History BatmanGambit / Literature

29th Mar '16 1:36:53 PM Milarqui
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* In ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'', main character [[TheHero Wade "Parzival"]] has to find a way to knock out the magical shield used by [[BigBad IOI]] to prevent passage into the castle that holds the gate to the Egg. Said shield is the most powerful in the story of OASIS, and pretty much impossible to destroy from the outside. [[spoiler:He uses some hacking to fake having a debt with IOI, who always force their debtors into indentured service. Once there, he uses a backdoor into IOI's intranet to give a supply bot orders to bring the most powerful bomb in inventory as close as possible to the wizard holding the shield up and detonate it at a certain time. Then, he calls every gunter in the game to help, correctly assuming that they would prefer [[OneOfUs his]] victory to [[CorruptCorporateExecutive IOI]]'s. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It works.]]]]
30th Jan '16 7:19:46 AM ReaderAt2046
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* Creator/GKChesterton's Father Brown story "The Sins of Prince Saradine": Saradine has two enemies, one a blackmailer, and the other seeking revenge. He then gives everything he has to the blackmailer, and informs the other of his location. The avenger kills the blackmailer and willingly accepts execution.

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* Creator/GKChesterton's Father Brown story "The Sins of Prince Saradine": Saradine has two enemies, one enemies. One is the son of a blackmailer, man he killed, who lacks legal proof and the thus is hunting Saradine to kill him personally. The other seeking revenge.is the Prince's twin brother, who has proof of the murder and is using it for blackmail. He then gives everything he has to the blackmailer, and informs the other of his location. The avenger kills the blackmailer and willingly accepts execution.
22nd Dec '15 8:29:28 AM CheeseDogX
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** The White Court's entire internal culture is ''built'' out of this trope.

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** The White Court's entire internal culture is ''built'' out of this trope. White Court vampires, being weak compared to other supernatural forces out there, actually consider it a loss of face to do something directly. Tricking others into doing things for them is not just the preferred, but the only acceptable, way to get things done.
10th Dec '15 1:04:50 AM Tuckerscreator
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* In ''Literature/HaloShadowOfIntent'', the Prelate wishes to kill his foe the Half-Jaw, but his light starship is no match for his opponent's enormous assault carrier. So the Prelate hatches a plan to even the odds step by step. First his starship attacks several peaceful colonies, so Half-Jaw will be enraged and come at him guns blazing. Next he lures the assault carrier to battle at a planet with an unstable star, with its magnetic storm wreaking havoc on the carrier's shields and weapons. Despite this, the Half-Jaw's ship still has the upper hand, [[spoiler:but the Prelate has just enough an opening to get his ship close so he and his soldiers can board the carrier and hijack it for themselves.]]
1st Dec '15 11:36:47 PM DarkStarling
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* In LordOTheNightSky Crane does this alot, as befits a secret agent. Most notable when he plays up disbelieving Teds revelation on what the Smoking Mirror Cult is up too, in order to get a better and more convincing explanation for analysts to confirm it.
12th Nov '15 12:42:02 PM Robinton
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' ends with one planned by [[TheSmartGirl Min]] or [[TheHero Rand]]: Rand drops [[AmplifyerArtifact Callandor]] so that Moridin takes it and starts channelling the [[BlackMagic True Power]]. What Moridin doesn't know is that Callandor allows two [[GenderRestrictedAbility women]] to control the Power channelled through Callandor, which Moiraine and Nynaeve proceed to do. Rand then uses the [[MagicByAnyOtherName One Power]] and the [[HoistByHisOwnPetard True Power to seal away the Dark One]].

