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31st Aug '17 1:12:30 AM Kazmahu
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* This is a consistent character flaw for Altera in ''VideoGame/FateExtellaTheUmbralStar''. Her brain is completely wired for vanquishing the foe in front of her, to the point of tunnel vision; she completely fails to see battle as part of a bigger picture. Opponent makes a deeply flawed tactical move? She'll chastise them for the error, only to be ''completely blindsided'' by the strategic advantage that set up. Opponent has a non-combat solution to the conflict that doesn't require her to "lose"? She's completely psychologically unprepared and rendered helpless.
28th Aug '17 11:02:36 AM animenutcase
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a DoubleSubversion. The FinalBoss of the No Mercy route ''does'' realize you'll probably [[spoiler:use an InterfaceScrew to attack him after he falls asleep]] and gives a NonchalantDodge when you do so. [[spoiler:He does not, however, anticipate you attacking him twice in a row.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a DoubleSubversion. The FinalBoss of the No Mercy route ''does'' realize you'll probably [[spoiler:use an InterfaceScrew to attack him after he falls asleep]] asleep (he ''does'' throw you back into place if you try to use it before he falls asleep, after all)]] and gives a NonchalantDodge when you do so. [[spoiler:He does not, however, anticipate you attacking him twice in a row.]]
24th Aug '17 10:43:37 AM starfishrose
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* ''Lit make mistakes like the next Literature/SeptimusHeap'' - ''Magyk'': This is [=DomDaniels=] reaction when Marcia reveals that the Apprentice the Heaps have just saved is actually him.

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* ''Lit make mistakes like the next Literature/SeptimusHeap'' ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' - ''Magyk'': This is [=DomDaniels=] reaction when Marcia reveals that the Apprentice the Heaps have just saved is actually him.



** The crowner comes in the final novel, ''Yanez's Revenge'', when Sandokan comes to help Yanez (who by that time had become the ''maharajah'' of Assam with twelve elephants, two hundred Dayak head hunters armed with repeating carbines, twelve [[CoolGuns Maxim]] [[MoreDakka machine guns]], and ''[[PlagueMaster a biologist specialized in biological warfare complete of cholera vibrios and shots to immunize Sandokan and Yanez's men]]''.

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** The crowner comes in the final novel, ''Yanez's Revenge'', when Sandokan comes to help Yanez (who Yanez, who by that time had become the ''maharajah'' of Assam with twelve elephants, two hundred Dayak head hunters armed with repeating carbines, twelve [[CoolGuns Maxim]] [[MoreDakka machine guns]], and ''[[PlagueMaster a biologist specialized in biological warfare complete of cholera vibrios and shots to immunize Sandokan and Yanez's men]]''.
18th Aug '17 12:35:52 PM merotoker
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Unknown Unknowns example: Rider was thinking he could defeat Gilgamesh with his [[BadassArmy Ionian Hetairoi]] if he was only faced with [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]]. He did [[OhCrap NOT]] expect [[spoiler:to be faced with [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ea]], Gilgamesh´s own sword capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]] and his entire army with it in a single swing.]]

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Unknown Unknowns example: Rider was thinking he could defeat Gilgamesh with his [[BadassArmy Ionian Hetairoi]] if he was only faced with [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]]. He did [[OhCrap NOT]] expect [[spoiler:to be faced with [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ea]], Gilgamesh´s own sword capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]] and his entire army with it in a single swing.]]swing]].



*** After surviving Kiritsugu thanks to Lancer, Kayneth runs into an Unknown Known: his fiancee Sola-Ui is [[MadLove madly]] [[{{Yandere}} in]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love]] with Lancer, and tortures poor Kayneth to get the Command Seals. He could have avoided the torture and having to give up the Seals by calling Lancer with a Command Seal, but his False Assumption that Lancer was willing to betray him prevented him from it. These would both fall under Unknown Known errors if he'd bothered to read up on the myths regarding his own servant, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne. Sola-Ui falls prey to Lancer's cursed beauty mark, as his future queen did in the myth. And she forced him to betray his lord with magic.

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*** After surviving Kiritsugu thanks to Lancer, Kayneth runs into an Unknown Known: his fiancee Sola-Ui is [[MadLove madly]] [[{{Yandere}} in]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love]] {{love|MakesYouCrazy}} with Lancer, and tortures poor Kayneth to get the Command Seals. He could have avoided the torture and having to give up the Seals by calling Lancer with a Command Seal, but his False Assumption that Lancer was willing to betray him prevented him from it. These would both fall under Unknown Known errors if he'd bothered to read up on the myths regarding his own servant, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne. Sola-Ui falls prey to Lancer's cursed beauty mark, as his future queen did in the myth. And she forced him to betray his lord with magic.



* Quattro, the resident SmugSnake from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' encounters a tiny flaw that completely undoes her whole plan when she overlooks a few critical facts. First, [[spoiler: that Nanoha is a mage that specializes in blowing stuff up.]] Second, [[spoiler: that Nanoha is using a special booster system that makes her capable of blowing up even more stuff.]] And finally, [[spoiler: that Nanoha was using area search magic to look for the cyborg the entire time she was fighting against her adopted daughter, per Quattro's plans.]] On top of all that, somehow Quattro tends to overlook an even more critical fact regarding the way Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship treats her friends and loved ones.]] While being ignorant of the third was a reasonable possibility, there is absolutely no excuse for the first two, not to mention Nanoha's tendency to befriend people. The end result... OhCrap! The thing is Quattro ''did'' see it coming in the end. She was just too late to do anything about it other than look in horror.

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* Quattro, the resident SmugSnake from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' encounters a tiny flaw that completely undoes her whole plan when she overlooks a few critical facts. First, [[spoiler: that Nanoha is a mage that specializes in blowing stuff up.]] up]]. Second, [[spoiler: that Nanoha is using a special booster system that makes her capable of blowing up even more stuff.]] stuff]]. And finally, [[spoiler: that Nanoha was using area search magic to look for the cyborg the entire time she was fighting against her adopted daughter, per Quattro's plans.]] plans]]. On top of all that, somehow Quattro tends to overlook an even more critical fact regarding the way Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship treats her friends and loved ones.]] ones]]. While being ignorant of the third was a reasonable possibility, there is absolutely no excuse for the first two, not to mention Nanoha's tendency to befriend people. The end result... OhCrap! The thing is Quattro ''did'' see it coming in the end. She was just too late to do anything about it other than look in horror.



* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' . All the time, courtesy of [[ButtMonkey the universe's violent hatred of Lelouch]]. Seriously, the only plan to go off without a hitch was Zero Requiem, [[spoiler:which ends with ''{{suicide|ByCop}}''.]]

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' . All the time, courtesy of [[ButtMonkey the universe's violent hatred of Lelouch]]. Seriously, the only plan to go off without a hitch was Zero Requiem, [[spoiler:which ends with ''{{suicide|ByCop}}''.]]''{{suicide|ByCop}}'']].



** The World Government captured Ace and imprisoned him, prompting Luffy to break in to get him out. Normally, one pirate single-handedly invading their fortress jail to break someone out under maximum security would be an easy matter to deal with. Unfortunately [[spoiler: Luffy ultimately set ''all'' their prisoners free, recruited as many as he could into fighting the World Government with the surprise aid of [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Buggy the Clown, Mr. 3]], [[{{Crossdresser}} Mr. 2 Bon Kurei]], and two ex-members of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. To top it off, a current Warlord, Blackbeard, turned on them for unknown reasons while everyone else was preparing for all-out war with Whitebeard. And wouldn't you just know it, numerous prisoners that Luffy recruited have [[PlotTailoredToTheParty the exact powers needed for the group to succeed]]. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. Things don't go as planned ''at all''.]]

