->'''Luke:''' Obi-Wan? Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.\\
'''Luke:''' ''"A certain point of view"?''\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' Luke, you will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.
-->-- ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''

This trope is BlatantLies -- at least from a certain point of view.[[note]]"[[Administrivia/RenamedTropes From A Certain Point Of View]]" was the original Trope name. The appropriate response to "That was true from a certain point of view" is usually, "On the other hand, from another certain point of view, it was a blatant lie."[[/note]] The statement has a justification that rests on a very, very shaky technicality which most people would not consider valid. Usually this entails some feeble excuse or ExactWords. It may require a PersonalDictionary or outright InsaneTrollLogic.

This is most commonly used by oracles who are trying to create a ProphecyTwist but haven't sufficiently mastered the art of [[DoubleEntendre double meanings.]] Instead of taking advantage of a non-obvious but [[AmbiguousSyntax genuine]] [[ExactWords ambiguity of phrasing]], or relying on [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic elaborate symbolism]], the oracle takes an unambiguous statement and tries to pretend that there was another valid meaning. It is also what separates a LiteralGenie from a JackassGenie, as the latter stretches the interpretation of the wish beyond the bounds of credibility just to get the wisher into trouble. Also often used by TheFairFolk and others who CanNotTellALie. It can be a ([[LoopholeAbuse questionable]]) way of TakingAThirdOption when faced with ToBeLawfulOrGood in the form of whether to tell the truth if it causes harm.

Less commonly, it is used in the wake of a {{Retcon}}, in an effort to smooth over the inconsistencies introduced by said retcon. In the [[TropeNamer original example]] shown at the top of the page, the line from the third movie practically [[HandWave Hand Waves]] the fact that the line from the first movie was originally intended to be describing two different people, [[LyingCreator despite any of]] Lucas' [[WordOfGod belated claims to the contrary]].

Compare YesExceptNo, DoubleSpeak, FalseReassurance, LoopholeAbuse, KeepingSecretsSucks, BothSidesHaveAPoint (or contrasting, depending on the circumstances), StealthPun, VisualPun.

Contrast ProphecyTwist, in which the alternative interpretation is not anticipated by the characters (and hopefully the audience), but makes sense when revealed. Also contrast MotivationalLie, where a lie or partial truth is seen as justified because it spurred the hero on to success.
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* There was a series of adverts for Carfax that showed cars in dire shape, and the sound of a description being typed that minimalized the problem, getting erased, then a description being typed that made the car sound like it was great! It was an advert for car histories. The ads included...
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUsWhAVcpAw Recent body work[=/=]NEW PAINT!!!!!]] [[spoiler: The car has had its side bashed in, and is being pulled onto a tow truck. One wheel isn't turning.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNMml0zFrEE Slight water damage[=/=]NEW UPHOLSTERY!!!]] [[spoiler: The car's going through a flood (the footage is from Hurricane Katrina).]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDCO_p9PUVA Minor smoke damage[=/=]This car is HOT!!!]] [[spoiler: The car's on ''fire''.]]
* An ad for the Ford LTD said simply: "Ford LTD. 700% quieter." When the Federal Trade Commission asked Ford to justify this claim, they said that they meant that the Ford LTD was 700% quieter on the inside than the outside.
* An old Delta Airlines commercial had a US army troop piling by a phonebooth, each taking a turn to hear if the airline flies from the camp to their hometowns ([[CaptainObvious in the US]]). At the end, the employee at Delta is asked how many calls were taken that afternoon, just one.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Most things said by Xelloss in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is technically true in manner in which he phrased it, though not always in the manner in which the listener chooses to hear it. For example, he introduces himself as "Xelloss, the mysterious priest!" After that statement, the "mysterious" part is in no way questioned. As to "priest", in the mazoku hierarchy Xelloss' rank is ''actually'' "priest". Mazoku Lords are typically served by a priest and a general. Xelloss claims the former title although he is the sole representative of his Lord. He is using ExactWords to [[DoubleSpeak tell people]] that he is one of the top ten mazoku in the entire world in terms of power.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', what Kyubey tells to Kyoko when asked [[spoiler:if Sayaka could be turned back into a human after having turned into a witch]] is technically not meant to say that it is possible... But the way he phrases it doesn't make it look ''impossible'' either. This gives Kyoko enough hope to try, and ultimately results in [[spoiler:Kyoko having to sacrifice herself to put Witch!Sayaka out of her misery]] when it doesn't work. Later on, Kyubey acknowledges that he phrased his statement that way because [[spoiler:he wanted Kyoko to die]], so that Homura [[spoiler:was left with no companions to fend off the ultimate witch, Walpurgis, when it appears, unless Madoka accepts a Puella Magi contract]].
** In general, Kyubey is made of this; he never actually ''lies'', he just withholds any relevant information unless specifically asked about it.
* ''SaintSeiya'', the reason why Shaka, the Golden Saint of Virgo, followed BigBad Saga.
* Everything Ryuk says in ''Manga/DeathNote'' is true. The problem is that he ''never'' gives you the entire context. Like his telling Light not to think a human who's used a Death Note is able to go to Heaven or Hell [[spoiler: actually means there's [[CessationOfExistence no afterlife for anyone.]]]] Though Light already figured that to be the case on his own.
* Schneizel of ''CodeGeass'' uses this to such great effect, it's scary.
* In the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Honda/Tristan enlists the help of Yugi and Jonouchi/Joey to confess his feelings to a classmate. Yugi helps to write a love letter and Jonouchi slips it into her desk. A SadistTeacher discovers the love letter and gleefully humiliates the girl by reading the love letter out loud. When she tells the sender she [[BlatantLies will let them off easy]] if he shows himself, both Yugi and Jonouchi stand up, admitting to writing the letter and putting it in the desk respectively. Honda also stands up and says that his feelings were written in that letter. The teacher points out that only one of them could have done it and Jonouchi replies that [[ExactWords none of them are lying.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In a flashback, a very young [[WellDoneSonGuy Uryuu]] asks his [[RetiredBadass father]] why he [[CursedWithAwesome hates]] being a [[ArcherArchetype quincy]] so much. [[IJustWantToBeNormal Ryuuken]] replies there's no money in it. When Uryuu asks [[OldMaster Souken]] if Ryuuken's telling the truth, Souken [[OlderAndWiser mulls it over]] and then says that, if viewed from the angle that being a quincy doesn't put food on the table and Ryuuken has a son to look after, what Ryuuken said can indeed be viewed as the truth. Souken indicates that Ryuuken's actually [[BlatantLies lying through his teeth]] and when he realises Uryuu can't see that, goes on to tell Uryuu that [[YouAreNotReady one day]] he will understand Ryuuken's [[MysteriousPast secret]].
** The reason [[TheStoic Byakuya]] gives for joining [[BigBad Muramasa]] in the [[{{Filler}} Zanpakutou Tales Arc]] is that he's "protecting his pride". Turns out that, by "protecting his pride", he means "finding out where [[FillerVillain Muramasa's master]] is and [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter killing him in the name of the Kuchiki Clan]]". If only Muramasa had asked him to explain before [[IdiotBall letting him tag along to the Real World]]...
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' when Mystogan is accosted by Council agents, Yajima explains that [[spoiler:Mystogan resembles Jellal because he is the Edolas version of Jellal.]] While this is true, at the time [[spoiler:"Mystogan" is actually Jellal in disguise.]]
* ''MedakaBox'': The BigBad Ajimu tells Zenkichi that he's actually more heroic than Medaka, because in the past, she killed her father. [[spoiler: Medaka later clarifies that she was the reward for something called the Jet Black Wedding Feast, which her father figure won, causing him to get killed.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', Sanzo tells Gojyo (apparently just to be difficult) that the murderer Cho Gonou is dead. What he means by this is ThatManIsDead; Cho Gonou has had a MeaningfulRename into his new identity of Cho Hakkai.
* At the beginning of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', Clef tells the girls that they are there to save Cephiro and fulfill Princess Emeraude's wish. This is very true. [[spoiler:It just leaves out the significant fact that she wishes for them to ''kill'' her so that her emotional turmoil won't destroy the land.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When {{Wolverine}} and his {{X-force}} team visit the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse, the AOA version of Jean Grey tells him her husband, Weapon X (the AOA Wolverine) has been dead for over 10 years. As it turns out the monster the X-Men have been fighting is in fact a corrupted, twisted version of Weapon X.
* Young ComicBook/{{Loki}} from ''JourneyIntoMystery,'' as part of his reform, tries to get through his schemes without lying. He mostly succeeds, through the use of this trope. ("I said I'd let you destroy Asgard. I didn't say ''which'' Asgard.")
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Kyon, in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', tells a Yakuza that his PDA is custom [[note]]Yuki made it from Asakura's junk data remnants[[/note]], and says that he got Akasaka's picture because if you do it right, people just look right through you. [[note]]He made himself invisible[[/note]]
** [[spoiler:Achakura]] invokes this in order to get [[spoiler:Nonoko]] to bring Kyon his gear after he [[WeHaveForgottenThePhlebotinum left it behind at home]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Nonoko]]:''' And it's going to [[JumpedAtTheCall turn me into a magical girl]]?
-->'''[[spoiler:Achakura]]:''' For values of 'turning you into a magical girl' equal to 'you having a costume that protects you and operates on principles most people won't understand, and wielding equipment that few on Earth have ever seen, let alone held,' yes, this will turn you into a magical girl!
* The protagonist of DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns somehow merges this with HonestyIsTheBestPolicy and BrutalHonesty seasonings, at times, even as he pulls of one {{plan}} after another. Other times, he just refuses to answer questions, like whether or not he killed Trian. [[spoiler:He didn't, and neither did anyone else because that's what the second son wanted, and so it was.]]
* In ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' after Light/Kira [[spoiler: runs off to TakeOverTheWorld]] L [[BlatantLies tells everyone that Light was killed by Kira.]]
