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* The king in "Literature/TheLadyOrTheTiger" decides to get rid of his daughter's unsuitable suitor by putting him on a trial by luck, the same sort which he has already been conducting as sadistic entertainment with the excuse that god will see to it that the accused will survive if he's innocent. The trial involves choosing one of two doors; one of them has a tiger behind it that will eat the man, the other an attractive woman who will marry him. In this particular case, the king will get rid of the man either way.

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* Over the course of ''Literature/TheMentalState'', Zack State pulls off several of these. The most prominent targets of these types of gambits are Officer Reed, Commissioner Viceman and Saif.

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* ''Literature/TheLostRedeemer'': A foreign ruler orchestrated a war between Reverie’s two strongest races: the humans, and the Aeons who ruled over them. If the Aeons won the war, they would be without their armies. If the humans won the war, they would be without their leaders. Either way, the continent was weakened.

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* In ''Literature/HowTomBeatCaptainNajorkAndHisHiredSportsmen'', Tom's bet on the [[{{Calvinball}} Sneedball]] game is one: If he wins, he gets Captain Najork's boat, and if he loses, Captain Najork gets Tom's oppressive aunt.


* In ''Literature/TheMerchantPrinces'' by Creator/CharlesStross, the hidden enemies in the first book set assassins against both Miriam and Olga (and a hired rapist at the latter) with the intention of destroying TheClan by restarting a civil war. If Miriam is killed and her death can be blamed on one half of the Clan for inheritance-related reasons, that starts up the civil war. If Olga (Miriam's boyfriend's [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee]]) is killed or raped (and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty forced to]] [[ValuesDissonance marry her rapist]]), and it looks like Miriam arranged it to get her out of the way so she could marry Roland, the war starts up again for a different reason. For bonus Xanatos points, the rapist was given evidence that implicated Miriam to Olga, and Olga's an ActionGirl who didn't take that well; she would have killed Miriam if Miriam hadn't been convincingly and completely befuddled about the whole situation.

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* In ''Literature/TheMerchantPrinces'' by Creator/CharlesStross, the Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/TheMerchantPrincesSeries'': The hidden enemies in the first book ''Literature/TheFamilyTrade'' set assassins against both Miriam and Olga (and a hired rapist at the latter) with the intention of destroying TheClan by restarting a civil war. If Miriam is killed and her death can be blamed on one half of the Clan for inheritance-related reasons, that starts up the civil war. If Olga (Miriam's boyfriend's [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee]]) is killed or raped (and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty forced to]] [[ValuesDissonance marry her rapist]]), and it looks like Miriam arranged it to get her out of the way so she could marry Roland, the war starts up again for a different reason. For bonus Xanatos points, the rapist was given evidence that implicated Miriam to Olga, and Olga's an ActionGirl who didn't take that well; she would have killed Miriam if Miriam hadn't been convincingly and completely befuddled about the whole situation.


** ''Literature/TheImmortals'' has a kind of layered one in ''Emperor Mage''. Early in the book, a [[NobleDemon stormwing]] gives [[spoiler: Emperor Ozorne]] a steel feather and says that if he's ever in peril he could cut himself with it and "rise from your enemies as if winged with steel, and escape beyond the Black God's reach for all time." In context this suggests this will turn him into a stormwing. Later [[spoiler: Ozorne]] has been cornered and injured by TheHeroine, who has set ''zombie dinosaurs'' rampaging through the palace, but has him more scared by hyenas, since it was prophesied that they would end his reign. He's offered the chance to surrender and [[spoiler: abdicate]], when he refuses he's told the hyenas will kill him. So he [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]] and uses the feather - turning him into a stormwing and thus falling under ''their jursidiction'', and [[BreakTheHaughty reducing him to the kind of creature he kept in cages.]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately he does still escape to cause trouble, but he is then out of the picture as the Emperor Mage]].

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** ''Literature/TheImmortals'' has a kind of layered one in ''Emperor Mage''. Early in the book, a [[NobleDemon stormwing]] gives [[spoiler: Emperor Ozorne]] a steel feather and says that if he's ever in peril he could cut himself with it and "rise from your enemies as if winged with steel, and escape beyond the Black God's reach for all time." In context this suggests this will turn him into a stormwing. Later [[spoiler: Ozorne]] has been cornered and injured by TheHeroine, who has set ''zombie dinosaurs'' rampaging through the palace, but has him more scared by hyenas, since it was prophesied that they would end his reign. He's offered the chance to surrender and [[spoiler: abdicate]], when he refuses he's told the hyenas will kill him. So he [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]] and uses the feather - turning him into a stormwing and thus falling under ''their jursidiction'', jurisdiction'', and [[BreakTheHaughty reducing him to the kind of creature he kept in cages.]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately he does still escape to cause trouble, but he is then out of the picture as the Emperor Mage]].


