* [[AbusivePrecursors The Reapers]] in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series incorporate a galactic-scale Batman Gambit ''into their life-cycle''. They leave highly advanced technology around the galaxy [[spoiler:as well as the Citadel, the largest, most advanced space station in existence]] to ensure that races develop along technological and cultural paths they desire. [[spoiler:especially with regards to the Citadel, which invariably becomes the cultural center of any empire]] Then, possessing the technology to counter what they left behind, they quickly eliminate all life in the galaxy [[spoiler:and melt down several million members of any species they find to make more Reapers]]. One could say that the Reapers are the living embodiment of the BatmanGambit. It's telling that all of their major defeats come about because somebody [[DidntSeeThatComing didn't follow the script]].
** In between ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[MagnificentBastard the Illusive Man]] pulls off numerous Batman Gambits to either cripple or wipe out anyone who can stand against him, including The Shadow Broker, [[spoiler:with the original killed and Liara's network being greatly harmed]] and Aria T'Loak. This is to allow him to focus all his energy on his primary Batman Gambit: [[spoiler:to take control of the Reapers ensuring human dominance]]. The first goes off magnificently. The second [[spoiler:fails because, as magnificent as his mind was, it was still a human mind going against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that have been doing this for billions of years. He ends up indoctrinated and becoming their UnwittingPawn.]]
* [[spoiler: Anders's]] plan at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is basically to provoke the Templars into discrediting themselves by [[spoiler: blowing up the Chantry]], after which [[spoiler: Meredith orders the entire Circle of Magi executed for something they had nothing to do with. Anders makes no effort to defend himself and will even let Hawke kill him for his crime, but Meredith loses any interest in him once she has an "excuse" to wipe out the Circle. She'll even let him fight with the Templars if Hawke's maxed out his Rivalry.]] When word of this spreads beyond Kirkwall, it prompts a full-scale CivilWar.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Isaac pulls this on both Hector and Trevor in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''. He lures Hector (to whom he serves as a worthy opponent) along with the promise of eventually facing him in battle, and at the same time draws Trevor's attention. When he slips into the Infinite Corridor, Trevor is forced to let Hector into it... which leads to Hector accidentally breaking the seal on Dracula's Castle, Isaac's goal the entire time.
** Of course, ultimately, we learn who the real wirepuller is. It's Dracula, of course; he'd be playing GambitRoulette if he didn't already have his hooks deep into Hector and Isaac's psyches and thus a much greater chance of success than the average Yagami. The entire game is triggered by Dracula's effort to resurrect himself, to wit -- raise the castle with Isaac's yanking of Hector and Trevor, have Isaac stab that damn Belmont, then possess Hector when Hector finally gets sick of this nonsense and kills Isaac, thus sealing the curse. Alas, he wasn't counting on Julia being the only one in the game with a clue.
*** Also, in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'', Mathias Cronqvist used Leon Belmont to kill Walter Bernhard to absorb his soul. At the end, Mathias slaps you in the face with the knowledge that he will become Dracula, Lord of the Vampires... The entire plot was designed so that he could become Dracula.
* In ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'', the BigBad runs a Batman Gambit on the sheriff. The BigBad of ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' uses a Batman Gambit on the whole Keeper organization.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'', the game turns out to be a BatmanGambit designed to allow the previous Overlord to easily return to his place in case he was "defeated", by taking over the body of the Wizard who helped slay him, manipulating one of the heroes who defeated him into becoming his temporary successor, and corrupting the other heroes so the new Overlord would be forced to eliminate them.
* ''HideoKojima'' is absolutely crackers about these.
** ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'' features a hastily improvised Gambit (developed by the bad guys' resident psychic, sensibly enough) which revolves around a single-use keycard which will toggle a nuclear weapon from "active" to "inactive" or vice-versa. The bad guys seem to accept that facing off against the hero is a suicidal masquerade to set up deathbed conversions and make the plan convincing.
** The sequel goes into a full-blown GambitRoulette to underscore the power of the GovernmentConspiracy. Or [[GainaxEnding sentient assemblage of constitutional amendments, or [=AIs=], or whatever the hell they are.]]
** The third game's tragic denouement reveals a Gambit (authored by an earlier iteration of the aforementioned conspiracy) which went right up to the pseudovillain's own demise at the hands of the hero.
