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11th Jun '16 6:51:19 AM nanakiro
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* In ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' the good guys have the magic stone which they have to keep moo from getting so he doesn't cause the end of the world as we know it. It isn't until the near the end when lilim attacks holy, grabs the stone gives it a long kiss and leaves and the good guys don't ever get it back.

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* In ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' the good guys have the magic stone which they have to keep moo Moo from getting so he doesn't cause the end of the world as we know it. TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It isn't until the near the end when lilim Lilim attacks holy, Holy, grabs the stone gives it a long kiss and leaves and the good guys don't ever get it back.
11th Jun '16 6:20:37 AM Prfnoff
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** Same in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderII'', ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'', ''Tomb Raider Revelatio-'' Okay, this happens a lot. Pretty much the basic plot of every game is Lara beating the villain to the treasure of the game, then ''somehow'' losing it to the baddie anyway and having to tackle a supernatural final boss.

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** Same in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderII'', ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'', ''Tomb Raider Revelatio-'' ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''-- Okay, this happens a lot. Pretty much the basic plot of every game is Lara beating the villain to the treasure of the game, then ''somehow'' losing it to the baddie anyway and having to tackle a supernatural final boss.



** And ''[[GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' takes it to a ridiculous extent. Right from square one, the villains let slip that they're manipulating you. At one point, the BigBad even ''gives'' you a MacGuffin that you need to fulfill your (read: his) ambitions. Quite literally everything you do in the game with the sole exception of winning the final boss fight is exactly what the villains need you to do. And in fact ''even that'', and what you do after beating the final boss, is what [[spoiler:Alex]] wants you to do. The game is a rare instance of '''100%''' of the plot being a MacGuffinDeliveryService.
* Oddly enough, shows up in ''VideoGame/BomberMan 64''. Altair is hyped up for the entire game to be the BigBad, except if you've gotten all of the Gold Cards. If you do that, instead of fleeing after you've beaten him, [[spoiler: Sirius, the guy who has been helping you out, showing up on almost every level and giving you hints, and dropping you the Remote Bomb powerup before every boss, flies in and kills him, then points out that the guys you've been fighting stole the superweapon from him, and you've been [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly helping him]] recover it.]] After that, all of the hint-givers in the previous levels tell you that you should die because it would be easier. [[spoiler: They aren't lying. The hidden final world is WAY harder than anything and everything that came before it.]]
** ''Bomberman Hero'' did this as well, after you've finally recovered all of the data disks, you hand them over to what you think is Princess Millian. It turns out to be Natia in disguise.
* Not played straight in ''Gun''. The protagonist retrieves something from a safe, but the bad guy who shows up to collect it doesn't bother to actually snatch the item before gloating about the situation. So the protagonist just tosses the thing back in the safe and slams the door.

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** And ''[[GoldenSunDarkDawn ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' takes it to a ridiculous extent. Right from square one, the villains let slip that they're manipulating you. At one point, the BigBad even ''gives'' you a MacGuffin that you need to fulfill your (read: his) ambitions. Quite literally everything you do in the game with the sole exception of winning the final boss fight is exactly what the villains need you to do. And in fact ''even that'', and what you do after beating the final boss, is what [[spoiler:Alex]] wants you to do. The game is a rare instance of '''100%''' of the plot being a MacGuffinDeliveryService.
* Oddly enough, shows up in ''VideoGame/BomberMan 64''.''VideoGame/BomberMan64''. Altair is hyped up for the entire game to be the BigBad, except if you've gotten all of the Gold Cards. If you do that, instead of fleeing after you've beaten him, [[spoiler: Sirius, the guy who has been helping you out, showing up on almost every level and giving you hints, and dropping you the Remote Bomb powerup before every boss, flies in and kills him, then points out that the guys you've been fighting stole the superweapon from him, and you've been [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly helping him]] recover it.]] After that, all of the hint-givers in the previous levels tell you that you should die because it would be easier. [[spoiler: They aren't lying. The hidden final world is WAY harder than anything and everything that came before it.]]
** ''Bomberman Hero'' ''VideoGame/BombermanHero'' did this as well, after you've finally recovered all of the data disks, you hand them over to what you think is Princess Millian. It turns out to be Natia in disguise.
* Not played straight in ''Gun''.''VideoGame/{{Gun}}''. The protagonist retrieves something from a safe, but the bad guy who shows up to collect it doesn't bother to actually snatch the item before gloating about the situation. So the protagonist just tosses the thing back in the safe and slams the door.



* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has an interesting version of this during the Lich King encounter: [[spoiler: After getting him to 10%, he instantly kills the entire raid and reveals his plan to let Fordring assemble the world's greatest warriors (the players), kill them, and resurrect them to form an unstoppable army. The entire fight against him was just a test, to see if they were worthy.]]

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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has an interesting version of this during the Lich King encounter: [[spoiler: After getting him to 10%, he instantly kills the entire raid and reveals his plan to let Fordring assemble the world's greatest warriors (the players), kill them, and resurrect them to form an unstoppable army. The entire fight against him was just a test, to see if they were worthy.]]



* There's a minor attempted example in ''BaldursGate II: Shadows of Amn'' in Firkraag's lair, where some tomb raiders try to trick you into doing their dirty work and then kill you. Of course, it doesn't work.

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* There's a minor attempted example in ''BaldursGate II: ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII: Shadows of Amn'' in Firkraag's lair, where some tomb raiders try to trick you into doing their dirty work and then kill you. Of course, it doesn't work.



* Hero-tricking-villain example in ''{{Tekken}} 6'': in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTwbxqiOxEo Raven's ending]], he waits for Dragunov to capture the body of [[TrueFinalBoss Azazel]] before flying in and grabbing the dark-energy McGuffin from Azazel's body. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvnvBk2t5Dk Dragunov's own ending]] has the exact same thing, except that [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb the orb is a bomb]].

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* Hero-tricking-villain example in ''{{Tekken}} ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'': in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTwbxqiOxEo Raven's ending]], he waits for Dragunov to capture the body of [[TrueFinalBoss Azazel]] before flying in and grabbing the dark-energy McGuffin from Azazel's body. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvnvBk2t5Dk Dragunov's own ending]] has the exact same thing, except that [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb the orb is a bomb]].
21st May '16 11:20:20 PM NNinja
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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIX'' makes you do this after your allies get grabbed. Not as jarring since it's basically an evil fetch quest.
29th Apr '16 1:40:24 PM Moonstreak
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TheHero has collected a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag band of fellow survivors]] and enemies of the EvilOverlord, and even ventured deep into the very underbelly of the earth, fighting his way past killer trapped doors and all manner of random encounter beasts to get hold of an [[MacGuffin artifact of legendary power]] before the BigBad gets to it, and thereby safeguard it from his EvilPlan.... but when the team comes struggling up out of the dungeon to return to the surface, half dead and gasping, [[MobileMenace there's the]] BigBad, confronting them with overwhelming power, fresh as a daisy. He seizes the artifact, and leaves them OnlyMostlyDead, and his EvilPlan moves forward.

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TheHero has collected a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag band of fellow survivors]] and enemies of the EvilOverlord, and even ventured deep into the very underbelly of the earth, fighting his way past killer trapped doors and all manner of random encounter beasts to get hold of an [[MacGuffin artifact of legendary power]] before the BigBad gets to it, and thereby safeguard it from his EvilPlan....EvilPlan... but when the team comes struggling up out of the dungeon to return to the surface, half dead and gasping, [[MobileMenace there's the]] BigBad, confronting them with overwhelming power, fresh as a daisy. He seizes the artifact, and leaves them OnlyMostlyDead, and his EvilPlan moves forward.
29th Apr '16 1:39:43 PM Moonstreak
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The AdventurerArchaeologist has gone through all manner of DeathCourse hazards and exhausted himself [[AlwaysClose narrowly escaping]] from certain death, but he has succeeded in retrieving the [[MacGuffin idol!]] ....except that he emerges to find his [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]] aiming a gun point blank at him or [[HostageForMacGuffin at a hostage the hero cares about]], casually ordering him to hand it over.

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The AdventurerArchaeologist has gone through all manner of DeathCourse hazards and exhausted himself [[AlwaysClose narrowly escaping]] from certain death, but he has succeeded in retrieving the [[MacGuffin idol!]] ....idol!]] ...except that he emerges to find his [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]] aiming a gun point blank at him or [[HostageForMacGuffin at a hostage the hero cares about]], casually ordering him to hand it over.
29th Apr '16 1:39:34 PM Moonstreak
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The AdventurerArchaeologist has gone through all manner of DeathCourse hazards and exhausted himself [[AlwaysClose narrowly escaping]] from certain death, but he has succeeded in retrieving the [[MacGuffin idol]]! ....except that he emerges to find his [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]] aiming a gun point blank at him or [[HostageForMacGuffin at a hostage the hero cares about]], casually ordering him to hand it over.

