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2nd May '18 1:30:33 PM tv1995
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* Lord Farquaad in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}, him sending the fairy tale creatures to Shrek's swamp is the reason Shrek set out to find him in the first place, who sent Shrek to get Fiona so Farquaad could become king in exchange for his swamp. This is how Shrek and Fiona met. Fiona falls in love with and marries Shrek, which foils the plans of every subsequent villain in the series.
16th Apr '18 10:58:32 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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[[caption-width-right:210:I wouldn't be too worried, [[BaitAndSwitch especially if that rocket's trajectory is set to strike my hometown.]]]]



Put another way, they are an author's walking {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion or LampshadeHanging of the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: just as easily as a plot can come together [[DidntSeeThatComing it can be pulled apart with the tiniest, most ridiculous things.]]

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Put another way, they are an author's walking {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion or LampshadeHanging of the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: just as easily as a plot can come together together, [[DidntSeeThatComing it can be pulled apart with the tiniest, most ridiculous things.]]



(Note for Americans reading this: "Spanner" is the Queen's English word for what you would call a "wrench", with the added benefit of it being slang for a stupid person. It has nothing to do with a LongRunner in development. The equivalent American phrase specifically involves a ''monkey'' wrench, known in the UK as a gas grip -- "He really threw a monkey wrench into my plan.")

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(Note for Americans reading this: "Spanner" is the Queen's English word for what you would call a "wrench", with the added benefit of it being slang for a stupid person. It has nothing to do with a LongRunner in development. The equivalent American phrase specifically involves a ''monkey'' wrench, known in the UK as a gas grip -- "He really threw a monkey wrench into my plan.plans.")



* [[SpannerInTheWorks.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
* [[SpannerInTheWorks.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
* [[SpannerInTheWorks.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[SpannerInTheWorks.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]]
* [[SpannerInTheWorks.RealLife Real Life]]
* [[SpannerInTheWorks.VideoGames Video Games]]
* [[SpannerInTheWorks.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]

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15th Apr '18 8:42:15 PM ChaoticNovelist
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When the character ruins the protagonists' plans by unknowingly doing something small but crucial, he becomes an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom. When the Spanner can trigger a series of coincidences, it's DisasterDominoes. When the plan is screwed and the character is also aware that he will screw the plan, and doesn't care, he becomes a LeeroyJenkins. Occasionally, may be MistakenForBadass. If the focus isn't on them, they're often an UnknownCharacter.

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When the character ruins the protagonists' a {{protagonist}}'s plans by unknowingly doing something small but crucial, he becomes an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom. When the Spanner can trigger a series of coincidences, it's DisasterDominoes. When the plan is screwed and the character is also aware that he will screw the plan, and doesn't care, he becomes a LeeroyJenkins. Occasionally, may be MistakenForBadass. If the focus isn't on them, they're often an UnknownCharacter.
12th Apr '18 7:58:12 AM KingLyger
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** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' sees Phineas Filch end up as one in the second case. [[spoiler:Florent L'Belle's entire scheme, which took months of planning, backstabbing, manipulation, blackmail, threats, and outright murder - so much so that it's lampshaded how [[ComplexityAddiction how insanely complicated it all is]] by Apollo Justice - was all to have access to the Forbidden Chamber in Nine-Tails Vale to steal a gold ingot contained inside of it. Filch, on the other hand, snuck into the Forbidden Chamber on a whim in fifteen minutes because he was bored. By doing so, he spooked Jinxie Tenma enough and forced L'Belle to improvise a few things, proving to be his downfall in court.]]

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** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' sees Phineas Filch end up as one in the second case. [[spoiler:Florent L'Belle's entire scheme, which took months of planning, backstabbing, manipulation, blackmail, threats, and outright murder - so much so that it's lampshaded how [[ComplexityAddiction how insanely complicated it all is]] by Apollo Justice - was all to have unrestricted access to the Forbidden Chamber in Nine-Tails Vale to steal a gold ingot supposedly contained inside of it.the Chamber. Filch, on the other hand, snuck into the Forbidden Chamber on a whim in fifteen minutes because he was bored. By doing so, he Filch spooked Jinxie Tenma enough and Tenma, which forced L'Belle to improvise a few things, proving to be his downfall in court.]]
28th Mar '18 1:03:07 PM GeorgeCastanza
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(Note for Americans reading this: "Spanner" is the Queen's English word for what you would call a "wrench", with the added benefit of it being slang for a stupid person. The equivalent American phrase specifically involves a ''monkey'' wrench, known in the UK as a gas grip -- "He really threw a monkey wrench into my plan.")

