American Dragon: Jake Long
- In Coming Back, Jake Long fathers a newborn named Benjamin. When Rose asks Lao Shi if Ben will become a dragon, Lao Shi says he doesn't know and that they will know "when he is older". Soon after that, Ben lets a "small burp" show that he has fire-breathing. Lao Shi replies that "He is a few minutes older from when I made the statement."
- In Not Set in Stone, Oliver is breaking up with Felicity due to (in part) his feelings for Laurel. Laurel wants to stop him on the grounds that he and Felicity "have a future". It takes Thea a few seconds to recognize the importance of her word choice:
"But that wasnt exactly what she had said, Thea thought, reconsidering Laurels words. She had merely said that Oliver and Felicity had a future. That could be together or apart. And by contrast, it was as if Laurel was saying she didnt have one."
Avatar: The Last Airbender
- When Lee asks Zuko how he got his scar in Avatar: Flare of Redemption, Zuko tells him that he opened his mouth without thinking in front of a powerful firebender and wasn't prepared for the consequences, leaving out that said firebender was his father.
- The Masks we Wear (JiggleWigs): Ozai tells a young soldier that he won't burn him alive. That doesn't mean he won't kill him, though. Ozai slits the boy's throat.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- In The One With The Angelic Face series, when Spike asks Drusilla if she knows where Angelus is, Drusilla states I dont know where HE is, but it takes a while for Spike to realize the relevance of her chosen emphasis.
- In chapter 17 of Variations on a Scene, Spike is told by Darla's spirit/ghost after his death that if he words his wish properly he "could get everything [he's] ever wanted. Including the bottle-blond menace." She also tells him "Come on, William you know she didn't love you. She was constantly pining over the dark-haired bastard who left her and broke her heart, and deep down, you've always known that. Sure, she slept with you last year but she was quite disturbed, both emotionally and intellectually, and you took advantage of that." Spike goes through with it in the belief he'll be inserted into the timeline as a human and be in a relationship with Buffy. It's only after the new timeline starts and he "awakens" in 2003 that Spike learns Darla was leading him on and was talking about Anya.
Calvin and Hobbes
- During the course of his experiments in Experiments, Lelouch learns that his orders via Geass can be open to interpretation at times. An order for someone to lick their elbow resulted in them cutting off said arm to do so. An modified order to someone else to lick their elbow without damaging their arm results in cutting off their tongue. Ordering someone to do something immediately can make them do so even if it's dangerous (a fire starting because someone walked away from their cooking to follow an order). And people's prejudice can affect how they carry out orders such as a nobleman ordered to become altruistic refusing to donate to Eleven charities and expanding his business so he has more money to donate.
- A later order to "ignore Lelouch's existence" causes a freak out when the Geassed man sees a "man-shaped void in front of him" and experiences bouts of deafness or losing sensation in limbs due to his mind blocking out any sensory information regarding Lelouch.
- This was how Lelouch stops Euphie's massacre in The Japanese Are Already Dead after accidently Geassing her to "kill all the Japanese." He first stops her by saying the Japanese are already dead because everyone on the archipelago became Elevens when Britannia conquered them, then cements it by requesting that everyone joining the Special Area Zone refer to themselves as Japanians as a symbol of rebirth with the Japanese having died with the old government. Because there is no one that is Japanese in the vicinity, the Command in Euphie is put on hold, turning her back into her cheerful, kindhearted self.
- Mass Effect: Clash of Civilizations: Sergio Augusto said that the main armament of the Eternal Light of Sol was used on "a barren, resource-poor planet". He didn't mention that it destroyed every single Jiralhanae ship in its orbit.
- In Masters of Death, after Draco insults Mandy while trying to befriend Harry, Harry declares that their friendship will last the rest of Draco's life. They kill him right after the train arrives in Hogsmeade.
- A rather humorous example occurs in the Harry Potter/World of Warcraft crossover The Next Great Adventure when one of Harry's companions (Jasmine) keeps pacing, worried that Harry is going to get into trouble with Stormwind.
Arko'narin: "Pacing isn't going to help and you're going to wear a hole in the floor if you keep pacing in the exact same spot."
* Jasmine takes a step sideways and continues pacing*
- In This Harry Potter x MCU fanfic, During the events of Iron Man 2, Harry has previously viewed Natasha's file, even if not met her personally, he avoids blowing her cover, but his hints are more like blugen blows. He says she "Looks like a Professional with killer thighs, killer legs, killer arms, killer face and a killer body". Tony does not notice, but does Head Desk when her cover is uncovered.
- In A Pony Out of Place, Arceus agrees to let "the Ponyta" Flare Blitz stay in Equestria if he wins the Solar Run. Flare evolves into Rapidash mid-race, thus invalidating the agreement.
- In Princess of Themyscira. Hippolyta brings this up when Soarin' asks if Diana cheated by cutting a knot with a sword during an Intelligence Test; Hippolyta said to undo the knot, not untie it.
- Turnabout Storm: Phoenix Wright winds up summoned to Equestria. According to Twilight, she was trying to summon the best defense attorney in Equestria, but she accidentally forgot that last part, thus summoning the best defense attorney period. This turns out to be a lie, as she summoned him directly following Princess Celestia's advice.
- In End of the Line, Sailor Moon's spell drew magic out of "everything fighting" to power a barrier that would protect her hometown from an apocalypse the Sailor Scouts had foreseen. Xander furiously berates her and Luna for this because "survival of the fittest" means everything alive is constantly fighting to survive. As a result, they ripped magic out of everything, causing the apocalypse in the first place.
- As demonstrated in the Danny Phantom/Beetlejuice story, Say It Thrice, Betelgeuse isn't afraid to take advantage of these along with his normal Loophole Abuse. For example, as a child, he bet that he could move a heavy barrel from the ground to the table top with one hand behind his back. He didn't say he would lift it, allowing him to create a ramp to roll it up.
- When Xander fakes his death in The Nighthawk Chronicles as part of a duel between him and Batman, Batman is later surprised to see he's still badly injured. Xander snarks that he only faked dying, Batman still shoved a sword into his chest.
- In Sifjarson, Lady Sif is seduced by Loki and becomes pregnant. When she decides to abandon her son in Midgard, Heimdall tries to convince her to look after him despite her insistence that Thor would never marry a woman with a bastard son. Sif asks if she'll be able to marry Thor and have his children if she keeps her son, to which Heimdall simply says "No." It's later revealed that the Norns prevented him from saying more; namely that she will marry Thor but the Norns will take her fertility for abandoning her child.
- In A Hunter's Tale, on the advice of Mayor Wilkins, Whistler decides that the current situation in Sunnydale is technically what it's supposed to be. Angel is going through hell (Because he and Buffy broke up), Buffy is devastated and heading to LA (for the same reason), and Acathla is out of commission (by being covered in protections and dumped in the ocean).
- In Thousand Shinji, Shinji challenged Asuka to a duel using wood axes. During the fight he punched her, and she called him a cheater. His answer? He never said that fight would be just with axes.
- In Emperor of Zero upon retrieving the specified love letter from Prince Wales, Agnes promptly throws it into a fire. When Prince Wales yells at her for disobeying Henrietta's order she promptly shuts him down.
Agnes: "What command? Her exact orders were 'Obtain the letter, and prevent the Reconquista from laying their hands on it even if you must give your life to do so.' Reconquista will never get their hands on the letter now, and so I have done my duty."
- A ritual used in Wizard Runemaster is designed to summon and subjugate the Burning Legion's "most deadly foe". The dreadlord Banehollow believes this will summon Tyrande Whisperwind, the Legion's most powerful foe. Instead it summons Harry Potter, who killed thousands upon thousands of demons during their invasion of Earth.
- In Hogwarts Rejection Letters, the Akuma sisters pull this twice over on Vernon Dursley. First they point out that they need a soul for their deal, not necessarily his soul, convincing him to sell Harry's soul instead (because they're getting Vernon either way but Harry's soul is valuable). Second, Vernon wishes to be "rich and famous"; he's arrested for the largest pension fraud in history.
- In Black Sky, when Dumbledore asks to know where is James and Lily's daughter, a Veritaserum-dosed Sirius answers that James and his wife never conceived a child. If Dumbledore had asked the whereabouts of Lily's daughter only - whom Sirius fathered because James was sterile and wanted his best friend as a surrogate - things would have been very different.
