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24th Jun '16 8:08:41 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Unknown Unknowns example: [[{{Badass}} Rider]] was thinking he could defeat [[PhysicalGod 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: [[{{Badass}} Rider]] [Rider was thinking he could defeat [[PhysicalGod Gilgamesh]] 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.]]



* 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!
** Of course, Quattro ''did'' see it coming in the end. She was just too late to do anything about it.

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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.]] 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!
** Of course,
OhCrap! The thing is Quattro ''did'' see it coming in the end. She was just too late to do anything about it.it other than look in horror.



** After ''finally'' boarding the frigate and getting nearly killed in the fight (as by the time he succeeded the frigate had killed most of the pirates, who were in fact trying to run away when the frigate noticed them), Sandokan was saved and healed by British nobleman and former naval officer lord Guillonk, who had absolutely no idea the most dreaded pirate of the Indian Ocean would be healed in his own house. Or that he and his beloved niece Marianna would fall in love (not that Sandokan and Marianna themselves had seen it coming). Nor Sandokan expected to have his identity revealed when ''the captain of the frigate went at lord Guillonk's home for dinner'' (the captain took a while because he too could not believe it was Sandokan until after [[{{Badass}} he killed a tiger in a knife fight]]);

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** After ''finally'' boarding the frigate and getting nearly killed in the fight (as by the time he succeeded the frigate had killed most of the pirates, who were in fact trying to run away when the frigate noticed them), Sandokan was saved and healed by British nobleman and former naval officer lord Guillonk, who had absolutely no idea the most dreaded pirate of the Indian Ocean would be healed in his own house. Or that he and his beloved niece Marianna would fall in love (not that Sandokan and Marianna themselves had seen it coming). Nor Sandokan expected to have his identity revealed when ''the captain of the frigate went at lord Guillonk's home for dinner'' (the captain took a while because he too could not believe it was Sandokan until after [[{{Badass}} he killed a tiger in a knife fight]]);fight];
24th Jun '16 8:04:40 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** Super Buu coming back from ''vapors'' shocked Piccolo and Gotenks after they tried to make sure he was dead by burning his remains.
** Piccolo gets another surprise when Super Buu escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber by screaming.

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** Super Buu coming back from ''vapors'' shocked Piccolo and Gotenks after they tried [[MakeSureHesDead to make sure he was dead by burning his remains.
remains.]]
** Piccolo gets another surprise when Super Buu escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber by screaming. [[BeyondTheImpossible Like the regenerating from vapors thing, he thought this was impossible.]]
15th Jun '16 6:27:44 PM Doug86
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** Italians kept doing this long after WorldWarII. Italian Navy's special ops were responsible for wrecking two British battleships, the HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1941, in the middle of Alexandria harbor and seriously weakening the strength of the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean for more than a year. So common were such activities that, when the Soviet warship Novorossyisk (formerly Italian battleship ''Giulio Cesare'', taken over by the Russians after WorldWarII) blew up at Sevastopol in 1956, Russians suspected that the Italians might have pulled it off as a sort of revenge, although no firm evidence of this ever emerged.

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** Italians kept doing this long after WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Italian Navy's special ops were responsible for wrecking two British battleships, the HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1941, in the middle of Alexandria harbor and seriously weakening the strength of the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean for more than a year. So common were such activities that, when the Soviet warship Novorossyisk (formerly Italian battleship ''Giulio Cesare'', taken over by the Russians after WorldWarII) UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) blew up at Sevastopol in 1956, Russians suspected that the Italians might have pulled it off as a sort of revenge, although no firm evidence of this ever emerged.
3rd Jun '16 8:24:33 AM Kazmahu
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** The PlayerCharacter is this for the entire game world. In this setting, every living thing has a destiny that is consider [[YouCantFightFate inevitable]]. The [[MeaningfulName Fateless One]] ''doesn't'', and merely showing up at an event can throw a major spanner in the works.
2nd Jun '16 5:38:11 PM PaulA
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* If you watch the video of the Army-[=McCarthy=] hearings, it is obvious that "Tailgunner Joe" is completely blindsided by Joseph N. Welch's "have you no sense of decency" speech. He can barely speak for a few moments.
** Which is all the more amazing because he ''should'' have seen it coming. According to Roy Cohn, before the hearings began, there was an informal agreement between both sides ''not'' to bring up certain things, one of which was Fisher's political past. If you watch ''Film/PointOfOrder'' again, you can see Cohn facepalming as McCarthy does so, knowing that his boss has just shot himself in the foot politically. ''He'' was utterly unsurprised at how Welch milked the moment.

