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** ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' has Rincewind pull a massive one of these that involves him spreading the rumor of the "Great Wizard" summoning [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial 2,300,009 invisible vampire ghosts]] that ''do not'' exist and ''are not'' heading this way". And "Nor has the Great Wizard made them twice as big as usual." He then tells the people he has told this "fact" to to set the minds of others at ease by shutting down this rumor - which involves ''telling'' them about the rumor.

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** ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' has Rincewind pull a massive one of these that involves him spreading the rumor of the "Great Wizard" summoning [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial 2,300,009 invisible vampire ghosts]] that ''do not'' exist and ''are not'' heading this way".way. And "Nor has the Great Wizard made them twice as big as usual." He then tells the people he has told this "fact" to to set the minds of others at ease by shutting down this rumor - which involves ''telling'' them about the rumor.

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** ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' has Rincewind pull a massive one of these that involves him spreading the rumor of the "Great Wizard" summoning [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial 2,300,009 invisible vampire ghosts]] that ''do not'' exist and ''are not'' heading this way". And "Nor has the Great Wizard made them twice as big as usual." He then tells the people he has told this "fact" to to set the minds of others at ease by shutting down this rumor - which involves ''telling'' them about the rumor.


* The concept of the "Panopticon" prison is founded on this. A clever circular design allows direct, line-of-sight observation of any prisoner cell from a central observation tower without the inmates being able to tell ''which'' cell the guards might be looking at. Without being able to tell which cells are currently under observation, or even how many guards are doing the observing, inmates must assume ''they'' are under observation and behave themselves. The effect still works even if the observation tower is unoccupied.

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* The concept of the "Panopticon" prison is founded on this. A clever circular design allows direct, line-of-sight observation of any prisoner cell from a central observation tower without the inmates being able to tell ''which'' cell the guards might be looking at. Without being able to tell which cells are currently under observation, or even how many guards are doing the observing, inmates must assume ''they'' are under observation and behave themselves. The effect still works even if the observation tower is unoccupied.unoccupied, so long as the inmates believe that it is.


** Played for all it's worth in the episode "Slapsgiving". In a previous episode ("Slap Bet"), Marshall has been allotted five slaps that he can give to Barney. He has chosen to give the third slap at Thanksgiving, going so far as to post a countdown online. The anticipation starts to get to Barney, and Marshall's tactics to psych him out don't help any. Tired of the whole thing, Lily (as "slap bet commissioner") calls it off so that they could have a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner. But Barney's gloating as the countdown approaches get to her, and at the last moment she lets Marshall slap him just to shut him up.

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** Played for all it's worth in the episode "Slapsgiving". In a previous episode ("Slap Bet"), Marshall has been allotted five slaps that he can give to Barney. He has chosen to give the third slap at Thanksgiving, going so far as to post a countdown online. The Barney claims that Marshall ruined the Paranoia Gambit by announcing the exact moment of the slap and thus removing the uncertainty, but eventually the anticipation starts to get to Barney, and (and Marshall's tactics to psych him out don't help any.psych-out tactics) starts destroying Barney. Tired of the whole thing, Lily (as "slap bet commissioner") calls it off so that they could have a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner. But Barney's gloating as the countdown approaches get to her, and at the last moment she lets Marshall slap him just to shut him up.

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* [[https://news-actual.com/man-waits-bride/ This story about a guy who got his revenge on his ex-girlfriend]], two years later and during her wedding day, no less. The woman not only [[YourCheatingHeart cheated on]] [[GoldDigger and stole a bunch of money from him]], but after she got caught and dumped, she trashed his White Chevy Monte Carlo (Four flat tires, a smashed windshield, and a can of red paint had been poured over it). So, as the wedding day approached, he sent her a letter with a cryptic message: a photo of a Monte Carlo, a wedding dress, and a packet of ketchup, along with a sheet of paper with three words: "Red on White", as if threatening to get her dress stained in red, and reinforced her paranoia by sending her some red items annonymously. As it turned out, all he wanted was her to become a {{Bridezilla}} during her wedding, paranoid over the imminent ambush (that never came), and getting her exposed as how she really was in front of everyone.


