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12th Jun '18 7:24:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', Precia's carefully laid plans repeatedly get hit with unexpected elements that screw up her strategy, but she manages to [[XanatosSpeedChess adjust accordingly]]. [[spoiler:Only it turns out that one of the aforementioned [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] actually opened up the possibility of pursuing a ''better'' plan, making it an inversion.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', ''Fanfic/{{Game Theory|LyricalNanoha}}'', Precia's carefully laid plans repeatedly get hit with unexpected elements that screw up her strategy, but she manages to [[XanatosSpeedChess adjust accordingly]]. [[spoiler:Only it turns out that one of the aforementioned [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] actually opened up the possibility of pursuing a ''better'' plan, making it an inversion.]]
4th Jun '18 11:32:23 AM TheSinful
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* Besides the usual PeggySue results of upsetting an entire war in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12511998/1/Wind-Shear Wind Shear]]'', Harry Potter also causes a lot of confusion for Andromeda Black due to his actions changing her family's beliefs on blood purity. Since all three lords in the brewing war are halfbloods, they relax their stance on blood purity, especially after Voldemort attacks them once they've declared neutrality in the war. Later, Ted Tonks nearly dies saving Andromeda's and Bellatrix's lives, causing the family head to not only insist on paying his medical bills but also giving his blessing for Ted and Andromeda to marry (though insisting Ted takes her last name). Andromeda spends roughly half the story trying to figure out when her family changed their tune so drastically.
28th May '18 9:58:22 AM Gaby007
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* In ''Fanfic/WinterThornsOfHighgarden'', all of Westeros' nobility is left flabbergasted by [[NiceGuy Willas Tyrell]]'s sudden decision to abduct and marry the bastard Lyarra Snow.
7th Apr '18 12:42:49 PM gb00393
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** Despite being a chessmaster, Varys has dropped the ball many times. The High Priestess Kinvara eventually calls him out on this, mocking him for being a KnowNothingKnowItAll. His original plan with Illyrio was to bring Khal Drogo and his Dothraki across the Narrow Sea with Daenerys as his bride and Viserys as King, even arranging a botched assassination attempt to trigger Drogo. This backfired when Drogo died and then Dany hatched three dragons. Dany chews him out about this in Season 7, noting for all his "For the realm" talk, his plan was to replace a lazy but functional and basically competent king with someone who would have been another Aerys II, and that whatever his plans were, it certainly didn't include her. He was also caught off guard by Ned Stark's execution, the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings and Joffrey's assassination. Likewise, going on the lam with Tyrion was never a real part of his plan but he eventually adapts to his situation, anyways. Indeed, most of Varys' actions since the start of the series has been improvising and surviving, since his original plan, to bring Viserys over with the Dothraki hit a huge snag.



** Despite being a chessmaster, Varys has dropped the ball many times. The High Priestess Kinvara eventually calls him out on this, mocking him for being a KnowNothingKnowItAll. His original plan with Illyrio was to bring Khal Drogo and his Dothraki across the Narrow Sea with Daenerys as his bride and Viserys as King, even arranging a botched assassination attempt to trigger Drogo. This backfired when Drogo died and then Dany hatched three dragons. Dany chews him out about this in Season 7, noting for all his "For the realm" talk, his plan was to replace a lazy but functional and basically competent king with someone who would have been another Aerys II, and that whatever his plans were, it certainly didn't include her. He was also caught off guard by Ned Stark's execution, the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings and Joffrey's assassination. Likewise, going on the lam with Tyrion was never a real part of his plan but he eventually adapts to his situation, anyways. Indeed, most of Varys' actions since the start of the series has been improvising and surviving, since his original plan, to bring Viserys over with the Dothraki hit a huge snag.
7th Apr '18 12:42:15 PM gb00393
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** Despite being a chessmaster, Varys has dropped the ball many times. The High Priestess Kinvara eventually calls him out on this, mocking him for being a KnowNothingKnowItAll. His original plan with Illyrio was to bring Khal Drogo and his Dothraki across the Narrow Sea with Daenerys as his bride and Viserys as King, even arranging a botched assassination attempt to trigger Drogo. This backfired when Drogo died and then Dany hatched three dragons. Dany chews him out about this in Season 7, noting for all his "For the realm" talk, his plan was to replace a lazy but functional and basically competent king with someone who would have been another Aerys II, and that whatever his plans were, it certainly didn't include her. He was also caught off guard by Ned Stark's execution, the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings and Joffrey's assassination. Likewise, going on the lam with Tyrion was never a real part of his plan but he eventually adapts to his situation, anyways. Indeed, most of Varys' actions since the start of the series has been improvising and surviving, since his original plan, to bring Viserys over with the Dothraki hit a huge snag.
2nd Apr '18 11:11:34 AM KYCubbie
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** First was a snap election in the first place. UsefulNotes/TheresaMay had stated repeatedly she was not gong to call an early General Election so the fact she actually did caught a lot of people off guard. Reportedly, many members of the Cabinet did not learn about it until the meeting just before the announcement.
** The reason the election was called was because the Conservatives were so confident they could crush Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (who was polling lower than any past Labour leader at the time). The problem was they failed to realise Corbyn was a good campaigner (which is why he got the job in the first place) and the Tories primary support base is older voters. This, combined by a poor campaign by the Tories in general, allowed Corbyn to energise younger voters and win several seats leading the Tories to loose their majority in the House of Commons.

