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"Threaten any serious criminal organization, and they're going to do one of two things. They'll send someone to make a deal... Or they'll send someone to make a corpse. Either way, you've got something to work with."

"But the camera was my suggestion," I told her. "It's another aspect of the deceiver's talent to make important parts of his plan seem like someone else's idea. In this case, he just had to keep his mouth shut and wait. Someone would have suggested the camera, and in the unlikely event that they didn't, as a last resort, he'd have suggested it himself"
Jack Parlabane and Moira Loftus, The Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

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"If you’re good at anticipating the human mind, it leaves nothing to chance."
Jigsaw, Saw V

"Now obviously, it's a trap of some sort. But he would know that I know its a trap. So what is he planning, knowing that I know he knows?"
Artie, Warehouse 13

"I realize that predicting what your enemy will do and then betting everything you have on the probability that your prediction is accurate is a really, really stupid thing to do. I'm not suggesting we do anything of the sort, either."
Earl White Haven, Storm from the Shadows

Murderer: I thought it might be a trap...but I had to be sure.
Patrick Jane: That's why it's a trap.

"Took you long enough. I was beginning to think I'd figured you wrong."
Lex Luthor, Justice League Unlimited

"Citizen Admiral Giscard is a shooter, not a chip-shuffler, and he and Citizen Secretary McQueen between them have avoided the weakest parts of Thurston's strategy for Yeltsin's Star."
"Which were?"
"Which were his elaborate maneuvers to draw the Manties and Graysons out of position prior to the attack," Tourville said without hesitation. "He got too clever and tried to manipulate them—to suck them out of his way so as to give himself a virtually unopposed shot at his objective. Worse, he seems to have fallen in love with his own plan. When he finally hit Yeltsin, he'd spent so much time convincing himself his preliminary operations had worked perfectly that he came in fat, dumb, and happy. ... That was a tactical failure on his part once all the pieces were in play, but, frankly, any strategist who depends on convincing his adversaries to do what he wants has made the kind of mistake even amateurs should know enough to avoid. Oh, it's always worth trying to mislead the other side, convince him you're going to hit him at Point A when you actually intend to blow hell out of Point B, but you should never—ever—set up a strategy under which the enemy has to do what you want if your own operations are going to succeed."

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I trusted [Cedric] to pass the information on to you. Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter. I was sure Cedric would want to repay you for telling him about the dragons, and so he did.
Bartemius Crouch, Jr, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Vimes: Why did you drag me here?
Ahmed: Drag you? I had to sabotage my own ship so you wouldn't lose me!
Vimes: Yes, but... you... knew how I'd react.
Vimes's heart began to sink. Everyone knew how Sam Vimes would react.
Jingo

It wasn't the blood. It was you...and your choices. I just gave you the options, and you chose the right path every time. You didn't need the feather to fly, you had it in you the whole time, Dumbo!
Ruby, Supernatural

Terry Benedict: How did you know I would go for [the diamonds]?
Danny Ocean: Because you're you and I'm me.

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Helix, one day you'll learn that the next best thing to have after a reliable ally is a predictable enemy.
Sam Starfall, Freefall #1516.

Gek: Shipmaster 'Mdama! The humans have their prize! They are near escape!
Jul 'Mdama: Let them, Gek.
Gek: They carry the soul of a Promethean Knight!
Jul 'Mdama: And we have made enough of a display trying to retrieve it.
Halo 4: Spartan Ops

Legend: Clockblocker managed to tether Mannequin in place. Crawler freed himself from the same trap by tearing himself in two against the immovable object. It was Piggot who managed to keep Crawler in the blast area.
Skitter: How?
Legend: She had Weld pass on a message, telling Crawler what we had planned. He was so tickled at the idea that we would be able to hurt him that he stayed where he was while the teams made their retreat.
Legend explaining how an unpowered, middle-aged PRT director managed to kill an unkillable monstrosity, Worm, Prey 14.7

Martin Vanger: You know what's harder than hitting someone with a gun? Just missing them. It was a very good shot, up at the cabin.
Blomkvist: Well it didn't work. I'm still here.
Martin Vanger: Mikael, it did work. You're here.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (American remake)

Richard: But...I talked you out of your deal.
Nathan: Just like I knew you would.

