Since everybody in TV land spends all day desperately lying their way out of situations, one of the more reliable gags is to create a situation where you'd imagine the characters would lie, and have them be perfectly honest and straightforward instead. Sometimes this can separate a polite person from an impolite person, since a brutally honest character may say exactly what's on their mind. A hallmark of the Caustic Critic, or of a child who doesn't really know how to mince words yet.
A form of Bait-and-Switch. Often employed in "The Reason You Suck" Speech. A Blunt "Yes" typically is an expression of this. Armor-Piercing Response may use this. If a character is brutally honest about why they don't want to do something, they're Not Even Bothering with an Excuse.
Another variation has Charlie being perfectly sincere and asking "Have I ever lied to you?" Joe will then list every instance where Charlie has lied out of his proverbial butt, often citing many examples. Little wonder Joe doesn't believe him. It seems Charlie is quite an accomplished and imaginative fibber.
- Big Bill Hell's, originally produced for a faux award show called The Ad Follies, runs on this trope.
"It's our belief that you're such a stupid motherfucker, you'll fall for this bullshit. Guaranteed!"
- A GEICO TV commercial depicts Abraham Lincoln in this way: A woman looking in the mirror asks Abe if her dress makes her behind look big. Abe nervously spends a few beats before answering yes.
- Several Citi Double Card commercials show first dates with both sides being brutally honest and cheerful about it (he says he will send a vague and confusing text a few days after the date, and she replies that she'll wait a few more days before replying; both agree that they'll never see each other again). The commercial implies that a more honest world would be a better place.
- Dragon Ball:
- Subtlety is one of those things Goku's grandfather forgot to teach him before the events of Dragon Ball.
- Piccolo. Best exemplified before Vegeta's Heroic Sacrifice against Majin Buu in Dragon Ball Z; when Vegeta asks him if he'll be able to see Goku in the Other World, Piccolo tells him point blank that Vegeta, having spent most of his life being an evil, mass-murdering Jerkass, is most likely going to Hell and one selfless act isn't enough to make up for it. Though Vegeta probably wanted a straight answer anyway.
- Luffy from One Piece seems to do this deliberately. Zoro and usually Sanji tend to follow suit.
- Ichigo from the Please Teacher!/Please Twins! series. Amplified by her snarkiness and social status.
- InuYasha. He seemed to be about six when he was orphaned, and seems to have survived for the next one hundred and forty six years rejected by both human and Youkai, no surprise he forgot what tact he'd learned from his mother.
- In K-On!, Yui watches the light music club's first performance and tells them outright that they aren't very good.
- Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi is usually a Deadpan Snarker and sometimes it's because of this. Often times she's just stating the honest truth without realizing it might actually hurt someone's feelings.
- Sai of was raised as an assassin and spy by Root, an organisation where all emotion is stamped out. As a result he can't predict whether his words will hurt others, and many problems are created or solved because Sai, unlike the other teenage protagonists, doesn't pussyfoot around delicate issues like "The promise your best friend made you when he was twelve is killing him" or "Sasuke is too dangerous to be left alive".
- Also Tobirama Senju, aka. The Second Hokage. He has no problem saying exactly what he thinks about the Uchiha Clan, even if one of the last surviving members is the one asking him.
- Maria, the title "Devil" of A Devil and Her Love Song. Granted, it's not just your simple truth that everybody pretends they don't notice, it's a sophisticated brutal honesty.
- In Plastic Memories, Isla's diary is filled with this. While Tsukasa notes that the entries seems kind of generic, Isla says that their job is to rip apart the bonds formed by humans and their Giftia. He sees this firsthand with Chizu and Nina.
- In Black God, a side-story shows that Namu used to work as a fortune-teller and didn't make much money off of it as she didn't see anything wrong with giving the plain and honest truth. Such as flat-out telling a college kid he'd never pass college as he'd only look at porn all day in front of his mother and telling another man that he'd eventually die in the near future. It's no wonder she didn't get tips.
- Ranma Saotome from Ranma ½ tells the brutal truth, but he tells Blatant Lies almost as often. Sometimes he tells the truth even when toning it down or lying may have served him better, especially when confronted with Akane — this can easily be seen as early as the first Martial Arts and Crafts story, where he proclaims Ryōga's declaration of Akane's progress to be nothing but the lovestruck Eternally Lost Boy lying through his teeth for Akane's sake. On the other hand, especially in the manga, Ranma will lie without a second thought if it suits his purposes, and is in fact one of the most deceitful, false-tongued, insincere members of the cast.
- The "Magical Cooking" one-shot of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Comic à la Carte official anthology book presented a dilemma for Nanoha and Fate. Their daughter, Vivio, had just proudly baked some cookies on her own. Unfortunately, the cookies were awful. After taking one bite, Fate ran through various thoughts on what's the best way to say this to her daughter without breaking her 9-year old heart. Nanoha, on the other hand demonstrates the exact difference between her and Fate's opposed approaches to parenting:
Nanoha: [while brightly smiling at Vivio] It's terrible.note
- In Digimon Adventure, Tailmon has shades of this when she mentions all they can do while WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon fight is stand back and watch. After being called out on it as to if she even cares about her friends...
Tailmon: Would it make a difference if I said yes?
- In the English dub, this is the nature of Mimi's crest, Sincerity and as such her greatest virtue. Not only does it mean that she's honest, but it also is meant to mean that she always stays true to herself.
- Terriermon from Digimon Tamers even more so—his first line towards Takato is pointing out how bad a Tamer he is for losing his Digimon.
- In Digimon Adventure, Tailmon has shades of this when she mentions all they can do while WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon fight is stand back and watch. After being called out on it as to if she even cares about her friends...
- Saruhiko Fushimi in K, with a nice side of Servile Snarker, mostly to his King. It seems Munakata likes it, though, because he keeps Fushimi around as his third in command. There are only two situations where he's not brutally honest: when he's on an undercover mission, and to himself (that he actually does care for his friends).
- The eponymous character in Soul Eater. He consistently and bluntly tells his partner, Maka, that's she's flat and lacks sex appeal; he doesn't dislike Maka, though, sharing several heartwarming moments with her. This comes back into light during the Book of Eibon arc in the Lust chapter where one's inner most lust reflects itself as a gender swap. Soul becomes a dead ringer for Maka.
- In Bakuman。, Takahama goes before the editor in chief of Shonen Jump to ask to get a new editor because he believes that his editor, Miura, won't let him draw what he wants. The editor responds that saying that is the same as admitting his own lack of talent, and that no artists, whether veterans or rookies, can change editors. He suggests that Takahama go elsewhere if he's dissatisfied, but Takahama, chastened, withdraws his request and apologizes. Mashiro and Takagi note that what the editor said was harsh, but he had a point and they should stop blaming Miura.
- In Sasaki's first appearance, he tells Mashiro and Takagi that their youth isn't what's keeping them from being published- it's that their manga submissions aren't good enough.
- Aoki Ko had this before her Character Development. She would often tell authors that she disliked their manga or that she does'nt think it have it's place in a Shonen Magazine. After taking a level in kindness, she remains honest, but is far less cold about it.
- Death Note:
- Near alternates between being so honest people want to punch him, and so dishonest people want to punch him. L often roams a tactful middle ground, but Near seems completely inconsiderate with no intention to give consideration the old college try. Until the very last chapter, where he makes gestures toward both the old task force and the memory of Mello. The implication is that Mello, who enabled his victory, demonstrated that caring can, in fact, be an advantage.
- However, L does have two moments when he first meets Light. The entire conflict between the two is about subtlety, as one screw up from either of them will expose their identity. Thus, Light is taken completely by surprise when his classmate, "Hideki Ryuga", bluntly admits that he's L. Light is then rendered speechless when L follows up by declaring he suspects that Light is Kira. Light later admits that this was a very clever move: if L dies immediately after revealing his identity to Light, that's some very good evidence that Light is Kira.
- Takashi Hayashida from 3-gatsu no Lion does not mince any words whenever he directly or indirectly speaks of his student Rei's social ineptness in school.
- Shiho's mother in Zettai Karen Children adopts this as something of a coping mechanism due to Shiho's psychometry powers, which enable mind reading with any physical contact. So as to not try to hide things from Shiho, she simply speaks her mind, with no regard as to what she's about to say.
- Ryuunosuke in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou; he did not hide why he comes out to attend classes (to obtain enough attendance points to go to college), and, of course, towards Rita in episode 10, when he sees right through her "fake smile" and tells it like he sees it. It doesn't go very well with her.
- This is Emi's defining character trait in the "Little Army" prequel manga of Girls und Panzer. Her willingness to speak her mind regardless of how the listener will take it causes much of the conflict early on in the story, but it also helps Miho speak honestly about her troubles later on.
Emi: I hate lies and flattery. There's no point in wasting praise on the selfish.
- Attack on Titan has numerous examples of this trope. Given the grim, and oftentimes cruel, setting that the story takes place in, the ability to deliver hard, verbal slaps to the face is almost a necessity.
- The guy who stands out the most in this area has got to be Captain Levi of the Survey Corps; he says whatever's on his mind when he sees fit, politeness or dangerous circumstances be damned.
- Jean is also notorious being unflinchingly honest with his opinions.
- Commander Erwin flat out tells the new recruits that the probability of them dying is 50% and most of them will die within the next year. This is actually sensible because the Survey Corps needs recruits that would volunteer despite knowing the terrible odds. And later on when Erwin is questioned about his role in the two Titan shifters battling each other and destroying part of Stohess, he stated it was his responsibility and made no excuses for it.
- When Floch is asked about Marlowe's death in a suicidal charge against the Beast Titan by someone who knew the person in question, he mentions how Marlowe's bravery inspired the new recruits... and how Marlowe probably died regretting that he'd ever sacrificed himself.
- Kotoura-san deals with this in a few ways.
- Deconstructed in Haruka's case. Haruka the telepath became The Cassandra because of this trope—her words made all the people around her seem like a compulsive liar, and for that reason she was labelled the compulsive liar. That's the reason why she can stand Manabe; he's one of the few people who actually speak what he thinks.
- Manabe's case is more Lighter and Softer than his girlfriend does as he at least can't read others' minds. He plays it for both laughs and drama.
- Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss. He will tell just about anybody what he really thinks about the situation whether they asked him to or not and he will usually do it in the rudest possible way. We do see on occasion that he does know how to be tactful, but most of the time he chooses not to be. This also means when he dodges around things (like the fact he likes Nanami) it's painfully obvious. This actually results in a heartwarming moment when Tomoe finally admits to loving Nanami, as his honesty and complete lack of censorship make it Squee! inducing.
- Saya of Servant × Service is prone to this, and her Innocently Insensitive hurt people even more. It was even lampshaded by the local Cosplay Otaku Girl Chihaya.
- A few characters practice this in Saki:
- Hiroko "FunaQ" Funakubo of Senriyama, after hearing that her teammate Izumi Nijou lost badly in her match in the semi-finals, says that she messed up, and proceeds to disabuse her of her notion that she's the best first-year mahjong player in the inter-high tournament.
- Mairu Shirouzu of Shindoji has a similar approach to her teammate Hitomi Ezaki's similar loss in the third match of the semi-finals, in response to her saying that "It's all the government's fault!" In the first match, while talking with her best friend Himeko Tsuruta about their teammate Kirame Hanada's chances, she says that no matter how they put it, Kirame's situation does not look good, possibly considering that they knew she wasn't good enough to get on the team, and put her in that position because they knew she wouldn't go under 0.
- In Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, this happens when Kanna recruits her friends to form a mahjong club and defeat Hayari Mizuhara, who won the local tournament, defeating Kanna.
Kyouka: Are we supposed to beat (Hayari), too?
Kanna: Nah. You're just here to be my sparring partners.
Kyouka: Can't you at least try to show some tact?
- Kyouka later turns it around by saying that she didn't come to watch Kanna at the mahjong tournament because she thought Kanna would be embarrassed to have one of her friends see her defeated and humiliated. In one of Kanna's POV chapters, however, this is subverted when it's revealed that Kyouka, however, did see at least part of the game.
