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Wounded Gazelle Gambits in western animation.


  • In the Batman: The Animated Series two-part adventure "Shadow of the Bat," documents are found which seem to indicate that Commissioner Gordon has been taking bribes from gangster Rupert Thorne. At a rally in support of Gordon, masked gangsters attack and nearly kill one of his deputies. It turns out that that deputy, Gil Mason is behind it. He was given away by the fact that he had ducked behind the bulletproof podium before he could have seen the guns.
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  • One Casper cartoon has Casper rescue a kitten from a pesky dog; after which said kitten begins to repeatedly torment the dog just to get Casper to keep scaring it away. This goes on until our friendly ghost saves the poor dog from the dogcatcher, and in the process discover the truth about the sneaky kitten, and have him make amends.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: After Dale stubs his toe and is mistaken for having injured his leg, he plays it for all its worth after receiving special treatment from Gadget.
  • In the "Patients" episode of Clarence, Clarence is in the waiting room of a clinic while his mother is getting a check-up. While finding imaginative ways to pass the time, Tinia asks him to read her a princess story, sing a song and braid her hair, and when Clarence is too tired, Tinia gives him a candy bar, only to apologize for her actions when she tells her mother that he stole a piece of candy from her, and the desk nurse takes the candy jar away, and after a strugle, the candy flies out of the broken jar.
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  • One episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog has a wounded duckling that tortures Courage and eventually tries to get rid of Muriel so that it wouldn't have to share Eustace, of all people. Up until the getting-rid-of part, Muriel didn't think that the duckling was evil. Both Eustace and the duckling eventually end up on the moon. Somehow they come back, though.
  • A very dark example from Drawn Together: in one episode Bambi shows up with his mother's bullet-ridden corpse, and Captain Hero, struck with guilt, decides that it is unfair to hunt game with assault weapons, destroying all of the weapons in the world. Later on, the deer and other animals get their revenge on humans, and Bambi later admits he killed his own mother just to go along with his Wounded Deer Gambit.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • One episode has Sarah leave Jimmy in the care of the Eds. She gives him a whistle "If anything goes wrong". When Ed accidentally blows the whistle himself, Jimmy quickly shoves some dirt in his mouth and starts crying. He tells Sarah the Eds made him eat dirt and were mean to him, when actually Jimmy had been antagonizing the Eds this whole time.
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    • Another episode sees Eddy faking injuries to gain attention, although he is continually one-upped by Jimmy's (unintentional and real) injuries. Just as Eddy is about to go for broke and have Ed drop a house on him, Double D stops the contest by building a "play-safe suit" for Jimmy which gains him more attention. Not to be outdone, Eddy tries to build a better suit. In the end, both suits fail and their occupants are injured, although Jimmy garners sympathy again, whereas Eddy is beaten up by Kevin and Rolf.
    • There's also an episode where Eddy tries to pull this to get the trio into Kevin's house to watch TV, claiming that Ed is horribly injured and needs to recover in his TV room. Ed, being Ed, is far more hammy than he is convincing.
      Ed: Ow, my liver! Ow, my lasagna!
  • Family Guy:
    • A subplot in the episode "Love Thy Trophy" concerns Meg, working as a waitress in a diner, lying about being a teenage single mother and her "son" (Stewie) being addicted to crack so she would get hefty tips from pitying customers. (Of course, being the kind of show it is, this results in Stewie being taken away by social services until Lois can clear the situation up.)
    • "Cool Hand Peter" sees Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe arrested during a road trip and put to work on a chain gang. When their sentence is going to be unfairly extended, they decide to escape. With the guards constantly watching, Joe deliberately falls out of his wheelchair and loudly insists he's got to get back in himself. When Peter asks what he's doing, Joe says that everyone always looks away in situations like these because it makes them uncomfortable. So, Joe continues to bemoan his difficulty in order to ensure the guards aren't looking when the group makes a run for it. It works, but a little bit too well, as Joe begins to seriously lament how he can't walk.
  • In an episode of Garfield and Friends, Jon's cousin's son pulls two of these on Garfield: First, he orders his robot to kidnap Garfield and run him all over the yard until it breaks. Then he does the same with his rocket ship. Fortunately, Garfield is able to get a little revenge.
