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Battletech

  • Davion & Davion (Deceased) has John Davion financially cripple Amaris' supporters by taking out massive (and dubiously secured) loans from banks supporting the Usurper right before the Amaris Coup and then seizing their assets, i.e. the money he'd just borrowed from them. No one expected the notoriously honest First Prince to engage in financial shenanigans, much less on such a grandiose scale.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • In The One With The Angelic Face, although Giles discovers reference to Angelus in his books, and the gang soon establish that their ally of ensoulled vampire Angela was sired by Darla and sired Drusilla herself, it simply never occurs to any of the Scoobies that Angela and Angelus are the same person due to the obvious gender difference (Angelus having been transformed into a woman by the same curse that gave him/her a soul).

Code Geass

  • Due to being a Peggy Sue in Nil Desperandum Luluka manages to plan for every event in canon and every non-canon one as well. However, a long chain of events that starts with her and Suzaku missing their rendezvous with Genbu Kurugi, she's outed to the world at large as she tears through the JLF for killing Milly. How does Charles handle his apparently back from the dead daughter being a terrorist leader? Why, he declares it was part of a wager between them to prove her worth as a potential successor. Everyone in Area 11 gets full citizenship, the Black Knights become part of the army, and Naoto becomes the new Viceroy. Luluka is completely thrown by the Emperor's decision and bitterly admits she lost.
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  • In another Peggy Sue fanfic, Rise of a New Moon, Clovis dies some ways into it and renders Luna's plans to use him as a Puppet Viceroy is rendered useless, she makes one last gamble to take Japan without having open war (brought on by the fact that, where Britannia is concerned, three royals have died there). She does this by having the JLF deploy all their forces to critical logistical locations (backed by the authority of the area government through Jeremiah and Euphie) and march with her into Tokyo where she declares herself Viceroy before Cornelia arrives. This stuns everyone into going along with it.
  • In Codes And Geass: Embracing Your Inner Megalomania, Euphemia, despite knowing that Lelouch (who is fused with an SI) will not go along with the idea, starts the SAZ, just as in canon. So what does Zero do? Go there in the Gawain while broadcasting and singing along with CC to "O Fortuna, Carmina Burana." And then proceeds to destroy the SAZ as an idea with a single speech. And to his great surprise, inspires Euphie to publicly repudiate the Empire and defect to his side.
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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

  • Tiberium Wars has this happen multiple times. In fact, half of Havoc's plans involve them being so ridiculous no one sees them coming, and in Chapter Fifteen, the ruined remains of Lieutenant Wallace's Zone Trooper squad attacks hundreds of Nod soldiers, tanks, beam cannons, and Avatars.

