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 you 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!
Timmy: ...YES, I DO!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. Sub-Trope of Entertainingly Wrong. Compare Hey, Wait! (someone apparently caught the character red-handed, but actually noticed some other trivial thing). 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. Compare Bait-and-Switch Accusation.
— The Fairly OddParents, "Meet the OddParents"
open/close all folders
- In a series of Twix commercials, a man lies to a woman to get her to come home with him. When they get to his place, it's a mess.
Man: I've been robbed!
Woman: And they trashed your place!
Man: That is what happened.
- An advert for The Yellow Pages has a man come home to find a woman inside his house. She tells him he's been burgled. Cut to a flashback demonstrating he simply left his home in that state. He invokes this trope then surreptitiously uses the yellow pages to find a cleaner.
Anime and Manga
- In the supplementary manga set before Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, 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.
Alisa: What country is Fate from?
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 Crayon Shin-chan gives us this:
Shin: What's 'exasjulate (ejaculate)' mean? Some type of lady face cream?Hiro: Sure, let's go with that.
- 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.
- In K, when Kukuri finds Shiro in the gym storeroom, she assumes he was trying to get out of helping with preparations for the school festival. He gives this response... possibly to himself as well, since his memory has just been rewritten. As for what made that hole in the roof? He did.
- 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.
- When Kirie meets Umaru in Himouto! Umaru-chan, Umaru is in her Super-Deformed "inside mode". Between that and her hamster hood, Kirie doesn't recognize her as Umaru and asks if she's Umaru's younger sister. Umaru, who maintains an image of The Ace outside of her house, runs with it and introduces herself as "Komaru."
- At the end of the final battle in Jojos Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency, a series of lucky coincidences, including a volcano erupting, sends Arc Villain Kars flying off of the Earth. Just before he reaches the event horizon, Kars asks Joseph Joestar if this was his plan, and Jojo plays along to troll him.
Kars: Did you plan this too, Jo Jo?! Tell me!
Joseph: Why are you even asking!? I set a trap and you walked right into it! All of this went down like clockwork! (thinking) I just got lucky, but thinking I outsmarted him will drive Kars nuts!
- In The Goon, federal agents have been investigating the ties between the titular character and his boss, the infamous and secretive mobster Labrazzio, in whose name The Goon has been controlling crime in the city. Eventually, the agents discover a tombstone with Labrazzio's name on it, and, recalling the Goon's story about how Labrazzio once hid out at the freakshow where the Goon grew up and took him in when his aunt was killed due to being caught in a shootout with men after Labrazzio, confront the Goon with their realisation that the Goon must have created the grave as a fake to throw people off of Labrazzio's scent. The Goon invokes this trope while making plans to destroy the tombstone, lest someone smarter figure out how things really happened. Namely, enraged by Labrazzio's callous dismissal of his beloved aunt's accidental death, the Goon attacked Labrazzio and killed him by beating his brains out with a rock. He buried Labrazzio, then stole the gangster's "favor diary" and claimed to be Labrazzio's new #1 in order to steal Labrazzio's place without anyone being the wiser.
- Spider-Man: How Peter gets out of most situations when a disaster turns up and he simply has to leave the scene only to have Spider-Man show up a few seconds later.
Harry: Parker!Spider-Man: What?Harry: You were the call Peter made on his cell phone. Thatís how you knew we were on our way to see Raxton! Thatís why you are out here.Spider-Man: Sssure. Letís go with 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.
- Retro Chill
- When Bob distracts Rupert, Earl, and Retro so Calvin can escape his cell. When they interrogate him, Earl blames it on stupidity. Bob shrugs and nervously says: "Sure, let's go with that."
- In the The Fifth Act, the Nibelheim villagers assumes that the time-traveling older Cloud Strife is a relative of the younger Cloud Strife. Cloud chooses to go along with it and tells them that he's a paternal uncle.
- Due to some confusion in The Accidental Sensei, Anko ends up the teacher of Team 7 while Kakashi gets her assignment as an Academy teacher. Sarutobi was going to fix the problem but instead goes along with Anko's assumption that she was given a genin team as a show of trust and Kakashi's assumption that he was being punished for his previous negligence.
