When another character does something that she thinks will upset the main character, but it actually resolves a problem that the main character has.
Can be used to help separate the protagonist from his Temporary Love Interest
. See also It's Not You, It's Me
. Often part of a Trick Twist
ending, and often leads to a Milholland Relationship Moment
- Jerry Seinfeld is stuck in a relationship with a gymnast that he doesn't want to be in, but he feels bad about breaking it off. She dumps him, and asks him if he's upset. He's fine. Are you sure? "No, Really, It's Okay."
- The Weekenders, "Tish's Hair": Tish has been wearing a very ugly (to the gang) hairstyle, and the gang are perplexed on how to confront her on the issue. In the final scene, just about everyone is wearing that hairstyle, but they're surprised to see Tish not wearing it. Problem solved.
- Mighty Max: Aliens are invading. Turns out, they want the raw resources needed for starship fuel... which just happens to be found in our nuclear and toxic waste. Humanity can't wait to give it away.
- In the crossover episode of Wizards of Waverly Place and The Suite Life on Deck, Justin wants to dump London, but she dumps him for not being a very smart doctor (given that she's a world class Asian Airhead and he's not actually a doctor....) He's okay with that as a solution.
- Penny Arcade spoofs ICO by having the main character give up on the frustrating Escort Mission and just letting the shadow creatures have her.
- In an episode of MST3K, Crow decides to imitate a scene in the movie they are watching by pouring beer over Mike's most precious object. Mike claims that said object is a beer stein. Then he claims that Crow himself is most precious as well. Crow obliges each time, and wonders at the end whether he thought this through.
- In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, a somewhat confused bat monster appears if you toss Magic Powder in a certain spot. It alternates between thanking you and threatening you for waking it, and finally resolves to punish you by reducing your magic power by half. What it actually does is reduce the cost of your magic power by half, effectively doubling it.
- Arsenic and Old Lace contains a couple of examples. The main character, Mortimer, has discovered that his entire family is insane, his sweet old aunts are actually serial murderers, and he's probably destined to crack at some point too. He spends much of the film trying to get his (harmlessly) nuts brother Teddy to commit himself, so that if his aunts' crimes are ever discovered Teddy can take the blame. The aunts eventually demand to be committed as well, since they can't bear to be without Teddy, thus removing Mortimer's problem of getting them to stop killing people. Then they reveal that Mortimer himself was adopted, thus getting rid of his fear of going mad as well.
- An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic had Fluttershy get a modeling job that Rarity wanted. Fluttershy really didn't like modeling and only went through with it because she thought Rarity wanted her too. Rarity thought Fluttershy liked modeling and so didn't say anything. Twilight knew the truth, but Pinkie told her that because she had been told by both friends in confidence, revealing the truth would ruin their friendships FOREVER!