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25th Jun '16 12:18:13 PM JackG
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Can be part of ThePlan. See also MacGuffinDeliveryService and RevealingCoverup.

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Can be part of ThePlan. See also MacGuffinDeliveryService and RevealingCoverup.
RevealingCoverup. Related to SpareAMessenger.
17th May '16 12:23:59 PM fdsa1234567890
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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. (This might give the Stormtroopers an excuse [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy for not being able to hit the broad side of a barn]], at least in ''this'' movie; they did it on purpose.)

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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. (This might give Though she was planning to blow up the Stormtroopers an excuse Death Star at that point, so in a way she was inverting the trap.
** This also [[FanWank excuses]] the
[[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy for not being able infamously lousy aim by stormtroopers]]. They were ordered to hit miss so that the broad side of a barn]], at least in ''this'' movie; they did it on purpose.)Rebels would escape.
17th May '16 9:39:46 AM Plactus
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Brotherhood", Shaw captures a GiantMook whom she allows to escape in the hope he'll lead her to Dominic, the unseen leader of the Brotherhood. Instead he leads her to a stash of heroin that she uses to bargain for the release of Reese. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the end of the episode that the mook ''is'' Dominic. He couldn't shake off Shaw's tail, so he lead her to a lesser prize instead.]]

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
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In "Brotherhood", Shaw captures a GiantMook whom she allows to escape in the hope he'll lead her to Dominic, the unseen leader of the Brotherhood. Instead he leads her to a stash of heroin that she uses to bargain for the release of Reese. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the end of the episode that the mook ''is'' Dominic. He couldn't shake off Shaw's tail, so he lead her to a lesser prize instead.]]
** 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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25th Mar '16 9:32:30 PM JackG
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* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Thirteen}}'' does this as a standard tactic.

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* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Thirteen}}'' ''Literature/BlackMan'' does this as a standard tactic.
25th Mar '16 9:30:53 PM JackG
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* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Thirteen}}'' does this as a standard tactic.
12th Jan '16 2:39:32 PM StFan
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* An example from ''SinCity'': While Hartigan is in solitary, he keeps getting letters from Nancy, but she never reveals who she is. One day Hartigan gets a chopped off finger in the mail; thinking it's Nancy's, he agrees to be framed for Roark Jr's crimes just to be let out on parole. First thing he does is go to Nancy -- only to find out that Roark had been bluffing... and following him after he left prison.
* In ''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 titular 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.
* SpiderMan does this all the time, having invented small "bugs" called "Spider-Tracers" that he can launch from his webshooters onto a person or vehicle, and then track using his Spider-Sense.

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* In ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', after repeatedly trying to get the location of Marahute's nest out of Cody, [=McLeach=] [[spoiler: lets Cody go with the misinformation that someone else has shot Marahute]], and then proceeds to casually wonder aloud to Joanna what'll become of Marahute's eggs. [[spoiler: Cody then procceds to race off to the nest, unintentionally leading [=McLeach=] to it.]]

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* An example from ''SinCity'': ''ComicBook/SinCity'': While Hartigan is in solitary, he keeps getting letters from Nancy, but she never reveals who she is. One day Hartigan gets a chopped off finger in the mail; thinking it's Nancy's, he agrees to be framed for Roark Jr's crimes just to be let out on parole. First thing he does is go to Nancy -- only to find out that Roark had been bluffing... and following him after he left prison.
* In ''CaptainAmerica'' ''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 titular 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.
* SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan does this all the time, having invented small "bugs" called "Spider-Tracers" that he can launch from his webshooters onto a person or vehicle, and then track using his Spider-Sense.

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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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* In ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', after repeatedly trying to get the location of Marahute's nest out of Cody, [=McLeach=] [[spoiler: lets [[spoiler:lets Cody go with the misinformation that someone else has shot Marahute]], and then proceeds to casually wonder aloud to Joanna what'll become of Marahute's eggs. [[spoiler: Cody [[spoiler:Cody then procceds to race off to the nest, unintentionally leading [=McLeach=] to it.]]




