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6th Jan '16 1:57:54 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Anasūrimbor Kellhus in ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' is trained to read minute changes in people's facial musculature so that his knowing when people lie is only a small part of what he can see. This makes for a formidable ManipulativeBastard. ** The same goes for the rest of the [[{{ubermensch}} Dūnyain]] as well as, to varying degrees, most of Kellhus' part-Dūnyain children.
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* Anasūrimbor Kellhus Dūnyain monks in ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' is are so well trained to read in reading minute changes in people's facial musculature so that his knowing when people lie they can practically look into a person's soul just by watching their face. Recognizing lies is only a small part of what he can see. This makes for a formidable ManipulativeBastard. ** The same goes for the rest of the [[{{ubermensch}} Dūnyain]] as well as, to varying degrees, most of Kellhus' part-Dūnyain children.they see.
19th Dec '15 5:37:22 PM nombretomado
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* Comicbook/DoctorStrange, the Sorcerer Supreme, holds an amulet called the Eye of Agamotto which reveals the true nature of things. On one occasion he used it to compel a confession from a burglar. This happened in SheHulk's comic, which at the time was a semi-comedic superhero legal drama: the firm tried to get the confession thrown out, since Strange had violated the fifth amendment protection from self-incrimination. * ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. He does not have it as an innate power, but [[HyperAwareness his senses are sharp enough]] that they [[YouCanAlwaysTellALiar can spot 'tells']]. When the X-Men were hunting down Comicbook/{{Cable}}, wrongly accusing him of having assassinated Professor X, Cable got out of a fight by saying to Wolverine "''I did not shoot Xavier''". Wolverine's senses correctly told him that Cable was being truthful.
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* Comicbook/DoctorStrange, the Sorcerer Supreme, holds an amulet called the Eye of Agamotto which reveals the true nature of things. On one occasion he used it to compel a confession from a burglar. This happened in SheHulk's ComicBook/SheHulk's comic, which at the time was a semi-comedic superhero legal drama: the firm tried to get the confession thrown out, since Strange had violated the fifth amendment protection from self-incrimination. * ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''.''ComicBook/XMen''. He does not have it as an innate power, but [[HyperAwareness his senses are sharp enough]] that they [[YouCanAlwaysTellALiar can spot 'tells']]. When the X-Men were hunting down Comicbook/{{Cable}}, wrongly accusing him of having assassinated Professor X, Cable got out of a fight by saying to Wolverine "''I did not shoot Xavier''". Wolverine's senses correctly told him that Cable was being truthful.
14th Dec '15 6:01:54 AM ChronoLegion
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** One episode has Lightman speak to a college class about his research. When one student manages to fool him, Lightman immediately declares him a sociopath and does his best to prove that the guy is a serial killer. At the end, the guy is holding him at gunpoint and points out that he wouldn't have done anything if Lightman had not hounded him.
14th Dec '15 5:39:41 AM ChronoLegion
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** At the same time, he gets a lot of stuff wrong in the two sequels and is then shocked when it happens.
16th Nov '15 11:21:04 AM HelloLamppost
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* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the alien Jan have superhuman hearing and can pull this stunt by hearing a human's heartbeat. The genetically engineered Tesks, meanwhile, have a superhuman sense of smell and are masters of reading body language.
11th Nov '15 1:20:16 AM Chabal2
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* ''Warhammer40K'' had the Seekers of Truth, a SpaceMarine chapter specializing in helping the Inquisition, with their Chapter Master regularly praying to the GodEmperor to let them separate truth from lies and aid them in their holy mission. Unfortunately, Tzeetch saw fit to grant his wish, and now they could hear every lie spoken by mankind... at any time, in the entire Imperium. Considering that one of the biggest lies the Imperium was founded on was that the Emperor was a god in the first place (he was very much an atheist), it's no surprise that they fell to Chaos soon after that, now known as the Scourged.
10th Nov '15 10:04:52 PM Gravidef
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** Notably, the Lasso of Truth was ultimately used to [[spoiler: bind Darkseid and thus free the BrainwashedAndCrazy population of Earth from the power of the Anti-Life Equation]] in ''FinalCrisis''.

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** Jesus displayed a similar ability in his encounter with the woman at the well, although this one is more open to interpretation. When questioned about her marital status, the woman replies "I have no husband"; she's lying, as she's been married several times and is currently wed, but Jesus, who knows she's speaking falsely, tells her that she unknowingly spoke the truth--the laws of that region stated that divorce was impossible, so technically, she doesn't have a husband as she's not living with the first man she married. Unlike the above example, Jesus does not punish the woman, and she rushes back to town to tell everyone about her conversation; some Biblical scholars have argued that this makes her the first Christian evangelist.
8th Nov '15 11:43:20 AM JamesAustin
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It can also be a learned ability, making this TruthInTelevision. This is because most people fidget, look away or do something else when they lie. So if a character is a LivingLieDetector, (s)he could just know what to look for. A police officer being able to tell when a witness is lying after years on the force is a common example of this.
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It can also be a learned ability, making this TruthInTelevision. This is because most people fidget, look away or do something else when they lie. So if a character is a LivingLieDetector, Living Lie Detector, (s)he could just know what to look for. A police officer being able to tell when a witness is lying after years on the force is a common example of this.

* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Ryan, Clark's little brother figure who can read minds, and Chloe in one episode, after being exposed to the experimental Levitas which caused those around her to tell the truth. Neither worked on Clark. Pete calle Chloe the LivingLieDetector.
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Ryan, Clark's little brother figure who can read minds, and Chloe in one episode, after being exposed to the experimental Levitas which caused those around her to tell the truth. Neither worked on Clark. Pete calle Chloe the LivingLieDetector.Living Lie Detector.

* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode "The Right Horse". The inhabitants of the planet Veras have LivingLieDetector abilities.
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* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode "The Right Horse". The inhabitants of the planet Veras have LivingLieDetector Living Lie Detector abilities.

* According to Malcolm Gladwell's book ''Blink'', a particular scientist was not just a LivingLieDetector but could discern things about a society just by looking at the facial expressions of various members for a few seconds. The book claims (and while Gladwell's science is often erroneous in the book, the individual anecdotes themselves are usually true) that he was able to do so by understanding micro-tics, twitches of facial muscles that everyone sees but doesn't interpret because they go too quickly.
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* According to Malcolm Gladwell's book ''Blink'', a particular scientist was not just a LivingLieDetector Living Lie Detector but could discern things about a society just by looking at the facial expressions of various members for a few seconds. The book claims (and while Gladwell's science is often erroneous in the book, the individual anecdotes themselves are usually true) that he was able to do so by understanding micro-tics, twitches of facial muscles that everyone sees but doesn't interpret because they go too quickly.
30th Oct '15 12:23:18 PM narm00
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** Volume 4 of ''Code Geass R2'' novel explains the origins of Nunnally's ability. [[spoiler:Marianne conducted experiments with her own egg, giving Nunnally some powers derived from C.C. which allowed Nunnally to detect lies. The novel also reveals that it was Marianne's idea to blind Nunnally because Marianne had thought had removing one of the five senses would strengthen Nunnally's ability, which Marianne determined wasn't powerful enough.]]
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** Volume 4 of the ''Code Geass R2'' novel explains the origins of Nunnally's ability. [[spoiler:Marianne conducted experiments with her own egg, giving Nunnally some powers derived from C.C. which allowed Nunnally to detect lies. The novel also reveals that it was Marianne's idea to blind Nunnally because Marianne had thought had removing one of the five senses would strengthen Nunnally's ability, which Marianne determined wasn't powerful enough.]]

* Nodoka of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' becomes this with her pactio artifact ''Diarium Ejus''. It manifests into a book that taps into the mind of her target with a great deal of detail, so long as she knows his/her identity. ** This trope gets played for laughs briefly as a case of BlessedWithSuck: She tried to use the artifact on herself when she was thinking of an adequate situation in the LoveTriangle she was in. Turns out that her [[MarryThemAll desired solution]] reinforces the fact that she is a CovertPervert.
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* Nodoka of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' becomes this with her pactio artifact ''Diarium Ejus''. It manifests into as a book that taps into the mind of her target with a great deal of detail, so long as she knows his/her identity. ** This trope gets played for laughs briefly as a case of BlessedWithSuck: She tried to use the artifact on herself when she was thinking of an adequate situation in to the LoveTriangle she was in. Turns out that her [[MarryThemAll desired solution]] reinforces the fact that she is a CovertPervert.

* [[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki]] meets a woman named Verity Willis who has this power during a mission on behalf of Asgard. She is introduced during a speed-dating event where she sees through the bullcrap would-be dates feed her. Loki becomes interested when they realize she can see through their illusionary appearance of a 40 year old divorcee after she asked them if they were cosplaying. Verity then goes on to demonstrate how much having this power can [[BlessedWithSuck suck]] when it's [[PowerIncontinence always active]]. Ever since she was a child she could see through any falsehood. She never believed in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus, she can't [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspend disbelief]] in order to enjoy fiction, and she's had her heart broken at least once by lying paramours. She buries herself in mathematics, computer programming, and other non-fiction, all the while not even being able to lie to herself that it's enough. Loki offers her their sympathies and assures her that there are people in the world who will never lie to her. [[ConsummateLiar Not them]], of course.
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* [[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki]] meets a woman named Verity Willis who has this power during a mission on behalf of Asgard. She is introduced during a speed-dating event where she sees through the bullcrap would-be dates feed her. Loki becomes interested when they realize she can see through their illusionary appearance of a 40 year old divorcee after she asked asks them if they were cosplaying. Verity then goes on to demonstrate how much having this power can [[BlessedWithSuck suck]] when it's [[PowerIncontinence always active]]. Ever since she was a child child, she could see through any falsehood.falsehood, [[spoiler:because she swallowed the ring of Andvari, which reveals all lies and illusions, and it merged with her]]. She never believed in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus, she can't [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspend disbelief]] in order to enjoy fiction, and she's had her heart broken at least once by lying paramours. She buries herself in mathematics, computer programming, and other non-fiction, all the while not even being able to lie to herself that it's enough. Loki offers her their sympathies and assures her that there are people in the world who will never lie to her. [[ConsummateLiar Not them]], of course.

