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%%** In the ''Phoenix Wright'' manga collection, Pearl asks Phoenix about his relationship with Maya, and is met with five Psyche-locks, which within the games, signify a secret that is as well-guarded as possible.

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%%** In the ''Phoenix Wright'' manga collection, Pearl asks ** Phoenix about his relationship with Maya, and is met with five Psyche-locks, which within Maya themselves got hit by this numerous times by various characters from Larry Butz, to the games, signify a secret that is as well-guarded as possible.judge (in the manga) to [[spoiler: freaking Dahlia Hawthorne, Phoenix's former girlfriend]].


A common inversion, especially in the second case, is when the speaker is asked about the not girlfriend/boyfriend in question, and they [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial respond with the line, even though the accusation was never brought up in the first place]]. Alternately, the accusation ''is'' made, [[INeverSaidItWasPoison but not the name]], which the defendant then gives up. In either case, cue satisfied smirk by the asker.

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A common inversion, variation, especially in the second case, is when the speaker is asked about the not girlfriend/boyfriend in question, and they [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial respond with the line, even though the accusation was never brought up in the first place]]. Alternately, the accusation ''is'' made, [[INeverSaidItWasPoison but not the name]], which the defendant then gives up. In either case, cue satisfied smirk by the asker.


A standard response in the face of an accusation that two characters are more than JustFriends. Usually said with an exclamation point--or ten--at the end, and emphasis on the "NOT", maybe accompanied by breaking something.

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A standard response in the face of an accusation that two characters are more than JustFriends. Usually said with an exclamation point--or ten--at point or ten at the end, and emphasis on the "NOT", maybe accompanied by breaking something.



Is it true? Technically, yes. {{Hilarity|Ensues}}--if not bloodshed--ensues, because:

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Is it true? Technically, yes. {{Hilarity|Ensues}}--if {{Hilarity|Ensues}} if not bloodshed--ensues, bloodshed ensues, because:







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* The song by Music/MichaelJackson, "Billie Jean", is focused on this trope. [[spoiler:But, it was implied that while Billie Jean was not his lover, her son was indeed his son.]]

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* The song by Music/MichaelJackson, "Billie Jean", is focused on this trope. [[spoiler:But, it was implied that while Billie Jean was not his lover, her son was indeed his son.]]]] What's more, it's PlayedForDrama here since Billie Jean represents [[GoldDigger all the groupies who tried to lure Jackson and his brothers into sex so they could have kids and rope the boys into marrying them]].


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* ''WebComic/MageAndDemonQueen'': Velverosa insists Malori means nothing to her... while her tail is visibly wagging. Her underlings just want her to finally admit her attraction.


** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': In the cargo room after Akane's gushing over Junpei's photo starts reaching SickeninglySweethearts levels Santa tells them to knack it off, to which Akane says that they're not a couple.
** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'': When Quark refers to girl from Tenmyouji's photo as "his first love" Tenmyouji replies that she's not. Sigma doesn't buy it for a second and calls Tenmyouji "hopeless romantic".
** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'': It's Junpei's turn to say it about Akane when Carlos asks if they're couple.

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** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': In the cargo room room, after Akane's gushing over Junpei's photo starts reaching SickeninglySweethearts levels levels, Santa tells them to knack knock it off, to which Akane says that they're not a couple.
** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'': When Quark refers to the girl from Tenmyouji's photo as "his first love" love", Tenmyouji replies that she's not. Sigma doesn't buy it for a second and calls Tenmyouji a "hopeless romantic".
romantic". [[spoiler: Tenmyouji is Junpei and the girl is Akane, so Quark and Sigma turn out to be right.]]
** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'': It's When Carlos asks if they're a couple, it's Junpei's turn to say it about Akane when Carlos asks if they're couple.Akane. [[ImplausibleDeniability While holding the ring he intends to use to propose to her that very day.]]



