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* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel was completely unaware that Ursula was using her as a pawn to become the ruler of Atlantica. As quoted by the 2004 Disney Princess storybook:
-->'''Ursula:''' "It's not you I'm after. You're merely the bait to catch your father."
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Naveen doesn't realize that Facilier and Lawrence were only using him to trick Charlotte into marrying Lawrence (disguised as Naveen) to get all Charlotte's money until the near end of the movie.



* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Naveen doesn't realize that Facilier and Lawrence were only using him to trick Charlotte into marrying Lawrence (disguised as Naveen) to get all Charlotte's money until the near end of the movie.

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* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Naveen doesn't realize that Facilier and Lawrence were only using him to trick Charlotte into marrying Lawrence (disguised as Naveen) to get all Charlotte's money until the near end of the movie.


** Mace Windu dies in an attempt first to arrest and then just kill Chancellor Palpatine, which is not only unsuccessful, but also provides Palpatine with ammunition for his claims that the Jedi are revolting against the Republic and [[TheDogShotFirst SHOT FIRST]]. In a double irony, he also ends up making TheChosenOne, who he himself had doubts about already, switch his allegiance to the man he attempted to "assassinate".

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** Mace Windu dies in an attempt first to arrest and then just kill Chancellor Palpatine, which is not only unsuccessful, but also provides Palpatine with ammunition for his claims that the Jedi are revolting against the Republic and [[TheDogShotFirst SHOT FIRST]].FIRST. In a double irony, he also ends up making TheChosenOne, who he himself had doubts about already, switch his allegiance to the man he attempted to "assassinate".


* Several in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series:
** Makoto in Chapter 1. The whole point of the trial is Naegi trying to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] in [[spoiler: Sayaka's]] death. What's interesting is that [[spoiler: he was framed by the victim in her own failed attempt to murder someone else - Makoto is only cleared because even the murderer was tricked by Sayaka.]]
** [[spoiler: Hifumi]] is tricked into helping [[spoiler: Celeste]] in her scheme due to [[spoiler: his lust for Alter Ego and Celeste making a FalseRapeAccusation against her first victim. Once he's finished in his part of the plan, he's murdered by her.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 the sequel]], [[spoiler: Teruteru and "Byakuya" (aka the Ultimate Impostor)]] are the Unwitting Pawns of [[spoiler: Nagito. Nagito sent a note warning "Byakuya" of his murder plot to get "Byakuya" to host a party in the [[ClosedCircle old dining hall]] then got himself assigned cleaning duty so he could set up a murder plot. Then he allowed Teruteru to discover what he's doing, confesses and [[RefugeInAudacity tells him his entire motive]]. He managed to entice "Byakuya" to set up the LockedRoomMystery Nagito needed in a room which goes completely dark in a blackout and gets Teruteru to try and [[SuicideByCop murder him]], starting the Killing Game. He didn't intend for "Byakuya" to die, however.]]

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* Several in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''{{Franchise/Danganronpa}}'' series:
** ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'':
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Makoto in Chapter 1. The whole point of the trial is Naegi trying to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] in [[spoiler: Sayaka's]] death. What's interesting is that [[spoiler: he was framed by the victim in her own failed attempt to murder someone else - Makoto is only cleared because even the murderer was tricked by Sayaka.]]
** *** [[spoiler: Hifumi]] is tricked into helping [[spoiler: Celeste]] in her scheme due to [[spoiler: his lust for Alter Ego and Celeste making a FalseRapeAccusation against her first victim. Once he's finished in his part of the plan, he's murdered by her.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 the sequel]], ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'': [[spoiler: Teruteru and "Byakuya" (aka the Ultimate Impostor)]] are the Unwitting Pawns of [[spoiler: Nagito. Nagito sent a note warning "Byakuya" of his murder plot to get "Byakuya" to host a party in the [[ClosedCircle old dining hall]] then got himself assigned cleaning duty so he could set up a murder plot. Then he allowed Teruteru to discover what he's doing, confesses and [[RefugeInAudacity tells him his entire motive]]. He managed to entice "Byakuya" to set up the LockedRoomMystery Nagito needed in a room which goes completely dark in a blackout and gets Teruteru to try and [[SuicideByCop murder him]], starting the Killing Game. He didn't intend for "Byakuya" to die, however.]]

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** ''Justice for All'' has the third case where Franziska performs a surprise search on [[spoiler: Acro's]] room, which forces him to hide the murder weapon on his person. Franziska only did the search because of Gumshoe, who in turn brought the idea of the search due to [[spoiler: Edgeworth]] suggesting it to him and knowing Phoenix would be the defense attorney on the case. This turn of events causes Phoenix to correctly guess that the murderer [[spoiler: hid the weapon at the bottom of his wheelchair and under the blanket he wears over his legs]]. Franziska loses and is flabbergasted that she, a perfectionist, made a mistake and curses herself for conducting the surprise search. In actuality, she was just the unwitting pawn to [[spoiler: Edgeworth, who helped Phoenix catch the true killer without him even knowing it]].


*** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Itachi]] ultimately himself for Tobi. [[spoiler:Itachi believed, like almost everyone else who was confronted by him, that Tobi was Madara, and despite his efforts to act in defiance, all of his failsafes to protect Sasuke from Tobi failed and he only succeeded in making Sasuke into a more powerful and hateful pawn for Tobi to manipulate.]]
*** [[WideEyedIdealist Yahiko]], also became pawn to Tobi, since his suicide was StartOfDarkness for Nagato's and making him join to Tobi that in its turn allowed Tobi to take under his control Akatsuki.
*** Also we have [[KnightTemplar Danzo]] which in spite of all his motives also became this to Tobi. So nearly all his actions played into the hands Tobi: His union with Hanzo in the betrayal Nagato allowed Tobi to take under his control Akatsuki. Also he manipulated Itachi into slaying his clan that allowed Tobi not only acquire a large number of Sharingan's but also use aforementioned Itachi to find a new pawn in the person of Sasuke. And Danzo is the one who reveals to the Kages that Tobi is Madara, [[spoiler:which is exactly what Tobi wants them to believe.]]
*** Also [[BrokenAce Kakashi]] became one to Tobi [[spoiler:or rather Obito. The entire fight with Kakashi into Kamui dimension, was planned Obito in order to remove Madara's seal as it prevented him from becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki and Kakashi did that Obito wanted from him: Hit him in the heart.]]
** [[spoiler:Rin and Kakashi (although participation the last was just a happy coincidence) were pawns in Madara's plan to create a successor by driving Obito to despair.]]

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*** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Itachi]] ultimately himself was one for Tobi. [[spoiler:Itachi believed, like almost everyone else who was confronted by him, that Tobi was Madara, and despite his efforts to act in defiance, all of his failsafes to protect Sasuke from Tobi failed and he only succeeded in making Sasuke into a more powerful and hateful pawn for Tobi to manipulate.]]
*** [[WideEyedIdealist Yahiko]], Yahiko]] also became a pawn to Tobi, since his suicide was Nagato's StartOfDarkness for Nagato's and making made him join to Tobi that which in its turn allowed Tobi to take take Akatsuki under his control Akatsuki.
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*** Also we have [[KnightTemplar Danzo]] Danzo]], which in spite of all his motives also became this to Tobi. So nearly all his actions played into the hands Tobi: Tobi's hands: His union with Hanzo in the betrayal of Nagato allowed Tobi to take Akatsuki under his control Akatsuki. control. Also he manipulated Itachi into slaying his clan that which allowed Tobi not only to acquire a large number of Sharingan's Sharingan, but also use aforementioned Itachi to find a new pawn in the person of Sasuke. And Danzo is the one who reveals to the Kages that Tobi is Madara, [[spoiler:which is exactly what Tobi wants them to believe.]]
*** Also [[BrokenAce Kakashi]] became one to Tobi [[spoiler:or rather Obito. The entire fight with Kakashi into the Kamui dimension, dimension was planned by Obito in order to remove Madara's seal as it prevented him from becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuuriki Jinchuuriki, and Kakashi did that what Obito wanted from him: wanted: Hit him in the heart.]]
** [[spoiler:Rin and Kakashi (although participation the last latter's part was just a happy coincidence) were pawns in Madara's plan to create a successor by driving Obito to despair.]]



* [[BloodKnight Alain]] from Anime/{{Pokemon}} was this to Team Flare, [[spoiler: until his [[GoMadFromTheRevelation breaking]] upon learning the team's true intentions when [[TheHero Ash]] was captured, during the Team Flare Arc.]]

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* [[BloodKnight Alain]] from Anime/{{Pokemon}} ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was this to Team Flare, [[spoiler: until his [[GoMadFromTheRevelation breaking]] upon learning the team's true intentions when [[TheHero Ash]] was captured, during the Team Flare Arc.]]



* Maka ends up one of these in ''Manga/SoulEater'', when convinced by Medusa that the witch truly cares about her child (a reaction very heavily hinted to be down to her relationship with her father). She is used to defeat Arachne, which in turn gives Medusa's soul a new body to inhabit, while demonstrating to the witch that Maka has sufficient power to be a serious threat to witches. Medusa then tries, but fails, to kill Maka due to the timely appearance of ChekhovsGunman. Needless to say the ManipulativeBastard will be making another attempt.

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* Maka ends up one of these in ''Manga/SoulEater'', when convinced by Medusa that the witch truly cares about her child (a reaction very heavily hinted to be down to her relationship with her father). She is used to defeat Arachne, which in turn gives Medusa's soul a new body to inhabit, while demonstrating to the witch that Maka has sufficient power to be a serious threat to witches. Medusa then tries, but fails, to kill Maka due to the timely appearance of ChekhovsGunman. Needless to say the ManipulativeBastard will be making made another attempt.



* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' entire conflict between good guys (IGO) and original bad guys (Gourmet corp) was controlled by [[spoiler:NEO organization]]. Tons of different characters (including [[spoiler:Midora]], both in his youth and in present time) was manipulated by [[spoiler: Acacia and Blue Nitro]].
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', the entire Holy Knights order (especially Jericho and Vivian) was being by [[BigBad Hendrickson]], who himself was being used by [[spoiler:Dreyfus]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' the entire conflict between the good guys (IGO) and the original bad guys (Gourmet corp) was controlled by [[spoiler:NEO [[spoiler:the until-then unknown NEO organization]]. Tons of different characters (including [[spoiler:Midora]], both in his youth and in present time) was the present) were manipulated by [[spoiler: Acacia and the Blue Nitro]].
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', the entire Holy Knights order (especially Jericho and Vivian) was were being by [[BigBad Hendrickson]], who himself was being used by [[spoiler:Dreyfus]].[[spoiler:Dreyfus]], in order to awake the Demon Clan, the remaining Ten Commandments, and reignite the holy war.


* ''Bookseries/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfic ''Asshai's Flames'' has Senira, who unknowingly helps her mother's plan, which more or less applies to the ''whole monastery'' too. She realizes this in the end and [[spoiler:kills Selye when Asshai falls, which means her own death as well]].

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* ''Bookseries/ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfic ''Asshai's Flames'' has Senira, who unknowingly helps her mother's plan, which more or less applies to the ''whole monastery'' too. She realizes this in the end and [[spoiler:kills Selye when Asshai falls, which means her own death as well]].


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* ''Fanfic/AvengerGoddess'': Over the course of the flashback/World War II arc, it becomes rapidly apparent (and is eventually outright confirmed in Chapter 23) that for all his delusions of grandeur, the Red Skull is just Ares' puppet in his plans to test and corrupt Diana.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'': [[spoiler:By banning music from her household and removing any trace of her husband so that he's forgotten, Imelda unintentionally made sure the only people who could have recognized Héctor's songs and guitar while [[BigBad Ernesto de la Cruz]] used them would have been unable to expose him as a fraud and a murderer. Despite her unwillingness to forgive him, she realizes [[MustMakeAmends she needs to make things right]].]]
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans]]]] dupes Anna by [[spoiler:faking his romance with her]] so she could unwittingly [[spoiler:hand over Arendelle to him on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa.]]
* Everyone in ''Sugar Rush'' in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' is this to King Candy [[spoiler:(in reality Turbo in diguise)]].
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Judy Hopps was manipulated by the BigBad [[spoiler: Bellwether]] for most of the movie before catching on pre-climax.
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* In ''Film/AM1200'', Sam Larson becomes aware that [[spoiler:he is this to a cosmic entity lurking within a mysterious radio station]].
* Michael in ''Film/ArlingtonRoad'' is trying to avoid a terrorist attack. What he doesn't realize is that [[spoiler:he's being played and his actions ultimately lead to the bombing of the FBI Headquarters]].
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Cal Lynch is used by the Templars-backed Abstergo Foundation to find the location of the Eden Apple of Granada by exploring the life of Aguilar in 1491. Sophie makes for an unusual Templar in that she wants Cal to be witting and therefore willing to help them. [[spoiler: He makes up for it by stealing the Apple back from her father, after killing him.]]
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Batman ends up this to Lex Luthor, who exploits his jaded and violent vigilantism and the existing fears of Superman to manipulate Bats into trying to kill Supes. And it almost works.
* Subverted in ''Film/BladeII''. The EvilOverlord's AffablyEvil daughter mocks the eponymous protagonist for agreeing to a meeting with his enemies too easily, but quickly shuts her trap when its revealed he was prepared to kill them all with a LOT of carry-on explosives at the first sign of treachery. Later in the movie, when TheMole reveals himself and gloats at the heroes' gullibility, Blade corrects him by stating that he knew of his duplicity from the beginning, a fact he illustrates in [[YourHeadASplode explosive fashion]].
* Robert the Bruce becomes this at the end of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', when his father uses him to lure the hero William Wallace into a trap.
* Subverted in ''Film/CollateralDamage'': The protagonist very nearly succeeds in helping the terrorists' EvilPlan come to fruition, but luckily becomes wise to his true situation just in time to foil it.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', most characters involved in [[TheChessmaster the Joker's]] plots played right into his hands when they thought they were about to stop him. Even Batman, who had never faced a criminal like him before, is his pawn through much of the film.
* In ''Film/DieHard'', it's the police and the FBI. They face a major "terrorist" attack with standard procedures, unaware that Hans Gruber knows all about them and his EvilPlan ''depends'' on them operating in that matter so he can manipulate them into helping him open a super secure vault and then cover his escape.



* Philip in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', who rushes back to Syrena as soon as he regains consciousness.... and thus rewards Blackbeard with Syrena's tear and gets her tied up to die.

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* Christopher Nolan's first film, ''Film/{{Following}}'' has two levels of Unwitting Pawns. A house burglar and a blonde femme fatale sucker a floundering writer into [[spoiler:framing himself for the burglar's murder charge.]] Then we learn that [[spoiler:the burglar is actually working for a gangster who the blonde is blackmailing, and he was setting the writer up for ''her'' murder.]]
* Frank Pentangeli in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. He's caught in Michael's war with Hyman Roth and is callously played by both sides. Michael encourages him to meet with the Rosatos to ascertain Roth's guilt in an assassination attempt. In turn, the Rosatos try to kill Pentangeli and pin it on Michael. Pentageli survives and informs against Michael to the FBI. [[spoiler:Michael intimidates Pentangeli into recanting his testimony and [[DrivenToSuicide ultimately into committing suicide]].]]
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen. Present, lampshaded, and part of the symbolism. A mockingjay is a powerful symbol to the rebels, but it's also a bird that can't sing its own songs, relying on what others sing to it.
%%* [[spoiler:Justin Hammer, to Vanko]] in ''Film/IronMan2''.
* Everything that Morpheus does in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', since The One, The Prophecy, and The Oracle are all further systems of control of the humans by the AI's.
* In ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'', Charlie spends the first half of the movie as one, unwittingly smuggling the stolen painting to Krampf in his Rolls Royce after Krampf bribes his mechanic, Spinoza, into hiding it there without Charlie's knowledge.
* Philip in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', who rushes back to Syrena as soon as he regains consciousness.... consciousness... and thus rewards Blackbeard with Syrena's tear and gets her tied up to die.die.
%%* [[spoiler:Vail]] from ''Film/PrimalFear''.
* The Hovitos in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' were manipulated by Belloq into believing that Indiana was stealing their fertility idol and that Belloq simply wanted to protect it for them. They stopped Indiana from escaping with the idol and then attempted to kill him, during which time Belloq made off with the idol.



%%* Kirk to [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. He later worries that [[spoiler:he might be this for Khan as well]].



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', most characters involved in [[TheChessmaster the Joker's]] plots played right into his hands when they thought they were about to stop him. Even Batman, who had never faced a criminal like him before, is his pawn through much of the film.
* [[spoiler: Tom Ludlow]] in ''Film/StreetKings''
* Subverted in ''Film/CollateralDamage'': The protagonist very nearly succeeds in helping the terrorists' EvilPlan come to fruition, but luckily becomes wise to his true situation just in time to foil it.
* Subverted in ''Film/BladeII''. The EvilOverlord's AffablyEvil daughter mocks the eponymous protagonist for agreeing to a meeting with his enemies too easily, but quickly shuts her trap when its revealed he was prepared to kill them all with a LOT of carry-on explosives at the first sign of treachery. Later in the movie, when TheMole reveals himself and gloats at the heroes' gullibility, Blade corrects him by stating that he knew of his duplicity from the beginning, a fact he illustrates in [[YourHeadASplode explosive fashion]].
* Christopher Nolan's first film, ''Film/{{Following}}'' has two levels of Unwitting Pawns. A house burglar and a blonde femme fatale sucker a floundering writer into [[spoiler:framing himself for the burglar's murder charge.]] Then we learn that [[spoiler:the burglar is actually working for a gangster who the blonde is blackmailing, and he was setting the writer up for ''her'' murder.]]
* In ''Film/WhiteNoise'', once John begins experimenting with EVP (a way of listening to/seeing spirits in the beyond) on his own, he starts receiving messages from his late wife, believing them ways to save people. [[spoiler:They're really trick visions sent by three very, very malicious spirits so that they can follow him and break into the realm of the living through the door he's opened up. And Anna's constant insistence that he 'Go now!'? Those were visions of when he arrived at the final location the messages showed him, where she was trying to warn him to get away and save himself.]] "Exactly as planned" indeed.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' [[spoiler:the main character is played, especially through the charms of the hot chick. Who is played herself, along with everyone in the order. At the end, some of her "colleagues" decide going into business for themselves isn't such a bad idea, but she has the... balls to set things right.]]
* Everything that Morpheus does in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', since The One, The Prophecy, and The Oracle are all further systems of control of the humans by the AI's.
* In ''Film/TwiceUponATime'', Synonimess Botch tricks our heroes Ralph and Mumford into bringing him the mainspring from the Cosmic Clock, giving him control over time and the chance to cover the land of Din in nightmare bombs as part of his plot to trap the Rushers in waking nightmares.
* In the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', Quade is his own unwitting pawn. He had his own memory wiped as part of his cover to infiltrate LaResistance and identify its leader.

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', most characters involved in [[TheChessmaster the Joker's]] plots played right into his hands when they thought they were about to stop him. Even Batman, who had never faced a criminal like him before, is his pawn through much of the film.
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%%* [[spoiler: Tom Ludlow]] in ''Film/StreetKings''
* Subverted in ''Film/CollateralDamage'': The protagonist very nearly succeeds in helping the terrorists' EvilPlan come to fruition, but luckily becomes wise to his true situation just in time to foil it.
* Subverted in ''Film/BladeII''. The EvilOverlord's AffablyEvil daughter mocks the eponymous protagonist for agreeing to a meeting with his enemies too easily, but quickly shuts her trap when its revealed he was prepared to kill them all with a LOT of carry-on explosives at the first sign of treachery. Later in the movie, when TheMole reveals himself and gloats at the heroes' gullibility, Blade corrects him by stating that he knew of his duplicity from the beginning, a fact he illustrates in [[YourHeadASplode explosive fashion]].
* Christopher Nolan's first film, ''Film/{{Following}}'' has two levels of Unwitting Pawns. A house burglar and a blonde femme fatale sucker a floundering writer into [[spoiler:framing himself for the burglar's murder charge.]] Then we learn that [[spoiler:the burglar is actually working for a gangster who the blonde is blackmailing, and he was setting the writer up for ''her'' murder.]]
* In ''Film/WhiteNoise'', once John begins experimenting with EVP (a way of listening to/seeing spirits in the beyond) on his own, he starts receiving messages from his late wife, believing them ways to save people. [[spoiler:They're really trick visions sent by three very, very malicious spirits so that they can follow him and break into the realm of the living through the door he's opened up. And Anna's constant insistence that he 'Go now!'? Those were visions of when he arrived at the final location the messages showed him, where she was trying to warn him to get away and save himself.]] "Exactly as planned" indeed.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' [[spoiler:the main character is played, especially through the charms of the hot chick. Who is played herself, along with everyone in the order. At the end, some of her "colleagues" decide going into business for themselves isn't such a bad idea, but she has the... balls to set things right.]]
* Everything that Morpheus does in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', since The One, The Prophecy, and The Oracle are all further systems of control of the humans by the AI's.
* In ''Film/TwiceUponATime'', Synonimess Botch tricks our heroes Ralph and Mumford into bringing him the mainspring from the Cosmic Clock, giving him control over time and the chance to cover the land of Din in nightmare bombs as part of his plot to trap the Rushers in waking nightmares.
* In the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', Quade is his own unwitting pawn. He had his own memory wiped as part of his cover to infiltrate LaResistance and identify its leader.
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* [[spoiler:Vail]] from ''Film/PrimalFear''.
* Michael in ''Film/ArlingtonRoad'' is trying to avoid a terrorist attack. What he doesn't realize is that [[spoiler:he's being played and his actions ultimately lead to the bombing of the FBI Headquarters]].
* [[spoiler:Justin Hammer, to Vanko]] in ''Film/IronMan2''.
* Kirk to [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. He later worries that [[spoiler:he might be this for Khan as well]].
* The Hovitos in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' were manipulated by Belloq into believing that Indiana was stealing their fertility idol and that Belloq simply wanted to protect it for them. They stopped Indiana from escaping with the idol and then attempted to kill him, during which time Belloq made off with the idol.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Batman ends up this to Lex Luthor, who exploits his jaded and violent vigilantism and the existing fears of Superman to manipulate Bats into trying to kill Supes. And it almost works.
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':
** The look on Wolverine's face when [[spoiler:Blob told him that Stryker was performing experiments on mutants]] and when he [[spoiler:realizes what led him to willingly get his brand spankin' new adamantium skeleton]]... priceless.
** Emma Silverfox becomes Stryker's hostage -> [[spoiler:Kayla is forced to work for Stryker -> Kayla faked her death as a part of their plan]] -> Wolverine accepted Stryker's offer to transform his bones into adamantium to avenge Kayla.