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' ends with one planned by [[TheSmartGirl Min]] or [[TheHero Rand]]: Rand drops [[AmplifyerArtifact [[AmplifierArtifact Callandor]] so that Moridin takes it and starts channelling the [[BlackMagic True Power]]. What Moridin doesn't know is that Callandor allows two [[GenderRestrictedAbility women]] to control the Power channelled through Callandor, which Moiraine and Nynaeve proceed to do. Rand then uses the [[MagicByAnyOtherName One Power]] and the [[HoistByHisOwnPetard True Power to seal away the Dark One]].
17th Oct '15 7:17:09 PM GMFigueiredo
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, Hari Seldon basically sets up centuries worth of Batman Gambit in advance, using statistics. Somewhat subverted when it turns out that he actually left behind a secret Second Foundation to keep history working precisely according to his plan.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, Hari Seldon basically sets up centuries worth of Batman Gambit in advance, using statistics. Somewhat subverted when it turns out that he [[spoiler:he actually left behind a secret Second Foundation to keep history working precisely according to his plan.plan]].
7th Aug '15 2:06:09 AM Sharlee
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** The White Court's entire internal culture is ''built'' out of this trope.
7th Aug '15 2:04:35 AM Sharlee
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*** Likewise, if it's [[spoiler: Nemesis-infected Maeve]]. Or, usually, Lea. Or, ''always'', Odin.
7th Aug '15 2:01:16 AM Sharlee
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** Harry uses one against the BigBad in ''Turn Coat''. He goes out of his way to make a huge production of inviting [[spoiler: the Senior Council]] to a fight. Since this is so archetypal Dresden, nobody, including his mentor, even considers the possibility that he might have something else planned. He relied on the fact that [[spoiler: the traitor]] couldn't resist the chance to get so many of his enemies in one place so he could eliminate them in one stroke. Harry would have been in serious trouble with a whole lot of people if the gambit failed. [[spoiler: It didn't]].
** Mavra [[spoiler: sets up]] Harry by sending some underling Black Court vampires, including one he'd recognize as hers, to attack him and some associates. Harry calls up Murphy and Kincaid to go vampire-hunting, wiping out several lesser blampires and [[spoiler: one they ''think'' is]] Mavra, plus a homicidally-violent human she's reduced to TheRenfield. Only in the next novel does Harry find out that [[spoiler: Mavra had not only survived, but she'd arranged it all so that she could covertly photograph Murphy in the act of shooting the Renfield, thus acquiring blackmail material to use against either SI or, as it turned out, Harry himself.]] Had Harry called in more than just ''one'' SI member, [[spoiler: Murphy would have had enough fellow-cops on hand to dogpile the Renfield rather than shoot him, negating the photos' value.]]
** The award for best Batman Gambit, however, surely goes to [[spoiler:Martin]], who manipulated Harry, Susan, ''and'' the Red King into position to [[spoiler: allow Harry to hijack the Red Court's genocide spell and instant-kill their entire population]]. Also a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit]].

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** Harry uses one against the BigBad in ''Turn Coat''.''Literature/TurnCoat''. He goes out of his way to make a huge production of inviting [[spoiler: the Senior Council]] to a fight. Since this is so archetypal Dresden, nobody, including his mentor, even considers the possibility that he might have something else planned. He relied on the fact that [[spoiler: the traitor]] couldn't resist the chance to get so many of his enemies in one place so he could eliminate them in one stroke. Harry would have been in serious trouble with a whole lot of people if the gambit failed. [[spoiler: It didn't]].
** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', Mavra [[spoiler: sets up]] Harry by sending some underling Black Court vampires, including one he'd recognize as hers, to attack him and some associates. Harry calls up Murphy and Kincaid to go vampire-hunting, wiping out several lesser blampires and [[spoiler: one they ''think'' is]] Mavra, plus a homicidally-violent human she's reduced to TheRenfield. Only in the next novel does Harry find out that [[spoiler: Mavra had not only survived, but she'd arranged it all so that she could covertly photograph Murphy in the act of shooting the Renfield, thus acquiring blackmail material to use against either SI or, as it turned out, Harry himself.]] Had Harry called in more than just ''one'' SI member, [[spoiler: Murphy would have had enough fellow-cops on hand to dogpile the Renfield rather than shoot him, negating the photos' value.]]
** The award for best Batman Gambit, however, surely goes to [[spoiler:Martin]], [[spoiler:Martin in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'']], who manipulated Harry, Susan, ''and'' the Red King into position to [[spoiler: allow Harry to hijack the Red Court's genocide spell and instant-kill their entire population]]. Also a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit]].
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