- Whistler liberally abuses this sort of loophole in Fun Sized when he's tasked with shrinking Xander to the size of a bug, driving him insane, and tossing him through a portal to another world. He uses Pym particles and a Wasp suit to shrink Xander, only drives him insane for a few minutes, and sends him to a world where he has a decent chance of surviving. Furthermore, while he has to stop anyone from interfering, he freezes them in place instead of stopping time. That way they can know what happened to Xander and hear his farewells to them.
- In Loki, Lord Of, a group of cultists attempt to summon "The Father of Lies" and succeed. Unfortunately for them, they didn't summon Lucifer but Loki, who's none too pleased with them for trying to sacrifice an innocent woman to control him.
- In A Study in Magic, Hamon Lestrange's will stated his eldest wizard son would inherit all the Lestrange properties, gold and estate, but didn't specify names. When Greg Lestrade - born Rogerius Gregory Lestrange but thrown in the street for being born a Squib - gains the ability to use magic, he automatically becomes head of the Lestrange family, as Rodolphus and Rabastan were born after him.
- In First Knight, the Scoobies are attacked by a giant flesh-eating rat. After Xander kills it (while treating the whole ordeal like a chore), Buffy wonders why it wasn't bigger, only for it to be pointed out that three feet tall is giant for a rat.
- In Tara Sheppard, after John Sheppard- Tara's half-brother through their mutual father- learns about Taras magic and her ability to sense deception, when he wants to conceal the truth from her before she learns about his own secrets, hes very careful to pick his words so that shes given a truthful context even if she can tell hes hiding something.
- In The Angel's Voice, after the Valeyard attempts to escape his current existence as a higher being by deliberately arranging events so that he will be cast down into physical form, Susan is able to 'trick' the Valeyard by ensuring that he returns to corporeal form on a distant planet, trapped in a human body that cannot call for help.
- In Lost in Camelot, Bo starts using this to avoid explicitly lying to anyone she wants to consider a friend in Camelot regarding her past, such as telling Gaius that Lauren was the equivalent of a court physician in her homeland or telling Morgana that her homeland had so many different customs that it's like a completely different world (planning to gradually drop hints about her true history to Morgana as their relationship develops).
- In RWBY Zero, Nora's group is attacked by Berserker and Raven's band of bandits. After they call for help, Jaune uses a Command Spell to order Saber to teleport to them and protect Nora and Ren. When Saber arrives, she finds Nora guarding an unconscious Ren from the Bandits and Blake and Sun defending against Berserker. Nora tells Saber to help Blake and Sun, but Saber points out that due to Jaune's wording, she has to protect her and Ren. Nora then points out the bandits are cannon fodder to her and she needs no protection from them, freeing Saber to take on Berserker.
- When a Too Dumb to Live thug tries picking on Sawyer the Cleaner in Road Trip Gone... Huh, Xander warns the guy to give back her ultravoice and they'd cut him some slack. Later that night, Xander reveals that cutting him some slack means putting the man in the hospital rather than the morgue.
- In The Dragon King's Temple, Zuko and Toph repeatedly (and increasingly urgently) ask SGC to "Let them see sunlight". SGC, used to idiomatic and imperfect translations, assumes that they're just using a metaphor for feeling confined (like "wanting fresh air" in English). It isn't until Zuko gets hit by a seizure and Toph is forced to blast a hole in the mountain to get him outside that they work out that Zuko and Toph meant exactly and literally what they said: As a firebender, Zuko must spend time under Sun, or he will get sick and eventually die.
- Green Lantern in Kermit Was Right gives a press conference presenting the newest member of the Lantern Corps ) and reminds everyone that the vast majority of the Corps are aliens and not every alien species conforms to human expectations like gender or apparent age. As a result, he convinces everyone that the newest Green Lantern is an alien who looks like a young girl rather than a ten year old Buffy Summers, all without lying.
- In the Tok'ra Apocalypse series, when Crowley wonders if Murray is a hunter, Tealc states that he has spent many years destroying false gods, and has hunted Wraith and other creatures that threatened Earth; all true, but not in the sense that Crowley would expect.
- The Mother Box in The Last Son of Tomorrow is willing to stay within Terry's rule of Thou Shalt Not Kill, but Terry knows full well that the Mother Box's definition of "nonlethal weaponry" means "If the target survives, it was nonlethal". If motivated, it can not kill someone with a batarang, not kill them for hours. Likewise it defines "adequate force" as "enough force to get the job done" rather than the minimum force.
- In Wolverines, Wendigos and Winchesters, Sam confesses to his girlfriend Jess his latest medical flagged him as having a genetic condition, the same one that gave a metabolic issue to his brother. When Jess is later abducted by Reverend Stryker, he reveals to her said condition is an active X-gene, which means both Winchester brothers are mutants.
- In The Weaver Option, an Astartes referring to himself as from the Dark Angels Legion as opposed to Chapter gives him away as one of the Fallen - the Astartes hadn't been organized into legions for millennia by this point.
- Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
- When Jade scrawls her desperate message on the last remaining bit of the Book of Ages ("Bring us all to a safe place") to save her family and friends from the collapse of their reality, not only does it take them to a new world because there isn't enough left to make a new Book, the "us all" bit is interpreted a bit differently than Jade expected as well, dragging along all their allies and enemies as well.
- Harold gives Cornelia advice using experiences from his past, worded just right to avoid mentioning that he's King Arthur.
- It's by using these that Charles Ludmoore depowers Wong. He offers himself to heal the Dark Chi Wizard's wounds in exchange for anything Ludmoore wants from him, making Wong swear that he will pay the price. Once Wong is healed, what does Charles take as payment? Well, all of Wong's Chi Magic, which includes the Rooster and Pig talismans' powers Wong had previously stolen, of course! After all, Wong's magic counts as anything and Ludmoore asked for it.
- In Anything Goes Game Changer, Uzume is told that the outrageously expensive treatment her ashikabi is receiving is the cheapest in the city. What her blackmailer doesn't tell her is that his company handles over seventy percent of the imported materials needed to make said ashikabi's medications and he's the one jacking up the prices.
- Shinji Ikari in Alpha and Omega spends some time believing himself to be the last Lilim. At the end of the first book, he realizes that it's more accurate to say he's Lilim, the last Angel.
- The Institute Saga has Superman tell Captain America that no matter how well SHIELD searches Antarctica, they'll never find the Fortress of Solitude. Admittedly, it's because it's underneath the Xavier Institute instead.
- In Child of the Storm, this is the infamous shtick of Doctor Strange, who is renowned for, amongst other things, being a Manipulative Bastard who never, ever lies, and whose personal Berserk Button is suggesting that he would. However, as many note, this doesn't mean that what he says will be anything like the truth...
- My Hero Playthrough: Izuku has a power. He is very careful to never refer to it as a Quirk.
- Played for Laughs in A Discordant Note when Luna says she and Queen Rhaella could have sex. Harry has to explain to the shocked queen that Luna means that in the same way that they could have fish for dinner; it's a possibility but not required.
- When Harry tells some nobles that he has no interest in gold, a few of them note that this also means Harry has no interest in anything that gold can buy and that they have to offer him something money can't buy to earn his favor.
- An agent in The Illusive Emperor informs Aria he is an emissary for "His Majesty". When she tries to confirm that Schneizel, the Prime Minister of Britannia, sent him, the man responds that he said "His Majesty, not His Highness", letting her know he was sent by Lelouch, the presumed dead Emperor of Britannia.
- In Justice League: The Spider, Doctor Octopus is able to program the various clones he created for Cadmus with a code phrase that allows him to make them obey his orders, but this only forces them to obey his immediate commands, allowing Kaine to suggest to Galatea that she knock him out and then escape.
- In Spark of Creation, Naruto eventually reveals that his purpose is to destroy the multiverse. However, Naruto leaves out for some time that the multiverse is the broken remains of the universe and he's destroying the former by restoring the latter.
- In How the Light Gets In, as the team prepares to ambush the Big Bad's convoy, Felicity comments that she isn't sure the plan Dean came up with is a smart one.
Dean: I never said it was a smart plan.
Felicity: You did! You said it was a good plan.
Dean: But I never said it was smart.
- A few seconds later, Hanna also questions the plan and asks Dean to "say something comforting". Naturally, Dean's reply is to simply say "something comforting".
