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16th Mar '17 10:49:22 AM nombretomado
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* Helen Narbon, of ''{{Narbonic}}'', is another case where the fanbase--and even the characters in the strip--are never fully certain if Helen is playing Xanatos Speed Chess, GambitRoulette, or if she's just luckier than anyone has any right to be. At several points, it seems Helen, herself, is not certain.

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* Helen Narbon, of ''{{Narbonic}}'', ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'', is another case where the fanbase--and even the characters in the strip--are never fully certain if Helen is playing Xanatos Speed Chess, GambitRoulette, or if she's just luckier than anyone has any right to be. At several points, it seems Helen, herself, is not certain.
7th Mar '17 1:12:31 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Part of Littlefinger's strategy appears to be fomenting chaos and reacting to opportunities as they present themselves.
24th Jan '17 2:58:17 AM flodoris
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** Tobi ends up sliding into this category by default. His attempts at gambits and roulette have a tendency to fall apart, allowing him to only make small amounts of progress with each ploy.
** His mentor, Madara, plays the same game. When reunited after two decades, they subtly maneuvered against one another until it was time to [[spoiler:seal the Juubi]], at which point both began openly moving against the other to come out on top.

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** Tobi ends up sliding into this category by default. His attempts [[spoiler:aka Obito Uchiha]] showed very good skills in this. While at gambits 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 roulette have a tendency to fall apart, allowing 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 only make small amounts of progress with each ploy.
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, Madara Uchiha, plays the same game. 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 [[spoiler:seal seal the Juubi]], Ten-Tails, at which point both began openly moving against the other to come out on top.]]
28th Dec '16 8:44:07 PM Mr.Guye
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'', a character explicitly thinks that the difference between the heroes' plan and Brainaic's is that the heroes are expecting things to go wrong.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'', a character explicitly thinks that the difference between the heroes' plan and Brainaic's Brainiac's is that the heroes are expecting things to go wrong.
14th Dec '16 3:42:30 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** [[ArchEnemy The Master]] has his own knack for turning bad situations to his advantage -- witness [[spoiler:his magnificent comeback from ''accidentally'' destroying about a quarter of the universe to holding the rest to ransom]] in "Logopolis". And in the first part of "The End of Time", [[spoiler:after his scheme to come BackFromTheDead went awry, killing his support network and causing him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]], and he gets kidnapped by someone who wants his help with fixing some AppliedPhlebotinum, he quickly hatches and executes a scheme to take control of said Phlebotinum and use it to take over the world. He succeeds]]. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler: he gets [[OutGambit out-gambitted]] by Rassilon, Lord President of the Time Lords, who fixes the population of Earth with a wave of his hand. He then proceeds to tell the Master he's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness]] and, well, the Master [[HeroicSacrifice decides to take his revenge]].]]

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** [[ArchEnemy The Master]] has his own knack for turning bad situations to his advantage -- witness [[spoiler:his magnificent comeback from ''accidentally'' destroying about a quarter of the universe to holding the rest to ransom]] in "Logopolis". "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]". And in the first part of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time", Time]]", [[spoiler:after his scheme to come BackFromTheDead went awry, killing his support network and causing him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]], and he gets kidnapped by someone who wants his help with fixing some AppliedPhlebotinum, he quickly hatches and executes a scheme to take control of said Phlebotinum and use it to take over the world. He succeeds]]. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler: he gets [[OutGambit out-gambitted]] by Rassilon, Lord President of the Time Lords, who fixes the population of Earth with a wave of his hand. He then proceeds to tell the Master he's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness]] and, well, the Master [[HeroicSacrifice decides to take his revenge]].]]
10th Dec '16 6:53:05 PM nombretomado
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* Contrary to his depictions in the movies, this is the normal operating mode of ConanTheBarbarian, and the primary reason that in a world where a [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards sorcerer always gets what he wants]], a scrappy thief whose primary interest is acquiring easy money and then drinking it away before the beginning of the next story is somehow the setting's game-breaker.

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* Contrary to his depictions in the movies, this is the normal operating mode of ConanTheBarbarian, Literature/ConanTheBarbarian, and the primary reason that in a world where a [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards sorcerer always gets what he wants]], a scrappy thief whose primary interest is acquiring easy money and then drinking it away before the beginning of the next story is somehow the setting's game-breaker.
10th Nov '16 5:34:46 PM nombretomado
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* Phaethon from JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' starts off with a straightforward plan, which unfortunately DidntSeeThatComing. Fortunately, he's also an engineer and believes in triple redundancy. The rest of the book is basically him working down the Xanatos index one by one.

