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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "Let's Play House", Kaeloo, Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. cat are PlayingHouse, with Kaeloo as the mother, Mr. Cat as the father, and the other two as the kids. Mr. Cat, however, just wants to watch sports on TV instead of playing. [[spoiler: First, when annoys the "kids" so much that they decide to run away from home, he does nothing about it and makes them even more annoyed so they leave. Then, after they leave, he says [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar he wants to have sex with Kaeloo]], who gets creeped out and leaves. As soon as all this is over, he turns the TV on to watch some sports. However, his plan fails since by the time he gets rid of them, his game is over.]]
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* In one episode of a Creator/CartoonNetwork [[NoExportForYou Latin American bumper]], ''WesternAnimation/TheAquamanAndFriendsActionHour'', Lex Luthor tries to sabotage ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s kids show by making [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts an overly complicated scheme]] that will make a tractor, a mortal cobra, and a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot tractor driven by the mortal cobra]] (among other things) suddenly assault the live stage, and activates when Aquaman plays the guitar in an announced singalong. Lex even states that "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis it. cannot. fail]]!". At the end [[spoiler:it fails because Aquaman never actually ''plays'' the guitar and do playback instead. [[SpringtimeForHitler A Janitor at the night, however...]]]]

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* In one episode of a Creator/CartoonNetwork [[NoExportForYou Latin American bumper]], ''WesternAnimation/TheAquamanAndFriendsActionHour'', Lex Luthor tries to sabotage ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s kids show by making [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts an overly complicated scheme]] that will make a tractor, a mortal cobra, and a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot tractor driven by the mortal cobra]] (among other things) suddenly assault the live stage, and activates when Aquaman plays the guitar in an announced singalong. Lex even states that "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis it. cannot. fail]]!". At the end [[spoiler:it fails because Aquaman never actually ''plays'' the guitar and do playback instead. [[SpringtimeForHitler A Janitor at the night, however...]]]]however..]]]].



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Donna breaks her leg and guilt trips Cleveland into taking care of her and the household. Cleveland does everything he can to please Donna and she takes advantage of his by making him come up to her room for every little thing she wants. Cleveland's friends notices how soft he has gotten and they confront Donna, thinking she's not really disabled at all, and try to prove she is faking it by pushing her down a flight of stairs. Donna turns out to be just fine as she got up at the last minute and admits she is pretending to be crippled because she knows that Cleveland will push himself to take care of her since he feels guilty about not helping out more. However, [[spoiler: Cleveland knew all along that Donna was faking her injury and was working hard to make her feel guilty about having him do all the work. Once Donna got "better", she sees Cleveland is still busting his ass to please her, so she demands to resume being the housewife of the family. Cleveland pretends to agree and once Donna is working hard at home, she then realizes she was being played with all along.]]

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Donna breaks her leg and guilt trips Cleveland into taking care of her and the household. Cleveland does everything he can to please Donna and she takes advantage of his by making him come up to her room for every little thing she wants. Cleveland's friends notices how soft he has gotten and they confront Donna, thinking she's not really disabled at all, and try to prove she is faking it by pushing her down a flight of stairs. Donna turns out to be just fine as she got up at the last minute and admits she is pretending to be crippled because she knows that Cleveland will push himself to take care of her since he feels guilty about not helping out more. However, [[spoiler: Cleveland knew all along that Donna was faking her injury and was working hard to make her feel guilty about having him do all the work. Once Donna got "better", she sees Cleveland is still busting his ass to please her, so she demands to resume being the housewife of the family. Cleveland pretends to agree and once Donna is working hard at home, she then realizes she was being played with all along.]]along]].



** Double subversion in [[spoiler: "Operation: U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R." One of the Delightful Children becomes a ReverseMole, making Sector V think he's helping them destroy the other DCFDTL's coffee supply, when it's actually a trap to steal the team's top-secret plans. As it turns, out, the KND are pulling a Batman Gambit of their own; the briefcase they steal actually has a bomb, and after the Delightful Children spring their trap, the heroes get the last laugh and manage to destroy the coffee supply anyway.]]

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** Double subversion in [[spoiler: "Operation: U.N.D.E.R.C.O.V.E.R." One of the Delightful Children becomes a ReverseMole, making Sector V think he's helping them destroy the other DCFDTL's coffee supply, when it's actually a trap to steal the team's top-secret plans. As it turns, out, the KND are pulling a Batman Gambit of their own; the briefcase they steal actually has a bomb, and after the Delightful Children spring their trap, the heroes get the last laugh and manage to destroy the coffee supply anyway.]]anyway]].



* In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Valerie tricks [[OppositeSexClone Danielle]] into leading her to Danny so she can capture "two Danny Phantoms for the price of one."

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In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', episode, Valerie tricks [[OppositeSexClone Danielle]] into leading her to Danny so she can capture "two Danny Phantoms for the price of one."



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--> '''Joker''': And that was the point all along; this whole thing was a stunt to get as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone watching the show right now is witness to my greatest joke ever."

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--> '''Joker''': And that was the point all along; this whole thing was a stunt to get as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone everyone watching the show right now is witness to my greatest joke ever."



* On ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny himself has managed to pull off a few Batman gambits, such as [[spoiler: going without bathing just so his family, after multiple failed attempts to get him cleaned up, will give in just so he can get a water park for his best friend's birthday]], or the time he wanted to get his sister's time machine so [[spoiler: after failing the first time, he had Dukey in the future take it while the family was having dinner then come back to pick him up.]] Dukey even notes that he's not as dumb as you might think.
* 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 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 Suite doesn't have valet parking."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny himself has managed to pull off a few Batman gambits, such as [[spoiler: going without bathing just so his family, after multiple failed attempts to get him cleaned up, will give in just so he can get a water park for his best friend's birthday]], or the time he wanted to get his sister's time machine so [[spoiler: after failing the first time, he had Dukey in the future take it while the family was having dinner then come back to pick him up.]] up]]. Dukey even notes that he's not as dumb as you might think.
* 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 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]].
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Awesome]]. Doubles as a XanatosGambit since she had also planted a valet to park the conman's car ("The Econo Suite doesn't have valet parking."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.



** In [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension the movie,]] Candace pulls one off against the ''workings of her universe,'' by trying to show Mom [[spoiler: the giant robot army attacking Danville, knowing that anything massive her brothers are involved in will ''[[ContrivedCoincidence somehow]]'' go away before Mom sees it.]]

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** In [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension the movie,]] Candace pulls one off against the ''workings of her universe,'' by trying to show Mom [[spoiler: the giant robot army attacking Danville, knowing that anything massive her brothers are involved in will ''[[ContrivedCoincidence somehow]]'' go away before Mom sees it.]]it]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Spookyfish", the boys meet the evil Eric Cartman from a MirrorUniverse. Being the opposite of the real Cartman, he is kind and helpful. Cartman rips off his counterpart's {{beard|OfEvil}} after he finds out that Stan and Kyle are going to send him to the other universe in favor of evil Cartman. When Stan and Kyle are trying to decide which Cartman is the one they want to get rid of, one insists that they both have to go for the greater good. They zap the other Cartman because they know the real Cartman would never say that. However, it was the regular Cartman who said that; he knew that they would fall for it.
** In the episode Scott Tenorman Must Die, Eric Cartman sees several of his revenge schemes against the titular older bully fail only to see a much grander, more complex Batman Gambit succeed when [[spoiler:he manipulates Scott Tenorman into eating chili made from the corpses of his own murdered parents.]] The scheme is a particularly good example of a Batman Gambit in that, after Cartman sets the ball rolling, the chain of events necessary to bring the plan to fruition occurs because everyone involved acts according to their character, exactly as Cartman predicts. His shocking success in this plan prompts Stan and Kyle to agree: "I don't think we should ever mess with Cartman again."

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Spookyfish", the boys meet the evil Eric Cartman from a MirrorUniverse. Being the opposite of the real Cartman, he is kind and helpful. Cartman rips off his counterpart's {{beard|OfEvil}} after he finds out that Stan and Kyle are going to send him to the other universe in favor of evil Cartman. When Stan and Kyle are trying to decide which Cartman is the one they want to get rid of, one insists that they both have to go for the greater good. They zap the other Cartman because they know the real Cartman would never say that. However, it was the regular Cartman who said that; he knew that they would fall for it.
** In the episode Scott "Scott Tenorman Must Die, Die", Eric Cartman sees several of his revenge schemes against the titular older bully fail only to see a much grander, more complex Batman Gambit succeed when [[spoiler:he manipulates Scott Tenorman into eating chili made from the corpses of his own murdered parents.]] parents]]. The scheme is a particularly good example of a Batman Gambit in that, after Cartman sets the ball rolling, the chain of events necessary to bring the plan to fruition occurs because everyone involved acts according to their character, exactly as Cartman predicts. His shocking success in this plan prompts Stan and Kyle to agree: "I don't think we should ever mess with Cartman again."



** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Lothal"]]: [[spoiler:Darth Vader knows everything the ''Ghost'' crew is going to do, and plans accordingly. The only reason his victory in the episode isn't total is due to two factors: Hera's [[AcePilot amazing piloting skills]] and, more importantly, Ahsoka's [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead attempt to mind-probe]] the Force-sensitive Imperial pilot.]]

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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Lothal"]]: [[spoiler:Darth Vader knows everything the ''Ghost'' crew is going to do, and plans accordingly. The only reason his victory in the episode isn't total is due to two factors: Hera's [[AcePilot amazing piloting skills]] and, more importantly, Ahsoka's [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead attempt to mind-probe]] the Force-sensitive Imperial pilot.]]pilot]].



** Episode 24/25/26: The Kraang [[spoiler: put a mind-control device on April's father and allow the turtles to rescue him. They then use him to get April to leave the lair to help the Turtles and leads her into an ambush by the Foot Clan. The mind-contolled Kirby O'Neal then informs Splinter of this, and informs him that she is at Shredder's headquarters. Splinter arrives and takes out the minions, but April is just a hologram, and Shredder had already traded her over to the Kraang. Ultimately, they both got what they wanted: Shredder got Splinter out in the open, and the Kraang got April.]]
** Episode 26: Shredder [[spoiler: reveals to Splinter that Karai is actually Miwa Yoshi - Splinter's daughter, who he believed to have died. Furthermore, he raised her believing that Splinter killed her mother. In other words, if Shredder kills Splinter, he'll always have Karai as a memento of his victory. If Karai kills Splinter, he'll always have the satisfaction that Splinter was killed by his own daughter. If Splinter kills Shredder, Karai will want Splinter dead even more. And if neither of them kill each other, he has the knowledge that he stole Splinter's daughter, and that she'll grow up cursing his name.]]

