Jorgen: Turner, you're in BIG trouble! There's no excuse for what you have done!
Timmy: Jorgen, I can explain! I got a little careless and I messed up! Please, don't take my fairies away from me!
Jorgen: What are you talking about?
Timmy: What are yoou talking about?
Jorgen: I'm talking about the fact you wished up an amusement park in your backyard and didn't invite me! You know how much I love the swan boats!
Alice has been acting suspicious. Bob knows she's up to something, watches her, and... comes to the wrong conclusion.
He confronts Alice with what he thinks he knows, and Alice, to keep him from discovering her real secret, lets Bob think he got it right. May lead to a Maintain The Lie
to keep Bob from catching on.
Sometimes Bob confronts Alice with a vague phrase like "I know your secret", and each of them thinks the other is talking about something different
until Bob (it's always Bob) comes right out and says what he thinks the secret is.
of Entertainingly Wrong
If this manifests out-of-universe, such as a work's author replying to fan speculation
with a "sure, let's go with that" and making it canon
, see Ascended Fanon
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Anime and Manga
- In the supplementary manga set before Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's second season, while Nanoha, Alisa, and Suzuka watched a tape sent by Fate, a girl from another world whom Nanoha befriended, Alisa asked Nanoha a question that threatened to crack the Masquerade wide open.
What country is Fate from? Nanoha:
Eh? Suzuka: Testarossa
...is that an Italian name? Nanoha:
Ah...oh yeah! Italian! She's Italian!
- Subverted in Victorian Romance Emma: Adele does this to comfort and cover for Emma after a party. Emma gets drunk and lets her secret slip when she ends up crying over William. Adele gets it, but simply escorts Emma to her room with only a "Liquor can be overwhelming if you've never had it before."
- The English dub of Shin Chan gives us this:
: What's 'exasjulate (ejaculate)
' mean? Some type of lady face cream?
- Code Geass, when Lelouch encounters an opponent he can't fight (Nunnally), resulting in a 10-Minute Retirement:
Shirley: You just seem sort of down.
Lelouch: No, I'm fine.
Rivalz: Can't sleep 'cause you're thinking about how much fun the trip will be?
Lelouch: You're correct. Yeah, I'm excited about it.
Shirley: Lulu, you're just like a little boy.
- Arguably, Lelouch does this to Rolo: as Rolo is dying, he tells Lelouch that he knew Lelouch was lying about trying to kill him; Lelouch "admits" that Rolo is right to allow him a peaceful death. The alternate interpretation is that Lelouch actually did forgive Rolo at that point, and considered him a brother.
- This also applies to how the other Black Knights view his relationship with C.C. While they assume she's his Dark Mistress she's in fact far from it, but he doesn't bother to correct them. C.C., on the other hand, tries to set the record straight with Tamaki, but he doesn't believe her.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has Evangeline doing this during her fight with Setsuna during the tournament. She decides that Setsuna is getting too soft because of her friendships, and tries to force her to decide between her sword and her happiness. Setsuna believes it's a Secret Test of Character and ends up Taking A Third Option. Afterward, this conversation happens:
Setsuna: The choices you gave me — it wasn't that I needed strength to defeat you, but what I did need to break through was to truly realize the power of my own will! That was the answer, wasn't it?!
Eva: injured Nhn? Dunno...I s'ppose...
- Otome no Iroha: When Iroha went to buy a bra and was caught by people who only met her after she was turned into a boy, they thought it was because she lost some bet. She gladly allowed them to think they were right.
- Waratte Sotomura San: A girl once asked Sotomura where she could buy Sarashi to bind her chest. When Sotomura asked why she's being asked that, the girl said she believes that's what Sotomura does. Sotomura decided to allow the girl to believe that.
- The Kaitou Saint Tail manga has a prequel chapter explaining how Saint Tail started stealing Just Like Robin Hood: Meimi, dressed in her stage clothes and performing some stage magic, recovered the key of a confessional that a kid had stolen as part of a courage test, only for the school journal to publish a bad picture Asuka Jr. had taken of her (he was there by chance) and dub her a Phantom Thief, giving Seira the idea to do just that.