* In ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'', Charlie spends the first half of the movie as one, unwittingly smuggling the stolen painting to Krampf in his Rolls Royce after Krampf bribes his mechanic, Spinoza, into hiding it there without Charlie's knowledge.
* Robert the Bruce becomes this at the end of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', when his father uses him to lure the hero William Wallace into a trap.
* In ''Film/DieHard'', it's the police and the FBI. They face a major "terrorist" attack with standard procedures, unaware that Hans Gruber knows all about them and his EvilPlan ''depends'' on them operating in that matter so he can manipulate them into helping him open a super secure vault and then cover his escape.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen. Present, lampshaded, and part of the symbolism. A mockingjay is a powerful symbol to the rebels, but it's also a bird that can't sing its own songs, relying on what others sing to it.
* Frank Pentangeli in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. He's caught in Michael's war with Hyman Roth and is callously played by both sides. Michael encourages him to meet with the Rosatos to ascertain Roth's guilt in an assassination attempt. In turn, the Rosatos try to kill Pentangeli and pin it on Michael. Pentageli survives and informs against Michael to the FBI. [[spoiler:Michael intimidates Pentangeli into recanting his testimony and [[DrivenToSuicide ultimately into committing suicide]].]]
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Judy Hopps was manipulated by the BigBad [[spoiler: Bellwether]] for most of the movie before catching on pre-climax.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans]]]] dupes Anna by [[spoiler:faking his romance with her]] so she could unwittingly [[spoiler:hand over Arendelle to him on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa.]]
* Everyone in ''Sugar Rush'' in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' is this to King Candy [[spoiler:(in reality Turbo in diguise)]].
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Cal Lynch is used by the Templars-backed Abstergo Foundation to find the location of the Eden Apple of Granada by exploring the life of Aguilar in 1491. Sophie makes for an unusual Templar in that she wants Cal to be witting and therefore willing to help them. [[spoiler: He makes up for it by stealing the Apple back from her father, after killing him.]]
* In ''Film/AM1200'', Sam Larson becomes aware that [[spoiler:he is this to a cosmic entity lurking within a mysterious radio station]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'': [[spoiler:By banning music from her household and removing any trace of her husband so that he's forgotten, Imelda unintentionally made sure the only people who could have recognized Hector's songs and guitar while [[BigBad Ernesto De La Cruz]] used them would have been unable to exposed him as a fraud and a murderer. Despite her unwillingness to forgive him, she realizes [[MustMakeAmends she needs to make things right.]]]]

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* In ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'', Charlie spends the first half of the movie as one, unwittingly smuggling the stolen painting to Krampf in original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', Quade is his Rolls Royce after Krampf bribes own unwitting pawn. He had his mechanic, Spinoza, own memory wiped as part of his cover to infiltrate LaResistance and identify its leader.
* In ''Film/TwiceUponATime'', Synonimess Botch tricks our heroes Ralph and Mumford
into hiding it there without Charlie's knowledge.
* Robert
bringing him the Bruce becomes this at mainspring from the end of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', when his father uses Cosmic Clock, giving him to lure the hero William Wallace into a trap.
* In ''Film/DieHard'', it's the police
control over time and the FBI. They face a major "terrorist" attack with standard procedures, unaware that Hans Gruber knows all about them and his EvilPlan ''depends'' on them operating in that matter so he can manipulate them into helping him open a super secure vault and then chance to cover his escape.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen. Present, lampshaded, and
the land of Din in nightmare bombs as part of his plot to trap the symbolism. A mockingjay Rushers in waking nightmares.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' [[spoiler:the main character
is a powerful symbol to played, especially through the rebels, but it's also a bird that can't sing its own songs, relying on what others sing to it.
* Frank Pentangeli in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. He's caught in Michael's war with Hyman Roth and
charms of the hot chick. Who is callously played by both sides. Michael encourages him to meet herself, along with everyone in the Rosatos to ascertain Roth's guilt in an assassination attempt. In turn, order. At the Rosatos try to kill Pentangeli and pin it on Michael. Pentageli survives and informs against Michael to the FBI. [[spoiler:Michael intimidates Pentangeli end, some of her "colleagues" decide going into recanting his testimony and [[DrivenToSuicide ultimately into committing suicide]].business for themselves isn't such a bad idea, but she has the... balls to set things right.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Judy Hopps was manipulated by the BigBad [[spoiler: Bellwether]] for most of the movie before catching on pre-climax.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans]]]] dupes Anna by [[spoiler:faking his romance
''Film/WhiteNoise'', once John begins experimenting with her]] so she could unwittingly [[spoiler:hand over Arendelle to him on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa.]]
* Everyone
EVP (a way of listening to/seeing spirits in ''Sugar Rush'' in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' is this to King Candy [[spoiler:(in reality Turbo in diguise)]].
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Cal Lynch is used by
the Templars-backed Abstergo Foundation to find the location of the Eden Apple of Granada by exploring the life of Aguilar in 1491. Sophie makes for an unusual Templar in that she wants Cal to be witting and therefore willing to help them. [[spoiler: He makes up for it by stealing the Apple back beyond) on his own, he starts receiving messages from her father, after killing him.]]
* In ''Film/AM1200'', Sam Larson becomes aware that [[spoiler:he is this
his late wife, believing them ways to a cosmic entity lurking within a mysterious radio station]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'': [[spoiler:By banning music from her household and removing any trace of her husband
save people. [[spoiler:They're really trick visions sent by three very, very malicious spirits so that they can follow him and break into the realm of the living through the door he's forgotten, Imelda unintentionally made sure opened up. And Anna's constant insistence that he 'Go now!'? Those were visions of when he arrived at the only people who could have recognized Hector's songs final location the messages showed him, where she was trying to warn him to get away and guitar while [[BigBad Ernesto De La Cruz]] used them would have been unable to exposed save himself.]] "Exactly as planned" indeed.
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':
** The look on Wolverine's face when [[spoiler:Blob told
him that Stryker was performing experiments on mutants]] and when he [[spoiler:realizes what led him to willingly get his brand spankin' new adamantium skeleton]]... priceless.
** Emma Silverfox becomes Stryker's hostage -> [[spoiler:Kayla is forced to work for Stryker -> Kayla faked her death
as a fraud and a murderer. Despite her unwillingness part of their plan]] -> Wolverine accepted Stryker's offer to forgive him, she realizes [[MustMakeAmends she needs transform his bones into adamantium to make things right.]]]]avenge Kayla.


Not only does an Unwitting Pawn fail to stop the bad guy, but he actually furthers the villain's plan in the process. This is the kind of person that the MagnificentBastard and BatmanGambit depend on. The ManipulativeBastard will take great delight in using them and then [[BreakingSpeech deconstructing]] their [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter naivete]] and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve blind faith]] as they [[EvilGloating gloat]]. Not surprisingly, they also have a tendency to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness die ironically after inadvertently helping the villain]].

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This is the kind of person that the MagnificentBastard and BatmanGambit depend on. Not only does an Unwitting Pawn fail to stop the bad guy, but he actually furthers the villain's plan in the process. This is the kind of person that the MagnificentBastard and BatmanGambit depend on. process. The ManipulativeBastard will take great delight in using them and then [[BreakingSpeech deconstructing]] their [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter naivete]] and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve blind faith]] as they [[EvilGloating gloat]]. gloat]] (in which case compare WhatHaveIDone). Not surprisingly, they also have a tendency to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness die ironically after inadvertently helping the villain]].
villain]]. But if they survive... there's bound to be some nasty surprises in store for the Bastards.



Compare OutGambitted, UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, MyGodWhatHaveIDone Contrast the SpannerInTheWorks, who just as ignorantly harms these schemes.

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Compare OutGambitted, UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, MyGodWhatHaveIDone UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom. Contrast the SpannerInTheWorks, who just as ignorantly harms these schemes.

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Played with in ''Webcomic/WeAreTheWyrecats''. K.A. certainly was this, but the rest of her team, as it turns out, is more than aware that the BigBad is using them. They just aren't equipped with a lot of options on fighting back at the moment. By letting her remain unaware of this, K.A. effectively becomes her own team's UnwittingPawn, and she does [[WhatTheHellHero not take it well when she finds out]].

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* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': Iago manipulates everyone in his vengeful goals, leading to, as is the case with a Shakespeare tragedy, multiple deaths.