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** Episode 24/25/26: The Kraang [[spoiler: put a mind-control device on April's father and allow the turtles to rescue him. They then use him to get April to leave the lair to help the Turtles and leads her into an ambush by the Foot Clan. The mind-contolled mind-controlled Kirby O'Neal then informs Splinter of this, and informs him that she is at Shredder's headquarters. Splinter arrives and takes out the minions, but April is just a hologram, and Shredder had already traded her over to the Kraang. Ultimately, they both got what they wanted: Shredder got Splinter out in the open, and the Kraang got April.]]
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** Episode 26: Shredder [[spoiler: reveals to Splinter that Karai is actually Miwa Yoshi - Splinter's daughter, who he believed to have died. Furthermore, he raised her believing that Splinter killed her mother. In other words, if Shredder kills Splinter, he'll always have Karai as a memento of his victory. If Karai kills Splinter, he'll always have the satisfaction that Splinter was killed by his own daughter. If Splinter kills Shredder, Karai will want Splinter dead even more. And if neither of them kill each other, he has the knowledge that he stole Splinter's daughter, and that she'll grow up cursing his name.]]name]].



** And in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime pulls one of these. In "Decepticon Air", he [[spoiler:tells Jazz (out loud) to get to the control panel and turn the decontamination chamber into a freezing one so they can lure the attacking 'Cons into it, but as he speaks, his shoulder badge flashes multiple times. Obviously, they overhear. Sentinel gets held hostage, and Optimus tells the jet twins to surrender and trust him, getting them all herded into the chamber. Turns out, similar to the ''Superman II'' example above, the flashing badge was "optical code" for Jazz to wire it so that everything outside the chamber is frozen.]] If the 'Cons had just used stasis cuffs, instead of deciding to be arrogant and mock Optimus, or if Sentinel hadn't shouted out that order, persuading the 'Cons to use him as a hostage, it all would have gone to the Pit.
*** And in "Endgame, Part 1", Megatron uses one for [[spoiler:his three Omega Supreme clones. Knowing that with his personality, the clones would probably overthrow him, and also knowing that [[TheStarscream Starscream]] would try to get the activation code himself to use the clones, he bet on Lugnut pouncing on Starscream to stop him. It went perfectly - Lugnut got the codes, and Megatron got three walking, flying weapons of mass destruction (in more ways than one, it turned out) controlled by his most fanatically loyal Decepticons.]]

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** And in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime pulls one of these. In "Decepticon Air", he [[spoiler:tells Jazz (out loud) to get to the control panel and turn the decontamination chamber into a freezing one so they can lure the attacking 'Cons into it, but as he speaks, his shoulder badge flashes multiple times. Obviously, they overhear. Sentinel gets held hostage, and Optimus tells the jet twins to surrender and trust him, getting them all herded into the chamber. Turns out, similar to the ''Superman II'' example above, the flashing badge was "optical code" for Jazz to wire it so that everything outside the chamber is frozen.]] frozen]]. If the 'Cons had just used stasis cuffs, instead of deciding to be arrogant and mock Optimus, or if Sentinel hadn't shouted out that order, persuading the 'Cons to use him as a hostage, it all would have gone to the Pit.
*** And in "Endgame, Part 1", Megatron uses one for [[spoiler:his three Omega Supreme clones. Knowing that with his personality, the clones would probably overthrow him, and also knowing that [[TheStarscream Starscream]] would try to get the activation code himself to use the clones, he bet on Lugnut pouncing on Starscream to stop him. It went perfectly - Lugnut got the codes, and Megatron got three walking, flying weapons of mass destruction (in more ways than one, it turned out) controlled by his most fanatically loyal Decepticons.]]Decepticons]].



** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Megatron's plan to [[spoiler:reactivate the Nemesis to destroy the Maximals and the dormant Autobots]] is dependent on Tarantulus being his usual treacherous self, [[spoiler:fixing the ship by himself in an effort to escape from Prehistoric Earth and leave everyone else behind]]. The plan would have failed if [[spoiler: Tarantulus had not been killed with the Vok and had taken the ship himself, or if Tarantulus had never found the ship in the first place and repaired it.]]
*** Using the [[spoiler:Nemesis]] wasn't Megatron's plan before [[spoiler:Tarantulus was killed]]. Megatron was investigating Tarantulus's ruined lair for ''something'' that would be useful, since Tarantulus always had ''something'' up his sleeve that Megatron could use to his advantage. That ''something'' just happened to be [[spoiler: the Decepticon Flagship]]

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** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Megatron's plan to [[spoiler:reactivate the Nemesis to destroy the Maximals and the dormant Autobots]] is dependent on Tarantulus being his usual treacherous self, [[spoiler:fixing the ship by himself in an effort to escape from Prehistoric Earth and leave everyone else behind]]. The plan would have failed if [[spoiler: Tarantulus had not been killed with the Vok and had taken the ship himself, or if Tarantulus had never found the ship in the first place and repaired it.]]
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*** Using the [[spoiler:Nemesis]] wasn't Megatron's plan before [[spoiler:Tarantulus was killed]]. Megatron was investigating Tarantulus's ruined lair for ''something'' that would be useful, since Tarantulus always had ''something'' up his sleeve that Megatron could use to his advantage. That ''something'' just happened to be [[spoiler: the Decepticon Flagship]]Flagship]].



** 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.]] (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'']]!)



** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} brilliantly pulls 95% of one in 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.
** Mesmero likes this too. In "Under Lock and Key", he brainwashes Gambit into stealing one half of a spider stone, knowing that Magneto would stop him and capture Mesmero, that Magneto would have Mastermind check his mind for info on the spider, and that they'd find out its identity as a key but ''not'' learn how to use it. (We're starting to edge into GambitRoulette territory hereabouts.) Turns out [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero/WesternAnimation uniting the stones would free the spider monster, which only Magnet could defeat. Turns out the monster's a guardian, and with its death, one more of the three doors opened.]]]] Using other people is his favorite tactic, and his best work ''isn't'' via MindControl.

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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} brilliantly pulls 95% of one in 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.
** Mesmero likes this too. In "Under Lock and Key", he brainwashes Gambit into stealing one half of a spider stone, knowing that Magneto would stop him and capture Mesmero, that Magneto would have Mastermind check his mind for info on the spider, and that they'd find out its identity as a key but ''not'' learn how to use it. (We're starting to edge into GambitRoulette territory hereabouts.) Turns out [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero/WesternAnimation uniting the stones would free the spider monster, which only Magnet Magneto could defeat. Turns out the monster's a guardian, and with its death, one more of the three doors opened.]]]] opened]]]]. Using other people is his favorite tactic, and his best work ''isn't'' via MindControl.
15th Jun '17 4:46:16 PM Emperor_Oshron
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-->'''Joker''': And that was the point all along; this whole thing was a stunt to get as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone watching the show right now is witness to my greatest joke ever."
*** Batman himself pulled one off in "A Better World". When the EvilTwin MirrorUniverse counterparts of the Justice League, the Justice Lords, take them captive, Lord!Batman explicitly tells League!Batman that he's already thought of everything he could do to try to escpe and League!Batman tells Flash in the next cell over that he's not even going to try because of that. In the next scene, Flash fakes a heart attack to Lord!Batman into his cell and then turns the tables on him since ''someone'' had to get them out if Batman wasn't going to. Naturally, that was Batman's plan in the first place.

