History BatmanGambit / LiveActionFilms

14th May '16 9:49:04 PM DanielCase
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** In ''Film/DieHard2'', the Dulles airport police think they can easily retake the air traffic control system by going out to a particular terminal where they can access the system. Despite the terrorists having warned them not to try, the terrorists knew they would anyway ... because the SWAT team that goes out there [[spoiler:is killed in an ambush]][[note]]Lampshaded by McClane, who notes beforehand how that area is ideal for exactly that[[/note]].

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** In ''Film/DieHard2'', the Dulles airport police think they can easily retake the air traffic control system by going out to a particular terminal where they can access the system. Despite the terrorists having warned them not to try, the terrorists knew they would anyway ... because the SWAT team that goes out there [[spoiler:is killed in an ambush]][[note]]Lampshaded by McClane, [=McClane=], who notes beforehand how that area is ideal for exactly that[[/note]].
14th May '16 9:47:31 PM DanielCase
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** In ''Film/DieHardTwo'', the Dulles airport police think they can easily retake the air traffic control system by going out to a particular terminal where they can access the system. Despite the terrorists having warned them not to try, the terrorists knew they would anyway ... because the SWAT team that goes out there [[spoiler:is killed in an ambush]][[note]]Lampshaded by McClane, who notes beforehand how that area is ideal for exactly that[[/note]].

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** In ''Film/DieHardTwo'', ''Film/DieHard2'', the Dulles airport police think they can easily retake the air traffic control system by going out to a particular terminal where they can access the system. Despite the terrorists having warned them not to try, the terrorists knew they would anyway ... because the SWAT team that goes out there [[spoiler:is killed in an ambush]][[note]]Lampshaded by McClane, who notes beforehand how that area is ideal for exactly that[[/note]].
14th May '16 9:46:02 PM DanielCase
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* Hans Gruber's [[spoiler: planned theft]] in ''Film/DieHard'' is completely dependent on the [[spoiler: FBI cutting electrical power (per standard procedure), which disables the magnetic lock on the Nakatomi Plaza vault]]. The plan falls apart, however, thanks to an barefoot New York cop who just happened to be visiting his wife.
* Hans's brother, Simon, uses this in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', thus proving the Batman Gambit is hereditary. He leads the police on a wild goose chase, making them think he's setting off bombs to get revenge on John [=McClane=] for killing his brother, when the bombs are a mere distraction to keep the NYPD away from him while he puts his ''real'' plan into motion: robbing the Federal Reserve. He's only undone because he stupidly went back to the same truckstop that he bought aspirin for his migraines (which he then proceeded to give to [=McClane=] as a joke).

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* The villains in the ''Franchise/DieHard'' movies are particularly fond of this:
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Hans Gruber's [[spoiler: planned theft]] in ''Film/DieHard'' is completely dependent on the [[spoiler: FBI cutting electrical power (per standard procedure), which disables the magnetic lock on the Nakatomi Plaza vault]]. The plan falls apart, however, thanks to an barefoot New York cop who just happened to be visiting his wife.
* ** In ''Film/DieHardTwo'', the Dulles airport police think they can easily retake the air traffic control system by going out to a particular terminal where they can access the system. Despite the terrorists having warned them not to try, the terrorists knew they would anyway ... because the SWAT team that goes out there [[spoiler:is killed in an ambush]][[note]]Lampshaded by McClane, who notes beforehand how that area is ideal for exactly that[[/note]].
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Hans's brother, Simon, uses this in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', thus proving the Batman Gambit is hereditary. He leads the police on a wild goose chase, making them think he's setting off bombs to get revenge on John [=McClane=] for killing his brother, when the bombs are a mere distraction to keep the NYPD away from him while he puts his ''real'' plan into motion: robbing the Federal Reserve. He's only undone because he stupidly went back to the same truckstop that he bought aspirin for his migraines (which he then proceeded to give to [=McClane=] as a joke).
11th May '16 8:55:01 PM Eddy1215
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* ''Film/{{Casper}}'' and Kat pull this on Carrigan after she dies and comes back as a ghost to steal Casper's treasure and then use his father's Lazurus Machine to come back to life. [[spoiler: They reminded her about her supposed unfinished business, noting that all ghost have unfinished business which is why they don't cross over. She promptly boasted that she had everything that she wanted so she had no unfinished business. No sooner had she said that, she crossed over.]]

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* ''Film/{{Casper}}'' and Kat pull this on Carrigan after she dies and comes back as a ghost to steal Casper's treasure and then use his father's Lazurus Machine to come back to life. [[spoiler: They reminded her about her supposed unfinished business, noting that all ghost have unfinished business which is why they don't cross over. She promptly boasted that she had everything that she wanted so she had no unfinished business. [[PuffOfLogic No sooner had she said that, she crossed over.]]]]]]
11th May '16 8:53:11 PM Eddy1215
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* Rare nonhuman example: In ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', the intelligent sharks not only find away to get loose in the part-flooded interior of the floating research station, but they [[spoiler: herd the humans in such a way that they keep flooding additional parts of the complex, causing it to sink so low that the sharks will be able to swim out of the fenced-in lagoon and into the ocean]].

