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7th Jan '16 1:49:09 AM Hanz
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Total Rickall", the family deal with alien parasites that take the form of [[RememberTheNewGuy wacky side-characters that come from nowhere]] that have the ability to [[FakeMemories create memories of various misadventures]]. Of note is Mr. Poopybutthole who is not only treated as a beloved family friend but also gets edited into the intro of the episode. At the end of the episode, after all the other parasites are killed Beth shoots Mr. Poopybutthole out of understandable suspicion, only for him to begin bleeding to death rather than turn back into a parasite.
28th Nov '15 8:04:34 PM Lockea
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*In {{Warchild}} [[spoiler: Evan]] is introduced as a member of some recently captured pirates. He claims innocence but nobody but Jos believes him, thinking him to be a pirate mole. This continues in universe, but he's actually completely innocent and was being kept as a [[SexSlave slave]] by the pirates.
16th Nov '15 7:41:54 AM FF32
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* ''Series/BlackAdderGoesForth'' episode "General Hospital" has Blackadder sent to a field hospital to track down a mole. Once there he meets "Mister Smith", who speaks with a HEAVY German accent. Also leads to this:
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* ''Series/BlackAdderGoesForth'' ''Series/BlackAdder Goes Forth'' episode "General Hospital" has Blackadder sent to a field hospital to track down a mole. Once there he meets "Mister Smith", who speaks with a HEAVY German accent. Also leads to this:
24th Oct '15 3:23:52 PM Dutchtica
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* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', the film makers avoided the IKnewIt crowd by making TheInvisibleMan vanish ([[JustForPun Heh]]) from the movie for a bit, with people who read the original arc from ''Creator/AlanMoore'' 's comic book sequel think he was going to be the traitor, only for him to be the straight up hero who saves the gang at the risk of his own life.
30th Jun '15 9:34:31 AM bwburke94
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Not to be confused with a ReverseMole, though in [[Literature/HarryPotter at least one case]] a character plays both roles. A TenLittleMurderVictims plot involves most of the cast being these.
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Not to be confused with a ReverseMole, who is only ''pretending'' to work for the bad guys, though in [[Literature/HarryPotter at least one case]] some circumstances a character plays both roles.can be both. A TenLittleMurderVictims plot involves most of the cast being these.

** This got to the point where, in book 6, Rowling devoted an ''entire chapter'' to explain how [[spoiler:Snape can be a loyal Death Eater after seemingly siding with Dumbledore against Voldemort]] in the previous 5 books. This chapter exists for the sole purpose of making it believable that he is very definitely the mole before [[spoiler:he kills Dumbledore at the end of the book.]] Of course, [[spoiler:he's ''still'' not. (Dumbledore's still dead, though. Sorry.)]]
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** This got to the point where, in book 6, Rowling devoted an ''entire chapter'' to explain how [[spoiler:Snape can be a loyal Death Eater after seemingly siding with Dumbledore against Voldemort]] in the previous 5 books. This chapter exists for the sole purpose of making it believable that he is very definitely the mole before [[spoiler:he kills Dumbledore at the end of the book.]] Of course, [[spoiler:he's ''still'' not. (Dumbledore's still dead, though. Sorry.)]]In the end, [[spoiler:he was on Harry's side the whole time and was only faking allegiance to the Death Eaters.]]

* In the 2009 ''[[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame Ghostbusters]]'' video game Walter Peck spends almost the entire game actively hindering the team, to the point where they suspect he is secretly a Gozer cultist. [[spoiler: It turns out that he's just an idiot, the Mayor on the other hand has been possessed and set Peck on the Ghostbusters to slow down their progress.]]
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* In the 2009 ''[[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame Ghostbusters]]'' video game ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', Walter Peck spends almost the entire game actively hindering the team, to the point where they suspect he is secretly a Gozer cultist. [[spoiler: It turns out that he's just an idiot, the Mayor on the other hand has been possessed and set Peck on the Ghostbusters to slow down their progress.]]

* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'', while you're at sea, you see a cutscene with [[BigBad Ashnard]] which basically boils down to learning that although Ike and co. have escaped with Princess Elincia, they have a spy in their group reporting on their every move. The very next scene, you find a stowaway, the young thief Sothe, on your ship and have to choose whether to recruit him or not. It doesn't help that Sothe won't tell you what he's doing there for quite a few more chapters. [[spoiler:Naturally, Sothe is innocent. He was keeping quiet because he was from Daein, and his true goal has nothing to do with Asnhard. The real mole is Nasir, the trustworthy ally of the Laguz who owns the ship you're on.]]
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* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'', while you're at sea, you see a cutscene with [[BigBad Ashnard]] which basically boils down to learning that although Ike and co. have escaped with Princess Elincia, they have a spy in their group reporting on their every move. The very next scene, you find a stowaway, the young thief Sothe, on your ship and have to choose whether to recruit him or not. It doesn't help that Sothe won't tell you what he's doing there for quite a few more chapters. [[spoiler:Naturally, Sothe is innocent. He was keeping quiet because he was from Daein, and his true goal has nothing to do with Asnhard. The real mole is Nasir, [[spoiler:Nasir, the trustworthy ally of the Laguz who owns the ship you're on.]]
30th Jun '15 9:28:13 AM bwburke94
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* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', [[spoiler: Aynsley]], a completely innocent woman, [[spoiler:chokes to death because Alison thought she was a monitor from the Dyad]].
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* In season 1 of ''Series/OrphanBlack'', [[spoiler: Aynsley]], a completely innocent woman, [[spoiler:chokes to death because Alison thought she was a monitor from the Dyad]].Dyad]]. ** Repeated in season 3, when [[spoiler:Shay]] is suspected only to be found completely innocent. Turns out there ''was'' no mole, and [[spoiler:Gracie was tricked by Castor]].
1st Jun '15 3:17:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': at the start of the first book, Catelyn Stark receives a letter from her sister Lysa telling her that Lysa's late husband, Jon Arryn, was murdered by Queen Cersei Lannister. Suspicion is further piled on Cersei when it is revealed that just before his death, Jon had discovered a secret - Cersei's three royal children were not in fact fathered by her husband King Robert, but by her brother Jaime - and that when Jon fell ill, Cersei's puppet Grand Maester Pycelle had allowed him to die rather than attempting to treat him. However, it is eventually revealed that while Jon ''was'' murdered, it was nothing to do with Cersei, and in fact it was Lysa herself, under the influence of Petyr Baelish, who killed Jon.
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': at ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': ** At the start of the first book, Catelyn Stark receives a letter from her sister Lysa telling her that Lysa's late husband, Jon Arryn, was murdered by Queen Cersei Lannister. Suspicion is further piled on Cersei when it is revealed that just before his death, Jon had discovered a secret - Cersei's three royal children were not in fact fathered by her husband King Robert, but by her brother Jaime - and that when Jon fell ill, Cersei's puppet Grand Maester Pycelle had allowed him to die rather than attempting to treat him. However, it is eventually revealed that while Jon ''was'' murdered, it was nothing to do with Cersei, and in fact it was Lysa herself, under the influence of Petyr Baelish, who killed Jon.

* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''TheTwoGeorges'': we think TheMole is a civil servant who stole the protagonist's wife from him, but it turns out to be [[spoiler:his old friend and boss]]. * ''[[NurseryCrime The Big Over Easy]]'' has a subtler version with Jack Spratt's flashy rival Friedland Chymes, who ''appears'' to be obstructing the investigation, and the reader might suspect he's TheMole (but it's not directly hinted). He turns out simply to be arrogant and convinced he's already solved the case, while still being a legitimate detective.
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* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''TheTwoGeorges'': ''Literature/TheTwoGeorges'': we think TheMole is a civil servant who stole the protagonist's wife from him, but it turns out to be [[spoiler:his old friend and boss]]. * ''[[NurseryCrime ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Big Over Easy]]'' has a subtler version with Jack Spratt's flashy rival Friedland Chymes, who ''appears'' to be obstructing the investigation, and the reader might suspect he's TheMole (but it's not directly hinted). He turns out simply to be arrogant and convinced he's already solved the case, while still being a legitimate detective.

* Ollie Brown in the JoeLedger Series, as a former CIA Assassin who was inexplicably kidnapped then not killed instantaneous he was suspect. When he ran off with TheBigBad it looked certain but he was innocent. * DanBrown is absolutely in love with this trope. Read two books, and you'll pick up how the guy who's obviously the mole isn't, and that the character least likely to be will be, and you'll be able to readily pick him out. Or, you can trust me and do it with the first one you read. Seriously. It's the guy it makes the absolute least sense for it to be. * TimothyZahn likes this trope: ** In ''[[QuadrailSeries Night Train to Rigel]]'', Compton realises that either one of the two people he ate dinner with at one point must be TheMole: either the {{Jerkass}} ObstructiveBureaucrat who had him fired from Westali, or the friendly colleague. Guess which it is? ** In ''TheThrawnTrilogy'', after Borsk Fey'lya accuses Admiral Ackbar of being TheMole, Leia wonders if Fey'lya himself might be TheMole instead. [[spoiler:In a subversion, it turns out there ''is'' no mole - just a hidden Imperial sound recording system that picked up sensitive conversations]].
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* Ollie Brown in the JoeLedger ''Literature/JoeLedger'' Series, as a former CIA Assassin who was inexplicably kidnapped then not killed instantaneous he was suspect. When he ran off with TheBigBad it looked certain but he was innocent. * DanBrown Creator/DanBrown is absolutely in love with this trope. Read two books, and you'll pick up how the guy who's obviously the mole isn't, and that the character least likely to be will be, and you'll be able to readily pick him out. Or, you can trust me and do it with the first one you read. Seriously. It's the guy it makes the absolute least sense for it to be. * TimothyZahn Creator/TimothyZahn likes this trope: ** In ''[[QuadrailSeries ''[[Literature/QuadrailSeries Night Train to Rigel]]'', Compton realises that either one of the two people he ate dinner with at one point must be TheMole: either the {{Jerkass}} ObstructiveBureaucrat who had him fired from Westali, or the friendly colleague. Guess which it is? ** In ''TheThrawnTrilogy'', ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', after Borsk Fey'lya accuses Admiral Ackbar of being TheMole, Leia wonders if Fey'lya himself might be TheMole instead. [[spoiler:In a subversion, it turns out there ''is'' no mole - just a hidden Imperial sound recording system that picked up sensitive conversations]].

