->''"Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, 'This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.' Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms."''
-->--'''[[Literature/TheFourGospels Luke 14:28-32]]'''
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* First, you have ThePlan.
* If all reasonably possible outcomes are desirable, then it's a XanatosGambit.
* If things do go wrong, but the person keeps adjusting things so that Plan-A works anyway, s/he's playing XanatosSpeedChess.
* If the plan involves predicting one's actions based on his/her character and planning accordingly, then it's a BatmanGambit.
* If that plan works simply by letting someone know about it and try to prevent it, then it's a ParanoiaGambit.
* If the plan works because everyone knows the plan, but doesn't believe it's the ''real'' plan, that's a CassandraGambit.
* If it required knowledge of chance events, then it's a GambitRoulette.
* If someone ruins the plan by accident, that person is a SpannerInTheWorks.
* If someone ruins the plan by having a better plan, the first plan is OutGambitted.
* If someone ruins the good guys' attempt against the EvilPlan by doing something very minor, they are an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom.
* If the plan involves not knowing the plan, though there is still definitely a plan, then it's a MemoryGambit.
* If the plan costs you your reputation, it's a ZeroApprovalGambit.
* If the reputation of someone who is already dead is besmirched instead of someone living, that's a DeceasedFallGuyGambit.
* If a poison is administered, and the cure leveraged for your advantage, that's a PoisonAndCureGambit.
* If the plan fails, but for some reason everything still goes as wanted, it's an UnintentionalBackupPlan.
* If someone actually sees all the plans, then that person can sometimes TakeAThirdOption.
** If there was no way for the planner to have known that option was even possible, then s/he DidntSeeThatComing.
* If you think you won, but actually did exactly what the other person wanted, you are an UnwittingPawn - but simply furthering the plot doesn't qualify you as one.
* If the plan involves someone injuring themselves in order play on someone's sympathies to gain an advantage, that's a WoundedGazelleGambit.
** If the above is used on the police, that's a PoliceBrutalityGambit.
* If the plan hinges on the planner's apparent defeat or failure, then resulting in a positive outcome, then it's a FailureGambit.
** If someone plans to fail, and accidentally succeeds--in other words, they ''fail to fail'', then it's SpringtimeForHitler.
* If the plan involves intentionally getting hurt in battle to gain an advantage, that's DeliberateInjuryGambit.
** If it involves intentionally ''dying'', that's DeathIsTheOnlyOption.
* If the person's own ''death'' was factored into a favorable outcome, then it's a ThanatosGambit.
** If your death is mitigated by having a clone take over, that's a CloningGambit.
* If a ''subordinate's'' death is considered a favourable outcome, then it's the UriahGambit.
* If you get someone placed in dangerous situations from something seemingly innocuous, that's a TroubleMagnetGambit.
* If you're at the mercy of a stronger foe, but manage to convince them to keep you alive, that's a ScheherezadeGambit.
* If you're a woman withholding sex to manipulate your significant other, that's a LysistrataGambit.
* If you have a smooth-talking Cajun card shark who can "charge" ordinary objects into explosive devices, that's probably just plain Comicbook/{{Gambit}}.
* If you take down someone too strong to beat directly by destroying everything else that matters to them, that's a DespairGambit.
* If you get enemies to join forces to fight an enemy they would not have otherwise fought, that's a GenghisGambit.
* If you get your enemies to mistake innocents for your minions, that's a DisguisedHostageGambit.
* If you pretend to be someone else, that's an ImpersonationGambit.
** If you pretend to be your own twin as a disguise, even though you don't actually have a twin, that's a FakeTwinGambit.
* If you profit from the passage of time skipped over, that's the CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit.
* If you foil one event by scheduling another event at the exact same time, even if the reverse eventually happens, that's a PartySchedulingGambit.
* To let others know that your plan is on track, say AllAccordingToPlan.
* To share a plan you've used before, try some TacticalReminiscence.
* For the speech that comes when the plan is completed and your enemies defeated, they just don't know it yet, that's CheckAndMate
* If the plan involves getting yourself taken captive, you're a TrojanPrisoner.
* If some or all of the above gambits are used by different characters trying to manipulate each other at the same time, then it's a GambitPileup
** If someone emerges the victor of the aforementioned pileup, that's LastPlanStanding.
* However if there is no plan and you are really just making it up as you go along, that's the IndyPloy
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!!However, if you want to see how other brilliant minds have gone about this sort of thing, direct your attention below:

!!Style
[[index]]
* AllAccordingToPlan
* BastardlySpeech
* BattleOfWits
* BoxAndStickTrap
* CheckAndMate
* GambitPileup
* GambitRoulette
* GoodRunningEvil
* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning

!!Failures
* ComplexityAddiction
* DidntSeeThatComing
* HoistByHisOwnPetard
* LastPlanStanding
* OutGambitted
* SpannerInTheWorks
** UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom
* StrategySchmategy
* TakeAThirdOption
* TwoRightsMakeAWrong
* UnwittingPawn
** MacguffinDeliveryService

!!Gambits
* BatmanGambit
* BefriendingTheEnemy
* CassandraGambit
* CloningGambit
* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit
* CooperationGambit
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit
* DeliberateInjuryGambit
* DespairGambit
* DisguisedHostageGambit
* FakeTwinGambit
* GambitPileup
* GambitRoulette
* GenghisGambit
* ImpersonationGambit
* LysistrataGambit
* MemoryGambit
* ParanoiaGambit
* PartySchedulingGambit
* PoisonAndCureGambit
* PoliceBrutalityGambit
* ScheherezadeGambit
* ThanatosGambit
* TroubleMagnetGambit
* UriahGambit
* WoundedGazelleGambit
* XanatosGambit
* XanatosSpeedChess
* ZeroApprovalGambit

!!Planners
* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster
* TheChessmaster
** ChessmasterSidekick
* ClockKing
* ConMan
* CrazyPrepared
* GentlemanThief
* GuileHero
* HiddenAgendaVillain
** HiddenVillain
* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy
* MagnificentBastard
** BastardUnderstudy
* TheManBehindTheMan
* ManipulativeBastard
* MaryTzu
* OpportunisticBastard
* OutsideContextVillain
* TheStrategist
* YoungConqueror
[[/index]]
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