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* In ''LightNovel/SoImASpiderSoWhat'' Kumoko/Shiaraori discovered on ascending to godhood that rather than a human reincarnated as a spider, as she was originally just a house spider. The god D tinkered with her soul and memories as a bad joke on her subordinates but ultimately became interested in the spider herself. Even Shiraori's apotheosis was likely a plan by D to use the System to artificially create a new god. In the end, from spider to god, Shiraori has been dancing in the palm of D's hand.

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* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': [[spoiler:Literature/HarryPotter]] learns that all of his yearly victories were all faked for his benefit by [[spoiler:the headmaster, who is actually Voldemort (well, actually a BodySurfing Alistair Crowley)]] and goes on the magical equivalent of a school shooting, murdering his friends, teachers, and the rest of the staff.


* In the ''Literature/NightWatch'' books, the Watch agents are well aware that their bosses have [[BatmanGambit complex plans]], though are still unaware of just how much, and to what end, they are being manipulated. The second book [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this trope to an extent, as Edgar, and independently Anton and Igor, manage to work out some of what Gesar and Zabulon are plotting specifically by thinking about the situation in terms of a chess game. Rematerialisation is compared to castling, Anton figures he's a pawn, Igor is actually a rook who captured another piece but was then left vulnerable, and Svetlana is a pawn that managed to reach the end of the board and become a queen.

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* In the ''Literature/NightWatch'' ''Literature/NightWatchSeries'' books, the Watch agents are well aware that their bosses have [[BatmanGambit complex plans]], though are still unaware of just how much, and to what end, they are being manipulated. The second book [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this trope to an extent, as Edgar, and independently Anton and Igor, manage to work out some of what Gesar and Zabulon are plotting specifically by thinking about the situation in terms of a chess game. Rematerialisation is compared to castling, Anton figures he's a pawn, Igor is actually a rook who captured another piece but was then left vulnerable, and Svetlana is a pawn that managed to reach the end of the board and become a queen.


* WesternAnimation/Tangled: Rapunzel is a GirlInTheTower with FountainOfYouth powers who is convinced she has been protected by her selfless caring mother from a CrapsackWorld who would abuse her powers because Rapunzel is TheIngenue. Then Rapunzel discovers at her 18th birthday that [[ChangelingFantasy she really is the kidnapped princess of her Kingdom]], that the woman he has called Mother all this time is her kidnapper putting on a WiseOldFolkFacade, who has been {{Gaslighting}} Rapunzel all her life so she can use Rapunzel as her personal FountainOfYouth, and that TheWorldIsJustAwesome and Rapunzel is a {{Determinator}}.

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* WesternAnimation/Tangled: WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}: Rapunzel is a GirlInTheTower with FountainOfYouth powers who is convinced she has been protected by her selfless caring mother from a CrapsackWorld who would abuse her powers because Rapunzel is TheIngenue. Then Rapunzel discovers at her 18th birthday that [[ChangelingFantasy she really is the kidnapped princess of her Kingdom]], that the woman he has called Mother all this time is her kidnapper putting on a WiseOldFolkFacade, who has been {{Gaslighting}} Rapunzel all her life so she can use Rapunzel as her personal FountainOfYouth, and that TheWorldIsJustAwesome and Rapunzel is a {{Determinator}}.

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* WesternAnimation/Tangled: Rapunzel is a GirlInTheTower with FountainOfYouth powers who is convinced she has been protected by her selfless caring mother from a CrapsackWorld who would abuse her powers because Rapunzel is TheIngenue. Then Rapunzel discovers at her 18th birthday that [[ChangelingFantasy she really is the kidnapped princess of her Kingdom]], that the woman he has called Mother all this time is her kidnapper putting on a WiseOldFolkFacade, who has been {{Gaslighting}} Rapunzel all her life so she can use Rapunzel as her personal FountainOfYouth, and that TheWorldIsJustAwesome and Rapunzel is a {{Determinator}}.
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* Raiden from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. He's been trained by the Patriots to trip up Snake, and his girlfriend and boss are [[spoiler: both false constructs meant to deceive him]].

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Raiden from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. He's has been trained by the Patriots to trip up Snake, and his girlfriend and boss are [[spoiler: both false constructs meant to deceive him]].


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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. Agahnim is presented as being Ganon's pawn and is called such by the rescued Maiden in Misery Mire. It turns out that Agahnim actually is Ganon, however, just with most of his power still sealed in the Dark World.


* [[spoiler:Both protagonists]] to an extent in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. [[spoiler:Revan]] faced the traditional TomatoInTheMirror with some AmnesiacDissonance, but [[spoiler:The Jedi Exile is heavily implied to be aware of this on some level from the start and simply can't escape it.]]

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* [[spoiler:Both protagonists]] to an extent in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. [[spoiler:Revan]] faced the traditional TomatoInTheMirror with some AmnesiacDissonance, but [[spoiler:The Jedi Exile is heavily implied to be aware of this on some level from the start and simply can't escape it.]]


* The DC hero ComicBook/{{Aztek}}. When Aztek had his own solo book, he was a man who'd been trained from birth by "The Q Society" to fight the incarnation of the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca in the modern world. When that book was cancelled, Aztek got ported over to [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]... where Aztek found out that (as had been foreshadowed in the solo book) The Q Society had been funded entirely by Lex Luthor, so that he could get a hero in his pocket on the Justice League. (The whole Tezcatlipoca thing was true, mind you, and Lex didn't want the world to be ended any more than anyone else, but he intended to get his money's worth in the meantime.) Aztek quits the team thereafter, but returns and makes a HeroicSacrifice to free Superman from mind control by a galaxy-destroying menace.

