History RefugeInAudacity / Literature

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.
7th Feb '16 12:01:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ForgottenRealms''

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** Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings'' was accosted by one of the members of a [[EmpoweredBadassNormal martial order]] ''while wearing stolen clothes and medallion'' of said order for behavior inappropriate to a member of the order? She took offense, loudly, at being mistaken for one of them in the first place and got away with it.

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** Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings'' ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'' was accosted by one of the members of a [[EmpoweredBadassNormal martial order]] ''while wearing stolen clothes and medallion'' of said order for behavior inappropriate to a member of the order? She took offense, loudly, at being mistaken for one of them in the first place and got away with it.



* In the DaleBrown novel ''Flight of the Old Dog'', the heroes, running out of fuel for their CoolPlane, land at a semi-abandoned Soviet airbase to get fuel. They do something similar in ''Plan of Attack''.

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* In the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Flight of the Old Dog'', the heroes, running out of fuel for their CoolPlane, land at a semi-abandoned Soviet airbase to get fuel. They do something similar in ''Plan of Attack''.



* Serge Storms, lead character of the FloridaRoadkill novels, avoids attention by attracting attention to himself. In the first novel, he gets a dead woman out of his hotel room by dressing her up in a form-fitting kevlar bodysuit, a Spider-man mask, and a strap-on, and he and his friend walk her out the door. Everyone assumes that they're taking a drunk friend home after a truly ''spectacular'' party.

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* Serge Storms, lead character of the FloridaRoadkill ''Literature/FloridaRoadkill'' novels, avoids attention by attracting attention to himself. In the first novel, he gets a dead woman out of his hotel room by dressing her up in a form-fitting kevlar bodysuit, a Spider-man mask, and a strap-on, and he and his friend walk her out the door. Everyone assumes that they're taking a drunk friend home after a truly ''spectacular'' party.



* Ken Follett's ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth'': [[spoiler:Bishop-to-be Waleran getting Prior Philip to pledge support for his nomination when the current Bishop died, then casually announcing the death of the then-Bishop. Among Philip's reasons for never reporting this to anyone is that noone would believe a man of God would do something like that.]]
* In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Zhuge Liang was forced to defend Xicheng with 5000 troops, half of which had to be reassigned to help evacuate all of the goods from Xicheng. When a giant Wei army appears, there was no refuge left ''but'' audacity: he appeared over top of the open city gates playing an instrument, flanked by boys holding burning incense, while soldiers dressed as peasants opened all the gates of the wide open and started sweeping them out. Wei army commander Sima Yi orders a retreat. Sima's sons were convinced that it was a bluff, but Sima himself thought (from previous encounters) that Zhuge didn't take risks, and that there must be some deep strategem behind this display. To Sima's credit, Zhuge comments afterwards about how much he hated having to take a risk in this instance, but it simply couldn't be helped.

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* Ken Follett's ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth'': ''Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth'': [[spoiler:Bishop-to-be Waleran getting Prior Philip to pledge support for his nomination when the current Bishop died, then casually announcing the death of the then-Bishop. Among Philip's reasons for never reporting this to anyone is that noone would believe a man of God would do something like that.]]
* In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Zhuge Liang was forced to defend Xicheng with 5000 troops, half of which had to be reassigned to help evacuate all of the goods from Xicheng. When a giant Wei army appears, there was no refuge left ''but'' audacity: he appeared over top of the open city gates playing an instrument, flanked by boys holding burning incense, while soldiers dressed as peasants opened all the gates of the wide open and started sweeping them out. Wei army commander Sima Yi orders a retreat. Sima's sons were convinced that it was a bluff, but Sima himself thought (from previous encounters) that Zhuge didn't take risks, and that there must be some deep strategem behind this display. To Sima's credit, Zhuge comments afterwards about how much he hated having to take a risk in this instance, but it simply couldn't be helped.



* Invoked in ''TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', in Ellie's plan to get Lee, who can't walk thanks to a gunshot wound to the leg, out of enemy-occupied Wirrawee. "Maybe we're going about this the wrong way. We're thinking of little, quiet, sneaky things. We could go to the other extreme, rock up in something so indestructable that we didn't give a damn who saw or heard us." They proceed to steal an excavator and escape hiding Lee in the shovel, hitting several cars and killing a few enemy soldiers on the way.

