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12th Jan '17 1:59:02 AM CountDorku
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* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' metaplot, the Medic manages to screw over Old Nick in a DealWithTheDevil through the simple expedient of supplementing the soul he sold with eight others, meaning that [[spoiler:when he dies, he holds a ''vote'' on whether to go to hell, then swindles the Devil out of a resurrection ''and'' his pen in the process]].
3rd Jan '17 5:05:37 PM AnotherGuy
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* ''Comicbook/FiftyTwo'': [[spoiler: Ralph Dibney uses his own death to trap Neron, DC's Devil-standin, in statis forever.]]
15th Dec '16 9:09:26 AM YgothanEru
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** There's also Sithis, who was one of the two gods that created the entire universe (Nirn, Oblivion, and the Void) simply by existing together. Its relatively likely that if Sithis cares at all, then it's the one getting your soul (assuming, of course, you did the Brotherhood questline).

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** There's also Sithis, who was one of the two gods that created the entire universe (Nirn, Oblivion, and the Void) simply by existing together. Its It's relatively likely that if Sithis cares at all, then it's the one getting your soul (assuming, of course, you did the Brotherhood questline).
14th Dec '16 8:25:46 PM infernape612
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* In ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' the good Doctor manages to [[spoiler:''Beat [[EldritchAbomination Dormammu]]'' by using the Eye of Agammoto to create a GroundhogDayLoop inside the Dark Dimension because it lacks time, whereas the Eye has the Time Stone in it, allowing Strange to be a TimeMaster and uses it to set up a loop to right before he speaks to Dormammu that activates upon his death. We're not shown how many loops happened, but it's implied to be much more than the several shown. Doctor Strange used our laws of time and space to make an EldritchAbomination ''beg for mercy''. To reiterate: Strange made the eternal keeper and tormentor of souls not only beg him for mercy, but bargain for his ''own'' freedom in an incredibly one-sided deal. He essentially causes a metaphysical RageQuit because ''Dormammu cannot understand the concept of time'' because the Dark Dimension lacks it. He ''annoys an EldritchAbomination into submission'' and turned five words into an EarWorm.]]

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* In ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' the good Doctor manages to [[spoiler:''Beat [[spoiler:''beat [[EldritchAbomination Dormammu]]'' by using the Eye of Agammoto to create a GroundhogDayLoop inside the Dark Dimension because it lacks time, whereas the Eye has the Time Stone in it, allowing Strange to be a TimeMaster and uses it to set up a loop to right before he speaks to Dormammu that activates upon his death. We're not shown how many loops happened, but it's implied to be much more than the several shown. Doctor Strange used our laws of time and space to make an EldritchAbomination ''beg for mercy''. To reiterate: Strange made the eternal keeper and tormentor of souls not only beg him for mercy, but bargain for his ''own'' freedom in an incredibly one-sided deal. He essentially causes a metaphysical RageQuit because ''Dormammu cannot understand the concept of time'' because the Dark Dimension lacks it. He ''annoys an EldritchAbomination into submission'' and turned five words into an EarWorm.]]
14th Dec '16 12:17:10 AM Godzilladude123
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** Another one of John's feats involved finding out his [[TheChosenOne destiny]]. In the ''Roots of Coincidence'' arc, it was found out that John and his supposed-to-be-dead twin brother are the Laughing Magicians, people who have the power to control Synchronicity, thus [[ImmuneToFate putting Fate on their sides]]. With this, John found out that his very existence was a glitch, and that he scammed the whole universe by simply existing.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Cassidy pulls off a clever scam which results in [[spoiler:him getting cured of his vampirism]] and [[spoiler:God getting killed]]. Yes, [[spoiler:that means the Christian God, who is essentially the BigBad of the series]]. Cassidy didn't know of Jesse's deal with the Saint of Killers [[spoiler:which will result on God's demise]]. Cassidy's deal basically spelled out, "I'll bring you Jesse so you can kill him (and thus kill Genesis) on the condition we both leave alive." The deal was honored: Jesse dies then comes back, and Cassidy becomes human again. It's only coincidence that Jesse planned to get himself killed anyway. [[spoiler:It was the only way God would be comfortable enough to return to Heaven. Only thing is, the Saint of Killers would be waiting for Him for some much-overdue payback, armed with a gun forged from the metal of the Angel of Death's sword]].

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Cassidy pulls off a clever scam Seen at in at least two instances in the comics ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' which results in [[spoiler:him getting cured of his vampirism]] and [[spoiler:God getting killed]]. Yes, [[spoiler:that killed (yes that means the Christian God, who is essentially the BigBad of the series]].series)]]
** The protagonist Jesse Custer met up with the Saints of Killers to plan for [[spoiler:God's demise. The Saint called out to his plan saying that it will be nigh-impossible to kill God as long as he is on his throne. But Jesse suggested that he will use himself as bait to get God off his throne. This will give the Saint the chance to come up to Heaven, destroy the whole Heavenly Host, and wait for God there and kill him.]]
** Cassidy himself pulls off a clever scam with God that resulted in [[spoiler:him getting cured of his vampirism and unwittingly helped Jesse and the Saint in killing God]].
Cassidy didn't know of Jesse's deal with the Saint of Killers [[spoiler:which will result on God's demise]]. Cassidy's deal basically spelled out, "I'll bring you Jesse so you can kill him (and thus kill Genesis) on the condition we both leave alive." The deal was honored: Jesse dies then comes back, and Cassidy becomes human again. It's only coincidence that Jesse planned to get himself killed anyway. [[spoiler:It was the only way God would be comfortable enough to return to Heaven. Only thing is, the Saint of Killers would be waiting for Him for some much-overdue payback, armed with a gun forged from the metal of the Angel of Death's sword]].
11th Dec '16 3:19:07 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', it's impossible for people to tell if [[PlayerCharacter The Nameless One]] is lying- something about him prevents them from detecting his falsehoods if he's charismatic enough. Doesn't matter if it's a lowly harlot in the Hive or the telepathic HiveMind of Cranium Rats, you can put the blinds on them without fail every time. Yes, [[UpToEleven you can successfully lie to beings who are actively reading your mind at the time]]. It's easily possible to bluff your way through deals with beings of PhysicalGod status.
11th Dec '16 3:11:35 PM BattleMaster
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** Another example occurs in the in-game text ''Azura and the Box'', where an old Dwemer philosopher manages to prove Azura, an all-knowing Daedra associated with the spheres of dire prophecy and petty revenge, wrong in front of live audience. Since he isn't a protagonist, [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu this doesn't end well for him or any of the surrounding survivors.]]

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** Another example occurs in the in-game text ''Azura and the Box'', where an old Dwemer philosopher manages to prove Azura, an all-knowing Daedra associated with the spheres of dire prophecy and petty revenge, wrong in front of live audience. Since he isn't a protagonist, [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu this doesn't end well for him or any of the surrounding survivors.]]]] The book notes that the ending differs based on which races is telling the tale: in the Dunmer version, for example, [[SubvertedTrope: Azura easily saw through his attempted legerdemain]] and [[DoNotTauntCthulhu squashed him like a bug]].
11th Dec '16 4:37:50 AM Unoriginallyoriginal
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** The [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] special character Lady Malys does this in her backstory. The Cthulhu in question was an EldritchAbomination dwelling in the Webway, which she beat in a battle of wits, cut its heart out and replaced her own heart with it. It's also however implied to be the [[TheTrickster Trickster]] god the [[MonsterClown Harlequins]] worship - although the god will counts as Cthulhu for all purposes.

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** The [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] special character Lady Malys does this in her backstory. The Cthulhu in question was an EldritchAbomination dwelling in the Webway, which she beat in a battle of wits, cut its heart out and replaced her own heart with it. It's also however implied to be the [[TheTrickster Trickster]] god the [[MonsterClown Harlequins]] worship - although the god will counts as Cthulhu for all purposes. Its implied however that she may not have won as much as she though as the creepy-insane laughter coming out of quarters can attest to.
6th Dec '16 8:25:02 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku. In an effort to buy more time, Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth, [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Super Buu manages it in ''two minutes'' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more crucial minutes of time to train]].

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** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks Fighter'/[[spoiler:Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku. In an effort to buy more time, Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth, [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Super Buu manages it in ''two minutes'' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more crucial minutes of time to train]].train.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' executes this beautifully. The Angels are coming to merge with [[EldritchAbomination Adam]] and wipe out humanity. However, [[spoiler: [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness SEELE]] cloned Adam to [[OrganicTechnology make]] the [[HumongousMecha Evas]] and kill off the Angels so that they can [[AssimilationPlot merge with Adam themselves, elevating humanity into a God]]. The "Adam" that the Angels search for isn't even actually Adam, and one of them realizes Adam is actually ''Lilith''. [[GambitPileup At the same time]], [[MagnificentBastard Gendo]] has the real Adam in his hands (literally), and is scheming to kill off the Angels then screw over SEELE by having Rei merge with both Adam and [[CapturedSuperEntity Lilith]] so that he can [[WellIntentionedExtremist get his wife back]].]] The Angels are none-the-wiser...

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' executes this beautifully. The Angels are coming to merge with [[EldritchAbomination Adam]] and wipe out humanity. However, [[spoiler: [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness SEELE]] cloned Adam to [[OrganicTechnology make]] the [[HumongousMecha Evas]] and kill off the Angels so that they can [[AssimilationPlot merge with Adam themselves, elevating humanity into a God]]. The "Adam" that the Angels search for isn't even actually Adam, and one of them realizes Adam is actually ''Lilith''. [[GambitPileup At the same time]], [[MagnificentBastard Gendo]] has the real Adam in his hands (literally), and is scheming to kill off the Angels then screw over SEELE by having Rei merge with both Adam and [[CapturedSuperEntity Lilith]] so that he can [[WellIntentionedExtremist get his wife back]].]] The Angels are none-the-wiser...none-the-wiser....



Bonus points because the one who scams Cthulhu [[spoiler:is not TheChessmaster or a MagnificentBastard. She's just your [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent average,]] {{nice|Girl}}, [[NaiveEverygirl extremely naive]] [[TheCutie 14-year-old girl....]] who has been given too much information ''[[BreakTheCutie intended to push her into despair]]'', only to use what she's [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor learned]] to TakeAThirdOption and ScrewDestiny and Kyubey over.]]\\\

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Bonus points because the one who scams Cthulhu [[spoiler:is not TheChessmaster or a MagnificentBastard. She's just your [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent average,]] {{nice|Girl}}, [[NaiveEverygirl extremely naive]] [[TheCutie 14-year-old girl....girl...]] who has been given too much information ''[[BreakTheCutie intended to push her into despair]]'', only to use what she's [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor learned]] to TakeAThirdOption and ScrewDestiny and Kyubey over.]]\\\



* ComicBook/BlackPanther, being TheChessmaster he is, pulled this off with Mephisto. The Black Panther pledged his soul to Mephisto in exchange for Mephisto agreeing to depower an enemy of the Panther's that he had given great demonic power to. Mephisto lived up to his end of the bargain, and so did the Panther...but when Mephisto tried to claim the Panther's soul, Mephisto found that it was linked to the souls of the Panther God and every single previous Black Panther warrior in existence, whose sheer goodness threatened to destroy him. Mephisto requested that the Black Panther agree to release him from the pact, and the Panther agreed.

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* ComicBook/BlackPanther, being TheChessmaster he is, pulled this off with Mephisto. The Black Panther pledged his soul to Mephisto in exchange for Mephisto agreeing to depower an enemy of the Panther's that he had given great demonic power to. Mephisto lived up to his end of the bargain, and so did the Panther... but when Mephisto tried to claim the Panther's soul, Mephisto found that it was linked to the souls of the Panther God and every single previous Black Panther warrior in existence, whose sheer goodness threatened to destroy him. Mephisto requested that the Black Panther agree to release him from the pact, and the Panther agreed.



* John Constantine, the ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', is the TropeCodifier. In what may be Constantine's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, the First of the Fallen, aka {{Satan}}, tried to get Constantine's soul, so Constantine sold his soul to two of the most powerful demons in Hell at once, which would force them into a war with each other, leaving them no choice but to cure his terminal lung cancer and keep him alive. And then he [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped them off]]--the logic being that if he died ''someone'' had to claim him, and since each one of the three Fallen had a claim to his soul, just giving it up to another would be a sign of weakness. And if they actually went to war with each other over it, Heaven would take advantage of the chaos and invade. Mind you, this whole thing backfired when the First of the Fallen decided to simply kill his fellow rulers and come after Constantine himself...