** And the fourth is basically a GambitPileup, so let's not get started....
* All of the events within the PlayStation2 ''{{Shinobi}}'' turn out to be one big BatmanGambit orchestrated by the FinalBoss Hiruko: He manipulated Hotsuma into defeating Yatsurao so that the villain could absorb the countless number of souls that were subsequently released from the fallen giant. And he intended from the very beginning for Hotsuma to gather all of the souls of each foe he had sent to take him out, at which point he'd defeat Hotsuma and take all those souls for himself.
* In ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' In what is possibly the longest to ever occur in gaming, Ovan uses a Batman Gambit that spans three games in order to make Haseo [[spoiler:become strong enough to destroy him.]]
** If you count the anime -- ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//ROOTS]]'' -- then it takes even longer. And Ovan has to step in at one point to make corrections to Haseo's development.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the [[PlanetHeck Labyrinth of Amala]] subquest has you tasked with defeating the ten [[BonusBoss Fiends]] and returning the [[MacGuffin Candelabrum]] they had stolen to Amala. If you complete the Labyrinth of Amala (it is optional) then the whole thing is revealed to be a BatmanGambit orchestrated by none other than [[spoiler:Lucifer himself. The Fiends had never stolen the candelabrum; the entire thing was set up as a training exercise to create a new demon that would be strong enough to lead the armies of [[{{Hell}} Deep Amala]] in an [[RageAgainstTheHeavens war against God Himself]], as well as a test to see if you had the fortitude to fully embrace your demonic side and become Deep Amala's champion]].
* From another ''ShinMegamiTensei'' game ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (which is about a murder mystery). Prodigy Detective Naoto Shirogane devises a plan to confirm his [[spoiler: or rather '''her''']] suspicions that the police caught a copycat killer, not the real killer. [[spoiler: she '''sets herself up as bait for the kidnapper''', confident that the Investigation Team will rescue her.]] When the Investigation Team find out about this, they let Naoto have it, pointing out that gambling your life on the assumption a third party will get to you in time, regardless of the rewards involved, is '''''really, really fucking stupid'''''.
* The entirety of ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Assassin's Creed]]'' is actually ''two'' giant {{Batman Gambit}}s. The first, planned by TheDragon, Robert de Sable, involves using the Assassins' killing of his lieutenants, all of whom are important members of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart's respective support networks, to unite the Saracen and Crusader armies to crush the Assassins. The second is planned out by [[spoiler:Al-Mualim, who plans to have [[UnwittingPawn Altair]] kill all of the Templars who knew about the Piece of Eden, because he himself is a Templar]] plotting to take over the Holy Land for himself.
** And all that was [[ThePlan planned]] by Abstergo to have Desmond reveal the locations of the Pieces of Eden. By then the entire plot becomes one huge MindScrew: Abstergo are the Knights Templar who secretly are behind every technological innovation EVER, the Assassins still exist and try to stop them, Lucy might or might not be one of them (it turns out [[spoiler: she used to be an Assassin before [[FaceHeelTurn becoming a Templar mole]]]]), and then there's the scribbling on the wall...
*** And in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed II]]'', it goes meta. The entire DiabolusExMachina of Ezio's life turned out to be a gambit to [[spoiler:get him into a secret vault inside the Vatican so he can receive a message he can't even understand, just so his descendant can retrieve the message from GeneticMemory centuries later. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat The message-giver even knew that descendant's name]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Hey, its easier than walking into the Vatican nowadays - and that very security preserved the message]].]]
*** [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV Assassin's Creed Black Flag]] takes it to another level entirely. [[spoiler: Past and present incarnations of Roberts are manipulating Templars ''and'' Assassins on behalf of a third group, whose purpose is to get the present-day protagonist in a position where their body can be taken over by Juno. It only fails because Juno isn't quite powerful enough yet to do it.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', at least part of [[spoiler: [[BigBad Ghestis']] plan is a BatmanGambit. At first, it seem like he is content to use Kyurem's power to freeze Unova and force the population into submission. However, at the climax, when his son N (revealed to be the leader of Team Plasma's repentant splinter group that is opposing him) flies in to rescue the player on his Legendary Pokemon (either Zekrom or Reshiram, depending on the version) it is clear that not only did Ghestis expect this, he ''wanted'' it. He is then able to [[FusionDance combine Kyurem and N's Pokemon]] into an even stronger version of Kyurem. Unfortunately, this plan is [[EpicFail utterly ruined]] when Kyurem is defeated by the hero; while Ghestis is clearly the strongest boss up to this point, his sole reason for attacking the player is out of revenge.]]
