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8th Mar '17 2:33:43 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Wyndle knows that he's going to become Lift's MorphWeapon and doesn't like this fact one bit, but per the rules, can't tell Lift anything about it. So of course he keeps on bemoaning the fact that Lift is going to be hitting people with him, and then tries to convince her that he doesn't mean anything by this, no siree, why would she even be asking? Luckily for him, Lift thinks he's kind of insane.

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Wyndle knows that he's going to become Lift's MorphWeapon and doesn't like this fact one bit, but per the rules, can't tell Lift anything about it. So of course he keeps on bemoaning the fact that Lift is going to be hitting people with him, and then tries to convince her that he doesn't mean anything by this, no siree, why would she even be asking? Luckily for him, Lift thinks he's kind of insane.
24th Feb '17 10:55:03 AM CountDorku
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** Hitler and his cronies in the "Hitler in England" sketch, whose [[PaperThinDisguise impressively weak disguises]] are not helped by their apparent inability to shut up or keep anything secret.
--->'''"Heinrich Bimmler":''' Oh...and am glad England vin Vorld Cup. Bobby Charlton. Martin Peters. And eating I am lots of chips and fish and holes in the toads on Piccadilly Line, don't you know old chap, vot! And I vas head of Gestapo for ten years.\\
''"Hilter" elbows him in the ribs''\\
'''"Bimmler":''' Ah! Five years!\\
''"Hilter" elbows him again''\\
'''"Bimmler":''' Nein! No. Oh. Vas not head of Gestapo at all! I was not, I make joke!
6th Feb '17 2:48:05 PM starlight9
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* Myra in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'' starts out as a bad liar. Prince Vladimir is determined to teach her how to lie better (even though she's the one sent to assassinate him and he knows it) as he loves a challenge.
22nd Jan '17 3:31:37 PM CountDorku
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** Elsewhere in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise, Han Solo is...not the brilliant liar he seems to think he is. Case in point, his attempt to imitate an Imperial officer on the Death Star, despite that being a job ''he was trained to do'', and which ended with him shooting the console to get out of the conversation.
--->'''Han:''' Had a slight weapon malfunction but everything's perfectly all right now, we're fine, we're all fine now, thank you. How are you? [incredibly pained "man, what the hell did I just say?" expression]
** ''Film/RogueOne'' has [=K-2SO=], whose status as a reprogrammed Imperial droid means that he'd be a very effective infiltrator, if he was actually able to keep up the facade for more than, ooh, eight seconds of conversation.
--->'''Stormtrooper:''' Where are you taking these prisoners?\\
'''K-2SO:''' These are prisoners.\\
'''Stormtrooper:''' [wearily] Yes. Where are you taking them?\\
'''K-2SO:''' I am...taking them, to imprison them...in-- prison.
11th Jan '17 9:12:49 PM billybobfred
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** O-Chul is a terrible liar. It's not even that the things he says are ''that'' unbelievable; it's just that his world runs on gaming mechanics, and his Charisma score is atrocious, because he started as a Monk and thought Charisma was a safe choice for his DumpStat -- which naturally turned around to bite him in the behind when he started taking levels in Paladin, a class that runs directly off Charisma.

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** O-Chul is a terrible liar. It's not even that the things he says are ''that'' unbelievable; it's just that his world runs on gaming mechanics, and his Charisma score is atrocious, because he started as a Monk Fighter and thought Charisma was a safe choice for his DumpStat -- which naturally turned around to bite him in the behind when he started taking levels in Paladin, a class that runs directly off Charisma.
11th Jan '17 8:54:57 PM billybobfred
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** O-Chul is a terrible liar. It's not even that the things he says are ''that'' unbelievable; it's just that his world runs on gaming mechanics, and his Charisma score is atrocious, because he started as a Fighter and thought Charisma was a safe choice for his DumpStat -- which naturally turned around to bite him in the behind when he started taking levels in Paladin, a class that runs directly off Charisma.

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** O-Chul is a terrible liar. It's not even that the things he says are ''that'' unbelievable; it's just that his world runs on gaming mechanics, and his Charisma score is atrocious, because he started as a Fighter Monk and thought Charisma was a safe choice for his DumpStat -- which naturally turned around to bite him in the behind when he started taking levels in Paladin, a class that runs directly off Charisma.
11th Jan '17 7:06:32 AM billybobfred
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** O-Chul is a terrible liar. It's not even that the things he says are ''that'' unbelievable; it's just that his world runs on gaming mechanics, and his Charisma score is atrocious. Interestingly enough, his class is Paladin, highly dependent on Charisma.

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** O-Chul is a terrible liar. It's not even that the things he says are ''that'' unbelievable; it's just that his world runs on gaming mechanics, and his Charisma score is atrocious. Interestingly enough, atrocious, because he started as a Fighter and thought Charisma was a safe choice for his class is DumpStat -- which naturally turned around to bite him in the behind when he started taking levels in Paladin, highly dependent on Charisma. a class that runs directly off Charisma.
1st Jan '17 2:07:16 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Wyndle knows that he's going to become Lift's MorphWeapon and doesn't like this fact one bit, but per the rules, can't tell Lift anything about it. So of course he keeps on bemoaning the fact that Lift is going to be hitting people with him, and then tries to convince her that he doesn't mean anything by this, no siree, why would she even be asking? Luckily for him, Lift thinks he's kind of insane.
31st Dec '16 10:39:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''Videogame/{{Portal}}'': GLaDOS is a habitual liar but her habit of mentioning the truth or creating blatantly obvious fabrications on the fly are readily apparent to the audience.

