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->'''General Chang:''' You'll [[TemptingFate never]] take this city [[GoThroughMe while I'm alive]], monster!\\
'''The Death Knight:''' Terms accepted. ''(stab)''
-->--''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0440.html "Flew the Coop"]]
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When the exact wording of a rule, promise, prophecy etc. matters more than the spirit of the wording, it's an Exact Words situation.

The KnightTemplar, the AntiHero, and those with even looser standards (but some standards) will often stick to Exact Words even as they declare IGaveMyWord. A common trait of LawfulEvil characters. Also a common (and not always evil) way to subvert JustFollowingOrders or the LeonineContract.

The ObstructiveBureaucrat will insist on them as if the VastBureaucracy would fall apart if exceptions were made. The BeleagueredBureaucrat will often insist on them, when the exceptions really would be a problem.

For magical enforcement, see LiteralGenie. Often the cause of ProphecyTwist. LiteralMinded characters just do it because that's how they think. Can be defended against with [[ReadTheFinePrint Legalese.]] though might be used (and horribly abused) by a RulesLawyer. If someone follows established rules to annoy someone else, it becomes BotheringByTheBook. If this trope is related to or defines a superpower, it's called a SemanticSuperpower.

Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare HeroicVow, IWouldSayIfICouldSay and IronicEcho. UnhandThemVillain is a specific variant. ThreatBackfire is a common result. It's very commonly used in FalseReassurance. The actual interpretation of the words is often NotHyperbole. When used in response to a question can often result in a MathematiciansAnswer. Can also lead to a LiteralMetaphor and to LiteralistSnarking. Also see NoManOfWomanBorn.

The Exact Words are also the difference between a riddle and a mere common question.

'''Spoilers ahead.'''
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!!Examples

[[index]]
* ExactWords/AnimatedFilms
* ExactWords/AnimeAndManga
* ExactWords/ComicBooks
* ExactWords/FanWorks
* ExactWords/{{Literature}}
* ExactWords/LiveActionFilms
* ExactWords/LiveActionTV
* ExactWords/VideoGames
* ExactWords/{{Webcomics}}
* ExactWords/WesternAnimation
* ExactWords/RealLife
[[/index]]

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Cape Cod Potato Chips proudly advertises their low fat (6 g) chips as "40% reduced fat," and in tiny letters underneath, "compared to regular potato chips." This is entirely true -- except that it's not ''their'' (kettle-cooked) "classic" chips (8 g) they're being compared with; it's ''Lay's'' and most (conveyor-cooked) store brands, which typically have 10 g fat and are, indeed, more "regular" to the average person's idea than kettle-cooked chips. By the same logic, they could sell their classic chips as "20% reduced fat."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV8APAXrhLM A Swedish commercial]] has a young man ask his date if she wants to "taste the sausage". She's disappointed that he meant it literally.
* As CharlieBrooker has pointed out; wording in advertising is key. For example you can't say a toothpaste will "eliminate" plaque build up but will instead, "help fight". As you can fight a wall but you probably won't get far.
* Volkswagen ads spoof the exact wording of "sign and drive" car sales by having someone drive a car while simultaneously trying to sign a contract. This then segues into their "Sign, ''Then'' Drive'' Event promotion.
* A ''[[Advertising/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' Butterfinger commercial had this:
-->'''Homer''': I'm gonna open my mouth and close my eyes and ''you're gonna give me a big surprise''. (Bart sticks Maggie's pacifier in Homer's mouth)
* In Sweden, it was once illegal for domestically-run commercial broadcasters to air commercial breaks during programs; they could only do it between programs. So what did [=TV4=] (an OTA network which, unlike its cable-based competitors who broadcast from [[LoopholeAbuse outside the country]], was subject to said rules) do? They split a program with an interstitial, thus allowing them to air ads "between" programs.
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[[folder:Ballads]]
* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} "Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward", the hero had promise not to tell the truth to anyone. When the heroine overheard him lamenting his fate to a horse, she asked him to tell her; he refused, she sat down on the hay and told him to ignore her and go on telling the horse, and he did so.
* In one folk song, the two characters are in love with each other, but the woman's father has made her promise to say "No" to any request a would-be suitor makes of her. Once the man realises this, he asks her to ''refuse to'' date him, and she gladly denies this request, thus agreeing to date.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' runs on this trope.
** Many rules depend on ''exactly'' how things are worded, and slight changes will completely ruin the effect of the card. One notorious example is "Substance", an ability whose only reason for existing was to cheat around the fact that there is a significant length of time between "''at'' end of turn" and "''until'' end of turn," and certain cards ''really needed'' the second one[[note]]The problem here was that these cards were creature enchantments that could be played at instant speed, but if you did, they were sacrificed at the end of the turn. The idea was that you could use them to "save" a creature that was about to die, at the cost of the permanent benefit of the enchantment. However, the timing difference was crucial: If the card is sacrificed "at end of turn," the creature hasn't had its damage removed yet, so the effect of saving the creature is rendered moot. The fix was to say, essentially, "This has Substance until end of turn; when it loses Substance, sacrifice this." "Until end of turn" effects resolve at the actual, literal end of the turn, and the creature has had its damage removed by then. This no longer exists; as of the June 2009 rules overhaul, a special "at the beginning of the next cleanup step" trigger is used for these cards, which has (close enough to) the same timing as "until end of turn"[[/note]].
** Many, many of the creative combos (most of which are tournament-winning level ones) and lockdowns are result of this and lack of creator's foresight. [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Myr+Superion&v=card&s=cname Myr Superion]] is a card that was meant to be cast with mana generated from normal myrs, as that's what they're best known for. However its only restriction is that the mana used to pay its cost has to come from creatures. [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Heartless+Summoning&v=card&s=cname If you reduce its cost to zero]], you don't need any creatures to play it.
** In early playtesting, one card had the effect "Opponent loses next turn". While the ''intention'' was that the opponent's next turn is skipped, many players instead interpreted it as "Opponent loses ''the game'' next turn". As a result, the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=728 actual printed card]] instead reads "Take an extra turn after this one."
* There are several examples from ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** An interesting side-effect of Equip Spell Cards that give Piercing, is that you can inflict damage to your opponent by equipping them to your opponent's monster(s). Then, when your opponent attacks one of your Defense Position monsters with an ATK greater than your monsters DEF, he/she will take the difference. After all, even though it's '''your''' opponent's monster, it's your Spell Card, and thus it's your opponent -- not ''you'' -- who takes the extra damage, due to the wording on the cards.
