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8th Aug '17 8:52:21 PM PaulA
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** And just as they were to be declassified, the said "intersting" mind-bending substances were discreetly experimented by [[KenKesey a handful]] [[TimothyLeary of individuals]], and spread through colleges, and... [[NewAgeRetroHippie you know]]..., and it led to telling ''"[[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs another]]"'' [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs kind of truth]].

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** And just as they were to be declassified, the said "intersting" mind-bending substances were discreetly experimented by [[KenKesey [[Creator/KenKesey a handful]] [[TimothyLeary [[UsefulNotes/TimothyLeary of individuals]], and spread through colleges, and... [[NewAgeRetroHippie you know]]..., and it led to telling ''"[[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs another]]"'' [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs kind of truth]].
12th Jul '17 3:37:53 AM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' (and the rest of Palladium Books Megaverse Setting) has the ''Words of Truth'' spell, which compels you to answer questions truthfully, but you get a save for each question.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' (and the rest of Palladium Books Creator/PalladiumBooks Megaverse Setting) has the ''Words of Truth'' spell, which compels you to answer questions truthfully, but you get a save for each question.
10th Jul '17 4:41:15 AM Andyroid
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* In the Franchise/{{Tintin}} story ''Flight 714'', Laszlo Carreidas is injected with a truth serum to try and pry the number of his SwissBankAccount from him. He, however, starts confessing to every misdeed he has every done in his life. When BigBad Rastapopoulos is accidentally injected with the same serum, he and Carreidas [[HamToHamCombat get into an argument]] about [[EvilerThanThou who is the most evil]].

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* In the Franchise/{{Tintin}} story ''Flight 714'', Laszlo Carreidas is injected with a truth serum to try and pry the number of his SwissBankAccount from him. He, however, [[MistakenConfession starts confessing to every misdeed he has every done in his life.life]]. When BigBad Rastapopoulos is accidentally injected with the same serum, he and Carreidas [[HamToHamCombat get into an argument]] about [[EvilerThanThou who is the most evil]].
10th May '17 12:55:30 PM ngh93
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Valiant}}'', a British homing pigeon is given a truth serum by the German falcons who have captured him. While he tells the truth, he still refuses to actually tell them what they want to know, and instead babbles on and on, annoying them until he accidentally gives them information they wanted to know in the first place.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Valiant}}'', a British homing pigeon is given a truth serum by the German hawks who have captured him. While he tells the truth, he still refuses to actually tell them what they want to know, and instead babbles on and on, annoying them until he accidentally gives them information they wanted to know in the first place.
15th Mar '17 4:59:47 PM StarTropes
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* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', the use of truth serum on a teenage girl creates FakeMemories of her being raped by her father. The ensuing FalseRapeAccusation leads to escalating tragedy.
1st Feb '17 11:14:31 PM AtmosBlitzer
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-->-- '''T-Rex''', ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000416.html #416]]

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-->-- '''T-Rex''', ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000416.html com/index.php?comic=416 #416]]
29th Jan '17 11:03:37 AM luiz4200
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* ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'': Ford wonders if the Truth Telling Teeth have a truth serum inside.
22nd Jan '17 8:29:41 AM JackG
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* ''[[Literature/TheExecutioner Phoenix Force]]'' uses scopalomine, administered by its [[TheMedic team medic]] Calvin James due to the risk of possible heart failure. In one novel the prisoner has a heart condition, so they try hypnosis instead, getting enough details to work out the information they're looking for.

