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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.
17th Jul '16 3:53:12 PM Discar
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Compare FinaglesLaw, ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, NiceJobFixingItVillain, OutsideContextVillain, RememberedTooLate.

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Compare FinaglesLaw, ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, NiceJobFixingItVillain, OutsideContextVillain, OutsideContextProblem, RememberedTooLate.
2nd Jul '16 10:41:24 PM MadCat221
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* A smaller version in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' --British spy/Gil's man Wooster just caused [[spoiler: Dolokov's plan to corrupt/distract the Jaegergenerals while Wulfenbach forces destroy Castle Heterodyne]] to go thoroughly off the rails.
22nd Jun '16 3:40:15 AM Dravencour
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** Elsa was also this. [[spoiler: Her denial of Anna's marriage to Hans and her departure from Arendelle wound up saving Anna as it delayed his plans and gave Anna a lesson in trusting people so quickly while at the same time showing her ThePowerOfLove.]]

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** Elsa was also this. [[spoiler: Her denial of [[spoiler:Her refusal to give her blessing to Anna's marriage to Hans and her departure from Arendelle wound up saving Anna as it delayed his plans and gave Anna a lesson in trusting people so quickly while at the same time showing her ThePowerOfLove.]]
20th Jun '16 9:23:45 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': According to [[spoiler:Roz]], Sulley and Mike were this to [[spoiler:Waternoose's plan]]. She gives them credit for exposing the scandal when [[ReverseMole she reveals her own true colors]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': According Mike forgetting to [[spoiler:Roz]], file his paperwork, and Sulley volunteering to get it for him, end up causing a chain of events that [[spoiler: exposed Randall and Mike were this to [[spoiler:Waternoose's plan]]. She Waternoose's plan]].[[spoiler: Roz]] gives them credit for exposing the scandal when [[ReverseMole she reveals her own true colors]].
15th Jun '16 11:47:29 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Jafar's plan to steal the lamp and leave Aladdin behind in the cave would have worked if Aladdin's pet monkey Abu hadn't picked his pocket and then given the lamp to Aladdin.
9th Jun '16 4:30:00 AM ShinyManaphy
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* 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]].
28th May '16 9:01:24 AM Nazetrime
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* Double subverted during the Centralis battle in ''Series/{{Noob}}''. [[spoiler:Fantöm]]'s plan was to distract [[TheAce Amaras]] simply by his unexpected presence to keep him away from the Coalition frontlines, depsite being much weaker than him. Amaras doesn't fall for it, but this is the time [[LivingLegend Spectre]] chooses to confirm the rumors about him being BackInTheSaddle. The major difference is that Spectre is strong enough to give Amaras trouble and wants the Empire to win enough to keep him busy so it will have a chance.

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* Double subverted during the Centralis battle in ''Series/{{Noob}}''.the ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' novels and webseries. [[spoiler:Fantöm]]'s plan was to distract [[TheAce Amaras]] simply by his unexpected presence to keep him away from the Coalition frontlines, depsite being much weaker than him. Amaras doesn't fall for it, but this is the time [[LivingLegend Spectre]] chooses to confirm the rumors about him being BackInTheSaddle. The major difference is that Spectre is strong enough to give Amaras trouble and wants the Empire to win enough to keep him busy so it will have a chance. The novel version of scene mentions the trope by name.
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