Step Three Profit is a bit of a mess. The examples seem to revolve around two tropes: The first is the comedic "Several Step Plans with a step missing". Those are examples like the Trope Namer, LoadingReadyRun
, Space Balls
, etc... These are almost always done as a joke.
The other variation is "Troper X saw work Y, decided there was a plot hole, and decided that writing this in a "step 1, Step 2, Step 3" format made him clever". Those are... less good. First of all, because most of these don't involve plans presented in bullet form in the work itself. Also a lot of them on the very page itself aren't even examples (Ditto for some of the wicks). Pretty much all the Spiderman film examples are incorrect, ignoring scenes of their respective movies to make a more clever entry (Harry's goal is to ruin Peter's life, not "profit", and getting MJ to dump him is one part of said plan. His father's second step was sound: Show Peter how he's hated by the people he was trying to protect and how much he'd gain by joining him).
EDIT: I also noticed some examples are about plans with nebulous goals. Like the Pokemon example (What IS a Pokemon Master??? but the rest of the plan is logically sound: Find Pokemons, Train Pokemons, Win badges, win the championship).
edited 16th Apr '13 7:11:23 AM by CobraPrime