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8th Apr '16 10:51:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* The finale of ''Hunting Humans'' is just one borderline ludicrous example of this after another. Let's see:

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* The finale of ''Hunting Humans'' ''Film/HuntingHumans'' is just one borderline ludicrous example of this after another. Let's see:
8th Apr '16 10:51:16 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' features multiples layers of this. The Penguin dons a PaperThinDisguise and tries to convince Batman and Robin that he's Commodore Shmidlab. Batman and Robin take him to the Batcave so they can prove that he's the Penguin and arrest him--once inside the Batcave, Penguin re-hydrates the {{mooks}} he's carrying ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]) and orders them to attack, which was his plan all along. However, the tragic demise ([[ItMakesSenseInContext again, don't ask]]) of these same mooks apparently convinces Batman that Penguin really is Commodore Schmidlab - but as Batman and Robin are escorting him out of the Batcave, Penguin gasses both of them and steals the Batmobile. As soon as Penguin is out of sight, Batman and Robin wake up (they were faking unconsciousness, having taken an anti-knockout gas pill beforehand) and follow the Batmobile's homing beacon right back to the Penguin's lair.

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** * ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' features multiples layers of this. The Penguin dons a PaperThinDisguise and tries to convince Batman and Robin that he's Commodore Shmidlab. Batman and Robin take him to the Batcave so they can prove that he's the Penguin and arrest him--once inside the Batcave, Penguin re-hydrates the {{mooks}} he's carrying ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]) and orders them to attack, which was his plan all along. However, the tragic demise ([[ItMakesSenseInContext again, don't ask]]) of these same mooks apparently convinces Batman that Penguin really is Commodore Schmidlab - but as Batman and Robin are escorting him out of the Batcave, Penguin gasses both of them and steals the Batmobile. As soon as Penguin is out of sight, Batman and Robin wake up (they were faking unconsciousness, having taken an anti-knockout gas pill beforehand) and follow the Batmobile's homing beacon right back to the Penguin's lair.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': In the fourth season episode "Masterpiece", Creator/JasonAlexander plays a serial killer who confesses to [[TheChessmaster Agent Rossi]] that he's committed seven murders and is about to kill five more people, unless the BAU can find where he's hidden his victims. He does this as a massive TakeThat to Rossi himself, who [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya caught his serial-killer brother and watched as he was executed]]. It does not end well for him - Rossi lets him believe he's won, confess his entire scheme, and then reveals he's [[LyingToThePerp recorded the entire thing]]. And his team is fine, thank you very much, he knew the place was booby-trapped. This is why one [[PapaWolf does not threaten Rossi's "family"]].

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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In the fourth season episode "Masterpiece", Creator/JasonAlexander plays a serial killer who confesses to [[TheChessmaster Agent Rossi]] that he's committed seven murders and is about to kill five more people, unless the BAU can find where he's hidden his victims. He does this as a massive TakeThat to Rossi himself, who [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya caught his serial-killer brother and watched as he was executed]]. It does not end well for him - Rossi lets him believe he's won, confess his entire scheme, and then reveals he's [[LyingToThePerp recorded the entire thing]]. And his team is fine, thank you very much, he knew the place was booby-trapped. This is why one [[PapaWolf does not threaten Rossi's "family"]].



* Any time on ''Series/DoctorWho'' that someone tries to play the Daleks or Cybermen for personal gain. In those cases they usually forget that the races in question have very straight-forward goals (exterminate everything and assimilate everything, respectively), and so are not as vulnerable to convoluted maneuvering from anyone who isn't The Doctor.

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Any time on ''Series/DoctorWho'' that someone tries to play the Daleks or Cybermen for personal gain. In those cases they usually forget that the races in question have very straight-forward goals (exterminate everything and assimilate everything, respectively), and so are not as vulnerable to convoluted maneuvering from anyone who isn't The Doctor.



*** Also in "The End of Time", the Master summons Rassilon, leader of the Time Lord High Council, in a gambit to resurrect the Time Lords and turn them all into copies of himself. One hand motion by Rassilon and the smile is wiped off of the Master's face (Not that Rassilon was ready for the Doctor *and* the Master's combined opposition).

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*** ** Also in "The End of Time", the Master summons Rassilon, leader of the Time Lord High Council, in a gambit to resurrect the Time Lords and turn them all into copies of himself. One hand motion by Rassilon and the smile is wiped off of the Master's face (Not that Rassilon was ready for the Doctor *and* the Master's combined opposition).



