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20th Aug '16 9:37:20 AM nombretomado
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* The leader of a team of magical thieves in ''TheDragonDoctors'' starts off with a straightforward plan to rob a hospital of valuable materials, but are continually stymied by one lone surgeon defending the hospital. Elizabeth (the leader) continually adapts her plan towards a profitable solution even as all her teammates are taken out one at at time, and if it hadn't been for a slip-up she'd have still gotten away with it.

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* The leader of a team of magical thieves in ''TheDragonDoctors'' ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' starts off with a straightforward plan to rob a hospital of valuable materials, but are continually stymied by one lone surgeon defending the hospital. Elizabeth (the leader) continually adapts her plan towards a profitable solution even as all her teammates are taken out one at at time, and if it hadn't been for a slip-up she'd have still gotten away with it.
14th Aug '16 7:11:46 PM PaulA
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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vor]] Game'', the BigBad makes up about four or five new plans in a single day as [[TheHero Miles]] tries to counter them and new chances arise. She even uses her old plans as pawns in her new plans. [[spoiler:It backfires. In the end, Miles pointed out that if she had stuck to any of them, she would have been better off.]]
** Miles learns a valuable lesson here, and in subsequent books he is shown to be a great player - though he played a great game of it in the prior book ''The Warrior's Apprentice''.

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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Miles Vorkosigan spends most of his appearances playing Xanatos Speed Chess, often as a result of a simple plan running out of his control.
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In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vor]] Game'', ''Literature/TheVorGame'', the BigBad makes up about four or five new plans in a single day as [[TheHero Miles]] Miles tries to counter them and new chances arise. She even uses her old plans as pawns in her new plans. [[spoiler:It backfires. In the end, Miles pointed out that if she had stuck to any of them, she would have been better off.]]
** Miles learns a valuable lesson here, and in subsequent books he is shown to be a great player - though he played a great game of it in the prior book ''The Warrior's Apprentice''.
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12th Aug '16 11:02:02 AM TimberRidge
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* 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.
--> '''The Duke, blandly, to the Nawab:''' "'As I say, one cannot foresee everything, one merely tries to take advantage of such strokes of fortune. But all this is dependent upon events and chances which are by nature unforeseeable.'
--> '''The Nawab:''' "'There really are no options in this which do not – your ''opponents'' have no options before them which do not – leave you with at least a partial victory.'
--> '''The Duke:''' "'None which are obvious, but that is the point: one never knows. One cannot plan against ''everything''.'
--> '''The Nawab, drily:''' "'No: merely fold events into one's plans and make them serve one's objectives.'"
10th Aug '16 10:09:14 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' Toranaga and Ishido do it through the whole book. Ishido seems to be better at it, as during much of the second half Toranaga mainly just goes through desperate attempts to buy more time and needs the help of several others to figure out how to counter Ishido's latest move. [[spoiler: But in the end it's enough...]]

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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' Toranaga and Ishido do it through the whole book. Ishido seems to be better at it, as during much of the second half Toranaga mainly just goes through desperate attempts to buy more time and needs the help of several others to figure out how to counter Ishido's latest move. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But in the end it's enough...]]
22nd Jul '16 3:29:11 PM cpslck
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Helmut Zemo spends the entire movie playing this. His actual plan is very simple ([[spoiler: find proof the Winter Soldier killed Tony Stark's parents, show Tony, watch the Avengers fall apart as Steve and Tony fight]]), which means he can both compensate when the plan doesn't turn out perfectly (like when the HYDRA agent refuses to give him information) and take advantage of existing circumstances (he had nothing to do with the Sokovia Accords).
10th Jul '16 4:00:04 PM TheNerfGuy
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* Yukio Oikawa, the [[spoiler: apparent]] BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', does this as well in regards to his goal of accessing the Digital World, though YourMilageMayVary on how much is contrived; 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!]]

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* Yukio Oikawa, the [[spoiler: apparent]] BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', does this as well in regards to his goal of accessing the Digital World, though YourMilageMayVary on how much is contrived; 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 [[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!]]



* [[HeelFaceTurn Reformed]] ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villain Trickster, being blackmailed by another villain to steal a relic from a museum, sets up an elaborate plot to convince that villain to leave him alone. When Impulse confronts him with the fact that a museum employee is being unjustly blamed for the theft, Trickster adapts the plan to ensure that the employee appears a hero, saving his job by getting him to catch the crooks, even though the relic is lost. (Trickster takes the opportunity to return it to the church he had stolen it from. Told you he has reformed.)