* Almost every game line in both the [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]] and [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness New]] World of Darkness lines had some power that allows the player to know if someone is lying. ** Noble members of the Sidhe House ''Gwydion'', part of the Seelie Court, in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' had the inborn ability to always sense when someone was lying or speaking an untruth. (Unless blocked by Unseelie magics.) This meant they were usually honest themselves. This would have made them a natural choice for the role of judges, if their House had not also had this tiny problem with suffering from bad temper. A pissed off Gwydion Sidhe knight determined to smite a filthy liar was someone to avoid.
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* Almost every game line in both the [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]] and [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness New]] World of Darkness lines had have some power that allows the player to know if someone is lying. ** Noble members of the Sidhe House ''Gwydion'', part of the Seelie Court, in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' had have the inborn ability to always sense when someone was is lying or speaking an untruth. (Unless blocked by Unseelie magics.) This meant they were means they're usually honest themselves. This would have made them a natural choice for the role of judges, if their House had not didn't also had have this tiny problem with suffering from bad temper. A pissed off Gwydion Sidhe knight determined to smite a filthy liar was is someone to avoid.

** The best was ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'', where demons could not be fooled by any form of supernatural trickery or illusion. Period. Mundane lies on the other hand could sail right past them.
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** The best was is ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'', where demons could not can't be fooled by any form of supernatural trickery or illusion. Period. Mundane lies lies, on the other hand could hand, can sail right past them.

* The Seraphim, a flavor of angel in Steve Jackson Games' angel-and-demon RPG, ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' (and the French {{RPG}}s on which it is based). They are fundamentally attuned to the objective truth of the universe and can spot lies instinctively (sometimes even spotting not just what's a lie, but what the actual Truth behind it is). The downside is that every lie they tell moves them closer to believing that anything they say ''must'' be true, at which point they [[FaceHeelTurn Fall]] and become the setting's demonic [[ConsummateLiar Liar Liars]], Balseraphs.
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* The Seraphim, a flavor of angel in Steve Jackson Games' angel-and-demon RPG, ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' (and the French {{RPG}}s {{RPG}} [[TabletopGame/InNomineSatanisMagnaVeritas on which it is based).based]]). They are fundamentally attuned to the objective truth of the universe and can spot lies instinctively (sometimes even spotting not just what's a lie, but what the actual Truth behind it is). The downside is that every lie they tell moves them closer to believing that anything they say ''must'' be true, at which point they [[FaceHeelTurn Fall]] and become the setting's demonic [[ConsummateLiar Liar Liars]], Balseraphs.

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* The Seraphim, ** Satori Komeiji, as a flavor of angel in Steve Jackson Games' angel-and-demon RPG, ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' (and the French {{RPG}}s on satori, has perpetually-on telepathy, and always knows what other people are actually thinking, which it is based). They are fundamentally attuned to the objective truth of the universe and can spot lies instinctively (sometimes even spotting not just what's a lie, but what the actual Truth behind it is). The downside is that every lie they tell moves doesn't make them closer favorably inclined to believing that anything they say ''must'' be true, at which point they [[FaceHeelTurn Fall]] and become her, so she's isolated herself from most everyone but her pets. Her sister Koishi ''used'' to have perpetually-on telepathy, but willingly crippled the setting's demonic [[ConsummateLiar Liar Liars]], Balseraphs.power because she hated being hated... removing her capacity for conscious thought in the process.
30th Oct '15 8:05:08 AM H2SO4
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** Carried over into the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' with Aiwei, a truth-seer who acts as an advisor in the metalbending city, creating a city without lies. (In fact, it's a bit of a running gag for him to point out other people's minor lies.) [[spoiler:Unfortunately, as Mako points out, being the only truth-seer in the city means no one can tell when [[TreacherousAdvisor he's lying]].]]
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** Carried over into the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' with Aiwei, a truth-seer who acts as an advisor in the metalbending city, creating a city without lies. (In fact, it's a bit of a running gag for him to point out other people's minor everyone's lies.) [[spoiler:Unfortunately, as Mako points out, being the only truth-seer in the city means no one can tell when [[TreacherousAdvisor he's lying]].]]lying]], which he can cover just by changing things to make it look like he's not. As an added bonus, Aiwei can deduce people's thoughts [[HeKnowsTooMuch if they know too much]], which makes deceiving him all the more difficult]].
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