What super-villain plans from comic books, tv, and movies struck you, on first viewing, as so likely to backfire on the Black Hats that they must have been written by an agent secretly in the employ of a rival villainous faction?
I’m sure someone will suggest this link before long, but I’m not looking for generalities and cliches, but rather for specific instances.
The one that comes to mine to me is Wolfram & Hart’s plan for corrupting Angel in the show’s second season. Said plan consisted of resurrecting Angel’s pre-Buffy one-true-love, Darla, as a human rather than a vampire, tormenting them both psychologically by making her terminally ill, and then having Angel’s most insane vampire spawn, Drusilla, turn Darla back into a vampire. The utter inanity of the plan, of course, was that the W & H lawyers were going out of their way not to kill Angel himself–but they were instead inviting into their lives three remarkably dangerous vampires and ensuring that at least two of them would happily see them. Then the lead lawyer, Holland Manners, seeemed GENUINELY SURPRISED that Darla and Dru decicded to eat him and his staff, and that Angel, rather than rescuing them, shrugged and walked away.
Is this a clear winner, or can anybody name an even dumber plan?