->''Gwendolyn, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?''
-->--'''Jack''', ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''

It looks like a character is going to get caught out in a lie that they told, but then they're [[KarmaHoudini unexpectedly saved]]--they didn't know it, but what they said was correct all along, or has become correct quickly enough that they're safe. Maybe it's just a lucky coincidence, or maybe one of their friends quickly and quietly arranged things to save them, but either way, they've avoided having their lie exposed.

Often, a character rescued in this way will just be relieved about it. Sometimes, though, the character will feel guilty about their lie, especially if there's some ObliviousGuiltSlinging--if so, they may show their strong moral character by rejecting their chance at escape and owning up to the lie.

Compare RightForTheWrongReasons, where a character follows an erroneous chain of logic to a correct conclusion, and AccidentallyAccurate, where a creator does not do the research, but gets it right anyway.

'''In many works, the fact that a character's lie turns out to be true is TheReveal, so there are several unmarked spoilers below.'''

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:Carla claimed to be the Exceeds' princess to prevent Edolas!Erza from arresting her and Happy. Turns out that she really is Queen Chagot's daughter]].
* In episode 26 of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', the girls decide to celebrate Nano's birthday on little more than a whim of Yuuko. They even go so far as to buy her a cake. Nano's simply left wondering how her friends knew it was her birthday.
* Early on in ''Manga/DeathNote'' when L first appears and makes it clear that he's on Kira's case, tabloids bring about the theory that L ''is'' Kira. During the second half of the manga and the anime's second season, [[spoiler:Light takes over L's position after the latter's death]], so those tabloids ''were'' right...just a few years early.
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', in order to make their fellow students interested in finding the demon prince En, Furuichi told the rest of the delinquents that En is from Akumano Academy (demon academy) instead of, you know, Hell. Then after Furuichi managed to make En mad, En took over Ishiyama High and make it into an actual Akumano Academy, filled with 394 demons.
* In ''Manga/OtakuNoMusumeSan'', Kanau is embarrassed that her father Kouta is an Otaku so she lies to her new friends that her father is their favorite manga artist. Later, Kanau and her friends learns she was actually half-right when Kouta reveals he's actually that manga artist's assistant in drawing.
* In ''DragonBall'', after witnessing Goku's first transformation into an Oozaru (a gigantic were-monkey), Oolong wonders if Goku's "some kind of space alien". Much later, at the start of ''DragonBallZ'' it's revealed that Goku actually ''is'' an alien.
* In one first-season episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash and his entourage meet the Pokémon expert Bill, who claims that, while he knows of only 150 different species of Pokémon, he theorizes that there may be far more, and that there may, in fact, be "no limit" to the number. Since that time, the number of known species of Pokémon has grown to 721, and the franchise shows no signs of slowing down, so it's probably a ''very'' good thing Bill was so open-minded way back then.
* In [[SteinsGate Steins;Gate]], Okabe Rintarou makes up ridiculous stories about being a mad scientist who goes by the alias "Hououin Kyouma" and is pursued by an evil organization. That turns out to be completely true, and not quite fun and games. [[spoiler:Also, guess which alias did Okabe choose to go by when he actually became a mad scientist in the bad future.]]
* In ''LightNovel/WhenSupernaturalBattlesBecameCommonplace'', one of Ando's [[MrImagination chuuni]] rants became true halfway through, and he and people around him indeed got superpowers.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one Silver Age ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen is kidnapped and interrogated about Superman's identity. He buys himself some time by claiming that Superman is "my boss at the Daily Planet". Guess who's filling in for Perry White when the crooks show up with [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere a chunk of kryptonite]]...?
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' Baron Zemo goes by the codename Citizen V and proclaims to the media that he is the grandson of the original Citizen V who fought Nazis in World War II. Helmut's father killed the original Citizen V during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, so Helmut was sure the original Citizen V had no children or grandchildren. A few years later Zemo gets beheaded and thanks to a prank from his former team member Techno he wakes up in the body of the grandson of the original Citizen V.