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** First was a snap election in the first place. UsefulNotes/TheresaMay had stated repeatedly she was not gong to call an early General Election general election so the fact she actually did caught a lot of people off guard. Reportedly, many members of the Cabinet did not learn about it until the meeting just before the announcement.
** The reason the election was called was because the Conservatives were so confident they could crush Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (who was polling lower than any past Labour leader at the time). The problem was they failed to realise Corbyn was a good campaigner (which is why he got the job in the first place) and the Tories Tories' primary support base is older voters. This, combined by a poor campaign by the Tories in general, allowed Corbyn to energise younger voters and win several seats leading the Tories to loose lose their majority in the House of Commons.
2nd Apr '18 11:08:47 AM KYCubbie
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** And when Japan had managed to accept that this was total war and had prepared for fighting to the bitter end against the Allies, the United States surprised them yet again by carrying a bit of research based on a theory by a German Jewish scientist to its conclusion, after Germany itself failed to do so. [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki The rest is history]].

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** And when Japan had managed to accept that this was total war and had prepared for fighting to the bitter end against the Allies, the United States surprised them yet again by carrying a bit of research based on a theory by [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein a German Jewish scientist scientist]] to its conclusion, after Germany itself failed to do so. [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki The rest is history]].



** It started when Russian intelligence utterly failed to predict the rise of sustained popular protests against the withdrawal from EU accession talks, protests that ultimately proved to be enough to drive Kremlin ally Yanukovych from power. So, in classic Russian fashion, they believed that other powers were involved in manipulating events within Ukraine.

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** It started when Russian intelligence utterly failed to predict the rise of sustained popular protests against the withdrawal from EU accession talks, protests that ultimately proved to be enough to drive Kremlin ally Viktor Yanukovych from power. So, in classic Russian fashion, they believed that other powers were involved in manipulating events within Ukraine.



** After roughly 6 months of bombing, [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/14/russia-exit-syria-vladimir-putin-military-tactical-move Russian forces announced a withdrawal]] from Syria. [[RunningGag Once again, nobody in the West saw this coming.]] But it was [[UpToEleven even bigger than that]]: even [[http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/03/16/russia-drops-the-mic-syria-pullout-comes-at-perfect-moment al-Assad and a lot of Russian defense officials were unaware of the announcement]] until quite literally hours before it happened.

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** After roughly 6 months of bombing, [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/14/russia-exit-syria-vladimir-putin-military-tactical-move Russian forces announced a withdrawal]] from Syria. [[RunningGag Once again, nobody in the West saw this coming.]] But it was [[UpToEleven even bigger than that]]: even [[http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/03/16/russia-drops-the-mic-syria-pullout-comes-at-perfect-moment al-Assad Assad and a lot of Russian defense officials were unaware of the announcement]] until quite literally hours before it happened.



** And then there was the Michigan primary. Polls had Hillary up by as much as 20 points, but ultimately Sanders won. [=FiveThirtyEight=] (a polling aggregation site run by Nate Silver that is usually pretty good in its predictions) spent most of the time after the polls closed trying to make sense of what had just happened.

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** And then there was the Michigan primary. Polls had Hillary up by as much as 20 points, but ultimately Bernie Sanders won. [=FiveThirtyEight=] (a polling aggregation site run by Nate Silver that is usually pretty good in its predictions) spent most of the time after the polls closed trying to make sense of what had just happened.



