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14th Jun '17 5:15:50 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'': Sneekly told Penelope that, wherever the Hooded Claw was, he'd also be.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'': Sneekly told tells Penelope that, wherever the Hooded Claw was, he'd is, he'll also be.



* In one of the episodes featuring Pit Boss, the ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' told Lawrence Limburger they'd not destroy Limburger Plaza [[OncePerEpisode that time]]. A guy Limburger had framed in that episode used his truck to drag the tower to the pit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'': Jesse's failed attempt to cheat in an eye exam backfired forcing him to wear glasses. When he had enough of the troubles brought to him by wearing glasses he never needed, he confessed and was expecting Miss Graves to punish him. When she said it wasn't up to her, he was relieved until she pointed out his mother would punish him.
** In another episode, Polly was standing in for Mr. Besser and found out a teacher wasn't technically qualified for the job. When she begged Polly not to tell Mr. Besser, Polly said there was no need to bother him. Polly fired the teacher by herself.

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* In one of the episodes featuring Pit Boss, the ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' told tells Lawrence Limburger they'd not they won't destroy Limburger Plaza [[OncePerEpisode that time]]. A guy Limburger had framed in that episode used uses his truck to drag the tower to the pit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'': ''WesternAnimation/TheKidsFromRoom402'':
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Jesse's failed attempt to cheat in an eye exam backfired backfires forcing him to wear glasses. When he had has enough of the troubles brought to him by wearing glasses he never needed, he confessed confesses and was is expecting Miss Graves to punish him. When she said says it wasn't isn't up to her, he was is relieved until she pointed points out his mother would will punish him.
** In another episode, Polly was is standing in for Mr. Besser and found finds out a teacher wasn't isn't technically qualified for the job. When she begged begs Polly not to tell Mr. Besser, Polly said says there was is no need to bother him. Polly fired fires the teacher by herself.



** In "Fishsticks" Music/KanyeWest tells Carlos Mencia he isn't going to hurt him. He pays people to do that for him.

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** In "Fishsticks" "Fishsticks", Music/KanyeWest tells Carlos Mencia he isn't going to hurt him. He pays people to do that for him.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}} Turbo FAST]]'', when Turbo first defeats Hardcase, the latter extends his hand to Turbo saying that no one ever calls him a SoreLoser, before adding that it's because no one who's ever beaten him has lived to tell about it, as he was prepared to have his minions destroy the city.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}} Turbo FAST]]'', when FAST]]'':
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Turbo first defeats Hardcase, the latter extends his hand to Turbo saying that no one ever calls him a SoreLoser, before adding that it's because no one who's ever beaten him has lived to tell about it, as he was prepared to have his minions destroy the city.



* ''[[Series/{{Dateline}} To Catch a Predator]]''. Many episodes featured suspects asking the question "Are you going to arrest me?" only to have Chris Hansen respond with "I'm not going to arrest you." Which he doesn't, because he's not a police officer. ''They're'' waiting outside.

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* ''[[Series/{{Dateline}} To Catch a Predator]]''. Many episodes featured feature suspects asking the question "Are you going to arrest me?" only to have Chris Hansen respond with "I'm not going to arrest you." Which he doesn't, because he's not a police officer. ''They're'' waiting outside.



* Similarly, the Mongols had a habit of telling the captured leaders of the cities they conquered that none of their blood would be spilled. Which was technically true -- the Mongols were extremely superstitious about shedding the blood of those of noble birth and killed them in ways such as rolling them up in a carpet and beating them to death or tossing them into rivers in a felt sack.
* As mentioned above, [[ExactWords nobody dies of AIDS]]. What they die of are unrelated diseases that can proliferate unchecked by their much weakened immune system.

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* Similarly, the The Mongols had a habit of telling the captured leaders of the cities they conquered that none of their blood would be spilled. Which was technically true -- the Mongols were extremely superstitious about shedding the blood of those of noble birth and killed them in ways such as rolling them up in a carpet and beating them to death or tossing them into rivers in a felt sack.
* As mentioned above, [[ExactWords nobody Nobody dies of AIDS]]. What they die of are unrelated diseases that can proliferate unchecked by their much weakened immune system.



* Generic products sometimes wander into this as well. It's rather disconcerting to find a tub of non-butter spread named "Tastes like Butter".

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* Generic products sometimes wander into this as well. It's rather disconcerting to You sometimes find a tub of non-butter spread named "Tastes like Butter".
13th Jun '17 5:12:23 PM NightShade96
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* SCPFoundation; SCP-507 was once reassured from behind a locked door that should he unlock it, the person behind it would not be able to stab him "because all of his objects were 'very blunt'".

