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21st Jan '16 12:20:18 AM LordInsane
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* One of Asimov's short stories had the administrator of an UnderwaterCity believing that two visitors, husband and wife, are observers from a council with significant authority over Earth, especially colonization programs, and that they will make a report that (he believes unfairly) will help contribute to ocean colonization resources being redirected to bolster space colonization, so he plans a suicidal 'accident' to desperately derail it. This leads to the woman bluffing that she ''is'' a member of the council, and that not only wouldn't the plan work to its intended goal, but the ocean colonization program is pivotal to part of the space colonization program, and therefore won't be shut down, so it's pointless too. When the administrator stands down and entire thing is over. and the two visitors are on their way back home, it is revealed that [[spoiler: the husband ''is'' a member of the council, and while they might not have been thinking in that direction before, his wife made a very good argument for why the ocean colonization program should continue...]]
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* One of Asimov's short stories had the administrator of an UnderwaterCity believing that two visitors, husband and wife, are observers from a council with significant authority over Earth, especially colonization programs, and that they will make a report that (he believes unfairly) will help contribute to ocean colonization resources being redirected to bolster space colonization, so he plans a suicidal 'accident' to desperately derail it. This leads to the woman bluffing that she ''is'' a member of the council, and that not only wouldn't the plan work to its intended goal, but the ocean colonization program is pivotal to part of the space colonization program, and therefore won't be shut down, so it's pointless too. When the administrator stands down and entire thing is over. over, and the two visitors are on their way back home, it is revealed that [[spoiler: the husband ''is'' a member of the council, and while they might not have been thinking in that direction before, his wife made a very good argument for why the ocean colonization program should continue...]]
21st Jan '16 12:18:43 AM LordInsane
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* One of Asimov's short stories had the administrator of an UnderwaterCity believing that two visitors, husband and wife, are observers from a council with significant authority over Earth, especially colonization programs, and that they will make a report that (he believes unfairly) will help contribute to ocean colonization resources being redirected to bolster space colonization, so he plans a suicidal 'accident' to desperately derail it. This leads to the woman bluffing that she ''is'' a member of the council, and that not only wouldn't the plan work to its intended goal, but the ocean colonization program is pivotal to part of the space colonization program, and therefore won't be shut down, so it's pointless too. When the administrator stands down and entire thing is over. and the two visitors are on their way back home, it is revealed that [[spoiler: the husband ''is'' a member of the council, and while they might not have been thinking in that direction before, his wife made a very good argument for why the ocean colonization program should continue...]]
2nd Dec '15 8:47:09 PM Fighteer
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General examples
* Some marketing campaigns have this. The commercials may not be getting the right message across, but they sell the product just the same. ** [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike The Old Spice commercials]] fit this trope pretty well. It was supposed to advertise a body wash, but no-one seemed to buy that particular product. However, the Old Spice brand as a whole has become far more popular.
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* Some marketing campaigns have this. The commercials may not be getting the right message across, but they sell the product just the same. ** [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike The Old Spice commercials]] fit this trope pretty well. It was supposed to advertise a body wash, but no-one seemed to buy that particular product. However, the Old Spice brand as a whole has become far more popular.

* A frequent mantra of the military is "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (originally, "No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's main strength"); but it's also known that the act of planning is necessary, so the participants know what is and isn't important in the situation at hand, and what tactics are more likely to work. In other words, military commanders are frequently advised to try to maximize their chances for an Unintentional Backup Plan. ** In NATO orders, part of the standard procedure is to inform those receiving the orders what the goal of the mission is and why they are doing it, explicitly so that if the existing plan fails or the situation changes so the plan won't work at all there is still the possibility of success if the people on the ground can come up with a way of meeting the mission objectives.
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* A frequent mantra of the military is "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (originally, "No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's main strength"); but it's also known that the act of planning is necessary, so the participants know what is and isn't important in the situation at hand, and what tactics are more likely to work. In other words, military commanders are frequently advised to try to maximize their chances for an Unintentional Backup Plan. ** In NATO orders, part of the standard procedure is to inform those receiving the orders what the goal of the mission is and why they are doing it, explicitly so that if the existing plan fails or the situation changes so the plan won't work at all there is still the possibility of success if the people on the ground can come up with a way of meeting the mission objectives.
2nd Dec '15 8:46:32 PM Fighteer
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** Though some fans postulate that Iluvatar (God) had planned this out all along and had shared his plan with Gandalf.
30th Nov '15 10:16:35 PM KeithM
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** In NATO orders, part of the standard procedure is to inform those receiving the orders what the goal of the mission is and why they are doing it, explicitly so that if the existing plan fails or the situation changes so the plan won't work at all there is still the possibility of success if the people on the ground can come up with a way of meeting the mission objectives.
5th Oct '15 11:04:35 PM darksoul4242
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* Just before he dies, Uchiha Itachi plants a mysterious crow inside of Manga/{{Naruto}} with message, "I hope you never have to use it." Jump to the 4th Ninja War where Itachi has been revived as a zombie under the enemy's control. He and Naruto fight, that crow appears, and suddenly Itachi is on the good guys' side. Itachi explains that the crow contained a pre-prepared genjutsu that would hypnotized whoever saw it to protect Konoha, programmed to only to respond to the presence of Itachi's eyes. The plan was that if [[RivalTurnedEvil Sasuke]] decided to turn on the Leaf and use Itachi's eyes to power himself up, the genjutsu would turn him good. However, now in control of himself, Itachi can work to undo the resurrections ''and'' talk some sense into Sasuke personally.