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* The DC hero ComicBook/{{Aztek}}. When Aztek had his own solo book, he was a man who'd been trained from birth by "The Q Society" to fight the incarnation of the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca in the modern world. When that book was cancelled, Aztek got ported over to [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica [[ComicBook/JusticeLeague JLA]]... where Aztek found out that (as had been foreshadowed in the solo book) The Q Society had been funded entirely by Lex Luthor, so that he could get a hero in his pocket on the Justice League. (The whole Tezcatlipoca thing was true, mind you, and Lex didn't want the world to be ended any more than anyone else, but he intended to get his money's worth in the meantime.) Aztek quits the team thereafter, but returns and makes a HeroicSacrifice to free Superman from mind control by a galaxy-destroying menace.


* ''BaldursGate'': In the first game, it turns out the PlayerCharacter is one of the children of the dead god Bhaal, who were all meant by him to raise his power again and effect his resurrection, dying in the process. Fortunately, Bhaal could not really control what his children would actually do after being born with his taint inside them, even if it did give them certain inclinations.

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* ''BaldursGate'': ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': In the first game, it turns out the PlayerCharacter is one of the children of the dead god Bhaal, who were all meant by him to raise his power again and effect his resurrection, dying in the process. Fortunately, Bhaal could not really control what his children would actually do after being born with his taint inside them, even if it did give them certain inclinations.


* In ''TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby discovers a rather unsettling truth about his parents' murderer; [[spoiler:it just so happens to be the one person he always regarded as a trustworthy adviser, mentor and parental substitute since childhood, who also ended up being the employer he enthusiastically works himself to the bone for. Copious amounts of psychic brainwashing made it easy.]]

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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby discovers a rather unsettling truth about his parents' murderer; [[spoiler:it just so happens to be the one person he always regarded as a trustworthy adviser, mentor and parental substitute since childhood, who also ended up being the employer he enthusiastically works himself to the bone for. Copious amounts of psychic brainwashing made it easy.]]


* Fatale from ''SoonIWillBeInvincible''. After being nearly killed in a truck collision, she's turned into a cyborg by a SuperSoldier program that turns out to be a front. It's only after she joins the Champions, the world's greatest superteam, that Fatale realizes that the man behind the front was Doctor Impossible, whom they're currently chasing. Worst of all, she's a forgotten pawn; Doctor Impossible created her at some point as part of another of his plans, but abandoned her when someone ratted him out.

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* Fatale from ''SoonIWillBeInvincible''.''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''. After being nearly killed in a truck collision, she's turned into a cyborg by a SuperSoldier program that turns out to be a front. It's only after she joins the Champions, the world's greatest superteam, that Fatale realizes that the man behind the front was Doctor Impossible, whom they're currently chasing. Worst of all, she's a forgotten pawn; Doctor Impossible created her at some point as part of another of his plans, but abandoned her when someone ratted him out.

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A more complexly manipulated pawn can be part of a trope on the GambitIndex, in particular the BatmanGambit.


* Droguza from ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 4''. He believed that he was the last of the Niente tribe, but we find out that he was really made in a lab by Emperor Darkham's reseachers.
* The end of ''{{killer7}}'', where Harman's younger self tells Garcian that he is actually Emir Parkreiner, and has been observed and controlled by the government all this time. [[MindScrew At least, we think that's what happens]].

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* Droguza from ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 4''. He believed that he was the last of the Niente tribe, but we find out that he was really made in a lab by Emperor Darkham's reseachers.researchers.
* The end of ''{{killer7}}'', ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'', where Harman's younger self tells Garcian that he is actually Emir Parkreiner, and has been observed and controlled by the government all this time. [[MindScrew At least, we think that's what happens]].


* In ''{{Jekyll}}'', Dr. Tom Jackman finds out that his entire life [[spoiler: has been engineered by the research institute he works at in order to facilitate the release of Hyde, up to and including meeting his best friend- a pawn of the institute the entire time- and cloning the love interest of the original Dr. Jekyll and arranging for Jackman to marry her.]] The biggest kicker? [[spoiler: The institute was run by the Hyde-persona of his MOTHER.]]

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* In ''{{Jekyll}}'', ''{{Series/Jekyll}}'', Dr. Tom Jackman finds out that his entire life [[spoiler: has been engineered by the research institute he works at in order to facilitate the release of Hyde, up to and including meeting his best friend- a pawn of the institute the entire time- and cloning the love interest of the original Dr. Jekyll and arranging for Jackman to marry her.]] The biggest kicker? [[spoiler: The institute was run by the Hyde-persona of his MOTHER.]]


* The hero of ''JadeEmpire''. The PlayerCharacter is the LastOfHisKind, trained in martial arts under the tutelage of Master Li, and when Master Li is kidnapped by the Emperor's forces and his [[DoomedHometown dojo]] is destroyed, the PC swears to defeat the Emperor. And once he does, Master Li ''kills him''; everything -- from the genocide of his people to the destruction of the dojo -- was engineered so that the PC would kill the Emperor and deliver the throne to Master Li. Don't worry; he gets better.

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* The hero of ''JadeEmpire''.''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. The PlayerCharacter is the LastOfHisKind, trained in martial arts under the tutelage of Master Li, and when Master Li is kidnapped by the Emperor's forces and his [[DoomedHometown dojo]] is destroyed, the PC swears to defeat the Emperor. And once he does, Master Li ''kills him''; everything -- from the genocide of his people to the destruction of the dojo -- was engineered so that the PC would kill the Emperor and deliver the throne to Master Li. Don't worry; he gets better.

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