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19th Feb '18 8:14:57 PM thatother1dude
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* This is how the final fight in the True Pacifist route in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' takes shape. While you and the bosses all make friends after Toriel stops your fight with Asgore, [[spoiler:Flowey]] takes the human souls Asgore had collected, and also takes the bosses hostage. When all the other friends you made come to help, he takes all their souls too, and transforms into [[spoiler:Asriel Dreemurr]].
30th Jan '18 8:04:36 PM darksoul4242
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'''Narrator:''' The Crypt...''\\

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'''Narrator:''' The Crypt...''\\\\
30th Jan '18 7:54:43 PM darksoul4242
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* In episode 7 of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Cornelia tries to lure out Zero by attacking the Saitama Ghetto; Lelouch immediately recognizes it's a trap since it's an almost perfect recreation of Clovis' attack on Shinjuku Ghetto in the first couple of episodes. He still goes anyway because of his overconfidence, but Cornelia is a ''much'' better commander than Clovis, and the Saitama rebels are quick to surrender and less competent than the ones he lead in Shinjuku, so he's almost captured and only escapes when C.C. lets him pull off an unsolicited DecoyGetaway.

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* In episode 7 of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Cornelia tries to lure out Zero by attacking the Saitama Ghetto; Lelouch immediately recognizes it's a trap since it's an almost perfect recreation of Clovis' attack on Shinjuku Ghetto in the first couple of episodes. He still goes anyway because of his overconfidence, but Cornelia is a ''much'' better commander than Clovis, and the Saitama rebels are quick to surrender and less competent than the ones he lead led in Shinjuku, so he's almost captured and only escapes when C.C. lets him pull off an unsolicited DecoyGetaway.
15th Jan '18 12:55:02 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Literature/BrotherAndSister'', when the titular siblings run away from the WickedStepmother, she uses her WickedWitch powers to enchant all the water sources of the nearby forest. The siblings realize this but at some point the Brother cannot resist his thirst any longer and drinks from a stream anyway, [[BalefulPolymorph so he's transformed into a stag.]] The Sister manages to hold on and remains a human.
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10th Jan '18 11:25:56 AM Linda58
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** One season is bookended with Buffy walking into two different traps for two different reasons, only to discover that ''both'' of them were just red herrings to distract her. From the first instance:

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** One season Season 2 is bookended with Buffy walking into two different traps for two different reasons, only to discover that ''both'' of them were just red herrings to distract her. From the first instance:


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** Apparently she never learns the lesson. In the final season, [[TheDragon Caleb]] rolls into town brutally injures a potential and gives her a message for Buffy, "I have something of yours." Everyone else concludes its a trap, but Buffy is convinced a full on attack will be more than Caleb and forces can handle. She's ''very'' wrong, and Caleb proceeds to effortlessly defeat her, Faith, and Spike, [[spoiler:kill two potentials, and gouge out Xander's eye.]]
1st Dec '17 9:09:25 AM Gadjiltron
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* Various card games allow for counterplay, like counterspells in TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering or Trap Cards in TabletopGame/YuGiOh. If a counter is suspected, and there is no means of defusing it (e.g. countering the counterspell, or destroying the Trap Card), then the next best option is to play a decoy, hoping the counter is wasted on the smaller threat before making the actual intended play.

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* Various card games allow for counterplay, like counterspells in TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' or Trap Cards in TabletopGame/YuGiOh.''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''. If a counter is suspected, and there is no means of defusing it (e.g. countering the counterspell, or destroying the Trap Card), then the next best option is to play a decoy, hoping the counter is wasted on the smaller threat before making the actual intended play.


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* Secrets in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'' trigger the moment a condition is fulfilled, e.g. attacking with a minion. As long as the condition is right, the Secret will not discriminate what gets affected; i.e. a Noble Sacrifice will still trigger when a 1/1 is attacking, wasting the Secret on an expendible minion. Thus, when confronted with them, the trick not only becomes successfully guessing what Secret is used, but also being able to trigger the Secret with minimal loss.
20th Nov '17 6:49:00 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Compare SchmuckBait. See also KansasCityShuffle which is built upon this trope: The con relies on the mark knowing there's a con but underestimating it. Contract LuredIntoATrap, where the heroes never realized it was a trap until it was too late.

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Compare SchmuckBait. See also KansasCityShuffle which is built upon this trope: The con relies on the mark knowing there's a con but underestimating it. Contract Contrast LuredIntoATrap, where the heroes never realized it was a trap until it was too late.
3rd Nov '17 4:15:00 PM infernape612
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-->'''Atton:''' [[SarcasmMode Well, good thing it's not a trap.]]\\

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-->'''Atton:''' --->'''Atton:''' [[SarcasmMode Well, good thing it's not a trap.]]\\



--->'''Shepard:''' That son of a bitch sent us right into Collector hands!
--->'''Garrus:''' And here I thought I'd had my betrayal and attempted murder for this year.

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--->'''Shepard:''' -->'''Shepard:''' That son of a bitch sent us right into Collector hands!
--->'''Garrus:'''
hands!\\
'''Garrus:'''
And here I thought I'd had my betrayal and attempted murder for this year.



--->'''[[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=]]]:''' [[AC:Okay, yes, it's a trap. But it's the only way through, so let's just do it.]]

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--->'''[[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=]]]:''' -->'''[[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=]]]:''' [[AC:Okay, yes, it's a trap. But it's the only way through, so let's just do it.]]



-->'''Lt. Adams''': You know this is a trap.
-->'''Cpt. Walker''': Absolutely. But the whole city's gone crazy. Daniels might be our only hope of sortin' this mess out.

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-->'''Lt. Adams''': You know this is a trap.
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trap.\\
'''Cpt.
Walker''': Absolutely. But the whole city's gone crazy. Daniels might be our only hope of sortin' this mess out.out.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', one chapter has the Begnion army bring civilians to a swamp to be executed en masse. Everyone, from SmugSnake Izuka to CoolOldGuy Tauroneo, tells TheHero Micaiah that it's a trap, but she elects to go in anyway. When she inevitably emerges victorious, the knowledge that she willingly walked into a trap to protect the innocent is a major morale boost for the liberation army.
25th Oct '17 5:03:07 AM KingLyger
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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness II'', Jackie has to go to the amusement park where he and Jenny would sneak in so that he can obtain the Siphon. Johnny remarks that the whole thing sounds like a trap. Jackie responds that he knows it's a trap, but he doesn't have a choice; he needs the Siphon or else [[spoiler:the Darkness will never release Jenny's soul to the afterlife]].

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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness II'', Jackie has to go to the amusement park where he and Jenny would sneak in so that he can obtain the Siphon.Siphon, knowing that the Brotherhood is waiting for him to storm the place. Johnny remarks that the whole thing sounds like a trap. Jackie responds that he knows it's a trap, but he doesn't have a choice; he needs the Siphon or else [[spoiler:the Darkness will never release Jenny's soul to the afterlife]].
25th Oct '17 5:02:34 AM KingLyger
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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness II'', Jackie has to go to the amusement park where he and Jenny would sneak in so that he can obtain the Siphon. Johnny remarks that the whole thing sounds like a trap. Jackie responds that he knows it's a trap, but he doesn't have a choice; he needs the Siphon or else [[spoiler:the Darkness will never release Jenny's soul to the afterlife]].
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