- This is played for laughs in Oh God Not Again.
Sirius: Top box. It was part of my reparation. Of course, the rest of it went to buying Harry a Firebolt but...
Harry: You don't mind because I'm your godson and you love me?
Sirius: ...Let's go with that, sure.
- In What Women Want, Nick Marshall is at one point confronted by Lola who claims to know the secret why he's so understanding of women: he's gay! In reality, it's because he can read the minds of women. Nick goes along with the story, mostly because Lola's thoughts reveal that a rejection from Nick would support her fears that she was undesirable and ruin her self-esteem.
- In Shrek, when Fiona seems to be terrified because nightfall is upon them, Donkey exclaims: "Wait a minute, I know what's going on here! You're afraid of the dark, aren't you?". Fiona agrees that that's the case, when the truth is that she turns into an ogre by night.
- In American Beauty, Ricky Fitz's authoritative (and homophobic) dad sees Ricky through the window giving his neighbor some weed. From his vantage point, it looked like Ricky was giving him oral sex, and looking through some of Ricky's recorded videos of his neighbor working out, he had suspicions that Ricky was gay. When he confronted Ricky about his homosexuality (Ricky is actually straight), Ricky admitted to giving oral sex for money because it was better than his father finding out he was selling drugs. Either that or he had just had enough of his dad's crap.
- In The New Guy, Danielle confronts "Gil" (AKA a post-makeover Dizzy) with "I'm onto you". He thinks that she's talking about his previous identity as his last school's Butt Monkey. She thinks that he's actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He decides to play along with that.
- An interesting variation occurs in Home Alone, where Kevin tells a man dressed in a Santa suit "I'm old enough to know you're not the real Santa Claus, but I also know that you work for him." The Santa actor just goes with it.
- In The Incredibles DVD short Jack-Jack Attack, this is the reason Syndrome managed to get his hands on Jack-Jack;
Syndrome: Is this the...Parr's residence?
HA-HA! YES! I'M KARI, THE BABY (twitch)
Syndrome: Uh... Hello, Kari... I'm, ah...
Kari: YOU'RE MY REPLACEMENT! THANK HEAVENS YOU'VE COME! (beat) ...What does the "S" stand for?
For...sitter! Yeah, sitter. Originally I was going to have the initials for "Babysitter", but...then I'd be going around wearing a big BS, and (chuckle) you understand why I couldn't go with that.
- In one of Robert Asprin's Myth books, Don Bruce, a Mob boss, comes to see Skeeve, who has been quietly sabotaging Mob operations, and says he knows Skeeve is the reason the Mob hasn't succeeded in moving into the dimension of Deva. He lists the evidence: Skeeve knows the territory, has connections on Deva, etc. His conclusion? They should have hired Skeeve to work for them in the first place. This echoes an earlier scene in which the Devan Merchants' Association hires Skeeve to defend them from the Mob, not knowing he was the one who originally brought the Mob to Deva. To cover up the truth, Skeeve agrees to work for both sides, so he has to maintain a balance between working for the Mob and limiting Mob activity on Deva.
- In Allegiance, five stormtroopers end up as fugitives from the Empire, but remain Imperials themselves, remembering the oath they made to protect Imperial citizens. When they stop at a spaceport on an out-of-the-way world and the local authorities fine them needlessly and confiscate their speeder bikes, they snoop around and find that the local authorities are very corrupt, confiscating weapons from the citizens, shooting protesters, and basically trying to milk money from anyone and everyone. The local citizens aren't allowed to petition higher authorities and can't do much themselves, since they don't have blasters. So the stormtroopers take care of that problem for them. The locals are pleased, and believe the stormtroopers were sent officially.
Atmino: "You get back you bait all right?"
La Rone: "Our what?"
Atmino: "The speeder bikes. You were just dangling them out there so that Cav'Saran would pull that illegal confiscation, right?"
La Rone: It was amazing sometimes how hindsight enabled people to jump to such incredibly wrong conclusions. "Of course."
