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16th Sep '17 6:19:55 PM cybertoy0
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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.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** In Episode 100 of the Blood Gulch Chronicles(Seasons 1-5), Omega the evil AI has apparently won; He's repossessed Tex, captured Junior, Tucker's alien son, and has a ship to escape Blood Gulch with. What stops the computerized personification of rage from possessing Junior and using him to eventually take control of the aliens from within? The Red Team planting Andy the Bomb on the ship. This was originally done in an attempt to defeat the Blues, but Andy's presence allows them to blast Tex and Omega out of the sky, allowing Junior to escape in the chaos. On a smaller scale, Tucker finding the alien sword makes him immune to Agent Wyoming's time-rewinder, allowing him to remember the events of each iteration and eventually figure out how to stop the bounty hunter for good.
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The Space Pirates from the Chorus Trilogy of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' (Seasons Trilogy(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.
14th Sep '17 9:53:08 AM KnowingGoose
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* In ''FanFic/CadcaptorRad'', the Decepticons plan to [[spoiler: invade the Autobot base]] actually ''works''. They likely would have succeeded in [[spoiler: attaining the Star Saber]] if not for [[spoiler: the humans and mini-cons being there]].

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* In ''FanFic/CadcaptorRad'', ''FanFic/CardcaptorRad'', the Decepticons plan to [[spoiler: invade the Autobot base]] actually ''works''. They likely would have succeeded in [[spoiler: attaining the Star Saber]] if not for [[spoiler: the humans and mini-cons being there]].
14th Sep '17 9:52:30 AM KnowingGoose
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* In ''FanFic/CadcaptorRad'', the Decepticons plan to [[spoiler: invade the Autobot base]] actually ''works''. They likely would have succeeded in [[spoiler: attaining the Star Saber]] if not for [[spoiler: the humans and mini-cons being there]].
2nd Sep '17 7:50:10 PM merotoker
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* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': The only reason Midnight's plan to [[spoiler:torture Robin to insanity]] fails is because [[spoiler:[[MookLieutenant Ai]] [[TheStarscream betrays her]] on orders from [[BiggerBad Trigon]]]], something she ''couldn't'' have possibly anticipated.

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* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': The only reason Midnight's plan to [[spoiler:torture Robin to insanity]] fails is because [[spoiler:[[MookLieutenant Ai]] [[TheStarscream betrays her]] on orders from [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Trigon]]]], something she ''couldn't'' have possibly anticipated.









*** Probably a good example of this is [[https://i.imgur.com/qQ3j7MB.png this story]], where a player who played a BigGood in a CrapsackWorld completely and utterly derailed a cynical GM's world by being IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:a game where that had Corruption Points, his character had 0 and upon obtaining a special artifact that would make them a God but skyrocket their Corruption Points by a multiple of 100 to make them the new BigBad. However, 0 times anything is still 0.]]

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*** Probably a good example of this is [[https://i.imgur.com/qQ3j7MB.png this story]], where a player who played a BigGood in a CrapsackWorld completely and utterly derailed a cynical GM's world by being IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:a game where that had Corruption Points, his character had 0 and upon obtaining a special artifact that would make them a God but skyrocket their Corruption Points by a multiple of 100 to make them the new BigBad. However, 0 times anything is still 0.]]0]].



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' (5th edition) universe, the centuries long, multi-dimensional, wheels within wheels master plan of DEMON's secret master involves in it's final stages a literal Spanner in the Works. The precise timing that underlies the multiverse needs to be off just slightly for the rest of his plan to work and as such he has positioned a minion in the the metaphysical boiler room of creation with a $10 hardware store spanner. Now he just needs the stars to align....

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' (5th edition) universe, the centuries long, multi-dimensional, wheels within wheels master plan of DEMON's secret master involves in it's final stages a literal Spanner in the Works. The precise timing that underlies the multiverse needs to be off just slightly for the rest of his plan to work and as such he has positioned a minion in the the metaphysical boiler room of creation with a $10 hardware store spanner. Now he just needs the stars to align....



