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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]].
13th May '15 11:36:55 AM Exusia
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler: Delita marries Princess Ovelia and is crowned King Delita.]] However, this example is actually subverted. [[spoiler: Delita is stabbed by Ovelia, and stabs her in return. Even if he does survive, he has lost everything that he was fighting for in his quest for power, and hundreds of years later, the revelation of the Durai Papers vindicates Ramza as the real hero of the game of the war]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler: Delita marries Princess Ovelia and is crowned King Delita.]] However, this example is actually subverted. [[spoiler: Delita is stabbed by Ovelia, and stabs her in return. Even if he does survive, he has lost everything that he was fighting for in his quest for power, and hundreds of years later, the revelation of the Durai Papers vindicates Ramza as the real hero of the game of the war]]
war.]]
* Of the many agendas from Dealer in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'', only one really comes to fruition, and that's [[spoiler:Heartless betraying them and using Meteor G as a means to contact Kelvin.]]
3rd Jul '14 9:35:02 AM rexpensive
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* Arabia and the Middle East were fought over by the Ottoman Empire, Germany, Britain and France, who were aided by the Rashidis (allied with the Ottomans), the Hashemites (allied with Britain), and the Saudis (led by AbdulAzizIbnSaud), along with others such as the Bedouins and the Ikhwan. As the region (plus a good deal more of the area) is now known as ''Saudi'' Arabia, it's clear who won. The Hashemites came in second, holding much of Mesopotamia and remaining in power in Jordan today. Most of the rest of the regional powers were devastated and replaced by entirely new states.

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* Arabia and the Middle East were fought over by the Ottoman Empire, Germany, Britain and France, who were aided by the Rashidis (allied with the Ottomans), the Hashemites (allied with Britain), and the Saudis (led by AbdulAzizIbnSaud), UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud), along with others such as the Bedouins and the Ikhwan. As the region (plus a good deal more of the area) is now known as ''Saudi'' Arabia, it's clear who won. The Hashemites came in second, holding much of Mesopotamia and remaining in power in Jordan today. Most of the rest of the regional powers were devastated and replaced by entirely new states.
24th May '14 10:35:44 AM MrThorfan64
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** Actually he doesn't come across as this in the play, which does a HistoricalHeroUpgrade on him, portraying him as the rightful King. Also many people forget that other Yorkists attempted this on him.
30th Oct '13 7:49:14 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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* [[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''. 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 [=MGS2=] ''and'' MGS4 [=MGS4=] were engineered to free the world from the grip of the Patriots.]]
8th Oct '13 2:36:52 AM EditingN00b
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler: Delita marries Princess Ovelia and is crowned King Delita.]] However, this example is actually subverted. [[spoiler: Delita has to kill Ovelia and is left LonelyAtTheTop, having lost everything that he was fighting for in his quest for power, and hundreds of years later, the revelation of the Durai Papers vindicates Ramza as the real hero of the game.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler: Delita marries Princess Ovelia and is crowned King Delita.]] However, this example is actually subverted. [[spoiler: Delita is stabbed by Ovelia, and stabs her in return. Even if he does survive, he has to kill Ovelia and is left LonelyAtTheTop, having lost everything that he was fighting for in his quest for power, and hundreds of years later, the revelation of the Durai Papers vindicates Ramza as the real hero of the game.]]
game of the war]]
8th Sep '13 2:32:30 AM Ryusui
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* [[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. [[{{Retcon}} Well, at least until the sequel rolled around.]]
** Technically, you forgot the real "Patriots" themselves (who also succeeded in their plan...at the time.).

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* [[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. [[{{Retcon}} Well, at least until [[spoiler: On a bigger scale, the sequel rolled around.]]
** Technically, you forgot
Patriots managed to get ''exactly'' what they wanted out of the real "Patriots" themselves (who also succeeded in situation, successfully testing both their plan...at mind control system ''and'' eliminating one of their major enemies.]] And in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', [[spoiler: ''Big Boss'' returns from the time.).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.]]
8th Sep '13 2:26:53 AM Ryusui
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A GambitPileup has ensued, and the dust finally settles. Someone emerges, triumphant. The winner may have been one of the major [[ChessMaster Chess Masters]] (or even one ChessMaster playing the others off each other), but it's just as likely that it's a relatively minor player, the SpannerInTheWorks or even ThoseTwoGuys. If the Gambit Pileup has been particularly bloody, the victor might win by simple virtue of being the last ''one'' standing--perhaps AtopAMountainOfCorpses.

In some cases, the winner doesn't even ''have'' a plan--they were in the right place at the right time, and in a prime position for victory.

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A GambitPileup has ensued, [[GambitPileup When different agendas come into conflict,]] it's a ForegoneConclusion in most cases that one and the dust finally settles. Someone emerges, only one will emerge triumphant. The winner may have been When this happens, the expected result is that it's one of the major [[ChessMaster Chess Masters]] (or even [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] who comes out on top (especially [[ManipulativeBastard one ChessMaster who turns out to have been playing all the others off each other), other players to their own ends]]), but it's just as likely that it's the final winner is a relatively minor player, the a SpannerInTheWorks who unknowingly sabotages the efforts of the would-be masterminds, or even ThoseTwoGuys. If [[ActionSurvivor someone who's simply lucky enough to be alive when the Gambit Pileup has been particularly bloody, the victor might win by simple virtue of being the last ''one'' standing--perhaps AtopAMountainOfCorpses.

dust finally settles]].

In some many cases, the LastPlanStanding is [[NonIndicativeName nothing of the sort]] - the winner doesn't even ''have'' a plan--they were is simply someone who [[GoldenSnitch happened to be in the right place at in the right time, time and in a prime position for victory.seized victory]] while all the other players had their attention elsewhere.
27th Jul '13 2:12:01 PM MarkLungo
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* Happens in every ''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 ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie to date, but especially ''Dead Man's Chest'', with [[spoiler: Norrington]] emerging as the surprise victor.



* The United States ''might'' have been this after the GambitPileup that was WorldWarOne, as all the ''other'' major powers were devastated by war and falling apart. Instead, they went back to isolationism.
* [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII of England]] was this, both in RealLife and in Shakespeare's play ''Theatre/RichardIII''.

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* The United States ''might'' have been this after the GambitPileup that was WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, as all the ''other'' major powers were devastated by war and falling apart. Instead, they went back to isolationism.
* [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII of England]] was this, both in RealLife and in Shakespeare's Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/RichardIII''.
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