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Chalmers: [spots Skinner's burning kitchen] Good Lord! What is happening in there?!
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?!
Skinner: Yes.

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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.

Similar to A Wizard Did It, but instead of hand-waving some implausible aspect of the series, the character is the one doing the hand-waving to another character.

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. A "Blind Idiot" Translation can also turn something that SHOULD be true into a blatant lie or vice versa.

In Real Life, this is the most offensive form of turd polish. But Real Life examples are welcome anyways. We swear, trust me!

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. Compare Confession Deferred, telling the truth only when it's convenient. Also see Photo Identification Denial, especially when someone denies knowing a person after being shown their photograph, but it's clear they're lying.

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  • 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
    Agent Burke: [deadpan] Is that a grenade?
    Fi: What grenade?
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IHOP's summer 2019 ad for their line of burgers blatantly tries to push them as pancakes.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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!
  • 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.

    These are Reality Games, not Alternate Reality 
  • Omega Mart: The Training Videos label the Ecru cone as their serious, most attention-needing spill signal. The rap that explains what kinds of spills are accounted for with an Ecru cone then goes on to say that "equipment failure" isn't one of them and that this is accounted for with an aqua cone.

    What Asian Animation would be mentioned here? 
  • 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.

    Audio Plays? Never heard of them! 
  • Bert and I...: Harry Whitfield, who stepped out to go sharpen his axe, gets his car caught in the wheel well of a 747 and flown to New York City. When he arrives home several days later, his wife is standing at the door glaring at him, and his justification is, "That axe was some dull."note 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who:
    • In The Wrath of the Iceni, Leela hears the sounds of battle. The Doctor is ahead of her in guessing where they are and tries to pass the sounds off as energetic Morris Dancers. Leela is not fooled.
      Leela: Doctor, it is no dance! You are lying to me!
    • In The Destination Wars, the original TARDIS crew arrive in a futuristic city, and Ian and Barbara speculate that it could be Earth after their time. The Doctor sees some oak trees and confirms that this definitely means they're on Earth. When it turns out they're not, the Doctor claims that Ian and Barbara were so pleased with their deductions, he didn't have the heart to tell them they were wrong, although he admits he's still surprised by the oak trees.
  • Sonic Destruction:
    • Eggman tries to deceive Mayor King into believing the city has been saved while it's being attacked. King calls him out on it by bringing up that Elise and her dragon are still rampaging.
    • Immediately after entering City Hall, Amy claims that everyone who was already there have finally arrived after keeping her waiting forever.

    Duh, this isn't the Comic Books section. 
  • 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.
  • Employed right on the first page of Constantine: The Hellblazer.
  • 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."
  • Similarly, this line from Darkhawk: "The best way to keep a good secret is to tell everybody -- then nobody believes you."
  • DC: Love is a Battlefield: Perry asks Waller what's going on in San Jacinto. She flatly says "human resources" while we see the Suicide Squad beating up mooks. She is equally nonplussed at Perry's accusation of lies.
  • Deadpool (2022): At the beginning of issue 6, Valentine is forced to defend themself when an assassin crashes into their apartment looking to kill them. After they fend the assassin off, Deadpool arrives for their date, and they lie and say the destruction was the result of a cooking accident.
    Deadpool: Yikes, that's one hell of a cooking accident.
    Valentine: The, uh, instant pot exploded and blew up the kitchen. After a bird flew into it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Marvel Zombies/Black Panther crossover, the Zombi Galactus face the Earth-616 Fantastic Four (currently consisting of Black Panther, Storm, the Thing and the Human Torch), who have accidentally travelled into their parallel universe;
    Zombie Giant-Man: All right, hand over the trans-dimensional device and nobody gets hurt.
    Human Torch: You realise you've got no credibility with that statement, right?
  • In The Pulse, Norman Osborn's lawyer tries to pin the near-death of a group of NYPD officers and civilians on Spider-Man.
  • Robin:
    • 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 blatant 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.
  • Spider-Man: 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...
  • In Squee, Squee sends his Hilariously Abusive Parents to some aliens for Anal Probing:
    Squee: I am full of guilt.
  • Supergirl:
    • 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 (1982) #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?
    • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow: When Ruthye seeks to hire a bounty hunter to kill her father's murderer, the mercenary grabs her sword and states he will get his payment now and slay Krem whenever he pleases, his behavior making obvious he has no intention whatsoever to hold up his end of the deal.
    • The Strange Revenge of Lena Luthor: When Supergirl has been invited to a charity tv show, a crook slips into her dressing room, posing as a makeup professional, and sprinkles Kryptonite dust on her makeup. When Supergirl asks why her face powder is greenish, the crook stutters and says it is a special formula for live broadcasts. Supergirl -whose secret identity was working as an actress at the time- immediately calls her out on it.
      Fake Makeup Artist: Just have a seat, and I'll put on your makeup.
      Supergirl: Thanks, but I think I can handle it myself. But tell me— Why is there a greenish tint to it?
      Fake Makeup Artist: It won't photograph that way... It's just a— um— special formula for live color broadcasts!
      Supergirl: I'm familiar enough with tv-makeup to know that's a crock, lady!
    • Supergirl Adventures Girl Of Steel: The Kents are celebrating the Mother's Day, but Kara is dwelling on her own mother's funeral. When Martha asks why she looks pale, Kara claims she just ate too much, but Clark does not buy it, pointing out that she has barely touched her food.
      Martha Kent: "Kara...Are you sure you're all right, dear? You're looking a little pale..."
      Kara Kent: "Oh, no, I'm fine, really! I, uh, just ate too much, is all..."
      Clark Kent:
      "So...You want to talk about it?"
      Kara Kent:
      "Is it that obvious?"
      Clark Kent:
      "'Ate too much'? You barely touched your food, Kara."
      Kara Kent: (sighing)
      "Didn't need X-Ray Vision to see right through me, huh?"''
  • In Superman/Masters of the Universe crossover "Fate Is The Killer", Adam assures his pet tiger Cringer that he would never drag him along with him if it was not important, a statement which Cringer finds absolutely laugh-worthy.
    Cringer: "I knew I should've found instead some nice, safe corner of the stables in which to take my rest!"
    Adam: "You complain overly much, cat! I wouldn't dream of disturbing your sleep were it not important!"
    Cringer: "HA! A likely story, my prince! Sometimes I think you take pleasure in badgering this poor cat with your dangerous escapades!"
  • 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.
  • Welcome to the Jungle: "We're the police. Anything we do is legal."

