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8th Jun '16 11:26:47 AM Donnigan
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* In ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' [[spoiler"Jackson Farriday's plan to run St. Agrippina's as the Zombie Land Grab and Buffet is put off track by the Woman's and the Dog's continual assassinations of his higher ranking employees. Then Kyle and Cate Join in on it and eventually run into Dory, who has been fermenting a rebellion with the more stupid zombies. Things get worse from there.]]

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* In ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' [[spoiler"Jackson [[spoiler:Jackson Farriday's plan to run St. Agrippina's as the Zombie Land Grab and Buffet is put off track by the Woman's and the Dog's continual assassinations of his higher ranking employees. Then Kyle and Cate Join in on it and eventually run into Dory, who has been fermenting a rebellion with the more stupid zombies. Things get worse from there.]]
8th Jun '16 11:26:16 AM Donnigan
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* In ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' [[spoiler"Jackson Farriday's plan to run St. Agrippina's as the Zombie Land Grab and Buffet is put off track by the Woman's and the Dog's continual assassinations of his higher ranking employees. Then Kyle and Cate Join in on it and eventually run into Dory, who has been fermenting a rebellion with the more stupid zombies. Things get worse from there.]]
19th May '16 6:12:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Causal Angel'', the epic conclusion of ''TheQuantumThief''-trilogy features an enormous pileup of gambits of Joséphine Pellegrini, Jean le Flambeur, the Great Game-zoku, the Kaminari-zoku and the All-Defector hitting each other at light speed, with a few [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] for a good measure. But what can you expect when collectives of posthumans plot to break the barriers of time and space?

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* ''Causal Angel'', the epic conclusion of ''TheQuantumThief''-trilogy ''Literature/TheQuantumThief''-trilogy features an enormous pileup of gambits of Joséphine Pellegrini, Jean le Flambeur, the Great Game-zoku, the Kaminari-zoku and the All-Defector hitting each other at light speed, with a few [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] for a good measure. But what can you expect when collectives of posthumans plot to break the barriers of time and space?
11th May '16 3:38:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series is an example of multiple overlapping gambits. On the one side, you have the AncientConspiracy of the [[TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] who are scheming for control of humanity by manipulating religions, wars, science, and even commerce, with the ultimate objective of [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill abolishing free will]]. Set against them are the Assassins, who are the unwitting tools of a far older scheme set in motion by [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]] to use GeneticMemory to deliver a message across thousands of years to the modern-day descendants of the Assassins in order to FlingALightIntoTheFuture. [[spoiler:And then there is Juno, who used a similar method to her civilizaion to ensure her release (At the cost of Desmond's life) to conquer Earth back]].

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* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series is an example of multiple overlapping gambits. On the one side, you have the AncientConspiracy of the [[TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] who are scheming for control of humanity by manipulating religions, wars, science, and even commerce, with the ultimate objective of [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill abolishing free will]]. Set against them are the Assassins, who are the unwitting tools of a far older scheme set in motion by [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]] to use GeneticMemory to deliver a message across thousands of years to the modern-day descendants of the Assassins in order to FlingALightIntoTheFuture. [[spoiler:And then there is Juno, who used a similar method to her civilizaion to ensure her release (At the cost of Desmond's life) to conquer Earth back]].
4th May '16 11:45:35 PM merotoker
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' is basically 37 episodes of Gambit tropes. For instance, during the last few chapters/episodes: [[spoiler:Near replaces Mikami's Death Note with a fake copy. But wait, that Death Note was fake, and the real one was in a vault somewhere. However, Mello comes in and tricks Mikami into using his real note, letting Near replace the real one with another fake one.]]

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' is basically 37 episodes of Gambit tropes. For instance, during the last few chapters/episodes: [[spoiler:Near replaces Mikami's Death Note with a fake copy. But wait, that Death Note was fake, and the real one was in a vault somewhere. However, Mello comes in and tricks Mikami into using his real note, letting Near replace the real one with another fake one.]]one]].



* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' probably counts, considering that [[ViewersAreGeniuses you have to keep up with what's going on all on your own]]. The second season even more so, considering that [[spoiler:towards the end the villain starts to accidentally play into his own fake roulette, the secondary antagonist turns his intended defeat at the hands of the BigBad into [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension To Higher Plane Of Existence]], and ''both'' are foiled by a bunch of [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] doing their own thing against everybody's expectations.]] Whew.

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' probably counts, considering that [[ViewersAreGeniuses you have to keep up with what's going on all on your own]]. The second season even more so, considering that [[spoiler:towards the end the villain starts to accidentally play into his own fake roulette, the secondary antagonist turns his intended defeat at the hands of the BigBad into [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension To Higher Plane Of Existence]], and ''both'' are foiled by a bunch of [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] spanners in the works]] doing their own thing against everybody's expectations.]] expectations]]. Whew.



* The end of the Yellow Chapter of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' started with {{Evil Plan}}s, continued into some ''heroic'' {{Gambit Roulette}}s, and in the end [[spoiler:Giovanni's apparent BigDamnHeroes moment]] actually turned out to be part of Lance's plan and Yellow somehow managing to outwit him. It gets crazier later on. Suffice it to say ''everyone'' gets to play XanatosSpeedChess at some point -- even ''[[spoiler:[[IdiotHero GOLD]] disguised as Guile Hideout]]''!

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* The end of the Yellow Chapter of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' started with {{Evil Plan}}s, continued into some ''heroic'' {{Gambit Roulette}}s, and in the end [[spoiler:Giovanni's apparent BigDamnHeroes moment]] actually turned out to be part of Lance's plan and Yellow somehow managing to outwit him. It gets crazier later on. Suffice it to say ''everyone'' gets to play XanatosSpeedChess at some point -- even ''[[spoiler:[[IdiotHero GOLD]] disguised as Guile Hideout]]''!



