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25th Jun '16 3:51:44 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Wolf]] of ''TheTenthKingdom'' is a particularly well-done version of this trope. It keeps you guessing, even right up to the very end, which side he will truly turn out to be on. It helps that, as a deconstruction of many fairy tale tropes, Happy Ever After was not guaranteed by any means, and the ending [[BittersweetEnding still remains rather dark]]...

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* [[spoiler:Wolf]] of ''TheTenthKingdom'' ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' is a particularly well-done version of this trope. It keeps you guessing, even right up to the very end, which side he will truly turn out to be on. It helps that, as a deconstruction of many fairy tale tropes, Happy Ever After was not guaranteed by any means, and the ending [[BittersweetEnding still remains rather dark]]...



** In another episode of The Next Generation (appropriately titled "The Defector"), a Romulan officer falsely claims to be a middle-ranking clerk of negligible importance who had come across some important information about a secret base which the Romulans planned to launch an attack on the Federation from. [[spoiler:His defection was sincere, but he was lying about his identity. He wanted to warn the Federation about the attack so a war could be prevented, but he did not want to further betray his homeworld. He finally admits that he is an Admiral and agrees to hand over any required information to the Federation. Tragically, it turns out that he is the UnwittingPawn, [[FeedTheMole fed false information]] by [[MagnificentBastard Commander Tomalak]] to lure the [[CoolShip Enterprise]] into crossing into the Neutral Zone first so they could ambush them and justify an invasion of the Federation. Fortunately, [[BaldOfAwesome Captain Picard]] arranged ahead of time for the [[TheCavalry Klingons]] to sneak in with them in case they needed rescuing. Both sides retreat without a war starting.]]

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** In another episode of The ''The Next Generation Generation'' (appropriately titled "The Defector"), a Romulan officer falsely claims to be a middle-ranking clerk of negligible importance who had come across some important information about a secret base which the Romulans planned to launch an attack on the Federation from. [[spoiler:His defection was sincere, but he was lying about his identity. He wanted to warn the Federation about the attack so a war could be prevented, but he did not want to further betray his homeworld. He finally admits that he is an Admiral and agrees to hand over any required information to the Federation. Tragically, it turns out that he is the UnwittingPawn, [[FeedTheMole fed false information]] by [[MagnificentBastard Commander Tomalak]] to lure the [[CoolShip Enterprise]] into crossing into the Neutral Zone first so they could ambush them and justify an invasion of the Federation. Fortunately, [[BaldOfAwesome Captain Picard]] arranged ahead of time for the [[TheCavalry Klingons]] to sneak in with them in case they needed rescuing. Both sides retreat without a war starting.]]
5th Jun '16 2:00:23 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''PushingDaisies'' episode "The Norwegians", Olive resents the fact that she is perpetually LockedOutOfTheLoop and decides to join the Norwegian detective team that is trying to put Emerson out of business and would have exposed Ned in the process. It's revealed that she was faking all along in order to throw them off the track.

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* In the ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "The Norwegians", Olive resents the fact that she is perpetually LockedOutOfTheLoop and decides to join the Norwegian detective team that is trying to put Emerson out of business and would have exposed Ned in the process. It's revealed that she was faking all along in order to throw them off the track.
16th May '16 1:08:31 AM anza_sb
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* ''Webcomic/LegendOfMaxx'': [[spoiler:Maxx defects to the Naiad side and joined forces with Xylan, but it's revealed to be a ploy so he can stab Xylan in the back and get the Naiad's sword.]]
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,
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