Crossover

  • An Entry with a Bang! has a part where an infantryman forces the surrender of a 'Mech pilot by strapping MREs to himself and pretending they're explosives. Then asks the pilot out on a date.
  • A Hero: Dalek Sec's plans tend to fall into this trope. Considering his horrible luck at everything... this means that his failures tend to go into Epic Fail, because of this trope.
  • Child of the Storm has Harry's plans more or less run on these, with the basic premise that they're too crazy for anyone to predict. However, this doesn't always work out, as the Forever Red arc in the sequel brutally demonstrates - though after he starts building redundancies into said plans, they start working better.
  • Five Score, Divided by Four: The Feds and the cops are on high alert after a seeming terrorist bombing in Seattle. How do five technicolor mythical equines manage to get out of Seattle and halfway across the US? Charter a private plane and a limo, of course.
  • The Infinite Loops: Loopers frequently resort to this out of sheer boredom, and listing all of them would take a very long time, but points go to a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Loop where several Loopers make their way into the Royal Canterlot Archives, singing "With Catlike Tread" as they go.
  • In Harry Potter and the Mystic Force, the Rangers manage to hide Harry in Hogwarts using a quick disguise charm and an alias that would be obvious as such to most muggles- specifically 'James Bourne'- because Xander reasons that nobody would expect Harry to be hiding in such a manner, and even Snape agrees that their ‘logic’ is sound.
  • In First Knight, a Slayer was in the middle of a debate while running for sheriff when she realizes her opponent is a demon that feeds off negative emotions. After cutting off its head in front of the crowd, causing lightning to shoot out due to built-up energy, she plays it off by saying, "There can be only one."
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Admiral Nimitz's only safe spot is here. She claims that the Trans-Galactic Republic does not condone torture (directly or by proxy), but then hands a prisoner to a group that's known for its love of unaccountable secret agents whose actions can be washed awaynote . When called on this, she cites the treaty that theoretically set this all up, resulting in a pile of Loophole Abuse/Half Truth/False Reassurance all in one!
  • In Water Under the Bridge, the Blue Gloves send an agent with no infiltration skills to infiltrate Serenity just as a reminder that they have their eye on the crew. They agent they send is so obviously an infiltrator (including telling them she's going out of her way to become indispensable and wearing her Blue Glove uniform) that the crew never suspects she's a Blue Glove.
  • Weiss Reacts: Blake is the best example, among other things taking a universe-shattering mecha for a joyride, but Cinder pulls this off by accidentally blowing up several cars that double-parked in front of her while she was attempting to buy burritos, and then proceeding to run across the roofs of Vale in a domino mask while clutching said burritos and being pursued by a veritable army of robot soldiers.
  • In Origin Story, Alex Harris's response to the Runaways showing up to interrogate her is to pick up Bruiser and carry her to the buffet she and Louise were already heading to. Alex and Louise ignore any attempt to talk until they're both sitting at a table, plates full of breakfast foods in front of them.
  • In Jokers Wild Naruto orders several Shadow Clones to delay Kakashi. They do so by turning into squirrels and attacking him with nunchucks. While incapable of harming or even really inconveniencing the man, it's weird enough to make him stop for a few minutes.
  • In Itachi, Is That a Baby?, Sasuke has been captured and brought back to Konoha and is to be interrogated. However, the Military Police chief insists the interrogation falls under his jurisdiction and orders everyone out before interrogating Sasuke. Afterwards he refuses to allow Sasuke to be interrogated again, citing unnecessary cruelty. Thing is, Sasuke is the Military Police chief. Even when others complain, Tsunade admits he's technically right.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: During what is technically a high stakes fight between Megas and Yuuka Kazami, Yukari catches Yuyuko eating a Philly cheesesteak and asks what she was snacking on. Yuyuko's response? To scarf down the rest of the cheesesteak on the spot and flat out deny that she ever had one.
  • In Christian Potter Chandler, Barb refuses to believe Bob when Chris jogs into a strip club... and moonsaults into a stripper's tits.
  • The Bridge Xenilla's plan to kill the resurrected King Sombra includes improvising letting himself get locked in the dungeon under the castle. He figured his best chance was to be around what he knew King Sombra would go after, the royal family. With the jail directly under the castle, he could sense his approach and Sombra would believe he was held captive. Sombra couldn't expect he could easily break out and Princess Cadance never thought he'd use her as bait to draw in a returned Sombra she didn't even know was there.
  • Xander combines audacity with Mistaken for Badass in Preconceptions when he trips and stakes a vampire pimp to help two demon girls he just met. Xander promptly talks to the guard the others are looking at and implies the girls belong to him but he doesn't want any trouble with the vampires while handing the vampire his boss's cane, jewelry, and hat. Believing Xander to be a ridiculously badass hunter, the new boss promptly agrees and that they didn't see the two girls arrive at the bus stop and will give the whole thing up as a bad loan to a client who disappeared.

The DCU

  • In DC Nation, this is the standard operating procedure of Travis Grey (an Original Character Green Lantern). A street kid and pickpocket, he steals Hal Jordan's wallet and spare ring. After donning the ring, he proceeds to go on a one-man cleanup spree through his rough New York neighborhood. He tops it by making a Sarcastic Confession to Guy Gardner and Hal about his activities, chiding Hal to keep better track of his stuff, and all but daring the two veteran Lanterns to steal the ring back. Hal's ticked, but Guy's about to double over laughing.