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has slowly fallen into this: from Orochimaru, to Madara, to Danzo, to the villages it seems that backroom scheming is the ''only'' [[HighlyVisibleNinja ninja activity]] that the characters are good at. In short, Sasuke was being manipulated by Orochimaru who was being manipulated by Itachi (who himself manipulated Naruto) who was being used by Danzo who was being manipulated by Madara. At the same time, Pain, the head of Akatsuki, had different goals to Akatsuki itself, and was in turn taking orders from Madara without realising his intentions (while making it appear that Madara was one of his subordinates and too dumb to plan anything). Then Kabuto comes out of nowhere for his own scheme, revealing that Orochimaru knew about Madara's plan all along. Kabuto then manipulates Madara by threatening him with a mysterious summoned coffin [[spoiler:which contained the real (dead) Madara, meaning the guy posing as Madara was an imposter]]. Then, it turns out [[spoiler:Obito's [[ThePlan "Moon's Eye Plan"]] was actually the real Madara's plan, and [[TheDragon Obito]] was also supposed to bring Madara back to life. Madara then executes the Moon's Eye Plan, upon which ''Black Zetsu'' reveals he was manipulating Madara to revive his [[PhysicalGod Goddess mother]], Kaguya.]] So, to recap, [[spoiler:Pain ostensibly led the Akatsuki, but was actually being manipulated by Obito, who was being manipulated by Madara, who was being manipulated by Black Zetsu.]] Oh, and any number of these characters might be taking advantage of plans made by the Sage of the Six Paths hundreds of years ago. Yikes.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has slowly fallen into this: from Orochimaru, to Madara, to Danzo, to the villages it seems that backroom scheming is the ''only'' [[HighlyVisibleNinja ninja activity]] that the characters are good at. In short, Sasuke was being manipulated by Orochimaru who was being manipulated by Itachi (who himself manipulated Naruto) who was being used by Danzo who was being manipulated by Madara. At the same time, Pain, the head of Akatsuki, had different goals to Akatsuki itself, and was in turn taking orders from Madara without realising his intentions (while making it appear that Madara was one of his subordinates and too dumb to plan anything). Then Kabuto comes out of nowhere for his own scheme, revealing that Orochimaru knew about Madara's plan all along. Kabuto then manipulates Madara by threatening him with a mysterious summoned coffin [[spoiler:which contained the real (dead) Madara, meaning the guy posing as Madara was an imposter]]. Then, it turns out [[spoiler:Obito's [[ThePlan "Moon's Eye Plan"]] was actually the real Madara's plan, and [[TheDragon Obito]] was also supposed to bring Madara back to life. Madara then executes the Moon's Eye Plan, upon which ''Black Zetsu'' reveals he was manipulating Madara to revive his [[PhysicalGod Goddess mother]], Kaguya.]] So, to recap, [[spoiler:Pain ostensibly led the Akatsuki, but was actually being manipulated by Obito, who was being manipulated by Madara, who was being manipulated by Black Zetsu.]] Zetsu]]. Oh, and any number of these characters might be taking advantage of plans made by the Sage of the Six Paths hundreds of years ago. Yikes.



* Creator/ChristopherPriestComics is a big fan of these.
** Almost every story arc of his ComicBook/BlackPanther run involves at least five or six would-be [[TheChessMaster Chessmaster]] types trying to OutGambit each other.

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* Creator/ChristopherPriestComics Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} is a big fan of these.
** Almost every story arc of his ComicBook/BlackPanther run involves at least five or six would-be [[TheChessMaster Chessmaster]] types trying to OutGambit {{Out Gambit|ted}} each other.



* A storyline in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', which started with the heroes' attempt to stop an Orc Invasion of two kingdoms, turned into one of these for comedic effect. Especially when it was revealed that every person in the palace was attempting to control the kingdom one way or another. Story starts [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-07-02 here]], revelation of gambits starts [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-08-13 here]], page most relevant to this trope is [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-08-20 this one]].

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* A storyline in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', which started with the heroes' attempt to stop an Orc Invasion of two kingdoms, turned into one of these for comedic effect. Especially when it was revealed that every person in the palace was attempting to control the kingdom one way or another. Story starts [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-07-02 here]], revelation of gambits starts [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-08-13 here]], page most relevant to this trope is [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2008-08-20 this one]].



* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' crossover ''Messiah Complex'' has everyone with the same goal, the first mutant born since M-Day who just happens to be a baby. So we have Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}' main group going after the Marauders (who are also looking for the baby that the X-Men think they have), getting Comicbook/XFactor to both infiltrate the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Purifiers]] and explore two future timelines for information, the ComicBook/NewXMen going off on their own to attack the Purifiers, [[spoiler:Lady Deathstrike and her men helping the Purifiers as a favor]], Predator X hunting after the baby's powerful mutant genes to eat it, Professor X trying to get the New X-Men on his side (and failing), [[spoiler:Cable]] with the baby trying to avoid everyone else and [[spoiler:go into the future to protect and raise the baby]], [[spoiler:[[Characters/XMenVillains Mystique]] using the Marauders to get the baby and save Rogue's life with the help of]] Comicbook/{{Gambit}} AND FINALLY, [[spoiler:Bishop trying to kill the baby under everyone's noses to avoid his horrid future and using a techno-organic virus to turn the Sentinal pilots around the mansion into killing machines to buy time]]. Did you get all that?

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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' crossover ''Messiah Complex'' has everyone with the same goal, the first mutant born since M-Day who just happens to be a baby. So we have Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}' main group going after the Marauders (who are also looking for the baby that the X-Men think they have), getting Comicbook/XFactor to both infiltrate the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Purifiers]] and explore two future timelines for information, the ComicBook/NewXMen going off on their own to attack the Purifiers, [[spoiler:Lady Deathstrike and her men helping the Purifiers as a favor]], Predator X hunting after the baby's powerful mutant genes to eat it, Professor X trying to get the New X-Men on his side (and failing), [[spoiler:Cable]] with the baby trying to avoid everyone else and [[spoiler:go into the future to protect and raise the baby]], [[spoiler:[[Characters/XMenVillains Mystique]] [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Mystique}} using the Marauders to get the baby and save Rogue's life with the help of]] Comicbook/{{Gambit}} AND FINALLY, [[spoiler:Bishop trying to kill the baby under everyone's noses to avoid his horrid future and using a techno-organic virus to turn the Sentinal Sentinel pilots around the mansion into killing machines to buy time]]. Did you get all that?



* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Misato has a bunch of plans to deal with the huge number of global conflicts and destroy SEELE, SEELE has a plan to destroy HERZ and bring about Instrumentality, GEIST has a plan to defeat SEELE for good, and the Children has a plan of their own…

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* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Misato has a bunch of plans to deal with the huge number of global conflicts and destroy SEELE, SEELE has a plan to destroy HERZ and bring about Instrumentality, [[AssimilationPlot instrumentality]], GEIST has a plan to defeat SEELE for good, and the Children has a plan of their own…



* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' takes ''Evangelion'''s existing pileup between SEELE's {{Instrumentality}} and Gendo's plan to bring Yui back, and adds in Kaworu's plan to turn humanity into a HiveMind and Shinji's own plans to protect Tokyo 3 and being a SpannerInTheWorks for the other three's plans.

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* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' takes ''Evangelion'''s existing pileup between SEELE's {{Instrumentality}} instrumentality and Gendo's plan to bring Yui back, and adds in Kaworu's plan to turn humanity into a HiveMind and Shinji's own plans to protect Tokyo 3 and being a SpannerInTheWorks for the other three's plans.



* In Chapter 17-19 of ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[spoiler:Bachiko and Meiko try to force certain people to fall in love or, failing that, kill the [[MaiHime Himes]]. Ishigami decides he can use them and decides to try to use Yukariko to coerce the Himes into fighting one another. Meanwhile, Nagi, trying to advance his own agenda, tries to manipulate Shiho, who is unconvinced that Yuuichi has truly fallen for her, into killing Mai]].

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* In Chapter 17-19 of ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[spoiler:Bachiko and Meiko try to force certain people to fall in love or, failing that, kill the [[MaiHime [[Anime/MaiHime Himes]]. Ishigami decides he can use them and decides to try to use Yukariko to coerce the Himes into fighting one another. Meanwhile, Nagi, trying to advance his own agenda, tries to manipulate Shiho, who is unconvinced that Yuuichi has truly fallen for her, into killing Mai]].



* Fanfic/DeathNoteIITheHiddenNote has this happen: [[spoiler: A woman shows up at the doorway in a trenchcoat, a fedora and sunglasses. She is apparently the new Kira's conspirator. In her Death Note, she writes down the names of the people she sees and waits for forty seconds. But wait! Near pulls out what he says is the real Death Note and says the one the woman is holding is fake. Not only that, Near accuses KJ of being the new Kira. But wait! The woman reads out the names she wrote and describes how the four people she wrote the names of would die. Each one dies seemingly in that way. Suddenly, The woman takes off her fedora and sunglasses to reveal she's Near's daughter Angela! Everyone is suddenly surrounded by Shinigami. Arik flashes his Death Note in Near's face. Near realizes that the Death note he and Angela have are both fake. Near asks KJ where the real Death Note was. KJ says the first entry he wrote in his journal, which mentions an angel. It is then that Near realizes he held the real Death Note in his hands and put it back. It is at this point he exclaims how it was the Hidden Note.]]

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* Fanfic/DeathNoteIITheHiddenNote has this happen: [[spoiler: A woman shows up at the doorway in a trenchcoat, a fedora and sunglasses. She is apparently the new Kira's conspirator. In her Death Note, she writes down the names of the people she sees and waits for forty seconds. But wait! Near pulls out what he says is the real Death Note and says the one the woman is holding is fake. Not only that, Near accuses KJ of being the new Kira. But wait! The woman reads out the names she wrote and describes how the four people she wrote the names of would die. Each one dies seemingly in that way. Suddenly, The woman takes off her fedora and sunglasses to reveal she's Near's daughter Angela! Everyone is suddenly surrounded by Shinigami. Arik flashes his Death Note in Near's face. Near realizes that the Death note he and Angela have are both fake. Near asks KJ where the real Death Note was. KJ says the first entry he wrote in his journal, which mentions an angel. It is then that Near realizes he held the real Death Note in his hands and put it back. It is at this point he exclaims how it was the Hidden Note.]]Note]].



** Magneto is lurking on the edge of things and keeping an eye on events. 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.]]

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** Magneto is lurking on the edge of things and keeping an eye on events. 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.]]tinfoil]].



** Meanwhile [[spoiler: Chthon schemes to bring about his return to the universe through the Darkhold.]]

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** Meanwhile [[spoiler: Chthon schemes to bring about his return to the universe through the Darkhold.]]Darkhold]].



* KingdomHeartsNewEpicTheFirst, by chapter five, already has the plans and counterplans affiliated with Wolfang Richler, the official BigBad, the President of the Alliance Alric Maynes, the Inverse Organization who has just appeared and who seem to have history with Wolfang, the two immediately apparent members of the Inverse Organization seem to have divergent goals if not means, and then there's the introduction of Summerill, who immediately decided he wanted to try to use and manipulate Wolfang to advance his own plans.

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* KingdomHeartsNewEpicTheFirst, ''FanFic/KingdomHeartsNewEpicTheFirst'', by chapter five, already has the plans and counterplans affiliated with Wolfang Richler, the official BigBad, the President of the Alliance Alric Maynes, the Inverse Organization who has just appeared and who seem to have history with Wolfang, the two immediately apparent members of the Inverse Organization seem to have divergent goals if not means, and then there's the introduction of Summerill, who immediately decided he wanted to try to use and manipulate Wolfang to advance his own plans.



** Then there's [[MarvelComics Doctor Doom]], who wants to make use of the wish Wolfang has promised him for something, while also making his own plans. That {{Loki}} is also involved guarantees he too has plans in this vein.

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** Then there's [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Doctor Doom]], who wants to make use of the wish Wolfang has promised him for something, while also making his own plans. That {{Loki}} Loki is also involved guarantees he too has plans in this vein.



* ''Film/{{Snatch}}''. Made particularly amusing by the fact that [[spoiler:the only two characters who had absolutely no idea about the existence of the diamond that prompted so many characters to try and come up with so many plans are the ones who end up with it at the end.]]

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* ''Film/{{Snatch}}''. ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' Made particularly amusing by the fact that [[spoiler:the only two characters who had absolutely no idea about the existence of the diamond that prompted so many characters to try and come up with so many plans are the ones who end up with it at the end.]]end]].



* ''Film/DownWithLove'': Catcher assumes a false identity in order to trick Barbara into falling in love with him so that he can publicly discredit her. Just when he thinks he's succeeded, she pulls the rug out from under him by revealing that [[spoiler: she knew who he really was the whole time, and she was also operating under a false identity to make ''him'' fall in love with ''her''.]] Ironically, ''her'' plan worked splendidly, but [[spoiler: caused her to fall ''out'' of love with him, so that he has to try a completely new strategy in order to win her back.]]

