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Date: Hey, Mizuki. What's inside that backpack you always have on you?
Mizuki: Well... Water, dehydrated bread, chocolate, biscuits, a flashlight, a hand charger, Swiss army knife, a candle, matches, triangular badges, a first aid kit, whistle, portable toilet, a plastic bag, duct tape, a grenade, a magnet, disposable hand warmers...
Date: Do you have an entire disaster relief kit in your bag?
Mizuki: Better safe than sorry. I'm ready for anything.

Simply put, a character is excessively prepared for a scenario, no matter how unlikely.

This trope is for you if you always have a backpack with tools and supplies to MacGyver your way out of a tight spot, if your car's trunk has enough camping gear and food to spend an unplanned night in the woods if your vehicle breaks down, or if you have a large, impressive gun rack all sorted by varmint size, and if you are Genre Savvy enough to prepare for every unlikely trope,

See also: Police Code for Everything, Properly Paranoid, Suddenly Always Knew That, You Didn't Ask, Unspoken Plan Guarantee, Batman Gambit, Hidden Supplies, Survivalist Stash, Seen It All, Wall of Weapons, and Crazy Survivalist. Also compare The Anticipator, who manages to remain unsurprised despite lack of preparation. Compare Unlikely Spare. Contrast Forgot to Feed the Monster. Trust Password is a Sub-Trope. If programmers try to anticipate everything the user might do, then it's Developer's Foresight.


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    Game Shows 
  • On Task Master, Alex is often insanely ready for the antics of the comedians. One task involved two sets of instructions on two separate cards: the first card read "say a letter of the alphabet", and when the contestant said that, Alex presented them with a second card that read "put the most things beginning with the letter you just said on the tray". Ed Gamble thought he was being clever when he answered "a letter of the alphabet", but Alex, without skipping a beat, had another card ready that said "Ha ha ha. You must now pick a letter of the alphabet and say that out loud."
    Ed: You must be so proud of yourself that that worked.
  • Brian Le Petit (principal clown) in Cirque du Soleil's Mystère is crazy prepared for pulling any prank you could think to pull on unsuspecting Real Life audience members, such as fake tickets, a blonde wig, confetti, a lacy bra, and several buckets of popcorn, most of which he hides up his sleeves or in his pockets. If that does not count, we later find he has quick access to a gun, a chainsaw, and a can of air freshener. As a bonus, he's not one of the characters in the story, but a prankster who somehow got into the theater and decided to amuse himself, so there's even less sensible explanation for where he's finding/why he's carrying some of these things.
    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • In Case 1-4, it turns out that Manfred von Karma has trained Polly the parrot to stop squawking her usual phrases because he correctly anticipated Phoenix might be desperate enough to take a joke suggestion to call the bird as a witness at face value. That said, Phoenix and Maya are still able to work around it and blow the case wide open.
    • Phoenix Wright, aka the player, himself. You may not know why you have to pick up random pieces of "evidence", but they will come in handy, because you're ready with them. Lampshaded twice in the first game's final case, where Edgeworth tells him about a seemingly unrelated screwdriver from the game's second case. Phoenix jots down info about it just in case, prompting Edgeworth to point out how stubborn Phoenix can be sometimes, and Phoenix himself later notes his own surprise when said screwdriver ends up being a key piece of evidence on the final day of the trial.
    • Lana Skye has people doing work for her while she's in containment. One case is when she kept very conclusive evidence in the back of an Evidence Law book. And for bonus points, the Evidence Law book itself was the final piece of evidence needed to convict the killer.
    • Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, states that, as a prosecutor that takes cases all over the world, he studies all he can about the context of the cases he takes. While in itself a very sensible thing to do, what puts him in this trope is the ridiculously short timeframes in which he manages to do so. For instance, he manages to research enough information about rakugo, in a single night, to be able to talk about it for hours and even give full performances, added by the fact he was handling a completely different case the previous day.
  • The fourth case's culprit in Tyrion Cuthbert: Attorney of the Arcane almost gets off scot-free because they prepared for the very unlikely scenario that ended up happening, and only gets caught thanks to a Deus ex Machina. Beatrice used her demonic familiar, Marrunath, to murder her father. Marrunath is constantly hidden from everyone else thanks to the invisibility spell she casts on him every hour, so nobody even knows about his existence. Despite this, Tyrion manages to figure out through deduction and Celeste's Detect Magic spell (which can detect the usage of the invisibility spell) that Beatrice has a familiar. He has him testify, and finds out that demons can't lie. When it seems that it's going to be easy for Tyrion to prove his case, Beatrice steps in and has Marrunath confess to the crime. Then she asks him "Did I order you to murder my father?", to which he answers "No, you did not". Which is technically true - she just told him he could murder the victim, knowing that he would. She argues that familiars have their own agency and she's not to blame for the murder, except her Blood Contract with Marrunath explains the concept that he can't kill any human without her express permission. Of course, the contract is not in evidence, so Tyrion would have normally lost had his dead mother not suddenly communicated with him and taught him how to issue a Divine Edict to get a copy of the contract - something that not even Beatrice could have possibly predicted. And keep in mind, the only reason Beatrice was even a suspect in this case was because an unpredictable third party accidentally framed her. So she avoided directly ordering Marrunath in preparation for the extremely unlikely scenario that Marrunath was called to testify.



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