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29th Nov '16 4:53:33 PM merotoker
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Whether it's TheDitz, TheFool, InspectorOblivious, or a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]], this miscreant is capable of derailing the most ironclad {{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 {{plan}} [[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.



** During the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], [[spoiler:Discord's little sister Rancor is this. She arrives to get close to Discord and ultimately steal back Destruction's power from him so it can be used for its intended purpose (Destruction's original job as an AnthropomorphicPersonification), mortally wounding him in the process. This ends up throwing a gigantic wrench in Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's plans, allowing Discord to {{Out Gambit|ted}} her and alert Twilight to the [[GroundhogDayLoop true nature]] [[IronicHell of the Dark World]], forcing Paradox to expose herself to the heroes. The name Rancor chooses after succeeding (Disruption) couldn't be more appropriate. It's this trope especially because, while its implied she knew Paradox was there, she didn't care one way or the other what happened so long as her own mission was a success.]]

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** During the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], [[spoiler:Discord's little sister Rancor is this. She arrives to get close to Discord and ultimately steal back Destruction's power from him so it can be used for its intended purpose (Destruction's original job as an AnthropomorphicPersonification), mortally wounding him in the process. This ends up throwing a gigantic wrench in Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's plans, allowing Discord to {{Out Gambit|ted}} her and alert Twilight to the [[GroundhogDayLoop true nature]] [[IronicHell of the Dark World]], forcing Paradox to expose herself to the heroes. The name Rancor chooses after succeeding (Disruption) couldn't be more appropriate. It's this trope especially because, while its implied she knew Paradox was there, she didn't care one way or the other what happened so long as her own mission was a success.]]success]].



* In Evangelion fan-fic ''RE-TAKE'', SEELE finds all their plans foiled by something they could never have anticipated [[spoiler: Shinji be aided by [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ghost-Asuka and "God"]] which allows him to destroy the Mass Production Evas during the fan-fic's take the events of "End".]]
* In the Mario Fan-Fic ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', [[spoiler: Fawful, Alpha and Mario are this to Cackletta's plans. And Bowser too, for freeing the Star Spirits from their imprisonment.]]

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* In Evangelion fan-fic ''RE-TAKE'', SEELE finds all their plans foiled by something they could never have anticipated [[spoiler: Shinji be aided by [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ghost-Asuka and "God"]] which allows him to destroy the Mass Production Evas during the fan-fic's take the events of "End".]]
"End"]].
* In the Mario Fan-Fic ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', [[spoiler: Fawful, Alpha and Mario are this to Cackletta's plans. And Bowser too, for freeing the Star Spirits from their imprisonment.]]imprisonment]].



* The title character of ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. His desire to gain the fame and respect his rival, Fix-It Felix, Jr., had, even unwittingly, lead to [[spoiler:''Sugar Rush'''s King Candy being exposed as the thought-dead Turbo and the restoration of glitch character Vanellope Von Schweetz.]]

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* The title character of ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. His desire to gain the fame and respect his rival, Fix-It Felix, Jr., had, even unwittingly, lead to [[spoiler:''Sugar Rush'''s King Candy being exposed as the thought-dead Turbo and the restoration of glitch character Vanellope Von Schweetz.]]Schweetz]].



** [[spoiler: Olaf]] was this. [[spoiler: With Kristoff having left the castle when Anna was about to die, Hans' plan may have succeeded and given him the throne.]] But there was no way to account for [[spoiler: Olaf, who saves Anna.]]

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** [[spoiler: Olaf]] was this. [[spoiler: With Kristoff having left the castle when Anna was about to die, Hans' plan may have succeeded and given him the throne.]] throne]]. But there was no way to account for [[spoiler: Olaf, who saves Anna.]]Anna]].



* The ending of ''Film/LayerCake'' has the protagonist outclassed not by dumb luck, but by [[spoiler:being shot.]] Because while he was really successful in tricking clever criminals in his BatmanGambit, he [[spoiler:ends up shot (and possibly killed, it's a little vague) by a guy whose girlfriend he stole and whom he considered of little importance.]]
* ''Film/CarlitosWay'' ends in a similar fashion. After outsmarting all his enemies by the skin of his teeth [[spoiler:Carlito ends up getting killed by some random lowlife he mistreated earlier in the film.]]

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* The ending of ''Film/LayerCake'' has the protagonist outclassed not by dumb luck, but by [[spoiler:being shot.]] shot]]. Because while he was really successful in tricking clever criminals in his BatmanGambit, he [[spoiler:ends up shot (and possibly killed, it's a little vague) by a guy whose girlfriend he stole and whom he considered of little importance.]]
importance]].
* ''Film/CarlitosWay'' ends in a similar fashion. After outsmarting all his enemies by the skin of his teeth [[spoiler:Carlito ends up getting killed by some random lowlife he mistreated earlier in the film.]]film]].



