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17th Jul '17 7:30:10 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]" a matriarchal tribe hunts giant crabs using their diminutive men as a bait. When Scrooge and Launchpad arrive, all the men have just had it and left, thus amazons use Scrooge and Launchpad. In the end Granta tells that men and women reconciled with each other and now take turns as a bait.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]" a matriarchal tribe hunts giant crabs using their diminutive men as a bait. When Scrooge and Launchpad arrive, all the men have just had it and left, thus amazons use Scrooge and Launchpad. In the end Granta tells that men and women reconciled with each other and now take turns as a bait.
17th Jul '17 2:19:24 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first time Rita's brother Rito appeared, Rita "suggested" he lead a gang of monsters against the heroes. Actually, he was meant to be the bait for an ambush by said monsters, which wasn't mentioned until he had left. (This actually proved a far more clever plan, because while the villains actually scored a victory there, when Rito ''did'' face them by himself the next time, he had his ass handed to him.)

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* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first time Rita's Rita Repulsa's brother Rito Revolto appeared, Rita "suggested" that he lead a gang of monsters against the heroes.Rangers. Actually, he was meant to be the bait for an ambush by said monsters, which wasn't mentioned until he had left. (This actually proved a far more clever plan, because while the villains actually scored a victory there, when Rito ''did'' face them by himself the next time, he had his ass handed to him.)
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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', The Major uses First Lieutenant Rip Van Winkle as bait to draw Alucard away from London, trapping him aboard the ship she commandeered using his weakness regarding running water to keep the powerful vampire away from London as the Major's forces make their assault on the Hellsing headquarters and London itself.
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' sees [[BirdPeople Teba]] filling this role for Link; he flies around drawing the fire of [[HumongousMecha Divine Beast Vah Medoh's]] cannons while Link destroys those cannons with Bomb Arrows.
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->'''Timon:''' What's the plan?\\
'''Simba:''' Live bait.\\
'''Timon:''' Good idea--HEY!
-->-- ''Disney/TheLionKing''

The Heroes need to lure the BigBad into a trap.

For this you are going to need bait. While you could use a MacGuffin, we all know that the best bait is ''live'' bait.

But [[WhoWillBellTheCat who is going to take on this wonderful job]]?

If you're the Heroes then you need to look for volunteers. There are two versions that pop up. The first is for one of the Heroes to agree to be The Bait, risking a HeroicSacrifice and possibly claiming he's [[MoreExpendableThanYou more expendable]]. The other version is for the resident ButtMonkey or [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] to become a [[GotVolunteered Less Than Willing Volunteer]]. [[MoreHeroThanThou A common resulting conversation]] in a FiveManBand is as follows:

->'''TheHero:''' I'll be the bait.\\
'''TheLancer:''' What are you talking about? I'll be the bait, you need to lead the attack. Just make sure you don't screw it up, 'cause if I end up dead I'll kill you.\\
'''TheChick:''' If this is to succeed it will need both of you. I'll be the bait. (It's all I'm good for anyways.)\\
''[Hero and Lancer strenuously disagree with this idea.]''\\
'''TheBigGuy:''' I could be the bait.\\
''[Everybody else looks at him like he's crazy because who would even''''''' think '''''''of the Big Guy as bait?]''\\
'''Comic Relief Guy''' or '''TheSmartGuy:''' Hey, don't look at me, I'm not gonna be the bait!

Of course, [[GilliganCut the bait ends up being]] TheSmartGuy (Cue the "Why do I always have to be The Bait?" whining) or TheChick. Occasionally it will end up being TheLancer, which is more likely if he and TheHero are {{Rival}}s.

Sometimes the argument between Hero and Lancer will get so fierce that, instead of volunteering to be bait, TheChick or whoever will just sneak out and make themselves bait, while the argument rages on. Or possibly the Hero or the Lancer may decide to use PercussivePrevention on the other so they can do it themselves. If anyone insists there is ''no way'' they will act as the bait, expect a GilliganCut to prove them wrong.

Villains usually just get themselves a hostage for bait--although occasionally a Mook will get stuck with the job. Being villains, they usually are not happy about it.

Compare WeNeedADistraction. Sometimes overlaps with WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat on the part of the bait.

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->'''Timon:''' What's the plan?\\
'''Simba:''' Live bait.\\
'''Timon:''' Good idea--HEY!
-->-- ''Disney/TheLionKing''

The Heroes need to lure the BigBad into a trap.

For this
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->''"Awaken an era."''
[[caption-width-right:200:Can
you are going to need bait. While you could use a MacGuffin, we all know that the best bait is ''live'' bait.

But [[WhoWillBellTheCat who is going to take on this wonderful job]]?

If you're the Heroes then you need to look for volunteers. There are two versions that pop up. The first is for one of the Heroes to agree to be The Bait, risking a HeroicSacrifice
dig it?]]

A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}}
and possibly claiming he's [[MoreExpendableThanYou more expendable]]. The other version Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters", in Japan) is a collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the resident ButtMonkey or [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] DS and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have developed a process
to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, the dead animals are not complete copies of the creatures they originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances and best of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has become a [[GotVolunteered Less Than Willing Volunteer]]. [[MoreHeroThanThou A common resulting conversation]] in a FiveManBand is as follows:

->'''TheHero:''' I'll be
playground for the bait.\\
'''TheLancer:''' What are you talking about? I'll be
rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in the bait, you need to lead the attack. Just make sure you don't screw it up, 'cause if I end up dead I'll kill you.\\
'''TheChick:''' If this is to succeed it will need both
form of you. I'll be the bait. (It's all I'm good for anyways.)\\
''[Hero
superpowered monsters and Lancer strenuously disagree with this idea.]''\\
'''TheBigGuy:''' I could be the bait.\\
''[Everybody else looks at him like he's crazy because who would even''''''' think '''''''of the Big Guy as bait?]''\\
'''Comic Relief Guy''' or '''TheSmartGuy:''' Hey, don't look at me, I'm not gonna be the bait!

