as a StealthMentor]], convinces his son that Yuuki forced him to stab himself. Sleipnir, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil who had completely forgotten that Loki was there to fight Yuuki]], is easily convinced, since then [[ItsPersonal it was personal]].

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* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' has Loki (yes, THAT [[Myth/NorseMythology L]][[MagnificentBastard o]][[{{Jerkass}} k]][[SociopathicHero i]]), Loki]]), who, acting under orders from [[BigBad Surt]] [[spoiler:and/or as a StealthMentor]], convinces his son that Yuuki forced him to stab himself. Sleipnir, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil who had has completely forgotten that Loki was is there to fight Yuuki]], is easily convinced, since then [[ItsPersonal it was is personal]].



* 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]].
-->[[spoiler:"Yeah, funny how an act of sacrifice like that buys you so much trust. And so much information."]]
* 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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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':



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

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



* The modus operandi of Bendy in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.

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* %%* The modus operandi of Bendy in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode [[CourtroomEpisode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama"]], Mr. Cat is accused of attacking [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Quack Quack]] [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]], and Kaeloo tries to prove him guilty. [[spoiler: Mr. Cat says that it was probably Kaeloo's [[JekyllAndHyde alternate form, Bad Kaeloo]], who is aggressive and does things beyond Kaeloo's conscious control. Kaeloo starts crying and says that she's going to leave Smileyland forever to keep her friends safe, and Mr. Cat, feeling guilty, confesses that it was him all along. Cue an EvilLaugh from [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kaeloo]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode [[CourtroomEpisode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama"]], Mr. Cat is accused of attacking [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Quack Quack]] [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]], and Kaeloo tries to prove him guilty. [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Cat says that it was probably Kaeloo's [[JekyllAndHyde alternate form, Bad Kaeloo]], who is aggressive and does things beyond Kaeloo's conscious control. Kaeloo starts crying and says that she's going to leave Smileyland forever to keep her friends safe, and Mr. Cat, feeling guilty, confesses that it was him all along. Cue an EvilLaugh from [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kaeloo]].]]



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1" Princess Cadance [[spoiler:Actually Chrysalis, queen of the Changelings, impersonating her]] breaks down into tears when Twilight Sparkle accuses her of being evil (and presents some halfway-decent evidence) during the wedding rehearsal. This causes Twilight's friends to become upset with her, her brother to change his mind about her being [[BestWoman Best Mare]], and Princess Celestia to be disappointed in her. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Ouch]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
**
In "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1" Princess Cadance [[spoiler:Actually Chrysalis, queen of the Changelings, impersonating her]] breaks down into tears when Twilight Sparkle accuses her of being evil (and presents some halfway-decent evidence) during the wedding rehearsal. This causes Twilight's friends to become upset with her, her brother to change his mind about her being [[BestWoman Best Mare]], and Princess Celestia to be disappointed in her. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Ouch]].



* The ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Seein' Red, White and Blue" has Bluto faking injury and poor health to get out of being conscripted into the Navy. He gives up the charade on the Navy's behalf after seeing Japanese saboteurs beating up Popeye.

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* The ''{{Popeye}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Seein' Red, White and Blue" has Bluto faking injury and poor health to get out of being conscripted into the Navy. He gives up the charade on the Navy's behalf after seeing Japanese saboteurs beating up Popeye.



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* Done by Steele in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''. Steele says that Balto attacked him and tried to steal the medicine for the sick kids, only to fall off of a cliff. [[spoiler:Balto actually demanded the medicine because he knew the way back. Steele didn't want to give it up because he wanted the glory of bringing the medicine back himself, so Balto took it by force.]]
* [[TheDividual Dee Dee]] pulled this trick to get the drop on Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. (When he showed up when they and the other Jokerz were in the middle of a robbery, they held each other and pretended to be terrified; when he turned his back to concentrate on the tougher-looking male members of the gang, they pounced.)



* Done by Steele in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''. Steele says that Balto attacked him and tried to steal the medicine for the sick kids, only to fall off of a cliff. [[spoiler:Balto actually demanded the medicine because he knew the way back. Steele didn't want to give it up because he wanted the glory of bringing the medicine back himself, so Balto took it by force.]]
* In the ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' film, ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', the murderer deceives Wallace into thinking Gromit has attacked them, even going so far as to bite their own arm to provide an injury. This one only worked through Wallace's CloudCuckoolander tendencies, as it would be hard for Gromit to bite anyone, as he has no mouth.



* Dee Dee pulled this trick to get the drop on Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. (When he showed up when they and the other Jokerz were in the middle of a robbery, they held each other and pretended to be terrified; when he turned his back to concentrate on the tougher-looking male members of the gang, they pounced.)

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* Dee Dee pulled this trick to get In the drop on Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. (When he showed up when they and ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' film, ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', the other Jokerz were in the middle of a robbery, they held each other and pretended murderer deceives Wallace into thinking Gromit has attacked them, even going so far as to bite their own arm to provide an injury. This one only worked through Wallace's CloudCuckoolander tendencies, as it would be terrified; when hard for Gromit to bite anyone, as he turned his back to concentrate on the tougher-looking male members of the gang, they pounced.)has no mouth.



* 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. 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 John [=McClane=].
* ''Film/JasonX'': Kay-Em pulls this off. After having a dramatic introduction after being "upgraded", Jason seemly takes her out instantly by throwing his machete into her. She immediately crumples into a heap, but it turns out she was goading Jason into approaching her to retrieve his machete.
-->'''Kay-Em:''' ''(SlasherSmile)'' '''GOTCHA!'''

