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26th Jul '16 4:33:40 PM res20stupid
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* As told in ''Literature/HorribleHistories'', the story of Fernando Buschman, a Brazilian-German violinist who was executed during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in the Tower of London for spying. He, as well as a group of spies, were all sent to their deaths by their spymaster, a British [[TheMole mole]] serving in Germany's intelligence wing.

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* As told in ''Literature/HorribleHistories'', the story of Fernando Buschman, a Brazilian-German violinist who was executed during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in the Tower of London for spying. He, as well as a group of spies, were all sent to their deaths by their spymaster, a British [[TheMole mole]] serving in Germany's intelligence wing. The Germans' entire "infiltration" method was a signal for the British Intelligence to quickly identify them and get them captured.
26th Jul '16 4:30:55 PM res20stupid
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* As told in ''Literature/HorribleHistories'', the story of Fernando Buschman, a Brazilian-German violinist who was executed during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in the Tower of London for spying. He, as well as a group of spies, were all sent to their deaths by their spymaster, a British [[TheMole mole]] serving in Germany's intelligence wing.
12th Jul '16 1:55:20 PM feyhunde
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* Creator/DavidWeber is ''very'' fond of this trope. The third book in Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes has it. The taking over of Literature/{{Safehold}} by the staff of the colony ships. ''Wind Riders Oath'' in the [[Literature/TheWarGods Bahzell]] series has ''several'' of them. Much of the backstory and the conclusion of ''Literature/PrinceRoger''. The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books managed to avoid them for quite some time, but then the Mesans, with an entire multi-generational network of moles, appeared.

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* Creator/DavidWeber is ''very'' fond of this trope. The third book in Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes has it. The taking over of Literature/{{Safehold}} by the staff of the colony ships. ''Wind Riders Oath'' in the [[Literature/TheWarGods Bahzell]] series has ''several'' of them. Much of the backstory and the conclusion of ''Literature/PrinceRoger''. The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books managed to avoid them for quite some time, but then the Mesans, with an entire multi-generational network of moles, appeared. The entire Legislaturists class were Alpha lines.
18th Jun '16 10:44:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* An odd variant occurs in JackLondon's ''The Assassination Bureau, Ltd.'' when Winter Hall, having paid the Bureau to kill its own leader, is placed in charge of handling the Bureau's correspondence and finances -- the things the leader would normally do -- while said leader is on the run from his team. The members of the Bureau ''know'' Hall is out to destroy them, because he ''told'' them ... but they all have [[HonorBeforeReason an overpowering sense of ethics, and so they respect his honesty]] and consider him a friend. And he considers ''them'' friends, and now wants to find a way to destroy the organization without harming the members.

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* An odd variant occurs in JackLondon's Creator/JackLondon's ''The Assassination Bureau, Ltd.'' when Winter Hall, having paid the Bureau to kill its own leader, is placed in charge of handling the Bureau's correspondence and finances -- the things the leader would normally do -- while said leader is on the run from his team. The members of the Bureau ''know'' Hall is out to destroy them, because he ''told'' them ... but they all have [[HonorBeforeReason an overpowering sense of ethics, and so they respect his honesty]] and consider him a friend. And he considers ''them'' friends, and now wants to find a way to destroy the organization without harming the members.
5th Jun '16 7:15:40 AM VampireBuddha
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* In ''Westernanimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'', the enforcers' chief turns out to be on the payroll of [[{{megacorp}} Maximum, Inc.]].
4th Jun '16 5:54:27 AM Doug86
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* Alfred Redl was the most devastating spy [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]] ever had, giving TsaristRussia virtually every scrap of data he could get his hands on to the point where by the time he was found out and forced to commit suicide, over a year of preparation did not even start to repair the damage by the time WorldWarOne started. Redl's role? Director of Austro-Hungarian intelligence!

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* Alfred Redl was the most devastating spy [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austria-Hungary]] ever had, giving TsaristRussia virtually every scrap of data he could get his hands on to the point where by the time he was found out and forced to commit suicide, over a year of preparation did not even start to repair the damage by the time WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI started. Redl's role? Director of Austro-Hungarian intelligence!
28th May '16 1:10:20 PM Hanz
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', this turns out to be the case with [[spoiler: S.H.E.I.L.D In the present day. Alexander Pierce, Fury's direct superior, is HYDRA.]]

