->'''Greenslade:''' Into this complex world of crime, of move and counter move, stepped a man of great ingenuity, daring, resource and brains.\\
'''Eccles:''' Ain't me, folks.
-->-- ''Radio/TheGoonShow''

[[SelfDemonstratingArticle You know how]] when someone describes something they actually tell you about the thing itself? ''[[TitleDrop Well, this is not that trope]].''

[[SubvertedTrope Subversion]] distilled to its purest essence: you directly build up the audience's expectations with an elaborate description of something, then tell them that you're actually talking about something else -- often the exact opposite of everything you've just said.

Closely related to {{Dissimile}}, where the simile is broken down by successively removing all the crucial elements.

Most often a ComedyTrope, but can be PlayedForDrama if done correctly. Compare AnalogyBackfire, BaitAndSwitchComparison, DistinctionWithoutADifference. Related to BaitAndSwitchCredits.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru'' starts with an opening monologue about the Touken Danshi, their purpose, and how they need to protect history from demons...until the narrator is interrupted before they can finish, panning over to the peaceful roof of the citadel to establish how LighterAndSofter it is in comparison to the game.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
-->'''Moloch''': You know the kind of cancer you ultimately get better from? ...That ain't the kind I got.
* In a non-canon story of ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Creator/BrianMichaelBendis comments that occasionally you encounter a story so important, so moving it HAS to be told. THIS... is not one of those stories.
* In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl Vol. 5]]'' issue #22, ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' sees the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' again. Lightning Lad asks whether she remembers how she thought they all were a dream before acknowledging they were real. She nods and he tells her this time she is in fact dreaming.
-->'''Lightning Lad:''' Hey, Kara, remember when you first showed up here, telling us all we were figments of your imagination?\\
'''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}:''' Yeah. Sorry about that.\\
'''Lightning Lad:''' Well, now you really are dreaming.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* From chapter 8 of Rob Haynie's ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fic, ''Fanfic/GirlDays'':
-->The walk back was uneventful.\\
No, sorry, that was a different walk back. THIS walk back was something other than uneventful.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11962141/1/Miraculous-Tales-of-Honeybee-and-Red-Fox Miraculous: Tales of Honeybee and Red Fox]]'', uses this trope as the EstablishingCharacterMoment of Felicite, a very self-deprecating person. The fic opens by describing the HiddenDepths of Emma Agreste, BrokenAce and Paris' golden girl. Then the narrator explains that she is Felicite, Emma's best friend, and that this story is actually about both of them.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' uses this trope [[PlayedForDrama seriously]]:
-->'''Helen:''' Remember the bad guys, on those shows you used to [[SaturdayMorningCartoon watch on Saturday mornings]]? [[RealityEnsues Well, these guys are not like those guys.]] They won't exercise restraint [[WouldHurtaChild because you're children]]. They. Will. Kill you if they get the chance. Do NOT give them that chance.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' opens in a SugarBowl ([[MacGuffin not that one]]) with a [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickeningly sweet]] musical number and an adorable dancing elf. It's cut off by the narrator.
-->'''Narrator''': I'm sorry to say that this is ''not'' the movie you will be watching.
* One of the trailers for ''Film/TheMuppets'' (2011) sets it up to look like a generic RomCom -- until the Muppets show up halfway through. The characters look as surprised as we are.
** [[BookEnds Bookended]] with the final trailer, which inverts the previous joke by advertising the Muppet movie... then having the Muppets be surprised that there are humans in the movie too.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': "[[RousingSpeech A day may come when the courage of men fails, but it is not this day!]]"
* The trailer for ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' starts by talking about how there are some movies that change the film industry forever, like ''Film/SevenSamurai'' and ''Film/IvanTheTerrible''. Then it mentions that there are also more run of the mill movies, like ''Film/HerbieRidesAgain'' and ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. After going on about how the movie is rather silly instead of serious fare, it then segues into a commercial for a Chinese restaurant for no particular reason.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJWHBb3AHq4 If that's the kind of movie]] you've been searching for, to share with those you love, then you probably don't want to see ''(scream)'' [='=]''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels''[='=]."
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7EdQ4FqbhY The trailer for]] ''Film/PulpFiction'' starts off with sad music and a ponderous announcer talking about how it won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or... before the screen promptly gets riddled with bullets and the real trailer starts.
* A deleted scene from ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'' has a group of soldiers chatting about their new [[SergeantRock Sergeant Major]], a mean fellow by the name of [[FluffyTheTerrible Basil Plumley]]. One of them used to be stationed with Plumley, and tells the others a story related to him: [[EnsignNewbie A brand new lieutenant]] orders all of his men to put all of their ribbons and medals on their uniforms, so he can see what kind of men he is leading. One of his [[OldSoldier senior NCOs]] comes out without having done so, and the lieutenant [[TheNeidermeyer chews him out]], without the sergeant [[TheStoic visibly reacting.]] The sergeant goes back to the barracks, and comes out buck naked, save for a pair of boots, his ribbons and medals pinned ''directly to his chest'', and a Medal of Honor. ''That'' guy worked for Sergeant Major Plumley, and was scared ''shitless'' of him[
* Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi irritated the government of his country, and was placed under house arrest and banned from making films for twenty years. In response, he pointed a camera at his day-to-day life and made ''Film/ThisIsNotAFilm'', which is most certainly not a film, just a collection of documentary sounds and images.
* The documentary ''[[Creator/MichaelMoore Sicko]]'' starts by introducing people with large healthcare bills who didn't have insurance, then explains the movie's not about them, but rather people who ''did'' have insurance and still have such bills.
* Noted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' alongside ThisIsReality when Valentine [[spoiler:shoots Harry in the head]]. And [[IronicEcho echoed]] later when [[spoiler:Eggsy shoots Valentine]], after the latter dreads the idea of hearing a bad {{pun}} as a PreMortemOneLiner.
-->'''Valentine:''' [[PreMortemOneLIner This ain't that kind of movie, bruv.]]

