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21st Jul '17 1:31:11 PM NNinja
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* [[spoiler:Ace, or Gentarou Hongou]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', [[spoiler:ends up being used by Zero to mop up the other {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who ran the Nonary Game 9 years ago]].
* [[spoiler:Dio, a Free The Soul agent]] from ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', [[spoiler:sent to sabotage the Nonary Game Ambidex version. What he didn't realize was that not only the organizers anticipate his infiltration of the game, it was actually necessary]]. If that's not enough, [[spoiler:revelations in the [[VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma next game]] show he was also Brother's unwitting pawn as well, sent in to deliberately fail without Dio's knowledge]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' trilogy, pretty much everyone who isn't [[MagnificentBastard Zero]] or willingly working for Zero is this to some extent. Special mentions:
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[[spoiler:Ace, or Gentarou Hongou]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', [[spoiler:ends up being used by Zero to mop up the other {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who ran the Nonary Game 9 years ago]].
* ** [[spoiler:Dio, a Free The Soul agent]] from ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', [[spoiler:sent to sabotage the Nonary Game Ambidex version. What he didn't realize was that not only the organizers anticipate his infiltration of the game, it was actually necessary]]. If that's not enough, [[spoiler:revelations in the [[VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma next game]] show he was also Brother's unwitting pawn as well, sent in to deliberately fail without Dio's knowledge]].
15th Jul '17 4:34:04 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvilForcesOfEvil'' has an interesting variation in that a villain is used as a pawn for another: that being Ludo being used as a tool and puppet by [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Toffee of Septarsis]]]]
13th Jul '17 2:39:23 PM JayTDawgzone
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* In ''Film/AM1200'', Sam Larson becomes aware that [[spoiler:he is this to a cosmic entity lurking within a mysterious radio station]].
11th Jul '17 11:03:28 AM gb00393
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** House Stark's entire conflict with the Lannisters was instigated by Littlefinger, who used the values of both houses to move them against each other (The Starks' HonorBeforeReason and the Lannister's MightMakesRight ethos).

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** House Stark's entire conflict with the Lannisters was instigated by Littlefinger, who used the values of both houses to move them against each other (The Starks' HonorBeforeReason and the Lannister's MightMakesRight ethos). ethos, though the Lannisters comprise of schemers and chessmasters). This war cost the Lannisters a lot of money and thus made them inherit a debt-ridden Kingdom, and then turn on each other when their PuppetKing dies and Tyrion is accused by his own sister with his father's acquiescence.
24th Jun '17 2:16:58 PM harostar
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler: Annie, Reiner, and Bertolt]] are revealed to have been this all along. [[spoiler: As part of Marley's Warrior program, they were raised to believe the people living within the Walls were [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] and a threat to the safety of the entire world. Grisha's backstory includes the creation of the modern program, with the Marleyan government announcing that King Fritz had sent a message threatening to use the Wall Titans to destroy the world. However, Grisha is later told by [[TheMole Kruger]] that there was no such message, because the ruler of the Walls is controlled by the First King's "Will" and cannot act to even defend their people. Marley is actually after the natural resources underneath the Walled territory and wants to exterminate everyone in their way. To this end, they invented the whole "threat" and manipulated children into doing their dirty work. Even worse, Kruger mentions that once Marley has obtained the Founding Titan, they will likely use it to exterminate '''all''' Eldians, including those serving them. As such, the Warriors were tricked into seeking out the Coordinate not to save their people, but to give Marley the means to carry out a FinalSolution]].
14th Jun '17 9:14:58 AM oneuglybunny
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* Kat Vance from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' finds herself in the Quinten Research Laboratory, where she learns the human staff has succumbed to deadly gas that permeated most of the facility. The AIIsACrapshoot prototype computer [=OZ-BASIC=] explains that the fault that caused the tragedy exists in other Quinten facilities, and asks Kat's help in creating an uplink in panel #474, so that others can be forewarned in time. In reality, [=OZ-BASIC=] seeks to take control of the Pipingrad DeathRay satellite, with which to expunge all those that would oppose its EvilOverlord status.
11th Jun '17 4:42:49 PM gb00393
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** At various points, Sansa Stark is this to the Lannisters, the Tyrells, and Littlefinger across Season 3, where without her knowledge, leave alone consent, she is traded as a match, ultimately becoming Tyrion's wife. This is merely the pretext, in turns out that Littlefinger allied himself to the Tyrells and arranged for Joffrey's assassination. Sansa, through a Littlefinger stooge, Ser Dontos, carries a necklace which contains poison and as Tyrion's wife is close enough to be seated on the wedding dais that Olenna could reach her, collect the poison and pass it to Joffrey's cup at the opportune moment. She is "rescued" by Ser Dontos and Littlefinger from the wrath of Cersei, who has put a large bounty on her head.