    No way Comic Strips could be here. Goodbye! 
  • 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:
      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.
      Calvin: SO?
      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. Calvin is nonetheless naive enough to believe it.
    • When writing a wish list letter to Santa, Calvin starts off by telling Santa that he's been extra good this year. He doesn't get much further before Hobbes, who was reading over Calvin's shoulder, badly tries to stifle his burst of giggles after reading that statement (much to Calvin's anger).
  • 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.
  • Garfield:
  • Madam & Eve: Invoked when Madam and Mother serve as impartial investigators to see if Iraq has any nuclear weapons.
  • Prickly City: How best to handle Doublebunnygate.
    • And what Carmen has to tell when Kevin disappears — such dirty business.

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    Fan Works are history. 
  • Anger Management: Ronnie Anne claims her underwear is Carlota's, even though Carlota has a much larger posterior.
  • 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 (2010) when he lies about leaving Otis for dead and killing Randall.
  • Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright: In this Assassin's Creed fanfic, 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!
  • The Bugger Anthology: The First Doctor describes his latest prank as being "high-brow, civilized, and with a touch of class." The prank in question involves dropping a deuce down an air shaft.
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Series:
    Socrates: [upon being questioned by Hobbes as to why he can't go in his mansion] Uh... we're... stinky.
  • A Certain Droll Hivemind: The Network's habit of Narrating the Present makes their lies pretty obvious. Thankfully, this usually doesn't mean anyone can actually figure out the truth. Half the people in Academy City were the unwilling subjects of unethical experiments, so having a couple secrets is normal.
  • 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?
    Keleria: Well?
    Ayuri: The gryphon. What else would I hang on to.
  • Feralnette AU:
    • During Enough Rope, Lila claims that the Chat Noir who told her that he was planning to confess to Ladybug during the fair must have been an akuma disguised as him. Naturally, no such incident ever occurred in the first place.
    • She also attempts to accuse Marinette of working with Hawkmoth right after she resisted akumatization right in front of her and Alya.
    • After her facade is cracked by Lady Clarity, Lila attempts to escape the hole she's dug for herself this way, feeding Adrien a number of painfully transparent claims in hopes that he'll believe them.
  • Christian Potter Chandler:
    Barb: [To Chris] How about if [Bob] takes you to the zoo?
    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]
    Barb: Now look, you've made him cry!
    Chris: [Stripping naked and looking for clothes he likes]
  • Code Prime: Megatron tells Cornelia that Optimus was lying about the Decepticons being evil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Ball Z Elsewhere: On the planet in the afterlife where heroines train. They are all scandalized by the coming of two living and gorgeous men, the fact that they happen to be scantly dressed is just because those are their training uniforms, and don't you dare to say otherwise!
  • In Ultimate DCU Headverse, Linda, who is still pretending to be a normal civilian around Kate Kane, accidentally reveals she knows Wonder Woman intimately; so, she quickly invents a lame story to explain why she has become desensitized to the sight of Wonder Woman naked.
    Kate Kane: "Linda. I want to apologize for this morning. I want to apologize about the towel thing."
    Linda Danvers: "Oh... Wait, why do you have to apologize? I'm the one who invaded your room. Besides, after seeing Wonder Woman walk around in the nude so many times, you get used to it."
    Kate Kane: "Excuse me?"
    '''Linda Danvers: "What I— what I meant was that I've been covering the peace talks in DC. That's where I've been the past several days. Anyhow, the only time I could speak to Wonder Woman was in the early morning and she always takes a shower in the morning. Every time I spoke to her, she had just gotten out of the shower. I guess growing up on an island with nothing but women doesn't make you shy."
  • More fanart than fanfiction, but on Derpibooru, a website for My Little Pony fanart, any pictures where Rainbow Dash says she isn't cute is tagged "blatant lies".
  • Describing The Series Via References: After Cinder very provocatively dances with all of team RWBY, Penny decides to dance with her. She steps on her feet and claims she's very bad at dancing... and then hiccups.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Everyone Lives With Knives series, Jin Guangyao does not melt whenever he gets affection from his nieces and nephews, no, not at all, what are you talking about?
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path: Of all people, Hubert regularly tells blatant lies, although given how he usually smirks when he does so it's pretty obvious the blatant-ness is intentional.
  • Family Guy Fanon: In "Between Sanity and Madness", Francis tells Peter he quit his job as the Pope’s special assistant and did some soul searching with Thelma and decided to make amends with Peter. In reality, Francis got fired due to being a nuisance and went with Thelma to gamble in Las Vegas until they lost their money. And went to Peter to Blackmail him into giving him more money, considering he’d did so in the past.
    'Francis: Well, I decided to quit from my job as the Pope's special assistant
    [In a cutaway, we see what really happened, with Francis, being dragged out of a building by a security guard]
    Francis: This is an outrage! You heathens can't fire me! I'm the damn best assistant you got!!
    Security Guard: Sir, you're being fired because you're a nuisance.
    Francis: Nuisance?! I'm the only one who seems to give a crap about this!! And I swear to God, you'll all burn in Helllll!!
    [The security guard tosses Francis onto the sidewalk and walks back inside]
    [End of cutaway]
    Francis: So, I decided to find Thelma, and we went on a little soul searching...
    [In another cutaway, we see what he really meant, with Francis and Thelma in Las Vegas at a roulette table in a casino, completely wasted]
    Francis: (slurring) B- Bet on 7 There's more chance in winning.
    Thelma: (slurring) I'm not gonna bet on 7.
    Francis: Bet- Bet on- Bet on 7.
    Thelma: I don't want to.
    Francis: Bet on 7. You- You gotta-
    Thelma: For God's sake, Fran, I'm not gonna bet on 7, it's an unlucky number!
    [Smash cut to the two outside, with Thelma smoking a cigarette and Francis looking for a bus. The two being both upset]
    Francis: I told you to bet on 7.
    [End of cutaway]
    Francis: And through that, we decided to come back to you to make amends. So how 'bout we all go on a little family outing? My treat
  • In Four Deadly Secrets, Ruby tells several, and shocks people by her ability to do it with a pure, honest, and innocent face.
  • 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 Frozen Hearts (Sakume), 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.
  • 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
  • Used word for word by Minato in The Girl From Whirlpool about Sakumo's claims of the border's pleasant weather.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to Train Your Endbringer: It's possible that Taylor should have thought of a cover story before having Leviathan follow her around and protect her.