- In Harry Potter and the Marauders of the Mind Harry has the spirits of his parents, Remus and Sirius stuck in his head after he comes back to life. This results in harming himself during full moons due to the influence of Remus' werewolf side. After the first occurrence Snape's portrait accuses Harry of having been bitten during or shortly after the Final Battle. Naturally, Harry goes along with it.
- Transmuting Freedom:
Roger Davies: No, not why do you only have two possible traps worked out, why are you trying to figure out the traps in the first place? What's the point?
Cedric Diggory: Don't be stupid, Davies. Clearly, they are trying to figure out whether the [Philosopher's] Stone is adequately protected or not. And if not, add extra protections to it. Right, Oliver?
Oliver Wood: Umm...sure, Cedric. We'll go with that.
- In One Crazy Long Day Harry and Snape are trying to help an all-wizard town hide its magic aspects from a stranded family of Muggles. The mother comments that they aren't doing a very good job of hiding things - and that they have absolutely no reason to conceal their love for one another. Several of the other townspeople cheerfully add a fake relationship to the general deception.
- In Harry Potter and the Phoenix Burning a deaged, time-traveling Harry ends up going to school with his parents and their friends. When he deposits the Ravenclaw diadem Horcrux on Dumbledore's desk during Christmas break his first year, Dumbledore chides him...for using the diadem to obtain knowledge an eleven-year-old couldn't possibly possess. Harry pretends to be appropriately sheepish while hoping that's the end of it.
- In Phoenix Wright:Ghosts of the Past Trucy gets accidentally punched in the face by Iris resulting in massive case of Broken Pedestal for Trucy and eqally huge My God, What Have I Done? for Iris. Later Trucy finds out that Iris had a twin sister and immediately assumes it was her, not Iris who did the above, claiming Iris would never do that. No one denies. In a Pet the Dog moment Dahlia herself later admits to it. Unlike most examples Trucy's conclusion was actually Metaphorically True: Dahlia was the one who made Iris punch her ("made her" meaning Dahlia was haunting Iris driving her insane a Trucy was accidentally hit when Iris tried to push Dahlia away) and Iris would never do that willingly.
- In "Arm Candy", part of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts series, Dick Grayson names a varicolored puppy "Harley" after Harley Quinn; when one of his muggle friends asks if he named it after the motorcycle, he agrees that that's exactly what he did.
Films — Animated
- 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 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?Syndrome: Uh... Hello, Kari... I'm, ah...Kari: YOU'RE MY REPLACEMENT! THANK HEAVENS YOU'VE COME! (beat) ...What does the "S" stand for?Syndrome: (fumbling) 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.
- The LEGO Movie:
- When Emmet is discovered by Wyldstyle to have found the Piece of Resistance, the following exchange takes place:
Wyldstyle: You're the Special! The prophecy states that you are the most important person in the universe. That's you, right?
- Also used when Emmet is told that the Kragle might explode when paired with the Piece of Resistance. He quickly identifies the corollary: that it might not explode. Vitruvius responds with the trope.
- When Emmet is discovered by Wyldstyle to have found the Piece of Resistance, the following exchange takes place:
Films — Live-Action
- 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 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 Muppets, Kermit the Frog gets three surprise volunteers to help out with the Muppet Telethon. None of them are particularly passionate about their involvement, but Kermit wisely takes all the help he can get.
Whoopi Goldberg: Hi. I was told there was a career opportunity here, something about saving a theater?Selena Gomez: I don't know who you guys are. My agent just told me to show up.Kermit: ...Yes I am, and let me show you how you can help!
- In Descendants, Ben assumes Mal only used the love potion because she had a crush on him and was afraid of being rejected. Not wanting to admit she's planning to use him to steal Fairy Godmother's wand, she allows him to think he's right.
- The Eiger Sanction. Hemlock is an assassin sent on a climbing expedition because one of them is believed to be The Mole, but they don't know who. When he's the Sole Survivor after the expedition goes wrong, his superior assumes he decided to Kill Them All, and congratulates Hemlock on this unique solution. Meanwhile Hemlock has discovered that the mole was his friend on the expedition's support team. As his friend just saved his life, he decides not to argue.