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* John Constantine, the ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', is the TropeCodifier. In what may be Constantine's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, the First of the Fallen, aka {{Satan}}, tried to get Constantine's soul, so Constantine sold his soul to two of the most powerful demons in Hell at once, which would force them into a war with each other, leaving them no choice but to cure his terminal lung cancer and keep him alive. And then he [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipped them off]]--the logic being that if he died ''someone'' had to claim him, and since each one of the three Fallen had a claim to his soul, just giving it up to another would be a sign of weakness. And if they actually went to war with each other over it, Heaven would take advantage of the chaos and invade. Mind you, this whole thing backfired when the First of the Fallen decided to simply kill his fellow rulers and come after Constantine himself...himself....



* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, every scam Earth clan tries to pull on the ancient, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s backfires, until the very end of the series when they manage a doozy… accidentally, with a lie so ridiculous they never expected it to do more than buy them a few seconds. Even more impressively, what actually clinched the deal wasn't a deception at all, but the enemy misinterpreting a genuine offer of [[spoiler: surrender]].

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* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, every scam Earth clan tries to pull on the ancient, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s backfires, until the very end of the series when they manage a doozy… doozy... accidentally, with a lie so ridiculous they never expected it to do more than buy them a few seconds. Even more impressively, what actually clinched the deal wasn't a deception at all, but the enemy misinterpreting a genuine offer of [[spoiler: surrender]].[[spoiler:surrender]].



* A magnificent example: "I of Newton" from ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. A professor (Sherman Helmsley) trying to solve a mathematical problem accidentally summons the Devil (Ron Glass). The professor is allowed to ask three questions regarding his powers, and then a final question (or task) in exchange for his soul; if the Devil can't do it, the deal is forfeit and he keeps his soul. [[spoiler: Since it turns out the Devil has no physical limitations to his powers and can return from any place he's sent, the task "Get lost!" is impossible...]]

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* A magnificent example: "I of Newton" from ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. A professor (Sherman Helmsley) trying to solve a mathematical problem accidentally summons the Devil (Ron Glass). The professor is allowed to ask three questions regarding his powers, and then a final question (or task) in exchange for his soul; if the Devil can't do it, the deal is forfeit and he keeps his soul. [[spoiler: Since [[spoiler:Since it turns out the Devil has no physical limitations to his powers and can return from any place he's sent, the task "Get lost!" is impossible...]]



** A ''Dungeons and Dragons'' character class, the Malconvoker, specializes in summoning evil extraplanar creatures and ''tricking'' them into serving good causes. High-level Malconvokers acquire demon lords as their patrons who provide them with great power under the false impression that they're using that power to spread misery and destruction. In reality they're using it to slay monsters and bring down corrupt rulers, making the world a better place on the sly. Needless to say, a successful Malconvoker puts every skill point they can into Bluff...

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** A ''Dungeons and Dragons'' character class, the Malconvoker, specializes in summoning evil extraplanar creatures and ''tricking'' them into serving good causes. High-level Malconvokers acquire demon lords as their patrons who provide them with great power under the false impression that they're using that power to spread misery and destruction. In reality they're using it to slay monsters and bring down corrupt rulers, making the world a better place on the sly. Needless to say, a successful Malconvoker puts every skill point they can into Bluff...Bluff....
29th Nov '16 12:09:35 PM Anddrix
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* At the end of the second season of ''Manga/BlackButler'', Ciel manages to pull this on Sebastian. Contracted to have his soul eaten once their deal was complete, Ciel is turned into a demon himself; Sebastian can't eat the soul of another demon, meaning that he's trapped in a loophole and bound to serve his master for all eternity.
* In a side story of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the Amakusa Church prevents R'leyh from rising by making it seem like Cthulhu had already defeated them; [[MagicAIsMagicA because of the way magic works in the setting]], the spell became nonfunctional once no humans remained to terrorize.
* Lelouch of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' manages to [[spoiler:use his Geass on what can reasonably be described as ''God'', taking control of it and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbS7v68uKQg forcing it to delete his parents from existence]]]].
--> [[spoiler: Lelouch: "I don't intend to defeat God. This is a request."]]



* ''Anime/DragonBall'':
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku. In an effort to buy more time, Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth, [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Super Buu manages it in ''two minutes'' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more crucial minutes of time to train]].
** The Universe 6 arc of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has [[spoiler: Frost]], who manages to completely put one over on Champa. Champa is a true, for-realsies God of Destruction, and with the exception of [[spoiler: his assistant]] ''the strongest being in Universe 6''.
* Izaya Orihara of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' fame, who screws with everyone every chance he gets. [[HeadlessHorseman Celty]] and [[EvilWeapon Saika]] included.



* Lelouch of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' manages to [[spoiler:use his Geass on what can reasonably be described as ''God'', taking control of it and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbS7v68uKQg forcing it to delete his parents from existence]]]].
--> [[spoiler: Lelouch: "I don't intend to defeat God. This is a request."]]
* Izaya Orihara of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' fame, who screws with everyone every chance he gets. [[HeadlessHorseman Celty]] and [[EvilWeapon Saika]] included.

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* Lelouch In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure,'' exactly how much of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' manages to [[spoiler:use his Geass on what can reasonably be described as ''God'', taking control of it this, how much simple [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbS7v68uKQg forcing it how much absolute dumb luck contributed to delete his parents from existence]]]].
--> [[spoiler: Lelouch: "I don't intend to
Joseph's defeat God. This of [[UltimateLifeForm Kars]] is a request."]]
* Izaya Orihara of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' fame, who screws with everyone every chance he gets. [[HeadlessHorseman Celty]]
up to Joseph himself, and [[EvilWeapon Saika]] included.he's not particularly truthful. Being a consummate GuileHero, it is probably largely options one and three.



* At the end of the second season of ''Manga/BlackButler'', Ciel manages to pull this on Sebastian. Contracted to have his soul eaten once their deal was complete, Ciel is turned into a demon himself; Sebastian can't eat the soul of another demon, meaning that he's trapped in a loophole and bound to serve his master for all eternity.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Madoka uses her single wish from Kyubey to erase all witches, throughout time, before they can come into existence.]] {{Nice job|FixingItVillain}}, Kyubey. [[spoiler:Next time, make sure you don't- Oh, wait, [[{{Retconjuration}} there is no next time]].]]
** Bonus points because the one who scams Cthulhu [[spoiler:is not TheChessmaster or a MagnificentBastard. She's just your [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent average,]] {{nice|Girl}}, [[NaiveEverygirl extremely naive]] [[TheCutie 14-year-old girl....]] who has been given too much information ''[[BreakTheCutie intended to push her into despair]]'', only to use what she's [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor learned]] to TakeAThirdOption and ScrewDestiny and Kyubey over.]]
** Extra bonus points: [[spoiler:Kyubey tries to screw her back by pointing out that, by absorbing the grief of all Witches and keeping them from becoming Witches, Madoka will become the most powerful Witch in existence, one who could crack the earth in half. Madoka points out her wish was the ability to erase ''all'' Witches... and removes herself from existence, transcending the limitations of existence and becoming godlike.]]

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* At the end of the second season of ''Manga/BlackButler'', Ciel manages to pull this on Sebastian. Contracted to have his soul eaten once their deal was complete, Ciel is turned into a demon himself; Sebastian can't eat the soul of another demon, meaning that he's trapped in a loophole and bound to serve his master for all eternity.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Madoka uses her single wish from Kyubey to erase all witches, throughout time, before they can come into existence.]] {{Nice job|FixingItVillain}}, Kyubey. [[spoiler:Next time, make sure you don't- Oh, wait, [[{{Retconjuration}} there is no next time]].]]
**
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Bonus points because the one who scams Cthulhu [[spoiler:is not TheChessmaster or a MagnificentBastard. She's just your [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent average,]] {{nice|Girl}}, [[NaiveEverygirl extremely naive]] [[TheCutie 14-year-old girl....]] who has been given too much information ''[[BreakTheCutie intended to push her into despair]]'', only to use what she's [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor learned]] to TakeAThirdOption and ScrewDestiny and Kyubey over.]]
**
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Extra bonus points: [[spoiler:Kyubey tries to screw her back by pointing out that, by absorbing the grief of all Witches and keeping them from becoming Witches, Madoka will become the most powerful Witch in existence, one who could crack the earth in half. Madoka points out her wish was the ability to erase ''all'' Witches... and removes herself from existence, transcending the limitations of existence and becoming godlike.]]



* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku. In an effort to buy more time, Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth, [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Super Buu manages it in ''two minutes'' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more crucial minutes of time to train]].
** The Universe 6 arc of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has [[spoiler: Frost]], who manages to completely put one over on Champa. Champa is a true, for-realsies God of Destruction, and with the exception of [[spoiler: his assistant]] ''the strongest being in Universe 6''.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure,'' exactly how much of this, how much simple [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching]], and how much absolute dumb luck contributed to Joseph's defeat of [[UltimateLifeForm Kars]] is up to Joseph himself, and he's not particularly truthful. Being a consummate GuileHero, it is probably largely options one and three.
* In a side story of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the Amakusa Church prevents R'leyh from rising by making it seem like Cthulhu had already defeated them; [[MagicAIsMagicA because of the way magic works in the setting]], the spell became nonfunctional once no humans remained to terrorize.



* ComicBook/BlackPanther, being TheChessmaster he is, pulled this off with Mephisto. The Black Panther pledged his soul to Mephisto in exchange for Mephisto agreeing to depower an enemy of the Panther's that he had given great demonic power to. Mephisto lived up to his end of the bargain, and so did the Panther...but when Mephisto tried to claim the Panther's soul, Mephisto found that it was linked to the souls of the Panther God and every single previous Black Panther warrior in existence, whose sheer goodness threatened to destroy him. Mephisto requested that the Black Panther agree to release him from the pact, and the Panther agreed.
* In ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', Mr. Mxyzptlk decides to give ComicBook/TheJoker 1% of his power to see what he would do with it, but Joker tricks him into giving ''99.99%''. Which makes it fitting when Superman defeats him by turning Batman into a MindVirus (the Joker's obsession with Batman keeps bringing him back and his fear when Superman points out he can't control it makes Batman ever larger and more ominous until the Joker is overwhelmed.)
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'':
** Jack Horner's signature ability. Although half of his schemes fails miserably, his successes outclass his failures. Jack once managed to trick a whole legion of {{Devil}}s (including Lucifer, Chernabog, and Old Nick) by making him nigh-immortal, unkillable and unbeatable.
** Then there was the first time he defeated the Devil in poker, and trapping the {{Grim Reaper}} in a {{Bag of Holding}}.
* Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} manages to beat the Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe, (who was at the time pitting the Avengers (or Comicbook/CaptainAmerica and Hawkeye, the only two still alive) in an endless series of games to the death) by convincing the Grandmaster to engage in a game of chance to make it more interesting. Hawkeye, of course, wins. He did, after all, cheat.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Cassidy pulls off a clever scam which results in [[spoiler:him getting cured of his vampirism]] and [[spoiler:God getting killed]]. Yes, [[spoiler:that means the Christian God, who is essentially the BigBad of the series]].
** Cassidy didn't know of Jesse's deal with the Saint of Killers [[spoiler:which will result on God's demise]]. Cassidy's deal basically spelled out, "I'll bring you Jesse so you can kill him (and thus kill Genesis) on the condition we both leave alive." The deal was honored: Jesse dies then comes back, and Cassidy becomes human again. It's only coincidence that Jesse planned to get himself killed anyway. [[spoiler:It was the only way God would be comfortable enough to return to Heaven. Only thing is, the Saint of Killers would be waiting for Him for some much-overdue payback, armed with a gun forged from the metal of the Angel of Death's sword]].
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** In ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'', Cassandra Anderson manages to make Satan ''blow himself up'' by forcing himself into a [[LogicBomb Douglas Adams-style self-contradiction]].
** In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', PJ Maybe is defending his new residence as the husband of an aging billionaire from looters and the infected during Chaos Day. Three of the Dark Judges, omnicidal life-hating ghosts, show up to kill everyone in sight. Maybe keeps his cool and manages to trap them inside a bottle after promising them new bodies.
* Jack Horner's signature ability in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''. Although half of his schemes fails miserably, his successes outclass his failures. Jack once managed to trick a whole legion of {{Devil}}s (including Lucifer, Chernabog, and Old Nick) by making him nigh-immortal, unkillable and unbeatable.
** Then there was the first time he defeated the Devil in poker, and trapping the {{Grim Reaper}} in a {{Bag of Holding}}.
* The Magus' BatmanGambit in ''The Infinity War'' miniseries involved the manipulation of some of the Marvel Universe's most powerful cosmic beings, from Galactus up to Eternity and even the Living Tribunal.
** And he himself was outmaneuvered by Adam Warlock and Thanos of Titan.

