Sometimes it's obvious a {{trope}} is going to happen. This is for when a GenreSavvy character knows a trope is going to happen, or is happening already, but rather than trying to [[DefiedTrope deny]], change, or even [[InvokedTrope hasten]] the trope, this character instead decides to take advantage of it.

Perhaps a {{Mook}} knows he is turning good, but also realizes RedemptionEqualsDeath. So he uses his upcoming death as a ThanatosGambit against the BigBad. Or a girl in a romantic comedy knows whom she will end up with, and knowing that the other guy feels that IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, helps get another girl to be noticed by that guy.

Note that a DangerouslyGenreSavvy might also take into account the upcoming trope might be a trick, and this is a SubvertedTrope. Thus that character might [[XanatosGambit plan for either outcome]].

Compare InvokedTrope (which is deliberately trying to make a trope happen), FlawExploitation.

Contrast DefiedTrope.

!!Trope relationships:
* CareerBuildingBlunder exploits MyGreatestFailure and MyGreatestSecondChance.
* DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel and WoundedGazelleGambit exploit DistressedDamsel.
* FlawExploitation (as the name implies) exploits the trope FatalFlaw.
* ParodyRetcon exploits PoesLaw.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob exploits IdleRich and UpperClassTwit to put the character simultaneously Above and BeneathSuspicion.
* SummonBiggerFish exploits AlwaysABiggerFish.

* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed the ''{{Film/Casper}}'' movie, the actual Casper showed up and anticipated it to be SuckinessIsPainful, so that he could finally scare people for real. It didn't actually turn out that way though, with the Critic eventually declaring the film SoOkayItsAverage.
** [[spoiler:Creator/MaraWilson]] successfully exploited OldShame on Critic by showing the stuff he made as a kid, to retaliate for him mocking her work.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': Hugo Strange was fully aware that D.A.V.E., the AI he created [[MindHive using the personalities and brainwaves of Gotham's criminals]], would create a body for itself and challenge Batman, and used it as an opportunity to test Bats, effectively exploiting GoneHorriblyRight.
* When Robert Mandell was creating ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', he had three animation teams; a high-quality and expensive "A" team; a "B" team that split the difference between quality and price, and the "C" team that was cheap and fast at the expense of quality. He cleverly exploited the AnimationBump effect by making sure the DramaBomb and MythArc episodes were farmed out to the higher-end teams and saved the "C" team for stand-alone episodes of dubious quality. As a result, the quality of the animation in a given episode will often match the quality of the writing.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Harvey Dent manages to take control of dramatic events at a trial and turn them to his advantage, effectively exploiting CourtroomAntics. An accused gangster tries to shoot him in the middle of the trial - Dent promptly punches and disarms him, stunning the entire court. When the judge calls for a recess, Dent hams it up: "Your honor, I'm not finished!"
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': After being on the losing end of a CurbStompBattle at the hands of Eggman using a PoweredArmor that was specifically designed to counter and defeat him, Sonic correctly deduces that the suit was ''[[CripplingOverspecialization only]]'' [[CripplingOverspecialization designed to outfight him specifically]] and thus brings the other Freedom Fighters and Team Chaotix along for the rematch; Eggman goes down in a few ''panels''.
* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' fic ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'', Motoko's GirlPosse, after being rightfully told off by Keitaro, exploit PoorCommunicationKills by deliberately withholding the full story, knowing that Motoko will jump to conclusions and assume that Keitaro assaulted them. Unfortunately for them, it backfires, and Motoko is subsequently arrested and charged with attempted assault with a deadly weapon, with said GirlPosse being arrested as accessories; Motoko is genuinely shocked to subsequently discover that her posse lied and Keitaro never touched them.
* When Tom is [[EveryoneChasingYou chased by half the student body]] in ''{{Film/PCU}}'', he hides from them, and then realizes The Pit needs lots of people at their party, so they can raise money. He then gets the people to chase him to the party.
* In ''{{Franchise/Bionicle}}'', BigBad Makuta put the PhysicalGod Mata Nui into an endless sleep, but he knows that heroes will wake him up again BecauseDestinySaysSo. Rather than waste a ton of resources trying to stop the heroes, he arranges things so that [[spoiler:''he's'' in control of Mata Nui's body when it wakes]].
* PinkMeansFeminine was exploited by making it the color for breast cancer awareness.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "A Dog and Pony Show", [[TheChick Rarity]], discovers that the Diamond Dogs who kidnapped her find her complaining to be really irritating. So she purposefully takes it even further in order to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] PityTheKidnapper on them.
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' Flynn and Rapunzel exploit the PowerGlows trope when they use her MagicHair to find a way out of a flooding cave.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', you find out that [[spoiler:[[GodInHumanForm Zelda/Hylia]] herself]] exploited Link's series-common trait of TheDeterminator. [[spoiler:She knew that if it meant rescuing Zelda from danger, he would go to any lengths to ensure it, without any thought of his own safety. All of this was to ensure that he would be able to wield the Triforce in order to vanquish [[BiggerBad Demise]]...[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone but this doesn't mean she didn't feel intense remorse for doing so,]] and, as such, [[MustMakeAmends sealed herself in sleep for thousands of years]] to maintain the seal on Demise so that Link could have more time to permanently finish the job.]]
* In recent years, Bud Light commercials adopted the formula that whenever the eponymous drink gets involved, someone says, [[PhraseCatcher "Here we go!"]] For SuperBowl XLVI, a Bud Light commercial is released involving a rescue dog named Weego who fetches Bud Light bottles and kegs whenever someone calls for him. ("Here, Weego!")
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'', Candace exploited her [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption inability to bust her brothers]] to make sure Doof-2 didn't take over the Tri-state area.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', each town [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals inexplicably has an identical]] Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny, all from a common family. The Magikarp Salesman, a recurring con-artist who tries to sell useless Pokémon to James, tries to pass himself off as a similar family to assure wary marks, but he's actually the same guy each time.
* GDI turns the tables on Nod in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn Tiberian Dawn]]'' by exploiting Kane's HeroWithBadPublicity media manipulations -- they play up the effectiveness of the manipulation, making it appear as if the Security Council has suspended GDI's funding pending an investigation. The reality is that the Security Council held back the funding because GDI's commanding officer ''asked them'' to, baiting Nod into launching a full-scale offensive... just in time for the commanding officer to return with an ''enlarged'' budget for GDI.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]], Temple Fugate is TheSociopath without any emotion, whose only interest in the world as a ScheduleFanatic are ''clocks and time'': he timed a TimeBomb with [[ConspicuousConsumption a very expensive]] ''watch'', has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy ''Clocks'', and tries a BankRobbery with a ''time lock''. [[spoiler:All those tropes were exploited to get Batman LuredIntoATrap: Fugate knows about his obsession, instead of trying to stop it he uses it against his enemies. The real]] EvilPlan is to use a ClockTower ''clock hands'' to crush someone to death.
* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'': A character exploits HeIsAllGrownUp. He [[DisproportionateRetribution gets revenge]] on the girls who broke up with him on high school because of his acne problem by [[NewOldFlame going out with them again]], pretending to be in love with them, and planning a wedding with them only to [[RunawayGroom leave them right before.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In the ''After the Fall'' comics, Gunn ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie who, by this time is a vampire]]) takes advantage of Connor's [[LikesOlderWomen liking for older women]] by having sending in Gwen to [[HoneyTrap get close to him]] and act as the team's [[TheMole mole]].
** In the TV series' GrandFinale, Angel himself exploits EvilCannotComprehendGood by willingly signing away his right to the Shanshu Prophecy, as the Circle of the Black Thorn cannot understand that Angel would do good for [[ForGreatJustice its own sake]] rather than for the prospect of a divine reward.
* In one episode of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', Calvin exploits Jack's ability to [[PullingThemselvesTogether pull himself together]] to fit him in his backpack.
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fanfic ''Fanfic/DirtySympathy'' Klavier uses his StrongFamilyResemblance to his brother, Kristoph by disguising himself as him to frame him for murder.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[ In this strip]], Tarquin, who is hanging from the edge of the ''[[CoolAirship Mechane]]'' attempts to exploit EvilCannotComprehendGood, thinking that Elan will save his life to prove the hero is better than the villain. [[spoiler:Elan refuses and abandons his father, turning this trope into Evil Cannot Comprehend GoodIsNotDumb.]]
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'': Both Clockwerk and Le Paradox have exploited AlwaysSaveTheGirl by holding [[LoveInterest Carmelita Fox]] hostage, knowing that Sly will run to her rescue no matter how obvious the trap is.
* Patrick Jane from ''Series/TheMentalist'' exploits two examples of the AttentionWhore against each other when he tricks The San Joaquin Killer into badmouthing Red John on TV. In the next scene, the San Joaquin Killer winds up gruesomely murdered, Red John-style.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' had [[spoiler: Prince Hans]] exploit the trope of [[spoiler: LoveAtFirstSight]] in order to lure the target in and get exactly what they want: [[spoiler: to marry the naive Anna and depose her sister Queen Elsa to take over the kingdom.]]
* Organization XIII's entire EvilPlan in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' hinged on using Sora's ChronicHeroSyndrome to their advantage; indeed, even when Sora is informed that slaying TheHeartless enables the Organization to collect the released hearts and he's [[NiceJobBreakingItHero helping their plan along by doing so]], he just can't sit back and let the creatures hurt innocent people. They also exploit AlwaysSaveTheGirl by kidnapping [[LoveInterest Kairi]], knowing that with Kairi's life in danger, Sora will be that much more motivated to fight Heartless.