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** In the first episode, Mr. Krabs sends [=SpongeBob=] on a SnipeHunt to find a seemingly nonexistent hydrodynamic spatula just to shoo him away because he isn't fit for the fry cook job. It turns out said spatula is real, and there was only one in stock.


* ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow'':
** Cid spent years and went through tens of thousands of iterations making up the most believable cover story possible for justifying his {{Chuunibyou}} dreams: that the Diabolos Cult is persecuting all descendants of the legendary heroes. Just one problem... his research into a believable excuse stumbled on evidence of an actual cult, and it's all true.
** When his sister is kidnapped and Beta tries to figure out where she is, Cid throws a dagger at a random spot on a map and declares she's actually being held in the opposite direction Beta had thought. In truth, he had already considered her a lost cause and was just humoring Beta. Turns out that direction was actually the location of the Diabolos cult base where Claire was held captive.
** Pretty much any time he comes up with some random idea of whats going on, it somehow turns out to be true, or he is vague enough on said topic that it looks like he was aware of it.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', when Luffy first recruits Zoro, Luffy gives him a choice, be a pirate or die at the hands of a corrupt marine. Zoro jokingly calls him the son of the devil; then comes the end of Eines Lobby arc, and it's revealed that Luffy's father is Monkey D. Dragon, the Worst Criminal in History.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', when Luffy first recruits Zoro, Luffy gives him a choice, be a pirate or die at the hands of a corrupt marine. Zoro jokingly calls him the son of the devil; then comes the end of Eines Lobby arc, and it's revealed that Luffy's father is Monkey D. Dragon, the Worst Criminal in History.


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* During the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', the titular ogre objects to Fiona and Farquaad's wedding with the on-the-fly reasoning that "he's only marrying you so he can be king." Not only is this already known to be the case, as shown in his introductory scene, but when Fiona turns into an ogre as a result of her curse, Farquaad has the two of them detained while proudly stating this fact.

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During the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the first film]], the titular ogre objects to Fiona and Farquaad's wedding with the on-the-fly reasoning that "he's only marrying you so he can be king." Not only is this already known to be the case, as shown in his introductory scene, but when Fiona turns into an ogre as a result of her curse, Farquaad has the two of them detained while proudly stating this fact.


* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'', when the trio of kids enter the titular house, they see a chandelier that acts as the house's uvula, with one of the boys commenting that it's a girl house [[note]]Mixing up uvula with ovaries[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Turns out that he was right as it's revealed in the climax that the house is possessed by the spirit of the owner's dead wife]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'', when the trio of kids enter the titular house, they see a chandelier that acts as the house's uvula, with one of the boys commenting that it's a girl house [[note]]Mixing [[note]][[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Mixing up uvula with ovaries[[/note]].ovaries]][[/note]]. [[spoiler:Turns out that he was right as it's revealed in the climax that the house is possessed by the spirit of the owner's dead wife]].


** ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': In ''Iron Fist'', Face Loran and Ton Phanan prank their CO Wedge Antilles by setting up a voice changer on an infiltration mission so that Wedge sounds like an Ewok. [[SerialEscalation Things get a little out of hand]] after people hear of the "Ewok pilot", forcing Wedge to at one point fly a TIE fighter with a stuffed Ewok strapped to him, which they cover with a story that [[PlayingWithSyringes the Ewok escaped from a lab]] and uses prosthetics to reach the controls. [[spoiler:While escaping Warlord Zsinj's doomed super star destroyer in ''Solo Command'', Gara Petothel encounters Kolot, an ''actual'' genetically enhanced Ewok who really ''can'' fly in exactly that manner. Even better, it was hearing about the supposed Ewok pilot that led to Kolot being modified in the first place.]]

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** ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': ''Literature/XWingSeries'': In ''Iron Fist'', Face Loran and Ton Phanan prank their CO Wedge Antilles by setting up a voice changer on an infiltration mission so that Wedge sounds like an Ewok. [[SerialEscalation Things get a little out of hand]] after people hear of the "Ewok pilot", forcing Wedge to at one point fly a TIE fighter with a stuffed Ewok strapped to him, which they cover with a story that [[PlayingWithSyringes the Ewok escaped from a lab]] and uses prosthetics to reach the controls. [[spoiler:While escaping Warlord Zsinj's doomed super star destroyer in ''Solo Command'', Gara Petothel encounters Kolot, an ''actual'' genetically enhanced Ewok who really ''can'' fly in exactly that manner. Even better, it was hearing about the supposed Ewok pilot that led to Kolot being modified in the first place.]]


