Quotes / Crazy Enough to Work

"You're both nuts. This whole plan is nuts. It can't work. I am totally in."
Max, Scandal Sheet

"You're mad."
"Thank goodness for that, because if I wasn't, this'd probably never work."
Lord Beckett and Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

"That's not a remotely sound basis for anything."

Heavy: Doctor! Are you sure this will work?
Medic: Ha Ha, I have no idea!
Team Fortress 2, Meet the Medic, shortly before the Medic deploys his Ubercharge.

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct."
Niels Bohr, after hearing the proposition for Quantum Physics

"Things are rarely just crazy enough to work, but they're frequently just crazy enough to fail hilariously."

"This has a small, but fascinating, chance of actually working! Let's do it!"
Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius

"No, no, no. This is so stupid it's completely foolproof."
Red Mage, 8-Bit Theater, on his latest plan

"Out-of-the-box" is where I live.
Kara Thrace, Battlestar Galactica (2003)

"Coach, that is the stupidest idea I have ever agreed with."
Nick, Left 4 Dead 2

Kitai: I must go to him.
Fidelias: He's alive?
Kitai: Yes. For now. And... pleased with his own cleverness, may The One help us. Quick. What is the absolute worst place in this valley one could go? The most insanely suicidal place to be found? The place where only a great fool would venture—and only an insane fool would follow?
Both: Garados.
Kitai: He is there.

"There's something broken in your head, Calderon. You do all your thinking sideways."
Antillar Maximus, Princeps' Fury, also describing Tavi

"If it's stupid but works, it isn't stupid."
Murphy's Laws of Combat

"Maxim 43: If it's stupid and it works, it's still stupid and you're lucky."
Schlock Mercenary, "The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries"

"Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because its' brilliant nonsense."

"Prepare for turbulence."
Admiral William Adama, from Battlestar Galactica (2003), commencing what must have been the most insane rescue plan in the history of the twelve colonies.

"If Milli Vanilli happened today, they would be caught by the third comment on their first YouTube video. However, two decades ago, it was the kind of scheme that seemed doable. They got away with it long enough to win a Grammy and somehow even kept it going after the real singer, Charles Shaw, told reporters the truth. To solve that, Farian gave Shaw $150,000 in hush money, and suddenly he had no idea what those reporters were talking about. In 1990, that was totally an option. In this age of recorded everything, you'd have to be a conservative politician to try something that retarded."

Col. Jack O'Neill: Everyone who thinks this is absolutely an insane plan, raise your hands. Come on, get 'em up.
(Everyone in the room raises their hands, including Maj. Samantha Carter, who came up with it.)
Maj. Gen. Hammond: Keep those hands raised, people, because the next question is, who's going to make this happen?
(a little later)
Jack: I just wanna state, for the record, that this is the wackiest plan we've ever come up with.
Sam: Wackier than strapping an active stargate to the bottom of the X-302?
Jack: Oh yeah.
Sam: Wackier than blowing up a sun???
Jack: (walking out of the room) Yep!
Sam: (considers for a moment) He's probably right.
— "Fallen", Stargate SG-1

"Sometimes crazy works."
— Optimus Primal (on two separate occasions), Beast Wars

Maggie: You actually expect this to work?
Hardison: No, you're supposed to say "Wow, that's just crazy enough to work!"
Sophie: Incredibly, chance does seem to bend itself to his bizarre machinations.
- Leverage, on Nate

Cortana: I know what you're thinking, and it's crazy.
Master Chief: So? Stay here.
Cortana: Unfortunately for us both, I like crazy.
Halo 2

"If the thought of it seems crazy, you weren't crazy enough to begin with."

You plan to cross-examine an orca!?
Judge, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies note 

The 10th Doctor: General, we have a plan!
The 11th Doctor: We should point out that it's a fairly terrible plan.
The 10th Doctor: And it almost certainly won't work.
The 11th Doctor: I was happy with "fairly terrible".
The Doctor(s) discusses his(their) plan to save Gallifrey from certain destruction, from the episode "Day of the Doctor", Doctor Who

Captain Jay Yim: Lieutenant Kanril, are you insane?!
Lieutenant Kanril Eleya: It worked, didn't it?
— "From Bajor to the Black, Part II"

Astrid: What are you going to do about it?
Hiccup: Probably something stupid.
Astrid: Okay, but...you've already done that.
Hiccup: Then something crazy.
Astrid: That's more like it.

Hi, I'm Gandhi, and if Britain doesn't get the hell out of India, I'm going to starve myself in public. [Britain immediately leaves] Wow, that worked?