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* ''Videogame/{{Portal}}'': GLaDOS SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS is a habitual liar but her habit of mentioning the truth or creating blatantly obvious fabrications on the fly are readily apparent to the audience.
22nd Dec '16 2:35:04 PM rafi
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Hot Pie. Arya sees through his attempts to lie. He does manage to grow out of this in Season 4, when he glibly dismisses the Starks as all traitors and denies any knowledge of them to Brienne and Podrick until he can be sure he can trust them.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ComicBook/JimmyOlsen is the worse offender, but Clark Kent is also pretty bad. Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan to a lesser degree.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode where they visit the alternative reality, Holly is seen covered in lipstick after meeting Hilly. When asked "What is that lipstick on your face?", his reply is "What face?"
** And in a different episode, Lister has to teach Kryton how to lie.
** In the episode "Out of Time", Kryten learns what will happen to the crew in the future. He is upset that Lister [[spoiler:is destined to become a brain in a jar]], but can't tell him anything about it. He starts to cry in the kitchen when Lister comes in:
-->'''Lister:''' Everything okay?\\
'''Kryten:''' Oh, yup yup. Those darn onions get you every time!\\
'''Lister:''' What onions?\\
'''Kryten:''' Ah, the onions I'm about to peel. I always get a little emotional when I have to deprive an onion of its skin.\\
'''Lister:''' Don't Nixon me, man! Tell me the truth!
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Joey:
-->'''Phoebe:''' Ooh, honey. You stink at lying.\\
'''Joey:''' I do not.\\
'''Phoebe:''' Oh really. OK, let me ask you something. Yesterday at the coffee house, I went to the bathroom and when I came back, my muffin was gone. Who took it?\\
'''Joey:''' Somebody opened the door to the coffee house and a raccoon came running in, went straight for your muffin, and I said, "Hey don't eat that! That's Phoebe's," and [[FridgeLogic he said]]... He said... "Joey, you stink at lying." What am I going to do?
** When Rachel was keeping her pregnancy secret, in the Season 7 finale, the audience wasn't supposed to realize Rachel was pregnant until the very last minute, so she lied incredibly well, even in spur of the moment situations. But then in the Season 8 premiere, when the audience ''does'' know Rachel's pregnant, her lying skills go straight down the toilet and the secret is out in no time.
* Hurley on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Josh in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' is a very bad liar. In the episode "Dune Buggy", he got talked into lying to his stepmother by Drake about the broken television (which was caused by root beer spilled in it) and got grounded as a result. Drake, of course, reminded Josh that he didn't get grounded for lying, but more for lying badly.
** Averted in another episode where Josh successfully lied to the English teacher to help get Drake out of a raucous English classroom.
* An odd RealityTelevision example is Zoe Zanidakis from the fourth season of ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. When Kathy asks her if she's going to vote Kathy out, Zoe pauses for over ten seconds. Then she says no. Oops.
* Ned in ''Series/PushingDaisies''. When asked how he worked out that the VictimOfTheWeek's plane was hijacked just from looking at his body (when what he actually did was resurrect the victim and talk to him), he said "DNA...ish?" In another episode, he and his cohorts pretended to have been sent by the Vatican, and when a nun said that she thought they'd be Italian, his response was "We are. Part time."
* Maxwell Smart. A RunningGag on ''Series/GetSmart'' went like this:
-->'''Smart:''' ''(Makes an impressive sounding, but very absurd claim.)''
-->'''Listener:''' I find that hard to believe.
-->'''Smart:''' Would you believe ''(insert a less impressive, but still abusrd claim)''?
-->'''Listener:''' No.
-->'''Smart:''' How about ''(insert a claim that sounds pathetic)''?
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon doesn't handle being put on the spot very well. Not only does it cause him to fall apart in social situations, but it means he cannot carry a spontaneous disguise well either. When Mal decides at the last minute to force Simon to play the role of a mud buyer in "Jaynestown", he stammers and relies heavily on prompts from Mal. However, when Simon is given the opportunity to plan a scenario (such as "Ariel" or the beginning of ''Film/{{Serenity}}''), he actually turns out to be a criminal mastermind. The only spontaneous situations he handles well are medical emergencies.
** In "Ariel", Simon can see that Mal, Zoe and Jayne will never be able to convincingly lie about being paramedics, so he has to coach them. Jayne requires a lot of coaching, so much that he ends up over-rehearsed; when the conversation with the hospital doesn't go as practised, Jayne insists on spitting out his rehearsed line anyway, much to Mal and Zoe's horror. Fortunately, the nurse at reception is too wrapped up in her own work to do more than roll her eyes at Jayne.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had Tommy Flanagan (Jon Lovitz) and his wife, Morgan Fairchild... ''whom'' he's slept with.
* A perennial flaw of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Basil Fawlty of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and Series/FatherTed are two major examples. In their case it's to get out of trying situations, only the explanations become so convoluted, bizarre and obviously fake, they needn't have bothered.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Hot Pie. Arya sees through his attempts to lie. He does manage to grow out This has become something of this a running gag for Simmons in Season 4, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. It's first demonstrated in "The Hub", when he glibly dismisses the Starks as all traitors she's unable to come up with a good cover story when a senior agent catches her sneaking into a restricted corridor, and denies any knowledge of them proceeds to Brienne and Podrick until he can be sure he can trust them.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ComicBook/JimmyOlsen is the worse offender, but Clark Kent is also pretty bad. Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan
attempt several awfully transparent excuses while Skye looks on in absolute horror. "The Magical Place" shows Skye giving her "safe words" to use during telephone calls rather than tell a lesser degree.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode where they visit the alternative reality, Holly is seen covered in lipstick after meeting Hilly. When asked "What is that lipstick on your face?", his reply is "What face?"
** And in a different episode, Lister has to teach Kryton how to lie.
** In the episode "Out of Time", Kryten learns what will happen to the crew
direct lie, in the future. He is upset hopes that Lister [[spoiler:is destined to become a brain in a jar]], but this will help. It doesn't.
** "T.R.A.C.K.S." plays with this trait some more: Simmons claims that it's not that she
can't tell him anything about it. He starts to cry in the kitchen when Lister comes in:
-->'''Lister:''' Everything okay?\\
'''Kryten:''' Oh, yup yup. Those darn onions get you every time!\\
'''Lister:''' What onions?\\
'''Kryten:''' Ah, the onions I'm about to peel. I always get a little emotional when I have to deprive an onion of its skin.\\
'''Lister:''' Don't Nixon me, man! Tell me the truth!
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Joey:
-->'''Phoebe:''' Ooh, honey. You stink at lying.\\
'''Joey:''' I do not.\\
'''Phoebe:''' Oh really. OK, let me ask you something. Yesterday at the coffee house, I went to the bathroom
lie, she just can't ''improvise'', and when I came back, my muffin was gone. Who took it?\\
'''Joey:''' Somebody opened the door to the coffee house and a raccoon came running in, went straight for your muffin, and I said, "Hey don't eat that! That's Phoebe's," and [[FridgeLogic he said]]... He said... "Joey, you stink at lying." What am I going to do?
** When Rachel was keeping her pregnancy secret, in the Season 7 finale, the audience wasn't supposed to realize Rachel was pregnant until the very last minute,
so she lied incredibly well, even in spur of the moment situations. But then in the Season 8 premiere, when the audience ''does'' know Rachel's pregnant, devises an elaborate back-story for her lying skills go straight down the toilet and the secret is out in no time.
* Hurley on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Josh in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' is
undercover character. Unfortunately, she over-corrects quite a very bad liar. In the episode "Dune Buggy", he got talked into lying to his stepmother by Drake about the broken television (which was caused by root beer spilled in it) and got grounded as a result. Drake, of course, reminded Josh that he didn't get grounded for lying, but more for lying badly.
** Averted in another episode where Josh successfully lied to the English teacher to help get Drake out of a raucous English classroom.
* An odd RealityTelevision example is Zoe Zanidakis from the fourth season of ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. When Kathy asks her if she's
bit, ending up going to vote Kathy out, Zoe pauses for over ten seconds. Then she says no. Oops.
* Ned in ''Series/PushingDaisies''. When asked how he worked out that the VictimOfTheWeek's plane was hijacked just from looking at his body (when what he actually did was resurrect the victim and talk to him), he said "DNA...ish?" In another episode, he and his cohorts pretended to have been sent by the Vatican, and when
into a nun said that she thought they'd be Italian, his response was "We are. Part time."
* Maxwell Smart. A RunningGag on ''Series/GetSmart'' went like this:
-->'''Smart:''' ''(Makes an impressive sounding, but very absurd claim.)''
-->'''Listener:''' I find that hard to believe.
-->'''Smart:''' Would you believe ''(insert a less impressive, but still abusrd claim)''?
-->'''Listener:''' No.
-->'''Smart:''' How about ''(insert a claim that sounds pathetic)''?
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon doesn't handle being put on the spot very well. Not only does it cause him to fall apart in social situations, but it means he cannot carry a spontaneous disguise well either. When Mal decides at the last minute to force Simon to play the role of a mud buyer in "Jaynestown", he stammers and relies heavily on prompts from Mal. However, when Simon is given the opportunity to plan a scenario (such as "Ariel" or the beginning of ''Film/{{Serenity}}''), he actually turns out to be a criminal mastermind. The only spontaneous situations he handles well are medical emergencies.
** In "Ariel", Simon can see that Mal, Zoe and Jayne will never be able to convincingly lie about being paramedics, so he has to coach them. Jayne requires a lot of coaching, so much that he ends up over-rehearsed; when the conversation
massively detailed rant with the hospital doesn't go as practised, Jayne insists on spitting out his rehearsed line anyway, much to Mal and Zoe's horror. Fortunately, the nurse at reception is too wrapped up in her own work to do more than roll her eyes at Jayne.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had Tommy Flanagan (Jon Lovitz) and his wife, Morgan Fairchild... ''whom'' he's slept with.
* A perennial flaw of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Basil Fawlty of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and Series/FatherTed are two major examples. In their case it's to get out of trying situations, only the explanations become so convoluted, bizarre and obviously fake, they needn't have bothered.
no provocation.