** In Chapter 61, after letting slip to Koala and Boa Sanderson that the Straw Hats were going to be scattered, he warned them not to say a word about it, or he'd tell Dragon and Hancock about ''that'' and ''that''. Turns out that the two really did have a couple of {{Noodle Incident}}s that they didn't want their superiors to find out about.

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** In Chapter 61, after letting slip to Koala and Boa Sanderson Sandersonia that the Straw Hats were going to be scattered, he warned them not to say a word about it, or he'd tell Dragon and Hancock about ''that'' and ''that''. Turns out that the two really did have a couple of {{Noodle Incident}}s that they didn't want their superiors to find out about.


** ''From Discworld/WyrdSisters'', "''A man would have to be a natural born fool to want to be king.''" [[spoiler: The professional Foole who becomes king ''is'' "natural" (i.e. illegitimately) born, and he wants to be the king.]]
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Sam Vimes is sent back in time about 30 years, and when asked his name, gives the first he can think of; John Keel, his old sergeant. He ''isn't'' Keel, of course, but due to the real Keel [[spoiler:being murdered by a fellow time traveler]], he ends up taking his place. He even coincidentally gets an injury that requires an eye-patch and makes him ''look'' like Keel. The History Monks are excited by this, as it lends credence to the theory of self-correcting history.

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** ''From Discworld/WyrdSisters'', From ''Literature/WyrdSisters'', "''A man would have to be a natural born fool to want to be king.''" [[spoiler: The professional Foole who becomes king ''is'' "natural" (i.e. illegitimately) born, and he wants to be the king.]]
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', ''Literature/{{Night Watch|Discworld}}'', Sam Vimes is sent back in time about 30 years, and when asked his name, gives the first he can think of; John Keel, his old sergeant. He ''isn't'' Keel, of course, but due to the real Keel [[spoiler:being murdered by a fellow time traveler]], he ends up taking his place. He even coincidentally gets an injury that requires an eye-patch and makes him ''look'' like Keel. The History Monks are excited by this, as it lends credence to the theory of self-correcting history.


* In ''This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us'' by Edgar Cantero, a series of murder's are committed, and the corpse is left with what appears to be a red chrysanthemum. Everyone suspects a gang called the Red Chrysanthemums. To prevent a gang war, a private detective pretends the flowers are actually a rare type of red rose, which turns out to be correct.

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* In ''This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us'' by Edgar Cantero, a series of murder's several murders are committed, and the each corpse is left with what appears to be a red chrysanthemum. Everyone suspects a gang called the Red Chrysanthemums. To prevent a gang war, a private detective pretends the flowers are actually a rare type of red rose, which turns out to be correct.

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* In ''This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us'' by Edgar Cantero, a series of murder's are committed, and the corpse is left with what appears to be a red chrysanthemum. Everyone suspects a gang called the Red Chrysanthemums. To prevent a gang war, a private detective pretends the flowers are actually a rare type of red rose, which turns out to be correct.


* In ''The Story of Ichabod Crane'' in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', Brom Bones seemingly makes up the whole story about the Headless Horseman to terrorize the superstitious Ichabod Crane. As it turns out, the Headless Horseman really does exist, and goes after Ichabod Crane in the ending. Although the Horseman [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane just might have been Brom in disguise.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar borrows the Sultan's diamond ring, claiming he needs it to find Jasmine a suitor, when he actually plans to use it to find the one who can enter the Cave of Wonders. [[HilariousInHindsight In a way]], Jafar fulfilled his claim as Aladdin would end up being Jasmine's suitor, not to mention Jafar seeking him out would lead to events that would result in them being together.