* Happens to Jane in ''Series/TheMentalist'' virtually every time Red John comes around, with Jane thinking he's playing Red John, while Red John is always playing him.
** Probably the most notable example is in The Crimson Hat when Jane thinks he's tricked Red John and is going to meet him while in reality, Red John not only knows it's a trick and adjusts accordingly, but takes it a step further by [[spoiler: setting up Wainwright as his stand-in to be ultimately shot and killed by the FBI]].

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* Happens to Jane in ''Series/TheMentalist'' virtually every time Red John comes around, with Jane thinking he's playing Red John, while Red John is always playing him.
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him. Probably the most notable example is in The "The Crimson Hat Hat" when Jane thinks he's tricked Red John and is going to meet him while in reality, Red John not only knows it's a trick and adjusts accordingly, but takes it a step further by [[spoiler: setting up Wainwright as his stand-in to be ultimately shot and killed by the FBI]].



* Victoria Hardwick, one of Lex's early love interests in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', persuaded him to help her father take over [=LuthorCorp=]. Lex suggested they take over both their fathers' companies together. She then stole information from him that Cadmus was a prosperous lab and that [=LuthorCorp=] had sunk all their money into a bid for the company, and arranged for Hardwick to outbid them. When she revealed this to him, he explained that the data was fake and Hardwick had bought a worthless company, leaving them financially vulnerable and allowing [=LuthorCorp=] to buy them in turn.

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Victoria Hardwick, one of Lex's early love interests in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', interests, persuaded him to help her father take over [=LuthorCorp=]. Lex suggested they take over both their fathers' companies together. She then stole information from him that Cadmus was a prosperous lab and that [=LuthorCorp=] had sunk all their money into a bid for the company, and arranged for Hardwick to outbid them. When she revealed this to him, he explained that the data was fake and Hardwick had bought a worthless company, leaving them financially vulnerable and allowing [=LuthorCorp=] to buy them in turn.



* In the sixth season finale of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Castiel and Crowley have a simple plan: open the door to Purgatory and harvest the power of all the souls within. Castiel (being the more powerful of the two) decides to cut Crowley out of the deal at the last minute, and take all the power for himself. Very quickly, this starts to look like a bad decision on Castiel's part, because Crowley immediately seeks out and 'defects' to Castiel's most powerful enemy: the {{Archangel Raphael}}. Crowley offers Raphael the original deal and together, Raphiel and Crowley force Castiel to flee, leaving behind all the ingredients for the spell. - Unfortunately for Crowley and Raphael, Castiel wasn't taken by surprise at all. What he left behind include a fake version of one ingredient; something rare, hard to get, and crucial to the spell. He'd already hidden the real item away somewhere else. While Raphael and Crowley waste their time trying to cast a spell that can never work, Castiel is able to complete his work without threat or interruption. By the time he finishes, he's pretty much the most powerful being in the Supernatural universe. Only God, and probably Death, are stronger. Raphael doesn't fare very well after that.
** Anytime anyone is up against Crowley it's one bit game of who can out gambit who.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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In the sixth season finale of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', finale, Castiel and Crowley have a simple plan: open the door to Purgatory and harvest the power of all the souls within. Castiel (being the more powerful of the two) decides to cut Crowley out of the deal at the last minute, and take all the power for himself. Very quickly, this starts to look like a bad decision on Castiel's part, because Crowley immediately seeks out and 'defects' to Castiel's most powerful enemy: the {{Archangel Raphael}}. Crowley offers Raphael the original deal and together, Raphiel and Crowley force Castiel to flee, leaving behind all the ingredients for the spell. - Unfortunately for Crowley and Raphael, Castiel wasn't taken by surprise at all. What he left behind include a fake version of one ingredient; something rare, hard to get, and crucial to the spell. He'd already hidden the real item away somewhere else. While Raphael and Crowley waste their time trying to cast a spell that can never work, Castiel is able to complete his work without threat or interruption. By the time he finishes, he's pretty much the most powerful being in the Supernatural universe. Only God, and probably Death, are stronger. Raphael doesn't fare very well after that.
** Anytime anyone is up against Crowley it's one bit game of who can out gambit who.
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (adapted from an issue of ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures''), Harley Quinn actually gets Batman to fall for one of her traps, but then Batman (rather expectedly) uses a BatmanGambit to exploit both her feelings for the Joker and how the Joker would react.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (adapted from an issue of ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures''), Harley Quinn actually gets Batman to fall for one of her traps, but then Batman (rather expectedly) uses a BatmanGambit to exploit both her feelings for the Joker and how the Joker would react.



** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the Injustice League has captured Batman, and begins working on different ideas to tear the league apart to defeat them. What they don't realize before it's too late is that a) Batman's manipulating THEM into screwing up, and b) He can escape whenever he wanted. Naturally, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker- the member who actually ''caught'' Batman for the team- is the only guy [[spoiler:(except for the Ultra-Humanite)]] who fully expects Batman to escape, and pleads for the right to kill him immediately. ComicBook/LexLuthor doesn't listen, and the team listens to Lex, which means, of course, that ''The Joker'' was the OnlySaneMan in that situation. [[spoiler: The ''real'' man who Out-Gambitted the Injustice League, though, was the Ultra-Humanite, who had already agreed to help Batman out...in return for a generous donation in his name to his favourite public broadcast station.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s third season revolves a great deal around the conflict between super villains Lex Luthor and Grodd. In their final confrontation, Luthor manipulates Grodd into using his own powers to destroy himself, resulting in this exchange:

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** * In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the Injustice League has captured Batman, and begins working on different ideas to tear the league apart to defeat them. What they don't realize before it's too late is that a) Batman's manipulating THEM into screwing up, and b) He can escape whenever he wanted. Naturally, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker- the member who actually ''caught'' Batman for the team- is the only guy [[spoiler:(except for the Ultra-Humanite)]] who fully expects Batman to escape, and pleads for the right to kill him immediately. ComicBook/LexLuthor doesn't listen, and the team listens to Lex, which means, of course, that ''The Joker'' was the OnlySaneMan in that situation. [[spoiler: The ''real'' man who Out-Gambitted the Injustice League, though, was the Ultra-Humanite, who had already agreed to help Batman out...in return for a generous donation in his name to his favourite public broadcast station.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s The third season revolves a great deal around the conflict between super villains Lex Luthor and Grodd. In their final confrontation, Luthor manipulates Grodd into using his own powers to destroy himself, resulting in this exchange:
8th Apr '16 10:44:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happens in ''ThirdWatch'' in the final season. A serial killer is playing games with two cops and won't tell them where his latest victim is hidden before she dies - he knows pretty much the exact hour this happens. However, he's willing to divulge her location after that hour. What the cops do? Since the perp has no way of knowing the time outside of the interrogation room, they switch the clocks.

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* Happens in ''ThirdWatch'' ''Series/ThirdWatch'' in the final season. A serial killer is playing games with two cops and won't tell them where his latest victim is hidden before she dies - he knows pretty much the exact hour this happens. However, he's willing to divulge her location after that hour. What the cops do? Since the perp has no way of knowing the time outside of the interrogation room, they switch the clocks.
6th Apr '16 3:29:06 PM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': Once Vaati discovers Queen Chrysalis's ruse during the Canterlot Wedding episode, he secretly transports all his monsters to Canterlot (while having Celestia secretly evacuate the city's civilians), and then ''allows'' the Changelings to attack, which triggers an utter massacre once his monsters reveal themselves.
2nd Apr '16 9:46:22 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' "Lost Archives" DLC reveals that [[spoiler:Warren Vidic and Lucy were working together all along to use Desmond to obtain the Apple for the Templars.]] This plan would have gone without a hitch if [[spoiler:it didn't run counter to the plans of Those Who Came Before. One of Those Who Came Before, Juno, was aware that Lucy had betrayed the Assassins. Juno had the Apple force Desmond to kill Lucy to keep the Apple out of Templar hands.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' "Lost Archives" DLC reveals that [[spoiler:Warren Vidic and Lucy were working together all along to use Desmond to obtain the Apple for the Templars.]] This plan would have gone without a hitch if [[spoiler:it didn't run counter to the plans of Those Who Came Before. the Precursors. One of Those Who Came Before, them, Juno, was aware that Lucy had betrayed the Assassins. Juno had the Apple force Desmond to kill Lucy to keep the Apple out of Templar hands.]]
2nd Apr '16 9:34:32 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The finale of Creator/KrystofKieslowski's ''White'' is a beautiful example of this.

