: A character admits or coerced into admitting information that only a guilty person could know.
- Straight: The killer, under questioning, states that he did not shoot anyone. The detective points out that he never mentioned how the victim died, which leads directly to conviction.
- Exaggerated: The suspect correctly assesses everything about the murder, down to the gun model, the distance from which it was fired, etc. Even information that the detectives didn't know. Bonus points if the murder is a completely separate crime then the one the detectives are investigating.
- Downplayed: The killer, under questioning, mentions a fact that only the killer could possibly know because that information was never released. The detectives just use it to justify their own suspicions and keep digging for further evidence.
- Justified: The killer is meticulous about not leaving evidence, and the detectives can only prove the guilt of the person they know is the killer by getting them to reveal details specifically left out of the media.
- The suspect goes out of their way to only make vague statements that prove nothing. This makes the detectives suspicious.
- The suspect claims to be guilty, but the fact that he gives an incorrect statement proves that he was taking the fall for someone else.
- Subverted: The suspect calls out the officer or detective on their attempts to coerce the information. They will probably demand a lawyer at this point.
- Double Subverted: Some innocent or otherwise unrelated party gives information that gives other evidence context, proving the original suspect's guilt.
- Parodied: See I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You and Suspiciously Specific Denial. Also "You just told me it was poison 15 seconds ago!"
- Zig Zagged: The suspect gives information that proves nothing without context, but evidence found gives context. However, those same statements also cast reasonable doubt.
- Averted: The suspect invokes their right to remain silent and says nothing.
- Enforced: Being as there's only five minutes left in the show, the creators use this trope to quickly wrap up the case.
- Lampshaded: "I think I've said too much..."
- The suspect is confessing and, to prove it, volunteers information only he knows.
- "I need details! DETAILS!!"
- Exploited: Evuls is in a fantasy setting and not a detective one, and so any admission of guilt wouldn't matter as he's the big bad and could overpower the police force and basically screw conventions, so he uses this trick to seem guilty of a crime to be taken "peacefully" into jail.
- Defied: "I plead the Fifth."
- Discussed: "He's a tough nut to crack. I'm going to try to trick him into admitting something only the killer would know."
- Conversed: ???
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