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5th Mar '16 8:53:44 AM CaptainTedium
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* There was an episode of WsternAnimation/SecretSquirrel where Secret pretends to switch over to the bad guy's side in order to locate a stolen idol.

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* There was an The 1960's ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' series episode of WsternAnimation/SecretSquirrel where "Not So Idle Idol" had Secret pretends pretend to switch over to the bad guy's side sides in order to locate a an idol stolen idol.by Yellow Pinkie.
13th Jan '16 6:49:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''StarWars: ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' had Luke Skywalker falling to the Dark Side, if only to try to bring it down from within.
* In ''StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Ulic Qel-Droma pretends to be a [[FallenHero fallen Jedi]] in order to take down a cult of darksiders. Unfortunately, he [[BecomingTheMask adopted the persona a bit too well.]]
* The ''SquadronSupreme'' limited series sees the entire team pretending to be brainwashed into joining the Institute of Evil.

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* ''StarWars: ''Franchise/StarWars: ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' had Luke Skywalker falling to the Dark Side, if only to try to bring it down from within.
* In ''StarWars: ''Franchise/StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Ulic Qel-Droma pretends to be a [[FallenHero fallen Jedi]] in order to take down a cult of darksiders. Unfortunately, he [[BecomingTheMask adopted the persona a bit too well.]]
* The ''SquadronSupreme'' ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series sees the entire team pretending to be brainwashed into joining the Institute of Evil.
20th Dec '15 2:28:46 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Peeta, when he allies with the careers.
14th Dec '15 7:27:58 AM TheGoodFriar
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** And again in "The Claws of Axos," when the Doctor pretends to abandon Earth to the Axon menace to escape with the Master in his TARDIS, only to lure the Master into the heart of the Axos alien being and deal with them both.
12th Dec '15 5:07:47 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WatershipDown'' Bigwig tells the [[PoliceState Efrafans]] that he's a member of the [[CityGuards Owsla]] who escaped the destruction of his warren by Men, which is true except Bigwig neglects to mention that he's part of a group of similar refugees hoping to spring some of the Efrafan does for their own warren.
* Lara of the ''[[XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' series started off as a bad guy playing TheMole in the New Republic. She caused the near-total destruction of an X-wing squadron, then went back to the Imperials, got disgusted by her newest boss's insistence that WeHaveReserves, and engineered his death. Then, awaiting another chance, she went undercover among the New Republic again, joined an X-wing squadron, and started BecomingTheMask and finding that GoodFeelsGood, so she switched sides and started getting close with the only survivor of the X-wing squadron she'd destroyed. ''Then'' her true origin was revealed and she was forced to flee and rejoin the bad guys as a FakeDefector, contributing to a major New Republic victory. It ends [[spoiler: on a bittersweet note at first (she has to live the rest of her life under a different identity to avoid being condemned to death for her actions as an Imperial agent), but a later book shows that things went all the better for her, as she started both a family and a successful business with the aforementioned survivor.]]

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* In ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' Bigwig tells the [[PoliceState Efrafans]] that he's a member of the [[CityGuards Owsla]] who escaped the destruction of his warren by Men, which is true except Bigwig neglects to mention that he's part of a group of similar refugees hoping to spring some of the Efrafan does for their own warren.
* Lara of the ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' series started off as a bad guy playing TheMole in the New Republic. She caused the near-total destruction of an X-wing squadron, then went back to the Imperials, got disgusted by her newest boss's insistence that WeHaveReserves, and engineered his death. Then, awaiting another chance, she went undercover among the New Republic again, joined an X-wing squadron, and started BecomingTheMask and finding that GoodFeelsGood, so she switched sides and started getting close with the only survivor of the X-wing squadron she'd destroyed. ''Then'' her true origin was revealed and she was forced to flee and rejoin the bad guys as a FakeDefector, contributing to a major New Republic victory. It ends [[spoiler: on a bittersweet note at first (she has to live the rest of her life under a different identity to avoid being condemned to death for her actions as an Imperial agent), but a later book shows that things went all the better for her, as she started both a family and a successful business with the aforementioned survivor.]]
11th Dec '15 4:16:19 AM Omeganian
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* In 1942, a German battalion housed in a Russian village needed to get into the rear of a Soviet unit. An [[BadassGrandpa 84 old guy]] named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matvey_Kuzmin Matvey Kuzmin]] volunteered to lead them there for a good sum and a hunting gun. Before they left, Matvey sent his grandson ahead to warn the Soviets. The German commander shot him once the ambush became obvious, but the 50 dead and 20 captured men (the news reported four times that, of course) were enough to make Matvey the oldest ever Hero of the Soviet Union,

