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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' Road Runner cartoons, this is almost always a rule of thumb: the longer and more elaborate the setup for Wile E. Coyote's latest scheme to catch the Road Runner is, the quicker it will completely collapse and fail.
** An example of this is where the camera pans over an extremely long and elaborate chute for rolling a ball on to. After the camera pans over this for some time, we see the Coyote at the top of the chute with a CartoonBomb that he intends to roll down it. But the absolute second he lights the fuse, the bomb explodes.


* The trio's plan to break into the Ministry of Magic in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Professional in the planning, not so much in the execution (mostly due to the fact that none of them works all that well under pressure). They end up improvising everything on the fly instead. Lampshaded by Harry wondering why they didn't plan anything for after when they get in.

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* The trio's plan to break into the Ministry of Magic in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Professional in the planning, not so much in the execution (mostly due to the fact that none of them works all that well under pressure). They end up improvising everything on the fly instead. Lampshaded by Harry wondering why they didn't plan anything for after when they get in. It happens again later on when they come up with an elaborate plan to enter Gringotts Wizarding Bank to steal a Horcrux from Bellatrix's family vault. The plan falls apart nearly immediately due to the fact that it revolved around Hermione transforming into Bellatrix and using her wand that they stole earlier as proof of her identity; the trio didn't even consider the fact that word that Bellatrix had lost her wand would have been spread around to Voldemort's followers (and that Bellatrix was essentially under house arrest after her failure to keep them imprisoned earlier in the story).

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* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': Just like in the book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione come up with a big complicated plan to enter Gringotts Wizarding Bank to steal a Horcrux from Bellatrix Lestrange's vault. It almost immediately falls apart and they have to wing the rest of the mission. While resting after completing the theft, Harry gets a vision confirming where the last Horcrux is and tells Ron and Hermione that they need to move now to get it before Voldemort moves it. In a moment original to the film, Hermione protests, saying that they need to slow down and come up with a plan. Harry replies that there's no point, every time they come up with a plan, everything goes to hell and they have to improvise anyway.


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* The bet in the last part of ''Film/FourRooms''. It's over less then a second after it started.

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* %%* The bet in the last part of ''Film/FourRooms''. It's over less then a second after it started.



-->'''Stef:''' What about the Fratellis?
-->'''Andy:''' Yeah, those creeps are still after us!
-->'''Mikey:''' I've got an idea. I saw this on an old [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]] episode. We'll leave a trail of jewels leading into one cave while we hide out in another. When they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
-->'''[[RightBehindMe Mama Fratelli]]:''' Now, that sounds like a great idea!

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I've got an idea. I saw this on an old [[Literature/TheHardyBoys ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]] Boys]]'' episode. We'll leave a trail of jewels leading into one cave while we hide out in another. When they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
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* The trio's plan to break into the Ministry of Magic in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Professional in the planning, not so much in the execution (mostly due to the fact that none of them works all that well under pressure). They ended up improvising everything on the fly instead.
** Lampshaded by Harry wondering why they didn't plan anything for after when they get in.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry Dresden and his comrades prepare a careful plan to launch a distracting attack on the Red Court's holy site at Chichen Itza, while Harry himself and a small group sneak around and rescue [[spoiler: his daughter]] from the vampires. They set up the entire plan, get ready to move out - and then a human prisoner of the Red Court stumbles into the clearing, being chased by a vampire who is quite surprised to find the group. The vampire lets out a scream of warning before being killed, the entire Red Court army is alerted, and the team has to go to [[IndyPloy Plan B]].

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* The trio's plan to break into the Ministry of Magic in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Professional in the planning, not so much in the execution (mostly due to the fact that none of them works all that well under pressure). They ended end up improvising everything on the fly instead.
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instead. Lampshaded by Harry wondering why they didn't plan anything for after when they get in.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', ''Literature/{{Changes}}'':
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Harry Dresden and his comrades prepare a careful plan to launch a distracting attack on the Red Court's holy site at Chichen Itza, while Harry himself and a small group sneak around and rescue [[spoiler: his daughter]] from the vampires. They set up the entire plan, get ready to move out - and then a human prisoner of the Red Court stumbles into the clearing, being chased by a vampire who is quite surprised to find the group. The vampire lets out a scream of warning before being killed, the entire Red Court army is alerted, and the team has to go to [[IndyPloy Plan B]].