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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 In ''Film/AnAmericanCrime'', Gertrude tells everyone that Sylvia "came into [her] house and just kept lying" and is a troublemaker who she just doesn't work, know what to do with. [[spoiler:This is to hide the protagonist starts throwing fact that she currently has Sylvia tied up and beaten in the basement.]]
* [[spoiler:The confrontation between Commander Richter and the Camerlengo]] in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', where [[spoiler:the Camerlengo]] brands
himself around with the boss's office, breaking furniture and smearing his own blood everywhere while Illuminati symbol, then tells the boss looks on in a state of utter disbelief. When would-be BigDamnHeroes that the attacker is the other people come guy.
* 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 find out what's going on, spill the protagonist begs for mercy. [[RefugeInAudacity Crude but effective]]; beans on their plans through all the boss gives him a very generous severance package to avoid any more trouble. He started beating himself up after the supervisor hubris[[note]]This is an actual interrogation technique called security, 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 was too shocked by his actions to hang up. It was a brilliant double play they won't even realize it. The trick is, because not only did 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 arriving security misread the scene, but whoever was listening on the phone would have heard villain discussing about what sounded 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]].
* [[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]]]].
* In ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'', veterinarian Herman Varnick, does this because he wants to use Beethoven for an ammunition test. Varnick comes to the Newton's home and stages an "attack" by Beethoven on him, by ripping up his sleeve and putting red dye on his arm and Beethoven to look
like the supervisor beating up a helpless subordinate. For bonus effectiveness points, blood, and says that Beethoven bit his arm. Varnick says Beethoven must be euthanized or 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
will press charges, so George takes Beethoven to Varnick to be an escaped partygoer euthanized. Later the Newtons discover the lie when he first meets John [=McClane=].
* ''Film/JasonX'': Kay-Em pulls this off. After having a dramatic introduction after being "upgraded", Jason seemly takes her out instantly by throwing his machete into her. She immediately crumples into a heap, but it turns out she was goading Jason into approaching her to retrieve his machete.
-->'''Kay-Em:''' ''(SlasherSmile)'' '''GOTCHA!'''
Varnick's bandages are ripped off, revealing the absence of bite marks.



* [[spoiler:Edward Norton's]] character in ''Film/PrimalFear'', as revealed in the final twist.

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* [[spoiler:Edward Norton's]] character in ''Film/PrimalFear'', as revealed in In ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', our heroine confronts the final twist.villainess in her home, who reveals her husband's dead body which just so happens to be covered in deep scratches, right before she triggers an alarm and cues crocodile tears, screaming [-"IT WAS CATWOMAN!"-]



* 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.]]]]
* Emperor Palpatine pulls this off in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' to make Anakin Skywalker side with him against Mace Windu. He's just a tired old man viciously attacked by the ruthless Jedi despite being willing to surrender. He's barely alive...surely Anakin wouldn't allow a murder to occur? And not only has Anakin been spending a great deal of time alone with Palpatine and beginning to be swayed by his words, but he has good reason to resent the Jedi after they grant him only token representation on the Council and force him into becoming their spy, and sees Windu as an arrogant RabidCop who is subverting the laws of the Republic. (But of course he doesn't actually want to ''kill'' Windu, and his horror at Windu's death is palpable.) Palpatine is a rare example of this trope in that he's both a gazelle ''and'' a lion. One moment he's begging for mercy; the next, he's gleefully electrocuting Windu while screaming "[[ChewingTheScenery POWER]]! [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide UNLIMITED POWER]]!"
** Palpatine also uses it, as revealed in ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'', as he has the Trade Federation [[Film/ThePhantomMenace blockade Naboo]] to gain sympathy.
* The antagonist for ''Film/MeanGirls'' writes evil things about herself into her book of gossip, then distributes it to frame the protagonist and her former minions.

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* The final part of ''Film/CruelIntentions'': In order to goad Ronald into attacking her brother and (indirectly) causing his death, Kathryn claims (over the villain's plot in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''. The villain in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' pulls it again, only phone) that time, it actually works. [[spoiler:[[INeverSaidItWasPoison Almost.]]]]
Sebastian hit her. (This trope gets twisted around in the movie's original script: Sebastian ''does'' hit Kathryn, [[KickTheSonOfABitch for taunting him]].)
* Emperor Palpatine pulls Selina Kyle can turn this on and off like a switch in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' to make Anakin Skywalker side with him ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. When she's attacking Bane's men in the bar (even as a SWAT team is pounding a battering ram against Mace Windu. He's just a tired old man viciously attacked by the ruthless Jedi despite being willing door), she calmly manages to surrender. He's barely alive...surely Anakin wouldn't allow a murder to occur? And not only has Anakin been spending a great deal of time alone with Palpatine and beginning to be swayed by his words, but he has good reason to resent the Jedi after they grant him only token representation on the Council and force him into becoming their spy, and sees Windu as an arrogant RabidCop who is subverting the laws shoot two of the Republic. (But of course he doesn't actually want to ''kill'' Windu, henchmen down, and his horror at Windu's death is palpable.) Palpatine is a rare example of this trope in that he's both a gazelle ''and'' a lion. One moment he's begging for mercy; the next, he's gleefully electrocuting Windu while immediately starts screaming "[[ChewingTheScenery POWER]]! [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide UNLIMITED POWER]]!"
** Palpatine also uses it, as revealed in ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'', as he has
hysterically the Trade Federation [[Film/ThePhantomMenace blockade Naboo]] to gain sympathy.
* The antagonist for ''Film/MeanGirls'' writes evil things about herself
moment the SWAT team breaches the front door and enters. Then she sobers up as soon as the officers chase the remaining henchmen into her book of gossip, then distributes it the back alley.
* Used to devastating effect by TheBlank and 88 Keys
to frame the protagonist title character for murder in ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990). Having just gassed Tracy after luring him into a greenhouse to search for his kidnapped girlfriend, they take the detective to a hotel where District Attorney Fletcher is staying. The Blank shoots Fletcher dead and her former minions.then puts the smoking pistol in Tracy's lap. 88 Keys then takes out a piece of note paper and loudly reads from it, shouting for help because Tracy is "trying to kill him." A police officer downstairs hears the commotion and arrives on the scene just as Tracy is waking up. The Blank and 88 Keys have escaped out the window by this time, and the now-disgraced hero is unable to account for the D.A.'s dead body and the fact that the murder weapon is on his person.
* ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber pretends to be an escaped partygoer when he first meets John [=McClane=].