- Early on in the main series, Yasuko Fujita, a pro player, plays against and defeats Saki and Nodoka, then reveals that the best player on the team that won the prefectural tournament last year was able to defeat her.
Fujita: Oh? You girls are also entering the preliminaries? Too bad. I think you girls understand, but there is absolutely no way you girls can win.
- In a somewhat similar vein to Fujita, Chisa Sakane, advisor to the Yumachi mahjong club in Shinohayu, openly admits that she's an advisor in name only, and doesn't even want to do the little that she's doing, since it's extra work for no pay. According to the Club President, though, she's kinder than she lets on, and she drops hints that she's not entirely satisfied with how things are. It turns out that she has no desire to push the students too hard.
- This is practically Naru's trademark in Ghost Hunt.
- In Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai, this, paired with his Principles Zealot mentality, is the reason The Protagonist Yugami is avoided by his classmates and baseball club teammates whenever possible. The isolation doesn't faze Yugami one bit, though.
- Due to being raised on an isolated island, Kajika from Hanasakeru Seishounen is like this. She always says what she means and does not sugarcoat it. At one point she calls out and slaps a prince. She says this to Eugene after asking him for advice (about love):
- Eugene: Why did you come to me about it?
Kajika: Well, out of all my friends... there's only one who's really, really, reeeeeeeally knowledgeable about this stuff. And that's you Mustafa!
Eugene: I won't deny it, but...
- Tonari no Kashiwagi-san:
- When Yuuto asks for it, Kazuki will respond bluntly, who can also be as direct to his girlfriend.
- Sayaka, being who she is, won't spare feelings either.
- Gourmet Girl Graffiti:
- Shiina does this towards Kirin in episode 7, when she suggests to Ryou that they'll do the cooking. She then points out how she saw how Kirin freeloads off her cousin, and doesn't even lift a finger to help her at all, even washing the dishes afterwards. Though these statements hit her pretty hard, Kirin is swayed after Shiina tells her Ryou might enjoy their cooking too.
- Tsuyuko gives a harsh critique of Kirin's and Shiina's cooking in episode 6. However, she also says it tastes good. This in stark contrast to Ryou's review, where she liked it quite a bit.
- Blue Exorcist has Rin. No Social Skills and a child-like demeanor towards most relationships (due to having not HAD any real friendships before high school) results in him being honest about things that most wouldn't be. Like admitting he's a half-demon to someone terrified of demons...
- In Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Miyu straight up tells Illya and her friends that she only likes Illya and doesn't care about them at all.
- My Hero Academia:
- When asked to give her opinion of the training between Izuku, Uraraka, Bakugo and Iida, Yaoyorozu pointed out and scrutinized all the flaws of each person. Namely, Bakugo was not a good team player and was destructive, Uraraka lost focus halfway through the training and both Bakugo and Izuku allowed their emotions/personal feelings get in the way of their original goal (to secure/protect the weapon). Iida was the only one she praised who did his part effectively. Regardless she said a lot more than what All Might wanted, resulting in an awkward silence from the rest of the class and All Might to think she was being a little too honest.
- Tsuyu Asui's brutal honesty is acknowledged in-universe as her general M.O. She has no filter and says what she thinks about others, frequently snarking at the antics of her zanier classmates and rarely letting personal feelings or sentiment get in the way of her judgment.
- Shokugeki no Soma: Soma's skill rests on his ability to see things exactly as they are. He is brutally honest about everything, including his own shortcomings, which, in turn, makes him completely unafraid of supposedly "unbeatable" opponents. He can often come across as arrogant, but things will always show that he is exactly as good as he thinks.
- Bloom Into You
- This is one of Yuu's defining traits- she doesn't hesitate to say what's on her mind, or do so in an often blunt or snarky way. It's also what Touko finds so appealing about her.
- Zig-zagged with Sayaka, who's Touko's best friend. While she often bottles up her feelings and lets certain opinions go unspoken, especially when it comes to her unrequited love for Touko, she generally doesn't hold back when she chooses to express herself. There's some unspoken tension between her and Yuu at first, but after they share some brutally honest observations about each other and discuss Touko, they achieve a better understanding.
- In the School Play, the main character, who lost her memories in an accident, hears various people who knew her tell her about herself. Her younger half-brother's account is by far the least complimentary, and portrays her as being distant from him and the rest of her family. That said, he does hold out hope that she could start over and mend her relationship with her family.
- In My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Katarina attracts the attention of fourth prince Alan by saying he's boring and unappealing if he has to complain to someone that she's hogging his fiancee's attention. If he was so great his fiancee would be paying attention to him no matter what Katarina did. Of course, the joke here is that Alan is actually right and that Katarina has been (accidentally) seducing his fiancee.
- Sailor Moon:
- Shingo Tsukino. He's a Deadpan Snarker who often criticizes Usagi, but just about anything he ever says is the truth or at least his honest opinion. Keep in mind that even though he annoys Usagi and says some pretty harsh things, he does care about his sister.
- Yaten Kou of the Sailor Starlights doesn't believe in sugarcoating and will tell you exactly what she thinks no matter how blunt it is.
- Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Kaguya's cold side is far more honest than her main personality and is at least willing to admit she's attracted to Shirogane and states, "she has an insatiable craving for his ..." before regular Kaguya cut her off. This seems to also apply to her interactions with anyone other than Shirogane, as unlike her usual self her cold side is incredibly blunt while asking Kashiwagi for advice, outright admitting that she is in love with Shirogane, that she wants to be kissed by him, and that if he wanted to she would probably let him have sex with her. Unfortunately, she is unable to be honest when she is actually faced with him, something she is fully aware of.
- New X-Men: When questioned by Surge concerning what happened to her boyfriend David during a demonic attack on the X-Mansion, most of the team made evasive and inconsistent references to minor injuries. X-23 provided a detailed report on how the demon lord Belasco ripped his heart out through his chest and noted (presumably in an attempt at reassurance) that Elixir restored it before anoxia-induced brain damage could have set in. This is pretty much X-23 in general due to her difficulties with normal social interaction. It's not that she Cannot Tell a Lie, (her training and previous role as an assassin for hire certainly requires this ability) she just generally doesn't.
- The elves in ElfQuest practice this, in a rare positive example. It makes communication within the tribes very effective.
- After the events of Axis Loki in Loki: Agent of Asgard developed an intense distaste for falsehoods (maybe as a side-effect of the inversion or the truth wave, or just growing sick and tired of them) but they literally confessed their greatest sin (they are a copy of past Loki, who killed and body snatched their Kid incarnation) without any prettifying or softening to their best friend Verity and more importantly Thor. Thor flipped and dragged Loki before Asgardian justice. In the same series Gram was a weaponized version of this trope. A sword that if you got stabbed by it made you face the truths you denied. It wasn't lethal, most of the time, but hurt like hel, and freed people from Demonic Possessions.
- Supergirl: During a battle in the Red Daughter of Krypton arc, Supergirl tells a girl to run and hide. Since the girl hesitates because she refuses to abandon her mother's body, Supergirl's teammate points out that her mother is dead.
Supergirl: You. Find someplace to hide.
Girl: But my mom —
Skallox: Your mother is dead! Now run for your life.
Supergirl: You couldn't put that more gently?
Skallox: Seriously, new girl? Gently?
- In Superman Volume 1 #176, Superman and Supergirl celebrate a Kryptonian holyday called the Day of Truth in where Kryptonians honor the memory of an hero by speaking nothing but the truth, not matter the cost. The thing is, both cousins may be incredibly, astonishingly, rudely blunt. Superman judges a baby contest and a mother asks what he thinks of her little darlings? He tells: "Frankly, this is the worst collection of misbehaved brats I've ever seen! And you tried to flatter me, dressing your babies like me, hoping I'd pick them as winners!" When Lois censures his bluntness he retorts he is not a hypocrite. Supergirl's fan club gives Kara a lunch and the girls ask how she liked the food? She tells: "Er... You meant well, kids But frankly, the salad tasted like moldy hay, and the chicken wasn't fried... It was burned!" When the poor girls cry, Supergirl protests: "But, girls... You asked for the truth... and you got it!"
- In Chick Tracts, the protagonists do not shy away from telling others that they'll go to hell if they don't convert, or that the recently deceased unsaved (including good people or those close to the listener) have gone to hell.
Jack: But, God! I've spent all my life kissing Your ass!
- In "The Slugger" (as well as "The Superstar"), the main character's gardener isn't shy about telling him that he thinks he's nothing without Christ in his life, earning him a rebuke. When the athlete finds out he's dying of cancer and asks his gardener if he's going to hell, the gardener says "Yes... but you don't have to," and recalls the time a "real friend" had the guts to tell him the same thing. The athlete accepts and bequeaths his fortune to his gardener.
- Similarly, in "The Star," Daisy, a cleaning woman, tells Douglas Ford that she thinks his films are "dirty" and won't see him, that he's a sinner who's on his way to hell, and Cardinal Rooney, who says otherwise, is just a sycophant after his money. Like in the previous case, the actor converts.
- In "Somebody Goofed," an old man takes a similar approach when talking to a boy about an overdose victim, but this time, it turns out to not be the best idea. A man who turns out to be the Devil in disguise mocks his harsh stance and offers a more moderate alternative, thereby causing the boy to reject the old man's pitch.
- In "Wounded Children," David, having struggled with his sexuality all his life, is bluntly told that while Jesus can save him and forgive his sins, he'll also have to give up on being gay.
- A comic spoofing the Chick Tracts has Jack Chick having died and coming face to face with God, who is not impressed with him.
God: If I had meant for you to kiss My ass, I would have given you lips (spreads arms all the way out) this big!
- Lacking much in the way of emotional filters between his brain and his vocalizer, Whirl is Cyclonus' confidant in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye precisely because he has no reason to sugarcoat anything, and will say uncomfortable things in people's face with zero thought for tact. Cyclonus both needs and respects this kind of honesty, and it's one of the things that leads to their eventual Odd Friendship.
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Calvin is caught by his visiting uncle while going through his luggage, and responds to the incredulous resultant question with "[I'm] going through your luggage. What's it look like?"
- Similarly, when his mother catches him pounding nails into the coffee table in the living room with a "What on earth are you doing?!", there's a Beat Panel before he says, "... Is this a trick question?"
- Dilbert: Happens all the time in Dilbert's workplace. As the Pointy-Haired Boss summarizes neatly:
- Luminosity: Bella enforces this on herself, complete with journals so she can make sure she's not tricking herself after the fact.
- Child of the Storm has Luna Lovegood, as per usual.
- In the sequel, Bucky Barnes occasionally demonstrates this, at one point underlining a You Are Not Ready speech to Ron by bluntly pointing out that if he tried to help out in a certain fight, without the necessary skills, experience, or training, he'd be The Load at best, or dead in short order. He then demonstrates it by flattening and disarming Ron without even missing a beat.
- A certain Wise Prince from Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns likes to use it, to far-reaching effect.
- Turnabout Storm:
- In the Katawa Shoujo fanfic Weekend at Hisao's, Hisao meets with his old best friend Takumi, who is now in a relationship with Iwanako, the girl who confessed to him on the day of his first heart attack. He asks Takumi why he didn't tell him, and Takumi, after a little beating around the bush, says "You were an asshole back then," earning a Flat "What" from Hisao. Takumi goes on to explain that he understands Hisao was depressed, but his gloomy demeanor and refusal to talk made it difficult to be around him, leading them to give up after a few weeks, a statement Hisao agrees with.
- Anthony Caine had this in The New Retcons, to the point of being rather blunt when he told his children and Frank Day about Elly Patterson's death.
- A Growing Affection: Early in the story, Tsunade describes the holes in Naruto's and Hinata's skill sets quite frankly, nearly bringing Hinata to tears.
- In DISGAEA, when Flonne gave Laharl the idea to gather all demons who wanted to become overlord in one place like what he did in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness everybody is surprised that Flonne had an actually smart idea. Flonne later asks Aramis if he thinks she's dumb.
Aramis: Big time.
