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3rd Nov '17 7:45:05 PM DustSnitch
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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: 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]] Twilight or [[GodEmperor Celestia]] carries ''bad'' consequences]].
2nd Nov '17 9:53:13 AM JJHIL325
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* This is how the BigBad of ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' gets taken down; [[spoiler: Bellwether darts Nick with a Night Howler pellet intending him to turn savage and kill Judy. Bellwether calls the ZPD reporting a savage fox and an officer down. While waiting for them to arrive, she intends to watch the gruesome death all the while carrying on her EvilGloating. This backfires on her ''massively'' as it turns out Judy and Nick anticipated this and replaced the pellet with blueberries. While Nick faked going savage, Judy used her carrot pen recorder to [[CaughtOnTape capture Bellwether's gloating]] leading to an EngineeredPublicConfession. By the time Bellwether realizes she's been tricked, [[TheCavalry the ZPD are behind her]] catching her red-handed leading to her arrest.]]

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* This is how the BigBad of ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' gets taken down; [[spoiler: Bellwether traps Judy and Nick in a pit then darts Nick the latter with a Night Howler pellet pellet, intending him to turn savage and kill Judy. Bellwether calls the ZPD reporting a savage fox and an officer down. While waiting for them to arrive, she intends to watch the gruesome death all the while carrying on her EvilGloating. This backfires on her ''massively'' as it turns out Judy and Nick anticipated this and replaced the pellet with blueberries. While Nick faked going savage, Judy used her carrot pen recorder to [[CaughtOnTape capture Bellwether's gloating]] leading to an EngineeredPublicConfession. By the time Bellwether realizes she's been tricked, [[TheCavalry the ZPD are behind her]] her and blocking off all means of escape]], catching her red-handed leading to her arrest.arrest and the end of TheConspiracy.]]
26th Oct '17 10:08:02 PM darkemyst
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* The entire, seven book series of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Voldemort makes Plan 1. Dumbledore, [[spoiler:along with Snape]], makes Plan 2. Voldemort goes down. For example, Voldemort wants to kill Harry. Dumbledore guesses (and therefore knows) that if Harry dies at Voldemort's hand, then [[spoiler: Harry will just come right back to life, and Voldemort will be weaker. That was the plan for two books]]. See also almost anything Dumbledore does, from leaving Harry at the Dursley's, to giving Hermione the time-turner, to going to the cave in book six, [[spoiler:to trusting Snape and having him as the mole, to having Snape kill him]].

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* The entire, seven book series of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Voldemort makes Plan 1. Dumbledore, [[spoiler:along with Snape]], makes Plan 2. Voldemort goes down. For example, Voldemort wants to kill Harry. Dumbledore guesses (and therefore knows) that if Harry dies at Voldemort's hand, then [[spoiler: Harry will just come right back to life, and Voldemort will be weaker. That was the plan for two books]]. See also almost anything Dumbledore does, from leaving Harry at the Dursley's, to giving Hermione the time-turner, to going to the cave in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince book six, six]], [[spoiler:to trusting Snape and having him as the mole, to having Snape kill him]]. him]].
** Though in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Dumbledore admits he was outgamitted by Voldemort in the short run when he acknowledges that his [[PoorCommunicationKills hiding of information]] made it considerably easier for Voldemort to trick Harry.
13th Oct '17 1:55:33 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** In the "Barsoom Command" arc, Schlock has discovered that the mission he is on was nothing but a trap to trick them into drawing one of their allies, the AI Lunesby, out of hiding. The trap has been sprung, Lunesby is in danger, most of Schlock's team has been arrested, and he's not far behind. Right when the bad guys are about to finish sweeping everything under the rug, they realize that Lunesby has already escaped; a few days previously Schlock hired an old enemy to contact some new friends, and they completed the mission while the bad guys were distracted containing Schlock and his team.
** In the "Big Can of Sky" arc, Tagii manages to slip a message past Ennesby to another AI. The awesome part is that Tagii was [[spoiler:a partition in Ennesby's brain at the time]]; it was ''literally impossible'' for her to be smarter than him, but she outsmarted him anyway.
8th Oct '17 2:17:26 PM nombretomado
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* In the season 2 finale of ''TheSandbaggers'', Burnside spends the entire episode maneuvering to convince Wellingham to appoint Peele as the head of SIS, as Gibbs, the other candidate for the job, is someone he has a long-standing rivalry with; he spies on Wellingham to find out what he wants and feeds the information to Peele, goes looking for skeletons in Gibbs' closet and tells Wellingham they're common office gossip, and so on. Then Peele writes a memo that clearly displays him to be unfit for the job, and Burnside has to go back to Wellingham and walk back everything he's said, and Wellingham reveals that he knew all along what Burnside was up to, had already made the decision to appoint Gibbs, and had maneuvered Peele into writing the memo in order to convince Burnside that he wasn't a suitable candidate.

