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23rd Sep '16 7:32:45 AM Eievie
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-->"[[spoiler:Ma'am, your daughter's car has just been deservedly egged by a blind man. Please close the door and go back inside or we'll be forced to call the police]]."

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-->"[[spoiler:Ma'am, -->[[spoiler:'''Gus''': Ma'am, your daughter's car has just been deservedly egged by a blind man. Please close the door and go back inside or we'll be forced to call the police]]."police.]]
17th Aug '16 1:43:37 AM PaulA
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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] is completely unafraid to ''run'' with this, as part of his GuileHero approach to pretty much everything:
** ''The Vor Game'', he has to get back a hostage from the villain before she kills the hostage. At the appointed meeting place, he and his men burst in, guns drawn, and threaten to shoot the hostage if she doesn't give in to Miles's demands. The villain has no idea what to do when faced with the very threat she was about to make, and so Miles gains the upper hand.

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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Miles Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan is completely unafraid to ''run'' with this, as part of his GuileHero approach to pretty much everything:
** ''The Vor Game'', In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', he has to get back a hostage from the villain before she kills the hostage. At the appointed meeting place, he and his men burst in, guns drawn, and threaten to shoot the hostage if she doesn't give in to Miles's demands. The villain has no idea what to do when faced with the very threat she was about to make, and so Miles gains the upper hand.



*** Miles speech to Cavilo right before also counts--Elena's reaction: "did you in fact just connive to assassinate Gregor in one breath, offer to cuckold him in the next, accuse your father of homosexuality, suggest a patricidal plot against him, and league yourself with Cavilo?"
** In ''The Warrior's Apprentice'' Miles takes control of a mercenary fleet on the pretext that he is part of a super secret elite mercenary outfit. Specifically, he captures a small vessel and offers the crew membership in his fictional mercenary outfit. He then uses that vessel as additional proof of the existence of said mercenary outfit. Before long, he's created a super secret elite mercenary outfit, composed entirely of people thinking they were joining an existing super secret mercenary outfit.
** Also when Miles wears his Cetagandan Order of Merit to ask the Emperor of Barrayar for a favor. (Worth noting that the Barrayarn Empire has been at war with the Cetagandans three times by this point, has come close a fourth (in the Hegen Hub) and has actively worked against them in their conquest of another planet (the Dagoola IV operation). Emperor Gregor's reaction? "Good god, Miles. I've never before seen you come the Vor Lord ''with intent''."
** The Cordonahs [[spoiler: asking for 10% of the profits of a cache of stolen property below [=ImpSec=] Headquarters as a finders fee, while on trial for (among much else) ''sinking'' [=ImpSec=] Headquarters.]]
** In ''Brothers In Arms'' Miles also gets [[spoiler: his real clone brother Mark, to pretend to be a different fake clone brother to fool some Cetagandans]]

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*** Miles Miles's speech to Cavilo right before also counts--Elena's reaction: "did you in fact just connive to assassinate Gregor in one breath, offer to cuckold him in the next, accuse your father of homosexuality, suggest a patricidal plot against him, and league yourself with Cavilo?"
** In ''The Warrior's Apprentice'' ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' Miles takes control of a mercenary fleet on the pretext that he is part of a super secret elite mercenary outfit. Specifically, he captures a small vessel and offers the crew membership in his fictional mercenary outfit. He then uses that vessel as additional proof of the existence of said mercenary outfit. Before long, he's created a super secret elite mercenary outfit, composed entirely of people thinking they were joining an existing super secret mercenary outfit.
** Also when In ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Miles wears dons all his Cetagandan Order of Merit medals before going to ask the Emperor of Barrayar for a favor. (Worth noting that the Barrayarn favor -- including his Cetagandan Order of Merit. The Barrayaran Empire has been at war with the Cetagandans three times by this point, has come close to a fourth (in the Hegen Hub) and has actively worked against them in their conquest of another planet (the Dagoola IV operation). Emperor Gregor's reaction? "Good god, Miles. I've never before seen you come the Vor Lord ''with intent''."
** The In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', the Cordonahs [[spoiler: asking [[spoiler:asking for 10% of the profits of a cache of stolen property below [=ImpSec=] Headquarters as a finders fee, while on trial for (among much else) ''sinking'' [=ImpSec=] Headquarters.]]
** In ''Brothers In Arms'' ''Literature/BrothersInArms'' Miles also gets [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his real clone brother Mark, Mark to pretend to be a different fake different, non-existent, clone brother to fool some Cetagandans]] Cetagandans]].
5th Aug '16 1:41:20 PM Doug86
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** Lord Wyman Manderly, you sneaky, dramatically ''dark'' [[GuileHero Guile Anti-Hero]], you. Where to start? Two words: [[spoiler: [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies Frey Pie.]]]] Taking time to plot revenge against an entire family is pretty usual in this series. Killing people under the radar? Standard practice if you've got half a synapse working. [[spoiler: Killing three of [[HateSink that family]] undetected and totally to the letter of unwritten social convention, baking them in massive pies, preceding to offer them as a "gift", along with other provisions, at a wedding feast (so, technically, you haven't even [[SacredHospitality accepted their salt]]--just to be sure), while requesting a folk-song commemorating [[TitusAndronicus a very similar revenge-plot]] as you watch your other, future targets chow down while you're busily ploughing through massive portions yourself, not ''just'' so they'll eat up unsuspecting? Audacious, bro! And, he hasn't even ''finished'' with his whole plan, yet!]] All this while hiding behind your BigFun, FatIdiot persona and to get revenge for [[spoiler: not just their breach of SacredHospitality, but some deaths of your own family members and liege lord]]? It's hard to know whether to throw up, wince at what's coming, stand up and applaud... or all of them at once.

