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11th Jul '16 7:34:33 AM ChronoLegion
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** For a WhatCouldHaveBeen moment, the craft in the question was originally planned to be a [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]].
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* Film/{{Deadpool}} denies having anything to do with a dead guy, who falls from an overpass sign at the sight of the bloodbath caused by him.
--> '''Deadpool:''' That guy was up there when I got here.
29th Jun '16 7:25:12 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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** [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish." Homer tells Bart that one of the three most important sentences in life is "It was like that when I got here." When Bart accidentally breaks a glass of aftershave and makes Homer angry, Bart says "It was like that when I got here!" making Homer proud.
24th Jun '16 6:40:59 PM Valiona
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* In ''Fanfic/SakiAfterStory'', Teru keeps [[IHaveNoSon denying]] that {{Manga/Saki}} is her sister, even to Sumire, who has proof from both of Teru's parents that they're sisters. Eventually, however, Teru gets through, but not before Teru has viciously beaten up Saki, leading to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment before Teru is arrested.

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* In ''Fanfic/SakiAfterStory'', Teru keeps [[IHaveNoSon denying]] that {{Manga/Saki}} is her sister, even to Sumire, who has proof from both of Teru's parents that they're sisters. Eventually, however, Teru Sumire gets through, through to Teru, but not before Teru has viciously beaten up Saki, leading to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment before Teru is arrested.
17th Jun '16 10:07:34 AM Willbyr
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14th Jun '16 12:28:13 PM Teakay
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-->'''Japan:''' ''(looking at Germany)'' That's not me.

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-->'''Japan:''' ''(looking at Germany)'' Germany, phone in hand)'' That's not me.
3rd Jun '16 5:13:50 PM merotoker
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[[caption-width-right:350: [[BlatantLies It just went off]] while she [[ScrewGunSafety was cleaning it]]!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: [[BlatantLies It just went off]] while she [[ScrewGunSafety [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace was cleaning it]]!]]



** Japan is seen at the end of a strip (Frequency), in bed, naked, with Greece lying next to him. He's trying to deny that they had sex, ("I'm so glad that "ItWasAllJustADream"!"), but the fact that Greece is also naked makes that sound like BlatantLies.

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** Japan is seen at the end of a strip (Frequency), in bed, naked, with Greece lying next to him. He's trying to deny that they had sex, ("I'm so glad that "ItWasAllJustADream"!"), "it was AllJustADream"!"), but the fact that Greece is also naked makes that sound like BlatantLies.



* Along the same lines, ComicBook/PowerGirl tried to maintain a secret identity as owner/president of a small cutting-edge tech firm in her 2010-2011 series. [[DidNotThinkThisThrough Unfortunately for her,]] that's a pretty highly visible profession, and there just weren't enough twenty-year-old, six-foot-two blondes (aside from, [[GagBoobs well... you know)]] in the public eye for her to maintain it for very long.

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* Along the same lines, ComicBook/PowerGirl tried to maintain a secret identity as owner/president of a small cutting-edge tech firm in her 2010-2011 series. [[DidNotThinkThisThrough [[DidntThinkThisThrough Unfortunately for her,]] that's a pretty highly visible profession, and there just weren't enough twenty-year-old, six-foot-two blondes (aside from, [[GagBoobs well... you know)]] in the public eye for her to maintain it for very long.



* In [[http://powflip.deviantart.com/art/Hetalia-Uncensored-117359086 this]] CrossesTheLineTwice piece of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanart, Germany calls Japan to ask that he stop committing war crimes while Germany's trying to do business with China. Japan denies that he's doing anything of the sort, whereupon Germany points out that he can see him just out the window with assorted corpses.

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* In [[http://powflip.deviantart.com/art/Hetalia-Uncensored-117359086 this]] CrossesTheLineTwice piece of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanart, Germany calls Japan to ask that he stop committing war crimes while Germany's trying to do business with China. Japan denies that he's doing anything of the sort, whereupon Germany points out that he can see him just out the window with assorted corpses.



