->'''Nazi Captain:''' ''[to Pvt. Pike]'' Your name vill also go on ze list! What is it?\\
'''Captain Mainwaring:''' Don't tell him, Pike!
-->-- ''Series/DadsArmy''

This is when someone -- [[VillainBall usually a villain]] -- grabs hold of the IdiotBall, and denies information in such a fashion that ''states exactly what is allegedly being denied''. For example, Alice has defeated Bob, TheDragon, whose boss has kidnapped Carol. Alice demands to know where Carol is, but Bob just smirks at her and says, "Ha! I'll never tell you that she's in the warehouse in Somewhere City!"

A sort of AccidentalPublicConfession, with a little SuspiciouslySpecificDenial thrown in for good measure. If the person is doing this ''deliberately'' and therefore is not being stupid at all, it's CouldSayItBut instead of this trope. Or it could be a variation where the villain has a gun in his face and he's a coward and only acts as if this is the case. If the person saying this is not a ''complete'' moron, they may follow it with "DidIJustSayThatOutLoud".

A [[GenreSavvy sufficiently clever]] [[MagnificentBastard villain]] may give out a ''lie'' in this manner, expecting the heroes to think that they just accidentally told the truth.

The term for this trope in rhetoric is apophasis. Also related to YouJustToldMe. TruthSerums in fiction have been known to cause this. Compare CannotKeepASecret and LooseLips. SubTrope of SayingTooMuch. If the person revealing information this way is doing it deliberately, it's CouldSayItBut.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BunnyDrop'': Rin, the girl in Daikichi's care, abruptly starts dancing and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
-->'''Daikichi Kawachi:''' Rin, what are you doing? \\
'''Rin Kaga:''' It's a secret, so I can't tell anyone at home about Parents' Day!
* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' manga:
-->'''Torakichi Arakoma:''' I'm sworn to never reveal that I'm here to defend th' world from impendin' doom!! I may be lost, starvin', without a single zenny t' my name, but wild horses couldn't whip that outta me!!\\
'''Lan and Maylu:''' ''[SweatDrop and FaceFault]''
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** A heroic accidental example when Vivi says it would be best if the Straw Hat Pirates don't know that the one trying to ruin Alabasta Kingdom is Crocodile.
** A running gag with Sentomaru, who claims to have the world's tightest mouth, yet will immediately tell anyone whatever they want to know, even if they're not actually addressing him. [[IMeantToDoThat He immediately adds that he's doing it just because he wants to, not because they asked.]]
** Before him came Fukurou from [[NebulousEvilOrganization CP9]], who spills vital information at the first opportunity for absolutely no reason and does it so much that he was fitted with a zipper over his mouth... which he unzips before spilling vital information.
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'':
-->'''Shishio's guard:''' Who are you?!\\
'''Misao:''' Makimachi Misao gives her name to no villain!\\
'''Guard:''' ... You just did.\\
'''Misao:''' '''AGH!'''
* In an episode early in the second season of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Keroro leaves a robotic copy of himself to head the invasion so he can go to the amusement park and see the Java Risers live show. After discovering the robot, Giroro presses Tamama to tell him where Keroro went. Tamama replies by saying that he'll never tell them that Keroro's at the amusement park. Later in the episode, Tamama finds a candy house and assumes it's a gift from Keroro for keeping his secret. This adds on to an already-established gag of Tamama not being able to keep secrets.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The very first appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk in the comic book ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' is a textbook example of this trope, when the imp declares, "Ha! You thought you could trick me into telling you that the magic word is 'Kltpzyxm'!" (poof). Also played with in the animated series:
-->'''Mxyzptlk:''' You make me say, spell, or otherwise reveal my name backwards and I'll split until our dimensions come into alignment again in about, oh, three months, give or take.\\
'''Superman:''' I can't even say your name ''forwards''. How am I supposed to say it backwards?\\
'''Mxyzptlk:''' ''No'', dope! You don't have to say it backwards! You've got to get ''me'' to say it!\\
'''Superman:''' Say what?\\
'''Mxyzptlk:''' '''''KLTPZYXM!''''' ''Gosh'', you're thick! Now, for the last time... ''[realizes]'' ahh nuts! ''[disappears]''\\
''[ninety days later]''\\
'''Mxyzptlk:''' ''[reappearing in the bathroom mirror]'' Hi guy! Your three months are up, and ''this'' time, you're not gonna cheat me out of my fun!\\
'''Superman:''' Oh, it's you again, Mr. Kltpzyxm.\\
'''Mxyzptlk:''' ''Not'' "Kltpzyxm"! Mxyztplk! Now the first thing I'm gonna do... ahh nuts! (''poof!'')
