Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on December 26, 2011 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on February 1, 2012
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Provocation Gambit

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From here, you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance and the end of your insignificant rebellion . . . the hate is swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger!

It's generally agreed that violence is not an acceptable response even to deliberate provocation into it. Some villains (or "heroes" who aren't above such underhanded tactics) will exploit this by deliberately provoking someone into violence as a means of corrupting them and/or making them look bad.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • December 26, 2011
    azul120
    This sounds like Agent Provocateur.
  • December 28, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ No, according to that trope's description it is just about goading the enemy into foolish actions in general. This is specifically about trying to provoke violence.
  • December 28, 2011
    Bisected8
    • One of the Daedric shrine quests in Oblivion involves corrupting a man by goading him into killing you (thanks to your patron, you get better and he loses his soul).
  • January 1, 2012
    DrMcNinja
    Draco isn't an example. Draco is just arrogant, doesn't hear the explanation and when he's attacked he tries to make the best of his situation by faking a greater injury than the one he already has. It's not a gambit of any sort, just him being a Smug Snake.
  • January 1, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I thought from him gloating about it that it was all planned out. In any case, I'm not certain, so I'll just use things I know were examples.
  • January 1, 2012
    Lawman592
    In Shane, bad guy Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) goads homesteader "Stonewall" Torrey (Elisha Cook Junior) into drawing his gun by insulting his Southern heritage so he can then shoot him down in "self-defense".
  • January 2, 2012
    Auxdarastrix
    Would provoking someone into attacking you so you can claim self defense be a subtrope of this?
  • January 2, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In My Little Denarians ( a Harry Dresden / MLP crossover fanfic) Discord provokes Celestia into attacking him, causing her to temporarily exhaust her power. This allows him to abduct and corrupt her
  • January 2, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Commonly used in Vampire The Masquerade, to kill rivals in "self-defense" - with undead predator instincts overwriting their human minds, all vampires are at least a bit unstable.
  • January 2, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Also, you should change the page quote. There is already a significant overlap with Strike Me Down With All Of Your Hatred - to which the Star Wars scene is the Trope Namer.
  • February 1, 2012
    LongLiveHumour
    The Dresden Files' own Inspector Javert, Warden Morgan, tries to provoke Harry Dresden into violence (with a witness) so that the Merlin will be able to have him executed. Harry is about this far from killing him before he catches on.
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