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11th Jun '16 3:05:31 PM DarkHunter
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* The Thermians from ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' cannot grasp the concept of lying (or fiction) -- at least at first. BigBad Sarris painfully forces them to learn about deception.

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* The Thermians from ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' cannot grasp the concept of lying (or fiction) -- at least at first. BigBad Sarris painfully forces them to learn about deception. They now know that such a concept exists, but they are terrible at recognizing it, and certainly not experienced enough to concoct their own lies.
9th Jun '16 5:10:54 PM nombretomado
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* The sitcom ''{{Roseanne}}'' had one episode when one of Jackie's friends tells her to lie to Roseanne:

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* The sitcom ''{{Roseanne}}'' ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' had one episode when one of Jackie's friends tells her to lie to Roseanne:
7th Jun '16 1:16:19 PM shokoshu
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* Subverted in one of the humorous stories of Jaroslaw Hasek ("The Brave Soldier Schwejk") where a kid is cursed with the inability to tell a (convincing) lie. HilarityEnsues when he is sent to fetch sausages and a stray dog "robs" him. [[CassandraTruth Of course nobody believes him.]] After one day of psychic waterboarding by his parents, he finally admits he did it, prompting him to sigh: "Finally! Now I can lie!"
23rd May '16 7:09:14 AM DaibhidC
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/EqualRites'', there is a short mention of a tribe of people who don't lie, except for their leader/face to the world, who they, as a testament to their honesty, call the Tribe Liar, which other people find slightly uncomfortable to deal with (they'd much prefer the Zoon use terms like "diplomat" or "public relations officer", as they feel they're being mocked). Esk meets a Liar who is a kindhearted merchant.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/EqualRites'', there is a short mention of a tribe of people who don't lie, except for their leader/face to the world, who they, as a testament to their honesty, call the Tribe Liar, which other people find slightly uncomfortable to deal with (they'd much prefer the Zoon use terms like "diplomat" or "public relations officer", as they feel they're being mocked). Esk meets a Liar who is a kindhearted merchant.


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** Mr Thunderbolt, the troll lawyer in ''Disceworld/RaisingSteam'' is "diamond through and through", and would crack if he told a lie. Presumably the same thing goes for his uncle, Mr Shine.
23rd May '16 7:03:58 AM DaibhidC
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** The Doctor uses the truth field to his advantage when the Cybermen attempt to build one of them out of wood to circumvent the Doctor's sonic screwdriver. The Doctor manages to convince it that his sonic screwdriver [[ReverseThePolarity reversed the polarity]] on its HandCannon to shoot out the back. When the Cyberman doubts, the Doctor points out that the truth field would not allow him to lie. The Cyberman considers that and flips the weapons around... which fires out the front and blows a big hole in the Cyberman.

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** The Doctor uses the truth field to his advantage when the Cybermen attempt to build one of them out of wood to circumvent get through the Doctor's sonic screwdriver.Papal Mainframe's forcefield. The Doctor manages to convince it that his sonic screwdriver [[ReverseThePolarity reversed the polarity]] on its HandCannon to shoot out the back. When the Cyberman doubts, the Doctor points out that the truth field would not allow him to lie. The Cyberman considers that and flips the weapons around... which fires out the front and blows a big hole in the Cyberman. (He told the truth about what he'd set the screwdriver to do - he just didn't mention that it doesn't work on wood.)
13th May '16 6:05:44 AM Chabal2
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/EqualRites'', there is a short mention of a tribe of people who don't lie, except for their leader/face to the world, who they, as a testament to their honesty, call the Tribe Liar, which other people find slightly uncomfortable to deal with. Esk meets a Liar who is a kindhearted merchant.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/EqualRites'', there is a short mention of a tribe of people who don't lie, except for their leader/face to the world, who they, as a testament to their honesty, call the Tribe Liar, which other people find slightly uncomfortable to deal with.with (they'd much prefer the Zoon use terms like "diplomat" or "public relations officer", as they feel they're being mocked). Esk meets a Liar who is a kindhearted merchant.
13th May '16 1:49:23 AM Chabal2
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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).
9th May '16 4:53:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the song "The Criminal Cried" from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta {{The Mikado}}, after Ko-ko begins giving the townspeople's account of the execution (which did not actually take place) the chorus sings, "We know him well/ he cannot tell/ untrue or groundless tales--/ he always tries/ to utter lies/ and every time he fails."

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* In the song "The Criminal Cried" from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta {{The Mikado}}, ''Theatre/TheMikado'', after Ko-ko begins giving the townspeople's account of the execution (which did not actually take place) the chorus sings, "We know him well/ he cannot tell/ untrue or groundless tales--/ he always tries/ to utter lies/ and every time he fails."
5th Apr '16 9:14:55 AM SteveMB
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* In James White's Literature/SectorGeneral novels, the Kelgian species are unable to lie because their fur ripples in such a way that any Kelgian can tell what any other is feeling, which makes lying impossible for them.

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* In James White's Literature/SectorGeneral novels, the Kelgian species are unable to lie because [[PinocchioNose their fur ripples in such a way that any Kelgian can tell what any other is feeling, feeling]], which makes lying impossible for them.
5th Apr '16 3:03:39 AM Anddrix
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* On ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'', the Seelies are unable to lie, but they find ways to manipulate the truth in other ways.
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