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* ''Film/DownWithLove'': Catcher assumes a false identity in order to trick Barbara into falling in love with him so that he can publicly discredit her. Just when he thinks he's succeeded, she pulls the rug out from under him by revealing that [[spoiler: she knew who he really was the whole time, and she was also operating under a false identity to make ''him'' fall in love with ''her''.]] ''her'']]. Ironically, ''her'' plan worked splendidly, but [[spoiler: caused her to fall ''out'' of love with him, so that he has to try a completely new strategy in order to win her back.]]back]].



* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' has a doozy. [[BigBad Angel's]] order to keep Maverick away from the big poker tournament turns out to have been sent by [[spoiler:The Commodore]], but that entire plot is a RedHerring. The ''real'' conspiracy is [[spoiler:between Cooper and The Commodore, then The Commodore tries to pull YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, but ''then'' Cooper and Maverick manage to OutGambit The Commodore and get away with the money.]]

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* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' has a doozy. [[BigBad Angel's]] order to keep Maverick away from the big poker tournament turns out to have been sent by [[spoiler:The Commodore]], but that entire plot is a RedHerring. The ''real'' conspiracy is [[spoiler:between Cooper and The Commodore, then The Commodore tries to pull YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, but ''then'' Cooper and Maverick manage to OutGambit The Commodore and get away with the money.]]money]].



** In Westeros, you have a five way civil war going on with the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, Tyrells, and Greyjoys, as well as dozens of sub-factions such as the Boltons and the Freys all fighting and betraying each other whenever it is convenient for them to do so. You also have several individual {{Chessmaster}} characters such as Varys The Spider and Littlefinger pulling the strings from above.

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** In Westeros, you have a five way civil war going on with the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, Tyrells, and Greyjoys, as well as dozens of sub-factions such as the Boltons and the Freys all fighting and betraying each other whenever it is convenient for them to do so. You also have several individual {{Chessmaster}} Chessmaster characters such as Varys The Spider and Littlefinger pulling the strings from above.



* John Grisham's novel ''Literature/RunawayJury'' is an excellent example. In a trial where the widow of a dead smoker is suing the tobacco company, the defence is doing everything it can to bribe/threaten/blackmail the jurors and the plaintiff attempts this on a smaller extent. Enter our protagonists Nicholas and Marlee, who have a cunning plan to [[spoiler:infiltrate the jury and sell the verdict to the defence for ten million dollars. The defence pay up.]] However, it turns out [[spoiler:Marlee's parents both died of lung cancer and they're doing it to get revenge. Nicholas persuades the jury to sent a plaintiff's verdict and they use the money to short-sell tobacco stocks.]]

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* John Grisham's novel ''Literature/RunawayJury'' is an excellent example. In a trial where the widow of a dead smoker is suing the tobacco company, the defence is doing everything it can to bribe/threaten/blackmail the jurors and the plaintiff attempts this on a smaller extent. Enter our protagonists Nicholas and Marlee, who have a cunning plan to [[spoiler:infiltrate the jury and sell the verdict to the defence for ten million dollars. The defence pay up.]] up]]. However, it turns out [[spoiler:Marlee's parents both died of lung cancer and they're doing it to get revenge. Nicholas persuades the jury to sent a plaintiff's verdict and they use the money to short-sell tobacco stocks.]]stocks]].



** Shows up in ''Journey's End'', with several smaller Gambits acting as [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners]] to Davros' usual Gambit and the Doctor's customary XanatosSpeedChess.

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** Shows up in ''Journey's End'', with several smaller Gambits acting as [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners]] {{spanner|InTheWorks}}s to Davros' usual Gambit and the Doctor's customary XanatosSpeedChess.



* Essentially the driving force of every ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season since [[MagnificentBastard Ben Linus]] showed up. Somehow, it hasn't completely collapsed, mainly because it's more of a 10-Gambit Pileup than a 30. Recently, Locke was [[spoiler:being manipulated by Ben who was being manipulated by Jacob's nemesis who is being manipulated by Charles Widmore, who may be manipulated by Sawyer, ''all'' of which may be intstrumented by the spirit of the island itself.]] Sheesh!!

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* Essentially the driving force of every ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season since [[MagnificentBastard Ben Linus]] showed up. Somehow, it hasn't completely collapsed, mainly because it's more of a 10-Gambit Pileup than a 30. Recently, Locke was [[spoiler:being manipulated by Ben who was being manipulated by Jacob's nemesis who is being manipulated by Charles Widmore, who may be manipulated by Sawyer, ''all'' of which may be intstrumented by the spirit of the island itself.]] itself]]. Sheesh!!



** Spoofed in [[Recap/CommunityS2E09ConspiracyTheoriesAndInteriorDesign "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"]]. The episode culminates in Jeff, Annie, a drama professor, and the Dean shooting all of each other with prop guns; all of them were shot at least once and there were something like 4-5 different plans involved. The final gambit was [[spoiler:supposed to teach all of them an Aesop about not using prop guns to shoot each other.]]

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** Spoofed in [[Recap/CommunityS2E09ConspiracyTheoriesAndInteriorDesign "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"]]. The episode culminates in Jeff, Annie, a drama professor, and the Dean shooting all of each other with prop guns; all of them were shot at least once and there were something like 4-5 different plans involved. The final gambit was [[spoiler:supposed to teach all of them an Aesop about not using prop guns to shoot each other.]]other]].



* In the fifth season of ''Series/TrueBlood'', each member of the Authority is trying to execute a certain plot. As more and more Chancellors (and with them, their plans) vanish, the final episodes see [[DarkMessiah Bill]] and [[BigBadWannabe Salome]] pitted against one another, both trying to secure full leadership of the Authority and their position as the One True Leader chosen by [[BiggerBad Lilith]], while still convincing the other they are supporting ''them''. In the end, [[spoiler:Bill pretends to serve Lilith's blood to Salome, but [[GambitRoulette switches the actual blood with silver-tainted blood]]. As Bill expected Salome fails to notice the silver in her haste to consume the blood. It incapacitates the 2,000 year old vampire allowing Bill to get the upper hand on her and stake her - Salome is masterfully OutGambitted.]]

