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24th Jan '16 12:42:52 PM LentilSandEater
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* Creator/TerryPratchett [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this one in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] parodied this one in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''.
15th Nov '15 10:11:51 PM BrokenEye
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Compare BlatantLies, GlobalIgnorance, BadLiar, ItsForABook. WeirdnessCoupon relates to how people react to the perceived wildcard.

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Compare BlatantLies, GlobalIgnorance, BadLiar, ItsForABook.ItsForABook, IHaveThisFriend. WeirdnessCoupon relates to how people react to the perceived wildcard.
5th Jul '15 5:23:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Sliders}}'', whenever the team lands on a new world and has to explain why they don't know what's going on, they use the excuse "We're from Canada." We've hardly ever seen it fail. Although one time they had to pretend to be illegal immigrants from Canada the entire episode, who had snuck south into Mexico for work (thanks to the non-existence of America in the middle, and Mexico ending up with California).

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* In ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', whenever the team lands on a new world and has to explain why they don't know what's going on, they use the excuse "We're from Canada." We've hardly ever seen it fail. Although one time they had to pretend to be illegal immigrants from Canada the entire episode, who had snuck south into Mexico for work (thanks to the non-existence of America in the middle, and Mexico ending up with California).



* Used often in ''{{Smallville}}'' during the earlier seasons, when any questions Clark Kent was asked about his interest in the caves or any Native American symbols that were related to his Kryptonian heritage were met with "It's for a term paper" -- to the point where LexLuthor himself actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it later.

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* Used often in ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' during the earlier seasons, when any questions Clark Kent was asked about his interest in the caves or any Native American symbols that were related to his Kryptonian heritage were met with "It's for a term paper" -- to the point where LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor himself actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it later.
24th Jun '15 10:32:17 AM GeneralSpecific
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'''Cosmo:''' Oh, he's ''good''.\\
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'''Vicky:''' Now I just need to find someone who will marry a crazed fan to a celebrity teenaged hostage. To the internet!

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'''Cosmo:''' Oh, he's ''good''.\\
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'''Vicky:''' Now I just need to find someone who will marry a crazed fan to a celebrity teenaged hostage. To the internet!



In a game of cards, a wild card can be played in any situation. The wild card excuse is the same way. Late for class? You hit your head. Acting strange? You hit your head. You were seen lighting things on fire with your mind? You hit your... Okay, you get the point. What matters is that the same excuse is always used, no matter the situation, no matter how implausible it is, and it is always believed.

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In a game of cards, a wild card can be played in any situation. The wild card excuse is the same way. Late for class? You hit your head. Acting strange? You hit your head. You were seen lighting things on fire with your mind? You hit your... Okay, you get the point. What matters is that the same excuse is always used, no matter the situation, no matter how implausible it is, and it is always believed.
in the given situation.



** It's especially funny when he uses it as an excuse to bathe with the (human) girls.
** When the team needs to learn some exposition from an ancient creature, it outright refuses to tell the story to humans. Happy raises his hand and says he's a cat, and the creature instantly changes his mind and starts telling the story to him.



* In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind visits [[ImperialChina the Agatean Empire]], where foreigners are routinely executed. He's advised to tell anyone who gets suspicious that he's from Bes Pelargic, an Agatean town looked down on by everyone else for being a bit weird.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}:''
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In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind visits [[ImperialChina the Agatean Empire]], where foreigners are routinely executed. He's advised to tell anyone who gets suspicious that he's from Bes Pelargic, an Agatean town looked down on by everyone else for being a bit weird.



* In ''{{Sliders}}'', whenever the team lands on a new world and has to explain why they don't know what's going on, they use the excuse "We're from Canada." We've hardly ever seen it fail. Although one time they had to pretend to be illegal immigrants from Canada the entire episode, who had snuck south into Mexico for work. (Thanks to the non-existence of America in the middle, and Mexico ending up with California.)
** That gag may have been used because the show originally filmed in Vancouver although [[VancouverDoubling set in San Francisco]].

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* In ''{{Sliders}}'', whenever the team lands on a new world and has to explain why they don't know what's going on, they use the excuse "We're from Canada." We've hardly ever seen it fail. Although one time they had to pretend to be illegal immigrants from Canada the entire episode, who had snuck south into Mexico for work. (Thanks work (thanks to the non-existence of America in the middle, and Mexico ending up with California.)
** That gag may have been used because the show originally filmed in Vancouver although [[VancouverDoubling set in San Francisco]].
California).



