If you can't trust Colonel Sanders, you can't trust anybody.
"Playing with a trained operative is like playing chess with a master. Dealing with
criminals, on the other hand, is like playing checkers with a three-year-old: they like to change the rules."
Stock Phrase uttered in response to You Said You Would Let Them Go
or a similar expression of shock at a broken promise of lenience or forgiveness. Spoken by the villain (or a particularly unmerciful hero
) just before killing the hostage, blowing up the Doomed Hometown
, using the Doomsday Device
, or some other act of merciless badness. Sometimes spoken just after, with a smirk and a smoking gun.
Generally speaking, anyone who says this is lining up that puppy between the goal posts
or even about to perform their defining act of depravity
and has, in any case, revealed their cruelest colors. Expect them to rub it in with Evil Gloating
, asking the heroes "Did you actually believe me when I said...
For some reason, this often seems to take the heroes by surprise
, even when the speaker has an extensive history of villainy. This is most likely because, Villains Never Lie
Sometimes used by a former bad guy who's made a Heel-Face Turn
- made the offer to rejoin Team Evil, they calmly accept, or perhaps pretend to seriously contemplate the offer, shocking any listening heroes, and about three seconds later proceed to kick ass on the side of good, taking everybody by surprise. The bad guy looks up at them and protests, "You said you're on our side!" The former bad guy says, "Yeah. I lied."
Usually said with dripping irony, which tends to fall a little flat
if the speaker doesn't at least put a new spin on the phrase. May be accompanied by a Lying Finger Cross
. Compare Empty Promise
and Blatant Lies
, and contrast Villains Never Lie
. Also contrast Exact Words
, where the liar actually has a good excuse for lying. Also see Schmuck Bait
, where the liar doesn't even have to talk.
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- There is a rather lengthy social ad, where an unremarkable young man talks about the importance of driving carefully. He tells (with appropriate visuals) how he learned, how at first he was tempted to break the rules now and then, how he had a few close shaves. With time and experience he became a better driver, later he taught his girlfriend to drive, she had similar temptations early on, but learned to resist them. He tells how they married, had children, and what happy family they have. He ends his story with: "Now that you've seen that, I hope you understand that you too should drive carefully. Oh, and I lied. I didn't pass that truck. And none of the rest happened." And fades away.
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- Served with extra narm sauce in the Chick Tract "First Bite":
Warlock: Master! Why did you tell us that Igor was the Promised One?
Satan: I... uh... I lied! Because that's what I do! Get over it!
- Almost word for word from The Joker in the famous "Laughing Fish" story:
I'm a notorious liar.
- The second issue of the four part miniseries that started Sonic the Hedgehog has Robotnik doing this to Sally when she meets with him to bargain for his father's life. As it turns out, Sally had anticipated this and the real plan was to get an analysis of the roboticizer. This plan was screwed up when Sonic rescued her because Sally didn't bother to tell anyone besides Rotor the plan.
- In the Judge Dredd story arc that revives Judge Death, the other three Dark Judges tell this to the poor fool they coerced into freeing Judge Death on the promise that they'd let his wife go: "WE LIED!"
- Used by the authorities in Young Justice, after they had promised Red Tornado and his wife that they'd let him off for acting out against a court order separating him from his daughter.
- In Sin City: The Big Fat Kill, Becky was promised to be allowed to live after she ratted out the Old Town Girls. Manute, the Big Bad of the story never says these words but considering he made the promise and then had Becky killed anyway...
- In The Books of Magic we get a rare protagonist example.
You killed him.
No. I lied to him. Then I killed him.
- A variation in Iron Man, when Dr Octopus, who's been holding the city hostage with a supposed bomb, uses it with a subversion of Exact Words when telling Tony it's not really a bomb at all.
Dr. Octopus: It's a device. I always called it a device.
Iron Man: No ... you said bomb ... you said ...
Dr. Octopus: Who cares? I lied. Cheat to win, Stark.
- Used word for word by Shrapnel after he takes false information from an Autobot traitor and proceeds to fry him in Marvel's Transformers.
- One case where this Trope actually saved a man's life: In a Spider-Man comic, the Scorpion was hired by Justin Hammer to kidnap General Debevick, an Army Intelligence Officer at a ceremony. Spidey intervened, but it looked like Scorpion would get away with his hostage, until he found out Lance Bannon was taking some great photos of the fight, meaning the fight was helping J. Jonah Jameson (a guy the Scorpion absolutely hated). He changed his mind, and said he would kill Debevick unless Jameson surrendered to him in an hour. Jameson refused to cooperate (mostly because he had been kidnapped and replaced by the Chameleon during this time) but when the hour was up, the Scorpion changed his mind again, and bolted, taking Debevick with him, leading to this:
Debevick: But you said you'd kill me!
Scorpion: Seriously, General, I wear a tail, I call myself the Scorpion, do you really expect a guy like me to tell the truth??
- ...and as a result, Spidey was able to rescue the General later.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Legends of Equestria sees Princess Celestia utilize this to defeat Nightmare Moon, since the Elements of Harmony could only be used by her and Luna together.
Luna/Nightmare Moon: Celestia! You said we would fix this, make things right again!