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', when Warren T. Rat's disguise is shot off and it becomes obvious he's a cat, he still tries to maintain the charade, with the line "Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?"
** And they got that line from [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico Marx]]. "Lady, who ya gonna believe, me or your lyin' eyes?"

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', when Warren T. Rat's disguise is shot off and it becomes obvious he's a cat, he still tries to maintain the charade, with the line "Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?"
** And they
eyes?" They got that line from [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico Marx]]. "Lady, who ya gonna believe, me or your lyin' eyes?"Marx]] as seen in the page quote.



* In the 1997 Harland Williams comedy ''Film/RocketMan'', astronaut Fred Randall's oxygen tank springs a leak, so he is connected to his superior via a breathing hose, in order that they might share air on the surface of the planet Mars. Randall then has an... ''ahem'', [[{{Gasshole}} "attack of indigestion"]], the effects of which cross over to Commander Overbeck's suit, prompting the above memorable exchange (which is no doubt familiar to most people from RealLife). Randall finally relents and admits to it, but not for long:

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* In the 1997 Harland Williams comedy ''Film/RocketMan'', ''Film/DisneysRocketMan'', astronaut Fred Randall's oxygen tank springs a leak, so he is connected to his superior via a breathing hose, in order that they might share air on the surface of the planet Mars. Randall then has an... ''ahem'', [[{{Gasshole}} "attack of indigestion"]], the effects of which cross over to Commander Overbeck's suit, prompting the above memorable exchange (which is no doubt familiar to most people from RealLife). Randall finally relents and admits to it, but not for long:



* There is a story told about the possibly fictional, possibly real Mulla Nasreddin (the Muslim World's TricksterArchetype):

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* There is a story told about the possibly fictional, possibly real Mulla Nasreddin (the Muslim World's TricksterArchetype):[[TheTrickster trickster archetype]]):



* The Freys verge on this in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' after their MoralEventHorizon; [[spoiler: No, no! Robb Stark and all his retainers weren't led into a trap and savagely murdered while protected by guest right! Robb turned into a werewolf! A really big one! And then started murdering HIS OWN BANNERMEN and the Freys he'd come to make amends with ForTheEvulz, apparently!]] A few characters suspect that since everyone already knows what really happened they're doing it this way just to dare someone to disagree.

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* The Freys verge on this in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' after their MoralEventHorizon; [[spoiler: No, no! Robb Stark and all his retainers weren't led into a trap and savagely murdered while protected by guest right! Robb turned into a werewolf! A really big one! And then started murdering HIS OWN BANNERMEN and the Freys he'd come to make amends with ForTheEvulz, apparently!]] apparently]]! A few characters suspect that since everyone already knows what really happened they're doing it this way just to dare someone to disagree.



* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar Cold War]]'' has one moment when the Doctor and Clara accidentally wind up in a Russian Submarine during the Cold War, and are quick to be suspected of being Wester spies. Clara comments that they'd be pretty rubbish spies, seeing as she doesn't even speak Russian...only for all the Russians to look at her, bewildered, because the Tardis' TranslatorMicrobes automatically translate everything anyone says, so from their perspective she just said she didn't speak Russian, in fluent Russian.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar Cold War]]'' War]]" has one moment when the Doctor and Clara accidentally wind up in a Russian Submarine during the Cold War, and are quick to be suspected of being Wester spies. Clara comments that they'd be pretty rubbish spies, seeing as she doesn't even speak Russian...only for all the Russians to look at her, bewildered, because the Tardis' TranslatorMicrobes automatically translate everything anyone says, so from their perspective she just said she didn't speak Russian, in fluent Russian.



*** Which was once beautifully subverted in a stage version that took full advantage of the sketch's [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny over-familiarity]]: [[spoiler: after building up to the lengthy ImplausibleDeniability that forms the sketch's core, the shopkeeper amiably agrees with the customer, and gives him a full refund and a few holiday coupons to compensate.]]

