Skinner: [casually] Aurora Borealis.
Chalmers: A-Aurora Borealis? At this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, LOCALIZED ENTIRELY WITHIN YOUR KITCHEN?!
So one of the characters has a secret, one that they do not want leaking out. Unfortunately, Clark Kenting doesn't always cut it, and some aspect of the secret is going to be glaringly obvious no matter what. So they have to come up with an excuse for their situation, and tell a lie.
In the ideal version of the trope, most people accept this because of their built-in Weirdness Censor, or because it's executed as a Seamless Spontaneous Lie. When it fails, you get That Liar Lies followed by Implausible Deniability. May or may not involve hesitation. Will almost inevitably accompany any Paper-Thin Disguise or Most Definitely Not a Villain. Often delivered by a Bad Liar. Suspiciously Specific Denial is a subtrope. See also Metaphorically True and Insistent Terminology.
Some statements that are true "From A Certain Point of View" may be blatant lies.
To be confused with Sarcasm Mode. Do not contrast with I Lied, which is when a character outright lies, but the lying is not blatant. Refuge in Audacity covers the cases when this ploy actually works. Obviously Not Fine is a subtrope.
Nope. There are no examples.
- Nope. No Anime and Manga.
- Sorry, wrong Live-Action Films.
- Literature? What Literature?
- Live-Action TV isn't available. Go home.
- I'm not hiding any Video Games. Now shoo.
- What is this so-called "Webcomics"?
- The Western Animation has gone east.
- David Leisure made a career about being a Smug Snake who clearly is lying—he was best known as Joe Isuzu. Here's an example. You were not supposed to believe what he said, and subtitles would point out his lies.
- An ad for a product called the "Smoke Assassin" avoids blatant lies by pointing them out. This is an actual quote from the ad:
Ad Guy: We can't say it'll make you quit smoking, but thousands quit every day. We can't say it's a healthy smoke, but you do the math!
- A commercial for Burn Notice and White Collar is an exercise in telling the most blatant lie.
FBI Agent Burke: [pointing at Fi's gun] Do you have a permit for that weapon?
Fi: [covers it with a napkin] What weapon?
Agent Burke: That's a gun.
Michael: That's a napkin.
Agent Burke: I can literally see it.
Fi: Oh, that's my cellphone.
Agent Burke: [points to the cell phone in her hand] Then what's that?
Fi: That's my other cell phone.
Michael: She's a...big talker?
Fi: [covering the napkin with her purse; a grenade falls out] Maybe we could just put this all...behind...us.
Agent Burke: [deadpan] Is that a grenade?
Fi: What grenade?
- The Enzyte commercials with "Smilin' Bob" —the clear implication that "enhancement" means size, while the actual product is meant to increase endurance. This got to the point that someone actually filed a lawsuit claiming false advertising.
- The Walt Disney Family Film Collection promo that appears on 1995 pressings of the nine general release Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection films falsely claims Old Yeller is heartwarming, when the ending is anything but. The same applies to the trailer on several early Disney tapes.
- Played for Laughs by Capri Sun: "Because one day aliens will come. And they will assume the one drinking the out of the most space-agey container is our leader."
- UK advertising for Rice Krispie Squares claims (among other things) that if you buy two you get a free boat, that the Rocky Road flavor is made from actual rocks, and that the adverts let you taste them through electrochemical impulses, before ending with the tagline "It's all lies! They're not even square!"
- Chevy's "Real People Not Actors" have been documented to have been done with actors posing as unrealistic focus group people (and Chevy spokesperson Potsch Boyd has documented his appearances in the ads as being part of his acting career) - Chevy's excuse is that, since the ads are filmed in the Los Angeles area, many of the focus group people have acting careers and that is a pure coincidence... despite the fact that some of said "real people" have listed their appearances in the ads on their acting resumes.
- One of the "real people" claimed otherwise along with Chevy... however some people note that, thanks to the contrary, this anonymous person might be astroturfing for Chevy.
- IHOP's summer 2019 ad for their line of burgers blatantly tries to push them as pancakes.
- A Season 7 episode of Happy Heroes has Happy S. ask Ambassador Wang if she is going to deal with Ambassador Miao calmly and not hurt him. Wang assures him that she's not the kind of person who would do that... except she and Miao are from rival planets that happen to be populated by dog and cat aliens, so as she says this the visuals make it clear that she's fully intending to hurt Miao. Not only is she holding weapons during this scene, but multiple torture devices, including nooses, are pushed into view behind her.
- Employed right on the first page◊ of Constantine: The Hellblazer.
- In Demon Spawn, Linda Danvers -alias Kara Zor-El, Supergirl- is so fed up of putting up with her co-worker 'Nasty''s bullying that she punches a wall, which makes people wondering if a plane just crashed into the building. When her boss Geoff inquires what happened and what was that loud boom coming from her office, Linda replies "Oh, nothing!". He doesn't believe her.
- In Supergirl Volume 2 #20, Linda asks her then-boyfriend Phil Decker about his latest unexplained absence. He lies so bad that Linda says If you're going to lie, at least try to be consistent!
- Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade: Kara tells Superman that her parents chained her to a rocket and banished her to Earth because she asked her mother politely and respectfully if she could pass the salt. His disapproving frown and folded arms indicated clearly that he wasn't buying it.
- Bizarrogirl: Bizarro Lois and Bizarro Jimmy find Bizarro right when he's about to leave the planet together with his cousin. What does Bizarro comes up when he has been caught red-handed?
Bizarro Lois: Bizarro #1... What... What am you doing?
Bizarro: Me... Am... Rrr... Taking cousin for ride in new rocket?
- Similarly, this line from Darkhawk: "The best way to keep a good secret is to tell everybody -- then nobody believes you."
- In American Flagg!, the U.S. government relocates to Mars.
"Temporarily, of course".
- A common fight example is a character promising their opponent "one free shot", then attacking while they prepare. Oddly enough, one issue of Captain America has an instance where Cap does give the villain their "one free shot", who then knocks Cap down with the free shot. Though Cap would then kick the villain's ass handily soon after.
- Spider-Man's enemy the Jackal during The Clone Saga. Eventually, it got to the point that you could count on what he said to be lies. This is even lampshaded by the Jackal himself when he assaults Shriek in order to take the Carrion Virus from her:
Jackal: I'd tell you this wouldn't hurt... But that's only because I'm a notorious liar...
- Squee! gives us this gem, as Squee sends his Hilariously Abusive Parents to some aliens for Anal Probing:
Squee: I am full of guilt.
- Mark Waid turned this into a running gag in his Daredevil run. Since Matt's identity had been publicly revealed so many times at that point, virtually everyone in the series had figured out that he was Daredevil, despite Matt's protestations. Consequently, it became common for people to address him as Daredevil, and him to simply say "I'm not Daredevil" and change the topic, usually receiving only a "Riiight" in response. In one issue, he showed up◊ to a party wearing a shirt reading "I'm Not Daredevil."
- In MAD, this is often used for humorous effect. For example, Richard Nixon is once shown as a young George Washington, standing near the cherry tree that he cut down, holding an axe behind his back and saying, "I cannot tell a lie! I DIDN'T DO IT!!"
- In The Pulse, Norman Osborn's lawyer tries to pin the near-death of a group of NYPD officers and civilians on Spider-Man.
- In Kick-Ass: Volume Two, Marty tells Justice Forever a story involving his parents being killed and eaten in front of him to serve as his motivation for becoming a vigilante. Dave immediately sees through it and reveals that it's all a lie.
- Robin Series:
- Employed frequently by Tim Drake back in his high school days when he needed to give out an excuse for being missing or wiped out from his activities as Robin. The most blatent probably being when he lied to his dad about how and why he snuck back into Batman: No Man's Land.
- When Tim's new love interest Zoanne meets Tim's old girlfriend, who he'd thought was dead, Zo asks Ives what Steph and Tim were to each other and Ives lies to her that they were just friends. Ives seems to be covering for both Steph and Tim in this moment and is overjoyed by her sudden return since they'd always gotten along well.
- Ultimate Marvel:
- Ultimate X-Men
- The X-Men help Wolverine to escape from the Weapon-X soldiers, but Xavier and Cyclops are surprised that he stayed with them for so long after that, so they asked for his reasons. Wolverine had a flashback of Magneto hiring him to infiltrate the X-Men and kill Xavier... and replies "The scenery, bub. The scenery".
- Xavier initially claims he got all the money for the X-Men from his inheritance. When Moira first appears, she points out there's no way in Hell he could've inherited enough money for things like a stealth jet from anyone who wasn't Bill and Melinda Gates. He was being financed by the Hellfire Club
- Ultimate Galactus Trilogy:
- Lawson says that he created the suit as a hobby, based on Iron Man's tech. The invisibility is SHIELD's "light sensitivity mode", which he does not have clearance for, but he got it with Hollywood Hacking. Danvers doesn't buy it for a second. Then he says he's an alien.
- Before joining the Ultimates' meeting and explain who is Misty Knight, Tony was talking with some girl on the phone. "...I need to help out an old friend here. No, of course she's not female. He. He's not female. Gotta go. Call later. Love you".
