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25th Jul '17 10:56:54 PM thatother1dude
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** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' this happens to Herbert "Daring" Dashwood, leading the slavers to Rockopolis.
** In the original game, this happens to Vault 13 if the Vault-dweller decides to buy water from merchants in the Hub: Their tracks lead the Super Mutant army to the Vault. By doing so, you get more time to find the Water Chip, but less time to deal with the Super Mutants (the former is a significantly shorter time limit than the latter), so it's a double-edged sword.

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** In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' this happens to Herbert "Daring" Dashwood, leading the slavers to Rockopolis.
** In the original game, this happens to Vault 13 if
1}}'', the Vault-dweller decides to can buy water from merchants in the Hub: Their Hub for Vault 13, giving you 100 more days to find the Water Chip. However, their tracks lead the Super Mutant army to the Vault. By doing so, there faster, giving you get more time 100 fewer days to find the Water Chip, but less time to deal with the Super Mutants (the stop them. The former is a significantly shorter time limit (150 days) than the latter), latter (500 days in the original release, ''13 years'' in version 1.1), [[TrapIsTheOnlyOption so it's a double-edged sword.you may want to do it anyway]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', Herbert "Daring" Dashwood ends up leading the slavers he escape from to Rockopolis.
23rd Jul '17 3:21:08 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' Vol. 6 #1, ''"American Dreamers, part one"'', Cap, Sharon, ComicBook/NickFury and Dum-Dum Dugan go to visit Jimmy Jupiter, a WW2 metahuman who's just woken from a coma he's been in since the war. Unfortunatly, HYDRA are after Jupiter too, and they follow the heroes straight to him, allowing them to kidnap the old man.

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* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' Vol. 6 #1, ''"American Dreamers, part one"'', Cap, Sharon, ComicBook/NickFury and Dum-Dum Dugan go to visit Jimmy Jupiter, a WW2 [=WW2=] metahuman who's just woken from a coma he's been in since the war. Unfortunatly, HYDRA are after Jupiter too, and they follow the heroes straight to him, allowing them to kidnap the old man.
21st Jul '17 7:48:24 AM JackG
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). The police know there's a mercenary training camp out in the Mojave desert somewhere, so release one of the mercenaries they arrested earlier (ostensibly he's bailed out by the public defender thanks to the CowboyCop beating him up) and follow him via helicopter. DaChief mutters, "There goes my pension" after the CowboyCop talks him into it, as ''his'' superior makes it clear they'll both take the blame if it doesn't pan out.
21st Jun '17 1:13:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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'''Princess Leia:''' [[GenreSavvy They're tracking us.]]

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'''Princess Leia:''' [[GenreSavvy They're tracking us.]]



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ANewHope'', Grand Moff Tarkin's plan to find the Rebel base is to let the heroes escape the Death Star with token resistance, and then follow the homing beacon planted on their ship. It works perfectly. What happens afterwards, not so much. Which is strange, because Leia '''says''' that [[GenreSavvy their escape was too easy]] and says that the Imperials are probably tracking the ship, but takes no steps to find any tracking device. Though she was planning to blow up the Death Star at that point, so in a way she was inverting the trap.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ANewHope'', Grand Moff Tarkin's plan to find the Rebel base is to let the heroes escape the Death Star with token resistance, and then follow the homing beacon planted on their ship. It works perfectly. What happens afterwards, not so much. Which is strange, because Leia '''says''' that [[GenreSavvy their escape was too easy]] easy and says that the Imperials are probably tracking the ship, but takes no steps to find any tracking device. Though she was planning to blow up the Death Star at that point, so in a way she was inverting the trap.



* {{Literature/Sherlock Holmes}} uses a version of the ploy in his first story, "A Scandal in Bohemia". By getting himself brought into Irene Adler's rooms in disguise and setting an apparent fire, he discovers where she hid the blackmail photo. However, [[GenreSavvy she realizes what happened]] and gets away with the photo before he can take it.

