[[AC: ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/DavionAndDavionDeceased'' has John Davion financially cripple Amaris' supporters by taking out massive (and dubiously secured) loans from banks supporting the Usurper right before the Amaris Coup and then seizing their assets, i.e. the money he'd just borrowed from them. No one expected the notoriously honest First Prince to engage in financial shenanigans, much less on such a grandiose scale.

[[AC: ''Anime/CodeGeass'']]
* Due to being a PeggySue in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11292442/15/Nil-Desperandum Nil Desperandum]]'' [[GenderFlip Luluka]] manages to plan for every event in canon and every non-canon one as well. However, a long chain of events that starts with her and Suzaku missing their rendezvous with Genbu Kurugi, she's outed to the world at large as she tears through the [=JLF=] for killing Milly. How does Charles handle his apparently back from the dead daughter being a terrorist leader? Why, he declares it was part of a wager between them to prove her worth as a potential successor. Everyone in Area 11 gets full citizenship, the Black Knights become part of the army, and [[SparedByTheAdaptation Naoto]] becomes the new Viceroy. Luluka is completely thrown by the Emperor's decision and bitterly admits she lost.
* In another PeggySue fanfic, ''FanFic/RiseOfANewMoon'', Clovis dies some ways into it and renders [[GenderFlip Luna]]'s plans to use him as a [[PuppetKing Puppet Viceroy]] is rendered useless, she makes one last gamble to take Japan without having open war (brought on by the fact that, where Britannia is concerned, three royals have died there). She does this by having the JLF deploy all their forces to critical logistical locations (backed by the authority of the area government through [[TheMole Jeremiah and Euphie]]) and march with her into Tokyo where she declares herself Viceroy before Cornelia arrives. This stuns everyone into going along with it.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'']]
* ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'' has this happen multiple times. In fact, half of [[BadassGrandpa Havoc's]] plans involve them being so ridiculous no one sees them coming, and in Chapter Fifteen, the ruined remains of Lieutenant Wallace's Zone Trooper squad attacks hundreds of Nod soldiers, tanks, beam cannons, and Avatars.

[[AC: CrossOver]]
* ''[[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=150127 An Entry with a Bang!]]'' has a part where an infantryman forces the surrender of a [[{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}} 'Mech pilot]] by strapping [=MREs=] to himself and pretending they're explosives. Then asks the pilot out on a date.
* ''Fanfic/AHero'': Dalek Sec's plans tend to fall into this trope. Considering his [[CosmicPlaything horrible luck at everything...]] this means that his failures tend to go into EpicFail, ''because'' of this trope.
* Fanfic/FiveScoreDividedByFour: The Feds and the cops are on high alert after a seeming terrorist bombing in Seattle. How do five technicolor mythical equines manage to get out of Seattle and halfway across the US? Charter a private plane and a limo, of course.
* Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops: Loopers frequently resort to this out of sheer boredom, and listing all of them would take a very long time, but points go to a WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Loop where several Loopers make their way into the Royal Canterlot Archives, singing "[[Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance With Catlike Tread]]" as they go.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10541324/1/First-Knight First Knight]]'', a [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Slayer]] was in the middle of a debate while running for sheriff when she realizes her opponent is a demon that feeds off negative emotions. After cutting off its head in front of the crowd, causing lightning to shoot out due to built-up energy, she plays it off by saying, "[[Franchise/{{HIGHLANDER}} There can be only one]]."
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Admiral Nimitz's only safe spot is here. She claims that the Trans-Galactic Republic does not condone torture (directly or by proxy), but then hands a prisoner to a group that's known for its love of unaccountable secret agents whose actions can be washed away[[note]]The Citadel Council generally throws up its hands if its Spectres or other similar persons misbehave[[/note]]. When called on this, she cites the treaty that theoretically set this all up, resulting in a pile of LoopholeAbuse[=/=]HalfTruth[=/=]FalseReassurance all in one!
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6175010/2/Water-under-the-bridge Water Under the Bridge]]'', the Blue Gloves send an agent with no infiltration skills to infiltrate [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]] just as a reminder that they have their eye on the crew. They agent they send is so obviously an infiltrator (including telling them she's going out of her way to become indispensable and wearing her Blue Glove uniform) that the crew never suspects she's a Blue Glove.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Blake is the best example, among other things ''taking a universe-shattering mecha for a joyride'', but Cinder pulls this off by accidentally blowing up several cars that double-parked in front of her while she was attempting to buy burritos, and then proceeding to ''run across the roofs of Vale in a domino mask while clutching said burritos and being pursued by a veritable army of robot soldiers''.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris's response to the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} showing up to interrogate her is to pick up [[CuteBruiser Bruiser]] and carry her to the buffet she and Louise were already heading to. Alex and Louise ignore any attempt to talk until they're both sitting at a table, plates full of breakfast foods in front of them.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9912827/2/Jokers-Wild Jokers Wild]]'' Naruto orders several Shadow Clones to delay Kakashi. They do so by turning into squirrels and attacking him with nunchucks. While incapable of harming or even really inconveniencing the man, it's weird enough to make him stop for a few minutes.
* In ''FanFic/ItachiIsThatABaby'', Sasuke has been captured and brought back to Konoha and is to be interrogated. However, the Military Police chief insists the interrogation falls under his jurisdiction and orders everyone out before interrogating Sasuke. Afterwards he refuses to allow Sasuke to be interrogated again, citing unnecessary cruelty. Thing is, ''Sasuke'' is the Military Police chief. Even when others complain, Tsunade admits he's technically right.
* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' During what is technically a high stakes fight between [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas]] and [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yuuka Kazami]], Yukari catches Yuyuko eating a Philly cheesesteak and asks what she was snacking on. Yuyuko's response? To scarf down the rest of the cheesesteak on the spot and flat out deny that she ever had one.

