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31st Oct '17 6:58:37 AM Eddy1215
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** 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 Kaeloo 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.]]
** In Episode 134, there are two consecutive Batman Gambits. Stumpy gets clones of himself and the clones annoy everyone, Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat make a plan to get rid of the clones. They claim that a package came in the mail for the real Stumpy, and only the real Stumpy can get it. All the Stumpys start fighting over who gegs it. The original Stumpy opens a PortalDoor to another dimension and lies that Ursula is on the other side. The clones run through and then Stumpy shuts the door, trapping them there forever.

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** In the episode "Let's Play House", Kaeloo, Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. cat 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 Kaeloo 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.]]
** In Episode 134, there are two consecutive Batman Gambits. Stumpy gets clones of himself and the clones annoy everyone, Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat make a plan to get rid of the clones. They claim that a package came in the mail for the real Stumpy, and only the real Stumpy can get it. All the Stumpys Stumpy start fighting over who gegs gets it. The original Stumpy opens a PortalDoor to another dimension and lies that Ursula is on the other side. The clones run through and then Stumpy shuts the door, trapping them there forever.



** 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."

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** Parodied in ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'', ''WebVideo/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."
31st Oct '17 2:03:36 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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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 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 Kaeloo 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.]]]]
** In Episode 134, there are two consecutive Batman Gambits. Stumpy gets clones of himself and the clones annoy everyone, Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat make a plan to get rid of the clones. They claim that a package came in the mail for the real Stumpy, and only the real Stumpy can get it. All the Stumpys start fighting over who gegs it. The original Stumpy opens a PortalDoor to another dimension and lies that Ursula is on the other side. The clones run through and then Stumpy shuts the door, trapping them there forever.
12th Oct '17 11:19:16 AM babyhenchy1
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* 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.]]

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* 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 this 14-year old girl manages to achieve in a matter of days what whole armies couldn't in a whole century.]]
4th Oct '17 8:18:31 AM Eddy1215
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* 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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* 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 [[SchmuckBait Stimpy goes mad with curiosity and he pushes the button.button]].
26th Sep '17 3:01:59 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Puppets", Darwin's obsession with his childhood puppets Howdy and Frank causes him to get trapped in a fantasy world. Gumball travels there to rescue Darwin with the help of a third puppet named Grady. Unfortunately, Grady betrays Gumball and reveals his plan was to exploit Gumball and Darwin's brotherly bond so Howdy, Frank, and Grady could capture them both and force the boys to play with them forever.
30th Jul '17 2:08:03 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** 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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** 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 get 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.
25th Jul '17 2:14:23 PM MoPete
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* ''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.

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* ''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. Bone and giving Doug a phony news story that "Mr. Bone wears pink underwear." 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.
4th Jul '17 5:09:40 AM DesiredUsernameTaken
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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.]]
21st Jun '17 8:52:15 PM merotoker
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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.
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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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