** Some continuous card effects have linkage to another monster cards such as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Future_Fusion Future Fusion]] and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Call_of_the_Haunted Call of the Haunted]]. However, when the monster is removed from field other than being destroyed, the continuous effect card remains on the field meaninglessly. When [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Premature_Burial this card]] is '''destroyed''', destroy the equipped monster[[note]]If you return it to your hand, it isn't destroyed, so the revived monster stays on the field and you can play the card again on your next turn. And the next... and the next..[[/note]]. "That card" is the primary offender. This loophole abuse actually led to its ban in tournament play.
** Another card that deserves special mention is [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Question Question]]. The card states that the opposing player must remember the name of the first monster card on the bottom of his/her opponent's graveyard or it gets special summoned to the field. This was fairly jarring if your opponent enforced including prefixes such as if the monster's card name began with "The" (Like many a Six Samurai deck.) or enforces his/her own specific pronunciation of the card's name.
*** A deck strategy that doubles as a TakeThat to the TCG is a [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri Karakuri]] Deck that runs Question. Because of the TCG's (read: the Western world) penchant to changing the names of cards, OCG (read: Japan and Asia) players that hated the new TCG names of the cards, when faced from someone of the TCG, will require them to name the card ''in full, with its model, number, and name'', and they will take an incomplete declaration as a validation for them to summon it. If they want it taken UpToEleven, they will require ''the Japanese name'' of the card. Of course, trying to memorize something like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri_Steel_Shogun_mdl_00X_%22Bureido%22 "Karakuri Steel Shogun Model 00x "Bureido"]] can be quite a mouthful.
** Many cards say to destroy the ''card'' under a certain condition, rather than the gameplay element it represents (monster, spell, trap, etc.) Cue many beginner players ripping up the card when the conditions are met.
** A common mistake most beginners make is the difference between "destroying" a card and "negating" a card. The former simply means the card no longer exists on the field, the latter means it's effects are stopped until the negating effect ends. This means that playing something like Mystical Space Typhoon on a activated counter trap card is meaningless, as it's effect is already in motion and it would go to the graveyard regardless anyways. Likewise, simply negating the effect of a continuous card without destroying it is moot, as the effect would resume as soon as the negation card is gone.
** There's a card called "Yu-Jo Friendship". When activated, you offer a handshake to your opponent. The effects of the card are dependent on whether or not the opponent accepts the handshake, but you can reveal a "Unity" card in your hand to your opponent, and then they must "accept the handshake". It doesn't say to apply the one specific effect, just that they must accept the handshake. So one player, [[LoopholeAbuse after using this card]], stuck his hand down his pants, and then showed Unity to force a handshake. His opponent wisely chose to forfeit rather than to shake that hand.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'': Certain moves like Selfdestruct don't tell you to remove the card as if it had fainted, but to put as many damage counters on it as it has HP. As seen in the GameBoy version, this means that you can use a Defender card to remove two of those damage counters, allowing the card to remain in play at least one more turn.
* TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} has had to do this a few times since it's a game with a sizable player base of {{rules lawyer}}s. Errata for the Plutonium Dragon had to say that "You are roasted and eaten" ''did'' mean that you were dead.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
** In a comic, the company is at thirty dollars a share when Dogbert offers to buy them, but their value promptly falls. Dogbert then offers to pay "the full thirty dollars" for their stock. They ended up selling him the entire stock for thirty dollars and not thirty dollars ''per share''.
** Dogbert does this a lot. At one point he ran an investment firm, and promised clients that if they let him manage their investments, they could one day own "this", said while holding up a photo of a mansion.
-->'''Client''': I could own a mansion!
-->'''Dogbert''': You could own a photograph.
** And then there is the department who has the rule "don't shoot the messenger". So they tarred and feathered them instead.
** [[http://thedilbertstore.com/comic_strips/2013/7/10 This strip]] too.
* A frequent source of humor in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''.
** For example:
-->''(Peter is doing the dishes)''\\
'''Peter:''' It's unbelievable how much homework I have to do tonight! I can't remember the last time I had this many things due! I don't know ''what'' all my teachers were thinking!\\
'''Andy:''' In that case, Sweetie, why don't I do the dishes?\\
''(later on)''\\
'''Jason:''' I thought you had ''no'' homework...\\
'''Peter:''' It's all in how you say it.
** Jason asks his mom if he can keep playing a driving game for a sec. He later clarifies that he meant ''a parsec''. Obviously this doesn't work.
** Andy discovers that a plate of fresh cookies was missing, and she asks Paige if she's ''seen'' what happened to them. Paige calls back that no, she hasn't. Cut to her and Jason, eating cookies while wearing blindfolds and Jason saying that he had been wondering why they had to wear them.
** Those instances where Andy tells the kids they can have ''one'' piece of candy, or ''one'' scoop of ice-cream... Jason has melted all his candy to form one giant piece, Paige manages to take the entire tub of ice-cream out in one scoop. Really, the kids are ''amazing'' at this.
** Peter gets this probably even more since he's the Stomach of the family. For example, he eats a box of doughnuts to find out "which one" Andy said he could eat. Another time, he tries to eat a pan of brownies which is, at that point, ''technically'' one brownie. Andy catches him that time.
** Some other examples: Peter and Jason saying they ate one slice of pizza apiece: a large pizza cut in half. Another is Paige asking if she can have a banana as a pre-dinner snack. She eats half a loaf of banana-chocolate chip bread to get to the banana.
** Jason allows Peter to go see the film ''Thor'' with them for the weekend (even though he's only going to see it for Natalie Portman), although under the condition that he dress up as Thor for the movie like themselves. Peter then asks what qualifies as wearing a Thor costume. It then cuts to them on the sidewalk with Jason and Marcus wearing Thor helmets, a long blond wig, and Thor's hammer with Peter wearing an outrageous costume that is composed of a Philadelphia Eagles helmet, a utility hammer, and a curly blond clown's wig, with Peter saying "What?! You said a hammer, a blond wig, and a helmet with wings!" to an embarrassed Jason and a shocked Marcus when about to enter the car.
** Still another strip has this:
-->'''Andy''': Jason, I thought I told you to turn that off at 8:00!\\
'''Jason''': Okay, mom.\\
(Jason turns the TV off with his remote, then turns it back on a second later)\\
'''Andy''': What did I tell you?\\
'''Jason''': It's 8:01 now.