    Assault was the first to react by pointing a finger towards Leviathan. "Is that... Leviathan?"
    Taylor looked over her shoulder to confirm that, yes, there was a thirty foot tall Endbringer right there. "Uh, no?" she said. She realized that she might have made a mistake.
  • I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again!: When inquired by Kakashi on how he lost his arm, Sasuke bluntly states that he fell down some stairs.
  • If Wishes Were Ponies: When the CMC's trebuchet destroys one of the trees in Sweet Apple Acres, Harry tries to take the blame for the incident so the fillies don't get in trouble. No one told him that Applejack is capable of detecting lies, and she calls gently him out for it (though she praises him for trying to protect his friends).
  • In Im Nobody, the Normandy Crew is trying to pass Stitch for a mutated dog they found in a Mad Scientist's lab. For the record, Stitch is a talking blue furred and occasionally bipedal alien. They even lampshade how unlikely it is that anyone would fall for that.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 Only 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.
  • When Frazie tries getting bacon with her breakfast in Later, Traitor, Chef Ford tells her that they are all out. When she tries pressing the issue (especially since he reeks of bacon), he tries bribing her with a free Dream Fluff.
  • Lighting Candles: No, Tadashi did not scream like a girl when he met the Easter Bunny for the first time, although he did admit to the accidental fire ball.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Alexandrite in Manehattan's Lone Guardian tells the Midnight Castle thieves that Drama Heart was responsible for taking away her performing arts center's business. The simple truth is that her own paranoia following her husband's unexpected death was being picked up on by other ponies, and subsequently caused the attendance numbers to take a hit. The thieves don't pick up on it, but she comes clean to Leviathan later.
  • In Metal Gear Solid The Abridged Snakes, Naomi recalls how Gray Fox had told her multiple times that he had absolutely nothing to do with the deaths of her parents. The pre-edited version of her monologue had her detail that he came to her covered in red liquid that he assured her was Kool-Aid.
  • 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."
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Blake remarks that she'd rather be fighting alongside Izuku because he 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Collected Poems of Maud Pie are all about rocks.
    • 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.
    • Apple Bloom from fan-comic Moody Mark Crusaders delivers one in the third strip of the series:
    Ah'm the kindest, most innocent filly in Equestria.
    • A Moon and World Apart: In chapter 12, after making a spectacle of herself as she returns from the moon, Luna says that "this is supposed to be a celebration for my sister after all and I wouldn't dream of overshadowing her." Celestia can barely restrain herself from calling her out on it.
    • 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.
    • In Stroll, Octavia tells the two police officers she runs across that she is hiking, in the Everfree Forest, at night. They believe her.
    • 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.
  • My Immortal has Severus Snape cast a spell to chain the main characters down and takes out his "you know what" and threatens to "rap draco" unless Ebony kills Vampire Potter with a knife. When the other teachers come in and quite reasonably wonder 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".
  • Naru-Hina Chronicles: In Chapter 128, Tsunade comments that it always surprised her that Jiraiya never took Minato and Naruto on his "missions" (i.e. peeping). In response to that comment, Minato appears in a chibified look, blushes, and has a big opened mouth while saying "Whaaaat?! Nooooo~ Of course not!" However, Naruto looks confused at what his father just said and says that Jiraiya told him he did that with Minato.
  • 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.
  • The Night Unfurls: In Chapter 1 of the original, Celestine asked Kyril about the heritage of the bandaged sword he is leaning on (it's the Holy Moonlight Sword). He merely answered he bought it in town. Good going, Kyril, like anyone would ever believe you can buy a Cool Sword made of silver in a random shop...
  • 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.
  • Omoito: Marisa tries to hide from Hourai by going into Alice's room and hanging up a sign reading "Marisa is not here". Unsurprisingly, this just signals to Hourai about where to go.
  • 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.
  • Passion on Display: Apparently, Bakugo and Kirishima sharing a honeymoon suite in Two Heroes was no accident; Bakugo paid extra for it and told Kirishima it had been a mistake on the hotel's part.
  • Peter Parker Needs A Hug: When he introduces Spider-Man to Superman and Wonder Woman, Batman says that, no, he did not adopt another child, and Spider-Man is definitely not his newest son. Wonder Woman doesn't need the Lasso of Truth to know he's not being honest. At this point, Batman's hobby of collecting orphaned children/teenagers is an In-Joke in the Justice League. Even Spider-Man knows it isn't true.
  • 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.
  • Psychopath: Thinking Outside the Box: "No Worms Were Harmed in the making of this fic."
  • 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.
  • 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 The Second Try, Shinji is forced to apply this trope:
    Touji: Thanks for saving me Shinji.
    Shinji: No problem.
    Asuka: Ahem.
    Shinji: Actually, Asuka and Rei were a great help.
    Asuka: Ahem.
    Shinji: I mean me and Rei were helping her really.
    Asuka: AHEM.
    Shinji: Not that she needed it.
    Touji: I'm not thanking your "wife" just because she made you want me to.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • 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 ensure the quinjet is only used for official Avengers business proves in of itself that he's using it for personal reasons.
  • Top of the Line (Editor-Bug): When Zim ends his Role Swap Plot with Tenn at the end of Trading Dismay, Skoodge pretends that he knew about it the whole time, even though he's clearly shocked by seeing them swap back.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Dragons, Butterflies, And Who Knows What Else?, everyone tries convincing Dagur that Hiccup was trying to kill Toothless and that the rumors he had been hearing are just misunderstandings, and that there are no "demigods." He doesn't buy it for a second.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug story A Small but Stubborn Fire
    • There is a moment where Marinette lies about having a school project with Alya, Nino and Adrien. Sabine catches this because she had setup a spa day with her daughter and had asked Alya to take notes at school and Alya made no mention of a project.
    • Given that Marinette keeps telling her mother she is fine whenever Sabine asks her how she is doing after she has a trigger moment, Sabine doesn’t believe Marinette for a second when her daughter says that the bruises on her chest and shoulders are from falling down the stairs at school. She only lets it go for the time being due to her own trauma from her own mother calling her a liar.