-->'''L:''' [[BlatantLies Light Yagami is dead]] and there's nothing I can do to help him now.
-->'''Mello:''' You can't blame yourself, L. [[NoLongerWithUs He's in a better place.]]
-->'''L:''' Pffff... [[DeadpanSnarker Yes. He certainly is.]]
* In ''Fanfic/KiraSweetheart'' Rem tells L that Misa and Light were possessed and corrupted by [[ArtifactOfDoom the notebook]]. Later L tells Light [[spoiler: he's already caught and executed Kira.]]
* In ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' Light tells the investigators [[spoiler: he is constantly being watched and guarded by two Shinigami-one keeps constant watch over him and threatens him every time he steps out of line and the other, a Shinigami that likes apples, drops in regularly to takes reports from the one guarding him]] [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse and then let's them come to their own conclusions]] [[FalseInnocenceTrick about his involvement in the Kira case.]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/4/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand Delivered Letter]]'' the captain of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team was trying to talk Harry into joining the team during the ''first year'' Sorting feast and when asked how his flying skills were a reluctant Harry replied "Well, I can stay on without falling."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8614871/1/Bad-Love Bad Love]]'' Harry put on his invisibility cloak when he saw Hermione approaching the Hogwarts Express. When she entered his compartment and asked Luna if she'd seen Harry, Luna replied that Harry vanished after she sat down and she hadn't seen him since.
* In ''Fanfic/FromTheFlameToTheSpark'' Ginny, while making plans to apparate to Hogwarts and recover the diadem, told Sirius that if Fred and George caught her she'd remind them how she kept sneaking their brooms out at night and how much she'd wanted to go to Hogwarts and let their imaginations do the rest. This prompted him to reply "You are entirely too good at that lying-with-truths thing, you know."
* Mercury from the A dance of Shadow and Light series is definitely this trope to a T. Examples include turning an unbreakable oath of fealty and protection of [[BigBad Galbatorix]] into a (in his mind) oath to kill the king at the earliest possible convienience.
** By [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8631890/1/From-the-darkest-of-Shadow-a-Light-is-born the second story]], he is so [[ManipulativeBastard infamous for doing this]] that Loivissa's father(Eragon) warns her that no matter what Mercury says, she is to take it with a grain of salt.
* Maledict pulls this on Tsali in the climax of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. [[spoiler: He manipulated both Tsali and the Metarex to fight each other - but they were the ones who destroyed the galaxy and did all the killing, not him]].

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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' used this in the direct-to-video conclusion of the series, ''Aladdin and the King of Thieves.'' An oracle tells Aladdin that his father, Cassim, is trapped within the world of the Forty Thieves. Well, he is. It's just that Cassim is not only there voluntarily, he's their leader, and what he's trapped by is his own greed.
* In ''{{Rango}}'', [[TheNarrator the leader of the mariachi band]] says that [[spoiler:Rango will die.]] The movie's plot progresses and [[spoiler:he's still alive and well to see the end credits.]] When one of the band members questions the narrator on this, he says that [[spoiler:Rango will still die -- ''someday,'' [[LifeWillKillYou because everyone does]].]]
** Looking at it metaphorically, it's even more applicable. [[spoiler:When he's shamed and had his lies exposed the Rango persona dies ''as a character''; when he comes back to fight, [[BecomingTheMask the nameless lizard he was dies and is subsumed by Rango.]]]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Flynn Rider's opening narration includes the phrase "This is the story of how I died." He then hurriedly adds that the audience shouldn't worry because it's actually a very fun story and it isn't really even about him, thus leading you to understand that he was pulling your leg. [[spoiler:Except he wasn't. He ''does'' die, in point of fact. [[DisneyDeath He just doesn't stay dead.]]]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', after the infamous stampede scene that kills King Mufasa, Scar tells Simba, "if it weren't for you, [Mufasa would] still be alive." This is not technically ''untrue'', as Mufasa was killed trying to save his son from the stampede [[spoiler:(though he would have survived if Scar himself had not thrown him off a cliff into the raging herd)]], but Scar's words make poor Simba think that he was somehow ''responsible'' for his father's death, which, Scar being the ManipulativeBastard that he his, is precisely what he desires.
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[[folder:{{Film}} - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** The former TropeNamer is ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', wherein Obi-Wan tells Luke that the statement "Darth Vader betrayed and murdered your father" is, indeed, true "from a certain point of view." This is a {{Retcon}}, but it's a [[TropesAreTools pretty good]] {{Retcon}}. It's true Vader killed scads of Jedi, it's true Obi Wan feels betrayed and horrified and hates him for it, and it's believable that the old man would put off telling Luke his daddy is actually an evil Sith Lord as long as possible (for Luke's sake, if for no other reason). In the ''original'' draft written by Creator/LeighBrackett, Anakin and Darth Vader were different persons, and indeed Vader killed Anakin after turning to the dark side. Also, Anakin was supposed to be a force ghost that would help Luke (that role was later filled by Obi-Wan). However, Brackett died, and Lucas and Brackett's substitute Lawrence Kasdan rewrote the script, adding the famous twist, so it's obvious that they had to fix "Darth Vader betrayed and killed your father" somehow. In a clear case of FridgeBrilliance upon rewatching ANewHope, before Alec Guinness delivers the original line he fractionally hesitates with a considering look. You can practically see him considering what would be the best thing to tell Luke. That hesitation is amazingly lucky for the {{Retcon}}.
** While this looks weaselly, it does fit later hints that the Jedi see the Sith as something like the walking dead, former people who've been turned into monsters by the Dark Side. Mace Windu says "which was ''destroyed'', the master or the apprentice?" -- not, say, ''slain''. Obi Wan and Qui Gon referred to Darth Maul as "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]", while Yoda later warns Obi Wan that Anakin is "gone" and has been "consumed" by Darth Vader - a line probably written for the purpose of bolstering the point-of-view of Obi Wan's original statement to Luke. Even more so, throughout the final fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin, you can see Obi-Wan constantly trying to reach his friend and former apprentice and bring him back to his senses. It's only by the end of the fight where he seems to come to the conclusion that his friend is no more.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', after Anakin stands up in the Vader suit for the first time his first question to Sidious is "Where's Padme?", having last seen her unconscious after force-choking her. Sidious replies that in his anger Anakin had killed her. This has the desired effect of driving Anakin to despair so that he will embrace the Dark Side more closely. It is however technically true, insofar as Anakin's betrayal ultimately causes Padme to lose the will to live - something that Sidious was probably aware of.
* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', everything [[spoiler:Princess Natalia Dragomiroff]] says to Hercule Poirot. They had to lie to throw him off the trail, but honor dictated they couldn't do it outright so they "merely" gave the nearest equivalent answer. For example; Mr. Whitehead became Mr. Snowpeak.
* ''{{Saw}}''
** In the 1st film, one of the victims says [[BigBad the Jigsaw Killer]] is "technically not a murderer" because he never kills anyone directly; he just puts them in situations where death is very likely. The point is really moot, as almost any jurisdiction would consider putting somebody in such a situation to be murder. ''Saw 2'' does at least have the JerkAss detective hero calls Jigsaw out on this defense: "putting a gun to someone's head and forcing him to pull the trigger is still murder."
** Without the murder charge, his actions usually qualify as assault, kidnapping, and torture, often with lasting damage even for the survivors - possibly a FateWorseThanDeath in some cases. Several of Jigsaw's disciples actually do commit straight-up murder in their games. But by the 6th movie even the real Jigsaw seems to be having a hard time coming up with new "games" that actually leave his victims with a chance to survive. For example, half his games are of the "decide which one of these people will live or die" variety. Well, if one person is guaranteed to die, then you ''are'' committing murder because your trap is specifically designed to kill people without any hope of escape.
** A number of his traps are also designed to kill anyone who attempts to pursue/capture him, so these would be also be considered him murdering people.
* Used in several of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films, mostly by Spock. The later instances are call-backs to the first, from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', where Spock informs Captain Kirk by communicator that "going by the book, like Lieutenant Saavik, hours would seem like days" before reporting that the ''Enterprise'' would need two days to have secondary power restored... "By the book, Admiral". After Kirk's away team gets stranded on Regula I by Khan:
-->'''Kirk:''' (opening communicator) Kirk to Spock, it's two hours, are you ready?\\
'''Spock:''' Right on schedule, Admiral.\\
(Soon, on the ''Enterprise'':)\\
'''Saavik:''' I don't understand. We were immobilized. Captain Spock said it would be two days.\\
'''Kirk:''' Come, come, Lieutenant. You of all people go by the book: "If communications are being monitored during battle..."\\
'''Saavik:''' "...no uncoded messages on an open channel." (turns to Spock, astonished) You ''lied''.\\
'''Spock:''' I exaggerated.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] repeatedly in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', for example:
--->'''Spock:''' Mr. Scott, I understand you are having difficulties with the warp drive? How much time do you require for repair?\\
'''Scotty:''' There's nothing wrong with the bloody th--\\
'''Spock:''' Mr. Scott, if we return to spacedock, then the assassins will surely find a way to dispose of their incriminating footwear, and we will never see the Captain, or Dr. [=McCoy=], alive again.\\
'''Scotty:''' Could take weeks, sir.\\
'''Spock:''' Thank you, Mr. Scott.\\
'''Valeris:''' A lie?\\
'''Spock:''' An error.
** This one, though, eventually comes back to bite Spock in the hinder:
--->'''Kirk:''' I want the names of the conspirators.\\
'''[[spoiler:Valeris]]:''' I do not... remember.\\
'''Spock:''' A lie?\\
''' [[spoiler:Valeris]]:''' ...A ''choice''.
** Played with in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), when [[spoiler:Spock Prime meets his young counterpart, after telling the young Kirk not to mention him because of NeverTheSelvesShallMeet.]]