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* SCPFoundation; Wiki/SCPFoundation: SCP-507 was once reassured from behind a locked door that should he unlock it, the person behind it would not be able to stab him "because all of his objects were 'very blunt'".
13th Jun '17 9:26:29 AM TheWanderer
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The key trope to many a DealWithTheDevil. Subtrope to DoubleMeaning. Compare ProphecyTwist, NoManOfWomanBorn (where a prophecy of triumph or doom gives False Reassurance to its target because it seems like it can never come true), MetaphoricallyTrue, ExactWords, StealthInsult, and YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo. See also NewEraSpeech and WorryingForTheWrongReason. Contrast SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, AssuranceBackfire, and EmptyPromise.

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The key trope to many a DealWithTheDevil. Subtrope to DoubleMeaning. Compare ProphecyTwist, NoManOfWomanBorn (where a prophecy of triumph or doom gives False Reassurance to its target because it seems like it can never come true), MetaphoricallyTrue, ExactWords, StealthInsult, and YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo. See also NewEraSpeech and WorryingForTheWrongReason. The SelfPoisoningGambit often relies on this. Contrast SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, AssuranceBackfire, and EmptyPromise.
8th Jun '17 8:54:00 AM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': For centuries, the Heterodynes were vile, bloodthirsty murderers and {{Mad Scientist}}s who ravaged the land with their legion of {{Super Soldier}}s, until Bill and Barry redeemed the family name. A few centuries ago, there was a man known as "the Good Heterodyne." This is not because he was a good person, but because he was good at being a ''Heterodyne''.
1st Jun '17 6:32:07 PM ngh93
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-->'''Buzz''': [[PreAssKickingOneLiner But we're not *on* my planet, are we?]]\\

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-->'''Buzz''': [[PreAssKickingOneLiner But we're not *on* not]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner on]]'' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner my planet, are we?]]\\
1st Jun '17 6:28:44 PM ngh93
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-->'''Piglet''': HEELLLP!\\

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-->'''Piglet''': HEELLLP!\\'''''HEEELLLP!!!!'''''\\



(''Piglet's smile droops; He covers his eyes again'')\\
'''Piglet''': [[SayMyName CHRISTOPHER ROBIN]]!!!

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(''Piglet's (''[[OhCrap Piglet's smile droops; He covers his eyes again'')\\
again]]'')\\
'''Piglet''': [[SayMyName '''''[[SayMyName CHRISTOPHER ROBIN]]!!!ROBIN!!!]]'''''
27th May '17 5:31:39 AM Chariset
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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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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 May '17 1:49:56 PM HighCrate
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* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', When he asks to have a private word with Narses during a meeting on neutral ground, Belisarius swears to the Malwa commander Damodara that nothing they will discuss will involve harm to Damodara. Damodara is, however, GenreSavvy enough to comment to Narses afterward that he realized that Belisarius made a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial in promising no harm would come to Damodara but didn't mention anything about the Malwa Empire in general.

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* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', When he asks to have a private word with Narses during a meeting on neutral ground, Belisarius swears to the Malwa commander Damodara that nothing they will discuss will involve harm to Damodara. Damodara is, however, GenreSavvy enough to comment comments to Narses afterward that he realized that Belisarius made a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial in promising no harm would come to Damodara but didn't mention anything about the Malwa Empire in general.



* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal borrows an FBI jacket from Peter, after promising that he won't pretend to be an FBI agent. Cut to Mozzie wearing the jacket and impersonating an agent instead. Neal does this to Peter in almost every episode-- one of the show's rules is that he does not tell direct lies to Peter, thus ''requiring'' this trope for whatever shenanigans he's pulling behind Peter's back this week. Of course, Peter is GenreSavvy enough to know this, but lets it slide because Neal gets the job done.

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* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal borrows an FBI jacket from Peter, after promising that he won't pretend to be an FBI agent. Cut to Mozzie wearing the jacket and impersonating an agent instead. Neal does this to Peter in almost every episode-- one of the show's rules is that he does not tell direct lies to Peter, thus ''requiring'' this trope for whatever shenanigans he's pulling behind Peter's back this week. Of course, Peter is GenreSavvy enough to know knows this, but lets it slide because Neal gets the job done.



--> '''Mr. Wick:''' [[GenreSavvy I want it in a cup!]]

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--> '''Mr. Wick:''' [[GenreSavvy I want it in a cup!]]cup!
11th May '17 11:42:22 AM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': In "El circo" Mortadelo has to take the place of the lion tamer in the circus. He wonders how many tamers has the lion send to hospital but he is told it hasn't sent any...because he has eaten the 14 previous right in its jail.
29th Apr '17 8:38:54 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** [[[spoiler: Even worse. He spoke through a translator. When the duel is over, the Red King speaks directly, claiming that he has not said one word to Harry!]]

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*** [[[spoiler: [[spoiler: Even worse. He spoke through a translator. When the duel is over, the Red King speaks directly, claiming that he has not said one word to Harry!]]
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