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15th Sep '17 12:07:00 PM StarTropes
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* Referred to on ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' when TheSquad is investigating an explosion at a fish market. Deeks finds an actual red herring and can't resist joking about it.
13th Sep '17 1:48:24 PM nighttrainfm
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Harry, Hermione and Ron are positive that Snape is trying to steal the above-mentioned stone. He's certainly nasty enough to be the villain. Harry doesn't find out the truth until the very end though, when it turns out poor, shy, stuttering Professor Quirrell had been behind everything that happened all along, and Snape had been trying to protect Harry.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Harry, Hermione and Ron are positive that Snape is trying to steal the above-mentioned stone. He's certainly nasty enough to be the villain. Harry doesn't find out the truth until the very end though, when it turns out poor, shy, stuttering Professor Quirrell had been behind everything that happened all along, and Snape had been trying to protect Harry.Harry (while simultaneously disliking him for petty reasons).
3rd Sep '17 2:03:50 PM MsDevin92
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** Then there's [[FunnyAnimal Morgana]]. Despite his insistence that he was originally human, throughout the game he has recurring nightmares of himself spawning from a pool of darkness in Mementos (and early on, he even briefly ponders - then dismisses - the possibility that he used to be 'a bad guy'). So the average player, especially one coming from ''VideoGame/Persona4'', would likely assume he's [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch a friendly]] [[TheHeartless Shadow]] like Teddie, right? [[spoiler:Nope. Morgana did ''technically'' come from Mementos, but only because it's where his creator, Igor (the REAL Igor), was imprisoned at the time. Meaning, if anything, he's more like an honorary Velvet Room attendant.]]
3rd Sep '17 1:19:26 PM MsDevin92
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': That coming disaster the ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth that keeps showing up at random intervals is talking about has to be TheMole and TheConspiracy that have been threaded throughout the story coming to kill you and your party, right? [[spoiler:Wrong, they're actually talking about the BigGood being impersonated by the game's real BigBad, who has been playing you an the villains from the opening of the game, and is planning to start eating reality after you're done dealing with TheConspiracy for it.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': That coming disaster the ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth that keeps showing up at random intervals is talking about has to be TheMole and TheConspiracy that have been threaded throughout the story coming to kill you and your party, right? [[spoiler:Wrong, they're actually talking about the BigGood being impersonated by the game's real BigBad, who has been playing you an and the villains from the opening of the game, and is planning to start eating reality after you're done dealing with TheConspiracy for it.]] ]]
** There are a few of these in relation to the casino heist that [[InMediasRes opens the game]], which ends with the protagonist getting caught by the police due to the actions of [[TheMole a traitor within the Phantom Thieves]]. The identity of said traitor is [[spoiler:Akechi]], but the game briefly attempts to throw suspicion on [[spoiler:Makoto]] instead - [[spoiler:her sister is the target of the heist, and Makoto is clearly hesitant about stealing her heart]]. The BIGGER herring is actually [[spoiler:the framing device itself. Not only did the Phantoms know Akechi planned to betray them from basically day one, but Joker's arrest and interrogation were all part of a plan to get Makoto's sister on their side (they don't steal her heart at all) and fake his death to throw Akechi and the conspiracy off their trail]].
2nd Sep '17 3:41:09 PM comicwriter
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* A crimefighter calling herself Jackpot was introduced concurrently with ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'' providing a case where a character turned out to be Red Herring. She wore a mask but bore a strong resemblance to Mary Jane Watson, like her she liked to call people "Tiger", and her code-name echoed MJ's line at her first meeting with Peter Parker, "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the Jackpot!" The aim apparently was to encourage MJ-friendly readers to keep reading the series after Mephisto erased the Parker marriage by leading them to suspect that she had now become a superheroine (because otherwise she was absent from ''Amazing Spider-Man'' to make way for new romantic entanglements for Peter). Later it was revealed that it was just one incredible coincidence after another, Jackpot actually was a fan of Mary Jane's soap-opera acting who just so happened to bear a strong facial resemblance and put on a red wig. Plus they added a RetCon that Mary Jane had used the "Face it, Tiger" line in her soap opera role and made it popular enough to make someone call herself "Jackpot" (in the previous decades it had been treated as a private thing between her and Peter). To make matters even more complicated, it also turned out there were actually two women who fought crime as Jackpot; the one who appeared in the early ''Brand New Day'' issues and who, to make the resemblance to Mary Jane even greater, was shown to have a crush on Spider-Man, eventually got herself killed, transforming from a Red Herring to a Dead one.

