Refuge In Audacity: Anime and Manga

  • Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass is known for this using his Magic Eyes to perform actions in such a way that makes it look like he performs miracles. Though he's actually at his best when he instead uses only his wits, brains and knowledge of people.
    • A good example of this is the "we are all Zero" gambit which is so outrageous it simply cannot fail, even though the logistics behind it make no sense.
    • Another example is the ending of the series. Lelouch becomes the biggest, most evil dictator in history, then has his Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain ally free the world by killing him. People unite against him! This allows people like Nunnally, Suzaku (as Zero), Kaguya (as AFN representative), Empress Tianzi and Ougi to help rebuild the world, with the side benefit of erasing Euphemia's Geass-incited machine gun massacre from public memory.
    • To say nothing of his on-the-spot plan to stop his parents' Assimilation Plot — he used his Geass on God and requested "Him" ("God" in Code Geass is the collective unconsciousness of mankind, so technically, it has no definitive gender) to not stop the progression of time. God interpreted this as erasing his parents from existence, including his father, who, by this point, was the closest the CG-verse had to an immortal being.
    • Suzaku dissuaded Kallen from helping Lelouch once they found out he was Zero as he apprehended him right in front of her, all while she was carrying a gun; this could have been partly influenced by his command to live.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, when Ed is doing his practical demonstration for his State Alchemist qualifications (at the age of 12, incidentally) he proceeds to not only create a spear from the ground without a circle in front of dozens of high ranking military officers, but to then threaten the Fuhrer King Bradley with it, just to prove a point. Bradley, curiously, takes it in stride, and even hints at his true nature as a homunculus, as well as what he's capable of, as he breaks Ed's spear without apparently flinching.
    • Later, this is subverted when Roy Mustang makes a joke about Bradley being a homunculus, and it is in fact taken very seriously. This is because, while Ed's threat was ultimately an empty one, Roy's questioning was taken very seriously because he's right, and too dangerously close to the truth for the corrupt higher-ups to let him go.
    • This is how Olivier Armstrong infiltrates the higher-ups. Bradley asked her what happened to General Raven, and she outright says (paraphrased) "I shoved him into wet cement. You should be grateful he's gone, he was so incompetent." This impresses him enough to let her in.
  • Isaac and Miria from Baccano! are able to fly under police radar despite being active criminals by virtue of the fact that the heists they pull off are so bizarre that the police don't want to be involved with them.
    • They once tried to steal a museum, after having infiltrated it as a pair of mummies. After discovering that the museum was too heavy to lift, they decided to make off with the entrance door so no-one else could enter the museum (the logic is impeccable, impeccable I say!). They get caught on camera in the process, and pose for the pictures. While still in their mummy disguises. The police, upon being delivered images of two mummies posing for the camera while carrying the entrance door to the city museum, do nothing. The best part? It worked. Since they stole the doors, the museum had to be closed for the investigation, preventing any visitors from coming in.
    • They steal from Mafia by simply relying on the fact that nobody would be crazy enough to jump on them in clear daylight and run away laughing.
    • Their idea of disguises are so absurd and flamboyant that they're able to hide in plain sight. Their heists appear so bereft of criminal planning or malicious intent that they're taken for performance artists, perhaps pulling some dada stunts. Some of the pictures presented as 'evidence' of their crimes involve them posing with locals!
  • Akira Takizawa from Eden of the East pulls this off when the Japanese-English language barrier (as well as his own weirdness) leads him to conclude that the best way deal with the police officer questioning him is to drop his trousers and flash her. Far from arresting him on the spot for indecent exposure, the cop thanks him and lets him off the hook (leading many viewers to conclude that Akira's "Johnny" is so amazing that it has mind control powers).
    • Then there's the time when he flashed a random businessman on the street, then says something that causes the guy to laugh, then hand over his pants. Charm Person, indeed. And this happens in the first episode. It builds up from there.
  • Highschool of the Dead: There's a reason this series is Best Known for the Fanservice:
  • Ayame from Fruits Basket. In a flashback to his school days, the only reason he was able to keep his long hair was he came up with an outrageous story about him being royalty and wouldn't shut up about it. And that's nothing to what he went on about as class president when some classmates got caught in the red light district.
  • In the final episode of Black Lagoon, Ms. Balalaika shows up at the home of a powerful Yakuza leader (under 24/7 police surveillance, no less), asks to see his gun and proceeds shoot him with it. Afterwards, she exits, shows a fake diplomatic passport to the policemen who came to investigate the gunshots, and then casually gets into her limo and drives away before anyone can figure out what happened.
  • Naruto gives the example of a diplomat attacking under a flag of truce in order to kidnap a three year old girl to steal her eyes. Her father catches him in the act and kills him on the spot. So what do his comrades do? Deny the kidnapping attempt ever happened, brand her father a murderer, and demand his execution and have his body turned over to them for confirmation, in order to obtain the set of eyes they couldn't get from the child! It would have worked but for a Heroic Sacrifice on the part of the man's twin brother, and is the source of a considerable amount of angst. They have yet to pay for this action in any way. This status was Lampshaded during a negotiation, and promptly dismissed.
    • Why Konoha was so willing to go along with this at the time is unclear, seeing as they had won the war that the diplomats had been ostensibly sent to negotiate an end to.
      • Most likely that Konoha was recovering from the loss of the 4th Hokage, due to the Kyuubi.
    • When up against what amounts to the God of the world, Naruto decides it's time to pulled out "That Jutsu". And "That Jutsu" is...the Reverse Harem No Jutsu. And the worse part is it actually works to a degree, letting Naruto get in a good hit.
