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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })In a story where the villain is a Worthy Opponent, or if the hero and the villain are Not So Different, sometimes it's easy for the hero to predict their antagonist's every move. His Sidekick asks him how he knows what the Big Bad is going to do next, and the hero responds by saying it's because he knows that if their positions were reversed, that's exactly what he would have done.
This is often used to show that the hero and the villain do in fact have more in common than the hero is usually willing to admit, or that they're on the same level intellectually. The line is most often uttered by Anti Heroes or reformed villains who know the tricks of the trade and are able to think like a villain. In Darker and Edgier stories this may push the hero into morally gray territory, letting the audience know that this character who they thought was a good guy may be no better than the villain himself. He doesn't blame the villain for kicking his dog, running over his little sister and devouring that orphanage full of babies, because placed in his antagonist's situation, he would have done the same thing.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })In speculative fiction stories, sometimes the hero knows what the villain will do because they may be effectively the same person, in which case it is much easier for the hero to imagine himself in the villain's shoes.
Sometimes this line is uttered by the villain himself, who understands the implications of his actions and realizes that the hero is only doing his job, and tells the hero that he doesn't hold it against him for trying to kill him, and he should just get it over with, either because the villain knows that if he were the hero he would do the same, or because the villain wants the hero to know that he's just that much of a bastard and would be just as likely to kill the hero if he were given the chance. It's also a common line of The Atoner, particularly if he or she is protecting someone from his or her former kind (such as Professional Killers). Of course, kinder and gentler heroes will not take the villain up on his offer in order to show that there is, in fact, a difference between them and that the hero will not stoop to the level of a villain by obliging his request.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })Contrast To Know Him, I Must Become Him.
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In Predators, being a veteran hunter himself, Royce mentioned in detail how the predators would approach in killing their prey, quoted this exact line "that's what I would do".
Mombasa takes it one step further, giving a detailed description of a sadistic trap for human prey, then saying, "I know because I have done this."
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In the Batman series' event Knightfall, the Batmobile is stolen. Batman gets it back, starts the car...and it explodes. Fortunately, he guesses this just in time to leap out of the car. Robin asks him how he guessed the villain had wired the car to blow. Batman's response: "Because that's what I'd do."
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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says that, even if Voldemort had believed their deception about taking Harry away on his birthday, rather than earlier to get him safely away while his protection still theoretically works, the guy would have to be crazy not to have an agent keeping watch, citing this trope as his basis.
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This is how the titular Castle helps solve crimes: by being Genre Savvy and knowing what he would write in a given situation.
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Dexter has an exchange in the same spirit as the trope when it comes to eliminating a suspect:
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As a white collar criminal hired to catch white collar criminals, Neal Caffrey of White Collar makes good use of this trope. He frequently deduces how criminals must have hidden their tracks by thinking over how he'd do it.
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In Heroes, Nathan cites his belief that the government would capture and experiment on anybody with powers as exactly what he would do in the situation. And then he did.
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Father Brown, of the eponymous stories by G. K. Chesterton, solves all of his mysteries this way. His gimmick is that, as a priest and confessor, he knows a great deal about how crimes are committed and what kind of people commits them.
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Frank Abagnale of Catch Me If You Can, his autobiographical book and movie. Eventually, he ends up working with the government tracking down conmen like himself. The few scenes you see of him doing this in the movie include him making similar remarks to the trope name.
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In Pearl Harbor, one of the naval intelligence analysts tries to convince Admiral Nimitz that the Japanese are going to attack Hawaii because it’s what he would do.
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In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, when King Kai is relating Goku's fight with Freeza to Yamcha, Tien, and Chautzu, the latter correctly guesses that a desperate Freeza "Blew himself up, along with his opponent" because that's exactly what he tried against Nappa. King Kai's response is "Yeah, but this time it worked.
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Stargate SG-1: This is how the real SG-1 bests the evil, alternate universe team in "Ripple Effect." Of course, they had the added advantage of being basically the same people as their opponents.
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In The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick seems to know everything that happened in the fight that he wasn't there to witness, and then the others escaped in the chaos. When asked how he knew all that, he said it was his plan.
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The Shadow Lords in Werewolf: The Apocalypse, a tribe with a reputation for ambition and conniving, have this as their flavor quote in the core rulebook.
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L and Light of Death Note. All the time. Heck, L says as much in the first episode we actually see his face!
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In season one of Lost, Sawyer, after being stabbed by Sayid, tells Jack that he should just let him die, saying that he knows it's what Jack wants to do and that he would do the same to Jack if he were in his shoes. Of course, Jack saves him anyway.