::: ...and so on and so on...
* Done by the title GentlemanThief in Creator/DonRosa's [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck-story]] ''ComicBook/TheBlackKnight Glorps Again'', not out of stupidity, but sheer ballsiness. In his civilian persona of [[GentlemanSnarker playboy millionaire]] [[{{Expy}} Arpin Lusene]] he gives the following statement to the press:
-->'''Lusene:''' Zat would be ze greatest crime in histoire, non? But... Ah 'ave no idea what ze Black Knight plans to do... tomorrow morning at 10AM! Here! Pass zese out!\\
(''passes a written program of the caper's details'')
* Thompson and Thomson from the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' series do this a lot. An example from ''[[Recap/TintinTheCastafioreEmerald The Castafiore Emerald]]'':
-->'''Thomson''' or '''Thompson:''' No, our lips are sealed. We can't tell you whom we suspect, but it isn't anyone in the house. Mum's the word, you know.\\
'''Thompson''' or '''Thomson:''' Yes, dumb's the word, that's our motto. So we're not allowed to tell you about the gypsies, though we suspected them from the start...
* In one story of ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'', Smudge (Cascão) had his right arm in a cast and Jimmy Five (Cebolinha) wrote on it that Monica was short, fat and buck-toothed. Upon reading it, she became furious but realized it wasn't Smudge who wrote it. When she asked who was, he told her she'd never make him tell it was Jimmy.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Cauldron'', Asterix decides that to refill the cauldron, he and Obelix will have to rob a Roman-controlled bank. While he goes for supplies, he sends Obelix to scout the bank for the heist. The guard out front instantly catches on to Obelix, and boasts about the bank's security measures--''including at what time the guards change shifts and how to open the vault''--to dissuade him. Obelix returns to Asterix and reports, "I didn't learn anything. He saw through me before I could get any ideas."
* In the 2015 Free Comic Book Day instalment of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'', Dr Dinosaur tells Robo that there's a self-destruct control in his briefcase that he absolutely won't tell Robo about. [[spoiler:Subverted. The "self-destruct" is a note reading "IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE U WILL DIE".]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Impulse}}'' #77 (part of the ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'' crossover) opens with this from the narrator:
-->"Okay, let's say, just for the sake of argument, that you ''haven't'' already read the first part of this star-spanning saga in the pages of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' #36 (still on sale!)...\\
And let's say that you ''don't'' know that the entire Young Justice gang has crash-landed on the volatile and unforgiving surface of Apokolips, home of the dark god Darkseid and about a million other unpleasant people...\\
And let's just assume that you don't know that, following the crash, Superboy and Robin had a fight over priorities and the team split up: Robin's team to stay with the downed ship and effect repairs...\\
... Superboy's team striking out across the harsh terrain in search of the fallen hero Steel, whose seemingly lifeless body was seen being spirited away by the grim herald of death, the Black Racer!\\
Well, if you don't know all that, ''we're'' not gonna tell ya.\\
Man, we'd hate to be you...

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy'' Brewster Rockit does this once when he decides to narrate his life out loud.
* Calvin in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' writes Susie a [[CutAndPasteNote cut-and-paste ransom note]] for her doll, which reads:
-->''If you want to see your doll again, leave 100 dollars in this envelope by the tree out front. Do not call the police. You cannot trace us. You cannot find us. Sincerely, Calvin.''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/APonyOutOfPlace Flames and Twilight]]'' Flare Blitz accidentally tells the mane six that he has a pet name for Twilight. After much pestering from the other five, he says, "There is no way in the wide, wide world of Equestria that I am telling you that I call her my little Element of Harmony..." (changed to "Sparkle Fairy" in a later revision.) Reactions vary.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Garp does this twice [[spoiler: on the SBS]], first about Luffy's parentage, and then about [[spoiler: Vivi's Sovereign Will.]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11191235/35/Harry-Potter-and-the-Prince-of-Slytherin Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' Let's start over. What's your name?\\
'''Dobby:''' Oooooo! Dobby cannot tell the Potter child his name! If it got back to Dobby's masters that Dobby had warned the Potter child of danger, Dobby's head would be mounted on the Wall of Shame!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Gretchen [[CouldSayItBut pretends to do this]] throughout ''Film/MeanGirls'' as a way of spreading gossip. ("Maybe she feels weird around me because I'm the only one who knows about her nose job.... Oh my god. Pretend you didn't hear that.") Later the tables get turned when [[TheDitz Karen]] does it sincerely in her apology during the trust exercise:
-->"Gretchen. I'm sorry I laughed at you that time you got diarrhea at Barnes and Noble. And I'm sorry I told everyone about it. And I'm sorry for repeating it now."