- Happens twice in The Lion King Adventures:
- Tojo tells Tama outright that she's a monster in Goodbye, Nala.
- Haiba lambasts Simba for his evil actions in The Final Task.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: Asuka says to Keiko that she isn't qualified to pilot an Eva and she should quit because she'll get herself or her teammates killed otherwise. Asuka was harsh but she was completely right.
- A Protector's Pride: Orihime tells the rest of the gang she wants to help fight Aizen's army. Urahara immediately shuts her down pointing out how her Actual Pacifist nature would put everyone in danger and how she should stick to being The Medic.
- Later Ichigo and Kon tell Tatsuki and Karin respectively that they have no chance against the enemies Ichigo is facing. Ichigo even demonstrates by cutting Tatsuki's forehead so quickly she couldn't see him move then explaining that his enemies are stronger and faster than he is.
- In the Girls und Panzer and Saki crossover, Necessary To Win, after the practice match between Oarai Academy and BC Freedom, BC Freedom's coach, which the outnumbered Oarai forces narrowly lost, Yasuko Fujita says that if they intend to enter the tournament, the odds won't be in their favor, especially when they go up against stronger schools. Unlike in Saki, however, Yasuko concedes that they have the potential to improve.
Yasuko: What I'm saying may sound harsh. But as you are now, your school doesn't stand a chance in the tournament. And neither does ours.
- In The Boy Who Fell from the Sky, a Naruto and The Legend of Korra crossover in a way for them to get to know each other better Naruto and Korra meditate while telling each other what their worst fears and regrets in life are.
- Shigeru and Kazumi of Despair's Last Resort invoke this trope. The former because he doesn't care what others think, and the latter because of her upbringing. Miyako also tends to do this from time to time, though it's unknown why she does.
- In Danganronpa Abridged Thing, in Episode 5, Alter Ego asks about what happened to its creator, Chihiro Fujisaki.
Alter Ego: By the way, I don't see Onii-chan anywhere. Onii-chan? Daijobu?
Naegi: Okay, Kirigiri, you're going to need to be super tactful here, so don't—
Kirigiri: [ignoring Naegi and typing to Alter Ego] Oowada crushed their head.
- Escape From The Hokage's Hat: Hanabi loses her position as heir and ends up either bullied or treated with indifference by her clan. She does eventually get to voice her frustration to Neji and asks why they are treating her like that while they only have nice things to say about Hinata. Neji replies by telling her that it's because she isn't a nice person and Hinata is liked because the Branch members don't want to torment the only Main branch Hyuuga who is genuinely nice to them.
- In Puella Musicus Madoka Magica, Homura explains at length why she considers Sayaka a clueless buffoon, to the girl in question. This is not because Homura doesn't know to be civil, but because she doesn't care about it.
- In Build Your Wings on the Way Down, Hughes asks Mustang whether Edward has any chance of reversing Nina's transformation into a chimera. Mustang bluntly says that Ed will fail and probably kill Nina in the process.
- Mirror Of Maybe gives this as the reason for Severus' canon callousness and biting comments; he genuinely believes what he is saying, and finds it distasteful and even immoral to remain silent about it or cover it with polite lies. Moreover, he considers many Gryffindors hypocrites and cowards for not being willing to face hard truths.
- In the For Want of a Nail Alternate Universe Worm fanfic, Intrepid, Tattletale gives to an entire speech to Emma about how she needs to actually make an effort to change herself rather than simply feel guilty or she'd end up betraying them as well.
- In Raptor, Madame Maxime gets far more respect from her graduated muggleborns and halfbloods than Dumbledore and Karkaroff because she tells them from the start that the current political climate makes it unlikely they'll find jobs post graduation unless they stick to muggle subjects and give up on Wizarding Europe. Dumbledore on the other hand lies and tells them that they have just as much a chance to succeed as the purebloods.
- Taken Up to Eleven in RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse by truth is a scourge, which not only compels its subjects to speak only truth and to keep babbling, but seems to cause the subject to speak those specific truths that will must upset, enrage, or discomfort the listener. There's a very good reason it's called "truth poison".
- The Differentverse: Moondancer is straightforward, to the point, and at times, downright blunt. It's part of why Twilight likes having her around, because Moondancer won't hold back when Twilight's unwittingly offending someone. Such a moment is later revealed to have been key to their becoming friends in the first place.
- Rivals Series: Viktor's brutal honesty is deconstructed as he's honest in ways that are hurtful since he doesn't have the entire facts. When a young Yuuri tells Viktor that he wants to one day to skate on the same ice as him, Viktor bluntly tells Yuuri that he should lose weight if he wants to be a skater. Unbeknowst to Viktor, Yuuri was already on his way to becoming a professional skater so all Viktor does with his honesty is make a life-long enemy out of Yuuri.
- In Misconceptions and Corrections, when Buffy asks why Xander isn't telling her about his road trip because friends are supposed to tell each other things, Xander casually replies that they're not friends. They were friends once but then she used him to make Angel jealous and completely humiliated him in the process; now they're more like casual acquaintances or coworkers.
- Evelyn Trevelyan in Walking in Circles runs on this trope. If she's wrong about something, she'd apologize for it and if you're wrong or do something stupid, she'll call you out on it with no hesitation. Solas, being who he is, often finds himself getting called out directly by her for his thoughtless comments.
- This trait of her only gets stronger after she gets the mark and recovered from being Tranquil.
- Both Harry and Luna share this trait in For Love Of Magic, Luna due to No Social Skills (though she's gotten better over the years) and Harry because he can't be bothered to lie to spare someone's feelings. An example comes up when Ginny was asking about joining Harry's group before Molly interrupts and demands to know what they were talking about.
Ginny: Nothing important.
Molly: Then you won't mind telling me about it.
Luna: Harry, did Mrs. Weasley just miss the subtext? Didn't you say that when people said they weren't talking about anything important what they really meant is that it was none of the other person's business?
Harry: She didn't miss the subtext so much as ignored it because she's completely unable to keep from sticking her nose where it isn't wanted.
- In the sequel A Discordant Note, Adrastia Zabini has no problems brutally disabusing Lyanna Stark of her notions regarding her dreams of being a warrior. Being a warrior isn't heroic quests and epic duels but fighting and killing until someone kills you. Furthermore, as Lyanna is unlikely to ever be a large woman, she will be far weaker than the average man so she will lose very quickly. If she's lucky, the one who defeats her will tell her to stop playing silly games and send her home; if not, she'll likely be raped and murdered.
- In Where Talent Goes To Die, Sora Hoshino, the Ultimate Astronomer, has no problem telling others precisely what he thinks, from how he doesn't trust or think much of Reiko Mitamura to how the first murderer's execution was their own fault. Unfortunately, given that he's a highly cynical and rude individual, this often causes problems, although he often makes many harsh but ultimately true points.
- In A Brighter Dark, Azura speaks bluntly and without mercy when telling Sakura the myriad ways she could have prevented the deaths of several Nohrian prisoners that Sakura had promised protection to, after they are killed by a mob of Hoshidans angered at the death of Queen Mikoto.
Azura: Ryoma would have used his authority to force the magistrate to release them. Corrin would have charged in and freed them with her own two hands, consequences be damned. Mother would have used diplomacy and force them to acknowledge their hidden conscience, forcing them to want to let them go. Any of these options were available to you, so you cannot act as if you were powerless to save them and that's what makes you a failure. If you actually were powerless, it would not be your fault, there would have been nothing you could have done to change the outcome. But because you had the power to save them, that meant you had the obligation to save them; the fact that you refused to meet that obligation is what makes you a failure.
- In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, K.E.L.E.X. has little sense of tact or empathy despite being installed into Izuku's spaceship as his tutor and caretaker. He bluntly denies any possibility of another Kryptonian making it to Earth and flatly criticizes Izuku's "counterproductive altruism" during the U.A. Entrance Exam, which left him with just 15 Villain Points.
- Nar-Es from Kara of Rokyn never minces his words, as noted by Kara when she is disabused of the self-delusion that her motivations for making a movie about her cousins love life are entirely altruistic:
Nar: But Kal might exercise an option, Kara. He might cut you out of his life.
Kara: He wont do that.
Nar: You sure?
Kara: Its a gift, Nar. The best gift I think I can give to Kal.
Nar: You sure about that?
Kara: What do you mean?
Nar: What I mean is that it seems more like a gift to yourself. You show your acting chops, you put together a movie thats bound to break the barriers at the box office, you make a lot of money and youve got a triumph. All you have to do to get it is break Kal-Els heart.
Kara: I can always count on you for the truth, Nar. Or a truth I dont want to face.
- In Loved And Lost, this trope is deconstructed twice, with the first time being also exploited by a Manipulative Bastard.
- Right after Twilight Sparkle has stopped the Changeling invasion, Prince Jewelius demands Shining Armor to tell in front of the wedding guests if he was completely under the effects of Queen Chrysalis' mind-control spell when he rebuked his sister and banned her from the wedding for trying to warn him about the (fake) bride. Ashamed with himself, Shining Armor answers that the spell didn't dictate all of his actions back then. Unfortunately, Jewelius uses this confession to make Shining Armor look like a complete jerk who was willing to disown his sister and neglect his duties as Canterlot's protector in favor of his wedding, leaving on purpose Twilight's own mistakes undiscussed. Twilight herself doesn't take very well her beloved big brother's confession that his harsh words to her weren't completely caused by mind-control, and this blow helps Jewelius in corrupting her to lose all trust in Shining Armor and disown him in retaliation.
- When the original bridesmaids (whom Chrysalis replaced with Twilight's friends and hypnotized to keep Twilight and Princess Cadance imprisoned in the secret caves) demand the imprisoned and disgraced heroes to tell them why no one else but Twilight cared about their disappearance, Shining Armor bluntly tells them that Chrysalis claimed she fired them because they only wanted to meet royalty in the wedding. Utterly mortified that such lies were believed about them, one of them bursts into tears, and everyone else gets more angry with Shining Armor because of this.
- Used in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. When Sam asks Flint if he can keep a secret, he immediately answers, "No."
- In An Extremely Goofy Movie, Bobby hits on Beret Girl. She responds, "Whoa, easy, boy, you're fogging up my karma," and then follows that up with, "Your cool balances out... his fool" said to Max about Bobby. Bobby can only respond by dropping his jaw and then saying, "Okay, whatever." PJ and Beret Girl end up together.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
- Penguins of Madagascar:
- Kowalski is prone to this.
Private: Hello! Are you my family?
Kowalski: You don't have a family, and we're all going to die. Sorry.
Kowalski: I thought we were being honest.
- Even at the end of the movie:
Private: So... how do I look?
Kowalski: You're hideously disfigured, and will probably be hunted for sport.
- Kowalski is prone to this.
- At the end of Snoopy, Come Home, Snoopy, in what is presumably a bad mood (he keeps a neutral expression through the whole scene), types up a letter to each of the major characters, then hands the letters to them directly, stating what they owe Snoopy. Needless to say, this frustrates everyone as they had just celebrated his return—everyone except for Charlie Brown, who is both accustomed to Snoopy's antics and is the one person whom Snoopy considers to not owe anything (which puts Lucy, who chooses to stick around rather than walk away in anger, in an even worse mood). Snoopy expresses a milder case of brutal honesty in the movie too: He cheerfully dances to express his happiness at a "No Pets Allowed" sign at the hospital where Lila, Snoopy's former owner, has been, and in Lila's face even though she had been waiting for years to see him again, because that sign means Snoopy can return to Charlie Brown, which is what he actually wanted to do.
- Kristofferson in Fantastic Mr. Fox has a tendency towards this.
Ash: I can fight my own fights.
Kristofferson:... No, you can't.
- Done in a serious manner in The Grey. After a plane crash one of the characters is badly injured and bleeding internally, and the rest don't seem to know what to do or say. Liam Neeson's character appears, and instead of the usual "you are going to be okay", he calmly explains to him that he is about die and nothing can be done about it, and that he should spend those final moments of life thinking about the people he loved. It works.