* Done twice in Piers Anthony's book ''Under A Velvet Cloak''. First he describes the story of King Arthur and follows it up with "This is not that story." Then he describes the story of a girl who would be an ancestor to many Incarnations and says "This is not that story either."
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
-->''And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} one man]] had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place...\\\
This is not her story.''
** Even this subversion is [[DoubleSubversion subverted]] [[BrickJoke a few books later]], in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''. It opens up the same way as ''Hitchhiker's Guide'', then says, "This is her story." Although the readers never do learn what she figured out, which was presumably the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
** There's also a sequence where Arthur asks Ford about how the universe was born, and Ford goes off on a tangent about buying a bathtub, filling it with sand, then watching all the sand drain down while filming it, and then playing the film back in reverse. Which, he adds, is nothing like how the universe was born.
* "Maybe once in a lifetime, there comes a book with such extraordinary characters, thrilling plot twists, and uncanny insight, that it comes to embody its time. ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' is [[DamnedByFaintPraise a book]]." ó Adam-Troy Castro
* The winner of the 2007 Literature/LyttleLyttonContest freeform challenge:
-->"Scaling Everest was, by far, the most amazing and transformative experience of my life. Unfortunately, this is a thesis on context-free grammars."
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' opens with one: "Centuries ago, there lived... 'a king!' my little readers will say immediately. [[LemonyNarrator No, children, you are mistaken.]] {{Once upon a time}} there was a piece of wood."
* Used at the start of Stephen Leacock's short story ''[[http://www.online-literature.com/stephen-leacock/nonsense-novels/5/ Gertrude the Governess]]'':
-->[[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight It was a wild and stormy night]] on the West Coast of Scotland. This, however, is immaterial to the present story, as the scene is not laid in the West of Scotland. For the matter of that the weather was just as bad on the East Coast of Ireland.\\
But the scene of this narrative is laid in the South of England...
* PlayedForDrama in the final stanza of "Literature/CaseyAtTheBat":
--> Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;\\
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,\\
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;\\
But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out.
* In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', when Carding is bitten by the sourcerer's staff and Spelter asks him what it felt like
-->'''Carding''': Have you ever been bitten by a viper?
-->'''Spelter''': No.
-->'''Carding''': In that case you'll understand exactly what it felt like.
-->'''Spelter''': Hmmm?
-->'''Carding''': It wasn't like a snake bite at all.
* The opening paragraphs of ''Literature/{{Terra}}'' says that some couples get along perfectly and are always in agreement, but the Bradburys weren't like that. It then says that there are also couples who argue, and make up, and it ultimately brings them closer together, and even when they're arguing you know they love each other beneath it. And the Bradburys aren't like that either.
* OlderThanSteam: The opening of ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' is so well-known today that it's easy to miss its use of this trope. The first eleven lines describe the start of spring in faintly erotically-charged terms, with flowers being "engendered" and the west wind blowing with its "sweet breath" and little birds being "pricked" to "make melody" all night, before upending the reader's expectations with "Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages."
* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}},'' when Ravenswood is telling Melody the story about how he met Michael, he starts with a lengthy description of the accounting class he took in college. Then he reveals that the class has nothing to do with the story, as he met Michael several years later.
* In the ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' spin-off book ''Stovold's Mornington Crescent Almanac'', Humphrey Lyttelton recalls visiting New Orleans when he was young, and meeting a variety of musicians with ParodyNames before concluding:
-->It seems so long ago and far away, but that night jazz was born. And just three streets away from where we were.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Lois tells Reese, "Some people have book smarts; some people have street smarts. You have neither."
* When Mike ends his deal with somebody in ''Series/BreakingBad'', he says, "You know how they say '[[ItHasBeenAnHonor it's been a pleasure]]'? It hasn't."
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** One of the sketches featured a narrator who would introduce various on-screen characters in detail, only to remark that they were not going to be the protagonist and move on to someone else they run into. [[OverlyLongGag This happens several times.]]
