Playing With: Embarrassing Cover-Up

Basic Trope: Something secret or illegal is disguised as something embarrassing or disgusting to throw off people looking for the truth.
  • Straight: Alice is planning a surprise party for Bob. Charlie tells Bob that she's having that time of the month.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is trying to destroy the world. Charlie tells Bob she has particularly gruesome disease that involves a cascade of nasty bodily functions going on at unison. Bob even throws up a bit after listening to the fake illness' description.
  • Downplayed: Alice is doing meditation. Charlie tells Bob she has the sniffles.
  • Justified:
    • Charlie isn't very tactful, and Bob's pressure was getting into him, so he had to come up with something fast to misguide him.
    • Bob know they were hiding something from him. He just didn't know what and people like others to not know about their more embarrassing moments, so...
  • Inverted: Alice received a call from Mother Nature. Charlie tells Bob that she is planning a surprise party for Dale.
  • Subverted: Alice actually is suffering from Mother Nature's curse.
  • Double Subverted: She's still planning the party, though.
  • Parodied: Alice literally receives a call from Mother Nature.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice was telling the truth when she said she was having that time of the month. However, Bob later finds out that she is planning the surprise party. Later on, he learns that the party was not for him, but for Charlie.
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't ask Charlie about what Alice is doing.
    • Alice isn't planning anything.
  • Enforced: "How could Alice keep her surprise party a secret from Bob?" "I know! She could throw him off with an embarrassing lie."
  • Lampshaded: "A surprise party? Thanks, Alice. So you're feeling better now?" "I wasn't sick at all, silly! I had Charlie lie to keep you from finding out."
  • Invoked:
    • Alice knows that Bob will likely stumble upon his surprise party, so she comes up with a lie in advance.
    • Bob asks Charlie what's going on with Alice, knowing very well that he will lie to him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Bob decides not to ask Charlie what Alice is up to.
    • Charlie refuses to lie to Bob, and instead says nothing.
  • Discussed: "Alice says she's feeling a bit sick. But she looks okay, and doesn't sound like she has the sniffles. I think she's planning a surprise party."
  • Conversed: "Why did Alice lie to Bob? He clearly knows what she's doing back there!"
  • Implied: Charlie asks Bob, "What did Alice say?" Bob replies, "I don't want to talk about it."
  • Deconstructed: Bob doesn't believe Charlie's lie.
  • Reconstructed: Not that he really cares what the truth is, so he just goes on his merry way.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice's excuse is overly complicated and utterly hilarious. (e.g. "I was knitting a pair of stockings for Charlie's giant turnip, when Dale crashed through my wall and challenged me to a game of sword-ball. I couldn't say no right away, so I threw on some bathroom slippers and...")

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