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* In ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'', Kaguya and Shirogane seek advice from Kashiwagi and Ishigami, respectively, after an incident that happened while Shirogane was visiting a sick Kaguya. Both of them claim to be asking on behalf of a friend, but neither of the people they speak with is fooled. Ishigami lampshades it by saying that Shirogane is probably asking about himself, while Kashiwagi also realizes that Kaguya's asking about herself but doesn't say anything.


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* ''Fanfic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'',
** A variation of this trope takes place between Katara and Suki while the Gaang is on Ember Island. Suki assumes that Katara is talking about herself, when in fact Katara is asking about Suki's relationship with Sokka.
** After the war ends, Katara's father Hakoda has a conversation with Zuko in which he brings up Bato and Ming(Hakoda's friend from the Water Tribe and an OriginalCharacter from the Fire Nation), as an example of why such couples would not work out, and mentions that in order to help Bato, he would persuade Ming to break up with him. Unusually, the example with Bato and Ming is real, rather than hypothetical, and it's implied that Hakoda doesn't approve of them being a couple, either, even if his main goal was to break up Zuko and Katara. Some time later, Katara confronts Hakoda, and they get into an argument about "Bato" keeping "his" relationship secret from Hakoda, and Hakoda meddling in "Bato's" love life, with Katara fully aware of what she and her father actually mean.
-->'''Katara narrating''': I felt like we were no longer talking about Bato and Ming right now. Perhaps we never had been.

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* ''Series/{{Hardball}}'': In "Too Many Crooks", Ms. Crapper hands Mikey a stack of merchandise to have signed by his father. When Mikey asks if is all for her, she quickly says that some of it is for her friend: Ms. Brapper. After she leaves, Mikey [[BreakingTheFourthWall Mikey turns to the camera]] and says that he is pretty sure that 'Ms. Brapper' is Ms. Crapper.

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* During a discussion of equal marriage on ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', one panelist said that when conservatives trot out the SlipperySlopeFallacy of "Will a man be able to [[BestialityIsDepraved marry a horse]]?" she always expects them to add "Asking for a friend."


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* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', when Renee learns Beeptrice tests sex toys her reaction is "Oh, nice! What's the best sex toy for a vagina-haver? I'm asking for a friend, [[SubvertedTrope who is me]]."

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* There is an old joke about a bashful young man who comes to a doctor:
-->'''Young man:''' You see, doctor, a good friend of mine has something... there is some suspicion it's an STD.\\
'''Doctor (unfazed):''' No problem; take off your pants and let's have a look at this friend of yours.

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* Letterbocks in ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' once featured a letter from a reader asking if anybody knew whether or not Rohypnol works on sheep. He hastily added that he had a friend who wanted to know.


* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin credits certain things he's feeling regarding Jasmine and her situation to his monkey, Abu.

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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin credits certain things he's feeling regarding Jasmine and her situation to his monkey, Abu.



* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': After Kovu's banishment, Timon and Pumbaa attempt to 'hypothetically' explain to Simba that Kiara ran off alone ... but Simba sees right through it.

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* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': After Kovu's banishment, Timon and Pumbaa attempt to 'hypothetically' explain to Simba that Kiara ran off alone ... but Simba sees right through it.


'''Timon:''' Aah! Good question. Uh, let me ask you one.\\

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'''Timon:''' Aah! ''[screams]'' Good question. Uh, let me ask you one.\\



'''Timon:''' No, no, he's not a lion. Yeesh, ''definitely'' not a lion. And, uh... uh, his daughter, um, say... vanished?\\

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'''Timon:''' No, no, he's not a lion. Yeesh, ''definitely'' not a lion. And, uh... uh, ''[stammers]'' And his daughter, um, say... vanished?\\


** Homer realizes that he has a crush on his hot co-worker, Mindy. He brings it up at Moe's by mentioning his fictional "friend", Joey-Joe-Joe-Junior Shabadoo. Of course, the ''real'' Joey-Joe-Joe is in the bar at the time, and [[InelegantBlubbering runs out in tears]] when Moe says that it's "the worst name I ever heard". Then Homer admits his problem.

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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E9TheLastTemptationOfHomer The Last Temptation of Homer]]", Homer realizes that he has a crush on his hot co-worker, Mindy. He brings it up at Moe's by mentioning his fictional "friend", Joey-Joe-Joe-Junior Shabadoo. Of course, the ''real'' Joey-Joe-Joe is in the bar at the time, and [[InelegantBlubbering runs out in tears]] when Moe says that it's "the worst name I ever heard". Then Homer admits his problem.



** A variant; whilst Marge is away on vacation, Maggie runs away. Marge calls home, and Homer takes the opportunity to find out what her reaction would be if the dog ran away. Marge is upset. Homer finds this discouraging.
** And in the episode where Homer becomes a mattress salesman, Reverend Lovejoy asks his advice on a new mattress because "I have a friend. Well, a friend ''of'' a friend." Homer loudly replies, "Sex problem, eh?"

