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15th Sep '17 2:28:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 2''. BigBad [[MadScientist Arius]] is after four artifacts known as Arcana so he can revive the Demon World's former king (Argosax the Chaos) and absorb his power. Although she puts up a valiant fight, Lucia is defeated and held hostage by Arius, and Dante (who has all of the Arcana in his possession) comes to her rescue; [[HostageForMacGuffin Arius asks for the items in exchange for Lucia]]. [[ZigZaggedTrope Things get wonky from here]]: Dante is quick to hand over the Arcana, but then [[CurbstompBattle hands Arius his ass]]. Arius then manages to escape with the Arcana by playing up Lucia's [[DistressBall temporary damsel in distress status]] as he blows up his stronghold. When Arius initiates the resurrection ceremony, he fails. Dante then coolly walks onto the scene and [[BatmanGambit reveals that he]] [[UnwittingPawn played Arius like a chump]] by switching the Arcana Medaglia with his own lucky coin, playing this trope straight again.

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* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 2''.''VideoGame/DevilMayCry2''. BigBad [[MadScientist Arius]] is after four artifacts known as Arcana so he can revive the Demon World's former king (Argosax the Chaos) and absorb his power. Although she puts up a valiant fight, Lucia is defeated and held hostage by Arius, and Dante (who has all of the Arcana in his possession) comes to her rescue; [[HostageForMacGuffin Arius asks for the items in exchange for Lucia]]. [[ZigZaggedTrope Things get wonky from here]]: Dante is quick to hand over the Arcana, but then [[CurbstompBattle hands Arius his ass]]. Arius then manages to escape with the Arcana by playing up Lucia's [[DistressBall temporary damsel in distress status]] as he blows up his stronghold. When Arius initiates the resurrection ceremony, he fails. Dante then coolly walks onto the scene and [[BatmanGambit reveals that he]] [[UnwittingPawn played Arius like a chump]] by switching the Arcana Medaglia with his own lucky coin, playing this trope straight again.



* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', the heroes create a false Beanstar to give to Fawful and Cackletta... but they don't fall for it, instead discarding the fake and taking the real one by force.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', the heroes create a false Beanstar to give to Fawful and Cackletta... but they don't fall for it, instead discarding the fake and taking the real one by force.



* In the old {{Mac}} game ''TheDungeonRevealed'', your quest is to recover [[CosmicKeystone the Orb of Carnos]] from the 40th and lowest floor of the Dark Wizard's lair. Many players made it all the way there and back, only to learn that they'd neglected to perform an Identify spell and were holding a cheap plastic ball he set out as a decoy.

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* In the old {{Mac}} UsefulNotes/{{Mac}} game ''TheDungeonRevealed'', ''VideoGame/TheDungeonRevealed'', your quest is to recover [[CosmicKeystone the Orb of Carnos]] from the 40th and lowest floor of the Dark Wizard's lair. Many players made it all the way there and back, only to learn that they'd neglected to perform an Identify spell and were holding a cheap plastic ball he set out as a decoy.
9th Sep '17 3:43:07 AM foxley
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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Penitent Man", another convict steals the Medallion of St. Mark of Flambeau while they are escaping from prison. While they are in the tunnels, Father Brown manages to switch it for the worthless copy Flambeau was wearing earlier.
24th May '17 10:21:05 PM Dravencour
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* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' villain Lord Zedd sought the Lightning Diamond, the power source for the Bookala's ship, in order to provide his powerful mega-Zord, Serpentera, which curbstomped the Rangers the first few times they battled it, with an infinite power source to make it invincible. The Rangers, however, tricked the bad guys into bringing a decoy diamond back to Serpentera, while the real diamond was used to restore power to the Bookala's ship so that they could escape.
16th May '17 6:45:26 PM PaulA
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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a barnacle and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.
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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a barnacle and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.
16th May '17 6:43:32 PM PaulA
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->''"Ugh!!! I see. She's taken a barnacle and she's covered it in bio-luminescent algae... [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent as a diversion!]]"''
-->-- '''[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]]''', ''Disney/{{Moana}}''.

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->''"Ugh!!! I see. She's taken a barnacle and she's covered it in bio-luminescent algae... [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent as a diversion!]]"''
diversion!"''
-->-- '''[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]]''', ''Disney/{{Moana}}''.
''Disney/{{Moana}}''
16th May '17 3:45:51 PM dakln
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->''"Ugh!!! I see. She's taken a barnacle and she's covered it in bio-luminescent algae... as a diversion!"''

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->''"Ugh!!! I see. She's taken a barnacle and she's covered it in bio-luminescent algae... [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent as a diversion!"''diversion!]]"''
16th May '17 3:24:54 PM dakln
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->''"Ugh!!! I see. She's taken a barnacle and she's covered it in bio-luminescent algae... as a diversion!"''
-->-- '''[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]]''', ''Disney/{{Moana}}''.
24th Mar '17 11:35:48 AM Eddy1215
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Not to be confused with MockGuffin, when it turns out in the end that the MacGuffin everybody has been chasing is a fake, and there is no "real" [=MacGuffin=].

Usually, the audience [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee doesn't find out that the villain's got a phony until the villain does]] (or until the hero reassures his sidekick), so '''unmarked spoilers''' abound.

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Not to be confused with MockGuffin, when it turns out in the end that the MacGuffin everybody has been chasing is a fake, and there is no "real" [=MacGuffin=].

[=MacGuffin=]. For when the fake MacGuffin also turns out to be a booby trap, see SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb.

Usually, the audience [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee doesn't find out that the villain's got a phony until the villain does]] (or until the hero reassures his sidekick), so '''unmarked spoilers''' abound.
5th Mar '17 9:56:51 AM Dcoetzee
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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a stone and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.

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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a stone barnacle and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.
5th Mar '17 9:56:10 AM Dcoetzee
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* In ''Disney/Moana'', Moana uses a stone and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.

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* In ''Disney/Moana'', ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a stone and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.
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