Exact Words / Fan Works

American Dragon: Jake Long
  • In Coming Back, Jake Long fathers a newborn named Benjamin. When Rose asks Lao Shi if Ben will become a dragon, Lao Shi says he doesn't know and that they will know "when he is older". Soon after that, Ben lets a "small burp" show that he has fire-breathing. Lao Shi replies that "He is a few minutes older from when I made the statement."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • In chapter 17 of Variations on a Scene, Spike is told by Darla's spirit/ghost after his death that if he words his wish properly he "could get everything [he's] ever wanted. Including the bottle-blond menace." She also tells him "Come on, William – you know she didn't love you. She was constantly pining over the dark-haired bastard who left her and broke her heart, and deep down, you've always known that. Sure, she slept with you last year – but she was quite disturbed, both emotionally and intellectually, and you took advantage of that." Spike goes through with it in the belief he'll be inserted into the timeline as a human and be in a relationship with Buffy. It's only after the new timeline starts and he "awakens" in 2003 that Spike learns Darla was leading him on and was talking about Anya.

Calvin and Hobbes

Code Geass
  • During the course of his experiments in Experiments, Lelouch learns that his orders via Geass can be open to interpretation at times. An order for someone to lick their elbow resulted in them cutting off said arm to do so. An modified order to someone else to lick their elbow without damaging their arm results in cutting off their tongue. Ordering someone to do something immediately can make them do so even if it's dangerous (a fire starting because someone walked away from their cooking to follow an order). And people's prejudice can affect how they carry out orders such as a nobleman ordered to become altruistic refusing to donate to Eleven charities and expanding his business so he has more money to donate.
    • A later order to "ignore Lelouch's existence" causes a freak out when the Geassed man sees a "man shaped void in front of him" and experiences bouts of deafness or losing sensation in limbs due to his mind blocking out any sensory information regarding Lelouch.

