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->''"Clever girl..."''
-->-- '''[[GreatWhiteHunter Robert Muldoon]]''' on [[ItCanThink being outmaneuvered]] by [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs a velociraptor]], ''Film/JurassicPark''

A character graciously concedes a point while trying to save face. This is usually accomplished by saying words such as "Touché" (a term in fencing that acknowledges an opponent landing a hit), "point taken", "I stand corrected" (both when losing an argument) or "Well played".

There can be any manner of stakes and the form of defeat can vary from losing a minor argument to being OutGambitted in a war. When someone merely has to admit that a good joke was made at his/her expense, it's ActuallyPrettyFunny.

It's often spoofed when someone tries a really pathetic plan, it gets easily beaten, but the planner acts as though he/she was outwitted by a master.

Compare WorthyOpponent and GracefulLoser, who are likely to use this.

Contrast SoreLoser, who will not.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', this is Fuhrer Bradley's response when he's outmaneuvered by Lan Fan. In an earlier fight, he had stabbed her in the arm, and she's bleeding heavily enough to leave a trail of blood from it. When Bradley follows this trail to track her down, he finds [[spoiler:her arm, completely cut off and tied to a dog, while Lan Fan is long gone]]. "That was well-played, girl."
* At the end of the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' episode "Battle for the Underground", after a six episode long arc of being duped by Meowth and Team Rocket [[NotSoHarmlessVillain putting up one of their most persistent and well laid attempts to steal their Pokemon]], Ash and co finally neutralise them, though admit quite willingly they had very nearly outgambitted them. Given the heroes are usually dismissive or complacent towards the {{Terrible Trio}}'s bumbling plans, this is quite something for them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheNewTeenTitans'' #9, Terry Long and Starfire chat;
-->'''Terry:''' Gotta '''tell''' you, Koriand'r, I still haven't gotten over the fact that you're an '''alien'''. I mean, you're not a little green man with ''tentacles'' or anything.\\
'''Starfire:''' Why, '''thank you''', Terry Long. Neither are '''you.'''\\
'''Terry:''' Touche! Guess I '''deserved''' that, huh?
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]] sets a bomb off to take Clayface with him. [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] quickly flings him away and tanks the blast.
-->'''Jason:''' What... What '''are''' you?\\
'''Kara:''' I'm '''super'''. And you're a suicidal '''idiot'''.\\
'''Jason:''' Touché.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' story ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'', Finrod tells his father he shouldn't start out something he isn't willing to finish. Finarfin reminds Finrod he walked out of his own wedding ceremony.
-->'''Finrod:''' [coolly] A rescue seemed in order. Again.\\
'''Finarfin:''' And of whom, pray?\\
'''Finrod:''' Whichever most needed it. -- One ought not begin an endeavor which one has not the will to finish.\\
'''Finarfin:''' Aye... As, for example, -- to wed.\\
'''Finrod:''' [touch�]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10788350/3/Dinner-and-a-Show Dinner and a Show]]'', [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] wonders what made Aurora invite her to a formal dinner if the latter heard that she was rather unpleasant and easily angered, resulting in this exchange.
-->'''Maleficent:''' You've heard? What exactly have you heard, ''Princess'', that compelled you to invite me to dinner?\\
'''Aurora:''' Well, I've heard that you don't like to be uninvited.\\
'''Maleficent:''' Touché.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7832146/5/Swapping-The-Cage Swapping the Cage]]'' Kuushou's sole reaction to Anko invoking a regulation regarding rations on a mission to make him buy her dango is a simply, "Well played."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9658968/6/Enslaved Enslaved]]'' when Derflinger tries to press Saito into joining a mercenary band when the latter leaves Louise (because the greater his distance from her, the less the Familiar runes will warp his mind), Saito starts saying how he doesn't want to fight and just wants to go home when he realizes what just happened. Before he'd left, he had wanted to stay with Louise but Derflinger just showed he was right that Saito was turning back to himself. Saito offers a simple "Well played" once he realizes.
* ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'': Eleya, a Bajoran, has a [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare soft spot for Earth science fiction]] and is queried on why by her operations officer and boyfriend Gaarra.
-->'''Eleya:''' Well, why do you like Trill mystery novels?\\
'''Gaarra:''' Touché.
* When Voldemort attacks Spellhaven in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/45/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'', Harry's group doesn't learn until after they've killed most of the attackers that the majority were [[MindControl Imperius victims]]. Once Harry realizes the political and social ramifications of all those deaths, he offers an irritated, "You cheeky motherfucker."

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Lord Barkiss gives this to his then-fiancee Emily. Her response? "GetOut!"
* This exchange from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', when King Candy slaps on a pair of glasses to avoid Ralph's wrath:
-->'''King Candy''': [[YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you?]]\\
''([[VisualPun Ralph removes King Candy's glasses and hits Candy over the head with them]])''\\
'''King Candy''': You hit a guy ''[[AmbiguousSyntax with]]'' glasses. That's... well played.
* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', Wilbur tries to get Lewis to fix the time machine he crashed, but Lewis will only do it if he takes him back in time to meet his birth mother.
--> '''Wilbur''': You didn't even follow through on our last deal. How can I trust you?
--> '''Lewis''': Well, you told me you were a time cop from the future. How can I trust ''you''?
--> '''Wilbur''':...Touché.
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', during Phoebus and Esmeralda's fight in the church:
--> '''Phoebus:''' You fight almost as well as a man!\\
'''Esmeralda:''' Funny, I was going to say the same thing about ''you''!\\
'''Phoebus:''' [[TemptingFate That's hitting a little below the belt, don't you think?]]\\
'''Esmeralda:''' No. ''This'' is! ''[attempts a GroinAttack]''\\
'''Phoebus:''' Touché!
* ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' has the titular GuileHero trick the Genie into freeing him from the Cave of Wonders without actually expending one of his wishes. After a brief JawDrop of shock, Genie takes it rather well.
--> '''Genie''': ''[[[VisualPun Turning into a sheep]]]'' Well, do I feel sheepish. All right, you baaa-d boy, but no more freebies!
** ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': Iago's AntiLoveSong "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMrbT4Ycv1A Forget About Love]]" is a pretty transparent ReversePsychology ploy to get Jasmine to forgive Aladdin. She does catch on, but admits "you're calling my bluff -- I can't forget about love".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', GreatWhiteHunter Muldoon knows from the start that the raptors are intelligent and dangerous. When he realizes that he has just been outwitted by the raptors in a well-laid BatmanGambit, he mutters a sincere and respectful "Clever girl" to the pack leader just before being eaten.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Tony Stark is reading through S.H.I.E.L.D.'s profile on him, and objecting to every critique listed, until he reaches "textbook narcissism". After a moment of consideration, he agrees.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', Cliff goes to pick up his girlfriend Jenny at her boarding house, but finds the door blocked by the landlady, who says "''You know my rules, no gentlemen after 6 pm!''" Cliff replies "''Well, I'm no gentleman!''" The landlady mutters "''You can say that again...''" and tells them to have a good time.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', after Vesper Lynd gets in a few good barbs at Film/JamesBond, she asks him, how was his dinner?
-->'''Bond:''' Skewered. One sympathizes.
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', it happens to [[DeadpanSnarker snarker supreme]] Negasonic Teenage Warhead, of all people.
-->'''Deadpool:''' LOOK! I'm a teenage girl, I'd rather be anywhere than here! I'm all about long sullen silences, followed by mean comments, followed by more silence! So what's it gonna be: long sullen silence or mean comment? Go on, take your pick.\\
'''Negasonic Teenage Warhead:''' ...You got me in a box here.
* In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Bond kills time before his backup plan activates by getting the media-mogul villain to rant about how Bond won't be able to beat him, in the midst of which Bond kills the mook trying to sneak up on him overhead.
---> '''Bond:''' Sorry. I tuned out there for a minute, Eliot.
---> '''Carver:''' Touché.

