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26th May '17 3:21:46 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': You and your team pull off a masterful one near the end. [[spoiler:After figuring out the traitor's identity, your team sets him to help bust the Conspiracy he's working for, and successfully plan two steps ahead of him for every move he makes, up to and including him trying to kill you.]]
15th May '17 3:05:20 AM xneon
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* The finale of Krzystof Kieslowski's ''White'' is a beautiful example of this.

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* The finale of Krzystof Krzysztof Kieslowski's ''White'' is a beautiful example of this.
15th May '17 3:05:02 AM xneon
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* The finale of Krystof Kieslowski's ''White'' is a beautiful example of this.

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* The finale of Krystof Krzystof Kieslowski's ''White'' is a beautiful example of this.
9th May '17 9:23:57 AM MJaxon
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* Happens quite often in ''Film/DrunkenMaster''. In one instance, Jackie Chan's character has to scoop water from a bucket with teacups to fill another bucket while hanging upside down. When he notices his mentor is taking nap, he quietly gets down and fills the quickly fills the bucket with a much larger pan and then splashes waster on himself to make it as he's sweaty and tired. However, the napping teacher is one step ahead and when Jackie's character announces he's finished, the teacher hands him two extremely tiny teacups and tells him to do everything in reverse.
19th Apr '17 2:16:59 PM Discar
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': In the second season, Raina threatens to expose Jemma Simmons (who is currently undercover at HYDRA) in order to blackmail Coulson into helping her. Coulson just smiles and lets her go through with it, to Raina's consternation, as she knows that Coulson is AFatherToHisMen. She didn't know that [[spoiler:Coulson had ''another'' mole in HYDRA--Bobbi Morse, who had gotten a job as chief of security for that base, and was thus in a perfect position to extract Simmons when things went south]].
30th Mar '17 2:47:18 PM Gosicrystal
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* The final case of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin set up a long Gambit involving poisoning a painter via postage stamp and his daughter via nail polish [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after using the two of them]] to [[DisproportionateRetribution take revenge]] on Phoenix. But, Phoenix Wright set up an even greater Gambit that ''overhauled the entire legal system of the country'' just to catch Kristoph]].
** This also happens in case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' to [[spoiler:Yuri Cosmos, who was given a bomb threat by the Phantom to stop the HAT-2 launch. When the government wouldn't cancel the launch, Yuri took matters into his own hands by switching Launch Pad 1 with the Space Museum (formerly Launch Pad 2) and having Clay Terran drug Sol Starbuck with his own anxiety pills to keep him none the wiser. However, the Phantom wiretapped his phone and used this information to kill Clay and escape]].



* [[VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters Thuris]] is said to be the smartest of the three world eaters. While he DOES do some pretty creative things with the fact that [[AGodAmI most people can't see him]], he's simply playing against several other, much better, chess masters. [[InformedAbility Including one of the other world eaters]].
* It occurs often in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' as two very capable commanders duke it out. Worth mentioning is that quite a few of [[TheHero Hamil's]] plans seems to be very accurately predicted by Izebel, who counters it handily and makes life very hard. She actually knew exactly what he's going to do because [[spoiler: he told her before his memories were wiped and stashed away. When he finally defeats her, it was with a plan that she had insisted he not tell her]].[[/folder]]

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad e-mail]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with e-mailer Kevin Grumbles ([[InsistentTerminology Pronounced Kevin ]]''[[InsistentTerminology *grumbling noises*]]'') that he can get Homestar to say something smart in order to win some "grumblecakes." Turns out that Homestar had made a bet with Kevin ''*grumbling noises*'' that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid (which he does in an attempt to make Homestar sound smarter) and claims the grumblecakes for himself.
--> '''Strong Bad''': '''I'LL GET YOU, KEVIN ''*GRUMBLING NOISES*''!!!!!'''