* In ''Film/HorseFeathers'', Wagstaff fails to guess the password to the speakeasy, and Chico tells him, "You can't come in here unless you say '[[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish Swordfish]].' Now I'll give you one more guess." Of course, Wagstaff's next guess is the correct password.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon'', Riggs and Murtaugh question a kid who may have seen who planted a bomb to kill their prime suspect. When Murtaugh asks the kid his name, one of his friends shouts, "Don't tell him your name, Alvin!"

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s Hagrid has a bad habit of this, especially in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]]. For example, the heroes are looking for info on the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, and Hagrid tells them that they should give up and the only people who need to worry about the Stone are Dumbledore and Nicolas Flamel... when they didn't know about Flamel yet. In the movie, they turn "I shouldn't'a told you that" his catchphrase.
* In a variant, the Death of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' once tricked a swan into singing its "swan song", a necessary prerequisite before it could die, using this trope:
-->'''Swan:''' Thought you'd got me there, didn't you. Thought you'd tricked me, eh? Thought I might unthinkingly give you a couple of bars of the Pedlar's song from ''Lohenshaak'', eh?\\
'''Death:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I don't know that one. ]]
'''Swan:''' That's the one that goes ''"Schneide meinen eigenen Hals--"''\\
'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Thank ''you''. ]]
'''Swan's ghost:''' Bugger!
* Charles Hamilton, writing under the pseudonym Frank Richards, made his William George (Billy) Bunter character practically live this trope. If questioned about something wrong which he had done, Bunter would almost always reveal his indisputable guilt while trying to deny it.
* Parodied in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' when the main characters ask their friend Ghastly about a private meeting.
-->'''Ghastly''': I'm sorry, but I can't be talking about that with you. I can't say, for instance, [lists everything he can't tell them]
* In the ''[[Literature/TheSagaOfTheVolsungs Fáfnismál]]'', when Sigurth has hit the dragon Fafnir and both know Fafnir will die, the dragon asks Sigurth who he is. Sigurth knows that telling a dying person your name is stupid, since they have a special nasty curse power.
-->'''Sigurth:''' My name is Badass, I have no mother and no father either.\\
'''Fafnir:''' How were you fathered without a father?\\
'''Sigurth:''' My race, methinks, is unknown to thee, And so am I myself; [[TooDumbToLive Sigurth my name, and Sigmund's son, Who smote thee thus with the sword.]]
* According to ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', Deep Throat's identity "remains a closely guarded secret to this very day because it was Pat Nixon in drag."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A ''Series/MadTV'' sketch has the following exchange:
-->"I'm not going to tell you my name. Because when you tell someone your name, you give them power over you. Like if you said, 'Ron,' I'd say 'What?' And no-one's going to have that kind of power over Ron Shaffer!"
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''
** ''Blackadder I'': The queen insists she can keep the secret of Prince Edmund oversleeping and missing the battle altogether:
--->'''Queen:''' Do I tell people that your brother is afraid of spoons? Or that your father has [[CompensatingForSomething very small private parts]]?
** ''Blackadder Goes Forth'': Baldrick and George, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denying that Captain Blackadder shot the pigeon.]] [[TheNeidermeyer General Melchett's]] [[OhCrap pigeon.]]
** Inverted during Blackadder's subsequent court martial, when "decisive witness" Baldrick is told to [[LiteralMinded "deny everything."]]
--->'''George:''' ''[as Blackadder's defence]'' Are you Private Baldrick?\\
'''Baldrick:''' No!\\
'''George:''' Um... But you are Captain Blackadder's batman...\\
'''Baldrick:''' No!\\
'''George:''' Come on, Baldrick, be a bit more helpful -- it's me!\\
'''Baldrick:''' No it isn't!
** And in ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol'' Prince Albert does this repeatedly, when not telling Queen Victoria about his surprise presents.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Heroic version. In the musical episode, Anya and Xander's song "I'll Never Tell" is one long string of these, and Buffy is later forced to reveal she was in heaven during her temporary death. This is the result of a demon compelling them to sing the truth. %% Buffy: "But why I froze/Not one among them knows/And never can be told"
* ''Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'': Louise attempts to avoid giving any indication that [[spoiler:Gaz]] is Corinthian's father. She eventually encounters Gaz and says she's not going to tell him [[spoiler:he himself]] is the father.