** And another has Andy ask Paige how she did on her test, and Paige responding, "Infinitely better than I expected." In the final panel, she reveals that the trick is to expect a zero, since any positive number would be an infinite percentage greater than 0. Peter says he should try that some time.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
** Calvin tries this after being ordered "upstairs, in the tub now!" Calvin lies down in the empty bathtub, proclaiming:
--> '''Calvin:''' I obey the letter of the law, if not the spirit.\\
'''Calvin's Mother:''' Let's hear some water running!\\
'''Calvin:''' Nuts.
** Another:
--> '''Calvin's Mother:''' Did you pick up your room?\\
'''Calvin:''' I tried, [[IncrediblyLamePun but I couldn't lift it!]] Get it? AHAHAHAHA!!\\
''(she throws him back in his room)''
** When asked to explain Newton's First Law in his own words, he writes in ''his own words'': "Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz."
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} is a master of this.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950622 For example...]]
** Arguably his finest moment was [[BeachEpisode at the beach]], when Jon chastised him about burying Odie in the sand. Garfield defends himself by claiming that "I only buried him up to his knees." [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1980&addr=800814 Upside-down.]]
** ComicStrip/USAcres also has its moments: In [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-09-18 one strip]], Orson (as the "Book Fairy") approached Roy, Booker, and Sheldon with a book he claimed would make them "stop watching television". After Booker voiced his skepticism, Orson broke the television screen with the book.
** Again as the "Book Fairy", [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-10-29 Orson told Roy he had a book he [Roy] could really get into.]] After Roy said he's not into books, Orson "[=TWAK=]ed" the book at Roy's face.
** ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-10-25 Orson once took up knitting]] and Lanolin dared him to make her a sweater. Orson then worked on her wool and she became a sweater.
-->'''Lanolin''': I have a biiiiiig mouth.
** Also, [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-04-04 when Orson was trying to sleep but Bo was constantly chatting.]] Orson then asked if Bo would like a pillow for his head. As Bo accepted, Orson stuck Bo's head inside it.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790201 "If you take one bite of my pie, Garfield, I'll smack your fat little paws"]]. Garfield's response to Jon's threat: he destroyed the pie and stated "If I can't have it, neither can he".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790902 Jon once wanted to take Garfield for a trip but Garfield didn't want to get inside the kitty carrier]]. Jon was quite clear: "Before we go on this trip, one of us is going to have to get into this kitty carrier". Garfield then stuffed Jon inside.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1980&addr=800523 Last helping]]. Jon took the last helping of lasagna and allowed Garfield to do whatever he wished with the pan. Garfield hit Jon with it.
** Booker dared a worm to show his face. The worm then showed a portrait.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1994&addr=940426 Jon told Garfield not to kick Odie off the table]]. Garfield kicked him ''to'' it.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=950503 Jon told Garfield not to take the lid off a cookie jar.]] Garfield then turned the jar upside down and "took the jar off the lid".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000326 Jon told Garfield not to set foot on Mrs. Feeny's property again]]. He later had to tell him to get his ''toes'' out.
** [[http://garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&addr=900529 Jon asked Liz out for a date and she said she'd think about it after wheeling Garfield to X-Ray]]. Then she thought and answered "no".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040106 Jon told Garfield not to hit him "in the face with that pie".]] Result: "pie down the pants".
** When Orson invited Roy to have water with him, Roy said "Water that touches pig lips will never touch mine" He drank through a straw. While not specifically stated in the story, Roy, as a rooster, doesn't have lips anyway.
** Jon once placed a box of kitty treats in a room and told Garfield not to take the kitty treats and that they had better be there when he gets back. When he returns, he discovers that Garfield took everything out of the room ''except'' for the kitty treats.
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120108 Garfield was drinking coffee when Odie made a "yip" sound at him.]] Garfield told Odie not to do that and then Odie barked.
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1988-11-30 During the ugly face contest arc, Roy told Lanolin she couldn't "make a reeeally ugly face".]] He forgot to specify ''whose'' face was supposed to be made ugly.
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-07-21 Orson was trying to take Bo's photography and asked him to show his teeth.]] Bo removed them from his mouth.
* A running gag in ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' is characters telling "Mr. Walker" that he can't bring a dog into places, and him blithely responding that that's okay, because Devil's a wolf.
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', a maitre d' gives Pig and Rat a dish, also telling him to be careful as the plate is hot. He really does mean it. Unfortunately for Pig, Pig thought the maitre d' meant it was "hot" as in having a high temperature, instead of "hot" as in stolen, which resulted in the Police arresting Pig for stealing the plate.
* A couple of examples in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' cartoons:
** Elizabeth was watching John as he did taxes. John moaned that even with deductions, he ended up paying through the nose. Elizabeth looked industriously at his face to see it happen until he said it was a figure of speech.
** Michael was saving up his allowance for a pair of roller skates. He ended up spending the money he had saved up to that point, and when he told Elly, she just said, "Money seems to burn a hole in your pockets." Cue Michael and Elizabeth fearfully checking his pockets to make sure they were all right.
* One story by DonMartin has some kids selling snow tires for an unbelievably low price. Said tires are made of real snow. (They also sell snow shoes, snowmen, snowballs...)
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/94peasantcleverdaughter.html The Peasant's Clever Daughter]]'', the king sends the daughter back to her father but permits her to take one thing from the castle -- whatever she likes most. She drugs the king and takes him, since he was what she liked the most.
* Common in many fairy tales where it concerns deals with the devil/leprechauns. The good, God-fearing farmer will get the better of the bad character using this trope.
* In ''Literature/TheGooseGirl'', the princess tells the truth not to anyone -- which she had promised not to -- but to an iron stove.
* A lad unwittingly helps Death - Death says he makes no exceptions ever, but his thank will be that he sends him a [[http://www.1000-maerchen.de/fairyTale/902-die-boten-des-todes.htm messenger]] first so he can sort his earthly businesses before he dies. As the man dies decades later, he complains: "Where was the messenger you promised?" "But I sent you even more than one - didn't you recognize Mr. Hair-Loss and Mr. Toothache and Mrs. Prostrate Cancer and..." [[note]](Has it's own index: AaTh 335)[[/note]]
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* In the final ''Literature/BloodSword'' gamebook, one of the ways in to the BigBad's castle requires you choose and release a demon. They all make promises to help you, all but one will involve your death and that one offers you an alternative once he is free. Examples include one who offers to send you to meet the BigBad right away (at midnight the BigBad is due to return to Earth, having spent a thousand years as a star in the sky to obtain magical power, being flung into space is bad for you) or the one who offers you a change since you practically have his gift anyway (the magic that restrained him is lying on the floor) offers things like a dagger that always kills when thrown (the thrower) or an artifact which turns back harmful spells (your caster will love that).
