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6th Dec '17 10:12:50 AM jenngra505
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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with Kevin Grumbles that he can make Homestar say something intelligent. In desperation, he tries saying something nonsensical (''[[WordSalad "I say there, Homestar...butt's twelve by pies?"]]''); as it turns out, Homestar apparently made his ''own'' bet with Kevin Grumbles that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid, and Strong Bad just won it for him. The real kicker is that Kevin actually wanted Strong Bad to make Homestar say something ''stupid'', but Strong Bad thought that too little challenge. Perhaps he should've asked an insultingly simple math question. He could have at least gotten Coulomb's law out of it. He also gets suckered in the game ''[[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Strong Badia the Free]]''. [[spoiler: He spends the entire game trying to become the new king, only to find out that it was all a ploy by the King of Town to get Strong Bad stuck in the castle and the King in Strong Bad's position.]]

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with Kevin Grumbles that he can make Homestar say something intelligent. In desperation, he tries saying something nonsensical (''[[WordSalad "I say there, Homestar...butt's twelve by pies?"]]''); as it turns out, Homestar apparently made his ''own'' bet with Kevin Grumbles that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid, and Strong Bad just won it for him. The real kicker is that Kevin actually wanted Strong Bad to make Homestar say something ''stupid'', but Strong Bad thought that was too little of a challenge. Perhaps he should've asked an insultingly simple math question. He could have at least gotten Coulomb's law out of it. He also gets suckered in the game ''[[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Strong Badia the Free]]''. [[spoiler: He spends the entire game trying to become the new king, only to find out that it was all a ploy by the King of Town to get Strong Bad stuck in the castle and the King in Strong Bad's position.]]
24th Nov '17 3:45:03 PM MyFinalEdits
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* In the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', this is pretty much the standard MO of the Barians (especially Gilag); they brainwash one or more duelists, then give them a powerful Spell Card called "Rank-Up Magic - Barian's Force" which can be used to summon powerful monsters called "Chaos Xyzs", which they also provide. This plan never worked (and in Gilag's case, almost got him killed when it went wrong), and it took a long time for it to sink in that they should try something different. (But in their defense, eventually they did.)
** [[spoiler: Except Vector who masqueraded as a student named "Rei Shingetsu" and [[BatmanGambit played Yuma like a fiddle. Giving him some card (Number 66 to lure him and several V cards and Rank Up Magic - Limited Barian's Force to use against him with Vain - Sneer of Betrayal).]]]]

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* In the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', this is pretty much the standard MO of the Barians (especially Gilag); they brainwash one or more duelists, then give them a powerful Spell Card called "Rank-Up Magic - Barian's Force" which can be used to summon powerful monsters called "Chaos Xyzs", which they also provide. This plan never worked (and in Gilag's case, almost got him killed when it went wrong), and it took a long time for it to sink in that they should try something different. (But in their defense, eventually they did.)
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) [[spoiler: Except Vector who masqueraded as a student named "Rei Shingetsu" and [[BatmanGambit played Yuma like a fiddle. Giving him some card (Number 66 to lure him and several V cards and Rank Up Magic - Limited Barian's Force to use against him with Vain - Sneer of Betrayal).]]]]



** A lot of villains like to trick Touma and others into defeating their enemies for them.



* In ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'', pretty much ''the entire cast'' -- from Trixie (who he himself [[DrivenToMadness drove insane]]) to the Princesses themselves -- end up manipulated by [[BigBad Herald]] as part of his plan to bring about the summoning of the [[SealedEvilInACan Outer Gods]].

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* In ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'', pretty much ''the entire cast'' -- from Trixie (who he himself [[DrivenToMadness drove insane]]) to the Princesses themselves -- end up manipulated by [[BigBad Herald]] as part of his plan to bring about the summoning of the [[SealedEvilInACan Outer Gods]].



