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16th Apr '17 2:59:25 PM nombretomado
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** In Lee Lightner's SpaceWolf novel ''Wolf's Honour'', Ragnor realizes, fighting with Madox, that Madox will unquestionably wear him down with minor wounds that add up to mortally injured. So when Madox strikes at him, he [[spoiler:doesn't defend himself. In fact, he drives the sword deeper in, and Madox can't pull it out and so can't parry when Ragnor strikes with the Spear of Russ.]]

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** In Lee Lightner's SpaceWolf Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Wolf's Honour'', Ragnor realizes, fighting with Madox, that Madox will unquestionably wear him down with minor wounds that add up to mortally injured. So when Madox strikes at him, he [[spoiler:doesn't defend himself. In fact, he drives the sword deeper in, and Madox can't pull it out and so can't parry when Ragnor strikes with the Spear of Russ.]]
1st Apr '17 1:44:32 PM DarkHunter
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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem[[note]]who are, while intelligent, considered "property" and not "people"[[/note]] as ''littering''.

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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem[[note]]who are, while intelligent, are legally considered "property" and not "people"[[/note]] as ''littering''.
1st Apr '17 1:44:06 PM DarkHunter
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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem as ''littering''.

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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem golem[[note]]who are, while intelligent, considered "property" and not "people"[[/note]] as ''littering''.
23rd Feb '17 7:51:13 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': When Dalinar decides to [[spoiler: [[BondCreatures bond a spren]] and become a [[MagicKnight Radiant]]]], he doesn't go for any typical small fry--[[spoiler: he bonds the ''freaking Stormfather himself'']]. That's roughly the equivalent of asking Jesus to personally officiate your wedding.
5th Jan '17 7:56:40 PM Chabal2
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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." None of his classmates are amused.
** 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.

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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." None of his classmates are amused.
amused ([[spoiler:though grateful that he later managed to save Ron from poisoning with it]]).
** 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. gold.
** Gilderoy Lockhart is entirely incompetent at magic, the only thing he's good at is [[spoiler:modifying the memories of more heroic witches and wizards so he can take credit for their deeds]]. You'd think he'd try to avoid detection, but instead his every other sentence concerns how much better he can do things or how awesome he is. At the end of the year, ''Snape'' leads the teachers into getting rid of him by [[UriahGambit sending Lockhart to do battle with Slytherin's monster.]]
22nd Oct '16 11:53:08 AM SomberCaelifera
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* ''Literature/NameOfTheWind''

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* ''Literature/NameOfTheWind''''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind''
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.
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