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* As [[spoiler: Malacoda]] said to [[spoiler: Shroud]] in ''Literature/DisAcedia'':
--> A decent puppeteer can manipulate pawns, yes… but a true master pulls strings on string-pullers themselves.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In the words of [[spoiler: the fake]] Mad-Eye Moody in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', after having tricked Harry into winning the Triwizard Tournament just to lure him into the whereabouts of Voldemort:
--> Decent people are so easy to manipulate.
** [[spoiler:Ginny Weasley]] in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', though she eventually becomes suspicious and [[spoiler:tries unsuccessfully to destroy the diary.]]
** Harry Potter himself in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', when Voldemort tricks him into going to the Department of Mysteries by making him believe falsely that Sirius Black was in danger. Especially notable given that he tells Snape (who at this point he believes loyal to Dumbledore) that he'd had the vision of Sirius in danger there, [[IdiotBall and still rushes in to do the Dark Lord's dirty work for him]] (in fact, [[spoiler:Sirius dies ''because'' he goes there to aid Harry and is killed by Bellatrix]]).
** Ultimately, [[spoiler: almost every major character in the series is revealed to be, to some extent, pawns for either Dumbledore or Voldemort (or ''both''). It's ultimately revealed that their decades-long game of wits to destroy each other is effectively the central keystone of the series. Harry himself is the ultimate piece in the game, being played by both sides at various points. Snape, however, is a willing pawn for Dumbledore]].
** Horace Slughorn is the main reason [[spoiler:Dumbledore needed to come up with such a complex plan to defeat Voldemort in the first place.]] Voldemort, a student at the time, played up his "eager young star student" act to goad Slughorn into revealing some crucial knowledge of how Horcruxes are made. Horace actually realized later in life that he had been a pawn and that he was thus indirectly responsible for a great deal of harm, and edited his own memories out of shame.
** For the kind that helps without any prompting from the villain, see Cornelius Fudge and everyone else who was complicit in denying that Voldemort had returned.
* Everyone except Iago from ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''.
* In Stephen Marley's book ''Literature/SpiritMirror'', Chia Black Dragon tries very hard to dodge [[MagnificentBastard Nyak's]] {{plan}} by [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]]. [[spoiler:She fails, and ends up [[SealedEvilInACan releasing Nyak from his can]]. Then in the next book, ''Mortal Mask'', she does it again.]]
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** When Grand Admiral Thrawn from ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' is involved, characters become suckers by being so afraid that they play right into his hands through their caution, the best example being that when they need a certain device from one of two locations, they leak info that they will go to one, therefore showing him they are actually going to the other. Some characters in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology are wary of doing ''anything'' lest they be doing what he wants.
** The Rebel [[spoiler:clones]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. They're friendly enough, if kind of vacant, and tell our heroes to stay around, their leader is out right now but he'll be back soon and they should meet him. Turns out their leader is [[spoiler: an actual DarthVaderClone]]. But they have no idea that he should be their enemy--he's the one who gathered [[spoiler: the skin and hair samples they were created from, and they have no memories about what being a Rebel means or what the Empire is.]]
** In ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'', rather than capture the fugitive Jedi quietly, Moff Tarkin allows them to slip past an Imperial checkpoint in their disguised stolen shuttle, so that when they land on Kashyyyk he can accuse the Wookiees of harboring fugitives as a pretext to invade the planet and round up thousands of Wookiee captives--perfect slaves for his Death Star project.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series:
** The entire point of Elaida is to further the plans of the Forsaken by either doing what a servant says or just [[IdiotBall being an idiot]].
** The entire Whitecloak movement.
* Although Ian Irvine has one in every single book, the conclusion to the ''[[Literature/TheThreeWorldsCycle Well of Echoes]]'' series deserves special mention for the sheer scale of it. The main character attempts to stop the MagnificentBastard from using the most powerful magic in the world to take over said world by [[spoiler:destroying the power sources of all magic, thus preventing anybody from using it]]. Except it turns out that [[spoiler:the magic the MagnificentBastard was using was the only one powered by something else]], and what she had actually done was [[spoiler:destroyed any and every chance the heroes had of stopping him]]. Whoops.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' by Stephen Donaldson. Lord Foul is a ChessMaster and ManipulativeBastard extraordinaire, and his plan to destroy the Land involves not just conquering everything, but continually engineering situations where the protagonists become Unwitting Pawns. Thomas Covenant is saddled with the role of Unwitting Pawn for the entire duration of the first and second trilogies, knowing that Lord Foul's plan hinges on the destructive and harmful actions he takes, but helpless to do otherwise because there are no good alternatives.
* Most of the Blood Angels in Creator/JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novels ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'' and ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]''. Sachiel in particular; [[spoiler: Inquisitor Stele]] thinks how easy he is to manipulate, and when he realizes at last the corruption, [[spoiler: Stele]] kills him, declares the loyal Blood Angels did it, and starts a battle.
* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series, this role is amply filled by King Elias. From the start, EvilSorcerer Pryrates tricks and manipulates him via promises: first, to [[spoiler:communicate with his dead wife]], and later, to [[spoiler:grant him {{Immortality}}]], all while turning him into [[spoiler:a [[DemonicPossession vessel]] for the [[SealedEvilInACan return]] of the BigBad Storm King]].
** Ironically enough, [[spoiler: Pryrates is an even bigger Sucker. The Storm King manipulated him with the promise that Pryrates would be the "first among men" when The Storm King returned. And he was the first...to die.]]
** The entire cast of protagonists are suckers, by the classic definition, as the most basic element of the Storm King's EvilPlan is to trick them into [[spoiler:[[MacGuffinDeliveryService bringing him the Three Swords]]]]. It works perfectly.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has Vimes. Oh, dear, poor Vimes. ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' comes to mind, in which the ''entire'' quest he undertakes has been engineered by the very politicians whom he thinks he's going to stop, to give them an excuse to make peace with each other, which is what Vimes wanted all along, except that he's been their unwitting pawn...
--> You can't [[IncorruptiblePurePureness bribe]] Sam Vimes, but why bother when you can just pull the wool over his eyes?
* The Creator/DaleBrown book ''Act of War'' has many characters play into [[spoiler: National Security Adviser Robert Chamberlain]]'s hands.
** ''Shadow Command'' sees US President Joseph Gardner playing right into the hands of Russian President Leonid Zevitin. The former's egoistic desperation to control the ChaoticGood protagonists leads him to steadily feed information that should have stayed classified. Fortunately for Gardner, he does not end up outliving his usefulness.
* In the original ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' trilogy, everybody except for [[spoiler:The Mule. And even he doesn't actually succeed in the end.]] Even the Second Foundation themselves are just pawns in a larger game.
* In several works by Creator/StephenKing, Randall Flagg, aka the man in black, sets forth plans of conquest almost completely dependent on the efforts of Unwitting Pawns.
* ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'': Poor Mark and Courtney. Every time they try to help out Bobby and his friends, they usually just end up playing into [[BigBad Saint Dane's]] hands.
* In ''[[Literature/FloraSegunda Flora's Dare]]'', Flora is sent off by Lord Axacaya to Bilskinir House to recover Georgiana Segunda's Diario so as to determine how to free the Loliga. Little does she suspect [[spoiler:that the his primary reason for sending her was to confirm his suspicions that she's the last Hadraada, and thus have her killed]].
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Edmund is the White Witch's Unwitting Pawn.
* In Creator/KurtVonnegut's novel ''Literature/CatsCradle'', Angela and Newt Hoenikker are suckered by agents of the American and Russian governments, respectively.
* At the end of Suzanne Collins's ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', Katniss learns that she was central to an enormous plot that no one let her in on.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy, [[spoiler: everyone is an Unwitting Pawn for Ruin and its plan for complete...ruin.]] And in true ChessMaster spirit, that's not even the end of it it, since [[spoiler: Preservation made a Unwitting Pawn out of Ruin by making humans in ITS plan for offing Ruin.]] DANG. For the record, "everyone" includes the BigBad ''and'' the ChessMaster. No mind goes [[MindScrew unscrewed]].
* In Hunger, the second book of the Literature/{{Gone}} series, the Gaiaphage does this to Caine and Lana. Caine thinks he's messing with the nuclear power plant for revenge and power, and Lana thinks she's actually trying to destroy the Gaiaphage. It may also be doing this to Brittney in book 3. Drake is corrupt enough that he actually works for it willingly.
* Kronos does this to ''everyone'' in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Furthermore, especially in the second book of the new series, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', many characters, among which the BigBad herself, state that Percy will be Gaia's pawn, and that he'll bring about the destruction of the gods.
* King James in ''Literature/{{Harald}}'', who makes war on [[PosthumousCharacter his father's]] allies on the advice of his EvilChancellor, who is in the pay of the real BigBad.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel ''The Forgotten Warrior'', [[MagnificentBastard Sol]] shows up in [=ThunderClan=] for a visit and [[BigGood Firestar]] decides to let him stay for a bit, despite his evil acts. Later, when [[TheBigGuy Lionblaze]] is on patrol, Onestar, leader of [=WindClan=] shows up and tells the [=ThunderClan=] cats to drive out Sol, which they had already been planning to do. However, since Onestar told them to do it, doing so would make [=ThunderClan=] look subserviant to [=WindClan=] and weaken it, so they are forced to ally with Sol against Onestar rather than driving Sol out.
* In ''The Coffee Trader'' by David Liss, [[spoiler: Miguel Lienzo]] discovers he is the unwitting pawn of [[spoiler: Alonzo Alferonda]] rather than [[spoiler: Geertuid]] all along.
* [[spoiler: Spartacus Kilroy]] in the first ''Literature/ErecRex'' book. He thinks he's just trying to [[spoiler: help the sick King Piter get better.]] He doesn't realize that [[spoiler: the coffee he's giving the king actually contains the poison keeping him ill.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', Húrin ends up as one after he is released by Morgoth. Driven mad by 28 years of MindRape he ends up unwittingly leading the enemy to the Hidden City of Gondolin, causes a civil war and the ultimate destruction of the last free tribe of Men, and sets events in motion that lead to the fall of the largest kingdom of Elves, all in an attempt to avenge his family's deaths . He only stops when [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Melian]] ''tells'' him that he's not helping anyone, and effectively acting as a tool of Morgoth's malice. [[DrivenToSuicide Then he kills himself]].
* ''Literature/InDeath'': William from ''Rapture In Death'' doesn't even know that his wife, Reanna TheSociopath, has manipulated him in more ways than one to help her commit murder.
* Under the advice of his dead wife's spirit and BigGood Kil'jaeden, the old orc shaman Ner'zhul in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' novel ''Literature/RiseOfTheHorde'' [[TheAlliance convinces his people to put away their differences]] and [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers prepare to defend themselves]] against the Draenei. Except his wife's ghost was an illusion, Kil'jaeden is TheDevil and this book is the StartOfDarkness of the orcs that explains how they became the AlwaysChaoticEvil [[TheHorde horde]] of the first two games. Oops.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', EVERYONE is this to [[spoiler: Petyr Baelish. By various schemes and plots, he deepened the conflict between Stark and Lannister families, which escalated with Ned's execution. This got the North to take arms against the king, which started an entire war for the Seven Kingdoms. That's just in the first book. And he's not even ''nearly'' done. ]] Even [[spoiler:Tywin Lannister]], a MagnificentBastard through and through, is only another piece in the game.
** To Littlefinger, or to Varys. Varys [[spoiler: pushed [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] towards paranoia so she would think every competent adviser who dared criticize her bad decisions to be a traitor and plot their demises. All so the Targaryen prince he hid away can reclaim the Iron Throne.]]
* In ''Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou'', a Creator/RobertWestall short story in his anthology ''Literature/BreakOfDark'', author Peter Wingfield plays into the hands of vengeful ghosts; giving them a conduit to the real world and the energy of his dislike for his old school-mate, Roger.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: All of Team Evil is this for [[spoiler: Kazebar.]]
* Aspen and (to a lesser extent) Snail in ''The Hostage Prince'' by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple.
* In ''[[Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths The Doctrine Of Labyrinths]]'', Felix thinks he severed his [[MagicallyBindingContract tie]] to Malkar years ago, as he continued to climb the Mirador's political ladder. Turns out that Malkar still has enough of a tie to [[MindRape steal]] Felix's magic for the destruction of the [[MineralMacGuffin Virtu]].
* Amara in ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels''- even though the orchestrator of the plot is not the villain, the plan does end up causing the death of a main character, as Amara has technically proven his guilt in rejecting God.
* The entire Solarian League and its navy is this in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series. The Mesan Alignment has several well placed naval officers in its pocket, up to and including the ''fleet admiral'', allowing them to basically send whoever they want wherever they want. They use this power to set up a war between the League and the Star Empire of Manticore. Standout among their pawns is Admiral Josef Byng. Where every other Solarian officer they used was at least being bribed and/or blackmailed, Byng was just useful as an anti-Manticore bigot. They put him into position and let his personality do the rest.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragonvarld}}'', the Sisterhood of Seth play this role. They think that their efforts are keeping Seth free of dragons, but they're actually only [[spoiler:repelling all dragons except the one they unknowingly serve and whose predations the "attacking" dragons are trying to end]].
* In the Creator/RobertLudlum novel ''The Prometheus Deception,'' Nick Bryson is an operative for the Directorate, a top-secret division of the U.S. government. Five years after his forced retirement, he's tracked down by the FBI director who informs him of the truth: The Directorate was founded by the KGB, Bryson's parents were killed to set him on this path, his foster "uncle" an enemy operative and even his beloved girlfriend was in on it. Every single mission he risked his life for and felt proud of actually was working against U.S. interests and thus his entire life has been one grand lie to be used by the enemy.
* Subverted in the last book of ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings''. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Kiva]] has released her former captor and EvilMentor [[EvilSorcerer Akhlaur]] from his [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] with the intention of manipulating him into destroying TheMagocracy of Halruaa and its King [[BigGood Zalathorm]] for her. Said manipulations across most of the book go off without a hitch. Then Kiva tries to convince Akhlaur to destroy his and Zalathorm's shared SoulJar so they can fight it out evenly - and he all but laughs in her face. Seems for most of the book, Kiva had been "manipulating" Akhlaur into doing things he wanted to do anyway, but he's not about to put his immortality on the line for ''anything'', even his own revenge and certainly not Kiva's, and he's far too powerful for her to do anything about it; Kiva has to go into a mad scramble to salvage something of her plans that ''doesn't'' end with Akhlaur on the throne, and she fails to do so. This, people, is why EvilIsNotAToy.
* A heroic case in ''Literature/{{Noob}}''. BigBad Tabris was initially created by scientists from the Empire, but rebelled against them. However, upon his creation, certain objectives were implanted into him. They includes fiding more rosaphir, the limited resource that the Empire needs to fuel its technology instead of the abundant but not completely reliable magic. In the fourth novel, his biggest move had the side effect of doing just that, indicating he's still guided by these objectives to an extent.
* ''Literature/WolfHall'' portrays [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Barton Sister Elizabeth Barton]] as a young woman whose desire for attention made her an easy pawn of ecclesiastic and Plantagenet enemies of Henry VIII. She helps them by publicly prophesying against Henry without understanding that she's made herself liable for treason by doing so, and she ends up hanged after Thomas Cromwell exposes all the plotting.
* Jean de Vrailly of ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' is trying to save the kingdom of Alba under the advice of his guardian angel. Predictably, the angel is not what it says it is, and it's playing de Vrailly like a fiddle for its own purposes.
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* The ''entire cast'' of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' in season four. [[spoiler:They spend a whole whack of time chasing down Jasmine, hoping to free the world from her version of lovey-dovey mind-control. At the end, their victory is entirely spoiled when evil law firm Wolfram and Hart contact them saying how happy they are that they've averted instant world peace.]] Nearly everything they had done in the past seasons had led to [[spoiler: Jasmine]]'s rise to power to begin with. Ironically, in the next season, the entire Wolfram and Hart becomes a sucker when Angel fools its higher-ups into thinking he is corrupted. And for giving him the means to do it, as a reward.
** In season 5, Gunn is manipulated by a W&H employee into signing off on allowing a sarcophagus to be delivered to the office, which allows on of [[EldritchAbomination Illyria]]'s worshippers to resurrect her [[spoiler: in Fred's body.]]
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': As Season 6 carries on, it becomes clear that the apparent new BigBad, Cayden James, only went on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Team Arrow because someone else manipulated him into it by framing Oliver for killing James' son. Halfway through the season, this turns out to have been [[spoiler: James' own supposed underling, Ricardo Diaz]], who used James' rampage as a cover for eliminating key officials in Star City so that they can be replaced with bought off patsies, giving [[spoiler: Diaz]] control of the city. [[spoiler: [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Diaz kills James when he's no longer needed.]]]]
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', this is how Ambassador Londo Mollari gets revenge on [[spoiler:Lord Refa, his erstwhile ally]], for his deadly political maneuverings. Londo makes it appear as though he is laying a trap for G'Kar to leave sanctuary at Babylon 5 so he can arrest him and thus gain political favor, and makes sure that the information is leaked, knowing that [[spoiler:Lord Refa]] will try to undermine the plot by reaching G'Kar first so he can imprison and kill both G'Kar and Londo. However, the real trap is different: G'Kar was in on it the whole time and the guards were loyal to House Mollari, meaning that this Unwitting Pawn just walked into his own death trap, via NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from a group of angry Narns [[SoundtrackDissonance while a lively gospel song plays]].
** Unfortunately, Londo's attaché and friend Vir is also something of an Unwitting Pawn during the scheme; even though he wasn't a victim, he had to believe the fake version of the plot because there were {{telepath}}s involved, and the information had to appear genuine. He wasn't happy to be made a fool of.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Pearl and Nash were pawns of Twilight. And they were none too happy when they found out.
** Roden in Twilight's real grand scheme.
** Genevieve to both Twilight and Roden.
* In the fourth season finale of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', [[spoiler: it's revealed that every major plot point that has happened since the pilot has been part of a bigger scheme, with Chuck and possibly everyone involved with those major plot points as the unwitting pawns. Whose pawns, exactly, and in what game, has yet to be revealed.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Companions have unwittingly aided the villains before. In fact, the revived series sees the Doctor himself doing it. Examples of this include:
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]], in which the Ninth Doctor leaves Satellite Five after defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek, without bothering to help guide humanity back onto a "proper" path. By the time he returns 100 years later in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf"]], things have actually gotten worse, since he was playing into the hands [[spoiler:or, more accurately, plungers]] of TheManBehindTheMan.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], in which the Tenth Doctor manages to cause the downfall of Harriet Jones by whispering "six little words" in her assistant's ear. It was stated during the Ninth Doctor's reign that she would be the "architect of Britain's Golden Age", but the power vacuum left in her wake seemingly allowed [[spoiler:the Master]] to gain power and eventually become Prime Minister. This indicates that the 10th Doctor ''did'' change history in "The Christmas Invasion", and worse, he changed a time line he had previously talked about in glowing colors. There was supposedly a deleted scene explaining the entire concept. Creator/RussellTDavies, the writer of the episodes and then-ShowRunner, mentioned this in his ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' column as an idea he'd had, and that as far as he was concerned it was the case -- '''but''' also said he had never scripted it, let alone shot it.
** This was somewhat alluded to in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]], where Vivien Rook tells Lucy Saxon that her husband first became "real" (and subsequently launched the Archangel network) around the time of Harriet Jones' fall. How much of it can be attributed to the actions of either [[spoiler:the Master]] or Tenth Doctor, however, is unknown. He does seem to blame himself for the Master's return by "The End of Time", as when Wilfred Mott tries to console the Doctor by saying it wasn't his fault, he sadly replied, "Isn't it?"
** The Daleks are admittedly pretty good at suckering the Doctor. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], the Daleks use the Doctor's hatred of the Daleks and love of Earth to not only create ''five'' retro-style Daleks (a net gain of two), but also [[spoiler:for once, survive the events of the episode]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]], the Doctor goes to the Pandorica when it opens to see what's inside... [[spoiler:only to realise he's been suckered by every alien in existence and it is in fact him that's meant to go inside the Pandorica in order to stop the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt TARDIS exploding]]. Needless to say, it does anyway.]] "[[PersonOfMassDestruction The most dangerous warrior in the world]]" indeed.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] it is revealed that the Doctor has been being manipulated for a very long time by [[spoiler:the TARDIS, who was waiting for a Time Lord crazy enough to try and steal her so she could see the universe. The Doctor protested that he chose her because someone had left the door unlocked. The TARDIS, briefly able to speak, replied that of course "someone" had.]]
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Paul Ballard gets suckered into [[spoiler: finding a way into the Dollhouse to rescue Caroline, thereby distracting all the security measures, while Alpha puts his actual plan into play and cheerfully sacrifices Ballard to [=DeWitt=]'s not-so-tender mercies.]]
** And at the end of season two, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Boyd Langton]] is secretly the head of Rossum and has been manipulating ''everyone'' at the Dollhouse all along.
* ''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, though the Lannisters comprise of schemers and chessmasters). This war cost the Lannisters a lot of money and thus made them inherit a debt-ridden Kingdom, and then turn on each other when their PuppetKing dies and Tyrion is accused by his own sister with his father's acquiescence.
