"These 'no-nonsense' solutions of yours just don't hold water in a complex world of jet-powered apes and Time Travel."
— Superman, JLA: Classified #3
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
"I don't understand it! I'm supposed to be good at the sneaky planning! What went wroooooong?!"
— Tarvek Sturmvoraus, Girl Genius
"How do you fight someone smarter than yourself?" Rand whispered. "The answer is simple. You make her think that you are sitting down across the table from her, ready to play her game. Then you punch her in the face as hard as you can."
— The Gathering Storm (after Rand "punched" someone really, really hard)
"You know what your problem is, Brennan? Other than this knife in your chest, was you were so busy thinking busy ten moves ahead, you don't see the move that's right in front of you."
— Larry, Burn Notice
Man in Black: Then make your choice.
Vizzini: I will, and I choose - What in the world can that be?
[Vizzini gestures up and away from the table. The man in black looks. Vizzini swaps the goblets. He chooses. They drink.]
The Man in Black: You guessed wrong.
Vizzini: You only think I guessed wrong. That's what's so funny. I switched glasses when your back was turned. Ha ha! You Fool!! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!
(Vizzini laughs maniacally for a few seconds, then stops abruptly and falls over dead.)
Buttercup: And to think, all that time it was your cup that was poisoned.
The Man in Black: They were both poisoned. I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.
Mr. Mxyzptlk: You, my friend, are the ultimate challenge! We're going to have very merry games, you and I!
Superman: A game has rules! Your stunts are just random idiocy!
Mr. Mxyzptlk: ...Okay, I'll give you a rule! If you can make me say, spell or otherwise reveal my name backwards then I'll split, until our dimensions come into alignment again in... oh, three months, give or take.
Superman: I can't even say your name forwards - how am I supposed to say it backwards?
Mr. Mxyzptlk: No, dope, *you* don't have to say it, you have to get *me* to say it!
Superman: Say what?
Mr. Mxyzptlk: Kltpzyxm! Gosh, you're thick! Now, for the last time... ah, nuts! [vanishes]
Hiya, Joker. If you're playin' this tape, you've probably figured out you've been had. Yeah, I left you some cash, but only ten million - which, knowing you, you've already blown. All the other stuff, the money, jewels, and gold, it's all fake. See, I always hated your guts, and this was the perfect payback. By now, you're probably out of real money, the I.R.S. is after you, and you can't admit I fooled you, or you'll be the laughingstock of the underworld. The joke's on you, sucker! I got the last laugh after all!
— King Barlow's video recording shortly before his death, The New Batman Adventures
"You may have outsmarted me, but I outsmarted your outsmarting!"
— Joseph Joestar, Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure