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  • The Dancing Zombie in Plants vs. Zombies is clearly based on pop musician Michael Jackson, although his description says "Any resemblance between Dancing Zombie and persons living or dead is purely coincidental."
    • Since his death, the Dancing Zombie is now a generic Disco Dan, with the same description.
    • The original help screen for the first game describes how you should sit around and not do anything, and you win when the zombies reach the house. It then immediately follows up with “-This help message is brought to you by the zombies”
  • Any of the dozens of games where the Enemy Chatter includes some variation of the phrase "I/we won't hurt you"; said phrase is often followed by, or sometimes even said while the character in question is attacking the player character.
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  • Neverwinter Nights 2; in one evil questline, the PC has the option to burn down a building using a torch. They will almost certainly be stopped by a guard for questioning. While still holding the torch and possibly having come right from lighting the building in full view of the guard, they can attempt to bluff "I don't even have a torch".
  • In all GTA games: "Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."
  • In the Psychonauts level "The Milkman Conspiracy", a 50s-style Stepford Suburbia is swarming with G-Men in hilariously Paper-Thin Disguise who are obviously spying and snooping while pretending to engage in innocuous activities related to their disguises. They all wear giveaway black sunglasses, speak in Creepy Monotone, engage in Suspiciously Specific Denial, and often seem to have not idea how the job they are impersonating is performed. The self-proclaimed telephone repairman says:
    "I can listen to any phone conversations I wish, but do not do so out of my sense of professional responsibility."
  • Nearly all of GLaDOS's dialog in Portal, which makes sense, as she's a lying liar who lies about lying.
    • One of the promotional videos (about 4 seconds in) for Portal 2 shows that the phrase "Asbestos is harmless!" is a trademark of Aperture Science.
    • The Fact Core blurts out various completely ridiculous facts when you carry it, such as "Before the Wright Brothers invented the aeroplane, anyone who wanted to fly was required to eat two hundred pounds of helium."
  • Mass Effect gives us the following exchange: "Hey, Commander, I heard there were some interesting noises coming from the Synthetic Insights office. Would you happen to know anything about it?" "Who, me? I'm entirely innocent."
    • The Council's adamant refusal to acknowledge the existence of the Reapers.
      Sparatus: Ah yes, "Reapers". The immortal race of sentient starships allegedly waiting in dark space. We have already dismissed that claim.
    • Garrus's often-repeated line when he doesn't have anything to talk with you about. In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC and the third game, this often gets referenced and parodied.
      Garrus: Can it wait? I'm in the middle of some calibrations.
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    • From the second game:
      Asari: Wait. Did you hack your translator so you could control your kinetic language processing?
      Elcor: With a sincerity such that skepticism would be deeply insulting: No.
  • Touhou:
    • Marisa is the most honest person in all of Gensokyo.
      Shiki: Yes, you are a little too comfortable with lying.
      Marisa: That isn't true. I haven't told a single lie since I was born.
    • She steals nearly everything that might interest her, but claims that she is only "borrowing" because she will return everything when she dies, as being a normal human most of them will outlive her. You could excuse that as just an unusual thought process, if not for the fact that she is also working on an elixir of immortality.
    • One can only conclude that her master, Mima, the black winged evil spirit, taught her well. Most of the time she can actually tell really convincing lies, but she seems to enjoy being a baldfaced liar so much she sometimes strides straight into this trope for the lulz.
      Luize: You don't look human...
      Mima: I am!
    • Kazami Yuuka spends the entirety of Phantasmagoria of Flower View telling absolutely pointless lies, even incriminating herself in crimes she had nothing to do with for apparently no other reason than to "tease" others.
    • Remilia Scarlet claims with a straight face to be a descendant of Vlad Tepes. Yes, that Vlad Tepes. Even the Word of God says she's a liar.
  • Kreia in Knights of the Old Republic 2. Lampshaded by Kreia herself who warns you frequently not to trust her. Parodied with some of the HK-50s' statements, as they quite literally start the sentence by stating that they are insincere or that they are a fabrication.
  • RuneScape has a quest called "One Small Favour." How bad could it be? *Snerk*
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World and Emil's Mystic Arte. "This... is the final strike !" (slash !). And then he strikes the enemy again...
    • Not counting Ain Soph Aur. What a liar...