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** The World Government captured Ace and imprisoned him, prompting Luffy to break in to get him out. Normally, one pirate single-handedly invading their fortress jail to break someone out under maximum security would be an easy matter to deal with. Unfortunately [[spoiler: Luffy ultimately set ''all'' their prisoners free, recruited as many as he could into fighting the World Government with the surprise aid of [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Buggy the Clown, Mr. 3]], [[{{Crossdresser}} Mr. 2 Bon Kurei]], and two ex-members of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. To top it off, a current Warlord, Blackbeard, turned on them for unknown reasons while everyone else was preparing for all-out war with Whitebeard. And wouldn't you just know it, numerous prisoners that Luffy recruited have [[PlotTailoredToTheParty the exact powers needed for the group to succeed]]. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. Things don't go as planned ''at all''.]]all'']].



** Zoro [[spoiler:begs Dracule Mihawk to train him so that he can surpass and defeat...well...Dracule Mihawk. He's actually trying to get stronger for the sake of the Straw Hats, but, he's not forgetting his own goal in the process.]] Mihawk [[spoiler:''agrees to it,'' knowing that he's helping to create the one swordsman he believes can defeat him. Simply ''because'' Zoro is willing to throw away his pride for the Straw Hats.]]

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** Zoro [[spoiler:begs Dracule Mihawk to train him so that he can surpass and defeat...well...Dracule Mihawk. He's actually trying to get stronger for the sake of the Straw Hats, but, he's not forgetting his own goal in the process.]] process]]. Mihawk [[spoiler:''agrees to it,'' knowing that he's helping to create the one swordsman he believes can defeat him. Simply ''because'' Zoro is willing to throw away his pride for the Straw Hats.]]Hats]].



** This can happen even if someone has CombatClarivoyance; Katakuri, one of Big Mom's Sweet Commanders, has trained his Observation Haki so well that it gives him glimpses of the future. When he sees that his sister will fail to kill Sanji, Katakuri tries to snipe the chef himself. Sanji does a BulletDodge so quickly that not even Katakuri foresaw it.

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** This can happen even if someone has CombatClarivoyance; CombatClairvoyance; Katakuri, one of Big Mom's Sweet Commanders, has trained his Observation Haki so well that it gives him glimpses of the future. When he sees that his sister will fail to kill Sanji, Katakuri tries to snipe the chef himself. Sanji does a BulletDodge so quickly that not even Katakuri foresaw it.



* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: Kurt Godel's]] plan to make Negi an ally was screwed up because [[spoiler: he was totally unaware that Negi had a [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c272/11.html source of information]] that that Kurt couldn't have possibly have anticipated.]]

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: Kurt Godel's]] plan to make Negi an ally was screwed up because [[spoiler: he was totally unaware that Negi had a [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c272/11.html source of information]] that that Kurt couldn't have possibly have anticipated.]]anticipated]].



** Then right after that, Ala Alba's preparations promptly got shot to hell by [[spoiler: the arrival of one of Fate's minions, causing their main retreat plan, as well as most of their backups, to fall to pieces.]]

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** Then right after that, Ala Alba's preparations promptly got shot to hell by [[spoiler: the arrival of one of Fate's minions, causing their main retreat plan, as well as most of their backups, to fall to pieces.]]pieces]].



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Kisame Hoshigaki probably shouldn't have stopped to KickTheDog after subduing Killer Bee- but who could have expected that [[spoiler: he'd be betrayed by his own EmpathicWeapon, leading to his defeat and death when reinforcements arrive?]] Certainly not [[AssPull the readers]], that's for sure... ([[spoiler: Actually, he ''did'' see it coming, since his "death" was a KansasCityShuffle to infiltrate the Cloud Village.]])

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Kisame Hoshigaki probably shouldn't have stopped to KickTheDog after subduing Killer Bee- but who could have expected that [[spoiler: he'd be betrayed by his own EmpathicWeapon, leading to his defeat and death when reinforcements arrive?]] arrive]]? Certainly not [[AssPull the readers]], that's for sure... ([[spoiler: Actually, he ''did'' see it coming, since his "death" was a KansasCityShuffle to infiltrate the Cloud Village.]])



** In the first movie ''Ninja Clash in the Snow'', the evil ruler of Snow Country is trying to activate a machine that his peace-loving brother (who he overthrew) created under the assumption that it's a [[LogicalFallacies superweapon]]. The machine turned out to be [[spoiler: a system of mirrors designed to warm the country and trigger spring.]]

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** In the first movie ''Ninja Clash in the Snow'', the evil ruler of Snow Country is trying to activate a machine that his peace-loving brother (who he overthrew) created under the assumption that it's a [[LogicalFallacies superweapon]]. The machine turned out to be [[spoiler: a system of mirrors designed to warm the country and trigger spring.]]spring]].



** The highest-ranking Level 5 esper, Accelerator, is taking part in a horrific experiment that involves [[LevelGrinding murdering twenty thousand clones to advance to level 6]]. Touma Kamijou, the lowest-ranking Level 0 in the entire city, decides he can get the experiment canceled if he beats Accelerator, since no one knows about his AntiMagic right hand. He succeeds (to Accelerator's complete and utter shock), saving the lives of the ten thousand remaining clones. [[spoiler:It's pretty clear that Aleister Crowley, the one who came up with the plan in the first place, saw this coming. He's the only one in the city who knows about Touma's ability, and is the one making an effort to keep it a secret]].

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** The highest-ranking Level 5 esper, Accelerator, is taking part in a horrific experiment that involves [[LevelGrinding murdering twenty thousand clones to advance to level 6]]. Touma Kamijou, the lowest-ranking Level 0 in the entire city, decides he can get the experiment canceled if he beats Accelerator, since no one knows about his AntiMagic right hand. He succeeds (to Accelerator's complete and utter shock), saving the lives of the ten thousand remaining clones. [[spoiler:It's pretty clear that Aleister Crowley, the one who came up with the plan in the first place, saw this coming. He's the only one in the city who knows about Touma's ability, and is the one making an effort to keep it a secret]].secret.]]



** Much later, right after Aleister has finally gotten his plans back on track, an Unknown Unknown pops up and completely blindsides him: [[spoiler:World Rejector, a power completely the opposite of Touma's, appears out of nowhere.]]

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** Much later, right after Aleister has finally gotten his plans back on track, an Unknown Unknown pops up and completely blindsides him: [[spoiler:World Rejector, a power completely the opposite of Touma's, appears out of nowhere.]]nowhere]].



** The [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion movie]] tops this and then some: pretty much everyone is taken off guard at some point, with the most notable being [[spoiler: Kyubey, as he realizes he's been OutGambitted by Madoka again, and on a more horrifying note [[TheOmniscient Madoka herself]], as [[FaceHeelTurn Homura betrays her and steals her powers.]]]]

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** The [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion movie]] tops this and then some: pretty much everyone is taken off guard at some point, with the most notable being [[spoiler: Kyubey, as he realizes he's been OutGambitted by Madoka again, and on a more horrifying note [[TheOmniscient Madoka herself]], as [[FaceHeelTurn Homura betrays her and steals her powers.]]]]powers]]]].



* In the final battle of the first season, Hendrickson from ''Manga/SevenDeadlySins'' in the final battle was hit with three of them in the row. First [[spoiler:hero's [[TalkingAnimal talking]] [[TeamPet pig]] ]] jumped in front of his sure-to-kill attack, saving main character. Then, [[BerserkButton death of the]] [[spoiler:pig]] caused [[spoiler: [[TheChick Elizabeth]] to unleash her hidden powers, healing eweryone and damaging him.]] And then main character in the last ditch effort to defeat him, attacks him, while eweryone else fire their most powerful attack on both of them. Hendrickson thought, that he just tries to give others chance to beat him, by sacrificing himself - [[spoiler:and then he revealed a secret technique, that allowed him to collect damage from all that attacks and then release all that on him]].

