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16th Jan '18 1:38:21 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Shakespeare's]] ''The Merry Wives of Windsor'' includes multiple plots for revenge, marriage, and profit all coming to a collision in the middle and at the end.

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* [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Shakespeare's]] ''The Merry Wives of Windsor'' includes multiple plots for revenge, marriage, and profit all coming to a collision in the middle and at the end.
14th Jan '18 2:30:21 PM bwburke94
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** Parodied till it snapped by "The Curse of the Fatal Death". To the point where the first part is nothing but TheReveal "I bribed the architect!"

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** Parodied till until it snapped by the parodic "The Curse of the Fatal Death". To the point where the first part is nothing but TheReveal "I bribed the architect!"



** ''Survivor'' is all about the Gambit Pileup. When you have 16 or 24 people are competing against one another for a million dollars it's bound to happen, since everyone has their own plan. While in the original seasons there wasn't a lot of it (one player voted people alphabetically and others decided to just use that to their advantage), in later seasons the art of manipulation has changed to the point where you can't get anywhere without lying, backstabbing or plotting. For example:

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** ''Survivor'' is all about the Gambit Pileup. When you have 16 or 24 to 20 people are competing against one another for a million dollars it's bound to happen, since everyone has their own plan. While in the original seasons there wasn't a lot of it (one player voted people alphabetically and others decided to just use that to their advantage), in later seasons the art of manipulation has changed to the point where you can't get anywhere without lying, backstabbing or plotting. For example:
14th Jan '18 10:34:37 AM reddragon32145
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* Literature/APracticalGuideToEvil: the ending of each book resolves the current arc with one of these. In Book 1, each of the cadet company commanders has a plan to win the wargame; Book 2 ends with a three-way game of [[XanatosSpeedChess Xanatos Speed Chess]] between the [[VillainProtagonist Squire]], [[TheRival Heiress]] and [[HeroAntagonist the Lone Swordsman]].
**Two of the Extra Chapters shows that the end of Procer's Civil War was one of these between the Dread Empress of Praes and Cordelia Hasenbach of Procer with the latter coming out on top, narrowly. Also serves to drive home the woman's competence since [[TheEmperor Malicia]] is an [[MagnificentBastard incredibly competent plotter]] and generally shown to be two steps ahead of everyone else.
11th Jan '18 5:15:23 AM Derkhan
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*** Shadowthrone and Cotillion also have their own plans to [[spoiler:send the Crippled God back to his home realm, spite the Elder Gods and gain a dominant position in the pantheon]].
11th Jan '18 5:10:26 AM Derkhan
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* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series. It would be simpler to list those major characters and groups that ''don't'' have some sort of master plan working.

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* The In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series. series, It would be simpler to list those major characters and groups that ''don't'' have some sort of master plan working.working.
** As it is, the following plans crash headlong into each other at the series' final in ''Literature/TheCrippledGod'':
*** The [[spoiler:Forkrul Assail, allied with the Tiste Liosan and K'Chain Nah'ruk]], who are obsessed with their own brand f justice, are planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by opening their [[FunctionalMagic Warren of Ahkrast Korvalain]] and wiping humanity from existence.
*** The gang of Elder Gods centered on the Errant plan their own version of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by ridding the world of magic and creating a planet on which only they have power in order to restore the old pecking order among the gods.
*** The Tiste Liosan on their own plan to use the hubbub to conquer the realm of Kurald Galain.
*** Olar Ethil, the First Bonecaster, intends to spite the Elder Gods' plans in order for her own to prevail, which is to [[spoiler:win the heart of Onos T'oolan, finally, after all those millennia]].
*** On the "good" side, Adjunct Tavore Paran has assembled an army and gained allies to march on the [[spoiler:Forkrul Assail]] in Kolanse, fully knowing that [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failure may well be the only option]].
*** Her brother Ganoes Paran ''also'' marches on Kolanse with his ''own'' army, not knowing if or what his sister is doing.
** ''Literature/TollTheHounds'', as an early grand final before the final one in the last book, has its own giant gambit pileup:
*** Anomander Rake, Hood, Shadowthrone and Edgewalker hedge an elaborate plan that will not only relieve Hood of his duties as the God of Death, but [[spoiler: free the Gate of Darkness from the wagon within Dragnipur and allow Mother Dark to return to her children again, all while making it impossible for her to ignore Anomander Rake's apology]]. To make this plan work, both Hood and Anomander Rake stage their own [[ThePlan plans]]. Hood enlists Gaz, a SerialKiller, and his wife Thordy to cause enough bloodshed to enable him to physically materialise in Darujhistan. He's also been collecting the dead and rallying them [[NightOfTheLivingMooks into an army]] for quite some time. Anomander Rake, meanwhile, has not been killing people for a very long while, thus weakening the souls within Dragnipur. Conveniently, Shadowthrone and Cotillion are able to use Traveller's [[spoiler: -- aka Dassem Ultor's aka Dessembrae's (the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Lord of Tragedy]]) -- ]]own plan to take revenge on Hood to [[BatmanGambit railroad]] him (with some help from Tulas Shorn) towards Darujhistan just at the right time to trick him into [[spoiler: killing Anomander Rake]].
*** Shadowthrone's own Magus, Iskaral Pust, also has his own schemes regarding getting his hands on [[spoiler:Dragnipur]].
*** And so do the newly arrived Hounds of Light, working for an unknown master.
*** High King Kallor, ever on a quest to gain a throne, is also on his way to seize what he thinks should be his.
*** Within Dragnipur itself, a gambit pileup of it's own is brewing. Draconus is trying to enlist the strongest captives within the sword in an attempt of a last stand against the Legions of Chaos, while the mad artist Kadaspala is trying to bring a Child God to life via a millennia old, intricate tattoo on all the carriages' inhabitants. Meanwhile, the Goddess of Thieves Apsal'ara is doing her best to find a way out of her captivity.
*** And within the city of Darujhistan, the Cabal of Mages is getting ready for the long-prophesized return of the Tyrant, while the mysterious man named Humble Measure is working towards facilitating said return. And a few noble men are busy trying to get in the way of everyone by taking over the City Council.
*** To the south, in Black Coral, the Dying God wants to [[spoiler:assimilate the Redeemer]], and Clip, self-proclaimed Herald of Mother Dark, to bring down Anomander Rake. Their plans intercept, only to slam headfirst into those of Anomander Rake himself, as well as Mother Dark's own.
22nd Dec '17 5:12:43 PM ZimFan89
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** Even the arc dedicated solely to dealing with the Dark Hand has one of these. There's whatever Chang's been working towards, the Section 13-backed Chan Clan and Guardians working to take Chang down, Will plotting a secretive side mission with only Jade and Caleb's knowledge, [[KnightTemplar Quentin Ross]] going rogue out of disgust at Section 13 not going far enough to eliminate the Dark Hand, and newcomer [[WildCard Nyx]] running her own agenda against the Dark Hand. And there's the Oni watching from the sidelines via Hak Foo's mask.