Of course, [[GilliganCut the bait ends up being]] TheSmartGuy (Cue the "Why do I always have to be The Bait?" whining) or TheChick. Occasionally it will end up being TheLancer, which is more likely if he and TheHero are {{Rival}}s.

Sometimes the argument between Hero and Lancer will get so fierce that, instead of volunteering to be bait, TheChick or whoever will just sneak out and make themselves bait, while the argument rages on. Or possibly the Hero or the Lancer may decide to use PercussivePrevention on the
fight them against each other so they can do it themselves. If anyone insists there is ''no way'' they will act as the bait, expect a GilliganCut to prove them wrong.

Villains usually just get themselves a hostage
for bait--although occasionally glory and fame.

Like most games, this one stars
a Mook will get stuck [[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the job. Being second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the ranks, with the help of his friends. But the island is lousy with groups of fossil thieves and general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in the series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new
villains, they usually are not happy about it.

Compare WeNeedADistraction. Sometimes overlaps with WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat on
and the part of ability to Super Revive certain Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: The new feature for this title is
the bait.ability to fight wild Vivosaurs and to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system has also been entirely overhauled.



!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Lelouch Lamperouge of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' uses his [[MindControl Geass]] to make himself forget that his partner Suzaku is sneaking towards the detonator connected to the bomb keeping his [[DamselInDistress sister]] [[HostageSituation hostage]]. Using himself as TheBait to distract the MindReading Mao to buy time for Suzaku to get close enough to catch Mao without him realizing it.
* ''Manga/DororonEnmaKun''. In one chapter, everyone fights over who has to be The Bait to catch a Youkai. Nobody wants to be it, but Dororon, Yuki, and Chapeauji finally agree on Kappaeru, who is still refusing. However Hitomi took pity on him and volunteers. Given the followings events, maybe she should have shut her mouth.
* In ''Anime/MazingerZ'', often Kouji volunteers to be The Bait. Sayaka, too. Boss is more willing or more reluctant to play bait depending on the situation.
* In one {{Crossover}} movie between ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Manga/GetterRobo'', he plays bait to lure a monster to a deserted island.
* On the rare occasions on ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' where the kids need live bait for a plan, they either go for Team Rocket or Ash. The giant Claydol has Ash and James (dressed as eggplants no less).
* In one {{Flashback}} episode of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Team Satisfaction set a trap to ambush the Magician's Four. Unfortunately for Crow, he has to be the bait. (It isn't revealed who decided he'd get that role. ''Fortunately'' for him, the plan worked.)
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this is the standard operating procedure, where one group distracts the titan and the second group (usually more skilled) goes for the kill. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't.
** ''[[TheAce Mikasa]]'' ends up being decoy for the Female Titan as [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]] demonstrates why he deserves his title of Humanity's Strongest.
** Armin uses this to deal with the titans invading the supply room.
** This is the primary mission of the surviving soldiers in the Battle of Trost, to lure the titans to the opposite side of the city so the elite team can plug the wall.
** This turns out to be [[spoiler:Eren's ''true'' role in the 57th Expedition, with Erwin secretly using him to lure out titan shifters infiltrating the military]].

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* Marv and Dwight both do this in ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Marv draws Kevin out into a series of traps by firebombing his house. Dwight draws Manute and his men out to a back alley by using Miho's archery skills.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} do this in ''Comicbook/WarWorld''. Superman volunteers to test how powerful Warworld's missiles are. Later on, he keeps the satellite's defense systems occupied while Kara gets ready to attack.

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* This is basically Shinji's role against the 3rd Harbinger Asherah in ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion''.
* In the ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Eternity}}'', Nagato was the flagship of Operation Ten-Go instead of the damaged Yamato, and was captured by the Americans. Knowing that keeping her as a war trophy will enrage the japanese, they intentionally set her up to be a kamikaze bait, with William D. Porter as a lone escort. Despite orders to let the suicide bomber do as they wished, Willie D's Captain ordered them shot down since Nagato's skeleton crew haven't evacuated yet. This was the start of their friendship in their future lives as shipgirls.
* A {{Flashback}} in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersTorment'' shows Nichole as a young girl following her brother--who's been running with gangs--without his permission, and having to watch as he's beaten up by a rival gang. Then it turns out that he was the bait for an ambush on the attackers by ''his'' gang members. Her brother tells her sternly to listen to him next time, although his friends tell him not to blame her, seeing as it can't hurt. (A crucial turning point in Nichole's life was when she had to choose between this type of life (which her brother didn't recommend) and something better. She chose the latter.)
* A horrible version in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1053817/chapters/2793109 God is Cruel]]''. Oliver and Sara used a completely unwitting Laurel as bait for Deathstroke. Specifically, they sent her to his hideout aware he'd open the door for her...because she was his next target. Unsurprisingly, it went ''[[GoneHorriblyWrong horribly]]'' wrong.

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* Iago, from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', much to his everlasting chagrin.
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', the main characters (minus [[TheLancer Cera]]) have a plan to kill the Sharptooth by leading him near a deep area of water and dropping a rock over him. They immediately choose [[TheChick Ducky]] to act as the bait.

