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1st May '17 2:09:21 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** Played straight in "Emissary" when Kira claimed the station was heavily armed to scare away a Cardassian attack force. It worked, and the station turned out to be armed with sensor-deceiving illusions. Later inverted in "The Way of the Warrior" when a Klingon attack force is given [[CallBack the exact same]] warning, and the commanders assume that it's an attempt to intimidate them into leaving backed by more illusions. Unfortunately, they forgot that Sisko knows enough about Klingons to know you can't bluff one with a mere threat of violence. He's not bluffing. It goes POORLY for the Klingons.

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** Played straight in "Emissary" when Kira claimed the station was heavily armed to scare away a Cardassian attack force. It worked, and the station turned out to be armed with sensor-deceiving illusions. Later inverted in "The Way of the Warrior" when a Klingon attack force is given [[CallBack the exact same]] warning, and the commanders assume that it's an attempt to intimidate them into leaving backed by more illusions. Unfortunately, they forgot that Sisko knows enough about Klingons to know you can't bluff one with a mere threat of violence. He's not bluffing. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It goes POORLY for the Klingons.]]
1st May '17 2:06:57 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has several of these. The straightest example would be the genetically enhanced "Jack Pack" escaping from their space age looney bin and traveling halfway across the galaxy to one of the most secure outposts in the quadrant in the middle of a war, simply by donning Starfleet uniforms, making one of their own an Admiral, and having him answer any and all questions with "That's a stupid question".

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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has several of these. The straightest example would be the genetically enhanced "Jack Pack" escaping from their space age looney bin and traveling halfway across the galaxy to one of the most secure outposts in the quadrant in the middle of a war, simply by donning Starfleet uniforms, making one of their own an Admiral, and [[BavarianFireDrill having him answer any and all questions with "That's a stupid question".question."]]
23rd Apr '17 12:49:16 PM gb00393
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** Stannis sentences Davos to death, and Davos accepts it. However, Davos reminds Stannis that he is still his Hand, and as such he counsels Stannis against killing him.
10th Apr '17 3:38:06 PM gb00393
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** When Tywin expresses his doubts about Arya's tale that she was taught to read by her lowborn stonemason father, Arya's response is: "Do you know many stone masons?"
7th Apr '17 2:09:30 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Sansa seems to be taking it more and more as she spends time in King's Landing, such as when she pointedly reminds Joffrey of the time he had his ass handed to him by Arya and cried like the DirtyCoward he is afterwards.
** Sansa calls Ramsay a bastard to his face. When he protests that King Tommen made him a true-born, Sansa coldly rebuffs it by calling Tommen another bastard.
29th Dec '16 6:17:27 AM isoycrazy
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Sightings", the villains' plot: [[spoiler: Run an illegal drug refining operation at an abandoned American military base in Texas, knowing that the authorities expect to find any such facilities in Mexico or Central America, and use a flashy attention-getting setup to make locals confuse it for a UFO sighting, in turn making the authorities dismiss it out of hand.]]

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
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In "Sightings", the villains' plot: [[spoiler: Run an illegal drug refining operation at an abandoned American military base in Texas, knowing that the authorities expect to find any such facilities in Mexico or Central America, and use a flashy attention-getting setup to make locals confuse it for a UFO sighting, in turn making the authorities dismiss it out of hand.]]]]
** In "Iron Coffin" Mac, while on a US sub, must convince a Russian submarine captain [[spoiler:the super-new missile they are about to test fire is faulty and will come back to hit them]]. However, she cannot use the fact [[spoiler:US sonar technology is so good they can hear the conversations of the Russian crew and translate it]]. So instead she claims that the US [[spoiler:has had agents in their shipyards planting listening bugs in their vessels for decades]]. The US sub captain is impressed because [[spoiler:now the Russians will spend a lot of money and time looking for something that isn't there]].



* Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'' uses this trope as part of his cover. A milquetoast high school chemistry teacher with a DEA Agent as his brother-in-law secretly being a drug kingpin? One moment is when Hank, said DEA brother-in-law, is helping him move some stuff. One of the bags is extremely heavy, and Hank asks why. Walt says it's filled with half a million in cash, which it is. Hank laughs it off and moves onto another topic.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad''
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Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'' uses this trope as part of his cover. A milquetoast high school chemistry teacher with a DEA Agent as his brother-in-law secretly being a drug kingpin? One moment is when Hank, said DEA brother-in-law, is helping him move some stuff. One of the bags is extremely heavy, and Hank asks why. Walt says it's filled with half a million in cash, which it is. Hank laughs it off and moves onto another topic.



