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22nd May '17 12:02:18 PM Rysto
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* This is how Penny Ack became a supervillain in ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain''. In the beginning, she tries to prevent her friend from committing vandalism for petty reasons. When a KnightTemplar superhero intervenes and accuses them of trying to steal a valuable piece of alien technology, she plays along to protect her real identity and keep she and her friends out of trouble. The snowball really starts to pick up speed when Penny starts committing flashy crimes at random to redirect suspicion from herself. Her reputation is cemented after she participates in some major crimes [[spoiler:after a real supervillain blackmails her]]. It has reached the point where even major acts of heroism by Penny are reinterpreted by the authorities as simply being elements of some villainous master plan, and Penny herself [[spoiler: begins to wonder if perhaps [[BecomingTheMask she actually prefers being a supervillain anyway]].]]
17th May '17 10:35:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** They eventually lampshade their use of the trope in the 10th season episode "Daphne Does Dinner". The episodes starts at the crash of one of these plots, and [[NoodleIncident although we never get to see it]], it apparently involved Frasier having Tourette syndrome, flaming kebabs, a burning toupee, Martin as an Italian count, and a goat in the kitchen. In a rare case of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] Daphne claims that the constant party complications comes from the involvement of the title character (and his brother), and decides to to ban him from any involvement in the party she's planning. [[spoiler: When her party ends up just as badly, the Crane family takes it as a rite of passage to become a Crane.]]

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** They eventually lampshade their use of the trope in the 10th season episode "Daphne Does Dinner". The episodes starts at the crash of one of these plots, and [[NoodleIncident although we never get to see it]], it apparently involved Frasier having Tourette syndrome, flaming kebabs, a burning toupee, Martin as an Italian count, and a goat in the kitchen. In a rare case of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] Daphne claims that the constant party complications comes from the involvement of the title character (and his brother), and decides to to ban him from any involvement in the party she's planning. [[spoiler: When her party ends up just as badly, the Crane family takes it as a rite of passage to become a Crane.]]



* An ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode had one of these, where the Eds accidentally break Kevin's window and Eddy blames it on a group of mysterious creatures called "Mucky Boys". Naturally, everyone else decides to investigate, leading to the Eds going to increasing lengths to fabricate evidence the Mucky Boys' existence. In a slight variation, Edd is GenreSavvy enough to know that this can only end badly and tries to no avail to convince Eddy to confess the truth.

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* An ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode had one of these, where the Eds accidentally break Kevin's window and Eddy blames it on a group of mysterious creatures called "Mucky Boys". Naturally, everyone else decides to investigate, leading to the Eds going to increasing lengths to fabricate evidence the Mucky Boys' existence. In a slight variation, Edd is GenreSavvy enough to know knows that this can only end badly and tries to no avail to convince Eddy to confess the truth.
21st Apr '17 8:59:00 PM Monolaf317
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** This happens for a bit in [[VacationEpisode Episode 10]] when Ally and Kim see Nighthook with Havoc. It starts out as lying about Nighthook being their waiter, and it gets a whole lot worse from there.

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** This happens for a bit in [[VacationEpisode Episode 10]] when Ally and Kim see Nighthook with Havoc. It starts out as lying about Nighthook being their waiter, and it gets a whole lot worse goes downhill from there.
15th Mar '17 11:14:14 PM Levondevari
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** ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', being the film Film/TheBirdcage is based off, features this as well in the same manner.



** ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', being the film Film/TheBirdcage is based off, features this as well in the same manner.
9th Mar '17 5:47:25 PM Monolaf317
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** This happens for a bit in Episode 10 when Ally and Kim see Nighthook with Havoc. It starts out as lying about Nighthook being their waiter, and it gets a whole lot worse from there.

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** This happens for a bit in [[VacationEpisode Episode 10 10]] when Ally and Kim see Nighthook with Havoc. It starts out as lying about Nighthook being their waiter, and it gets a whole lot worse from there.
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9th Mar '17 5:46:48 PM Monolaf317
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** For about a half of Episode 5, after Ally accidentally intrudes on Havoc's meeting with his weapon dealer.
** This happens for a bit in Episode 10 when Ally and Kim see Nighthook with Havoc. It starts out as lying about Nighthook being their waiter, and it gets a whole lot worse from there.
5th Feb '17 1:19:22 PM nombretomado
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* One of the main plots in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree]]''. Tearoom owner Sally Pyne was so caught up in the fantasy of her foreign vacation that she told a few tall tales about her manor house to an attentive suitor. She's aghast when the man writes announcing his intention to visit, and a scheme is hatched to allow her to [[MaintainTheLie play the role of Lady Bountiful in Willis Sr.'s house during his visit]] while concealing her presence there from the other villagers (particularly a trio of single women who've set their caps for eligible widower Willis Sr.). Naturally, things don't go as planned...

