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17th Apr '18 5:55:57 PM MasterN
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[[GambitPileup When different agendas come into conflict]], it's a ForegoneConclusion in most cases that one and only one will emerge triumphant. When this happens, the expected result is that it's one of the major [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] who comes out on top (especially [[ManipulativeBastard one who turns out to have been playing all the other players to their own ends]]), but it's just as likely that the final winner is a minor player, a SpannerInTheWorks who unknowingly sabotages the efforts of the would-be masterminds, or even [[ActionSurvivor someone who's simply lucky enough to be alive when the dust finally settles]].

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[[GambitPileup When different agendas come into conflict]], it's a ForegoneConclusion in most cases that one and only one will emerge triumphant. When this happens, the expected result is that it's one of the major [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] who comes out on top (especially [[ManipulativeBastard [[MagnificentBastard one who turns out to have been playing all the other players to their own ends]]), but it's just as likely that the final winner is a minor player, a SpannerInTheWorks who unknowingly sabotages the efforts of the would-be masterminds, or even [[ActionSurvivor someone who's simply lucky enough to be alive when the dust finally settles]].
2nd Apr '18 12:00:28 PM ShireNomad
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* ''Fanfic/UltimateVideoRumble 2'': The GambitPileup of villain groups resolves with [[spoiler: Demitri Maximoff methodically brainwashing the leadership of all of them (plus several other competitors) into serving his goals]].

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* ''Fanfic/UltimateVideoRumble 2'': The GambitPileup of villain groups resolves with [[spoiler: Demitri Maximoff methodically brainwashing the leadership of all half of them (plus several other competitors) into serving his goals]].
goals, and convincing [[DealWithTheDevil the Dark Guy to give him a power-up for good measure]]. Once it's clear he's holding all the cards at about the 2/3 mark, the rest either (grudgingly) allies with him or give up on their own plots to [[EnemyMine focus on taking him down]].]]
28th Mar '18 1:09:38 PM marcoasalazarm
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a world full of [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] and God Wannabes, the one who benefits most from all the conflicts is [[spoiler: the new Führer Grumman, whose master plan to seize control is essentially "Keep your head down and say nothing."]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a world full of [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] and God Wannabes, the one who benefits most from all the conflicts is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the new Führer Grumman, whose master plan to seize control is essentially "Keep your head down and say nothing."]]


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* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' has Lucius Malfoy actually lecturing his son Draco to make his plans as simple and practical as possible, because falling to ComplexityAddiction (like his rival Harry has) is putting his chances of this trope happening in the hands of sheer uncontrollable luck.
28th Mar '18 12:58:54 PM ShireNomad
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[[GambitPileup When different agendas come into conflict,]] it's a ForegoneConclusion in most cases that one and only one will emerge triumphant. When this happens, the expected result is that it's one of the major [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] who comes out on top (especially [[ManipulativeBastard one who turns out to have been playing all the other players to their own ends]]), but it's just as likely that the final winner is a minor player, a SpannerInTheWorks who unknowingly sabotages the efforts of the would-be masterminds, or even [[ActionSurvivor someone who's simply lucky enough to be alive when the dust finally settles]].

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[[GambitPileup When different agendas come into conflict,]] conflict]], it's a ForegoneConclusion in most cases that one and only one will emerge triumphant. When this happens, the expected result is that it's one of the major [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] who comes out on top (especially [[ManipulativeBastard one who turns out to have been playing all the other players to their own ends]]), but it's just as likely that the final winner is a minor player, a SpannerInTheWorks who unknowingly sabotages the efforts of the would-be masterminds, or even [[ActionSurvivor someone who's simply lucky enough to be alive when the dust finally settles]].



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a world full of [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] and God Wannabes; the one who benefits most from all the conflicts is the new Führer Grumman, whose master plan to seize control is essentially 'Keep your head down and say nothing'.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a world full of [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] and God Wannabes; Wannabes, the one who benefits most from all the conflicts is [[spoiler: the new Führer Grumman, whose master plan to seize control is essentially 'Keep "Keep your head down and say nothing'.
nothing."]]

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* ''Fanfic/UltimateVideoRumble 2'': The GambitPileup of villain groups resolves with [[spoiler: Demitri Maximoff methodically brainwashing the leadership of all of them (plus several other competitors) into serving his goals]].
17th Jan '17 9:25:08 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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In many cases, the Last Plan Standing is [[NonIndicativeName nothing of the sort]] - the winner is simply someone who [[GoldenSnitch happened to be in the right place in the right time and seized victory]] while all the other players had their attention elsewhere.

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In many cases, the Last Plan Standing is [[NonIndicativeName nothing of the sort]] - -- the winner is simply someone who [[GoldenSnitch happened to be in the right place in the right time and seized victory]] while all the other players had their attention elsewhere.
30th Nov '16 1:30:43 PM N1KF
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In many cases, the LastPlanStanding is [[NonIndicativeName nothing of the sort]] - the winner is simply someone who [[GoldenSnitch happened to be in the right place in the right time and seized victory]] while all the other players had their attention elsewhere.

