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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BraveStarr,'' BraveStarr lets himself be manipulated into a terrible bargain with Tex Hex-- because he knows Tex is such a compulsive backstabber that all he has to do is ''wait'' for Tex to break his word, and then BraveStarr won't be bound by the agreement, either. Sure enough, Tex can't keep his word even one full day.
24th Oct '16 4:27:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Scrooge [=McDuck=] pulls a good one in a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode. After the Beagle Boys manage to swipe Scrooge's Number One Dime for Magica [=DeSpell=], Scrooge and his three nephews manage to follow them to her island, where Magica's spell - where she intends to sacrifice the dime - is in the eleventh hour, and it leads to Scrooge's DarkestHour. A ShapeshifterShowdown ended with one of the Beagles turned into a dragon, and the heroes trashed. Finally, Scrooge appears to surrender, takes what he claims is his ''actual'' #1 from his hat, and offers it for his nephews being spared. He claims the one Magica has is a decoy. ("Ya didn't really think ah'd leave my 31 out in the open didja? Offhand, ah wouldn't give ya a ''nickel'' for that dime.") Magica is convinced, and agrees, but Scrooge is bluffing, as he tells his nephews on the plane - he manages to get his actual #1 back, rescue his nephews, and all it costs him is one ''ordinary'' dime. ("Ah didn't become the richest duck in the world for bein' stupid," he says.)

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* Scrooge [=McDuck=] pulls a good one in a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode. After the Beagle Boys manage to swipe Scrooge's Number One Dime for Magica [=DeSpell=], Scrooge and his three nephews manage to follow them to her island, where Magica's spell - where she intends to sacrifice the dime - is in the eleventh hour, and it leads to Scrooge's DarkestHour. A ShapeshifterShowdown ended with one of the Beagles turned into a dragon, and the heroes trashed. Finally, Scrooge appears to surrender, takes what he claims is his ''actual'' #1 from his hat, and offers it for his nephews being spared. He claims the one Magica has is a decoy. ("Ya didn't really think ah'd leave my 31 mah #1 out in the open didja? Offhand, ah wouldn't give ya a ''nickel'' for that dime.") Magica is convinced, and agrees, but Scrooge is bluffing, as he tells his nephews on the plane - he manages to get his actual #1 back, rescue his nephews, and all it costs him is one ''ordinary'' dime. ("Ah didn't become the richest duck in the world for bein' stupid," he says.)
9th Oct '16 8:28:35 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': In "April Fools Rules", Lincoln boards himself in his room to protect himself of Luan's extreme April Fools pranks, but he gets a call from Ronnie Anne saying that she's coming over. Since Luan said that anyone on Loud property is fair game, Lincoln decides to spare her from the pranks by deliberately setting them all off on himself. [[spoiler: It turns out that Luan was the one who called Ronnie Anne in the first place, just so Lincoln could endure her pranks willingly.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': In "April Fools Rules", Lincoln boards himself in his room to protect himself of Luan's extreme April Fools pranks, but he gets a call from Ronnie Anne saying that she's coming over. Since Luan said that anyone on Loud property is fair game, Lincoln decides to spare her from the pranks by deliberately setting them all off on himself. [[spoiler: It turns out that Luan was the one who called Ronnie Anne in the first place, just so Lincoln could endure would willingly walk right into her pranks willingly.pranks.]]
9th Oct '16 8:26:01 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': In "April Fools Rules", Lincoln boards himself in his room to protect himself of Luan's extreme April Fools pranks, but he gets a call from Ronnie Anne saying that she's coming over. Since Luan said that anyone on Loud property is fair game, Lincoln decides to spare her from the pranks by deliberately setting them all off on himself. [[spoiler: It turns out that Luan was the one who called Ronnie Anne in the first place, just so Lincoln could endure her pranks willingly.]]
7th Oct '16 12:18:50 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} brilliantly pulls 95% of one in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'''s Season 2 finale "Day of Reckoning", manipulating four different factions -- the X-Men, the Brotherhood, Bolivar Trask's private army, and his Acolytes in order to: reveal to the world the existence of mutants, out Trask's group and destroy their Sentinel prototype, brand the X-Men as fugitives, and severely drain his enemies' resources. Only one unaccounted-for factor -- [[ComicBook/ScarletWitch his daughter, Wanda Maximoff]] -- prevents it from going perfectly.

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SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} brilliantly pulls 95% of one in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'''s the Season 2 finale "Day of Reckoning", manipulating four different factions -- the X-Men, the Brotherhood, Bolivar Trask's private army, and his Acolytes in order to: reveal to the world the existence of mutants, out Trask's group and destroy their Sentinel prototype, brand the X-Men as fugitives, and severely drain his enemies' resources. Only one unaccounted-for factor -- [[ComicBook/ScarletWitch his daughter, Wanda Maximoff]] -- prevents it from going perfectly.