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* Invoked in ''TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', ''Literature/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', in Ellie's plan to get Lee, who can't walk thanks to a gunshot wound to the leg, out of enemy-occupied Wirrawee. "Maybe we're going about this the wrong way. We're thinking of little, quiet, sneaky things. We could go to the other extreme, rock up in something so indestructable that we didn't give a damn who saw or heard us." They proceed to steal an excavator and escape hiding Lee in the shovel, hitting several cars and killing a few enemy soldiers on the way.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* ''NameOfTheWind''

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26th Nov '15 8:02:11 PM nombretomado
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** SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels. At the beginning of ''For The Emperor'' Cain, THE HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, deliberately invokes this trope when confronted by a mess hall of rioting Guardsmen by leaping up onto a table, pointing at someone, and ordering them to get a mop. The bloodstains were ''deplorable.'' In ''Echoes of the Tomb'', he runs into a portal to parts unknown because he believes possible death at the hands of whatever's on the other side is preferable to certain death due to the Necrons before him.

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** SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels. At the beginning of ''For The Emperor'' Cain, THE HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, deliberately invokes this trope when confronted by a mess hall of rioting Guardsmen by leaping up onto a table, pointing at someone, and ordering them to get a mop. The bloodstains were ''deplorable.'' In ''Echoes of the Tomb'', he runs into a portal to parts unknown because he believes possible death at the hands of whatever's on the other side is preferable to certain death due to the Necrons before him.
30th Oct '15 7:30:00 PM jormis29
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* In the novel ''WarmBodies'',

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* In the novel ''WarmBodies'', ''Literature/WarmBodies'',
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* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's, ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Astreus persuades Miranda to dance with him after he had publically insulted her by pointing out that if they dance, everyone will assume that she had rebuffed him, and be eager to dance with her to hear about the reconciliation. She points out that they didn't reconcile; he points out she doesn't have to tell them that.

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* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's, ''[[ProsperosDaughter ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Astreus persuades Miranda to dance with him after he had publically insulted her by pointing out that if they dance, everyone will assume that she had rebuffed him, and be eager to dance with her to hear about the reconciliation. She points out that they didn't reconcile; he points out she doesn't have to tell them that.
25th Sep '15 10:52:59 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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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 : Loitering with Intent, and Loitering ''within'' Tent, 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 : Loitering with Intent, and Loitering ''within'' Tent, 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.
15th Sep '15 2:37:11 AM JamaicanCastle
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* ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'' makes kind of a habit of this.
** ''Wraith Squadron'': Their very second action as a squadron, even before being commissioned, comes after blundering into an EMP minefield that disables their fighters, followed by an ambush by the minelayer corvette. Naturally, [[HighSpeedHijack they steal it]] and [[TheInfiltration report to its fleet commander as though nothing had happened]].
** ''Solo Command'': The entire "Millennium Falsehood" ploy. Basically, using a fake ''Millennium Falcon'', the squad makes it appear that General Solo is pulling these sorts of stunts, personally flying in to [[TheRival Warlord Zsinj's]] worlds to rally the population to the New Republic.
** ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Dream]]'': The Wraiths infiltrate occupied Coruscant -- [[ItsRainingMen disguised as falling space debris]]. It works brilliantly.
** ''Mercy Kill'': The main plot involves hunting for a treasonous general who has come into possession of a technique that will completely change his identity, to the extent that not even biometrics or DNA testing could reveal his old self. The only downside is that it takes several months to perform in full. At the climax of the book, running low on other options, team leader Piggy banks ''everything'' on the belief that the general has ''already gone through the procedure'' and is using a disguise to "pretend" to be his old self, ending in the general being arrested for (among other things) his own murder!
5th Jul '15 4:06:11 PM CharlesPhipps
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* In the urban fantasy ''Literature/RedRoom'' series, Talbot decides the best way to sneak past the advanced sensors of an enemy is to use a '''magic carpet.''' He wants to play Steppenwolf's song about such while doing so. Made Doubly-Funny as the book had been largely serious until this.
3rd Jul '15 9:54:09 PM Materioptikon
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** Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings'' was accosted by one of the members of a [[{{EmpoweredBadassNormal }}martial order]] ''while wearing stolen clothes and medallion'' of said order for behavior inappropriate to a member of the order? She took offense, loudly, at being mistaken for one of them in the first place and got away with it.

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** Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings'' was accosted by one of the members of a [[{{EmpoweredBadassNormal }}martial [[EmpoweredBadassNormal martial order]] ''while wearing stolen clothes and medallion'' of said order for behavior inappropriate to a member of the order? She took offense, loudly, at being mistaken for one of them in the first place and got away with it.
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