- The Ultimates: Hulk does not care about the Chitauri alien invasion, but he's a Dumb Muscle. Captain America easily manipulates him to fight with Blatant Lies: first he told him that the alien leader had been flirting with Betty Ross, and then that the rest of the armada had been calling him a "sissy boy".
- Ultimate Spider-Man: Aunt May keeps asking what's going on at Peter's room, and both him and MJ insist that they were "studying". They were not having sex, as May feared, but they were not studying either.
- Ultimate X-Men
- Welcome to the Jungle: "We're the police. Anything we do is legal."
- Wonder Woman (1987): The White Magician upholds his false hero status through a heavy dose of lies and Engineered Heroics. A standout example being the time he sold Brian Elliot a bit of stolen superpowered computer technology that then wound its way into the unsuspecting teen allowing the White Magician to use him as a puppet and claim Brain was a new supervillain, then inflict horrible burns on him that should have killed him and handing him off to die in pain after further framing him.
- From Dilbert:
Dilbert: Why have you ignored my request, Ted?
Co-worker: I was killed by a squadron of giant military squirrels.
Wally: He doesn't respect you enough to tell a plausible lie.
Dilbert: I demand a plausible lie!
Co-worker: Okay, maybe I wasn't killed by giant military squirrels. But I was imprisoned in their secret lair at the center of the earth.
Wally: You can't prove that one either way.
Dilbert: He did say it was a "secret" lair.
- One of Dogbert's favorite hobbies and/or lucrative careers is to tell ridiculously obvious lies to idiots, usually so he can take their money.
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Calvin frequently makes up outlandish excuses when caught in the act, such as blaming a mess he made on "a Venusian that materialized in the kitchen". One of the former image caption's quotes comes from after he threw a snowball at Susie.
- Calvin's dad is really no better, as the following example shows:
Calvin: Dad, were there dinosaurs when you were a kid?
Dad: Sure! Your grandfather and I used to put on leopard skins and brontosaurus for all the clan rituals.
Mom (after Calvin has left): Listen, buster, I think Calvin's grades are bad enough, don't you?
- Or this example:
Calvin: Dad, where do babies come from?
Dad: Most people go to Sears, buy the kit, then follow the assembly instructions.
Calvin: I came from SEARS?!?
Dad: No, you were a Blue-light Special from K-Mart; almost as good and a whole lot cheaper.
- His dad's best - as in funniest - lie was likely the time he told Calvin that when you become a father, you get a book that explains everything in the world:
Calvin: Can I see it?
Dad: Nope, sorry.
Calvin: Why not?!
Dad: It tells what it's like to raise a kid.
Dad: You're not allowed to know that until it's too late not to have one.
- Calvin decides to cheat on a math test by asking Susie for answers, but when she tells him 12 + 7 is "a billion," even the math-impaired Calvin senses something is up: "That's what she said 3 + 4 was."
- Whenever Calvin asks if there are any monsters hiding under his bed, voices from under his bed will reply that there aren't. One strip uses this in tandem with I Lied:
Calvin: Any monsters under my bed tonight?
Monster #1: No.
Monster #2: Nope.
Monster #3: Uh-uh.
Calvin: Well, there'd better not be! I'd hate to have to torch one with my flame thrower!
Hobbes: You have a flame thrower?
Calvin: They lie, I lie.
- Dressed in full stereotypical Native American garb, Calvin shoots a suction-cup arrow at Susie. When she confronts him and asks "is this yours?", his response is "No. What is it?" He's still holding the bow at this point. She doesn't buy it.
- Calvin's father told him that when HE was a child, there was no color, just black and white. Then things started to acquire color, even paintings and photo. What about black and white photos. His father explained they had acquired color - but they were now color photos of black and white things.
- Prickly City: How best to handle Doublebunnygate.
- And what Carmen has to tell when Kevin disappears - such dirty business.
- When Liz asked Jon if he believed in ghosts, he reacted in fear but then tried to recompose himself and said he didn't. Garfield told her to ask him about his 23 night-lights.
- When Odie denies rooting through the garbage all the time, Garfield says it'd be more believeable if he didn't have a banana peel on his head.
- Prussia, France, and Spain were definitely not watching Germany, Italy, and Japan get it on in the finale of Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità. Yep. They were only performing surveillance on the ship. Yeah. Sure. (Saaay actually, they did say surveilling the SHIP
- Disguised as Jester White with a Paper-Thin Disguise, Sirius Black in The Parselmouth of Gryffindor denies having even ever heard of such a person as Sirius Black. To Snape. Who just saw him put on the disguise.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Multiple times throughout Act VI, the HDA claim that they wanted peace with monsters, and the monsters blew it. This falls flat when one remembers that all throughout Act V, their leader, Jenner Rythmore, not only wasn't willing to give peace with monsters a chance, but openly stated that he was just waiting for the first possible excuse he could use to declare open war on the monster world.
- Common in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics, both because several cast members are Bad Liars and because they frequently engage in such on the show.
Ah'm the kindest, most innocent filly in Equestria.
- The Collected Poems of Maud Pie are all about rocks.
- Apple Bloom from fan-comic Moody Mark Crusaders delivers one in the third strip of the series:
- Nosflutteratu: Why is Garlic Flank Stake armed to the teeth with anti-vampire weaponry? Ummm ... cosplay for a comic book convention!
- Spring Is Dumb lives on this; Rainbow Dash lies blatantly not only to everyone around her for half the story, but also to herself in her Inner Monologue.
- Bitter Harvest is likewise entirely built up around the main character being in denial and saying pretty much the exact opposite of what she actually thinks or means. By the end of it, Minuette is acting the same way.
- Twilight's List has Rainbow Dash engage in this, particularly in denial of being nervous, while she shows all signs of nervousness. Again, she engages in this even in her Inner Monologue.
- In Stroll, Octavia tells the two police officers she runs across that she is hiking, in the Everfree Forest, at night. They believe her.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover fanfic Kage (part of Project Dark Jade), Nerissa (as "The Mage"), gives a good dose of this to the good guys of Meridian, to ensure that Jade's claims of being a threat remain a Cassandra Truth so she's forced to ally with the evil sorceress.
- In Better Angels, Shane lies to the Atlanta survivors about Rick's death saying that Rick had been bitten and needed to be put down. This is consistent with Shane's duplicitous nature in The Walking Dead when he lies about leaving Otis for dead and killing Randall.
- From Christian Potter Chandler:
Barb: [To Chris] How about if [Bob] takes you to the zoo?Bob: THE FUCK DID YOU JUST TELL THAT BOY, BARBARA?!Barb: Well, now we have to take him, look here, he's so excited, you'll upset him so much if we go back on our word.Chris: [Trying to put Sonic & Knuckles lock-in cartridge on Sonic CD]Barb: And besides, there's a few thrift shops that have some really nice things in the windows on the way there...Bob: This little shit tried to cop a feel of some lady just the other day and you want to TAKE HIM TO THE ZOO?! Are you TRYING to make this kid grow up and molest people? You're probably already teaching him that no means yes, that silence is consent and that if she doesn't run away screaming, that's a free ticket into her pants!Barb: But look at him! He's already getting his jacket on!Chris: [Trying to wipe a game disc with his pants]Bob: BARB, ARE YOU FUCKING DENSER THAN YOUR SON?!Barb: Now look, you've made him cry!Chris: [Stripping naked and looking for clothes he likes]
- In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Vegeta is a proud warrior so after he gets curbstomped by Recoome...
Goku: So Vegeta, what happened to you? Did you get beat up by this guy? [talking about Recoome]
Recoome: [groaning in pain]
Vegeta: [stammering] Uhhh no...I..umm...uh..
Ghost Nappa: You fell down some stairs.
Vegeta: I fell down some stairs.
Krillin: No you didn't, you—
Vegeta: Shut up before I throw you down a flight!
- In Hellsing Ultimate Abridged when Pip asks Seras about her childhood she has a flashback of her parents being murdered and the murderers raping her mother's corpse.
[flatly] I grew up in Leeds. Nothing happened.
- Gensokyo's Heart: Aya Shameimaru writes an article full of these.
- Luminosity turns these into a plot point: Elspeth's powers revolve around the truth. When lying, they dull quite a bit, so when they need a way to dull her powers...
- Used word for word by Minato in The Girl From Whirlpool about Sakumo's claims of the border's pleasant weather.
- Boy, does Bhelen ever try to feed the dwarven commoner a slice of bull_hit the size of a mountain in Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns. Hilariously enough, Faren was actually playing dumb on behalf of the dwarven noble protagonist.
- Oh God Not Again!:
- This is a common tactic of Harry's, usually when a Sarcastic Confession just won't cut it. His favorite answer to "How do you know that?" is "My psychic scar told me."
- Subverted in one instance:
Molly: This is much better gossip than last year's 'Albus Dumbledore was madly in love with Gellert Grindelwald.' Honestly, you'd think Rita Skeeter would learn to stop making up such sensational stories. Obviously Dumbledore was struck speechless by the lies and thus couldn't be bothered to deny it.
- In Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright, Isra is getting fed up with being protected. She would rather be doing her job - killing people.
Altair: It's a trap.
Isra: [sarcastic] I hadn't noticed.
Altair: You can't go, [...] they'll be waiting for you.
Isra: Good for them.
