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->''"The truth."''
-->-- '''Patrick Kielty''', ''Series/MockTheWeek'', "Unlikely Things to Hear in a TV Election Debate"
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[[BlankBook This page is blank!]] [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere There's nothing to see! Nothing at all!]]

So one of the characters has a secret, one that they do not want leaking out. Unfortunately, ClarkKenting doesn't always cut it, and some aspect of the secret is going to be glaringly obvious no matter what. So they have to come up with an excuse for their situation, and tell a lie.

Similar to AWizardDidIt, but instead of hand-waving some implausible aspect of the series, the character is the one doing the [[HandWave hand-waving]] to another character.

In the ideal version of the trope, most people accept this because of their built-in WeirdnessCensor, or because it's executed as a SeamlessSpontaneousLie. When it fails, you get ThatLiarLies followed by ImplausibleDeniability. May or may not involve {{hesitation|EqualsDishonesty}}. Will almost inevitably accompany any PaperThinDisguise or MostDefinitelyNotAVillain. Often delivered by a BadLiar. SuspiciouslySpecificDenial is a subtrope. See also MetaphoricallyTrue.

Some statements that are true "[[MetaphoricallyTrue From A Certain Point of View]]" may be blatant lies.

In RealLife, this is the most offensive form of [[PolishTheTurd turd polish]].

[[JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith To be confused with]] SarcasmMode. Do ''not'' contrast with ILied, which is when a character outright lies, but the lying is not blatant. RefugeInAudacity covers the cases when this ploy actually works.
!!There are no examples.
* [[BlatantLies.AnimeAndManga Not Anime and Manga]]
* [[BlatantLies.{{Literature}} Not Literature]]
* [[BlatantLies.LiveActionFilms Not Live-Action Films]]
* [[BlatantLies.LiveActionTV Not Live-Action TV]]
* [[BlatantLies.VideoGames Not Video Games]]
* [[BlatantLies.WebComics Not Web Comics]]
* [[BlatantLies.WesternAnimation Not Western Animation]]


[[folder:Not Advertising]]
* David Leisure made a career about being a SmugSnake who clearly is lying--he was best known as Joe Isuzu. Here's an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FE-XurEfQo example.]] You were not supposed to believe what he said, and [[VeryFalseAdvertising subtitles would point out his lies]].
%%* Did you know that Extra Sugarfree Gum can not only slim you, but also tone your ass at the same time? No? Neither did I.
%%* The Edsel [[http://www.mywvhome.com/web/cars/1958_Edsel_Citation.jpg sales campaign]] was this with a little {{Zeerust}} garnish.
* An ad for a product called the "Smoke Assassin" avoids blatant lies by ''pointing them out''. This is an actual quote from the ad:
-->'''Ad Guy:''' We can't say it'll make you quit smoking, ''but thousands quit every day''. We can't say it's a healthy smoke, ''but you do the math''!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH-x19UhFo0 A commercial]] for ''Series/BurnNotice'' and ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is an exercise in telling the most blatant lie.
-->'''[[Series/WhiteCollar FBI Agent Burke]]:''' ''[pointing at Fi's gun]'' Do you have a permit for that weapon?\\
'''[[Series/BurnNotice Fi]]:''' ''[covers it with a napkin]'' What weapon?\\
'''Agent Burke:''' That's a gun.\\
'''[[Series/BurnNotice Michael]]:''' That's a napkin.\\
'''Agent Burke:''' I can literally see it.\\
'''Fi:''' Oh, that's my cellphone.\\
'''Agent Burke:''' ''[points to the cell phone in her hand]'' Then what's that?\\
'''Fi:''' That's my other cell phone.\\
'''Michael''': She's a...big talker?\\
'''Fi:''' ''[covering the napkin with her purse; a grenade falls out]'' Maybe we could just put this all...behind...us.\\
'''Agent Burke:''' ''[deadpan]'' Is that a grenade?\\
'''Fi:''' What grenade?
* The Enzyte commercials with "Smilin' Bob" --the clear implication that "enhancement" means size, while the actual ''product'' is meant to increase endurance. This got to the point that someone actually [[http://www.quackwatch.com/02ConsumerProtection/enzyte.html filed a lawsuit claiming false advertising]].
* The Walt Disney Family Film Collection promo that appears on 1995 pressings of the nine general release [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjtGmRz1B50 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection]] films falsely claims Film/OldYeller is heartwarming, when the [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame ending]] [[ItWasHisSled is]] [[ShootTheDog anything]] [[TearJerker but]]. The same applies to the trailer on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MvxhTXFRsg&t=27s several early Disney tapes]].
* PlayedForLaughs by Capri Sun: "Because one day aliens will come. And they will assume the one drinking the out of the most space-agey container is our leader."
* UK advertising for Rice Krispie Squares claims (among other things) that if you buy two you get a free boat, that the Rocky Road flavor is [[MadeFromRealGirlScouts made from actual rocks]], and that the adverts let you taste them through electrochemical impulses, before ending with the tagline "It's all lies! They're not even square!"

[[folder:Not Comic Books]]
* Employed right on [[http://i.imgur.com/1t8ouAB.jpg the first page]] of ''Constantine: The Hellblazer.''
* Franchise/TheFlash:
** Subverted in a classic Silver Age comic which ends with Iris wondering aloud about the timing of Barry's absences. Without missing a beat, Barry just tells her she's right: "One and one still makes one! [[CassandraTruth I'm the Flash]]!" Naturally, this flippant claim convinces Iris he's ''not''.
** Iris does end up being subjected to Blatant Lies. Iris learns Barry's identity because he talks in his sleep but he doesn't end up telling her for another year. This obviously bothers her a bit. Justified in a retcon because Barry isn't sure if he's still human and wants to determine if he and Iris can have children before breaking the news to her.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', Linda Danvers -alias Kara Zor-El, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}- is so fed up of putting up with her co-worker 'Nasty''s bullying that she punches a wall, which makes people wondering if a plane just crashed into the building. When her boss Geoff inquires what happened and what was that loud boom coming from her office, Linda replies "Oh, nothing!". Of course, he doesn't believe her.
** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Supergirl Volume 2]]'' #20, Linda asks her then-boyfriend Phil Decker about his latest unexplained absence. He lies so bad that Linda says “If you're going to lie, at least try to be consistent!”
** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': Kara tells Superman that her parents chained her to a rocket and banished her to Earth because she asked her mother politely and respectfully if she could pass the salt. His disapproving frown and folded arms indicated clearly that he wasn't buying it.
** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': Bizarro Lois and Bizarro Jimmy find SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} right when he's about to leave the planet together with his cousin. What does Bizarro comes up when he has been caught red-handed?
--->'''Bizarro Lois:''' Bizarro #1... What... What am you doing?\\
'''Bizarro:''' Me... Am... Rrr... Taking cousin for ride in new rocket?
* Similarly, this line from ''ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}'': [[SarcasticConfession "The best way to keep a good secret is to tell everybody -- then nobody believes you."]]
* In ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'', the U.S. government relocates to Mars.\\
"Temporarily, of course".
* A common fight example is a character promising their opponent "one free shot", then attacking while they prepare.
** Oddly enough, one issue of ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' has an instance where Cap ''does'' give the villain their "one free shot", who then ''knocks Cap down'' with the free shot. [[spoiler: Though Cap would then kick the villain's ass handily soon after.]]
* Franchise/SpiderMan's enemy the Jackal during Comicbook/TheCloneSaga. Eventually, it got to the point that you could count on what he said to be lies. This is even lampshaded by the Jackal himself when he assaults Shriek in order to take the Carrion Virus from her:
--> '''Jackal''': I'd tell you this wouldn't hurt... But that's only because I'm a notorious liar...
* Comicbook/{{Squee}} gives us this gem, as Squee sends his {{Hilariously|AbusiveChildhood}} AbusiveParents to some aliens for AnalProbing:
-->'''Squee''': I am full of guilt.
* Creator/MarkWaid turned this into a running gag in his ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' run. Since Matt's identity had been publicly revealed so many times at that point, [[OpenSecret virtually everyone in the series had figured out that he was Daredevil]], despite Matt's protestations. Consequently, it became common for people to address him as Daredevil, and him to simply say "I'm not Daredevil" and change the topic, usually receiving only a "[[SarcasmMode Riiight]]" in response. In one issue, he [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5gvqmwoPG1rw6hzpo1_1280.jpg showed up]] to a party wearing a shirt reading "[[PaperThinDisguise I'm Not Daredevil.]]"
* In ''{{Magazine/Mad}}'', this is often used for humorous effect. For example, Richard Nixon is once shown as a young George Washington, standing near the cherry tree that he cut down, holding an axe behind his back and saying, "I cannot tell a lie! I DIDN'T DO IT!!"
* In ''Comicbook/ThePulse'', Norman Osborn's lawyer tries to pin the near-death of an entire group of NYPD officers and civilians on Spider-Man.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss: Volume Two'', Marty tells Justice Forever a story involving his parents being killed and eaten in front of him to serve as his motivation for becoming a vigilante. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Dave immediately sees through it and reveals that it's all a lie]].

