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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash has been getting a bit indiscriminate with her pranks, and only went further after her friends told her she wasn't putting enough thought into them. The obvious solution: [[spoiler: trick her into thinking swapping out cookies for her latest prank accidentally triggered a ZombieApocalypse.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the episode "28 Pranks Later", Rainbow Dash has been getting starts a campaign of pranking Ponyville that starts to get a bit too indiscriminate with her pranks, and only went further after her friends told her she wasn't putting enough thought into them. them and she takes it the wrong way. The rest of the Mane Six eventually confront RD and tell her that she needs to stop because the pranks are starting to cross the line into flat-out insensitive, but Rainbow Dash makes clear she won't. The obvious solution: [[spoiler: trick solution then becomes: [[spoiler:trick her into thinking swapping out cookies for her latest prank accidentally triggered a ZombieApocalypse.]]


* Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: when Generator hatches a plan to prank Phase with realistic shoulder angels, Phase retaliates by stealing Generator's lingerie. While Generator is standing in the middle of the cafeteria. [[CrazyAwesome Generator]] does not take this lying down.

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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': when Generator hatches a plan to prank Phase with realistic shoulder angels, Phase retaliates by stealing Generator's lingerie. While Generator is standing in the middle of the cafeteria. [[CrazyAwesome Generator]] Generator does not take this lying down.


* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash has been getting a bit indiscriminate with her pranks, and only went further after her friends told her she wasn't putting enough thought into them. The obvious solution: [[spoiler: trick her into thinking swapping out cookies for her latest prank accidentally triggered a ZombieApocalypse.]]

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* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash has been getting a bit indiscriminate with her pranks, and only went further after her friends told her she wasn't putting enough thought into them. The obvious solution: [[spoiler: trick her into thinking swapping out cookies for her latest prank accidentally triggered a ZombieApocalypse.]]


* [[OlderThanSteam Dates back]] [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples at least]] to Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Consider ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' -- this [[ZanySchemeChicken goes back and forth]] at least three times.

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* [[OlderThanSteam Dates back]] [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples at least]] to Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Consider ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' -- this [[ZanySchemeChicken goes back and forth]] at least three times.


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* The works of Creator/PGWodehouse run on this trope.
* Practically standard operating procedure for the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series.

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* One ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode involves a "extremely convoluted" plot by Plankton to get the Krabby patty formula by re-friending Mr. Krabs. At the end it looks like Plankton succeeded as Krabs gives him the formula, only for the piece of paper to say, "GOTCHA," and krabs to reveal he had his own "extremely convoluted" plot to humiliate Plankton. Plankton gets a BigNo at the very end.

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* One ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode involves a "extremely convoluted" plot by Plankton to get the Krabby patty formula by re-friending Mr. Krabs. At the end it looks like Plankton succeeded as Krabs gives him the formula, only for the piece of paper to say, "GOTCHA," and krabs Krabs to reveal he had his own "extremely convoluted" plot to humiliate Plankton. Plankton gets a BigNo at the very end.




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* ''Westernanimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "[[CourtroomEpisode Let's Play Courtroom Drama]]", Mr. Cat violently attacks [[NighInvulnerable Quack quack the indestructible duck]] with a chainsaw and then claims he didn't. Kaeloo decides to put him on trial, with herself as Quack Quack's lawyer and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] as the lawyer. [[spoiler: Mr. Cat points out that Kaeloo can transform into a violent monster whose actions are well beyond her conscious control and accuses Kaeloo of being the real attacker. Kaeloo seems to believe this story and packs her bags. Mr. Cat asks where she is going, and she explains that she is leaving [[CrapsaccharineWorld Smileyland]] in order to avoid hurting her friends. Mr. Cat, feeling extremely guilty and not wanting his [[VitriolicBestBuds "best friend"]] to leave forever, confesses to the crime and says that his story was a made-up lie. Kaeloo then turns around to face him, declares him guilty and punishes him offscreen.]]


-->-- '''Homer''', ''TheSimpsons'', "Homer Goes to College"

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-->-- '''Homer''', ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Homer Goes to College"



* WhateleyUniverse example: when Generator hatches a plan to prank Phase with realistic shoulder angels, Phase retaliates by stealing Generator's lingerie. While Generator is standing in the middle of the cafeteria. [[CrazyAwesome Generator]] does not take this lying down.