* In ''Film/{{Fear}}'', the female protagonist's psychotic boyfriend beats himself and claims that her father did it.
* 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. 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.
* In the film version of the musical ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', Velma Von Tussle is trying to seduce Wilbur Turnblad, and he's oblivious. When his wife Edna comes in, she pulls him on top of her and makes it look like he was the one who initiated it.
* The heroine of ''Film/HouseOfWhipcord'' pulls this off. After getting flogged, one of the matrons visits her in her cell. The girl appears to be so weak she can't even put her own uniform back on. This appeals to the old lady's conscience who leaves the cell to fetch her some water. She leaves the door unlocked and the heroine escapes.
* ''Film/IceStationZebra''. TheMole plans to invoke this trope, telling an American officer to beat him with a crowbar so he can be shot in 'self defense'. The officer is incredulous that he would go along with this plan, but the mole points out that [[DefiantToTheEnd he's the type to die fighting]]. Instead of reaching for the crowbar, the officer attacks him directly, eventually gaining the upper hand [[NiceJobBreakingItHero until he's shot dead by the main protagonist]] under the assumption that ''he'' is TheMole.
* 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]].
* In the ''Film/{{Intruder}}'', [[spoiler:the dying killer accuses the two survivors of the killings and the police arrest them]].
* ''Film/JasonX'': Kay-Em pulls this off. After having a dramatic introduction after being "upgraded", Jason seemly takes her out instantly by throwing his machete into her. She immediately crumples into a heap, but it turns out she was goading Jason into approaching her to retrieve his machete.
-->'''Kay-Em:''' ''(SlasherSmile)'' '''GOTCHA!'''
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. After Rico slaughters the other high ranking Judges on Chief Justice Griffin's orders, Dredd arrives. Griffin shoots himself in the arm to make it appear he was wounded in the assault and tells the arriving guards that Dredd committed the attack.



* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. After Rico slaughters the other high ranking Judges on Chief Justice Griffin's orders, Dredd arrives. Griffin shoots himself in the arm to make it appear he was wounded in the assault and tells the arriving guards that Dredd committed the attack.
* [[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]]]].
* In ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', our heroine confronts the villainess in her home, who reveals her husband's dead body which just so happens to be covered in deep scratches, right before she triggers an alarm and cues crocodile tears, screaming [-"IT WAS CATWOMAN!"-]
* Ravenna of ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' pulls this off to great effect. As the king's knights are fighting an army, they find her chained up in a cage. The king takes her back to the castle and ends up marrying her. On the wedding night she murders him and it turns out she's leading the invading army, and conquers the castle in a matter of hours.
* The entire [[ThePlan plan]] of ''Film/WildThings'' began when Denise Richards' character accuses Matt Dillon's character of rape. Though he was in on it 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.
* [[spoiler:The confrontation between Commander Richter and the Camerlengo]] in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', where [[spoiler:the Camerlengo]] brands himself with the Illuminati symbol, then tells the would-be BigDamnHeroes that the attacker is the other guy.
* [[spoiler:Humperdinck's plot to kill]] ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is an attempt to pull off this trope as part of a FalseFlagOperation.

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%%* Linda Fiorentino's character in ''Film/TheLastSeduction''.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. After Rico slaughters the other high ranking Judges on Chief Justice Griffin's orders, Dredd arrives. Griffin shoots ''Film/LiarLiar'': AmoralAttorney Fletcher Reed learns that he is suffering from his son's wish that leaves him unable to lie. Determined to get himself in the arm to make it appear excused from a case that he was wounded in the assault and will almost certainly lose if he tells the arriving guards that Dredd committed truth, he slips into the attack.
* [[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]]]].
* In ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', our heroine confronts
men's restroom at the villainess in her home, who reveals her husband's dead body which just so happens to be covered in deep scratches, right before she triggers an alarm courthouse and cues crocodile tears, screaming [-"IT WAS CATWOMAN!"-]
* Ravenna of ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' pulls this off to great effect. As the king's knights are fighting an army, they find her chained up in a cage. The king takes her back to the castle and ends up marrying her. On the wedding night she murders him and it turns out she's leading the invading army, and conquers the castle in a matter of hours.
* The entire [[ThePlan plan]] of ''Film/WildThings'' began when Denise Richards' character accuses Matt Dillon's character of rape. Though he was in on it 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.
* [[spoiler:The confrontation between Commander Richter and the Camerlengo]] in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', where [[spoiler:the Camerlengo]] brands
repeatedly punches himself with and throws himself into the Illuminati symbol, then tells the would-be BigDamnHeroes stalls and walls, hoping to injure himself so badly that the attacker judge will not allow him to continue. He is eventually found bruised and bloodied and brought into the other guy.
* [[spoiler:Humperdinck's plot
courtroom; when the judge asks him what happened, [[LoopholeAbuse he explains in a half-truth that "a desperate man" beat him up]]. But Fletcher's scheme backfires when the judge asks if he still feels well enough to kill]] ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' continue, and Fletcher is forced to admit that he does.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': In ''The Two Towers'', Gandalf and Co arrive to the court of King Théoden and are demanded to disarm before they are admitted in. Gandalf urges his companions to go with it, but when the guard, Háma, asks him for his MagicStaff, makes a pathetic face and pleads that he's
an attempt to pull off old man and this trope as part is just his walking stick ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny and even leans on Legolas for support]]). The abashed guard obliges and lets them in (though it's strongly implied he knew ''exactly'' what Gandalf was up to: When Gandalf is attempting to exorcise Saruman's control of a FalseFlagOperation.Théoden, Gamling attempts to draw his sword to come to the King's aid but Háma stops him).
** Furthermore, Háma was under direct orders from Grima Wormtongue to confiscate the staff. His acceptance of Gandalf's flimsy excuse further proves that he was hoping for Gandalf to succeed.
* Used in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' by Furiosa's tribe to bait possible raiders: one of them perches naked in an old electrical tower and the others lie in ambush. Max sees through the ruse almost instantly.
* The titular dog from ''Film/{{Marmaduke}}'' gets attacked by Bosco after the latter loses in the dog surfing competition, but then he gets fed up and stands up to him. However, this makes Bosco pretend to cower in fear, thus he and his owner Phil get scolded for being out of control.
* The antagonist of ''Film/MeanGirls'' writes evil things about herself into her book of gossip, then distributes it to frame the protagonist and her former minions.



