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  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.