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



** ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'' had killers from all over the world come after him. [[spoiler:He bends over to tie his shoes at the exact right moment...]] Likewise in the film's {{Denouement}}, [[spoiler: Clouseau is unwittingly catapulted onto Dreyfus' DeathRay, destroying it and killing Dreyfus in the process.]]

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** ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'' had killers from all over the world come after him. [[spoiler:He bends over to tie his shoes at the exact right moment...]] Likewise in the film's {{Denouement}}, [[spoiler: Clouseau is unwittingly catapulted onto Dreyfus' DeathRay, destroying it and killing Dreyfus in the process.]]process]].



* In ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', [[spoiler:the Evil Necromancer's plan to summon Cthulhu is thwarted when it turns out his daughter was no longer a virgin due to the idiot cute cop nobody had been paying much attention to.]]

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* In ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', [[spoiler:the Evil Necromancer's plan to summon Cthulhu is thwarted when it turns out his daughter was no longer a virgin due to the idiot cute cop nobody had been paying much attention to.]]to]].



* In ''Film/TheATeam'', [[spoiler: Face's plan]] would have gone off smoothly if not for [[spoiler: Pike having a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoulder-launched_Multipurpose_Assault_Weapon SMAW.]]]]

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* In ''Film/TheATeam'', [[spoiler: Face's plan]] would have gone off smoothly if not for [[spoiler: Pike having a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoulder-launched_Multipurpose_Assault_Weapon SMAW.]]]]SMAW]]]].



* This concept drives the entire plot for ''Film/DumbAndDumber''. Lloyd sees Mary "forget" her briefcase while going through the airport, and, desperate to win her affection, races through the airport to snag the briefcase and return it to her:[[spoiler: the briefcase is the drop for a ransom, containing millions, left there to be picked up by a few hired thugs.]] The entire plot also runs because the crooks think that Harry and Lloyd are merely ObfuscatingStupidity, never understanding that no, they are actually that dumb, but happen to thwart the criminals at every turn.

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* This concept drives the entire plot for ''Film/DumbAndDumber''. Lloyd sees Mary "forget" her briefcase while going through the airport, and, desperate to win her affection, races through the airport to snag the briefcase and return it to her:[[spoiler: the briefcase is the drop for a ransom, containing millions, left there to be picked up by a few hired thugs.]] thugs]]. The entire plot also runs because the crooks think that Harry and Lloyd are merely ObfuscatingStupidity, never understanding that no, they are actually that dumb, but happen to thwart the criminals at every turn.



** In the third case of ''Justice For All'', [[spoiler:Acro's plan to murder Regina was to call her to a specific point where he would drop a heavy weight on her head. Problem is, the note he secretly planted on Regina began with "To the murderer...". Due to Regina being very naive, she didn't think the note was for her, and posted it on the circus's bulletin board, where her father saw it and responded to it in Regina's place.]] Then you realize that [[spoiler:Acro wanted to kill her because her naivete led to his brother being put into a coma, [[WhatAnIdiot and he should have known that she would never realize the note was meant for her]]...]]

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** In the third case of ''Justice For All'', [[spoiler:Acro's plan to murder Regina was to call her to a specific point where he would drop a heavy weight on her head. Problem is, the note he secretly planted on Regina began with "To the murderer...". Due to Regina being very naive, she didn't think the note was for her, and posted it on the circus's bulletin board, where her father saw it and responded to it in Regina's place.]] place]]. Then you realize that [[spoiler:Acro wanted to kill her because her naivete led to his brother being put into a coma, [[WhatAnIdiot and he should have known that she would never realize the note was meant for her]]...]]her]]..]].



* 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.]]
** Also, if the PC pursues [[spoiler: either Mayumi Kamijou or Yumi Matsumiya (who can't be romanced if you don't finish Mayumi's path first)]], he will also ruin [[spoiler: Mikazaki's plan to blackmail Mayumi into sex]] ''and'' will [[spoiler: give Yumi enough proof to get Mikazaki himself humiliated and kicked out of the school.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s TrueEnding storyline, Dr Iwamine had ''won''. [[spoiler:Ryouta was mindless and implanted with the Charon Virus, Sakuya was emotionally broken, Yuuya and Hiyoko were both dead, and Kazuaki and Anghel were trapped.]] It takes ''two'' spanners to fix this. The first is [[spoiler:Okosan, who snaps Sakuya out of his grief just in time to stop Anghel and Kazuaki from dying to nerve gas. This leads directly into the second - and most important - spanner, which is Anghel using his hallucinogenic pheromones to put Ryouta into a mental state where he could be talked down and prevented from wiping out humanity, thus unravelling everything Shuu had done up to that point.]] Needless to say, don't fuck with the [[JokeCharacter Joke Characters]].

