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'''Hal:''': "No, I don't ''wanna'', I ''gotta.''"

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'''Hal:''': "No, I don't ''wanna'', I ''gotta.''[[BileFascination gotta]].''"


--->'''Irma:''' Here's your egg, hon. Whatever you do, try not to think about where it came from.\\

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--->'''Irma:''' Here's your egg, hon. Whatever you do, [[ThoughtAversionFailure try not to think about where it came from.from]].\\


* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield looks at the box of the cat food he's eating, and sees that it reads: "Ingredients: You're better off not knowing". He keeps on eating, thinking: "What you don't know can't hurt you, right?"

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* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield looks at the box of the cat food he's eating, and sees that it reads: "Ingredients: [[IAteWhat You're better off not knowing".knowing]]". He keeps on eating, thinking: "What you don't know can't hurt you, right?"


Some secret about Character A is mentioned, either by the character himself, or by somebody else. When queried, someone replies "You ''don't'' want to know. [[TakeOurWordForIt Just trust me on this]]." Or words to that effect. Whether ''we'' actually find out what it is varies -- if we don't, it can turn into a NoodleIncident and [[NothingIsFunnier be left to the viewer's imagination entirely]], or it might be set up for one or more [[TheUnreveal un-reveals]]. The characters who ''do'' know will usually try to avoid talking about it. More often than not, this phrase can just end up as SchmuckBait.

In other cases, we do find out. If played for comedy, the secret will turn out to be relatively innocuous - or at least, not nearly as far-out as what the other characters -- and probably the audience -- have ''imagined'' it might be. If played for drama (as in horror movies) it'll turn out that the secret is, indeed, [[{{Squick}} quite bad]], and that the others would, in fact, have been better off not knowing. Either way, this may well end in someone frantically grabbing for the nearest container of BrainBleach.

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Some secret about Character A is mentioned, either by the character himself, or by somebody else. When queried, someone replies "You ''don't'' want to know. [[TakeOurWordForIt Just trust me on this]]." Or words to that effect. Whether ''we'' actually find out what it is varies -- if we don't, it can turn into a NoodleIncident and [[NothingIsFunnier be left to the viewer's imagination entirely]], or it might be set up for one or more [[TheUnreveal un-reveals]]. The characters who ''do'' know will usually try to avoid talking about it. More often than not, this phrase can just end up as SchmuckBait.

In other cases, we do find out. If played for comedy, the secret will turn out to be relatively innocuous - or at least, not nearly as far-out as what the other characters -- and probably the audience -- have ''imagined'' it might be. If played for drama (as in horror movies) it'll turn out that the secret is, indeed, [[{{Squick}} quite bad]], and that the others would, in fact, have been better off not knowing. Either way, this may well end in someone frantically grabbing for the nearest container of BrainBleach.






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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]: This is Father Octavian's response when the Doctor, after finding out that River Song is in prison for murder, asks him who she killed.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]: This is Father Octavian's response when the Doctor, after finding out that River Song is in prison for murder, asks him who she killed. It turns out that River killed [[spoiler:the Doctor himself ([[FakingTheDead but not really]])]], so Octavian's reluctance is fully justified.



** In "No Rest For The Wicked" Ruby tells Same [[{{BigBad}} Lilith]] is on "shore leave". When he asks what that means, she replies with this. We then see what she means...and Ruby's right.

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** In "No Rest For The Wicked" Ruby tells Same [[{{BigBad}} Sam [[BigBad Lilith]] is on "shore leave". When he asks what that means, she replies with this. We then see what she means...and Ruby's right.right.
* Inversion in ''Series/TeenWolf'': Sheriff Stalinski walks in on his son [[ItMakesSenseInContext fastening restraints onto a teenage girl]]. He flat-out states that he doesn't even want to know.



* Inversion in ''Series/TeenWolf'': Sheriff Stalinski walks in on his son [[ItMakesSenseInContext fastening restraints onto a teenage girl]]. He flat-out states that he doesn't even want to know.