* In ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'', veterinarian Herman Varnick, does this because he wants to use Beethoven for an ammunition test. Varnick comes to the Newton's home and stages an "attack" by Beethoven on him, by ripping up his sleeve and putting red dye on his arm and Beethoven to look like blood, and says that Beethoven bit his arm. Varnick says Beethoven must be euthanized or he will press charges, so George takes Beethoven to Varnick to be euthanized. Later the Newtons discover the lie when Varnick's bandages are ripped off, revealing the absence of bite marks.

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* In ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'', veterinarian Herman Varnick, does this because Once he wants to use Beethoven for an ammunition test. Varnick comes to gets out of his room, the Newton's home PyroManiac Saul in ''Film/TheOldDarkHouse1932'' pretends to be a victim of family plotting, and stages an "attack" by Beethoven on him, by ripping up his sleeve and putting red dye on his arm and Beethoven insists to look like blood, and says Roger that Beethoven bit his arm. Varnick says Beethoven must be euthanized or he will press charges, so George isn't mad. But once he takes Beethoven hold on a knife, he starts have problems to Varnick to be euthanized. Later keep up with that story.
* In ''Film/TheOmen''
the Newtons discover VillainProtagonist is Damien, the lie when Varnick's bandages are ripped off, revealing AntiChrist. The first two movies have {{Downer Ending}}s where TheBadGuyWins, but in the absence of bite marks.''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 ''An American Crime'', Gertrude tells everyone that Sylvia "came into [her] house and just kept lying" and is a troublemaker who she just doesn't know what to do with. [[spoiler:This is to hide the fact that she currently has Sylvia tied up and beaten in the basement.]]
* In the Canadian film ''Trojan Horse'' the presidential candidate hero/villain hires an assassin to shoot him non-fatally during a speech, implying his opponents are using serious dirty tactics as well as giving himself the opportunity to fake a near-death religious experience.
* In the film version of the musical ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', Velma Von Tussle is trying to seduce Wilbur Turnblad, and he's oblivious. When his wife Edna comes in, she pulls him on top of her and makes it look like he was the one who initiated it.
* In the ''Film/{{Intruder}}'', [[spoiler:the dying killer accuses the two survivors for the killings and the police arrest them]].
* 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]].
* ''Film/CruelIntentions'': In order to goad Ronald into attacking her brother and (indirectly) causing his death, Kathryn claims (over the phone) that Sebastian hit her. (This trope gets twisted around in the movie's original script: Sebastian ''does'' hit Kathryn, [[KickTheSonOfABitch for taunting him]].)
* ''Film/LiarLiar'': AmoralAttorney Fletcher Reed learns that he is suffering from his son's wish that leaves him unable to lie. Determined to get himself excused from a case that he will almost certainly lose if he tells the truth, he slips into the men's restroom at the courthouse and repeatedly punches himself and throws himself into the stalls and walls, hoping to injure himself so badly that the judge will not allow him to continue. He is eventually found bruised and bloodied and brought into the courtroom; when the judge asks him what happened, [[LoopholeAbuse he explains in a half-truth that "a desperate man" beat him up]]. But Fletcher's scheme backfires when the judge asks if he still feels well enough to continue, and Fletcher is forced to admit that he does.
* Used to devastating effect by TheBlank and 88 Keys to frame the title character for murder in ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990). Having just gassed Tracy after luring him into a greenhouse to search for his kidnapped girlfriend, they take the detective to a hotel where District Attorney Fletcher is staying. The Blank shoots Fletcher dead and then puts the smoking pistol in Tracy's lap. 88 Keys then takes out a piece of note paper and loudly reads from it, shouting for help because Tracy is "trying to kill him." A police officer downstairs hears the commotion and arrives on the scene just as Tracy is waking up. The Blank and 88 Keys have escaped out the window by this time, and the now-disgraced hero is unable to account for the D.A.'s dead body and the fact that the murder weapon is on his person.