* In the functional finale of ''Series/BeetleborgsMetallix'', [[spoiler: the heroes have just managed to swipe the Astral Axe, which controls one of the two HumongousMecha of the season, Boron. The one who snatched it holds the axe high, intending to summon Boron by shouting his name...nothing happens. The villains laugh at him, one of them snorting derisively about how he forgot to say "Arise," after which of course the hero repeats the incantation, giving them the key to defeating the bad guys' plot.]]
* ''Series/DadsArmy'', regarding Pike's name:
-->"Don't tell him, Pike!"
* Employed as a joke in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'':
-->'''Lynette:''' No, my favorite thing is to think all of the things I want to say to you but don't. Like "Pipe down, you annoying nutjob!" I'd never say that.
* A particularly clunky example occurs in a second-season episode of ''Series/LieToMe'': a guy suspected of killing a woman named Connie claims to not know her husband, Eric. When asked if he'd ever been to Connie's house, the suspect immediately replies, "No, I've never been to ''Eric's wife's'' house." As an inadvertent slip, it seems oddly deliberate.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' :
** The Daleks and Cybermen have a variation in the episode "Doomsday".
--->'''Cyberman:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: You will identify! ]]
'''Dalek:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Daleks do not obey orders! ]]
'''Cyberman:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: You... have identified as Daleks. ]]

** A variation in the second Series 5 DVD "Meanwhile in the TARDIS" short.
--->'''Amy:''' This big old machine must have some kind of visual records [of the Doctor's previous companions].\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[quietly]'' Oh, God. ''[louder]'' I mean, no -- and anyway they're voice-locked.\\
'''Amy:''' ''[laughs]'' Oh, voice-locked. So I'd just have to say "Show me all visual records of previous TARDIS inhabitants"?\\
'''The Doctor:''' No, nonono, I mean voice-locked. '''I''' would have to say, "Show me all visual records of previous TARDIS inhabitants."\\
'''Amy:''' Awww. Thank you.\\
'''Doctor:''' [[RapidFireNo No, no! No! No!]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Doctor Bashir's father comes into the public medical facility and proceeds to say to what he thinks is his son, "Don't worry, I'll never tell anyone " Slightly more of an AccidentalPublicConfession, but wins extra idiot points for pretty much explicitly I'll Never Say What I'm Saying Right Now. [[spoiler:Well, part of the problem was that what he thought was the real Julian was actually the holographic model based on him, which was being controlled from the other room by O'Brien and Zimmerman. But even if it had been the real Julian, the fact that they just blurt it out in the middle of the Infirmary where anyone could walk in and overhear begs the question of ''how'' they managed to keep the secret for a quarter of a century.]]
-->'''Amsha:''' What he's trying to say is, we would never do anything to jeopardize your career.\\
'''Richard:''' And just so there's no misunderstanding, I give you my word that at no time in our interview with Doctor Zimmerman will we ever mention or even hint at the fact that you were genetically enhanced as a child.\\
'''Amsha:''' Jules, you can trust us. Your father and I have kept the secret of your DNA resequencing for almost twenty-five years and we're not going to let it out now.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Sheldon Cooper is absolutely unable to keep secrets.
-->'''Penny:''' ''[inside a restaurant]'' Look, why is it so hard for you to keep one little secret?\\
'''Sheldon:''' I'm constitutionally incapable. That's why I was refused clearance for a very prestigious government research fellowship at a secret military super-collider, located beneath a fake agricultural station 12.5 miles south-east of Traverse City, Michigan.\\
'''Penny:''' ''[{{jaw drop}}]''\\
'''Sheldon:''' Which you did not hear about from me.
* ''Series/TopGear'' parodies this. Very often they'll take their cars (supercars or [[TheAllegedCar otherwise]]) to a manufacturer's "top-secret road-testing facility" while the camera pans over the facility's address. That is, if Jeremy doesn't outright ''say'' the address himself, pausing to let the audience take notes.
* From ''Series/{{Eureka}}'':
-->'''Sheriff Carter:''' So... what? You're taking credit, but you had help? I'm guessing from somebody who'd want to hurt the new sheriff?\\
'''Dr. Fielding:''' No! ... Marguerite would never harm anyone!
* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'', when Brittany is asking Will embarrassing questions.
-->'''Will:''' Brittany, who told you to ask these?!\\
'''Brittany:''' Miss Sylvester says I'm not at liberty to say.
