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19th Jun '16 1:13:41 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', after defeating the Empror Dondera, you are then confronted by the true Emperor, a monstrous figure who was in DemonicPossession of him the whole time.

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* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', after defeating the Empror Emperor Dondera, you are then confronted by the true Emperor, a monstrous figure who was in DemonicPossession of him the whole time.
19th Jun '16 11:40:23 AM Prfnoff
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* Zigzagged by ''Mage Gauntlet''. Hidden notes in several levels suggest the existence of a much more powerful demon than Hurgoth: Uamuleth, the deity of the Ashen Cult. He's the boss of the Cult's levels, and he's insulted by the notion that Hurgoth sent him to wreak havoc. When defeated, however, he drops the same crystal tether as the other Dark Realm bosses, indicating that Hurgoth really did send him. [[spoiler:Ultimately averted: Uamuleth is a Bigger Bad whose cult has nothing to do with the rest of the plot, Hurgoth is just an unintimidating gatekeeper, and the real Big Bad, Whitebeard, has no affiliation with either. It's never revealed whether or not Uamuleth is Hurgoth's boss, however.]]

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* Zigzagged by ''Mage Gauntlet''.''VideoGame/MageGauntlet''. Hidden notes in several levels suggest the existence of a much more powerful demon than Hurgoth: Uamuleth, the deity of the Ashen Cult. He's the boss of the Cult's levels, and he's insulted by the notion that Hurgoth sent him to wreak havoc. When defeated, however, he drops the same crystal tether as the other Dark Realm bosses, indicating that Hurgoth really did send him. [[spoiler:Ultimately averted: Uamuleth is a Bigger Bad whose cult has nothing to do with the rest of the plot, Hurgoth is just an unintimidating gatekeeper, and the real Big Bad, Whitebeard, has no affiliation with either. It's never revealed whether or not Uamuleth is Hurgoth's boss, however.]]


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* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', after defeating the Empror Dondera, you are then confronted by the true Emperor, a monstrous figure who was in DemonicPossession of him the whole time.
11th Jun '16 8:02:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Book 5: By this point, Kitty's getting GenreSavvy, so when Ben gets kidnapped, she suspects Balthasar. It turns out that Balthasar's show is a front for a cult led by his showgirl, who is the real vampire master of Las Vegas. However, in a MetaTwist, they had nothing to do with Ben's disappearance -- that was the two-bit criminal the police suspected all along.

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** Book 5: By this point, Kitty's getting GenreSavvy, smart to it, so when Ben gets kidnapped, she suspects Balthasar. It turns out that Balthasar's show is a front for a cult led by his showgirl, who is the real vampire master of Las Vegas. However, in a MetaTwist, they had nothing to do with Ben's disappearance -- that was the two-bit criminal the police suspected all along.



** And in the sequel the Collectors are being controlled by Harbinger, another Reaper. Of course this time round Shepard and The Illusive Man are both GenreSavvy enough they guess that the Reapers are behind everything again right off the bat.

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** And in the sequel the Collectors are being controlled by Harbinger, another Reaper. Of course this time round Shepard and The Illusive Man are both GenreSavvy enough they correctly guess that the Reapers are behind everything again right off the bat.
26th May '16 11:55:21 AM MyFinalEdits
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* This is a possible situation in Orlais at the end of the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. For it to happen, The Empress must die and her cousin the Duke becomes Emperor, ''and'' if the Empress's elven spymaster gains blackmail over the Duke and can get him to do what she wants. Whether this is a good thing overall is [[GreyAndGreyMorality a matter of debate,]] but it definitely works out well for Orlesian elves.
** Even better, two other outcomes in the game have ''you'' as this to Empress Celene. The first is if the Empress rules alone, without Gaspard or Briala. The epilogue at the end of the game makes it clear that the only reason Celene remains on the throne is because the Inquisition backs her up. The second outcome occurs if you have enough evidence to blackmail all three of them into collaborating - the results are the same, only the Inquisition also controls a capable military leader and a network of Elf spies.