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* If you watch the video of the Army-[=McCarthy=] hearings, it is obvious that "Tailgunner Joe" UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy is completely blindsided by Joseph N. Welch's "have you no sense of decency" speech. He can barely speak for a few moments.
** Which is all the more amazing because he ''should'' have seen it coming. According to Roy Cohn, before the hearings began, there was an informal agreement between both sides ''not'' to bring up certain things, one of which was Fisher's political past. If you watch ''Film/PointOfOrder'' again, you can see Cohn facepalming as McCarthy [=McCarthy=] does so, knowing that his boss has just shot himself in the foot politically. ''He'' was utterly unsurprised at how Welch milked the moment.
2nd Jun '16 9:13:42 AM aran
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*** It puts Law's alliance with Luffy on a whole other level, as they are no longer just two of the Worst Generation allying; to date there's never been evidence or implications of two Ds working together, and the impact their actions will bring is currently unimaginable. If the Straw Hats alone declared war on the World government, exactly how much notoriety will they gain ''again'' with the Heart Pirates at their side?

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*** It puts Law's alliance with Luffy on a whole other level, as they are no longer just two of the Worst Generation allying; to teaming up; [[spoiler:to date there's never been evidence or implications of two Ds working together, together]], and the impact their actions will bring is currently unimaginable. If the Straw Hats alone declared war on the World government, exactly how much notoriety will they gain yet ''again'' with the Heart Pirates at their side?
2nd Jun '16 9:10:49 AM aran
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*** It puts his alliance with Luffy on a whole other level; to date there's never been evidence or implications of two Ds working together, and the type of change their actions will bring is currently unimaginable.

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*** It puts his Law's alliance with Luffy on a whole other level; level, as they are no longer just two of the Worst Generation allying; to date there's never been evidence or implications of two Ds working together, and the type of change impact their actions will bring is currently unimaginable. If the Straw Hats alone declared war on the World government, exactly how much notoriety will they gain ''again'' with the Heart Pirates at their side?
2nd Jun '16 9:05:16 AM aran
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** The reveal of [[spoiler:Law's full name: Trafalgar D. Water Law]]. Seems minor, but considering [[spoiler:carriers of the Will of D. are notorious as bearers of calamity, their every move impactful on a ''global scale'', and the natural-born enemies of the ruling World Goverment (composed of well over 170 countries and kingdoms)]], it's shocking that in the ''years'' since his introduction, [[spoiler:Law has been living under the radar with the D. initial to his name and ''we had absolutely '''no clue''' ''. He's certainly living up to his [[SecretLegacy name]], as his 13-year grudge against Doflamingo (who is a former World Noble) ultimately triggers a '''civil war''' that demolishes an entire black market trade and shifts the tides of multiple ongoing wars throughout the world.]] Impactful indeed.

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** The reveal of [[spoiler:Law's full name: Trafalgar D. Water Law]]. Seems minor, but considering [[spoiler:carriers of the Will of D. are notorious as bearers of calamity, their every move impactful on a ''global scale'', and the natural-born enemies of the ruling World Goverment (composed of well over 170 countries and kingdoms)]], Celestial Dragons]], it's shocking that in the ''years'' since his introduction, [[spoiler:Law has been living under the radar with the D. initial to his name and ''we had absolutely '''no clue''' ''. He's certainly living up to his [[SecretLegacy name]], as his 13-year grudge against Doflamingo (who is a former World Noble) ultimately triggers a '''civil war''' that demolishes an entire black market trade empire and shifts the tides of multiple ongoing wars throughout the world.]] world. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE REBELS]]. Impactful indeed.indeed.
*** It puts his alliance with Luffy on a whole other level; to date there's never been evidence or implications of two Ds working together, and the type of change their actions will bring is currently unimaginable.
31st May '16 8:08:10 PM Rodrigokun
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* Running into one of these is how [[spoiler:Light]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' finally lost. Shidou was a greater SpannerInTheWorks than anyone else, and there was no way Light could have foresaw the damage he did.

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* Running into one of these is how [[spoiler:Light]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' finally lost. Shidou was a greater SpannerInTheWorks than anyone else, and there was no way Light could have foresaw foreseen the damage he did.
26th May '16 8:10:13 PM onyhow
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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] subverts the trope by accounting for '''Didn't See That Coming'''. Instead of planning, he waits until the unexpected (or the expected--he has a very firm grasp of human nature) happens, then drives the situation to his advantage from there. Even when it seems like he's miscalculated, people prove every bit as stupid or clever, dogged or unmotivated, loyal or treacherous as he expects. He is a master at XanatosSpeedChess. This doesn't mean that he has never been caught off-guard, however. For example, seeing his double in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' caught him off-guard just long enough for his attackers to overcome and subdue him.

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] subverts the trope by accounting for '''Didn't See That Coming'''. Instead of planning, he waits until the unexpected (or the expected--he has a very firm grasp of human nature) happens, then drives the situation to his advantage from there. Even when it seems like he's miscalculated, people prove every bit as stupid or clever, dogged or unmotivated, loyal or treacherous as he expects. He is a master at XanatosSpeedChess. This doesn't mean that he has never been caught off-guard, however. For example, seeing his double in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' caught him off-guard just long enough for his attackers to overcome and subdue him.
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