  • One segment of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats sees Heathcliff deal with "Terrible Tammy", a bullying female cat who muscles in on his territory. He uses this trick (since he never hits a lady) as payback; he feigns injury in front of her owner Marcy to make her reject the "naughty cat". While Tammy really had been beating him up, she hadn't done so at that particular moment.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama", Mr. Cat is accused of attacking Quack Quack with a chainsaw, and Kaeloo tries to prove him guilty. Mr. Cat says that it was probably Kaeloo's alternate form, Bad Kaeloo, who is aggressive and does things beyond Kaeloo's conscious control. Kaeloo starts crying and says that she's going to leave Smileyland forever to keep her friends safe, and Mr. Cat, feeling guilty, confesses that it was him all along. Cue an Evil Laugh from Kaeloo.
  • In the Origins Episode of The Legend of Korra (appropriately titled Beginnings), the spirit Vaatu tricks Wan into freeing him from Raava's clutches, saying that Raava is a bully that has been oppressing him for the last 10,000 years. Vaatu reveals himself to be a God of Evil soon after, plunging the world into chaos and threatening to cause The End of the World as We Know It if he isn't stopped.
  • Used by Queen La in Disney's The Legend of Tarzan. Separated from her body, her spirit can move between two creatures touching. Jane is walking in the forest and sees a wounded animal. As she tends to it, La's spirit possesses her.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • In "Chameleon", Lila lies about having injured her wrist so everyone brings her food from the cafeteria since she supposedly can't get it herself. To prove that Lila is lying, Marinette throws a napkin at her and she catches it with the hand that was supposedly sprained. When Marinette points this out, Lila claims that she once saw a man get his eye gouged out by a napkin and was trying to save Max, who was standing next to her, from the same fate, even if it meant further injuring her wrist. She then pretends to be in great pain, so the class turns against Marinette for supposedly bullying an innocent student.
    • In "Ladybug", when Lila and Marinette are the only two people in a hallway, Lila walks to the bottom of the stairs, lies on the floor, and starts screaming. When the principal comes out of his office, he sees Marinette at the top of the stairs and a seemingly injured Lila at the bottom of the stairs, and Lila claims that Marinette pushed her off.
  • In the Motorcity finale, Julie does this after Tooley almost catches her trying to free Mike from KaneCo. She slaps the latter and then claims to the former that she did so because he came on to her while she was trying to feed him. Tooley buys it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1" Princess Cadance Actually Chrysalis, queen of the Changelings, impersonating her breaks down into tears when Twilight Sparkle accuses her of being evil (and presents some halfway-decent evidence) during the wedding rehearsal. This causes Twilight's friends to become upset with her, her brother to change his mind about her being Best Mare, and Princess Celestia to be disappointed in her. Ouch.
    • However, in Part 2, when Twilight crashes the wedding ceremony itself right before Celestia can finish marrying Chrysalis and Shining Armor, when Chrysalis voices her disgust at Twilight's intervention and gets a puzzled, surprised look from Celestia, she attempts this again to regain everypony's support. It fails when the real Cadance appears, having been rescued by Twilight, proving her earlier claims were right all along, and forcing Chrysalis to drop her ruse in fury at being exposed.
  • The Popeye cartoon "Seein' Red, White and Blue" has Bluto faking injury and poor health to get out of being conscripted into the Navy. He gives up the charade on the Navy's behalf after seeing Japanese saboteurs beating up Popeye.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • This is the entire plot for the episode "Mommy Fearest." Sedusa disguises herself as an ordinary woman named Ima Goodlady and begins dating Professor Utonium. She treats the girls like complete crap the entire time the Professor is away, but the second he comes back into the area she immediately begins playing the innocent victim act and claims the girls were threatening her, and he keeps falling for it. Even after her identity is exposed, she still tries this trick one last time... but this time Utonium isn't fooled.
    • The special "Dance Pantsed" has the girls throwing a staged tantrum in order to get the Professor to buy them a new dance video game.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters, the Slimer! short "Tea but not Sympathy" has Manx feign injuries to trick Janine into taking him into the Firehouse so he can steal food behind her back and get Slimer into trouble by framing him for his food thefts and falsely accuse him of causing him harm.
  • Rick and Morty: One episode of the third season fully explores how much Jerry has been using this through a "The Reason You Suck" Speech by Rick. He accuses Jerry of going through life being as pity-worthy as he possibly can, trying with the intention of failing and looking weak to others with full intention of making others take pity on him and do his work for him. Rick even accuses him of using this to get a job and get Beth to marry him.
  • A Robot Chicken short had a hyena laughing at a lion for having a thorn stuck in its paw. After the lion beats the hyena up, the hyena calls the cops and says the lion is beating his (the lion's) wife. After the lion is arrested, the hyena then hits on the lioness.
