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15th May '17 6:04:00 PM DrakeCuffs
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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 a 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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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 a 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.
14th May '17 7:58:25 AM xneon
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* The Reapers of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' aren't bad at this. Their original plan (which has worked for millions of years), [[spoiler: is to let civilizations grow using the Citadel and mass relays. They then use these to harvest every space farig civilization.]] Here are the adjustments they've had to make:
** Ancient race, the [[spoiler:Protheans]], disabled a system in the [[spoiler:Citidel]] integral to their plans so they indoctrinated the [[spoiler:rachni]] and started a war, hoping to capture the [[spoiler:Citadel]] and manually activate it.

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* The Reapers of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' aren't bad at this. Their original plan (which has worked for millions of years), [[spoiler: is to let civilizations grow using the Citadel and mass relays. They then use these to harvest every space farig faring civilization.]] Here are the adjustments they've had to make:
** Ancient race, the [[spoiler:Protheans]], disabled a system in the [[spoiler:Citidel]] [[spoiler:Citadel]] integral to their plans so they indoctrinated the [[spoiler:rachni]] and started a war, hoping to capture the [[spoiler:Citadel]] and manually activate it.



** Shepard came [[spoiler:Back from the Dead]], killed your servants, and destroyed the, [[spoiler:human reaper]], Sovereigns future replacement? Fine, get everyone to the Alpha Relay. Oh, and use indoctrinated servants to capture Shepard, so you can turn him/her to your side.

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** Shepard came [[spoiler:Back from the Dead]], killed your servants, and destroyed the, the [[spoiler:human reaper]], Sovereigns future replacement? Fine, get everyone to the Alpha Relay. Oh, and use indoctrinated servants to capture Shepard, so you can turn him/her to your side.
13th May '17 4:56:44 PM zealots
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** In a series largely defined by the physical strength of its heroes and villains, Cell stands out. He is the first (and last) seasonal BigBad who is ''not'' introduced as already having an overwhelming power advantage over everyone else, with the Kami-powered Piccolo fighting him to a draw in the first meeting (and Piccolo probably would have won if Cell hadn't had the tactical sense to retreat. He travels from city to city, patiently absorbing {{Muggles}} until he has a power surpassing that of Piccolo and the androids and only ''then'' does he challenge them. Later, when his plans are disrupted by the arrival of Vegeta and Trunks, his initial reaction is to [[VillainousBreakdown throw a tantrum]], but after getting that out of his system he quickly demonstrates his Speed Chess skills by breaking out the only advantage he has left -- [[BatmanGambit Vegeta's ego]]. Ultimately his is one of the closest NearVillainVictory examples in the entire series, and the ''only'' reason he is ultimately defeated is because of his own success, as after becoming perfect he no longer has a purpose other than battle, and so foolishly goads Gohan until the young Saiyan [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor unleashes his true power]]...

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** In a series largely defined by the physical strength of its heroes and villains, Cell stands out. He is the first (and last) seasonal BigBad who is ''not'' introduced as already having an overwhelming power advantage over everyone else, with the Kami-powered Piccolo fighting him to a draw in the their first meeting (and Piccolo probably would have won if Cell hadn't had the tactical sense to retreat.retreat). He travels from city to city, patiently absorbing {{Muggles}} until he has a power surpassing that of Piccolo and the androids and only ''then'' does he challenge them. Later, when his plans are disrupted by the arrival of Vegeta and Trunks, his initial reaction is to [[VillainousBreakdown throw a tantrum]], but after getting that out of his system he quickly demonstrates his Speed Chess skills by breaking out the only advantage he has left -- [[BatmanGambit Vegeta's ego]]. Ultimately his is one of the closest NearVillainVictory examples in the entire series, and the ''only'' reason he is ultimately defeated is because of his own success, as after becoming perfect he no longer has a purpose other than battle, and so foolishly goads Gohan until the young Saiyan [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor unleashes his true power]]...



** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': This trope is played with in the character of [[spoiler:Ribbons Almark]], an {{Expy}} of the above-Scirocco who is also introduced as a stock EnigmaticMinion before [[spoiler:usurping the BigBad role from a DiscOneFinalBoss, Alejandro Corner in his case]]. All indications up to this point are that [[spoiler:Ribbons]] is a true player of this trope in the vein of Scirocco, but in the second season it is revealed that he is actually [[spoiler:getting all his mileage from the Veda supercomputer]], which according to the World Report Book operates roughly in this manner, allowing for deviations to the original plan that are caused by [[DidntSeeThatComing unknown factors]], if it manages to be in line with the same end result. Since [[spoiler:Veda is some sort of quantum supercomputer Speed Chess is pretty much its normal speed, but in any case, the actual Speed Chess playing is done by Veda, ''not'' Ribbons, and after the main character eventually adapt to this Ribbons quickly becomes the Xanatos example of VillainForgotToLevelGrind.]]

