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7th Jan '17 3:05:44 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''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.
3rd Jan '17 8:35:08 PM merotoker
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* 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.)



** ...The final result is even more awesome and qualifies as XanatosSpeedChess and MagnificentBastard. The new Pope was actually working with the French Court all along and completely pretended having a deadly illness, because they anticipated how the Cardinals would take advantage of that. As soon as the voting has been confirmed, the ex-Cardinal and now Pope, who originally didn't get a single vote, rises from his deathbed with a triumphant smile. In a MassOhCrap moment, the Cardinals realize they've just jeopardized every single political planning they made for the next thirty years. The king is immediately crowned, and France gets an extremely grateful Pope by their side. So it's a Subversion or a double example, depending on your interpretation.

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** ...The final result is even more awesome and qualifies as XanatosSpeedChess and MagnificentBastard. The new Pope was actually working with the French Court all along and completely pretended having a deadly illness, because they anticipated how the Cardinals would take advantage of that. As soon as the voting has been confirmed, the ex-Cardinal and now Pope, who originally didn't get a single vote, rises from his deathbed with a triumphant smile. In a MassOhCrap moment, the Cardinals realize they've just jeopardized every single political planning they made for the next thirty years. The king is immediately crowned, and France gets an extremely grateful Pope by their side. So it's a Subversion subversion or a double example, depending on your interpretation.



* ''Bad to the Bone'' (often mistaken for a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, since it has all the earmarks): [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Kristy Swanson]] plays Frankie Wells, a ''[[TeensAreMonsters seriously]]'' [[TeensAreMonsters messed-up high-school graduate]] who falls back on this trope again and again, along with employing a bit of the ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful ploy. First she kills her mother so that she and her younger brother Danny can get their hands on their inheritance early; she then cries upon seeing her mother's corpse so that everyone will think she has just found out about the killing. Following the murder (which officially goes unsolved), Frankie and Danny move in with Frankie's latest boyfriend, who owns an upscale nightclub downtown. Frankie wants that nightclub, and she wants it ''now'', so she decides to [[BlackWidow kill the boyfriend]] - but wouldn't it be convenient to have a fall guy? She sets into motion a scheme to turn Danny into someone just as ruthless as she is. While Danny is out of the room, Frankie starts up a trivial argument with the boyfriend and baits him into getting physical by giving him a shove. The guy shoves back - ''just as Danny is entering the room''. Now, it's important to understand that Danny remembers seeing his sister [[AbusiveParents get abused]] when they were little [[note]] but [[RashomonStyle it's never quite clear if this actually happened]], since Frankie's mother denied the whole thing whenever Frankie brought it up to guilt-trip her mother into not [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff spanking her]] [[/note]], but he had never intervened for fear of being abused himself. So when he sees the altercation, a combination of longstanding guilt and the old-fashioned BigBrotherInstinct (he's actually a ''little'' brother, but no matter) gives him the nerve to attack the boyfriend. Frankie then quickly breaks up the fight - but she has now poisoned her brother against the rich man, and it will only take a little more prodding to persuade Danny to shoot him, which he does. Later, after Frankie and Danny are arrested for the murder of the rich boyfriend and Frankie jumps bail and assumes a false identity, she cries again when she tells one of her male companions that she saw her brother fall to his death when they were kids - and when the man tries to comfort her, she [[MoodWhiplash immediately stops crying]] and admits that she made the story up [[ForTheEvulz just to mess with him]]. In the very last scene, Frankie is finally caught by the police and pretends to be TheDitz in the hope that the arresting officer will take pity on her and let her go. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