* On Season 18 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', the penultimate leg had Flight Time & Big Easy and Zev & Justin find a flight that would put them in Brazil half a day in front of Kisha & Jen and Gary & Mallory, but when Mallory asked the Globetrotters if they had found a better flight, Flight Time's horrible lie all but gave away that they had, and all four teams got on the same flight, resulting in [[spoiler: Zev & Justin getting eliminated when they struggled on the leg]].
* Over on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', according to Gunn, lying is the "one" thing Fred isn't good at.
* Oliver Queen on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is capable of some ridiculous excuses, particularly when it comes to Felicity before he just gives up and lets her in on the secret. He is somewhat better at deceiving his family and friends (not to mention the police) but mostly that's because they write his odd behavior off as PTSD from the island. Lampshaded when Diggle tells him "your BS excuses are getting worse".
* In an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Garibaldi says that Lyta is a terrible liar, which upsets her greatly. [[InformedAbility It's not seen much in the show]], except for one time when she's lying to evil Kosh. He doesn't seem to notice how nervous she is, but Kosh is an [[JerkAss arrogant]] StarfishAlien, so he's probably not good at reading people.
* The characters on ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', save for Nina, are pretty bad liars, particularly George. Worse yet, when the group is in desperate need of a good lie he never steps down and lets one of the other characters take care of it; he always comes up with the lie. It is often answered with skepticism.
-->'''Owen''': What was it?\\
'''George''': What? Oh a... pigeon.\\
'''Owen''': A pigeon?\\
'''George''': Must have left a window open.\\
'''Owen''': Have you got rid of it?\\
'''George''': ''(beat)'' I killed it.\\
'''Mitchell''': You killed it?\\
'''George''': With a shoe.
* Sheldon Cooper on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' develops "more tics than a Lyme disease research facility" on his face whenever he tries to lie.



* Over on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', according to Gunn, lying is the "one" thing Fred isn't good at.
* Lampshaded by Zack in one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' where Cody lies to Mr. Moseby as to why the twins were standing in the hallway.
--> '''Zack''': No wonder you never lie. You stink at it.
* Normally, Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is an excellent liar. He impersonates FBI agents, police officers, park rangers, what have you. But when Dean contracts a Ghost Virus, and becomes a complete and total coward, he also turns into the worst liar north of Mexico.
-->'''Mr. Garland:''' Let me see some ID.\\
'''Sam:''' Of course. ''(Garland looks their ID's over)''\\
'''Dean:''' ''(nervously)'' Those are real. Obviously. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I mean, who would pretend to be an FBI agent?]] That's just nutty!
** Castiel only has a technical understanding of what a lie is. On the rare occasion when he's convinced to lie, it just...fails.
---> '''Castiel''': ''[about Sam's suicide mission]'' It's not possible.
---> '''Sam''': Then humor me.
---> '''Castiel''': Oh, I'm supposed to lie. Uh... ''[smiles unconvincingly]'' Sure! You'll be fine.
---> '''Sam''': Just stop talking.
* The title character of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is shown to have this character trait.
** In "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy," when Sharona asks him if he actually saw the photos of her posing nude; he hesitates for a long time, tentatively says "No," ''then'' blurts out "Yes" as he's walking away.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring," when Monk first meets Natalie, he blurts out that she's taking birth control pills in front of her daughter Julie, and upon realizing the implications tries to claim he was mistaken and they were really "adult tic-tacs". Natalie later tries to have Monk pose as an expert on fish during an argument with one of Julie's teachers, which doesn't go any better.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Whom Gods Destroy", Garth's lover Marta was a pathological liar (likely one of the reasons she was in the insane asylum where most of the episode took place). She even went so far as to quote the poetry of Creator/WilliamShakespeare, claiming it was her own work. Not even Garth, who was [[AxeCrazy much more insane]] than she was, believed a word she said. (You still kind of have to feel sorry for her [[BlofeldPloy given what he did to her later]], though...)
* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', Nathan and Simon explain their friend Curtis's absence to his girlfriend by claiming that he had been arrested earlier that day for exposing himself to some Boy Scouts. To be fair, Nathan was only lying to amuse himself, but Simon (who is typically a bad liar anyway) genuinely seemed to think he was being helpful.
* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'' Jen asks Moss to make up an excuse to get rid of her unwanted suitor, telling him to just say she is busy when he seems nervous about this. Moss then blurts out to the suitor that Jen is dead, causing the whole office to go into mourning, which ends rather abruptly when Jen walks into her own memorial ceremony...
* ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' combines this with NonverbalMiscommunication. Awesome is trying to explain to Ellie where he's been all day; Chuck tries to help him by miming behind Ellie's back, which results in a story about Awesome decapitating a bear he encountered in the park. Chuck has to step in with a more plausible lie.

