History Main / YouHaveToBelieveMe

21st May '17 9:31:02 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''AVeryPotterSequel'', when Harry asks the guard how to get to platform nine and three quarters, the guard insists that it doesn't exist. Harry uses the trope nearly by name, and starts talking about his Hogwarts letter. When the guard starts to walk off, he yells, "Sir! Listen, please! A bird gave it to me!"
** Invoked from the flip side as well when the guard says that ''hundreds'' of kids have asked him the same question that day, and he refuses to believe it exists or there's anything worth looking into.


Added DiffLines:

[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'', when Harry asks the guard how to get to platform nine and three quarters, the guard insists that it doesn't exist. Harry uses the trope nearly by name, and starts talking about his Hogwarts letter. When the guard starts to walk off, he yells, "Sir! Listen, please! A bird gave it to me!"
** Invoked from the flip side as well when the guard says that ''hundreds'' of kids have asked him the same question that day, and he refuses to believe it exists or there's anything worth looking into.
[[/folder]]
17th May '17 2:45:09 PM AthenaBlue
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': {{Invoked|Trope}} by the antagonists in [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E4Orders "Orders"]]. [[spoiler:Fives, who has found out that all the clone troopers have mysterious chips in their brains, is drugged with a compound that increases his aggression and paranoia, so when he tries to tell others, like Anakin and Rex, about the chips, he's incapable of expressing himself coherently. It's revealed in the SequelSeries, however, that Rex ''did'' listen, however, and that he and a few others had their chips removed as a result.]]

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': {{Invoked|Trope}} by the antagonists in [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E4Orders "Orders"]]. [[spoiler:Fives, who has found out that all the clone troopers have mysterious chips in their brains, is drugged with a compound that increases his aggression and paranoia, so when he tries to tell others, like Anakin and Rex, about the chips, he's incapable of expressing himself coherently. It's revealed in the SequelSeries, however, that Rex ''did'' listen, however, and that he and a few others had their chips removed as a result.]]
17th May '17 2:43:51 PM AthenaBlue
Is there an issue? Send a Message


-->'''Earth King''': You invade my palace, lay waste to all my guards, break down my fancy door, and you expect me to ''trust'' you!?
-->'''Toph''': ...He has a good point.

to:

-->'''Earth King''': You invade my palace, lay waste to all my guards, break down my fancy door, and you expect me to ''trust'' you!?
-->'''Toph''': ...
you!?\\
'''Toph''': ...
He has a good point.



** Used humorously in the ShowWithinAShow, ''[[TheTwilightZone The Scary Door]]'':
--> '''Gambler:''' There's a gremlin destroying the plane! You've gotta believe me!
--> '''Narrator:''' Why should I believe you? [[spoiler:[[TwistEnding You're Hitler!]]]]

to:

** Used humorously in the ShowWithinAShow, ''[[TheTwilightZone ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone The Scary Door]]'':
--> '''Gambler:''' -->'''Gambler:''' There's a gremlin destroying the plane! You've gotta believe me!
-->
me!\\
'''Narrator:''' Why should I believe you? [[spoiler:[[TwistEnding You're Hitler!]]]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]], in a villainous example, [[spoiler:Lieutenant Lyste, upon realizing he's being arrested for treason, tries to convince the other Imperials that he's not the traitor, and Governor Pryce is. He quickly starts begging for Agent Kallus to help him once he realizes that no one is going to listen to him.]]

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]], in a villainous example, [[spoiler:Lieutenant Lyste, upon realizing he's being arrested for treason, tries to convince tell the other Imperials that he's not the traitor, and Governor Pryce is. He quickly starts begging for Agent Kallus to help him once he realizes that no one is going to listen to him.]]
17th May '17 2:41:37 PM AthenaBlue
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'': [[GeniusLoci An abandoned house]] eats anyone who approaches it. The kids tell the police this (loudly), instead of "someone went in and never came out".

to:

[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'': [[GeniusLoci An abandoned house]] eats anyone who approaches it. The kids tell the police this (loudly), instead of "someone went in and never came out".
Animated]]



* The eponymous character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' attempts to contact the police and explain that her parents were kidnapped, but once she gets to the part about the Other Mother, they shrug it off. Admittedly, she could have at least convinced them that her parents really were missing, but that doesn't mean they could do anything constructive. She also tells Wybie what's going on, but she doesn't try very hard to convince him, and is more venting at him than trying to explain anything. (Also somewhat justified by Wybie being rather a smart-arse.) She loses all credibility (despite [[CassandraTruth telling the complete truth]]) when she starts throwing shoes at him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'': [[GeniusLoci An abandoned house]] eats anyone who approaches it. The kids tell the police this (loudly), instead of "someone went in and never came out".



