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Basic Trope: A character who manipulates events through several schemes relying on subtlety and misdirection.

  • Straight: Jim "The Mastermind" has succeeded in his plan to Take Over the World by manipulating events in order to fulfill his goals.
  • Exaggerated: Jim "The Mastermind" uses several subtle schemes to take over the entire galaxy, so much so no one knows anything about it until he's achieved it.
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  • Downplayed: Jim "The Mastermind" only has a small amount of success in manipulating events despite having several hitches in his plans.
  • Justified: Jim "The Mastermind" secretly has an advanced supercomputer giving him the ideal plans to achieve his goals.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Jim's elaborate plans turn out to be full of holes and easily thwarted. The few times he succeeds are pure luck.
  • Double Subverted: Jim comes up with seemingly easy-to-foil plans just to make his opponents underestimate him. He's actually plotting a far more effective scheme that no one will see coming.
  • Averted: Jim has no schemes.
  • Parodied: After Jim's birth everyone turns into chess figures.
  • Enforced: "The stories are getting boring. We need to have a character manipulate events in the shadows while passing off as a normal civilian."
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  • Lampshaded: "The whole fight between us was part of Jim's plan to distract us and take over the world... That Bastard!
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Jim adamantly refuses to involve other people when attempting to achieve his goals, and doesn’t manipulate people, or at least not much.
  • Discussed: "That whole time, he's just been manipulating the whole situation!"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Jim can't plan for every last outcome, so when an unexpected hitch comes up, he only has a brief amount of time to act before they unravel spectacularly.
    • Jim's constant manipulation of events to further his own goals makes people more weary to him in general, even when he has no ulterior motive, to the point that some of them start to resent him outright.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Jim is fully aware that he might not be able to plan around every last hitch for a given scenario, but he can damn well try.
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    • Jim had learned about another Chessmaster's plans that included killing everyone Jim cared about, and he wanted his friends and allies to resent him enough to keep away from him. When he finally defeats the other Chessmaster, his friends and allies learn of the situation. Some of them forgive him and stay as his allies, but none of them ever trust him again.
  • Implied: Jim always seems to come out on top, but it's not clear why.

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