Created By: Premonition45 on July 22, 2011 Last Edited By: Premonition45 on April 4, 2015

Reversal Of Doubt

This isn\'t going to work... Hey, it worked! I knew it would work!

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I never doubted you for a second! Wonderful!

Related to Hypocritical Humor. A character expresses doubts about another character's ability at doing something that sounds bold and/or insane. But when it works out well, the doubter suddenly changes their tune to say they knew it was going to work.

Compare Glad I Thought of It, I Meant to Do That. and Favoritism Flip Flop.

Probably Needs a Better Title.


Examples

Film
  • Star Wars
    • In A New Hope, before they rescue Princess Leia, Han says to Luke "This is not going to work...". After they get away, Han says to Leia "Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes, I amaze even myself.".
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, as R2 is trying to open the door to get to the Millenium Falcon and Threepio, as usual, is bickering with him. As R2 successfully opens the door, Threepio says "I never doubted you for a second! Wonderful!"
    • In Return of the Jedi, Han insists that their code will allow them to get to the forest moon safely. When the clearance is not forthcoming, he changes his mind, saying "They're not going for it, Chewie". Then, when they are cleared, he says "Okay! I told you it was going to work! No problem.."
  • In Apollo 13, the crew has to make a course correction to rectify their entry angle with the Lunar Module, which was never made to fly in open space. The Grumann representative tries to tell Gene Kranz the unlikelihood of this working, but Kranz tells him "If it lights, it lights. Let Lovell take care of the rest.". After a successful burn, the rep leaps out of his seat, saying "Knew it! I knew it! How that LM, huh? How about it?".

Literature
  • Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy. Mr. Sneedly first mocks George and Harold's suggestion of de-fusing his son from his robot and booger body by turning around the batteries in the Combine-o-Tron 2000. When he tries it just to show it wouldn't work, it works marvelously, causing him to spout, "What do you know? My plan worked!"

Live-Action Television
  • In the Father Ted episode "Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep", Dougal tells Ted that the situation is hopeless and there's nothing they can do. After Ted comes up with an idea, Dougal insists that he knew that they'd come up with something. Ted called him on it and Dougal goes to the tape recording that he had made to prove he is right. Then he apologizes, when the tape shows he's not.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • July 22, 2011
    FastEddie
    Needs to not be named like a line of dialog. Deferred Doubt might work.
  • July 22, 2011
    Premonition45
    Yeah, I figured it needed a better title.
  • July 22, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    Well, if it's going to be renamed from Threepio's quote, that should at least be the page quote.
  • July 25, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    In the example, I think you should change "trope name" to "page quote".
  • July 25, 2011
    Premonition45
    Yes, I should.
  • August 7, 2011
    Premonition45
    Still worth troping?
  • August 12, 2011
    MorganWick
    Deferred Doubt makes me think of the opposite of the trope.
  • August 12, 2011
    KamenZero
    You could use this trope to describe both "It won't work. I knew it would work!" and "Of course it'll work. I knew it wouldn't work."
  • October 19, 2011
    Premonition45
    Bump
  • October 31, 2011
    Premonition45
    I like this YKTTW too much for it to be discarded. There must be more examples...
  • November 16, 2011
    Premonition45
    Bump
  • April 25, 2012
    Premonition45
    Bump.
  • April 25, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Literature
    • Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: Mr. Sneedly first mocks George and Harold's suggestion of de-fusing his son from his robot and booger body by turning around the batteries in the Combine-o-Tron 2000. When he tries it just to show it wouldn't work, it works marvelously, causing him to spout, "What do you know? My plan worked!"
  • May 16, 2012
    Premonition45
    Once again, there must be more examples...
  • February 28, 2015
    skteosk
    It's a running gag on Dads Army, where Private Frazer's two catchphrases are "We're doomed!" and "I never doubted ye for a minute." Usually said in that order.
  • February 28, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Is this covered by Like A Weasel or is this a Sub Trope?
  • February 28, 2015
    ZuTheSkunk
  • February 28, 2015
    DAN004
    Subtrope of Tempting Fate
  • March 1, 2015
    Arivne
  • March 1, 2015
    randomsurfer
    ^I'm surprised you didn't fix the star wars example per This Is A Wiki and the page quote may change.

    Does The Little Engine That Could count? As he struggles his way up a hill he says "I - think - I -can - I - think - I - can;" once he reaches the summit and is going downhill he triumphantly shouts "I knew I could! I knew I could!"
  • March 3, 2015
    eroock
  • March 3, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ This is pretty much its subtrope.
  • March 3, 2015
    eroock
    ^ I thought so too but then again, the present trope can take longer to unfold, rendering it more of a sister trope.
  • March 3, 2015
    SolipSchism
    So I don't think using a Fan Nickname (e.g. Threepio for C3PO) is kosher. Not to mention, R2 instead of R2D2.
  • April 3, 2015
    MidnightRambler
    Good YKTTW, definitely recognisable, but I can't think of any specific examples right now. Anyway, compare I Meant To Do That and Favouritism Flip Flop.
  • April 3, 2015
    Dalillama
    • In the Father Ted episode "Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep", Dougal tells Ted that the situation is hopeless and there's nothing they can do. After Ted comes up with an idea, Dougal insists that he knew that they'd come up with something. Ted called him on it and Dougal goes to the tape recording that he had made to prove he is right. Then he apologizes, when the tape shows he's not.
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