  • Mass Effect Clash Of Civilizations: Sergio Augusto said that the main armament of the Eternal Light of Sol was used on "a barren, resource-poor planet". He dind't mention that it destroyed every single Jiralhanae ship in its orbit.
  • In Masters of Death, after Draco insults Mandy while trying to befriend Harry, Harry declares that their friendship will last the rest of Draco's life. They kill him right after the train arrives in Hogsmeade.
  • A rather humorous example occurs in the Harry Potter/World of Warcraft crossover The Next Great Adventure when one of Harry's companions (Jasmine) keeps pacing, worried that Harry is going to get into trouble with Stormwind.
    Arko'narin: "Pacing isn't going to help and you're going to wear a hole in the floor if you keep pacing in the exact same spot."
    * Jasmine takes a step sideways and continues pacing*
  • In A Pony Out of Place, Arceus agrees to let "the Ponyta" Flare Blitz stay in Equestria if he wins the Solar Run. Flare evolves into Rapidash mid-race, thus invalidating the agreement.
  • In Princess of Themyscira. Hippolyta brings this up when Soarin' asks if Diana cheated by cutting a knot with a sword during an Intelligence Test; Hippolyta said to undo the knot, not untie it.
  • Turnabout Storm: Phoenix Wright winds up summoned to Equestria. According to Twilight, she was trying to summon the best defense attorney in Equestria, but she accidentally forgot that last part, thus summoning the best defense attorney period. This turns out to be a lie, as she summoned him directly following Princess Celestia's advice.
  • In End of the Line, Sailor Moon's spell drew magic out of "everything fighting" to power a barrier that would protect her hometown from an apocalypse the Sailor Scouts had foreseen. Xander furiously berates her and Luna for this because "survival of the fittest" means everything alive is constantly fighting to survive. As a result, they ripped magic out of everything, causing the apocalypse in the first place.
  • As demonstrated in the Danny Phantom/Beetlejuice story, Say It Thrice, Betelgeuse isn't afraid to take advantage of these along with his normal Loophole Abuse. For example, as a child, he bet that he could move a heavy barrel from the ground to the table top with one hand behind his back. He didn't say he would lift it, allowing him to create a ramp to roll it up.
  • When Xander fakes his death in The Nighthawk Chronicles as part of a duel between him and Batman, Batman is later surprised to see he's still badly injured. Xander snarks that he only faked dying, Batman still shoved a sword into his chest.
  • In Sifjarson, Lady Sif is seduced by Loki and becomes pregnant. When she decides to abandon her son in Midgard, Heimdall tries to convince her to look after him despite her insistence that Thor would never marry a woman with a bastard son. Sif asks if she'll be able to marry Thor and have his children if she keeps her son, to which Heimdall simply says "No." It's later revealed that the Norns prevented him from saying more; namely that she will marry Thor but the Norns will take her fertility for abandoning her child.
  • In A Hunter's Tale, on the advice of Mayor Wilkins, Whistler decides that the current situation in Sunnydale is technically what it's supposed to be. Angel is going through hell (Because he and Buffy broke up), Buffy is devastated and heading to LA (for the same reason), and Acathla is out of commission (by being covered in protections and dumped in the ocean).
  • In Thousand Shinji, Shinji challenged Asuka to a duel using wood axes. During the fight he punched her, and she called him a cheater. His answer? He never said that fight would be just with axes.
  • In Emperor of Zero upon retrieving the specified love letter from Prince Wales, Agnes promptly throws it into a fire. When Prince Wales yells at her for disobeying Henrietta's order she promptly shuts him down.
    Agnes: "What command? Her exact orders were 'Obtain the letter, and prevent the Reconquista from laying their hands on it even if you must give your life to do so.' Reconquista will never get their hands on the letter now, and so I have done my duty."
  • A ritual used in Wizard Runemaster is designed to summon and subjugate the Burning Legion's "most deadly foe". The dreadlord Banehollow believes this will summon Tyrande Whisperwind, the Legion's most powerful foe. Instead it summons Harry Potter, who killed thousands upon thousands of demons during their invasion of Earth.
  • In Hogwarts Rejection Letters, the Akuma sisters pull this twice over on Vernon Dursley. First they point out that they need a soul for their deal, not necessarily his soul, convincing him to sell Harry's soul instead (because they're getting Vernon either way but Harry's soul is valuable). Second, Vernon wishes to be "rich and famous"; he's arrested for the largest pension fraud in history.
  • In Black Sky, when Dumbledore asks to know where is James and Lily's daughter, a Veritaserum-dosed Sirius answers that James and his wife never conceived a child. If Dumbledore had asked the whereabouts of Lily's daughter only - whom Sirius fathered because James was sterile and wanted his best friend as a surrogate - things would have been very different.
  • Whistler liberally abuses this sort of loophole in Fun Sized when he's tasked with shrinking Xander to the size of a bug, driving him insane, and tossing him through a portal to another world. He uses Pym particles and a Wasp suit to shrink Xander, only drives him insane for a few minutes, and sends him to a world where he has a decent chance of surviving. Furthermore, while he has to stop anyone from interfering, he freezes them in place instead of stopping time. That way they can know what happened to Xander and hear his farewells to them.
  • In Loki, Lord Of, a group of cultists attempt to summon "The Father of Lies" and succeed. Unfortunately for them, they didn't summon Lucifer but Loki, who's none too pleased with them for trying to sacrifice an innocent woman to control him.
  • In A Study in Magic, Hamon Lestrange's will stated his eldest wizard son would inherit all the Lestrange properties, gold and estate, but didn't specify names. When Greg Lestrade - born Rogerius Gregory Lestrange but thrown in the street for being born a Squib - gains the ability to use magic, he automatically becomes head of the Lestrange family, as Rodolphus and Rabastan were born after him.
  • In First Knight, the Scoobies are attacked by a giant flesh-eating rat. After Xander kills it (while treating the whole ordeal like a chore), Buffy wonders why it wasn't bigger, only for it to be pointed out that three feet tall is giant for a rat.
  • In RWBY Zero, Nora's group is attacked by Berserker and Raven's band of bandits. After they call for help, Jaune uses a Command Spell to order Saber to teleport to them and protect Nora and Ren. When Saber arrives, she finds Nora guarding an unconscious Ren from the Bandits and Blake and Sun defending against Berserker. Nora tells Saber to help Blake and Sun, but Saber points out that due to Jaune's wording, she has to protect her and Ren. Nora then points out the bandits are cannon fodder to her and she needs no protection from them, freeing Saber to take on Berserker.
  • When a Too Dumb to Live thug tries picking on Sawyer the Cleaner in Road Trip Gone... Huh, Xander warns the guy to give back her ultravoice and they'd cut him some slack. Later that night, Xander reveals that cutting him some slack means putting the man in the hospital rather than the morgue.
  • In The Dragon King's Temple, Zuko and Toph repeatedly (and increasingly urgently) ask SGC to "Let them see sunlight". SGC, used to idiomatic and imperfect translations, assumes that they're just using a metaphor for feeling confined (like "wanting fresh air" in English). It isn't until Zuko gets hit by a seizure and Toph is forced to blast a hole in the mountain to get him outside that they work out that Zuko and Toph meant exactly and literally what they said: As a firebender, Zuko must spend time under Sun, or he will get sick and eventually die.
  • Green Lantern in Kermit Was Right gives a press conference presenting the newest member of the Lantern Corps ) and reminds everyone that the vast majority of the Corps are aliens and not every alien species conforms to human expectations like gender or apparent age. As a result, he convinces everyone that the newest Green Lantern is an alien who looks like a young girl rather than a ten year old Buffy Summers, all without lying.

