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6th Dec '16 6:36:15 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes'', Oscar tells Ben that, while Horace might ultimately be unwilling to put up his share of the money, "Leo's got a friend" with bonds worth $88,000 that he'd kindly lend until he needs to look at them again in about five months. Oscar has to discreetly warn Leo about not letting out that these bonds are actually Horace's and will be lifted straight out of his safe-deposit box.
13th Nov '16 11:28:30 AM BillWoods
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* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', the title character isn't even willing to use the "I have this friend" method - Shippou ends up doing it for him, asking Kaede for relationship advice for "a dog I know," while Inuyasha, present for the whole conversation, denies that it has anything to do with him. HilarityEnsues, particularly given that Shippou provides visual aids. Visual aids he's so proud of that he later shows to the whole village, much to Kagome's embarrassment.

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* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', the title character isn't even willing to use the "I have this friend" method - -- Shippou ends up doing it for him, asking Kaede for relationship advice for "a dog I know," while Inuyasha, present for the whole conversation, denies that it has anything to do with him. HilarityEnsues, particularly given that Shippou provides visual aids. Visual aids he's so proud of that he later shows to the whole village, much to Kagome's embarrassment.



** ''Fanfic/IHaveThisFriend'' calls out this trope by name in its title. Twilight asks Celestia for some romantic advice - specifically, about her friend's romantic feelings for another mare. A regal, elegant mare who is well respected in Canterlot society. Twilight's friend doesn't want to cause her any trouble, you see. It doesn't take long for Celestia to cotton on to what's going on, and she encourages Twilight to come clean about her feelings. [[spoiler: {{Inverted|Trope}} at the end; Twilight really was asking for a friend, specifically whether or not Applejack should ask out Rarity. Not that she ever tells Celestia, who is left wondering just what romantic Twilight is going to make.]]

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** ''Fanfic/IHaveThisFriend'' calls out this trope by name in its title. Twilight asks Celestia for some romantic advice - -- specifically, about her friend's romantic feelings for another mare. A regal, elegant mare who is well respected in Canterlot society. Twilight's friend doesn't want to cause her any trouble, you see. It doesn't take long for Celestia to cotton on to what's going on, and she encourages Twilight to come clean about her feelings. [[spoiler: {{Inverted|Trope}} at the end; Twilight really was asking for a friend, specifically whether or not Applejack should ask out Rarity. Not that she ever tells Celestia, who is left wondering just what romantic Twilight is going to make.]]



* Shaggy in ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster''- he tells Fred and Daphne he has this friend, "Scruffy", who has a crush on a girl etc., etc. Of course, he was talking about himself having a crush on Velma.

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* Shaggy in ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster''- ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster'' -- he tells Fred and Daphne he has this friend, "Scruffy", who has a crush on a girl etc., etc. Of course, he was talking about himself having a crush on Velma.



--> "If I understand," said the Doctor, in a subdued tone, "some mental shock -- ?"

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--> "If I understand," said the Doctor, in a subdued tone, "some mental shock -- ?"--?"



* In ''Literature/HeartInHand'', Darryl uses a variant to talk about his relationship with Alex, a rival hockey player, to his friend - he doesn't hide that it's his own problems, but he frames it as "girl trouble".

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* In ''Literature/HeartInHand'', Darryl uses a variant to talk about his relationship with Alex, a rival hockey player, to his friend - -- he doesn't hide that it's his own problems, but he frames it as "girl trouble".



* In ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', the protagonist (nicknamed [[UnfortunateNames Armpit]]) is dragged through a convoluted, barely-illegal get-rich-quick scheme by his friend, X-Ray, which through a lucky turn manages to win him a girlfriend who is also a famous pop singer, Kaira De Leon. However, a man Armpit and X-Ray angered earlier shows up and demands Armpit to sell him a love letter his celebrity girlfriend wrote him, or else he'll reveal Armpit and X-ray's whole operation, potentially landing the two in jail. Later, as he and his girlfriend have coffee together, Armpit reveals the whole situation to her, but he unfortunately phrases the whole thing as this trope, and Kaira dumps him, as she thinks their whole relationship was all about hustling her out of her money.

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* In ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', ''Literature/SmallSteps'', the protagonist (nicknamed [[UnfortunateNames Armpit]]) is dragged through a convoluted, barely-illegal get-rich-quick scheme by his friend, X-Ray, which through a lucky turn manages to win him a girlfriend who is also a famous pop singer, Kaira De Leon. However, a man Armpit and X-Ray angered earlier shows up and demands Armpit to sell him a love letter his celebrity girlfriend wrote him, or else he'll reveal Armpit and X-ray's whole operation, potentially landing the two in jail. Later, as he and his girlfriend have coffee together, Armpit reveals the whole situation to her, but he unfortunately phrases the whole thing as this trope, and Kaira dumps him, as she thinks their whole relationship was all about hustling her out of her money.



