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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.]]
25th Oct '16 7:32:14 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.]]
25th Oct '16 7:30:57 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.

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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.]]
23rd Oct '16 12:03:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* CharlieBrooker has a story about how he once tried to get out of trouble for not paying attention when his girlfriend was talking by claiming that he couldn't hear her because he was completely deaf in one ear. Of course, he then had to keep up the absurd pretense for years, occasionally forgetting what ear exactly he was supposed to be deaf in.

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* CharlieBrooker Creator/CharlieBrooker has a story about how he once tried to get out of trouble for not paying attention when his girlfriend was talking by claiming that he couldn't hear her because he was completely deaf in one ear. Of course, he then had to keep up the absurd pretense for years, occasionally forgetting what ear exactly he was supposed to be deaf in.
15th Oct '16 8:47:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''FanboyAndChumChum'' episode "Sigmund the Sorcerer", Kyle lied to Sigmund about being a skilled, successful wizard, not having foreseen that Sigmund would invite himself into his house for dinner. In desperate attempts to impress him, [[MaintainTheLie he tells several more lies in the process]], including claiming that Fanboy and Chum Chum are his "elf servants", not human friends. Sigmund later suggested buying them, for the price of Kyle returning to the Milkweed academy for wizards (which he has been expelled from) and Kyle agreed - at least until he learned that Sigmund intended on blowing them up. After that, he admitted to not being as high-achieving as he painted himself at first.

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* In the ''FanboyAndChumChum'' ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' episode "Sigmund the Sorcerer", Kyle lied to Sigmund about being a skilled, successful wizard, not having foreseen that Sigmund would invite himself into his house for dinner. In desperate attempts to impress him, [[MaintainTheLie he tells several more lies in the process]], including claiming that Fanboy and Chum Chum are his "elf servants", not human friends. Sigmund later suggested buying them, for the price of Kyle returning to the Milkweed academy for wizards (which he has been expelled from) and Kyle agreed - at least until he learned that Sigmund intended on blowing them up. After that, he admitted to not being as high-achieving as he painted himself at first.
8th Oct '16 10:19:08 PM JapaneseTeeth
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** "Where The Apple Lies": As a filly, Applejack tried to cover for a failed business transaction by claiming that Granny Smith is sick. It eventually results in Big Macintosh almost undergoing an unnecessary surgery.
5th Oct '16 12:21:50 PM Morgenthaler
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** ''LaCageAuxFolles'', being the film Film/TheBirdcage is based off, features this as well in the same manner.

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** ''LaCageAuxFolles'', ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', being the film Film/TheBirdcage is based off, features this as well in the same manner.
29th Sep '16 7:03:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* A lot of ''TerrorIsland's'' humor relies on a total inversion of this: the [[CloudcuckooLander characters]] give these sorts of convoluted explanations when they are either completely unnecessary or the explanations incriminate them more than the original lie would: [[http://terrorisland.net/strips/146.html this]] is a good example.

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* A lot of ''TerrorIsland's'' ''Webcomic/TerrorIsland's'' humor relies on a total inversion of this: the [[CloudcuckooLander characters]] give these sorts of convoluted explanations when they are either completely unnecessary or the explanations incriminate them more than the original lie would: [[http://terrorisland.net/strips/146.html this]] is a good example.
24th Aug '16 2:40:52 AM Adept
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* Oscar Wilde's ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' plays with this as the two male protagonist characters both lie about their name, calling themselves Ernest. The two female protagonists both think they are dating the same man named Ernest, and react initially badly when the truth is revealed. The play subverts the trope in that the lie told by Jack [[AccidentalTruth is not actually a lie]], his given name was Ernest, but having been lost as a baby by his nanny, he did not know it.

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* Oscar Wilde's ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' plays with this as the two male protagonist characters both lie about their name, calling themselves Ernest. The two female protagonists both think they are dating the same man named Ernest, and react initially badly when the truth is revealed. The play subverts the trope in that the lie told by Jack [[AccidentalTruth is not actually a lie]], his given name was Ernest, but having been lost as a baby by his nanny, he did not know it.
16th Aug '16 7:37:12 PM PaulA
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** In ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' becomes Admiral Naismith through just such a chain of lies, inventing a mission in order to find a role for a Barayaran deserter, pretending to be a mercenary leader when he gets caught smuggling arms, building the pretence when he gets caught in a war... and then it all goes horribly un-funny when he realises that the end of his lies is that he's acquired a private army, which is the worst form of treason for a Barayaran Lord. Drama ensues.

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** In ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles Vorkosigan becomes Admiral Naismith through just such a chain of lies, inventing a mission in order to find a role for a Barayaran deserter, pretending to be a mercenary leader when he gets caught smuggling arms, building the pretence when he gets caught in a war... and then it all goes horribly un-funny when he realises that the end of his lies is that he's acquired a private army, which is the worst form of treason for a Barayaran Lord. Drama ensues.
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