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* Over on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', according to Gunn, lying is the "one" thing Fred isn't good at.
* Lampshaded by Zack in one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' where Cody lies to Mr. Moseby as to why the twins were standing in the hallway.
--> '''Zack''': No wonder you never lie. You stink at it.
* Normally, Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is an excellent liar. He impersonates FBI agents, police officers, park rangers, what have you. But when Dean contracts a Ghost Virus, and becomes a complete and total coward, he also turns into the worst liar north of Mexico.
-->'''Mr. Garland:''' Let me see some ID.\\
'''Sam:''' Of course. ''(Garland looks their ID's over)''\\
'''Dean:''' ''(nervously)'' Those are real. Obviously. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I mean, who would pretend to be an FBI agent?]] That's just nutty!
** Castiel only has a technical understanding of what a lie is. On the rare occasion when he's convinced to lie, it just...fails.
---> '''Castiel''': ''[about Sam's suicide mission]'' It's not possible.
---> '''Sam''': Then humor me.
---> '''Castiel''': Oh, I'm supposed to lie. Uh... ''[smiles unconvincingly]'' Sure! You'll be fine.
---> '''Sam''': Just stop talking.
* The title character of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is shown to have this character trait.
** In "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy," when Sharona asks him if he actually saw the photos of her posing nude; he hesitates for a long time, tentatively says "No," ''then'' blurts out "Yes" as he's walking away.
** In "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring," when Monk first meets Natalie, he blurts out that she's taking birth control pills in front of her daughter Julie, and upon realizing the implications tries to claim he was mistaken and they were really "adult tic-tacs". Natalie later tries to have Monk pose as an expert on fish during an argument with one of Julie's teachers, which doesn't go any better.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Whom Gods Destroy", Garth's lover Marta was a pathological liar (likely one of the reasons she was in the insane asylum where most of the episode took place). She even went so far as to quote the poetry of Creator/WilliamShakespeare, claiming it was her own work. Not even Garth, who was [[AxeCrazy much more insane]] than she was, believed a word she said. (You still kind of have to feel sorry for her [[BlofeldPloy given what he did to her later]], though...)
* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', Nathan and Simon explain their friend Curtis's absence to his girlfriend by claiming that he had been arrested earlier that day for exposing himself to some Boy Scouts. To be fair, Nathan was only lying to amuse himself, but Simon (who is typically a bad liar anyway) genuinely seemed to think he was being helpful.
* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'' Jen asks Moss to make up an excuse to get rid of her unwanted suitor, telling him to just say she is busy when he seems nervous about this. Moss then blurts out to the suitor that Jen is dead, causing the whole office to go into mourning, which ends rather abruptly when Jen walks into her own memorial ceremony...
* ''{{Series/Chuck}}''
''Series/{{Chuck}}'' combines this with NonverbalMiscommunication. Awesome is trying to explain to Ellie where he's been all day; Chuck tries to help him by miming behind Ellie's back, which results in a story about Awesome decapitating a bear he encountered in the park. Chuck has to step in with a more plausible lie.



* Jeff from ''{{Series/Coupling}}'' is a terrible liar. His trademark DiggingYourselfDeeper monologue is often triggered by telling a stupid, unconvincing and ludicrous lie where the truth would actually have been perfectly acceptable...

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* Jeff from ''{{Series/Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'':
** Jeff
is a terrible liar. His trademark DiggingYourselfDeeper monologue is often triggered by telling a stupid, unconvincing and ludicrous lie where the truth would actually have been perfectly acceptable...



* Some of the suspects on ''Series/LieToMe'' are painfully terrible liars.
* Alan Tudyk's character from ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':

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* Some In some early episodes of the suspects on ''Series/LieToMe'' are painfully terrible liars.
''Series/CriminalMinds'' [[NerdsAreSexy Reid]] would be reduced to a stammering mess any time he needed to lie. He got better in later seasons.
* Alan Tudyk's character from ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'':



* The customs sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
-->'''Officer:''' Anything to declare?\\
'''Man:''' Yes... no! No! No! No! Nothing to declare, no, nothing in my suitcase no...\\
'''Officer:''' No watches, cameras, radio sets?\\
'''Man:''' Oh yes... four watches... no, no, no. No. One... one watch... No, no. Not even one watch. No, no watches at all. No, no watches at all. No... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial precision watches]], no.
** This reaches its logical conclusion when the man finally confesses to watch smuggling, only to have the Customs Officer not believe his confession because he's such a terrible liar.
*** Perhaps the customs agent is just bad at his job; after all, he lets the obvious smuggler (from Zurich, ''Spain'') through, but immediately tosses a collared priest into a side chamber for a strip search.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** Robin giggles whenever she lies.
** Marshall is a terrible liar, which was even lampshaded:
-->'''Robin''': Marshall, you can't look me in the eye, you're blushing, coughing, and your hands are shaking.
** And strangely enough, Barney in "Tick, tick, tick":
-->'''Barney''': They know!
* Spencer from ''Series/ICarly'' once tried to take Carly out of school to go to the amusement park. When pressed for an excuse, he said he was taking her to a doctor's appointment. With Dr. Rollercoaster.
* ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': King Léodagan, afflicted with an extreme case of BrutalHonesty, is a bad liar the very rare times he tries it.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'': Sonny is a terrible liar. When she lies, her voice usually goes up an octave, and she stammers. The stammering tendency is shared by her boyfriend Chad. Seriously, the cast of So Random must be pretty gullible to fall for the multitude of excuses that Sonny and Chad come up with to hide the fact that they're planning to go on a date. By the time they're all in the limo and have Sonny and Chad cornered, they're either turning a blind eye to get free food, or they are seriously the most gullible people ever to be on television.
* It is something of a RunningGag that Creator/LeeMack is this on ''Series/WouldILieToYou''
-->[''Lee is having to claim that he used children's cutlery at every meal for a special diet'']
-->'''Rob Brydon''': What was the inspiration for this?
-->'''Lee''': I read it in a book.
-->'''Rob''': Which book was that?
-->'''Lee''': The book of... dieting...
** Another example:
-->'''David Mitchell''':You were 12 or 13, how old was Steve?
-->'''Lee''':Steve was... [He looks at Steve, who is clearly much younger than him] he was... he was... [long hesitation] He wasn't born...
* Sheldon Cooper on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' develops "more tics than a Lyme disease research facility" on his face whenever he tries to lie.