-->'''Spock:''' You lied.\\
'''[[spoiler: Spock Prime]]:''' I implied.
** Given a further nod in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when Spock and Kirk are being dressed down by Admiral Pike. When Spock cites his LoopholeAbuse, Pike angrily dismisses it as a technicality. Spock counters that, as a Vulcan, he is quite familiar with technicalities.
** Comes back again in the finale. [[spoiler: When Khan asks Spock to deliver the torpedoes, which containing the cryogenic ally frozen bodies of his crew, Spock agrees and sends the torpedoes over. However, prior to sending them, the crew members are removed and the explosives inside are activated. Spock said he would send over ''the torpedoes'', he didn't say he would send them over with the crew members still inside - or that they wouldn't be about to explode.]]
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Morpheus nearly loses his faith in the Oracle because she is unable to help him see past what ''he'' believes will end the Man/Machine war by the concluding movie, ''The Matrix Revolutions''. It is only for [[TheChosenOne The One]] to know what must be done in the matter of prophecy through a bit of ProphecyTwist and some FridgeBrilliance by the audience, later.
* Near the end of ''WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'', Tina Turner is shown as reduced to a lounge act, implying this is what she's reduced to make ends meet and showing how far she fell before her big come back with the eponymous album. The film neglects to mention a RealLife detail: When this happened to the real Turner, it was her idea, to make sure people knew she hadn't retired or vanished since her infamously nasty split with Ike Turner.
* The protagonist of ''Film/LiarLiar'' is cursed to always tell the truth (while being the defending lawyer in a case he can't win without lying.) He tries to get around this and postpone the trial by beating himself up in the bathroom, and then being as vague as possible when asked who did it.
--> '''The Judge''': Who did this?\\
'''Fletcher''': [[SelfDeprecation A madman, your honor! A desperate fool at the end of his pitiful rope!]]\\
'''Judge''': What did he look like?\\
'''Fletcher''': About 6'2", 180lbs. big teeth, kinda gangly.
** This doesn't work anyway, because he's then asked if he's able to continue with the trial, to which he's forced to say yes.
* ''Film/{{Kinsey}}'': He was filming animals to make a visual record of mammalian behavior. He never said which mammal species he was focusing on (''H. sapiens'', as it turned out).
* Garry King from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' almost entirely speaks in this and Insane Troll Logic. He often makes plans in the loosest and most roundabout way, so that he never ''technically' breaks them, and it's a RunningGag that he's 'never wrong. Not 'always right', 'never wrong'. It's futile to argue with the man sober, let alone drunk.
* In "The North and the South," when Orry and George are in a tavern having a beer, the bartender suggests they sit back-to-back so if someone asks the if they'd seen one another drinking, they could say they had not.
* In the non-canon ''DetectiveConan'' movie "Shinichi Kudo Returns! Showdown with the Black Organization", Ran sees Ai Haibara hugging Shinichi (both temporarily at their normal ages) and becomes suspicious and jealous. To calm her down, Ai gives a fake name and claims that she'd hired Shinichi to help her with some dangerous men who were trying to get revenge on her for something, and that she was hugging him out of fear. Technically that's true - she was being pursued by Gin and Vodka, both of them wanted revenge on her for escaping them, Shinichi was helping save her from them, and she really ''had'' been hugging him out of fear.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Common in Christian novels such as LeftBehind, where the MoralGuardians and TheFundamentalist are the target audience, and lying, even to the minions of Satan and/or to save lives, is forbidden by God, and woe to any book with a protagonist who lies. But God only has a problem with complete lies. Deliberately deceiving someone is fine, as long the protagonist can explain to himself why the statement is technically true.
** Suffice it to say that there's plenty of debate over when/if it's always wrong to lie, especially considering that the verse often quoted as "Thou shalt not lie" [[BeamMeUpScotty actually says]] "Thou shalt not ''bear false witness against thy neighbor''", which is a lot more ambiguous. Still a common interpretation, of course.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Vorbis explains to Brutha that the claim that the Omnian priest sent to convert the Ephebians was killed by these ungodly savages represents a "deeper truth". According to Vorbis, this is ''much truer'' than the mundane truth, that the Ephebians listened, threw vegetables, then sent him away, and he was killed by the Quisition as an excuse to start a holy war.
** In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', "never lie, but don't always tell the truth" is among the pieces of advice Miss Tick gives Tiffany.
** ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'': "Upon my oath, I am not a dishonest/violent man.'' [[spoiler: Kind of hard to be a violent or dishonest man when you're actually a woman.]]
** ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'': "No monk here knows [[FantasticFightingStyle deja-fu!]] I'd soon hear about it if they did." This is true. [[spoiler: None of the Time Monks know how to use time itself as a weapon in martial arts. Lu-Tze, however, is not a Time Monk...]]
** Carrot does this surprisingly frequently when negotiating with hostile characters. However, he has never (as far as anyone can prove) told a direct lie. In fact, he has a tendency to use the truth as a weapon. Both he and his it's-complicated Angua have told someone impeding their progress that unless the person stands down, they'll be forced to carry out the orders they were given regarding resistance, and that they'll regret it terribly if they do, but they won't have any choice. In the circumstances an implied threat is very clear - ShameIfSomethingHappened. However, the orders on both occasions were "leave the offending party alone, and see if you can find a workaround in this morass." The people they're sort-of threatening never notice.
---> "Sergeant Colon was lost in admiration. He'd seen people bluff on a bad hand, but he'd never seen anyone bluff with no cards."
** The witches at the end of ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' are quite clear in their own minds that they've told everyone the truth; Tomjon and the Fool are half-brothers, and Verence is the older. If people want to assume [[spoiler: that Verence is therefore the illegitimate son of the King and Mrs Fool, and entitled to claim the throne if Tomjon doesn't want it, rather than Tomjon being the illegitimate son of the elder Fool and the Queen, that's their problem]].
** "If the Hogfather does not return, then the sun will not rise tomorow". No, instead a sphere of burning gas would.
* In Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' the Aes Sedai tried to get people to trust them by swearing an unbreakable oath to "Speak no word that is not true". If you think about it, this oath is meaningless. Individual words have no inherent truth value; it's phrases that can be untrue. FridgeLogic aside, in the books it does prevent them from directly lying. But the Aes Sedai think they have OmniscientMoralityLicense (even though they are actually fairly complacent and ignorant), so they see all their oaths as unfortunate restrictions rather than moral standards to adhere to, so this trope and [[LiteralGenie other]] [[FalseReassurance deceptions]] abound. People realize this and anyone likely to deal with the Aes Sedai is warned to pay close attention because "The truth they speak may not be the truth you think you hear."
** And they STILL manage to complain about people not trusting them! It also doesn't help that they've believed and thus proclaimed a number of important things which are provable to be false (such as the existence of traitors within their order), so random people over the centuries have ''heard'' Aes Sedai "lie" to their faces.
* In a novel by AlbertECowdrey, a megalomaniacal criminal wants revenge on the human race for his imprisonment. Before he's allowed out of prison, he's asked a few questions, and there's a machine that can tell whether he's telling the truth or not. When asked if he regrets his behavior, he says yes (meaning he regrets that his mistakes got him caught). When asked if he wants to harm anyone, or something like that, he says "I do not wish to harm any human individual."
* In the ''{{Mahabharata}}'', Drona is convinced to lay down his weapons after hearing that his son, Ashwatama, is dead. Before doing so, he asks Yudhishtara, who notably cannot tell a lie, if this is true. Yudhishtara replies, "Yes, Ashwatama [[spoiler: the elephant]] is dead" -- with the key words muttered under his breath. You see, [[spoiler: the son was still alive, but the Pandavas had killed an elephant with the same name.]] Before the start of the battle, the Pandavas proposed a number of rules, on which both armies agreed, that would ensure that everyone would fight honorable. About every single rule is broken within the first days of battle by the heroes of both sides.
* In ''The Legend of Luke'' from the ''{{Redwall}}'' series, Vilu Daskar (evil pirate captain) promises to let some of the prisoners free if they tell him where treasure is, neglecting to mention that the last time he made this promise, he set them free by tying weights to them and throwing them overboard. [[spoiler:Fortunately, the heroes don't fall for it, and the whole treasure story was just a plan to trick Vilu Daskar anyway.]]
* The ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' has the elves, who, as Brom says, are masters of saying one thing but meaning another. They are able to do this because speaking in the ancient language prohibits one from lying, though they can still say something that they believe to be true. [[TheHero Eragon]] uses this technique at one point in an attempt to conceal his actual feelings regarding [[OurElvesAreBetter Arya]].
* In the {{Flashman}} novel ''Royal Flash'' Flashman swears that he will let a {{mook}} who has tried to kill him go, if he tells him what he wants to know. The mook tells and Flashman lets him go ... over a cliff and into a chasm. [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo He said he would let him go!]]
* In ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' Clarice Starling tells Dr. Hannibal Lecter that her father was a marshal. Later on, when she is recounting to him how the man died, Lecter catches enough clues to easily deduce that the man had actually been a night watchman. Starling's defense is that the official job description had read "night marshal".
* The ''Literature/PrincipiaDiscordia'' either plays this straight or subverts it depending on your own point of view, in this exchange in an interview with UsefulNotes/{{Discordianism}}'s founder, Malaclypse the Younger (Mal-2):
-->'''Interviewer''': ''Is Eris true?''
-->'''Mal-2''': ''Everything is true.''
-->'''Interviewer''': ''Even false things?''
-->'''Mal-2''': ''Even false things are true.''
-->'''Interviewer''': ''How can that be?''
-->'''Mal-2''': ''I don't know man, I didn't do it.''