** 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.
** 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, it 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.
** The Three-Eyed Raven was aware of what created Hodor and brought Bran to the past Winterfell apparently to witness the child Ned departing to the Eyrie, but in reality brought him to cause Wylis' mind-loop into Hodor, which happened immediately after Ned left. Though this has cruel overtones, had it not happened, Hodor would not have brought Bran to North of the Wall in the first place safely, nor he would have ultimately saved his life, for the moment foiling the White Walkers. Had it not been for this point, it would have been an entirely SenselessSacrifice.
** The Master Torturer clearly had no idea what kind of game Ramsay was playing, or what role he gave him.
** For all his intelligence, experience and ruthlessness, Tywin Lannister falls prey to the same mistake Ned Stark did; he trusted ''Littlefinger'' and raised him to a position of supremacy in the Riverlands and allowed him to marry the widowed lady of the Vale, making him arguably the second most powerful man in Westeros besides Tywin himself. In return, Littlefinger killed Joffrey with the Tyrells, in part because Tywin got Catelyn killed and partially because it would plunge the Seven Kingdoms into yet more chaos, which was a goal he stated aloud to Tywin and kidnapped Sansa Stark from Kings' Landing, giving Littlefinger an avenue for control of yet another of the Seven Kingdoms... and Tyrion discovers that his predecessor's supposed "magic" at financing the Iron Throne was really ''heavy'' borrowing from the Iron Bank of Braavos, an entity which even Tywin doesn't dare cross.
** Cersei Lannister. After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, Cersei confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' has Eddie and KT. They were manipulated by the villain into believing that the Staff of Osiris would stop Ammit from being unleashed. They only learned too late that it did the opposite. Eddie's vision didn't help...
* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'', [[AntiHero Francis Urquhart]] uses as many people as he can for his own [[CorruptPolitician political gain]] - be it [[IntrepidReporter reporters,]] [[FalseFriend colleagues]] or even [[TreacherousAdvisor the prime]] [[TheUsurper minister.]] He makes sure to have as many people in his pocket as possible, so that they [[TheChessmaster can be made useful when needed.]] If any one goes against him or can be of benefit when their public image is ruined - [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he will destroy them.]] [[spoiler: Murder is not out of the question.]]
** This applies for ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', the [[ForeignRemake american version]],[[note]] Or second adaption of the books, if you prefer [[/note]] as well.
* ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'': At the end of the series, EvilOverlord Rio goes down with a [[HeroicBSOD Villainous BSOD]] when he finds out that [[spoiler:his entire life has been masterminded by ManipulativeBastard Long]].
* Averted in Series/KamenRiderOOO, if it was played straight, Eiji would have just been used by Ankh as a means of farming Cell Medals. IF it was played straight that is... Instead, Ankh explains why he needs him, which [[NiceJobFixingItVillain was not a good move on his part]], as it leads to Eiji refusing to transform when Ankh needed him to in episode two, and in the next episode, the tables turn and Ankh is forced to do what Eiji says or else he will throw away his TransformationTrinket.
** And in ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', it gets played [[ExaggeratedTrope straighter than straight]]. [[spoiler:Yes, it's another instance of EvilMentor having a massive hand in this trope, though what sets said mentor apart from the others was that he's not only the BigBad, but he was setting up not just Haruto himself, but the ''entire Phantom race''. See, his plan involves using Wizards to power a ritual, but in order for Wizards to be created, they need to hit their DespairEventHorizon, but come back before they fully cross it. He already had one Wizard in the form of Haruto, but he needed to get other Wizards. This is where the Phantoms come in, as they are able to get these people to cross the horizon with the intended goal to make even more Phantoms. Needless to say, once his commanders find out about this, their reactions ranged from [[ThisCannotBe being unable to comprehend the idea of being used]] to [[TheStarscream downright plotting against him]]]].
** In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Mitsuzane discovered this out the hard way when the villains he had been "manipulating" for his own plans are actually the ones manipulating him all along. [[spoiler:This was further [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke after he dissects the Golden Fruit from Mai, then came along the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown being dished out on Micchy.]]
--->'''Ryoma:''' Hey, Kureshima rich boy! Didn't Takatora teach you? Why you shouldn't be [[SpoiledBrat a naughty boy?]] ''(grabs him and pushes Micchy against the wall while strangling him)'' [[ConsummateLiar Liars]]... [[DirtyCoward cowards]]... [[TooCleverByHalf It's because naughty boys fall prey to actually evil adults!]]
** ''Everyone'' in ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' to [[spoiler: Evolto.]] [[spoiler: He needs to purify and gather the 60 [[TransformationTrinket Fullbottles]], repair his Evol Driver, and get Ryuga to Hazard Level 5 so that his body becomes a suitable vessel for him in order to accomplish his plan of destroying the world. Thus, for ten years he sets up Japan's three divided states, with the help of Nanba Heavy Industries, to go to war with each other, so that they'll purify the Fullbottles for him as part of their military research, as well as gather them all together for him. When one of the researchers figures out too much, he has his memory wiped and starts directing his amnesiac identity, [[TheHero Sento]], to become a superhero, so that he'll still continue purifying Fullbottles. He also sends Banjou his way, allowing the two to bond together, thus giving Ryuga a motivation to raise his Hazard Level. Even when Sento figures out he's being manipulated, Evolto exploits the heroes' heroic tendencies so that they keep doing things that furthers his plans. By Episode 35, he's succeeded in accomplishing ''all'' of his above stated goals and is just short of "destroy the world" on his to-do list.]]
* The "rich and powerful" marks Nate Ford mentions during the opening credits for ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' are usually these. At some point along the way, their Mooks will often fall to this trope or Elliot, whichever one hits first.
** The team usually ends up making their targets into unwitting pawns, but they themselves end up as the Suckers (briefly) in "The Ho-Ho-Ho Job." They quickly caught on to the fact that a hacker has set up a scam at a local mall that will net the credit card numbers of nearly everyone who makes a purchase, and realize the only way to stop it is to cut the trunk line. They do so... only said trunk line also enables the security measures as the local branch of the Treasury, which was the hacker's ''real'' target.
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', captain Stanley Tweedle's backstory, in which he was supposed to deliver what amounted to blueprints for the emperor's superweapon to the rebel forces, and instead ended up providing the emperor with the codes to deactivate the rebel's planetary defenses. [[spoiler:The rest of humanity in the Light Universe were pawns as well, to the point that they willingly fed themselves to the BigBad when he demanded it.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** Poor John Locke is now the '''king''' of this trope. [[spoiler: In the course of the last seasons he has been a pawn used by a supernatural being who apparently planned Locke's whole ordeal, his reputation as someone "special" and then his final sacrifice so that he could take John's form and ultimately kill his own enemy, Jacob.]] The sheer number of episodes in which this GambitRoulette at his expense has unfolded makes him something of a Unwitting Pawn Marathon Man. Also, [[spoiler: Ben manipulated him into blowing up the submarine.]]
** He also kept juggling [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]], [[VillainBall Villain Balls]] and [[ConflictBall Conflict Balls]] all throughout the series, while every single flashback has portrayed him as a gullible loser. It's a testament to Terry O'Quinn's acting that, in spite of that, he has consistently been one of the most interesting, popular and [[BadassGrandpa badass]] characters of the show.
** For a devilish ManipulativeBastard and a supposedly wise ageless man, Ben and Richard too came across as total dupes; Locke, Ben and Richard, Film/TheThreeStooges?
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series, multiple characters (Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere) end up as Mab's suckers at one point or another.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]] was completely manipulated by [[ManipulativeBastard Regina/The Evil Queen]] into trying to depower Rumplestiltskin with TrueLovesKiss. Rumplestiltskin [[VillainousBreakdown flips]] when he realizes that she can take away his powers, assumes that Belle is working for Regina, and tells her to leave. Poor Belle honestly wasn't working for Regina, but the Queen wins either way- either Rumple is depowered, or she can abduct Belle and use her as a trump card against Rumple at a later date. (She instead [[BlatantLies tells Rumple]] that Belle [[DrivenToSuicide is dead]] ''and'' abducts her, so she not only has a trump card but has one that Rumple would never expect.)
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'': DYAD is good for setting these up. One of the biggest ones is [[spoiler: their former [[TheMole mole]], Delphine]], who Rachel manipulates into unknowingly helping with the abduction of [[spoiler: Kira]].
* Any given ''Franchise/StarTrek'' crew will become this at one point or another
** Though she was fairly bad to begin with, Kai Winn in the final episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' certainly seems to fulfill this role to Gul Dukat's {{Chessmaster}}.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Both Sam and Dean Winchester have played right into the villains' hands, [[spoiler:making the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse]] possible.]] [[DrivenToSuicide Grief]]-[[HeroicBSOD stricken]] Dean's DealWithTheDevil leads to him [[spoiler:going to hell where he finally gives in to the offer to torture others to spare himself, breaking the first seal holding back [[SealedEvilInACan Lucifer]]]]. Similarly screwed in the head, Sam [[spoiler:is seduced to the TheDarkSide by [[TheMole Ruby]] just enough to get him to kill Lilith, which they all expected to prevent the last seal from being shattered; in reality, she ''was'' the last seal.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero What neat little bookends, guys]].
** Castiel's extremely straightforward nature unfortunately leaves him rather easily manipulated by other characters, [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil as he doesn't usually anticipate that someone will lie to him]]. [[spoiler:Metatron]] takes full advantage of this in season eight and manages to trick Cas into [[spoiler:helping him with a spell to cast all of the angels out of Heaven]]. Castiel is horrified when he finds out the truth.
** It's also implied that Castiel was this for much of season four. Despite his personal doubts, it seems he just trusted that Heaven was giving him the right orders until he somehow found out that [[spoiler:Heaven had been planning the Apocalypse all along.]] And it's never stated whether his superiors eventually revealed it to him, expecting him to go along with it, or if he figured it out himself.
** Sam becomes this again in season 11, when he prays to God for help and receives visions that he believes are God trying to give him hints. It turns out he ''is'' receiving supernatural visions (not just having weird dreams), but that [[spoiler:they're actually from ''Lucifer'', as a ploy to get him to come back to the Cage in search of a way to defeat the Darkness.]] Sam initially performs [[BatmanGambit exactly as expected]], but then [[spoiler:point-blank refuses to become Lucifer's vessel again, even though it could help defeat the Darkness. Unfortunately, Sam is no longer the only suitable vessel...]]
* A lot of Suckers have come and gone in ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', but the biggest of them all would probably be Erik Reichenbach from Micronesia. In what many considered to be the dumbest move in the show's history, Erik gives away his Individual Immunity and is promptly voted off by the [[FemmeFatale conniving female alliance]], after being conned in a transparent ploy for redemption.
** The ''Samoa'' season was '''full''' of Unwitting Pawns. Most of Foa Foa and almost ''every'' member of Galu, ''except'' Brett and possibly Kelly and Monica, fell into this trope. Knowing that Kelly was just brilliantly blindsided, Monica saw the writing on the wall and just decided to antagonize Russell in the end, and Brett was ''fully aware'' that he couldn't have won because he lost the final immunity challenge. Is it any wonder Russell did so well, what with all the suckers who were practically lining up for the slaughter? (Players would have voted him out ''way'' sooner... or dragged his [[ImNotHeretoMakeFriends arrogant ass]] to the end and made him take all the nasty shots from the angry jury like Natalie did.)
** Russell pulls this off ''again'' in ''Heroes vs. Villains'', this time using [[JerkJock Tyson]] to break up what should have been a foolproof plan to get either Russell or Parvati out of the game by tricking him into switching his vote to Parvati, which broke up the even distribution of votes that Boston Rob's alliance would have used to get either Russell or Parvati out depending on who Russell used his Hidden Immunity Idol on. Instead, with Tyson's vote switched to Parvati, she now has four votes to Russell's two... and Tyson's three. Russell gave the immunity idol to Parvati, and [[RealityShowGenreBlindness bye bye Tyson]].
* Chris, Victoria and Allison Argent in ''Series/TeenWolf'', along with the rest of the hunters, have no idea that they are just enabling Gerard's plot to become a werewolf in order to survive terminal cancer. The ultimate however is Jackson, who does not even remember transforming into the Kanima, much less the murders that it commits at the direction of Matt.
** Throughout Season 3B the Nogitsune plays the rest of the cast like a fiddle, using its possession of Stiles to win their trust. Best example comes in "Letharia Vulparia", where the Nogitsune spends an entire episode impersonating Stiles, with Scott not doubting him for second.
* Bradford in season 2 of ''Series/TheApprentice'' did the same, waiving his exemption, and was immediately fired by Donald Drumpf, SOLELY because he was an idiot. This is a rare example of someone becoming the victim of their ''own'' BatmanGambit. Bradford wanted rid of the terribly ineffective team leader, Ivana, but knew that he wouldn't be brought back into the boardroom since he had immunity; therefore he surrendered it, so that she'd bring him back. Unfortunately, he didn't consider what the other possible outcome of that decision might be...
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'', '''everyone''' takes turns being the Unwitting Pawn, up to and including Jack Bauer. Somehow even the BigBad will end up a sucker either in his own scheme or be OutGambitted by the good guys. It's not a good idea to play Jack Bauer for a sucker though, 'cause that will only [[BerserkButton make him mad]].
* Much like ''24'', almost everyone in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has taken a turn as a Unwitting Pawn.
* Nick Hanway in ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. The spin doctor is convinced that the appointment of a new Prime Minister will also require a new chief spin doctor, but he ''seriously'' underestimates [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]]...
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder and Scully. It's their job description.
* In the last episode of Season 3 in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' [[spoiler: it is revealed that the entire group of Vigilance was this for Decima. Decima created the group solely so Vigilance would out Northern Lights to remove the competition for their Samaritan project, then Decima framed Vigilance for a terrorist bombing to get the US Government to hand over the feeds to make Samaritan operational. After that, Decima then uses this to wipe out Vigilance when they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]]]].
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* Mary in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' is obviously the pawn of multiple competing factions, but doesn't realize it fully until well into the story.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'''s [[spoiler:Klavier Gavin]] is the Unwitting Pawn for [[spoiler: his brother Kristoph]]'s EvilPlan to get Phoenix Wright [[spoiler:disbarred]].
** ''Trials and Tribulations'' has [[spoiler:Pearl Fey]], who is manipulated into triggering the events of the final case by [[spoiler:her mother, Morgan Fey]]. While [[spoiler:Pearl]] thinks she's just following her mother's orders for Maya's sake, her actions are actually [[spoiler:the means to ''kill'' Maya]]. Luckily, the plan isn't fulfilled thanks to a third party who knew about it beforehand.
* In ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' trilogy, everyone who isn't [[MagnificentBastard Zero]] or willingly working for Zero is this to some extent. Special mentions:
** [[spoiler:Ace, or Gentarou Hongou]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', [[spoiler:ends up being used by Zero to mop up the other {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who ran the Nonary Game 9 years ago]].
** [[spoiler:Dio, a Free The Soul agent]] from ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', [[spoiler:sent to sabotage the Nonary Game Ambidex version. What he didn't realize was that not only the organizers anticipate his infiltration of the game, it was actually necessary]]. If that's not enough, [[spoiler:revelations in the [[VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma next game]] show he was also Brother's unwitting pawn as well, sent in to deliberately fail without Dio's knowledge]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Shirou and Rin being pawns in the schemes of [[spoiler:Gilgamesh and Kotomine]] in all three routes, with Shinji joining them in Unlimited Blade Works.
* Several in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series:
** Makoto in Chapter 1. The whole point of the trial is Naegi trying to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] in [[spoiler: Sayaka's]] death. What's interesting is that [[spoiler: he was framed by the victim in her own failed attempt to murder someone else - Makoto is only cleared because even the murderer was tricked by Sayaka.]]
** [[spoiler: Hifumi]] is tricked into helping [[spoiler: Celeste]] in her scheme due to [[spoiler: his lust for Alter Ego and Celeste making a FalseRapeAccusation against her first victim. Once he's finished in his part of the plan, he's murdered by her.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 the sequel]], [[spoiler: Teruteru and "Byakuya" (aka the Ultimate Impostor)]] are the Unwitting Pawns of [[spoiler: Nagito. Nagito sent a note warning "Byakuya" of his murder plot to get "Byakuya" to host a party in the [[ClosedCircle old dining hall]] then got himself assigned cleaning duty so he could set up a murder plot. Then he allowed Teruteru to discover what he's doing, confesses and [[RefugeInAudacity tells him his entire motive]]. He managed to entice "Byakuya" to set up the LockedRoomMystery Nagito needed in a room which goes completely dark in a blackout and gets Teruteru to try and [[SuicideByCop murder him]], starting the Killing Game. He didn't intend for "Byakuya" to die, however.]]
* ''VisualNovel/MonsterProm'': The REVENGE ending. [[spoiler:Miranda will ask you to do a series of seemingly random tasks to help her out, with very flimsy reasons for it. It turns out that this is her plan to kill the water polo team for kicking her out by feeding them eggs from a sea monster and them telling said sea monster they ate her eggs, she reveals that this was her plan if invited to prom after the events are completed]].
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* N of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. He was raised by [[BigBad Ghetsis]] to believe that all humans were bad, sheltered all his life around abused Pokémon. He genuinely had good intentions to free all Pokémon, but in the end of the game, we find out that he was just a pawn to advance Ghetsis's plan of dominating Unova. [[HeroicBSOD Poor guy doesn't take it lightly.]]
* Gordon Freeman and Adrian Shephard in ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. We don't [[KansasCityShuffle exactly know what the plan is]] but that G-Man keeps laughing at us.
* In the original ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', after you defeat the sub-boss, Testament, he reveals that this was all part of his plan, since he can now use his blood to awaken Justice.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. However, this is justified, as the player character [[spoiler:is being mind controlled by Atlas/Fontaine from the very beginning, so he had no control over his actions. At least, until Dr. Tennenbaum snaps him out of it]].
* Serge of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' ''defines'' this trope. The guy can't go to the bathroom without furthering someone or [[AIIsACrapshoot some]][[EldritchAbomination thing's]] plans. The fact that [[GambitPileup everyone's plans revolve around him trying to get out of someone else's gambit does not help]].
** Here's the short version: [[spoiler:First, Lynx manipulates him into coming to Fort Dragonia so he can steal Serge's body and release the lock on the computer system FATE (which Lynx is a WetwareBody for). The Dragon Gods and Harle get him to kill FATE to release the seal on their power, then merge into their original EldritchAbomination-ish form and start work on annihilating all human life. Except that ''all of this'' was planned by Balthasar, because only by awakening the Dragon Gods would it be possible to create the Chrono Cross, which is the only thing that can save [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Schala]] from [[EldritchAbomination Lavos's]] hold over her.]] [[MindScrew Confused yet?]]
* Practically ''everyone'' in the VideoGame/ChzoMythos is a Unwitting Pawn in some way. Practically a testament to how incredibly good Chzo is at this MagnificentBastard business.
* There is sort of a subversion played on this in ''VideoGame/SpartanTotalWarrior'' The game, like the movie ''Film/ThreeHundred'' which it shares many similarities to, consists of ridiculously epic [[ConservationOfNinjutsu One Against Billions]] battles and sweeping, one-button-per-5-victims decapitations like a living lawnmower, all while listening to the god of war Ares's evil laughter and bloodlusty encouragement ("Hahaha, kill and kill again!"). It appears blatantly obvious to anyone familiar with button-mashing spells and swordplay epics that he will turn out to be some sort of enemy in the future, and that his plan all along was to get you to kill every Roman and his mother, but it turns out that it's only half true; [[spoiler:while Ares does indeed to turn out to be the BigBad, your genocide on the Romans was merely a distraction so that your homeland of Sparta could be destroyed while you were away. We are treated to multiple more tropes during Ares's HannibalLecture, such as the fact that he is your [[LukeIAmYourFather father]] and Tiberias was merely a [[TheManBehindTheMan puppet]]. You technically did fulfill his plans for mass murder, but it was of both your enemies AND your friends.]]
* The Global Defense Initiative (okay, mostly Boyle) in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' walks ''right'' into Kane's GambitRoulette, and their only hint that they were even hit by it is when the ScaryDogmaticAliens arrive. The expansion pack then explains that Kane specifically planned for Boyle to be the only surviving GDI leader after the nuclear strike on the Philadelphia ''specifically'' because Boyle is easily predictable. If you play the Scrin campaign, even the ScaryDogmaticAliens are suckers in Kane's roulette.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'': This trope is played painfully straight when the player character gets [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Diablo. DownerEnding for sure.
** Even more so ''Diablo 2'': [[spoiler:The entire game is the tale of how Marius gets manipulated by Baal into rescuing his soulstone from destruction at the hands of the player character, escaping the fate that his brothers suffered. Poor Marius dies in asylum cell as the horrible truth comes crashing down on him.]]
** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': Diablo's unwitting pawns? [[spoiler:''Everyone''. Except Adria, who wasn't unwitting, and may not have actually been a pawn.]]
* Inuart in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. He submits to the BigBad's [[MoreThanMindControl mind control]] to become TheDragon, attains the power to sweep Furiae off her feet and defeat Caim, so finally she ''has to love him'', right? Well, he forgot that the BigBad's plan was to kill her, and predictably realizes this too late to do anything.
** It gets worse in the lead-in to Ending Four, where, after the Gods die and he gets everything he wanted as a result... he decides, apropos of nothing, that it's up to Furiae and him to become the new gods and finish their plan to destroy and recreate the world. This entire route being something of a bizarre MindScrew...It's not clear whether [[spoiler:the giant flying man-eating babies are related to this, or just a consequence of the Gods being dead, although the game more implies the latter. Yes, really. Giant killer babies.]]
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. Multiple times.
