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29th Jan '17 1:30:11 PM BigJaredMonkey
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Often overlaps with FlockOfWolves, and can often be the result of a BigBadShuffle. XanatosSpeedChess is a defining trait. A PsychologicalThriller is more likely to have one of these. Expect lots of IKnowYouKnowIKnow. Expect a lot of people to be OutGambitted, a lot of {{Unwitting Pawn}}s, a lot of saying "JustAsPlanned!", and ''maybe'' someone to have the LastPlanStanding. Compare GambitRoulette, where one person has an improbable plan that would only make sense if he/she is near omniscient. Also compare MultilayerFacade. Done well, it strongly affirms [[TheHeavy The Villain Makes The Plot]]. Particularly convoluted and fantastical versions of this trope can dip straight into MindScrew.

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Often overlaps with FlockOfWolves, and can often be the result of a BigBadShuffle.TheBigBadShuffle. XanatosSpeedChess is a defining trait. A PsychologicalThriller is more likely to have one of these. Expect lots of IKnowYouKnowIKnow. Expect a lot of people to be OutGambitted, a lot of {{Unwitting Pawn}}s, a lot of saying "JustAsPlanned!", and ''maybe'' someone to have the LastPlanStanding. Compare GambitRoulette, where one person has an improbable plan that would only make sense if he/she is near omniscient. Also compare MultilayerFacade. Done well, it strongly affirms [[TheHeavy The Villain Makes The Plot]]. Particularly convoluted and fantastical versions of this trope can dip straight into MindScrew.
29th Jan '17 1:29:49 PM BigJaredMonkey
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Often overlaps with FlockOfWolves. XanatosSpeedChess is a defining trait. A PsychologicalThriller is more likely to have one of these. Expect lots of IKnowYouKnowIKnow. Expect a lot of people to be OutGambitted, a lot of {{Unwitting Pawn}}s, a lot of saying "JustAsPlanned!", and ''maybe'' someone to have the LastPlanStanding. Compare GambitRoulette, where one person has an improbable plan that would only make sense if he/she is near omniscient. Also compare MultilayerFacade. Done well, it strongly affirms [[TheHeavy The Villain Makes The Plot]]. Particularly convoluted and fantastical versions of this trope can dip straight into MindScrew.

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Often overlaps with FlockOfWolves.FlockOfWolves, and can often be the result of a BigBadShuffle. XanatosSpeedChess is a defining trait. A PsychologicalThriller is more likely to have one of these. Expect lots of IKnowYouKnowIKnow. Expect a lot of people to be OutGambitted, a lot of {{Unwitting Pawn}}s, a lot of saying "JustAsPlanned!", and ''maybe'' someone to have the LastPlanStanding. Compare GambitRoulette, where one person has an improbable plan that would only make sense if he/she is near omniscient. Also compare MultilayerFacade. Done well, it strongly affirms [[TheHeavy The Villain Makes The Plot]]. Particularly convoluted and fantastical versions of this trope can dip straight into MindScrew.
22nd Jan '17 12:30:26 PM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/SonOfTheSevenKingdoms'' is a crossover with ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', so of course there's plenty of this:
** First, and most obvious, there's the civil war.
** Then, the Tyrells' attempts to become TheManBehindTheMan via Margaery.
** Dorne is now trying to get as much as they can from whoever they ally with - notwithstanding the possibility that they may still be banking on the Targaryens.
** North of the Wall, there's an alliance between the White Walkers [[spoiler:led by Alduin, the Devourer of Worlds]] and the Volkihar vampire clan - which is obviously going to break as soon as either of them finds it convenient - against the combined forces of the Night's Watch and the Dawnguard, plus the Wildlings' desperate attempts to save themselves.
** In Essos, Daenerys' attempts to reach Westeros lead to her finding much about herself, and potentially find herself in conflict with an unknown person that can use the Thu'um that lives in Volantis.
** There's also the Mythic Dawn cult, which seeks to bring Mehrunes Dagon into the mortal realm.
** And finally, it is slowly becoming obvious that the gods are trying to aid mortals as best as they can, as exemplified by [[spoiler:Talos himself giving William the words to the Unrelenting Force shout]] and [[spoiler:Valeria Targaryen, the Messenger of Akatosh, helping Daenerys several times]].
19th Jan '17 9:03:25 PM Argon2
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* ''Manga/AnoKoNiKissToShirayuriWo'' has a [[DayInTheLimelight rotating]] list of protagonists, four of which intersect with each otherísí subplots during the [[SeriousBusiness Gardening Club]] arc. Roughly: Yukina is trying to keep the Club alive, so she grabs Yurine at random and begs her to join. Yurine isnít too interested in the idea at first, but agrees because it will help her court Ayaka. Ayaka knows Yurine is trying to do this and isnít too impressed. Meanwhile, the Tennis Club is trying to get the Gardening Club shut down, and unbeknownst to them so is Towako, but for different reasons. It takes a full volume of material just to resolve all these plots.

