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22nd Jul '16 11:04:25 PM Codefreak5
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** Subverted in the episode "Sibling Rivalry": after being discovered embracing bags of Lois' liposuctioned fat with his pants down, Peter says "Umm... this is ''exactly'' what it looks like."

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** Subverted Inverted in the episode "Sibling Rivalry": after being discovered embracing bags of Lois' liposuctioned fat with his pants down, Peter says "Umm... this is ''exactly'' what it looks like."
22nd Jul '16 9:17:09 PM legendaryweredragon
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** In the Prequel story Uncivil Servant, Belkar sees what seem to be criminals extorting money from a man, but after he kills them it is revealed that they were actually the police and fire department asking for donations.
18th Jul '16 11:47:54 AM VVK
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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=496#comic #496]] contains an entirely implausible appeal to this trope: "It's not what it looks like! In fact, ''you're'' cheating on ''me''!" In general, and on a more meta level, the comic especially early on constantly created situations in which what was happening was not what it appeared to be to the reader at first -- how closely they fit this trope varies. Naturally this also combined it sometimes with SubvertedTrope when what it looked like was a trope. (Like a guy shouting to his kid "IHaveNoSon" -- and the kid was actually his daughter, so it wasn't the trope so much as a NonSequitur.) And finally, the comic would also subvert the trope Not What It Looks Like [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=389 as well]], more than once.

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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=496#comic #496]] contains an entirely implausible appeal to this trope: "It's not what it looks like! In fact, ''you're'' cheating on ''me''!" In general, and on a more meta level, the comic especially early on constantly created situations in which what was happening was not what it appeared to be to the reader at first -- how closely they fit this trope varies. Naturally this also combined it sometimes with SubvertedTrope when what it looked like was a trope. (Like a guy shouting to his kid "IHaveNoSon" -- and the kid was actually his daughter, so it wasn't the trope so much as a NonSequitur.) It might also be done differently than usually: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2005-12-26 A mother uses a whip to knock a soda can out of her son's hand]], and it's not what it looks like because she was aiming at him, not the can. And finally, the comic would also subvert the trope Not What It Looks Like [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=389 as well]], more than once.
16th Jul '16 1:12:46 PM omegafire17
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** Kaname is first introduced to Sôsuke's [=CO=] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Teletha]] Testarossa, [[ImprobableAge a 16-year old girl]], coming out of the shower in his apartment. Since she is unaware that Tessa is his [=CO=], Kaname's immediate (and justifiable) assumption is that she is his girlfriend -- an assumption only encouraged by Tessa, who's too pleased to be taken for Sôsuke's girlfriend to be any help at all in clearing things up.
** However, when Tessa actually climbs into bed with Sôsuke in an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Kaname -- by this point [[GenreSavvy well aware]] that he's a [[ChasteHero hopeless case]] -- replies to Sôsuke's panicky "It's not what it looks like!" with an irritable, "yes, yes," and proceeds to get on Tessa's case for breaking their mutual agreement not to go into Sôsuke's room.
** Before the first meeting with Tessa, there is an episode where Sôsuke notices a thief sneaking up to Kaname's balcony and goes to stop him. It turns out to be Shinji Kazama, a classmate of theirs forced to steal a pair of Kaname's panties by upperclassmen who are holding something of his hostage. Shinji's also a military {{Otaku}}, so he and Sôsuke start having a lively conversation. So Kaname steps out onto the balcony just in time to see the two of them chatting away -- and worse, when Sôsuke starts to explain, he raises his hand and accidentally shows the panties he grabbed from Shinji earlier. BatterUp!

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** Kaname is first introduced to Sôsuke's Sousuke's [=CO=] [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Teletha]] Testarossa, [[ImprobableAge a 16-year old girl]], coming out of the shower in his apartment. Since she is unaware that Tessa is his [=CO=], Kaname's immediate (and justifiable) assumption is that she is she's his girlfriend -- an assumption only encouraged by Tessa, who's too pleased to be taken for Sôsuke's Sousuke's girlfriend to be any help at all in clearing want to clear things up.
up. It's only when things turn ''really'' serious that she drops that facade.
** However, when Tessa actually climbs into bed with Sôsuke Sousuke in an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Kaname -- by this point [[GenreSavvy well aware]] that he's a [[ChasteHero hopeless case]] -- replies to Sôsuke's Sousuke's panicky "It's not what it looks like!" with an irritable, "yes, yes," and proceeds to get on Tessa's case for breaking their mutual agreement not to go into Sôsuke's Sousuke's room.
** Before the first meeting with Tessa, there is an episode where Sôsuke Sousuke notices a thief sneaking up to Kaname's balcony and goes to stop him. It turns out to be Shinji Kazama, a classmate of theirs forced to steal a pair of Kaname's panties by upperclassmen who are holding something of his hostage. Shinji's also a military {{Otaku}}, so he and Sôsuke Sousuke start having a lively conversation. So Kaname steps out onto the balcony just in time to see the two of them chatting away -- and worse, when Sôsuke Sousuke starts to explain, he raises his hand and accidentally shows the panties he grabbed from Shinji earlier. BatterUp!
8th Jul '16 8:55:01 PM Fireblood
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* In chapter 11 of this story [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Chapter-11-Forgiveness-and-a-375002687]], in a dispute over payment when it came to buying liquor, Neesha had her husband, Soem, threaten Toki into giving it to them for free, which lead to him grabbing her and she pulled away, tearing her dress in the process. Of course, when she calls the police and they come, they seem him standing over her, while her dress is torn, well, it doesn't take any guesses as to what happens next.