* The eponymous character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' attempts to contact the police and explain that her parents were kidnapped, but once she gets to the part about the Other Mother, they shrug it off. Admittedly, she could have at least convinced them that her parents really were missing, but that doesn't mean they could do anything constructive. She also tells Wybie what's going on, but she doesn't try very hard to convince him, and is more venting at him than trying to explain anything. (Also somewhat justified by Wybie being rather a smart-arse.) She loses all credibility (despite [[CassandraTruth telling the complete truth]]) when she starts throwing shoes at him.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The hero of ''Film/ShockCorridor'' had himself declared insane and sent to the asylum, where he eventually fails to convince the shrink of his sanity.

to:

[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* The hero of ''Film/ShockCorridor'' had himself declared insane and sent to the asylum, where he eventually fails to convince the shrink of his sanity.
Live-Action]]




* When ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', poor Wilbur spends a good bit of the movie trying to convince Chick that he's seeing monsters.
** Several Abbott and Costello films involve Costello's character stumbling upon a dead body, only for the murderer to move the dead body before Costello can bring Abbott's character into the room to see the dead guy.



* Played with in the Israeli zombie comedy "Muralim". When the hero first attempts to get in touch with the outside world, he babbles about zombies taking over the base - but then he takes a moment to think, and issues an very calm correction. What he ACTUALLY meant to say was that the base is being attacked by terrorists. Unfortunately for him, TheRadioDiesFirst, and neither message reaches the proper authorities.



* ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'': Libby wails this verbatim when testifying in her own defense regarding her husband's murder.
* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', the hero experiences the day over and over and is hence able to see into the future. His efforts to tell his story are quite fruitless at first. Near the movie's end, he manages to get his comrades to believe him, having gained enough experience and credibility to explain the situation coherently.



--> '''Ray:''' As I explained before, we think the spirit of a 17th century Moldavian tyrant is alive and well in a painting at the Manhattan Museum of Art.
--> '''Psychiatrist:''' Uh-huh, and are there any other paintings in the museum with bad spirits in them?
--> '''Egon:''' You're wasting valuable time. He's drawing strength from a psychomagnotheric slime flow that's been collecting under the city.
--> '''Psychiatrist:''' Yes, tell me about the slime.
--> '''Winston:''' It's very potent stuff. We made a toaster dance with it. ''[gestures to Venkman]'' And a bathtub tried to eat his friend's baby.
--> '''Psychiatrist:''' A bathtub?
--> '''Venkman:''' Don't look at me. I think these people are completely nuts.

to:

--> '''Ray:''' -->'''Ray:''' As I explained before, we think the spirit of a 17th century Moldavian tyrant is alive and well in a painting at the Manhattan Museum of Art.
-->
Art.\\
'''Psychiatrist:''' Uh-huh, and are there any other paintings in the museum with bad spirits in them?
-->
them?\\
'''Egon:''' You're wasting valuable time. He's drawing strength from a psychomagnotheric slime flow that's been collecting under the city.
-->
city.\\
'''Psychiatrist:''' Yes, tell me about the slime.
-->
slime.\\
'''Winston:''' It's very potent stuff. We made a toaster dance with it. ''[gestures to Venkman]'' And a bathtub tried to eat his friend's baby.
-->
baby.\\
'''Psychiatrist:''' A bathtub?
-->
bathtub?\\
'''Venkman:''' Don't look at me. I think these people are completely nuts.



* Played with in the Israeli zombie comedy ''Muralim''. When the hero first attempts to get in touch with the outside world, he babbles about zombies taking over the base - but then he takes a moment to think, and issues an very calm correction. What he ACTUALLY meant to say was that the base is being attacked by terrorists. Unfortunately for him, TheRadioDiesFirst, and neither message reaches the proper authorities.
* ''Film/NonStop'': Marks has to convince the crew as well as his bosses that he is not behind a hijacking. However, he doesn't explain himself to the passengers, for fear of provoking whoever is behind this or causing a panic. [[spoiler:This comes to bite him when the passengers also believe he is hijacking them and decide to ambush him. Once he explains what's actually going on, though, they actually turn out to be pretty helpful.]]
* The hero of ''Film/ShockCorridor'' had himself declared insane and sent to the asylum, where he eventually fails to convince the shrink of his sanity.



