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15th Oct '17 3:11:48 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce: Hydra. Oh, dear ''God'' Hydra. In a HenshinHero series, Hydra chooses that rather than attacking his enemies while they're regular, vulnerable humans, he'll instead create overly-elaborate scenarios (pretending to be a photographer and kidnapping Lightfoot's father; pretending to be a film director, hiring a film crew, setting up a shot in the middle of a desert and convincing Ginrai to take part) before attacking his foes, or tag-teaming them with his brother, which actually worked the first time they did it (until he decided to just up and leave). But the absolute worst example he came up with was in episode 21, where he decides to kidnap every single doctor in the world, which would apparently cause everyone to realise how fragile they were, and make the entire human race loose the will to live.

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* Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce: Hydra. Oh, dear ''God'' Hydra. ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'': In a HenshinHero series, Hydra chooses that rather than attacking his enemies while they're regular, vulnerable humans, he'll instead create overly-elaborate scenarios (pretending to be a photographer and kidnapping Lightfoot's father; pretending to be a film director, hiring a film crew, setting up a shot in the middle of a desert and convincing Ginrai to take part) before attacking his foes, or tag-teaming them with his brother, which actually worked the first time they did it (until he decided to just up and leave). But the absolute worst example he came up with was in episode 21, where he decides to kidnap every single doctor in the world, which would apparently cause everyone to realise how fragile they were, and make the entire human race loose the will to live.



* In ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV'' The Empire's entire invasion plan in a nutshell. First, they offered peace treaty. 2nd [[spoiler:they kidnapped Lunafeya]]. 3rd, [[spoiler:lure her bodyguard there, kill the bodyguard, and leave bodyguard's body in the dump]]. 4rth, [[spoiler:hoping the body will be discovered before the invason]]. 5th, [[spoiler:Hoping someone make a connection as weirdness of her dying place is not her assigned mission place]]. Then [[spoiler:predicting the Kingsglaives will rescue Lunafreya will know where to look]]. Then [[spoiler:place Daemons in the fleets' cargo]]. Then [[spoiler:make sure subverted Kingsglaive members to be included in rescue attempt]]. Then place their emperor, acting chancellor, and empire's most competent and senior ruling members in the heart of enemy capital, now with renewed hostility. Finally, start the invasion and plan of stealing crystal. Seeing Emperor Aldercapt and Izunia are back to their homes safely is very dumb luck at their part as step number 4 and 5 work at all. They should have invaded right away as now their words are less trustworthy then before as they broke their promise of peace.

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* In ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV'' The Empire's entire invasion plan in a nutshell. First, they offered a peace treaty. 2nd [[spoiler:they kidnapped Lunafeya]]. 3rd, [[spoiler:lure her bodyguard there, kill the bodyguard, and leave bodyguard's body in the dump]]. 4rth, 4th, [[spoiler:hoping the body will be discovered before the invason]]. 5th, [[spoiler:Hoping someone make a connection as weirdness of her dying place is not her assigned mission place]]. Then [[spoiler:predicting the Kingsglaives will rescue Lunafreya will know where to look]]. Then [[spoiler:place Daemons in the fleets' cargo]]. Then [[spoiler:make sure subverted Kingsglaive members to be included in rescue attempt]]. Then place their emperor, acting chancellor, and empire's most competent and senior ruling members in the heart of enemy capital, now with renewed hostility. Finally, start the invasion and plan of stealing crystal. Seeing Emperor Aldercapt and Izunia are back to their homes safely is very dumb luck at their part as step number 4 and 5 work at all. They should have invaded right away as now their words are less trustworthy then before as they broke their promise of peace.
4th Oct '17 10:41:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* During a stint of unemployment, Ben of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' invents a game called "Cones of Dunshire", but when he attempts to explain the rules to Leslie, he realizes that it is far too complicated and fears that ItWillNeverCatchOn. The game's complexity is exactly what endears it to the employees of an accounting firm that offers him a job.

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* During a stint of unemployment, Ben of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' invents a game called "Cones of Dunshire", but when he attempts to explain the rules to Leslie, he realizes that it is far too complicated and fears that ItWillNeverCatchOn. The game's complexity is exactly what endears it to the employees of an accounting firm that offers him a job. Much later it catches on more widely (although not among the cast), and the fact that he's the creator is what convinces a tech company to invest heavily in the town.
4th Oct '17 10:30:34 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* OpportunisticBastard ''par excellence'' Petyr Baelish shows signs of such an addiction in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', telling his would-be protégé that he will even make moves that are against his best interests for no other reason than to confuse his enemies as to his true goals. He manages to make this work by never blinking when his plans are thrown into disarray, but adapting smoothly and [[XanatosSpeedChess working up new plans]] to turn the unforeseen circumstances to his advantage. It helps that half of his plans boil down to "sew chaos and then present actual goal as solution to whoever ends up on top so they nust hand it to you".