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Superman once formed a desperate alliance with Darkseid against a supervillain. Darkseid realized the villain was going to go for the food stores to starve the populace with this logic.
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In Wings of Fire, Qibli figures out that Darkstalker is using a spell to make himself a Charm Person because that is what he would do if he had animus magic. It later turns out that Darkstalker, being a mind reader, actually got the idea from Qibli.
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The Professionals. In "Not A Very Civil Servant", a Corrupt Corporate Executive arranges for The Dragon to kill off an accountant who knows too much. Later the executive goes through the accountant's files and finds evidence that he had been making photocopies of every document as Betrayal Insurance. When The Dragon asks how he knew to look in the first place, the executive reveals that he's been taking exactly the same precautions against his smarter Dragon betraying him.
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The Quiller novel The Ninth Directive has Quiller tasked to plan the assassination of a "Very Important Royal Person" with the intent that this will show him exactly how the real assassin plans to do it.
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In the Star Trek episode "Balance of Terror", this is Kirk's comment after the nameless Romulan commander dodges one of the Enterprise's attacks: "He did exactly what I would have done. I won't underestimate him again." The Romulan commander does pretty much the same thing, guessing Kirk's actions and motivations while saying "If I were their commander, that is what I would do."
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Variation in Fast and Furious. Brian tries to narrow down a list of suspects with the same name to figure out which one is involved with street racing. He has his FBI partner read off a list of the suspects' cars. After hearing about a Nissan 240SX with an illegal modification, he remarks that he's the one. His partner asks how he knows this and he replies "Because that's what I'd drive."
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In Saving Private Ryan The Squad comes under attack by a sniper in a French village. The squad's sharpshooter Jackson spots a tall church tower and says, "That's where I'd be".
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Cameron uses this to predict the actions of enemy Terminators in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Possibly a call back to the T2 example mentioned above.
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The Doctor Who two-parter "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People" has a lot of this, since all the one-off characters — and the Doctor — get duplicated throughout the course of the story. Most impressively, one of the doppelgangers manages to guess a password that her original created after the split happened, because it's the password she would have used.
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Person of Interest. Ex-CIA assassin John Reese does this a lot (likely to troll his Technical Pacifist partner Harold Finch) in response to the Villain of the Week's murder plot.
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There's an episode of Criminal Minds that pretty much epitomizes this trope, "Elephant's Memory". Spencer Reid has insight on the case because he identifies with the unsub, as they shared a history of being bullied in school. At one point he uses this exact phrase when asked how he knew where the unsub would be.
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In The Longest Day, General Erich Marcks tells his adjutant he's going to win the upcoming wargaming exercise, where he's commanding the OpFor, because he's going to break all the rules about amphibious attack across the Channel by not attacking the Pas de Calais during a stretch of good weather, but instead Normandy in bad weather. Like they're having right now. He then dismisses the idea of actually doing it in real life because no one is that stupid and/or crazy. However, once he finds out the British are dropping decoy parachutists into Normandy, he realizes immediately that the Allies are that crazy and is the first German general officer to understand what's happening.
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In South Park Season 18 episode 2, "Informative Murder Porn," the boys track down the kid who was teaching their parents Minecraft. The kid comes up with an excuse and the boys leave him alone, for Cartman to realize the excuse would exactly be the sort of thing he'd say if he was caught.
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In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, this is how Moriarty knows that Holmes will try to fake his death after their encounter at Reichenbach Falls.
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That is the default mode of playing Chess. Also, most computer chess algorithms involve flipping the perspective in order to guess the opponent's moves.
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Sherlock Holmes claims to be using the same method. In The Musgrave Ritual, Holmes matches his wits against an unusually clever criminal (no, not Moriarty). Afterwards, he tells Watson it was one of his easier cases; normally he has to adjust his deduction of what the criminal would do, since most people are significantly less smart than himself, Holmes. But in this case, what the criminal did is exactly what Holmes himself would have done, making it easier for Holmes to follow him!
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In the Sonic The Hedgehog OVA, Sonic's robot counterpart, the Hyper Metal Sonic was programmed through Sonic's life data, knowing his likes, dislikes, personality and all of his thoughts. Being on the same wavelength, this leads to their even fight.
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There's a scene in Babylon 5 where Sheridan predicts a particular move by the Shadows because "that's just what I'd do." Delenn is horrified by the notion of Sheridan thinking like the enemy.
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 White Collar / int_d48c0702
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That's What I Would Do
 Modern Warfare (Video Game) / int_d48c0702
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That's What I Would Do
 Titanfall (Video Game) / int_d48c0702
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That's What I Would Do
 The Scarlet Pimpernel / int_d48c0702
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That's What I Would Do