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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': This is the general response to any questions regarding the godmodder's past. We know he is a he, that he is independent, has lots of cash, a really cool HackerCave, and that his name is Richard, and not much else.
* In [[http://www.lycanon.org/trickster/tricksterstail15.htm Part 15]] of ''A Trickster's Tail'', after the two of them have escaped the afterlife and Keith has related his adventure to Kickaha.
-->'''Keith:''' So... what happened to you?\\
'''Kickaha:''' You don't want to know.\\
'''Keith:''' WHAT? We're probably the only two people on this planet that can have this discussion, and you're telling me that ''I don't want to know?''\\
'''Kickaha:''' Look. You don't understand. ''You were there. You told me. You don't want to know.''
* In ''The Literature/BinderOfShame'', this is used occasionally.
-->'''[[LargeHam Blobert Smith]]:''' My character deals with his post-traumatic stress by putting porridge up his nose on moonlit nights.\\
'''Weasly Crusher:''' Why would he--\\
'''El Disgusto:''' Don't! Just don't.
* A prime example of this appears in ''WebVideo/StrangeAeons''. Despite heavy questioning, Nick is adamant in warning Chris to not look up the videos on the Strange Aeons channel.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': For SCP-231, the containment procedure 110-Montauk is designed to keep the pregnant girl (age unspecified) from giving birth to a creature that will cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. All but the vaguest details regarding 110-Montauk are expunged and redacted; the only details we get are that it's horrifically inhumane[[note]]The writer states it's [[RapeAsDrama not the obvious answer]], ''but worse than that'']].[[/note]], that only non-violent D-class personnel are ever to be given authorization to carry out the procedure[[note]]to minimize unnecessary prolonging of the procedure[[/note]], that it's so agonizing to the one carrying out the procedure that those who do it are routinely given LaserGuidedAmnesia to prevent psychological damage[[note]]the suicide rate was disproportionately high for personnel who developed/performed 110-Montauk[[/note]], and that the subject has to be [[AndIMustScream awake, lucid, and aware of what's happening to her or it won't work]].[[note]]She also can't be killed, the fetus can't simply be aborted, and she has to be mind-wiped once a week so the trauma and anguish are fresh, since that makes it more effective.[[/note]] The O5 council, the leaders of the Foundation who already operate with dubious morals at the best of times, are disgusted with themselves that this is the best they can do in this case and avoid talking about it as much as possible; case in point, the photo that would normally accompany the article isn't only missing, it's pointedly removed by order of the O5. The article is screaming this trope with the amount of redaction alone.
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': This is the general response to any questions regarding the godmodder's past. We know he is a he, that he is independent, has lots of cash, a really cool HackerCave, and that his name is Richard, and not much else.
* In [[http://www.lycanon.org/trickster/tricksterstail15.htm Part 15]] of ''A Trickster's Tail'', after the two of them have escaped the afterlife and Keith has related his adventure to Kickaha.
-->'''Keith:''' So... what happened to you?\\
'''Kickaha:''' You don't want to know.\\
'''Keith:''' WHAT? We're probably the only two people on this planet that can have this discussion, and you're telling me that ''I don't want to know?''\\
'''Kickaha:''' Look. You don't understand. ''You were there. You told me. You don't want to know.''
* In ''The Literature/BinderOfShame'', this is used occasionally.
-->'''[[LargeHam Blobert Smith]]:''' My character deals with his post-traumatic stress by putting porridge up his nose on moonlit nights.\\
'''Weasly Crusher:''' Why would he--\\
'''El Disgusto:''' Don't! Just don't.
* A prime example of this appears in ''WebVideo/StrangeAeons''. Despite heavy questioning, Nick is adamant in warning Chris to not look up the videos on the Strange Aeons channel.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': For SCP-231, the containment procedure 110-Montauk is designed to keep the pregnant girl (age unspecified) from giving birth to a creature that will cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. All but the vaguest details regarding 110-Montauk are expunged and redacted; the only details we get are that it's horrifically inhumane[[note]]The writer states it's [[RapeAsDrama not the obvious answer]], ''but worse than that'']].[[/note]], that only non-violent D-class personnel are ever to be given authorization to carry out the procedure[[note]]to minimize unnecessary prolonging of the procedure[[/note]], that it's so agonizing to the one carrying out the procedure that those who do it are routinely given LaserGuidedAmnesia to prevent psychological damage[[note]]the suicide rate was disproportionately high for personnel who developed/performed 110-Montauk[[/note]], and that the subject has to be [[AndIMustScream awake, lucid, and aware of what's happening to her or it won't work]].[[note]]She also can't be killed, the fetus can't simply be aborted, and she has to be mind-wiped once a week so the trauma and anguish are fresh, since that makes it more effective.[[/note]] The O5 council, the leaders of the Foundation who already operate with dubious morals at the best of times, are disgusted with themselves that this is the best they can do in this case and avoid talking about it as much as possible; case in point, the photo that would normally accompany the article isn't only missing, it's pointedly removed by order of the O5. The article is screaming this trope with the amount of redaction alone.
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': This is the general response to any questions regarding the godmodder's past. We know he is a he, that he is independent, has lots of cash, a really cool HackerCave, and that his name is Richard, and not much else.
* In [[http://www.lycanon.org/trickster/tricksterstail15.htm Part 15]] of ''A Trickster's Tail'', after the two of them have escaped the afterlife and Keith has related his adventure to Kickaha.
-->'''Keith:''' So... what happened to you?\\
'''Kickaha:''' You don't want to know.\\
'''Keith:''' WHAT? We're probably the only two people on this planet that can have this discussion, and you're telling me that ''I don't want to know?''\\
'''Kickaha:''' Look. You don't understand. ''You were there. You told me. You don't want to know.''
* In ''The Literature/BinderOfShame'', this is used occasionally.
-->'''[[LargeHam Blobert Smith]]:''' My character deals with his post-traumatic stress by putting porridge up his nose on moonlit nights.\\
'''Weasly Crusher:''' Why would he--\\
'''El Disgusto:''' Don't! Just don't.
* A prime example of this appears in ''WebVideo/StrangeAeons''. Despite heavy questioning, Nick is adamant in warning Chris to not look up the videos on the Strange Aeons channel.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': For SCP-231, the containment procedure 110-Montauk is designed to keep the pregnant girl (age unspecified) from giving birth to a creature that will cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. All but the vaguest details regarding 110-Montauk are expunged and redacted; the only details we get are that it's horrifically inhumane[[note]]The writer states it's [[RapeAsDrama not the obvious answer]], ''but worse than that'']].[[/note]], that only non-violent D-class personnel are ever to be given authorization to carry out the procedure[[note]]to minimize unnecessary prolonging of the procedure[[/note]], that it's so agonizing to the one carrying out the procedure that those who do it are routinely given LaserGuidedAmnesia to prevent psychological damage[[note]]the suicide rate was disproportionately high for personnel who developed/performed 110-Montauk[[/note]], and that the subject has to be [[AndIMustScream awake, lucid, and aware of what's happening to her or it won't work]].[[note]]She also can't be killed, the fetus can't simply be aborted, and she has to be mind-wiped once a week so the trauma and anguish are fresh, since that makes it more effective.[[/note]] The O5 council, the leaders of the Foundation who already operate with dubious morals at the best of times, are disgusted with themselves that this is the best they can do in this case and avoid talking about it as much as possible; case in point, the photo that would normally accompany the article isn't only missing, it's pointedly removed by order of the O5. The article is screaming this trope with the amount of redaction alone.
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Some secret about Character A is mentioned, either by the character himself, or by somebody else. When queried, someone replies "You ''don't'' want to know. [[TakeOurWordForIt Just trust me on this]]." Or words to that effect. Whether ''we'' actually find out what it is varies -- if we don't, it can turn into a NoodleIncident, and might be set up for one or more [[TheUnreveal un-reveals]]. The characters who ''do'' know will usually try to avoid talking about it. More often than not, this phrase can just end up as SchmuckBait.

