Sometimes it's obvious a {{trope}} is going to happen. This is for when a 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 clever character 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.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* In recent years, Bud Light commercials adopted the formula that whenever the eponymous drink gets involved, someone says, [[PhraseCatcher "Here we go!"]] For UsefulNotes/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!")
* On a similar note, a series of Discover Card commercials with the slogan "We treat you like you'd treat you" have featured someone phoning a Discover customer-service center, and speaking to a service person who's played by the same actor as themselves. Once this pattern because well-established, they released one in which the service person is ''not'' a metaphor for service-quality, but the caller's actual twin sister.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* 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.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': During the episode "The Arrival of Skullgreymon," Tai exploits DefenceMechanismSuperpower by deliberately putting himself in harm's way, knowing that one of the requirements of Digivolution is that the Digimon's human partner has to be in danger. It [[GoneHorriblyRight works too well]]; Greymon [[SuperpoweredEvilSide dark digivolves]] into [[DemBones SkullGreymon]] and goes on a rampage.
* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'':
** During the Frieza Saga, Vegeta exploits CameBackStrong by having Krillin mortally wound him and then having Dende [[HealingHands heal]] him, knowing that Saiyans get power boosts upon recovering from near-fatal injuries. Unfortunately, while he ''does'' get much stronger, it's still not nearly enough to make a difference against Frieza.
** Cell exploits Vegeta's {{pride}} and BloodKnight 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, [[LampshadeHanging remarking that he never would have been able to reach his perfect form were it not for Vegeta's arrogance and stupidity]].
** Android 16 exploits LogicalWeakness when fighting Cell. Since he's fully mechanical, Cell's [[TheAssimilator bio-extraction ability]] will not work on him; thus, Cell can't just [[CuttingTheKnot absorb him for an easy win]].
** Goku's entire plan to defeat Cell hinges on Gohan's PsychoactivePowers; he knows that Gohan is at his strongest when he's angry, and is counting on Cell to ''make'' Gohan angry.
** In the Buu Saga, Piccolo, in a desperate attempt to stall for time while Goten and Trunks train, attempts to exploit DeathIsCheap 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 BeamSpam attack, fittingly called the "[[KillAllHumans 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.
** Piccolo successfully exploits YearInsideHourOutside shortly after this by having Trunks and Goten train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber; though he can only stall Buu for a few minutes at most, those few minutes enable Trunks and Goten to get several hours worth of training.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': On one occasion, a DarkActionGirl exploited WouldntHitAGirl to delay Sanji from saving Robin, knowing that Sanji won't fight a girl [[HonorBeforeReason even to save his own life]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[TheChessmaster Aizen]] once exploited HiddenDisdainReveal. When he revealed he was EvilAllAlong, his Captain, Shinji, freely admits he always knew that Aizen was a bad guy and he never liked him, and had in fact only chosen Aizen as his lieutenant to keep an eye on him. In response, Aizen smugly reveals that that's exactly what he was counting on when he replaced himself with a doppelganger months ago; since Shinji never liked Aizen or got to know him, he was unable to [[SpottingTheThread notice any strange behavior after the switch]], so he never caught on to it.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': whenever he dies, Phoenix Ikki [[ResurrectiveImmortality comes back to life]] and [[CameBackStrong is twice as strong]], so when facing the next to invincible Shaka his plan hinged on making sure he got ''killed'', and not simply knocked out, enough times to become stronger than his opponent. Much to Ikki's horror, Shaka caught on this and decided to remove his senses.
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Ayame uses [[ModestyBedsheet a bedsheet]] as her 'Blue Snow' disguise, because she knows the Morals Decency Squad [[LoopholeAbuse can't touch her, without risk of exposing her body.]] Plus, they'd potentially implicate themselves with a minor (Ayame is 17), which allows her to run right by them without fear of being caught.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': At one point, a character named Grimlock exploits DeceasedFallGuyGambit by arranging for the Laughing Coffin guild to kill his wife, expecting that when the game ends, [[BigBad Akihiko Kayaba]] will be blamed for anyone who dies since ''he'' was the one who set up the death game in the first place.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': During Sango's introductory arc, he makes an effort to exploit ImmunityDisability and FeelNoPain. After manipulating Sango into believing that Inuyasha attacked her village and slaughtered everyone there for the [[MacGuffin Shikon Jewel shard]] Sango had found earlier (unsurprisingly, Naraku was the real culprit), he embeds another shard in her body that completely negates her ability to feel pain, intending that she'll fight Inuyasha to the death without ever realizing how badly she was hurt. Indeed, she doesn't even notice she's ''bleeding out'' until Inuyasha calls attention to her wounds.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Sonic once ended up on the losing end of a CurbStompBattle when Eggman used a suit of PoweredArmor 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 CripplingOverspecialization of the armor in the second encounter, and it's Eggman that ends up on the end of a CurbStompBattle.
* ''LeagueOfChampions'': Icestar is captured and tied up by the villain, who subjects the hero to several panels of EvilGloating. Once the villain has explained his plan, Icestar effortlessly breaks free.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'': In one story, Sonic faces off against Predicto, a robot that Robotnik programmed to predict Sonic's every move and counter it. When faced with this, Sonic ultimately gives up. Having been programmed to believe that [[HeroicResolve Sonic would]] ''[[HeroicResolve never]]'' [[HeroicResolve give up]], Predicto suffers a LogicBomb and self-destructs... which is exactly what Sonic expected him to do.


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* 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.
* 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.