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* The customs sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
-->'''Officer:''' Anything to declare?\\
'''Man:''' Yes... no! No! No! No! Nothing to declare, no, nothing
Josh in my suitcase no...\\
'''Officer:''' No watches, cameras, radio sets?\\
'''Man:''' Oh yes... four watches... no, no, no. No. One... one watch... No, no. Not even one watch. No, no watches at all. No, no watches at all. No... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial precision watches]], no.
** This reaches its logical conclusion when the man finally confesses to watch smuggling, only to have the Customs Officer not believe his confession because he's such a terrible liar.
*** Perhaps the customs agent is just bad at his job; after all, he lets the obvious smuggler (from Zurich, ''Spain'') through, but immediately tosses a collared priest into a side chamber for a strip search.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** Robin giggles whenever she lies.
** Marshall
''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' is a terrible liar, which was even lampshaded:
-->'''Robin''': Marshall, you can't look me in the eye, you're blushing, coughing, and your hands are shaking.
** And strangely enough, Barney in "Tick, tick, tick":
-->'''Barney''': They know!
* Spencer from ''Series/ICarly'' once tried to take Carly out of school to go to the amusement park. When pressed for an excuse, he said he was taking her to a doctor's appointment. With Dr. Rollercoaster.
* ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': King Léodagan, afflicted with an extreme case of BrutalHonesty, is a bad liar the
very rare times he tries it.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'': Sonny is a terrible
bad liar. When she lies, her voice usually goes up an octave, In the episode "Dune Buggy", he got talked into lying to his stepmother by Drake about the broken television (which was caused by root beer spilled in it) and she stammers. The stammering tendency is shared by her boyfriend Chad. Seriously, the cast got grounded as a result. Drake, of So Random must be pretty gullible to fall for the multitude of excuses that Sonny and Chad come up with to hide the fact that they're planning to go on a date. By the time they're all in the limo and have Sonny and Chad cornered, they're either turning a blind eye to get free food, or they are seriously the most gullible people ever to be on television.
* It is something of a RunningGag that Creator/LeeMack is this on ''Series/WouldILieToYou''
-->[''Lee is having to claim
course, reminded Josh that he used children's cutlery at every meal didn't get grounded for a special diet'']
-->'''Rob Brydon''': What was
lying, but more for lying badly.
** Averted in another episode where Josh successfully lied to
the inspiration for this?
-->'''Lee''': I read it in a book.
-->'''Rob''': Which book was that?
-->'''Lee''': The book of... dieting...
** Another example:
-->'''David Mitchell''':You were 12 or 13, how old was Steve?
-->'''Lee''':Steve was... [He looks at Steve, who is clearly much younger than him] he was... he was... [long hesitation] He wasn't born...
* Sheldon Cooper on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' develops "more tics than a Lyme disease research facility" on his face whenever he tries
English teacher to lie.help get Drake out of a raucous English classroom.



* In the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My First Kill", J.D. is trying to tell Dr Cox why a patient isn't being treated, without admitting he just chickened out.
-->'''J.D.''': (InternalMonologue): Now you're going to lie here. Don't be too specific.
-->'''J.D.''': Since one forty-two yesterday afternoon. His wife didn't want him to do it. She's beautiful, by the way; one blue eye, one green eye. She's from Luxembourg. They're both from Luxembourg. They're Luxem ... bourgian.
-->'''Dr Cox''': Where in Luxemburg? [[IAmOneOfThoseToo I spent two weeks there]].
-->'''J.D.''': (InternalMonologue): What are the odds? Just stay vague.
-->'''J.D.''': Outside Mertert, near the German border. They say what they miss most are those lazy summer afternoons on the Mouselle River.

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* A perennial flaw of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Basil Fawlty of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and Series/FatherTed are two major examples. In their case it's to get out of trying situations, only the explanations become so convoluted, bizarre and obviously fake, they needn't have bothered.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon doesn't handle being put on the spot very well. Not only does it cause him to fall apart in social situations, but it means he cannot carry a spontaneous disguise well either. When Mal decides at the last minute to force Simon to play the role of a mud buyer in "Jaynestown", he stammers and relies heavily on prompts from Mal. However, when Simon is given the opportunity to plan a scenario (such as "Ariel" or the beginning of ''Film/{{Serenity}}''), he actually turns out to be a criminal mastermind. The only spontaneous situations he handles well are medical emergencies.
** In "Ariel", Simon can see that Mal, Zoe and Jayne will never be able to convincingly lie about being paramedics, so he has to coach them. Jayne requires a lot of coaching, so much that he ends up over-rehearsed; when the conversation with the hospital doesn't go as practised, Jayne insists on spitting out his rehearsed line anyway, much to Mal and Zoe's horror. Fortunately, the nurse at reception is too wrapped up in her own work to do more than roll her eyes at Jayne.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Joey:
-->'''Phoebe:''' Ooh, honey. You stink at lying.\\
'''Joey:''' I do not.\\
'''Phoebe:''' Oh really. OK, let me ask you something. Yesterday at the coffee house, I went to the bathroom and when I came back, my muffin was gone. Who took it?\\
'''Joey:''' Somebody opened the door to the coffee house and a raccoon came running in, went straight for your muffin, and I said, "Hey don't eat that! That's Phoebe's," and [[FridgeLogic he said]]... He said... "Joey, you stink at lying." What am I going to do?
** When Rachel was keeping her pregnancy secret, in the Season 7 finale, the audience wasn't supposed to realize Rachel was pregnant until the very last minute, so she lied incredibly well, even in spur of the moment situations. But then in the Season 8 premiere, when the audience ''does'' know Rachel's pregnant, her lying skills go straight down the toilet and the secret is out in no time.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Hot Pie. Arya sees through his attempts to lie. He does manage to grow out of this in Season 4, when he glibly dismisses the Starks as all traitors and denies any knowledge of them to Brienne and Podrick until he can be sure he can trust them.
* Maxwell Smart. A RunningGag on ''Series/GetSmart'' went like this:
-->'''Smart:''' ''(Makes an impressive sounding, but very absurd claim.)''
-->'''Listener:''' I find that hard to believe.
-->'''Smart:''' Would you believe ''(insert a less impressive, but still abusrd claim)''?
-->'''Listener:''' No.
-->'''Smart:''' How about ''(insert a claim that sounds pathetic)''?
* In the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My First Kill", J.D. ''Series/GetSomeIn'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Corporal Marsh]] is hopeless at trying to tell Dr Cox why lie his way into good situations or out of bad situations. In "Rugby", he sees joining the rugby team as a patient isn't way to rub shoulders with the officers and claims to play as a centre forward (which is a position in football, not rugby), while in "Exam Results", he tries to claim that the charges against him for cheating on an exam were motivated by racial prejudice, as although his skin appears Caucasian, the tight curls in his hair reveal his Afro-Caribbean ancestry. Neither lie is believed for a moment.
* Sophia on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' typically fell into this when she told people stories about her past, which usually ended with a ridiculous twist. Despite the fact that the other characters rarely believed her, it was often unclear (even to Sophia herself) which stories were true or false, since she had suffered a stroke which affected her memory and also had a bit of a [[MultipleChoicePast mysterious past]].
** Subverted in one episode, when Blanche wants to stop Dorothy using a towel of hers which had 'special memories'. Dorothy assumes it had something to do with Blanche's over-active sex life, then Blanche tells her she actually brought her newborn son home wrapped in it. The story sounds perfectly convincing and moving to the audience - but Dorothy calls her a liar immediately (she was right).
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Nina Martin herself is a notable example, considering how often she has to lie. A good example is telling Victor that she and Fabian were using the telescope one night to "look for a bowling alley" because Fabian "loves bowling". He didn't believe it, and of course ended up looking through the telescope himself to see what they were up to.
** Mara Jaffray is another example, with her most notable attempt
being treated, without admitting he just chickened out.
-->'''J.D.''': (InternalMonologue): Now
her story about [[FunnyMoments "endangered hedgehogs"]] when she was forced to distract Mr. Sweet in the first season. Unlike Victor in the example above, however, Mr.Sweet actually bought it.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** Robin giggles whenever she lies.
** Marshall is a terrible liar, which was even lampshaded:
-->'''Robin''': Marshall, you can't look me in the eye,
you're going blushing, coughing, and your hands are shaking.
** And strangely enough, Barney in "Tick, tick, tick":
-->'''Barney''': They know!
* Spencer from ''Series/ICarly'' once tried
to lie here. Don't be too specific.
-->'''J.D.''': Since one forty-two yesterday afternoon. His wife didn't want
take Carly out of school to go to the amusement park. When pressed for an excuse, he said he was taking her to a doctor's appointment. With Dr. Rollercoaster.
* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'' Jen asks Moss to make up an excuse to get rid of her unwanted suitor, telling
him to do it. She's beautiful, by just say she is busy when he seems nervous about this. Moss then blurts out to the way; one blue eye, one green eye. She's from Luxembourg. They're both from Luxembourg. They're Luxem ... bourgian.
-->'''Dr Cox''': Where in Luxemburg? [[IAmOneOfThoseToo I spent two weeks there]].
-->'''J.D.''': (InternalMonologue): What
suitor that Jen is dead, causing the whole office to go into mourning, which ends rather abruptly when Jen walks into her own memorial ceremony...
* ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': King Léodagan, afflicted with an extreme case of BrutalHonesty, is a bad liar the very rare times he tries it.
* Some of the suspects on ''Series/LieToMe''
are the odds? Just stay vague.
-->'''J.D.''': Outside Mertert, near the German border. They say
painfully terrible liars.
%%* Hurley and Daniel Faraday on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* The eponymous character of Series/{{Merlin}} deconstructs this trope. He's a bad liar, but he's such a bad liar that most people believe they can already figure out
what he's trying to hide, and they miss most assume it's something embarrassing (most of the cast are those lazy summer afternoons on under the Mouselle River.assumption that he's mentally ill) and thus go the other way. So by being a bad liar, he lies perfectly.



