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Suspiciously Specific Denial: Videogames
  • Any "free" browser game that claims itself to be free in every sentence of its ads is an Allegedly Free Game.
  • Maria in Silent Hill 2 repeatedly assures James that "she's real". That's one of the main things that lets you know she's not. Although this may also be an attempt to reassure herself that she's real.
  • In the Church in Chrono Trigger an otherwise plain wall sports a sign that states "There is no secret entrance here".
  • Capcom has stated that EX Troopers has nothing to do with Legends 3. The fact that they share the same engine and a very similar art style? Coincidence.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has an Archangel in a maze warn you about illusion traps in dead seriousness, then he insists that he's helping YOU out, and that he himself is most assuredly not lost.
  • Borderlands: Dr. Ned is not as good as his totally-not-made-up brother Zed, and they're totally different people. (Exact quote from cutscene in The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned). They actually are different people, judging by the fact that Zed is still alive in the second game.
  • In Borderlands 2 Rakkman, a bandit who also plays the part of Batman expy, has an audio log that proclaims "My parents jiggled, and squiggled, AND I DIDN'T KILL THEM I PROMISE!" On the surface, it definitely looks like this trope. On the other hand, on Pandora the most common response to "My parents are dead" probably is "So how'd you kill them?"
  • In RuneScape, when talking to a goblin guarding the secret goblin temple, he says "We not let you in to secret temple that not down these stairs."
    • Also in RuneScape, when a player asks why all the carts he sees are broken and gets this reply:
    CEO of cartmakers: It is unthinkable that our carts might break due to the use of low quality materials, inexperienced ogre labour and usage of enormous quantities of sticky-tape fastenings.
  • In the Quake series, Quake II has a number of voiceovers layered over one another at the beginning of its intro, which depicts the expository invasion by the Strogg. One of the voices says the following: "Contact with the colony on Mars will be re-established, and has nothing to do with the impending arrival of the mysterious aliens."
  • In Dragon Quest VII, a Hulkagon tells you that sometimes it's nice to lie in the grass and bask in the sunshine, and invites you to try it. While casually promising that he "won't crush you underneath his massive foot, leaving only a red smear in the green grass to remember you by. Ahh, sunshine..."
  • In Final Fantasy IX, Marcus is out to steal a Supersoft, necessary to revive his friend Blank, and Garnet agrees to help. Steiner reluctantly gets dragged into this in order to protect Garnet. When Doctor Tot (the character who owns the Supersoft) finds the three in his basement, Steiner insists that there's a perfectly good reason for it, and that they're not there to steal it or do anything else illegal.
    • An even better example is this exchange:
    Steiner: Have you seen a young girl around?
    Four-Armed Man: What? I haven't seen any beautiful girl with long black hair...
    Steiner: What did you say?!
    Four-Armed Man: N-Nothing! And I certainly didn't take any money from her!
    • Also this exchange:
    Vivi: Do you know a man named Quan?
    Quale: I not know that Bigot!!
  • Final Fantasy VI has Cyan act jittery around the Phantom Train. When questioned about it, he says: "It's not like I have an aversion of machines or try to avoid them as often as humanly possible or anything like that!"
  • In Rune Factory 3, there are 2 characters who always say things with a reversed meaning. For example, one (who is in a great mood) says "I feel terrible."
  • Subverted in Portal: "The Enrichment Center would like to remind you that the Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you and, in fact, cannot speak. In the event that the Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice." The suspicious denial creates the expectation that the cube will speak, which it doesn't (although at least one other test subject thinks it does).
    • Parodied in a downloadable bonus map, where the cube actually can speak and stab players.
    • And a Garry's Mod add-on where, if you look away from the cube, it will make funny noises and when you turn back, it's right behind you. Don't turn and you die. Seriously.
  • Igor from Quest for Glory IV: "Igor not hear rumors. Igor not know Dmitri's grandfather ran off years ago. Igor not know squid carving eat people who try to open monastery door. Igor wonder if you will verify this rumor."