--> '''Jesse''': Tell this asshole if he wants to learn how to make my product, he's got to do it my way, the right way.\\

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--> ---> '''Jesse''': Tell this asshole if he wants to learn how to make my product, he's got to do it my way, the right way.\\
23rd Sep '16 7:43:48 AM Eievie
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--->''Well, I was on my way to this gay gypsy Bar-Mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought, "Gosh! The Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the Führer." Who's with me?''

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--->''Well, --->'''River''': Well, I was on my way to this gay gypsy Bar-Mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought, "Gosh! The Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the Führer." Who's with me?''me?



** The Twelfth Doctor faces a dilemma in "The Witch's Familiar": he's a prisoner in the heart of the Dalek Empire. What's his escape plan? [[spoiler:Tipping Davros out of his wheelchair offscreen, hijacking it, rolling up to the Daleks' central chamber with a stolen gun and waiting for them to let "Davros" in. He then gets surrounded by Daleks, mocks them to their faces, gets shot about twenty times - THEN reveals Davros made his chair immune to Dalek fire. Then he starts making demands.]] ''And it works''. Oh, and this is an episode after the time he brought a tank and electric guitar to an axe fight.

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** The Twelfth Doctor faces a dilemma in "The Witch's Familiar": he's a prisoner in the heart of the Dalek Empire. What's his escape plan? [[spoiler:Tipping Davros out of his wheelchair offscreen, hijacking it, rolling up to the Daleks' central chamber with a stolen gun and waiting for them to let "Davros" in. He then gets surrounded by Daleks, mocks them to their faces, gets shot about twenty times - THEN times--''then'' reveals Davros made his chair immune to Dalek fire. Then he starts making demands.]] ''And it works''. Oh, and this is an episode after the time he brought a tank and electric guitar to an axe fight.



---> "You know, there's a question I get asked a lot. Whether I'm accepting an honorary doctorate or performing a citizen's arrest, people ask me, 'Sue, what's your secret?' Well, I'll tell you my secret, western Ohio. Sue Sylvester's not afraid to shake things up. You know, I'm tired of hearing people complain, 'I'm riddled with this disease!' or 'I was in that tsunami!' To them, I say 'Shake it up a bit! Get out of your box! Even if that box happens to be where you're living.' I'll often yell at homeless people. 'Hey, how's that homelessness working out for ya? Give not being homeless a try, huh?' You know something, Ohio? It's not easy breaking out of your comfort zone. People will tear you down, tell you you shouldn't have bothered in the first place, but let me tell you something. There's not much of a difference between a stadium full of cheering fans and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They're both just making a lot of noise. How you take it is up to you. Convince yourself they're cheering for you. You do that, and someday, they will!"

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---> "You -->'''Sue''': You know, there's a question I get asked a lot. Whether I'm accepting an honorary doctorate or performing a citizen's arrest, people ask me, 'Sue, "Sue, what's your secret?' secret?" Well, I'll tell you my secret, western Ohio. Sue Sylvester's not afraid to shake things up. You know, I'm tired of hearing people complain, 'I'm "I'm riddled with this disease!' disease!" or 'I "I was in that tsunami!' tsunami!" To them, I say 'Shake "Shake it up a bit! Get out of your box! Even if that box happens to be where you're living.' " I'll often yell at homeless people. 'Hey, "Hey, how's that homelessness working out for ya? Give not being homeless a try, huh?' huh?" You know something, Ohio? It's not easy breaking out of your comfort zone. People will tear you down, tell you you shouldn't have bothered in the first place, but let me tell you something. There's not much of a difference between a stadium full of cheering fans and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They're both just making a lot of noise. How you take it is up to you. Convince yourself they're cheering for you. You do that, and someday, they will!"will!



--> "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jgXi8bR-6k They don't call me Poppycock for nothing, dear.]]"

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--> "[[http://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jgXi8bR-6k They "They don't call me Poppycock for nothing, dear.]]""]]



* Alec Hardison on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' any time he has to improvise in character - throwing himself a birthday party to distract everyone in the office building in "The Mile High Job" and convincing the police that bank robbers want 25 large pizzas and the equipment to hold a tail-gate party in "The Bank Shot Job", to name but a few examples.

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* Alec Hardison on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' any time he has to improvise in character - throwing character--throwing himself a birthday party to distract everyone in the office building in "The Mile High Job" and convincing the police that bank robbers want 25 large pizzas and the equipment to hold a tail-gate party in "The Bank Shot Job", to name but a few examples.