Altair: This is serious, and you're being flippant!
Isra: Oh, perish the thought!
- In Children Of The Stars there is this exchange between the two leads that hints at the established UST being mutual.
Keleria: Well would you rather hang onto me or the gryphon?
Ayuri: The gryphon. What else would I hang on to.
- In The Dilgar War, warmaster Len'char is sent to Earth space to try and stipulate a non-aggression treaty. The description in his journal of the first meeting with Earth ambassadors and their escort as 'subduing them with his commanding aura' and of the 'million sighs' of relief they produced when he informed them of coming in peace and not in conquest drew a lot of laughs from the ambassadors and the intelligence analysts who spied it.
- Used numerous times in the essay-fic, Equestria: A History Revealed, in which the narrator purposefully miscites sources, and her "proof" for her ridiculously implausible theories.
- At one point, she outright admits that most of the stuff in her essay was made up as she goes along. She unfortunately doesn't see the problem in this.
- From Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
Socrates: [upon being questioned by Hobbes as to why he can't go in his mansion] Uh... we're... stinky.
- Project Ignition: What Cristoph is telling the very doomed May Greenfield as she lay in her NEXT as BETA bear down on it... yeah, Adler and Llad are incoming and will save her at the very last second.
- In The Second Try Shinji is forced to apply this trope:
Touji: Thanks for saving me Shinji.
Shinji: No problem.
Shinji: Actually, Asuka and Rei were a great help.
Shinji: I mean me and Rei were helping her really.
Shinji: Not that she needed it.
Touji: I'm not thanking your "wife" just because she made you want me to.
- In The Many Secret Origins of Scootaloo, Pinkie Pie tries to convince Twilight Sparkle that Scootaloo fights crime as The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well, but Twilight protests that they both, as well as Fluttershy and Applejack, invented the MMDW themselves and donned the costume as a prior scheme. And also, she can clearly see Pinkie's costume hanging out of a closet over there. Pinkie Pie insists that she's mistaken.
- In Naruto Asunder, when Naruto and Hinata go on an assured suicide mission:
Naruto: So you say your goodbyes?
Hinata: Yes. My family cheered me on and said to come home safe.
Naruto: Did you say you would?
Hinata: Yes. It seemed the kindest thing to do.
- Psychopath: Thinking Outside the Box: "No Worms Were Harmed in the making of this fic."
- At the end of With Strings Attached, Shag and Varx tell the four that they had been brought to C'hou to restore the Vasyn, and that they themselves are members of an alien do-gooder race but are unable to intervene themselves. The four accept this, but the reader has known all along that they were initially brought over as subjects in an undergraduate psychology experiment, and everything the two aliens said was a complete lie. In part two of the Epilogue, Shag is ashamed to have lied so blatantly to the four, but Varx points out they almost certainly wouldn't have reacted well to the truth:
+How else were we gonna explain everything? 'Oh, the only reason you went through all that was that we all got suckered into the quest by our idiot gamer partner who co-opted you after we got kicked off our psych experiment because we screwed around with you.' They would've loved that.+
- Many instances of the four telling these about their background in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World because they have no intention of telling the truth to people they distrust/dislike (which is everyone). And it's all taken completely seriously, because there are so many outworlders with odd backgrounds on C'hou that everything is plausible.
- The absolute INSANITY that is the Harry Potter fanfic Thirty Hs has this. The fic is marked as Angst/Romance between Bellatrix Lestrange & Seamus Finnegan. They don't appear once.
- In the Saki doujin, Kazekoshi Buchou Monogatari, Mihoko, after seeing Kana get a poke in the forehead from Hisa (who is attending Kazekoshi in this doujin) for getting in last place due to playing into someone else's hand, gets slightly jealous and wants Hisa to touch her in such a way. She then opens her right eye, throws the game, and comments how "everyone has gotten stronger", while Miharu mentally notes that "Captain is so transparent". It's unclear whether Hisa, who kisses Mihoko on the forehead instead is fooled or if she merely doesn't care, although the latter is more likely.
- In Saki: After Story, the phrase is used verbatim to describe Teru refusing to admit that Saki is her sister, even to Sumire, who knows the truth.
"That is utter bullshit! I've had enough of your lying!" Sumire snapped back, now completely outraged at Teru's blatant lies.
- In Frozen Hearts, Prince Hans saying that "I'm not afraid" is an obvious lie for his parents and himself.
True, it was a blatant lie, but even so, he felt better saying it.
- In Table Top Adventures, an obstructive horse-breeder refuses to sell mounts to the party. This prompts Pyrrha to roll for intimidation and whisper in the Game Master's ear. When she's done, he looks afraid, and the NPC gives them the horses and supplies into the bargain.
Jaune: Wow, Pyrrha. What did you say to her?
Pyrrha: I only said 'please'.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, Spock alleges that his letting McCoy and baby!Kirk sleep cuddled together for another few minutes was "entirely due to their need for sleep", not because it's "adorable."
- In the Mork & Mindy fanfic Mork and Mindy's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, Mork can easily tell that Mindy is lying when she says that "everything's fine."
- The Soul Society is apparently built on this in Alabaster Orchestra.
- "Last Rights": When Senior Chief Athezra Darrod is hit by Vaadwaur shrapnel he asks Captain Kanril Eleya how bad it is. She tells him it's just a flesh wound before yelling for the medic. He has four compound fractures of the ribcage and an obvious sucking chest wound, and dies less than a minute later.
- In Four Deadly Secrets, Ruby tells several, and shocks people by her ability to do it with a pure, honest and innocent face.
- In The Great Disney Adventure, Kelsey tells Megara a completely fictional story of a boyfriend who cheated on her in order to encourage her.
- In Vegito's Harem, Bulma claims to be 28 when Beerus crashes her birthday party. Krillin calls bullshit by pointing out that she's three years older than Goku who had Gohan in his 20s and Gohan himself is currently in his 20s.
- In The Lone Traveler this is the only way to get Potter-verse pureblood bigots to accept Muggle tech. Tell them that whatever it is they're so uptight about is completely magical and so much better than anything the Muggles could come up with, they'd bow down to the awesome wizards just for a chance just to look at it. Even if the items in question are stainless steel lab benches, safety goggles, or lab coats.
- Slytherin, Snape and Dudley:
Marcus: By kind donation of Lucius Malfoy, a long time member and supporter of Slytherin, we have been given the newest broom available to non-professionals. This is in no way linked to Draco Malfoy having a place as a reserve.
- My Immortal Has Severus Snape cast a spell to chain the main characters down and "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer; takes out his "you know what" and threatens to "rap draco" unless ebony darkness dementia raven way kills vampire potter with a knife. When the other teachers come in and quite reasonably wander what is going on; snape (who is currently naked from the waist down and about to rape one of the students) claims "I was just teaching them something", it gets even worse later when they have chained him up (still naked from the waist down) and he is still insisting that he was "just teaching them something"
- The Tyrant and the Hero:
- Black Alice claims to Dinah that she's already started packing, while holding a bag that is obviously empty.
- Marcus, the leader of a bandit group, claims that he and his group aren't cruel men. Nobody present believes it for a second, with his own men unable to stop themselves from snickering.
- Zig-zagged in From Muddy Waters. On one hand, Izuku's careful use of his Quirk, All For One, has ensured that the majority of U.A.'s faculty and his classmates only see it as an unusually strong and useful body enhancement Quirk. But his Childhood Friend, Katsuki Bakugou, remembers Izuku proudly showing off his multiple Quirks when they were kids. When he confronts Izuku about it when they meet again at U.A., the best excuse Izuku can come up with is that Bakugou is remembering wrong, which doesn't go over well.
- In My Huntsman Academia, Blake remarks that she'd rather be fighting alongside Izuku because he can can keep his mouth shut compared to Katsuki. The same Izuku who screams SMASH at the top of his lungs whenever he's using his Semblance.
- Steve Rogers in To Intervene tries to get Tony to remove the security protocols on the quinjet that require a mission authorization code to start up while claiming he can't tell Tony what he's up to because it's classified. Tony replies that he knows damn well Steve isn't going on any mission because the DIA (who currently have jurisdiction over the Avengers) have been contacting him thinking Tony had been sending the Avengers on unsanctioned missions; therefore the information isn't classified at all. That and the fact Steve needs help getting around security designed to insure the quinjet is only used for official Avengers business proves in of itself that he's using it for personal reasons.
- A Starstruck Phantasmic Romance: Dash's attempt to justify a defeat.
Dash: Besides, the sun was in my eye!
Starfire: The sun assaulted your vision while indoors?
- Linked in Life and Love: Ozpin claims that Roman Torchwick has been his Deep Cover Agent in the criminal underworld for almost fifteen years. This would be blatant enough on its own, but the "agent" keeps saying "wait, what?" General Ironwood agrees to go along with the farce mostly as an apology for going behind Ozpin's back to create Penny. And Roman Rose quickly proves his worth by revealing a massive plan to destroy Beacon, which he had assumed Ozpin knew about.
- A Cure for Love: After Light runs off to Take Over the World, L tells everyone that Light is dead:
L: Light Yagami is dead and there's nothing I can do to help him now.
Mello: You can't blame yourself, L. He's in a better place.
L: Pffff... Yes. He certainly is.