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': A RunningGag response earlier on happens every time Timmy is asked where he got his wished-for stuff from. Namely the quick response "Internet". See also the page quote.
** One episode subverts this Trope:
-->'''Dad''': ''[seeing that Timmy's room is full of stuff that he hasn't bought for him] "Young man, where did you get all these nice things?"''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"Uh...Internet?"''\\
'''Dad''': ''"And where did you get Internet?"''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"Uh...uh..."''\\
'''Dad''': ''[gasps] "He's stammering! Our son is the Wall-2-Wall-Mart shoplifter!" [screams like a girl]''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"What?! You don't think I stole this stuff, do you?"''\\
'''Dad''': ''[screams like a girl again]''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"That's a yes...but I didn't do it!"''\\
'''Dad''': ''[screams like a girl again then passes out]''\\
'''Mom''': ''"That's it, young man, you know you're not supposed to make your father scream like a girl three times in one day!"''
*** That excuse would later backfire on him when he brought a lie detector to show his parents he wasn't a shoplifter. His father asked where he got the lie detector.
** In one episode, while trying to explain why he was suddenly rich, he tried both an inheritance claim, and the usual claim, before settling on "I inherited the Internet!"
*** That particular example eventually becomes a subversion, as a [[POVSequel later episode that follows the friends he told this to]] has them not buying it.
*** The peak, however, has to be Superman-esque HEAT VISION being accepted as coming from the Internet... ''[[TimeTravel before the Internet existed]]''.
*** Weirdness is turned UpToEleven when Vicky wants to get married to Chip Skylark. Where does she find a justice of the peace willing to marry a pop idol to his crazed teenage fan against his will? "On the Internet!"... Which implies that you really ''can'' get anything and everything on the Internet.
**** Scarily enough? This one is actually plausible. You can get a license to become a preacher, legally allowed to marry people...on the internet.
*** Heck, back when the show first started, there was a promotional webpage showing off all the things people other than timmy claimed they got from the internet, including the $5,000 vase Timmy's parents [[spoiler: bought for only $1]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': A ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has a RunningGag response earlier on happens every time where a character will ask Timmy is asked where he got his wished-for stuff from. Namely from and get the quick response "Internet". See also the page quote.
** One episode subverts this Trope:
-->'''Dad''': ''[seeing that Timmy's room is full of stuff that he hasn't bought for him] "Young man, where did you get all these nice things?"''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"Uh...Internet?"''\\
'''Dad''': ''"And where did you get Internet?"''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"Uh...uh..."''\\
'''Dad''': ''[gasps] "He's stammering! Our son is the Wall-2-Wall-Mart shoplifter!" [screams like a girl]''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"What?! You don't think I stole this stuff, do you?"''\\
'''Dad''': ''[screams like a girl again]''\\
'''Timmy''': ''"That's a yes...but I didn't do it!"''\\
'''Dad''': ''[screams like a girl again then passes out]''\\
'''Mom''': ''"That's it, young man, you know you're not supposed to make your father scream like a girl three times in one day!"''
*** That excuse would later backfire on him when he brought a lie detector to show his parents he wasn't a shoplifter. His father asked where he got the lie detector.
** In one episode, while trying to explain why he was suddenly rich, he tried both an inheritance claim, and the usual claim, before settling on "I inherited the Internet!"
*** That particular example eventually becomes a subversion, as a [[POVSequel later episode
Internet!".
** The peak is him claiming
that follows the friends he told this to]] has them not buying it.
*** The peak, however, has to be
his Superman-esque HEAT VISION being accepted as coming is from the Internet... ''[[TimeTravel before the Internet existed]]''.
*** Weirdness is turned UpToEleven when Vicky wants to get married to Chip Skylark. Where does she find a justice of the peace willing to marry a pop idol to his crazed teenage fan against his will? "On the Internet!"... Which implies that you really ''can'' get anything and everything on the Internet.
**** Scarily enough? This one is actually plausible. You can get a license to become a preacher, legally allowed to marry people...on the internet.
*** Heck, back when the show first started, there was a promotional webpage showing off all the things people other than timmy claimed they got from the internet, including the $5,000 vase Timmy's parents [[spoiler: bought for only $1]].
existed]]''.



