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3rd Nov '17 12:12:24 AM Linda58
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'' has a variation that occurs several times. A character will hesitate before answering a difficult question, and the pause is usually always long enough for the person who asked to work out the answer on their own. The person answering usually doesn't an outright lie, but typically tries to downplay the truth. For example, when Dean tries to calm Laurel down and prevent a panic attack:

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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'' has a variation that occurs several times. A character will hesitate before answering a difficult question, and the pause is usually always long enough for the person who asked to work out the answer on their own. The person answering usually doesn't an outright lie, but typically tries to downplay the truth.truth, or gives a non-answer. For example, when Dean tries to calm Laurel down and prevent a panic attack:
26th Oct '17 11:40:10 PM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In Chapter 14, Onni figures out that Reynir is lying about the entire crew being fine after the battle from Chapter 13 due Reynir taking two {{Beat Panel}}s worth of time to answer when he asks after Tuuri and Lalli.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In Chapter 14, Onni figures out that Reynir is lying about the entire crew being fine after the battle from Chapter 13 due to Reynir taking two {{Beat Panel}}s worth of time to answer when he asks after Tuuri and Lalli.
15th Sep '17 8:33:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Played with on the PanelGame ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', where hesitating can be the sign of a bad liar ... or a GenreSavvy panelist trying to appear to be lying.

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* Played with on the PanelGame ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', where hesitating can be the sign of a bad liar ... or a GenreSavvy panelist trying to appear to be lying.
14th Sep '17 1:37:24 PM Linda58
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'' has a variation that occurs several times. A character will hesitate before answering a difficult question, and the pause is usually always long enough for the person who asked to work out the answer on their own. The person answering usually doesn't an outright lie, but typically tries to downplay the truth. For example, when Dean tries to calm Laurel down and prevent a panic attack:
-->'''Laurel:''' I used to have panic attacks?
-->'''Dean:''' ''(long pause)'' Every now and then. Is this helping?
-->'''Laurel:''' Yeah. Did you - Did we used to do this a lot?
-->'''Dean:''': ''(pause)'' I wouldn't say a lot. Sometimes. If you needed a little help.
6th Sep '17 7:06:07 AM Medinoc
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* VideoGame/{{Iji}} when lying about [[spoiler:the surviving Tasen in a PacifistRun]].

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* VideoGame/{{Iji}} when lying about [[spoiler:the surviving Tasen in a PacifistRun]]. According to WordOfGod, this was to make it obvious to the player that she was lying, rather than [[WelcomeToCorneria saying the same line regardless of the facts]].
11th Aug '17 12:49:33 AM Kalmbach
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-->'''Stevenson:''' Don't wait for the translation, answer 'yes' or 'no'!"[note] Stevenson was justified, in that he knew Zorin knew English well enough that he could answer the question without it being translated into Russian.[[/note]]

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-->'''Stevenson:''' Don't wait for the translation, answer 'yes' or 'no'!"[note] 'no'!"[[note]] Stevenson was justified, in that he knew Zorin knew English well enough that he could answer the question without it being translated into Russian.[[/note]]
11th Aug '17 12:48:46 AM Kalmbach
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-->'''Stevenson:''' Don't wait for the translation, answer 'yes' or 'no'!"

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-->'''Stevenson:''' Don't wait for the translation, answer 'yes' or 'no'!" 'no'!"[note] Stevenson was justified, in that he knew Zorin knew English well enough that he could answer the question without it being translated into Russian.[[/note]]
8th Jun '17 7:16:17 AM jormis29
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* Jon Lovitz's "The Liar" character from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. "[[BlatantLies Yeah... that's the ticket!]]"

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* Jon Lovitz's Creator/JonLovitz's "The Liar" character from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. "[[BlatantLies Yeah... that's the ticket!]]"
4th May '17 5:40:31 AM dmcreif
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** 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:

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** The premise of the work is that Sarah Corrigan, a young woman named Sarah Corrigan secretary at a company that used to be part of Wilson Fisk's criminal enterprise, accidentally stumbles upon Matt Murdock's secret identity of Daredevil. This prompts Matt Matt, after conversing with Foggy about what to do, decides to track her down and intimidate her in an alleyway outside her apartment to find out how much she knows about him:



** 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:

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** It happens again later on when Sarah goes to the 15th precinct to fix a traffic ticket her dad received, at the same time received. Then she sees Matt and Foggy conversing with Brett Mahoney and immediately backpedals, knowing that Matt is there, and he mistakenly thinks will think she's there to rat him out. Matt hastily follows her and drags her into an alleyway to interrogate her:
12th Mar '17 9:53:24 PM KD
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* [=RPGs=] with a CharacterAlignment system, such as ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' or ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' sometimes allow the exact same words to be spoken as truth or lie, only differentiated by a "<Lie>" tag. With no tag, opinions and claims are assumed to be the character's genuine belief, and alignments will adjust accordingly.
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