* ''ComicBook/LesTuniquesBleues'': After an army-wide briefing, General Alexander orders our two heroes to stay, making sure they understand the battle plan, then has them go on a mission where they're sure to get captured by the Southerners. Once they do, Blutch quickly figures out they were sent so the Rebels would get the battle plan out of them, and proceeds to willingly give the whole plan n great detail to their commander. Unfortunately, the Rebels are suspicious, especially when Chesterfield refuses to talk, and undergoes several days of torture until he finally snaps and... gives a completely different version of the Union's battle plan. Which turns out to have been the ''real'' plan, resulting in a Union defeat.
* In the first arc of ''Comicbook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', Boomerang's narration tells us the story of how after Silvermane's death his head survived, and was found by the son of a junkyard owner, who made it a little robot body, and they became friends. He then says that's nonsense and that Silvermane's head is ''actually'' being held by the Owl, and his masterplan is to steal it. It's then revealed that this is just what he's telling the team, and actually he's after something else, and his narration says the whole story of Silvermane's head surviving is ridiculous ... at the same time as the Shocker is at the junkyard and sees the head in its little robot body.
* In the "I'll Take Manhattan" storyline in ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'', Selina Kyle is standing for mayor of New York, and the Mob has offered a bounty to take her out of the running. The Trickster comes up with the brilliant idea of starting a rumour she's secretly Catwoman ... and can't understand why the ''real'' Catwoman is so mad about this.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': In chapter 4 Asuka thinks that Rei was acting like she was less a teenage girl than an alien that looked like one... [[spoiler:that is actually true since Rei is the soul of an alien being stuck in the body of a human girl, but Asuka did not know that at the time.]]
* ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' when Syaoran is kidnapped by a street gang [[spoiler: who is led by a pair of {{Serial Killer}}s]], the female leader Cassie mocks his hero complex by cowing "You got a princess waiting for you in a tower? Have lots of magical adventures with your friends? Explore foreign territories and overthrow cruel regimes?" Which is a pretty accurate guess of [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle what he actually does.]]
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[[folder:Films--Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge 2'': The fast-talking salesmammal predicts a devastating flood to help his sales, which is confirmed to be actually happening.
-->'''Manny''': You guys gotta listen to Fast Tony! He's right about the flood!\\
'''Fast Tony''' [''in astonishment''] I am? Er... I mean uh... [''boldly''] Yes, I am.
* A written example in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mushu writes a fake message from the General to order Shang's new troops to move out. [[spoiler: That message turns out to be desperately needed, as they find out when they arrive at the pillaged village with every citizen and imperial soldier--including the General himself, killed by the Huns]]
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[[folder:Films--Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/LiarLiar,'' Jim Carrey is occasionally surprised at what he's "allowed" to say while [[TruthSerums cursed to tell the truth]]. For instance, he asks for a toilet break...
--> '''Judge Stevens''': (irritated) Can't it wait?\\
'''Fletcher''': (crestfallen) ''Yes'', it can. ...''but I've heard'' [emphasis added] that if you hold it you can damage the prostate gland, making it verrrry difficult to get an erection or ''even become aroused''!\\
'''Judge Stevens''': Is that true?\\
'''Fletcher''': ...It ''has'' to be!\\
'''Stevens''': ...In that case, I'd better take a short break myself.
** He's also surprised when he is able to say that he really wanted to see his son that day. "[[CharacterDevelopment How 'bout that, I do]]."
** In its most heart-breaking form:
-->''"I'm a bad father!"''
* In ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', Mad Dog and Batman tell a motorcycle cop that their brakes have failed. When they attempt to stop, they discover their brakes really have failed.
* ''Film/TheRocketBoy'' has the hero lie about what was guarding the nest, since he wanted to sound like he did something more impressive than destroy a recording. He described a large orange spiky reptile, which then appeared after finishing his boast.
