11:39:36 AM Sep 29th 2015
As much as I love Homestuck, does that particular example really belong here? Terezi really didn't do any kind of scamming or game of wits, she just told Doc Scratch something that would get him nice and pissed at a person she happened to want revenge on. That's the equivalent of me telling a big tough guy that the dude over there insulted his mother in order to get him to beat him up.
07:15:49 PM Sep 10th 2012
What about when it is a powerful, all-knowing robot type instead of a god? Usually with the hero defeating it with its own logic. Would that count as this trope or be its own sub-trope? I'm thinking of Fallout 3, but I'm sure it has been used before, you know "Error! Error! Does not compute! Initiating self-destruct sequence!"
12:33:34 AM Sep 16th 2011
Would it be a subversion if the supernatural entity in question isn't necessarily "scammed," but rather just bribed?
01:47:50 PM Jun 27th 2011
Removed a particularly shoehorned example - Lyra tricking Iofur in His Dark Materials. Iofur is, surely, a badass armored bear, but he is not a supernatural entity. Mrs. Coulter tricking Metatron counts though.