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* In ''Film/JasonX'', a virtual reality simulation meant to distract Jason creates a pair of scantily clad teenage girls who exclaim (among other things), "We love premarital sex!" (It works, temporarily.)


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* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First & Only'', Larkin wanders into the Jantine Patrician quarters and runs when he spots some of them. They give chase and are struck down by his companions. Only then does Larkin complain that he always gets to be the bait.
** And in one of the short stories that make up the majority of ''Ghostmaker'' Bragg (TheBigGuy of the Ghosts) is used as "big dumb trooper" bait to get a traitorous supply convoy driver to feel safe enough to tip off his bandit friends to raid the convoy.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', Iskavan is told that his force has been sacrificed as bait to draw the Blood Angels in--and is jeered at for not even being able to die when he ought.
* In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Captain Taelos suspects something about his being left with the scouts on-planet. He learns in due course that the rest of their force had lurked until the scouts had drawn out the full Chaos force (and died nearly to the last man).
* In the ''Literature/ImperialGuard'' novel ''Baneblade'', the taskforce led by ''Mars Triumphant'' is this, distracting Ork forces from one side while other Imperial forces attack elsewhere.
* During the Yuuzan Vong invasion in ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', Jaina Solo used herself as bait to lure the Vong into a trap in the Deep Core; it was a success, destroying the Vong fleet and scoring a big victory for the New Republic.
* Both played straight (with Tracy) and subverted (with Lindsey) in ''Into the Storm.'' The girls' employer is conducting training sessions against Navy SEALS, and at different times they get tapped to play the hostage. In Lindsey's case, she was told to make sure both teams ''lost'' by sneaking out of the field.
* ''Literature/TheTripods'': In order to capture one of the Masters, the protagonist rides a green-painted (to catch their attention) horse past one of their Tripods, and when it gives chase lures it into a hidden pit.
* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Sadeas' bridgemen are this. They charge the enemy lines, unarmored and unprotected, carrying a bridge to span the chasm the army needs to cross. The Parshendi fire on them, but Sadeas fields so many bridge crews that they rarely kill enough to make a serious dent. Furthermore, while the Parshendi are killing bridgemen, they ''aren't'' killing soldiers who are far more expensive to equip and train.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", Octavia is used to lure Conan.
** In "Literature/TheFrostGiantsDaughter," the title character lures Conan into a trap--and discovers this is not wise unless you know that your defenders can take him.
* In Creator/JackCampbell's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' novel ''Invincible'', Geary sets up the fleet in a compact formation to provide the bear-cows with a nice, neat target.
* Rephaim gets [[GotVolunteered volunteered]] as this for Stevie Rae in ''[[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Tempted]]''.
* ''Avalanche Express'' by Colin Forbes involves Western intelligence escorting a defecting Soviet general across Europe on the Orient Express. The Soviet wartime sabotage network along the route is activated to kill him, giving counter-intelligence agencies a unique opportunity to round up these cells in peacetime.
* In ''Literature/TheFatalDream'', Steven's cousin Charles volunteers to be this when it becomes apparent that he is the Pteranodon's next target.


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* Bait duty debates happen a lot on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', and usually Xander gets the job, being as he's the ButtMonkey of the series. This was reversed at the beginning of season three: Because Buffy was "absent", the Scoobies had to work without her, and the role of bait was passed to Cordelia. Subverted when Xander and Cordelia are too busy arguing over this, they fail to notice the vampire is sneaking up on Willow.
** In Season 4, the Initiative is searching for Spike and come across Buffy sitting on a park bench, waiting for Spike to [[ArchEnemy come and challenge her]]. Unaware of her superhero role, the soldiers get into an argument over whether to use this hot-looking chick as vampire bait. Riley Finn, who fancies Buffy as a LoveInterest, refuses to play along, and so tries to persuade Buffy to go home. HilarityEnsues as each tries to get rid of the other (Buffy is equally ignorant of Riley's demon-fighting role) while waiting for Spike to jump out of the shadows. As before, said vampire ends up attacking Willow instead.
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Sailor Venus takes on this role for much of the show. [[spoiler:She sees this as a good use of her life because she has a terminal illness and knows she'll reincarnate before long anyway]].
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[TheSmartGirl Chloe]] and [[TheChick Lana]] sometimes do this voluntarily, despite [[TheCape Clark]]'s protests.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam and Dean sometimes use someone as bait [[GodzillaThreshold when they don't have a better plan]]. Bait duty (if necessary) usually goes to Dean (unless there's some reason it has to be someone else), both because he looks the part more (Sam's got three or four inches on him) and because if he can keep [[{{Protectorate}} Sam]] out of danger, [[BigBrotherInstinct he will]].
* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first time Rita's brother Rito appeared, Rita "suggested" he lead a gang of monsters against the heroes. Actually, he was meant to be the bait for an ambush by said monsters, which wasn't mentioned until he had left. (This actually proved a far more clever plan, because while the villains actually scored a victory there, when Rito ''did'' face them by himself the next time, he had his ass handed to him.)
* In ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', Damon ends up playing the bait/decoy at least twice, and is vocally unhappy about it both times.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Isabela's personal quest in chapter 3 requires her to take on the role of bait.
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' [[spoiler:Beatrice. The whole "drag one innocent human's soul into hell" thing was just a means of getting the ultimate killer in the Crusades, strong enough to kill a grim reaper after dying, to inadvertently break Lucifer's chains scattered around Hell]].
* This was the reason the villains went after [[spoiler:Kyrie]] in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4''. [[spoiler:They wanted to use Dante to power the Savior, but weren't quite equal to the task of capturing him, so after Agnus discovered that Nero had demonic power of his own and a relationship with Kyrie, he and Sanctus used her as bait to lure Nero into their trap so that the two of them could be used instead]].
* A long and cherished tradition in ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''. Poorly-equipped ship flown by a 'newbie' presents easy kill, enemies go for kill, react in surprise and alarm as six battleships jump in and snipe them to death. Heartwarming.
* A common strategy for Klingons in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', both in Player-versus-Player combat, and as [=NPCs=]. Since all Klingon ships can cloak, one of them will fly around as bait, while the rest cloak. When the enemy ship flies in, expecting to deal with a single target, the rest decloak and begin curb-stomping.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard is used as the bait by Samara to lure her serial killer daughter into a place where Samara can safely kill her.
** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]]'s ''Citadel' DLC, Shepard uses Joker as bait when [=CAT6=] starts shooting up the sushi restaurant by telling him to go warn the crew, then grabbing and killing the first merc who sees him to acquire a weapon. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Joker is pretty furious about it]].
--->'''Joker:''' You used me as ''bait''? You used me as bait! Did everybody see that? Savior of the Citadel uses the brittle bones guy as bait!
* A villainous example in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Izebel use the freaking [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] as bait when she intercepts the party on the high seas.
* Taunt creatures in ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' force enemies to attack them until they die. If the taunt creature has a good attack stat, that can end badly for the enemy.
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Chiaki is tasked with acting as bait in Chapter 5 during Kazuichi's ill-fated plan to apprehend the unstable Nagito. The entire thing doesn't work, however, because Nagito knows about the plan beforehand and promptly ruins everything [[spoiler:by blowing up the hotel]].

