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Sometimes, the hero doesn't have to stand up against the enemy. The main protagonist can outsmart or trick the antagonist during an escape or to save someone, usually leading the enemy into a booby trap.

Other known methods that heroes use to outsmart the enemy also includes pretending to betray their own allies to the Big Bad, in which turned out simply a ruse to enable their allies to swiftly defeat the said Big Bad in the end. However, this method not always effective as not only there's a chance that said enemies could see through this scheme, but also their allies still irritated due to also being tricked or worse, this plan ended up backfires if things went wrong.

Examples

  • Robin Hood outwits Prince John many times in the film.
  • Darkwing Duck, Launchpad and Gosalyn manage to lure three evil energy beings to the magnet with negative polarities (with Megavolt's assistance).
  • Wolverine can smell Mystique's body scent and stabbed her in the stomach with his claws, which causes her to revert back to her true form.
  • Bart Simpson outwits his arch-nemesis Sideshow Bob, by asking him sing the whole entire score of the H.M.S. Pinafore to buy some time before arriving to Springfield via boathouse which will stall him long enough until the police arrive.
  • Jerry Mouse outwits his cat nemesis Tom the Cat many times.
  • Roy Eberhardt tricks Dana Matherson into chasing him and falling into Curly Brannit's trap.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog and his pal Tails outwit Scratch and Grounder in every episode via disguises and tricks. They even outwit the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik himself
  • Marty McFly escapes from Biff Tannen and his gang, leading them to crash their car into a manure truck.
  • Kevin McCallister constantly outwits Harry and Marv.
  • Aladdin tricks Jafar by persuading him to become a genie, then bottles him up in a lamp.
  • Flik lures Hopper to the sparrow's nest allowing the wicked grasshopper to be devoured by her chicks.
  • Fly tricks Joe the Pilot Fish into drinking the anti-fish potion by asking him difficult questions.
  • Darkwing Duck outwits his enemies, Negaduck, Steelbeak, Megavolt, Phineas Sharp, Major Synapse, Liquidator, etc.
  • In The Stunti-Con Job, Sideswipe takes out the Motor Master using Optimus Prime's axe, making sure no one gets between the Autobot detective and his retirement.
  • Alex tricks Makunga by handing him Nana's purse, then unleashing the old lady to attack him.
  • Eddie Plant tells Sam Brenner and Ludlow Lamonsoff to split up while Eddie stays with Pac-Man in order to trap him so he doesn't escape.
  • Max Lawson and Sarah Wilson outsmarting Leonard Dekkom's mercenaries in a dangerous car chase across Orlando to protect President Palma.
  • Coraline outsmarts The Beldam by opening the door for her, throws the cat at her, which causes her to lose her eyes and escape.
  • Beethoven knocks Regina and Floyd over the cliff into a pool of mud then into the river in retaliation after Floyd threatens to drop one of the puppies into the river and pokes George Newton in the chest with a stick.
  • Supergirl used her own vulnerability against Reign by unexpectedly injecting kryptonite as she didn't see it coming.
  • The animals outsmart and foil Cruella De Vil and her men and rescue the Dalmatian puppies in 1996 adaptation of 101 Dalmatians.
  • Booger surprised King Nixel, who claims to have collected all Cubits in his I-Cubit scam, with his Rainbow Cubit.
  • In "ScoobyNatural", Scooby-Doo sends the Phantom Shadow down a trap slide and into a salt circle made by the Winchester brothers, trapping it.
  • Davis Okoye and Kate Caldwell outsmart Claire Wyden by putting the antidote for the monsters into her purse and tricking her into being devoured by George.
  • Capper outsmarts the Klugetown thugs by tricking them into beliving they caught a dangerous ailment.
  • Red

Quotes

(Mystique disguised as Storm walks in) (Mystique as Storm: - Logan, is that you?) - Sssh! (Wolverine Sniffing) The other one ain't far away. (Mystique as Storm: - Come on. We have to regroup.) - I know, but there's a problem. (Wolverine stabbing Mystique in the stomach with his claws) You're not part of the group. (Wolverine removing his claws before Mystique reverts back to her real form and falls to the ground)
~ Wolverine outsmarting Mystique's disguise.


Come and get us, fathead!
~ Colleen Barker to Bugsy Them when she and Ace Yu trick him into wasting his bullets.


