->'''Maladict:''' I don't want to, you know, spoil the spirit of the moment, but that is a really awful idea. The el-tee won't agree to something as wild as that.\\
'''Polly:''' No, he won't. But he'll suggest it.
-->-- ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''

You know how the GladIThoughtOfIt trope is when a character suggests something, only to have another scoff at the idea, but then claim it to have been their own idea when it succeeds? Well, maybe there's a trope involving a character who has a plan, but wants someone else to think it's their idea and thus drops subtle hints about carrying out the plan under the idea that it was their idea to begin with. [[SelfDemonstratingArticle But it'd need someone to make such a page, and I can't think who...]]

You could have it contrasted with HintDropping, as that's when somebody tries something, but the second person fails to come up with the idea.

Unfortunately, I don't see quite how such a page could be written, much less what sort of examples could be added. If only a Troper could come along and start such a page, perhaps they could better define the concept. If anyone could write such a page, perhaps they should give it a go?

!!You could perhaps put examples here maybe?:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In one episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', a murder happens at a reunion of Kogoro's high school judo club; both the victim and the killer are old friends of his. Conan [[ItsPersonal decides to let Kogoro have this one]], but still helps out by providing subtle hints; for example, he realizes that the victim's time of death was thrown off because she engaged in rigorous physical activity being killed and nudges Kogoro in this direction by asking about a statue of the legendary warrior-monk Musashibo Benkei, who DiedStandingUp.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'':
** Crystal manipulates her friend [[AlphaBitch Tiffany]] into flirting with [[HollywoodNerd Gunther]] in order to attract hunky exchange student Quill's interest. When the plan backfires, the following exchange occurs:
--->'''Tiffany:''' Your dumb plan ''tanked'', Crystal!\\
'''Crystal:''' I didn't plan anything, you ditz. ''You'' decided to pursue Gunther.
** Crystal then goes on to suggest, at first mockingly ("[[PortmanteauCoupleName Gunthany!]]"), then seriously, that Gunther would in fact be a better match for her friend. This time, however, Tiffany doesn't take the bait. This could be an example of a subversion, such a thing might add some variance to the page, no?
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' realized that deliberately invoking this on his boss was about the only way to get funding for an idea Dilbert came up with. Considering [[GladIThoughtOfIt his]] [[PointyHairedBoss boss]], he's right. Dilbert refers to this as "bossifying" his idea, and an example can be seen [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2014-01-12 here]]...

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''[[Toys/PollyPocket Pollyworld]]'', Lorelei tries to have Polly sent to a boarding school by convincing Polly's Dad it's ''his'' idea.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge5CollisionCourse'': Manny and Ellie try to make Peaches give up on the idea of moving far from them by making her think it's her idea. Ellie says this is how they always make Peaches do whatever they want her to.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'', Chef uses this to convince the king to bring back Trollstice.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheKingAndI'': Anna has to do this because she can't directly give advice to the King. See the entry under Theater.
* ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'': Getting the father to allow Toula to work at her aunt's place.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' [[spoiler:the meaning behind the name,]] and the entire point of the film.
* In ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', after Cosmo comes up with the idea of having Kathy's voice dubbed over Lina's:
-->'''Kathy:''' Don, you're a genius!\\
'''Cosmo:''' (''sarcastically'') I'm glad you thought of it.
* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Palpatine pulls this gambit on Jar-Jar in order to force a declaration of emergency powers that will ultimately lead to his rise as Emperor. Interestingly, he does this by having ''his chief of staff'' drop the hint rather than doing so himself, leaving him free and clear of any accusations despite the hinting being obvious and heavy-handed.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': Stephen, Candyland's head house slave, is forced to resort to this with his owners after [[spoiler:Calvin Candie, who is normally much more receptive to his direct criticism and input, is killed]]. He privately confides to Django how frustratingly heavily he had to [[HintDropping drop hints]] before anyone finally picked up on his suggestion of [[spoiler:punishing Django by selling him to a mining company known for its atrociously cruel treatment of slaves]].