- In the Discworld novels, Vimes (and a few other Watchmen) play this line when someone takes a guess at the identity of the Watch's famous werewolf, and usually they guess it's Nobby. (They're wrong.)
- Miles in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga is the king of this. He just keeps letting people assume things about him, and pretty soon, he has his own mercenary army.
- Percy Jackson guesses that Thalia Grace freaked out while driving the sun-chariot because her mom died in a car crash. Thalia lets it ride because it's better than admitting the daughter of Zeus, god of the Sky, is afraid of heights.
- In John Dies at the End when main character David Wong takes Amy back to his place where it looks as though someone broke in she says "They threw laundry all over the floor!" David responds "Yeah and they wore them first! The bastards!"
- Vin pulls this when Kliss assumes she's been trying to drive a certain house into bankruptcy so House Renoux can corner the weapons market...when Vin is really part of a conspiracy to throw the city into civil war and overthrow the Lord Ruler.
Live Action TV
- Pushing Daisies: Olive thinks Chuck faked her own death. In fact, Chuck was really dead and was resurrected by the pie maker.
- Occurs loads in Friends. When Monica and Chandler are looking for a new house, they don't tell anyone for fear that it would upset them. As a result, Phoebe and Rachel see Chandler get into the car of an attractive woman (the real-estate agent), follow them to a house in the suburbs, and conclude that they are having an affair. In this case both Monica and Chandler let Phoebe and Rachel labour under this delusion for half the episode before revealing the truth.
- Another notable one is when Ross has been practicing telling a story (Joey told him it would get a woman to have sex with him) in front of a video camera. When Rachel walks in, she asks him "Were you just talking to yourself?" He answers, out loud, "That's less embarrassing. Yes, yes I was."
- Used as a one-off joke in Firefly, "Our Mrs. Reynolds". After Mal kisses The Vamp and is knocked out by her lipstick, Inara kisses him in grief, thinking he's dead...and gets knocked out. When the rest of the crew finds and revives them, she claims she slipped and hit her head. At the end is this exchange:
Mal: C'mon, tell the truth: You didn't just trip, did you?
Mal: Well, isn't that somethin'. [smirks] I knew you let her kiss you.
- Of course, it's also established that Inara also accepts female clients.
- Dexter: Rita thinks Dexter is a heroin addict, which he goes along with to keep from having to explain that he's a serial killer. Later in the season, Dexter is brought to the station by the FBI after finding his blood slides missing. He assumes that he's been exposed as the Bay Harbor Butcher, but in fact the agents are there to protect him because his nemesis Sergeant Doakes is suspected of the murders.
- Merlin: Morgana tells Merlin she'll keep his secret, and Merlin thinks she's talking about him being a sorcerer, but it turns out she thinks he's in love with Gwen. (Which, admittedly, was also true.)
- Hannah Montana Rico is blackmailing Miley for the majority of the episode claiming to know her secret. Thinking the secret is involving her other life as Hannah Montana, she agrees to meet and discuss terms with him. When he reveals the secret that he knows is that she carries a teddy bear around with her, Miley feigns being upset while being relieved that he knows nothing.
- Subverted in Prison Break. Michael burns his back while wearing a guard uniform for part of his escape plan, and when fibers from it are picked out of his wound, the warden assumes that a guard has been abusing him. However, going along with this would also hinder Michael's plan, so he has to just say he doesn't know what they're talking about.
- But only until he manages to pin it on Geary, whose removal is beneficial to the plan.
- In an episode of The Closer, after Brenda uses Obfuscating Stupidity to sabotage another detective's interrogation of a suspect because she wants to be the one to solve the murder, her boss suspects there's something she's not telling him. When he guesses that she has info from the FBI, she runs with that.
- One episode of Frasier has Martin and Frasier believing Niles is having a fling with Roz during a family weekend at a cabin. Niles plays along to cover the fact that he's trying to hook Roz up with Donny so Niles can be with Daphne.