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-->'''Joker''': --> '''Joker''': And that was the point all along; this whole thing was a stunt to get as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone watching the show right now is witness to my greatest joke ever."
*** ** Also in ''Justice League'', Batman himself pulled one off in "A Better World". When the EvilTwin MirrorUniverse counterparts of the Justice League, the Justice Lords, take them captive, Lord!Batman explicitly tells League!Batman that he's already thought of everything he could do to try to escpe and League!Batman tells Flash in the next cell over that he's not even going to try because of that. In the next scene, Flash fakes a heart attack to Lord!Batman into his cell and then turns the tables on him since ''someone'' had to get them out if Batman wasn't going to. Naturally, that was Batman's plan in the first place.
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*** Batman himself pulled one off in "A Better World". When the EvilTwin MirrorUniverse counterparts of the Justice League, the Justice Lords, take them captive, Lord!Batman explicitly tells League!Batman that he's already thought of everything he could do to try to escpe and League!Batman tells Flash in the next cell over that he's not even going to try because of that. In the next scene, Flash fakes a heart attack to Lord!Batman into his cell and then turns the tables on him since ''someone'' had to get them out if Batman wasn't going to. Naturally, that was Batman's plan in the first place.
--> '''League!Batman''': I couldn't [do anything]. Not with him anticipating everything I could ever think of. But who could anticipate ''you?''
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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Lothal"]]: [[spoiler:Darth Vader knows everything the ''Ghost'' crew is going to do, and plans accordingly. The only reason his victory in the episode isn't total is due to two factors: Hera's [[AcePilot amazing piloting skills]] and, more importantly, Ahsoka's [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead attempt to mind-probe]] the Force-sensitive Imperial pilot.]]
18th Apr '17 4:57:19 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], the ReverseMole, [[spoiler:Kallus]], who's been unmasked and is being held prisoner, deliberately taunts Governor Pryce, in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown, about how [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]] will blame her for letting the rebels escape. She gets angry and orders him ThrownOutTheAirlock -- which leaves him guarded by two stormtroopers, who he easily overpowers and makes his exit in an escape pod, getting picked up by the ''Ghost'' as they're escaping. His [[SmugSmiler smirk]] as he's being led into the elevator shows this is exactly what he wanted.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero]]
[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], Hour"]]:
*** Commander Sato deliberately flies ''Phoenix Home'' [[spoiler:directly at
the enemy, in order to give Ezra a chance to escape and get help]]. He was aware that among Thrawn's forces there must be one overambitious fool who'd move out of position for the opportunity to destroy a Rebel command ship. He was right.
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ReverseMole, [[spoiler:Kallus]], who's been unmasked and is being held prisoner, deliberately taunts Governor Pryce, in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown, about how [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]] will blame her for letting the rebels escape. She gets angry and orders him ThrownOutTheAirlock -- which leaves him guarded by two stormtroopers, who he easily overpowers and makes his exit in an escape pod, getting picked up by the ''Ghost'' as they're escaping. His [[SmugSmiler smirk]] as he's being led into the elevator shows this is exactly what he wanted.
17th Apr '17 1:07:30 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], the ReverseMole, [[spoiler:Kallus]], who's been unmasked and is being held prisoner, deliberately taunts Governor Pryce, in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown, about how [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]] will blame her for letting the rebels escape. She gets angry and orders him ThrownOutTheAirlock -- which leaves him guarded by two stormtroopers, who he easily overpowers and makes his exit in an escape pod, and gets picked up by the ''Ghost'' as they're escaping. His [[SmugSmiler smirk]] as he's being led into the elevator shows this is exactly what he wanted.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], the ReverseMole, [[spoiler:Kallus]], who's been unmasked and is being held prisoner, deliberately taunts Governor Pryce, in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown, about how [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]] will blame her for letting the rebels escape. She gets angry and orders him ThrownOutTheAirlock -- which leaves him guarded by two stormtroopers, who he easily overpowers and makes his exit in an escape pod, and gets getting picked up by the ''Ghost'' as they're escaping. His [[SmugSmiler smirk]] as he's being led into the elevator shows this is exactly what he wanted.
26th Mar '17 12:39:28 PM AthenaBlue
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* Examples from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that '''were not''' planned by Batman:
** 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.)
** Another such gambit involves a gangster and rival of the Joker dying and willing him $250 million. On paper. What ''really'' happened was that only $10 million of the inheritance was real. The rival (who saw this as the perfect way to get even with the Joker before he died from his illness) was banking on the Joker's massive ego not allowing him to admit to being fooled, which makes things hard for the Joker when it's time to pay inheritance tax.
** When Supergirl and Batgirl teamed up against Poison Ivy, Livewire and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy threw some seeds at Batgirl, knowing Supergirl would vaporize them with heat vision, releasing a toxic gas.
-->'''Poison Ivy''': You are so predictable.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Red Hood targets Black Mask, who breaks the Joker out of Arkham to kill him. The Joker [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder uses Black Mask and his colleagues]] as bait to draw out Red Hood. [[spoiler:However, the gambit was actually Red Hood's; the Joker was his real target all along and he had gone after Black Mask in order to make him desperate enough to turn to the Joker and save him the trouble of breaking him out]].
* In [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]'s show episode featuring Mxyzptlk was basically a series of Batman Gambit's on the part of Clark to get the fifth dimensional being to disappear almost as soon as he arrives. (The final one took a little longer, but Superman gets credit for apparently having thought up a rather clever one pretty much on the spur of the moment.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', The Joker pulled a pretty slick one, courtesy of the Royal Flush Gang. He broke them out of a top-secret government research facility and used them to keep the Leaguers busy looking for the 26 bombs he'd placed on the UsefulNotes/LasVegas strip. Meanwhile, he broadcast the whole thing on live television, pulling in huge ratings...
-->'''Joker''': And that was the point all along; this whole thing was a stunt to get as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone watching the show right now is witness to my greatest joke ever."
* ''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?
* ''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.
** This is also how she gained control of the Heart of Meridian - as Trill, she gave Elyon a jewel said to be from her long-lost mother, though enchanted to steal her power. All Nerissa had to do was wait until the power was inside it to make Elyon angry over said jewel, tossing it away - a Heart can only be transferred willingly and when Elyon gave it up, it became Nerissa's.
** 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!'']])
* 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 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.)
* Sideways, agent of [[spoiler:Unicron and thus chaos]] in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' is a master at this. First he encourages Hot Shot's already cocky nature, leading to him [[spoiler: going to the Decepticon base on his own and getting captured.]] Then he works on Starscream's lack of self-esteem and Megatron's paranoia about his position to make them fight each other. The only error in his plan was that for all his manipulations and prodding of egos, [[spoiler: Megatron never killed Starscream.]]
* And in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime pulls one of these. In "Decepticon Air", he [[spoiler:tells Jazz (out loud) to get to the control panel and turn the decontamination chamber into a freezing one so they can lure the attacking 'Cons into it, but as he speaks, his shoulder badge flashes multiple times. Obviously, they overhear. Sentinel gets held hostage, and Optimus tells the jet twins to surrender and trust him, getting them all herded into the chamber. Turns out, similar to the ''Superman II'' example above, the flashing badge was "optical code" for Jazz to wire it so that everything outside the chamber is frozen.]] If the 'Cons had just used stasis cuffs, instead of deciding to be arrogant and mock Optimus, or if Sentinel hadn't shouted out that order, persuading the 'Cons to use him as a hostage, it all would have gone to the Pit.
** And in "Endgame, Part 1", Megatron uses one for [[spoiler:his three Omega Supreme clones. Knowing that with his personality, the clones would probably overthrow him, and also knowing that [[TheStarscream Starscream]] would try to get the activation code himself to use the clones, he bet on Lugnut pouncing on Starscream to stop him. It went perfectly - Lugnut got the codes, and Megatron got three walking, flying weapons of mass destruction (in more ways than one, it turned out) controlled by his most fanatically loyal Decepticons.]]
** Long before either examples, in "Autoboot Camp", [[spoiler:Shockwave (a.k.a Longarm)]] pulls one off. [[spoiler:He knows that Bumblebee overheard his conversation with Megatron and that Bumblebee has asked for his help in exposing the spy: Wasp. After providing more evidence towards Wasp's "treachery" while guiding [[UnwittingPawn Bumblebee]] along the way, Shockwave plants evidence in Wasp's locker, [[RedHerringMole setting him up take the fall.]] In the end, Wasp is arrested for treason, and Shockwave goes on to become Head of Cybertron Intelligence.]] If Bumblebee had told Sentinel about [[spoiler:the possible Decepticon spy]], things wouldn't have gone as well as they did.
* 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.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Megatron's plan to [[spoiler:reactivate the Nemesis to destroy the Maximals and the dormant Autobots]] is dependent on Tarantulus being his usual treacherous self, [[spoiler:fixing the ship by himself in an effort to escape from Prehistoric Earth and leave everyone else behind]]. The plan would have failed if [[spoiler: Tarantulus had not been killed with the Vok and had taken the ship himself, or if Tarantulus had never found the ship in the first place and repaired it.]]
** Using the [[spoiler:Nemesis]] wasn't Megatron's plan before [[spoiler:Tarantulus was killed]]. Megatron was investigating Tarantulus's ruined lair for ''something'' that would be useful, since Tarantulus always had ''something'' up his sleeve that Megatron could use to his advantage. That ''something'' just happened to be [[spoiler: the Decepticon Flagship]]

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* Examples from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that '''were not''' planned by Batman:
** 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,
''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had Finn use a Batman tells the Joker all this mid-rampage (when the Joker has set up Gambit on ''himself'' in "The Real You". While made super-intelligent by magical glasses, he created a roulette-wheel style DeathTrap designed to blow up the casino black hole, went insane, 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.)
** Another such gambit involves a gangster and rival of the Joker dying and willing him $250 million. On paper. What ''really'' happened was that only $10 million of the inheritance was real. The rival (who saw this as the perfect way to get even with the Joker before he died from his illness) was banking on the Joker's massive ego not allowing him to admit to being fooled, which makes things hard for the Joker when it's time to pay inheritance tax.
** When Supergirl and Batgirl teamed up against Poison Ivy, Livewire and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy threw some seeds at Batgirl, knowing Supergirl would vaporize them with heat vision, releasing a toxic gas.
-->'''Poison Ivy''': You are so predictable.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Red Hood targets Black Mask, who breaks the Joker out of Arkham
tried to kill him. The Joker [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder uses Black Mask dozens of people until Princess Bubblegum removed the glasses and his colleagues]] as bait to draw out Red Hood. [[spoiler:However, normal stupid Finn destroyed the gambit was actually Red Hood's; the Joker was his real target all along and he had gone after Black Mask in order to make him desperate enough to turn to the Joker and save him the trouble of breaking him out]].
* In [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]'s show episode featuring Mxyzptlk was basically a series of Batman Gambit's on the part of Clark to get the fifth dimensional being to disappear almost as soon as he arrives. (The final one took a little longer, but Superman gets credit for apparently having thought up a rather clever one pretty much on the spur of the moment.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', The Joker pulled a pretty slick one, courtesy of the Royal Flush Gang. He broke them out of a top-secret government research facility and used them to keep the Leaguers busy looking for the 26 bombs he'd placed on the UsefulNotes/LasVegas strip. Meanwhile, he broadcast the whole thing on live television, pulling in huge ratings...
-->'''Joker''': And that was the point all along; this whole thing was a stunt to get as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone watching the show right now is witness to my greatest joke ever."
* ''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
black hole through the portal herself! CrowningMomentOfAwesome, anyone?
* ''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.
** This is also how she gained control of the Heart of Meridian - as Trill, she gave Elyon a jewel said to be from her long-lost mother, though enchanted to steal her power. All Nerissa had to do was wait until the power was inside it to make Elyon angry over said jewel, tossing it away - a Heart can only be transferred willingly and when Elyon gave it up, it became Nerissa's.
** 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!'']])
* 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 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.)
* Sideways, agent of [[spoiler:Unicron and thus chaos]] in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' is a master at this. First he encourages Hot Shot's already cocky nature, leading to him
sheer recklessness. [[spoiler: going to the Decepticon base on his own and getting captured.]] Then he works on Starscream's lack of self-esteem and Megatron's paranoia about his position to make them fight each other. The only error in his plan was that for all his manipulations and prodding of egos, [[spoiler: Megatron never killed Starscream.]]
* And in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime pulls one of these. In "Decepticon Air", he [[spoiler:tells Jazz (out loud) to get to the control panel and turn the decontamination chamber into a freezing one so they can lure the attacking 'Cons into it, but as he speaks, his shoulder badge flashes multiple times. Obviously, they overhear. Sentinel gets held hostage, and Optimus tells the jet twins to surrender and trust him, getting them all herded into the chamber. Turns out, similar to the ''Superman II'' example above, the flashing badge was "optical code" for Jazz to wire it so that everything outside the chamber is frozen.]] If the 'Cons had just used stasis cuffs, instead of deciding to be arrogant and mock Optimus, or if Sentinel hadn't shouted out that order, persuading the 'Cons to use him as a hostage, it all would have gone to the Pit.
** And in "Endgame, Part 1", Megatron uses one for [[spoiler:his three Omega Supreme clones. Knowing that with his personality, the clones would probably overthrow him, and also knowing that [[TheStarscream Starscream]] would try to get the activation code himself to use the clones, he bet on Lugnut pouncing on Starscream to stop him. It went perfectly - Lugnut got the codes, and Megatron got three walking, flying weapons of mass destruction (in more ways than one, it turned out) controlled by his most fanatically loyal Decepticons.]]
** Long before either examples, in "Autoboot Camp", [[spoiler:Shockwave (a.k.a Longarm)]] pulls one off. [[spoiler:He knows that Bumblebee overheard his conversation with Megatron and that Bumblebee has asked for his help in exposing the spy: Wasp. After providing more evidence towards Wasp's "treachery" while guiding [[UnwittingPawn Bumblebee]] along the way, Shockwave plants evidence in Wasp's locker, [[RedHerringMole setting him up take the fall.]] In the end, Wasp is arrested for treason, and Shockwave goes on to become Head of Cybertron Intelligence.]] If Bumblebee had told Sentinel about [[spoiler:the possible Decepticon spy]], things wouldn't have gone as well as they did.
* 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
Smart Finn planned every single step ahead of time, time. [[CrazyPrepared Even the part 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.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Megatron's plan to [[spoiler:reactivate the Nemesis to destroy the Maximals and the dormant Autobots]] is dependent on Tarantulus being his usual treacherous self, [[spoiler:fixing the ship by himself in an effort to escape from Prehistoric Earth and leave everyone else behind]]. The plan would have failed if [[spoiler: Tarantulus had not been killed with the Vok and had taken the ship himself, or if Tarantulus had never found the ship in the first place and repaired it.]]
** Using the [[spoiler:Nemesis]] wasn't Megatron's plan before [[spoiler:Tarantulus was killed]]. Megatron was investigating Tarantulus's ruined lair for ''something'' that would be useful, since Tarantulus always had ''something'' up his sleeve that Megatron could use to his advantage. That ''something'' just happened to be [[spoiler: the Decepticon Flagship]]
went insane.]]]]