Dangan Ronpa
  • There has been two cases so far in Graduate Meeting Of Mutual Killing:
    • In Chapter 2, Monobear stated that since Matsukaze had suffered internal bleeding, his statement that “there was no significant blood loss” was true, since most of the blood was still inside Matsukaze's body
    • Also in Chapter 2, the graduates use this against Monobear, stating that since Hikasa had received authorization from one of the Monobear spares, he had not broken the rule about not entering the Principal’s Office without authorization, even if the permission itself didn’t come from the real Monobear

Death Note

  • In Slipping Between Worlds, Lieutenant Holtack has to defend Fusilier Powell in court and pleads for his character by outlining Powell never told an outright lie or found guilty of theft... while mentally reflecting this is not the same thing as saying Powell never lied and never has been suspected of theft.

  • In Hunting the Unicorn, a statement that Blaine made ("I've never been anyone's boyfriend") is played with in the most depressing manner possible: He really hasn't had a boyfriend before Kurt—but not for lack of trying. He tried to invoke Sex Equals Love because he was a naive and lonely sixteen-year-old. It was a disaster, and the emotional fallout is responsible for his Relationship Sue tendencies in canon.
  • In The Tainted Grimoire, Ewen only promised to let Clan Gully leave the building alive.

Harry Potter
  • In Fates Gambit, Child Services went to the Dursley household to ask questions about their treatment of Harry Potter. Dudley told it all and, when asked if his Dad ever asked him not to tell anything, he told his Dad told him never to mention anything if it's outside the house. Fortunately, Dudley didn't understand it'd be equally bad for his parents to have it mentioned to the authorities inside the house too.
  • Draco Malfoy gets screwed out of a couple of Sex Slaves this way in The Harem War. The Death Eaters forced the Greengrass family to make an Unbreakable Vow that their two oldest daughters would be sold as slaves to the next Lord Black, assumed to be Draco. Unfortunately, thanks to Sirius' machinations, Harry turns out to be Lord Black instead, and thus, he gets the daughters instead.
  • In the fanfic Oh God Not Again!, there's this:
    Harry: Wait... Didn't Draco order you not to try to save my life or to try and drive me from the castle?
    Dobby: Dobby wasn't trying to save the Great Harry Potter's life nor was he trying to send him away from Hogwarts. Dobby was trying to break Harry Potter's arm.
  • Old Soldiers Never Die has Harry refusing to turn over Death Eater prisoners to Dumbledore, knowing the ministry will just let them go free again. When Dumbledore asks for any Death Eaters that will not be an imminent risk to the community, Harry has one of his subbordinates take him to the 'harmless Death Eaters', a room full of the terrorists recently killed in a retribution raid for the murder of several muggle families.
    Dumbledore: Has there been a mistake? Did you take me to the wrong room?
    McLain: No mistake. You may have as many as you wish.
    Dumbledore: But they're dead!
    McLain: That they are. Did you perhaps want more of them? I'd be happy to... render more Death Eaters harmless if you require more.
    Dumbledore: You'd really kill innocent people?
    McLain: Nope. But I'd have trouble finding an innocent person among their ranks, wouldn't I?
  • In Faery Heroes Harry, Luna, and Hermione go back in time to a parallel world and decide to restart the DA with only a few students. Before they join, Luna warns them that they can't talk about the club. When two of them try to tell their housemates two weeks later, they learn that they've been jinxed to speak random nonsense instead.
    Harry: Do you remember our first meeting, when we explained the rules to you? Luna said that you couldn't tell anyone about this. Not shouldn't. Not that we didn't want you to. Couldn't, as in we made sure it wasn't possible. We weren't sure we could trust you to keep a secret, and clearly our concerns were valid.
  • In Enter the Dragon, the Black Woods Clan of centaurs is told they have to sacrifice one of their maidens to the Great Wyrm or they're doomed. It's believed by all that the Great Wyrm will kill and devour them all if they don't, when in reality the Great Wyrm (an 8 year old Harry Potter turned into a dragon) befriends said maiden and later saves the Clan from a horde of Acromantula because they're his friend's family.
  • Used heavily against Harry in Black Heir when he gains possession of a contract that makes Narcissa follow his orders. Every order he gives her is up to her interpretation (i.e. telling a house elf where he is despite being ordered not to tell anyone because she doesn't consider house elves people). When Harry changes the terms of the contract that she has to follow his orders and can't harm him or allow him to be harmed, but doesn't take her advice to make her unable to resent him, Narcissa uses a stunning spell to painlessly knock him out then changes all the terms of the contract before destroying it (which means it's still in effect but can no longer be altered).
  • In Who Will Fill a Coward's Grave Voldemort promises that he won't kill Dolores Umbridge if she tells him where Minister Fudge is hiding. Once she gives him the information he orders Pettigrew to kill her.
  • In Cold Blood Hermione promises no fooling around inside the house will take place. After her parents leave, she and Harry go fool around outside the house.