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': This trope is played with in the character of [[spoiler:Ribbons Almark]], an {{Expy}} of the above-Scirocco who is also introduced as a stock EnigmaticMinion before [[spoiler:usurping the BigBad role from a DiscOneFinalBoss, Alejandro Corner in his case]]. All indications up to this point are that [[spoiler:Ribbons]] is a true player of this trope in the vein of Scirocco, but in the second season it is revealed that he is actually [[spoiler:getting all his mileage from the Veda supercomputer]], which according to the World Report Book operates roughly in this manner, allowing for deviations to the original plan that are caused by [[DidntSeeThatComing unknown factors]], if it manages to be in line with the same end result. Since [[spoiler:Veda is some sort of quantum supercomputer Speed Chess is pretty much its normal speed, but in any case, the actual Speed Chess playing is done by Veda, ''not'' Ribbons, and after the main character characters eventually adapt to this Ribbons quickly becomes the Xanatos example of VillainForgotToLevelGrind.]]
13th May '17 4:52:50 PM zealots
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* It is difficult to know how much of Manga/{{Akagi}}'s playing is this and how much he actually plans out. In any case, he's a MagnificentBastard.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Aizen and Urahara have been opposing each other for a century. As they're both chessmasters, their entire battle has consisted of elaborately designed plans and constant revision of those plans as first one then the other gains the upper hand. From Aizen framing Urahara for catching him red-handed, to Urahara using his exile to set up an elaborate protection of the Hougyoku. From Aizen losing the element of surprise so preparing for war in one month instead of four, to Urahara anticipating exactly that and setting up a series of secret kidou traps to ensure Aizen is depowered by Ichigo in the end... most of the characters freely admit they can't keep up and eventually even Aizen is forced to admit he can't keep up with Urahara's intelligence.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Aleister Crowley constantly uses this so that whenever something unexpected happens, he weaves it in to complete his plans even faster. But even Crowley cannot keep up with everything: [[spoiler:Shiage Hamazura defeating Mugino caused a domino reaction that ''completely'' threw his plans all out of whack, and he's now desperately attempting to get everything back under his control.]]
* Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' does this out of necessity, because the writers love screwing all of his plans by unexpected events that no sane person would ever consider. He turned the tables when pitted against the [[TheEmpire Britannian]] military and [[spoiler:their Chinese allies]] right after losing [[spoiler:his best fighter]] and a large part of his army. Lampshaded with the fact that he [[TheChessmaster can play real chess]] ''very well''.



* Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' does this out of necessity, because the writers love screwing all of his plans by unexpected events that no sane person would ever consider. He turned the tables when pitted against the [[TheEmpire Britannian]] military and [[spoiler:their Chinese allies]] right after losing [[spoiler:his best fighter]] and a large part of his army. Lampshaded with the fact that he [[TheChessmaster can play real chess]] ''very well''.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': According to the World Report Book, [[spoiler:Veda]] seems to operate in this manner, allowing for deviations to the original plan that are caused by [[DidntSeeThatComing unknown factors]], if it manages to be in line with the same end result. Well, since [[spoiler:Veda is some sort of quantum supercomputer, Speed Chess is pretty much its normal speed.]]
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', EnigmaticMinion and eventual BigBad Paptimus Scirocco is the undisputed master of this. He's got his own designs on power pretty much from day one, but for most of the series he's content to sit back and let his enemies destroy themselves, telling characters he's "only a witness to history". That facade goes out the window the moment he [[spoiler:knocks off Jamitov, and by the end of the series he's gone from a minor official from Jupiter to the unquestioned leader of the Titans.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Aizen and Urahara have been opposing each other for a century. As they're both chessmasters, their entire battle has consisted of elaborately designed plans and constant revision of those plans as first one then the other gains the upper hand. From Aizen framing Urahara for catching him red-handed, to Urahara using his exile to set up an elaborate protection of the Hougyoku. From Aizen losing the element of surprise so preparing for war in one month instead of four, to Urahara anticipating exactly that and setting up a series of secret kidou traps to ensure Aizen is depowered by Ichigo in the end... most of the characters freely admit they can't keep up and eventually even Aizen is forced to admit he can't keep up with Urahara's intelligence.

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* Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' does this out of necessity, because ''Manga/DesertPunk'' the writers love screwing all main charachter modus operandi is trickery and traps, as seen in the hostage rescue episode he forms a complex number of backup plans, flips between them on the fly and always ends up with his opponent caught in one of his plans by unexpected events that no sane person would ever consider. He turned traps even if not in the tables when pitted against the [[TheEmpire Britannian]] military and [[spoiler:their Chinese allies]] right after losing [[spoiler:his best fighter]] and a large part of his army. Lampshaded with the fact that he [[TheChessmaster can play real chess]] ''very well''.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': According to the World Report Book, [[spoiler:Veda]] seems to operate in this manner, allowing for deviations to the original plan that are caused by [[DidntSeeThatComing unknown factors]], if it manages to be in line with the same end result. Well, since [[spoiler:Veda is some sort of quantum supercomputer, Speed Chess is pretty much its normal speed.]]
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', EnigmaticMinion and eventual BigBad Paptimus Scirocco is the undisputed master of this. He's got
way originally planned. Beaten at his own designs on power pretty much from day one, but for most of the series he's content to sit back and let his enemies destroy themselves, telling characters he's "only a witness to history". That facade goes out the window the moment he [[spoiler:knocks off Jamitov, and by the end of the series he's gone from a minor official from Jupiter game when after turning to the unquestioned leader of dark and on the Titans.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Aizen and Urahara have been opposing each other for a century. As they're both chessmasters, their entire battle has consisted
cusp of elaborately designed plans and constant revision of those plans as first one then the other gains the upper hand. From Aizen framing Urahara for catching victory his apprentice maneouvers him red-handed, to Urahara using his exile to set up an elaborate protection of the Hougyoku. From Aizen losing the element of surprise so preparing for war in one month instead of four, to Urahara anticipating exactly that and setting up a series of secret kidou traps to ensure Aizen is depowered by Ichigo in the end... most of the characters freely admit they can't keep up and eventually even Aizen is forced to admit he can't keep up with Urahara's intelligence.into her own pre-planned trap.



* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Aleister Crowley constantly uses this so that whenever something unexpected happens, he weaves it in to complete his plans even faster. But even Crowley cannot keep up with everything: [[spoiler:Shiage Hamazura defeating Mugino caused a domino reaction that ''completely'' threw his plans all out of whack, and he's now desperately attempting to get everything back under his control.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Aleister Crowley constantly uses Yukio Oikawa, the [[spoiler: apparent]] BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', does this so as well in regards to his goal of accessing the Digital World. First, he instigates Ken into becoming the Digimon Emperor in order to plant Dark Towers to weaken the borders between worlds. When Ken undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, Oikawa has Arukenimon and Mummymon try and destroy the Destiny Stones to do that. When ''that'' fails, he decides to create a portal from Earth by implanting kids with Dark Spores copied from the one inside Ken, then harnessing their power once they've peaked. [[spoiler:Due to [=BlackWarGreymon=] sealing the door to the Digital World, he ends up going to an entirely different world where emotions become power…which still helps Myotismon come back to life!]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** In a series largely defined by the physical strength of its heroes and villains, Cell stands out. He is the first (and last) seasonal BigBad who is ''not'' introduced as already having an overwhelming power advantage over everyone else, with the Kami-powered Piccolo fighting him to a draw in the first meeting (and Piccolo probably would have won if Cell hadn't had the tactical sense to retreat. He travels from city to city, patiently absorbing {{Muggles}} until he has a power surpassing
that whenever something of Piccolo and the androids and only ''then'' does he challenge them. Later, when his plans are disrupted by the arrival of Vegeta and Trunks, his initial reaction is to [[VillainousBreakdown throw a tantrum]], but after getting that out of his system he quickly demonstrates his Speed Chess skills by breaking out the only advantage he has left -- [[BatmanGambit Vegeta's ego]]. Ultimately his is one of the closest NearVillainVictory examples in the entire series, and the ''only'' reason he is ultimately defeated is because of his own success, as after becoming perfect he no longer has a purpose other than battle, and so foolishly goads Gohan until the young Saiyan [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor unleashes his true power]]...
** Super Buu is also very good at doing this, despite being a [[TheBrute mere thug]] in personality. He noticed Gohan's growing power, so he fought against Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and tested the limits of his strength and his weaknesses (e.g. fusion limit). After briefly fighting Gohan and finding himself overwhelmed, he goes through an intentional SuperPowerMeltdown, knowing he will regenerate and buys time (and getting Goten and Trunks to recuperate, to fuse again). When he returns he goads Goten and Trunks into fusing again at full power and absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo into his being, deciding 30 minutes is more than enough to handle Gohan (he was right). Goku arrives and the fusion breaks down. Goku says Gohan alone is strong enough to defeat Buu, but then Buu reveals that he planned for this eventuality as well, and had a piece of himself ready to absorb Gohan the whole time, who he goaded into standing still until it was too late. Interestingly, the only character this didn't work on is Vegito, who was [[StoryBreakerPower too strong]], [[SpannerInTheWorks too]] [[CrazyAwesome wily]], [[BatmanGambit and had plans of his own]], as he later found out...
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Brain in his plan to obtain Nirvana. [[spoiler:He originally intended to get it by himself, but when he realized that Wendy was with the group sent to stop him, he used her to make his plan move faster, having her heal Jellal, who would in turn fetch Nirvana for him. When Jellal attacked him, instead of going ThisCannotBe he ordered Cobra to follow him. His assumption was right, as Jellal restarted Nirvana... With the intent of destroying it. But, instead of breaking down or trying to force Jellal to obey him by any meaning, Brain simply deactivated the self-destruction spell Jellal cast on Nirvana, succeeding in his plan at last]].
* This is Miho Nishizumi's main strength in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''. While all of the tank commanders are decently good strategists, Miho has a knack for split-second opportunistic decisions and coming up with
unexpected happens, plans on the fly that take her enemies by surprise.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', EnigmaticMinion and eventual BigBad Paptimus Scirocco is the undisputed master of this. He's got his own designs on power pretty much from day one, but for most of the series he's content to sit back and let his enemies destroy themselves, telling characters he's "only a witness to history". That facade goes out the window the moment
he weaves [[spoiler:knocks off Jamitov, and by the end of the series he's gone from a minor official from Jupiter to the unquestioned leader of the Titans.]]
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': This trope is played with in the character of [[spoiler:Ribbons Almark]], an {{Expy}} of the above-Scirocco who is also introduced as a stock EnigmaticMinion before [[spoiler:usurping the BigBad role from a DiscOneFinalBoss, Alejandro Corner in his case]]. All indications up to this point are that [[spoiler:Ribbons]] is a true player of this trope in the vein of Scirocco, but in the second season
it is revealed that he is actually [[spoiler:getting all his mileage from the Veda supercomputer]], which according to the World Report Book operates roughly in this manner, allowing for deviations to complete the original plan that are caused by [[DidntSeeThatComing unknown factors]], if it manages to be in line with the same end result. Since [[spoiler:Veda is some sort of quantum supercomputer Speed Chess is pretty much its normal speed, but in any case, the actual Speed Chess playing is done by Veda, ''not'' Ribbons, and after the main character eventually adapt to this Ribbons quickly becomes the Xanatos example of VillainForgotToLevelGrind.]]
* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** In the final battle of ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Battle Tendency]]'', Joseph Jostar defeats Kars by defending himself from an attack with the Stone of Aja, which he wasn't even aware he had, and having the resulting explosion jam debris into Kars's arm and launch him into space. Joseph even admits that he didn't plan for that to happen.
*** There's also his battle with Esidisi, involving the two continuously trying to out-fox and out-trap each other with an unraveled, [[KiAttacks hamon-empowered]] [[ImprobableWeaponUser yarn cap]] and [[BodyHorror prehensile blood vessels]] filled with [[BloodyMurder boiling-hot blood]], respectively.
** ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'': While claiming to be the luckiest man alive, Yoshikage Kira's continued survival and anonymity owe more to using every little advantage that presents itself to its absolute maximum, generally through using his powers to construct a series of ingenious traps, tailored to his opponents and situations.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Being a MagnificentBastard, Johan Liebert can change
his plans even faster. But even Crowley cannot keep up with everything: [[spoiler:Shiage Hamazura defeating Mugino caused on a domino reaction that ''completely'' threw whim. Because of this, his plans all out of whack, and he's now desperately attempting to get almost always work out...[[spoiler:[[SpannerInTheWorks until the end.]]]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Tobi [[spoiler:aka Obito Uchiha]] showed very good skills in this. While at first sight it would look like he planned
everything back under that has happened in the series, he is in fact very accomplished in cutting his control.]]losses and creating new plans out of his ass as the situation demands. Hell, around 5% of the things happening during Fourth Shinobi World War were in his initial plans and he is still at the top of the game. [[spoiler: He was fairly miffed about Kabuto bringing the real Madara Uchiha onto the battlefield, as it forced him to drop his DeadPersonImpersonation gambit, and even more miffed when Itachi ended Edo Tensei and it meant that Madara freed from control Edo Tensei and will soon be here. But he had back-up plans for that anyway.]]
** [[spoiler: His mentor, Madara Uchiha, plays the same game (though he is still greater OpportunisticBastard than this). When they reunited after two decades, they subtly maneuvered against one another until it was time to seal the Ten-Tails, at which point both began openly moving against the other to come out on top.]]
** In a filler episode, Shikamaru plays this straight against the VillainOfTheWeek. Even though he already had most of his plans laid out beforehand, the reason why it goes here is because there was a particular hitch in the plan but he manages to pull it off by making a small gamble.
* Toua Tokuchi is the AntiHero / MagnificentBastard / {{Chessmaster}} protagonist of ''Manga/OneOuts'' who plays Xanatos Speed Chess just as successfully as he does GambitRoulette.



