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16th Jan '17 10:13:50 AM StFan
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It usually ends up with apparent failure (and thus disgrace to the one who uttered the Celebrity Lie) suddenly rescued at the last minute by the celebrity in question, who sometimes goes so far as to help maintain the liar's deception. Usually requires a SpecialGuest or a CelebrityStar, although fictional celebrities are sometimes employed with sufficient exposition for the audience (see ''TheWeekenders'', "Band").

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It usually ends up with apparent failure (and thus disgrace to the one who uttered the Celebrity Lie) suddenly rescued at the last minute by the celebrity in question, who sometimes goes so far as to help maintain the liar's deception. Usually requires a SpecialGuest or a CelebrityStar, although fictional celebrities are sometimes employed with sufficient exposition for the audience (see ''TheWeekenders'', ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', "Band").






* Subverted in a strip from the British girls' comic ''Bunty''. A group of girls are unpleasant to a classmate whom they perceive as delusional because she makes wild, exaggerated claims about her life such as being the sister of a famous pop star. It turns out she really ''is'' his sister and the moral of the story was not to make cruel judgements about people.

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* Subverted in a strip from the British girls' comic ''Bunty''. A group of girls are unpleasant to a classmate whom they perceive as delusional because she makes wild, exaggerated claims about her life such as being the sister of a famous pop star. It turns out she really ''is'' his sister and the moral of the story was not to make cruel judgements judgement about people.



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* Subverted in, of all things, the ''HannahMontana'' movie. Miley tries impressing people in her hometown by telling them she "knows" Hannah Montana.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Played straight, subverted and then played straight again]] with Joey 'The Lips' Fagan in ''TheCommitments''. He claims to have been a session trumpeter who has played with all the greats including Elvis. The trope comes into play when Wilson Pickett comes to Dublin and Jimmy Rabbitte asks Joey if he can get him to play with the Commitments on stage (Joey having claimed with Wilson Pickett on a number of occasions). Joey claims to do so (we never see the meeting) but then Wilson Pickett never turns up to the Commitments' concert so Jimmy Rabbitte assumes that Joey was lying.....until later on as he's going home, he's stopped by the driver of a large limousine asking for directions to the club. Then later on Jimmy gets a postcard from Joey saying he's on tour with a musician...who died five years ago.

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* Subverted in, of all things, the ''HannahMontana'' ''Series/HannahMontana'' movie. Miley tries impressing people in her hometown by telling them she "knows" Hannah Montana.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Played straight, subverted and then played straight again]] with Joey 'The Lips' "The Lips" Fagan in ''TheCommitments''.''Film/TheCommitments''. He claims to have been a session trumpeter who has played with all the greats including Elvis. The trope comes into play when Wilson Pickett comes to Dublin and Jimmy Rabbitte asks Joey if he can get him to play with the Commitments on stage (Joey having claimed with Wilson Pickett on a number of occasions). Joey claims to do so (we never see the meeting) but then Wilson Pickett never turns up to the Commitments' concert so Jimmy Rabbitte assumes that Joey was lying.....until later on as he's going home, he's stopped by the driver of a large limousine asking for directions to the club. Then later on Jimmy gets a postcard from Joey saying he's on tour with a musician...who died five years ago.



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* Appeared repeatedly on ''Series/ILoveLucy''.

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*** The Gary Coleman example was more of a CloudCuckooLander or IRejectYourReality situation. He'd previously been having an imaginary argument with the employee of a Chinese restaurant through said unplugged phone, again with no knowledge that anyone was there.

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*** The Gary Coleman example was more of a CloudCuckooLander {{Cloudcuckoolander}} or IRejectYourReality situation. He'd previously been having an imaginary argument with the employee of a Chinese restaurant through said unplugged phone, again with no knowledge that anyone was there.



** Played with in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]]. Rarity really ''does'' know Princess Celestia, which is what initially turns the Canterlot upper class' heads towards her; however, an incident involving some upper class ponies shunning her earlier in the day for coming from Ponyville drives her to put out a few fibs here and there to mask her origins. Eventually comes to a head when her friends from Ponyville show up at Canterlot, end up merging Twilight's birthday party with the upper class one Rarity was invited to, and inadvertently force Rarity to admit where she really came from. [[spoiler:Fortunately for her, one of the most influential ponies she befriended finds the whole thing "delightfully rustic", so she gets to keep her celebrity status despite the earlier lies.]]

