Quotes / I Know You Know I Know

"Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool; you would have counted on it; so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me!"
Vizzini, The Princess Bride

Subject 1: I know what you're thinking.
Subject 2: I know that you know what I'm thinking.
Subject 1: I know that you know that I know what you're thinking.
Subject 2: I know that you know that I know that you know what I'm thinking.
Civilization: Call to Power, ESP Center Wonder

"Little does she know
That I know that she knows
That I know she's two-timing me."
— "Little Does She Know", The Kursaal Flyers

"I know you know I know you know, 'cause I just told you!"
Van Montgomery, in a rare moment of sanity, Reba

"A pattern... Something he could sink his teeth into. These tactics, these plans they were all patterns of overlapping tricks and counter-tricks. A plan was made, the opponent would plan a counter, then he'd have to counter that counter, and the opponent was usually sitting at step three waiting to deal with the counter's counter. If he wanted to win this, he needed to be four moves ahead of the current game pieces."

"I know. You know I know. I know you know I know. We know Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it. We're a knowledgeable family."
Prince Geoffrey, The Lion in Winter

"I know you know that I'm not telling the truth
I know you know that they just don't have any proof
Embrace the deception, learn how to bend
Your worst inhibitions tend to psych you out in the end."
Psych theme tune

"'We must cooperate to destroy Sunshine, and only then fight it out between us. But if one of us betrays the other earlier on, that one could gain an advantage in the later fight. And the Sunshine General, who knows all this, will try to trick each of us into thinking the other has betrayed them. And you and I, who know that, will be tempted to betray the other and pretend that it is Granger's trickery. And Granger knows that, as well'
Draco nodded. That much was obvious."

"I hear you've been investigating my ships. And I think you know that I know that you know, you know?"
Varrick, The Legend of Korra

"Is it an escape route or is it a trap? Do they know that you know that they know? It is the best kind of puzzle."
Kurros, Star Trek: Voyager, "Think Tank"

"But fortunately I anticipated your anticipation of my anticipation of your anticipation of my anticipation of your anticipation of my treachery!"
Dr. Zarkendorf, Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space

Varys: I'm not entirely sure what you're suggesting.
Tyrion: I'm entirely sure you're entirely sure what I'm suggesting.
Game of Thrones, "Blackwater"

"Were those dark circles under her eyes? Was there the slightest hint of wariness in her attitude toward him? She certainly wasn't at ease. Locke made a mental note to avoid pushing her too far, too fast. It was a delicate dance, playing straight lines and smiles with someone who knew he was a mummer but didn't know that he knew that she knew."

Dr. Necrosis: You are not what I expected, Agent Tag. Although your disguise as a buffoon was most convincing.
Jackie: But I am not Agent Tag. I am Jackie Chan, a researcher!
Dr. Necrosis: Of course if you were Agent Tag, you would deny it emphatically.
Jackie: No, I would claim to be Agent Tag; assuming you would not believe me.
Dr. Necrosis: Then I would anticipate your assumption that I would not believe you.
Jackie: I would foresee your anticipating my assumption of you not believing me.
Dr. Necrosis: But how could you predict I wouldn't expect your forseeing my anticipation of your assuming my not believing? Hah! Answer me that!
Jackie: I do not even know what you just said!
Dr. Necrosis: Precisely what I expected you to say, Agent Tag!
Jackie Chan Adventures, "Agent Tag"

"Fifth Child? So soon after we found the Fourth? Kihl has to know I will regard anyone they send as a spy. And he knows I know that."

Their investigations had uncovered that there was some kind of friction between SEELE and their point man at Central. As far as Kaji had understood and explained it, the goals of SEELE and Gendo meshed well until some undetermined point in the future, at which point… things would probably happen.
Both sides pretended it wasn't the case, but both sides knew the truth and were constantly maneuvering for position even as they worked together closely on what they needed to cooperate on.

"Harry notices a tear in Snake's pants and blood all over her leg and Snake notices that Harry's noticed, and he notices that she notices that. I mean, there's a trade of noticing going on and it's just bewildering"
Wizard People, Dear Reader, "Chapter 18: TROLLED!!!!!"

Aku: (Having just stolen Jack's sword via minion) You're so lucky, Samurai; most of us have to live with our mistakes, but you get to DIE by yours! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Say goodbye to your little toy, Jack, once and for-(The sword explodes into dust) Huh?! A FAKE?!
Jack: That's right, Aku. You see, I am smart, and you are pure evil, and I knew you would cheat. So I had a fake sword made and hid it under that rock over there. Then I hid the real sword right down- (Goes for the sword, only to find that another minion has stolen it)... here. (The minion tosses Aku the sword)
Aku: You see, Jack? I knew that you knew I would cheat, so I came prepared. And now you will learn what it means to be a fool!
Jack: I am afraid that you are the fool, Aku.
Aku: Why?!
Jack: Because I knew that you knew that I knew that you knew that I knew you would cheat. (Cut to Aku looking baffled) So I hid fake swords all over this place. (Aku turns to find an army of minions holding identical swords) Now all you have to do, Aku, is figure out which one of these swords is the real one.
Samurai Jack Season 4 Episode 9, "Jack vs Aku"