Kim Possible

Lost Girl
  • In The Human Doctor, the terms of Lauren's servitude with the Light are: full servitude and no contact with the outside world, in exchange for offering her the full resources of the Fae to cure Nadia of her illness, with the stipulation that she never be used to harm to kill anyone. The exact wording is used against her twice. When a Fae clan is suffering from a STD, Lauren is forbidden to treat them, as the Ash is punishing them. He justifies it by pointing out she isn't harming them, the disease is. This does not alleviate her guilt, but she has no choice. Later Lachlan reveals that the Ash knew all along that Nadia wasn't sick, but cursed and knew how to end it, and was merely exploiting her. If Lauren directly asked him about it, he would have to answer truthfully. But since she didn't ask, he didn't tell. Note that this is actually better than the canon version, where he actually ordered the curse in the first place.
    • Lauren later panics when she learns that Kenzi made a deal with The Morrigan, musing that she read the fine print and the Ash still screwed her; and Kenzi's deal is far too broad for them to have any chance. She then says that if Kenzi makes any other deals with the Fae, to please have her, Trick, or Dyson go over it and look out for exact wording.
  • In Trading Places, Lauren has finally crossed the Despair Event Horizon and travels to the Norn, asking to be given her freedom in exchange for "that which is most valuable". The Norn says she will make the trade for "that which you value most." Lauren is smart enough to spot the difference, and asks for clarification. That which is most valuable for humans is the heart (which is what Lauren wants to give), that which she personally "values most" is her mind. Lauren is unwilling to make this exchange, and leaves.

