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Playing With: Unspoken Plan Guarantee
Basic Trope: The plans the audience knows the least about are the most likely to work.
  • Straight:
    • Alice starts to explain her plan to Bob, the show cuts to the commercial break, and when it comes back we see the plan put into action and succeeding.
    • We hear Alice give Bob the details about her plan, and see it fail miserably.
  • Exaggerated: The audience isn't even told there is a plan until after it's already succeeded.
  • Downplayed: We hear some details of Alice's plan (but not all) and it still works more-or-less as planned.
  • Justified: The hero doesn't tell his allies the details of his plan because he knows the villain has him under surveillance and will be able to stop him if he knows what he's going to do.
  • Inverted:
    • The plans we hear nothing about fail spectacularly.
    • The author spends half a chapter on the details of what the plan will involve, but only a paragraph on the successful execution of it.
  • Subverted: Alice starts explaining her plan to Bob before the commercial break, when we come back it's being carried out, only for it to go wrong halfway through.
  • Double Subverted: But it turns out that failure was part of Alice's plan all along as it lures the villain into a false sense of security.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: There are unexpected complications which cause parts of the plan to fail and make improvisation necessary, but in the end everything works out mostly as explained beforehand.
  • Averted:
    • We hear all the details of what the plan will involve, and see all details of it playing out successfully.
    • No plans are made.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "If anyone else had known what you were up to, there's no way that plan would have worked."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The Big Bad tricks Alice into saying the plan to an empty room, while the camera watches. Come the next day, when Alice tries executing the plan, only for it to fail.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "So you're telling me that you think your plan will fail if you tell me what I'm supposed to do before I actually need to do it?"
  • Conversed: "It would be nice to actually hear the heroes planning instead of having them do it during the ads all the time."

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