- In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Chloe's home economics teacher asks her to "make their own curry". But when Chloe followed the recipe exactly, she just replies that what she cooked is her own curry. However, the teacher does not accept this and forces Chloe to redo it the following week.
- Played for Drama a few times in With Pearl and Ruby Glowing, which is set in a rape survivors' support group. Parents tell their kids not to let a strange man touch them, but that doesn't help if the person is a woman, another child, or not a stranger, or if the person doesn't actually make physical contact.
- Played for Laughs in The Chronicles of Tanya the Holy. When Tanya comes across a shirtless Arthas chopping wood, he cheekily asks if she "likes what she sees", to which Tanya gives a Blunt "Yes". While Arthas and his captains see it as his attempt to flirt backfiring on him, Tanya is so Oblivious to Love that she means she likes the political image his actions present. By doing menial labor, Arthas endears himself to the peasantry, something that Tanya understands is a very good political move.
- Played for Laughs in Justice Matrix when Wonder Woman, tired of Ben's antics, uses the Lasso of Truth to order him to admit the truth, which Ben does: He did not care for The Godfather.
- And what were Ben's antics that annoyed Wonder Woman? When being interrogated under the Lasso of Truth, Ben willingly answered the questions with Exact Words, using very vague answers that could technically count as the truth to give away as little information as possible.
- Adventures Of A Super Family: When Superwoman reveals the existence of Superboy to Perry White, he asks if she lied to him when said she was the last of her kind. Superwoman points out she said she was the last DAUGHTER of Krypton.
"I'm sorry for asking this," Perry said, "but I distinctly remember you telling me that you were the last of your kind when you gave me that interview way back then. So either that boy there is a whole lot younger than he looks, or you lied to me."
"Oh, I never lied to you, Perry," she assured him, smiling now. "If I may refresh your memory, my exact words were 'I am the last daughter of Krypton'. I never said anything about sons."
He stopped, thinking back to that day, then groaned. He really should have noticed that very specific wording.
- In Billy Batson and the Troubles of Work-Life Balance, Captain Marvel states that he has not lived through human adulthood. Hal and John take this as Marvel being an Artificial Human Born as an Adult created by the gods instead of a kid with an Older Alter Ego.
- There have been two cases so far in Graduate Meeting of Mutual Killing:
- In Chapter 2, Monobear stated that since Matsukaze had suffered internal bleeding, his statement that "there was no significant blood loss" was true, since most of the blood was still inside Matsukaze's body
- Also in Chapter 2, the graduates use this against Monobear, stating that since Hikasa had received authorization from one of the Monobear spares, he had not broken the rule about not entering the Principals Office without authorization, even if the permission itself didnt come from the real Monobear
- In this comic, Hiro reads Toko's palm and says that she's going to marry Naegi, which naturally causes Makoto, Kyoko and Toko to freak out, but Hiro shrugs it off because of his 1/5 accuracy rate. But it is revealed that he was right, as Toko married Komaru Naegi. At no point did Hiro say the first name.
- In Slipping Between Worlds, Lieutenant Holtack has to defend Fusilier Powell in court and pleads for his character by outlining Powell never told an outright lie or found guilty of theft... while mentally reflecting this is not the same thing as saying Powell never lied and never has been suspected of theft.
- Invoked twice in Disorienuptials, part of the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series. First, after the Intoxication Ensues-spurred proposal, the future bride tells the future groom that when he proposes for real, she wants him to be completely awake and in full possession of his faculties. She never says that she has to be either of these things, a loophole he playfully abuses later. At the wedding itself, meanwhile, Varric makes the remark that he always knew Sebastian would marry Bethany one day. Bethany is the bride, but Sebastian is the officiant.
Final Fantasy VII
- In The Fifth Act, when questioned about his obvious mako eyes, Cloud responds that he had a severe case of mako poisoning. While true, said poisoning has nothing to do with why his eyes glow with mako.
- During a wargame in Once More With Feeling, an undermanned squad gets three Third Class SOLDIERs to help, but said Third Classes have instructions to follow orders precisely. Supposedly, this is to teach the cadets how to give clear and concise orders. Naturally, the Third Classes have a lot of fun creatively interpreting their orders.
- In the backstory of My Master Ed, Edward was granted a one way trip to go either forward or backward in time. Ed asks Truth to send him back to "a place and time when [Father] can still be defeated, before he executes his plan and kills everyone". Edward was aiming for sometime around the beginning of the series. Truth sends him back four hundred years to when Father was still the Dwarf in the Flask and prior to the first genocide he committed, which Ed had failed to take into account.
- In Show Some Respect, after Beachhead chews out some grassroots campaigners for setting up their booth on top of a memorial for fallen soldiers, the senator he was supposed to be bodyguarding complains to General Hawk, to which Hawk replies that he will "level an appropriate response" to Beach's behaviour. After the senator leaves, Hawk reveals that said "appropriate response" for Beach is a steak dinner. And pie.
- In Hunting the Unicorn, a statement that Blaine made ("I've never been anyone's boyfriend") is played with in the most depressing manner possible: He really hasn't had a boyfriend before Kurt—but not for lack of trying. He tried to invoke Sex Equals Love because he was a naïve and lonely sixteen-year-old. It was a disaster, and the emotional fallout is responsible for his Relationship Sue tendencies in canon.
- In The Tainted Grimoire, Ewen only promised to let Clan Gully leave the building alive.
- Partially Kissed Hero: Dumbledore uses this to pretend to be looking out for everyone else's interests. He notes that people are susceptible to the phrase 'For The Greater Good.', and imagine it means 'for the greater good of the world', or 'society in general', when he really means 'for the greater good of Albus Dumbledore.'
- This is Harry's Modus Operandi in Harry Potter: Master of Malicious Compliance. He will follow any order that's given to him to the letter, mostly to annoy other people.
- After having a rather odd conversation with Harry and his friends in Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, Professor McGonagall asks them if they had been drinking. Note that she didn't specify what.
Harry: Of course, Professor. Staying hydrated is very important to being healthy.
- In Fates Gambit, Child Services went to the Dursley household to ask questions about their treatment of Harry Potter. Dudley told it all and, when asked if his Dad ever asked him not to tell anything, he told his Dad told him never to mention anything if it's outside the house. Fortunately, Dudley didn't understand it'd be equally bad for his parents to have it mentioned to the authorities inside the house too.
- In The Thief of Hogwarts, Tonks succeeds in making Fleur, Harry's betrothed, jealous by gloating about having bathed with Harry multiple times, conveniently leaving out the fact that she didn't know it was Harry at the time, but thought he was a regular cat (Harry was in his animagus form).
- In As We Chase the Sun, when Andromeda confronts Narcissa about the fact that she had to know that Sirius wasn't a Death Eater, Narcissa clarifies that Sirius was sent to Azkaban for killing Peter Pettigrew and twelve muggles, which Narcissa had every reason to believe Sirius had done.
- Draco Malfoy gets screwed out of a couple of Sex Slaves this way in The Harem War. The Death Eaters forced the Greengrass family to make an Unbreakable Vow that their two oldest daughters would be sold as slaves to the next Lord Black, assumed to be Draco. Unfortunately, thanks to Sirius' machinations, Harry turns out to be Lord Black instead, and thus, he gets the daughters instead.
- After Dobby puts Harry in the Hospital Wing in Oh God Not Again!, there's this:
Harry: Wait... Didn't Draco order you not to try to save my life or to try and drive me from the castle?
Dobby: Dobby wasn't trying to save the Great Harry Potter's life nor was he trying to send him away from Hogwarts. Dobby was trying to break Harry Potter's arm.
- Old Soldiers Never Die has Harry refusing to turn over Death Eater prisoners to Dumbledore, knowing the ministry will just let them go free again. When Dumbledore asks for any Death Eaters that will not be an imminent risk to the community, Harry has one of his subordinates take him to the 'harmless Death Eaters', a room full of the terrorists recently killed in a retribution raid for the murder of several muggle families.
: Has there been a mistake? Did you take me to the wrong room? McLain
: No mistake. You may have as many as you wish. Dumbledore
: But they're dead! McLain
: That they are. Did you perhaps want more of them? I'd be happy to... render more Death Eaters harmless if you require more. Dumbledore
: You'd really kill innocent people? McLain
: Nope. But I'd have trouble finding an innocent person among their ranks, wouldn't I?
