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Basic Trope: The Hero has been tricked into accomplishing the villain's plans.

  • Straight: Alice has been tricked into killing innocent people by Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob tricks Alice into assisting him with theft and/or vandalism, but not murder.
    • Alice knows Bob has some ulterior motive in play, but doesn't realize the scope of it until it's too late.
    • Alice's actions were completely separate from Bob's plans, but she still ended up killing the innocent people Bob wanted dead by accident, which he's fully willing to take advantage of.
  • Justified: Alice had no reason to think that Bob was tricking her. Alternatively, Alice is easy to fool.
  • Inverted: Bob is tricked into saving innocents by Alice.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice realizes that Bob is trying to make her kill innocents, so she manages to avoid doing so.
    • At first, Alice believed that Bob had used her to kill innocents, but later on, Alice discovers that she killed the wrong people and ended up hindering Bob's plans.
  • Double Subverted: Which is exactly what Bob wanted.
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  • Parodied: Bob tricks Alice into wearing a chess pawn costume while killing innocent people.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob tricks Alice into a lot of things, but not even Bob will know if Alice's actions will help or hurt him until later.
  • Averted: Bob does not trick Alice.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "How could you, Bob? I didn't want her dead. I just wanted revenge."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Knowing the kind of person Bob is, Alice disobeys him.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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