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* Parodied in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''. The heroes have Reinfield released so that they may follow him to his masters 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.
-->'''Van Helsing''': Gentlemen, we are in luck.
-->'''Steward''': How so?
-->'''Van Helsing''': He's an ''imbecile''.

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* Parodied in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''. The heroes have Reinfield released so that they may follow him to his masters 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.
-->'''Van Helsing''': Helsing:''' Gentlemen, we are in luck.
-->'''Steward''':
luck.\\
'''Steward:'''
How so?
-->'''Van Helsing''':
so?\\
'''Van Helsing:'''
He's an ''imbecile''.



-->'''Will''' (''with more pity than malice'') Blind old fool led 'em straight to us.
* In ''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. (This might give the Stormtroopers an excuse [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy for not being able to hit the broad side of a barn]], at least in ''this'' movie; they did it on purpose.)
*** FridgeBrilliance: Just because she was savvy enough to know they were being tracked doesn't mean she could do much about it. She didn't know the ship, and there were probably ''thousands'' of places on-board the ''Falcon'' where the beacon could have been hidden. And with the Imperials hot on their tail, they didn't have the time to look for it.
*** Plus, if the plan was going to work, they would have to attack the Death Star at some point. Easier, if riskier, for the Rebels to draw it to where their forces were now than spend months or even years scouring the galaxy for it, in which time it could do untold amounts of damage.

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-->'''Will''' -->'''Will:''' (''with more pity than malice'') Blind old fool led 'em straight to us.
* In ''StarWars'': ''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.
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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. (This might give the Stormtroopers an excuse [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy for not being able to hit the broad side of a barn]], at least in ''this'' movie; they did it on purpose.)
*** FridgeBrilliance: Just because she was savvy enough to know they were being tracked doesn't mean she could do much about it. She didn't know the ship, and there were probably ''thousands'' of places on-board the ''Falcon'' where the beacon could have been hidden. And with the Imperials hot on their tail, they didn't have the time to look for it.
*** Plus, if the plan was going to work, they would have to attack the Death Star at some point. Easier, if riskier, for the Rebels to draw it to where their forces were now than spend months or even years scouring the galaxy for it, in which time it could do untold amounts of damage.
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': In the 2008 story, a BrainwashedAndCrazy Matoran is captured and "overhears" the Toa planning to attack the [[BigBad Makuta's]] lair. He "escapes" and flies off to warn them. He is so focused on the praise he will get that he does not notice the Toa following him. When he tells one of them, the Makuta replied, "The Toa Nuva? You mean ''those'' Toa Nuva? The ones you lead here?"
* Done several times in ''FanFic/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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* 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 onces, 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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\n[[AC:Other]]\n* ''{{Bionicle}}'': In the 2008 story, a BrainwashedAndCrazy Matoran is captured and "overhears" the Toa planning to attack the [[BigBad Makuta's]] lair. He "escapes" and flies off to warn them. He is so focused on the praise he will get that he does not notice the Toa following him. When he tells one of them, the Makuta replied, "The Toa Nuva? You mean ''those'' Toa Nuva? The ones you lead here?"\n* Done several times in ''FanFic/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.\n\n[[AC:TabletopGames]]\n[[/folder]]

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* 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 onces, 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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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' this happens to Herbert "Daring" Dashwood, leading the slavers to Rockopolis. Earlier in the series, 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.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': In the 2008 story, a BrainwashedAndCrazy Matoran is captured and "overhears" the Toa planning to attack the [[BigBad Makuta's]] lair. He "escapes" and flies off to warn them. He is so focused on the praise he will get that he does not notice the Toa following him. When he tells one of them, the Makuta replied, "The Toa Nuva? You mean ''those'' Toa Nuva? The ones you lead here?"
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* ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' this happens to Herbert "Daring" Dashwood, leading the slavers to Rockopolis. Earlier in the series, 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.



