"You forget a thousand things every day. Make sure this is one of them."While Bob and Alice are going about their business, something happens that reveals a (possibly embarassing) fact about Bob he would rather have kept for himself. Two possible scenarios can follow:
— Michael De Santa, Grand Theft Auto V
- Bob knows Alice saw everything and says something like, "Er... you didn't see that," or "You better forget you ever saw that."
- Bob isn't sure whether Alice did see anything incriminating and asks her, "Did you see anything?" This can result in a Suspiciously Specific Denial.
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Anime and Manga
- Baccano!!'s Luck Gandor takes this approach in Drugs & the Dominoes after a bookstore owner witnesses him get right back up after a hitman slit his throat. It's a bit easier to pull off when you're part of The Mafia.
Luck: My, my, that was dangerous. If not for the timely rescue by this book, I’d probably have just died.Store Owner: Uh, but, that, no, blood...Luck: It was the cover of this book scattering everywhere- you saw wrongly. Because it was too sudden.Store Owner: But-Store Owner: N-, no! I can’t take your money...Luck: What that bastard cut just now was this book. Do you understand?... Very good. Only those who understand the times can stand out. The smart alone will succeed in business. Keep up the good work!
- Advice And Trust: Shinji, Asuka and Rei are talking with a classmate. When their classmate asks if Rei is implying Asuka and Shinji have had sex, Asuka denies it. Trying to placate her, the girl says that Shinji would obviously never do anything indecent with Asuka. Infuriated, Asuka replies that Shinji would anything he could with her, all night long, and beg for more. Then she pauses and mutters: "That didn't just happen and none of you remember anything. Or I will scoop out your brains and make a pie, understood?"
- The Child of Love: In chapter 3 of the sequel while the pilots are changing Rei mentions Asuka has gotten fatter and her breasts bigger. Shinji tells the new kid he did not hear that, and Takuma answers “Hear what?”
Asuka:"Well, someone messed up my measurements then! […] Ack! They got the chest measurement all wrong..."
Rei:"No, it is more likely that your breasts have enlarged, due to the fact that you are a mother and currently breast-feeding a baby. Since the plug suits were never designed for the possibility that one of its users might have gone through pregnancy. Furthermore, you might have gained body fat during that period. […] I believe your bra size has increased by at least 3 sizes."
Asuka:"What? […] Why you little! Just wait until you have kids! Then we'll see what happens to you!"
Shinji:"I think you should forget what you just heard about my Asuka,"
Takuma:"What...what? I didn't hear anything."
- Doing It Right This Time: When Maya accidentally slips that she DOES want to be Ritsuko's torrid lesbian rebound fling, Ritsuko mutters: "Uh... We never had that conversation, okay?"
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In chapter seventh chapter's omake Shinji catches Asuka playing with dolls. She asks what did he see and he screams he did not see her playing with her dolls:
Asuka: "What did you see?!"
Shinji: "Nothing! [...] I didn't see you playing with your dolls!"
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series Kid Fic Insontis II, at one point, as Kirk is chasing the pajama-clad Spock down the hall, he encounters Sulu and mutters for him not to say a word. Sulu responds, "Didn't see anything, sir."
- In Spaceballs. Colonel Sandurz barges in while Dark Helmet is playing with his action figures.
Dark Helmet: You didn't see anything, did you?Colonel Sandurz: No, sir, I didn't see you playing with your dolls again!
- Also to a lesser extent, when the instant movie is played and they reach the point where the emergency brake was pulled.
Dark Helmet: No, no, no. Go past this. Pass this part. In fact, never play this again.
- Also to a lesser extent, when the instant movie is played and they reach the point where the emergency brake was pulled.
- A particularly scary variant in No Country for Old Men; Anton has just killed someone in front of a witness. The terrified witness asks if Anton is going to kill him too. Anton replies "That depends. Do you see me?" then the scene changes. We never find out how the witness answered that question, nor whether it was the right answer. Considering Anton's incomprehensible code yet apparent lack of concern for how much attention he draws to himself, it really is anybody's guess what Anton wanted to hear, or whether he would actually let the witness go upon hearing it, or whether it was simply rhetorical.
Live Action TV
- Done in House, when Amber sneaks out of Dr. House's office and escapes via Wilson's office. "I Was Never Here."
- One of the catch phrases of The Fast Show: "You ain't seen me. Roight."
- In Ned's Declassified, Vice Principal Crubbs often says this when he's caught lazing around in his office when he's suppposed to be doing something productive.
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Me^2", Lister catches the Cat up to no good:
Cat: "Did you see him clearly? Could you spot him in a parade? I don't think so. I could've been anybody."
- Seinfeld: Kramer's intern says that when Jerry went to the restroom, George washed his hands in Jerry's drink and then told the intern "This never happened."
- Sgt. Schultz does this to himself often in Hogan's Heroes.
I know nothing! I see nothing!
- In the fourth season finale of The Big Bang Theory, when Penny and Raj wake up naked in bed together after a drunken night Penny tells Raj "This never happened."
- In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Avalon", when Colonel Mitchell tries to convince Carter to join his team:
Mitchell: What if the world needs saving?Carter: Well, if the world needs saving, I will be there to do what I can.Mitchell: What if the world needs saving because I screwed up because you weren't here in the first place.Mitchell: How about we pretend I didn't say that?
- One of the ending segments on Sesame Street features Oscar the Grouch kissing his worm Slimey good-night and wishing him sweet dreams. Recalling that he's on TV, he tells the audience, "Hey, you didn't see that, all right? Now scram!"
