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* In ''Film/CorpseBride'', the dead help Emily by saying the trope word for word, or pointing in the direction Victor ran.

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* In ''Film/CorpseBride'', ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', the dead help Emily by saying the trope word for word, or pointing in the direction Victor ran.



* In ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the fox throws the wolves off of the Pevensie children's trail by claiming that "they ran north." The children are actually above them in a tree the entire time.



* In the penultimate scene of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', Marcellus manages to distract the angry mob of townspeople searching for Harold Hill for a few minutes by telling them he isn't anywhere nearby and they should try looking "down by the crick."

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* In the penultimate scene of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', Marcellus manages to distract the angry mob of townspeople searching for Harold Hill for a few minutes by telling them he isn't anywhere nearby and they should try looking "down by the crick.creek."



* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' while transformed into a drow you come across a group of drow chasing a slave and are given the option to point them in the right or wrong direction.

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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' II,'' while transformed into a drow drow, you come across a group of drow chasing a slave and are given the option to point them in the right or wrong direction.



* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'', the player, or rather its more vocal ExpositionFairy, does this to throw paladins off the trail of another character.

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* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'', the player, or rather its their more vocal ExpositionFairy, does this to throw paladins off the trail of another character.

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* ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019'': Nick Fury approaches Carol Danvers and asks if she had seen a lady who crashed through a Blockbuster's roof. Carol points in a random direction and says she went that way, but Nick just laughs because a security guard had already told him it was her.


* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' ParodyFic "A Fistful of Mammary Gland", the Woman With No Name (just a number: 7 of 9) boards ''Voyager'' which is split into two Starfleet and Maquis factions in a constant state of war.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' ParodyFic "A Fistful of Mammary Gland", the Woman With No Name (just a number: 7 of 9) boards ''Voyager'' which is a spacecraft whose crew are split into two factions, Starfleet and Maquis factions Maquis, in a constant state of war.conflict.


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* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' ParodyFic "A Fistful of Mammary Gland", the Woman With No Name (just a number: 7 of 9) boards ''Voyager'' which is split into two Starfleet and Maquis factions in a constant state of war.
-->"That is inefficient," said Seven. "What happened to co-operation in the face of adversity, seeking out new life and new civilisations, boldly going where no sub-unit has gone before?"\\
"They went that-a-way," said Neelix, pointing at the waste disposal chute. "It was a choice between co-operation or continuity. You can't have both, you know."
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* Played with in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Ethan Hunt is chasing down the villains, and an elderly Chinese man wordlessly points in the direction they went. However it turns out he's walked into an unlicensed hospital, and the man just assumed from Ethan's battered appearance that he had come in for treatment. Fortunately the villains have also gone to the hospital.

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* Played with Subverted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Ethan Hunt is chasing down the villains, and an elderly Chinese man wordlessly points in the direction they went. However it turns out he's walked into an unlicensed hospital, and the man just assumed from Ethan's battered appearance that he had come in for treatment. Fortunately the villains have also gone to the hospital.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In "Liars, Guns and Money Part 1", Crichton and Aeryn knock out a couple of guards in the middle of their bank heist, but are ambushed by more guards before they've even finished pulling the clothes off. Crichton flees with a half-hearted "Uh... they went that way!" to the new arrivals.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In "Liars, Guns and Money Part 1", Crichton and Aeryn knock out a couple of guards in the middle of their bank heist, but are ambushed by more guards before they've even finished [[MuggedForDisguise pulling the clothes off.off]]. Crichton flees with a half-hearted "Uh... they went that way!" to the new arrivals.


* Cao Cao, of all people, pulls off a straight version while on the run from Lu Bu in ''Literatures/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.

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* Cao Cao, of all people, pulls off a straight version while on the run from Lu Bu in ''Literatures/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.