* Nathan in the ''{{Lost}}'' episode "The Other 48 Days." His name reminds the audience of Ethan, who infiltrated the fuselage survivors, and he even says he's from Canada, just as Ethan claimed to be (a RunningGag on the show is that anytime someone mentions Canada, he's lying.) Of course, Nathan's not an infiltrator; [[spoiler:Goodwin is.]]
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* Nathan in the ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Other 48 Days." His name reminds the audience of Ethan, who infiltrated the fuselage survivors, and he even says he's from Canada, just as Ethan claimed to be (a RunningGag on the show is that anytime someone mentions Canada, he's lying.) Of course, Nathan's not an infiltrator; [[spoiler:Goodwin is.]]

* ''Series/BlackAdder Goes Forth'' episode "General Hospital" has Blackadder sent to a field hospital to track down a mole. Once there he meets "Mister Smith", who speaks with a HEAVY German accent. Also leads to this:
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* ''Series/BlackAdder Goes Forth'' ''Series/BlackAdderGoesForth'' episode "General Hospital" has Blackadder sent to a field hospital to track down a mole. Once there he meets "Mister Smith", who speaks with a HEAVY German accent. Also leads to this:

* ''RPGWorld'' has Eikre, who, despite an amazing number of coincidences and several characters' suspicions, is not Galgarion in disguise.
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* ''RPGWorld'' ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' has Eikre, who, despite an amazing number of coincidences and several characters' suspicions, is not Galgarion in disguise.

* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has one in Artemis. Girl who appears out of nowhere with a mysterious back-story? Seems to have shady connections? Shortly after she joins the team they get a tip about there being a mole? It was so obvious that most fans dismissed her immediately.
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has one in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': ** Artemis. Girl who appears out of nowhere with a mysterious back-story? Seems to have shady connections? Shortly after she joins the team they get a tip about there being a mole? It was so obvious that most fans dismissed her immediately.
17th May '15 11:04:37 AM nombretomado
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* HarryTurtledove's ''TheTwoGeorges'': we think TheMole is a civil servant who stole the protagonist's wife from him, but it turns out to be [[spoiler:his old friend and boss]].
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* HarryTurtledove's Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''TheTwoGeorges'': we think TheMole is a civil servant who stole the protagonist's wife from him, but it turns out to be [[spoiler:his old friend and boss]].
15th May '15 11:00:02 AM Kayube
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* ''[[BatenKaitos Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings And the Long Lost Ocean]]'' has two -Savyna and Lyude. Both have ties to TheEmpire you're fighting against, with Lyude being an Imperial Officer and Savyna an assassin they employed. Both of them are discussed by other characters as being likely candidates for TheMole. Of course, they're both innocent. The real spy is [[spoiler: Kalas, the ''main character''.]]
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* ''[[BatenKaitos Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings And the Long Lost Ocean]]'' has two -Savyna and Lyude. Both have ties to TheEmpire you're fighting against, with Lyude being an Imperial Officer and Savyna an assassin they employed. Both of them are discussed by other characters as being likely candidates for TheMole. There's even a boss fight against Savyna after she's accused (after which she says she wasn't a spy, and only went along with the fight because the rest of the party was too stubborn to listen). Of course, they're both innocent. The real spy is [[spoiler: Kalas, the ''main character''.]]
29th Apr '15 7:56:15 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2009 ''[[GhostbustersTheVideoGame Ghostbusters]]'' video game Walter Peck spends almost the entire game actively hindering the team, to the point where they suspect he is secretly a Gozer cultist. [[spoiler: It turns out that he's just an idiot, the Mayor on the other hand has been possessed and set Peck on the Ghostbusters to slow down their progress.]]
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* In the 2009 ''[[GhostbustersTheVideoGame ''[[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame Ghostbusters]]'' video game Walter Peck spends almost the entire game actively hindering the team, to the point where they suspect he is secretly a Gozer cultist. [[spoiler: It turns out that he's just an idiot, the Mayor on the other hand has been possessed and set Peck on the Ghostbusters to slow down their progress.]]
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