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21st Jun '17 1:34:23 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Ordercrafters cannot lie because "Order does not abide lies". They're not even allowed ExactWords. This is because Order's honesty is one of the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality. The world would not make sense if the god stabilizing reality lied or allowed anyone using his power to lie.



** It's said that Vulcans cannot lie, which fans used to attack the morally ambiguous Vulcans in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. This ignores the fact that the first time we hear this said is in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Enterprise Incident", where Spock lies his ears off to the Romulan commander. It's put more realistically in the ''ENT'' episode "Shadows of P'Jem" that Vulcans have "a reputation for honesty".
** It's more that Spock ''implies'' his ears off, really...Likewise, Vulcans in general (including Spock) are masters of LoopholeAbuse and SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathofKhan'', Spock invokes Starfleet regulations about not transmitting uncoded messages on an open channel during a combat situation to explain his use of "exaggeration" in a communication with Kirk that Kahn was most certainly listening in on.

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** It's said that Vulcans cannot lie, which fans used to attack the morally ambiguous Vulcans in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. This ignores the fact that the first time we hear this said is in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Enterprise Incident", where Spock lies his ears off to the Romulan commander. It's put more realistically in the ''ENT'' episode "Shadows of P'Jem" that Vulcans have "a reputation for honesty".
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honesty". Indeed, it's more that Spock ''implies'' his ears off, really...Likewise, Vulcans in general (including Spock) are masters of LoopholeAbuse and SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathofKhan'', Spock invokes Starfleet regulations about not transmitting uncoded messages on an open channel during a combat situation to explain his use of "exaggeration" in a communication with Kirk that Kahn was most certainly listening in on.
14th Jun '17 11:14:41 PM Sharysa
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* Depending on the version, TheFairFolk can't lie.

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* Depending on the version, TheFairFolk can't lie. ...Though they WILL [[LoopholeAbuse find loopholes,]] [[FromACertainPointOfView bend things around,]] and [[ExactWords take a very loose interpretation of "truth."]]



* TheFairFolk are frequently unable to lie, though they WILL [[LoopholeAbuse find loopholes,]] [[FromACertainPointOfView bend things around,]] and [[ExactWords take a very loose interpretation of "truth."]]
8th Jun '17 7:02:10 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3205105/1/And-the-Truth-Shall-Set-You-Free And the Truth Shall Set You Free]]'' Harry, due to accidentally swallowing a bottle of Veritaserum as a baby, was utterly unable to lie. An escaped ''Bellatrix Lestrange'', of all people, taught him how to give [[{{Mathematicians Answer}} Mathematician's Answers]] and half-truths before he started Hogwarts.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3205105/1/And-the-Truth-Shall-Set-You-Free And the Truth Shall Set You Free]]'' Harry, due to accidentally swallowing a bottle of Veritaserum as a baby, was is utterly unable to lie. An escaped ''Bellatrix Lestrange'', of all people, taught teaches him how to give [[{{Mathematicians Answer}} Mathematician's Answers]] and half-truths before he started starts Hogwarts.
11th Apr '17 7:46:16 PM Sharysa
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* TheFairFolk are frequently unable to lie, though they WILL [[LoopholeAbuse find loopholes,]] [[FromACertainPointOfView bend things around,]] and [[ExactWords take a very loose interpretation of "truth."]]
14th Mar '17 9:01:52 PM Averagemoe
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* The Truth Vessels in Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath have this to improve reliability, as they were created to collectively serve as a living search engine. They also speak a language that was specifically designed to make misinterpretations impossible.
9th Mar '17 11:25:44 AM TheKaizerreich
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by a set of robots developed in an evolutionary system sometime. [[http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-08/evolving-robots-learn-lie-hide-resources-each-other Here is an article]] how it went down, but basicly, robots intened to search for some unspecified ressource were supposed to flash a light to singal their finding. Eventually some robots started signaling when they didn't find it, or didn't signal when they found it, to hog it for themselves.
7th Mar '17 8:04:15 AM Blazer
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* In the Website/GoAnimate "[[YouAreGrounded Grounded]]" videos, the groundees are incapable of not admitting their actions.
6th Mar '17 12:49:14 PM DaibhidC
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** The N'Tuitif tribe in ''Literature/TheLastHero'' are a society no imagination whatsoever; every statement they make is absolute truth, because they can't conceive of anything that's even MetaphoricallyTrue, let alone blatantly false. This even extends to things when there seems to be no logical way they could ''know'' the truth - their JustSoStories are unadorned descriptions of evolutionary processes, possibly making them the only people on the Disc apart from Ponder Stibbons and the God of Evolution who really believe in it.
6th Mar '17 1:34:22 AM Doug86
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Kairos Fateweaver is a two-headed Lord of Change who knows everything due to being thrown into the Well of Eternity. Unfortunately, he's also insane, and while one head will answer truthfully and the other falsely, no one knows which head is right (and they switch too).

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Kairos Fateweaver is a two-headed Lord of Change who knows everything due to being thrown into the Well of Eternity. Unfortunately, he's also insane, and while one head will answer truthfully and the other falsely, no one knows which head is right (and they switch too).
18th Jan '17 1:20:23 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* In Series/YoungWizards, it's not so much that wizards ''can't'' lie; it's more that it's highly ill-advised. Since wizards basically change reality through the use of language, things they say have a tendency to come true whether they meant them or not.
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