** Terra and her comrades fall for this ''hard'' when the Empire in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' insists that it wants to commence peace talks. Granted, a few party members are suspicious enough to prepare a backup plan, but Terra, Locke, and General Leo swallow the plot hook-line-and-sinker and deliver a whole bunch of Espers for Kefka to turn into Magicite. Worse, this enables him to enter the Esper World and raise the Floating Continent, where the Three Goddesses are hidden away. It turns out that Emperor Gestahl was also a Unwitting Pawn: [[spoiler:Kefka uses him and the Empire to get to the Goddesses, and then uses their power to kill him and take all of it for himself.]]
** Cloud from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. One of the main points of his character is that [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Sephiroth]] can make Cloud do anything by manipulating him just the right way, and he makes sure Cloud knows it.
*** One can argue that, for a brief, shining moment, [[spoiler:Sephiroth himself could be considered one, depending on whether or not Aeris knew she needed to die to make Holy work.]]
*** Sephiroth was also implied to be one throughout the whole game. No, not the fanon about him being used by Jenova. It was by Hojo. Hojo was implied to have set up all the events for Sephiroth to go berserk, and then was trying to aid him upon his return without Sephiroth knowing it, not simply because Sephiroth was his son, but also because Hojo wanted to see his (amoral) research blossom to full fruition. The Novellas also implied that Hojo actually ended up possessing Sephiroth to give him more power after he was killed by AVALANCHE so he can bear witness to the final results of his creation, due to not being able to properly diffuse into the lifestream. What's worse, he doesn't stop there. He also ends up digitalizing his mind into the worldwide network and later possesses Weiss, making most of Deepground unwitting pawns as well for his final, final experiment, the revival of Omega, which was also implied to be concurrent with Sephiroth's revival and ascension.
** Tidus and Yuna from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. They get bounced like ping-pong balls back and forth between Yevon's plan to [[spoiler:continue the spiral of death and Auron's plan to destroy it and free Spira.]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' seems to imply that Yuna, at least, ''never figured it out.''
** [[spoiler:Almost ''everyone'']] ends up this way in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' after the dust has settled from the GambitPileup by the story's end. [[spoiler:Except Delita. And Ramza.]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]] is this, aside from being an IdiotHero. He and his companions [[spoiler: Head into the Great Forest of Moore, in order to stop [[BigBad Exdeath]] from taking what's sealed inside. Turns out ''he'' waited for them to get to that world's crystals... And destroy them. Wow.]]
*** Bartz and Krile go to seek Ghido for help after [[spoiler:Exdeath is defeated and the worlds fuse together]] and at that point, [[spoiler:an innocuous-looking splinter that Krile has]] enables Exdeath to return. Having overheard the converstion, [[spoiler:he sets out to take control of the Void]].
** Oh [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]]. We love the guy, but he's got a bad history with traps. First he delivers a trapped ring to the village of Mist (which, is known as the "Bomb Ring" in some versions). Then later he's approached with a HostageForMacguffin deal, and he hands over the macguffin (assumed at the time to be the last one Golbez needed) before seeing the hostage. Then he and his group have the door to the second-to-last Underworld crystal opened because of some disturbance inside, and end up giving Golbez a way in. And ''then'', after failing to secure the (seven!) lost Crystals, they go and unseal the door to the last one, and trudge through the ScrappyLevel both ways to bring it outside, only for Golbez to re-control Kain and take it at the last second. And if you include the crystal that he retrieved for Baron in the backstory, that makes him directly responsible for Golbez getting fully ''half'' of the Crystals. Sometimes, you wonder why Cecil keeps doing things, considering that the situation gets worse every time he gets close to a macguffin.
** By the time ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' rolls around, the main group is being ''told'' that they're Unwitting Pawns.
*** And in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 the sequel]], it comes up again when [[spoiler:Noel kills Caius, destroying the heart of Etro, killing her with him]], ensuring his plan succeeds. The most infuriating part is that ''Noel and Serah already knew this'' but RememberedTooLate.
* ''VideoGame/RadiataStories''. [[IdiotHero Jack]] does [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lucian's]] job for him. All he has to do is provide the tools and the directions.
* Non-FF Squaresoft example: Surlent from ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra''. Being fooled by a thief is one thing, being fooled about ''once every thirty minutes'' by the very ''forces of Creation'' is another. Although it quickly becomes clear that Surlent helping the game's GambitPileup along (and [[spoiler: losing his body thrice in the process]]) is actually his destiny (by failing hard but consistently, he accidentally brings all of the {{MacGuffin}}s to the right people at the right time), it still occasionally starts looking like a case of JustEatGilligan.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun I'' and ''II'' has Alex, who uses both parties as Unwitting Pawns. While they fight amongst each other about lighting the lighthouses Alex twiddles his thumbs for when they finally do and cause the Golden Sun to rise and shine down massive power down on Mt. Aleph, where he happens to be waiting.
** Only to discover that he ''himself'' was [[spoiler:the Wise One]]'s Unwitting Pawn in his plan: [[spoiler:he knew lighting the lighthouses would allow someone to gain enough power from the Golden Sun to conquer the world, so when all but one of the gems required to light the lighthouses was removed from their chamber, the Wise One transferred just enough of that power (which was originally split evenly between the gems) from the remaining gem to Isaac without telling him, meaning that if the lighthouses were all lit, anyone who wanted the Golden Sun's power would not get enough of it to conquer the world.]]
*** [[spoiler:And in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' it's shown that he one-upped The Wise One, and is doing the same thing again. He's so good at this that in his very first appearence, he even says to the characters they're pawns, and they can't do anything about it. By the end of the game, it's clear that he's been using almost everyone of importance throughout the whole plot, including ThoseTwoBadGuys. And the player still doesn't have the slightest idea what his long-term goals are, as he remains TheUnfought.]]
** Gloriously subverted in Agatio's intro scene in ''The Lost Age'', in which he flat-out tells Alex [[TakeThat to his face]] that he knows he's being used, and ''just doesn't care'' as long as his goals get accomplished, too. Definitely Agatio's personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome, since he's otherwise one of the flattest major characters in a series known for {{Flat Character}}s.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' shows Naked Snake being used by the United States government into achieving their goal of gaining Russia's portion of the Philosophers' Legacy. ''Portable Ops'' has [[spoiler: Zero]] use Big Boss to defeat Gene and scare the Philosophers enough that Ocelot can gain control of their whereabouts and the American portion of the Philosophers' Legacy.
*** VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps also implies that the main villain, Volgin, was himself an Unwitting Pawn to a deviously cunning strategist.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' retcons many of the events previously established in the franchise. It is explained that the events of the first two ''Metal Gear'' games involved [[spoiler:Big Boss trying to create a place where individual liberty is guaranteed for everyone, instead of being a soldiers' haven. The Patriots have Solid Snake tear down both Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land to destroy Big Boss' dream of freedom]]. The first two ''Metal Gear Solid'' games are changed to have Solid Snake again being used by the Patriots [[spoiler:and possibly Zero]] to defeat anyone who stood in their way. The Patriots by [=MGS4=] (set in 2014) are now an [[spoiler:AI system which was supposed to continue Zero's legacy by gaining control of all of mankind using the Sons of the Patriots (SOP) system. Snake is sent in to stop Revolver Ocelot from destroying the Patriots AI system]]. At the same time, Snake and his allies are used [[spoiler:by Liquid Ocelot in his goal in destroying the Patriots AI systems, Liquid Ocelot pretending to plan to hijack the System using the AI named 'GW' and Snake and company countering it by using a virus to destroy the it, not knowing the virus as written by Naomi would destroy the remaining Patriot AIs as well]]; even if he didn't know about it or plan for it to happen, it certainly fit his goals. ''Somewhat'' averted in that his own post-Patriot vision was averted by [[spoiler:Sunny Gurlukovich, who wrote the virus to destroy the Patriot AIs but preserve key parts of modern civilization, and then, Drebin implies that Ocelot's vision of a war-torn world would still be an inevitable likely outcome despite this, that or the UN becoming a neo-Patriots/Philosophers III group]].)
** Solid Snake was manipulated throughout the entire series. The most affecting part of the [=MGS4=] ending [[spoiler:might be Big Boss promising Snake that there is no one left to manipulate him anymore]].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Liquid's plan hinged on Snake discovering the card keys (Really, 3 keys in one). [[spoiler:To manipulate Snake into doing this, Liquid masqueraded as one of Snake's few friends (Snake's support staff apparently figured out the location of his radio calls, but not until the big reveal), locked Snake in a cell with a dead hostage whom a master of disguise had been pretending to be (Snake even recognized that the hostage should not have been as decayed as he was), and left the control room for the card keys virtually unguarded even when Liquid had earlier encountered Snake outside the room. Snake didn't realize he was being duped until after he activated Metal Gear.]]
*** The sad thing is that, even if Liquid's plan didn't work or didn't even happen, Snake still would have been an unwitting pawn in either case: [[spoiler:According to Liquid and his Pentagon spy, the real reason why Snake was sent over to Shadow Moses was to infect most of the people on the island, both the terrorists and most of the people involved in the REX project, so the Pentagon, and presumably the Patriots, would have recovered REX and the Genome Soldiers from the island without any risk of damage, even making absolute certain that FOXDIE was injected into Snake.]]
** Arguably in the original ''Metal Gear'', where Big Boss intentionally selected Snake as the agent to send false information back to NATO (and by proxy, The Patriots), not counting on Snake's hereditary ability to kick ass and take names.
*** If Peace Walker is anything to go by (and possibly ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''), Big Boss's misinformation doesn't even come close to the fact that the Patriots essentially manipulated Snake into trying to destroy Metal Gear and take Big Boss down as an insurance policy in case they failed to either bring him back into the fold or ruin/kill Big Boss the first time by one of their agents firing a nuke at the East Coast.
** Speaking of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', other than the brief revelation that Coldman was the deviously cunning strategist that Gene alluded to in Portable Ops, it turns out that most of the game was manipulated by Paz Ortega Andrade, even the KGB agent Zadornov hiring Snake as a distraction to force Coldman to activate Peace Walker so he could hijack it and frame America with an attack on Cuba, and she wasn't even the one who pulled all the strings: Her employers, Cipher, had planned out the entire incident just to get Big Boss to rejoin the fold, and it is also heavily implied that they also ordered Paz to frame Big Boss and MSF with nuking the East Coast when Big Boss refused the offer. They also arranged for Kaz to briefly work with them, although it is also implied that they didn't tell him about the nuke plan.
** The ending to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' implies that Solid Snake and Otacon may have ended up being Unwitting Pawns of the Patriots all along.
** VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: the first game that comes to mind when you hear the words "unwitting pawn".
* The hero from the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series has a terrible habit of playing right into the game's villain's hands, even though he manages to fix things in the end. In ''Quest for Glory 2'', [[spoiler:he gets mind-controlled into releasing the evil djinn Iblis by the game's BigBad, then is almost trapped forever in Iblis' chamber]]. In ''Quest for Glory 3'', [[spoiler:in an attempt to bring peace between two tribes, he brings their leaders together in front of a third-party king. Then one of the leaders becomes possessed and kills the other, and is promptly killed by another person in the room, almost guaranteeing the war he was trying to stop]]. In ''Quest for Glory 4'', [[spoiler:he falls for a trick by the BigBad from the second game, back for revenge. As a result, he ends up having to go through the motions to release a monster on the world]]. However, [[spoiler:Elsa Von Spielburg]] is the Unwitting Pawn in ''Quest for Glory 5''.
* In ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'', this happens often enough through the game's plot that it's practically the player's full-time occupation. However, those who had played the first game, and knew who they were dealing with, walked into the Gambit with open arms.
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'': In a very unusual example, Ashley Riot was a Unwitting Pawn for [[spoiler:an AntiVillain, who manipulated him into ''saving'' the world from the much more dangerous KnightTemplar Guilderstern]].
* Fei Fong Wong of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Not only was he a sucker for Solaris, the Wave Existence, his split personalities and his own prior incarnation, but even his friends manipulated him without reservations.
* Virtually every single named character in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' trilogy is a Unwitting Pawn. This is not an exaggeration.
* The majority of the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 3|Grand Phantasm}}'' concerns three quirky teenagers trying to find [[MineralMacGuffin eight gemstones]] so they can open a book which will grant any wish, while helping the even-more-quirky townsfolk with their problems. What could go wrong? [[spoiler: How about nearly causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because you were manipulated by an evil spirit from (almost) the very beginning into wasting the only wish you get?]]
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''All'' of ''VideoGame/Persona2''[='s=] human antagonists are nothing more than pawns being manipulated by [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] in its CosmicChessGame against [[spoiler:Philemon]].
** The main characters in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' spend a good portion of the game fighting a series of [[MonsterOfTheWeek powerful bosses that appear once a month]] only to discover that [[spoiler: Ikutsuki]] tricked them into doing so [[spoiler: by doctoring video footage of Yukari's father]] so that he could [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination summon Nyx]]]]. [[spoiler: Ikutsuki's plan fails when he forgets about [[SpannerInTheWorks the dog]]. However, that mistake only serves to delay the inevitable, and the protagonist is ultimately forced to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself/herself]] to prevent Nyx from bringing forth [[TheEndofTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Fall]].]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'':
*** If the player doesn't choose to [[spoiler:immediately kill him (thus getting the Bad Ending)]], [[spoiler:Taro Namatame]] is revealed to be a TragicHero with genuinely good intentions misguided by [[spoiler:the true murderer, Tohru Adachi, who manipulated Namatame into throwing Adachi's intended victims into the TV World to try to save them from him, without telling him that throwing them into the TV World and leaving them at the mercy of the Shadows there was how Adachi killed people]]. When [[spoiler:Namatame]] learns from the Investigation Team the truth [[spoiler:about what happens to people thrown into the TV World]], he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. [[spoiler:But then it turns out there's an even BIGGER ManBehindTheMan who's been manipulating Namatame, Adachi, and ''you'']].
*** The Investigation Team also end up pawns to [[spoiler:Adachi. In rescuing the people Nanatame kidnapped and threw into the TV World, they reinforced Namatame's delusions that the TV World was a safe place, which led to him kidnapping more people. Of course, their actions are still for the better, since the people Namatame "rescued" would have died had they not done so.]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'':
*** [[spoiler:The main characters' rise to fame]] was orchestrated by TheConspiracy, so that [[spoiler:the good guys could eventually become TheScapegoat for all the crimes the villains committed using the [[MentalWorld Metaverse]]]].
*** [[spoiler:Goro Akechi]] ends up being this to [[spoiler:both the heroes ''and'' TheConspiracy]]: [[spoiler:The good guys ''know'' he's working for the Conspiracy right from the start, and play him like a fiddle]], while [[spoiler:the bad guys plan on killing him the moment he outlives his usefulness]].
*** [[spoiler:The heroes and TheConspiracy]] were both being manipulated by [[spoiler:Yaldabaoth, the God of Order, who was manipulating both sides to eliminate any "chaotic elements" inside the Metaverse that would stop him from removing TheEvilsOfFreeWill from the rest of humanity]].
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' has Shanoa seeking out the three pieces of Dominus, a glyph that is to be used on a particular artifact that, according to Barlowe, will bring about the defeat of Dracula when destroyed. [[spoiler:Only after meeting certain conditions that allow you to bypass the bad ending do you learn that said object actually ''resurrects'' Dracula, as Barlowe demonstrates after Shanoa refuses and defeats him in a boss battle.]]
** Leon Belmont and [[spoiler: Sara Trantoul (and even [[TheDragon Walter Bernhard]])]] in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence''. Our man Drac practically lives (unlives?) off of Unwitting Pawns. Trevor, Simon and Richter Belmont have also been pawns in his [[spoiler: or Shaft's, in Richter's case]] plans for resurrection.
** Celia Fortner in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' tried this on Soma, and depending on the ending, either succeeded or failed. [[spoiler:The former ends up with Soma killing her anyway.]]
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' [[spoiler:Gabriel ''and'' Zobek]] are the Unwitting Pawns of [[spoiler:Satan in his bid to obtain the power of the Mask of Shadows to overthrow Heaven.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
** Makoto wound up being one of these for [[spoiler:Kitaniji]], as the whole point of making the Red Skull Pins popular in the first week later comes back to haunt him in the last one when [[spoiler:almost all of the Shibuya UG, citizens and Reapers included, gets {{brainwashed}} and homicidal toward Neku and Beat]].
** The main characters themselves are pretty severe cases of this as well, especially Neku: [[spoiler: Every single thing they did turned out to serve the sole purpose of helping Joshua fulfill his goal of erasing Shibuya.]] Although [[spoiler:failing to defeat Kitaniji would result in Shibuya falling victim to an AssimilationPlot.]] This is one case in which the pawns don't have any choice but to go along with the scheme.
* Ironically subverted by Raziel from the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series. Throughout all three games, every character is constantly waving this in his face, telling him how he has no idea what his true purpose is, and that he's just been their "unwitting pawn" the whole time. In the end, their manipulations buy him time to figure out his actual destiny, which none of them had ever guessed, thus making all of the villains the suckers in their own GambitRoulette.
* Thrall and Sylvanas Windrunner from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are good examples. Thrall explicitly trusted Sylvanas, despite the fact that she was using the Horde for her own vengeance against the Lich King. In turn, she believed she had Varimathras firmly under her control, which is what he wanted her to think all along; the Nathrezim are a race of {{MagnificentBastard}}s.
** It's implied that Thrall only let the Forsaken into the Horde because they need a presence in the Eastern Kingdoms, and because the Earthen Ring suggested that they could potentially cure undeath. The Forsaken are considered allied to the Horde rather than true members.
** You too. There are multiple quest chains where you're [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption suckered into doing a bad guy's bidding]]. Unfortunately for the bad guy, once they decide that you've outlived your usefulness, you [[OhCrap show up with friends]] and proceed to [[SpannerInTheWorks beat the tar out of them and take their loot.]]
* Speaking of which, the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise is full of these, really. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Arthas]] thought he was fighting against the Scourge right up until they sucked out his soul and made him their champion. The entire [[KnightTemplar Scarlet Crusade]] seems not to realize it's ''actually run by demons'' (those Magnificent Nathrezim again.) And the quests player characters keep getting have led fans to lament "How many times do I have to help the Lich King before I learn better?"
** The game implies that Thrall doesn't really trust the Forsaken, apparently he flat out needs them because otherwise the Alliance is too much more powerful. (Without the Forsaken and the Blood Elves, the Horde would be entirely on Kalimdor [and then Outland and more recently Northrend] which is also home to two of the Alliance races ''and'' a noticeable number of human outposts, including Jaina Proudmoore's city of Theramore Isle.) The other Horde leaders never even mention Varimathras when planning. It's very likely that nobody trusted him at all except [[WhatAnIdiot Sylvanas]]. And Arthas was savvy enough to realize he was probably selling his soul and just didn't realize it was to his enemy. After all, it DID give him the power to almost destroy the Scourge. The Scarlets? Morons.
** Thrall is ''not'' fooled though by [[spoiler:Neeru Fireblade]], who remains only at Thrall's pleasure because he doesn't have enough information to move against the Burning Blade cult, all the while convinced that ''he'' has ''Thrall' outwitted.
** Sintharia, Deathwing's only surviving consort, despises him and plots to make a new Twilight Dragonflight to take over Azeroth. It is implied that she's been manipulated by him all along, as in Cataclysm, he has reanimated her and uses her eggs to create Twilight Dragons to assist him in his plans.
* Creator/BioWare loves this one to death:
** In ''Videogame/BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal'', [[spoiler:your whole party is this, killing off the other Bhaalspawn for Melissan's scheme to ascend to power.]]
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', anyone? [[spoiler: You're the ex-Sith Lord? Captured, [[MindRape mind-wiped by the Jedi Council]], and with Bastila holding your leash]]. JediTruth on par with Obi-Wan and his "certain point of view."
*** Although not made by [=BioWare=], the player character from the second game counts too.
** [[spoiler:''The protagonist'']] in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. [[MagnificentBastard "Magnificent"]] indeed.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Dwarf Noble origin story has the player character's exile come about as a result of becoming an Unwitting Pawn in a particularly vicious piece of dwarven politics.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke becomes an Unwitting Pawn of [[spoiler:Anders, a ''party member'']] in a scheme to [[spoiler:start a war between the Templars and Mages]]; to be fair to Hawke, [[spoiler:Knight-Commander Meredith, the leader of the Templars]], gets suckered just as effectively. Since ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is DarkerAndEdgier than other Bioware games, the scheme ''works'' regardless of Hawke's actions afterwards.
** In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', so many of them. Notably [[spoiler:Saren Arterius and Matriarch Benezia for the Reapers]]. [[spoiler:Commander Shepard is an interesting case, as they voluntarily ally themselves with the Illusive Man despite his questionable morals, but can also turn on him and screw over his plans in the Paragon ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.]]
*** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:as brilliant as he was, the Illusive Man was no match for the power of the Reapers and ended up being their pawn.]]
* Happens to the player in several ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' quests.
* [[spoiler:''The protagonist'']] in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. And with the GambitPileup that's going on, it's at time hard to tell exactly ''whose'' plan.
** Possibly also [[spoiler:anyone who tried to use the Ankharan Sarcophagus to gain power.]]
* [[spoiler:''[[RuleOfThree The protagonist]]'']] in almost every ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' installment. [[spoiler: Blatantly obvious in the later installments, where Reimu is used by Yukari to counter Kanako's influence.]]
** [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] in the ''Silent Sinner in Blue'' manga. She actually realized she was this trope after a while but decided to go along with it anyway. Partly to [[ItAmusedMe relieve some boredom]] and partly because, by then, she had actually started to care for the path she was being manipulated into following. [[spoiler: Even worse, the ostensible "winners", the Watatsuki sisters, are completely fooled by both Yukari and Eirin's plans, tricked out of a rare bottle of wine by the first and getting extorted out of considerable favors by the latter.]]
** And in ''Double Dealing Character'', Shinmyoumaru Sukuna exemplified the "unwitting" part of this trope when she became Seija Kijin's pawn. Seija is an amanojaku, a kind of {{youkai}} notorious for being [[ConsummateLiar pathological liars]], and Sukuna was aware of this fact when she bought into Seija's lies. "HorribleJudgeOfCharacter" doesn't even begin to describe it.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Knuckles the Echidna]], and to a much lesser extent, Shadow and Silver.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Throughout the first half of the game, Link ventures across Hyrule, gathering the three Spiritual Stones which will allow him access to the Master Sword and the Sacred Realm... only to allow Ganondorf to get in and grab the Triforce in the process!
** Link has a tendency to fall victim to this trope. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', he accidentally lifts the seal that keeps Ganon's power sealed, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'' he releases Vaati from his prison by pulling out the titular sword, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'', he moves a sacred rock that is supposed to keep Veran from getting close to Nayru. Every time this trope happens, it's because Link is following the orders of MissionControl, who's supposed to be on your side but every damned time just ends up having you go help out the enemy.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': [[spoiler:Link is this to Hilda. He goes about rescuing the Sages and eventually getting the Triforce of Courage under her direction supposedly just so he could defeat Yuga-Ganon and rescue Zelda. Turns out that Hilda actually wanted to take all three pieces of the Triforce in order to replace the Lorulean Triforce that was destroyed ages ago, and she had Yuga kidnap Zelda for the Triforce of Wisdom and revive and fuse with Ganon for the Triforce of Power. But after all this, it turns out Yuga was using Hilda as ''his'' pawn, planning to use the Hyrulian Triforce to [[InTheirOwnImage remake the world in his image]], Hyrule and Lorule be damned.]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' - Sora. [[spoiler:Organization XIII urged him to destroy heartless so they could collect the hearts released, in order to build Kingdom Hearts. Kinda justified here...once he figures it out, he still has no choice but to continue slaying them.]]
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'': [[spoiler: Everything he does until the 13th floor is part of the Organization's plan to wipe his memory. It would have worked, too, if not for, well...]]