  • In Scary Larry, Carnage pretends to have a mental breakdown as a publicity stunt.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode "Homer of Seville" saw Homer become an opera singer after injuring his back (don't even ask) had him being stalked by various fangirls. Most of them are of the Abhorrent Admirer or Christmas Cake variety (hey, it is opera), but there is one gorgeous black-haired female biker who goes so far as to pay a visit to Homer at home and strip nude right in front of him. As Homer looks on in terrified shock, the woman threatens to cry rape if Homer tells Marge what he has seen. Cue Marge asking Homer if everything is all right in the living room, and Homer lying: "Uh, everyone's wearing clothes in here!"
    • "The Wandering Juvie" has Bart being sentenced to a correctional facility for delinquents and shackled to a female prisoner. The girl plots an escape from the jail, dragging Bart along with her. Later on, she taunts Bart by saying that if they are caught, she will cry to the police and tell them that Bart kidnapped her rather than the other way around - and even feigns crying in order to prove that she could pull it off. (Bart points out that the lie would be hard to believe, since the girl is bigger and stronger than him.) Toward the end of the episode, the girl starts crying for real when she admits to Bart that she has no family.
  • South Park:
    • Cartman does this every now and then on, most notably in "La Petit Tourette" and "Sexual Harassment Panda". In the former case, his plan was to get away with swearing and eventually go on national television and use Tourette's as an excuse to make anti-semitic statements.
    • Played with in "Breast Cancer Show Ever," when Cartman has Wendy reprimanded by her parents for threatening to beat him up. It's almost a subversion in that Wendy really does want to beat Cartman up, but Cartman makes it seem as if he did nothing to provoke her anger and that she's a bully. In reality, he's the bully (an extremely cowardly one, but a bully nonetheless). The principal eventually convinces Wendy to follow through and give Cartman his just desserts.
    • Used by the succubus in "The Succubus." The kids believe that the woman Chef is engaged to is really a succubus that will suck out his life after their marriage. However, she in fact confirms it when she later visits the kids in Cartman's room and reveals her true face, threatening to kill the kids if they attempt to stop her. When Kyle, Stan, and Kenny confront her in public the day before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner, she feigns innocence and starts crying, wondering why they're saying such hurtful things, which in turn leads Chef to kick the kids out of the building. But when he actually sees the succubus, he apologizes to the kids.
    • Cartman, Stan and Kyle also pull this at least Once per Episode in Season Six, using Kenny's death to garner sympathy from their friends and family.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Plankton Vs. Krabs", Plankton slips while in the Krusty Krab and decides to pretend to be seriously injured and sue Krabs for everything he's got, including the Krabby Patty formula. He almost succeeds in the court case (on account of his own good acting and Krabs' genuine nastiness) until SpongeBob exposes his lies in front of the judge.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • "Homecoming": The rebel strike team gets on board the Imperial carrier by flying in a stolen TIE bomber, and having two of Phoenix Squadron's A-Wings stage an attack so they'll quickly be given clearance to land.
    • "Twin Suns": Maul does this by proxy, via luring Ezra to Tatooine and tricking him into getting lost in the desert wastes, knowing that Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Maul has been trying to find for months, won't be able to resist going to help Ezra when he starts to succumb to the desert. It works.
  • Steven Universe: In "Garnet's Universe", Ringo does this to make Garnet defeat the Fox that protects a magical gem, by claiming that he is the gem's guardian, not the Fox, and the Fox beat him up to take over, which is exactly what Ringo plans to do. It works.
  • Teen Titans Go! episode "Kicking a Ball & Pretending To Be Hurt has this predictably enough at one point: Cyborg fakes an injury after lightly bumping into Beast Boy in order to get the latter red carded by Robin during post-soccer downtime in Titans' Tower.
  • Samey from Total Drama Pahkitew Island has had enough of her older twin sister Amy always tormenting her and (partly advised by Jasmine) calls her out in front of everyone for her behavior. However, Amy uses this to whine about her being mean, and everyone except Jasmine turns on Samey.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • In "I Know Why The Caged Bird Kills" Myra Brandish kidnaps the boys by pretending to be unconscious at the side of the road when they are out learning to drive. Next comes the knockout gas and waking up bound in a filthy motel full of cats.
    • When Brock and Phantom Limb team up in "Hate Floats", they use this technique on the Monarch's mutinous henchmen. First, Limb throws himself to the ground wailing in pain, using his invisible limbs to appear gruesomely maimed. Then Brock pleads with the henchmen to give him their weapons so he can Mercy Kill Limb. When they hand them over, he tosses them aside and bashes their heads together.


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