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    Anime and Manga 

Who knows? Even I don't know. Is what we see a different universe? The far future or the past? It could even be the bottomless anger that I hold within me. My power has surpassed even my understanding...
Goku Black after using an energy scythe to cleave a hole in reality, Dragon Ball Super

Kaijin: How did you get up here?!
Stronger: Hmph! How should I know!

The chance of success for this mission was 0%, but I can see theoretical calculations don't mean anything to you people.
— The Kittan Zero's computer, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

    Comic Books 

Robo: This is just... there can't be giant insects. They'd crush themselves.
Jenkins: But do they know that?
Robo: Probably not, no.
Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne


    Fan Works 

Dr. Briefs: Goku, what have you done?! You've blasted off into space! You're incredibly lucky I already set the coordinates for Namek, but you... you... where did you get that muffin?
Goku: Muffin Button.
Dr. Briefs: But... I... never installed a Muffin Button.
Goku: (genuinely confused) Then where did I get this muffin?

Wait... give me a moment to process this. Are you telling me Conrad LARP'ed his way throughout the Terminus systems and inadvertently created a network for freelance mercenaries?

    Film - Live-Action 

But I've never flown before in my life, and it shows exactly what you can do, if you're a total psychotic!"
Leonard Zelig, Zelig

Wilberforce: No one of our age has ever taken power.
Pitt the Younger: Which is why we're too young to realize certain things are impossible. So, we will do them anyway.

Never tell me the odds!


"Ambassador," Max said, "in the course of my life I have more than once been too ignorant to know that something was impossible before I did it anyway. I see no reason to jeopardize that success."

The best swordsman in the world doesn't need to fear the second-best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn't do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn't prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do; and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot.

Esk, of course, had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path of the bicycle of history.

Only Bloody Stupid Johnson could have invented the 13-inch foot and a triangle with three right angles in it. Only Bloody Stupid Johnson could have twisted common matter through dimensions it was not supposed to enter. And only Bloody Stupid Johnson could have done all this by accident.

The Hedge Wizard: Wait, how are you not wounded? I saw you take hits.
Champion: Witch not so smart. Ghosts no real, can’t hurt.
The Hedge Wizard: Ignorance is not a magical power!

“The most dangerous opponent for a master is a novice. Therefore, seek to be a novice in all things.”
“One learns more from defeat than victory. Therefore, fear the general that has never won a battle.”
“The heart of warfare is deception. Therefore, the general who can deceive even themselves is invincible.”

Isabella the Mad, only general to ever defeat Theodosius the Unconquered on the field, A Practical Guide To Evil

    Live-Action TV 

An amateur is infinitely more dangerous than a professional. If Alexander Graham Bell had been a professional electrician, he would never have invented the telephone - he would have known it was impossible!
Uncle Martin, My Favorite Martian

Let me guess, you've got a loosely formed idea that shouldn't work on paper but ultimately proves to be reasonably successful?
Burton Guster, Psych

Dealing with a trained operative is like playing chess with a grandmaster. Dealing with criminals, on the other hand, is like playing checkers with a three-year-old: they like to change the rules.
Michael Westen, Burn Notice

    Newspaper Comics 

Wally: Stupidity is like nuclear power: It can be used for good or evil.
Dilbert: And you don't want to get any on you.

It's amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one can't do.


    Video Games 

Caesar: That was incredible! How did you do that?note 
The Courier: ...I have no idea.

Snake: Para-Medic?
Para-Medic: What's up?
Snake: You were right.
Para-Medic: About what?
Snake: I ate a Russian glowcap and it charged up my batteries.
Para-Medic: Huh?!
Snake: What's wrong?
Para-Medic: I, uh... that's... that's great! Um, Snake, can you excuse me for a second?
Snake: Sure.
Para-Medic: Did you just hear that?
Sigint: Yeah. There's no way eating a bioluminescent mushroom would cause your batteries to recharge.
Para-Medic: What do you think it means?
Sigint: Beats me...maybe it's all in his mind.
Para-Medic: You mean like a placebo effect?
Sigint: Why not? You've seen how gullible he is.
Para-Medic: I guess there's no harm done. Should we let him keep believing it?
Sigint: Sounds good to me.
Para-Medic: OK, Snake, I'm back. Yes, the Russian glowcap is a glowing mushroom, so it'll recharge your batteries when you eat it.
Snake: ???

"McNoodlehead, I am caught between loving this for how awesome it is and loving it for how completely ridiculous it is. You fought Angels without knowing you were fighting against the forces of a God, nonchalantly grabbed the prize that many people have never even caught a whiff of, all with the air of a giant Comedy of Errors show.