[[folder:Not Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/BootsWhoMadeThePrincessSayThatsAStory'', the entire point of Boots's story is that no one could believe it.
* In "Literature/ThePrincessOnTheGlassHill", Boots claimed that nothing happened during the nights he watched over the field.

[[folder:Not Fan Works]]
* Prussia, France, and Spain were ''definitely'' not watching Germany, Italy, and Japan [[ThePeepingTom get it on]] in the finale of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]''. Yep. They were only performing surveillance on the ship. Yeah. Sure.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': Multiple times throughout Act VI, [[CreatureHunterOrganization the HDA]] claim that they wanted peace with monsters, and the monsters blew it. Of course, this falls flat when one remembers that all throughout Act V, their leader, Jenner Rythmore, not only ''wasn't'' willing to give peace with monsters a chance, but openly stated that he was [[GiveMeAReason just waiting for the first possible excuse he could use to declare open war on the monster world.]]
* Common in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfics, both because several cast members are {{Bad Liar}}s and because they frequently engage in such on the show.
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/176025/the-collected-poems-of-maud-pie The Collected Poems of Maud Pie]] are all about rocks.
** Apple Bloom from fan-comic WebComic/MoodyMarkCrusaders delivers one in the third strip of the series:
-->Ah'm the kindest, most innocent filly in Equestria.
** ''{{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}}'': Why is Garlic Flank Stake armed to the teeth with anti-vampire weaponry? Ummm ... cosplay for a comic book convention!
** ''Fanfic/SpringIsDumb'' lives on this; Rainbow Dash lies blatantly not only to everyone around her for half the story, but also to ''herself'' in her InnerMonologue.
** ''Fanfic/TwilightsList'' has Rainbow Dash engage in this, particularly in denial of being nervous, while she shows all signs of nervousness. Again, she engages in this even in her InnerMonologue.
** In ''Fanfic/{{Stroll}}'', Octavia tells the two police officers she runs across that she is hiking, in the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]], at night. [[TooDumbToLive They believe her]].
* In the ''WesternAmination/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (part of ''FanFic/ProjectDarkJade''), Nerissa (as "The Mage"), gives a good dose of this to the good guys of Meridian, to ensure that Jade's claims of being a threat remain a CassandraTruth so she's forced to ally with the evil sorceress.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8737926/1/The-Walking-Dead-Better-Angels Better Angels]]'', Shane lies to the Atlanta survivors [[spoiler: about Rick's death saying that Rick had been bitten and needed to be put down.]] This is consistent with Shane's duplicitous nature in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' when he lies about [[spoiler: leaving Otis for dead and killing Randall]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Downfall}}'':
** [[RuleOfFunny "Gin, you bit my]] ''[[RuleOfFunny boob]]''[[RuleOfFunny !"]]
** [[RuleOfFunny "It was self-defense!"]]
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Vegeta is a proud warrior so after he gets curbstomped by Recoome...
-->'''Goku''': So Vegeta, what happened to you? Did you get beat up by this guy? ''[talking about Recoome]''\\
'''Recoome''': ''[groaning in pain]''\\
'''Vegeta''': ''[stammering]'' Uhhh no...I..umm...uh..\\
'''[[spoiler: Ghost Nappa]]''': You fell down some stairs.\\
'''Vegeta''': I fell down some stairs.\\
'''Krillin''': No you didn't, you--\\
'''Vegeta''': Shut up before I throw you down a flight!
* In ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' when Pip asks Seras about her childhood she has a flashback of her parents being murdered and the murderers raping her mother's corpse.
-->''[flatly]'' I grew up in Leeds. Nothing happened.
* ''Fanfic/GensokyosHeart'': [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Aya Shameimaru]] writes an article full of these.
* ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' turns these into a plot point: Elspeth's powers revolve around the truth. When lying, they dull quite a bit, so when they need a way to dull her powers...
* Used word for word by Minato in ''FanFic/TheGirlFromWhirlpool'' about [[OverProtectiveDad Sakumo's]] claims of the border's pleasant weather.
* Boy, does Bhelen ''ever'' try to feed the dwarven commoner a slice of bull_hit the size of a mountain in Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns. Hilariously enough, Faren was actually playing dumb on behalf of [[spoiler:the dwarven noble protagonist]].
* ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'':
** This is a common tactic of Harry's, usually when a SarcasticConfession just won't cut it. His favorite answer to "How do you know that?" is "My psychic scar told me."
** Subverted in one instance:
--->'''Molly:''' This is much better gossip than last year's 'Albus Dumbledore was madly in love with Gellert Grindelwald.' Honestly, you'd think Rita Skeeter would learn to stop making up such sensational stories. Obviously Dumbledore was struck speechless by the lies and thus couldn't be bothered to deny it.
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5044928/1/Bitter_Leaves_and_Blossoms_Bright Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright]], Isra is getting fed up with being protected. She would rather be doing her job - killing people.
-->'''Altair''': It's a trap.\\
'''Isra''': ''[sarcastic]'' I hadn't noticed.\\
'''Altair''': You can't go, [...] they'll be waiting for you.\\
'''Isra''': Good for them.\\
'''Altair''': This is serious, and you're being flippant!\\
'''Isra''': Oh, perish the thought!
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTheStars'' there is this exchange between the two leads that hints at the established UST being mutual.
--> '''Keleria:''' Well would you rather hang onto ''me'' or the gryphon?\\
'''Keleria:''' Well?\\
'''Ayuri:''' The gryphon. What else would I hang on to.
* In ''Fanfic/TheDilgarWar'', warmaster Len'char is sent to Earth space to try and stipulate a non-aggression treaty. The description in his journal of the first meeting with Earth ambassadors and their escort as 'subduing them with his commanding aura' and of the 'million sighs' of relief they produced when he informed them of coming in peace and not in conquest drew ''a lot'' of laughs from the ambassadors and the intelligence analysts who spied it.
* Used numerous times in the essay-fic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], in which the narrator purposefully miscites sources, and her "proof" for her ridiculously implausible theories.
** At one point, [[spoiler: she outright admits that most of the stuff in her essay was made up as she goes along.]] She unfortunately doesn't see the problem in this.
* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Socrates:''' ''[upon being questioned by Hobbes as to why he can't go in his mansion]'' Uh... we're... stinky.
* ''Fanfic/ProjectIgnition'': What Cristoph is telling the [[spoiler: very doomed May Greenfield]] as she lay in her NEXT as BETA bear down on it... yeah, Adler and Llad are incoming and [[BigDamnHeroes will save her at the very last]] [[HopeSpot second]].
* In ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'' Shinji is forced to apply this trope:
--> '''Touji:''' Thanks for saving me Shinji.\\
'''Shinji:''' No problem.\\
'''Asuka:''' Ahem.\\
'''Shinji:''' Actually, Asuka and Rei were a great help.\\
'''Asuka:''' ''Ahem''.\\
'''Shinji:''' I mean me and Rei were helping her really.\\
'''Asuka:''' '''AHEM'''.\\
'''Shinji:''' Not that she needed it.\\
'''Touji:''' [[LampshadeHanging I'm not thanking your "wife" just because she made you want me to.]]
* In ''FanFic/TheManySecretOriginsOfScootaloo'', Pinkie Pie tries to convince Twilight Sparkle that Scootaloo fights crime as The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well, but Twilight protests that they both, as well as Fluttershy and Applejack, invented the MMDW themselves and donned the costume as a prior scheme. And also, she can clearly see Pinkie's costume hanging out of a closet over there. Pinkie Pie insists that she's mistaken.
* In ''FanFic/NarutoAsunder'', when Naruto and Hinata go on an [[TakingYouWithMe assured suicide mission]]:
-->'''Naruto:''' So you say your goodbyes?\\
'''Hinata:''' Yes. My family cheered me on and said to come home safe.\\
'''Naruto:''' Did you say you would?\\
'''Hinata:''' Yes. It seemed the kindest thing to do.
* ''FanFic/PsychopathThinkingOutsideTheBox'': "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Worms Were Harmed]] in the making of this fic."
* At the end of ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Shag and Varx tell the four that they had been brought to C'hou to restore the Vasyn, and that they themselves are members of an alien do-gooder race but are unable to intervene themselves. The four accept this, but the reader has known all along that they were initially brought over as subjects in an undergraduate psychology experiment, and everything the two aliens said was a complete lie. In part two of the Epilogue, Shag is ashamed to have lied so blatantly to the four, but Varx points out they almost certainly wouldn't have reacted well to the truth:
-->''+How else were we gonna explain everything? 'Oh, the only reason you went through all that was that we all got suckered into the quest by our idiot gamer partner who co-opted you after we got kicked off our psych experiment because we screwed around with you.' They would've loved that.+''
* Many instances of the four telling these about their background in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' because they have no intention of telling the truth to people they distrust/dislike (which is pretty much everyone). And it's all taken completely seriously, because there are so many outworlders with odd backgrounds on C'hou that ''everything'' is plausible.
* The absolute INSANITY that is the Harry Potter fanfic ''FanFic/ThirtyHs'' has this. The fic is marked as Angst/Romance between Bellatrix Lestrange & Seamus Finnegan. They don't appear once.
* In the {{Manga/Saki}} doujin, ''[[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/saki-kazekoshi-buchou-monogatari-doujinshi/v1/c0/all Kazekoshi Buchou Monogatari]]'', Mihoko, after seeing Kana get a poke in the forehead from Hisa ([[ForWantOfANail who is attending Kazekoshi in this doujin]]) for getting in last place due to playing into someone else's hand, gets slightly jealous and wants Hisa to touch her in such a way. She then opens her [[MagicalEye right eye]], throws the game, and comments how "everyone has gotten stronger", while Miharu mentally notes that "Captain is so transparent". It's unclear whether Hisa, who [[spoiler:kisses Mihoko on the forehead instead]] is fooled or if she merely doesn't care, although the latter is more likely.
* In ''Fanfic/SakiAfterStory'', the phrase is used verbatim to describe Teru refusing to admit that ''{{Manga/Saki}}'' is her sister, even to Sumire, who knows the truth.
-->"That is utter bullshit! I've had enough of your lying!" Sumire snapped back, now completely outraged at Teru's blatant lies.
* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Prince Hans]] saying that "I'm not afraid" is an obvious lie for his parents and himself.
-->True, it was a blatant lie, but even so, he felt better saying it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10604875/2/Table-Top-Adventures Table Top Adventures]]'', an obstructive horse-breeder refuses to sell mounts to the party. This prompts [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha]] to roll for intimidation and whisper in the Game Master's ear. When she's done, he looks afraid, and the NPC gives them the horses ''and'' supplies into the bargain.
-->'''Jaune:''' Wow, Pyrrha. What did you say to her?
-->'''Pyrrha:''' I only said 'please'.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Insontis}}'', Spock alleges that his letting [=McCoy=] and baby!Kirk sleep cuddled together for another few minutes was "entirely due to their need for sleep", not because it's "adorable."
* In the ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' fanfic ''FanFic/MorkAndMindysTwentyFifthAnniversary'', Mork can easily tell that Mindy is lying when she says that "everything's fine."
* The Soul Society is apparently built on this in ''Fanfic/AlabasterOrchestra''.
* "Fanfic/LastRights": When Senior Chief Athezra Darrod is hit by Vaadwaur shrapnel he asks Captain Kanril Eleya how bad it is. She tells him it's [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail just a flesh wound]] before yelling for the medic. He has four compound fractures of the ribcage and an obvious sucking chest wound, and dies less than a minute later.
* In ''FanFic/FourDeadlySecrets'', [[spoiler:Ruby ]]tells several, and shocks people by her ability to do it with a pure, honest and innocent face.
* In ''Fanfic/TheGreatDisneyAdventure'', Kelsey tells Megara a completely fictional story of a boyfriend who cheated on her in order to encourage her.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12290215/9/Vegito-s-Harem Vegito's Harem]]'', Bulma claims to be 28 when Beerus crashes her birthday party. Krillin calls bullshit by pointing out that she's three years older than Goku who had Gohan in his 20s and Gohan himself is currently in his 20s.
* In ''FanFic/TheLoneTraveler'' this is pretty much the only way to get [[Literature/HarryPotter Potter-verse]] pureblood bigots to accept Muggle tech. Tell them that whatever it is they're so uptight about is completely magical and so much better than anything the Muggles could come up with, they'd bow down to the awesome wizards just for a chance just to look at it. Even if the items in question are stainless steel lab benches, safety goggles, or lab coats.