* In ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', Sun Tzu advises that if your enemy is attacking one of your areas, you should respond by attacking his weakest ally. Your enemy will thus be forced to lift his siege and come to his ally's aid. Oh sure, he ''could'' ignore the plea for assistance and keep up the attack, but then all his allies will desert him.

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* In ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', ''Literature/{{The Art of War|SunTzu}}'', Sun Tzu advises that if your enemy is attacking one of your areas, you should respond by attacking his weakest ally. Your enemy will thus be forced to lift his siege and come to his ally's aid. Oh sure, he ''could'' ignore the plea for assistance and keep up the attack, but then all his allies will desert him.


* In Motherland [[spoiler: the ghost has been running one of these since before his death. Bringing the characters together and using them to seek out the things he needs to escape the town.]]


* The reverse is true in William Marshall's ''Sci Fi''. [[spoiler:A trap is due to be set off by the sprinkler system therefore the villain starts a fire.]]


** ''Literature/TheImmortals'' has a kind of layered one in ''Emperor Mage''. Early in the book, a [[NobleDemon stormwing]] gives [[spoiler: Emperor Ozorne]] a steel feather and says that if he's ever in peril he could cut himself with it and "rise from your enemies as if winged with steel, and escape beyond the Black God's reach for all time." In context this suggests this will turn him into a stormwing. Later [[spoiler: Ozorne]] has been cornered and injured by TheHeroine, who has set ''zombie dinosaurs'' rampaging through the palace, but has him more scared by hyenas, since it was prophesied that they would end his reign. He's offered the chance to surrender and [[spoiler: abdicate]], when he refuses he's told the hyenas will kill him. So he [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]] and uses the feather - turning him into a stormwing and [[BreakTheHaughty thus falling under ''their jursidiction'', and reducing him to the kind of creature he kept in cages.]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately he does still escape to cause trouble, but he is then out of the picture as the Emperor Mage]].

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** ''Literature/TheImmortals'' has a kind of layered one in ''Emperor Mage''. Early in the book, a [[NobleDemon stormwing]] gives [[spoiler: Emperor Ozorne]] a steel feather and says that if he's ever in peril he could cut himself with it and "rise from your enemies as if winged with steel, and escape beyond the Black God's reach for all time." In context this suggests this will turn him into a stormwing. Later [[spoiler: Ozorne]] has been cornered and injured by TheHeroine, who has set ''zombie dinosaurs'' rampaging through the palace, but has him more scared by hyenas, since it was prophesied that they would end his reign. He's offered the chance to surrender and [[spoiler: abdicate]], when he refuses he's told the hyenas will kill him. So he [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]] and uses the feather - turning him into a stormwing and [[BreakTheHaughty thus falling under ''their jursidiction'', and [[BreakTheHaughty reducing him to the kind of creature he kept in cages.]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately he does still escape to cause trouble, but he is then out of the picture as the Emperor Mage]].


* After being somewhat of an IdiotHero throughout ''[[TheGreatGodsWar The Seventh Decimate]]'', Bifalt actually comes up with one of these in the end. [[spoiler: If he wins a duel to the death, Marrow has promised to give him ''The Seventh Decimate'', a book containing the secrets of AntiMagic, which he will then bring back to Belleger. If he loses and dies, Third Father will be honour-bound to obey his last wish, which is that he brings ''A Treatise on the Fabrication of Cannon Using Primitive Means'' back to Belleger. Since possessing either of those books will give Belleger an insurmountable tactical advantage against its ancestral enemy, the kingdom's future is assured as long as Marrow and Third Father both honour their word.]]

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* After being somewhat of an IdiotHero throughout ''[[TheGreatGodsWar ''[[Literature/TheGreatGodsWar The Seventh Decimate]]'', Bifalt actually comes up with one of these in the end. [[spoiler: If he wins a duel to the death, Marrow has promised to give him ''The Seventh Decimate'', a book containing the secrets of AntiMagic, which he will then bring back to Belleger. If he loses and dies, Third Father will be honour-bound to obey his last wish, which is that he brings ''A Treatise on the Fabrication of Cannon Using Primitive Means'' back to Belleger. Since possessing either of those books will give Belleger an insurmountable tactical advantage against its ancestral enemy, the kingdom's future is assured as long as Marrow and Third Father both honour their word.]]