* The 1950s show ''House Party'' (redone by Creator/BillCosby as ''Kids Say the Darndest Things'') was hosted by Art Linkletter, who'd interview children in hopes they'd say something amusing; one of his favorite tricks was to ask "What did your mother tell you not to say today?"
* ''Series/TheFastShow'' featured the character of Janine, a DumbBlonde teenage single mother, who refuses to disclose the identity of her baby's father because "it's not fair to [[TeacherStudentRomance grass on your headmaster]]."
* An episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael is tracking down a sniper, but his personnel file only has his initials, "T. G.". So they go to his boss trying to hire someone who fits his exact description, in the hopes of determining who the guy is. His boss responds that he knows exactly what they're up to: "Did you think I wouldn't figure out you're looking for Tyler Grey?"
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'':
** The episode "Life of the Party" has this exchange:
-->'''Laura:''' Waldo, what's with Steve, he's acting weird, even for him!\\
'''Waldo:''' Willie told me not to tell.\\
'''Laura:''' Tell what?\\
'''Waldo:''' That he spiked Urkel's punch.
** From "Baker's Dozen":
-->'''Harriet:''' Now I'm not gonna say how you destroyed my kitchen! Or how you all act like children! Or what a dumb idea this was to begin with! I'm not gonna say that!\\
'''Carl:''' I'm not gonna say she started it.\\
'''Rachel:''' And I'm not gonna say I had ''lousy'' help!\\
'''Harriet:''' Good, I'm glad we're in an agreement.\\
''[Carl and Rachel [[BlameGame start arguing]]]''\\
'''Harriet:''' [[BigShutUp SHUT UP!!]]\\
''[Carl and Rachel sticks their tongues at each other]''
* PlayedForLaughs towards the beginning of ''Series/TheNanny'' episode "Maggie the Model" between Fran Fine and Niles as they discuss supermodel Chloe Simpson, Maxwell Sheffield's old flame.
-->'''Fran:''' Niles, I'm sensing some hostility here. (''nudges him'') Now, dish!\\
'''Niles:''' Divulge the details of their torrid love affair, which ended with Mr. Sheffield's heart, still beating, being torn from his chest? No, I couldn't!\\
'''Fran:''' Oh yeah, you know, it's best left unsaid. Now, don't tell me more!\\
'''Niles:''' Mmm, not-not if you tortured me would I reveal the way he kept going back to her for more like a moth to a flame. An incredibly stupid moth.
* Happens on ''Series/ICarly'' where Sam tells Carly she kissed Freddie, and then says "[[MakesSenseInContext sshhh, don't tell Carly...]]" However, this is because she was on laughing gas at the time and wasn't aware of what she was saying.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'', a MonsterOfTheWeek is asked why he has a giant clock in his chest. His response? "I'll never tell you about the source of all my evil power!" Cue an attack aimed right at the clock while the monster futilely tries to backtrack.

* An installment of ''The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy'' (a syndicated five-minute comedy interstitial) had a dentist trying to guess the famous person locked in the broom closet. He by-chance met the famous person, Thomas Edison, and is sworn to keep it a secret. The nurse is doubtfully curious:
-->'''Nurse Turken:''' Doctor...are you trying to tell me that Thomas Edison is in the broom closet?\\
'''Dentist:''' No, I'm not. I swore to keep it a secret.

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Amazingly PlayedForDrama at Act V Scene V, where [[MasterOfDelusion Roxane]], after fourteen years, at last realizes that Cyrano was PlayingCyrano (the whole point of the play is that Cyrano is not capable of [[BeYourself admitting his own feelings]]):
-->'''Cyrano:''' I loved you not.\\
'''Roxane:''' You loved me not?\\
'''Cyrano:''' [[LovesMyAlterEgo 'Twas he!]]\\
'''Roxane:''' You loved me!\\
'''Cyrano:''' No!\\
'''Roxane:''' See! how you falter now!\\
'''Cyrano:''' No, my sweet love, I never loved you!
* Launce, of ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona'', does this in monologue to the ''audience:''
-->''He lives not now that knows me to be in love; yet I am in love; but a team of horse shall not pluck that from me; nor who 'tis I love; and yet 'tis a woman; but what woman, I will not tell myself; and yet 'tis a milkmaid.''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A variant of this is an obvious and yet surprisingly common for newbie Game Masters. ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' gives this piece of sage advice: "It defeats the purpose (of a search roll) to say 'You don't find the gun under his jacket.'" Granted, most people are smart enough to at least downplay it to "You don't find what he's hiding" or giving other accidental cues that something is there to be found, but still.