[[folder: Film (Animated) ]]

* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' Flynn and Rapunzel exploit the PowerGlows trope when they use her MagicHair to find a way out of a flooding cave.
* ''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.]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Pumbaa and especially Timon exploit PredatorTurnedProtector 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 of 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.
* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': Throughout the movie, Jafar exploits MurderByInaction, knowing that while the [[OurGeniesAreDifferent genie]] rules [[ThouShaltNotKill prevent him from directly killing anyone]], there's [[LoopholeAbuse nothing stopping him from setting up proxies and indirect assassination attempts where he technically doesn't lay a finger on Aladdin]].


[[folder: Film (Live-Action) ]]

* 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!"
* 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.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': On several occasions, the Animorphs exploit [[BigBad Visser Three]]'s status as a BadBoss, knowing that his leadership makes the Yeerks less effective. Indeed, it works to their advantage on multiple occasions; more than once, some of the Visser's subordinates have found evidence that the Animorphs were in fact humans, due to such clues as a pair of jeans floating in the sea after a confrontation by a beach. However, due to their fear of the Visser's intolerance and possible wrath, they choose not to question his beliefs (Visser Three was firmly convinced that the Animorphs could ''only'' be Andalites due to his belief that the Andalites would ''never'' share their technology, especially the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting morphing technology]], with other species).


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* 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 sending in Gwen Raiden 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.
** Near the end of the ''After the Fall'' comics, Angel exploits IWantThemAlive by provoking Gunn into killing him, knowing that the [[GreaterScopeVillain Senior Partners]]' entire EvilPlan hinges on corrupting him to their side. As a result, the Partners are forced to hit the ResetButton to undo all of the time that Los Angeles was in Hell, which is exactly what Angel expected them to do.
** In Dark Horse's ''Angel & Faith'' comics, Angel also exploits MoralityPet by having Faith around. As he explains, the main reason he keeps Faith around is so she can act as what she didn't have during his tenure as [[BigBad Twilight]] during ''Buffy'' Season Eight: a friend he trusted to stop him from JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In "[[SeriesFauxnale The Gift]]," Buffy and the Scoobies make an effort to exploit WhenThePlanetsAlign. Since the ritual to use the Key can ''only'' be performed at a specific time and place, they just need to [[HoldTheLine keep Glory occupied until her window of opportunity passes]].
* 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.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': A big part of the series is Yuki Terumi exploiting HateSink. Virtually everyone in-universe hates him, with several people in particular wanting him dead... and Terumi actually goes out of his way to ''cultivate'' others' hatred for him, because [[ThePowerOfHate he feeds on it to stay anchored to the world and power himself up]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Throughout the game, Tidus exploits AmnesiacHero and LaserGuidedAmnesia, pretending to have lost his memories of everything in Spira to cover up the fact that he really ''doesn't'' know a thing about it.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''[[VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Madou Monogatari II]]'': [[ActionGirl Arle]] exploits DistractedByTheSexy in order to snag the key to her prison cell from some demonic guards and escape the dungeon she got thrown in at the start.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'': General Teddie exploits BigBrotherInstinct by claiming he has Nanako, Yu's cousin, captive, knowing that Nanako's safety is one of Yu's top priorities and will motivate him to participate in the P-1 Grand Prix.
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' allows the VillainProtagonist to exploit BarefootSuicide: when shoving a student from the school's rooftop, she'll slip their shoes off of their feet and lay them down near the edge of the roof, making it appear as if they took their own life and, so long as she wasn't seen by a witness and doesn't disturb the body afterwards, avoiding suspicion.
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'': Leanne exploits YourMakeupIsRunning; as she puts it, she likes wearing makeup as a reminder to stay strong, because if she cries, she'll ruin it.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the GodEmperor of Mankind from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' gets the titular Text-to-Speech Device installed and is SuddenlyVoiced, which immediately gets exploited by him complaining about the worrying state His Imperium is in and also exploited by everyone else since they can finally communicate with their Sovereign again and help Him create a good Imperium once again.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''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.]]
** Tarquin in general, thanks to his GenreSavvy nature, is a master of invoking, exploiting, and otherwise profiting from tropes. In particular, knowing that there is always a hero who defeats the evil empire, he accepts it and tries to set up his own future downfall to go spectacularly, ensuring that he will be remembered as a legend; a legendary EvilOverlord, but evil nonetheless.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* 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.
* The episode "Exploiting Television Tropes for Financial and Personal Gain?" of ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'' is all about how the Duscher, Zammit, Jackson, and their two guests would abuse the conventions of television to make their lives easier. Jackson chooses to exploit CoincidentalBroadcast, Duscher chooses Soapland Christmas (since merged into TwistedChristmas), Adam chooses TreasureMap, and Michael Williams chooses SpecialGuest, which ends up being the best suggestion.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''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 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 ''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 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 the ''clock hands'' of a ClockTower to crush someone to death.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Petarded," Peter, upon discovering that he's legally mentally retarded, exploits DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery to do whatever he wants without punishment, doing such things as kicking open woman's bathroom stalls. This lasts until his attempt to steal a deep-fryer drenches Lois in boiling oil and lands her in the hospital, [[RealityEnsues upon which Child Services deems Peter mentally unfit to be a parent and takes the kids away]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': A recurring theme in the shorts featuring Spike is that Jerry repeatedly exploits SelectiveEnforcement, knowing that even if Spike sees Jerry causing trouble with his own eyes, he will ''always'' single Tom out for the duo's antics.


[[folder: Other/Multiple Media ]]

* In ''{{Toys/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.