    Sorry, there's no folder for Animated Films. 
  • The Angry Birds Movie: When the birds launch their counterattack on the Piggies, Leonard tells his subjects that the birds have repaid their "kindness" with an "unprovoked attack."
  • Boys Night Out: Father Jackson the priest claims that he is at the strip club to count all the sinners there. The piece of paper he holds up just shows the phone number of one of the female performers.
  • Coco:
    • In an interview asking how he achieved his fame, Ernesto begins by saying he 'had to have faith in his dream'. If the flashback is anything to go by, Ernesto didn't have faith in that dream or himself to even try and achieve fame without Héctor's songs. Or in the least, without murdering his friend and then stealing those songs.
    • When Héctor confronts Ernesto for never giving him credit for the songs he wrote, Ernesto claims that he only sang them to keep Héctor's memory alive. Héctor doesn't buy it for a second.
  • Despicable Me:
    • The kids have found Gru's lair. He claims that he's actually a spy.
    • When the girls first appear on Gru's doorstep, Gru tells them to go away, because he's not home. Margo points out that he obviously is, otherwise he wouldn't be able to talk to them.
    • When Gru enters the bank, a sign behind the teller reads, "We are always alert to all your needs!" Only problem? The teller is asleep.
    • At the end, when Gru reads his own puppet book to the girls, Edith excitedly says that one of the kittens in the book looks like her. Indeed it does, and the other two look like Margo and Agnes. Gru's response?
      Gru: What are you talking about? These are kittens! Any resemblance to persons living or dead is completely coincidental.
  • 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.
  • The "Wolverine" short of Hulk Vs. sees Sabretooth goes all-Starscream on the Professor overseeing Weapon X, so he and Lady Deathstrike can kill Wolverine. After Logan escapes, and Deadpool and Omega Red meet up with him and Deathstrike, Sabretooth says the Professor was attacked by Wolverine and the Professor ordered them to kill Wolverine. Neither Omega Red or Deadpool buy it (Deadpool even figuring out it was Sabretooth maimed the Professor), but go along as they want to kill Wolverine too.
  • Incredibles 2:
    • Violet comes up with a clearly unbelievable story for Tony to explain why she was wearing a superhero costume. However, the lie turns out to be unnecessary, because Agent Dicker had already removed Tony's memories about the incident.
    • Bob tells Helen that he and the kids are fine on her first day away, when they're anything but. Violet is distraught after Tony unintentionally stood her up, Dash is having trouble with math homework and Jack-Jack's burgeoning powers are causing great stress for Bob.
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Mama Luna, a Crazy Cat Lady with a houseful of cats, makes a habit of insisting that there are no cats in her house, mistaking anyone who knocks on her door for the Health Department. She does it again after Goldilocks and the Three Bears break down her door and get inside, having tracked Puss in Boots there, and see all the cats inside.
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Gwen claims that the Spider-Society is a "small elite group" when Peter asks to join. When Miles actually visits the headquarters and sees countless Spider-Men as members, he realizes the truth and calls her out on it, but doesn't realize why she lied. He was never supposed to be Spider-Man, hence why he isn't allowed to join.
  • Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure: King Cole is wearing a fancy crown and carrying a jeweled scepter when he tells Ginormous that the locals don't have any more valuables to give him.
  • Toy Story 2: A Rewatch Bonus, but Stinky Pete's line: "I don't know how the television turned on."
  • Turning Red:
    • Mei tries desperately to pretend nothing is wrong when she goes to school after her first transformation. It's not even remotely convincing.
      Miriam: What's with the tuque?
      Mei: (mechanically) Bad hair day.
    • Mei's stumbling attempt to "explain" her transformation to her friends is basically words strung together at random in hopes that they'll end up making sense. Her friends don't believe a word of it.