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* Common in meta-jokes, including why the chicken crossed the road.
* A riddle you may have heard in elementary school: "Can you stick out your tongue and touch your nose/forehead/ear?" [[spoiler:The answer is yes. The trick is that the wording doesn't specify whether you're meant to touch your nose/forehead/ear ''with'' your tongue.]]
* Somewhat related: can you make 35 cents with only two coins, one of which isn't a quarter? (Yes: the ''other'' one is.)
* Another; can you jump higher than a house? Yes; a house can't jump.
* An old Russian joke/urban legend: [[StockCharacters Rabinovich the cynical old Jew]] applies to the Soviet government for permission to emigrate to Israel.
-->'''MVD Official:''' You say you have no relatives abroad, but that you also have a brother in Israel?\\
'''Rabinovich:''' Yes, but ''I'' am abroad, ''he'' is at home!
* A very rich man dies, and demands that he be buried with his entire fortune (9,450,356 dollars and 39 cents). On the day of the funeral, people are surprised to see the normal-sized coffin, and demand an explanation from the widow. She replies that his last wishes were obeyed: His coffin contains a check for 9,450,356 dollars and 39 cents.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the song "Monochrome Dream-Eating Baku" by [[Vocaloid]] Kagamine Len, the Dream Eater promises to take away all the bad dreams of a girl and fills her with pleasant and lustful ones... to the point that she can no longer make her dreams become real and is trapped in a world of endless longing and fantasy.
* There's one Dutch song by the group Kadril, "Het Heerke van Maldegem" (the lordling of Maldegem). The song tells the story of the main character, who goes out hunting and instead of game finds a group of robbers, who organise a party and make him pay for the booze. He asks them to let him go, and in exchange promises not to speak to anyone about them. When they agree, he goes on to Bruges and writes down what happened to him and where the robbers are, making his original hunt successful.
* "Changeling Child" by Heather Dale tells the story of a woman who bargains with the faeries for a baby. They give her exactly what she asked for:
-->"But soon they saw the years that passed
-->would never make him grow
-->The fairies would not answer her
-->The stones were dark and slept
-->A babe was all she asked for,
-->and their promises they'd kept."
* Pete Best just can't resist making puns on his name and famous former occupation. In 1965, for example, he released an original album called ''Best of the Beatles''. As in, ''Pete'' Best, ''formerly'' of Music/TheBeatles.
** This is a CallBack to the Beatles' early days, when the compere of the Cavern Club always described it as "the best of cellars". This was a pun, not just on a well-known phrase but on one particular use of it, the Creator/PeterSellers album ''[[PunnyName The Best of Sellers]]''.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Even the gods fall for this one occasionally. In NorseMythology, Loki, the God of Mischief, made a bet with a dwarf; the bet was for his head, which at the time meant "the weight of your head in gold". When he lost, it turned out that the dwarf wanted his head -- literally -- due to his cheating over the wager, but still losing. Loki, being who he is, still managed to turn the tables, however, by pulling some Exact Words right back at the dwarf: "My ''head'' may be yours, but my ''neck'' is not." Hence, the dwarf couldn't decapitate him to "claim his prize". The dwarf still got the last word, however, and sewed Loki's mouth shut to keep him from performing any more trickery, hence one of his nicknames, Loki Scar-lip.
* In [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Apollo offered Sibyl her fondest wish if she agreed to sleep with him. She held up a handful of sand and asked to live for as many years as there were grains of sand in her hand. Apollo agreed but Sibyl still refused him. In response, Apollo cursed her by giving her the years she desired... [[AgeWithoutYouth but she would not be eternally youthful.]] After a few hundred years, she became a shriveled gnome.
* According to the Quran, Iblis, the Islamic equivalent of the Devil, fell from grace after falling foul of this trope. When Allah made a prophecy that one of his most devoted servants would rebel against him, the Angels were greatly troubled and begged Iblis, one of the Djinn, to speak to Allah on their behalf; Iblis, who was loyal to Allah at the time, made Allah swear a promise that none of the Angels would be forced out of Allah's service. When the Angels and Djinn were commanded to bow before Allah's third creation, Adam, Iblis arrogantly objected, and was cursed for his disobedience; Allah had made no mention of Iblis or any of the Djinn in his promise.
* In Literature/TheBible, {{God}} tells Abraham to bring his son Isaac up to the mountain and offer him as a HumanSacrifice. That, it turns out, is all God wants--Isaac ''offered'' as a sacrifice. Once it's clear that the two have enough faith to go through with the killing God sends an angel to stop it from actually taking place. (Abraham then spots a ram stuck in a nearby bush and sacrifices ''that'' to prove his seriousness--and possibly to get some mutton for his trouble. We don't know what happened to the ram, exactly.)
* In some versions of the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] story of Jacob, this is pulled by Laban. Jacob was in love with Laban's daughter Rachel, and asked her father for her hand in marriage. Jacob couldn't produce the normal bride-price for Rachel, though, so Laban told him that he could work for him for seven years instead and afterwards, Jacob could marry his daughter. However, Laban had ''two'' daughters, and he never specified which one Jacob would marry, leaving Jacob with Rachel's sister Leah as his wife.
** As the story continues, Jacob then worked ''another'' seven-years so that he could finally marry Rachel.
* Elisha served this up with a side of ProphecyTwist in II Kings 8:7-15. A lot of translators have trouble with 8:10 because the Hebrew seems ambiguous, instructing Hazael either to lie or tell the truth to his master King Ben-Hadad about whether he'd recover from his illness. However, as the story goes on to reveal, what the prophecy really meant was "Tell him his illness won't kill him, although I'm telling you he's going to die anyway." Taking his cue from a further prophecy that he would soon be the new King, Hazael returned to Ben-Hadad and told him Elisha had promised he would recover; but the next day, he [[InsistentTerminology cured Ben-Hadad of his illness]] ''once and for all'' by suffocating him with a washcloth. Then he [[KlingonPromotion seized the throne]] for himself.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JeffJarrett came out on one episode of ''Wrestling/{{TNA}} iMPACT'' to the usual cries of [[XPacHeat "DROP THE TITLE!" (clap clap clapclapclap)]]. In the middle of a promo he decided to make fun of them by taking his NWA World Heavyweight Championship and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments dropping it on the mat]].
