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10th Jan '18 11:45:01 AM MasterFuzzy
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* Usage of this trope, along with total mastery of the BatmanGambit and spectacular manipulation of the ButterflyEffect and ForWantOfANail, cement Strange as ''the'' MagnificentBastard in a [[GambitPileUp world with quite a few of them]].
21st Dec '17 12:03:58 PM TheGreatConversation
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Some characters have an amazing gift not only for making ThePlan but for revising it whenever new circumstances arise. Even a GambitPileup does not prevent this character from working around it to success.

While the plots can be -- or end up -- as complex as anything TheChessmaster (or the ManipulativeBastard) lays out they tend to function differently. The plotting character tends to be more TheTrickster. We usually follow, if not the plotter himself, then characters near him, so we can see his continual and brilliant improvisations. This is likely to be pulled off by heroes rather than villains because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both then the drama is squared.

Xanatos Speed Chess players build in the need for such flexibility in advance because of the old adage that 'no plan survives contact with the enemy'. Indeed, many players start with a plan as simple as possible because that introduces as few things as possible to go wrong. Closely related to the IndyPloy, which has simpler goals like "escape" or sometimes "hope for the best," but in this case, the plan is still in operation, just modified to fit new situations. The distinction here is that Xanatos Speed Chess involves changing an existing plan quickly, while an IndyPloy involves there being ''no'' plan whatsoever.

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Some characters have an amazing gift not only for making ThePlan but for revising it whenever new circumstances arise. Even a GambitPileup does not prevent this character from working around it to success.

While the plots can be -- or end up -- as be--or [[ASimplePlan become]]--as complex as anything TheChessmaster (or the ManipulativeBastard) lays out out, they tend to function differently. The plotting character tends to be more TheTrickster. We usually follow, if not the plotter himself, themself, then [[SupportingProtagonist characters near him, them]], so we can see his witness their continual and brilliant improvisations. This The plotter is more likely to be pulled off by heroes rather a hero than villains a villain because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both then side, the drama is squared.

Xanatos Speed Chess players build in the need for such flexibility in advance because of the old adage that 'no "no plan survives contact with the enemy'. enemy." Indeed, many players start with a plan as simple as possible because that introduces as few things as possible to go wrong. Closely related to the IndyPloy, which has simpler goals like "escape" or sometimes "hope for the best," but in this case, the plan is still in operation, just modified to fit new situations. The distinction here is that Xanatos Speed Chess involves changing an existing plan quickly, while an IndyPloy involves there being started with ''no'' plan whatsoever.



Compare XanatosGambit, which involves a predetermined plan -- but one so well-made that there can be no failure, only degrees of success.

Contrast the GambitRoulette, where the planner incorporates events that he would have no way of foreseeing into his plans -- they rely on chance as much as on brilliance. Contrast the ClockKing, a consummate planner who is rarely good at this. If prophecy, time travel, or being able to see the future are involved, may escalate to ScryVsScry. Compare UnintentionalBackupPlan where something completely unexpected that helps out the plan happens, though it can still be adapted into this.

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Compare XanatosGambit, which involves a predetermined plan -- but plan--but one so well-made that there can be no failure, only degrees of success.

Contrast the GambitRoulette, where the planner incorporates events that he they would have no way of foreseeing into his plans -- they plans--they rely on chance as much as on brilliance. Contrast the ClockKing, a consummate planner who is rarely good at this. If prophecy, time travel, or [[PsychicPowers being able to see the future are future]] is involved, may escalate to ScryVsScry. Compare UnintentionalBackupPlan where UnintentionalBackupPlan--where something completely unexpected that helps out occurs to help the plan happens, though plan--though it can still be adapted into this.
13th Dec '17 3:19:13 AM batty3108
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# Throw away the plan. \\

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# Throw away the plan. \\\\\
13th Dec '17 3:18:50 AM batty3108
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Captain Cold has built this into his default approach to heists:
# Make the plan.
# Execute the plan.
# Expect the plan to go off the rails.
# Throw away the plan. \\
He still aims to achieve the original goal, but never assumes that the details will survive the reality of the heist.
13th Oct '17 1:39:21 AM PaulA
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%%* Common in the Literature/DreamPark novels, especially ''The California Voodoo Game''.