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* OpportunisticBastard ''par excellence'' Petyr Baelish shows signs of such an addiction in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', telling his would-be protégé that he will even make moves that are against his best interests for no other reason than to confuse his enemies as to his true goals. He manages to make this work by never blinking when his plans are thrown into disarray, but adapting smoothly and [[XanatosSpeedChess working up new plans]] to turn the unforeseen circumstances to his advantage. It helps that half of his plans boil down to "sew chaos and then present actual goal as solution to whoever ends up on top so they nust just hand it to you".
4th Oct '17 10:29:59 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* OpportunisticBastard ''par excellence'' Petyr Baelish shows signs of such an addiction in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', telling his would-be protégé that he will even make moves that are against his best interests for no other reason than to confuse his enemies as to his true goals. He manages to make this work by never blinking when his plans are thrown into disarray, but adapting smoothly and [[XanatosSpeedChess working up new plans]] to turn the unforeseen circumstances to his advantage.

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* OpportunisticBastard ''par excellence'' Petyr Baelish shows signs of such an addiction in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', telling his would-be protégé that he will even make moves that are against his best interests for no other reason than to confuse his enemies as to his true goals. He manages to make this work by never blinking when his plans are thrown into disarray, but adapting smoothly and [[XanatosSpeedChess working up new plans]] to turn the unforeseen circumstances to his advantage. It helps that half of his plans boil down to "sew chaos and then present actual goal as solution to whoever ends up on top so they nust hand it to you".
1st Oct '17 4:41:32 PM DenisK21
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Aizen has a bad case of this. During the Soul Society arc, he had a very complicated plan to obtain the MacGuffin. When that (inevitably) failed, he simply walked up and took it. Why he didn't do that in the first place? Addictions are a strong force to be reckoned with.
** The Hueco Mundo arc is where he really succumbs to it. Aizen builds up an army of Arrancar, hollowfies Tousen and makes war with Soul Society. While Aizen has an ability that could let him easily defeat the entire Gotei 13, he more or less deliberately gets everyone but Gin killed for no real reason aside from it being more complex than simply single-handedly killing everyone with his overwhelmingly unfair powers personally. More idiotically, the only point the army could have possibly served beyond intimidating Soul Society was to serve as cannon fodder against Squad 0, the only real threat to Aizen's plan at this point. Aizen didn't seem to notice this, and thus made the creation of the Arrancar army ''completely pointless''.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Aizen has a bad case of this. During the Soul Society arc, he had a very complicated plan to obtain the MacGuffin. When that (inevitably) failed, he simply walked up and took it. Why he didn't do that in the first place? Addictions are a strong force to be reckoned with.
with. [[spoiler:Later justified as he revealed his goal during that arc wasn't JUST to acquire the Hogyoku (which he'd already known Rukia had), but to set up an extreme training regime to groom Ichigo into a suitable opponent through which he could further strengthen himself.]]
** The Hueco Mundo arc is where he really succumbs to it. Aizen builds up an army of Arrancar, hollowfies Tousen and makes war with Soul Society. While Aizen has an ability that could let him easily defeat the entire Gotei 13, he more or less deliberately gets everyone but Gin killed for no real reason aside from it being more complex than simply single-handedly killing everyone with his overwhelmingly unfair powers personally. More idiotically, the only point the army could have possibly served beyond intimidating Soul Society was to serve as cannon fodder against Squad 0, the only real threat to Aizen's plan at this point. Aizen didn't seem to notice this, and thus made the creation of the Arrancar army ''completely pointless''. [[spoiler:Mostly justified in that the army itself was just a smokescreen to buy time for the Hogyoku, which Aizen thought would make him invincible, to truly awaken, as well as to keep attention away from Wonderweiss, the one actually integral Arrancar that was in truth the specifically-designed trump card against Genryusai Yamamoto. A portion of the army also served as additional training for his envisioned punching bag Ichigo.]]
25th Sep '17 1:24:56 PM lillolillo
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* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', [[WarGod Mars]] wants Franchise/WonderWoman, her daughter and [[ComicBook/PowerGirl their ally]] dead. So that he builds a coliseum and forces them into a gladiatorial battle with his own champions instead of merely blasting them into oblivion.
11th Sep '17 10:00:35 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Lucius Malfoy warns his son that any plan that requires more than three things to happen will never work; however, since only an idiot makes things as complicated as possible, the real limit is two.