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The AdventurerArchaeologist has gone through all manner of DeathCourse hazards and exhausted himself [[AlwaysClose narrowly escaping]] from certain death, but he has succeeded in retrieving the [[MacGuffin idol]]! ....idol!]] ....except that he emerges to find his [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]] aiming a gun point blank at him or [[HostageForMacGuffin at a hostage the hero cares about]], casually ordering him to hand it over.
21st Apr '16 2:00:03 AM aye_amber
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* In ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'', Klonoa has retrieved three [[CosmicKeystone Elements]] and hands them over to wise man Baguji. As it turns out, the villain, Leorina, was dressed as Baguji and can now proceed to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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* In ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'', ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} 2: Lunatea's Veil,'' Klonoa has retrieved three [[CosmicKeystone Elements]] and hands them over to wise man Baguji. As it turns out, the villain, Leorina, was dressed as Baguji and can now proceed to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
23rd Mar '16 9:46:48 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''{{Terranigma}}'' you spend the majority of the game reviving the desolate planet Earth, with the last piece revived being [[EvilGenius Beruga]] [[spoiler: who wants to wipe out the majority of what you just spent the first 75% of the game reviving and preserve the remainder as technologically-created zombies, according to the plans of [[BigBad Dark Gaia,]] for whom you've been unwittingly working the whole time.]] Oh, and did I mention that [[spoiler: Beruga was the one responsible for wiping out all life on the surface world in the first place?]]

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* In ''{{Terranigma}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' you spend the majority of the game reviving the desolate planet Earth, with the last piece revived being [[EvilGenius Beruga]] [[spoiler: who wants to wipe out the majority of what you just spent the first 75% of the game reviving and preserve the remainder as technologically-created zombies, according to the plans of [[BigBad Dark Gaia,]] for whom you've been unwittingly working the whole time.]] Oh, and did I mention that [[spoiler: Beruga was the one responsible for wiping out all life on the surface world in the first place?]]



* This happens in ''{{Okami}}'' - partly. Having retreived the Fox Rods from [[spoiler:inside the Water Dragon]], Amaterasu then proceeds to hand them over to Rao, [[spoiler:who then turns out to be Ninetails in disguise]].
* This is [[spoiler:the entire plot]] of ''Mortal Kombat Deception'''s Konquest mode.

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* This happens in ''{{Okami}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' - partly. Having retreived the Fox Rods from [[spoiler:inside the Water Dragon]], Amaterasu then proceeds to hand them over to Rao, [[spoiler:who then turns out to be Ninetails in disguise]].
* This is [[spoiler:the entire plot]] of ''Mortal Kombat Deception'''s ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'''s Konquest mode.
17th Mar '16 6:18:20 PM cybertoy0
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* In the first arc of ''Manga/DragonBall'', Yamcha and Puar, desert bandits at the beginning, decide that if they can't take the Dragon Balls from Goku's group by force, they should follow and move in when all seven are collected. This plan more or less goes out the window when Pilaf's gang steals the Balls first.
** In the Namek arc, Vegeta leads Gohan and Kuririn leads to his stash of Dragon Balls so they can use the wish before Freeza gets a chance to- only for the Ginyu Force to show up and take them all in one swoop.
11th Mar '16 8:57:50 AM Jgamer
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* In ''VideoGame/Undertale'', [[spoiler: Flowey waits until you defeat Asgore before finishing him off himself and absorbing the human souls in order to become [[OneWingedAngel Photoshop Flowey]] and regain his ability to SAVE.]] And to top off, [[spoiler: he manages to do it AGAIN after you defeat him the first time by waiting until you reach the climax of the True Pacifist Ending to not only steal the human souls, but also the souls of your friends who've gathered there.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/Undertale'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: Flowey waits until you defeat Asgore before finishing him off himself and absorbing the human souls in order to become [[OneWingedAngel Photoshop Flowey]] and regain his ability to SAVE.]] And to top off, [[spoiler: he manages to do it AGAIN after you defeat him the first time by waiting until you reach the climax of the True Pacifist Ending to not only steal the human souls, but also the souls of your friends who've gathered there.]]
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