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* [[VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters Thuris]] Thuris from ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' is said to be the smartest of the three world eaters. While he DOES do some pretty creative things with the fact that [[AGodAmI most people can't see him]], he's simply playing against several other, much better, chess masters. [[InformedAbility Including one of the other world eaters]].
* It occurs often in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' as two very capable commanders duke it out. Worth mentioning is that quite a few of [[TheHero Hamil's]] plans seems to be very accurately predicted by Izebel, who counters it handily and makes life very hard. She actually knew exactly what he's going to do because [[spoiler: he told her before his memories were wiped and stashed away. When he finally defeats her, it was with a plan that she had insisted he not tell her]].[[/folder]]

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad e-mail]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with e-mailer Kevin Grumbles ([[InsistentTerminology Pronounced Kevin ]]''[[InsistentTerminology *grumbling noises*]]'') that he can get Homestar to say something smart in order to win some "grumblecakes." Turns out that Homestar had made a bet with Kevin ''*grumbling noises*'' that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid (which he does in an attempt to make Homestar sound smarter) and claims the grumblecakes for himself.
--> '''Strong Bad''': '''I'LL GET YOU, KEVIN ''*GRUMBLING NOISES*''!!!!!'''


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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** The final case of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' reveals that [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin set up a long Gambit involving poisoning a painter via postage stamp and his daughter via nail polish [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after using the two of them]] to [[DisproportionateRetribution take revenge]] on Phoenix. But, Phoenix Wright set up an even greater Gambit that ''overhauled the entire legal system of the country'' just to catch Kristoph]].
** This happens in case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' to [[spoiler:Yuri Cosmos, who was given a bomb threat by the Phantom to stop the HAT-2 launch. When the government wouldn't cancel the launch, Yuri took matters into his own hands by switching Launch Pad 1 with the Space Museum (formerly Launch Pad 2) and having Clay Terran drug Sol Starbuck with his own anxiety pills to keep him none the wiser. However, the Phantom wiretapped his phone and used this information to kill Clay and escape]].
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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad e-mail]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html stupid stuff]], Strong Bad makes a bet with e-mailer Kevin Grumbles ([[InsistentTerminology Pronounced Kevin ]]''[[InsistentTerminology *grumbling noises*]]'') that he can get Homestar to say something smart in order to win some "grumblecakes." Turns out that Homestar had made a bet with Kevin ''*grumbling noises*'' that he could make Strong Bad say something stupid (which he does in an attempt to make Homestar sound smarter) and claims the grumblecakes for himself.
--> '''Strong Bad''': '''I'LL GET YOU, KEVIN ''*GRUMBLING NOISES*''!!!!!'''
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9th Mar '17 6:10:26 AM Prometheus117
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* The Buu Arc of ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of gambits and plans that end up being nullified by even ''superior'' gambits and plans. Probably the ''worst'' example was when Super Buu demanded seeing the "Strong Fighter"/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, and in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu's previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr. Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout, in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a SacrificialLamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more minutes of time to train]]. It's safe to say that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super Buu to gain more time backfired on him ''tremendously''. ''Every time'' the heroes would come up with a plan of defeating Super Buu, Super Buu would just outplay them or outsmart them. Another example would be when Piccolo destroyed the only exit of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber forever trapping himself, Gotenks and Super Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. What does Super Buu do? ''He rips a hole through dimensions by screaming'' ([[AchievementsInIgorance though it should be noted that this had no planning whatsoever]] and he was just ''really'' angry at being denied sweets) and escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, leaving Gotenks and Piccolo trapped inside while he turns the rest of the Z-Fighters into candy and then eats them. Probably the only person who was ever able to out-gambit Super Buu was [[ShowyInvincibleHero Vegito]]. Who ''intentionally'' wanted to be absorbed by Super Buu and beat the shit out of him effortlessly to piss him off enough to make Super Buu desperate enough to absorb him. Super Buu instead ''[[BalefulPolymorph turns Vegito into a jawbreaker]]''. Vegito then uses his new form to '''kick Super Buu's ass'''. Vegito then points out that being turned into candy actually works as an advantage to him because he is extremely fast and far too small for Super Buu to hit and also retains all of his power because he's so much stronger than Super Buu.