* ''Literature/OverSeaUnderStone'', the first novel in Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series. While the protagonists are trying to figure out a riddle, their Great Uncle Merry (Merriman Lyon) repeats one part of it ("the signs that wax and wane but do not die") to help them figure out that it's talking about the phases of the moon.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': In the last book, Ehren uses this to get [[spoiler:Attis]] to get himself killed trying to [[spoiler:fight Invidia]]. Considering the effectiveness and the [[RefugeInAudacity sheer audacity]] of his choice of victim, it winds up as not just an example Ehren's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, but also might be listable as an example of GladYouThoughtOfIt.
* In ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms The Snow Queen]]'', Aleksia's job is to arrange happy endings in her fairy tale kingdom, and it's often easier if her clients don't realize what she's doing. To do this, she's providing yet another instance where ideas are being given and created as someone else's idea. This could be useful in demonstrating the trope.
-->Between the two of them, she and Kaari had managed to put it into Essa's thick skull that this would be a grand betrothal token for Suvi, and even more cleverly, had managed to make him believe that ''he'' had thought of it.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Polly tries to get Blouse to do this in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. It doesn't go ''quite'' how she planned. The book suggests this is a skill all sergeants (and people who gravitate to that rank like Polly) acquire to keep the officers in line.
** Lord Vetinari is a master of this (presumably just to amuse himself, given that he's an absolute dictator whose word is law). In the following example from ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', it serves Vetinari's interest to make Archchancellor Ridcully agree with him, because the two are theoretically of equal rank and friction between the city and the University could be troublesome:
--->'''Vetinari:''' No, I agree with Archchancellor Ridcully that sending Captain Carrot would be an excellent idea.\\
'''Ridcully:''' Eh? Did I say something?\\
'''Vetinari:''' Do you think that sending Captain Carrot would be an excellent idea?\\
'''Ridcully:''' What? Oh. Yes. Good lad. Keen. Got a sword.\\
'''Vetinari:''' Then I agree with you.
* ''Literature/{{Shogun}}''[='s=] [[MagnificentBastard Lord Toranaga]] is notorious among both his allies and enemies for his skill at this. During the massive GambitPileup that makes up the book, his enemies are constantly trying to figure out whether such-and-such a player is working with Toranaga, acting independently, or [[UnwittingPawn simply believes himself to be the latter when he's actually the former]]. [[TheStarscream Yabu]] and [[BastardUnderstudy Omi]] also rid themselves of an enemy by manipulating an unaffiliated character into deciding to kill him, but the person who fell for it is well-known to be stupid and impulsive, and any intelligent characters see through it immediately.
* The Mrs. Jeffries series is based on this. As the housekeeper to a remarkably rich Scotland Yard detective, she organizes the household staff to independently investigate the cases and then steers her clueless employer to the right conclusions.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E4LeaseWithAnOptionToDie Lease With an Option to Die]]". B.A.'s mother thinks he's the head of the A-Team, so the others play along. When the subject of a plan comes up, Hannibal thinks of one while saying that B.A. had told them about it on the way. B.A. goes along with it.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'': Colonel Hogan does this to Colonel Klink all the time. Later episodes suggest Klink knows he's doing this, and is going along to oppose the Nazi regime he despises.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' had an episode where Shawn realized that Carlton Lassiter really needed a jolt of confidence, so he and Gus spend the episode solving the week's case, and then relaying the information to Carlton in such a way that he solves it on his own, much like how you're coming up with all these examples now.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' did this when Disher lost his confidence, planting the idea in his head with a tape while he slept. As such it's technically an example.
* On ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Dwight invented a scheme to get Jim fired, which is easily another useful example we could list, but convinced a clueless Andy that it was his idea so that it couldn't get traced back to Dwight.
* ''Series/YesMinister'': This is one of Sir Humphrey's standard tricks.
* On ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''
** In "Stranger on the Shore", Del used this to get Denzil to accompany him on his booze cruise to France. Denzil tried to back out but Trigger reminded him "It was your idea!", as this page is too.
** In "If They Could See Us Now", Trotters Independent Traders has gone bankrupt, and Del has been banned from any business dealings. He then pushes Rodney into realising the company could be reformed if ''he'' was the owner, and pretends not to follow the idea until Rodders explains it to him.
* In ''Series/TheBorgias'', Machiavelli does this to make it look like the king of France is passing through Florence peacefully and that it was the king's idea. The French army's lances at point (that is [[SwordPointing pointing forward]]) would indicate Florence had been conquered, a possibility that had gotten the city threatened with excommunication. Their lances at rest (pointing straight up) would not, but they can't fit under the gates that way.
-->'''King Charles:''' Monsieur Machiavelli! Our lance at rest prevents us from entering your fair city!\\
'''Machiavelli:''' Then perhaps angled backwards?\\
'''King Charles:''' And of what will ''that'' be a symbol?\\
'''Machiavelli:''' Of Your Majesty's ''infinite resourcefulness.''
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Invoked. When some characters wonder how Dr. Sweets will tell Daisy Wick she's being fired, Booth suggests he'll make her think she's leaving on her own.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Parodied in one of the Storyteller sketches on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', in which [[MeaningfulName Conina Artist]], having befriended young Finnemore, who just happens to work at the bank where [[BlatantLies her evil uncle keeps her late father's banknote collection]], has to work ''really hard'' to get him to come up with an idea for getting it back to her.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'', the Sultan of Al-Ybi's extremely intelligent first wife makes very stupid suggestions that contain the basis of an idea he could develop himself.