** Subversion: The "Science Fiction Sketch" begins by introducing Mr. and Mrs. Brainsample as a "perfectly ordinary couple" and promptly disregards them as being too ordinary to be of interest. Then [[ChekhovsGunman they reappear at the sketch's climax to help resolve the plot]].
** "Mount Everest. Aloof, terrifying, the highest mountain in the world. (Camera pulls away from a poster of Everest to show a travel agency's office) No, we don't fly there."
** "In 1943 a group of British Army officers, working deep inside enemy lines, carried off one of the most dangerous and heroic raids in the history of warfare. [{{Beat}}] But that's as may be. And now..." (segue to the Army Protection Racket sketch)
** "...And he's come into the studio tonight to talk about Tchaikovsky, which is a bit of a pity as this is 'Farming Club'." (Subverted in that they end up doing a sketch about Tchaikovsky anyway)
** "Mr. Bent is in our Durham studios, which is rather unfortunate as we're all down here in London."
* In the ''Series/WonderShowzen'' Season 1 DVD, we have this:
-->Know [[Series/SesameStreet that famous Street]] where all the sunshiney happy kids go to watch quality TV and learn stuff? '''[[SubvertedKidsShow THIS AINíT IT]]!!!'''
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "The Wedding from Hell":
-->'''Prue:''' Have you ever seen [[Series/TouchedByAnAngel that television show where there's the woman who's an angel and she helps strangers every week?]]
-->'''Allison Michaels:''' I love that show.
-->'''Prue:''' [[TakeThat Don't get too excited, I'm nothing like that.]]
* On ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'': "Mark, remember all those times you screwed up? This ain't one of them!"
* In one episode of ''Series/HogansHeroes'', an American prisoner is brought to camp, and Hogan notices he's got a black thimble lens. When he looks into it, Klink asks him what he's seeing:
-->'''Hogan:''' You know that famous picture of George Washington crossing the Delaware?
-->'''Klink:''' Yes, I'm familiar with it.
-->'''Hogan''' (''grinning''): This ain't it.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] (especially the 11th) does this a few times, using an analogy then saying immediately after (or after a convoluted explanation that goes nowhere) that the analogy is actually completely wrong.
-->'''River:''' A needle in a haystack.
-->'''Doctor:''' A needle that looks like hay. A haylike needle of death. A haylike needle of death in a haystack of... statues. No, yours is fine.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** Used in the pilot.
--->"And if you took the time to really get to know me, find out what kind of person I really am instead of just stereotyping me because of the way I look... well, you'd be wasting your time. 'Cause I'm '''exactly''' who you think I am. Hell, I'll pretty much steal anything that's not nailed down."
** Once again used in "Buried Treasure", in the last intro sequence with the librarian.
--->"You know the kind of girl who looks like a simple librarian, but when she pulls the pencil out of her hair it all falls down and she looks all wild and sexy? ''(sighs)'' I wish that was me."
* An episode of ''Series/TheMaryWhitehouseExperience'' had the following ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' listing:
-->Each winter the bald-headed eagle comes to roost in the Highlands of Scotland. Tony Soper[[note]]Founder of the BBC National History Unit[[/note]] is there with his binoculars. Unfortunately he hasn't got a television series. We have. Sorry Tony.
* In the MusicalEpisode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' while they're preparing a patient for a brain scan:
--> "Sometimes you're better off not knowing... but this isn't one of those times!"
* A RunningGag in the final episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'' was MasterOfDisguise Prince Ludwig describing a friend or associate of a character in great detail, and when they said "You mean...?" replying "Yes! I was [someone else who was there at the same time]!"
* In ''Series/ThisIsUs'', Randall hopes that his sheer desire to impress his children at Career Day would make him an InstantExpert at singing and playing piano. Unfortunately for all, he comes up embarrassingly short.
-->'''Randall''': You know how in movies, somebodyís bad at something but they donít wanna be. And so they set their mind to it. And then we see [[TrainingMontage this montage where they are practicing and practicing]]. And then comes the big moment, and theyíre amazing, and everybody cheers.
-->'''William''': I think Iíve seen a few movies like that, yeah.
-->'''Randall''': I think I skipped the montage.
* An early episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has one of these in Kermit's opening monologue.
-->'''Kermit:''' How would you like to see 4,000 woodpeckers performing an aerial ballet while 87 gorillas and two dozen elephants do the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"? Well, forget it! Because, instead, we've got Joel Grey as a guest star. Which, in a way, is like having all the excitement of everything I already mentioned without having to clean up afterwards.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', after Rip Hunter forms the Time Bureau, his version of the CouchGag opening monologue goes like this:
-->'''Rip''': Time travel is real, and so are its consequences. When a terrible time paradox put all of history in peril, an elite team was formed. Their job, to protect history and repair these so-called anachronisms. Unfortunately, this is not that elite team. And yet, this team of misfits and outcasts is determined to fix the history which they have broken. Not because they are heroes, but because they are legends.