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* In chapter 11 of this story [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Chapter-11-Forgiveness-and-a-375002687]], in a dispute over payment when it came to buying liquor, Neesha had her husband, Soem, threaten Toki into giving it to them for free, which lead led to him grabbing her and she pulled her pulling away, tearing her dress in the process. Of course, when she calls the police and they come, they seem him standing over her, while her dress is torn, and, well, it doesn't take any guesses as to what happens next.


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* ''Literature/ArcOfFire'': Raine protests to Myrren that he didn't leave her for Leah. [[ArmorPiercingSlap She doesn't believe him]]. Eventually they make up, though he and Leah ''had'' fallen in love.
5th Jul '16 1:39:57 PM Jeduthun
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The girl is convinced that he and the other woman have gotten together, and goes through intense doubt about her own relationship with the guy. However, she'll [[CannotSpitItOut hardly ever confront him]] about it, instead preferring to stew in her own insecurity or make veiled mean comments to the guy, who's usually completely clueless as to what's going on because the other woman just wanted something completely banal, like someone to vent to after her latest boyfriend dumped her. The scales even out, the status quo (i.e., {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST) is restored, and the fans tear their hair out and scream at the writers for some progress, dammit! [[note]] [[TropesAreNotBad Or laugh, because sometimes it's funny]] [[/note]]

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The girl is convinced that he and the other woman have gotten together, and goes through intense doubt about her own relationship with the guy. However, she'll [[CannotSpitItOut hardly ever confront him]] about it, instead preferring to stew in her own insecurity or make veiled mean comments to the guy, who's usually completely clueless as to what's going on because the other woman just wanted something completely banal, like someone to vent to after her latest boyfriend dumped her. The scales even out, the status quo (i.e., {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST) is restored, and the fans tear their hair out and scream at the writers for some progress, dammit! [[note]] [[TropesAreNotBad Or laugh, because sometimes it's funny]] funny.]] [[/note]]



Can provide the grounds for a SecondActBreakup or ThirdActMisunderstanding. See InnocentInnuendo for a more sexual-related variant of this trope, and AbuseMistake for a more violent variant.

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Can provide the grounds for a SecondActBreakup or ThirdActMisunderstanding. See InnocentInnuendo for a more sexual-related variant of this trope, and AbuseMistake for a more violent variant.
variant. If the whole thing could be cleared up by one simple statement that nobody ever thinks to say, it's probably an IdiotPlot.
3rd Jul '16 5:48:29 PM DesertDragon
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* Used hilariously in Creator/DanSavage's book ''The Committment'', which chronicles his getting legally married to his husband Terry. During a family vacation with their then-four-year-old son DJ, they stopped a a hotel in [[FlyoverCountry Billings, Montana]], a state not known for being the most queer-friendly. The long travel left poor DJ with a nasty case of "diaper rash" despite being 2 years out of diapers. So, he suddenly started screaming "MY BUTTHOLE HURTS DADDY!! IT HURTS IT HURTS!" The two men take him to the bathroom to care of...that, all the while worried that the neighbors would overhear all this and [[PedoHunt send a SWAT team]] after [[AllGaysArePedophiles them]]. Once DJ was properly bathed and calmed down, Dan was relieved that the police weren't called...then thought about it and was vaguely disturbed that nobody did anything ''at all'' despite the fact that a child could have been getting raped for all they knew.
3rd Jul '16 5:46:59 PM DesertDragon
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* Used hilariously in Creator/DanSavage's book ''The Committment'', which chronicles his getting legally married to his husband Terry. During a family vacation with their then-four-year-old son DJ, they stopped a a hotel in [[FlyoverCountry Billings, Montana]], a state not known for being the most queer-friendly. The long travel left poor DJ with a nasty case of "diaper rash" despite being 2 years out of diapers. So, he suddenly started screaming "MY BUTTHOLE HURTS DADDY!! IT HURTS IT HURTS!" The two men take him to the bathroom to care of...that, all the while worried that the neighbors would overhear all this and [[PedoHunt send a SWAT team]] after [[AllGaysArePedophiles them]]. Once DJ was properly bathed and calmed down, Dan was relieved that the police weren't called...then thought about it and was vaguely disturbed that nobody did anything ''at all'' despite the fact that a child could have been getting raped for all they knew.
23rd Jun '16 2:10:06 AM Pichu-kun
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** In an early chapter Nitori's sister walks in when her undressing with a girl in his room. Nitori is [[{{transsexual}} transgender]] and had been caught by Saori wearing girls clothes. Maho then proceeds to think that she was doing something "dirty" and tells their mom.
** In a later chapter, set when Nitori is a high school freshman, Maho catches her with her girlfriend, and once again thinks she was doing something naughty. In reality Anna was just massaging Nitori and she got a RagingStiffie by accident.

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** In an early chapter Nitori's sister walks in when on her undressing with a girl in his her room. Nitori is [[{{transsexual}} transgender]] and had been caught by Saori wearing girls clothes. Maho then proceeds to think that she was doing something "dirty" and tells their mom.
** In a later chapter, set when Nitori is a high school freshman, Maho catches her with her girlfriend, girlfriend and once again thinks she was doing something naughty. In reality Anna was just massaging Nitori and she got a RagingStiffie by accident.
13th Jun '16 7:25:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* Happens in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Shippuden episode 185 when Kotetsu and Izumo are MistakenForGay by Tsunade.

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* Happens in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Shippuden ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden'' episode 185 when Kotetsu and Izumo are MistakenForGay by Tsunade.


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* In ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon'' Karou finds his friend shirtless with a girl at school. He assumes they're doing something sexual however it turns out Sentarou is modelling for a painting.
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