Kingdom Hearts
  • In ''Moons of Fate, Captain Minoru gets furious at Rimi for justifiably telling him he's a horrible Captain of the Guard and constantly rags on Yamato because he's jealous of him, and backhands her across the face. When Ansem subsequently calls him into his office, Minoru tries to brush it off, stating he overreacted and assuring Ansem that it won't happen again. Ansem agrees with him that it won't happen again... because effective immediately, he's firing Minoru from the Royal Guard and banning him from ever entering the castle again.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • In 120 Days of Blueblood, Prince Blueblood does this twice. In the first chapter, he arranges for Rarity and Sweetie Belle's father to be framed and arrested, and Prince Blueblood promises Rarity and Sweetie Belle that if they service him to his satisfaction, Blueblood will reunite them with their father. Rarity and Sweetie Belle assume that this means he'll let their father go, but actually, their father was executed a while ago. Blueblood reunites Sweetie Belle and Rarity with their father as he said he would, by executing them as well so they can be reunited in death. In the third chapter, Blueblood has Pinkie Pie arrested on a false charge of being a witch. Pinkie Pie manages to persuade Blueblood to let her go home unharmed if she does everything Blueblood wants. After Pinkie Pie provides him the services he asks for, Blueblood has his guards make sure Pinkie Pie arrives back in her gypsy wagon safe and sound, exactly as he promised he would. Then he has the guards seal the wagon's doors and windows shut and has the wagon thrown in the ocean so Pinkie Pie drowns. After all, Blueblood never made any promises about Pinkie Pie being unharmed after being escorted home.
  • A Brief History of Equestria: King Aurum uses this to insure that Princess Platinum takes the throne without having to marry (and give power to) any of the corrupt nobles. As he points out, Unicorn law says that Queens can't rule, but not that a mare can't be King.
  • In Diaries of a Madman, both Navarone and Discord love this trope. The former practically makes it an art form, given how often he does it.
  • Inner Demons: When Applejack is captured by Queen!Twilight's forces while trying to rescue Rarity, she promises to not try to escape. As she and Rarity are breaking out, she explains that she has no intention of trying to escape; they are going to escape.
    • This also pops up during the Final Battle — Queen!Twilight said that she would wait for the heroes in Tartarus to fight them one final time. However, as Scootaloo points out, she didn't say that her army would wait, and indeed her Elite Mooks start marching on Ponyville while she's fighting the Element bearers. Fortunately, the Royal Guard shows up to keep them busy.
  • The Nuptialverse: Chrysalis sold out the Founders of Equestria to Discord when he offered to give her the power of all three pony races, which she took to mean he'd turn her into an Alicorn. Instead, he turned her into a changeling — apparently, he found the idea of just turning her into an Alicorn too boring.
  • The Powers of Harmony: Technically speaking, everything the Guards tell the Mane Six about their pasts are true. They just leave out that it all happened a thousand years ago.
  • In the Oversaturated World, Discord wanted to build a new science facility in Canterlot High. Celestia agreed, as long as it was not a human testing installation. So Discord made the Not A Human Testing Installation. It is in fact quite capable of human testing.
  • In Friendship Is Magic, Sweetie Belle asks Spike for a dollar in exchange for a photo of Rarity, but it turns out the photo barely features her in it. Later, Spike falls for it again when Sweetie asks for a plushie in exchange for a photo of Rarity at the beach. Spike was clearly expecting it to depict Rarity in a sexy swimsuit, but it turned out to be Rarity at four years old playing in the sand.
  • The Many Secret Origins of Scootaloo: The Apples have been spitting into Filthy Rich's personal supply of Zap Apple Jam ever since they heard Diamond Tiara was bullying Applebloom. When Twilight points out that it's unlike Applejack to be so deceitful, AJ says that they warn him each year that they put their "blood, sweat and spit" into every jar.
    Applejack: "Ain't my fault Filthy don't listen."