Celestia: I’m afraid I lied to you, sister. It’s what those of us that are willing to do whatever it takes to protect this kingdom do sometimes. I could not allow you to destroy everything that I have worked to create. I should have known from the start that you lacked the resolve to see our task through to its end.
- In Mega Man Reawakened, Wily lies to Lex Loath about giving him a robot army, leaving him a million Zennies poorer and in jail.
- In My Child, the demon Xaphan tells Levi that if he makes a deal with him for something, then he'll still get ten years of life before Xaphan claims his soul for good. Levi retorts that he's lying and refuses to make the deal. Levi is forced to finally sell his soul to the demon in exchange for his newborn child's life, and is thinking about how to make the best use of the next ten years when this happens:
Xaphan: Yes, about that...You were absolutely right, Corporal - every word out of my mouth is a lie. (rips Levi's soul out and drags him to hell)
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act II: Miyabi forces Mizore to have sex with him, claiming he will spare Mizore's mother if she does so. As soon as he's finished and leaves a broken Mizore alone, he orders his soldiers to have Tsurara executed.
- In Shadowchasers Ascension, Ophelia duels Rule-of-Three on the condition he'll release the captive Penelope and Red Feather if he loses. When he does lose, he assumes his true form and this Trope is played out:
Rule-of-Three: Well, let’s see… I could honor my side of the bargain, which would make Jalie and my master very angry… Or I could renege on it, which would make them quite pleased… Tough decision… (Starts to assume his true form.) Oh, who am I kidding? It’s an incredibly easy decision!
Penelope: That dirty bastard...
Rule-of-Three: There are three rules to dealing with demons, like me… One, always get payment in advance. Two, always watch your back. And the third rule is… (Transformation is now complete.) Well, the third rule is, just don’t make deals with them at all! They tend to lie!
Lorelei: You were stalling? You knew Rule-of-Three was lying?
- In Sister Act, on allowing Deloris to stay in the convent:
Reverend Mother:That is not a person you can hide. That is a conspicuous person, designed to stick out.
Monsignor O'Hara: You took a vow of hospitality for all in need.
Reverend Mother: I lied.
- Spoken by John Matrix in Commando, a rare heroic version:
Sully: Yes. That's right Matrix, you did!
I lied. (Drops Sully to his death)
Cindy: Where's Sully?
- Homaged by Pegasus and Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
- World of Warcraft pays homage to this with Lieutenant General Adorov in the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj before the General Rajaxx fight. Interestingly enough, given the way the fight works- waves of enemies will come at you and Adorov until you face Rajaxx himself- you will have to kill Rajaxx last if you're doing it normally.
- Also parodied in Robot Chicken:
Ted Kennedy: Remember when I said I'd kill you last?
Kennedy: I lied.
Arnold: I know how it goes!
[Kennedy drops Schwarzenegger to his death (with him screaming "You suck")]
- Damodar says the exact line in the Dungeons & Dragons movie. Most of the audience saw it coming from around the opening credits.
- When Sheriff Bart confronts Hedy ("That's Hedley!") Lamarr at the climax of Blazing Saddles and draws a gun on him, Hedley protests that he is unarmed, leading Bart to throw down his gun to settle things with Good Old Fisticuffs. Hedley then mentions that wait, he is armed and reveals a Derringer in his coat, but Bart retrieves his gun and shoots Lamarr in the crotch.
- In Inkheart, the Big Bad Capricorn lies — a lot — in order to get people to do what he wants, and such gets one of these in about every scene he's in, in addition to being honestly baffled that people are surprised. At one point, he lies about having lied.
- In Masters of the Universe, Skeletor won. He got He-Man to surrender, give up his sword, let himself be tortured, because he left He-Man's friends back on Earth. Said friends found their way back to Eternia and attacked Skeletor's forces, and when they attacked back He-Man shouts that Skeletor promised not to hurt them. The weird thing here is that technically, Skeletor did honor his part and his forces are actually defending themselves. However, Skeletor is drunk with power at this point so fulfilled this trope just to fulfill it. (He's evil). Which galvanizes He-Man to kill him. Whups!
- Used by Gary Oldman's character in Air Force One:
Grace Marshall: You said you were gonna release us.
Ivan Korshunov: Forgive me, I lied.
- From a deleted scene of Back to the Future Part III:
Buford: Now, I'm warning you Marshal, I'm here on a personal matter, if you want to live to see your boy grow up, you'll ride out of here for a few hours and leave me be.
Strickland: Let's go, boy.
[Buford shoots Strickland anyway]
Strickland's Son: PA!!
Buford: I lied, Marshal!
- In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the Arnie Terminator pretends he'll let Katherine Brewster go if she tells him where John Connor is before admitting he lied, showing the epononymous machine has become ridiculously human enough to lie (he's been expanded with psychology routines). Or to reference his old movies.
- Invoked by Overdog, played by Michael Ironside in Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone to Nicki (played by a young Molly Ringwald).
Overdog: You have a very enviable life force, a life force you're going to share with me.
Nicki: But... you said if I made it through, I'm free.
- In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Lando Calrissian of Cloud City makes a deal with Darth Vader, and it kept getting worse all the time. It worked out in the end, and the Expanded Universe makes it clear that if he had refused, Cloud City would have been attacked and destroyed. There are two exchanges that reflect this trope, though neither actually say "I lied."
Lando: That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!
Vader: Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly?