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(Note for Americans reading this: "Spanner" is the Queen's English word for what you would call a "wrench", with the added benefit of it being slang for a stupid person. It has nothing to do with a LongRunner in development. The equivalent American phrase specifically involves a ''monkey'' wrench, known in the UK as a gas grip -- "He really threw a monkey wrench into my plan.")
11th Mar '18 12:22:38 PM KingLyger
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** Trixie becomes this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship''. Even though she's under the same LaserGuidedAmnesia the rest of CHS is hit with, Trixie sympathizes with Sunset's plight instead of hating her, and ends up becoming her NumberTwo. After the initial confrontation with the BigBad, Trixie also manages to get Sunset out of a locked room, letting Sunset confront the Big Bad again, this time where the other Equestria Girls can hear the culprit [[SayingTooMuch spell out their evil plan]] in a little too much detail.
8th Mar '18 8:37:38 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Towards the end of ''Sunset Limousine'', Alan decides to escape from the bad guys by blending in to a funeral procession at Inglewood Park Cemetery. As he and Julie are trying to figure out where to hide from them, Alan accidentally triggers the incineration of the nearby deceased, causing the mourners to file in. Luckily, the bad guys take the opportunity to flee the cemetery. Unluckily, they decide to do it in Alan's limo.

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* Towards the end of ''Sunset Limousine'', Alan decides to escape from the bad guys by blending in to a funeral procession at Inglewood Park Cemetery. As he and Julie are trying to figure out where in the chapel to hide from them, said bad guys, Alan accidentally triggers the incineration of the nearby deceased, causing the mourners to file in. Luckily, the bad guys take the opportunity to flee the cemetery. Unluckily, they decide to do it in Alan's limo.
8th Mar '18 8:36:52 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Towards the end of ''Sunset Limousine'', Alan decides to escape from the bad guys by blending in to a funeral procession at Inglewood Park Cemetery. As he and Julie are trying to figure out where to hide from them, Alan accidentally triggers the incineration of the nearby deceased, causing the mourners to file in. Luckily, the bad guys take the opportunity to flee the cemetery. Unluckily, they decide to do it in Alan's limo.
7th Mar '18 6:03:31 PM ComeWithMe
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* In Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah, Godzilla spends days suffering a nuclear heart attack without even realizing it.
2nd Mar '18 10:33:00 AM ZimFan89
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* In [[http://roosterteeth.com/user/CornOwl/albums/17723 this]] ''WebVideo/TenLittleRoosters'' fancomic series, every one of [[spoiler:Barbara]]'s attempts (and traps) to murder their Rooster Teeth colleagues [[HilarityEnsues is foiled due to the others' sheer dumb luck (with a few cases of taking a level in intelligence).]] The result? [[EveryoneLives Everyone ends up surviving;]]
** [[spoiler: Michael's poisoned glass]] breaks before they have a chance to [[spoiler: drink from it]]
** [[spoiler: Gavin and his clone]] manage to catch themselves, preventing them from [[spoiler: falling in the mousetraps]]
** ''None'' of [[spoiler: the arrows]] wind up hitting [[spoiler: Chris]]
** When reaching for the extra gun, [[spoiler: Burnie]] spots [[spoiler: the scorpian]] and shoots it
** [[spoiler: Gus]] slams the door on the Killer
** [[spoiler: Adam]] trips over a cord just as [[spoiler: the Killer is about to strangle them]]
** [[spoiler: The puma]] decides they're more interested in being [[spoiler: petted by Lindsay]] than [[spoiler: mauling her to death]]
** The part of [[spoiler: the tredmill]] that [[spoiler: Miles is glued to]] ''breaks off completly''

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* In [[http://roosterteeth.com/user/CornOwl/albums/17723 this]] ''WebVideo/TenLittleRoosters'' fancomic series, every one of [[spoiler:Barbara]]'s attempts (and traps) to murder their Rooster Teeth colleagues [[HilarityEnsues is foiled due to the others' sheer dumb luck (with a few cases of taking a level in intelligence).]] The result? [[EveryoneLives Everyone ends up surviving;]]
surviving]]:
** [[spoiler: Michael's poisoned glass]] breaks before they have a chance to [[spoiler: drink from it]]
it]].
** [[spoiler: Gavin and his clone]] manage to catch themselves, preventing them from [[spoiler: falling in the mousetraps]]
mousetraps]].
** ''None'' of [[spoiler: the arrows]] wind up hitting [[spoiler: Chris]]
Chris]].
** When reaching for the extra gun, [[spoiler: Burnie]] spots [[spoiler: the scorpian]] and shoots it
it.
** [[spoiler: Gus]] slams the door on the Killer
Killer.
** [[spoiler: Adam]] trips over a cord just as [[spoiler: the Killer is about to strangle them]]
them]].
** [[spoiler: The puma]] decides they're more interested in being [[spoiler: petted by Lindsay]] than [[spoiler: mauling her to death]]
death]].
** The part of [[spoiler: the tredmill]] that [[spoiler: Miles is glued to]] ''breaks off completly''completely''.
* ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'':
** During the Battle of Torus Filney, the Rebellion's strategy hits a major stumbling block when [[LizardFolk Simon]] shows up, due to not having planned for his presence. But then they're able to turn the tables on Servantis' forces when they reveal that [[spoiler: [[SuperweaponSurprise they have guns]]]].
** Cedric and Wong's plot to [[TheStarscream betray Phobos]] and steal the Heart of Meridian from him catches [[TheChessmaster Nerissa]] completely off guard, throwing her own plans completely OffTheRails.
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