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21st Jun '17 8:28:48 AM Odacon_Spy
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* For most of the ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4N5OhcY9s Meet the Spy]]'' ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short, the BLU Spy is made out to be the RED Spy in disguise. He saunters into the intel room behind everyone else carrying the corpse of one of the RED Spy's victims, knows things that seemingly only the RED Spy would know and [[ButHeSoundsHandsome spends the whole time painting his counterpart as an unstoppable, shapeshifting badass]]. He's not, [[spoiler: but the Soldier [[WrongGenreSavvy certainly believes he is]] and [[YourHeadAsplode blasts his head off with his shotgun]] [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of the Spy's exposition]]. The RED Spy is really disguised as the Scout, [[ObfuscatingStupidity who spent the whole time]] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity mocking]]'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity the RED Spy and acting like a goof]].]] Also somewhat of a MetaTwist, since up until ''Meet the Spy'', the class in the limelight had never been shown to be on both the RED and BLU teams at the same time.

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* For most of the ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4N5OhcY9s Meet the Spy]]'' ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short, the BLU Spy is made out to be the RED Spy in disguise. He saunters into the intel room behind everyone else carrying the corpse of one of the RED Spy's victims, knows things that seemingly only the RED Spy would know and [[ButHeSoundsHandsome spends the whole time painting his counterpart as an unstoppable, shapeshifting badass]]. He's not, [[spoiler: but the Soldier [[WrongGenreSavvy certainly believes he is]] and [[YourHeadAsplode blasts his head off with his shotgun]] [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of the Spy's exposition]]. The RED Spy is really disguised as the Scout, [[ObfuscatingStupidity who spent the whole time]] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity mocking]]'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity the RED Spy and acting like a goof]].]] Also This was also somewhat of a MetaTwist, since up until ''Meet the Spy'', Spy'' the class in the limelight had never been shown to be on both the RED and BLU teams at the same time.
21st Jun '17 8:27:33 AM Odacon_Spy
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* For most of the ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4N5OhcY9s Meet the Spy]]'' ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short, the BLU Spy is made out to be the RED Spy in disguise. He saunters into the intel room behind everyone else carrying the corpse of one of the RED Spy's victims, knows things that seemingly only the RED Spy would know and [[ButHeSoundsHandsome spends the whole time painting his counterpart out to be an unstoppable, shapeshifting badass]]. He's not, [[spoiler: but the Soldier [[WrongGenreSavvy certainly believes he is]] and [[YourHeadAsplode blasts his head off with his shotgun]] [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of the Spy's exposition]]. The RED Spy is really disguised as the Scout, [[ObfuscatingStupidity who spent the whole time]] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity mocking]]'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity the RED Spy and acting like a goof]].]] Also somewhat of a MetaTwist, since up until ''Meet the Spy'', the class in the limelight had never been shown to be on both the RED and BLU teams at the same time.

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* For most of the ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4N5OhcY9s Meet the Spy]]'' ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short, the BLU Spy is made out to be the RED Spy in disguise. He saunters into the intel room behind everyone else carrying the corpse of one of the RED Spy's victims, knows things that seemingly only the RED Spy would know and [[ButHeSoundsHandsome spends the whole time painting his counterpart out to be as an unstoppable, shapeshifting badass]]. He's not, [[spoiler: but the Soldier [[WrongGenreSavvy certainly believes he is]] and [[YourHeadAsplode blasts his head off with his shotgun]] [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of the Spy's exposition]]. The RED Spy is really disguised as the Scout, [[ObfuscatingStupidity who spent the whole time]] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity mocking]]'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity the RED Spy and acting like a goof]].]] Also somewhat of a MetaTwist, since up until ''Meet the Spy'', the class in the limelight had never been shown to be on both the RED and BLU teams at the same time.
21st Jun '17 8:25:18 AM Odacon_Spy
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* For most of the ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4N5OhcY9s Meet the Spy]]'' ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short, the BLU Spy is made out to be the RED Spy in disguise. He saunters into the intel room later than everyone else while carrying the corpse of one of the RED Spy's victims, possesses information that seemingly only the RED Spy could have access to and [[ButHeSoundsHandsome spends the whole short painting his counterpart out to be an unstoppable, shapeshifting badass]]. He's not. [[spoiler: The Soldier [[WrongGenreSavvy certainly believes he is]] though, and [[YourHeadAsplode blasts his head off with his shotgun]] [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of the Spy's exposition]]. The RED Spy is really disguised as the Scout, [[ObfuscatingStupidity who spent the whole time]] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity mocking]]'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity the RED Spy and acting like a goof]].]] Also somewhat of a MetaTwist, since up until ''Meet the Spy'', the class in the limelight had never been shown to be on both the RED and BLU teams at the same time.