Darth Vader: Calrissian
. Take the princess and the Wookiee to my ship.
Lando: You said they'd be left at the city under my supervision.
- There's also the scene from A New Hope where Leia bluffs about the location of the rebel base and Tarkin immediately orders the destruction of her home planet, telling her she is "far too trusting". On the other hand, Tarkin said he would blow up Alderaan if she did not tell him the base's location. He never said that he would not blow up Alderaan if Leia did tell him the location.
- Well, there was a Rebel base there. Just not an active one.
- Also, in the Expanded Universe, Vergere. "When will you learn that everything I tell you is a lie?" Vergere's more of a Trickster Mentor than anything else (at least, until Legacy of the Force retconed her into a Sith.)
- Face it, "From a Certain Point of View" is just Jedi for "I lied".
- The Mask: "You said you wouldn't hurt him!" followed by the obligatory smug "I lied".
- Gollum/Sméagol does this in the film version of Return of the King. The variation here is the Split Personality. Frodo always knew that "Gollum" couldn't be trusted, but he thought that "Sméagol" would keep his word to obey him. When Sméagol turns on Frodo near the end, they have this exchange:
Frodo: But you swore! You swore on the precious! Sméagol promised!
Gollum: Sméagol lied.
- Peter Jackson said in the DVD Commentary that they put that line in so it would be clear to the audience that neither side of the split personality could be trusted (since Sméagol had snapped and gone as crazy as Gollum) and thus make Sméagol/Gollum's Karmic Death acceptable.
- Heathers: J.D. tells Veronica that using "ich luge" bullets will only pierce the skin of the jocks, not kill them. "Ich lüge" is German for "I'm lying."
- Used by the good guy in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock:
Kirk: Help us or die!
Maltz: I do not deserve to live.
Kirk: Fine. I'll kill you later.
Maltz: Wait. You said you would kill me.
Kirk:: I lied.
- Worth pointing out, in a nerdy way, that from the Klingon perspective, this makes Kirk very much a villain. It's considered a great deal of dishonor for a Klingon to be captured alive rather than killed in battle.
- In the film Freejack, Mick Jagger gets the very last line in the film, when asked by Emilio Estevez about his sudden change of loyalties. It is delivered with such scenery chewing glee that it may be the Platonic Ideal of I Lied.
Vacendak: I LIED!
- In Demon Knight, The Collector says this directly to one character just before he is Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
- A somewhat more meta-example: Scary Movie's tagline was "No Mercy. No Shame. No Sequel." When Scary Movie 2 came out, their tagline was: "We lied."
- In The Heat after Ashburn takes one out of Mullins' book and shoots a drug lord in the crotch, Mullins reveals that she never had any bullets in the gun during her groin Russian Roulette on a perp earlier.
- A lighter version occurs in the comedy Water (1985). After Granola Girl Pamela Weintraub states her opposition to Spenco exploiting the island's mineral water, Governor Baxter Thwaites threatens to have her deported as an undesirable alien. Being taken hostage together makes them realise it's all Belligerent Sexual Tension.
Pamela: You said I was an undesirable alien.
Baxter: I lied. (start smooching)
- Lock Up: Warden Drumgoole promises one of Frank's friends a reduced sentence if he'll betray him at the right moment. When he does, he declares that they "don't make deals with prisoners", and has him thrown back into genpop.
- In Interstellar, when Murphy asks the dying Professor about his gravitational theory midway through the film, he confesses that he faked them to keep everybody from worrying about the future. "I lied. I lied, Cooper."
- Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike points out Pearl Forrester promised that she wouldn't make them watch any more bad movies if he and the 'bots helped him.
You know, I think I lie because I'm evil.
- Mike and the robots knew she would break her word, and helped her because it benefited them (Servo told Mike, "I don't want to have to see you in a toga.")
- Earlier in the series, Forrester and Erhardt would respond to Joel's accusation of lying with, "What do you want from us? WE'RE EVIL!"
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent: In the pilot episode, Goren says this to the girlfriend of the episode's Big Bad to prove he's not above breaking the rules to serve the law.
Gia: (to her boyfriend) We're already dead. You killed us.
Eames: (straight-faced) Guess again, Gia. You're gonna live a long, happy life.
while Gia looks at Goren in surprise.
Goren: I lied. Sorry.
- Red Dwarf, episode Justice: Lister and the Simulant agree to come unarmed to "talk":
Simulant: Guess what? (Pulls out hunting knife.) I lied.
Lister: Guess what? (Allows pole to slide from the arm of his jacket.) So did I.
Simulant: But I lied twice. (Pulls out a handgun.)
Lister: I didn't think of that.
- LOST's Ben Linus should have this printed on a t-shirt.
- Also said by Sun Kwon after silencing Ben himself with an oar to the head.
- From the 2008 Doctor Who Christmas special "The Next Doctor":
Miss Hartigan: But you promised me, you said I would never be converted!
Cyberman: That was designated: a lie.
- Rule 1: The Doctor Lies
- River and Amy in "The Time of Angels".
River: This won't hurt a bit. (Injects Amy, who cringes) There, you see? I lied.
- Practically River Song's catch phrase. The Eleventh Doctor gets in on the action a lot, too. Basically, any time River and Eleven are on screen together, they're lying to each other, to the companions, and to you.
