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24th Apr '16 2:41:53 PM Grobi
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* The situation that the [[PlayerCharacter Jedi Exile]] wakes up to at beginning of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II: The Sith Lords'' is the direct result of the collision of two or three plots and a number of other people's plans and agendas. The Exile spends most of the rest of the game sorting some of these out.

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* The situation that the [[PlayerCharacter Jedi Exile]] wakes up to at beginning of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II: The Sith Lords'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is the direct result of the collision of two or three plots and a number of other people's plans and agendas. The Exile spends most of the rest of the game sorting some of these out.
12th Apr '16 4:39:12 PM LentilSandEater
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** Throwing in the comics, you add Magmatron, Ravage, again, a guy named Shokaract who unknowingly works for yet another [[ThePlan plan]]... I mean... holy hell, it's a wonder anyone's plan worked...
12th Apr '16 10:29:14 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Lucius Malfoy, who is sick of being afraid and wants to make everyone else afraid of him, while protecting his family. Oh, and he wants revenge on Fury. To this end, he seeks to bring down the Avengers and [[spoiler: fuse HYDRA and the Death Eaters into a gestalt entity under his sole command. In chapter 50, he succeeds and prepares for the next step - the destruction of any and all potential threats to HYDRA, starting with the Avengers]].

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** Lucius Malfoy, who is sick of being afraid and wants to make everyone else afraid of him, while protecting his family. Oh, and he wants revenge on Fury. To this end, he seeks to bring down the Avengers and [[spoiler: fuse HYDRA and the Death Eaters into a gestalt entity under his sole command. In chapter 50, he succeeds and prepares for the next step - the destruction of any and all potential threats to HYDRA, starting with the Avengers]]. Then, in chapter 74 he graduates to full on EvilOverlord when [[spoiler: he succeeds in neutralising the Avengers, destroying Avengers Tower and effectively has the world at his mercy.]]



** Alexander Pierce, meanwhile, seems pretty comfortable with just going with the flow. For now.

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** Alexander Pierce, meanwhile, seems pretty comfortable with just going with the flow. For now. [[spoiler: Chapter 76 has him stab Lucius in the back by cheerfully asserting that what Nick Fury does in his free time - raise another team of Avengers and work with Jane Foster to find and crush HYDRA - is not his business, before hanging up.]]



** Magneto is lurking on the edge of things and keeping an eye on events.
** [[spoiler: Mister Sinister]] has been all but stated to be the mysterious force that kept Harry at Privet Drive, messing with Mrs Figg's head, heading off investigations and the like, having developed an interest in Harry because of his mother being related to Jean Grey.
** Wanda Maximoff is trying to keep a lid on the incursions caused by the Darkhold's weakening of the borders of reality, to protect her godson and [[spoiler: to keep her daughter's existence secret and safe]].

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** Magneto is lurking on the edge of things and keeping an eye on events. \n In chapter 77 [[spoiler: he makes his long awaited appearance in the form of a BigDamnHeroes moment when crumples HYDRA's wounded but still deadly helicarrier, the ''Dreadnought'', like tinfoil.]]
** [[spoiler: Mister Sinister]] has been all but stated to be the mysterious force that kept Harry at Privet Drive, messing with Mrs Figg's head, heading off investigations and the like, having developed an interest in Harry because of his mother being related to Jean Grey.
** Wanda Maximoff is trying to keep a lid on the incursions caused by the Darkhold's weakening of the borders of reality, to protect her godson and [[spoiler: to keep her daughter's existence secret and safe]].



** [[spoiler: The Phoenix Force,]] meanwhile, has decided that she likes Harry for reasons that are as yet unexplained, and is implied to be the source of Harry's protection.

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** [[spoiler: The Phoenix Force,]] meanwhile, has decided that she likes Harry for reasons that are as yet unexplained, and is implied stated to be the source of Harry's protection.
4th Apr '16 10:31:30 PM Adept
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* ''KeyAndPeele'' do a sketch parodying this.

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* ''KeyAndPeele'' ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' do a sketch parodying this.
20th Mar '16 11:34:05 PM Carnildo
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' pulls this off quite well, especially noticable in the tangled web that was [[TownWithADarkSecret Sturmhalten]]. Then Mechanicsburg appeared to be headed full-tilt in that direction, with Agatha's group, the Knights of Jove, the Baron, the Baron's army, Zola's operation, Mechanicsburg's local government-conspiracy, the Jaegers, and [[spoiler:two Lucrezias, [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Tarvek_Sturmvoraus Tarvek]], and Othar back on the scene]]. That doesn't include the [[GeniusLoci Castle]] which evidently has its own plan or two, and yet more minor players with big plans and varying degrees of competency pop up with monotonous frequency. And ''then'' there popped up [[spoiler:the Storm King Conspiracy.]]

