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* CowboyCop [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane's]] ''real'' job. When terrorists are confidently moving chess pieces behind the scenes, he knows that all he has to do is look for something sensitive and start whaling on it.
** He even invokes this in all but name when the bad guy demands to know who he is.
->''"Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass"''

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* ''Franchise/DieHard'': CowboyCop [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane's]] [=McClane=]'s ''real'' job. When terrorists are confidently moving chess pieces behind the scenes, he knows that all he has to do is look for something sensitive and start whaling on it.
** He even invokes this in all but name in [[Film/DieHard the first film]] when the bad guy Hans Gruber demands to know who he is.
->''"Just ->'''[=McClane=]:''' Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass"''ass.

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* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2086636/1/Rescue-Run Rescue Run]]'', Captain Dena Reese unknowingly serves as this to the Machines' cycle of control to keep the human population of Earth under their control; not only does she confirm that the Matrix has existed for longer than the two centuries the people of Zion believed, but she also helps them make contact with the human colonies in the rest of the solar system. Through her presence, [[spoiler:the people of Zion are evacuated from Earth and relocated to a new green planet, while the spacefleet destroys the Machine mainframe and the Matrix to prevent the machines following them into space]].

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* In ''Film/SuddenDeath'', Foss has a great plan to use Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals to hold the Vice-President of the United States and others hostage to demand hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom. He's got bombs set around the arena, his men around it, explosives set to keep the cops at bay and [[spoiler: the head of the Secret Service unit handling this is secretly on his side]]. All it takes for things to go awry is for the fire marshal's daughter to walk off and his trying to find her causing him to stumble onto the whole plot and fight the terrorists on his own.


[[caption-width-right:210:I wouldn't be too worried, [[BaitAndSwitch especially if that rocket's trajectory is set to strike my hometown.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:210:I wouldn't be too worried, [[BaitAndSwitch especially if they plan to launch that rocket's trajectory is set to strike my hometown.rocket at us.]]]]

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** He even invokes this in all but name when the bad guy demands to know who he is.
->''"Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass"''


* In ''Film/TheButchers'', JB's original plan was to resurrect the six {{Serial Killer}}s and they kill them so he could absorb their power. What he didn't count on was a busload of tourists being stranded in the GhostTown on the day he planned his ritual, or two of those tourists triggering the ritual early. [[spoiler:The end of the film implies that Satan, in the guise of the bus driver, deliberately led the tourists there to thwart JB's scheme.]]

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* In ''Film/TheButchers'', JB's original plan was to resurrect the six {{Serial Killer}}s and they then kill them so he could absorb their power. What he didn't count on was a busload of tourists being stranded in the GhostTown on the day he planned his ritual, or two of those tourists triggering the ritual early. [[spoiler:The end of the film implies that Satan, in the guise of the bus driver, deliberately led the tourists there to thwart JB's scheme.]]

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* In ''Film/TheButchers'', JB's original plan was to resurrect the six {{Serial Killer}}s and they kill them so he could absorb their power. What he didn't count on was a busload of tourists being stranded in the GhostTown on the day he planned his ritual, or two of those tourists triggering the ritual early. [[spoiler:The end of the film implies that Satan, in the guise of the bus driver, deliberately led the tourists there to thwart JB's scheme.]]

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** In ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', [[spoiler: Komarov has convinced long-time rival Chagarin that Komarov has a file on all of Chagarin's evil plans. Komarov intends for Chagarin to free him and then use his resources to steal uranium stockpiled at Chernobyl. The first spanner is that Komarov didn't expect the CIA (also believing the file to be real) to break him out of prison before Chagarin could. And the second spanner is, of course, [=McClane=] who's come to Moscow to help out his son John and ends up ruining everything.]]


** That's what Jack WANTS you to think.

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* In ''Film/AmericanAnimals'', the first attempt at the robbery gets abandoned because there are multiple librarians in the rare book room, and the gang has no contingency for dealing with this.


** Luke just happens to wound Vader in the same way Vader wounded him, thus making Luke realize what he had [[WhatHaveIBecome almost become]]. Of course, [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/462.html the Emperor really wasn't helping his own cause, either.]]


* In ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'', the Green Goblin kidnapped and planned to publicly murder Gwen Stacy as a way to get revenge on her father, Captain George Stacy of the NYPD. While Franchise/SpiderMan intervened and tried to rescue Gwen, the Goblin had anticipated that and set things up so he'd be able to kill both Spider-Man and Gwen at the same time. Unfortunately, what he ''didn't'' take into account was Sleepwalker following Spider-Man to the [[ShoutOut top of the bridge]] a Cascnd distracting him long enough for Spider-Man to rescue Gwen and get her to safety. The Goblin proceeded to have a VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Fanfic/SpiderX'': PMystique’s immediate plan to spend time with Rogue as Risty and her and Magneto's more long-term plan to infiltrate the manor and pose as Xavier are both thwarted just because Peter Parker joins the X-Men, as his spider-sense makes him aware of Mystique's true identity even when she isn’t explicitly doing anything dangerous (although she doesn't actually know how he sensed her for some time).