- Rory and his dad in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", in an almost exact mirror of the River-Amy scene. Which shows where River got it from.
- Again by the Doctor to Clara in "The Name of the Doctor".
- Used by the villain in the first episode of My Own Worst Enemy:
Henry: We had a deal. I get you Fainburg's marbles, you leave my family alone!
Uzi: I lied.
- This, however, was an act. His alter-ego Edward anticipated the betrayal and coached Henry on what to do and say.
- Supernatural's Dean Winchester is trying frantically to save his daddy when he gets stonewalled by a demon. He tortures her, bargains for information, then sends her back to burn in hell with this trope.
Meg: You son of a bitch, you promised.
Dean: [snarling right in her face] I lied!
- Power Rangers in Space stated word for word during the Psycho Ranger's arc by Psycho Yellow, after she betrays Psycho Pink:
Psycho Pink: But you promised it would be pink!
Psycho Yellow: I lied!
- The West Wing features Arnie Vinick pulling one in response to having been caught lying to the religious right. His secretary yanks the rug out from under him.
Vinick: Are you finished?
Sheila: Oh yeah.
Sheila: (sudden outburst) I could have told you that wouldn't work! That he would leak it and you'd be forced to confirm or deny it!
Vinick: I thought you said you were done?
Sheila: I lied!
- After J.D protests at not being invited to the christening of Dr. Cox's son.
Doctor Cox: Of course you're coming. In fact I want you to be the baby's godfather.
JD: (whispering emotionally) I...am...honoured
Doctor Cox: (imitating him) I...am lying.
- Turk and Carla burst out laughing.
(Matt traps Sylar in his own mind)
Sylar: (unbelieving) You said you would help me.
Matt: Yeah, well... Guess there is still a little of you left inside me. Because I lied. Enjoy hell.
- Used in The X-Files episode "Shadows", though not in a sinister way. Mulder lies to the doctors who called him, saying he can't help them, as he's never seen anything like their case before. He was lying, though given that the team that requested his help were stingy on the details, it was more of a snarky revenge.
Scully: You lied. You have seen this before, I can tell. You lied to them.
Mulder: I would never lie. I wilfully participated in a campaign of misinformation.
- In the CSI: NY episode Point of no Return, Stella promises George Kolovos that she won't send him to Cyprus (where he's a wanted criminal) in a shipping container if he gives up his partner Sebastian Diakos. He does...and she locks him in the container anyway.
Kolovos: Wait, we had a deal!
Stella: I lied.
- Heroic example from Star Trek: Enterprise.
Klingon General: You were supposed to be creating Augments!
Phlox: I lied.
- Another (mostly) heroic version; Brenda Johnson of The Closer often lies to her suspects about all the crimes they're being charged with until after she's gotten their confession, but in a Season 6 episode she actually says the trope title. She tells the perp that his drive-by shooting didn't hurt anyone, but if he confessed to the crime and explained why he tried to have the target killed, the LAPD wouldn't arrest him for the property damage caused by the shooting. He confesses, she reveals that three US Army soldiers were killed, and that he'd be getting the death penalty. Her "I lied" when he shouted that she said nobody was injured was positively gloating.
- Tales from the Crypt: The duped love interest of a bottom-feeding tabloid reporter ends an episode by removing her pretty face and revealing her fanged, pallid, bald head: "I said I didn't eat meat. I lied."
- On one episode of Frasier, Martin tries to trick Niles into signing a document so that he won't have to go get a physical, by having a cop friend of his pull them over and offer to flash his badge and get him out of the ticket only if he signed. After Niles apparently does so Martin says, "I lied," and explains the ruse to him. Niles responds, "I lied. I just drew you a picture of a dog."
- During the Community pilot Britta promises Jeff a date if he'll stop the fighting he started. After Jeff uses his Manipulative Bastardry to calm the group down, she uses these words exactly.
- Played straight by the Burn Notice episode "No Good Deed". Quoth the villain of the week, Eve, "Remember that part about me letting you live if you helped me rip off my buyer? I lied." (Westen, being Genre Savvy, had never actually believed her; he was just buying time for Fiona to put together a rescue.)
- Game of Thrones: Littlefinger says "I did warn you not to trust me," when he proves why. This is actually a subversion as Littlefinger was being perfectly honest when he warned Ned not to trust him.
- Implied in an episode of M*A*S*H. Col. Flagg confronts Dr. Sidney Freedman and points out the latter never swore an oath to the U.S. Army. Sidney tells him that if he were a communist spy, he wouldn't hesitate to take the oath because he would already be a lying traitor.
- When Dexter goes back on a promise to set a victim free: "You think I'm a killer, and not a liar?"
- Chris Ryan's Strike Back (Origins in the US): Hakim Al-Nazeri, leader of an Iraqi terrorist group, vows to kill John Porter first, followed by the reporter he was attempting to rescue when he was captured. Come the morning of the execution, Al-Nazeri drags the reporter off first, prompting this exchange:
Porter: Hakim, you bastard, you said you'd take me first!
Al-Nazeri: I lied.
- Peanuts. Lucy and that damned football. No matter how many times she promises Charlie Brown that this time she'll let him kick it, she will always yank it away just to humiliate him yet again.