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In many cases, the LastPlanStanding Last Plan Standing is [[NonIndicativeName nothing of the sort]] - the winner is simply someone who [[GoldenSnitch happened to be in the right place in the right time and seized victory]] while all the other players had their attention elsewhere.



* [[EvilHand Liquid Snake]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. His only real involvement with the plan was getting Solid Snake involved so that he was able to be released. However, the enormous circle of backstabbing between Dead Cell, Solidus, Olga and Ocelot cancelled them out to the point he was able to abscond with RAY. [[spoiler: On a bigger scale, the Patriots managed to get ''exactly'' what they wanted out of the situation, successfully testing both their mind control system ''and'' eliminating one of their major enemies.]] And in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', [[spoiler: ''Big Boss'' returns from the dead to effectively reveal ''himself'' as the LastPlanStanding for the entire series - the entire events of [=MGS2=] ''and'' [=MGS4=] were engineered to free the world from the grip of the Patriots.]]

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* [[EvilHand Liquid Snake]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. His only real involvement with the plan was getting Solid Snake involved so that he was able to be released. However, the enormous circle of backstabbing between Dead Cell, Solidus, Olga and Ocelot cancelled them out to the point he was able to abscond with RAY. [[spoiler: On a bigger scale, the Patriots managed to get ''exactly'' what they wanted out of the situation, successfully testing both their mind control system ''and'' eliminating one of their major enemies.]] And in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', [[spoiler: ''Big Boss'' returns from the dead to effectively reveal ''himself'' as the LastPlanStanding Last Plan Standing for the entire series - the entire events of [=MGS2=] ''and'' [=MGS4=] were engineered to free the world from the grip of the Patriots.]]
9th Oct '16 5:55:25 AM erforce
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* Happens in every ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie to date, but especially ''Dead Man's Chest'', with [[spoiler: Norrington]] emerging as the surprise victor.

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* Happens in every ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie to date, but especially ''Dead ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest'', Chest]]'', with [[spoiler: Norrington]] emerging as the surprise victor.



* On Series/{{Lost}}, when the dust finally settles after all the years of scheming and back stabbing between Jack, Locke, Ben, Widmore, Jacob, and the Smoke Monster, it is kind-hearted Hurley who comes to rule the island.

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* On Series/{{Lost}}, ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when the dust finally settles after all the years of scheming and back stabbing between Jack, Locke, Ben, Widmore, Jacob, and the Smoke Monster, it is kind-hearted Hurley who comes to rule the island.



* Simon at the end of Tad Williams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy is at least a partial example.

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* Simon at the end of Tad Williams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy is at least a partial example.



* [[EvilHand Liquid Snake]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. His only real involvement with the plan was getting Solid Snake involved so that he was able to be released. However, the enormous circle of backstabbing between Dead Cell, Solidus, Olga and Ocelot cancelled them out to the point he was able to abscond with RAY. [[spoiler: On a bigger scale, the Patriots managed to get ''exactly'' what they wanted out of the situation, successfully testing both their mind control system ''and'' eliminating one of their major enemies.]] And in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', [[spoiler: ''Big Boss'' returns from the dead to effectively reveal ''himself'' as the LastPlanStanding for the entire series - the entire events of [=MGS2=] ''and'' [=MGS4=] were engineered to free the world from the grip of the Patriots.]]

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* [[EvilHand Liquid Snake]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. His only real involvement with the plan was getting Solid Snake involved so that he was able to be released. However, the enormous circle of backstabbing between Dead Cell, Solidus, Olga and Ocelot cancelled them out to the point he was able to abscond with RAY. [[spoiler: On a bigger scale, the Patriots managed to get ''exactly'' what they wanted out of the situation, successfully testing both their mind control system ''and'' eliminating one of their major enemies.]] And in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', [[spoiler: ''Big Boss'' returns from the dead to effectively reveal ''himself'' as the LastPlanStanding for the entire series - the entire events of [=MGS2=] ''and'' [=MGS4=] were engineered to free the world from the grip of the Patriots.]]
6th Oct '16 4:08:27 PM zookx1
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a world full of [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] and God Wannabes; the one who benefits most from all the conflicts is the new Führer Grumman, whose master plan to seize control is essentially 'Keep your head down and say nothing'.
18th Jul '15 6:22:04 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII of England]] was this, both in RealLife and in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/RichardIII''.

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* [[TheHouseOfTudor [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII of England]] was this, both in RealLife and in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/RichardIII''.
4th Jul '15 10:32:28 AM nombretomado
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* By the end of ''LegacyOfKain: Defiance'', Raziel finally stops being manipulated by everyone, and [[spoiler:lets himself be absorbed by the Reaver, so that Kain can use the Reaver to defeat the Elder God]].

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* By the end of ''LegacyOfKain: ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Defiance'', Raziel finally stops being manipulated by everyone, and [[spoiler:lets himself be absorbed by the Reaver, so that Kain can use the Reaver to defeat the Elder God]].
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