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* This is a possible situation in Orlais at the end of the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. For it to happen, The Empress must die and her cousin the Duke becomes Emperor, ''and'' if the Empress's elven spymaster gains blackmail over the Duke and can get him to do what she wants. Whether this is a good thing overall is [[GreyAndGreyMorality a matter of debate,]] but it definitely works out well for Orlesian elves. \n** Even better, two Two other outcomes in the game have ''you'' as this to Empress Celene. The first is if the Empress rules alone, without Gaspard or Briala. The epilogue at the end of the game makes it clear that the only reason Celene remains on the throne is because the Inquisition backs her up. The second outcome occurs if you have enough evidence to blackmail all three of them into collaborating - the results are the same, only the Inquisition also controls a capable military leader and a network of Elf spies.
26th May '16 10:35:33 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'', [[spoiler:Darkseid]] was pulling the SEELE’s strings behind the scenes to [[spoiler:find the Anti-Life Equation.]]
22nd May '16 11:32:51 PM ZhongHui
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** Even better, two other outcomes in the game have ''you'' as this to Empress Celene. The first is if the Empress rules alone, without Gaspard or Briala. The epilogue at the end of the game makes it clear that the only reason Celene remains on the throne is because the Inquisition backs her up. The second outcome occurs if you have enough evidence to blackmail all three of them into collaborating - the results are the same, only the Inquisition also controls a capable military leader and a network of Elf spies.
18th May '16 7:26:53 PM ReddishGuy1
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' uses this trope a few times.
** Season 10 reveals [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]] as the one behind [[SerialKiller the Meta]]. However, it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] due to Sigma dying at the end of season 6.
** Season 12 reveals that both of the two factions on Chorus, the Federal Army of Chorus and the New Republic, are being manipulated by Locus and Felix into fighting each other. The two mercenaries are also revealed to be working for an unseen person going under the alias of "Control," revealed at the end of the season to be Malcolm Hargrove, CEO of Charon Industries.
18th May '16 11:27:19 AM Generality
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Can be reversed as "[[InvertedTrope The Man In Front Of The Man]]", in which case a person you thought was the BigBad's crony turns out to be the real BigBad. See also BastardUnderstudy, DragonInChief, and DragonAscendant. May be the one pulling the strings of the PuppetKing.

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Can be reversed as "[[InvertedTrope The Man In Front Of The Man]]", "TheManInFrontOfTheMan", in which case a person you thought was the BigBad's crony turns out to be the real BigBad. See also BastardUnderstudy, DragonInChief, and DragonAscendant. May be the one pulling the strings of the PuppetKing.
10th May '16 8:38:18 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/{{Catteni}}'' series, the Catteni are interstellar conquerors who have subjugated the human race, but it turns out that the Catteni are themselves being ordered around by another alien race, the Eosi.
8th May '16 1:57:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Book 1 of ''TheKaneChronicles'', Apophis was manipulating Set's forces the whole time.
* ''InDeath'': This happens a few times. ''Immortal In Death'' reveals that Casto did the actual murdering. ''Betrayal In Death'' reveals that Naples hired Sylvester Yost in the first place. ''Divided In Death'' reveals that Sparrow, assistant director of Homeland Security Organization, put Blair Bissel up to murdering people.

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* In Book 1 of ''TheKaneChronicles'', ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', Apophis was manipulating Set's forces the whole time.
* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': This happens a few times. ''Immortal In Death'' reveals that Casto did the actual murdering. ''Betrayal In Death'' reveals that Naples hired Sylvester Yost in the first place. ''Divided In Death'' reveals that Sparrow, assistant director of Homeland Security Organization, put Blair Bissel up to murdering people.



* Lee Saranson serves as this for Buzz Windrip in ''ItCantHappenHere''.

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* Lee Saranson serves as this for Buzz Windrip in ''ItCantHappenHere''.''Literature/ItCantHappenHere''.



* The Orions in the StarTrekNovelVerse. That dancing girl or prostitute is enslaved to a man who is in turn enslaved to a woman of the elite lineages, who in turn owes allegiance to a man who runs an entire branch of a crime syndicate, who is himself a servant of the woman who runs the entire syndicate from behind the throne...
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy faces Kyger for most of the work. After Kyger's murder, and some adventure, he's taken prisoner, to Dragur. In hindsight, Dragur's actual fascination with his marine animals means that the animal shop was a perfect cover for their dealings.

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* The Orions in the StarTrekNovelVerse.Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse. That dancing girl or prostitute is enslaved to a man who is in turn enslaved to a woman of the elite lineages, who in turn owes allegiance to a man who runs an entire branch of a crime syndicate, who is himself a servant of the woman who runs the entire syndicate from behind the throne...
* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy faces Kyger for most of the work. After Kyger's murder, and some adventure, he's taken prisoner, to Dragur. In hindsight, Dragur's actual fascination with his marine animals means that the animal shop was a perfect cover for their dealings.
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