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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''
27th Jan '16 6:38:41 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations]]'', when Edgeworth is cross-examining Larry Butz:

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* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations]]'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', when Edgeworth is cross-examining Larry Butz:
25th Dec '15 5:47:30 PM nombretomado
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* Relentlessly used in SilverAge comics, but ''only'' when the reader knows it's a lie. A lie that is part of the twist ending (and thus not known as a lie to the reader) will be delivered blithely, while if we know the character is lying, every sentence will begin with "Um...".

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* Relentlessly used in SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comics, but ''only'' when the reader knows it's a lie. A lie that is part of the twist ending (and thus not known as a lie to the reader) will be delivered blithely, while if we know the character is lying, every sentence will begin with "Um...".
14th Dec '15 1:36:57 AM StFan
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* During the Mahora Festival StoryArc of ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Haruna flatly asked Yue if she got jealous when the former kissed Negi. When Yue tried to deny that accusation, Haruna noted that she took a fraction of a second too long to answer and that the old Yue would have smacked her for being an idiot immediately. Busted.

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* During the Mahora Festival StoryArc of ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Haruna flatly asked Yue if she got jealous when the former kissed Negi. When Yue tried to deny that accusation, Haruna noted that she took a fraction of a second too long to answer and that the old Yue would have smacked her for being an idiot immediately. Busted.




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* In the first issue of ''TheTick'', a man on the street asks Tick if he's the guy who just broke out of the insane asylum (he is). Tick stutters for about half a page before coming up with the answer "No."

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* In the first issue of ''TheTick'', ''ComicBook/TheTick'', a man on the street asks Tick if he's the guy who just broke out of the insane asylum (he is). Tick stutters for about half a page before coming up with the answer "No."

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* ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'' plays this ludicrously straight. Begin your sentence with "um" and you're the villain.
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-->''Draco paused for a moment, weighing, and then opened his mouth -\\

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-->''Draco paused for a moment, weighing, and then opened his mouth -\\--\\




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* Played with in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', when Anna's hair started to turn white after Elsa accidentally cursed her with her ice magic:
-->'''Anna:''' Does it look bad?\\
'''Kristoff:''' Uh, no.\\
'''Olaf:''' You hesitated.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "That's... why I'm here!"

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* %%* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "That's... why I'm here!"



* Played with in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', when Anna's hair started to turn white after Elsa accidentally cursed her with her ice magic:
-->'''Anna''': Does it look bad?
-->'''Kristoff''': Uh, no.
-->'''Olaf''': You hesitated.

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* In ''{{Murder on the Orient Express}}'', when Poirot mentions to Hector [=MacQueen=] the letter naming Daisy Armstrong, the secretary interrupts his own reply. Poirot deduces that [=MacQueen=] is involved with the cover-up.

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* Played with in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', when Anna's hair started to turn white after Elsa accidentally cursed her with her ice magic:
-->'''Anna''': Does it look bad?
-->'''Kristoff''': Uh, no.
-->'''Olaf''': You hesitated.

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''Literature/HerculePoirot'':
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In ''{{Murder on the Orient Express}}'', ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', when Poirot mentions to Hector [=MacQueen=] the letter naming Daisy Armstrong, the secretary interrupts his own reply. Poirot deduces that [=MacQueen=] is involved with the cover-up.



* Both played straight and averted in Literature/{{Discworld}}. While pauses do often hint at lies, several characters, especially Sam Vimes, note that instant responses are even less honest.
* A fairly realistic example in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/GhostStory''; Butters and Daniel are impersonating Wardens to try and intimidate a low-level warlock, and it seems to work until he asks them why they don't have the Wardens' trademark swords, at which point Butters hesitates and their cover is blown. It's pointed out later that had Daniel and Butters immediately responded ''or'' completely ignored the question as below their concern, the bluff might have worked. Butters was not an experienced liar, he had not had much time to work out the cover story, he was under a lot of stress at the time, and the warlock in question had some sort of very weak innate telepathy and was exactly the sort of impulsive person who would not stop to consider whether there might be an innocent reason for the hesitation. There actually ''was'' an innocent explanation for a Warden not carrying a sword ([[spoiler: the person who forged them was trapped in another body that lacked her former magical talent]],) but the warlock was too low down in the magical food chain for this information to have reached him yet, and was able to see through the lie when someone who was better informed would not have thought it odd that the imposters had no swords.
** Harry hesitates in Fool Moon when it's revealed [[spoiler: that one of his apprentices was connected to the werewolf they were chasing]] causing Murphy to think he was withholding information.