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** A variant; variant in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E15HomerAlone Homer Alone]]"; whilst Marge is away on vacation, Maggie runs away. Marge calls home, and Homer takes the opportunity to find out what her reaction would be if the dog ran away. Marge is upset. Homer finds this discouraging.
** And in the episode where Homer becomes a mattress salesman, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of Bummer]]", Reverend Lovejoy asks his advice on a new mattress because "I have a friend. Well, a friend ''of'' a friend." Homer loudly replies, "Sex problem, eh?"



** After Kyle watches ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', he feels guilty about being Jewish, and asks the Priest for advice regarding his "Jewish Friend".
** Randy attempts this in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", when trying to discuss whether or not watching another guy masturbate would make you gay. This merely drives the other men in wanting to kick this "friend"'s ass, until Randy mentions he lives in Florida.

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** After In "[[Recap/SouthParkS8E3ThePassionOfTheJew The Passion of the Jew]]", after Kyle watches ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', he feels guilty about being Jewish, and asks the Priest for advice regarding his "Jewish Friend".
** Randy attempts this in "Two "[[Recap/SouthParkS3E8TwoGuysNakedInAHotTub Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", Tub]]", when trying to discuss whether or not watching another guy masturbate would make you gay. This merely drives the other men in wanting to kick this "friend"'s ass, until Randy mentions he lives in Florida.


* Inverted and used as DramaticIrony in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Shortly after Lelouch [[spoiler: uses his geass to make Shirley forget him]], he and Shirley talk and he mentions a friend [[spoiler: that he lost]]. Shirley quickly realises that [[spoiler: Lelouch is talking about a girl he loved]]. What she doesn't realise is that he was talking about ''her''.



* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Early in the Training Camp arc, Izuku attempts to empathize with a troubled boy named Kota by talking about his childhood struggles with being [[UnSorcerer Quirkless]] (long prior to being passed his Quirk early in the series). He frames them as having happened to a friend of his.



* In ''ComicBook/DeathTheHighCostOfLiving'', the protagonist Sexton meets a girl in a nightclub who tells him the story of a friend who was sexually abused and tried to kill herself by slashing her wrists. It's implied that she's talking about herself (she's wearing HighClassGloves), but Sexton doesn't seem to notice either way.
* Julie's stories about "Megan" in the later part of ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'' may or may not be this. On the one hand, Megan does look like Julie & they both spent some time living with their grandparents. On the other, Megan is a lesbian while Julie slept with scads of men.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metegol}}'' has a FramingDevice where a father, Amadeo/[[DubNameChange Jake]], is telling his son a story about a guy, also named Amadeo/Jake. To his credit, the son sees right through this.
-->'''Matty:''' Come on, Dad, is this story about you?\\
'''Jake:''' No. 'Jake' is a fairly common name.



* Tom Holt's ''Falling Sideways'' ([[MindScrew which can seem aptly named on the first read-through]]) features an ancient cosmic being who tries to narrate an important bit of history in this style, before getting fed up with it and just blabbing it straight.



* In ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' Athos (already a pseudonym!) describes his marriage as that of "a friend of mine". Then the [[DrowningMySorrows hundred fifty-odd bottles of wine he drank over the last two weeks]] catch up with him and he slips into the first-person at the end.



* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': In ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', both Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan use this device very early on in their acquaintance, when the topic of prior romantic relationships has somehow unaccountably come up. Although neither character is openly GenreSavvy (yet, anyway), they each know the other person is actually talking about their own experiences, not those of "a friend".
-->He paused for a long time. Cordelia waited, barely breathing, uncertain whether to encourage him to go on or not. He continued eventually, but his voice went flatter and he spoke in a rush.\\
"The first was another pigheaded young aristocrat like himself, and he played out the game by the rules. He knew the use of the two swords, fought with flair, and almost killed m -- my friend. The last thing he said was that he'd always wanted to be killed by a jealous husband, only at age eighty."\\
By this time, the little slip was no surprise to Cordelia, and she wondered if her story had been as transparent to him. It certainly seemed so.
* ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'': In ''Literature/TheBandsOfMourning'', Allik mentions that social decorum is extremely important to airship crews, to the point that his friend got thrown overboard for terrible dancing (they tied a rope to his leg first). Later, when he rescues his crew from certain death, his captain mentions that it's ''almost'' enough for her to forgive his terrible dancing.



* Recovering after a late night party, 19th century Swedish poet Gunnar Wennerberg wrote about an unnamed cousin, an "arrogant, belligerent, drunken joker" who behaved shamelessly at the party:
-->As I write, he sits sour-faced staring at the paper. Iím sure he doesnít like me writing about what he did. But if he opens his mouth, I will ask him why he flung my best hat out into the yard.
* In the medieval bodice-ripper ''Enchanted'', the heroine explains to her husband that she's fearful of consummating their marriage because a "friend" of hers was raped. Unusually for this trope, he doesn't suspect that she's talking about herself, and is stunned when she confesses to him after they finally do make love.



