Playing With: Spanner in the Works

Basic Trope: A character, like The Ditz, a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, or The Fool, ruins a plan completely by accident.
  • Straight: Bob The Fool accidentally derails Emperor Evulz plan to Take Over the World by accident
  • Exaggerated: Bob The Fool unintentionally derails an entire Gambit Pileup between several factions... One that had been going on for millennia prior to his unexpected involvement!
  • Downplayed: Bob The Fool only complicates Evulz's plans.
  • Justified: Bob is Too Dumb to Fool for Evulz to manipulate him into his plans.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It may appear that Bob has destroyed Evulz's plans, but Evulz had changed his plans in case someone were to ruin it.
  • Double Subverted: ...but it turns out that in changing the plans to prevent Bob from ruining them, Evulz has left himself wide open for Alice's bumbling to devastate them.
  • Parodied: Bob The Fool derails Evulz attempts to Poke the Poodle.
  • Zigzagged: Sometimes, Bob inadvertently derails Evulz plans. Other times, Bob has unintentionally advanced Evulz in some way.
  • Averted: Bob The Fool has not derailed Evulz's plans to Take Over the World
  • Enforced: "Evulz is a Devil in Plain Sight who can fool nearly everyone. We need to find someone who can ignorantly break his plan.
  • Lampshaded: "Did that idiot just ruin my plan by accident!? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
  • Invoked:
    • Bob is such a Walking Disaster Area that the only reason his friends so much as tolerate him is the outside chance that, should anything bad happen, his unlucky bumbling will wreck the enemy's plans before the enemy wrecks them.
    • Alternatively, Evulz needs to lull the heroes into a false sense of security, and what better way of doing so than sacrificing a plan or two and making himself look like someone that can easily be thwarted by any random brain-dead idiot?
  • Exploited: John, a Guile Hero, notes that Bob is an idiot, and, with a few supervisors for the latter, use Bob as an Unwitting Pawn against Emperor Evulz. Bob, being the idiot he is, is unaware of this.
  • Defied:
    • Emperor Evulz have his guards set fences, strictly enforce the "No Commoners Allowed" rule, and place his animal in case they do.
    • Alternatively, Evulz' first Kick the Dog act once he has the heroes at hand will be to kill Bob in front of the rest of cast (most probably in an unceremonious fashion), declaring Bob as dangerous because he was Too Dumb to Fool (and thus, ironically, Too Cool (or Powerful) To Live).
  • Discussed: "Hmm... This guy can definitely destroy Emperor Evulz's plans. The Emperor can't predict him."
  • Conversed: "The idiot always ruin the mastermind's plan if not monitored."

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