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Batman Gambit / Web Original

  • During episode 3 of Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Integra and Walter get Alucard to go to Brazil by telling him that he can go on vacation anywhere in the world he wants, except for Brazil. Alucard, being a total Troll, goes to Brazil because he thinks doing so will make Integra mad.
  • At the Superhero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, there are Combat Finals at the end of Fall term 2006. In one chapter of Joe Gunnarson's Call the Thunder, Diamondback finds herself teamed with the Supervillain Hekate, who everyone in the entire school knows will backstab Diamondback first chance she gets. Diamond lays a very cunning Batman Gambit that only works if Hekate shafts her as soon as she gets the chance. Hekate grabs the Villain Ball for everything she's worth, leading to a very satisfying conclusion.
    • Ayla, meanwhile, has one occur in her Birthday Party story. A group plans to give her a surprise Birthday Party, but has to make sure it's an honest surprise, to someone who expects they are going to give one.
  • From the SCP Foundation: Termination Order is a story about two... relatively ordinary humans... assigned to kill a godlike being who causes reality to shift due to his emotional state. How do they do it? They keep him calm while silently dragging him to the moon through an elaborate series of interlocking plans involving a teleporting wading pool and illusionary butterflies, where they set off a bomb and expose what remains of SCP-531 to the vacuum of space. Seriously.
  • The Big Bad of Broken Saints plays with this a bit: He sends out early test signals of the transmission he plans to use to Take Over the World (sort of), knowing that there will be those who receive it and make the pilgrimage from wherever they live to his Evil Tower of Ominousness. The inquisitive minds who would accomplish such a journey are exactly the people he wants as his first apostles, to help him spread his gospel further. It makes more sense in context.
  • Maddox managed to pull this one off against a hate-mailer when she insulted him, calling him an "Angry Bitter Man". Instead of ripping apart the hate-mail like he usually does, he instead responded to the hate-mail in an unconventional way by saying how he was abused as a child and his writing is a way of expressing himself. She responded back to him in a somewhat understanding manner, only to have Maddox responded back: "Just Kidding. Tool."
  • The Slender Man himself pulled one of these in What You Are in the Dark. He took advantage of his own viral nature by implanting false memories into Reach, using him to "infect" the bloggers(as well as his "fandom" in general) with the idea of Revenants: supposedly humans horribly transformed into Slender Man's super-powered elite soldiers. However, he didn't realize that memories cannot be truly erased... only hidden. Reach eventually uncovered memories of his brainwashing and realized the lie. There are no revenants, only people brainwashed into thinking they are and Slender Man's enemies who believe it. This was done to scatter their attention away from Slim himself. What he'll do now that the illusion is uncovered is anyone's guess.
  • In Land Games, Reckes uses a Batman Gambit to trick Mei into betraying her allies using her feelings for him against her.
  • In one episode of Achievement Hunter's Let's Play Minecraft, where the aim is to build a Nether portal, Geoff attempts to pull one off by following Jack and, when he builds a portal, kill him and yank it for his own. However, it gets derailed when Geoff loses sight of Jack and only gets put back on when Jack is killed by falling gravel. Geoff does take it, but he feels it's a hollow victory.
  • In Worm:
    • Director Piggot pulls one on Crawler in Chapter 14.7 — fooling him into remaining in the path of the Bakuda-bomb bombardment by the simple expedient of telling him it was coming.
    • Skitter's I Surrender, Suckers gambit in Scourge 19.6 depended on Echidna charging her personally.
    • Skitter pulls one in Chapter 20.5 when she escapes from an ambush by recruiting her fellow high school students to act as Human Shields against Dragon, Defiant, and Clockblocker.
    • Alexandria in Cell 22.4 fails to pull one on Skitter, simultaneously underestimating the lengths to which she would go if pushed, her level of control over the situation, and just how close she was to the "murder" stage.
  • Arin pulls one off while replaying Mario Party 2 against Jon in Game Grumps, and he's pretty darn happy about it.
  • In The Dead Skunk, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord and Joseph Fouché pull one off against the British government by taking advantage of the Pains and Penalties Act (i.e., King George IV’s attempt to divorce Queen Caroline) to plant some witnesses in front of Parliament whose testimony will cause massive unrest in the U.K. This only works because the King and his allies are so desperate for witnesses against the Queen they'll accept testimony from just about anyone who offers it.
  • Not Always Right spinoff site Not Always Romantic has this guy and his girlfriend, who get rid of unwanted paramours by scheduling dates with them at the same time and place as each other, then standing their respective dates up, so the "dates" end up meeting and bonding over being stood up. Batman Gambit matchmaking service!
    “These ones like to come back and rub it in your face that they found a better person when we didn’t turn up. It wouldn’t work if we told them what had really happened, so we just act apologetic.”
  • In Ten Little Roosters, Barbara attempted to frame Ryan for the murders she committed by making him think that his "Mad King" persona was becoming real and he had murdered Gavin and Michael and was ready to kill others, too. The plan fell apart for a number of reasons, including the fact that he escaped the Death Trap she put him in and escaped from his bonds (his tie) when he was ultimately captured and fought back.
  • A CMOA in If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device is the Emperor taking back his Magnificent Bastard title with one of those. Needing to get rid of Inquisition's worst members, he orders the Inquisition disbanded, knowing that those truly loyal to him and his job will carry on, while those deranged will come and storm the Eternity Gate to "rescue" him. Then he has Magnus on hand at all times so that when he tells Karamazov to charge him, Magnus snaps and teleports them all to the Warp, handily solving the problem. And given how this ended up, he may not be done yet...
  • Mackenzie Zales pulls off one that sets in motion the end of Season 3 and the events of Season 4 in The Most Popular Girls in School. Her plan involved The Lancer Brittnay Matthews, the Greater Scope Villain Jenna Darabond and the former Alpha Bitch Cameron Van Buren. It involved burning Brittnay's car so she would blame Jenna and punch her in the face, thus causing a parent-teacher meeting to which she knew Shay's mother wouldn't attend, so she called Shay's sister, Cameron and Jenna's father, knowing she would seduce him. Later, she took Deandra's robotic arm and falsely tried to break Jenna and Justin off, making her admit she already confessed all her crimes to him, including burning the mall, which she recorded with Deandra's arm's voice recorder. Ultimately, when Cameron's and Jenna's father's relationship came to light, he resigned of his post as Senator, leaving Jenna without her political protection and getting arrested for arson.