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* Both played straight and averted in Literature/{{Discworld}}.''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. While pauses do often hint at lies, several characters, especially Sam Vimes, note that instant responses are even less honest.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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A fairly realistic example in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/GhostStory''; Butters and Daniel are impersonating Wardens to try and intimidate a low-level warlock, and it seems to work until he asks them why they don't have the Wardens' trademark swords, at which point Butters hesitates and their cover is blown. It's pointed out later that had Daniel and Butters immediately responded ''or'' completely ignored the question as below their concern, the bluff might have worked. Butters was not an experienced liar, he had not had much time to work out the cover story, he was under a lot of stress at the time, and the warlock in question had some sort of very weak innate telepathy and was exactly the sort of impulsive person who would not stop to consider whether there might be an innocent reason for the hesitation. There actually ''was'' an innocent explanation for a Warden not carrying a sword ([[spoiler: the person who forged them was trapped in another body that lacked her former magical talent]],) but the warlock was too low down in the magical food chain for this information to have reached him yet, and was able to see through the lie when someone who was better informed would not have thought it odd that the imposters had no swords.
** Harry hesitates in Fool Moon ''Literature/FoolMoon'' when it's revealed [[spoiler: that one of his apprentices was connected to the werewolf they were chasing]] causing Murphy to think he was withholding information.




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* ''Series/KnightRider'' pulled this now and again (since at least one character can only communicate with a words, and a series of little red lights, his hesitations were usually blindingly obvious.
** Then there's a scene in one of the traditional [[TrashTheSet smash-KITT-up-so-we-can-redesign-him-for-the-new-season]] episodes:
-->'''KITT:''' Where are we? Everything is so dark... is it night?
-->'''Bonnie:''' ...Yeah.
* Explained on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' "The One With the Jam" where Chandler is explaining his problems with Janice which includes him pausing before what could be considered a white lie.
-->'''Chandler:''' Okay, well. Janice said 'Hi, do I look fat today?' And I, I looked at her...
-->'''Ross:''' Whoa, whoa, whoa. You looked at her. You never look. You just answer, it's just a reflex. Do I look fat? Nooo! Is she prettier than I am? Noo! Does size matter?
-->'''Rachel:''' Nooo!
-->'''Ross:''' And it works both ways.
* Invoked on ''{{Frontline}}'', when Brooke edits a pause into the interview of a priest accused of rape to make it look like he's thinking about his answer.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'' pulled this now and again (since at least one character can only communicate with a words, and a series of little red lights, his hesitations were usually blindingly obvious.
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obvious. Then there's There's a scene in one of the traditional [[TrashTheSet smash-KITT-up-so-we-can-redesign-him-for-the-new-season]] episodes:
-->'''KITT:''' Where are we? Everything is so dark... is it night?
-->'''Bonnie:''' ...
night?\\
'''Bonnie:''' ...
Yeah.
* Explained on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' "The One With with the Jam" where Chandler is explaining his problems with Janice which includes him pausing before what could be considered a white lie.
-->'''Chandler:''' Okay, well. Janice said 'Hi, do I look fat today?' And I, I looked at her...
-->'''Ross:'''
her...\\
'''Ross:'''
Whoa, whoa, whoa. You looked at her. You never look. You just answer, it's just a reflex. Do I look fat? Nooo! Is she prettier than I am? Noo! Does size matter?
-->'''Rachel:''' Nooo!
-->'''Ross:'''
matter?\\
'''Rachel:''' Nooo!\\
'''Ross:'''
And it works both ways.
* Invoked on ''{{Frontline}}'', ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', when Brooke edits a pause into the interview of a priest accused of rape to make it look like he's thinking about his answer.



--> '''Dean:''' Did Balthazar really [[CosmicRetcon unravel the sweater]] over a chick flick?
--> '''Castiel:'''....Yes. ''(not meeting Dean's eyes)'' Absolutely. That's what he did.
* {{Inverted}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' when Gaius catches Morgana trying to retrieve the mandrake root enchantment that she's hidden under Uther's bed. On asking her if she's looking for something, Morgana doesn't hesitate for a second when she answers "my earring." However, Gaius knows full-well that she's lying, as Merlin has already told him what she's been up to.
* According to [[http://sepinwall.blogspot.co.il/2008/06/wire-season-1-episode-4-old-cases_20.html David Simon]] this is how the viewers should have been able to tell a certain story D'Angelo tells in the first season of TheWire is not quite true.
* On ''TheMiddle'', Frankie had set up a play date for Brick that went well. Several days passed without the other mother contacting her again, so Sue called her to ask what was up. The other mother said, "My son's been... sick." Sue accepts this, but thinking about it later she wonders why the woman had hesitated, and it turns out she was lying.

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--> '''Dean:''' -->'''Dean:''' Did Balthazar really [[CosmicRetcon unravel the sweater]] over a chick flick?
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flick?\\
'''Castiel:'''....Yes. ''(not meeting Dean's eyes)'' Absolutely. That's what he did.
* {{Inverted}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' when Gaius catches Morgana trying to retrieve the mandrake root enchantment that she's hidden under Uther's bed. On asking her if she's looking for something, Morgana doesn't hesitate for a second when she answers "my earring." However, Gaius knows full-well that she's lying, as Merlin has already told him what she's been up to.
* According to [[http://sepinwall.blogspot.co.il/2008/06/wire-season-1-episode-4-old-cases_20.html David Simon]] this is how the viewers should have been able to tell a certain story D'Angelo tells in the first season of TheWire ''Series/TheWire'' is not quite true.
* On ''TheMiddle'', ''Series/TheMiddle'', Frankie had set up a play date for Brick that went well. Several days passed without the other mother contacting her again, so Sue called her to ask what was up. The other mother said, "My son's been... sick." Sue accepts this, but thinking about it later she wonders why the woman had hesitated, and it turns out she was lying.