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** Lord Wyman Manderly, you sneaky, dramatically ''dark'' [[GuileHero Guile Anti-Hero]], you. Where to start? Two words: [[spoiler: [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies Frey Pie.]]]] Taking time to plot revenge against an entire family is pretty usual in this series. Killing people under the radar? Standard practice if you've got half a synapse working. [[spoiler: Killing three of [[HateSink that family]] undetected and totally to the letter of unwritten social convention, baking them in massive pies, preceding to offer them as a "gift", along with other provisions, at a wedding feast (so, technically, you haven't even [[SacredHospitality accepted their salt]]--just to be sure), while requesting a folk-song commemorating [[TitusAndronicus [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus a very similar revenge-plot]] as you watch your other, future targets chow down while you're busily ploughing through massive portions yourself, not ''just'' so they'll eat up unsuspecting? Audacious, bro! And, he hasn't even ''finished'' with his whole plan, yet!]] All this while hiding behind your BigFun, FatIdiot persona and to get revenge for [[spoiler: not just their breach of SacredHospitality, but some deaths of your own family members and liege lord]]? It's hard to know whether to throw up, wince at what's coming, stand up and applaud... or all of them at once.
3rd Aug '16 11:37:44 AM res20stupid
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** Ug the Unreliable, [[AllThereInTheManual a notorious goblin con-artist]], pulled this in his most famous con. He set up a Demiguise Derby (keep in mind that the Demiguise is an animal whose hair is used to make ''{{Invisibility}} Cloaks'') and got away with a ton of gold.
30th Jul '16 12:52:49 PM nombretomado
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* In DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series,

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* In DavidWeber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series,
23rd Jul '16 12:49:23 PM nombretomado
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* In the world of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', every last move of every businessman is followed by BigBrother, so how could one of the most successful businessmen destroy his multinational enterprise? Become the most worthless playboy and invest millions of dollars in a project he admitted knowing was worthless and publicly announcing that he would enjoy watching the farce unroll.

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* In the world of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', every last move of every businessman is followed by BigBrother, a ShadowDictator, so how could one of the most successful businessmen destroy his multinational enterprise? Become the most worthless playboy and invest millions of dollars in a project he admitted knowing was worthless and publicly announcing that he would enjoy watching the farce unroll.
16th Jul '16 5:43:10 PM MRAustin
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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]]

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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]]Vorkosigan]] is completely unafraid to ''run'' with this, as part of his GuileHero approach to pretty much everything:



** Also when Miles wears his Cetagandan Order of Merit to ask the Emperor of Barrayar for a favor. (Worth noting that the Barrayarn Empire has been at war with the Cetagandans three times by this point, has come close a fourth (in the Hegen Hub) and has actively worked against them in their conquest of another planet (the Dagoola IV operation).