    Note: the Game Shows category was deleted because it wasn't trope-worthy 
  • On Taskmaster, at the beginning of each episode, Greg always has something patently untrue and either hilariously demeaning or hilariously offensive (or both) to say about his Beleaguered Assistant Alex. From saying he cries himself to sleep to saying he supports Apartheid, you never know what fun facts you'll learn about Alex.
    Greg: And sitting next to me, a man who once told me he's got no respect for the military, and if any soldier came up to him in public he could easily have them because they're all stupid, it's little Alex Horne!

    Jokes. Nope. Haven't seen 'em. 
  • 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.

    Manhua? Not in this folder. 
  • Sinbell from My Beloved Mother, an orphan Raised by Robots, was actually embarrassed of having his robot mother showing up in school because of the Fantastic Racism and prejudice towards robots, to the point of asking his neighbor Aunt Slado to fulfill the role of Stand-In Parents and later lying to his robotic mother that the parent-teacher meeting's cancelled, leading to his robot mother wondering "what's wrong with Sinbell's school?" It's apparent Sinbell has been lying to his (admittedly quite naïve) robotic caretaker for years.

    Music is not home; he's away for a while. 
  • In Alec Benjamin's "Must've been the wind", the woman keeps insisting that the sounds of violence the singer can hear was just his ears playing tricks on him. He doesn't buy it, but doesn't press the issue, instead standing by to help her whenever she needs it.
  • 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.
  • In "Hole in the Bottle" by Kelsea Ballerini, she claims she doesn't miss her ex and the almost empty bottle of wine is just leaking.
  • In South Korean boy band BEAST's song "Shock", member Junhyung says "This song is not over!". Then the song ends.
  • Björk's album Debut is actually her second album. note 
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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

  • 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 sorry
      For the pain that I've caused
      I've been listening to your reasoning
      It makes no sense at all

  • 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 sea.
  • 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!")
  • 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.
  • "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*"
  • 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 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.
  • Good Kid: "Tell Me You Know" consists of the singer insisting that he's still doing okay after a breakup. The song also details the lengths he goes to avoid contact with his ex (such as changing his name, moving towns, and deleting his social media presence) but he continues that it's "not that he's scared" of confrontation, he's totally doing fine, and what he's doing now has nothing to do with her.
  • The song "Clodoveo" by the Italian group BardoMagno depicts Clovis I as a nice and peaceful king... While also waxing on how he massacred Visigoths and Thuringii to expand his realm. The music video also shows him murdering any peasant he meets, in contrast to the lyrics that paint him as being friendly to the people and the clergy (to whom he does act friendly).