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* For most of the ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4N5OhcY9s Meet the Spy]]'' ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short, the BLU Spy is made out to be the RED Spy in disguise. He saunters into the intel room later than behind everyone else while carrying the corpse of one of the RED Spy's victims, possesses information knows things that seemingly only the RED Spy could have access to would know and [[ButHeSoundsHandsome spends the whole short time painting his counterpart out to be an unstoppable, shapeshifting badass]]. He's not. not, [[spoiler: The but the Soldier [[WrongGenreSavvy certainly believes he is]] though, and [[YourHeadAsplode blasts his head off with his shotgun]] [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of the Spy's exposition]]. The RED Spy is really disguised as the Scout, [[ObfuscatingStupidity who spent the whole time]] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity mocking]]'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity the RED Spy and acting like a goof]].]] Also somewhat of a MetaTwist, since up until ''Meet the Spy'', the class in the limelight had never been shown to be on both the RED and BLU teams at the same time.
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28th Mar '17 2:22:55 PM Bugfragged
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' follows the series's tradition of having a traitor within the group of heroes. At first, Magilou seems like an obvious candidate due to her ObfuscatingStupidity, MysteriousPast, and one instance where she sold out the group to avoid torture. [[spoiler:In a twist, the traitor turns out to be her Malak, Bienfu, who was forced by a Geas to report on the party's activities. Magilou eventually catches on to him and breaks the Geas, firmly cementing that she was a red herring.]]
25th Mar '17 12:41:53 PM AthenaBlue
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* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the mole is subtly hinted at to be [[spoiler:Karolina. It turns out, of course, to be Alex, despite many of Karolina's lines seeming like the kind of thing someone who wished failure upon the mission would say. Nope, Karolina just wasn't that bright.]]




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* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the mole is subtly hinted at to be [[spoiler:Karolina. It turns out, of course, to be Alex, despite many of Karolina's lines seeming like the kind of thing someone who wished failure upon the mission would say. Nope, Karolina just wasn't that bright.]]




* Inverted in ''Film/NoWayOut''. The protagonist (Kevin Costner) must race to find evidence to exonerate himself amid a Pentagon WitchHunt for a Soviet mole suspected of killing the Defense Secretary's mistress. The hunt, of course, is a RedHerring intended to divert attention from the real murderer. The twist comes after he has successfully cleared suspicion from himself, when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he actually is a Soviet mole]].
* The monster of ''Film/TheThing1982'' mimics target animals, including humans. However, over the course of the movie, the various people which are hinted to be the monster (and suspected of being the monster by the others) are all proved to be human.



* In ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'', Sefton is widely perceived to be the spy in the barracks due to being chummy with the Germans (a professional necessity for TheScrounger) and misanthropic towards his fellow inmates. The only thing tipping off the viewer that it's not him is that he's too bloody obvious; in fact, it's [[spoiler:Price, the man who was leading the hunt for the spy.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'', Sefton is widely perceived Happens in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. Creator/MarkStrong has a reputation for playing villains (enough to be have featured in a commercial lampshading this fact alongside Tom "Loki" Hiddleston and Sir Ben Kingsley), and the spy comic book equivalent of his film character is revealed as TheMole. However, it turns out that in the barracks due to being chummy with film, [[spoiler:it's the Germans (a professional necessity for TheScrounger) and misanthropic towards his fellow inmates. The only thing tipping off organization's leader who is the viewer that it's not him is that he's too bloody obvious; in fact, it's [[spoiler:Price, the man who was leading the hunt for the spy.]]mole instead]].



* Inverted in ''Film/NoWayOut''. The protagonist (Kevin Costner) must race to find evidence to exonerate himself amid a Pentagon WitchHunt for a Soviet mole suspected of killing the Defense Secretary's mistress. The hunt, of course, is a RedHerring intended to divert attention from the real murderer. The twist comes after he has successfully cleared suspicion from himself, when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he actually is a Soviet mole]].