Reese: I'm really sorry, you guys.
Malcolm: For what? You were perfect. You did exactly what I thought you'd do.
Reese: What are you talking about?
Malcolm: They have a fake letter. I knew Francis wouldn't leave us alone without getting something and I knew you'd give it away. I knew exactly what everyone would do.
Reese: So where's the real letter?
Malcolm: I had to think of the one place they'd never think of looking. I had to give it to the one person they'd never think I'd give it to. I did the most brilliant thing of all. I gave it to Dewey.
Dewey: And I hid it under Mom's pillow.
Malcolm: You what?!
Malcolm in the Middle, "Smunday"

T'Pol: We've reached the coordinates. Ensign, magnify.
(Picture of a red giant sun)
Reed: I'm picking up several Xindi vessels. I'm also reading significant quantities of kemocite.
Archer: What's our status?
Reed: Minimal damage. The hull plating's coming back online.
Archer: Arm all weapons. Lay in a course for those kemocite signatures, full impulse. Get him out of here.
Degra: YOU'LL NEVER GET CLOSE TO THE WEAPON! OUR DEFENSE PERIMETER WILL DESTROY YOU!
Archer: Show him.
(They were still at the test site, nowhere near Azati Prime. His unbridled rage just confirmed that the coordinates were correct.)
Archer: Thanks for your help.

Supergirl: Uh-Oh! Something tells me Mongul isn't kidding anymore!
Superman: Perfect! He's reacting exactly as I'd hoped he would!

Rick: 20 yards, 9 gauge plasma pistol. My first shot will liquify her insides and injure you, the second shot adds recoil. The risk to me is minimised if I wait for you to shoot her, which I'm encouraging you to do.
Rick: Or you let her go, which I reward you with a quicker death!
Council Rick: Because you love her!
Rick: Because, it's incentive for you to give me the cleaner shot, which will be your less painful death. But if you wanna die slower than that, I'm super into it. All you gotta do is kill the girl.
Summer: I hate you!
Rick: Not an issue, sweetie.
Morty: *raises plasma pistol* That's enough! Drop the gun, Rick!
Rick: Morty, I know you're too stupid to get this, but you're really fucking this up right now.
Morty: I'm not letting you let my sister die! Drop the gun!
Rick: I wasn't gonna let her die, you fucking moron!
Council Rick: Ha!
Summer: Aww...
Rick: The point is, he thought I was going to!
Council Rick: I totally did, by the way. You're a fucking moron, Morty.
Summer: Morty, you fucking idiot!
Rick: You're a serious fucking idiot, you basically killed us all! You're as dumb as a bag of sand! You're the dumbest thing I've ever laid eyes on! What an idiot!
Council Rick: Hahahaha!
Morty: Aaaaghhh! *shoots Rick in the head* Who's fucking stupid now, bitch!?
Summer: MORTY! WE JUST GOT HIM BACK!
Council Rick: Ahahaha, that was amazing, Morty. Oh my God, wow. Okay, let's wrap this u- *BLAM!*
Rick: Good job, Morty. Let's go, kids.
Summer: What!? Whhat happened?
Rick: *tosses Summer Morty's plasma pistol* Oldest Rick trick in the book.
Summer: "Fake gun, shoot me in stand-off!" Brilliant!
Morty: Ha! Yeah, g-good thing I saw that note!

"Even if the count dies, the Chaos Heart won't disappear if I continue to control it! But I needed the power of the Pure Hearts to beat him...I couldn't do that on my own. So I had you do all of the sweaty labor for me. And you even used your Pure Hearts to defeat Count Bleck! If they make greeting cards to thank people for helping with evil plans, I owe you one."
Dimentio, Super Paper Mario

Power Girl slipped out from under his grasp like a greased weasel.
She had been gauging the pressure of his grip with great accuracy. Her talk to Badra had a specific effect on Mala, she could tell by a certain feeling against her back. And when a man starts to think down there, she told herself, he loses a little ability to think up elsewhere.