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* The function of several cards in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. One of the best examples is the Taunting Elf, which has the ability that when it attacks, everything capable of blocking it has to. This can be used to allow all the other creatures to attack unimpeded or to lure out a creature that normally wouldn't be used as a blocker. Since the elf is a 0/1 and thus, unless enhanced, is incapable of dealing or taking any damage, it generally doesn't survive the process. Of course, you can enchant with something like Venom to make it kill everything that blocks it (a combo sometimes called "Creature Sweeper", since it will sweep all your opponent's creatures off the board).
** Some strategies are built around getting your opponent to take the bait and then swooping in for the kill.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', Jared wants to escape to the open so that the attackers who took his parents and sister will come after him. [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1327214/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-33/ He succeeds.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/06/03/issue-3-webpage-39/ Pablo proposes it, for dragons.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0524.html Belkar]]--he did not even figure it out first.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2304 Satan includes a girl among other baits.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Han and Luke propose using the entire [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0867.html moon of Yavin 4]] as bait for the Peace Moon, so that it can be vulnerable while charging its superlaser.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', [[FieryRedhead Cinna]] was [[LaserGuidedKarma forced]] [[HoistByHerOwnPetard to become]] TheBait in order to draw away [[PsychoElectro Rendo]] away from his comrades. It's, thus far, one of the funniest scenes in the entire work.
* Because pretty much everyone in ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' thinks that GirlOnGirlIsHot, Chun-Li and Kammy are able to use themselves as bait in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/578 this comic.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', this role is in a henchman's job description.
* In ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia'' Peter is clearly trying to bait the people looking for him to come after him, as he had no other reason to use his real name (he can clearly make fake ones, since he did for Mium).
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': When there are nanite-converted supersoldiers running around trying to turn scientists into more supersoldiers, the mercenaries put the survivors all in a single room and have them lay down on the floor.
-->'''Scientist:''' Shouldn't we be somewhere safer? Why are we out in the open?\\
'''Tailor:''' This way, we can see all the entrances and have clear lines of fire on any hostiles.\\
'''Scientist:''' Wait... ''we're bait!''\\
'''Tailor:''' Don't be ridiculous.\\
'''Schlock:''' ''[into comm]'' Sir, the bait is panicking.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', need I say more?
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "The Invisible Monster". In order to lure the title creature into the trap, Dr. Quest must act as the bait. He turns on a flashlight to lure his energy-eating opponent to its doom.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]" a matriarchal tribe hunts giant crabs using their diminutive men as a bait. When Scrooge and Launchpad arrive, all the men have just had it and left, thus amazons use Scrooge and Launchpad. In the end Granta tells that men and women reconciled with each other and now take turns as a bait.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Final Cut", where Society of Assassins member Mutro Botha persuades (okay, blackmails) Terry into helping him apprehend Curare, Botha doesn't see himself as bait for the plan, but Terry clearly does. (It ends ''very'' badly for Botha, but it's [[AssholeVictim hard for anyone to feel sorry for him.]])
* Both April and Michelangelo serve as bait for less intelligent mutants in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. Mikey even fails to notice what's happening on one occasion and just thinks the plan is an excuse to wear a silly costume.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', [[spoiler: Norman Osborn]] tricks Spider-Man into becoming bait, so [[spoiler: Osborn]] can take down the Frightful Four. Spidey's not happy when he realizes that he was tricked into becoming bait.
* In the "King Homer" segment of the "Treehouse of Horror III" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns and Smithers bring Marge to Skull Island to use as bait for King Homer, which leads to an awkward situation for Burns when they get there:
-->'''Marge:''' Am I coming too?
-->'''Burns:''' Of course! We wouldn't dream of going ashore without the bait...Er... ing... beauty, the... bathing beauty! That's it. ''[Aside, to Smithers]'' Think I covered that rather well...

