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.
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:
Phoebus: You fight almost as well as a man!
- 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.
- On Sisters, an escalating mess between Teddy and Alex ends with: "Touché, sister dear, you've drawn blood, care to finish me off?"
- Something of a running gag in NCIS: Los Angeles is that Deeks will says "Touché" to acknowledge Kensi has a point, and Kensi will say it too (regardless of the meaning), because she just likes the word.
- In Frasier, Niles had heart surgery, and Frasier made a promise to God to be nice to Niles if he lived. Niles then acted insufferably (over his fear of what might happen again), and Frasier wanted to lay into his brother, but felt he couldn't break his promise. Then he found a loophole, and felt it was enough. But it turned out their father already talked Niles out of it. Frasier then just said "Well played, God. I'll see you at Easter."
- On Seinfeld, George Costanza once pretended to be handicapped at work so he could get lots of special treatment, including a private bathroom. When the truth came out, his boss was so disgusted that he wanted to fire George, but couldn't because George had a one year contract with the company. Instead the boss does everything in his power to make George miserable at work and convince him to quit. After he gives everyone in the company access to George's previously private bathroom:
- In the first season of The Naked Truth, Nora gets her Camilla's job back by tricking the owner of The Comet. He said earlier "Who said life was fair?", and after she tricked him, she said the same thing. He said "Touché", although did give her a crappy assignment as payback.
- In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, when Mr. Moseby admits at a baseball game that he spent his childhood learning ballet rather than sports, he gets heckled by some other guys sitting nearby. Moseby responds "Mock me if you will, but I was the only boy amongst twelve pretty girls. Mamma didn't raise no fool." The hecklers then shrug and nod in a way that says "Fair point."
- 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.
- 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.
Dirk: It's also obvious because you're me, and I'm sure I would be constantly fucking with my own head if I were you.
AR: Touché. Or should I say douché?
Dirk: You shouldn't say the former, and you should definitely, never, under any circumstance, say the latter.