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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', this happens with both Jack ''and'' Aku:
** Aku once managed to get close to Jack by disguising himself as a woman named "Ikra" in [[Recap/SamuraiJackS1E6JackAndTheWarriorWoman Jack And The Warrior Woman]], and actually managed to get a pretty decisive victory over Jack: Jack leads him right to a time portal, Aku destroys it, gets in some EvilGloating, and [[TheBadGuyWins flies off without a scratch]]. The next time Aku tries this stunt, this time by disguising himself as an old wizard in [[Recap/SamuraiJackS3E8JackAndTheSwampWizard Jack And The Swamp Wizard]], Jack sees right through it and scores a pretty decisive victory over Aku: he gets the MacGuffin, kicks the crap out of Aku, and even [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent taunts Aku for getting complacent and thinking he could use the same trick twice]].
** Aku actually manages to steal Jack's sword, the ''one'' thing that can harm him, in [[Recap/SamuraiJackS3E4JackAndTheZombies Jack And The Zombies]] but, rather than just break it, he instead decides it would be poetic to use it to kill Jack. Aku would have won had the sword been able to harm Jack, and this ultimately gives Jack the opportunity to steal it back. Naturally, the next time Aku gets his hands on Jack's sword, in [[Recap/SamuraiJackS4E9JackVsAku Jack Vs Aku]], he wisely just breaks it right then and there after a few seconds of EvilGloating. [[spoiler:Thankfully Jack is CrazyPrepared and that sword was a fake.]]


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''"The fish that once was caught, new bait will hardly bite."''
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* In Book II of ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'', Archimago tries to get his revenge on the Redcrosse Knight only to find out that he now knows all of his tricks after their encounters throughout Book I. No amount of illusion or silver-tongued deceptions will fool him, so Archimago gives up and takes a brute force approach to revenge.


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* There is a ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode that is actually named ''Won't Get Fooled Again''. In it, John finds himself on Earth for the second time. As the first time was a trick by aliens, he assumes the second time is too, and is extremely wary. It turns out [[spoiler: not to matter, since he still can't escape the simulation anyway]]. Then, in a later episode, he finds himself on Earth for a ''third'' time. By this point, he holds his father at gunpoint until he answers [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay some trivia]].

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* There is a ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode that is actually named ''Won't Get Fooled Again''. In it, John finds himself on Earth for the second time. As the first time was a trick by aliens, he assumes the second time is too, and is extremely wary. It turns out [[spoiler: not [[spoiler:not to matter, since he still can't escape the simulation anyway]]. Then, in a later episode, he finds himself on Earth for a ''third'' time. By this point, he holds his father at gunpoint until he answers [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay some trivia]].



--->'''GARAK:''' You're deliberately staying behind me and I want to know why. Does this have anything to do with that unfortunate business between you and me last year?
--->'''NOG:''' You tied me up and threatened to kill me.
--->'''GARAK:''' There were extenuating circumstances.
--->'''NOG:''' It happened. So you can either stay in front of me or walk beside me, but I won't turn my back on you again.
--->'''GARAK:''' Cadet, there may be hope for you yet.

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--->'''GARAK:''' -->'''Garak:''' You're deliberately staying behind me and I want to know why. Does this have anything to do with that unfortunate business between you and me last year?
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year?\\
'''Nog:'''
You tied me up and threatened to kill me.
--->'''GARAK:'''
me.\\
'''Garak:'''
There were extenuating circumstances.
--->'''NOG:'''
circumstances.\\
'''Nog:'''
It happened. So you can either stay in front of me or walk beside me, but I won't turn my back on you again.
--->'''GARAK:'''
again.\\
'''Garak:'''
Cadet, there may be hope for you yet.

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* ''Literature/AlexRider'': In the fourth book, ''Eagle Strike,'' Alan Blunt refused to believe Alex's insistence that Damian Cray could be a criminal mastermind due to how prominent a philanthropist he was, and Alex turned out to be right. Four books later, in ''Crocodile Tears,'' when Alex claims that the bad guy is another prominent philanthropist, Desmond [=McCain=], Blunt believes every word without hesitation.