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[[folder: Anime
!! This game provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins in the first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve,
and Manga ]]

* Lelouch Lamperouge
you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' uses his [[MindControl Geass]] rare red fossils). The second game ups the cap to make himself forget 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks
that his partner Suzaku is sneaking towards the detonator connected to the bomb keeping his [[DamselInDistress sister]] [[HostageSituation hostage]]. Using himself as TheBait to distract the MindReading Mao to buy time for Suzaku to get close enough to catch Mao without him realizing it.
* ''Manga/DororonEnmaKun''. In one chapter,
it's no wonder everyone fights over who has to be was so terrified of him.
** [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}.
The Bait fact that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one wanted to catch a Youkai. Nobody wants to be it, but Dororon, Yuki, and Chapeauji finally agree on Kappaeru, who is still refusing. However Hitomi took pity on him and volunteers. Given the followings events, maybe she should have shut her mouth.
* In ''Anime/MazingerZ'', often Kouji volunteers
anything to be The Bait. Sayaka, too. Boss is more willing or more reluctant to play bait depending on the situation.
* In one {{Crossover}} movie between ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Manga/GetterRobo'', he plays bait to lure a monster to a deserted island.
* On the rare occasions on ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' where the kids need live bait for a plan,
do with them]], meaning they either go for Team Rocket or Ash. The giant Claydol has Ash and James (dressed as eggplants no less).
* In one {{Flashback}} episode of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Team Satisfaction set a trap to ambush the Magician's Four. Unfortunately for Crow, he has to be the bait. (It isn't revealed who decided he'd get that role. ''Fortunately'' for him, the plan worked.)
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this is the standard operating procedure, where one group distracts the titan and the second group (usually more skilled) goes for the kill. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't.
** ''[[TheAce Mikasa]]'' ends up being decoy for the Female Titan as [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]] demonstrates why he deserves his title of Humanity's Strongest.
** Armin uses this to deal with the titans invading the supply room.
** This is the primary mission of the surviving soldiers in the Battle of Trost, to lure the titans
desperately attached themselves to the opposite side of first charismatic figure who appeared to them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the city so the elite team can plug the wall.
** This turns out to be [[spoiler:Eren's ''true'' role in the 57th Expedition, with Erwin secretly using him to lure out titan shifters infiltrating the military]].

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* Marv and Dwight both do this in ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Marv draws Kevin out into a series of traps by firebombing his house. Dwight draws Manute and his men out to a back alley by using Miho's archery skills.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} do this in ''Comicbook/WarWorld''. Superman volunteers to test how powerful Warworld's missiles are. Later on, he keeps the satellite's defense systems occupied while Kara gets ready to attack.

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* This is basically Shinji's role against the 3rd Harbinger Asherah in ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion''.
* In the ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Eternity}}'', Nagato was the flagship of Operation Ten-Go instead of the damaged Yamato, and was captured by the Americans. Knowing
fact that keeping her as a war trophy will enrage the japanese, they intentionally set her up to be a kamikaze bait, with William D. Porter as a lone escort. Despite orders to let the suicide bomber do as were used, they wished, Willie D's Captain ordered them shot down since Nagato's skeleton crew haven't evacuated yet. This was the start of their friendship in their future lives as shipgirls.
* A {{Flashback}} in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersTorment'' shows Nichole as a young girl following her brother--who's been running with gangs--without his permission, and having to watch as he's beaten up by a rival gang. Then it turns out that he was the bait for an ambush on the attackers by ''his'' gang members. Her brother tells her sternly to listen to him next time, although his friends tell him not to blame her, seeing as it
can't hurt. (A crucial turning point in Nichole's life stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to do what he thought was when she had to choose between this type of life (which her brother didn't recommend) right, and something better. She chose the latter.)
they were ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* A horrible AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who is a DarkSkinnedRedhead version in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1053817/chapters/2793109 God is Cruel]]''. Oliver and Sara used a completely unwitting Laurel as bait for Deathstroke. Specifically, they sent her to his hideout aware he'd open the door for her...because she was his next target. Unsurprisingly, it went ''[[GoneHorriblyWrong horribly]]'' wrong.

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* Iago, from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', much to his everlasting chagrin.
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', the main characters (minus [[TheLancer Cera]]) have a plan to kill the Sharptooth by leading him near a deep area
of water and dropping a rock over him. They immediately choose [[TheChick Ducky]] to act as the bait.

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[[folder: Films--Live Action ]]

* In ''Film/JasonX'', a virtual reality simulation meant to distract Jason creates a pair of scantily clad teenage girls who exclaim (among other things), "We love premarital sex!" (It works, temporarily.)