* The characters on ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', save for Nina, are pretty bad liars, particularly George. Worse yet, when the group is in desperate need of a good lie he never steps down and lets one of the other characters take care of it; he always comes up with the lie. It is often answered with skepticism.
-->'''Owen''': What was it?\\
'''George''': What? Oh a... pigeon.\\
'''Owen''': A pigeon?\\
'''George''': Must have left a window open.\\
'''Owen''': Have you got rid of it?\\
'''George''': ''(beat)'' I killed it.\\
'''Mitchell''': You killed it?\\
'''George''': With a shoe.
* In some early episodes of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' [[NerdsAreSexy Reid]] would be reduced to a stammering mess any time he needed to lie. He got better in later seasons.
* In an episode of ''Series/StarkRavingMad'' it's revealed that lying makes Henry so nervous that he starts speaking in a Daffy Duck-esque voice. Ian helps him prepare for a situation where he has to lie by drawing on Henry's experience as an actor in college: by rehearsing lies before hand, Henry can then lie convincingly (albeit in a somewhat hammy fashion).

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* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', Nathan and Simon explain their friend Curtis's absence to his girlfriend by claiming that he had been arrested earlier that day for exposing himself to some Boy Scouts. To be fair, Nathan was only lying to amuse himself, but Simon (who is typically a bad liar anyway) genuinely seemed to think he was being helpful.
* The characters on ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', save for Nina, are pretty bad liars, particularly George. Worse yet, title character of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is shown to have this character trait.
** In "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy,"
when Sharona asks him if he actually saw the group is in desperate need photos of a good lie her posing nude; he never steps down hesitates for a long time, tentatively says "No," ''then'' blurts out "Yes" as he's walking away.
** In "Mr. Monk
and lets the Red Herring," when Monk first meets Natalie, he blurts out that she's taking birth control pills in front of her daughter Julie, and upon realizing the implications tries to claim he was mistaken and they were really "adult tic-tacs". Natalie later tries to have Monk pose as an expert on fish during an argument with one of the other characters take care of it; he always comes up with the lie. It is often answered with skepticism.
-->'''Owen''': What was it?\\
'''George''': What? Oh a... pigeon.
Julie's teachers, which doesn't go any better.
* The customs sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
-->'''Officer:''' Anything to declare?\\
'''Man:''' Yes... no! No! No! No! Nothing to declare, no, nothing in my suitcase no...
\\
'''Owen''': A pigeon?\\
'''George''': Must
'''Officer:''' No watches, cameras, radio sets?\\
'''Man:''' Oh yes... four watches... no, no, no. No. One... one watch... No, no. Not even one watch. No, no watches at all. No, no watches at all. No... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial precision watches]], no.
** This reaches its logical conclusion when the man finally confesses to watch smuggling, only to
have left the Customs Officer not believe his confession because he's such a window open.\\
'''Owen''': Have you got rid of it?\\
'''George''': ''(beat)'' I killed it.\\
'''Mitchell''': You killed it?\\
'''George''': With a shoe.
* In some early episodes of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' [[NerdsAreSexy Reid]] would be reduced to a stammering mess any time
terrible liar.
*** Perhaps the customs agent is just bad at his job; after all,
he needed to lie. He got better in later seasons.
* In an episode of ''Series/StarkRavingMad'' it's revealed that lying makes Henry so nervous that he starts speaking in
lets the obvious smuggler (from Zurich, ''Spain'') through, but immediately tosses a Daffy Duck-esque voice. Ian helps him prepare collared priest into a side chamber for a situation where he has strip search.
* Series/MythQuest: Cleo, a teenager who is covertly trying to get information about a myth from a family friend and university professor, keeps blurting out details she shouldn't know. Eventually the friend catches on to TheMasquerade.
* Abby Sciutto from ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. It sure doesn't help that all her coworkers are specialist in PerpSweating and usually know when they're lied to, but even so Abby doesn't like
to lie by drawing on Henry's experience as an actor in college: by rehearsing lies before hand, Henry can then lie convincingly (albeit in a somewhat hammy fashion).and isn't very good at it.