- In Ward Peggy Sue fanfiction Warp, Victoria Dallon meets up with her -deceased in the original timeline- boyfriend Dean and attempts to explain her agitation away as caused by a dream where he died and the world ended, as well as her figuring out her adoptive sister is in love with her and the recontextualizing past interactions that goes with it. And she did that all in a single night. Because it was a long night. Yes. Dean visibly doesn't believe her but he lets it go.
- In Coveralls, a fanfiction of The X-Files written by an AI, Mulder claims that he isn't Mulder, but rather two different agents, and is actually parked outside the office.
- You'll Get No Answers from the Blue Sea Star: Jo isn't above telling these to you, the reader, mostly because she's writing the story under protest and has to talk about certain things, but really doesn't want to. She discusses it at one point.
I think I should write, "Dad retired to Derdriu and started an inn called the Eisner Arms. Stop by if you get a chance, he serves the best beer in town." See? That's nice. Maybe if enough people read it and believe it, it won't be a lie anymore.
- Code Prime: Megatron tells Cornelia that Optimus was lying about the Decepticons being evil.
- In The Home We Built Together, Snotlout tells Hiccup that Astrid is only playing nice and complains about him when he isn't around. While Hiccup knows that Snotlout's words have little credence on their own, Hiccup's insecurities make it get to him.
- In Dusk Shine In Pursuit Of Happiness, Rainbow Dash is in complete denial that she has feelings for Dusk Shine, but she still leaps at every opportunity to get closer to him.
- Here There Be Monsters: When Magnificus Sivana gets dragged out of his office by a stranger, his secretary asks if something is wrong. Magnificus' exaggerated smile and nervous assurance that absolutely nothing is wrong, make her secretary call the police.
So he walked through the door as the little man opened it for him, and did indeed give the secretary a big smile, so big that she wondered if something was wrong. He assured her that nothing was, which, in five minutes' time, made her call the police.
But that was far too long a time.
- The Great Mouse Detective: Professor Ratigan is not a rat. He may be five times bigger and uglier than a mouse, but if you say he's a rat, his pet cat will eat you, so everyone agrees that he isn't.
- A man gets yelled at by his wife for routinely getting so drunk that he vomits all over himself. One night, while at the bar, one of his drinking buddies gives him some advice: if he puts 20 bucks in his coat pocket, he can claim to his wife that he was vomited on by someone else who gave him money for drycleaning as an apology. The man thinks this is a brilliant idea and proceeds to drink until vomiting over himself as usual. When he gets home, he is greeted by his wife.
Wife: I thought I told you to stop drinking so much! Now I have to clean the vomit off your clothes again!
Husband: Wait, it wasn't me this time! Some other guy vomited on me and he even gave me 20 bucks for drycleaning to say he was sorry! I swear I'm telling the truth, just check my coat pocket if you don't believe me!
[The wife checks the husband's coat and pulls out two $20 bills]
Wife: Hey, there's 40 bucks in here. What's the other 20 for?
Husband: Oh yeah, I forgot. He also shat in my pants.
- In Sweden, those who own a television must pay a yearly fee. Sometimes, controllers visit people who have not paid, to check if they own one. What follows is a paraphrased urban legend of one such visit.
A controller is standing in the doorway of an apartment. A TV is turned on and clearly visible in the living room.
Controller: I see you have a TV there.
Resident: No, that's a washing machine.
Controller: Look, I can clearly see it's a TV.
Resident: I'm telling you, it's a washing machine.
Controller: Ugh, fine.
Knowing he'd need a witness to argue the case in court, the controller returns the next day with a colleague.
In the living room stands... an actual washing machine.
- The Irish folk song Seven Drunken Nights. Contains increasingly blatant lies from the singer's wife, when he comes home late and suspects she's been cheating: She tells him that the coat "where [his] own coat ought to be" is a blanket, for instance. He isn't convinced ("A blanket with brass buttons, I've never seen before!")
- Most of the press releases for psychedelic bands in The '60s said something to the effect of, "This band does not require drugs to create their music." Subverted with Pink Floyd; they got advertised like this but only Syd Barrett was on drugs.
- The Rasputina song "Our Lies" exemplifies this trope, with the singer variously claiming that she was never conceived, the bones in her face weren't there all along and that she loves your coffee cake.
- Shaggy's song "It Wasn't Me", about a man caught in flagrante delicto by his girlfriend, has a Blatant Lie as its title. The advice given is lie blatantly; just issue a flat denial ignoring any evidence to the contrary:
"But she caught me on the counter." "It wasn't me."
"Saw me bangin' on the sofa." "It wasn't me."
"I even had her in the shower." "It wasn't me."
"She even caught me on camera." "It wasn't me."
"She saw the marks on my shoulder." "It wasn't me."
"Heard the words that I told her." "It wasn't me."
"Heard the scream get louder." "It wasn't me."
"She stayed until it was over."
- Ultimately averted in a bridge near the end of the song, where the man who receives this advice flatly rejects it, saying he'll just have to apologize instead:
Gonna tell her that I'm sorryFor the pain that I've causedI've been listening to your reasoningIt makes no sense at all
- Ultimately averted in a bridge near the end of the song, where the man who receives this advice flatly rejects it, saying he'll just have to apologize instead:
- Louis Jordan's 1940s song "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" has a bunch of people trespassing on a farmer's land, and when the farmer hears them and shouts "Who's there?" they reply with the title of the song.
- Another '40s hit, Glenn Miller's "Five O'Clock Whistle", has a youngster relating how her father didn't come home the night before, because (he claimed) the titular whistle was broken.
You ought to hear what my mommy said
When papa came home and sneaked into bed
And told her he'd worked 'til half past two
'Cause the five o'clock whistle never blew
- Björk's album Debut is actually her second album.
- Jonathan Coulton's song "Not About You" is all about how the singer is not thinking about his ex-girlfriend, does not miss her and is certainly not singing about her.
- In George Strait's song "Ocean Front Property", the singer tells his girlfriend that he won't miss her if she leaves, that he doesn't love her... and that he owns the title's "ocean-front property" in Arizona — from his front porch you can see the ssea.
- In South Korean boy band BEAST's song "Shock", member Junhyung says "This song is not over!". Then the song ends.
- Three 6 Mafia claim their name (and especially their old name of Triple Six Mafia) had absolutely nothing to do with Satanism. Because they have absolutely no occult Horrorcore lyrics in ANY of their work, they've never questioned the existence and virtue of God, and the idea of intentionally creating bad publicity to make it big is 100% ludicrous and has never ever worked in the history of all time. So they couldn't possibly have either dedicated themselves to the Devil or opportunistically taken such a persona in a shock and awe effort so they could become stars, because they will quickly tell you that it did not happen.
- Emilie Autumn's real name is not nor has it ever been Emily Fritzges, despite fans receiving packages from her with that exact name on them.
- The Decemberists' "The Tain";
"Darling dear, what have you done?
Your hands and face are smeared with blood."
"The chaplain came and called me out
To bleed and to butcher his mother's sow."
"But darling dear, they found him dead
This morning on the riverbed."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "I Was Only Kidding": all those times he professed his love for his girl, he was only kidding. She doesn't take it well.
- Silverchair did not take their name from a misspelled portmanteau of Nirvana's "Sliver" and You Am I's "Berlin Chair". After several years they finally admitted to having completely made up that story. Originally called Innocent Criminals, they allegedly were given the name Silverchair by one of the administrators of the Pick Me competition, which they won. It's unknown why they lied about it, but it might be because they didn't like the fact that the name was imposed upon them and/or they feared its Narnia origins might undermine their early alternarock sound (it was a better fit with their later albums).
- Pavement used to tell outrageous lies in their early interviews. Stephen Malkmus claimed that they were invited to play at the "Peach Pit" for an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 (not as far fetched as it might seem, as Flaming Lips really did make such an appearance), but got into a fist fight with Jason Priestley.
- Within Temptation's "Intro" from Mother Earth is the eighth track on the album. The Title Track occupies the first position instead.
- Henry Rollins' "Liar". It's a song expressly about using this trope to pick up women.
I can't believe I ever hurt you, I swear I will never lie to you again, please
Just give me one more chance, I'll never lie to you again, no,
I swear, I will never tell a lie, I will never tell a lie, no, no
Ha ha ha ha ha, ho ho ho! Sucker! Sucker! Ooooh sucker!
- "They call me the Hiphopapotamus, my lyrics are bottomless. ... ...*ahem*"
- "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" by Train is a song about a man who was dumped by his girlfriend, but makes up ridiculous, over the top lies about her death.
- John Waite obsesses over his ex-girlfriend in every verse of "Missing You", yet repeatedly denies he misses her in every chorus.
- Possibly playing Unreliable Narrator, in her song "Conspiracy," Kristy Thirsk sings:
I don't know what you've got against me
I'm just a girl from a small town in Canada
There's no phones there
- Whitehouse's infamous song You Don't Have To Say Please, which is narrated from the point of view of a rapist, includes the line "I'd never hurt you babe", in the middle of him forcing a woman to perform fellatio on him.
- "Everything Right Is Wrong Again" by They Might Be Giants contains a line repeatedly stating "and now the song is over now"...right before the bridge.