- In Back to the Future, when Marty first meets his future mother Lorraine in 1955, she thinks he's called "Calvin Klein" since it's written on his underwear. Marty tries to correct her, but goes along with it to avoid arousing suspicion.
- In the Green Hornet film, the villain wears a gas mask simply to look scary. It ends up coming handy when Hornet surprises him with knockout gas, and he proclaims himself ungassable, attempting to suggest that he had worn the mask for its practicality all along.
- 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.
- Leviathan has Deryn Sharp, who is a British Air Service midshipman and a young woman disguised as a man. When Dr. Barlow notices something unusual about Deryn's shaving, she concludes Deryn joined up too young, and this happens. Deryn actually was too young as well.
- In Allegiance, five stormtroopers end up as fugitives from the Empire, but still consider themselves Imperials, remembering the oath they made to protect citizens of the Empire. 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 milking 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 your bait all right?
LaRone: Our what?
Atmino: The speeder bikes. You were just dangling them out there so that Cav'Saran would pull that illegal confiscation, right?
LaRone: (inwardly) It was amazing sometimes how hindsight enabled people to jump to such incredibly wrong conclusions. (out loud) 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.) The reason they make this assumption is that Nobby is so strange-looking he has to carry around a certificate proving he's human.
- 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.
- Journey to Chaos: When Mad Scientist Hasina rescued Annala in Looming Shadow she didn't arrive earlier to help because she had to "close up her work first". When Annala asks if that mean she was engaged in lawful surgery on a client, Hasina grins and recites the trope.
- In Honorverse Mike Henke derails at least one of the Mesan Alignment's schemes by this. By that point the Alignment has long been manipulating the protagonists' nation of Manticore into the war with the Solarian League, the ancient, vast and incredibly corrupt nation containing most of the Humanity's population. Naturally, they assumed that the Manties would avoid provoking the League, at least at that point, and tried a little gambit to ruin their reputation as a side, by putting their agent (posing as a Manticoran one) to the League's border, promising aid to various La Rťsistance movements in that restive region. In their logic, to avoid a direct confrontation with the League the Manties would fail to provide the promised aid, thus crippling their reputation among the smaller nations. Unfortunately to them, Mike, when alerted of the scheme by an agent of one of the rebellions contacting her independently, takes the news and runs with them, ordering all admirals and commodores of her station to give all the advertised aid against the League and more if possible. Then her cousin the Queen, who by the time was also sick and tired of pussyfooting around the Sollies, and seeing the only way in destroying the enormous but the laughingly obsolete militarily League with their crushing technical superiority, decided to Hell with that, and supported her relative to the hilt.
- The Hunger Games: When Caesar Flickerman asks Katniss exactly when she first fell for Peeta, she's evasive at first (since at this point she hasn't actually fallen for him yet) and then immediately goes along with his first guess.
- In Dave Barry Slept Here, after mistaking a local tribe for Indians, Christopher Columbus winds up his "historic conversation" with their chief this way:
Columbus: Listen, we have spent many weeks looking for India in these three storm-tossed vomit-encrusted ships, and we have cannons pointing at your wigwams, and we say you are Indians.
Tribal Chief: B'nomi kawa saki! ("Welcome to India!")
- In Foundation, when Terminus gives the surrounding kingdoms aid in the form of advanced technology, Salvor Hardin notices the people insist on viewing it as sorcery. He makes a few modifications, and spreads the aid under the guise of divine power.
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.
- When Olive notices that Chuck and Ned never touch each other:
Olive: Do you have some sort of deadly food allergy to Ned?
Chuck: I'm going to say yes.
- 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."
- 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. Mal comes to the wrong conclusion and Inara lets him labour under the delusion since it saves her from having to admit the truth.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- She also does this when Finn and Provenza take control of a crime scene without her permission, Pope yells at her thinking she was the one who ordered them to do so. She goes along with it to figure out what is going on.
- 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" when he's reluctant to comply).
- 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 relieved, 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.
- Played straight a couple of times once Castle and Beckett start dating and they're trying to keep Gates from finding out.