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* ''Bad to the Bone'' (often mistaken for a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, since it has all the earmarks): [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Kristy Swanson]] Creator/KristySwanson plays Frankie Wells, a ''[[TeensAreMonsters seriously]]'' [[TeensAreMonsters messed-up high-school graduate]] who falls back on this trope again and again, along with employing a bit of the ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful ploy. First she kills her mother so that she and her younger brother Danny can get their hands on their inheritance early; she then cries upon seeing her mother's corpse so that everyone will think she has just found out about the killing. Following the murder (which officially goes unsolved), Frankie and Danny move in with Frankie's latest boyfriend, who owns an upscale nightclub downtown. Frankie wants that nightclub, and she wants it ''now'', so she decides to [[BlackWidow kill the boyfriend]] - but wouldn't it be convenient to have a fall guy? She sets into motion a scheme to turn Danny into someone just as ruthless as she is. While Danny is out of the room, Frankie starts up a trivial argument with the boyfriend and baits him into getting physical by giving him a shove. The guy shoves back - ''just as Danny is entering the room''. Now, it's important to understand that Danny remembers seeing his sister [[AbusiveParents get abused]] when they were little [[note]] but [[RashomonStyle it's never quite clear if this actually happened]], since Frankie's mother denied the whole thing whenever Frankie brought it up to guilt-trip her mother into not [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff spanking her]] [[/note]], but he had never intervened for fear of being abused himself. So when he sees the altercation, a combination of longstanding guilt and the old-fashioned BigBrotherInstinct (he's actually a ''little'' brother, but no matter) gives him the nerve to attack the boyfriend. Frankie then quickly breaks up the fight - but she has now poisoned her brother against the rich man, and it will only take a little more prodding to persuade Danny to shoot him, which he does. Later, after Frankie and Danny are arrested for the murder of the rich boyfriend and Frankie jumps bail and assumes a false identity, she cries again when she tells one of her male companions that she saw her brother fall to his death when they were kids - and when the man tries to comfort her, she [[MoodWhiplash immediately stops crying]] and admits that she made the story up [[ForTheEvulz just to mess with him]]. In the very last scene, Frankie is finally caught by the police and pretends to be TheDitz in the hope that the arresting officer will take pity on her and let her go. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]



* Brazil vs. Chile, 1990 [[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.

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* Brazil vs. Chile, 1990 [[TheWorldCup [[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.



* This was a ''strategy'' in single-player ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} III''. If a civilization was an aggressor in war, it suffered a penalty in diplomacy (the idea being that an aggressor can't be trusted). However, the AI was generally [[ArtificialStupidity too stupid]] to distinguish between a provoked and unprovoked declaration of war--the only issue that mattered to the AI was which civilization declared war, not ''why'' the civ did so. So a smart player could provoke an AI civilization they wanted to beat up into declaring war by making unauthorized incursions into the AI civ's territory--and, when the AI civ justifiably declared war, suffer no penalty in diplomacy. This was particularly amplified once gameplay reached the Industrial Age, when Mutual Defense Pacts became available--with a pact, you could ally yourself with the neighbor of whichever civ you wanted to fight, provoke the civ into declaring war on you, and then--because your enemy had declared war on you and not the other way around--your allied neighbor civ would automatically declare war on your target. All of a sudden, your target is fighting a two-front war (and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI we all know]] [[WorldWarII how those turn out]]), and as long as you leave enough scraps to keep your ally satisfied and haven't completely underestimated your opponent, victory is all but guaranteed.

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* This was a ''strategy'' in single-player ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} III''. If a civilization was an aggressor in war, it suffered a penalty in diplomacy (the idea being that an aggressor can't be trusted). However, the AI was generally [[ArtificialStupidity too stupid]] to distinguish between a provoked and unprovoked declaration of war--the only issue that mattered to the AI was which civilization declared war, not ''why'' the civ did so. So a smart player could provoke an AI civilization they wanted to beat up into declaring war by making unauthorized incursions into the AI civ's territory--and, when the AI civ justifiably declared war, suffer no penalty in diplomacy. This was particularly amplified once gameplay reached the Industrial Age, when Mutual Defense Pacts became available--with a pact, you could ally yourself with the neighbor of whichever civ you wanted to fight, provoke the civ into declaring war on you, and then--because your enemy had declared war on you and not the other way around--your allied neighbor civ would automatically declare war on your target. All of a sudden, your target is fighting a two-front war (and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI we all know]] [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII how those turn out]]), and as long as you leave enough scraps to keep your ally satisfied and haven't completely underestimated your opponent, victory is all but guaranteed.