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* A crimefighter calling herself Jackpot was introduced concurrently with ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'' providing a case where a character turned out to be Red Herring. She wore a mask but bore a strong resemblance to Mary Jane Watson, Comicbook/MaryJaneWatson, like her she liked to call people "Tiger", and her code-name echoed MJ's line at her first meeting with Peter Parker, "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the Jackpot!" The aim apparently was to encourage MJ-friendly readers to keep reading the series after Mephisto erased the Parker marriage by leading them to suspect that she had now become a superheroine (because otherwise she was absent from ''Amazing Spider-Man'' to make way for new romantic entanglements for Peter). Later it was revealed that it was just one incredible coincidence after another, Jackpot actually was a fan of Mary Jane's soap-opera acting who just so happened to bear a strong facial resemblance and put on a red wig. Plus they added a RetCon that Mary Jane had used the "Face it, Tiger" line in her soap opera role and made it popular enough to make someone call herself "Jackpot" (in the previous decades it had been treated as a private thing between her and Peter). To make matters even more complicated, it also turned out there were actually two women who fought crime as Jackpot; the one who appeared in the early ''Brand New Day'' issues and who, to make the resemblance to Mary Jane even greater, was shown to have a crush on Spider-Man, eventually got herself killed, transforming from a Red Herring to a Dead one.



* In the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Who Is Superwoman?'' Kara suspects that her old friend Thara Ak-Var is the evil Superwoman who aided and abetted her father's murderer because Thara was Kandor's security head. It turned out that Superwoman is [[spoiler:Lucy Lane]].

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* In the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Who Is Superwoman?'' Kara suspects that her old friend Thara Ak-Var is the evil Superwoman who aided and abetted her father's murderer because Thara was Kandor's security head. It turned out that Superwoman is [[spoiler:Lucy Lane]].Lane, the younger sister of Comicbook/LoisLane]].
2nd Sep '17 3:32:49 PM comicwriter
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* Early on in ''Anime/{{Gosick}}'', a government official is murdered, and Victorique is able to deduce that the killer is a blonde girl with an injured hand. Around this time, Kazuya becomes friends with Avril, a blond-haired NewTransferStudent from England. He soon notices that Avril's right hand is bandaged, and she becomes very tense when questioned about it. [[spoiler: This is actually {{Foreshadowing}} for a ''completely different'' crime. It turns out that "Avril" is actually a PhantomThief named Kuiaran the Second, who kidnapped the real Avril and assumed her identity so she could infiltrate the school. Kuiaran's hand wound came from being bitten by the real Avril while she was tying her up.]]

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* Early on in ''Anime/{{Gosick}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'', a government official is murdered, and Victorique is able to deduce that the killer is a blonde girl with an injured hand. Around this time, Kazuya becomes friends with Avril, a blond-haired NewTransferStudent from England. He soon notices that Avril's right hand is bandaged, and she becomes very tense when questioned about it. [[spoiler: This is actually {{Foreshadowing}} for a ''completely different'' crime. It turns out that "Avril" is actually a PhantomThief named Kuiaran the Second, who kidnapped the real Avril and assumed her identity so she could infiltrate the school. Kuiaran's hand wound came from being bitten by the real Avril while she was tying her up.]]
2nd Sep '17 3:29:16 PM comicwriter
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* Early on in ''Anime/{{Gosick}}'', a government official is murdered, and Victorique is able to deduce that the killer is a blonde girl with an injured hand. Around this time, Kazuya becomes friends with Avril, a blond-haired NewTransferStudent from England. He soon notices that Avril's right hand is bandaged, and she becomes very tense when questioned about it. [[spoiler: This is actually {{Foreshadowing}} for a ''completely different'' crime. It turns out that "Avril" is actually the PhantomThief known as Kuiaran the Second, who kidnapped the real Avril and assumed her identity so she could infiltrate the school. Kuiaran's hand wound came from being bitten by the real Avril while she was tying her up.]]