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* The finale of Creator/KrystofKieslowski's Krystof Kieslowski's ''White'' is a beautiful example of this.



* ''{{Film/Equilibrium}}''. DuPont uses John Preston as an UnwittingPawn in his scheme to expose the Resistance, but underestimates the latter's ability to strategically kill all of his mooks. Despite being the same person who decided to piss off a First Class Grammaton Cleric, who is a skilled master of plenty of deadly weapons and Gun Kata. Meaning he's made another fatal error where he specifically mentioned previously that someone who is a master of the latter ''is an adversary not to be taken lightly''.

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* ''{{Film/Equilibrium}}''. DuPont [=DuPont=] uses John Preston as an UnwittingPawn in his scheme to expose the Resistance, but underestimates the latter's ability to strategically kill all of his mooks. Despite being the same person who decided to piss off a First Class Grammaton Cleric, who is a skilled master of plenty of deadly weapons and Gun Kata. Meaning he's made another fatal error where he specifically mentioned previously that someone who is a master of the latter ''is an adversary not to be taken lightly''.
2nd Mar '16 7:43:19 AM YoshimitsuMaster
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* ''Fanfic/RealityChecksNyxverse'': ''Alicornundrum'' has [[Spoiler: Prince Blueblood's father, Duke Blueblood. He tries to con Twilight into a marriage contract with his son. Unfortunately, he never considered: 1) Twilight is ''not'' going to take it lightly, 2) [[MamaBear Celestia's]] reaction if she finds out (which she does indeed). 3)Threatening or trying to boss around [[BadassPrincess Twilight]] or [[GodEmperor Celestia]] carries ''bad'' consequences.]]

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* ''Fanfic/RealityChecksNyxverse'': ''Alicornundrum'' has [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Prince Blueblood's father, Duke Blueblood. He tries to con Twilight into a marriage contract with his son. Unfortunately, he never considered: 1) Twilight is ''not'' going to take it lightly, 2) [[MamaBear Celestia's]] reaction if she finds out (which she does indeed). 3)Threatening or trying to boss around [[BadassPrincess Twilight]] or [[GodEmperor Celestia]] carries ''bad'' consequences.]]
2nd Mar '16 7:42:43 AM YoshimitsuMaster
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* ''Fanfic/RealityChecksNyxverse'': ''Alicornundrum'' has [[Spoiler: Prince Blueblood's father, Duke Blueblood. He tries to con Twilight into a marriage contract with his son. Unfortunately, he never considered: 1) Twilight is ''not'' going to take it lightly, 2) [[MamaBear Celestia's]] reaction if she finds out (which she does indeed). 3)Threatening or trying to boss around [[BadassPrincess Twilight]] or [[GodEmperor Celestia]] carries ''bad'' consequences.]]
15th Feb '16 3:15:18 PM powermad80
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* In one ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode, Rick is kidnapped and put in a simulation of his life by alien scammers who are, once again, trying to steal his formula for concentrated dark matter (a powerful spaceship fuel). Rick knows he's in a simulation, [[spoiler:but this time the aliens are prepared for this, and allow Rick to escape the simulation, return home, and enter the code to his safe filled with scientific secrets...where they reveal that he was still in the simulation, they always had his formula, but now they have the code to his safe too. Rick counters this by escaping and attempting to fly home to change the safe code, but while being chased in the flight back to earth he needs to mix up some more of his special high-power fuel to escape. But as soon as he instructs Morty on which ingredients to mix, it's revealed that - once again - he's still in the simulation, and now the aliens have his formula. The aliens, flush with pride and having finally gotten what they wanted, let Rick leave. As Rick flies back to Earth, the aliens throw a party for their success and prepare the first batch of concentrated dark matter, only for the formula to result in a volatile compound that [[ExplosionsInSpace instantly destroys their entire ship]].]]
19th Jan '16 7:51:43 AM DannWoolf
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 The Cutie Map Part 2]], Starlight Glimmer is hit with this when [[spoiler:the Mane Six use a FakeDefector gambit to turn her attempt to brainwash them against her and ultimately set up an EngineeredPublicConfession.]]

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 The Cutie Map Part 2]], 2]]", Starlight Glimmer is hit with this when [[spoiler:the Mane Six use a FakeDefector gambit to turn her attempt to brainwash them against her and ultimately set up an EngineeredPublicConfession.]]
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