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* The Buu Arc of ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of gambits and plans that end up being nullified by even ''superior'' gambits and plans. Probably the ''worst'' example was when Super Buu demanded seeing the "Strong Fighter"/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, and in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu's previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr. Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout, in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a SacrificialLamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more minutes of time to train]]. It's safe to say that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super Buu to gain more time backfired on him ''tremendously''. ''Every time'' the heroes would come up with a plan of defeating Super Buu, Super Buu would just outplay them or outsmart them. Another example would be when Piccolo destroyed the only exit of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber forever trapping himself, Gotenks and Super Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. What does Super Buu do? ''He rips a hole through dimensions by screaming'' ([[AchievementsInIgorance ([[AchievementsInIgnorance though it should be noted that this had no planning whatsoever]] and he was just ''really'' angry at being denied sweets) and escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, leaving Gotenks and Piccolo trapped inside while he turns the rest of the Z-Fighters into candy and then eats them. Probably the only person who was ever able to out-gambit Super Buu was [[ShowyInvincibleHero Vegito]]. Who ''intentionally'' wanted to be absorbed by Super Buu and beat the shit out of him effortlessly to piss him off enough to make Super Buu desperate enough to absorb him. Super Buu instead ''[[BalefulPolymorph turns Vegito into a jawbreaker]]''. Vegito then uses his new form to '''kick Super Buu's ass'''. Vegito then points out that being turned into candy actually works as an advantage to him because he is extremely fast and far too small for Super Buu to hit and also retains all of his power because he's so much stronger than Super Buu.
9th Mar '17 6:09:17 AM Prometheus117
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* The Buu Arc of ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of gambits and plans that end up being nullified by even ''superior'' gambits and plans. Probably the ''worst'' example was when Super Buu demanded seeing the "Strong Fighter"/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, and in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu's previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr. Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout, in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a SacrificialLamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more minutes of time to train]]. It's safe to say that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super Buu to gain more time backfired on him ''tremendously''. ''Every time'' the heroes would come up with a plan of defeating Super Buu, Super Buu would just outplay them or outsmart them. Another ingenious example would be when Piccolo destroyed the only exit of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber forever trapping himself, Gotenks and Super Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. What does Super Buu do? ''He rips a hole through dimensions by screaming'' and escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber leaving Gotenks and Piccolo trapped inside while he turns the rest of the Z-Fighters into candy and then eats them. Probably the only person who was ever able to out-gambit Super Buu was [[ShowyInvincibleHero Vegito]]. Who ''intentionally'' wanted to be absorbed by Super Buu and beat the shit out of him effortlessly to piss him off enough to make Super Buu desperate enough to absorb him. Super Buu instead ''[[BalefulPolymorph turns Vegito into a jawbreaker]]''. Vegito then uses his new form to '''kick Super Buu's ass'''. Vegito then points out that being turned into candy actually works as an advantage to him because he is extremely fast and far too small for Super Buu to hit and also retains all of his power because he's so much stronger than Super Buu.