--->"Hello, sick people and their loved ones! In the interest of saving time and avoiding a lot of boring chitchat later, I'm Doctor Gregory House; you can call me "Greg." I'm one of three doctors staffing this clinic this morning. This ray of sunshine is Doctor Lisa Cuddy. Doctor Cuddy runs this whole hospital, so unfortunately she's much too busy to deal with you. I am a '''board''' ...certified diagnostician with a double specialty in infectious disease and nephrology. I am also the only doctor currently employed at this clinic who is forced to be here against his will. But not to worry, because for most of you, this job could be done by a monkey with a bottle of Motrin. Speaking of which, if you're particularly annoying, you may see me reach for this: this is Vicodin. It's mine. You can't have any. No, I do not have a pain management problem, I have a '''pain''' problem. But who knows? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm too stoned to tell. So, who wants me? And who would rather wait for one of the other two guys?"

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--->"Hello, sick people and their loved ones! In the interest of saving time and avoiding a lot of boring chitchat later, I'm Doctor Gregory House; you can call me "Greg." I'm one of three doctors staffing this clinic this morning. This ray of sunshine is Doctor Lisa Cuddy. Doctor Cuddy runs this whole hospital, so unfortunately she's much too busy to deal with you. I am a '''board''' ...'''board''' certified diagnostician with a double specialty in infectious disease and nephrology. I am also the only doctor currently employed at this clinic who is forced to be here against his will. But not to worry, because for most of you, this job could be done by a monkey with a bottle of Motrin. Speaking of which, if you're particularly annoying, you may see me reach for this: this is Vicodin. It's mine. You can't have any. No, I do not have a pain management problem, I have a '''pain''' problem. But who knows? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm too stoned to tell. So, who wants me? And who would rather wait for one of the other two guys?"



** As D'Argo himself once put it to a flabbergasted - and deeply suspicious - guest alien of the week: "This plan is so bad, it has to be ours!"

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** As D'Argo himself once put it to a flabbergasted - and flabbergasted--and deeply suspicious - guest suspicious--guest alien of the week: "This plan is so bad, it has to be ours!"



--->'''Ken''': 126[mph]? No way! This ol' gal shimmies at 95! Here, I'll show ya - hold my beer. ''(Hands officer his beer can before speeding off for the State Line, two miles away... and leaving Christopher peeing at the side of the road)''

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--->'''Ken''': 126[mph]? No way! This ol' gal shimmies at 95! Here, I'll show ya - hold ya--hold my beer. ''(Hands officer his beer can before speeding off for the State Line, two miles away... and leaving Christopher peeing at the side of the road)''



** ''Ariel''. Simon is, at the time, a wanted fugitive engaged in the act of massively robbing the hospital he's walking through, but stops long enough to save a dying patient, then chew out the incompetent doctor to the point that he's begging ''Simon'' not file a report.

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** ''Ariel''. "Ariel": Simon is, at the time, a wanted fugitive engaged in the act of massively robbing the hospital he's walking through, but stops long enough to save a dying patient, then chew out the incompetent doctor to the point that he's begging ''Simon'' not file a report.



* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Invoked by Vice Dean Laybourne when he kidnaps Troy to convince him to become an air conditioning repairman - he has an astronaut making paninis and a black Hitler in the room so that nobody will believe the kidnapped students if they try to tell anyone what happened.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Invoked by Vice Dean Laybourne when he kidnaps Troy to convince him to become an air conditioning repairman - he repairman--he has an astronaut making paninis and a black Hitler in the room so that nobody will believe the kidnapped students if they try to tell anyone what happened.



--> '''Jack:''' Legal incompetence as a defense ''at trial''. You're kidding.
--> '''Judge Stein:''' Either you are a brilliant strategist, Mr. Feinman, or you are the biggest jackass ever to set foot in my courtroom.

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--> '''Jack:''' Legal incompetence as a defense ''at trial''. You're kidding.
-->
kidding.\\
'''Judge Stein:''' Either you are a brilliant strategist, Mr. Feinman, or you are the biggest jackass ever to set foot in my courtroom.



* The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' 1st Season episode "The Trial of Audrey Parker", in which Audrey and Duke, unarmed, defeat two armed men, one of whom could read minds, by having Duke do outrageous things - such as stripping to his underwear and lamenting that he'd never done the Electric Boogaloo - all directed behind the scenes by Audrey. The poor psychic finally went crazy trying to predict what Duke was going to do next, and Duke and Audrey defeated them easily.

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* The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' 1st Season episode "The Trial of Audrey Parker", in which Audrey and Duke, unarmed, defeat two armed men, one of whom could read minds, by having Duke do outrageous things - such things--such as stripping to his underwear and lamenting that he'd never done the Electric Boogaloo - all Boogaloo--all directed behind the scenes by Audrey. The poor psychic finally went crazy trying to predict what Duke was going to do next, and Duke and Audrey defeated them easily.