* In ''Film/JackFrost1998'', Jack gives his son a harmonica shortly before he leaves for a gig and dies in a car accident, claiming it's magic. It turns out to be true, much to the surprise of both of them.
-->'''Jack:''' You were the one who played on the magic harmonica!
-->'''Charlie:''' What?! Magic harmonica?! I thought you made that up!
-->'''Jack:''' So did I!
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'' Mr. Furious claims he gets SuperStrength when angry. He later reveals he's been basically bluffing, but in the final battle with Casanova Frankenstein, he goes into genuine UnstoppableRage and [[CurbStompBattle mops the floor.]] Apparently he just didn't have the HairTriggerTemper he thought he did.
* Douglas Fairbanks's character in ''Film/TheBlackPirate'' isn't really a pirate; he joined the pirates in order to get revenge on them after they killed his father. In order to impress the pirates, Fairbanks seizes a ship singlehandedly (while managing not to kill anybody). The plan is complicated when the ship he seized turns out to have as a passenger a hot lady (Billie Dove) who winds up about to be made a SexSlave by the pirates. Fairbanks, improvising madly, proclaims her a princess and convinces the other pirates to hold her for ransom. He's making this up, as shown when he uses Scare Quotes to refer to the "princess" when sending a note calling for help. The ending reveals that she actually is a princess.
* In ''JingleAllTheWay'', the postal worker bluffs the police by claiming a package he's holding is a mail bomb. To his own surprise, it is.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''[[Literature/HoratioHornblower Hornblower]]'' novella ''St Elizabeth of Hungary'', the protagonist has to convince a party of Napoleon loyalists to abandon their mission to restore their deposed Emperor, and he sees no option but to give his word of honour that Napoleon has died. When he gets back to port, he is met by the news that Napoleon actually ''had'' died, getting him off the hook. Characteristically, though, he [[WhatYouAreInTheDark still beats himself up over telling what HE knows was a lie]].
* At the beginning of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Valjean is caught after stealing the bishop's silver, and makes up the story that the bishop gave it to him as a present. The skeptical policemen take him to the bishop, and the bishop surprises both them and Valjean by confirming the story and adding more valuable gifts on top. Cue HeelFaceTurn.
* Towards the end of ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' Richard pretends to have a key the antagonists want. He [[BadLiar lies so badly]] that they assume (correctly) that he's trying to protect Door and ignore him. Unbeknownst to him, she'd slipped the key into his back pocket.
* There's a pretty brutal version of it in ''The Wall'' by Jean Paul Sartre. A political prisoner is given the choice between execution or turning traitor and giving the location of a collaborator. At the last moment, he delays the execution by making up a location so that the army will look foolish, knowing full well that the collaborator is hiding far away from there. The army searches...and it turns out the collaborator had to switch hiding spots to that location. He is killed, and the man goes free.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye''. Luke Skywalker is given a small container but is not told its opening combination. When he's captured, he pretends the container is his. His captors test him by asking him the combination: he is forced to bluff and say "It's open". They try it, and it works: it was open.
** In the ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Enemy Lines]]'' duology, SmugSnake Viqi Shesh is in the hands of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]], and on the verge of execution. In order to prove her worth to them (and spare her life long enough to escape), she pretends to have found a conspiracy against the Warmaster: the "shapers" (their equivalent of scientists and doctors) are deliberately causing one of his artificial limbs to be rejected. As it turns out, the conspiracy not only exists, but is found and rooted out relatively quickly--more quickly, it also turns out, than Shesh would have liked.
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's novel ''Space Viking'', Lucas Trask [[GenghisGambit distracts his divided followers from their quarrels]] by inventing a conspiracy by his enemy Andray Dunnan to subvert and take over the planet Marduk. It turns out that that's exactly what Dunnan is up to.
** Another example is in Piper's novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', in which the protagonist travels to Earth to investigate local stories about an abandoned [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] left behind after a recent war. He concludes that the computer never existed, but backs off from attempts to convince people of that; instead, he organizes a search in order to stimulate the economy and improve morale. And then the supercomputer turns up....