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** Also when Miles wears his Cetagandan Order of Merit to ask the Emperor of Barrayar for a favor. (Worth noting that the Barrayarn Empire has been at war with the Cetagandans three times by this point, has come close a fourth (in the Hegen Hub) and has actively worked against them in their conquest of another planet (the Dagoola IV operation). Emperor Gregor's reaction? "Good god, Miles. I've never before seen you come the Vor Lord ''with intent''."
22nd May '16 1:54:44 AM DavidCowie
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* ''Literature/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy:'' One of George Smiley's accomplices is sneaking about in a part of Headquarters that he shouldn't really be in. He comes across a door which slams closed on a spring, and remembers Smiley saying "If you have to make a noise, make a loud one." So our man lets the door slam really hard, as if he had every right to be there. No one investigates.
24th Mar '16 12:10:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* Employed frequently by Patrick Bateman in ''AmericanPsycho''. For example when he drags a dead, hacked up body in a sleeping bag out of his apartment, through the lobby, and onto the street in full view of several people. He heaves it into the back seat of a cab and takes it to his other apartment uptown to destroy it.

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* Employed frequently by Patrick Bateman in ''AmericanPsycho''.''Literature/AmericanPsycho''. For example when he drags a dead, hacked up body in a sleeping bag out of his apartment, through the lobby, and onto the street in full view of several people. He heaves it into the back seat of a cab and takes it to his other apartment uptown to destroy it.
1st Mar '16 1:16:21 PM Eievie
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', a Potions lesson has Slughorn presenting a mystery poison to the class and the students must concoct an antidote based on the contents of the potion. Harry, who has been receiving help from the Prince's annotations, realizes there's no real foolproof cheat around this (as Hermione also gleefully remarks on), so he grabs a [[BrickJoke bezoar]] from the cabinet and presents that as his antidote. Slughorn rewards him 10 points for "sheer cheek." No one else is amused.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', a Potions lesson has Slughorn presenting a mystery poison to the class and the students must concoct an antidote based on the contents of the potion. Harry, who has been receiving help from the Prince's annotations, realizes there's no real foolproof cheat around this (as Hermione also gleefully remarks on), so he grabs a [[BrickJoke bezoar]] from the cabinet and presents that as his antidote. Slughorn rewards him 10 points for "sheer cheek." No one else is None of his classmates are amused.



** In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', Arthur Dent shares a small package of biscuits[[note]][[SeparatedByACommonLanguage that is, cookies, if you're American]][[/note]] with a complete stranger sitting next to him at a train station. It starts out as this trope, with Arthur indeed so shocked that he does not comment at the audacity of the man who has opened his biscuits and eaten one. Instead he escalates it into a battle of wills, each man taking turns eating a biscuit until they're all gone, with nary a word spoken. [[spoiler:After the other man leaves, Arthur finds his own packet of biscuits -- they were underneath his newspaper the whole time.]] This reportedly [[RealLifeWritesThePlot happened to the author]] (but see [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/safety/cookies.asp this]] ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' page).
*** To pitch this story Adams related it to discredited politician and convicted liar Jeffrey Archer, who promptly used it in one of his own books and claimed he'd thought of it first. Adams was inclined to be generous, putting it down to a misunderstanding, although other writers have also complained about Archer allegedly stealing their plot bunnies. ("Allegedly" used as a legal disclaimer here in the ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' sense.) Satirical magazine ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' related the tale of Archer sitting on a judging panel for new short fiction by unpublished writers and using it as a chance to steal their best ideas to use himself -- then, in the days before his own downfall for fraud and lying on oath,he used his lawyers to threaten those who complained at this breach of trust with actions for defaming his character, in daring to allege he'd do such a thing.

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** In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', Arthur Dent shares buys a small package of biscuits[[note]][[SeparatedByACommonLanguage that is, cookies, if you're American]][[/note]] with and sits down at a complete stranger sitting next to him table at a train station. A complete stranger sits down next to him, opens the package of biscuits, and eats one. It starts out as this trope, with Arthur who indeed so shocked that he does not comment at the audacity of the man who has opened his ''his'' biscuits and eaten one. Instead he escalates it into a battle of wills, each man taking turns eating a biscuit until they're all gone, with nary a word spoken. [[spoiler:After the other man leaves, Arthur gets up and finds his ''his own packet of biscuits -- they biscuits''--they were underneath his newspaper the whole time.time. The biscuits were the other man's.]] This reportedly [[RealLifeWritesThePlot happened to the author]] (but see [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/safety/cookies.asp this]] ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' page).
*** To pitch this story Adams related it to discredited politician and convicted liar Jeffrey Archer, who promptly used it in one of his own books and claimed he'd thought of it first. Adams was inclined to be generous, putting it down to a misunderstanding, although other writers have also complained about Archer allegedly stealing their plot bunnies. ("Allegedly" used as a legal disclaimer here in the ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' sense.) Satirical magazine ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' related the tale of Archer sitting on a judging panel for new short fiction by unpublished writers and using it as a chance to steal their best ideas to use himself -- then, himself--then, in the days before his own downfall for fraud and lying on oath,he used his lawyers to threaten those who complained at this breach of trust with actions for defaming his character, in daring to allege he'd do such a thing.



* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' explicitly states that the [[SadistTeacher monstrous headmistress]] Agatha Trunchbull would not get away with being cruel and abusive anywhere else, but she gets away with using a girl for human hammer throwing, flinging kids out of windows and locking them in a torture device because [[CassandraTruth no parent would believe]] a child trying to tell on her. Dahl knew his stuff -- his intended audience (elementary-school kids) were perfectly capable of buying that explanation. This It is TruthInTelevision. The Trunchbull was based on Dahl's personal abuse in the British school system. A full account can be read in "Boy" - St. Peter's was not a happy place and the matron was an inventive taskmaster.

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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' explicitly states that the [[SadistTeacher monstrous headmistress]] Agatha Trunchbull would not get away with being cruel and abusive anywhere else, but she gets away with using a girl for human hammer throwing, flinging kids out of windows and locking them in a torture device because [[CassandraTruth no parent would believe]] a child trying to tell on her. Dahl knew his stuff -- his stuff--his intended audience (elementary-school kids) were perfectly capable of buying that explanation. This It is TruthInTelevision. The Trunchbull was based on Dahl's personal abuse in the British school system. A full account can be read in "Boy" - St."Boy"--St. Peter's was not a happy place and the matron was an inventive taskmaster.



* In David Gemmel's "Legend". Staring down an impossibly massive horde of Mongel expys who hold his castle under siege, with most of their walls having already fallen, no sign of help on the horizon, only a few hundred troops and their most powerful warrior dead, Rek could have surrendered or fled with honor. In fact, he had already given his troops that option. So, what does he do? Flee? Surrender? Never. He kits himself out in full battle rattle and invites his officers to DINNER...Inside the enemy camp...Where they will give Druss a magnificent sendoff worth of a hero. Not only does it WORK, but Rek spends the night talking to their leader, Ulrik, about their respective visions for the future and their pasts.

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* In David Gemmel's "Legend". Staring down an impossibly massive horde of Mongel expys who hold his castle under siege, with most of their walls having already fallen, no sign of help on the horizon, only a few hundred troops and their most powerful warrior dead, Rek could have surrendered or fled with honor. In fact, he had already given his troops that option. So, what does he do? Flee? Surrender? Never. He kits himself out in full battle rattle and invites his officers to DINNER...Inside ''dinner''... inside the enemy camp...Where camp... where they will give Druss a magnificent sendoff worth of a hero. Not only does it WORK, but Rek spends the night talking to their leader, Ulrik, about their respective visions for the future and their pasts.



** This quote by Colonel Korn, spoken in justification of awarding bombardier Yossarian a medal for going over his target twice after failing to drop his bombs the first time: "You know, that might be the answer - to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That's a trick that never seems to fail."

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** This quote by Colonel Korn, spoken in justification of awarding bombardier Yossarian a medal for going over his target twice after failing to drop his bombs the first time: "You know, that might be the answer - to answer--to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That's a trick that never seems to fail."



'''[[MagnificentBastard Moist]]''': No! Never say that, Tolliver! Never! Run before you walk! Fly before you crawl!...All or nothing, Mr. Groat!

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'''[[MagnificentBastard Moist]]''': No! Never say that, Tolliver! Never! Run before you walk! Fly before you crawl!...All crawl! ...all or nothing, Mr. Groat!



--->Carrot brushed the dust off his hands and smiled at everyone. The trolls looked puzzled. In theory, Carrot was just a thin film of grease on the street, but somehow it didn't seem to be happening ...

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--->Carrot brushed the dust off his hands and smiled at everyone. The trolls looked puzzled. In theory, Carrot was just a thin film of grease on the street, but somehow it didn't seem to be happening ...happening...



** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', two armies are about to fight a battle. When Commander Vimes protests that they can't be arrested, Carrot does not see why not. They could charge them with Action Likely to Cause a Breach of Peace. He then ''does it successfully'' and among other charges : Loitering with Intent, and Loitering ''within'' Tent[[note]]"Hah!"[[/note]], one count of offensive language for the commanding general who protests this (this is commanding officer of Vimes' own city by the way) and Carrying Concealed Weapons because ''he'' isn't looking at the weapons at the time.