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' pulls this off quite well, especially noticable in the tangled web that was [[TownWithADarkSecret Sturmhalten]]. Then Mechanicsburg appeared to be headed full-tilt in that direction, with Agatha's group, the Knights of Jove, the ''other'' Knights of Jove, the Baron, the Baron's army, Zola's operation, Mechanicsburg's local government-conspiracy, the Jaegers, and [[spoiler:two Lucrezias, [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Tarvek_Sturmvoraus Tarvek]], and Othar back on the scene]]. That doesn't include the [[GeniusLoci Castle]] which evidently has its own plan or two, and yet more minor players with big plans and varying degrees of competency pop up with monotonous frequency. And ''then'' there popped up [[spoiler:the Storm King Conspiracy.]]
18th Mar '16 1:38:16 AM Geoduck
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* Comedic UpperClassTwit versions of this often appear in Creator/PGWodehouse's novels.
15th Mar '16 6:19:56 PM StClair
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%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is designed to be this.

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%%* * Any given Troubleshooter mission in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is designed likely to involve one of these. There's what Friend Computer wants (and sometimes you have two or more rival High Programmers pulling its strings), what any involved Service Groups want (which usually includes making the rest look bad), and what the various Secret Societies want (which could be this.almost anything)... and any or all of these can change in the course of the mission.
15th Mar '16 6:14:09 PM StClair
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** [[EldritchAbomination Chaos God]] Tzeentch is unique in that it ''deliberately'' creates Gambit Pileups. Being a god of change and fundamental disorder, Tzeentch literally engineers its plots and plans to the point where they will outright conflict with one another. Not only is foiling one plan probably what it wanted you to do all along, but it probably also set in motion different aspects of seventeen other plans at the same time, any of which might in turn be derailing a dozen ''other'' plots by Tzeentch. But mostly it just does it purely for the sake planning, as if any of its plans were to actually succeed it would [[PuffOfLogic cease to exist]].

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** [[EldritchAbomination Chaos God]] Tzeentch is unique in that it ''deliberately'' creates Gambit Pileups. Being a god of change and fundamental disorder, Tzeentch literally engineers its plots and plans to the point where they will outright conflict with one another. Not only is foiling one plan probably what it wanted you to do all along, but it probably also set in motion different aspects of seventeen other plans at the same time, any of which might in turn be derailing a dozen ''other'' plots by Tzeentch. But mostly it just does it purely for the sake of planning, as if any of its plans were to actually succeed ''succeed'' it would probably [[PuffOfLogic cease to exist]].
2nd Mar '16 4:01:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Season Three of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' has everybody trying to screw everybody else over, SAMCRO, SAMBEL, Agent Stahl, two factions of the Real IRA, Charming PD, just EVERYBODY. [[spoiler: SAMCRO wins.]]

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* Season Three of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' has everybody trying to screw everybody else over, SAMCRO, SAMBEL, Agent Stahl, two factions of the Real IRA, Charming PD, just EVERYBODY. [[spoiler: SAMCRO wins.]]''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'':


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** Season Three has everybody trying to screw everybody else over, SAMCRO, SAMBEL, Agent Stahl, two factions of the Real IRA, Charming PD, just EVERYBODY. [[spoiler: SAMCRO wins.]]
2nd Mar '16 3:58:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' has Cameron, the reprogrammed Terminator who is more advanced than others [[spoiler:and may have some hidden programming and/or be defective]]; Cromartie, whose mission is the most straightforward, to kill John Connor; Catherine Weaver, CEO of [=ZieraCorp=] and [[spoiler:a liquid metal Terminator who is either the leader of or working for a rebellious Machine faction opposed to [=SkyNet=],]] who recruits Agent Ellison to find ''another'' Terminator; as well as Sarah and John, who simply want to stop [=SkyNet=] from being made, and then you have the running temporal war between future John Connor's human resistance and [=SkyNet's=] time-hopping Terminators as they each try to foil, subvert, or eliminate each other. Each character seems to have their own plans for the future and we don't even know what most of them are. One gambit was in play for most of the second season without anyone knowing about it: [[spoiler:Jessie and Riley's gambit to make John distrust Cameron.]] This gambit in turn ''splits'' into two when [[spoiler:Riley realizes that Jessie was trying to get Cameron to kill Riley to force the division between John and Cameron.]]

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' has Cameron, the reprogrammed Terminator who is more advanced than others [[spoiler:and may have some hidden programming and/or be defective]]; Cromartie, whose mission is the most straightforward, to kill John Connor; Catherine Weaver, CEO of [=ZieraCorp=] and [[spoiler:a liquid metal Terminator who is either the leader of or working for a rebellious Machine faction opposed to [=SkyNet=],]] who recruits Agent Ellison to find ''another'' Terminator; as well as Sarah and John, who simply want to stop [=SkyNet=] from being made, and then you have the running temporal war between future John Connor's human resistance and [=SkyNet's=] time-hopping Terminators as they each try to foil, subvert, or eliminate each other. Each character seems to have their own plans for the future and we don't even know what most of them are. One gambit was in play for most of the second season without anyone knowing about it: [[spoiler:Jessie and Riley's gambit to make John distrust Cameron.]] This gambit in turn ''splits'' into two when [[spoiler:Riley realizes that Jessie was trying to get Cameron to kill Riley to force the division between John and Cameron.]]
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