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* In ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures: The Avengers'', the Mad Thinker has unleashed her Super-Adaptoid and is using it to copy the powers of Quicksilver and Spider-Man. After it copied everything about Bruce Banner, Quicksilver notices some odd quirks towards the Super-Adaptoid. Quicksilver is able to get the remote the Thinker is using to activate the Adaptoid's ability, snatch up Captain America and get it to copy his abilities. To the Avengers' shock, the Super-Adaptoid stands down, proclaims the Avengers good people and flies off. Quicksilver explains that he realized that the Adaptoid's odd quirks meant that it had possibly copied the heroes' personalities as well as their powers. He also didn't tell Cap his plan because he knew he wouldn't trust him with pulling it off.


** Calvin ''tries'' to pull one against Susie, but fails rather spectacularly by making the assumption that [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Susie thinks like him]]. The idea was to drop a letter containing Calvin's "secret plans" near her, she'd read it in order to foil his plans, but the misinformation contained in the letter would lead her into a water balloon ambush. The plan went wrong on Step 1, since Susie had no interest in spying on Calvin and [[EpicFail just returned the letter to him]]. The only way he could get her to actually pick it up was to drop incredibly obvious hints about how he wanted her to do it- which, of course clued her in that it was a trap. She then promptly turned the tables with another BatmanGambit of her own- instead of just going to the ambush location, she hid nearby with a hose and waited for Calvin to get impatient and check where she was, at which point she soaked him.

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** Calvin ''tries'' to pull one against Susie, but fails rather spectacularly by making the assumption that [[EvilCannotComprehendGood [[PsychologicalProjection Susie thinks like him]]. The idea was to drop a letter containing Calvin's "secret plans" near her, she'd read it in order to foil his plans, but the misinformation contained in the letter would lead her into a water balloon ambush. The plan went wrong on Step 1, since Susie had no interest in spying on Calvin and [[EpicFail just returned the letter to him]]. The only way he could get her to actually pick it up was to drop incredibly obvious hints about how he wanted her to do it- which, of course clued her in that it was a trap. She then promptly turned the tables with another BatmanGambit of her own- instead of just going to the ambush location, she hid nearby with a hose and waited for Calvin to get impatient and check where she was, at which point she soaked him.


* ''{{ComicBook/Hellblaazer}}'': Constantine sold his soul to the devil on three separate occasions (or rather, to each of the three most powerful demons in hell). Thus when he dies and each comes to collect, they realize that they'll have to fight for his soul (to give it up to the others is unthinkable), which would either destroy them or weaken them to the point where Heaven could finally attack and destroy Hell). The only way out is to save Constantine's life (including curing his cancer)... just as he'd planned.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Hellblaazer}}'': ''{{ComicBook/Hellblazer}}'': Constantine sold his soul to the devil on three separate occasions (or rather, to each of the three most powerful demons in hell). Thus when he dies and each comes to collect, they realize that they'll have to fight for his soul (to give it up to the others is unthinkable), which would either destroy them or weaken them to the point where Heaven could finally attack and destroy Hell). The only way out is to save Constantine's life (including curing his cancer)... just as he'd planned.



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* One {{ComicBook/Punisher}} comic has a white-collar criminal flee to a Caribbean BananaRepublic, strongarming its president into letting him run his criminal empire from there. The president retaliates by mentioning (during dinner with an American diplomat that the newcomer is certainly doing lots for the country's economy, having started to build a huge runway. The diplomat goes on high alert due to the possibility of the staging point for a Soviet invasion, the criminal is completely dumbfounded to find a U.S. Army division on his doorstep (he built the runway to make it easier to smuggle drugs, and is completely baffled anyone would suspect Soviet involvement, although of course he can't exactly say so in public).