* It is difficult to know how much of Manga/{{Akagi}}'s playing is this and how much he actually plans out. In any case, he's a MagnificentBastard.

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* It Why Hanbe from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is difficult to know how much considered a genius: he has a plan for '''every''' possible outcome. Demonstrated when he brings out a series of Manga/{{Akagi}}'s playing is this maps of the country, and how much he actually plans out. In any case, he's a MagnificentBastard.they all depict different potential strategies by other characters, including ones based on the assumption that their allies might betray them (which they do).



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Tobi [[spoiler:aka Obito Uchiha]] showed very good skills in this. While at first sight it would look like he planned everything that has happened in the series, he is in fact very accomplished in cutting his losses and creating new plans out of his ass as the situation demands. Hell, around 5% of the things happening during Fourth Shinobi World War were in his initial plans and he is still at the top of the game. [[spoiler: He was fairly miffed about Kabuto bringing the real Madara Uchiha onto the battlefield, as it forced him to drop his DeadPersonImpersonation gambit, and even more miffed when Itachi ended Edo Tensei and it meant that Madara freed from control Edo Tensei and will soon be here. But he had back-up plans for that anyway.]]
** [[spoiler: His mentor, Madara Uchiha, plays the same game (though he is still greater OpportunisticBastard than this). When they reunited after two decades, they subtly maneuvered against one another until it was time to seal the Ten-Tails, at which point both began openly moving against the other to come out on top.]]
** In a filler episode, Shikamaru plays this straight against the VillainOfTheWeek. Even though he already had most of his plans laid out beforehand, the reason why it goes here is because there was a particular hitch in the plan but he manages to pull it off by making a small gamble.
* Toua Tokuchi is the AntiHero / MagnificentBastard / {{Chessmaster}} protagonist of ''Manga/OneOuts'' who plays Xanatos Speed Chess just as successfully as he does GambitRoulette.
* ''Manga/DesertPunk'' the main charachter modus operandi is trickery and traps, as seen in the hostage rescue episode he forms a complex number of backup plans, flips between them on the fly and always ends up with his opponent caught in one of his traps even if not in the way originally planned. Beaten at his own game when after turning to the dark and on the cusp of victory his apprentice maneouvers him into her own pre-planned trap.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Being a MagnificentBastard, Johan Liebert can change his plans on a whim. Because of this, his plans almost always work out...[[spoiler:[[SpannerInTheWorks until the end.]]]]
* Why Hanbe from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is considered a genius: he has a plan for '''every''' possible outcome. Demonstrated when he brings out a series of maps of the country, and they all depict different potential strategies by other characters, including ones based on the assumption that their allies might betray them (which they do).
* Super Buu of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is very good at doing this, despite being a [[TheBrute mere thug]] in personality. He noticed Gohan's growing power, so he fought against Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and tested the limits of his strength and his weaknesses (e.g. fusion limit). After briefly fighting Gohan and finding himself overwhelmed, he goes through an intentional SuperPowerMeltdown, knowing he will regenerate and buys time (and getting Goten and Trunks to recuperate, to fuse again). When he returns he goads Goten and Trunks into fusing again at full power and absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo into his being, deciding 30 minutes is more than enough to handle Gohan (he was right). Goku arrives and the fusion breaks down. Goku says Gohan alone is strong enough to defeat Buu, but then Buu reveals that he planned for this eventuality as well, and had a piece of himself ready to absorb Gohan the whole time, who he goaded into standing still until it was too late. Interestingly, the only character this didn't work on is Vegito, who was [[StoryBreakerPower too strong]], [[SpannerInTheWorks too]] [[CrazyAwesome wily]], [[BatmanGambit and had plans of his own]], as he later found out...
* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** In the final battle of ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Battle Tendency]]'', Joseph Jostar defeats Kars by defending himself from an attack with the Stone of Aja, which he wasn't even aware he had, and having the resulting explosion jam debris into Kars's arm and launch him into space. Joseph even admits that he didn't plan for that to happen.