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* In the fifth season of ''Series/TrueBlood'', each member of the Authority is trying to execute a certain plot. As more and more Chancellors (and with them, their plans) vanish, the final episodes see [[DarkMessiah Bill]] and [[BigBadWannabe Salome]] pitted against one another, both trying to secure full leadership of the Authority and their position as the One True Leader chosen by [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Lilith]], while still convincing the other they are supporting ''them''. In the end, [[spoiler:Bill pretends to serve Lilith's blood to Salome, but [[GambitRoulette switches the actual blood with silver-tainted blood]]. As Bill expected Salome fails to notice the silver in her haste to consume the blood. It incapacitates the 2,000 year old vampire allowing Bill to get the upper hand on her and stake her - Salome is masterfully OutGambitted.]]OutGambitted]].



* Season 2 of ''Series/TrueDetective'' involves the crashing and colliding of conspiracies involving [[spoiler: multiple groups of RuthlessForeignGangsters, DirtyCops, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, a BigScrewedUpFamily of local politicians, a PsychoPsychologist, a group of PrivateMilitaryContractors, and one revenge killer.]] By the end of the season, there were multiple articles just explaining it all.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/TrueDetective'' involves the crashing and colliding of conspiracies involving [[spoiler: multiple groups of RuthlessForeignGangsters, DirtyCops, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, a BigScrewedUpFamily of local politicians, a PsychoPsychologist, a group of PrivateMilitaryContractors, and one revenge killer.]] killer]]. By the end of the season, there were multiple articles just explaining it all.



* Risk is ''nothing'' compared with ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}'', which is designed to eliminate chance and rule manipulation in favor of seven players trying to OutGambit at varying depth and complexity on each other at the same time, making for a mind-blowing maximum potential of a Forty Two Gambit Pileup. Not surprising, since the game is meant to reflect the RealLife Gambit Pileup that led to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (see below).

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* Risk is ''nothing'' compared with ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}'', which is designed to eliminate chance and rule manipulation in favor of seven players trying to OutGambit {{Out Gambit|ted}} at varying depth and complexity on each other at the same time, making for a mind-blowing maximum potential of a Forty Two Gambit Pileup. Not surprising, since the game is meant to reflect the RealLife Gambit Pileup that led to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (see below).



** The original Ravnica block's story involved ploys by at least half the Guilds, with special focus on the Dimir and [[spoiler:Azorius]], to control/conquer/destroy Ravnica. This led to a hilarious scene where Agrus Kos[[spoiler:'s ghost]] has infiltrated the Simic to find out how they're tied to Szadek's plans, only for Momir Vig to begin {{Monologuing}} about his own, completely independent bid for world domination.

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** The original Ravnica block's story involved ploys by at least half the Guilds, with special focus on the Dimir and [[spoiler:Azorius]], to control/conquer/destroy Ravnica. This led to a hilarious scene where Agrus Kos[[spoiler:'s ghost]] has infiltrated the Simic to find out how they're tied to Szadek's plans, only for Momir Vig to begin {{Monologuing}} [[EvilGloating monologuing]] about his own, completely independent bid for world domination.



* The play ''Deathtrap'' has so many gambits throughout the entire play, but they collide in a particularly surprising [[WhamShot Wham Shot]] at the end of Act I: [[spoiler: After Sidney and Myra have spent the entire act engineering ever more complicated gambits trying to murder Clifford and then disposing of his body, Clifford's dead body springs to life, Myra dies of a heart attack as a result, and Clifford & Sidney reveal that they have been lovers and actually in cahoots to kill Myra the whole time.]]

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* The play ''Deathtrap'' has so many gambits throughout the entire play, but they collide in a particularly surprising [[WhamShot Wham Shot]] WhamShot at the end of Act I: [[spoiler: After Sidney and Myra have spent the entire act engineering ever more complicated gambits trying to murder Clifford and then disposing of his body, Clifford's dead body springs to life, Myra dies of a heart attack as a result, and Clifford & Sidney reveal that they have been lovers and actually in cahoots to kill Myra the whole time.]]time]].



* The first two ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games were simply cases of [[ThePlan complex plans.]] But starting from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', it's easiest to say that Gambit Pileups are the entire concept of the series. Some things remain completely incomprehensible three games, ten years, and about 100 hours of gameplay later, and then there's also the Portable Ops/Peace Walker spin-offs which just add several more layers and gambits to the whole mess. In several cases, later games manage to connect characters from earlier ones, that were completely unrelated when the games were written ''10 years before'', without even {{retcon}}ning anything. For example [[spoiler:[=MGS4=] reveals that Medic from [=MGS3=] became a member of Patriots, which were introduced in [=MGS2=], and on their behalf created the Cyborg Ninja from [=MGS1=]. The Cyborg Ninja was actually a character that was thought to have died in the even earlier ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'', but that fact was already included when [=MGS=] was written.]]

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* The first two ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games were simply cases of [[ThePlan complex plans.]] But starting from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', it's easiest to say that Gambit Pileups are the entire concept of the series. Some things remain completely incomprehensible three games, ten years, and about 100 hours of gameplay later, and then there's also the Portable Ops/Peace Walker spin-offs which just add several more layers and gambits to the whole mess. In several cases, later games manage to connect characters from earlier ones, that were completely unrelated when the games were written ''10 years before'', without even {{retcon}}ning anything. For example [[spoiler:[=MGS4=] reveals that Medic from [=MGS3=] became a member of Patriots, which were introduced in [=MGS2=], and on their behalf created the Cyborg Ninja from [=MGS1=]. The Cyborg Ninja was actually a character that was thought to have died in the even earlier ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'', but that fact was already included when [=MGS=] was written.]]written]].