- Alanis Morissette's fiercely resentful breakup song "You Oughta Know", where she rages against her ex and his new girlfriend, begins with the following blatant lie:
I want you to know that I'm happy for you
I wish nothing but the best for you both.
- The Capitol Steps have a stock parody of the "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel, where a reporter asks various questions of some political figure currently caught in a scandal, and the political figure invariably replies: "Lie-lie-lie, lie-lie-lie-lie-lie-lie..."
- 10cc's "I'm Not in Love", in which the "not" is (intentionally) a thin bit of denial.
- Janis Joplin introducing her song "Mercedes Benz":
"I'd like to do a song of great social and political import!"
- The Offspring: "Walla Walla". The burglar claims "He just gave it to me!" The judge is not convinced.
- Implied in the chorus of the Townes Van Zandt song "Pancho and Lefty". The tone of the lyrics, as well as its juxtaposition with the story that's being told, makes it pretty clear that the assertions referenced don't exactly ring true.
All the Federales say
They could've had him any day
They only let him slip away
Out of kindness, I suppose. note
- The song "That's What It's Like in Japan" by Logan Whitehurst describes various details from Super Mario Bros. and includes the claim, "I've totally been there."
- "Fifty Ways to Say Goodbye" by Train is about a guy who would rather claim his girlfriend is dead than that he was dumped, and is hilariously bad at it (it also isn't about fifty ways to say goodbye):
She went down in an airplane,
Fried getting suntan,
Fell into a cement mixer full of quicksand.
Help me, help me, I'm no good at goodbyes.
She met a shark underwater,
Fell and no-one caught her,
I returned everything I ever bought her.
Help me, help me, I'm all out of lies.
And ways to say you died.
- This is a game mechanic in Fish Tales - upon catching a fish, you can shoot a shot to "Stretch the Truth" and gain more points, but you can also tell a "total lie" that voids all points the fish would've gotten you.
- Calling the WWE a bunch of liars is pointless because the fights are all scripted and the outcomes are determined. However, they've lied in a few other ways a few times that fans didn't appreciate as much:
- John Cena never gives up. Both he and the WWE make that claim all the time, because well, full-blooded American heroes like the type he's supposed to be never give up. Problem is, he has given up, three times, to Kurt Angle in No Mercy in 2003 and No Way Out 2004, and to Chris Benoit in Smackdown 2003. And the WWE definitely doesn't want to talk about that one. Speaking of which...
- Possibly a lie by admission, but still uncomfortable. Chris Benoit's suicide after murdering his family has caused the WWE to swear never to speak of him again, and as a result, have erased his role in every previous storyline via Retcon and disabled the ability to search for his matches on their website, pretending they didn't happen. Whether you agree with this policy or not, it remains one of their biggest and most blatant deceptions.
- The whole mess with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in Survivor Series 99. During that storyline, Austin was hit by a car driven by Rikishi (oddly enough), and as a result, had to sit out the Triple Threat main event, and was replaced by Big Show at the last minute. Fair enough, but the trouble is, this fake injury was made to cover up a real one, which was the actual reason he couldn't participate in the event. His neck had been hurt since Summer Slam 1997, and the problem was flaring up again; he needed surgery and likely wouldn't be wrestling for a year. The WWE knew that, but had booked him for the main event of Survivor Series that year, promoting an event they knew he'd never be able to make (driving up sales, naturally, as fans tend to pay more for a match with the star) and using the phony story to excuse it. This wasn't technically false advertising, but it wasn't exactly "true advertising" either.
- WrestleMania III's attendance was 93,173, a record attendance that would endure for 20 years, or rather it would have if it wasn't a boldfaced lie. Various sources have claimed the actual number was closer to 80,000, and possibly as low as 78,000.
- They may be big on Fanservice with their Divas, but actual nudity has always been against their policy, aside from a few "accidents". Nonetheless, when the rebooted episodes of ECW started to tank badly, they promised an all-Diva game of Strip Poker. Now, it's unlikely most fans expected them to follow through (this was basic cable, after all) and they did not; they pixelated the Divas' "nudity", which was actually them with flesh-colored underwear.
- When they set up the unification match for the WWE heavyweight titles in TLC 2013, one inscription on the engraved belt was the indication of a title that went back a hundred years - problem is, it doesn't. In truth, the WCW heavyweight title (previously the NWA title), which does indeed go back that long, was retired in 2001 when it was unified with the WWE titles. The belt at the event looked similar to the older one, but was only marking an eleven-year-old event; makes a better story, though.*
- Usually a Loser Leaves Town match has a "three month rule" in the WWE (as in, three months is the longest the winner can demand the loser leave for) but in the case of John Cena during his long feud with rookie wrestlers The Nexus, it was implied at first it would be permanent. Here's how it went down. After losing during a Hell in a Cell, Cena was forced to join Nexus, and two months later in Survivor Series 2010, Nexus leader Wade Barrett told him if he didn't leave as champion, he was fired. Well, the event was publicized with emotional retrospectives and documentaries about Cena's career, and after he did lose, he gave a long, long tearful goodbye the next night on Raw. Thing is, he didn't even stay away three months, he came back in a week, beating the ever-living crud out of Nexus members until they reinstated him, seemingly cheapening the whole thing.
- Mick Foley did something similar at No Way Out 2000, putting his career on the line against Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match, losing in a brutal fight and claiming he was leaving forever. Well, he stayed away longer than Cena did (three weeks this time) but came back in the very next Pay-Per-View event. Since then, he wrestled in 2003, 2006, 2008, well, you get the idea.
- Even worse than that is when they claim that somebody who actually did retire is supposedly coming back. Bret Hart retired for good in 2000, due to concussions and a stroke later, and it's unlikely (well, impossible, as given his injuries, he's uninsurable and can't be legally cleared to wrestle) he'll ever be cleared to do so again. In 2010, however, he's been advertised as making a return as a wrestler several times in guest matches that were obvious farces.
- "Once in a Lifetime!" For a full year, the WWE shoved that phrase down fans' throats while promoting the match between John Cena (again) and The Rock, for the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII, claiming it was an event that could only, should only, would only happen "Once in a Lifetime!". With such insistence that it was a "Once in a Lifetime!" event over and over, one would expect it to actually BE "Once in a Lifetime!" But it was not. It happened again the next year, and the WWE knew it would from the start. The Rock said in an interview he had been signed to three WrestleMania matches, the first costing him the title, the second a rematch with Cena, the third a rematch with the title on the line. Maybe the phrase "Twice in a Lifetime" just isn't catchy enough, so they decided "Who cares? Everyone will pay to watch it anyway!"
- Even within the framework of Kayfabe, announcers have at times been required to make completely false, unrealistic and utterly not believable statements. A good example of this can be found during the Giant González vs. Jim Powers match on the March 14 (taped January 26), 1993 episode of WWF All American Wrestling. Announcer Rob Bartlett had to say, with a completely straight face, that Powers was looking to work his way back to the top of the World Wrestling Federation. Powers was NEVER at the top, was NEVER even close to the top, and was NEVER going to get there.
- Michael Cole interviewed Vince McMahon at Survivor Series '97 and asked who was going to win the WWF Title match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Vince replied, "I don't know."
- Heels often do this by claiming they won matches singlehandedly when there was actually plenty of interference, the fans are all cheering for them, or they are just at ringside at the same time as their enemy to commentate.
- CM Punk has only lost to Chris Hero once, when Punk had a 108 degree fever and the gout.
- John Laurinaitis constantly attempted to claim his actions were in the spirit of "People Power" and therefore giving the audience what they want. Yeah, giving heels unfair advantages and firing fan favorite employees, including one for simply mocking your voice just so you can manipulate him into your full loyalty, are truly selfless acts.
- Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, as the leaders of The Authority since 2013, have claimed that all of their actions are best for business. Apparently screwing over Daniel Bryan at every turn, threatening to fire anyone who tried to aid him, raiding the personal finances of Big Show and the Rhodes family, orchestrating the breakup of major stables and tag teams, relying on a hostage taking to regain power after their firing, and firing employees who aided John Cena in trying to take them out of power are all good business decisions. Perhaps they meant good for their own pocket books. At least during the McMahon-Helmsley Era in 2000, also led by the two, they openly admitted to screwing people over intentionally and only covered it up when they were backed into a corner.
- Bill Cosby plays this for laughs in his famous "To My Brother Russell, Whom I Slept With" routine. Bill and Russell constantly misbehave in the middle of the night, which their father always catches them doing. At first, they deny that all of the crying and screaming is them, but this veers more and more into Implausible Deniability when the two of them break the bed and soak each other in water. They blame "some man" who climbed into their window just to break their bed and throw water on them. Their father gets more and more fed up with this as the routine goes on, finally culminating in him forcing the two boys to stand up all night.
Teacher: Mr. Cosby, you're killing your son.Bill's Dad: That's right. I made him and I'll take him out of here!
- Cosby did a routine about when he had his tonsils out as a kid - the doctor is trying to put him at ease, eventually telling him "When they cut your tonsils out, don't you know...are you ready for the lie?...they'll give you all the ice cream in the world that you can eat."