*** ''Graveyard of Dreams'', essentially the short version, only got up to the "organizes a search" part.
* Inverted in Creator/RobertEHoward's "Gates of Empire." Giles Hobson makes up a story about the Crusader army's intentions to impress a pretty girl with how in-the-know he is. It turns out she's a spy for the Saracens. No harm done, since he lied to her, right? Except that, although he didn't know it, what he told her ''is'' exactly what the Crusader leader planned to do.
* In ''ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'', Francie Nolan claims her name is Mary Frances in order to win a doll at a charity Christmas party. She feels guilty about lying, but reasons that she can take the name Mary when she makes her Confirmation. When she announces this intention, her mother tells her she can't because her real name is Mary Frances Nolan.
** Made interesting because one of the messages of the book is that people sometimes tell what's true but write what they wish was true. If (as a lot of people do) you start thinking of Francie as the author's avatar...
* In ''The Truth Teller's Tale'', Truth Tellers CannotTellALie. Roelynn's father isn't nobility but he ''is'' extremely ambitious, and hopes to marry Roelynn to the prince. Roelynn is extremely flirtatious, and falls in love with a variety of men, which is explained as being a free spirit until her father ties her down. So, when the titular Truth Teller, Eleda, says that her friend Roelynn will marry the prince, it breaks both Roelynn and Eleda's hearts: Roelynn because what Eleda has said ''must'' be true [[spoiler:and because she has already secretly married her newest love]], and Eleda because she has forced a lie past her lips (ItMakesSenseInContext). [[spoiler: Her new husband turns out to be the prince, so Eleda has told no lie at all.]]
* Subverted in ''The Devil in Vienna'', where Inge recalls entertaining her cousin with a story about how she, the cousin, was really a princess but had been adopted as a baby. It turned out that the cousin really was adopted, and the adults all thought Inge deliberately tried to upset her.
* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', when Mina Harker asks Dr. Seward to let her listen to his phonograph diary, he's worried that she won't be able to stand hearing what happened to her best friend Lucy and tries to deter her by saying he doesn't know how to go to any specific part of the recordings. No sooner are the words out of his mouth than he realizes, "OhCrap! I really don't have any idea how to find any specific part of the diary! How are we supposed to use it to find clues about the vampire we're hunting?!" He now has no choice but to grant Mina's request to listen to the whole thing and transcribe it on her typewriter.
* In ''Hills End'' by Ivan Southall, one the children claims that there is Aboriginal art on the walls of the cave in an attempt to sound important to his teacher. Later, when they are lost in the caves, they stumble into a chamber containing Aboriginal cave art and the bones of megafauna.
* Creator/TerryPratchett uses this trope a lot.
** From Discworld/WyrdSisters, "''A man would have to be a natural born fool to want to be king.''" [[spoiler: The professional Foole who becomes king ''is'' "natural" (i.e. illegitimately) born, and he wants to be the king.]]
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Sam Vimes is sent back in time about 30 years, and when asked his name, gives the first he can think of; John Keel, his old sergeant. He ''isn't'' Keel, of course, but due to the real Keel [[spoiler:being murdered by a fellow time traveler]], he ends up taking his place. He even coincidentally gets an injury that requires an eye-patch and makes him ''look'' like Keel. The History Monks are excited by this, as it lends credence to the theory of self-correcting history.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorGame'', Michael tells Shipley that [[spoiler:him and Francis stopped being friends because Francis was gay and made advances towards him]]. At the time, Michael only said this because he knew this would [[spoiler:make Francis Shipley's target]], but at least the first part turns out to be true and it's implied that, while the second part wasn't entirely true, [[spoiler:Francis did have feelings for Michael]].
* In ''[[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Dragonflight]]'', Lessa tells the tyrant Fax and the dragonrider F'lar that although Gemma has died, her child has been born alive and male, in order to provoke the fight that results in Fax's death. After the fight is over it is revealed that a live baby boy was cut from Gemma's womb in the intervening time.