* In David Weber's [[TheWarGods WarGod series]], [[RebelliousPrincess Lady Leeana]] asks her mother for permission to go riding. Mother wants to make sure that Leeana is planning on taking her guards along, and Leeana assures her mother that she knows that she won't be able to go riding unless her bodyguard goes riding too. [[spoiler: She's planning to run away from home, and she knows that unless she gets rid of her bodyguard by sending him out riding on a long errand, he'll try to stop her.]]
* In the Literature/{{Lensman}} stories, it is a vital plot point that humanity (and the other allied races of civilisation) be LockedOutOfTheLoop, because of the [[HeroicBSOD consequences of realizing the truth]]. Even so, Mentor of Arisia goes to extraordinary lengths to keep Kim Kinnison from learning the truth without openly lying to him, right up to and including [[spoiler: altering Kinnison's perception of what species Fossten is]]. Causing endless problems in fandom, as Smith admits to in his essay ''The Epic of Space''.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' , Baron Harkonnen suborned the Suk doctor Yueh by taking his wife, Wanna, hostage and torturing her. If Yueh betrayed Duke Leto, the Baron promised him that "I'd free her from the agony and permit you to join her." Subverted in that, as the Baron has Yueh killed, the doctor tells him "You think I did not know what I bought for my Wanna." [[spoiler: Yueh uses the opportunity to implant a poison gas pellet in Leto's tooth, which Leto is able to use in an attempt to assassinate the Baron. The Baron barely escapes with his life, while several of his {{Mooks}} aren't so lucky.]]
* The Creator/JohnDicksonCarr novel ''The Nine Wrong Answers'' has authorial footnotes that use this trope to an almost gleeful extent, to the point that the final one points out that at no time did previous footnotes ''technically'' lie about niceties like [[spoiler:whether a man who was poisoned actually died, and whether a man really was who he was claiming he was.]] (Although some critics maintain that Carr slipped in a few places and really ''did'' make the "incorrect" claims.)
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' author Stephanie Meyer (in)famously claimed that vampires are unable to reproduce. When Bella later got knocked up, she went back and used WeaselWords to try and claim she actually meant that only ''female'' vampires can't have kids all along (evidently by claiming an obscure definition of "have").
* Christopher from ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'' is very fond of these, and his friend the Goddess isn't above half truths either.
* Dumbledore from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. In ''Order of the Phoenix'' this is justified, since he fears Voldemort may be able to listen in on Harry's thoughts.
* Schmendrick the Magician in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''. As the narrator puts it, he's not lying, just arranging events in a more logical way.
* The Druids of the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' books are well known for only telling the heroes they recruit exactly as much as they think the heroes need to know and no more. Allanon, the Druid who started this tradition, justified it with the fact that his father gave a full briefing about the Sword of Shannara to Jerle Shannara, who then failed to properly wield it to defeat the Warlock Lord. The incomplete briefing he gave to Shea 500 years later allowed Shea to win.
** Also done in the second book of the series, ''Elfstones of Shannara'', in a very sympathetic way. The dying King Eventine Elessidil asks his son about Amberle, his beloved granddaughter, who he has learned has just returned from her quest with Wil Ohmsford to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. His son hesitates, then tells his father, "She's safe. Resting." [[spoiler:While this isn't exactly a lie, she's actually been turned into a ''tree''.]] The old king, relieved, is able to die peacefully.
* In ''[[ForgottenRealms The Knights of Samular]]'' by Elaine Cunningham [[KnightTemplar Renwick Caradoon]] used such tricks to twist the Abyss out of [[DealWithTheDevil his contract]] with an incubus lord and -- after this bright idea gone bad anyway and he needed help -- fool already suspicious Blackstaff (which may be more impressive).
--> "A prideful wizard, a summoning gone awry," Renwick said, genuine sorrow and regret painting his tones. "But before her death, my niece gave me the means to banish the demon."\\
Khelben gave him a searching look, and Renwick felt the subtle tug of truth-test magic. It slid off him easily; few spells recognized a lie fashioned by placing two truths next to each other. Let Khelben think Nimra was the prideful wizard who had summoned the demon.
* The young adult novel ''Middle School Blues'' contains a [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] example of this trope. The set-up is this: Cindy's friend Jeff has run away from home, Cindy thinks she knows where he is, but she doesn't want to tell anyone because she doesn't want to raise his parents' hopes if she's wrong. She decides that she has to check it out for herself. Cindy goes to investigate, after telling her parents that another friend, Becca, asked Cindy to spend the day at her house. When she's caught, her parents accuse her of lying about going to Becca's house. Cindy insists that she didn't lie, she had been asked to spend the day at Becca's, and she never said that she was going there. Her parents are distinctly not amused by this, and explain that being deliberately misleading is no different from lying.
** Cindy herself is on the receiving end of this when she goes back to school the next day to find the AlphaBitch telling everyone that Cindy ran away to be with Jeff...
* In Karen Traviss' ''[[RepublicCommandoSeries Republic Commando]]'' series, Walon Vau exploits this trope to lie convincingly to a Jedi, telling him that Kal Skirata was not working for "the enemy"... but referring to a different enemy than the one the Jedi was asking about.
* In Vivian Vande Velde's ''The Conjurer Princess'', the morally questionable wizard whose talent is seeing the future tells one of the adventurers that if they go on a quest, he had better be prepared to die. Said character walks out of the party but later returns for a BigDamnHeroes moment - and is captured, put on his knees in front of an executioner...and ducks away at the last second. Prepared to die, indeed. [[spoiler: Extra half-truth bonus points because it was the ''other'' adventurer who died on the quest.]]
* In Holly Black's [[ModernTalesOfFaerie Modern Faerie]] trilogy, pixie Kaye invokes this to fulfull a quest to find a faerie who could lie, which is impossible. She succeeds by claiming SHE can lie. [[spoiler: She can lie...on the ground.]]
* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' series, AntiHero Vlad Taltos is a mob boss required to testify "under the orb" (that is, under magical lie detection) when a neighboring boss disappears. Among other applications of this trope, Vlad tells the prosecutors "as far as I'm concerned, he committed suicide." [[spoiler: By treating Vlad and his subordinates like he wanted to die.]]
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Fireheart and Graystripe are caught coming back onto [=ThunderClan=] territory after sneaking away to check on [=RiverClan=] (who are suffering because the river is flooded). When asked to explain themselves, they claim that they wanted to see how far the floods went, which was true, but not the whole truth.
* This comes up several times in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', mostly to do with how the Men of Rohan and Gondor have muddled ideas about Lothlórien and Fangorn from the fact that their legend describe them as 'perilous' and 'dangerous'. As Gandalf explains, both those things are true, but that doesn't make them ''malevolent''.
** Gandalf himself does this a lot. For instance, "A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to." While this is true from the wizard's perspective, the people he's meeting may disagree.
** ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' contains a summary of the events of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' at the end, and states the Frodo destroyed the One Ring. This is only true in a very indirect way.
* In Kylie Chan's DarkHeavens series, Mr. Chen is a wealthy Hong Kong businessman. When asked the source of his wealth, he prefers to reply that he does some martial arts training and various circumstances for the government, as well as some fieldwork before his daughter is born. If he's asked whether he means the Hong Kong or continental Chinese government, he says "above either," generally taken to mean he's with the UN. Inevitably, people assume he's a spy, and to THAT question he says he can't discuss it. In fact, he's a god in the CelestialBureaucracy and being, amongst other things, god of martial arts, he spends a lot of time teaching it to other gods.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', no faeries can lie. Dresden notes, and tells one to its face, that the fact that they can't lie in no way has hampered their ability to deceive.
* A character in Sherwood Smith's ''A Posse of Princesses'' defends himself with this after revealing a major deception, but the protagonist will have none of it:
-->'''Rhis''': He can explain all he wants about how everything he said was strictly true, but it only works if you know the real truth.
* When Briar Moss from [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Will of the Empress]] is asked how he managed to locate his foster sister his answer is "I forgot. I have a terrible memory for secrets I don't wish to tell."
* In every ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' novel, there is a prophecy for the quests the heroes undergo. All of them have double meanings, leading the heroes to believe one thing, but then for the plot to turn out completely differently, but in hindsight, still true to the prophecy, just in a entirely different way.
* A deliberate in-universe version in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books. In the first book, Hari Seldon proposes the creation of two Foundations: one at a remote backwater planet called Terminus, and the other at the other end of the galaxy. A few books later, many characters are trying to find the Second Foundation using "the other end of the galaxy" as a clue. Some are doing it spacially (i.e. a planet on the opposite edge of the galaxy), others temporally (i.e. Terminus was the last planet to be settled by that point; by that logic, the Second Foundation must be on the first planet - EarthThatWas). The real answer turns out to be [[spoiler:Trantor, the former capital of TheEmpire as the ''socially'' opposite planet]]. Some of these were deliberately misled by the Second Foundation in order to maintain their secrecy.
* In Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}: Distant Thunders'', several [[CatFolk Lemurian]] marines take their traitorous former king ashore. When they return, the marine in charge of the group swears to [[NumberTwo Jim Ellis]] that they left the king all their spears and provisions, claiming that he should survive for some time. He also swears that the king will not die by their hands. What he omits is that the spears were used to pin the king's arms and legs to a tree, and his belly was sliced to allow his entrails to be pulled out and hung on the branches to attract predators. The food was also left for this purpose. To be fair, the king deserved this.
* Deliberately played with in the ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' novel ''{{Shatterpoint}}''; Mace keeps coming up with crazy plans, and is generally direct and honest with everyone. The standardized response to his plans is "Are you ''crazy''?" [[spoiler:However, it turns out that the mysterious tape his former apprentice and daughter-figure sent him pretending to be going mad and/or at risk of joining the Dark Side was deliberately intended to lure him to the planet. Ironically, she ''does'' actually fall.]]