- In yet another routine, young Bill Cosby tries to get out of trouble when his teacher sends home a note asking to meet with his parents. Cosby tells his father that the teacher called his father a name for no reason whatsoever. Despite the obvious holes in young Bill's story, his father is so outraged that he resolves to go to the school the following morning and pick a fight with the teacher. The story ends hilariously with Cosby Sr. whaling on young Bill right in the teacher's office once he realizes that the friendly teacher merely wanted to discuss Bill's poor marks.
- From John Mulaney: "And Jake asked me, 'Dude, were you at my party last night?' And I said: 'No.' You know, like a liar!"
- From Stewart Francis (who is white): "Anybody who accuses me of stealing other comedians' jokes can just kiss my black ass, okay?!"
- Warhammer 40,000. The Imperial Truth: "There are no supernatural things or gods." Yeah, sure... The Imperium is practically BUILT on blatant lies.
- In an odd twist, the fact that said gods and supernatural things exist because people believe in them means that spreading the Imperial Truth can actually make it the truth.
- The Emperor's plan was to make it true, but he never quite got that far. In the Horus Heresy series, all myths are considered false by the Imperium, and while the warp is known to be dangerous, daemons are not known to exist. Key figures in the Imperium are granted the secret knowledge that the warp sometimes spits out unintelligent energies that look like creatures and can do bad things. Not even Horus knew about the Chaos Gods, let alone that daemons could work together or even think. This kind of caused problems.
- The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer is filled with hilariously "uplifting" misinformation about the Imperium and its adversaries that would doubtless get the reader killed if they were stupid enough to take it at face value. Nuggets include:
- "Orks are much weaker than humans with brittle bones and weak muscles, and they are confused by loud noises and sudden movement."note
- "Elder technology is antiquated and inferior to our own, and they are frail and not meant for battle."note
- "Genestealers are slow and sluggish and their claws are puny."note
- In the RPG Spycraft, a 10th level Faceman has the ability to tell one bald-faced lie that can't immediately be proven false and must be believed. "The sky is purple" is legitimate as long as they aren't outside or near a window.
- In In Nomine, Balseraphs (fallen Seraphim) have the power to make people believe any lie they speak. They suffer for it if they themselves actively disprove the lie (such as saying "I won't shave your head" and then doing just that) but other than that, they're consummate liesmiths. Their angelic counterparts, on the other hand, can recognize any lie spoken, so they don't get along too well...
- In Nobilis first and second editions, the same concept goes even further. An Excrucian Deceiver (a type of monster Mole) can tell one person a Blind Lie. While they don't have to believe it, they become incapable of perceiving any contradictory evidence. No. Matter. What. If the lie is "I won't hurt you." and then he starts smashing the victim in the face with a war mace? The victim will neither see nor feel it.
- Players can pull this off too with the correct Estate.
- In Unknown Armies many different magic styles have ways of getting people to believe anything. An avatar of the Demagogue can convince anyone by talking to them for a while, a cliomancer (history mage) can make a person think they "heard it somewhere before", etc.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- In some editions, an extremely high bluff roll can make someone believe anything, based on DM discretion.
- Gary Gygax pulled this with in the description of Word of Recall. In the Player's Handbook, it says that the spell, which is meant to work as an emergency escape from trouble, is "infallibly safe." When you read the description in the Dungeon Master's Guide, it says: "For each plane that the cleric is removed from the plane of his or her designated Sanctuary, there is a 10% cumulative chance that the cleric will be irrevocably lost in the intervening astral or ethereal spaces."
- Characters with divine Manipulation abilities can function as both consummate liars and lie-detectors.
- If you tell a mortal a lie using a particular ability, the only way for them to be convinced otherwise is to be presented with direct contradictory evidence. If you use it to tell the truth, no force on Earth can make them doubt you.
- Players can potentially do anything superhumanly well, from jumping and fighting to lying. In a bit of a twist, Sidereals have a charm that causes the target to take a possibly truthful statement as being a blatant lie.
- There's also a meta example in the White Veil Society, whose writeup is composed of Suspiciously Specific Denials, followed by the Martial Arts Style "they most certainly would not practice, if they existed."
- Paranoia. "The Computer is your friend! Any claim that this is merely the tip of the iceberg is treason."
- In the board game Dungeon Petz, if a baby monster isn't sold before it matures, it is discarded from play. The rulebook states that it is released to live happily on a farm...and tells you to add an extra meat resource to the market whenever this happens. For some strange reason.
- An optional rule takes this even further, so that discarding the carnivorous plant provides a bonus vegetable, discarding the golem provides a bonus gold, and discarding the ghost provides nothing. And then restates that there is no thematic reason for this rule. Nope. Definitely not.
- Blood Bowl has "hidden weapon" as a skill for some players. These include chainsaws, bombs, ball and chains bigger than the goblin wielding it, and steamrollers.
- Legend of the Five Rings has no ninjas. None at all. It's certainly not a whole character class available to PCs and NPCs alike. There certainly aren't families that specialise in it, and if they did, they certainly wouldn't run the equivalent of the intelligence service.
- Jake's song from Evil Dead: The Musical. He claims to be a pro basketball player, to have won an Oscar for directing Platoon, to have written Jackie Chan's autobiography, and to have created the phrase "fo' shizzle, my nizzle!"
- Louisiana Purchase has a song explaining how the show is not a thinly veiled satire of a certain politician, but a work of utter fiction, set in New Orleans, "a city we've invented so that there would be no fuss./If there is such a place/It's certainly news to us."
- Serves as the basis of Ray Cooney's farce, Tom, Dick and Harry
- In Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour claims that Mushnik is visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia, when in reality Seymour killed Mushnik.
- Utopia Limited: Nearly anything that the Flowers of Progress, and to a lesser degree Lady Sophy, say about England.
- Quoth one of the murderers in Chicago's song, "Cell Block Tango": "He ran into my knife! He ran into my knife TEN TIMES!"
- At the end of Alexander Pushkin's Boris Godunov Mosalskiy with the soldiers enters Godunov's house. Then the sound of fighting and woman's scream are heard. Then Mosalskiy returns and proclaims to the shocked crowd that Godunov's widow and son poisoned themselves and died before his visit...
- Henrik Ibsen has Peer Gynt, who lies all the time. Then there is a crucial moment in Brand, where Brand has managed to get a parish up to the mountain in an attempt to make a rebel army of them. The main antagonist, the local Bailiff, cooks up a story of a school of fish steaming into the fjord, that eventually will make everyone rich, if they only come back down again. All of them go HeelFace Turn in seconds, leaving Brand alone.
- Mark Antony's speech in Act III, scene II of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. First telling the crowd "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him", he then proceeds to praise Caesar and turn his audience into an angry mob.
- In Starting Here, Starting Now, the singer of "I Don't Remember Christmas" goes on to sing about all the special occasions and memories he definitely doesn't remember.
- Most of the characters in Assassins have a loose association with the truth at best, but this exchange takes the cake:
Fromme: Do you play the guitar?
Fromme: You're playing it now!
- In Six, one of Henry's given reasons for wanting to divorce Catherine of Aragon is that, according to the Bible, she'll never be able to have children, because she was married to his brother first. As Catherine points out, though, this logic falls flat on its face when you remember that she's already had a child.
Catherine: Weren't you there when I gave birth to Mary? [waves to Mary offstage] Hi, baby.
Chorus: Daughters are so easy to forget.
- Inanimate Insanity II: "Hey guys! I'd just like to let you all know that I didn't steal anything!" Right after Suitcase stole a MePhone4 battery.
- The Homestar Runner Wiki has a page about this.
- The History of Europe: The Ottoman Empire is a bully and a tyrant, and Egypt most certainly took no part in any of the atrocities committed by him.
- The Most Popular Girls in School: Episode 67:
Mercenary Cheerleader 2: Okay then, we're gonna go home. We're totally not gonna attack your friend and carry out the mission on our own.
Mackenzie: It sounds like you're being sarcastic. Are you being sarcastic?
Mercenary Cheerleader 2: What? No! We're totally just gonna head home, and not take that video.
Mackenzie: It sounds like you're doing that thing, you know, where you say you're not gonna do something even though it's painfully clear that you're still going to do it.
Mercenary Cheerleader 2: Whaaaaat? No, no that's my English accent. We're gonna head home, not attack anyone, and we're totally not gonna steal that videotape. You have my word. (hangs up)
Mercenary Cheerleader 1: So... the mission's off?
Mercenary Cheerleader 2: No, believe it or not, I was being sarcastic.
- Greeny Phatom is filled to the brim with examples of this made by Robert Stainton, the creator of the show:
- For starters, Robert Stainton claims that Greeny Phatom is a TV show. It never aired on TV; it appeared on the Internet post-2009. It's unlikely that TV stations would ever air a show that's made in MS Paint anyway.
- He claims that it's made by the companies Sony Wonder, Cinar, and Children's Television Workshop, which is an unlikely combination of companies working on the same show together...note and that's not even mentioning that the end credits of the Greeny Phatom movie state that Klasky-Csupo and Paramount produced it with them. The end credits also state that Disney distributes the film's soundtrack. Good luck finding any actual works that are co-produced by all six of those companies.
- To see more of them, all you really have to do is check out the Greeny Phatom Wiki.
- Anon: Tucker. It's hard to ever distinguish what's true and what's false with almost anything he says.
