Quotes: Indy Ploy

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     Anime & Manga 

Plan A is "Take it as it comes," Plan B is "First come, first served," and Plan C is "Wing it."
Spike Spiegel explains his philosophy of bounty-hunting, Cowboy Bebop

Kars: Was this part of your plan too, JoJo!?
Joseph: Damn straight! I plan everything... from the very beginning! (Of course it wasn't. But if it pisses him off...)

Kouji: There's no choice but for me to go and take it back!
Sayaka: But you don't even know what the enemy is...!
Kouji: I'll find out along the way!
Mazinger Z: Relic of Terror

     Comic Books 

I'm just makin' it up as I go!

     Doctor Who 

Jamie: Have you thought up some clever plan, Doctor?
Second Doctor: Yes, Jamie, I believe I have.
Jamie: What are you going to do?
Second Doctor: Bung a rock at it.
— "The Abominable Snowmen"

Fourth Doctor: I think my idea is better.
Lester: What is your idea?
Fourth Doctor: I don't know yet. That's the trouble with ideas, they only come a bit at a time.
— "Revenge of the Cybermen"

Ninth Doctor: 'Cause this is what I'm going to do: I'm going to rescue her! I'm going to save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet! And then I'm going to save the Earth! And then, just to finish off, I'm going to wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!
Daleks: But you have no weapons, no defences, no plan!
Ninth Doctor: Yeah, and doesn't that scare you to death?
— "Bad Wolf"

Mickey: You're just making this up as you go along!
Tenth Doctor: Yup! But I do it brilliantly.
— "The Age of Steel"

Donna: But what do we do?
Doctor: I dunno, I make it up as I go along. But trust me, I've got a history.
— "The Runaway Bride"

Martha: (hiding from a monster with the Doctor) You mean you don't have a plan?
Doctor: Yes. The plan was to get inside here.
Martha: Then what?
Doctor: Well, then I'd come up with another plan.
Martha: ...In your own time, then!
— "The Lazarus Experiment"

Doctor:...and anyway, that's not the plan.
River: There's a plan?
Doctor: I don't know yet, I haven't finished talking.
(later)
Doctor: I'll do a thing.
River: What thing?
Doctor: I dunno, it's a thing in progress. Respect the thing.
— "Flesh and Stone"

Now, the question of the hour is, "Who's got the Pandorica?" Answer, "I do." Second question, "Who's going to take it from me?" — Hello! Look at me, no plan, no back-up, no weapons worth a damn, oh, and one more thing I don't have; Anything! To! Lose!
— "The Pandorica Opens"

The Doctor: Well, that seemed to go according to plan. In the end.
Amy Pond: Do you even know what a plan is?
Doctor Who: The Adventure Game

Rory: He'll be fine! He's a Time Lord!
Amy: It's just what they're called. It doesn't actually mean he knows what he's doing.
— "The Doctor's Wife"

Doctor: I'm dying. But I've got a plan.
Amy: What plan?
Doctor: Not dying. See? Fine.
— "Let's Kill Hitler"

Hold tight and pretend it's a plan.
— "The Doctor The Widow And The Wardrobe"

Clara: I trust the Doctor.
Soldier: You think he knows what he's doing?
Clara: I'm not sure I'd go that far.
— "Nightmare in Silver"

Clara: What are you going to do, Doctor?
Doctor: Ahh, I dunno. Talk very fast. Hope something good happens. Take credit.
— "Time of the Doctor"

    Fan Fiction 

Harry couldn't claim it had all gone just as planned. It had all gone just as completely made up on the spot.

    Film - Animated 

Tigress: What's your plan?
Po: Step 1, free the Five.
Viper: What's Step 2?
Po: To be honest, I didn't think I'd get this far.

Roxanne: So what's the plan?
Megamind: It mostly involves not dying.
Roxanne: That's a good plan. I like that plan.

Mushu: So, what's the plan?
Mulan: Um...
Mushu: You don't have a plan?!
Mulan: Hey, I've just been making this up as I... (sees fireworks) ...go.
Mulan

    Film - Live-Action 

You call this Plan B? What does Plan B stand for? Bullshit!
Marcus Burnett, Bad Boys 2

Make good in every situation.
Longshanks, Braveheart

Quill: I have a plan!
Rocket: You've got a plan?!
Quill: I have part of a plan!
Drax: What percentage of a plan do you have?
Gamora: You don't get to ask questions after the nonsense you pulled on Knowhere!
Drax: I just saved Quill!
Quill: We've already established that you destroying the ship I'm on is not saving me!
Drax: When did we establish that?
Quill: Like three seconds ago!
Drax: I wasn't listening. I was thinking of something else...
Rocket: She's right, you don't get an opinion. (to Peter) What percentage?
Quill: I dunno... Twelve percent?
Rocket: Twelve percent? (laughs)
Quill: That's a fake laugh!
Rocket: It's real!
Quill: Totally fake!
Rocket: That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life because that is not a plan!
Gamora: It's barely a concept.
Quill: You're taking their side?!
Groot: I am Groot.
Rocket: So what, "It's better than eleven percent!" What the hell does that have to do with anything?
Quill: Thank you, Groot! Thank you! See? Groot's the only one of you who has a clue.
Groot: (eats a leaf off his own shoulder)

Hermione, since when have any of our plans actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose.
Harry Potter, lampshading it up in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Indy: Get back to Cairo. Get us some transport to England. Boat, plane, anything. Meet me at Omar's. Be ready for me. I'm going after that truck.
Sallah: How?
Indy: (mumbling) I don't know, I'm making this up as I go.