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* Early on in ''Anime/{{Gosick}}'', a government official is murdered, and Victorique is able to deduce that the killer is a blonde girl with an injured hand. Around this time, Kazuya becomes friends with Avril, a blond-haired NewTransferStudent from England. He soon notices that Avril's right hand is bandaged, and she becomes very tense when questioned about it. [[spoiler: This is actually {{Foreshadowing}} for a ''completely different'' crime. It turns out that "Avril" is actually the a PhantomThief known as named Kuiaran the Second, who kidnapped the real Avril and assumed her identity so she could infiltrate the school. Kuiaran's hand wound came from being bitten by the real Avril while she was tying her up.]]
2nd Sep '17 3:28:18 PM comicwriter
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* Early on in ''Anime/{{Gosick}}'', a government official is murdered, and Victorique is able to deduce that the killer is a blonde girl who accidentally injured one of her fingers during the crime. Around this time, Kazuya becomes friends with Avril, a blond-haired NewTransferStudent from England. He soon notices that Avril's right hand is bandaged, and she becomes very tense when questioned about it. This is clearly meant to imply that Avril is the real killer, but in a clever twist, instead turns out to be [[spoiler: an indication that she's guilty of a ''completely different'' crime. It turns out that "Avril" is actually the PhantomThief known as Kuiaran the Second, who kidnapped the real Avril and assumed her identity so she could infiltrate the school. Kuiaran's hand wound came from being bitten by the real Avril while she was tying her up.]]

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* Early on in ''Anime/{{Gosick}}'', a government official is murdered, and Victorique is able to deduce that the killer is a blonde girl who accidentally with an injured one of her fingers during the crime.hand. Around this time, Kazuya becomes friends with Avril, a blond-haired NewTransferStudent from England. He soon notices that Avril's right hand is bandaged, and she becomes very tense when questioned about it. This is clearly meant to imply that Avril is the real killer, but in a clever twist, instead turns out to be [[spoiler: an indication that she's guilty of This is actually {{Foreshadowing}} for a ''completely different'' crime. It turns out that "Avril" is actually the PhantomThief known as Kuiaran the Second, who kidnapped the real Avril and assumed her identity so she could infiltrate the school. Kuiaran's hand wound came from being bitten by the real Avril while she was tying her up.]]
2nd Sep '17 3:23:36 PM comicwriter
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** Since Mika Harima has the same face as [[HeadlessHorseman Celty Sturluson]] and has a scar that goes all around her neck, everyone is led to believe that Mika is a corpse that has had Celty's missing head grafted on to it to give it life. It turns out that Mika had plastic surgery to look exactly like Celty. She doesn't know where the head is now.

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** Since Mika Harima has the same face as [[HeadlessHorseman Celty Sturluson]] and has a scar that goes all around her neck, everyone is led to believe that Mika is a corpse that has had Celty's missing head grafted on to it to give it life. It later turns out that Namie manipulated Mika had into undergoing plastic surgery that would make her resemble Celty, and subsequently gave her memory-altering drugs to look exactly like Celty. She doesn't know where hide the head is now.truth.
2nd Sep '17 3:15:31 PM comicwriter
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* For a while in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', through exposition from the other characters we were lead to believe that the Homeworld Gem Peridot arrived on Earth so she could reactivate the "Kindergarten" and start [[BizarreAlienBiology Gem production]] again, which would suck the life from the Earth and doom all living things. While nothing in her dialogue suggests otherwise, this does not explain why, through her robots, she was looking for and activated a part of the Kindergarten that was unknown to the Crystal Gems, or later on when she visits the place herself, why she has not repaired the "Injectors"; deactivated machines that facilitate the artifical growth of new Gems. Eventually in the episode "Keeping it Together", it's revealed that her true mission was, for a yet unknown reason, to look for a certain facility inside the Kindergarten that had dealt with [[RapebyProxy forcibly fusing]] together [[FateWorseThanDeath the shards of fallen Crystal Gems]].

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* For a while in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', through exposition from the other characters we were lead to believe that the Homeworld Gem Peridot arrived on Earth so she could reactivate the "Kindergarten" and start [[BizarreAlienBiology Gem production]] again, which would suck the life from the Earth and doom all living things. While nothing in her dialogue suggests otherwise, this does not explain why, through her robots, she was looking for and activated a part of the Kindergarten that was unknown to the Crystal Gems, or later on when she visits the place herself, why she has not repaired the "Injectors"; deactivated machines that facilitate the artifical growth of new Gems. Eventually in the episode "Keeping it Together", "When It Rains," it's revealed that her true mission was, for a yet unknown reason, was to look for a certain facility inside [[spoiler: monitor the Kindergarten that had dealt with [[RapebyProxy forcibly fusing]] together Cluster, a massive artificial Gem incubating beneath the Earth, which was made from [[FateWorseThanDeath the shards of fallen Crystal Gems]].Gems]]]].
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