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* Simon from ''Literature/ShadowOfTheTemplar'' takes this to new heights when he tells Jeremy that he's not even his friend despite them being familiar with each other in the horizontal position. [[spoiler:He ''does'' answer "maybe" instead of denying the possibility outright when the criminal who kidnapped Jeremy asks him if he's his boyfriend, but goes right back to denying it soon after.]] ''Then,'' when he finally overcomes enough (but not all) of his [[ObliviousToLove Selective Obliviousness]] and {{Tsundere}} issues to call Jeremy a friend, Sandra scoffs and says that they're "special friends" at the very least, to his chagrin.



* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Ayla says it about his childhood friend, Jadis, in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content_page/9-original-canon/851-hank-5-to-the-new-year Hank 5: To the New Year!]]:
--> "Which means you've already outed her to your other girlfriend in the Bad Seeds," Toni accused him.\\
"If I can find this information, Jadis would already have it," Ayla replied primly. "And Jadis is ''not'' my girlfriend!"\\
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"Well, now we know what information you traded [[spoiler:Knockoff for]] with your girlfriend," Toni smirked.\\
"I did ''not'' 'trade' information [[spoiler:about a fellow Possie]] with Jadis, and for the last time, ''Jadis is not my girlfriend''!" Ayla growled.\\
"Does [[spoiler:Addy]] know you're two-timing her?" Nikki interjected, waggling her eyebrows suggestively.\\
"Jadis is a friend, who happens to be a girl. She is not my girlfriend!" Ayla repeated, the forced calmness in his voice as plain as the cute nose on his face.\\
"No, she's just someone you like to exchange continental 'hellos' with," Toni smirked.\\
"One might even say, Parisian style hellos," Nikki murmured wickedly.\\
Ayla glared at Nikki and Toni. "I only kissed Jadis once, and that was on her cheek!" Ayla defended himself.\\
"And we all know how that turned out," Billie murmured,\\




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* In ''Literature/StatlessAndTactless'' Joe is convinced that Soo and Ian are dating because they occasionally allude to meeting offline. Any incident involving such an event getting mentioned invariably leads to the group getting sidetracked to refute it.
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** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'': It's Junpei's turn to say it about Akane when Carlos asks if they're couple. [[spoiler:Averted near the end when he proposes to her.]]

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** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'': It's Junpei's turn to say it about Akane when Carlos asks if they're couple. [[spoiler:Averted near the end when he proposes to her.]]

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* ''WebComic/MageAndDemonQueen'': Velverosa insists Malori means nothing to her... while her tail is visibly wagging. Her underlings just want her to finally admit her attraction.


** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'': It's Junpei's turn to say it about Akane when Carlos asks if they're couple.

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** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'': It's Junpei's turn to say it about Akane when Carlos asks if they're couple. [[spoiler:Averted near the end when he proposes to her.]]

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* In the ''ComicBook/GravityFallsLostLegends'' story "Face It", after the story's plot is concluded, Pacifica sent a text message telling Dipper that the hug she gave him didn't mean anything. Unfortunately for her, she actually sent the text to Mabel, and unconvincingly claims the text is just a joke.


* Franchise/GreenLantern has Kyle Rayner and Bleez. While Kyle's identity is a secret, anyone who meets him and Bleez (and who isn't familiar with the history of the Green Lantern Corps) assumes they're a couple because... well, she's hot and they assume Green Lantern would have a hot alien girlfriend.

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* Franchise/GreenLantern ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' has Kyle Rayner and Bleez. While Kyle's identity is a secret, anyone who meets him and Bleez (and who isn't familiar with the history of the Green Lantern Corps) assumes they're a couple because... well, she's hot and they assume Green Lantern would have a hot alien girlfriend.

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* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': Poor Tim has to tell people multiple times that he and Steph aren't dating, not helped by the fact that he slowly realizes he likes her but feels like he can't break up with his current girlfriend Ariana because of all the horrible things that had happened to her lately. When Ari breaks up with him he starts dating Steph before the week is up.

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