Oh, Mr. Cat, there's a present for you. (Cat soldier #1 opens a present to reveal a doll made out of explosives, and he begins embracing it) (Cat soldier #1: Just what I always wanted.) (Later on) (Cat Soldier #2: Isn't that a bomb?) (Other cat soldiers: A BOMB?!!!) (Suddenly, the bomb doll explodes in the cat soldier's face)
~ La Petite Ballerina outsmarting one of the alley cats (which doesn't have enough of an effect).


(Snake Jafar binds Aladdin with his coils preparing to strike) (Jafar [laughs evilly]: You little fool! You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on Earth!) (Iago: Squeeze him, Jafar! Squeeze him like a--(Genie elbows him away) AWK!) (Jafar: Without the Genie, boy...you're nothing!) (Aladdin has an idea) The Genie? The Genie? The Genie has more power than you'll EVER have. (Jafar: What?!) He GAVE you your power, he can TAKE it away! (Genie: Al, why are you bringing me into this?) Face it, Jafar! You're still just...second best! (Jafar: You're right! His power does exceed my own! But not for long!) (Jafar circles around Genie) (Genie: The boy's crazy. He's a little punch drunk. One too many hits with the snake (Jafar: Slave, I make my third wish! I wish to be... AN ALL POWERFUL GENIE!!) (Genie, reluctantly: All right, your wish is my command. Way to go, Al.) (Genie hesitantly zaps Jafar; Jafar's snake form dissipates and transform into a gigantic red genie; Aladdin finally breaks the giant hour glass to save Jasmine) (Jafar: Yes...the power! The absolute...'POWER!!!') (Jasmine: What have you done?!) Trust me! (Jafar: The universe is MINE to command! To CONTROL!) Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something? (Jafar: Huh?) You wanted to be a genie, you got it! (Shackles appear on Jafar's wrists) (Jafar: WHAT?!) (Aladdin pulls out a black lamp that sucks Jafar back in) And everything that goes with it! (Jafar: No! NOOO!!!) (Iago: I'm gettin' outta here! Come on, you're the genie, I don't wanna be a gen--) (Iago gets sucked into the lamp with Jafar) Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty bitty living space.
~ Aladdin tricking Jafar into wishing himself as a genie, therefore trapping the evil sorcerer/genie into a lamp.


You want the book? (Mulgarath: Yeah.) Go get it!
~ Jared Grace tricking Mulgarath


From now on, you must take good care of your toys, because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid. We toys can see everything... So play nice!
~ Woody outsmarting Sid to save Buzz Lightyear.


(Ratigan knocks Basil seemingly falling to his death) (Ratigan: I've won!! [evil laugh]) On the contrary....(Basil is hanging by Ratigan's damaged blimp)...the games' not over yet! (Rings Ratigan's bell. Big Ben strikes 10 o'clock and chimes loudly causing Ratigan to lose his balance and plummet to his death)
~ Basil outsmarting Ratigan by summoning Big Ben to ring, sending Ratigan plummeting to his death.


(Carrigan Crittenden: Any other takers?) Casper: No. But aren't you forgetting something? (Carrigan Crittenden: What?) Casper: Your unfinished business. (Carrigan Crittenden: My what?) Kat Harvey: You know. Unfinished business. All ghosts have unfinished business. That's why they don't cross over. (Carrigan Crittenden: Unfinished business? I have no unfinished business. I have my treasure, my mansion, I have everything. I'm just perfect! [laughs wickedly until suddenly lights begin to shine around her] Wait! I lied! I have unfinished business! Lots of unfinished business! I..I'm not ready to cross over yet! Wait, you tricked me you rotten little rats! AAAAHHH!!! [crosses over in an explosion and disappears into nothingness])
~ Casper and Kat outsmarting Carrigan as they trick her into crossing over to the afterlife after saying ghosts have unfinished business.


