History Main / TrickAndFollowPloy

18th Mar '17 12:21:56 AM FordPrefect
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* A common ploy used by the NKVD and then by other Eastern European secret services was to pull in a suspect, give them basic interrogation, then after a short period release them with an apology for having got the wrong person. The suspect would then be followed to see where they went and who else they spoke to, the reasoning being that any friend they spoke to would also be involved an anti-Soviet activity and the initial suspect was warning them. Quite a few arrests would then follow. A nasty variant was to "accidentally" leave the prisoner unattended and their means of leaving the detention centre open and unguarded. If the detainee took the bait, this was then taken as their having escaped from custody - not only proof of guilt but an arrestable offense in itself.

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* A common ploy used by the NKVD and then by other Eastern European secret services was to pull in a suspect, give them basic interrogation, then after a short period release them with an apology for having got the wrong person. The suspect would then be followed to see where they went and who else they spoke to, the reasoning being that any friend they spoke to would also be involved an in anti-Soviet activity and the initial suspect was warning them. Quite a few arrests would then follow. A nasty variant was to "accidentally" leave the prisoner unattended and their means of leaving the detention centre open and unguarded. If the detainee took the bait, this was then taken as their having escaped from custody - not only proof of guilt but an arrestable offense in itself.
12th Mar '17 8:29:17 AM cybertoy0
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* Done by the Foot in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' episode "The Way of Invisibility"; after capturing Raph, Hun allows him to escape, while sending some of the invisible Foottech Ninjas to follow him back to the Turtles' lair. Luckily, the rest of the heroes catch on to what's happening and meet up with Raph before he gets home.
22nd Jan '17 7:52:34 AM Valiona
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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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* 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 proceeds to race off to the nest, unintentionally leading [=McLeach=] to it.]]



** 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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** 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 led her to a lesser prize instead.]]



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



* A common ploy used by the NKVD and then by other Eastern European secret services was to pull in a suspect, give them basic interrogation, then after a short period release them with an apology for having got the wrong person. The suspect would then be followed to see where they went and who else they spoke to, the reasoning being that any friend they spoke to would also be involved an anti-Soviet activity and the initial suspect was warning them. Quite a few arrests would then follow. A nasty variant was to "accidently" leave the prisoner unattended and their means of leaving the detention centre open and unguarded. If the detainee took the bait, this was then taken as their having escaped from custody - not only proof of guilt but an arrestable offence in itself.

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* A common ploy used by the NKVD and then by other Eastern European secret services was to pull in a suspect, give them basic interrogation, then after a short period release them with an apology for having got the wrong person. The suspect would then be followed to see where they went and who else they spoke to, the reasoning being that any friend they spoke to would also be involved an anti-Soviet activity and the initial suspect was warning them. Quite a few arrests would then follow. A nasty variant was to "accidently" "accidentally" leave the prisoner unattended and their means of leaving the detention centre open and unguarded. If the detainee took the bait, this was then taken as their having escaped from custody - not only proof of guilt but an arrestable offence offense in itself.
13th Aug '16 10:44:35 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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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. 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 In the [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] to of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the first ''VideoGame/{{Halo|Combat Evolved}}'' game, the Earth commanders specifically try UNSC has a specific protocol designed 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 any pursuers off the track. The In fact, the humans never do lead the Covenant to Earth. However, the Covenant stumble upon Earth anyways 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.]]
9th Jul '16 2:26:58 PM nombretomado
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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/{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{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?"
1st Jul '16 8:52:17 AM AgProv
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* A common ploy used by the NKVD and then by other Eastern European secret services was to pull in a suspect, give them basic interrogation, then after a short period release them with an apology for having got the wrong person. The suspect would then be followed to see where they went and who else they spoke to, the reasoning being that any friend they spoke to would also be involved an anti-Soviet activity and the initial suspect was warning them. Quite a few arrests would then follow. A nasty variant was to "accidently" leave the prisoner unattended and their means of leaving the detention centre open and unguarded. If the detainee took the bait, this was then taken as their having escaped from custody - not only proof of guilt but an arrestable offence in itself.
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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.
]]
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.
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