* When ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', poor Wilbur spends a good bit of the movie trying to convince Chick that he's seeing monsters.
** Several Abbott and Costello films involve Costello's character stumbling upon a dead body, only for the murderer to move the dead body before Costello can bring Abbott's character into the room to see the dead guy.
* ''Film/NonStop'': Marks has to convince the crew as well as his bosses that he is not behind a hijacking. However, he doesn't explain himself to the passengers, for fear of provoking whoever is behind this or causing a panic. [[spoiler: This comes to bite him when the passengers also believe he is hijacking them and decide to ambush him. Once he explains whats actually going on though, they actually turn out to be pretty helpful.]]
* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', the hero experiences the day over and over and is hence able to see into the future. His efforts to tell his story are quite fruitless at first. Near the movie's end, he manages to get his comrades to believe him, having gained enough experience and credibility to explain the situation coherently.
* ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'': Libby wails this verbatim when testifying in her own defense regarding her husband's murder.



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', the adventurers come upon a knight who claims to have brief bouts of insanity due to an enchantment, during which he must be restrained. [[spoiler:It turns out to be this trope: he actually has brief bouts of sanity in the midst of what is otherwise an enchantment, but when he becomes un-enchanted, he's so desperate to escape it that he comes across as a raving lunatic.]]
* Averted in the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' series by the main character, Chloe. In the first book, she's sent to a group home, where she's diagnosed (incorrectly) as a schizophrenic -- she's actually a necromancer. After realizing that she and the other kids are in danger, and then escaping and being chased down by the staff with tranquilizer guns, Chloe manages to get to her Aunt Lauren's house. Once there, she immediately tells Lauren about being hunted down by the staff. But rather than blurt out the entire insane story to Lauren, Chloe leaves out the part where she's a necromancer, ghosts are real, she accidentally raised the dead, and the people she was fleeing with include a fire half-demon, a sorcerer, and a werewolf. And, in an even ''further'' aversion, before going to her aunt, Chloe actually takes the time to go back to the scene to ''bring evidence'' in the form of a tranquilizer dart, because she knows that she'll be just brushed off as crazy otherwise. [[spoiler:So it's a damn shame that all of this effort goes to waste when it turns out that her aunt knew about everything all along, and was, in fact, in on the whole plot.]]
* Hoffmann from ''Literature/TheFearIndex'' increasingly sounds like this as the events of the book unfolds. What first throws his sanity into question is when he insists a picture in a 100 year old book is a clue to the break-in of his house. Amazingly Quarry still believes him, but only because Hoffmann was never that normal to begin with.
* In the book of ''Literature/FreakyFriday'', the protagonist starts, well, freaking out for a variety of reasons, one of which being that while she is inhabiting her mother's body, her mother has presumably gone joyriding in hers, and is now nowhere to be found. She decides to call the police. Instead of saying, "I'm deeply concerned that my daughter has vanished", she decides to [[FreakyFridayFlip blurt out the whole body-swapping story]]. The cops, unsurprisingly, think she's nuts.
* Happens often in ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books--in fact, one of the short stories in the collection ''More Tales to Give You Goosebumps'' is actually titled "You Gotta Believe Me!".



* In the book of ''Literature/FreakyFriday'', the protagonist starts, well, freaking out for a variety of reasons, one of which being that while she is inhabiting her mother's body, her mother has presumably gone joyriding in hers, and is now nowhere to be found. She decides to call the police. Instead of saying, "I'm deeply concerned that my daughter has vanished", she decides to [[FreakyFridayFlip blurt out the whole body-swapping story]]. The cops, unsurprisingly, think she's nuts.
* In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', the adventurers come upon a knight who claims to have brief bouts of insanity due to an enchantment, during which he must be restrained. [[spoiler: It turns out to be this trope: he actually has brief bouts of sanity in the midst of what is otherwise an enchantment, but when he becomes un-enchanted, he's so desperate to escape it that he comes across as a raving lunatic.]]

to:

* In the children's book of ''Literature/FreakyFriday'', ''Help I'm a Prisoner in the protagonist starts, well, freaking out Library'', two girls, Mary Rose and Jo Beth, are accidentally trapped in the eponymous library after hours. Mary Rose, the elder sister, calls the police and tries to explain the situation rationally, only for Jo Beth to snatch the phone away and say, hysterically, "We're prisoners in the library!" The police dismiss the call as a variety of reasons, one of which being prank.
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'': Mentioned and averted in ''Storm Warning'', when Karal notes
that while she is inhabiting her mother's body, her mother he has presumably gone joyriding in hers, and is now nowhere to be found. She decides to call the police. Instead of saying, "I'm deeply concerned that my daughter has vanished", she decides urge to [[FreakyFridayFlip just blurt out his story to the whole body-swapping story]]. The cops, unsurprisingly, think she's nuts.
Blues, but is also aware of how weird it sounds and makes a conscious effort to lay things out calmly and logically.
* In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', Near the adventurers come upon end of ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Horizon'', [[spoiler:while Dag has, admittedly, had a knight who claims to pretty rough night, and just about anyone [[JustifiedTrope would be forgiven a fair bit of hysteria]] over finding their spouse BuriedAlive; an authoritative explanation about the Enchanted Lakewalker Wedding Cords would have brief bouts of insanity due to an enchantment, during which he must gotten Fawn dug up far faster than clawing at her grave barehanded while screaming "She's not dead! She can't be restrained. [[spoiler: It turns out to be this trope: he actually has brief bouts of sanity in the midst of what is otherwise an enchantment, but when he becomes un-enchanted, he's so desperate to escape it that he comes across as a raving lunatic.]]dead!"]]



* Near the end of ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Horizon'', [[spoiler:while Dag has, admittedly, had a pretty rough night, and just about anyone [[JustifiedTrope would be forgiven a fair bit of hysteria]] over finding their spouse BuriedAlive; an authoritative explanation about the Enchanted Lakewalker Wedding Cords would have gotten Fawn dug up far faster than clawing at her grave barehanded while screaming "She's not dead! She can't be dead!"]]
* Averted in the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' series by the main character, Chloe. In the first book, she's sent to a group home, where she's diagnosed (incorrectly) as a schizophrenic -- she's actually a necromancer. After realizing that she and the other kids are in danger, and then escaping and being chased down by the staff with tranquilizer guns, Chloe manages to get to her Aunt Lauren's house. Once there, she immediately tells Lauren about being hunted down by the staff. But rather than blurt out the entire insane story to Lauren, Chloe leaves out the part where she's a necromancer, ghosts are real, she accidentally raised the dead, and the people she was fleeing with include a fire half-demon, a sorcerer, and a werewolf. And, in an even ''further'' aversion, before going to her aunt, Chloe actually takes the time to go back to the scene to ''bring evidence'' in the form of a tranquilizer dart, because she knows that she'll be just brushed off as crazy otherwise. [[spoiler:So it's a damn shame that all of this effort goes to waste when it turns out that her aunt knew about everything all along, and was, in fact, in on the whole plot.]]
* Happens often in ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books--in fact, one of the short stories in the collection ''More Tales to Give You Goosebumps'' is actually titled "You Gotta Believe Me!".

to:

* Near the end of ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Horizon'', [[spoiler:while Dag has, admittedly, had a pretty rough night, and just about anyone [[JustifiedTrope would be forgiven a fair bit of hysteria]] over finding their spouse BuriedAlive; an authoritative explanation about the Enchanted Lakewalker Wedding Cords would have gotten Fawn dug up far faster than clawing at her grave barehanded while screaming "She's not dead! She can't be dead!"]]
* Averted
''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'':
*** The first book has no one believing that people are disappearing
in the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' series by middle of the main character, Chloe. In day, because the first book, she's sent to a group home, where she's diagnosed (incorrectly) as a schizophrenic -- she's man who sees it is considered mad and they don't even see the extra footprints in the bare earth. He actually a necromancer. After realizing fetches his one remaining crewmember from her safe place with the idea that she people are more likely to believe her, and when ''she'' [[QuicksandSucks disappears]] he hits his DespairEventHorizon.
*** In a later book a hacker warns Zak that
the other kids are ship's computer, which Zak is trying to give full control of the ship to, is evil. Of course, he'd self-sabotaged there - in danger, and their previous interaction the hacker had agreed to let Zak examine some of the ship's functions, then escaping and being chased down by the staff with tranquilizer guns, Chloe manages to get to her Aunt Lauren's house. Once there, she immediately tells Lauren about shut them down and blamed Zak for the failure. The hacker was also highly disheveled from being hunted down tortured by the staff. But rather than blurt out the entire insane story to Lauren, Chloe leaves out the part where she's a necromancer, ghosts are real, she accidentally raised the dead, computer, and the people she was fleeing with include a fire half-demon, a sorcerer, safeguards built into computers and a werewolf. And, droids to keep them from [[AIIsACrapshoot spontaneously becoming evil]] are so ingrained in an even ''further'' aversion, before going to her aunt, Chloe actually takes the time to go back to the scene to ''bring evidence'' in the form of a tranquilizer dart, because she knows popular consciousness that she'll be just brushed off as crazy otherwise. [[spoiler:So it's a damn shame that all of this effort goes to waste when it turns out that her aunt knew about everything all along, and was, in fact, in on the whole plot.]]
* Happens often in ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books--in fact, one of the short stories in the collection ''More Tales
idea seems laughable to Give You Goosebumps'' is actually titled "You Gotta Believe Me!".Zak.