- This happens frequently on Chuck. His sister says that she knows Chuck's secret, and he panics because he assumes she means the fact that he's a spy, but it turns out that she suspects him of cheating on his girlfriend. His best friend warns him about spies in the store, and he panics because he assumes the spies in question are his handlers, but his friend is really just being melodramatic about the Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. This is usually just for quick laughs rather than an extended plot.
- In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina is trying to retrieve a magical duplicator box she accidentally sold to Mr. Kraft (who is using it to duplicate a lot of gold bars). However, Sabrina is having a magical crisis that is causing parts of her body to rot (long story), which happens in front of Mr Kraft (but heals at that point as well). Mr Kraft accuses her of being...a space alien. Sabrina says "OK!" and turns into an armored humanoid alien, congratulates Kraft on recognizing her despite having "taken the form" of one of his students and orders him to return "their" box and give ALL the gold to charity (threatening him with "the probe" after his reluctance).
- Subverted in Castle; during "A Rose For Everafter", Castle has ignored Beckett's warnings about him seeing his ex-girlfriend because she could be a murder suspect and has met her. The next day, Beckett lays into Castle about how he's been going behind her back and refuses to listen to her instructions and orders — and then readjusts her chair, accusing Castle of sitting it in and adjusting it when she's not around. Castle is momentarily relived, but eventually his guilt overcomes him and he confesses that he saw his ex-girlfriend. Turns out Beckett knew — she has surveillance photos — and the chair thing was just her playing games with him.
- The Big Bang Theory, "The Love Car Displacement":
Bernadette: Is something bothering you?
Howard: No. Itís justÖ
Howard: Iím just thinking. If you had sex with that guy, I mean, thereís nothing I can do here that will make any kind of impact.
Bernadette: Howard, itís not a contest. I love you. I want to be with you.
Howard: Yeah, great, love you, too, but, if it were a contest, I wouldnít have a chance, right?
Bernadette: You canít think that way.
Howard: Yep. Loser.
Bernadette: Howard, stop it.
Howard: Sorry. I just never figured that a guy like me going out with a girl like you would ever have to compete with a guy like that.
Bernadette: Wait a minute, a girl like me? Whatís that mean?
Bernadette: Are you saying you donít think Iím hot enough to go out with a guy like Glenn?
Howard: No! No, Iím saying exactly the opposite.
Bernadette: Iím too hot to go out with a guy like Glenn?
Howard: Yeah, letís go with that.
- When Penny asks Sheldon why he is doing Howards laundry in Season 5 Episode 21.
Penny: Why are you washing Howards man panties?
Sheldon: Because if I donít he wonít give my paper to Stephen Hawking. Heís a famous physicist whoÖ
Penny: Yeah yeah yeah I know heís the wheelchair dude who invented time.
Sheldon: Close enough.
- Grey's Anatomy, "The Time Warp"(6x15):
Alex: You look like a cool person, and I need some cool cases...ever since the elevator thing and heart guy*, it's just...
Callie: Wait, that was you? You're the heart in the elevator guy?
) Sure, let's go with that.
- Skins: Naomi and Emily has danced around eachother for the entire season. They are at a party, both being three sheets into the wind.
Naomi: [Motioning between the bottles in her hand] So, what do you want?
Emily: [Completely mesmerized by her] Anything. Just give me a fucking...Just.. Just give me a...[leans over and kisses her. Naomi shows absolutely no resistance]
Naomi: Oh... [her denial catches up with her libido] It's only the drugs, right?
[The two starts to make out like crazy.]
Kurt: I'm in love with someone. *stares longingly at Finn*
Mercedes: *sees Rachel stand up* Rachel?!
- During Alcohol Awareness Week, the kids put on a particularly bad performance while hungover, which ends with Brittany and Santana throwing up onstage ("...Everyone drink responsibly."). The whole club gets called into Principal Figgins' office and they think they're about to get suspended, but Figgins is thoroughly convinced that the whole thing was staged to warn against the dangers of drinking and praises them. They uncomfortably go along with it.
