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  • In Legio Arcana, The overworked Tim drags the bodies out the brood of vampires he wiped out into the backyard and sets them on fire in an effort to clean up after himself and save time. The sensational and contradictory nature of the witness accounts allows Tim to get away with it.
  • In Something*Positive, Aubrey describes a variation of the trope when, asked why she's never been arrested, she responds that "the key is to commit crimes so confusing that police feel too stupid to even write a crime report about them."
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  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: In one of the earliest examples, vigilante paleontologists discover living dinosaurs, so they dress as gunslinger banditos while riding velociraptors, thus preventing the authorities from doing anything about them because they refuse to believe the reports. Towards the end of the comic's run, they look back to this and muse how, after everything else that has happened since then, the whole raptor riding banditos thing now seems totally believable.
  • Schlock Mercenary: Schlock escaped punishment for spying on his commanding officers from the air vents by being utterly shameless about it and exploiting the fact there Ain't No Rule.
    Tagon: What are you doing?
    Schlock: Listening in on you guys.
    Tagon: You can't... I mean...
    Kevyn: It's hard to find fault with someone so blunt.
    Tagon: Especially since there's no company policy about air vents.
    Schlock: There's gonna be a new rule now, just for me.
  • In The Order of the Stick,
  • From Looking for Group:
    Richard: Listen, like I told your Captain, that orphanage attacked me. It was self-defense.
  • Ansem Retort: Axel claims that he couldn't be responsible for some murders because he was busy murdering some other people at the time.
  • Buwaro and Kieri of Slightly Damned at one point decide to drop their disguises and walk around Riverside City as the angel and demon that they are. This becomes a more effective way of blending in with the Medians than what they had going: (most) everyone refused to believe an angel and a demon would willingly hang out with each other, so they assumed they were a couple of kids wearing elaborate costumes for some publicity stunt. It beats being mistaken for a pimp and prostitute.
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  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Antimony tried to get into a robots-only area of the building by wearing a clever disguise.
    "These are my antennas, because clearly I am a robot. Also, robots never lie."
  • Erfworld's Parson seems to understand that taking Refuge in Audacity is the best way to skirt the rules. Uncroaking a dormant volcano is so audacious that it shouldn't be possible, and nobody has even considered trying it before, which means when Parson pulls it off successfully, it catches everyone so far off guard that he turns the tide of a war. However, some of these backfire; it turns out there's a damn good reason most people don't consider "assassinate the enemy leader during negotiations" a valid tactic.
  • This Touhou fancomic. Nazrin shows up and thanks a pair of (low-power) gods for the food she just stole and ate and calmly walks off. The victims are too stunned to respond.
  • In one strip of Hark! A Vagrant, a hostile bureaucrat questions Real Life hero Chiune Sugihara about all the travel visas he's issuing to Jewish refugees. Sugihara responds that they're not refugees, they're tourists. Everyone knows Jews love Japan.
  • Baskets of Guts: The protoganist unintentionally acts this way, thus the authorities have a hard time catching him.
  • Benjamin Prester pulls this off when he brings Caprice Quevellion to Venus in A Miracle of Science here. He's making a grand show of declaring his railgun (which was decorated with rainbows and unicorns for extra ostentatiousness) when going through customs because, for all its power and ridiculousness, it's perfectly legal for Prester to have it. However, Caprice is a Martian, who is by Venusian law banned from entering the planet's atmosphere. Prester does his best to keep everyone's focus on him so that nobody pays attention to her.


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