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* [[spoiler:Edward Norton's]] character in ''Film/PrimalFear'', as revealed in the final twist.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': [[spoiler:Humperdinck's plan to kill Buttercup]] is an attempt to pull off this trope as part of a FalseFlagOperation.
* In ''An American Crime'', Gertrude tells everyone ''Film/TheRoom'', Johnny's cheating girlfriend claims to her mother that Sylvia "came into [her] house Johnny got drunk and just kept lying" and is a troublemaker who hit her. She [[ComicallyMissingThePoint either misses the point entirely]] or sees through the claim as she just knows that Johnny doesn't know what to do with. [[spoiler:This is to hide the fact that she currently has Sylvia tied up and beaten in the basement.]]
drink.
* In the Canadian film ''Trojan Horse'' the presidential candidate hero/villain hires an assassin to shoot him non-fatally during a speech, implying his opponents are using serious dirty tactics as well as giving himself the opportunity to fake a near-death religious experience.
* In the film version of the musical ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', Velma Von Tussle is trying to seduce Wilbur Turnblad, and he's oblivious. When his wife Edna comes in, she pulls him on top of her and makes it look like he was the one who initiated it.
* In the ''Film/{{Intruder}}'', [[spoiler:the dying killer accuses the two survivors for the killings and the police arrest them]].
* 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
The final part of the means of convincing him of that. She told her lawyer villain's plot in ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''. The villain in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' pulls it again, only 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 time, it 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]].
* ''Film/CruelIntentions'': In order to goad Ronald into attacking her brother and (indirectly) causing his death, Kathryn claims (over the phone) that Sebastian hit her. (This trope gets twisted around in the movie's original script: Sebastian ''does'' hit Kathryn, [[KickTheSonOfABitch for taunting him]].)
* ''Film/LiarLiar'': AmoralAttorney Fletcher Reed learns that he is suffering from his son's wish that leaves him unable to lie. Determined to get himself excused from a case that he will almost certainly lose if he tells the truth, he slips into the men's restroom at the courthouse and repeatedly punches himself and throws himself into the stalls and walls, hoping to injure himself so badly that the judge will not allow him to continue. He is eventually found bruised and bloodied and brought into the courtroom; when the judge asks him what happened, [[LoopholeAbuse he explains in a half-truth that "a desperate man" beat him up]]. But Fletcher's scheme backfires when the judge asks if he still feels well enough to continue, and Fletcher is forced to admit that he does.
* Used to devastating effect by TheBlank and 88 Keys to frame the title character for murder in ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990). Having just gassed Tracy after luring him into a greenhouse to search for his kidnapped girlfriend, they take the detective to a hotel where District Attorney Fletcher is staying. The Blank shoots Fletcher dead and then puts the smoking pistol in Tracy's lap. 88 Keys then takes out a piece of note paper and loudly reads from it, shouting for help because Tracy is "trying to kill him." A police officer downstairs hears the commotion and arrives on the scene just as Tracy is waking up. The Blank and 88 Keys have escaped out the window by this time, and the now-disgraced hero is unable to account for the D.A.'s dead body and the fact that the murder weapon is on his person.
works. [[spoiler:[[INeverSaidItWasPoison Almost.]]]]



* 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]].
* Selina Kyle can turn this on and off like a switch in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. When she's attacking Bane's men in the bar (even as a SWAT team is pounding a battering ram against the door), she calmly manages to shoot two of the henchmen down, and immediately starts screaming hysterically the moment the SWAT team breaches the front door and enters. Then she sobers up as soon as the officers chase the remaining henchmen into the back alley.

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* This is a major facet Ravenna of Black Widow's unique interrogation methods in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', as seen in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' pulls this off to great effect. As the king's knights are fighting an army, they find her first scene when chained up in a cage. The king takes her back to the castle and ends up marrying her. On the wedding night she murders him and it turns out she's being held captive by some Russian baddies. Her strategy focuses on putting her target leading the invading army, and conquers the castle in a position matter 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 hours.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Emperor Palpatine pulls
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]].
* Selina Kyle can turn this on and
off like a switch in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. When she's attacking Bane's men in the bar (even as a SWAT team is pounding a battering ram ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' to make Anakin Skywalker side with him against Mace Windu. He's just a tired old man viciously attacked by the door), she calmly manages ruthless Jedi despite being willing to shoot two surrender. He's barely alive . . . surely Anakin wouldn't allow a murder to occur? And not only has Anakin been spending a great deal of time alone with Palpatine and beginning to be swayed by his words, but he has good reason to resent the Jedi after they grant him only token representation on the Council and force him into becoming their spy, and sees Windu as an arrogant RabidCop who is subverting the laws of the henchmen down, Republic. (But of course he doesn't actually want to ''kill'' Windu, and immediately starts his horror at Windu's death is palpable.) Palpatine is a rare example of this trope in that he's both a gazelle ''and'' a lion. One moment he's begging for mercy; the next, he's gleefully electrocuting Windu while screaming hysterically "[[ChewingTheScenery POWER]]! [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide UNLIMITED POWER]]!"
** Let us not forget this is
the moment same man who [[Film/ThePhantomMenace orchestrated the SWAT team breaches invasion of his homeworld]] to get the front door sympathy vote to become Chancellor in the first place.
* ''Film/StrokerAce'': Stroker is at a bar sulking about having been forced out of a race by Aubrey. What's worse, Aubrey is there to gloat. Stroker realizes that Aubrey is dancing with a woman he knows ([[ReallyGetsAround but he can't remember her name]])
and enters. Then she sobers up as soon as decides to mess with Aubrey. While Aubrey has his back turned, Stroker gets her attention and then fakes a leg injury while leaving the officers chase bar. Aubrey is left in the remaining henchmen dark, only knowing that his partner left without a word.
* In the Canadian film ''Film/TrojanHorse'' the presidential candidate hero/villain hires an assassin to shoot him non-fatally during a speech, implying his opponents are using serious dirty tactics as well as giving himself the opportunity to fake a near-death religious experience.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'': Verbal goads Keaton
into punching him so he can guilt Keaton into joining a heist. [[spoiler: In many ways what he is doing throughout the back alley.entire interview is the same stunt, Kujan never believes that Verbal could actually be anyone of significance because of his crippled appearance.]]
-->'''Verbal''': I'll probably shit blood tonight.
* The entire [[ThePlan plan]] of ''Film/WildThings'' began when Denise Richards' character accuses Matt Dillon's character of rape. Though he was in on it 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.
* ''Film/TheWomanInRed'': Joey pulls one, acting like he's going crazy and saying that he needs to kill his wife as a way for he, Buddy, and Mikey to get Teddy to Charlotte's photo shoot.