* On Season 18 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', the penultimate leg had Flight Time & Big Easy and Zev & Justin find a flight that would put them in Brazil half a day in front of Kisha & Jen and Gary & Mallory, but when Mallory asked the Globetrotters if they had found a better flight, Flight Time's horrible lie all but gave away that they had, and all four teams got on the same flight, resulting in [[spoiler: Zev & Justin getting eliminated when they struggled on the leg]].
* The eponymous character of Series/{{Merlin}} deconstructs this trope. He's a bad liar, but he's such a bad liar that most people believe they can already figure out what he's trying to hide, and they assume it's something embarrassing (most of the cast are under the assumption that he's mentally ill) and thus go the other way. So by being a bad liar, he lies perfectly.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Nina Martin herself is a notable example, considering how often she has to lie. A good example is telling Victor that she and Fabian were using the telescope one night to "look for a bowling alley" because Fabian "loves bowling". He didn't believe it, and of course ended up looking through the telescope himself to see what they were up to.
** Mara Jaffray is another example, with her most notable attempt being her story about [[FunnyMoments "endangered hedgehogs"]] when she was forced to distract Mr. Sweet in the first season. Unlike Victor in the example above, however, Mr.Sweet actually bought it.
* Series/MythQuest: Cleo, a teenager who is covertly trying to get information about a myth from a family friend and university professor, keeps blurting out details she shouldn't know. Eventually the friend catches on to TheMasquerade.
* In an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Garibaldi says that Lyta is a terrible liar, which upsets her greatly. [[InformedAbility It's not seen much in the show]], except for one time when she's lying to evil Kosh. He doesn't seem to notice how nervous she is, but Kosh is an [[JerkAss arrogant]] StarfishAlien, so he's probably not good at reading people.
* Abby Sciutto from ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. It sure doesn't help that all her coworkers are specialist in PerpSweating and usually know when they're lied to, but even so Abby doesn't like to lie and isn't very good at it.
* This has become something of a running gag for Simmons in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. It's first demonstrated in "The Hub", when she's unable to come up with a good cover story when a senior agent catches her sneaking into a restricted corridor, and proceeds to attempt several awfully transparent excuses while Skye looks on in absolute horror. "The Magical Place" shows Skye giving her "safe words" to use during telephone calls rather than tell a direct lie, in the hopes that this will help. It doesn't.
** "T.R.A.C.K.S." plays with this trait some more: Simmons claims that it's not that she can't lie, she just can't ''improvise'', and so she devises an elaborate back-story for her undercover character. Unfortunately, she over-corrects quite a bit, ending up going into a massively detailed rant with no provocation.
* In ''Series/GetSomeIn'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Corporal Marsh]] is hopeless at trying to lie his way into good situations or out of bad situations. In "Rugby", he sees joining the rugby team as a way to rub shoulders with the officers and claims to play as a centre forward (which is a position in football, not rugby), while in "Exam Results", he tries to claim that the charges against him for cheating on an exam were motivated by racial prejudice, as although his skin appears Caucasian, the tight curls in his hair reveal his Afro-Caribbean ancestry. Neither lie is believed for a moment.
* Sophia on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' typically fell into this when she told people stories about her past, which usually ended with a ridiculous twist. Despite the fact that the other characters rarely believed her, it was often unclear (even to Sophia herself) which stories were true or false, since she had suffered a stroke which affected her memory and also had a bit of a [[MultipleChoicePast mysterious past]].
** Subverted in one episode, when Blanche wants to stop Dorothy using a towel of hers which had 'special memories'. Dorothy assumes it had something to do with Blanche's over-active sex life, then Blanche tells her she actually brought her newborn son home wrapped in it. The story sounds perfectly convincing and moving to the audience - but Dorothy calls her a liar immediately (she was right).
* Oliver Queen on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is capable of some ridiculous excuses, particularly when it comes to Felicity before he just gives up and lets her in on the secret. He is somewhat better at deceiving his family and friends (not to mention the police) but mostly that's because they write his odd behavior off as PTSD from the island. Lampshaded when Diggle tells him "your BS excuses are getting worse".

