"You're both nuts. This whole plan is nuts. It can't work. I am totally in."
— Max, Scandal Sheet
Heavy: "Doctor! Are you sure this will work?"
Medic: "Ha Ha, I have no idea!"
"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
"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?
"There's something broken in your head, Calderon. You do all your thinking sideways."
If it's stupid but works, it isn't stupid.
— Murphy's Laws of Combat
"Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because its' brilliant nonsense."
— Ford Prefect, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
"Prepare for turbulence."
— Admiral William Adama commencing what must have been the most insane rescue plan in the history of the twelve colonies. Battlestar Galactica.
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.
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; and it almost certainly won't work.
— 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"