- The Big Bang Theory, "The Love Car Displacement":
Bernadette: Is something bothering you?Howard: No. Itís justÖBernadette: What?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?Howard: IímÖIÖBernadette: 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 Howard's laundry in Season 5 Episode 21.
Penny: Why are you washing Howard's man panties?Sheldon: Because if I donít he wonít give my paper to Stephen Hawking. Heís a famous physicist whoÖPenny: Yeah yeah yeah I know heís the wheelchair dude who invented time.Sheldon: Close enough.
- When Penny asks Sheldon why he is doing Howard's laundry in Season 5 Episode 21.
- In the pilot episode of iZombie, Liv has trouble explaining why she knows the identity of the dead Jane Doe when her boss and the newbie Homicide detective were just discussing how they haven't had any luck ID'ing her.
- Ravi: Liv's kind of... psychic.Beat Cue disbelieving look from detectiveLiv: ...ish.
- To his credit, the detective knows there's more going on than what's being told.
- 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 guynote , it's just...Callie: Wait, that was you? You're the heart in the elevator guy?Alex: (Beat) Sure, let's go with that.
- Skins: Naomi and Emily has danced around each other 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?Emily: ...Sure.[The two start to make out like crazy.]
- In an episode of Sesame Street, Papa Bear and Mama Bear welcome a second cub. Baby Bear goes to meet her, and he wants to know her name, but their parents haven't thought of one. Baby Bear checks the baby out a bit, quietly remarking that she's "a little curly bear". He is overheard, and Papa and Mama name the new baby Curly.
Kurt: I'm in love with someone. *stares longingly at Finn*Mercedes: *sees Rachel stand up* Rachel?!Kurt: ...Yes. For several years now.
- During Alcohol Awareness Week, the kids put on a particularly bad performance while hungover after a night of partying, 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'.
- When Mikayla got stuck with Brady in his body and Lanny in Boomer's (long story), Boomer assumed it was Mikayla making Brady skip like a girl and the trope came into play.
- 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.
- Happens in Game of Thrones when Margaery explains to Sansa how a woman might not know what she wants sexually until she's had it.
Sansa: Did your mother tell you that?(beat)Margaery: (laughs) Yes, sweet girl. My mother taught me...
- Are You Being Served?: Taken to its logical conclusion in "A Bliss Girl" when Mr Humphries puts on heels and a wig to model a ladies' coat. Then Young Mr Grace shows up and ...
Young Mr Grace: Do you have a boyfriend?Mr Humprhies: Not at the moment.Young Mr Grace: Iíve got a table at Romanoís with caviar and snapper dinner. Care to join me?Mr Humphries: Well, it is Monday and me motherís only got cottage pie!Young Mr Grace: Well, that settles it!
- On The Mindy Project, Mindy and Danny start secretly dating. When Morgan stays at Mindy's house, he finds a pair of male underwear. However, he wrongly assumes that it's Peter's underwear and Peter is the one that Mindy is secretly dating, and tells Jeremy. Later, Mindy and Peter pretend to flirt to make Danny jealous (so that he will be willing to make their relationship public), which leads to Morgan and Jeremy confronting Mindy about the consequences of dating a Frat Bro like Peter and also the fact that it's an Office Romance. Danny's reaction to their misguided belief that Peter and Mindy are dating falls into this trope and his reluctance to reveal their relationship causes them to break up.
- In Barney Miller Harris tells a worried couple that their daughter hasn't been coerced with drugs into converting to Hinduism; he could see by his experience. Barney tries to clarify by saying that Harris, as a police officer, has dealt with many suspects who are high... right? Harris' response is a shrug and a causal "Okay."
- In Scrubs, when the Janitor and Dr. Cox get into a fight about the dispensation of a high-quality patient's room, each wanting it for himself...
Dr. Cox: There really is only one way to end this.Janitor: We each ingest a cyanide capsule, on three. One, two, three. *gulp*Dr. Cox: No! What are you doing?Janitor: Mine's a skittle.Dr. Cox: ...Mine too?Janitor: Beat ...sure.
- A woman at a park called Jon "Disgusting". Jon and Garfield each claimed she was talking about the other. When Jon suggested she was talking about herself, Garfield said "Let's go with that".
