Palindromee on Apr 15th 2018 at 4:16:11 PM
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Palindromee on May 26th 2018 at 4:49:52 PM
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A well-liked, mild-mannered, popular character is doing something extremely unusual, out of character, or downright morally wrong. Naturally, that character would prefer to keep that hidden. So when an Innocent Bystander notices them, say, sneaking away from robbing a bank wearing nothing but a shower cap and an alligator purse, what's there to say to keep said bystander from blabbing the secret?
"Go ahead and tell everyone you know. No one will believe it."
This character has just created a Bystander Cassandra. This is when someone relies on taking Refuge in Audacity to create a Cassandra Truth, thereby ensuring their secret is kept safe and the bystander doesn't go blabbing. The circumstances around the creation of a Bystander Cassandra can be as lighthearted as a celebrity messing with a fan by doing odd things to as serious as some forms of Gaslighting. This may invoke You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You.
Can be Played for Drama if instead of a stranger the Bystander Cassandra is someone who the person with the secret knows, or the secret that required the creation of a Bystander Cassandra is a crime committed to the bystander. Subtrope of Cassandra Truth. Compare and contrast to Cassandra Gambit, as a Bystander Cassandra is at most one or two people; more than that would mean the secret is out anyways. Compare Masquerade, which is about a conspiracy to hide something unusual from the public, and Shameful Source of Knowledge. Contrast Hidden in Plain Sight.
- Strange Times Are Upon Us: Ila'kshath, a very large Gorn, surprises a deer hunter in 1859 Pennsylvania (Time Travel was involved). In response to his CO Brokosh pointing out the possible contamination of the timeline, Ila'kshath points out that even if the boy told anyone, they'd think he was telling tall tales.
Live Action TV
- In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Holt claims that he injured his wrist after tripping on an uneven sidewalk. He then privately reveals to Jake that he really got hurt at a hula-hooping class, and shows Jake some photos.
Jake: Why are you telling me this?Holt: (deleting photos) Because no one...will ever believe you.
- The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Long Live Walter Jameson". Walter Jameson is the fiancee of Sam Kittridge's daughter Susanna. After Kittridge learns that Jameson is more than two thousand years old, Sam tells Jameson that he will have to tell Susanna not to marry him. Jameson tells Sam to go ahead, because Susanna will never believe him.
- There is a popular urban legend which involves someone claiming that Bill Murray walked up to them at a Wendy's, took a fry off their plate, ate it, and said "Nobody's going to believe you."
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