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->'''Jazz:''' By the way, Danny, just so you know, I'm onto your little secret.\\
'''Danny:''' ''[[SpitTake (spits out water)]]'' [[BadLiar W-What?! What secret?]]\\
'''Jazz:''' The clumsiness, the nervousness, I can't believe I didn't figure it out before. You have a girlfriend!\\
'''Danny:''' '''[[ThatLiarLies It's a lie]]! [[Funny/DannyPhantom I'm not a ghost]]!'''...''({{beat}})''...I mean, [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend she's not my girlfriend]].
-->--certainly not ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
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[[DescribeTopicHere Certainly no one is describing Suspiciously Specific Denial here, so that people will understand what the trope is about. And this sure isn't an opening gag to preface it.]]

A FalseReassurance works because the speaker is being vague and non-specific enough to pull the wool over someone's eyes. A Suspiciously Specific Denial, on the other hand, fails because the speaker is SayingTooMuch. This may be unintentional, such as when the speaker is panicked, a BadLiar, or perhaps just a little stupid. Often used to establish that you're MostDefinitelyNotAVillain.

Sometimes, this is used [[InvokedTrope more deliberately]], such as when the speaker is [[CouldSayItBut trying to give out information that they shouldn't but doesn't want to be too obvious about it]] (OrSoIHeard may follow). A {{Trickster}} type may also use it as the misdirecting component of a BatmanGambit, an InfractionDistraction, or KansasCityShuffle; by making an oddly specific denial that is actually ''true'', the mark may be led to believe that the denial is false. (For example: the mark is told that there ''aren't'' [[Discworld/InterestingTimes 2,300,009 invisible vampire ghosts]]--so the mark believes there ''are'', when in fact there are ''no'' invisible vampire ghosts at all.) In rare cases, the speaker may be telling the truth and have no intent to deceive, but it just [[ThatCameOutWrong comes out wrong]].

Oddly, it can happen in two opposite ways: the specific denial ("I won't kill you using a poisoned stiletto!") was a lie (he does, and the fact that the question and/or answer was so specific means that ''some''one already had the answer in mind), or the specific denial was technically true, but it [[ExactWords left so many doors open that it was suspect anyway]] (he kills the other guy with a ''non''-poisoned stiletto, or a gun). Either way, the result is the same - when someone is more specific than they need to be, it's a [[RevealingCoverup good sign something's wrong]]. Bonus suspicion points if the statement was made apropos of nothing.

This is a favored tactic of a {{Tsundere}} who got caught being dere -- in fact MemeticMutation has made this the motto of the {{Tsundere}} ("Stupid [love interest]! I-it's not like I'm [doing something affectionate] because I like you or anything!")

When the speaker is assumed to be telling the truth, a listener might suspect this if the denial was expected to be more general.

When TheMafia uses it, it's the LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub. If you insist that you'd NEVER make a Suspiciously Specific Denial (while doing so), then it's IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou. This is not comparable to BadLiar; a character who invokes this trope could certainly be a bad liar, but when used alone it's not indicative of BadLiar.

This is frequently seen on {{Police Procedural}}s when someone under a confidentiality requirement (lawyers and doctors mostly) make a very specific inclusion or omission in an answer to the investigators that provides a clue where they should be looking.

It is also a device in mysteries. Someone makes a statement or denial [[INeverSaidItWasPoison including information that they could only know if they were the perp.]] "Well, I didn't shoot him!" "No one ever mentioned how he was killed." That may also be related to YouJustToldMe. This is the reason why it is also Truth in Television, especially why lawyers frequently advise not to make any reply to any allegation.

'''See also:''' CouldSayItBut.

Super Trope of HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday and PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny.

Compare NightmareFuelStationAttendant, SayingTooMuch and INeverSaidItWasPoison.

Contrast FalseReassurance, BlatantLies, and ImplausibleDeniability.

Often accompanies MockSurpriseReaction.

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!!These are certainly not examples:

[[index]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Advertising}} Most Certainly Not Advertising]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/AnimeAndManga Definitely Not Anime & Manga]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/CardGames No Such Things as Card Games]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/ComicBooks Couldn't Possibly Be Comic Books]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/FanWorks Has Nothing to Do with Fan Works]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/AnimatedFilms No Relation to Animated Films]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Film}} Never Involved Live-Action Films]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Literature}} Is]] ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Literature}} Not]]'' [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/LiveActionTV Couldn't Be Live-Action TV]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Magazines}} Magazines Are Somewhere Else]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Music}} Absolutely Not Music]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/NewspaperComics Who Said Anything About Newspaper Comics?]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/NewMedia Simply Not New Media]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/OralTradition Can't be Oral Tradition]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/PuppetShows Absolutely Not Puppet Shows]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Radio}} Nothing To Do With Radio]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/TabletopGames Never Was Tabletop Games]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Theatre}} Has No Resemblance to Theatre]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/VideoGames Nothing to Do with Video Games]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/{{Webcomics}} Anything But Web Comics]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/WebAnimation Not Like Web Animation]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/WebOriginal Quite Unlike Web Original]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/WesternAnimation No Western Animation At All]]
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial/RealLife Totally Unrelated to Real Life]]

[[/index]]

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[[ImplausibleDeniability This isn't a Tropes page, we swear.]]
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[[BlatantLies Not at all.]]
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[[BadLiar Nope.]]
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[[RunningGag No way.]]
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[[OverlyLongGag No how.]]
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[[{{Beat}} ...]]
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'''[[TheStinger OH DEAR GOD,]] [[DespairEventHorizon WHO DO WE THINK WE'RE KIDDING?!]]'''
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