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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First & Only'', Larkin wanders into the Jantine Patrician quarters and runs when he spots some of them. They give chase and are struck down by his companions. Only then does Larkin complain that he always gets to be the bait.
[[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** And in one of the short stories that make up the majority of ''Ghostmaker'' Bragg (TheBigGuy of the Ghosts) is used as "big dumb trooper" bait to get a traitorous supply convoy driver to feel safe enough to tip off his bandit friends to raid the convoy.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', Iskavan is told that his force
''Champions'' has been sacrificed as bait to draw the Blood Angels in--and is jeered at for not an even being able to die when he ought.
* In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons
more direct CaptainErsatz of Dorn'', Captain Taelos suspects something about his being left with the scouts on-planet. He learns in due course that the rest of their force had lurked until the scouts had drawn out the full Chaos force (and died nearly to the last man).
Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* In the ''Literature/ImperialGuard'' novel ''Baneblade'', the taskforce led by ''Mars Triumphant'' is this, distracting Ork forces from one side while other Imperial forces attack elsewhere.
* During the Yuuzan Vong invasion in ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', Jaina Solo used herself as bait to lure the Vong into a trap
AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find in the Deep Core; it was a success, destroying the Vong fleet and scoring a big victory for the New Republic.
Jewel Rocks.
* Both played straight (with Tracy) and subverted (with Lindsey) in ''Into the Storm.'' The girls' employer is conducting training sessions against Navy SEALS, and at different times they get tapped to play the hostage. In Lindsey's case, she was told to make sure both teams ''lost'' by sneaking out of the field.
* ''Literature/TheTripods'': In order to capture one of the Masters, the protagonist rides a green-painted (to catch their attention) horse past one of their Tripods, and when it gives chase lures it into a hidden pit.
* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Sadeas' bridgemen are this. They charge the enemy lines, unarmored and unprotected, carrying a bridge to span the chasm the army needs to cross. The Parshendi fire on them, but Sadeas fields so many bridge crews that they rarely kill enough to make a serious dent. Furthermore, while the Parshendi are killing bridgemen, they ''aren't'' killing soldiers who are far more expensive to equip and train.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", Octavia is used to lure Conan.
** In "Literature/TheFrostGiantsDaughter," the title character lures Conan into a trap--and discovers this is not wise unless you know that your defenders can take him.
* In Creator/JackCampbell's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' novel ''Invincible'', Geary sets up the fleet in a compact formation to provide the bear-cows with a nice, neat target.
* Rephaim gets [[GotVolunteered volunteered]] as this for Stevie Rae in ''[[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Tempted]]''.
* ''Avalanche Express'' by Colin Forbes involves Western intelligence escorting a defecting Soviet general across Europe on the Orient Express. The Soviet wartime sabotage network along the route is activated to kill him, giving counter-intelligence agencies a unique opportunity to round up these cells in peacetime.
* In ''Literature/TheFatalDream'', Steven's cousin Charles volunteers to be this when it becomes apparent that he is the Pteranodon's next target.


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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Bait duty debates happen a lot on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', and usually Xander gets the job, being as he's the ButtMonkey of the series. This was reversed at the beginning of season three: Because Buffy was "absent", the Scoobies had to work without her, and the role of bait was passed to Cordelia. Subverted when Xander and Cordelia are too busy arguing over this, they fail to notice the vampire is sneaking up on Willow.
** In Season 4, the Initiative is searching for Spike and come across Buffy sitting on a park bench, waiting for Spike to [[ArchEnemy come and challenge her]]. Unaware of her superhero role, the soldiers get into an argument over whether to use this hot-looking chick as vampire bait. Riley Finn, who fancies Buffy as a LoveInterest, refuses to play along, and so tries to persuade Buffy to go home. HilarityEnsues as each tries to get rid of the other (Buffy is equally ignorant of Riley's demon-fighting role) while waiting for Spike to jump out of the shadows. As before, said vampire ends up attacking Willow instead.
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Sailor Venus takes on this role for much of the show. [[spoiler:She sees this as a good use of her life because she has a terminal illness and knows she'll reincarnate before long anyway]].
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[TheSmartGirl Chloe]] and [[TheChick Lana]] sometimes do this voluntarily, despite [[TheCape Clark]]'s protests.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam and Dean sometimes use someone as bait [[GodzillaThreshold when they don't have a better plan]]. Bait duty (if necessary) usually goes to Dean (unless there's some reason it has to be someone else), both because he looks the part more (Sam's got three or four inches on him) and because if he can keep [[{{Protectorate}} Sam]] out of danger, [[BigBrotherInstinct he will]].
* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first time Rita's brother Rito appeared, Rita "suggested" he lead a gang of monsters against the heroes. Actually, he was meant to be the bait for an ambush by said monsters, which wasn't mentioned until he had left. (This actually proved a far more clever plan, because while the villains actually scored a victory there, when Rito ''did'' face them by himself the next time, he had his ass handed to him.)
* In ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', Damon ends up playing the bait/decoy at least twice, and is vocally unhappy about it both times.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Isabela's personal quest in chapter 3 requires her to take on the role of bait.
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' [[spoiler:Beatrice. The whole "drag one innocent human's soul into hell" thing was just a means of getting the ultimate killer in the Crusades, strong enough to kill a grim reaper after dying, to inadvertently break Lucifer's chains scattered around Hell]].
* This was the reason the villains went after [[spoiler:Kyrie]] in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4''. [[spoiler:They wanted to use Dante to power the Savior, but weren't quite equal to the task of capturing him, so after Agnus discovered that Nero had demonic power of his own and a relationship with Kyrie, he and Sanctus used her as bait to lure Nero into their trap so that the two of them could be used instead]].
* A long and cherished tradition in ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''. Poorly-equipped ship flown by a 'newbie' presents easy kill, enemies go for kill, react in surprise and alarm as six battleships jump in and snipe them to death. Heartwarming.
* A common strategy for Klingons in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', both in Player-versus-Player combat, and as [=NPCs=]. Since all Klingon ships can cloak, one of them will fly around as bait, while the rest cloak. When the enemy ship flies in, expecting to deal with a single target, the rest decloak and begin curb-stomping.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard is used as the bait by Samara to lure her serial killer daughter into a place where Samara can safely kill her.
** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]]'s ''Citadel' DLC, Shepard uses Joker as bait when [=CAT6=] starts shooting up the sushi restaurant by telling him to go warn the crew, then grabbing and killing the first merc who sees him to acquire a weapon. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Joker is pretty furious about it]].
--->'''Joker:''' You used me as ''bait''? You used me as bait! Did everybody see that? Savior of the Citadel uses the brittle bones guy as bait!
* A villainous example in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Izebel use the freaking [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] as bait when she intercepts the party on the high seas.
* Taunt creatures in ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' force enemies to attack them until they die. If the taunt creature has a good attack stat, that can end badly for the enemy.
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Chiaki is tasked with acting as bait in Chapter 5 during Kazuichi's ill-fated plan to apprehend the unstable Nagito. The entire thing doesn't work, however, because Nagito knows about the plan beforehand and promptly ruins everything [[spoiler:by blowing up the hotel]].