* In ''EternalDarkness'', the 100% twist ending reveals [[spoiler:that the entire game was just an absolute brilliant gambit run by the guardian god Mantorok so that it could eliminate the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s it was tasked with sealing before it died]].
* In ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}} II'', the fallen archangel Izual reveals that :the Dark Exile, the capturing of the Prime Evils in soulstones and the plot of ''Diablo I'' was a BatmanGambit planned by the Prime Evils and himself. This is no doubt a {{retcon}}, though.
** This is taken to a whole new level in ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}} III'', where the retcon goes a step further, revealing that even the defeat of the Lesser Evils and the Prime Evils in the previous game were all part of the plan [[spoiler: to unite the collective power of all the Lords of Hell into one singular Soulstone as the "true Prime Evil", with Diablo's soul in control]]. And who was there to ensure it all went according to plan? [[spoiler: Adria the Witch, an NPC from the first game.]] Retconning at its finest, turning the entire trilogy into one huge BatmanGambit
* Laharl uses one in Episode 6 of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' to lure all of his competitors for the Overlord's throne into Blair Forest, set up as a contest to wrest the "Deed to the Title of Overlord" from him. There is, of course, no deed, and after a mild hiccup in the form of a HopelessBossFight, Laharl and co. defeat their enemies, and he gets to claim what (he thinks) is rightfully his.
** Also used a chapter earlier by his vassal Etna, who was supposedly the mole working for another deamon trying to overthrow Larhal. Only when he finally calls her onto the carpet she reveals that not only has she been expecting him to betray her, she's hired his own underlings out from under him, and set things up so that Laharl would be more than eager to help her take out Maderas.
** Also in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', [[spoiler:the entire game is a Batman gambit on the part of King Krichevskoy and Seraph Lamington, using Larharl and Flonne to unite the netherworlds, and even using Volcanus' traitorous nature.]]
** Mao's father (now a ghost) pulls off one of these in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' by manipulating the EvilPlan of BigBad Aurum against him. The gambit worked by utilizing Almaz and Raspberyl's good hearts to get Mao to open up his own heart. To help further that along, his hidden right hand man Champloo (he reveals his true allegiances and how he manages to be so good at investigation at the end of the game) to guide Almaz to be a proper hero.
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free]]'' starts off with the King of Town placing Strong Bad under house arrest for not paying his new email tax: one [[BrandX Creamy Ding Snack Cake]] for every email sent or received, effective immediately and retroactively. Once Strong Bad breaks out, he launches into a massive screwball scheme to depose the King of Town, but as it turns out it was all a Batman Gambit the King of Town executed so that he could switch jobs with Strong Bad. The endgame involves [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turning the tables]] on the King of Town by levying an obscene tax against his precious snack cakes, inciting the King of Town to revolt against ''him'' and take his old job back.
* Ghaleon of ''{{Lunar}}'' fame manipulates the heroes' altruistic tendencies through his [[VillainWithGoodPublicity immense popularity.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero this results in the hero giving him every single thing he wants.]]
* The entirety of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' is one giant Batman Gambit from Axel.
** Unfortunately, while it worked ''great'' in the game, the long-term consequences of it blew up in his face.
* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' hinges on a Batman Gambit set by [[spoiler: Ray, a.k.a Missile from an alternate timeline]] to point Sissel in the right direction. Everything turns out according to plan, because [[spoiler: he needed Sissel's Ghost Tricks and his ability to travel through phone lines; Missile-Prime couldn't prevent any of the deaths with his Ghost Swap power, nor could he travel through phones]].
* Mephiles, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', pulls one using Silver. He tells Silver that Sonic is the one who will destroy the future, counting on Silver being desperate enough to change the future that he'll jump on a chance to change it without questioning any of it.