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** Played with in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite"]]. Elite]]". Rarity really ''does'' know Princess Celestia, which is what initially turns the Canterlot upper class' class's heads towards her; however, an incident involving some upper class ponies shunning her earlier in the day for coming from Ponyville drives her to put out a few fibs here and there to mask her origins. Eventually comes to a head when her friends from Ponyville show up at Canterlot, end up merging Twilight's birthday party with the upper class one Rarity was invited to, and inadvertently force Rarity to admit where she really came from. [[spoiler:Fortunately for her, one of the most influential ponies she befriended finds the whole thing "delightfully rustic", so she gets to keep her celebrity status despite the earlier lies.]]



* Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing The Thing]] cartoon. Benji Grimm says the Thing will show up for a high-school talent show, which should be easy (since he ''is'' the Thing), but every time he transforms, he accidentally scares a janitor and then changes back to try to calm him down instead of just remaining the Thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.

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* Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing ''[[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing The Thing]] Thing]]'' cartoon. Benji Grimm says the Thing will show up for a high-school talent show, which should be easy (since he ''is'' the Thing), but every time he transforms, he accidentally scares a janitor and then changes back to try to calm him down instead of just remaining the Thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.
15th Jan '17 3:05:57 PM RAS310
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl", Courtney's father Doug promises teacher Ms. [=LaBonz=] that if the school performs his daughter's proposed musical adaptation of ''Film/WorkingGirl'', he can get Music/CarlySimon to attend. At the show, [=LaBonz=] sits next to Simon's reserved seat while wearing a T-shirt reading "You're Still Vain Tour '85". The performance comes to a halt near the end and Simon still has not shown up while Doug makes various excuses for her tardiness. When it becomes obvious the whole thing was a lie just to ensure putting on his daughter's show, [=LaBonz=] confronts him and says "You probably think this slap is about you." (referencing Simon's hit song "You're So Vain") before slapping him in the face. After this, a re-written musical is performed [[spoiler:and Simon shows up in time for the curtain call, and sings with the cast during the episode's credits. Simon voiced herself for this appearance.]]
30th Dec '16 3:12:30 PM AgProv
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* Creator/JamesHerriot met a farm labourer who claimed, despite the sarcastic derision of his mates, to know ''lots'' of famous people. Herriot reluctantly agrees to go with him to a Yorkshire county cricket match where the unpreposessing farmhand claims to know the star players. There is no sign of recognition of him on their part and Herriot is steeling himself for the fact he will very soon witness humiliation on the part of the Walter Mitty farmhand, as he is brought down by reality. As the players leave the field at the end of play, an England international star, the Ian Botham or the Freddie Flintoff of the day, does a double-take and stops, exclaiming "Walter! how are you? sorry I didn't see you sitting there or I'd have said hello earlier..." and rushes over to shake hands with Herriot's companion. Several other players also recognise Walter....
28th Nov '16 5:38:44 PM PaulA
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* Likewise the ''Series/MaryTylerMoore'' episode that takes place in Washington, where Lou can't convince Mary that he knows important politicians. She refuses to believe that Gerry Ford left his pipe in Lou's hotel room, even after Betty Ford (playing herself) calls to inquire about it.
-->'''Betty Ford''': Hello Mary, this is Betty Ford.
-->'''Mary Richards''': Hi, Betty. This is Mary -- Queen of Scots!

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* Likewise the ''Series/MaryTylerMoore'' ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' episode that takes place in Washington, where Lou can't convince Mary that he knows important politicians. She refuses to believe that Gerry Ford left his pipe in Lou's hotel room, even after Betty Ford (playing herself) calls to inquire about it.
-->'''Betty Ford''': Ford:''' Hello Mary, this is Betty Ford.
-->'''Mary Richards''':
Ford.\\
'''Mary Richards:'''
Hi, Betty. This is Mary -- Queen of Scots!
24th Oct '16 6:56:03 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* The 1965 film ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not Music/TheBeachBoys (who appear and perform in the film) but [[Music/TheBeatles their trans-Atlantic rivals]] (who do not). A beach bum trying to impress sorority sisters promises a Fab Four performance for their fundraising concert, and fails spectacularly to deliver.

