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10th Aug '17 1:52:35 AM bombadil211
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* Operation ''Chariot'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, also known as "The Greatest Raid Of All". The town of St. Nazaire in France had the only drydock capable of holding the massive Nazi battleship ''Tirpitz'' and thus the only port from which the battleship could attack Allied convoys supplying Britain with food. So, it was decided the drydock had to be destroyed. Unfortunately, a naval operation would be too dangerous and an air-raid too inaccurate. So, the British Commandos - the forerunners of [[TheModernDayRambo the SAS]] - decided on a new plan: they would embark 265 of their best men onboard a flotilla of Motor Launches, tiny wooden ships with practically no armor and minimal armament. They would be accompanied by the ancient HMS ''Campbeltown'', a WWI-era destroyer that began her career as the USS ''Buchanan'', which would be packed with large amounts of high explosive and disguised as a German destroyer. The destroyer would ram the dock gate and then explode, taking the drydock out of commission. Meanwhile, the Commandos would run around breaking things before embarking on the Motor Launches for the return to Britain. It was Crazy enough to half-work - the gate was rammed, the Commandos destroyed things... and then found that most of their tickets home had been sunk. Most of the survivors surrendered after being surrounded and running out of ammunition, with 5 escaping overland to Spain. The ''Campbeltown'', embedded in the dock gate, waited until the following day to explode, by which point it was crawling with enemy troops. The explosion totally wrecked the dock gate, and scattered bits of German so far and so high that human remains were still being found in ''1968''. The drydock was disabled for the rest of the war.

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* Operation ''Chariot'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, also known as "The Greatest Raid Of All". The town of St. Nazaire in France had the only drydock capable of holding the massive Nazi battleship ''Tirpitz'' and thus the only port from which the battleship could attack Allied convoys supplying Britain with food. So, it was decided the drydock had to be destroyed. Unfortunately, a naval operation would be too dangerous and an air-raid too inaccurate. So, the British Commandos - the forerunners of [[TheModernDayRambo the SAS]] - decided on a new plan: they would embark 265 of their best men onboard a flotilla of Motor Launches, tiny wooden ships with practically no armor and minimal armament. They would be accompanied by the ancient HMS ''Campbeltown'', a WWI-era destroyer that began her career as the USS ''Buchanan'', which would be packed with large amounts of high explosive and disguised as a German destroyer. The destroyer would ram the dock gate and then explode, taking the drydock out of commission. Meanwhile, the Commandos would run around breaking things before embarking on the Motor Launches for the return to Britain. It was Crazy enough to half-work - the gate was rammed, the Commandos destroyed things... and then found that most of their tickets home had been sunk. Most of the survivors surrendered after being surrounded and running out of ammunition, with 5 escaping overland to Spain. The ''Campbeltown'', embedded in the dock gate, waited until the following day to explode, by which point it was crawling with enemy troops. The explosion totally wrecked the dock gate, and scattered bits of German so far and so high that human remains were still being found in ''1968''. The drydock was disabled for the rest of the war. The entire operation was so ballsy that the Germans sent messages to the British recommending that the raiding party be decorated for their gallantry and the British handed out medals based on those recommendations.
6th Aug '17 3:04:51 PM Bissek
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* Lara's plan to escape Yamatai involves [[spoiler:incinerating the corpse of the last Sun Queen so that her spirit can finally pass on and stop causing the bad weather that keeps trashing all ships that try to leave]]. She admits that it sounds crazy. Reyes agrees that the plan ''is'' crazy, but then concedes that they'd run out of sane plans, so they might as well give it a shot.
3rd Aug '17 5:20:02 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9517967/3/Hawk-Eyed-Charlie Hawk-Eyed Charlie]]'' Charlus Potter decides that Neville's parents are suffering from a magical version of PTSD and he and his mostly-Muggle fellow veterans should kidnap them from St. Mungo's so they can recover among friends.
-->'''Old Harry:''' It's so crazy it just might work! Hell, it helped Danny boy when he came back from 'Nam when his own kids wanted to ship him off to a nursing home!
2nd Jul '17 4:15:07 PM LtFedora
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* In [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball]], there's the Panenka penalty, in which, instead of aiming to the left or right, you simply chip the ball straight down the middle, relying on the fact that a) goalkeepers will invariably dive to either the left or right, leaving the middle of the goal wide open, and b) they'll generally have to dive ''before'' you even kick the ball, and by the time they realize what you've done, it's too late for them to change course. It doesn't always work, but when it does, the goalkeeper is left humiliated.

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* In [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball]], UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball, there's the Panenka penalty, in which, instead of aiming to the left or right, you simply chip the ball straight down the middle, relying on the fact that a) goalkeepers will invariably dive to either the left or right, leaving the middle of the goal wide open, and b) they'll generally have to dive ''before'' you even kick the ball, and by the time they realize what you've done, it's too late for them to change course. It doesn't always work, but when it does, the goalkeeper is left humiliated.