* In one confrontation between Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in 2007, Stone Cold promises not to use The Stunner on Vince, then proceeds to [[GroinAttack kick Vince in the nuts]] and Stunner Jonathan Coachman.
* During a Wrestling/{{TNA}} iMPACT Knockout Battle Royal for the #1 contender for the Knockouts title, Madison Rayne gets in the ring and announces that "any of the Knockouts in the ring right now" were eligible to be the #1 contender. True to form, she rushes in at the end of the match and throws Velvet Sky from the ring.
* Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} used the same trick to win the very last Cruiserweight Championship Open in 2007, coming up from under the ring and running across the mat just as the starting bell rang, only to exit the ring and disappear back under it...until he suddenly reappeared several minutes later and performed a jumping splash on Jamie Noble, pinning him for the title.
* In order to keep his undefeated streak intact, Wrestling/KurtAngle would have Wrestling/SteveBlackman hit his opponent with a Kendo Stick so that he could win the match. One night Wrestling/TripleH, who was in charge at the time along with Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon and disliked Kurt, ordered Blackman not to do this in Angle's match that night. During the match, Blackman came to the ring and hit Kurt with the Kendo Stick; Angle won the match by disqualification.
* Wrestling/TripleH lost the WWF Title to Wrestling/ChrisJericho when referee Earl Hebner made a fast count. When confronted about this decision, he agreed to reverse it if nobody would touch him as long as he was a WWF official. Triple H [[FalseReassurance agreed]], [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1h6dj_hhh-gets-his-title-back-from-jerich_sport noting he is a man of his word]].
* In the Wrestling/RoyalRumble, the only way to be eliminated, is to be thrown over the top rope and ''both'' feet must touch the floor. (Originally the rules just said "feet", but it was eventually pointed out that "feet" wasn't the same as "foot.") This has been taken advantage of, as some guys roll under the bottom rope and wait until later to come back in. Some guys have utilized other techniques.
** Wrestling/ShawnMichaels [[http://youtu.be/8SrcDzrKCtc?t=12m2s after being clotheslined by the British Bulldog]] (As Howard Finkel memorably announced, "ONLY ''ONE'' OF SHAWN MICHAELS'S FEET TOUCHED THE GROUND!")
** Subverted in 1997, where Stone Cold Steve Austin won by sneaking back into the ring after both his feet had touched the floor when he noticed that the referee had never seen his elimination because [[EasilyDistractedReferee he was distracted by an altercation at the other end of the ring]].
** Wrestling/MattHardy used his "Mattitude Follower" Shannon Moore to his advantage, with Moore using his body to prevent Hardy's legs from touching the ground.
** Christopher Nowinski was the third entrant in 2003, coming out through the crowd to find Chris Jericho and Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr going at it in the ring. Nowinski just smiled and waited outside the ring for Jericho and Mysterio to tear each other up until he felt brave enough to enter.
** Nunzio also stopped before reaching the ring and sat down by the barricade until he was ready. (In his defense, he had just been beaten up by Wrestling/MickFoley while coming down the entrance ramp, so he didn't feel strong enough to fight right away.)
** Wrestling/JohnMorrison [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U-RIQbEowg hung on the barricade, walked on it and jumped to the steel steps]].
** Wrestling/KofiKingston [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHJOXVyys4c walked on his hands until he reached the steel steps]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byDwcAacXmU He had another method the next year]] [[ShaggyDogStory only to be eliminated before he could reenter the ring]]. In 2014, he did it ''twice''; first, after falling onto another wrestler and being pummelled on an audience barricade, he managed to balance himself on top of it and make an eleven-foot leap back to the ring. Later, when he was in danger of being pushed out of the ring, he was able to hook both his feet on the lowest rope to keep from fully hitting the floor.
* When Wrestling/TheNexus were destroying everyone, they were told on the July 28, 2010 episode of ''Wrestling/WWERaw'' they couldn't attack any Raw superstars or they would be fired. Later that night Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Michael Hayes, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestling/MikeRotunda and Wrestling/RickySteamboat celebrated the release of Steamboat's DVD, and became the targets of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. Since they were "Legends" and not "superstars", this was perfectly acceptable.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the background of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' the [[ChurchMilitant Ministorum]] was to have no "men under arms" in the aftermath of the Age of Apostasy. Knowing that a complete lack of a military force would make them unable to police themselves and subservient to the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Administratum]], [[HighPriest Ecclesiarch]] [[SaintlyChurch Sebastian Thor]] installed his predecessor [[TheCaligula Goge Vandire's]] redeemed [[BodyguardBabes private army]] as the [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]]. In some versions of the story this was arranged ''before'' they decided on the wording.
* In the first edition TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay Realms of Sorcery had [[JokeItem Erik' Sword of Confusion]]:
-->This was made for Erik the [[TheAlcoholic drunkard]], a notorious [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Nors]][[GrimUpNorth can]] mercenary. While in the cups he foolishly commissioned a wizard to make him a sword that could "cut through things like butter." The wizard was s good as his word. Against normal targets, the sword has Damage -3, but it cuts through dairy products with the efficiency of a fine cheesewire. The wizard who made the sword was later found drowned in a [[CruelAndUnusualDeath vat of yoghurt.]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** This is often considered the real reason players avoid casting ''wish'', as many [=DMs=] invoke this trope with its use. This is partially subverted by kinder [[GameMaster DMs]] and in the computer adaptation, ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'', by allowing characters with high wisdom and intelligence scores to close the more obvious loopholes if the wish is otherwise reasonable. Some sources indicate this as one of the advantage the clerical counterpart Miracle has over Wish -- because it is not so much a wish as a requested miracle, it can be vetoed by your deity... but it also means that it will tend to be interpreted in your favour, whereas Wish includes a little comment about, if one goes beyond the list it has and requests a greater effect, the danger of a literal but undesired fulfillment (that is, this trope) or a partial fulfillment.
** One sourcebook suggests this as a way ThePaladin can be LawfulGood without being LawfulStupid. In the specific example given, ThePaladin is honor-bound to follow the requests of the BigBad; when the villain says "Bring me the head of the king", the Paladin brings him the head... along with the rest of the king, and his entire army.