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* Phaethon from JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' starts off with a straightforward plan, which unfortunately DidntSeeThatComing. Fortunately, he's also an engineer and believes in triple redundancy. The rest of the book is basically him working down the Xanatos index one by one.
29th Oct '16 1:28:23 AM Morgenthaler
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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]].

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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.
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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]].
29th Oct '16 1:25:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** A certain amount of speed chess helps prop up [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'s plans when things [[DidntSeeThatComing start going off script]]. Face Loran is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the art, exacerbated by his tendency to never tell anyone anything, except when strictly necessary (for reasons of operational security), meaning that even when he ''has'' planned for something, his allies are usually unaware. His more-or-less-designated successor, Voort or "Piggy", is [[BatmanGambit more of a pre-planner]], but embraces the need for this trope at the climax of ''Mercy Kill'', dragging his wayward plan back into line with a combination of mechanical know-how, reliable subordinates, money, [[BreadMilkEggsSquick and Gamorrean striptease]].

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** ''Literature/XWingSeries'': A certain amount of speed chess helps prop up [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'s Squadron's plans when things [[DidntSeeThatComing start going off script]]. Face Loran is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the art, exacerbated by his tendency to never tell anyone anything, except when strictly necessary (for reasons of operational security), meaning that even when he ''has'' planned for something, his allies are usually unaware. His more-or-less-designated successor, Voort or "Piggy", is [[BatmanGambit more of a pre-planner]], but embraces the need for this trope at the climax of ''Mercy Kill'', dragging his wayward plan back into line with a combination of mechanical know-how, reliable subordinates, money, [[BreadMilkEggsSquick and Gamorrean striptease]].
29th Oct '16 1:25:06 AM Morgenthaler
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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.
** Also, his three would-be successors in the two-book series ''HandOfThrawn'', who are sometimes frantic in their behind-the-scenes efforts to maintain the ''illusion'' that Thrawn has returned. Thrawn's student Pellaeon demonstrates it too.
** There is a set of four short stories, collectively a novella, where TimothyZahn and Michael Stackpole collaborated. In very, very short it involved Thrawn going in disguise, reporting a Rebel meeting near the home of a criminal who supported someone that Vader hated but wasn't allowed to interfere with, and calling down the nearest Imperial forces. He ended up working a pair of planetary policemen into that plan, getting them in through a convoluted scheme and letting them arrest the man. We never, ever get to see his thoughts, but at the end he confesses to a trusted subordinate that he hadn't known about the policemen, but when he saw them and determined they were after that criminal, it was too good an opportunity to miss.
** In OutboundFlight, Thrawn's plan is to destroy the Vagaari threat, and he uses all the new species and technology and ships he encounters for the first time over the course of the book to do so. ''All'' of them. Humans, a stolen gravity-well generator, Neimodians, droids, the Trade Federation, Darth Sidious, Outbound Flight, Jedi... ''all'' of them. Magnificent.
*** His plan nearly fails, though, when Jorus C'baoth goes over to the dark side and tries to Force Choke him. This was because he had never even heard of a "Jedi" until recently, and had no idea of the kind of power they possessed.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
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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.
**
it. Thrawn also gets credit for recognizing the unforeseen elements possibly being a problem...he just didn't have a plan for them YET.
** Also, his three would-be successors in the two-book series ''HandOfThrawn'', ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'', who are sometimes frantic in their behind-the-scenes efforts to maintain the ''illusion'' that Thrawn has returned. Thrawn's student Pellaeon demonstrates it too.
** There is a set of four short stories, collectively a novella, where TimothyZahn Creator/TimothyZahn and Michael Stackpole collaborated. In very, very short it involved Thrawn going in disguise, reporting a Rebel meeting near the home of a criminal who supported someone that Vader hated but wasn't allowed to interfere with, and calling down the nearest Imperial forces. He ended up working a pair of planetary policemen into that plan, getting them in through a convoluted scheme and letting them arrest the man. We never, ever get to see his thoughts, but at the end he confesses to a trusted subordinate that he hadn't known about the policemen, but when he saw them and determined they were after that criminal, it was too good an opportunity to miss.
** In OutboundFlight, ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', Thrawn's plan is to destroy the Vagaari threat, and he uses all the new species and technology and ships he encounters for the first time over the course of the book to do so. ''All'' of them. Humans, a stolen gravity-well generator, Neimodians, droids, the Trade Federation, Darth Sidious, Outbound Flight, Jedi... ''all'' of them. Magnificent.
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Magnificent. His plan nearly fails, though, when Jorus C'baoth goes over to the dark side and tries to Force Choke him. This was because he had never even heard of a "Jedi" until recently, and had no idea of the kind of power they possessed.
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