** Half the named characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' are trying to manipulate the other half, and each other. The king is on his deathbed and there are two heirs to the throne. Two major dukes are fighting for control of the throne. One is the queen's brother and attempting to be the regent for the infant royal prince. The other duke is trying to be kingmaker for the king's teenage half-sister and use her as a puppet. And within their armies are plenty of smaller noble Houses trying to take power for themselves. The Church wants the royal armies to equally waste each other so the Church can claim supremacy and "save" the populace from war. They have their own army, the Knights Templar, run by Folmarv. [[spoiler:DemonicInvaders are passing MineralMacGuffin to each army, corrupting their members and hoping to resurrect their dark god. Folmarv is supposedly working for the church, but is actually infiltrating it on behalf of the demonic invaders they unknowingly worship.]] And finally, [[spoiler:Delita is a triple agent within both successor's armies and the church. He wants them all dead so he can become the new king through marriage to the princess. He may or may not know about the demons, but he's sure to let Ramza handle the rest.]]

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** Half the named characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' are trying to manipulate the other half, and each other. The king is on his deathbed and there are two heirs to the throne. Two major dukes are fighting for control of the throne. One is the queen's brother and attempting to be the regent for the infant royal prince. The other duke is trying to be kingmaker for the king's teenage half-sister and use her as a puppet. And within their armies are plenty of smaller noble Houses trying to take power for themselves. The Church wants the royal armies to equally waste each other so the Church can claim supremacy and "save" the populace from war. They have their own army, the Knights Templar, run by Folmarv. [[spoiler:DemonicInvaders are passing MineralMacGuffin to each army, corrupting their members and hoping to resurrect their dark god. Folmarv is supposedly working for the church, but is actually infiltrating it on behalf of the demonic invaders they unknowingly worship.]] And finally, [[spoiler:Delita is a triple agent within both successor's armies and the church. He wants them all dead so he can become the new king through marriage to the princess. He may or may not know about the demons, but he's sure to let Ramza handle the rest.]]rest]].



* ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''... Oh boy... The main character and Gig are saving the world due to manipulations by [[spoiler:Virtous]], who is ''really'' setting them up to [[spoiler:cross over into the world of Drazil and kill Drazil]]. While at the same time the main character is being manipulated by [[spoiler:Levin]], who in fact is[[spoiler:Raksha]], who is setting up [[spoiler:Thuris]] ''and'' [[spoiler:Virtious]] in order to [[spoiler:kill them, as they could pose a threat to his independence]], in addition to that, he is also aiming to [[AGodAmI become a god]], [[spoiler:to be free of any manipulation on himself in the future]]. He does this, working together with [[spoiler:Dio]], who secretly keeps a Zombiefied [[spoiler:Median]], in order to restore him as supreme king in his former glory, by destroying [[spoiler:Drazil and his subordinates]]... Oh yes, and [[spoiler:Drazil]] was the one who, as catalyst of the Gambit Pileup, manipulated [[spoiler:Median]] into killing [[spoiler:Vigilance]] in the first place and then manipulated the souls of [[spoiler:Vigilance(in two different incarnations), Resilence and Medians son]] into destroying [[spoiler:most of the World of Haephnes]]. And that's about, oh, ''most'' of it.

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* ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''... Oh boy... The main character and Gig are saving the world due to manipulations by [[spoiler:Virtous]], who is ''really'' setting them up to [[spoiler:cross over into the world of Drazil and kill Drazil]]. While at the same time the main character is being manipulated by [[spoiler:Levin]], who in fact is[[spoiler:Raksha]], who is setting up [[spoiler:Thuris]] ''and'' [[spoiler:Virtious]] in order to [[spoiler:kill them, as they could pose a threat to his independence]], in addition to that, he is also aiming to [[AGodAmI become a god]], [[spoiler:to be free of any manipulation on himself in the future]]. He does this, working together with [[spoiler:Dio]], who secretly keeps a Zombiefied [[spoiler:Median]], in order to restore him as supreme king in his former glory, by destroying [[spoiler:Drazil and his subordinates]]... Oh yes, and [[spoiler:Drazil]] was the one who, as catalyst of the Gambit Pileup, manipulated [[spoiler:Median]] into killing [[spoiler:Vigilance]] in the first place and then manipulated the souls of [[spoiler:Vigilance(in [[spoiler:Vigilance (in two different incarnations), Resilence and Medians son]] into destroying [[spoiler:most of the World of Haephnes]]. And that's about, oh, ''most'' of it.



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** As of ''Coded'' and ''Reconnect.Kingdom Hearts'' it appears [[spoiler:that [=DiZ=] and Namine had been planning in advance to free Terra, Aqua, Ventus, Roxas, Xion, Axel, and even themselves from their individual fates by hiding [=DiZ=]'s research data within Sora's heart and having Namine not only create the message in Jimminy's Journal, but have her influence the events from ''Coded'' from behind the scenes.]] Then again, Namine is probably the only one of the good guys who had a clear understanding of what was going on.

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** As of ''Coded'' and ''Reconnect.Kingdom Hearts'' it appears [[spoiler:that [=DiZ=] and Namine had been planning in advance to free Terra, Aqua, Ventus, Roxas, Xion, Axel, and even themselves from their individual fates by hiding [=DiZ=]'s research data within Sora's heart and having Namine not only create the message in Jimminy's Journal, but have her influence the events from ''Coded'' from behind the scenes.]] scenes]]. Then again, Namine is probably the only one of the good guys who had a clear understanding of what was going on.



* ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' is a game being developed with free-form time travel so this is the obvious result of two or more enemies (2 vs. 2 is a popular mode) trying to turn the tide of not only the same battle, but all battles in a 7-minute time frame around the "present". Add to that the option to avoid these battles by retreating, not even building your army or destroying your enemy's factories or even resource gatherers (often leading to a massive ButterflyEffect), make Chronoclones (send a unit back in time to fight alongside the original) and to cause {{Grandfather Paradox}}es, deliberately or not, to make whole armies phase in and out of existence and you've got a game which is perfect for [[ThePlan the crazy planner in all of us]].
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'' has this as its central plot. The higher-ups in the Triad are plotting against each other to become head of the Triad, the enemy gangs are plotting against the Triad, the ''actual'' head of the Triad is plotting against everybody, and the FBI is trying to arrest everybody. Ironically, [[spoiler: Huang Lee, the PlayerCharacter, is the one to come out on top, avoiding arrest and death, and becoming the head of the Triad - all because he hadn't been plotting against anybody.]]
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has competing gambits from...well, ''everybody.'' The ''short'' list: [[CorporateSamurai Conrad Marburg]] and his [[TheRemnant Deus Vult]] group along with the [[AxeCrazy VCI]] and [[BloodKnight SIE]], [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Al-Samaad]], [[TheMafiya Sergei Surkov]], [[TheConspiracy G22]] and [[StatusQuoIsGod Albatross]], [[RightHandVersusLeftHand Omen Deng]] and his Chinese Secret Police, [[IntrepidReporter Scarlet]], Mike's most loyal ally [[TheMole Mina]], and [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Alpha Protocol]] itself, all leading up to [[spoiler:[[MegaCorp Halbech]]]], and eventually [[spoiler:Alpha Protocol's own "[[TheChessmaster human number cruncher]]" [[SmugSnake Alan Parker.]]]] The only one who isn't involved in or trying to manipulate ''something'' is [[BewareTheSillyOnes Steven Heck]], who's just along for the ride because it lets him blow shit up. Amusingly, he also knows many of the above secrets and never tells Mike, regardless of how friendly he is.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' is a game being developed with free-form time travel so this is the obvious result of two or more enemies (2 vs. 2 is a popular mode) trying to turn the tide of not only the same battle, but all battles in a 7-minute time frame around the "present". Add to that the option to avoid these battles by retreating, not even building your army or destroying your enemy's factories or even resource gatherers (often leading to a massive ButterflyEffect), [[ForWantOfANail Butterfly Effect]]), make Chronoclones (send a unit back in time to fight alongside the original) and to cause {{Grandfather Paradox}}es, deliberately or not, to make whole armies phase in and out of existence and you've got a game which is perfect for [[ThePlan the crazy planner in all of us]].
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'' has this as its central plot. The higher-ups in the Triad are plotting against each other to become head of the Triad, the enemy gangs are plotting against the Triad, the ''actual'' head of the Triad is plotting against everybody, and the FBI is trying to arrest everybody. Ironically, [[spoiler: Huang Lee, the PlayerCharacter, is the one to come out on top, avoiding arrest and death, and becoming the head of the Triad - all because he hadn't been plotting against anybody.]]
anybody]].
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has competing gambits from...well, ''everybody.'' The ''short'' list: [[CorporateSamurai Conrad Marburg]] and his [[TheRemnant Deus Vult]] group along with the [[AxeCrazy [[AxCrazy VCI]] and [[BloodKnight SIE]], [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Al-Samaad]], [[TheMafiya Sergei Surkov]], [[TheConspiracy G22]] and [[StatusQuoIsGod Albatross]], [[RightHandVersusLeftHand Omen Deng]] and his Chinese Secret Police, [[IntrepidReporter Scarlet]], Mike's most loyal ally [[TheMole Mina]], and [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Alpha Protocol]] itself, all leading up to [[spoiler:[[MegaCorp Halbech]]]], and eventually [[spoiler:Alpha Protocol's own "[[TheChessmaster human number cruncher]]" [[SmugSnake Alan Parker.]]]] The only one who isn't involved in or trying to manipulate ''something'' is [[BewareTheSillyOnes Steven Heck]], who's just along for the ride because it lets him blow shit up. Amusingly, he also knows many of the above secrets and never tells Mike, regardless of how friendly he is.



* You can't even throw a rock in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' without hitting some mysterious person manipulating things from behind the scenes, who may or may not have someone [[TheStarscream plotting to stab them in the back.]] It eventually reaches the point that the one who emerges from it all as the ultimate BigBad is [[spoiler: Castor, Ortas' subordinate, who was manipulating the Rosehart Kingdom, who was manipulating Herbert and the war between the Empire and the Republic, making him TheStarscream of TheManBehindTheMan...''behind'' the man.]]

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* You can't even throw a rock in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' without hitting some mysterious person manipulating things from behind the scenes, who may or may not have someone [[TheStarscream plotting to stab them in the back.]] It eventually reaches the point that the one who emerges from it all as the ultimate BigBad is [[spoiler: Castor, Ortas' subordinate, who was manipulating the Rosehart Kingdom, who was manipulating Herbert and the war between the Empire and the Republic, making him TheStarscream of TheManBehindTheMan...''behind'' the man.]]man]].



* ''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.]]

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' pulls this off quite well, especially noticable noticeable 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.]]Conspiracy]].



* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Ayla 5: "Ayla and the Networks" is one of these. It shifts perspective to show each person setting up their gambits. To top it all off...[[spoiler:Thuban and Ayla had won before the first move was drawn. Thuban had purposely leaked the very blackmail conversation that STARTED this mess, solely to make sure everything happened just as planned.]] Even more complicated, [[spoiler:Phase set the whole thing up several novels earlier with a ChekhovsGun that he patiently waited a couple months for someone running their own gambit to trigger it.]] And then several new groups step in, trying to pull off their own gambits in the middle of the story. HilarityEnsues.

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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Ayla 5: "Ayla and the Networks" is one of these. It shifts perspective to show each person setting up their gambits. To top it all off...[[spoiler:Thuban and Ayla had won before the first move was drawn. Thuban had purposely leaked the very blackmail conversation that STARTED this mess, solely to make sure everything happened just as planned.]] Even more complicated, [[spoiler:Phase set the whole thing up several novels earlier with a ChekhovsGun that he patiently waited a couple months for someone running their own gambit to trigger it.]] it]]. And then several new groups step in, trying to pull off their own gambits in the middle of the story. HilarityEnsues.



* In "Deicide" ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has brought this to Heaven. You have [[spoiler:Yahweh, Michael-lan's plotting against Yahweh, Salapael's First Conspiracy, the mysterious Second Conspiracy and whoever subverted that Israeli sub into nuking Tel-Aviv, which may be the Second Conspiracy or who knows, a ''Third'' bloody conspiracy.]]

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* In "Deicide" ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has brought this to Heaven. You have [[spoiler:Yahweh, Michael-lan's plotting against Yahweh, Salapael's First Conspiracy, the mysterious Second Conspiracy and whoever subverted that Israeli sub into nuking Tel-Aviv, which may be the Second Conspiracy or who knows, a ''Third'' bloody conspiracy.]]conspiracy]].