- In Faery Heroes Harry, Luna, and Hermione go back in time to a parallel world and decide to restart the DA with only a few students. Before they join, Luna warns them that they can't talk about the club. When two of them try to tell their housemates two weeks later, they learn that they've been jinxed to speak random nonsense instead.
Harry: Do you remember our first meeting, when we explained the rules to you? Luna said that you couldn't tell anyone about this. Not shouldn't. Not that we didn't want you to. Couldn't, as in we made sure it wasn't possible. We weren't sure we could trust you to keep a secret, and clearly our concerns were valid.
- In Enter the Dragon, the Black Woods Clan of centaurs is told they have to sacrifice one of their maidens to the Great Wyrm or they're doomed. It's believed by all that the Great Wyrm will kill and devour them all if they don't, when in reality the Great Wyrm (an 8 year old Harry Potter turned into a dragon) befriends said maiden and later saves the Clan from a horde of Acromantula because they're his friend's family.
- Used heavily against Harry in Black Heir when he gains possession of a contract that makes Narcissa follow his orders. Every order he gives her is up to her interpretation (i.e. telling a house elf where he is despite being ordered not to tell anyone because she doesn't consider house elves people). When Harry changes the terms of the contract that she has to follow his orders and can't harm him or allow him to be harmed, but doesn't take her advice to make her unable to resent him, Narcissa uses a stunning spell to painlessly knock him out then changes all the terms of the contract before destroying it (which means it's still in effect but can no longer be altered).
- The Power of Seven uses this on various occasions, but a particular example is when Harry is talking with Susan to feel out her interest in him; when she mentions a rumour that Ginny and Demelza are planning a threesome with him, Harry just says thats crazy without denying that a threesome might happen. Later Susan is very careful when questioning a captured Bellatrix Lestrange under veritaserum, as she is aware that Bellatrix will try and take advantage of every possible loophole in Susan's questions to not give her a clear answer.
- In Who Will Fill a Coward's Grave Voldemort promises that he won't kill Dolores Umbridge if she tells him where Minister Fudge is hiding. Once she gives him the information he orders Pettigrew to kill her.
- In Cold Blood Hermione promises no fooling around inside the house will take place. After her parents leave, she and Harry go fool around outside the house.
- In Geeks Bearing Gifts--A Ravenclaw House Story Nick Cleveland, a Ravenclaw, promises the Slytherins a bribe of gourmet chocolates and butterbeer to get them to call off a prank war they've been waging against his House. He makes sure to deliver it to their common room at a time when most of the Slytherins are present...and sets off an incredible brawl. When tasked with this, he points out that he had told the Slytherins that "when dealing with the subtle, subtlety is useful" and that the labels on the butterbeer (a golden apple with the words "For the Fairest") should have warned anybody that he hoped the bribe would start a fight.
- Played for Laughs in Distant Relations when Tonks accidentally walks in on Harry naked and turns around, telling him to let her know when he's decent.
I'm decent now. Tonks:
You're still starkers! Harry:
Well, yes, but I'm still decent. The fact I'm not wearing anything doesn't change the content of my character. Tonks: I have no answer to that
- Princess of the Blacks:
- Many readers noted that one of the twins "knowing only darkness" could refer to Jen's blindness. Word of God confirms this.
- Jen utilizes this when, after she asks why James Potter is there, Dumbledore insists that her "proper guardian" be present when she gets in trouble for hospitalizing ten students. When Dumbledore starts lecturing her, she asks why they aren't waiting for Sirius to arrive as he is her Head of House.
- Jen quickly realizes that Baron Samedi offers three free rituals in return for her task, not three free sacrifices, meaning she could use rituals that require hundreds of sacrifices for free.
- Utilized eons ago by Titania to functionally kill Enoch the Unending Wheel. She agreed to help change him into something else and send him to Earth so he could influence humanity in some unknown way. She got another Power to help butcher him into 108 pieces which she then bound and sent to Earth in the form of phoenixes.
- When Luna wears Ravenclaw's Diadem and learns the Truth of anything she looks at, Jen has to be very careful with how she answers questions to make sure her lies aren't caught. As a result she emphasizes the horrible people she's killed while not mentioning the innocents who were simply inconvenient and says she doesn't enjoy killing (she doesn't but she doesn't mind it either).
- It's referenced multiple times that Baron Samedi is the Gatekeeper of the dead, not the King. As such he can't actually revive those who've passed into the realm of the dead; one has to deal with the Lord of the Wild Hunt for that.
- Jen explains to Hermione's parents that while their daughter believes she's the child of Lily and James Potter, she has test results proving she isn't. Of course, that's because the Blacks used Blood Magic to change her mother.
- In the fourth book, Jen grows tired of Hermione's attempted interference with her life and makes it so Hermione can't interfere with her again. Word of God explains that while Hermione is still suspicious of Jen, she literally can't even consider acting against her.
- Dumbledore frequently gives his followers information that's true but not the complete picture.
- In the finale, Baron Samedi brings up the tale that whoever gathers the three Deathly Hallows would be the Master of Death. Jen notes that technically she is his mistress, just not in the way the legend implies.
- In Hella potter and the Reincarnated OC, Treowe gives Hella a corsage in the form of a black hellebore flower, which means "lying tongues" in the language of flowers. While Snape assumes it means Treowe (a Slytherin) is using Hella for his own ends, others ponder what exactly the lie is and who it's being told to. The real lie is that Treowe and Hella are merely politically involved rather than lovers.
- Limpieza de Sangre, Voldemort knows part of the prophecy and assumes it's already fulfilled, something she mentions to Harry. It was specified that there would be "A child born with the power to vanquish the dark lord, born to those who thrice defied her as the seventh month dies". She tried to kill Harry, who was born at the end of July and whose parents "thrice defied her", and was vanquished. The prophecy never said she had to die, so as far as she's concerned, it was fulfilled over a decade ago. Voldemort's also willing to let Harry live because she's tried to kill him several times now and it never worked out for her.
- In The Barry Jumper Show, the Dursleys drag Harry on to the titular talk show to hopefully win a vacation. When things don't the way Vernon and Petunia had hoped, the former starts to lose it and tries to convince everyone present that Harry is a wizard. When questioned about it, Harry never actually lies about having magic, he just gives answers that make it seem like he's a normal Muggle, such as offering to perform some sleight of hand tricks.
- The Rigel Black Chronicles': Hermione is quite worried that Archie is going to steal another class' Polyjuice Potion and wreck their grades, but he assures her that he's not the kind of person who would steal a potion before it's graded. For a moment she's relieved, and then she realises that he's still planning to steal the potion, after it's graded.
Hermione: Oh. Okay then, I thought—wait. Oh, no.
- In Correcting Mistakes Hermione spends the night at Grimmauld Place and Sirius tells Harry to put her next to him. She deliberately interprets this as meaning next to him in bed rather than in the neighboring room. When Sirius catches them there the following morning he states that after separate showers clothing is to remain on and she comments to Harry that he said nothing about their hands remaining above said clothing. When Sirius overhears this and says they should act like adults, she puts Harry's hand on her breast and says that adults do things like that.
- In What If? ... An Alternative to Order of the Phoenix when Harry tickles Hermione in the back seat of the Grangers' car her mother says to keep his hands where she can see them. As a joke, he puts on his invisibility cloak so only his hands are visible.
How to Train Your Dragon
- In A Thing of Vikings, a chain of events leads to Hiccup being married to Astrid in a traditional Viking ceremony and being married to Wulfhild the Fair, princess of Norway, as part of a treaty between Berk and Norway, but at the time Hiccup assumed that his marriage to Wulfhild was just him taking her as a concubine. While this raises some questions about whether either of Hiccup's marriages are legitimate or one cancels out the other, Hiccup, Astrid and Wulfhild all genuinely love each other and resolve to find a way to make everything valid so that they can be together. When Berk sends a delegation to Rome, Wulfhild talks with a priest about her current situation, but is careful to discuss her relationship with Hiccup in a manner that answers all questions honestly without admitting such controversial details as her intention to marry Hiccup and Astrid in a legal ceremony later on, in the hope that this will limit the 'risk' of the Vatican trying to step in.
The Hunger Games
- Champion: Fen boasts that he climbs trees better than anyone he knows, but mentally notes that he doesn't know many people.
Jojos Bizarre Adventure
- In The Human Doctor, the terms of Lauren's servitude with the Light are: full servitude and no contact with the outside world, in exchange for offering her the full resources of the Fae to cure Nadia of her illness, with the stipulation that she never be used to harm to kill anyone. The exact wording is used against her twice. When a Fae clan is suffering from a STD, Lauren is forbidden to treat them, as the Ash is punishing them. He justifies it by pointing out she isn't harming them, the disease is. This does not alleviate her guilt, but she has no choice. Later Lachlan reveals that the Ash knew all along that Nadia wasn't sick, but cursed and knew how to end it, and was merely exploiting her. If Lauren directly asked him about it, he would have to answer truthfully. But since she didn't ask, he didn't tell. Note that this is actually better than the canon version, where he actually ordered the curse in the first place.
- Lauren later panics when she learns that Kenzi made a deal with The Morrigan, musing that she read the fine print and the Ash still screwed her; and Kenzi's deal is far too broad for them to have any chance. She then says that if Kenzi makes any other deals with the Fae, to please have her, Trick, or Dyson go over it and look out for exact wording.
- In Trading Places, Lauren has finally crossed the Despair Event Horizon and travels to the Norn, asking to be given her freedom in exchange for "that which is most valuable". The Norn says she will make the trade for "that which you value most." Lauren is smart enough to spot the difference, and asks for clarification. That which is most valuable for humans is the heart (which is what Lauren wants to give), that which she personally "values most" is her mind. Lauren is unwilling to make this exchange, and leaves.
- In ''Moons of Fate, Captain Minoru gets furious at Rimi for justifiably telling him he's a horrible Captain of the Guard and backhands her across the face. When Ansem subsequently calls him into his office, Minoru tries to brush it off, stating he overreacted and assuring Ansem that it won't happen again. Ansem agrees with him that it won't happen again... because effective immediately, he's firing Minoru from the Royal Guard and banning him from ever entering the castle again.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
- In God Save the Queen, Peggy tells Steve that she and Pinky are worried about Bucky flirting with Lizbet Windham, the (female) truck driver who rescued them, because her father "is quite high up in the Royal Navy", meaning he could cause an international incident. This is entirely true, since Lizbet Windham is actually Elizabeth Windsor, the future Queen of England, and her father, as King, holds the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.
- Played for Laughs in Reframing the Future when Tony is griping to Rhodey about how the team not helping Tony is somehow his fault.
Tony: I'm going to snap. They're playing a dangerous game.
Rhodey: They don't care.
Tony: God, tell me something I don't know.
Rhodey: The guy who created Frisbees had himself cremated and made into a Frisbee when he died.
Tony: What? Seriously?
Rhodey: Yup. There, bam! Something you didn't know.
Tony: I'll give, I didn't know that. I'm a little concerned that you did, but I certainly didn't.
- In Balance, Supergiant claims that "The only thing that was destroyed on Asgard was Asgard itself." when telling Thor and Loki that Surtr survived Ragnarok. Several chapters later, Loki learns that Hela survived as well.
- Whenever one of the "rogue Avengers" ask about Tony's death in Terrible Horrible Very Bad No Good Fic, they're told that Tony "died in his sleep; it was peaceful". What they aren't told is that Tony chose to be euthanized and he was given a sedative to put him to sleep before receiving a lethal injection.
- The blurb for come as you are says that Steve Rogers "pursues truth, justice, and the American way". In the very first chapter, he roots out government surveillance and goes to war with the FBI. The FBI didn't bother to tell him about the surveillance detail that he rather justifiably mistook for HYDRA, and they very unjustly threaten to do all sorts of unpleasant things to the Wilsons, a bunch of civilians, if he doesn't comply. What's more American than fighting back against an unjust government?
- In Well, Alrighty Then, the Infinity Stones respond to Thanos's desire for "half the universe to disappear" by making half of all people in the universe invisible.
- In Transcendent Humanity, humanity is allowed to build more dreadnoughts than they technically should be provided they pay the Council members a cash amount equal to four dreadnoughts. At humanity's request, they are allowed to pay in goods equal to said dreadnoughts in value. The Council is unamused when they get paid in dreadnoughts.
- In BURN THE WITCH (Miraculous Ladybug), everything Chat Noir tells Lila is completely true, just phrased in a way that feeds into Lila's preconceptions. Sure, he said he's taking Lila where she needs to go, but he never said he was taking her to safety...
- In Burning Bridges, Building Confidence, Lila cherry-picks information from an article she found about Cole Sullivan. Specifically, the article reveals that 'Sullivan' being found guilty of child abuse, assault with intent to kill, corruption and obstruction of justice. Lila makes it sound as though Cole was the perpetrator instead of the victim, telling Alya that Cole's picture is included with the article and feigning concern that she 'escaped custody' in order to rile Alya up further.
- In Couturiere, the akumatized Marinette assures her classmates that she has no intention of killing Lila. Later, she instructs her that she should think carefully about what she says next, as they could be her last words. Ivan expresses confusion at this, with Couturiere irritably telling him to shut up. Turns out she always intended to sew Lila's lips shut.
- He Can Only Blame Himself: After Adrien cheats on her with Lila and Gabriel fires her from his company, Marinette reassures him that she won't talk to the press about him or his son. However, that includes refusing to say anything positive to the press as well... and nobody else around her is beholden to the same rules, leading to Felix and Emilie calling Adrien out during a red carpet premire.
- In LadyBugOut, Lila naturally claims that as Ladybug's best friend, she's helping her out with her new blog. When Marinette posts a video revealing her involvement with the blog (as a way of protecting her Secret Identity), the fallout leads Lila to try and backtrack by claiming that she never actually said that she helped Ladybug with it. Only that Ladybug asked for her help. This attempt to weasel her way out only works on Alya, mostly because she claims she refused out of loyalty to her Ladyblog.
- During The Balcony Scene, Adrien is worried that Marinette might have spilled his Secret Identity to others after witnessing him being stripped of the ring. She replies that "I, Marinette, didn't tell anyone that you're Chat Noir." Which is true. Ladybug had to inform her colleagues about that when he was akumatized, but Marinette hasn't told anyone.
- Leave for Mendeleiev:
- Used to highlight Alya's slanted way of thinking. She insists that Ladybug should be okay with revealing her Secret Identity because "Most Americian heroes" are fine with it. Ladybug responds that she's French, not American. However, Alya's own words also highlight the flaw in her reasoning: most American heroes have revealed themselves, but not all. Alya just ignores that little detail because she wants to know who Ladybug is, and who cares what Ladybug wants?
- When Chat Noir confronts Ladybug and demands to know how she gained a new power, she replies that it was approved, then affirms to him that it was "Kwami approval". Tikki did vouch for it, after all... to the Guardian, whom Chat Noir isn't aware of. And given the sheer amount of disrespect Chat Noir has shown when it comes to keeping secrets, she intends to keep him that way.
- Of Patience and Pettiness:
- When pretending that she wants to apologize to Lila, Marinette chooses her words very carefully, with her inner thoughts revealing how she actually feels.
Marinette: "I realized that how I've been acting, by calling her a liar without having proof, that's really rude." Even if it's true. "And I have to admit, all of the stories, they just sounded too good to be true," because they are, "and I guess I just couldn't believe it, you know?"
- Truthseeker can compel anyone she strikes with her gavel to tell the truth. When she tags Chat Noir with it, he confesses his love for Ladybug — which isn't a secret, but it's one of his truths.
- Nino uses this after Alya tells the whole class that she was Rena Rouge and tries to force him to back her up by outing him as well. He denies being Carapace, and when she confronts him about it, points out that he isn't Carapace anymore, thanks to being retired.
- One step backwards and Three forwards: Tikki and Plagg took advantage of this to twist around and distort the Wishes made by Hawkmoth and his supporters.
- Lila Wished for three things: to be a rich and famous celebrity, to be the center of Adrien's universe, and for Ladybug to suffer.
- While her family was made wealthier, the tweaks made to their history made her mother turn out much harsher, perfectly willing to subject her daughter to humiliating punishments. Leading into the next point — her celebrity model status makes her prime tabloid bait, amplifying incidents. Fame and infamy run along the same lines, as well...