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** At various points, Sansa Stark is this to the Lannisters, the Tyrells, and Littlefinger across Season 3, where without her knowledge, leave alone consent, she is traded as a match, ultimately becoming Tyrion's wife. This is merely the pretext, in it turns out that Littlefinger allied himself to the Tyrells and arranged for Joffrey's assassination. Sansa, through a Littlefinger stooge, Ser Dontos, carries a necklace which contains poison and as Tyrion's wife is close enough to be seated on the wedding dais that Olenna could reach her, collect the poison and pass it to Joffrey's cup at the opportune moment. She is "rescued" by Ser Dontos and Littlefinger from the wrath of Cersei, who has put a large bounty on her head.


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** The Master Torturer clearly had no idea what kind of game Ramsay was playing, or what role he gave him.
9th Jun '17 2:32:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Though inverted because, even though we the viewers are GenreSavvy, Jigsaw genuinely wants the suckers to live; he doesn't expect them to make the wrong choice and die but he wants them to make the right choice and live, therefore he doesn't do {{Evil Plan}}s. His successors and helpers, however, do seem to want everyone to die, and expect them to do dumb things - which they do. All the time. One can only assume that in universes in which things like ''Saw'' and all such are set, no-one watches thriller/horror movies, because the only GenreSavvy character is often the killer.

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** Though inverted because, even though we the viewers are GenreSavvy, because Jigsaw genuinely wants the suckers to live; he doesn't expect them to make the wrong choice and die but he wants them to make the right choice and live, therefore he doesn't do {{Evil Plan}}s. His successors and helpers, however, do seem to want everyone to die, and expect them to do dumb things - which they do. All the time. One can only assume that in universes in which things like ''Saw'' and all such are set, no-one watches thriller/horror movies, because the only GenreSavvy character is often the killer.



** The ''Samoa'' season was '''full''' of Unwitting Pawns. Most of Foa Foa and almost ''every'' member of Galu, ''except'' Brett and possibly Kelly and Monica, fell into this trope. Knowing that Kelly was just brilliantly blindsided, Monica saw the writing on the wall and just decided to antagonize Russell in the end, and Brett was ''fully aware'' that he couldn't have won because he lost the final immunity challenge. Is it any wonder Russell did so well, what with all the suckers who were practically lining up for the slaughter? (GenreSavvy players would have voted him out ''way'' sooner... or dragged his [[ImNotHeretoMakeFriends arrogant ass]] to the end and made him take all the nasty shots from the angry jury like Natalie did.)

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** The ''Samoa'' season was '''full''' of Unwitting Pawns. Most of Foa Foa and almost ''every'' member of Galu, ''except'' Brett and possibly Kelly and Monica, fell into this trope. Knowing that Kelly was just brilliantly blindsided, Monica saw the writing on the wall and just decided to antagonize Russell in the end, and Brett was ''fully aware'' that he couldn't have won because he lost the final immunity challenge. Is it any wonder Russell did so well, what with all the suckers who were practically lining up for the slaughter? (GenreSavvy players (Players would have voted him out ''way'' sooner... or dragged his [[ImNotHeretoMakeFriends arrogant ass]] to the end and made him take all the nasty shots from the angry jury like Natalie did.)



** Gloriously subverted in Agatio's intro scene in ''The Lost Age'', in which he flat-out tells Alex [[TakeThat to his face]] that [[GenreSavvy he knows he's being used]], and ''just doesn't care'' as long as his goals get accomplished, too. Definitely Agatio's personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome, since he's otherwise one of the flattest major characters in a series known for {{Flat Character}}s.