  • Naruto promises a traitor in Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto that if she cooperated, he'd heal her fatally injured brother. After she tells him everything she knows, he does heal her brother... then immediately kills him.
    Naruto: "There are two rules to making a deal with a demon. 1) Don't. 2) If you have to make a deal, be sure to read the fine print."
    • This fanfiction features several instances of the trope in action. In chapter 45, Naruto and Anko capture a traitor and make him watch as his cousin is killed right before his eyes. When he begs not to be killed, Naruto tells him that HE won't, provided the traitor cooperates. Anko makes no such deal. So when the traitor spills everything he knows, Naruto walks away, keeping his word, but leaving Anko, or one of her summoned snakes, rather, to finish the traitor off.
    Anko: "Your cooperation has been much appreciated!"
    Traitor: "You're welcome."
    Anko: "And to show our appreciation, I won't have Uwabami-chan, here, eat you alive!"
    Traitor: "Thank y-"
    Anko: "She's still gonna eat you; you'll just be dead."
  • In Swapping The Cage, when Neji questions Kuushou about his unusual chakra, Kuushou responds that he "can't say". Neji tries to elaborate only for Kuushou stress that he "can't say", making Neji realize the information is classified.
    • Earlier Kuushou asks why Sarutobi is doing some paperwork and after receiving an explanation of how paperwork keeps the village running, Kuushou elaborates that he's not asking why the paperwork is being done but why Sarutobi is the one doing it. Some of it might require the Hokage's input, but someone wanting to expand their restaurant definitely does not. Sarutobi does some research and learns there's roughly a dozen Chuunin whose job it is to go over all the paperwork he receives, handle the trivial stuff, and forward the more important paperwork to him.
  • In Kyubed: Shinobi's Revenge on Naruto the Kyuubi makes a contract (later revealed to be a marriage contract) with Naruto that so long as a treasure he's given (their son) is unharmed, she'll will never attack Konoha. When the Hyuuga later try to have Naruto and/or his teammates killed because his secret technique renders both the Byakugan and Juuken useless, Naruto reminds Hiashi about said pact. Not only is Naruto now the king of a magical race found everywhere on the continent, but Kyuubi only promised not to attack Konoha as a whole; she never said anything about wiping out an individual clan.
  • In Eroninja Kyuubi shares that any of Naruto's lovers who are past their physical prime will be (over time) reverted back to it. This becomes noteworthy when some, like Tsume and Shizune, are getting younger, Tsunade is getting older because she'd previously been rejuvenated to eighteen.
  • When Anko informs Naruto in Scorpion Disciple that she can't teach him anymore, it takes him a moment to realize she's saying she's been forbidden from doing so, not that she has nothing more to teach him. After thinking on the situation, Naruto asks her an important question.
    Naruto: Is it because you're teaching me? Or because you're teaching me?
  • While explaining how they acquired chakra paper in For My Brother, despite not being allowed to purchase or own it, Hinata says she got it from her family.
    Sarutobi: Your family gave you the paper.
    Hinata: They provided it without objection, yes, Hokage-sama.
    Sarutobi: Your father is proud of your political training, is he?
    • The following chapter has Team 7 ordered to "protect the flag" as a training exercise. While Kakashi meant "Protect the clone holding the flag", Naruto grabbed the flag and ran. Kakashi admits he phrased it poorly but still accepts Hinata's remark that protecting an object is a valid mission objective.

Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • A Crown of Stars: Invoked. At an early chapter Shinji and Asuka felt an empathic echo of the emotions of their hosts Daniel and Rayana. Rayana promised Asuka that she would feel that way again soon (meaning she would feel happy again). In chapter 13 Asuka asks Daniel if they will hit her with that echo again, since that would satisfy the letter of her promise. Daniel replies that is not their style.
  • Advice and Trust: Shinji and Asuka use a lot of double wording to hide their relationship from everybody. Their guardian Misato calls and Shinji tells "We'll get to bed early, both of us", omitting the "together in the same bed" bit. People observes that Shinji's piloting skills are improving and Asuka tells that is due to "how much of she has rubbed off on him" omitting that all of her has rubbed off on him several times.
    Shinji: "Well, it's about what I would have said anyway, before, and it's still true, so I'm not lying or anything..."
    Asuka:"Heh. Technically correct, the best kind of correct."
  • Evangelion 303: Chapter 13 is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu". She accepts Shinji's marriage proposal, meaning she will change her name.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: When Kluge hints that he'll kill Keiko if Nakajima doesn't cooperate, Nakajima protests that he never said anything about that child. Kluge retorts that he never said that he'd not threaten her.

One Piece
  • In This Bites!, Cross corrects Smoker that he didn't say anything about good Marines being a myth. There are far too many good Marines, but not nearly enough decent ones.
    • Conis' gift to the Straw Hats wasn't guns but a gunner.
    • After Spandam's incompetence helps completely humiliate the World Government and he announces his intention to overthrow the Five Elder Stars, Sengoku calls him and tells him to report to the Five Elder Stars and receive everything he has coming to him. Idiot that he is, Spandam thinks he's being rewarded.
    • Luffy, of all people, invokes this in chapter 43.
    Merry said that her dream is to sail the seas with us, and our goal coming to Water 7 was to make it so that that could happen. Who cares if she can't become a ship anymore? She's still alive and with us, and she can still live her dream. Isn't that good enough?