* Gaea�s grudgingly impressed by Percy's gamble to force her to choose him over Phineas in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* On ''Series/{{Sisters}},'' an escalating mess between Teddy and Alex ends with: "Touché, sister dear, you've drawn blood, care to finish me off?"
* Something of a running gag in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is that Deeks will says "Touché" to acknowledge Kensi has a point, and Kensi will say it too (regardless of the meaning), because [[InherentlyFunnyWord she just likes the word]].
* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles had heart surgery, and Frasier made a promise to God to be nice to Niles if he lived. Niles then acted insufferably (over his fear of what might happen again), and Frasier wanted to lay into his brother, but felt he couldn't break his promise. Then he found a loophole, and felt it was enough. But it turned out their father already talked Niles out of it. Frasier then just said "Well played, God. I'll see you at Easter."
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', George Costanza once pretended to be handicapped at work so he could get lots of special treatment, including a private bathroom. When the truth came out, his boss was so disgusted that he wanted to fire George, but couldn't because George had a one year contract with the company. Instead the boss does everything in his power to make George miserable at work and convince him to quit. After he gives everyone in the company access to George's previously private bathroom:
-->'''George:''' Well played.\\
'''Boss:''' [[SeriousBusiness I'll see you in hell, Costanza.]]
* In the first season of ''Series/TheNakedTruth'', Nora gets her Camilla's job back by tricking the owner of The Comet. He said earlier "Who said life was fair?", and after she tricked him, [[IronicEcho she said the same thing]]. He said "Touché", although did give her a crappy assignment as payback.
* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', when Mr. Moseby admits at a baseball game that he spent his childhood learning ballet rather than sports, he gets heckled by some other guys sitting nearby. Moseby responds "Mock me if you will, but I was the only boy amongst twelve pretty girls. Mamma didn't raise no fool." The hecklers then shrug and nod in a way that says "Fair point."
* In one episode of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', [[BumblingDad Walter]] gets a laughably bad haircut. When one of Drake's slacker friends mocks him for it, Walter counters by mocking his hair too. Drake's friend remarks "Touché" and begins to walk away, when Walter yells:
-->'''Walter:''' It's pronounced "tush"!

* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' parodied it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' Spy will occasionally greet an enemy that kills him with "Well played."
* Rubick from ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' will sometimes compliment his killer.
* One of the emotes that players can use in ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' is "Well Played", among others.
* Lara and Pierre in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary'' have a small spat over whether or not one's compulsion can make or break an archeological find:
-->'''Lara''': I trust my instincts.
-->'''Pierre''': And that is why you are in second place! I am a professional, mademoiselle. I focus on the job and I get paid.
-->'''Lara''': There's more to life than money, Pierre.
-->'''Piere''' This isn't life, mademoiselle! It's business! Your compulsion prevents you from seeing the difference!
-->'''Lara''': It hasn't prevented me from getting a piece of the [[MacGuffin Scion]]. How's business for you?
-->'''Pierre''':...Touche. Well then, why don't we see who gets the next piece?

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The Judge in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', after Phoenix uses his own words against his overruling.
--> '''Phoenix:''' "Something you heard from someone else isn't admissible as testimony". Your words, Your Honor.\\
'''Judge:''' ...Touche, Mr. Wright.