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* The first video of LetsPlay/{{Dream}}'s "VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Speedrunner vs. 3 Hunters" series culminates in [[spoiler:Bad managing to successfully kill Dream through an End spawn trap]]. In the fifth, the same tactic is used: [[spoiler:a shame on the hunters that Dream wises up and defuses it via TNT]].


* There is a ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode that is actually named ''Won't Get Fooled Again''. In it, John finds himself on Earth for the second time. As the first time was a trick by aliens, he assumes the second time is too. It turns out [[spoilers: not to matter, since he still can't escape the simulation anyway]]. Then, in a later episode, he finds himself on Earth for a ''third'' time. By this point, he holds his father at gunpoint until he answers [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay some trivia]].

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* There is a ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode that is actually named ''Won't Get Fooled Again''. In it, John finds himself on Earth for the second time. As the first time was a trick by aliens, he assumes the second time is too. too, and is extremely wary. It turns out [[spoilers: [[spoiler: not to matter, since he still can't escape the simulation anyway]]. Then, in a later episode, he finds himself on Earth for a ''third'' time. By this point, he holds his father at gunpoint until he answers [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay some trivia]].

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* There is a ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode that is actually named ''Won't Get Fooled Again''. In it, John finds himself on Earth for the second time. As the first time was a trick by aliens, he assumes the second time is too. It turns out [[spoilers: not to matter, since he still can't escape the simulation anyway]]. Then, in a later episode, he finds himself on Earth for a ''third'' time. By this point, he holds his father at gunpoint until he answers [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay some trivia]].


* Thor's character development continues in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Loki tries to betray Thor to the Grandmaster by creating an illusion so he can secretly go and contact him. However, Thor explains that's exactly what he expected, revealing he stuck a FOB device on Loki and promptly electrocutes him.

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* Thor's character development continues in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Loki tries to betray Thor to the Grandmaster by creating an illusion so he can secretly go and contact him.activate the alarm. However, Thor explains that's exactly what he expected, revealing he stuck a FOB device on Loki and promptly electrocutes him.


-->'''Amy:''' Fool me once or twice, shame on you. Fool me seven or eight times, shame on ''me''.

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* In Penelope Lively's ''The Ghost of Thomas Kempe'', the protagonists try to [[SealedEvilInACan capture the poltergeist of the title in a bottle]]. Unfortunately for them, that was the same technique used the last time he was temporarily confined, and he's not going to be caught the same way twice.
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Averted when Ash Ketchum and his friends almost always fail to recognize [[{{TerribleTrio}} Team Rocket's]] easily noticeable [[{{PaperThinDisguise}} Paper-Thin Disguises]].

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This occurs when a character or characters falls for a trick, scam, con, attack, etc. but does not fall for it a second time. Their opponent or antagonist may try the same thing again because they think the person either won't remember it from before or is ''completely'' incapable of learning from experience.

This is the reason why con artists and scammers have to keep seeking out new marks; in reality people do wise up, learn from experience, and tend to be more cautious. Usually.

Sister trope to TrojanHorse and FalseFlagOperation. Often found in military fiction where defensive feints and diversionary tactics are common. GenreSavvy is definitely involved and TooDumbToFool can sometimes come into play. This can easily backfire on a character and have them falling for a KansasCityShuffle in their determination not to get fooled. See SuperGullible for those who ''do'' get fooled again. Look for ItOnlyWorksOnce to perhaps come into play.