--> "He met a wagoner and tried to make him understand, but the tale he told and his appearance were so wild--his hat had fallen off in the pit--that the man simply drove on."
* Hoffmann from ''Literature/TheFearIndex'' increasingly sounds like this as the events of the book unfolds. What first throws his sanity into question is when he insists a picture in a 100 year old book is a clue to the break-in of his house. Amazingly Quarry still believes him, but only because Hoffmann was never that normal to begin with.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'':
** The first book has no one believing that people are disappearing in the middle of the day, because the man who sees it is considered mad and they don't even see the extra footprints in the bare earth. He actually fetches his one remaining crewmember from her safe place with the idea that people are more likely to believe her, and when ''she'' [[QuicksandSucks disappears]] he hits his DespairEventHorizon.
** In a later book a hacker warns Zak that the ship's computer, which Zak is trying to give full control of the ship to, is evil. Of course, he'd self-sabotaged there - in their previous interaction the hacker had agreed to let Zak examine some of the ship's functions, then immediately shut them down and blamed Zak for the failure. The hacker was also highly disheveled from being tortured by the computer, and the safeguards built into computers and droids to keep them from [[AIIsACrapshoot spontaneously becoming evil]] are so ingrained in popular consciousness that the idea seems laughable to Zak.
* In the children's book ''Help I'm a Prisoner in the Library'', two girls, Mary Rose and Jo Beth, are accidentally trapped in the eponymous library after hours. Mary Rose, the elder sister, calls the police and tries to explain the situation rationally, only for Jo Beth to snatch the phone away and say, hysterically, "We're prisoners in the library!" The police dismiss the call as a prank.
* Mentioned and averted in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Storm Warning]]'', when Karal notes that he has the urge to just blurt out his story to the Blues, but is also aware of how weird it sounds and makes a conscious effort to lay things out calmly and logically.

to:

--> "He -->"He met a wagoner and tried to make him understand, but the tale he told and his appearance were so wild--his hat had fallen off in the pit--that the man simply drove on."
* Hoffmann from ''Literature/TheFearIndex'' increasingly sounds like this as the events of the book unfolds. What first throws his sanity into question is when he insists a picture in a 100 year old book is a clue to the break-in of his house. Amazingly Quarry still believes him, but only because Hoffmann was never that normal to begin with.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'':
** The first book has no one believing that people are disappearing in the middle of the day, because the man who sees it is considered mad and they don't even see the extra footprints in the bare earth. He actually fetches his one remaining crewmember from her safe place with the idea that people are more likely to believe her, and when ''she'' [[QuicksandSucks disappears]] he hits his DespairEventHorizon.
** In a later book a hacker warns Zak that the ship's computer, which Zak is trying to give full control of the ship to, is evil. Of course, he'd self-sabotaged there - in their previous interaction the hacker had agreed to let Zak examine some of the ship's functions, then immediately shut them down and blamed Zak for the failure. The hacker was also highly disheveled from being tortured by the computer, and the safeguards built into computers and droids to keep them from [[AIIsACrapshoot spontaneously becoming evil]] are so ingrained in popular consciousness that the idea seems laughable to Zak.
* In the children's book ''Help I'm a Prisoner in the Library'', two girls, Mary Rose and Jo Beth, are accidentally trapped in the eponymous library after hours. Mary Rose, the elder sister, calls the police and tries to explain the situation rationally, only for Jo Beth to snatch the phone away and say, hysterically, "We're prisoners in the library!" The police dismiss the call as a prank.
* Mentioned and averted in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Storm Warning]]'', when Karal notes that he has the urge to just blurt out his story to the Blues, but is also aware of how weird it sounds and makes a conscious effort to lay things out calmly and logically.
"



----> '''House:''' I'm ''almost'' always ''eventually'' right.

