Batman Gambit / Animated Films

  • Asterix is master of these in The Twelve Tasks of Asterix. Notable examples are during the fight with Cylindric the German, and "the place that sends you mad" sequence.
  • Aladdin pulls off a successful gambit against the Genie, showing that he was clever enough to not get overwhelmed by the Genie's antics. By challenging Genie's "phenomenal cosmic power," Aladdin was able to escape the Cave of Wonders without using up one of his precious few wishes. Genie proceeds to close the loophole for future tricks of this sort (and even gets a couple of puns in at the same time).
    Genie: Well, I feel sheepish. (becomes a sheep) OK, you baaad boy, but no more freebies!
    • Aladdin pulls this off again in the finale, where he tricks the power-mad Jafar into using his final wish to become "an all-powerful genie." Jafar not only gets his "phenomenal cosmic power," but also the "itty-bitty living space" that goes with it: he is imprisoned in his very own lamp.
  • At the end of A Bug's Life, Flik pulls one off on Hopper by claiming that the real bird they just saw was "another one of [his] little bird tricks". Hopper falls for it and promptly gets his ass handed to him on a silver platter in one of the most karmic Disney Villain Deaths EVER as Flik and Atta watch from a safe distance.
  • In The Lion King, Scar pulls a fairly sadistic one on Mufasa when he puts Simba in danger. It ends up getting Mufasa killed.
  • Nocturna's Moka spends the whole movie working on one. Aside from his insatiable coffee habit, literally every action he takes, down to the last breath, is calculated to put Tim in a situation where his only option is to overcome his fear of the dark, which will save the night from certain doom.
  • In the Animated film, Dante's Inferno. Lucifer uses Dante's wife as bait, in order to trick him into freeing him from his spiritual prison in hell.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo tells Quasimodo that he has troops ready to capture Esmeralda at the Court of Miracles. Quasimodo and Phoebus go to warn her first. Frollo is there as well; he didn't know where the court was but knew they would lead him to it.
  • In Cats Don't Dance, Danny uses Darla Dimple's ego and Fantastic Racism to make him and his friends look good, using everything she tossed at them to improve their dance number.
  • Megamind broke out of prison by having Minion send him watch, addressed from Megamind's Arch-Nemesis Metroman, knowing the prison warden wouldn't let him keep it. When the warden put it on, the hologram projector in the watch activated, making the warden look like Megamind. The prison guards threw the warden in Megamind's cell, and he used the confusion to grab the watch and escape.
  • In Pixar's Inside Out, Riley Anderson's Disgust give Riley's Anger a funny "The Reason You Suck" speech in order to active Anger's hothead to burn the glass to bring Riley's Joy and Riley's Sadness into Headquarters.
  • An epic one gets pulled by Nick and Judy during the climax of Zootopia. Nick and Judy are completely cornered by Bellwether and her minions in the museum, and they can't fight their way out of the situation because Judy badly injured her leg and Nick's doesn't have much fighting skills. They both know that if Bellwether gets her hands on the gun and the Night Howler poison, she'll use it to make Nick (a fox) go savage and will have him kill Judy (a rabbit) leaving no witnesses or evidence of the anti-predator conspiracy. They have no way to contact anybody for help, and all they have on paw is Nick's kerchief of blueberries and Judy's Carrot Pen Recorder. So what do they do? They replace the Night Howler serum with the blueberries while they still have the weapon. Then while Nick and Judy fake the attack (complete with Nick fake-biting Judy), they use the pen recorder to catch Bellwether's gloating on tape. And Bellwether was the one who reported the "attack", so when the ZPD show up at the museum, the duo have enough evidence to arrest her and her goons, restore peace to the city, and get those affected with the Night Howler cured.