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— Patrick Kielty
, Mock the Week
, "Unlikely Things to Hear in a TV Election Debate"
So one of the characters has a secret, one that they do not want leaking out. Unfortunately, Clark Kenting
doesn't always cut it, and some aspect of the secret is going to be glaringly obvious no matter what. So they have to come up with an excuse for their situation, and tell a lie.
Similar to A Wizard Did It
, but instead of hand-waving some implausible aspect of the series, the character is the one doing the hand-waving
to another character.
In the ideal version of the trope, most people accept this because of their built-in Weirdness Censor
, or because it's executed as a Seamless Spontaneous Lie
. When it fails, you get That Liar Lies
followed by Implausible Deniability
. May or may not involve hesitation
. Will almost inevitably accompany any Paper-Thin Disguise
or Most Definitely Not a Villain
. Often delivered by a Bad Liar
. Suspiciously Specific Denial
is a subtrope. See also Metaphorically True
Some statements that are true "From A Certain Point of View
" may be blatant lies.
In Real Life
, this is the most offensive form of turd polish
To be confused with Sarcasm Mode
. Do not
contrast with I Lied
, which is when a character outright lies, but the lying is not blatant. Refuge in Audacity
covers the cases when this ploy actually works.
There are no examples.
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Anime & Manga
- Soul Eater gives us this when Kid head-shots Black*Star and Soul to break up a moment they were having.
Death the Kid:
Oops. Sorry. [beat]
My fingers slipped.
- In InuYasha, Kagome's long absences and many missed days of school are explained away by her Grandfather as being the result of various illnesses, most of which are not remotely probable for someone her age and which she would be highly unlikely to be able to recover from so quickly, such as diabetes, scoliosis and rheumatoid arthritis. He seems to draw most of his inspiration from his own physical ailments. Worse, the classmate who has a crush on her is the son of the owners of an alternative medicines clinic, and frequently brings her increasingly ridiculous herbal remedies and other health aids. This is often how she learns of her grandfather's latest excuse for her absence.
- In Ranma ½, all of the Miniature Senior Citizens claim to have been both normal-sized and very attractive when young (particularly the ultra-lecherous Happôsai and Lukkôsai, who claim to have been dignified, respected Bishonens). This is proven to be false in Happōsai's case (who was a homely little dwarf with the exact same standards as the present Happōsai) and is likely the same in Lukkōsai's case. Cologne, on the other hand, looks the same in both her and Happosai's flashback, so she's probably being honest. It's confirmed as true in the anime!
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: The Mages Hand Wave things like people flying, shooting fireballs, or giant demon mecha with "It's Toku." (In the official English translation it's CGI, which stretches both this trope and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief even further.) And it works. This sort of makes sense during the festival arc where the Muggles were already using magic guns and the like, but there's no reason for it to work the time it showed up in the Kyoto arc.
- Mai-HiME: After the results of the Power Trio's first encounter with an Orphan, Reito comes to Mai the next day and tells her that they're reporting the collateral damage to the landscape as the result of "a (freak) lightning strike." Suuuure, Reito. Single lightning strikes that set the landscape ablaze in perfectly straight lines happen all the time. Nobody seems to buy it, but on the other hand they don't know of anything else that could possibly cause that destruction.
- The Dirty Pair are more properly addressed as the "Lovely Angels" because that more accurately describes them, and it never their fault when something bad happens on one of their missions, even when a planet is destroyed, even if that tends to happen a third of the time. At least, that's what they claim...
- The characters attending Karakura High use the injury and/or illness excuse for their frequent disappearances far too often. The fact that up to five members of the same homeroom class may all be on simultaneous extended absences makes the lies all the more blatant. No one questions Orihime's excuses since her ditziness is well known and they don't expect to ever get a more coherent explanation. Uryuu is probably the most blatant liar — his arms get slashed to ribbons when he saves Ichigo's life and he explains the mess of bandages to the teacher as "I fell down some stairs" — but rarely gets called on it because he manages to keep his grades up and stay on top of the class and is otherwise very obedient.
- Shinji Hirako refers to Orihime as his first love. Then it's revealed he describes every cute girl he ever meets like this.
- In a flashback, Uryuu asks his father why he hates being a Quincy. Ryuuken hesitates for a moment, then looks him straight in the eye and tells him it's because he can't make a living from it. Uryuu, the only person on Earth who doesn't realize that Ryuuken is lying to protect his son, asks his grandfather how this can be. Souken weaves a Metaphorically True explanation about Ryuuken needing to feed a family, which fighting monsters as a Quincy cannot achieve. When he mentions that Ryuuken's actions are dictated by what he needs to protect, Uryuu immediately concludes Ryuuken must be protecting money. Realising Uryuu's too young to understand what's being said, Souken drops the subject entirely.
- Yhwach's announcement to the Stern Ritter includes a blatant lie which is more obvious to the reader than the characters. Since most of the Stern Ritter have never heard of the Ishida family, they don't realise Yhwach's deliberate focus on Uryuu's Gemischt status is hiding the existence of Uryuu's Echt father, Ryuuken. In short, Yhwach, Souken and Ryuuken have all been lying about Ryuuken's Quincy status to almost every Quincy alive.
- Minako of Sailor Moon does the same thing during her own manga, Codename: Sailor V. Artemis doesn't buy it for a second.
- Onsokumaru of Ninin Ga Shinobuden is a floating yellow ball with arms, yet for some reason Shinobu believes him when he claims to be a hawk. This is just one of countless lies he manages to sell her on. Kaede is never fooled for a second.
- Seto no Hanayome: Mafia boss Seto Gozaburo's introduction as the new homeroom teacher:
Gozaburo: Starting today, I'm taking over this "group." I'm the leader of this group. I'll scold whoever makes noise. Nice to meet you all.
Class President: E-erm... What happened to the former teacher, Shibazaki-sensei?
Gozaburo: Mr Shibazaki is .... On maternity leave!
Students: Eh, he can give birth?!
- Yamazaki of Cardcaptor Sakura gets his kicks improvising outrageous lies, usually about the history of things. Sakura and, strangely enough, Syaoran always believe him. Chiharu seems thoroughly jaded, but let Yamazaki talk long enough and she will start to wonder...
- It gets worse when Eriol joins the cast in the final season and plays along with Yamazaki's lies. The two of them play off of each other and build more and more outrageous stories. Becomes doubly funny when you realize that Eriol is the reincarnation of Clow Reed, and has all of the immensely wise sorcerer's memories, so he's doing this entirely to mess with people.
- In Elfen Lied young Kouta lies to Lucy about the gender of his cousin, in order to avoid making her jealous. BIG mistake.
- Rozen Maiden's Suiseiseki takes full advantage of the fact that Hina-Ichigo will believe anything she's told. In one memorable case, she convinced Hina that mailboxes were dangerous monsters... purely so she could get her letter sent first.
- About half of the dialog in Beelzebub is lies one way or another. Especially anytime Oga is describing himself, or well any other time it could get a laugh. Including the very first line of the series.
Oga: Long long ago, in a certain place, there was a very very handsome, cool, respected, entirely angelic young man.
- In Onegai Twins, the trio gets a visit from Tsubaki, who's clearly interested in Maiku. Karen notices Miina glowering◊.
Karen: Miina-san, your face looks scary.
Miina: I was born like this.
Karen: ...Is that right?
- Galaxy Angel's Mint brings the staff of an amusement park to tears with her story of the deaths of Ranfa and Forte. They charged into a hail of bullets while she remained behind because of her powerful family. I almost burst into tears, then I remembered that Ranfa and Forte were back at base enjoying their coffee break.
- Durarara!! has Orihara Izaya saying "No way! I'm not the bad guy!"
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: As much as you would want to believe that Kyubey is lying, he's not. He actually considers himself above lying and always answers questions honestly, although he typically also leaves out a lot of very important details. Gen Urobuchi, however, lies constantly, and reached legendary Troll status that way. Saying Sayaka was the main character is just one example...
- From Angel Beats!. After Otonashi has to grab Yurippe inappropriately to climb up human ladder style and Hinata attempts the same thing:
Hinata: AAAAAHHHHH YYYYYOOOOUUUUUU BIIIIIIIT- [scene change] Otonashi:
Where's Hinata? Yurippe:
He was a noble sacrifice.
- One Piece:
- After the Life Alive concert in Haruhi Suzumiya, we can see Kyon wolf down his lunch in silence and then casually stroll out of the classroom and declares that it's not that he wants to talk to Haruhi about the concert or anything, he just took a walk to settle his stomach. The narrator is blatantly lying to the viewer!
- In Mayo Chiki!, Kanade is a master at this. She tells Kureha, the main character Jiro's sister, that Subaru is in fact a guy in episode 3. Later, in episode 7, Subaru is wearing a bikini and looks like a girl when Kureha once again shows up. Kanade blatantly points out that she's a girl, and is in fact Subaru's "cousin", Punyuru. Kureha once again falls for it.
- The World God Only Knows:
- During an obvious breather arc, Keima gets upset about losing a shogi match and tries to pretend he meant to do it as part of his strategy. The girl he's working on, Nanaka, then points out that he has Ocular Gushers going on, at which point he claims he's not crying, he's relaxing in a hotspring! Complete with an image of him filling up a hot spring with his tears.
- An earlier example has the narration lying where after Keima gets tasered the narration assures it's a completely safe stun gun. The girl who attacked him later breaks a tree in half with them. Totally safe stun gun, that. Yeah.
- The Sisters in A Certain Magical Index narrate themselves, so any lies end up like this.
Mikoto: Did you just eat my ice cream?
Misaka 9982: Of course not, Misaka says while enjoying the lingering taste of chocolate mint.
- Pion of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita spends a fair amount of time claiming to be human. Despite running on electricity, making weird noises, possessing Super Strength, and having cat ears.
- Ran Kotobuki of Super Gals! had a Running Gag in which she was constantly late for class, and every time offered an unbelievable excuse, such as being kidnapped by aliens or being ambushed by the paparazzi when in reality she'd either gotten distracted or simply overslept.
- Haruka is bad at telling lies, but often resorts to that to hide her traumatic past, so it happens a few times.
- Manga-only: After Manabe and Haruka came back to Haruka's apartment in Chapter/Episode 1, the first thing Manabe asked was why Haruka lives alone, and Haruka wants to avoid telling him her broken past...
- She had a Cry Cute a few moments later, at the same scene. She claimed that was Onion Tears. Manabe of course called out her not even being close to an onion.
- Fruits Basket: "Nobody's using you, Tohru!" says the guy who's using Tohru. Naturally, she believes him.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san has the title character, whose Manic Pixie Dream Girl nature includes claiming her relationship with Mahiro is much hotter and heavier than it really is. It's actually backfired to an extent, as seen in episode 7 of the second TV series where Mahiro outright says that he can't believe it when she says "I love you" because of all the times she's lied about their relationship.
- Chantez Arpinion of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid shows just how much of a trickster she is when she gives one of these to Vivio during a practice match. For extra points, she's a nun of the Saint Church and Vivio's the clone of their Jesus analogue.
: I'll start with an attack from your Majesty's
right side. Vivio
: Right-hand side... really? Chantez
: Of course! Sister Chantez is a good, honest girl! So she won't tell lies... (Chantez uses her Super Speed to attack Vivio from behind) Chantez
: (Thinking to herself) Most of the time.
- In Love So Life, Nao tells Oeji that Shiharu isn't home when the latter comes to check on her injury.
- Common in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics, both because several cast members are Bad Liars and because they frequently engage in such on the show.
Ah'm the kindest, most innocent filly in Equestria.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover fanfic Kage (part of Project Dark Jade), Nerissa (as "The Mage"), gives a good dose of this to the good guys of Meridian, to ensure that Jade's claims of being a threat remain a Cassandra Truth so she's forced to ally with the evil sorceress.
- In Better Angels, Shane lies to the Atlanta survivors about Rick's death saying that Rick had been bitten and needed to be put down. This is consistent with Shane's duplicitous nature in The Walking Dead when he lies about leaving Otis for dead and killing Randall.
- In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Vegeta is a proud warrior...
Goku: So Vegeta, what happened to you? Did you get beat up by this guy? [talking about Recoome]
Recoome: [groaning in pain]
Vegeta: [stammering] Uhhh no...I..umm...uh..
Ghost Nappa: You fell down some stairs.
Vegeta: I fell down some stairs.
Krillin: No you didn't, you—
Vegeta: Shut up before I throw you down a flight!
- Gensokyos Heart: Aya Shameimaru writes an article full of these.
- Luminosity turns these into a plot point: Elspeth's powers revolve around the truth. When lying, they dull quite a bit, so when they need a way to dull her powers...
- Used word for word by Minato in The Girl From Whirlpool about Sakumo's claims of the border's pleasant weather.
- Boy, does Bhelen ever try to feed the dwarven commoner a slice of bull_hit the size of a mountain in Dragon Age The Crown Of Thorns. Hilariously enough, Faren was actually playing dumb on behalf of the dwarven noble protagonist.
- Oh God Not Again:
- This is a common tactic of Harry's, usually when a Sarcastic Confession just won't cut it. His favorite answer to "How do you know that?" is "My psychic scar told me."
- Subverted in one instance:
Molly: This is much better gossip than last year's 'Albus Dumbledore was madly in love with Gellert Grindelwald.' Honestly, you'd think Rita Skeeter would learn to stop making up such sensational stories. Obviously Dumbledore was struck speechless by the lies and thus couldn't be bothered to deny it.
- In Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright, Isra is getting fed up with being protected. She would rather be doing her job - killing people.
Altair: It's a trap.
Isra: [sarcastic] I hadn't noticed.
Altair: You can't go, [...] they'll be waiting for you.
Isra: Good for them.
Altair: This is serious, and you're being flippant!
Isra: Oh, perish the thought!
- In Children Of The Stars there is this exchange between the two leads that hints at the established UST being mutual.
Well would you rather hang onto me
or the gryphon? [beat] Keleria:
The gryphon. What else would I hang on to.
- In The Dilgar War, warmaster Len'char is sent to Earth space to try and stipulate a non-aggression treaty. The description in his journal of the first meeting with Earth ambassadors and their escort as 'subduing them with his commanding aura' and of the 'million sighs' of relief they produced when he informed them of coming in peace and not in conquest drew a lot of laughs from the ambassadors and the intelligence analysts who spied it.
- Used numerous times in the essay-fic, Equestria: A History Revealed, in which the narrator purposefully miscites sources, and her "proof" for her ridiculously implausible theories.
- At one point, she outright admits that most of the stuff in her essay was made up as she goes along. She unfortunately doesn't see the problem in this.
- From Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
Socrates: [upon being questioned by Hobbes as to why he can't go in his mansion] Uh... we're... stinky.
- Project Ignition: What Cristoph is telling the very doomed May Greenfield as she lay in her NEXT as BETA bear down on it... yeah, Adler and Llad are incoming and will save her at the very last second.
- In The Second Try Shinji is forced to apply this trope:
- In The Many Secret Origins Of Scootaloo, Pinkie Pie tries to convince Twilight Sparkle that Scootaloo fights crime as The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well, but Twilight protests that they both, as well as Fluttershy and Applejack, invented the MMDW themselves and donned the costume as a prior scheme. And also, she can clearly see Pinkie's costume hanging out of a closet over there. Pinkie Pie insists that she's mistaken.
- In Naruto Asunder, when Naruto and Hinata go on an assured suicide mission:
Naruto: So you say your goodbyes?
Hinata: Yes. My family cheered me on and said to come home safe.
Naruto: Did you say you would?
Hinata: Yes. It seemed the kindest thing to do.
- Psychopath Thinking Outside The Box: "No Worms Were Harmed in the making of this fic."
- At the end of With Strings Attached, Shag and Varx tell the four that they had been brought to C'hou to restore the Vasyn, and that they themselves are members of an alien do-gooder race but are unable to intervene themselves. The four accept this, but the reader has known all along that they were initially brought over as subjects in an undergraduate psychology experiment, and everything the two aliens said was a complete lie. In part two of the Epilogue, Shag is ashamed to have lied so blatantly to the four, but Varx points out they almost certainly wouldn't have reacted well to the truth:
+How else were we gonna explain everything? 'Oh, the only reason you went through all that was that we all got suckered into the quest by our idiot gamer partner who co-opted you after we got kicked off our psych experiment because we screwed around with you.' They would've loved that.+
- The absolute INSANITY that is the Harry Potter fanfic Thirty H's has this. The fic is marked as Angst/Romance between Bellatrix Lestrange & Seamus Finnegan. They don't appear once.
- In the Saki doujin, Kazekoshi Buchou Monogatari, Mihoko, after seeing Kana get a poke in the forehead from Hisa (who is attending Kazekoshi in this doujin) for getting in last place due to playing into someone else's hand, gets slightly jealous and wants Hisa to touch her in such a way. She then opens her right eye, throws the game, and comments how "everyone has gotten stronger", while Miharu mentally notes that "Captain is so transparent". It's unclear whether Hisa, who kisses Mihoko on the forehead instead is fooled or if she merely doesn't care, although the latter is more likely.
- In Saki After Story, the phrase is used verbatim to describe Teru refusing to admit that Saki is her sister, even to Sumire, who knows the truth.
"That is utter bullshit! I've had enough of your lying!" Sumire snapped back, now completely outraged at Teru's blatant lies.
- In Frozen Hearts, Prince Hans saying that "I'm not afraid" is an obvious lie for his parents and himself.
True, it was a blatant lie, but even so, he felt better saying it.
- In Table Top Adventures, an obstructive horse-breeder refuses to sell mounts to the party. This prompts Pyrrha to roll for intimidation and whisper in the Game Master's ear. When she's done, he looks afraid, and the NPC gives them the horses and supplies into the bargain.
Jaune: Wow, Pyrrha. What did you say to her?
Pyrrha: I only said 'please'.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, Spock alleges that his letting McCoy and baby!Kirk sleep cuddled together for another few minutes was "entirely due to their need for sleep", not because it's "adorable."
- In the Mork and Mindy fanfic Mork And Mindys Twenty Fifth Anniversary, Mork can easily tell that Mindy is lying when she says that "everything's fine."
- The Soul Society is apparently built on this in Alabaster Orchestra.
- "Last Rights": When Senior Chief Athezra Darrod is hit by Vaadwaur shrapnel he asks Captain Kanril Eleya how bad it is. She tells him it's just a flesh wound before yelling for the medic. He has four compound fractures of the ribcage and an obvious sucking chest wound, and dies less than a minute later.