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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Revelation of the Daleks", the Doctor rounds a corner and comes face-to-face with two Daleks. Not missing a beat, he says "Ah. There you are. They went that way." and points. It doesn't work.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks "Revelation of the Daleks", Daleks"]], the Doctor rounds a corner and comes face-to-face with two Daleks. Not missing a beat, he says "Ah. There you are. They went that way." and points. It doesn't work.



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* Perhaps the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} example from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' is Sonic saying, "I'm over there." to a robot, WITHOUT A COSTUME, after just walking up to him. It works.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': When Aang and company break into the [[BigBad Fire Lord's]] bunker [[TimedMission during]] the [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot Day of Black Sun]], they interrogate a passerby for Ozai's location. [[spoiler:That chamber contains [[TheDragon Azula]] rather than Ozai, and she's [[DaddysGirl happy]] to waste the heroes' time.]]
-->'''War Minister Qin:''' The Firelord's chamber is that way, down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You can't miss it.
* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy", there is a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus... who points in eight directions at the same time.
* In the ''Arabian Knights'' segment of ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'', Princess Nida often disguised herself (once even as the BigBad and imitating his voice!) and used this trick to send guards the wrong way.



* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has used this a lot. Tom doesn't seem to recognize Jerry when the latter wears a fake beard, and Tom seems [[WouldntHitAGirl less likely to attack a female mouse]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has used this a lot. Tom doesn't seem to recognize Jerry when In the latter wears a fake beard, and Tom seems [[WouldntHitAGirl less likely ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "What Goes Up...", Mitchell tries to attack a female mouse]].chase after Jet's flying saucer. Mindy tells him that the flying saucer went to the right. Mitchell assumes if Mindy says he's going to the right, [[InsaneTrollLogic then he must be going to the left]]. Of course, Jet didn't actually go left.



* Perhaps the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} example from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' is Sonic saying, "I'm over there." to a robot, WITHOUT A COSTUME, after just walking up to him. It works.
* In the ''Arabian Knights'' segment of ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'', Princess Nida often disguised herself (once even as the BigBad and imitating his voice!) and used this trick to send guards the wrong way.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': When Aang and company break into the [[BigBad Fire Lord's]] bunker [[TimedMission during]] the [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot Day of Black Sun]], they interrogate a passerby for Ozai's location. [[spoiler:That chamber contains [[TheDragon Azula]] rather than Ozai, and she's [[DaddysGirl happy]] to waste the heroes' time.]]
-->'''War Minister Qin:''' The Firelord's chamber is that way, down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You can't miss it.
* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy", there is a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus... who points in eight directions at the same time.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "What Goes Up...", Mitchell tries to chase after Jet's flying saucer. Mindy tells him that the flying saucer went to the right. Mitchell assumes if Mindy says he's going to the right, [[InsaneTrollLogic then he must be going to the left]]. Of course, Jet didn't actually go left.

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* Perhaps ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsResistance'': In [[Recap/StarWarsResistanceS1E4TheHighTower "The High Tower"]], when two stormtroopers enter her room looking for Kaz, Torra tries to do this by pointing to her left and saying the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} example from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' is Sonic saying, "I'm over there." to a robot, WITHOUT A COSTUME, after just walking up to him. trope name verbatim. It works.
* In
doesn't work since there's no way Kaz could have gotten out of her room past the ''Arabian Knights'' segment of ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'', Princess Nida often disguised herself (once even as the BigBad and imitating his voice!) and troopers without them seeing, but they leave since Kaz exited Torra's room by a different route.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' has
used this trick a lot. Tom doesn't seem to send guards recognize Jerry when the wrong way.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': When Aang
latter wears a fake beard, and company break into the [[BigBad Fire Lord's]] bunker [[TimedMission during]] the [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot Day of Black Sun]], they interrogate a passerby for Ozai's location. [[spoiler:That chamber contains [[TheDragon Azula]] rather than Ozai, and she's [[DaddysGirl happy]] Tom seems [[WouldntHitAGirl less likely to waste the heroes' time.]]
-->'''War Minister Qin:''' The Firelord's chamber is that way, down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You can't miss it.
* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy", there is
attack a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus... who points in eight directions at the same time.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "What Goes Up...", Mitchell tries to chase after Jet's flying saucer. Mindy tells him that the flying saucer went to the right. Mitchell assumes if Mindy says he's going to the right, [[InsaneTrollLogic then he must be going to the left]]. Of course, Jet didn't actually go left.
female mouse]].