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* In ''The Story of Ichabod Crane'' in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', Brom Bones seemingly makes up the whole story about the Headless Horseman to terrorize the superstitious Ichabod Crane. As it turns out, the Headless Horseman really does exist, and goes after Ichabod Crane in the ending. Although the Horseman [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane just might have been Brom in disguise.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar borrows the Sultan's diamond ring, claiming he needs it to find Jasmine a suitor, when he actually plans to use it to find the one who can enter the Cave of Wonders. [[HilariousInHindsight In a way]], Jafar fulfilled his claim as Aladdin would end up being Jasmine's suitor, not to mention Jafar seeking him out would lead to events that would result in them being together.



* A written example in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mushu writes a [[ForgedMessage fake message]] from General Li saying that Shang's new troops are needed on the front lines. [[spoiler: That message turns out to be desperately true: the village to which they arrive at has been sacked by the Huns, leaving every imperial soldier--including the general--and citizen slaughtered.]]

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* A written example in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'': Mushu writes a [[ForgedMessage fake message]] from General Li saying that Shang's new troops are needed on the front lines. [[spoiler: That message turns out to be desperately true: the village to which they arrive at has been sacked by the Huns, leaving every imperial soldier--including the general--and citizen slaughtered.]]


** PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', when Gingy and Pinocchio are breaking Shrek, Donkey, and Puss out of prison, [[ItMakesSenseInContext they need Pinocchio's nose to grow in order for Gingy to reach them]], so Donkey suggest that Pinocchio say something crazy like [[CreepyCrossdresser he was wearing ladies' underwear]]. When Pinocchio says it...nothing happens. It's only when he gets defensive when the others ask if he really was wearing ladies' underwear does his nose grow.

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** PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', when Gingy and Pinocchio are breaking Shrek, Donkey, and Puss out of prison, [[ItMakesSenseInContext they need Pinocchio's nose to grow in order for Gingy to reach them]], so Donkey suggest suggests that Pinocchio say something crazy like [[CreepyCrossdresser he was wearing ladies' underwear]]. When Pinocchio says it...nothing happens. It's only when he gets defensive when the others ask if he really was wearing ladies' underwear does his nose grow.grow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', con artists Dimitri and Vladimir plan to pass off a homeless orphan as the long-lost Anastasia to get the lucrative reward the Dowager Empress is offering to anyone who finds her. Little do they know that the orphan they choose to train to act as Anastasia ''is'' the real Anastasia who lost her memory as a child.


* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', in order to get rid of Mr. Herriman so they can have a party, Bloo used the old prank call where he asks "Is your refrigerator running?" and amazingly, it works; Herriman runs off to chase it. However, as it turns out Herriman didn't do this because he was gullible; [[NotHyperbole his refrigerator]] ''[[NotHyperbole has]]'' [[NotHyperbole been known to run off]] (it, like a lot of furniture in the house, is an imaginary friend) and it did so this time too. He only finds out about the party after he's done scolding it.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', in order to get rid of Mr. Herriman so they can have a party, Bloo used the old prank call where he asks "Is your refrigerator running?" and amazingly, it works; Herriman runs off to chase it. However, as it turns out Herriman didn't do this because he was gullible; [[NotHyperbole his refrigerator]] ''[[NotHyperbole has]]'' [[NotHyperbole been known to run off]] (it, ([[AnimateInanimateObject it, like a lot of furniture in the house, is an imaginary friend) friend]]) and it did so this time too. He only finds out about the party after he's done scolding it.

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* ''Film/LeftForDead'': After firing at Morbius, Goldie claims that he is bulletproof as she runs away. While Morbius is ImmuneToBullets, the real reason Goldie's shots had done nothing was because [[ImperialStormtroopermarksmanshipAcademy she missed with all six bullets despite being at point blank range]].


* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0489.html one strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Roy explains to a Deva that he keeps [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] around to both [[BoxedCrook keep him in check]] and to channel his combat potential for the GreaterGood. Afterwards, the Deva puts it down in Roy's file as an attempt to redeem an evildoer. As time goes on, however, Belkar begins to undergo CharacterDevelopment, making a HeelFaceTurn from him more likely.

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* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0489.html one strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Roy explains to a Deva that he keeps [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] around to both [[BoxedCrook keep him in check]] and to channel his combat potential for the GreaterGood.greater good. Afterwards, the Deva puts it down in Roy's file as an attempt to redeem an evildoer. As time goes on, however, Belkar begins to undergo CharacterDevelopment, making a HeelFaceTurn from him more likely.

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