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* In the season 2 finale of ''TheSandbaggers'', ''Series/TheSandbaggers'', Burnside spends the entire episode maneuvering to convince Wellingham to appoint Peele as the head of SIS, as Gibbs, the other candidate for the job, is someone he has a long-standing rivalry with; he spies on Wellingham to find out what he wants and feeds the information to Peele, goes looking for skeletons in Gibbs' closet and tells Wellingham they're common office gossip, and so on. Then Peele writes a memo that clearly displays him to be unfit for the job, and Burnside has to go back to Wellingham and walk back everything he's said, and Wellingham reveals that he knew all along what Burnside was up to, had already made the decision to appoint Gibbs, and had maneuvered Peele into writing the memo in order to convince Burnside that he wasn't a suitable candidate.
8th Oct '17 4:08:19 AM EDP
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* Why [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman emperor]] Tiberius remained in power 'till his natural death in spite of being widely hated by the Senate and surrounded by [[TheStarscream untrustworthy allies]]: he could easily play them against each other [[MagnificentBastard without even leaving his villa on the island of Capri]]. Best shown by the fall of Sejanus, the chief of the PraetorianGuard who was using his role as Tiberius' representative in Rome to prepare for a coup: upon learning of his treachery, Tiberius started sending out letters and orders made specifically to confuse the situation and undermine his authority in general and over the Praetorians in particular while at the same time showing the outmost respect for Sejanus, then, once the groundwork was laid, he sent to Rome a man named Macro and had him summon the Senate and Sejanus for the public appointment of Sejanus to tribune (thus effectively making him as powerful as Tiberius himself)... Except the letter, before announcing the appointment, suddenly ordered the arrest of Sejanus and two senators loyal to him, and while the letter was being read the Praetorians guarding the place had been replaced by ''vigiles'' (Rome's police force and firefighters) and Macro had announced the Praetorians that Tiberius had just appointed ''him'' to their command.
18th Sep '17 5:44:46 AM bwburke94
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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse:
** the Intelligence Cadet Corps puts a tracker on one of the Masterminds and figures out where their secret hideout is; but Stopwatch is way ahead of them, using a fake hideout and planting false clues in it, so when the Cadets search the hideout, they leap to the wrong conclusion about the intended heist.
** Diamondback's plan for her Combat Final [[BatmanGambit relied on Hekate backstabbing her]] - it would have worked out for both of them if she didn't, but would work much better for Sandra if Hekate decided to cheat. Kallysta obliging grabs the VillainBall with both hands and pays the price for it.
** She-Beast uses her duel against Nemesis to set up the Spy Kidz, by leaving a gap in her defenses that Nemesis could only know about if the Intelligence Cadets were spying on her (against the direct order of their faculty advisor) and passed it on to her opponent. Not only does she humiliate Nemesis, the Secret Squirrels get caught red-handed as a result.
** The Bell Witch's plans for the Telechines' Astrolabe involved her getting the power and her daughter Nacht getting all the negative repercussions. Katie saw it coming a mile away and turned the tables on her.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Tattletale and Skitter]] outmaneuver [[spoiler:Coil, having anticipated that he would betray them]], and put him in a position that he cannot escape from, whereupon [[spoiler:Skitter]] shoots him in the head.