    • In the first game, Regal is asked what his relationship is to Presea. He says simply "There is none", but his tone makes it more than obvious that he's lying. The party members don't push him on it, though, apparently assuming his reasons are his own business.
    • Also in the first game, subverted with Lloyd's calling Noishe a dog. This is very clearly untrue: although Noishe is canine in shape, he's several times too large, and possessed of green fur and giant rodent ears. It's not a case of Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit", either, because there are perfectly ordinary dogs in the game, and a pair of villagers lampshading it early on in the game. It eventually turns out that this has a justification: Noishe is a protozoan, a legendary shapeshifting animal. However, Lloyd didn't know that (the fact that they're supposed to be extinct might have had something to do with it) and simply called him a dog because he didn't think he looked enough like a wolf to be one.
  • The NPCs in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Often Mis-blamed on the English translation, but the characters were blatant liars in the Japanese original as well.
  • Everyone at Ted E. Bear's mafia-free playland and casino, in Sam & Max: Freelance Police ; Season 1, Episode 3. There is no confusing the place for anything but a mafia hideout with a lot of bear-head masks on the thugs, and yet, its workers will deny this every chance they get; often without even being asked, with dialogue such as "You'd never make it in the mafia... not that there's any mafia around here."
  • The legendary "The Day Deathwing Came" questline in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Three NPCs tell their stories of how Deathwing flew over the Badlands and got curb stomped by the NPC in question. Face-punching, world-shrinking, and The Casanova orc with a flying motorbike ensue.
    • The presence of 'Safe' and 'Ultrasafe' engineering devices. The safest thing they can do is explode.
  • Hazama from BlazBlue says he isn't that good at fighting. It's not like he's lying or something... However, this is also subverted that if the situation demands (as in, not to reveal his grand plan), he'd lie anyway, as seen at trying to kill Makoto because she knows too much, but stated it as a 'disciplinary action' for not obeying orders.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 comic Shadow Boxers, the Soldier states that he wouldn't lie to fellow Americans. Miss Pauling tries to inform him that most of his teammates aren't American (stating that, for example, Heavy is Russian and Medic is German), which Heavy interrupts with "Ha ha! Germany! Russia! Is big American joke on Soldier! Ohh, America, it is the place I am from. All the time." The Soldier is, fortunately, of dubious intelligence and sanity and so believes his team's poor-quality deceptions nonetheless. Additional material generally implies that the team has to claim to give leeway to Soldier's insane suggestions and plans while never actually doing so at all.
  • The ending of Trio the Punch informs you that "YOU FIGURED IT OUT". In fact, you'll be just as confused, if not moreso, as when you started the game.
  • Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss is a master of this. "No, no. I've been frail since birth... [fake cough]"
  • On the subject of the Tales Series, a common phrase out of everyone's mouth is "It's nothing!" It's. Never. Nothing. In Tales of Symphonia and Tales of the Abyss, at least, these "nothings" are liable to cause either complete character breakdowns or gut-punching plot twists and hours of subsequent remedial questing.
  • Splinter Cell:
    • The interrogation from Double Agent:
      Sam: What can you tell me about the meeting on the roof?
      Guard: Nothing!
      Sam: That has to be the worst lie I've ever heard.
    • Pandora Tomorrow also contains this gem in the first mission:
      Sam Fisher: Tell me what you know about your friends on the inside.
      Indonesian terrorist: I... I don't speak English.
      Sam Fisher: I'd bet your neck you do.
      Indonesian terrorist: Well... maybe I speak a little English.
      Indonesian terrorist: They're escorting a... Um, nothing.
      Sam Fisher: What? Escorting who?
      Indonesian terrorist: Nothing, I... I made a mistake!
  • In Yo-Jin-Bo, this is a prominent feature of Yo and Sayori's confrontations with Nobumasa, who believes every word even when they're claiming that Sayori is Yo's mother or that they're escaping from a witch who lives in a Gingerbread House. Other couples lie as well, but their lies are at least believable.
  • Lesteena claims that her father was a man of peace and that she will continue his ideals in Eien no Aselia. What did the man just do? Enslaved a couple children and used them to conquer the four neighboring empires overnight. For no apparent reason.
