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11th Sep '16 3:17:32 PM Kitchen90
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* In the first ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movie, Dave writes a letter explaining why he wants them to leave, which he ''immediately'' throws out because he realizes he cares too much for them. Of course, a few weeks later they find the crumpled piece of paper (I think it fell behind the bed?) and assume he really does hate them. This despite their marked improvement in their relationship. You can probably guess what's spoilered here, but [[spoiler:they eventually reconcile.]] The moral of the story? ''Always'' destroy hatemail you don't intend to send.

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* In the first ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movie, Dave writes a heated letter explaining why he wants them the chipmunks to leave, which he ''immediately'' throws out because he realizes he cares too much for them. Of course, a few them, but weeks later later, they find the crumpled piece of paper (I think it fell behind the bed?) and assume he really does hate them. This despite that Dave is pretending to enjoy their marked improvement in company -- just when they had been getting along -- so they decide to leave him, join forces with Dave's former boss, and go on their relationship. You can probably guess what's spoilered here, but [[spoiler:they eventually reconcile.]] The moral of the story? ''Always'' destroy hatemail you don't intend to send.contractually-obligated worldwide concert tour.
30th Jun '16 2:46:49 PM eroock
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Compare with ThirdActStupidity, LiarRevealed and SecondActBreakUp.

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Compare with ThirdActStupidity, LiarRevealed LiarRevealed, PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure and SecondActBreakUp.
31st May '16 1:35:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[ShesAllThat She's All That]]'' and ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' both use a variant where a bet is placed and after TheHero ends the bet or stops following it, the LoveInterest only then finds out and rejects him.

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* ''[[ShesAllThat She's All That]]'' ''Film/ShesAllThat'' and ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' both use a variant where a bet is placed and after TheHero ends the bet or stops following it, the LoveInterest only then finds out and rejects him.
29th May '16 2:00:29 AM RacattackForce
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* The penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'''s second season, "Message Received". [[spoiler:Immediately after the previous episode, [[KidHero Steven]] confronts [[HeelFaceTurn Peridot]] about a device she stole from an abandoned Gem communications tower on the Moon. After some prodding, Peridot reveals that it is a direct communication line to the leaders on [[PlanetLooters Homeworld]], and that she intends to contact her leader, Yellow Diamond. Peridot's rant about the failure of the Crystal Gem's [[EmotionsVsStoicism emotional approach]] to problems is interpreted as her betraying them, leading to the rest of the episode having Peridot fight with the rest of the group for control of the device. Once its activated, it's revealed that Peridot's intent was to convince her leader not to destroy the Earth, using a logic-based appeal on the value of the planet. Naturally this doesn't work, but the attempt and Peridot's subsequent insulting of Yellow Diamond's intelligence leads to regained trust and cements Peridot as a member of the Crystal Gems.]]
23rd May '16 5:20:18 PM mcgrew
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', after Nick and Judy find the missing mammals, she makes some InnocentlyInsensitive comments to the media about predators "reverting back to their savage ways". From Nick's perspective, the one prey animal to ever look past his [[FantasticRacism species stereotype]] just called his entire zoological order a bunch of violent savages on national television. This leads to their temporary PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure.
29th Apr '16 11:23:21 PM Mersang
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* In ''StrangeMagic'', enemies Bog and Marianne [[ItMakesSenseInContext form a tentative truce while trying to find an antidote to a love potion that's making her sister obsessed with him]], and then her ex attacks Bog's home and Bog thinks Marianne was in on it.
5th Mar '16 9:39:18 PM Skylite
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To solve this, Alice will have to make a large, impressive and risky act of "contrition" to prove she's not the original liar anymore. Alternately, a third character (lets say Charlie) reveal to Bob that Alice really ''is'' a different person and likes him, and he runs to the airport to forgive her before she leaves.

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To solve this, Alice will have to make a large, impressive and risky act of "contrition" to prove she's not the original liar anymore. Alternately, a third character (lets say Charlie) reveal to Bob that Alice really ''is'' a different person and likes him, and he [[RaceForYourLove runs to the airport to forgive her before she leaves.
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23rd Feb '16 10:05:13 PM theknack101
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* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' plays this straight - the entire third act with the Drowning Doom could have been avoided had [[spoiler: Ophelia just told Eddie that ''he'' was Succhoria and not her. Or if Eddie, having promised to trust her no matter what, had ''trusted her no matter what.'']]

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* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' plays this straight - the entire third act with the Drowning Doom could have been avoided had [[spoiler: Ophelia just told Eddie that ''he'' was Succhoria (or rather Succhoria's son) and not her. Or if Eddie, having promised to trust her no matter what, had ''trusted her no matter what.'']]
22nd Dec '15 5:38:55 AM Kitchen90
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* Two misunderstandings in ''Film/NottingHill'': First Anna believing that William had betrayed her by going to the press and Second William overhearing comments Anna made while filming.
* ''Film/MadeaGoesToJail'' had this when the male main character's fiance is exposed (and left) on the altar after he finds out that [[AmoralAttorney she's been padding cases with other crimes to bolster her conviction rating]].

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* Two misunderstandings in ''Film/NottingHill'': First the first being Anna believing belief that William had betrayed her by going to the press and Second the second being William overhearing comments Anna made while filming.
* ''Film/MadeaGoesToJail'' had this when the male main character's fiance fiancé is exposed (and left) on the altar after he finds out that [[AmoralAttorney she's been padding cases with other crimes to bolster her conviction rating]].


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* This trope is {{invoked}} by a [[GreenEyedMonster seemingly-jealous]] Creator/SidJames character in ''Film/CarryOnLoving''. His long-time job partner Sophie goes to meet up with a stranger in his mansion, hoping that he will ask for her hand in marriage. Sid is furious and seeks out the stranger's address to gatecrash on the date, with the help of a client that he's had eyes on for months. The client storms into the house and pretends to be a vulgar ex-girlfriend that wants Sophie's date back, and jumps on the man just as Sophie marches into the room. Before they all know it, an angry wrestler (who's the ex-boyfriend of the client of Sid's affections) arrives at the front door after receiving a phone call from Sid about his "girlfriend" being kidnapped by the lunatic master of the house. Sophie storms out of the mansion in annoyance.
13th Nov '15 7:53:38 PM N.Harmonik
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* The first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie has the eponymous ogre overhearing a conversation between Princess Fiona and Donkey about "who could ever love something so hideous." [[spoiler:She's talking about herself, as she turns into an ogre at nightfall, and changes back in the morning.]] Shrek, however, creates his own misunderstanding after telling Fiona he heard everything, even though he hadn't. [[spoiler: This makes Fiona believe that Shrek won't accept her for what she is, and she accepts Lord Farquaad's marriage proposal.]]

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* The first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie has the eponymous ogre overhearing a conversation between Princess Fiona and Donkey about "who could ever love something so hideous." [[spoiler:She's talking about herself, as she turns into an ogre at nightfall, and changes back in the morning.]] Shrek, however, creates his own misunderstanding after telling Fiona he heard everything, even though he hadn't. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This makes Fiona believe that Shrek won't accept her for what she is, and she accepts Lord Farquaad's marriage proposal.]]



* Towards the end of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Mulan's true gender is revealed. Fortunately, Shang's life debt to her saves her life; but when she tries to tell her friends that there are Huns still alive and heading for the city, they disbelieve her both on account of her deception and her gender.



* Towards the end of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Mulan's true gender is revealed. Fortunately, Shang's life debt to her saves her life; but when she tries to tell her friends that there are Huns still alive and heading for the city, they disbelieve her both on account of her deception and her gender.
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