- From Calvin and Hobbes:
Calvin: Any monsters under my bed tonight?
Monsters: Nope, no, uh-uh.
Calvin: Well there better not be, I'd hate to have to torch one with my flamethrower!
Hobbes: You have a flamethrower?
Calvin: They lie, I lie.
- Foxtrot has this early strip:
: Jason, how do I make the margins wider? Jason
: What? You expect me to help you after you ruined my Star Trek
: I'll give you a dollar. Jason
: Press Control-C, my dollar? Paige
: Ha ha, I lied. Paige
: Hey! My file just got deleted!! Jason
: Ha ha, I
- In an example of an actual good guy doing this, WWE's Eddie Guerrero (RIP) would do this all the time as part of his "lie, cheat, steal" gimmick. Usually he would enter into a match with a heel, promising not to cheat during the match. Then, when he won as a result of cheating and was called out on it, he would shout to his opponent, "I lied, homes!" causing the audience to roar with approval.
- This trope would also be played with when he teamed up with his nephew Chavo Guerrero Jr. He'd tell him, "We may lie, cheat and steal, but at least we're honest about it!"
- On Night of Champions 2010, Chris Jericho participated in a Six-man elimination match for the WWE Championship with a personal promise that, should he fail to win, he will leave WWE for good. Naturally, when he quickly lost during the match, the 'net was in an uproar since that was not the way for someone as popular as Jericho to go... then he appeared on the next episode on WWE Raw with this little message on his Twitter account.
Hey Internet... I'm a heel
lie, therefore if I say something boastfully and renege on it, it's not an official stipulation. Smarten up!
- Only to actually leave two weeks later via Randy Orton's patented punt to the head.
- There's a card in the CCG Illuminati: New World Order that's called "I Lied." If you make an otherwise binding deal, then play that card, the other player has to keep his end of the bargain but you don't.
- According to legend, the first ever official tournament was won when, after a long and grueling final game, one of the finalists convinced the other to throw the game in return for half the prize money, then played this card. The judges ruled it was perfectly legal and keeping with the spirit of the game and declared that player the winner, over the protests of his opponent.
- StarCraft: Brood War, and the main reason Kerrigan really works as a villain.
Mengsk: Kerrigan, you murdering bitch! We had a deal!
Kerrigan: Oh, come on, Arcturus. Did you really think I'd allow you to come into power again? You practically fed me to the Zerg on Tarsonis! You're directly responsible for the hell I've been through! Did you honestly think I'd let you get away with that?
Mengsk: But you said revenge was secondary to defeating the UED!
Kerrigan: I lied. I liberated this planet because it was the UED's primary staging point, not because I was under any obligation to you. I used you to destroy the Psi Disrupter. And now that I've got my Broods back, you're no longer necessary for my plans. I think I'll leave you here, Arcturus, among the ashes of your precious Dominion. I want you to live to see me rise to power. And I want you to always remember in your most private moments that it was you who turned me loose in the first place.
- Shows up in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. after Starkiller gathers the leaders of the soon-to-be Rebel Alliance in an attempt to distract the Emperor long enough for him and Vader to stage a coup, Vader himself crashes the party and tells his "apprentice" that the whole coup plan was a ploy to get all the rebels in one place and capture them in one swoop.
Starkiller: You told me you'd stay away!
Vader: I lied, as I have from the very beginning.
- It's just a bad idea to believe Vader - he may tell the truth in broad statements, but he's not good with promises. Even when he'd be better off keeping his word. As was the case in this scenario.
- Also shows up in the dark side ending of the sequel:
Vader: I lied when I said the cloning process was not yet perfected.
- Caulder/Stolos employs this in Advance Wars: Days of Ruin in response to The Mayor's protests that the former promised the civilians food, supplies and a cure to The Virus they're infected with if they handed over Isabella/Catleia. He then tops it off by revealing that the medicine sample he'd just handed over to the Mayor as a gesture of goodwill (which he'd immediately taken), well:
Oh, and that medicine you took was not the antidote. Hello? Can you hear me? Mr. Mayor? ...Fascinating
- After an "unsupervised" test early in Portal, GLaDOS admits that she lied about it being unsupervised. Then she promises to stop
lying enhancing the truth "in three... two... (static)"
- A villain ends up on the wrong end of this from The Man Behind the Man in Last Scenario:
"I trusted you!"
- In Baroque, the Coffin Man pulls a decidedly non-villainous one of these on the protagonist (and the player). In one of his Tutorial Dungeons, after teaching you the basics of combat, he announces that there are a whole lot of tough Meta-Beings on the next floor, so you'd better be prepared! Once you descend to the next floor, you find it empty, and the Coffin Man laughingly says, "I'm a liar."
- Professor Layton and the Unwound Future features Dimitri Allen's picross map. He gave it to Layton, telling him that the map, when marked, showed the location of the infrared sensors he rigged the building with. However, after solving the picross map, turning the map 180 degrees reveals that all you did was spell LIE upside down. Layton isn't entirely surprised, as he concludes that while Dmitri has done some less-than-moral things in pursuit of his (well-intentioned) goal, he isn't willing to kill people.
- The European version (...and the Lost Future) has a slightly different puzzle, but the effect is the same. Dimitri claims to have set bombs in the Thames Arms, and gives you the map and challenges you to find them before they go off. The locations of the alleged "bombs" spell out exactly how much time you have left: infinity.