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* After being somewhat of an IdiotHero throughout ''[[TheGreatGodsWar The Seventh Decimate]]'', Bifalt actually comes up with one of these in the end. [[spoiler: If he wins a duel to the death, Marrow has promised to give him ''The Seventh Decimate'', a book containing the secrets of AntiMagic, which he will then bring back to Belleger. If he loses and dies, Third Father will be honour-bound to obey his last wish, which is that he brings ''A Treatise on the Fabrication of Cannon Using Primitive Means'' back to Belleger. Since possessing either of those books will give Belleger an insurmountable tactical advantage against its ancestral enemy, the kingdom's future is assured as long as Marrow and Third Father both honour their word.]]

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** ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'':
*** The chapter "Death on Utapau" lovingly details how an effective trap for a Jedi must be structured as a Xanatos Gambit before Obi-Wan goes to confront Grievous. After he wins, the narration explains how it was still a perfect trap, since the bait and [[UriahGambit the killer]]--Grievous--was going to need disposing of soon anyway and the true purpose of this trap, the one that made the Jedi lose the moment he stepped in, [[BatmanGambit was having him not be on Coruscant at a pivotal moment]].
*** Later, in a MeaningfulEcho, the Clone Wars themselves are described as "the perfect Jedi trap" because ''war itself'' has been used to darken the Force and weaken the Jedi, but because they are Jedi, they can't ''not'' fight in defense of the Republic--a Republic that has already fallen into their enemy's hands, though they know it not. "By fighting at all, the Jedi lost."


* ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' is a seven-book long one for Satan, the Incarnation of Evil, but the reader doesn't really learn that until books six and seven: Throughout the books, Satan has been trying to wrest power from God and neutralize a mortal named Luna, who is destined to cast a crucial vote that will prevent him from taking Power. Book six reveals that [[spoiler: his reason for wanting power is to change the rules that define who is and isn't a sinner, [[NobleDemon so as to prevent people from being unfairly damned to hell.]]]] Book seven reveals that [[spoiler: Luna's crucial vote is to determine whether or not the current person serving as God (who is no longer doing his job) should be declared unfit for duty and replaced.]] If the vote succeeds, [[spoiler: Satan will be able to work with the new God to change the rules]]. If the vote fails, [[spoiler: the other Incarnations will have to hand over God's power to Satan in order to prevent an oncoming disaster, thus allowing him to unilaterally change the rules.]] Either way, he achieves his goal.

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* ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' is a seven-book long one for Satan, the Incarnation of Evil, but the reader doesn't really learn that until books six and seven: Throughout the books, Satan has been trying to wrest power from God and neutralize a mortal named Luna, who is destined to cast a crucial vote that will prevent him from taking Power.power. Book six reveals that [[spoiler: his reason for wanting power is to change the rules that define who is and isn't a sinner, [[NobleDemon so as to prevent people from being unfairly damned to hell.]]]] Book seven reveals that [[spoiler: Luna's crucial vote is to determine whether or not the current person serving as God (who is no longer doing his job) should be declared unfit for duty and replaced.]] If the vote succeeds, [[spoiler: Satan will be able to work with the new God to change the rules]]. If the vote fails, [[spoiler: the other Incarnations will have to hand over God's power to Satan in order to prevent an oncoming disaster, thus allowing him to unilaterally change the rules.]] Either way, he achieves his goal.

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* ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' is a seven-book long one for Satan, the Incarnation of Evil, but the reader doesn't really learn that until books six and seven: Throughout the books, Satan has been trying to wrest power from God and neutralize a mortal named Luna, who is destined to cast a crucial vote that will prevent him from taking Power. Book six reveals that [[spoiler: his reason for wanting power is to change the rules that define who is and isn't a sinner, [[NobleDemon so as to prevent people from being unfairly damned to hell.]]]] Book seven reveals that [[spoiler: Luna's crucial vote is to determine whether or not the current person serving as God (who is no longer doing his job) should be declared unfit for duty and replaced.]] If the vote succeeds, [[spoiler: Satan will be able to work with the new God to change the rules]]. If the vote fails, [[spoiler: the other Incarnations will have to hand over God's power to Satan in order to prevent an oncoming disaster, thus allowing him to unilaterally change the rules.]] Either way, he achieves his goal.

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