Created By: Some Guy on September 10, 2009
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Nice Job Leading Us To The Secret Base Hero

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A little wordy, too much? Well I'm open to suggestions.

This is when heros get wind of a scheme by the villains of plans to attack a secret fortress of good. So secret in fact, that the villains shouldn't have any way of even knowing where it is. Alarmed, the heroes head toward the base to sound off a warning- only to find out that the villain was just bluffing in the hopes they would do exactly that. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.

Examples:
  • In El Hazard, this is how Katsuhiko is able to find out the location of the sealed superweapon, which the Bugrom would not know about but the priestesses would.
  • The Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame has Quasimodo and Phoebus leading Frollo's forces to the Land of Miracles via this method.
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  • September 10, 2009
    Fanra
    I'm positive we have this already, but I have no idea what it is called.

    Star Wars Episode IV has the Empire planning this with Princess Leia knowingly helping them!

    The movie Commando has this as well, the only way they found Matrix was that the Colonel actually leads them to him because he thought they already knew where he was and he was going to protect him.
  • September 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    To expand on Fanra's example, the Empire allowed Leia and the Rebels to escape from the Death Star in order to track them to the Rebel Base. Leia twigs to this fact during the escape, but goes through with leading the escape anyway because it's the only way to get herself free and get the plans she placed in Artoo's memory banks to the base in time for the battle at the end of the movie.
  • September 10, 2009
    zzzdragon
    In The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time, removing the Master Sword from its pedestal unlocks the door to the Sacred Realm, home of the Triforce. The plan was to obtain the Triforce before Gannondorf could get his hands on it. Guess who is standing right behind you as you unseal the door?
  • September 10, 2009
    quedonX
    Related to Xanatos Gambit if I'm not mistaken. Perhaps a somewhat minor form, considering the other examples of Xanatos Gambit.
  • September 10, 2009
    rjung
    A joke mini-comic in the Astro City collection, "Local Heroes," goes pretty much like this:
    *Telephone rings*
    Samaritan: Hello!
    Caller: Hey, is this the secret headquarters for Honor Guard?
    Samaritan: Yes, it is.
    Caller: I knew it! *click*
    Samaritan: Drat!
    Silver Agent: We're moving again, aren't we?
  • September 10, 2009
    sgamer82
    • This is exactly how the Blue Guardians found the Resistance's hideout in Rave Master.

    Nice Job Exposing Us Hero?
  • September 10, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    Closely related (and what the Ocarina of Time example may actually be closer to) is when the villain is searching for the same Mc Guffin as the heroes and decide to let the heroes find it for them...

    Ah, found that one. It's Macguffin Delivery Service.

    This is probably distinct enough to warrant its own page, but maybe should have a name to go with that. Hero Base Locating Service?
  • September 10, 2009
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    • In one event in Harvest Moon DS Cute, the theif Skye leaves a message for archaeologists Carter and Flora telling them he's going to rob them. They wait around for a while guiding their tent to see if he shows up, but he doesn't... until they realize he could be burglarizing their dig site, at which point they run off in a panic. Skye then shows up at the tent... but he doesn't want to steal anything, he just wants to talk with the Player Character.
  • September 10, 2009
    dilbert719
    Nice Job Guiding Us Hero?

    Or, to stick even closer to the snowclone, Nice Job Hiding It Hero?
  • September 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    There's a variation in the Isaac Asimov short story 'Each an Explorer'. A pair of astronauts visit a series of planets. Each planet has a different alien species farming the same alien plant. All of the alien farmers show very little personality and the astronauts slowly realize that the plants are in charge, mind-controlling the aliens to cultivate them. Panicked, they return to earth, not realizing they are bearing spores from the mind-controlling plants.
  • September 11, 2009
    SomeSortOfTroper
    I'd like it if the name paralleled Macguffin Delivery Service like Hidden Base Retrival Service or such.
  • September 11, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Role reversal:
  • September 11, 2009
    archieanderson
  • September 11, 2009
    archie
    Also, an example from Sin City: While Hartigan is in solitary, he keeps getting letters from Nancy, but she never reveals who she is. One day Hartigan gets a chopped off finger in the mail; thinking it's Nancy's, he agrees to be framed for Roark Jr's crimes just to be let out on parole. First thing he does is go to Nancy -- only to find out that Roark had been bluffing... and following him after he left prison.
  • September 14, 2009
    Some Guy
    YKTTW Bump. Looking for examples at this point. Probably going to go with Nice Job Guiding Us Hero.

    We could ditch that theme, though, since villains can be a part of this, too. One episode of Justice League comes to mind, where Batman taunts Harley Quinn about how she's commanding the Royal Flush Gang in the field while Joker's just hanging out with Ace. Amusingly, right after clearing things up with Harley on how he really isn't cheating on her with Ace, he immediately blows up on her in anger for leading Batman straight to the hideout.
  • September 14, 2009
    Gammon
    In Fallout 3 this happens to Herbert "Daring" Dashwood, leading the slavers to Rockopolis.
  • September 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    One of the favourite tactics of dark eldar in Warhammer 40000 is to attack a patrol, leaving a single survivor, silently following him back to his base to launch an attack just as he thinks he is about to be saved and slaughtering the entire base. Since their scanners are superior to human onces, they could easily do without it. But being artists in causing pain, they do it all for the look on the poor guy's face.

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