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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.
25th Jul '17 8:11:13 PM AgentS7
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* Xemnas in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series is very good at this. There are many points where things do NOT go exactly as planned for him...and yet he always seems to quickly make whatever happens work in his favor. [[spoiler: Sora won't comply to aid you? Use his Nobody Roxas instead. Roxas gains a will of his own? Use a Sora clone that can absorb power from Roxas, and if that's successful then mass produce them. The clone develops a will of ''its'' own? Make Roxas and it fight each other to the death, and use the one that's left. Roxas disappears? Then go back to Sora and manipulate him into helping you without knowing it. Sora finds out about this? Kidnap his girlfriend and force him to keep fighting Heartless for you. All of this fails and you're destroyed? Have a way prepared to come BackFromTheDead in a fashionable black and white coat and do them in when they're weakened.]] Truly, Xemnas is a master Xanatos speed chess player.

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* Xemnas in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series is very good at this. There are many points where things do NOT go exactly as planned for him...and yet he always seems to quickly make whatever happens work in his favor. [[spoiler: Sora won't comply to aid you? Use his Nobody Roxas instead. Roxas gains a will of his own? Use a Sora clone that can absorb power from Roxas, and if that's successful then mass produce them. The clone develops a will of ''its'' own? Make Roxas and it fight each other to the death, and use the one that's left. Roxas disappears? Then go back to Sora and manipulate him into helping you without knowing it. Sora finds out about this? Kidnap his girlfriend LoveInterest and force him to keep fighting Heartless for you. All of this fails and you're destroyed? Have a way prepared to come BackFromTheDead in a fashionable black and white coat and do them in when they're weakened.]] Truly, Xemnas is a master Xanatos speed chess player.
25th Jun '17 10:07:28 AM nombretomado
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* Death from ''Franchise/FinalDestination'' is a [[TheChessmaster master]] at this, mostly due to the fact that it is an [[TheOmnipresent omnipresent]] supernatural force that can't be physically threatened. If an intended method of execution for a victim on Death's List is thwarted -- either by themselves or intervention from another character -- Death will rapidly readjust its plan to either kill them in a different way or outright skip them and kill the next in line. The endings of ''FinalDestination3'' and ''FinalDestination5'' even go as far as to imply that [[spoiler: Death will entirely change its own design for the purpose of dispatching past survivors, to the extent of killing hundreds of unrelated people in new disasters.]]

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* Death from ''Franchise/FinalDestination'' is a [[TheChessmaster master]] at this, mostly due to the fact that it is an [[TheOmnipresent omnipresent]] supernatural force that can't be physically threatened. If an intended method of execution for a victim on Death's List is thwarted -- either by themselves or intervention from another character -- Death will rapidly readjust its plan to either kill them in a different way or outright skip them and kill the next in line. The endings of ''FinalDestination3'' ''Film/FinalDestination3'' and ''FinalDestination5'' ''Film/FinalDestination5'' even go as far as to imply that [[spoiler: Death will entirely change its own design for the purpose of dispatching past survivors, to the extent of killing hundreds of unrelated people in new disasters.]]
22nd Jun '17 9:28:13 AM Schismatism
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** Jessie, in ''The Final Trump'', starts ''off'' with ASimplePlan, which is then continually adjusted due to the constant bumbling and interference of not one, but ''three'' nemeses. Being from a [[VillainProtagonist supervillain family]], her eventual success (and her willingness to share the wealth) earns her big props.
14th Jun '17 10:47:41 PM Qussow
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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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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', The High Priest of Hei Hel [[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 Hel's vote would still count]].
14th Jun '17 3:40:38 PM mouschilight
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** 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.

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** In a filler {{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.
14th Jun '17 3:39:32 PM mouschilight
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** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Hinata's original plan in [[spoiler:destroying the Tenseigan Core orb was to wait for Toneri to drop his guard while she covertly went to where the orb was held in order to destroy it. It hit a snag when she gets caught and ends up hypnotized. She later gets freed by Naruto and she takes advantage of Toneri going through a seizure to resume her original plan and does so, but her attacks do little damage. She then accepts Naruto's assistance, and they both perform a CombinationAttack which manages to destroy the orb, fulfilling her objective]].

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** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Hinata's original plan in [[spoiler:destroying the Tenseigan Core orb was to wait for Toneri to drop his guard while she covertly went to where the orb was held in order to destroy it. It hit a snag when she gets caught and ends up hypnotized. {{hypnotize|ThePrincess}}d. She later gets freed by Naruto and she takes advantage of Toneri going through a seizure to resume her original plan and does so, but her attacks do little damage.alone are not enough to destroy the orb. She then accepts Naruto's assistance, and they both perform a CombinationAttack which manages to destroy the orb, fulfilling her objective]].
14th Jun '17 3:34:16 PM mouschilight
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** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Hinata's original plan in [[spoiler:destroying the Tenseigan Core orb was to wait for Toneri to drop his guard while she covertly went to where the orb was held in order to destroy it. It hit a snag when she gets caught and ends up hypnotized. She later gets freed by Naruto and she takes advantage of Toneri going through a seizure to resume her original plan and does so, but her attacks do little damage. She then accepts Naruto's assistance, and they both perform a CombinationAttack which manages to destroy the orb, fulfilling her objective]].
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