- Adrien was split into two different people in the new reality; Adrien became her adoring boyfriend while Felix retained all of Adrien's memories of the original world, becoming her harshest critic. In addition, she didn't wish that he would love her; only that she'd be the 'center of his universe'... and as it turns out, he's intensely into superhero comics, so her status as a supervillain whose existence leads to the rise of their reality's very first superheroes counts as well.
- Finally, the last part of her Wish effectively cursed the Ladybug Earrings, not Marinette — the Earrings ended up with Emilie, and Tikki strives to cause chaos with bad luck and vicious pranks.
- Alya Wished to become a great reporter with a knack for finding fantastic stories. These instincts have repeatedly led her into trouble, without the protection of a friend like Ladybug looking out for her. What's more, she's also compelled to investigate... which includes fact-checking. Something she had difficulty with in the past, despite her insistence that "A good reporter always checks their sources!"
- Nino Wished that he and Alya could be together forever. Rather than improving their relationship, this cursed the two to constantly cross paths, literally stumbling across each other, often during awkward moments.
- The One to Make It Stay: When Ladybug goes to tell Nino that his superhero alter ego is being sidelined for the summer, she comments on how he's likely already aware that Rena Rouge has been benched. Nino carefully replies that he wasn't aware... because when Alya told him, she claimed that Ladybug had permanently stripped her of the Fox Miraculous, dramatically overexaggerating her punishment to make it sound as though she was being unreasonable. Nino figures that Ladybug wouldn't be thrilled to hear any of that, so he makes it sound as though he hadn't heard anything at all yet.
- Prince Charming:
- Tikki blessed Prince Adrien, by that name and title. So anything which causes him to cease to be "Prince Adrien" (such as being turned into a werecat by a cursed ring) shall also strip him of his blessing. And when Gabriel dies and "Prince Adrien" becomes "King Adrien", the power of his blessing is permanently weakened to something manageable.
- True Love's Kiss breaks any curse. And even if he wants the one and loathes the other, Adrien's Cat Noir transformation is the curse and his aura of enthrallment the blessing.
- Every chapter of the story begins with a brief fairy-tale. The last sentence of that fairy-tale is always repeated at the end of the chapter, and always applies to the events of the chapter... just not usually how you would expect.
- Scarlet Lady: Kim gets caught by this after losing the race in "Timebreaker". He scoffs at the consequences - being unable to dare anyone to take on one of his challenges hardly matters when it's already December, right? However, Max corrects him: the terms are that he can't challenge anyone for the rest of the school year.
- In Someone to Watch Over Me, Nooroo has been ordered to report any intrusions by Ladybug or Chat Noir. When he comes across both their kwamis, he decides to only report Ladybug's presence, giving Chat Noir time to escape.
My Hero Academia
- During the Physical Assessment test in Cursed Blood, Aizawa tells the students to launch a ball as far as possible, including using their Quirks, without leaving a small circle. Izuku hands the ball to Tae and orders her to carry it a kilometer away then return.
- Present Mic told the Yuuei applicants to "bring whatever you like" to the entrance exam. In Unexpected, Izuku brings a tank Mei had built.
- In U.A. Unsolved (a Recursive Fanfiction of Yesterday Upon The Stair), Izuku tells his classmates several times that the dorms aren't haunted and that "the only thing haunting the dorms is me". Izuku is the one who's haunted and has been for years. Rei, the ghost who haunts Izuku, messes with them even more than she did before just for fun.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Naruto promises a traitor in Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto that if she cooperates, he'll heal her fatally injured brother. After she tells him everything she knows, he does heal her brother... then immediately kills him.
Naruto: "There are two rules to making a deal with a demon. 1) Don't. 2) If you have to make a deal, be sure to read the fine print."
- This fanfiction features several instances of the trope in action. In chapter 45, Naruto and Anko capture a traitor and make him watch as his cousin is killed right before his eyes. When he begs not to be killed, Naruto tells him that HE won't, provided the traitor cooperates. Anko makes no such deal. So when the traitor spills everything he knows, Naruto walks away, keeping his word, but leaving Anko, or one of her summoned snakes, rather, to finish the traitor off.
Anko: "Your cooperation has been much appreciated!"
Traitor: "You're welcome."
Anko: "And to show our appreciation, I won't have Uwabami-chan, here, eat you alive!"
Traitor: "Thank y-"
Anko: "She's still gonna eat you; you'll just be dead."
- In Catch Your Breath, the main character is not a particularly honest person to start with, but she's a lousy liar. She's either prone to tells or around people who can read her chakra, and therefore isn't successful with direct untruths. As a result, Kei makes a point to lie by saying things that are objectively true, but either missing important context or phrased misleadingly. The best example of this mindset comes up during Shell Game, a sidestory in which Kei has to maintain a civilian cover identity.
Kei, narrating: It was technically true, and therefore the best kind of true.
- In The Empty Cage, Kuushou (the Nine Tails) corrects Sarutobi's assumption that the number of tails a tailed beast has indicates it's strength, stating that they're all about the same level. When Sarutobi then tries to confirm that the eight tails isn't much stronger than the one tails, Kuushou corrects him that it's more accurate to say the one tails isn't much weaker than the eight tails.
- In Eroninja, Kyuubi shares that any of Naruto's lovers who are past their physical prime will be (over time) reverted back to it. This becomes noteworthy when some, like Tsume and Shizune, are getting younger, Tsunade is getting older because she'd previously been rejuvenated to eighteen.
- While explaining how they acquired chakra paper in For My Brother, despite not being allowed to purchase or own it, Hinata says she got it from her family.
- The following chapter has Team 7 ordered to "protect the flag" as a training exercise. While Kakashi meant "Protect the clone holding the flag", Naruto grabbed the flag and ran. Kakashi admits he phrased it poorly but still accepts Hinata's remark that protecting an object is a valid mission objective.
- In Kyubed: Shinobi's Revenge on Naruto the Kyuubi makes a contract (later revealed to be a marriage contract) with Naruto that so long as a treasure he's given (their son) is unharmed, she will never attack Konoha. When the Hyuuga later try to have Naruto and/or his teammates killed because his secret technique renders both the Byakugan and Juuken useless, Naruto reminds Hiashi about said pact. Not only is Naruto now the king of a magical race found everywhere on the continent, but Kyuubi only promised not to attack Konoha as a whole. She never said anything about not wiping out an individual clan.
- In The Mouse of Konoha, Naruto's entrance exams for the Academy are filled with him following the letter of his orders but not the spirit.
- A test to capture a flag, several of which are tied at the tops of trees? Naruto distracts the proctor and steals an extra flag from her back pocket.
- Told to land a killing blow on a small target on the far side of a web of tripwires? Naruto discards the kunai he's given and shoots the target with a crossbow.
- Asked which animals can jump proportionally higher than a house? Naruto writes down, "Any animal. The house can't jump."
- When faced with a taijutsu tournament, Naruto sets off several poison bombs in the academy, all filled with a minor irritant while making sure he's outside of the building. Everyone else has to spend several minutes getting the compound off their bodies and thus are disqualified by the iron clad Five Minute Rulenote , allowing Naruto to win the entire tournament.
- When Anko informs Naruto in Scorpion Disciple that she can't teach him anymore, it takes him a moment to realize she's saying she's been forbidden from doing so, not that she has nothing more to teach him. After thinking on the situation, Naruto asks her an important question.
Naruto: Is it because you're teaching me? Or because you're teaching me?
- In the prologue of Shadow Play, the Self-Insert asks to be born into a wealthy family that won't expect much of him. He's rather pissed to learn he was born as Shikamaru Nara.
- In Swapping The Cage, when Neji questions Kuushou about his unusual chakra, Kuushou responds that he "can't say". Neji tries to elaborate only for Kuushou stress that he "can't say", making Neji realize the information is classified.
- Earlier, Kuushou asks why Sarutobi is doing some paperwork and after receiving an explanation of how paperwork keeps the village running, Kuushou elaborates that he's not asking why the paperwork is being done but why Sarutobi is the one doing it. Some of it might require the Hokage's input, but someone wanting to expand their restaurant definitely does not. Sarutobi does some research and learns there's roughly a dozen Chuunin whose job it is to go over all the paperwork he receives, handle the trivial stuff, and forward the more important paperwork to him.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Advice and Trust: Shinji and Asuka use a lot of double wording to hide their relationship from everybody. Their guardian Misato calls and Shinji tells "We'll get to bed early, both of us", omitting the "together in the same bed" bit. People observes that Shinji's piloting skills are improving and Asuka tells that is due to "how much of she has rubbed off on him" omitting that all of her has rubbed off on him several times.
