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'''Elim Garak:''' My dear Doctor, they were ''all'' true.\\

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'''Elim Garak:''' '''Garak:''' My dear Doctor, they were ''all'' true.\\


->'''Lieutenant Dr. Julian Bashir:''' You gave me answers, all right, but they were all different. What I want to know is of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren't?\\

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->'''Lieutenant Dr.->'''Dr. Julian Bashir:''' You gave me answers, all right, but they were all different. What I want to know is of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren't?\\


A character who really loves to keep secrets from others and tease them by not telling them something. Often overlaps with DelightingInRiddles and TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier. Depending on the context, this trait may be seen as either extremely irritating (when you need some really important information) or extremely endearing (when the "secret" turns out to be some really cool surprise).

A subtrope of ItAmusedMe; WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureItOutYourself may sometimes serve as formal excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.


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A character who really loves to keep secrets from others and tease them by not telling them something. Often overlaps with DelightingInRiddles and TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier. Depending on the context, this trait may be seen as either extremely irritating (when you need some really important information) or extremely endearing (when the "secret" turns out to be some really cool surprise).

A subtrope of ItAmusedMe; ItAmusedMe, and often overlaps with DelightingInRiddles and TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier. WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureItOutYourself may sometimes serve as formal excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.



WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureItOutYourself may sometimes serve as formal excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.


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A subtrope of ItAmusedMe; WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureItOutYourself may sometimes serve as formal excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.



WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureThisOutYourself may sometimes serve as formal excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.


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WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureThisOutYourself FigureItOutYourself may sometimes serve as formal excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.



WeWouldHaveToldYouBut may sometimes serve as a formal excuse for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.


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WeWouldHaveToldYouBut and FigureThisOutYourself may sometimes serve as a formal excuse excuses for this, but the said character's reactions would still betray this motive.



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* Children often tend to be this, especially when they go through a phase of fascination with codes, mysteries, ciphers, etc. Adults, on the contrary, usually indulge in this only when speaking about Christmas/birthday presents and other surprises. An adult who is this ''in everyday life'' can be either annoying or [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} endearingly quirky]].

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* Children often tend to be this, especially when they go through a phase of fascination with codes, mysteries, ciphers, etc. Adults, on the contrary, usually indulge in this only when speaking about Christmas/birthday presents and other surprises. An adult who is this ''in everyday life'' can be either annoying or [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} endearingly quirky]].quirky]].
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A character who really loves to keep secrets from others and tease them by not telling them something. Often overlaps with DelightingInRiddles and TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier.

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A character who really loves to keep secrets from others and tease them by not telling them something. Often overlaps with DelightingInRiddles and TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier.
TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier. Depending on the context, this trait may be seen as either extremely irritating (when you need some really important information) or extremely endearing (when the "secret" turns out to be some really cool surprise).



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* Emmie Reese, the main character's wife from ''The Harry Reese Mysteries'' series by Robert Bruce Stewart. She simply loves all sorts of pranks, surprises and schemes, and keeps many secrets from her husband. She will only speak clearly when she absolutely has to; otherwise she almost always speaks in riddles.

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* Emmie Reese, the main character's wife from ''The Harry Reese Mysteries'' series by Robert Bruce Stewart. She simply loves all sorts of [[FriendlyScheming pranks, surprises and schemes, schemes]], and keeps many secrets from her husband. She will only speak clearly when she absolutely has to; otherwise she [[DelightingInRiddles almost always speaks in riddles.riddles]].


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* ''Literature/HerculePoirot'' also tends to be this.


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WeWouldHaveToldYouBut may sometimes serve as an excuse for such behavior.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie could have had a touch of this. She was extremely secretive all her life; once in her child years, when she was asked why she didn't tell her mother something, she replied: "I donít care for parting with information". Besides, her play ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' is the ''only'' detective work at the end of which the viewers are specifically asked not to reveal the ending to others... which is really telling something.

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