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* {{Literature/Sherlock Holmes}} uses a version of the ploy in his first story, "A Scandal in Bohemia". By getting himself brought into Irene Adler's rooms in disguise and setting an apparent fire, he discovers where she hid the blackmail photo. However, [[GenreSavvy she realizes what happened]] happened and gets away with the photo before he can take it.



* In one episode of the campy '60's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, Batman lets the villain's PerkyFemaleMinion go after planting a "bug" in her purse. Amazingly, in this case, the villain is GenreSavvy enough to find it.

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* In one episode of the campy '60's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, Batman lets the villain's PerkyFemaleMinion go after planting a "bug" in her purse. Amazingly, in this case, the villain is GenreSavvy enough to find finds it.



* High-tech variation in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs''. Aiden tracks a hitman by locating his niece and calling her phone for information about him. After the girl feigns ignorance about her uncle's whereabouts, she hangs up then ''immediately'' calls him to warn him about the strange caller looking for him. The GenreSavvy uncle realizes this is happening and tells her to hang up, but by that point it's too late; Aiden has already traced her call and knows his exact location.

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* High-tech variation in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs''. Aiden tracks a hitman by locating his niece and calling her phone for information about him. After the girl feigns ignorance about her uncle's whereabouts, she hangs up then ''immediately'' calls him to warn him about the strange caller looking for him. The GenreSavvy uncle realizes this is happening and tells her to hang up, but by that point it's too late; Aiden has already traced her call and knows his exact location.
2nd Jun '17 11:21:33 AM Dravencour
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* Done several times in ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'', when the Scots break an enemy army, they'll allow the survivors to run to their army, following them closely to destroy them just before they can regroup. A variant is to chase them to the walls of a city, where the defenders refusing to open the gates to let the survivors in (and teir subsequent slaughter) does horrible things to enemy morale.

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* Done several times in ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'', when the Scots break an enemy army, they'll allow the survivors to run to their army, following them closely to destroy them just before they can regroup. A variant is to chase them to the walls of a city, where the defenders refusing to open the gates to let the survivors in (and teir their subsequent slaughter) does horrible things to enemy morale.



* The Disney version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has [[spoiler:Quasimodo and Phoebus leading Frollo's forces to the Court of Miracles due to this. Frollo says he'll attack the gypsy's hideout at dawn, which causes Quasimodo and Phoebus to find the Court of Miracles thanks to [[ChekhovsGun a necklace Esmerelda gave Quasimodo earlier]].]]

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* The Disney version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has [[spoiler:Quasimodo and Phoebus leading Frollo's forces to the Court of Miracles due to this. Frollo says he'll attack the gypsy's Gypsies' hideout at dawn, which causes Quasimodo and Phoebus to find the Court of Miracles thanks to [[ChekhovsGun a necklace Esmerelda gave Quasimodo earlier]].]]



* Parodied in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''. The heroes have Reinfield released so that they may follow him to his master's lair. Fortunately, while he's smart enough to realize that his release is a trap, he isn't smart enough to throw them off his trail. He attempts a few moves... within the space of about ten square feet, before declaring that he lost them and heading straight for Dracula.

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* Parodied in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''. The heroes have Reinfield Renfield released so that they may follow him to his master's lair. Fortunately, while he's smart enough to realize that his release is a trap, he isn't smart enough to throw them off his trail. He attempts a few moves... within the space of about ten square feet, before declaring that he lost them and heading straight for Dracula.



* One of the favourite tactics of dark eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is to attack a patrol, leaving a single survivor, silently following him back to his base to launch an attack just as he thinks he is about to be saved and slaughtering the entire base. Since their scanners are superior to human ones, they could easily do without it. But being artists in causing pain, they do it all [[ForTheEvulz for the look on]] [[OhCrap the poor guy's face]].