* Related to this, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game masters are often given advice on how to avert this; be as evasive as possible. "You don't find anything." "So there's no traps, then?" [[ParanoiaFuel "I never said that..."]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'', this is how Birdie reveals Shadoloo's headquarters to Chun Li.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'':
** Invoked when Harley Quinn says, regarding the Joker's location: "You'll never find him! He's in a [[spoiler:secret lab in the gardens]] and... aw, ''[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud crap]]''!" Of course, [[CrazyPrepared Bats already knew]], so this just served as another item on the HumiliationConga she was currently going through.
** In a CallBack, Harley does this once again in the second game by not telling Batman about the Freeze Tech in the boiler room, and ''[[RunningGag again]]'' in the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DLC by [[spoiler:not telling Robin about the secret room she and many of her mooks are hiding in.]]
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' plays with this trope a bit, if this is the right trope; Elena doesn't exactly tell you what she's denying, but she does continue to tell you the enemy's plans verbatim after being told explicitly that she talks too much...for telling you the enemy's plans verbatim.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'', where Eggman states, very loudly, "They'll never find me in Gimme Shelter!" However, Eggman was actually trying to ''trick'' Knuckles and Emerl to "follow" him to Gimme Shelter.
** Also happens in ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush Adventure]]''; apparently, Captain Whisker is ''that'' dumb.
** ''[[RuleofThree Also]]'' happens in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' when Eggman finally has Sonic and Tails where he wants them, and just needs the real [[MacGuffin Chaos Emerald]] to complete his scheme. Sonic sees through it. Tails... not so much.
--->'''Eggman:''' Did you really think you could trick me with that fake Emerald?\\
'''Tails:''' So... how did you know it wasn't the real one?\\
'''Sonic:''' Tails!\\
'''Eggman:''' Because YouJustToldMe, Fox Boy!
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Professor Frankley says "I don't think we can trust this [[SealedEvilInACan box]]. We'd better not tell it we're looking for the [[PlotCoupon Crystal Stars]]."
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Luigi announces that he'll never give his name to scoundrels like Count Bleck. Which he then immediately follows with "Now taste the wrath of Luigi!"
* In ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', CuteWitch Kyon does this. A lot. Usually followed by "Oops. Now I have to kill you."
-->'''[[ThirdPersonPerson Kyon]]:''' Sorry! Kyon's on a secret mission right now. I can't tell you my name.\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Aschen]]:''' ... So, Kyon, what were you doing in a place like this?\\
'''Kyon''': Wha--!? D-Did you read my mind!? Are you a psychic robot!?\\
'''Aschen:''' Yes.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', there are two girls on Windfall Island who embody this trope. They "won't" tell you anything, not even for two Rupees!
** And in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', a Goron tells you that, since you're an outsider, he shouldn't tell you that the Elder's home is right over there, in this spot on your map! (Of course, the home is a big and obvious cave anyway.)
* ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]''
** When Yuri and company reach Roger Bacon's house, Lenny appears to tell taunt them by saying Roger's been kidnapped. Yuri tricks Lenny into blabbing by claiming Lenny doesn't know where he's been taken, annoying him to the point where he vehemently tells them Roger's in Florence, Italy just to prove he does know. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud He then slumps to the ground, mouth agape, and sobs at what an idiot he's been.]]
** Yuri tries the exact same trick on Veronica later on when trying to figure out where their leader, Nicolai, went. She pretends to fall for it before responding with "That's right. I don't know. What kind of idiot would fall for that stupid trick?!", making Lenny feel like a complete jackass in the process.
* Commonly done by the villains in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games. One of the most blatant: a [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Team Flare]] grunt worrying that, after you beat him, you might figure out that the password into their secret base is "open sesame"! There was no indication prior to fighting this guy that you even ''did'' need a password at all.
* During the tutorial in ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'', [[LeeroyJenkins Operative Jenkins]] tells the Longbow agents that have him pinned, "I'm a trained Arachnos soldier, you won't get me to spill the name of that easy!"
* In ''VideoGame/Mother3'', Alec confronts Lucas regarding Claus's whereabouts (this is before Lucas becomes a HeroicMime). He says:
-->'''Alec:''' Don't tell me Claus went after that detestable Drago to try to...\\
'''Lucas:''' Okay. I won't. I also won't tell you he grabed Dad's knife and ran off into the mountains to try and kill the Drago.\\
'''Alec:''' [[LampshadeHanging It's a good thing you raised him to be honest, Flint.]]