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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], three incarnations of the Doctor are thrown into a dungeon together. They come up with an elaborate plan where they youngest Doctor scans the door with his sonic screwdriver, then the program runs in background, unknown to them, for four hundred years, and will thus have completed by the time of the most recent incarnation, allowing them to molecularly disrupt the wooden door. Sure enough, the current Doctor confirms his sonic has the solution already lurking inside it -- at which time Clara opens the ''unlocked'' door from the outside.

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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor"]], Doctor]]", three incarnations of the Doctor are thrown into a dungeon together. They come up with an elaborate plan where they youngest Doctor scans the door with his sonic screwdriver, then the program runs in background, unknown to them, for four hundred years, and will thus have completed by the time of the most recent incarnation, allowing them to molecularly disrupt the wooden door. Sure enough, the current Doctor confirms his sonic has the solution already lurking inside it -- at which time Clara opens the ''unlocked'' door from the outside.



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* This trope was the entire point of the famous Machinima/LeeroyJenkinsVideo, where a guild of nerdy ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' players painstakingly plot out an elaborate plan to raid the Rookery in Upper Blackrock Spire, only for Paladin player Leeroy to come back to his PC after heating up some fried chicken and [[LeeroyJenkins name a trope]], instantly throwing the whole situation into chaos and getting everyone killed. The entire thing was a staged satire of overly-meticulous number-crunching hardcore gamers- as well as the plan being calculated to only have a 32.33% ("repeating of course") chance of success, in reality it wouldn't have worked ''at all,'' regardless of Leeroy's suicidal antics.
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* This trope was the entire point of the famous ''Machinima/LeeroyJenkinsVideo'', where a guild of nerdy ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' players painstakingly plot out an elaborate plan to raid the Rookery in Upper Blackrock Spire, only for Paladin player Leeroy to come back to his PC after heating up some fried chicken and [[LeeroyJenkins name a trope]], instantly throwing the whole situation into chaos and getting everyone killed. The entire thing was a staged satire of overly meticulous number-crunching hardcore gamers -- as well as the plan being calculated to only have a 32.33% ("repeating of course") chance of success, in reality it wouldn't have worked ''at all,'' regardless of Leeroy's suicidal antics.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Kowalski comes up with a long and complicated scheme to get a jar from the baboon habitat, which involves Private impersonating a baboon for ''a whole year'', then signaling the others to attack from the air. In the time it takes Kowalski to explain it, Private simply sneaked in and got the jar.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Kowalski comes up with a long and complicated scheme to get a jar from the baboon habitat, which involves Private impersonating a baboon for ''a whole year'', then signaling the others to attack from the air. In the time it takes Kowalski to explain it, Private simply sneaked sneaks in and got gets the jar.



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** Or, as Mike Tyson put it, "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
** Another version, attributed to President UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, says that "plans are worthless, but planning is essential". In essence, specific plans usually crumble -- but the work that goes into them, the intelligence gathered, briefings made, contingencies accounted for, etc. are invaluable when the time comes to play XanatosSpeedChess.

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** * Or, as Mike Tyson put it, "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
** * Another version, attributed to President UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, says that "plans are worthless, but planning is essential". In essence, specific plans usually crumble -- but the work that goes into them, the intelligence gathered, briefings made, contingencies accounted for, etc. are invaluable when the time comes to play XanatosSpeedChess.

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* This trope was the entire point of the famous Machinima/LeeroyJenkinsVideo, where a guild of nerdy ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' players painstakingly plot out an elaborate plan to raid the Rookery in Upper Blackrock Spire, only for Paladin player Leeroy to come back to his PC after heating up some fried chicken and [[LeeroyJenkins name a trope]], instantly throwing the whole situation into chaos and getting everyone killed. The entire thing was a staged satire of overly-meticulous number-crunching hardcore gamers- as well as the plan being calculated to only have a 32.33% ("repeating of course") chance of success, in reality it wouldn't have worked ''at all,'' regardless of Leeroy's suicidal antics.
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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], three incarnations of the Doctor are thrown into a dungeon together. They come up with an elaborate plan where they youngest Doctor scans the door with his sonic screwdriver, then the program runs in background, unknown to them, for four hundred years, and will thus have completed by the time of the most recent incarnation, allowing them to molecularly disrupt the wooden door. Sure enough, the current Doctor confirms his sonic has the solution already lurking inside it -- at which time Clara opens the ''unlocked'' door from the outside.



