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11th Aug '16 8:02:34 PM PaulA
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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] lives off these; he started his military career when he attempted to smuggle guns to a besieged planet in an unarmed freighter and, after a series of increasingly insane improvisations, wound up [[spoiler: ''in command of the enemy forces'']].
** And that's only halfway through his first book. Miles has thus far managed to improvise his way [[spoiler: to one of the most powerful positions in the Barrayaran empire and into marriage and fatherhood while acquiring a six-years-younger twin brother and an entire fleet of mercenaries]].
*** Subverted in ''A Civil Campaign'' where his attempt to ad lib a marriage proposal [[spoiler: in the middle of a dinner party confirms to his love interest that he'd been shamelessly manipulating her all along]] and so ''totally'' backfires.
** But maybe he [[ActionMom gets it from his mother]]. After all, Cordelia starts out captured by the enemy in ''Cordelia's Honor'' and ends up [[spoiler: married into the highest levels of aristocracy and Vicerene of two planets]] before it's all said and done. Of course this is ''after'' she [[spoiler: effects a daring escape from Aral Vorkosigan]] who is kind of a [[FourStarBadAss Admiral Bad Ass]] and certainly an OfficerAndAGentleman (InSpace!).
** In ''The Vor Game'', Miles and Emperor Gregor pull off the rarely-attempted Synchronized Tandem Indy Ploy, and somehow manage to completely out-maneuver a MagnificentBastard of a {{Chessmaster}} while unable to coordinate with each other ''on opposite sides of a star system''.

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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Miles Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan lives off these; he started his military career when he attempted to smuggle guns to a besieged planet in an unarmed freighter and, after a series of increasingly insane improvisations, wound up [[spoiler: ''in [[spoiler:in command of the enemy forces'']].
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forces]]. And that's only halfway through his first book. Miles has thus far managed to improvise his way [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to one of the most powerful positions in the Barrayaran empire and into marriage and fatherhood while acquiring a six-years-younger twin brother and an entire fleet of mercenaries]].
*** Subverted in ''A Civil Campaign'' where his attempt to ad lib a marriage proposal [[spoiler: in the middle of a dinner party confirms to his love interest that he'd been shamelessly manipulating her all along]] and so ''totally'' backfires.
** But maybe he [[ActionMom gets it from his mother]]. After all, Cordelia starts out captured by the enemy in ''Cordelia's Honor'' ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' and ends up [[spoiler: married [[spoiler:married into the highest levels of aristocracy and Vicerene of two planets]] before it's all said and done. Of course this is ''after'' she [[spoiler: effects [[spoiler:effects a daring escape from Aral Vorkosigan]] who is kind of a [[FourStarBadAss Admiral Bad Ass]] and certainly an OfficerAndAGentleman (InSpace!).
** In ''The Vor Game'', ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Miles and Emperor Gregor pull off the rarely-attempted Synchronized Tandem Indy Ploy, and somehow manage to completely out-maneuver a MagnificentBastard of a {{Chessmaster}} while unable to coordinate with each other ''on opposite sides of a star system''.
31st Jul '16 12:02:01 PM nombretomado
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** The miniseries ''Dream War'', a CrisisCrossover between the WildstormComics and DCComics universes: In a conflict with DC villains, Midnighter of the Authority usually had an advantage, due to his ability to play out every variation of a fight in his head before the first blow lands. Until he ran into the Joker and could do nothing but stand completely still because he couldn't figure out what the Joker would do.

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** The miniseries ''Dream War'', a CrisisCrossover between the WildstormComics and DCComics Creator/DCComics universes: In a conflict with DC villains, Midnighter of the Authority usually had an advantage, due to his ability to play out every variation of a fight in his head before the first blow lands. Until he ran into the Joker and could do nothing but stand completely still because he couldn't figure out what the Joker would do.
9th Jul '16 1:48:15 AM TheBuddy26
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* The founding father of game theory, John Von Neumann, famously said that a random strategy is the only strategy that cannot be guaranteed to be beaten by some other strategy. So, if you are going up against someone who is smarter, with more resources, and whose likelihood of understanding your strategy (if you had one) and replying with a better one is 100%, your only option for a non-zero chance of success is an Indy Ploy.