** This can be a way to beat truth-telling magic, depending on the edition and the spell -- one book has a fallen paladin observe that very few truth-telling spells can tell a lie fashioned by putting two truthful sentences next to one another (in the case that prompted this observation, he had managed to give the impression that his dead niece had been responsible for summoning a fiend by saying there'd been a summoning gone awry by a foolish mage, and then adding that fortunately his (dead in the incident) niece had taken precautions in case something went awry like that. Not his fault if the one he was speaking to thought the foolish mage was the niece rather than the paladin himself).
* In the RolePlayingGame ''Truce at Bakura'', Chewbacca suggested to Han Solo that he have the Tydirium return to the fleet while doing repairs. Han Solo agreed, but then it occurred to him that Chewbacca forgot to specify which fleet he was supposed to return to, thus giving him and the Endor Strike Team an easy opening to take over the Star Destroyer Accusor without having to fire a single shot.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': This is how Imperial miracles work. They can be very nasty (with things like automatic Divine wound levels for people who just ignore them), but you can freely work toward any interpretation of the letter of the law you can sell your [[GameMaster HG]] on.
** And in ''Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine'', a key plot point is that Chuubo, a fairly ordinary boy, has gained the ability to create Imperial Miracles but can't really do anything useful with them due to wording problems. There is a running joke that he has yet to discover the correct wording to obtain an ice cream: "I wish I had an ice cream" makes "Chuubo has an ice cream" a law of reality, meaning that he can't eat the ice cream, because he would then no longer have it.
* The Seraphim of ''InNomine'', angels who must speak the truth at all times, often take refuge in this Trope.
** On the other hand, this used to trip up Laurence, Archangel of The Sword, in his early days as Commander of The Host. Angels of The Sword must obey both the spirit and the letter of Laurence's orders, and when his commands were too detailed, the servitors were left with no way to adjust for conditions without earning dissonance.
--->"Thus, Laurence will not tell a Servitor 'Take Highway 41 to Tifton, Georgia, find the Tether of Death just south of there, and bring me the Seneschal’s head.' Such specific orders could result in all kinds of dissonance – what if the angel knows a more efficient way of traveling to Tifton (or Highway 41 is washed out)? What if Laurence’s intelligence is flawed, and the Tether is north of Tifton, or it’s actually a Tether to Dark Humor? What if the Seneschal has been destroyed already – should the Tether be left intact? What if the Seneschal wants to redeem? What if the angel can only kill the Seneschal by some means which won’t leave an intact head to bring to Laurence? Scenarios like this came back to bite the young Archangel of the Sword, until he learned to loosen his control – a little." -- ''Superiors 1: War and Honor''
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare
** A very early example is ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': Antonio suddenly finds himself unable to repay his debt to Shylock, the loan shark, and his contract said Shylock would cut a pound of flesh from his body if Antonio doesn't pay him back; in the court, however, Antonio's lawyer pulls an objection, and the judge finally declares that Shylock had to cut a pound of flesh from Antonio without [[AssPull spilling any blood]]; since doing this is physically impossible, the contract was declared null and void.
** In ''Theatre/HenryIVPart1'', Hotspur uses this while playing AgentScully to his Welsh ally Glyndwr:
-->'''Glyndwr''': I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
-->'''Hotspur''': Why, so can I, or so can any man.
--->But will they come when you do call for them?
** In ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', Marc Antony agrees to give the assassins credit for allowing him to speak at Caesar's funeral and to refrain from denouncing them. Antony proceeds to turn the crowd against the assassins even while repeatedly referring to them as [[StealthInsult "honorable men"]].
** ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' runs afoul of this trope in a big way, as he is warned by the weird sisters "NoManOfWomanBorn will harm him" (Macduff was the result of a Cesarean section) and that he would not be harmed "Until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane" (Macduff's allies cut down branches of Birnam Wood trees to disguise themselves, using the branches as cover as they storm Dunsinane)
** ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': Much of what Iago says can be considered true, if you interpret what he says as literally as possible. Indeed, it's what he doesn't say that really causes tragedy.
* In ''ShowBoat'', the couple Steve and Julie are about to be arrested for miscegenation--Steve is white, and Julie is [[PassFail secretly mixed-race]]. Steve cuts Julie's hand and swallows a drop of blood; when the sheriff arrives, Steve asks, "You wouldn't call a man a white man that's got Negro blood in him, would you?" He's willing to swear under oath that he's got "more than a drop" of black blood; the two are able to leave the boat (and the south) in safety.
* In DorothyLSayers's ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'',
** Constantine likes his prophetic dream, because it clearly predicts that he will win, and prophecies are normally filled with weasel words that allow this trope.
** in Rome, the prophecy that the enemy of Rome will be defeated is more ambiguous. [[spoiler:Livia, the wife of the emperor who lost and died, proclaims that it is certainly true.]]
* Some of the ''lazzi,'' or classic bits, from {{CommediaDellArte}} fall into this category. Notable examples include:
** Harlequin, a BigEater, rushes into a dining room during a feast and announces that the kitchen is on fire. When all of the guests run off to check, Harlequin sits down and begins to devour as much food as possible. When the diners return and complain that the kitchen is perfectly fine, Harlequin defends himself: he said ''the'' kitchen was on fire, not ''your'' kitchen was on fire.
** A servant character is tasked with guarding a rich man's house while he is away. When the rich man returns and asks if anyone has entered the house, the servant replies, "Not a fly!" The pleased master goes inside, only to discover dozens of people in the rooms. When he takes the servant to task for this, he responds that the master didn't find a ''fly'' in the house--he said nothing about people.
* This appears in a heartbreaking way in ''{{Theatre/Sweeney Todd}}''. When Sweeney first returns to Fleet Street and asks what happened to his wife Lucy, Mrs. Lovett replies, "She poisoned herself...arsenic from the apothecary on the corner." [[spoiler:At the end of the musical, Sweeney discovers that the old Beggar Woman who has been harassing him throughout the show--and who he just murdered--''is'' Lucy, driven insane by her rape, abandonment, and attempted suicide. Sweeney accuses Mrs. Lovett of lying to him, but she defends herself: "No, no, not lied at all--no I never lied! Said she took the poison, she did--never said that she died!" Unfortunately, it's not enough to save her from Sweeney killing her as well.]]
* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' adds a twist to Willy Wonka's promise of "a lifetime supply of sweets" to the Golden Ticket finders. [[spoiler: A single Everlasting Gobstopper -- which is an Indestructible Edible -- counts as this. Grandpa Joe feels this is a cruel trick and he and Mr. Wonka almost come to blows over it, stopped only by Charlie Bucket, who regards it as a great present all the same (especially since he's never received presents from ''anyone'' outside of his family before).]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* At one point in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' series, [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] gets away with lying to Phoenix despite his lie-detecting Magatama using this method. [[spoiler:While he didn't kill the victim, as he claimed, he did pay an assassin to do it.]] It's implied that this only worked because [[spoiler:the client was warped enough to consider there to be an honest, meaningful difference between the two.]]