(Sideshow Bob: Well Bart, any last requests?) (Sideshow Bob draws closer to to Bart) Well, there is one, but...(Bart looks at the sign that reads, Springfield, 15 miles,) Nah. (Sideshow Bob: No, go on.) You have such a beautiful voice. (Sideshow Bob: Guilty as charged.) Anyway, I was wondering if you could sing the entire score of the H.M.S. pinafore. (Sideshow Bob: Very well, Bart, I shall send you to Heaven, before I send you to Hell.) (Bob yanks Bart over to the side for him to watch him perform) (Bob: ...and a two, and three and...) (Bob: (singing)...We sail the ocean blue, and a saucy ship's a beauty...we're sober men and true, And attentive to our duty...) (We see Bart in a chair with a program in his hands) (Bob: (singing) I'm called Little Buttercup — poor Little Buttercup, though I could never tell why...) (Bart is seen munching a handful of popcorn) (Bob: (singing) What, never? No, never! What, never?) (Bart and Bob: (singing) Hardly ever! He's hardly ever sick at sea!) (Sideshow Bob: For he himself has said it, And it's clearly to his credit, That he is an Englishman! He remains an Englishman!) Bart claps his hands, but recoils in fear) (Sideshow Bob: And now the final curtain.) (Sideshow Bob draws out his machete and prepares to strike, but he is stopped when the boat shakes, sending the villain over to the bow of the boat where he sees three policemen in robes, pointing guns at him.) (Chief Wiggum: Hold it right there, Sideshow Bob! You're under arrest!) (Sideshow Bob: BY LUCIFER'S BEARD!)
~ Bart Simpson outwits Sideshow Bob by getting him to perform the entire score of the H.M.S. Pinafore to stall him long enough until the boat arrives back in Springfield for the police to arrest Sideshow Bob


(Van Pelt, cornering Alan: End of the line, Sonny Jim. Game's up. Start running.) (Alan pauses)...No. (Van Pelt: Aren't you afraid?) I'm terrified. But my father says you should always face what you're afraid of. (Van Pelt, chuckling: ...Good lad. You're finally acting like a man. Any last words?) [Alan looks down and notices his game piece moving to the end of the board, after which the word "Jumanji" appears.]...Jumanji. (Van Pelt: Huh?) JUMANJI! (Van Pelt gets sucked back into the game while everything returns to normal)
~ Alan Parrish outsmarting Van Pelt by finishing the game and causing Van Pelt and all the jungles of Jumanji to be sucked back into the game


(Atta snatches Flik from Hopper's grasp; the mad grasshopper growls and pursues them) Go that way! (Princess Atta: But the anthill's over--) I got an idea! (Atta veers to the left and changes course; Hopper closes in on them roaring maniacally; after a brief chase, a raindrop falls on him, making him lose the duo) (Flik points somewhere near the bank) There! (A raindrop falls on them then towards the ground) C'mon! We gotta hide! No matter what happens, stay down! (Princess Atta: Flik, no! What are you doing?!) (Flik runs back into the open, when suddenly, Hopper lands right in front of him!) Hopper! (Hopper, advancing on him: You think it's over?!) No! No! I-I can explain! (Hopper: All your little stunt did was buy them time!) No! Please! Please, Hopper! (Hopper, grabbing Flik's throat: I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season! But you won't!) (Suddenly, the sparrow looms over them) (Hopper, smirking: Well, what's this? Another one of your little bird tricks?) Yep! (Hopper: Are there a bunch of little girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!) (The bird shrieks at him; Hopper screams in terror and tries to run away, but the bird grabs him with her beak. Flik hides behind the rock with Atta. The bird holds a squirming and screaming Hopper in its beak. He's lowered into a nest that contains three hungry chicks as Flik and Atta shield their eyes from the gruesome sight.)
~ Flik luring Hopper into the sparrow's nest, allowing the evil grasshopper to be devoured by her chicks.


(Riddler about the press the button that will lead to Robin and Chase's death) Wait! (Riddler turned to Batman) I have a riddle for you. (Riddler: For me? Really?) (Riddler twirl his cane: Tell me.) (Riddler sat down in his chair) I see without seeing. To me darkness is as clear as daylight. (Batman took out his giant batarang) What am I? (Riddler: Please you're as blind as a bat.) Exactly. (Batman blinded his eyes and threw the batarang that contains the energy of people's mind and destroyed it) (Riddler: NO!) (Two-Face, Sugar and Spice ran away as the chaos tumbling down on them which is destroying Riddler's base leaving Riddler as he is losing the Gotham's brainwaves inside his mind)
~ Batman outsmarting Riddler by throwing the his batarang at the energy the contained all the brainwaves of Gotham which cause Riddler to lose them inside his mind


(Creedy: Die! DIE! Why won't you die!? (his gun clicks empty) Why won't you die?) Beneath this mask, there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask, there is an idea, Mr Creedy. And ideas are bulletproof. (grabs Creedy by the neck, and then snaps it.)
~ V defeating Party Leader Creedy


(King Nixel: What could one small Mixel possibly do to stop me, when I have all the Cubits! [laughs]) Oh, yeah? [Booger speaks in an Italian accent.] Say hello to my little friend! [Booger pulls out his Rainbow Cubit] (King Nixel: What?! You have the last Cubit?!)
~ Booger surprising King Nixel with his Rainbow Cubit.