[[folder:Not Jokes]]
* A man gets yelled at by his wife for routinely getting so drunk that he vomits all over himself. One night, while at the bar, one of his drinking buddies gives him some advice: if he puts 20 bucks in his coat pocket, he can claim to his wife that he was vomited on by someone else who gave him money for drycleaning as an apology. The man thinks this is a brilliant idea and proceeds to drink until vomiting over himself as usual. When he gets home, he is greeted by his wife.
-->'''Wife:''' I thought I told you to stop drinking so much! Now I have to clean the vomit off your clothes ''again''!\\
'''Husband:''' Wait, it wasn't me this time! Some other guy vomited on me and he even gave me 20 bucks for drycleaning to say he was sorry! I swear I'm telling the truth, just check my coat pocket if you don't believe me!\\
''[The wife checks the husband's coat and pulls out two $20 bills]''\\
'''Wife:''' Hey, there's 40 bucks in here. What's the other 20 for?\\
'''Husband:''' Oh yeah, I forgot. [[spoiler:He also shit in my pants]].
* In Sweden, those who own a television must pay a yearly fee. Sometimes, controllers visit people who have not paid, to check if they own one. What follows is a paraphrased urban legend of one such visit.
--> A controller is standing in the doorway of an apartment. A TV is turned on and clearly visible in the living room.
--> '''Controller''': I see you have a TV there.
--> '''Resident''': No, that's a washing machine.
--> '''Controller''': Look, I can clearly see it's a TV.
--> '''Resident''': I'm telling you, it's a washing machine.
--> '''Controller''': Ugh, fine.
--> Knowing he'd need a witness to argue the case in court, the controller returns the next day with a colleague.
--> In the living room stands... an actual washing machine.

[[folder:Not Music]]
* The Irish folk song ''Seven Drunken Nights'' [[http://celtic-lyrics.com/lyrics/450.html]] Contains increasingly blatant lies from the singer's wife, when he comes home late and suspects she's been cheating: She tells him that the coat "where [his] own coat ought to be" is a blanket, for instance. He isn't entirely convinced ("A blanket with brass buttons, I've never seen before!")
* Most of the press releases for psychedelic bands in TheSixties said something to the effect of, "[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs This band does not require drugs to create their music.]]" Subverted with Music/PinkFloyd; they got advertised like this but only Syd Barrett was on drugs.
* The Music/{{Rasputina}} song "Our Lies" exemplifies this trope, with the singer variously claiming that she was never conceived, the bones in her face weren't there all along and that she loves your coffee cake.
* Shaggy's song "It Wasn't Me", about a man caught in flagrante delicto by his girlfriend, has a Blatant Lie as its title. The advice given is lie blatantly; just issue a flat denial ignoring any evidence to the contrary:
-->"But she caught me on the counter." "It wasn't me."\\
"Saw me bangin' on the sofa." "It wasn't me."\\
"I even had her in the shower." "It wasn't me."\\
"She even caught me on camera." "It wasn't me."\\
"She saw the marks on my shoulder." "It wasn't me."\\
"Heard the words that I told her." "It wasn't me."\\
"Heard the scream get louder." "It wasn't me."\\
[[OverlyLongGag "She stayed until it was over."]]
* Louis Jordan's 1940s song "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" has a bunch of people trespassing on a farmer's land, and when the farmer hears them and shouts "Who's there?" they reply with the title of the song.
* Another '40s hit, Music/GlennMiller's "Five O'Clock Whistle", has a youngster relating how her father didn't come home the night before, because (he claimed) the titular whistle was broken.
-->You ought to hear what my mommy said\\
When papa came home and sneaked into bed\\
And told her he'd worked 'til half past two\\
'Cause the five o'clock whistle never blew
* Music/{{Bjork}}'s album ''Debut'' is actually her ''second'' album.
* Music/JonathanCoulton's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEJSZOreWm8 "Not About You"]] is all about how the singer is not thinking about his ex-girlfriend, does not miss her and is certainly not singing about her.
* In Music/GeorgeStrait's song "Ocean Front Property", the singer tells his girlfriend that he won't miss her if she leaves, that he doesn't love her... and that he owns the title's "ocean-front property" in Arizona -- from his front porch you can see the ssea.
* In South Korean boy band BEAST's song "Shock", member Junhyung says "This song is not over!". Then the song ends.
* Music/ThreeSixMafia claim their name (and especially their old name of Triple Six Mafia) had absolutely nothing to do with {{Satan}}ism. Because they have absolutely no occult {{Horrorcore}} lyrics in ANY of their work, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial they've never questioned the existence and virtue of]] {{God}}, and the idea of [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity intentionally creating bad publicity to make it big]] is 100% ludicrous and has never ever worked in the history of all time. So they couldn't possibly have either [[DealWithTheDevil dedicated themselves to the Devil]] or opportunistically taken such a persona in a shock and awe effort so they could become stars, because they will quickly tell you that it did not happen.
* Music/EmilieAutumn's real name is not nor has it ever been Emily Fritzges, despite fans receiving packages from her with that exact name on them.
* Music/TheDecemberists' "The Tain";
-->"Darling dear, what have you done?\\
Your hands and face are smeared with blood."\\
"The chaplain came and called me out\\
To bleed and to butcher his mother's sow."\\
"But darling dear, they found him dead\\
This morning on the riverbed."
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "I Was Only Kidding: all those times he professed his love for his girl, he was only kidding. She doesn't take it well.
* Music/{{Silverchair}} did not take their name from a misspelled portmanteau of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Sliver" and YouAmI's "Berlin Chair". After several years they finally admitted to having completely made up that story. Originally called Innocent Criminals, they allegedly were given the name Silverchair by one of the administrators of the Pick Me competition, which they won. It's unknown why they lied about it, but it might be because they didn't like the fact that the name was imposed upon them and/or they feared its Narnia origins might undermine their early alternarock sound (it was a better fit with their later albums).
* Music/{{Pavement}} used to tell outrageous lies in their early interviews. Stephen Malkmus claimed that they were invited to play at the "Peach Pit" for an episode of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' (not as far fetched as it might seem, as Music/FlamingLips really did make such an appearance), but got into a fist fight with Jason Priestley.
* Music/WithinTemptation's "Intro" from ''Mother Earth'' is the eighth track on the album. The TitleTrack occupies the first position instead.
* Music/HenryRollins' "Liar". It's a song expressly about using this trope to pick up women.
-->I can't believe I ever hurt you, I swear I will never lie to you again, please\\
Just give me one more chance, I'll never lie to you again, no,\\
I swear, I will never tell a lie, I will never tell a lie, no, no\\
Ha ha ha ha ha, ho ho ho! Sucker! Sucker! Ooooh sucker!
* "[[Music/FlightOfTheConchords They call me the Hiphopapotamus, my lyrics are bottomless.]] [[{{Beat}} ... ...*ahem*]]"
* ''50 Ways To Say Goodbye'' by ''{{Music/Train}}'' is a song about a man who was dumped by his girlfriend, but makes up ridiculous, over the top lies about her death.
* John Waite obsesses over his ex-girlfriend in every verse of "Missing You", yet repeatedly denies he misses her in every chorus.
* Possibly playing UnreliableNarrator, in her song "Conspiracy," Kristy Thirsk sings:
-->I don't know what you've got against me\\
I'm just a girl from a small town in Canada\\
There's no phones there
* Music/{{Whitehouse}}'s infamous song You Don't Have To Say Please, which is narrated from the point of view of a rapist, includes the line "I'd never hurt you babe", in the middle of him forcing a woman to perform fellatio on him.
* "Everything Right Is Wrong Again" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants contains a line repeatedly stating "and now the song is over now"...right before the bridge.
* Music/AlanisMorisette's fiercely resentful breakup song "You Oughta Know", where she rages against her ex and his new girlfriend, begins with the following blatant lie:
-->I want you to know that I'm happy for you \\
I wish nothing but the best for you both.
* The Music/CapitolSteps have a stock parody of the "The Boxer" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, where a reporter asks various questions of some political figure currently caught in a scandal, and the political figure invariably replies: "Lie-lie-lie, lie-lie-lie-lie-lie-lie..."
* [[Music/{{TenCC}} 10cc]]'s "I'm Not in Love", in which the "not" is ([[InvokedTrope intentionally]]) a thin bit of denial.
* Music/JanisJoplin introducing her song "Mercedes Benz":
-->"I'd like to do a song of great social and political import!"