  • Magium: Some dialogue choices involve doing this. For example, when Kate calls out Daren and Barry when they were whispering to discuss about whether or not she was a Banshee, you can choose to reply that you were finishing an earlier discussion. She won't believe you.
  • MOTHER series:
  • In the 1st Degree has some moments of this occurring. A notable one is when you get Ruby to admit that she saw a gun in pre-trial interview, and then at the trial, she turns around and says that it wasn't a gun, but a pair of pliers. Don't panic. Just get her to read a love letter Zack wrote to her, and she will tearfully admit to lying and tell the truth about the gun.
  • The Quake III incarnation of the series' iconic Quad Damage powerup. It's called Quad Damage in the manual, the Arena Announcer calls it Quad Damage, the HUD displays the words 'Quad Damage', yet the item itself only allows the bearer to do triple damage (as even described in the manual)! I guess 'Tri-Damage' just isn't as catchy.
  • In Dark Souls, Patches the Hyena feeds you a lot of blatant lies over his hilariously transparent attempt to kill you and take your stuff.
  • In the TY the Tasmanian Tiger level "Lyre, Lyre, Pants on Fire", Ty is led around by the aptly named Lenny the Lyrebird, who tells him to do certain things that will lead him into a trap. These lies include a couple subtle ones, and a few obvious ones. For example, Lenny tells Ty to jump over a ravine he cannot jump across, when the player can find a smaller ravine that Ty can jump across to the left.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Hisao, early in Act 4 of Lilly's route, says that while in Hokkaido with her and their mutual friend Hanako, tells Misha and Shizune that they merely studied and went sightseeing, when, in fact he and Lilly also had a Relationship Upgrade and had sex twice. He even calls it a "blatant lie".
    • "I'm wearing grape scented cologne" as stated by Hisao to cover up spilling something in Shizune's act 3.
  • In Syndicate (2012), after getting to the front of the train, Merit tells the controller's cabin that he's Aspari security and has dealt with the situation. The gullible guard opens the door and promptly takes a bullet to the face.
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier was hit pretty hard with this sort of thing on its Steam store page once it was actually released. The PC release supports Windows XP! Except it doesn'tnote . Split-screen for all modes on consoles! Except it's only for Guerrilla mode. In-game manual is easier than a paper one! Except you have to quit out of your game to look up anything in it. And so on.
  • Ace Attorney has a few examples where the a witness will tell a blatant lie. These are normally far and in-between however, especially as the games go on, as most of the lies are actual well spun, and are only broken apart due to a piece of evidence that the protagonist happens to have found on the off change, and/or just reply on some logical and clever thinking.
    • An example of one of the few blatant lies however comes in the very first case of the first game. The witness claimed to have heard a television say the time when he found the body...only moments after the prosecution had gotten through saying there was a blackout in the building at this time. Then straight after, he claims that the murder weapon was a clock...even through it had been made blatantly clear during the trial that the murder weapon was a statue. Although, this "lie" doesn't mean what you might think it does.
    • In the third game, when Larry claims to have never seen a wallet that he himself had hand delivered to someone, Phoenix's response is simply: "LIAR!"
    • In the fifth game, one witness (a high school student) claimed to have a body double stand in for him in the mock trial, while he killed the victim. He's obviously lying in order to implicate himself and save his friend. Nobody bought it, not even the Judge. The prosecutor found it so ridiculous that he left in the middle of the trial to go on a walk.
  • Animal Kaiser boldly claims that every animal in the game exists in the real world. Uh huh, I'm listening- tell me where I can find the robotic shark, or robotic gorilla. Or purple lions, or alien space invader whales for that matter...
  • Little Busters!: At one point, Komari and Rin are trying to take care of a cat in Rin's locker without anyone finding out it's there. When it causes a clattering sound, everyone in the hallway turns to look and the player has three possible explanations Riki can give: 'we're just taking out the cleaning equipment', which is totally reasonable, 'that thing came out!' which doesn't really make sense, and 'this is my home!' just bizarre.
  • An obvious example would be in Papers, Please: Some people may be heavier than indicated in their papers, giving you an option to scan them upon noticing this discrepancy, because the extra weight might be due to them carrying drugs or weapons. What does the main character say when starting the scan? "You have been selected for a random search."