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* The founding father of game theory, theory (no, not [[WebVideo/GameTheory that one]]), John Von Neumann, famously said that a random strategy is the only strategy that cannot be guaranteed to be beaten by some other strategy. So, if you are going up against someone who is smarter, with more resources, and whose likelihood of understanding your strategy (if you had one) and replying with a better one is 100%, your only option for a non-zero chance of success is an Indy Ploy.


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* Your own life. It's always a running cycle of ploys.
5th Jul '16 5:01:20 PM MurderySmurf
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** Taken [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] during the brief online SCP-themed roleplay channel, the rules of which were crafted by both Kondraki and the even more infamous Fishmonger. The game system they devised was actually designed to be imbalanced ''on purpose'', and players were encouraged to make characters with absolutely ludicrous stats. Indy ploys were a normal function of gameplay; arguably there was no point where the resultant campaign was actually ''on'' [[OffTheRails the rails]].
28th Jun '16 4:26:26 PM intastiel
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* This becomes Allison's signature style in ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', thanks in large part to being TrappedInAnotherWorld, the unwilling owner of a CosmicKeystone, and possibly the heiress to the Throne of the Multiverse. Best demonstrated when she offhandedly decides to make a pact with a devil to infiltrate a GodEmperor RealityWarper's flying palace to find her boyfriend and deals with the fallout as it comes.
--> ''"I'm drunk as hell and I have '''no''' idea what I'm doing."''
6th Jun '16 4:20:23 PM MarkLungo
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2nd Jun '16 4:17:17 PM LentilSandEater
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** However, this may be more a case of XanatosSpeedChess in Batman's case
30th May '16 7:15:34 PM no_name86
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-->'''MACHIAVELLI:''' Do you have some kind of plan?
-->'''EZIO:''' I am improvising.

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-->'''MACHIAVELLI:''' -->'''Machiavelli:''' Do you have some kind of plan?
-->'''EZIO:''' -->'''Ezio:''' I am improvising.
29th May '16 9:28:13 AM dotchan
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* While not directly stated, the name of [[Film/SchindlersList Oskar Schindler's]] munitions factory ought to have been P.I.D.O.O.A, since that's his strategy for producing not a single shell during the war while coming up with excuses to give to the Germans. Throughout the entire film (including the excellent introductory sequence which highlights what a huckster Oskar really is), he's relying solely on his natural charisma, bribes, and pure guesswork. Since nobody can really top Creator/RogerEbert's own review of the film, here is the best excerpt:

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* ''Film/SchindlersList'': While not directly stated, the name of [[Film/SchindlersList Oskar Schindler's]] Schindler's munitions factory ought to have been P.I.D.O.O.A, since that's his strategy for producing not a single shell during the war while coming up with excuses to give to the Germans. Throughout the entire film (including the excellent introductory sequence which highlights what a huckster Oskar really is), he's relying solely on his natural charisma, bribes, and pure guesswork. Since nobody can really top Creator/RogerEbert's own review of the film, here is the best excerpt:
23rd May '16 8:01:52 AM SpocktorWho
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* Fairly common in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', as half the time the monster they're dealing with turns out to be a different creature than they expected, or operating in a different way than they expected. You can also bet that if they find and torch the bones of a ghost twenty minutes into the show, [[SpoiledByTheFormat then that's not how to stop that particular ghost]].
** Employed hilariously in season five:
--->'''Bobby:''' Okay. First truck don't leave for an hour. We get in, [[StuffBlowingUp we plant the c-4 every 25 feet]], then we pull the fire alarm.
--->'''Castiel:''' [[InstantlyProvenWrong That truck is leaving.]]
--->'''Bobby:''' Balls! Okay, new plan.
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