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* In the final battle of the first season, Hendrickson from ''Manga/SevenDeadlySins'' in the final battle was hit with three of them in the row. First [[spoiler:hero's [[TalkingAnimal talking]] [[TeamPet pig]] ]] jumped in front of his sure-to-kill attack, saving main character. Then, [[BerserkButton death of the]] [[spoiler:pig]] caused [[spoiler: [[TheChick Elizabeth]] to unleash her hidden powers, healing eweryone and damaging him.]] him]]. And then main character in the last ditch effort to defeat him, attacks him, while eweryone else fire their most powerful attack on both of them. Hendrickson thought, that he just tries to give others chance to beat him, by sacrificing himself - [[spoiler:and then he revealed a secret technique, that allowed him to collect damage from all that attacks and then release all that on him]].



* ''[[Comicbook/TheInfinityGauntlet The Infinity War]]'' has a resurrected Magus employ a complicated scheme to [[spoiler:seize all the Infinity Gems from Warlock and his Infinity Watch]]. Because the plan is too complicated requiring all his attention, the Magus literally ''doesn't see'' the [[spoiler:combined efforts of Doctor Doom and Kang interfering with his plan.]]

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* ''[[Comicbook/TheInfinityGauntlet The Infinity War]]'' has a resurrected Magus employ a complicated scheme to [[spoiler:seize all the Infinity Gems from Warlock and his Infinity Watch]]. Because the plan is too complicated requiring all his attention, the Magus literally ''doesn't see'' the [[spoiler:combined efforts of Doctor Doom and Kang interfering with his plan.]]plan]].



* In ''Death of {{Wolverine}}'' Dr. Cornelius has a plan to create an army of supersoldiers, and has everything he needs except the last ingredient: Wolverine, so he can extract his healing factor to allow them to survive his enhancements. After capturing Wolverine and explaining this, he then has to ruefully acknowledge that he tends to focus too much on the big picture as Wolverine cuts himself to reveal that he's lost his healing factor.

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* In ''Death of {{Wolverine}}'' Franchise/{{Wolverine}}'' Dr. Cornelius has a plan to create an army of supersoldiers, and has everything he needs except the last ingredient: Wolverine, so he can extract his healing factor HealingFactor to allow them to survive his enhancements. After capturing Wolverine and explaining this, he then has to ruefully acknowledge that he tends to focus too much on the big picture as Wolverine cuts himself to reveal that he's lost his healing factor.



* This tends to happen to heroes of PeggySue fanfics when the changes they make to the timeline come back to bite them in the ass. An excellent example of this occurs in ''Literature/HarryPotter and the Nightmares of Futures Past''; Harry rants to Dumbledore about his living conditions with the Dursleys at one point, and Dumbledore responds [[spoiler: by using memory charms on the Dursleys in an effort to improve the situation. When an unknown third party later removes the charms and Vernon ''remembers being charmed'', Harry's already-rocky relationship with the Dursleys turns downright venomous, culminating in a savage beating during the first year/second year summer break that leaves Harry in critical condition.]]

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* This tends to happen to heroes of PeggySue fanfics when the changes they make to the timeline come back to bite them in the ass. An excellent example of this occurs in ''Literature/HarryPotter and the Nightmares of Futures Past''; Harry rants to Dumbledore about his living conditions with the Dursleys at one point, and Dumbledore responds [[spoiler: by using memory charms on the Dursleys in an effort to improve the situation. When an unknown third party later removes the charms and Vernon ''remembers being charmed'', Harry's already-rocky relationship with the Dursleys turns downright venomous, culminating in a savage beating during the first year/second year summer break that leaves Harry in critical condition.]]condition]].



** And again when they deploy the second generation of MP-Evas and [[spoiler:the Children hijack them easily.]]

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** And again when they deploy the second generation of MP-Evas and [[spoiler:the Children hijack them easily.]]easily]].



* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Maledict is a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who created an extremely elaborate GambitRoulette to defeat the Angels and conquer the universe. However, he didn't expect Sonic the Hedgehog to get pulled into the fray by mistake. [[spoiler: Nor did he expect his gambit to create a malevolent EldritchAbomination by mistake]].

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* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Maledict is a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who created an extremely elaborate GambitRoulette to defeat the Angels and conquer the universe. However, he didn't expect Sonic the Hedgehog to get pulled into the fray by mistake. [[spoiler: Nor did he expect his gambit to create a malevolent EldritchAbomination by mistake]].mistake.]]



* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]] has this reaction to [[spoiler:Toji appearing by piloting Jet Alone and the death of the first MP-EVA.]] Their following argument gets so heated that they don't even notice that [[spoiler:his leader is dying.]]

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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[AncientConspiracy SEELE]] has this reaction to [[spoiler:Toji appearing by piloting Jet Alone and the death of the first MP-EVA.]] MP-EVA]]. Their following argument gets so heated that they don't even notice that [[spoiler:his leader is dying.]]dying]].



** This trope comes in when the Alliance releases the Pax. No one could have foreseen the [[spoiler:Reavers' creation]] Of course, their failure to do so is a classic case of the IdiotBall, as what kind of a moron doesn't run proper clinical trials before [[spoiler:dosing an entire planetary population]].
** This trope also comes in later in the movie when [[spoiler: the Alliance's trap is derailed as Serenity [[GiveChaseWithAngryNatives charges at them with an army of Reavers]].]]

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** This trope comes in when the Alliance releases the Pax. No one could have foreseen the [[spoiler:Reavers' creation]] creation]]. Of course, their failure to do so is a classic case of the IdiotBall, as what kind of a moron doesn't run proper clinical trials before [[spoiler:dosing an entire planetary population]].
** This trope also comes in later in the movie when [[spoiler: the Alliance's trap is derailed as Serenity [[GiveChaseWithAngryNatives charges at them with an army of Reavers]].]]Reavers]]]].



** Which makes for a nice bit of irony (or something) as [[spoiler:he shortly after loses the ability to see ANYTHING coming in an EyeScream moment.]]

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** Which makes for a nice bit of irony (or something) as [[spoiler:he shortly after loses the ability to see ANYTHING coming in an EyeScream moment.]]moment]].



* Played at [[spoiler:and ultimately subverted]] in ''Film/TheGame'' when [[spoiler:Nicholas invades the building of the organization that's been running his life for the past few days with what one of the lead actors recognizes as a ''real'' gun, not one of their props, and she pleads with him that it's all a big surprise party and they're not really trying to kill him and he ends up shooting his brother just as it turns out there really ''was'' a cake and it all flies horribly off the rails, driving him to jump from the rooftop... and then it turns out that, no, that was a squib, the gun's loaded with blanks, and even that was all in the script.]]

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* Played at [[spoiler:and ultimately subverted]] in ''Film/TheGame'' when [[spoiler:Nicholas invades the building of the organization that's been running his life for the past few days with what one of the lead actors recognizes as a ''real'' gun, not one of their props, and she pleads with him that it's all a big surprise party and they're not really trying to kill him and he ends up shooting his brother just as it turns out there really ''was'' a cake and it all flies horribly off the rails, driving him to jump from the rooftop... and then it turns out that, no, that was a squib, the gun's loaded with blanks, and even that was all in the script.]]script]].



* Prince Vladimir, TheChessmaster in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'', has developed elaborate plans for Myra and the Resistance. Everything goes smoothly, she falls into all of his traps, until [[spoiler: she escapes.]] He has never considered that [[spoiler: Armida, his lover, has plans of her own, and Myra comes up with a way to use them.]]

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* Prince Vladimir, TheChessmaster in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'', has developed elaborate plans for Myra and the Resistance. Everything goes smoothly, she falls into all of his traps, until [[spoiler: she escapes.]] escapes]]. He has never considered that [[spoiler: Armida, his lover, has plans of her own, and Myra comes up with a way to use them.]]them]].



** No one, not even Uriel, really expected that [[spoiler:Waldo Butters would become a Knight of the Cross, much less reforge the Sword of Faith into a lightsaber.]]

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** No one, not even Uriel, really expected that [[spoiler:Waldo Butters would become a Knight of the Cross, much less reforge the Sword of Faith into a lightsaber.]]lightsaber]].