* The 2017 snap General Election in the UK caused several moments where no one saw it coming.
** First was a snap election in the first place. Teresa May had stated repeatedly she was not gong to call an early General Election so the fact she actually did caught a lot of people off guard. Reportedly, many members of the Cabinet did not learn about it until the meeting just before the announcement.
** The reason the election was called was because the Conservatives were so confident they could crush Labour under Jeremy Corbin (who was polling lower than any past Labour leader at the time). The problem was they failed to realise Corbin was a good campaigner (which is why he got the job in the first place) and the Tories primary support base is older voters. This, combined by a poor campaign by the Tories in general, allowed Corbin to energise younger voters and win several seats leading the Tories to loose their majority in the House of Commons.
** The Scottish National Party (SNP) also got blind sighted. While they could tell they might loose some seats, they believed their calls for a second referendum on Scottish Independence would energise their supporters enough to win most of the Scottish seats they won in 2015 (56 seats, all but three in Scotland). Instead, it caused a backlash against the SNP by the anti independence voters (and a few independence supporters who thought it was too soon for a second referendum on the issue), combined by increased support for the Tories in Scotland, which they should have seen coming but dismissed thanks to the perceived notion Scots don't vote for Tories, leading to the loss of a third of their seats. On top of that is loosing two of their biggest hitters, the former leader Alex Salmond and the leader at Westminster Angus Robertson.

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* The 2017 snap General Election general election in the UK caused several moments where no one saw it coming.
** First was a snap election in the first place. Teresa May UsefulNotes/TheresaMay had stated repeatedly she was not gong to call an early General Election so the fact she actually did caught a lot of people off guard. Reportedly, many members of the Cabinet did not learn about it until the meeting just before the announcement.
** The reason the election was called was because the Conservatives were so confident they could crush Labour under Jeremy Corbin Corbyn (who was polling lower than any past Labour leader at the time). The problem was they failed to realise Corbin Corbyn was a good campaigner (which is why he got the job in the first place) and the Tories primary support base is older voters. This, combined by a poor campaign by the Tories in general, allowed Corbin Corbyn to energise younger voters and win several seats leading the Tories to loose their majority in the House of Commons.
** The Scottish National Party (SNP) also got blind sighted. blindsided. While they could tell they might loose lose some seats, they believed their calls for a second referendum on Scottish Independence independence would energise their supporters enough to win most of the Scottish seats they won in 2015 (56 seats, all but three in Scotland). Instead, it caused a backlash against the SNP by the anti independence anti-independence voters (and a few independence supporters who thought it was too soon for a second referendum on the issue), combined by increased support for the Tories in Scotland, which they should have seen coming but dismissed thanks to the perceived notion Scots don't vote for Tories, leading to the loss of a third of their seats. On top of that is loosing was losing two of their biggest hitters, the former leader Alex Salmond and the leader at Westminster Angus Robertson.
21st Mar '18 10:19:42 AM MikeW
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-->'''Milo''': That's...isn't supposed...to happen...

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-->'''Milo''': That's...That...isn't supposed...to happen...
21st Mar '18 10:16:58 AM MikeW
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* In the third season of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Olivia is trapped in the mirror universe and conditioned to think she's her doppelganger from this world. She hunts Milo, a man who, thanks to various experimentations, is able to see the hundreds of outcomes of any action, allowing him to kill people via wild "accidents." When Olivia gives chase, Milo leads her into an alley and pauses as he's "seen" that because the air in this area is bad, Olivia will pause to grab a respirator and that will cause her to be crushed by a load of bricks. But because Olivia isn't actually from this world, she doesn't know what the warning sign means and instead avoids the bricks to charge Milo. Milo is literally frozen in shock as, for the first time ever, something has happened that he never saw coming.
-->'''Milo''': That's...isn't supposed...to happen...
21st Mar '18 10:03:11 AM StarTropes
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the Klingon High Council [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit blames Worf's deceased father, Mogh, for betraying the Khitomer colony to the Romulans]] to cover up the fact that the real traitor was Ja'rod, father of Councilor Duras. It seems guaranteed to work -- Mogh is dead, so he can't defend himself; his (unnamed) mate is dead, so she can't defend him; and their son is on the ''Enterprise'' flying around Kirk-knows-where, so he won't hear of it. Unfortunately for them, several factors end up ruining it all, starting with the fact that Mogh has a second son who was raised by a family friend. When he hears of the conspiracy, he alerts Worf, who tells Picard, who brings the ''Enterprise'' to Qo'noS to deal with things. They then discover another survivor of the Khitomer massacre: Kahlest, Worf's nurse, whose mere presence shakes the truth loose.
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