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* One of the main plots in ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree]]''. Tearoom owner Sally Pyne was so caught up in the fantasy of her foreign vacation that she told a few tall tales about her manor house to an attentive suitor. She's aghast when the man writes announcing his intention to visit, and a scheme is hatched to allow her to [[MaintainTheLie play the role of Lady Bountiful in Willis Sr.'s house during his visit]] while concealing her presence there from the other villagers (particularly a trio of single women who've set their caps for eligible widower Willis Sr.). Naturally, things don't go as planned...
24th Dec '16 2:32:50 AM Silverblade2
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* The plot of ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the Fawlty Towers Plot, playing it almost as much for [[PlayedForDrama drama]] as for [[BlackComedy very dark]] [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]].

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* %%* The plot of ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the Fawlty Towers Plot, playing it almost as much for [[PlayedForDrama drama]] as for [[BlackComedy very dark]] [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]].



* This is basically [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Cersei Lannister's]] hazy idea of being TheChessmaster, in practice.
* Nimrod Pennyroyal in ''TheHungryCityChronicles''.

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* This %%* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is basically [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Cersei Lannister's]] hazy Lannister'shazy idea of being TheChessmaster, in practice.
* %%* Nimrod Pennyroyal in ''TheHungryCityChronicles''.



* Used in the ''Literature/{{Jennings}}'' books far too often to list examples.

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* %%* Used in the ''Literature/{{Jennings}}'' books far too often to list examples.



* The TropeNamer is ''Series/FawltyTowers'', [[CaptainObvious quite obviously]]. Most of the comedy in the show came from UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Basil Fawlty start off by telling a small white lie, only to have to keep telling bigger and bigger lies, getting in deeper and deeper trouble until it all came crashing down in a glorious climax.

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* The TropeNamer is ''Series/FawltyTowers'', [[CaptainObvious quite obviously]].''Series/FawltyTowers''. Most of the comedy in the show came from UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Basil Fawlty start off by telling a small white lie, only to have to keep telling bigger and bigger lies, getting in deeper and deeper trouble until it all came crashing down in a glorious climax.



* Happens a lot in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. So much it's even played with and subverted them. Adding examples would overtake the page.
* As with ''Series/{{Friends}}'', adding ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' examples would clutter the page. It mostly involves George.
* It happens a lot in ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', especially when the lie is being kept from Cheryl or Susie. They always find out.
* About 75% of all pre-teen and teen oriented comedies have these plots for a majority of their episodes. Notable examples are ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' and the Disney Channel original series such as ''Series/HannahMontana''.

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* %%* Happens a lot in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. So much it's even played with and subverted them. Adding examples would overtake the page.
* %%* As with ''Series/{{Friends}}'', adding ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' examples would clutter the page. It mostly involves George.
* %%* It happens a lot in ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', especially when the lie is being kept from Cheryl or Susie. They always find out.
* About 75% of all pre-teen and teen oriented comedies have these plots for a majority of their episodes. Notable examples are ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' and the Disney Channel original series such as ''Series/HannahMontana''.
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* Naturally a staple of ''Series/ThatsMyBush'', since the series was an AffectionateParody of sitcom cliches.

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* %%* Naturally a staple of ''Series/ThatsMyBush'', since the series was an AffectionateParody of sitcom cliches.



* ''Series/AfterLately'' features this.

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* %%* ''Series/AfterLately'' features this.



* ''Series/KickinIt'' had an episode that not only played this trope straight, but was also an [[ShoutOut homage]] to ''Fawlty Towers'' right down to its title, "Fawlty Temple".

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* %%* ''Series/KickinIt'' had an episode that not only played this trope straight, but was also an [[ShoutOut homage]] to ''Fawlty Towers'' right down to its title, "Fawlty Temple".



* Much of the humour in ''Series/{{Drifters}}'' stems from this.

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* %%* Much of the humour in ''Series/{{Drifters}}'' stems from this.



* '''EVERY EPISODE OF''' ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel''.

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* %%* '''EVERY EPISODE OF''' ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel''.
9th Dec '16 8:17:42 PM orrink
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* The film "Tallulah" involves Ellen Page stealing a baby and passing it off as her own to get her ex-boyfriend's mom to take her in. It's a ridiculous plan you know is going to come crashing down sooner or later
2nd Dec '16 11:18:48 AM Conradus
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** This is far from the ''only'' example, mind you. The stories often show Miles getting more and more perturbed as he wades deeper and deeper into the mire of lies he's making, even to the extent of nearly having a nervous breakdown in the story above. He generally relies on "forward momentum" (more lies) to get out of trouble. Amazingly, Miles is brilliant enough that he consistently makes this ''work''. [[spoiler: Until ''Memory'', when it all falls apart on him, costing him his {{ImpSec}} career.]]

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** This is far from the ''only'' example, mind you. The stories often show Miles getting more and more perturbed as he wades deeper and deeper into the mire of lies he's making, even to the extent of nearly having a nervous breakdown in the story above. He generally relies on "forward momentum" (more lies) to get out of trouble. Amazingly, Miles is brilliant enough that he consistently makes this ''work''. [[spoiler: Until ''Memory'', when it all falls apart on him, costing him his {{ImpSec}} [=ImpSec=] career.]]
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