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Penny's mother is a LivingLieDetector with analysis abilities that make Sherlock Holmes look like a chump. Penny hides stuff from her either by letting her make her own assumptions, telling her things that are completely true but missing some key details ("I was out with my friends," not "I was out with my friends robbing a bank"), and pretending to hide embarrassing things so she won't ask more questions (during the climax, her plan if she gets caught sneaking out is to "admit" she was on a date).

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* The [[PlanetOfHats Ferengi]] from the Franchise/StarTrek universe have this trope as a point in their "Rules of Acquisition".
---> 126. A lie isn't a lie, it's just the truth seen from a different point of view.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The First Duty" Wesley and his squad are facing an inquiry about the death of one of their members. Seeing that Wesley is obviously feeling conflicted, the leader tells him that he doesn't have to lie, he can simply not volunteer the actual important information. Yes, the accident ''did'' occur after the loop. It's just that between the loop and the crash there was the dangerous banned technique they tried. Picard [[WhatTheHellHero is not satisfied]] with Wesley's claim that he told the truth and gives him an ultimatum: Tell the ''whole'' truth, or Picard will do it.
* In a ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode, Garak was dying because an Obsidian Order anti-torture device in his brain was breaking down, and as Bashir struggled to remove or replace it, Garak gave several wildly varying accounts of the event that had gotten him kicked out of the Order and left on Deep Space Nine. At the end of the episode, Bashir demanded to know which version was true.
--> '''Garak:''' "My dear doctor, they were ''all'' true."
--> '''Bashir:''' "Even the lies?"
--> '''Garak:''' "''Especially'' the lies."
** As it turns out in the [[StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch relaunch]] novel ''[[Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime A Stitch in Time]]'', they actually were almost all true. Kinda.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Minbari]] claim that they never lie, and a mere accusation of doing so warrants "a lethal response". While the humans initially take this at face value, Mollari, having been told otherwise by Lennier, explains that the Minbari are allowed to tell white lies to save someone from embarrassment or [[HolierThanThou dishonor]]. Even other Minbari are irritated at the Grey Council following this trope. Kalain says at one point that the Grey Council "never tells you the whole truth."
** A good example of Minbari half-truths comes with Delenn early in Season 3. She is shown footage of a Shadow vessel and is asked if she had ever seen a ship like it before. Delenn says no. When she is later questioned about this by Sheridan she replies that whilst she was well aware of what the ship was, that was the first time she had actually seen one.
** Similarly, she and Kosh claimed to Sheridan that the Shadows had killed his wife and her fellow crew, and even showed him a video to that effect. Later, when she shows up, Delenn claims that she wasn't lying because she assumed that's what they would have done. When Sheridan presses her on why she didn't tell him she didn't actually know for sure, she admits that Sheridan would have tried to stage a rescue and she couldn't allow that to happen. And then it is revealed that while her body is alive, John's wife was forced into being a WetwareCPU for a Shadow vessel. Because of this, the woman she was, the woman John loved, is gone forever.
* In one of the ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s [[ItWasHisSled most well-known twists]], John Locke, at the conclusion of his first flashback episode, is revealed to have been a cripple in a wheelchair prior to crashing on the island and miraculously regaining his ability to walk:
--> '''Tour Guide:''' You misrepresented yourself.
--> '''Locke:''' I never lied.
--> '''Tour Guide:''' By omission, Mr. Locke. You neglected to tell us about [[TomatoSurprise your condition]].
** Another ''Lost'' example is the cover story told by the survivors who [[spoiler:escape the island]]. They claim that [[spoiler:Boone died of internal injuries from the plane crash, Charlie drowned, and Libby did not survive long either]], all of which are technically true, but leave out massively important context details: [[spoiler:Boone died because he was inside a smaller plane when it fell from some trees while he was trying to use its radio, Charlie drowned saving Desmond by sealing the door, preventing the Looking Glass station being flooded, and Libby did not survive for long... as a result of injuries from an accidental gunshot wound from Michael (who had just killed Ana Lucia in cold blood).]]
** Benjamin Linus is distrusted by every character on the show for his pathological penchant for this trope. "[[spoiler:John Locke]] is dead" is somewhat different than "[[spoiler:John Locke]] is dead ''because I killed him''."
*** Similarly, when Jack asks him, "Did you know [[spoiler:Locke killed himself?]]", Ben can honestly answer, "No."
** Sometimes Ben just [[ILied straight out lies]].
** Sayid was a Communications Officer in the Iraqi military. He [[ColdBloodedTorture encouraged people to communicate]].
* Creator/RussellTDavies has been accused of this during his time in charge of ''Series/DoctorWho'', particularly with respect to foreshadowing the season finales:
** Series 2 continually said that Rose was going to die, and Rose (narrating) introduces the final two-parter as "the story of how I died". [[spoiler:She doesn't die. She is taken to a parallel world and is presumed dead by the authorities]].
** In the Series 4 finale, we are repeatedly told "One will still die". [[spoiler: Nobody dies. Donna suffers a metaphorical death, erasing all of her CharacterDevelopment and her relevance to the show.]]
** A straight in-story example in the old series. The Black Guardian tells Turlough that the Doctor is evil and must be stopped. When called out on it he claims he was not actually lying because "the Doctor's good is my evil".
* On ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'', the duo use this trope to get environmental activists to sign a petition to ban water. They sent someone to a gathering of them to get names for a petition to abolish the use of "dihydrogen monoxide" - which means water. They went around saying all kinds of technically true things about water (things like "its a chemical solvent", which is true, and "over six thousand people are killed by this stuff in the US every year", which is also true) while making it sound like a toxin. They got lots of names. The point of the exercise was to demonstrate how many people would sign a petition without bothering to check any of the facts first.
* A lot of the lies and half-truths that Scott and Stiles of ''Series/TeenWolf'' have been using to hide the werewolves would fall into this category. Stiles even gets caught in an ExplainExplainOhCrap moment by his father when the alibis start blending together.
-->'''Sheriff Stilinski:''' "So you lied to me?"
-->'''Stiles:''' "That depends on how you define lying."
-->'''Sheriff Stilinski:''' "Well, I define it as not telling the truth, how do you define it?"
-->'''Stiles:''' "Pff...reclining your body in a horizontal position."
* Adam and Jimmie of ''Series/TheManShow'' got dozens of women to sign a petition to end Women's Suffrage (the right to vote) by phrasing it to sound like they meant "suffering". Things like, "Women have been suffraging in this country for decades, and nobody's done anything to stop it!"
* ''Literature/{{Aquila}}'' has a scene where an archaeologist explains, referencing the [[AncientAfrica ancient African]] proverb about truth being an elephant surrounded by three blind men, that he simply gave the boys a point of view not involving copious amounts of money.
* On ''{{Misfits}}'', a show about a bunch of "problem teens" on community service [[note]] who develop superpowers[[/note]], the inevitable conversation soon arises - "what did you do to end up here?" While most of them admit to plausible-sounding crimes (drunk-driving, arson, drug possession etc.) Nathan constantly insists - to the point where it becomes a RunningGag - that all he did was steal some "pick'n'mix". As we later find out, the incident actually did ''start'' with him stealing some sweets. He neglected to mention, however, that (in a CrowningMomentOfFunny) he subsequently ran riot in the bowling alley, trying to hurl himself down the back of one of the bowling lanes and causing a fair bit of criminal damage. When he was finally restrained he refused to pay for the damages (or co-operate in the slightest), persistently mocked the security guard and eventually attacked the guy with a stapler.
** However, it's entirely possible that Nathan really doesn't think he did anything wrong beyond eating the pick'n'mix.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'', the crew gets captured by an enemy that can keep them from lying, so they resort to evasions to prevent them from finding out that Orac is a computer.
-->'''Tarrant:''' If he's not on the ship, I don’t know where he is.
-->'''Caliph:''' How tall is he?
-->'''Tarrant:''' (gestures to waist level, Orac's "height" when on a table.)
-->'''Caliph:''' A dwarf?
-->'''Tarrant:''' We never think of him as one.
-->'''Caliph:''' What is the color of his hair?
-->'''Tarrant:''' He hasn't got any. A bald dwarf shouldn't be too hard to find.
* The original trope name could just has easily been called Vulcan Truth instead of Jedi Truth. Vulcans are [[SarcasmMode always]] honest, except when they're deceiving, misleading, or flat out lying.
** In the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The ''Enterprise'' Incident", Spock explains to the Romulan Commander that the Vulcan reputation for being truthful is overblown. They'll lie just like anyone else if they have a [=[=]logical[=]=] reason to.
** In one early episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok tells Chakotay that he is always honest, to which Chakotay points out that he wasn't being honest when he pretended to be a Maquis in order to infiltrate Chakotay's ship. Tuvok then counters that he was being honest to his principles and within the defined parameters of his mission. Chakotay recognizes this as a load of crap.
** In another episode, he flat out lies to intimidate a prisoner. Janeway bluffs that she is gonna send the prisoner off to some people she's scammed (the prisoner, not Janeway). She asks Tuvok to tell her about the conditions of that world's prisons, and Tuvok wildly invents a tale of deplorable conditions where most prisoners don't survive long enough to be put on trial. The prisoner knows just enough about Vulcans to believe the story that they never lie, so she caves in.
*** The trick is that in both these cases, Tuvok had a perfectly logical reason to lie. We might reasonably assume that most Vulcans would not lie, for example, to spare a friend's feelings, or get out of a tedious duty, and other species would remember those instances of honesty as unusual, even extreme.
* Deconstructed in Film/TheWeddingBride, a fake movie from Series/HowIMetYourMother about [[spoiler: Stella's failed relationship with Ted from her ex-boyfriend's perspective, making ''him'' the good guy getting TheWoobie Stella out of a loveless marriage, when in reality, it was nothing like that.]] We see the real reaction of [[spoiler: said guy who was left at the altar, Ted.]]