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* The Magus' BatmanGambit in ''The Infinity War'' miniseries involved the manipulation of some of the Marvel Universe's most powerful cosmic beings, from Galactus up to Eternity and even the Living Tribunal. And he himself was outmaneuvered by Adam Warlock and Thanos of Titan.
* Loki has managed to scam Mephisto on at least two - and possibly more - occasions in just the last few years of publishing. And since Mephisto regards Loki as a WorthyOpponent (which is about as close as the Devil gets to having a friend), he usually laughs it off. (It helps that they're both immortals, so a loss today isn't that big a deal to them.)
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Cassidy pulls off a clever scam which results in [[spoiler:him getting cured of his vampirism]] and [[spoiler:God getting killed]]. Yes, [[spoiler:that means the Christian God, who is essentially the BigBad of the series]].
**
series]]. Cassidy didn't know of Jesse's deal with the Saint of Killers [[spoiler:which will result on God's demise]]. Cassidy's deal basically spelled out, "I'll bring you Jesse so you can kill him (and thus kill Genesis) on the condition we both leave alive." The deal was honored: Jesse dies then comes back, and Cassidy becomes human again. It's only coincidence that Jesse planned to get himself killed anyway. [[spoiler:It was the only way God would be comfortable enough to return to Heaven. Only thing is, the Saint of Killers would be waiting for Him for some much-overdue payback, armed with a gun forged from the metal of the Angel of Death's sword]].
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
**
In ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'', Cassandra Anderson manages to make Satan ''blow himself up'' by forcing himself ''[[Comicbook/RedSonja Queen Sonja]]'' #20, EvilSorcerer Thulsa Doom tricks an Elder God into a [[LogicBomb Douglas Adams-style self-contradiction]].
** In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', PJ Maybe
giving him enough of its power that he is defending his new residence as the husband of an aging billionaire from looters and the infected during Chaos Day. Three of the Dark Judges, omnicidal life-hating ghosts, show up able to kill everyone in sight. Maybe keeps his cool and manages to trap them inside a bottle after promising them new bodies.
* Jack Horner's signature ability in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''. Although half of his schemes fails miserably, his successes outclass his failures. Jack once managed to trick a whole legion of {{Devil}}s (including Lucifer, Chernabog, and Old Nick) by making him nigh-immortal, unkillable and unbeatable.
** Then there was the first time he defeated the Devil in poker, and trapping the {{Grim Reaper}} in a {{Bag of Holding}}.
* The Magus' BatmanGambit in ''The Infinity War'' miniseries involved the manipulation of some of the Marvel Universe's most powerful cosmic beings, from Galactus up to Eternity and even the Living Tribunal.
** And he himself was outmaneuvered by Adam Warlock and Thanos of Titan.
it.



* ComicBook/TheTransformers:
** [[AxCrazy Galvatron]] in the Marvel comic pulled one on Primus, making him believe Autobot and Decepticon alike had finally put their differences aside for the greater good, all so Galvatron could take revenge on Unicron.
-->"'''HAH!''' For all their supposed omnipotence... Even gods can be conned!"
** This was somewhat easier than it sounds, as Primus had become so senile that he didn't even notice Unicron's approach until Unicron was right in front of him, and even then it took Ironhide to actually point it out.
* In ''Triumph and Torment'', Doctor Doom manages to trick Mephisto into doing what he wants.
* In DC Comics' ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', [[Franchise/TheFlash the Trickster]], in a HeelFaceTurn, managed to scam the Devil.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[spoiler:Veidt]]'s master plan involves the manipulation of pretty much the entire rest of the cast, up to and including Dr. Manhattan, an energy being of unimaginable power who can normally see the future as clearly as he can see the present.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[spoiler:Veidt]]'s master plan involves the manipulation of pretty much the entire rest of the cast, up to and including Dr. Manhattan, an energy being of unimaginable power who can normally see the future as clearly as he can see the present.
* ComicBook/BlackPanther, being TheChessmaster he is, pulled this off with Mephisto. The Black Panther pledged his soul to Mephisto in exchange for Mephisto agreeing to depower an enemy of the Panther's that he had given great demonic power to. Mephisto lived up to his end of the bargain, and so did the Panther...but when Mephisto tried to claim the Panther's soul, Mephisto found that it was linked to the souls of the Panther God and every single previous Black Panther warrior in existence, whose sheer goodness threatened to destroy him. Mephisto requested that the Black Panther agree to release him from the pact, and the Panther agreed.
* In DC Comics' ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', [[Franchise/TheFlash the Trickster]], in a HeelFaceTurn, managed to scam the Devil.
* In ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', Mr. Mxyzptlk decides to give SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker 1% of his power to see what he would do with it, but Joker tricks him into giving ''99.99%''.
** Which makes it fitting when Superman defeats him by turning Batman into a MindVirus (the Joker's obsession with Batman keeps bringing him back and his fear when Superman points out he can't control it makes Batman ever larger and more ominous until the Joker is overwhelmed.)
* [[AxCrazy Galvatron]] in the Marvel ComicBook/TheTransformers comic pulled one on Primus, making him believe Autobot and Decepticon alike had finally put their differences aside for the greater good, all so Galvatron could take revenge on Unicron.
-->"'''HAH!''' For all their supposed omnipotence... Even gods can be conned!"
** This was somewhat easier than it sounds, as Primus had become so senile that he didn't even notice Unicron's approach until Unicron was right in front of him, and even then it took Ironhide to actually point it out.
* In ''Triumph and Torment'', Doctor Doom manages to trick Mephisto into doing what he wants.
* Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} manages to beat the Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe, (who was at the time pitting the Avengers (or Comicbook/CaptainAmerica and Hawkeye, the only two still alive) in an endless series of games to the death) by convincing the Grandmaster to engage in a game of chance to make it more interesting. Hawkeye, of course, wins. He did, after all, cheat.
* Loki has managed to scam Mephisto on at least two - and possibly more - occasions in just the last few years of publishing. And since Mephisto regards Loki as a WorthyOpponent (which is about as close as the Devil gets to having a friend), he usually laughs it off. (It helps that they're both immortals, so a loss today isn't that big a deal to them.)
* In ''[[Comicbook/RedSonja Queen Sonja]]'' #20, EvilSorcerer Thulsa Doom tricks an Elder God into giving him enough of its power that he is able to kill it.



* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** In ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'', Cassandra Anderson manages to make Satan ''blow himself up'' by forcing himself into a [[LogicBomb Douglas Adams-style self-contradiction]].
** In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', PJ Maybe is defending his new residence as the husband of an aging billionaire from looters and the infected during Chaos Day. Three of the Dark Judges, omnicidal life-hating ghosts, show up to kill everyone in sight. Maybe keeps his cool and manages to trap them inside a bottle after promising them new bodies.



* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown''  Edward exploits the fact that the Gate is bound to follow its own rules [[spoiler: when reversing Nina's chimera transmutation.]] So despite the Gate wanting to screw Ed over, [[spoiler: it has to give Ed the allotted energy when Ed trades Alexander for Nina.]]

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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown''  ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'' Edward exploits the fact that the Gate is bound to follow its own rules [[spoiler: when reversing Nina's chimera transmutation.]] So despite the Gate wanting to screw Ed over, [[spoiler: it has to give Ed the allotted energy when Ed trades Alexander for Nina.]]



* Davy Jones gets this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', although who it is that actually scammed him is up for debate. It took the combined conflicting efforts of possibly the three smartest/wittiest/cleverest Brits in the Caribbean to [[spoiler: steal his heart, though James Norrington walks away with the heart and documents at the end of the film.]]
* The way the heroine from the first ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' movie gets the best of the evil JerkassGenie. [[spoiler:He can't grant a wish that directly affects him, so she can't just wish that he stuffs himself back in his lamp. She's down to her third and final wish, and after she makes that wish he'll be free to run amok and destroy the world, and he's forcing her to take action by murdering and torturing [[AndYourLittleDogToo people around the heroine]]. So, with some clever thinking, she comes up with a wish that will work: she wishes that a specific crane operator hadn't been drunk on the job a few days ago. That crane operator had dropped and destroyed the statue that the genie [[SealedEvilInACan had been trapped inside of]], so the wish undoes everything the genie had done and winds up with him imprisoned again.]]
* In the ShortFilm ''The Happiness Salesman'', a Salesman, [[spoiler:who is later implied to be a demonic servant of the devil]], offers Karen a great destiny, giving her a laptop with a DVD that will show her any point in her life if she accepts his offer. Rather than use it to see how great her life will be years from now if she accepts, she uses it to [[spoiler:discover what will happen five minutes after she accepts]], allowing to her to discover what the "payment" is when she sees [[spoiler:a demonic version of the Salesman preparing to consume her child]]. She promptly refuses his offer.

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* Davy Jones gets this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', although who it is In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Black Widow pretends that Loki's taunting is affecting her more than it actually scammed him is up for debate. It took the combined conflicting efforts of possibly the three smartest/wittiest/cleverest Brits in the Caribbean (she even pretends to [[spoiler: steal cry). In his heart, though James Norrington walks away with the heart and documents at the end of the film.]]
* The way the heroine from the first ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' movie gets the best of the evil JerkassGenie. [[spoiler:He can't grant a wish that directly affects him, so she can't just wish that
arrogance, he stuffs himself back in his lamp. She's down to her third and final wish, and after she makes a comment that wish he'll be free allows her to run amok figure out his scheme, and destroy she thanks him. The look on the world, and God of Lies' face when he realizes he's forcing her to take action by murdering and torturing [[AndYourLittleDogToo people around the heroine]]. So, with some clever thinking, she comes up with a wish that will work: she wishes that a specific crane operator hadn't been drunk on the job a few days ago. That crane operator had dropped and destroyed the statue that the genie [[SealedEvilInACan had been trapped inside of]], so the wish undoes everything the genie had done and winds up with him imprisoned again.]]
tricked is priceless.
* In ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey]]'', the ShortFilm ''The Happiness Salesman'', a Salesman, [[spoiler:who is later implied boys first attempt to be a demonic servant of the devil]], offers Karen a great destiny, escape death by giving her the Grim Reaper a laptop with a DVD wedgie and running. When they get cast into Hell, they win their souls back and continue on their quest to stop the BigBad by challenging the Reaper to games like Battleship and electronic football (which he doesn't play, unlike [[ChessWithDeath chess]]) that will show her any point in her life if she accepts his offer. Rather than use it to see how great her life will be years from now if she accepts, she uses it to [[spoiler:discover what will happen five minutes after she accepts]], allowing to her to discover what the "payment" is when she sees [[spoiler:a demonic version of the Salesman preparing to consume her child]]. She promptly refuses his offer.they're experts at.



* In ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey]]'', the boys first attempt to escape death by giving the Grim Reaper a wedgie and running. When they get cast into Hell, they win their souls back and continue on their quest to stop the BigBad by challenging the Reaper to games like Battleship and electronic football (which he doesn't play, unlike [[ChessWithDeath chess]]) that they're experts at.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Black Widow pretends that Loki's taunting is affecting her more than it actually is (she even pretends to cry). In his arrogance, he makes a comment that allows her to figure out his scheme, and she thanks him. The look on the God of Lies' face when he realizes he's been tricked is priceless.
* V'Ger of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' effortlessly destroys anything that affronts it--including a Klingon task force of three battlecruisers--on its way to Earth. Depending on the cut of the film you're watching, the energy field that V'Ger creates around itself has a diameter either [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale greater than that of the solar system]], or just greater than Earth's orbit around the sun. When it arrives at Earth, the machine casually prepares to obliterate the planet's biosphere. None of that stops [[TheCaptain Jim Kirk]] from playing chicken with V'Ger, and winning; making the leviathan stand down by threatening to not reveal who its creator is if it doesn't. It should be noted that at this point in the film, Kirk had no idea who V'Ger's creator was.



