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Zig Zagged: Bob sends Alice on a snipe hunt. Snipes live in that area, none have the features Bob described, but there is, in fact, one who does which Alice brings back.
It never occurs to Bob to do something like that to Alice.
The target of the hunt is perfectly logical and easily obtainable.
Enforced: Bob is setup as a Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold, so they use the snipe hunt to show Bob's jerkassness and Bob's worry when Alice doesn't come back to show he really does care.
Lampshaded: "So you sent Alice to hunt something that doesn't actually exist just to insult her when she doesn't find it?"
Invoked: Bob wants Alice away for a bit doing something that shouldn't bother anybody.
Exploited: Bob uses Alice to find rare object when she actually comes back with a snipe, making a fortune off the rare things.
Defied: "I'm not falling for that, I know snipes don't live around here."
Discussed: Two soldiers are discussing the prankster in their unit who does this, mentioning the time they got sent to fill out ID-10-T forms.
Deconstructed: Alice is a Na´ve Newcomer. Bob sends her to look for a snipe. Alice does so in earnest. when she finally realizes that it was a Snipe Hunt she is utterly humiliated. The incident permanently sours her relationship with Bob.