Kara stopped at the warp-gate and looked behind her. Satan Girl had stopped as well, less than a mile behind her. To her credit, she wasn't stupid. She knew that Supergirl was leading her on. And, having Kara's memories, she knew where she was headed.
<That is the anti-matter universe,> sent Satan Girl.
<Oh, very good,> mocked Kara, smiling like a teacher tutoring her most backward pupil. <Now, if you'll just join me here, I can finish you right off.>
The villainess didn't budge. <It'll blow us both to bits if we touch any substance there without force-shields or matter-conversion,> she sent. <I can just wait you out. You'll come back, or you'll be atomized. Either way, I win.>
<Oh, will you?>, asked Kara. <I thought for certain that you wanted to tear me apart with your own hands. Except it hasn't been that easy, has it? Maybe you're just not up to it, after all... since you're just a pretty pathetic copy of me.>
Satan Girl's expression of hatred, which was about the only one she owned, intensified. <YOU...> she began, and that was all she could get out.
<Just one more thing, darling,> sent Kara. <I didn't want to have to tell you this, but we killed Mordru. He's dead. Hope you didn't get attached to him too much.>
At that, Supergirl knew she had succeeded. Probably a little more than she wanted.
Satan Girl surged forward like an express train, her arms outstretched, and Kara flew through the warp.

Kurenai: Now, do you know why your little joke worked so well? That was a very realistic henge, but normally, I can see through a henge a block away. I am a genjutsu specialist after all. But I didn't immediately think to check. Why was that?
Shino: You were clearly agitated by the apparent changes to his appearance. This obviously interfered with conducting logical thought processes.
Kurenai: That's part of the answer.
Naruto: From... from what you said earlier, about when you said I'd still be your student. You repeated that several times, but it didn't make sense until I'd seen Lee. Then I understood that if Gai made Lee dress like him, you might be afraid he'd do the same with me.
Kurenai: Exactly. And if I was afraid it would happen, then I obviously considered it to be at least remotely possible, correct?
Shino: So he showed you something you at least partially expected to see, and made sure that it was sufficiently upsetting that you would react without thinking first?
Kurenai: Exactly. Now, while this was a good prank, you can also apply those principles on missions, can't you?
Team 8

Goku: I get what you're saying, but this is exactly what I've been planning out this whole time!
Piccolo: You? What could you possibly—?
Goku: Why do you think Gohan and I went into the Time Chamber after Vegeta and Trunks?
Piccolo: ...Ego?
Goku: Because if Gohan and I came out first, we'd've killed Cell right away. But leaving that job to Vegeta? Well...I mean, you saw what happened.
Piccolo: I'm...confused, because it sounds like you knew Vegeta would screw up.
Goku: Well, it was gonna be him or Krillin.
Piccolo: Oh my Go— B-b-but how did you know he wouldn't just kill everyone after becoming perfect?!
Goku: I took care of that myself. (flashback) Oh, and, uh...Cell? You're gonna die. (back to present) Cell would never pass that up...because I wouldn't.
Piccolo: Okay, but...but why Gohan?
Goku: Piccolo...I ain't gonna be around forever. Sooner or later, death is gonna...stick, y'know? So what then? Someone's gotta be here when I'm not. And when I was in the Chamber with him, I realized that...that person...is Gohan.

Doctor Strange: "Indeed, Lucius… you should know better than most that the most incomplete picture of any situation is that seen by a piece on the board."
[Lucius] did not have the words to adequately describe how he felt – as far as he was aware, the English language did not have a word that encapsulated the utter horror of realising that all your efforts, all your best laid plans and most cunning manoeuvres have been nothing more than a small part of someone else's grander scheme. Nor did it have a word that described the feeling where you thought you were writing your own song, but found that it was merely a small part of a greater symphony. Nor did it have one that described how you felt when, in fact, your very worst fears had just come true. But if there were such words, he would have used them.
Strange: "Now you begin to see. You have never been anything more than a piece on my board, a pawn to be moved to and fro as I saw fit. Your plans were simply incorporated into my own."

