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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.
2nd Sep '17 10:13:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** It's probably worthwhile to note that, at the same time as all those groups work against each other, Tzeentch is playing an additional 1000 games of Speed Chess against himself, and at least 100 more against each of the other Chaos Gods. When you have literally thousands of Gambit Roulettes in action all at the same time (and almost all of them are solely because you love doing it), you tend to have to do a bit of multitasking. Then again, Tzeentch IS the MagnificentBastard.
*** And insane. Or, possibly worse, very ''very'' sane.
*** Then there's the alternate character interpretation: it's all a GambitRoulette by Tzeentch, and everyone else only THINKS it's a game of speed chess...
*** Actually, Tzeentch is the only player in this four way game who ''cannot'' win. Because then he would have no one else to play against...

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** It's probably worthwhile to note that, at the same time as all those groups work against each other, Tzeentch is playing an additional 1000 games of Speed Chess against himself, and at least 100 more against each of the other Chaos Gods. When you have literally thousands of Gambit Roulettes in action all at the same time (and almost all of them are solely because you love doing it), you tend to have to do a bit of multitasking. Then again, Tzeentch IS the MagnificentBastard.
*** And
MagnificentBastard, and also insane. Or, possibly worse, very ''very'' sane.
*** Then there's the alternate character interpretation: it's all a GambitRoulette by Tzeentch, and everyone else only THINKS it's a game of speed chess...
*** Actually, Tzeentch
sane. Interestingly, he is the only player in this four way game who ''cannot'' win. Because then he would have no one else to play against...
4th Aug '17 2:32:16 PM Eddy1215
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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.

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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.
ScryVsScry. Compare UnintentionalBackupPlan where something completely unexpected that helps out the plan happens, though it can still be adapted into this.
3rd Aug '17 7:55:56 AM Peridonyx
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** King Sombra in "The Crystal Empire" may be an AlmightyIdiot in the present (implied to be due to his growing power and millennium-long imprisonment), unlike his CrazyPrepared past self, but he's still lucid enough to foil Shining Armor's and Princess Cadance's attempts at being [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners in the Works]]. First, he uses some of his PowerNullifier crystals to render Shining unable to assist Cadance or fight in his own right. Later, when Cadance barely manages to reactivate her barrier and sever Sombra's horn, he simply uses the fallen piece to indirectly recorrupt the Crystal Empire, not to mention how he can just regenerate another horn. [[spoiler:And if Spike hadn't become an even bigger Spanner by secretly following Twilight, Sombra's traps would've ensured his victory.]]

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** King Sombra in "The Crystal Empire" may be an AlmightyIdiot in the present (implied to be (implicitly due to HulkingOut during his growing power and millennium-long imprisonment), SealedEvilInACan period) -- unlike his CrazyPrepared past self, self -- but he's still lucid enough to foil Shining Armor's and Princess Cadance's attempts at being [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners in the Works]]. First, he uses some of his PowerNullifier crystals to render Shining unable able to neither assist Cadance or nor fight in his own right. Later, Next, when Cadance barely manages to reactivate reactivates her barrier and sever severs Sombra's horn, horn before he can get in, he simply uses the fallen piece to indirectly recorrupt re-corrupt the Crystal Empire, Empire -- not to mention how he can just regenerate another horn. [[spoiler:And if horn anyway. And then, when Spike hadn't become -- an even bigger even-bigger Spanner by secretly following Twilight, Sombra's traps would've ensured -- catches his victory.attention, Sombra just NoNonsenseNemesis-rushes him before he can capitalize on the VillainBeatingArtifact in his hands. [[spoiler:In the end, the good guys need a truly RefugeInAudacity-style IndyPloy (namely, Shining '''''using his own wife as a javelin'''''), one than just confounds Sombra too much for him to adjust to it in time.]]
30th Jul '17 10:37:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Kill Point'' is basically eight straight hours of this (well, OK, seven hours of this and one hour of VillainousBSOD). JohnLeguizamo leads a team of bank robbers who end up taking hostages when their plan goes bad. He spends the rest of the series cooking up no less than three separate escape plans, while stringing the hostage negotiator along.

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* ''The Kill Point'' is basically eight straight hours of this (well, OK, seven hours of this and one hour of VillainousBSOD). JohnLeguizamo Creator/JohnLeguizamo leads a team of bank robbers who end up taking hostages when their plan goes bad. He spends the rest of the series cooking up no less than three separate escape plans, while stringing the hostage negotiator along.
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