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8th Dec '17 12:31:08 AM StClair
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* In the opening of ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'', US Army doctors [=McClintock=] and Ford arrive at a mercenary camp in Africa to take a look at a strange new virus. Upon seeing the horrific effects of the disease, [=McClintock=] tells the head doctor that he'll arrange for an airdrop of penicillin and plasma. He also tells one of the mercenaries that he'll be brought home and will see his girl again. A few hours later, a plane does come by and drop a large container...it's just said container is actually a fuel-air bomb which then vaporizes the camp.

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* In the opening of ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'', US Army doctors [=McClintock=] and Ford arrive at a mercenary camp in Africa to take a look at a strange new virus. Upon seeing the horrific effects of the disease, [=McClintock=] tells the head doctor that he'll arrange for an airdrop of penicillin and plasma. He also tells one of the mercenaries that he'll be brought home and will see his girl again. A few hours later, a plane does come by and drop a large container... it's just said that the container is actually a fuel-air bomb which then vaporizes the camp.
3rd Dec '17 4:35:22 PM Raidrik
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Godzilla Junior has to assure his crying student, Chibi Moon, that he can handle Grand King Ghidorah alone no problem and needs her to get the others to safety; knowing full well Ghidorah is too strong for him to fight on his own. He's just trying to spare her the possibility of seeing him getting killed and try to help.
3rd Dec '17 12:55:19 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* If you lose to the FinalBoss of a "neutral" run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:you hear Asgore telling you that this is [[AllJustADream all just a bad dream]]...except it's actually Flowey, said final boss, disguising his voice, and he tells you in his real voice that "you're NEVER waking up!" Then he goes LaughingMad and [[NonStandardGameOver the game crashes]].]]

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* If you lose to the FinalBoss of a "neutral" run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:you you hear Asgore telling you that this is [[AllJustADream all just a bad dream]]...except dream]]. [[spoiler:Except it's actually Flowey, said final boss, disguising his voice, and he tells you in his real voice that "you're NEVER waking up!" Then he goes LaughingMad and [[NonStandardGameOver the game crashes]].]]
3rd Dec '17 12:55:00 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* If you lose to the FinalBoss of a "neutral" run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:you hear Asgore telling you that this is [[AllJustADream all just a bad dream]]...except it's actually Flowey, said final boss, disguising his voice, and he tells you in his real voice that "you're NEVER waking up!" Then he goes LaughingMad and [[NonStandardGameOver the game crashes]].]]
28th Nov '17 1:45:16 PM Chariset
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Sometimes, you can [[CassandraGambit tell the truth but no one will believe you]] because the truth is simply too weird. Other times, you can [[SarcasticConfession tell the truth in a tone of voice which makes everyone assume you meant the opposite]]. And if you are careful with your phrasing, you can pull off the highest verbal coup of all: to tell the truth, clearly and plainly, and still make everyone assume you meant something else. If others accuse you of being dishonest, you can stand behind the bulwark of your completely truthful ExactWords. Maybe they should pay more attention next time... if there ''is'' a next time...

A character who is told they'll get "what's coming to you" or "your just desserts" is almost ''always'' on the receiving end of this trope. At this point, in fact, such lines feature almost exclusively in comedies, since audiences have a hard time believing that characters in a serious drama (i.e. responding to dangerous situations with appropriate caution) would fail to recognize the dangerous subtext behind such phrasing.

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Sometimes, you can [[CassandraGambit tell the truth but no one will believe you]] because the truth is simply too weird. Other times, you can [[SarcasticConfession tell the truth in a tone of voice which makes everyone assume you meant the opposite]]. And if you are careful with your phrasing, you can pull off the highest verbal coup of all: to tell the truth, clearly and plainly, and still make everyone assume you meant something else. If others accuse you of being dishonest, you can stand behind the bulwark of your completely truthful ExactWords. Maybe they should pay more attention next time... time, if there ''is'' a next time...

A character who is told they'll get "what's coming to you" or "your just desserts" deserts" is almost ''always'' on the receiving end of this trope. At this point, in fact, such lines feature almost exclusively in comedies, since audiences have a hard time believing that characters in a serious drama (i.e. responding to dangerous situations with appropriate caution) would fail to recognize the dangerous subtext behind such phrasing.
23rd Nov '17 8:51:21 PM Dromioofephesus
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* In the short story "The Crystal Crypt" by Philip K. Dick, Earth and Mars are on the brink of war. A spaceship, the last to depart Mars for Earth before passenger service is suspended, is searched by Martian officials for three saboteurs responsible for destroying a major Martian city. Each passenger is asked about the matter, the veracity of which is verified by a [[LieDetector lie detector]]. Each passenger makes a statement something to the effect of, "I know nothing about any destruction of your city." Each statement is confirmed to be true, so the soldiers leave and the spaceship begins to take off. Later, it is learned that [[spoiler:the city wasn't actually destroyed at all, but instead was miniaturized and placed inside a small globe, presumably disguised as a snow globe, and is being smuggled back to Earth by three passengers.]]
11th Nov '17 4:31:04 PM Sontin
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* In one of the later ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' books, ''Anne of Ingleside'', Anne has an ongoing dilemma of how to respond when asked to admire Susan's calceolarias. Anne finds them ugly, but doesn't want to hurt Susan's feelings or tell a lie. In the end, she settles on, "Why, I've never seen such calceolarias in my life!" ...which is true, since she just came from the train station and hasn't had time to look at the garden yet.

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* In one of the later ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' books, ''Anne of Ingleside'', Anne has an ongoing dilemma of how to respond when asked to admire Susan's calceolarias. Anne finds them ugly, but doesn't want to hurt Susan's feelings or tell a lie. In the end, she settles on, "Why, I've never seen such calceolarias in my life!" ...which is true, since she just came from the train station and hasn't had time to look at the garden yet.mentally adds, "''Thank heavens''!"
16th Oct '17 6:47:21 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'': The Atom delivers one to Shaggy after shrinking himself and the gang.
-->'''Shaggy:''' (gulps) Like, we don't have to be this size for long, do we?
-->'''Atom:''' Not long at all. We're going to shrink down much smaller!
12th Oct '17 10:30:04 PM JackG
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* Angered by some subversive graffiti lampooning his sister, Pope Sixtus V announced that if the writer gave himself up, he'd receive a huge cash reward and not be hanged. The man duly surrendered, whereupon Sixtus had his hands cut off and his tongue bored through instead.
10th Oct '17 9:50:32 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', Adam assures his brother he's no threat to him. Unflappably, Alan asks who he's threatening, then.
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