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Crichton hits on this trope as a way of fooling the Scarran heat probe, which forces people to tell the truth. For example, while disguised as a Peacekeeper defector, he tries to get access to his captive Sebacean girlfriend by propositioning a Sebacean nurse, and he gets caught by a Scarran:
-->'''Scarran''': Why the deception?
-->'''Crichton''': Cos -- horny! Looking for a Sebacean woman.
-->'''Nurse''': You attacked me and attempted to release one of the patients.
-->'''Crichton''': No offense, but she's sexier than you are.
-->'''Scarran''': What would you have done had you gotten her?
-->'''Crichton''': Taken her back to my ship. [[PardonMyKlingon Frelled]] her. Made babies.
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] lampshaded this in his [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-15-2010/the-great-gaffesby criticism of RNC Chairman Michael Steele]].
-->'''Fox Reporter (Archive footage):''' How much did you have when you took the reins?
-->'''Michael Steele (Archive footage):''' About $20 or so million.
-->'''Fox Reporter(Archive footage):''' And now you're down to three? So I realize you spent a lot of money for the campaign...
-->'''Michael Steele (Archive footage):''' Yeah, we spent a lot of money, but I mean, Greta, you can't look at it in terms of what you begin and what you end.
-->'''Jon Stewart:''' ''[Bemused]'' "...you can't look at it in terms of where you begin and where-" That is some [[LampshadeHanging Jedi bullshit]] right there, Michael Steele. "Yes, Greta; if you want to look at the budget in a linear, arithmetic way where [[{{Understatement}} we started with a high number and ended with a very low number]], but what you're forgetting is children's dreams and [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbows]], you can't put a price on that - is that a ''quarter'' [[WhatHaveWeEar behind your ear]]? Wait, a dove, '''[[SmokeOut SMOKE BOMB]]''', Steele out."
* Very well done in ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', where Alex is hooked up to a brainwave-reading lie detector that can't be fooled. She gets around it by stringing together several statements that are each individually true, but together paint a very different picture than what actually happened, and gets herself free from suspicion.
* Discussed on ''Series/TheAmazingRace 19'' by Marcus when talking about keeping that he had been a professional football player a secret. Technically, as a tight end, it was his job to protect the quarterback, so it was not lying to say he was in "protection," and as he was retired at that point, if asked if he was a football player, it was technically correct if he said no.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Viserys Targaryen says Khal Drogo promised him a golden crown. [[spoiler: When he finally does get his crown, it's molten hot and kills him. [[AssholeVictim He kind of deserved it]] for threatening to kill his own sister and letting her be raped.]]
* When Granny in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' tells her granddaughter Red that her red cloak keeps the Big Bad Wolf away/protects Red from the Wolf, she was speaking the truth. [[spoiler: After all, the cloak is enchanted to prevent Red from turning into the Big Bad Wolf.]].
** Mr. Gold told Regina that "something tragic" would happen to Kathryn. When Kathryn shows up alive and Regina asks Mr. Gold why she isn't dead, he reminds her of what he said and points out that her abduction ''was'' tragic.
* In the British documentary, ''X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story'', the narration mentions Lords' 1984 Penthouse issue was the magazine's biggest seller ever. It neglects to mention ''why'': It was the infamous Vanessa Williams issue.[[note]]Prior to winning the Miss America crown, Williams had done some nude modeling, include a non-explicit set with another woman. Penthouse ran the photos after Williams' win, causing the pageant to strip her of the title. [[{{Understatement}} She got over it]], and, in a lucky break for Williams, since Lords was under-aged at the time of the pictoral, copies of said can not be legally owned or traded.[[/note]]
* ''{{Firefly}}'': In the pilot, Simon asks Mal [[ObliquelyObfuscatedOccupation what Jayne's job is.]] Mal answers, "Public relations." Jayne's usual method of relating to the public involves a very large gun named Vera.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Dungaree Justice", the article 32 hearing of Mac’s dubious actions in "People v. Mac" takes place and it is discussed to what extent she had lied in the earlier episode.
-->'''Lt. Commander Alan Mattoni''': Major Sarah Mackenzie, having taken a lawful oath in a trial by court-martial that she would testify truly, did wilfully, corruptly and contrary to such oath, testify falsely regarding the killing of her husband, Christopher Ragle.
-->'''Lt. Commander Harmon Rabb''': Sir, Major Mackenzie did testify that she shot and killed her husband. There was no lie there.
-->'''Lt. Commander Alan Mattoni''': But she omitted certain details, including the fact that Lieutenant Colonel Farrow was present at the time.
-->'''Lt. Commander Harmon Rabb''': She took the blame, sir, to protect an innocent man.
-->'''Lt. Commander Alan Mattoni''': A lie of omission, no matter how noble the intention, is still a lie.
-->'''Lt. Commander Harmon Rabb''': Yes. But for it to be perjury, it must be material to the case. Murder charges against Major Mackenzie and Lieutenant Colonel Farrow were subsequently dismissed. Therefore, I submit: the detail of Colonel Farrow's presence was not material, and the omission of said detail should not be considered perjury.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-01-09/ This]] ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip.
* One recurring gag in "Frank and Earnest" is how Ernie explains that the ridiculous descriptions in his classified ads are correct: for example, he calls a boat with an engine that always overheats "the hottest thing on the lake".
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[[folder:Tabletop Gaming]]
* Meta example: In {{Exalted}}, it's not uncommon for new books to retcon or reinterpret statements made earlier in the series; for instance, "Fair Folk don't have Charms" became "Fair Folk don't have Charms as such, but they do have special powers that we're just going to call Charms." Freelancer Michael Goodwin explicitly said that "There are levels of Obi Wan truth operating here."
** In fairness, nearly everything about the Fair Folk is a lie on some level, up to and including their physical appearance.
** In another rather similar case -- "Infernals don't have Charms." What was really meant was, "Their ''patrons'', the Yozi, have Charms, which the Infernals use by extension to exert their malefic will upon Creation." Not true anymore, either. Now Infernals can make their own personal Charms... ''by turning themselves into Neo-Yozi''. So they still don't have Solar-style Charms, so to speak.
* This is one of the ways that Games Workshop [[HandWave explain]] differences in the millenia-old backstories that occur in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' materials over multiple editions. It usually boils down to "The old stories were mistranslated, corrupted by years of oral tradition, or outright lies planted by seditious agents of Chaos." Which sounds suspiciously like the way "out of character" explanations of Imperial dogma and propaganda sound, and most of the fluff is written from the viewpoint of [[UnreliableNarrator Imperial scholars]].
* In DungeonsAndDragons, devils, being ''lawful'' evil, see it as a point of pride to corrupt souls and spread wickedness without, technically, lying.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Othello'': Instead of telling a flat-out lie, Iago often simply plays up everyone else's insecurities, creatively spotlights and phrases certain information, and lets them draw their own conclusions.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'':
--> [[spoiler:'''Mrs. Lovett:''' No, I never lied. Said she took a poison, she did. Never said that she died.]]
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Unintentional example: the slogans for the [[AmusementParkOfDoom infamous]] Ride/ActionPark can be seen as this.
--> "There's nothing in the world like Action Park!" (Nothing so poorly designed and regulated, that is.)
--> "The action never stops... at Action Park!" (If you consider "serious, perhaps lethal injury" to be "action", then yeah.)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice for All'', Phoenix is told [[spoiler:"I never killed anyone"]]. That's not a lie, but [[spoiler: the person saying it did hire an assassin to commit the murder.]] This is almost a case of SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Although the real killer was a sociopath who genuinely thought that [[spoiler:hiring someone to commit a murder meant he didn't kill anyone]]. It's implied that, had said person believed that he genuinely was responsible for the victim's murder, that the locks would have appeared. It's the fact that [[spoiler:he himself believed the statement of 'I never killed anyone' to be true]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' canon, CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame notoriously steals books from the Scarlet Devil Mansion's library. She claims it's not stealing because all the inhabitants of the Scarlet Devil Mansion are youkai, who will live many times longer than her, and they can simply take the books back when she dies. She calls it 'borrowing without permission'. Luckily, the Youkai don't mind; or at least; don't mind beyond mind-boggling BulletHell duels; but that's standard operating procedure.
** It's also worth pointing out that while Marisa claims the youkai can have their books back when her human life ends, in some games' backstories it's mentioned that she's working on an Elixer of Life, to prolong her life ''without losing her humanity''. Trust Marisa to pair a HalfTruth with LoopholeAbuse.
* In the RogueLike game Game/{{Ragnarok}}, an Amulet of Eternal Life turns you to stone. That makes a certain kind of mythic sense, but it's not "life" as we'd recognize it.
* ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'', another RogueLike, has the gauntlets of peace -- and their artifact counterpart, the Gauntlets of Eternal Peace --, which make it almost impossible to hit anything while you're wearing them. The "peace" either means you can't kill anything, or you will die quickly and be at peace since (duh) [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Everything Is Trying To Kill You]] and you won't be able to fight back. Even better, the gauntlets are [[ClingyMacGuffin autocursing]]. At least they give you a moderate defense and armor boost while you search desperately for that scroll of uncursing.
* If you haven't played ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' it wouldn't be much of a spoiler to say that you shouldn't fully trust ''anything'' that ''any'' Jedi has to say to you. Indeed, their self-serving tendencies of filtering truth through "certain points of view" is significantly responsible for their eventual downfall.
** In the first game, on the other hand, the only real example of this trope is Jolee's claim that "the Jedi left me" (and he doesn't consider himself a Jedi any more at this point). The other Jedi certainly do tell some outright lies, but don't continue to defend them as 'true' once they're exposed as lies.