*** There's also his battle with Esidisi, involving the two continuously trying to out-fox and out-trap each other with an unraveled, [[KiAttacks hamon-empowered]] [[ImprobableWeaponUser yarn cap]] and [[BodyHorror prehensile blood vessels]] filled with [[BloodyMurder boiling-hot blood]], respectively.
** ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'': While claiming to be the luckiest man alive, Yoshikage Kira's continued survival and anonymity owe more to using every little advantage that presents itself to its absolute maximum, generally through using his powers to construct a series of ingenious traps, tailored to his opponents and situations.
* This is Miho Nishizumi's main strength in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''. While all of the tank commanders are decently good strategists, Miho has a knack for split-second opportunistic decisions and coming up with unexpected plans on the fly that take her enemies by surprise.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Brain in his plan to obtain Nirvana. [[spoiler:He originally intended to get it by himself, but when he realized that Wendy was with the group sent to stop him, he used her to make his plan move faster, having her heal Jellal, who would in turn fetch Nirvana for him. When Jellal attacked him, instead of going ThisCannotBe he ordered Cobra to follow him. His assumption was right, as Jellal restarted Nirvana... With the intent of destroying it. But, instead of breaking down or trying to force Jellal to obey him by any meaning, Brain simply deactivated the self-destruction spell Jellal cast on Nirvana, succeeding in his plan at last]].
* Yukio Oikawa, the [[spoiler: apparent]] BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', does this as well in regards to his goal of accessing the Digital World. First, he instigates Ken into becoming the Digimon Emperor in order to plant Dark Towers to weaken the borders between worlds. When Ken undergoes a HeelFaceTurn, Oikawa has Arukenimon and Mummymon try and destroy the Destiny Stones to do that. When ''that'' fails, he decides to create a portal from Earth by implanting kids with Dark Spores copied from the one inside Ken, then harnessing their power once they've peaked. [[spoiler:Due to [=BlackWarGreymon=] sealing the door to the Digital World, he ends up going to an entirely different world where emotions become power…which still helps Myotismon come back to life!]]



* ''Comicbook/{{Sleeper}}'' (along with its prequel ''Point Blank'') by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is pretty much built out of this trope, with Tao and Lynch using ever more convoluted plans to entrap each other and manipulate DoubleAgent Holden (who has plans of his own).
* Marvel's Loki and his spiritual twin Doctor Doom are both masters of this trope and employ it regularly. Loki uses it more due to his preference for indirect manipulation and lies.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Sleeper}}'' (along with its prequel ''Point Blank'') by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips ** The Trickster is pretty much built out of so good at this trope, with Tao and Lynch using ever more convoluted plans that during the ''Underworld Unleashed'' CrisisCrossover he successfully out-gambits BigBad Neron, who is heavily implied to entrap each other and manipulate DoubleAgent Holden (who has plans of his own).
* Marvel's Loki and his spiritual twin Doctor Doom are both masters of this trope and employ it regularly. Loki uses it more due to his preference for indirect manipulation and lies.
be ''the actual devil'' (later stories would {{Retcon}} him into 'just' a ''really'' high-ranking demon).


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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.
* Marvel's ComicBook/{{Loki}} and his spiritual twin ComicBook/DoctorDoom are both masters of this trope and employ it regularly. Loki uses it more due to his preference for indirect manipulation and lies, while Doom uses it partly as a necessity for matching the ([[ReedRichardsIsUseless supposed]]) genius Reed Richards, and partly because of his continual dalliances with TheDarkArts.
* ''Comicbook/{{Sleeper}}'' (along with its prequel ''Point Blank'') by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is pretty much built out of this trope, with Tao and Lynch using ever more convoluted plans to entrap each other and manipulate DoubleAgent Holden (who has plans of his own).
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** Many arguments have been waged among fans about whether resident MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish [[IndyPloy makes it up as he goes]] or [[GambitRoulette has it all planned in advance]]. It can be argued that Littlefinger's equal parts TheChessmaster and TheTrickster, with [[SocialExpert speed]] ''[[ConsumateLiar poker]]'' as his true forte. Littlefinger himself believes (or at least would have others believe) that it is 100% this trope; he claims that one of his favourite tactics is to simply create chaos and then trust [[OpportunisticBastard his own ability to sense and
capitalise upon opportunities on the fly]] whilst everyone else is busy reeling from having their [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste careful plans disrupted]] by [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners in the Works]].