Shinji: "Well, it's about what I would have said anyway, before, and it's still true, so I'm not lying or anything..."
Asuka:"Heh. Technically correct, the best kind of correct."
- A Crown of Stars: Invoked. At an early chapter Shinji and Asuka felt an empathic echo of the emotions of their hosts Daniel and Rayana. Rayana promised Asuka that she would feel that way again soon (meaning she would feel happy again). In chapter 13 Asuka asks Daniel if they will hit her with that echo again, since that would satisfy the letter of her promise. Daniel replies that is not their style.
- Evangelion 303: Chapter 13 is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu". She accepts Shinji's marriage proposal, meaning she will change her name.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: When Kluge hints that he'll kill Keiko if Nakajima doesn't cooperate, Nakajima protests that he never said anything about that child. Kluge retorts that he never said that he'd not threaten her.
- This Bites!:
- Cross corrects Smoker that he didn't say anything about good Marines being a myth. There are far too many good Marines, but not nearly enough decent ones.
- Conis' gift to the Straw Hats wasn't guns but a gunner.
- After Spandam's incompetence helps completely humiliate the World Government and he announces his intention to overthrow the Five Elder Stars, Sengoku calls him and tells him to report to the Five Elder Stars and receive everything he has coming to him. Idiot that he is, Spandam thinks he's being rewarded.
- Luffy, of all people, invokes this in chapter 43.
Merry said that her dream is to sail the seas with us, and our goal coming to Water 7 was to make it so that that could happen. Who cares if she can't become a ship anymore? She's still alive and with us, and she can still live her dream. Isn't that good enough?
- In chapter 66, Cross and Eustass Kid offer a slaver a "lifetime supply of chocolate", which turns out to be a single bar of chocolate and a bullet between the eyes if he doesn't give them what they want.
- After saving Alabasta in Blood Man Luffy, Luffy's requested reward is King Cobra's throne. While the man balks at handing over his kingdom, Luffy laughs and says he doesn't want Cobra's kingdom but his fancy golden chair.
The Outer Limits
- In Farewell Match, boxer Ricky Redman faces a powerful alien in a match where "the loser dies". Despite his best efforts, Ricky loses, only to be informed that, "You will die the death of obscurity, human. While your physical existence will continue, your name will be forgotten, and your former fame will fade into nothingness. You will never again throw a punch inside a ring! That, human, is your fate!" The crowd and his sleazy manager starts mocking him, but Ricky gets the last laugh by pointing out that they never said anything about throwing a punch outside of the ring, and beats the crap out of his manager. Or, in other words, it's "A Game of Pool", but with boxing and with the original ending, but more bittersweet.
- Frequently occurs in the Persona 5 story Confide in Me. Throughout the interrogation, Joker invokes this when he has to answer Sae's questions about his girlfriend in order to tell the truth and still keep the secret that said girlfriend is Sae's younger sister.
- Chapter 10:
Sae: Do your girlfriend's parents know she's dating you?
Joker: Told you, it's a secret. Her caretaker doesn't know about us.
Sae: They must be pretty neglectful then, if they don't even know that the person that they're supposed to be taking care of is dating a criminal.
Joker: (smirking) I love it when we agree on things, Niijima-san.
- Chapter 15: On the subject of the police force and the corruption therein:
Joker: See, my girlfriend's dad was a cop, and she's got nothing but good things to say about them.
Sae: Anyone I would know?
Joker: I...would think so, yes.
- Chapter 16: Not long after Joker says that his girlfriend has an older sibling:
Sae: ...Why don't you tell me about the elder sibling?
Joker: They're quite stern, but they're a good person once you get to know them.
Sae: Another confidant, perhaps?
Joker: I think they might be! We've been talking a lot more recently.
- Different instance: Joker recalls an incident where he proposed studying "adult things" with Makoto around exam time. She spent an hour teaching him how to file taxes. Sae actually chuckles at that.
- In Chapter 8 of A Feline's Birdy Love, Night Ninja informs Amaya/Owlette and Greg/Gekko that he's come to tell them that they don't have to worry about him hurting Amaya physically again. When the confused duo return to HQ, they find it completely trashed and Connor missing. Night Ninja then appears on their video screen to say that he promised only that he wouldn't hurt Amaya physically and said nothing about hurting her emotionally, at which point he pulls back to reveal a badly beaten and unconscious Connor, who he made no promises about. On top of that, he points out that he made no promises about hurting Greg and that he didn't say he wouldn't revoke his promise as suits him.
- Mended is a fic where Ash learns that Professor Oak is his father. Looking back, Ash notices that his mother never technically told him that Will Ketchum was his father. He simply jumped to the logical conclusion.
- In The Road to be a Pokemon Master, during Ash's duel with Giovanni in Viridian City, they make a bet: if Ash wins Giovanni will disband Team Rocket. If he loses, though, all of his friends and family will be executed then and there. Ash manages to win the match, and Giovanni keeps his word to disband Team Rocket... right after he orders his goons to kill Ash and his friends. As Giovanni points out, they never specified that they would be spared if Ash won.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- This, so Kyubey claimed, was what doomed Joan of Arc in A History of Magic. She had wished that France would hear God through her and free herself. And it was true, she would become an inspiration and spur France to free itself from English rule. She just had to die to do it. That knowledge was enough to turn her into the witch Elektra.
- In Persephone's Waltz, Sayaka makes a different wish than in canon: to find Madoka (who has been kidnapped and missing for days), with the unspoken assumption that she'd be powerful enough to free Madoka once she did. Upon being kidnapped by Madoka's captor, she realizes how naive this was.
- In A Wish Within Darkness, this is how Yuri Akemi, Homura's sister and Witch separated from her and given human form, skirts around the Awful Truth about the ultimate fate of Puella Magi when warning them about the risks of becoming Magical Girls: She tells them that every time a girl becomes a Magical Girl, an equally powerful Witch is created. Anyone who is familiar with the source material knows that Witches are the end result of a Magical Girl either overusing her magic or falling into despair.
Rizzoli & Isles
- In Calamity Jane Meets Doctor Isles, Mauas inability to lie prompts her to instead choose her words carefully when visiting Boston with Jane posing as her husband; a particular example of this as shown when she is discussing if she and Jake have considered having children;
Maura: We have discussed children, yes. But going from the intimate knowledge I have of Jake and myself, I've begun handing myself over to the fact that certain factors I'd really rather not discuss will preclude us from ever having children of our own.
- In "I've Loved You So Long", when Jane is shot by Doyle and he shows up at Maura's house, Maura tells Doyle that Jane's brother is a cop and he's been staying in her guest house until his apartment is ready; both true statements, but Maura doesn't specify that the cop brother isn't the brother staying with her right now.
Rosario + Vampire
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
- In Act II chapter 29, when Moka and Kokoa explain the Eia Dreahl, they explain that, as per their agreement, the first girl to give Tsukune a nosebleed wins the right to be his mate, and the loser will have to forfeit their right to him forever under penalty of death. However, as Dark points out to them, Kokoa said the first girl to give him a nosebleed wins, which means that any girl who gives Tsukune a nosebleed can claim him for her own; cue Oh, Crap! when Moka and Kokoa realize this, as well as the fact that Yukari has already picked up on it and seizing the opportunity.
- In Act II chapter 30, Inner Moka uses the exact wording of the Eia Dreahl to her advantage, realizing that the pact only said to give Tsukune a nosebleed; it didn't say how.
- In Act III chapter 9, according to the elder in Heaven, the Holy Lock can withstand almost anything on Earth. Key word, almost: even it can't take the strain of Tsukune's full monster energy without cracking.
- In Act III chapter 44, the gang accuses the headmaster of lying when he said that Fairy Tale was destroyed. However, Mikogami points out that he only said that the dark lords had informed him that Fairy Tale had disappeared and that they wanted the school reopened; he never explicitly said that the organization was destroyed.
- In Act VI chapter 2, after knocking Ran senseless with a multitude of washtubs, Yukari agrees to respect Ran's feelings and not to hit her with any more of them. However, as she points out, she never said she wouldn't use her earth powers to bury Ran alive if she inflicts Marshmallow Hell on Ahakon again.