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "What Goes Up...", Mitchell tries to chase after Jet's flying saucer. Mindy tells him that the flying saucer went to the right. Mitchell assumes if Mindy says he's going to the right, [[InsaneTrollLogic then he must be going to the left]]. Of course, Jet didn't actually go left.


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-->'''Soldier #1:''' Where is Navarre?
-->'''Phillipe:''' Navarre? Navarre? Ah, yes. Big man, black horse. I thought I saw him ride south, toward Aquila
-->'''Soldier #2:''' Ha, then we ride north.
-->'''Phillipe:''' It isn't polite to assume that someone is a liar when you've only just met them.
-->'''Soldier #1:''' And yet you knew we would. We ride south.
-->'''Phillipe:''' [talking to God] I told the truth, Lord. How can I learn any moral lessons when you keep confusing me this way?

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-->'''Soldier #1:''' Where is Navarre?
-->'''Phillipe:'''
Navarre?\\
'''Phillipe:'''
Navarre? Navarre? Ah, yes. Big man, black horse. I thought I saw him ride south, toward Aquila
-->'''Soldier
Aquila.\\
'''Soldier
#2:''' Ha, then we ride north.
-->'''Phillipe:'''
north.\\
'''Phillipe:'''
It isn't polite to assume that someone is a liar when you've only just met them.
-->'''Soldier
them.\\
'''Soldier
#1:''' And yet you knew we would. We ride south.
-->'''Phillipe:''' [talking
south.\\
'''Phillipe:''' ''[talking
to God] God]'' I told the truth, Lord. How can I learn any moral lessons when you keep confusing me this way?



* ''[[Film/{{DEBS}} D.E.B.S.]]'' Near the end of the film Amy and Lucy decide to escape together. Amy's friend Max tells the pursuing authorities that they went one way when they in fact went another.

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* ''[[Film/{{DEBS}} D.E.B.S.]]'' ''Film/{{DEBS}}'': Near the end of the film film, Amy and Lucy decide to escape together. Amy's friend Max tells the pursuing authorities that they went one way when they in fact went another.



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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Revelation of the Daleks'', the Doctor rounds a corner and comes face to face with two Daleks. Not missing a beat, he says "Ah. There you are. They went that way." and points. It doesn't work.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In "Liars, Guns and Money Part 1," Crichton and Aeryn knock out a couple of guards in the middle of their bank heist, but are ambushed by more guards before they've even finished pulling the clothes off. Crichton flees with a half-hearted "Uh... they went that way!" to the new arrivals.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Revelation "Revelation of the Daleks'', Daleks", the Doctor rounds a corner and comes face to face face-to-face with two Daleks. Not missing a beat, he says "Ah. There you are. They went that way." and points. It doesn't work.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In "Liars, Guns and Money Part 1," 1", Crichton and Aeryn knock out a couple of guards in the middle of their bank heist, but are ambushed by more guards before they've even finished pulling the clothes off. Crichton flees with a half-hearted "Uh... they went that way!" to the new arrivals.



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* In ''Webcomic/{{DDG}}'' a reluctant reapee tells [[TheGrimReaper Zip]] "Some dead guy just went out the window". Needless to say it doesn't work. Asking Zip for a [[DontFearTheReaper kiss]] as a last request is more successful though.
* [[spoiler: Tinder's sister]] from Webcomic/MurphySlaw attempted this. It did not work.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{DDG}}'' a reluctant reapee tells [[TheGrimReaper Zip]] "Some dead guy just went out the window". Needless to say it doesn't work. Asking Zip for a [[DontFearTheReaper kiss]] as a last request is more successful successful, though.
* %%* [[spoiler: Tinder's sister]] from Webcomic/MurphySlaw attempted ''Webcomic/MurphySlaw'' attempts this. It did does not work.