- Let's also add this to his brother Hunter and his father Antonio. Basically the entire Martinez family is based on lies.
- Since the Twitter blog Worst Muse is all about (jokingly) passing off utterly terrible writing tips as good advice, this trope (alobg with a healthy dose of Snark) is in full effect. Case in point:
"You SHOULD base your protagonist on you. Disguise him by giving him really intense green eyes and an ancestral weapon. You don't have those!""It'd go over great if your narrator looked in the mirror and compared their own eyes to a really specific body of water.""Pourquoi débourser pour un pro quand Google Translate est gratuit? Ce n'est pas comme anyone'll connaître la différence."note
- Googlebrains does not have a crush on Pan-Pizza, believe it or not.
- That Guy With the Glasses' MikeJ is constantly spewing "facts" about Briton. For instance, did you know that all the homosexual people were banished to Norway in the 1800s? Or that goats are the dominant species? 87 foot ring tailed lemurs run amok, and they have the Running of the Praying Mantis which happens every week.
- Everyone knows the 87 foot ring tailed lemurs are really a whole bunch of regular lemurs group together.
- From Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog:
- Hammer and Horrible meeting again.
Horrible: We're meeting now for the first time!
Hammer: You look...horribly familiar.
Horrible: Just have that kind of face! Must be going now...!
- In the final song:
Horrible: And I am fine...
- Hammer and Horrible meeting again.
- Awkward. has Alex, who will say anything if it gets him a little closer to target-of-his-affections Lester.
Alex: [while following a half-naked Lester around the kitchen with a video camera] Makin' a video. For school. Yeah, it's a documentary about, um... kitchen life.
- Stories on Pseudopod are usually introduced with "I have a story for you, and I promise you, it's true." (For context, Pseudopod is a horror Genre Anthology with regular forays into the supernatural and the surreal.)
- The blogger Chromagic does this all the time. For example, "And, you know, [Sandslash has] huge long talons. Also like me."
- Ranger in Comic Fury Werewolf during Game 11 had an exchange seen as either hilarious or quite frustrating in Game 11, where he claimed, "I'm not a wolf!" After he was dead. And confirmed by the host.
- Count how many times Zoë says she will cut something out of episodes of The Webcomics Company podcast.
- Half of what's written in My Opinions on Every Pokémon Ever.
- Even TV Tropes provides some examples.
- This Lolcat.
- Also several variations involving a cat sitting in the middle of a gigantic mess with a caption declaring something along the lines of "What? I had nothing to do with it!" Cat (and dog) owners know full well how much this is Truth in Television.
- 4chan did not do anything with this trope: 
- In season 1 of Brazilian webseries "Só Levando", posted at , a man named Bezerra was making pirate CDs until the police caught him. He claimed it was for personal use.
Officer: Vainessa Camargo CDs?
Bezerra: I like her.
Officer: 120 copies?
Bezerra: I like her a lot.
- Common in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series - it is the trope namer for Most Definitely Not a Villain, after all - but Marik is probably the worst offender here. His name is Malik Blishtar, he's not doing anything suspicious, and he is 100% straight! Also, that whole thing about being gay in Marik Plays Bloodlines episode 6? Ghosts.
- The characters in Dead Ends have the option of doing this a few times. It gets them killed.
- Tobuscus' Lazy Vlogs contain a rather large amount of pointless rambling — that is the point. However, when Toby gets to rambling, he often launches into some... rather obvious untruths. In this vlog he claims to have a lying tell, and then claims to be lying about said tell.
- Oh, I'm shooting a documentary on hotels. *later* My house is being renovated, so I'm staying here. *later* Well, my job got relocated, so I'm looking for a place to stay. He was losing his memory.
- A lot of email spam often is lies to either download viruses or try to give banking information to "Nigerian princes."
- Bears love lots of things, but certainly not petting zoos.◊ The declaration on the not-bear's T-shirt is very comforting.
- YouTube videos have a "Top Comments" section, wherein the comments given the most thumbs-up are enshrined. Except, looking through any given video's comments will often reveal ones with dozens more positive ratings than whatever the actual video page considers top-rated — apparently "top" means "less than 50 ratings" on YouTube.
- One of the ways someone from the SCP Foundation has tried to kill their resident Nigh Invulnerable Omnicidal Maniac lizard is "throw Dr. Clef in 682's containment room." This is followed by a note from the higher-ups very specifically stating that it was NOT an attempt by a researcher to kill Dr. Clef, and that the project head's death was due to 682, which smashed his head against a control panel while somehow remaining in its containment area.
Report: It is determined that this is the point where Dr. Clef accidentally fell out of his chair and struck his head nine times against the corner of the desk, fracturing his skull and snapping his neck between the second and third vertebrae.
- Played with in Happy Tree Friends: The episode description for Happy Trails, pt. 1 is "Is this really the end of the invulnerable Happy Tree Friends?". It's never specified whether the invulnerability refers to their ability to stay alive (which would make it an obvious lie) or coming back after every episode.
- From Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv):
- Welcome to Night Vale: The titular town is riddled with conspiracy theories come true, resulting in a lot of hasty coverups that don't even try for credibility. Cecil, the news announcer for the local public radio station, can usually keep any disbelief he may or may not feel out of his voice, with two notable exceptions: when the City Council tries to pass off the feral dog pack menacing town as plastic bags blowing in the wind, and when the Mega-Corp that owns the neighbouring town buys the radio station and is feeding him lines under duress.
- In the Bad Call TV episode "Up in Smoke," the spokesman for Premiere Smokeless Cigarettes says that they are "100% safe, 100% clean, and make no compromises on taste." As it turns out, they have a disgusting charcoal aftertaste, resulting in the spokesman taking a Vomit Discretion Shot. Sadly, this is based on a Real Life advertising campaign that went horribly wrong.
- In So I Cheated with an AUTO BUILD MOD in a building competition... Skeppy cheats in the building competition by having a mod make his builds from images he finds off Google and tries to pass the detailed pixel art as something he did in less than five minutes. His competitor Bad Boy Halo doesn't buy it.
- In I tried a cursed troll but it backfired... (Ft. Technoblade) he does this on multiple occasions, from telling Techno a jump isn't impossible to lying about not giving him a speed boost.
- Happens frequently with the Third Rate Gamer.
- At the beginning of his Kirby's Adventure review, he denies stealing from The Angry Video Game Nerd by claiming he doesn't watch him, and he "proves" this to Billy by showing footage of not being subscribed to him (read: showing footage of him already being subscribed, and then scrolling the cursor onto the "Unsubscribe" button and clicking it, which he apparently forgot to edit out).
- In the middle of the same review, he does a slight commercial break advertising a card game. We then cut to an actor who is not very enthusiastic about his opinion, and the bottom of the screen has a caption saying "NOT A PAID ACTOR".
- At the end of his review of The Legend of Zelda, he tells the viewers to buy his DVD, which is "not rushed at all". The cover art is a terrible drawing made in crayon, and the lines of a sheet of paper are visible.
- He claims his review of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is original, but the gameplay footage is from the AVGN's review with the original sound running in the background.
- In his The Lion King review, he tells the viewers to see how slow Simba is running "in this unedited footage", said as he then abruptly slows down the footage.
- There is no game! THIS IS NOT A GAME!!
- In Sooper Appisote 3 of Da Amazin OT Advenchr, the place called Not Microsoft Land that contains signs pointing to a room where Bill Gates is. Guess whats written on the signs? Not Where Bill Gates Is!
Bill Gates: [when TNT and Lite enter the room] o no hwo did u fia me?!
- Matthew Santoro:
- In Worldwide Internet Control!, Wheezy Waiter and Corey Vidal did a guest intro for Matt. Wheezy Waiter introduced himself as Corey Vidal, and Corey introduced himself as Wheezy Waiter.
- In Why Lying is OK!, Hugo eats the cat, and Matt asks him if he's seen the cat. He says that he hasn't.
- In Mark Zuckerberg Eats Goats!, Matt asks Hugo if he's been taking pictures with his phone again. He says no, even though he clearly has.
- In My Favourite Stuff from the 90's!, Matt talks about shows he liked in the 90's, and mentions Xena: Warrior Princess. He then says that he never watched it.
- In 100th Video Spectacular! (MEGA COLLAB)!, Zak says that Matt helped kill John F. Kennedy. He then answers the question of how Matt could have done so, since he was born 22 years after the assassination: he's a time-travelling demon.
- In Back to School-What NOT to Do!, Matt tells Eugene that he thinks that his clothes look good.
- In The Stinger of A New Planet & Antimatter!, a fan commenter accuses Matt of putting subliminal messages in his video. He denies this, while messages show up on the screen for a fraction of a second, some of them telling the viewer to subscribe.
- In Why Lying is OK!, Matt's friend asks him if he ate the ice cream. He gets shifty eyes, and says no. His friend doesn't buy it, and asks him why he's not looking at him. He says that he is looking at him.
- In Why Lying is OK!, Matt tells the audience that if they don't subscribe, the world will end the following week.
- At the beginning of 10 Bizarre UNEXPLAINED Miracles from Around the World!, which is about bizarre unexplained miracles from around the world, he says that the topic at hand is "completely noncontroversial".