- Friday night and the phone didn't ring. Jon believed the ringer to be busted and Garfield said "Right, sure, yeah, we'll run with that".
- After having to prove he didn't embezzle from the Treasury by revealing his extramarital affair, the title character of Hamilton asks if Jefferson, Madison, and Burr will keep the secret, to which Burr ambiguously says "No-one else was in the room where it happened." (Understandably not reassured even after demanding a concrete answer, Hamilton decides to reveal it all himself.)
Hamilton: Is that a yes?
Jefferson, Madison, & Burr: Uh... yes.
- In Cactus Flower, Julian has to agree with Toni's suspicion that the embarrassing secret about Stephanie is that she's a nymphomaniac, because he couldn't confess the simple truth to her about Stephanie not being married to him.
- Ford Cruller of Psychonauts was severely psychologically damaged in an important battle years ago, and becomes scatterbrained, to say the least, when taken away from the large levels of Psitanium located underneath the camp where the game takes place. When he leaves the metal, he takes on split personalities who have no trace of Cruller's intelligence and wherewithal. He tells Raz, the protagonist, that this is because he wants to keep his identity a secret, so he 'pretends' not to recognize Raz. Cruller doesn't reveal the real reason until much later in the game.
- Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals uses this in Hugh's recruitment conversation, when he mentions that he needs the money for his grandmother, Roy immediately asks if she's sick. "Uh, yeah, really sick". He later mentions that "she gets really bad headaches around her back" as an "example of the pain" that she suffers from. Roy suspects that something's up, but doesn't press the issue.
- Hilariously enough, you eventually recruit his grandmother 3-4 levels later. And no, she doesn't have any illnesses: on the contrary, she's a healthy and very potent Druid.
- In Fallout 3, the player character often comes across people who are either a bit kooky, have a bit of a misguided view of the world as it was / is or are quite crazy. In the dialogue options, there's usually at least one which enables the player character to politely humour the NPC in order to enable the conversation to progress. There's also usually an option for the player character to simply bluntly and rudely point out how crazy the NPC is.
- In Alpha Protocol, making Mike play along with the crazy is the best way to curry favour with resident completely insane Conspiracy Theorist Steven Heck.
- In the Netherbattle Tournament DLC for Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, Fenrich encounters an imaginary Tyrant Valvatorez created from his "intense desires." Hearing this, Fenrich starts thinking out loud and realizes that if this Valvatorez is a figment of his imagination, then he could do anything Fenrich wanted, even something like-
Imaginary Valvatorez: Correct! I will win this tournament and rule the Netherworld, if that is your wish!
- The Matrix: Path of Neo has a varient of this, when Neo tries to start an Escort Mission -
Old herbalist: [Seeing Neo standing silently in front of him] Is it my time ?
Neo: [Confused] What just like that ?
Old herbalist: You are a demon, and I accept my fate.
Neo: [More confused] Demon ? Why do you keep calling me a demon ?
Old herbalist: A demon that does not think it is a demon, you are very odd.
Neo: [Gives a Sure, Let's Go with That Fascinating Eyebrow] Oh, whatever, we'll go out the back.
- During their pursuit of the Tidal Crystal in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (as seen in the E3 demos), Amy volunteers to accompany Sonic while Tails and Knuckles head back, or so she suggests. Knuckles takes offense to her taking charge... only to suggest the exact same strategem the very next sentence.
Sonic: You win this round, Knuckles. Amy, let's go.
- In Eternal Sonata, when the party is supposed take care of the "ghosts" underneath the Mandolin Church, Allegretto decides to jet and fetch Polka, his crush who is currently separated from the party. Viola suggests that the reason he's leaving is because he's scared of ghosts, and he happily seizes on that excuse, stating that he never told anyone before, but he's super-scared of ghosts.
- In Hometown Story, one of the story arcs involves a foreign girl named Lamisa being found on the town's beach and staying with the person who found her while gradually learning the local language. In the very last scene relating to her reveals that she did this regarding her name. It's not her name, which she never bothered to correct once her grasp on the local language got better, but her native language's word for "thank you".