** The Magatama is ''not'' a lie-detector. It reacts to the subject of a secret that anyone may want to hide away in their hearts. In the above case, the client was ''technically'' speaking the truth. According to him [[spoiler: hiring an assassin to kill someone does not count as actually killing them]] so he had no secret to hide, hence no Psyche-Locks appeared.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', anything said [[LanguageOfTruth in red is true]]. This means its exact wording (including what is ''not'' told) is really important in figuring out what actually happened. For example, for the first twilight of the first game, it is said that "The identity of all unidentified corpses is guaranteed" and that "no body double was used". But no red truth says [[spoiler:that there were six corpses in the garden shed. It turns out Shannon's corpse ''wasn't actually there'' from the beginning.]] It's made all the more crucial by the fact that third-person narration is ''not'' neutral, and lies to the player in a number of scenes.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Zero Escape: VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''. Some characters are very particular about [[IGaveMyWord promises]], so a shrewd player pays close attention to exactly what is being promised before making a difficult choice. Of course, some characters--even the nice ones!--''also'' have no problem [[ILied lying to the player character's face]]. It's amazing how a little freedom-or-death struggle brings out the manipulative sides of people.
** Possibly the straightest example of this trope is in a possible bad ending, where [[spoiler:just before a certain Ally or Betray choice, Clover asks Sigma to choose "Betray", so she and Sigma can get more points and Clover in particular will reach 9 points. Clover promises Sigma that if Sigma chooses Betray, Clover will listen to ''anything'' Sigma says! But picking "Betray" at this point will get you the bad ending, because upon reaching 9 points Clover promptly goes for the exit. Sigma angrily shouts to Clover that she promised she would listen to anything Sigma said, and Clover replies that she ''is'' listening, she can hear Sigma very clearly even from all the way over there! The problem is that Clover only promised to ''listen'' to whatever Sigma says, not to actually ''do'' whatever Sigma says.]]
* In ''[[VisualNovel/SteinsGate Steins;Gate]]'' Okabe needs information from Faris. Faris is a grandmaster at a game Okabe has never even heard of, but he agrees to play her for the information anyway. His friends try to get him to back down, since he can't possibly win, but Okabe insists he'll finish the game in [[LargeHam ONE MOVE]]!!! The game starts...[[spoiler:and he loses immediately. Hey, the deal was he just had to ''play'' her, not win]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in the Strong Bad E-mail "virus", Strong Bad's computer gets infested with hundreds of thousands of computer viruses that [[BreakingTheFourthWall apparently infect the Flash cartoon itself]]. That leads to this exchange, in which Strong Sad catches Strong Bad doing this:
-->'''Strong Sad:''' Did you get a virus?
-->'''Strong Bad:''' No...
-->'''Strong Sad:''' Did you get 400,000 viruses?
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Yes... very yes!
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Lopez builds some very slow moving robots, with the reasoning
-->'''Senior Lopez''' "You said you wanted a DAY of victory. At this speed, they will win in exactly 24 hours."
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Wiki/TVTropes: On the page for ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', the description of the game says that it "features never-before-seen freedom", which it does indeed -- there is no collision detection (in other words, you can go through any object except the ground), no angle detection (allowing you to drive vertically), and drive straight off the map.
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic gathers his fellow reviewers for an invasion in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', WebVideo/{{Phelous}} questions where everyone was going to stay. Critic says that he "booked everyone a hotel room". GilliganCut to everyone crammed into '''a''' hotel room.
-->'''Phelous:''' [[LampshadeHanging Well, gee, I didn't see]] ''[[LampshadeHanging that]]'' [[LampshadeHanging one coming.]]
* [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] wanting [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] to review ''Film/TheSpirit'' (2008 film) told him that he has a movie with Creator/SamuelLJackson and Creator/ScarlettJohansson. Both did appear in the movie, but Linkara believed that FB was referring to ''Film/IronMan2''.
* This is common when it comes to requests on ''Music/SongsToWearPantsTo''. Andrew will often take poorly thought-out or silly requests and do this to them. For example, one person offered some lyrics and asked for them to be recorded, "not necessarily in this order." [[http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/songs/i-empty-my-baby/ This was the result.]]
* ''Tonin''
** In ''Tonin - O Ninja Que Veio da Roça'', a Brazilian web series featured in Chargesdotcomdotbr, Vilano-san, the main villain, asked a spirit to make his body resistant to harm. The spirit said he'd only do it if Vilano defeated him in a card game. Vilano only agreed on the condition that each one would draw one's own cards. Instead of drawing cards from the spirit's deck, he drew cards from his pocket, getting himself a better hand. When the spirit protested, Vilano reminded him about the agreement about drawing one's ''own'' cards.
** In sequel series ''Tonin - A Vorta dos Que Num Foi'', Tonin and his friends were stuck in the future and the spirit was their only chance to return. Being an oracle, the spirit said his only duty was of answering questions. The spirit also told that he's bound to this duty until Tonin dismisses him. Tonin then challenged the spirit to send them back to the past, promising he'd never ask any questions from that day onwards if the spirit succeeds. Once they went back in time, Tonin pointed out that, since they've gone back several years from the day he promised to stop making questions, he still has all that time back to make questions without going back on his word.
** Years later (from Tonin's perspective), he went back to the day he made that deal and asked the oracle how could there have two of him in two different places at the same time but, since they were in a period of time the oracle no longer had to answer questions as per the agreement, the oracle refused to answer. Tonin argued it was the other Tonin who made the deal but the oracle explained they were the same Tonin. Tonin then asked how this could be possible. By doing so, he unwittingly answered the question he initially refused to.
** In trequel series ''Tonin - O Ninja dos Inferno'', Tonin sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for the power to defeat Vilano-san and Pai-Meio. The terms of the agreement stated that the Devil would be able to collect the soul once Vilano and Pai-Meio would no longer be able to pose a threat. The two villains were eventually killed. When the Devil tried to collect the soul, it was argued that Vilano and Pai-Meio being dead doesn't mean [[BackFromTheDead they'd never be able to pose a threat again]]. Considering the world where the story took place, the argument makes sense.