* Subverted in a promo for the 4Kids dub of ''[[WesternAnimation/WinxClub The Winx Club]]'': The troll who starts the series as the henchman of [[BigBadDuumvirate The Trix]] is being interviewed about his many losses to the Winx girls. His excuse each time is he wasn't wearing his glasses[[note]]An excuse that he did actually use in the series, but only once[[/note]], at least until the last time when he blurts out how much better the girls are than him before switching back to the glasses excuse. Subverted because the interviewer didn't ever believe the excuse.

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* Subverted in a promo for the 4Kids dub of ''[[WesternAnimation/WinxClub The Winx Club]]'': The troll who starts the series as the henchman of [[BigBadDuumvirate The Trix]] is being interviewed about his many losses to the Winx girls. His excuse each time is he wasn't wearing his glasses[[note]]An excuse that he did actually use in the series, but only once[[/note]], at least until the last time when he blurts out how much better the girls are than him before switching back to the glasses excuse. Subverted because the interviewer didn't ever believe the excuse.



** And it doesn't help that during the Cold War there really was an Air Force project focused on what were basically highly secret weather balloons (it involved detecting hidden nuclear testing), and that the Air Force took a while getting the hang of covering up the project's existence. While the convenient public perception that they were really covering up alien contacts evidently came about by incompetence rather than planning, the result worked... and the connection stuck around.

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** And it It doesn't help that during the Cold War there really was an Air Force project focused on what were basically highly secret weather balloons (it involved detecting hidden nuclear testing), and that the Air Force took a while getting the hang of covering up the project's existence. While the convenient public perception that they were really covering up alien contacts evidently came about by incompetence rather than planning, the result worked... and the connection stuck around.



* A perennial joke among archaeologists is that any artifact you can't identify is a "ritual item."

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* A perennial joke among archaeologists is that any artifact you can't identify is a "ritual item."item".
31st May '15 6:03:23 AM eroock
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The WildCardExcuse is a Subtrope of BlatantLies. It often consists of a {{Blatant Lie|s}} or a LameExcuse that is elevated to a RunningGag in the series.

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The WildCardExcuse Wild Card Excuse is a Subtrope of BlatantLies. It often consists of a {{Blatant Lie|s}} or a LameExcuse that is elevated to a RunningGag in the series.
27th May '15 2:39:45 PM StFan
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* ''PrinceOfTennis'': Ryoma's excuse for being late: "I was helping a pregnant woman to the hospital."

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* ''PrinceOfTennis'': ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': Ryoma's excuse for being late: "I was helping a pregnant woman to the hospital."
16th Apr '15 1:08:16 PM Discar
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': When Coulson needs to hold off the local army for long enough for May to rescue the special forces squad sent in to contain a situation, he briefly mutters to himself over whether to go with nuclear or biological, before settling on biological. "Biological always works."
-->'''Coulson:''' You can't go in there! There's been a biological weapons release! ''Bad'', flesh-eating stuff. Deal went bad with the Russians.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Commander:''' Did you say ''biological?''
29th Mar '15 7:14:38 PM nombretomado
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-->-- ''TheFairlyOddparents''

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-->-- ''TheFairlyOddparents''
''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''



* ''TheFairlyOddParents'': A RunningGag response earlier on happens every time Timmy is asked where he got his wished-for stuff from. Namely the quick response "Internet". See also the page quote.

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* ''TheFairlyOddParents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': A RunningGag response earlier on happens every time Timmy is asked where he got his wished-for stuff from. Namely the quick response "Internet". See also the page quote.
27th Mar '15 8:35:24 AM MitchellTF
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**** Scarily enough? This one is actually plausible. You can get a license to become a preacher, legally allowed to marry people...on the internet.
23rd Mar '15 3:40:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Chuck}}'' tends to explain away everything as the effects of a spastic colon, even if said excuse makes no sense whatsoever.
* ''{{Firefly}}'': According to Officer Harkin, "Reavers did it" is a [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore popular but ineffective criminal defense.]]

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* ''{{Chuck}}'' ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' tends to explain away everything as the effects of a spastic colon, even if said excuse makes no sense whatsoever.
* ''{{Firefly}}'': ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': According to Officer Harkin, "Reavers did it" is a [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore popular but ineffective criminal defense.]]
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