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* Skeletor does a brilliant (for him) multi-part gambit in the three-part "Council of Evil" episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse''. The first stage combines it with a UriahGambit, ordering his henchmen (''all'' of them) into a situation where he knows they'll be found by the heroes, beaten rather badly, and apprehended. This leads to stage two; with the heroes reasonably sure that Skeletor has been crippled, they let their guard down, Randor himself deciding to take a vacation. Man-at-Arms is the only one who seems to smell a rat and remain wary, but unfortunately, that is ''also'' part of Skeletor's plan. When the villain proceeds to lead the Masters into a series of ambushes using his eponymous new team (made up of formerly independent villains from previous episodes) the heroes are caught off guard and beaten, Man-at-Arms worst of all by Skeletor himself. (in other words, Skeletor's trap ''counted'' on him being the StraightMan.) Unfortunately for Skeletor, he and his crew ''still'' remains blind to Adam's true significance, and this temporary victory goes straight to the villain's head; his failure to [[BondVillainStupidity do them in when he has the chance]] is, again, what ruins his plan.
7th Oct '16 12:07:08 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Most episodes of WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget go like this: Gadget gets an assignment from DaChief which involves foiling one of Dr. Claw's plans, he stumbles into said plan accidentally, Penny secretly helps him, plan is foiled, villains are arrested (except Dr. Claw himself, who always escapes. Roll end credits. In one episode, however, Claw decides to take advantage of Gadget's knack for showing up to eliminate him. He instructs a sneaky agent named the Rat to start committing robberies in one city in a prearranged route, that when traced on a map, spell out M.A.D. Claw's intent is for Gadget to figure out the pattern, and arrive at one location ahead of time, where a trap will be sprung. Now, at face value, the flaw in this plan is Claw's ignorance of the ''real'' reason Gadget always shows up, but here's the kicker - this plan ''even fools Penny'', who nearly inadvertently leads her uncle to his doom with her usual "help him secretly" routine. (She manages to bail him out, fortunately, and the episode concludes with Gadget even more confused that he usually is.)
4th Oct '16 7:47:25 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* An example from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that '''WASN'T''' planned by The Bat: An industrialist who is secretly going broke themes his new casino after ComicBook/TheJoker, while all the time denying the connection. He expects this to infuriate the Joker, who will come destroy the place, which will trigger the casino owner's multi-million dollar insurance policy. Unfortunately, Batman tells the Joker all this mid-rampage (when the Joker has set up a roulette-wheel style DeathTrap designed to blow up the casino and Batman at once), and the Joker decides a better revenge is confronting the industrialist "man to clown" as he says, and then take over the place. "But that doesn't let ''you'' off the hook," he tells Batman, before altering his device so it only disposes of Batman. (And true to BondVillainStupidity form, he leaves, letting Batman escape.)

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* An example Examples from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that '''WASN'T''' '''were not''' planned by The Bat: Batman:
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An industrialist who is secretly going broke themes his new casino after ComicBook/TheJoker, while all the time denying the connection. He expects this to infuriate the Joker, who will come destroy the place, which will trigger the casino owner's multi-million dollar insurance policy. Unfortunately, Batman tells the Joker all this mid-rampage (when the Joker has set up a roulette-wheel style DeathTrap designed to blow up the casino and Batman at once), and the Joker decides a better revenge is confronting the industrialist "man to clown" as he says, and then take over the place. "But that doesn't let ''you'' off the hook," he tells Batman, before altering his device so it only disposes of Batman. (And true to BondVillainStupidity form, he leaves, letting Batman escape.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when Jade is accidentally banished to the Demon Netherworld, and her family races to Shendu's portal to free her, the Demon Sorcerers head to the portal as well, their brother having claimed he could use it to free them all. It looks bleak for her when they catch her, Po Kong even wanting to EAT her! But Jade, having been informed by Uncle that Shendu was bluffing, revealed this fact to the demons, and uses the confusion caused by the fighting over who gets to escape to get through the portal herself! CrowningMomentOfAwesome, anyone?
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Nerissa uses a BatmanGambit to gain control of Kadma, one of the former Guardians, along with Kadma's [[PlotCoupon Heart of Zamballa]]. After Will and Kadma have cornered Nerissa in a quarry, Nerissa allows Kadma to defeat her in a brief battle. Kadma then goes for Nerissa's [[PlotCoupon Heart of Meridian]], and this enables Nerissa to take both Hearts and gain control over Kadma's mind.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'',
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Jade is accidentally banished to the Demon Netherworld, and her family races to Shendu's portal to free her, the Demon Sorcerers head to the portal as well, their brother having claimed he could use it to free them all. It looks bleak for her when they catch her, Po Kong even wanting to EAT her! But Jade, having been informed by Uncle that Shendu was bluffing, revealed this fact to the demons, and uses the confusion caused by the fighting over who gets to escape to get through the portal herself! CrowningMomentOfAwesome, anyone?
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'',
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Nerissa uses a BatmanGambit to gain control of Kadma, one of the former Guardians, along with Kadma's [[PlotCoupon Heart of Zamballa]]. After Will and Kadma have cornered Nerissa in a quarry, Nerissa allows Kadma to defeat her in a brief battle. Kadma then goes for Nerissa's [[PlotCoupon Heart of Meridian]], and this enables Nerissa to take both Hearts and gain control over Kadma's mind.