- In No Ordinary Family, when Stephanie's parents visit, Jim's habit of frequently sneaking out to fight crime initially leads to him being Mistaken for Cheating by Stephanie's father, which leads Jim and Steph to consider telling her parents about their powers. But as they're about to do so, Stephanie's father announces that he's figured out that what Jim's actually been sneaking out to do is help the homeless, so they let him continue believing that.
- From Community episode Home Economics, Pierce gets angry at Britta's ex boyfriend (whose band he recently joined) about not getting his share of the credit for a song they wrote (an insulting song about Britta caused by the ex's Creator Breakdown regarding the events in "Social Psychology"). Britta watches their argument from a distance without hearing the words, leading to this exchange:
Britta: Pierce, did you just defend my honor?
Pierce: Uh...yeah, totally.
- The Thin Blue Line episode "Honey Trap" featured Detective Inspector Derek Grim and Inspector Raymond Fowler using Constable Maggie Habib as a Honey Trap to capture a criminal. Fowler's girlfriend, Sergeant Patricia Dawkins, thought he and Maggie were having an affair. In retaliation, Dawkins broke something valuable to Fowler, who claimed it represented all the values he stands for. She then replied he doesn't stand for any and mentions knowing what he and Maggie are doing. Wrongly believing she figured out about the Honey Trap, he comments about it, revealing to her the truth. She then let him think he was right, and he tells her he agrees with her reaction.
- Pair Of Kings: After a giant spider is destroyed and the Kings got dirtied by it. When Brady asked asked Boomer if that's the reason Boomer said he needed a change of underwear, Boomer hesitated before answering 'Yes'.
- Kamen Rider Fourze: Ryusei has a Freak Out during a special exam, and his friends think that he only faked it so that he'll have more free time on his hands, thus being available for Zodiarts attacks. Wanting to keep up his stoic image, Ryusei just goes along with their idea...
Ryusei: I can't admit that I failed because I was freaking out.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 is rife with this. One episode has Mike descending from the Satellite to Earth to escape.
Servo: And once you're down there, you'll find help to get us, right?
Mike: (long beat) Yeah, exactly.
- In Haven: Boston detective Tommy Bowen is in Haven, and Nathan realizes he has to tell him about the Troubles or risk more people showing up. Upon hearing Nathan's story, Tommy mentions that he's seen what this job does to cops and how they deal with it. Some turn to drugs, alcohol, or religion, and the ones in Haven blame what they see on the supernatural. He adds that as long as it doesn't effect the case, he's fine with it. Nathan has no reason to correct him, but Tommy later actually sees the Troubles firsthand.
- Onryu Sonozaki acts this way regarding the family reputation in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Is a very nasty deconstruction as this is indirectly responsible for many of the cycles of death and madness.
- Girl Genius, in this example. Also a meta-Sure, Why Not?.
- The Order of the Stick does it here, after what was supposed to be a Badass Boast:
Oh, forget it. It would take longer to make you understand than it would to research the next spell.
Wait — are you saying that you're going to research the spell "Haste" if I don't distract you anymore?
Yes, that is it exactly. You have perfectly gleaned my true intentions, well done. Have a cookie.
Roy: Too bad you froze Elan by accident.
Vaarsuvius: Accident...yes. Of course. By accident.
- Least I Could Do: Beginnings.
Kid Rayne: Take me to the barbecue, I was learning about fire.
Mr. Summers: For a school project?
Kid Rayne: Okay.
- In Mťnage ŗ 3 Gary thinks he lost his blanket while sleepwalking. Zii, not ready to tell Gary what really happened goes for the "Sure, Why Not?" line.
- Dr. Schlock tries to use this trope in this Sluggy Freelance strip. It doesn't work.
- Done frantically by Hannelore of Questionable content here, when Sven reveals that his cat has been barfing due to a bug.
: Wow, he landed right in the laundry hamper. Nice aim.
Hannelore: Aim. Right.
- Chargesdotcomdotbr had a story arc titled "My Girl", where a young man was dating a woman who used to be a man. The young man's mother, who used to be friends with the former man, told the now her to end the relationship. When she learned he/she's now wealthy, she decided to ask for a DNA test. The young man didn't understand. When a friend of his came up with a crazy theory regarding aliens, his other friends decided to invoke the trope.