* In the words of [[spoiler: the fake]] Mad-Eye Moody in the fourth ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Goblet of Fire}}'' book,

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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In the words of [[spoiler: the fake]] Mad-Eye Moody in the fourth ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire}}'' book,Fire]]'', after having tricked Harry into winning the Triwizard Tournament just to lure him into the whereabouts of Voldemort:



** [[spoiler:Ginny Weasley]] in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', though she eventually became suspicious and [[spoiler:tried unsuccessfully to destroy the diary.]]
** Harry Potter himself in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', when Voldemort tricks him into going to the Department of Mysteries. Especially notable given that he told Snape (who at this point he believed loyal to Dumbledore) that he'd had a vision of Sirius in danger there, [[IdiotBall and still rushes in to do the Dark Lord's dirty work for him]].
** This hits Harry ''hard'' in books 4 and 5. Given [[DownerEnding how badly these stories ended for everyone]], the best thing Harry could have done was ''nothing''.
** Ultimately, [[spoiler: almost every major character in the series is revealed to be, to some extent, pawns for either Dumbledore or Voldemort (or ''both''). It's ultimately revealed that their decades-long game of wits to destroy each other is effectively the central keystone of the series. Harry himself is pretty much the ultimate piece in the game, being played by both sides at various points. Snape, however, is a willing pawn for Dumbledore]].

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** [[spoiler:Ginny Weasley]] in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', though she eventually became becomes suspicious and [[spoiler:tried [[spoiler:tries unsuccessfully to destroy the diary.]]
** Harry Potter himself in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', when Voldemort tricks him into going to the Department of Mysteries. Mysteries by making him believe falsely that Sirius Black was in danger. Especially notable given that he told tells Snape (who at this point he believed believes loyal to Dumbledore) that he'd had a the vision of Sirius in danger there, [[IdiotBall and still rushes in to do the Dark Lord's dirty work for him]].
** This hits
him]] (in fact, [[spoiler:Sirius dies ''because'' he goes there to aid Harry ''hard'' in books 4 and 5. Given [[DownerEnding how badly these stories ended for everyone]], the best thing Harry could have done was ''nothing''.
is killed by Bellatrix]]).
** Ultimately, [[spoiler: almost every major character in the series is revealed to be, to some extent, pawns for either Dumbledore or Voldemort (or ''both''). It's ultimately revealed that their decades-long game of wits to destroy each other is effectively the central keystone of the series. Harry himself is pretty much the ultimate piece in the game, being played by both sides at various points. Snape, however, is a willing pawn for Dumbledore]].



* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder and Scully. It's pretty much their job description.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder and Scully. It's pretty much their job description.



* 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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* In ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' trilogy, pretty much everyone who isn't [[MagnificentBastard Zero]] or willingly working for Zero is this to some extent. Special mentions:
24th Nov '17 2:48:04 PM JJHIL325
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** This hits Harry ''hard'' in books 4 and 5. Given how badly these stories ended for everyone, the best thing Harry could have done was ''nothing''.