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* In Roleplay/DCNation, this is the standard operating procedure of Travis Grey (an OriginalCharacter Franchise/GreenLantern). A street kid and pickpocket, he steals Hal Jordan's wallet and spare ring. After donning the ring, he proceeds to go on a one-man cleanup spree through his rough New York neighborhood. [[http://community.livejournal.com/jla_watchtower/295143.html He tops it]] by making a SarcasticConfession to Guy Gardner and Hal about his activities, chiding Hal to keep better track of his stuff, and all but ''daring'' the two veteran Lanterns to steal the ring back. Hal's ticked, but Guy's about to double over laughing.

[[AC: ''Manga/DeathNote'']]
* In the CrackFic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2645339 Kingdom Come]]'' Light explains away Ryuk as simply being [[SlashFic his husband]] and his owning a Death Note as a perk of being ambassador to the Shinigami Realm [[BlatantLies who was chosen to help them catch Kira.]]

* In ''Fanfic/TheNewGuild'', Sandra Battye picks up an hitherto lost and unclaimed title for her Trade Guild. She cannot use the appropriate title because another, larger and more powerful, Guild has pre-empted her. Against Mrs. Rosie Palm's vigorous objection, Lord Vetinari grants Sandra title to the name...

* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4853002/1/Famous-Last-Words Famous Last Words]]'', when captured by Nicodemus and asked if he has any last words, Harry quotes Monty Python's dead parrot skit. It's so outrageous that Nicodemus decides to let Harry and his friends go out of amusement.

[[AC: LightNovel/FateZero]]
* This is essentially the hat of Fanfic/TheSagesDisciple. Crow deliberately uses this trope to invoke MistakenForBadass in his bid to actually survive the war. The more outrageous the plans, the longer he believes he will live. As a result, most of the participants think that he's a combination of MagnificentBastard and TheWonka.

