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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[red:If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained. In particular, while red truth can't be used to outright lie, it can (and will) be definitely used to mislead and deceive.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** Its most famous example is
the red truth. '''[[red:If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained. In particular, while red truth can't be used to outright lie, it can (and will) be definitely used to mislead and deceive.
** Less famous is the [[gold:gold truth]]. It seems to work exactly the same as the red truth, except with the additional requirement that the speaker "understand the rules".
** Zigzagged by the [[purple:purple truth]]: While most people cannot lie in purple, those who have committed murder can.


* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[red:If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained.
** In particular, while red truth can't be used to outright lie, it can (and will) be definitely used to mislead and deceive.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[red:If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained.
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explained. In particular, while red truth can't be used to outright lie, it can (and will) be definitely used to mislead and deceive.

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/BetweenPlanets'' the language of the [[VenusIsWet Venerian]] "dragons" is called "true speech" and as one (human) character points out, doesn't even have a word for the concept of deliberate falsehood, meaning that Venerians (at least when they're speaking their own language) [[LanguageEqualsThought are unable to lie]].

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** In particular, while red truth can't be used to outright lie, it can (and will) be definitely used to mislead and deceive.


* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', [[spoiler:Parseltongue, the languages of snakes is revealed to have this effect as neither Harry, Professor Quirrell or Voldemort were able to express direct deception through that language. It becomes an often demanded method of communication between the parties capable of understanding it to avoid such deception.]]

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* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', [[spoiler:Parseltongue, the languages language of snakes snakes, is revealed to have this effect as neither Harry, Professor Quirrell or Voldemort were able to express direct deception through that language. It becomes an often demanded method of communication between the parties capable of understanding it to avoid such deception. This does not, however, prevent them from telling misleading truths.]]


* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Parseltongue, the languages of snakes is revealed to have this effect as neither Harry, Professor Quirrell or Voldemort were able to express direct deception through that language. It becomes an often demanded method of communication between the parties capable of understanding it to avoid such deception.

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* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Parseltongue, [[spoiler:Parseltongue, the languages of snakes is revealed to have this effect as neither Harry, Professor Quirrell or Voldemort were able to express direct deception through that language. It becomes an often demanded method of communication between the parties capable of understanding it to avoid such deception.]]



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* In ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood'', it is impossible to say anything untrue in the presence of Jay, who happens to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter if you're actually trying to deceive him (if, for example, you're testing the effect with a ridiculous lie like "My parents were secretly elephants"), you just can't finish the sentence. People who ''are'' trying to deceive him, even for polite reasons, have a tendency to [[BrutalHonesty say what they really mean instead]].


Compare CannotTellALie, in which the inability to lie is inherent in individual characters.

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Compare CannotTellALie, in which the inability to lie is inherent in individual characters.
characters. Works using this trope will often discuss ThePowerOfLanguage itself.


* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[ZenZenDameDa If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[ZenZenDameDa If '''[[red:If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained.


->'''Beatrice:''' From now on, '''[[DontClickHere everything I speak in red is the truth]]'''. There is no need to doubt or question it.\\

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->'''Beatrice:''' From now on, '''[[DontClickHere everything '''[[red:everything I speak in red is the truth]]'''. There is no need to doubt or question it.\\



* Telepathy functions this way in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. Unfortunately for them, the BigBad's mind is so malicious that it's ltierally painful to receive her thoughts. So most elves use vocal speech with her instead, and she can lie just fine with words.

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* Telepathy functions this way in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. Unfortunately for them, the BigBad's mind is so malicious that it's ltierally literally painful to receive her thoughts. So most elves use vocal speech with her instead, and she can lie just fine with words.


* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[ZenZenDameDa If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but in practice it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[ZenZenDameDa If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text.]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but in practice it's mostly used by supernatural beings to torment the protagonist with information that doesn't need to be evidenced or explained.


->While the Old Speech binds a man to truth, this is not so with dragons. It is their own language, and they can lie in it, twisting the true words to false ends, catching the unwary hearer in a maze of mirrorwords each of which reflects the truth and none of which leads anywhere.

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->While --->While the Old Speech binds a man to truth, this is not so with dragons. It is their own language, and they can lie in it, twisting the true words to false ends, catching the unwary hearer in a maze of mirrorwords each of which reflects the truth and none of which leads anywhere.


-->While the Old Speech binds a man to truth, this is not so with dragons. It is their own language, and they can lie in it, twisting the true words to false ends, catching the unwary hearer in a maze of mirrorwords each of which reflects the truth and none of which leads anywhere.

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-->While ->While the Old Speech binds a man to truth, this is not so with dragons. It is their own language, and they can lie in it, twisting the true words to false ends, catching the unwary hearer in a maze of mirrorwords each of which reflects the truth and none of which leads anywhere.anywhere.
** The implication of the Earthsea Old Speech is that what is said in it, if it is not already true, ''becomes'' true, even if [[RealityWarper the world has to bend]] to make it so. The dragons are simply old enough and crafty enough to say false things in ways that won't change reality.


