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19th Feb '17 7:57:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', it turns out that the ''entire'' [[TheHunter CCG]] has been this all along. Not only has the [[TheClan Washuu Clan]] been conspiring with a ghoul organization all along, but [[spoiler: they are ''themselves'' secretly a family of ghouls]]. The {{Knight Templar}}s and [[VanHelsingHateCrimes sadistic ghoul-haters]] of the organization have been fighting and dying on the orders of ghouls ''all along''. All to maintain an endless conflict between the two species, and keep these two groups in power.

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', it turns out that the ''entire'' [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] has been this all along. Not only has the [[TheClan Washuu Clan]] been conspiring with a ghoul organization all along, but [[spoiler: they are ''themselves'' secretly a family of ghouls]]. The {{Knight Templar}}s and [[VanHelsingHateCrimes sadistic ghoul-haters]] of the organization have been fighting and dying on the orders of ghouls ''all along''. All to maintain an endless conflict between the two species, and keep these two groups in power.
14th Feb '17 9:33:13 PM babyhenchy1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation 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.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation [[TheDragon Princess Azula 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.
-->'''Long Feng:''' [[OutGambitted You've beaten at my own game.]]\\
'''Azula:''' Don't flatter yourself. [[MagnificentBastard You were never even a player]].
28th Jan '17 11:44:05 PM babyhenchy1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation 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 realizes this, she's already turned his own men against him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation 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 realizes this, she's realized she was playing him, she had already turned his own men against him.
28th Jan '17 11:43:20 PM babyhenchy1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] thought he was using Fire Nation 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 realizes this, she's already turned his own men against him.
11th Jan '17 4:43:27 PM infernape612
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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]], 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 {{FlatCharacter}}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]], 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 {{FlatCharacter}}s.{{Flat Character}}s.
10th Dec '16 1:12:11 PM Kakai
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* Jean de Vrailly of ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' is trying to save the kingdom of Alba under the advice of his guardian angel. Predictably, the angel is not what it says it is, and it's playing de Vrailly like a fiddle for its own purposes.
4th Dec '16 12:37:20 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Comicbook/DoctorOctopus to Comicbook/LexLuthor. Lex tricked Doc Ock into helping him destroy Franchise/{{Superman}}. He pretended it was a partnership between equals, but Ock was kind of Lex's hired muscle, and Lex planned to betray Otto all along.
2nd Dec '16 2:01:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' [[HumanoidAbomination Alex]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Mercer]] spends most of the game unknowingly aiding the plans of people who want him dead. [[spoiler: First, he frees Elizabeth Greene, thinking she's just another victim. As it turns out, she's the HiveQueen behind the virus. Then, he tries to help his ex-girlfriend, Karen Parker, by providing her with biological materials from the infected. As it turns out [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] has coerced her into working for them, and that genetic material Alex collected gets turned into a parasite which almost kills him. Then, Blackwatch Captain Cross tricks him into going to a location where they hit him with both [[DeadlyGas Bloodtox]] and [[SuperSoldier D-Codes]]. Finally, the Supreme Hunter consumes Cross, and uses that form to get Alex to kill off the Blackwatch leadership, and in an attempt to catch Alex off-guard so that the Hunter might eat him]]. Our sociopathic hero manages to overcome all this because he's a {{Badass}}, but he does come across as a bit of a gullible idiot.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' [[HumanoidAbomination Alex]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Mercer]] spends most of the game unknowingly aiding the plans of people who want him dead. [[spoiler: First, he frees Elizabeth Greene, thinking she's just another victim. As it turns out, she's the HiveQueen behind the virus. Then, he tries to help his ex-girlfriend, Karen Parker, by providing her with biological materials from the infected. As it turns out [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] has coerced her into working for them, and that genetic material Alex collected gets turned into a parasite which almost kills him. Then, Blackwatch Captain Cross tricks him into going to a location where they hit him with both [[DeadlyGas Bloodtox]] and [[SuperSoldier D-Codes]]. Finally, the Supreme Hunter consumes Cross, and uses that form to get Alex to kill off the Blackwatch leadership, and in an attempt to catch Alex off-guard so that the Hunter might eat him]]. Our sociopathic hero manages to overcome all this because he's a {{Badass}}, badass, but he does come across as a bit of a gullible idiot.
19th Nov '16 4:43:28 AM bwburke94
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** The recent season of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' was ''full'' of {{Unwitting Pawn}}s. Most of Foa-Foa and practically ''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 that 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).
** Russell pulls this off ''again'' in ''Heroes vs. Villains,'' this time using [[JerkJock Tyson]] to break up what should have been a foolproof plan to get either himself or Parvati out of the game by tricking him into switching his vote to Parvati, which broke up the even distribution of votes that Boston Rob's alliance would have used to get either Russell or Parvati out depending on who Russell used his Hidden Immunity Idol on. Instead, Russell uses it on Parvati, who now has four votes to Russell's two... and Tyson's three. That's right, [[WhatAnIdiot Tyson not only screwed up Rob's plan but ended up getting ''himself'' voted out of the game.]] Ouch.

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** The recent ''Samoa'' season of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' was ''full'' '''full''' of {{Unwitting Pawn}}s. Most of Foa-Foa Foa Foa and practically almost ''every'' member of Galu Galu, ''except'' Brett and possibly Kelly and Monica 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 that 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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** Russell pulls this off ''again'' in ''Heroes vs. Villains,'' Villains'', this time using [[JerkJock Tyson]] to break up what should have been a foolproof plan to get either himself Russell or Parvati out of the game by tricking him into switching his vote to Parvati, which broke up the even distribution of votes that Boston Rob's alliance would have used to get either Russell or Parvati out depending on who Russell used his Hidden Immunity Idol on. Instead, Russell uses it on with Tyson's vote switched to Parvati, who she now has four votes to Russell's two... and Tyson's three. That's right, [[WhatAnIdiot Tyson not only screwed up Rob's plan but ended up getting ''himself'' voted out of Russell gave the game.]] Ouch.immunity idol to Parvati, and [[RealityShowGenreBlindness bye bye Tyson]].
17th Nov '16 10:53:36 AM ashlay
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** [[spoiler:The main character's rise to fame was orchestrated by TheConspiracy, so that the good guys could eventually become TheScapegoat for all the crimes the villains committed using the MentalWorld of the Palace.]]
** [[spoiler:the heroes and TheConspiracy were both being manipulated by the BigBad, Yaldabaoth the God of Order, who was manipulating both sides to eliminate any "chaotic elements" inside the MentalWorld that would stop him from removing TheEvilsOfFreeWill from the rest of humanity.]]

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** [[spoiler:The main character's characters' rise to fame was orchestrated by TheConspiracy, so that the good guys could eventually become TheScapegoat for all the crimes the villains committed using the MentalWorld of the Palace.]]
** [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:The heroes and TheConspiracy were both being manipulated by the BigBad, Yaldabaoth the God of Order, who was manipulating both sides to eliminate any "chaotic elements" inside the MentalWorld that would stop him from removing TheEvilsOfFreeWill from the rest of humanity.]]
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