* In ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' [[spoiler: Rakasha travels with you, confident you will be able to defeat the other World Eaters (who he views as rivals), then waits until you are trapped and helpless before striking]]
* In ''JadeEmpire'' [[spoiler:The entire game is one of these. [[MagnificentBastard He's called the Glorious Strategist for a very good reason...]]]]; ''however'', it is actually a ''double'' Batman Gambit; [[spoiler: The Water Dragon helps his plan, needing it to free herself from the Emperor, creating the conditions, including your Master killing you, whereby she can fully free herself.]]
* In ''{{VideoGame/Half-Life 2}}'' and especially Episode 2, it turns out that [[spoiler: the G Man set up about everything that happened since the beginning of the first game.]] We still don't know what is hoped to be achieved with all this, though.
** He [[EpilepticTrees appears to be operating]] by this scheme. He doesn't even hide the fact that he manipulates people into doing his dirty work for him but simply puts them into places and situations in which their personal goals will also help his plan along.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' [[GambitPileup has a few of these]]: [[spoiler:Kitanji manipulates Neku into spreading his O-pins around the city, which are vital for his AssimilationPlot, Joshua manipulates Neku into becoming the best player and winning his game against Kitanji for him, and Hanekoma manipulates EVERYONE simply by relying on everyone to act according to their nature, teaching Neku about ThePowerOfFriendship, letting the IdiotHero ruin Konishi's carefully laid plans and giving TheStarscream rope to hang himself with.]]
* The entirety of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: ModernWarfare 2'' is one giant gambit courtesy of [[spoiler:Shepherd]]. [[spoiler:No, it's sure as hell not for a heroic cause.]]
** Some details make this a noteworthy example: short of magically discovering that the gambit exists, none of the [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]] are even in a position to make it fail, and in fact, when one of them throws a SpannerInTheWorks that [[spoiler: Shepherd]] is clearly ''not'' expecting or planning for, it actually ends up helping him anyway. This makes it ''seem'' like a XanatosGambit on the surface, but there ''is'' a failure condition that [[spoiler: Shepherd]] would have no way of recovering from, and that's if [[spoiler: the Russian's war against the United States had succeeded instead of being turned back]].
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'' revealed that the entire fucking series was a BatmanGambit designed by [[spoiler:Athena]] so that [[spoiler:she could gain the power of hope that she had in the first place but also kill all the other gods and destroy the world without implicating herself and become the one savior of mankind.]]
* [[spoiler: Kerrigan]] from ''Starcraft'' uses Batman Gambits frequently. She ends up getting [[spoiler: the Protoss]] to work with her even after [[spoiler: she's betrayed them repeatedly]], mainly by manipulating and eventually [[spoiler: abducting]] their [[spoiler: Matriarch]].
** [[spoiler: Duran]] is another user of this, manipulating [[spoiler: Du Gaulle]] into [[spoiler: killing his best friend]], as well as using [[spoiler: Kerrigan herself]] as an unknowing pawn in his scheme to [[spoiler: create a Protos/Zerg hybrid]].
** [[spoiler: Arcturas Mengsk]] is yet another possible example of this trope, getting [[spoiler: Kerrigan and Jim Raynor]] to help him out and shelter him both before and after he's [[spoiler: betrayed them on an epic scale]].
* The AI of ''GalacticCivilizations'' is [[ArtificialBrilliance smart enough]] to pull these on the player as shown in [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=161570&site=pcg this after-action report.]]
* Sigma's plans in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'' and ''5'' rely on the personalities of General, X, Zero and Maverick Hunter policy. Proto Man pulls off some impressive ones in ''Manga/MegaManMegamix'', too.
* [[BigBad Cortex's]] entire plan in ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack'' hinged on Crash believing his story about needing the [[MineralMacGuffin crystals]] to save the planet from a cataclysm, rather than trying to find a way out of the location that Cortex had brought him at the start of the game. Of course, [[IdiotHero Crash isn't particularly bright.]]
* In ''StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', one can pull this off against the two Sith masters of the sith enclave on Korriban.[[spoiler: When [[TheDragon Yathura]] comes to [[PlayerCharacter Revan]] to help her betray [[BaldOfEvil Uthar]], you can agree to help her poison him. Revan can then turn around to Uthar, and tell him of Yuthara's plan. He will give Revan a device to help poison her. But then, the player can turn around and poison BOTH of them. Soon after finding the [[TheBigBoard Star Map]] both Yuthara and Uthar stand there. After explaining some Sith lore, they suddenly open that they are now going to kill the other with Revan's help. It is then up to the player to decide who he wants to help, or he can even turn on both of them at once. Turning on bot actually gives the player the ability to deliver an awesome TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, detailing how you used both's ignorance and arrogance on each other to weaken both of them so they'd be easier to kill, and it was all because they had not properly plotted their own plan.]]