'''Battler:''' And I should believe you when you say that? [[note]]It's later proved that, indeed, you cannot make a false statement in red.[[/note]]

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'''Battler:''' And I should believe you when you say that? [[note]]It's later proved that, indeed, you cannot make a false statement in red.[[/note]]that?



* Creator/NancyKress's ''Probability: Space'' series has a race that experiences a consensual, shared reality, and can't say things that disagree with the consensus. It's not so much that they can't lie--but they can't lie unless they all believe the lie.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/{{Embassytown}}'', the Ariekei speak a very unusual language--in fact, the oddness of the language is a central part of the whole book--but one of its features is that they can't really lie. Some of them are trying to learn, however, by starting a statement, and then saying the second half too quietly to be heard.

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* Creator/NancyKress's ''Probability: Space'' series has a race that experiences a consensual, shared reality, and can't say things that disagree with the consensus. It's not so much that they can't lie--but lie -- but they can't lie unless they all believe the lie.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/{{Embassytown}}'', the Ariekei speak a very unusual language--in language -- in fact, the oddness of the language is a central part of the whole book--but one of its features is that they can't really lie. Some of them are trying to learn, however, by starting a statement, and then saying the second half too quietly to be heard.



* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text. As well as being vitally important to solving the mystery of the island, it gives us such gems as '''You are incompetent!''' and '''"kukkukukukukuku... hihihihihihihihihihihyahyahyahhahhahahaha-hhahahahhahhahhahhahhahhahha!"''' In addition, if someone attempts to lie using the red text, [[spoiler:they will choke on the words that they're trying to say.]] It should be noted though, that the red expresses something that is true ''from the point view of the speaker''. Hence why Beatrice can say such things as "You are incompetent!" or [[spoiler:"Kanon was killed in this room."]]

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the red truth. '''[[ZenZenDameDa If anything is said in red text, it must be true. If it's not true, it cannot be said in red text. As well as being vitally important ]]''' An infallible language of truth sounds like like an ''incredible'' power in a MysteryFiction -- but in practice it's mostly used by supernatural beings to solving torment the mystery of the island, it gives us such gems as '''You are incompetent!''' and '''"kukkukukukukuku... hihihihihihihihihihihyahyahyahhahhahahaha-hhahahahhahhahhahhahhahhahha!"''' In addition, if someone attempts to lie using the red text, [[spoiler:they will choke on the words protagonist with information that they're trying doesn't need to say.]] It should be noted though, that the red expresses something that is true ''from the point view of the speaker''. Hence why Beatrice can say such things as "You are incompetent!" evidenced or [[spoiler:"Kanon was killed in this room."]]explained.



* ''Webcomic/GeneCatlow'': The "Sight of the Soul" telepathic communication works like this - since it's direct communication between souls, it doesn't allow for lies, falsehood, or even withholding the truth. However, recent comics have revealed that, at least at one point, there existed a type of etherical being with a mind so insane and fractured that it was capable of lying through the Sight of the Soul...

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* ''Webcomic/GeneCatlow'': The "Sight of the Soul" telepathic communication works like this - since it's direct communication between souls, it doesn't allow for lies, falsehood, or even withholding the truth. However, recent comics have revealed that, at least at one point, there existed a type of etherical being with a mind so insane and fractured that it was capable of lying through the Sight of the Soul...



* Averted in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', where a telepathic [[http://www.errantstory.com/2004-02-23/202 fib]] by Sarine is crucial to seven more years of plot development.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Inverted; Timmy wishes to "always be right". Rather than making him only say correct statements, any claim he makes [[RealityWarper instantly becomes true]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Inverted; Timmy wishes to "always be right". Rather than making him only say correct statements, any claim he makes [[RealityWarper instantly becomes true]].

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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': despite stating that elves are fond of half-truths and misdirection in the ancient language, it's never much of an issue. Although it is impossible to lie directly, lies can be told by thinking to yourself that you mean something else to what you are saying. [[spoiler:A lie can also be told if the speaker thinks it is true. (Although at that point it's more "being mistaken" than "lying", really.)]] Which partially explains how, in ''Eldest'', Eragon is able to compose a completely fictional story in verse that tells of a battlefield romance -- because he was thinking of Arya and it ''felt'' true. It's similar to what happens when Eragon tries to demonstrate a spell to take a sort of magic photograph by using it on Arya. It was supposed to be a perfect photo, and it's supposed to be really hard to fool the spell, but it... came out different, because of the way Eragon felt about Arya.

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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': despite stating that elves are fond of half-truths and misdirection in the ancient language, it's never much of an issue. Although it is impossible to lie directly, lies can be told by thinking to yourself that you mean something else to what you are saying. [[spoiler:A lie can [[spoiler:The language also be told if the doesn't contain any measures to stop a speaker thinks it is true. (Although at that point it's more "being mistaken" than "lying", really.)]] from being ''mistaken''.]] Which partially explains how, in ''Eldest'', Eragon is able to compose a completely fictional story in verse that tells of a battlefield romance -- because he was thinking of Arya and it ''felt'' true. It's similar to what happens when Eragon tries to demonstrate a spell to take a sort of magic photograph by using it on Arya. It was supposed to be a perfect photo, and it's supposed to be really hard to fool the spell, but it... came out different, because of the way Eragon felt about Arya.

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