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': In ''The Two Towers'', Gandalf and Co arrive to the court of King Théoden and are demanded to disarm before they are admitted in. Gandalf urges his companions to go with it, but when the guard, Háma, asks him for his MagicStaff, makes a pathetic face and pleads that he's an old man and this is just his walking stick ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny and even leans on Legolas for support]]). The abashed guard obliges and lets them in (though it's strongly implied he knew ''exactly'' what Gandalf was up to: When Gandalf is attempting to exorcise Saruman's control of Théoden, Gamling attempts to draw his sword to come to the King's aid but Háma stops him).
** Furthermore, Háma was under direct orders from Grima Wormtongue to confiscate the staff. His acceptance of Gandalf's flimsy excuse further proves that he was hoping for Gandalf to succeed.
* The heroine of ''Film/HouseOfWhipcord'' pulls this off. After getting flogged, one of the matrons visits her in her cell. The girl appears to be so weak she can't even put her own uniform back on. This appeals to the old lady's conscience who leaves the cell to fetch her some water. She leaves the door unlocked and the heroine escapes.
* In ''Film/{{Fear}}'', the female protagonist's psychotic boyfriend beats himself and claims that her father did it.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'': Verbal goads Keaton into punching him so he can guilt Keaton into joining a heist. [[spoiler: In many ways what he is doing throughout the entire interview is the same stunt, Kujan never believes that Verbal could actually be anyone of significance because of his crippled appearance.]]
-->'''Verbal''': I'll probably shit blood tonight.
* Once he gets out of his room, the PyroManiac Saul in ''Film/TheOldDarkHouse1932'' pretends to be a victim of family plotting, and insists to Roger that he isn't mad. But once he takes hold on a knife, he starts have problems to keep up with that story.
* The titular dog from ''Film/{{Marmaduke}}'' gets attacked by Bosco after the latter loses in the dog surfing competition, but then he gets fed up and stands up to him. However, this makes Bosco pretend to cower in fear, thus he and his owner Phil get scolded for being out of control.
* In ''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.
* ''Film/IceStationZebra''. TheMole plans to invoke this trope, telling an American officer to beat him with a crowbar so he can be shot in 'self defense'. The officer is incredulous that he would go along with this plan, but the mole points out that [[DefiantToTheEnd he's the type to die fighting]]. Instead of reaching for the crowbar, the officer attacks him directly, eventually gaining the upper hand [[NiceJobBreakingItHero until he's shot dead by the main protagonist]] under the assumption that ''he'' is TheMole.
* Used in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' by Furiosa's tribe to bait possible raiders: one of them perches naked in an old electrical tower and the others lie in ambush. Max sees through the ruse almost instantly.
* In ''Film/TheRoom'', Johnny's cheating girlfriend claims to her mother that Johnny got drunk and hit her. She [[ComicallyMissingThePoint either misses the point entirely]] or sees through the claim as she knows that Johnny doesn't drink.
* ''Film/TheWomanInRed'': Joey pulls one, acting like he's going crazy and saying that he needs to kill his wife as a way for he, Buddy, and Mikey to get Teddy to Charlotte's photo shoot.
* ''Film/StrokerAce'': Stroker is at a bar sulking about having been forced out of a race by Aubrey. What's worse, Aubrey is there to gloat. Stroker realizes that Aubrey is dancing with a woman he knows ([[ReallyGetsAround but he can't remember her name]]) and decides to mess with Aubrey. While Aubrey has his back turned, Stroker gets her attention and then fakes a leg injury while leaving the bar. Aubrey is left in the dark, only knowing that his partner left without a word.



* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' has Loki (yes, THAT [[Myth/NorseMythology L]][[MagnificentBastard o]][[{{Jerkass}} k]][[SociopathicHero i]]), who, acting under orders from [[BigBad Surt]] [[spoiler:and/or as a StealthMentor]], convinces his son that Yuuki forced him to stab himself. Sleipnir, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil who had completely forgotten that Loki was there to fight Yuuki]], is easily convinced, since then [[ItsPersonal it was personal]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'': [[http://www.footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=61 Why they are not to be trusted about her]]
* Zola, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', does this as part of her big plan - not ''solely'' to convince Gil to feel sorry for her, but to get everyone else to [[ObfuscatingStupidity write her off as a helpless, blithering idiot]].
** The guys in Agatha's LoveTriangle get in on the action too. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Tarvek is that he manages to trick Gil into this ''by openly stating'' he's going to make Agatha see/believe [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110211 he's a violent scoundrel]].