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* WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: when Generator hatches a plan to prank Phase with realistic shoulder angels, Phase retaliates by stealing Generator's lingerie. While Generator is standing in the middle of the cafeteria. [[CrazyAwesome Generator]] does not take this lying down.



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* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash has been getting a bit indiscriminate with her pranks, and only went further after her friends told her she wasn't putting enough thought into them. The obvious solution: [[spoiler: trick her into thinking swapping out cookies for her latest prank accidentally triggered a ZombieApocalypse.]]


* ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]'': "How do you stop a pair of bad robot usses?" "By building a pair of ''good'' robot usses to fight them!"

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* ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]'': ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'': "How do you stop a pair of bad robot usses?" "By building a pair of ''good'' robot usses to fight them!"



* ''Series/TheBradyBunch''
* ''Series/ThreesCompany''
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell''

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* Happens occasionally on ''Series/AccordingToJim''.

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* %%* Happens occasionally on ''Series/AccordingToJim''.



* One WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants episode involves a "extremely convoluted" plot by Plankton to get the Krabby patty formula by re-friending Mr. Krabs. At the end it looks like Plankton succeeded as Krabs gives him the formula, only for the piece of paper to say, "GOTCHA," and krabs to reveal he had his own "extremely convoluted" plot to humiliate Plankton. Plankton gets a BigNo at the very end.
* To clear up ''TheSimpsons'' page quote, the actual episode is not an example. The first Zany Scheme was kidnapping a neighbouring schools' pig, which got the nerds expelled, and Homer tries to counter this with an even zanier scheme: having the nerds push the Dean out of the way of Homer's car, which... well it works in the long run. But yeah, it's not actually an example because both schemes were concocted by Homer.

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* One WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode involves a "extremely convoluted" plot by Plankton to get the Krabby patty formula by re-friending Mr. Krabs. At the end it looks like Plankton succeeded as Krabs gives him the formula, only for the piece of paper to say, "GOTCHA," and krabs to reveal he had his own "extremely convoluted" plot to humiliate Plankton. Plankton gets a BigNo at the very end.
* To clear up ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' page quote, the actual episode is not an example. The first Zany Scheme was kidnapping a neighbouring schools' pig, which got the nerds expelled, and Homer tries to counter this with an even zanier scheme: having the nerds push the Dean out of the way of Homer's car, which... well it works in the long run. But yeah, it's not actually an example because both schemes were concocted by Homer.


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* ''SavedByTheBell''

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* ''HomeImprovement'', especially in earlier seasons, often had Tim and Jill pulling these in response to their children's antics in order to teach them a lesson.
* Happens occasionally on ''AccordingToJim''.

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* ''HomeImprovement'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', especially in earlier seasons, often had Tim and Jill pulling these in response to their children's antics in order to teach them a lesson.
* Happens occasionally on ''AccordingToJim''.''Series/AccordingToJim''.



* A prank war on ''AllInTheFamily'' involving a double-date and a trans-woman ([[FairForItsDay relatively sympathetically portrayed]]).

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* A prank war on ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' involving a double-date and a trans-woman ([[FairForItsDay relatively sympathetically portrayed]]).


Ricky has been pulling a ZanyScheme to keep [[ILoveLucy Lucy]] away from the club the night the big celebrity is visiting. Lucy finds out. Instead of confronting Ricky, she enlists Fred, Ethel, and the visiting celebrity in "teaching Ricky a lesson he won't soon forget." They stage an elaborate charade, making Ricky believe his scheme has had unintended consequences. Ricky confesses and everyone yells, "Gotcha!"

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Ricky has been pulling a ZanyScheme to keep [[ILoveLucy [[Series/ILoveLucy Lucy]] away from the club the night the big celebrity is visiting. Lucy finds out. Instead of confronting Ricky, she enlists Fred, Ethel, and the visiting celebrity in "teaching Ricky a lesson he won't soon forget." They stage an elaborate charade, making Ricky believe his scheme has had unintended consequences. Ricky confesses and everyone yells, "Gotcha!"



* ''ILoveLucy'' was probably the first to do this on television. And the second and third and fourth and tenth...
* ''TheBradyBunch''

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* ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' was probably the first to do this on television. And the second and third and fourth and tenth...
* ''TheBradyBunch''''Series/TheBradyBunch''



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