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21st Apr '18 10:00:27 AM dmcreif
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* The ''Series/TrueBlood'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/701839/ How Could You Forget?]]'' is an AU of season 4 where the witches erased Bill Compton's memories instead of Eric Northman's. After the witches subject Pam to her rotting spell like in the show, Eric goes to Bill's house to demand help, only to be told that Bill is busy and he'll need to speak with Jessica (who has been covering for Bill while Sookie is hiding him) has glamored the guards to forward all intended messages to her. Jessica's attempts to backpedal when she inadvertently lets slip things she shouldn't know of are enough to tell Eric that she's hiding something:
-->'''Eric Northman:''' Where is the King?
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' He's not available right now. What do you want?
-->'''Eric Northman:''' Where is he? Why is he suddenly not available? I must speak with him.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' What is so important that you need to speak with him?
-->'''Eric Northman:''' ''[getting into Jessica's space]'' That is between me and Bill.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' Well, I am handling all of his messages for now, so either you tell me and I'll discuss it with Bill, or you can come back later when you have an appointment.
-->'''Eric Northman:''' There is a problem with the witches.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' The witches that you said were no problem?
-->'''Eric Northman:''' I underestimated their abilities. After your little visit last night, I sent Pam to check on our friends.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' And?
-->'''Eric Northman:''' Pam was subjected to some sort of spell.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' ''[intrigued]'' A spell? What kind of spell?
-->'''Eric Northman:''' Some kind of rotting spell. It is very unpleasant. I would have simply killed them, but I cannot be sure that would fix the spell.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' So she's like decomposing? Did anything else happen to her? How did they do it? ''[She fired the questions at him rapidly. Her excitement arousing his suspicion, but he couldn't put his finger on why]''
-->'''Eric Northman:''' I do not know. She said that when she arrived, several of the members were meeting, despite my instructions that they stop, they then started chanting and the one called Marnie cast some kind of spell.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' [[INeverSaidItWasPoison A spell? Was it in Spanish again?]] Did Pam know what they said?
-->'''Eric Northman:''' ''[getting in Jessica's face]'' Again? What do you mean in Spanish again?
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' [[VerbalBackspace I just mean... like you told me... about that other witch in Spain...]]
-->'''Eric Northman:''' You are lying to me. You know more about this than you are telling. ''[grabs Jessica by the shoulders and shakes her]'' What other spell has been cast?!
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' Nothing, there isn't any other spell, it was just a mistake, that's all.
-->'''Eric Northman:''' Where is Bill?! If you will not tell me, I will force him to tell me. ''[He pushes Jessica away and begins marching towards the stairs, intending to tear the house apart looking for Bill]''
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' NO! He doesn't know, he doesn't know anything!
-->''[Jessica's hands fly to her mouth as she realizes she's let slip the truth about Bill. Eric slowly steps back towards her]''
-->'''Eric Northman:''' You will tell me ''everything''. And you will tell me ''now''.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' ''[tearing up]'' The witches, they erased his memory, he doesn't remember anything.
-->'''Eric Northman:''' What? When did this happen?
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' A couple of nights ago. The night after you attacked the witches. He went to see them, and before he could even say anything, they had cast a spell on him.
-->'''Eric Northman:''' Where is he?
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' He's somewhere safe.
-->'''Eric Northman:''' And what exactly does that mean? Why does his staff not realize he is gone? ''[It then crosses his mind that Jessica has glamored all the staff]''
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' It means he is somewhere else, until I can find a way to help him.
-->''[Eric, who is losing patience with Jessica, bares his fangs and grabs her by her throat]''
-->'''Eric Northman:''' You will tell me where he is, or there will not be enough of you left to help him.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' ''[stammering]'' He's.... He's at...
-->'''Eric Northman:''' You are trying my patience.
-->'''Jessica Hamby:''' ...He's with Sookie.
5th Jan '18 10:02:09 PM nombretomado
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* {{In The 1st Degree}} definitely plays this straight. When you question the defendent Tobin and pin him about the phone message of him threatening Zack, he says "I was trying to...''persuade'' Zack to withdraw the claim." He's lying, you know it and the prosecutor you're playing as knows it.

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* {{In The 1st Degree}} ''VideoGame/InThe1stDegree'' definitely plays this straight. When you question the defendent Tobin and pin him about the phone message of him threatening Zack, he says "I was trying to...''persuade'' Zack to withdraw the claim." He's lying, you know it and the prosecutor you're playing as knows it.
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!]]"
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