to:

----> '''House:''' ---->'''House:''' I'm ''almost'' always ''eventually'' right.right.
* Danny Rand from ''Series/IronFist'' might be the ultimate example of this trope. Having been presumed dead for fifteen years, he returns to New York intending to reclaim his share of his father's megacorporation. He starts by walking into headquarters looking like a hobo and asking to see the CEO. When they don't let him, he breaks into the CEO's office by attacking the guards. Once he gets there and sees childhood acquaintances Ward and Joy, he repeatedly claims to be Danny without providing any proof and is shocked that they don't believe him. He sneaks into Joy's house and admits it to her face, then breaks into Ward's car and purposely nearly crashes it in anger. When he's put in a mental asylum, he violently lashes out on multiple occasions and insists on telling everyone he's spent the last fifteen years in an extra-dimensional land and has magical powers in his fist. On occasion he sees the potential value of [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay speaking about memories that only he would have,]] but he ignores plenty of good opportunities to do this (especially when speaking with Joy and Ward), preferring instead to repeat ridiculous sounding claims and attack people when they don't believe him.



* Danny Rand from ''Series/IronFist'' might be the ultimate example of this trope. Having been presumed dead for fifteen years, he returns to New York intending to reclaim his share of his father's megacorporation. He starts by walking into headquarters looking like a hobo and asking to see the CEO. When they don't let him, he breaks into the CEO's office by attacking the guards. Once he gets there and sees childhood acquaintances Ward and Joy, he repeatedly claims to be Danny without providing any proof and is shocked that they don't believe him. He sneaks into Joy's house and admits it to her face, then breaks into Ward's car and purposely nearly crashes it in anger. When he's put in a mental asylum, he violently lashes out on multiple occasions and insists on telling everyone he's spent the last fifteen years in an extra-dimensional land and has magical powers in his fist. On occasion he sees the potential value of [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay speaking about memories that only he would have,]] but he ignores plenty of good opportunities to do this (especially when speaking with Joy and Ward), preferring instead to repeat ridiculous sounding claims and attack people when they don't believe him.



--> '''Orin:''' He's only telling you what he ''wants'' you to believe!
--> '''Zygon:''' ''(entering the chamber behind Orin)'' Because I want you to believe the ''truth''!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': {{Invoked|Trope}} by the antagonists in [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E4Orders "Orders"]]. [[spoiler:Fives, who has found out that all the clone troopers have mysterious chips in their brains, is drugged with a compound that increases his aggression and paranoia, so when he tries to tell others, like Anakin and Rex, about the chips, he's incapable of expressing himself coherently. It later turns out, however, that Rex ''did'' listen.]]

to:

--> '''Orin:''' -->'''Orin:''' He's only telling you what he ''wants'' you to believe!
-->
believe!\\
'''Zygon:''' ''(entering the chamber behind Orin)'' Because I want you to believe the ''truth''!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': {{Invoked|Trope}} by the antagonists in [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E4Orders "Orders"]]. [[spoiler:Fives, who has found out that all the clone troopers have mysterious chips in their brains, is drugged with a compound that increases his aggression and paranoia, so when he tries to tell others, like Anakin and Rex, about the chips, he's incapable of expressing himself coherently. It later turns out, It's revealed in the SequelSeries, however, that Rex ''did'' listen.listen, however, and that he and a few others had their chips removed as a result.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]], in a villainous example, [[spoiler:Lieutenant Lyste, upon realizing he's being arrested for treason, tries to convince the other Imperials that he's not the traitor, and Governor Pryce is. He quickly starts begging for Agent Kallus to help him once he realizes that no one is going to listen to him.
]]
14th May '17 3:29:28 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}''

to:

* ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}''''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
13th May '17 6:53:28 PM MikeW
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In the first season of ''Series/TheListener'' Toby is unable to explain how he can read minds and thus simply insists others have to trust him on things like knowing when a crime is to be committed or a secret someone has. When he meets police detective Michelle in the season season, Toby decides the only way to avoid all this is to tell her the truth and then reads her mind, answering her questions verbally until Michelle believes him.
10th Apr '17 3:14:22 AM rafi
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': This is the entire ''raison d'etre'' of older sister Candace.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': This is the entire ''raison d'etre'' of older sister Candace.Candace. She will try (in vain) to convince her mom of her little bother's activities.
10th Apr '17 3:07:21 AM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Subverted again in the fourth season episode "Who Are You?" when Faith switches bodies with Buffy. Buffy is easily able to convince Giles that it's her by rattling off a string of rather embarrassing facts about their relationship that Faith couldn't know.

