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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.]]
19th Jun '16 2:56:51 PM nombretomado
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* [[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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* [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[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.
7th Jun '16 2:38:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's {{Foundation}} trilogy: [[spoiler: The Second Foundation]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's {{Foundation}} Literature/{{Foundation}} trilogy: [[spoiler: The Second Foundation]]
5th Jun '16 11:15:06 AM nombretomado
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* Toshimi Tagami, from Ghost in the Shell on the PS2: Her plans begin with high political intrigue to gain a region it's independence all for her brother's cause, and when section 9 shows up to throw in some spanners, she quickly switches gears and manipulates the lot of them to get her way in the end. Even [[spoiler:her death didn't stop it.]]

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* Toshimi Tagami, from Ghost ''Ghost in the Shell Shell'' on the PS2: [=PS2=]: Her plans begin with high political intrigue to gain a region it's independence all for her brother's cause, and when section 9 shows up to throw in some spanners, she quickly switches gears and manipulates the lot of them to get her way in the end. Even [[spoiler:her death didn't stop it.]]
17th May '16 1:22:11 PM Willbyr
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* Xemnas in the ''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 ''KingdomHearts'' ''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.
26th Apr '16 1:59:15 AM aye_amber
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19th Apr '16 1:47:11 PM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': [[spoiler: Medusa]] is an excellent chessmaster, sticking to a nigh-foolproof plan that she revises slightly as others make their moves or progress. Tsuji and Marcellus try to exploit a loophole in her first game, she simply takes away his aim. The group use teamwork to easily get through the maze, so she does the unthinkable to make them fail. Shaula fails to hold her end of the bargain, but it has absolutely no effect on her own designs; Shaula destroying the Academy would simply make it so she wouldn’t have to do it later. Finally, the group splits, the best one coming after her, so she sneaks Free past them and then does her hardest to keep a fighter from going back to protect the weakened people from Free’s wrath.
18th Apr '16 9:25:28 AM Aribter-Nelson
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* Lord Recluse of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is made of these. The protection over his city fortress of evil alone is nothing short of impressive; it has a mile high wall, reinforced city base, a psychic monitoring network, an army of super-villains, EliteMooks and an island of nuclear warheads; And if any one of those isn't enough he uses the other five. What's more even when every single one of those is pushed to the limit he still manages to improvise. "Rival" (and that is putting it charitably) Villain, Nemesis has a bad case of ComplexityAddiction but even he has no luck breaking in, Two-Hundred some odd evil schemes via rivals can be undone by a hand-full of just-in-cases Lord Recluse keeps for blanket emergencies.

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* Lord Recluse of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is made of these. The protection over his city fortress of evil alone is nothing short of impressive; it has a mile high wall, reinforced city base, a psychic monitoring network, an army of super-villains, EliteMooks and an island of nuclear warheads; And if any one of those isn't enough he uses the other five. What's more even when every single one of those is pushed to the limit he still manages to improvise. "Rival" (and that is putting it charitably) Villain, Nemesis has a bad case of ComplexityAddiction but even he has no luck breaking in, Two-Hundred some odd evil schemes via rivals can be undone by a hand-full of just-in-cases Lord Recluse keeps for blanket emergencies. And on top of all that he still recognizes that ThePlayerIsTheMostImportantResource, hence why he recruits player villains to his side to engage in their own Xanatos Speed Chess for said situations.



** "What if I tunnel under the city with my drill machines transport pods?" - "Reinforced city basin."

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** "What if I tunnel under the city with my drill machines tipped transport pods?" - "Reinforced city basin."



** "Okay... What if I build a machine that lets me travel through your TV screens?!" - "TV Broadcast is alive, it will tell us if anything is up." No, really.

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** "Okay... [[RefugeInAudacity What if I build a machine that lets me travel through your TV screens?!" screens]]?!" - "TV "[[CrazyPrepared TV Broadcast is alive, it will tell us if anything is up." up]]" No, really.
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