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Refuge in Audacity
Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.
Tacitus, Annals, Book XI Ch. 26

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 a tank full of hammerhead sharks, razor blades, and sulfuric acid; there's good odds the police will just 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!" they might be so flabbergasted by what's happening that they can't bring themselves to stop you. Basically, people have a Weirdness Censor 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.

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 awesome. Characters who try this and fail often get a brutal This Is Reality moment, which can make for good Cringe Comedy instead.

They're not Getting Crap Past the Radar. 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-Meyer Weinermobile, painted as a penis, with sunglasses-wearing flaming skull decals on every flat surface and a Hieronymus Bosch reproduction on the door, hood-mounted machine guns blazing, Motorhead blasting on the jury-rigged PA system, the tires leaving tracks painting sex and violence on the floor and walls and one arm hanging out of the window making a rude hand gesture.

Compare Sarcastic Confession, which works on a smaller scale. The Bavarian Fire Drill is also related to this: it works because no one thinks to question the (false) authority 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 Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand situation and Appeal To Audacity are subtropes.

Has nothing to do with using this program when you're tired of dealing with ProTools or Soundbooth.


In-Universe Examples Only:


Mischief for PunishmentThe PlanReverse Psychology
Reality Is Out to LunchAbsurdity AscendantRuns On Ignorance
Redemption Equals SexLaws and FormulasRule 50
Really Gets AroundThis Index Is A JokeReports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated
The Man Behind the ManOverdosed TropesStuff Blowing Up
RedshirtJustForFun/Tropes of LegendRetcon
Rage QuitAdministrivia/In-Universe Examples OnlyRussian Reversal
Donkey KongAwesome/Video GamesNoodle Incident

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