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* One of the favourite tactics of dark eldar Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is to attack a patrol, leaving leave a single survivor, silently following follow him back to his base to launch an attack just as he thinks he is about to be saved and slaughtering slaughter the entire base. Since their scanners are superior to human ones, they could easily do without it. But being artists in causing pain, they do it all [[ForTheEvulz for the look on]] [[OhCrap the poor guy's face]].
31st May '17 2:11:51 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', Scarpia shows Tosca a painted fan and gets her to believe her lover Cavaradossi may have another woman. As she departs, Scarpia orders his men to track her so they can find Cavaradossi and arrest him. This plan is used to set up Scarpia's [[ScarpiaUltimatum real plan]].

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* In ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', Scarpia shows Tosca a painted fan and gets her to believe her lover Cavaradossi may have another woman. As she departs, Scarpia orders his men to track her so they can find Cavaradossi and arrest him. This plan is used to set up Scarpia's [[ScarpiaUltimatum real plan]].plan]] of [[SexualExtortion extorting sex from her]] in exchange for Cavaradossi's life.
31st May '17 2:10:06 PM Dravencour
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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has one guy near Goodsprings who begs you to save his girlfriend from mutant Geckos. Turns out, the geckos are keeping him from looting a camp at the top of a hill.

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** An early quest in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has one guy near Goodsprings who begs you to save his girlfriend from mutant Geckos. Turns out, out there was no girlfriend and that the geckos are were keeping him from looting a camp at the top of a hill.hill. His mistake was assuming that he could get rid of someone who's just cleared out a hillful of Geckos.
31st May '17 2:05:42 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', Scarpia shows Tosca a painted fan and gets her to believe her lover Cavaradossi may have another woman. As she departs, Scarpia orders his men to track her so they can find Cavaradossi and arrest him.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', Scarpia shows Tosca a painted fan and gets her to believe her lover Cavaradossi may have another woman. As she departs, Scarpia orders his men to track her so they can find Cavaradossi and arrest him. This plan is used to set up Scarpia's [[ScarpiaUltimatum real plan]].
8th May '17 9:30:45 PM AthenaBlue
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** To elaborate: Jinnai spread word that he and his Buggrom forces had already discovered the island's location and were en route to unseal the Demon God: Ifurita; knowing full well they couldn't take the chance of him getting to her first. Which is why he had his communication network spy on Roshtaria and report back to him regularly. When they informed him that Makoto and entourege had departed for the island "as well", to stop him, he knew they'd [[SchmuckBait taken the bait.]] All he had to do, was follow them there.
* This is exactly how the Blue Guardians found the Resistance's hideout in ''Manga/RaveMaster.''

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** To elaborate: Jinnai spread word that he and his Buggrom forces had already discovered the island's location and were en route to unseal the Demon God: Ifurita; knowing full well they couldn't take the chance of him getting to her first. Which is why he had his communication network spy on Roshtaria and report back to him regularly. When they informed him that Makoto and entourege had departed for the island "as well", to stop him, he knew they'd [[SchmuckBait taken the bait.]] All he had to do, do was follow them there.
* This is exactly how the Blue Guardians found the Resistance's hideout in ''Manga/RaveMaster.''
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* This is exactly how the Blue Guardians found the Resistance's hideout in ''Manga/RaveMaster''.



* In the French comic ''ComicBook/BarbeRouge'', a villain claims to have buried the title character (a pirate captain) alive with his treasure. Barbe Rouge's son Eric, the only other one to know where the treasure is, goes straight to the secret cache, with the villain following him.
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' Vol. 6 #1, ''"American Dreamers, part one"'', Cap, Sharon, ComicBook/NickFury and Dum-Dum Dugan go to visit Jimmy Jupiter, a WW2 metahuman who's just woken from a coma he's been in since the war. Unfortunatly, HYDRA are after Jupiter too, and they follow the heroes straight to him, allowing them to kidnap the old man.



* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' Vol. 6 #1, ''"American Dreamers, part one"'', Cap, Sharon, ComicBook/NickFury and Dum-Dum Dugan go to visit Jimmy Jupiter, a WW2 metahuman who's just woken from a coma he's been in since the war. Unfortunatly, HYDRA are after Jupiter too, and they follow the heroes straight to him, allowing them to kidnap the old man.
* In the French comic ''ComicBook/BarbeRouge'', a villain claims to have buried the title character (a pirate captain) alive with his treasure. Barbe Rouge's son Eric, the only other one to know where the treasure is, goes straight to the secret cache, with the villain following him.



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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/ANewHope'', Grand Moff Tarkin's plan to find the Rebel base is to let the heroes escape the Death Star with token resistance, and then follow the homing beacon planted on their ship. It works perfectly. What happens afterwards, not so much. Which is strange, because Leia '''says''' that [[GenreSavvy their escape was too easy]] and says that the Imperials are probably tracking the ship, but takes no steps to find any tracking device. Though she was planning to blow up the Death Star at that point, so in a way she was inverting the trap.

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ANewHope'', Grand Moff Tarkin's plan to find the Rebel base is to let the heroes escape the Death Star with token resistance, and then follow the homing beacon planted on their ship. It works perfectly. What happens afterwards, not so much. Which is strange, because Leia '''says''' that [[GenreSavvy their escape was too easy]] and says that the Imperials are probably tracking the ship, but takes no steps to find any tracking device. Though she was planning to blow up the Death Star at that point, so in a way she was inverting the trap.



* The protagonist of ''Literature/BlackMan'' does this as a standard tactic.



* The protagonist of ''Literature/BlackMan'' does this as a standard tactic.



** In "6,741," [[spoiler:Samaritan lets Shaw go in order for her to lead them to the heroes' hideout. It's all virtual, so when she realizes she's playing into Samaritan's hands and kills herself, they can just reset the simulation and try again.]]

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** In "6,741," "6,741", [[spoiler:Samaritan lets Shaw go in order for her to lead them to the heroes' hideout. It's all virtual, so when she realizes she's playing into Samaritan's hands and kills herself, they can just reset the simulation and try again.]]



* ''Franchise/CommandAndConquer'':
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', Soviet forces capture Albert Einstein and spread the rumor that they're about to execute him, so the Allies will rescue him and they'll follow with a hidden bug.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', when Umagon escapes, Slavik keeps Oxanna from attempting to pursue her, explaining she's bugged and will lead them right to the mutant headout.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Desperados}}'' in order to locate the hidden lair of the gang lord Sanches, the heroes infiltrate his outpost and steal all the horses but one from it. One of the thugs goes back to the HQ for more, with the Desperados hot on his trail.
* This is kinda what happens in the end of ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'': Kian is on the mission to find and assassinate April, so it's only natural that he'd look for the rebel camp she is staying in. However, it turns out that on the way, [[spoiler:he decided to join the rebels]], so when he finally finds April, [[spoiler:he is on her side]]. Unfortunately for them, Kian's superior suspected something like that and had Kian followed, so his troops ''also'' find the camp... It doesn't end well.



* Happens in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', when TheDitz isn't careful about who's following him [[spoiler:Except its actually part of a villan's EvilPlan who was merely using ObfuscatingStupidity, eliminating your village, wiping out rival cultists, and drawing the village leader out of hiding all in one stroke.]]
* This is kinda what happens in the end of ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'': Kian is on the mission to find and assassinate April, so it's only natural that he'd look for the rebel camp she is staying in. However, it turns out that on the way, [[spoiler:he decided to join the rebels]], so when he finally finds April, [[spoiler:he is on her side]]. Unfortunately for them, Kian's superior suspected something like that and had Kian followed, so his troops ''also'' find the camp... It doesn't end well.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard discovers the location of the Illusive Man's main Cerberus base because of the tracker Miranda managed to plant on Kai Leng after he attacked her.



