- The Big Bad of Broken Saints plays with this a bit: He sends out early test signals of the transmission he plans to use to Take Over the World (sort of), knowing that there will be those who receive it and make the pilgrimage from wherever they live to his Evil Tower of Ominousness. The inquisitive minds who would accomplish such a journey are exactly the people he wants as his first apostles, to help him spread his gospel further. It makes more sense in context.
- A Moment of Awesome in If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device is the Emperor taking back his Magnificent Bastard title with one of those. Needing to get rid of Inquisition's worst members, he orders the Inquisition disbanded, knowing that those truly loyal to him and his job will carry on, while the power-drunk psychopaths of the lot will storm the Imperial Palace to investigate the "heresy". Then he has Magnus on hand at all times to teleport them all to the Warp when they do arrive, handily solving the problem. And given how this ended up, he may not be done yet...
- He isn't. Sending the bad elements of the Inquisition to the Warp also got Fyodor Karamazov right where he wanted for something else; he'd been deliberately building up the man's ego so that when he convinced Fyodor that he was a fragment of the Emperor's soul, Fyodor believed it so hard and became so similar to the Emperor that the Warp made it true... and Karamazov was possessed by the Star-Child, the Emperor's discarded compassion and empathy.
- Mackenzie Zales pulls off one that sets in motion the end of Season 3 and the events of Season 4 in The Most Popular Girls in School. Her plan involved her best friend Brittnay Matthews, the Greater-Scope Villain Jenna Darabond and the former Alpha Bitch Cameron Van Buren. It involved burning Brittnay's car so she would blame Jenna and punch her in the face, thus causing a parent-teacher meeting to which she knew Shay's mother wouldn't attend, so she called Shay's sister, Cameron and Jenna's father, knowing she would seduce him. Later, she took Deandra's robotic arm and falsely tried to break Jenna and Justin off, making her admit she already confessed all her crimes to him, including burning the mall, which she recorded with Deandra's arm's voice recorder. Ultimately, when Cameron's and Jenna's father's relationship came to light, he resigned of his post as Senator, leaving Jenna without her political protection and getting arrested for arson.
- In appropriate fashion, Joker pulls one on Sweet Tooth in Death Battle. At Sweet Tooth's mercy, Joker persuades him to get out of his armored ice cream truck turned mech, and gut him with his own hands through a speech that exploits his love of suffering. But just as Sweet Tooth is ready to finish him off, Joker whips out some of his lethal laughing gas, causing them to laugh hysterically as the former dies slowly, apparently leaving his face a permanent smile behind his already grinning mask.
- Dreamscape: In "Over and Under", the Overlord of Evil wanted Drake and Keedran to attack him until he was annihilated, this temporarily unbound him from his Power Nullifier Sealed Evil in a Can, which was just enough time to brainwash Melissa into freeing him.
- The Super Mario flash series Power Star has Devil Mario revealing that his constant fights with Luigi were part of a ploy to allow the rest of the boo army to gather every other Power Star in the land and provide Devil Mario with more than enough stamina to curb-stomp Luigi by the time they return.
- Red vs. Blue has several examples:
- Tex pulls it off against Wash and the Meta in the season 8 finale by showing them an obvious trap, betting that they'd recognize the situataion from their Freelancer training and stop before falling into it... leaving them in the perfect place for the real trap — proximity mines around where they parked their Warthog. Notably, Doc figured it out before the trap went off, but Wash dismissed his concerns as Doc "overthinking it".Doc: Told ya so.
- The Reds and Blues pull one off themselves during the Chorus Trilogy, against Felix. Felix really loved him some Evil Gloating, so Tucker attacked him, failed, and prodded him into revealing his whole plan to manipulate both sides of Chorus's civil war into killing each other off, while Church recorded the whole thing on Tucker's helmet cam, and the others took down the radio jammer, allowing him to broadcast the whole rant to everyone on Chorus. Realizing he'd been played like a fiddle by the guys he'd dismissed as idiots gives Felix his first moment of Sarcasm Failure.Felix: You... you're dead!
- Tex pulls it off against Wash and the Meta in the season 8 finale by showing them an obvious trap, betting that they'd recognize the situataion from their Freelancer training and stop before falling into it... leaving them in the perfect place for the real trap — proximity mines around where they parked their Warthog. Notably, Doc figured it out before the trap went off, but Wash dismissed his concerns as Doc "overthinking it".
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