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* On Season 18 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', the penultimate leg had Flight Time & Big Easy and Zev & Justin find a flight that would put them Ned in Brazil half a day in front of Kisha & Jen and Gary & Mallory, but when Mallory ''Series/PushingDaisies''. When asked how he worked out that the Globetrotters if VictimOfTheWeek's plane was hijacked just from looking at his body (when what he actually did was resurrect the victim and talk to him), he said "DNA...ish?" In another episode, he and his cohorts pretended to have been sent by the Vatican, and when a nun said that she thought they'd be Italian, his response was "We are. Part time."
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode where
they had found a better flight, Flight Time's horrible lie all but gave away visit the alternative reality, Holly is seen covered in lipstick after meeting Hilly. When asked "What is that they had, and all four teams got lipstick on your face?", his reply is "What face?"
** And in a different episode, Lister has to teach Kryton how to lie.
** In
the same flight, resulting episode "Out of Time", Kryten learns what will happen to the crew in [[spoiler: Zev & Justin getting eliminated the future. He is upset that Lister [[spoiler:is destined to become a brain in a jar]], but can't tell him anything about it. He starts to cry in the kitchen when they struggled on Lister comes in:
-->'''Lister:''' Everything okay?\\
'''Kryten:''' Oh, yup yup. Those darn onions get you every time!\\
'''Lister:''' What onions?\\
'''Kryten:''' Ah,
the leg]].
* The eponymous character
onions I'm about to peel. I always get a little emotional when I have to deprive an onion of Series/{{Merlin}} deconstructs this trope. He's a bad liar, but its skin.\\
'''Lister:''' Don't Nixon me, man! Tell me the truth!
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had Tommy Flanagan (Jon Lovitz) and his wife, Morgan Fairchild... ''whom''
he's such a bad liar that most people believe they can already figure out what he's slept with.
* In the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My First Kill", J.D. is
trying to hide, and they assume it's something embarrassing (most of the cast are under the assumption that he's mentally ill) and thus go the other way. So by tell Dr Cox why a patient isn't being a bad liar, treated, without admitting he lies perfectly.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'':
** Nina Martin herself is a notable example, considering how often she has
just chickened out.
-->'''J.D.''': (InternalMonologue): Now you're going
to lie. A good example is telling Victor that she and Fabian were using the telescope lie here. Don't be too specific.
-->'''J.D.''': Since
one night to "look for a bowling alley" because Fabian "loves bowling". He forty-two yesterday afternoon. His wife didn't believe it, and of course ended up looking through want him to do it. She's beautiful, by the telescope himself to see way; one blue eye, one green eye. She's from Luxembourg. They're both from Luxembourg. They're Luxem ... bourgian.
-->'''Dr Cox''': Where in Luxemburg? [[IAmOneOfThoseToo I spent two weeks there]].
-->'''J.D.''': (InternalMonologue): What are the odds? Just stay vague.
-->'''J.D.''': Outside Mertert, near the German border. They say
what they were miss most are those lazy summer afternoons on the Mouselle River.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Jimmy Olsen is the worse offender, but Clark Kent is also pretty bad. Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan to a lesser degree.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'': Sonny is a terrible liar. When she lies, her voice usually goes
up to.
** Mara Jaffray
an octave, and she stammers. The stammering tendency is another example, shared by her boyfriend Chad. Seriously, the cast of So Random must be pretty gullible to fall for the multitude of excuses that Sonny and Chad come up with her to hide the fact that they're planning to go on a date. By the time they're all in the limo and have Sonny and Chad cornered, they're either turning a blind eye to get free food, or they are seriously the most notable attempt being her story about [[FunnyMoments "endangered hedgehogs"]] when gullible people ever to be on television.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Whom Gods Destroy", Garth's lover Marta was a pathological liar (likely one of the reasons
she was forced to distract Mr. Sweet in the first season. Unlike Victor in insane asylum where most of the example above, however, Mr.Sweet actually bought it.
* Series/MythQuest: Cleo, a teenager
episode took place). She even went so far as to quote the poetry of Creator/WilliamShakespeare, claiming it was her own work. Not even Garth, who is covertly trying to get information about a myth from a family friend and university professor, keeps blurting out details was [[AxeCrazy much more insane]] than she shouldn't know. Eventually the friend catches on was, believed a word she said. (You still kind of have to TheMasquerade.
feel sorry for her [[BlofeldPloy given what he did to her later]], though...)
* In an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Garibaldi says ''Series/StarkRavingMad'' it's revealed that Lyta lying makes Henry so nervous that he starts speaking in a Daffy Duck-esque voice. Ian helps him prepare for a situation where he has to lie by drawing on Henry's experience as an actor in college: by rehearsing lies before hand, Henry can then lie convincingly (albeit in a somewhat hammy fashion).
* Lampshaded by Zack in one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' where Cody lies to Mr. Moseby as to why the twins were standing in the hallway.
--> '''Zack''': No wonder you never lie. You stink at it.
* Normally, Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
is an excellent liar. He impersonates FBI agents, police officers, park rangers, what have you. But when Dean contracts a terrible liar, which upsets her greatly. [[InformedAbility Ghost Virus, and becomes a complete and total coward, he also turns into the worst liar north of Mexico.
-->'''Mr. Garland:''' Let me see some ID.\\
'''Sam:''' Of course. ''(Garland looks their ID's over)''\\
'''Dean:''' ''(nervously)'' Those are real. Obviously. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I mean, who would pretend to be an FBI agent?]] That's just nutty!
** Castiel only has a technical understanding of what a lie is. On the rare occasion when he's convinced to lie, it just...fails.
---> '''Castiel''': ''[about Sam's suicide mission]''
It's not seen much in possible.
---> '''Sam''': Then humor me.
---> '''Castiel''': Oh, I'm supposed to lie. Uh... ''[smiles unconvincingly]'' Sure! You'll be fine.
---> '''Sam''': Just stop talking.
* An odd RealityTelevision example is Zoe Zanidakis from
the show]], except for one time when fourth season of ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. When Kathy asks her if she's lying going to evil Kosh. He doesn't seem to notice how nervous vote Kathy out, Zoe pauses for over ten seconds. Then she is, but Kosh says no. Oops.
* It
is an [[JerkAss arrogant]] StarfishAlien, so he's probably not good at reading people.
* Abby Sciutto from ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. It sure doesn't help that all her coworkers are specialist in PerpSweating and usually know when they're lied to, but even so Abby doesn't like to lie and isn't very good at it.
* This has become
something of a running gag for Simmons in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. It's first demonstrated in "The Hub", when she's unable to come up with a good cover story when a senior agent catches her sneaking into a restricted corridor, and proceeds to attempt several awfully transparent excuses while Skye looks on in absolute horror. "The Magical Place" shows Skye giving her "safe words" to use during telephone calls rather than tell a direct lie, in the hopes RunningGag that Creator/LeeMack is this will help. It doesn't.
** "T.R.A.C.K.S." plays with this trait some more: Simmons claims that it's not that she can't lie, she just can't ''improvise'', and so she devises an elaborate back-story for her undercover character. Unfortunately, she over-corrects quite a bit, ending up going into a massively detailed rant with no provocation.
* In ''Series/GetSomeIn'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Corporal Marsh]]
on ''Series/WouldILieToYou''
-->[''Lee
is hopeless at trying to lie his way into good situations or out of bad situations. In "Rugby", he sees joining the rugby team as a way to rub shoulders with the officers and claims to play as a centre forward (which is a position in football, not rugby), while in "Exam Results", he tries having to claim that the charges against him for cheating on an exam were motivated by racial prejudice, as although his skin appears Caucasian, the tight curls in his hair reveal his Afro-Caribbean ancestry. Neither lie is believed he used children's cutlery at every meal for a moment.
* Sophia on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' typically fell into this when she told people stories about her past, which usually ended with a ridiculous twist. Despite
special diet'']
-->'''Rob Brydon''': What was
the fact that the other characters rarely believed her, inspiration for this?
-->'''Lee''': I read
it in a book.
-->'''Rob''': Which book
was often unclear (even to Sophia herself) which stories that?
-->'''Lee''': The book of... dieting...
** Another example:
-->'''David Mitchell''':You
were true 12 or false, since she had suffered a stroke which affected her memory and also had a bit of a [[MultipleChoicePast mysterious past]].
** Subverted in one episode, when Blanche wants to stop Dorothy using a towel of hers which had 'special memories'. Dorothy assumes it had something to do with Blanche's over-active sex life, then Blanche tells her she actually brought her newborn son home wrapped in it. The story sounds perfectly convincing and moving to the audience - but Dorothy calls her a liar immediately (she
13, how old was right).
* Oliver Queen on ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
Steve?
-->'''Lee''':Steve was... [He looks at Steve, who
is capable of some ridiculous excuses, particularly when it comes to Felicity before clearly much younger than him] he just gives up and lets her in on the secret. was... he was... [long hesitation] He is somewhat better at deceiving his family and friends (not to mention the police) but mostly that's because they write his odd behavior off as PTSD from the island. Lampshaded when Diggle tells him "your BS excuses are getting worse".wasn't born...
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