  • Darwinia: "This game is not in any way endorsed by SENSIBLE SOFTWARE."note 
  • Crispin from Psychonauts. "I'm an orderly, you know. I am not an impostor!"
    • Earlier, Sasha Nein. "Even if you were to take that secret passage over there and sneak into his hidden sanctuary, Agent Cruller would never, ever give you a Marksmanship learner's permit. Never, ever."
    • And normal telephone repairmen in the Milkman Conspiracy.
    "Telephone Repairman": I am a telephone repairman. I can listen to any phone call I want, but do not do so because of my sense of professional responsibility.
  • Happened twice in Riviera: The Promised Land. The first time was deliberate, the second time... not so much.
  • Happened in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Ryder was going to rob the Pizza Stack, with a brilliant plan to hide his identity... by taking off his cap. The cashier quickly sees through his cunning disguise. Here's the quote:
    Ryder: Give up the money! This' a raid!
    Cashier: Ryder! Not this again!
    Ryder: It ain't me, foo!
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King: After the Wrathgate, a Forsaken Aleric Hawkins says this: "Oh, pay no attention to me. I'm just a messenger. The leader of the Deathstalkers certainly wouldn't be stupid enough to stand here on the dias waiting to be gutted. No need for history to repeat itself." The last leader of the Darkstalkers was the dreadlord whom the Horde kills, and then he just stands there... looking suspiciously unspecific...
    • A profession quest in Thunder Bluff has you gathering "magic" mushrooms for a recipe the quest giver wants to try. The item description for the mushrooms describes them as "Delicious and completely absent of psychedelic properties."
    • A Goblin on the Orgrimmar-Undercity zeppelin insists that there is no chance the zeppelin will explode into a ball of flames like a "helium bomb", which may be less of a Suspiciously Specific Denial when you consider that all Goblin technology has a penchant for exploding.
    • A Goblin Glider specifically notes that it "usually won't catch fire".
    • The "ultrasafe transporters" made by Gnomish Engineering include this phrase: "Emphasis on safe! Yup, nothing bad could ever hpapen while using this device!"
  • Invoked by the Colonel in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Whenever Raiden asks him about Iroquois Pliskin/Solid Snake, his usual reply is "Do not trust that man. He's not a factor in this simulation."
    • In the non-canon NES sequel to Metal Gear, Snake's Revenge, an enemy spy disguised as an ally tries to gain Snake's trust by giving him such obviously specific denials such as "there are no traps in that car" or "there are no enemies". This is likely done unintentionally due to the game's questionable translation.
      • Interestingly enough, Snake's Revenge was made specifically for the European and American markets, and was never released in Japan (even though a Japanese team designed it). Making its linguistic faults even more hilarious.
      • Big Boss is NOT AFRAID OF VAMPIRES.
  • Sam and Max has Ted E. Bear's Mafia-Free Funland and Casino, which has its own song about the total lack of Mafia on the premises.
    • The slogans outside Stinky's Diner say, among other things, "No traceable arsenic".
  • Touhou:
    • In the forward to the recent Touhou Project guidebook "The Grimore of Marisa", Marisa assures the reader "[This] is absolutely not a copy of Alice's grimoire in any way."
    • Cirno about her hobby of creating frog popsicles: "This isn't playing, this is ice training. I'm definitely not doing it because frozen frogs are cute, or because their cries are annoying, or because it's exciting when juggling them because they might break."
    • Imperishable Night pulls this off at many passes. Keine hid the Human Village with her power and tells all the teams that there's "nothing around here." Yuyuko blames the endless night she caused (in her scenario) on the last boss, to the last boss's face, and is called out by Youmu. Magic Team does this all night long:
    Marisa: C'mon, surrender those humans to us now.
    Alice: Hey, wait, Marisa! Who told you that we were going to capture and eat humans?