* In the ShortFilm ''The Happiness Salesman'', a Salesman, [[spoiler:who is later implied to be a demonic servant of the devil]], offers Karen a great destiny, giving her a laptop with a DVD that will show her any point in her life if she accepts his offer. Rather than use it to see how great her life will be years from now if she accepts, she uses it to [[spoiler:discover what will happen five minutes after she accepts]], allowing to her to discover what the "payment" is when she sees [[spoiler:a demonic version of the Salesman preparing to consume her child]]. She promptly refuses his offer.
* Davy Jones gets this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', although who it is that actually scammed him is up for debate. It took the combined conflicting efforts of possibly the three smartest/wittiest/cleverest Brits in the Caribbean to [[spoiler: steal his heart, though James Norrington walks away with the heart and documents at the end of the film.]]
* V'Ger of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' effortlessly destroys anything that affronts it--including a Klingon task force of three battlecruisers--on its way to Earth. Depending on the cut of the film you're watching, the energy field that V'Ger creates around itself has a diameter either [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale greater than that of the solar system]], or just greater than Earth's orbit around the sun. When it arrives at Earth, the machine casually prepares to obliterate the planet's biosphere. None of that stops [[TheCaptain Jim Kirk]] from playing chicken with V'Ger, and winning; making the leviathan stand down by threatening to not reveal who its creator is if it doesn't. It should be noted that at this point in the film, Kirk had no idea who V'Ger's creator was.
* The way the heroine from the first ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' movie gets the best of the evil JerkassGenie. [[spoiler:He can't grant a wish that directly affects him, so she can't just wish that he stuffs himself back in his lamp. She's down to her third and final wish, and after she makes that wish he'll be free to run amok and destroy the world, and he's forcing her to take action by murdering and torturing [[AndYourLittleDogToo people around the heroine]]. So, with some clever thinking, she comes up with a wish that will work: she wishes that a specific crane operator hadn't been drunk on the job a few days ago. That crane operator had dropped and destroyed the statue that the genie [[SealedEvilInACan had been trapped inside of]], so the wish undoes everything the genie had done and winds up with him imprisoned again.]]



* "Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster".
* In the {{backstory}} of Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', the prophet Gorim managed to shanghai UL, the Father of all the Gods. Initially, UL was not a part of creation, and abstained while his sons (also Gods) created the world. After all of the Gods had chosen a race of humans that pleased them as their chosen people, there were some humans left over, the Godless Ones, who languished without a God. One among them, Gorim, managed to find UL and shame him into becoming their God (and also the God of all monsters, those creatures who were imperfect because UL did not participate in their creation). Fairly impressive, overall.
** And he did it basically by sitting there and waiting. For several hundred years. The mention of it came at the time when Belgarath and his Master (One of those gods behind the creation scheme) were unable to find UL and his people. Belgarath wonders if he perhaps abandoned them again since the new Gorim was particularly irritating.

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* "Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster".
''Literature/AmericanGods'' has [[spoiler: [[AlwaysABiggerFish Cthulhu scamming other Cthulhus]] - all the gods are being manipulated by Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Mr. World (Loki). They convinced the old and new gods respectively that [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly there wasn't enough belief to go around]] and that they should start a war with each other. Odin and Loki then arranged circumstances so they could draw power from the ensuing carnage by having Loki symbolically dedicate it to Odin beforehand, turning the bloodbath into a blood sacrifice.]]
* Happens in one book of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when a Yeerk steals the Time Matrix and rewrites history. The Animorphs get to go back and stop him, in exchange for the one of the Animorphs dying. Jake dies to honor the deal, but the team gets around this and brings Jake back to life by using the Time Matrix to prevent the birth of the Yeerk's host, thus preventing it from ever finding the Time Matrix and preventing the Yeerk's rewriting from ever happening, thus accomplishing what they set out to do without losing anybody.
* Many people outsmart genies in the ''Literature/ArabianNights''. One of the more memorable is also one of the simplest: a fisherman finds a genie trapped in a bottle who tells him to choose how he wishes to die. The fisherman just can't believe such a huge genie fit in a small bottle, and the genie is very proud and doesn't like hearing such a challenge to his powers, so he goes back in and the fisherman puts the lid back on. After that, the genie is much more helpful.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
**
In the {{backstory}} of Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', {{backstory}}, the prophet Gorim managed to shanghai UL, the Father of all the Gods. Initially, UL was not a part of creation, and abstained while his sons (also Gods) created the world. After all of the Gods had chosen a race of humans that pleased them as their chosen people, there were some humans left over, the Godless Ones, who languished without a God. One among them, Gorim, managed to find UL and shame him into becoming their God (and also the God of all monsters, those creatures who were imperfect because UL did not participate in their creation). Fairly impressive, overall.
**
overall. And he did it basically by sitting there and waiting. For several hundred years. The mention of it came at the time when Belgarath and his Master (One of those gods behind the creation scheme) were unable to find UL and his people. Belgarath wonders if he perhaps abandoned them again since the new Gorim was particularly irritating.



* Janus from ''Literature/{{Maledicte}}'' [[spoiler: pulls this off against the goddess possessing his cross-dressing girlfriend, trapping said goddess inside her with a recursive paradox that made her incapable of ever trying to kill him.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, every scam Earth clan tries to pull on the ancient, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s backfires, until the very end of the series when they manage a doozy… accidentally, with a lie so ridiculous they never expected it to do more than buy them a few seconds.
** Even more impressively, what actually clinched the deal wasn't a deception at all, but the enemy misinterpreting a genuine offer of [[spoiler: surrender]].
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Sauron the [[TheChessmaster chess GRANDmaster]] of Middle-Earth was outwitted by the KansasCityShuffle directing him away from Frodo. It helped that EvilCannotComprehendGood.
* Happens to an extent in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''--specifically, the story of the Downfall of Númenor, where [[MagnificentBastard Sauron]] essentially manipulates [[{{God}} Eru Ilúvatar]] into destroying the Númenórean empire for him. Also subverted in that Sauron only intended for [[CouncilOfAngels the Valar]] to get involved, and the amount of power Ilúvatar was packing was enough to kill Sauron as well. Of course as anyone who's read ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' could tell you, Sauron came BackFromTheDead, and at any rate it's impressive to set up a situation where God wipes out your enemies for you in a 'verse where God is both competent and good.
** It was implied that Númenórean dominion over the world had in the end become worse than Sauron's ever was, so Eru may simply have chosen lesser evil.
* In the second book of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series, Bink wonders if his magical talent of [[spoiler:[[YouCantFightFate bizarre luck]] preventing him from ever being hurt by magic]] actually manipulated events so that the Source of All Magic[[spoiler: the demon Xanth]] decided to play nice in the end and not destroy everything.
* In one ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, Cohen the Barbarian has to roll a 7 with one six-sided die. Naturally, being a Hero, he takes the most awesome method and ''cuts the die in two while it is spinning in the air'', rolling a 7 and cheating Fate at the same time.
** Notably, he drew inspiration from an in-universe version of the Gordian knot story, which at the time his companions declared to be cheating (Cohen himself was a little more introspective about it). He must have reckoned there's no reason to play fair with gods, who aren't known for their tendency to do so.
* Another Literature/{{Discworld}} example, Granny Weatherwax once cheated Death at a card game. Then threatened him. Though he let her win, because he's just that kind of guy, and because Granny Weatherwax is no one to be trifled with.
* In one short story by Brian Jacques (yes, [[Literature/{{Redwall}} That one]]), a kid traded his soul so he could lie better, and ended up convincing the devil he's illiterate, voiding their soul contract, and got an angel to agree to come over to his house for cake - the latter implying he wasn't using his supernaturally-enhanced lying skills.

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* Janus ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' had several medieval Europeans able to outwit Link; a superrobot from ''Literature/{{Maledicte}}'' [[spoiler: pulls this off against millions of years in the goddess possessing his cross-dressing girlfriend, trapping said goddess inside her with a recursive paradox that made her incapable of ever trying to kill him.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, every scam Earth clan tries to pull on the ancient, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s backfires, until the very end of the series when they manage a doozy… accidentally, with a lie so ridiculous they never expected it to do more than buy them a few seconds.
** Even more impressively, what
future. Most notably Belisarius but also Damadora and Narses. Narses actually clinched managed to deceive Link looking right in her face, in spite of the deal wasn't a deception at all, but ability to otherwise tell when someone is lying to her.
* The men of
the enemy misinterpreting a genuine offer city of [[spoiler: surrender]].
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Sauron
Gibil do this to the [[TheChessmaster chess GRANDmaster]] of Middle-Earth was outwitted by the KansasCityShuffle directing him away from Frodo. It helped that EvilCannotComprehendGood.
* Happens to an extent in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''--specifically,
gods all throughout the story of ''Between the Downfall of Númenor, where [[MagnificentBastard Sauron]] essentially manipulates [[{{God}} Eru Ilúvatar]] into destroying the Númenórean empire for him. Also subverted in that Sauron only intended for [[CouncilOfAngels the Valar]] to get involved, and the amount of power Ilúvatar was packing was enough to kill Sauron as well. Of course as anyone who's read ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' could tell you, Sauron Rivers'' by Creator/HarryTurtledove. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome came BackFromTheDead, and at any rate it's impressive when Sharur performed a FakeDefector gambit to set up a situation where God wipes out your enemies for you in a 'verse where God is both competent and good.
** It was implied that Númenórean dominion over
fool the world had in the end become worse than Sauron's ever was, so Eru may simply have chosen lesser evil.
* In the second book of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series, Bink wonders if his magical talent of [[spoiler:[[YouCantFightFate bizarre luck]] preventing him from ever being hurt by magic]] actually manipulated events
enemy god Enimhursag, so that the Source of All Magic[[spoiler: the demon Xanth]] decided to play nice in the end and not destroy everything.
* In one ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, Cohen the Barbarian has to roll a 7 with one six-sided die. Naturally, being a Hero, he takes the most awesome method and ''cuts the die in two while it is spinning in the air'', rolling a 7 and cheating Fate at the same time.
** Notably, he drew inspiration from an in-universe version of the Gordian knot story, which at the time
Enimhursag believed that Sharur was betraying his companions declared to be cheating (Cohen himself was a little more introspective about it). He must have reckoned there's no reason to play fair with gods, who aren't known for home city, Gibil, against their tendency to do so.
* Another Literature/{{Discworld}} example, Granny Weatherwax once cheated Death at a card game. Then threatened him. Though he let her win, because he's just that kind of guy, and because Granny Weatherwax is no one to be trifled with.
* In one short story by Brian Jacques (yes, [[Literature/{{Redwall}} That one]]), a kid traded his soul so he could lie better, and ended up convincing
hated enemies, the devil he's illiterate, voiding their soul contract, and got an angel to agree to come over to his house for cake - city of Imhursag. And Sharur successfully deceived the latter implying god even though he wasn't using his supernaturally-enhanced lying skills.had to ''invite Enimhursag read Sharur's mind to see if he was lying.''



* In the Creator/RobertBloch short story, "That Hellbound Train", features a protagonist who ''just barely'' manages to outwit Satan after trading his soul for a watch that can stop time. He goes through his entire life, never finding the perfect moment, and as he's dying the Devil tells him that he's given the same watch away dozens of times. [[spoiler: As he rides the titular train, he realizes that a) everyone is partying like it's their last chance, because it is and b) Satan hasn't taken the watch yet!]]

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* In the Creator/RobertBloch short story, "That Hellbound Train", features a protagonist who ''just barely'' manages to outwit Satan after trading his soul for a watch that can stop time. He goes through his entire life, never finding the perfect moment, and as he's dying the Devil tells him that he's given the same watch away dozens of times. [[spoiler: As he rides the titular train, he realizes that a) everyone is partying like it's their last chance, because it is and b) Satan hasn't taken the watch yet!]]"Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster".



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In one novel, Cohen the Barbarian has to roll a 7 with one six-sided die. Naturally, being a Hero, he takes the most awesome method and ''cuts the die in two while it is spinning in the air'', rolling a 7 and cheating Fate at the same time. Notably, he drew inspiration from an in-universe version of the Gordian knot story, which at the time his companions declared to be cheating (Cohen himself was a little more introspective about it). He must have reckoned there's no reason to play fair with gods, who aren't known for their tendency to do so.
** Another example, Granny Weatherwax once cheated Death at a card game. Then threatened him. Though he let her win, because he's just that kind of guy, and because Granny Weatherwax is no one to be trifled with.
* In the fairy tale "The Three Brothers" in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', all three brothers are granted "gifts" from Death, who is actually mad at them for using magic to stay alive. The first two request items of great power which lead to their downfall and Death collects them swiftly. The third brother, however, recognizes why Death is offering these favors and asks for an item that would make it so not even Death could find him. Death is forced to surrender his own invisibility cloak and the third brother leaves unmolested. He chooses to die at a very advanced age and "greets Death as an old friend."
* In the Creator/RobertBloch short story, "That Hellbound Train", features a protagonist who ''just barely'' manages to outwit Satan after trading his soul for a watch that can stop time. He goes through his entire life, never finding the perfect moment, and as he's dying the Devil tells him that he's given the same watch away dozens of times. [[spoiler: As he rides the titular train, he realizes that a) everyone is partying like it's their last chance, because it is and b) Satan hasn't taken the watch yet!]]