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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', particularly as a response to the question "Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?" One particularly noteworthy instance is when The Gremlin did this to a dazed Bugs Bunny--by pointing both hands in opposite directions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', particularly as a response to the question "Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?" go?"
**
One particularly noteworthy instance is when The the Gremlin did does this to a dazed Bugs Bunny--by Bunny -- by pointing both hands in opposite directions.



* When [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]] and company break into the [[BigBad Fire Lord's]] bunker [[TimedMission during]] the [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot Day of Black Sun]], they interrogate a passerby for Ozai's location and are told:
-->'''War Minister Qin:''' The Firelordís chamber is that way, down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You canít miss it.[[note]] That chamber contains [[TheDragon Azula]] rather than Ozai, and she's [[DaddysGirl happy]] to waste the heroes' time.[[/note]]
* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy," there is a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus...who points in eight directions at the same time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': When [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]] Aang and company break into the [[BigBad Fire Lord's]] bunker [[TimedMission during]] the [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot Day of Black Sun]], they interrogate a passerby for Ozai's location and are told:
-->'''War Minister Qin:''' The Firelordís chamber is that way, down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You canít miss it.[[note]] That
location. [[spoiler:That chamber contains [[TheDragon Azula]] rather than Ozai, and she's [[DaddysGirl happy]] to waste the heroes' time.[[/note]]
]]
-->'''War Minister Qin:''' The Firelord's chamber is that way, down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You can't miss it.
* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy," Pygmy", there is a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus...octopus... who points in eight directions at the same time.


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* Played with in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Ethan Hunt is chasing down the villain, and a Chinese man wordlessly points in the direction he went. However it turns out he's walked into an unlicensed hospital, and the man just assumed from Ethan's battered appearance that he had come in for treatment.

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* Played with in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Ethan Hunt is chasing down the villain, villains, and a an elderly Chinese man wordlessly points in the direction he they went. However it turns out he's walked into an unlicensed hospital, and the man just assumed from Ethan's battered appearance that he had come in for treatment. Fortunately the villains have also gone to the hospital.

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* Played with in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Ethan Hunt is chasing down the villain, and a Chinese man wordlessly points in the direction he went. However it turns out he's walked into an unlicensed hospital, and the man just assumed from Ethan's battered appearance that he had come in for treatment.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland'' (and its remake ''Dough for the Do-Do''), Porky Pig meets a native of Wackyland wearing a sandwich board advertising "INFORMATION ABOUT THE DODO". When Porky asks him which way to go to find him, the guys says "Thattaway!" and points in several directions at once.


* In ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'', Princess Sarah sends Calvin to warn her father about what Lord Belasco has done with Princess Katy. She then tells the royal guards that he went down the opposite hallway in order to buy him time to get there.



* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' if you are playing as a malkavian you can suggest avoiding werewolves by dressing as one and using this trope.

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* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines,'' if you are playing as a malkavian Malkavian, you can suggest avoiding werewolves by dressing as one and using this trope.



* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy", there is a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus...who points in eight directions at the same time.

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* Slight variant: In the Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Half Pint Pygmy", Pygmy," there is a [[SarcasmMode very helpful]] octopus...who points in eight directions at the same time.


* Likewise in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when our heroes are caught [[MuggedForDisguise stripping the uniforms off two guards they've knocked out]]. John Crichton makes a half-hearted attempt at this trope, then flees.

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* Likewise in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when our heroes are caught [[MuggedForDisguise stripping the uniforms off two ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In "Liars, Guns and Money Part 1," Crichton and Aeryn knock out a couple of guards in the middle of their bank heist, but are ambushed by more guards before they've knocked out]]. John even finished pulling the clothes off. Crichton makes flees with a half-hearted attempt at this trope, then flees."Uh... they went that way!" to the new arrivals.

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