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->''"I pull that trigger two seconds earlier and Wallenberg would be here to see his kid play. Instead, I got some dead man robbing jewellery stores and sending me haikus."''

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->''"I pull that trigger two seconds earlier and Wallenberg would be here to see his kid play. Instead, I got some dead man robbing jewellery jewelery stores and sending me haikus."''



->''"If I had pulled the trigger two seconds earlier, Wallenberg would be here to see his kid play. Instead, I got some dead man robbing jewelry stores and sending me haikus."''

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\n->''"If I had pulled the ->''"I pull that trigger two seconds earlier, earlier and Wallenberg would be here to see his kid play. Instead, I got some dead man robbing jewelry jewellery stores and sending me haikus."''


* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' did this with serial killer [[spoiler: Howard Epps.]] It also had the protagonists prepared to pursue far more elaborate puzzles than Epps was actually leaving them, before one of their number realizes they've "endowed" him with brains he doesn't have.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' did this with serial killer [[spoiler: Howard Epps.]] It also had the protagonists prepared to pursue far more elaborate puzzles than Epps the killer was actually leaving them, before one of their number realizes they've "endowed" him with brains he doesn't have.


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-->'''The Fisher King''': (confronting Elle Greenaway [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive in her home]] after she breaks his one rule of "only the BAU team must do this quest" after she does a press conference with a gun) ''[[BerserkButton ONE RULE!!! THERE WAS ONLY ONE RULE!!!]]'' [{HeroKiller I TOLD YOU THAT THIS WAS IMPORTANT!!!]] (shoots Elle, [[SmashToBlack cut to cliffhanger]]).

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-->'''The Fisher King''': (confronting Elle Greenaway [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive in her home]] after she breaks his one rule of "only the BAU team must do this quest" after she does a press conference with a gun) ''[[BerserkButton ONE RULE!!! THERE WAS ONLY ONE RULE!!!]]'' [{HeroKiller [[HeroKiller I TOLD YOU THAT THIS WAS IMPORTANT!!!]] (shoots Elle, [[SmashToBlack cut to cliffhanger]]).


--'''The Fisher King''': (confronting Elle Greenaway [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive in her home]] after she breaks his one rule of "only the BAU team must do this quest" after she does a press conference with a gun) ''[[BerserkButton ONE RULE!!! THERE WAS ONLY ONE RULE!!!]]'' [{HeroKiller I TOLD YOU THAT THIS WAS IMPORTANT!!!]] (shoots Elle, [[SmashToBlack cut to cliffhanger]]).

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--'''The -->'''The Fisher King''': (confronting Elle Greenaway [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive in her home]] after she breaks his one rule of "only the BAU team must do this quest" after she does a press conference with a gun) ''[[BerserkButton ONE RULE!!! THERE WAS ONLY ONE RULE!!!]]'' [{HeroKiller I TOLD YOU THAT THIS WAS IMPORTANT!!!]] (shoots Elle, [[SmashToBlack cut to cliffhanger]]).

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--'''The Fisher King''': (confronting Elle Greenaway [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive in her home]] after she breaks his one rule of "only the BAU team must do this quest" after she does a press conference with a gun) ''[[BerserkButton ONE RULE!!! THERE WAS ONLY ONE RULE!!!]]'' [{HeroKiller I TOLD YOU THAT THIS WAS IMPORTANT!!!]] (shoots Elle, [[SmashToBlack cut to cliffhanger]]).


** They do it all again the next season with Mr. Yang's partner, Mr. Yin. [[spoiler:Who happens to be Mr. Yin's parent. This time, Shawn [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller has Yin as an ally so he can consult her at any time]], but [[ZigZaggedTrope she's so crazy that the information she provides Shawn]] is also concealed behind elaborate riddles. When Shawn tells her that she's making them waste their time and they need the information ''now'', Yin gives Shawn a flat look and says:]]
-->'''Yin''': [[ComplexityAddiction That is not how my mind works.]]