Films - Live Action
- Airplane - in one scene, Dr. Rumack lies so blatantly that his nose grows Pinocchio-style.
- Analyze This had a scene where Dr. Sobel runs into Paul Vitti's right hand man, Jelly, who was "previously incarcerated".
: I thought you were in prison? Jelly
: It would appear not. Dr. Sobel
: How'd you get out? Jelly
: I had a new trial. Turns out that the evidence in the first trial was tainted. Dr. Sobel
: Oh, I see. Jelly
: Anyway, two of the witnesses decided not to testify and the third guy, well, he committed suicide. Dr. Sobel
: How? Jelly
: He stabbed himself in the back four times and threw himself off a bridge
- Back to School:
- The Blues Brothers features the Apology of Jake Blues.
Mystery Woman: You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me!
Jake Blues: No I didn't! Honest...I ran out of gas. I...I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!
- In Bedazzled (1967), George tells Stanley the girl he loves has died. When Stanley, shocked, asks 'Really?' George breezily replies not really, that he lied. Off Stanley's anger, he explains he's compelled to lie, and that everything he's told him is a lie - including that everything he's told him is a lie. Of course, George is the Devil, so...
- Cabin Fever is set in the midst of a deadly flesh-eating disease outbreak. About halfway through the movie a woman wants some hot "we're all gonna die anyway" sex and enlists a stunned male acquaintance to give her one last ride. When the guy gets antsy about the risk of disease exposure, she half-assedly tries to convince him that she's perfectly healthy. Either played straight or subverted - it isn't clear which. She may not have been aware that she had the disease, but observant watchers have noted that you can see some signs of her illness before the sex scene, so she might've been aware of her own condition.
- In Casablanca:
- Renault is cheerfully and unashamedly corrupt.
Captain Renault: By the way, last night you evinced an interest in Señor Ugarte.
Victor Laszlo: Yes.
Captain Renault: I believe you have a message for him?
Victor Laszlo: Nothing important, but may I speak to him now?
Major Strasser: You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided. Señor Ugarte is dead.
Captain Renault: I am making out the report now. We haven't quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I am shocked - shocked - to find that gambling is going on in here.
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much.
- Charlie's Angels: Alex and her actor boyfriend are rehearsing a "bomb defusing" scene, and Alex lets slip some technobabble. To cover it up she says, "Isn't it amazing what you can learn on the Internet?"
- In Clue, Mrs. White uses this to explain away what happened to her first husband.
Wadsworth: Your first husband also disappeared.
Mrs. White: But that was his job. He was an illusionist.
Wadsworth: But he never reappeared!
Mrs. White: He wasn't a very good illusionist.
- From Con Air:
Where are you taking my plane, Cyrus? Cyrus:
We're going to Disneyland. Vincent: You're lying, Cyrus
So are you, Vince.
- Coneheads: "We're from France."
- Batman Begins: When Bruce wakes up from being gassed by Scarecrow's fear toxin, Fox shows up and reveals that he created the antidote for him.
Bruce: How fast can you make more of that antidote?
Fox: You planning on gassing yourself again, Mister Wayne?
Bruce: You know how it is, Fox. You're out late, looking for kicks, someone's passing around a weaponized hallucinogen...
- The Dark Knight:
- In The Dark Knight Rises:
- This doozie from the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, Rodrick Rules:
Would you please explain what you're doing in this picture? Rodrick:
That's not me. Frank/Dad:
That's not you? [beat] Rodrick:
- At the end of Diggstown, after Gabriel Caine openly, in front of the entire town, orders Menoso Torres to take a fall in the last bout, John Gillon tells Caine "You beat me fair and square." He means it.
- Everybodys Fine is full of these. The kid desperately attempt to cover up the lies they have been feeding their father over the years. It doesn't help.
- In From Russia with Love, while flirting with Miss Moneypenny, James Bond tells her, "Oh my darling Moneypenny, you know I'd never even look at another woman."
- The Godfather:
- "Is it true?" "No." And she believes it.
- "I do reject Satan." (at a baptism Michael is attending while his hitmen assassinate all the family's rivals)
- Guesthouse Paradiso. Eddie is in the reception area welcoming new guest Gina Carbonara. There is a massive explosion from the kitchen. Eddie: "Mice." (pause) "Basque Separatist mice."
- Guide for the Married Man from 1967 has Walter Matthau thinking of infidelity; his friend coaches him on what to do. One vignette has a wife walk in while her husband and mistress are in bed (afterglow time) and he simply repeatedly denies that the mistress is even there. The wife walks away, disbelieving her own eyes.
- The many explanations to which the local police in Hot Fuzz chalk up the horrific murders in the town of Sandford are blatant lies. This is underlined when Nicholas Angel has go along with the stock explanation for a local woman's brutal murder (which took place in front of him): "She tripped and fell on her own shears." The lies are actually perpetrated by the conspiracy that surrounds the village, but most of the cops have had their instincts so dulled by both the conspiracy and the peaceful life it produces that they instinctively buy into these lies, regardless of how nakedly absurd they are. Typical response to said incident: "So... you're saying it wasn't an accident?"
- The plot of The Invention of Lying. In a world where everyone always tells the truth, a man figures out how to lie. Everyone believes everything he says without question, leading to the exchange:
Mark: [to a random hot girl on the street] If you don't have sex with me right now, the world will end!
Girl: Oh my goodness! Do we need to do it right here, or do we have time to get a hotel room?!
- I Robot. A robot tries to murder Detective Spooner by leaping onto the hood of his car, smashing the windscreen, and grabbing the steering wheel to send his car off the road.
Robot: You are experiencing a car accident.
Spooner: The HELL I am!
- Iron Man:
- "I'm just driving with the top down."
- "Nothing to worry about, just a training exercise."
- "This isn't about me!"
- Terry Silver's speech about what he's got from karate in The Karate Kid Part III. He's a borderline-psychotic sadist who says that he's got discipline, health, inner-peace and self-confidence from karate, and he's about to open some dojos to teach karate full of honesty, compassion and fair play. The crowd love it, but we see several shots that show us that Daniel and Mr Miyagi are clearly not buying it.
- Kick-Ass: With gunfire clearly audible in the background:
Bodyguard: Everything's under control.
Chris: Under control? You're getting a fucking BAZOOKA!
- In A Knight's Tale, Prince Edward justifies knighting William by announcing that he's discovered Will is descended from nobility. Though quite obviously a lie, no one dares call him out on it because he's royalty. "This is my word, and as such is beyond contestation."
- Earlier, there's the scene where William tells Chaucer that he is "Sir Urich Von Lichtenstein". Chaucer doesn't buy it for an instant, but goes along with it when William threatens him much in the way a noble would react to a smartmouthed peasant. He even offers to make letters patent of nobility and serve as Will's herald in exchange for food and clothing.
- Mean Girls
Karen: I can't come out. [fake coughing] I'm sick.
- The whole point of the Neuralizer in Men In Black.
Agent J: Thank you for participating in our drill. Had this been an actual emergency, y'all woulda been eaten. 'Cause you don't listen. How's a man gonna come bustin' through the back of a subway — it's the same with all y'all New Yorkers! You think you've seen it all, "ooh, another six-hundred-foot worm, save us mister black man!" I ask y'all nicely to move forward to the next car, but you just sit there like... [flash] Thank you for participating in our drill. We hope you have enjoyed our shorter, more energy-efficient subway cars. Watch your step; you will have a nice evening.
- The Muppets: "Change of heart. Nothing to do with head injury."
- In Mystery Men, The Bowler's father supposedly died when he "fell down an elevator shaft... onto some bullets".
- Nightcrawler: Lou informs Rick that the killer is dead in the vehicle and tells him to get footage of it, which leads to the latter fatally shooting Rick.
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
- Shaolin Soccer: Team Rebellion's captain has wrenches and tools falling out of his soccer shorts before the game begins. Each time, he delivers a protracted explanation that, as a mechanic, he has a valid excuse for tools to be in his shorts.
- This is actually the plot of Shattered Glass. It's revealed that nearly all of the articles Steven Glass wrote were almost completely made up. We say "almost" because a fact checker in the film does discover "there is apparently a state in the union named "Nevada"."
- Space Jam: after Michael Jordan is sucked down the magical portal in a golf hole, his assistant tries to dig him out. Naturally, someone finds him standing waist-deep in a huge hole in the middle of the course and asks what he's doing. "Um ... I'm fixing a divot." The guy buys it.
- In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Kirk claims that Spock's odd behavior is due to him doing a lot of "LDS" during the sixties. Of course, all of them are wearing at best a Paper-Thin Disguise.
- Though, before filming, they were wondering what the reaction of people around San Francisco would be to a bunch of people wandering around wearing Starfleet uniforms. Nobody noticed.
- Starship Troopers does this often, but the satire is played with such a straight face that sometimes it's hard to catch. Pay particular note to the casualty numbers for the disastrous Battle of Klendathu on the newsreel, and then the numbers displayed in the hospital where Rico is being treated for his wounds. The state media is blatantly underreporting the number of deaths by a factor of ten. And then there's "This led to massive peace protests where 127 students and peace protesters died."
- Star Wars:
- Han's unsuccessful Bavarian Fire Drill:
Han: Everything is under control. Situation normal.
Intercom Officer: What happened?
Han: Uh...had a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh, everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?
Intercom Officer: We're sending a squad up.
Han: Uh, uh, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak...very dangerous.
Intercom Officer: Who is this? What's your operating number?
Han: Uh... [blasts commlink] Boring conversation anyway.
- "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
- Part of the Great Jedi Purge was Palpatine using these in order to discredit the Jedi further after Order 66 was issued. Due to almost no Jedi being around to refute the story, the fact that they're rather insular and strange to the common person, and that Palpatine is the ruler of the Republic/Empire, a lot of people readily believe that Jedi were doing things like mind-controlling districts filled with people, stealing babies to "indoctrinate" in Jedi ways, and other such "crimes".
- Thor: The Dark World: When Frigga asks her adopted son, "Am I not your mother?", Loki hesitates for a full five seconds before he unconvincingly replies, "You're not." The sad expression on his face and his reaching out for her hand afterwards prove that he doesn't mean it.
- True Stories goes the completely unsubtle route with Lying Woman.
- The main part of Watch It is about a group of housemates who play practical jokes on each other. After John, a newcomer, has fallen victim to one of Rick's jokes, their housemate Danny sympathizes with John and says the jokes have gotten juvenile, and he, Danny, doesn't play the game any more. Of course, later that night, when John comes home to what he thinks is an empty house and decides to fix himself a late-night snack, Danny is waiting in a cabinet to grab John's leg and scare the shit out of him.
- In Weekend at Bernie's, an unhinged mob hitman bursts into a scene and shoots the titular corpse several times. Unfortunately, the protagonists are standing right there. This leads to:
Larry: I didn't see anything! I was looking at my watch!
Richard: I'm blind!
- The Monster at the End of This Book, in the Sesame Street Golden Book children's literature series. The story is about Grover, who tries to convince the reader to not finish the book because there is a horrifying, evil monster lurking on the final page. A series of obstacles (e.g., tying the pages together with Army rope, brick walls, etc.) of course don't work. The trope comes at the end: the "scary" monster at the end of the book is merely Grover! ("Oh, I'm so embarrassed!" he says sheepishly.) One of the earliest and most successful Sesame Street books to date, a rewrite was commissioned in 1996, with Grover finding Elmo as the "horrifying monster" at the end of the updated version. (Although to some, Elmo would avert the trope, believing him to indeed be a scary monster.)
- In Duumvirate, Sarah raids and kills a pervert, then "found" a will on his hard drive that everything he owned was to go to her son. More a Take That than a lie meant to be believed.
- Harry Potter
- The Dursleys claim Harry has gone to "St Brutus' Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys" to their fellow Muggle neighbors to explain his long absences at Hogwarts. Aunt Marge approves, and asks whether they still use the cane. And Harry, needing the Dursleys' to sign a permission form, jumps in on the blatant lying to the point Marge offers that if he can talk so lightly about St. Brutus, then they're not beating him hard enough.
- The Dursleys also told Harry that Lily and James Potter died in a car crash. They seem to have told Marge that as well.
- When asked directly by Harry what he saw when he looked into the Mirror of Erised, a mirror that shows one's greatest desire, Dumbledore claims to see "a pair of thick, woollen socks." It's actually his dead sister, whom he may or may not have accidentally killed, alive again.
- In the classic novel Gladiator, when his Army superiors ask for an explanation of his superhuman powers, Hugo Danner does NOT speak of his father's medical experiments. Instead, he simply says, "I'm from Montana."
- The Dresden Files:
- In Making Money, Moist asks why Mrs. Lavish keeps two loaded crossbows on her desk. The answer is "family heirlooms". He notes that a lie so blatant is clearly meant to make a statement rather than be believed. Considering the rest of her family, it's more of a Jedi Truth. If any of her family tries anything funny, the crossbow bolts will be heirlooms, after they've been...forcibly gifted upon the family member in question.
- In Thud!, a fight nearly breaks out between a troll and a dwarf officer. Commander Vimes enters the room to find a table overturned, and the potential combatants being restrained by their fellow officers. He asks who's going to be the first to "tell me a huge whopper". Nobby Nobbs obliges by offering up an utterly preposterous explanation about how the dwarf almost drank some (dangerously chemical) troll coffee, and the others rushed to stop him. Vimes pretends to buy it, and the others pretend to believe that he buys it. Much of what Nobby Nobbs does involves this trope. He has been seen using the excuse that his "granny died" in order to get out of work. When directly asked by Colon, he says that this is about the twentieth one it happened to (although three of them were genuine; Granny Nobbs was Only Mostly Dead the first time). Watchmen seem to be expected to have that particular excuse, having been given three afternoons off for grandmother's funerals a year.
- The "grandmother's funeral" excuse comes up again when two troll constables are given an order to apprehend another troll, Acting-Constable Detritus. This exchange promptly occurs (which showcases genius-level thinking, for a troll):
Sergeant Colon: Lance-Constable Coalface! Lance-Constable Bauxite! Apprehend Acting-Constable Detritus!
Lance-Constable Bauxite: [salutes] Permission for leave to attend grandmother's funeral, sir?
Sergeant Colon: Why?
Lance-Constable Bauxite: It her or me, sarge.
- Nobby Nobbs only used the Grandmother's Funeral excuse twice...per year.
- Feet of Clay has Vimes and Detritus discussing who possibly could have threatened Chrysophrase's drug smuggler, Hardcore, while a new applicant looks on in disbelief as Detritus's assurances that none of HIS trolls would ever do such a thing (and yet he knew who was threatened and why) are accepted.
- This is also a Metaphorically True case since none of Detritus' trolls actually did the deed. It was Detritus himself.
- Monstrous Regiment. Roughly every other spoken line (though one specific character technically only lies about one thing...).
- Johnny and the Bomb shows that it's possible to appear out of thin air, claim you're looking for the pottery club, and let everyone's Weirdness Censor do the rest.
- Earlier, Johnny notes that the phrase "We're doing a school paper" seems to grant you all sorts of access, and that Hitler could probably have conquered all of Europe by claiming it was school research.
- Twice in the X-Wing Series novel Wraith Squadron:
- The Wraiths, pretending to be the crew of a warship, are on that warship's mission, touring planets aligned with Warlord Zsinj. The captain dies while they are capturing his ship, and at some point a planetary governor hails them and wants to talk to that captain. Improvising, the squadron's actor coats a pair of goggles with fluorescent paint, sticks one end of a tube in his nostril, the other in his ear (to disguise his distinctive features), and pretends to be a lieutenant and says that the captain is in the bath, dictating his memoirs. When the governor states his confusion, the actor roars that Captain Darillian has to budget his time; he's not some planetary governor who can skim taxes with one hand and pick his nose with the other!
- Later, the Wraiths' actor, "Face" Loran impersonates that captain with the help of his full-holo Captain's Log. Most of the people who they met either hadn't known the man or had barely met him and knew little of him other than his melodrama and ego. But then the actor talks in depth to Darillian's immediate superior, making him suspicious when they turn out not to know something the captain should. He gets out of this by furiously improvising, again, and telling the admiral, as the captain, that it's been a very long time since he was home. The admiral knows that, and that the captain's family died thanks to Isard. The actor, as the captain, continues to improvise and tells the admiral that he was in love with Isard, and was wildly conflicted and distracted by this. Going off on a tangent about her, the actor fascinated the admiral long enough that he forgot about his suspicions and almost fell into the Wraiths' trap. This was helped by the fact that Loran had met Isard in person, and his particular talents allowed him to notice and remember very subtle details about her.
Face: Thank you, thank you. Performances every hour, on the hour. Imperial madmen a specialty.
- In Solo Command, during Wedge and Han's "mutiny of anonymity", the various crew off-duty refused to refer to one another by their proper name and rank, or allow people who did into their section. The preferred address was "person who looks like [so and so]". Wedge explains:
"not-Wedge": Who do you think I am?
Face: Um... Commander Wedge Antilles, New Republic Starfighter Command?
"not-Wedge": No no no no... if I were Antilles, I'd be wearing proper rank insignia, wouldn't I?
- Another from Wraith Squadron, when Wedge breaks up a fight:
Phanan: We were discussing the finer points of a specific hand-to-hand combat maneuver...
Wedge: Flight Officer Phanan, how many times do you think I've heard that "we were talking about a boxing move" excuse?
- There's Starfighters of Adumar.
: We'll need a wheeled transport, one of the flatcam units our pursuers are carrying, and four sets of women's clothing. Hobbie
: Boss, please tell me you're not putting us in women's clothing. Wedge
: Very well. I'm not putting us in women's clothing. [in the next chapter, the four pilots are in women's clothing] Hobbie
: You lied to me. Wedge
: I did. With my brilliant achievements in the diplomatic profession
has come the realization that lies can be powerful motivators. Hobbie
: My faith is shattered. Wedge
: You knew, when I said we needed four sets of women's clothing, that we were going to end up in them. You knew
. So any hopes you had to the contrary were just self-delusion. Hobbie
: I understand that. But I'd rather blame you than me.
- In the Robert A. Heinlein novel Starman Jones, the main character questions one of his friends about the contents of some boxes the friend has smuggled aboard. The friend claims they're tea cosies, which he's importing as "skullcaps for pinheads". Not so much.
