These People Pulled Off Hilarious, Real-Life Power Moves

By: Lilli Keeve | Published: May 31, 2023

All of us wish we could pull off power moves that actually work, but that’s not always the case in real life. The coolest characters in books, movies, and TV shows seemingly always get away with things that wouldn’t be the case for us regular folk.

But, we’ve compiled a list of some clever people on the Internet who used their wit and cleverness to actually pull crazy pranks and stunts you won’t be able to stop laughing about.

Fooled You Once

Family. They should always be there for you when you need them (or something from them). If they’re having a tough time, you should be open to helping them or just lending a listening ear. There are moments when they take things too far.

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But, not all family members have good intentions. In this case, a woman’s uncle asked the family for financial assistance in a group chat. However, it turned out that her uncle was pulling a power move and did that so nobody else would ask him for money. Smart guy!

Living Your Best Life

During the pandemic, students were hit hard with the reality of having to make the transition from being in-person to having their classes online. For teachers, it was a pretty big learning curve, and students would only hope that nobody saw their embarrassing background on Zoom.

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This particular guy worked the system and pulled a massive power move. Why was he shirtless in the first place? Who knows – he probably just wanted to show off his muscles and succeeded in a creative way. If he really was at the beach, we hope he used plenty of sunscreen.

When Parents Outsmart Their Kids

When you’re a parent with a couple of kids, it can be hard to find a moment to spend alone or even take time for a much-needed nap. There’s always something to be done and rarely do you ever get to do what you want.

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This dad pulled the best power move any parent could have thought of, and his kids were totally on board. He was able to nap by asking his kids to draw him asleep on the couch to keep them occupied. That’s actually genius, and it’s a win-win for both the children and the parent.

That’s So Punk Rock

Remember the “Ok Boomer” movement that became really popular some years back? Well, it definitely angered and irritated lots of boomers since they were being called out on all the things they failed to fix and clean up globally and environmentally. But, the older generations were also young once and felt the same way.

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A woman had a company that sold merch with “Ok Boomer” on it and was offered $1.4 billion (from boomers, of course) to buy everything. Her response was, “Ok boomer,” and continued to make money off her merchandise. That’s some punk rock type of energy!

Nothing Lasts Forever

When creating an online account, you probably want to give some thought to your username. There are certain people who just put any name and others take it way too seriously. In most cases, people are pretty invested in the username they choose. So, if you do change it, you better be fine with the fact that you won’t get your old one back!

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Luckily, the San Diego Padres got their old username back on Twitter in a backdoor method. And, that college student who changed his Twitter name to Padres, was invited by the Padres with his dad to attend a game.

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Mic Check, One Two, One Two

Back in the day, school talent shows were very exciting events, and students would often witness some crazy things. From singing to acrobatics, anything flew at the annual talent show, but nothing could prepare the audience for this student’s comedy routine.

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We have to admit that this guy has lots of talent. Surely, his unique way of beginning his set was remembered for a long time after that day. He definitely stole the show and provided lots of laughs. We wonder what he is up to now?!

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It May Look Like A Bible…

In life, there are many times when we have to go through with something we don’t want to participate in. Well, the grandfather of this girl had a really unique way to fulfill his church duty while also not getting caught.

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Her grandfather was probably that one student in class who would always get caught reading a book when he was supposed to be doing an assignment. Sounds like a pretty cool grandpa to us!

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Yellow Sharpie, Anyone?

There are some coworkers in this world who will never use their own supplies, but steal yours instead. If that’s the case, this amazing power move changes the game. Be like this guy and put a yellow Sharpie cap on the black Sharpie so your coworker won’t steal it!

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After this move, we can guarantee that Tim never stole anything from his coworker ever again. Redditors clearly got a lot out of this and even tried the tactic themselves.

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There’s Always That One Student

Remember those dress-up days at school that were the highlight of your week? It turned into a competition of seeing which student wore the best and wackiest costume. Nevertheless, there always was that one kid who did something completely different.

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On Medieval Day at this girl’s school, a kid dressed up as a plague doctor. Talk about being unique and ahead of the game! He had a mind of his own and probably became a successful doctor.

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When You Play Yourself

Having your original and witty memes stolen is horrible, and it often happens to get more engagement and followers. However, this Twitter user made the ultimate power move and it’s just too good to not mention.

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The funniest thing about this whole situtaion is that the person who subtweeted the OG meme received way more likes and retweets. They intentionally made sure they made that move and just put the text in all caps. We feel bad for the person whose content was stolen but also can’t stop laughing.

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Now That’s Some Good PR

In life, there will be times when you have to give yourself credit for what you’ve accomplished. There’s nothing wrong with that because being your own biggest fan is a true power move. This janitor took it upon himself to write a glowing review of his performance at the store he works at.

