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18th Jan '17 2:18:00 PM dmcreif
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* In the ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'':
**The premise of the work is that a young woman named Sarah Corrigan accidentally stumbles upon Matt Murdock's secret identity of Daredevil. This prompts Matt to track her down and intimidate her in an alleyway to find out how much she knows about him:
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Alright, Sarah. Now we're going to talk about me. Do you know who I am?
-->''[Sarah can feel her palms starting to sweat and tries to play dumb]''
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' Y-you're...Daredevil.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' I think you know that's not what I'm asking. Do you know who I ''really'' am?
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' I—I, um— ''[Matt increases his hold on her throat just slightly—not painful, but undeniably threatening]''
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' If you're thinking of lying, rethink it. Do you know who I am?
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' Yes.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' What's my name?
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' Matthew. M-Matthew Murdock.
**It happens again later on when Sarah goes to the 15th precinct to fix a traffic ticket her dad received, at the same time that Matt is there, and he mistakenly thinks she's there to rat him out. Matt hastily follows her and drags her into an alleyway to interrogate her:
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' You know, if you were going to try and turn me in without me catching you, it might have been a smarter move to go to a police station not in Hell's Kitchen.
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' Okay, w-wait. I know what you're thinking—
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' I'm thinking that you just broke your part in our agreement, Sarah, less than twenty four hours after you swore you wouldn't, so give me one good reason why I shouldn't do the same.
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' I wasn't there about anything to do with you. I swear. I wasn't going to—
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' We'll get to what you were going to do in a minute. What I need to know right now is what you've already done. If the police station wasn't your first stop then my friends are in danger, meaning you have about ten seconds to tell me the truth. Have you already told someone?
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' No. No, I—I haven't. A-and I wasn't going to in there, either.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Then why were you there?
-->''[lengthy silence]''
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' [[LampshadeHanging You know, when someone takes this long to answer, it's not usually a good indicator that they're about to tell you the truth.]]
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' It…it was for…personal reasons.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' "Personal reasons?" This is my ''life'' you're messing with. The lives of people I love. You can at least come up with a better lie than "personal reasons".
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' It's not a lie! I just, I can't—I can't tell you. Why I was there. B-but it had nothing to do with you, I swear.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Really. If it had nothing to do with me, why can't you tell me what it was?"
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' I just—you don't need to know. It's not relevant. T-to anything that we're doing.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' So you're telling me that your mysterious reason for being in the police station has nothing to do with me? Nothing to do with Orion, or why you're working there? No connection to…any of that at all?
-->'''Sarah Corrigan:''' [[BlatantLies R-right. No connection.]]



* Played with in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', when Anna's hair started to turn white after Elsa accidentally cursed her with her ice magic:

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* Played with in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', when Anna's hair started starts to turn white after Elsa accidentally cursed curses her with her ice magic:



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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':Obi-Wan in A New Hope had a slight hesitation before telling Luke that his father was betrayed and murdered by Darth Vader, instead of telling him that Anakin and Vader were one and the same. Though, when the line was uttered in 1977, it was originally planned that Vader and Anakin were going to be two different people. And in a way, it was still "true" FromACertainPointOfView after the change.
* Averted in ''Film/InsideMan''. When Jodie Foster confronts Christopher Plummer, asking him if it was true that he used to work for the Nazis in WWII, he hesitates for about four seconds...then smiles and says "Yes." Either he was a truly honest man, who was old and had nothing to lose, or he realized that hesitating that long before lying about it would make it obvious that he was lying.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':Obi-Wan ''Franchise/StarWars'': Obi-Wan in A New Hope had has a slight hesitation before telling Luke that his father was betrayed and murdered by Darth Vader, instead of telling him that Anakin and Vader were one and the same. Though, when the line was uttered in 1977, it was originally planned that Vader and Anakin were going to be two different people. And in a way, it was still "true" FromACertainPointOfView after the change.
* Averted in ''Film/InsideMan''. When Jodie Foster Madeline White confronts Christopher Plummer, Arthur Case, asking him if it was true that he used to work for the Nazis in WWII, he hesitates for about four seconds...then smiles and says "Yes." Either he was a truly honest man, who was old and had nothing to lose, or he realized that hesitating that long before lying about it would make it obvious that he was lying.
29th Nov '16 1:22:52 AM eroock
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-> "Would Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office? Repeat, Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office. We've found your -- er... your keys! That's it, we've found your keys. No need to be ready for a trap, since we only wish to return your keys!"