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* ''Manga/AnoKoNiKissToShirayuriWo'' has a [[DayInTheLimelight rotating]] list of protagonists, four of which intersect with each otherísí subplots during the [[SeriousBusiness Gardening Club]] arc. Roughly: Yukina is trying to keep the Club alive, so she grabs Yurine at random and begs her to join. Yurine isnít too interested in the idea at first, but agrees because it will help her court Ayaka. Ayaka knows Yurine is trying to do this and isnít too impressed. Meanwhile, the Tennis Club is trying to get the Gardening Club shut down, and unbeknownst to them so is Towako, but for different reasons. It takes a full volume of material just to resolve all these plots.
16th Jan '17 2:42:08 PM Argon2
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* ''Manga/AnoKoNiKissToShirayuriWo'' has a [[DayInTheLimelight rotating]] list of protagonists, four of which intersect with each otherísí subplots during the [[SeriousBusiness Gardening Club]] arc. Roughly: Yukina is trying to keep the Club alive, so she grabs Yurine at random and begs her to join. Yurine isnít too interested in the idea at first, but agrees because it will help her court Ayaka. Ayaka knows Yurine is trying to do this and isnít too impressed. Meanwhile, the Tennis Club is trying to get the Gardening Club shut down, and unbeknownst to them so is Towako, but for different reasons. It takes a full volume of material just to resolve all these plots.
15th Jan '17 7:33:35 PM detghost
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* [[http://cracked.com/video_18425_the-biggest-problem-with-high-school-according-to-movies.html Cracked has a skit]] that parodies movies centering around high school gambits. During a class, two students suddenly arrest a girl and a guy in a jersey who were passing money, and reveal themselves to be [[Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet undercover cops]]. The girl reveals she's [[Movie/NeverBeenKissed a reporter pretending to be a student]] who was getting help from the jock for her story about steroid use. The jock reveals he's actually a college football player posing as a student to play one more year of football. He apologizes to another jock who then says ''he'' was only in the class so he could pass and join the family business. The teacher asks if anyone there is really a student. [[Movie/ShesTheMan A boy takes off his wig to reveal he's a girl]] just trying to get close to the boy she likes, another guy says he's an undercover black man posing as a white man posing as a black man... and he's lost track. There's also a girl who [[Movie/FreakyFriday switched bodies with her daughter]], a boy in a fat suit, and a girl who's just a highly intelligent dog. And one naked guy who thinks he's just having a nightmare.
31st Dec '16 11:30:45 PM Idek618
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* ''Creator/FilmCow'' made a skit involving a depressed whale and a goldfish. [[PlotTwist Then the whale turns out to be robber. Then the goldfish turns out to be an undercover cop gone corrupt. Then the whale turns out to be an Internal Affairs Officer.]] [[UpToEleven Then the fish turns out to be a cook at Steak 'n Shake]].

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* ''Creator/FilmCow'' made a skit involving a depressed whale and a goldfish. [[PlotTwist Then the whale turns out to be a robber. Then the goldfish turns out to be an undercover cop gone corrupt. Then the whale turns out to be an Internal Affairs Officer.]] [[UpToEleven Then the fish turns out to be a cook at Steak 'n Shake]].
27th Dec '16 2:30:34 PM Schol-R-LEA
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27th Dec '16 1:54:05 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Silver Ghost seems to attract this sort of thing, especially if Madcap (an attention-starved teen 'supervillain'/'superhero' of unknown powers who thinks she is Silver Ghost's nemesis - or best friend, depending on what she thinks she is that day). Specifically, in the second part of "Silver Ghost, Golden Angel", SPECTRUM try to deliberately ''cause'' one in order to smoke out Madcap/Golden Angel as well as two different Criminal Mastermind type supervillains. They need to draw "Golden Angel" (Madcap's 'superhero' persona) out in order to arrest her, so they arrange a press conference for Silver Ghost and SPECTRUM; but since both of the supervillains are trying to grab Madcap for their own reasons, they need to make sure that the two villains trip each other up long enough for the trap to be sprung. Throw in a bunch of political maneuvering by both pro- and anti-mutant groups, and anyone else who sees a profit for their own causes in showing up, and you have an epic mess.

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** Silver Ghost seems to attract this sort of thing, especially if Madcap (an attention-starved teen 'supervillain'/'superhero' of unknown powers who thinks she is Silver Ghost's nemesis - or best friend, depending on what she thinks she is that day).day) is involved. Specifically, in the second part of "Silver Ghost, Golden Angel", SPECTRUM try to deliberately ''cause'' one in order to smoke out Madcap/Golden Angel as well as two different Criminal Mastermind type supervillains. They need to draw "Golden Angel" (Madcap's 'superhero' persona) out in order to arrest her, so they arrange a press conference for Silver Ghost and SPECTRUM; but since both of the supervillains are trying to grab Madcap for their own reasons, they need to make sure that the two villains trip each other up long enough for the trap to be sprung. Throw in a bunch of political maneuvering by both pro- and anti-mutant groups, and anyone else who sees a profit for their own causes in showing up, and you have an epic mess.
27th Dec '16 1:53:16 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Silver Ghost seems to attract this sort of thing, especially if Madcap (an attention-starved teen 'supervillain'/'superhero' of unknown powers who thinks she is Silver Ghost's nemesis - or best friend, depending on what she thinks she is that day). Specifically, in the second part of "Silver Ghost, Golden Angel", SPECTRUM try to deliberately ''cause'' one in order to smoke out Madcap/Golden Angel as well as two different Criminal Mastermind type supervillains. They need to draw "Golden Angel" (Madcap's 'superhero' persona) out in order to arrest her, so they arrange a press conference for Silver Ghost and SPECTRUM; but since both of the supervillains are trying to grab Madcap for their own reasons, they need to make sure that the two villains trip each other up long enough for the trap to be sprung. Throw in a bunch of political maneuvering by both pro- and anti-mutant groups, and anyone else who sees a profit for their own causes in showing up, and you have an epic mess.
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