In a reused gag, Beetle Bailey has confused Sarge by talking to him in an aggressively superior voice, inverting their normal power relationship. Sarge is unable to comprehend a private talking to him as a superior would. (On the other hand, the tactic backfired in a strip wherein Beetle told Sarge about a dream he had in which the roles were reversed, and "Beetle" got so angry with "Sarge" for goofing off that he literally beat him to deathnote Well, not "to death", exactly, but "to a pulp", and in the drawing the pulverized "Sarge" looks disturbingly like a mangled corpse.. The real Sarge was not amused, and nearly beat Beetle to death.)
Prince Valiant: Once when Val and Nathan were trying to escape the ship of Norse raiders, the crew began to wake up, so Val threw Nathan overboard and then attacked the raiders while singing fighting songs at the top of his lungs. In doing so, he not only distracted the crew from his son, but gave the appearance of madness, which the Norse took to be a sign of Demonic Possession.
Happens once in a while in Sturmtruppen, but Galeazzo Musolesi is the prime culprit. One of his classic stunts is when he had been stuck with a suicide mission, so he made a phone call to Mussolini to remind him that if he died the evidence about some bribes from the armament industry would come out, resulting in Mussolini banning him from any such mission forevermore.