    Not Pinball 
  • 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.

    Pod...cast? Doesn't ring any bells. 
  • Mom Can't Cook! is quite fond of these:
    • After the "Kid Internet" is mentioned in First Kid, Luke and Andy spin a whole story about how, in the 90s, there used to be a Kid Internet, an Adult Internet, and a Snake Internet (because lots of the websites shown in the film are snake-themed).
    • When discussing Michael faking Character Development in Jumping Ship by getting an employee to plant a small wheat field at his house, the hosts claim that when you wanted to fake being somewhere (such as a wheat farm) before Zoom backgrounds, you would do this sort of thing.
    • In Stuck in the Suburbs, Brittany mentions there being a "swanky hotel" near the freeway. Andy promptly quips that there's a Ritz in London that you need to drive along the (notoriously loud and congested) M25 to get to. Later, the characters supposedly send a file to literally every phone in the world, and the hosts declare that yes, you have to be careful not to hit the "universal send" button when doing a file transfer.
      Andy: It's weird that they include that feature.
    • After a discussion in which they claim that branches of the military have a hierarchy based on height above sea level ("if you flunk out of the Navy, they put you in the Mole People division"), Luke declares they've just been talking "expertly" about the military.
    • At the start of the Zenon: The Zequel episode, Andy off-handedly mentions people exploding in the vacuum of space, and then tries to segue into the film with the line "speaking of people exploding in space..." This prompts a discussion about how the first draft of The Zequel was just Zenon floating dead in space, and they were going for a Cosmic Horror thing before Eisner nixed it. Later, they bring up how common the topic of dissecting unique people/creatures is in DCOMs, and claim that the 1996 Chicago Bulls were all dissected to see why they were so good at basketball.
    • They describe Phantom of the Megaplex as the definitive and best-known adaptation of Gaston Leroux' Le Fantôm de l'Opéra, and then declare that Andrew Lloyd Webber wept when he saw it and declared it to be what he intended to make.

    There's nothing Professional about the Wrestling in this category. 
  • 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 omission, 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.
    • A similar situation happened in WCW with Raven at Starrcade 97, a show famous for all the wrong reasons. He was booked against Chris Benoit but had an emergency appendectomy a couple weeks before the show, and unlike with Kevin Nash's no-showing (which considering what happened later on was probably a smart move on Nash's part) WCW knew full well Raven couldn't wrestle and still continued to build the match on TV. Come showtime Raven grabs a mic before the match starts, says he doesn't feel like wrestling, and announces Perry Saturn will take his place. Saturn defeated Benoit by submission.
    • 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 bald-faced 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 only dates back to January 1991. Both WCW and now WWE like to claim the history of the NWA title, which does indeed go back that long,note  but the two titles were separated after Ric Flair was fired in July 1991 and signed with the WWF. WCW crowned a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion a few days later, but the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship remained vacant until Masahiro Chono won it in August of 1992. The NWA and WCW completely split in 1993 (with WCW keeping the actual belt, as they had owned it from the start, and the NWA reverting to the previous design) and the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship is still active, as of December 2023 EC3 holds the title. The belt at the event looked similar to the belt that represented the NWA title from 1986 to 1993 (and the WCW title from 1994 to 2001), 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!"note 
  • 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.
    • Another example would be the WWF claiming that Gonzalez was 8 feet tall. In reality he was 7'7".
  • 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. Heels also do will blatantly lie about their illicit activities as a way to increase the "heat" (negative reaction) from the fans. A good example is when Jim Cornette threw a fireball in Ron Garvin's face. Cornette's fellow The Midnight Express member Dennis Condrey tried to claim that it was a "cosmic fireball," despite Cornette's attack being caught on tape.
  • 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.

    No radio-based works here, no sirree, Bob! 
  • Dimension X: In "Hello Tomorrow", the Director of Emotional Stability tells Lois, his fiance, that he will prevent XJ12's execution. As soon as his fiance leaves, he calls the genetic cages back and orders them to continue with the execution.

    Where's Stand-Up Comedy, you say? Nope, haven't seen 'em. 
  • 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.
    • 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.
    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!
  • 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?!"