3rd May '16 3:51:21 AM SeaRover
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* The antagonists plans in ''Cries Unheard'' (a ''Anime/LuckyStar'' fanfic) could have been pulled off successfully, and they'd still be alive, if they had been a lot smarter about it instead of relying on everything preceding their only-inevitable demises to fall favorably for them. How does Satoshi know that Minami and her friends won't suspect him, charming as he may have been the previous day, of killing her dog Cherry? How does Riku know Kagami won't drop her infatuation for him and slap him for touching her hair, or suspect him of stalking her when she takes Tsukasa out shopping? Kagami and Tsukasa's ''real'' character dictates that there should not have been any tension between them that ''did'' result from Kagami "ignoring" her (read: Tsukasa just standing on the sidelines and feeling sorry for herself or thinking that Kagami doesn't love her anymore just because she's got a boyfriend now), which in turn would negate Kenji's efforts to keep those two on any questionable terms. What drives Satoshi to obtain security information from Miyuki about her father's company (which she even mentions only overhearing from said father, Jiro, himself)? How does Kenji know that Minoru (or ''anyone'', for that matter) isn't gonna report what he and Brick did to him to the police? How does he manage to stab Konata in the back in the middle of a crowded summer festival, without her either dying or screaming, and without anyone freaking out at such an act of violence, or even batting an eye at some guy carrying a girl's limp body around? How do he and Riku know that Misao and her family isn't gonna wonder what's going on with them and Konata while both parties are out camping next to eachother, or that Misao, who has no one yet to lose, isn't gonna scream for her family's help while being raped, or that said family isn't gonna either step in or identify them for the police? How do those boys know Nanako wouldn't survive a car wreck courtesy of some severed brake cables (and they'd just have one more victim to "work on" if she did survive)? How do they know that none of their secondary victims have friends that their primary ones have never even met, who could step in at a moment's notice once they caught wind of everything before being found out about? How do they know that Kagami will either dismiss Misao's complaints of being raped or let them go when they continue to gaslight her? How do they know Kagami will eventually give them sex, when the world is full of people who will do no such thing under ''any'' circumstances except marriage? How do they know that Soujiro and Yui will not suspect anything from Konata's aloofness of late or Yutaka's absence for several weeks straight? How do they know none of their own cohorts are gonna get tired of the whole thing and either kill himself to avoid prison or just surrender himself and rat on his fellow Yakuza? [[StupidEvil Really, Satoshi could have just taken some nude footage that he takes of Miyuki, threatened Jiro with it for the information he needs, and left everyone else alone. One thing goes wrong, which evidently does happen eventually, and the whole operation is fucked.]] [[IdiotPlot Combined with the stupidity of some of the protagonists regarding things like Minami's dog and Tsukasa and Kagami's relationship]], this is one example of this trope that utterly shatters all willing suspension of disbelief, and there's even a certain WhatIf fic that shows what would have really happened only the second morning in, rendering everything that originally followed a moot point.
3rd May '16 3:49:36 AM SeaRover
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* The antagonists plans in ''Cries Unheard'' (a ''Anime/LuckyStar'' fanfic) could have been pulled off successfully, and they'd still be alive, if they had been a lot smarter about it instead of relying on everything preceding their only-inevitable demises to fall favorably for them. How does Satoshi know that Minami and her friends won't suspect him, charming as he may have been the previous day, of killing her dog Cherry? How does Riku know Kagami won't drop her infatuation for him and slap him for touching her hair, or suspect him of stalking her when she takes Tsukasa out shopping? Kagami and Tsukasa's ''real'' character dictates that there should not have been any tension between them that ''did'' result from Kagami "ignoring" her (read: Tsukasa just standing on the sidelines and feeling sorry for herself or thinking that Kagami doesn't love her anymore just because she's got a boyfriend now), which in turn would negate Kenji's efforts to keep those two on any questionable terms. What drives Satoshi to obtain security information from Miyuki about her father's company (which she even mentions only overhearing from said father, Jiro, himself)? How does Kenji know that Minoru (or ''anyone'', for that matter) isn't gonna report what he and Brick did to him to the police? How does he manage to stab Konata in the back in the middle of a crowded summer festival, without her either dying or screaming, and without anyone freaking out at such an act of violence, or even batting an eye at some guy carrying a girl's limp body around? How do he and Riku know that Misao and her family isn't gonna wonder what's going on with them and Konata while both parties are out camping next to eachother, or that Misao, who has no one yet to lose, isn't gonna scream for her family's help while being raped, or that said family isn't gonna either step in or identify them for the police? How do those boys know Nanako wouldn't survive a car wreck courtesy of some severed brake cables (and they'd just have one more victim to "work on" if she did survive)? How do they know that none of their secondary victims have friends that their primary ones have never even met, who could step in at a moment's notice once they caught wind of everything before being found out about? How do they know that Kagami will either dismiss Misao's complaints of being raped or let them go when they continue to gaslight her? How do they know Kagami will eventually give them sex, when the world is full of people who will do no such thing under ''any'' circumstances except marriage? How do they know that Soujiro and Yui will not suspect anything from Konata's aloofness of late or Yutaka's absence for several weeks straight? How do they know none of their own cohorts are gonna get tired of the whole thing and either kill himself to avoid prison or just surrender himself and rat on his fellow Yakuza? [[StupidEvil Really, Satoshi could have just taken some nude footage that he takes of Miyuki, threatened Jiro with it for the information he needs, and left everyone else alone. One thing goes wrong, which evidently does happen eventually, and the whole operation is fucked.]] [[IdiotPlot Combined with the stupidity of some of the protagonists regarding things like Minami's dog and Tsukasa and Kagami's relationship]], this is one example of this trope that utterly shatters all willing suspension of disbelief, and there's even a certain WhatIf fic that shows what would have really happened only the second morning in, rendering everything that originally followed a moot point.
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* ''Creator/RocketJump'' and ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' do a joint sketch parodying this.

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* ''Creator/RocketJump'' and ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' do a joint sketch parodying this. The exchange quoted below is just the first ''minute.''
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'''Key:''' You mean the hacker's wife...who just filed for divorce?

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'''Key:''' You mean the hacker's wife...who just filed for divorce?divorce?\\
'''Peele:''' Bullshit! That marriage is rock-solid!\\
'''Key:''' ''(chuckles)'' I guarantee you it's not. I've been hitting that for six months.
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''Key:''' Guess again! We've got a sniper trained on your position.\\

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''Key:''' '''Key:''' Guess again! We've got a sniper trained on your position.\\
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