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* ''{{ComicBook/Hellblaazer}}'': Constantine sold his soul to the devil on three separate occasions (or rather, to each of the three most powerful demons in hell). Thus when he dies and each comes to collect, they realize that they'll have to fight for his soul (to give it up to the others is unthinkable), which would either destroy them or weaken them to the point where Heaven could finally attack and destroy Hell). The only way out is to save Constantine's life (including curing his cancer)... just as he'd planned.


** ''Comicbook/WarWorld'': Superman's plan to destroy the titular super-weapong was goading Mongul into firing at Supergirl and him until overloading Warworld's circuits.

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** ''Comicbook/WarWorld'': ''ComicBook/WarWorld'': Superman's plan to destroy the titular super-weapong was goading Mongul into firing at Supergirl and him until overloading Warworld's circuits.



** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'': A group of pirates raid a freighter to distract the Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the main body of their band captures a Government facility.

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** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'': ''ComicBook/KryptoniteNevermore'': A group of pirates raid a freighter to distract the Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the main body of their band captures a Government facility.facility.
** ''ComicBook/TheThirdKryptonian'': As fighting Amalak's men off, Superman suddenly shouts "I have to protect Kandor" and flies off, knowing Amalak will think him stupid enough to give away the city's location, and give chase.

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** In the ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' graphic novel, the premise is that Joker, somehow, gets out of Arkham through the front gate. It's suggested but never stated that he was legally released. Later, he intimates to the Riddler that this was a sham.
->'''Joker''': "The best place to hide, Edward, is in sanity!"


* In ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}: Origins'', Wolverine has a plan with ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}. The first part of the plan requires Bucky to hire a mercenary to attack Wolverine. Bucky hires everyone's favorite fourth-wall destroying, partially insane, [[{{Deadpool}} merc with a mouth]], because Bucky knows how he hates that everyone thinks he's a Wolverine knock-off -- so Deadpool will draw Wolverine into a very noticeable battle. Deadpool is also the only guy who could have a chance against Wolverine. Hence, the battle ensues, and eventually [[spoiler:Deadpool has Wolverine hanging above a secret pool so that he can drown him, which may take a long time. But then, Wolverine's son, ComicBook/{{Daken}}, shows up, Bucky shoots Daken with a special bullet that will dull his healing factor, keeping him knocked out for a long time, so Wolverine can un-brainwash him.]] It turns out, that was the entire point of everything. [[TheChewToy Deadpool did not get paid.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}: Origins'', Wolverine has a plan with ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}. The first part of the plan requires Bucky to hire a mercenary to attack Wolverine. Bucky hires everyone's favorite fourth-wall destroying, partially insane, [[{{Deadpool}} [[ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} merc with a mouth]], because Bucky knows how he hates that everyone thinks he's a Wolverine knock-off -- so Deadpool will draw Wolverine into a very noticeable battle. Deadpool is also the only guy who could have a chance against Wolverine. Hence, the battle ensues, and eventually [[spoiler:Deadpool has Wolverine hanging above a secret pool so that he can drown him, which may take a long time. But then, Wolverine's son, ComicBook/{{Daken}}, shows up, Bucky shoots Daken with a special bullet that will dull his healing factor, keeping him knocked out for a long time, so Wolverine can un-brainwash him.]] It turns out, that was the entire point of everything. [[TheChewToy Deadpool did not get paid.]]

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** Grandmaster is hit with this again at the end of ''ComicBook/AvengersNoSurrender'' as he's confronted by Lightning, who challenges him to a game of poker to decide the fate of the Earth. Grandmaster becomes so scared of Lightning having a higher hand than him that he folds. Then Lightning reveals to him how he did it: [[spoiler:he's never played poker before. Lightning bluffed him just by being convincing.]]