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* In ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: ''FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'', Dreams'', the Green Goblin kidnapped and planned to publicly murder Gwen Stacy as a way to get revenge on her father, Captain George Stacy of the NYPD. While Franchise/SpiderMan intervened and tried to rescue Gwen, the Goblin had anticipated that and set things up so he'd be able to kill both Spider-Man and Gwen at the same time. Unfortunately, what he ''didn't'' take into account was Sleepwalker following Spider-Man to the [[ShoutOut top of the bridge]] a Cascnd distracting him long enough for Spider-Man to rescue Gwen and get her to safety. The Goblin proceeded to have a VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Fanfic/SpiderX'': PMystique’s Mystique’s immediate plan to spend time with Rogue as Risty and her and Magneto's more long-term plan to infiltrate the manor and pose as Xavier are both thwarted just because Peter Parker joins the X-Men, as his spider-sense makes him aware of Mystique's true identity even when she isn’t explicitly doing anything dangerous (although she doesn't actually know how he sensed her for some time).



* In Evangelion fan-fic ''RE-TAKE'', SEELE finds all their plans foiled by something they could never have anticipated [[spoiler: Shinji be aided by [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ghost-Asuka and "God"]] which allows him to destroy the Mass Production Evas during the fan-fic's take the events of "End"]].

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* In Evangelion fan-fic ''RE-TAKE'', ''Manga/ReTake'', SEELE finds all their plans foiled by something they could never have anticipated [[spoiler: Shinji be aided by [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ghost-Asuka and "God"]] which allows him to destroy the Mass Production Evas during the fan-fic's take the events of "End"]].



* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ConversationsWithACryptid'', Midoriya discussed this with All For One, as he discovers that something must have happened for the murderous supervillain to put his plans on hold. All For One cryptically says that plans can change. [[spoiler: In fact, it was because of his marriage to Inko and Midoriya being born that caused All For One to change his plans so he could stay with them and/or keep them safe.]]

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* In Examples in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ConversationsWithACryptid'', ''Fanfic/ConversationsWithACryptid'':
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Midoriya discussed this with All For One, as he discovers that something must have happened for the murderous supervillain to put his plans on hold. All For One cryptically says that plans can change. [[spoiler: In fact, it was because of his marriage to Inko and Midoriya being born that caused All For One to change his plans so he could stay with them and/or keep them safe.]]



* ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'': During the Apokoliptian War, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} is always at least three steps ahead of his enemies, and he comes very close to win. His plan only fails because of one factor he couldn't have foreseen: ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} being near from D'reema right when he spoke the Anti-Life Equation. Before succumbing to the Anti-Life Equation, which destroys Free Will, Kara had just enough time to hypnotize D'Reema into speaking the opposite Equation, thus cancelling out its effects.



** The BigBad, [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]], is implied to consider Ariel a key part of her plans. This results in the BigBad's WellDoneDaughterGirl attacking Ariel out of jealousy, ensuring Ariel will ''never'' trust the BigBad
* In Season 9 of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'', Prescilla/Bonnie has been controlling the entire game and has managed to take the two weakest players to the finals with her while tricking everybody into believing that she's just a [[BitchInSheepsClothing sweet, innocent girl who couldn't POSSIBLY be an evil mastermind]] and [[EvilGloating gloats]] about how she has a 100% chance of winning the day just before the final Tribal Council. Then Cherman, the little robot who has been a ButtMonkey for most of the game, reveals that he has a recorder he used to record Bonnie's EvilGloating about how her only regret is that she didn't do more to hurt others. Your reign was nice while it lasted, Bonnie.

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** The BigBad, [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]], is implied to consider Ariel a key part of her plans. This results in the BigBad's WellDoneDaughterGirl WellDoneSonGuy attacking Ariel out of jealousy, ensuring Ariel will ''never'' trust the BigBad
* In Season 9 of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'', ''WebComic/SurvivorFanCharacters'', Prescilla/Bonnie has been controlling the entire game and has managed to take the two weakest players to the finals with her while tricking everybody into believing that she's just a [[BitchInSheepsClothing sweet, innocent girl who couldn't POSSIBLY be an evil mastermind]] and [[EvilGloating gloats]] about how she has a 100% chance of winning the day just before the final Tribal Council. Then Cherman, the little robot who has been a ButtMonkey for most of the game, reveals that he has a recorder he used to record Bonnie's EvilGloating about how her only regret is that she didn't do more to hurt others. Your reign was nice while it lasted, Bonnie.


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* In ''Film/UnderSeige'', the bad guys have a brilliant plan to take over a battleship and sell its missiles on the black market. They neutralize the crew, have the Pentagon at bay and in total control. How were they supposed to know ''the cook'' was a highly trained NAVY Seal?

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* In ''Film/UnderSeige'', ''Film/UnderSiege'', the bad guys have a brilliant plan to take over a battleship and sell its missiles on the black market. They neutralize the crew, have the Pentagon at bay and in total control. How were they supposed to know ''the cook'' was a highly trained NAVY Seal? Seal and the most capable warrior on the entire ship?

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* In ''Film/UnderSeige'', the bad guys have a brilliant plan to take over a battleship and sell its missiles on the black market. They neutralize the crew, have the Pentagon at bay and in total control. How were they supposed to know ''the cook'' was a highly trained NAVY Seal?

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