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** Even the arc dedicated solely to dealing with the Dark Hand has one of these. There's whatever Chang's been working towards, the Section 13-backed Chan Clan and Guardians working to take Chang down, Will plotting a secretive side mission with only Jade and Caleb's knowledge, [[KnightTemplar Quentin Ross]] going rogue out of disgust at Section 13 not going far enough to eliminate the Dark Hand, and newcomer [[WildCard Nyx]] running her own agenda against the Dark Hand. And there's the Oni watching from the sidelines via Hak Foo's mask.mask, while Nimue eventually steps in to manipulate the Chans and Guardians as part of her own agenda.
12th Dec '17 3:34:48 PM tafelshrew
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* ''Murder at the President's Lodging'' is a detective story where the murderer kills the unpopular President of the college and frames one of his colleagues. However, another colleague sees part of what happened, and assumes that a fourth colleague is the murderer, and that ''he'' is being framed. So he attempts to frame his suspect. Unfortunately, while doing this, his suspect is alerted, and leaps to the conclusion that the actual murderer is the guilty party and is responsible for this frame-up, and thus he attempts to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame the murderer.]] [[UpToEleven Except that the murderer's intended patsy has now become aware of some of the goings on and deduced that the initial witness is the murderer and attempting to frame the murderer, so of course the only thing to do is to frame his suspect.]]

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* ''Murder at the President's Lodging'' is a detective story where the murderer kills the unpopular President of the college and frames one of his colleagues. However, another colleague sees part of what happened, and assumes that a fourth colleague is the murderer, and that ''he'' is being framed. So he attempts to frame his suspect. Unfortunately, while doing this, his suspect is alerted, and leaps to the conclusion that the actual murderer is the guilty party and is responsible for this frame-up, and thus he attempts to [[FramingTheGuiltyParty frame the murderer.]] [[UpToEleven Except that the murderer's intended patsy has now become aware of some of the goings on and deduced that the initial witness is the murderer and attempting to frame the murderer, so of course the only thing to do is to frame his suspect. And that's not to mention the entirely unconnected plot to steal some academic papers the President had unethically got hold of...]]
28th Nov '17 1:04:44 PM ZimFan89
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** Even the arc dedicated solely to dealing with the Dark Hand has one of these. There's whatever Chang's been working towards, the Section 13-backed Chan Clan and Guardians working to take Chang down, Will plotting a secretive side mission with only Jade and Caleb's knowledge, [[KnightTemplar Quentin Ross]] going rogue out of disgust at Section 13 not going far enough to eliminate the Dark Hand, and newcomer [[WildCard Nyx]] running her own agenda against the Dark Hand. And there's the Oni watching from the sidelines via Hak Foo's mask.
26th Nov '17 12:13:30 AM lillolillo
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* Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} is a big fan of these.

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* Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} Creator/ChristopherPriest is a big fan of these.


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* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'''s ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Gates/Igle run]]'', Alura orders her daughter Kara to capture Reactron and bring him back to ComicBook/NewKrypton. When Supergirl drags him along to the planet, a mob attempts to lynch him and Alura takes advantage of the ensuing chaos to fake his death, throw him into a cell and torture him for information... which was a bad idea because ComicBook/LexLuthor and Sam Lane had turned Reactron into a living bomb ready to go off and take the whole planet with him.
15th Nov '17 10:58:24 AM BeerBaron
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* In most of the ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, each faction leader or otherwise plot-important NPC has a scheme or two in the works. Whether its a good or evil scheme depends on the person. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has a fun example in the Dark Brotherhood storyline.

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* In most of the Throughout ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, each series, the various [[SidequestSidestory faction questlines]] in the games usually have some of this going on. Most often, it's a corrupt faction leader scheming to achieve (evil or otherwise plot-important NPC has a scheme or two in at least amoral) goals at the works. Whether its a good or evil scheme depends on expense of the person. faction itself. Often, their plans would have gone off without a hitch if the PlayerCharacter hadn't come along to act as a SpannerInTheWorks. The Fighters Guild questline in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] questline in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has a fun example in Oblivion]]'', and the Dark Brotherhood storyline.ThievesGuild questline in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' all provide prominent examples. A good rule is that if the faction's leader doesn't seem like a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, they're probably up to something and one of these is likely to result.
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