* In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Valerie tricks [[OppositeSexClone Danielle]] into leading her to Danny so she can capture "two Danny Phantoms for the price of one."
** That one was nothing compared to the one Clockwork the Time Ghost pulled in TheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy''. Knowing everything that would happen, he manipulated events which lead to Danny encountering the evil monster he could become so he could overcome it, change his future, gain his sister as a confidant, and develop his most powerful ability 10 years early, while at the same time, pull his evil self out of time so he couldn't harm his own timeline anymore. The only side effect is now that if he ever gets loose, he'll be free to travel into Danny's time without anything to teether him.
* In the third-season opener of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Mainframe security forces have been shot out of the sky by Megabyte's military and Dot needs the few remaining to return to the Principle Office. To get enough time to lower their shields and get the survivors back inside, Dot tells them to move into a single file line to approach the hanger bay. Such a tactic would be insane, but Dot knew Megabyte's military tactics. The enemy forces took position on both sides of the allied forces and prepared to shoot them down in the crossfire. With the enemy fighters in neat little groups of their own, the good guys were able to lower shields, gun down the attacking forces with the base turrets and bring in the survivors all in one move. It didn't work out quite as clean as on paper, though.

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* In the penultimate one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Valerie tricks [[OppositeSexClone Danielle]] into leading a Creator/CartoonNetwork [[NoExportForYou Latin American bumper]], ''WesternAnimation/TheAquamanAndFriendsActionHour'', Lex Luthor tries to sabotage ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s kids show by making [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts an overly complicated scheme]] that will make a tractor, a mortal cobra, and a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot tractor driven by the mortal cobra]] (among other things) suddenly assault the live stage, and activates when Aquaman plays the guitar in an announced singalong. Lex even states that "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis it. cannot. fail]]!". At the end [[spoiler:it fails because Aquaman never actually ''plays'' the guitar and do playback instead. [[SpringtimeForHitler A Janitor at the night, however...]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Malory had killed the Prime Minister of Italy [[spoiler: who was responsible for the death of a man, who might be Archer's biological father]]. So she shot herself, make up a story of armed thugs, and called Archer and everyone in ISIS to dispose the body. She even called the police on herself to make it look real.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur refused to take D.W. to a science museum. The next day, D.W. shows off her own science exhibit... which includes such explanations as "H₂O can be made by combining O (oxygen) with H (a hose)" and "the sun turns off at night." So, Arthur and the Brain finally take
her to Danny so she can prove her wrong, but D.W. reveals that her whole plan was to be taken to the museum.
* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] and her two minions dress up as Kyoshi warriors in order to infiltrate Ba Sing Se and get in with the Earth King in order to get information about the current state of affairs in the city. She then realizes what a perfect position this puts her in and has her minions pretend to let slip that they are Fire Nation in front of the Dai Li in order to get them to
capture "two Danny Phantoms for her and bring her before Long Feng (their recently imprisoned leader) so he can blackmail her into helping the price of one."
** That one was nothing compared to
Dai Li organise a coup against the one Clockwork the Time Ghost pulled in TheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy''. Knowing everything Earth King, [[ObfuscatingStupidity all while making him think that would happen, he manipulated events she's just a somewhat intelligent Fire Nation princess in way over her head]]. While organising the Dai Li, she uses her charisma and intimidation to leave them in awe and fear of her. When Long Feng ([[TheStarscream inevitably]]) tries to betray her and finds the Dai Li won't go through with it, she points out that they are intimidated enough of her that they'll just stand back and see what happens, before giving a HannibalLecture to Long Feng which lead gets him to Danny encountering submit to her. To top it all off, [[TheCorrupter she gets Zuko to help her take on Aang and Katara, by dangling the evil monster he could become so he could overcome it, change first actual, tangible opportunity to fulfill his future, gain mission and restore his sister as a confidant, honour]], and develop his most powerful ability 10 years early, while at uses this and her savviness to actually [[HeroKiller kill Aang]] (he got better). Thus, with the same time, pull his evil self out help of time so he only two warriors (who [[BadassNormal aren't Benders]]) and [[TheChessmaster her own wits]], [[MagnificentBastard she manages to achieve in a matter of days what whole armies couldn't harm his own timeline anymore. in a whole century.]]
** Zuko's attempt to use this Gambit against Azula in the GrandFinale is subverted. He attempts to bait the [[VillainousBreakdown already insane]] Azula into shooting lightning at him so he can redirect it back at her. Azula, in spite of her mental breakdown, chooses instead to shoot the lightning at Katara instead.
*
The plan of TheChessmaster [[spoiler: Henry Haber]] in "The Millie-churian Candidate" episode of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' is an extremely convoluted plan that's very dependent not only side effect is now on playing on several people's character flaws, but that if he ever gets loose, he'll be free to travel into Danny's time without anything to teether him.
* In the third-season opener of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Mainframe security forces have been shot out
several of the sky by Megabyte's military involved people would fail at certain tasks - most prominently, that Louise would get caught doing something illicit and Dot needs thus get disqualified from the few remaining to return to race. Parts of the Principle Office. To get enough time to lower their shields and get plan bordered on GambitRoulette - it even hinged on the survivors back inside, Dot tells them to move into a single file line to approach fact that the hanger bay. Such a tactic only way Louise would learn [[spoiler: that Millie's "Besties" program would pair Louise with someone other than Millie]] would be insane, but Dot knew Megabyte's military tactics. The enemy forces took position on both sides by breaking into Mr. Frond's office.
* In one episode
of the allied forces and prepared to shoot them down in the crossfire. With the enemy fighters in neat little groups of their own, the good guys were able to lower shields, gun down the attacking forces ''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 base turrets and bring in the survivors all in agreement, either. Sure enough, Tex can't keep his word even one move. It didn't work out quite as clean as on paper, though.full day.