-->(Merlin is very obviously searching through all the keys to the castle right next to Arthur's bed. Arthur wakes up and stares straight at him).
-->Arthur: What on earth are you doing?
-->Melin: (beat) Looking for woodworm?
** In ''The Crystal Cave'', Arthur has just woken up and they're about to head out.
-->'''Merlin''': Let's go.
-->'''Arthur''': Don't you remember? I give the orders.
-->'''Merlin''': *nods* Yeah. You ready? Let's go. *walks off and Arthur follows*

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-->(Merlin -->''[Merlin is very obviously searching through all the keys to the castle right next to Arthur's bed. Arthur wakes up and stares straight at him).
-->Arthur:
him.]''\\
'''Arthur''':
What on earth are you doing?
-->Melin: (beat)
doing?\\
'''Melin''': ''[beat]''
Looking for woodworm?
** In ''The "The Crystal Cave'', Cave", Arthur has just woken up and they're about to head out.
-->'''Merlin''': Let's go.
-->'''Arthur''':
go.\\
'''Arthur''':
Don't you remember? I give the orders.
-->'''Merlin''': *nods*
orders.\\
'''Merlin''': ''[nods]''
Yeah. You ready? Let's go. *walks ''[walks off and Arthur follows*follows]''



-->'''Barney''': Ted! Hurry you've gotta help me, my boat is sinking!
-->'''Ted''': What?!
-->'''Barney''': My boat is sinking!
-->'''Ted''': You have a boat?!
-->'''Barney''': Yes, I bought a boat last year at the police auction. I just got a call from a guy down at the marina and it's leaning to starboard at a 45 degree angle and if I don't get there right now it's gonna capsize NOW, C'MON!!! [both exit]
--> [Cut to them at the agency]
-->'''Ted''': Your boat is sinking? That was good.

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-->'''Barney''': Ted! Hurry you've gotta help me, my boat is sinking!
-->'''Ted''': What?!
-->'''Barney''':
sinking!\\
'''Ted''': What?!\\
'''Barney''':
My boat is sinking!
-->'''Ted''':
sinking!\\
'''Ted''':
You have a boat?!
-->'''Barney''':
boat?!\\
'''Barney''':
Yes, I bought a boat last year at the police auction. I just got a call from a guy down at the marina and it's leaning to starboard at a 45 degree angle and if I don't get there right now it's gonna capsize NOW, C'MON!!! [both exit]
--> [Cut
''[both exit]''\\
''[Cut
to them at the agency]
-->'''Ted''':
agency]''\\
'''Ted''':
Your boat is sinking? That was good.



* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' gives us the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41QTbnAlP60 Squat Cobbler]]" defense.

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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' gives us the "[[https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41QTbnAlP60 Squat Cobbler]]" "Squat Cobbler"]] defense.
11th Sep '16 6:49:12 PM intastiel
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* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', TheSpook Malvo kidnaps an assassination target from his workplace by the simple expedient of walking in and dragging him out by his necktie, trusting BystanderSyndrome to prevent anyone else in the office from stopping him or even getting a good description of his face.
4th Sep '16 7:32:20 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'' From driving a garbage truck through the wall of a Mob-boss' club and dumping the contents on the floor ("[[Recap/TheATeamS1E8TheOutOfTowners The Out-of-Towners]]"), to turning a forklift into a tank that shoots lumber, to fashioning a hot-air balloon out of a vacuum-cleaner and trash-bags to break out of prison, all of the A-Team's plans go like this. As explained in-universe "Hannibal's plans never work like they're supposed to. They just work."

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* ''Series/TheATeam'' From driving a garbage truck through the wall of a Mob-boss' club and dumping the contents on the floor ("[[Recap/TheATeamS1E8TheOutOfTowners The Out-of-Towners]]"), to turning a forklift into a tank that shoots lumber, to fashioning a hot-air balloon out of a vacuum-cleaner and trash-bags to break out of prison, all of the A-Team's plans go like this. As explained in-universe in "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E10WestCoastTurnaround West Coast Turnaround]]", "Hannibal's plans never work like they're supposed to. They just work."
30th Jul '16 5:16:36 AM eowynjedi
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* ''Series/WolfHall''
** In the first half of the series, before he becomes Henry's right hand, Cromwell method of getting the attention of the highborn nobles he meets is to skirt the edge of suicidal insolence, then presenting them with the solution they require before they chop his head off (or do perhaps worse, in the case of [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon Norfolk's threats]].)
** Henry, in full screaming rage, publicly accuses Cromwell of treasonously attempting to turn him into a PuppetKing and is probably inches from ordering his execution. Cromwell crosses his wrists in front of his face, calmly says "God go with you," and walks away. Henry is visibly baffled by the gesture and, at their next meeting, is rather abashed to have lost his temper like that.
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