Just because your boss has betrayed you and will sacrifice you to his god is no reason to be impolite about it.
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 Out-Gambitted
in a war.
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 Worthy Opponent
and Graceful Loser
, who are likely to use this.
Contrast Sore Loser
, who will not.
Anime and Manga
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, 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 her arm, completely cut off and tied to a dog, while Lan Fan is long gone. "That was well-played, girl."
Films — Animated
- In Dinner and a Show, 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."
- In 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 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.
- The Wrong Reflection: Eleya, a Bajoran, has a 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?
Films — Live-Action
- In Corpse Bride, Lord Barkiss gives this to his then-fiancee Emily. Her response? "Get Out!"
- This exchange from Wreck-It Ralph, when King Candy slaps on a pair of glasses to avoid Ralph's wrath:
- In Meet the Robinsons, 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?
- In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, during Phoebus and Esmeralda's fight in the church:
- Aladdin: The Return of Jafar: Iago's Anti-Love Song "Forget About Love" is a pretty transparent Reverse Psychology ploy to get Jasmine to forgive Aladdin. She does catch on, but admits "you're calling my bluff — I can't forget about love".
- Gaea’s grudgingly impressed by Percy's gamble to force her to choose him over Phineas in The Heroes of Olympus.
- In Team Fortress 2 Spy will occasionally greet an enemy that kills him with "Well played."
- Rubick from Dota 2 will sometimes compliment his killer.
- One of the emotes that players can use in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is "Well Played", among others.
- Lara and Pierre in Tomb Raider: Anniversary 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!
: It hasn't prevented me from getting a piece of the Scion
. How's business for you?
Pierre:...Touche. Well then, why don't we see who gets the next piece?
- In Exterminatus Now Silas constantly gets attempts on his life from 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 Questionable Content, after Dora's dad accidentally has a TMI moment with Marten, Marten's comeback leads to this.
- Buck Godot Zapgun For Hire: Der Rock's reaction when he finds out 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 Sufficiently Advanced Alien he stole it from originally was to simply pay Buck for a job well done, while offering an apology for doubting his professional standards.
- 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.
- A Running Gag in Naruto: The Abridged Series.
- The Wiiviewer said this after he tried to argue he couldn't compare Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, as they were different genres, and his sons pointed out he compared a racing game with a platformer game.
- In the Star Wars episode III parody trailer: A Lost Hope, Vader quips to Mace Windu:
Vader: I thought you'd be better.
Windu: I thought you'd be taller.
- In this Team Service Announcement, both the Spy and the Engineer react rather gracefully when they realise they've been bested by the other.
- In Taco-Man episode "McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure", 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.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Keep Calm And Flutter On", Fluttershy has been appointed to reform 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.
- In The Simpsons episode "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)
- Star Wars Rebels: In "Through Imperial Eyes", Ezra and Kallus have snuck into Grand Admiral Thrawn's office, and Ezra tells Chopper to transmit the Chimaera's access codes to Kanan and Rex. 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.
Kallus: Good point.
- Uttered verbatim by Clark Kent in The Batman/Superman Movie (aka the "World's Finest" multi-parter in Superman: The Animated Series) when he finds a Bat-tracker on his cape after he'd earlier discovered Batman is Bruce Wayne using X-Ray Vision.