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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse:
** the Intelligence Cadet Corps puts a tracker on one of the Masterminds and figures out where their secret hideout is; but Stopwatch is way ahead of them, using a fake hideout and planting false clues in it, so when the Cadets search the hideout, they leap to the wrong conclusion about the intended heist.
** Diamondback's plan for her Combat Final [[BatmanGambit relied on Hekate backstabbing her]] - it would have worked out for both of them if she didn't, but would work much better for Sandra if Hekate decided to cheat. Kallysta obliging grabs the VillainBall with both hands and pays the price for it.
** She-Beast uses her duel against Nemesis to set up the Spy Kidz, by leaving a gap in her defenses that Nemesis could only know about if the Intelligence Cadets were spying on her (against the direct order of their faculty advisor) and passed it on to her opponent. Not only does she humiliate Nemesis, the Secret Squirrels get caught red-handed as a result.
** The Bell Witch's plans for the Telechines' Astrolabe involved her getting the power and her daughter Nacht getting all the negative repercussions. Katie saw it coming a mile away and turned the tables on her.

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* Literature/WhateleyUniverse:
** the Intelligence Cadet Corps puts a tracker on one of the Masterminds and figures out where their secret hideout is; but Stopwatch is way ahead of them, using a fake hideout and planting false clues in it, so when the Cadets search the hideout, they leap to the wrong conclusion about the intended heist.
** Diamondback's plan for her Combat Final [[BatmanGambit relied on Hekate backstabbing her]] - it would have worked out for both of them if she didn't, but would work much better for Sandra if Hekate decided to cheat. Kallysta obliging grabs the VillainBall with both hands and pays the price for it.
** She-Beast uses her duel against Nemesis to set up the Spy Kidz, by leaving a gap in her defenses that Nemesis could only know about if the Intelligence Cadets were spying on her (against the direct order of their faculty advisor) and passed it on to her opponent. Not only does she humiliate Nemesis, the Secret Squirrels get caught red-handed as a result.
** The Bell Witch's plans for the Telechines' Astrolabe involved her getting the power and her daughter Nacht getting all the negative repercussions. Katie saw it coming a mile away and turned the tables on her.
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Tattletale and Skitter]] outmaneuver [[spoiler:Coil, having anticipated that he would betray them]], and put him in a position that he cannot escape from, whereupon [[spoiler:Skitter]] shoots him in the head.
11th Sep '17 3:21:06 PM KeithM
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** The Illusive Man has his plan to subvert Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' by giving a false impression of Cerebus as the misunderstood good guys by ensuring the ''Normandy'' SR-2 was crewed by generally morally upright and sympathetic Cerebus members blow up in his face. By putting good people on the ship, they respond to being led by Shepard, especially the Paragon version, by promptly showing they're far more loyal to Shepard when Shepard tells their boss to get stuffed. Note this mass defection also includes ''[[SpaceshipGirl the ship]]''.
17th Aug '17 1:21:52 PM Manny20444
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** In "Mad Love" (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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* ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''
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''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** *** In "Mad Love" (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 "You Scratch My Back", Catwoman should have known better that to try and play Nightwing, Batman's protege. He has after all been taught by [[BatmanGambit the best]].
* 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, ComicBook/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 [[ViewersLikeYou generous donation in his name]] to his favourite public broadcast station.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** 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:

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** *** In "You Scratch My Back", Catwoman should have known better that to try and play Nightwing, Batman's protege. He has after all been taught by [[BatmanGambit the best]].
* ** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
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In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "Injustice for All" 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, ComicBook/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 [[ViewersLikeYou generous donation in his name]] to his favourite public broadcast station.]]
* ** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** *** 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:



** ComicBook/GreenArrow versus ComicBook/TheQuestion in the Creator/GailSimone-written episode "Double Date". Arrow spots Question pocketing evidence, and confiscates a locker key. Once he's gone, Question then reveals that the key was a fake-out, and the real evidence he palmed was a shipping manifest. And ''then'' we find out that Arrow knew he was being conned, and hid outside so that he could follow Question when he chased up the real lead.

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** *** ComicBook/GreenArrow versus ComicBook/TheQuestion in the Creator/GailSimone-written episode "Double Date". Arrow spots Question pocketing evidence, and confiscates a locker key. Once he's gone, Question then reveals that the key was a fake-out, and the real evidence he palmed was a shipping manifest. And ''then'' we find out that Arrow knew he was being conned, and hid outside so that he could follow Question when he chased up the real lead.
17th Aug '17 1:19:51 PM Manny20444
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** In one episode (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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** In one episode "Mad Love" (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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