  • From Kid Icarus: Uprising, we have Hades, the true, Laughably Evil main antagonist. While all of the game's villains and bosses casually chat with Palutena and Pit during missions, he goes above and beyond lying while Palutena tries to give out advice to the point where when they call him out on it, he'll either insist that he's telling the truth or he'll admit it, but point out that they still have no clue what he's planning. It's a part of the reason why you don't even find out that he's the main force behind the events of the game, from resurrecting Medusa to causing a massive war over a fake MacGuffin.
  • In Spider-Man (PS4) after the arrest of The Kingpin, one of his lawyers claims on Twitter that he had nothing to do with the armed mooks defending his tower and shooting at the NYPD. One user calls him out on this by bringing up the fact that they had his name stitched on their body armor.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy VI: Gestahl (at the banquet): "All I really want is peace!" The party and Returner leadership know he's plotting something, but don't see through his plans until Kefka (whom Gestahl had imprisoned for his crimes as a show of good faith) attacks the Espers in Thamasa, turning them to Magicite.
    • Also, this is the Hat of everyone in Zozo (except the merchant). Best exemplified by Dadaluma, who says, "Good day, gentle folks. Can I be of service? I hate fighting, so I'd better let you pass" immediately before attacking the party.
      • There's also a guy face down in the mud, who says that this is a wonderful town.
      • And from an NPC you meet right after entering Zozo: "Zozo? Never heard of it."
    • In the early hours of Final Fantasy XV, Noctis and his posse encounter a man who introduces himself as "a man of no consequence"... Suspicious enough in its own right and Noct and his friends immediately decide that they don't trust him. We later find out that this "man of no consequence" is actually Ardyn Izunia, Evil Chancellor of The Empire, the man behind the Magitek movement and resident Big Bad.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Near the end of the mage origin in Dragon Age: Origins, the player is asked if you took anything from a vault full of artifacts you just passed through. If you're a typical Kleptomaniac Hero, you'll probably have picked up a new staff in there... and you can deny taking anything while it's right there on your back. And if your persuasive skills are high enough, you'll be believed.
    • From Dragon Age: Inquisition, we have Dalish of the Bull's Chargers. She insists that she's an archer, even though she carries a Magic Staff on her back. Justified, since admitting she's a mage would be admitting that she's an apostate. That's a very bad thing for people to know even in good times (Inquisition is not set in good times).
    Dalish: Now, ser, you know I'm not a mage. That would make me an apostate.
    The Iron Bull: You carry a staff, Dalish.
    Dalish: It's a bow.
    Krem: A bow with a giant glowing crystal at the tip?
    Dalish: Yes. It's for aiming. Old elven trick. You wouldn't understand.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Morrowind:
      • Tribunal deity Vivec admits that some of his sermons were false when confronted toward the end of the main quest. He is also known to tell a number of half-truths, lies of omission, and "Metaphorically True" type truths. His 36 Lessons provide examples of all of these.
      • M'aiq the Liar, the series' recurring Easter Egg Legacy Character, makes his first appearance in Morrowind. He really lives up to his sobriquet, as all but two of his conversation topics are outright blatant lies.
    • After the events of Oblivion, the Thalmor, a group of Altmeri religious extremists, took credit for ending the Oblivion Crisis within their homeland, garnering them enough political support to take over the Altmeri government and reestablish the ancient Aldmeri Dominion. Later, they took credit for restoring the moons to the sky which gained them great favor with the Khajiit, getting them to join the Dominion peacefully as vassals.
    • Bandits and other enemies in Skyrim will sometimes call out "I cannot best you!" or some other message of surrender when you get their health low enough. If you believe them and stop attacking, they will come after you again as soon as they recover a bit of health.
  • King's Quest V: During the fortune teller cutscene, Mordack is trying to get Alexander to reveal how to turn Manannan back into a man. Alexander says he doesn't know (truthfully), but keeps insisting that he had turned Manannan into a cat unintentionally. These are Blatant Lies, since we know that Alexander both discovered a spell called "transform someone into a cat", knows that the spell had a permanent effect, and later even used a ruse to get Manannan to eat a cursed cookie containing the spell.
    • One part of the game requires you to trap an elf by tempting him with gems, after which the elf keeps the gems, but proclaims that elves never take without giving in return and hands Graham a pair of boots. If the player screws up and doesn't catch the elf, however, then he'll gladly run off with all your gems without giving you jack squat and render the game Unwinnable.