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%%* Common in the Literature/DreamPark novels, especially ''The California Voodoo Game''.''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame''.
7th Oct '17 3:29:42 PM Eddy1215
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* The two-part ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "A Canterlot Wedding" features [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis, the ruler of a race of shapeshifters called Changelings that feed off of ThePowerOfLove. Her evil plan is to disguise herself as Princess Cadance, marry the royal guard captain and Twilight's brother Shining Armor, and brainwash him into loving her, thereby not only providing a constant food source for her subjects, but also lowering Canterlot's defenses and paving the way for a full-scale invasion of Equestria. Twilight notices something amiss with the (fake) princess and calls her out on it? Chrysalis gets her kicked out of the wedding reception with a WoundedGazelleGambit and throws her in a dungeon while no one's looking. Twilight breaks out with the real Cadance and exposes the impostor to all, forcing her into a BeamOWar with [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]]? Chrysalis would be screwed, except she's absorbed enough love from Shining Armor to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] Celestia (keep in mind, even CHRYSALIS was surprised by the sheer POWER she had gained). Twilight and her friends seek out the Elements of Harmony to stop her? Chrysalis sends out a whole army of Changelings and captures them. Unfortunately for Chrysalis, this all leads up to a NearVillainVictory since she lets Cadance get close enough to Shining Armor to free him from his brainwashing and combine their powers to [[ATwinkleInTheSky blast Chrysalis and all her subjects over the horizon]]]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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The two-part ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "A Canterlot Wedding" features [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis, the ruler of a race of shapeshifters called Changelings that feed off of ThePowerOfLove. Her evil plan is to disguise herself as Princess Cadance, marry the royal guard captain and Twilight's brother Shining Armor, and brainwash him into loving her, thereby not only providing a constant food source for her subjects, but also lowering Canterlot's defenses and paving the way for a full-scale invasion of Equestria. Twilight notices something amiss with the (fake) princess and calls her out on it? Chrysalis gets her kicked out of the wedding reception with a WoundedGazelleGambit and throws her in a dungeon while no one's looking. Twilight breaks out with the real Cadance and exposes the impostor to all, forcing her into a BeamOWar with [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]]? Chrysalis would be screwed, except she's absorbed enough love from Shining Armor to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] Celestia (keep in mind, even CHRYSALIS was surprised by the sheer POWER she had gained). Twilight and her friends seek out the Elements of Harmony to stop her? Chrysalis sends out a whole army of Changelings and captures them. Unfortunately for Chrysalis, this all leads up to a NearVillainVictory since she lets Cadance get close enough to Shining Armor to free him from his brainwashing and combine their powers to [[ATwinkleInTheSky blast Chrysalis and all her subjects over the horizon]]]].



* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', after his original plan to become [[AGodAmI a god]] by [[BrainUploading uploading his mind]] into a copy of [[PowerCopying Ama]][[AdaptiveAbility zo]] is ruined by the Justice League and Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor quickly finds out that Brainiac had been residing inside him for years, having his body taken over by the sinister computer brain. It's then that Luthor decides to take advantage of the situation, convincing Brainiac to join forces with him; the two of them merging together into 'Brainithor', with designs on absorbing all the information in the universe and remaking it.

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* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', after his original plan to become [[AGodAmI a god]] by [[BrainUploading uploading his mind]] into a copy of [[PowerCopying Ama]][[AdaptiveAbility zo]] is ruined by the core members of the Justice League and Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor quickly finds out that [[BodyAndHost Brainiac had been residing inside him for years, years]], [[PuppeteerParasite having his body taken over by the sinister computer brain. brain]]. It's then that Luthor decides to take advantage of the situation, convincing Brainiac to join forces with him; the two of them merging together into 'Brainithor', '[[FanNickname Brainithor]]', with designs on absorbing all the information in the universe and remaking it.



* All the great quarterbacks in UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball use this trope, often on multiple levels. First, every throwing play is designed to give the quarterback multiple players to throw the ball to; the QB is expected to go quickly through his progressions to see who is open. Second, many quarterbacks will try to read defenses before the ball is snapped, and if they think the play they are about to run will be ineffective, will audible to a different play. Third, some particularly mobile quarterbacks will decide to run with the ball; sometimes this is a last-ditch effort when nobody is open, but other times it is a core concept of an offense, since the threat of such runs can force defenses to devote defenders away from potential receivers in future plays. Fourth, quarterbacks will use body language, particularly where they're looking, to get defenders to move away from their actual intended play and open up opportunities elsewhere. And fifth, the ''really'' good quarterbacks will use ball placement and chemistry with their receivers to change the play ''mid-throw'', something generally referred to as "throwing your receiver open".[[/folder]]