* The founding of the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} was likely the most elaborate example of this Trope in Marvel. With most citizens at the brink of the DespairEventHorizon after Onslaught seemingly kills ComicBook/TheAvengers and the ComicBook/FantasticFour, Baron Zemo comes up with a ''brilliant'' EvilPlan, which is to gather the former members of the Masters of Evil and use new identities, posing as heroes to gain the public's trust until they could strike by complete surprise. And it worked ''brilliantly''. Nobody, not the government, the media, nor the remaining heroes like ComicBook/((Spider Man}} ever suspected a thing. The plan may well have succeeded, had not half the original team not discovered that [[BecomingTheMask being respected and admired had more benefits to being hated and feared.]]

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* The founding of the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} was likely the most elaborate example of this Trope in Marvel. With most citizens at the brink of the DespairEventHorizon after Onslaught seemingly kills ComicBook/TheAvengers and the ComicBook/FantasticFour, Baron Zemo comes up with a ''brilliant'' EvilPlan, which is to gather the former members of the Masters of Evil and use new identities, posing as heroes to gain the public's trust until they could strike by complete surprise. And it worked ''brilliantly''. Nobody, not the government, the media, nor the remaining heroes like ComicBook/((Spider Man}} ComicBook/SpiderMan ever suspected a thing. The plan may well have succeeded, had not half the original team not discovered that [[BecomingTheMask being respected and admired had more benefits to being hated and feared.]]

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** Calvin ''tries'' to pull one against Susie, but fails rather spectacularly by making the assumption that [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Susie thinks like him]]. The idea was to drop a letter containing Calvin's "secret plans" near her, she'd read it in order to foil his plans, but the misinformation contained in the letter would lead her into a water balloon ambush. The plan went wrong on Step 1, since Susie had no interest in spying on Calvin and [[EpicFail just returned the letter to him]]. The only way he could get her to actually pick it up was to drop incredibly obvious hints about how he wanted her to do it- which, of course clued her in that it was a trap. She then promptly turned the tables with another BatmanGambit of her own- instead of just going to the ambush location, she hid nearby with a hose and waited for Calvin to get impatient and check where she was, at which point she soaked him.


** A double subversion occurs in a story from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]. Supergirl encounters Black Flame, a woman who seems to be a super-powered Kryptonian, in the process of some rather destructive vandalism. The villainess claims she's from the distant future of the year 4000, and "invites" Supergirl to view her time using a computerized exhibition device. It shows the heroine a terrible future where Black Flame extorts wealth from thousands of worlds (as in, she can blow them to little pieces if they don't comply). Worst part: she's Supergirl’s direct descendent, "Supergirl XXV", and the citizens of this distant future despise the first one just as much for starting this hated family line. Supergirl is naturally very upset, and after pursuing numerous leads (she senses something fishy here) including visiting the bottled city of Kandor, and eventually decides to unearth a chuck of gold kryptonite, and use it to erase her own powers, eliminating the possibility she could pass them down to a descendant, in effect, making Black Flame RetGone. Then Black Flame appears with a cruel laugh, revealing her ''true'' identity, that of an assistant of a criminal from the Kandor who was interred in the Phantom Zone. Black Flame had set up the plan out of revenge, leaving Kandor and using something called Red-K to increase her size, then pulled the ruse ''hoping'' Supergirl would depower herself. After listening to the powerless heroine her beg a little, she shoves Supergirl into a pit of quicksand and watches her drown. Or so it seems. [[spoiler: Black Flame gets a big surprise as the Red-K wears off, shrinking herself to normal size, because Supergirl actually figured the plan out, and was [[OutGambit outgambitting her]] with her own BatmanGambit; now that she's shrunk, Supergirl grabs her, showing her the - fake - chuck of gold kryptonite and shoving her inside a make-up compact that holds a few minute grains of ''real'' gold kryptonite. As she ships the criminal back to Kandor, the last panel of the story shows the one flaw in Black Flame's plan - a cavity in her teeth with a dental filling that Supergirl noticed while investigating records in a Kandor dental clinic, something a superpowered descendant would not have,]]