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* The function of several cards in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. One of the best examples is the Taunting Elf, which has the ability that when it attacks, everything capable of blocking it has to. This can be used to allow all the other creatures to attack unimpeded or to lure out a creature that normally wouldn't be used as a blocker. Since the elf is a 0/1 and thus, unless enhanced, is incapable of dealing or taking any damage, it generally doesn't survive the process. Of course, you can enchant with something like Venom to make it kill everything that blocks it (a combo sometimes called "Creature Sweeper", since it will sweep all your opponent's creatures off the board).
** Some strategies are built around getting your opponent to take the bait and then swooping in for the kill.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', Jared wants to escape to the open so that the attackers who took his parents and sister will come after him. [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1327214/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-33/ He succeeds.
AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series of masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from the ''Champions'' DLC. He wears the only pink Brigade suit in the game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the first character in the franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Zongazonga and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter:
In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/06/03/issue-3-webpage-39/ Pablo proposes it, for dragons.the first two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils in the field; identifying fossils on sight and allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.
]]
** ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to have significant change in the design of... just about everything, really.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them in the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest of the team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit.
In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0524.html Belkar]]--he did other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as his entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're
not even figure carrying them around in the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated, but your partner didn't quite make
it out first.
of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2304 Satan includes BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a girl among other baits.professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner of the Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.
]]
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Han and Luke propose using BonusBoss: After you beat the entire [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0867.html moon of Yavin 4]] as bait for the Peace Moon, so that it can be vulnerable while charging its superlaser.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', [[FieryRedhead Cinna]] was [[LaserGuidedKarma forced]] [[HoistByHerOwnPetard to become]] TheBait in order to draw away [[PsychoElectro Rendo]] away from his comrades. It's, thus far, one
final boss of the funniest scenes first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes a BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one right after the other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're near the end of the game, he's not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out and taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character of the first doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only
in the entire work.
* Because pretty much everyone
first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' thinks that GirlOnGirlIsHot, Chun-Li and Kammy are able to use themselves as bait in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/578 this comic.police station is anybody's guess.]]
* CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as more detailed graphics in general.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used to revive Rosie/Duna from tainted stone sleep.]]
* [[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera in the second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of the non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the exception of a few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use them to revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils in exchange for fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator:
In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least people with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull that turns into a literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays
this role to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle between the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To a lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but they were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site
is in a henchman's job description.
southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into later descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
**
In ''Webcomic/TheFarSideOfUtopia'' Peter ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game
is clearly loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Professor Scatterly in the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen has a [[HoYay girl crush]] on the female protagonist. She grabs the female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated to the museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and the [=BareBones=] Brigade,
trying to bait stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem with it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'', and Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to participate in a tournament," and "Fill the hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and can't participate."
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, the one Don comes up with, is to destroy the ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
** [[spoiler: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give
the people looking for him plenty of time to come after him, as he had no other reason evacuate.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, the TerribleTrio team, anyway; the {{Mooks}} don't seem
to use his real turn.]]
** [[spoiler: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's
name (he can clearly make fake ones, since he did for Mium).
at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in the second.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': When there are nanite-converted supersoldiers running HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most of the plot in that area revolves
around trying to turn scientists the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they have the sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by their capacity for both compassion and forgiveness.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes
into more supersoldiers, play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course,
the mercenaries put first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the survivors all in a single room and have them lay down on the floor.
-->'''Scientist:''' Shouldn't we be somewhere safer? Why are we out
change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex
in the open?\\
'''Tailor:''' This way,
first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]], with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a blurb appears stating the nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter: In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as one of the best in the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more the fan favorite of the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope: The game goes out of their way to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have superpowers, and a great deal of the Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather other forms of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel back in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by their full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found in Japan, has ''katanas for horns.''
* KidHero: The main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'', you're tasked with finding the Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her dog that you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and the absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how
we can see all ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All
the entrances and have clear lines of fire on any hostiles.announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife with a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.
\\
'''Scientist:''' Wait... ''we're bait!''\\
'''Tailor:''' Don't be ridiculous.\\
'''Schlock:''' ''[into comm]'' Sir,
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before
the bait day is panicking.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', need I say more?
over!
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "The Invisible Monster". LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but only the one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk:
In the second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems to be a thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead in the first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask. [[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy, and it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.]]
** In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in
order to lure get the title creature piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.]]
* {{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of the Vivosaurs are based on facts about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on the location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according to the graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used the design of a dinosaur as it was conceived by people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when your levels do... meaning the game gives you a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger in the transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former, the latter vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending shows she hasn't fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor, and Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves
into monstrous dino-beasts for the trap, Dr. Quest must act as final battle.]]
* OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap: In ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements and skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded
the bait. He planet with life, but it was Earth's own species that survived instead.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's a bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, and Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6
turns on each time by abusing a flashlight to lure his energy-eating opponent to its doom.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]" a matriarchal tribe hunts giant crabs using their diminutive men as a bait. When Scrooge
team skill and Launchpad arrive, how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely of Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them out with some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem, and he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in the support group.
* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels has you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie, and Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard
all the men jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll
have just had it to go back and left, thus amazons use Scrooge forth between the main town and Launchpad. In the end Granta tells that men and women reconciled with area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and now take turns always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described
as a bait.
"lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Final Cut", ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'',
where Society you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels
of Assassins member Mutro Botha persuades (okay, blackmails) Terry into helping him apprehend Curare, Botha doesn't the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also
see himself as bait for the plan, but Terry clearly does. (It ends ''very'' badly for Botha, MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one,
but it's [[AssholeVictim hard for anyone to feel sorry for him.]])
* Both April and Michelangelo serve as bait for less intelligent mutants in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. Mikey even fails to notice what's happening on one occasion and just thinks the plan is an excuse to wear a silly costume.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'',
not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: Norman Osborn]] tricks Spider-Man into becoming bait, uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation of the game.
** The sequel appears to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or
so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise:
[[spoiler: Osborn]] can Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll
take down a group photo with the Frightful Four. Spidey's not happy when he realizes main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days."
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have technology
that he was tricked into becoming bait.
can do this. The technology that un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in the first place.]]
* ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to the confrontation with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio: The BB Gang. Also counts as the GoldfishPoopGang for the first half of the game.
In the "King Homer" segment sequel, it's the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat
of the "Treehouse InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the player near the end of Horror III" episode the game that "all the hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex
of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns the BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...]]
* UnknownItemIdentification: In the first two games, fossils had to be brought back to base
and Smithers bring Marge to Skull Island to use as bait for King Homer, which leads to an awkward situation for Burns when excavated before they get there:
-->'''Marge:''' Am I coming too?
-->'''Burns:''' Of course! We
could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who
wouldn't dream of going ashore without want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they all become available in the bait...Er... ing... beauty, the... bathing beauty! That's it. ''[Aside, to Smithers]'' Think I covered postgame, that rather well...