* 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 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.)



* On the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Plankton Vs. Krabs", Plankton slips while in the Krusty Krab and decides to pretend to be seriously injured and sue Krabs for everything he's got, including the Krabby Patty formula. He almost succeeds in the court case (on account of his own good acting and Krabs' genuine nastiness) until Spongebob exposes his lies in front of the judge.

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* On In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Plankton Vs. Krabs", Plankton slips while in the Krusty Krab and decides to pretend to be seriously injured and sue Krabs for everything he's got, including the Krabby Patty formula. He almost succeeds in the court case (on account of his own good acting and Krabs' genuine nastiness) until Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] exposes his lies in front of the judge.
14th Dec '16 2:03:53 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Employed in a ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' case. [[spoiler:Midori Tachikawa, Kazuma's favorite teacher at his elementary school, did this via poisoning herself in seemingly strange circumstances to get a large sum of money from life insurance. That money wasn't even for herself, but for her seriously ill baby's medical treatment. Kazuma unmasks her, but also makes sure she gets a lighter sentence and the money she needs for her child.]]

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* Employed in a ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' case. [[spoiler:Midori Tachikawa, Kazuma's favorite teacher at his elementary school, did this via poisoning herself in seemingly strange circumstances to get a large sum of money from life insurance. That money wasn't even for herself, [[HealthcareMotivation but for her seriously ill baby's medical treatment. treatment.]] Kazuma [[BrokenPedestal is heartbroken as he unmasks her, her]], but after learning her motivations he also makes sure she gets a lighter sentence and the money she needs for her child.]]
12th Dec '16 11:11:08 PM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': [[spoiler:Iris]] is incredibly fond of this trick in the game, when [[spoiler:she uses it to manipulate her dad into war and imprisoning Karl because HeKnowsTooMuch]], and, being a ''Mega Man'' clone, [[spoiler:she does the whole "Please don't kill me" thing]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': [[spoiler:Iris]] is incredibly fond of this trick in the game, when [[spoiler:she uses it to manipulate her dad into war and imprisoning Karl because HeKnowsTooMuch]], HeKnowsTooMuch and in Grollschwert, made Grolla look like the bad guy in front of her superior Sichte]], and, being a ''Mega Man'' clone, [[spoiler:she does the whole "Please don't kill me" thing]].thing. By the sequel, [[AvertedTrope Freudia doesn't buy it]] and froze her for eternity for all the trouble she caused]].
9th Dec '16 6:58:19 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Manga/* ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'''' this is what [[spoiler:Kinjo Shirasu]] did to gain access to and the trust of [[spoiler:the Kumoh siblings]].

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* In ''Manga/* ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'''' ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'' this is what [[spoiler:Kinjo Shirasu]] did to gain access to and the trust of [[spoiler:the Kumoh siblings]].
9th Dec '16 6:57:24 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Manga/DontenNiWarau'' this is what [[spoiler:Kinjo Shirasu]] did to gain access to and the trust of [[spoiler:the Kumoh siblings]].

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* In ''Manga/DontenNiWarau'' ''Manga/* ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'''' this is what [[spoiler:Kinjo Shirasu]] did to gain access to and the trust of [[spoiler:the Kumoh siblings]].
6th Nov '16 10:09:26 PM DrOO7
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* A similar "fake rape" plot on the SoapOpera ''Loving''. Determined to make the man responsible for her husband's death pay, a woman seduced him, then trashed her living room (where the sex had taken place) and banged her face against the wall to make it look as thought she'd been hit. Then, she called 911 and claimed she'd been raped.