* {{Invoked}} in ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' - it's a minor plot point that Anna has to do this because she cannot be seen as offering advice to the King. So she pretends to be guessing what he's going to do - and quite naturally he says that she's guessed right, and then proceeds to do just what she "guessed" that he would do.
* ''[[{{Film/Xanadu}} Xanadu On Broadway]]'':
-->'''Kira''': If only there were a book, a magic book, that listed all the locations in Los Angeles, and had their phones numbers next to it.\\
'''Sonny''': Yeah...\\
'''Kira''': ...and if the book had pages the color of amber.\\
'''Sonny''': I know! I'll look it up in the phone book!\\
'''Kira''': My god, you're brilliant!
* In ''Theatre/JacobMarleysChristmasCarol'' the Bogle drops increasingly obvious hints about Marley using his spirit powers to affect Scrooge, with varying terms, but he doesn't get it until the alcoholic version of "spirits" is used.
* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', Benjamin Franklin uses this twice in rapid succession with his and John Adams's proposal for American independence stalls in the Continental Congress. Franklin summons [[LargeHam Richard Henry Lee]] of Virginia to ask about how to get the idea moving again, and Lee suggests getting someone else in Congress to propose independence, just as the Pennsylvanian planned. Franklin then makes a show about wondering what Virginian could ''possibly'' have enough power in the state's government to suggest writing the proposal...and Lee immediately realizes that he's the perfect choice, [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong bursting into song]] about how he'll get the resolution within a day. The whole situation is promptly lampshaded by Adams, who wonders why Franklin didn't simply ask Lee for help; Franklin replies that if he had, they would [[YouOweMe owe Lee a favor]], a situation that could cause issues in the future.
-->'''Benjamin Franklin''': Now, if we could think of a Virginian with enough influence to go down there and persuade the House of Burgesses--
-->'''Richard Henry Lee''': [[NoIndoorVoice DAMN ME IF I HAVEN'T THOUGHTA SOMEONE!]]
-->'''Franklin, John Adams''': Who?
-->'''Lee''': Me!
-->'''Franklin''': [[BlatantLies Oh, why didn't I think of that?]]
* The legendary "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" speech from [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Julius Caesar'' is a famous example. Mark Antony, who gives the oration, is given strict instructions ''not'' to praise Caesar by the group that murdered him. Antony agrees and promises to "bury Caesar, not praise him"...then proceeds to use those "insults" to sway the public's opinion against the assassins, [[ExactWords all while explaining why what he's saying aren't compliments]]. Soon, the Roman populace is whipped into a frenzy of love for Caesar; the conspirators are next kicked out of Rome, which eventually leads to a civil war that ends in their defeat. This is all a subtle scheme on Mark Antony's part to seize power for himself and his own allies; by making it seem like he's simply following the crowd's will, he's able to endear himself to them and gain their unwavering support.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' - During the quest to get the various merc bands on your side, Shepard learns that the leader of Eclipse is in police custody due to being borderline AxCrazy. If you don't want to release her, you can convince her right-hand man to leave her in there and take over - or get him to "suggest" having her released and assassinated.
-->"Uh...yeah. You see right through me."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': When [[ManipulativeBitch Wanda]] tells Parson how to deal with [[PointyHairedBoss Stanley]] she says: "Arrange it so that he thinks it was his idea. Let him have your way."
* Darren of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' not only tells Katherine to use this technique on Monica, but he [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/sothetrickis/ uses this technique to make the suggestion.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Muut gives Annie a blinker stone that he claims was from Mort. While Mort does initially accept Annie's thanks, he later admits that the idea was Muut's in the first place, primarily due to the fact that Muut isn't entirely in Annie's good graces, but also because Muut isn't supposed to directly interfere with the living (Mort is a ghost). We're not privy to the discussion between Mort and Muut, but Mort makes it sound as though Muut was playing this trope in an extremely blunt fashion, and Mort wasn't fooled at all.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection Red Vs Blue The Recreation]]'', Simmons, Lopez, and Donut are being hunted by the Meta. When Lopez makes one of his usual Hispanic comments, Donut (Who took high school Spanish but is nowhere near as proficient as he thinks he is) assumes Lopez has come up with a way to escape, and relates this idea to Simmons. Simmons likes the idea, and congratulates Lopez for his thinking. Meanwhile, Lopez can't tell either of them that the idea has a few holes in it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Jaga from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' pulls one of these, carefully cloaking references to "Sight Beyond Sight" in aphorisms about Kingly behavior, to coax Lion-O into admitting he's had a vision. Unfortunately, he decides that having won Lion-O's trust, the details can wait... Unfortunately for ''both'' of them things go downhill from there.

''Hey, great job on the page so far. If something else comes to mind you'll come back and add it, of course''.