- In Tales of Symphonia, Zelos ends up uttering a variant of the line when he takes a Face-Heel Turn and betrays the party to Yggdrassil during the climax. In all but one of the endings, the line gets a reprise when it turned out he was a Fake Defector and betrays Yggdrassil to the party's benefit.
- Earlier in the game, Lloyd invokes this trope in conversation with Colette for a different reason. He brings her a cup of coffee, which she notes to be pleasantly hot. Lloyd chides her, informing Colette that the coffee is iced. Flustered, she comments on the "cool" drink, only for Lloyd to reveal the coffee was always hot: "I lied...". This exchange confirms Lloyd's suspicion that Colette has lost her sense of touch.
- Dragon Age II has an unusual Anti-Hero example in Fenris, who promises a magister that he'll let her go if she tells him where his long-lost sister is. She tells him - then Fenris reaches into her chest and crushes her heart.
- On Lilly's route of Katawa Shoujo, when Hisao finds out he did poorly on an English test, Emi offers to show him her results. The two agree to show their results on the count of three, only for Hisao to renege on his promise.
- Resident Evil 6: He doesn't outright say he lied, but Simmons certainly counts. In order to force Helena to help him in his scheme to whack the President, he kidnaps Helena's little sister, promising to let her go after she does her part. From the very beginning, he has no intention of making good on the bargain, and even before Helena does her part, he has said little sister mutated by the C-Virus, intending to have Helena used as a scapegoat and then killed in the subsequent nuking of Tall Oaks. When Helena realizes this, she is not happy.
- A rare heroic version in Final Fantasy Adventure. Robot Buddy Marcie is with the hero on a collapsing tower, but the way to the final dungeon is before them. She offers to throw the hero and jump after him, which the hero agrees to. However, once the hero across safely and asks Marcie to jump, Marcie admits to its lie - it chose to lie because the hero would have wasted too much time trying to save Marcie if he knew the truth, and both would have died in the tower collapse.
- Hades from Kid Icarus: Uprising switches between this and blatant lying, whichever he thinks would be more entertaining at the time. There's one mission where Pit runs into three trick treasure chests in a row(called Mimicuties), but neither of the two villains present actually confess to putting them there, leaving it a mystery. Until the next mission:
Hades: "Full disclosure here: the mimicuties were courtesy of yours truly."
Pit: "It WAS you!"
- Featured here in Casey and Andy... stated by Quantum Cop, a virtual embodiment of law and order. Apparently, all that time spent hanging out with Mad Scientists and a Gentle(wo)man Thief has taught him a thing or two.
- "What? I'm evil. I lied." is a Running Gag / Catch Phrase for most of the villains in Bob and George.
- In 8-Bit Theater, when confronted with Chaos, Red Mage asks to have some time to prepare for their battle, in order to stall. He tells them to take as much time as they need. Then he adds, "As long as it only takes 24 hours." When Red Mage questions this, he responds "I'm Chaos!"
"Remember the Castle of Ordeals
? And how we had to defeat our tragic flaws to become heroes of legend? I didn't defeat mine. I did this...
" [Cue spectacular black tendril murder.]
- Janus from The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred:
"The super villain lied... Oh it can't be so, be still my heart."
- Penny Arcade: Gabriel's son learns a valuable lesson about his father (and life).
- Darken has the Villain Protagonist do it.
- This happens in Exterminatus Now
Chameleon: (to his men) Kill them all.
Virus: You said no one else would get hurt!
- A small variation Buck Godot:
You lied to me/us
Buck: Gee, you didn't even need the other two guesses.
Buck: Relax, PSmith. I'm lying. It's a fake.
Der Rock the Destroyer: IT'S WHAT?!!
Buck: Just kidding, it's the real device. I slipped the fake to he-who-must-be-watered.
But you just said.. [BeatPanel
] Well, you're lying to one
- Servants of the Imperium: Said by name by Brianna in strip #13: "Just Desserts".
- Tower of God - Kim Lurker does this in a rather elaborate fashion.
"By the way, the debt of your restaurant… I can't do anything about it. Because I'm gonna use the opportunity to ditch the company and climb the Tower."
- Koon does this twice to Edin Dan, always using his new catch phrase: "You should trust trustworthy people."note .
- Cautionary Tales Of Swords relies heavily on this, also called "Oh shit, I lied!"
- Dr. Insano gets his own variation of Darth Vader's classic example in Kickassia. He's a Card-Carrying Villain with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, so nobody's too surprised. After seemingly defeating N. Bison, he tries to turn Kickassia into Insania. While he's distracted by all his double-crossing, his opponent turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
- There is an ongoing ragecomic series with a Dastardly Whiplash saying "I lied". On its way to becoming a Discredited Meme, though.
- Action Bunnies "Well I lied! "I lied!" "Why do you keep believing me!"
- Cracked: 5 Horrifying Food Additives You've Probably Eaten Today: "Oh, and that thing we said about how we'd stop mentioning that you eat bugs? We totally lied."
- RE: Mash*tima Partnership, by OneyNG
- Billy: "Gee, this is starting to sound fishy, I think I'm gonna cancel this contract please."
- Dick Faggotson: "Woah, a year's a year!"