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** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', two armies are about to fight a battle. When Commander Vimes protests that they can't be arrested, Carrot does not see why not. They could charge them with Action Likely to Cause a Breach of Peace. He then ''does it successfully'' and among other charges : charges: Loitering with Intent, and Loitering ''within'' Tent[[note]]"Hah!"[[/note]], one count of offensive language for the commanding general who protests this (this is commanding officer of Vimes' own city by the way) and Carrying Concealed Weapons because ''he'' isn't looking at the weapons at the time.



** The presence of Dr Hix, a necromancer, at Unseen University, despite the fact that necromancy is outlawed. If he skulked around the premises and tried to hide what he does, he would certainly be drummed out. Instead, he is openly there -- they just renamed the position the "Department of Post-Mortem Communications." He has an ''animated skeleton advising him''. As a corollary, Dr Hix is ''contractually obligated'' to provide a modest and acceptable level of dissent and evil. At some point the thing is tipped over into RefugeInAudacity territory, much to the astonishment of visitors. There is also a legal reason for this; If there is a legal, official "bad" wizard in the area then part of his job is enforcing the monopoly with fireballs.

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** The presence of Dr Hix, a necromancer, at Unseen University, despite the fact that necromancy is outlawed. If he skulked around the premises and tried to hide what he does, he would certainly be drummed out. Instead, he is openly there -- they there--they just renamed the position the "Department of Post-Mortem Communications." He has an ''animated skeleton advising him''. As a corollary, Dr Hix is ''contractually obligated'' to provide a modest and acceptable level of dissent and evil. At some point the thing is tipped over into RefugeInAudacity territory, much to the astonishment of visitors. There is also a legal reason for this; If there is a legal, official "bad" wizard in the area then part of his job is enforcing the monopoly with fireballs.



* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', this is the selling point of the plan to attack Harmony - after all, who would believe that less than two hundred warriors, vast majority of which are mindless, soulless undead, would attack Emperor's Children's second most fortified stronghold?
* Creator/PGWodehouse's popular character Literature/{{Psmith}}. Psmith becomes a socialist because he believes in the redistribution of property - his particular ''brand'' of socialism involves his redistributing other's property to himself. When he seeks employment, he offers to provide any service, including assassinating someone's aunt.

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* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', this is the selling point of the plan to attack Harmony - after Harmony--after all, who would believe that less than two hundred warriors, vast majority of which are mindless, soulless undead, would attack Emperor's Children's second most fortified stronghold?
* Creator/PGWodehouse's popular character Literature/{{Psmith}}. Psmith becomes a socialist because he believes in the redistribution of property - his property--his particular ''brand'' of socialism involves his redistributing other's property to himself. When he seeks employment, he offers to provide any service, including assassinating someone's aunt.



** Lauzoril, Zulkir of Enchantment -- the only high-ranked Red Wizard who ''didn't'' try to hide from the scrying of [[TheDreaded their scourge The Simbul]], later faced her, made his own separate peace, all the while praising the trade rivalry it brings them. All this after waging war on her land and her agents for years and sending assassins after her sister--which is more than most Red Wizards she slain could claim.

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** Lauzoril, Zulkir of Enchantment -- the Enchantment--the only high-ranked Red Wizard who ''didn't'' try to hide from the scrying of [[TheDreaded their scourge The Simbul]], later faced her, made his own separate peace, all the while praising the trade rivalry it brings them. All this after waging war on her land and her agents for years and sending assassins after her sister--which is more than most Red Wizards she slain could claim.



* In ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'', a suspect is spotted spying on 221B Baker Street from a cab. Holmes and Watson unsuccessfully attempt to intercept it, then track down the cabdriver the next day to ask about his passenger. The cabman informs them that the rider had claimed to be a detective ... and had gone by the name of "Franchise/SherlockHolmes". Recognizing this trope at its finest, the real Holmes bursts out laughing when he hears this, and never does correct the cabman as to his own identity.

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* In ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'', a suspect is spotted spying on 221B Baker Street from a cab. Holmes and Watson unsuccessfully attempt to intercept it, then track down the cabdriver the next day to ask about his passenger. The cabman informs them that the rider had claimed to be a detective ...detective... and had gone by the name of "Franchise/SherlockHolmes". Recognizing this trope at its finest, the real Holmes bursts out laughing when he hears this, and never does correct the cabman as to his own identity.