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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', this turns out to be the case with [[spoiler: S.H.I.E.I.L.D In the present day. Alexander Pierce, Fury's direct superior, is HYDRA.]]
6th May '16 9:48:24 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', [[spoiler:Wei Shen becomes a Red Pole in the Sun On Yee after Winston is killed. While he doesn't reach the top of the Sun On Yee overall, he's still this trope for the subsidiary Water Street Boys gang, making him one of the most powerful people in the Triad hierarchy, and if he had wanted to and found support, he could have moved to become Dragon Head. Ultimately however, he goes back to being a cop and the new Triad boss lets him walk away due to him being instrumental in her rise to power.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', [[spoiler:Wei Shen becomes a Red Pole in the Sun On Yee after Winston is killed. While he doesn't reach the top of the Sun On Yee overall, he's still this trope for the subsidiary Water Street Boys gang, making him one of the most powerful people in the Triad hierarchy, and if he had wanted to and found support, he could have moved to become Dragon Head. Ultimately however, he goes back to being a cop and the new Triad boss lets him walk away due to him being instrumental in out of respect for eliminating her rise to power.enemies.]]
30th Apr '16 5:20:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In one Season 4 story arc, [[spoiler: Anakin is called away to a Jedi meeting in the middle of a battle. His unit is temporarily commanded by Master Krell. Krell has secretly fallen to the Dark Side. He intentionally gives his troops reckless orders that get them killed, and at one point even tricks two groups of clones into shooting at each other before he is found out. It should be noted that Krell has not yet linked up with the Sith. He's hoping to get Count Dooku's attention by sabotaging the operation on Umbara so that he will be picked as Dooku's apprentice. He doesn't know that Dooku himself is the apprentice to Darth Sidious, AKA Republic Chancellor Palpatine (see above)]].

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* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'': ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In one Season 4 story arc, [[spoiler: Anakin is called away to a Jedi meeting in the middle of a battle. His unit is temporarily commanded by Master Krell. Krell has secretly fallen to the Dark Side. He intentionally gives his troops reckless orders that get them killed, and at one point even tricks two groups of clones into shooting at each other before he is found out. It should be noted that Krell has not yet linked up with the Sith. He's hoping to get Count Dooku's attention by sabotaging the operation on Umbara so that he will be picked as Dooku's apprentice. He doesn't know that Dooku himself is the apprentice to Darth Sidious, AKA Republic Chancellor Palpatine (see above)]].



* In an episode of ''CaptainPlanet'' Gaia gets body-switched with one of the bad guys, leaving one of them to run her organisation and Gaia to "run" the bad guy organisation (by tricking them into acting in eco-friendly ways).

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* In an episode of ''CaptainPlanet'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'' Gaia gets body-switched with one of the bad guys, leaving one of them to run her organisation and Gaia to "run" the bad guy organisation (by tricking them into acting in eco-friendly ways).
18th Apr '16 6:08:06 AM GrigorII
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Simply put, this is when TheMole (or ReverseMole) somehow ascends to the position of actually running the organization he, she, or it has infiltrated. In effect, they try to cause the organization or group to self-destruct, or [[BecomingTheMask they go completely drunk on the power this new position gives them and corrupts it to their own purposes]]. A popular variant these days is to let the heroes wind up in charge of the NebulousEvilOrganization they've been fighting, where they try to steer legions of PsychoForHire types to good ends... usually with mixed results.

Unlike LesCollaborateurs, the Mole In Charge keeps those loyalties secret.

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Simply put, this is when TheMole (or ReverseMole) somehow ascends to the position of actually running the organization he, she, or it has infiltrated. In effect, they try to cause the organization or group to self-destruct, work for their agenda, or [[BecomingTheMask they go completely drunk on the power this new position gives them and corrupts it to their own purposes]]. A popular variant these days is to let the heroes wind up in charge of the NebulousEvilOrganization they've been fighting, where they try to steer legions of PsychoForHire types to good ends... usually with mixed results.

Unlike LesCollaborateurs, the Mole In Charge keeps those loyalties secret.
secret. He does not need to be the single mole in the organization, there may be many others at strategic locations within it. This gives the hero a big problem, because some members of the organization '''are''' what they are supposed to be, and others are villains who [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse Look Just Like Everyone Else]]. By force, the hero goes paranoid at any given member of the organization, unable to know if he's one of the good or bad guys.
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