The Outer Limits
  • In Farewell Match, boxer Ricky Redman faces a powerful alien in a match where "the loser dies". Despite his best efforts, Ricky loses, only to be informed that, "You will die the death of obscurity, human. While your physical existence will continue, your name will be forgotten, and your former fame will fade into nothingness. You will never again throw a punch inside a ring! That, human, is your fate!" The crowd and his sleazy manager starts mocking him, but Ricky gets the last laugh by pointing out that they never said anything about throwing a punch outside of the ring, and beats the crap out of his manager. Or, in other words, it's "A Game of Pool", but with boxing and with the original ending, but more bittersweet.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • This, so Kyubey claimed, was what doomed Joan of Arc in A History of Magic. She had wished that France would hear God through her and free herself. And it was true, she would become an inspiration and spur France to free itself from English rule. She just had to die to do it. That knowledge was enough to turn her into the witch Elektra.
  • In Persephone's Waltz, Sayaka makes a different wish than in canon: to find Madoka (who has been kidnapped and missing for days), with the unspoken assumption that she'd be powerful enough to free Madoka once she did. Upon being kidnapped by Madoka's captor, she realizes how naive this was.

Rosario + Vampire
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act II chapter 29, when Moka and Kokoa explain the Eia Dreahl, they explain that, as per their agreement, the first girl to give Tsukune a nosebleed wins the right to be his mate, and the loser will have to forfeit their right to him forever under penalty of death. However, as Dark points out to them, Kokoa said the first girl to give him a nosebleed wins, which means that any girl who gives Tsukune a nosebleed can claim him for her own; cue Oh, Crap! when Moka and Kokoa realize this, as well as the fact that Yukari has already picked up on it and seizing the opportunity.
    • In Act II chapter 30, Inner Moka uses the exact wording of the Eia Dreahl to her advantage, realizing that the pact only said to give Tsukune a nosebleed; it didn't say how.
    • In Act III chapter 9, according to the elder in Heaven, the Holy Lock can withstand almost anything on Earth. Key word, almost: even it can't take the strain of Tsukune's full monster energy without cracking.
    • In Act III chapter 44, the gang accuses the headmaster of lying when he said that Fairy Tale was destroyed. However, Mikogami points out that he only said that the dark lords had informed him that Fairy Tale had disappeared and that they wanted the school reopened; he never explicitly said that the organization was destroyed.
    • In Act VI chapter 2, after knocking Ran senseless with a multitude of washtubs, Yukari agrees to respect Ran's feelings and not to hit her with any more of them. However, as she points out, she never said she wouldn't use her earth powers to bury Ran alive if she inflicts Marshmallow Hell on Ahakon again.

  • The Sanctuary Telepath: Janine has to keep a pretty big secret, but she doesn't want to lie to her friends all the time, cue the trope. One significant example occurs when the remaining group discusses the murders, and she emphasizes that Jack the Ripper is not her brother, which the others take as her disowning John. She just said the truth - it's actually the energy elemental inside his head who committed the crimes who is definitely not her brother. She later admits that she's disgusted with the professionalism she can display this behaviour, bringing up the case when she managed to twist an universal truth ("you can't save everyone") into a lie (they were discussing the possibility of saving her brother, and she said it to throw Helen off the case).

The Silmarillion
  • Several examples in A Boy, a Girl and a Dog: The Leithian Script:
    • Beren swore that his hand would hold a Silmaril the next time Thingol saw him. When they met again, Beren's hand was inside of the stomach of the Wolf of Angband… but it WAS holding a Silmaril, so that he fulfilled his vow.
    • Before leaving them, Beren ordered Huan to stay with Luthien. So that Huan carried Luthien on its back when they went after Beren.
    • Finrod had promised to Vairë to not move the walls again. When he threatens her with doing it…
      Vaire: Don't you dare, you miserable wretch!
      Finrod: [polite] Don't compel me to the choice, then, Ma'am.
      Vaire: What of your promise?!?
      Finrod: You only told me not to amuse myself by rearranging your home. This isn't a jest, my Lady.

A Song of Ice and Fire
  • In Robb Returns, Jon Arryn told Petyr Baelish he would get a fair trial. Not that he would get a public trial.

Star Trek

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Steven Universe
  • In Crystal Gem Academy, Rose tells Steven that she doesn't have any children attending the Academy yet. Since Steven isn't at the Academy yet, this is technically true. And, as a bonus, it allows Rose to conceal her true relation to him.

