Refuge In Audacity / Web Original

  • Discussed in Freeman's Mind. Freeman, worried about being arrested for killing HECU marines, decides that the more people he kills, the harder it will be to pin on him.
    Freeman: "No military training, never fired a gun, acquitted for petty theft, not a member of any extremist organizations, has a PHD in theoretical physics. Yeah, that sounds like our man."
  • The Black Guy Who Tips: Their motto is "It's okay if it's funny." The show's signature segment is "Guess The Race", where host Rod reads an article regarding a crime, and challenges the show's chat room and the episodes special guest (if applicable) to guess which race (usually) the perpetrator is. Creative racism is encouraged: Simply calling the subject "nigger" or "cracker" is frowned on ("Honky" is okay, because that's an Inherently Funny Word). But obscure and archaic slurs (like "Moon Cricket" for black people) are encouraged, as well as "as black.../white as..." answers.
  • In Worm, Skitter's success as a villain comes largely from her recklessness and ability to go on the offensive and catch enemies by surprise, enabling her and her team to succeed despite their weaker powers. One notable occasion sees her team gatecrash a soiree at the hero headquarters and disable them with their own containment foam sprays before they can react.
    • Skitter/Taylor develops such a reputation for this that when she's finally caught, surrounded by elite heroes with no costume, no weapons, and with her powers suppressed, she realises they are still acting wary. What does she do next? She smiles. Then she calls out the heroes for their dubious actions, calls sympathetic citizens from the watching crowd to surround her, and marches out of the building.
  • The Nostalgia Critic tries to pull this off in his review of Ghost Dad. After pretending to be a ghost that stays in the material plane if his assistants to role play as a Newsboy and Dorthy for him, they call the Critic out when they realize that he isn't dead. Nostalgia Critic then shames them for believing him and following through on his inane orders, openly stating that he hopes their embarrassment and confusion will buy him enough time to make his escape.
    • Subverted when the audacity doesn't serve as a refuge at all.
  • Many of the videos from Those Aren't Muskets tend to have a ridiculous, over-the-top sense of humor. This includes Black Comedy and dirty humor. For example, in "Tech Support", the tech support's automated voice goes crazy and deploys an invisible assassin among other things.
  • A lot of the dialogue in A Slap On Titan can be considered this.
  • The Spoony One extols such methods as last resorts in an episode of Counter Monkey “The Bardic Knock Spell.” He recommends elaborate bluffs and performance improvisations when infiltrating or stuck in other difficult situations, particularly with Bard characters. Some favourite examples include simply knocking on the door of enemy hideouts (the aforementioned bardic knock spell,) and running into a guard barracks with his character dressed in nothing but glitter and feathers, covering his face and begging them not to look at him, as it had been a rough night.
  • Jim Sterling's "Copyright Deadlock" method of blocking ContentID claims. Sterling was sick and tired of Nintendo's policies of using ContentID claims to run ads on videos with clips from their properties, especially since they're often violating Fair Use laws while doing so and thus taking money from YouTube users who use the material for their jobsnote , yet he wanted to do an episode on Star Fox Zero. So, what did he do? He did the episode... and included not only footage from Star Fox but also the games which have the most ContentID claims from different owners, including Metal Gear Solid V (published by Konami) and Beyond: Two Souls (published by Quantic Dream and distributed by Sony). He also included a minute of footage of himself dancing to the pop song "Chains of Love" by Erasure as well, as song which is also frequently flagged, just for added effect. It worked in his favor — because of how many claims were made on his video, ContentID refused to give the right to claim to anyone. Since the series itself was funded through donations on a Patreon account, he didn't lose any money either. From then on forth, he would use "Chains of Love" (and dance to it in an over the top fashion) and repeat those and similar clips whenever he wanted to deploy this 'copyright deadlock' method.
    It's a petty little trick at its core but one which gives me no small amount of smug self-satisfaction.

  • If "Refuge in Audacity" was a religion, then David Thorne of 27b/6 would be the pope. Most times he ends up just messing with people via e-mail for fun, but he's actually had fines and late video fees completely waived by just going off on tangents. In one of his books, he responds to a simple "where were you on Tuesday" from his boss with a multi-paragraph essay that spans three pages graphically detailing the most-likely-false events that conspired to keep him home, warranting only a dumbfounded "ok" as a response.
  • In a Red vs. Blue short, Griff uses this as his reason for saying if he were to rob someone, he would use a hot air balloon and a clown mask.
  • Hobo Bros: In "Not Just Another Order", Luke and Kevin jokingly claim that their goal is to offend as many cultures as possible.
  • For their Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door a fan gave the Game Grumps a list of the best badges they could be using which, albeit in a very friendly and helpful way, pointed out that most of their own badge choices were poor. Cue Arin going off on an episode-long rant about how how playing a game is about the journey rather than a destination, and part of the fun is them figuring out which own badges work for them rather than simply being instructed on "which is best". It goes from a genuinely funny rant that has a point, to an Ungrateful Bastard Take That! that even seems to make Danny uncomfortable, and back to Actually Pretty Funny just because he simply will not stop ranting about it.
  • Clickhole published an article titled "Shots Fired: Quiznos Has Hired Subway’s Jared Fogle For A New Ad Campaign Claiming That Quiznos Sandwiches Cured His Pedophilia". If the title doesn't speak for itself, Quiznos started an ad campaign that banked on Jared Fogle's crimes and publicity as Subway's spokesperson to "throw shade" towards Subway.