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is.]]
* VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones is the only way to make money. The better the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] when she is mystically made part of the tribe, and she is very ''diga-''displeased.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE to say "yes".
** In ''Frontier,'' when you [[spoiler: travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and shatter them to pieces, for no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform themselves if you wait.)
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In the first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even one vivosaur makes you lose the whole fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to please, shall we say.
* {{Whateversaurus}}: Along with the term "vivosaur" itself, this is used liberally for the various made-up species.
* WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from green fossils.
* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all the songs in the sound test have silly and non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of a strawberry blonde, but there's ''really'' no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Siamo actually has blue hair, despite being a dinosaur.
20th May '17 3:35:46 PM Dravencour
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If you're the Heroes then you need to look for volunteers. There are two versions that pop up. The first is one of the Heroes agrees to be The Bait risking a HeroicSacrifice, possibly claiming he's [[MoreExpendableThanYou more expendable]]. The other version is for the resident ButtMonkey or [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] to become a [[GotVolunteered Less Than Willing Volunteer]]. [[MoreHeroThanThou A common resulting conversation]] in a FiveManBand is as follows:

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If you're the Heroes then you need to look for volunteers. There are two versions that pop up. The first is for one of the Heroes agrees to agree to be The Bait Bait, risking a HeroicSacrifice, HeroicSacrifice and possibly claiming he's [[MoreExpendableThanYou more expendable]]. The other version is for the resident ButtMonkey or [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] to become a [[GotVolunteered Less Than Willing Volunteer]]. [[MoreHeroThanThou A common resulting conversation]] in a FiveManBand is as follows:
27th Apr '17 8:20:08 PM Linda58
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* A horrible version in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1053817/chapters/2793109 God is Cruel]]''. Oliver and Sara used a completely unwitting Laurel as bait for Deathstroke. Specifically, they sent her to his hideout aware he'd open the door for her...because she was his next target. Unsurprisingly, it went ''[[GoneHorriblyWrong horribly]]'' wrong.
22nd Jan '17 2:51:35 PM Xtifr
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* A villainous example in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Izebel use the freaking [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] as bait when she intercepts TheParty on the high seas.

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* A villainous example in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Izebel use the freaking [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] as bait when she intercepts TheParty the party on the high seas.
9th Jan '17 4:26:02 AM Dravencour
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* This was also the reason the villains went after [[spoiler:Kyrie]] in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4''. [[spoiler:They wanted to use Dante to power the Savior, but weren't quite equal to the task of capturing him, so after Agnus discovered that Nero had demonic power of his own and a relationship with Kyrie, he and Sanctus used her as bait to lure Nero into their trap so that the two of them could be used instead]].

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* This was also the reason the villains went after [[spoiler:Kyrie]] in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4''. [[spoiler:They wanted to use Dante to power the Savior, but weren't quite equal to the task of capturing him, so after Agnus discovered that Nero had demonic power of his own and a relationship with Kyrie, he and Sanctus used her as bait to lure Nero into their trap so that the two of them could be used instead]].
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