* On a handful of occasions, the characters in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' would use one of these to force XANA to act in a manner they desired, namely when they were out of options. XANA wants Aelita alive from Seasons 2 to 4, so they would often put her in harm's way to force its hand. This was most memorable when Jérémie ordered Odd to [[ShootTheHostage shoot Aelita in episode "Saint Valentine's Day", where devirtulization would have meant death for her.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} brilliantly pulls 95% of one in 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.
** Mesmero likes this too. In "Under Lock and Key," he brainwashes Gambit into stealing one half of a spider stone, knowing that Magneto would stop him and capture Mesmero, that Magneto would have Mastermind check his mind for info on the spider, and that they'd find out its identity as a key but ''not'' learn how to use it. (We're starting to edge into GambitRoulette territory hereabouts.) Turns out [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero/WesternAnimation uniting the stones would free the spider monster, which only Magnet could defeat. Turns out the monster's a guardian, and with its death, one more of the three doors opened.]]]] Using other people is his favorite tactic, and his best work ''isn't'' via MindControl.
* 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.
* In the ''Franchise/GIJoe'', "Mass Device" story, GI Joes stages a phony internal message telling of their supposed surrender to Cobra, successfully banking on their enemy intercepting it and being fooled by what they are listening in on. As a result, Joe buys itself enough time to hunt down the last of the elements it needs; however, Destro, although fooled himself to a degree, is not taking any chances and proceeds to retrieve the same materials himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Mabel oulls one off at the end of 'Tourist Trapped' when the gnomes wanted to marry her. When the main gnome went to her a kiss, she pulls out leaf blower and sucked him in and shoot him out of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' features James "Soon to Be Destro" [=McCullen=] attempting to pull this off by baiting the Joes into attacking Cobra so he can pressure Cobra for a major contract. Backfires horrifically as he ''literally'' [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith did not know who he was dealing with]].
* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] and her two minions dress up as Kyoshi warriors in order to infiltrate Ba Sing Se and get in with the Earth King in order to get information about the current state of affairs in the city. She then realizes what a perfect position this puts her in and has her minions pretend to let slip that they are Fire Nation in front of the Dai Li in order to get them to capture her and bring her before Long Feng (their recently imprisoned leader) so he can blackmail her into helping the Dai Li organise a coup against the Earth King, [[ObfuscatingStupidity all while making him think that she's just a somewhat intelligent Fire Nation princess in way over her head]]. While organising the Dai Li, she uses her charisma and intimidation to leave them in awe and fear of her. When Long Feng ([[TheStarscream inevitably]]) tries to betray her and finds the Dai Li won't go through with it, she points out that they are intimidated enough of her that they'll just stand back and see what happens, before giving a HannibalLecture to Long Feng which gets him to submit to her. To top it all off, [[TheCorrupter she gets Zuko to help her take on Aang and Katara, by dangling the first actual, tangible opportunity to fulfill his mission and restore his honour]], and uses this and her savviness to actually [[HeroKiller kill Aang]] (he got better). Thus, with the help of only two warriors (who [[BadassNormal aren't Benders]]) and [[TheChessmaster her own wits]], [[MagnificentBastard she manages to achieve in a matter of days what whole armies couldn't in a whole century.]]
** Zuko's attempt to use this Gambit against Azula in the GrandFinale is subverted. He attempts to bait the [[VillainousBreakdown already insane]] Azula into shooting lightning at him so he can redirect it back at her. Azusa, in spite of her mental breakdown, chooses instead to shoot the lightning at Katara instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** In the Christmas Episode, [[spoiler: Santa Claus]] pulls off a beautiful Batman Gambit, [[spoiler:delivering a device to Doofenshmirtz that would enable him to brand all of Danville as Naughty, while at the same time sending Perry the Platypus a CD with a note sharp enough to shatter said device]]. When all of Danville is branded naughty, and it looks like Santa Claus won't put in an appearance, Phineas, Ferb, and their friends team up with a couple of elves, who have come to investigate why a whole town would be labeled as naughty. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a deliberate act to allow everyone to get their Christmas wish. Doofenshmirtz finds a reason to "hate" Christmas, a villainous area he felt he was deficient in; Buford performs a selfless act, thus allowing all of his friends to see him as nice; Baljeet delivers a gift to a cute girl, thus earning a kiss from her; Candace finds out that she really does know Jeremy quite well, as she got him the perfect gift; and Phineas got to be just like his hero, Santa. (Ferb gets a harmonica, but it wasn't really intrinsic to the Gambit.)]]
** In [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension the movie,]] Candace pulls one off against the ''workings of her universe,'' by trying to show Mom [[spoiler: the giant robot army attacking Danville, knowing that anything massive her brothers are involved in will ''[[ContrivedCoincidence somehow]]'' go away before Mom sees it.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny himself has managed to pull off a few Batman gambits, such as [[spoiler: going without bathing just so his family, after multiple failed attempts to get him cleaned up, will give in just so he can get a water park for his best friend's birthday]], or the time he wanted to get his sister's time machine so [[spoiler: after failing the first time, he had Dukey in the future take it while the family was having dinner then come back to pick him up.]] Dukey even notes that he's not as dumb as you might think.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Mirage Turtles]] lure the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 Shredder]] out of his Technodrome by calling him a coward. It works, and Shredder literally jumps [[spoiler:into an ambush, not just by the Mirage Turtles, but the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 other]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Ninja Turtles]] that he thought he killed earlier.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''2003 Leonardo:''']] If there's one constant in TheMultiverse, it's the Shredder's big fat ego!
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has this in the episode "Mission Ed-Possible". Ed and Eddy catch wind of the fact that Edd is delivering their straight-F report cards to their parents, and they're relentless in chasing him to secure the report cards for themselves so that they can change them. But when they finally manage to outsmart Edd and get their hands on his satchel, they find out [[spoiler:that before the chase began, he had given the report cards to Rolf so that he could deliver them while he drew Ed and Eddy's attention.]]
* In the two-part pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', main character Twilight Sparkle's mentor, Princess Celestia, sends her to Ponyville to make some friends, right after she warned her about an [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight ancient prophecy of doom]]. Turns out, her mentor predicted this. Thanks to her understanding of friendship in the second part, Twilight and her new friends saved the world.
** Parodied in ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'', in which Princess Celestia's letter to Twilight includes the post-script "This [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally isn't]] a thinly-veiled Batman Gambit meant to prevent the impending Pony Apocalypse. For serious."
** Princess Celestia apparently loves this trope. She continues to use some variant of this in pretty much every major appearance thereafter, reasons varying from trying to teach Twilight and friends something, to playing pranks on inattentive waiters to screwing with the animal lover's head (but at least she made the bird apologize).
** And let's not forget the second one she pulled. She figured Discord would break out, so she had Twilight Sparkle stay in Ponyville, writing letters to her, explaining what she learned about friendship. When Discord comes and takes over Ponyville, Celestia sends all the letters to Twilight Sparkle in order to snap her out of her HeroicBSoD. Put simply, it works. Though it seemed the plan was more of a "if all else fails" plan, since she had Twilight and the others try to find the Elements first and see if they can seal Discord with that.
** In the season three finale it's revealed that [[spoiler: pretty much all of Twilight's life after becoming Celestia's student was one big Batman Gambit so that Twilight would become an alicorn princess]], something that was slightly hinted at in "Cutie Mark Chronicles", and in fact Lauren Faust has suggested that there is more to Princess Celestia than has been depicted of her in the series. She said, in relation to the events of the flashback in that episode, Celestia sensed that Twilight Sparkle is connected to the Elements of Harmony and arranged the dragon-hatching test for her.
*** Though it's worth noting, for the record, that Faust did not approve of [[spoiler: Twilight becoming an alicorn]].
** Celestia manages to pull off two of these at the Grand Galloping Gala. The first time, she used Twilight and friends as pawns to get out of having to sit through a boring soiree. She did this at the following year's gala except this time, she counted on Discord being himself.
* In one episode of a Creator/CartoonNetwork [[NoExportForYou Latin American bumper]], ''WesternAnimation/TheAquamanAndFriendsActionHour'', Lex Luthor tries to sabotage ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s kids show by making [[RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts an overly complicated scheme]] that will make a tractor, a mortal cobra, and a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot tractor driven by the mortal cobra]] (among other things) suddenly assault the live stage, and activates when Aquaman plays the guitar in an announced singalong. Lex even states that "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis it. cannot. fail]]!". At the end [[spoiler:it fails because Aquaman never actually ''plays'' the guitar and do playback instead. [[SpringtimeForHitler A Janitor at the night, however...]]]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[spoiler: Lucius]] pull off a rather impressive one to prank [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels The Rodeo Clowns]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}}: The Animated Series'', we find out during the third and final season that Al Simmons is the victim of a Batman Gambit by Maleborgia. [[spoiler: Instead of being used to lead hell's army, he's actually used as a sperm donor to impregnate Wanda with a demon seed - who'll be the real human general of hell's army.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts" Lisa figures she can get Sideshow Bob to admit he rigged the election by insinuating he was a lackey to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Birch Barlow]].
-->'''Bob''': Only I could have executed such a masterpiece of electoral fraud. And I have the records to prove it! Here, just look at these -- each one a work of Machiavellian art!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Spookyfish", the boys meet the evil Eric Cartman from a MirrorUniverse. Being the opposite of the real Cartman, he is kind and helpful. Cartman rips off his counterpart's {{beard|OfEvil}} after he finds out that Stan and Kyle are going to send him to the other universe in favor of evil Cartman. When Stan and Kyle are trying to decide which Cartman is the one they want to get rid of, one insists that they both have to go for the greater good. They zap the other Cartman because they know the real Cartman would never say that. However, it was the regular Cartman who said that; he knew that they would fall for it.
** In the episode Scott Tenorman Must Die, Eric Cartman sees several of his revenge schemes against the titular older bully fail only to see a much grander, more complex Batman Gambit succeed when [[spoiler:he manipulates Scott Tenorman into eating chili made from the corpses of his own murdered parents.]] The scheme is a particularly good example of a Batman Gambit in that, after Cartman sets the ball rolling, the chain of events necessary to bring the plan to fruition occurs because everyone involved acts according to their character, exactly as Cartman predicts. His shocking success in this plan prompts Stan and Kyle to agree: "I don't think we should ever mess with Cartman again."
** "Here Comes Fatty Doo Doo" Token produces a reality TV show about Cartman by tricking Kyle into filming what he thinks is a documentary. When they find out, Cartman gets a cease and desist letter, but the pilot had already aired. Token "admits" that they didn't do very well in the ratings because they were scheduled against Honey Boo Boo. Cartman, angry that he lost to "that bitch," gets rid of his lawyer and agrees to do more shows with Token.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' has one in "Doug's Big News". Roger gets everyone kicked off the news show by taking credit for the video tribute the class made for Mr. Bone. They figure getting him a present wouldn't help them get back in his good graces because Roger would take credit for it again. Doug takes advantage of this and when Roger takes the next gift, Roger gets in trouble for giving Mr. Bone pink underwear.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Corporate Pigfall", the Eager Young Space Cadet becomes CEO of a MegaCorp, and Dodgers's new cadet is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy_Boo Egghead Jr]]. Dodgers then enlists Egghead's help in getting the Cadet back. The Cadet eventually quits Macrovast, and ensures his position is vacant by making Egghead Jr. the new CEO. The final scene is of Egghead writing on his notepad "Exactly as I planned."