* In ''Series/MySoCalledLife'', Angela goes to Mr. Katimski and asks what to do about someone "who's really smart but not doing well in English", and while Mr. Katimski assumes Angela is referring to herself - and shows her the bulletin board to sign up for a tutor - she's actually talking about Jordan.

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* In ''Series/MySoCalledLife'', Angela goes to Mr. Katimski and asks what to do about someone "who's really smart but not doing well in English", and while Mr. Katimski assumes Angela is referring to herself - -- and shows her the bulletin board to sign up for a tutor - -- she's actually talking about Jordan.



* Parodied and subverted on ''Series/TheSketchShow'', when Lee tells a psychiatrist that his friend is a woman (Pauline) trapped in a man's body - and that that woman has a man (Alan) trapped in her's, who in turn has a woman in his (Jackie, who apparently doesn't get on with Pauline). Ronni asks if he's talking about himself. He denies it, saying that it's his flatmate. Further subverted when she asks him to bring his friend to see her. He then pulls out a Babushka doll and opens it up.

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* Parodied and subverted on ''Series/TheSketchShow'', when Lee tells a psychiatrist that his friend is a woman (Pauline) trapped in a man's body - -- and that that woman has a man (Alan) trapped in her's, who in turn has a woman in his (Jackie, who apparently doesn't get on with Pauline). Ronni asks if he's talking about himself. He denies it, saying that it's his flatmate. Further subverted when she asks him to bring his friend to see her. He then pulls out a Babushka doll and opens it up.



* In an episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Cory asked Raven for his friend who wanted to gain the attraction of a girl. She automatically assumed and not so subtly made some suggestions for his "friend". The audience knew, but she didn't, that a rather scary kid at school was forcing him to help him - he really was asking for a friend.

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* In an episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', Cory asked Raven for his friend who wanted to gain the attraction of a girl. She automatically assumed and not so subtly made some suggestions for his "friend". The audience knew, but she didn't, that a rather scary kid at school was forcing him to help him - -- he really was asking for a friend.



* In [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1229 one strip]] of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex does this ''retroactively'' - after saying something embarrassing, he later claims that he was "pretending to be a friend of his" when he said it.

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* In [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1229 one strip]] of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex does this ''retroactively'' - -- after saying something embarrassing, he later claims that he was "pretending to be a friend of his" when he said it.
5th Sep '16 12:11:46 AM TitaniumDragon
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheBalladOfTwilightSparkle'', Twilight tries this on a librarian at the Manehatten Public Library when asking for advice on romance regarding the Great and Powerful Trixie, or as Twilight puts it "this annoying and adamantly arrogant magical mare that somepony I know may or may not have more-than-friendly feelings for." The librarian sees right through this, much to Twilight's frustration.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic fanfics love this trope.
** ''Fanfic/IHaveThisFriend'' calls out this trope by name in its title. Twilight asks Celestia for some romantic advice - specifically, about her friend's romantic feelings for another mare. A regal, elegant mare who is well respected in Canterlot society. Twilight's friend doesn't want to cause her any trouble, you see. It doesn't take long for Celestia to cotton on to what's going on, and she encourages Twilight to come clean about her feelings. [[spoiler: {{Inverted|Trope}} at the end; Twilight really was asking for a friend, specifically whether or not Applejack should ask out Rarity. Not that she ever tells Celestia, who is left wondering just what romantic Twilight is going to make.]]
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''Fanfic/TheBalladOfTwilightSparkle'', Twilight tries this on a librarian at the Manehatten Manehattan Public Library when asking for advice on romance regarding the Great and Powerful Trixie, or as Twilight puts it "this annoying and adamantly arrogant magical mare that somepony I know may or may not have more-than-friendly feelings for." The librarian sees right through this, much to Twilight's frustration.frustration.
** The I-really-am-asking-for-a-friend variant happens ''twice'' over the course of ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse To Cherilee With Love]]''. In the first case, Sweetie Bell has a crush on Cherilee. After she asks Dinky Doo for help, Dinky asks her mom for help in turn. Unfortunately, Ditzy Doo doesn't realize that Dinky really is asking on behalf of a friend, and thinks that Dinky's confessing to a crush on her teacher. And while she knows that Cherilee would never encourage such a crush, Trixie has been teaching Dinky magic, and Trixie is known to love people's attention and adoration. So she flies out to confront Trixie. The ensuing argument ends with Dinky convinced that Trixie wasn't encouraging Dinky to have a crush on her, but it also ends with Trixie convinced that Dinky ''has'' a crush on her. And that's where round two comes in. Trixie goes to ask Lyra for help, but fails to specify exactly who she's talking about, only mentioning that "a unicorn" has a crush on "her teacher". Naturally, Lyra assumes that Trixie's confessing to a crush on the one who taught ''her''--Princess Luna. To make matters worse, Lyra shares this conclusion with the Princess. HilarityEnsues.