    Tabletop Games isn't on hold right now. Bye! 
  • 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.
  • This is a major gameplay element of the game Coup. Every player has two cards in front of them that let them do certain things, depending on what they are. These cards are facedown. You are encouraged to lie about which cards you actually have. Anyone can call you on your lies at any time, and if they're right, you have to expose one of your cards (you lose once both are exposed)... but if you weren't bluffing, they have to expose one of theirs.
  • 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. "Um, it's just a rule." 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.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In some editions, an extremely high bluff roll can make someone believe anything, based on DM discretion.
    • Gary Gygax pulled this 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."
  • Exalted:
  • 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...
  • 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.note 
  • 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.
  • Paranoia. "The Computer is your friend! Any claim that this is merely the tip of the iceberg is treason."
  • Scion:
    • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 

    Not Theatre here. It has moved on to another life. 
  • 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?
    Hinkley: ...No.
    Fromme: You're playing it now!
  • At the end of Alexander Pushkin's Boris Godunov Mosalskiy with the soldiers enters Godunov's house. Then the sound of fighting and a woman's screams are heard. Then Mosalskiy returns and proclaims to the shocked crowd that Godunov's widow and son poisoned themselves and died before his visit...
  • Quoth one of the murderers in Chicago's song, "Cell Block Tango": "He ran into my knife! He ran into my knife TEN TIMES!"
  • 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!"
  • 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 Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour claims that Mushnik is visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia, when in reality Seymour killed Mushnik.
  • 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."
  • 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 Heel–Face Turn in seconds, leaving Brand alone.
  • The Pirates of Penzance: the Trope Namer song for "With Catlike Tread" involves the pirates singing extremely loudly about how silent they're being, accompanied by crashing cymbals and trumpets.
  • In Six: The Musical, 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.
  • 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.
  • Serves as the basis of Ray Cooney's farce, Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Utopia Limited: Nearly anything that the Flowers of Progress, and to a lesser degree Lady Sophy, say about England.

    Theme Parks are all just an elaborate illusion. 
  • In The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios, when Abraham Simpson is not allowed on the ride due to his medical conditions, he claims that he's in the best shape of his life whilst suffering both a heart attack and a stroke.

    Web Animation hasn't even existed yet. 
  • 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.
  • Epithet Erased:
    • Giovanni's "Lava, uh, acid, uh, lavacid grenades", which are just tomato basil soup.
    • The Banzai Blasters' theme song is called "Great at Crime". They aren't. Even in the full version of the song, it becomes pretty clear that the first people they're trying to fool with it are themselves.
      Singer: Rip 'n' rob 'n' root-le / But it all feels kinda futile / When you're chewed out by a poodle / No, we're great at crime!
    • In Prison of Plastic, Molly tries the classic We Were Rehearsing a Play routine to try and paper over Feenie blurting out to a mugger that she has $5000 in her purse. It probably wouldn't have worked even if Feenie hadn't protested that if she was playing a rich girl in a play she wouldn't "just" have $5000.
    • Lorelei messes up baking cookies in Prison of Plastic and, after slapping a glamour on them to make them look good, insists that there were no problems involving the baking, despite the smoke in the air and the fire alarm. The narration compares the smell of the baking paper they're on to an ashtray. Even Giovanni Potage, a man who deliberately fell for a pyramid scheme because he assumed it being a pyramid scheme meant the people running it were better villains, is suspicious.
  • 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.
  • Grej includes as a character Ingsoc who routinely follows up one statement with another contradicting and practically lives off blatant lies.
  • 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 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 Homestar Runner Wiki has a page about this.
  • 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.
  • Fazbear and Friends (ZAMination): Huggy Wuggy tricks Pro Player by telling him that Mr. Beast is down there waiting for him, and he does all this to get rid of him for even bothering him. It is recorded the same way after the death of Pro Player.
    Huggy Wuggy: Uhh, I just so not either The Mr Beast down at the bottom of that never ending pit!
    Pro Player: Mr Beast? Oh my god I think I see him!!!
    Huggy Wuggy: Uh-huh! And he told me he really wants to a collab with you.
    Pro Player All right that's it we get this bread my broskis! Catch me, Mr Beast!! (Falls to death).