* Happens in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. Creator/MarkStrong has a reputation for playing villains (enough to have featured in a commercial lampshading this fact alongside Tom "Loki" Hiddleston and Sir Ben Kingsley), and the comic book equivalent of his film character is revealed as TheMole. However, it turns out that in the film, [[spoiler:it's the organization's leader who is the mole instead]].

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* Happens In ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'', Sefton is widely perceived to be the spy in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. Creator/MarkStrong has a reputation the barracks due to being chummy with the Germans (a professional necessity for playing villains (enough to have featured in a commercial lampshading this fact alongside Tom "Loki" Hiddleston TheScrounger) and Sir Ben Kingsley), and misanthropic towards his fellow inmates. The only thing tipping off the comic book equivalent viewer that it's not him is that he's too bloody obvious; in fact, it's [[spoiler:Price, the man who was leading the hunt for the spy.]]
* The monster
of his film character is revealed as TheMole. ''Film/TheThing1982'' mimics target animals, including humans. However, it turns out that in over the film, [[spoiler:it's course of the organization's leader who is movie, the mole instead]].various people which are hinted to be the monster (and suspected of being the monster by the others) are all proved to be human.




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* 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.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Dr. Wellington Yueh is set up as this as part of an elaborate IKnowYouKnowIKnow gambit between the Harkonnens and Atreides. As the person upon whom suspicion most obviously falls, he is at the same time BeneathSuspicion due to his mental conditioning, and therefore the Atreides are lured into looking elsewhere for the real mole. Turns out that, yep, Yueh is TheMole, and does betray them, making this a deliberate subversion.



* Ollie Brown in the ''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.
* ''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.



* ''[[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.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Dr. Wellington Yueh is set up as this as part of an elaborate IKnowYouKnowIKnow gambit between the Harkonnens and Atreides. As the person upon whom suspicion most obviously falls, he is at the same time BeneathSuspicion due to his mental conditioning, and therefore the Atreides are lured into looking elsewhere for the real mole. Turns out that, yep, Yueh is TheMole, and does betray them, making this a deliberate subversion.
* Ollie Brown in the ''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.
* 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.

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* ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Big Over Easy]]'' has In ''Literature/WarchildSeries'' [[spoiler: Evan]] is introduced as a subtler version with Jack Spratt's flashy rival Friedland Chymes, who ''appears'' member of some recently captured pirates. He claims innocence but nobody but Jos believes him, thinking him to be obstructing the investigation, and the reader might suspect a pirate mole. This continues in universe, but he's TheMole (but it's not directly hinted). He turns out simply to be arrogant actually completely innocent and convinced he's already solved the case, while still was being a legitimate detective.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Dr. Wellington Yueh is set up as this as part of an elaborate IKnowYouKnowIKnow gambit between the Harkonnens and Atreides. As the person upon whom suspicion most obviously falls, he is at the same time BeneathSuspicion due to his mental conditioning, and therefore the Atreides are lured into looking elsewhere for the real mole. Turns out that, yep, Yueh is TheMole, and does betray them, making this a deliberate subversion.
* Ollie Brown in the ''Literature/JoeLedger'' Series,
kept 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.
* Creator/DanBrown is absolutely in love with this trope. Read two books, and you'll pick up how
[[SexSlave slave]] by 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.pirates.



* In ''Literature/WarchildSeries'' [[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.



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* Nathan in the ''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.]]
* The Marquis de Carabas in ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}''. In both book and TV show, he's set up to look like the bad guys' employer. [[spoiler: Right up until they kill him.]]

