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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Undercover Carl", Carl suspects Phineas and Ferb may be up to no good when they use the same plans that Doofenshmirtz used (it was actually Doof who took ''their'' plans), so Monogram sends Carl undercover to snoop. Meanwhile, because he's too close to the case, Monogram sends Perry off to search for the missing Agent G.
-->'''Carl''': Who's Agent G, sir?
-->'''Monogram''': Gary the Gander? Oh, that's just a wild goose chase. Get it? [[DontExplainTheJoke Goose? Gander?]]


* Happens in ''Film/ConAir'' when the convicts remove the plane's tracking device and places it on a scenic tours flight.

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* Happens in ''Film/ConAir'' when the convicts remove the plane's tracking device and places place it on a scenic tours flight.


* In another Creator/PhilipKDick movie, the protagonist plays silly buggers with his pursuers by removing his tracking device and slipping into the pocket of the guy leading the hunt, leading to a lot of reports to the effect of "he just passed your position" before he figures it out.

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* In another Creator/PhilipKDick movie, the protagonist plays silly buggers with his pursuers by removing his tracking device and slipping it into the pocket of the guy leading the hunt, leading to a lot of reports to the effect of "he just passed your position" before he figures it out.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': In "The Spies who Loved Me", Ronnie Anne accidently invokes this trope when a tracking device that Carl put in her backpack, and she didn't know was there, falls out of said backpack into a piece of discarded gum, which in turn gets stuck to a rat. This leads the Casagrandes to believe Ronnie Anne has wandered off into a dangerous, abandoned house, and they all go there to rescue her.


Occasionally, an individual (usually the hero) when being tracked, will discover the TrackingDevice. One's first instinct may be to destroy the device, but why deprive oneself of the opportunity to mess with your enemies? So the hero promptly attaches the device to something else that (preferably) moves a lot and away from himself, causing the trackers to follow it all over the place before they finally discover that they've been duped.

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Occasionally, an individual (usually the hero) when being tracked, will discover the TrackingDevice. One's first instinct may be to destroy the device, but why deprive oneself of the opportunity to [[ItAmusedMe mess with your enemies? enemies?]] So the hero promptly attaches the device to something else that (preferably) moves a lot and away from himself, causing the trackers to follow it all over the place before they finally discover that they've been duped.


* In ''Film/TheSiege'' DenzelWashington's character Agent Hubbard uses this without a tracking device as the US Army is tracking him. He has [[DecoyGetaway a decoy agent dressed to resemble him]] run in the wrong direction to divert attention away from his vehicle while he goes off to complete his original objective.

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* In ''Film/TheSiege'' DenzelWashington's Creator/DenzelWashington's character Agent Hubbard uses this without a tracking device as the US Army is tracking him. He has [[DecoyGetaway a decoy agent dressed to resemble him]] run in the wrong direction to divert attention away from his vehicle while he goes off to complete his original objective.


Compare DecoyGetaway (using a false target to distract pursuers, not necessarily involving a tracking device or a moving target).

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Compare DecoyGetaway (using a false target to distract pursuers, not necessarily involving a tracking device or a moving target).
target). Also see SnipeHunt.

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* As leader of the search for Sirius Black in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', Kingsley Shacklebolt deliberately sends the Ministry on one, telling them that Sirius has been spotted in Tibet.

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Compare DecoyGetaway (using a false target to distract pursuers, not necessarily involving a tracking device or a moving target).



* In ''Film/TheSiege'' DenzelWashington's character Agent Hubbard uses this without a tracking device as the US Army is tracking him. He has a decoy agent dressed to resemble him run in the wrong direction to divert attention away from his vehicle while he goes off to complete his original objective.

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* In ''Film/TheSiege'' DenzelWashington's character Agent Hubbard uses this without a tracking device as the US Army is tracking him. He has [[DecoyGetaway a decoy agent dressed to resemble him him]] run in the wrong direction to divert attention away from his vehicle while he goes off to complete his original objective.


* In the JohnWayne movie ''Brannigan'' the crooked lawyer doing a ransom drop finds the bug the police have placed on his car and attaches it to another vehicle while stuck in traffic. Unfortunately John Wayne has slipped a second bug into the money.

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* In the JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne movie ''Brannigan'' ''Film/{{Brannigan}}'' the crooked lawyer doing a ransom drop finds the bug the police have placed on his car and attaches it to another vehicle while stuck in traffic. Unfortunately John Wayne has slipped a second bug into the money.


* In ''Literature/SmallFavors'', a book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry does a magical version of this by suspending the device over a large map of the city and enchanting it to make it believe that the map ''is'' the city. Then he attaches a bag of catnip to it and sets Mister on it. It proves very effective.

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* In ''Literature/SmallFavors'', ''Literature/SmallFavor'', a book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry does a magical version of this by suspending the device over a large map of the city and enchanting it to make it believe that the map ''is'' the city. Then he attaches a bag of catnip to it and sets Mister on it. It proves very effective.


* In the DresdenFiles' ''Small Favors'', Harry does a magical version of this by suspending the device over a large map of the city and enchanting it to make it believe that the map ''is'' the city. Then he attaches a bag of catnip to it and sets Mister on it. It proves very effective.
* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', Langdon attaches a bug to a bar of soap and throws it into the back of a garbage truck to distract the French police and buy more time in finding clues in the Louvre. Notable in that the Louvre, like most public buildings, doesn't have bar soap.

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* In the DresdenFiles' ''Small Favors'', ''Literature/SmallFavors'', a book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry does a magical version of this by suspending the device over a large map of the city and enchanting it to make it believe that the map ''is'' the city. Then he attaches a bag of catnip to it and sets Mister on it. It proves very effective.
* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', Langdon attaches a bug to a bar of soap and throws it into the back of a garbage truck to distract the French police and buy more time in finding clues in the Louvre. Notable in that the Louvre, like most public buildings, doesn't have bar soap.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Not What He Seems", Stan escape federal custody and runs to a cab. He tells the cab to drive ''away'' from the Mystery Shack as far as possible. So while the agents follow the cab, assuming Stan is inside, Stan runs back to the shack.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Not What He Seems", Stan escape escapes federal custody and runs to a cab. He tells the cab to drive as far ''away'' from the Mystery Shack as far as possible. So while the agents follow the cab, assuming Stan is inside, Stan runs back to the shack.

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