Sometimes it's obvious a trope is going to happen. This is for when a Genre Savvy character knows a trope is going to happen, or is happening already, but rather than trying to deny, change, or even hasten the trope, this character instead decides to take advantage of it. Perhaps a Mook knows he is turning good, but also realizes Redemption Equals Death. So he uses his upcoming death as a Thanatos Gambit against the Big Bad. Or a girl in a romantic comedy knows whom she will end up with, and knowing that the other guy feels that I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy, helps get another girl to be noticed by that guy. Note that a Dangerously Genre Savvy might also take into account the upcoming trope might be a trick, and this is a Subverted Trope. Thus that character might plan for either outcome. Compare Invoked Trope (which is deliberately trying to make a trope happen), Flaw Exploitation. Contrast Defied Trope.
- Career Building Blunder exploits My Greatest Failure and My Greatest Second Chance.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel and Wounded Gazelle Gambit exploit Distressed Damsel.
- Flaw Exploitation (as the name implies) exploits the trope Fatal Flaw.
- Parody Retcon exploits Poe's Law.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job exploits Idle Rich and Upper-Class Twit to put the character simultaneously Above and Beneath Suspicion.
- Summon Bigger Fish exploits Always a Bigger Fish.
- In recent years, Bud Light commercials adopted the formula that whenever the eponymous drink gets involved, someone says, "Here we go!" For Super Bowl 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 Pokémon, each town 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.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- Cell exploits Vegeta's pride and Blood Knight attitude to convince him to help Cell absorb Android 18 and reach his perfect form, knowing that Vegeta can't resist the challenge. Vegeta does so, and Cell proceeds to kick his ass without even trying. While he does so, Cell even takes the time to rub it in Vegeta's face, remarking that he never would have been able to reach his perfect form were it not for Vegeta's arrogance and stupidity.
- In the Buu Saga, Piccolo, in a desperate attempt to stall for time while Goten and Trunks train, exploits Death Is Cheap by telling Buu that he can pass the time for his opponent to be ready by killing the remaining humans on Earth, knowing that the Dragon Balls can be used to bring everyone back; this backfires when Buu proceeds to use a Beam Spam attack, fittingly called the "Human Extinction Attack," to kill every last human on Earth in less than two minutes, without even bothering to leave Kami's Lookout in the process.
- Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic once ended up on the losing end of a Curb-Stomp Battle when Eggman used a suit of Powered Armor that was specifically designed to counter and defeat Sonic. The next time he tries, Sonic brings the other Freedom Fighters and Team Chaotix along. Eggman breaks the armor out again, but the suit was designed to outfight Sonic, and only Sonic. Thus, Sonic exploits the Crippling Overspecialization of the armor in the second encounter, and it's Eggman that ends up on the end of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- In the Love Hina fic An Alternate Keitaro Urashima, Motoko's Girl Posse, after being rightfully told off by Keitaro, exploit Poor Communication Kills 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 Girl Posse being arrested as accessories; Motoko is genuinely shocked to subsequently discover that her posse lied and Keitaro never touched them.
- In one episode of Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, Calvin exploits Jack's ability to pull himself together to fit him in his backpack.
- In Ace Attorney fanfic Dirty Sympathy Klavier uses his Strong Family Resemblance to his brother, Kristoph by disguising himself as him to frame him for murder.
- In Tangled Flynn and Rapunzel exploit the Power Glows trope when they use her Magic Hair to find a way out of a flooding cave.
- Frozen had Prince Hans exploit the trope of Love at First Sight in order to lure the target in and get exactly what they want: to marry the naive Anna and depose her sister Queen Elsa to take over the kingdom.
- In The Lion King, Pumbaa and especially Timon exploit Predator Turned Protector when they raise the orphaned lion cub Simba. While Pumbaa feels sorry for the poor cub, Timon initially refuses to adopt him due to his fear from the young predator, and changes his mind only when he realizes Simba can defend them from other predators. Which he does when Pumbaa is attacked by the hungry lioness Nala.
- In The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent manages to take control of dramatic events at a trial and turn them to his advantage, effectively exploiting Courtroom Antics. 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!"
- When Tom is chased by half the student body in 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 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A character exploits He Is All Grown Up. He gets revenge on the girls who broke up with him on high school because of his acne problem by going out with them again, pretending to be in love with them, and planning a wedding with them only to leave them right before.
- Angel: In the After the Fall comics, Gunn (who, by this time is a vampire) takes advantage of Connor's liking for older women by sending in Gwen Raiden to get close to him and act as the team's mole.
- Patrick Jane from The Mentalist exploits two examples of the Attention Whore 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.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you find out that Zelda/Hylia herself exploited Link's series-common trait of The Determinator. 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 Demise...but this doesn't mean she didn't feel intense remorse for doing so, and, as such, 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.
- GDI turns the tables on Nod in Tiberian Dawn by exploiting Kane's Hero with Bad Publicity 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.
- Sly Cooper: Both Clockwerk and Le Paradox have exploited Always Save the Girl by holding Carmelita Fox hostage, knowing that Sly will run to her rescue no matter how obvious the trap is.
- Organization XIII's entire Evil Plan in Kingdom Hearts II hinged on using Sora's Chronic Hero Syndrome to their advantage; indeed, even when Sora is informed that slaying The Heartless enables the Organization to collect the released hearts and he's helping their plan along by doing so, he just can't sit back and let the creatures hurt innocent people. They also exploit Always Save the Girl by kidnapping Kairi, knowing that with Kairi's life in danger, Sora will be that much more motivated to fight Heartless.
- The Order of the Stick: In this strip, Tarquin, who is hanging from the edge of the Mechane attempts to exploit Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, thinking that Elan will save his life to prove the hero is better than the villain. Elan refuses and abandons his father, turning this trope into Evil Cannot Comprehend Good Is Not Dumb.
- When The Nostalgia Critic reviewed the Casper movie, the actual Casper showed up and anticipated it to be Suckiness Is Painful, 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 So Okay, It's Average.
- The Batman: Hugo Strange was fully aware that D.A.V.E., the AI he created 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 Gone Horribly Right.
- When Robert Mandell was creating Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, 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 Animation Bump effect by making sure the Drama Bomb and Myth Arc 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 the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "A Dog and Pony Show", 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 invoke Pity the Kidnapper on them.
- In Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Candace exploited her inability to bust her brothers to make sure Doof-2 didn't take over the Tri-state area.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Clock King", Temple Fugate is The Sociopath without any emotion, whose only interest in the world as a Schedule Fanatic are clocks and time: he timed a Time Bomb with a very expensive watch, has an Abandoned Warehouse with a Room Full of Crazy Clocks, and tries a Bank Robbery with a time lock. All those tropes were exploited to get Batman Lured Into a Trap: Fugate knows about his obsession, instead of trying to stop it he uses it against his enemies. The real Evil Plan is to use a Clock Tower clock hands to crush someone to death.
- In BIONICLE, Big Bad Makuta put the Physical God Mata Nui into an endless sleep, but he knows that heroes will wake him up again Because Destiny Says So. Rather than waste a ton of resources trying to stop the heroes, he arranges things so that he's in control of Mata Nui's body when it wakes.
- Pink Means Feminine was exploited by making it the color for breast cancer awareness.