** In order to reach the Devil to strike the deal in the first place, Tonin had to, once again, outsmart the spirit. The spirit was unwilling to help Tonin in any way other than doing his job (answering questions). Tonin then asked if he'd make a good deal with the Devil. Since the only way to know was having Tonin meet the Devil, the spirit had no choice but to take Tonin to hell. Also, when Tonin proposed the deal to the Devil, Tonin offered his "''arma''". ("Arma" could be either the Brazilian word for "weapon" or the way Brazilian unsophisticated country people say "alma", the Brazilian word for "soul".) The spirit, who served as witness for the deal, said that either Tonin and the Devil reached for an agreement on which meaning the word "arma" would be employed for the deal, or the deal would be null and void. Unable to convince the Devil to taking anything from him as a "weapon", Tonin agreed to offer his soul.
** In ''Tonin - A Saga Final'', a witch tried to avoid a witch hunter by magically disguising her appearance but he saw through her disguise and offered her a deal: if she taught him how to disguise himself, he'd leave her alive somewhere nobody would lay their hands at her. After she fulfilled her end of the bargain, he left her alive, but tied at a stake where nobody would lay anything other than fire.
** Also, hoping to have the same near-invulnerability his father won in the deal from the first season, [[OverlordJr Vilano Segundo (Vilano the Second)]] sought the same oracle, who had him play a cheese eating contest against TheChosenOne. If OverlordJr wins, he'll gain said near invulnerability; if he loses, he loses his life. Being somewhat of a ChaoticNeutral and considering the villain was alone while TheHero had lots of friends in the place where the contest was held, the oracle granted the villain temporary protection from harm until the contest was over. The oracle also ruled that the first contestant whose pile of cheese was eaten would be the winner; no cheese could be wasted; no cheese could be vomited; there was no time limit; and the villain would win by default if he had no opponents. TheHero shared his cheese with his friends because shared food isn't ''wasted'' food and there was no rule saying ''who'' had to eat his cheese. The villain then stabbed TheHero to death to invoke the win by lack of opponent rule because there was no rule saying he couldn't kill the opponent. Beause of the oracle's protection, nobody could kill the villain until the contest was over. Once the villain was declared the winner and the oracle declared the contest over, one of the good guys killed the villain before the oracle granted the powers. (The protection being over once the contest was over) [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Nobody mentioned it in the series but, since the powers came with vulnerability to cheese, the hero's friends could have hit the villain with the remaining cheese if the villain had been granted the powers]].
* In ''ThaliasMusings'', Aphrodite's GenreSavvy blessing on the Pythian Games: [[spoiler:"To whichever two among the gods and goddesses here whom the Fates will choose, may you each meet your true love at the Pythian Games."]] [[http://thaliasmusingsnovels.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/1-5-let-the-games-begin/]] Thalia, being equally genre savvy, knows that if she or Apollo is chosen, [[spoiler:they won't end up together since they've already met.]]
** The first to be chosen is [[spoiler:Aphrodite's own son Eros, who finds love at first sight with Psyche.]]
** The second is [[spoiler:Hephaestus, Aphrodite's ''husband'', who meets Aglaea. Aphrodite is more than happy to let him go.]]
* In ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/shamusplays/8304-Shamus-Plays-Into-the-Bandits-Den.4 Shamus plays]] VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Norman is a warlock who tries to be LawfulGood. When called upon to 'slaughter a virgin' as part of his induction into the Warlock Union, he buys a virgin sheep and pays a butcher to slaughter it for him.
* In ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'', the Fellowship forces a demon to swear that he will lead them to [[EldritchLocation a specific place]]. They neglect to make him promise to bring them back...
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
-->33. Not allowed to chew gum at formation, unless I brought enough for everybody.\\
34. (Next day) Not allowed to chew gum at formation even if I ''did'' bring enough for everybody.\\
48. I may not use public masturbation as a tool to demonstrate a flaw in a command decision.\\
55. An order to "Put Kiwi on my boots" does *not* involve fruit.\\
56. An order to "Make my Boots black and shiny" does not involve electrical tape.
* ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell''. If you ask the BOFH for more disk space, he'll give it to you -- by deleting all your files. And that's nothing compared to what he does with his contract. It got "[[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/14/bofh_2006_episode_23/ numerous strange clauses]]", including one about UFO sighting in the vicinity of the building... which he successfully used... more than once.
** And don't tell the PFY to "fire her up" when you want him to start a computer; you'll be calling the emergency line soon after.
* In Episode 61 of ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'''s "LetsPlay ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''", Ryan had captured a cow in the bottom of his dirt house and named him Edgar after an incident lead him to losing a game. Flash forward six episodes and Michael covertly frees Edgar and Geoff unwittingly kills the cow. Ryan finds the damage, hunts down another cow and puts him in the hole, leading to Michael freaking out over his victory being rendered null. As he tries to point out that the cow he lured in probably isn't the real Edgar, Ryan responds "No, no, you don't understand. ''Edgar is the one in the hole''.", meaning that it doesn't matter how many cows anyone frees, the one in that hole will always be Edgar.
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-810 SCP-810]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation is a lamp with the inscription "Ask what you will, and you shall never want for it". If (for example) you ask for "food", rather than ensuring you never run out of food, you'll never again ''desire'' food, and will thus starve to death without realizing it.
* In WebVideo/DanganRonpaAbridgedThing, Monobear promises the class that if a murder occurs, the class will get to see pictures of what Sayaka Maizono looks like under "those clothes", meaning her "idol outfit." A murder does occur, but the murderer is caught before the photos can be released to the class. We do get to see a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of what the pictures look like, though: they're just Sayaka in her school outfit ''under those clothes''...because the idol outfit is on her head, meaning she is ''literally'' under those clothes.
* One episode of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' has Vegeta tell Krillin to almost kill him (since Saiyans get stronger on the brink of death) so that he can fight more evenly with Freiza. Krillin then asks if there will be any repercussions.
--> '''Vegeta''': ...I won't ''punch'' you.
--> '''Krillin''': [[LampshadeHanging Oddly specific.]]
* A writer posted a list of musicians who were in great bands but had terrible solo careers. He invoked this trope to justify including PaulMcCartney on the list, pointing out that technically {{Music/Wings}} counted as a band.
* An AprilFoolsDay article about ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' detailed a supposed ultimate deck that "never allows your opponent to deal lethal damage" and "ends games quickly". It actually consisted entirely of ways to trigger a "you automatically lose" condition.
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