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"What happens to your prophecy if I shoot you first?"
Dan Smith, Killer7

"8 years, not a word from the fez, nothing from those Halloween costumed ram-bozos up there on Stark Tower. And then all of a sudden... this little bastard in red tights shows up, and he thinks he can tear down everything I built... really? I'm gonna kill him."
Adrian Toomes / Vulture, Spider-Man: Homecoming

"Reality and human nature, sir, are very important things, and oh how they sometimes bring down the most perspicacious calculations!"
Porfiry Petrovich, Crime and Punishment

"Congratulations. You've just invented negligent regicide."
Ennesby, ''Schlock Mercenary. He got better.

"Aboyne (vb.)
To beat an expert at a game of skill by playing so appallingly that none of his clever tactics or strategies are of any use to him."

To be fair, it was a great plan until it involved Fighter.

That... That vulgar, low-class Servant! I must understand, I must calculate the... No, it's impossible...! I CANNOT comprehend this! How in the world did this happen?! They invalidate my calculations... All should be within the realm of my understanding, the margin of error! That thing... Under what principles does it operate?! No equation could predict the actions of that thing! Can this... be?! No, it can't... it caaaAAARRRGGGHHH! As crude as that creature is, she is a Servant chosen by the Umbral Star! We share the same level of power, and yet...! She does this! That fool would lay waste to my plans?!
Archimedes, Fate/Extella

"There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never ever put in a trap: Me."
The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Time of Angels"

"My plan was perfect but there was one thing I overlooked, one factor I failed to calculate. He's a dumbass and there's no accounting for dumbass-ness."
Agito Wanijima, Air Gear

"Rufus, this is a precision instrument, incredibly complex. Better mess with everything."
Ron Stoppable, Kim Possible

"You always overthink things. The reason your plans keep failing is not because your enemies are geniuses. It's because they are idiots. A plan is only truly foolproof if you consider The Fool. Oh, and checkmate."
Wizard, Antihero for Hire

"That little goon! Even a chimp knows better than to pick the losing side! This ruins my plan to wrap the Game up on Day 1! I'll need to work up another strategy... adjust for the longer term. Good thing I never make mistakes..."
Mitsuki Konishi, The World Ends with You, after learning that Beat made a pact with Neku

"Hey, I totally just gummed up your subplot. Now let me gloat about it in front of you so you can easily fix it."

Natasha: Boris, I thought you said this plan was foolproof.
Boris: Foolproof yes, idiotproof, no.

"I'm here to screw up your plan."
Hidari Shotaro, explaining what he is doing in the Big Bad's lair.

"The best swordsman in the world doesn't need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn't know the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn't prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do, and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot."

"While I was trying to bring back Sora, I had so many plans in store, but once Sora was an acting force, they fell apart. All my research amounted to nothing, compared with that one boy's heart."
Diz/Ansem The Wise, Kingdom Hearts II

"The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference... in the world."
The G-Man, Half-Life 2

"You know, when you said 'Noel Vermillion' a few moments ago, I damn near peed myself. All of my plans - POOF! instantly undone. All thanks to you."
Hazama, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift : Slight Hope, to Makoto Nanaya on why he has to kill her now

"Awww, did I throw a 'Wrench' into your plans!? Hahahaha!"
The Spy, Team Fortress 2, upon killing the same engineer multiple times

Xigbar: You're not supposed to be here!
Lea: Promises to keep. I'll always be there to get my friends back. What, bad timing? You had your perfect little script, but you kinda forgot to write the sequel. Now, let's find out what happens!

You are the NARRATIVE. You were simply plodding on in your inimitable, Hussian fashion, waiting to get to the more interesting 5X SHOWDOWN COMBO on the ROOFTOP, which promises to be a 6X SHOWDOWN COMBO, thanks to the UNBISECTION of ERIDAN AMPORA, when suddenly, you were thrown COMPLETELY OFF-TRACK by the addition of ONE (1) EXTREMELY ENRAGED RAINBOW DRINKER, who has jumped into the middle of this very heartwrenching and pathos-ridden scene, taken TEREZI'S DRAGON CANE right out of Terezi's hands, and BOPPED Vriska Serket over the head with it.
That was unexpected. You are DERAILED, in a superbly metatextual example of anthropomorphization.
— From a collection of quotes from Homestuck fanfiction (original source here)

Fuyutsuki:"But you said that this project was 100% planned, right?"
Gendo:"There was only one mistake on my part. I won't let that happen again."
Fuyutsuki:"You mean...your son?"
Gendo:"Yes. I didn't think that the Second Child would use the Third to 'satisfy' her boosted hormones...this was a big mistake, and may result in complications."

"And thus he falls for Villain Fallacy #2: letting the harmless comic relief run free."
Professor Madblood, Narbonic

Charlie's Rule #1: Always have the best plan in the game.
Corollary: If they have a better plan than you do, then our plan is to disrupt their plan.
Lilith's Corollary: Because of Rule #1, the plan against Charlie is always to disrupt his plan.

(After the Namekians, Bulma and Gohan return to Earth)
Dende: (via thoughts/telepathy) Ah, it's good to be the king...
King Kai: Hello? Who am I speaking to right now?
Dende: My name is Dende...
King Kai: Dende? Are you the one who made the wish on the Dragon?
Dende: I am.
King Kai: How the hell did you know my plan?
Dende: What plan? I just wanted to screw over Freeza.

"The two crimes were committed against the same weakness of the same person, in a struggle for her money. The author of the larger crime found himself thwarted by the smaller crime; the author of the smaller crime got the money."
Father Brown, The Eye of Apollo

"Nothing is going our way! How could one intruder spark so much mayhem!?"
Warden Magellan, One Piece

Subject F!! An extreme threat to Hayasaka... She could not be predicted. Her thoughts could not be read. A Natural Disaster who unconsciously threw everything into chaos simply by being present! She was Hayasaka's natural enemy, and had already been the cause of countless missions being failed!

Littlefinger: None of you were there to see what happened. None of you knows the truth.
Bran: You held a knife to his throat.
Littlefinger: (looks round speechless with an expression that screams "Oh, fuck!")
Bran: You said, "I did warn you not to trust me."

Even after I had to step in, it was going perfectly. Akamatsu-san was all set to take the fall for me, but then... You...! You ruined everything with one fucking joke!


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