* The ''Music/TenaciousD'' song ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tribute]]'' is about an encounter between ''Music/TenaciousD'' and a Demon, who threatened to take their souls if they did not perform the Greatest Song In The World for him. After singing about it for the entire song, they [[TheReveal reveal]] that the song you have been listening to ''sounds nothing like that song'', as "this is a Tribute" to that song. [[note]] The guitar riff at the end of the song has [[WildMassGuessing lead some to believe that the Greatest Song In The World is in fact "Stairway to Heaven"]].[[/note]]
* "It ain't me, babe" by Music/BobDylan (and famously recorded by Music/JohnnyCash):
--> You say youíre lookiní for someone\\
Never weak but always strong\\
To protect you and defend you\\
Whether you are right or wrong\\
Someone to open each and every door\\
But it ainít me, babe\\
No, no, no, it ainít me, babe\\
It ainít me youíre lookiní for. babe.
* ''Fred Astaire'' by San Cisco starts off live a typical sappy pop love song, with the singer mentioning how much he misses his girl and has been thinking of her. The rest of the song is devoted to explaining how she'd be better off with...Fred Astaire?

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/BeauPeep'' strip, Peep asks LethalChef Egon what the soup of the day is. Egon replies "Have you ever heard of minestrone? A delicate blend of Italian herbs and spices. But it takes ages, this is turnip water."

