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10th Feb '18 4:01:28 AM JackG
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them into stopping a rebel uprising, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame who's just about to step onto the arena.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them into stopping a rebel uprising, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame who's just about to step onto the arena.
10th Feb '18 4:00:55 AM JackG
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame whose just about to step onto the arena.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, them into stopping a rebel uprising, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame whose who's just about to step onto the arena.
10th Feb '18 3:59:39 AM JackG
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.HuntingTheMostDangerousGame whose just about to step onto the arena.
10th Feb '18 3:59:02 AM JackG
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.
7th Jan '18 6:19:58 PM Luigifan
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-->'''Stef:'''What about the Fratellis?
-->'''Andy:'''Yeah, those creeps are still after us!
-->'''Mikey:'''I've got an idea. I saw this on an old [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]] episode. We'll leave a trail of jewels leading into one cave while we hide out in another. When they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
-->'''Mama Fratelli:'''Now, that sounds like a great idea!
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' shows a montage of elaborate mission planning by the [[StealthPun dream team]] that [[spoiler: goes awry when they discover that their target's subconscious has been weaponized, forcing them to IndyPloy the rest of their mission.]]

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-->'''Stef:'''What -->'''Stef:''' What about the Fratellis?
-->'''Andy:'''Yeah, -->'''Andy:''' Yeah, those creeps are still after us!
-->'''Mikey:'''I've -->'''Mikey:''' I've got an idea. I saw this on an old [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]] episode. We'll leave a trail of jewels leading into one cave while we hide out in another. When they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
-->'''Mama Fratelli:'''Now, -->'''[[RightBehindMe Mama Fratelli]]:''' Now, that sounds like a great idea!
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' shows a montage of elaborate mission planning by the [[StealthPun dream team]] that [[spoiler: goes [[spoiler:goes awry when they discover that their target's subconscious has been weaponized, forcing them to IndyPloy the rest of their mission.]]mission]]



** Or, and Mike Tyson put it "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
** Another version, attributed to President UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, says that "plans are worthless, but planning is essential". In essence, specific plans usually crumble -- but the work that goes into them, the intelligence gathered, briefings made, contingencies accounted for, etc. are invaluable when the times comes to play XanatosSpeedChess.

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** Or, and as Mike Tyson put it it, "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
** Another version, attributed to President UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, says that "plans are worthless, but planning is essential". In essence, specific plans usually crumble -- but the work that goes into them, the intelligence gathered, briefings made, contingencies accounted for, etc. are invaluable when the times time comes to play XanatosSpeedChess.
29th Aug '17 12:43:17 PM HalcyonDayz
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* This is going to happen in most tabletop RPGs, either from the GM's side or the players'.

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* This is going to happen in most tabletop RPGs, {{Role Playing Game}}s, either from the GM's side or the players'.
7th Apr '17 11:41:12 AM azul120
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* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' has the crew go over a complex plan to steal their gold back from Steve. When they go to implement said plan, they discover Steve's neighbors are holding a party. They call off the heist due to the large number of witnesses.

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* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The ''Film/{{The Italian Job]]'' Job|2003}}'' has the crew go over a complex plan to steal their gold back from Steve. When they go to implement said plan, they discover Steve's neighbors are holding a party. They call off the heist due to the large number of witnesses.






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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.

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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.
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** Or, and Mike Tyson put it "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

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** Or, and Mike Tyson put it "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth."mouth".



24th Jan '17 7:25:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is going to happen in most tabletop RPGs, either from the GM's side or the players'.
** From the GM side, no matter how well you plan an adventure or scenario, how many ways you anticipate the players reacting, they will find at least one that you didn't expect and chances are good it'll be the one that sends things completely OffTheRails.
** On the other hand, no matter how well a group of players plans a mission or adventure out, there's a good chance that the GM has something that will blow up that plan immediately. And even if the GM hasn't planned for it, often times one or two bad rolls can crash a plan the moment it gets underway.

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* This is going to happen in most tabletop RPGs, either from the GM's side or the players'.
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** From the GM side, no matter how well you plan an adventure or scenario, how many ways you anticipate the players reacting, they will find at least one that you didn't expect and chances are good it'll be the one that sends things completely OffTheRails.
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** On the other hand, no matter how well a group of players plans a mission or adventure out, there's a good chance that the GM has something that will blow up that plan immediately. And even if the GM hasn't planned for it, often times one or two bad rolls can crash a plan the moment it gets underway.

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18th Dec '16 3:36:01 PM ZerroDefex
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# Instant success: The convoluted scheme for breaking into the bad guy's vault becomes redundant when they get there and find the door has been left ajar. This is particularly effective when the instant success is achieved by good old common sense, such as the scene in ''The Bourne Identity'' where Matt Damon coaches Franka Potente in how to obtain information from a hotel clerk, and she succeeds just by asking for it. (Compare CuttingTheKnot.)

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# Instant success: The convoluted scheme for breaking into the bad guy's vault becomes redundant when they get there and find the door has been left ajar. This is particularly effective when the instant success is achieved by good old common sense, such as the scene in ''The Bourne Identity'' where Matt Damon Jason Bourne coaches Franka Potente Marie in how to obtain information from a hotel clerk, and she succeeds just by asking for it.it while claiming to be his secretary. (Compare CuttingTheKnot.)
3rd Mar '16 8:18:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Inception}}'' shows a montage of elaborate mission planning by the [[StealthPun dream team]] that [[spoiler: goes awry when they discover that their target's subconscious has been weaponized, forcing them to IndyPloy the rest of their mission.]]

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* ''{{Inception}}'' ''Film/{{Inception}}'' shows a montage of elaborate mission planning by the [[StealthPun dream team]] that [[spoiler: goes awry when they discover that their target's subconscious has been weaponized, forcing them to IndyPloy the rest of their mission.]]



* In OfLoveAndShadows (at least in the movie), some young, patriotic officers discover that the commander-in-chief secretly performed unspeakable acts and conspire to oust him. Their little clique is discovered and captured by the troops before they can move a finger.

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* In OfLoveAndShadows ''Literature/OfLoveAndShadows'' (at least in the movie), some young, patriotic officers discover that the commander-in-chief secretly performed unspeakable acts and conspire to oust him. Their little clique is discovered and captured by the troops before they can move a finger.



* The ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "Ariel", in which the crew are sneaking into a hospital and have a long speech memorized using all kinds of medical jargon. They are allowed into the hospital without having to provide an explanation, but Jayne feels the need to make the speech anyway (and gets it wrong to boot).

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
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The ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "Ariel", in which the crew are sneaking into a hospital and have a long speech memorized using all kinds of medical jargon. They are allowed into the hospital without having to provide an explanation, but Jayne feels the need to make the speech anyway (and gets it wrong to boot).
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