History Main / CrazyEnoughToWork

25th May '16 6:23:40 AM NoUsername
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', the party needs to escape from the [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} expoding Balrog ship]]. A [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny dragon powered lens]] piloted by [[VideoGame/LegendOfTheValkyrie Zuhl]] is nearby but he can't get in closer because of the interference from the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Psychopower]]. Hiryu's suggestion? Get to the dragon ''using the catapult and toss themselves towards the dragon''. This stunt is repeated in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2: Brave New World'' where Hiryu suggests the same thing again with the newcomers utterly baffled at the idea while the ones who already did it before just gave up arguing about it and just did it with Chun-Li remarking that this one's easier because the other side of the ship can pull in the characters.

to:

* In ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', the party needs to escape from the [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} expoding Balrog ship]]. A [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny dragon powered lens]] piloted by [[VideoGame/LegendOfTheValkyrie [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfValkyrie Zuhl]] is nearby but he can't get in closer because of the interference from the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Psychopower]]. Hiryu's suggestion? Get to the dragon ''using the catapult and toss themselves towards the dragon''. This stunt is repeated in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2: Brave New World'' where Hiryu suggests the same thing again with the newcomers utterly baffled at the idea while the ones who already did it before just gave up arguing about it and just did it with Chun-Li remarking that this one's easier because the other side of the ship can pull in the characters.
21st May '16 8:56:57 PM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' had this when Egon suggested that they cross the streams to defeat Gozer.

to:

* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' had this when Egon suggested that they cross the streams to defeat Gozer.
20th May '16 11:08:25 AM FordPrefect
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Giuseppe Garibaldi once decided to conquer the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (the southern half of modern-day Italy) with a thousand underarmed people (one of them was a woman), facing off against ''one hundred thousands'' well-armed soldiers ''who knew he was coming''. About six months later, Garibaldi had an army of ''fifty thousands'', half of which defeated the last, underarmed and demoralized remnants of the army of the Two Sicilies. It succeeded for just one reason: the enemy knew the enemy force was coming but not that Garibaldi was in command. Two years earlier Italian unification patriot Carlo Pisacane had led a similar expedition that had ended with ''the lynching of the invaders'' at the hands of the citizens (it helped they had broke out a number of inmates from a prison, thus adding plausibility to the government's description of them as a mass of brigands and murderers), and the Two Sicilian commanders expected a repeat, assuming that the invaders actually ran the blockade (they did), and thus warned the people. The one difference was that Garibaldi was well known as a freedom fighter and had been smart enough to invade Sicily proper, [[{{Understatement}} that didn't like the government of Naples]] and was thus able to start an insurrection and cause mass desertions in the enemy army.

to:

* Giuseppe Garibaldi once decided to conquer the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (the southern half of modern-day Italy) with a thousand underarmed people (one of them was a woman), facing off against ''one hundred thousands'' thousand'' well-armed soldiers ''who knew he was coming''. About six months later, Garibaldi had an army of ''fifty thousands'', thousand'', half of which defeated the last, underarmed and demoralized remnants of the army of the Two Sicilies. It succeeded for just one reason: the enemy knew the enemy force was coming but not that Garibaldi was in command. Two years earlier Italian unification patriot Carlo Pisacane had led a similar expedition that had ended with ''the lynching of the invaders'' at the hands of the citizens (it helped they had broke out a number of inmates from a prison, thus adding plausibility to the government's description of them as a mass of brigands and murderers), and the Two Sicilian commanders expected a repeat, assuming that the invaders actually ran the blockade (they did), and thus warned the people. The one difference was that Garibaldi was well known as a freedom fighter and had been smart enough to invade Sicily proper, [[{{Understatement}} that didn't like the government of Naples]] and was thus able to start an insurrection and cause mass desertions in the enemy army.
20th May '16 11:03:56 AM FordPrefect
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the Eastern Theater of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the Confederates put this trope to work early and often. The Union always had more men, so the only way for the Confederates to win battles was to innovate- often to the point of weirdness. It sometimes meant luring the Union generals into making fruitless attacks, and sometimes meant making their own unorthodox attacks at vulnerable spots. Robert E. Lee was a fan of the trope, and Thomas Jackson was the master gamesman of it. Ultimately, the trope was subverted. Jackson, the best practicioner of it, met an untimely death, hurting the Confederate's ability to deliver these types of battle plans. Meanwhile, Union generals slowly learned to simply expect the unexpected from the Confederates, and to retain the initiative in spite of Confederate tricks.

to:

* In the Eastern Theater of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the Confederates put this trope to work early and often. The Union always had more men, so the only way for the Confederates to win battles was to innovate- often to the point of weirdness. It sometimes meant luring the Union generals into making fruitless attacks, and sometimes meant making their own unorthodox attacks at vulnerable spots. Robert E. Lee was a fan of the trope, and Thomas Jackson was the master gamesman of it. Ultimately, the trope was subverted. Jackson, the best practicioner of it, met an untimely death, hurting the Confederate's ability to deliver these types of battle plans. Meanwhile, Union generals slowly learned to simply expect the unexpected from the Confederates, and to retain the initiative in spite of Confederate tricks.
19th May '16 6:30:16 AM StarSword
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Harry's plans in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are often of this variety. Since they are written by the same man as ''Codex Alera'', this is far from surprising. [[spoiler:Zombie Tyrannosaur, anyone?]]

to:

* Harry's plans in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are often of this variety. Since they are written by the same man as ''Codex Alera'', this is far from surprising. surprising.
**
[[spoiler:Zombie Tyrannosaur, anyone?]]



-->'''Thomas:''' I thought you were lying. Bluffing.
-->'''Harry:''' I don't bluff if I can help it. I'm not too good at it.

to:

-->'''Thomas:''' I thought you were lying. Bluffing.
-->'''Harry:'''
Bluffing.\\
'''Harry:'''
I don't bluff if I can help it. I'm not too good at it.



** ''Literature/GhostStory'' hangs a giant lampshade on this. There's a rule in the series that only insane ghosts can manifest physically. [[spoiler:Ghost Harry realizes he can pull this off precisely ''because'' he's pulled off so many utterly batshit plans!]]



* ''Literature/XWingSeries''. Wraith Squadron specializes in these plans. Just during their first active mission, they fake the Millenium Falcon to decoy a Star Destroyer away from an evacuating Rebel base then proceed to capture(and utilize in a FalseFlagOperation) a Correlian Corvette pocket carrier with an X-wing's laser cannon carried by the squadron's resident Gamorean - who they got onto the corvette by ripping the smuggling compartment out of a shuttle, and attaching the rockets from an X-Wing's ejector seat to it to turn it into a makeshift boarding pod.

to:

* ''Literature/XWingSeries''. Wraith Squadron specializes in these plans. Just during their first active mission, they fake the Millenium Falcon ''Millennium Falcon'' to decoy a Star Destroyer away from an evacuating Rebel base base, then proceed to capture(and capture (and utilize in a FalseFlagOperation) a Correlian Corellian Corvette pocket carrier with an X-wing's laser cannon carried by the squadron's resident Gamorean Gamorrean - who they got onto the corvette by ripping the smuggling compartment out of a shuttle, and attaching the rockets from an X-Wing's ejector seat to it to turn it into a makeshift boarding pod.



* Early in ''[[Literature/TheFlightEngineer The Rising]]'', Commander Peter Raeder drives a SpacePirate fighter away from a damaged freighter by ''landing a repair scooter on it and bashing its sensor arrays to pieces with a hammer and a set of tin snips''. As he runs the heck away, the pirate radios its buddies that the Merchant Marines have developed a new weapon of some sort. (Raeder had a fun time explaining that line to Intelligence.)

to:

* ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer'': Early in ''[[Literature/TheFlightEngineer The Rising]]'', ''The Rising'', Commander Peter Raeder drives a SpacePirate fighter away from a damaged freighter by ''landing a repair scooter on it and bashing its sensor arrays to pieces with a hammer and a set of tin snips''. As he runs the heck away, the pirate radios its buddies that the Merchant Marines have developed a new weapon of some sort. (Raeder had a fun time explaining that line to Intelligence.)) This sets the stage for ever more ridiculous plans by Raeder, such as nuking a Fibian fleet by having fighters shoot up ice asteroids with their cannons until the hydrogen in them undergoes fusion.
27th Apr '16 8:10:24 PM VutherA
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The Canadian 85th Highlanders of Nova Scotia battalion in the [[WorldWarI Battle of Vimy Ridge]] captured a vital linchpin in the Germans' defence, Hill 145. In the snowy battle, preceding attacks on Hill 145's artillery fire failed to suppress the defenders, who shredded the unfortunate infantry attacking their position, and with few men available, the 85th Highlanders were called up to take the position. Unbeknownst to the 85th, their preliminary artillery barrage was canceled due to the close proximity of their jumping-off trenches to the enemy lines, so the zero hour of their attack was met with silence...and nonetheless a battle cry rang out among them and they charged forward, largely surprising the Germans defending Hill 145 who knew that significant artillery barrages meant an attack was happening and figured no one in their right mind would attack without them. It probably helped that [[AchievementsInIgnorance the unit was up until this point, totally green and used only for work parties]].
19th Apr '16 9:07:17 AM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Franchise/IndianaJones cutting the rope bridge in ''Film/TempleOfDoom'', and many other [[IndyPloy Indy Ploys]] fall under this category.

to:

* Franchise/IndianaJones cutting the rope bridge in ''Film/TempleOfDoom'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', and many other [[IndyPloy Indy Ploys]] fall under this category.
9th Apr '16 9:24:46 PM PantaroP
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Subverted in a ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic where two scientists are [[OutrunningTheFireball running away from an explosion]], one scientist remarking "I guess it wasn't crazy enough to work after all."
29th Mar '16 12:35:59 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': In chapter 6, the main characters are trying to come up with a way to prevent the [[BigBad Marder]]'s army from attacking [[HomeBase White Valley]]. Hilmuka suggests that they raid Marder's weapons factories to draw the enemy's attention to them. What is the catch? She wants to assault a vast, heavily guarded fortress with two adult soldiers, two teenagers and a HumongousMecha. Windu protested that her plan was crazy, but [[TheHero Jordy]] decided to try Hilmuka's idea anyway.
9th Mar '16 4:14:45 PM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AlexanderTheGreat's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Tyre_(332_BC) Siege of Tyre]]. The city was impregnable from land and sea. It was a goddamn island. So what did Alex do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Turned it into a peninsula]]. You can just hear the Tyrian general's FlatWhat as he saw it going on. The Tyrians reacted quickly to the situation and managed to hold off Alexander for a while by employing their sea advantage to hold up Alexander's initial attempt at a causeway. Only when Alexander tried again, this time with ships helping in the work, were the Tyrians defeated.

to:

* AlexanderTheGreat's UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Tyre_(332_BC) Siege of Tyre]]. The city was impregnable from land and sea. It was a goddamn island. So what did Alex do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Turned it into a peninsula]]. You can just hear the Tyrian general's FlatWhat as he saw it going on. The Tyrians reacted quickly to the situation and managed to hold off Alexander for a while by employing their sea advantage to hold up Alexander's initial attempt at a causeway. Only when Alexander tried again, this time with ships helping in the work, were the Tyrians defeated.
This list shows the last 10 events of 475. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.CrazyEnoughToWork