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* The Buu Arc of ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of gambits and plans that end up being nullified by even ''superior'' gambits and plans. Probably the ''worst'' example was when Super Buu demanded seeing the "Strong Fighter"/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, and in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu's previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr. Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout, in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a SacrificialLamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more minutes of time to train]]. It's safe to say that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super Buu to gain more time backfired on him ''tremendously''. ''Every time'' the heroes would come up with a plan of defeating Super Buu, Super Buu would just outplay them or outsmart them. Another ingenious example would be when Piccolo destroyed the only exit of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber forever trapping himself, Gotenks and Super Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. What does Super Buu do? ''He rips a hole through dimensions by screaming'' ([[AchievementsInIgorance though it should be noted that this had no planning whatsoever]] and he was just ''really'' angry at being denied sweets) and escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Chamber, leaving Gotenks and Piccolo trapped inside while he turns the rest of the Z-Fighters into candy and then eats them. Probably the only person who was ever able to out-gambit Super Buu was [[ShowyInvincibleHero Vegito]]. Who ''intentionally'' wanted to be absorbed by Super Buu and beat the shit out of him effortlessly to piss him off enough to make Super Buu desperate enough to absorb him. Super Buu instead ''[[BalefulPolymorph turns Vegito into a jawbreaker]]''. Vegito then uses his new form to '''kick Super Buu's ass'''. Vegito then points out that being turned into candy actually works as an advantage to him because he is extremely fast and far too small for Super Buu to hit and also retains all of his power because he's so much stronger than Super Buu.
21st Feb '17 6:55:50 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', when Vaness is captured, she manipulates her captors to lead her towards Baedyed territory, as her recent (not yet publicly known) treaty with them should compel them to rescue her. Unfortunately, the Baedyeds aren't satisfied with the treaty and have already planned to murder Vaness, so the entire idea backfires on her.
17th Feb '17 6:53:58 PM rva98014
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* This is how the BigBad of ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' gets taken down; [[spoiler: Bellwether and her goons manage to retrieve the [[HatePlague Night Howler]] dart gun Judy and Nick took as evidence and traps them in one of the museum exhibits. She then infects Nick with the Night Howler and calls the ZPD to report Judy getting attacked, realizing that the bunny can't escape due to her injured leg and will get killed. For the villain, this means that she gets a couple troublesome witnesses out of the way and create more anti-predator sentiment for her plan in one fell swoop. She stuck around to gloat and watch the gruesome death. It backfires on her ''massively'' when [[BatmanGambit it turns out that Judy and Nick anticipated her doing this]], so they replaced the serum with blueberries while they still had the dart gun. Then while Nick was faking going savage, Judy used her [[ChekhovsBoomerang carrot pen recorder]] to [[CaughtOnTape record Bellwether's gloating, creating more than enough evidence to convict her]]. By the time Bellwether realized that she got duped, [[RightBehindMe the ZPD are behind her]] and [[TheCavalry are more than prepared to arrest her]].]] Nick's and Judy's [[HellYesMoment smug faces say it all]].

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* This is how the BigBad of ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' gets taken down; [[spoiler: Bellwether and her goons manage to retrieve the [[HatePlague Night Howler]] dart gun Judy and Nick took as evidence and traps them in one of the museum exhibits. She then infects darts Nick with the a Night Howler pellet intending him to turn savage and kill Judy. Bellwether calls the ZPD to report Judy getting attacked, realizing that the bunny can't escape due to her injured leg reporting a savage fox and will get killed. For the villain, this means that an officer down. While waiting for them to arrive, she gets a couple troublesome witnesses out of the way and create more anti-predator sentiment for her plan in one fell swoop. She stuck around intends to gloat and watch the gruesome death. It death all the while carrying on her EvilGloating. This backfires on her ''massively'' when [[BatmanGambit as it turns out that Judy and Nick anticipated her doing this]], so they this and replaced the serum pellet with blueberries while they still had the dart gun. Then while blueberries. While Nick was faking faked going savage, Judy used her [[ChekhovsBoomerang carrot pen recorder]] recorder to [[CaughtOnTape record capture Bellwether's gloating, creating more than enough evidence gloating]] leading to convict her]]. an EngineeredPublicConfession. By the time Bellwether realized that she got duped, [[RightBehindMe realizes she's been tricked, [[TheCavalry the ZPD are behind her]] and [[TheCavalry are more than prepared catching her red-handed leading to arrest her]].her arrest.]] Nick's and Judy's [[HellYesMoment smug faces say it all]].
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