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Some secret about Character A is mentioned, either by the character himself, or by somebody else. When queried, someone replies "You ''don't'' want to know. [[TakeOurWordForIt Just trust me on this]]." Or words to that effect. Whether ''we'' actually find out what it is varies -- if we don't, it can turn into a NoodleIncident, NoodleIncident and [[NothingIsFunnier be left to the viewer's imagination entirely]], or it might be set up for one or more [[TheUnreveal un-reveals]]. The characters who ''do'' know will usually try to avoid talking about it. More often than not, this phrase can just end up as SchmuckBait.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheMonsterMash'', Pinkie Pie keeps Rarity supplied with blood to drink. Rarity concludes that she doesn't want to know where Pinkie is getting it from.
* Subverted in a chapter of ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYears''. ComicBook/JeanGrey's teammates keep bringing up some kind of trouble they got into Hong Kong and making oblique references to drug lords, tigers and exploding warehouses. Jean ''knows'' she doesn't want know, but she eventually ends up asking anyway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever", Stan asks his heavenly lawyer Michelle what happened to Creator/JimHenson, and she replies "You don't want to know". It's then revealed to the viewer that he and [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] are imprisoned in [[Film/SupermanII the Phantom Zone]] for blasphemy on Kermit's part.
-->'''Henson:''' Forgive us!
-->'''Kermit:''' You will bow down before me, son of God!