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], this is how the Doctor [[spoiler:deposes Harriet Jones]]. He whispers [[spoiler:"Don't you think she looks tired?"]] in the ear of [[spoiler:Harriet's aide]], the translator, while she stands by without her being able to hear. When she inquires she seems paranoid, and even if the translator tells her, she wouldn't believe him, keeping inquiring and getting more and more paranoid.


** Sheridan wants the Non-Aligned Worlds to allow him to use the White Star fleet to patrol their borders, so he has Ivanova publicly announce that nothing happened in a sector. This appears to be a cover up to the ambassadors prompting them to request the White Stars to patrol their borders with the idea that they were constructed from Minbari and Vorlon technology (respectively centuries and millenia ahead of most other races), they could detect enemies their less advanced ships could not.

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** Sheridan wants the Non-Aligned Worlds to allow him to use the White Star fleet to patrol their borders, so he has Ivanova publicly announce that nothing happened in a sector. This appears to be a cover up coverup to the ambassadors ambassadors, prompting them to request the White Stars to patrol their borders with the idea that because they were constructed from Minbari and Vorlon technology (respectively centuries and millenia ahead of most other races), they could detect enemies their less advanced ships could not.


** Sheridan wants the Non-Aligned Worlds to allow him to use the White Star fleet to patrol their borders, so he has Ivanova publicly announce that nothing happened in sector. This appears to be a cover up to the ambassadors prompting them to request the White Stars to patrol their borders with the idea that they were constructed from Minbari and Vorlon technology (respectively centuries and millenia ahead of most other races), they could detect enemies their less advanced ships could not.

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** Sheridan wants the Non-Aligned Worlds to allow him to use the White Star fleet to patrol their borders, so he has Ivanova publicly announce that nothing happened in a sector. This appears to be a cover up to the ambassadors prompting them to request the White Stars to patrol their borders with the idea that they were constructed from Minbari and Vorlon technology (respectively centuries and millenia ahead of most other races), they could detect enemies their less advanced ships could not.





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-->'''Helix:''' What sort of devious master plan do you have, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' None at all. But don't worry, Helix, they'll think of something.

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-->'''Helix:''' What sort of devious master plan do you have, Sam?
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Sam?\\
'''Sam:'''
None at all. But don't worry, Helix, they'll think of something.



* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Dr Clef]] is very fond of these.
--> * [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/supplemental-report-239-b-192 And here's the really fucked up part, Kondraki… what if I'm lying right now?]]

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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Dr Clef]] ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': Dr. Clef is very fond of these.
--> * [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/supplemental-report-239-b-192 And here's the really fucked up part, Kondraki… Kondraki... what if I'm lying right now?]]