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*** Which was once beautifully subverted in a stage version that took full advantage of the sketch's [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny over-familiarity]]: [[spoiler: after building up to the lengthy ImplausibleDeniability implausible deniability that forms the sketch's core, the shopkeeper amiably agrees with the customer, and gives him a full refund and a few holiday coupons to compensate.]]compensate]].



* Very common in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}. What makes it worse, is that their websites tend to side with the [[{{Heel}} Rudo's]] lies and exaggerations, so a fan who didn't actually watch the event may believe them.



-->'''[[ArchangelLucifer Lucifer]]:''' [incredulous] Did you just molotov my brother with holy fire?

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-->'''[[ArchangelLucifer -->'''[[{{Satan}} Lucifer]]:''' [incredulous] Did you just molotov my brother with holy fire?



* This is the entire point of the character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVXIdKheYMY Sir Geoffrey Norman MP]] from ''Series/TheFastShow''

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* This is the entire point of the character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVXIdKheYMY Sir Geoffrey Norman MP]] from ''Series/TheFastShow''''Series/TheFastShow''.



* At the first Wrestlemania, Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff and Wrestling/TheIronSheik won the tag titles after Sheik hit one of their opponents in the head with their manager [[Wrestling/FreddieBlassie Freddie Blassie's]] trademark cane behind the referee's back. When questioned about it after the match, not only did Blassie deny that it happened that way, he also denied owning a cane to begin with.
* A complicated example: the night after the 2008 ''Unforgiven'', Wrestling/ChrisJericho said that the Unsanctioned Match between himself and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels "never happened", and that therefore Michaels did not defeat him - even as he stood in front of the entire world with his shirt off, baring the various red welts all over his torso that Michaels had [[ATasteOfTheLash whipped onto him with a strap at the conclusion of the match]]. Of course, what Jericho meant in this context was that, because WWE had (kayfabe) refused to recognize the aforementioned match due to its extreme violence, the Unsanctioned Match had never ''[[FromACertainPointOfView officially]]'' [[FromACertainPointOfView happened]].

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* Very common in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}. What makes it worse, is that their websites tend to side with the [[{{Heel}} Rudo's]] lies and exaggerations, so a fan who didn't actually watch the event may believe them.
* At the first Wrestlemania, Wrestling/WrestleMania, Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff and Wrestling/TheIronSheik won the tag titles after Sheik hit one of their opponents in the head with their manager [[Wrestling/FreddieBlassie Freddie Blassie's]] trademark cane behind the referee's back. When questioned about it after the match, not only did Blassie deny that it happened that way, he also denied owning a cane to begin with.
* A complicated example: the night after the 2008 ''Unforgiven'', Wrestling/ChrisJericho said that the Unsanctioned Match between himself and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels "never happened", and that therefore Michaels did not defeat him - even as he stood in front of the entire world with his shirt off, baring the various red welts all over his torso that Michaels had [[ATasteOfTheLash whipped onto him with a strap at the conclusion of the match]]. Of course, what Jericho meant in this context was that, because WWE had (kayfabe) refused to recognize the aforementioned match due to its extreme violence, the Unsanctioned Match had never ''[[FromACertainPointOfView ''[[MetaphoricallyTrue officially]]'' [[FromACertainPointOfView [[MetaphoricallyTrue happened]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy VI}}'', the bandit leader Gerad repeatedly denies being your old teammate Edgar, despite that he talks like Edgar, looks like Edgar (with dyed hair), and his name is "Edgar" with the letters jumbled up. And your party likely contains Sabin, who would probably recognize his ''brother'' even with a proper disguise. On the other hand, the moment he's regained the castle and the bandits have left, he'll act like he never tried to disguise himself to begin with. Turns out he was just trying to fool the bandits, who are apparently just that gullible.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy VI}}'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the bandit leader Gerad repeatedly denies being your old teammate Edgar, despite that he talks like Edgar, looks like Edgar (with dyed hair), and his name is "Edgar" with the letters jumbled up. And your party likely contains Sabin, who would probably recognize his ''brother'' even with a proper disguise. On the other hand, the moment he's regained the castle and the bandits have left, he'll act like he never tried to disguise himself to begin with. Turns out he was just trying to fool the bandits, who are apparently just that gullible.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic went through this when reviewing ''Film/{{Transformers}} Revenge of the Fallen'', after Optimus Prime dies.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic went through this when reviewing ''Film/{{Transformers}} Revenge of the Fallen'', ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', after Optimus Prime dies.