- David Norris' atypically sincere concession speech in The Adjustment Bureau, with some very unflattering remarks about his spin doctors, saves his reputation as an honest "people's candidate" and his political career.
- In Bulworth, the eponymous Senator, having a death wish, decides to tell the raw, unvarnished truth when out in public. It gains him a great deal of popularity with the general public, to the point where some voters in both major political parties write him in for President during the election. Unfortunately, it's only after he stops feeling suicidal that his brutal honesty pisses off the wrong person, who proceeds to kill him at the movie's end.
- The Invention of Lying features a world based around this. And note that it's not just that people don't lie, they don't even have a concept of it. Taken to the ultimate extreme in that not only do they have no concept of lying, they have no concept of withholding the truth. Many times a character would not have had to lie simply by not saying anything but this doesn't seem to be an option either. Apparently this also means never using tact, as a character invariably blurts out the worst possible answer to anything.
- Tony Stark's press conference at the end of the first Iron Man movie, when he starts reading the "official explanation" for his power-armored shenanigans, then throws it away and reveals his Secret Identity.
- Ladyhawke gives us this example:
Soldier #1: Where is Navarre?
Phillipe: Navarre? Navarre? Ah, yes. Big man, black horse. I thought I saw him ride south, toward Aquila.
Soldier #2: Ha, then we ride north.
Phillipe: It isn't polite to assume that someone is a liar when you've only just met them.
Soldier #1: And yet you knew we would. We ride south.
Phillipe: (talking to God) I told the truth, Lord. How can I learn any moral lessons when You keep confusing me this way?
- In Cats & Dogs, you have this hilarious exchange:
(after he and his subordinate Calico set fire to a room in order to kill off the people inside, Tinkles stops at the door and turns to Calico)
Mr. Tinkles: I want you to stay here.
Mr. Tinkles: Because I hate you. (slams door)
- Liar Liar has this as a result of the wish, even to Fletcher himself. To clarify, Fletcher is a sleazy lawyer who makes a living on lying. He's not even able to argue his case without lying or asking a question that he knows will be answered with a lie. He almost manages to convince the judge to postpone the hearing for 24 hours (when the wish will expire)... until the judge asks if Fletcher can continue. Fletcher can.
- The Lord of the Rings:
Faramir: You wish now that our places had been exchanged. That I had died and Boromir had lived.
Denethor: Yes. I wish that.
- This is what gets David Smith in trouble in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
- In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Rick's lunch with his new talent agent ends with the agent bluntly declaring that Rick's recent string of bad guy cameos in other rising stars' shows is irreparably damaging his already fading career and the only recourse left to him is to leave Hollywood and film knock-off Italian pictures. Rick leaves the lunch in tears and his friend Cliff tries to console him, but Rick admits that while the agent's words were brutal, they were what he needed to hear.
- In S.O.B., Tim Culley asks Felix Farmer "Have I ever lied to you?" and Felix replies "No". Tim goes on to say "Well I have, repeatedly. But the fact that I just admitted I have lied to you in the past means you can believe me now".
- In Spaceballs, Lone Starr pulls this repeatedly when he's sneaking aboard Spaceball One to destroy it. He grabs one guard by the neck and when the guard asks him what he's doing, he replies, "The Vulcan neck pinch." The guard then tells him the proper way to do it. Lone Starr only gets away with it because the average Spaceball is Too Dumb to Live (said Spaceball complimented him for doing it right before collapsing). Next he grabs a can of shaving cream from another guard and when he asks what Lone Starr's doing with it, Lone Starr replies, "This!", sprays the shaving cream in the guard's mouth and eyes before giving him the pinch.
- The Big Bad in Water World likes children when he's asking for someone's opinion, since they tell the truth rather than what they think you want to hear. Notably, a couple entries in the Evil Overlord List run off of the same principle.
- The protagonist of Adam can't help but being brutally honest because of his Asperger Syndrome.
- Colonel Glover prides himself on this in The Crossing. Washington calls him "a thorn in my ass" during a conversation in which Glover asks Washington has gone mad and that his plan for attacking the Hessians doomed to fail. Glover can do this because he's saved the Continental Army three times and says he'll carry out Washington's plan to cross the Delaware, mad though it may be.
- In Rush (2013), Niki Lauda will speak his mind, no matter what and no matter who is present.
- Into the Storm (2009) has ample examples from Winston Churchill spitting the truth in people's faces.
- X-Men Film Series:
- In Dracula Untold, the Elder Vampire is completely upfront about the consequences that will occur once Vlad becomes a vampire and if he gives into his bloodlust.
Vlad: And if I feed?
Elder Vampire: Then the price would be worse than if you had never stepped in here.
- In Ex Machina, Nathan tells Caleb to his face that his coding skills are so so. He does move him up to "being good", and it is from the perspective of the world's best programmer, and scaling his perspective doesn't necessarily tell us much about Caleb's skill.
- K-2SO in Rogue One. A reprogrammed Imperial battle droid, K-2 tends to just say whatever pops out of his faintly scrambled processor, leading to some hilarious moments and some very awkward attempts to pass himself off as an ordinary, un-reprogrammed droid.
K-2SO: Jyn - I'll be there for you. Cassian said I had to.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, due to being Literal-Minded, Drax continues to have no sense of how to talk about negative aspects of his friends without at some point sounding horrible.
Drax: You just need to find a woman who is pathetic. Like you.
- The Fabulous Baker Boys opens with Jack getting dressed after a one-night stand. The girl asks him, "Am I gonna see you again?" He answers, "No." She doesn't seem bothered overmuch.
- High and Tight's Sara Harvey lives her life being blunt and honest about everything.
- In A Few Good Men has the scene in which Captain West asks Lieutenant Commander Galloway to leave the room for a moment.
Capt. West: Commander Galloway, why don't you get yourself a cup of coffee?
Lt. Cmdr. Galloway: Thank you, sir, I'm fine.
Capt. West: Commander, I'd like you to leave the room so we can talk about you behind your back.
Lt. Cmdr. Galloway: Certainly, sir.
- Doctor Dolittle, partly due to him being Not Good with People. Emma calls him "very rude" because of what he said about her uncle, but she follows up with "Of course, I wouldn't mind so much except everything he said was true."
- In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Dakota believes in always stating things as they are and never sugarcoating anything, even though she knows this makes her come across as a bitch. This extends to be being brutally honest about how sucky her own life is.
- In Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Tim's friend Jack tries to help him catch a Cubone. He explains that Cubone is perfect for him. Why? Because Cubone is a "Lonely Pokémon", so they're perfect for each other.
- The Lord of the Rings: Denethor saying that Faramir should have died instead of Boromir even worse in the book than in the film. In the film Denethor at least seems aware of what a terrible thing he's saying, and says it with some solemnity. In the book Denethor replies with "Certainly I wish it, for Boromir was loyal to me, and no wizard's pupil." And then has the fact that he was ultimately responsible for Boromir's death thrown brutally (and truthfully) back in his face, since Denethor overrode Faramir's desire that he be the one to go to the meeting in Rivendell and sent Boromir instead.
- A number of characters from A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Sandor Clegane, an embittered Straw Nihilist who's perfectly willing to shatter people's fancy delusions into powder.
- Ser Davos Seaworth, a common smuggler raised above his station that's so loyal to his king that he makes a point of avoiding the ass-kissing behavior others display. His boss appreciates this so much he's repeatedly promoted for it without asking, his advice more valued then any of the other advisors.
- Stannis Baratheon, Davos's boss, seems incapable of sparing anyone's feelings even if he tries. His most heartwarming gestures still crash into the recipients with unpleasant truths attached.
- Tyrion Lannister is also adept at using this for his own purposes. Especially noticeable in his treatment of Jon Snow, who incidentally is one of the few people Tyrion calls 'friend'. One of the things he likes about The Dragon Bronn is the latter's lack of pretension, and tendency to be completely open about what he thinks of their Crapsack World. On the other hand, when Tyrion makes the mistake of Calling the Old Man Out and demanding to know why he is denied his rightful inheritance, Lord Tywin responds with a truly vicious (and totally undeserved) "The Reason You Suck" Speech, spelling out everything he hates about his dwarf son.
- Bronn is also a dab hand at this. The best example is this one: he warns Tyrion upfront that, should a better offer come along, he will give him a chance to meet or improve on it. If that's not possible, he's out the door and on to the next job. And, he does exactly that: The Power of Friendship doesn't get a look in. He's a sellsword. If he doesn't live up to his word, he's likely to be dead.
- Ax of Animorphs once met a small girl in a hospital. She asked him if he was a fairy and what his name was. He answered her correctly and politely. Ax was somewhat known for this:
Cassie: We're all just worried that this mission will, you know, be a little rough on you, Marco.
Ax: Yes. Also, that the fact that this mission involves your mother will damage your judgement and cause you to make unwise decisions that might result in all of our deaths.
- Wallace Wallace of No More Dead Dogs practices this due to the fact that his father told him about fighting in the Vietnam conflict, making his son very proud of him. Wallace is disappointed to find out that his father was lying about the whole thing (he was too young to have even been in the army during the Vietnam conflict.) His incredibly harsh but entirely honest book report on "Old Shep, My Pal" leads to his English teacher (who's directing the school play of the book) to believe that he never read it.
- In My Fair Godmother, the main character tells her sister that she has to go back in time to rescue the guy who disappeared from his home in the present. It's safe to say that her sister didn't believe her. However, it might be inverted because she cannot lie without having to spit up a frog or something.
- Scott Adams endorses this trope as a quick, reliable way to make a situation funny in The Joy of Work.
- Harry Potter:
- Luna Lovegood is known for being painfully honest. Most of the time, no-one really minds because the things she says about others aren't very critical, and she reacts with a confused stare instead of an argument when people disagree with her. Her honesty disturbs Harry when she talks about her own life, namely that everyone considers her crazy and picks on her, and she doesn't have any friends.
- When Firenze becomes the new Divination teacher in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he concedes that Trelawney may or may not be a seer but he is brutally frank about what he thinks of her methods.
Parvati Patil: Professor Trelawney did astrology with us! Mars causes accidents and burns and things like that, and when it makes an angle to Saturn, like now, that means people need to be extra careful when handling hot things
Firenze: [calmly] That, is human nonsense.
- Niccolò Machiavelli's book The Prince is all about it.
- Ozonne from the the Disgaea novels. When Laharl asks her what she thinks of him the first time they meet, she says she thinks he is "a weak and incompetent brat". Later, after she falls for him, she asks him casually to marry her.
- Christopher, the main character from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, is autistic and can't lie. He explains this by saying that if he said he ate Corn Flakes for breakfast when in fact he had Cheerios, he would be thinking about something that hadn't happened; but then he'd think of other things that hadn't happened, for example, that there hadn't been a scuba diver at the table, or an elephant, and so on, and would get so wrapped up in thinking about what didn't happen that he'd forget the lie he'd told in the first place. It goes so far that he considers anything that didn't really happen a lie, even fiction (the one exception is Sherlock Holmes novels, which he enjoys). It's not just lying, either - he can't pick up on social cues, so he doesn't know what's appropriate to say and what isn't, and so has to be told not to say that one of his classmates is so stupid he would eat pound notes, coins, and his own poop. This is Truth in Television for many people with autism.
- Sasha in Greek Ninja never hesitates to tell the truth even when it's devastating.
- Brutha from Small Gods isn't so much incapable of lying as he is unable to understand the concept. Given his perfect memory (the first thing he remembers is a bright light followed by someone hitting him), he doesn't get why people would go around saying things that didn't happen.
- This is also one of the responsibilities of Professor John Hix from Unseen University's Department of Necroman... er, that is, Department of Post-Mortem Communications. As UU's resident "evil" wizard, he is expected to make tasteless remarks anyway and so it falls to him to say the things no one else wants to say, but must be said regardless.
- In Those That Wake, Man in Suit weaponizes this.
Man in Suit: I will answer any question you have, because by merely being honest, I will defeat you.
- Wind Runner from Warrior Cats: Dawn Of The Clans does this for Bumble. While the other cats are wondering whether Bumble should join them or not, Wind Runner bluntly tells her that she can't because she doesn't know the ways of a wild cat.
- Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy, isn't shy to speak her mind, regardless of how inappropriate the situation.
- The Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels are completely honest by nature, to the extent that their language has no word for a lie.
- The Secret Garden:
- Mary breaks Colin out of being a hypochondriac Spoiled Brat by bluntly telling him that he's a horrible person to be around and that there's absolutely nothing wrong with his back (he thinks that he's a hunchback).
- Martha, who is not used to working for the gentry, frequently tells Mary (who still expects help getting dressed at age nine) that Martha's four-year-old sister can look after herself better. She also compares wealthy kids, who are taken for walks by a nurse rather than playing on their own, to puppies.
- In Son of the Black Sword, Ashok. As even The Resenter is forced to admit:
"Your unflinching honesty is going to get you challenged to a duel one of these days. But it also makes it impossible to hate you."
- Inevitable in the Village Tales novels. The clergy don't mince words. The Duke is polite only tactically. And on rare occasions. The GP is noted for such remarks as, "Of course you're unwell, you're fat! Digging your grave with a fork and your teeth!" Lady Crispin is fraffly plain-spoken. It would be hard to find anyone who wasn't weapons-grade blunt. Gossip is carefully kept from the ears of those who'd be hurt by it, but if something is said, it's not sugar-coated. (Truth in Television insofar as country folk tend to bluntness and the working and upper classes in the UK consider indirection and politesse a middle-class thing.)
- Isaac Asimov's "Rejection Slips": "Gruff", the second letter, is a poem that uses short rhyming couplets to declare the submission is terrible, and that anything else can and should be sent instead.
- The Winnie Years: When Sandra finds out about Winnie badmouthing Dinah in Twelve, she is brutally honest to Winnie. When Winnie says, "I'm an awful human being," Sandra says "Pretty much."
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In the second book, Greg makes a promise to always be truthful to his mom. Unfortunately, this new "honest" Greg would go on to say insensitive things, like that a short boy could never become a basketball player and that his grandfather may die before ever having another birthday.
- Name nearly any show with Gordon Ramsay in it; Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell etc. He will tell you exactly how you screwed up and how badly you screwed up, no matter how much it may hurt your feelings, without mincing words. He does not believe in coddling people who should know better and if you really screw up, expect to be on the receiving end of one of his infamous Cluster F-Bomb rants/insults.
- However, it's worth noting that he is only brutally honest with people who should know better. If he is working with someone that's a relative newbie (such as kids or amateur cooks), he's still honest, but he tempers his brutality considerably.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun: A Running Gag, especially in the earlier seasons. One of the examples in which it usually just ended up getting the Solomons seen as either hilarious or insightful.
- 100 Things to Do Before High School: In "Always Tell the Truth (But Not Always) Thing!", CJ, Fenwick and Crispo vow to always tell the truth. However, CJ and Fenwick quickly find themselves trapped in a web of lies, Crispo keeps the vow and winds up becoming brutally honest: becoming a Caustic Critic in his cooking class and landing himself in hot water.
- In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Fractured House", when Hunter begins talking (well, venting) to May about his ex-wife Bobbi, May shuts him up by reminding him that she doesn't like him and doesn't care what he has to say. Later in the same episode, Mack bluntly tells Simmons that her presence is making Fitz's (who's suffering due to brain damage) worse.
- American Gods (2017): Mr. Nancy gives a brutal speech to a new group of African slaves about what awaits them in America. Note, though, that he deliberately leaves out mention of any of the good things that could happen to them.
Anansi: You want help? Fine. Let me tell you a story. "Once upon a time, a man got fucked." Now, how is that for a story? 'Cause that's the story of black people in America! [laughs] Shit, you all don't know you're black yet. You think you just people.
- Auction Kings: The experts tend to do this. It's their job. One expert in particular valued a case of Billy Beer at... nothing. He suggested Paul recycle the aluminum cans.
- Babylon 5: In one episode, Londo is given permission to divorce two of his three equally unpleasant wives. He ultimately chooses to keep the one who is brutally honest (while the other two try to influence him with shameless and insincere flattery) because of all of them she's the only one whose unpleasantness will never lead her to murder him without warning. At least with her, he lampshades, he always knew where he stood.
- The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper almost always honestly reacts to every question even if it hurts the person's feelings, one such example is when Penny tells him and Leonard that in spite of the way her old boyfriend treated her part of her still loves him and asks them if she's crazy, Sheldon bluntly replies "Yes!" Though in Sheldon's case it's less of a case of wanting to be honest and more of a case of being unable to lie, not to mention incapable of understanding why the truth might hurt someone.
- Avon of Blake's 7 has a particular line in this.
Avon: No, the point is Vila won't trust you, whereas he will trust Cally and me.
Tarrant: Cally yes, but why you?
Avon: Because he knows what I think of him.
Tarrant: You despise him.
Avon: Right, but at least I'm consistent about it.
- Done as a gag at the end of one episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, when Buck asks if Wilma and Doctor Huer don't really secretly sorta like the apartment he's cobbled together from random 20th century artifacts.
Wilma and Huer: (in unison) No.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Anya, Spike and Cordelia are the usual embodiments of this, though others have their moments.
Cordelia: I think it, I say it. It's my way.
Anya: Why can't you just masturbate like the rest of us.
Cordelia: Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass.
Willow: Then talk. Keep eye contact. Funny is good, but don't be glib. And remember, if you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel... A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend. Have fun.
Spike: (to Anya) I have nothing but respect for a woman who is forthright. Drusilla was always straightforward. Didn't have a single buggering clue about what was going on in front of her, but she was straight about it. That was a virtue.
Anya: I hate us! Everybody's so nice. Nobody says what's on their mind.
- When Buffy's caught going through a blood bank's records:
Nurse: What are you doing?
Buffy: Breaking into your office and going through your private files.
- And then again with Willow, of all people:
Faith: Go ahead, Will, give me the speech. "Don't do it, Faith! We can help you! It's not too late!"
Willow: It's way too late.
- Anya's reputation for brutal honesty, being a Deadpan Snarker, and basically being an insensitive bitch lead to one of the most powerful and poignant Tear Jerker moments in the entire series: her emotional breakdown after the death of Joyce Summers in "The Body".
Anya: Are they gonna cut the body open?
Willow: Oh my God! Would you just... stop talking? Just... shut your mouth. Please.
Anya: What am I doing?
Willow: How can you act like that?
Anya: Am I supposed to be changing my clothes a lot? I mean, is that the helpful thing to do?
Willow: The way you behave...
Anya: Nobody will tell me.
Willow: Because it's not okay for you to be asking these things!
Anya: But I don't understand! (begins to cry) I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's ... There's just a body! And I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore! (begins crying heavily) It's stupid! It's mortal and stupid! And-and Xander's crying and not talking, and— and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, Well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, (completely loses it) and no one will explain to me why.
- The Buffybot does this and it is Played for Laughs in "Intervention", but the Buffybot's "Then why are you here?" (after the Slayer has been killed) forces Giles to realise he must move on from Buffy's death and return to England.
- The season 3 episode "Earshot" reveals via telepathy that Cordelia quite literally does always say exactly what she's thinking.
- Anya, Spike and Cordelia are the usual embodiments of this, though others have their moments.
- The Class: Kat. Always. Her first line ever in the show was "I gotta say, while parties normally bum me out, this one sounds particularly creepy." She continues to say, "I have no recollection of either you or Joanne, but you really sound like people I would hate."
- Community: Abed has been called out on this behavior by his classmates on more than one occasion.
- The Crossing: This is the trademark of Colonel Glover from Massachusetts, who is both honest with his opinion about the army's difficulties (which is good for Washington and his poor opinion of fripperies like powdered wigs (which is awkward when at the table of a man wearing a powdered wig).
- Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David does this constantly, especially when he's trying to get an answer from someone he thinks is lying. Of course, he is a massive liar himself.
- Doctor Who: While the Doctor is quite capable and willing to tell lies, one of his defining traits is that he's sometimes willing to say the truth when no one else wants to see it. Like many an eccentric, socially inept genius, social pleasantries are simply not his area. Special mention goes to his twelfth incarnation.
Amy: So what's wrong with me?
River Song: Nothing, you're fine.
The Doctor: [reading off her vitals] Everything, you're dying.
River Song: Doctor!
The Doctor: Yes, you're right, if we lie to her, she'll get all better!
- Drake & Josh: Drake does this to Josh when he bursts into their room yelling at Drake asking if he took the $2,400 they were going to use to buy a car (Drake bought the dealership's mascot, an orangutan named Bobo, instead). Josh continues to ask and paces back and forth even after Drake openly admits to taking the cash.
- Entourage: Turtle tries to track down a girl named Kelsie to whom he spoke with on the phone but hasn't yet met. Thinking he's found her, he asked a girl if her name was Kelsie and she replied, "Even if it was, I wouldn't admit it." Turtle walked away, cursing brutal honesty.
- Rachel's sister Amy does this a lot. She wonders how come people dislike hearing their babies look bad.
- In "The One With The Butt", everyone says non-committal positive-ish things about Joey's terrible play, except Chandler, who says "Awful play man, woah!". He's too excited about the beautiful girl who just agreed to go out with him to care about lying.
- Even Phoebe couldn't hide it.
Joey: Wow, an agency left me its card! Maybe they wanna sign me!
Phoebe: Based on this play? ...Based on this play!
- Game of Thrones:
- When Cersei asks Robert if there was ever a possibility of their marriage working, he bluntly tells her no.
- During his Establishing Character Moment, Stannis freely admits the he and Robert never loved each other when Matthos is dictating a letter for him.
Stannis: He wasn't "my beloved brother." I didn't love him. He didn't love me.
Davos: A harmless courtesy, Your Grace.
Stannis: A lie. Take it out.
- During the same Establishing Character Moment, when Stannis is warned that hundreds will die storming the beaches around King's Landing, Stannis corrects that thousands will.
- Renly is usually snarky with Littlefinger, but in "Garden of Bones", he is sick of beating around the bush, as their banter no longer amuses him, saying, "I don't like you, Lord Baelish. I don't like your face, I don't like the words that come oozing out of your mouth. I don't want you in my tent one minute more than necessary."
- When little Robin Arryn reappears in season 4, this is one aspect of his Creepy Child behavior. He tells Sansa, "Mummy said they killed your mother and they chopped off your brother's head."
- When Jon arrives with a pretty entitled attitude due to his rather privileged upbringing in a castle, Benjen tells Jon in no uncertain terms that he is no better than anyone else at the Wall; they are all brothers: A man gets what he earns when he earns it. It works.
- This trait is why Stannis values Davos above all his other "nobler" vassals.
- Tywin is never one to spare someone's feelings in his analysis of their deficiencies. Perhaps his most noteworthy example is when he tells Tommen what a terrible king his older brother Joffrey was... in front of his mother... right next to Joffrey's corpse.
- Ygritte admits that the best Qhorin could hope for if he was captured by wildlings would be a quick death.
- Olenna, the "Queen of Thorns," generally doesn't care about being polite; she's very forthright with her opinions.
- Dolorous Edd admits he abandoned Sam in "Valar Morghulis" because Sam was fat and slow.
- Rickard Karstark to Robb in "Dark Wings, Dark Words":
Rickard: "I can believe until it snows in Dorne; it don't change the fact we've got half the men. [...] I think you lost this war the day you married her."
- This is one of Bronn's most endearing qualities, such as his blunt demand for a raise after his latest promotion: "I'm a knight now; knights cost double." After meeting him, Jaime is so surprised by the treatment that he has to ask Bronn if he talks to Tyrion in that way, too.
- Mance Rayder claims he managed to unite the wildlings because he told them the truth: that they will all die if they don't get south.
- Ellaria Sand chastises any attempt by others to avoid mentioning she is a bastard.
- Lord Yohn Royce doesn't mince words about Robin Arryn's skill at arms in "The Wars to Come".
- In "Hardhome", Jon bluntly admits to fatally shooting Mance Rayder, which understandably enrages the wildlings until Tormund explains it was a Mercy Kill.