  • In Lords of the Realm 2, the Bishop has a tendency to do this, such as telling you his army is in your lands on a purely fact-finding mission. Then said army lays siege your castle.
  • The first thing you'll read when you load up xkcd game Hoverboard is that the author created a "small game" to celebrate. Of course, it's anything but.
  • Undertale:
    • Attempting to talk to a Vegetoid doesn't do you any good, because it only replies "Plants Can't Talk Dummy". Like most random monsters, Vegetoid actually talks every single round.
    • The description for the final boss of the No Mercy Run, Sans, says he has 1 ATK and 1 DEF, and is the easiest enemy. The first part is technically truenote , but the second part is DEFINITELY a lie.
  • In Pony Island:
    • During the second time you play the Game Within a Game, Lucifer adds several demon heads that orbit around the pony before inevitably killing it a few seconds later. On the Game Over screen, he says "MY GAME IS CHALLENGING BUT FAIR".
    • When the 1st version of 2D Pony Island refuses to load a new game, forcing the player to fix it, Satan is dejected arguing, it was going to work, because he tested it "a 1,000 times". Evidently, he did not.
  • In Hard Time, when you end up in court, your character will give ridiculous stories about what really happened. Sometimes the judge believes you anyway.
  • In Dwarf Fortress, if a vampire has infiltrated your fortress, it will occasionally accuse random citizens of its own crimes, in an attempt to throw you and the forces of Dwarven Justice off its trail. The game doesn't really have a good way of checking which citizens are plausible culprits, so an obviously-false accusation is occasionally the smoking gun for a player having trouble rooting out the bloodsucker. And this is after fixing the bug where they'd readily accuse babies and livestock.
  • Rock Raiders: "Your Rock Raiders are very smart"
  • Hardware example: After the revelation of the Nintendo Switch, both Nintendo and Nvidia claims that the Tegra X1 in the Switch is customized to meet Nintendo's requirements. Tech Insights finally got hold of a sample of the CPU and tore it down for analysis in late March 2017... Only to find that it's in fact a stock Tegra X1 with Nintendo's branding on it.
  • Last Scenario opens with an In a World... text crawl that turns out to be completely false by the end of the game.
  • LEGO Dimensions: Benny the 1980-something Space Guy has never flown a spaceship through the Middle Zealand sign, especially not one he lovingly constructed with his own hands.
  • Digimon World: Palmon is just a flower, as it keeps telling the player. After the third time, it's so insistent on this fact, it'll get up and attack them for not listening.
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
    • Hiyoko tells several obvious lies in the second trial, claiming that she'd never visited the beach house, the crime scene, despite having gotten a letter from the victim asking her there, and her footprints being seen on the beach.
    • As a result of contracting the "despair disease," Nagito ends up telling quite a few obvious lies, such as that some of the dead students are still alive, that one of the dead students is actually the traitor, and that Hajime wants to eat Ibuki. Only Ibuki, who's become Super Gullible as a result of her own disease, believes him.
  • In Persona 4, Chie, a Tomboy who loves eating meat but is embarrassed about that and her other tomboyish traits, lies and says that her favorite food is pudding when she ends up entered into the Miss Yasogami beauty pageant. Naturally, Yosuke calls her out on it.
  • In Mega Man 11, one of Dr. Wily's Boss Banter lines is "Wily always wins!" Of course, this lie is obvious since Mega Man has so far already saved the world from him more than 11 times.
  • In Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair, at the climax, everyone besides Raiko is erroneously convinced that Kamen is the culprit behind the murders, thus forcing Raiko to uncover the truth and convince everyone else what happened. After she succeeds, everyone apologizes to Kamen for doubting their friend. Everyone except Mika, who insists that she knew all along that the person in question was innocent, despite having joined the others in trying to pressure the accused into confessing.
  • So uh, a spaceship crashed in my yard.: When Mark asks ARIA if the "Dancing hula-hula dashboard ornament" is really necessary, the "Suuuurrrreeee." is printed out real slowly, to give the implication that she's lying. But it is still necessary to complete the game:
    Mark: Is [Dancing hula-hula dashboard ornament] really necessary?
    ARIA: Yes, it's uh... a gyroscope.
    Mark: Really?
    ARIA: Suuuurrrreeee.


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