Idiotic Partner Confession

Shenzi: Do you know what we do to kings who step out of their kingdom?
Simba: Phuh! You can't do anything to me!
Zazu: [nervous chuckle] Technically, they can. We are on their land...
Simba: But Zazu! You told me they were nothing but slobbery, mangy, stupid poachers!
Zazu: Ix-nay on the upid-stay...
Banzai: Who you callin' upid-stay??

Idiotic Partner Confession is a situation that begins with Alice keeping a secret from Bob. It could be something she's done, something she's planning, or just something she said earlier that she really doesn't want to tell Bob. The problem is, Carl is also aware of this secret, and just happens to be an idiot or has Loose Lips or whatever. So what does Carl do? He starts talking about it right in front of Bob, if not directly to him, of course!

This will undoubtedly lead to Alice trying as discreetly as possible to get Carl to shut up, with Carl completely oblivious that he's saying anything remotely wrong. This will likely piss Bob right off, and lead to all sorts of trouble for poor Alice.

Bob can be a villain, some sort of parental figure, or anyone else who Alice would have any reason not to be honest with. Carl doesn't necessarily have to be an idiot to do this—just unaware of Alice's nervousness or oblivious to the situation.

Different from Right Behind Me, although the tropes might overlap. Compare Accidental Public Confession.


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    Films — Animation 
  • The Lion King:
    • Simba when he questions why Zazu is acting so afraid of the hyenas when he said earlier that they were "slobbery, mangy, stupid poachers". Said hyenas are, of course, right in front of them. It's not completely played straight, since Simba isn't so much an idiot as an innocent child, and Zazu teaching him to be racist is a bad idea.
    • A second example later on, when Mufasa corners the three Hyenas after they tried to kill Simba. Shenzi and Banzai immediately insist that they had no idea Simba is Mufasa's son; then Ed spills the beans.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the beginning of Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson sisters are trying to convince the angry mob that they are not witches:
    Winnie: Don't get your knickers in a twist! We're just three kindly old spinsters.
    Mary: Spending a quiet evening at home.
    Sarah: Sucking the lives out of little children!
    (Winnie chokes Sarah)
  • In Way Out West, Laurel and Hardy are tasked with finding the heiress of a gold mine in a Western town. Of course, Ollie would rather keep this a secret as to not attract unsavory types; so what does Stanley do? Reveals the whole thing to a shaddy bartender first thing on their arrival. Ollie naturally slaps his idiotic partner, but way too late.

  • Soul Music has Ponder Stibbons, "full of the undirected excitement of the true discoverer and idiot", reveal that they've managed to trap music in a box... to Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler (the best swindler in the city), even with Ridcully repeatedly stomping on his foot (Ridcully compares Stibbons' outburst to giving a monkey the key to the banana plantation). He becomes slightly more world-wise over the next few books.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Our Miss Brooks has a non-idiot example in the episode "Blue Goldfish". Unaware that Mr. Conklin had been boasting about his hardiness to the cold, Harriet Conklin reveals her father's spent the entire day sitting on an electric blanket.
  • The third episode of Sonny with a Chance has Chad's plan to make Sonny join Mackenzie Falls thwarted by one of his female co-stars bragging about it in front of Sonny's friends.

    Video Games 
  • In Shenmue, when Ryo is trying to gather money to travel to Hong Kong after Lan Di, he finds out joining his and Fukuhara's savings won't do, so he decides to ask Ine for some money. Of course, he only intends to say he's going on a trip, so Ine will assume he's trying to clear his head after his father's murder. When he and Fukuhara go to ask her, the latter ends up telling her what Ryo wants the money for, and naturally Ine refuses to give him any money. Ryo is understandably pretty upset, as it forces him to look for cheaper alternatives.

    Web Comics 
  • This Girl Genius strip where Dimo succeeds at knocking out Oggie before he's entirely spilled the beans, but Zeetha isn't fooled.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants does this to poor Squidward when they're faced with the Flying Dutchman.
    The Flying Dutchman: Who be disturbin' the Flying Dutchman in his own lair???
    SpongeBob: It's Squidward. He wants to complain to you.
    Squidward: I-I... No, I... no.
    SpongeBob: But what about all that stuff about him having a dirty ship, and being lazy, and all?
    Squidward: (laughs nervously) I never said that...
    The Flying Dutchman: Insulting a man's ship is worse than insulting his mother!
    SpongeBob: No wait, maybe it was his mother you said was dirty...
  • Sort of an example in Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Aang and Zuko finally meet the firebending masters, who turn out to be the last living dragons.
    Aang: Still think we can take them?
    Zuko: Ssh! I never said that!
  • An episode of Codename: Kids Next Door has Sector V trick Count Spankulot into attacking people and getting incarcerated for it. The Count (and the audience) doesn't find out until Numbuh Three spills the beans. To make matters worse, her teammates try to cover her mouth, but she breaks free so she can continue to blurt it out!

    Real Life 
  • One of two thieves standing trial on an episode of Judge Judy confessed to stealing a purse, in the middle of denying that they stole the purse.