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* ''[[Literature/TheExecutioner Phoenix Force]]'' uses scopalomine, administered by its [[TheMedic team medic]] Calvin James due to the risk of possible heart failure. In one novel the prisoner has a heart condition, so they try hypnosis instead, getting enough details to work out the information they're looking for. In another some mooks who were injured in the fight that led to their capture start babbling their cover stories after they're injected with an anesthesia. This causes Phoenix Force to realise they're professional intelligence agents who have been given hypnotically-induced cover stories in case they were injected with a truth serum.
14th Jan '17 3:22:24 PM Bryanna_cern
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* ''Piège pour un homme seul'': In fact it was just a provocation.
29th Dec '16 3:44:51 PM Fireblood
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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Heralds have a two-stage Truth Spell. Stage one functions as a LieDetector; stage two compels the bespelled person to answer any question truthfully.
** Unknown to Heralds in most time periods, the spell works by attracting a (previously bound to Heralds) nonsentient air elemental to the subject, and then inducing it to possess him or her. Based on the more detailed description, stage one is actually a slightly more focused polygraph, and there's nothing to prove it lacks the same weaknesses. We tend to see the Truth Spell used against people lying to hide powerful and violent feelings, and the spell tends not to show up in time periods where people who can resist possession are present.

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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Heralds have a two-stage Truth Spell.truth spell. Stage one functions as a LieDetector; stage two compels the bespelled person to answer any question truthfully.
** Unknown to Heralds in most time periods, the spell works by attracting a (previously bound to Heralds) nonsentient non-sentient air elemental to the subject, and then inducing it to possess him or her. Based on the more detailed description, stage one is actually a slightly more focused polygraph, and there's nothing to prove it lacks the same weaknesses. We tend to see the Truth Spell truth spell used against people lying to hide powerful and violent feelings, and the spell tends not to show up in time periods where people who can resist possession are present.



* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings,'' a parody of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' Goodgulf the Wizard used "one of his secret potions[[note]]Probably Sodium Pentothal.[[/note]]" to get the truth about how he obtained the Ring out of Dildo Bugger.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', it is mentioned that [=CorSec=] officers undergo a chemical interrogation as part of their training. When it was done to Corran Horn, he ended up confessing to every childhood misdeed committed in his entire life, which would have been amusing even at the time had the interrogator not provided a transcript to his father (A fellow officer). While also amusing and somewhat disturbing to the reader, the existence of not only such drugs used by a police force but stronger ones available to groups like, oh, the Empire, makes one wonder about how Leia managed to hold up to an interrogation by Darth Vader, when the arguably less-vicious Ysanne Isard had methods that would (with only mild exaggeration) have Corran "spilling secrets his ''mother'' had forgotten while he was in the womb".

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* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings,'' a parody of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' Goodgulf the Wizard used "one of his secret potions[[note]]Probably potions"[[note]]Probably Sodium Pentothal.[[/note]]" [[/note]] to get the truth about how he obtained the Ring out of Dildo Bugger.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', it is mentioned that [=CorSec=] officers undergo a chemical interrogation as part of their training. When it was done to Corran Horn, he ended up confessing to every childhood misdeed committed in his entire life, which would have been amusing even at the time had the interrogator not provided a transcript to his father (A (a fellow officer). While also amusing and somewhat disturbing to the reader, the existence of not only such drugs used by a police force but stronger ones available to groups like, oh, the Empire, makes one wonder about how Leia managed to hold up to an interrogation by Darth Vader, when the arguably less-vicious Ysanne Isard had methods that would (with only mild exaggeration) have Corran "spilling secrets his ''mother'' had forgotten while he was in the womb".



* ''Series/SchooledInMagic'': Spells which force people to tell the truth exist, and they're used in court cases, insuring that innocents are not convicted.

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* ''Series/SchooledInMagic'': Spells which force people to tell the truth exist, and they're used in court cases, insuring ensuring that innocents are not convicted.


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* ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'': The wizard who accosts Elminster outside his village in the hills herding sheep places him under a {{mind control}} spell, and uses it to make him answer questions truthfully. Thankfully he doesn't realize that Elminster is the son of the man he's looking for (a [[KingIncognito hidden prince]] who's being targeted over his claim to the throne) or he'd have been killed as well. As it is, he still orders Elminster to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide run off a cliff]]. Fortunately Elminister has a latent magical ability he uses to save himself. Later he uses it himself on another mage to compel the truth from him.
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