- In Callahan's Secret, by Spider Robinson, Mike Callahan recounts how, after a dimly-remembered alcoholic event, he woke up naked in New York and wound up riding a police horse, using the horse blanket as a toga. He averted attention by galloping boldly through the streets and periodically shouting, "Attack of the Horseclans! Coming soon from United Artists!"
- In Drugs & the Dominoes, when Luck Gandor pulls himself together after near-decapitation in front of a witness, there's no possible plausible lie, so he goes for a blatant one:
Luck: [grabs magazine with a red cover off shelf]
Oh my, that was dangerous. If not for the timely rescue of this book, I would have died. Shopkeeper:
Uh... that... no... blood
. Luck: [rips magazine]
It was the cover of this book scattering everywhere. You saw wrongly. It was too sudden. Shopkeeper:
But— Luck: Oh right, I have to repay you for this book...
- Everything Shin-tsu of The Longing of Shiina Ryo says is taken as this, even though he's telling the truth. It's not his fault the Universe made him its plaything.
- The Antichrist in Left Behind, despite supposedly being the agent (and later, living avatar) of the Prince Of Lies, uses a lot of these. It only works since he has some ill-defined Mind Control powers to back him up, and more importantly because the authors portray the entire population of the planet after the Rapture as morons.
- In the first Star Trek: Millennium novel, when Dr. Bashir asks Garak to aid him in identifying two recently-discovered bodies (referencing Garak's expertise), Garak responds: "Oh, Doctor, I'm afraid that in matters of mysterious deaths, I am entirely bereft of experience". No-one is amused. Bashir then clarifies he wanted Garak to examine their clothing..."I meant your expertise as a tailor".
- In A Song of Ice and Fire the Frey's excuse for the Red Wedding is that Robb's forces attacked first, transformed into wolves and they were forced to kill them in self defense. Unsurprisingly no one really buys this, but they're relying on people accepting it for political reasons. It's not proving very effective.
- One observer sarcastically notes that it looks like the Freys realized that nobody was going to believe them no matter what excuse they gave, and so they decided to go all out and at least come up with something creative.
- An Elegy for the Still-living: Francis Church convinces a prisoner to play a game where they take turns asking and answering questions. Either player can accuse the other of lying. If the accuser is correct, he wins the game. The prisoner spots a loophole in the rules and decides never to make an accusation. Almost everything Francis says from that point on is a lie. Some of what he says is actually pretty subtle, but "I am not afraid of anything," is obviously untrue.
- In Twilight, after Bella is hurt by James, the Cullens are somehow able to pass her injuries off as her falling down some steps and smashing through a window. Everyone buys this. When Bella is dropped off at the hospital, she has a broken leg, four broken ribs, cracks on her skull, bruises all over her skin, and severe blood loss. There is no mention of lacerations or injuries from impact, nor of bits of glass in her hair or clothes, and she was jacked up with morphine before being put in the hospital. In Breaking Dawn, Bella and Edward try to pass their daughter off Edward's previously-unmentioned niece from a previously-unmentioned brother, who suddenly fell over dead and left his daughter in the care of the officially-underage Edward. From all of this, the only thing that clues Charlie in on the lies is the fact that Renesmee's eyes look exactly like Bella's.
- In the movie, when he sees her, he even says "So, this is your kid, Edward?" and rolls his eyes knowingly when Edward insists on "niece" with the obligatory "Oh, right".
- In A Brother's Price, Jerin tells the Porter sisters that he will marry them willingly, pleasure them in bed, and care for their children if they just don't kill Cira. Later Cira is surprised to find that he was lying, but like he said earlier in the book - "You have to be very careful [with lies], but we Whistlers have always thought it was a good thing to know how to do it well."
- George Orwell's 1984. The Party has browbeaten and conditioned its citizens to believe even the most blatant lies that it spouts. The Party's lies often contradict its own previously told lies. And it's not enough for citizens to simply say that they believe the lies. They have to genuinely believe them.
- In the poem "Who Am I" from Raving Lunacy, the author claims, among other things, to be "the sunshine, the moonlight, the good times and the boogie" (an obvious reference to Michael Jackson) and "the reason why some believe the moon landing was a hoax" (a subtle lampooning of (ridiculous) conspiracy theories).
- In Seanan McGuire's October Daye novel Ashes of Honor, Chelsea tells her mother that Toby's turning her into a full fae didn't hurt.
- In The Hot Gates the entire Horvath diplomatic position is built on these. They even have the gall to demand compensation for the ships lost to "human pirates" when those ships were carrying out a Colony Drop on several Earth cities, after their Depopulation Bomb failed, and the humans decided to fight back. This is on top of demanding a restoration of their "protectorate" over Earth. Fortunately, not even their Rangora allies are supporting this position.
- In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, Jack's first attempt to get Jenny to go back is this, plus illusion to back up that he and Puck are not The Fair Folk.
- The Zombie Knight:
- In the beginning, it's mostly Hector (sometimes with Garovel's help) coming up with excuses to explain his absence or physical exhaustion, but later on, it happens with other characters as well. There's one conversation between Gina and Roman with several examples.
- They begin talking on the phone:
Gina: Master Roman! Where are you? You haven't contacted me for weeks.
Roman: Yeah, my phone kind of blew up. It's no big deal. I've got a new one now.
Gina: How did your phone get destroyed?
Roman: Oh, um. I dropped it.
Gina: You dropped your phone, and it exploded.
Roman: Yeah. That's a thing that can happen. I don't see what's weird about it.
Gina: Master Roman, why are you lying to me? And moreover, why are you sucking at it?
- Later, about the jet:
Gina: Wait. What happened to your private jet?
Roman: Oh, um. Yeah, don't worry about the private jet. It's fine.
Gina: It's not fine at all, is it?
Roman: It's at the bottom of a swamp.
- ... which may both be related to this:
Gina: They attacked you?
Gina: Master Roman...
Roman: Okay, maybe a little.
- In The Baby-Sitters Club book Stacey's Mistake, Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Dawn visit Stacey in New York. After their first night, Kristy sends her family a postcard describing the fun party Stacey hosted for them and all her New York friends, saying how much fun they had, how easily they fit in, and how Claudia and Stacey's New York best friend Laine were "like sisters." In reality, the party was a disaster, the New York kids either ignored or made fun of the baby-sitters, no one had a good time, and the only siblings Claudia and Laine resembled were Cain and Abel.
- In A Wolf In The Soul, Joey attempts to defend Greg (in wolf form) from a hunter by claiming, rather ridiculously, that he's his pet dog. A part Labrador, part Golden Retriever named Muffin. "He's very tame. Does tricks and everything."
- In Emily The Strange The Lost Days, Earwig doesn't want to talk with her seatmate on the bus who just regaled her with his business at Witchita, where they are going.
Normal Guy: So, what are you doing, riding the Red Rabbit all by yourself?
Me: Sorry, I don't speak English.
NG: What? You sound like you speak English.
Me: Nope. I don't speak a word of English, and also, I have a speech defect, so if you don't mind, I'm going to sleep now.
- In We Are Not All Made Of Colour, Magnum Brunel asserts that Aristotle was Socrates' father, that gravity causes cancer, and that Samuel Wilberforce wrote The Origin of Species.
- Journey To Chaos: Everyime Nolien says, "I'm not part of the Heleti family" he's wearing the medalion that is given to the heir of the Heleti family. Nobody believes him, but they play along.
Live Action TV
- 'Allo 'Allo!:
- Arrested Development:
G.O.B.: Lindsay's been staying at the Four Seas for, like, a month. She's probably charging the company.
Michael: Lindsay's been in town for a month?
G.O.B.: I don't think so.
- Nearly every word Oliver says to Felicity, up until the point where she learns his secret identity.
Oliver: I was at my coffee shop surfing the web, and I spilt a latte on it. [a laptop he's asking her to get information off of]
Felicity: Really. ... 'Cause these look like bullet holes.
Oliver: My coffee shop is in a bad neighborhood.
- The time he needed her to track a drug was bad enough that it was brought up for the rest of the season as an example of how he's terrible at lying.
Felicity: If it's an energy drink, why is it in a syringe?
Oliver: I ran out of sports bottles.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): And they have a plan. Damn open credits.
- Being Human: Mitchell and George's landlord wonders why their flat is almost entirely empty, the real reason being that George is a werewolf and accidentally destroyed most of the furniture when he transformed the night before. Eager to make up an excuse, George gives a long rambling explanation about minimalist living. The landlord says he would have just figured they were redecorating.
George: ... That would have made more sense.
- Many eccentric news pundits will feed this trope into their Chewbacca Defense generator to fill some airtime or to shut up an opponent that they couldn't defeat otherwise. One mildly funny example is a segment Bill O'Reilly did about a shooting in a Washington DC Holocaust Museum. He said that since his guest/opponent was a democrat, and that democrats were, in some way responsible for the shooting, that his guest had blood on her hands. He then said that she had different beliefs than he did, that he respects that and would never cast judgment upon her for that, and then screamed "BUT YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS."
- Blackadder: Happens too many times to count throughout this show, but some of the more memorable are when Blackadder single-handedly rigs an election in the third-season opener.
Announcer: The Acting Returning Officer, Mr. E. Blackadder, of course. And we're all very grateful, indeed, that he stepped in at the last minute, when the previous Returning Officer accidentally brutally stabbed himself in the stomach while shaving.
[and again, moments later...]
Blackadder: I took over from the previous electorate when he, very sadly, accidentally brutally cut his head off while combing his hair.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- This show was full of this: "gangs on PCP" (group of vampires); "slipped and fell on a barbecue fork" (vampire bite resulting in loss of blood, consciousness, and memory); "office broken into by a pack of wild dogs" (students possessed by hyenas eating the principal); "neck rupture" (vampire bite); "gym full of asbestos" (full of recently-dusted vampires)... By the sixth season, it's gotten to the point where the official line is "Mayhem caused; monsters definitely not involved."
- It was on fullest display during Anya and Xander's wedding, where the various demons sitting on the bride's side were explained as being "circus people".
- Non-"Sunnydale Syndrome" example: during the episode where Buffy turns invisible, Xander goes to Spike for information and walks in on the two of them having sex. Spike's explanation is that he's exercising...naked...in bed. Xander seems to buy it, possibly for the sake of his sanity. "You know, jokes aside, you really should get a girlfriend."
- Giles apparently used to tell girls he helped to found Pink Floyd. He probably didn't mention that this must have been when he was 11.
- Buffy catches herself almost talking about her sex life to her mother:
Buffy: And I'm sure he'll come over later looking for a little... Bible study.
Joyce: Well, good. I mean just as long as two of you are spending some quality time with... the Lord.
- In the Season 2 episode "Lie to Me":
Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
- Season 9: "I've been over Buffy since the first time we brought down a house." Yeah Spike, sure you were.
- Buffy seems to subliminally want to be caught out in her Slayer duties, but the adults around her are too wrapped up in denial. In Buffy season 4/Angel season 1, when she chases Faith to L.A. and is arguing with Angel after Faith turns herself in, Buffy insists to Angel that she came because he was in danger (Faith was previously trying to kill him under Wolfram & Hart's employ), but Angel doesn't buy it for a second and accuses her of only coming for vengeance; Buffy doesn't even try to deny that.
- Castle: Most criminals lie to some degree, but one episode have Beckett/Castle interrupt the Irish mob in the process of beating a rival gang member to death, resulting in this (paraphrased) exchange with the victim:
Victim: Can I be real with you detective?
Beckett: Oh, please do.
Victim: The truth is, I fell, and they were just helping me up.
Castle: And your head?
Victim: Before I fell, I hit my head on the wall, which is why I fell.
Beckett: And the burns on your hands?
Victim: After I hit my head... and I fell.. I put my hand out onto the grill, you know, to catch my fall.
Castle: Thanks for keeping it real.
- Chuck: In one episode, Devon has to explain a day's absence to Ellie. He decides to go with the story that he was jogging in the park when he noticed a cat in a tree, which turned out to be a bear, which then attacked him, leaving him with no choice but to decapitate it. When, surprisingly, Ellie doesn't buy it, Chuck leaps in with the no less blatant but slightly more believable lie that Casey had been arrested for public intoxication, and Devon had spent the day trying to get the charges dropped.
- One example occurs in the episode "The Politics Of Human Sexuality" after Troy 'wins' his race with Abed:
Troy: [Breathless and exhausted] "How'd you like... those apples?"
Abed: [Clearly not breathless and exhausted] "I don't like those apples. I'm so upset. It was clearly a fluke that I won those other games."
- In a later episode, a therapist attempts to convince the gang that their entire time at Greendale College was a shared delusion. This would be a lot more believable to take in if their wasn't certain evidence to the contrary, such as pictures on a phone, families who have been to college, and Annie wearing a Greendale backpack during this whole conversation. Needless to say, the therapist turned out to be a fraud.
- His next attempt to fool them, claiming that Greendale was purgatory and he was the Devil, was even less successful. Mostly.
Troy: I knew it!
Jeff: Stop letting him make you realize stuff.
- The Daily Show and The Colbert Report: At least one third of these two shows are dedicated to exposing the prevalent lies spewed by politicians and the media, frequently by showing clips one after the other, where whoever they are targeting says exactly the opposite of what they are currently saying. The fact they have enough material to fill out about 10 minutes of their show every day is depressing.
- Dead Like Me: Has George using every excuse she can to get out of work for her reaps. Plausible the first few times I am sure but it is a very consistent thing for years. (Trying to see an executive, she claims that it's "about his son, who drugged me, and then videotaped it while homeless people had sex with my unconscious body.")
- Doctor Who:
- In the new series, it's stated at the end of "World War Three" that Blatant Lies are used at first, along with people's natural Weirdness Censor, by the British government and UNIT to paper over the Doctor's various adventures. In a later subversion of the trope, it's ultimately shown that no one in London is buying what Downing Street is selling anymore, to the point where the city is nearly deserted on Christmas Eve in Voyage of the Damned due to a sudden pandemic of Genre Savvy.
- Twice, when the Tenth Doctor is grieving, on being asked if he's okay replies, "I'm always alright." Lampshaded by Donna when she asks "Is 'alright' a special Time Lord code for 'really not alright at all'?"
- The Doctor himself does this to Amelia in "The Eleventh Hour."
Doctor: You know when grown-ups tell you, "Everything's gonna be fine" and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Doctor: Everything's gonna be fine.
- And another one from "The Beast Below":
Doctor: Remember, we are observers only, no matter what happens. In all my travels, that's the one rule that I've always stuck to.
- In "A Christmas Carol" the Doctor tries to pull his psychic paper trick with the line, "I am universally acknowledged as a mature and responsible adult." It shorts out the paper.
Doctor: Finally, a lie too big.
- Used as a Tearjerker in A Good Man Goes To War. Upon meeting a dying girl who met the Doctor when she was younger, and expects the Doctor to know who she is, the following exchange takes place:
The Doctor: [smiling delightedly] You helped my friends. Thank you.
Lorna: I met you once. In the Gamma forest... You don't remember me.
The Doctor: Of course I do, Lorna. I remember everyone. Hey, we ran - you and me!
[Lorna smiles weakly and dies. The Doctor composes himself.]
The Doctor: ...Who was she?
Vastra: I don't know, but she was very brave.
The Doctor: ...They are always brave. [swallows his own shame] They are always brave...
- Everybody Loves Raymond: If Ray even suspects that Deborah (or anyone else, for that matter) will be unhappy about something he did/n't do, he will immediately begin lying, often continuing long after it's obvious they've figured it out. He will do this even in situations where he really should know that telling the truth is the best option.
- Farscape: "My name is Scorpius. I am here to serve you."
- Firefly: Averted Trope. In the first episode, Jayne, the ship's resident amoral mercenary, mouths off and is told to leave the room. He claims that "[He] isn't paid to talk pretty", but leaves. Simon asks what Jayne does, and Capt. Reynolds responds: "Public Relations." Given the kind of public the crew is used to dealing with, Jayne deals with them pretty well. Especially if the public involves whores.
- Forever Knight:
- Nick Knight tells his coworkers he has an unfortunate combination of light sensitivity and food allergies to explain away why he's never seen during the day and doesn't eat... food.
- One episode features the other characters finding wine bottles full of blood in Nick's refrigerator. He claims he uses the blood to thin paint.
- Friends: Phoebe's song "Two Of Them Kissed Last Night" about Betty (Rachel), Neil (Ross) and Loolie (Julie).
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
- Game of Thrones:
- When King Robert Baratheon (who is ignorant of his youngest brother's homosexuality) asks him, "Have you ever fucked a Riverlands girl?", Renly's vague response is "Once, I think." Renly's annoyed facial expression indicates that he often uses this line whenever someone inquires about his sexual conquests.
- In "What Is Dead May Never Die," Renly blames the wine for his inability to perform, but his wife Margaery sees right through his charade.
- Margaery Tyrell telling King Joffrey in "Dark Wings, Dark Words," "The subtleties of politics are often lost on me."
- When Ser Jaime Lannister asks Loras if he is looking forward to his wedding to Cersei Lannister, Loras hesitates for a moment before replying, "Yes, very much."
- Arguably the biggest piece of bullshit in the series' history, Grand Maester Pycelle at one point describes Joffrey as "the most noble child the gods ever put on this good earth."
- Half the things Sue says are funny because of this trope.
Sue: You know, William, that's what one Hubert Humphrey said back in 1968 at the start of the Democratic National Convention. But then hippies put acid in everyone's bourbon, and when an updraft revealed Lady Bird Johnson's tramp stamp, and tattoos above her ovaries, Mayor Richard J. Daley became so incensed with sexual rage that he punched his own wife in the face, and spent the next hour screaming 'sex party' into the microphones of all three major networks.
- Kurt claiming to be straight for the first few episodes of season one. No one believed him.
- Goodnight Sweetheart: The main character constantly switches between 1941 and the modern day, meaning that he often ends up in the past with technology that shouldn't exist in that time. When anyone asks him about it, he invariably claims the gadget comes 'from America'. Everyone believes this without question, which is probably Truth in Television.
- Hannah Montana: Like they live and breathe, they use Blatant Lies in this show. Even lampshaded on occasion (usually by Lilly).
- Happy Endings:
- Hogan's Heroes: Commandant Klink gets so many Blatant Lies fed to him by Hogan that he should just put on a bib every time the colonel comes into his office.
- How I Met Your Mother:
- Barney breathes this trope. He generally targets these lies to very stupid women, and has successfully used lies to the following effects:
- Claimed to be Neil Armstrong (bonus points for the "Cosmic radiation caused me to age backwards" excuse for why he clearly wasn't old enough to have even been born at the time of the moon landing).