to:

** Subverted again in the fourth season episode "Who "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou}} Who Are You?" You?]]" when Faith switches bodies with Buffy. Buffy is easily able to convince Giles that it's her by rattling off a string of rather embarrassing facts about their relationship that Faith couldn't know.
10th Apr '17 3:05:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In "In-a-Gadda-a-Leela," the crew discover that Earth is going to be destroyed by a giant automated death-sphere-ship thingamabobber, because it's "censoring" inappropriate planets by destroying them. Farnsworth states that people will listen to rational, intelligent people such as them. They emerge seconds later in robes and signs, saying "The end is near!" and "Repent!"

to:

** In "In-a-Gadda-a-Leela," "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS6E2InAGaddaDaLeela}} In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela]]", the crew discover that Earth is going to be destroyed by a giant automated death-sphere-ship thingamabobber, because it's "censoring" inappropriate planets by destroying them. Farnsworth states that people will listen to rational, intelligent people such as them. They emerge seconds later in robes and signs, saying "The end is near!" and "Repent!"



** In the commentary for "Homer's Enemy" (featuring the line "This whole plant is insane! Insane, I tell you!") the writers note that if you're trying to convince people you're not crazy, it's not a good idea to end any sentences with "I tell you." Or worse, "I tells you."
** Lampshaded in one [[HalloweenEpisode "Treehouse of Horror" story]] where Kang and Kodos abduct Homer and spray him with booze before releasing him so that his warnings will be dismissed as drunken ravings.

to:

** In the commentary for "Homer's Enemy" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Homer's Enemy]]" (featuring the line "This whole plant is insane! Insane, I tell you!") the writers note that if you're trying to convince people you're not crazy, it's not a good idea to end any sentences with "I tell you." Or worse, "I tells you."
** Lampshaded in one [[HalloweenEpisode "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse of Horror" story]] Horror VII]]" where Kang and Kodos abduct Homer and spray him with booze before releasing him so that his warnings will be dismissed as drunken ravings.



** Played for laughs when UsefulNotes/AlGore [[WindmillCrusader attempts to convince people that the entirely imaginary monster ManBearPig is a real threat]]. "I'm super-duper cereal [serious]!"

to:

** Played for laughs when in "[[Recap/SouthParkS10E6ManBearPig ManBearPig]]", when UsefulNotes/AlGore [[WindmillCrusader attempts to convince people that the entirely imaginary monster ManBearPig is a real threat]]. "I'm super-duper cereal [serious]!"
10th Apr '17 3:00:21 AM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Subverted in the the third season episode "Bad Girls". After Faith accidentally kills a man, Buffy agonizes over what to do before deciding to tell Giles, only to find Faith has beaten her to it and blames it on Buffy. When Faith is gone, she pleads with Giles to believe the truth-and finds he does quite unequivocally, Faith having "many talents" but lying not being one of them.

to:

** Subverted in the the third season episode "Bad Girls"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls}} Bad Girls]]". After Faith accidentally kills a man, Buffy agonizes over what to do before deciding to tell Giles, only to find Faith has beaten her to it and blames it on Buffy. When Faith is gone, she pleads with Giles to believe the truth-and finds he does quite unequivocally, Faith having "many talents" but lying not being one of them.



** In the episode "The Pack", Giles refuses to believe Buffy when she claims Xander has been possessed by a hyena spirit. Being Buffy, she calls him on it:

to:

** In the episode "The Pack", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E6ThePack}} The Pack]]", Giles refuses to believe Buffy when she claims Xander has been possessed by a hyena spirit. Being Buffy, she calls him on it:



** In "The Replacement" the monster of the week splits Xander into two separate beings, one having his strong traits and the other with his weak ones. Weak Xander believes he is the "real" Xander, and tells Willow there is an imposter and recounts things from their childhood and does the Snoopy Dance. It turns out to be unnecessary, as Willow quickly figures out what is going on.

to:

** In "The Replacement" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E3TheReplacement}} The Replacement]]" the monster of the week splits Xander into two separate beings, one having his strong traits and the other with his weak ones. Weak Xander believes he is the "real" Xander, and tells Willow there is an imposter and recounts things from their childhood and does the Snoopy Dance. It turns out to be unnecessary, as Willow quickly figures out what is going on.