[[folder:Not Newspaper Comics]]
* From ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'':
-->'''Dilbert''': Why have you ignored my request, Ted?\\
'''Co-worker''': I was killed by a squadron of giant military squirrels.\\
'''Wally''': He doesn't respect you enough to tell a plausible lie.\\
'''Dilbert''': I demand a '''plausible''' lie!\\
'''Co-worker''': Okay, maybe I ''wasn't'' killed by giant military squirrels. But I ''was'' imprisoned in their secret lair at the center of the earth.\\
'''Wally''': You can't prove that one either way.\\
'''Dilbert''': He did say it was a "secret" lair.
** One of Dogbert's favorite hobbies and/or [[OnlyInItForTheMoney lucrative careers]] is to tell ridiculously obvious lies to idiots, usually so he can take their money.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin frequently makes up outlandish excuses when caught in the act, such as blaming a mess he made on "a Venusian that materialized in the kitchen". One of the former image caption's quotes comes from after he threw a snowball at Susie.
** Calvin's dad is really no better, as the following example shows:
--->'''Calvin:''' Dad, were there dinosaurs when you were a kid?\\
'''Dad:''' Sure! Your grandfather and I used to put on leopard skins and brontosaurus for all the clan rituals.\\
'''Mom''' ''(after Calvin has left)'': Listen, buster, I think Calvin's grades are bad enough, don't you?
** Or this example:
--->'''Calvin:''' Dad, where do babies come from?\\
'''Dad:''' Most people go to Sears, buy the kit, then follow the assembly instructions.\\
'''Calvin:''' I came from SEARS?!?\\
'''Dad:''' No, ''you'' were a Blue-light Special from K-Mart; almost as good and a whole lot cheaper.
** His dad's best - as in funniest - lie was likely the time he told Calvin that when you become a father, you get a book that explains everything in the world:
--->'''Calvin:''' Can I see it?\\
'''Dad:''' Nope, sorry.\\
'''Calvin:''' Why not?!\\
'''Dad:''' It tells what it's like to raise a kid.\\
'''Calvin:''' SO?\\
'''Dad:''' You're not allowed to know that until it's too late not to have one.
** Calvin decides to cheat on a math test by asking Susie for answers, but when she tells him 12 + 7 is "a billion," even the math-impaired Calvin senses something is up: "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint That's what she said 3 + 4 was]]."
** Whenever Calvin asks if there are any [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight monsters hiding under his bed]], voices from under his bed will reply that of course there aren't. One strip uses this in tandem with ILied:
--->'''Calvin:''' Any monsters under my bed tonight?\\
'''Monster #1:''' No.\\
'''Monster #2:''' Nope.\\
'''Monster #3:''' Uh-uh.\\
'''Calvin:''' Well, there'd better not be! I'd hate to have to torch one with my flame thrower!\\
'''Hobbes:''' You have a flame thrower?\\
'''Calvin:''' They lie, I lie.
** Dressed in full stereotypical Native American garb, Calvin shoots a suction-cup arrow at Susie. When she confronts him and asks "is this yours?", his response is "No. What is it?" Keep in mind, he's still ''holding the bow'' at this point. [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/08/18 She doesn't buy it]].
** Calvin's father told him that when HE was a child, there was no color, just black and white. Then things started to acquire color, even paintings and photo. What about black and white photos. His father explained they had acquired color - but they were now color photos of black and white things.
* ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'': How best to handle Doublebunnygate.
** And what Carmen has to tell when Kevin disappears - such dirty business.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-01 When Liz asked Jon if he believed in ghosts]], he reacted in fear but then tried to recompose himself and said he didn't. Garfield told her to ask him about his ''23'' night-lights.

[[folder:Not Pinball]]
* This is a ''game mechanic'' in ''Pinball/FishTales'' - upon catching a fish, you can shoot a shot to "Stretch the Truth" and gain more points, but you can also tell a "total lie" that voids all points the fish would've gotten you.