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* [[HeelFaceTurn Reformed]] ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villain Trickster, being blackmailed by another villain to steal a relic from a museum, sets up an elaborate plot to convince that villain to leave him alone. When Impulse confronts him with the fact that a museum employee is being unjustly blamed for the theft, Trickster adapts the plan to ensure that the employee appears a hero, saving his job by getting him to catch the crooks, even though the relic is lost. (Trickster takes the opportunity to return it to the church he had stolen it from. Told you he has reformed.)
9th Jul '16 11:51:01 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': Makuta didn't take the rescue of the Matoran of Metru Nui into account, though managed to get past that. When part of his plan called for leaving his body, he didn't expect it to be destroyed by the end, but he still managed to keep his plan going smoothly, [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe taking over]] [[AGodAmI Mata Nui's body]] and the Matoran World within it at the end of 2008's arc]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Makuta didn't take the rescue of the Matoran of Metru Nui into account, though managed to get past that. When part of his plan called for leaving his body, he didn't expect it to be destroyed by the end, but he still managed to keep his plan going smoothly, [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe taking over]] [[AGodAmI Mata Nui's body]] and the Matoran World within it at the end of 2008's arc]].
1st Jul '16 6:26:22 PM Discar
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Cinder's plans largely involve simply setting up as many things in her favor as possible, and then moving quickly when things start to fall apart. She witnessed a thief steal a necklace; she recruited her for her [[MasterOfIllusion interesting Semblance]]. She went to recruit a world-famous assassin but found [[SelfMadeOrphan his son had already killed him]] for [[AbusiveParents being an abusive drunk]]; she recruited the son instead. She tried to have [[TheHeartless the Grimm]] attack when the city was undefended; she joined in the defense, then tried again a few months later.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Cinder's plans largely involve simply setting up as many things in her favor as possible, and then moving quickly when things start to fall apart. She witnessed a thief steal a necklace; she recruited her for her [[MasterOfIllusion interesting Semblance]]. She went to recruit a world-famous assassin but found [[SelfMadeOrphan his son had already killed him]] for [[AbusiveParents being an abusive drunk]]; she recruited the son instead. She tried to have [[TheHeartless the Grimm]] attack when the city was undefended; undefended but the attack went off too early; she joined in the defense, then tried again a few months later.
1st Jul '16 6:04:52 PM Discar
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Cinder's plans largely involve simply setting up as many things in her favor as possible, and then moving quickly when things start to fall apart. She witnessed a thief steal a necklace; she recruited her for her [[MasterOfIllusion interesting Semblance]]. She went to recruit a world-famous assassin but found [[SelfMadeOrphan his son had already killed him]] for [[AbusiveParents being an abusive drunk]]; she recruited the son instead. She tried to have [[TheHeartless the Grimm]] attack when the city was undefended; she joined in the defense, then tried again a few months later.

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26th Jun '16 12:37:49 PM nombretomado
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* Though it's hard to tell what he's thinking, Jon Irenicus in ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'' seems to do this. His original plan is simply to experiment on Imoen and the player character in his own personal lair. However, this runs into trouble when Shadow Thieves attack him, his prisoners escape and, on top of all of this which he could have handled simply by virtue of his great power, the local wizard authorities get wind of the unsanctioned use of magic and teleport in to arrest him. Killing hundreds of them is not the path of least resistance even for him, so he suddenly decides to go peacefully, but making sure they also arrest Imoen. They are both taken to a wizard asylum, [[spoiler:which Irenicus soon takes over, continuing his experiments with Imoen and waiting for the player character to come after him.]] The player character already has two potential motives for doing this - wanting revenge on Irenicus and to rescue their "little sister" - but a third one is added when Irenicus somehow appears in their dreams and speaks of [[spoiler:unlocking their potential as a descendant of a god, speaking as if the player character could gain great power though he really has no interest in giving it to them but rather just stealing it away. Unless that's just the Bhaal in you talking and not Irenicus at all.]] (This is also, in a way, the game masking its ButThouMust plot element. You ''have'' to go after Irenicus and Imoen, but at least you get to pick your motivation out of a fair selection.) The player may make various choices along the way and [[spoiler:choose to ally or not with two characters who are actually Irenicus's pawns, but the end result is the same - in a non-contrived way - and they end up just where Irenicus wants them.]]

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* Though it's hard to tell what he's thinking, Jon Irenicus in ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' seems to do this. His original plan is simply to experiment on Imoen and the player character in his own personal lair. However, this runs into trouble when Shadow Thieves attack him, his prisoners escape and, on top of all of this which he could have handled simply by virtue of his great power, the local wizard authorities get wind of the unsanctioned use of magic and teleport in to arrest him. Killing hundreds of them is not the path of least resistance even for him, so he suddenly decides to go peacefully, but making sure they also arrest Imoen. They are both taken to a wizard asylum, [[spoiler:which Irenicus soon takes over, continuing his experiments with Imoen and waiting for the player character to come after him.]] The player character already has two potential motives for doing this - wanting revenge on Irenicus and to rescue their "little sister" - but a third one is added when Irenicus somehow appears in their dreams and speaks of [[spoiler:unlocking their potential as a descendant of a god, speaking as if the player character could gain great power though he really has no interest in giving it to them but rather just stealing it away. Unless that's just the Bhaal in you talking and not Irenicus at all.]] (This is also, in a way, the game masking its ButThouMust plot element. You ''have'' to go after Irenicus and Imoen, but at least you get to pick your motivation out of a fair selection.) The player may make various choices along the way and [[spoiler:choose to ally or not with two characters who are actually Irenicus's pawns, but the end result is the same - in a non-contrived way - and they end up just where Irenicus wants them.]]
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