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21st May '18 2:37:58 AM zeroflyingwherever
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While the plots can be--or [[ASimplePlan become]]--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 themself, then [[SupportingProtagonist characters near them]], so we can witness their continual and brilliant improvisations. The plotter is more likely to be a hero than a villain because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both sides, the drama is squared.

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While the plots can be--or [[ASimplePlan become]]--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 themself, then [[SupportingProtagonist characters near them]], so we can witness their continual and brilliant improvisations. The plotter is more likely to be a hero than a villain because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it is used by both sides, the drama is squared.
21st May '18 2:37:35 AM zeroflyingwherever
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While the plots can be--or [[ASimplePlan become]]--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 themself, then [[SupportingProtagonist characters near them]], so we can witness their continual and brilliant improvisations. The plotter is more likely to be a hero than a villain because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both side, the drama is squared.

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While the plots can be--or [[ASimplePlan become]]--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 themself, then [[SupportingProtagonist characters near them]], so we can witness their continual and brilliant improvisations. The plotter is more likely to be a hero than a villain because the plot is always teetering at the edge of failure, making its success more [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]]. If it used by both side, sides, the drama is squared.
30th Apr '18 6:24:45 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimatio/OsmosisJoness'', Frax's original plan was to gather together all the gangster germs in Frank's body to storm the brain and steal a DNA bead from Frank's hypothalamus gland within 48 hours of his arrival. The loss of his forces when Jones and Drix blew up their [=HQ=] didn't deter him, [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated taking advantage of his supposed death]] and [[CassandraTruth everyone disbelieving Jones]] to pull a one germ infiltration.

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* In ''WesternAnimatio/OsmosisJoness'', ''WesternAnimatio/OsmosisJones'', Frax's original plan was to gather together all the gangster germs in Frank's body to storm the brain and steal a DNA bead from Frank's hypothalamus gland within 48 hours of his arrival. The loss of his forces when Jones and Drix blew up their [=HQ=] didn't deter him, [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated taking advantage of his supposed death]] and [[CassandraTruth everyone disbelieving Jones]] to pull a one germ infiltration.
30th Apr '18 6:24:03 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimatio/OsmosisJoness'', Frax's original plan was to gather together all the gangster germs in Frank's body to storm the brain and steal a DNA bead from Frank's hypothalamus gland within 48 hours of his arrival. The loss of his forces when Jones and Drix blew up their [=HQ=] didn't deter him, [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated taking advantage of his supposed death]] and [[CassandraTruth everyone disbelieving Jones]] to pull a one germ infiltration.
7th Apr '18 6:21:56 PM Malady
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* The JusticeLeague villain Prometheus is perhaps the premier patron for this trope as far as villains from that corner of the DC universe go. As something of an EvilCounterpart to Franchise/{{Batman}}, this is to be expected.

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* The JusticeLeague ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' villain Prometheus is perhaps the premier patron for this trope as far as villains from that corner of the DC universe go. As something of an EvilCounterpart to Franchise/{{Batman}}, this is to be expected.



* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare of Steel]]'': ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is constantly updating and modifying his plan against Rainbow Dash/[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Supermare]]; for example, when he deems [[GeneralRipper Steel Wing]] more trouble than he's worth and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness leads the authorities to him]], choosing to ally with [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Silversmith]] instead.

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* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria ''[[Fanfic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare of Steel]]'': ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is constantly updating and modifying his plan against Rainbow Dash/[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Supermare]]; for example, when he deems [[GeneralRipper Steel Wing]] more trouble than he's worth and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness leads the authorities to him]], choosing to ally with [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Silversmith]] instead.
22nd Mar '18 7:00:53 AM MasterFuzzy
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* This is arguably the defining trait of Literature/HarryPotter. Despite Hermione being more clever and Ron knowing more about the Wizarding World, neither are as good as thinking on their toes the way Harry is. Contrast this with Voldemort, [[TheChessmaster who meticulously plans everything]] and is a big fan of playing the long game to get what he wants. The twist though is that Voldemort has ComplexityAddiction and is so egotistical it causes him to dismiss small or simple things as unimportant, giving Harry and company weaknesses to exploit. That said, Hermione's strategy and Ron's support go a long way, and Harry doesn't forget that.
-->'''Harry:''' Look, it all sounds ''great'' when you say it like that, but the truth is most of that was just luck. I didn't know what I was doing half the time and I nearly always had help. Facing this stuff in real life is not like school. In school, if you make a mistake you can just try again tomorrow, but out there, when you're a second away from being murdered or watching a friend die right before your eyes...you don't know what that's like.
26th Feb '18 7:46:59 AM ShireNomad
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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', pulled off expertly by the villain, whose identity and plans remain obscured until just before the climax. His original plan, to marry the newly crowned Elsa, couldn't hold up against a sudden magical catastrophe, so he quickly adapted. He swaps his marriage target to [[spoiler: Anna]], a perfect target for him, and then took leadership of the people in their time of need. Almost every step has him carefully poised to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity appear like the just and legitimate ruler]] that the land needs. And at the last, he's not above a little good ol' fashioned regicide.

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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', pulled off expertly by the villain, whose identity and plans remain obscured until just before the climax. His The original plan, [[spoiler: to marry the newly crowned Elsa, couldn't hold up against Elsa,]] had to be rapidly adjusted in the face of a sudden magical catastrophe, so catastrophe. Instead, [[spoiler: he quickly adapted. He swaps his marriage target to [[spoiler: Anna]], Anna, a perfect target for him, and then took takes leadership of the people in their time of need. need]]. Almost every step [[spoiler: has him carefully poised to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity appear like the just and legitimate ruler]] that the land needs. needs]]. And at the last, [[spoiler: he's not above a little good ol' fashioned regicide.]]
13th Feb '18 8:10:43 AM darkemyst
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* Earl Touka Bergatt of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' quickly keeps adapting his original plan as things go wrong, he even predicted most of his setbacks such as his brothers [[spoiler:turning on him]]. [[spoiler:The real reason things didn't work out in the end was that]] he didn't have any knowledge of [[SpannerInTheWorks Obi]] who had spent the better part of two years far from Zen in the north and whose very subdued and quiet knighting meant that almost no one knew he was Zen's knight, Touka never even became aware of Obi's interference.
2nd Feb '18 7:54:57 PM hujwernoo
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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]].

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': 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 Jan '18 7:34:06 PM Eddy1215
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* This is arguably the defining trait of HarryPotter. Despite Hermione being more clever and Ron knowing more about the Wizarding World, neither are as good as thinking on their toes the way Harry is. Contrast this with Voldemort, [[TheChessmaster who meticulously plans everything]] and is a big fan of playing the long game to get what he wants. The twist though is that Voldemort has ComplexityAddiction and is so egotistical it causes him to dismiss small or simple things as unimportant, giving Harry and company weaknesses to exploit. That said, Hermione's strategy and Ron's support go a long way, and Harry doesn't forget that.

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* This is arguably the defining trait of HarryPotter.Literature/HarryPotter. Despite Hermione being more clever and Ron knowing more about the Wizarding World, neither are as good as thinking on their toes the way Harry is. Contrast this with Voldemort, [[TheChessmaster who meticulously plans everything]] and is a big fan of playing the long game to get what he wants. The twist though is that Voldemort has ComplexityAddiction and is so egotistical it causes him to dismiss small or simple things as unimportant, giving Harry and company weaknesses to exploit. That said, Hermione's strategy and Ron's support go a long way, and Harry doesn't forget that.
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