* The I-really-am-asking-for-a-friend variant happens ''twice'' over the course of ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse To Cherilee With Love]]''. In the first case, Sweetie Bell has a crush on Cherilee. After she asks Dinky Doo for help, Dinky asks her mom for help in turn. Unfortunately, Ditzy Doo doesn't realize that Dinky really is asking on behalf of a friend, and thinks that Dinky's confessing to a crush on her teacher. And while she knows that Cherilee would never encourage such a crush, Trixie has been teaching Dinky magic, and Trixie is known to love people's attention and adoration. So she flies out to confront Trixie. The ensuing argument ends with Dinky convinced that Trixie wasn't encouraging Dinky to have a crush on her, but it also ends with Trixie convinced that Dinky ''has'' a crush on her. And that's where round two comes in. Trixie goes to ask Lyra for help, but fails to specify exactly who she's talking about, only mentioning that "a unicorn" has a crush on "her teacher". Naturally, Lyra assumes that Trixie's confessing to a crush on the one who taught ''her''--Princess Luna. To make matters worse, Lyra shares this conclusion with the Princess. HilarityEnsues.
4th Sep '16 2:25:43 AM Thomasfan
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* In Disney/LionKing2 After Kovu's banishment, Timon and Puumba attempt to 'hypothetically' explain to Simba that Kiara ran off alone ... but Simba sees right through it.
-->'''Timon:''' There's this guy... \\
'''Pumbaa:''' But he's not a lion... \\
'''Timon:''' No. No, he's not a lion. Yeesh, definitely not a lion... and uh... uh, his daughter, um, say... vanished?
21st Aug '16 6:47:16 AM eroock
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21st Aug '16 6:29:07 AM eroock
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Elan makes [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0118.html a particularly feckless attempt]] at this to avoid admitting that he just activated the [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destruct rune]], forcing the party to flee and abandon a huge amount of treasure.
15th Aug '16 5:17:31 PM DrFraud
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* Subverted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11995519/6/Harry-Potter-Air-Elemental Harry Potter: Air Elemental]]'':
-->'''Madame Pomfrey:''' What is the problem with ... a friend of yours?\\
'''Harry:''' Madame Pomfrey, have you fully read the file for Ron, what happened to him and what the healers at St. Mungo's did to help him?\\
'''Madame Pomfrey:''' Oh, this really is about a friend.
11th Aug '16 7:55:44 PM PaulA
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* From the first novel in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', ''Shards of Honor'', both Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan use this device very early on in their acquaintance, when the topic of prior romantic relationships has somehow unaccountably come up. Although neither character is openly GenreSavvy (yet, anyway), they each know the other person is actually talking about their own experiences, not those of "a friend".

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* From the first novel in In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', ''Shards of Honor'', ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', both Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan use this device very early on in their acquaintance, when the topic of prior romantic relationships has somehow unaccountably come up. Although neither character is openly GenreSavvy (yet, anyway), they each know the other person is actually talking about their own experiences, not those of "a friend".
5th Aug '16 12:51:56 AM PaulA
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** In ''Orca'', this standard circumlocution backfires on Keira. She's helping Vlad try to untangle the debts of a dead noble; when another Jhereg asks her why, she truthfully starts telling him it's for a friend, and he immediately says he doesn't believe her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for everyone, he ''did'' believe her.]]

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** In ''Orca'', ''Literature/{{Orca}}'', this standard circumlocution backfires on Keira. She's helping Vlad try to untangle the debts of a dead noble; when another Jhereg asks her why, she truthfully starts telling him it's for a friend, and he immediately says he doesn't believe her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for everyone, he ''did'' believe her.]]
1st Aug '16 3:01:12 PM justbehappydammit
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* FanFic/FairyDanceofDeath plays with this. Yoshihara says that a friend of hers used to date [[spoiler:Prophet]]. Asuna thinks this trope is in effect. Kirito thinks she might be telling the truth. [[spoiler:They might both be right. While Yoshihara isn't Prophet's former girlfriend, the girl who is, Philia, serves as her body double. It's never outright stated if the Yoshihara they talked to was actually Philia in disguise or not, but it is implied.]]

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* FanFic/FairyDanceofDeath FanFic/FairyDanceOfDeath plays with this. Yoshihara says that a friend of hers used to date [[spoiler:Prophet]]. Asuna thinks this trope is in effect. Kirito thinks she might be telling the truth. [[spoiler:They might both be right. While Yoshihara isn't Prophet's former girlfriend, the girl who is, Philia, serves as her body double. It's never outright stated if the Yoshihara they talked to was actually Philia in disguise or not, but it is implied.]]
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