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People leave fake reviews and fake comments for the place they work at all the time. But, we have to wonder if this janitor was just trying to bolster the store’s reputation, or if it was a genuine act.

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His Brother’s Ex Outsmarted Him

When you’re close with your family, you get used to knowing your sibling’s partners. As you keep learning more and more, you may be surprised to find out why your sibling is so fond of them. Well, this person’s brother’s ex-girlfriend turned out to be much smarter than his brother.

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She outsmarted both of them, even after they went separate ways. Stealing your ex’s Netflix and disguising her name as “Settings” is pretty smooth, but we also think she would have been caught a lot sooner. His brother really just let her get away with it, too!

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Don’t Forget To Defrost The Food

While growing up and becoming an adult is inevitable, it’s still kind of odd. You go from being a kid one day to living alone in your own apartment and inviting your parents over for dinner. We would only hope that you defrosted the dinner before they came over.

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When your parents are under your roof for a change, it’s your way or the highway for once! It must be a refreshing change of pace instead of your parents telling you what to do. Unfortunately, the dad acted out and his daughter had to ground him. How the tides have turned.

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What Happens At A Blink 182 Concert…

Before the Internet existed and there were websites for crowdfunding, kids had to get creative when they wanted to go to a concert. This kid put his church in the position of raising funds so he and his friend could attend a Bilink 182 concert. Hint: it worked!

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They turned a profit in such a clever way, but we can only imagine what the church thought when they found out. All the small things added up for this guy and his best friend, allowing them to attend the concert of their dreams.

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What Are You Saying?

For those who having hearing impairments, the ways that they communicate with people differs. While some go the traditional route and learn sign languag and read lips, others have hearing aids to help with their hearing. So, this genius boy used his hearing aid for another reason completely.

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How nice would that be if we could just shut anybody out at any given time? Sure, noise-canceling headphones do just the trick but this power move is even better. It would have really been useful when we didn’t want to hear our sibling’s awful singing voice!

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The 11-Year Revenge Plot

Being young means doing silly things without thinking about the consequences. Whether that’s blaming an accident on your siblings or accidentally knocking over a valuable item in the house, accidents happen. However, this person waited 11 years to do something that was certainly not an accident.

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Imagine punching a hole in the first home your cousin bought? Seems pretty juvenile, but also a great way to get revenge for an incident that happened over a decade ago. This guy couldn’t resist, pulling a bold power move.

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Where Oh Where Is Google Chrome?

It’s kind of a fact that older folks have a harder time understanding technology. While we try our best to be patient with them, our frustration often comes out. So, this person’s mom called him every day, asking him where the Google Chrome icon was on her computer. He pulled a boss move and made a hilarious custom desktop wallpaper.

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Funnily enough, the mom probably has no clue who most of the figures in the photo are. Her son pulled together some key figures from pop culture and it definitely worked in his favor. Now his mom will always know where Google Chrome is.

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Fighting Teachers Are A Sight To Behold

Ah, high school. That really was one of the worst times (and the best for some), although middle school was pretty awful, too. What never got old is seeing a teacher walk into another teacher’s classroom and being completely stunned at the sight. We often forget that teachers have their own lives outside of school.

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Teachers going into classrooms was a wild thing to witness as a student. Seeing your teachers quarreling is even better! That’s the best crossover event ever.

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Meta Cosplaying That’s On Another Level

When you attend a convention, you want to find a way to be as unique as possible in your costume choice. This guy did something that nobody else would have thought of, and he was the star of the convention that year.

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He dressed up as the actual convention center! We don’t know where this idea came from or why he went through with it, but he’s a mad genius. That’s definitely the most clever costume idea yet.

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National Hero, Hank Schmidt

During the course of history, there have been many odd and wild artists who have done things that seem pretty out there. They have also challenged how we perceive reality. This particular artist goes above and beyond to do that.

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Hank Schmidt, paints only what is based on the shirt he’s wearing. Forget about beautiful, scenic landscapes! He places his canvas out in the world so that the viewer can glimpse the contrast between the patterns on his clothes and what surrounds him. Pretty neat!

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Your Dog Is More Important Than You

Bringing a new pet home is wonderful and exciting. It’s always a joy to introduce a furry fella into the family, but this often makes others jealous. The dog in this family is getting too much attention and this woman is feeling left out.

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While her husband may not even realize how it makes her feel, it’s still a bit sad that she’s not getting recognized. We wouldn’t be too concerned though, she should know how much her husband still loves her.

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The Most Epic Wedding Ever

There are some legendary weddings that are meant to go down in history. Not all weddings are tuxedos and white dresses, there’s also pig costumes. The couple in this story decided to tell their closest friends they were having a costume party, and then broke the news that they actually were getting married.