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* ''MarkTrail'' plays this ludicrously straight. Begin your sentence with "um" and you're the villain.

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* Girl Stinky of ''SamAndMax'' does this constantly. [[spoiler:[[RedHerring Typically when she's actually being honest]].]]

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* Girl Stinky of ''SamAndMax'' ''VideoGame/SamAndMax'' does this constantly. [[spoiler:[[RedHerring Typically when she's actually being honest]].]]




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* Parodied/subverted in ''TheSimpsons'': Bart's announcement of, "Well, I'm doing a presentation on...fireworks!" is met with his mother saying, "Bart, I wish you wouldn't lie like that" before confiscating said fireworks. Cut to Springfield Elementary, where Skinner is announcing a fireworks show, courtesy of Bart.

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* Parodied/subverted in ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Parodied/subverted:
Bart's announcement of, "Well, I'm doing a presentation on...on... fireworks!" is met with his mother saying, "Bart, I wish you wouldn't lie like that" before confiscating said fireworks. Cut to Springfield Elementary, where Skinner is announcing a fireworks show, courtesy of Bart.




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* [[http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/relationship-advice/is-he-hiding-something This Cosmo article]] is doing its best to make the belief more prevalent. Note that it counts both significant hesitation and simply SWALLOWING while having a conversation.
** Ruthlessly mocked by Cracked [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19066_7-psychotic-pieces-relationship-advice-from-cosmo.html here]]

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* [[http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/relationship-advice/is-he-hiding-something This Cosmo article]] is doing its best to make the belief more prevalent. Note that it counts both significant hesitation and simply SWALLOWING while having a conversation.
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conversation. Ruthlessly mocked by Cracked [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19066_7-psychotic-pieces-relationship-advice-from-cosmo.html here]]


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7th Dec '15 6:00:18 PM Hossmeister
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* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations]]'', when Edgeworth is cross-examining Larry Butz:

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* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations]]'', when Edgeworth is cross-examining Larry Butz:
30th Nov '15 9:34:04 AM FF32
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* RichardDawkins was asked in an interview if he could "give an example of a genetic mutation or evolutionary process which can be seen to increase the information in the genome" -- a question that, he later said, "would only be phrased that way by somebody who doubts that evolution happened." He famously paused for eleven seconds before answering, and the tape was used by creationists to claim that evolutionists don't have all the answers. Dawkins explains he had actually just realized that the documentary being filmed wasn't what he thought it would be, and was trying to decide whether to [[GetOut throw them out]] or not. His full, non-"soundbite" answer can be read [[http://www.skeptics.com.au/publications/articles/the-information-challenge/ here]].

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* RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins was asked in an interview if he could "give an example of a genetic mutation or evolutionary process which can be seen to increase the information in the genome" -- a question that, he later said, "would only be phrased that way by somebody who doubts that evolution happened." He famously paused for eleven seconds before answering, and the tape was used by creationists to claim that evolutionists don't have all the answers. Dawkins explains he had actually just realized that the documentary being filmed wasn't what he thought it would be, and was trying to decide whether to [[GetOut throw them out]] or not. His full, non-"soundbite" answer can be read [[http://www.skeptics.com.au/publications/articles/the-information-challenge/ here]].
27th Nov '15 11:32:18 AM nombretomado
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* Jon Lovitz's "The Liar" character from ''SaturdayNightLive''. "[[BlatantLies Yeah... that's the ticket!]]"

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* Jon Lovitz's "The Liar" character from ''SaturdayNightLive''.''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. "[[BlatantLies Yeah... that's the ticket!]]"



* ''{{Smallville}}''[==]'s Clark Kent is the king of this, pausing for years before delivering a [[BlatantLies horrible explanation]] for something that has even the slightest correlation to his being an alien. If you're going to pause that long, Clark, at least come up with a plausible explanation, will ya?

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* ''{{Smallville}}''[==]'s ''Series/{{Smallville}}''[==]'s Clark Kent is the king of this, pausing for years before delivering a [[BlatantLies horrible explanation]] for something that has even the slightest correlation to his being an alien. If you're going to pause that long, Clark, at least come up with a plausible explanation, will ya?
31st Aug '15 1:19:48 PM Uttergenius
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* 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 to turn white after Elsa accidentally cursed her with her ice magic;magic:
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* In the first issue of ''TheTick'', a man on the street asks Tick if he's the guy who just broke out of the insane asylum (He is). Tick ums and ers for about half a page before coming up with the answer "No."

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* In the first issue of ''TheTick'', a man on the street asks Tick if he's the guy who just broke out of the insane asylum (He (he is). Tick ums and ers stutters for about half a page before coming up with the answer "No."
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