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* Nathan in During season three of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Michael dates a British woman named Rita who is repeatedly set up as a spy investigating the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' Bluth family. Sure enough, the 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 "Mr. F" reveals that anytime someone mentions Canada, he's lying.a mole has been leaking information to the CIA. The Bluths (and audience) immediately suspect Rita. However, it turns out [[spoiler: that the mole is actually Tobias (Mr. F being Mr. ''Funke''.) Of course, Nathan's not an infiltrator; [[spoiler:Goodwin is.Rita's real secret: she's mentally retarded.]]
* The Marquis de Carabas ''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:
--> '''[[{{Keet}} George]]''': "You haven't seen any suspicious-looking characters that might be German spies, have you Smitty?"
--> '''Smith''': "Nein!"
--> '''[[TheDitz George]]''': "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint NINE!?]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cap's got his work cut out for him, then!]]"
** Of course, Smith does turn out to be a spy...a '''British''' spy, who developed "[[{{Understatement}} a teensy bit of an accent]]" from working undercover
in ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}''. In both book Germany for so long; Blackadder realized the Germans weren't dumb enough to send such an obvious spy, but Capt. Darling didn't, tried to arrest Smith, and TV show, he's ended up being chewed out by Gen. Melchett for his incompetence.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}:'' They
set up Lance Sweets to look like he might be the bad guys' employer. [[spoiler: Right up until they kill him.]]Gormogon's apprentice, before the reveal that it was Zack.
* Part of the seventh season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' dropped hints that Giles might have been murdered and impersonated by the First Evil. He wasn't. It was purest coincidence that he [[strike:completely]] conspicuously failed to come into physical contact with anything or anyone for five straight episodes.
-->'''Giles:''' Wait... you think I'm evil if I go on a camping trip with young girls and ''don't'' touch them?
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear"]], for most of the story the primary suspect for being the vessel of the Great Intelligence is one [[TheBrigadier Colonel Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart]], who, obviously, was not at the time expected to become a recurring character of any sort.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' introduces the Sons of the Harpy, a resistance movement in favor of returning control of Meereen to the wealthy elites. By far the elite with the most screen time is Hizdahr zo Loraq, who is lobbying for political reversion on grounds of cultural norms. He's cleared when he tries to lead Daenerys out of an ambush and dies immediately.
* Nathan in the ''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.]]



* Part of the seventh season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' dropped hints that Giles might have been murdered and impersonated by the First Evil. He wasn't. It was purest coincidence that he [[strike:completely]] conspicuously failed to come into physical contact with anything or anyone for five straight episodes.
-->'''Giles:''' Wait... you think I'm evil if I go on a camping trip with young girls and ''don't'' touch them?
* ''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:
--> '''[[{{Keet}} George]]''': "You haven't seen any suspicious-looking characters that might be German spies, have you Smitty?"
--> '''Smith''': "Nein!"
--> '''[[TheDitz George]]''': "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint NINE!?]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cap's got his work cut out for him, then!]]"
** Of course, Smith does turn out to be a spy...a '''British''' spy, who developed "[[{{Understatement}} a teensy bit of an accent]]" from working undercover in Germany for so long; Blackadder realized the Germans weren't dumb enough to send such an obvious spy, but Capt. Darling didn't, tried to arrest Smith, and ended up being chewed out by Gen. Melchett for his incompetence.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}:'' They set up Lance Sweets to look like he might be the Gormogon's apprentice, before the reveal that it was Zack.
* Although it's known to the audience the whole time, Robin of ''Series/RobinHood'' uses Will Scarlett as a RedHerringMole in order to flush out the real one.

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* Part of the seventh season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' dropped hints that Giles might have been murdered The Marquis de Carabas in ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}''. In both book and impersonated by the First Evil. He wasn't. It was purest coincidence that he [[strike:completely]] conspicuously failed to come into physical contact with anything or anyone for five straight episodes.
-->'''Giles:''' Wait... you think I'm evil if I go on a camping trip with young girls and ''don't'' touch them?
* ''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:
--> '''[[{{Keet}} George]]''': "You haven't seen any suspicious-looking characters that might be German spies, have you Smitty?"
--> '''Smith''': "Nein!"
--> '''[[TheDitz George]]''': "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint NINE!?]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cap's got his work cut out for him, then!]]"
** Of course, Smith does turn out to be a spy...a '''British''' spy, who developed "[[{{Understatement}} a teensy bit of an accent]]" from working undercover in Germany for so long; Blackadder realized the Germans weren't dumb enough to send such an obvious spy, but Capt. Darling didn't, tried to arrest Smith, and ended up being chewed out by Gen. Melchett for his incompetence.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}:'' They
TV show, he's set up Lance Sweets to look like he might be the Gormogon's apprentice, before the reveal that it was Zack.
* Although it's known to the audience the whole time, Robin of ''Series/RobinHood'' uses Will Scarlett as a RedHerringMole in order to flush out the real one.
bad guys' employer. [[spoiler: Right up until they kill him.]]



* Although it's known to the audience the whole time, Robin of ''Series/RobinHood'' uses Will Scarlett as a RedHerringMole in order to flush out the real one.