- Claimed to be Barack Obama.
- Pretended to be black ("Barnell").
- Convinced a woman he was a famous person she hadn't heard of before.
- Pretended to be a genie whose penis granted wishes.
- As he was having a competition with Lily and Robin to see if he could pick up any potential girl in the bar, Robin convinced a random woman that if she waited she would get together with Ryan Gosling. Barney simply walked up and stated that he was Ryan Gosling and slept with her.
- Human Target: Winston is faced with disarming a remote timer, which will trigger enough C4 to level the building around him. Faced with two wires and no clue, his only hope is Geurerro, a seedy freelance agent he calls over the phone... who doesn't have a clue either.
Winston: [hearing something 'plink' in the background] Did you just flip a coin?!
- The IT Crowd:
- In this British comedy series, Blatant Lies are featured several times. Some notable examples:
- In "Yesterday's Jam" Jen, the new manager of the IT department, lied in her application, saying she had "a lot of experience with computers", and is successful with these lies just because her new boss doesn't know a lot about computers either. During that episode, she gets caught a few times more (pretending to talk on a disconnected phone, or typing on an unplugged PC).
- In "Calamity Jen" Jen lies about her shoe size so she can buy a nice pair of shoes (destroying her feet). When a fire breaks out in the IT office, they put an old hollowed-out monitor in front of it just before the boss enters the room, making him shout "nice screensaver!".
- "The Haunting of Bill Crouse" is almost completely based on a Blatant Lie told by Moss when he was supposed to get rid of an annoying coworker for Jen. He tried making up excuses and finally settled for "She's dead", making him believe he's being haunted by Jen whenever he sees or hears her.
- In "The Speech" Roy and Moss explain to Jen that the internet is a small black box with a blinking red light on top. When she later explains this in a speech, none of the listeners seem to suspect anything. When the box is destroyed, a panic breaks out.
- Kitchen Nightmares: Has this in full spades. Gordon Ramsay visits a restaurant that is in need of serious help and in nearly every episode, the owner, the chef, or just anybody working in the place will lie to Gordon's face whenever he asks something that is related to their problems, such as if the food is made fresh or is frozen. (One actually tried to claim it was "fresh frozen"!) This is usually the people trying to hide a bigger problem or downplay them.
- Knight Rider:
- Happens somewhat. Michael Knight made up various stories about who/what both KITT and himself are during the run of the show. On the other hand, a surprisingly large number of guest stars, after displaying initial shock and surprise, accepted the idea of a talking, sentient supercar surprisingly quickly. Far better than Michael himself did despite being hand-picked for the job.
- Several villains even point out "Up until X years ago, Michael Knight didn't exist". They don't really find this too terribly odd beyond the mention, but given the frequency this happens you'd think The Foundation would have found a way to fix that in the background check systems.
- Leverage: While you would expect a lot of blatant lies from a show about con artists like this one, one exchange between the team members fits this trope perfectly: Eliot called Sophie to ask for advice while she was on vacation, and asked her not to tell Nate he'd called. Parker, who'd just done the same thing, asked Eliot who it was. His reply: "cable company."
- Lie to Me: Every episode is full of them. One hilarious example, however, is a known drug dealer saying: "All I told them to do was run product... and by product I mean chewing gum."
- Lizzie McGuire: Matt McGuire ends up faking a lot of his genealogy report due to jealousy towards his mute friend Lenny for being related to someone famous (in Lenny's case: Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the Boston Massacre). He does this by claiming to be related to George Washington, Davy Crockett, and Elvis. Although everyone else didn't see through the lies about Washington and Elvis (except for Lenny), one person besides Lenny did in regards to Crockett.
- LOST: Benjamin Linus does this almost constantly. If you listen to Ben a lot you realize that he lies just for the hell of it, such as when he tells Jack his mother taught him to read or said he was a Pisces. Even when the truth would be fine, he lies anyway.
- The Middleman: Used to explain away both their identity and any of the situations they get into.
- Miranda: There is at least one in every episode, who often then lampshades it by turning to the camera to contradict herself. In the Christmas episode, she's sharing a bed with Gary, and rolls over, doing the dreaded 'breast clap'. Her response to him wondering what it was? "A duck quacking."
- Misfits: The Christmas episode has this gem from Nathan:
Nathan: We may have done sod all with our powers, but we never abused them. We never raped or murdered anyone.
Curtis: [Alisha] raped me, and we killed loads of people.
- Monk: Specifically the episode "Mr. Monk and the Leper," Randy pulls an old photo of his off the wall of his dermatologist's waiting room, taking a piece of wall with it... right as the doctor is coming in. "This fell off the wall."
- Then there's "Mr Monk and the Garbage Strike," in which Monk denies sending his trash to Strottlemeyer in spite of a) his hatred of garbage, b) his handwriting on the packages, and c) the fact that said trash is sorted and color-coded.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus:
- Common in this show.
- The Dead Parrot sketch.
- The Argument Clinic too, especially when John Cleese's character starts to spew lies in order to scam more money out of his client.
- Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: The 'Bible: Fact or Fiction?' Episode - "Elvis didn't do no drugs!" Blatant Lies by any other name...
- Primeval: In one episode, Jenny "explains" a prehistoric crocodile on a rampage in central London as a charity fun-run gone wrong. This is one of her more plausible explanations.
- Psych: Uses this trope frequently. The lyrics to the theme song even point out that "I know you know that I'm not telling the truth." The premise of the series is founded on this trope as Shawn is a fake psychic detective. In the pilot, when Shawn is pressed by the police to explain how he solved a crime, Shawn lies, "Okay, okay. Fine, you win. I got the information, because...I'm a psychic."
- Pushing Daisies:
- Reality Show: Almost any competitive show of this kind will have at least someone lying through their teeth if it means getting them an advantage over the other people. Depending on the show, people can get away with it or suffer for their actions with interest.
- Red Dwarf:
- Kryten makes this a Subverted Trope somewhat by audibly engaging his "Lie Mode" software:
Rimmer: Kryten — will this work?
Kryten: Lie Mode. [pause] Of course it will work, sir. No worries. [winks to Lister] Hook, line, sinker, rod and copy of Angling Times, sir.
- On another occasion:
Kryten: Are you of the school that, when faced with bad news, prefers to hear that news naked and unvarnished, or are you of the ilk that prefers to live in happy and blissful ignorance of the nightmare you're facing?
Rimmer: Ignorance, every time.
Kryten: Congratulations sir! You've come storming through your medical with flying colors! See you next time.
- He also plays it straight in the episode "Camille", which is when he first gains the ability to lie. He actually says (while lying himself blue in the face): "You have to believe me! I'm a mechanoid! Mechanoids can't lie!"
- He does it again the "The Last Day", where he shuts down the replacement robot by telling it that there is no Silicon Heaven and no afterlife for androids. When the rest of the crew question Kryten about why the "newer model" couldn't handle that revelation and his could, this happens:
- Revolution: In the episode "The Children's Crusade", Randall Flynn says "I just want us to be friends," to two different people. Given that those two people never got anything good by working with him, and that his ultimate plan is to launch Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles at Philadelphia and Atlanta, he was either lying through his teeth, or he has a very twisted definition of the word "friend".
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron can't get through the metal detectors in the school she attends. John explains this away off-handed by saying she's got a metal plate in her head, believed because of Cameron's odd behavior (it's technically true, though John neglects to mention that her entire head is metal plates). Later on, when a guidance counselor calls Sarah to comment on Cameron's... odd behavior around the campus, she explains that a tornado did it. Probably a rather subtle Wizard of Oz reference on Sarah's behalf. The series is peppered with them.
- Saturday Night Live:
- Some sketches hinge on the trope for comedy:
- The classic Coneheads sketches feature the eponymous aliens making transparent lies to hide the obvious fact that they're not human. "We are from France" was their Beam Me Up, Scotty! catchphrase, originally said to explain why they hadn't paid taxes. Amusingly, though there's no actual city or village by this name, "Remulak" sounds plausible as a town name from southwestern France (but it would be likely spelled "Rémulac").
- The John Belushi sketch "Don't Look Back In Anger" is a big lie that shows him as the only surviving member.
- Jon Lovitz's recurring character "The Liar" makes obvious lies in a cartoonish manner, following each with, "Yeah, that's the ticket!"
- The Almighty Janitor loves this trope. One of the most memorable, when he was explaining how he knew sign language:
Janitor: I used to hang out at the zoo a lot, and there was this one gorilla who knew sign language. I learned it so I could talk to him. Well it turned out he only knew a few words. Big. And boobs. He liked 'em big and hairy. But I always remembered him, because he inspired me.
J.D.: Was any of that true?
Janitor: Someone would have to read it back to me.
- This happens a whole lot in Scrubs, since a lot of the dialogue is improvised. There are a ton of outtakes where the actors are just making crazy stuff up, getting progressively more ridiculous, and then one of them comes out of character and goes 'ha, no, there's no way we can use that'.
- Selfie: In one episode, right after Eliza tells Henry she won't text her sex-buddy/co-worker Freddy as an attempt to have interests outside of casual sex, Henry walks away from Eliza. She then starts taking pictures of her cleavage and when Henry spots her, she says they were for her mom.
- Sherlock: Played for Drama in "The Reichenbach Fall". Sherlock tells John that he's a fraud, and faked all of his deductions, in particular those he made upon first meeting John (the lies being part of a Batman Gambit to save John's life). Considering the time John has spent with Sherlock, and the numerous cases they've been on together, Sherlock's statements are nothing short of completely ridiculous, and John is simply left knowing what he said wasn't true and totally bewildered as to why he said it.
- Sliders: Whenever the team lands on a new world and has to explain why they don't know what's going on, they use the excuse "We're from Canada." We've hardly ever seen it fail. Although one time they had to pretend to be illegal immigrants from Canada the entire episode, who had snuck south into Mexico for work. (Thanks to the non-existence of America in the middle, and Mexico ending up with California.)
- Used often on Smallville:
- During the earlier seasons, when any questions Clark Kent was asked about his interest in the caves or any Native American symbols that were related to his Kryptonian heritage were met with "It's for a term paper" — to the point where Lex Luthor himself actually lampshades it later.
- At one point Clark uses it as an offensive tool, saying he wanted to write a term paper on a project Lex was funding, which Lex had lied about earlier prior to Clark's finding and dismantling it.
- Also used whenever Clark, Lana and Chloe say they are Just Friends.
Chloe: My feelings for Clark are so ancient, they're... they're fossilized!
- When it comes to his big secret, however, Clark usually evades the question. It gets funnier when he uses more and more lies when Chloe already knew his secret, though...
- Also a ton of it when Lex and Lana start to get close.
Clark: Is there something you are not telling me?
Chloe: No. Not at all.
- In "Identity", Clark beats Jimmy to reaching Chloe even though the latter is speeding all the way, and he finds a family photo of Clark wearing red and blue (it is a really dumb idea to wear only two colours, instantly recognizable), but Clark and Chloe still deny everything.
- A serious example in "Stiletto". Chloe tells Clark she is fine when she sounds like she's on the verge of tears. Hard to blame her when Jimmy broke up with her, being taken over by the Omnicidal Brainiac, and keeping Doomsday in her basement.
- In "Escape": After Lois spots Chloe's Sexy Shirt Switch:
: Oliver and I are not a couple. We're... having fun
- Stargate SG-1:
- The Stargate Program and the SGC is officially "Analysis of Deep Space Radar Telemetry". Carter's father, Major General Jacob Carter, obviously didn't believe her in "Secrets". Which leads to the hilarious event where Sam was receiving a medal for saving the world — with deep space radar telemetry. Carter, being a physicist, is at least plausible. O'Neill, whose explanation for everything is "magnets" makes this even more of a blatant lie when he talks of the cover. The medal they received for saving the world was the Air Medal. Which is awarded "for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight." A reporter approaches Jack to ask about a comment he'd overheard to the effect of "I can travel through the Galaxy without getting lost..." Jack explains his comment away by talking about a very large class of airplane called a Galaxy. The reporter clearly doesn't buy it.
- On one occasion when Teal'c did leave the base, O'Neill explained him away as "a simple technical sergeant." When asked what Teal'c specialty was, O'Neill responded: "speech writing." In a later episode, he moves out of the Cheyenne base and attempts to set up a civilian life. When anyone asks about his manner of speaking, or why he's ignorant of customs, or the inlaid gold tattoo on his head, he tells them he's from "Mozambique." He explains the gold tattoo as "a tribal mark from his homeland", people at the very least buy it enough to move on.
- Daniel Jackson, upon meeting an oncoming Goa'uld ship, identifies himself as "The Great and Powerful Oz".
- Lampshaded in "Off the Grid", after SG-1 is kidnapped:
Worrell: I don't want to torture you. In fact, if you tell me the location of the Stargate, I'm prepared to release you.
Mitchell: No, you are not! [to Daniel] Can you believe he just said that?
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Garak is always very adamant that he didn't have anything to do with all those murders at the Romulan embassy. He was really just a gardener who just worked there purely by coincidence. He also makes it clear with his first introduction that he's just "plain, simple Garak", a tailor on Deep Space Nine, and definitely not a spy. Oh, and he was definitely exiled for tax evasion and, no, he'd never lie about that because it's something he's not at all proud of. It becomes rapidly apparent that most of what he says is a lie of some sort. In fact, his lies are so blatant, he doesn't simply cross the line into Self-Proclaimed Liar, he sets up house and home there and has even planted a flag.
Bashir: What I want to know is, out of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren't?
Garak: My dear doctor... they're all true.
Bashir: Even the lies?
Garak: Especially the lies.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: In one episode, Data, having been transported back through time to 1893 San Francisco, explains his uniform and skin color with the excuse that he's French. The fact that he can speak French fluently helps. Another TNG episode has Data in the holodeck in a pastiche of the 1920s or thereabouts; this time, he explains his skin tone with "I am from South America."
- Star Trek: The Original Series: In the famed episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" where Kirk and Spock travel back to the Great Depression, Kirk tries to explain Spock's vaguely alien appearance by saying he's from China; then he has to justify his pointed ears by claiming he got his head stuck in a "mechanical rice picker" as a child.
- The State: In one sketch, a husband denies he's cheating on his wife, even as he is talking to his mistress. He also tells his mistress that his wife (still in the same room) is dead. Avoids Implausible Deniability because his two-faced fast talk actually works.
- In the season 1 episode the benders, Dean enlists the help of a cop to help him find Sam by pretending to be a cop. Unknown to him the cop ran the number on the badge Dean gave her and this happened.
Cop: It says here your badge was stolen. And there's a picture of you. [she turns the computer to reveal a heavy-set African American man]
Dean: I lost some weight. [laughs nervously] And I got that Michael Jackson skin disease...
- Castiel forces Archangel Michael to teleport away with a flaming bottle of holy oil right in front of Lucifer, while calling him an "assbutt".
Lucifer: Did you just molotov my brother with Holy Fire?
Castiel: Umm... no?
- Top Gear:
- In the truck driving challenge, Richard Hammond's cargo (a small car) had fallen out of the trailer during the alpine course. Afterwards, when Jeremy Clarkson showed up:
Jeremy Clarkson: This is totally... so anyway, how was your car?
[beat as May and Hammond exchange glances]
James May: Car's...
Richard Hammond: [interrupting May] Stolen! That's what it is, I've just thought of it now: stolen. The damnedest thing.
- This show throws out lies like this on a regular basis, especially if a host thinks it'll make their car (or cars in general) sound better. After one challenge where a train, bike and motorboat beat a car across London during rush hour, all three hosts banded together to claim that the footage had been edited, going so far as to claim that the Thames didn't exist and Jeremy Clarkson had died violently during the race (stated by Clarkson himself).
- This exchange between Jeremy and Cameron Diaz.
Jeremy: What do you drive?
Cameron: A Prius.
Jeremy: Oh, I love the Prius.
(Studio audience cracks up)
- In the Albania special, the hosts claimed to have received a request from the Albanian mafia to test a Rolls-Royce against a Mercedes and a Bentley. However, Bentley pulled out at the last second and Jeremy wound up driving a Yugo instead. For the rest of the episode, Jeremy refers to the Yugo as a Bentley and talks about it using the Bentley's specifications.
- The Troop: Mime club.
- Vic Reeves Big Night Out: The Living Carpets did nothing but tell each other blatant lies. These included "I colour in the black bits on Frisian cows with a special biro", "Perry Como uses me as a practice pad" and "I live inside a crab with Gunga Din and the Pat-a-Cake man".
- Whacked Out Videos: This is supposed to be what sets this show apart from other, similar shows.
- The Wire:
- Used for dramatic effect in the series finale. Dukie hits up Prez for some money, saying he's going to take a GED. Prez points out that he's too young to take that test but acquiesces anyway, and they part on the unspoken agreement that Dukie is about to spend his life as a homeless drug addict and they will never see each other again.
- Clay Davis was also a frequent source of these. His impassioned speech on the stand while on trial for corruption was perhaps the biggest.
- Bunk's line 'The bigger the lie, the more they believe'.
- The Irish folk song Seven Drunken Nights could well be the Trope Maker.
- Most of the press releases for psychedelic bands in The Sixties said something to the effect of, "This band does not require drugs to create their music." Subverted with Pink Floyd; they got advertised like this but only Syd Barrett was on drugs.
- The Rasputina song "Our Lies" exemplifies this trope, with the singer variously claiming that she was never conceived, the bones in her face weren't there all along and that she loves your coffee cake.
- Shaggy's song "It Wasn't Me", about a man caught in flagrante delicto by his girlfriend, has a Blatant Lie as its title. The advice given is lie blatantly; just issue a flat denial ignoring any evidence to the contrary:
"But she caught me on the counter." "It wasn't me."
"Saw me bangin' on the sofa." "It wasn't me."
"I even had her in the shower." "It wasn't me."
"She even caught me on camera." "It wasn't me."
"She saw the marks on my shoulder." "It wasn't me."
"Heard the words that I told her." "It wasn't me."
"Heard the scream get louder." "It wasn't me." "She stayed until it was over."
- Louis Jordan's 1940s song "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" has a bunch of people trespassing on a farmer's land, and when the farmer hears them and shouts "Who's there?" they reply with the title of the song.
- Another '40s hit, Glenn Miller's "Five O'Clock Whistle", has a youngster relating how her father didn't come home the night before, because (he claimed) the titular whistle was broken.