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* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'': "The trick was, there was no trick."
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** When Peter accidentally destroyed Jason's rocket, the latter proclaimed that he will have his vengeance in the next 12 hours. This led to Peter, among other things, jumping out of his room window after hearing a knock on the door, hiding all the knives in the house inside the toilet tank, destroying his mom's rose bush by hiding in it, hiding under the couch dirtying the house (all of the aforementioned actions causing him to be grounded), eating leaves for dinner and lying on dog poop for several hours. Just as Jason planned.
** Another strip had Paige getting ready to eat a sandwich only to find Peter staring at her with an evil grin. She proceeds to bombard Peter with questions about why he's smiling and if he did something to her sandwich (specifically spitting on it) only for him to constantly shoot her down. Paige then dares ''him'' to eat the sandwich...
--->'''Peter''': ''[Thinking while eating the sandwich]'' Works every time.\\
'''Jason''': ''[Grinning]'' Don't you want to eat ''my'' sandwich?
** All three Fox siblings have fallen for this at some point. Another strip has Jason hiding in the garbage after playing some prank on Paige. Peter and Paige then talk about how they love it when their little brother punishes himself.
* [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-03-05 This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' comic, where all Garfield needs to induce paranoia in Jon is a big smile.
* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.
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* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'': "The trick was, there was no trick."
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** When Peter accidentally destroyed Jason's rocket, the latter proclaimed that he will have his vengeance in the next 12 hours. This led to Peter, among other things, jumping out of his room window after hearing a knock on the door, hiding all the knives in the house inside the toilet tank, destroying his mom's rose bush by hiding in it, hiding under the couch dirtying the house (all of the aforementioned actions causing him to be grounded), eating leaves for dinner and lying on dog poop for several hours. Just as Jason planned.
** Another strip had Paige getting ready to eat a sandwich only to find Peter staring at her with an evil grin. She proceeds to bombard Peter with questions about why he's smiling and if he did something to her sandwich (specifically spitting on it) only for him to constantly shoot her down. Paige then dares ''him'' to eat the sandwich...
--->'''Peter''': ''[Thinking while eating the sandwich]'' Works every time.\\
'''Jason''': ''[Grinning]'' Don't you want to eat ''my'' sandwich?
** All three Fox siblings have fallen for this at some point. Another strip has Jason hiding in the garbage after playing some prank on Paige. Peter and Paige then talk about how they love it when their little brother punishes himself.
* [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-03-05 This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' comic, where all Garfield needs to induce paranoia in Jon is a big smile.
* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic has Dogbert chuckling around Dilbert. Dilbert immediately figures out that Dogbert is only doing this so Dilbert will ''think'' Dogbert has played some kind of prank, so Dogbert upgrades to [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. Dilbert does the same, and the strip ends with both of them sitting back to back, maniacally laughing, as Ratbert enters.
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** Sheridan wants the Non-Aligned Worlds to allow him to use the White Star fleet to patrol their borders, so he has Ivanova publicly announce that nothing happened in sector. This appears to be a cover up to the ambassadors prompting them to request the White Stars to patrol their borders with the idea that they were constructed from Minbari and Vorlon technology (respectively centuries and millenia ahead of most other races), they could detect enemies their less advanced ships could not.


* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/524/ does this]] with {{Rickroll}}ing.

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/524/ does this]] with {{Rickroll}}ing.JustForFun/{{Rickroll}}ing.


** To compound D'Arby's paranoia, Jotaro also had the gall to '''''raise''''' by also [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame betting the souls]] of their ally Kakyoin and ''his own mother'', the latter of whom they had set out on the journey to save. Jotaro then reminds D'Arby that he has to match his bet, and demands that D'Arby must tell them what [[BigBad DIO]]'s power is. And the cost of betraying DIO is [[BetrayalInsurance instant death]].

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** To compound D'Arby's paranoia, Jotaro also uses his [[AstralProjection Stand]] to fetch things for him too fast for D'Arby to notice, bluffing him into thinking that he'd switched the cards when he wasn't looking. Jotaro then had the gall to '''''raise''''' by also [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame betting the souls]] souls ([[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame it was that kind of game]]) of their ally Kakyoin and ''his own mother'', the latter of whom they had set out on the journey to save. Jotaro then reminds D'Arby that he has to match his bet, and demands that D'Arby must tell them what the power of [[BigBad DIO]]'s power Stand is. And the cost of betraying DIO is [[BetrayalInsurance instant death]].

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** To compound D'Arby's paranoia, Jotaro also had the gall to '''''raise''''' by also [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame betting the souls]] of their ally Kakyoin and ''his own mother'', the latter of whom they had set out on the journey to save. Jotaro then reminds D'Arby that he has to match his bet, and demands that D'Arby must tell them what [[BigBad DIO]]'s power is. And the cost of betraying DIO is [[BetrayalInsurance instant death]].

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