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20th May '16 10:10:46 PM KingLyger
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** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' sees Phineas Filch end up as one in the second case. [[spoiler:Florent L'Belle's entire scheme, which took months of planning, backstabbing, manipulation, blackmail, threats, and outright murder - so much so that it's lampshaded how [[ComplexityAddiction how insanely complicated it all is]] by Apollo Justice - was all to have access to the Forbidden Chamber in Nine-Tails Vale to steal a gold ingot contained inside of it. Filch, on the other hand, snuck into the Forbidden Chamber on a whim in fifteen minutes because he was bored. By doing so, he spooked Jinxie Tenma enough and forced L'Belle to improvise a few things, proving to be his downfall in court.]]
14th May '16 3:39:02 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': [[AntiHero Emma]] accidentally and inadvertently causes a gang war only because she was in the wrong place in the wrong time wearing the wrong clothes.
10th May '16 8:15:24 PM LucaEarlgrey
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Opposite of the UnwittingPawn, often ''is'' the UnwittingPawn until the final crucial moment. This is the main cause of DidntSeeThatComing, this trope being the "that". Inverse of UnintentionalBackupPlan, where a character accidentally completes an imperfect plan that would have otherwise failed. Compare with OutGambitted, where someone's plan is successful but ineffective against a better-thought-out plan. Compare TooDumbToFool, where the character is too stupid even to be baffled by explanations. Also, compare EvilCannotComprehendGood, where the flaw is that the villain can't see someone being generous or brave or honest enough to foul up his plan.

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Opposite of the UnwittingPawn, often ''is'' the UnwittingPawn until the final crucial moment. This is the main cause of DidntSeeThatComing, this trope being the "that". Quite often an [[AchievementsInIgnorance Achievement In Ignorance]]. Inverse of UnintentionalBackupPlan, where a character accidentally completes an imperfect plan that would have otherwise failed. Compare with OutGambitted, where someone's plan is successful but ineffective against a better-thought-out plan. Compare TooDumbToFool, where the character is too stupid even to be baffled by explanations. Also, compare EvilCannotComprehendGood, where the flaw is that the villain can't see someone being generous or brave or honest enough to foul up his plan.
23rd Apr '16 3:15:05 PM __Vano
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The trope is reputedly named for the [[OlderThanRadio Industrial Revolution]]-era practice of disgruntled workers throwing a spanner into a machine, either because of fears [[ScienceIsBad machines would put them]] [[LuddWasRight out of work]], or as a bargaining chip for better working conditions (and often because they were the only ones who knew how to repair the machines as well).

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The trope is reputedly named for the [[OlderThanRadio Industrial Revolution]]-era practice of disgruntled workers throwing a spanner into a machine, either because of fears [[ScienceIsBad [[JobStealingRobot machines would put them]] [[LuddWasRight out of work]], or as a bargaining chip for better working conditions (and often because they were the only ones who knew how to repair the machines as well).
19th Apr '16 3:17:35 AM iowaforever
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* The Space Pirates from the Chorus Trilogy of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' (Seasons 11-13) had a pretty good FalseFlagOperation; their leaders would play two rival factions on the planet against one another, fueling them with reversed engineered alien technology and special weapons from ships they forced to crash into Chorus using their tractor beam until both sides killed each other off, allowing their employers to take full control of the planet and all the alien relics therein. However, their last attempt was foiled when the ship tried to change course, jump to slipspace, and power down simultaneously, causing it to break apart on entry and leave some of its passengers alive. Said passengers are the Blood Gulch Crew, who not only complicated the attempted crash in the first place (purely by accident) but would also end up outing the Space Pirates scheme to Chorus and eventually the rest of the UNSC.
12th Apr '16 2:27:14 PM Raidrik
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* ''FanFic/TheBridge'' gives a borderline humorous example in an otherwise completely serious situation. [[BigBad Bagan]] has set up an elaborate XanatosGambit that would work out in full to both secure more power for himself as well as kill [[BigGood Harmony]]. A crux of it was keeping a displaced Monster X separated from his comrades and put into the Equestria Girls world, where he'll be weaker in his human form and thus easier to kill by Bagan's agent, Enjin. One bystander messed it up and they weren't another kaiju nor an Equestrian hero intervening in the fight. EG!Photo Finish happened to be at the scene of a battle between X and Enjin at a hospital and took some pictures, thinking it was a movie stunt being filmed. Days later when an ally of X was in the same realm but dozens of miles away, she bumped into Photo, saw the pictures and recognized X in the images; and was able to alert her allies that she'd found him and he was in trouble. Bagan, the billions year old PhysicalGod got his plans set back by a photographer who didn't even know what she was snapping pictures of.
29th Mar '16 12:47:00 AM TheSinful
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* Harmony acts as one in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-20251-18/cmdruhura+We+re+Doomed.htm We're Doomed]]'' to Marcie Ross and her plans to murder the popular kids as revenge. Namely, when Cordelia is running from the invisible monster trying to kill her, she runs right in front of Harmony's car who swerves to avoid her, right into Marcie. Harmony also ruins the plans of the organization seeking to recruit Marcie.
25th Feb '16 11:13:02 AM Dechstreme
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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'' (an AlternateUniverseFic of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''), when Po and the Furious Five have been imprisoned in the dungeon of the Tower of the Sacred Flame and Shen prepares to spring his trap for the invited nobility of China, Lianne sends [[NinjaMaid Jade]] to free the heroes before they can be killed, allowing them to rescue the nobility, setting back Shen's plans of conquer a little.

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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'' (an AlternateUniverseFic of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''), when Po and the Furious Five have been imprisoned in the dungeon of the Tower of the Sacred Flame and Shen prepares to spring his trap for the invited nobility of China, Lianne sends [[NinjaMaid Jade]] to free the heroes before they can be killed, allowing them to rescue the nobility, setting back Shen's plans of conquer conquest a little.
25th Feb '16 8:23:50 AM Dechstreme
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--> ''"But mostly? The assorted plans at play here would be going very, very wrong due to the actions of a no-name, no-count, utterly talentless Magus by the name of Shirou Emiya. He had no magic worth mentioning, no combat experience of note, and [[IndyPloy no plan for or knowledge of the War he was about to enter.]] He did, however, have one trait that had derailed a countless number of such grand, far-reaching schemes throughout history.''
--> [[SamaritanSyndrome ''You see, he really, really wanted to be a hero."'']]

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--> ''"But mostly? The assorted plans at play here would be going very, very wrong due to the actions of a no-name, no-count, utterly talentless Magus by the name of Shirou Emiya. He had no magic worth mentioning, no combat experience of note, and [[IndyPloy no plan for or knowledge of the War he was about to enter.]] He did, however, have one trait that had derailed a countless number of such grand, far-reaching schemes throughout history.''
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--> [[SamaritanSyndrome ''You ''[[SamaritanSyndrome You see, he really, really wanted to be a hero."'']]]]''
18th Feb '16 10:23:21 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Film/ExMachina'', Nathan underestimates just how much Kyoko can take in despite her lack of English skill [[spoiler:or, more specifically, despite being an earlier model of artificial intelligence]]. This proves to be his undoing, as [[spoiler:she grew resentful of his treatment and attempts to kill him - while her blow didn't immediately kill him, it gave Ava enough of an opening to finish the job]].
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