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** This hits Harry ''hard'' in books 4 and 5. Given [[DownerEnding how badly these stories ended for everyone, everyone]], the best thing Harry could have done was ''nothing''.
11th Nov '17 9:31:40 AM babyhenchy1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] to regain control of the Earth Kingdom capital, Ba Sing Se. In reality, she was using ''him'' to take control of it for the Fire Nation. By the time he realized she was playing him, she had already turned his own men against him. When he admits defeat, [[WorthyOpponent obviously impressed]], she rubs salt in the wound by indicating this was all he was to her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] to regain control of the Earth Kingdom capital, Ba Sing Se. In reality, she was using ''him'' to take control of it for the Fire Nation. By the time he realized she was playing him, she had already turned his own men against him. When he admits defeat, [[WorthyOpponent obviously impressed]], impressed at her]], she rubs salt in the wound by indicating this was all he was to her.
11th Nov '17 9:30:43 AM babyhenchy1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] to regain control of the Earth Kingdom capital, Ba Sing Se. In reality, she was using ''him'' to take control of it for the Fire Nation. By the time he realized she was playing him, she had already turned his own men against him. When he admits defeat, she rubs salt in the wound by indicating this was all he was to her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] to regain control of the Earth Kingdom capital, Ba Sing Se. In reality, she was using ''him'' to take control of it for the Fire Nation. By the time he realized she was playing him, she had already turned his own men against him. When he admits defeat, [[WorthyOpponent obviously impressed]], she rubs salt in the wound by indicating this was all he was to her.
17th Oct '17 7:00:53 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' backstory, Barenziah, while she was Queen of Morrowind, was one to "the Nightingale" (who was either ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' BigBad [[EvilSorcerer Jagar Tharn]] or his agent, Drayven Indoril, sources are unclear). The Nightingale used her attraction to him in order to acquire the Staff of Chaos. She would, however, work to make things right, using Jagar Tharn's [[LoveMakesYouDumb attraction to her]] in order to get close enough to him to decipher his notes and send them as clues to the people working against him.
13th Oct '17 9:14:59 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] gets hit with this especially bad. In the main game's main quest, there is evidence that you are this to the Daedric Prince Azura. Depending on your interpretation of events, there is no true "[[TheChosenOne Chosen One]]", merely [[MultipleChoiceChosen people who could be]], and she has shoe-horned you into that role in order to cast down [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]]. This happens again in the ''Tribunal'' expansion, where one member of the [[BroughtDownToBadass depowered]] Tribunal, [[spoiler:Almalexia]], has gone insane from the loss of divine power and is trying to get you killed by giving you an [[TreacherousQuestGiver increasingly difficult series of quests]] which cross the MoralEventHorizon and just keep going. Whether your character is aware of this or not isn't elaborated upon, but you have been asked to go along with it by the [[MagnificentBastard King of Morrowind]] regardless. When the villain finally resorts to taking you out personally, [[spoiler:she goes into a long monologue about how [[AxeCrazy nutty she is]] and how [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stupid you are]]]].

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Morrowind]]'':
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[[PlayerCharacter the The Nerevarine]] gets hit with this especially bad. In the main game's main quest, there is evidence that you are this to the Daedric Prince Azura. Depending on your interpretation of events, there is no true "[[TheChosenOne Chosen One]]", merely [[MultipleChoiceChosen people who could be]], and she has shoe-horned you into that role in order to cast down [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]]. This happens again in the ''Tribunal'' expansion, where one member of the [[BroughtDownToBadass depowered]] Tribunal, [[spoiler:Almalexia]], has gone insane from the loss of divine power and is trying to get you killed by giving you an [[TreacherousQuestGiver increasingly difficult series of quests]] which cross the MoralEventHorizon and just keep going. Whether your character is aware of this or not isn't elaborated upon, but you have been asked to go along with it by the [[MagnificentBastard King of Morrowind]] regardless. When the villain finally resorts to taking you out personally, [[spoiler:she goes into a long monologue about how [[AxeCrazy nutty she is]] and how [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stupid you are]]]].are]]]].
*** In the backstory, St. Veloth was the legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Chimer]] mystic who led his people [[DefectorFromDecadence away from the decadence]] of the Summerset Isles to their new homeland in Morrowind after [[MissionFromGod receiving visions from the "Good" Daedra]] (Azura, Boethia, and Mephala). Given their other actions and [[ManipulativeBastard propensity toward manipulation]], it is very possible that they deceived Veloth into leading TheMigration of the Chimer for their benefit only.
12th Oct '17 6:48:35 PM MasterN
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** Really, [[spoiler: ALL magical girls are this, since Kyubey tricks them into a MagicallyBindingContract [[MortonsFork that will result in either]] thier death or transformation into a [[EldritchAbomination witch]]]].
** [[spoiler: Homura]] gets this even worse in [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]], wherein [[spoiler: she is turned into an “unborn” witch by Kyubey, then used to trap Madoka and the others inside her barrier.]]
10th Oct '17 3:59:37 AM markband
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4th Oct '17 1:53:05 PM Slaugth324
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Tend to be played by TheChessmaster, logically enough.

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Tend to be played by TheChessmaster, logically enough.
enough. But also the ManipulativeBastard uses them too.
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