Exemplified in the proverb "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Not related to the song by Music/TheWho for which it was named, but the same principle applies.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Deidara was recruited into the Akatsuki after Itachi defeated him using genjutsu cast by his Sharingan. Years later, infuriated by his loss, Deidara rigorously trained his left eye to resist genjutsu, utilizing it in his battle against Sasuke using his Sharingan and declaring that he won't fall for the same trick twice. Unfortunately, Deidara still ends up being OutGambitted by Sasuke even without the latter having to use genjutsu.
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* ''ComicBook/NickFury'': During World War II, Nick was challenged to a duel by Baron Strucker. Fury accepted, and Strucker proposed they drink a gentlemanly toast to each other before dueling. Strucker secretly drugged Nick's drink (although you'd think Fury would have been savvy enough to know better that to accept a drink from a sworn enemy) and Fury lost the duel. When they met up again, Strucker once again challenged Fury to a duel. Fury accepted, but passed on the drink and thoroughly kicked Strucker's ass.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Spidey once beat the Vulture by crushing the powerpack to his wingsuit. In a subsequent encounter, Spidey tried the same tactic, only to find that the Vulture had booby-trapped it so that anyone touching it would receive a severe electric shock that knocked them out. Of course, his spider-sense didn't warn him in time because the effectiveness of his spider-sense is subject to DependingOnTheWriter.
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* ''Film/{{Brightburn}}'': Brandon's father, aware that his adopted son is actually an alien who is slowly developing terrifying powers, takes Brandon on a hunting trip. While there, he attempts to kill Brandon by shooting him in the head. Brandon is now invulnerable, so the bullet has no effect. After being temporarily horrified that his adopted father tried to murder him, Brandon uses his heat vision to kill him. Later, Brandon's adopted mother is hugging Brandon and promising to never do anything to hurt him, while stealthily getting ready to stab him in the back with a shard from the alien spacecraft he arrived in, which was the only thing capable of cutting him. Brandon isn't fooled for a moment and easily deflects her attack, then kills her.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': the Joker kidnaps Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes and forces Batman to decide which to save before twin bombs go off and kill them both. Batman races to Rachel's location... And finds Harvey there instead, [[spoiler:resulting in Rachel's death]]. At the climax, Joker's clown henchmen hold a group of hostages in a construction site; knowing Joker's penchant for BaitAndSwitch now, Batman deduces that the clowns switched clothes with the hostages and defeats them.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': Averted and played straight with Thor and Loki. Loki habitually creates illusions of himself. Thor attacks the illusions so many times that Loki once sarcastically wondered if Thor was ever going to ''not'' fall for it. However, by ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor had wised up considerably and no longer fell for Loki's illusions so easily.
* Thor's character development continues in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Loki tries to betray Thor to the Grandmaster by creating an illusion so he can secretly go and contact him. However, Thor explains that's exactly what he expected, revealing he stuck a FOB device on Loki and promptly electrocutes him.
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In one episode Nog makes sure to stay behind Garak while they're alone together...
--->'''GARAK:''' You're deliberately staying behind me and I want to know why. Does this have anything to do with that unfortunate business between you and me last year?
--->'''NOG:''' You tied me up and threatened to kill me.
--->'''GARAK:''' There were extenuating circumstances.
--->'''NOG:''' It happened. So you can either stay in front of me or walk beside me, but I won't turn my back on you again.
--->'''GARAK:''' Cadet, there may be hope for you yet.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E11FridaysChild Friday's Child]]", the episode has the Federation competing with the Klingon Empire for the allegiance of Capella 4, which has valuable resources that both sides need. While Kirk, Spock, and [=McCoy=] on the planet, the Enterprise receives a distress call which they investigate. It was found to be a ruse to draw the Enterprise away. Scotty, who was in command while Kirk and Spock were absent, figured it out when he listened to the distress call again and realized that they were calling specifically for the ''Enterprise'', not a general distress signal to anyone who heard it. Upon returning to Capella 4, another distress call came, from further away. Scotty refuses to answer this second call, telling Uhura to ignore it and record in the log that it was his decision and his responsibility. He then cites the old Earth saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
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* Subverted in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F9EMbkvLBQ Free Apple]]'' by Worthikids. After getting tricked by the demonic shopkeep into taking a poison apple once, the king figures that the demon will offer him the apple again and tells him that he has wised up and won't take the apple only for the shopkeep to offer a banana which the king takes.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Parodied in "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?" when Zoidberg keeps tricking Amy into removing the rubber bands on his claws so he doesn't go crazy again.
-->'''Amy:''' Fool me once or twice, shame on you. Fool me seven or eight times, shame on ''me''.
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