You ought to hear what my mommy said
When papa came home and sneaked into bed
And told her he'd worked 'til half past two
'Cause the five o'clock whistle never blew
- Björk's album Debut is actually her second album.
- Jonathan Coulton's song "Not About You" is all about how the singer is not thinking about his ex-girlfriend, does not miss her and is certainly not singing about her.
- In George Strait's song "Ocean Front Property", the singer tells his girlfriend that he won't miss her if she leaves, that he doesn't love her... and that he has a bridge to sell her.
- In South Korean boy band BEAST's song "Shock", member Junhyung says "This song is not over!". Then the song ends.
- Three Six Mafia claim their name (and especially their old name of Triple Six Mafia) had absolutely nothing to do with Satanism. Because they have absolutely no occult Horrorcore lyrics in ANY of their work, they've never questioned the existence and virtue of God, and the idea of intentionally creating bad publicity to make it big is 100% ludicrous and has never ever worked in the history of all time. So they couldn't possibly have either dedicated themselves to the Devil or opportunistically taken such a persona in a shock and awe effort so they could become stars, because they will quickly tell you that it did not happen.
- Emilie Autumn's real name is not nor has it ever been Emily Fritges, despite fans receiving packages from her with that exact name on them.
- The Decemberists' "The Tain";
"Darling dear, what have you done?
Your hands and face are smeared with blood."
"The chaplain came and called me out
To bleed and to butcher his mother's sow."
"But darling dear, they found him dead
This morning on the riverbed."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "I Was Only Kidding: all those times he professed his love for his girl, he was only kidding. She doesn't take it well.
- Silverchair did not take their name from a misspelled portmanteau of Nirvana's "Sliver" and You Am I's "Berlin Chair". After several years they finally admitted to having completely made up that story. Originally called Innocent Criminals, they allegedly were given the name Silverchair by one of the administrators of the Pick Me competition, which they won. It's unknown why they lied about it, but it might be because they didn't like the fact that the name was imposed upon them and/or they feared its Narnia origins might undermine their early alternarock sound (it was a better fit with their later albums).
- Pavement used to tell outrageous lies in their early interviews. Stephen Malkmus claimed that they were invited to play at the "Peach Pit" for an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 (not as far fetched as it might seem, as Flaming Lips really did make such an appearance), but got into a fist fight with Jason Priestley.
- Within Temptation's "Intro" from Mother Earth is the eighth track on the album. The Title Track occupies the first position instead.
- Henry Rollins' "Liar". It's a song expressly about using this trope to pick up women.
I can't believe I ever hurt you, I swear I will never lie to you again, please
Just give me one more chance, I'll never lie to you again, no,
I swear, I will never tell a lie, I will never tell a lie, no, no
Ha ha ha ha ha, ho ho ho! Sucker! Sucker! Ooooh sucker!
- "They call me the Hiphopapotamus, my lyrics are bottomless. ... ...*ahem*"
- 50 Ways To Say Goodbye by Train is a song about a man who was dumped by his girlfriend, but makes up ridiculous, over the top lies about her death.
- John Waite obsesses over his ex-girlfriend in every verse of "Missing You", yet repeatedly denies he misses her in every chorus.
- Possibly playing Unreliable Narrator, in her song "Conspiracy," Kristy Thirsk sings:
I don't know what you've got against me
I'm just a girl from a small town in Canada
There's no phones there
- Whitehouse's infamous song You Don't Have To Say Please, which is narrated from the point of view of a rapist, includes the line "I'd never hurt you babe", in the middle of him forcing a woman to perform fellatio on him.
- From Dilbert:
Dilbert: Why have you ignored my request, Ted?
Co-worker: I was killed by a squadron of giant military squirrels.
Wally: He doesn't respect you enough to tell a plausible lie.
Dilbert: I demand a plausible lie!
Co-worker: Okay, maybe I wasn't killed by giant military squirrels. But I was imprisoned in their secret lair at the center of the earth.
Wally: You can't prove that one either way.
Dilbert: He did say it was a "secret" lair.
- One of Dogbert's favorite hobbies and/or lucrative careers is to tell ridiculously obvious lies to idiots, usually so he can take their money.
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Calvin frequently makes up outlandish excuses when caught in the act, such as blaming a mess he made on "a Venusian that materialized in the kitchen". One the former image caption's quotes comes from after he threw a snowball at Susie.
- Calvin's dad is really no better, as the following example shows:
Calvin: Dad, were there dinosaurs when you were a kid?
Dad: Sure! Your grandfather and I used to put on leopard skins and brontosaurus for all the clan rituals.
Mom (after Calvin has left): Listen, buster, I think Calvin's grades are bad enough, don't you?
- Or this example:
Calvin: Dad, where do babies come from?
Dad: Most babies come in assembly kits from Sears.
Calvin: I came from SEARS?!?
Dad: No, you were a K-Mart Blue-light Special. Almost as good and a whole lot cheaper.
- Calvin decides to cheat on a math test by asking Susie for answers, but when she tells him 12 + 7 is "a billion," even the math-impaired Calvin senses something is up: "That's what she said 3 + 4 was."
- One of the "monster" strips uses this in tandem with I Lied:
Calvin: Any monsters under my bed tonight?
Monster #1: No.
Monster #2: Nope.
Monster #3: Uh-uh.
Calvin: Well, there'd better not be! I'd hate to have to torch one with my flame thrower!
Hobbes: You have a flame thrower?
Calvin: They lie, I lie.
- Prickly City: How best to handle Doublebunnygate.
- And what Carmen has to tell when Kevin disappears - such dirty business.
- Garfield: When Liz asked Jon if he believed in ghosts, he reacted in fear but then tried to recompose himself and said he didn't. Garfield told her to ask him about his 23 night-lights.
- This is a game mechanic in Fish Tales - upon catching a fish, you can shoot a shot to "Stretch the Truth" and gain more points, but you can also tell a "total lie" that voids all points the fish would've gotten you.
- Even within the framework of Kayfabe, announcers have at times been required to make completely false, unrealistic and utterly not believable statements. A good example of this can be found during the Giant Gonzales vs. Jim Powers match on the March 14 (taped January 26), 1993 episode of WWF All American Wrestling. Announcer Rob Bartlett had to say, with a completely straight face, that Powers was looking to work his way back to the top of the World Wrestling Federation. Powers was NEVER at the top, was NEVER even close to the top, and was NEVER going to get there.
- Michael Cole interviewed Vince McMahon at Survivor Series '97 and asked who was going to win the WWF Title match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Vince replied, "I don't know."
- Heels often do this by claiming they won matches singlehandedly when there was actually plenty of interference, the fans are all cheering for them, or they are just at ringside at the same time as their enemy to commentate.
- Bill Cosby plays this for laughs in his famous "To My Brother Russell, Whom I Slept With" routine. Bill and Russell constantly misbehave in the middle of the night, which their father always catches them doing. At first, they deny that all of the crying and screaming is them, but this veers more and more into Implausible Deniability when the two of them break the bed and soak each other in water. They blame "some man" who climbed into their window just to break their bed and throw water on them. Their father gets more and more fed up with this as the routine goes on, finally culminating in him forcing the two boys to stand up all night.
- Cosby did a routine about when he had his tonsils out as a kid - the doctor is trying to put him at ease, eventually telling him "When they cut your tonsils out, don't you know...are you ready for the lie?...they'll give you all the ice cream in the world that you can eat."
- From John Mulaney: "And Jake asked me, 'Dude, were you at my party last night?' And I said: 'No.' You know, like a liar!"
- Warhammer 40,000. The Imperial Truth: "There are no supernatural things or gods." Yeah, sure... The Imperium is practically BUILT on blatant lies. Take the time to read The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer, and it'll all be made clear.
- In an odd twist, the fact that said gods and supernatural things exist because people believe in them means that spreading the Imperial Truth can actually make it the truth.
- The Emperor's plan was to make it true, but he never quite got that far. In the Horus Heresy series, all myths are considered false by the Imperium, and while the warp is known to be dangerous, daemons are not known to exist. Key figures in the Imperium are granted the secret knowledge that the warp sometimes spits out unintelligent energies that look like creatures and can do bad things. Not even Horus knew about the Chaos Gods, let alone that daemons could work together or even think. This kind of caused problems.
- In the RPG Spycraft, a 10th level Faceman has the ability to tell one bald-faced lie that can't immediately be proven false and must be believed. "The sky is purple" is legitimate as long as they aren't outside or near a window.
- In In Nomine, Balseraphs (fallen Seraphim) have the power to make people believe any lie they speak. They suffer for it if they themselves actively disprove the lie (such as saying "I won't shave your head" and then doing just that) but other than that, they're consummate liesmiths. Their angelic counterparts, on the other hand, can recognize any lie spoken, so they don't get along too well...
- In Nobilis first and second editions, the same concept goes even further. An Excrucian Deceiver (a type of monster Mole) can tell one person a Blind Lie. While they don't have to believe it, they become incapable of perceiving any contradictory evidence. No. Matter. What. If the lie is "I won't hurt you." and then he starts smashing the victim in the face with a war mace? The victim will neither see nor feel it.
- Players can pull this off too with the correct Estate.
- In Unknown Armies many different magic styles have ways of getting people to believe anything. An avatar of the Demagogue can convince anyone by talking to them for a while, a cliomancer (history mage) can make a person think they "heard it somewhere before", etc.
- Epic level characters in Dungeons & Dragons can gain enough ranks in certain skills that it's possible to mimic the effects of magical compulsion just by talking to someone. A rogue can theoretically make up anything and be believed. Bards, with the Glibness spell, are capable of pulling this off ''before' they've even approached that point.
- In Scion, characters with divine Manipulation abilities can function as both consummate liars and lie-detectors.
- If you tell a mortal a lie using a particular ability, the only way for them to be convinced otherwise is to be presented with direct contradictory evidence. If you use it to tell the truth, no force on Earth can make them doubt you.
- Possible in Exalted, since players can potentially do anything superhumanly well, from jumping and fighting to superhuman calligraphy. In a bit of a twist, Sidereals have a charm that causes the target to take a possibly truthful statement as being a blatant lie.
- Paranoia. "The computer is your friend! Any claim that this is merely the tip of the iceberg is treason."
- In the board game Dungeon Petz, if a baby monster isn't sold before it matures, it is discarded from play. The rulebook states that it is released to live happily on a farm...and tells you to add an extra meat resource to the market whenever this happens. For some strange reason.
- An optional rule takes this even further, so that discarding the carnivorous plant provides a bonus vegetable, discarding the golem provides a bonus gold, and discarding the ghost provides nothing. And then restates that there is no thematic reason for this rule. Nope. Definitely not.
- Blood Bowl has "hidden weapon" as a skill for some players. These include chainsaws, bombs, ball and chains bigger than the goblin wielding it, and steamrollers.
- Jake's song from Evil Dead: The Musical. He claims to be a pro basketball player, to have won an Oscar for directing Platoon, to have written Jackie Chan's autobiography, and to have created the phrase "fo' shizzle, my nizzle!"
- Louisiana Purchase has a song explaining how the show is not a thinly veiled satire of a certain politician, but a work of utter fiction, set in New Orleans, "a city we've invented so that there would be no fuss./If there is such a place/It's certainly news to us."
- Serves as the basis of Ray Cooney's farce, Tom, Dick and Harry
- In Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour claims that Mushnik is visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia, when in reality Seymour killed Mushnik.
- Utopia Limited: Nearly anything that the Flowers of Progress, and to a lesser degree Lady Sophy, say about England.
- Quoth one of the murderers in Chicago's song, "Cell Block Tango": "He ran into my knife! He ran into my knife TEN TIMES!"
- At the end of Alexander Pushkin's Boris Godunov Mosalskiy with the soldiers enters Godunov's house. Then the sound of fighting and woman's scream are heard. Then Mosalskiy returns and proclaims to the shocked crowd that Godunov's widow and son poisoned themselves and died before his visit...
- Henrik Ibsen has Peer Gynt, who lies all the time. Then there is a crucial moment in Brand, where Brand has managed to get an entire parish up to the mountain in an attempt to make a rebel army of them. The main antagonist, the local Bailiff, cooks up a story of a school of fish steaming into the fjord, that eventually will make everyone rich, if they only come back down again. All of them go Heel-Face Turn in seconds, leaving Brand alone.
- The Dancing Zombie in Plants vs. Zombies is clearly based on pop musician Michael Jackson, although his description says "Any resemblance between Dancing Zombie and persons living or dead is purely coincidental."
- Since his death, the Dancing Zombie is now a generic Disco Dan, with the same description.
- Any of the dozens of games where the Enemy Chatter includes some variation of the phrase "I/we won't hurt you"; said phrase is often followed by, or sometimes even said while the character in question is attacking the player character.
- Neverwinter Nights 2; in one evil questline, the PC has the option to burn down a building using a torch. They will almost certainly be stopped by a guard for questioning. While still holding the torch and possibly having come right from lighting the building in full view of the guard, they can attempt to bluff "I don't even have a torch".
- In all GTA games: "Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."
- In Psychonauts, the G-Men use this to hilarious effect.
- Nearly all of GLaDOS's dialog in Portal, which makes sense, as she's a lying liar who lies about lying.
- One of the promotional videos (about 4 seconds in) for Portal 2 shows that the phrase "Asbestos is harmless!" is a trademark of Aperture Science.
- The Fact Core blurts out various completely ridiculous facts when you carry it, such as "Before the Wright Brothers invented the aeroplane, anyone who wanted to fly was required to eat two hundred pounds of helium."
- Mass Effect gives us the following exchange: "Hey, Commander, I heard there were some interesting noises coming from the Synthetic Insights office. Would you happen to know anything about it?" "Who, me? I'm entirely innocent."
- Marisa is the most honest person in all of Gensokyo.
- She steals nearly everything that might interest her, but claims that she is only "borrowing" because she will return everything when she dies, as being a normal human most of them will outlive her. She is also working on an elixir of immortality. Yeah...
- One can only conclude that her master, Mima, the black winged evil spirit, taught her well. Most of the time she can actually tell really convincing lies, but she seems to enjoy being a baldfaced liar so much she sometimes strides straight into this trope for the lulz.
You don't look human... Mima: I am!
- Kazami Yuuka spends the entirety of Phantasmagoria of Flower View telling absolutely pointless lies, even incriminating herself in crimes she had nothing to do with for apparently no other reason than to "tease" others.
- Remilia Scarlet claims with a straight face to be a descendant of Vlad Tepes. Yes, that Vlad Tepes. Even the Word of God says she's a liar.
- Kreia in Knights of the Old Republic 2. Lampshaded by Kreia herself who warns you frequently not to trust her. Some of the HK-50s' statements end up here, if only because they quite literally start the sentence by stating that they are insincere or that it is a fabrication.
- RuneScape has a quest called "One Small Favour." How bad could it be? *Snerk*
- Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World and Emil's Mystic Arte. "This... is the final strike !" (slash !). And then he strikes the enemy again...
- Not counting Ain Soph Aur. What a liar...
- In the first game, Regal is asked what his relationship is to Presea. He says simply "There is none", but his tone makes it more than obvious that he's lying. The party members don't push him on it, though, apparently assuming his reasons are his own business.
- Also in the first game, subverted with Lloyd's calling Noishe a dog. This is very clearly untrue: although Noishe is canine in shape, he's several times too large, and possessed of green fur and giant rodent ears. It's not a case of Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit", either, because there are perfectly ordinary dogs in the game, and a pair of villagers lampshading it early on in the game. It eventually turns out that this has a justification: Noishe is a protozoan, a legendary shapeshifting animal. However, Lloyd didn't know that (the fact that they're supposed to be extinct might have had something to do with it) and simply called him a dog because he didn't think he looked enough like a wolf to be one.
- The NPCs in Castlevania II Simons Quest. Often Mis-blamed on the English translation, but the characters were blatant liars in the Japanese original as well.
- Everyone at Ted E. Bear's mafia-free playland and casino, in Sam & Max: Freelance Police ; Season 1, Episode 3. There is no confusing the place for anything but a mafia hideout with a lot of bear-head masks on the thugs, and yet, its workers will deny this every chance they get; often without even being asked, with dialogue such as "You'd never make it in the mafia... not that there's any mafia around here."
- The already-legendary (despite only being in beta) "The Day Deathwing Came" questline in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Three NPCs tell their stories of how Deathwing flew over the Badlands and got curb stomped by the NPC in question. Face-punching, world-shrinking, and The Casanova orc with a flying motorbike ensue.
- The presence of 'Safe' and 'Ultrasafe' engineering devices. The safest thing they can do is explode.
- Hazama from BlazBlue says he isn't that good at fighting. It's not like he's lying or something... However, this is also subverted that if the situation demands (as in, not to reveal his grand plan), he'd lie anyway, as seen at trying to kill Makoto because she knows too much, but stated it as a 'disciplinary action' for not obeying orders.
- In the Team Fortress 2 comic Shadow Boxers, the Soldier states that he wouldn't lie to fellow Americans. Miss Pauling tries to inform him that most of his teammates aren't American (stating that, for example, Heavy is Russian and Medic is German), which Heavy interrupts with "Ha ha! Germany! Russia! Is big American joke on Soldier! Ohh, America, it is the place I am from. All the time."
- The ending of Trio the Punch informs you that "YOU FIGURED IT OUT". In fact, you'll be just as confused, if not moreso, as when you started the game.
- Jade Curtiss is a master of this. "No, no. I've been frail since birth... [fake cough]"
- On the subject of the Tales Series, a common phrase out of everyone's mouth is "It's nothing!" It's. Never. Nothing. In Tales of Symphonia and Tales of the Abyss, at least, these "nothings" are liable to cause either complete character breakdowns or gut-punching plot twists and hours of subsequent remedial questing.
- Splinter Cell:
- The interrogation from Double Agent:
Sam: What can you tell me about the meeting on the roof?
Sam: That has to be the worst lie I've ever heard.
- Pandora Tomorrow also contains this gem in the first mission:
Sam Fisher: Tell me what you know about your friends on the inside.
Indonesian terrorist: I... I don't speak English.
Sam Fisher: I'd bet your neck you do.
Indonesian terrorist: Well... maybe I speak a little English.
Indonesian terrorist: They're escorting a... Um, nothing.
Sam Fisher: What? Escorting who?
Indonesian terrorist: Nothing, I... I made a mistake!