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* The 1965 film beach movie ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not Music/TheBeachBoys (who appear and perform in the film) but [[Music/TheBeatles their trans-Atlantic rivals]] (who do not). A beach bum has a bunch of guys trying to impress sorority sisters promises a by promising to get [[Music/TheBeatles the Fab Four performance for Four]] to perform at their fundraising concert (apparently, Music/TheBeachBoys and Lesley Gore, who perform in the film, weren't good enough). When the girls uncover the lie just before the concert, they dress up and fails spectacularly to deliver.go on stage as "The Beatles", which surprisingly goes over well with the audience.
20th Oct '16 2:33:17 AM ShiroAkuma
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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'':

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27th Aug '16 2:51:20 PM Aquila89
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** George was fond of bragging that the previous owner of his car was Jon Voight. This was technically true in that it belonged to someone with that name, but it wasn't the famous actor, as he wanted people to believe.

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** George was fond of bragging that the previous owner of his car was Jon Voight.Creator/JonVoight. This was technically true in that it belonged to someone with that name, but it wasn't the famous actor, as he wanted people to believe.
3rd Jul '16 1:19:43 PM gewunomox
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* The 1965 film ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not TheBeachBoys (who appear and perform in the film) but [[Music/TheBeatles their trans-Atlantic rivals]] (who do not). A beach bum trying to impress sorority sisters promises a Fab Four performance for their fundraising concert, and fails spectacularly to deliver.

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* The 1965 film ''The Girls on the Beach'' features not TheBeachBoys Music/TheBeachBoys (who appear and perform in the film) but [[Music/TheBeatles their trans-Atlantic rivals]] (who do not). A beach bum trying to impress sorority sisters promises a Fab Four performance for their fundraising concert, and fails spectacularly to deliver.
30th May '16 11:51:19 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''AGoofyMovie'': Max can't go to Roxanne's viewing party for pop star Powerline's concert because his father is taking him on a fishing trip. Naturally, Max tells her he can't come because they're going to be ''at'' the concert because Powerline and Goofy are friends from way back. At the end, Goofy and Max do break into the concert and appear on TV, but Max still feels the need to confess to Roxanne. She forgives him. (What do you expect? It's a Disney movie.)

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* ''AGoofyMovie'': ''Western/AGoofyMovie'': Max can't go to Roxanne's viewing party for pop star Powerline's concert because his father is taking him on a fishing trip. Naturally, Max tells her he can't come because they're going to be ''at'' the concert because Powerline and Goofy are friends from way back. At the end, Goofy and Max do break into the concert and appear on TV, but Max still feels the need to confess to Roxanne. She forgives him. (What do you expect? It's a Disney movie.)



* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' has Will lying to his aunt and uncle that he can get Boyz II Men to sing at Nicky's christening because he grew up with them in Philly. He goes to their studio where they are doing some recording sessions and begs them to come, which works at first until events lead up to clarifying what is a slight subversion of the trope: Will actually did know one of the members, Wanya Morris, but only because he stole his girlfriend, which leads to the group saying no. After this fails, he returns to the studio dressed in a Santa suit and gets them to come, until he accidentally reveals himself. Later on, when it seems they won't show up, Will begins to confess and it seems everyone is about to be disappointed, but the group shows up at the last minute singing "Silent Night" and their first names, in turn, are used as Nicky's middle name.

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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'':
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has Will lying to his aunt and uncle that he can get Boyz II Men to sing at Nicky's christening because he grew up with them in Philly. He goes to their studio where they are doing some recording sessions and begs them to come, which works at first until events lead up to clarifying what is a slight subversion of the trope: Will actually did know one of the members, Wanya Morris, but only because he stole his girlfriend, which leads to the group saying no. After this fails, he returns to the studio dressed in a Santa suit and gets them to come, until he accidentally reveals himself. Later on, when it seems they won't show up, Will begins to confess and it seems everyone is about to be disappointed, but the group shows up at the last minute singing "Silent Night" and their first names, in turn, are used as Nicky's middle name.



* Inverted on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Sabrina ends up alienating her co-workers and they're convinced she's crazy. One day she pays for a woman's coffee and talks casually about it to her, not knowing it is actually Music/{{Ashanti}}. Ashanti later comes into the magazine office while it's empty and sings for Sabrina to prove who she is. The rest of the magazine refuse to believe Sabrina but then Ashanti comes back in and references their conversation earlier, making it seem like they know each other. Sabrina then makes it seem like they have known each other a while in order to save her reputation.

