->''"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable."''
-->-- '''Matilda Wormwood''', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''
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Usually, when characters do something illegal or socially unacceptable, they'll try to be discreet about it, keep their misdeeds small and subtle enough that either no one knows what they've done, or no one cares. Sometimes a character does the exact opposite--take their misdeeds so far over-the-top that there's no way they ''can't'' be noticed--and they ''still'' get away with it.

The key is to be ''so'' audacious in how you violate the rules (whether they be laws or a moral/ethic code) that no one can believe you did it. If someone tells the police how you tried to stab them with a knife, you'll be arrested. However, if they tell the police how you tried to throw them into [[SharkPool a tank full of hammerhead sharks]], [[SpikesOfDoom razor blades]], and [[AcidPool sulfuric acid]], there's good odds the police will just [[CassandraTruth laugh them off and not bother investigating]]. Alternatively, suppose you’re in a food court and start picking food off people's plates; they'll take their food back and tell you to leave them alone. However, if you dash through the food court with a wheelbarrow, tossing everyone's food into it, yelling, "Quickly! All your food in here! {{No time to explain}}!", [[BavarianFireDrill they might be so flabbergasted by what's happening that they can't bring themselves to stop you]]. Basically, people have a WeirdnessCensor when it comes to human behavior; since most people follow the rules (or pretend to), someone who breaks the rules with such flagrant abandon is so unusual that people have a hard time accepting that they exist, and will try to rationalize what's happening by assuming that the violator has some sort of exceptional reason for breaking protocol; otherwise, they wouldn't even ''dare'' to be so open about it, right?

This is usually a good source of comedy, since it inverts how we normally expect people to behave. Characters who pull it off successfully usually come off as [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome.]] Characters who try this and fail often get a brutal ThisIsReality moment, which can make for good CringeComedy instead. This is the heart and soul of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie Big Lie Technique]]: Telling such a massively colossal lie that people refuse to believe one would actually lie about such a thing and accept it as fact instead.

They're not GettingCrapPastTheRadar. They're crashing the crap through the front doors and out the back doors of the radar installation in an armored model of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, painted as a penis, with sunglasses-wearing flaming skull decals on every flat surface and a Creator/HieronymusBosch reproduction on the door, hood-mounted machine guns blazing, Music/{{Motorhead}} blasting on the jury-rigged PA system, the tires leaving tracks painting sex and violence on the floor and walls, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and one arm hanging out of the window]] [[FlippingTheBird making a rude hand gesture]]. Note this trope represents taking something to extremes within the normal limits of the story, for example a PG story may take not paying attention in class to the extreme of reading the newspaper in front of a teacher, but wouldn't show a penis on the newspaper.

Compare SarcasticConfession, which works on a smaller scale. Also compare CrossesTheLineTwice, since they're both tropes that exaggerate comedy. The BavarianFireDrill is also related to this: it works because no one thinks to question the (false) authoritory of the ones pulling it, and may be unwilling to believe or admit that they were conned afterwards. May be used to maintain the {{Masquerade}}. Setting up a KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand situation and AppealToAudacity are subtropes. WeirdnessCoupon is related and tends to be applied to characters who do things like this so regularly that everyone just accepts it after a while.

Has nothing to do with using [[http://audacity.sourceforge.net this program]] when you're tired of dealing with [=ProTools=] or Soundbooth.

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