- In Yo-Jin-Bo, this is a prominent feature of Yo and Sayori's confrontations with Nobumasa, who believes every word even when they're claiming that Sayori is Yo's mother or that they're escaping from a witch who lives in a Gingerbread House. Other couples lie as well, but their lies are at least believable.
- Lesteena claims that her father was a man of peace and that she will continue his ideals in Eien no Aselia. What did the man just do? Enslaved a couple children and used them to conquer the four neighboring empires overnight. For no apparent reason.
- Don't look now! Wess isn't going to stick his butt out or anything, though.
- In the 1st Degree has some moments of this occurring. A notable one is when you get Ruby to admit that she saw a gun in pre-trial interview, and then at the trial, she turns around and says that it wasn't a gun, but a pair of pliers. Don't panic. Just get her to read a love letter Zack wrote to her, and she will tearfully admit to lying and tell the truth about the gun.
- The Quake III incarnation of the series' iconic Quad Damage powerup. It's called Quad Damage in the manual, the Arena Announcer calls it Quad Damage, the HUD displays the words 'Quad Damage', yet the item itself only allows the bearer to do triple damage (as even described in the manual)! I guess 'Tri-Damage' just isn't as catchy.
- In Dark Souls, Patches the Hyena feeds you a lot of blatant lies over his hilariously transparent attempt to kill you and take your stuff.
- In Katawa Shoujo, Hisao, early in Act 4 of Lilly's route, says that while in Hokkaido with her and their mutual friend Hanako, tells Misha and Shizune that they merely studied and went sightseeing, when, in fact he and Lilly also had a Relationship Upgrade and had sex twice. He even calls it a "blatant lie".
- In Syndicate (2012), after getting to the front of the train, Merit tells the controller's cabin that he's Aspari security and has dealt with the situation. The gullible guard opens the door and promptly takes a bullet to the face.
- Appears almost every time a Visual Novel comes with the saying "All characters are 18 years of age or older" they're blatantly lying. There's usually at least one character that's under the age of 18 that has sex in such a game. Justified, as saying that the characters are underage (by the US' standards) would cause trouble. However, there's no punishment for saying a first year in high school is of legal age, no matter how obvious it is that they aren't!
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier was hit pretty hard with this sort of thing on its Steam store page once it was actually released. The PC release supports Windows XP! Except it doesn'tnote . Split-screen for all modes on consoles! Except it's only for Guerrilla mode. In-game manual is easier than a paper one! Except you have to quit out of your game to look up anything in it. And so on.
- Ace Attorney has a few examples where the a witness will tell a blatant lie. These are normally far and in-between however, especially as the games go on, as most of the lies are actual well spun, and are only broken apart due to a piece of evidence that the protagonist happens to have found on the off change, and/or just reply on some logical and clever thinking.
- An example of one of the few blatant lies however comes in the very first case of the first game. The witness claimed to have heard a television say the time when he found the body...only moments after the prosecution had gotten through saying there was a blackout in the building at this time. Then straight after, he claims that the murder weapon was a clock...even through it had been made blatantly clear during the trial that the murder weapon was a statue. Although, this "lie" doesn't mean what you might think it does.
- In the third game, when Larry claims to have never seen a wallet that he himself had hand delivered to someone, Phoenix's response is simply: "LIAR!"
- Animal Kaiser boldly claims that every animal in the game exists in the real world. Uh huh, I'm listening- tell me where I can find the robotic shark, or robotic gorilla. Or purple lions, or alien space invader whales for that matter...
- Little Busters!: At one point, Komari and Rin are trying to take care of a cat in Rin's locker without anyone finding out it's there. When it causes a clattering sound, everyone in the hallway turns to look and the player has three possible explanations Riki can give: 'we're just taking out the cleaning equipment', which is totally reasonable, 'that thing came out!' which doesn't really make sense, and 'this is my home!' which...is just bizarre.
- Near the end of the mage origin in Dragon Age: Origins, the player is asked if you took anything from a vault full of artifacts you just passed through. If you're a typical Kleptomaniac Hero, you'll probably have picked up a new staff in there... and you can deny taking anything while it's right there on your back. And if your persuasive skills are high enough, you'll be believed.
- An obvious example would be in Papers, Please: Some people may be heavier than indicated in their papers, giving you an option to scan them upon noticing this direpancy, because the extra weight might be due to them carrying drugs or weapons. What does the main character say when starting the scan? "You have been selected for a random search."
- From Kid Icarus: Uprising, we have Hades, the true, Laughably Evil main antagonist. While all of the game's villains and bosses casually chat with Palutena and Pit during missions, he goes above and beyond lying while Palutena tries to give out advice to the point where when they call him out on it, he'll either insist that he's telling the truth or he'll admit it, but point out that they still have no clue what he's planning. Considering just how Genre Savvy Pit and Palutena are, his lying really is the only thing keeping them off track from defeating him, and it's a part of the reason why you don't even find out that he's the main force behind the events of the game, from resurrecting Medusa to causing a massive war over a fake MacGuffin.
- Final Fantasy VI: Gestahl (at the banquet): "All I really want is peace!"
- Also, this is the Hat of everyone in Zozo (except the merchant). Best exemplified by Dadaluma, who says, "Good day, gentle folks. Can I be of service? I hate fighting, so I'd better let you pass" immediately before attacking the party.
- The Homestar Runner Wiki has an entire page about this.
- That Guy with the Glasses' MikeJ is constantly spewing "facts" about Briton. For instance, did you know that all the homosexual people were banished to Norway in the 1800s? Or that goats are the dominant species? 87 foot ring tailed lemurs run amok, and they have the Running of the Praying Mantis which happens every week.
- From Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog:
- Hammer and Horrible meeting again.
Horrible: We're meeting now for the first time!
Hammer: You look...horribly familiar.
Horrible: Just have that kind of face! Must be going now...!
- Awkward. has Alex, who will say anything if it gets him a little closer to target-of-his-affections Lester.
Alex: [while following a half-naked Lester around the kitchen with a video camera] Makin' a video. For school. Yeah, it's a documentary about, um... kitchen life.
- Stories on Pseudopod are usually introduced with "I have a story for you, and I promise you, it's true."
- The blogger Chromagic does this all the time. For example, "And, you know, [Sandslash has] huge long talons. Also like me."
- Ranger in Comic Fury Werewolf during Game 11 had an exchange seen as either hilarious or quite frustrating in Game 11, where he claimed, "I'm not a wolf!" After he was dead. And confirmed by the host.
- Count how many times Zoë says she will cut something out of episodes of The Webcomics Company podcast.
- Half of what's written in My Opinions on Every Pokémon Ever.
- Even on TV Tropes, on most pages warning of unmarked spoilers, the majority of the spoilers are marked anyway.
- This Lolcat.
- Also several variations involving a cat sitting in the middle of a gigantic mess with a caption declaring something along the lines of "What? I had nothing to do with it!" Cat (and dog) owners know full well how much this is Truth in Television.
- 4chan did not do anything with this trope: 
- In season 1 of Brazilian webseries "Só Levando", posted at , a man named Bezerra was making pirate CDs until the police caught him. He claimed it was for personal use.
: Vainessa Camargo
: I like her. Officer
: 120 copies? Bezerra
: I like her a lot.
- Common in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series - it is the trope namer for Most Definitely Not a Villain, after all - but Marik is probably the worst offender here. His name is Malik Blishtar, he's not doing anything suspicious, and he is 100% straight! Also, that whole thing about being gay in Marik Plays Bloodlines episode 6? Ghosts.
- The characters in Dead Ends have the option of doing this a few times. It gets them killed.
- Tobuscus' Lazy Vlogs contain a rather large amount of pointless rambling — that is the point. However, when Toby gets to rambling, he often launches into some... rather obvious untruths. In this vlog he claims to have a lying tell, and then claims to be lying about said tell.
- Oh, I'm shooting a documentary on hotels. *later* My house is being renovated, so I'm staying here. *later* Well, my job got relocated, so I'm looking for a place to stay. He was losing his memory.
- A lot of email spam often is lies to either download viruses or try to give banking information to "Nigerian princes."
- Bears love lots of things, but certainly not petting zoos.◊ The declaration on the not-bear's T-shirt is very comforting.
- YouTube videos have a "Top Comments" section, wherein the comments given the most thumbs-up are enshrined. Except, looking through any given video's comments will often reveal ones with dozens more positive ratings than whatever the actual video page considers top-rated — apparently "top" means "less than 50 ratings" on YouTube.
- One of the ways someone from the SCP Foundation has tried to kill their resident Nigh Invulnerable Omnicidal Maniac lizard is "throw Dr. Clef in 682's containment room." This is followed by a note from the higher-ups very specifically stating that it was NOT an attempt by a researcher to kill Dr. Clef, and that the project head's death was due to 682, which smashed his head against a control panel while somehow remaining in its containment area.
- Played with in Happy Tree Friends: The episode description for Happy Trails, pt. 1 is "Is this really the end of the invulnerable Happy Tree Friends?". It's never specified whether the invulnerability refers to their ability to stay alive (which would make it an obvious lie) or coming back after every episode.
- From Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv):
Light: [to Ryuk]
No one is listening to you, Ryuk. Sayu:
What does Ryuk mean? Light:
Uh, It's my new name for you. It means Ke$ha
- Welcome to Night Vale: The titular town is riddled with conspiracy theories come true, resulting in a lot of hasty coverups that don't even try for credibility. Cecil, the news announcer for the local public radio station, can usually keep any disbelief he may or may not feel out of his voice, with two notable exceptions: when the City Council tries to pass off the feral dog pack menacing town as plastic bags blowing in the wind, and when the Mega Corp. that owns the neighbouring town buys the radio station and is feeding him lines under duress.
- In the Bad Call TV episode "Up in Smoke," the spokesman for Premiere Smokeless Cigarettes says that they are "100% safe, 100% clean, and make no compromises on taste." As it turns out, they have a disgusting charcoal aftertaste, resulting in the spokesman taking a Vomit Discretion Shot. Sadly, this is based on a Real Life advertising campaign that went horribly wrong.
- In the middle of Third Rate Gamer's Kirby's Adventure review, he does a slight commercial break advertising a card game. We then cut to an actor who is not very enthusiastic about his opinion, and the bottom of the screen has a caption saying "NOT A PAID ACTOR".
- In Sooper Appisote 3 of Da Amazin OT Advenchr, the place called “Not Microsoft Land” that contains signs pointing to a room where Bill Gates is. Guess what’s written on the signs? “Not Where Bill Gates Is”!
Bill Gates: [when TNT and Lite enter the room] o no hwo did u fia me?!
- Worst Muse: "I am here to help." She isn't.
- Matthew Santoro:
- In Worldwide Internet Control!, Wheezy Waiter and Corey Vidal did a guest intro for Matt. Wheezy Waiter introduced himself as Corey Vidal, and Corey introduced himself as Wheezy Waiter.
- In Why Lying is OK!, Hugo eats the cat, and Matt asks him if he's seen the cat. He says that he hasn't.
- In Mark Zuckerberg Eats Goats!, Matt asks Hugo if he's been taking pictures with his phone again. He says no, even though he clearly has.
- In My Favourite Stuff from the 90's!, Matt talks about shows he liked in the 90's, and mentions Xena: Warrior Princess. He then says that he never watched it.
- In 100th Video Spectacular! (MEGA COLLAB)!, Zak says that Matt helped kill John F. Kennedy. He then answers the question of how Matt could have done so, since he was born 22 years after the assassination: he's a time-travelling demon.
- In Back to School-What NOT to Do!, Matt tells Eugene that he thinks that his clothes look good.
- In The Stinger of A New Planet & Antimatter!, a fan commenter accuses Matt of putting subliminal messages in his video. He denies this, while messages show up on the screen for a fraction of a second, some of them telling the viewer to subscribe.
- In Why Lying is OK!, Matt's friend asks him if he ate the ice cream. He gets shifty eyes, and says no. His friend doesn't buy it, and asks him why he's not looking at him. He says that he is looking at him.
- In Why Lying is OK!, Matt tells the audience that if they don't subscribe, the world will end the following week.
- At the beginning of 10 Bizarre UNEXPLAINED Miracles from Around the World!, which is about bizarre unexplained miracles from around the world, he says that the topic at hand is "completely noncontroversial".
- We have this with poem titled I didn't do it and it's accompanying image, where someone is suspected of murder and is playing innocent.
- During this video of the Yogscast playing Trouble In Terrorist Town, Sips, after shooting at Smiffy, accuses him of being the traitor. Smiffy is a detective and even displayed as such, and Sips is promptly ridiculed for trying to lie so blatantly.
- El Goonish Shive:
- In Misfile, Rumisiel's presence is explained as being Ash's Canadian exchange student live-in boyfriend. Since the story takes place in Massachusetts, this is regarded as being a little implausible to say the least.
- City Under The Hill has this Trope often invoked by Slim on topics ranging from whether or not he stole evidence from a crime scene, to whether or not he's ever going to pretend to obey the law.
- In Sluggy Freelance, after a 50-foot-tall Aylee runs through the suburbs causing mass destruction, she retreats into her shell and tries to pass herself off as a volcano. When the mob chasing her wonder how a volcano wound up in New Jersey, Aylee tells them global warming did it. Everyone finds this perfectly plausible and never question the fact that a volcano just answered their question.
- Because it's a global warming volcano and therefore not subject to the normal rules of a volcano.
- The Guacans of the Punyverse arc will insist that they do not eat people, even while sharpening cleavers and warming up the cooking pots. "Come to Chau-5, we won't eat you!"
- 8-Bit Theater:
- Red Mage and Thief use this when Ranger asks why they betrayed his group:
: Ghosts. Red Mage
: Aliens. Thief
: Ghost aliens
. Red Mage
: Who possessed us. Thief
: From space!
- Warmech is especially prone to this.
Black Mage: Oh, Lord, why does the robot have a mustache?
Warmech: I grew it with my human lip.
Warmech: BEHOLD MY HUMAN LASER!
Warmech: I HAVE NO LASERS AND WILL LASER TO DEATH ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE.
- Penny Arcade:
- The first part of this. (Gabe's not exactly well-versed in the difference between dragons and dragaerans.)
- And then there was the time Gabe wrestled Windows XP
Gabe: You said this would be easy, a half an hour tops! My world is pain!
Tycho: Gabe, sometimes in order to hurt someone very badly, you have to tell that person terrible lies.
- Buck Godot engages in a bit of this toward the end of the Psmith storyline (warning: spoilers!) toward the end, when he alternates between telling Psmith one thing and Der Rock the precise opposite, in front of them both.
- DM of the Rings: Walking sticks.
- In Questionable Content, comic #499, Jeph writes in his little blurb at the bottom of the page "Comic number 500 is Monday. I don't have anything particularly special planned, but who knows." for the entire run of QC previous to this, Faye and Marten's possible relationship had driven most of the plot. In comic number 500, the two of them resolve the situation and the plot progresses. Faye likes Marten just fine, but she has lingering trust issues and can't maintain a relationship. Everything works out just fine, and they're still roommates.
- Also present in several scenes where Faye knocks someone out, then explains their unconsciousness with "Owls." when they wake up.
- In The Order of the Stick, Haley has a Bluff Skill that is ridiculously high, letting her get away with almost anything.
- Turned Up to Eleven in this strip thanks to a potion of glibness. This is consistent with D&D 3.5 rules - If your Bluff check beats your opponent's Sense Motive by 20 or more, you can get them to believe things that are actually impossible. Glibness adds 30 to your Bluff check.
- And used to Tear Jerking effect here.
- Also, Xykon. To quote the prequel book "Start of Darkness": "Fun fact: If you beg me for mercy, I'll let you live." (Insert begging.) "Even more fun fact: I'm a total liar."
- Belkar tries to explain why a Protection from Evil trinket is causing him pain.
- On MS Paint Masterpieces, Dr. Wily manages to get Dr. Light to build all the robots he uses for his first attempt at world domination by saying they're for mining.
- In Stick Figure Hamlet, Laertes poisons his sword by dipping it in a barrel labeled "Not Poison, Honest".
- In Bob and George, Kalinka goes for No one up here but us air duct mice.
- Skin Horse has a few examples.
- In this strip, Unity, who is a zombie, tries unsuccessfully to uphold the Masquerade.
Unity: Civilian, you is smoking crack. I am a totally normal alive human federal agent.
[her arm falls off]
Unity: ...who has a cold.
- Moustachio, gone temporarily evil due to overwinding, does it in this strip. Unity doesn't notice.
Unity: What is this thing?
Moustachio: it is a small man-portable fusion reac
Moustachio: initializing prevarication
Moustachio: it is a pie
- There are NO blatant lies in Girl Genius. Certainly not in the last panel of this page. He's even got a signature to prove it!
- Not surprisingly, in Sinfest, The Devil and his minions are prone to this, such as this strip.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl, David: "I'm menstruating."
- Manipulative Bastard Adam Terrence from Loserz is an expert at this. See this strip.
- Dillon's agent in Ménage à 3, attempting to explain away the fact that he's in a Transparent Closet. And the best part? Not only does the agent seem to believe it himself, but Dillon thinks it's credible because Oprah presumably said it.
: You know...it's none of my business...but someday you will have to tell your wife you're gay. Dillon's Agent
: Ho-ho-ho! Don't be silly! I'm not gay! That's why I have you wear the wig! Dillon
: I think it might be a little bit
gay. Dillon's Agent
: Dilly...straight married men have secret gay sex all the time
: That sounds made up. Dillon's Agent
: It's true! It's called "being on the down low". Saw it on Oprah.
- Footloose the objection to a Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
- Bug insists that skipping isn't gay.
- Each update of "No Black Plume" comes with the authors' real credentials.
- Sandra of Zebra Girl initially trying to cover up her demonic appearance starts out very badly at this. Her story about the origins of her "scars" involves low flying birds, a ladder and a room full of knives.
- Contemplating Reiko: http://taintedink.com/?p=1271
- A meta-example occurs in Mountain Time when the author claims to have injured his hand beyond the ability to write or draw... in his own handwriting, over a series of 12 drawings.
- VG Cats: Updates every Monday!
- In Looking for Group, Richard gives us this gem:
- In No Rest for the Wicked, November says -- badly -- that the stories of the witch sound like something to frighten children with.
- Sonichu creator Chris Chandler does this all the frickin' time.
- In Rusty and Co., the vampire lies to Madeline to get around the problem of going around her nature.
- In Reds Planet, the exhausted Red urges her companion to tell her if it's too much, and then finally insists on a rest -- for his sake, she says.