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* Rare nonhuman example: In ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', the intelligent sharks not only find away a way to get loose in the part-flooded interior of the floating research station, but they [[spoiler: herd the humans in such a way that they keep flooding additional parts of the complex, causing it to sink so low that the sharks will be able to swim out of the fenced-in lagoon and into the ocean]].
10th May '16 2:55:58 PM F1Krazy
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* Similarly, at the end of the film version of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', it's revealed that the Cat had planned the whole day out in advance. This almost entirely hinged on Conrad removing the lock from the Things' dimensional crate, for no reason other than because the Cat had forbidden him from doing so. When Conrad and Sally expresses his incredulity at this level of planning, the Cat notes that he'd deliberately made "don't open the crate" his one rule because he ''knew'' Conrad wouldn't be able to resist breaking it.



* Bartleby in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' pulls off a stupidly simple one at the end of the movie. He needs his wings removed to become human so he can enter the church and his have sins purged, but he's just killed his companion Loki, who would have done it had he not have a HeelRealization much earlier. Enter Jay, who got a hold of a sub-machine gun and is ready to shoot him. Bartleby just ducks down and spreads out his wings, counting on Jay to ''not aim''. Indeed, Jay just shoots Bartleby's wings and by the time Rufus and Serendipity stop him, it's too late: he's run out of bullets and Bartleby's wingless.

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* Bartleby in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' pulls off a stupidly simple one at the end of the movie. He needs his wings removed to become human so he can enter the church and his have his sins purged, but he's just killed his companion Loki, who would have done it had he not have a HeelRealization much earlier. Enter Jay, who got a hold of a sub-machine gun and is ready to shoot him. Bartleby just ducks down and spreads out his wings, counting on Jay to ''not aim''. Indeed, Jay just shoots Bartleby's wings and by the time Rufus and Serendipity stop him, it's too late: he's run out of bullets and Bartleby's wingless.
9th May '16 10:17:13 PM DanielCase
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* In ''Film/{{TheGodfather}}'', Carlo first antagonises his wife, knowing that will drive her insane enough to give him the pretext to beat her, knowing that she will then call her family, so [[spoiler:Sonny]] will get wind of it, go into a rage and drive over to him for revenge, where he can be [[spoiler:murdered by Barzini's men]] at a toll booth between their homes.

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* In ''Film/{{TheGodfather}}'', ''Film/TheGodfather'', Carlo first antagonises his wife, wife by having his mistress call just before he gets home, knowing that will drive her insane enough to give him the pretext to beat her, knowing that she will then call her family, so [[spoiler:Sonny]] will get wind of it, go into a rage and drive over to him for revenge, where he can be [[spoiler:murdered by Barzini's men]] at a toll booth between their homes.
27th Feb '16 4:11:23 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Subverted earlier as well when presented with an unseen attacker: [[spoiler:Holmes plans out his usual routine and would probably have been correct but around three moves into his strategy the person he was protecting simply throws a knife at the attacker, breaking the script but sparing them the time it would take for Holmes to enact his strategy]].
14th Jan '16 5:24:39 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Kirk baits Khan into following him into the Mutara Nebula by "laughing" at his "superior intellect." It's implied that Khan's perfectly aware that he's being blinded by his own hatred, and simply doesn't care anymore, so long as Kirk suffers.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] needs to get Kirk into the captain's chair, thus convinces Kirk to rile up Spock to prove that he's emotionally compromised following [[spoiler:Vulcan's destruction.]]
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Carol attempts to get her father to spare the ''Enterprise'' by trying to use herself as a shield, hoping he wouldn't fire on her. Her father's response? Teleport her away and ''keep firing''.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Kirk baits Khan into following him into the Mutara Nebula by "laughing" at his "superior intellect." It's implied that Khan's perfectly aware that he's being blinded by his own hatred, and simply doesn't care anymore, so long as Kirk suffers.
* ** In ''Film/StarTrek'', [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] needs to get Kirk into the captain's chair, thus convinces Kirk to rile up Spock to prove that he's emotionally compromised following [[spoiler:Vulcan's destruction.]]
* ** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Carol attempts to get her father to spare the ''Enterprise'' by trying to use herself as a shield, hoping he wouldn't fire on her. Her father's response? Teleport her away and ''keep firing''.
13th Jan '16 2:05:44 PM Premonition45
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* Towards the end of ''Film/TradingPlaces'', [[spoiler:Winthorpe and Valentine give the Dukes a fake crop report, expecting that they'll use it to try to get an advantage on the commodities market. They plan their own investment scheme based on the real crop report and their predictions of how the Dukes will act on the fake one. By the end of the day, Winthorpe and Valentine have made a fortune and the Dukes are out $394 million.]]
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