Death Note

Discworld

  • In The New Guild, Sandra Battye picks up an hitherto lost and unclaimed title for her Trade Guild. She cannot use the appropriate title because another, larger and more powerful, Guild has pre-empted her. Against Mrs. Rosie Palm's vigorous objection, Lord Vetinari grants Sandra title to the name...

The Dresden Files

  • In Famous Last Words, when captured by Nicodemus and asked if he has any last words, Harry quotes Monty Python's dead parrot skit. It's so outrageous that Nicodemus decides to let Harry and his friends go out of amusement.

Fairy Tail

  • In the Alternate Tail Series, Kagura distracts a group of Edolas soldiers by pretending she's a lost girl looking for her big brother, while her teammates commander the aircraft. Along the way, she describes her big brother as "really tall, has black hair and red eyes, and lots of piercing on his face." By the time they entered the ship, the other soldiers have been taken down by Gajeel, Levy, Lily, and Carla. And to top it all off, Kagura knocks out two of her escorts while calling Gajeel her missing big brother. It leaves the last two soldiers befudled enough to be knocked out quickly.

Fate/Zero

  • This is essentially the hat of The Sage's Disciple. Crow deliberately uses this trope to invoke Mistaken for Badass in his bid to actually survive the war. The more outrageous the plans, the longer he believes he will live. As a result, most of the participants think that he's a combination of Magnificent Bastard and The Wonka.

Frozen

  • The Elsanna/Disney Princess Crack Fic college AU Biology Homework is built on this. When college roommate Snow White catches Elsa with her sister Anna, they insist they're doing biology homework. When Snow expresses doubt, Elsa (who still visibly has her fingers inside Anna ) is indignant at the suggestion that she would have sex with her sister.

Game of Thrones

  • And the Giant Awoke:
    • The Frey archers in the southern castle are left dumbfounded when Tyrion's men use a penis-shaped ram to bring down the doors, leaving them unable to react in time when the doors break down.
    • Cleon the Butcher is going to attack Meereen. Daenerys has the numbers to defeat them, but knows it would turn into a Pyrrhic Victory, and her dragons are not trained enough to be useful in warfare. So, Jorah and others make dragon-like kites to trick Cleon's forces and distract them from the real attack coming from their backs.
    • Part of Dellyne's backstory. Against his father's wishes, he wanted to be a bard, not a warrior. Then, he slept with both of his father's mistresses. At the same time. And then he wrote a song about it.
    • Tyrion's Battlecry to his forces right before the showdown with the White Walkers.