** Also, [[spoiler:TheHeartless]] took advantages of both [[spoiler:Maleficent and Organization XIII]] by playing on their darkest desires while pretending they were the [[{{Mook}} mooks]]. [[spoiler:Maleficent]] never figured it out but [[spoiler:the Organization]] did, but kept playing the game for their own purposes.
** [[spoiler:Most of the cast]] of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' are thoroughly manipulated by [[spoiler:Master Xehanort, Terra being the biggest sucker of them all]], but [[spoiler:Vanitas]] is at the top of BBS trickery list [[spoiler:for playing ''Xehanort'' just as he was being beaten over the head with Terra's Keyblade...[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome By Terra's AnimatedArmor, no less]].]] And all of this trickery was simply for the [[spoiler:[[NarmCharm X-Blade]] ]]. And during the game Terra gets suckered by Maleficent, Jumba, Hades, and Captain Hook. GenreBlindness doesn't begin to describe it.
** Then ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D Dream Drop Distance]]'' rolls around... hoo boy. Turns out [[spoiler: ''The entirity of Organization XIII'']] were Unwitting Pawns of Xehanort, [[spoiler: or specifically his Xemnas incarnation. He ''lied'' to them about the Organization's true purpose and made them think bringing back Kingdom Hearts would give them all their hearts back. In actual fact, most of them were ''already beginning to regain their hearts on their own'', but he did everything in his power to ensure ''they never found out'' and believed they had no hearts in the first place. The reason? He wanted to hook them all up to Kingdom Hearts and [[GrandTheftMe turn the ALL into HIM!!]] Oh, and he's been planning this so long that even ''his teenage self'' may actually be an Unwitting Pawn to '''HIMSELF'''. (TimeTravel is involved, as is copious amounts of MindScrew)]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and Sora unwittingly plays into his hands once again.]]
* Onaga's manipulation of Shujinko in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' is actually the namer of the game.
** ''He's'' got it bad? Poor Kitana has been a victim of this multiple times, throughout the whole franchise. The first time was by Shao Khan in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''. Then it was by Onaga in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', and then by both Mileena and Jade in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks''. Even in the non-cannon ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', she was an Unwitting Pawn of both Dark Khan and Quan Chi.
** In fact, this has happened to a ''lot'' of characters in the franchise. It's hard to find one who ''hasn't'' been tricked, brainwashed, and/or magically enslaved by one or more of the main villains at least once.
* In ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh'', you are either this or the Manipulative Bastard themselves
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', [[spoiler:Harry Whitehorse unwittingly falls into Alexei and Yeager's plot to cause tension in the guilds by helping cause the death of Belius, and by extension, his grandfather, the Don. Belius gets better, the Don does not.]]
* Captain Gordon ('''Defender of Earth!'''), from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|Hour of Darkness}}'', thinks he is sent to defeat you in order to defend Earth, but soon discovers he's being played like a piano by his superiors and that his mission is merely a pretext for an invasion of the Netherworld.
** [[spoiler:Trumping that is General Carter, who himself was played like a fiddle by Archangel Vulcanus, who really wanted the Netherworld razed as part of his ploy to become a god. He (''along with everyone else in the plot'') was being used as a tool to fulfill [[{{Chessmaster}} Seraph Lamington]] and [[ObfuscatingStupidity King Krichevskoy's]] combined [[GambitIndex Gambit]], and had no idea how bad his own scheme fell into the puzzle until the curtain fell - on him. HARD.]]
* [[spoiler:Kirby himself (and the other player characters, if you use them)]] in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand''. [[spoiler:Once you beat the apparent final boss (though anyone familiar with the series would know otherwise as there's ''always'' a TrueFinalBoss), it turns out that it was actually a [[BigGood Big]] ''[[BigGood Good]]'' and that the person you've been helping all game is the BigBad...and manages to retain the usual surprise by giving you a boss stage even if you haven't reached TrueFinalBoss levels.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:[[GeneralRipper General Shepherd]] is revealed to have set up a five-year gambit to pit the USA and Russia against each other, so that he may lead the USA to the status as permanent ultimate world power, and be known worldwide as a "hero" for it. And he doesn't give two shits over how many millions of innocents get in his way. The man made all of the US, UK, & Russia into his Unwitting Pawns, including the player characters, one of whom (Roach) he kills after sending him to retrieve the evidence that would have exposed him as the mastermind behind the plot. Even though [[SpannerInTheWorks Price & Soap managed to kill him]], it's not stated if Shepherd's plan has already succeeded. Hints suggest that [[DownerEnding it]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog did]].]] The third game subtly reveals that [[spoiler: [[{{Irony}} Shepherd was also this to Makarov]], who had been feeding false information to the former and had actually caused Shepherd's StartOfDarkness via the nuke detonation that he ordered. And, if what Makarov's actions in "Persona Non Grata" are taken into account, then he was planning to have General Shepherd killed anyway. Having Price and Soap do it was simply convenience.]]
* Copy-X, and, to a lesser extent, Zero and his LaResistance allies in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3''. [[BigBad Dr. Weil]] played them all for fools, orchestrating the new conflict between Neo Aradia and the LaResistance, which was just after an unofficial truce made by Zero and the Guardians. Zero goes off to fight Copy-X to stop the conflict, and when the latter tries to go OneWingedAngel, a booby-trap which Weil installed earlier on Copy-X, was activated, killing him. With Copy-X gone, Dr. Weil, the one next in power, is now the new dictator of Neo Arcadia. It was [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] by Zero himself:
-->''...It's all going according to his plans.''
* [[TheStarscream Prometheus and Pandora]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent''. At first, they backstabbed [[BigBad Albert]] and then fights Grey/Ashe. After s/he defeats them, suddenly their anguish, hatred, and despair are absorbed by [[ArtifactOfDoom Model Ws]] in the background and then they collapse. The real Albert then appears, stating that the body that everyone think by "Albert" is actually a decoy, and that those negative emotions are necessary to revive and activate the Model Ws.
-->'''[[MagnificentBastard Albert]]''': [[Manga/DeathNote Just]] [[GambitRoulette as]] [[MemeticMutation I]] [[ShoutOut planned]]! Soon all of the Model Ws will begin to merge! I will become the ultimate Mega Man and the plan will be complete!
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Starkiller/Galen Marek is shown to have been one when [[spoiler: Vader reveals that everything up to that point had been planned by himself and [[ManipulativeBastard Palpatine]] to have Stakiller assemble a proto-Rebellion. It didn't matter if his goal was to stay loyal to Vader and "distract" the Emperor, or if he thought he was fooling Vader and genuinely attempting to form a rebellion, his only purpose was to get them together in the same place at the same time.]] It only fails because [[spoiler: Juno and PROXY are jointly the SpannerInTheWorks]], one sacrificing himself to distract Vader as he's [[spoiler: about to kill his apprentice]] and the other rescuing him after his fall. The ending also implies that [[spoiler: Vader was also an Unwitting Pawn to Palpatine all along. He wanted to see if Starkiller had the potential to surpass Vader and become Palpatine's new apprentice.]]
* General Morgahn during much of ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Nightfall''. Once he learns the truth about Varesh, however, he helps defeat her and joins the player character's team as an NPC. The PC also spends a fair bit of time being this during various schemes in ''Guild Wars: Prophecies''.
* Harry spends most of ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' being Dahlia's Sucker, but his unwavering love for his daughter is also what causes him to be the SpannerInTheWorks. Depending on which of the MultipleEndings you get, you can argue the same for the protagonists of the other games: passively taking directions from everyone [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 and their dog]] at every turn, but fully capable of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing]] the local EldritchAbomination when push comes to shove.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftBroodWar'' was already a pretty confusing GambitPileup to begin with. Every character who isn't directly opposed to [[spoiler:her]] ends up being one of [[spoiler:Kerrigan]]'s Unwitting Pawns as time goes on, with the exception of [[spoiler: Samir Duran]]. [[spoiler: He used her rise to power to speed up and hide his Protoss-Zerg Hybridization project]]. It can be said that the biggest pawn of all is Jim Raynor, who despite being one of the more heroic characters in the game, often ends up directly or indirectly helping villains, and in the grand scheme of things, is almost powerless. This tendency has unfortunately carried on into the next game. To his credit, he spends the ''Wings of Liberty'' campaign openly bemoaning the fact that he's probably either being openly played with, or just being set up to be used later. He spends nearly as much time trying to figure out ''how'' as he does trying not to have a bunch of Zerg chew his face off.
* ''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]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' [[HumanoidAbomination Alex]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Mercer]] spends most of the game unknowingly aiding the plans of people who want him dead. [[spoiler: First, he frees Elizabeth Greene, thinking she's just another victim. As it turns out, she's the HiveQueen behind the virus. Then, he tries to help his ex-girlfriend, Karen Parker, by providing her with biological materials from the infected. As it turns out [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] has coerced her into working for them, and that genetic material Alex collected gets turned into a parasite which almost kills him. Then, Blackwatch Captain Cross tricks him into going to a location where they hit him with both [[DeadlyGas Bloodtox]] and [[SuperSoldier D-Codes]]. Finally, the Supreme Hunter consumes Cross, and uses that form to get Alex to kill off the Blackwatch leadership, and in an attempt to catch Alex off-guard so that the Hunter might eat him]]. Our sociopathic hero manages to overcome all this because he's a badass, but he does come across as a bit of a gullible idiot.
** Part of the reason is because the amnesiac Mercer, even though he's [[ImAHumanitarian eating people left and right]] in order to understand what the hell is going on, is often in the dark about what the hell is going on. As the game progresses he ''knows'' he's probably being played, but due to a lack of options he has to play along anyways if he's going to have a hope of accomplishing anything. He even says it outright to [[spoiler:Cross]].
-->'''Mercer''': Why do I get the feeling I'm getting the short end of this deal?
** [[RogueProtagonist Mercer]] [[spoiler: and Koenig]] tries to do this to James Heller in the sequel, [[SubvertedTrope but he cottons on pretty fast]].
* [[spoiler: The new leader of Team Plasma, N,]] is shown to be this in VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite when [[spoiler:his father, Ghetsis, reveals that he was using N to make pokemon illegal for everyone but himself.]] What an asshole.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In general, ''Elder Scrolls'' [[PlayerCharacter protagonists]] have this happen to them frequently. Thankfully, the only manipulators who [[AnyoneCanDie you can't get bloody revenge against]] in these games are the untouchable [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]], and they at least compensate you for your work with [[LegendaryWeapon cool artifacts]].
** Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], is said to be one by Haskill, the chamberlain of [[MadGod Sheogorath]], in an [[https://www.imperial-library.info/node/2234 obscure text]]. Haskill describes Dagon as "the pawn of every Prince of true power, the dupe of every schemer in the Nineteen Voids." Essentially, whenever one of the other PowersThatBe in the setting wants to accomplish something that involves destruction of some sort, they get Dagon to do the heavy lifting, and thus they [[VillainWithGoodPublicity pass all the blame]] on Dagon who is already widely considered a GodOfEvil.
** In the series' backstory, Barenziah, while she was Queen of Morrowind, was one to "the Nightingale" (who was either ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' BigBad [[EvilSorcerer Jagar Tharn]] or his agent, Drayven Indoril, sources are unclear). The Nightingale used her attraction to him in order to acquire the Staff of Chaos. She would, however, work to make things right, using Jagar Tharn's [[LoveMakesYouDumb attraction to her]] in order to get close enough to him to decipher his notes and send them as clues to the people working against him.
** ''[[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]] 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]]]].
*** In the backstory, St. Veloth was the legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Chimer]] mystic who led his people [[DefectorFromDecadence away from the decadence]] of the Summerset Isles to their new homeland in Morrowind after [[MissionFromGod receiving visions from the "Good" Daedra]] (Azura, Boethia, and Mephala). Given their other actions and [[ManipulativeBastard propensity toward manipulation]], it is very possible that they deceived Veloth into leading TheMigration of the Chimer for their benefit only.
* Vhailor in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' by [[spoiler:the Practical Incarntion]]. And then, yourself fall for it, by [[spoiler:the aptly-named Trias the Betrayer]].
* Yuko Takao in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. In the middle of the [[BleakLevel bleak]] DeathWorld that the Conception has made of Tokyo (and which she is semi-directly responsible for), she's contacted by a goddess capable of giving her the power to undo said horrors, with only the small caveat of adding her into the ruling pantheon when it's done. [[spoiler:Said goddess isn't a goddess at all, and she never had the means to restore the world. The part about being in danger if she's not incorporated into the new reality is entirely correct, though.]]
* Zelenin from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. ManipulativeBastard [[DragonWithAnAgenda Mastema]] and [[CouncilOfAngels The Three Wise Men]] play her like a fiddle all the game, playing on her insecurities and fears like a cheap kazoo, which she always blissfully ignores, until either their plans come to fruition or she's been reduced to holy dust.
* [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV The four Prentice Samurai]], and indeed, [[spoiler:''the entire Eastern Kingdom of Mikado'']] are used as puppets by [[spoiler:Gabby, who is the ArchangelGabriel in disguise]] to [[spoiler:kill Kagome Tower's guardians and spring the captive Archangels]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:Lucifer (and, to a much lesser extent, Merkabah) is revealed to be one to YHVH, being used by YHVH as a scapegoat to prolong the people's suffering and maintain his power]]. Also, earlier, [[spoiler:every human is played like a fiddle by Shesha and Krishna after their supposed defeats in Ikebukuro and Tsukiji Konganji. Under the guise of Flynn, Shesha gets Nanashi to kill Merkabah and Lucifer so the Divine Powers can re-emerge at the last moment]].
* In the old FPS/RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Strife}}'' you get hit with this in the bad ending, [[spoiler: Blackbird, your VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, is revealed to be the Entity and has been using you to free her]].
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', in its grand quest to [[PlayingWithATrope break]] RPG plots, couldn't possibly leave this one alone. However, unlike most of the tropes it targets, it's not {{subverted}}- it's [[spoiler:exaggerated. Not only is Hilbert doing exactly what the Kingdom wants him to do for the first half of the game, he was set up as a hero ''purely'' for this purpose. The entire HeroicLineage spiel was [[UnreliableExpositor lies]], and in falling for it hook, line, and sinker, Hilbert was doing exactly what they wanted.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''Daggerdale'' it's revealed at the very end that [[spoiler:your questgiver was TheStarscream to the BigBad Rezlus, and she had you kill Rezlus so she could take over the tower for herself.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', the protagonist spends his entire LIFE trying to stop the BigBad Lucien from rebuilding an ancient tower of magical doom. Once [[spoiler: Lucien is dead, Theresa, who guided him through this quest, reveals that she was just using Lucien to rebuild the spire and using you to defeat Lucien so she could claim the spire herself]].
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' the reason that you're told to try and keep President Kimball and General Oliver alive if you're working for Mr. House or Yes Man is that after the NCR gets the boot from Vegas their citizens will be quick to blame them for waging a costly and unpopular war while still capable of being on decent enough relations with Vegas to do trade.
* Edge in ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon Saga'' spends the whole game being used by the Seekers, the Empire, and by Craymen, since he's the only dragon rider aside from Azel atop Atolm Dragon.
* Patroklos Alexander from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' is the son of legendary Holy Warrior Sophitia Alexandria and has pledged himself to hunting the 'malfested' who slew her and kidnapped his elder sister. [[spoiler: So he winds up killing the human enemies of Graf Dumas, an alias of what amounts to the grand-daddy of all malfested... the Azure Nightmare himself.]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', once Mario collects every Crystal Star except the one the X-Nauts found before the game started, Grodus, leader of the X-Nauts, creates a plan to give the Crystal Star he has to [[TheDragon Lord Crump]], who he has lost all trust in, so Mario can take it from him and open the Thousand-Year Door for Grodus while disposing of Crump. Unfortunately for Grodus, upon achieving his goal of reviving the Shadow Queen, it's revealed that Beldam, leader of the Shadow Sirens that were working for him, had lied to Grodus about the Queen becoming his servant so he would try and use her to TakeOverTheWorld, thus making the entire X-Naut organization a pawn to Beldam.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Dimentio spends much of the game manipulating Mario and co.
-->''"Even if the count dies, the Chaos Heart won't disappear if I continue to control it! But I needed the power of the Pure Hearts to beat him. I couldn't do that on my own. So I had you do all the sweaty labor for me. And you even used your Pure Hearts to defeat Count Bleck! If they make greeting cards to thank people for helping with evil plans, I owe you one."''
** Antasma from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''. Although he's billed as the main antagonist, he forms an [[BigBadDuumvirate alliance]] with [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser]] that backfires horribly for him, since Bowser turns out to have been taking advantage of him and [[HijackedByGanon screws Antasma over in the end]].
* The Player Character is this in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. No matter what you do, by beating the game you're just a pawn in an AncientConspiracy and ForeverWar regarding whether the Age of Fire should continue or end. Though at least the ending that ''isn't'' an AndIMustScream scenario gives you the chance to be something other than a mere pawn.
* Raguna is a massive one in the first ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' game. Going by hours spent playing the game, you will spend over 99% of the game actually supplying the enemy with energy for their final plan. Going by plot events, it depends on how large a percentage you want to give to the final boss fight end endging cutscene, because up until then you're playing into the Sech's hand.
* Valdo, the protagonist of the PC game ''VideoGame/SecretsOfDaVinciTheForbiddenManuscript'', falls squarely into this territory. He's on a mission at the behest of an unknown employer, unaware that doing what his boss wants will lead to either him either being killed or thrown in prison for treason (which would probably lead to his death anyway).
* The trope comes up a few times during the course of the ''Videogame/DarkParables'' games. In the third game, the villain turns out to be one for [[spoiler:Literature/SnowWhite's WickedStepmother's equally evil magic mirror]]. The detective is one in the fourth game; the BigBad needs an artifact from a shrine that she's not allowed to enter, so she simply waits until the detective goes in to collect it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' has Bob guided by a [[TheVoice mysterious voice]] to kill the dictator that rules Earth with an iron fist. Turns out, the voice is [[spoiler:Satan, who was earlier captured by humans, and now with the dictator dead can take over the world.]]
* Both the Judge and [[spoiler:''the player him/herself'']] in VideoGame/{{OFF}} get played by [[spoiler:the Batter]]. By the time they get to find out and correct their mistakes, it's far too late, as he already [[spoiler:plunged almost the entire world into white void]].
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has ''many'' of these throughout the historical stories, but TheReveal at the end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is that [[spoiler:the entire Assassin-Templar conflict throughout history was ''both'' sides being the Unwitting Pawns of Juno]], and the historical story of that game concludes with the reveal that [[spoiler:Connor had been Juno's Unwitting Pawn for over a decade]].
** WordOfGod on ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is that [[spoiler:Olivier Garneau alone]] "''does know who his bosses are''" -- namely, Abstergo Entertainment being a Templar front -- while "''most people at AE just work for Templars without even knowing it''."
** By the time of ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedRogue'', Mélanie Lemay has been made aware of the Templar order, as she gets inducted during the course of the game.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Tsubaki is used as a pawn by Hazama many, ''many'' times over. He has manipulated her into fighting her best friends Jin and Noel by inspiring feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, telling her that she was meant to be with Jin and Noel took her rightful place at his side. As a bonus, she's also [[spoiler:obstructing Takagamagara's surveillance]] by using the Izayoi, and she serves as a sort-of hostage to [[WorldsStrongestMan Hakumen]], who has feelings for Tsubaki [[spoiler:because he's Jin from another timeline and watched her die there]]. As for Tsubaki, she follows the NOL's ([[spoiler:and by extension the Imperator's, [[MindControl and by extension]] [[ManBehindTheMan Hazama's]]]]) orders loyally. [[spoiler:This continues through to the end of ''Chronophantasma'', where the MindControl Hazama puts her through is broken and she becomes one of the good guys]].
** Worth putting down that although Litchi is also working with Hazama, [[AvertedTrope she is]] ''[[AvertedTrope NOT]]'' this trope. She's advancing his evil agenda knowingly, because [[IHaveYourWife he has Arakune]].
** In a supreme bit of irony, [[spoiler:Terumi and Relius]] were also the pawns of someone who they believed was ''their'' pawn [[spoiler:Imperator Saya who was the host of Izanami the goddess of death. She ditches them the moment they stop being useful and puts in motion her own plans to create a "world of death".]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': [[spoiler:Patrick Galloway.]]
* In ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII'' the protagonist is the pawn of [[spoiler:Shanalotte. From the opening cutscene to the very end of the game, Shanalotte had been guiding/aiding/manipulating the Bearer of the Curse to free Drangleic from Nashandra and Link the Fire.]] She only begins to admit her role in everything near the end of the game.
* The premise of ''VideoGame/BattleGaregga'' revolves around the GadgeteerGenius Wayne brothers, who produce highly advanced military machines for the federal government in exchange for riches as part of the contract. When the government goes on a rampage of conquest, the brothers discover that the very machines they developed for the government are being used for such malicious acts, and set off in their secret SuperPrototype aircraft to destroy the machines they helped create.
* ''VideoGame/{{Do|nPachi}}DonPachi'' presents itself as your usual "human military vs. alien invasion" {{Vertical Scrolling|Shooter}} BulletHell shooter. That is, unless you unlock the 2nd loop and [[spoiler:your commander reveals that the "mechanized aliens" he had you think you were fighting were actually ''your own comrades'' that he tricked you into destroying, then declares his intent to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill you with his special forces]].]]
* Alex of ''VideoGame/Code7'' ends up being one. [[spoiler: S.O.L.I. and Code 7 can't leave Schrödinger Station, so they corrupt his core program and make him create a fake anti-virus to successfully get to earth]]. Zoya of Episode 1 also believes to have been one.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'', [[spoiler:Thanos is played like a fiddle by Jedah and Mistress Death, using his love for Death in order to kickstart the merging of the Capcom and Marvel Universes by Ultron and Sigma. TheStinger reveals that [[TheDogBitesBack Thanos is not too happy with this level of betrayal]] and has obtained the Satsu no Hadou with the intention of ''killing Death''.]]