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** A double subversion occurs in a story from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]. Supergirl encounters Black Flame, a woman who seems to be a super-powered Kryptonian, in the process of some rather destructive vandalism. The villainess claims she's from the distant future of the year 4000, and "invites" Supergirl to view her time using a computerized exhibition device. It shows the heroine a terrible future where Black Flame extorts wealth from thousands of worlds (as in, she can blow them to little pieces if they don't comply). Worst part: she's Supergirl’s direct descendent, "Supergirl XXV", and the citizens of this distant future despise the first one just as much for starting this hated family line. Supergirl is naturally very upset, and after pursuing numerous leads (she senses something fishy here) including visiting the bottled city of Kandor, and eventually decides to unearth a chuck of gold kryptonite, and use it to erase her own powers, eliminating the possibility she could pass them down to a descendant, in effect, making Black Flame RetGone. Then Black Flame appears with a cruel laugh, revealing her ''true'' identity, that of an assistant of a criminal from the Kandor who was interred in the Phantom Zone. Black Flame had set up the plan out of revenge, leaving Kandor and using something called Red-K to increase her size, then pulled the ruse ''hoping'' Supergirl would depower herself. After listening to the powerless heroine her beg a little, she shoves Supergirl into a pit of quicksand and watches her drown. Or so it seems. [[spoiler: Black Flame gets a big surprise as the Red-K wears off, shrinking herself to normal size, because Supergirl actually figured the plan out, and was [[OutGambit outgambitting her]] with her own BatmanGambit; now that she's shrunk, Supergirl grabs her, showing her the - fake - chuck of gold kryptonite and shoving her inside a make-up compact that holds a few minute grains of ''real'' gold kryptonite. As she ships the criminal back to Kandor, the last panel of the story shows the one flaw in Black Flame's plan - a cavity in her teeth with a dental filling that Supergirl noticed while investigating records in a Kandor dental clinic, something a superpowered descendant would not have,]]



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* One of Tim's final acts in the ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' series before becoming Red Robin involves poisoning Comicbook/LadyShiva with a toxin that will only effect her with an elevated heart rate in preparation for a fight before Shiva has even challenged him.

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** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 2005 story arc]]'' "Girl Power", Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have to spot an imposter Supergirl. Superman hits both Supergirls, assuming that his real cousin will not retaliate. His plan fails because both girls fight back.

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* ''ComicBook/TheHerderWitch'': Morie the witch is suspicious of star seers (stars that resemble people), but decides to trust them after they tell her about a kidnapped father she could rescue. It's only after she's completed that job that she discovers that they told her about it so they could lure her out into an open field for capture.


* The founding of the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} was likely the most elaborate example of this Trope in Marvel. With most citizens at the brink of the DespairEventHorizon after Onslaught seemingly kills ComicBook/TheAvengers and ComicBook/TheFantasticFour, Baron Zemo comes up with a ''brilliant'' EvilPlan, which is to gather the former members of the Masters of Evil and use new identities, posing as heroes to gain the public's trust until they could strike by complete surprise. And it worked ''brilliantly''. Nobody, not the government, the media, nor the remaining heroes like ComicBook/((Spider Man}} ever suspected a thing. The plan may well have succeeded, had not half the original team not discovered that [[BecomingTheMask being respected and admired had more benefits to being hated and feared.]]

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* The founding of the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} was likely the most elaborate example of this Trope in Marvel. With most citizens at the brink of the DespairEventHorizon after Onslaught seemingly kills ComicBook/TheAvengers and ComicBook/TheFantasticFour, the ComicBook/FantasticFour, Baron Zemo comes up with a ''brilliant'' EvilPlan, which is to gather the former members of the Masters of Evil and use new identities, posing as heroes to gain the public's trust until they could strike by complete surprise. And it worked ''brilliantly''. Nobody, not the government, the media, nor the remaining heroes like ComicBook/((Spider Man}} ever suspected a thing. The plan may well have succeeded, had not half the original team not discovered that [[BecomingTheMask being respected and admired had more benefits to being hated and feared.]]

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