- Became a Running Gag Catch Phrase on The Fairly Oddparents to the point where they could parody it:
: Hey, this microphone uses technology to make your voice deep and irresistible. Timmy
sure, let's go with that. Vicky
: Which means everyone will think I'm you
: No, let's not
go with that!
- Avatar The Last Airbender has Iroh deciding to teach Zuko a powerful yet dangerous technique. As Zuko tries to understand why they're drinking tea instead of practising, he comes up with the explanation that it's because tea is a relaxing drink and will allow him to do better when he's taught.
Iroh: Oh yeah, good point! ...I mean, yes.
- Used in the Danny Phantom episode with the ghost disease. The ghost disguised as a doctor uses the phrase at least twice.
- In one episode of Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot, Grizzle attempts to capture the Care Bears by telling them he's turned over a new leaf and has a gift for them, which is actually a codeword-activated trap. When he accidentally sets off the trap and gets captured along with everyone else, the Care Bears realize he hadn't changed at all, but their visiting child friend, McKenna, interprets the situation as Grizzle "giving them the gift of togetherness." Grizzle very quickly agrees.
- In My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure, Sweetiebelle and Cheerilee try to cover for Cheerilee, who has gone after the missing Twinkle Wish, when the mayor asks where she is. Sweetiebelle says she's gone ballooning, which the mayor doesn't like the sound of, so Scootaloo quickly changes it to "she's gone to get balloons." The mayor takes this to mean Cheerilee is getting decorations for the festival, and Sweetiebelle replies brightly, "If you say so."
- In the Sushi Pack episode "Red Hot Chili Planet," Wasabi runs away from home and is caught by The Hot Squad. They accuse him of being sent to spy on them, which Wasabi truthfully denies. So they ask if he's there to join them instead. Wasabi thinks for a moment and then agrees.
- In the Phineas And Ferb episode "Chez Platypus," Perry the Platypus attempts to do his usual "break down the door" entrance, only to get his foot stuck in the door. Dr. Doofenshmirtz starts to help him out, commenting, "You're really trapped in here...just like I planned!" And then he goes off to describe his latest scheme, leaving Perry with his foot in the door.
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Beezy dressing like Jimmy, telling Heloise "It's lucky you had an extra set of Jimmy clothes." Heloise mummers "Yeah, lucky..." before entering and reveling in her Jimmy-themed Stalker Shrine.
- The Simpsons:
- Homer is being held at gunpoint by the local Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club, who believe him to be Krusty the Klown, when the real Krusty bursts in.
Homer: Krusty! You came to save me!
Krusty: Yeah...that's what I did.
- In the episode Last Exit to Springfield, Homer has to excuse himself during a union negotiation with Burns to use the bathroom. This leads to an Overly Long Gag of Homer looking through doors to find the bathroom, which cuts back to Burns discussing how the negotiation is going with Smithers. When Homer comes back:
Burns: I take it you found the bathroom?
Homer: (guiltily) Uh...yeah, that's right!
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Swarm of the Century," the town of Ponyville is plagued by a swarm of parasprites, which destroy the town on the day that Princess Celestia is supposed to visit. However, Pinkie Pie manages to get rid of the 'sprites by putting together a one-man band and leading the bugs out of town, pied piper-style, just as the Princess arrives on the outskirts of town. Celestia assumes the procession is a parade in her honor, and Twilight Sparkle quickly assures her that it is, indeed, a parade.
- The Family Guy episode "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein": Max Weinstein says he cannot eat Lois's marshmallow and fish casserole. Lois assumes because it's not kosher, and after looking at it Weinstein lets her think that.
Max: ...yeah, let's go with that.
- In the TUFF Puppy episode "Snap Dad", Snaptrap starts dating Dudley's mother and says they met at the laundromat.
Dudley's Mom: No grown man should be walking around with ketchup on his shirt.