* In ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'', a villain is killed by someone he would never have suspected to be able to betray him. More precisely, [[spoiler: Jakoven is killed by Garranon, whom he used as SexSlave ever since Garranon was fifteen. Jakoven thought he had Garranon thouroughly manipulated and brainwashed. While Garranon fights him, he mentions that the sex was so good, certainly Garranon must have liked him? Garranon replies that it was just sex, and he despises Jakoven. Then he kills him.]]
* [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] was playing a very effective game of XanatosSpeedChess, until bitten by two or three Unknown Knowns. Specifically, [[SpannerInTheWorks Niles Ferrier botching his plan for the fringe]], causing a group of independent smugglers to join the New Republic in battle; [[TheStarscream C'baoth killing the ysalamiri and escaping his imprisonment]]; and his secret cloning facility being discovered, ''all at the same time''. All of this he ''might'' have been able to deal with. But the one thread that came loose in his plan, and led to his [[BodyguardBetrayal eventual]] [[TheDogBitesBack demise]], was all caused by one single Unknown Unknown, or, as Creator/TimothyZahn put it, a bit of information he didn't know and didn't know he didn't know: [[spoiler:that Leia was Darth Vader's daughter.]][[note]]Or, at least, that was the intention. The later ExpandedUniverse has had trouble deciding whether it was public knowledge or not.[[/note]] At the very least, he didn't know that the Noghri could detect that fact simply from Leia's ''scent''.

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* In ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'', a villain is killed by someone he would never have suspected to be able to betray him. More precisely, [[spoiler: Jakoven is killed by Garranon, whom he used as SexSlave ever since Garranon was fifteen. Jakoven thought he had Garranon thouroughly thoroughly manipulated and brainwashed. While Garranon fights him, he mentions that the sex was so good, certainly Garranon must have liked him? Garranon replies that it was just sex, and he despises Jakoven. Then he kills him.]]
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* [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] was playing a very effective game of XanatosSpeedChess, until bitten by two or three Unknown Knowns. Specifically, [[SpannerInTheWorks Niles Ferrier botching his plan for the fringe]], causing a group of independent smugglers to join the New Republic in battle; [[TheStarscream C'baoth killing the ysalamiri and escaping his imprisonment]]; and his secret cloning facility being discovered, ''all at the same time''. All of this he ''might'' have been able to deal with. But the one thread that came loose in his plan, and led to his [[BodyguardBetrayal eventual]] [[TheDogBitesBack demise]], was all caused by one single Unknown Unknown, or, as Creator/TimothyZahn put it, a bit of information he didn't know and didn't know he didn't know: [[spoiler:that Leia was Darth Vader's daughter.]][[note]]Or, daughter]].[[note]]Or, at least, that was the intention. The later ExpandedUniverse has had trouble deciding whether it was public knowledge or not.[[/note]] At the very least, he didn't know that the Noghri could detect that fact simply from Leia's ''scent''.



** Tyrion is left badly injured after a battle, and while he's comatose, [[spoiler:every single one of the men on his side is either turned to Cersei's side or replaced.]] Given the circumstances, he manages a spectacular recovery, which is promptly destroyed when [[spoiler:Joffrey is murdered and Tyrion is framed for it]].
** [[SmugSnake Cersei]] resurrects [[ChurchMilitant the Swords and Stars]] and has them charge her rival with treason; unfortunately, [[spoiler:the Swords and Stars decide to ''torture'' the man she sent to testify against Maergery, and, trying to save himself, he tells them everything, including Cersei's own crimes.]] Then, just to rub salt in the wound, [[spoiler:her actions towards Jaime come back to bite her in the ass when he refuses to champion for her and instead continues on his own campaign.]]
** Robb, Catelyn, and most of the Stark campaign gets screwed by [[spoiler:Robb marrying the wrong woman and pissing off House Frey, leading to The Red Wedding.]] [[EvilDetectingDog Readers should see this one coming, though.]]

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** Tyrion is left badly injured after a battle, and while he's comatose, [[spoiler:every single one of the men on his side is either turned to Cersei's side or replaced.]] replaced]]. Given the circumstances, he manages a spectacular recovery, which is promptly destroyed when [[spoiler:Joffrey is murdered and Tyrion is framed for it]].
** [[SmugSnake Cersei]] resurrects [[ChurchMilitant the Swords and Stars]] and has them charge her rival with treason; unfortunately, [[spoiler:the Swords and Stars decide to ''torture'' the man she sent to testify against Maergery, and, trying to save himself, he tells them everything, including Cersei's own crimes.]] crimes]]. Then, just to rub salt in the wound, [[spoiler:her actions towards Jaime come back to bite her in the ass when he refuses to champion for her and instead continues on his own campaign.]]
campaign]].
** Robb, Catelyn, and most of the Stark campaign gets screwed by [[spoiler:Robb marrying the wrong woman and pissing off House Frey, leading to The Red Wedding.]] Wedding]]. [[EvilDetectingDog Readers should see this one coming, though.]]



** Tywin Lannister certainly didn't expect [[spoiler:a vengeful Tyrion shooting him in the bowels with a crossbow while he was in the privy.]] Of course, most people don't expect they will [[spoiler:die on the toilet.]]

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** Tywin Lannister certainly didn't expect [[spoiler:a vengeful Tyrion shooting him in the bowels with a crossbow while he was in the privy.]] privy]]. Of course, most people don't expect they will [[spoiler:die on the toilet.]]toilet]].



** One for the readers: [[spoiler: Jill and Eustace were DeadAllAlong.]]

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** One for the readers: [[spoiler: Jill and Eustace were DeadAllAlong.]]DeadAllAlong]].



** The Witch-King knew no man could kill him. He didn't expect the army of men he was fighting to have [[spoiler: a hobbit with a long-lost dagger designed specifically to mortally wound the Witch King. ]]
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Cain's Last Stand]]'', [[spoiler: Varan didn't know that Cain's aide, Jurgen, was a [[AntiMagic blank]], so when he met up with Cain to discuss [[ISurrenderSuckers the terms of surrender]], the psychic ability that allowed him to instantly convert people to his cause wouldn't work. Cain ends up kicking his ass off a skyscraper. Literally.]]

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** The Witch-King knew no man could kill him. He didn't expect the army of men he was fighting to have [[spoiler: a hobbit with a long-lost dagger designed specifically to mortally wound the Witch King. ]]
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* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Cain's Last Stand]]'', [[spoiler: Varan didn't know that Cain's aide, Jurgen, was a [[AntiMagic blank]], so when he met up with Cain to discuss [[ISurrenderSuckers the terms of surrender]], the psychic ability that allowed him to instantly convert people to his cause wouldn't work. Cain ends up kicking his ass off a skyscraper. Literally.]]Literally]].



*** Also counts as an unknown known: [[spoiler: Voldemort believes that Snape is the true owner because he killed its previous owner. Its previous owner was Dumbledore, who got it from Grindelwald, who was killed by Voldemort.]] Oops.

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*** Also counts as an unknown known: [[spoiler: Voldemort believes that Snape is the true owner because he killed its previous owner. Its previous owner was Dumbledore, who got it from Grindelwald, who was killed by Voldemort.]] Voldemort]]. Oops.



* Caesar from Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Area 7'' puts a microwave transmitter on the president's heart, so that he can set explosives to blow up half of America the moment he dies. [[spoiler:He also puts one on his own heart to prevent the heroes killing him if his plan fails.]] He didn't anticipate that the heroes could fake the signal using the black box from an AWACS plane [[spoiler:allowing Schofield to [[CombatPragmatist just shoot him]].]]

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* Caesar from Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Area 7'' puts a microwave transmitter on the president's heart, so that he can set explosives to blow up half of America the moment he dies. [[spoiler:He also puts one on his own heart to prevent the heroes killing him if his plan fails.]] He didn't anticipate that the heroes could fake the signal using the black box from an AWACS plane [[spoiler:allowing Schofield to [[CombatPragmatist just shoot him]].]]him]]]].



* ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Lady]]'' has a couple of doozies in its final story. The Professor, the [[ConMan World's Greatest Conman]], bought $50,000 in counterfeit ten-dollar bills from [[PsychoForHire Tony Donuts]]. After the money had been disposed of, Tony demanded the bogus bills back, so the Professor was forced to [[TheCaper rob a bank, to pass real money to Tony for his fakes]]. Unfortunately, after bringing Tony the [[SchmuckBait nice, neatly bound sequential bills]], Tony [[spoiler: realizes the money isn't his counterfeit cash, because ''he'd never figured out how to work the serial number increment mechanism on his press'', and thus all his counterfeit money had ''the same exact serial number''.]]

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* ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Lady]]'' has a couple of doozies in its final story. The Professor, the [[ConMan World's Greatest Conman]], bought $50,000 in counterfeit ten-dollar bills from [[PsychoForHire Tony Donuts]]. After the money had been disposed of, Tony demanded the bogus bills back, so the Professor was forced to [[TheCaper rob a bank, to pass real money to Tony for his fakes]]. Unfortunately, after bringing Tony the [[SchmuckBait nice, neatly bound sequential bills]], Tony [[spoiler: realizes the money isn't his counterfeit cash, because ''he'd never figured out how to work the serial number increment mechanism on his press'', and thus all his counterfeit money had ''the same exact serial number''.]]number'']].



* The BigBad of ''Tantalize'' (a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' knockoff), had a pretty good plan and executed it well, but got well and truly screwed by something he never anticipated: [[spoiler: ''three'' of his FiveBadBand were secretly werepeople who betrayed him, killing his fourth and last ally in the process.]] To be fair, [[AssPull the readers didn't see it coming, either.]]

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* The BigBad of ''Tantalize'' (a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' knockoff), had a pretty good plan and executed it well, but got well and truly screwed by something he never anticipated: [[spoiler: ''three'' of his FiveBadBand were secretly werepeople who betrayed him, killing his fourth and last ally in the process.]] process]]. To be fair, [[AssPull the readers didn't see it coming, either.]]



** The discovery of the Lynx Terminus of the Manticore Wormhole Junction (which no one could have predicted) disrupted [[spoiler:the Alignment]]'s plans, forcing them to bring about the Manticoran-Solarian conflict ahead of schedule. Unfortunately, this is at least part of what led Queen Elizabeth to make peace with Haven. If it hadn't been for the Solarian threat, she probably would have simply forced Haven into submission. However, they also didn't anticipate [[spoiler:Herlander Simoes' defection, which led to the Manticorans and Havenites learning about the Alignment and forming a military alliance. On the one hand, this will help bring about the downfall of the Solarian League even sooner. On the other hand, the fact that the Grand Alliance doesn't know about the Renaissance Factor or where the Alignment's base is is the ''only'' thing keeping them alive.]]

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** The discovery of the Lynx Terminus of the Manticore Wormhole Junction (which no one could have predicted) disrupted [[spoiler:the Alignment]]'s plans, forcing them to bring about the Manticoran-Solarian conflict ahead of schedule. Unfortunately, this is at least part of what led Queen Elizabeth to make peace with Haven. If it hadn't been for the Solarian threat, she probably would have simply forced Haven into submission. However, they also didn't anticipate [[spoiler:Herlander Simoes' defection, which led to the Manticorans and Havenites learning about the Alignment and forming a military alliance. On the one hand, this will help bring about the downfall of the Solarian League even sooner. On the other hand, the fact that the Grand Alliance doesn't know about the Renaissance Factor or where the Alignment's base is is the ''only'' thing keeping them alive.]]alive]].



* This trope happens in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' book ''Princeps' Fury'' to [[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster Gaius Sextus]] during the fall of Alera Imperia]]

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* This trope happens in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' book ''Princeps' Fury'' to [[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster Gaius Sextus]] during the fall of Alera Imperia]]Imperia]].



* In ''Literature/TheScar'', Silas Fennec succumbs to this trope when he overlooks [[spoiler: Armada's tugboats and their potential as explosive ramships.]] His oversight directly leads to [[spoiler: the utter decimation of the New Crobuzon fleet.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheScar'', Silas Fennec succumbs to this trope when he overlooks [[spoiler: Armada's tugboats and their potential as explosive ramships.]] ramships]]. His oversight directly leads to [[spoiler: the utter decimation of the New Crobuzon fleet.]]fleet]].



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'': When [[spoiler:the Forerunners]] declared war on [[spoiler:the Precursors]] for forsaking them, the latter are so shocked that anyone would try to attack them that they basically do nothing as the former all but wipe them out. Almost ten million years later, [[spoiler:the Forerunners]] themselves get a big shock when they discover that [[spoiler:the Precursors (whom they now all but worship as gods)]] are back, [[spoiler:as the ''Flood'']].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'': When [[spoiler:the Forerunners]] declared war on [[spoiler:the Precursors]] {{Precursors}}]] for forsaking them, the latter are so shocked that anyone would try to attack them that they basically do nothing as the former all but wipe them out. Almost ten million years later, [[spoiler:the Forerunners]] themselves get a big shock when they discover that [[spoiler:the Precursors (whom they now all but worship as gods)]] are back, [[spoiler:as the ''Flood'']].



* Iain M. Bank's ''TheCulture/{{Excession}}'' starts with the titular [[OutsideContextProblem Excession]] showing up out of nowhere, throwing most of the galaxy's careful plans into chaos. Just as they've started properly planning for how to handle the Excession, [[spoiler:it turns out that the ''Sleeper Service'' isn't Eccentric after all... when it converts its entire internal capacity into engine space (letting it clock speeds of ''230,000 times light speed'') and then pulls out the fully-fledged ''war fleet'' it's been building while pretending to be Eccentric.]]

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* Iain M. Bank's Banks' ''TheCulture/{{Excession}}'' starts with the titular [[OutsideContextProblem Excession]] showing up out of nowhere, throwing most of the galaxy's careful plans into chaos. Just as they've started properly planning for how to handle the Excession, [[spoiler:it turns out that the ''Sleeper Service'' isn't Eccentric after all... when it converts its entire internal capacity into engine space (letting it clock speeds of ''230,000 times light speed'') and then pulls out the fully-fledged ''war fleet'' it's been building while pretending to be Eccentric.]]Eccentric]].






** A very subtle double example, as the payoff is in an earlier episode: the Dominion worked out the ''exact same'' projections, and had a counter to it: [[spoiler:When they won, they were going to purge Earth, as an example.]]

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** A very subtle double example, as the payoff is in an earlier episode: the Dominion worked out the ''exact same'' projections, and had a counter to it: [[spoiler:When they won, they were going to purge Earth, as an example.]]example]].



* The Volume Four finale of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', "An Invisible Thread" involves [[spoiler:Peter having used Sylar's shapeshifting power to impersonate the President, heading off Sylar's attempt to shapeshift into the President and become him. From Peter's dialogue, it is clear that Sylar probably knew that Peter had replicated one of his powers, but wouldn't have expected him to have taken something so mundane.]]

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* The Volume Four finale of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', "An Invisible Thread" involves [[spoiler:Peter having used Sylar's shapeshifting power to impersonate the President, heading off Sylar's attempt to shapeshift into the President and become him. From Peter's dialogue, it is clear that Sylar probably knew that Peter had replicated one of his powers, but wouldn't have expected him to have taken something so mundane.]]mundane]].






** And the Investigation Team themselves nearly fall prey to {{Red Herring}}s from time to time. Of particular note is [[spoiler: the fact that there were two people stuffing others into the TV world, and the real culprit is, [[BeneathSuspicion of all people]], [[BumblingSidekick Adachi]].]]

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** And the Investigation Team themselves nearly fall prey to {{Red Herring}}s from time to time. Of particular note is [[spoiler: the fact that there were two people stuffing others into the TV world, and the real culprit is, [[BeneathSuspicion of all people]], [[BumblingSidekick Adachi]].]]Adachi]]]].



** ''No one'' seemed to see Yuna and her Guardians coming, least of all [[spoiler:Lady Yunalesca, who has never been challenged before and was certainly not expecting to get the shit kicked out of her [[OneWingedAngel horrifying medusa-head form]], thereby destroying the traditional (but not, as she claimed, "only") way to defeat Sin.]]
** Nobody predicted that [[spoiler:''Sin itself'', or rather Jecht, was capable of setting into motion events that would lead to its destruction.]]