* In ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' Silas constantly gets attempts on his life from [[TheStarscream his second-in-command]]. Not only does Silas expect this, he already undoes most of what the second-in-command was going to do when it's revealed. The usurper takes it rather gracefully, all things considered, shaking hands with Silas and complimenting him on his foresight. Of course, Silas still kills him, but at least they were polite about it.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', after [[http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1044 Dora's dad accidentally has a TMI moment with Marten]], Marten's comeback leads to this.
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapgunForHire'': Der Rock's reaction when he finds out [[spoiler:Buck really ''did'' get him the genuine MacGuffin back, and he, believing it fake, just used it to call the servant of one very pissed off SufficientlyAdvancedAlien he stole it from originally]] was to simply pay Buck for a job well done, while offering an apology for doubting his professional standards.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Dirk gets this pulled on him by his Auto-Responder, basically a digital copy of his own (younger) brain installed into a pair of sunglasses to respond to instant message chat when he can't.
-->'''Dirk:''' It's also obvious because you're me, and I'm sure I would be constantly fucking with my own head if I were you.\\
'''AR:''' Touché. Or should I say douché?\\
'''Dirk:''' You shouldn't say the former, and [[NeverSayThatAgain you should definitely, never, under any circumstance, say the latter]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* A RunningGag in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries''.
** Iruka, as the first person in the series to say it, gets irritated whenever other characters use it.
** Bob (Homura) asked Gladys (Koharu) if he could be the Hokage. When told he couldn't, he put on a disguise and asked again.
--->'''Gladys:''' Dammit, Bob, that's just you with a fake mustache!\\
'''Bob:''' Touché, Gladys. Touché.
* The WebVideo/{{Wiiviewer}} said this after he tried to argue he couldn't compare ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', as they were different genres, and his sons pointed out he compared a racing game with a platformer game.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' episode III parody trailer: [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xs21i_star-wars-a-lost-hope_fun A Lost Hope]], Vader quips to Mace Windu:
-->'''Vader''': I thought you'd be better.\\
'''Windu''': I thought you'd be ''taller''.\\
'''Vader''': ...Touché!
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB4UL6L8Bpk this]] Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement, both the Spy and the Engineer react rather gracefully when they realise they've been bested by the other.
* In ''LetsPlay/TacoMan'' episode "VideoGame/McDonaldsTreasureLandAdventure", this conversation happen.
-->'''Taco-Man''': You know i never understood why you guys hang out with someone who actually steals your products.\\
'''Donald [=McRonald=]''': Well you put videos on a channel that steals your money.\\
'''Taco-Man''': ...Touché!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On", [[spoiler:[[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] has been appointed to reform [[MadGod Discord]]. She reveals that she knew he was lying to her and attempting to manipulate her the whole time, and after he has apparently stabbed her in the back, she walks off, declaring that they're no longer friends.]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Discord]]''': You think you can boss [[spoiler:Discord]] around? You think I'm going to turn all this back because ''you'' say so? [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Because if I don't, I'll lose]] ''[[ArmorPiercingQuestion the one friend I ever had?]]'' ''(long, reflective pause)'' Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "E-I-E-I-D'oh", Homer goes to a movie theater lobby for some snacks and gets into an argument with the concessioner.
--->'''Squeaky Voiced Teen:''' I'm sorry, but we're not supposed to put butter on the Milk Duds.
--->'''Homer:''' You're not supposed to go to the bathroom without washing your hands either.
--->'''Squeaky Voiced Teen:''' ''(beat)'' Touché.
** In "Maximum Homerdrive", Homer has taken on a deceased trucker's final delivery and Bart jumps into the cab to come along.
-->'''Homer:''' Don't you have school?\\
'''Bart:''' Don't ''you'' have work?\\
'''Homer:''' Ah, touché. ''(starts the truck)''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]], Ezra and [[spoiler:[[ReverseMole Kallus]]]] have snuck into [[MagnificentBastard Grand Admiral Thrawn's]] office, and Ezra tells Chopper to transmit the ''Chimaera'''s access codes to Kanan and Rex. [[spoiler:Kallus]] protests that it'll be recognized as a rebel transmission.
-->'''Ezra:''' Yeah, but it'll be detected as having come from Thrawn's office.\\
'''[[spoiler:Kallus]]:''' Good point.
* Uttered verbatim by Clark Kent in ''[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS2E16To18WorldsFinest The Batman/Superman Movie]]'' (aka the "World's Finest" multi-parter in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'') when he finds a Bat-tracker on his cape after he'd earlier discovered Batman is Bruce Wayne using XRayVision.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' where Perry disappears, due to being transferred to a new villain, a guilty Candace, thinking it was her fault because she threw him out at night, went searching for him, and spots what she thinks is his tail, but it turns out to belong to a woman's pet beaver.
-->'''Candace''': You have a pet beaver?\\
'''Woman''': ''You'' have a pet ''platypus''.\\
'''Candace''': Touche.