* The punchline when you interrogate (or [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment "interrogate"]]) the quillboar prisoner in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* In ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', this exchange between the PC Captain and the Thraddash:
-->'''PC Captain:''' Why didn't you fight against the Alliance, and where ARE the Ur-Quan?\\
'''Thraddash:''' Where did they go, you ask? This is a secret, of course! We can't tell you! If we told you that they were fighting a secret war against a mysterious invader you might find some way to use that information against our masters. So forget it! No secrets!
* When Volgin tortures Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', he insists that Snake is after "the legacy." Snake actually doesn't know what he is talking about, so Volgin brags of what it is and where he's hidden it. Cue TheMole, currently in the room with them, going to steal it for themselves.
* Nintendo games seem to do this a lot. In The Legendary Starfy, when Snips, Ronk, and Papes break into Pufftop Castle looking to kidnap Bunston, Starly very cleverly tells them, "I'll never tell you that he (Bunston) is safe with my brother in Sogwood Forest!"
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' has Durk the Deranged, a clever but mentally ill resident of Stormreach. Pretending to know his "secret", he explains that there's no way you could know that the two Kobold chieftain brothers in the slime-infested sewers are having a feud and that therefore it would be the perfect time to take out both sides. And he'll never tell you that either.
* ''VideoGame/AssaultOnVampireIsland'': The threatening note you find.
-->''"I know who you are, and I know what you are doing here, but you will NEVER succeed in your quest! Begone! You cannot trace me! You cannot find me! You have no idea who I am! Sincerely, Dracula, Lord of the Undead, Upper Turret of the Creepy Castle."''

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Detective Dick Gumshoe from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has this as a habit. He usually reveals secret details about a murder investigation to Phoenix, all while thinking he's successfully concealing the info from him. In his first occurence, Gumshoe reveals the name of the prosecution's witness and the fact that she's still in the hotel next to Phoenix's office.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Recreation'' has Sarge pulling several in a row early in the series, when trying to warn Donut, "captured" by Caboose, not to tell him about their new vehicle or hologram chamber. Of course, since this is [[TheDitz Caboose]] we're dealing with, nothing comes of it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[DumbMuscle Thog]] has a slight variation -- he [[EvilGloating gloats]] along with Nale about how the heroes will ''never'' be able to turn a petrified Celia back to normal... so long as they don't have the scroll Nale is carrying.
** In the {{Prequel}} ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs'', Elan has an exceptionally long and detailed instance:
--->'''Elan:''' Sir, I'm not about to tell an innkeep I just met about the priceless antique shield Sir François carries, or the pouch of rare gems he keeps hidden in his saddlebags, of his purse filled with platinum pieces that he hides in his left boot when he sleeps.\\
''[in the next panel, the innkeeper is seen scribbling down notes]''\\
'''Innkeeper:''' left... boot...\\
'''Elan:''' Platinum has an "i" in it.
* Yori almost [[http://noneedforbushido.com/2002/comic/55/ gets himself killed]] doing this early on in ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido''.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': Jim (as Captain Antilles) does this while talking to Darth Vader.
-->'''Jim:''' I'll never tell you how we stole the the plans! Or if we did steal them. Which I'm not saying.
* An odd meta-textual example from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': During the non-canon "Goonmanji 2" arc, Hanma the immortal greets Ashley and Liz by pointing out that you aren't allowed to spoil canon events in a non-canon story, "and therefore no acknowledgement should be made as to whether you've seen me at an anime convention before." Nobody in-story points out her mistake.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', [[spoiler:WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses]][[note]]not to be confused with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic[[/note]] helps Team B [[spoiler:find the location of Malachite's Hand]] while specifically claiming he was keeping it a secret.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' entry [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4357-j SCP-4357-J]] is a demon that keeps mocking the Foundation employees for the insufficient attempts they make at containing it. And, in the process, keeps revealing how to make its containment more effective. In some cases, it improves its own containment itself. Once it is so thoroughly contained that it cannot escape, it is asked why it didn't escape before all the changes to its containment were made. Cue {{Angrish}} as the demon realizes that it has no good answer.
-->'''SCP-4357-J:''' Shit, man, where's the goddamned summoning circle? Or the protective hexagram? You guys don't know jackshit. Hell, go get me some chalk and I'll show you myself! ''[does so]'' And THAT is how you make a proper summoning circle. All the runes in place, everything nice and neat. NOW, if I step in it like this, it'll be hard for me to get out!\\
''[SCP-4357-J tries to step out of the circle and bumps against an unseen barrier]''\\
'''SCP-4357-J:''' Oh, [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]] ME!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** From the superhero episode:
--->'''Pieman:''' No trap can hold Homer Simpson! Uh, but I'm not Homer Simpson... I'm the Pieman! [[WhatAnIdiot Homer Simpson away! I mean, the Pieman.]]