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** ''No one'' seemed to see Yuna and her Guardians coming, least of all [[spoiler:Lady Yunalesca, who has never been challenged before and was certainly not expecting to get the shit kicked out of her [[OneWingedAngel horrifying medusa-head form]], thereby destroying the traditional (but not, as she claimed, "only") way to defeat Sin.]]
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** Nobody predicted that [[spoiler:''Sin itself'', or rather Jecht, was capable of setting into motion events that would lead to its destruction.]]destruction]].



** The Reapers didn't plan for [[spoiler:the Protheans to stop the keepers from activating the Citadel Relay. Nor did they anticipate the keepers evolving in manner that could be exploited to this end]]. This is noteworthy as it also relied on the Reapers only weakness: [[spoiler: their expectations. They ''expected'' the Protheans to futilely fight until extinction. They ''didn't'' expect them to accept their fate and FlingALightIntoTheFuture, essentially using their last fighting chance to give future sentient life better odds of survival.]]

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** The Reapers didn't plan for [[spoiler:the Protheans to stop the keepers from activating the Citadel Relay. Nor did they anticipate the keepers evolving in manner that could be exploited to this end]]. This is noteworthy as it also relied on the Reapers only weakness: [[spoiler: their expectations. They ''expected'' the Protheans to futilely fight until extinction. They ''didn't'' expect them to accept their fate and FlingALightIntoTheFuture, essentially using their last fighting chance to give future sentient life better odds of survival.]]survival]].



** ''Mass Effect 2'' squad member [[CombatMedic Mordin Solus]] relies on this trope to give him an advantage when going into a dangerous situation. He states in a conversation with Shepard that people see species like turians and asari as obvious threats because of their strength and capabilities, but because he's a salarian (amphibious lizard people who are comparatively physically weak as a species, yet intellectually superior), his enemies "[[VerbalTic *sharp inhale*]] never see me coming". Extra points for the {{Slasher Smile}} with that last bit, and for being ex-special ops and plenty dangerous in his own right. Omega quickly learned not to judge him by his diminished physique and odd behaviour (especially after he displayed the bodies of several mercs who tried to extort money out of him outside his ghetto clinic as a warning to others).

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** ''Mass Effect 2'' squad member [[CombatMedic Mordin Solus]] relies on this trope to give him an advantage when going into a dangerous situation. He states in a conversation with Shepard that people see species like turians and asari as obvious threats because of their strength and capabilities, but because he's a salarian (amphibious lizard people who are comparatively physically weak as a species, yet intellectually superior), his enemies "[[VerbalTic *sharp inhale*]] never see me coming". Extra points for the {{Slasher Smile}} SlasherSmile with that last bit, and for being ex-special ops and plenty dangerous in his own right. Omega quickly learned not to judge him by his diminished physique and odd behaviour (especially after he displayed the bodies of several mercs who tried to extort money out of him outside his ghetto clinic as a warning to others).



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' there are two instances of this; the first is that the BigBad was expecting some kind of superweapon [[spoiler: not a SealedEvilInACan.]] The second ''is actually a good thing for the heroes'' [[spoiler: Rita, and no one else, expected them using an apatheia to create an aer controller to aid Estelle would create [[NatureSpirit Undine]]!]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' there are two instances of this; the first is that the BigBad was expecting some kind of superweapon [[spoiler: not a SealedEvilInACan.]] SealedEvilInACan]]. The second ''is actually a good thing for the heroes'' [[spoiler: Rita, and no one else, expected them using an apatheia to create an aer controller to aid Estelle would create [[NatureSpirit Undine]]!]]Undine]]]]!



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' [[spoiler:Tirnoch created the Fateless One so that he/she could free Tirnoch from her prison that she was destined to hold her forever]]. This part works perfectly. What [[spoiler:Tirnoch]] ''didn't'' see coming was [[spoiler:the Fateless One being powerful enough to kill her.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' [[spoiler:Tirnoch created the Fateless One so that he/she could free Tirnoch from her prison that she was destined to hold her forever]]. This part works perfectly. What [[spoiler:Tirnoch]] ''didn't'' see coming was [[spoiler:the Fateless One being powerful enough to kill her.]]her]].



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Ghetsis]]]] was not expecting the protagonist to be able to summon the other Legendary Dragon of Unova, nor that the player's relationship to their Pokemon really was [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]], rather than using Pokemon as tools, ''nor'' that this second revelation would cause N to doubt his own cause and [[WorthyOpponent challenge the player character]] over the validity of their beliefs. As a result, the player ultimately [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends N]], and [[spoiler: Ghetsis's plan to conquer Unova through FantasyGunControl falls to pieces. And [[VillainousBreakdown so does he]].]]

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Ghetsis]]]] was not expecting the protagonist to be able to summon the other Legendary Dragon of Unova, nor that the player's relationship to their Pokemon really was [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]], rather than using Pokemon as tools, ''nor'' that this second revelation would cause N to doubt his own cause and [[WorthyOpponent challenge the player character]] over the validity of their beliefs. As a result, the player ultimately [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends N]], and [[spoiler: Ghetsis's plan to conquer Unova through FantasyGunControl falls to pieces. And [[VillainousBreakdown so does he]].]]he]]]].



* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'': Mr. Badd's plan to neutralize all the goddesses in Gamindustri worked flawlessly, leaving him and his organization free to move in and take power. He didn't count on a [[{{Xbox}} foreign CPU]] to show up and derail the step of the plan.

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* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'': Mr. Badd's plan to neutralize all the goddesses in Gamindustri worked flawlessly, leaving him and his organization free to move in and take power. He didn't count on a [[{{Xbox}} [[UsefulNotes/XBox foreign CPU]] to show up and derail the step of the plan.



** The rebellion itself. The emperor and his advisors had expected the people to be cowed in awe from the emperor's ability to see the Kushans, descendants of their ancestral enemy the Higaarans, violate the treaty preventing them from developing again hyperspace technology, and cheer upon their final distruction in the Kharakian Genocide. Instead the people realized the Kushans had ''forgot'' the treaty and were not hostile, and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the Kharakian Genocide sparked the long-brewing rebellion that the emperor was planning to prevent with this act]].

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** The rebellion itself. The emperor and his advisors had expected the people to be cowed in awe from the emperor's ability to see the Kushans, descendants of their ancestral enemy the Higaarans, violate the treaty preventing them from developing again hyperspace technology, and cheer upon their final distruction destruction in the Kharakian Genocide. Instead the people realized the Kushans had ''forgot'' the treaty and were not hostile, and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the Kharakian Genocide sparked the long-brewing rebellion that the emperor was planning to prevent with this act]].



* At the end of Volume Three of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Cinder has successfully pulled off her master plan, having stolen the Fall Maiden's powers and killed the people most capable of stopping her. [[spoiler: Then [[TheHero Ruby]]'s eyes go supernova in grief, much to her and the audience's surprise. The normally calm Cinder responds with a {{Big What}} before being blasted.]]

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* At the end of Volume Three of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Cinder has successfully pulled off her master plan, having stolen the Fall Maiden's powers and killed the people most capable of stopping her. [[spoiler: Then [[TheHero Ruby]]'s eyes go supernova in grief, much to her and the audience's surprise. The normally calm Cinder responds with a {{Big What}} BigWhat before being blasted.]]



* Kale Williams utters those exact words in the QuetzaDrake's ''Webcomic/FurthiaHigh'' comic, when [[spoiler:Campy shows up to the school dance with a male date.]]

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* Kale Williams utters those exact words in the QuetzaDrake's ''Webcomic/FurthiaHigh'' comic, when [[spoiler:Campy shows up to the school dance with a male date.]]date]].



