: 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.
- 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: ???
- 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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