* This is basically the plot of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel ''Shadow of Freedom''. An agent of the Mesan Alignment informs resistance movements on a few planets currently being oppressed by the Solarian Office of Frontier Security that he's managed to get them support from the Star Empire of Manticore. The plan is that when they launch their uprisings, and the Manticorans fail to show up, the uprisings will be crushed along with Manticore's credibility. Unfortunately for him, the resistance movements manage to get word ''to'' the Manticorans. The Manticorans ''do'' show up, and not only do the uprisings succeed, but by the end of the novel, OFS has lost an entire sector. What was particularly stupid was that the Mesan agent in question actually told the resistance just how to contact the nearest Manticoran fleet, figuring that their admiral wouldn't move without orders from above. Apparently, he forgot that the RMN has a tradition of officers taking the initiative to launch operations without clearance from above, with the idea that if their superiors disagree, they can disavow what happened. This was rather stupid of him, as one of his previous operations failed in part because a Manticoran captain (Aivars Terekhov) did just that, and came out with a promotion and a knighthood.
* This is the problem that led to Literature/DirkGently's expulsion from college: the capstone of his scam to deceive his more gullible classmates into believing that [[NotSoPhonyPsychic he had psychic powers but was in denial about their existence]] founders when he produces a complete copy of a future exam "under hypnosis" (by looking over previous exams and guessing what might come up) only for it to turn out to be exactly letter-for-letter correct.
* Every single time CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''') decides that he's going somewhere that isn't the front line, he always makes up some excuse about checking on the troops. He invariably runs into some previously-unknown game-changing event (genestealers, Chaos cultists, Necrons, etc.) that the soldiers wouldn't have been able to handle had he and Jurgen not been there.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used absolutely ridiculously on ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Krystal wants David to keep the secret that Babe's daughter is actually Bianca's baby, so to stall for time, Krystal announces that David is Babe's father, even though to their mutual knowledge, they only met recently. David orders a DNA test to confirm, and it turns out he ''is'' Babe's father, due to a nameless frat party liaison 20 years back.
* An episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' has Lucy and Ethel running a raffle to raise money for "Ladies' Overseas Aid," a charity they make up on the spot on the basis of, "We're ladies, we want to go overseas, and boy do we need aid." Eventually they're informed that doing such a thing is illegal, but just as they collect all the money, a representative from the ''real'' Ladies' Overseas Aid organization shows up to collect their generous donation, which they gladly hand over as a policeman was there getting ready to arrest them for fraud.
** Another episode had Ricky and Fred trying to get Lucy and Ethel to stop gossiping by making a deal where the first pair to spread gossip would have to serve the other pair for a day. Ricky baits Lucy into spreading a rumor about a neighbor's wife and the milkman having an affair by pretending to talk in his sleep. After catching them gossiping by listening through the air vent, they later see the neighbor chasing the milkman after catching him in the act.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a variant when Willow's PowerIncontinence makes it so that whatever she says becomes literally true. HilarityEnsues before anybody figures out what's going on.
* An interesting variant, where the character never learns he was telling the truth, in the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest". The TownWithADarkSecret attributes their health and vitality to HumanSacrifice, but the sheriff tells Clark it's down to the [[GreenRocks Blue K]] in the water. It is.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice''--Michael goes to a lot of trouble FramingTheGuiltyParty as being an undercover cop, only he hid the fake evidence a little too well, and the guy's boss almost doesn't find it. At the last moment, he finds... different evidence. Turns out the guy ''was'' an undercover cop; cue OhCrap moment.