- We have this with poem titled I didn't do it and it's accompanying image, where someone is suspected of murder and is playing innocent.
- During a video of the Yogscast playing Trouble in Terrorist Town, Sips, after shooting at Smiffy, accuses him of being the traitor. Smiffy is a detective and displayed as such, and Sips is promptly ridiculed for trying to lie so blatantly.
- Hermes from Beyond the Impossible:
-Youre lying she accuses, hoping to provoke a reaction. It works: Hermes laughs genuinely.
-But of course I am! Im the god of liars and thieves. The question is, what am I lying about?
- Clingy Jealous Girl Twilight from Friendship is Witchcraft tries to make Cadence seem worse than she is. Amongst these lies are Cadence kicking a baby in the face and her having devil horns.
- Don't Hug Me I'm Scared:
Shrignold: You see? Everyone has a special one.(Beat)Rabbit Boy: Even Michael!
- Tony the Talking Clock sends the main characters on adventures through time, and as soon as this starts to cause them to age rapidly, he stands idly by and says "It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock!"
- The clock also assures the main characters "Oh, don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine," even though his adventure causes the characters to experience what its like to rot to death. Possibly subverted as they *are* fine at the end of the video.
- The butterfly in the third episode tries to tell a story about how everyone a story about "special ones" and how everyone has them, but his character, Michael, is called a freak and lives alone in a cave without any mention of a special one. The butterfly and his friends still try to insist the story was about special ones.
- Everything The Healthy Band says about health in Episode 5.
- Special mention to the space-themed teacher in Episode 6 who claims planets live inside the moon.
- "Roderick" the gargoyle in JourneyQuest speaks in nothing but Blatant Lies. This is because he was one half of a Knights and Knaves puzzle. Glorion the warrior killed his truthful counterpart before even realizing that it was a logic puzzle, then dragged Roderick with him as an unwilling sidekick. For the rest of the series, Glorion never catches on that Roderick only speaks in lies, though they are so blatant that most other characters get it right away. Sometimes this endangers both their lives, when Roderick tries to encode earnest warnings but Glorion fails to comprehend. Mostly, Roderick just exploits his curse to hurl sarcastic insults, which Glorion interprets as flattery.
- Ami Yamato takes her viewers on a tour around London, visiting various landmarks and making up tall tales about them, such as that the London Eye was once used as a lookout post, and that the internet is kept at the top of Big Ben.
- Echo Rose: As Carma says, there's nothing strange going on in Nettlebrook. Zipper Films isn't doing anything subversive or rebellious, and everything is fine. In fact, Carma and Zipper Films are just after likes, not artistic integrity, and certainly not the truth. And in no way was she forced to say all of this on camera.
- Liu Bei and co.'s MO in Farce of the Three Kingdoms. They are totally Han Loyalists to the end, and are not in any way trying to Take Over the World. Liu Bei only named himself Emperor because he thought the real Emperor was dead! He would never depose another Liu, especially not Qi, or Zhang. And he will definitely give Jingzhou back to Sun Quan.
- When Twitch streamer The 8-Bit Drummer was playing Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee, he attempted to catch a Weezing. Each time he threw the pokéball, he jokingly said First try Chat. It took three attempts.
Jerod (reading chat): First times the charm.
- In the Disney Theme Parks, their Vacation Club is said to be "Disney's Best Kept Secret". That actually is part of their advertising. With 10 to 15 kiosks for it in every park, they definitely hide it well from everyone.
- The French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, who is remembered as the loser at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, died the next year in a hotel in Rennes with six stab wounds in the left lung and one in the heart. The official verdict was suicide.
- Making tukhta. Tukhta is Russian for 'inflated production figures' and falsified records. This was ubiquitous in USSR and all Socialist countries, where every worker had been assigned a 'norm', quota, of production. To attain this, the practice of making up your quotas through devious means and fabricating outputs. This could be as simple as writing down a figure that didnt reflect your actual labour or picking up a pile of timber that had already been counted, moving it somewhere else, and counting it again.
- A Chinese amusement park built what is quite clearly a statue of an orange Gundam. When asked about it, their answer was "This is an original design and most definitely not an orange Gundam. There might be some similarities, but that's about it". And now they brought it down and proclaim "THERE NEVER WAS A 50-FEET TALL BRIGHT ORANGE STATUE HERE, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" A shame, really, but what else can you expect? It was a strong contender for the title of "The World's Largest Bootleg", too.
- Iranian-Canadian reporter Zahra Kazemi was arrested in Iran for photographing a protest. She was later taken to a hospital (where she soon died) with bruises, broken bones, and other obvious traumatic injuries. The officers who brought her in told the doctors that she was suffering from "a digestive problem."
- The supply sergeants of an air cavalry unit in Vietnam ran a black market providing the men with army issue equipment for personal use. Whenever a helicopter was shot down, they explained away the missing inventory by listing the items as having been lost with that aircraft. At one inspection of the books from the higher ups, five tons of equipment was reported to have gone down with one shot down UH-1 Huey. The Huey has an overweight load of one ton.
- This is a fairly standard way of explaining away inventory discrepancies in many militaries around the world. For years after the Falklands War, for example, any missing equipment in the British Army was explained as having gone down on the Atlantic Conveyor.
- Viktor Suvorov described in his book "Tales of a Liberator" how, during the invasion of Czechoslovakia, a group of Soviet soldiers accidentally burned a motorcycle and attempted to pass it off as loss to enemy action. The battalion commander spotted the lie immediately, but said he'd sign the protocol... so long as they'd add that the motorcycle had upon it a grenade launcher another company dropped into water. By the time the documents reached the front commander, the motorcycle also carried two fur coats, two night-vision devices, a rangefinder, a machinegun, a radio transmitter and a barrel of alcohol.
- In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Luis Suárez got in trouble in the Uruguay-Italy match for biting Giorgio Chiellini. The excuse he gave was something along the lines of "I fell and his body collided with my teeth". Read the full article here.note
- Steven Seagal is infamous for this. He's claimed to be a former CIA Black Ops operative, some kind of reborn Buddhist deity, a coach for several elite MMA fighters, a cop, a student of Morihei Ueshiba and an Italian. Despite these macho-man credentials, Steven for some reason can't be bothered to say in shape and nowadays he has to be the flabbiest star in the Action genre. This link does a good job of exposing Seagal's bullshit.
- MTV Cribs often staged the extravagant lifestyles of its subjects. Ja Rule passed off a vacation rental house as his own. In Bow Wow's episode he showed off three sports cars that had "Prestige" printed on the windows, a Miami-based luxury rental car agency. In Robbie Williams' episode he hired actors to play butlers.
- Hiding the Trinity nuclear-bomb test was clearly going to be a bit tricky; as an Army security officer put it, "you might as well try to hide the Mississippi River". Nevertheless, they tried:
Several inquiries have been received concerning a heavy explosion which occurred on the Alamogordo Air Base reservation this morning. A remotely located ammunition magazine containing a considerable amount of high explosives and pyrotechnics exploded. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone, and the property damage outside of the explosives magazine was negligible.
- In 1957, the spy submarine USS Gudgeon was forced to emerge in Soviet-claimed territorial waters near Vladivostok, and claimed they were passing by en route to Japan. The Soviet sailors, content in having done their job and knowing that calling the Gudgeon out would mean the crew would be executed as spies at best, feigned buying it... And thanked them for helping in the anti-submarine exercise, starting an unwritten agreement based on a lie: any American sub forced to emerge wasn't a spy sub but had just helped the Soviet ships in an exercise to deal with actual spy subs and now owed them a case of whisky as prize for "winning", and any Soviet sub forced to emerge had helped the US Navy in an exercise to counter actual spy subs and now owed them a case of vodka.
- Charles Lamb, in his War in Stringbag described how he, as the torpedo squadron supply officer, had receipted 24 Irving flight jackets for his squadron. He was technically responsible of them until "returned", "written off" or "lost". Since they were excellent jackets, many of the pilots and observers took them with when they were transferred to other units, and Lamb lost the count of them. Finally as his ship HMS Illustrious was bombed and seriously damaged, he reported those jackets as 'lost' in the débacle. Everyone were content.
- Some scammers, including those who use ransomware to pass as the FBI or cold-call as the IRS, will claim that an arrest warrant is being issued against their targets, and the only way they can avoid going to prison is to pay them in prepaid cards. The lies in these scams are myriad: on top those who cold-call always hailing from India, and the fact that arrest warrants don't go away for paying a fine (much less in the form of a difficult-to-trace prepaid card), anyone with a passing familiarity with criminal law will tell you that the police will never warn someone that they have an arrest warrant against them until they are approaching the subject to actually serve it, lest the suspect flee or destroy the evidence.
- Some particularly bad ones will end up calling military-issued phones, which no revenue service or law enforcement agency would call if it was about a personal matter unrelated to the military.
- Any time someone very conspicuously says "I don't have a racist bone in my body" or something along those lines, you can guarantee it's a load of crap.
- Electronic Arts attempted to stonewall British parliament on the subject of lootboxes, which EA's representative attempted to claim that they called Lootboxes "Surprise Mechanics". To say people were not happy with EA after pulling this stunt is a gross understatement.
There are definitely more examples after this, but we're out of indices.
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