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Fauxdian Slip
"Well, your story is VERY compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, Simpson..."
Police Chief Wiggum, from The Simpsons, in response to Homer's claim of seeing a space alien.

On the one hand there's the Freudian Slip, where a character means to say thing A but says thing B by accident, likely because B reflects on what is really on their mind.

But in this case, a character says thing B on purpose, and "pretends" (whether as a matter of deceptive intentions or just sarcastically) that it was an accident. Basically, this is for when a character wants to openly express the kind of thing that a character who makes a Freudian Slip is trying to keep to himself/herself.

Compare *Cough* Snark *Cough*, which is often used for similar purposes.

Examples:

Film
  • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce's reaction to discovering his rival has taken the job he wanted; "Evan Backstabber...Bastard...Baxter!"
  • Moulin Rouge!; Nini outing Satine and Christian to the Duke ("Why would the courtesan go for the penniless writer? Whoops! I mean sitar player!").

Live-Action TV
  • Rachel (and then later, Ross) trying to flirt their way out of a ticket, in one episode of Friends.
    Rachel: Here you go, Officer Handsome.
    Officer: It's Hanson.
    Rachel: Whoops, my mistake.
    (Later)
    Ross: Here you go, Officer, uh, Pretty.
    Officer: It's Petty.
    Ross: Whoops. (nervous giggle)note 
  • Babylon 5 has Bester use this to reveal that Talia Winters was dissected by the Corps. Whether this was true or not is never made known.
  • In The Nanny episode "Maggie the Model", Fran attempts to let Maggie down easy after Maggie bombs as a potential model:
    Maggie Sheffield: But Chloe said...
    Fran Fine: I know what Chloe said, but we'll cross that bitch when we get to it.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • From this video from The Amazing Atheist:
    General betray us - sorry, REALLY big frog in my throat there - General "Petraeus..."

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Cicero used this in his speech in defense of Caelius, who had been accused of several crimes by his ex-lover Clodia. Clodia was the sister of one of Cicero's bitterest political enemies, and it was rumoured there was a Brother-Sister Incest relationship among the siblings. In his speech, Cicero said at one moment: "And, indeed, I would do so still more vigorously, if I had not a quarrel with that woman's husband - brother, I meant to say; I am always making this mistake."

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