* In Season 7, episode 9 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', [[TooCleverByHalf Rob Mariano]] decided to have some fun with Meredith & Gretchen and asked them if they had gotten on the earlier flight to Turkey in spite of there not being one...except that it turned out that there ''was'' in fact one, which Meredith & Gretchen and Uchenna & Joyce got on, leaving Rob & Amber and Ron & Kelly in the dust. Rob, not knowing this, kept on laughing at and trash-talking these two teams until he learned in Turkey that he and Amber were actually two hours behind them. LaserGuidedKarma at its finest.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' Season 2 Episode 9 Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design, Jeff invents a fake night class taught by Professor Professorson...then meets Professor Professorson. (Prof. Professor Professorson; "Professor" is his given name.) Then things get weird. [[spoiler:Although eventually subverted, as the whole thing is just an act devised by the Dean to teach Jeff a lesson about lying]].
* In the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' miniseries, Baltar quasi-randomly picks someone on the bridge as being a Cylon in order to divert suspicion over his own role in the attack on the Colonies to someone who's been a jerkass to everyone and they really don't like. The man turns out to be a Number 5 model of humanoid Cylon.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', when questioned about his poor grades in History, Reese claims that the teacher has it out for him and is intentionally failing him. When Malcolm discovers that the teacher actually is trying to send Reese to remedial classes out of spite, Reese admits that he didn't know that and was just lying to save face.
* In ''Series/TheIncreasinglyPoorDecisionsOfToddMargaret'', in a spiral of bad lies and bad decisions, Todd lies to everyone that he is not American but actually English, born and raised in Leeds (which he comes up with because of the famous ''Live at Leeds'' album by Music/TheWho). It's later revealed that he actually WAS born in Leeds, but even HE didn't know it.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', this is how Pam's pregnancy is outed to the office. Stanley had confided in Michael that he had had an affair, which Michael then lets slip in the break room, but then tries to cover it up with a series of, what he thought, were outrageous gossip-lies so that nobody would believe the story about Stanley. One such lie, "Pam is pregnant," turned out to be perfectly true.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In one episode of ''Radio/AbsolutePower'' (the original radio version), Archie hires Prentiss [=McCabe=] to embarrass the Prime Minister, who's been getting a bit too full of himself lately. Martin makes up a story about the PM making plans to abolish the monarchy and set himself up as President. Turns out such plans were discussed, albeit not as a serious proposal... and Archie wrote up the document, making him the obvious scapegoat when the government goes into damage limitation mode.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* The story of the "Miracle of the Roses", in which St. Elisabeth of Hungary is claimed to have been saved by God's own intervention. Carrying bread to the poor in defiance of her husband's wishes, she is saved from discovery when her pouch turns out (to her surprise) to hold roses instead of the bread. (Other versions say that she did not actually speak when asked what she had, however--presumably because a saint shouldn't be lying in the first place).
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'': Jack and Algernon pretend to be brothers, then it turns out they actually are brothers. Also, Jack tells Gwendolen his name is Ernest, and it really is. (He was abandoned as a baby.)
* ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''. Professor Harold Hill cons the citizens of River City into paying for uniforms and instruments with the promise that he'll train their children into a band. He does so using a "think" system which couldn't possibly work, but in the end the children learn to play anyway (albeit extremely out of tune) and he's saved from being punished.
* ''Theatre/TheRainmaker'' and the musical version ''[[Theater/OneHundredTenInTheShade 110 in the Shade]]'' end with Starbuck's promise of rain in twenty-four hours coming true after he admitted it was all a con.
-->"For the first time in my life...''rain''!"
* In ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging'', Ella, being menaced by two Corvello henchmen after she accidentally ruined their "Titanic Records" bookie operation by knowing more about classical music than their code books, desperately makes up that the police were recording their conversations all along and that Inspector Barnes should appear any moment now. He does so immediately. Ella is overjoyed, and the henchmen are arrested.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Used in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. The party needs to head to Chesedonia to find out [[spoiler:if Largo is really Natalia's father by asking her wet nurse]]. Jade tells [[spoiler:Natalia]] that the rest of the party heard a travelling Scorer was reading false prophecies in Chesedonia. When the party arrives, they find SmugSnake Sync doing just that. Jade even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it,]] saying "It seems our lie has become the truth."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Primal}}'', Jen says of Queen Devena, "I guess she's not the gal she used to be." [[spoiler: she isn't]].