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the entire scenario with Derek Maza, Elisa Maza's brother, was one big Batman Gambit by David Xanatos. There were many times Xanatos plans for Derek could have failed. All Derek really had to do was trust and believe in his own sister's warnings about him. [[spoiler:Elisa even gets Fox on tape admitting that Xanatos had shady plans for her brother. She gives the tape to Derek, but he clearly doesn't listen to it. Episodes later, (after the damage was done) Derek/Talon finds out the hard way he was nothing but a science experiment, and a personal stab at Elisa Maza. David Xanatos, himself, even criticized his scientist, Anton Sevarius, for being a bad actor - something Derek should have noticed being an ex-cop. "You always overplay your hand, Anton."]]
* Slade forces Robin to be his apprentice in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He does this by infecting the other Titans with Nanoscopic Probes, which he can activate if Robin doesn't obey. When he is about to destroy them, Robin decides to infect himself with the same probes. He tells Slade that if he loses his friends, Slade loses his apprentice. Slade angrily destroys the controller.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur refused to take D.W. to a science museum. The next day, D.W. shows off her own science exhibit... which includes such explanations as "H₂O can be made by combining O (oxygen) with H (a hose)" and "the sun turns off at night." So, Arthur and the Brain finally take her to prove her wrong, but D.W. reveals that her whole plan was to be taken to the museum.
* 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 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 Suite doesn't have valet parking."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had Finn use a Batman Gambit on ''himself'' in "The Real You". While made super-intelligent by magical glasses, he created a black hole, went insane, and tried to kill dozens of people until Princess Bubblegum removed the glasses and normal stupid Finn destroyed the black hole through sheer recklessness. [[spoiler: Smart Finn planned every single step ahead of time. [[CrazyPrepared Even the part where he went insane.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
** A double subversion occurs in the episode "Jack and the Swamp Monster". At first, it appears that Aku is using this strategy to lure Jack into a trap, using a PaperThinDisguise that makes the viewers question Jack's intelligence (and his sanity). [[spoiler: As it turns out at the end, however, Jack was never fooled for a minute, and was using a BatmanGambit of his own to lure Aku into ''his'' trap.]]
** Another example occurred in "Jack vs. Aku". The two agreed to fight hand-to-hand with the agreement that Jack would not use his sword as long as Aku didn't use his powers. [[spoiler: While the fight raged, Aku secretly had his undead minions find and take Jack's hidden sword. When Aku reveals that he cheated all along, Jack reveals that ''he expected'' Aku to cheat so he hid ''fakes'' all over the battleground and while Aku sorts through the fakes, Jack attacks him with the real one.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Malory had killed the Prime Minister of Italy [[spoiler: who was responsible for the death of a man, who might be Archers biological father]]. So she shot herself, make up a story of armed thugs ,and called Archer and everyone in ISIS to dispose the body. She even called the police on herself to make it look real.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''
** Episode 2: Leo and Raphael allow a minion to overhear their plan to use the minion's van to bust into the Kraang facility. The next night, the van busts into the Kraang facility, and the Kraang are there to greet it. Except the van was a diversion, and the Turtle were scaling the wall.
** Episode 24/25/26: The Kraang [[spoiler: put a mind-control device on April's father and allow the turtles to rescue him. They then use him to get April to leave the lair to help the Turtles and leads her into an ambush by the Foot Clan. The mind-contolled Kirby O'Neal then informs Splinter of this, and informs him that she is at Shredder's headquarters. Splinter arrives and takes out the minions, but April is just a hologram, and Shredder had already traded her over to the Kraang. Ultimately, they both got what they wanted: Shredder got Splinter out in the open, and the Kraang got April.]]
** Episode 26: Shredder [[spoiler: reveals to Splinter that Karai is actually Miwa Yoshi - Splinter's daughter, who he believed to have died. Furthermore, he raised her believing that Splinter killed her mother. In other words, if Shredder kills Splinter, he'll always have Karai as a memento of his victory. If Karai kills Splinter, he'll always have the satisfaction that Splinter was killed by his own daughter. If Splinter kills Shredder, Karai will want Splinter dead even more. And if neither of them kill each other, he has the knowledge that he stole Splinter's daughter, and that she'll grow up cursing his name.]]
* Ren does this to Stimpy in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' short "Space Madness". Driven mad by the titular infliction, Ren (as Commander Hoek) forces Stimpy (as Cadet Stimpy) to watch over "the History Eraser Button". Despite being ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, he drives Stimpy mad with curiosity and he pushes the button.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', On a handful of occasions, the entire scenario with Derek Maza, Elisa Maza's brother, was characters in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' would use one big Batman Gambit by David Xanatos. There of these to force XANA to act in a manner they desired, namely when they were many times Xanatos plans for Derek could have failed. All Derek really had out of options. XANA wants Aelita alive from Seasons 2 to do 4, so they would often put her in harm's way to force its hand. This was trust and believe most memorable when Jérémie ordered Odd to [[ShootTheHostage shoot Aelita in his own sister's warnings about him. [[spoiler:Elisa even gets Fox on tape admitting that Xanatos had shady plans for her brother. She gives the tape to Derek, but he clearly doesn't listen to it. Episodes later, (after the damage was done) Derek/Talon finds out the hard way he was nothing but a science experiment, and a personal stab at Elisa Maza. David Xanatos, himself, even criticized his scientist, Anton Sevarius, for being a bad actor - something Derek should have noticed being an ex-cop. "You always overplay your hand, Anton."]]
* Slade forces Robin to be his apprentice in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He does this by infecting the other Titans with Nanoscopic Probes, which he can activate if Robin doesn't obey. When he is about to destroy them, Robin decides to infect himself with the same probes. He tells Slade that if he loses his friends, Slade loses his apprentice. Slade angrily destroys the controller.
* In an
episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur refused to take D.W. to a science museum. The next day, D.W. shows off her own science exhibit... which includes such explanations as "H₂O can be made by combining O (oxygen) with H (a hose)" and "the sun turns off at night." So, Arthur and the Brain finally take her to prove her wrong, but D.W. reveals that her whole plan was to be taken to the museum.
* 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 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
"Saint Valentine's Day", where devirtualization 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 Suite doesn't
have valet parking."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had Finn use a Batman Gambit on ''himself'' in "The Real You". While made super-intelligent by magical glasses, he created a black hole, went insane, and tried to kill dozens of people until Princess Bubblegum removed the glasses and normal stupid Finn destroyed the black hole through sheer recklessness. [[spoiler: Smart Finn planned every single step ahead of time. [[CrazyPrepared Even the part where he went insane.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
** A double subversion occurs in the episode "Jack and the Swamp Monster". At first, it appears that Aku is using this strategy to lure Jack into a trap, using a PaperThinDisguise that makes the viewers question Jack's intelligence (and his sanity). [[spoiler: As it turns out at the end, however, Jack was never fooled for a minute, and was using a BatmanGambit of his own to lure Aku into ''his'' trap.]]
** Another example occurred in "Jack vs. Aku". The two agreed to fight hand-to-hand with the agreement that Jack would not use his sword as long as Aku didn't use his powers. [[spoiler: While the fight raged, Aku secretly had his undead minions find and take Jack's hidden sword. When Aku reveals that he cheated all along, Jack reveals that ''he expected'' Aku to cheat so he hid ''fakes'' all over the battleground and while Aku sorts through the fakes, Jack attacks him with the real one.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Malory had killed the Prime Minister of Italy [[spoiler: who was responsible for the
meant death of a man, who might be Archers biological father]]. So she shot herself, make up a story of armed thugs ,and called Archer and everyone in ISIS to dispose the body. She even called the police on herself to make it look real.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''
** Episode 2: Leo and Raphael allow a minion to overhear their plan to use the minion's van to bust into the Kraang facility. The next night, the van busts into the Kraang facility, and the Kraang are there to greet it. Except the van was a diversion, and the Turtle were scaling the wall.
** Episode 24/25/26: The Kraang [[spoiler: put a mind-control device on April's father and allow the turtles to rescue him. They then use him to get April to leave the lair to help the Turtles and leads her into an ambush by the Foot Clan. The mind-contolled Kirby O'Neal then informs Splinter of this, and informs him that she is at Shredder's headquarters. Splinter arrives and takes out the minions, but April is just a hologram, and Shredder had already traded her over to the Kraang. Ultimately, they both got what they wanted: Shredder got Splinter out in the open, and the Kraang got April.]]
** Episode 26: Shredder [[spoiler: reveals to Splinter that Karai is actually Miwa Yoshi - Splinter's daughter, who he believed to have died. Furthermore, he raised her believing that Splinter killed her mother. In other words, if Shredder kills Splinter, he'll always have Karai as a memento of his victory. If Karai kills Splinter, he'll always have the satisfaction that Splinter was killed by his own daughter. If Splinter kills Shredder, Karai will want Splinter dead even more. And if neither of them kill each other, he has the knowledge that he stole Splinter's daughter, and that she'll grow up cursing his name.]]
* Ren does this to Stimpy in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' short "Space Madness". Driven mad by the titular infliction, Ren (as Commander Hoek) forces Stimpy (as Cadet Stimpy) to watch over "the History Eraser Button". Despite being ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, he drives Stimpy mad with curiosity and he pushes the button.
for her.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', Malucia employs one in her bid to capture the Queen Unicorn. She lets Nola go and tell the others that she's planning to capture the unicorn so they'll move her, but is secretly lying in wait to ambush them.
* Dick Dastardly pulls one in the ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' episode "Home Sweet Homing Pigeon." Muttley, Klunk and Zilly are to be discharged, so Dastardly asks them to sign his memory book. They actually signed re-enlistment forms for four more years.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', Malucia employs one in the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Valerie tricks [[OppositeSexClone Danielle]] into leading her bid to Danny so she can capture "two Danny Phantoms for the Queen Unicorn. She lets Nola go and tell price of one."
** That one was nothing compared to
the others one Clockwork the Time Ghost pulled in TheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy''. Knowing everything that she's planning would happen, he manipulated events which lead to capture Danny encountering the unicorn evil monster he could become so they'll move her, but he could overcome it, change his future, gain his sister as a confidant, and develop his most powerful ability 10 years early, while at the same time, pull his evil self out of time so he couldn't harm his own timeline anymore. The only side effect is secretly lying in wait now that if he ever gets loose, he'll be free to ambush them.
travel into Danny's time without anything to teether him.
* Dick Dastardly pulls one in the ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' episode "Home Sweet Homing Pigeon." Pigeon". Muttley, Klunk and Zilly are to be discharged, so Dastardly asks them to sign his memory book. They actually signed re-enlistment forms for four more years.



* The Monarch pulls one off in season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', coupled with LoopholeAbuse. After he is barred from arching Dr. Venture, he goes after his brother, Jonas Jr. instead, and gets him to escalate his offense to the point of actively trying to kill the Monarch. He then tricks JJ into thinking he was killed in a death ray blast, simultaneously to get JJ to stop going after him and to exploit a clause that states if your arch tries to actually kill you, you are allowed to start arching their immediate, Guild-sanctioned family; in other words, Dr. Venture.

