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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: ???
  • 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.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: 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."
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Not applicable. (This trope is always intentional.)

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