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** Lucius Malfoy warns his son that any plan that requires more than three things to happen will never work; however, since only an idiot makes things as complicated as possible, the real limit is two. This lecture he did as a TakeThat to an InUniverse {{Expy}} of ''Anime/DeathNote'', because he noticed that Draco wanted to borrow inspiration from it for his rivalry with Harry.
11th Sep '17 12:01:55 PM lillolillo
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Buffy and Supergirl have been captured by a mob of vampires. Yet [[BigBad Vladislav]] doesn't still want to kill them because he needs a sacrifice to open a portal and summon some kind of Lovecraftian horror. When one of his underlyings is about to just shoot them, Vladislav goes mad.
-->“All I want to know is what this setup is all about,” said Supergirl. “If we’re going to be the main course for this vampire or whatever you’re going to be hosting, just call me curious.”\\
“Call you dead,” said the guy with the bucket, and drew a .38.\\
Vladislav slapped his hand, then slapped his face. “How many times do I got to tell you? How many times? How many?”\\
“No more, boss, no more,” pleaded the vamp. “I understand. I understand. I swear on my father’s coffin.”\\
The fangfather buried his hands in his underling’s turtleneck. “I don’t really have time for this aggravation, Lester. You got me?”\\
“Gotcha, boss.”\\
“I said we don’t shoot the women, and we don’t shoot the women. We need them for later. Got that?”



*** His father, General Tarquin, has a long-running scheme to rule the Western continent by acting as an EvilChancellor to one of the assorted petty kingdoms in the land while his friends manipulate two other kingdoms, occasionally letting them fall and moving onto another one. But he only resorted to that plan after straightforward military force failed and he writes off one of Nale's plans as "having too many moving parts."

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*** ** His father, General Tarquin, has a long-running scheme to rule the Western continent by acting as an EvilChancellor to one of the assorted petty kingdoms in the land while his friends manipulate two other kingdoms, occasionally letting them fall and moving onto another one. But he only resorted to that plan after straightforward military force failed and he writes off one of Nale's plans as "having too many moving parts."
9th Sep '17 12:01:42 AM TheSinful
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** The last saga of Bleach had plenty of examples of this. The biggest examples are Gremmy Thoumeaux, a guy who was a reality wearper who could even kill people by just imaginating it. Trying to kill Kenpachi by shooting him, clonating himself (and inmolating the clones) and even summoning a giant meteor and a dimensional rift; and the big bad who could modify the future and the reality and instead of instakill Ichigo just decided to injure him and rob his powers, as if he hadn't losed and had them restored before.

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** The last saga of Bleach had plenty of examples of this. The biggest examples are Gremmy Thoumeaux, a guy who was a reality wearper warper who could even kill people by just imaginating imagining it. Trying to kill Kenpachi by shooting him, clonating cloning himself (and inmolating immolating the clones) and even summoning a giant meteor and a dimensional rift; and the big bad who could modify the future and the reality and instead of instakill Ichigo just decided to injure him and rob his powers, as if he hadn't losed lost and had them restored before.
27th Aug '17 12:31:47 PM DarkHunter
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*** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', Voldemort sends a [[TheMole Mole]] to Hogwarts to kidnap Harry so as to use his blood in Voldemort's resurrection ritual. They do this by taking a full year to build the mole's false identity, force Harry to participate in the Triwizard Tournament against his will, rig the tournament to let him win, and enchant the trophy to teleport him to the ritual site. The mole apparently does not think to use his trusted position of authority to whack Harry over the head, shove him into his magic chest, and smuggle him out of Hogwarts in the first week of class. Or to make any random object into his office into a Portkey, invite Harry in, and arrange for him to touch it.

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*** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', Voldemort sends a [[TheMole Mole]] to Hogwarts to kidnap Harry so as to use his blood in Voldemort's resurrection ritual. They do this by taking a full year to build the mole's false identity, force Harry to participate in the Triwizard Tournament against his will, rig the tournament to let him win, and enchant the trophy to teleport him to the ritual site. The mole apparently does not think to use his trusted position of authority to whack Harry over the head, shove him into his magic chest, and smuggle him out of Hogwarts in the first week of class. Or to make any random object into his office into a Portkey, invite Harry in, and arrange for him to touch it. It's even pointed out that given Voldemort's status as the Evil Overlord of the Wizarding world, he could probably use ''any random Witch's or Wizard's blood'' for the ritual (it simply requires "blood of the enemy"... who outside of Voldemort's followers is ''not'' his enemy?), but no, Voldemort is obsessed with it being Harry.
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