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9th Apr '16 6:13:47 AM JackG
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** In "Number Crunch", the POI is told to "leave the muscle at home" when making a HostageForMacGuffin exchange. Reese of course comes anyway. Unfortunately the villain isn't alone either, as an innocuous female bystander turns out to be a member of the gang and nearly kills Reese.
1st Apr '16 12:21:27 PM ObsidianFire
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* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' has a slightly GenreSavvy, if somewhat [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid stupid good]], Usagi subvert the usual outcome of this trope. Receiving a "come alone" message from [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Mercury]], she realizes her friends would follow her anyway, and so lies to them about the meeting's location. In another subversion, Dark Mercury actually does show up alone too, but that doesn't keep Usagi from nearly getting killed.

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* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' has a slightly GenreSavvy, smart, if somewhat [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid stupid good]], Usagi subvert the usual outcome of this trope. Receiving a "come alone" message from [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Mercury]], she realizes her friends would follow her anyway, and so lies to them about the meeting's location. In another subversion, Dark Mercury actually does show up alone too, but that doesn't keep Usagi from nearly getting killed.



** Played straight in several episodes, but the villains in "Liberty" make it an EnforcedTrope. Knowing John Reese [[GenreSavvy will turn up anyway]], they chain a hostage to a bomb and a camera, then order his friend to get into a taxi to the real meeting place. If Reese tries to follow, they'll blow up the bomb.

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** Played straight in several episodes, but the villains in "Liberty" make it an EnforcedTrope. Knowing John Reese [[GenreSavvy will turn up anyway]], anyway, they chain a hostage to a bomb and a camera, then order his friend to get into a taxi to the real meeting place. If Reese tries to follow, they'll blow up the bomb.



* Played Straight in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. You are told to come alone to be paid by Dimitri, but GenreSavvy Little Jacob insists on coming. Naturally, it's a double-cross and the two of you have to blast through tons of Mooks.

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* Played Straight in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. You are told to come alone to be paid by Dimitri, but GenreSavvy but Little Jacob insists on coming. Naturally, it's a double-cross and the two of you have to blast through tons of Mooks.



* In ''GuildWars2'', as a couple of lower-caste charr bargain with you to join them alone in the woods to assist them with a job. Even your party is GenreSavvy enough to warn you that it's a horrible idea. [[spoiler: But in the end, the trope is subverted when they completely fulfill their end of the bargain with no shenanagins. One of them lampshades the trope in response to your character's surprise of their trustworthiness.]]

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* In ''GuildWars2'', as a couple of lower-caste charr bargain with you to join them alone in the woods to assist them with a job. Even your party is GenreSavvy smart enough to warn you that it's a horrible idea. [[spoiler: But in the end, the trope is subverted when they completely fulfill their end of the bargain with no shenanagins. One of them lampshades the trope in response to your character's surprise of their trustworthiness.]]



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30th Mar '16 7:53:09 PM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Played straight in several episodes, but the villains in "Liberty" make it an EnforcedTrope. Knowing John Reese [[GenreSavvy will turn up anyway]], they chain a hostage to a bomb and a camera, then order his friend to get into a taxi to the real meeting place. If Reese tries to follow, they'll blow up the bomb.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
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Played straight in several episodes, but the villains in "Liberty" make it an EnforcedTrope. Knowing John Reese [[GenreSavvy will turn up anyway]], they chain a hostage to a bomb and a camera, then order his friend to get into a taxi to the real meeting place. If Reese tries to follow, they'll blow up the bomb.bomb.
** In the pilot episode, a young woman's willingness to do this foreshadows TheReveal that she's the leader of the criminals, not a potential VictimOfTheWeek as Reese initially supposed.
27th Mar '16 4:01:14 AM JackG
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''. Inverted in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice]]" when Missy insists that UNIT bring eight snipers ("Three for each heart, and two for my brain stem") to her meeting with Clara Oswald, because [[TheDreaded Clara might not risk it otherwise]]. She's not worried about being shot because Missy knows UNIT [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou can't afford to kill her]]; in fact she disintegrates a couple of them [[ForTheEvulz just to drive the point home]].
12th Mar '16 5:16:15 PM eroock
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->''They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap. Have you noticed that?''

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->''They ->''"They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap. Have you noticed that?''that?"''
23rd Feb '16 6:35:02 PM PaulA
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* In "Pearls Are a Nuisance" by Creator/RaymondChandler, the protagonist is instructed to come to a remote location with the ransom money, alone. His friend insists on coming along, hidden in the back of the car, in case there's trouble. The other side don't show up, [[spoiler:but then they were never going to anyway, because the friend was behind the whole thing and it was a set-up to get the protagonist somewhere quiet and rob him of the ransom money]].
26th Jan '16 11:47:20 AM R1ck
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Never do this.

A line used very, very often on messages summoning someone to a meeting between two people on opposing sides, and it's frequently a sign that one side is being LuredIntoATrap.

A variant is one guard on each side.

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Never do this.

A line used very, very often on messages summoning someone to a meeting between two people on opposing sides, and it's frequently a sign that one side is being LuredIntoATrap.

LuredIntoATrap. If they are bad guys they will also likely specify "no police". A variant is one guard on for each side.



Almost certainly a DeadHorseTrope, but the occasional hoof-twitch suggests an UndeadHorseTrope.

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Almost In modern works, the good guys will almost certainly know it's a DeadHorseTrope, trap and set something up in advance, but even if they don't, the occasional hoof-twitch suggests an UndeadHorseTrope.worst that will likely happen will be that they are captured.
17th Jan '16 10:07:35 AM nombretomado
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* In a first-season episode of ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'', Olivia is being stalked by a killer. He calls and requests a meeting, telling her to come alone. Not being an idiot, she takes substantial backup and they catch the killer. Two seasons later, she's again being stalked, and again is told to come alone. Having apparently lost brain cells since season 1, she goes alone, and ends up having to [[SuicideByCop shoot the bastard]].

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* In a first-season episode of ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'', Olivia is being stalked by a killer. He calls and requests a meeting, telling her to come alone. Not being an idiot, she takes substantial backup and they catch the killer. Two seasons later, she's again being stalked, and again is told to come alone. Having apparently lost brain cells since season 1, she goes alone, and ends up having to [[SuicideByCop shoot the bastard]].
7th Jan '16 9:49:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' the Green Goblin gives this warning when baiting Spider-Man and Tombstone into a DeathCourse. All three of them are fully aware it's a trap. Subverted when [[spoiler:Goblin bluffed about having the "bait" in the first place]].

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* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' the Green Goblin gives this warning when baiting Spider-Man and Tombstone into a DeathCourse. All three of them are fully aware it's a trap. Subverted when [[spoiler:Goblin bluffed about having the "bait" in the first place]].
14th Nov '15 5:45:29 PM nombretomado
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* Occurs frequently in ''TheRockfordFiles''. However, it is notable for having the hero cheat every time as well as the villains.

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* Occurs frequently in ''TheRockfordFiles''.''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. However, it is notable for having the hero cheat every time as well as the villains.
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