[[AC: ''Literature/HarryPotter'']]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3446796/1/Magical_Relations Magical Relations]]'', one of the myriad "Harry Sorted into Slytherin" fanfics, Parseltongue is a teachable language. Naturally, Snape offers to tutor Harry in nonverbal magic, dueling, Occlumency, etc. for as long as it takes Harry to teach him to speak snake. Eventually, Harry is learning Leglimency to improve his Occlumency (highly illegal without Ministry permission, not that they care), but now TheUmbridge is around to poke her nose in. Snape first tries to cover up the lessons by giving Harry detention, but when Umbridge shows up to watch the private, Headmaster-approved lesson anyway, [[BavarianFireDrill they treat it like business as usual]], and Snape starts quizzing Harry on his Occlumency reading ''in Parseltongue''. When Umbridge demands to know what language that is, Snape tells her that it's naturally the [[BlatantLies Ancient Mayan Wizards' language of Uspantek, because Harry is aiming for a job as a cursebreaker]], and the only way to learn a language is through practice (naturally, Umbridge will be less than familiar with either language that has only a handful of living practitioners). When Umbridge eventually demands that they speak in English, Snape starts quizzing Harry on his advanced Arithmancy (for curse-breaking, which he has never taken), and subtly prompts his student to ''Legilimens the answers from his head.'' (Which is, again, highly illegal).
--> '''Snape:''' ''(in Parseltongue) Excellent. I will take your essay after this saggy, cloying excuse for a dictator leaves us.''
--> '''Harry:''' ''(one scene transition later) So then I answer questions about advanced Arithmancy for the rest of the lesson, and when we're done, Snape looks at Umbridge and says, 'Thank you for your time. Your presence tonight has been invaluable.' (looks at his friends with wide, despairing eyes) It was madness.''
** In the same fic, Harry & Co defeat the Basilisk [[spoiler:using Ron's experience handling roosters]]. They could go to a teacher about the dead giant snake in the girls' loo... or they could hang an "Out of Order" sign on the door and turn the place into a lab for harvesting the thing for extremely valuable potions ingredients. After all, they killed the thing, and have as much a right to it as anyone. By the time they report it to Snape, they've already harvested the blood and are starting on the fangs and skin, and they offer him the extremely invaluable eyes in return for endorsing this stunt and giving them any pointers. This is deemed an... adequate... payment, and when the professor sees their organized, efficient system, he turns the eye extraction into an impromptu potions lesson.
--> '''Pansy:''' ''(after Snape's departure and a quick stunned silence) That went surprisingly well.''
* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', Dumbledore ''revels'' in this when dealing with the Durmstrang defenders. "Dear me, jail? That sounds quite boring. I think I'd rather go home."

[[AC: ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'']]
* In ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk'' this is half of [[FunWithAcronyms SPEAR's]] mode of operation--since they exist to [[TheWorldIsNotReady cover up magic]] ([[InsistentTerminology functional supernatural phenomena!]]) they reason that since people don't believe in magic, they won't believe other crazy things either ([[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece like notions of refitting World War II battleships into modern combat craft]]). ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato''[=/=]''Anime/StarBlazers'' exists in their universe, so they figure if something sounds like it was straight out of anime, nobody will take tales of it seriously it even if someone did try to reveal their secret operations.

[[AC: ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'']]
* ''FanFic/VigilanteTendency'' has Hibari. It was outright stated that Tsuna was never going to grow up normal thanks to living in the same suburb as Hibari.

[[AC: ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'']]
* ''FanFic/YesterdayUponTheStair'' has Izuku [[spoiler:pulling a ScheherezadeGambit during the USJ incident, buying enough time for the teachers to arrive.]]
** In Chapter 29, he [[UpToEleven repeats this tactic]] by asking [[EvilCounterpart Shigaraki Tomura]] [[spoiler:what his favourite video game is. This, again, buys him time until Uraraka and Kirishima arrive.]]