- Oryou Sonozaki acts this way regarding the family reputation in Higurashi: When They Cry. Is a very nasty deconstruction as this is indirectly responsible for many of the cycles of death and madness.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All, Case 4, this is what happens if Phoenix presents the profile of "John Doe" to his client. He knowingly plays along with Phoenix's misinformation about Doe's identity - i.e. that he's merely a butler.
- Used in Fate/stay night, when Issei comes over, and wonders why Saber is there.
- 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.
- Red vs. Blue uses this a lot.
- This exchange from Halo vs. Counter-Strike:
Master Chief: Well, since this is your last life and all, I guess I won't be seeing you around.
Counter-terrorist: Hey! M-my gun's pointed at you too!
Master Chief: Yeah... But I have an overshield.
Counter-terrorist: Oh yeah? Well... uh... This gun has armor piercing rounds in it!
Master Chief: Really?
Counter-terrorist: Yeah... yeah... Let's go with that.
- In El Goonish Shive, George is hostile to Justin's friend Elliot right off the bat and doesn't let up on getting the truth from Justin about the recent magical goings-on (which involved Elliot)...until he finds out that Elliot is not, in fact, Justin's boyfriend. Suddenly he's a lot less belligerent, and perfectly willing to admit that Justin has a point and the issue is kind of complex. Contextual clues suggest there may be a different reason for this than the one he ends up admitting to:
Justin: Did my having a boyfriend just make you so uncomfortable that you got extra defensive about everything?
George: ...Yes. I have learned a valuable lesson about friendship and acceptance and will never do it again.
- Girl Genius, in this example. Also a meta-Ascended Fanon.
- The Order of the Stick does it here, after what was supposed to be a Badass Boast:
Vaarsuvius: Oh, forget it. It would take longer to make you understand than it would to research the next spell.Elan: Wait — are you saying that you're going to research the spell "Haste" if I don't distract you anymore?Vaarsuvius: 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.
- An earlier one:
- 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.
Faye: Wow, he landed right in the laundry hamper. Nice aim.
Hannelore: Aim. Right.
- In 2015 in Kevin & Kell, Harold flies into Carnivore Summer Camp to rescue Jess after she was captured by another predator camper's drone. When he arrives, he thinks they were alerted by his flapping, when it reality it was his natural foul odor since he's a herbivorous bird.
Harold: Was it the flapping of my wings that alerted you to my presence?
Harcourt: Let's go with that, sure.
- Combined with Let Them Die Happy in a Hijinks Ensue where the characters are erased from time as part of a one-off gag. Elijah thinks this means that they'll end up in a better future, like the ending of Back to the Future, and Joel doesn't have the heart to tell him that's not what's about to happen.
Joel: No, it's... yeah, sure, thats what happens.
- In one of Paul Gadizkowski's King Arthur in Time and Space comics that preceded Arthur, King of Time and Space, Pelleas tells Gawaine that he now understands the point Gawaine was making when he offered to seduce the Lady Ettarde "on Pelleas's behalf"; that a woman who could be won that way wasn't worth having. Gawaine says nothing in response to this, then says to Nimue "Well, if the lad wants to believe I'm that clever, why should I say him nay?"
- In Episode 43 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Krillin and Gohan detect Cell as a bit of each of the fighters his DNA is comprised of. Which Gohan describes as everyone except Yamcha. Yamcha reasons that's because he's right here. Krillin responds with this.
- In The Thrilling Adventure Hour episode "Basil's Day", a father bring his daughter to Frank and Sadie Doyle to cure her of demonic possession. The first thing the Doyles do after realizing the problem is take the child to their bedroom and tie her to their bed so she can not harm herself or others.
Basil: Ropes on the bed? Do you do a lot of exorcisms?
- Became a Running Gag Catch Phrase on The Fairly Oddparents to the point where they could parody it:
Vicky: Hey, this microphone uses technology to make your voice deep and irresistible.
Timmy: Uh... sure, let's go with that.
Vicky: Which means everyone will think I'm you!
Timmy: 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 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:
Grampa: Oh, you're the bee's knees, baby. I missed you bad.Marge: Were you talking to me?Grampa: Uh.... yes.Marge: (shudders)
- In "Homie the Clown", 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 "Who Shot Mr. Burns," Marge tries to bury Grampa's gun, but Grampa digs it back up:
- In the very first Treehouse of Horror:
Ominous Voice: They are all against you, Bart. You must kill them all. They all must die...