** The last episodes of the second season of ''WITCH'' are revealed to be a BatmanGambit devised by [[spoiler:Will. The gambit consisted of enlisting Phobos's help to take the Seal of Nerissa (after making him swear on the power of Candracar that he wouldn't keep it), and then, after his predictable betrayal, maneuvering him into attacking Candracar, at which point (because of his broken vow) he would forfeit the seal and everything he'd gained by it.]]
*** Of course, this plan [[spoiler:failed due to one small snag - Phobos' right hand man, Cedric, having enough of Phobos' crap and ''eating him and the power right then and there!'']]

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** The last episodes of the second season of ''WITCH'' are revealed to be a BatmanGambit devised by [[spoiler:Will. The gambit consisted of enlisting Phobos's help to take the Seal of Nerissa (after making him swear on the power of Candracar that he wouldn't keep it), and then, after his predictable betrayal, maneuvering him into attacking Candracar, at which point (because of his broken vow) he would forfeit the seal and everything he'd gained by it.]]
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]] (Of course, this plan [[spoiler:failed due to one small snag - Phobos' right hand man, Cedric, having enough of Phobos' crap and ''eating him and the power right then and there!'']]there!'']])
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] pulls a good one in a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode. After the Beagle Boys manage to swipe Scrooge's Number One Dime for Magica [=DeSpell=], Scrooge and his three nephews manage to follow them to her island, where Magica's spell - where she intends to sacrifice the dime - is in the eleventh hour, and it leads to Scrooge's DarkestHour. A ShapeshifterShowdown ended with one of the Beagles turned into a dragon, and the heroes trashed. Finally, Scrooge appears to surrender, takes what he claims is his ''actual'' #1 from his hat, and offers it for his nephews being spared. He claims the one Magica has is a decoy. ("Ya didn't really think ah'd leave my 31 out in the open didja? Offhand, ah wouldn't give ya a ''nickel'' for that dime.") Magica is convinced, and agrees, but Scrooge is bluffing, as he tells his nephews on the plane - he manages to get his actual #1 back, rescue his nephews, and all it costs him is one ''ordinary'' dime. ("Ah didn't become the richest duck in the world for bein' stupid," he says.)
22nd Sep '16 4:55:12 PM MisterBeeg
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy and several other Arlenites get scammed and [[CounterZany put together a plan to scam their money back]] but it doesn't work. At this point, Hank finds out through Bobby and rushes in to help Peggy by threatening the conman. In his haste, the man stows his ill-gotten money in his room safe, then gets rid of Hank, only to discover that the safe is gone. "The Econo Lodge doesn't ''have'' room safes," as the front desk clerk explains. It turns out, '''this''' was Peggy's plan the whole time, because she knew Hank would come to her rescue when he heard she was in trouble. Definitely one of her [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].
** Doubles as a XanatosGambit since she had also planted a valet to park the conman's car ("The Econo Lodge doesn't have valets either."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy and several other Arlenites get scammed and [[CounterZany put together a plan to scam their money back]] but it doesn't work. At this point, Hank finds out through Bobby and rushes in to help Peggy by threatening the conman. In his haste, the man stows his ill-gotten money in his room safe, then gets rid of Hank, only to discover that the safe is gone. "The Econo Lodge Suite doesn't ''have'' room safes," as the front desk clerk explains. It turns out, '''this''' was Peggy's plan the whole time, because she knew Hank would come to her rescue when he heard she was in trouble. Definitely one of her [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].
** Doubles as a XanatosGambit since she had also planted a valet to park the conman's car ("The Econo Lodge Suite doesn't have valets either.valet parking."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.
7th Aug '16 4:09:16 AM LadyJaneGrey
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-->'''God''': Heheh. When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

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-->'''God''': Heheh. [[AnAesop When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.]]
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