- In the folktale How Chalana Arroy Brought Voria Back, the god of death says that he won't release Voria from the underworld, because she belongs there. He specifically points out that she is cold, not breathing, and pale, so she must be dead. So Chalana Arroy goes to Voria's corpse, and smears it with bright red berries. Then she places a burning ember in Voria's clothing, warming her heart. Last of all, she uses her power as the goddess of healing to breathe Life into Voria's lungs. Humakt lets them leave the underworld after that, because he can't deny that Voria feels alive.
- Children of Remnant: To Ozpin's horror, Ironwood wasted one of Jinn's questions by asking if his plan to kill Salem would work. The plan would work - because the plan involves bringing the Relics together, which would destroy the entire planet alongside Salem.
- In A New World on her Shoulders, the exact rules regarding the Atlas Academy initiation were "you're considered to have finished initiation if you manage to return to Atlas Academy." Instead of going through the Grimm infested forests back to the airships, Ruby, Weiss, Ciel, and Penny avoid the armies of Atlas so they can make it back to the academy the opposite way.
- Roman in Professor Arc tells Jaune that he can trust him, but he can't trust in him. Eventually Jaune gets an explanation on the difference: trusting someone means being able to predict what they will do; trusting in someone means trusting them with your secrets and knowing they won't betray you.
- When a couple of wannabe gangsters hit on the Malachite twins in Service with a Smile, Miltia responds to the one grabbing her ass that she can smell he's a virgin a mile off. But it's a shame to keep living as a virgin and offers to take care of that for him. Naturally, she intends to kill him for groping her.
- Roman tells Jaune that he and Neo are "in the removal business", causing Jaune to believe they're trash collectors or repo-men, not realizing their thieves.
- In Stress Relief, Cinder promises not to condemn Pyrrha to a world without Jaune. Despite apparently intending to murder them both, it's later revealed Cinder planned a Suicide by Cop because she didn't want to live in a world without Jaune either.
- White Sheep (RWBY):
- Upon learning his mother is Salem, Ruby and Team RYBN claim Jaune said his mother was in real estate. Jaune replies that what he said was she owned a lot of land. And she does, 95% of Remnant in fact.
- Nicholas Arc states his home is in the Grimmlands, which normal people take to mean he's Married to the Job. Naturally, what he means his home is with his wife Salem.
- The Sanctuary Telepath: Janine has to keep a pretty big secret, but she doesn't want to lie to her friends all the time, cue the trope. One significant example occurs when the remaining group discusses the murders, and she emphasizes that Jack the Ripper is not her brother, which the others take as her disowning John. She just said the truth - it's actually the energy elemental inside his head who committed the crimes who is definitely not her brother. She later admits that she's disgusted with the professionalism she can display this behaviour, bringing up the case when she managed to twist an universal truth ("you can't save everyone") into a lie (they were discussing the possibility of saving her brother, and she said it to throw Helen off the case).
The Secret Saturdays
- In Arc 7: Beach, Ulraj challenges Zak and Doyle to a race from the beach to some rocks. When Doyle wins by using his jet pack, Zak and Ulraj complain that he didn't swim like they did.
- Several examples in A Boy, a Girl and a Dog: The Leithian Script:
- Beren swore that his hand would hold a Silmaril the next time Thingol saw him. When they met again, Beren's hand was inside of the stomach of the Wolf of Angband
but it WAS holding a Silmaril, so that he fulfilled his vow.
- Before leaving them, Beren ordered Huan to stay with Luthien. So that Huan carried Luthien on its back when they went after Beren.
- Finrod had promised to Vairë to not move the walls again. When he threatens her with doing it
Vaire: Don't you dare, you miserable wretch!
Finrod: [polite] Don't compel me to the choice, then, Ma'am.
Vaire: What of your promise?!?
Finrod: You only told me not to amuse myself by rearranging your home. This isn't a jest, my Lady.
A Song of Ice and Fire
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
- In this comic, when told by Marco's father that she is not allowed to live under the same roof as Marco, she magics up a tent, which does not have a roof.
- In The Eclipse Of Marco, Eclipsa sets up challenges for her hand in marriage all based off this trope. Knowing that every suitor except Marco will be too dim to realize she's doing this.
- Be allowed past a giant merchant: Other hopeful kings to try to fight the giant. Marco simply pays the giant, who lets him pass. Eclipsa points out that it was a giant MERCHANT that they had to be ALLOWED past.
- Eclipsa gives all the hopefuls buckets without bottoms, points at a mountain named the Peak of No Return, and tells them their challenge is to fill the buckets with water. The rest of the suitors rush off to scale the mountain to their deaths, while Marco goes to a stream near the starting position and puts the bucket 'in' the water. Eclipsa said the challenge was to fill the buckets. She just pointed out the mountain, she didn't say they had to climb it.
- When trying to convince Star to tell him what the problem stressing her out is in A Tangled Web We Cut, Glosseryck tells her he can help her because he is 'wiser than the stars'. When she tells him the problem note however, Glosseryck is stumped and tells her to tell her Mom. When Star said he thought he was wiser the the stars, Glosseryck tells her he meant that literally. It's not hard to be smarter than a giant ball of flaming gas after all.
- In Crystal Gem Academy, Rose tells Steven that she doesn't have any children attending the Academy yet. Since Steven isn't at the Academy yet, this is technically true. And, as a bonus, it allows Rose to conceal her true relation to him.
- In The Traitorous Soldier, when learning about a human soldier that fought alongside the Homeworld Gems during the war for Earth, Connie asks what was the human's gender. Pearl answered that the human was originally male, but they didn't have a gender after the experiment. Due to the current customs of gender on present-day Earth, Connie thought that the human identifies themselves as nonbinary until Pearl clarifies that the Homeworld Gems stripped away everything "human" from them during the process.
Super Mario Bros.
Sword Art Online
- SAO: Mother's Reconciliation: Asuna is outraged to discover that after their heart-to-heart in ALO, Kyouko has still been trying to arrange meetings with potential suitors, leading to this:
Asuna: You promised that you'd let me choose my path in life back in January! I thought that meant that you'll stop with all this suitor nonsense! Yet, here I find you of all people breaking your promise!
Kyouko: What I said back then was that you'll be allowed to stay in your current school as long as you keep your grades up and go to University. Nothing more than that.
- In Collared, a freak show that had previously used Beast Boy as an attraction burns down. Since Robin was investigating, Cyborg pulls him aside and tells him off for excessive violence, even if the guy who opened the place deserved it. Robin informs Cyborg that he didn't go there to start a fire and Cyborg drops the subject. However, the narration reveals that the situation is this trope; Robin's intentions were to kill the man, not start the fire.
Thor: The Dark World
- In Chapter 10 of Canid, Fenrir invokes this in a horrifying way after a short-tempered Tyr harasses him to end his suicidal hunger strike.
- In Quicken, villain Hookwolf promises a rival thug that he'll not kill him if he answers his questions. And he didn't kill him. Hookwolf's partner did.
"I I won, didn't I? I won the game! You said you weren't going to kill me!"
"I'm not," Hookwolf said distantly, still thinking about what Jürgen had said. "He is."
- In Peggy Sue story Warp, Dean asks Vicky what tipped her off about her sister's feelings. Unwilling to reveal she's a time-traveller, she answers she figured it out because of the bank robbery, which is technically true but omits the physical and emotional abuse Vicky was put through in the original timeline.
Dean smiled, too, but it was a little strained. "So, uh, your sister," he said. "What tipped you off? She didn'ttell you, did she?"
"I figured it out because of the bank robbery," I said. It was only technically true, but I didn't think I could try to say anything further.
- From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, episode 51:
Kaiba: I'm shutting down your research lab, Nesbitt.
Nesbitt: Mister Kaiba, I beg you to reconsider!
(shot of lab being blown to smithereens)
Nesbitt: But you said you'd reconsider!
Kaiba: I did. I was going to have the building renovated after I shut it down.
Nesbitt: Then why did you—
Kaiba: I reconsidered.
- And this gem in Episode 55
Kaiba: Oh hey, that reminds me of a joke. Why did the obnoxious green-haired punk cross the road?
Kaiba: To show that he had guts. And man, did he have guts.
Noah: That's not funny.
Kaiba: I guess you had to be there.
Noah I WAS.
Kaiba: And that's why it's so funny.