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10th Apr '17 12:33:23 PM BeerBaron
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** In general, ''Elder Scrolls'' protagonists have this happen to them frequently. Then again, the only manipulators who you can't get bloody revenge against in these games are the untouchable Daedric Princes, and they at least compensate you for your work with cool artifacts.
** 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 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 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 general, ''Elder Scrolls'' protagonists [[PlayerCharacter protagonists]] have this happen to them frequently. Then again, Thankfully, the only manipulators who [[AnyoneCanDie you can't get bloody revenge against against]] in these games are the untouchable [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes, Princes]], and they at least compensate you for your work with [[InfinityPlusOneSword cool artifacts.
artifacts]].
** 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 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]]]].
8th Apr '17 2:43:28 PM gb00393
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** Catelyn Stark was a victim Littlefinger's, which hit her hard, as her impulsive reactions to an assassination attempt against Bran with a dagger that belonged to Tyrion and her credulity to an engineered letter sent by Lysa Arryn are two of the major reasons why her house sparks the war with the Lannisters.

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** Catelyn Stark was a victim of Littlefinger's, which hit her hard, as her impulsive reactions to an assassination attempt against Bran with a dagger that belonged to Tyrion and her credulity to an engineered letter sent by Lysa Arryn are two of the major reasons why her house sparks the war with the Lannisters.
8th Apr '17 2:42:43 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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). Catelyn Stark was a particular victim of this, which hit her hard, as her impulsive reactions to an assassination attempt against Bran with a dagger that belonged to Tyrion and her credulity to an engineered letter sent by Lysa Arryn are two of the major reasons why her house sparks the war with the Lannisters.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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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).
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Catelyn Stark was a particular victim of this, Littlefinger's, which hit her hard, as her impulsive reactions to an assassination attempt against Bran with a dagger that belonged to Tyrion and her credulity to an engineered letter sent by Lysa Arryn are two of the major reasons why her house sparks the war with the Lannisters.Lannisters.
** 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.
6th Apr '17 9:29:26 PM nombretomado
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* Vhailor in ''PlanescapeTorment'' by [[spoiler:the Practical Incarntion]]. And then, yourself fall for it, by [[spoiler:the aptly-named Trias the Betrayer]].

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* Vhailor in ''PlanescapeTorment'' ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' by [[spoiler:the Practical Incarntion]]. And then, yourself fall for it, by [[spoiler:the aptly-named Trias the Betrayer]].
29th Mar '17 2:06:05 PM DocJamore
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* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' entire conflict between good guys (IGO) and original bad guys (Gourmet corp) was controlled by [[spoiler:NEO organization]].
** Tons of differenr characters (including [[spoiler:Midora]], both in his youth and in present time) was manipulated by [[spoiler:Acacia and blue nitro]].
** And [[spoiler:Acacia himself]] seems to be manipulated by [[spoiler:blue nitro]]. At this point is difficult to pinpoint ultimate bad guy in all of this.

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* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' entire conflict between good guys (IGO) and original bad guys (Gourmet corp) was controlled by [[spoiler:NEO organization]].
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organization]]. Tons of differenr different characters (including [[spoiler:Midora]], both in his youth and in present time) was manipulated by [[spoiler:Acacia [[spoiler: Acacia and blue nitro]].
** And [[spoiler:Acacia himself]] seems to be manipulated by [[spoiler:blue nitro]]. At this point is difficult to pinpoint ultimate bad guy in all of this.
Blue Nitro]].
25th Mar '17 6:58:08 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Literature/TheRuinsOfAnAmericanPartySystem'', it's eventually revealed that Floyd Olson (otherwise presented as a President Mary Sue), has for most of his administration been manipulated by his Attorney General, [[SleazyPolitician Huey Long]], who has been exploiting his influence over Olson to build his own political empire within the government, effectively turning Olson into his puppet. [[spoiler: Once Olson realizes this, however, he spends the last months of his life before succumbing to cancer building up resources that his Vice-President and successor Fiorello [=LaGuardia=] is later able to use to dismantle most of Long's power base.]]
24th Mar '17 12:01:42 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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). Catelyn Stark was a particular victim of this, which hit her hard, as her impulsive reactions to an assassination attempt against Bran with a dagger that belonged to Tyrion and her credulity to an engineered letter sent by Lysa Arryn are two of the major reasons why her house sparks the war with the Lannisters.
24th Mar '17 11:24:11 AM BeerBaron
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* The Tribunal expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' gives us the power-maddened (literally) [[spoiler: pseudo-god Almalexia. Centuries of wielding power that is unfit for mortals has left her more than a little crazy, and she has the protagonist carry out her increasingly insane orders (whether or not the character is aware that he's being manipulated is [[HeroicMime impossible to tell]].). When she finally lays out her cards, she embarks on a long monologue about how nutty she is and how stupid you are, and there isn't even a TalkToTheFist option]].

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* The Tribunal expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' gives us ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In general, ''Elder Scrolls'' protagonists have this happen to them frequently. Then again,
the power-maddened (literally) [[spoiler: pseudo-god Almalexia. Centuries of wielding power only manipulators who you can't get bloody revenge against in these games are the untouchable Daedric Princes, and they at least compensate you for your work with cool artifacts.
** 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 Azura. Depending on your interpretation of events, there is unfit for mortals has left her more than a little crazy, 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 protagonist carry out her [[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 increasingly insane orders (whether or not difficult series of quests which cross the MoralEventHorizon and just keep going. Whether your character is aware that he's being manipulated is [[HeroicMime impossible of this or not isn't elaborated upon, but you have been asked to tell]].). go along with it by the [[MagnificentBastard King of Morrowind]] regardless. When she the villain finally lays resorts to taking you out her cards, she embarks on personally, [[spoiler:she goes into a long monologue about how [[AxeCrazy nutty she is is]] and how [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stupid you are, and there isn't even a TalkToTheFist option]].are]]]].



* Happens to the player characters in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games way too often. Then again, the only manipulators who you can't get bloody revenge against in these games are the untouchable Daedric Princes, and they at least compensate you for your work with cool artifacts.
22nd Mar '17 2:28:48 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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).
19th Mar '17 5:44:19 PM Doug86
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* ''Warhammer40000 : VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' ends with Gabriel destroying [[DiabolusExMachina Maledictum]], [[spoiler:which turns out to be prison of Daemon of Khorne.]] Forces of Chaos used unknowing Gabriel as an Unwitting Pawn in their scheme [[spoiler:to free the Daemon]].

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* ''Warhammer40000 : ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000: VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' ends with Gabriel destroying [[DiabolusExMachina Maledictum]], [[spoiler:which turns out to be prison of Daemon of Khorne.]] Forces of Chaos used unknowing Gabriel as an Unwitting Pawn in their scheme [[spoiler:to free the Daemon]].
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