* During season three of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Michael dates a British woman named Rita who is repeatedly set up as a spy investigating the Bluth family. Sure enough, the episode "Mr. F" reveals that a mole has been leaking information to the CIA. The Bluths (and audience) immediately suspect Rita. However, it turns out [[spoiler: that the mole is actually Tobias (Mr. F being Mr. ''Funke''.) Rita's real secret: she's mentally retarded.]]



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' introduces the Sons of the Harpy, a resistance movement in favor of returning control of Meereen to the wealthy elites. By far the elite with the most screen time is Hizdahr zo Loraq, who is lobbying for political reversion on grounds of cultural norms. He's cleared when he tries to lead Daenerys out of an ambush and dies immediately.













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* Subverted in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', aptly titled "Mole Hunt". The end of the episode revealed that the Mole Hunt itself had been intended as a red herring, but ended up smoking out an actual mole.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we have Asami Sato. Introduced as the romantic rival to the main character, she wears [[MakeupIsEvil plentiful makeup]], comes from a very wealthy family, and dresses in [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]], the same color schemes as [[BigBad Amon]] and the [[MugglePower Equalists]]... but she remains completely loyal to the Krew, even turning against her own father when she finds out he's part of the aforementioned Equalists. She was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen initially envisioned as a mole]], and her character design was simply left alone when she was changed to a truly good character.
* 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.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we have Asami Sato. Introduced as the romantic rival to the main character, she wears [[MakeupIsEvil plentiful makeup]], comes from a very wealthy family, and dresses in [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]], the same color schemes as [[BigBad Amon]] and the [[MugglePower Equalists]]... but she remains completely loyal to the Krew, even turning against her own father when she finds out he's part of the aforementioned Equalists. She was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen initially envisioned as a mole]], and her character design was simply left alone when she was changed to a truly good character.
* Subverted in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', aptly titled "Mole Hunt." The end of the episode revealed that the Mole Hunt itself had been intended as a red herring, but ended up smoking out an actual mole.
* 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.






22nd Mar '17 5:56:13 PM Gosicrystal
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* [[spoiler:Colias Palaeno]] is this in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', so sweet and innocent that the player is driven to think they must be guilty of ''something''. [[spoiler: Not guilty, just too clueless to know TheDragon of the smuggling ring was his secretary.]] In fact, it's more unnerving that he's always nice and helps you to the best of his ability.


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* [[spoiler:Colias Palaeno]] is this in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', so sweet and innocent that the player is driven to think they must be guilty of ''something''. [[spoiler: Not guilty, just too clueless to know TheDragon of the smuggling ring was his secretary.]] In fact, it's more unnerving that he's always nice and helps you to the best of his ability.
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22nd Mar '17 5:54:39 PM Gosicrystal
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* [[spoiler: Colias Palaeno]] is this in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', so sweet and innocent that the player is driven to think they must be guilty of ''something''. [[spoiler: Not guilty, just too clueless to know TheDragon of the smuggling ring was his secretary.]] In fact, it's more unnerving that's he's always nice and helps you to the best of his ability.

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* [[spoiler: Colias [[spoiler:Colias Palaeno]] is this in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', so sweet and innocent that the player is driven to think they must be guilty of ''something''. [[spoiler: Not guilty, just too clueless to know TheDragon of the smuggling ring was his secretary.]] In fact, it's more unnerving that's that he's always nice and helps you to the best of his ability.
14th Mar '17 9:08:32 PM Specialist290
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* This trope is why it's extremely difficult to convict someone in criminal court using circumstantial evidence only.

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* This trope is why it's extremely difficult to convict someone in criminal court using circumstantial evidence only.
only, and why criminal courts insist on "proven beyond a reasonable doubt" as the threshold for a conviction.
8th Mar '17 3:32:50 PM Specialist290
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So here we come to TheReveal, where it turns out... Bob wasn't TheMole after all! Nope, Bob is a totally innocent character who just had a bunch of unfortunate coincidences surrounding him. There may not be a mole at all, but if there is, it will be an entirely different character, and probably the one that everyone suspected least -- or even the one who was leading the Mole Hunt in the first place.

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So here we come to TheReveal, where it turns out... Bob wasn't TheMole after all! Nope, Bob is a totally innocent character who just had a bunch of unfortunate coincidences surrounding him. There may not be a mole at all, but if there is, it will be an entirely different character, and probably the one that everyone suspected least -- or even the one who was [[MoleInCharge leading the Mole Hunt Hunt]] in the first place.
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