    Marisa: Nobody said we were going to capture and eat them.
    ...
    Marisa: Okay, it's enough, I give up. You're right. This endless night, broken distorted moon, vanishment of the human village, and putting hats on stone statues, it's all Alice's fault. Now, get out of the way, bitch!
  • Five Nights at Freddy's tasks you with watching over the animatronics at a local Suck E. Cheese's, so that they don't come to kill you. The previous employee leaves voice mail messages to encourage you, although he slips from time to time, and his attempts to cover those slip-ups do nothing to abate your fear.
    "Hey, you're doing great! Most people don't last this long! I mean... y'know. They usually move on to other things by now. I'm not implying that they died. That's not what I meant."
  • MOTHER 3. Right, Lucas?
  • Happens in the second Knights of the Old Republic if you accuse HK-50 of killing the inhabitants of the Peragus Mining Station.
    • You can also use similar logic to convince an astromech droid to go on a blaster-wielding rampage.
    B-4D4: Thank you, T1-N1. Please do not abuse my trust and fire on the guards outside, thereby creating a diversion while I escape with the stolen files.
  • One Team Rocket agent in the Pokémon games will thoughtfully inform you that there is nothing behind the poster at the Celadon Game Corner. Naturally, when you whup the Rocket agent guarding it, you can pull a switch to reveal their main base.
    • The tradition is proudly continued in HeartGold and SoulSilver, where the sign outside their Mahogany Town base (opposite what is definitely not a fake tree with a radio antenna sticking out of the top. What are you talking about?) reads "Just a Souvenir Shop, Nothing Suspicious about It, No Need to Be Alarmed."
    • And also in HeartGold/SoulSilver (don't remember if there was such a line in the GSC originals), upon reaching Azalea Town, a Team Rocket grunt is seen in an argument with some dude, then bumping him and having him run away, and then closing the path to the Slowpoke Well. And when the player talks to him, he states that "Nothing is going on".
    • In Pokémon Emerald, when you run into Brendan at the Lilycove Department Store, he will specifically state that he wasn't buying any Dolls (a decoration). Without you bothering to ask him...
    • In Pokémon Black and White, a Team Plasma Grunt in Castelia City guarding one of Team Plasma's hide outs says that there are no other Team Plasma members nor any of the Seven Sages in the building behind him...despite the fact all you did was walk up to the guy.
    • A trainer who gets in your way on the Village Bridge in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 refuses to get out of your way unless you beat him in a battle and says you definitely shouldn't try to go around him by surfing across the water below the bridge, because it won't work.
  • Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, Jess did not put her medicine in Nikki's sandwich to test it out, really! Or that she panicked and ran back to make an antidote!
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, if you're a member of the Department of Shadowy Arts and Crafts, Izzy the Lizard will offer you a quest to build a new meatcar, because he was mugged by gnolls.
    Izzy: Yeah, mugged. Totally. And they stole the meatcar. Nothing to do with a poker game at all.
    • Uncle P's Antiques, also on the Wrong Side of the Tracks, is "absolutely, positively a legitimate establishment, and not a front for any sort of criminal activities."
    • The item, thermos of "whiskey", is "a glass of perfectly innocent milk that absolutely does not have any vodka or rum or whiskey or a blend of vodka, rum and whiskey in it."
    • The 2014 crimbo elves say, "WE ARE ELVES. WE WORK IN THE MINE. WE LOVE OUR WORK. WE ABSOLUTELY ARE NOT BEING CONTROLLED THROUGH ROBOTIC IMPLANTS."
  • Psychonauts's Psy-Pedia precedes Linda's page with a very detailed and anonymously written disclaimer assuring you that this page is a mistake, there is no mutated lungfish monster controlled by someone at the bottom of the lake, and that any suspicions or inquiries of such should be directed towards your devilishly handsome and talented Coach, Morceau Oleander.
