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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.
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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.
29th Oct '16 1:22:42 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.

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* [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'': Grand Admiral Thrawn]].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.
29th Oct '16 1:15:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** Many arguments have been waged among ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' 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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** Many arguments have been waged among ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' 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.
23rd Oct '16 8:42:26 AM BlueGuy
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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** In the final battle of ''Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: 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.
** While claiming to be the luckiest man alive, Kira Yoshikage'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.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** In the final battle of ''Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Battle Tendency'', 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, Kira Yoshikage's 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.
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