- The Smalljon inherited his father's mouth for sure. He calls Roose Bolton a cunt, repeatedly, to his son's face and openly admits that he knows Ramsay killed Roose.
- Lyanna Mormont is not one for softening her words or the reality of the situation when Jon and Sansa visit her to ask her house's help against the Boltons. The Starks didn't come to reminiscence, they came for her soldiers, no point wasting time chatting. Jon's an illegitimate son while Sansa's been married twice, making neither a legal Stark. And if they want her to send what little men she has into yet another battle for the Starks, then they had best give her a damn good reason. She's honest about herself, too: when Sansa tries to compliment her by saying that she'll grow up to be a great beauty, Lyanna responds: "I doubt it. My mother wasn't a great beauty or any other kind of beauty."
- Robett Glover doesn't hide his bitterness about Robb's mistakes.
- Some of the things the Hound says to Sansa about her situation are very blunt, but they're not wrong either, and are even good advice in the sense that he was urging her not to have any naïve illusions. For example, when he says he's a good killer and she's upset, he accurately points out that both her father and brother Robb are soldiers and both killed men too, whatever reasons they had for it.
- Tyrion doesn't hesitate to speak his mind when he thinks the situation calls for it. This often gains him respect for his earnestness, but also lands him in problems from time to time when his abrupt input is not appreciated. Daenerys, however, appreciates his honesty, which results in her initially taking him on as her advisor, and then ultimately, her Hand (a position in which brutal honesty is required).
- Euron Greyjoy makes no bones about having comitted regicide and Kinslaying. Oddly enough, he calculates the situation so that this works to his favor: The sheer audacity at admitting this makes him win the Iron Islands to his side.
Euron Greyjoy: I apologize to you all for not killing him years ago.
- Aeron Greyjoy bluntly states that Yara's chances of winning the Kingsmoot are slim.
- The Great British Bake Off: Paul can and will tell you exactly how badly you screwed up that bake.
- Grey's Anatomy: Alex is a big fan of this trope.
- Happy Endings:
- Max does this in one episode, not as a contrast to his lying (though he does his fair share of that) but to show how bad he is with kids. When they're bored, he takes them to a memorial service in a bar (because they wanted to see a dead body), and points out the urn. He then explains that the body was burned and burned for hours and stuck in the urn.
Django: Is there a Heaven?
Max: Who knows?
- He goes on to give an extremely pessimistic view of death, saying "you're just gone, like the light goes out. And you know how they say there's people who will remember you forever? They die too." Naturally, the kids burst into tears. Its at once a hilarious and terrible Aversion of Lies to Children. Naturally, Penny later comes in and gives a sugar coated view of heaven and a future where robots will make you live forever. But the kids say heaven sounds fun, and that they want to die and are dangerously close to forming a Suicide Pact before Penny pulls a Verbal Backspace.
- Max does this in one episode, not as a contrast to his lying (though he does his fair share of that) but to show how bad he is with kids. When they're bored, he takes them to a memorial service in a bar (because they wanted to see a dead body), and points out the urn. He then explains that the body was burned and burned for hours and stuck in the urn.
- House prides himself on this.
- One episode featured a Patient of the Week who had lost the ability to censor himself and always responded with brutal honesty. It served as a deconstruction of the concept, as it tore his family apart and tormented him- he genuinely, sincerely loved his wife and kids, but telling them his completely unvarnished opinions time and time again was a nightmare.
- House of Anubis:
- How I Met Your Mother:
- In the episode "Stuff", Lily takes part in a long, dull play and everyone tells her it was wonderful while Barney is the only one to be completely honest and tell her it sucked. Because he believes friends should be honest with each other. Barney.
- He goes on to prove that friends should say that their plays suck by challenging them to come over to his play and still maintain their tactful lies. His play consists of saying "moist" over and over for an hour (Lily hates that word), followed by half an hour of discharging a squirtgun in Lily's face. After that came the epic saga of a singing, dancing robot that falls in love with a toaster. It was so monstrously bad that Marshall used the second slap he won in the slap bet to put an end to it.
- He does this a lot. The other characters will be giving the gentle, not-hurting-your-feelings answer and he'll be saying the brutal truth every time. Barney believes that friends should be honest with each other. The women he lies to in order to get into bed aren't his friends.
- There's another brilliant exchange where Robin asks if the gang have ever watched her show, and they all lie and say "yes", except Barney who says he's never seen it. Then she asks what their favorite part is and they all make something up, except Barney, who repeats that he's never seen it. Finally:
Robin: You've never watched my show, have you?
Barney: (with the rest of the gang's protestations) That's what I've been saying this whole time.
- Barney is usually like this, but this is subverted in "Old King Clancy." Ted's project at GNB was cancelled, and Barney and Marshall had been lying to him for a month to spare his feelings. When Ted says they should have been honest with him, Barney reminds him of a time when he did the same thing to Marshall.
- iCarly: Carly Shay does this to Sam and Freddie after reaching her breaking point when they drag her into yet another fight (the last of several) during the episode "iDate Sam & Freddie". She points out that both their behaviour (Sam being a complete pig when they are on a date, and Freddie being a 'whiny nub' for pointing it out) and finally ends it by telling the two of them that they shouldn't be dating at all.
- King Léodagan practices brutal honesty. All the time. Emphasis on the "brutal". To the point the very rare times he tries deceit, he's a Bad Liar.
- Curiously, one episode is based on Arthur and Guenièvre drinking a truth potion that was meant for Léodagan of all people (by his wife, who wanted to know if he'd been sleeping around). After the effects wear off, Guenièvre breaks down crying since Arthur has told her he didn't love her; he solves the problem by convincing her it was a Potion of Befuddlement, causing them to say things that were likely not true.
- Kyle XY: Kyle is a variation of this. He's never really rude, he just tends to immediately say what he thinks, until he wises up as the series progresses.
- Parker does this a lot, but she can't help it since she's a very socially awkward person and doesn't know when she's said too much. Word of God says she has Asperger's Syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism, and this a very realistic portrayal, especially when it comes to moments of unintentional brutal honesty.
- Except when it comes to Hardison. Then her emotions get in the way and she Cannot Spit It Out.
- Lie to Me: At the beginning of the series Loker has taken on radical honesty — a (real-life, if you can believe it) technique that not only requires always, always saying the truth, but also manifesting one's thoughts openly regardless of whether they are asked. Hence Loker's tendency to say whatever comes to his mind from moment to moment, or to blurt out things like "I'd like to sleep with you" upon meeting Torres for the first time. As the series goes on he makes a couple significant exceptions, and by the second season it seems he's practically given up.
- The title character from Lucifer (2016) is like this, despite the reputation the devil has as "the Prince of Lies". Lucifer often says offensive things because he doesn't understand that human beings don't generally say certain types of things out loud to avoid offending other people or making them uncomfortable. There is a certain amount of blue and orange morality involved in this, though, because he often has a hard time understanding human emotions and other aspects of human behavior, especially during the first season. He also has an honor code that involves never lying to anyone and always keeping up his end of the deals he makes with people. His tendency to be brutally honest is so extreme, though, that he'll even blurt out extremely personal, potentially embarrassing, facts about himself. For instance, when he realized that he was always blaming his father for things because he actually hated himself for his role in humanity's fall, he went around talking about his revelation of self-hatred just as readily as he would talk about anyone else's extremely personal issues.
- Mad About You: Paul is defending his decision to invest a large sum of money in a virtual reality device. He's trying to tell Jamie how amazing the device is, she asks him what he used it for, and since the audience saw him use it to be very intimate with a virtual Christie Brinkley, we see how this is an awkward question...but then he immediately says, "I gave Christie Brinkley a massage," and goes on to describe in detail how much he enjoyed it.
- London Blake to her mother Jane in Open Heart. After spending the entire first episode being unsure of how to answer any of her moms questions in the OR, she has an epiphany near the end and finally speaks her mind. Which is to say, she tells her mom that the procedure she used with the patient was far too risky, and she only did it because she saw another family about to lose their father and projected her own life onto the situation.
Jane: I brought him back.
London: This time.
- Charlie engages in this from time to time. Some would find that very annoying, but that comes with her being a young adult and teenager who hasn't grown up enough.
- In episode 17, Captain Jeremy Baker engaged in this with General Monroe before Monroe executed him out of paranoia.
- In the pilot episode of Selfie, Henry Higgs is very straight-forward in his assessment of Eliza. He calls her vapid, self-obsessed, and a narcissist, and openly states he doesn't like her. And that's just their first meeting. When seeing her dressed to be his date to a wedding he's visibly impressed by her looks-but instead says she's wearing too much fragrance. And later says it was a mistake to help her, and that she's a lost cause.
- One of Kramer's distinctive traits, most notably when he tells George's girlfriend that she needs a nosejob (and then after seeing the results tells her she got "butchered.") Word of God is that this was based on a family friend of one of the writers.
- Elaine, too: she told "Crazy Joe" Devola to his face that he has a terrible singing voice. Granted, she didn't know it was "Crazy" Joe Devola at the time.
- Subverted in "The Kiss Hello". Jerry and Elaine are trying to get Elaine's friend Wendy to change her outdated hairstyle but don't have the guts to tell her. Instead, they bring her to Jerry's apartment in the hopes that Kramer will say it. Instead, Kramer compliments her hair, then when she says she was thinking of changing it, he encourages her to keep it. Their mistake was thinking Kramer cared about whether a hairstyle was in fashion.
- On an episode where George is doing the opposite of what he normally does, he says "Hi, my name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents" as a pickup line. It works. He later meets that woman's employer, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and says to his face how his horrible decisions have slowly ruined the team. "Hire this man!"
- One episode is called "The Truth" where after George breaks up with a woman she asks him to tell her the truth of why he wanted to break up with her. He does and she ends up in a mental institution.
- Stargate SG-1:
- Teal'c epitomizes this trope. Up to and including describing just exactly how he got that emblem on his head to a bunch of inner city punks.
Teal'c: Remove yourself from my path.
Punk: Listen to this guy. I'll remove myself when you tell me how they tattoo like that in Chulak.
Teal'c: The skin is cut with an Orak knife and pure molten gold is poured into the wound.
Punk: Ow, man, don't that hurt when they do that?
- In "1969", Teal'c answers a query about the tattoo's symbolism with, "Slavery. To false gods."
- Vala Mal Doran has two settings: either she says exactly what she's thinking, or she tells even the most obvious lies with a straight face. Truth or falsehood, she's completely shameless either way.
- Teal'c epitomizes this trope. Up to and including describing just exactly how he got that emblem on his head to a bunch of inner city punks.
- Star Trek: The Original Series: In the episode "The Changeling", Kirk manages to talk the evil computer of the week into destroying itself. When finished, Spock compliments him on his "dazzling display of logic." Which then turns into a Compliment Backfire.
- Kirk: You didn't think I had it in me, did you?
Spock: No, sir.
[Kirk has a confused and slightly hurt expression]
- Castiel, mostly because he has No Social Skills and doesn't realize that people don't like it.
Castiel: I owe you an apology.
Dean: Cas, it's okay.
Castiel: You are not the burnt and broken shell of a man that I believed you to be.
Dean: [caustically] Thank you. I appreciate that.
- "You Can't Handle the Truth" features an influence that forces people into this. Several committed suicide, and one was murdered.
- Castiel, mostly because he has No Social Skills and doesn't realize that people don't like it.
- That '70s Show: In the episode "Eric's Burger Job", when the guys apply for a job at a local fast food restaurant:
Interviewer: Name something about yourself that you consider to be a weakness.
Hyde: I'm brutally honest... pinhead.
- Tokumei Sentai Go Busters: Hiromu Sakurada, the Rookie Red Ranger, tends to be blunt to the point of rudeness primarily because he trained alone; closer to earth Robot Buddy Nick does his best to get Hiromu to curb this habit.