** When Lois wanted Peter to take out the garbage, he explained on the phone that work kept him late. When she told him that the caller [=ID=] said he was calling from the house and she could even see him, Peter moved out of view. He then said "Can you see me now? Then I'm at the office."

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** When Lois wanted Peter to take out the garbage, he explained on the phone that work kept him late. When she told him that the caller [=ID=] said he was calling from the house and she could even see him, Peter moved out of view. He then said "Can you see me now? Then Now I'm at the office."



** One of the recurring {{Mafia}} characters is Johnny Tightlips, who denies pretty much everything; at one point he's shot and even resists his fellow mafioso's attempt to get him medical aid (which may have been inspired by Frank Gusenberg).

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** One of the recurring {{Mafia}} [[TheMafia mafia]] characters is Johnny Tightlips, who denies pretty much everything; at one point he's shot and even resists his fellow mafioso's attempt to get him medical aid (which may have been inspired by Frank Gusenberg).



** Mr. Garrison in the early seasons was a closet homosexual, but when he was questioned about it, he would always deny it. Even when Mr. Garrison went on to write a romance novel, he wound up making it a homo erotic book while claiming it was something all women wanted to see. It wasn't until Mr. Garrison confronted his fears that he finally came out of the closet and admitted he was gay... after a bit more denying, such as insisting when he was watching the men's swim teams, he was only beating off to the chicks, which Garrison's Gay Self reminded him were not there.

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** Mr. Garrison in the early seasons was a closet homosexual, but when he was questioned about it, he would always deny it. Even when Mr. Garrison went on to write a romance novel, he wound up making it a homo erotic homoerotic book while claiming it was something all women wanted to see. It wasn't until Mr. Garrison confronted his fears that he finally came out of the closet and admitted he was gay... after a bit more denying, such as insisting when he was watching the men's swim teams, he was only beating off to the chicks, which Garrison's Gay Self reminded him were not there.
5th May '16 12:05:39 PM Golden
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** He didn't even last that long, really... far from it... In the very first chapter he explains his plan to get rid of all evil humans by killing them off to Ryuk. Ryuk replies that if Light pulls through with his plan, he'll be the only evil human left... [[ObliviouslyEvil Light, in turn, seems completely unable to comprehend the logic in Ryuk's statement that what he's doing is in any at all way evil.]] As noted down in the Real Life section, clinical psychopaths have a tendency to never admit guilt for their actions.

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** He didn't even last that long, really... far from it... In the very first chapter he explains his plan to get rid of all evil humans by killing them off to Ryuk. Ryuk replies that if Light pulls through with his plan, he'll be the only evil human left... [[ObliviouslyEvil Light, in turn, seems completely unable to comprehend the logic in Ryuk's statement that what he's doing is in any at all way evil.]] As noted down in the Real Life section, clinical Clinical psychopaths have a tendency to never admit guilt for their actions.



** Carcer in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' would deny he had done anything, even if caught (''literally'') red-handed. Just like the psychopath entry under real life.

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** Carcer in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' would deny he had done anything, even if caught (''literally'') red-handed. Just like the psychopath entry under real life.



** One of the recurring {{Mafia}} characters is Johnny Tightlips, who denies pretty much everything; at one point he's shot and even resists his fellow mafioso's attempt to get him medical aid (which may have been inspired by Frank Gusenberg; see Real Life below).

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** One of the recurring {{Mafia}} characters is Johnny Tightlips, who denies pretty much everything; at one point he's shot and even resists his fellow mafioso's attempt to get him medical aid (which may have been inspired by Frank Gusenberg; see Real Life below).Gusenberg).
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