[[folder:Not Professional Wrestling]]
* Calling the WWE a bunch of liars is pointless because the fights are all scripted and the outcomes are determined. However, they've lied in a few other ways a few times that fans didn't appreciate as much:
** Wrestling/JohnCena never gives up. Both he and the WWE make that claim all the time, because well, full-blooded American heroes like the type he's supposed to be never give up. Problem is, he ''has'' given up, three times, to Wrestling/KurtAngle in No Mercy in 2003 and No Way Out 2004, and to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit in Smackdown 2003. And the WWE definitely doesn't want to talk about ''that'' one. Speaking of which...
** Possibly a lie by admission, but still uncomfortable. Chris Benoit's suicide after murdering his family has caused the WWE to swear never to speak of him again, and as a result, have erased his role in every previous storyline via RetCon and disabled the ability to search for his matches on their website, pretending they didn't happen. Whether you agree with this policy or not, it remains one of their biggest and most blatant deceptions.
** The whole mess with Wrestling/SteveAustin in Survivor Series 99. During that storyline, Austin was hit by a car driven by Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} [[SarcasmMode (oddly enough)]], and as a result, had to sit out the Triple Threat main event, and was replaced by Wrestling/TheBigShow at the last minute. Fair enough, but the trouble is, this fake injury was made to cover up a ''real'' one, which was the ''actual'' reason he couldn't participate in the event. His neck had been hurt since Summer Slam 1997, and the problem was flaring up again; he needed surgery and likely wouldn't be wrestling for a year. The WWE ''knew'' that, but had booked him for the main event of Survivor Series that year, promoting an event they knew he'd never be able to make (driving up sales, naturally, as fans tend to pay more for a match with the star) and using the phony story to excuse it. This wasn't technically false advertising, but it wasn't exactly "true advertising" either.
** WrestleMania III's attendance was 93,173, a record attendance that would endure for 20 years, or rather it ''would'' have if it wasn't a boldfaced lie. Various sources have claimed the actual number was closer to 80,000, and possibly as low as 78,000.
** They may be big on {{Fanservice}} with their Divas, but actual nudity has always been against their policy, aside from [[WardrobeMalfunction a few "accidents".]] Nonetheless, when the [[InNameOnly rebooted]] episodes of Wrestling/{{ECW}} started to tank badly, they promised an all-Diva game of StripPoker. Now, it's unlikely most fans expected them to follow through (this was basic cable, after all) and they did not; they pixelated the Divas' "nudity", which was actually them with flesh-colored underwear.
** When they set up the unification match for the WWE heavyweight titles in TLC 2013, one inscription on the engraved belt was the indication of a title that went back a hundred years - problem is, it doesn't. In truth, the Wrestling/{{WCW}} heavyweight title (previously the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA title), which does indeed go back that long, was retired in 2001 when it was unified with the WWE titles. The belt at the event looked similar to the older one, but was only marking an eleven-year-old event; makes a better story, though.[[labelnote:*]]The NWA Title was very much still active, with WCW and WWE's activity being CanonDiscontinuity to it[[/labelnote]]
** Usually a LoserLeavesTown match has a "three month rule" in the WWE (as in, three months is the longest the winner can demand the loser leave for) but in the case of John Cena during his long feud with rookie wrestlers Wrestling/TheNexus, it was implied at first it would be permanent. Here's how it went down. After losing during a Hell in a Cell, Cena was forced to join Nexus, and two months later in Survivor Series 2010, Nexus leader Wade Barrett told him if he didn't leave as champion, he was fired. Well, the event was publicized with emotional retrospectives and documentaries about Cena's career, and after he ''did'' lose, he gave a long, long tearful goodbye the next night on Raw. Thing is, he didn't even stay away three months, he came back ''in a week'', beating the ever-living crud out of Nexus members until they reinstated him, seemingly cheapening the whole thing.
** Wrestling/MickFoley did something similar at No Way Out 2000, putting his career on the line against Wrestling/TripleH in a Hell in a Cell match, losing in a brutal fight and claiming he was leaving forever. Well, he stayed away longer than Cena did (three weeks this time) but came back in the very next Pay-Per-View event. Since then, he wrestled in 2003, 2006, 2008, well, you get the idea.
** Even worse than that is when they claim that somebody who actually did retire is supposedly coming back. Wrestling/BretHart retired for good in 2000, due to concussions and a stroke later, and it's unlikely (well, impossible, as given his injuries, he's uninsurable and can't be legally cleared to wrestle) he'll ever be cleared to do so again. In 2010, however, he's been advertised as making a return as a wrestler several times in guest matches that were obvious farces.
** "Once in a Lifetime!" For a full year, the WWE shoved that phrase down fans' throats while promoting the match between John Cena (again) and Wrestling/TheRock, for the main event of Wrestling/WrestleMania XXVIII, claiming it was an event that could only, should only, would only happen "Once in a Lifetime!". With such insistence that it was a "Once in a Lifetime!" event over and over, one would expect it to actually BE "Once in a Lifetime!" But it was not. It happened again the next year, and the WWE knew it would from the start. The Rock said in an interview he had been signed to three WrestleMania matches, the first costing him the title, the second a rematch with Cena, the third a rematch with the title on the line. Maybe the phrase "Twice in a Lifetime" just isn't catchy enough, so they decided "Who cares? Everyone will pay to watch it anyway!"
* Even within the framework of {{Kayfabe}}, announcers have at times been [[EnforcedTrope required]] to make completely false, unrealistic and utterly not believable statements. A good example of this can be found during the [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Giant Gonzales]] vs. Jim Powers match on the March 14 (taped January 26), 1993 episode of ''Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F All American Wrestling''. Announcer Rob Bartlett had to say, with a completely straight face, that Powers was looking to work his way back to the top of the World Wrestling Federation. Powers was NEVER at the top, was NEVER even ''close'' to the top, and was NEVER going to get there.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole interviewed Wrestling/VinceMcMahon at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries '97 and asked who was going to win the WWF Title match between Wrestling/BretHart and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Vince replied, "[[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob I don't know]]."
* {{Heel}}s often do this by claiming they won matches singlehandedly when there was actually plenty of interference, the fans are all cheering for them, or they are just at ringside at the same time as their enemy to commentate.
* Wrestling/CMPunk has only lost to Wrestling/ChrisHero once, when Punk had a 108 degree fever and the gout.
* Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis constantly attempted to claim his actions were in the spirit of "People Power" and therefore giving the audience what they want. Yeah, giving heels unfair advantages and firing [[Wrestling/JimRoss fan favorite]] [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison employees]], including [[Wrestling/TheBigShow one for simply mocking your voice]], are [[SarcasmMode truly selfless acts]].
* Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, as the leaders of Wrestling/TheAuthority since 2013, have claimed that all of their actions are best for business. Apparently screwing over Wrestling/DanielBryan at every turn, threatening to fire anyone who tried to aid him, orchestrating the breakup of [[Wrestling/TheShield major stables]], and firing [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler employees]] [[Wrestling/RyBack who]] [[Wrestling/ErickRowan aided]] Wrestling/JohnCena in trying to take them out of power are all good business decisions. At least during the [=McMahon-Helmsley=] Era in 2000, also led by the two, they openly admitted to screwing people over intentionally and only covered it up when they were backed into a corner.

[[folder:Not Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby [[PlayedForLaughs plays this for laughs]] in his famous "To My Brother Russell, Whom I Slept With" routine. Bill and Russell constantly misbehave in the middle of the night, which their father always catches them doing. At first, they deny that all of the crying and screaming is them, but this veers more and more into ImplausibleDeniability when the two of them break the bed and soak each other in water. They blame "some man" who climbed into their window just to break their bed and throw water on them. Their father [[SerialEscalation gets more and more fed up with this as the routine goes on]], finally culminating in him forcing the two boys to stand up all night.
** Cosby did a routine about when he had his tonsils out as a kid - the doctor is trying to put him at ease, eventually telling him "When they cut your tonsils out, don't you know...are you ready for the ''lie?''...they'll give you all the ice cream in the world that you can eat."
** In yet another routine, young Bill Cosby tries to get out of trouble when his teacher sends home a note asking to meet with his parents. Cosby tells his father that the teacher called his father a name for no reason whatsoever. Despite the obvious holes in young Bill's story, [[NobodyCallsMeChicken his father is so outraged that he resolves to go to the school the following morning and pick a fight with the teacher]]. The story ends hilariously with Cosby Sr. wailing on young Bill right in the teacher's office once he realizes that the friendly teacher merely wanted to discuss Bill's poor marks.
--> '''Teacher:''' Mr. Cosby, you're killing your son.
--> '''Bill's Dad:''' That's right. I made him and I'll take him out of here!
* From Creator/JohnMulaney: "And Jake asked me, 'Dude, were you at my party last night?' And I said: 'No.' You know, like a liar!"
* From Stewart Francis (who is white): "Anybody who accuses me of stealing other comedians' jokes can just kiss my black ass, okay?!"