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** Gloriously subverted in Agatio's intro scene in ''The Lost Age'', in which he flat-out tells Alex [[TakeThat to his face]] that [[GenreSavvy he knows he's being used]], used, and ''just doesn't care'' as long as his goals get accomplished, too. Definitely Agatio's personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome, since he's otherwise one of the flattest major characters in a series known for {{Flat Character}}s.
30th May '17 1:59:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* There is sort of a subversion played on this in ''VideoGame/SpartanTotalWarrior'' The game, like the movie [[ThreeHundred 300]] which it shares many similarities to, consists of ridiculously epic [[ConservationOfNinjutsu One Against Billions]] battles and sweeping, one-button-per-5-victims decapitations like a living lawnmower, all while listening to the god of war Ares's evil laughter and bloodlusty encouragement ("Hahaha, kill and kill again!"). It appears blatantly obvious to anyone familiar with button-mashing spells and swordplay epics that he will turn out to be some sort of enemy in the future, and that his plan all along was to get you to kill every Roman and his mother, but it turns out that it's only half true; [[spoiler:while Ares does indeed to turn out to be the BigBad, your genocide on the Romans was merely a distraction so that your homeland of Sparta could be destroyed while you were away. We are treated to multiple more tropes during Ares's HannibalLecture, such as the fact that he is your [[LukeIAmYourFather father]] and Tiberias was merely a [[TheManBehindTheMan puppet]]. You technically did fulfill his plans for mass murder, but it was of both your enemies AND your friends.]]

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* There is sort of a subversion played on this in ''VideoGame/SpartanTotalWarrior'' The game, like the movie [[ThreeHundred 300]] ''Film/ThreeHundred'' which it shares many similarities to, consists of ridiculously epic [[ConservationOfNinjutsu One Against Billions]] battles and sweeping, one-button-per-5-victims decapitations like a living lawnmower, all while listening to the god of war Ares's evil laughter and bloodlusty encouragement ("Hahaha, kill and kill again!"). It appears blatantly obvious to anyone familiar with button-mashing spells and swordplay epics that he will turn out to be some sort of enemy in the future, and that his plan all along was to get you to kill every Roman and his mother, but it turns out that it's only half true; [[spoiler:while Ares does indeed to turn out to be the BigBad, your genocide on the Romans was merely a distraction so that your homeland of Sparta could be destroyed while you were away. We are treated to multiple more tropes during Ares's HannibalLecture, such as the fact that he is your [[LukeIAmYourFather father]] and Tiberias was merely a [[TheManBehindTheMan puppet]]. You technically did fulfill his plans for mass murder, but it was of both your enemies AND your friends.]]
26th May '17 10:06:20 PM SpocktorWho
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* Both Sam and Dean Winchester on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' have played right into the villains' hands, [[spoiler:making the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse]] possible.]] [[DrivenToSuicide Grief]]-[[HeroicBSOD stricken]] Dean's DealWithTheDevil leads to him [[spoiler:going to hell where he finally gives in to the offer to torture others to spare himself, breaking the first seal holding back [[SealedEvilInACan Lucifer]]]]. Similarly screwed in the head, Sam [[spoiler:is seduced to the TheDarkSide by [[TheMole Ruby]] just enough to get him to kill Lilith, which they all expected to prevent the last seal from being shattered; in reality, she ''was'' the last seal.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero What neat little bookends, guys]].

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
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Both Sam and Dean Winchester on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' have played right into the villains' hands, [[spoiler:making the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse]] possible.]] [[DrivenToSuicide Grief]]-[[HeroicBSOD stricken]] Dean's DealWithTheDevil leads to him [[spoiler:going to hell where he finally gives in to the offer to torture others to spare himself, breaking the first seal holding back [[SealedEvilInACan Lucifer]]]]. Similarly screwed in the head, Sam [[spoiler:is seduced to the TheDarkSide by [[TheMole Ruby]] just enough to get him to kill Lilith, which they all expected to prevent the last seal from being shattered; in reality, she ''was'' the last seal.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero What neat little bookends, guys]].guys]].
** Castiel's extremely straightforward nature unfortunately leaves him rather easily manipulated by other characters, [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil as he doesn't usually anticipate that someone will lie to him]]. [[spoiler:Metatron]] takes full advantage of this in season eight and manages to trick Cas into [[spoiler:helping him with a spell to cast all of the angels out of Heaven]]. Castiel is horrified when he finds out the truth.
** It's also implied that Castiel was this for much of season four. Despite his personal doubts, it seems he just trusted that Heaven was giving him the right orders until he somehow found out that [[spoiler:Heaven had been planning the Apocalypse all along.]] And it's never stated whether his superiors eventually revealed it to him, expecting him to go along with it, or if he figured it out himself.
** Sam becomes this again in season 11, when he prays to God for help and receives visions that he believes are God trying to give him hints. It turns out he ''is'' receiving supernatural visions (not just having weird dreams), but that [[spoiler:they're actually from ''Lucifer'', as a ploy to get him to come back to the Cage in search of a way to defeat the Darkness.]] Sam initially performs [[BatmanGambit exactly as expected]], but then [[spoiler:point-blank refuses to become Lucifer's vessel again, even though it could help defeat the Darkness. Unfortunately, Sam is no longer the only suitable vessel...]]
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