Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on October 14, 2011 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on October 31, 2011

White Lie

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This is for the idea of lying to someone to avoid informing them of something they may find unpleasant.

Compare You Do Not Want To Know; contrast Brutal Honesty.
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  • October 14, 2011
    Little White Lie might be better, once we change that from the current webseries.
  • October 16, 2011
  • October 19, 2011
    ^^ That makes it seem like it is about LITTLE lies, rather than big ones.
  • October 19, 2011
    ^^The robot doesn't just "realize" it, that particular robot has an error in its positronic brain that lets it read minds.
  • October 19, 2011
    I'm not sure if this was intended to be the trope namer, but it's a pretty good example of the trope.

    • Fran, Final Fantasy XII's viera (think wood elf with bunny ears) party member, has this exchange with her elder sister upon leaving Eruyt Village for the last time:
      Fran: I have a request: listen to the Wood's voice for me. I fear - I fear She hates.
      Jote: The Wood longs for you. For the child gone from under Her boughs.
      Fran: A pleasant lie, that.
  • October 19, 2011
    Keep the Little White Lie series. Call it White Lie.
  • October 20, 2011
    ^ Done.
  • October 20, 2011
    I don't think "White Lie" on its own is tropable. There's so many different ways it can be treated--it lacks the consistent expectations that a trope should have.
  • October 28, 2011
    Doctor Who, "Flesh and Stone"
    Amy: So, what's wrong with me?
    River: Nothing, you're fine.
    Doctor: Everything, you're dying.
    River: Doctor!
    Doctor: Yes, you're right, if we lie to her, she'll get all better!
  • October 31, 2011
    There are also plenty of ways many other supertropes we already have (Tempting Fate, for example) can be treated @ troacctid