* The men of the city of Gibil do this to the gods all throughout the story of ''Between the Rivers'' by Creator/HarryTurtledove. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome came when Sharur performed a FakeDefector gambit to fool the enemy god Enimhursag, so that Enimhursag believed that Sharur was betraying his home city, Gibil, against their hated enemies, the city of Imhursag. And Sharur successfully deceived the god even though he had to ''invite Enimhursag read Sharur's mind to see if he was lying.''
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' had several medieval Europeans able to outwit Link; a superrobot from millions of years in the future. Most notably Belisarius but also Damadora and Narses. Narses actually managed to deceive Link looking right in her face, in spite of the ability to otherwise tell when someone is lying to her.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' has [[spoiler: [[AlwaysABiggerFish Cthulhu scamming other Cthulhus]] - all the gods are being manipulated by Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Mr. World (Loki). They convinced the old and new gods respectively that [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly there wasn't enough belief to go around]] and that they should start a war with each other. Odin and Loki then arranged circumstances so they could draw power from the ensuing carnage by having Loki symbolically dedicate it to Odin beforehand, turning the bloodbath into a blood sacrifice.]]
* In the fairy tale "The Three Brothers" in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', all three brothers are granted "gifts" from Death, who is actually mad at them for using magic to stay alive. The first two request items of great power which lead to their downfall and Death collects them swiftly. The third brother, however, recognizes why Death is offering these favors and asks for an item that would make it so not even Death could find him. Death is forced to surrender his own invisibility cloak and the third brother leaves unmolested. He chooses to die at a very advanced age and "greets Death as an old friend."
* Many people outsmart genies in the ''Literature/ArabianNights''. One of the more memorable is also one of the simplest: a fisherman finds a genie trapped in a bottle who tells him to choose how he wishes to die. The fisherman just can't believe such a huge genie fit in a small bottle, and the genie is very proud and doesn't like hearing such a challenge to his powers, so he goes back in and the fisherman puts the lid back on. After that, the genie is much more helpful.
* In ''Literature/WeAreNotAllMadeOfColour'', the Dark Mage Gorog is defeated when Gwynn goads him into "admitting" that he's mortal. Because Gorog has infinite power, "admitting" that he's mortal causes him to ''become'' mortal, and Gorog - being 360,000 years old - was long overdue to die by mortal standards. [[NoImmortalInertia He promptly turns into dust.]]

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* The men of ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': At the city end of Gibil do this ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'', Nunnal is revealed to the gods all throughout the story of ''Between the Rivers'' by Creator/HarryTurtledove. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome came when Sharur performed a FakeDefector gambit to fool the enemy god Enimhursag, so that Enimhursag believed that Sharur was betraying his home city, Gibil, against their hated enemies, the city of Imhursag. And Sharur successfully deceived the god even though he had to ''invite Enimhursag read Sharur's mind to see if he was lying.''
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' had several medieval Europeans able to outwit Link; a superrobot from millions of years in the future. Most notably Belisarius but also Damadora
have [[ThePowersThatBe Order himself]] into not only wasting resources and Narses. Narses actually managed to deceive Link looking right in her face, in spite of the ability to otherwise tell when someone is lying to her.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' has
freeing elves, [[spoiler: [[AlwaysABiggerFish Cthulhu scamming other Cthulhus]] - all the gods are being manipulated by Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Mr. World (Loki). They convinced the old and new gods respectively that [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly there wasn't enough belief to go around]] and that they should start a war with each other. Odin and Loki then arranged circumstances so they could draw power but also preventing him from the ensuing carnage by having Loki symbolically dedicate it to Odin beforehand, turning the bloodbath into ever invading her village again. It was basically a blood sacrifice.]]
* In the fairy tale "The Three Brothers" in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', all three brothers are granted "gifts" from Death, who is actually mad at them for using magic to stay alive. The first two request items of great power which lead to their downfall and Death collects them swiftly. The third brother, however, recognizes why Death is offering these favors and asks for an item that would make it so not even Death could find him. Death is forced to surrender his own invisibility cloak and the third brother leaves unmolested. He chooses to die at a very advanced age and "greets Death as an old friend."
* Many people outsmart genies in the ''Literature/ArabianNights''. One of the more memorable is also one of the simplest: a fisherman finds a genie trapped in a bottle who tells him to choose how he wishes to die. The fisherman just can't believe such a huge genie fit in a small bottle, and the genie is very proud and doesn't like hearing such a challenge to his powers, so he goes back in and the fisherman puts the lid back on. After that, the genie is much more helpful.
* In ''Literature/WeAreNotAllMadeOfColour'', the Dark Mage Gorog is defeated when Gwynn goads
high stakes bet; she allows him into "admitting" Dnnac Ledo to thwart the Mana Mutation Summit and prevent its agreements going forward, in exchange for several conditions. The catch was that he's mortal. Because Gorog has infinite power, "admitting" if he failed, he couldn't try again later. Little did he know that he's mortal causes him to ''become'' mortal, Nunnal's adoptive daughter and Gorog - being 360,000 years old - was long overdue houseguest prepared a plan to die by mortal standards. [[NoImmortalInertia He promptly turns into dust.]]destroy his vessel and repel him.]]



* Happens in one book of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when a Yeerk steals the Time Matrix and rewrites history. The Animorphs get to go back and stop him, in exchange for the one of the Animorphs dying. Jake dies to honor the deal, but the team gets around this and brings Jake back to life by using the Time Matrix to prevent the birth of the Yeerk's host, thus preventing it from ever finding the Time Matrix and preventing the Yeerk's rewriting from ever happening, thus accomplishing what they set out to do without losing anybody.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': At the end of ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'', Nunnal is revealed to have [[ThePowersThatBe Order himself]] into not only wasting resources and freeing elves, [[spoiler: but also preventing him from ever invading her village again. It was basically a high stakes bet; she allows him into Dnnac Ledo to thwart the Mana Mutation Summit and prevent its agreements going forward, in exchange for several conditions. The catch was that if he failed, he couldn't try again later. Little did he know that Nunnal's adoptive daughter and houseguest prepared a plan to destroy his vessel and repel him.]]

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* Happens in one book of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when a Yeerk steals In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Sauron the Time Matrix and rewrites history. The Animorphs get to go back and stop him, in exchange for [[TheChessmaster chess GRANDmaster]] of Middle-Earth was outwitted by the one of the Animorphs dying. Jake dies to honor the deal, but the team gets around this and brings Jake back to life by using the Time Matrix to prevent the birth of the Yeerk's host, thus preventing it KansasCityShuffle directing him away from ever finding the Time Matrix and preventing the Yeerk's rewriting Frodo. It helped that EvilCannotComprehendGood.
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from ever happening, thus accomplishing what they set out to do without losing anybody.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': At the end of ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'', Nunnal is revealed to have [[ThePowersThatBe Order himself]] into not only wasting resources and freeing elves,
''Literature/{{Maledicte}}'' [[spoiler: pulls this off against the goddess possessing his cross-dressing girlfriend, trapping said goddess inside her with a recursive paradox that made her incapable of ever trying to kill him.]]
* Happens to an extent in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''--specifically, the story of the Downfall of Númenor, where [[MagnificentBastard Sauron]] essentially manipulates [[{{God}} Eru Ilúvatar]] into destroying the Númenórean empire for him. Also subverted in that Sauron only intended for [[CouncilOfAngels the Valar]] to get involved, and the amount of power Ilúvatar was packing was enough to kill Sauron as well. Of course as anyone who's read ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' could tell you, Sauron came BackFromTheDead, and at any rate it's impressive to set up a situation where God wipes out your enemies for you in a 'verse where God is both competent and good. It was implied that Númenórean dominion over the world had in the end become worse than Sauron's ever was, so Eru may simply have chosen lesser evil.
* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, every scam Earth clan tries to pull on the ancient, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s backfires, until the very end of the series when they manage a doozy… accidentally, with a lie so ridiculous they never expected it to do more than buy them a few seconds. Even more impressively, what actually clinched the deal wasn't a deception at all,
but also the enemy misinterpreting a genuine offer of [[spoiler: surrender]].
* In ''Literature/WeAreNotAllMadeOfColour'', the Dark Mage Gorog is defeated when Gwynn goads him into "admitting" that he's mortal. Because Gorog has infinite power, "admitting" that he's mortal causes him to ''become'' mortal, and Gorog - being 360,000 years old - was long overdue to die by mortal standards. [[NoImmortalInertia He promptly turns into dust.]]
* In the second book of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series, Bink wonders if his magical talent of [[spoiler:[[YouCantFightFate bizarre luck]]
preventing him from ever invading her village again. It was basically a high stakes bet; she allows him into Dnnac Ledo to thwart the Mana Mutation Summit and prevent its agreements going forward, in exchange for several conditions. The catch was being hurt by magic]] actually manipulated events so that if he failed, he couldn't try again later. Little did he know that Nunnal's adoptive daughter the Source of All Magic[[spoiler: the demon Xanth]] decided to play nice in the end and houseguest prepared a plan to not destroy everything.
* In one short story by Brian Jacques (yes, [[Literature/{{Redwall}} That one]]), a kid traded
his vessel soul so he could lie better, and repel him.]] ended up convincing the devil he's illiterate, voiding their soul contract, and got an angel to agree to come over to his house for cake - the latter implying he wasn't using his supernaturally-enhanced lying skills.



* Happened in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' multiple times, with godlike beings practically being a franchise staple.
* This is one of the Doctor's favorite tactics on ''Series/DoctorWho'', particularly his seventh incarnation. For instance, in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" he outwitted the Gods of Ragnarok and in "The Curse of Fenric", he out-gambitted the titular character who is defined as being an EldritchAbomination and a ChessMaster. Three lifetimes later in "Blink," he tricked a group of Weeping Angels into looking at each other (immobilizing them, since Weeping Angels can't move while being observed).
** If you count the Doctor as Cthulhu, the (very) few times somebody runs a truly effective scam on the Doctor also apply. One scammer even noted it was an honor to have gotten him with the same scam ''twice''.
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', [[Creator/BruceCampbell Autolycus, King of Thieves]], once managed to steal Hermes's winged sandals right off of his feet.
* Both Londo and Sheridan manage to do this to the Shadows in season four of ''Series/BabylonFive''.



* Both Londo and Sheridan manage to do this to the Shadows in season four of ''Series/BabylonFive''.



* A magnificent example: "I of Newton" from ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. A professor (Sherman Helmsley) trying to solve a mathematical problem accidentally summons the Devil (Ron Glass). The professor is allowed to ask three questions regarding his powers, and then a final question (or task) in exchange for his soul; if the Devil can't do it, the deal is forfeit and he keeps his soul. [[spoiler: Since it turns out the Devil has no physical limitations to his powers and can return from any place he's sent, the task "Get lost!" is impossible...]]

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* A magnificent example: "I ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** This is one
of Newton" from ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. A professor (Sherman Helmsley) trying to solve a mathematical problem accidentally summons the Devil (Ron Glass). The professor is allowed to ask three questions regarding Doctor's favorite tactics on, particularly his powers, seventh incarnation. For instance, in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" he outwitted the Gods of Ragnarok and then a final question (or task) in exchange for his soul; if "The Curse of Fenric", he out-gambitted the Devil titular character who is defined as being an EldritchAbomination and a ChessMaster. Three lifetimes later in "Blink," he tricked a group of Weeping Angels into looking at each other (immobilizing them, since Weeping Angels can't do it, move while being observed).
** If you count
the deal is forfeit and he keeps Doctor as Cthulhu, the (very) few times somebody runs a truly effective scam on the Doctor also apply. One scammer even noted it was an honor to have gotten him with the same scam ''twice''.
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', [[Creator/BruceCampbell Autolycus, King of Thieves]], once managed to steal Hermes's winged sandals right off of
his soul. [[spoiler: Since it turns out the Devil has no physical limitations to his powers and can return from any place he's sent, the task "Get lost!" is impossible...]]feet.
* Happened in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' multiple times, with godlike beings practically being a franchise staple.



* A magnificent example: "I of Newton" from ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. A professor (Sherman Helmsley) trying to solve a mathematical problem accidentally summons the Devil (Ron Glass). The professor is allowed to ask three questions regarding his powers, and then a final question (or task) in exchange for his soul; if the Devil can't do it, the deal is forfeit and he keeps his soul. [[spoiler: Since it turns out the Devil has no physical limitations to his powers and can return from any place he's sent, the task "Get lost!" is impossible...]]



* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Who has blinded you? [[WhosOnFirst 'Nobody'! 'Nobody' has blinded me!]] Of course, Odysseus promptly screws this scam up by [[BullyingADragon boasting]] and basically telling the cyclops his name and address once he knows he's safe. Since the cyclops is Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, and Odysseus has to cross the sea to get home, this was what they call a bad move (the sea god makes the rest of Odysseus' journey a living hell, which is the reason for the rest of the story).



** Hercules tricked Atlas (the Titan who held up the sky) in order to get the golden apples of the Hesperides (Atlas's daughters). The catch was, the Hesperides probably wouldn't have let Herc take the apples. So Herc made a deal with Atlas. If Atlas would collect the apples (he could pick them because he was the father of the Hesperides), Herc would hold up the sky while Atlas was fulfilling his part of the deal. Atlas agreed, but after collecting the apples, he refused to take the sky back. Herc basically said, "Okay, but just take the sky back for a bit so I can make my lion-skin cloak into a pad for my shoulders." Atlas took the sky back, and Herc walked away.
*** This story is particularly notable because it was just about the only time Herc won using his wits alone rather than his strength or both together (several labors needed some forethought, planning, and lateral thinking, but also relied heavily on Heracles' prodigious strength).

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** Hercules tricked Atlas (the Titan who held up the sky) in order to get the golden apples of the Hesperides (Atlas's daughters). The catch was, the Hesperides probably wouldn't have let Herc take the apples. So Herc made a deal with Atlas. If Atlas would collect the apples (he could pick them because he was the father of the Hesperides), Herc would hold up the sky while Atlas was fulfilling his part of the deal. Atlas agreed, but after collecting the apples, he refused to take the sky back. Herc basically said, "Okay, but just take the sky back for a bit so I can make my lion-skin cloak into a pad for my shoulders." Atlas took the sky back, and Herc walked away.
***
away. This story is particularly notable because it was just about the only time Herc won using his wits alone rather than his strength or both together (several labors needed some forethought, planning, and lateral thinking, but also relied heavily on Heracles' prodigious strength).strength).
* Jack of the Jack O'Lantern tale in Irish folklore also scammed the Devil. He got the Devil to agree not to take his soul after scamming him twice. When he died, though, he was too wicked for Heaven and the Devil upheld his bargain not to claim his soul. The Devil gave him a glowing coal and wished him the best roaming the Earth. Jack later put the coal in a turnip he carved out and created his lantern. Like many Anglo-Irish folktales, stories about Jack were carried into America's Appalachian region, where they underwent MemeticMutation. True to form, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Scamming]] {{Death}}, {{Satan}}, or TheLegionsOfHell is a recurring motif, such as the time [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Jack caught Death in a poke]]. A GoodOlBoy defeating cosmic powers through guile may well have resonated with the socioeconomically depressed area.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Who has blinded you? [[WhosOnFirst 'Nobody'! 'Nobody' has blinded me!]] Of course, Odysseus promptly screws this scam up by [[BullyingADragon boasting]] and basically telling the cyclops his name and address once he knows he's safe. Since the cyclops is Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, and Odysseus has to cross the sea to get home, this was what they call a bad move (the sea god makes the rest of Odysseus' journey a living hell, which is the reason for the rest of the story).



* Jack of the Jack O'Lantern tale in Irish folklore also scammed the Devil. He got the Devil to agree not to take his soul after scamming him twice. When he died, though, he was too wicked for Heaven and the Devil upheld his bargain not to claim his soul. The Devil gave him a glowing coal and wished him the best roaming the Earth. Jack later put the coal in a turnip he carved out and created his lantern.
** Like many Anglo-Irish folktales, stories about Jack were carried into America's Appalachian region, where they underwent MemeticMutation. True to form, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Scamming]] {{Death}}, {{Satan}}, or TheLegionsOfHell is a recurring motif, such as the time [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Jack caught Death in a poke]]. A GoodOlBoy defeating cosmic powers through guile may well have resonated with the socioeconomically depressed area.
* There's a story about little girl sold her soul to the devil for a pail of milk that she spilled. When the devil came to collect she ripped the SOLE off of her shoe, gave it to the devil, then continued skipping along, oblivious to what she just achieved while the devil just stood there dumbfounded at having been tricked by a 7-year-old.



* Many local legends about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Bridge#Associated_legends a bridge]] whose creation involved the Devil being scammed one way or another.



* Many local legends about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Bridge#Associated_legends a bridge]] whose creation involved the Devil being scammed one way or another.

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* Many local legends There's a story about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Bridge#Associated_legends a bridge]] whose creation involved little girl sold her soul to the Devil being scammed one way or another.devil for a pail of milk that she spilled. When the devil came to collect she ripped the SOLE off of her shoe, gave it to the devil, then continued skipping along, oblivious to what she just achieved while the devil just stood there dumbfounded at having been tricked by a 7-year-old.



* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' optional sourcebook ''Tome of Magic'', one of the vestiges (beings that exist outside of reality) was originally a prolific thief (possibly a kleptomaniac) who, upon his deathbed, renounced all of the theft he had done in life, thus effectively stealing ''his very soul'' out of the hands of Olidammara, deity of thieves as a way of proving himself the most worthy of the deity's devotion. Olidammara was pissed at first, but then realised the sheer audacity of his actions and was about to accept him with open arms (and minimal chance of pickpocketing) when the deity realised that accepting his soul in the afterlife would prevent his incredible theft. Since Olidammara didn't want the soul to go to anyone else, [[TheNothingAfterDeath the thief's soul ended up outside of all known forms of reality; existing in no plane or identifiable location beyond 'nowhere']].
* A ''Dungeons and Dragons'' character class, the Malconvoker, specializes in summoning evil extraplanar creatures and ''tricking'' them into serving good causes. High-level Malconvokers acquire demon lords as their patrons who provide them with great power under the false impression that they're using that power to spread misery and destruction. In reality they're using it to slay monsters and bring down corrupt rulers, making the world a better place on the sly. Needless to say, a successful Malconvoker puts every skill point they can into Bluff...
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', the big bad evil god, Fu Leng, fell to this at the hands of Naseru, who eventually became the Emperor. When Naseru and his siblings led a BigDamnHeroes moment in an attack on Fu Leng's stronghold in the Shadowlands to prevent him from taking over the heavens, while his uber-powered brothers and sister were slaying abominations left and right, Naseru, being a courtier, walked up to Daigotsu, leader of Fu Leng's forces in the material world, and began talking to him. The resulting conversation allowed Naseru to trick Fu Leng into temporarily withdrawing his dependence on Daigotsu, which gave the other gods and dead heroes enough time to take him down and send him back to hell.
* Eclipse Caste Solars in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have a name for this trope: [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Tuesday.]]
** [[AlternativeCalendar Marsday, actually.]]
** And Fiend Caste Infernals get one additional trick on top of this: they can renege on any promises they make to Eclipses or Moonshadows (the Abyssal mirror of the Eclipses) without suffering any penalties. Yes, that means they can scam the people who scam Cthulhu on a regular basis.
** Present at lower levels of the game, as well. [[TheFairFolk Raksha]] are even mechanically rewarded for letting a mortal 'trick' them, since even defeat involves delicious delicious emotions -- but a mortal who gets in the habit will discover that the Raksha don't do habits, and instead do omnom on souls.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The page image comes from a [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Creed#The_Game fanfic]] in which FourStarBadass [[MaryTzu Ursarkar E. Creed]] outplays Tzeentch - Chaos God of Hope, who has also played GambitRoulette for his entire existence - at chess, in a deal that stops Tzeentch from ever interfering with humanity ever again. This stems from a plausibly exploitable rule in the 40K game where Creed can hide heavy equipment in ridiculously implausible locations due to his Tactical Genius, like building-sized Baneblade tanks [[BehindAStick behind a]] ''[[BehindAStick lamppost]]!'', [[MemeticMutation or an entire regiment of Kasrkin in the enemy general's bathroom]], or a [[HumongousMecha Titan]] in a spent firearm shell. '''''[[SkywardScream CREEEED!]]'''''
** The [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] special character Lady Malys does this in her backstory. The Cthulhu in question was an EldritchAbomination dwelling in the Webway, which she beat in a battle of wits, cut its heart out and replaced her own heart with it. It's also however implied to be the [[TheTrickster Trickster]] god the [[MonsterClown Harlequins]] worship - although the god will counts as Cthulhu for all purposes.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** In the optional sourcebook ''Tome of Magic'', one of the vestiges (beings that exist outside of reality) was originally a prolific thief (possibly a kleptomaniac) who, upon his deathbed, renounced all of the theft he had done in life, thus effectively stealing ''his very soul'' out of the hands of Olidammara, deity of thieves as a way of proving himself the most worthy of the deity's devotion. Olidammara was pissed at first, but then realised the sheer audacity of his actions and was about to accept him with open arms (and minimal chance of pickpocketing) when the deity realised that accepting his soul in the afterlife would prevent his incredible theft. Since Olidammara didn't want the soul to go to anyone else, [[TheNothingAfterDeath the thief's soul ended up outside of all known forms of reality; existing in no plane or identifiable location beyond 'nowhere']].
** A ''Dungeons and Dragons'' character class, the Malconvoker, specializes in summoning evil extraplanar creatures and ''tricking'' them into serving good causes. High-level Malconvokers acquire demon lords as their patrons who provide them with great power under the false impression that they're using that power to spread misery and destruction. In reality they're using it to slay monsters and bring down corrupt rulers, making the world a better place on the sly. Needless to say, a successful Malconvoker puts every skill point they can into Bluff...
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** Eclipse Caste Solars have a name for this trope: [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Tuesday.]]
** And Fiend Caste Infernals get one additional trick on top of this: they can renege on any promises they make to Eclipses or Moonshadows (the Abyssal mirror of the Eclipses) without suffering any penalties. Yes, that means they can scam the people who scam Cthulhu on a regular basis.
** Present at lower levels of the game, as well. [[TheFairFolk Raksha]] are even mechanically rewarded for letting a mortal 'trick' them, since even defeat involves delicious delicious emotions -- but a mortal who gets in the habit will discover that the Raksha don't do habits, and instead do omnom on souls.
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', the big bad evil god, Fu Leng, fell to this at the hands of Naseru, who eventually became the Emperor. When Naseru and his siblings led a BigDamnHeroes moment in an attack on Fu Leng's stronghold in the Shadowlands to prevent him from taking over the heavens, while his uber-powered brothers and sister were slaying abominations left and right, Naseru, being a courtier, walked up to Daigotsu, leader of Fu Leng's forces in the material world, and began talking to him. The resulting conversation allowed Naseru to trick Fu Leng into temporarily withdrawing his dependence on Daigotsu, which gave the other gods and dead heroes enough time to take him down and send him back to hell.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The page image comes from a [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Creed#The_Game fanfic]] in which FourStarBadass [[MaryTzu Ursarkar E. Creed]] outplays Tzeentch - Chaos God of Hope, who has also played GambitRoulette for his entire existence - at chess, in a deal that stops Tzeentch from ever interfering with humanity ever again. This stems from a plausibly exploitable rule in the 40K game where Creed can hide heavy equipment in ridiculously implausible locations due to his Tactical Genius, like building-sized Baneblade tanks [[BehindAStick behind a]] ''[[BehindAStick lamppost]]!'', [[MemeticMutation or an entire regiment of Kasrkin in the enemy general's bathroom]], or a [[HumongousMecha Titan]] in a spent firearm shell. '''''[[SkywardScream CREEEED!]]'''''
** The [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] special character Lady Malys does this in her backstory. The Cthulhu in question was an EldritchAbomination dwelling in the Webway, which she beat in a battle of wits, cut its heart out and replaced her own heart with it. It's also however implied to be the [[TheTrickster Trickster]] god the [[MonsterClown Harlequins]] worship - although the god will counts as Cthulhu for all purposes.



* ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'': Near the end of the game, [[spoiler: Towa, by hijacking the Time Patrol's communications systems and impersonating the Supreme Kai of Time, dupes Beerus and Whis into going to the Time Nest, thus ensuring that Whis won't be there to hit the ResetButton on Frieza's [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up the Earth]]. They quickly realize what happened and go back to fix it, and when that's done, Beerus is absolutely ''pissed'' that Towa had the gall to trick him.]]
* Probably the most clever of them all, Lillet Blan from ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' tricks a very powerful demon into [[spoiler: leaving the human it's possessing by asking for a wish from it at the cost of her soul, and then wishes for the demon to DEVOTE ITSELF TO GOD. Needless to say, the demon refuses... which sends it back to Hell.]]
** In fact, her plot is so impressive that the local would-be MagnificentBastard Devil Advocat actually backs her on the deal.
*** And to top it all off, [[spoiler: that demon was summoned in order to get rid of what was the BigBad until then. Lillet successfully {{wishplo|sion}}ded two beings way out of even her league.]]