Harry Potter

  • In Magical Relations, one of the myriad "Harry Sorted into Slytherin" fanfics, Parseltongue is a teachable language. Naturally, Snape offers to tutor Harry in nonverbal magic, dueling, Occlumency, etc. for as long as it takes Harry to teach him to speak snake. Eventually, Harry is learning Leglimency to improve his Occlumency (highly illegal without Ministry permission, not that they care), but now The Umbridge is around to poke her nose in. Snape first tries to cover up the lessons by giving Harry detention, but when Umbridge shows up to watch the private, Headmaster-approved lesson anyway, they treat it like business as usual, and Snape starts quizzing Harry on his Occlumency reading in Parseltongue. When Umbridge demands to know what language that is, Snape tells her that it's naturally the Ancient Mayan Wizards' language of Uspantek, because Harry is aiming for a job as a cursebreaker, and the only way to learn a language is through practice (naturally, Umbridge will be less than familiar with either language that has only a handful of living practitioners). When Umbridge eventually demands that they speak in English, Snape starts quizzing Harry on his advanced Arithmancy (for curse-breaking, which he has never taken), and subtly prompts his student to Legilimens the answers from his head. (Which is, again, highly illegal).
    Snape: (in Parseltongue) Excellent. I will take your essay after this saggy, cloying excuse for a dictator leaves us.
    Harry: (one scene transition later) So then I answer questions about advanced Arithmancy for the rest of the lesson, and when we're done, Snape looks at Umbridge and says, 'Thank you for your time. Your presence tonight has been invaluable.' (looks at his friends with wide, despairing eyes) It was madness.
    • In the same fic, Harry & Co defeat the Basilisk using Ron's experience handling roosters. They could go to a teacher about the dead giant snake in the girls' loo... or they could hang an "Out of Order" sign on the door and turn the place into a lab for harvesting the thing for extremely valuable potions ingredients. After all, they killed the thing, and have as much a right to it as anyone. By the time they report it to Snape, they've already harvested the blood and are starting on the fangs and skin, and they offer him the extremely invaluable eyes in return for endorsing this stunt and giving them any pointers. This is deemed an... adequate... payment, and when the professor sees their organized, efficient system, he turns the eye extraction into an impromptu potions lesson.
    Pansy: (after Snape's departure and a quick stunned silence) That went surprisingly well.
  • In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, Dumbledore revels in this when dealing with the Durmstrang defenders. "Dear me, jail? That sounds quite boring. I think I'd rather go home."

Heroes of the Storm

Invader Zim

  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: Zim justifies using the simple alias "Miz" for the alternate persona he creates for his rebellion against the Tallest with the fact that it's so obvious that no one would think he'd be stupid enough to use it. And he's right, as the only person who sees through it is Tak, whom everyone ignores as they think it's her revenge obsession talking.

Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg

  • The Crown Atomic: Hermann Göring, the colonial dictator of Mittelafrika and who is already being despised by the German government for tainting Germany's reputation with his cruel treatment to the native African population and living like a Roman emperor in his colonies, declares himself the Viceroy of Mittelafrika, the title which is secondary in precedence only to the German Kaiser himself in the terms of law. The German nobles are shocked but powerless to do anything about it.

Katekyō Hitman Reborn!

  • Vigilante Tendency has Hibari. It was outright stated that Tsuna was never going to grow up normal thanks to living in the same suburb as Hibari.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • To cover for the fact Tony Stark is (accidentally) setting himself up to take over the world in The War is Far from Over Now, his PR department turned the idea into a Memetic Mutation so no one would take the idea seriously.

Miraculous Ladybug

  • In Fox Rain Vorpika (Lila Rossi's alias as a superhero and Holder of the Fox Miraculous) decides to convince Gabriel to let Adrien back at school after he had been pulled out for stealing the Miraculous Book from his safe... So she claims she had brainwashed Adrien into doing it for her, hinting that The Pied Piperof Hamelin was a past Fox Miraculous Holder to give herself credibility and throwing in her suspicions on Gabriel being Papillon (in which she didn't even believe anymore), that she covertly declares having a small dick through an incomplete movie quote that most of the presents would be able to know (and laugh about), to keep him from thinking about it too much. It works.