- Billy: "But I thought you said I could cancel whenever I wanted..."
- Dick Faggotson: "I guess we flat-out lied, FAGGOT!!!!!"
- In "The Parable of the Dagger" by Eliezer Yudkowsky, a jester annoys his king by playing a logic game with him that ends with the king getting bitten by a frog. The king gets fed up with his complex explanation about how he should have reasoned which box held the frog and which held gold, and so throws him in the dungeon. As revenge, he gives the jester his own riddle to solve: one enscripted box that contains the key to his chains and another that holds a dagger to execute him. The jester studies both the inscriptions and reasons which box has the key. Inside is the dagger. The king just stuck the dagger in the wrong box on purpose.
- RWBY has an example Played for Laughs, when Jaune is attempting to convince Weiss to go to a dance with him.
Aw, come on. Open the door. I promise not to sing.
[Weiss reluctantly opens the door] Jaune:
♪ I LIIIED! ♪
- Batman Beyond:
- Heard in first season finale. After trapping dear old radioactive Daddy, his son Paxton delivers with particularly exaggerated suaveness:
Batman (Terry): No. I wouldn't have agreed to this; you said you were going to help him.
Paxton: I lied.
- Pretty much everything that Charlie "Big Time" Bigalow tells Terry in "Betrayal" is a lie, as he tells him in the climax: About wanting to turn himself in, and about wanting to be cured. But this is the most important one:
Big Time: An' there's one more thing I lied about. When I said I couldn't kill ya, I meant I couldn't do it then... But now... I made you an offer, and ya turned it down. Where's the respect?
- In the X-Men: The Animated Series four-partner "Beyond Good and Evil", Apocalypse gets in this habit.
- He tricks an evil former empress trying to take back the throne from her sister by promising to abduct said sister, but instead takes one of her sister's body guards for her psychic abilities.
Deathbird: You promised to destroy Lilandra!
Apocalypse: I LIED.
- Later in the same four-partner, after Apocalypse unveils the full omnicidal extent of his evil plan, he admits he was pulling Magneto's leg with empty promises to get him on his side temporarily.
Magneto: You spoke of creating an alternate future in which mutants would rule, as I have always dreamed!
Apocalypse: Then you were fool enough to believe me.
- Teen Titans The Abridged Series:
I thought you said you didn't have superpowers. Robin:
I lied. (Kicks Mammoth
hard enough to send him flying several meters backwards)
- From Ben 10: Alien Force, Mike Darkstar.
"I can't be trusted."
Aggregor: I lied.
Galapagus: What a coincidence. So did I.
- And from the original series, when a friendly (Petrosapien) alien gives Ben his hoverboard before departing.
Ben: Hold on. I thought you said you needed this to get off the planet.
Petrosapien: Selective disinformation.
Gwen: He lied.
- The New Batman Adventures.
Commissioner Gordon: We had a deal!
Bane: Thought about it. Didn't work for me.
- The New Adventures of He-Man
Werban: You spoke of peace! You lied!
Skeletor: Yeah, well, villains do that once in a while.
- Skeletor also pulls this one in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002); after telling He-Man he would give him the captive King Randor if He-Man let him go... "Oh, and He-Man? I lied!"
- In the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "For a Few Sovereigns More", Duke Igthorn hires bounty hunter Flint Shrubwood to capture a Gummi Bear (Cubbi, in this case), and then refuses to pay when he does. Unlike most of these other examples, this ends horribly for Igthorn, as Shrubwood imprisons him in his own castle, forcing him into forming a temporary alliance with Cubbi.
- The Transformers: The episode "The Burden Hardest To Bear"
Ancient Autobot spirits: Return the Matrix!
Ancient Autobot spirits return to the Matrix
Galvatron: Scourge! Take this and destroy it!
Cyclonus: But mighty Galvatron, you said you'd return it!
Galvatron: I LIED!
- Transformers Animated
Isaac Sumdac: Decepticons? But, you told me you were an Autobot.
Megatron: And I hated every moment of that humiliating charade. But no more...
- In The Fairly Oddparents, we have Dark Laser.
"There's one thing I forgot to mention about the dark side: you can lie your evil butt off!"
Anti-Cosmo: "Yes, I do that from time to time. It's almost like I was evil!"
- Jackie Chan Adventures: "Scout's Honor." "Like I was ever a scout."
- Also, this exchange between villains in the third season finale:
Shendu: I may be a "noble" dragon, but I am also a demon sorcerer...and not known for keeping promises.
- The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 has this exchange when the Koopa Kids reveal Koopa's I Lied to Crimewave Clyde:
Crimewave Clyde: What’s going on here? What are you doing!?
Cheatsy: Just following orders.
Clyde: I didn’t tell you to do that!
Kootie Pie: No, but King Daddy did!
Cheatsy: Dad never planned on giving you half of anything! We’re double crossing you!
- Total Drama has a few "I Lied" moments. There's this exchange, when Eva and Izzy are brought back into the game:
: Wait a sec, you said no one is allowed back! Chris
: I did? Gwen
: And once you leave... Chris (in flashbacks)
: And once you leave on the Dock of Shame, on the Boat of Losers, you can never, never ever, ever come back! Chris
: Oh yeah, that. Yeah. I lied.
Lindsay: But we were going to the final three together!
