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20th Oct '17 12:46:08 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story ''[[Literature/KnownSpace The Patchwork Girl]]'', the accused murderer refuses to reveal why she couldn't possibly have committed the murder due to a misunderstanding of the way the law works on the Moon vs how it works on Earth. [[spoiler: She was visiting her clone at a cloning clinic. On Earth, she would have been condemned to the organ banks for having a clone made after using one of her birthrights (having a child takes two birthrights, one from each parent) AND the clone would have been sterilized. On the Moon, she probably would have been sterilized and the clone would have been left alone.]]

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story ''[[Literature/KnownSpace The Patchwork Girl]]'', ''Literature/ThePatchworkGirl'', the accused murderer refuses to reveal why she couldn't possibly have committed the murder due to a misunderstanding of the way the law works on the Moon vs how it works on Earth. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She was visiting her clone at a cloning clinic. On Earth, she would have been condemned to the organ banks for having a clone made after using one of her birthrights (having a child takes two birthrights, one from each parent) AND ''and'' the clone would have been sterilized. On the Moon, she probably would have been sterilized and the clone would have been left alone.]]
15th Oct '17 6:30:40 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'': In "The Bewildering Bout of the Astounding Automatons", Rippen asks [[spoiler:why Larry didn't tell him the mop Larry gave him was an exploding mop. Larry says it's because Rippen didn't ask.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'': In "The Bewildering Bout of the Astounding Automatons", Rippen asks [[spoiler:why Larry didn't tell him the mop Larry gave him was an exploding mop. Larry says it's because Rippen didn't ask.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'': In "The Bewildering Bout of the Astounding Automatons", Rippen asks [[spoiler:why Larry didn't tell him the mop Larry gave him was an exploding mop. Larry says it's because Rippen didn't ask.]]
15th Oct '17 6:28:41 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'': In "The Bewildering Bout of the Astounding Automatons", Rippen asks [[spoiler:why Larry didn't tell him the mop Larry gave him was an exploding mop. Larry says it's because Rippen didn't ask.]]
8th Oct '17 7:10:42 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Avon gives this trope in "Redemption", smugly pointing out that it will teach the others to ask questions in future instead of blindly following Blake's orders.
4th Oct '17 6:38:47 AM chelonianmobile
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* ''The BinderOfShame'':
-->"Wait a minute. Guns and katanas can't scratch these things but their necks snap like twigs?"
-->"Not my fault none of you thought to do that."
9th Sep '17 1:04:35 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8042929/12/A-Different-Path A Different Path]]'' Sirius casts a glamour spell on [=McGonagall=] so she can pose as a Muggle doctor.
-->'''Sirius:''' I really hope I don't have to do that again anytime soon.\\
'''[=McGonagall=]:''' It was your own fault for throwing in an audio glamour on top of everything. I can do a convincing German accent if need be.\\
'''Sirius:''' Well why didn't you say so?\\
'''[=McGonagall=]:''' You didn't ask.
17th Aug '17 8:06:06 PM Kalaong
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Similar excuses include ignorance/forgetfulness ("[[PoorCommunicationKills I thought you already knew/I already told you]]."), assuming the other person already figured it out for himself ("[[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat I thought it was obvious]]."), underestimating the importance of the information ("ItSeemedTrivial."), or hoping it wouldn't ''be'' important because it's [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason embarrassing]] ("I really didn't want to talk about it"), [[DarkSecret disgraceful]] ("I hoped I'd never have to admit it."), or [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun too dangerous to use]] [[GodzillaThreshold under any but the most dire circumstances]] ("I hoped we'd find an alternative"), or even that [[NotNowKiddo they couldn't get a word in edgewise]] ("You ''told'' me to [AirQuotes] [[PreemptiveShutUp "Shut Up!"]] ").

A TricksterMentor, [[CrypticConversation vague prophet]], or similar enigmatic figure may deliberately withhold information until asked, either because they ''can't'' reveal it otherwise or they need the other characters to keep consulting with them.

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Similar excuses include ignorance/forgetfulness ("[[PoorCommunicationKills include;
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I thought you already knew/I already told you]]."), "
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assuming the other person already figured it out for himself ("[[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat himself: "[[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat I thought it was obvious]]."), "
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underestimating the importance of the information ("ItSeemedTrivial."), or information: "ItSeemedTrivial."
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hoping it wouldn't ''be'' important because it's [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason embarrassing]] ("I embarrassing]]: "I really didn't want to talk about it"), it."
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[[DarkSecret disgraceful]] ("I disgraceful]]: "I hoped I'd never have to admit it."), or "
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[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun too dangerous to use]] [[GodzillaThreshold under any but the most dire circumstances]] ("I circumstances]]: "I hoped we'd find an alternative"), alternative."
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or even that [[NotNowKiddo they couldn't get a word in edgewise]] edgewise]]: ("You ''told'' me to [AirQuotes] [[PreemptiveShutUp "Shut Up!"]] ").

A TricksterMentor, [[CrypticConversation vague prophet]], or similar enigmatic figure may deliberately withhold information until asked, either because they ''can't'' reveal it otherwise or they need the other characters to keep consulting with them.
them. On rare occasions, they do this because they know the information wouldn't be [[CassandraTruth believed]] or [[KudzuPlot make sense]] until [[WhenYouSnatchThePebble a specific time]].
11th Aug '17 6:33:01 PM rjd1922
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** Touko Fukawa [[AlternateIdentityAmnesia doesn't share memories]] with her SplitPersonality [[SerialKiller Genocider Syo/Genocide Jack]]. This fact becomes key in the final trial where it's revealed that [[spoiler:14 of the 16 students (the other two having orchestrated the plot) all had their memories erased of the time they spent together in school, and that the mastermind explicitly erased those two years in order to kickstart the DeadlyGame by making them want to leave without knowing that [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class0}} the outside world is in ruin from the Tragedy]]]]. If nothing else, [[AxCrazy Genocider's complete insanity]] could explain this one away.

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** Touko Fukawa [[AlternateIdentityAmnesia doesn't share memories]] with her SplitPersonality [[SerialKiller Genocider Syo/Genocide Jack]]. This fact becomes key in the final trial where it's revealed that [[spoiler:14 of the 16 students (the other two having orchestrated the plot) all had their memories erased of the time they spent together in school, and that the mastermind explicitly erased those two years in order to kickstart the DeadlyGame by making them want to leave without knowing that [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class0}} [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class 1}} the outside world is in ruin from the Tragedy]]]]. If nothing else, [[AxCrazy Genocider's complete insanity]] could explain this one away.
1st Aug '17 12:47:45 PM Gamermaster
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* This was why Rei never told Asuka that she could speak German (well, read it anyways, her pronunciation is a little wonky) in ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'' until the latter's birthday party.
31st Jul '17 5:23:07 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1085.html Omission Possible]]", this is the first reason Durkon gives for not having told [[spoiler: the evil spirit controlling his body]] that [[spoiler: the keystone to the dwarven temple would crumble to dust if someone used it without the owner's permission.]] The second reason is "Also, I hate ye, an I want ye ta fail."

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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1085.html Omission Possible]]", this is the first reason Durkon gives for not having told [[spoiler: the evil spirit controlling his body]] that [[spoiler: the keystone to the dwarven temple would crumble to dust if someone used it without the owner's permission.]] The second reason is "Also, I hate ye, an ye an' I want ye ta fail."
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