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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]].
15th Feb '16 3:29:33 PM ChrisDen
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** Finn in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', his defection set the chain of events that would stop the First Order's plans. He free's Poe from them, finds Rey and BB-8, and helps them get off Jakku and meet up with the Resistance.

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** Finn in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', his defection set the chain of events that would stop the First Order's plans. He free's frees Poe from them, finds Rey and BB-8, and helps them get off Jakku and meet up with the Resistance.



* In ''Film/DayOfTheWolves'', #1's plan for TakingOverTheTown was masterfully planned and executed. The one thing he could not have forseen was that Chief of Police Pete Anderson would have been fired the day before the plan was executed, and therefore was at home instead of at the police station with the other officers.

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* In ''Film/DayOfTheWolves'', #1's plan for TakingOverTheTown was masterfully planned and executed. The one thing he could not have forseen foreseen was that Chief of Police Pete Anderson would have been fired the day before the plan was executed, and therefore was at home instead of at the police station with the other officers.
25th Jan '16 3:14:15 PM tolchok
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** Earlier on, before Vegeta makes his way to Namek to gather its Dragon Balls, Cui tells him that Freeza heard about Vegeta's plans whilst he was on Earth, because the scouter was on the entire time. Vegetal is shocked at this, claiming the transmitter was off the entire time, but then he realises that [[TheDitz Nappa]] was with him...

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** Earlier on, before Vegeta makes his way to Namek to gather its Dragon Balls, Cui tells him that Freeza heard about Vegeta's plans whilst he was on Earth, because the scouter was on the entire time. Vegetal Vegeta is shocked at this, claiming the transmitter was off the entire time, but then he realises that [[TheDitz Nappa]] was with him...him and probably forgot to turn off ''his'' scouter...
25th Jan '16 3:11:07 PM tolchok
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** Earlier on, before Vegeta makes his way to Namek to gather its Dragon Balls, Cui tells him that Freeza heard about Vegeta's plans whilst he was on Earth, because the scouter was on the entire time. Vegetal is shocked at this, claiming the transmitter was off the entire time, but then he realises that [[TheDitz Nappa]] was with him...
-->"[[EnragedByIdiocy GOD DAMMIT NAPPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!]]"



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