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* Just before he dies, Uchiha Itachi plants a mysterious crow inside of Manga/{{Naruto}} with the message, "I hope you never have to use it." Jump to the 4th Ninja War where Itachi has been revived as a zombie under the enemy's control. He and Naruto fight, that crow appears, and suddenly Itachi is on the good guys' side. Itachi explains that the crow contained a pre-prepared genjutsu that would hypnotized whoever saw it to protect Konoha, programmed to only to respond to the presence of Itachi's eyes. The plan was that if [[RivalTurnedEvil Sasuke]] decided to turn on the Leaf and use Itachi's eyes to power himself up, the genjutsu would turn him good. However, now in control of himself, Itachi can work to undo the resurrections ''and'' talk some sense into Sasuke personally.
14th Jul '15 10:04:29 PM Luc
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* A frequent mantra of the military is "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (originally, "No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's main strength"); but it's also known that the act of planning is necessary, so the participants know what is and isn't important in the situation at hand, and what tactics are more likely to work. In other words, military commanders are frequently advised to try to maximize their chances for an Unintentional Backup Plan.
28th May '15 8:11:18 PM FordPrefect
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* Go Fish. A house rule (so common that most people don't know it's not a base rule) is that if you ask for the wrong card and your turn-ending penalty draw either completes a pair or it's what you asked for, it doesn't end your turn at all.
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* Go Fish. A house rule (so common that most people don't know it's not a base rule) is that if you ask for the wrong card and your normally turn-ending penalty draw either completes a pair or it's what you asked for, it doesn't end your turn at all.turn.
24th Feb '15 9:15:53 AM Nazetrime
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[[AC: Web Original]] * In ''Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions'', Gaea's TheScrooge attitude in ''Series/{{Noob}}'' turns out to have had ulterior motives. Besides a bunch of money, the plan needed one of the game's larger guilds as a target. When she excecuted it on Roxxor, the biggest guild of the Coalition, she admits that her initial target was Justice from the Empire, her former faction. What happened between the two? Mid-way through ''Series/{{Noob}}'', a FrameUp made her hated in the Empire and she got a literal fan club whose members were convinced that she was a DoubleAgent in the Coalition. She spent some time basically giving the SureLetsGoWithThat treatment to the fan club while staying in the Empire, but a moment of disappointment with her Empire guild made her change factions, which was made easier by her fan club welcoming her with open arms. With the new faction came a new big guild to target.
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[[AC: Web Original]] WebOriginal]] * In ''Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions'', Gaea's TheScrooge attitude in ''Series/{{Noob}}'' turns out to have had ulterior motives. Besides a bunch of money, the plan needed one of the game's larger guilds as a target. When she excecuted excecutes it on Roxxor, the biggest guild of the Coalition, she admits that her initial target was Justice from the Empire, her former faction. What happened between the two? Mid-way through ''Series/{{Noob}}'', a FrameUp made her hated in the Empire and she got a literal fan club whose members were convinced that she was a DoubleAgent in faithful to the Coalition. She spent some time basically giving the SureLetsGoWithThat treatment to the fan club while staying in the Empire, but a moment of disappointment with her Empire guild made her change factions, which was made easier by her fan club welcoming her with open arms. With the new faction came a new big large guild to target.
21st Feb '15 7:53:12 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions'', Gaea's TheScrooge attitude in ''Series/{{Noob}}'' turns out to have had ulterior motives. Besides a bunch of money, the plan needed one of the game's larger guilds as a target. When she excecuted it on Roxxor, the biggest guild guild of the Coalition, she admits that her initial target was Justice from the Empire, her former faction. What happened between the two? Mid-way through ''Series/{{Noob}}'' a FrameUp made her hated in the Empire and she got a literal fan club in the Coalition whose members were convinced that she was a DoubleAgent. She spent some time basically giving the SureLetsGoWithThat treatment to the fan club while staying in the Empire, but a moment of disappointment with her Empire guild made her change factions, which was made easier by her fan club welcoming her with open arms. With the new faction came a new big guild to target.
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* In ''Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions'', Gaea's TheScrooge attitude in ''Series/{{Noob}}'' turns out to have had ulterior motives. Besides a bunch of money, the plan needed one of the game's larger guilds as a target. When she excecuted it on Roxxor, the biggest guild guild of the Coalition, she admits that her initial target was Justice from the Empire, her former faction. What happened between the two? Mid-way through ''Series/{{Noob}}'' ''Series/{{Noob}}'', a FrameUp made her hated in the Empire and she got a literal fan club in the Coalition whose members were convinced that she was a DoubleAgent.DoubleAgent in the Coalition. She spent some time basically giving the SureLetsGoWithThat treatment to the fan club while staying in the Empire, but a moment of disappointment with her Empire guild made her change factions, which was made easier by her fan club welcoming her with open arms. With the new faction came a new big guild to target.
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