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** Many arguments have been waged among fans about whether resident MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish [[IndyPloy makes it up as he goes]] or [[GambitRoulette has it all planned in advance]]. It can be argued that Littlefinger's equal parts TheChessmaster and TheTrickster, with [[SocialExpert [[TheSocialExpert speed]] ''[[ConsumateLiar ''[[ConsummateLiar poker]]'' as his true forte. Littlefinger himself believes (or at least would have others believe) that it is 100% this trope; he claims that one of his favourite tactics is to simply create chaos and then trust [[OpportunisticBastard his own ability to sense and
and capitalise upon opportunities on the fly]] whilst everyone else is busy reeling from having their [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste careful plans disrupted]] by [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners in the Works]].
12th May '17 6:42:24 AM Euodiachloris
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** Many arguments have been waged among fans about whether resident MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish [[IndyPloy makes it up as he goes]] or [[GambitRoulette has it all planned in advance]]. It can be argued that Littlefinger's equal parts TheChessmaster and TheTrickster, with speed chess as his true forte. Littlefinger himself believes (or at least would have others believe) that it is this trope; he claims that one of his favourite tactics is to simply create chaos and then trust [[OpportunisticBastard his own ability to sense opportunities on the fly]] whilst everyone else is reeling from having their [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste careful plans disrupted]] by [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners in the Works]].
** Less problematic for the fanbase is defining the other side of the Mega-Duo [[AmbiguouslyEvil Of Utter Moral Ambiguity]] as a speed-chess player. Good, old, fog-bank Varys. He ''definitely'' plans, counter-plans and contingencies up to his eyeballs and beyond with the various plate-spinning political games he can choose to change at the drop of a hat. And, if all else fails, he falls back on plan IndyPloy to see what he make of the results, later. [[spoiler: He might have put Tyrion in the position that enabled him to kill Tywin, as helping him escape to Essos was part of the deal, sure... but...]] It's very unlikely that he actually fully planned on that specific thing to happen right then -- not that that'll stop him using it. Other things he's done have been similar to that.

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** Many arguments have been waged among fans about whether resident MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish [[IndyPloy makes it up as he goes]] or [[GambitRoulette has it all planned in advance]]. It can be argued that Littlefinger's equal parts TheChessmaster and TheTrickster, with speed chess [[SocialExpert speed]] ''[[ConsumateLiar poker]]'' as his true forte. Littlefinger himself believes (or at least would have others believe) that it is 100% this trope; he claims that one of his favourite tactics is to simply create chaos and then trust [[OpportunisticBastard his own ability to sense and
capitalise upon
opportunities on the fly]] whilst everyone else is busy reeling from having their [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste careful plans disrupted]] by [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners in the Works]].
** Less problematic for the fanbase is defining the other side of the Mega-Duo [[AmbiguouslyEvil Of Utter Moral Ambiguity]] as a speed-chess player. Good, old, fog-bank Varys. He ''definitely'' plans, counter-plans and contingencies up to his eyeballs and beyond with the various plate-spinning political games he can choose to change at the drop of a hat. And, if all else fails, he falls back on plan plans BatmanGambit or IndyPloy to see what he make of the results, later. [[spoiler: He might have put Tyrion in the position that enabled him to kill Tywin, as helping him escape to Essos was part of the deal, sure... but...]] It's very unlikely that he actually fully planned on that specific thing to happen right then ''then'', [[spoiler: since Jaime triggered it all by forcing him to directly free Tyrion]] -- not that that'll stop that stopped him using it.them both to undermine each other (and their whole family) while "under duress". Other things he's done have been similar to that.
7th May '17 4:42:42 PM nombretomado
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* Sarah Kerrigan of ''StarCraft'' plays Xanatos Speed Chess in the expansion pack. She allies with the Protoss by brainwashing the Matriarch Raszagal and helps them kill some rogue Zerg opposing her, and when she kills off the member of their group that was getting wise to her schemes she takes off laughing as they realize they've been played. She then recruits Raynor and Fenix to rescue the Dominion emperor Mengsk from the UED, uses the three of them to destroy the UED's main bases of operations, then backstabs them and kills Fenix and Mengsk's general leaving the two demoralized and de-powered. She then kidnaps the Protoss Raszagal and uses her to blackmail her co-commander Zeratul into giving her access to special assassins that will kill the Zerg hivemind and leave her in complete control of them. By the end, Kerrigan plays ''all'' of her enemies against each other, weakening them in turn while she accumulates power for herself to the point that [[WordOfGod the developers]] said in materials for ''Starcraft II'' she basically could have wiped all of them out at the end of the game, but chose not to.