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* N of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. He was raised by [[BigBad Ghetsis]] to believe In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with Kevin Grumbles that all humans were bad, sheltered all he can make Homestar say something intelligent. In desperation, he tries saying something nonsensical (''[[WordSalad "I say there, Homestar...butt's twelve by pies?"]]''); as it turns out, Homestar apparently made his life around abused Pokémon. He genuinely had good intentions ''own'' bet with Kevin Grumbles that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid, and Strong Bad just won it for him. The real kicker is that Kevin actually wanted Strong Bad to free all Pokémon, make Homestar say something ''stupid'', but Strong Bad thought that was too little of a challenge. Perhaps he should've asked an insultingly simple math question. He could have at least gotten Coulomb's law out of it. He also gets suckered in the end of game ''[[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Strong Badia the game, we Free]]''. [[spoiler: He spends the entire game trying to become the new king, only to find out that he it was just all a pawn ploy by the King of Town to advance Ghetsis's plan of dominating Unova. [[HeroicBSOD Poor guy doesn't take it lightly.get Strong Bad stuck in the castle and the King in Strong Bad's position.]]
* Gordon Freeman and Adrian Shephard in ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. We don't [[KansasCityShuffle exactly know what the plan is]] but that G-Man keeps laughing at us.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the original ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', after you defeat the sub-boss, Testament, he reveals that this was all part of his plan, since he can now use his blood to awaken Justice.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. However, this is justified, as the player character [[spoiler:is being mind controlled by Atlas/Fontaine from the very beginning, so he had no control over his actions. At least, until Dr. Tennenbaum snaps him out of it]].
* Serge of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' ''defines'' this trope. The guy can't go to the bathroom without furthering someone or [[AIIsACrapshoot some]][[EldritchAbomination thing's]] plans. The fact that [[GambitPileup everyone's plans revolve around him trying to get out of someone else's gambit does not help]].
** Here's the short version: [[spoiler:First, Lynx manipulates him into coming to Fort Dragonia so he can steal Serge's body and release the lock on the computer system FATE (which Lynx is a WetwareBody for). The Dragon Gods and Harle get him to kill FATE to release the seal on their power, then merge into their original EldritchAbomination-ish form and start work on annihilating all human life. Except that ''all of this'' was planned by Balthasar, because only by awakening the Dragon Gods would it be possible to create the Chrono Cross, which is the only thing that can save [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Schala]] from [[EldritchAbomination Lavos's]] hold over her.]] [[MindScrew Confused yet?]]
* Practically ''everyone'' in the VideoGame/ChzoMythos is a Unwitting Pawn in some way. Practically a testament to how incredibly good Chzo is at this MagnificentBastard business.
* There is sort of a subversion played on this in ''VideoGame/SpartanTotalWarrior'' The game, like the movie ''Film/ThreeHundred'' which it shares many similarities to, consists of ridiculously epic [[ConservationOfNinjutsu One Against Billions]] battles and sweeping, one-button-per-5-victims decapitations like a living lawnmower, all while listening to the god of war Ares's evil laughter and bloodlusty encouragement ("Hahaha, kill and kill again!"). It appears blatantly obvious to anyone familiar with button-mashing spells and swordplay epics that he will turn out to be some sort of enemy in the future, and that his plan all along was to get you to kill every Roman and his mother, but it turns out that it's only half true; [[spoiler:while Ares does indeed to turn out to be the BigBad, your genocide on the Romans was merely a distraction so that your homeland of Sparta could be destroyed while you were away. We are treated to multiple more tropes during Ares's HannibalLecture, such as the fact that he is your [[LukeIAmYourFather father]] and Tiberias was merely a [[TheManBehindTheMan puppet]]. You technically did fulfill his plans for mass murder, but it was of both your enemies AND your friends.]]
* The Global Defense Initiative (okay, mostly Boyle) in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' walks ''right'' into Kane's GambitRoulette, and their only hint that they were even hit by it is when the ScaryDogmaticAliens arrive. The expansion pack then explains that Kane specifically planned for Boyle to be the only surviving GDI leader after the nuclear strike on the Philadelphia ''specifically'' because Boyle is easily predictable. If you play the Scrin campaign, even the ScaryDogmaticAliens are suckers in Kane's roulette.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'': This trope is played painfully straight when the player character gets [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Diablo. DownerEnding for sure.
** Even more so ''Diablo 2'': [[spoiler:The entire game is the tale of how Marius gets manipulated by Baal into rescuing his soulstone from destruction at the hands of the player character, escaping the fate that his brothers suffered. Poor Marius dies in asylum cell as the horrible truth comes crashing down on him.]]
** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': Diablo's unwitting pawns? [[spoiler:''Everyone''. Except Adria, who wasn't unwitting, and may not have actually been a pawn.]]
* Inuart in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. He submits to the BigBad's [[MoreThanMindControl mind control]] to become TheDragon, attains the power to sweep Furiae off her feet and defeat Caim, so finally she ''has to love him'', right? Well, he forgot that the BigBad's plan was to kill her, and predictably realizes this too late to do anything.
** It gets worse in the lead-in to Ending Four, where, after the Gods die and he gets everything he wanted as a result... he decides, apropos of nothing, that it's up to Furiae and him to become the new gods and finish their plan to destroy and recreate the world. This entire route being something of a bizarre MindScrew...It's not clear whether [[spoiler:the giant flying man-eating babies are related to this, or just a consequence of the Gods being dead, although the game more implies the latter. Yes, really. Giant killer babies.]]
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. Multiple times.
** Terra and her comrades fall for this ''hard'' when the Empire in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' insists that it wants to commence peace talks. Granted, a few party members are suspicious enough to prepare a backup plan, but Terra, Locke, and General Leo swallow the plot hook-line-and-sinker and deliver a whole bunch of Espers for Kefka to turn into Magicite. Worse, this enables him to enter the Esper World and raise the Floating Continent, where the Three Goddesses are hidden away. It turns out that
Emperor Gestahl was also a Unwitting Pawn: [[spoiler:Kefka uses him and the Empire to get to the Goddesses, and then uses their power to kill him and take all of it for himself.]]
** Cloud from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. One of the main points of his character is that [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Sephiroth]] can make Cloud do anything by manipulating him just the right way, and he
makes sure Cloud knows it.
*** One can argue that, for a brief, shining moment, [[spoiler:Sephiroth himself could be considered one, depending on whether or not Aeris knew she needed to die to make Holy work.]]
*** Sephiroth was also implied to be one throughout the whole game. No, not the fanon about him being used by Jenova. It was by Hojo. Hojo was implied to have set up all the events for Sephiroth to go berserk, and then was trying to aid him upon his return without Sephiroth knowing it, not simply because Sephiroth was his son, but also because Hojo wanted to see his (amoral) research blossom to full fruition. The Novellas also implied that Hojo actually ended up possessing Sephiroth to give him more power after he was killed by AVALANCHE so he can bear witness to the final results of his creation, due to not being able to properly diffuse into the lifestream. What's worse, he doesn't stop there. He also ends up digitalizing his mind into the worldwide network and later possesses Weiss, making most of Deepground unwitting pawns as well for his final, final experiment, the revival of Omega, which was also implied to be concurrent with Sephiroth's revival and ascension.
** Tidus and Yuna from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. They get bounced like ping-pong balls back and forth between Yevon's plan to [[spoiler:continue the spiral of death and Auron's plan to destroy it and free Spira.]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' seems to imply that Yuna, at least, ''never figured it out.''
** [[spoiler:Almost ''everyone'']] ends up this way in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' after the dust has settled from the GambitPileup by the story's end. [[spoiler:Except Delita. And Ramza.]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]] is this, aside from being an IdiotHero. He and his companions
[[spoiler: Head into the Great Forest of Moore, in order to stop [[BigBad Exdeath]] from taking what's sealed inside. Turns out ''he'' waited for them to get to Magnus]] realize that world's crystals... And destroy them. Wow.]]
*** Bartz and Krile go to seek Ghido for help after [[spoiler:Exdeath is defeated and the worlds fuse together]] and at that point, [[spoiler:an innocuous-looking splinter that Krile has]] enables Exdeath to return. Having overheard the converstion, [[spoiler:he sets out to take control of the Void]].
** Oh [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]]. We love the guy, but he's got a bad history with traps. First he delivers a trapped ring to the village of Mist (which, is known as the "Bomb Ring" in some versions). Then later he's approached with a HostageForMacguffin deal, and he hands over the macguffin (assumed at the time to be the last one Golbez needed) before seeing the hostage. Then he and his group have the door to the second-to-last Underworld crystal opened because of some disturbance inside, and end up giving Golbez a way in. And ''then'', after failing to secure the (seven!) lost Crystals, they go and unseal the door to the last one, and trudge through the ScrappyLevel
both ways to bring it outside, only for Golbez to re-control Kain and take it at the last second. And if you include the crystal that he retrieved for Baron in the backstory, that makes him directly responsible for Golbez getting fully ''half'' of the Crystals. Sometimes, you wonder why Cecil keeps doing things, considering that the situation gets worse every time he gets close to a macguffin.
** By the time ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' rolls around, the main group is being ''told'' that they're Unwitting Pawns.
*** And in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 the sequel]], it comes up again when [[spoiler:Noel kills Caius, destroying the heart of Etro, killing her with him]], ensuring
his plan succeeds. The most infuriating part is that ''Noel and Serah already knew this'' but RememberedTooLate.
* ''VideoGame/RadiataStories''. [[IdiotHero Jack]] does [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lucian's]] job for him. All he has to do is provide the tools and the directions.
* Non-FF Squaresoft example: Surlent from ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra''. Being fooled by a thief is one thing, being fooled about ''once every thirty minutes'' by the very ''forces of Creation'' is another. Although it quickly becomes clear that Surlent helping the game's GambitPileup along (and [[spoiler: losing his body thrice in the process]]) is actually his destiny (by failing hard but consistently, he accidentally brings all of the {{MacGuffin}}s to the right people at the right time), it still occasionally starts looking like a case of JustEatGilligan.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun I'' and ''II'' has Alex, who uses both parties as Unwitting Pawns. While they fight amongst each other about lighting the lighthouses Alex twiddles his thumbs for when they finally do and cause the Golden Sun to rise and shine down massive power down on Mt. Aleph, where he happens to be waiting.
** Only to discover that he ''himself'' was [[spoiler:the Wise One]]'s Unwitting Pawn in his plan: [[spoiler:he knew lighting the lighthouses would allow someone to gain enough power from the Golden Sun to conquer the world, so when all but one of the gems required to light the lighthouses was removed from their chamber, the Wise One transferred just enough of that power (which was originally split evenly between the gems) from the remaining gem to Isaac without telling him, meaning that if the lighthouses were all lit, anyone who wanted the Golden Sun's power would not get enough of it to conquer the world.]]
*** [[spoiler:And in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' it's shown that he one-upped The Wise One, and is doing the same thing again. He's so good at this that in his very first appearence, he even says to the characters they're pawns, and they can't do anything about it. By the end of the game, it's clear that he's been using almost everyone of importance throughout the whole plot, including ThoseTwoBadGuys. And the player still doesn't have the slightest idea what his long-term goals are, as he remains TheUnfought.]]
** Gloriously subverted in Agatio's intro scene in ''The Lost Age'', in which he flat-out tells Alex [[TakeThat to his face]] that he knows he's being used, and ''just doesn't care'' as long as his goals get accomplished, too. Definitely Agatio's personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome, since he's otherwise one of the flattest major characters in a series known for {{Flat Character}}s.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' shows Naked Snake being used by the United States government into achieving their goal of gaining Russia's portion of the Philosophers' Legacy. ''Portable Ops'' has [[spoiler: Zero]] use Big Boss to defeat Gene and scare the Philosophers enough that Ocelot can gain control of their whereabouts and the American portion of the Philosophers' Legacy.
*** VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps also implies that the main villain, Volgin, was himself an Unwitting Pawn to a deviously cunning strategist.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' retcons many of the events previously established in the franchise. It is explained that the events of the first two ''Metal Gear'' games involved [[spoiler:Big Boss trying to create a place where individual liberty is guaranteed for everyone, instead of being a soldiers' haven. The Patriots have Solid Snake tear down both Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land to destroy Big Boss' dream of freedom]]. The first two ''Metal Gear Solid'' games are changed to have Solid Snake again being used by the Patriots [[spoiler:and possibly Zero]] to defeat anyone who stood in their way. The Patriots by [=MGS4=] (set in 2014) are now an [[spoiler:AI system which was
supposed to continue Zero's legacy by gaining control of all of mankind using the Sons of the Patriots (SOP) system. Snake is sent in to stop Revolver Ocelot from destroying the Patriots AI system]]. At the same time, Snake savior, Tzeentch, and his allies are used [[spoiler:by Liquid Ocelot in his goal in destroying the Patriots AI systems, Liquid Ocelot pretending to plan to hijack the System using the AI named 'GW' and Snake and company countering it by using a virus to destroy the it, not knowing the virus as written by Naomi would destroy the remaining Patriot AIs as well]]; even if he didn't know about it or plan for it to happen, it certainly fit his goals. ''Somewhat'' averted in that his own post-Patriot vision was averted by [[spoiler:Sunny Gurlukovich, who wrote the virus to destroy the Patriot AIs but preserve key parts of modern civilization, and then, Drebin implies that Ocelot's vision of a war-torn world would still be an inevitable likely outcome despite this, that or the UN becoming a neo-Patriots/Philosophers III group]].)
** Solid Snake was manipulated throughout the entire series. The most affecting part of the [=MGS4=] ending [[spoiler:might be Big Boss promising Snake that there is no one left to manipulate him anymore]].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Liquid's plan hinged on Snake discovering the card keys (Really, 3 keys in one). [[spoiler:To manipulate Snake into doing this, Liquid masqueraded as one of Snake's few friends (Snake's support staff apparently figured out the location of his radio calls, but not until the big reveal), locked Snake in a cell with a dead hostage whom a master of disguise had been pretending to be (Snake even recognized that the hostage should not have been as decayed as he was), and left the control room for the card keys virtually unguarded even when Liquid had earlier encountered Snake outside the room. Snake didn't realize he was being duped until after he activated Metal Gear.]]
*** The sad thing is that, even if Liquid's plan didn't work or didn't even happen, Snake still would have been an unwitting pawn in either case: [[spoiler:According to Liquid and his Pentagon spy, the real reason why Snake was sent over to Shadow Moses was to infect most of the people on the island, both the terrorists and most of the people involved in the REX project, so the Pentagon, and presumably the Patriots, would have recovered REX and the Genome Soldiers from the island without any risk of damage, even making absolute certain that FOXDIE was injected into Snake.]]
** Arguably in the original ''Metal Gear'', where Big Boss intentionally selected Snake as the agent to send false information back to NATO (and by proxy, The Patriots), not counting on Snake's hereditary ability to kick ass and take names.
*** If Peace Walker is anything to go by (and possibly ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''), Big Boss's misinformation doesn't even come close to the fact that the Patriots essentially manipulated Snake into trying to destroy Metal Gear and take Big Boss down as an insurance policy in case they failed to either bring him back into the fold or ruin/kill Big Boss the first time by one of their agents firing a nuke at the East Coast.
** Speaking of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', other than the brief revelation that Coldman was the deviously cunning strategist that Gene alluded to in Portable Ops, it turns out that most of the game was manipulated by Paz Ortega Andrade, even the KGB agent Zadornov hiring Snake as a distraction to force Coldman to activate Peace Walker so he could hijack it and frame America with an attack on Cuba, and she wasn't even the one who pulled all the strings: Her employers, Cipher, had planned out the entire incident just to get Big Boss to rejoin the fold, and it is also heavily implied that they also ordered Paz to frame Big Boss and MSF with nuking the East Coast when Big Boss refused the offer. They also arranged for Kaz to briefly work with them, although it is also implied that they didn't tell him about the nuke plan.
** The ending to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' implies that Solid Snake and Otacon may have ended up being Unwitting Pawns of the Patriots all along.
** VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: the first game that comes to mind when you hear the words "unwitting pawn".
* The hero from the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series has a terrible habit of playing right into the game's villain's hands, even though he manages to fix things in the end. In ''Quest for Glory 2'', [[spoiler:he gets mind-controlled into releasing the evil djinn Iblis by the game's BigBad, then is almost trapped forever in Iblis' chamber]]. In ''Quest for Glory 3'', [[spoiler:in an attempt to bring peace between two tribes, he brings their leaders together in front of a third-party king. Then one of the leaders becomes possessed and kills the other, and is promptly killed by another person in the room, almost guaranteeing the war he was trying to stop]]. In ''Quest for Glory 4'', [[spoiler:he falls for a trick by the BigBad from the second game, back for revenge. As a result, he ends up having to go through the motions to release a monster on the world]]. However, [[spoiler:Elsa Von Spielburg]] is the Unwitting Pawn in ''Quest for Glory 5''.
* In ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'', this happens often enough through the game's plot that it's practically the player's full-time occupation. However, those who had played the first game, and knew who they were dealing with, walked into the Gambit with open arms.
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'': In a very unusual example, Ashley Riot was a Unwitting Pawn for [[spoiler:an AntiVillain, who
supposed CoolBigBro Horus manipulated him into ''saving'' the world from the much more dangerous KnightTemplar Guilderstern]].
* Fei Fong Wong of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Not only was he a sucker for Solaris, the Wave Existence,
so that he'd fall to Chaos and doom his split personalities people and his own prior incarnation, but even his friends manipulated him without reservations.
* Virtually every single named character in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' trilogy is a Unwitting Pawn.
Imperium. This is not an exaggeration.
* The majority of the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 3|Grand Phantasm}}'' concerns three quirky teenagers trying to find [[MineralMacGuffin eight gemstones]] so they can open a book which will grant any wish, while helping the even-more-quirky townsfolk with their problems. What could go wrong?
plays crucial role in [[spoiler: How about nearly causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because you were manipulated by an evil spirit from (almost) the very beginning into wasting the only wish you get?]]
Magnus' HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''All'' of ''VideoGame/Persona2''[='s=] human antagonists are nothing more than pawns being manipulated by [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]
''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[spoiler:Yang]] becomes this in its CosmicChessGame against [[spoiler:Philemon]].
** The main characters in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' spend a good portion of the game fighting a series of [[MonsterOfTheWeek powerful bosses that appear once a month]] only to discover that [[spoiler: Ikutsuki]]
"Fall" when [[spoiler:she is tricked them into doing so [[spoiler: by doctoring video footage of Yukari's father]] so that he could [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination summon Nyx]]]]. [[spoiler: Ikutsuki's plan fails when he forgets about attacking Mercury unprovoked after defeating him in the finals. This results in [[SpannerInTheWorks the dog]]. However, that mistake only serves to delay the inevitable, Team RWBY]] being disqualified and the protagonist is ultimately forced to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself/herself]] to prevent Nyx from bringing forth [[TheEndofTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Fall]].]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'':
*** If the player doesn't choose to [[spoiler:immediately kill him (thus getting the Bad Ending)]], [[spoiler:Taro Namatame]] is revealed to be a TragicHero with genuinely good intentions misguided by [[spoiler:the true murderer, Tohru Adachi, who manipulated Namatame into throwing Adachi's intended victims into the TV World to try to save them from him,
left demoralised and without telling him that throwing them into the TV World and leaving them at the mercy of the Shadows there was how Adachi killed people]]. When [[spoiler:Namatame]] learns from the Investigation Team the truth [[spoiler:about what happens to people thrown into the TV World]], he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. [[spoiler:But then it turns out there's an even BIGGER ManBehindTheMan who's been manipulating Namatame, Adachi, and ''you'']].
*** The Investigation Team also end up pawns to [[spoiler:Adachi. In rescuing the people Nanatame kidnapped and threw into the TV World, they reinforced Namatame's delusions that the TV World was a safe place, which led to him kidnapping more people. Of course,
their actions are still for the better, since the people Namatame "rescued" would have died had they not done so.]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'':
*** [[spoiler:The main characters' rise to fame]] was orchestrated by TheConspiracy, so that [[spoiler:the good guys could eventually become TheScapegoat for all the crimes the villains committed using the [[MentalWorld Metaverse]]]].
*** [[spoiler:Goro Akechi]] ends up being this to [[spoiler:both the heroes ''and'' TheConspiracy]]: [[spoiler:The good guys ''know'' he's working for the Conspiracy right from the start,
best fighter, and play him like a fiddle]], while [[spoiler:the bad guys plan on killing him the moment he outlives his usefulness]].
*** [[spoiler:The heroes and TheConspiracy]] were both being manipulated by [[spoiler:Yaldabaoth, the God of Order, who was manipulating both sides to eliminate any "chaotic elements" inside the Metaverse that would stop him from removing TheEvilsOfFreeWill from the rest of humanity]].
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' has Shanoa seeking out the three pieces of Dominus, a glyph that is to be used on a particular artifact that, according to Barlowe, will bring about the defeat of Dracula when destroyed. [[spoiler:Only after meeting certain conditions that allow you to bypass the bad ending do you learn that said object actually ''resurrects'' Dracula, as Barlowe demonstrates after Shanoa refuses and defeats him
also results in a boss battle.]]
** Leon Belmont and [[spoiler: Sara Trantoul (and even [[TheDragon Walter Bernhard]])]] in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence''. Our man Drac practically lives (unlives?) off of Unwitting Pawns. Trevor, Simon and Richter Belmont have also been pawns in his [[spoiler: or Shaft's, in Richter's case]] plans for resurrection.
** Celia Fortner in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' tried this on Soma, and depending on the ending, either succeeded or failed. [[spoiler:The former ends up with Soma killing her anyway.]]
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' [[spoiler:Gabriel ''and'' Zobek]] are the Unwitting Pawns of [[spoiler:Satan in his bid to obtain the power of the Mask of Shadows to overthrow Heaven.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
** Makoto wound up being one of these for [[spoiler:Kitaniji]], as the whole point of making the Red Skull Pins popular in the first week later comes back to haunt him in the last one when [[spoiler:almost all of the Shibuya UG, citizens and Reapers included, gets {{brainwashed}} and homicidal toward Neku and Beat]].
** The main characters themselves are pretty severe cases of this as well, especially Neku: [[spoiler: Every single thing they did turned out to serve the sole purpose of helping Joshua fulfill his goal of erasing Shibuya.]] Although [[spoiler:failing to defeat Kitaniji would result in Shibuya falling victim to an AssimilationPlot.]] This is one case in which the pawns don't have any choice but to go along with the scheme.
* Ironically subverted by Raziel from the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series. Throughout all three games, every character is constantly waving this in his face, telling him how he has no idea what his true purpose is, and that he's just been their "unwitting pawn" the whole time. In the end, their manipulations buy him time to figure out his actual destiny, which none of them had ever guessed, thus making all of the villains the suckers in their own GambitRoulette.
* Thrall and Sylvanas Windrunner from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are good examples. Thrall explicitly trusted Sylvanas, despite the fact that she was using the Horde for her own vengeance
[[BrokenPedestal huge negative public backlash against the Lich King. In turn, she believed she had Varimathras firmly under her control, which is what he wanted her to think all along; the Nathrezim are a race of {{MagnificentBastard}}s.
** It's implied that Thrall only let the Forsaken into the Horde because they need a presence in the Eastern Kingdoms, and because the Earthen Ring suggested that they could potentially cure undeath.
Beacon]]. The Forsaken are considered allied to the Horde rather than true members.
** You too. There are multiple quest chains where you're [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption suckered into doing a bad guy's bidding]]. Unfortunately for the bad guy, once they decide that you've outlived your usefulness, you [[OhCrap show up with friends]] and proceed to [[SpannerInTheWorks beat the tar out of them and take their loot.]]
* Speaking of which, the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise is full of these, really. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Arthas]] thought he was fighting against the Scourge right up until they sucked out his soul and made him their champion. The entire [[KnightTemplar Scarlet Crusade]] seems not to realize it's ''actually run by demons'' (those Magnificent Nathrezim again.) And the quests player characters keep getting have led fans to lament "How many times do I have to help the Lich King before I learn better?"
** The game implies that Thrall doesn't really trust the Forsaken, apparently he flat out needs them because otherwise the Alliance is too much more powerful. (Without the Forsaken and the Blood Elves, the Horde would be entirely on Kalimdor [and then Outland and more recently Northrend] which is
crowd's negative reaction also home to two attracts vast hordes of the Alliance races ''and'' a noticeable number of human outposts, Grimm including Jaina Proudmoore's city of Theramore Isle.) The other Horde leaders never even mention Varimathras when planning. It's very likely that nobody trusted him at all except [[WhatAnIdiot Sylvanas]]. And Arthas was savvy enough to realize he was probably selling his soul and just didn't realize it was to his enemy. After all, it DID give him [[{{Kaiju}} the power Goliaths]] to almost destroy the Scourge. The Scarlets? Morons.
** Thrall is ''not'' fooled though by [[spoiler:Neeru Fireblade]], who remains only at Thrall's pleasure because he doesn't have enough information to move against the Burning Blade cult, all the while convinced that ''he'' has ''Thrall' outwitted.
** Sintharia, Deathwing's only surviving consort, despises him and plots to make a new Twilight Dragonflight to take over Azeroth. It is implied that she's been manipulated by him all along, as in Cataclysm, he has reanimated her and uses her eggs to create Twilight Dragons to assist him in his plans.
* Creator/BioWare loves this one to death:
** In ''Videogame/BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal'', [[spoiler:your whole party is this, killing off the other Bhaalspawn for Melissan's scheme to ascend to power.]]
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', anyone? [[spoiler: You're the ex-Sith Lord? Captured, [[MindRape mind-wiped by the Jedi Council]], and with Bastila holding your leash]]. JediTruth on par with Obi-Wan and his "certain point of view."
*** Although not made by [=BioWare=], the player character from the second game counts too.
** [[spoiler:''The protagonist'']] in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. [[MagnificentBastard "Magnificent"]] indeed.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Dwarf Noble origin story has the player character's exile come about as a result of becoming an Unwitting Pawn in a particularly vicious piece of dwarven politics.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke becomes an Unwitting Pawn of [[spoiler:Anders, a ''party member'']] in a scheme to [[spoiler:start a war between the Templars and Mages]]; to be fair to Hawke, [[spoiler:Knight-Commander Meredith, the leader of the Templars]], gets suckered just as effectively. Since ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is DarkerAndEdgier than other Bioware games, the scheme ''works'' regardless of Hawke's actions afterwards.
** In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', so many of them. Notably [[spoiler:Saren Arterius and Matriarch Benezia for the Reapers]]. [[spoiler:Commander Shepard is an interesting case, as they voluntarily ally themselves with the Illusive Man despite his questionable morals, but can also turn on him and screw over his plans in the Paragon ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.]]
*** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:as brilliant as he was, the Illusive Man was no match for the power of the Reapers and ended up being their pawn.]]
* Happens to the player in several ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' quests.
* [[spoiler:''The protagonist'']] in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. And with the GambitPileup that's going on, it's at time hard to tell exactly ''whose'' plan.
** Possibly also [[spoiler:anyone who tried to use the Ankharan Sarcophagus to gain power.]]
* [[spoiler:''[[RuleOfThree The protagonist]]'']] in almost every ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' installment. [[spoiler: Blatantly obvious in the later installments, where Reimu is used by Yukari to counter Kanako's influence.]]
** [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] in the ''Silent Sinner in Blue'' manga. She actually realized she was this trope after a while but decided to go along with it anyway. Partly to [[ItAmusedMe relieve some boredom]] and partly because, by then, she had actually started to care for the path she was being manipulated into following. [[spoiler: Even worse, the ostensible "winners", the Watatsuki sisters, are completely fooled by both Yukari and Eirin's plans, tricked out of a rare bottle of wine by the first and getting extorted out of considerable favors by the latter.]]
** And in ''Double Dealing Character'', Shinmyoumaru Sukuna exemplified the "unwitting" part of this trope when she became Seija Kijin's pawn. Seija is an amanojaku, a kind of {{youkai}} notorious for being [[ConsummateLiar pathological liars]], and Sukuna was aware of this fact when she bought into Seija's lies. "HorribleJudgeOfCharacter" doesn't even begin to describe it.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Knuckles the Echidna]], and to a much lesser extent, Shadow and Silver.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Throughout the first half of the game, Link ventures across Hyrule, gathering the three Spiritual Stones which will allow him access to the Master Sword
Vale, and the Sacred Realm... only military struggles to allow Ganondorf to get in and grab the Triforce in the process!