* The ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], three incarnations of the Doctor are thrown into a dungeon together. They come up with an elaborate plan where they youngest Doctor scans the door with his sonic screwdriver, then the program runs in background, unknown to them, for four hundred years, and will thus have completed by the time of the most recent incarnation, allowing them to molecularly disrupt the wooden door. Sure enough, the current Doctor confirms his sonic has the solution already lurking inside it -- at which time Clara opens the ''unlocked'' door from the outside.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], three incarnations of the Doctor are thrown into a dungeon together. They come up with an elaborate plan where they youngest Doctor scans the door with his sonic screwdriver, then the program runs in background, unknown to them, for four hundred years, and will thus have completed by the time of the most recent incarnation, allowing them to molecularly disrupt the wooden door. Sure enough, the current Doctor confirms his sonic has the solution already lurking inside it -- at which time Clara opens the ''unlocked'' door from the outside.

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* ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'': Two-thirds of the movie follows the Dozen's training to fulfill the assignment given to them, including memorizing the chateau's layout and step-by-step instructions. The odds are pretty long and it's believed to be a SuicideMission by the higher-ups, which is why the Dozen GotVolunteered, but they have showcased themselves to be pretty competent individuals regardless. A large number of the deaths that happen during the third act occur because Maggot blows the Dozen's cover way too early by deciding out of the blue to indulge his murderous impulses, forcing them to try to salvage the mission [[HeroicSacrifice any way they can]].


* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them into stopping a rebel uprising, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame who's just about to step onto the arena.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them into stopping a rebel uprising, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame who's just about to step onto the arena.


* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame whose just about to step onto the arena.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, them into stopping a rebel uprising, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame whose who's just about to step onto the arena.


* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.HuntingTheMostDangerousGame whose just about to step onto the arena.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's team does what they're good at, going in and knocking over an entire rebel base to save a cabinet minister...only he never existed in the first place, their CIA handler has manipulated them, [[FromBadToWorse and there's an alien]] from a [[SpeciesOfHats species dedicated to]] HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.


-->'''Stef:'''What about the Fratellis?
-->'''Andy:'''Yeah, those creeps are still after us!
-->'''Mikey:'''I've got an idea. I saw this on an old [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]] episode. We'll leave a trail of jewels leading into one cave while we hide out in another. When they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
-->'''Mama Fratelli:'''Now, that sounds like a great idea!
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' shows a montage of elaborate mission planning by the [[StealthPun dream team]] that [[spoiler: goes awry when they discover that their target's subconscious has been weaponized, forcing them to IndyPloy the rest of their mission.]]

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-->'''Stef:'''What -->'''Stef:''' What about the Fratellis?
-->'''Andy:'''Yeah, -->'''Andy:''' Yeah, those creeps are still after us!
-->'''Mikey:'''I've -->'''Mikey:''' I've got an idea. I saw this on an old [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]] episode. We'll leave a trail of jewels leading into one cave while we hide out in another. When they go into that cave, we'll make a run for it.
-->'''Mama Fratelli:'''Now, -->'''[[RightBehindMe Mama Fratelli]]:''' Now, that sounds like a great idea!
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' shows a montage of elaborate mission planning by the [[StealthPun dream team]] that [[spoiler: goes [[spoiler:goes awry when they discover that their target's subconscious has been weaponized, forcing them to IndyPloy the rest of their mission.]]mission]]



** Or, and Mike Tyson put it "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
** Another version, attributed to President UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, says that "plans are worthless, but planning is essential". In essence, specific plans usually crumble -- but the work that goes into them, the intelligence gathered, briefings made, contingencies accounted for, etc. are invaluable when the times comes to play XanatosSpeedChess.

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** Or, and as Mike Tyson put it it, "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
** Another version, attributed to President UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, says that "plans are worthless, but planning is essential". In essence, specific plans usually crumble -- but the work that goes into them, the intelligence gathered, briefings made, contingencies accounted for, etc. are invaluable when the times time comes to play XanatosSpeedChess.


* This is going to happen in most tabletop RPGs, either from the GM's side or the players'.

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* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' has the crew go over a complex plan to steal their gold back from Steve. When they go to implement said plan, they discover Steve's neighbors are holding a party. They call off the heist due to the large number of witnesses.

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* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The ''Film/{{The Italian Job]]'' Job|2003}}'' has the crew go over a complex plan to steal their gold back from Steve. When they go to implement said plan, they discover Steve's neighbors are holding a party. They call off the heist due to the large number of witnesses.






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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.

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* The ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "This Year's Girl" begins with Buffy planning an elaborate scheme to break Riley out of the Initiative. She's still explaining her plan when Riley shows up, having left with permission.
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** Or, and Mike Tyson put it "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

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** Or, and Mike Tyson put it "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth."mouth".



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