* Taub in ''Series/{{House}}'' explains that he's so adamantly against suicide because he knew a guy in college who almost threw his life away and hurt the people he loved. By the end of the episode, he's accused of using this trope, but it isn't clear either way.



* In an episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Derek Reese, worried about his nephew John's mental state, tells John's mother Sarah a story about a friend of his who went out of a bunker to "take a leak" and suddenly shot himself in the head. It is later revealed that the "friend" was Derek himself, but that Derek's girlfriend Jesse stopped him.



* Music/NeilYoung's "Barstool Blues" has the drunken, rambling narrator declare "Once there was this friend of mine who died a thousand deaths...."



* Subverted with Shu, the Tower Social Link from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', will occasionally talk to the protagonist about a transfer student at his school. As the link progresses it seems increasingly obvious that Shu is talking about himself. Finishing that Social Link though, would reveal that it's a real different person and Shu eventually befriended him.



* The ''UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS'' advice bird uses this in a way in one of its pieces of advice on the system's use of 2D and 3D photo formats. "The other day, a friend of mine accidentally deleted an MPO file. The 3D data was lost, so the photo could be viewed only in 2D. He was pretty upset about it. Learn from my...I mean, my friend's...mistake!"

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* ''Film/TheCommuter'': Michael's search for Prynne eventually leads to him sitting down with Tony and Jackson and using this to provide an outline of the situation, asking what they'd do partially to test their reactions and partially to see what they'd say.


** Played with, for drama, in the second season episode "Shibboleth". Toby has been pushing Leo and President Bartlet to nominate Leo's sister Josie for a recess appointment (that the Senate is presumably supposed to rubber stamp) of Assistant Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, because he wants a fight with the Republicans on school prayer. It turns out, because of a compromising photograph, Josie is forced to withdraw her name from consideration, and Toby concedes she was the wrong face to put on it. However, he tells Leo they need to keep on this, and why:
--->'''Toby:''' But I'll tell you why it should be front and center. It's not the first amendment, it's not religious freedom, it's not church and state, it's not...abstract.\\
'''Leo:''' What is it?\\
'''Toby:''' It's the fourth grader who gets his ass kicked at recess cause he sat out the voluntary prayer in homeroom. It's another way of making kids different from other kids when they're required by law to be there. Thatís why you want it front and center. The fourth grader; that's the prize.\\
'''Leo:''' What'd they do to you? (''Toby says nothing, but looks uncomfortable'')


* Inverted and used as DramaticIrony in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Shortly after Lelouch [[spoiler: uses his geass to make Shirley forget him]], he and Shirley talk and he mentions a friend [[spoiler: that he lost]]. Shirley quickly realises that [[spoiler: Lelouch is taling about a girl he loved]]. What she doesn't realise is that he was talking about ''her''.

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* Inverted and used as DramaticIrony in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Shortly after Lelouch [[spoiler: uses his geass to make Shirley forget him]], he and Shirley talk and he mentions a friend [[spoiler: that he lost]]. Shirley quickly realises that [[spoiler: Lelouch is taling talking about a girl he loved]]. What she doesn't realise is that he was talking about ''her''.




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* ''Fanfic/LostToDust'': Ruby tries to get dating advice from her team by saying her friend "Rudy" has a crush on someone. She gets embarrassed when they say they know she's talking about herself and that she has a crush on Charlemagne.


* ''Series/WithoutATrace''. A suspect in the VictimOfTheWeek's disappearance claims that she was hounding the woman for money to buy medication for her sick mother. The agent questioning her rolls his eyes and shows her his sobriety chip (he developed a painkiller addiction after being shot) and tells her, "Quit lying to me. I know a junkie when I see one."

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* ''Series/WithoutATrace''. A suspect in the VictimOfTheWeek's disappearance claims that she was hounding the woman for money to buy medication for her sick mother. The agent questioning her rolls his eyes and eyes, shows her his NA sobriety chip (he developed a painkiller addiction after being shot) and tells her, "Quit lying to me. I know a junkie when I see one."

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* ''Series/WithoutATrace''. A suspect in the VictimOfTheWeek's disappearance claims that she was hounding the woman for money to buy medication for her sick mother. The agent questioning her rolls his eyes and shows her his sobriety chip (he developed a painkiller addiction after being shot) and tells her, "Quit lying to me. I know a junkie when I see one."

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** One of Peanut's possible dialogue lines at her Awkward Besties stage fits this trope too:
-->'''Peanut:''' So, say there was a girl. Let's call her... Jam. Jam is thinking of cutting her hair short. Or growing it longer. Or... leaving it exactly the same. What sort of input would you give Jam on that kind of life choice?

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