History BatmanGambit / VideoGames

6th Dec '17 1:02:59 PM kazokuhouou
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* [[spoiler:Cassette Guy]] pulls off one of these in ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator''. [[spoiler:The whole game was a trap to lure [[BigBad Springtrap]], [[DaddysLittleVillain Scrap Baby]], [[IAmLegion Molten Freddy]], and [[BigGood Lefty]] to a fake pizzeria and burn it down, finally ending the horror of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise and putting the souls of the children murdered by the Purple Man to rest.]]
16th Nov '17 10:59:27 AM MartinusXIV
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* The total conversion [[GameMod mod]] ''Enderal'' for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim]]'' has the [[BigBad High]] [[GodIsEvil Ones]] pull a Batman Gambit on ''the whole of humanity''. Their plan to [[KillAllHumans kill all humans]] comes down to sending [[SignsOfTheEndTimes signs of the end times]], counting on humans to try to save themselves by building [[FantasticNuke a device that can kill them]], [[spoiler:which ''they themselves'' have provided,]] knowing that humans, [[HumansAreBastards by their very nature]], will screw up and use it to kill themselves instead.
20th Sep '17 6:26:46 AM salvadorfranz
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* The story mode of ''VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcomInfinite'' has [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] pulling off an impressive one by [[spoiler: just ''giving one of the Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone, to'' '''''[[BigBad Ultron-Sigma]]'''' and make him more powerful! Except in reality, the Soul Stone only works to the most noble of souls and because Ultron-Sigma is just a machine, it backfires big time.]]

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* The story mode of ''VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcomInfinite'' has [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] pulling off an impressive one by [[spoiler: just ''giving one of the Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone, to'' '''''[[BigBad Ultron-Sigma]]'''' Ultron-Sigma]]''''' and make him more powerful! Except in reality, the Soul Stone only works to the most noble of souls and because Ultron-Sigma is just a machine, it backfires big time.]]
20th Sep '17 6:25:47 AM salvadorfranz
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* The story mode of ''VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcomInfinite'' has [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] pulling off an impressive one by [[spoiler: just ''giving one of the Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone, to'' '''''[[BigBad Ultron-Sigma]]'''' and make him more powerful! Except in reality, the Soul Stone only works to the most noble of souls and because Ultron-Sigma is just a machine, it backfires big time.]]
30th Aug '17 10:21:29 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
** [[SupportingLeader Vivec]]'s plan to defeat [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] banks on on Dagoth Ur [[EvilCannotComprehendGood not figuring out until it is too late]] that [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] is there to [[spoiler:''free'' the Heart of Lorkhan from the enchantments binding it, thus cutting off Dagoth Ur and the Tribunal from its power, rather than to use the heart him/herself to become a god]].
** The in-game book ''A Game At Dinner'' has Hlaalu Helseth, eventual King of Morrowind, pulling one of these to root out a spy. Combing it with BluffingTheMurderer, Helseth implies to his assembled dinner guests that he put poison on the cutlery of someone spying against him, then invites any spies present to take a dose of the antidote, kept in a tureen at the center of the table. One of the spies loses his nerve and drinks, only for Helseth to reveal that no-one's cutlery was poisoned. The poison was, in fact, the 'antidote' the spy was just bluffed into drinking.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
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** Sheogorath is the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]]. Despite this status and his insistence that it's impossible to tell exactly what any and all beings will do, he's pretty good at the Batman Gambit. The ''16 Accords of Madness'' volumes VI, IX and XII involve the humiliation of his fellow Daedric Princes [[EgoManiacHunter Hircine]], [[YourWorstNightmare Vaermina]], and [[AllTheOtherReindeer Malacath]], respectively. In each of the stories, he basically has the other Princes defeat themselves. It's even brought up in volume IX, when Vaermina accuses him of doing ''nothing''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
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[[SupportingLeader Vivec]]'s plan to defeat [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] banks on on Dagoth Ur [[EvilCannotComprehendGood not figuring out until it is too late]] that [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] is there to [[spoiler:''free'' the Heart of Lorkhan from the enchantments binding it, thus cutting off Dagoth Ur and the Tribunal from its power, rather than to use the heart him/herself to become a god]].
** *** The in-game book ''A Game At Dinner'' has Hlaalu Helseth, eventual King of Morrowind, pulling one of these to root out a spy. Combing it with BluffingTheMurderer, Helseth implies to his assembled dinner guests that he put poison on the cutlery of someone spying against him, then invites any spies present to take a dose of the antidote, kept in a tureen at the center of the table. One of the spies loses his nerve and drinks, only for Helseth to reveal that no-one's cutlery was poisoned. The poison was, in fact, the 'antidote' the spy was just bluffed into drinking.
5th Jul '17 6:58:51 PM Abodos
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* The whole modern day plot of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is [[spoiler: Zelda & to a lesser extent her father,]] pulling off an elaborate one on [[spoiler: Ganon & Link]].[[spoiler: 100 years ago, in the game, when Ganon struck Zelda put one into action by having Link sealed away in the chamber of resurrection, giving several people orders to follow when he woke up and knowing that Link would come for her. During that time she held Ganon from achieving his goal of forming a new human looking body from inside him, knowing he would not (or possibly could not) kill her. Roham plays the role of preparing a revived Link by acting as a TricksterMentor to get him back up to speed before revealing the truth of their roles. Only because Link acts as the Hero they knew him as, frees the four divine beast and comes to kill Ganon does their plan work. Ganon meanwhile doesn't act directly against Link during the whole plot after the attack 100 years ago, seemingly not realizing what Zelda, Roham and Link are up to or believes it's a fool's errand.]]

