Playing With / Mole in Charge

Basic Trope: The Mole has taken the organization to be infiltrated.
  • Straight: Alex, having infiltrated the government, becomes the Dark Messiah.
  • Exaggerated: Alex is secretly manipulating every organization, except the one he really works for.
  • Downplayed: Alex is in charge of a small organization.
  • Justified: Alex is a Consummate Liar, he uses this to slip up to a high position.
  • Inverted:
    • Alex the janitor is The Mole
    • Bob suspects that Alex is an agent of Emperor Evulz, but is shocked to learn that he is Evulz himself.
  • Subverted: Bob brings evidence that Alex is the Mole, but it is proven wrong.
  • Double Subverted: As soon as Alex is alone, Alex says that he is glad that he was not caught.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Charlie, the Number Two, is seen reporting to people concluded to be agents of the bad guys. When Bob confronts him about this, he learns that Charlie had no idea that they were bad guys, and only reported to them because The Leader, Alex, told him to. Upon further investigation, Alex reveals that those orders came from even higher in the chain of command.
  • Averted: The leader of the organization is not The Mole. Lower members might be moles though.
  • Enforced: "Alex is supposed to be Smart, but he really isn't. Let's make him a bad guy, and make his 'stupidity' really intentional."
  • Lampshaded: "So Alex, the president is really one of the bad guys."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob, an intrepid investigator, has conclusive, irrefutable evidence that Governor Alex is an agent of the bad guys. He uses this to blackmail monetary or political favors out of Alex.
  • Defied: People are suspicious of Alex. They let him in, but don't let him lead until the know he is trustworthy.
  • Discussed: "Anyone here could be bad, even Alex himself."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alex's organization eventually finds out he's The Mole. He is executed for this.
  • Reconstructed: Instead of executing him, they use him to feed false information to their enemies.
  • Played For Drama: Alex, the charismatic Father to His Men is revealed to be The Mole and is removed from his position. The once efficient True Companions he lead lose their chemistry and can't trust each other anymore because of the betrayal, at least one of them becoming emotionally distraught.

Back to Mole in Charge