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* The Monarch pulls one off in season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', coupled with LoopholeAbuse. After he is barred Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** Examples
from arching Dr. Venture, he goes ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that '''were not''' planned by Batman:
*** 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 brother, Jonas Jr. instead, device so it only disposes of Batman. (And true to BondVillainStupidity form, he leaves, letting Batman escape.)
*** Another such gambit involves a gangster
and gets rival of the Joker dying and willing him $250 million. On paper. What ''really'' happened was that only $10 million of the inheritance was real. The rival (who saw this as the perfect way to get even with the Joker before he died from his illness) was banking on the Joker's massive ego not allowing him to escalate his offense admit to being fooled, which makes things hard for the Joker when it's time to pay inheritance tax.
*** When Supergirl and Batgirl teamed up against Poison Ivy, Livewire and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy threw some seeds at Batgirl, knowing Supergirl would vaporize them with heat vision, releasing a toxic gas.
-->'''Poison Ivy''': You are so predictable.
** In [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]'s show, the episode featuring Mxyzptlk was basically a series of Batman Gambit's on the part of Clark to get the fifth dimensional being to disappear almost as soon as he arrives. (The final one took a little longer, but Superman gets credit for apparently having thought up a rather clever one pretty much on the spur of the moment.)
** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the Joker pulled a pretty slick one, courtesy of the Royal Flush Gang. He broke them out of a top-secret government research facility and used them to keep the Leaguers busy looking for the 26 bombs he'd placed on the UsefulNotes/LasVegas strip. Meanwhile, he broadcast the whole thing on live television, pulling in huge ratings...
-->'''Joker''': And that was
the point of actively trying to kill the Monarch. He then tricks JJ into thinking he all along; this whole thing was killed in a death ray blast, simultaneously stunt to get JJ as many of you watching as possible--and it worked! My Royal Flush Gang provided the conflict, the Justice League brought the star power. And I brought the [[PlotTwist shocking surprise ending]]; Everyone watching the show right now is witness to stop going after my greatest joke ever."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' has one in "Doug's Big News". Roger gets everyone kicked off the news show by taking credit for the video tribute the class made for Mr. Bone. They figure getting
him a present wouldn't help them get back in his good graces because Roger would take credit for it again. Doug takes advantage of this and when Roger takes the next gift, Roger gets in trouble for giving Mr. Bone pink underwear.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Corporate Pigfall", the Eager Young Space Cadet becomes CEO of a MegaCorp, and Dodgers's new cadet is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy_Boo Egghead Jr]]. Dodgers then enlists Egghead's help in getting the Cadet back. The Cadet eventually quits Macrovast, and ensures his position is vacant by making Egghead Jr. the new CEO. The final scene is of Egghead writing on his notepad "Exactly as I planned."
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] pulls a good one in a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode. After the Beagle Boys manage
to exploit 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 clause 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 mah #1 out in the open didja? Offhand, ah wouldn't give ya a ''nickel'' for that states if your arch tries dime.") Magica is convinced, and agrees, but Scrooge is bluffing, as he tells his nephews on the plane -- he manages to actually kill you, you are allowed to start arching 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.)
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has this in the episode "Mission Ed-Possible". Ed and Eddy catch wind of the fact that Edd is delivering
their immediate, Guild-sanctioned family; straight-F report cards to their parents, and they're relentless in other words, Dr. Venture.chasing him to secure the report cards for themselves so that they can change them. But when they finally manage to outsmart Edd and get their hands on his satchel, they find out [[spoiler:that before the chase began, he had given the report cards to Rolf so that he could deliver them while he drew Ed and Eddy's attention.]]