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* The whole modern day plot of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is [[spoiler: Zelda & to a lesser extent her father,]] father, pulling off an elaborate one on [[spoiler: Ganon & Link]].[[spoiler: Link. 100 years ago, in the game, ago when Ganon struck struck, Zelda put one into action by having Link sealed away in the chamber Shrine of resurrection, Resurrection, giving several people orders to follow when he woke up and knowing that Link would come for her. During that time she held Ganon from achieving his goal of forming a new human looking body from inside him, knowing he would not (or possibly could not) kill her. Roham King Rhoam plays the role of preparing a revived Link by acting as a TricksterMentor to get him back up to speed before revealing the truth of their roles. Only because Link acts as the Hero they knew him as, frees the four divine beast Divine Beasts and comes to kill Ganon does their plan work. Ganon meanwhile doesn't act directly against Link during the whole plot after the attack 100 years ago, seemingly not realizing what Zelda, Roham Rhoam and Link are up to or believes it's a fool's errand.]]
1st Jun '17 6:28:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Creator/HideoKojima is absolutely crackers about these.
** ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'' features a hastily improvised Gambit (developed by the bad guys' resident psychic, sensibly enough) which revolves around a single-use keycard which will toggle a nuclear weapon from "active" to "inactive" or vice-versa. The bad guys seem to accept that facing off against the hero is a suicidal masquerade to set up deathbed conversions and make the plan convincing.
** The sequel goes into a full-blown GambitRoulette to underscore the power of the GovernmentConspiracy. Or [[GainaxEnding sentient assemblage of constitutional amendments, or [=AIs=], or whatever the hell they are.]]
** The third game's tragic denouement reveals a Gambit (authored by an earlier iteration of the aforementioned conspiracy) which went right up to the pseudovillain's own demise at the hands of the hero.
** And the fourth is basically a GambitPileup, so let's not get started....
** In [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]], Monsoon and Jetstream Sam try to break Raiden's mind by counting on his reaction to their taunting. It works, but [[Main/GoneHorriblyRight in the worst way possible]]. This ends up being their undoing...