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-> "Would ->''"Would Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office? Repeat, Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office. We've found your -- er... your keys! That's it, we've found your keys. No need to be ready for a trap, since we only wish to return your keys!"keys!"''
17th Oct '16 4:31:57 AM ClatoLawa
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''Fanfic/SpotsOff'', Chat Noir visits Marinette after her identity as Ladybug as publicly exposed. When she asks if he found out from the news broadcast, he hesitates before agreeing. As the reader knows, he actually found out when Nino called Adrien a couple of hours ago and told him about a viral video of her transforming, but he's not yet in a position to tell her they have mutual friends out of costume.
20th Aug '16 12:03:42 PM Premonition45
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Compare/contrast with SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, where saying ''too much'' suggests you're being dishonest.
6th Aug '16 6:52:54 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Matt tells Daphne he believes she's reformed, the poor guy is told HesitationEqualsDishonesty, with the extra twist that the amount of time he hesitated was only significant to someone with SuperSpeed.

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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Matt tells Daphne he believes she's reformed, the poor guy is told HesitationEqualsDishonesty, Hesitation Equals Dishonesty, with the extra twist that the amount of time he hesitated was only significant to someone with SuperSpeed.



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', and doubtless many other older {{RPG}}s without much spoken dialog, use this trope to convey to the player that a particular dialog tree choice is... [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty the gospel truth, of course]]. In modern gaming, tags such as "<Lie>" are included instead to indicate to the player that his character is lying.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', and doubtless many other older {{RPG}}s without much spoken dialog, use this trope to convey to the player that a particular dialog tree choice is... [[HesitationEqualsDishonesty the gospel truth, of course]].course. In modern gaming, tags such as "<Lie>" are included instead to indicate to the player that his character is lying.
6th Aug '16 6:50:58 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-> "Would Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office? Repeat, Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office. We've found your -- er... your keys! [[BadLiar That's it, we've found your keys]]. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No need to be ready for a trap]], [[BlatantLies since we only wish to return your keys]]!"

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-> "Would Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office? Repeat, Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office. We've found your -- er... your keys! [[BadLiar That's it, we've found your keys]]. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial keys. No need to be ready for a trap]], [[BlatantLies trap, since we only wish to return your keys]]!"keys!"
23rd Jul '16 11:42:00 PM Jdb1984
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%%* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "That's... why I'm here!"

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%%* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "That's... why I'm here!"* ''Franchise/StarWars'':Obi-Wan in A New Hope had a slight hesitation before telling Luke that his father was betrayed and murdered by Darth Vader, instead of telling him that Anakin and Vader were one and the same. Though, when the line was uttered in 1977, it was originally planned that Vader and Anakin were going to be two different people. And in a way, it was still "true" FromACertainPointOfView after the change.
4th Jul '16 11:48:19 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* This trope is likely part of why [[LonersAreFreaks introverted people are often distrusted by extroverted people]]. As [[http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/302696/ this article]] says, an introvert usually thinks before he/she speaks, while an extrovert tends to speak as he/she thinks. Because saying their thoughts aloud right as they come is natural for an extrovert, they assume that anyone who doesn't do that is trying to hide something.
7th Feb '16 4:58:12 PM DrOO7
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** Statement analysis of the things said by many criminals have noted that they often repeat the questions that they have been asked--"Where was I last night?", "What time did I leave?", etc. This is because they are sensitive questions and repeating them allows the person to hesitate and think of an answer without making it obvious that they are doing so.
7th Feb '16 12:23:34 AM Trocheetroper
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-> "Would Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office? Repeat, Sonic the Hedgehog please report to the security office. We've found your -- er... your keys! [[BadLiar That's it, we've found your keys]]. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No need to be ready for a trap]], [[BlatantLies since we only wish to return your keys]]!"
-->-- '''Doctor Eggman''' in ''VideoGame/SonicColors''
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