** Link has a tendency to fall victim to this trope. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', he accidentally lifts the seal that keeps Ganon's power sealed, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'' he releases Vaati from his prison by pulling out the titular sword, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'', he moves a sacred rock that is supposed to keep Veran from getting close to Nayru. Every time this trope happens, it's because Link is following the orders of MissionControl, who's supposed to be on your side but every damned time just ends up having you go help out the enemy.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': [[spoiler:Link is this to Hilda. He goes about rescuing the Sages and eventually getting the Triforce of Courage under her direction supposedly just so he could defeat Yuga-Ganon and rescue Zelda. Turns out that Hilda actually wanted to take all three pieces of the Triforce in order to replace the Lorulean Triforce that was destroyed ages ago, and she had Yuga kidnap Zelda for the Triforce of Wisdom and revive and fuse with Ganon for the Triforce of Power. But after all this, it turns out Yuga was using Hilda as ''his'' pawn, planning to use the Hyrulian Triforce to [[InTheirOwnImage remake the world in his image]], Hyrule and Lorule be damned.]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' - Sora. [[spoiler:Organization XIII urged him to destroy heartless so they could collect the hearts released, in order to build Kingdom Hearts. Kinda justified here...once he figures it out, he still has no choice but to continue slaying them.]]
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'': [[spoiler: Everything he does until the 13th floor is part of the Organization's plan to wipe his memory. It would have worked, too, if not for, well...]]
** Also, [[spoiler:TheHeartless]] took advantages of both [[spoiler:Maleficent and Organization XIII]] by playing on their darkest desires while pretending they were the [[{{Mook}} mooks]]. [[spoiler:Maleficent]] never figured it out but [[spoiler:the Organization]] did, but kept playing the game for their own purposes.
** [[spoiler:Most of the cast]] of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' are thoroughly manipulated by [[spoiler:Master Xehanort, Terra being the biggest sucker of them all]], but [[spoiler:Vanitas]] is at the top of BBS trickery list [[spoiler:for playing ''Xehanort'' just as he was being beaten over the head with Terra's Keyblade...[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome By Terra's AnimatedArmor, no less]].]] And all of this trickery was simply for the [[spoiler:[[NarmCharm X-Blade]] ]]. And during the game Terra gets suckered by Maleficent, Jumba, Hades, and Captain Hook. GenreBlindness doesn't begin to describe it.
** Then ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D Dream Drop Distance]]'' rolls around... hoo boy. Turns out [[spoiler: ''The entirity of Organization XIII'']] were Unwitting Pawns of Xehanort, [[spoiler: or specifically his Xemnas incarnation. He ''lied'' to them about the Organization's true purpose and made them think bringing back Kingdom Hearts would give them all their hearts back. In actual fact, most of them were ''already beginning to regain their hearts on their own'', but he did everything in his power to ensure ''they never found out'' and believed they had no hearts in the first place. The reason? He wanted to hook them all up to Kingdom Hearts and [[GrandTheftMe
contain them]]. This turn the ALL into HIM!!]] Oh, and he's been planning this so long that even ''his teenage self'' may actually be an Unwitting Pawn to '''HIMSELF'''. (TimeTravel is involved, as is copious amounts of MindScrew)]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and Sora unwittingly plays into his hands once again.]]
* Onaga's manipulation of Shujinko in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' is actually the namer of the game.
** ''He's'' got it bad? Poor Kitana has been a victim of this multiple times, throughout the whole franchise. The first time was by Shao Khan in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''. Then it was by Onaga in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', and then by both Mileena and Jade in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks''. Even in the non-cannon ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', she was an Unwitting Pawn of both Dark Khan and Quan Chi.
** In fact, this has happened to a ''lot'' of characters in the franchise. It's hard to find one who ''hasn't'' been tricked, brainwashed, and/or magically enslaved by one or more of the main villains at least once.
* In ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh'', you are either this or the Manipulative Bastard themselves
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', [[spoiler:Harry Whitehorse unwittingly falls into Alexei and Yeager's plot to cause tension in the guilds by helping cause the death of Belius, and by extension, his grandfather, the Don. Belius gets better, the Don does not.]]
* Captain Gordon ('''Defender of Earth!'''), from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|Hour of Darkness}}'', thinks he is sent to defeat you in order to defend Earth, but soon discovers he's being played like a piano by his superiors and that his mission is merely a pretext for an invasion of the Netherworld.
** [[spoiler:Trumping that is General Carter, who himself was played like a fiddle by Archangel Vulcanus, who really wanted the Netherworld razed as part of his ploy to become a god. He (''along with everyone else in the plot'') was being used as a tool to fulfill [[{{Chessmaster}} Seraph Lamington]] and [[ObfuscatingStupidity King Krichevskoy's]] combined [[GambitIndex Gambit]], and had no idea how bad his own scheme fell into the puzzle until the curtain fell - on him. HARD.]]
* [[spoiler:Kirby himself (and the other player characters, if you use them)]] in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand''. [[spoiler:Once you beat the apparent final boss (though anyone familiar with the series would know otherwise as there's ''always'' a TrueFinalBoss), it turns out that it was actually a [[BigGood Big]] ''[[BigGood Good]]'' and that the person you've been helping all game is the BigBad...and manages to retain the usual surprise by giving you a boss stage even if you haven't reached TrueFinalBoss levels.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:[[GeneralRipper General Shepherd]] is revealed to have set up a five-year gambit to pit the USA and Russia against each other, so that he may lead the USA to the status as permanent ultimate world power, and be known worldwide as a "hero" for it. And he doesn't give two shits over how many millions of innocents get in his way. The man made all of the US, UK, & Russia into his Unwitting Pawns, including the player characters, one of whom (Roach) he kills after sending him to retrieve the evidence that would have exposed him as the mastermind behind the plot. Even though [[SpannerInTheWorks Price & Soap managed to kill him]], it's not stated if Shepherd's plan has already succeeded. Hints suggest that [[DownerEnding it]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog did]].]] The third game subtly reveals that [[spoiler: [[{{Irony}} Shepherd was also this to Makarov]], who had been feeding false information to the former and had actually caused Shepherd's StartOfDarkness via the nuke detonation that he ordered. And, if what Makarov's actions in "Persona Non Grata" are taken into account, then he was planning to have General Shepherd killed anyway. Having Price and Soap do it was simply convenience.]]
* Copy-X, and, to a lesser extent, Zero and his LaResistance allies in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3''. [[BigBad Dr. Weil]] played them all for fools, orchestrating the new conflict between Neo Aradia and the LaResistance, which was just after an unofficial truce made by Zero and the Guardians. Zero goes off to fight Copy-X to stop the conflict, and when the latter tries to go OneWingedAngel, a booby-trap which Weil installed earlier on Copy-X, was activated, killing him. With Copy-X gone, Dr. Weil, the one next in power, is now the new dictator of Neo Arcadia. It was [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] by Zero himself:
-->''...It's all going according to his plans.''
* [[TheStarscream Prometheus and Pandora]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent''. At first, they backstabbed [[BigBad Albert]] and then fights Grey/Ashe. After s/he defeats them, suddenly their anguish, hatred, and despair are absorbed by [[ArtifactOfDoom Model Ws]] in the background and then they collapse. The real Albert then appears, stating that the body that everyone think by "Albert" is actually a decoy, and that those negative emotions are necessary to revive and activate the Model Ws.
-->'''[[MagnificentBastard Albert]]''': [[Manga/DeathNote Just]] [[GambitRoulette as]] [[MemeticMutation I]] [[ShoutOut planned]]! Soon all of the Model Ws will begin to merge! I will become the ultimate Mega Man and the plan will be complete!
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Starkiller/Galen Marek is shown to have been one when [[spoiler: Vader reveals that everything up to that point had been planned by himself and [[ManipulativeBastard Palpatine]] to have Stakiller assemble a proto-Rebellion. It didn't matter if his goal was to stay loyal to Vader and "distract" the Emperor, or if he thought he was fooling Vader and genuinely attempting to form a rebellion, his only purpose was to get them together in the same place at the same time.]] It only fails because [[spoiler: Juno and PROXY are jointly the SpannerInTheWorks]], one sacrificing himself to distract Vader as he's [[spoiler: about to kill his apprentice]] and the other rescuing him after his fall. The ending also implies that [[spoiler: Vader was also an Unwitting Pawn to Palpatine all along. He wanted to see if Starkiller had the potential to surpass Vader and become Palpatine's new apprentice.]]
* General Morgahn during much of ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Nightfall''. Once he learns the truth about Varesh, however, he helps defeat her and joins the player character's team as an NPC. The PC also spends a fair bit of time being this during various schemes in ''Guild Wars: Prophecies''.
* Harry spends most of ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' being Dahlia's Sucker, but his unwavering love for his daughter is also what causes him to be the SpannerInTheWorks. Depending on which of the MultipleEndings you get, you can argue the same for the protagonists of the other games: passively taking directions from everyone [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 and their dog]] at every turn, but fully capable of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing]] the local EldritchAbomination when push comes to shove.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftBroodWar'' was already a pretty confusing GambitPileup to begin with. Every character who isn't directly opposed to [[spoiler:her]] ends up being one of [[spoiler:Kerrigan]]'s Unwitting Pawns as time goes on, with the exception of [[spoiler: Samir Duran]]. [[spoiler: He used her rise to power to speed up and hide his Protoss-Zerg Hybridization project]]. It can be said that the biggest pawn of all is Jim Raynor, who despite being one of the more heroic characters in the game, often ends up directly or indirectly helping villains, and in the grand scheme of things, is almost powerless. This tendency
events has unfortunately carried on into the next game. To his credit, he spends the ''Wings of Liberty'' campaign openly bemoaning the fact that he's probably either being openly played with, or just being set up to be used later. He spends nearly as much time trying to figure out ''how'' as he does trying not to have a bunch of Zerg chew his face off.
* ''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]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' [[HumanoidAbomination Alex]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Mercer]] spends most of the game unknowingly aiding the plans of people who want him dead. [[spoiler: First, he frees Elizabeth Greene, thinking she's just another victim. As it turns out, she's the HiveQueen behind the virus. Then, he tries to help his ex-girlfriend, Karen Parker, by providing her with biological materials from the infected. As it turns out [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] has coerced her into working for them, and that genetic material Alex collected gets turned into a parasite which almost kills him. Then, Blackwatch Captain Cross tricks him into going to a location where they hit him with both [[DeadlyGas Bloodtox]] and [[SuperSoldier D-Codes]]. Finally, the Supreme Hunter consumes Cross, and uses that form to get Alex to kill off the Blackwatch leadership, and in an attempt to catch Alex off-guard so that the Hunter might eat him]]. Our sociopathic hero manages to overcome all this because he's a badass, but he does come across as a bit of a gullible idiot.
** Part of the reason is because the amnesiac Mercer, even though he's [[ImAHumanitarian eating people left and right]] in order to understand what the hell is going on, is often in the dark about what the hell is going on. As the game progresses he ''knows'' he's probably being played, but due to a lack of options he has to play along anyways if he's going to have a hope of accomplishing anything. He even says it outright to [[spoiler:Cross]].
-->'''Mercer''': Why do I get the feeling I'm getting the short end of this deal?
** [[RogueProtagonist Mercer]] [[spoiler: and Koenig]] tries to do this to James Heller in the sequel, [[SubvertedTrope but he cottons on pretty fast]].
* [[spoiler: The new leader of Team Plasma, N,]] is shown to be this in VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite when [[spoiler:his father, Ghetsis, reveals that he was using N to make pokemon illegal for everyone but himself.]] What an asshole.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In general, ''Elder Scrolls'' [[PlayerCharacter protagonists]] have this happen to them frequently. Thankfully, the only manipulators who [[AnyoneCanDie you can't get bloody revenge against]] in these games are the untouchable [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]], and they at least compensate you for your work with [[LegendaryWeapon cool artifacts]].
** Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], is said to be one by Haskill, the chamberlain of [[MadGod Sheogorath]], in an [[https://www.imperial-library.info/node/2234 obscure text]]. Haskill describes Dagon as "the pawn of every Prince of true power, the dupe of every schemer in the Nineteen Voids." Essentially, whenever one of the other PowersThatBe in the setting wants to accomplish something that involves destruction of some sort, they get Dagon to do the heavy lifting, and thus they [[VillainWithGoodPublicity pass all the blame]] on Dagon who is already widely considered a GodOfEvil.
** In the series' backstory, Barenziah, while she was Queen of Morrowind, was one to "the Nightingale" (who was either ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' BigBad [[EvilSorcerer Jagar Tharn]] or his agent, Drayven Indoril, sources are unclear). The Nightingale used her attraction to him in order to acquire the Staff of Chaos. She would, however, work to make things right, using Jagar Tharn's [[LoveMakesYouDumb attraction to her]] in order to get close enough to him to decipher his notes and send them as clues to the people working against him.
** ''[[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
furthered [[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]] 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]]]].
*** In the backstory, St. Veloth was the legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Chimer]] mystic who led his people [[DefectorFromDecadence away from the decadence]] of the Summerset Isles to their new homeland in Morrowind after [[MissionFromGod receiving visions from the "Good" Daedra]] (Azura, Boethia, and Mephala). Given their other actions and [[ManipulativeBastard propensity toward manipulation]], it is very possible that they deceived Veloth into leading TheMigration of the Chimer for their benefit only.
* Vhailor in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' by [[spoiler:the Practical Incarntion]]. And then, yourself fall for it, by [[spoiler:the aptly-named Trias the Betrayer]].
* Yuko Takao in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. In the middle of the [[BleakLevel bleak]] DeathWorld that the Conception has made of Tokyo (and which she is semi-directly responsible for), she's contacted by a goddess capable of giving her the power to undo said horrors, with only the small caveat of adding her into the ruling pantheon when it's done. [[spoiler:Said goddess isn't a goddess at all, and she never had the means to restore the world. The part about being in danger if she's not incorporated into the new reality is entirely correct, though.]]
* Zelenin from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. ManipulativeBastard [[DragonWithAnAgenda Mastema]] and [[CouncilOfAngels The Three Wise Men]] play her like a fiddle all the game, playing on her insecurities and fears like a cheap kazoo, which she always blissfully ignores, until either their
Cinder's]] plans come to fruition or she's been reduced to holy dust.
* [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV The four Prentice Samurai]], and indeed, [[spoiler:''the entire Eastern Kingdom of Mikado'']] are used as puppets by [[spoiler:Gabby, who is the ArchangelGabriel in disguise]] to [[spoiler:kill Kagome Tower's guardians and spring the captive Archangels]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:Lucifer (and, to a much lesser extent, Merkabah) is revealed to be one to YHVH, being used by YHVH as a scapegoat to prolong the people's suffering and maintain his power]]. Also, earlier, [[spoiler:every human is played like a fiddle by Shesha and Krishna after their supposed defeats in Ikebukuro and Tsukiji Konganji. Under the guise of Flynn, Shesha gets Nanashi to kill Merkabah and Lucifer so the Divine Powers can re-emerge at the last moment]].
* In the old FPS/RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Strife}}'' you get hit with this in the bad ending, [[spoiler: Blackbird, your VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, is revealed to be the Entity and has been using you to free her]].
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', in its grand quest to [[PlayingWithATrope break]] RPG plots, couldn't possibly leave this one alone. However, unlike most of the tropes it targets, it's not {{subverted}}- it's [[spoiler:exaggerated. Not only is Hilbert doing exactly what the Kingdom wants him to do for the first half of the game, he was set up as a hero ''purely'' for this purpose. The entire HeroicLineage spiel was [[UnreliableExpositor lies]], and in falling for it hook, line, and sinker, Hilbert was doing exactly what they wanted.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''Daggerdale'' it's revealed at the very end that [[spoiler:your questgiver was TheStarscream to the BigBad Rezlus, and she had you kill Rezlus so she could take over the tower for herself.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', the protagonist spends his entire LIFE trying to stop the BigBad Lucien from rebuilding an ancient tower of magical doom. Once [[spoiler: Lucien is dead, Theresa, who guided him through this quest, reveals that she was just using Lucien to rebuild the spire and using you to defeat Lucien so she could claim the spire herself]].
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' the reason that you're told to try and keep President Kimball and General Oliver alive if you're working for Mr. House or Yes Man is that after the NCR gets the boot from Vegas their citizens will be quick to blame them for waging a costly and unpopular war while still capable of being on decent enough relations with Vegas to do trade.
* Edge in ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon Saga'' spends the whole game being used by the Seekers, the Empire, and by Craymen, since he's the only dragon rider aside from Azel atop Atolm Dragon.
* Patroklos Alexander from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' is the son of legendary Holy Warrior Sophitia Alexandria and has pledged himself to hunting the 'malfested' who slew her and kidnapped his elder sister. [[spoiler: So he winds up killing the human enemies of Graf Dumas, an alias of what amounts to the grand-daddy of all malfested... the Azure Nightmare himself.]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', once Mario collects every Crystal Star except the one the X-Nauts found before the game started, Grodus, leader of the X-Nauts, creates a plan to give the Crystal Star he has to [[TheDragon Lord Crump]], who he has lost all trust in, so Mario can take it from him and open the Thousand-Year Door for Grodus while disposing of Crump. Unfortunately for Grodus, upon achieving his goal of reviving the Shadow Queen, it's revealed that Beldam, leader of the Shadow Sirens that were working for him, had lied to Grodus about the Queen becoming his servant so he would try and use her to TakeOverTheWorld, thus making the entire X-Naut organization a pawn to Beldam.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Dimentio spends much of the game manipulating Mario and co.
-->''"Even if the count dies, the Chaos Heart won't disappear if I continue to control it! But I needed the power of the Pure Hearts to beat him. I couldn't do that on my own. So I had you do all the sweaty labor for me. And you even used your Pure Hearts to defeat Count Bleck! If they make greeting cards to thank people for helping with evil plans, I owe you one."''
** Antasma from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''. Although he's billed as the main antagonist, he forms an [[BigBadDuumvirate alliance]] with [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser]] that backfires horribly for him, since Bowser turns out to have been taking advantage of him and [[HijackedByGanon screws Antasma over in the end]].
* The Player Character is this in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. No matter what you do, by beating the game you're just a pawn in an AncientConspiracy and ForeverWar regarding whether the Age of Fire should continue or end. Though at least the ending that ''isn't'' an AndIMustScream scenario gives you the chance to be something other than a mere pawn.
* Raguna is a massive one in the first ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' game. Going by hours spent playing the game, you will spend over 99% of the game actually supplying the enemy with energy for their final plan. Going by plot events, it depends on how large a percentage you want to give to the final boss fight end endging cutscene, because up until then you're playing into the Sech's hand.
* Valdo, the protagonist of the PC game ''VideoGame/SecretsOfDaVinciTheForbiddenManuscript'', falls squarely into this territory. He's on a mission at the behest of an unknown employer, unaware that doing what his boss wants will lead to either him either being killed or thrown in prison for treason (which would probably lead to his death anyway).
* The trope comes up a few times during the course of the ''Videogame/DarkParables'' games. In the third game, the villain turns out to be one for [[spoiler:Literature/SnowWhite's WickedStepmother's equally evil magic mirror]]. The detective is one in the fourth game; the BigBad needs an artifact from a shrine that she's not allowed to enter, so she simply waits until the detective goes in to collect it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' has Bob guided by a [[TheVoice mysterious voice]] to kill the dictator that rules Earth with an iron fist. Turns out, the voice is [[spoiler:Satan, who was earlier captured by humans, and now with the dictator dead can take over the world.]]
* Both the Judge and [[spoiler:''the player him/herself'']] in VideoGame/{{OFF}} get played by [[spoiler:the Batter]]. By the time they get to find out and correct their mistakes, it's far too late, as he already [[spoiler:plunged almost the entire world into white void]].
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has ''many'' of these throughout the historical stories, but TheReveal at the end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is that [[spoiler:the entire Assassin-Templar conflict throughout history was ''both'' sides being the Unwitting Pawns of Juno]], and the historical story of that game concludes with the reveal that [[spoiler:Connor had been Juno's Unwitting Pawn for over a decade]].
** WordOfGod on ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is that [[spoiler:Olivier Garneau alone]] "''does know who his bosses are''" -- namely, Abstergo Entertainment being a Templar front -- while "''most people at AE just work for Templars without even knowing it''."
** By the time of ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedRogue'', Mélanie Lemay has been made aware of the Templar order, as she gets inducted during the course of the game.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Tsubaki is used as a pawn by Hazama many, ''many'' times over. He has manipulated her into fighting her best friends Jin and Noel by inspiring feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, telling her that she was meant to be with Jin and Noel took her rightful place at his side. As a bonus, she's also [[spoiler:obstructing Takagamagara's surveillance]] by using the Izayoi, and she serves as a sort-of hostage to [[WorldsStrongestMan Hakumen]], who has feelings for Tsubaki [[spoiler:because he's Jin from another timeline and watched her die there]]. As for Tsubaki, she follows the NOL's ([[spoiler:and by extension the Imperator's, [[MindControl and by extension]] [[ManBehindTheMan Hazama's]]]]) orders loyally. [[spoiler:This continues through to the end of ''Chronophantasma'', where the MindControl Hazama puts her through is broken and she becomes one of the good guys]].
** Worth putting down that although Litchi is also working with Hazama, [[AvertedTrope she is]] ''[[AvertedTrope NOT]]'' this trope. She's advancing his evil agenda knowingly, because [[IHaveYourWife he has Arakune]].
** In a supreme bit of irony, [[spoiler:Terumi and Relius]] were also the pawns of someone who they believed was ''their'' pawn [[spoiler:Imperator Saya who was the host of Izanami the goddess of death. She ditches them the moment they stop being useful and puts in motion her own plans to create a "world of death".]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': [[spoiler:Patrick Galloway.]]
* In ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII'' the protagonist is the pawn of [[spoiler:Shanalotte. From the opening cutscene to the very end of the game, Shanalotte had been guiding/aiding/manipulating the Bearer of the Curse to free Drangleic from Nashandra and Link the Fire.]] She only begins to admit her role in everything near the end of the game.
* The premise of ''VideoGame/BattleGaregga'' revolves around the GadgeteerGenius Wayne brothers, who produce highly advanced military machines for the federal government in exchange for riches as part of the contract. When the government goes on a rampage of conquest, the brothers discover that the very machines they developed for the government are being used for such malicious acts, and set off in their secret SuperPrototype aircraft to destroy the machines they helped create.
* ''VideoGame/{{Do|nPachi}}DonPachi'' presents itself as your usual "human military vs. alien invasion" {{Vertical Scrolling|Shooter}} BulletHell shooter. That is, unless you unlock the 2nd loop and [[spoiler:your commander reveals that the "mechanized aliens" he had you think you were fighting were actually ''your own comrades'' that he tricked you into destroying, then declares his intent to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill you with his special forces]].]]
* Alex of ''VideoGame/Code7'' ends up being one. [[spoiler: S.O.L.I. and Code 7 can't leave Schrödinger Station, so they corrupt his core program and make him create a fake anti-virus to successfully get to earth]]. Zoya of Episode 1 also believes to have been one.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'', [[spoiler:Thanos is played like a fiddle by Jedah and Mistress Death, using his love for Death in order to kickstart the merging of the Capcom and Marvel Universes by Ultron and Sigma. TheStinger reveals that [[TheDogBitesBack Thanos is not too happy with this level of betrayal]] and has obtained the Satsu no Hadou with the intention of ''killing Death''.]]
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* Mary in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' is obviously the pawn of multiple competing factions, but doesn't realize it fully until well into the story.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'''s [[spoiler:Klavier Gavin]] is the Unwitting Pawn for [[spoiler: his brother Kristoph]]'s EvilPlan to get Phoenix Wright [[spoiler:disbarred]].
** ''Trials and Tribulations'' has [[spoiler:Pearl Fey]], who is manipulated into triggering the events of the final case by [[spoiler:her mother, Morgan Fey]]. While [[spoiler:Pearl]] thinks she's just following her mother's orders for Maya's sake, her actions are actually [[spoiler:the means to ''kill'' Maya]]. Luckily, the plan isn't fulfilled thanks to a third party who knew about it beforehand.
* In ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' trilogy, everyone who isn't [[MagnificentBastard Zero]] or willingly working for Zero is this to some extent. Special mentions:
** [[spoiler:Ace, or Gentarou Hongou]] from ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', [[spoiler:ends up being used by Zero to mop up the other {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who ran the Nonary Game 9 years ago]].
** [[spoiler:Dio, a Free The Soul agent]] from ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', [[spoiler:sent to sabotage the Nonary Game Ambidex version. What he didn't realize was that not only the organizers anticipate his infiltration of the game, it was actually necessary]]. If that's not enough, [[spoiler:revelations in the [[VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma next game]] show he was also Brother's unwitting pawn as well, sent in to deliberately fail without Dio's knowledge]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Shirou and Rin being pawns in the schemes of [[spoiler:Gilgamesh and Kotomine]] in all three routes, with Shinji joining them in Unlimited Blade Works.
* Several in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series:
** Makoto in Chapter 1. The whole point of the trial is Naegi trying to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] in [[spoiler: Sayaka's]] death. What's interesting is that [[spoiler: he was framed by the victim in her own failed attempt to murder someone else - Makoto is only cleared because even the murderer was tricked by Sayaka.]]
** [[spoiler: Hifumi]] is tricked into helping [[spoiler: Celeste]] in her scheme due to [[spoiler: his lust for Alter Ego and Celeste making a FalseRapeAccusation against her first victim. Once he's finished in his part of the plan, he's murdered by her.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 the sequel]], [[spoiler: Teruteru and "Byakuya" (aka the Ultimate Impostor)]] are the Unwitting Pawns of [[spoiler: Nagito. Nagito sent a note warning "Byakuya" of his murder plot to get "Byakuya" to host a party in the [[ClosedCircle old dining hall]] then got himself assigned cleaning duty so he could set up a murder plot. Then he allowed Teruteru to discover what he's doing, confesses and [[RefugeInAudacity tells him his entire motive]]. He managed to entice "Byakuya" to set up the LockedRoomMystery Nagito needed in a room which goes completely dark in a blackout and gets Teruteru to try and [[SuicideByCop murder him]], starting the Killing Game. He didn't intend for "Byakuya" to die, however.]]
* ''VisualNovel/MonsterProm'': The REVENGE ending. [[spoiler:Miranda will ask you to do a series of seemingly random tasks to help her out, with very flimsy reasons for it. It turns out that this is her plan to kill the water polo team for kicking her out by feeding them eggs from a sea monster and them telling said sea monster they ate her eggs, she reveals that this was her plan if invited to prom after the events are completed]].
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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with Kevin Grumbles that he can make Homestar say something intelligent. In desperation, he tries saying something nonsensical (''[[WordSalad "I say there, Homestar...butt's twelve by pies?"]]''); as it turns out, Homestar apparently made his ''own'' bet with Kevin Grumbles that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid, and Strong Bad just won it for him. The real kicker is that Kevin actually wanted Strong Bad to make Homestar say something ''stupid'', but Strong Bad thought that was too little of a challenge. Perhaps he should've asked an insultingly simple math question. He could have at least gotten Coulomb's law out of it. He also gets suckered in the game ''[[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Strong Badia the Free]]''. [[spoiler: He spends the entire game trying to become the new king, only to find out that it was all a ploy by the King of Town to get Strong Bad stuck in the castle and the King in Strong Bad's position.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the Emperor makes [[spoiler: Magnus]] realize that both his supposed savior, Tzeentch, and his supposed CoolBigBro Horus manipulated him so that he'd fall to Chaos and doom his people and Imperium. This plays crucial role in [[spoiler: Magnus' HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[spoiler:Yang]] becomes this in "Fall" when [[spoiler:she is tricked into attacking Mercury unprovoked after defeating him in the finals. This results in [[SpannerInTheWorks Team RWBY]] being disqualified and left demoralised and without their best fighter, and also results in a [[BrokenPedestal huge negative public backlash against Beacon]]. The crowd's negative reaction also attracts vast hordes of Grimm including [[{{Kaiju}} the Goliaths]] to Vale, and the military struggle to contain them]]. This turn of events has unfortunately furthered [[BigBad Cinder's]] plans immensely.

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