* The plot of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' is essentially Dr. Doom making a ChainOfDeals that winds up suckering or screwing over most of the other villains in the universe, including gods like Loki, Mephisto, and Odin.



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'', the whole point of [[spoiler: You'haru and Kaburaki's gambit is to trick a 4D being called Blick Winkel into believing that the events of 2017 and 2034 are one and the same. The clincher? [[StableTimeLoop It was Blick Winkel himself who set up the whole gambit to do that.]]]]
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, the player can make deals with demons and then back out of them once the demon's brought up their end, often with no consequences worse than having to fight them (which is usually what refusing to deal leads to anyway). In one particularly noteworthy case, you can even trick a demon into teaching you powerful Blood Magic... And then use said Blood Magic to kill the demon.
** Said noteworthy case is more of an inversion: the Mage Warden was already a prodigy by his own kind's standard before he even became grey warden and the demon [[spoiler: possessing Connor]] is the one who's desperately trying to scam its way out of a direct confrontation. If all else fails it'll give you blood magic as a straight-up bribe in exchange for just letting it live.

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
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In ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'', the whole point of [[spoiler: You'haru and Kaburaki's gambit is to trick a 4D being called Blick Winkel into believing that the events of 2017 and 2034 are one and the same. The clincher? [[StableTimeLoop It was Blick Winkel himself who set up the whole gambit to do that.]]]]
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge''
the series, the player can make deals with demons and then back out of them once the demon's brought up their end, often with no consequences worse than having to fight them (which is usually what refusing to deal leads to anyway). In one particularly noteworthy case, you can even trick a demon into teaching you powerful Blood Magic... And then use said Blood Magic to kill the demon.
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demon.\\\
Said noteworthy case is more of an inversion: the Mage Warden was already a prodigy by his own kind's standard before he even became grey warden and the demon [[spoiler: possessing Connor]] is the one who's desperately trying to scam its way out of a direct confrontation. If all else fails it'll give you blood magic as a straight-up bribe in exchange for just letting it live.



* Happens in the ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' during the first act. [[spoiler: Geralt comes across a pair of former soldiers who were a part of the events directly responsible for an insane asylum burning down and becoming haunted by the spirits of the people burned alive and the enemy soldier that was tortured and killed. One of the ways he can resolve the issue is by collecting pig or monster eyes and hearts, and offering them to the Wraith to sate his desire for vengeance. However, he gets the Wraith to remove the curse before handing over his fake parts, which he promptly sees through now that he has them in his grasp and attack Geralt. Of course, Geralt is a genetically engineered mutant who's trained to kill monsters and spectres, and promptly puts him down.]]
* '''[[PlayerCharacter You]]''', [[TheChosenOne The Dragonborn]], can scam ''multiple'' [[DealWithTheDevil demons]] in VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim. Daedric quests typically end with the player character pledging their soul after death to that [[GodOfEvil Dae]][[OurDemonsAreDifferent dric]] [[JerkassGods Prince]], then the demon bestows a [[InfinityPlusOneSword unique]] [[RareCandy arti]][[GameBreaker fact]] for the Dovahkiin to use. The scam comes when this results in multiple of said Daedric Princes believing they will gain your soul when you die, while you get to keep all of their nifty stuff. In the end, it's likely ''none'' of the Princes will gain your soul, since it's [[TopGod Akatosh]] who was the one that bestowed Dragon Blood on the mortals (and therefore, you), so your soul belonged to him since your birth. And if you finished the main questline, Tsun promised you a place in Sovngarde regardless of race.

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* Happens in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'': Near the ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' during end of the first act. game, [[spoiler: Geralt comes across a pair of former soldiers who were a part of Towa, by hijacking the events directly responsible for an insane asylum burning down Time Patrol's communications systems and becoming haunted by impersonating the spirits Supreme Kai of the people burned alive Time, dupes Beerus and the enemy soldier that was tortured and killed. One of the ways he can resolve the issue is by collecting pig or monster eyes and hearts, and offering them Whis into going to the Wraith to sate his desire for vengeance. However, he gets the Wraith to remove the curse before handing over his fake parts, which he promptly sees through now Time Nest, thus ensuring that he has them in his grasp Whis won't be there to hit the ResetButton on Frieza's [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up the Earth]]. They quickly realize what happened and attack Geralt. Of course, Geralt is a genetically engineered mutant who's trained go back to kill monsters fix it, and spectres, and promptly puts him down.when that's done, Beerus is absolutely ''pissed'' that Towa had the gall to trick him.]]
* VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim :
**
'''[[PlayerCharacter You]]''', [[TheChosenOne The Dragonborn]], can scam ''multiple'' [[DealWithTheDevil demons]] in VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim.demons]]. Daedric quests typically end with the player character pledging their soul after death to that [[GodOfEvil Dae]][[OurDemonsAreDifferent dric]] [[JerkassGods Prince]], then the demon bestows a [[InfinityPlusOneSword unique]] [[RareCandy arti]][[GameBreaker fact]] for the Dovahkiin to use. The scam comes when this results in multiple of said Daedric Princes believing they will gain your soul when you die, while you get to keep all of their nifty stuff. In the end, it's likely ''none'' of the Princes will gain your soul, since it's [[TopGod Akatosh]] who was the one that bestowed Dragon Blood on the mortals (and therefore, you), so your soul belonged to him since your birth. And if you finished the main questline, Tsun promised you a place in Sovngarde regardless of race.



* Ariane in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' sort of pulls this off, but the Cthulhu scams her right back. Ariane has been working for years to try to master her visions of the future, which often come in association with pain. A caged demon in the Wizard's tower offers to interpret her visions of impending doom to the tower, but she must first offer a drop of her blood as fealty to [[GodOfEvil Zamorak]]. Ariane makes the cut, the pain instantly triggering a vision of what the demon was about to say. Sweet! She doesn't need to actually offer the blood! She won, right? The demon responds by loudly thanking her for her offering, [[NotWhatItLooksLike convincing the other wizards in the tower that she IS a demon worshipper]] and [[PersonaNonGrata getting her kicked out of the tower]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'', the whole point of [[spoiler: You'haru and Kaburaki's gambit is to trick a 4D being called Blick Winkel into believing that the events of 2017 and 2034 are one and the same. The clincher? [[StableTimeLoop It was Blick Winkel himself who set up the whole gambit to do that.]]]]
* Probably the most clever of them all, Lillet Blan from ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' tricks a very powerful demon into [[spoiler: leaving the human it's possessing by asking for a wish from it at the cost of her soul, and then wishes for the demon to DEVOTE ITSELF TO GOD. Needless to say, the demon refuses... which sends it back to Hell.]] In fact, her plot is so impressive that the local would-be MagnificentBastard Devil Advocat actually backs her on the deal. And to top it all off, [[spoiler: that demon was summoned in order to get rid of what was the BigBad until then. Lillet successfully {{wishplo|sion}}ded two beings way out of even her league.]]
* The plot of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' is essentially Dr. Doom making a ChainOfDeals that winds up suckering or screwing over most of the other villains in the universe, including gods like Loki, Mephisto, and Odin.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'':
**
Ariane in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' sort of pulls this off, but the Cthulhu scams her right back. Ariane has been working for years to try to master her visions of the future, which often come in association with pain. A caged demon in the Wizard's tower offers to interpret her visions of impending doom to the tower, but she must first offer a drop of her blood as fealty to [[GodOfEvil Zamorak]]. Ariane makes the cut, the pain instantly triggering a vision of what the demon was about to say. Sweet! She doesn't need to actually offer the blood! She won, right? The demon responds by loudly thanking her for her offering, [[NotWhatItLooksLike convincing the other wizards in the tower that she IS a demon worshipper]] and [[PersonaNonGrata getting her kicked out of the tower]].



* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'', the PlayerCharacter can inflict one of these on [[spoiler:Qian Ya in the finale, forcing her to retreat [[SummonBiggerFish unless you summon all her siblings clamoring for revenge]] to kill both of you. You can then force her to release all her slaves and taken souls by pointing out that [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours by her own laws, she has forfeited all rights because she attempted to renegotiate the bargain by asking about said thralls in the first place]].]]



* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'', the PlayerCharacter can inflict one of these on [[spoiler:Qian Ya in the finale, forcing her to retreat [[SummonBiggerFish unless you summon all her siblings clamoring for revenge]] to kill both of you. You can then force her to release all her slaves and taken souls by pointing out that [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours by her own laws, she has forfeited all rights because she attempted to renegotiate the bargain by asking about said thralls in the first place]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'', the PlayerCharacter can inflict one of these on [[spoiler:Qian Ya Happens in the finale, forcing her to retreat [[SummonBiggerFish unless you summon all her siblings clamoring for revenge]] to kill both of you. You can then force her to release all her slaves and taken souls by pointing out that [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours by her own laws, she has forfeited all rights because she attempted to renegotiate the bargain by asking about said thralls in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' during the first place]].act. [[spoiler: Geralt comes across a pair of former soldiers who were a part of the events directly responsible for an insane asylum burning down and becoming haunted by the spirits of the people burned alive and the enemy soldier that was tortured and killed. One of the ways he can resolve the issue is by collecting pig or monster eyes and hearts, and offering them to the Wraith to sate his desire for vengeance. However, he gets the Wraith to remove the curse before handing over his fake parts, which he promptly sees through now that he has them in his grasp and attack Geralt. Of course, Geralt is a genetically engineered mutant who's trained to kill monsters and spectres, and promptly puts him down.]]



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': This is Redcloak's ultimate goal, to harness the power of The Snarl and hold the world hostage so he can negotiate with the pantheon of gods to get a better deal for the race of Goblins in-universe, rather than just serving as sources of XP for adventurers.
** Also something of a XanatosGambit; if the plan fails and the universe is destroyed by The Snarl, then the gods will remake it - this time with the goblin deity The Dark One among their number, and he'll make sure the goblins don't get screwed again.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Thief [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/06/episode-1079-verbal-flanking/ outsmarting]] [[GreatGazoo Trickster God]] Raven.



* The german webcomic ''Der Tod und das Mädchen'' shows, in an hilarious reel, all the cases where people tried to trick death, starting with a knight that successfully won in chess against him. Since you need to call him by his name to allow him to kill you, he soon defined that rule '''very''' loosely (with hilarious results at times). The fact that the heroine still manages to avoid calling him '''anything''' for almost 400 pages frustrates him greatly since she has been due for over 14 years already.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan had to face The Beast in the Borders of Destruction and [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-02-18 he managed to get a Destroyer to take care of The Beast.]] Later, he runs into the Beast again, and scares it away by pretending to possess the Destroyer's powers.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Terezi [[spoiler: pulls this on the supernatural Doc Scratch in order to bait him into enacting her revenge on Vriska]]. Yes, Terezi managed to manipulate ''an omniscient being''. [[RunningGag She is simply the best there is.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': This is Redcloak's ultimate goal, to harness the power of The Snarl and hold the world hostage so he can negotiate with the pantheon of gods to get a better deal for the race of Goblins in-universe, rather than just serving as sources of XP for adventurers. Also something of a XanatosGambit; if the plan fails and the universe is destroyed by The Snarl, then the gods will remake it - this time with the goblin deity The Dark One among their number, and he'll make sure the goblins don't get screwed again.



* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Aylee comes up with a plan (and Zoë complements it) to trick some nigh-omnipotent {{Jerkass Genie}}s into granting what seems like a worthless wish ([[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20080627 making it rain the blood of the innocent]]), without them realizing that "the blood of the innocent" is exactly what Torg's CoolSword needs to become a magical weapon that can kill just about anything, including, that's right, nigh-omnipotent {{Jerkass Genie}}s.