[The Phantom Shadow enters the library and throws aside a couch. It is about to attack Fred, Daphne, and Velma when Scooby tosses some books that phase through it.] (Shaggy: Good shot, Scoob ol' bubby! Give him another one!) [The Phantom approaches Scooby, who gives it a stack of books for it to carry.] (Daphne: Scooby, now!) [Once Scooby pulls a yellow book using his tail, the weight of the books forces the Phantom to plunge through a trap slide. Once it awakens, it finds itself trapped in a salt circle made by Dean, Sam, and Castiel that it is unable to break out of.] (Sam: That's a salt circle. You're stuck.)
~ Scooby-Doo and the Winchester brothers trick the Phantom Shadow into falling through a trap slide towards a salt circle, trapping it.


(Alex and Zuba have brought back the water to the savannah; Makunga shoves his way across the cheering crowd) (Makunga: Out of my way! Well, well, well. You know, Zuba, if I remember correctly, you quit the pride. And you were kicked out. So, don't think for an instant that this changes anything.) You're right. In fact, we humbly present you with this token of appreciation. (pulls out Nana's purse) It's a man-bag. Very popular where I come from. (Makunga [taking the purse]: I-I don't know what to say.) You can still be tough and carry your stuff. (Makunga: Does the strap adjust? [places the strap on his shoulder] Yes... I think this'll go very nicely when I go out hiking. But I'm afraid you're still banished.) We figured you'd say that. (Zuba tips the tin barrel, unleashing Nana from it; Nana sees Makunga with her purse and gasps.) (Nana: My handbag! You bad kitty!) (Nana attacks Makunga as she kicks him in the crotch, stomps on his foot, whacks his paw with a ruler, wet-willies, arm-burns and spanks him, before dragging him away by the ear, as the other animals cheer happily.)
~ Alex tricking Makunga into taking Nana's purse, then unleashing the old lady to attack him.


(Nigel lunges at Blu grabbing his neck in his talons) (Jewel, charging: LET HIM GO!) (Nigel knocks Jewel aside, causing a cage to fall on her wing.) Jewel! (Jewel: Ow! My wing!) (Nigel: Oh, pity! Now we have TWO useless, flightless birds!) (Nigel cackles; Blu notices a fire extinguisher rolling towards him and Nigel. He hooks the bungee around Nigel's leg.) (Nigel: Huh?) Not cool, man! Not cool! (Pulls the pin, causing Nigel to be dragged out of the plane by the rocketing canister)
~ Blu attaching Nigel's leg to a fire extinguisher, then sets it off, sending the evil cockatoo rocketing out of the plane


(Sulley places Boo in her bed; Waternoose suddenly enters.) (Waternoose: This has gone far enough, James!) Sulley: She's home now! Just leave her alone! (Waternoose: I can't do that! She's seen too much! You BOTH have!) Sulley (trying to reason with him): It doesn't have to be this way! (Waternoose: I have no choice! Times have changed! Scaring isn't enough anymore!) Sulley: But kidnapping children?! (Waternoose: I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die! And I'll silence anyone who gets in my way!) (knocks Sulley aside and lunges at Boo, only to find the simulation child instead; the walls come up with Mike and the CDA behind the monitors; They are in the simulation room) Mike: Well, I dunno about the rest of you guys, but I spotted several big mistakes. (Waternoose, confused: B-but...H-How'd you--) Mike: You know what? Let's watch my favorite part again, shall we? (Waternoose [on tape repeatedly]: I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die--I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die!) (CDA Agent: I'll get him. All right, come with us, sir. [grabs Warternoose by the arm) (Waternoose, as the CDA drags him away: What-what are you doing? Get your hands off me! You can't arrest me! I hope you're happy, Sullivan! You destroyed this company! MONSTERS, INC IS DEAD! Where will everyone get their screams now?! The energy crisis will only get worse, BECAUSE OF YOU! (The door slams as Waternoose is forced out of the room)
~ Mike and Sulley tricking Waternoose into exposing his plot, making the CDA turn on Waternoose and arrest him.


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