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* A similar "fake rape" plot on the SoapOpera ''Loving''.''Series/{{Loving}}''. Determined to make the man responsible for her husband's death pay, a woman seduced him, then trashed her living room (where the sex had taken place) and banged her face against the wall to make it look as thought she'd been hit. Then, she called 911 and claimed she'd been raped.
16th Oct '16 2:02:02 PM WaggishPony
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** A woman is arguing with her husband's friend, who's never liked her and has just discovered that she's having an affair. When he threatens to tell her husband, she, knowing her husband will soon be home, rips her blouse open and begins screaming and flailing her arms at him. The husband runs in to see his friend apparently attacking his wife.
** Also, when Kimberley was seeking revenge on Michael, she broke into his home while he went out for his run, trashed the place, ripped her clothes, then placed a hysterical call to 911 begging for help. When Michael returned home and found her collapsed on the floor, he leaned over to check on her, only to have the cops burst in at that moment and instantly assume that he had harmed her.

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** A woman Taylor is arguing with her husband's friend, who's husband Kyle's friend Nick, who has never liked her and has just discovered that she's having an affair. When he threatens to tell her husband, she, Taylor, knowing her husband will soon be home, rips her blouse open and begins screaming and flailing her arms at him. The husband Kyle runs in to see his friend Nick apparently attacking his wife.
** Also, when Kimberley Kimberly was seeking revenge on Michael, she broke into his home while he went out for his run, trashed the place, ripped her clothes, then placed a hysterical call to 911 begging for help. When Michael returned home and found her collapsed on the floor, he leaned over to check on her, only to have the cops burst in at that moment and instantly assume that he had harmed her.
9th Oct '16 7:43:01 PM Valiona
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10733441/1/Another-Chance Another Chance]]'' ([[FandomSpecificPlot as well as many]] ''Manga/Fairytail [[FandomSpecificPlot fanfics like it]]), [[RonTheDeathEater Lisanna]], by using makeup, manages to fool most of the guild into thinking Lucy injured her, causing them to turn on and beat Lucy up. Only [[NiceGirl Wendy]], Juvia, the Exceeds and [[BloodKnight Gajeel, of all people]] refuse to take part in it, but only Makarov sees through Lisanna's deception by smelling her makeup (which the other Dragon Slayers should have been able to do), and after having Juvia use [[MakingASplash her magic to wash it off]], expels Lisanna from the guild.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10733441/1/Another-Chance Another Chance]]'' ([[FandomSpecificPlot as well as many]] ''Manga/Fairytail ''Manga/FairyTail'' [[FandomSpecificPlot fanfics like it]]), [[RonTheDeathEater Lisanna]], by using makeup, manages to fool most of the guild into thinking Lucy injured her, causing them to turn on and beat Lucy up. Only [[NiceGirl Wendy]], Juvia, the Exceeds and [[BloodKnight Gajeel, of all people]] refuse to take part in it, but only Makarov sees through Lisanna's deception by smelling her makeup (which the other Dragon Slayers should have been able to do), and after having Juvia use [[MakingASplash her magic to wash it off]], expels Lisanna from the guild.
9th Oct '16 7:42:02 PM Valiona
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10733441/1/Another-Chance Another Chance]]'' ([[FandomSpecificPlot as well as many]] ''Manga/Fairytail [[FandomSpecificPlot fanfics like it]]), [[RonTheDeathEater Lisanna]], by using makeup, manages to fool most of the guild into thinking Lucy injured her, causing them to turn on and beat Lucy up. Only [[NiceGirl Wendy]], Juvia, the Exceeds and [[BloodKnight Gajeel, of all people]] refuse to take part in it, but only Makarov sees through Lisanna's deception by smelling her makeup (which the other Dragon Slayers should have been able to do), and after having Juvia use [[MakingASplash her magic to wash it off]], expels Lisanna from the guild.
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