** A good example of this is "Realm of Fear", in which minor character Barclay, who has a well-deserved reputation as a twitchy, paranoid hypochondriac, spontaneously develops a fear of the transporters, insisting that he's been bitten by something living '''inside''' the beam. Picard gives him a long, hard look... then tells Data and Geordi to tear the transporter apart looking for the problem, because he knows that Barclay is fully aware of his reputation, and wouldn't risk the humiliation of reporting to him directly unless he were ''absolutely positive''.
** Another episode, "The Wounded," features a starship captain who is convinced the Cardassians are rearming in preparation to break the peace treaty with the Federation. He's right, but unfortunately, instead of amassing evidence and going to his superiors, he proceeds to just start blowing Cardassian ships away left and right and then rants like a lunatic about how "they're all the same" and "I can smell their deceit" when Picard calls him out on it.
** The final episode [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] every aspect of the trope, with Picard traveling through 3 time periods. The present crew believe him outright. The future crew has doubts, since future!Picard is suffering from a brain disorder known to cause delusions, but he calls in some favors and they go along [[TrueCompanions out of a sort of familial duty]]. And in the past, having "just" arrived on the ''Enterprise'', he simply opts to not tell them at all and just starts barking out orders.
* A similar event happens in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Before And After". [[WeAreAsMayflies Dying of old age as a nine-year old grandmother]], Kes starts jumping back through her own timeline. At first she has difficulty convincing people as they (as with Picard) think it's dementia, but becomes more convincing as she gets younger and gathers more information...until she jumps back to her childhood on the Ocampan homeworld, where she's unable to convince her father she's not playing some kind of kid's game.
** In "Death Wish" the all-powerful and all-annoying being called Q transports a spotlight operator from the Woodstock festival and Sir Issac Newton to Voyager. Captain Janeway tries to explain to them what is happening.

to:

** A good example of this is "Realm "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E2RealmOfFear}} Realm of Fear", Fear]]", in which minor character Barclay, who has a well-deserved reputation as a twitchy, paranoid hypochondriac, spontaneously develops a fear of the transporters, insisting that he's been bitten by something living '''inside''' the beam. Picard gives him a long, hard look... then tells Data and Geordi to tear the transporter apart looking for the problem, because he knows that Barclay is fully aware of his reputation, and wouldn't risk the humiliation of reporting to him directly unless he were ''absolutely positive''.
** Another episode, "The Wounded," " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E12TheWounded}} The Wounded]]", features a starship captain who is convinced the Cardassians are rearming in preparation to break the peace treaty with the Federation. He's right, but unfortunately, instead of amassing evidence and going to his superiors, he proceeds to just start blowing Cardassian ships away left and right and then rants like a lunatic about how "they're all the same" and "I can smell their deceit" when Picard calls him out on it.
** [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E24AllGoodThings}} The final episode episode]] [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] every aspect of the trope, with Picard traveling through 3 time periods. The present crew believe him outright. The future crew has doubts, since future!Picard is suffering from a brain disorder known to cause delusions, but he calls in some favors and they go along [[TrueCompanions out of a sort of familial duty]]. And in the past, having "just" arrived on the ''Enterprise'', he simply opts to not tell them at all and just starts barking out orders.
* A similar event happens in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Before And After"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E20BeforeAndAfter}} Before and After]]". [[WeAreAsMayflies Dying of old age as a nine-year old grandmother]], Kes starts jumping back through her own timeline. At first she has difficulty convincing people as they (as with Picard) think it's dementia, but becomes more convincing as she gets younger and gathers more information...until she jumps back to her childhood on the Ocampan homeworld, where she's unable to convince her father she's not playing some kind of kid's game.
** In "Death Wish" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E18DeathWish}} Death Wish]]" the all-powerful and all-annoying being called Q transports a spotlight operator from the Woodstock festival and Sir Issac Newton to Voyager. Captain Janeway tries to explain to them what is happening.



* Dr. Bashir plays this trope straight in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Inquisition" while trying to convince the bridge officers that he's not a traitor. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the officers are in fact holograms programmed to vilify him. The fact that his TrueCompanions won't consider his side of the story is one of the things that tips Bashir off.]]

to:

* Dr. Bashir plays this trope straight in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Inquisition" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E18Inquisition}} Inquisition]]" while trying to convince the bridge officers that he's not a traitor. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the officers are in fact holograms programmed to vilify him. The fact that his TrueCompanions won't consider his side of the story is one of the things that tips Bashir off.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 160. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.YouHaveToBelieveMe