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* And speaking of Germany, or more specifically, East Germany, many of the escape attempts to get out of the country were these, from tunnels to zip lines to being smuggled in the trunk of a car. But the absolute biggest example has to go to the 1979 ''Ballonflucht'', in which two families escaped in a hot-air balloon they had assembled in their attic with a burner and basket they had built entirely from scratch. Their flight lasted 28 minutes, but it was enough to get them into the West.
3rd Jun '17 10:03:17 AM nombretomado
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* About half of Generator's plans in the WhateleyUniverse. Of particular note is her plan to defeat the killer simulation they were given at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]. Three words: Radioactive Condor Girl. Not only was it crazy, but it worked so well the simulation staff banned the technique. Her Hello Kitty makeup compact that is also a flying attack weapon might count too, along with her stuffed cabbit. Which she weaponized.

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* About half of Generator's plans in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Of particular note is her plan to defeat the killer simulation they were given at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]. Three words: Radioactive Condor Girl. Not only was it crazy, but it worked so well the simulation staff banned the technique. Her Hello Kitty makeup compact that is also a flying attack weapon might count too, along with her stuffed cabbit. Which she weaponized.
2nd May '17 3:26:15 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', Kayto Shields holds this opinion of the plan Ava proposes to finally take down the Pact flagship Legion. Since their target is too heavily armored and shielded to take down conventionally, the plan entails firing a point-blank shot from the Sunriderís [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] straight down the barrel of the Legionís own WaveMotionGun. This will start up a chain reaction within the Legionís power generator and destroy the ship from the inside out. The planís success depends on whether or not Kayto [[spoiler:lets Ava go down to a compromised section of the ship in order to manually fire the Vanguard Cannon after a direct hit from the Legionís laser batteries knocks out the bridge firing controls]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', Kayto Shields holds this opinion of the plan Ava proposes to finally take down the Pact flagship Legion. Since their target is too heavily armored and shielded to take down conventionally, the plan entails firing a point-blank shot from the Sunriderís [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] straight down the barrel of the Legionís own WaveMotionGun. This will start up a chain reaction within the Legionís power generator and destroy the ship from the inside out. The planís success depends on whether or not Kayto [[spoiler:lets Ava go down to a compromised section of the ship in order to manually fire the Vanguard Cannon manually after a direct hit from the Legionís laser batteries knocks out the bridge firing controls]].



1st May '17 7:22:04 PM SullenFrog
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', Kayto Shields holds this opinion of the plan Ava proposes to finally take down the Pact flagship Legion. Since their target is too heavily armored and shielded to take down conventionally, the plan entails firing a point-blank shot from the Sunriderís [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] straight down the barrel of the Legionís own WaveMotionGun. This will start up a chain reaction within the Legionís power generator and destroy the ship from the inside out. The planís success depends on whether or not Kayto [[spoiler:lets Ava go down to a compromised section of the ship in order to manually fire the Vanguard Cannon after a direct hit from the Legionís laser batteries knocks out the bridge firing controls]].
-->'''Kayto:''' So in other words, the only way to kill that thing is to fly right in front of its primary weapon and shove a Vanguard down its maw, huh. Absolutely insane. I approve of this plan.
18th Apr '17 3:31:42 PM Az_Tech341
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* ''Literature/TroyRising''
-->'''Tyler''': If it's crazy but it works...
-->'''Granadica''': 'It's not crazy.' You humans are the only sophonts in this galactic region to have that saying. Most people just go with 'that's crazy'.



* ''Literature/TroyRising''. As an underdog on the galactic scene, almost every single one of humanity's schemes ends up like this, by necessity. Using a solar-powered mining laser to drive off alien invaders? ''Inflating'' a nickel-iron asteroid into a battlestation 10km across? [[spoiler:Making that battlestation ''mobile'' with an ORION drive?]] Lampshaded in one conversation between a human and an alien-based AI:

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* ''Literature/TroyRising''. As an underdog on the galactic scene, almost every single one of humanity's schemes ends up like this, by necessity. Using a solar-powered mining laser to drive off alien invaders? ''Inflating'' a nickel-iron asteroid into a battlestation 10km across? [[spoiler:Making that battlestation ''mobile'' with an ORION drive?]] Lampshaded [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one conversation between a human and an alien-based AI:
18th Apr '17 6:29:07 AM thorgold
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* ''Literature/TroyRising''. As an underdog on the galactic scene, almost every single one of humanity's schemes ends up like this, by necessity. Using a solar-powered mining laser to drive off alien invaders? ''Inflating'' a nickel-iron asteroid into a battlestation 10km across? [[spoiler:Making that battlestation ''mobile'' with an ORION drive?]] Lampshaded in one conversation between a human and an alien-based AI:
-->'''Tyler Vernon:''' If it's crazy and it works...
-->'''Granadica:''' ...it's not crazy. You humans are ''only'' sophonts in this galactic region to have that saying. Most people just go with "that's crazy."
13th Apr '17 8:01:04 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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While [[TheHero heroes]] of every genre will come up with these, expect a lot of them from [[BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentionals]], since they lack the knowledge, strength, and sometimes even the courage to come up with a better idea.

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While [[TheHero heroes]] of every genre will come up with these, expect a lot of them from [[BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentionals]], since they [[AchievementsInIgnorance lack the knowledge, knowledge]], strength, and sometimes even the courage to come up with a better idea.
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