- Sherlock "His Last Vow":
Mycroft Holmes: "That name you think you may have just heard. You are mistaken. If you ever mention hearing that name, in this room, in this context, I guarantee you on behalf of the British Security Services that materials will be found on your computer hard-drives resulting in your immediate incarceration. Don't reply, just look frightened and scuttle."
- In an early Garfield strip, Garfield walks up to Odie, pats him and walks on. In the final panel, Garfield looks at the reader and says, "You didn't see that."
- In a later Garfield strip, Odie licks Garfield, and the latter responds by taking a swing at the former. Odie ducks, Garfield misses, and Odie licks him again. The dog hops away victorious, for Garfield to point at the Fourth Wall saying "You didn't see that!"
- One Comicstrip/theBoondocks strip has Huey daydreaming and humming a song, then snap out of it and tell the viewer, "No offense to (name of band), but... you didn't hear that."
- Final Fantasy VII: Cloud spends a tender moment with Tifa near the end of the game. Depending on how your Relationship Values with her are, the scene can get more blatantly... physical. When you later come back aboard the airship and it becomes evident that the other party members know that they met up, Tifa will either say "Were you listening?" and stand a little awkward, or say "Were you watching?!" and fall on her knees in embarrassment.
- Combines with Letus Never Speak Of This Again in Tak And The Great Juju Challenge. Lok's bad luck with animals (Being hated by fish and lusted for by apes) culminates in him being sat on by a mammoth. When Tak finally gets Lok free, the older warrior rather testily declares, "That... did not happen... DO YOU HEAR ME?!"
- Stavros invokes this trope in the Allied ending to Command & Conquer: Red Alert, though it takes a repetition or two before the soldier to whom he's speaking gets his drift.
Stavros: I don't believe you heard me, private. I don't see anyone here... do you?
- Michael from Grand Theft Auto V, being the Noble Demon he is, prefers to avoid collateral damage during his heists as much as possible; this brings him to say his Catchphrase (the page quote) whenever someone is on him.
- Rainbow Dash's comment to the reader on this Tumbler entry.
- In the Retsupurae video Billy MC's Christmas Adventure, a poorly timed edit catches Slowbeef and Diabeetus off-guard, making them think that he loaded a save state. The two "chide" him, telling him that they're gonna pretend they didn't see that and that they were going to look the other way.
- Percy in this Sinfest.
- In Questionable Content, where Marten walks in on Hanners... wearing underwear on her head and doing a ninja-stance, presumably inspired by Pintsize's 'Underwear Ninja' act in the previous strip.
Hanners: If I karate-chopped you really fast, do you think you'd get amnesia about this?Marten: Nope, sorry. Probably not.
- In Looking for Group, the undead warlock Richard loses his hood. After Cale gives him back his hood, Richard tells him "You didn't see anything." Judging from Cale's reaction, it was either a very horrendous or a very surprising sight.
- In NSFW Comix, Becky comments on a sexy photo of a girl who's way out of Cuthbert's league:
"It's a trap. He's a male. I can tell because he's using that clever camera angle that doesn't show off the manly features. And I've used it myself plenty of - Erm - Nobody heard that, right?"
- In the Sluggy Freelance "Nombie Apocalypse" storyline, after BunBun breaks free from the nombie brainwashing with a Cute lil' Bunny Barf he pointedly tells Riff: "This! Never! Happened!"
- Yoda's advice to the reader in Blue Milk Special after Luke pulls up something surprising from the swamp.
Yoda: Ignore that, you will.
- Used in Ears for Elves after Luero catches Tanna tresspassing in the temple. She saw an injured dark elf there, who was meant to be a secret. Luero's words are likely for her own protection.
Luero: Listen to me. Forget what you saw back there. Not a word. Not to anyone. This did not happen. Understand?Tanna: But-Luero: Understand?!!Tanna: I... understand...
- In The Wretched Ones, Jack threatens to throw Nicky off a roof if he did not pretend he did not just see Jack use his teleportation power to save him... From falling off that same roof.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, Donald Donlan catches himself making a midly misogynistic remark to Antimony.
Don: Motion to strike previous comment.Antimony: Granted.
- In The Simpsons, when Lisa is visiting Smithers, his PC starts up with an intriguing graphic of Mr. Burns.
Computer: Hello Smithers,- you're- quite- good- at- turning- me- on.Smithers (to Lisa): Um... you probably should ignore that.
- The penguins in Madagascar. As they disappear down a hole, the rear one says to the sole witness, "You didn't see anything." Turns into a Running Gag in the spin-off series The Penguins of Madagascar.
- In an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, after Phil Ken Sebben gets a rather bad haircut, he encounters Harvey in the bathroom and starts sobbing into the sink. "Tell me I'm pretty...I'm a pretty little girl - you didn't hear that."
- In the Duck Dodgers episode Enemy Yours, Dodgers tries to impress the Martian Commander and his "Arch Nemesis" with an army of.... five adorable kittens. After Dodgers' embarrassing retreat, The Eager Space Cadet remarks "L-l-let's pretend this never happened."
- XR in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command lost his arm while bragging about the qualities of the alloy of which he's made. "It's OK. Nobody saw that."
- In the Kim Possible episode "Mind Games", a guard of a top secret facility finds out that the facility was robbed. He shouts out "The Neutronalizer!"... then looks at Kim's family (with whom he is having dinner). "Y'all weren't supposed to hear that."
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, after Edd's hat goes off for the very first time:
Edd: If you say one word to anyone, I'll... I'll... never speak to you again!Ed (with a skull on his head): I am dead from the neck up.