* Often done with the introductions on ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''. "People come to this theatre from far and wide to watch the greatest performers of the age. Other times, they come to see our teams..."
** Celebrating the 30th Anniversary Special:
---> '''Humph''': For a show such as this to have lasted thirty years might be thought achievement enough in itself. But to have brought joy and laughter to thousands of listeners ... might at least have been worth a try.
** "It would be a colossal waste to have Phil Jupitus on the show and not have a round that showcases his talents. Still, there you go."
** After Tim has sung ''Series/TheGoodies'' theme to the tune of "Feelings":
--->'''Jack''': Sometimes when you do that to a song you realise for the first time how good the lyrics are. That wasn't one of those times, but it can happen.
* The AudioAdaptation of ''Literature/GoodOmens'':
-->'''Shadwell:''' Ye can take the field telephone. Ye ken those wee modern smartphones?
-->'''Pulsifer:''' Yes.
-->'''Shadwell:''' Well, this isnae one.
-->'''FX:''' ''THUMP!''
-->'''Pulsifer:''' Gosh, they knew how to build them in the eighties.
* In a 2008 episode of ''Radio/TheNowShow'' introducing the guest stand-up slot, Steve Punt explained that part of the ethos of the show was providing a place for new, young comedians, before adding that, unfortunately, they all had their own stuff going on.
-->'''Steve''': So instead, let me welcome the man who first showed Lord Reith where the photocopier was, Barry Cryer!
* The introduction of ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth'', series 20, episode 2:
-->'''Creator/DavidMitchell:''' As for the panel, well, we've never had a Pulitzer Prize winning author on the show before, and that's not going to change tonight.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* From the beginning of VideoGame/TheSeveralJourneysOfReemus
-->"Many moons ago in the Kingdom of Fredericus, there lived a champion dragon slayer. Beloved by the people, feared by outlaws, hated by dragons.

-->He brought justice and peace to the land, saving villages and maidens wherever he traveled.

