The Order of the Stick
- Therkla disobeys the clear intent of her orders and lays the blame elsewhere, on the ground that she had tried to obey exactly the orders she was given, and the fall guy had tried to obey the intent. Her superior let it slide because he was impressed by her political skills.
- Lampshaded by Tarquin, who promises to a diplomat that his forces will join a battle the next day but doesn't specify which side they will join. When they join the opposing side, he quips:
Tarquin: ... And here I was worried all night that you were going to figure it out early. I mean, I thought I just made it, like, WAY too obvious, but I guess it all worked out, huh?
- In another instance, Redcloak chews out Xykon for endangering the life of their prisoner, O-Chul, making him fight gladiatorial combat with various monsters for Xykon's amusement, prompting Xykon to swear that he "won't put the paladin in any type of enclosure with any animal, magical beast or aberration, as part of an attempt to entertain ourselves." As soon as Redcloak leaves the room, Xykon tells his other minion, Tsukiko, to create some undead gladiators for O-Chul to fight.
- Surprisingly, the Monster in the Darkness also pulls one, but certainly not intentionally:
Hobgoblin: Are you sure the Supreme Leader said this was OK?
MitD: Oh, yeah, he gave me a direct order.
MitD: Hey, Redcloak, I need—
Redcloak: Go bother someone else.
- Grubwiggler has no intention of re-animating Roy Greenhilt's corpse as an Undead. What he does intend to do is transform it into a bone golem, which under D&D rules, is a Construct.
- Roy had once asked an oracle where Xykon currently was, and had received the answer "on his throne". When he later returns to the same oracle, he deliberately forms his question to be as immune to twisting as possible. Ironically, however, this makes him receive a worse answer, because his phrasing of the question had limited Xykon's next attack to one of two possible locations, and Xykon had chosen to Take a Third Option. The Oracle tried to get Roy to word his question in a way that would allow him to give the proper answer, but Roy was having none of it. The very next strip has Elan of all people pointing out Roy's error... but moments later the party triggers the Memory Charm around the Oracle's tower so that the only thing they remember from the visit with the Oracle was the answers he gave to their specific questions. Thus eliminating the advance warning they would've otherwise had of Xykon's imminent attack.
The Oracle: Yes, you've certainly managed to cunningly outsmart yourself at the very least.
- Durkon, a very lawful character, averts being Lawful Stupid nicely when he convinces Miko that the team wasn't trying to escape, their cages were open because of a mechanical defect. When questioned later he says that he considers "able to be picked by a rogue" to be a pretty big defect.
- More crucially, he gets around the fact that the other party members left their cells by stating that the five of them, as in collectively, didn't leave the cells he stayed in his. Or, equally: because Belkar is in solitary confinement, there are four rather than five party members present. Both technicalities work.
- Subtle example in the IFCC's negotiations with Vaarsuvius. "We simply don't need to trick you if we can get what we want by playing it straight." sounds a lot like "We aren't tricking you." without saying anything of the sort.
- Vaarsuvius attributes being able to defeat the psion Laurin Shattersmith to "a combination of observations, calculations, and superior intelligence" — not mentioning that "superior intelligence" in this case refers to "having been given a full briefing on her abilities by Sabine".