** [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope On the advice of our lawyers]], we swear we have never heard of [[Theatre/{{Evita}} a musical]] based on the life of [[UsefulNotes/EvaPeron Eva Perón]].
** There's a much more extended example: "Oh, I'm sorry. I can't divulge information about that customer's secret illegal account. (''hangs up the phone'') Oh, crap. I shouldn't have said he was a customer. Oh, crap. I shouldn't have said it was a secret. Oh, crap! I certainly shouldn't have said it was illegal. Ah, it's too hot today."
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
-->'''Zim:''' I'm infecting this city with genetically enhanced vermin, but you'll never know.\\
'''Dib:''' You just told me.\\
'''Zim:''' YOU'RE LYING!!!
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** Done in TheMovie:
--->'''Dennis:''' Plankton was very specific.\\
'''Spongebob:''' Plankton?\\
'''Dennis:''' For some reason, he wanted me to step on you.\\
'''Patrick:''' Step on us?\\
'''Dennis:''' Yeah, that way you'll never find out he stole the crown!\\
'''Dennis:''' Perhaps I've said too much...
** There also a variation with Mr. Krabs.
--->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Well, you can't. That door will only open if I say "Open"! ''(cue him [[OhCrap quickly covering his mouth]])''
* Seen in an episode of ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', unsurprisingly by [[TooDumbToLive Averell]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Robotnik captured Tails and used him as a bargaining chip to convince Sonic to deliberately lose a race, which will have every member of a sheep race put into slavery. It works until Sonic demands Grounder (his opponent) to reveal where Tails is. Grounder responds, "You'll never find him under the arena."
* The classic in this genre: ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu - Spies'', from a series of WWII training films. "Private Snafu has a military secret which he tells us he will never tell." Directed by Creator/ChuckJones, written by Creator/DrSeuss.
* This was done in a ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird'' cartoon. Sylvester has immobilized the dogs in a dog pound, and Tweety wants to know how to break the spell. Sylvester's reply: "You expect me to tell you that the only way to wake them up is with a police whistle?" Sylvester then clamps an upside-down glass over Tweety while the bird was in his paw, silencing Tweety's whistle. Unfortunately for Sylvester, Tweety happens to have a straight-pin with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'': Pepe Le Pew stole all the perfume of Paris and replaced it with his own smell. When caught, he said he'd not reveal it's hidden at the old chocolate factory.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode, Penfold is hypnotized into going with Danger Mouse in a roller coaster ride and not telling anyone it was a trap. While in trance, he constantly mentioned in front of Danger Mouse he'd never tell anyone it was a trap. Because of how much the show follows the RuleOfFunny, Danger Mouse didn't suspect a thing until Penfold broke free from the trance and "told" him it was a trap.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', Goofy tells a group of criminals, "I'll tell you where I live, but I'll never tell you where ''my next door neighbor'' Pete lives".
* It happened to Slushhead at least once in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan''. During a peace meeting with the Galactic Guardians, he slips the fact that the meeting is just a diversion while Skeletor and Flogg attack Primus.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Little Dipper", Soos tells an enraged Gideon, "You'll never find Stan, on the second door to the left down the hall... Uh, wait, why did I say that?"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CareBears'', Treatheart and a young girl are in No-Heart's castle, trying to find a potion that will help them shrink giant vines that have captured their friends, when Beastly appears. They ask him if he knows where it is and Beastly says that he is not going to tell them that it is "next to the dumb-dumb pills."
* Mr. Peevly gives Bananas the Gorilla a stalk of bananas for his friendship to WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch (episode "Panda Pandemonium"), assured that he'd never tell the keepers to where the bears escaped.
-->'''Bananas:''' No sirree, Bob! I'd never tell anyone they escaped to the carnival!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Pretty does this in one episode where she goes on a TV show and says "I'd never say..." followed by one of her friends' secrets each time. [[spoiler: She's actually doing it on purpose, not because she's stupid.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' episode "Night of the Living Dad", Gill Waterman accidentally lets slip that Marty is a fake dad that Frankentyke made to prevent everyone from finding out that his real dad is the human scientist who created him.
-->'''Gill''': I'm not telling you about the monster dad Frankentyke made because he was ashamed of his real dad.