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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 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.]]
actions]].
** Also, if the PC pursues [[spoiler: either Mayumi Kamijou or Yumi Matsumiya (who can't be romanced if you don't finish Mayumi's path first)]], he will also ruin [[spoiler: Mikazaki's plan to blackmail Mayumi into sex]] ''and'' will [[spoiler: give Yumi enough proof to get Mikazaki himself humiliated and kicked out of the school.]]
school]].
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s TrueEnding storyline, Dr Iwamine had ''won''. [[spoiler:Ryouta was mindless and implanted with the Charon Virus, Sakuya was emotionally broken, Yuuya and Hiyoko were both dead, and Kazuaki and Anghel were trapped.]] It takes ''two'' spanners to fix this. The first is [[spoiler:Okosan, who snaps Sakuya out of his grief just in time to stop Anghel and Kazuaki from dying to nerve gas. This leads directly into the second - and most important - spanner, which is Anghel using his hallucinogenic pheromones to put Ryouta into a mental state where he could be talked down and prevented from wiping out humanity, thus unravelling everything Shuu had done up to that point.]] point]]. Needless to say, don't fuck with the [[JokeCharacter Joke Characters]].



** The unnamed Cleric of Loki [[spoiler: restored Belkar]] exclusively because it would help him leave safely, which he immediately did. He had no interest in [[spoiler: what Belkar did [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0613.html next.]]]]

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** The unnamed Cleric of Loki [[spoiler: restored Belkar]] exclusively because it would help him leave safely, which he immediately did. He had no interest in [[spoiler: what Belkar did [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0613.html next.]]]]next]]]].



* One of the characters in the ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' is this to [[spoiler: God's master plan.]]

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* One of the characters in the ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' is this to [[spoiler: God's master plan.]]plan]].



* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', this is Jade's purpose in life. She's screwed over at least four {{plan}}s, simply by being there. See "It's Good to be the don", "Christmas Elves", "Christmas Crisis", and Ayla 7-6.

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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', this is Jade's purpose in life. She's screwed over at least four {{plan}}s, [[ThePlan plans]], simply by being there. See "It's Good to be the don", "Christmas Elves", "Christmas Crisis", and Ayla 7-6.
20th Nov '16 10:40:11 AM kikiandlala
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* In Eos games' ''Weapons of the Gods'' (an rpg based on a Hong Kong comic), one of the background stories of the world has an invincible martial artist invade the heavens. He's easily curbstomping all the gods in his quest for immortality, what stops him was this...he had an extremely stupid disciple that he's fond of nonetheless. The disciple complained that he was getting hungry, the martial artist decided that it'd be alright to take a lunch break so he sends the disciple off to go herb hunting while he slaughters some divine cattle. The disciple finds some chili peppers from the fields of the sun god and show them to his master. The master is pleased and makes a beef hotpot. Unfortunately as soon as he ate it, the peppers burned with the force of the sun and so he ran around screaming, eventually falling from the heavens to crash head-first into some rocks.
6th Nov '16 2:48:39 PM KingLyger
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* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', it becomes apparent that the Department of the Navy very much wants the case of ''United States v. Dawson & Downey'' to be quietly resolved by a PleaBargain so as to prevent incident from causing too much embarrassment to the Marine Corps. This plan is undone by the dual spanners of Galloway and Dawson; Galloway, not because she is dumb, but be because she is clever enough to sense something in not right and thus goads Kaffee in doing his due diligence for once instead of rushing to a PleaBargain, Dawson, for being too hardcore of a jarhead to willingly accept a dishonorable discharge because it would make thing easier for him, and telling Kaffee to take his plea bargain and shove it.