You bumbled your way into what some people consider winning the game.

TalonisWolf on the Bay 12 forums (Note that he's talking about Dwarf Fortress here)


Black Belt: You try walking in a straight line without bumping into wave functions of neighboring realities!
Black Mage: We do it all the time. It's called not being so stupid that it warps the universe!

Ran: Mega Man?! You're still alive?! You were at ground zero of a nuclear explosion!
Mega Man: Oh, that. I just regenerated like you're always doing.
Ran: Mega Man, you don't have a regeneration chamber like I do.
Mega Man: Well, it's a little late to tell me that now.

"It is true you are very fierce," conceded his partner, "But my son's fighting beetle is also very fierce. Could his beetle fell a lion?"
"That depends," said Intra, "How skilled is the beetle in Pankrash Circle Fighting?"
"Beetles cannot learn Pankrash Circle Fighting, Lord Intra," said Intra’s attendant, and made a bitter motion.
"Don’t tell the beetle that," said Intra, who was very skilled at smiling. "If you don’t tell him he will learn it anyway and cut the lion in half with a single blow."
Kill Six Billion Demons, The Song of Maybe

Helen: The console was a rusted mail-sorting machine. I told Dave it was a death ray in need of repair. It couldn't possibly have worked.
Mell: But Dave got killed by it!
Helen: He's got fantastic potential, doesn't he?

"I'm sure there will be even more changes before the endgame - things we can't even hope to predict now. And I'm just as sure that we'll get through them all. Not because we're destined, or chosen or fated or any of that clishéd heroic garbage. Nah. We'll get through because we're the ones who are too dumb to know when to quit. And let's face it: If idiocy becomes an asset in this fight, we'll all be unstoppable."
— Roy Greenhilt, The Order of the Stick

Hmmm. Ok. Well... the bad news is that this is a scroll of Locate creature - which is a completely useless spell in the current situation. The good news is that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.
Blackwing invoking this tropenote , The Order of the Stick

Dr. Wily: Ashura? What the? How did you get here?
Ashura: I followed you. I can run really fast, you know.
Dr. Wily: You ran after us!?! But this island is floating in the sky above the ocean!
Ashura: Really? I didn't notice that.
Ashura: So anyway...

Carl: It appears that, despite all logic, our boarding party has survived.
Vexxarr: How they pulled this off, I'll never know.
Carl: How about how they managed to find a wheelbarrow, light bulbs and a desklamp on a crab-infested warship.
Vexxarr: Not even curious.
Carl: But... wait... really?
Vexxarr: Sanity means knowing when not to call reality's bluff.

    Web Original 

At its best, one of the things Doctor Who has always been extraordinary at is making new mistakes. This is true on a very fundamental creative level, where even from the very beginning of the program you are forced to say things like, "well in their defense, resolving two weeks of sci-fi experimental theater with 'oh, bother, the switch was stuck' is not something I’ve ever seen done before," up through the days of "racism and giant rats, huh" and "holy fuck that coat" and at last to things like "wait, they lied to their brother and told him he was a robot?" This is terribly important, because if you don’t make new mistakes you’ll never discover that obvious mistakes like evil robot salt shakers, hiring a construction worker dressed in a ludicrous scarf as your lead actor, a giant fascist Bertie Bassett, or a searing deconstruction of the normative rape/revenge plots that dominate sci-fi media in the early 21st century that argues for a focus on women’s narrative and experiences are, in fact, brilliant and important ideas that the world would be a poorer place without.

Weakness: Doesn't know what the hell he's doing. This is also his Strength.

    Western Animation 

I know this defies the law of gravity, but you see, I never studied law.
Bugs Bunny, "High-Diving Hare" (but to be perfectly honest, it would have easily fit into the end of any episode)

I'm so crazy, I don't know this is impossible!
Daffy Duck riding an invisible bicycle in "Porky Pig & Daffy"

Fry: Bender! You can't bend a wooden door!
Bender: You know that, and I know that, but this door looks pretty stupid.

Are you kidding me? You do one awesome thing, and you can't even remember how you did it?!
Donatello, after Michelangelo's goofy attempts to make retro-mutagen actually work, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

    Real Life 

Mr. Turner's influence reaches beyond the horror set: Last year the Museum of Arts and Design showed Tales From the Quadead Zone as part of its VHS retrospective. Jake Yuzna, curator of the show, said Mr. Turner stood apart from other amateur filmmakers because his films "failed in a way that made them more original and fantastic."



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