[[AC: ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'']]
* During the Chunin Exam in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/6/Reaching-for-a-Dream Reaching for a Dream]]'', Naruto cheats on his test by punching out one of the Chunin plants and taking his test.
** In later [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10623866/1/ stories]], Naruto and Xanna don't bother hiding their horns, claws, or slitted pupils and simply act like there's nothing odd about having them. Of course it helps they're in Japan and most people simply assume they're cosplaying.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4590441/1/Cheaters-Prosper Cheaters Prosper]]'' Naruto does something similar: he walked up to Kabuto, took his answers and left him his own blank sheet. ''Then'' he gets the team to pass the second part of the test by swiping the other necessary scroll before the start of the test, sealing the tied-up Sasuke and Sakura in a scroll, and transforming himself in a needle stuck to Anko's foot, resulting in ''the examiner carrying the whole team past the test''.
* ''FanFic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain!'' has time travelers Team 7 and Hinata not even bothering to hide their remarkable increase in skill. The Hyuuga Clan simply believe that Hinata finally snapped from all the pressure, while Kakashi rules out his team as potential spies, as any infiltrator capable of replicating Naruto's seal or Sasuke's spinny eye of doom would be [[TooDumbToLive outright retarded]] to show off their strength so blatantly (Sakura is ruled out by association).
* Naruto makes Kankuro and Temari think they're being detained by Anbu in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10574684/22/Naruto-The-Gamer-Files Naruto: The Gamer Files]]'' to make them release Konohamaru. It helps that trying to harm a Kage's family would result in such a reaction.

[[AC: ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'']]
* A PeggySue Shinji plays off his intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Nerv, its employees, and the Angels by claiming, "I watched Franchise/PowerRangers as a kid."

[[AC: ''Manga/OnePiece'']]
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** How does Boss, Zoro and Sanji win their round in the Davy Back Fight? Beat up the opposition before the game even begins under cover of fog. How do they defend themselves when they're spattered with the opposition's blood? [[BlatantLies Declare that they went hunting under cover of fog.]] How do they rationalize ''that''? Easy; they're ''badasses.''
** Cross bursting into the Franky House, plopping down on the couch, and drinking Franky's cola is odd enough that Franky doesn't react until the Unluckies burst in.

[[AC: ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'']]
* ''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'': [[TheDragon Colonel Moran]] explaining his disobedience to [[BigBad Professor Moriarty]]. Deliberately invoked at the end of the scene when Moran summons up ''the colossal audacity to flash a smile''.

[[AC: ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'']]
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'': [[spoiler: Maledict secretly controlling the Metarex using an incredibly poor disguise]] was basically this, and the only reason it worked was because neither Dark Oak nor Tsali could believe that [[spoiler: Maledict]] would be able to pull it off.
** Basically everything Eric the Hedgehog does or says is this. Discovering that [[spoiler: Molly and Leon's refugee group are eating their dead]]? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Ask for dessert]]. Taking on an entire Demon fleet led by Satan himself? ''[[LeeroyJenkins Charge in guns blazing]] and ram Maledict's flagship while blasting the 1812 Overture over coms''. Indeed, it's said in-story that the reason he's so dangerous is because he literally has no concept of fear.
** The entire background setting runs on this - among other things, it features space Muslims with mechanical spiders [[PoweredByAForsakenChild powered by molested girls]], literal SpaceJews that are [[ANaziByAnyOtherName basically Nazis]], and enough BlackComedy to rival ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

* ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'': Ila'kshath's answer to Brokosh complaining about him talking to a 19th century American boy. (Ila'kshath, a Gorn, was hunting the same deer as the kid, got seen, and said, "Blink, boy--your eyes are stuck!" The kid fainted.)
-->Whod believe it? Seriously, think about ita giant reptile that talks? Hed be laughed out of the room before he got three words out.

* In-universe subversion in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5858012/1/Sibling_Revelry Sibling Revelry]]'': when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Darth Vader waltzes in his throne room and demands that the frozen Han Solo is given to him]], Jabba and his entire court mistake the situation for this, and Jabba actually expressed his respect for whoever thought such a bluff... Then Darth Vader slaughtered him with his lightsaber, fed his body to the Rancor, left with Han, and [[KillEmAll had the palace destroyed via]] OrbitalBombardment. The only survivor was Lando, who, having recognized him as the real deal, ran away as soon as he recovered from the sheer surrealness of Vader appearing there and making those demands.

* Brad frequently does this in ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}''. They get up to such ludicrous hijinks that audacity is often the only thing they ''can'' take refuge in. Sailing [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] on a table, flying on a second table propelled by [[ImprobableWeaponUser magic plant hangers]], weaving a rope out of women's underwear, flailing in the mud in a [[GravityScrew gravity-destroying]] space suit; you name it, Brad's done it. Most of the time, his friends just sigh, shake their heads and get on with their lives.