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* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', it becomes apparent that the Department of the Navy very much wants the case of ''United States v. Dawson & Downey'' to be quietly resolved by a PleaBargain so as to prevent incident from causing too much embarrassment to the Marine Corps. This plan is undone by the dual spanners of Galloway and Dawson; Galloway, not because she is dumb, but be because she is clever enough to sense senses something in not right isn't right, and thus goads Kaffee in doing his due diligence for once instead of rushing to a PleaBargain, PleaBargain. Dawson, for being meanwhile, is too hardcore of a jarhead to [[HonorBeforeReason willingly accept a dishonorable discharge discharge]] because it would make thing it'd be easier for him, and telling Kaffee to take his plea bargain and shove it.
21st Oct '16 6:56:41 PM cybertoy0
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** In season 14, we learn how the Blood Gulch outposts were formed. Project Freelancer were going to use the place to hide the Alpha AI, so Agent Florida purposely assembled the worst soldiers from both the Red and Blue armies to fill the ranks, and even had a computerized personality (Vic) act as Command and keep both sides at a stalemate. Vic even had a roster of other Freelancers to recruit if anything happened to Florida. So what causes a perfectly orchestrated ForeverWar to spiral out of control, and eventually lead to the Project's destruction? Florida tripping over one of Vic's cables. This scrambled Vic's software, not only turning him into an idiot, but also replacing the roster with Caboose and Donut, the two soldiers who's respective Snipe Hunts are the root cause of the Blood Gulch Crew's adventures.
26th Sep '16 10:11:35 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji and Asuka end up ruining Gendo's plans by [[DefusingTheTykeBomb befriending Rei]], although this happens long before his plans are put into action. And ''everyone'' is completely unaware of the implication of this, meaning that they spend several chapters trying to figure out how to stop him, and he still thinks that he's in control of the situation despite the fact that he's already lost.

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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji and Asuka end up ruining Gendo's plans by [[DefusingTheTykeBomb befriending Rei]], although this happens long before his plans are put into action. And ''everyone'' is completely unaware of the implication of this, meaning that they spend several chapters trying to figure out how to stop him, and he still thinks that he's in control of the situation situation, despite the fact that he's already lost.
26th Sep '16 10:10:53 PM Gamermaster
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* Shinji and Asuka end up ruining Gendo's plans by [[DefusingTheTykeBomb befriending Rei]], although this happens long before his plans are put into action. And ''everyone'' is completely unaware of the implication of this, meaning that they spend several chapters trying to figure out how to stop him, and he still thinks that he's in control of the situation despite the fact that he's already lost.

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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji and Asuka end up ruining Gendo's plans by [[DefusingTheTykeBomb befriending Rei]], although this happens long before his plans are put into action. And ''everyone'' is completely unaware of the implication of this, meaning that they spend several chapters trying to figure out how to stop him, and he still thinks that he's in control of the situation despite the fact that he's already lost.
26th Sep '16 10:10:28 PM Gamermaster
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* Shinji and Asuka end up ruining Gendo's plans by [[DefusingTheTykeBomb befriending Rei]], although this happens long before his plans are put into action. And ''everyone'' is completely unaware of the implication of this, meaning that they spend several chapters trying to figure out how to stop him, and he still thinks that he's in control of the situation despite the fact that he's already lost.
8th Sep '16 12:58:02 PM mcgrew
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* In ''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 ''TabletopGame/Champions'' 5th edition the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' (5th edition) universe, The 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....
4th Sep '16 3:02:07 AM erforce
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* In the recent adaptation of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'', it seems like Inspector Clouseau, a seemingly InspectorOblivious, is one of these until the very end, where he reveals that he was a Chessmaster after all. According to Creator/PeterSellers, the original Clouseau qualified as well, but he knew he was a buffoon deep down. ''Strikes Again'' had killers from all over the world come after him. [[spoiler:He bends over to tie his shoes at the exact right moment...]] Likewise in the film's {{Denouement}}, [[spoiler: Clouseau is unwittingly catapulted onto Dreyfus' DeathRay, destroying it and killing Dreyfus in the process.]]

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* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''
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In the recent adaptation of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'', ''Film/ThePinkPanther2'', it seems like Inspector Clouseau, a seemingly InspectorOblivious, is one of these until the very end, where he reveals that he was a Chessmaster after all. all.
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According to Creator/PeterSellers, the original Clouseau qualified as well, but he knew he was a buffoon deep down. ''Strikes Again'' down.
** ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain''
had killers from all over the world come after him. [[spoiler:He bends over to tie his shoes at the exact right moment...]] Likewise in the film's {{Denouement}}, [[spoiler: Clouseau is unwittingly catapulted onto Dreyfus' DeathRay, destroying it and killing Dreyfus in the process.]]
25th Jul '16 3:41:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Jade's [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy otherwise flawless]] [[OperationBlank Operation: Steel Lightning]] only fails because of the presence of Agent Wisker, who she didn't know and couldn't plan for. He doesn't stop her, but slows her down long enough for Uncle to catch up with her and beat her.

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* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Jade's [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy otherwise flawless]] flawless [[OperationBlank Operation: Steel Lightning]] only fails because of the presence of Agent Wisker, who she didn't know and couldn't plan for. He doesn't stop her, but slows her down long enough for Uncle to catch up with her and beat her.
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