Herman: What are you gonna do?
Young Indy: I don't know. But I'll think of something.
(after the prologue...)
Elsa: What are you going to do?
Indy: Don't know. Think of something.

Mutt Williams: What's he gonna do now?
Marion Ravenwood: I don't think he plans that far ahead.

Beckett: You're mad!
Captain Jack Sparrow: Thank goodness for that, because if I wasn't, this would probably never work.
(Jack's latest stunt goes off without a hitch)
Bosun: Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Princess Leia: This is some rescue! When you came in here, didn't you have a plan for getting out?
Han Solo: He's the brains, sweetheart!

Leia: I hope you know what you're doing.
Han: Yeah, me too...

I'm a User. I'll improvise.

    Literature 

He... Kollberg, he's not smarter than you, Hari. Very few people are... He just... He goes for what he wants, y'know? He's always shaving the odds, always taking another baby step toward where he wants to go, even when he doesn't know how it'll all pull together in the end... When you do that long enough, hard enough, eventually things fall into place and... and you look like a genius, when you never really planned anything...
Duncan Michaelson, Heroes Die

The beginning of genius is being scared shitless.
Louis-Ferdinand CÚline, The Church: A Comedy in Five Acts

George: So, what's the plan, Harry?
Harry: There isn't one.
Fred: Just going to make it up as we go along, are we? My favorite kind.

Oar: Tell me your plan and let me judge for myself.
Pollisand: Tell you my plan? I can't tell you my plan. My plan is so complex, your brain doesn't have the capacity to comprehend it. This entire universe doesn't have the capacity to comprehend my plan - there aren't enough quarks to encode the simplest overview. I've got fifty-five million backup universes grinding away at figuring out what I have to do next, and that's just the underlying logic, not the user interface. No way I can tell you my plan.
Oar: In other words, you do not have a plan.
Pollisand: Well, I've got a few rough ideas. My greatest strength is improvising.

    Live-Action TV 

Here's the plan: I walk in, hit people in the face hard, we see how it goes from there.
Angel, "She"

Collecting facts while I'm out there in the action, just winging iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!
You're making a plan, while I'm being a man, just winging iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!
MC Bat Commander, The Aquabats! Super Show!, "Cowboy Android"

Winston: W-what do we do now!?
Michael: Plan B!
Winston: What's plan B?
Michael: I'm working on it...
Burn Notice, season 4 premier, "Friends and Enemies".

Max: Uh, what's going on here? Do we have a plan?
Michael: Plan? No. I got some tactical goals and a rough approach.
Burn Notice, season 5 premier, "Company Man".

Smellin' a lot of "if" comin' off this plan.
Jayne, Firefly

The plan is... to make up the plan in the car.
Nate, Leverage, "The Ho Ho Ho Job"

Casey: Technically, I have a plan.
Dan: What's the plan?
Casey: It's Napoleon's plan... He had a two-part plan.
Dan: What was it?
Casey: First we show up, then we see what happens.
Dan: That was his plan?
Casey: Yeah.
Dan: Against the Russian army?
Casey: Yeah.
Dan: First we show up, then we see what happens.
Casey: Yeah.
Dan: Almost hard to believe he lost.

Felicity: Please tell me you have a brilliant plan.
Oliver: I don't even have a regular plan.
Arrow

    Tabletop Games 

I don't need a plan, just a goal. The rest will follow on its own.
Gerrard, Magic: The Gathering, "Temper"

    Video Games 

Hawke: Seems like I could save time and just assume a plan will fall apart from the start.
Tallis: It hasn't "fallen apart", it's just, uh, not entirely cooperating with reality.

We are going to march right back upstairs and MAKE him put me back in my body! —And he'll probably kill us, because he's incredibly powerful and I have no plan. Wow. I'm not going to lie to you, the odds are a million to one, and that's with some generous rounding.
GLaDOS, Portal 2

Jake: Screw all this running! I'm taking that chopper down!
Sherry: How? With what?!
Jake: Not sure. Kinda making this up as I go.

Benjamin King: You got a plan?
The President: We're getting the band back together, then we're gonna kill Zinyak.
Benjamin King: That's not a plan, that's a goal!