[[folder:Not Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The Imperial Truth: "There are no supernatural things or gods." Yeah, sure... The Imperium is practically BUILT on blatant lies. Take the time to read The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer, and it'll all be made clear.
** In an odd twist, the fact that said gods and supernatural things [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve exist because people believe in them]] means that spreading the Imperial Truth can actually make it the truth.
** The Emperor's plan was to make it true, but he never quite got that far. In the ''Horus Heresy'' series, all myths are considered false by the Imperium, and while the warp is known to be dangerous, daemons are not known to exist. Key figures in the Imperium are granted the secret knowledge that the warp sometimes spits out unintelligent energies that look like creatures and can do bad things. Not even Horus knew about the Chaos Gods, let alone that daemons could work together or even think. This kind of caused problems.
* In the RPG ''Spycraft'', a 10th level Faceman has the ability to tell one bald-faced lie that can't immediately be proven false and must be believed. "The sky is purple" is legitimate as long as they aren't outside or near a window.
* In ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', Balseraphs (fallen Seraphim) have the power to make people believe any lie they speak. They suffer for it if they themselves actively disprove the lie (such as saying "I won't shave your head" and then doing just that) but other than that, they're consummate liesmiths. Their angelic counterparts, on the other hand, [[LivingLieDetector can recognize any lie spoken]], so they don't get along too well...
** The other catch to the Balseraph's power of lying is that they have to [[BelievingTheirOwnLies believe their own lies]].
** So in the example given, the Balseraph would be perfectly okay if he scalped his victim. After all, [[ColdBloodedTorture he didn't shave him/her.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' first and second editions, the same concept goes even further. An Excrucian Deceiver (a type of monster [[TheMole Mole]]) can tell one person a Blind Lie. While they don't have to believe it, they become incapable of perceiving any contradictory evidence. No. Matter. What. If the lie is "I won't hurt you." and then he starts smashing the victim in the face with a war mace? The victim will ''neither see nor feel it.''
** Players can pull this off too with the correct Estate.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' many different magic styles have ways of getting people to believe anything. An avatar of the Demagogue can convince anyone by talking to them for a while, a cliomancer (history mage) can make a person think they "heard it somewhere before", etc.
* Epic level characters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can gain enough ranks in certain skills that it's possible to mimic the effects of magical compulsion just by talking to someone. A rogue can theoretically make up ''anything'' and be believed. Bards, with the Glibness spell, are capable of pulling this off ''before'' they've even approached that point.
** Never seen it in person, but supposedly with enough bonuses, a rogue can tell the reigning monarch that they are fakes and that the rogue is the true ruler, misplaced at birth, and they are reliable because ''they are also the moon''. "I am the Moon" has become local idiom for the brokenness of bluff and similar skills.
** Even without epic levels, in ''D&D'' 3.5 a specialist can do things which seem impossible. A nineteenth-level Half-Elven diplomat using skill synergy, feats, and equipment can talk a person from fighting mad to best friend in the middle of a fight. And that's without using some of the prestige classes which are available.
** Old Half-elf Binder 1/Marshal 1. Bind Naberius, take the Motivate Charisma aura, have a Charisma of 20 thanks to age effects, full ranks in Diplomacy, a Synergy skill, take Negotiator at 1st level and find a magic item that boosts your Diplomacy check by 1 or more. You can talk someone from "actively trying to kill you" to "would put in a good word for you" as a standard action ''with no chance of failure''. You need to be a bit higher to persuade someone to switch sides mid-battle, but you can end fights automatically from a very early point.
** Incarnate (for the Silvertongue Mask soulmeld) and Warlock (for the Beguiling Influence invocation) are also good one-level dips for a diplomat. And as long as the character is a half-elf, the first Bard substitution level is useful as well.
** Creator/GaryGygax pulled this with the spell ''Word of Recall''. In the Player's Handbook, it says that the spell, which is meant to work as an emergency escape from trouble, is "infallibly safe." When you read the description in the Dungeon Master's Guide...
---> Word Of Recall: For each plane that the cleric is removed from the plane of his or her designated Sanctuary, there is a 10% cumulative chance that the cleric will be irrevocably lost in the intervening astral or ethereal spaces.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', characters with divine Manipulation abilities can function as both consummate liars and lie-detectors.
** If you tell a mortal a lie using a particular ability, the only way for them to be convinced otherwise is to be presented with direct contradictory evidence. If you use it to tell the ''truth'', no force on Earth can make them doubt you.
* Possible in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', since players can potentially do anything superhumanly well, from jumping and fighting to superhuman calligraphy. In a bit of a twist, Sidereals have a charm that [[SarcasticConfession causes the target to take a possibly truthful statement as being a blatant lie]].
** There's also a meta example in the White Veil Society, whose entire writeup is composed of {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s, followed by the Martial Arts Style "they most certainly would not practice, if they existed."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. "The Computer is your friend! Any claim that this is merely the tip of the iceberg is treason."
* In the board game Dungeon Petz, if a baby monster isn't sold before it matures, it is discarded from play. The rulebook states that it is released to live happily on a farm...and tells you to add an extra meat resource to the market whenever this happens. For some strange reason.
** An optional rule takes this even further, so that discarding the carnivorous plant provides a bonus vegetable, discarding the golem provides a bonus gold, and discarding the ghost provides nothing. And then restates that there is no thematic reason for this rule. Nope. Definitely not.
* ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' has "hidden weapon" as a skill for some players. These include chainsaws, bombs, ball and chains ''bigger'' than the goblin wielding it, and '''steamrollers'''.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has no ninjas. None at all. It's certainly not a whole character class available to [=PCs=] and [=NPCs=] alike. There certainly aren't entire families that specialise in it, and even if they did, they certainly wouldn't run the equivalent of the intelligence service.

[[folder:Not Theater]]
* Jake's song from ''Theatre/EvilDeadTheMusical''. He claims to be a pro basketball player, to have won an Oscar for directing ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', to have written Creator/JackieChan's autobiography, and to have created the phrase "fo' shizzle, my nizzle!"
* ''Louisiana Purchase'' has a song explaining how the show is '''not''' a [[RomanAClef thinly veiled satire of a certain politician]], but a work of utter fiction, set in New Orleans, "a city we've invented so that there would be no fuss./If there is such a place/It's certainly news to us."
* Serves as the basis of Ray Cooney's farce, ''Tom, Dick and Harry''
* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Seymour claims that Mushnik is visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia, when in reality Seymour killed Mushnik.
* ''[[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan Utopia Limited]]'': Nearly anything that the Flowers of Progress, and to a lesser degree Lady Sophy, say about England.
* Quoth one of the murderers in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'''s song, "Cell Block Tango": "He ran into my knife! He ran into my knife TEN TIMES!"
* At the end of Creator/AlexanderPushkin's ''Boris Godunov'' Mosalskiy with the soldiers enters Godunov's house. Then the sound of fighting and woman's scream are heard. Then Mosalskiy returns and proclaims to the shocked crowd that Godunov's widow and son poisoned themselves and died before his visit...
* Creator/HenrikIbsen has ''Theatre/PeerGynt'', who lies all the time. Then there is a crucial moment in Theatre/{{Brand}}, where Brand has managed to get an entire parish up to the mountain in an attempt to make a rebel army of them. The main antagonist, the local Bailiff, cooks up a story of a school of fish steaming into the fjord, that eventually will make everyone rich, if they only come back down again. All of them go HeelFaceTurn in seconds, leaving Brand alone.
* Mark Antony's speech in Act III, scene II of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar''. First telling the crowd "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him", he then proceeds to praise Caesar and turn his audience into an angry mob.
* In Starting Here, Starting Now, the singer of "I Don't Remember Christmas" goes on to sing about all the special occasions and memories he definitely doesn't remember.

[[folder:Not Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity II'': "Hey guys! I'd just like to let you all know that I didn't steal anything!" Right after Suitcase stole a [=MePhone4=] battery.
* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' Wiki has an ''[[http://hrwiki.org/index.php/Blatant_Lies entire page]]'' about this.
* WebAnimation/TheHistoryOfEurope: The Ottoman Empire is a bully and a tyrant, and Egypt most certainly took no part in any of the atrocities committed by him.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Episode 67:
-->'''Mercenary Cheerleader 2:''' Okay then, we're gonna go home. We're totally not gonna attack your friend and carry out the mission on our own.\\
'''Mackenzie:''' It sounds like you're being sarcastic. Are you being sarcastic?\\
'''Mercenary Cheerleader 2:''' What? No! We're totally just gonna head home, and not take that video.\\
'''Mackenzie:''' It sounds like you're doing that thing, you know, where you say you're not gonna do something even though it's painfully clear that you're still going to do it.\\
'''Mercenary Cheerleader 2:''' Whaaaaat? No, no that's my English accent. We're gonna head home, not attack anyone, and we're totally not gonna steal that videotape. You have my word. ''(hangs up)''\\
'''Mercenary Cheerleader 1:''' So... the mission's off?\\
'''Mercenary Cheerleader 2:''' No, believe it or not, I was being sarcastic.
* ''WebAnimation/GreenyPhatom'' is filled to the brim with examples of this made by Robert Stainton, the creator of the show:
** For starters, Robert Stainton claims that ''Greeny Phatom'' is a TV show. It never aired on TV; it appeared on the Internet post-2009. It's unlikely that TV stations would ever air a show that's literally made in MS Paint anyway.
** He claims that it's made by the companies Sony Wonder, Cinar, and Children's Television Workshop, which is an unlikely combination of companies working on the same show together...[[note]]A TV show ''made'' by Sony Wonder is actually impossible, since they're a distribution company. They did distribute a few shows, however, most of which were produced by Creator/SunbowEntertainment, which Sony Wonder owned from 1998 to 2000.[[/note]] and that's not even mentioning that the end credits of the Greeny Phatom [[TheMovie movie]] state that Creator/KlaskyCsupo and Creator/{{Paramount}} produced it with them. The end credits also state that Creator/{{Disney}} distributes the film's soundtrack. Good luck finding any actual works that are co-produced by all six of those companies.
** To see more of them, all you really have to do is check out the [[http://greenyphatom.wikia.com/wiki/Greeny_Phatom_Wiki Greeny Phatom Wiki]].