** While the JediTruth is an important plot point in the first game, the second game takes it to the point of {{deconstruction}} with Kreia and the rest of the Council; almost everything a player may think they know about the background of this game has to pass the litmus test of "but did I hear that from Kreia?". Similarly, Atton is used as the writer's mouthpiece on that particular topic:
--->'''Atton:''' I'll tell you – all those Jedi at Malachor? They deserved [to die]. Every last one of them.\\
'''Exile:''' They did not deserve it. Why would you even say that?\\
'''Atton:''' Because Jedi lie. And they manipulate. And every act of charity or kindness they do, you can drag it out squirming into the light and see it for what it is. The galaxy doesn't need Jedi arrogance or Jedi hypocrisy anymore.\\
'''Exile:''' What do you mean?\\
'''Atton:''' At least the Sith are honest about what they're killing for. The Jedi are pacifists... except in times of war. They're teachers... except when it comes to telling their students the truth. And when they save you, it's only so you can suffer more.
** HK-47 gets in on it too, if you ask him about how many Jedi he's killed during the Jedi Civil War:
--->"I have found many Jedi to be arrogant practitioners of pacifism when it is convenient for them. Also, their tendency to never directly answer a question is rather annoying."
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Uzuki offers Neku a way out of the game if he kills his partner Shiki. However, before Neku can deliver the killing blow, he's stopped by Mr. H, who says that since his life is tied to his partner's, he'll die too...
-->'''Neku:''' All that about letting me out of the game - that was all a lie!
-->'''Uzuki:''' Like, that is so rude! I do not lie. If I erased you, that's still letting you out of the Game!
** Unfortunately, there's no similar way to weasel out of her claim that Shiki was a spy for the Reapers. No one calls her on this.
** At one point, Game Master Konishi tells Neku and Beat that she's going to hide in the same place for seven days, while they try to find her. However, she's able to move all over the city, because the "one place" she chose was [[spoiler:Beat's shadow.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', the [[LanguageOfTruth Red Truth]] can be twisted in this manner.
* A rare positive version courtesy of ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'': When it was announced that the {{Playstation 3}} installment would be limited to three [[HumongousMecha mecha]] per series, fans were upset - until the game's director posted on his blog, revealing that [[MidSeasonUpgrade Mid-Season Upgrades]] and [[MechaExpansionPack Mecha Expansion Packs]] would fall under the heading of their base machine and therefore only count as one, meaning they can fit in more playables while still maintaining the whole "three per series" idea.
* ''Videogame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' has Death's Ring, which massively increases your stats and whose description is "One hit kills instantly." It is indeed true. Take one hit and ''you'' will instantly die.
* Might as well be named "Kirei Truth" after the I-tell-no-direct-lies priest from FateStayNight. Spending 3 routes while only telling one direct lie (which is a joke, and he's instantly called out on it) while still [[spoiler: manipulating the protagonist and turning out to be the BigBad in two routes and TheDragon in a third]]? Yeah, he's very good at this.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', one of Vivec's stories of his involvement in the death of Nerevar indicates that the official Temple stance of it not being his fault is a ''literal'' HalfTruth: Vehk the God was not to blame, but Vehk the Mortal is. Since Vivec ("V'vehk") is [[MindScrew both of those]]...
* In ''SkiesOfArcadia'', Belleza befriends the protagonists, who take her with them to Temple of Pyrynn to find the Red Moon Crystal. She gains their trust by telling them a sad story about herself: that her father was a sailor who was killed in the Valua-Nasr war, and she was left orphaned and with a hatred of war. This much is true. [[spoiler: What she did not mention at that point is that her father was a Valuan sailor, not Nasrean, and she is in fact an admiral of the Valuan Armada. Her hatred of war was also not a lie; she believes that Valuan hegemony will bring stability and end war.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush is told that Blood Island is the place where he will die. After drinking alcohol mixed with medicine, he goes into a coma-like state for a few hours. It doesn't actually kill him, but it is enough for the island to document him as legally dead (at least twice).
** The official explanation is that he does die, but because it's a family-friendly [=LucasArts=] adventure game, he recovers.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] in ''[[HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might and Magic: Heroes VI]]'' are [[CannotTellALie incapable of lying]], but they are capable of deception by not telling you ''all'' of the truth. [[spoiler:Kiril learns this the hard way when he agrees to accompany the angel Sarah on her pilgrimage through hell as her protecter, and ends up imprisoned in hell as a result; Sarah decided that the best way for Kiril to protect her is by her selling his soul, without his consent, to the demon sovereign Kha-Beleth in exchange for safe passage through his realm.]]
-->'''Sarah''': I never lied to you, but certain truths had to be ignored to set Elrath's will in motion. Forgive me.
* ''VisualNovel/YandereChan'' has the main character ([[spoiler:slowly dying from poison; all his friends have already succumb to its effects]]) try to make Mia give away her motivation with the condition that if he can prove she lied, she'll tell all. She reveals that she never lied. All of her lines had been half-truths which led him to make conclusions, so technically, she was entirely truthful.
* The bulk of Niko's phony resume for Goldberg, Ligner, and Shyster in ''GrandTheftAutoIV'' -- although there are several outright lies to puff up his credentials, most of it is composed of statements that are technically true, but either worded so vaguely that they're meaningless or deliberately framed in a misleading matter.
* Dr. Borous in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Old World Blues'' claims his genetically engineered [[MixAndMatchCritters Nightstalkers]] and [[EverythingsWorseWithBees Cazadores]] are as "docile as they are sterile". This is entirely true, though not in the context he intended (Borous believed the answer was "completely", whereas the PlayerCharacter at this point knows the answer to be [[GoneHorriblyWrong "not at all"]]).
* Coming up to the reveal, Creator/{{Capcom}} had said that the 5th character for ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultra]] VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' had '''never''' appeared in a Street Fighter game before. Decapre had actually appeared in a cutscene for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'', and looks and plays similarly to Cammy, but otherwise she's never been playable before, meaning that Capcom wasn't lying for the most part.
* In ''VideoGame/SkywardSword'', the game tells you that the environment [[spoiler:in which the final boss is faced]] disables your SwordBeam. The attack still works. The grain of truth is that it's not the same one you've been using all game.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** After Roy, Haley, Elan and V attempt to escape from Azure City's prison, [[LawfulGood Durkon]] -- torn because he's being relied upon as the truthful one by a KnightTemplar who would act unreasonably if told the truth, but he doesn't want to lie either -- fools Miko with two examples of this trope back-to-back. One by saying that the '''five''' of them had never left their cells (because Durkon had stayed behind), then claiming that the cell door wasn't secure because of a mechanical defect (if you count "being able to be picked by a rogue" as a mechanical defect).
** O-Chul pulls one too. When asked by Hinjo if he made the decision to destroy Soon's gate, he answers he did make that decision, and it was his blade that did the deed, and he will say no more lest he [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead speak ill of the dead]]. [[spoiler: After making said decision, the tide of the battle turned and it was no longer required. Miko ended up with his sword and destroyed the gate anyway - the resulting explosion killed her.]]
** There's a later subversion with the Oracle. Belkar's asked if he would get to cause the death of one of the following: Roy, Miko, Miko's horse, Vaarsuvius or the Oracle himself. The Oracle simply responds [[MathematiciansAnswer "Yes"]] without ever saying which. [[spoiler:On Belkar's return visit, the Oracle claims this prophecy has already been fulfilled. He argues, using [[InsaneTrollLogic increasingly dubious logic]], that Belkar caused the death of Roy, (a ''somewhat'' plausible argument) then also that he indirectly caused Miko's death, (really reaching for that one) and that he killed Miko's horse. (Which is complete BS). Belkar finally loses patience and fulfills the prophecy then and there--by stabbing the Oracle to death. The dying Oracle then reveals that he didn't actually believe any of the stuff he was spouting, he was just trying to weasel out of being stabbed (though fortunately DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist).]]
-->Oracle: [[spoiler: Yeah... I wasn't really buying those theories either... Worth a shot though...]]
** Red Cloak does this, too, explaining why [[spoiler: he killed Tsukiko]] without ever actually lying.
* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/119.html This]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' uses this trope to explain Obi-Wan's high opinion of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
** Alternatively, only Imperial Stormtroopers are ''exactly'' this precise. Others are either more so or less.
** From a statistical perspective, ''precision'' refers to distribution, while ''accuracy'' refers to how close something is to where it actually ought to be. So, if the Stormtroopers' shots are actually clustered in the wrong place, they could indeed be very '''precise''' without being at all '''accurate'''.
** Consider that he had been on Tatooine while they made the transition from Clone Troopers. He probably thought it was just a name change and didn't anticipate the drop in quality.
** Or perhaps what Obi-Wan meant was that the Stormtroopers were clearly targeting the sandcrawler's [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak points]], whereas sand people or random marauders would just shoot at it indiscriminately.
** [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2341.html And this one]] makes fun of the original quote. Sadly, it doesn't link to this page.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': "That's Jedi for "I lied my butt off," isn't it?" Later used in reference to the original... [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0448.html because the DM's opening exposition was what the people believed rather than the truth.]]
* Parodied on [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=429 this page]] of ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic''.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' a pair of [[TheMafiya Mafiya]] henchmen leave Riff and Torg "free to go." If being tied to railroad tracks fits into your definition of "free."
* Seen in [[http://betweenfailures.com/2008/04/01/262-drink-soda/ this exchange]] in ''BetweenFailures''. Nina thought [[http://betweenfailures.com/2008/01/22/212-up-to-here/ Thomas was getting chewed out by their manager]], but what he actually got was... [[http://betweenfailures.com/2008/02/13/228-prelude-to-a-kiss/ more pleasant]].
* Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}: Laura discovers Sixx's wealth and says "I thought you said you worked in a hotel?" Sixx replies. "I said I worked in the hotel business. By which I meant I own a few... hundred."
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Doc Scratch, ''constantly''. As he puts it:
-->[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005529 Lies of omission do not exist.]]