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Talk about epic! The guests were clearly beyond surprised at what happened, but they all had the best time of their lives. We’re even thinking about throwing a surprise wedding now!

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One Dollar Doesn’t Go A Long Way

These days, people won’t hesitate to share intimate details about themselves and their lives online. Twitter is specifically designed for people to do exactly that. So, Jeremy could have been a sweetheart and given this girl a few dollars, but did something else instead.

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Oh, Jeremy! You are a funny one. We feel bad for the girl because he asked for her very last dollar. We’re sure that she didn’t go through with it – at least, we hope not

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Who Says Parents Don’t Have Favorites?

This father’s two sons both graduated from their respective schools and that’s a huge achievement. But, baked off of this tweet, you’d think he clearly favored one over the other. Perhaps, the second sign was just a way to push his son to do even better.

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It’s clear which son is the dad’s favorite, although we think he could have gone about it differently. Luckily, Texas A&M recognized Justin’s hard work!

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The Ultimate Jenga Master

Jenga is a really fun game to play. It’s all about being crafty and skillful with each move, making sure you don’t make the whole tower collapse. This Jenga man has to have a few boxes of Jenga pieces balancing on one block. We hope he doesn’t lose.

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How is this even real? It looks rigged. Surely, nobody has ever won against this master of blocks.

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Going Above And Beyond The Limit

Who likes following rules? Yes, they’re obviously necessary, but sometimes they are also made to be broken. Sometimes, however, people are clever enough to find ways around them. These guys in the Yu-Gi-Oh card tournament stunned everybody, showing up with a 2,000+ deck of cards.

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To be fair, the rules never stated that there was a deck limit so it’s not cheating. These dudes still entered to play, despite being disqualified. It was a risky move! Because of them, there’s now a deck limit at the tournament!

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Picky Eaters Unite

You probably have that one friend who is extremely picky about their food and it’s always a pain to go out to eat with them. The only food that they will happily eat are chicken nuggets, even at a fancy steakhouse.

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That’s a true power move to order something this simple at a place that’s very refined and known for their world-class food. Honestly, they were probably the tastiest chicken nuggets he ever tasted!

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Hey, Look At Me!

When living in America, you will likely encounter Jehovah’s Witnesses at your doorstep. They’re always very friendly, but they often show up at the worst time.

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In this case, the person’s encounter was pleasant and they watched them do tricks on their trampoline. It looked as if they were enjoying themselves. They better have appreciated that person’s amazing back-flip skills!

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Never Do The Bunny Ears

Sometimes dogs and cats just won’t do for some people and they want a rabbit instead. They are really cute, afterall! There are moments when teasing pets is a given, just like this guy and his pet bunny.

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He clearly loves spending time with this furry pal, even putting up bunny ears. His rabbit, clearly, had no idea he was being made a fool.

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This One Time At School

There are certain teachers who might pick on that one student at school, but they have no idea what might be coming to them. When they ask nicely for a pen, you should probably be suspicious.

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What if that pen held sentimental value for the teacher? They never got it back, so maybe they are reevaluating about picking on that student ever again. Lesson learned! At least, that’s what we would hope would happen.

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A Skittles Mastermind

At times, parents have to amuse themselves and play harmless pranks on their kids to get through the tough days. We’re positive that parents have acted like a toy is missing, when really they hid it (or even lost it).

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So, when a kid really wants his Skittles, he will do anything to figure out what happened to them. He probably threw a tantrum when his mom broke the sad news to him. Hopefully, she did the kind thing and bought him a new bag!

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Beware! Hacker On The Loose

Hackers have different specialities and different intentions. Sometimes, they steal money or important personal information. Other times, they’ll hack your wifi for fun and send a goofy photo of themselves on the toilet.

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It may seem funny at first, but hacking is a legal offense and this guy could have gotten into a world of trouble. He seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t even care!

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That Turned Literal Real Quick

This text exchange is bound to bring up some laughs, but not for the mother if she truly believes in superstitions. The saying “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back” was something we would hear as children. We tried our best to avoid every single crack on the sidewalk.

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Well, this guy really went there, and sent his mother a photo of him stepping on a crack after she denied giving him money. It’s a harmless threat, one that his mother either laughed at or got offended by.

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Yup, That’s A Good Reason

Being an employee at any company is full of pros and cons, good times and bad times. Hopefully, you work at a place with great benefits and a decent salary. That’s not always the case, sadly.

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This person had to write a detailed list of why he believes he deserves a raise. What was their one and only reason? That they were poor. Yikes! That cuts deep and he was totally blunt about his low-paying salary. We really hope he got that raise!

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