[[folder:Not Web Original]]
* Since the Website/{{Twitter}} blog ''Blog/WorstMuse'' is all about ([[PlayedForLaughs jokingly]]) passing off utterly ''terrible'' writing tips as good advice, this trope (alobg with a healthy dose of {{Snark}}) is in full effect. Case in point:
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse?s=09 "No, seriously, go for it. It'll be a bestseller."]]
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/485550717449826304 "You SHOULD base your protagonist on you. Disguise him by giving him really intense green eyes and an ancestral weapon. You don't have those!"]]
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/486257154383282177 "It'd go over great if your narrator looked in the mirror and compared their own eyes to a really specific body of water."]]
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/496691127584440320 "Pourquoi débourser pour un pro quand Google Translate est gratuit? Ce n'est pas comme anyone'll connaître la différence."]][[note]][[BlindIdiotTranslation Why pay for a pro when Google Translate is free? It's not like anyone'll know the difference]].[[/note]]
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/497135703483228161 "You're right. Your friends' inside jokes will DEFINITELY go over great with a larger audience."]]
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/912350989453205504 "Ennui is always in style."]]
-->[[https://twitter.com/WorstMuse/status/485324629125644288 "I am here to help."]]
* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}} does not have a crush on Pan-Pizza, believe it or not.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses' [=MikeJ=] is constantly spewing "facts" about Briton. For instance, did you know that all the homosexual people were banished to Norway in the 1800s? Or that goats are the dominant species? 87 foot ring tailed lemurs run amok, and they have the Running of the Praying Mantis which happens every week.
** Everyone knows the 87 foot ring tailed lemurs are really [[TheWormThatWalks a whole bunch of regular lemurs group together]].
* From WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog:
** Hammer and Horrible meeting again.
-->'''Horrible''': We're meeting now for the first time!\\
'''Hammer''': You look...''horribly'' familiar.\\
'''Horrible''': Just have that kind of face! Must be going now...!
** In the final song:
--->'''Horrible''': [[TearJerker And I am fine...]]
* ''WebVideo/{{Awkward}}'' has Alex, who will say anything if it gets him a little closer to target-of-his-affections Lester.
-->'''Alex''': ''[while following a half-naked Lester around the kitchen with a video camera]'' Makin' a video. For school. Yeah, it's a documentary about, um... kitchen life.
* Stories on ''Podcast/{{Pseudopod}}'' are usually introduced with "I have a story for you, and I promise you, it's true." (For context, ''Pseudopod'' is a horror GenreAnthology with regular forays into the supernatural and the surreal.)
* The blogger [[http://chromagic.blogspot.com/ Chromagic]] does this all the time. For example, "And, you know, [Sandslash has] huge long talons. [[http://chromagic.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-opinions-on-every-pokemon-ever.html Also like me.]]"
* Ranger in Roleplay/ComicFuryWerewolf during Game 11 had an exchange seen as either hilarious or quite frustrating in Game 11, where he claimed, [[spoiler: "I'm not a wolf!"]] After he was dead. And confirmed by the host.
* Count how many times Zoë says she will cut something out of episodes of ''Podcast/TheWebcomicsCompany'' podcast.
* Half of what's written in ''Blog/MyOpinionsOnEveryPokemonEver''.
* Even on Wiki/TVTropes, on most pages warning of unmarked spoilers, the majority of the spoilers are marked anyway.
** This trope is most definitely '''''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not]]''''' a [[PotholeMagnet popular pothole target]] for lies.
* [[http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/03/17/i-are-tiny-kitn/ This]] WebOriginal/{{Lolcat|s}}.
** Also several variations involving a cat sitting in the middle of a gigantic mess with a caption declaring something along the lines of "What? I had nothing to do with it!" Cat (and dog) owners know full well how much this is TruthInTelevision.
* 4chan did not do anything with this trope: [[http://knowyourmeme.com/i/000/060/815/original/4chan.png?1279815919]]
* In season 1 of Brazilian webseries "Só Levando", posted at [[http://charges.uol.com.br]], a man named Bezerra was making pirate [=CDs=] until the police caught him. He claimed it was for personal use.
-->'''Officer''': [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Vainessa Camargo]] [=CDs=]?\\
'''Bezerra''': I like her.\\
'''Officer''': 120 copies?\\
'''Bezerra''': I like her a lot.
* Common in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' - it ''is'' the trope namer for MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, after all - but Marik is probably the worst offender here. His name is [[SueDonym Malik Blishtar]], he's not doing anything suspicious, and he is [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday 100% straight]]! Also, that whole thing about [[spoiler:being gay]] in ''LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DiqAByzgV4 episode 6]]? Ghosts.
* The characters in ''WebOriginal/DeadEnds'' have the option of doing this a few times. [[spoiler:It gets them killed.]]
* Creator/{{Tobuscus}}' [[VlogSeries Lazy Vlogs]] contain a rather large amount of pointless rambling -- that is the point. However, when Toby gets to rambling, he often launches into some... rather obvious untruths. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=AcErnFKRITg#t=154s this vlog]] he claims to have a lying tell, and then claims to be lying about said tell.
* [[WebVideo/MarbleHornets Oh, I'm shooting a documentary on hotels. *later* My house is being renovated, so I'm staying here. *later* Well, my job got relocated, so I'm looking for a place to stay]]. He was losing his memory.
* A lot of email spam often is lies to either download viruses or try to give banking information to "Nigerian princes."
* [[http://www.thingsbearslove.com/ Bears love lots of things]], [[http://www.thingsbearslove.com/img/things/petting_zoos.png but certainly not petting zoos.]] The declaration on the not-bear's T-shirt is very comforting.
* Website/YouTube videos have a "Top Comments" section, wherein the comments given the most thumbs-up are enshrined. Except, looking through any given video's comments will often reveal ones with dozens more positive ratings than whatever the actual video page considers top-rated -- apparently "top" means "less than 50 ratings" on Website/YouTube.
* One of the ways someone from the Wiki/SCPFoundation has tried to kill their resident {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le OmnicidalManiac lizard is "throw Dr. Clef in 682's containment room." This is followed by a note from the higher-ups [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial very specifically stating]] that it was NOT an attempt by a researcher to kill Dr. Clef, and that the project head's death was due to 682, which smashed his head against a control panel [[NotMeThisTime while somehow remaining in its containment area]].
-->'''Report:''' It is determined that this is the point where Dr. Clef accidentally fell out of his chair and struck his head nine times against the corner of the desk, fracturing his skull and snapping his neck between the second and third vertebrae.
* Played with in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': The episode description for ''Happy Trails, pt. 1'' is "Is this really the end of the [[MadeOfPlasticine invulnerable]] Happy Tree Friends?". It's never specified whether the invulnerability refers to their ability to stay alive (which would make it an obvious lie) or coming back after every episode.
* From ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv)]]'':
-->'''Light:''' ''[to [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Ryuk]]]'' No one is listening to you, Ryuk.\\
'''Sayu:''' What does Ryuk mean?\\
'''Light:''' Uh, It's my new name for you. It means [[Music/{{Kesha}} Ke$ha]] in Japanese.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': The titular town is riddled with conspiracy theories come true, resulting in a lot of hasty coverups that don't even try for credibility. Cecil, the news announcer for the local public radio station, can usually keep any disbelief he may [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation or may not]] feel out of his voice, with two notable exceptions: when the City Council tries to pass off the feral dog pack menacing town as plastic bags blowing in the wind, and [[spoiler:when the MegaCorp that owns the neighbouring town buys the radio station and is feeding him lines under duress.]]
* In the ''WebVideo/BadCallTV'' episode "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD87wCM4_TQ Up in Smoke,]]" the spokesman for Premiere Smokeless Cigarettes says that they are "100% safe, 100% clean, and make no compromises on taste." As it turns out, [[spoiler: they have a disgusting charcoal aftertaste, resulting in the spokesman taking a VomitDiscretionShot.]] Sadly, this is based on a RealLife advertising campaign that went horribly wrong.
* Happens frequently with the WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer.
** At the beginning of his ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' review, he denies stealing from WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd by claiming he doesn't watch him, and he "proves" this to Billy by showing footage of not being subscribed to him (read: showing footage of him ''already being subscribed,'' and then scrolling the cursor onto the "Unsubscribe" button and clicking it, [[LeftItIn which he apparently forgot to edit out]]).
** In the middle of the same review, he does a slight commercial break advertising a card game. We then cut to an actor who is not very enthusiastic about his opinion, and the bottom of the screen has a caption saying "NOT A PAID ACTOR".
** At the end of his review of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'', he tells the viewers to buy his DVD, which is "not rushed at all". The cover art is a terrible drawing made in crayon, and the lines of a sheet of paper are visible.
** He claims his review of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' is original, but the gameplay footage is from the AVGN's review with the original sound running in the background.
** In his ''VideoGame/TheLionKing'' review, he tells the viewers to see how slow Simba is running "in this unedited footage", said as he then abruptly slows down the footage.
* [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/659792 There is no game! THIS IS NOT A GAME!!]]
* In Sooper Appisote 3 of ''WebAnimation/DaAmazinOTAdvenchr'', the place called “Not Microsoft Land” that contains signs pointing to a room where Bill Gates is. Guess what’s written on the signs? “Not Where Bill Gates Is”!
--> '''Bill Gates''': [when TNT and Lite enter the room] o no hwo did u fia me?!
* WebVideo/MatthewSantoro:
** In ''Worldwide Internet Control!'', [[WebVideo/WheezyWaiter Wheezy Waiter]] and Corey Vidal did a guest intro for Matt. [[WebVideo/WheezyWaiter Wheezy Waiter]] introduced himself as Corey Vidal, and Corey introduced himself as [[WebVideo/WheezyWaiter Wheezy Waiter]].
** In ''Why Lying is OK!'', Hugo eats the cat, and Matt asks him if he's seen the cat. He says that he hasn't.
** In ''Mark Zuckerberg Eats Goats!'', Matt asks Hugo if he's been taking pictures with his phone again. He says no, even though he clearly has.
** In ''My Favourite Stuff from the 90's!'', Matt talks about shows he liked in the 90's, and mentions ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. He then says that he never watched it.
** In ''100th Video Spectacular! (MEGA COLLAB)!'', Zak says that Matt helped kill UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. He then answers the question of how Matt could have done so, since he was born 22 years after the assassination: he's a time-travelling demon.
** In ''Back to School-What NOT to Do!'', Matt tells [[{{Nerd}} Eugene]] that he thinks that his clothes look good.
** In TheStinger of ''A New Planet & Antimatter!'', a fan commenter accuses Matt of putting subliminal messages in his video. He denies this, while messages show up on the screen [[FreezeFrameBonus for a fraction of a second]], some of them telling the viewer to subscribe.
** In ''Why Lying is OK!'', Matt's friend asks him if he ate the ice cream. He gets shifty eyes, and says no. His friend doesn't buy it, and asks him why he's not looking at him. He says that he ''is'' looking at him.
** In ''Why Lying is OK!'', Matt tells the audience that if they don't subscribe, the world will end the following week.
** At the beginning of ''10 Bizarre UNEXPLAINED Miracles from Around the World!'', which is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bizarre unexplained miracles from around the world]], he says that the topic at hand is "completely noncontroversial".
* We have this with poem titled [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/I-didn-t-do-it-Poem-488814194 I didn't do it]] and it's accompanying image, where someone is suspected of [[spoiler: murder and is playing innocent]].
* During [[http://www.yogscast.com/video/Cg4yCvBV6nh8/section/latest this video]] of the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} playing ''VideoGame/TroubleInTerroristTown'', LetsPlay/{{Sips}}, after shooting at [[LetsPlay/HatFilms Smiffy]], accuses him of being the traitor. Smiffy is a detective and even displayed as such, and Sips is promptly ridiculed for trying to lie so blatantly.
* Hermes from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'':
-->-You’re lying – she accuses, hoping to provoke a reaction. It works: Hermes laughs genuinely.\\
-But of course I am! I’m the god of liars and thieves. The question is, what am I lying about?
* ClingyJealousGirl Twilight from ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' tries to make [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Cadence]] seem worse than she is. Amongst these lies are Cadence kicking a baby in the face and her having devil horns.
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''
** Tony the Talking Clock sends the main characters on adventures through time, and as soon as this starts to cause them to age rapidly, he stands idly by and says "It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock!"
** The clock also assures the main characters"Oh don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine," even though his adventure causes the characters to experience what its like to rot to death. Possibly subverted as they *are* fine at the end of the video.
** The butterfly in the third episode tries to tell a story about how everyone a story about "special ones" and how everyone has them, but his character, Michael, is called a freak and lives alone in a cave without any mention of a special one. The butterfly and his friends still try to insist the story was about special ones.
-->'''Shrignold:''' You see? Everyone has a special one.
-->'''Rabbit Boy:''' Even Michael!
** Everything [[KnowNothingKnowItAll The Healthy Band]] says about health in Episode 5.
** Special mention to the space-themed teacher in Episode 6 who claims ''“planets live inside the moon”.''
* "Roderick" the gargoyle in ''WebVideo/JourneyQuest'' speaks in literally nothing but Blatant Lies. This is [[JustifiedTrope because]] he was one half of a KnightsAndKnaves puzzle. [[LordErrorProne Glorion]] the warrior killed his truthful counterpart before even realizing that it ''was'' a logic puzzle, then dragged Roderick with him as an [[TheDragAlong unwilling sidekick]]. For the rest of the series, Glorion never catches on that Roderick only speaks in lies, though they are so blatant that most other characters get it right away. Sometimes this endangers both their lives, when Roderick tries to encode earnest warnings but Glorion fails to comprehend. Mostly, Roderick just exploits his curse to hurl sarcastic insults, which Glorion interprets as flattery.