** Tyrion's brother uses this trope as well. Upon returning to King's Landing in the third book, his first act is to walk right into ''the holiest cathedral in the land'', where the corpse of [[spoiler:the King (and his own child-by-incest)]] is lying in state, and send all the priests away so he can have some ''alone time'' with his sister ''right there''. She's menstruating at the time too, just to add to it.
** Lord Wyman Manderly, you sneaky, dramatically ''dark'' [[GuileHero Guile Anti-Hero]], you. Where to start? Two words: [[spoiler: [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies Frey Pie.]]]] Taking time to plot revenge against an entire family is pretty usual in this series. Killing people under the radar? Standard practice if you've got half a synapse working. [[spoiler: Killing three of [[HateSink that family]] undetected and totally to the letter of unwritten social convention, baking them in massive pies, preceding to offer them as a "gift", along with other provisions, at a wedding feast (so, technically, you haven't even [[SacredHospitality accepted their salt]] -- just to be sure), while requesting a folk-song commemorating [[TitusAndronicus a very similar revenge-plot]] as you watch your other, future targets chow down while you're busily ploughing through massive portions yourself, not ''just'' so they'll eat up unsuspecting? Audacious, bro! And, he hasn't even ''finished'' with his whole plan, yet!]] All this while hiding behind your BigFun, FatIdiot persona and to get revenge for [[spoiler: not just their breach of SacredHospitality, but some deaths of your own family members and liege lord]]? It's hard to know whether to throw up, wince at what's coming, stand up and applaud... or all of them at once.

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** Tyrion's brother uses this trope as well. Upon returning to King's Landing in the third book, his first act is to walk right into ''the holiest cathedral in the land'', where the corpse of [[spoiler:the King (and his own child-by-incest)]] is lying in state, lying, and send all the priests away so he can have some ''alone time'' with his sister ''right there''. She's menstruating at the time too, just to add to it.
** Lord Wyman Manderly, you sneaky, dramatically ''dark'' [[GuileHero Guile Anti-Hero]], you. Where to start? Two words: [[spoiler: [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies Frey Pie.]]]] Taking time to plot revenge against an entire family is pretty usual in this series. Killing people under the radar? Standard practice if you've got half a synapse working. [[spoiler: Killing three of [[HateSink that family]] undetected and totally to the letter of unwritten social convention, baking them in massive pies, preceding to offer them as a "gift", along with other provisions, at a wedding feast (so, technically, you haven't even [[SacredHospitality accepted their salt]] -- just salt]]--just to be sure), while requesting a folk-song commemorating [[TitusAndronicus a very similar revenge-plot]] as you watch your other, future targets chow down while you're busily ploughing through massive portions yourself, not ''just'' so they'll eat up unsuspecting? Audacious, bro! And, he hasn't even ''finished'' with his whole plan, yet!]] All this while hiding behind your BigFun, FatIdiot persona and to get revenge for [[spoiler: not just their breach of SacredHospitality, but some deaths of your own family members and liege lord]]? It's hard to know whether to throw up, wince at what's coming, stand up and applaud... or all of them at once.



** Later, in ''The Kremlin Games'', Tsar Mikhail I, the Tsarina, and the Protagonists, need to get into a certain city. Trouble is, they don't know whether or not the garrison sides with the [[PuppetKing Tsar]], or the Duma in the power struggle the former inadvertently sparked. So what do they do? [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ...Have the Tsar and the Tsarina sit out in the open on their barge, waving to the soldiers and the civilians like it's a parade, all while the protagonists sneak in trough the back.]]

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** Later, in ''The Kremlin Games'', Tsar Mikhail I, the Tsarina, and the Protagonists, need to get into a certain city. Trouble is, they don't know whether or not the garrison sides with the [[PuppetKing Tsar]], or the Duma in the power struggle the former inadvertently sparked. So what do they do? [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ...Have have the Tsar and the Tsarina sit out in the open on their barge, waving to the soldiers and the civilians like it's a parade, all while the protagonists sneak in trough the back.]]



** ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Dream]]'': The Wraiths infiltrate occupied Coruscant -- [[ItsRainingMen disguised as falling space debris]]. It works brilliantly.

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** ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Dream]]'': The Wraiths infiltrate occupied Coruscant -- [[ItsRainingMen Coruscant--[[ItsRainingMen disguised as falling space debris]]. It works brilliantly.
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