- Torchwood: In the pilot, the team (sans Gwen) is testing the Resurrection Glove (AKA Risen Mitten) on a murder victim (they're only interested in the glove, not the murder). This time, they choose to go with this approach when the man asks what's going on. After he dies again (permanently, this time), they mention that last time they tried to tell the guy he was injured, only for him to keep screaming for an ambulance. They actually get some results with this trope.
- The Tunnel: Elise speaks her mind without a filter, to the point of inadvertently offending people. She gets told off by Carl for this, but refuses to lie.
- The West Wing usually shies away from this trope, being a political drama. Senator Arnold Vinnick, however, develops something of a reputation for this: In a presidential debate between Congressman Santos and Senator Vinnick, however, Vinnick is challenged by the moderator to say how many jobs his new administration will create - Santos having just given such a number. Vinnick bluntly explains that his administration won't make any new jobs... because it's not the responsibility of the federal government to create jobs, it's the entrepreneurs'. Vinnick also takes a popularity hit in Iowa when he refuses to recant his opposition to ethanol-based fuel additives - Iowa being the primary producer of such additives.
- The season 4 premiere of The Wire sees Tommy Carcetti doing a mockery of what an honest campaign donation call would sound like:
Tommy Carcetti: Hey there, Jim. Tom Carcetti here, remember me? We met at your sister's house you know, the one that's married to that Republican cunt. I know you don't remember me. I know you don't have any use for fucking politicians, and frankly, I don't give a flying fuck about what you think or what your concerns are. But I do care about what your cute little blonde wife thinks about so many things. But, Jim, the reason I'm calling is because I want you to write me out a check for $4,000, the maximum allowed by law. Because we don't trust you to actually mail that check, we're gonna send over a couple of furloughed DPW workers to beat the check out of you.
- X-Play: This Video Games review show bills itself as giving brutally honest reviews.
- In Exalted, Intolerable Burning Truths presents itself as this, but really you are just succumbing to the madness of the old gods.
- In Scion, this is essentially a virtue for the Aesir. The gods expect obedience from their children, but not a bunch of flattery, and are willing to put up with a surprising amount of lip if the scions get results.
- Warhammer 40K: This is one of Rogal Dorn's most noticeable traits: he is very direct and Literal-Minded, and doesn't seem to understand the concept of softening his words. This actually causes a lot of problems, since his lack of tact and social graces contributes to rifts between himself and others who could be allies if they didn't consider him such a Jerkass. In particular, his brother Perturabo. There is a recorded incident that Rogal was asked by a third party if he could build a fortress so impregnable that Perturabo (who specialized in assaults) could not conquer it. Rogal replied that yes, he could do that. Perturabo took this as a personal insult; while Rogal was only stating his beliefs without any intended malice.
- The first Chapter Master of the Flesh Tearers (a successor of the Blood Angels), Nassir Amit has this as his prime character trait (outside of his potential Unstoppable Rage and brutal prowess that gave him the nickname which led to his chapter's name...). He freely spoke whenever he thought the virtually-walking-gods that were the Primarchs and the Emperor made a bad decision, noted the genetic flaws that would trouble the Blood Angels and their successors for centuries thereafter and believed trying to cover them up was a mistake and volunteered to turn himself over to the Space Wolves when he became the first example of the Blood Angels' genetic flaws direly manifesting and putting him in such madness that he killed some allied Space Wolves.
- Suikoden Tactics has Wendel, who asks Kyril why he didn't help out during the last war. When he tells her why (Heroic BSOD lasting three years), she calls him weak, then adds that at least he's strong now.
- Dragon Age: Origins gives all six Wardens a brutally honest line upon meeting King Cailan, but grand prize has to go to the City Elf's.
Cailan: And how are things going in the Denerim Alienage?
Warden: I killed the Arl's son for raping my friend.
Cailan: Well... Wait, what?
- This is one of the three personality options for Hawke in Dragon Age II, along with nice and silly.
Hawke: (Handing in a fetch quest) "Your garbage, serah."
- Tales of the Abyss:
- Jade Curtiss flips regularly between this and Deadpan Snarker. What frustrates the rest of the cast so much about him is that it's very nearly impossible to tell which is which.
- Luke tends to do this too, though this is the result of the fact that he's actually a 7 year old kid too young and naive to have anything resembling tact.
- Tales of Vesperia Yuri Lowell (almost) doesn't have tact at all. This includes when talking to incredibly important people like the future Emperor. When he needs to avoid being honest, he tends to rely on Exact Words and You Didn't Ask. Judith leans in this regard too, as does Rita, for different reasons; Judith because she's a Cloud Cuckoo Lander who self admits to being bad at lying, Rita because she has No Social Skills.
- Many merchants of Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are quite upfront about their wares being looted from dead bodies. Sometimes they'll even tell you that they're looking forward to your death, so they can take back what they just sold you and sell it to someone else!
- Touhou: Suika Ibuki is an oni, a race that hates lies and is known to do nasty things to liars. As such, she won't lie to you. No matter how harsh the truth is going to be. This makes some of her conversations rather... vicious. Doesn't help she's drunk off her ass at all times.
- One of Soren's biggest character traits in the Fire Emblem Tellius duology. Ike admits that he appreciates Soren for being able to bring up issues the others have difficulty doing.
- Ike himself as well, though more out of lack of social skills initially. He really is never one to mince his words, whether it be sarcastically bursting someone's bubble, or telling off the senators of Benignon out loud in front of all of them to hear.
- All of the guys in Persona 4 are guilty of this to varying degrees when it comes to the girls' cooking, but Teddie flat out says, "Wow, this tastes awful!" when taste testing a dish. You have the choice of doing this to Yukiko on her social link, but she responds better to encouragement.
- When a guy confesses to Ai, she bluntly shoots him down and says that he's not good-looking enough for her, and justifies her response by saying that there's no point in getting his hopes up, simply because she's convinced herself that looks are all that matter (having invested so much of her self-worth in her beauty). If, however, you tell her that's "downright cruel," you reverse the social link.
- Naoto sometimes engages in it herself, such as suggesting that the Investigation Team's involvement with the case is "a game" to them, and coldly telling some girls who are interested in her that she has no desire to hang out with them.
- Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea: The Post-Gull Nekoyama employs this in his casual conversation, particularly when he gets Samekichi to admit that he loves Wadanohara; Nekoyama proceeds to declare his crush "appallingly obvious", and then says everyone in the ocean knows. Except the girl herself.
- ARMA 3's single-player campaign The East Wind has a brief exchange during the Adapt episode where Sgt. Ben Kerry had to go to ground as a guerrilla following the conclusion of the Survive episode, and at one point while heading up to a military checkpoint he's told by his passenger just why he's the driver:
FIA Guerrilla: You are the one they will shoot first.
- Sonic Colors usually has Eggman being in a polite tone for his PA announcements, but one Aquarium Park announcement has him warning visitors to avoid touching the aquarium glass, as it's what separates them from "TEN MILLION GALLONS OF FREEZING WET DEATH!"
- You can make Link as this in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. At one point in a sidequest, Kafei asks Link if he can keep a secret, and Link can answer "No." That aside, Kafei rejects that answer, tells Link that "yes" is the socially acceptable answer, and proceeds to tell Link his secret anyway.
- Though it varies somewhat depending on the player, Geralt of the The Witcher tends to be a pretty straight shooter, even when it involves nightmarish monsters pillaging the countryside. Especially when it involves nightmarish monsters pillaging the countryside. Other Witchers, particularly Lambert, often display this too. Sugar coating things isn't going to make anyone more likely to survive horrible circumstance they've naturally found themselves in, nor will it make killing the Ancient Leshen causing it any easier.
- Most DJMAX games have the announcer telling you "You need more practice! Never give it up!" when you fail a song. DJMAX Technika 2 and 3 just coldly tell you that "YOU FAILED. GAME OVER."
- In Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia, Krile of Final Fantasy V tends to say exactly what her opinion is, regardless of how many people are there, or if the person she's expressing that opinion about is among them. This is true in both serious discussions and lighthearted ones; at one point she teases Zack by announcing that his supposed arguing with Seifer is really to make sure Seifer doesn't feel alone.
- Katawa Shoujo:
- Hideaki is quite brutally honest, such as when he alludes to Akira putting her and Lilly's tickets through the wash.
- Hideaki's father, Jigoro, is brutally honest with his words, coupled with extreme jerkassiness in them.
- Kyou from CLANNAD has no problems at all with telling Tomoya exactly what she thinks, in contrast to her more timid and soft-spoken twin sister. For example, when Tomoya asks whether she cares more about her bike's tires or his life, she replies 'Tires' almost before he can finish asking the question. On the other hand, Tomoya can be like this himself at times, so it's not a one-sided deal.
- Rin from Little Busters! also has this tendency, though here it's more to do with a naive lack of knowledge or care about social graces than because she doesn't care about the feelings of the other person. If she thinks something is weird or gross or bad, she'll say it without thinking, no matter how blunt it comes out. Mio, on the other hand, really is just that apathetic about other people. Or she does it because it's funny. It's hard to tell with her.
- In Fate/stay night, Kiritsugu, upon meeting with a young and recently orphaned Shirou in the hospital after the Fuyuki city fire, offers him a choice- be adopted by someone he's never met before or go to an orphanage. While this doesn't seem like much of a choice, Shirou accepts Kiritsugu's offer to adopt him, and considers his time with Kiritsugu to be the happiest years of his life.
- Pixie and Brutus: In their first meeting, Brutus very quickly points out that Pixie is small, weak, and unable to protect herself. She doesn't get offended.
- Used in Schlock Mercenary, and probably inspired a rule about air vents.
Captain Tagon: Sergeant, what are you doing in the ventilation system?
Schlock: Listening to you guys.
Tagon: You can't just...
Tagon: I mean...
Kevyn: It's hard to find fault with someone so blunt.
- Girls with Slingshots: Zach picks up Hazel from a visit to a nurse. He's teasing her about her injury — "What'd you do? Fall on a fencepost?" — when Hazel snaps and snarls, "I spent the whole weekend pleasuring myself because my boyfriend won't!"
- Headon's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Rachel in Tower of God.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Deconstructed in both Rock, Paper, Cynic and A Softer World. Brutal honesty isn't always the best policy.
- Questionable Content:
- Marten is offended when Steve tells Dora and him to pick up the other end of a couch. "What, you think I'm too wimpy?" Steve simply says, "Yes." Marten opens his mouth to object, but shuts up when he realises it's true.
- Raven describes her self as this in strip #489
- Subverted at the YouTube party: while they're sitting outside in the wake of Marigold learning about Faye and Angus, Dora says that there's something she needs to admit "in the interest of being up-front".
Dora: You're sure you wanna to know?
Dora: You have the most amazing rack in that dress. It is seriously incredible.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl:
- Vashiel of Misfile is actually incapable of lying, so gets some moments like this:
Dr. Upton: Vashiel, tell me, how incompetent is your brother?
Vashiel: Oh, very incompetent sir, most of the time!
- Done in The Pain - When Will It End in a (NSFW) comic about the reinventing of the Democrats as "The Sex Party". Confronted with charges of sexual impropriety, the Sex Party candidate responds:
Candidate: Yes. I fucked that woman eight ways to Sunday. I fucked her like I was Paul Bunyan and she was a flapjack the size of Lake Tahoe. I intend to fuck her again immediately after this press conference. Next question?
- IJDC: Devin has a few of these moments.
- While Tina of Wapsi Square is usually extremely positive and has been known to, in the words of the other characters, "Blow sunshine up your ass," she considers it her duty to be brutally honest with those she considers friends.
- Subnormality: Exemplified by a great many of the characters in "The Service".
- In Slightly Damned, Sakido writes out the true tale of why Buwaro was left alone in the 'Ring of the Slightly Damned', it really changes the perspective of her Heroic Sacrifice earlier in the comic.
- In The Dragon Doctors, after Sarin confesses her romantic interest in Mori in the wake of their respective Gender Benders, Mori invokes this trope to let her know that he's interested, too.
- Electric Wonderland did this on the first page of "Valentine's Day Massacre". After Trawn and NJ read a comic from Shroomy, Trawn tells Shroomy that it was a nice try, but not what she was looking for. NJ, who had already scolded Shroomy for not having a clever enough joke, adds, "Also, it wasn't a nice try!"