Snaptrap: Yes...that's what it was, ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup.
- In the Kim Possible episode, The Mentor of Our Discontent, Drakken has Shego don a blonde wig and dress in order to distract Martin Smarty, whilst he and Frugal Lucre break into his office. The distraction works, but Smarty becomes just a little too enamoured with Shego for her tastes, leading to this exchange;
: Well, hello
...Being a single
father such as I am, it would be my privilege to assist you, Miss...? Shego
: Whoa! Back off! Martin Smarty
: Miss...Wobakoff?? Shego
: Yeah...fine. Miss Wobakoff. Yeah...clever.
*As Kim is about to jump out of the Sloth onto the Kepler*
Wade: Wait! Before you go-
* The glove box pops open revealing two golden rings. Kim and Ron stare wide-eyed at each other whilst Rufus hums "Here Comes The Bride"*
Ron: ...I had nothing to do with this!
Wade: Ron...They're Magno-Rings. They'll help you hold on to the side of the Kepler.
Ron: Haha! Right. That's what I thought they were...y'know...for.
- This is how the Pound Puppies get a puppy adopted in one episode of the 2010 series:
A puppy jumps into the arms of a debarking airline pilot
Pilot: Well, what have we here?
His son runs up to greet him
Son: Daddy! Oh boy, you brought me a puppy?
Wife: Oh, Scott, you're so thoughtful. smooch
Pilot: Er, uh, yes, yes, I am.
- In Young Justice, when Superboy needs a civilian name, Martian Manhunter suggests "Kent". Not privy to Superman's identity, Miss Martian and Superboy assumed he was referring to the late Kent Nelson whom they had met earlier.
Superboy: "Wait, shouldn't I be 'Conner Nelson' then?"
- King of the Hill: When Dale had a dream that clued him to the fact his wife cheated on him with John Redcorn and her son Joseph was indeed a result of this, he concluded instead that he was a Native American like John Redcorn, who let Dale think he did interpret the dream correctly.
- Tom and Jerry Tales: Tom once entered a cat show and Jerry and Nibbles decided to sabotage him. One of their plans included adding lemon juice at his voice spray for his Pagliacci act. With the sounds he made once the juice made effect, the narrator assumed (and announced) that Tom gave up opera and decided to imitate bird songs. Tom decided to play along.
- Atomic Betty lost her diary with notes of her missions as a Galactic Guardian. When Penelope found and read the diary, she assumed the entries were all made up and Betty allowed her to believe that.
- Betty thought Noah's poem to her was written by Duncan to Penelope. Noah let her think she was right.
- Randy Cunningham Ninth Grade Ninja: Hannibal McFist once tried to destroy the Ninja with an Powered Armor. When the Ninja removed the helmet, he assumed McFist was being forced. McFist tried to play along but the Ninja wondered why somebody would force him. Since McFist failed to come up with an excuse, the Ninja figured out McFist is a Villain with Good Publicity.
- This is a good tactic to use when you're running a Dungeons & Dragons game: if the players figure out something and they're wrong, but it wouldn't do any harm to change things so that they're right, just go with it: it's no extra work for you and makes your players feel clever for "working it out".
- Alternatively, you could let them think they got it right, and surprise them with just how wrong they were. Sort of like what could happen in a good story.
- Also a good tactic when the DM asks if you did something in preparation. "Did you do X before Y?" "...yeah, sure."
- Though this can backfire; it is especially entertaining when the players start to say "Sure, let's go with that", then get that deer-in-the-headlights look because they just realized the DM might actually be checking to see if they did something that would insta-kill them.
- Chuck Palahniuk tells the story of a time he was on a plane and the flight attendant said he'd figured out that Fight Club was really about a group of guys watching two men have sex in a bath house. Pahlaniuk said his response was basically "Yeah, sure, why not?" Guy gave him free drinks for the rest of the flight.
- This tends to crop up on the Not Always Right blog when the stupidity of the various customers has gotten the employee in question so bewildered / annoyed / Mind Screwed that they just want to get the person out of the shop as quickly as possible.