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* Sarah Kerrigan of ''StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraftBroodWar'' plays Xanatos Speed Chess in the expansion pack.Chess. She allies with the Protoss by brainwashing the Matriarch Raszagal and helps them kill some rogue Zerg opposing her, and when she kills off the member of their group that was getting wise to her schemes she takes off laughing as they realize they've been played. She then recruits Raynor and Fenix to rescue the Dominion emperor Mengsk from the UED, uses the three of them to destroy the UED's main bases of operations, then backstabs them and kills Fenix and Mengsk's general leaving the two demoralized and de-powered. She then kidnaps the Protoss Raszagal and uses her to blackmail her co-commander Zeratul into giving her access to special assassins that will kill the Zerg hivemind and leave her in complete control of them. By the end, Kerrigan plays ''all'' of her enemies against each other, weakening them in turn while she accumulates power for herself to the point that [[WordOfGod the developers]] said in materials for ''Starcraft II'' ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' she basically could have wiped all of them out at the end of the game, but chose not to.
18th Apr '17 8:20:13 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', The High Priest of Hei [[spoiler:i.e the vampire spirit controlling Durkon's body]] is a crafty master at this. [[spoiler:When Roy didn't take a vague hint of the location of the Godsmoot, they were fortunate enough to meet one of the clerics going to the meeting. When Roy learned his true colors, the High Priest used both a BreakingSpeech and a protective spell to keep Roy at bay until the vote was complete. When the vote ended in a tie, he had a backup plan in the works to enable him to rig the vote, and had created a new High Priest to take his place so that Hei's vote would still count]].



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* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]] is TheChessmaster in the season 1 finale for ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' and changes his plans according to every shift in circumstances to meet his goals, but [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] is the player with the most moves throughout the three episodes. [[TheHero She]] gambits with Holmes, the entire [[Series/DoctorWho Time/Space Continuum]], and Moriarty and Moran, moving from half-formed plans to well-plotted schemes to going in blind. When something goes wrong, she might blank out for a few minutes but she will adjust accordingly. Better still, [[spoiler:her gambits win more than anyone else's...]]

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* *''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'': [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]] is TheChessmaster in the season 1 finale for ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' and changes his plans according to every shift in circumstances to meet his goals, but [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] is the player with the most moves throughout the three episodes. [[TheHero She]] gambits with Holmes, the entire [[Series/DoctorWho Time/Space Continuum]], and Moriarty and Moran, moving from half-formed plans to well-plotted schemes to going in blind. When something goes wrong, she might blank out for a few minutes but she will adjust accordingly. Better still, [[spoiler:her gambits win more than anyone else's...]]



** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': Grand Admiral Thrawn. Of course. He was tripped up by some [[DidntSeeThatComing unforeseen elements]] coming together at once, and his initial backup plan in case of death was also thwarted, but damn if he didn't adapt when he could see it. Thrawn also gets credit for recognizing the unforeseen elements possibly being a problem...he just didn't have a plan for them YET.

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** ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': Grand Admiral Thrawn. Of course. He was tripped up by some [[DidntSeeThatComing unforeseen elements]] coming together at once, and his initial backup plan in case of death was also thwarted, but damn if he didn't adapt when he could see it. Thrawn also gets credit for recognizing the unforeseen elements possibly being a problem...he just didn't have a plan for them YET.



* BigBad Ublaz Mad Eyes and [[TheStarscream Starscream]] Rasconza play this in ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Pearls of Lutra]]''.

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* %%* BigBad Ublaz Mad Eyes and [[TheStarscream Starscream]] Rasconza play this in ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Pearls of Lutra]]''.



* The Denarians in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are rather distressingly good at this. However, Harry's getting progressively better and better at it as well, meaning he can still crash their plans despite now being factored into them.
** Debatable. It's been noted that, with the exception of Nicodemus, the Denarians immortality and massive experience lend themselves greatly to their ability to plan but makes them horrible at improvisation.

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Denarians in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are rather distressingly good at this. However, Harry's getting progressively better and better at it as well, meaning he can still crash their plans despite now being factored into them.
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a inversion. It's been noted that, with the exception of Nicodemus, the Denarians immortality and massive experience lend themselves greatly to their ability to plan but makes them horrible at improvisation.



* [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Moiraine Damodred]] never has trouble manipulating everyone around her even when they are [[YouCantFightFate ta'veren]]and aware she is manipulating them. When she ADMITS she is manipulating them, they only seem more compliant. The best example has to be when she goes through the ter'angreal to fulfill the prophecy about her needing to die to save the [[AGodAmI hero]] but [[spoiler: she is rescued from the dimension she'd been trapped in with another well laid plan.]]

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* [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Moiraine Damodred]] Damodred never has trouble manipulating everyone around her even when they are [[YouCantFightFate ta'veren]]and aware she is manipulating them. When she ADMITS she is manipulating them, they only seem more compliant. The best example has to be when she goes through the ter'angreal to fulfill the prophecy about her needing to die to save the [[AGodAmI hero]] but [[spoiler: she is rescued from the dimension she'd been trapped in with another well laid plan.]]



* Common in the Literature/DreamPark novels, especially ''The California Voodoo Game''.
* While [[Literature/BelisariusSeries Belisarius]] demonstrates an awe-inspiring level of long-term strategic planning (several of the characters realize that he'd set up the endgame of the war several years,and five books, before, ahead of it actually ''starting''), on a tactical level he's constantly improvising on the fly and leaving everyone in the dust.

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* %%* Common in the Literature/DreamPark novels, especially ''The California Voodoo Game''.
* While [[Literature/BelisariusSeries Belisarius]] demonstrates an awe-inspiring level of long-term strategic planning (several of the characters realize that he'd set up the endgame of the war several years,and five books, before, ahead of it actually ''starting''), %%* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'': Belisarius on a tactical level he's is constantly improvising on the fly and leaving everyone in the dust.fly.