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* All the great quarterbacks in UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball use this trope, often on multiple levels. First, every throwing play is designed to give the quarterback multiple players to throw the ball to; the QB is expected to go quickly through his progressions to see who is open. Second, many quarterbacks will try to read defenses before the ball is snapped, and if they think the play they are about to run will be ineffective, will audible to a different play. Third, some particularly mobile quarterbacks will decide to run with the ball; sometimes this is a last-ditch effort when nobody is open, but other times it is a core concept of an offense, since the threat of such runs can force defenses to devote defenders away from potential receivers in future plays. Fourth, quarterbacks will use body language, particularly where they're looking, to get defenders to move away from their actual intended play and open up opportunities elsewhere. And fifth, the ''really'' good quarterbacks will use ball placement and chemistry with their receivers to change the play ''mid-throw'', something generally referred to as "throwing your receiver open".open".
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5th Oct '17 4:33:46 PM CV12Hornet
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* All the great quarterbacks in UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball use this trope, often on multiple levels. First, every throwing play is designed to give the quarterback multiple players to throw the ball to; the QB is expected to go quickly through his progressions to see who is open. Second, many quarterbacks will try to read defenses before the ball is snapped, and if they think the play they are about to run will be ineffective, will audible to a different play. Third, some particularly mobile quarterbacks will decide to run with the ball; sometimes this is a last-ditch effort when nobody is open, but other times it is a core concept of an offense, since the threat of such runs can force defenses to devote defenders away from potential receivers in future plays.[[/folder]]

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* All the great quarterbacks in UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball use this trope, often on multiple levels. First, every throwing play is designed to give the quarterback multiple players to throw the ball to; the QB is expected to go quickly through his progressions to see who is open. Second, many quarterbacks will try to read defenses before the ball is snapped, and if they think the play they are about to run will be ineffective, will audible to a different play. Third, some particularly mobile quarterbacks will decide to run with the ball; sometimes this is a last-ditch effort when nobody is open, but other times it is a core concept of an offense, since the threat of such runs can force defenses to devote defenders away from potential receivers in future plays. Fourth, quarterbacks will use body language, particularly where they're looking, to get defenders to move away from their actual intended play and open up opportunities elsewhere. And fifth, the ''really'' good quarterbacks will use ball placement and chemistry with their receivers to change the play ''mid-throw'', something generally referred to as "throwing your receiver open".[[/folder]]
4th Oct '17 3:13:57 PM Slaugth324
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While the plots can be -- or end up -- as complex as anything TheChessmaster lays out they tend to function differently. The plotting character tends to be more TheTrickster. We usually follow, if not the plotter himself, then characters near him, so we can see his continual and brilliant improvisations. This is likely to be pulled off by heroes rather than villains because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both then the drama is squared.

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While the plots can be -- or end up -- as complex as anything TheChessmaster (or the ManipulativeBastard) lays out they tend to function differently. The plotting character tends to be more TheTrickster. We usually follow, if not the plotter himself, then characters near him, so we can see his continual and brilliant improvisations. This is likely to be pulled off by heroes rather than villains because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both then the drama is squared.
26th Sep '17 7:54:50 PM Eddy1215
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* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', after his original plan to become [[AGodAmI a god]] by [[BrainUploading uploading his mind]] into a copy of [[PowerCopying Ama]][[AdaptiveAbility zo]] is ruined by the Justice League and Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor quickly finds out that Brainiac had been residing inside him for years, having his body taken over by the sinister computer brain. It's then that Luthor decides to take advantage of the situation, convincing Brainiac to join forces with him, the two of them merging together into 'Brainithor', with designs on absorbing all the information in the universe and remaking it.

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* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', after his original plan to become [[AGodAmI a god]] by [[BrainUploading uploading his mind]] into a copy of [[PowerCopying Ama]][[AdaptiveAbility zo]] is ruined by the Justice League and Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor quickly finds out that Brainiac had been residing inside him for years, having his body taken over by the sinister computer brain. It's then that Luthor decides to take advantage of the situation, convincing Brainiac to join forces with him, him; the two of them merging together into 'Brainithor', with designs on absorbing all the information in the universe and remaking it.
26th Sep '17 7:53:57 PM Eddy1215
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* On ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly Odd Parents]]'', Norm the Genie's plans usually work like this: In "Fairy Idol", when he comes second to Cosmo and Wanda, he hits them with a wrecking ball and he gets in first.

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* On ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly Odd Parents]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Norm the Genie's plans usually work like this: In "Fairy Idol", when he comes second to Cosmo and Wanda, he hits them with a wrecking ball and he gets in first.


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* In the season two finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', after his original plan to become [[AGodAmI a god]] by [[BrainUploading uploading his mind]] into a copy of [[PowerCopying Ama]][[AdaptiveAbility zo]] is ruined by the Justice League and Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor quickly finds out that Brainiac had been residing inside him for years, having his body taken over by the sinister computer brain. It's then that Luthor decides to take advantage of the situation, convincing Brainiac to join forces with him, the two of them merging together into 'Brainithor', with designs on absorbing all the information in the universe and remaking it.
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