Heather: Guess we're not!
Chris: Back in episode 8, teammate Beth stole the Boney Island tiki doll.
Gwen: She said she returned that!
Chris: She lied. She broke it up and flushed it down the septic tank!
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius does this to his father twice in one episode, when he promises to let him stay unfrozen.
- This is done CONSTANTLY on all three of the Sonic the Hedgehog shows that DiC made. Dr. Robotnik constantly makes deal after deal with Sonic and the blue guy always seems to fall for it. It doesn't matter because Sonic always ends up thwarting his plans anyway.
- Said by Guiterrez in Freakazoid! When given what he wants, he orders his guards to eliminate Dexter, his family, and Roddy. He doesn't even let Roddy say more than "But you said-"
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
Zuko: You lied to me!
Azula: Like I've never done that before.
- The Simpsons: From "The Bart Wants what it Wants":
Ranier Wolfcastle (to a pie): "Remember when I said I'd eat you last? I lied!"
- Also this in the Tracy Ullman shorts:
Bart: Family therapy? What the hell is this?
Lisa: You said we were going out for frosty chocolate milkshakes!
Homer: Well, I lied.
- The Incredible Hulk (the 90s cartoon)
Gargoyle: You promised me Banner would remain alive long enough to change me back - (laser to the shoulder)
The Leader: I lied.
- Megas XLR has two, both played straight and subverted:
Megas falls into orbit of hungry dragon planet
Warlock: "Oh, come now. They might even survive the impact. Of course, they'll be in no shape to survive the Glorgnak if they do."
Kiva: "You're so predictable." (punches) "Oh, and about our deal? I lied too."
- Danny Phantom, "Reality Trip"
Danny: You lied to me.
Freakshow: Yes. Yes I did. Goodie for me.
- From Chowder, when the title character is tricked into helping a living mass of mold:
Chowder: Mold? You told me you were spice.
Funjl: Yeah, I lied. It's a bad habit.
- From Pinky and the Brain:
Pinky: Snowball wait, you said you promised to change your evil ways.
Snowball: And you believed me?
- From My Little Pony The Movie:
Reeka: You said nothing could stop the Smooze!
Hydia: I lied!
- In one episode of Biker Mice from Mars, Limburger secures the assistance of ex-mercenary Hardrock by kidnapping the girlfriend that had turned Hardrock away from the business and dangling her and the titular mice over a vat of acid, promising that they would all be released unharmed if Hardrock pulled off one last job. After Hardrock has left, Limburger orders the group killed and we get this exchange:
Throttle: You lowdown ball of corrupting cheddar, you gave your word!
Limburger: If my word was worth much, I wouldn't be much of a villain, would I?
- In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Acts of Vengeance", the Enchantress and the Executioner capture Chemistro while on their Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Amora promises him that she'll let him go if he tells her where Zemo is. He does, and she predictably uses his own alchemy gun on him, turning him into solid gold.
Chemistro: No... No! You- you promised!
Amora: I lied. *pulls trigger*
- The Brak Show
Brak: You mean you lied?
Zorak: Yeah, I lie a lot. That's what makes me cool.
- From the first episode of Beware the Batman
Thug: I thought you said the back-up piece was my best bet!
Batman: I lied.
- In the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: R.A.B.B.I.T.", Heinrich Von Marzipan's excuse for why he lied (to a first grader, no less) was, "Ach, Liebchen, I say so many zings I do not mean, Like, "Oh, no gumdrops for me." or "Who vould like some uf mein lollipops?" (As if lying wasn't bad enough.)
- Tirek in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", surprising exactly no one except Discord.
- In the Family Guy episode "The Old Man and the Big 'C", when Lois convinces Carter to unveil his cure for cancer to the world, he goes back on his word and tells Lois this this when she phones him about it.
- Then-Attorney General of Louisiana Jack Gremillion was walking by the governor's office when he recognized a contingent from Pearl River waiting to see then-Governor Huey Long. Gremillion went into Long's office. "Governor, those people from Pearl River who you had me promise a road to are here." "What the hell road are you talking about?" asked Long. Gremillion reminded Long that he had specifically ordered him to promise the Pearl River folk a road during the recent campaign. "Hell, I don't have time for them. Send them away." Gremillion pleaded, "But Governor, what can I tell them?" "Tell 'em I lied!"
- Faisal Shahzad was a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan and would-be Islamist terrorist, who placed a car bomb in Times Square. Asked how he could do what he did after taking the oath to uphold the US Constitution, he simply answered: "You are my enemy. I lied." According to claims later made by US intelligence, this led Osama bin Laden himself to contact the whole of al-Qaida with a disgusted message that deliberate oath-breaking was not acceptable.
- Disbarred attorney Jack Thompson said he would donate ten thousand dollars to the charity of the game maker's choice if they made a game to his specific guidelines. Someone did, and he went back on the deal.
- More specifically, he backpedaled and added further conditions to his proposal, such as that it had to be a commercial game (the game in question was freeware), which was pretty much impossible to do because one of the criteria (that Jackson Browne's 'Lawyers in Love' would be playing during one of the stages) would break copyright laws. With the amount of money it would've taken to buy the rights to the song and produce and market the game, anyone who made it could've just spent the same amount of money donating several times as much to charity as Thompson promised to.