  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Brainiac declares Darkseid has been defeated. One of his partners-in-crime notes "defeated" isn't the same as "destroyed".
    Brainiac said, “It is finished. Darkseid is defeated.”
    Kral noted that Brainiac did not say “destroyed.

Super Mario Bros.
  • In Chapter 14 of ''Can A Boo Be Friends With A Human?'', Kamek releases Peach from her cage and tells Luigi that Peach won't be put in harm's way (not that Luigi has much choice in the proceedings). Luigi agrees to hand himself over to save the others. As soon as this is done, he immediately binds Luigi with magic and puts Peach back in her cage before Luigi gets the chance to do anything.
    Kamek: What better way to keep somebody out of harm's way than by putting them in a cage?

Teen Titans
  • In Collared, a freak show that had previously used Beast Boy as an attraction burns down. Since Robin was investigating, Cyborg pulls him aside and tells him off for excessive violence, even if the guy who opened the place deserved it. Robin informs Cyborg that he didn't go there to start a fire and Cyborg drops the subject. However, the narration reveals that the situation is this trope; Robin's intentions were to kill the man, not start the fire.

Thor: The Dark World
  • In Chapter 10 of Canid, Fenrir invokes this in a horrifying way after a short-tempered Tyr harasses him to end his suicidal hunger strike.
    Tyr: You stubborn, spoiled brat, you will eat something!

Total Drama
  • A common occurrence in Total Drama Chris:
    • Episode 3 in particular is chock full of it. To elaborate, the two teams are split into girls (dressed as Sailor Senshi) and boys (dressed as random generic monsters), armed with squirt guns... filled with vomit, and told to squirt the Senshi/monsters of the opposite team. Each of the teams proceed to use- and abuse- Chris' poor wording to the fullest extent:
      • Screaming Pansies: When Chris tells the teams that they have to do what their Sailor Moon orders- no exceptions- Lindsay's first order is for her team mates to speak their minds. Also, the fact that getting hit doesn't necessarily mean you can't still help your team mates
      • Killer Chrises: The girls bribing Owen with jelly beans to surprise attack his team mates, on the grounds it wasn't forbidden. Also, Noah hiding out in his cabin, again, something not explicitly forbidden.
    • This is what ultimately allows the producers to fire Chris, despite having a contract. See, thing is, said contract was for Chris to host Total Drama Island, and for the new season, he had the name changed to Total Drama Chris. And so, Chris was done in by his own Pride. Defeat by Irony indeed.

  • In Quicken, villain Hookwolf promises a rival thug that he'll not kill him if he answers his questions. And he didn't kill him. Hookwolf's partner did.
    “I – I won, didn’t I? I won the game! You said you weren’t going to kill me!”
    “I’m not,” Hookwolf said distantly, still thinking about what Jürgen had said. “He is.”

  • X-Men: The Early Years: In "Twinkies, Holdups and Other Things that Aren't Good For You", Hank said his dissolvent was guarantee to eat through the glue sticking Jean's study partner Joe to the table. He never said it'd not hurt Joe.
    "HANK!" Jean roared.
    Hank gave her an innocent look. "You said to find something that would eat the glue."
    Jean vowed she was going to murder Hank McCoy. "Something that won't hurt Joe in the process."
    Hank gave her an exasperated expression. "Well you Ms. Grey, should have been more specific"
  • "Stars From Home": Scott is prone to this. When Charles and Hank try talking to him about going to college, he keeps repeating that he doesn't want to go. It takes weeks for Charles to realize that Scott hasn't been saying he doesn't want college but that he doesn't want to go, as in go away.

  • From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, episode 51:
    Kaiba: I'm shutting down your research lab, Nesbitt.
    Nesbitt: Mister Kaiba, I beg you to reconsider!
    Kaiba: Kay.
    (shot of lab being blown to smithereens)
    Nesbitt: But you said you'd reconsider!
    Kaiba: I did. I was going to have the building renovated after I shut it down.
    Nesbitt: Then why did you—
    Kaiba: I reconsidered.
    • And this gem in Episode 55…
    Kaiba: Oh hey, that reminds me of a joke. Why did the obnoxious green-haired punk cross the road?
    Noah: What?
    Kaiba: To show that he had guts. And man, did he have guts.
    Noah: That's not funny.
    Kaiba: I guess you had to be there.
    Noah I WAS.
    Kaiba: And that's why it's so funny.