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21st Jul '16 9:52:06 PM PaulA
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* In one of IsaacAsimov's Black Widowers stories, "Truth To Tell," a man who is suspected of stealing money and bonds from his company denies his culpability several times using the same phrase: "I did not take the cash or the bonds." He swears he is telling the truth. The club's incomparable waiter Henry solves the case by asking "Did you, by any chance, take the cash ''and'' the bonds?" The man doesn't answer, but he doesn't have to.

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* In one of IsaacAsimov's Creator/IsaacAsimov's Black Widowers stories, "Truth To Tell," a man who is suspected of stealing money and bonds from his company denies his culpability several times using the same phrase: "I did not take the cash or the bonds." He swears he is telling the truth. The club's incomparable waiter Henry solves the case by asking "Did you, by any chance, take the cash ''and'' the bonds?" The man doesn't answer, but he doesn't have to.
4th Jul '16 11:38:25 AM nombretomado
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* In the first series of {{Franchise/BIONICLE}}, ''BIONICLE Chronicles'', each book opens with a backstory discussing the mythological lore of the series: the Great Spirit Mata Nui, essentially the god of the Matoran, created the Matoran on the island named in his honor and was then placed into eternal slumber by his vengeful brother Makuta. The series gives us no reason to assume the story is less than literally true...until the prequel series ''BIONICLE Adventures'', in which it's revealed that the myth was, at least in part, a lie created by the Turaga to protect the Matoran from the painful truth about their lost homeland of Metru Nui. Later series go even further with this, revealing that even the Turaga didn't know the full story: while Mata Nui was put to sleep by Makuta, the myths neglected to mention that [[spoiler: Mata Nui was actually the AI of a HumongousMecha whose colossal body formed the entire Matoran universe, and that "Makuta" (actually a single member of a greater organization) put him to sleep not by sorcery, but by introducing a virus into his operating system.]]

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* In the first series of {{Franchise/BIONICLE}}, {{Toys/BIONICLE}}, ''BIONICLE Chronicles'', each book opens with a backstory discussing the mythological lore of the series: the Great Spirit Mata Nui, essentially the god of the Matoran, created the Matoran on the island named in his honor and was then placed into eternal slumber by his vengeful brother Makuta. The series gives us no reason to assume the story is less than literally true...until the prequel series ''BIONICLE Adventures'', in which it's revealed that the myth was, at least in part, a lie created by the Turaga to protect the Matoran from the painful truth about their lost homeland of Metru Nui. Later series go even further with this, revealing that even the Turaga didn't know the full story: while Mata Nui was put to sleep by Makuta, the myths neglected to mention that [[spoiler: Mata Nui was actually the AI of a HumongousMecha whose colossal body formed the entire Matoran universe, and that "Makuta" (actually a single member of a greater organization) put him to sleep not by sorcery, but by introducing a virus into his operating system.]]
29th Jun '16 9:09:04 PM Trogdor7620
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy'' has this trope as [[TheSociopath Felix's]] main trait, having only admitted to lying once in the series[[note]]That the Reds and Blues were heroes.[[/note]]. It just goes to show how dark a villain who never lies can be. For instance, upon being picked up in a supposedly derelict dropship, he tells the crew that they won't find anyone else aboard. [[spoiler:Of course, [[VisibleInvisibility it doesn't mean they aren't there…]]]]

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy'' has this trope as [[TheSociopath Felix's]] main trait, having only admitted to lying once in the series[[note]]That the Reds and Blues were heroes.[[/note]]. It just goes to show how dark a villain who never lies can be. For instance, upon being picked up in a supposedly derelict dropship, he tells the crew that they won't find anyone else aboard. [[spoiler:Of course, [[VisibleInvisibility [[InvisibilityCloak it doesn't mean they aren't there…]]]]
22nd Jun '16 5:48:11 AM Quanyails
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* Garry King from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' almost entirely speaks in this and Insane Troll Logic. He often makes plans in the loosest and most roundabout way, so that he never ''technically' breaks them, and it's a RunningGag that he's "never wrong". Not "always right", "never wrong". It's futile to argue with the man sober, let alone drunk.

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* Garry King from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' almost entirely speaks in this and Insane Troll Logic. He often makes plans in the loosest and most roundabout way, so that he never ''technically' ''technically'' breaks them, and it's a RunningGag that he's "never wrong". Not "always right", "never wrong". It's futile to argue with the man sober, let alone drunk.
15th Jun '16 7:54:40 AM LorienTheYounger
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** The former TropeNamer is ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', wherein Obi-Wan tells Luke that the statement "Darth Vader betrayed and murdered your father" is, indeed, true "from a certain point of view." This is a {{Retcon}}, but it's a [[TropesAreTools pretty good]] {{Retcon}}. It's true Vader killed loads of Jedi - including very young children - it's true Obi-Wan feels betrayed and horrified and hates what he became for it, and it's believable that the old man would put off telling Luke his daddy is actually an evil Sith Lord as long as possible (for Luke's sake, if for no other reason). In the ''original'' draft written by Creator/LeighBrackett, Anakin and Darth Vader were different persons, and Vader did indeed kill Anakin after turning to the dark side. Also, Anakin was supposed to be a force ghost that would help Luke (that role was later filled by Obi-Wan). However, Brackett died, and Lucas and Brackett's substitute Lawrence Kasdan rewrote the script, adding the famous twist, so it's obvious that they had to fix "Darth Vader betrayed and killed your father" somehow. In a clear case of FridgeBrilliance upon rewatching ''Film/ANewHope'', before Alec Guinness delivers the original line he fractionally hesitates with a considering look. You can practically see him considering what would be the best thing to tell Luke. That hesitation is amazingly lucky for the {{Retcon}}.

