3. The Fallout series
The Enclave’s genetic cleansing scheme
The plan: To use nuclear war and viral toxins to clean up humanity. As the long-time shadow government of the USA, the Enclave had masterminded all manner of dodgy backroom dealings since before the great war. When the bombs fell, it decided to use the worldwide nuking as a fresh start. The plan was to fly to a new planet, and the nation's vault dwellers were to be unwitting guinea pigs for the various conditions the chosen space travellers would face.
When the space idea fell through, things changed. The replacement plan was to adapt the rediscovered FEV virus (created by the military before the war and responsible for the Super Mutants) into a toxin with which to wipe out all irradiated citizens of the USA and create a new world order of pure humans. Pure vault dwellers were used in the experiments to perfect the toxin.
The problem: In Fallout’s world, wiping out all contaminated people in the USA means wiping out all people in the USA. Thus, had the Enclave’s plan succeeded, it would have found itself with one hell of a lot of empty space to clean up, fix and rebuild, and no-one around to help. A problem exacerbated given that it had wiped out a good proportion of the country’s ‘clean’ humans during its experiments to create the virus in the first place.
And besides, exactly how long would the Enclave remain pure once it had moved back into a blasted desert world baked by nuclear Armageddon for two centuries?
2. Street Fighter IV
Seth’s self-improvement regime
The plan: With the global Shadoloo crime syndicate in tatters following M. Bison’s defeat in Street Fighter II, Seth, one of Bison’s would-be replacement bodies, took over the organisation's weapons division with the intention of reinvigorating the group's previous underworld dominance and nefarious schemes. His method? Organise a new World Warrior tournament and copy the abilities of the challengers in order to make himself the ultimate fighter.
The problem: So, assuming his plan had succeeded, what would Seth really have achieved? Being a hard bastard? Great. That kind of intimidation might work in the playground, but when trying to establish your empire's icy grip upon global freedom? Not so much. What does he think will happen? The collective political and military might of the world will quake in fear at the sight of a guy who's a bit handy in a pub carkpark scrap?
Kung fu is one thing. Kung nuke is another thing altogether.