* Haymitch Abernathy of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' either plays this or the IndyPloy most days, assuming he's sober.

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* %%* Haymitch Abernathy of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' either plays this or the IndyPloy most days, assuming he's sober.



* The Duke of Taunton in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series is a Grand Master. There are no crises and no setbacks: merely opportunities to exploit. Well: if one is the sort of chap who can think rings around everyone else combined.

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* ''Literature/VillageTales'': The Duke of Taunton in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series is a Grand Master. There are sees no crises and no setbacks: merely opportunities to exploit. Well: if one is the sort of chap who can think rings around everyone else combined.




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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tasio the Trickster makes long terms plans but all of them have vague and flexible areas so he can adjust as necessary. He calls this "planning something of that nature". Being an advocate of free will, it also allows him to incorporate the wishes of the people his plan relies on.



* Kotomine of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a pretty good one of these in Heavens Feel. Plan A: start with sending Lancer to figure out who everyone is, where they are and how strong. [[spoiler:Crap, after roflstomping True Assassin he got his heart pulled out and eaten.]] Ok, uh, well we still have Gilgamesh, and he's pissed about the serial killings going on. [[spoiler:Damnit, he got eaten too.]] Fine, we'll set up [[spoiler:Sakura, the monster eating everyone]] to turn into the gate and destroy the world. Uh oh, the [[MacGuffinTurnedHuman Core of the Grail]] just got hijacked, time to [[EnemyMine team up with Shirou to recover it.]] Oops, True Assassin came after him and humans can't kill Servants with the tools he has. [[spoiler:Guess we'll destroy Zouken's body, using my fake heart as a decoy and ''then'' drive off Assassin.]] Woops, the Grail doesn't like me and [[spoiler: just destroyed my heart.]] And, breaking the narration, he still makes it to the end of the path and ''still'' nearly unleashes a plan that is in fact ''much worse'' than the scale of what he was trying in the first two. Plus, Shirou's ideology has been neatly discarded, and Kotomine really hated it.

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Kotomine of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a pretty good one of these in Heavens Feel. Plan A: start with sending Lancer to figure out who everyone is, where they are and how strong. [[spoiler:Crap, after roflstomping True Assassin he got his heart pulled out and eaten.]] Ok, uh, well we still have Gilgamesh, and he's pissed about the serial killings going on. [[spoiler:Damnit, he got eaten too.]] Fine, we'll set up [[spoiler:Sakura, the monster eating everyone]] to turn into the gate and destroy the world. Uh oh, the [[MacGuffinTurnedHuman Core of the Grail]] just got hijacked, time to [[EnemyMine team up with Shirou to recover it.]] Oops, True Assassin came after him and humans can't kill Servants with the tools he has. [[spoiler:Guess we'll destroy Zouken's body, using my fake heart as a decoy and ''then'' drive off Assassin.]] Woops, the Grail doesn't like me and [[spoiler: just destroyed my heart.]] And, breaking the narration, he still makes it to the end of the path and ''still'' nearly unleashes a plan that is in fact ''much worse'' than the scale of what he was trying in the first two. Plus, Shirou's ideology has been neatly discarded, and Kotomine really hated it.



* [[WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra Zaheer]] and the rest of the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Red Lotus]] straddle the line between this trope and the IndyPloy. Over the course of their tenure as villains, they seem to frequently change their plans on the fly, and generally succeed at whatever their newly improvised plan is....but they also display [[MissingStepsPlan a notable lack of foresight]], which ultimately leads to their defeat, and [[PyrrhicVillainy the group ultimately accomplishing the exact opposite of what they intended]] as a result. They exhibit great short-term planning, but [[DidntThinkThisThrough very flawed long-term planning]].

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* [[WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra Zaheer]] ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': Zaheer and the rest of the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Red Lotus]] straddle the line between this trope and the IndyPloy. Over the course of their tenure as villains, they seem to frequently change their plans on the fly, and generally succeed at whatever their newly improvised plan is....but they also display [[MissingStepsPlan a notable lack of foresight]], which ultimately leads to their defeat, and [[PyrrhicVillainy the group ultimately accomplishing the exact opposite of what they intended]] as a result. They exhibit great short-term planning, but [[DidntThinkThisThrough very flawed long-term planning]].



* The German strategist Helmuth von Moltke the Elder once said "No plan survives first contact with the enemy." This quote is usually used to mean that the victorious general is the one who is better at playing Xanatos Speed Chess. Molkte himself preferred being CrazyPrepared. Plan A will not survive first contact, so develop a Plan B for every single point of failure, then a fallback Plan C, and then develop some excess capacity in case none of your fifty plans is working.

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* The German strategist Helmuth von Moltke the Elder once said "No plan survives first contact with the enemy." This quote is usually used to mean that the victorious general is the one who is better at playing Xanatos Speed Chess. Molkte himself preferred being CrazyPrepared. Plan A will not survive first contact, so develop a Plan B for every single point of failure, then a fallback Plan C, and then develop some excess capacity in case none of your fifty plans is are working.
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* BigBad Ublaz Mad Eyes and [[TheStarscream Starscream]] Rasconza play this in ''[[{{Redwall}} Pearls of Lutra]]''.

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* BigBad Ublaz Mad Eyes and [[TheStarscream Starscream]] Rasconza play this in ''[[{{Redwall}} ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Pearls of Lutra]]''.
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