-->This story is about his brother..."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This piece of narration (and current page quote) from ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' plays with this trope:
--> Somewhere, there is a place where all stories are real and all dreams are truth.\\
This is ''not that place''.[[labelnote:click for the continuation]]This is not quite that place, [[DoubleSubversion but it's close]].[[/labelnote]]
** Later played straight and for drama:
--> '''Jareth:''' Do you know how some families fight and shout and curse each other, [[ThickerThanWater but at the end of the day they're still your family and you're with them to the end of the world because you love them and they love you]]? ... My family ''isn't like that''.
* ''Webcomic/DungeonCrawlInc'' has the original author's description of the comic:
-->Once in a great while there comes a story that capture the imagination of all who read it. This is not that story. But we do have lots of violence and scantily clad women!
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-04-05 When]] some alien frat boys decide to engage in some BullyingADragon, the narration takes a step into this trope.
-->'''Nick''': Are you pickin' a fight wif' me?\\
'''Narrator''': Anyone with half a brain would know that this question, asked in this tone of voice, by a man of this size, has exactly one correct answer.\\
'''Enireth Frat Boy G''': Yes I am. What are you going to do about it?\\
'''Narrator''': That was not it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' kicks off with variation of this trope: "23 years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at the exact same moment. Six years ago, the world ended. This is the story of what happened next."
* The Literature/{{Discworld}} Emporium page for the [[http://www.discworldemporium.com/Fools%27%20Guild%2010p%20Stamp Fools' Guild Stamp]] says: "Ankh-Morpork boasts some of the most highly regarded and illustrious guilds on the Discworld. Incidentally, it's also home the Guild of Fools and Joculators and College of Clowns."
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-055]] is a "[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-055 self-keeping secret]]", utterly unobservable and indescribable. The only way to define it in any way is by determining what it is not, e.g. "it is not a sphere".
* The opening of [[http://www.toughpigs.com/tms40-don-knotts/ The Tough Pigs review]] of the Don Knotts episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
-->Yíknow how there are some episodes of ''The Muppet Show'' where it ends and youíre just screaming for more? Sometimes itís the sketches and songs that are just hitting on every level, blowing you away with every segment. Or the backstage plot is so well done and the core cast are perfectly encapsulating what you love about the show. Or there are one-off characters that are bringing the world of the Muppets to life. Or itís that the guest star is so amazing and works so well with the Muppets that you want to see them come back next week for more fun.\\
Well, buckle up because Ö this is not one of those episodes. Like, at all.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* The ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' parody of "Bardock: The Father of Goku" begins this way:
--> '''Narrator''': Long ago, on a planet long forgotten by time, a young hero was born. A righteous Saiyan warrior who would bring peace to the galaxy. This... is NOT his story...
* The introduction of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOoO0X6qRpM Worms Armageddon - The Worst Shot Ever 2013]]" does this.
--> ''There are rumours of legendary players''\\
''who possess ruthless efficiency''\\
''a flawless understanding of [[VideoGame/{{Worms}} worms]] physics''\\
''uncanny observation skills to find powerups''\\
''and unmatched accuracy.''\\
''[[EpicFail This is not their story.]]''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Animusic}} Computer Animation Showcase]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a collection of computer-animated shorts]], started one of them with this voiceover: "Every once in a great while, a movie comes along that touches everyone's lives. ''[[{{Beat}} beat]]'' Eh, but not this one.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In "Taming Of The Screwy", some very rich investors want to meet ''all'' the employees, so Plotz has a big meet-and-greet party organized. After being introduced, and behaving very nicely, the Warner siblings are sent home by Plotz. Dr. Scratch'n'Sniff explains matters and takes them home. As they start climbing back into the water tower and Dr. Scratch'n'Sniff leaves:
--> '''Yakko:''' Well, I know when we're not wanted. I know when we should just -''go home''! ''(beat)'' ''Now''... is not one of those times.
-->''(they climb back down)''
* From the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'':
--> '''Narrator:''' Only [[Franchise/{{Batman}} one hero]] can track down Cave Guy. Only [[Franchise/{{Batman}} one hero]] has the heart to fight this fiend. That hero is... [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries On another network.]] Thus, we have no choice but to turn to...
-->''(zip pan to [[SecretIdentity Dexter Douglas]])''
--> '''Narrator:''' This fellow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode, "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred", Grim goes to inquire about his laxative commercial. The very angry executive points to a chart that shows vast improvement in sales, saying, "This has ''nothing'' to do with us!" He then points to the one that does, showing the sales taking a downward spiral with a picture of a toilet at the current, lowest sales rating. (Clearly, a laxative commercial with TheGrimReaper in it was ''not'' a good idea.)
* From the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Bewitched Bunny":
-->'''Bugs Bunny:''' This looks like a job for the Masked Avenger! ...But since he's not around, I guess I'll have to take care of it myself.
** "Bugs Bunny Rides Again": After tricking Yosemite Sam into falling off a cliff, Bugs puts a mattress below and says "Sometimes me conscience kinda bothers me... but not this time!", and pulls the mattress away just before Sam hits the ground.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "The Return", as Greg and Steven are trying to evacuate Beach City as Peridot's hand ship is about to arrive with reinforcements from Homeworld.
-->'''Steven:''' Maybe, when Peridot gets to Earth, she'll see how nice all the people are and she won't want to hurt anyone.
-->'''Greg:''' Just like your mother.
-->'''Steven:''' Yeah?
-->'''Greg:''' Yeah. But these other Gems aren't like your mother. They're not like Garnet, Amethyst or Pearl. They're not gonna start caring about people now. They didn't the first time they...

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some schools of philosophy and theology hold that since certain concepts (such as God) are beyond human understanding, the only way one can describe them is by stating what they aren't. (e.g. "immortal", an attribute commonly given to gods, literally means "not mortal".)
* Aristotle uses this trope frequently in the Metaphysics. To introduce new concepts, he will begin with an [[LiesToChildren inaccurate-but-simpler version]] of whatever concept he wants to discuss, and once that is understood, he moves on to more-accurate-but-harder-to-understand iterations.
** Chemistry and Physics are often taught that way as well. In the first year you learn a simple concept that works for some applications without actually being correct (e.g. atoms as little round balls). The next year (or unit of lectures) begins with: "Well what we previously taught you is not actually how this works. We will now explain how it actually works" (e.g. introducing the concept of electrons), the next step is pointing out how the real world is not that model either. Rinse, repeat. Justified insofar as many things can satisfactorily be explained by a "wrong" theory - Newtonian physics works just fine for human sized objects moving at highway speeds; it doesn't for atoms at near light speed. And some of the "wrong" theories are actually the basis for understanding the more advanced ones which are closer to reality.
* In American elementary schools children are [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory taught a fairly safe for work version of history.]] For example: the pilgrims and Native Americans got along. Then in middle or high school they slowly begin teaching them that no, they did not, and that history was full of bloodshed.