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[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you, I'm the hero, or if you "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Even if you defeat my army and win, [[HeroWithBadPublicity you'll be forever despised and considered a villain]]. Admittedly, the plan sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but then again, I'll just take over the world unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you, I'm the hero, or if you "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Even if you defeat my army and win, [[HeroWithBadPublicity you'll be forever despised and considered a villain]]. Admittedly, the plan sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but then again, I'll just take over the world unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Not-Tengu seemed to have one going in regards to Nanase's Guardian Form. To whit, his plan was: Bait Nanase into attacking him first. Not-Tengu believed Guardian Forms can only be used in self defense. If she isn't defending herself, she can't use it and he's free to form his flock without any worries. If she manages to use her Guardian Form anyway, still not a problem. Not-Tengu doesn't know her other spells, any of which could potentially beat him, but Guardian Forms locks all of those out for at least a day due to burnout. And while she is in Guardian Form, she can only fight in hand to hand combat, something he has no problem with.


* This is why you shouldn't deal with dragons in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. Even if you think you've won, the dragon's won, too. In the "Here There Be Dragons" chapter of the third edition ''Threats'' supplement, a runner brags that he screwed over Lofwyr, the most powerful of the Great Dragons, despite losing his entire team in the process. He's found dead at his keyboard a week later. Another runner investigated and discovered that the ''entire run'' he bragged about was a setup: the rest of the hand-picked team had done jobs against Saeder-Krupp subsidiaries (and thus Lofwyr had incentive to kill them), the target facility was owned by S-K through shell companies and was insured against theft, the paydata was garbage (so Shiawase wasted time and money analyzing it), and probably got to field-test a device for controlling [[CanisMajor fenrir]] against them.

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* This is why you shouldn't [[RuleNumberOne never deal with dragons a dragon]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. Even if you think you've won, the dragon's won, too.too, especially if they just lost. In the "Here There Be Dragons" chapter of the third edition ''Threats'' supplement, a runner brags that he screwed over Lofwyr, the most powerful of the Great Dragons, despite losing his entire team in the process. He's found dead at his keyboard a week later. Another runner investigated and discovered that the ''entire run'' he bragged about was a setup: the rest of the hand-picked team had done jobs against Saeder-Krupp subsidiaries (and thus Lofwyr had incentive to kill them), the target facility was owned by S-K through shell companies and was insured against theft, the paydata was garbage (so Shiawase wasted time and money analyzing it), and probably got to field-test a device for controlling [[CanisMajor fenrir]] against them.


[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you, I'm the hero, or if you "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Even if you defeat my army and wins, [[HeroWithBadPublicity you'll be forever despised and considered a villain]]. Admittedly, the plan sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but then again, I'll just take over the world unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you, I'm the hero, or if you "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Even if you defeat my army and wins, win, [[HeroWithBadPublicity you'll be forever despised and considered a villain]]. Admittedly, the plan sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but then again, I'll just take over the world unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]

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*Depending on cards and archetype, this is often the goal in a game of ''{{TabletopGame/Yugioh}}''. Decks in modern Yugioh tend to focus on have a singular strategy that can account for a number of potential attacks or moves by your opponent, and certain archetypes use your opponents moves. A Skull Servant deck wants its monsters to be destroyed and placed in the graveyard. Your opponent needs to destroy your monsters to win, but in doing so powers your other monsters (in particular the King of Skull Servant). If they leave them alone to stall your moves, they could risk you summoning something extremely dangerous that may not be reliant on your active strategy, but exists for this scenario. It's a lose-lose situation, and the only way out is to simultaneously destroy a monster ''and'' get it banished rather than just regular destroyed. This is not impossible to do, but had your deck not been set up to counter this exact potential moment, you are in a serious risk of failing to recover or gain traction against your opponent.


* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': The Emperor's weaponization of the CanonSue trope qualifies: He ''despises'' the Ultramarines, finding them intolerable, sanctimonious and oh-so-perfect (though part of that's the fact their constant chanting has been an InUniverse DarthWiki/MostAnnoyingSound, drilling into his eardrums for millenia), but he's very, very aware of their skill. And thus, he assigns them extremely ridiculous suicide missions that will actually help his plans and the Imperium immensely if they were to happen. If they lose, [[UriahGambit they get their asses humbled for once in their lives]] and the Emperor gets to enjoy the schadenfreude. If they win, his plans to unfuck the Imperium are much, much closer to fruition.

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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': The Emperor's weaponization of the CanonSue trope qualifies: He ''despises'' the Ultramarines, finding them intolerable, sanctimonious and oh-so-perfect (though part of that's the fact their constant chanting has been an InUniverse DarthWiki/MostAnnoyingSound, annoying, drilling into his eardrums for millenia), but he's very, very aware of their skill. And thus, he assigns them extremely ridiculous suicide missions that will actually help his plans and the Imperium immensely if they were to happen. If they lose, [[UriahGambit they get their asses humbled for once in their lives]] and the Emperor gets to enjoy the schadenfreude. If they win, his plans to unfuck the Imperium are much, much closer to fruition.


* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': The Emperor's weaponization of the CanonSue trope qualifies: He ''despises'' the Ultramarines, finding them intolerable, sanctimonious and oh-so-perfect (though part of that's the fact their constant chanting has been [[MostAnnoyingSound drilling into his eardrums for millenia]]), but he's very, very aware of their skill. And thus, he assigns them extremely ridiculous suicide missions that will actually help his plans and the Imperium immensely if they were to happen. If they lose, [[UriahGambit they get their asses humbled for once in their lives]] and the Emperor gets to enjoy the schadenfreude. If they win, his plans to unfuck the Imperium are much, much closer to fruition.

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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': The Emperor's weaponization of the CanonSue trope qualifies: He ''despises'' the Ultramarines, finding them intolerable, sanctimonious and oh-so-perfect (though part of that's the fact their constant chanting has been [[MostAnnoyingSound an InUniverse DarthWiki/MostAnnoyingSound, drilling into his eardrums for millenia]]), millenia), but he's very, very aware of their skill. And thus, he assigns them extremely ridiculous suicide missions that will actually help his plans and the Imperium immensely if they were to happen. If they lose, [[UriahGambit they get their asses humbled for once in their lives]] and the Emperor gets to enjoy the schadenfreude. If they win, his plans to unfuck the Imperium are much, much closer to fruition.

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* ''Film/DieFeuerzangenbowle'' has one of these as a simple but effective school prank: [[ThePrankster The alleged student Johann Pfeiffer]] (actually the successful author Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer incognito) hangs up a "Closed due to construction" sign on the school gates. Of course, the teachers want to remove it, but if they do, they'll show everyone that they've all been fooled. No day off, but they lose their dignity. Pfeiffer wins. What they actually do is leave the sign in place and simulate construction works to make it more credible. They keep their dignity at the price of a day off. Pfeiffer wins.

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* In ''Fanfic/AvengerGoddess'', Ares believes that he has created one by arranging for Sekhmet to be awakened while Diana is in Wakanda to fight her; regardless of which wins the fight, it will end with a goddess dying in combat, thus massively empowering Ares. [[spoiler:Bast outmaneuvers him on this, instead intervening so that Sekhmet is banished from Earth back to Heliopolis, ending the fight in a draw]].

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* The Battle of Tukayyid in ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'' was this for its instigator, Khan Ulric of Clan Wolf. Having been forced into fighting a war he didn't want, Ulric was able to humiliate his allies by outperforming them until they eagerly accepted a [=ComStar=] challenge to settle the entire war with CombatByChampion: The stakes were either the surrender of Terra (if the Clans won) or the Clans being bound to a 15-year truce (if [=ComStar=] won). If the Clans won, a major goal of the Invasion would be achieved, and probably deciding the Invasion in favour of the clans, with almost no blood being spilt. If [=ComStar=] won, the Invasion would be stalled (and with the Inner Sphere's vastly superior size, almost certainly decided in their favour once the truce was up). Either outcome would support Ulric's agenda of hastening an end to the war.