* Neo-Geo game ''Cyber-Lip'' plays a Batman Gambit on the player. The game makes you think you're fighting against an alien threat, when you're actually [[spoiler: helping the aliens by destroying the last human resistance, as the twist ending makes clear.]]
* Turns out the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and half of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' was one huge Batman Gambit. [[spoiler: The Vault Hunters of the original game were tricked into opening the vault by Angel - the Mysterious face and voice that communicates with the party - so that Handsome Jack could take over Hyperion and rule the planet. The same thing happens to the Vault Hunters in Borderlands 2. They're tricked by Angel into destroying the defensive shields of the rebel group headquarters for Handsome Jack. Angel by the way is a Siren pretending to be a sentient AI and Handsome Jack's daughter.]]
* Let's not overlook the [[spoiler:hostage rescue mission]] which inverts this trope in ''VideoGame/{{Far Cry 3}}'' where the protagonist [[spoiler:helps the Rakyat warriors to ambush a slave trade convoy in Church Town, pursues the prisoner transport away from his fellow warriors, and catches up to the APC only to discover the first act's Big Bad waiting for him with a surprise knockout]]. Vaas relies on Jason Brody's newfound heroism to bring him out of safety where he can predictably be captured, just because Jason caught wind of people who needed help.
* In ''Videogame/DMCDevilMayCry'', [[spoiler: Virgil reveals in the end that he was using both Dante and his human assistant and friend Kat to overthrow Mundus so he can take over and rule the human race in his place.]]
* [[TheChessmaster Yukari Yakumo]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' pulls one off in ''Silent Sinner in Blue''. [[spoiler:First off, she relies on Eirin to relay info back to the moon. Then she relies on Remilia to be greedy and try to take over the moon, distracting one of the two princesses. Then she tries to go to the moon, distracting the other. All the while Yuyuko and Youmu go through a backdoor she created while everyone with power on the moon is distracted. She then plays on the Lunarian's trust of those who are "pure" to keep Yuyuko and Youmu safe (Yuyuko and Youmu are "pure"). During the entire time Yuyuko and Youmu are on the moon she acts like she lost. The end result? A 1000 year old bottle of sake stolen by Yuyuko from under the noses of the princesses.]] Yukari declares victory afterwards.
* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is this.
* A rather skillful one in ''FireEmblemAwakening'': The EvilOverlord Gangrel has taken the Exalt of Ylisse prisoner, and publicly announces that she will be executed, knowing her brother, Chrom, will rush to the rescue without thinking it through, so he can set up a HostageForMacGuffin to get the Fire Emblem. Aversa adds her own gambit to the mix, knowing that the Ylissean Pegasus Knights would show up, she has a group of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Risen archers]] ready to [[AttackItsWeakPoint take advantage of the weakness of Pegasus Knights to bow attacks.]] Both gambits, however, come to naught when Emmeryn ruins the HostageForMacGuffin by [[TakeAThirdOption taking the choice out of Chrom's hands.]]
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': [[spoiler:Jeremiah already became an undead years ago, and only called upon Patrick so he could kill off his siblings and Keisinger so nothing could stand in his way for his double-cross]].
* ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'': Izebel's plan for the Tartetos campaign. She would send two forces to raze the town of Tamar: Laelius would take her own elite Hispanic contingents. Without informing Laelius, a separate force made of golems and monsters sent as reinforcements from TheEmpire would take a separate route. Hamil would sally forth from Tartetos in order to save the villagers at Tamar. Already angry at being ordered to massacre innocent civilians, on learning about the second force Laelius would defect to Hamil so that Tamar would quickly be saved. The action at Tamar would leave Tartetos wide open to a naval attack by portage, [[spoiler: resulting in a DecisiveBattle that would see the imperial army from the empire proper wiped out and she herself die by Hamil's blade.]] It requires both Hamil and Laelius to act exactly as she planned. And they do, because they both believe very strongly in protecting the innocent. And in the case of Hamil [[spoiler: because he told her all his battle plans when he was a young child before he lost his memories.]]
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