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* Creator/HideoKojima ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' is absolutely crackers about these.
these, as befitting a series created by Creator/HideoKojima.
** ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' features a hastily improvised Gambit (developed by the bad guys' resident psychic, sensibly enough) which revolves around a single-use keycard which will toggle a nuclear weapon from "active" to "inactive" or vice-versa. The bad guys seem to accept that facing off against the hero is a suicidal masquerade to set up deathbed conversions and make the plan convincing.
** The sequel ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' goes into a full-blown GambitRoulette to underscore the power of the GovernmentConspiracy. Or [[GainaxEnding sentient assemblage of constitutional amendments, or [=AIs=], or whatever the hell they are.]]
** The third game's ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''[='s=] tragic denouement reveals a Gambit (authored by an earlier iteration of the aforementioned conspiracy) which went right up to the pseudovillain's own demise at the hands of the hero.
** And the fourth ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' is basically a GambitPileup, so let's not get started....
** In [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]], ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Monsoon and Jetstream Sam try to break Raiden's mind by counting on his reaction to their taunting. It works, but [[Main/GoneHorriblyRight in the worst way possible]]. This ends up being their undoing...
1st Jun '17 1:57:04 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the [[PlanetHeck Labyrinth of Amala]] subquest has you tasked with defeating the ten [[BonusBoss Fiends]] and returning the [[MacGuffin Candelabrum]] they had stolen to Amala. If you complete the Labyrinth of Amala (it is optional) then the whole thing is revealed to be a BatmanGambit orchestrated by none other than [[spoiler:Lucifer himself. The Fiends had never stolen the candelabrum; the entire thing was set up as a training exercise to create a new demon that would be strong enough to lead the armies of [[{{Hell}} Deep Amala]] in an [[RageAgainstTheHeavens war against God Himself]], as well as a test to see if you had the fortitude to fully embrace your demonic side and become Deep Amala's champion]].
* From another ''ShinMegamiTensei'' game ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (which is about a murder mystery). Prodigy Detective Naoto Shirogane devises a plan to confirm his [[spoiler: or rather '''her''']] suspicions that the police caught a [[JackTheRipoff copycat killer]], not the real killer. [[spoiler: She '''sets herself up as bait for the kidnapper''', confident that the Investigation Team will rescue her.]] The instant the Investigation Team figures this out, they come to the conclusion that Naoto is a complete idiot for trying it, although they later accept that it helped reveal the real culprit was at large. Still doesn't calm down Kanji, who [[WhatTheHellHero lets Naoto have it]], pointing out that if they hadn't actually gotten there, ''Naoto would die.''
* The entirety of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Assassin's Creed]]'' is actually ''two'' giant {{Batman Gambit}}s. The first, planned by TheDragon, Robert de Sable, involves using the Assassins' killing of his lieutenants, all of whom are important members of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart's respective support networks, to unite the Saracen and Crusader armies to crush the Assassins. The second is planned out by [[spoiler:Al-Mualim, who plans to have [[UnwittingPawn Altair]] kill all of the Templars who knew about the Piece of Eden, because he himself is a Templar]] plotting to take over the Holy Land for himself.

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
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In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the [[PlanetHeck Labyrinth of Amala]] subquest has you tasked with defeating the ten [[BonusBoss Fiends]] and returning the [[MacGuffin Candelabrum]] they had stolen to Amala. If you complete the Labyrinth of Amala (it is optional) then the whole thing is revealed to be a BatmanGambit orchestrated by none other than [[spoiler:Lucifer himself. The Fiends had never stolen the candelabrum; the entire thing was set up as a training exercise to create a new demon that would be strong enough to lead the armies of [[{{Hell}} Deep Amala]] in an [[RageAgainstTheHeavens war against God Himself]], as well as a test to see if you had the fortitude to fully embrace your demonic side and become Deep Amala's champion]].
* From another ''ShinMegamiTensei'' game ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (which is about a murder mystery). Prodigy Detective ** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', prodigy detective Naoto Shirogane devises a plan to confirm his [[spoiler: or rather '''her''']] suspicions that the police caught a [[JackTheRipoff copycat killer]], not the real killer. [[spoiler: She '''sets herself up as bait for the kidnapper''', confident that the Investigation Team will rescue her.]] The instant the Investigation Team figures this out, they come to the conclusion that Naoto is a complete idiot for trying it, although they later accept that it helped reveal the real culprit was at large. Still doesn't calm down Kanji, who [[WhatTheHellHero lets Naoto have it]], pointing out that if they hadn't actually gotten there, ''Naoto would die.have died.''
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
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The entirety of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Assassin's Creed]]'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' is actually ''two'' giant {{Batman Gambit}}s. The first, planned by TheDragon, Robert de Sable, involves using the Assassins' killing of his lieutenants, all of whom are important members of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart's respective support networks, to unite the Saracen and Crusader armies to crush the Assassins. The second is planned out by [[spoiler:Al-Mualim, who plans to have [[UnwittingPawn Altair]] kill all of the Templars who knew about the Piece of Eden, because he himself is a Templar]] plotting to take over the Holy Land for himself.