Bart: Are you my conscience?
Ominous Voice: I- Yes! I am...
- In "Homie the Clown", 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.
- In My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure, Sweetiebelle and Scootaloo 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 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.
- Though her subsequent speech about why she can't stick around due to an infestation of parasprites elsewhere raises the rather strong possibility that she is just messing with Twilight and allowing her to save face.
- 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 T.U.F.F. 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.
- Kim Possible:
Martin Smarty: Well, hello...Being a single father such as I am, it would be my privilege to assist you, Miss...?
- In the 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;
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)
- There's also the the misunderstanding Kim and Ron had over the Magno-Rings in "Car Alarm";
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.
Lucky: C'mon! Let's go, dogs, go! (heroically charges offscreen)Cookie: (admiring tone) I love it when he talks that way.Squirt: Yeah, it's almost like you can see the gears of genius working in his brain.Cookie: (nervous, eyes shifting) Uh...sure, that's how I meant it, yeah.
- "Lucky the Dunce" also features an example playing off Cookie's Cannot Spit It Out attraction to Lucky
- 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: 9th 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.
- In the second season of Mia And Me, when Mia's rival Violetta obtains a shard of the gem from Mia's bracelet and is transported to Centopia when Mia goes there, she encounters Shiva and Xolana during her first visit there. When the two of them ask what her name is, they mishear Violetta stumbling on her words as she attempts to figure out how to respond as "Varia", which Violetta then decides to use as her alias in Centopia so Mia won't recognize her.
- American Dad!: A particularly [[Squick squicky]] example where Steve and his friends find the Yoshidas' sex doll which is definitely just a mannequin they keep in their closet.
Mrs. Yoshida: "Is it clean?"Mr. Yoshida: "You know it's not clean."
- We've all had some version of this conversation at some point:
You: (to someone else in the conversation) Yeah, she sucked... but in a good way.Oblivious Colleague: Oh! So like a B-movie?You: (realizing what you just said) Yeah, that's what I meant.
- 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.
- Can also be turned against the players if their guesses about what's coming are worse than what the DM planned.
- 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.
- Particularly savvy employees will play along with the crazy customer to soothe their (often completely irrational) fears. One example is convincing a Conspiracy Theorist customer that there are no surveillance drones in her refrigerator. They're only in refrigerators that are much more expensive than the one she has. The Conspiracy Theorist believes this completely and even thanks the employee for the "help"!
- This is a tactic emergency personnel and police are increasingly being encouraged to use when dealing with people having delusions due to mental illness/other issues affecting their perception of reality to get them to cooperate if you have to bring them in for their own/other's safety. A classic one is if someone believes they are being hunted by the Milkman Conspiracy to offer to bring them to a "safe" place where they won't be harmed, usually the hospital, and to provide someone, usually a police officer, to "guard" them at the hospital itself, which establishes a sense of trust. There are however limits to this, such as not saying you see something someone is hallucinating, and your own safety should never be compromised in the process.
- Some old peoples' homes have started putting up fake bus stops so dementia patients can satisfy their need to "get away" or "go home" (even if they haven't lived in or even visited the place they're talking about for twenty years). Due to the deterioration of the brain that comes with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, nurses and other hospital workers find it difficult to reason with them, so they just direct them towards one of these fake bus stops so they can wait for a bus that will never come. Some wait for hours, then give up, saying they must have missed the bus and will try again later, though others will forget why they came here in the first place and let the nurse lead them back to their room. Almost of all them, however, report feeling more satisfied and generally happier, simply because they were able to go out and do something proactive, even if that something will be completely forgotten the next day. The creator of this fake bus stop program says that "The sense that they have the freedom to do what they feel they need to do is very soothing to patients.".
- The naming of the racehorce Potoooooooo. From the article, "Pot-8-Os acquired the strange spelling of his nickname through a transliteration error, when a stable lad was asked to write the original name, "Potatoes", on a feed bin. The lad's version, Potoooooooo, was said to amuse his lordship so he kept it."