The restrictive drudge of military tactics is so easily turned upon the tactician, a fact you have ably proven. Formulas can be reverse-engineered, hierarchies subjugated, loyalties undermined. When all probable causes can be calculated, the possible endings become clear. Our most dangerous enemies are those that exist according to no plan.
The Dragon in the after-mission report to "Crossroads," The Secret World

The Heavy: Doctor, are you sure this will work?!
The Medic: Ha ha! I HAVE NO IDEA!
Team Fortress 2: "Meet The Medic"

Harry: So what do we do if they switch the patrols?
Nate: We figure it out as we go.
Harry: We will not fumble our way through this.
Nate: I don't "fumble," I improvise.
Chloe: Oh, is that what you call it?

Elena: I hope you know what you're doing.
Nate: I don't have the faintest idea!

Elena: And then what?
Nate: I haven't thought that far ahead!
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, in which Nate boils this trope down to its essence

    Visual Novels 

Kotomine: Such a shame. Have you really run out of plans so soon?
Shirou: Shut up! I never actually had a plan in the first place!

You know my strategy... speak first, think later!
Phoenix Wright, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All

    Web Comics 

Axel: I've been in loads of final battles, each one more final than the last. All of them involved complicated plans that failed miserably. So this time, I'm just going to wing it!
Marluxia: Coming from you, that fills me with absolute terror.
Ansem Retort Strip #80

Jim: I love it when a plan comes together!
Ben: Yes. I would have loved that too.

Always be prepared to improvise, Freckle. That's rule number one for jazz players and vigilantes alike.
Rocky Rickaby, Lackadaisy

Calvin: Last night. The game. You were surrounded. What'd you do?
Student: ...I ran. I took the ball and ... ran straight through.
Calvin: Exactly. When the odds are against you, your only hope is quick, decisive action. Robert E. Lee knew this. More than anything, it's why he fought so well, so long. Be fast, be sure, be bold ... and you might just win before the enemy realizes you "can't."

Quentyn: You think I'm just going to jump in, willy nilly, without a plan...?
Sam: Aww, naaah. Where would I get that impression? ...she said to the fuzzball who threw a pie in a Fae lord's face.
Quentyn: That was just one time! And there were extenuating circumstances ... okay, there was that other time with the gragum ... and, um, the wight-rats... okay so maybe I do jump into things headfirst a lot....

    Web Original 

You know, last time I stepped into one of those things gargoyles tried to kill me. It would be a very prudent idea to go back to my house, pick up some of the weapons I left there at the end of Ultima V, grab my Orb of the Moons, lock my door, and come back here. (beat) Which is why I won't do it. Wheeeeee!
Steve the Avatar, Nakar's Let's Play Ultima VII Part I: The Black Gate

Dupre: Well, we've got 24 hours to either fight our way out of this or come up with a defense for Iolo when every card in the deck is clearly stacked against us.
Steve: We could also leave, pick up Shamino, and go clubbing tonight and come up with something at the last second.
Dupre: I like that better.
(later)
Iolo: I seriously hope you guys did something yesterday.
Steve: I'm sure something will come to me.
Iolo: Oh God.

Church: Okay. Well, I'm gonna go do whatever it is that fixes all this. Wish me luck, guys.
Previous!Church: What're gonna do?
Church: You know what? I'm just gonna go free Tex and wing it. Cause every time I've made a plan, it's fallen apart. I figure, why not just improvise?
Red vs. Blue Spoiler 

Dr Clef: I can't really see that Dr Kondraki made any mistakes in his termination procedure up to this point, no.
Interviewer: Seriously?
Dr Clef: None at all. He had a primary kill mechanism, a backup plan and a tertiary plan as well. The fact that his plan didn't survive first contact with the enemy wasn't his fault. The deaths of MTF-Rho-2 were a sad and unforeseeable consequence of the Euclid-class SCPs being moved.
Interviewer: I see. So tell me, Dr. Clef, what if all of this wasn't part of some plan, and he'd been making it up as he went along?
Dr Clef: (laughs) In that case, sir, I'd say that Dr. Kondraki was a suicidal fool. But he certainly wouldn't have...
Interviewer: ...
Dr Clef: ...he did?
Interviewer: I have here a copy of Dr. Kondraki's termination procedure proposal. Step one is his plan to use cat urine and a pistol loaded with silver bullets. Backup plans two, three, four, and five are listed as, and I quote, "Wing It," "Make Something Up," "Cross That Bridge When I Come To It," and "Put My Head Between My Knees And Kiss My Ass Goodbye."
Dr Clef: [EXPLETIVE REDACTED]

    Western Animation 

Finn: I have a sick plan!
(Finn slides up the wall and evades the charging ice bull)
NEPTR: That was a great plan!
Finn: Nah, that wasn't a part of my plan. We got lucky.

Mace Windu: What is Skywalker doing?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: It appears to be one of Anakin's improvised plans.
Mace Windu: How can it be a plan if it's improvised?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Not to worry, just catch them when they fall.
Captain Rex: A lot of the General's plans involve falling.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"

    Real Life 

No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.