*** And in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed II]]'', it goes meta. The entire DiabolusExMachina of Ezio's life turned out to be a gambit to [[spoiler:get him into a secret vault inside the Vatican so he can receive a message he can't even understand, just so his descendant can retrieve the message from GeneticMemory centuries later. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat The message-giver even knew that descendant's name]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Hey, its easier than walking into the Vatican nowadays - and that very security preserved the message]].]]
*** [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV Assassin's Creed Black Flag]] takes it to another level entirely. [[spoiler: Past and present incarnations of Roberts are manipulating Templars ''and'' Assassins on behalf of a third group, whose purpose is to get the present-day protagonist in a position where their body can be taken over by Juno. It only fails because Juno isn't quite powerful enough yet to do it.]]

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*** ** And in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed II]]'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', it goes meta. The entire DiabolusExMachina of Ezio's life turned out to be a gambit to [[spoiler:get him into a secret vault inside the Vatican so he can receive a message he can't even understand, just so his descendant can retrieve the message from GeneticMemory centuries later. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat The message-giver even knew that descendant's name]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Hey, its easier than walking into the Vatican nowadays - and that very security preserved the message]].]]
*** [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV Assassin's Creed Black Flag]] ** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' takes it to another level entirely. [[spoiler: Past and present incarnations of Roberts are manipulating Templars ''and'' Assassins on behalf of a third group, whose purpose is to get the present-day protagonist in a position where their body can be taken over by Juno. It only fails because Juno isn't quite powerful enough yet to do it.]]
17th May '17 1:16:27 PM Collectionchange
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' revealed that the entire fucking series (or at least what happened in that game [[spoiler:by her [[FaceHeelTurn changing her original intentions]]) was a BatmanGambit designed by [[spoiler:Athena]] so that [[spoiler:she could gain the power of hope that she had put away in the first place, but also kill all the other gods and destroy the world without implicating herself and become the one savior of mankind.]]

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' revealed that the entire fucking series (or at least what happened in that game [[spoiler:by her [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn by her changing her original intentions]]) intentions]]]]) was a BatmanGambit designed by [[spoiler:Athena]] so that [[spoiler:she could gain the power of hope that she had put away in the first place, but also kill all the other gods and destroy the world without implicating herself and become the one savior of mankind.]]
17th May '17 1:07:28 PM Collectionchange
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' revealed that the entire fucking series (or at least what happened in that game [[spoiler:by her [[Face-Heel Turn changing her original intentions]]) was a BatmanGambit designed by [[spoiler:Athena]] so that [[spoiler:she could gain the power of hope that she had put away in the first place, but also kill all the other gods and destroy the world without implicating herself and become the one savior of mankind.]]

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' revealed that the entire fucking series (or at least what happened in that game [[spoiler:by her [[Face-Heel Turn [[FaceHeelTurn changing her original intentions]]) was a BatmanGambit designed by [[spoiler:Athena]] so that [[spoiler:she could gain the power of hope that she had put away in the first place, but also kill all the other gods and destroy the world without implicating herself and become the one savior of mankind.]]
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