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* Inverted on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'':
** Inverted.
Sabrina ends up alienating her co-workers and they're convinced she's crazy. One day she pays for a woman's coffee and talks casually about it to her, not knowing it is actually Music/{{Ashanti}}. Ashanti later comes into the magazine office while it's empty and sings for Sabrina to prove who she is. The rest of the magazine refuse to believe Sabrina but then Ashanti comes back in and references their conversation earlier, making it seem like they know each other. Sabrina then makes it seem like they have known each other a while in order to save her reputation.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' Larry the Lion claims to know Donkey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in order to impress his son's classmates. A ZanyScheme ensues (involving kidnapping what turns out to be Donkey's stunt double), before Donkey decides to play along.
** It should be noted that in this case, Larry actually tries to get help from the "real celebrity" much ''earlier'' than the usual examples of this trope. However, Donkey keeps adamantly refusing. The only reason Donkey eventually decides to help is because [[spoiler: he walks in on Larry's son's classmates laughing at him...which causes Donkey to have a painful flashback to ''his own'' foalhood days of his classmates laughing at him, so Donkey sympathizes with Larry's son enough to play along.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa becomes popular when Bart tells everyone that she is best friends with a {{Hannah Montana}} {{Expy}}. Lisa plays along with the lie but eventually has to come clean.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' Larry the Lion claims to know Donkey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in order to impress his son's classmates. A ZanyScheme ensues (involving kidnapping what turns out to be Donkey's stunt double), before Donkey decides to play along.
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along. It should be noted that in this case, Larry actually tries to get help from the "real celebrity" much ''earlier'' than the usual examples of this trope. However, Donkey keeps adamantly refusing. The only reason Donkey eventually decides to help is because [[spoiler: he walks in on Larry's son's classmates laughing at him...which causes Donkey to have a painful flashback to ''his own'' foalhood days of his classmates laughing at him, so Donkey sympathizes with Larry's son enough to play along.]]
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa becomes popular when Bart tells everyone that she is best friends with a {{Hannah Series/{{Hannah Montana}} {{Expy}}. Lisa plays along with the lie but eventually has to come clean.



* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's animated series]] of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had Hercules claiming to know the master bard Orpheus and could get him to play at their dance to impress the amazon princess he had a crush on. Parodied in that Hades claimed the same thing to get Lastrigon, the Titan, to join his forces.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]]. Rarity really ''does'' know Princess Celestia, which is what initially turns the Canterlot upper class' heads towards her; however, an incident involving some upper class ponies shunning her earlier in the day for coming from Ponyville drives her to put out a few fibs here and there to mask her origins. Eventually comes to a head when her friends from Ponyville show up at Canterlot, end up merging Twilight's birthday party with the upper class one Rarity was invited to, and inadvertently force Rarity to admit where she really came from. [[spoiler:Fortunately for her, one of the most influential ponies she befriended finds the whole thing "delightfully rustic", so she gets to keep her celebrity status despite the earlier lies.]]

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* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's animated series]] of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' had Hercules claiming to know the master bard Orpheus and could get him to play at their dance to impress the amazon princess he had a crush on. Parodied in that Hades claimed the same thing to get Lastrigon, the Titan, to join his forces.
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Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]]. Rarity really ''does'' know Princess Celestia, which is what initially turns the Canterlot upper class' heads towards her; however, an incident involving some upper class ponies shunning her earlier in the day for coming from Ponyville drives her to put out a few fibs here and there to mask her origins. Eventually comes to a head when her friends from Ponyville show up at Canterlot, end up merging Twilight's birthday party with the upper class one Rarity was invited to, and inadvertently force Rarity to admit where she really came from. [[spoiler:Fortunately for her, one of the most influential ponies she befriended finds the whole thing "delightfully rustic", so she gets to keep her celebrity status despite the earlier lies.]]


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* Jetta from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is an English woman who lies about her celebrity status in America. She eventually becomes an actual celebrity by joining The Misfits but she constantly tells her bandmates how she's friends with the queen and is wealthy. It isn't until several episodes later that her lie is exposed, after she almost weasels Pizzazz out of a million dollars.
15th May '16 1:28:24 AM DarkStorm
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* Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing The Thing]] cartoon. Benji Grimm says the Thing will show up for a high-school talent show, which should be easy (since he ''is'' the Thing), but every time he transforms, he accidentally scares a janitor and then changes back to try to calm him down instead of just staying as the thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.

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* Subverted in [[WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing The Thing]] cartoon. Benji Grimm says the Thing will show up for a high-school talent show, which should be easy (since he ''is'' the Thing), but every time he transforms, he accidentally scares a janitor and then changes back to try to calm him down instead of just staying as remaining the thing Thing and going to the show. In the end, the Thing never makes it to the show.
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