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'': Angela Cross says, "I swear that crazy old man is not the same person I used to work for." [[spoiler:He isn't]].
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler:Demyx claims that Organization XIII members do have hearts ''in spite'' of the fact that Nobodies are said not to]]. Come ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]'', it turns out that he was unknowingly honest.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Matthew gains entry to Kaocho Palace by [[BavarianFireDrill telling the guards he and his friends are the Adepts the king was waiting for]]. [[spoiler:Turns out the bad guys were {{Railroading}} them into the king's service]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'', [[spoiler:Sully]] sends the enemy mooks on a wild goose chase, and, purely by coincidence, he happens to have sent them to exactly the right place.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': Subverted to a degree. Liquid Ocelot convinces the members of the [[TragicMonster Beauty and the Beast Unit]] that if they kill Solid Snake, their minds will be cleansed. Snake, of course, beats them, but according to Drebin, fighting him turned out to be just the therapy they needed to be free of their torment.
* In ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSaveTheWorld'', episode "Reality 2.0", Sybil's VR goggles break and Max makes up a cool-sounding {{Technobabble}} explanation for what's wrong, despite the fact that he clearly knows nothing about the goggles. Turns out his explanation was right on the money.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'': In dialog with his friend Zoltan, Geralt can quip that [[TheHunter Witchers]] fish with bombs. Later in the game, you talk with a fellow Witcher, Lambert, who reveals that he does exactly that. There is no story significance to it, however.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Happens in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' when Susan [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-06-27 tells her mother that Justin is gay]] so that she won't mind him staying the night. [[AllTheGoodMenAreGay Turns out he is]].
-->'''Ellen:''' You lied to your mom for a guy?
-->'''Susan:''' Yeah, I told her that Justin was gay.
-->''[beat]''
-->'''Ellen:''' Uhhh...
-->'''Susan:''' Trust me, it was a lie at the time.
** It appears that Susan told two accidental truths in one night, as what she herself called a ridiculous claim has turned out to have been declared a medical condition. Officially speaking, hair ''does'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-11-19 spontaneously change color]]. The actual cause is magic burnout, but the government calls it "spontaneous" in order to uphold TheMasquerade.
* In ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'', Angel calls the titular Jack "the toughest guy in the universe" early on, before any action had occurred. She wasn't very far from the mark.
* A meta-example from the world of webcomics: [[Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}} Kris Straub]] made [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2012/01/06/addictions-and-the-human-toll/ "Addictions and the Human Toll"]] as a parody of ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'', heavily implying that Rayne has a sex addiction and needs help. A week later, [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20120113 "Not Viagra"]] reveals that Rayne has been diagnosed with depression.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has the tale of [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-09-27/comic/the-cesspool/a-would-heroically-struggle-to-the-death-with-again/ Edward Bay]].
* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', when Lindesfarne is mistaken for the princess of England, she manages to find and track down the real one, a homeless hedgehog named Churtsey Ealing. A twist at the end of the arc indicates that Churtsey is not the real princess, and Lindesfarne allowed her to be passed off as the real one to stay with her family, be free of media attention, and avoid having her status as royalty detract from the credibility of her research. Years later, an arc reveals that Lindesfarne is actually the princess of England in the human world, and Churtsey is her counterpart in the animal-dominated world.
* Played for BlackComedy in ''Webcomic/SoreThumbs'': main character Fairbanks ''killed two people'' because they "looked like terrorists". By sheer luck they ''were'', and he got off scot free.
* Early in ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Amber suggests that Ethan's lack of interest in Robin might be due to him being gay. [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=301 As she later admits]], she only said it to needle Robin and had no idea it was the truth.
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* Leo Bone (aka Napoleon) does this in ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' to try and seize a Royalist French fleet by telling the Royalists their exiled leader has formed an alliance with Britain; when they return to Corsica, it turns out that he has.