- In The Frumps, Virgil tells his best friend, Lance, that the only way to get a girl is to lie.
- In Knights of Buena Vista, Mary confesses that her in-character acting stinks, and Walter says he never noticed, despite biting his tongue about it earlier.
- Schlock Mercenary:
Captain, you have heard the charges. How do you plead? Before you answer, you should know that if you plead "guilty" you'll be immediately extradited and U.N.S. law will take over. Captain Tagon:
Not guilty. Petey: Also, it's not very nice to lie in court
. Captain Tagon:
But it beats extradition.
- In Luminary Children, Lyzza's ability is to make people believe whatever she says, which of course leads to the most absurd lies.
- In Cinema Snob Reviews Frozen (a fan comic where The Cinema Snob reviews Frozen), Snob claims he always knew that the movie was going to be good, and the context is clear he thought it would suck from just watching the trailers.
- The Ambiguously Gay Duo segments on Saturday Night Live's "Saturday TV Funhouse" segments. It is clear the two main characters (superheroes Ace and Gary) are homosexual partners, particularly with the Ho Yay way they behave and the suggestive items they use (e.g., driving a car shaped like a penis) in fighting crime. The humor comes from their attempts to hide their behavior (none too successfully) and the villains' and others' seemingly obsessive preoccupation with the superheroes' sexual orientation. A common exchange has Ace or Gary - after engaging in obvious homosexual behavior - asking, "What is everybody looking at?" followed by the antagonist(s) answering, "Nothing."
- The Fairly OddParents
- In earlier episodes, whenever Timmy would wish for something he would be completely unable to obtain under non-magical circumstances, he claims he purchased it off the Internet. In one episode, while trying to explain to his two friends why he was suddenly rich, he tried both an inheritance claim, and the usual claim, before settling on "I inherited the Internet!"note
- Another version, with singer Chip Skylark: "What? Dude, how'd we get here so fast?" "Um... the power of music?" "Rock on!"
- Perhaps the most egregious example was when Timmy used this excuse to explain his heat-vision, while visiting a time before the Internet existed. They buy it.
- Weirdness is turned Up to Eleven when Vicky wants to get married to Chip Skylark. Where does she find a justice of the peace willing to marry a pop idol to his crazed teenage fan against his will? "On the Internet!"... Which implies that you really can get anything and everything on the Internet.
- In one episode, when his parents fear he's shoplifted all the stuff he's wished for, his dad calls him out on the lie:
: If you don't believe me, we can use my new lie detector
: Say! Where'd you get the nice lie detector, son? Timmy
: Uhh... Internet? Detector
- In Invader Zim, Zim claims his green skin and lack of ears is due to a skin condition. This is to assist in his Clark Kenting more than anything else. "LIES!" is actually one of Zim's favorite words.
- Looney Tunes
- Zigzagged in "Fool Policy", where Daffy tries to sell Porky an insurance policy, claiming it will pay Porky a million dollars if he simply gets a black eye (neglecting to let him hear the fine print, which says "only if it occurs as a result of a stampede of wild elephants running through his house between 3:55 and 4 PM on the Fourth of July, during a hailstorm"). However, when Porky finally buys it, those exact conditions happen and give Porky a black eye; Daffy panics, but then tells him that the clause actually said "a stampede of wild elephants and one baby zebra" (even though he just made up the part about the zebra) - and just then, a baby zebra comes trampling through the room.
- One cartoon starring Foghorn Leghorn starts with Henry Hawk talking to his father, who tells young Henry a bunch of wild stories about chickens, telling him that they're wild, ferocious beasts who live in caves. Later, when the elder Hawk goes hunting, he turns to the camera and says, "Hated having to tell the boy all a'them falsehoods about chickens, but it keeps him outta trouble." (Unfortunately, if causes Henry to start trouble.)
- In Lilo & Stitch: The Series, both big-boned aliens Gantu and Jumba (the latter of which has four eyes, and the former has the head of a shark and is also, oh, two stories tall) claim to be from Samoa, thus explaining their size. People believed it.
- In Johnny Test, Dukey the talking dog is explained as being "a kid with a weird hair disorder".
- The Simpsons
- In "There's No Disgrace Like Home", Homer signs the family up for shock-aversion therapy. It doesn't begin well.
Marge: Bart, how could you shock your sister?
Bart: My finger slipped. [Bart gets shocked.]
Lisa: So did mine!
- Principal Skinner constantly uses these against Superintendent Chalmers, which Chalmers somehow always buys. Perhaps the greatest example, in which Skinner claims light from his burning kitchen is the "Aurora Borealis":
Chalmers: Aurora Borealis? At this time of year, at this time of the day, in this part of the country, LOCALIZED ENTIRELY WITHIN YOUR KITCHEN?
Chalmers: May I see it?
Chalmers: Oh well.
- And later, as Chalmers is leaving...
Skinner's mother: Seymour! The house is on fire!
Skinner: No mother, it's just the Northern Lights.
- On the DVD commentary for "22 Short Films About Springfield", the writers acknowledged that this was Superintendent Chalmers' only joke, and they just repeated it over and over again for comedic effect.
- Lisa tries to make friends by not acting like her normal self in "Summer of 4 Ft 2", and accidentally uses the word crustacean in conversation. When asked if she heard it from a teacher, she says she got it from Baywatch.
- Sideshow Bob captures and hypnotizes Bart in one episode; when questioned where he's been his programmed response is "at the Flower Shop." Homer then responds that he was also at the Flower Shop, "getting drunk at the old flower shop."
- Then there's Homer frantically instructing his family after stuffing his last-minute tax return with bogus deductions:
Homer: OK...if anyone asks, [Marge requires] twenty four hour nursing care, Lisa's a clergyman, Maggie is seven people, and Bart was wounded in Vietnam!
- After Comic Book Guy notes that each customer will receive only one autographed photo of Poochie:
CBG: Kindly make one out to me, and three out to my friend of the same name.
- In "Four Great Women and a Manicure"'s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs parody, the dwarves - represented by Moe ("Crabby"), Barney ("Drunky"), Homer ("Hungry"), Burns ("Greedy"), Lenny, Kearney, and Doc("...tor Hibbert") sing a song entitled "Ho Hi," an obvious parody of "Heigh Ho" which includes the lyrics "this song's not like any one you know."
- After crashing his car in "Mr. Plow":
: Now, before I give you the check, one more question. This place Moe's
you left just before the accident. This is a business of some kind? Homer's brain
: Don't tell him you were at a bar! But what else is open at night? Homer
: It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography. Homer's brain
: Heh heh heh. I would'a never thought of that.
- In "Lisa's Sax", Homer flashes back to having said to Barney as a kid "Let's Never Drink Again!" Then in the present day he says, holding a beer, "And we never did!" as he proceeds to take a sip.
- Done hilariously in "Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part 2)" where Moe took a polygraph test:
Eddie: Did you hold a grudge against Montgomery Burns?
Moe: No! (Machine buzzes.) All right, maybe I did. But I didn't shoot him. (Machine dings.)
Eddie: Checks out. OK, sir, you're free to go.
Moe: Good, 'cause I got a hot date tonight. (Machine buzzes again.)
Moe: A date. (Buzz)
Moe: Dinner with friends. (Buzz)
Moe: Dinner alone. (Buzz)
Moe: Watching TV alone. (Buzz)
Moe: All right! I'm going to sit at home and ogle the ladies in the Victoria's Secret catalog. (Buzz)
Moe: (weakly) Sears catalog. (Ding)
Moe: (Angry) Now would you unhook this already, please? I don't deserve this kind of shabby treatment! (Buzz)
- During an Itchy & Scratchy segment:
Scratchy: Now you be a good Pinnitchyo, and don't-a you lie.
Pinnitchyo: I promise I will never hurt you. (Itchy's nose grows suddenly long, spearing Scratchy's eyeball)
- WordGirl, being a superhero Affectionate Parody, uses this in practically every episode through the title character's alibis alluding to her heroic identity.
- Code Lyoko. During any XANA attack while the gang is in class, they would ask to go to the infirmary. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. You'd think that after, let's say, the millionth XANA attack and infirmary excuse the teachers would get a little suspicious that they aren't sick.
- Somewhat averted in the first season, when they would use a Return to the Past to erase the events of that day; so, the teachers wouldn't remember most incidents (though obviously Jim noticed).
- Possibly the excuse was easier to buy due to the fact that the infirmary at this school actually saw a lot more legitimate use than the typical school infirmary did, mostly due to XANA's attacks and complications involving them (which leads to the question of just why parents seemed unconcerned about the how safe the place was).
- There was at least one later subversion, where the teacher didn't buy it and forced the gang to stay put. Oddly enough, it was one of the less-seen teachers, too.
Jeremie: Ma'am, can I go to the bathroom?
Ulrich, and then Odd: Me, too.
Mrs. Hertz: Oh, no, you don't. It's always the same with you three. You should have gone before class.
- In Uncle Grandpa Pizza Steve is the master of this. He claims to have invented elephants, Know The President, Have thick, luxurious hair, Be the Master of Videogames and that he's an expert in Italian Karate. AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE CHARACTERS BELIEVE HIM! Even the one exception works out for him just fine.
- Futurama: "Good news, everyone!"
- No-one believes it, though, not even him.
Farnsworth: Good news everyone, I'm being brought up on disciplinary charges! Wait, that isn't good news at all!
Farnsworth: Now, I've often said "good news" when sending you on a mission of extreme danger. So when I say this anomaly is dangerous, you can imagine how dangerous I really think it is.
Hermes: Not dangerous at all?
Farnsworth: Actually, quite dangerous indeed.
Hermes: That is quite dangerous!
Farnsworth: Good news, everyone! I'm afraid I have bad news.
- Lampshaded by Bender in one episode:
Farnsworth: Good news, everyone!
Bender: Uh oh, I don't like the sound of this.
Farnsworth: Today, you'll be delivering a package to Trisol...
Bender: Here it comes.
Farnsworth: A mysterious planet in the darkest depths of the Forbidden Zone.
Bender: Thank you, and good night.
- In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", Hermes has spent the day getting his office in top condition ready for an inspection, only for Bender to be chased in there and savagely beaten by a group of people whom he'd cheated at cards. When Hermes walks in and sees Bender lying in the wrecked office, the robot claims, "It was ghosts! Big ones! [beat] And a tornado!"
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, whenever Heloise does something that Jimmy disapproves of, she puts on Puppy-Dog Eyes and says something along the lines of "I feel bad about it now." Even Jimmy doesn't fall for it.
- In another episode, after Lucius claims that he never breaks his word, Samy shows up with a group of orphans, saying they want to know when he was going to give him the food he promised. Lucius quickly says "Tell them you can't find me." Samy then turns to the kids right next to him and repeats the message. They believe him.
- Yet another example: after Jimmy finds all of his money gone, Beezy walks in covered in fur robes and jewelry. "Heloise took it."
- And yet again, when Jimmy and Beezy are profiting off the pandas love of Heloise. Beezy reads poorly off a cue card, while Jimmy acts hurt that she'd think that, while his suit is filled to the brim with money.
- Happens in South Park a lot.
- It is played straight and subverted, as in there have been times when even if someone is telling the truth someone will treat it like a lie. They mostly happens with Cartman when he lies- exhibit A:
Cartman: [Runs in crying] Maaaam! Maaaam!
Liane (Cartman's mom): Eric, what's the matter?
Cartman: I du-don't wu-wanna go to school tomorrow.
Liane: Sweetey? Shh, tell mommy what happened.
Cartman: Ku-kyle has a picture of meee! And he's gonna show everyone during show-and-tell and everyone's going to laugh at meeee!
Liane: What is the picture of, Eric?
Cartman: The last time when Butters spent the night, I was being really nice to hiiim, and I was gonna take a picture of him for his mom to have!
Liane: Oh, that's nice.
Cartman: When I took the picture, Butters got really hot so he pulled his pyjama bottoms down, and then I tripped and fell down and my mouth landed right on his penis, and then I thought of something funny so I smiled up at the camera and gave like a thumbsup, and then Kyle took the picture from me and he's going to show everybody and make them think I'm gaaaay! (continues sobbing)
Liane: Oh there, there Sweetey, it'll be okay! These things happen.
- Season 13 episode "Pinewood Derby." Turns out humans don't deserve to be in the interstellar community because of their tendency to this trope.
- In The Movie, all the Canadians are going to death ca--I mean "happy camps", where they will eat the finest meals, have access to fabulous doctors, and exercise regularly.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Azula demonstrates that she's too sociopathic to be read by Living Lie Detector Toph by announcing "I am a 400-foot tall purple platypus bear with pink horns and silver wings."
- Family Guy
- The theme song is this. They sing about how TV and movies no longer have values and it makes you think this is going to have those. Instead the theme song opens up to a Black Comedy filled with Toilet Humour.
- When mindcontrolled by Stewie, Chris says he wants a buzz saw capable of cutting through the human sternum for Latin class.
- After farting in an elevator Peter says to the guy next to him, "Uh... it was you."
- In Transformers Animated, Starscream's clone squadron is based on parts of his own personality. The liar clone is apparently incapable of saying a word of truth, to the point that it's opposite day for him 365 days a year.
- Transformers Prime has a shout-out to the above Star Wars example: while attempting to infiltrate a Decepticon mining operation, Fowler takes the com unit when Breakdown starts demanding an update from the troops. Fowler stammers before mentioning something about calibrations before totally slipping up and asking "How are you?" Of course, this being Breakdown, he doesn't catch on.
- In Teen Titans, Starfire is trying to hide Silkie in her room in "Can I Keep Him?"
: So, you and the curtains got in some sort of argument? Starfire
: Yes, today is Glorb Glorb, the Tamaranian festival of berating drapery. STUPID CURTAINS!!! (blasts curtains with eye lasers, leaving a gaping hole in the wall). Raven
- In the very first episode of ReBoot, Megabyte employs several methods of persuasion to convince Bob to open him a portal to the Supercomputer for what is a benign visit.
Bob: [raises an eyebrow and jerks his thumb to the side] And these?
''[cut to large army of infected sprites snapping to attention]
Megabyte: Oh, just some, ah, colleagues, to make my visit, shall we say, comfortable.
- The title character of Rango wows the crowd in the saloon by claiming to have killed the Jenkins Brothers with one bullet. All seven of them.
- Well, actually, only the first six were hit by the bullet. The last one died of infection.
- Octus has to "go to the bathroom" a lot. With his brother and sister. His girlfriend eventually gives up trying to get him to say exactly what they're doing, but she's not too happy about the situation.
- In Ugly Americans clone Mark briefly tries to come up with the explanation that the real Mark is actually his twin brother...who lives in a bag in the closet, before giving up, shooting Grimes, and leaving.
- The trailer for Arthur Christmas has an elf blatantly denying everything the viewer sees on screen:
Go away! There's nothing to see. That's not Santa's son. And I am not an elf. There's nothing up here. Or down there. There's no army of 1.6 million elves planning the delivery of 2 billion gifts in one night. That's just a story for kids!
- In The Venture Bros., this is all that comes out of Dermott's mouth. One clear example is him spending the day stating his hands are registered as lethal weapons, only to get beat up by Dean in a Wimp Fight. Later claims he was simply sick at the time.
- The Emperor's New School:
- Kuzco gets a lot of these. No-one believes the majority of the lies he tries to pull off, but he's usually much too self-centered and over-confident to realize this. However, there are times when he even he realizes that he told a bad lie and proceeds by breaking the fourth wall to inform the audience of this.
- Played with hilariously when he tries to get rid of the handsome rock star Dirk Brock in the Musical episode, only to find he can't come up with anything... at first.
Kuzco: Woo-hoo! I did it! I sand-bagged Dirk Brock!
Malina Kuzco, what are you doing!?
Kuzco: ...Uhhhhhhhh— [breaks the fourth wall to try and think of something] Think, Kuzco! Think! Thinkety-think-think-think-think... GOT IT! [starts playing the episode again] ...Uhhh. I meant to say I saved Dirk Brock! From a ravenous, rabid sand-bag!
Malina: HOW COULD YOU!?
- Suburban daredevil Kick Buttowski tries to pull this off twice, despite his reputation of loving the extreme, awesome and death-defying everyday life that he lives... by telling Kendall he loves sappy, romantic movies and then in a later episode tells Gordie that lipstick is his favorite make-up.
- Those weren't his only occasions. In Jackie's debut episode, he pretended not to be the extreme death challenger he is so she'd not want him any longer.
- Camp Lazlo: Raj resorts to an increasingly improbable series of lies to explain Clam's absence in "Where's Clam?", culminating in him attempting to claim that a traffic cone and a bag of chips is Clam, and then that Clam is invisible and flying.
- In Aqua Teen Hunger Force, everything that comes out of Master Shake's mouth fits this trope. A great example happens after Shake buys Frylock a $3099 computer even though Frylock only wanted the one for $199.
Frylock: And remember when I got the bill?
Shake: No, I sure don't.
Frylock: Where the hell is Shake?
Meatwad: He says, "I'm moving to Mexico 'til all this bill business chills out."
Shake: I have never said that. I have never even said those words.
Meatwad: Oh really?
Shake: I'm going to Mexico 'til all this bill business chills out.
Shake: You can't prove that I said that.
Meatwad: Oh yeah? Well, what do you think of this?
[Meatwad puts in tape]
Shake: I'm going to Mexico 'til all this bill business chills out.
Meatwad: I have hidden cameras everywhere.
- At the conclusion of "Practical Pig," the fourth of the Disney "Three Little Pigs" cartoons, the two little brothers get caught by Practical Pig's lie-detector machine, and are spanked by it. Practical Pig tells them, "This hurts me more than it does you." The lie-detector reacts accordingly.
- Pinocchio of course has the moment where the puppet lies which in turn causes his nose to grow. His lies grow so outlandish they climax with him stating that he's been chopped into firewood even though he's clearly in one piece. Even if his nose didn't have the telltale sign of growing, it's more than obvious by this point he isn't telling the truth.
- Little Miss Whoops from The Mr. Men Show has a Catch Phrase which is a blatant lie: "Oh sure, I'm a trained professional." It's obvious she's not a trained professional. The Phrase Catcher is usually Mr. Bump.
- In the Dora the Explorer episode "Benny's Treasure", Swiper follows after Dora, Boots, and Benny disguised as a trash bin. When Boots notices him following them and Dora realizes that he's not a trash bin at all, he's quick to retort "Yes I am! I'm just a trash can!"