It would be laughably easy, Izuku realized, to use [Mt. Lady's] love of the media against her. Pretend to be a reporter, lure her into a densely populated area with narrow streets to prevent her from using her quirk, ask for a selfie and stab her through the heart while her eyes were focused on the camera, then blend into the crowd before anyone realized she was dead.

Step 1: Admit to yourself that you still have feelings for this girl.
Step 2: Choose the completely wrong moment to make a drunken move after hanging out at a strip club… and get shot down on purpose.
Step 3: Agree that you two don’t work, locking the door on any future you could have together, which will drive Robin nuts.
Step 4: Robin goes nuts.
Step 5: Find the person who annoys Robin most in the world and ask for her help. Explain everything to Patrice and hope she agrees to help.
Step 6: Check with your doctor about possible broken ribs.
Step 7: Pretend to be dating Patrice.
Step 8: Wait until Robin inevitably breaks into your place to find The Playbook and show it to Patrice, which you’ll monitor via the hidden cameras you have in your apartment.
Step 9: After Patrice “finds” The Playbook, have your first “big fight.”
Step 10: Prove your loyalty to Patrice by burning The Playbook, and actually burn it. You don’t need it anymore.
Step 11: Because your friends have no boundaries, they’ll inevitably have an intervention for Robin, which you’ll monitor via the hidden cameras you have in Marshall and Lily’s apartment.
Step 12: Tell only Ted about your plan to propose to Patrice.
Step 13: Wait and see if Ted tells Robin. And if he does, it means your best bro in the world has let go of Robin and has given you his blessing.
Step 14: Robin arrives at her favorite spot in the city and finds the secret final page of The Playbook… the last play you’ll ever run.
Step 15: Robin realizes she’s standing underneath mistletoe.
Step 16: Hope she says yes.
Barney's plan for proposing to Robin, How I Met Your Mother, "The Final Page Pt. 2"

Hulk: BLUE MAN! BLUE MAN WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BANNER'S FRIEND, BUT BLUE MAN MADE A FOOL OF HIM JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE! BLUE MAN LAUGH WHEN HE KICK BANNER IN FACE, BUT HE NOT LAUGHING NOW HULK IS BACK, HUH?
Captain America: Hulk! You don't understand! This isn't about you and me! This is about your girlfriend!
Hulk: WHAT THE HELL DOES STUPID BLUE MAN KNOW ABOUT BETTY ROSS? BLUE MAN TELL HULK OR HULK START SQUEEZING HEAD!
Captain America: Nothing much... besides that fact that naked man over there (the story's big boss) says he's been all over Betty the whole time you've been in solitary.

Cinder may have thought she was subtle, but [Jaune] had the benefit of hindsight she couldn't possibly match. And, to be fair, he'd planned for it to happen. With any luck, she'll have passed on news I couldn't possibly have been anywhere near Hazel.
If she were humble enough to admit she'd taken her eyes off Raven, she wouldn't have, but this was Cinder. Humble was not in her dictionary, nor was it in her interests to admit to any failure to Salem.
Cinder would lie for him. And without ever realising it.

James Bond: Why is that bomb on the train?
General Orlov: Who are you?
Bond: British secret service.
Orlov: You should be more concerned about getting out of here alive.
Bond: I am more concerned about an atomic bomb exploding on a US Air Force base. You can't be inviting a nuclear war. What happens when the US retaliates?
Orlov: Against whom?
Bond: My God. Of course. Our early-warning system will rule out the bomb having come from Russia or anywhere else. Everyone will assume incorrectly that it was a US bomb triggered accidentally.
Orlov: That would be the most plausible explanation.
Bond: Europe will insist on disarmament, leaving every border undefended for you to walk across at will. It doesn't matter a damn to you that thousands of innocent people will die in your "accident".


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