* A chain of these in ''Alanna''. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Tristan]] has forcibly bonded OB, the god of lightning and dissection, to himself, and EB, the god of Frost and Destruction, to the protagonist]]. All he needs to do is capture the protagonist, and he pretty much wins. He knows that the protagonist has a lightning sprite that can absorb his electrical attacks to become stronger, but considers it to be a non-factor because sprites are easily banished. He also knows that [[spoiler: EB's creations will obey her, but isn't worried because he has a small army of Amalgams, and also knows that OB's creations can only function under OB's orders]]. However, he was completely unaware of several important facts: firstly, [[spoiler: OB's creations had a small degree of autonomy, and had built a clone of OB to guide them; Tristan didn't know about this because Fake!OB was non-functional, but the protagonist managed to get it operational. In return, Fake!OB sent OB's creations against Tristan for the final battle, and also gave the protagonist's lightning sprite a warding that made it impossible for Tristan to banish. lastly, it gave her a means to communicate with the imprisoned Real!OB]]. Tristan's [[OhCrap reaction]] to this is absolutely [[CrowningMomentOfFunny priceless]]. [[spoiler: More importantly however, Tristan is unaware that there was a complication during EB's bonding]]. At the start of the story, "Spirit Guides" (Actually [[NoFourthWall the readers, who give the protagonist suggestions on what to do]]) were bonded to the protagonist, [[spoiler: occupying the place where EB was supposed to go, meaning that EB is actually bound to ''the readers'', instead of the protagonist. Since we can sever our connection with the protagonist at any time, the readers are essentially provided with a big red button labeled "Screw Tristan's plans six ways to Sunday." And Tristan certainly couldn't have predicted the readers using this information to prove to the original OB that Tristan's plan couldn't work, and that this would cause OB to take advantage of Tristan's unstable mental state when he tried to go OneWingedAngel to leave his body]].

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* A chain of these in ''Alanna''. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Tristan]] has forcibly bonded OB, the god of lightning and dissection, to himself, and EB, the god of Frost and Destruction, to the protagonist]]. protagonist.]] All he needs to do is capture the protagonist, and he pretty much wins. He knows that the protagonist has a lightning sprite that can absorb his electrical attacks to become stronger, but considers it to be a non-factor because sprites are easily banished. He also knows that [[spoiler: EB's creations will obey her, but isn't worried because he has a small army of Amalgams, and also knows that OB's creations can only function under OB's orders]]. However, he was completely unaware of several important facts: firstly, [[spoiler: OB's creations had a small degree of autonomy, and had built a clone of OB to guide them; Tristan didn't know about this because Fake!OB was non-functional, but the protagonist managed to get it operational. In return, Fake!OB sent OB's creations against Tristan for the final battle, and also gave the protagonist's lightning sprite a warding that made it impossible for Tristan to banish. lastly, it gave her a means to communicate with the imprisoned Real!OB]]. Tristan's [[OhCrap reaction]] to this is absolutely [[CrowningMomentOfFunny priceless]]. [[spoiler: More importantly however, Tristan is unaware that there was a complication during EB's bonding]]. At the start of the story, "Spirit Guides" (Actually [[NoFourthWall the readers, who give the protagonist suggestions on what to do]]) were bonded to the protagonist, [[spoiler: occupying the place where EB was supposed to go, meaning that EB is actually bound to ''the readers'', instead of the protagonist. Since we can sever our connection with the protagonist at any time, the readers are essentially provided with a big red button labeled "Screw Tristan's plans six ways to Sunday." And Tristan certainly couldn't have predicted the readers using this information to prove to the original OB that Tristan's plan couldn't work, and that this would cause OB to take advantage of Tristan's unstable mental state when he tried to go OneWingedAngel to leave his body]].



*** Lord English is desperately searching through Paradox Space and smashing the hell out of it in order to try and find [[spoiler:the ghost of his sister, Calliope, and kill her.]] Unfortunately for him, he's too distracted by this and the massive force assembled to try and take him down to be aware of the [[spoiler:''other'' version of his sister who killed her version of Caliborn, and performs a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the Green Sun, shutting down English's main source of power.]]

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*** Lord English is desperately searching through Paradox Space and smashing the hell out of it in order to try and find [[spoiler:the ghost of his sister, Calliope, and kill her.]] Unfortunately for him, he's too distracted by this and the massive force assembled to try and take him down to be aware of the [[spoiler:''other'' version of his sister who killed her version of Caliborn, and performs a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the Green Sun, shutting down English's main source of power.]]power]].



* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s reaction in his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' video detailing ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' to [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode Kendrix Morgan's death]].]]
* In the ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'' season 3 finale "SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]]", Wiz and Boomstick are absolutely flabbergasted when [[spoiler:the two call off their fight, become best friends, hop through other videos and land in the real world where Deadpool admonishes Wiz and Boomstick's actors for making him fight on his birthday before Pinkie brings him back to Equestria to celebrate said birthday. The two are forced to admit that the real losers this time is ''them''.]]

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* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s reaction in his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' video detailing ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' to [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode Kendrix Morgan's death]].]]
death]]]].
* In the ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'' season 3 finale "SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]]", Wiz and Boomstick are absolutely flabbergasted when [[spoiler:the two call off their fight, become best friends, hop through other videos and land in the real world where Deadpool admonishes Wiz and Boomstick's actors for making him fight on his birthday before Pinkie brings him back to Equestria to celebrate said birthday. The two are forced to admit that the real losers this time is ''them''.]]''them'']].



** [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] has a habit of landing in the middle of #3. Because she has no information on her enemy (and very few means of getting it), every episode or two, her enemies pull out something she didn't know about and proceed to hit her with TheWorfEffect. The most brutal example was [[spoiler: when Tarrlok turned out to be not only a bloodbender, but [[WrongContextMagic able to bloodbend under any moon phase]], something established to be impossible in the original series.]]

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** [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] has a habit of landing in the middle of #3. Because she has no information on her enemy (and very few means of getting it), every episode or two, her enemies pull out something she didn't know about and proceed to hit her with TheWorfEffect. The most brutal example was [[spoiler: when Tarrlok turned out to be not only a bloodbender, but [[WrongContextMagic able to bloodbend under any moon phase]], something established to be impossible in the original series.]]series]].



** The two things that Discord hadn't planned for were [[spoiler:Celestia breaking Twilight out of her HeroicBSOD by sending her the letters her student had sent her the entire previous season and Twilight somehow reuniting her friends and breaking them out of Discord's MindRape so they could use the Elements Of Harmony to defeat him.]] The former is likely an Unknown Unknown he couldn't have expected and the latter is a Known Unknown: he knew about who was involved but hadn't foreseen how they could do anything to stop him at that point.
** After [[spoiler: Chrysalis's true form was revealed in front of Celestia and her plans explained, it was obvious that Celestia wasn't going to stay still about it. What wasn't obvious was that the queen of the Changelings had already gathered enough strength to beat the Princess. Not even Chrysalis expected that!]]

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** The two things that Discord hadn't planned for were [[spoiler:Celestia breaking Twilight out of her HeroicBSOD by sending her the letters her student had sent her the entire previous season and Twilight somehow reuniting her friends and breaking them out of Discord's MindRape so they could use the Elements Of Harmony to defeat him.]] him]]. The former is likely an Unknown Unknown he couldn't have expected and the latter is a Known Unknown: he knew about who was involved but hadn't foreseen how they could do anything to stop him at that point.
** After [[spoiler: Chrysalis's true form was revealed in front of Celestia and her plans explained, it was obvious that Celestia wasn't going to stay still about it. What wasn't obvious was that the queen of the Changelings had already gathered enough strength to beat the Princess. Not even Chrysalis expected that!]]that]]!



* In the final story arc of ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Space]]'', both the [[BigBad Humanoids]] and the combined fleet of the [[TheFederation Confederation of Omega]] were completely caught by surprise when [[spoiler:ThePrecursors decided to show up and made a star go nova right as the Humanoid armada passed by]]. Goes close to AssPull, except [[spoiler:one of the Precursors appeared saltuarily during the series to comfort Psi when she was in trouble, and the ship that shows in the final episode had already appeared in the first one and showed their technological superiority]].