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** The former TropeNamer is ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', wherein Obi-Wan tells Luke that the statement "Darth Vader betrayed and murdered your father" is, indeed, true "from a certain point of view." This is a {{Retcon}}, but it's a [[TropesAreTools pretty good]] {{Retcon}}. It's true Vader killed loads of Jedi - including very young children - children; it's true Obi-Wan feels betrayed and horrified and hates what he became for it, it; and it's believable that the old man would put off telling Luke his daddy is actually an evil Sith Lord as long as possible (for Luke's sake, if for no other reason). In It was originally intended that Obi-Wan ''was'' telling the ''original'' whole truth — in the first draft of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', written by Creator/LeighBrackett, Anakin and Darth Vader were different persons, and Vader did indeed kill Anakin Luke's father even appears as a Force ghost. Creator/GeorgeLucas introduced the twist in the second draft, which he wrote after turning to the dark side. Also, Anakin was supposed to be a force ghost that would help Luke (that role was later filled by Obi-Wan). However, Brackett died, and Lucas and Brackett's substitute Lawrence Kasdan rewrote the script, adding the famous twist, so it's obvious that they had to fix "Darth Vader betrayed and killed your father" somehow.death. In a clear case of FridgeBrilliance upon rewatching ''Film/ANewHope'', before Alec Guinness delivers the original line he fractionally hesitates with a considering look. You can practically see him considering what would be the best thing to tell Luke. That hesitation is amazingly lucky for the {{Retcon}}.
20th May '16 5:12:12 PM nombretomado
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* A rare positive version courtesy of ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'': When it was announced that the {{Playstation 3}} installment would be limited to three [[HumongousMecha mecha]] per series, fans were upset - until the game's director posted on his blog, revealing that [[MidSeasonUpgrade Mid-Season Upgrades]] and [[MechaExpansionPack Mecha Expansion Packs]] would fall under the heading of their base machine and therefore only count as one, meaning they can fit in more playables while still maintaining the whole "three per series" idea.

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* A rare positive version courtesy of ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'': When it was announced that the {{Playstation 3}} UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 installment would be limited to three [[HumongousMecha mecha]] per series, fans were upset - until the game's director posted on his blog, revealing that [[MidSeasonUpgrade Mid-Season Upgrades]] and [[MechaExpansionPack Mecha Expansion Packs]] would fall under the heading of their base machine and therefore only count as one, meaning they can fit in more playables while still maintaining the whole "three per series" idea.
16th May '16 6:38:30 PM Kayube
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* The commercial advertisements for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess HD'' claims "more challenging gameplay" over the original. This is technically true, because this game doesn't have the motion control features that the Wii version had, It would be closer to the UsefulNotes/GameCube version, except that it uses the touch screen game pad. It's a case of DamnYouMuscleMemory.
14th May '16 11:33:09 PM Luc
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* In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in ''[[http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/409/352/case.html Bronston v. United States]]'' that sworn testimony that is "literally truthful but technically misleading" ''cannot'' be prosecuted as perjury. The prescribed remedy, instead, is more adroit and specific followup questions by the examining lawyer.

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* In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in ''[[http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/409/352/case.html Bronston v. United States]]'' that sworn testimony that is "literally truthful but technically misleading" ''cannot'' be prosecuted as perjury. The prescribed remedy, instead, is more adroit and specific followup questions by the examining lawyer. In their defense, the Court was somewhat dubious of sustaining a perjury prosecution on the basis of a possible misunderstanding.
** To provide further context, Bronston's testimony was only technically incomplete, but on its face only answered a specific part of the question, and the lawyer in question failed to ask an obvious followup question.
--->"Q. Do you have any bank accounts in Swiss banks, Mr. Bronston?" "A. No, sir." "Q. Have you ever?" "A. The company had an account there for about six months, in Zurich." (Bronston had had a personal Swiss account as well previously, but note that the subject at hand was ''the company's'' bankruptcy.)
10th May '16 9:50:48 PM DenisK21
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** Kisuke Urahara likes resorting to this, because he's surprisingly horrible at lying. For example, when Ichigo was a powerless spirit who could barely breathe, Kisuke claimed that some gadget he called the "Headband of Justice" would help him. It did... in that its sheer pointlessness distracted Ichigo long enough for his survival instinct to up his energy enough to not have trouble breathing anymore.
5th May '16 2:51:01 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', the [[LanguageOfTruth Red Truth]] can be twisted in this manner. Like how in EP 2 Kanon [[spoiler: was confirmed to have died in a locked room, despite his body not being there. The truth is that, Kanon as a real person never existed and was instead just a character and role that Yasu played. Kanon could therefore be "killed" without leaving a body just like an author killing of one of his characters. In other words, since Yasu was still alive no body was left behind in the room while [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] role Kanon was "killed" and therefore allowing the that red truth to be used]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the [[LanguageOfTruth Red Truth]] can be twisted in this manner. Like how in EP 2 Kanon [[spoiler: was confirmed to have died in a locked room, despite his body not being there. The truth is that, Kanon as a real person never existed and was instead just a character and role that Yasu played. Kanon could therefore be "killed" without leaving a body just like an author killing of one of his characters. In other words, since Yasu was still alive no body was left behind in the room while [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] role Kanon was "killed" and therefore allowing the that red truth to be used]].
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