    No such thing as Web Original 
  • 4chan did not do anything with this trope: [1]
  • 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.
  • Bears love lots of things, but certainly not petting zoos. The declaration on the not-bear's T-shirt is very comforting.
  • The Awkward Compilation 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.
  • 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.
  • Hermes from Beyond the Impossible:
    -You’re lying –- she accuses, hoping to provoke a reaction. It works: Hermes laughs genuinely.
    -But of course I am! I’m the god of liars and thieves. The question is, what am I lying about?
  • 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.
  • 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 what’s 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?!
  • The characters in Dead Ends have the option of doing this a few times. It gets them killed.
  • From Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv):
    Light: [to Ryuk] No one is listening to you, Ryuk.
    Sayu: What does Ryuk mean?
    Light: Uh, It's my new name for you. It means Ke$ha in Japanese.
  • We have this with poem titled I didn't do it and its accompanying image, where someone is suspected of murder and is playing innocent.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared:
    • 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 it's 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 "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.
      Shrignold: You see? Everyone has a special one.
      Rabbit Boy: Even Michael!
    • 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”.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • A lot of email spam often is lies to either download viruses or try to give banking information to "Nigerian princes."
  • 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.
  • During a round of Friday the 13th: The Game, Ludwig ends up spawning back in as Tommy Jarvisnote  after the death of his initial character. When Corpse Husband (who was playing Jason that round) goes after him again, Ludwig panics and claims he's meant to be "Timmy", Tommy's Evil Twin, and that his role is to help Jason kill everyone. Corpse is obviously skeptical, but briefly decides to go along with it. Unfortunately for Ludwig, when he tried to sic Corpse on Disguised Toast as a distraction so that Ludwig and the last other player left could escape, Toast almost immediately convinced Corpse that Ludwig should be Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves instead. The result was Corpse relentlessly chasing down a genuinely terrified Ludwig.
  • 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.
  • Googlebrains does not have a crush on Pan-Pizza, believe it or not.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Marble Hornets: 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.
  • 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".
  • The Music Video Show had this example at the end of an episode. The host tells her season one self that there is no body in front of her, despite the fact that: A) It's right in front of her. B) She is covering up the rotting corpse with a scent, which she was doing through the episode. C) She is GESTURING TO IT before it cuts to the corpse. D) The fact that she says this lie unprovoked doesn't help her case. In a future episode, it turns out that the body was not dead.
  • Party Crashers:
  • In one of PIMPNITE's videos, his opponent uses a shiny Dracovish nicknamed "". When PIMP (who's undercover) points out that the nickname is unusual, the opponent claims, "I bred it myself". Not only does the Pokémon's nickname suggest that it came from "Pkm", but Dracovish can't breed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Secret Life SMP: Gem's assigned task on Day 6 is to say nothing but lies for 30 minutes straight, so she does this when going to her XP farm.
    GeminiTay: I really don't want thorns on my armor, so I'm going to hit these endermen– (she visits her zombie farm) –for a while. To make sure I don't get Thorns on my armor.
  • Seinfeld - "The Twin Towers": George's reason for what he was allegedly doing at the World Trade Center on 9/11 was that he was getting lunch. Yes, lunch in the Financial District at 8 AM on a Tuesday.
  • Skeppy:
  • In SMPEarth, Deo tries to build an entity cramming trap in Quig's base, but Quig returned home in time to stop the trap, questioning Deo on his actions — to which Deo claimed that Tubbo had done it. This doesn't really work, since VoiceOverPete joins the call, asking Deo if he's giving Quig one of his "welcomes".note 
  • In Season 1 of Brazilian webseries "Só Levando", posted at [2], 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Even TV Tropes provides some examples.
    • On most pages warning of unmarked spoilers, the majority of the spoilers are marked anyway.
    • This trope is most definitely not a popular pothole target for lies.
  • When Twitch streamer The 8-Bit Drummer was playing Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s 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 time’s the charm.”
  • 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:
  • Count how many times Zoë says she will cut something out of episodes of The Webcomics Company podcast.
  • 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 MegaCorp that owns the neighbouring town buys the radio station and is feeding him lines under duress.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • in the second episode of Donkey Kong Country Abridged by Uncle Al, Candy Kong shows up to the home of Donkey Kong and is confused why he isn't there. Diddy, in a panic, tells her Donkey Kong isn't home, and when she forces her way in he tries to catch her off guard by saying "I'm pregnant". The two awkwardly stare at each other before a baby Donkey Kong pops up from the chest in the corner of the room and Diddy tries to shoo her out of the house claiming he needs to recover during the postpartum period.
    Candy: If you just birthed this child, then why did he come out of that chest over there?
    Diddy: ... it was a C-Section
    Candy: Well... congrats? I don't really see the resemblance
    Baby Donkey Kong makes the noise of a barking seal
    Diddy: That's ma' boy, hehehe...
  • Some More News: The "A Brief Look at Jordan Peterson" video is almost three hours long. Cody repeatedly insists that the video is short and urges the viewer not to look at the time remaining.
  • Highcraft: When Sam is trying to get everyone to sleep so they can skip the night, and someone's still awake, Travis insists it's not him. It is. Cooper even adds "[lying voice]" to the subtitles.
  • On Steam Train, Ross gets Dan good with this when he tells him about how dangerous koalas actually are despite their "cute" portrayal in media. He tells him all about how they will fall from trees onto people and fatally cut them with their claws, earning them the moniker "drop bears"... only to cap it off by saying he was lying the entire time. Dan is not amused.
    Dan: That sounds terrible! I did not know about that!
    Ross That's probably because I made it all up.

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G.I. Zapp

An in-universe example of this, after receiving complaints from parents that cartoons are becoming too violent, Nixon takes matters into his own hands and tries to censor a G.I. Zapp cartoon as it airs by poorly overdubbing it in order to make it more child-appropriate, even when the screen continues to show horrific violence. The result leaves a lot to be desired.

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