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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
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Aylee comes up with a plan (and Zoë complements it) to trick some nigh-omnipotent {{Jerkass Genie}}s into granting what seems like a worthless wish ([[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20080627 making it rain the blood of the innocent]]), without them realizing that "the blood of the innocent" is exactly what Torg's CoolSword needs to become a magical weapon that can kill just about anything, including, that's right, nigh-omnipotent {{Jerkass Genie}}s.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Terezi [[spoiler: pulls this on the supernatural Doc Scratch in order to bait him into enacting her revenge on Vriska]]. Yes, Terezi managed to manipulate ''an omniscient being''. [[RunningGag She is simply the best there is.]]
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan had to face The Beast in the Borders of Destruction and [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-02-18 he managed to get a Destroyer to take care of The Beast.]]
** Later, he runs into the Beast again, and scares it away by pretending to possess the Destroyer's powers.
* The german webcomic ''Der Tod und das Mädchen'' shows, in an hilarious reel, all the cases where people tried to trick death, starting with a knight that successfully won in chess against him. Since you need to call him by his name to allow him to kill you, he soon defined that rule '''very''' loosely (with hilarious results at times). The fact that the heroine still manages to avoid calling him '''anything''' for almost 400 pages frustrates him greatly since she has been due for over 14 years already.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Terezi [[spoiler: pulls this on the supernatural Doc Scratch in order to bait him into enacting her revenge on Vriska]]. Yes, Terezi managed to manipulate ''an omniscient being''. [[RunningGag She is simply the best there is.]]
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan had to face The Beast in the Borders of Destruction and
''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Thief [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-02-18 he managed to get a Destroyer to take care of The Beast.]]
** Later, he runs into the Beast again, and scares it away by pretending to possess the Destroyer's powers.
* The german webcomic ''Der Tod und das Mädchen'' shows, in an hilarious reel, all the cases where people tried to trick death, starting with a knight that successfully won in chess against him. Since you need to call him by his name to allow him to kill you, he soon defined that rule '''very''' loosely (with hilarious results at times). The fact that the heroine still manages to avoid calling him '''anything''' for almost 400 pages frustrates him greatly since she has been due for over 14 years already.
nuklearpower.com/2009/01/06/episode-1079-verbal-flanking/ outsmarting]] [[GreatGazoo Trickster God]] Raven.



* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'':
-->-You want to trick Hermes? He’s the GOD of tricksters!!!\\
Noriko smiles. It’s the smile of someone who has just figured out how to beat impossible odds.\\
-Do you have any idea of many millions of lawyers there are on Earth? They are all here – she says, tapping a finger on her head.



* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'':
-->-You want to trick Hermes? He’s the GOD of tricksters!!!\\
Noriko smiles. It’s the smile of someone who has just figured out how to beat impossible odds.\\
-Do you have any idea of many millions of lawyers there are on Earth? They are all here – she says, tapping a finger on her head.



* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade uses ExactWords to trick the Monkey King, the ultimate trickster, into pulling on Jackie's detached puppet leg (ItMakesSenseInContext) returning him to puppet form (as Jade says, the spell required the Monkey King to pull Jackie's leg, but it ''didn't'' say it had to be ''attached'' at the time!).
** She gets a few others, like when she pulls a BatmanGambit on the Demon Sorcerers, and tricks Tarakudo (she is THE CrazyAwesome GuileHero!).
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spidey manages to trick ''LOKI'' by playing to his ego, saying that unless he defeats Thor while the Thunder God is in his normal form, no one will respect him for it. As Loki undoes his BalefulPolymorph, Peter lampshades how he can't believe Loki fell for that!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}:'' Xanatos (of course) did this to [[GreatGazoo Puck]], [[spoiler: when he chose Owen Burnett instead of a wish, forcing Puck to play human for the rest of Xanatos' life]]. [[note]]Not that Puck/Owen has any problem with this.[[/note]]
** A PetTheDog moment as well. Xanatos could have had any wish he wanted, but passed up a ticket to wealth or power to keep his faithful servant. [[spoiler:This, incidentally, was done on purpose by Puck, who was curious about Xanatos's human nature and whether or not he ''would'' value companionship over power. [[ItAmusedMe Then again, Xanatos is 'never boring']]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', the band attempts to sell their souls to the Blues Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues. Except that they are such experts in contract negotiation that by the end of it the Devil would have to give ''them'' part of ''his'' soul instead, while getting little more than a $5 Hot Topic gift card.
** Oddly, he appears to very reasonably refuse the contract at the time. It's only at the end of the episode that it's revealed that he agreed to these terms -- presumably, he was just that impressed with someone actually managing to put one over on him.
* Eric Cartman does this ''LITERALLY'' in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes ''Mysterion Rises'' and ''Coon vs. Coon and Friends'' as he actually scams Cthulhu into ''doing his bidding by acting sickening cute.''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy's'' entire premise began with this trope.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade uses ExactWords to trick the Monkey King, the ultimate trickster, into pulling on Jackie's detached puppet leg (ItMakesSenseInContext) returning him to puppet form (as Jade says, the spell required the Monkey King The Gaang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' try to pull Jackie's leg, but it ''didn't'' say it had this on Wan Shi Tong by promising not to be ''attached'' at use the time!).
** She gets a few others, like when she pulls a BatmanGambit on the Demon Sorcerers, and tricks Tarakudo (she is THE CrazyAwesome GuileHero!).
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spidey manages to trick ''LOKI'' by playing to his ego, saying that unless he defeats Thor while the Thunder God is
knowledge they could learn in his normal form, no one will respect him library for it. As Loki undoes his BalefulPolymorph, Peter lampshades how he can't violence. He doesn't entirely believe Loki fell for that!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}:'' Xanatos (of course) did this to [[GreatGazoo Puck]], [[spoiler:
them but gives them the benefit of the doubt, and is ''not'' happy when he chose Owen Burnett instead of a wish, forcing Puck finds out they lied to play human for his face and intend to use the rest of Xanatos' life]]. [[note]]Not that Puck/Owen has any problem with this.[[/note]]
** A PetTheDog moment as well. Xanatos could have had any wish he wanted, but passed up a ticket
knowledge to wealth or power to keep his faithful servant. [[spoiler:This, incidentally, was done on purpose by Puck, who was curious about Xanatos's human nature and whether or not he ''would'' value companionship over power. [[ItAmusedMe Then again, Xanatos is 'never boring']]]]
take down the Fire Nation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', the band attempts ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', Galactus appoints Tony Stark to sell their souls be his Herald. Tony loyally finds Galactus an energy-rich planet to the Blues Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues. Except that they are such experts in contract negotiation that by the end of devour... but Galactus doesn't learn until after he's eaten it the Devil would have to give ''them'' part of ''his'' soul instead, while getting little more than a $5 Hot Topic gift card.
** Oddly, he appears to very reasonably refuse the contract at the time. It's only at the end of the episode
that it's revealed that he agreed so energy-rich because ''its core is about to these terms -- presumably, he was just that impressed with someone actually managing to put one over on him.
* Eric Cartman does this ''LITERALLY'' in
explode''. This effectively takes the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes ''Mysterion Rises'' and ''Coon vs. Coon and Friends'' as he actually scams Cthulhu into ''doing his bidding by acting sickening cute.''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy's'' entire premise began with this trope.
Devourer of Worlds out of commission.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}:'' Xanatos (of course) did this to [[GreatGazoo Puck]], [[spoiler: when he chose Owen Burnett instead of a wish, forcing Puck to play human for the rest of Xanatos' life]]. [[note]]Not that Puck/Owen has any problem with this.[[/note]]\\\
A PetTheDog moment as well. Xanatos could have had any wish he wanted, but passed up a ticket to wealth or power to keep his faithful servant. [[spoiler:This, incidentally, was done on purpose by Puck, who was curious about Xanatos's human nature and whether or not he ''would'' value companionship over power. [[ItAmusedMe Then again, Xanatos is 'never boring']]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] is a dream demon who is as [[TheChessmaster smart]] as he is powerful, and is able to play one heck of a long game (as in over a ''trillion'' years). By the series finale, through a series of well done maneuvers and bargains, Bill [[spoiler: managed to turn the town into an apocalyptic [[WorldOfChaos hellscape of pure chaos]] by merging the nightmare realm with the real world. Unfortunately his power doesn't extend outside the town and he needs Ford's permission to enter his mind to get the information he needs to escape it. What ultimately does him in though is a ''supreme'' case of HoistByTheirOwnPetard, as when he does strike a bargain, he falls for a TwinSwitch by Stan Pines, aka the greatest con man in Gravity Falls, that allows his brother Ford to destroy him while he mistakenly possesses Stan's mind instead.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy's'' entire premise began with this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade uses ExactWords to trick the Monkey King, the ultimate trickster, into pulling on Jackie's detached puppet leg (ItMakesSenseInContext) returning him to puppet form (as Jade says, the spell required the Monkey King to pull Jackie's leg, but it ''didn't'' say it had to be ''attached'' at the time!). She gets a few others, like when she pulls a BatmanGambit on the Demon Sorcerers, and tricks Tarakudo (she is THE CrazyAwesome GuileHero!).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', the band attempts to sell their souls to the Blues Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues. Except that they are such experts in contract negotiation that by the end of it the Devil would have to give ''them'' part of ''his'' soul instead, while getting little more than a $5 Hot Topic gift card. Oddly, he appears to very reasonably refuse the contract at the time. It's only at the end of the episode that it's revealed that he agreed to these terms -- presumably, he was just that impressed with someone actually managing to put one over on him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[RealityWarper Dis]][[TheImp cord]] gets to be on the receiving end of this when a heavily weakened Tirek promises him that he'll let Discord go back to the way he was before his HeelFaceTurn if he helps him drain all the ponies of their magic, which Discord happily accepts. When Tirek gets powerful enough, he then steals Discord's own power.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[RealityWarper Dis]][[TheImp cord]] gets to be on the receiving end of this when a heavily weakened Tirek promises him that he'll let Discord go back to the way he was before his HeelFaceTurn if he helps him drain all the ponies of their magic, which Discord happily accepts. When Tirek gets powerful enough, he then steals Discord's own power.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[RealityWarper Dis]][[TheImp cord]] gets to be on the receiving end of Eric Cartman does this when a heavily weakened Tirek promises him that he'll let Discord go back to ''LITERALLY'' in the way ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes ''Mysterion Rises'' and ''Coon vs. Coon and Friends'' as he was before actually scams Cthulhu into ''doing his HeelFaceTurn if he helps him drain all the ponies of their magic, which Discord happily accepts. When Tirek gets powerful enough, he then steals Discord's own power.bidding by acting sickening cute.''



* The Gaang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' try to pull this on Wan Shi Tong by promising not to use the knowledge they could learn in his library for violence. He doesn't entirely believe them but gives them the benefit of the doubt, and is ''not'' happy when he finds out they lied to his face and intend to use the knowledge to take down the Fire Nation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', Galactus appoints Tony Stark to be his Herald. Tony loyally finds Galactus an energy-rich planet to devour... but Galactus doesn't learn until after he's eaten it that it's so energy-rich because ''its core is about to explode''. This effectively takes the Devourer of Worlds out of commission.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] is a dream demon who is as [[TheChessmaster smart]] as he is powerful, and is able to play one heck of a long game (as in over a ''trillion'' years). By the series finale, through a series of well done maneuvers and bargains, Bill [[spoiler: managed to turn the town into an apocalyptic [[WorldOfChaos hellscape of pure chaos]] by merging the nightmare realm with the real world. Unfortunately his power doesn't extend outside the town and he needs Ford's permission to enter his mind to get the information he needs to escape it. What ultimately does him in though is a ''supreme'' case of HoistByTheirOwnPetard, as when he does strike a bargain, he falls for a TwinSwitch by Stan Pines, aka the greatest con man in Gravity Falls, that allows his brother Ford to destroy him while he mistakenly possesses Stan's mind instead.]]

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* The Gaang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' try In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spidey manages to pull this on Wan Shi Tong trick ''LOKI'' by promising not playing to use his ego, saying that unless he defeats Thor while the knowledge they could learn Thunder God is in his library normal form, no one will respect him for violence. He doesn't entirely it. As Loki undoes his BalefulPolymorph, Peter lampshades how he can't believe them but gives them the benefit of the doubt, and is ''not'' happy when he finds out they lied to his face and intend to use the knowledge to take down the Fire Nation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', Galactus appoints Tony Stark to be his Herald. Tony loyally finds Galactus an energy-rich planet to devour... but Galactus doesn't learn until after he's eaten it that it's so energy-rich because ''its core is about to explode''. This effectively takes the Devourer of Worlds out of commission.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] is a dream demon who is as [[TheChessmaster smart]] as he is powerful, and is able to play one heck of a long game (as in over a ''trillion'' years). By the series finale, through a series of well done maneuvers and bargains, Bill [[spoiler: managed to turn the town into an apocalyptic [[WorldOfChaos hellscape of pure chaos]] by merging the nightmare realm with the real world. Unfortunately his power doesn't extend outside the town and he needs Ford's permission to enter his mind to get the information he needs to escape it. What ultimately does him in though is a ''supreme'' case of HoistByTheirOwnPetard, as when he does strike a bargain, he falls
Loki fell for a TwinSwitch by Stan Pines, aka the greatest con man in Gravity Falls, that allows his brother Ford to destroy him while he mistakenly possesses Stan's mind instead.]] that!
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