* In the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies, Jack Sparrow allowed himself to be shackled in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie]] so he could use them to take Elizabeth hostage, Either they let him escape or she becomes a distraction for his escape. Or taking one of the Aztec coins? Barbossa can no longer win because he himself cannot be killed, but once Will dispells the curse, he can finish Barbossa off with his pistol.

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* In the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies, Jack Sparrow allowed himself to be shackled in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie]] so he could use them to take Elizabeth hostage, hostage. Either they let him escape or she becomes a distraction for his escape. Or taking one of the Aztec coins? Barbossa can no longer win because he himself cannot be killed, but once Will dispells the curse, he can finish Barbossa off with his pistol.


[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you, I'm the hero, or if you "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Admittedly, the plan sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but then again, I'll just take over the world unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you, I'm the hero, or if you "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Even if you defeat my army and wins, [[HeroWithBadPublicity you'll be forever despised and considered a villain]]. Admittedly, the plan sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but then again, I'll just take over the world unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]


* Weirdly enough, the titular amorph of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' pulls off a minor one of these while investigating a mysterious human-cannonball-related death at a circus in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090730.html this strip.]] Schlock's plan here hired reinforcements or sent Jud Shafter to an early death. His friend considers both a plus. [[spoiler:It was sort-of the former, but more accurately it became Schlock's ace in the hole while Schlock himself became the distraction]].

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* Weirdly enough, the titular amorph of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' pulls off a minor one of these while investigating a mysterious human-cannonball-related death at a circus in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090730.html this strip.]] Schlock's plan here plan: hired reinforcements reinforcements, or sent Jud Shafter to an early death. His friend considers both a plus. [[spoiler:It was sort-of the former, but more accurately it became Schlock's ace in the hole while Schlock himself became the distraction]].distraction]].
** Also discussed about Xinchub, when wondering if an assassin could actually get to him: "That man could turn his own death into an advantage."
-->'''Kevyn''': I've done it myself. It hurts, but it's not actually that difficult.
-->'''Tagon''': ... Stop helping.


* The Mastermind of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' is obsessed is with despair, and their plan is ultimately to inflict despair on as many people as possible. [[spoiler: She doesn't exempt herself from the despair. When Naegi ultimately nixes her plans by rallying the students together to end the Mutual Killing Game, she's ecstatic over her own despair over her plan falling apart and gleefully executes herself so that she can feel the ultimate despair of death.]]

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* The Mastermind of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' is obsessed is with despair, and their plan is ultimately to inflict despair on as many people as possible. [[spoiler: She doesn't exempt herself from the despair. When Naegi ultimately nixes her plans by rallying the students together to end the Mutual Killing Game, she's ecstatic over her own despair over her plan falling apart and gleefully executes herself so that she can feel the ultimate despair of death.]]


[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you I'm the hero, or if you 'win' you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Admittedly, the plan somewhat falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but that means I'll take over the world anyway unchallenged.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:ThePlan is to stab you five times with MortonsFork. The faster the pathway, the better the outcome.[[note]] Of course, you could [[SpannerInTheWorks take the MacGuffin for yourself and turn the dragon against me]], but [[EvilCannotComprehendGood you would be foolish to try.]] Also Also, [[XanatosSpeedChess doing so would make YOU look like you control said dragon, so when I defeat you you, I'm the hero, or if you 'win' "win" you're despised as a villain and defeated by my army.]] Admittedly, the plan somewhat sort of falls apart if you ''[[SheatheYourSword don't]]'' [[SheatheYourSword challenge me to combat]], but that means then again, I'll just take over the world anyway unchallenged.unchallenged if that happens.[[/note]]]]-]

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