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* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' has Loki (yes, THAT [[Myth/NorseMythology L]][[MagnificentBastard o]][[{{Jerkass}} k]][[SociopathicHero i]]), who, acting under orders from [[BigBad Surt]] [[spoiler:and/or as a StealthMentor]], convinces his son that Yuuki In ''Webcomic/{{Bastard}}'', Jin was forced him to stab himself. Sleipnir, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil who had completely forgotten that Loki was there to fight Yuuki]], is easily convinced, since then [[ItsPersonal it was personal]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'': [[http://www.footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=61 Why they are not
pull this routine as a child where he would approach a woman crying and claiming to be trusted about her]]
* Zola, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', does this as part of
lost, only to then lead her big plan - not ''solely'' to convince Gil to feel sorry for her, but to get everyone else to [[ObfuscatingStupidity write her off as a helpless, blithering idiot]].
** The guys in Agatha's LoveTriangle get in on the action too. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Tarvek is that he manages to trick Gil into this ''by openly stating'' he's going to make Agatha see/believe [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110211 he's a violent scoundrel]].
his [[SerialKiller father]], who would murder her.



* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'': [[http://www.footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=61 Why they are not to be trusted about her]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Bastard}}'', Jin was forced to pull this routine as a child where he would approach a woman crying and claiming to be lost, only to then lead her to his [[SerialKiller father]], who would murder her.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Bastard}}'', Jin was forced to pull Zola, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', does this routine as part of her big plan - not ''solely'' to convince Gil to feel sorry for her, but to get everyone else to [[ObfuscatingStupidity write her off as a child where helpless, blithering idiot]].
** The guys in Agatha's LoveTriangle get in on the action too. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Tarvek is that
he would approach a woman crying and claiming manages to be lost, only trick Gil into this ''by openly stating'' he's going to then lead her to his [[SerialKiller father]], who would murder her.make Agatha see/believe [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110211 he's a violent scoundrel]].



* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' has Loki (yes, THAT [[Myth/NorseMythology L]][[MagnificentBastard o]][[{{Jerkass}} k]][[SociopathicHero i]]), who, acting under orders from [[BigBad Surt]] [[spoiler:and/or as a StealthMentor]], convinces his son that Yuuki forced him to stab himself. Sleipnir, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil who had completely forgotten that Loki was there to fight Yuuki]], is easily convinced, since then [[ItsPersonal it was personal]].



* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Casper|TheFriendlyGhost}}'' cartoon has Casper rescue a kitten from a pesky dog; after which said kitten begins to repeatedly torment the dog just to get Casper to keep scaring it away. This goes on until our friendly ghost saves the poor dog from the dogcatcher, and in the process discover the truth about the sneaky kitten, and have him make amends.



* ''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.
** Another episode sees Eddy faking injuries to gain attention, although he is continually one-upped by Jimmy's (unintentional and real) injuries. Just as Eddy is about to go for broke and have Ed drop a house on him, Double D stops the contest by building a "play-safe suit" for Jimmy which gains him more attention. Not to be outdone, Eddy tries to build a better suit. In the end, both suits fail and their occupants are injured, although Jimmy garners sympathy again, whereas Eddy is beaten up by Kevin and Rolf.
** There's also an episode where Eddy tries to pull this to get the trio into Kevin's house to watch TV, claiming that Ed is horribly injured and needs to recover in his TV room. Ed, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} being Ed]], is far more [[LargeHam hammy]] than he is convincing.
---> '''Ed''': Ow, my liver! Ow, my lasagna!



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon's cousin's son pulls two of these on Garfield: First, he orders his robot to kidnap Garfield and run him all over the yard until it breaks. Then he does the same with his rocket ship. Fortunately, Garfield is able to get a little revenge.
* One segment of ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' sees Heathcliff deal with "Terrible Tammy", a bullying female cat who muscles in on his territory. He uses this trick ([[WouldntHitAGirl since he never hits a lady]]) as payback; he feigns injury in front of her owner [[TeamMom Marcy]] to make her reject the "naughty cat". While [[DownplayedTrope Tammy really had been beating him up]], she hadn't done so at that particular moment.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode [[CourtroomEpisode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama"]], Mr. Cat is accused of attacking [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Quack Quack]] [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]], and Kaeloo tries to prove him guilty. [[spoiler: Mr. Cat says that it was probably Kaeloo's [[JekyllAndHyde alternate form, Bad Kaeloo]], who is aggressive and does things beyond Kaeloo's conscious control. Kaeloo starts crying and says that she's going to leave Smileyland forever to keep her friends safe, and Mr. Cat, feeling guilty, confesses that it was him all along. Cue an EvilLaugh from [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kaeloo]].]]
* In the OriginsEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (appropriately titled ''Beginnings''), the spirit Vaatu tricks Wan into freeing him from Raava's clutches, saying that Raava is a bully that has been oppressing him for the last 10,000 years. Vaatu reveals himself to be a GodOfEvil soon after, plunging the world into chaos and threatening to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if he isn't stopped.
* Used by Queen La in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''. Separated from her body, her spirit can move between two creatures touching. Jane is walking in the forest and sees a wounded animal. As she tends to it, La's spirit possesses her.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' finale, [[spoiler:Julie does this after Tooley almost catches her trying to free Mike from [=KaneCo=]. She slaps the latter and then claims to the former that she did so because he came on to her while she was trying to feed him. Tooley buys it]].



* The ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Seein' Red, White and Blue" has Bluto faking injury and poor health to get out of being conscripted into the Navy. He gives up the charade on the Navy's behalf after seeing Japanese saboteurs beating up Popeye.



* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Casper|TheFriendlyGhost}}'' cartoon has Casper rescue a kitten from a pesky dog; after which said kitten begins to repeatedly torment the dog just to get Casper to keep scaring it away. This goes on until our friendly ghost saves the poor dog from the dogcatcher, and in the process discover the truth about the sneaky kitten, and have him make amends.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon's cousin's son pulls two of these on Garfield: First, he orders his robot to kidnap Garfield and run him all over the yard until it breaks. Then he does the same with his rocket ship. Fortunately, Garfield is able to get a little revenge.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' finale, [[spoiler:Julie does this after Tooley almost catches her trying to free Mike from [=KaneCo=]. She slaps the latter and then claims to the former that she did so because he came on to her while she was trying to feed him. Tooley buys it]].
* Used by Queen La in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''. Separated from her body, her spirit can move between two creatures touching. Jane is walking in the forest and sees a wounded animal. As she tends to it, La's spirit possesses her.
* ''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.
** Another episode sees Eddy faking injuries to gain attention, although he is continually one-upped by Jimmy's (unintentional and real) injuries. Just as Eddy is about to go for broke and have Ed drop a house on him, Double D stops the contest by building a "play-safe suit" for Jimmy which gains him more attention. Not to be outdone, Eddy tries to build a better suit. In the end, both suits fail and their occupants are injured, although Jimmy garners sympathy again, whereas Eddy is beaten up by Kevin and Rolf.
** There's also an episode where Eddy tries to pull this to get the trio into Kevin's house to watch TV, claiming that Ed is horribly injured and needs to recover in his TV room. Ed, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} being Ed]], is far more [[LargeHam hammy]] than he is convincing.
---> '''Ed''': Ow, my liver! Ow, my lasagna!

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon's cousin's son pulls two of these on Garfield: First, he orders his robot to kidnap Garfield and run him all over the yard until it breaks. Then he does the same with his rocket ship. Fortunately, Garfield is able to get a little revenge.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' finale, [[spoiler:Julie
[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:Maul]] does this after Tooley almost catches her by proxy, via luring Ezra to Tatooine and tricking him into getting lost in the desert wastes, [[spoiler:knowing that Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Maul has been trying to free Mike from [=KaneCo=]. She slaps the latter and then claims find for months, won't be able to resist going to help Ezra when he starts to succumb to the former that she did so because he came on to her while she was trying to feed him. Tooley buys it]].
desert]]. It works.
* Used by Queen La in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''. Separated from her body, her spirit can move between two creatures touching. Jane is walking in the forest and sees a wounded animal. As she tends to it, La's spirit possesses her.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** One
In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' 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.
** Another episode sees Eddy faking injuries to gain attention, although he is continually one-upped by Jimmy's (unintentional and real) injuries. Just as Eddy is about to go for broke and have Ed drop a house on him, Double D stops the contest by building a "play-safe suit" for Jimmy which gains him more attention. Not to be outdone, Eddy tries to build a better suit. In the end, both suits fail and their occupants are injured, although Jimmy garners sympathy again, whereas Eddy is beaten up by Kevin and Rolf.
** There's also an episode where Eddy tries to pull
"Garnet's Universe", [[spoiler: Ringo]] does this to get make Garnet [[spoiler: defeat the trio into Kevin's house to watch TV, claiming Fox that Ed is horribly injured and needs to recover in his TV room. Ed, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} being Ed]], is far more [[LargeHam hammy]] than he is convincing.
---> '''Ed''': Ow, my liver! Ow, my lasagna!
protects a magical gem]]. It works.



* In the OriginsEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (appropriately titled ''Beginnings''), the spirit Vaatu tricks Wan into freeing him from Raava's clutches, saying that Raava is a bully that has been oppressing him for the last 10,000 years. Vaatu reveals himself to be a GodOfEvil soon after, plunging the world into chaos and threatening to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if he isn't stopped.



* The ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Seein' Red, White and Blue" has Bluto faking injury and poor health to get out of being conscripted into the Navy. He gives up the charade on the Navy's behalf after seeing Japanese saboteurs beating up Popeye.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Garnet's Universe", [[spoiler: Ringo]] does this to make Garnet [[spoiler: defeat the Fox that protects a magical gem]]. It works.
* One segment of ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' sees Heathcliff deal with "Terrible Tammy", a bullying female cat who muscles in on his territory. He uses this trick ([[WouldntHitAGirl since he never hits a lady]]) as payback; he feigns injury in front of her owner [[TeamMom Marcy]] to make her reject the "naughty cat". While [[DownplayedTrope Tammy really had been beating him up]], she hadn't done so at that particular moment.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode [[CourtroomEpisode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama"]], Mr. Cat is accused of attacking [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Quack Quack]] [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]], and Kaeloo tries to prove him guilty. [[spoiler: Mr. Cat says that it was probably Kaeloo's [[JekyllAndHyde alternate form, Bad Kaeloo]], who is aggressive and does things beyond Kaeloo's conscious control. Kaeloo starts crying and says that she's going to leave Smileyland forever to keep her friends safe, and Mr. Cat, feeling guilty, confesses that it was him all along. Cue an EvilLaugh from [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kaeloo]].]]


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* In ''Fanfic/PersonaEG'', [[spoiler:Sunset Shimmer uses this as one of her plans to humiliate Flash and anger Twilight. She breaks into the Applewood dorm one night in February and [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale rapes Flash]], then one month later claims that she is pregnant with Flash's child because he forced himself on her. Although she was attempting to get pregnant for real when she raped him it didn't work and she just made up that she was pregnant to humiliate Flash. Though many people in the school believe the rumor at first, the attempt ultimately fails when Flash, Cadance and Celestia call her out on her lie and set up a test to prove it is false. Sunset backs down and admits her lie, but gets out of any official punishment by messaging over Canterbook that she panicked and misread her result. Despite the rumor being proved false, many people are still upset at Flash for having had sex with Sunset, but Sunset herself is just as humiliated as Flash.]]
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