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When someone is questioned on how he knows something or how he is going to get something done, sometimes he won't want to answer. Instead, he'll just utter this StockPhrase: "IHaveMyWays." This cryptic response is unlikely to satisfy the asker for long, but it gets across the point that the asked person doesn't want to reveal the exact nature of their "ways" just yet.

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When someone is questioned on how he knows something or how he is going to get something done, sometimes he won't want to answer. Instead, he'll just utter this StockPhrase: "IHaveMyWays."I Have My Ways." This cryptic response is unlikely to satisfy the asker for long, but it gets across the point that the asked person doesn't want to reveal the exact nature of their "ways" just yet.


* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a field day with this one in the episode ''The Brain that Wouldn't Die''.
-->'''Movie Doctor''' "I have my ways."
-->'''Crow''' "Ways! Lots and lots of ways!"
-->(as doctor is leaving room, he turns around and looks back)
-->'''Crow''' "WAAAYS!"

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a field day with this one in the episode ''The Brain that Wouldn't Die''.
-->'''Movie Doctor''' "I have my ways."
-->'''Crow''' "Ways! Lots
Die''. Dr. Bill Cortner is keeping his wife Jan's head alive via a special serum and lots of ways!"
-->(as doctor is leaving room, he
needs a body to replace it.
-->'''Kurt''': How are you going to go about getting one? (Cortner
turns around and walks off, Kurt seizes his arm) Bill, how will you do it!?\\
'''Cortner''': There are ways.\\
(''Servo delivers an EvilLaugh with a side of LargeHam'')\\
'''Cortner''': (shaking of Kurt's grip) There are ways.\\
'''Mike''': Lots of... ways. Many... ways. Did I mention there are ways?\\
(''Cortner climbs the steps from his lab
and looks back)
-->'''Crow''' "WAAAYS!"
back at Kurt'')\\
'''Crow:''' ''Ways''.


# The person being asked wants to keep the answer a secret, either because a source's identity needs to remain private, they don't want the other person to know how to get such information, or any other such reason.

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# The person being asked wants to keep the answer a secret, either because a source's identity needs to remain private, they don't want the other person to know how to get such information, the answer would incriminate the person being asked, or any other such reason.


* Said word for word by Duke in "Eyes On the Prize" in season 1 of TheCritic. Jay comes home from the Pulitzer Prize ceremony, having won the award for Best Criticism, only to find his former boss Duke waiting in his apartment. When asked how he got in, Duke answers with this trope. Jay then looks to the side of the door, and sees a hole shaped like Duke in the wall.

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* Said word for word by Duke in "Eyes On the Prize" in season 1 of TheCritic.''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''. Jay comes home from the Pulitzer Prize ceremony, having won the award for Best Criticism, only to find his former boss Duke waiting in his apartment. When asked how he got in, Duke answers with this trope. Jay then looks to the side of the door, and sees a hole shaped like Duke in the wall.


* In ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.
* In ''Film/TheGreenBerets'', Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.

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* In ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper paper, the scrounge Robert Hendley Hendley's response was don't ask. "Don't ask." It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.
* In ''Film/TheGreenBerets'', Petersen is know known for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.


* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Commander Ivanova has an unnerving ability to know about various sideprojects that the other crewmembers are trying to operate in secret, no matter how careful they are about being discrete. When questioned on how she learns of these things, she simply explains that she's the station's [[NumberTwo Executive Officer]]. It's her job to know everything that happens on the station, and you should worry if something happens she ''doesn't'' know about.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Commander Ivanova has an unnerving ability to know about various sideprojects side projects that the other crewmembers are trying to operate in secret, no matter how careful they are about being discrete.discreet. When questioned on how she learns of these things, she simply explains that she's the station's [[NumberTwo Executive Officer]]. It's her job to know everything that happens on the station, and you should worry if something happens she ''doesn't'' know about.



* In the film, TheGreatEscape, when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

* In the Film, TheGreenBerets, Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.

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* In the Film, TheGreenBerets, ''Film/TheGreenBerets'', Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.


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* In the film, The Great Escape, when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

* In the Film, The Green Berets, Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.

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* In the film, The Great Escape, TheGreatEscape, when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

* In the Film, The Green Berets, TheGreenBerets, Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.


In the film, The Great Escape, when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

In the Film, The Green Berets, Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.

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* In the film, The Great Escape, when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

* In the Film, The Green Berets, Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.

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In the film, The Great Escape, when asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

In the Film, The Green Berets, Petersen is know for getting stuff he shouldn't have. His room is filled with tons of stuff and even when off of the army base he still manages to smuggle in most of his luxuries. The team ends up using his skills to get their hands on a number of critical supplies that they normally shouldn't have.

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* In the ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' fanfic ''A List of Hazardous Things'', Jade pulls a benevolent version of the fourth variation on Anise after retrieving her father's wedding ring from a swindler he'd given it to: with Anise's parents being so StupidGood that she has to be the one to protect them, she should have the chance to feel like ''someone'' mysterious and powerful has her back...plus it sounds much better than admitting that he tracked the swindler down and [[MundaneSolution just plain bought the ring from him]].


# The person being asked wants to give the impression of open-ended power and knowledge in order to intimidate potential foes.

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# The person being asked wants to give the an intimidating impression of open-ended power and knowledge in order to intimidate potential foes.
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# The person being asked wants to give the impression of open-ended power and knowledge in order to intimidate potential foes.


* Used by Barry Wolowitz in an episode of the BigBangTheory. When asked how he identified the One Ring prop from the Lord Of the Rings movies, Wolowitz at first attempts a mysterious "I know a guy", but the others, knowing that his social circle is just as small and limited as theirs, immediatly identify the guy and deflates Wolowitz attempt at sounding cool.

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* Used by Barry Howard Wolowitz in an episode of the BigBangTheory. ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. When asked how he identified the One Ring prop from the Lord Of ''Film/{{Lord of the Rings Rings}}'' movies, Wolowitz at first attempts a mysterious "I know a guy", but the others, knowing that his social circle is just as small and limited as theirs, immediatly immediately identify the guy and deflates Wolowitz guy, deflating Wolowitz's attempt at sounding cool.

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