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Index of social blow under the proverbial belt: The social counterpart of the physical combat index Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty.


  • Abomination Accusation Attack—accusing someone of being some kind of sexual predator
  • The Baby Trap— Someone in a relationship deliberately causes a pregnancy without their partner's consent, in an attempt to bind their partner to them.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill—act like you are in charge and people will obey you
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  • Bed Trick—X sleeps with Y by pretending to be Z
  • Blackmail—pay up or someone finds out something you want kept quiet
  • Blatant Lies—lies so obvious they lack even a shred of plausibility
  • Briar Patching—deliberately using Reverse Psychology to gain a desired result
  • Bride and Switch—the bride isn't who the groom thinks she is
  • The Cake Is a Lie—someone lies about the reward that will be given for completing a task
  • Calling the Cops on the FBI—hindering covert law enforcement by making them suspicious to regular cops
  • Chewbacca Defense—"winning" a debate through failing at logic
  • Contrived Clumsiness—publicly doing something nasty to someone else and pretending it was an accident
  • Crocodile Tears—pretending to cry in order to gain others' sympathy
  • Cuckold—a man whose Love Interest has sex with someone else, either to his dismay or without his knowledge
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  • Extended Greetings—someone introduces themselves in a lengthy fashion
  • Fake Pregnancy—a woman lies about being pregnant
  • False Rape Accusation—someone accuses someone else of rape, even though that person is innocent
  • Frameup—framing an innocent person
  • Gaslighting—changing things around behind someone's back to make them doubt their own sanity
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!—someone is invited to a party, being told it is a costume party, and shows up wearing an elaborate costume, only to find out the party wasn't a costume party
  • Join or Die—join or be killed
  • Leonine Contract—a bargain in which one side has no choice
  • Loophole Abuse—blatant cheating through semantics
  • Malicious Slander—lies and rumours spread to discredit someone
  • Motivational Lie—lies used to motivate someone so they can more effectively deal with a hardship
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  • Moving the Goalposts—continually changing your standards so people will never be able to meet them
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization—a rapist claims their victim enjoyed it, and thereby it was ok
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse—an offer where the choices are, "Accept or die"
  • On the Rebound—after going through a bad breakup, someone very quickly jumps into a new relationship
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat—social situation presented as a battle
  • Playing the Victim Card—a character uses their victimhood to resist taking responsibility for their actions
  • Police Brutality Gambit—employing a Wounded Gazelle Gambit against authority figures to avoid punishment
  • Politeness Judo—character gets their way simply by being polite
  • Post-Rape Taunt—rapist taunts the hero by gloating (and lying) about how the victim "loved it."
  • Quote Mine—certain parts of a quote are omitted to make it sound like the author meant something different from what they actually said
  • Recorded Spliced Conversation—passing off a modified recording of an individual as a live statement.
  • Sadistic Choice—forced to choose one of two terrible choices, mainly resulting in Morton's Fork.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum—"Have sex with me, or else your loved one gets it"
  • Sexual Extortion—withholding something from a target until they agree to sex
  • Slipping a Mickey—putting a knockout chemical into someone's drink
  • Suddenly Significant Rule—when a rule or law that is usually not given much thought is suddenly invoked
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?—someone resorts to violence to end an argument, but manages to make the other person feel guilty about it
  • Withholding the Cure—the cure really works and it is what people really need, but someone is keeping it from people for their own selfish reasons
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit—pretending to be a victim to manipulate others
  • Wounded Gazelle Warcry—weakest combatant rushes in harm's way to motivate the others into action
  • You Would Make a Great Model—pretending to be a person of taste and/or influence in order to take titillating pictures of another

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