  • Invoked in-story in Honoo No Alpen Rose. The music genius Leonhardt "Leon" Aschenbach is being pressured by Those Wacky Nazis alongside his best friend (and the female lead) Jeudi, and must write an "Austrian Symphony" as well as use it in a concert. What does he do? He accepts to play... but then he uses said concert to actually escape from Austria alongside Jeudi (via turning the lights off in a critical moment and then rushing out with the hep of his and Jeudi's entourage) AND give them the musical finger via inserting the melody of an anti-Nazi song (written by Jeudi's Disappeared Dad as the "hymm" of La Résistance) in his "Austrian symphony". And he gets away with it cleanly.
  • In Bleach, the Big Bad kicks off his on-screen run by having one of the True Companions executed on trumped-up charges, repeatedly has the time of execution changed, has his Dragon running around acting like the Big Bad (because he's so Obviously Evil), and in general mucks around with everyone. How? Nobody expected that one really likeable captain to fake his own death, nevermind kill off the Soul Society's government (and nearly his own lieutenant) or have been up to this shit for over a century. Even the Author didn't see it coming.
  • The Secret of Twilight Gemini does this by having Lupin and Fujiko sneak into a police station, while it's crawling with cops, in order to steal the same file on Galoux and end up having sex in the file room! Simply put: interpol's most wanted thief and his on-again/off-again girlfriend, who happens to be an international jewel thief, banged each other in a police station packed with cops who were canvassing all of Morocco to apprehend them!
  • In Assassination Classroom, Koro-sensei, Nagisa, and Kayano free Kataoka from her guilt complex by forcibly teaching her blackmailer how to swim. They basically get away with abduction and imprisonment by dressing up as fish creatures, kidnapping the blackmailer in the middle of the night (bed included) while she slept, and dropping her off, bed and all, at their secret mountainside pool. When she wakes up, the blackmailer is fully convinced by their disguises and the location that she's merely dreaming and unwittingly goes along with their plan.
  • The eponimous protagonist of Tiger Mask is a masked wrestler who ditched the Tiger's Cave organization and is persecuted by the wrestlers they send to try and kill him on the ring. At one point Tiger Mask goes wrestling on the illegal circuit... And wrestles in Tiger's Cave Parisian club using his Tiger Mask gymmick. Invoked by the man who suggested him this: if he wrestled in the underground circuit, either by using his mask or a different one, Tiger's Cave would have identified him by his body build and technique and, as he wasn't in public anymore, have him shot, but if he went in Tiger's Cave club with his mask he expected them to laugh and send him on the ring without even checking, at which point their own rules would have prevented them from looking until he was defeated and unmasked. It worked: Mr X was Dangerously Genre Savvy to realize the plan, but he arrived in Paris when Tiger Mask was already on the ring waiting for his first match and thus couldn't be checked anymore, and the gun-toting bouncers were actually laughing their asses off.
  • Girls Bravo:
  • Girls und Panzer: This is Ōarai's typical strategy. Due to the fact that they're almost always outnumbered and outgunned by the other schools, over-the-top tactics are pretty much their only option to remain competitive. In particular, just about anything the Turtle Team does in the final episodes qualifies, including things such as disrupting an enemy formation by sneaking up and literally parking in the middle of it and disabling an enemy tank by wedging their own tank underneath it.
  • One Piece
    • One Piece thrives on this trope. One of your crewmates kidnapped by the World Government? Wage war against them, save your friend, and destroy the place in the process. Think you're safe? Pushing is lethal. A whale in your way? Punch the whale's eye. Luffy has been through all of the listed examples so far, but there is way more than just those, to the point where this trope could be one of the show's major themes.
    • Another Luffy example: Whitebeard says he is going to be King of the Pirates. Nope! That's Luffy's job. Whitebeard was so impressed, and amused, that he didn't mind Luffy saying that.
    • How about the fact that Robin can talk about gruesome fates as easily as she can talk about weather?
      Robin (To Nami): Be careful. If you fall, you'll most certainly die.
      Nami (Screaming): HOW IS THAT SUPPOSED TO HELP?!
  • In Attack on Titan, Commander Erwin's plan to have Levi viciously beat the crap out of Eren in the middle of his trial in order to both defuse the situation and grab everyone's attention for his own proposal probably wouldn't have worked if it wasn't so over-the-top. Even the commander of the Military Police Brigadewho was trying to have Eren executed a few moments ago is stunned at how far Levi goes.
  • In Legend of Galactic Heroes, Yang's plan for the Tenth Battle of Iserlohn relies on keeping the garrison fleet inside for a while. How do they achieve it? Easy: his subordinate Bagdash sends first a false order to sortie and then one to stay inside and guard from sabotage, knowing that the commander would launch an investigation in case the second order turned out to be true and that at least some of the million people in the garrison were either criminals or saboteurs, thus making him believe the second order was true and the first a fake. Then an actual order to sortie arrives... And Bagdash adds a threat of court martial. The garrison stays inside until too late, Iserlohn falls, and nobody understands what the hell has just happened until much later.
    "If there's someone who can see through Bagdash' disorderly array of orders, he must be... Insane."
  • In the original Cutey Honey manga, Sister Jill decided to steal a gold statue. So she sent a warning that she'd come at midnight of a certain day, and precisely at midnight she and her goons entered from the front door after politely ringing the bell and saying who they were, and once in she issued a death threat on anyone who tried to stop them. Given how feared they were, it worked like a charm.