** In a later episode, Geordi and Riker have to fly into a sensor-blinding nebula that's full of enemy ships. They have a proximity detector but it only works at very short range, and at one point Riker has to pull a very sharp turn to avoid hitting something.

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** In a later episode, Geordi and Riker have to fly into a sensor-blinding nebula that's full of enemy ships. They have a proximity detector but it only works at very short range, and at one point Riker has to pull a very an extremely sharp turn to avoid hitting something.

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** In a later episode, Geordi and Riker have to fly into a sensor-blinding nebula that's full of enemy ships. They have a proximity detector but it only works at very short range, and at one point Riker has to pull a very sharp turn to avoid hitting something.
-->'''Geordi:''' Do I want to know how close that was?\\
'''Riker:''' No.

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* In Millea Kenin's short story "Scarlet Eyes," protagonist Den-Tyren Scorry [[TakeOurWordForIt assures us]] that the carcass of the rooster that the EvilSorcerer had beheaded as a sacrifice is "about the prettiest" of [[BrainBleach the things in the summoning circle]].


* In ''Ride/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime at Ride/UniversalStudios, the T-800 says this exactly to John when he asks why they're headed ''towards'' Skynet headquarters.

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* In ''Ride/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime ''Ride/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime'' at Ride/UniversalStudios, the T-800 says this exactly to John when he asks why they're headed ''towards'' Skynet headquarters.

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* In ''Ride/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime at Ride/UniversalStudios, the T-800 says this exactly to John when he asks why they're headed ''towards'' Skynet headquarters.
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* ''Literatute/InDeath'': In "Vengeance in Death", Eve asks what's in the "meat stuff" she's eating and Roarke says "You’ll thank me for not telling you".

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* ''Literatute/InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': In "Vengeance in Death", Eve asks what's in the "meat stuff" she's eating and Roarke says "You’ll thank me for not telling you".

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* ''Literatute/InDeath'': In "Vengeance in Death", Eve asks what's in the "meat stuff" she's eating and Roarke says "You’ll thank me for not telling you".


* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', one of Adam's classes requires him to test his predatory instincts by eating what looks like a cow made out of cheese. After getting a taste, he realizes that it's not cheese at all, but Mr. Hornbill tells him that he wouldn't want to eat it if he knew what it was really made of.

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* In an the ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', "One Lump or Tutor", one of Adam's classes requires require him to test his predatory instincts by eating what looks like a cow made out of cheese. After getting a taste, he realizes that it's not cheese at all, but Mr. Hornbill tells him that he wouldn't want to eat it if he knew what it was really made of.



* How ''America's Got Talent'' 75-year-old contestant Sally from Portland discovered she could hand-whistle. She wrote a book about it, but [[spoiler:part of the book was also about her coming out as transgender]]. Judging by how the [[IncrediblyLamePun judges]] on the show reacted ('mm-hmm'-ing and nodding), they evidently didn't consider it to be an example of the trope. It could be a bit of a MoodWhiplash, though.

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* How ''America's Got Talent'' 75-year-old contestant Sally from Portland discovered she could hand-whistle. She wrote a book about it, but [[spoiler:part part of the book was also about her coming out as transgender]]. transgender. Judging by how the [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} judges]] on the show reacted ('mm-hmm'-ing and nodding), they evidently didn't consider it to be an example of the trope. It could be a bit of a MoodWhiplash, though.

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