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* In 1942, a German battalion housed in a Russian village needed to get into the rear of a Soviet unit. An [[BadassGrandpa 84 83 year old guy]] named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matvey_Kuzmin Matvey Kuzmin]] volunteered to lead them there for a good sum and a hunting gun. Before they left, Matvey sent his grandson ahead to warn the Soviets. The German commander shot him once the ambush became obvious, but the 50 dead and 20 captured men (the news reported four times that, of course) were enough to make Matvey the oldest ever Hero of the Soviet Union,
11th Dec '15 4:15:00 AM Omeganian
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* In 1942, a German battalion housed in a Russian village needed to get into the rear of a Soviet unit. An [[BadassGrandpa 84 old guy]] named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matvey_Kuzmin Matvey Kuzmin]] volunteered to lead them there for a good sum and a hunting gun. Before they left, Matvey sent his grandson ahead to warn the Soviets. The German commander shot him once the ambush became obvious, but the 50 dead and 20 captured men (the news reported four times that, of course) were enough to make Matvey the oldest ever Hero of the Soviet Union,
26th Nov '15 7:39:05 PM nombretomado
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* In SandyMitchell's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''[[DarkHeresy Scourge the Heretic]]'', when they are [[TheInfiltration infiltrating a smuggling operation]], Kyrlock claims to have deserted the Imperial Guard and need to escape. Later, [[spoiler:when their guide [[AttemptedRape attempts to rape]] a girl also waiting to be smuggled, and Elyra is unable to get him to back down, Kyrlock tells him that while Elyra doesn't want to share, he would be willing. This [[EvilCannotComprehendGood lets him get close enough]] to bring the man down. Though it is over in a couple of minutes, Elyra is nearly convinced that he means it; when he says [[PowerOfTrust he knew she would back him up]], she is embarrassed and can not admit how close it came.]]

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* In SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''[[DarkHeresy Scourge the Heretic]]'', when they are [[TheInfiltration infiltrating a smuggling operation]], Kyrlock claims to have deserted the Imperial Guard and need to escape. Later, [[spoiler:when their guide [[AttemptedRape attempts to rape]] a girl also waiting to be smuggled, and Elyra is unable to get him to back down, Kyrlock tells him that while Elyra doesn't want to share, he would be willing. This [[EvilCannotComprehendGood lets him get close enough]] to bring the man down. Though it is over in a couple of minutes, Elyra is nearly convinced that he means it; when he says [[PowerOfTrust he knew she would back him up]], she is embarrassed and can not admit how close it came.]]
24th Nov '15 2:15:03 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Kat tried this in an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''; when Tommy went to search for the Zeo Crystal (a powerful magical item Master Vile wanted, that had been protected from him with a spell that would destroy anything evil that touched it), Kat thought she could buy Tommy time by approaching the Zedd and Rita and saying she wanted to rejoin them. Unfortunately, they showed surprising genre-savvyness (for them) this time, and wouldn't trust Kat unless she first submitted herself to a brainwashing device (not mentioning until she agreed to this that it would be irreversible once complete, also mentioning then that Tommy's past as the Green Ranger would still cause the spell protecting the Crystal to react. (He still managed, even having to struggle through some personal demons to do so, and got back in time to rescue Kat and the Ninja-Falconzord too.)



* In the {{Sentai}} show ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' Pink Turbo winds up joining the bad guys in attempt to recover an antidote for the poisoned Blue Turbo by fighting alongside the monster of the week and "accidentally" getting poisoned by it as well forcing it to give her the antidote. Oddly enough this didn't seem to be planned in advance at all, she just happened to take a hit to her head during a battle and decided to [[FakingAmnesia fake memory loss]] to join the bad guys. The other guys had no idea what she was doing until the Reveal when Blue was shown to be healed. She even was perfectly willing to shoot a machine gun at them as part of her plan.

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* In the {{Sentai}} show examples:
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''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' Pink Turbo winds up joining the bad guys in attempt to recover an antidote for the poisoned Blue Turbo by fighting alongside the monster of the week and "accidentally" getting poisoned by it as well forcing it to give her the antidote. Oddly enough this didn't seem to be planned in advance at all, she just happened to take a hit to her head during a battle and decided to [[FakingAmnesia fake memory loss]] to join the bad guys. The other guys had no idea what she was doing until the Reveal when Blue was shown to be healed. She even was perfectly willing to shoot a machine gun at them as part of her plan.



** And in the other hemisphere, ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' involves a Fake Defector plot when the Rangers need to acquire a Houou statute from a villain faction.

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** And in the other hemisphere, Kat tried this in an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''; when Tommy went to search for the Zeo Crystal (a powerful magical item Master Vile wanted, that had been protected from him with a spell that would destroy anything evil that touched it), Kat thought she could buy Tommy time by approaching the Zedd and Rita and saying she wanted to rejoin them. Unfortunately, they showed surprising genre-savvyness (for them) this time, and wouldn't trust Kat unless she first submitted herself to a brainwashing device (not mentioning until she agreed to this that it would be irreversible once complete, also mentioning then that Tommy's past as the Green Ranger would still cause the spell protecting the Crystal to react. (He still managed, even having to struggle through some personal demons to do so, and got back in time to rescue Kat and the Ninja-Falconzord too.)
** [[BigBad King Mondo]] had a MonsterOfTheWeek use this trick in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. (The viewers knew what the plan was, but the heroes didn't, so you honestly can't blame the Rangers for wanting to believe the guy was sincere.)
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''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' involves a Fake Defector plot when the Rangers need to acquire a Houou statute from a villain faction.



* [[BigBad King Mondo]] had a MonsterOfTheWeek use this trick in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. (The viewers knew what the plan was, but the heroes didn't, so you honestly can't blame the Rangers for wanting to believe the guy was sincere.)
23rd Nov '15 8:56:48 PM jormis29
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* The "staged breakdown" version of this is the premise of ''SplinterCell: Double Agent'', except that the death of Sam's daughter was very real; that MythArc is to be continued in ''Conviction''.
** Except ''Conviction'' reveals that [[spoiler:Sam's boss hid Sam's daughter away and faked her death]].

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* The "staged breakdown" version of this is the premise of ''SplinterCell: Double Agent'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'', except that the death of Sam's daughter was very real; that MythArc is to be continued in ''Conviction''.
** Except ''Conviction'' ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction Conviction]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:Sam's boss hid Sam's daughter away and faked her death]].
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