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%% Due to RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement, please do not list entries relating to politics or war, unless if there's historical evidence.
* In the Ride/DisneyThemeParks, their Vacation Club is said to be "Disney's Best Kept Secret". That actually is part of their advertising. With 10 to 15 kiosks for it in every park, [[SarcasmMode they definitely hide it well from everyone]].
* The French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, who is remembered as the loser at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, died the next year in a hotel in Rennes with six stab wounds in the left lung and one in the heart. The official verdict was suicide.
* A Chinese amusement park built what is quite clearly a statue of an orange Gundam. When asked about it, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2010-12-19/chinese-theme-park/statue-is-not-copied-from-gundam their answer]] was "This is an original design and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial most definitely not]] an orange Franchise/{{Gundam}}. [[CaptainErsatz There might be some similarities]], but that's about it". And now they brought it down and [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2010-12-21/gundam-lookalike-statue-removed-from-chinese-theme-park proclaim]] [[DiggingYourselfDeeper "THERE NEVER WAS A 50-FEET TALL BRIGHT ORANGE STATUE HERE, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?"]] A shame, really, but what else can you expect? It was a strong contender for the title of "The World's Largest Bootleg", too.
* Iranian-Canadian reporter Zahra Kazemi was arrested in Iran for photographing a protest. She was later taken to a hospital (where she soon died) with bruises, broken bones, and other obvious traumatic injuries. The officers who brought her in told the doctors that she was suffering from "a digestive problem."
* The supply sergeants of an air cavalry unit in Vietnam ran a black market providing the men with army issue equipment for personal use. Whenever a helicopter was shot down, they explained away the missing inventory by listing the items as having been lost with that aircraft. At one inspection of the books from the higher ups, five tons of equipment was reported to have gone down with one shot down UH-1 Huey. It should be noted that the Huey has an overweight load of one ton.
** This is a fairly standard way of explaining away inventory discrepancies in many militaries around the world. For years after the Falklands War, for example, any missing equipment in the British Army was explained as having ‘gone down on the Atlantic Conveyor’.
* Creator/ViktorSuvorov described in his book "Tales of a Liberator" how, during the invasion of Czechoslovakia, a group of Soviet soldiers accidentally burned a motorcycle and attempted to pass it off as loss to enemy action. The battalion commander spotted the lie immediately, but said he'd sign the protocol... so long as they'd add that the motorcycle had upon it a grenade launcher another company dropped into water. By the time the documents reached the front commander, the motorcycle also carried two fur coats, two night-vision devices, a rangefinder, a machinegun, a radio transmitter and a barrel of alcohol.
* In the 2014 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], Luis Suárez got in trouble in the Uruguay-Italy match for biting Giorgio Chiellini. The excuse he gave was something along the lines of "I fell and his body collided with my teeth". [[http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/28/luis-suarez-bite-balance-hit-face-chiellini Read the full article here.]][[note]]It was the ''third time'' an opponent's body had "collided with his teeth". Needless to say, FIFA didn't buy his excuse.[[/note]]
* Creator/StevenSeagal is infamous for this. He's claimed to be [[MilesGloriosus a former CIA Black Ops operative]], some kind of [[PhysicalGod reborn Buddhist deity]], a coach for several elite [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA fighters,]] a cop, a student of Morihei Ueshiba and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an Italian.]] Despite these macho-man credentials, Steven for some reason can't be bothered to say in shape and nowadays he has to be the flabbiest star in the Action genre. [[https://theflyingguillotine.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-ridiculousness-of-steven-seagal-part-1/ This link does a good job of exposing Seagal's bullshit.]]
* ''MTV Cribs'' has Bow Wow, whose three sports cars had "Prestige" printed on the windows. That's a Miami-based luxury rental car agency.
* Hiding the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test) Trinity nuclear-bomb test]] was clearly going to be a bit tricky; as an Army security officer put it, "you might as well try to hide the Mississippi River". Nevertheless, they tried:
--> Several inquiries have been received concerning a heavy explosion which occurred on the Alamogordo Air Base reservation this morning. A remotely located ammunition magazine containing a considerable amount of high explosives and pyrotechnics exploded. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone, and the property damage outside of the explosives magazine was negligible.

!! There are definitely more examples after this, but we're out of indices.

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