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What defense can be mounted against a foe possessed of a thousand unknown attacks?
Darko, 8-Bit Theater

Gavin: You might be wondering, "What skills do I have? Why would I lead a heist?" Well let me tell you: I have confusion... and disorientation.
Jack: There's medicine for that...
Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V, "Gavin's Heist"

[Gavin]'s gonna stupid himself to victory again!
Geoff Ramsey, GTA IV: Cops & Crooks

Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.
— Baroque! Quality Description, used for the game of Knife-and-Candle, Fallen London

I see... I think left and it comes from the right, I think up and it comes from below. Your movements defraud the opponent's assumptions, and you turn what seems like a bad attack into a brilliant strategy.

There are some things that can beat smartness and foresight? Awkwardness and stupidity can. 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.

EDI: If two AI weapons are pitted against each other, the one with superior hardware will always win. Human misjudgements defy predictive models.
Joker: License to screw up, commander. You heard it straight from the ship!

He was a stubborn foe...But I'm CRAZY!! So I won.
Leon Powalski, Star Fox Command

One of the strengths of the Orc & Goblin army is the variety of troops, ranging from tiny Snotlings to vast Giants. The challenge to you as a commander is to knit this disparate force together into a coherent whole. Actually, with the general waywardness of the greenskins this is almost impossible. What you really need to do is understand your army better than your opponent, and be ready to exploit his confusion when something odd happens (as it will), such as the tiny Snotlings holding up his elite regiment for half the battle.
With the greenskins, your best plan can be simply taking as many fun units as possible and letting the rest sort itself out.
Warhammer Armies: Orcs & Goblins

Starfire: Help me understand your fighting style.
Harley Quinn: What style?
Starfire: Oh! Now I get it.

"A team of lambs led by a lion will always defeat a team of lions led by a lamb. But a team of donkeys led by a hyena, nobody knows."
Guru Bob, The Coodabeen Champions

German World War II Officer: The reason that the American Army does so well in wartime is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices chaos on a daily basis.
Soviet Cold War Document: One of the serious problems in planning against American doctrine is that the Americans do not read their manuals nor do they feel any obligations to follow their doctrine.
Anonymous American Soldier: If we don't know what we are doing, the enemy certainly can't anticipate our future actions.

We lost! And we got really messed up. We had no idea how to really fight him at first. We weren't sure what to expect.
Jerry Clarkin, Team Captain of SubZero on BattleBots, about dealing with HUGE, a robot with a very nontraditional design

So, why am I letting this guy go? Well, let me share another survival tip: the power of stars can be harnessed, because physics is predictable; if you're not predictable, you're not so easily harnessed. And it also doesn't help that people have a healthy respect for those they believe are mad. [chuckles] Fools. Anyway, I'm gonna go dive into some toxic waste and fight some bugs!
SF Debris on the antics of his Sith Inquisitor character

altabiscuit: So, everyone remembers Whitney for her Miltank. [...] The Clefairy is the real danger here.
Keizaron: Yeah, we have to set up Fury Cutter stacks here, and, uh, Clefairy has Metronome, and Metronome's anything, so we've seen some interesting combinations. We've seen Explosion, which kills you. There's one time that I got Sandstorm into Leech Seed and I'd watch as my Totodile slowly died and I couldn't do anything about it. Also, it looks like it's flipping me off.
Ghoul02: I think my favorite I've ever seen is Sacred Fire into Burn.
(Cue Fire Blast into Burn)

MAXIM 42: "They'll never expect this" means "I want to try something stupid."
The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, Schlock Mercenary

Ben(as Grey Matter): "Prepare yourself, brute, for even I do not know my next attack!"
Omni-tricked part 4, Ben 10 (2016)

You know, MacGyver, that's why you're so hard to beat. Nobody knows what you're going to do next. Including you.
Murdoc, MacGyver


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