* The [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] to the first ''VideoGame/{{Halo|Combat Evolved}}'' game, the Earth commanders specifically try to avert this so no alien ship can find Earth. For instance, a badly battered ship could not go to Earth for safe haven without making a number of random Slipspace jumps in other directions first to throw them off the track.
** The humans never do lead the Covenant to Earth. However, the Covenant stumble upon Earth while searching for something else. [[spoiler: Because the humans had been spending the last decade or two fortifying their homeworld, they caught the Covenant unprepared. However, once the Covenant realized what they had found, it went badly for the humans.]]

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* The [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] to the first ''VideoGame/{{Halo|Combat Evolved}}'' game, the Earth commanders specifically try to avert this so no alien ship can find Earth. For instance, a badly battered ship could not go to Earth for safe haven without making a number of random Slipspace jumps in other directions first to throw them off the track.
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track. The humans never do lead the Covenant to Earth. However, the Covenant stumble upon Earth while searching for something else. [[spoiler: Because [[spoiler:Because the humans had been spending the last decade or two fortifying their homeworld, they caught the Covenant unprepared. However, once the Covenant realized what they had found, it went badly for the humans.]]




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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon and Redcloak arrange for paladin Miko Miyazaki to escape from a brief captivity in order to act as their mole in Azure City via scrying. Using this trick, they are able to determine the precise location of the Gate they are trying to capture. Later, Tarquin pulls this on Elan - the carpet he gave him has a tracking rune.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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Xykon and Redcloak arrange for paladin Miko Miyazaki to escape from a brief captivity in order to act as their mole in Azure City via scrying. Using this trick, they are able to determine the precise location of the Gate they are trying to capture. capture.
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Later, Tarquin pulls this on Elan - -- the carpet he gave him has a tracking rune.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Batman sets up a {{Mook}} into thinking that he killed Batman through dumb luck. It turns out, by the end of the episode, that the whole thing was an BatmanGambit on Batman's part to find Rupert Thorne's current hideout. He figured, correctly, that "the crook who killed Batman" would eventually become infamous enough that Thorne would grant him an audience.
** [[spoiler: A good example of how to properly do a gambit, as Batman had to go through a LOT of effort to keep this mook alive!]]
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' where Hordak and She-Ra are literally trudging between realities, in that they are both lost as lost gets. Hordak snarks to that effect, saying it reminds him of his stint in the Horde Scouts--"We didn't know where we ''were'', where we were ''going'', of what we were supposed to ''do'' when we got there ''then'', either!"

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Batman sets up a {{Mook}} into thinking that he killed Batman through dumb luck. It turns out, by the end of the episode, that the whole thing was is an BatmanGambit on Batman's part to find Rupert Thorne's current hideout. He figured, correctly, that "the crook who killed Batman" would eventually become infamous enough that Thorne would grant him an audience.
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audience. [[spoiler:A good example of how to properly do a gambit, as Batman had to go through a LOT of effort to keep this mook alive!]]
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' where Hordak and She-Ra are literally trudging between realities, in that they are both lost as lost gets. Hordak snarks to that effect, saying it reminds him of his stint in the Horde Scouts--"We Scouts -- "We didn't know where we ''were'', where we were ''going'', of what we were supposed to ''do'' when we got there ''then'', either!"
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* ''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.
6th Nov '15 5:50:52 PM nombretomado
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* This is exactly how the Blue Guardians found the Resistance's hideout in ''RaveMaster.''

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* This is exactly how the Blue Guardians found the Resistance's hideout in ''RaveMaster.''Manga/RaveMaster.''
5th Nov '15 5:59:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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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 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 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 it.
2nd Nov '15 1:16:18 PM FF32
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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 hideout at dawn, which causes Quasimodo and Phoebus to find the Court of Miracles thanks to [[ChekovsGun 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 hideout at dawn, which causes Quasimodo and Phoebus to find the Court of Miracles thanks to [[ChekovsGun [[ChekhovsGun a necklace Esmerelda gave Quasimodo earlier]].]]
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