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In "Castle Mane-ia" Applejack and Rainbow Dash repeatedly deny being scared right after running away screaming from what they think is the Pony of Shadows.
- In "Party of One" all of pinkie's friends make excuses for why they can't attend Gummy's after-birthday party. The one lie she believes? Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash's Stereo Fibbing, saying they were house sitting for a bear that was visitng the beach to "collect seashells/play volleyball/play seashells/collect volleyballs," before Rainbow draws a watch on her foreleg and says "gotta go." All of this was made up on the spot.
- In almost every episode of Danny Phantom, when startled for one reason or another, Danny will yell out, "It's a lie, I'm not a ghost!"
Real Life - Politics and War
Politics is built
on lying. As Adolf Hitler
is quoted as saying note
, "great masses of people fall to a great lie much easier than to a small one". Really, it's hard to find politicians who don't use blatant lies, as evidenced by all of the major scandals and hypocrisy going on . There is an expectation that politicians that don't represent big parties don't lie, but it's as wrong as anything else; take a look at British politics
, where Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
is so vilified for breaking a promise, you'd think he'd actually invented lying
- "If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed." - Adolf Hitlernote
- According to Niccolò Machiavelli, politics is the art of lying.
- "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." - Barack Obama
- Awarded Politifact's "2013 Lie of the Year"
- Politifact is built on the premise that politicians lie and sets out to fact check most notable statements, and the most blatant lies tend to be graded as "pants on fire". It even won the 2009 Pulitzer for it. There are, however, questions of bias: from the right, as Republicans are graded as lying three times more than Democrats; and from the left, for trying to bring those to parity when there may not be an equivalence.
- Jon Kyl's "not intended to be a factual statement" about Planned Parenthood's abortion services is an interesting scenario. The correct abortion number is 91% (of pregnant patients that get abortions), and is 15% (of their income comes from abortions) and is 3% (of their total services provided are abortions). A great example of how statistics need to be taken with a grain of salt when stated vaguely or when, ala this trope, purposefully misworded to be technically true but misleading. Then Stephen Colbert took this and turned it into a Meme where people were encouraged to send their things about Jon Kyl (with the hashtag NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement) to his Twitter feed.
- This reached to their 2011 Lie of the Year: Democrats claiming that "Republicans voted to end Medicare", which was immediately criticised from both sides; the staunchly conservative National Review) that a) it can be argued that the plan effectively ended Medicare as it's known, and b) it was pure campaign material and couldn't be dismissed simply as a lie because of the previous point.
- If politics is indeed the art of lying, then Pastor Rafael Cruz (father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz) would be a Mad Artist. His rather absurd statements can can be found here.
- Some of America's most revered Founding Fathers were guilty of this. Here was an excerpt taken from a speech by John Adams during his reelection campaign, leveling completely untrue accusations against his opponent Thomas Jefferson:
Adams: Murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood and the nation black with crimes. Are you prepared to see your dwellings in flames? Female chastity violated? Children writhing on the pike?
- Adams also claimed that Jefferson was "the son of a half-breed Indian squaw raised on hoe-cakes." He also accused Alexander Hamilton of being "a Creole bastard brat of a Scotch peddler."
- Jefferson, in his turn, said that Adams wanted to start a war with France, and that while he "wasn't busy importing mistresses from Europe he was trying to marry one of his sons to a daughter of King George III."
- The NPD, the German Nationalist Party (who aren't admitted Neo-Nazis). It's not like they organise Skinhead-marches, propose mainly anti-democratic edicts, promise even the most extreme of popularist actions ("Kill the paedophiles!"), attend World War II re-enactments dressed as Axis forces, engage "former" street brawlers and terrorists as candidates, strive to expel Islamic religion from Germany, plan to cut the funds for Jewish communities once elected, attend murals and honour guards of SS-, SA- and other fanatical Nazi organisations' members (as well as the birth and death days of well-known Nazis) throughout Europe, and hide the questions "An out-fashioned German first name with 5 letters", "The abbreviation for National Socialism", "Famous politician of the 20th century, also known as the 'Peace Pilot' note " in the crossword puzzles of their party papers. Or do they?
- Most celebrities or politicians who have tried to deny in an interview that the actions they took were motivated by bigotry, by trying to claim that "some of my best friends are [insert name of minority here]", were lying, both about being a bigot and about having any such friends.
- Any time any politician promises to do something (cut costs/taxes or raise growth or level of services) for nothing. They might even be sorta honest, in the sense that they're also lying to themselves that they can do it for more than a few years before things increase again. That said, it's worth noting that many of the things politicians say that seem like this in hindsight aren't technically lies. This is because politicians have a habit of making hasty promises to secure voter support, then realizing later that they had misjudged the situation. For example, George H.W. Bush ran on "no new taxes", but was forced to do so to control the deficit, and cost him a second term.
- An article in US News & World Report during the 1988 election said that despite their promises, whoever won (Bush or Dukakis) would have to raise taxes despite his promise. Bush replied in a letter to the magazine stating that he definitely would not raise taxes.
- Averted by Walter Mondale: "Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did." Naturally, it's seen as one of the biggest campaign blunders of all time.
- The Armenian Genocide never happened.
- "I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got." Although the second sentence was arguably true.
- During the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq, Iraqi information minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf (a.k.a. "Baghdad Bob" or "Comical Ali") became famous for statements like "The cruise missiles do not frighten anyone. We are catching them like fish in a river." or "There are no Americans in Baghdad." (while an Abrams is rolling down the block on the screen behind him).
- Joseph Estrada's ads need special mention. A former Philippine president who had been proven to have been stealing money, tried to declare martial law, was forcefully impeached then imprisoned, and ran for the position of President of the Republic of the Philippines for 2010 with the tag line "I didn't finish my presidency".
- In general, any country that has "people's" or "democratic" in its name isn't. North Korea, possessing what is generally considered the most oppressive government on the planet, has the official name of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Given the three generations now of hereditary rule, it's even debatable whether North Korea is actually a "republic", since the defining quality of a republic is not being a monarchy.
- Speaking of North Korea, there was the infamous parade the government held in November of 2012 where they displayed what they claimed were nuclear missiles, attempting to both intimidate South Korea and rally their citizens with proof that they had them. Any expert on missile technology that viewed the parade realized that not only were the missiles fakes, they were very unconvincing fakes. They didn't even fit properly into the platforms they were displayed in.
- Article 67, Chapter VII of the North Korean constitution states that "Citizens shall have freedom of speech, press, assembly, demonstration, and association" and that the government "shall guarantee conditions for the free activities of democratic political parties and social organizations." Nobody believes it.
- "Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten."Eng Said by East-German Politician Walter Ulbricht in June 1961. Two months later, the Berlin Wall was built. This was also a Suspiciously Specific Denial, because while border tensions in general were being discussed, nobody in the conversation mentioned a wall until Ulbricht did. In any case, this quote was later attached to the wall itself whilst under construction for extra hilarity.
- In Mexico, 1968, students were accused of being communists. The reality? The U.S.A.'s chief of the C.I.A. in Mexico, Winston Scott reported daily of the "Communist threat", yet there was no proof of that. He reported poorly and ordered an investigation to see if Chinese, Cuban, or Soviet agents were behind the plot and were giving the students weapons (which they would've used against the army in the Tlatelolco Massacre). You can guess what happened.
- Underneath the Korean Demilitarized Zone, at least four tunnels large enough to file a division of soldiers through per hour have been discovered. The North claims they were digging for coal, but no coal has ever been found through those tunnels (which have been dug through granite), and the tunnels were even painted black to give the appearance of coal. Further, these tunnels run north to south, have no branches, and are sloped upward as it moves south so that standing water can be pumped of at the northern side.
- Even with hundreds of images and videos of it circulating the Internet today, the Chinese government denies the Tiananmen Square massacre ever happened.
- Fox News is an obvious conservative-leaning blog, with a tagline that has, for decades, claimed it is "Fair and balanced". Statistics show this claim to be outright false advertising. That Fox News has tried to trademark "Fair and balanced" (see its entry under Disney Owns This Trope for more) should've raised suspicions before the lies were exposed by said statistics.
- Most of what deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi said:
- He claimed "My people love me" while opening Libya to international journalists, saying this while protests were wracking the country, army units were turning against him, and he's making his image worse even as he tries to make it better. Even the Libyan ambassador to the United Nations stated that "He is clearly out of his mind."
- His suggestion that the rebels are actually drunk/hallucinating/Al-Qaeda/American/Israeli/Zionist/terrorist/mercenary/imperialists who are all high. None of those labels contradict each other whatsoever.
- Senator John Kyl claimed abortion accounted for 99% of Planned Parenthood's services on the floor of the Senate while trying to push through a budget plan to defund it. When called out on this, his office gave a press release that indicated his rant was "not intended to be a factual statement", especially as Planned Parenthood's balance sheet showed helping people with STDs, counselling, and contraception being a bigger focus for the company.
- Charles D.B. King, president of Liberia, claimed a landslide victory of 234,000 votes from an electorate of 15,000 voters. No, those numbers aren't reversed. He set the record for the most crooked election of all time.
- While travelling to Argentina to visit his mistress (whom he later proclaimed his soul mate), going off the grid for days at a time and using government funds and transportation to do so, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford claimed that he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail". For added hilarity, during the alleged hiking days, it was a highly-popularized nude hike.
- Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, former Bush Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, when asked if waterboarding or other Enhanced Interrogation Techniques used on captured insurgents led to Bin Laden's killing, he simply denied that waterboarding was ever done. The next day, he said waterboarding was vital in ascertaining the information.
- I did not have sexual relations with that woman. Prior to making that statement, he managed to get the person asking the question to define "sex" in a way that what he did with that woman was not "sex"
- "My Twitter account was hacked" (Anthony Weiner)
- There will never, ever be a GST.
- Sarah Palin didn't misspeak. Paul Revere really did ride to warn the British to not away Americans' guns.
- The ever popular "It's George Bush's fault", which has been used by many a politician for everything from the attempted Time Square bombing to the BP Oil Spill to Osama bin Laden hiding out in Pakistan. Granted, Boy George wasn't exactly the greatest of Presidents, but come on, the phrase is still tossed around!
- Blaming the previous government isn't a new concept though: while Bush still was in office there was a bit of "It's Clinton's fault" years after he left office, and the current ruling coalition in Britain use Labour's responsibility for the (strength of the) recession as a shield against criticism in the same way.
- Regardless of its truth or falsity with regards to Bush or Clinton, blaming the previous politician or administration is at least sometimes justified. Newly enacted laws and policies can take many years to start showing their full range of both intended results and unintended consequences, often several years after the person who promoted and signed the law has left office.
- The Japanese envoy's statement to the League of Nations, after a report condemning the invasion of Manchuria:
Yosuke Matsuoka: It is a matter of common knowledge that Japan's policy is fundamentally inspired by a genuine desire to guarantee peace in the Far East and to contribute to the maintenance of peace throughout the world.
- In the Russian city of Sverdlovsk in 1979, anthrax spores from an illegal chemical and biological weapons factory were accidentally released into the outside air. Approximately 100 people died of anthrax as a direct result. The KGB blamed these deaths on exposure to tainted meat.
- This ship is a destroyer. It is NOT an aircraft carrier. Any claims of likeness of WWII Shokaku class carriers are schizoid delusions.
- Drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán after being captured in 1993: "I don't work with drugs. I am a farmer. I cultivate corn and beans. I've never used weapons. I don't have money."
- In a Russian election, 146% of the population showed up to vote. No, there was absolutely no cheating involved.
- Israeli politician and third-time prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is notorious for his frequent (easily disproven) lies, such as reminiscing about the British forces leaving Mandatory Palestine after Israel’s Declaration of Independence (which took place in 1948, while he was born in 1949), and claiming that he was invited by Italy to serve as its Minister of Finance but he chose to stay home (he never got such an offer).
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- In Las Vegas, independent stage producer David Saxe's Vegas! The Show, used these, with the website calling it "...the biggest stage production on the Strip in almost 20 years." It opened in 2010. Apparently a show with a cast of 40 and 11 musicians was performing on an Alternate Universe Strip where Cirque du Soleil's many shows don't exist (the first, Mystere, opened Christmas 1993)...much less various Broadway imports. And then there was a message to journalists that the first week's worth of shows were already sold out when the week in question was before the show opened. Oddly, once it was up and running it got fine reviews, so he was polishing a turd that wasn't.
- In the Disney Theme Parks, their Vacation Club is said to be "Disney's Best Kept Secret". That actually is part of their advertising. With 10 to 15 kiosks for it in every park, they definitely hide it well from everyone.
- The French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, who is remembered as the loser at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, died the next year in a hotel in Rennes with six stab wounds in the left lung and one in the heart. The official verdict was suicide.
- Brass knuckles do make effective paperweights.
- A Chinese amusement park built this◊. When asked about it, their answer was "This is an original design and most definitely not an orange Gundam. There might be some similarities, but that's about it". And now they brought it down and proclaim "THERE NEVER WAS A 50-FEET TALL BRIGHT ORANGE STATUE HERE, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" A shame, really, but what else can you expect? It was a strong contender for the title of "The World's Largest Bootleg", too.
- The lead hijacker of Flight 93 on 9/11, Ziad Jarrah, continuously said "This is your captain speaking" over the plane's PA system.
- For an even more bitter example, Mohammad Atta, the ringleader: "We have some planes. Just stay quiet and you'll be OK."
- Iranian-Canadian reporter Zahra Kazemi was arrested in Iran for photographing a protest. She was later taken to a hospital (where she soon died) with bruises, broken bones, and other obvious traumatic injuries. The officers who brought her in told the doctors that she was suffering from "a digestive problem."
- EA doesn't have random celebrities make guest appearances.
- Anyone who goes off on a tangent about how back in their days, they did this, that, so and so, that, and they liked it. Obviously if you're not having to go through those obstacles, they didn't like it, did they?
- There are a few lines parents often use on their kids; depending on the parent, they can be an example of this trope:
- "You won't get in trouble if you tell me the truth!"note
- "If you keep making faces, your face will freeze like that." note
- "Eat all your vegetables and you'll grow up big and strong." note
- "Mommy and daddy are taking a nap." (You find out what they really mean pretty soon.)note
- "It won't hurt" (When at vaccinationist's or dentist's appointment.)note note
- "This hurts me more than you" (When you are being scolded or spanked.)note
- "I'm not mad." (During an argument.)note
- "A little water can't hurt you." (Parents tell this to children when they're stubborn and unwilling to take a bath, trying to convince them it won't hurt them. As any paramedic will tell you, children can and have drowned in bathtubs. Accidents in bathrooms that cause injury and death are a greater danger than many parents are willing to admit.)note
- If you swallow gum, it stays in your stomach for seven years. note
- On July 3rd, 2012, someone from CERN accidentally put a video on their website talking about the discovery of the Higgs boson, 24 hours before the actual announcement was to be made. It was hastily pulled with an explanation that it was just one of a series of videos they'd made to cover all the possibilities, including not finding the Higgs. No one believed them.
- In Sweden, those who own a television must pay a yearly fee. Sometimes, controllers visit people who have not paid, to check if they own one. What follows is a paraphrased urban legend of one such visit.
A controller is standing in the doorway of an apartment. A TV is turned on and clearly visible in the living room.
Controller: I see you have a TV there.
Resident: No, that's a washing machine.
Controller: Look, I can clearly see it's a TV.
Resident: I'm telling you, it's a washing machine.
Controller: Ugh, fine.
Knowing he'd need a witness to argue the case in court, the controller returns the next day with a colleague.
In the living room stands... an actual washing machine.
- On that note, the British Broadcasting Corporation (for about forty or fifty years) has been telling people they have detector vans that can roll down a street and pick out houses where an unlicensed TV is in use. Oddly enough nobody has ever seen one of these vans, BBC logo or no. The actual method is a combination of random checks on households with no licence and a reporting system with every TV seller in the country, even used. Licence shirkers who tell a seller their real address and then are surprised when the Beeb sends them a letter apparently exist in droves.
- The supply sergeants of an air cavalry unit in Vietnam ran a black market providing the men with army issue equipment for personal use. Whenever a helicopter was shot down, they explained away the missing inventory by listing the items as having been lost with that aircraft. At one inspection of the books from the higher ups, five tons of equipment was reported to have gone down with one shot down UH-1 Huey. It should be noted that the Huey has an overweight load of one ton.
- Viktor Suvorov described in his book "Tales of a Liberator" how, during the invasion of Czechoslovakia, a group of Soviet soldiers accidentally burned a motorcycle and attempted to pass it off as loss to enemy action. The battalion commander spotted the lie immediately, but said he'd sign the protocol... so long as they'd add that the motorcycle had upon it a grenade launcher another company dropped into water. By the time the documents reached the front commander, the motorcycle also carried two fur coats, two night-vision devices, a rangefinder, a machinegun, a radio transmitter and a barrel of alcohol.
- A World War II air ace, Lt-Commander Charles Lamb of the Royal Navy, was new, raw, and dumb enough to sign for a consignment of RAF flying jackets in 1939 which were way better than anything the Fleet Air Arm issued to Navy pilots. Over the next two years, as the original Navy pilots were transferred to all four corners of the globe taking the flying jackets with them, Lamb was plagued with demands to account for them, return them to store, or pay for all of them from his own pocket. Finally, in 1941, older and wiser, when his aircraft carrier was bombed into a blazing hulk in Malta's Grand Harbour, he was able to claim they had gone down with the ship. This accounted for thirty-odd Irving jackets to the satisfaction of the Naval bureaucracy.
- After first contact with the Germans in 1944, practically every officer in a British tank regiment claimed their issue watches (the very best kit available and each costing a month's pay) had been destroyed in action with the Germans. The CO commiserated for the loss, but begged his officers to show some restraint in their looting.
- Doctors will *always* say "this won't hurt a bit", regardless of whether it will hurt or not. This is because, due to the nocebo effect, telling you that it will hurt actually makes it hurt more.
- Medical stories often dismiss the idea that someone was "standing on the corner, minding their own business", or that they "just fell down and (insert item here) just happened to go all the way up my ass". One has to feel sorry for the poor sod that actually is telling the truth.
- In Brazil 2014, Luis Suarez got in trouble in the Uruguay-Italy match for biting Giorgio Chiellini. The excuse he gave was something along the lines of "I fell and his body collided with my teeth". Read the full article here.
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