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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/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.]]
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.
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