My Hero Academia

  • In Apotheosis (MHA), Midoriya/Apotheosis (a very dangerous and well known villain) manages to convince several high-ranking politicians (including the Prime Minister) to create the Hero Regulation Department with him (Midoriya) as the Director while also giving him amnesty. Many of the Heroes are shocked at his audacity.
  • Yesterday Upon The Stair has Izuku pulling a Scheherezade Gambit during the USJ incident, buying enough time for the teachers to arrive.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Loved And Lost: Immediately after helping Twilight Sparkle in stopping the Changeling invasion, Prince Jewelius proceeds to confront the other heroes over their roles in the events leading up to the invasion — in front of the wedding guests and royal guards, no less. First, he not only angrily calls out Princess Celestia, Shining Armor, the Mane Five, and Spike on their treatment of Twilight at the wedding rehearsal and being too focused on the wedding preparations to listen to her about the imposter Cadance, but he also blames the real Princess Cadance for allowing the Changeling Queen to impersonate her (even though it was really him who knocked her out). Even Celestia is too shaken by her previously mild-mannered nephew's sudden change of character to adequately defend herself against his aggressive accusations, and he even silences the Mane Five with a Big "SHUT UP!" before they can even say anything. Finally, he delivers a New Era Speech to the citizens of Canterlot wherein he reveals to them the heroes' mistakes (sans Twilight), blames them for the collateral damage/casualties, and promises to make things right. This causes the heroes to become so panicked that they unsuccessfully try to escape. This majorly backfires and makes them look as guilty as Jewelius says they are. As a result, the guards imprison the heroes on his orders and everypony in Canterlot turns against them while accepting Jewelius as their new ruler.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse:
    • Cheerilee manages to prove herself the Element of Laughter by making innuendoes at Corona about her "command of the tongue". When they next meet, she simply informs Corona "still single, by the way". Corona, being a thousand years out of touch, is horrified that someone would refer to her so crudely. Eventually, after regaining a bit of her sanity, Corona manages to get her own back on Cheer... by hugging her and apologising for the attempted murder.
    • Bootheel, who will hit on anyone he meets so long as they're female, tries hitting on Princess Luna at the end of Hero of Oaton. As everyone freaks out about his impending doom, Luna just whispers something to him that turns him cherry-red.
    • Dr. Ritter, a sleazy archaeologist, tries to make both Princess Luna and Corona sign non-disclosure agreements about a hidden civilization he "found". It's so they'll think he's dumber than he looks, while he gets up to what he's really there for.
    • In the non-canon fic "Nightmares Yet to Come", Trixie asks Midnight what "her deal" is. Midnight calmly replies that she is in fact a fragment of Tirek possessing a pony who has travelled back in time. Trixie gasps in horror at such an appallingly bad lie, and Midnight admits she was trying to joke. But there's a lot of evidence to suggest the Tirek part is true.

Naruto

  • During the Chunin Exam in Reaching for a Dream, Naruto cheats on his test by punching out one of the Chunin plants and taking his test.
    • In later stories, Naruto and Xanna don't bother hiding their horns, claws, or slitted pupils and simply act like there's nothing odd about having them. Of course it helps they're in Japan and most people simply assume they're cosplaying.
  • In Cheaters Prosper Naruto does something similar: he walked up to Kabuto, took his answers and left him his own blank sheet. Then he gets the team to pass the second part of the test by swiping the other necessary scroll before the start of the test, sealing the tied-up Sasuke and Sakura in a scroll, and transforming himself in a needle stuck to Anko's foot, resulting in the examiner carrying the whole team past the test.
  • I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again!! has time travelers Team 7 and Hinata not even bothering to hide their remarkable increase in skill. The Hyuuga Clan simply believe that Hinata finally snapped from all the pressure, while Kakashi rules out his team as potential spies, as any infiltrator capable of replicating Naruto's seal or Sasuke's spinny eye of doom would be outright retarded to show off their strength so blatantly (Sakura is ruled out by association).
  • During the written portion of the Chunin Exams in The Mirage Blade Fox, Naruto audaciously asks Ibiki for the test answers. Ibiki complies without a second thought, considering Naruto to be one of the bravest or craziest Genin he's ever met.
  • Naruto makes Kankuro and Temari think they're being detained by Anbu in Naruto: The Gamer Files to make them release Konohamaru. It helps that trying to harm a Kage's family would result in such a reaction.
  • When Naruto accidentally kills Gatou in The Escapologist by jumping on the tree Gatou's men were cutting down, he acts like a furious customer to play it off.
    Naruto: When you tell Naruto Uzumaki you'll have his shit delivered by Friday, it gets delivered by Friday! Let that be a lesson to all of you!
  • In Son of the Sannin, to solve the Hyuga affair, Jiraiya proposes that he and Tsunade go and confront the Raikage and demand that he acknowledges Hinata's kidnapping and apologizes to them. Since they never officially returned to active duty, Kumo has no way to know they're back in Konoha, and they could act as a deterrent in case they might want to go to war. Surprisingly, it works.
  • To cover up her new body's miraculous recovery in Eroninja, Kyuubi releases a pulse of healing chakra that fully heals everyone in the village. A single long-term coma patient suddenly recovering would raise several eyebrows, but with hundreds of patients recovering from illnesses, lost limbs, and more, she's not even a blip on the radar.