* The plan of TheChessmaster [[spoiler: Henry Haber]] in "The Millie-churian Candidate" episode of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' is an extremely convoluted plan that's very dependent not only on playing on several people's character flaws, but that several of the involved people would fail at certain tasks - most prominently, that Louise would get caught doing something illicit and thus get disqualified from the race. Parts of the plan bordered on GambitRoulette - it even hinged on the fact that the only way Louise would learn [[spoiler: that Millie's "Besties" program would pair Louise with someone other than Millie]] would be by breaking into Mr. Frond's office.
* ''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 would willingly walk right into her pranks.]]
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Helga pulls off quite an impressive one in "School Play". Helga wants to play Juliet in order to get a kiss from Arnold's Romeo, but since she didn't audition, the part is given to Rhonda with Sheena, Phoebe and Lila as the understudies. So she comes up with a plan to convince each girl to drop out of the role by exploiting their idiosyncrasies. First by taking the role of head costumer and constructing a hideous frock for Juliet, knowing that [[AlphaBitch Rhonda]] would [[TheFashionista object to wearing it]]. Then she informs the queasy, pacifist Sheena about the violence in the play, and finally, she exploits Phoebe's perfectionism and nervousness to scare her out of performing. Unfortunately, none of these worked on Lila, who correctly guesses that Helga wants the role to kiss Arnold. Helga is forced to tell her and Lila agrees to drop out of the part.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the entire scenario with Derek Maza, Elisa Maza's brother, was one big Batman Gambit by David Xanatos. There were many times Xanatos plans for Derek could have failed. All Derek really had to do was trust and believe in his own sister's warnings about him. [[spoiler:Elisa even gets Fox on tape admitting that Xanatos had shady plans for her brother. She gives the tape to Derek, but he clearly doesn't listen to it. Episodes later, (after the damage was done) Derek/Talon finds out the hard way he was nothing but a science experiment, and a personal stab at Elisa Maza. David Xanatos, himself, even criticized his scientist, Anton Sevarius, for being a bad actor - something Derek should have noticed being an ex-cop. "You always overplay your hand, Anton."]]
* In the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' "Mass Device" story, GI Joes stages a phony internal message telling of their supposed surrender to Cobra, successfully banking on their enemy intercepting it and being fooled by what they are listening in on. As a result, Joe buys itself enough time to hunt down the last of the elements it needs; however, Destro, although fooled himself to a degree, is not taking any chances and proceeds to retrieve the same materials himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' features James "Soon to Be Destro" [=McCullen=] attempting to pull this off by baiting the Joes into attacking Cobra so he can pressure Cobra for a major contract. Backfires horrifically as he ''literally'' [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith did not know who he was dealing with]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Mabel pulls one off at the end of 'Tourist Trapped' when the gnomes wanted to marry her. When the main gnome went to her a kiss, she pulls out leaf blower and sucked him in and shoot him out of it.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Helga pulls off quite an impressive one in "School Play". Helga wants to play Juliet in order to get a kiss from Arnold's Romeo, but since she didn't audition, the part is given to Rhonda with Sheena, Phoebe and Lila as the understudies. So she comes up with a plan to convince each girl to drop out of the role by exploiting their idiosyncrasies. First by taking the role of head costumer and constructing a hideous frock for Juliet, knowing that [[AlphaBitch Rhonda]] would [[TheFashionista object to wearing it]]. Then she informs the queasy, pacifist Sheena about the violence in the play, and finally, she exploits Phoebe's perfectionism and nervousness to scare her out of performing. Unfortunately, none of these worked on Lila, who correctly guesses that Helga wants the role to kiss Arnold. Helga is forced to tell her and Lila agrees to drop out of the part.
* 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.)
* ''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?
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[spoiler: Lucius]] pull off a rather impressive one to prank [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels The Rodeo Clowns]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny himself has managed to pull off a few Batman gambits, such as [[spoiler: going without bathing just so his family, after multiple failed attempts to get him cleaned up, will give in just so he can get a water park for his best friend's birthday]], or the time he wanted to get his sister's time machine so [[spoiler: after failing the first time, he had Dukey in the future take it while the family was having dinner then come back to pick him up.]] Dukey even notes that he's not as dumb as you might think.
* 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 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 Suite doesn't have valet parking."), presumably to use his car as leverage to get their money back.
* ''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 would willingly walk right into her pranks.]]
* In the two-part pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', main character Twilight Sparkle's mentor, Princess Celestia, sends her to Ponyville to make some friends, right after she warned her about an [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight ancient prophecy of doom]]. Turns out, her mentor predicted this. Thanks to her understanding of friendship in the second part, Twilight and her new friends saved the world.
** Parodied in ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'', in which Princess Celestia's letter to Twilight includes the post-script "This [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally isn't]] a thinly-veiled Batman Gambit meant to prevent the impending Pony Apocalypse. For serious."
** Princess Celestia apparently loves this trope. She continues to use some variant of this in pretty much every major appearance thereafter, reasons varying from trying to teach Twilight and friends something, to playing pranks on inattentive waiters to screwing with the animal lover's head (but at least she made the bird apologize).
** And let's not forget the second one she pulled. She figured Discord would break out, so she had Twilight Sparkle stay in Ponyville, writing letters to her, explaining what she learned about friendship. When Discord comes and takes over Ponyville, Celestia sends all the letters to Twilight Sparkle in order to snap her out of her HeroicBSoD. Put simply, it works. Though it seemed the plan was more of a "if all else fails" plan, since she had Twilight and the others try to find the Elements first and see if they can seal Discord with that.
** In the season three finale it's revealed that [[spoiler: pretty much all of Twilight's life after becoming Celestia's student was one big Batman Gambit so that Twilight would become an alicorn princess]], something that was slightly hinted at in "Cutie Mark Chronicles", and in fact Lauren Faust has suggested that there is more to Princess Celestia than has been depicted of her in the series. She said, in relation to the events of the flashback in that episode, Celestia sensed that Twilight Sparkle is connected to the Elements of Harmony and arranged the dragon-hatching test for her.
*** Though it's worth noting, for the record, that Faust did not approve of [[spoiler: Twilight becoming an alicorn]].
** Celestia manages to pull off two of these at the Grand Galloping Gala. The first time, she used Twilight and friends as pawns to get out of having to sit through a boring soiree. She did this at the following year's gala except this time, she counted on Discord being himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** In the Christmas Episode, [[spoiler: Santa Claus]] pulls off a beautiful Batman Gambit, [[spoiler:delivering a device to Doofenshmirtz that would enable him to brand all of Danville as Naughty, while at the same time sending Perry the Platypus a CD with a note sharp enough to shatter said device]]. When all of Danville is branded naughty, and it looks like Santa Claus won't put in an appearance, Phineas, Ferb, and their friends team up with a couple of elves, who have come to investigate why a whole town would be labeled as naughty. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a deliberate act to allow everyone to get their Christmas wish. Doofenshmirtz finds a reason to "hate" Christmas, a villainous area he felt he was deficient in; Buford performs a selfless act, thus allowing all of his friends to see him as nice; Baljeet delivers a gift to a cute girl, thus earning a kiss from her; Candace finds out that she really does know Jeremy quite well, as she got him the perfect gift; and Phineas got to be just like his hero, Santa. (Ferb gets a harmonica, but it wasn't really intrinsic to the Gambit.)]]
** In [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension the movie,]] Candace pulls one off against the ''workings of her universe,'' by trying to show Mom [[spoiler: the giant robot army attacking Danville, knowing that anything massive her brothers are involved in will ''[[ContrivedCoincidence somehow]]'' go away before Mom sees it.]]
* In the third-season opener of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Mainframe security forces have been shot out of the sky by Megabyte's military and Dot needs the few remaining to return to the Principle Office. To get enough time to lower their shields and get the survivors back inside, Dot tells them to move into a single file line to approach the hanger bay. Such a tactic would be insane, but Dot knew Megabyte's military tactics. The enemy forces took position on both sides of the allied forces and prepared to shoot them down in the crossfire. With the enemy fighters in neat little groups of their own, the good guys were able to lower shields, gun down the attacking forces with the base turrets and bring in the survivors all in one move. It didn't work out quite as clean as on paper, though.
* Ren does this to Stimpy in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' short "Space Madness". Driven mad by the titular infliction, Ren (as Commander Hoek) forces Stimpy (as Cadet Stimpy) to watch over "the History Eraser Button". Despite being ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, he drives Stimpy mad with curiosity and he pushes the button.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
** A double subversion occurs in the episode "Jack and the Swamp Monster". At first, it appears that Aku is using this strategy to lure Jack into a trap, using a PaperThinDisguise that makes the viewers question Jack's intelligence (and his sanity). [[spoiler: As it turns out at the end, however, Jack was never fooled for a minute, and was using a BatmanGambit of his own to lure Aku into ''his'' trap.]]
** Another example occurred in "Jack vs. Aku". The two agreed to fight hand-to-hand with the agreement that Jack would not use his sword as long as Aku didn't use his powers. [[spoiler: While the fight raged, Aku secretly had his undead minions find and take Jack's hidden sword. When Aku reveals that he cheated all along, Jack reveals that ''he expected'' Aku to cheat so he hid ''fakes'' all over the battleground and while Aku sorts through the fakes, Jack attacks him with the real one.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts" Lisa figures she can get Sideshow Bob to admit he rigged the election by insinuating he was a lackey to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Birch Barlow]].
-->'''Bob''': Only I could have executed such a masterpiece of electoral fraud. And I have the records to prove it! Here, just look at these -- each one a work of Machiavellian art!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Spookyfish", the boys meet the evil Eric Cartman from a MirrorUniverse. Being the opposite of the real Cartman, he is kind and helpful. Cartman rips off his counterpart's {{beard|OfEvil}} after he finds out that Stan and Kyle are going to send him to the other universe in favor of evil Cartman. When Stan and Kyle are trying to decide which Cartman is the one they want to get rid of, one insists that they both have to go for the greater good. They zap the other Cartman because they know the real Cartman would never say that. However, it was the regular Cartman who said that; he knew that they would fall for it.
** In the episode Scott Tenorman Must Die, Eric Cartman sees several of his revenge schemes against the titular older bully fail only to see a much grander, more complex Batman Gambit succeed when [[spoiler:he manipulates Scott Tenorman into eating chili made from the corpses of his own murdered parents.]] The scheme is a particularly good example of a Batman Gambit in that, after Cartman sets the ball rolling, the chain of events necessary to bring the plan to fruition occurs because everyone involved acts according to their character, exactly as Cartman predicts. His shocking success in this plan prompts Stan and Kyle to agree: "I don't think we should ever mess with Cartman again."
** "Here Comes Fatty Doo Doo" Token produces a reality TV show about Cartman by tricking Kyle into filming what he thinks is a documentary. When they find out, Cartman gets a cease and desist letter, but the pilot had already aired. Token "admits" that they didn't do very well in the ratings because they were scheduled against Honey Boo Boo. Cartman, angry that he lost to "that bitch," gets rid of his lawyer and agrees to do more shows with Token.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}}: The Animated Series'', we find out during the third and final season that Al Simmons is the victim of a Batman Gambit by Maleborgia. [[spoiler: Instead of being used to lead hell's army, he's actually used as a sperm donor to impregnate Wanda with a demon seed - who'll be the real human general of hell's army.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], the ReverseMole, [[spoiler:Kallus]], who's been unmasked and is being held prisoner, deliberately taunts Governor Pryce, in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown, about how [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]] will blame her for letting the rebels escape. She gets angry and orders him ThrownOutTheAirlock -- which leaves him guarded by two stormtroopers, who he easily overpowers and makes his exit in an escape pod, and gets picked up by the ''Ghost'' as they're escaping. His [[SmugSmiler smirk]] as he's being led into the elevator shows this is exactly what he wanted.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''
** Episode 2: Leo and Raphael allow a minion to overhear their plan to use the minion's van to bust into the Kraang facility. The next night, the van busts into the Kraang facility, and the Kraang are there to greet it. Except the van was a diversion, and the Turtle were scaling the wall.
** Episode 24/25/26: The Kraang [[spoiler: put a mind-control device on April's father and allow the turtles to rescue him. They then use him to get April to leave the lair to help the Turtles and leads her into an ambush by the Foot Clan. The mind-contolled Kirby O'Neal then informs Splinter of this, and informs him that she is at Shredder's headquarters. Splinter arrives and takes out the minions, but April is just a hologram, and Shredder had already traded her over to the Kraang. Ultimately, they both got what they wanted: Shredder got Splinter out in the open, and the Kraang got April.]]
** Episode 26: Shredder [[spoiler: reveals to Splinter that Karai is actually Miwa Yoshi - Splinter's daughter, who he believed to have died. Furthermore, he raised her believing that Splinter killed her mother. In other words, if Shredder kills Splinter, he'll always have Karai as a memento of his victory. If Karai kills Splinter, he'll always have the satisfaction that Splinter was killed by his own daughter. If Splinter kills Shredder, Karai will want Splinter dead even more. And if neither of them kill each other, he has the knowledge that he stole Splinter's daughter, and that she'll grow up cursing his name.]]
* Slade forces Robin to be his apprentice in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He does this by infecting the other Titans with Nanoscopic Probes, which he can activate if Robin doesn't obey. When he is about to destroy them, Robin decides to infect himself with the same probes. He tells Slade that if he loses his friends, Slade loses his apprentice. Slade angrily destroys the controller.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Sideways, agent of [[spoiler:Unicron and thus chaos]] in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' is a master at this. First he encourages Hot Shot's already cocky nature, leading to him [[spoiler: going to the Decepticon base on his own and getting captured.]] Then he works on Starscream's lack of self-esteem and Megatron's paranoia about his position to make them fight each other. The only error in his plan was that for all his manipulations and prodding of egos, [[spoiler: Megatron never killed Starscream.]]
** And in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus Prime pulls one of these. In "Decepticon Air", he [[spoiler:tells Jazz (out loud) to get to the control panel and turn the decontamination chamber into a freezing one so they can lure the attacking 'Cons into it, but as he speaks, his shoulder badge flashes multiple times. Obviously, they overhear. Sentinel gets held hostage, and Optimus tells the jet twins to surrender and trust him, getting them all herded into the chamber. Turns out, similar to the ''Superman II'' example above, the flashing badge was "optical code" for Jazz to wire it so that everything outside the chamber is frozen.]] If the 'Cons had just used stasis cuffs, instead of deciding to be arrogant and mock Optimus, or if Sentinel hadn't shouted out that order, persuading the 'Cons to use him as a hostage, it all would have gone to the Pit.
*** And in "Endgame, Part 1", Megatron uses one for [[spoiler:his three Omega Supreme clones. Knowing that with his personality, the clones would probably overthrow him, and also knowing that [[TheStarscream Starscream]] would try to get the activation code himself to use the clones, he bet on Lugnut pouncing on Starscream to stop him. It went perfectly - Lugnut got the codes, and Megatron got three walking, flying weapons of mass destruction (in more ways than one, it turned out) controlled by his most fanatically loyal Decepticons.]]
*** Long before either examples, in "Autoboot Camp", [[spoiler:Shockwave (a.k.a Longarm)]] pulls one off. [[spoiler:He knows that Bumblebee overheard his conversation with Megatron and that Bumblebee has asked for his help in exposing the spy: Wasp. After providing more evidence towards Wasp's "treachery" while guiding [[UnwittingPawn Bumblebee]] along the way, Shockwave plants evidence in Wasp's locker, [[RedHerringMole setting him up take the fall.]] In the end, Wasp is arrested for treason, and Shockwave goes on to become Head of Cybertron Intelligence.]] If Bumblebee had told Sentinel about [[spoiler:the possible Decepticon spy]], things wouldn't have gone as well as they did.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Megatron's plan to [[spoiler:reactivate the Nemesis to destroy the Maximals and the dormant Autobots]] is dependent on Tarantulus being his usual treacherous self, [[spoiler:fixing the ship by himself in an effort to escape from Prehistoric Earth and leave everyone else behind]]. The plan would have failed if [[spoiler: Tarantulus had not been killed with the Vok and had taken the ship himself, or if Tarantulus had never found the ship in the first place and repaired it.]]
*** Using the [[spoiler:Nemesis]] wasn't Megatron's plan before [[spoiler:Tarantulus was killed]]. Megatron was investigating Tarantulus's ruined lair for ''something'' that would be useful, since Tarantulus always had ''something'' up his sleeve that Megatron could use to his advantage. That ''something'' just happened to be [[spoiler: the Decepticon Flagship]]
* The Monarch pulls one off in season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', coupled with LoopholeAbuse. After he is barred from arching Dr. Venture, he goes after his brother, Jonas Jr. instead, and gets him to escalate his offense to the point of actively trying to kill the Monarch. He then tricks JJ into thinking he was killed in a death ray blast, simultaneously to get JJ to stop going after him and to exploit a clause that states if your arch tries to actually kill you, you are allowed to start arching their immediate, Guild-sanctioned family; in other words, Dr. Venture.
* ''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.
** This is also how she gained control of the Heart of Meridian - as Trill, she gave Elyon a jewel said to be from her long-lost mother, though enchanted to steal her power. All Nerissa had to do was wait until the power was inside it to make Elyon angry over said jewel, tossing it away - a Heart can only be transferred willingly and when Elyon gave it up, it became Nerissa's.
** 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!'']])
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} brilliantly pulls 95% of one in 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.
** Mesmero likes this too. In "Under Lock and Key", he brainwashes Gambit into stealing one half of a spider stone, knowing that Magneto would stop him and capture Mesmero, that Magneto would have Mastermind check his mind for info on the spider, and that they'd find out its identity as a key but ''not'' learn how to use it. (We're starting to edge into GambitRoulette territory hereabouts.) Turns out [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero/WesternAnimation uniting the stones would free the spider monster, which only Magnet could defeat. Turns out the monster's a guardian, and with its death, one more of the three doors opened.]]]] Using other people is his favorite tactic, and his best work ''isn't'' via MindControl.
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Garfield pulls this off when Binky the Clown's show gets cancelled in favor for the Buddy Bears, a TastesLikeDiabetes show with a TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong message. Garfield decides to put an end to the show by going on to the set disguised as a cater and tells the Buddy Bears they're having pizza for lunch and asks them what toppings they would like. They immediately start fighting. As Garfield points out, no one in the world can ever agree on pizza toppings. When the focus groups find out about the fight, the Buddy Bears are promptly cancelled, and Binky gets his show back.
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Mabel oulls one off at the end of 'Tourist Trapped' when the gnomes wanted to marry her. When the main gnome went to her a kiss, she pulls out leaf blower and sucked him in and shoot him out of it.
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