  • Halo: Reach has this line, when Kat thinks of where to get the resources for their new plan:
    Kat: "A good place to look might be... I don't know, the nearest nonexistent launch site in the nonexistent Sabre Program, dismissed by three administrations as preposterous rumor... And in which our newest member was certainly never a pilot."
  • In Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Layton is trying to learn about the title artifact, the Elysian Box. He inquires with one resident of the community of Dropstone, who replies, "Oh, dear! I mean...I've never heard anything about that dreadful, dreadful thing!"
  • In Sonic Colors, when Sonic and Tails are riding the Space Elevator to the amusement park:
    Eggman: (part of recorded announcement) "This amusement park has been constructed entirely out of a sense of remorse for my past transgressions and is in no way associated with any sort of evil plot or premeditated misdeeds."
    Sonic: ... Well, that's a relief.
    • A good amount of Eggman's PA announcements are like this: from his urging his guests to leave all their valuables in their vehicles since "in no way will roaming bands of robots will break into [them]" and asking Sonic to pass by the Security Office and not expect to walk into a trap since they "only want to return his keys". Or worse:
    Eggman: Welcome to the exotic aquarium. Any water you may notice on the floor is the result of our diligent housecleaning staff mopping, and not evidence of a dangerous leak in the... oh, heck with it. Run for your lives!
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
    Rhonda: One last thing. Is there any truth to the rumor that all Nightkin are slightly crazy from their overuse of psychologically damaging pre-War technology?
    Tabitha: None at all, Rhonda!
    Rhonda: There you have it, Utobitha! Nightkin, your benevolent overlords, who are most certainly...NOT crazy! We'll be back after this.
    • Another example, from a quest where you're asked to find some missing refugees:
    Courier: Can you help me find some missing people?
    Slave trader: I don't know anything about the refugees going missing from the Aerotech Office Park.
    • James Garret at The Atomic Wrangler wants you to obtain a sexbot, but it's not for him, because he finds the idea of having sex with robots to be disgusting, it's for some of his customers who may be robophiles, the horrible disgusting lowlifes.
  • In this Team Fortress 2 promotional material, Mann Co. claims that they were nowhere near the launch site of monkey astronaut Poopy Joe and had nothing whatsoever to do with the disastrous explosion.
    • Also, Mann Co.'s seemingly rushed sale of a high-powered rocket launcher was not in any way connected with Poopy Joe's tragic death.
    • Soldier's Stash description: "This hat does not in any way, shape or form, promote smoking or gambling."
  • A more subtle version of this trope is used in this [adult swim] flash game, where you play as an anthropomorphic cannabis leaf growing and selling "industrial hemp". The made-up strains of hemp each feature a list of equally made-up industrial uses, none of them having anything to do with getting high.
  • In the Ace Attorney series, the player ( who has been trained to look for suspiciously specific denials in this context after what happened in the previous game) may notice something strange about this exchange:
    "Did you kill her?"
    " I was not the one who took her life, no."
  • Vlaad from Magicka should not be mentioned here, as he most definitely is NOT a vampire. And he certainly doesn't remind you of this in every conversation with him.
  • One quest in Dragon Age: Origins involves tracking down a conman who sold a bogus manuscript to the Circle of Magi; when you finally find him and his retinue of bodyguards, you innocently ask if he's ever done any business with the Circle. The conman replies:
    I have no idea what you're talking about, and neither do these large men carrying swords. (Beat) GET THEM!
  • In Fallen London: The Exceptional Hat has never been observed to consume the brains of its wearers. These stories are without exception lies! Another example is the slogan of Nikolas Pawnbrokers: "Best wares. Best prices. No spiders."
  • BlazBlue gets in on this in Noel's story in Continuum Shift while she's pouting over Ragna's treatment of her at the very beginning of the game and her response to said treatment. After the narration mentions how she feels like a little girl with a crush, she immediately breaks out of it and begins denying it outright despite no one else being around. By the end of her denial even she begins doubt what she's saying
    Noel: ...No no no. That's not it. That's definitely not it! Definitely not...I think?