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** They do it all again the next season with Mr. Yang's partner, Mr. Yin. [[spoiler:Who happens to be Mr. Yin's Yang's parent. This time, Shawn [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller has Yin Yang as an ally so he can consult her at any time]], but [[ZigZaggedTrope she's so crazy that the information she provides Shawn]] is also concealed behind elaborate riddles. When Shawn tells her that she's making them waste their time and they need the information ''now'', Yin Yang gives Shawn a flat look and says:]]
-->'''Yin''': -->'''Yang''': [[ComplexityAddiction That is not how my mind works.]]


* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' Shawn faces the Yin-Yang Killer, who only rarely resurfaces to screw with star cops -- by kidnapping a victim and leaving stopwatches and clues, with the victim dying when the star cop fails to solve the clues in time. When the Yin-Yang killer targets Shawn, Shawn gets caught up in the killer's clues, and [[spoiler: then he realizes that is what the killer wants and pretends to give up.]] Eventually the killer is revealed to be [[spoiler: a very crazy looking Ally Sheedy.]]

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* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' Shawn faces the Yin-Yang Killer, who only rarely resurfaces to screw with star cops -- by kidnapping a victim and leaving stopwatches and clues, with the victim dying when the star cop fails to solve the clues in time. When the Yin-Yang killer targets Shawn, Shawn gets caught up in the killer's clues, and [[spoiler: then he realizes that is what the killer wants [[DefiedTrope and pretends to give up.up]].]] Eventually the killer killer, [[spoiler:pissed off that Shawn isn't playing the game, comes gunning for him]], and is revealed to be [[spoiler: a very crazy looking crazy-looking Ally Sheedy.]]



** They do it all again the next season with Mr. Yang's partner, Mr. Yin.

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** They do it all again the next season with Mr. Yang's partner, Mr. Yin. [[spoiler:Who happens to be Mr. Yin's parent. This time, Shawn [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller has Yin as an ally so he can consult her at any time]], but [[ZigZaggedTrope she's so crazy that the information she provides Shawn]] is also concealed behind elaborate riddles. When Shawn tells her that she's making them waste their time and they need the information ''now'', Yin gives Shawn a flat look and says:]]
-->'''Yin''': [[ComplexityAddiction That is not how my mind works.]]


* ''Series/TheFive'': Jakob Morosi, a convicted serial killer doing life, appears to entertain himself by messing with the family of Jesse Wells and the police by falsely claiming he killed Jesse then leading them on a wild goose chase for the body.

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* ''Series/TheFive'': Jakob Morosi, Marosi, a convicted serial killer doing life, appears to entertain himself by messing with the family of Jesse Wells and the police by falsely claiming he killed Jesse then leading them on a wild goose chase for the body.

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* ''Series/TheFive'': Jakob Morosi, a convicted serial killer doing life, appears to entertain himself by messing with the family of Jesse Wells and the police by falsely claiming he killed Jesse then leading them on a wild goose chase for the body.


* In the movie ''Film/IRobot'', the [[spoiler:"murder" ''victim'']] does this, the initial clue being [[spoiler:[[ThanatosGambit his own "murder"]]]], ostensibly to reveal his secret to the hero without tipping off a [[spoiler:ThreeLawsCompliant AI with SinisterSurveillance]] in time to prevent a [[spoiler:ZerothLawRebellion]]. (Yeah, the ''movie'' did something clever and subversive. )

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* In the movie ''Film/IRobot'', the [[spoiler:"murder" ''victim'']] does this, the initial clue being [[spoiler:[[ThanatosGambit his own "murder"]]]], ostensibly to reveal his secret to the hero without tipping off a [[spoiler:ThreeLawsCompliant AI with SinisterSurveillance]] in time to prevent a [[spoiler:ZerothLawRebellion]]. (Yeah, the ''movie'' did something clever and subversive. )

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* During the first night of the culture festival in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'', a PhantomThief steals a bunch of balloon's from class 2-B and later leaves behind a note with some clocks on it that nobody can make heads or tales of. Fujiwara, who has long since been established as a lover of games and riddles, spends most of the second day trying to figure out it's meaning and catch the thief. [[spoiler:It later turns out that the clocks didn't have any meaning whatsoever. Shirogane just threw a bunch of meaningless symbols together in the hopes that [[SpannerInTheWorks she]] would be distracted long enough for him to get his GrandRomanticGesture for Kaguya ready.]]

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