One Piece

  • This Bites!:
    • How does Boss, Zoro and Sanji win their round in the Davy Back Fight? Beat up the opposition before the game even begins under cover of fog. How do they defend themselves when they're spattered with the opposition's blood? Declare that they went hunting under cover of fog. How do they rationalize that? Easy; they're badasses.
    • Cross bursting into the Franky House, plopping down on the couch, and drinking Franky's cola is odd enough that Franky doesn't react until the Unluckies burst in.

RWBY

  • This ends up working against Jaune in Professor Arc. After Cinder has him arrested by Ironwood for treason, he decides to confess to his lies to the General. Unfortunately, Ironwood doesn't believe him. Why? Because the idea of an inexperienced 17 year old with zero combat experience becoming a respected teacher and coming out on top of several altercations is too ridiculous to for him believe.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • In the backstory, this is what caused the whole AU. Nicholas Arc, a powerful huntsman, managed to survive the Grimm and ended up captured by Salem, the immortal Queen of the Grimm and eternal enemy of all humanity. After she tortured and interrogated him for a few days, she didn't know what else to do with him, so she decided to kill him, but offered him a Last Request. He requested to have sex with her. She was so impressed with his audacity that she decided to grant his request... and keep granting it. Twenty-five years later, they have eight children and are a loving family despite the whole "waging war against the entire world" thing.
    • Both Nora and Ren manage to convince members of White Fang that they're Faunus despite having no visible traits. Nora claims to be a cow faunus and implies her breasts are her animal traits and that Ren is a sloth faunus whose pink eye and lazy demeanor are his traits. In Menagerie, Ren is made second in command of Sienna's faction this way, including playing off his lack of visible traits by saying it'd "be one ballsy human to walk up to the leader of the White Fang while pretending to be a faunus".

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Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos: Maledict secretly controlling the Metarex using an incredibly poor disguise was basically this, and the only reason it worked was because neither Dark Oak nor Tsali could believe that Maledict would be able to pull it off.
    • Basically everything Eric the Hedgehog does or says is this. Discovering that Molly and Leon's refugee group are eating their dead? Ask for dessert. Taking on an entire Demon fleet led by Satan himself? Charge in guns blazing and ram Maledict's flagship while blasting the 1812 Overture over coms. Indeed, it's said in-story that the reason he's so dangerous is because he literally has no concept of fear.
    • The entire background setting runs on this - among other things, it features space Muslims with mechanical spiders powered by molested girls, literal Space Jews that are basically Nazis, and enough Black Comedy to rival South Park.

Star Trek Online

  • Strange Times Are Upon Us: Ila'kshath's answer to Brokosh complaining about him talking to a 19th century American boy. (Ila'kshath, a Gorn, was hunting the same deer as the kid, got seen, and said, "Blink, boy—your eyes are stuck!" The kid fainted.)
    “Who’d believe it? Seriously, think about it—a giant reptile that talks? He’d be laughed out of the room before he got three words out.”

Star Wars

Touhou

  • Brad frequently does this in FREAKIN GENSOKYO. They get up to such ludicrous hijinks that audacity is often the only thing they can take refuge in. Sailing shirtless on a table, flying on a second table propelled by magic plant hangers, weaving a rope out of women's underwear, flailing in the mud in a gravity-destroying space suit; you name it, Brad's done it. Most of the time, his friends just sigh, shake their heads and get on with their lives.

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