-->[[color:white:The concept is a very human one. It is the product of your story writing again. You have written a story about the truth, making emotional demands of it, and in particular, of those in possession of it.\\
Your demands are based on a feeling of entitlement to the facts, which is very childish. You can never know all of the facts. Only I can.\\
And since it's impossible for me to reveal all facts to you, it is my discretion alone that decides which facts will be revealed in the finite time we have.\\
If I do not volunteer information you deem critical to your fate, it possibly means that I am a scoundrel, but it does not mean that I am a liar. And it certainly means you did not ask the right questions.\\
One can make either true statements or false statements about reality. All of the statements I make are true.]]
** Most notably, he tells Rose that The Tumor has sufficient power to destroy the Green Sun (the main villain's power source), that setting it off at the site of the Green Sun would lead to his death, and that destroying the Green Sun would kill him. Then she and Dave go to the site of the Green Sun and [[StableTimeLoop find it empty, and the Tumor opens to reveal it channels exactly the amount of mass-energy the Green Sun contains]]...
** Aradia, who admits she's taking a page from Doc Scratch's book, likewise never lies "[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003985 but thr0ugh 0missi0n]]." She tells the other trolls that playing Sgrub is their only hope of surviving the end of the world; she doesn't tell them it's ''causing'' the same, and never did say they would ''win''.
** The narrator gets in on it, too. As Gamzee watches Jade's second prototyping from the CRITICAL MOMENT, the caption reads "[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005119 The most important character in Homestuck fondly regards the miracle of a new beginning.]]" [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/cascade.php?s=6&p=6009 [S] Cascade]] reveals that he has Li'l Cal (used to make Doc Scratch) in his lap, and is ''also'' watching Doc Scratch's body, which [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006011 soon after]] rises as Lord English.
* ''The Repository of Dangerous Things'' have [[http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Repository_of_Dangerous_Things/4863929/ Davis trying to write a resume]].
* ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' has Jamie [[http://leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=496 saying]] "The last guy who pointed a gun at me and asked for my wallet wound up in two different body bags." That did happen, but the guy actually killed himself in drugged stupor while celebrating how he returned the police against Jamie.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the episode "Night of The Ninja" of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[BruceWayneHeldHostage Bruce explains to fellow prisoner Summer]] that they escaped because Batman arrived and took down the bad guy. Hey, his voice changed so it was mostly true...
* As the above Amulet of Eternal Life, Xanatos, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', discovered a cauldron which allowed a person to live "as long as the mountain stone". [[GenreSavvy He was smart enough to test it first]]. Yup, Stone.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Eric tells Kim that his "mission" is to take her to the prom. Well, [[TheMole it is]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' turned it into a [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/a-certain-point-of-view.html full blown musical]] for their Star Wars special.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Last Roundup", Applejack, who's so honest she practically CannotTellALie, is faced with an insoluble dilemma when she's forced to promise to tell her friends why she refused to come back home but finds the reason so shameful she can't possibly tell anyone. The best she can do is to promise she'll tell them at breakfast the next morning -- and then never show up for breakfast, claiming that makes the promise she had no intention of fulfilling not false.
** Like Xelloss above, Discord has never lied in any of his appearances, save one little "I'm innocent." He's never told the entirety of the truth, however, such as when he says he "can't claim responsibility" for something that ultimately turns out to be a plan of his that went off thousands of years later than planned or, in his first appearance, told Applejack that their quest would split the group up, which is something he caused himself.
* In 1980 when CBS first aired the special ''BugsBunny's Bustin' Out All Over,'' TV listings and promos stated that in a separate segment after a thirty-year chase, the Coyote finally catches the Road Runner. In that segment (since billed as the short subject "Soup Or Sonic," the Coyote chases the Road Runner through a series of pipes that progressively gets smaller that both come out small. They retreat the other way, and the Road Runner regains his size while the Coyote is still tiny. The Coyote doubles back and, yes, he does grab the Road Runner's leg. However, when he sees the Road Runner giant size in contrast to himself, he holds up the following signs:
-->"Okay, wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him..."
-->"'''Now''' what do I do?"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A proverb about "the blind men and the elephant", where each man touches a different part of the elephant and declares that he knows its true form, comes from India. (It's known from written sources dating back at least seven hundred years.)
* During the Battle of Copenhagen, in order to ignore a recall signal from his senior officer, Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson held a spyglass to his near-blind eye, and reported, "I really do not see the signal." This is suspected to be where the saying "To turn a blind eye" comes from.
* Hugo Boss made uniforms for the SS. This is true. However, for most people this conjures up an image of a large fashion house aiding the most evil regime of all time. This is not true. In 1936, Hugo Boss was a fairly small family-run business whose main source of income was making uniforms for the German Postal Service, that just happened to land a highly lucrative government contract.
* [[http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/fanta.asp It is true that Fanta was invented in Nazi Germany]]. However, it is ''not'' true that Fanta was invented ''by'' Nazi Germany, as in following some order or plan envisioned by the Nazi government, as it is often reported.
* "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." --UsefulNotes/BillClinton (See TechnicalVirgin)
* "The government does not torture people" --UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (See EnhancedInterrogationTechniques)
* A large number of proposition bets used by grifters can be solved by looking very carefully at the wording. For example, "I bet you that I can take a brand new deck of cards, make the ace jump out of the pack and fly across the room, then write your name on your forehead". If you hear this said aloud, most people assume that the ace will do all of the actions listed. Looking more carefully at the syntax of the sentence reveals that the actions can be done by the person making the bet rather than by the ace. (Incidentally, the usual way to win the bet is to flick the ace up from the bottom of the pack - where it usually is in most new, unshuffled decks - catch it, throw it across the room, and then take a pen to write the person's name on their forehead.)
* Politics as a whole can rest on this; for example, take this example of a [[http://twitter.com/#!/TomHarrisMP/status/12848387174965249 British MP]] claiming that his party had not broken an election promise, as the law would not take effect until after the next election (but was voted on comfortably three years into Parliament).
* There's a free picture that comes on some [=iPod=] Touches that says "I didn't slap you, I high-fived your face." Technically true, since in a high-''five'' only one hand needs to be involved.
* A billboard for Music/RebeccaBlack touted that her ''Music/{{Friday}}'' video had over 100 million views on Website/YouTube, trying to make it look like she was popular. While the part about the views is true, most of the people who watched it clicked the dislike button.
** In fact, this is a truism for any kind of measure based solely on views, including Nielsen ratings and box-office receipts. Just because people ''watch'' something doesn't mean they ''like'' it.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' - the developer claims that its conclusion "has provoked a bigger fan reaction than any other video games' conclusion in history". It's true. They fail to mention, however, that it was a hugely ''negative'' reaction.
* A senior producer at EA-Maxis commented on the [[{{Understatement}} somewhat rocky launch]] of the 2013 VideoGame/SimCity, stating "[[http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/9342980.page What we saw was that players were having such a good time they didn't want to leave the game, which kept our servers packed and made it difficult for new players to join.]]" While it may have been technically true that players that got in were indeed playing the game that they just bought (whod've thunk?), it glossed over the fact that the major source of complaints was the need to log onto a cloud server in order to play what was, ostensibly, a single-player game in the first place; let alone having set up servers with a population cap (either due to hardware limitations or software issues) that was estimated to be between as much as twenty to as little as ''five percent'' of even the number of users that preordered, let alone day-one purchases on top of that.
* An old, possibly apocryphal story about underage soldiers in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar says that when they went to join up, many of them would write "18" on a piece of paper and stick it in their shoe. When the recruiter asked how old they were, they could join without having lied, as they were "over 18." The same story is told in most of Europe in regards to soldiers signing up in WWI and WWII.
* TheOtherWiki has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctrine_of_mental_reservation article]] on this sort of deception, mostly on the history of those who, for religious reasons, employed it as the result of [[WillNotTellALie being technically unwilling to lie]].
* In campaign speech in 1988, UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush pledged that if Congress wanted to raise taxes, he would tell them: "Read my lips: no new taxes". He was elected and true to his word, there were no new taxes... but the population of the US got very irate over the fact that he raised all of the ''existing taxes''.
* An old standby for people making a journey - "We're not lost; I know exactly where we are..." This is related to NoExceptYes and InsistentTerminology.
* Before being revealed as Watergate scandal source Deep Throat, W. Mark Felt stated "I never leaked information to Woodward and Bernstein or anyone else!" This is [[MathematiciansAnswer actually logically true]]; since he met only with Bob Woodward, he could not have met with Woodward AND anyone.
* When feature development for ''Videogame/MechWarrior Living Legends'', a ''Videogame/{{Crysis}} Wars'' [[GameMod mod]] was forcibly shut down after the release of update 0.7.0, the newer, [[DavidVersusGoliath competing]] ''[[AllegedlyFreeGame Mechwarrior Online]]'' developers almost immediately stated ''"They [[MetaphoricallyTrue agreed to shut down by mutual]] [[ArmyOfLawyers agreement!]]"''
* [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]], annoyed at the royalties his former bandmates and their imitators were getting, once released an album called "Best of Music/TheBeatles". When people complained (it was all original music) and talked about lawsuits, he pointed out the technical truth of the name: "[Pete] Best [formerly] of The Beatles".
* This is how the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHMO_hoax DHMO hoax]] works.
* In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in ''[[http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/409/352/case.html Bronston v. United States]]'' that sworn testimony that is "literally truthful but technically misleading" ''cannot'' be prosecuted as perjury [[note]] The prescribed remedy, instead, is more adroit and specific followup questions by the examining lawyer[[/note]]
* Cryptic crossword puzzles have clues that only make sense when read in a highly constrained manner, typically involving wordplay, anagrams, and the like. TheOtherWiki has the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_crossword details]].
* When Mila Kunis was asked how old she was when auditioning for That70sShow, she replied that she'd turn eighteen on her birthday. Which of course, was true, but it wasn't her ''next'' birthday. They felt the response was in character and cast her even though they were looking for someone older [[DawsonCasting to play a high schooler]].
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