History Main / SuspiciouslySpecificDenial

21st Jul '16 11:42:28 PM Luigifan
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Sometimes, this is used [[InvokedTrope more deliberately]], such as when the speaker is [[CouldSayItBut trying to give out information that they shouldn't but doesn't want to be too obvious about it]] (OrSoIHeard may follow). A {{Trickster}} type may also use it as the misdirecting component of a BatmanGambit, an InfractionDistraction, or KansasCityShuffle; by making an oddly specific denial that is actually ''true'', the mark may be led to believe that the denial is false. (For example: the mark is told that there ''aren't'' [[Discworld/InterestingTimes 2,300,009 invisible vampire ghosts]]--so the mark believes there ''are'', when in fact there are ''no'' invisible vampire ghosts at all.) In rare cases, the speaker may be telling the truth and have no intent to deceive, but it just [[ThatCameOutWrong comes out wrong]].

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Sometimes, this is used [[InvokedTrope more deliberately]], such as when the speaker is [[CouldSayItBut trying to give out information that they shouldn't but doesn't want to be too obvious about it]] (OrSoIHeard may follow). A {{Trickster}} type may also use it as the misdirecting component of a BatmanGambit, an InfractionDistraction, or KansasCityShuffle; by making an oddly specific denial that is actually ''true'', the mark may be led to believe that the denial is false. (For example: the mark is told that there ''aren't'' [[Discworld/InterestingTimes 2,300,009 invisible vampire ghosts]]--so ghosts]] -- so the mark believes there ''are'', when in fact there are ''no'' invisible vampire ghosts at all.) In rare cases, the speaker may be telling the truth and have no intent to deceive, but it just [[ThatCameOutWrong comes out wrong]].



This is frequently seen on {{Police Procedural}}s when someone under a confidentiality requirement (lawyers and doctors mostly) make a very specific inclusion or omission in an answer to the investigators that provides a clue where they should be looking.

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This is frequently seen on {{Police Procedural}}s when someone under a confidentiality requirement (lawyers and doctors doctors, mostly) make a very specific inclusion or omission in an answer to the investigators that provides a clue where they should be looking.



Compare OverlyNarrowSuperlative, NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch, INeverSaidItWasPoison, and ItsForABook.

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Compare OverlyNarrowSuperlative, NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch, INeverSaidItWasPoison, OrSoIHeard, and ItsForABook.
21st Jul '16 11:39:40 PM Luigifan
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Compare OverlyNarrowSuperlative, NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch and INeverSaidItWasPoison.

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Compare OverlyNarrowSuperlative, NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch SayingTooMuch, INeverSaidItWasPoison, and INeverSaidItWasPoison.
ItsForABook.
19th Jul '16 4:16:25 AM eroock
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19th Jul '16 4:06:09 AM eroock
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->'''Jazz:''' By the way, Danny, just so you know, I'm onto your little secret.\\
'''Danny:''' ''[spits out water]'' W-What?! What secret?\\
'''Jazz:''' The clumsiness, the nervousness, I can't believe I didn't figure it out before. You have a girlfriend!\\
'''Danny:''' '''It's a lie! I'm not a ghost!''' ''[beat]'' I mean, she's not my girlfriend.
-->-- Certainly ''not'' ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''

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->'''Jazz:''' By the way, Danny, just so you know, I'm onto your little secret.\\
'''Danny:''' ''[spits out water]'' W-What?!
->'''Asuka:''' What secret?\\
'''Jazz:''' The clumsiness, the nervousness, I can't believe
did you see?!\\
'''Shinji:''' Nothing! [...]
I didn't figure it out before. You have a girlfriend!\\
'''Danny:''' '''It's a lie! I'm not a ghost!''' ''[beat]'' I mean, she's not my girlfriend.
see you playing with your dolls!
-->-- Certainly ''not'' ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'', chapter 7 {{omake}}
10th Jul '16 12:58:59 PM HeraldAlberich
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'''Danny:''' ''(spits out water)'' W-What?! What secret?\\

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'''Danny:''' ''(spits ''[spits out water)'' water]'' W-What?! What secret?\\



'''Danny:''' '''It's a lie! I'm not a ghost!'''...''(beat)''...I mean, she's not my girlfriend.

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'''Danny:''' '''It's a lie! I'm not a ghost!'''...''(beat)''...ghost!''' ''[beat]'' I mean, she's not my girlfriend.
16th Feb '16 8:24:47 AM Xaneath
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Characters who are LawfulStupid may take the statement at face value.
13th Nov '15 12:39:32 AM NoirGrimoir
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A FalseReassurance works because the speaker is being vague and non-specific enough to pull the wool over someone's eyes. A Suspiciously Specific Denial, on the other hand, fails because the speaker is SayingTooMuch. This may be unintentional, such as when the speaker is panicked, a BadLiar, or perhaps just a little stupid. Often used to establish that you're MostDefinitelyNotAVillain.

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A FalseReassurance works because the speaker is being vague and non-specific enough to pull the wool over someone's eyes. A Suspiciously Specific Denial, on the other hand, fails because the speaker is SayingTooMuch. This may be unintentional, such as when the speaker is panicked, is a BadLiar, or perhaps just a little stupid. Often used to establish that you're MostDefinitelyNotAVillain.
3rd Nov '15 6:09:29 AM Jeduthun
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It's also related to ComplimentFishing, where someone will make a suspiciously specific SelfDeprecation in the hopes that other people will spot the denial and contradict them.
29th Sep '15 9:46:39 AM bt8257
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-->-- Certainly not ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''

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-->-- Certainly not ''not'' ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
16th Aug '15 11:23:25 AM KillerClowns
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Compare NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch and INeverSaidItWasPoison.

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Compare OverlyNarrowSuperlative, NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch and INeverSaidItWasPoison.
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