    • Kind of a squick-making thought when you remember Noel is a clone of Ragna's little sister. Then again its been hinted that Ragna, Jin, and Saya are all artificial in the first place so that makes it totally not incest...or does it? ...My brain hurts.
  • In Fire Emblem Tellius, Danved is definitely not Devdan.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Misha and Shizune are most certainly not trying to get Hisao to join the student council just because they would obviously benefit from him joining and therefore have an incentive to try and get him to join.
    • "I wasn't sleeping and welcome to the Shanghai."
    • In Shizune's route, Hisao, trying to work out Shizune and Misha's troubled relationship, tells Yuuko that he's worried about two of his friends, one of whom is worried about not seeing the other after graduation, and "It's not Shizune and Misha, by the way".
    • Defied during Shizune's route before her bad ending Lilly suggests Shizune surrounded herself with people who would agree with her, and Hisao notes she denied doing so. Hisao notes more specific denials are indicators of accusations being true, but says this doesn't apply to Shizune's denial in this case.
  • When asked about if Herobrine was in Minecraft, Notch said this:
    I've publicly told people there's never been any such thing as Herobrine, and that I don't have any dead brothers, and that letting too many animals die in lava is a fool proof way to summon him but that you don't need to be afraid of him. He only means well, he's looking out for you, trying to warn you of the dangers you can't see. There certainly are NO physical manifestations of Herobrine that will sneak out of your computer if you leave Minecraft running at night, looming over you as you sleep with his pale eyes inches away from your face, as he tries to shout at you to wake up. Sometimes you wake up with a jolt, and he's gone, and all that lingers is the memory and faint echo of his wordless screaming. Of course it was just a dream. There's no way a morally dubious ghost with a god complex could at any point decide to haunt the children who play my game "for their own good", as there is NO SUCH THING.
  • The Glider PRO "Demo House" has text written over the background showing the player where to go. The manhole leading to the secret room has a pointer saying "THERE'S NOT A SECRET ROOM DOWN THERE!"
  • In Tales of the Abyss, while searching for the Flightstone, the team finds a message from Dist saying that it is "not in Daath. Most definitely not!"
  • In the first Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o visual novel in the series, Nanami catches Yuuna masturbating. Then, when Yuuna questions Nanami about whether or not she saw what just happened, Nanami hastily blurts out that no, she didn't see Yuuna make those unusual noises!
  • Subverted in the original Final Fantasy I. Observing a well in the city of Cornelia, will lead to this message:
    • "This is a well. You might think that there is something to it.... But in fact it is just an ordinary well." And no, there is nothing inside, you can't even enter.
  • WildStar's Meet the Exiles trailer has this moment with Fiery Red Head Genki Girl Kit Brinny:
    And no we ain't inbred! (Beat) Most of us, anyway...
  • Mass Effect 3:
  • In Monkey Island 2 try to ask Mad Marty about Largo. Go figure if he knows anything, or if he just misheard you (he's deaf).
    Guybrush: What do you know about Largo LaGrande?
    Marty: I don't know anything about cargo and contraband. I'm clean, clean, clean!
  • In the online version of its employee handbook, Valve Software boasts about its flat organizational style:"... we don't have any management, and nobody "reports to" anybody else. We do have a founder/president, but even he isn't your manager." If you think that suggests this trope, you're not alone. Someone at Valve thought the same thing, apparently, and went so far as to not only use it more explicitly but lampshade it in the glossary at the end of the handbook.:
    Gabe NewellOf all the people at this company who aren't your boss, Gabe is the MOST not your boss, if you get what we're saying.
  • When Petra starts to confront Jack Pumpkinhead in Emerald City Confidential about his illegal activities, he denies that he saw or heard anything before Petra even asks him a question about her investigation.
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