* In ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' when [[spoiler: Glitch brings Dr. Exavolt to the safety of the rebel base he revels himself to be evil and signals the enemy forces to his location.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Dr. Exavolt:''']] Our plan has worked to utter perfection. Not only have I located the droid rebel command center, I am standing in the middle of it! ''You may initiate the invasion''.\\
'''Alloy:''' [[OhCrap Ahhh dammit]], we've been had!



* ''VideoGame/JediOutcast'' has [[BigBad Desann]] needing the Valley of the Jedi for his plans. The only thing is, only one person alive in the entire galaxy knows where it is, Kyle Katarn, [[RetiredBadass a former Jedi who cut himself off from the Force]]. Desann [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats Kyle within an inch of his life]] and makes him think his LoveInterest is dead so Kyle will go to the Valley to reconnect himself to the Force. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It works, and Desann now has an army of Force-users at his disposal.]]

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* ''VideoGame/JediOutcast'' has [[BigBad Desann]] needing In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard discovers the Valley location of the Jedi for his plans. The only thing is, only one person alive in Illusive Man's main Cerberus base because of the entire galaxy knows where it is, Kyle Katarn, [[RetiredBadass a former Jedi who cut himself off from the Force]]. Desann [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats Kyle within an inch of his life]] and makes him think his LoveInterest is dead so Kyle will go tracker Miranda managed to plant on Kai Leng after he attacked her.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' when [[spoiler: Glitch brings Dr. Exavolt
to the Valley to reconnect safety of the rebel base he revels himself to be evil and signals the Force. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It works, enemy forces to his location.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Dr. Exavolt:''']] Our plan has worked to utter perfection. Not only have I located the droid rebel command center, I am standing in the middle of it! ''You may initiate the invasion''.\\
'''Alloy:''' [[OhCrap Ahhh dammit]], we've been had!
* In ''VideoGame/MySimsAgents'', Morcubus uses the heroes --
and Desann now has an army a [[spoiler:tracking device hidden in Dr. Gray's journal]] -- to find the Nightmare Crown. He admits that they were doing such a good job of Force-users at his disposal.]]finding clues to its location that he decided to let them do the work.



* In ''VideoGame/MySimsAgents'', Morcubus uses the heroes -- and a [[spoiler:tracking device hidden in Dr. Gray's journal]] -- to find the Nightmare Crown. He admits that they were doing such a good job of finding clues to its location that he decided to let them do the work.

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* In ''VideoGame/MySimsAgents'', Morcubus uses Happens in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', when TheDitz isn't careful about who's following him [[spoiler:Except it's actually part of a villain's EvilPlan who was merely using ObfuscatingStupidity, eliminating your village, wiping out rival cultists, and drawing the heroes -- village leader out of hiding all in one stroke.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** ''VideoGame/JediOutcast'' has [[BigBad Desann]] needing the Valley of the Jedi for his plans. The only thing is, only one person alive in the entire galaxy knows where it is, Kyle Katarn, [[RetiredBadass a former Jedi who cut himself off from the Force]]. Desann [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats Kyle within an inch of his life]]
and a [[spoiler:tracking device hidden in Dr. Gray's journal]] -- makes him think his LoveInterest is dead so Kyle will go to find the Nightmare Crown. He admits that they were doing such a good job of finding clues Valley to its location that he decided reconnect himself to let them do the work.Force. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It works, and Desann now has an army of Force-users at his disposal.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{Desperados}}'' in order to locate the hidden lair of the gang lord Sanches, the heroes infiltrate his outpost and steal all the horses but one from it. One of the thugs goes back to the HQ for more, with the Desperados hot on his trail.
* ''Franchise/CommandAndConquer'':
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', Soviet forces capture Albert Einstein and spread the rumor that they're about to execute him, so the Allies will rescue him and they'll follow with a hidden bug.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', when Umagon escapes, Slavik keeps Oxanna from attempting to pursue her, explaining she's bugged and will lead them right to the mutant headout.
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