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14th Apr '17 7:54:35 AM sgamer82
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* The ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'' episode "Justice For Some" features a client of Jack's planning to steal his wife's heirloom necklace during an event and invite known thieves to be fall guys for Jack to catch. The plan fails because one had legitimately reformed, another was on a whole other floor casing the joint's ''artwork'', and Jack managed to grab the third when the lights went out to facilitate the robbery. This leaves the client the only person in any position to have performed the act.
5th Apr '17 9:13:01 PM Blazer
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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.]]
27th Mar '17 9:25:19 PM Sonofstranger
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** In ''Trials and Tribulations'', Furio Tigre's plan to use Glen Elg's [[spoiler:MC Bomber virus, worth several million dollars, to pay off his own million-dollar debt was annihilated because the moment the exchange was about to happen, Elg miraculously [[NeverWinTheLottery wins half a million in the lottery]]]].
25th Feb '17 1:32:21 PM TheSinful
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* Xander in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-1/DianeCastle%2bXendra.htm Xendra]]'' functions as a spanner on a cosmic scale. Not only can Drusilla the Mad Seer not See him and thus can't counter his plans, but he's shown to be immune to prophecy, leading to him breaking three or four prophecies, including Jasmine's plan to be reborn via Cordelia.
23rd Feb '17 1:15:15 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** Believe it or not, Valorum is this since before the films even chronologically began. Despite him being an ineffective leader, he was still a man with good intention, and when the senate didn't listen to him for too long, he decided to send the Jedi to negotiate with the Trade Federation, thus unwittingly planting the seeds for Palpatine's downfall.

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** Believe it or not, Valorum is this since before the films even chronologically began. Despite him being an ineffective leader, he was still a man with good intention, intentions, and when the senate Senate didn't listen to him for too long, he decided to send the Jedi to negotiate with the Trade Federation, Federation without consulting with the senate, thus unwittingly planting the seeds for Palpatine's downfall.
23rd Feb '17 1:14:23 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** Believe it or not, Valorum is this since before the films even chronologically began. Despite him being an ineffective leader, he was still a man with good intention, and when the senate didn't listen to him for too long, he decided to send the Jedi to negotiate with the Trade Federation, thus unwittingly planting the seeds for Palpatine's downfall.
16th Feb '17 1:59:57 PM marcoasalazarm
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* The DownerEnding of ''Film/ThePledge'' is triggered because some random idiot crashed with the car that the SerialKiller was driving to get to the trap the CowboyCop had set for him, killing him instantly (and leaving him so mangled he's unidentifiable). As a result, the killer is legally a KarmaHoudini and the cop's life falls apart when his manipulations to set the trap are revealed.

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* The DownerEnding of ''Film/ThePledge'' is triggered because some random idiot crashed with the car that the SerialKiller was driving to get to the trap the CowboyCop had set for him, killing him instantly (and leaving him so mangled he's unidentifiable). instantly. As a result, the killer is legally a KarmaHoudini (until his own wife admits to his acts on a DeathbedConfession many years later) and the cop's life falls apart when his manipulations to set the trap are revealed.
16th Feb '17 8:49:52 AM marcoasalazarm
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* The DownerEnding of ''Film/ThePledge'' is triggered because some random idiot crashed with the car that the SerialKiller was driving to get to the trap the CowboyCop had set for him, killing him instantly (and leaving him so mangled he's unidentifiable). As a result, the killer is legally a KarmaHoudini and the cop's life falls apart when his manipulations to set the trap are revealed.
10th Dec '16 4:42:30 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** The Unluckies. If the For Want of a Nail in Chapter 19 wasn't enough, in Chapter 20, Cross attempts to use Soundbite's powers to stop or stall the Rebel Army outside of Alubarna. Unfortunately, the Unluckies arrive and snatch the snail, scrapping that plan. And even after they're beaten, Miss Friday manages to disable Soundbite's powers until Luffy beats Crocodile.
*** For a while, it actually became something of a RunningGag that the Straw Hats' plans never worked out as planned, to the point that the characters started making note of in their planning sessions. This was particularly frustrating and humiliating for Cross, as he is the official tactician for the crew. But starting after Skypiea, things start going much better.
** Granny Kokoro proves to be this to Cross's plans. Sloshed out of her mind, she browbeats Iceburg and Franky into feeling the love that the Going Merry has for her crew, and encouraging them, as Tom's apprentices, construct a ship worthy of the Oro Jackson's successor... ''within earshot of Iceburg's secretary and one of his best shipwrights''.
** Aokiji. Post-Enies Lobby, when he came across an island hosting a big pirate brawl, he decided to halt the whole thing with an Ice Age... [[spoiler: giving Blackbeard the perfect opportunity to swallow up his now-frozen opponents.]]
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.
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