* When reviewing "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Music/TheProclaimers, WebOriginal/ToddInTheShadows was uncertain what the word "haver" meant, and threw out "babbling out nonsense words?" as a wild guess. Then the dictionary definition was displayed.
-->"Huh. Okay, that's ''exactly'' what it means."
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Mr. Right", Timmy, sick and tired of always being wrong, wishes that he was always right, thus making it so that whenever he says something, it's automatically true, to the extent that when he told Mr. Crocker that there were only 49 states in America, North and South Dakota immediately merged into a single Dakota to prove him right. As usual, Timmy's wish backfires--he subsequently insists to Mr. Crocker that he doesn't have fairy godparents, which causes Cosmo and Wanda to disappear right then and there.
* In ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'', the heroes tell the Spanish to send a scouting party to foil an hypothetical ambush, in order to distract them from something (maybe stealing goods from them). Then the Aztecs capture the heroes, furious that their ambush has been foiled...
* In the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the titular character tries to cover his misuse of ISIS funds by [[Recap/ArcherS1E1MoleHunt claiming he's searching for a mole]] in the agency. Later, it turns out that there IS a mole and Archer's "investigation" causes him to attempt to escape.
** In "Skytanic", ISIS is called to come along on the inaugural voyage of a luxury airship due to a bomb threat. It's later revealed Mallory made the threat just to get a free ride and make her neighbor jealous. However it turns out that [[spoiler:the captain]] was going to blow up the ship for real.
** It happened again in "Live And Let Dine" where Mallory leaks information about a fake threat at a fancy restaurant hosting a meeting between U.S. and Albanian diplomats to get a reservation. Sure enough, the Albanian ambassador is poisoned. [[spoiler:Somewhat subverted when it's revealed that the thing was set up by Katya and Barry just to make ISIS look bad.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'': In "These Boots were Made for Walking (On Your Face)", K'nuckles tells a pair of thugs searching for Flapjack to search for him in a pile of old diapers as that is one of Flapjack's favorite hiding places, while he sneaks off to talk to Bubbie. However, it turns out Flapjack really was hiding in the pile of diapers and the thugs capture him.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', when Adam is tired of Jake making up lies about him to put in the school newspaper, he decides to give Jake a taste of his own medicine and write a lie about him. However, his story about Jake getting "cheek implants" turns out to be true. This is lampshaded by Lupe.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In the episode "Funny Pants," Squidward gets fed up with [=SpongeBob=]'s nonstop laughing and tells him that if he doesn't stop, he'll burn out his "laugh box" and never be able to laugh again. Later in the episode, he confesses his lie and cracks up laughing over his own prank. As it turns out, the laugh box is real, and Squidward burns out his and has to get a partial transplant from [=SpongeBob=] at the end of the episode.
** In "One Krab's Trash," Mr. Krabs sells a soda drink hat to [=SpongeBob=], and then, after finding out that it's apparently worth a million dollars, attempts to scare it off [=SpongeBob=] by telling him the hat is cursed and unless he returns it to the grave of its previous owner, [[OverlyLongName Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen]], he himself will be cursed. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that not only is Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen real, but the hat really was his when he was alive.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', in order to get rid of Mr. Harrington so they can have a party, Bloo used the old crank call where he asks "Is your refrigerator running?" and amazingly, it works; Harrington runs off to chase it. However, as it turns out Harrington didn't do this because he was gullible; his refrigerator ''has'' been known to run off (it, like a lot of furniture in the house, is an imaginary friend) and it did so this time too. He only finds out about the party after he's done scolding it.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Princess Clara tries to interrupt a wedding ceremony because the couple is gay. Spanky drives her off by telling her that there's a Jew outside poisoning a well. When she goes out, it turns out that there actually is.
** In the same episode, Clara claims that a gay marriage can lead to an invasion of Nazis riding on dinosaurs. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], after Clara admits that one gay marriage isn't the end of the world, it shows that the world has indeed been taken over by Nazis riding dinosaurs.
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