* The PlayerCharacter can potentially become this in VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari, if following [[spoiler: Ryouko Shimazaki]]'s route. [[spoiler: Ryouko is actually an IdolSinger (under the identity of Sonoko Takahashi) and has apparently retired, much to the sadness of her fans '''and''' the profit of her sponsors. Her manager and [[PromotionToParent brother/parent figure]], Tadaaki, actually had her ''fake'' her retirement to pique the interest of the fandom, then make the greatest come back ever -- and since Ryouko is both his younger sister and his ward, she cannot stop him no matter how badly she [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants to lead a life od her own]]. But after she befriends the MC, he inspires her to try speaking up and [[BeYourself being her own self]], leading her to rebel against the [[StageMom stage brother]] who controls her life and actions]].

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* The PlayerCharacter can potentially become this in VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari, if following [[spoiler: Ryouko Shimazaki]]'s route. [[spoiler: Ryouko is actually an IdolSinger (under the identity of Sonoko Takahashi) and has apparently retired, much to the sadness of her fans '''and''' the profit of her sponsors. Her manager and [[PromotionToParent brother/parent figure]], Tadaaki, actually had her ''fake'' her retirement to pique the interest of the fandom, then make the greatest come back ever -- and since Ryouko is both his younger sister and his ward, she cannot stop him no matter how badly she [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants to lead a life od of her own]]. But after she befriends the MC, he inspires her to try speaking up and [[BeYourself being her own self]], leading her to rebel against the [[StageMom stage brother]] who controls her life and actions]].
14th Aug '17 2:26:44 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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9th Aug '17 5:30:17 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Film/ConAir'' features the AxCrazy Cyrus the Virus, who plans to take over the Fairchild C-123 plane ''Jailbird'' before it drops him off to a new Supermax prison and has several ''very'' dangerous criminals willing to help him. Too bad that one of the passengers just happens to be a guy on parole named Cameron Poe, an ex-Army Ranger who takes absolutely ''no'' shit from anyone and will do '''anything''' in his power to stop Cyrus and Co. so he can go home to his family.
9th Aug '17 1:03:54 AM TheSinful
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* Ranma becomes one for not only Minaka and his Sekirei game in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11701126/1/Anything-Goes-Game-Changer Anything Goes Game Changer]]'' but Higa as well, the latter without even being aware of the man's existence. Besides Ranma interfering with unfair battles, mostly preventing Sekirei from being forcibly winged, he and Uzume pose for pictures for Nabiki to raise money (to cover his living expenses). Uzume's cut is enough for her to pay off her Ashikabi's hospital bills, which were being used by Higa to blackmail her.
29th Jul '17 9:54:37 AM LoungingInTheLobe
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* A conspiracy by Sejanus and Herod Antipas to overthrow High Priest Caiaphas and install Herod as King of Judea, using Jesus of Nazareth as their pawn, ended in failure when Sejanus was brought up on murder and treason charges before the Roman Senate and sentenced to death by the garrote, which resulted in everyone with even a remote connection feeling more vulnerable than ever, setting in motion the events leading up to Jesus's crucifixion. Since omnipotence and omniscience was the shtick of the God the Bible this may have been intentional.

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27th Jul '17 3:54:36 PM eroock
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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]].
24th Jul '17 4:27:54 PM Firebrand96
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Whether it's TheDitz, TheFool, InspectorOblivious, or a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]], this miscreant is capable of derailing the most ironclad [[ThePlan plan]] by unknowingly [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]]. They ruin the implausible {{Gambit Roulette}}s by [[FlawExploitation exploiting their one, intrinsic flaw:]] their reliance on {{Contrived Coincidence}}s, [[ClockKing rigid patterns]], and the assumption that nobody would be stupid enough to actually push the BigRedButton or fight the ''apparently'' [[NighInvulnerability unstoppable]] robot.

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Whether it's TheDitz, TheFool, InspectorOblivious, or a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]], this miscreant is capable of derailing the most ironclad [[ThePlan plan]] by unknowingly [[AchievementsInIgnorance unknowingly]] [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]]. They ruin the implausible {{Gambit Roulette}}s by [[FlawExploitation exploiting their one, intrinsic flaw:]] their reliance on {{Contrived Coincidence}}s, [[ClockKing rigid patterns]], and the assumption that nobody would be stupid enough to actually push the BigRedButton or fight the ''apparently'' [[NighInvulnerability unstoppable]] robot.
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