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* In the final story arc of ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Space]]'', both the [[BigBad Humanoids]] and the combined fleet of the [[TheFederation Confederation of Omega]] were completely caught by surprise when [[spoiler:ThePrecursors [[spoiler:The Precursors decided to show up and made a star go nova right as the Humanoid armada passed by]]. Goes close to AssPull, except [[spoiler:one of the Precursors appeared saltuarily during the series to comfort Psi when she was in trouble, and the ship that shows in the final episode had already appeared in the first one and showed their technological superiority]].



** This goes all the way back to the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. The CIA expected that the Soviets would withdraw all their forces to Kabul and keep it secure while letting their local proxies hold the country. Instead they withdrew from the entire country. The U.S.'s lack of a plan for a post-Soviet Afghanistan has been faulted for the chaos there that was eventually resolved with the the rise of the Taliban and its willingness to shelter Al-Qaeda.

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** This goes all the way back to the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. The CIA expected that the Soviets would withdraw all their forces to Kabul and keep it secure while letting their local proxies hold the country. Instead they withdrew from the entire country. The U.S.'s lack of a plan for a post-Soviet Afghanistan has been faulted for the chaos there that was eventually resolved with the the rise of the Taliban and its willingness to shelter Al-Qaeda.



* Two {{Subversion}}s happened in Italy in 1970 with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golpe_Borghese Golpe Borghese]]. The Golpe's main armed component came from the ''Corpo Forestale dello Stato'' (the '''''park rangers'''''. To be fair, they have light infantry firepower) because nobody would expect it... Except the government not only knew of the attempted coup, they knew ''exactly'' who was trying it, and the army was fully mobilized and waiting for them. Also, the government expected the conspirators wouldn't see the government suppressing the coup and using it as excuse to declare martial laws, but their leader Junio Borghese found out and aborted the coup just in time.

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* Two {{Subversion}}s {{subver|tedTrope}}sions happened in Italy in 1970 with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golpe_Borghese Golpe Borghese]]. The Golpe's main armed component came from the ''Corpo Forestale dello Stato'' (the '''''park rangers'''''. To be fair, they have light infantry firepower) because nobody would expect it... Except the government not only knew of the attempted coup, they knew ''exactly'' who was trying it, and the army was fully mobilized and waiting for them. Also, the government expected the conspirators wouldn't see the government suppressing the coup and using it as excuse to declare martial laws, but their leader Junio Borghese found out and aborted the coup just in time.



* Creator/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson (ironically, also the only black candidate in that field and a non-politician), who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits[[/labelnote]], but instead [[MemeticMutation the Donald]] turned into something of an OutsideContextProblem for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positions (defusing many attempts to characterize him as a "flip-flopper" with his perceived honesty), and [[AtLeastIAdmitIt owned his elitism instead of hiding it.]] Nor could donors be counted on to rein him in since he was rich enough to fund his campaign himself (and other donors were afraid of the pushback they might get from him and his supporters for opposing him so blatantly). And without a political past, opponents had trouble finding attacks that would stick.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson (ironically, also the only black candidate in that field and a non-politician), who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits[[/labelnote]], but instead [[MemeticMutation the Donald]] turned into something of an OutsideContextProblem for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positions (defusing many attempts to characterize him as a "flip-flopper" with his perceived honesty), and [[AtLeastIAdmitIt owned his elitism instead of hiding it.]] Nor could donors be counted on to rein him in since he was rich enough to fund his campaign himself (and other donors were afraid of the pushback they might get from him and his supporters for opposing him so blatantly). And without a political past, opponents had trouble finding attacks that would stick.
12th Aug '17 4:20:33 PM Linda58
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' where The Sniper threatens to kill Stu if he reveals who he is talking to. Upon hearing he's talking to his psychiatrist he bursts out laughing, seeing the move as inspired and preventing the police from listening in.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' where The Sniper threatens to kill Stu if he reveals who he is talking to. Upon hearing When Stu claims he's talking to his psychiatrist he The Sniper bursts out laughing, seeing the move as inspired and preventing the police from listening in.
20th Jul '17 10:08:25 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-27400/DianeCastle+Xander+and+Yet+ANOTHER+Demon.htm Xander and Yet ANOTHER Demon]]'', [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate Command]] has numerous cover stories for various scenarios, such as playing Anise off as a psych patient off her medication. What they never expected was that someone like [[SpannerInTheWorks Xander]] would pick apart each cover story as he hears it. Anise is a psych patient? Nope, too lucid and her eyes flash white when she changes between Anise and Freya. Teal'c is from Mozambique? Sorry, Xander's been there and knows Teal'c neither looks or speaks like anyone from that country.
** The biggest example however is that the New Watcher's Council never expected that aliens existed nor did [=SGC=] realize that demons and vampires were real, leading to much initial confusion on both sides.
23rd Jun '17 12:24:46 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' there are two instances of this; the first is that the BigBad was expecting some kind of superweapon [[spoiler: not a SealedEvilInACan.]] The second ''is actually a good thing for the heroes'' [[spoiler: Rita, and no one else, expected them using an apatheia to create an aer controller to aid Estelle would create [[NatureSpirit Undine]]!]]
3rd Jun '17 10:33:53 PM Sharlee
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* Pretty much any non-native darklord in the {{Ravenloft}} setting, upon committing some horrible deed that crossed the MoralEventHorizon in pursuit of their own evil goals or passions, Didn't See It Coming that the Mists would abduct them and trap them in an EpiphanicPrison for their troubles.

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* Pretty much any non-native darklord in the {{Ravenloft}} setting, upon committing some horrible deed that crossed the MoralEventHorizon in pursuit of their own evil goals or passions, Didn't See It Coming that the Mists would abduct them and trap them in an EpiphanicPrison for their troubles.troubles. For darklords from other game-worlds, this possible outcome would rate as an Unknown Unknown, as few outlanders know much about Ravenloft; for the few native villains who ''do'', it's still this trope, but an Unknown Known (because they wouldn't have expected it to happen to ''them'').
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* Pretty much any non-native darklord in the {{Ravenloft}} setting, upon committing some horrible deed that crossed the MoralEventHorizon in pursuit of their own evil goals or passions, Didn't See It Coming that the Mists would abduct them and trap them in an EpiphanicPrison for their troubles.
27th May '17 12:08:04 PM lillolillo
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Unknown Unknowns example: [Rider was thinking he could defeat Gilgamesh with his [[BadassArmy Ionian Hetairoi]] if he was only faced with [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]]. He did [[OhCrap NOT]] expect [[spoiler:to be faced with [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ea]], Gilgamesh´s own sword capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]] and his entire army with it in a single swing.]]

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Unknown Unknowns example: [Rider Rider was thinking he could defeat Gilgamesh with his [[BadassArmy Ionian Hetairoi]] if he was only faced with [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]]. He did [[OhCrap NOT]] expect [[spoiler:to be faced with [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ea]], Gilgamesh´s own sword capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]] and his entire army with it in a single swing.]]


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* ''Manga/CityHunter'':
** In his first named appearance Ryo couldn't possibly have seen coming that an actress would be able to hire Umibozu to kill herself;
** Umibozu's second appearance had him hire Ryo to impersonate him with a girl (Ryo didn't know that Umibozu was a friend of her late father and had paid her music education. Once that was known, it was clear why);
** Who would expect Umibozu to tell Miki she had to kill City Hunter if she wanted to marry him? Also, Ryo and Kaori made a false assumption on the reason, and thought he didn't want to marry Miki because she was Terminator in a drag (Hilarity Ensued when they saw her);
** The two assistants of a Corrupt Corporate Executive tried to hire Umibozu to kill City Hunter and his charges (one of which being a girl 11 years old), not knowing that not only Umibozu and Ryo were allies (sort of) and he doesn't kill children, but had even convinced Ryo to take that job. Ryo was left speechless when Umibozu delivered him the two guys, who were Lampshade Hanging the whole situation.
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