- Andy from Bomango. While he's Gogo's friend, he isn't afraid to call out her on her behavior or tell her that she needs to take a bath. Gogo is usually unaffected by this. But after Gogo says to Andy that she'll let him gawk at her as a birthday gift, he tells her that she isn't as good-looking as she thinks. She spends some time wondering why he'd say that, only to realize she's too big (read: muscular) and not thin enough.
- In Between Failures, Reggie has approximately zero patience for Evrina's power play at the furry club meeting. And his counterattack is devastating.
- In El Goonish Shive, Ellen calls Elliot out on his motives behind his failed relationship with Sarah.
- Lalli from Stand Still, Stay Silent has No Social Skills, which means that asking for his input in a conversation will result in this. For instance, if about to go on a dangerous exploration mission and asked what the overprotective older cousin he left back home must be doing, he'll answer "crying" without a second thought. This also means that when he does say something nice, he means it.
- Outsider: The Loroi cannot lie in their telepathy, which means they get used to never lying in any shape or form, whether in telepathy or spoken word. It's implied that their rich warrior history is caused primarily by absolutely none of them bothering with tact. They seem to have gotten better since meeting other races, but they still tend to be pretty blunt.
- Tinkerballa in The Guild. Emphasis on the brutal.
- Sean Malstrom. It's debatable just how much he actually tells the truth, but the sheer bluntness of his words that definitely are true.
- Dana in Echo Chamber is certainly not afraid to let Tom know how much he, his work, and his webshow all suck.
- Pretty much the whole concept of Honest Trailers. Though they do point out on occasion that being honest doesn't always mean Accentuate the Negative.
Epic Voice Guy: The Last of Us. Experience the game critics tripped over themselves to shower with praise and was a near-unanimous choice for game-of-the-year, but... they were actually kind of right, the game is amazing! What? I got to be honest.
- One video is an honest video for 4 Loko illustrating just how bad the side effects are.
- The parody college commercials for the fictional Quendelton State University are honest advertisements for a "once-called-adequate college". There's one for the College itself, the Graduate school, and the Online school. The same actor makes an appearance at the end of every video, and sums up the whole video in one line.
Guy at College: If we were a good university, we wouldn't have a commercial.
Guy at Graduate school: Because if we were good at life, we wouldn't need more school.
Guy at the Online school: Because if we weren't a real college, we would have to do stuff.
- This is the premise behind Cracked's article "If Oscar Acceptance Speeches Told the Truth", parodying the Oscar acceptance speeches of Denzel Washington for Training Day, Angelina Jolie for Girl, Interrupted, Tom Hanks for Philadelphia, Jamie Foxx for Ray, Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman, and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting. Denzel Washington laments the fact that he won an oscar for portraying a role that could be described as a black stereotype, Angelina Jolie thanks Nepotism for getting her this far in Hollywood, Tom Hanks feels the need to remind everyone that he is heterosexual after playing a gay character, Jamie Foxx thanks Ray Charles for dying just in time so it would create enough buzz for him to win the oscar, Al Pacino accuses the Academy of overlooking his previous subdued performances and decides to go into Large Ham mode for the rest of his career, and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reveal that they didn't actually write the script, and originally conceived of it as an action movie.note
- Here's what Cracked thinks jewelry commercials would look like if they were honest.
- Many members of That Guy with the Glasses won't pull any punches when it comes to their verdict on topics.
- Deandra The New Girl from The Most Popular Girls in School, and is not the least bit ashamed by it.
- Qrow in RWBY doesn't hold back on his opinions, which generally tend to be correct. He tears into Ironwood for bringing his army into Vale and going behind Ozpin's back which only incite fear in the population and draw in Grimm. He admonishes his nieces for thinking they are capable of defeating all crime in Vale. When Ozpin was telling Pyrrha why they need her help, Qrow is the one who flatly points out how bad the consequences for her would be if she chooses to accept.
- Stuart Ashen: "To be brutally honest with you..."
- Dreamscape: In 'Confronting the Dark', Melissa delivers harsh truths to everyone else after they defeat the dragons she summoned to prepare them for the fight against Melinda. Betty and Dylan in particular get hit with this hard.
- In Backstroke of the West, the very Engrish English to Chinese to English adaption of Revenge of the Sith, the D flat out tells Allah Gold, "The Presbyterian Church, like, enjoys you not."
- The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin: Grubby, on occasion. The Crystals reveal that honesty is one of his defining traits, but sometimes, he gets a bit insensitive. In one episode, Teddy sums this trope up nicely after an argument between Grubby and Gimmick: "Grubby was trying to be honest. But you don't have to be mean to be honest, Grubby."
- In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Words", Darwin temporarily becomes a brutally honest Jerkass after Gumball teaches him to speak his mind.
- In the Animaniacs cartoon "Bumbie's Mom", Slappy used the "Have I ever lied to you?" line on her nephew Skippy. The boy proceeds to give a laundry list of his aunt's past fibs, such as keno being legal in Burbank.
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- In "A Bullet for Bullock" Harvey Bullock asks for Batman's help to find out who is trying to kill him (Bullock doesn't want to get the department involved, lest they take too close a look at his rule-bending ways). He doesn't soften his disdain for Batman's vigilantism one bit; Batman simply tells him "I appreciate your honesty."
- Also occurs in "Never Fear" with a Wayne Industries employee under the influence of Scarecrow's fear-killing gas. He promptly tells off his boss (Bruce Wayne) for intimidating him while announcing his immediate resignation, and then shamelessly and aggressively hits on one of Wayne's attractive lady secretaries on whom he's had a secret crush for years while security is escorting him out. In his ransom demand to the mayor, Scarecrow threatens to expose everyone else in the city to his gas as well, which, as Batman points out to Robin, means everyone in Gotham will be just as brutally honest as that former employee of his.
- Danger Mouse: Count Duckula's rendition of "Fangs For The Memories" is so laughably bad that even Penfold says so. Naturally the Count takes umbrage.
- Doug: In "Doug's New Teacher", Doug is worried that the new substitute teacher thinks he is a troublemaker but Skeeter reassures him that she will probably forget about it the next day. When Doug asks his friend if he really thinks so, Skeeter admits he doesn't and only said that to make Doug feel better.
- Played with in the Elefun and Friends short, "A Tangled Tale":
Giraffalaff: (to Elefun) Can you keep a secret?
Froggio: Well... no.
Giraffalaff: I wasn't whispering to you!
- In Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the kids are trying to figure out how to handle a classmate named Suede Simpson, who everyone tries to avoid because he never bathes. Fat Albert was elected to tell him but just could break it to him. Finally, Russell flat out tells him he stinks and no one wants to be around him.
- This is the subject of "Franklin's Homemade Cookies" on Franklin - Franklin is unflinchingly critically honest of Bear's craft project that he gives to him and then has to deal with the same thing when it turns out his cookies have way too much ginger in them.
- Futurama: In episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", Fry is forced to finish his complex opera with his incapable old human hands.
Zoidberg: You can do it! The beauty was in your heart, not your hands!
Fry: [plays discordantly; everyone in the audience winces]
Zoidberg: Your music is bad, and you should feel bad!
- In the Goof Troop episode "Talent to the Max", Max is really bad at magic. When he asks for feedback, Pistol evades the question, Goofy delivers a non-answer, and PJ says he "stinks like a skunk with BO" and continues from there. Max takes everyone's comments as compliments, except PJ's, which he takes as a much milder criticism than it was meant to be. PJ spends the rest of the scene trying to convince Max he meant what he said.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes:
Jimmy: You wouldn't want to crush my all time number one dream, would you?
Lucius: Yes, yes I would.
- Johnny Test gets this in one episode after a string of lies. His sisters mutate him so he has a second mouth; the mouth soon takes control of him, then aggressively tells the truth to everyone. Everything it says is hurtful and leave the victims angry at Johnny — except for his sisters, who "conveniently forget" the remark he made about the fact that they are both chasing the same guy but can't both have him.
- Pretty, being an Alpha Bitch, has no qualms with telling people what exactly is wrong with them (such as telling Kaeloo that she's fat, or Stumpy that he's stupid).
- Kaeloo herself does this unintentionally sometimes. In Episode 136, when she truthfully told Pretty that her new bag was ugly and Stumpy that his drawing of Ursula was horrible, Stumpy actually started crying.
- When Mr. Cat actually bothers to be honest, it tens to be the brutal kind of honesty. For example, when he gets invited to a dinner party by Kaeloo, the first thing he does is criticize the dining room's decor. He also tends to tell Stumpy to his face that he's ugly, stupid and/or a loser.
- The Legend of Korra:
- In the episode "The Coronation", after Prince Wu's meltdown, Mako tells him that while Kuvira may be a tyrant, Wu might not be that good of a ruler either. The prince actually agrees, saying that no one had ever talked to him like that before.
- Also, Toph doesn't sugarcoat it when she tells Korra that her lingering problems are keeping her from fighting well.
- Daffy Duck in The Looney Tunes Show. This drives everyone crazy except for Foghorn Leghorn, who sees him as an Honest Advisor.
- In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hare Trigger," Yosemite Sam challenges Bugs to draw a gun, which he does—with pencil and sketchpad. Sam says he's capable with a pencil himself and proceeds to draw a gun on the pad. Bugs examines it carefully then says "It stinks!"
- This is a common gag in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Rainbow Dash is the most frequent offender, but others include Fluttershy (when she's pressured into answering a question she'd rather avoid), Applejack (as an unfortunate consequence of her virtue of honesty, though that usually depends on who wrote the episode), Twilight Sparkle (out of sheer awkwardness), and even Spike (as the youngest of the major characters).
- Played for Drama in the Season 2 episode, "Putting Your Hoof Down", by Fluttershy.
- Applejack, being the Element of Honesty, when she bluntly acknowledges how selfishly Rarity acted in "Rarity Takes Manehattan". Lampshaded by Rainbow Dash:
Applejack: Yeah, you were pretty rotten.
Rainbow Dash: Wow, Applejack. I know your thing is honesty, but come on!
- Rainbow herself once responded to a reassurative "You're not a laughing stock" with "She kind of is".
- What ultimately breaks the "Inspiration Manifestation" spell over Rarity when Spike finally tells her that her "improvements" aren't making things better for anypony. He also tells Twilight she looks awful at the end after she's spent the entire day cleaning up Rarity's mess.
- In "Equestria Games", Rainbow Dash encourages the Ponyville teams to win the gold... except for her team, who she admits probably won't do as well.
- This is also commonly used by Pinkie's sister Maud, who rarely makes much effort to mask what she thinks of something if asked, which can often make her seem insensitive, such as in "Rock Solid Friendship" when she bluntly mentions that the gems Rarity mines for her dresses are really common, driving Rarity to near tears.
- Applejack gets brutal honesty thrown back in her face in "Honest Apple", when her own honest opinions drive everyone in Rarity's fashion showcase to quit. AJ doesn't understand why everypony's so upset because to her, it's "just" fashion, but then Rarity introduces her to a pony who not only doesn't like apples, but tells AJ to her face that she considers them vile. By having something she cares deeply about disparaged to her, Applejack realizes that she'd been doing the same thing, and seeks to make amends.
- One episode of O'Grady revolves around how the weirdness forced people to blurt out the truth no matter how cruel.
- Regular Show: In "Eggscellent", Rigby falls into a coma from an allergic reaction brought on by trying to eat a huge omelet for an eating challenge. At the hospital, Mordecai and Benson get into a fight, with Benson saying that Mordecai's "friend" is going to keep getting him in trouble. Mordecai retorts that Benson doesn't have any friends, and when Benson responds with saying he does, Mordecai says that the only reason anyone hangs out with him is because he's their boss.
- In Samurai Jack episode XCVIII, Jack goes on a spiritual journey that involves doing a Tea Ceremony for a monk. The monk's estimation of the tea Jack made?
Monk: This is terrible.
- The Simpsons does this a lot. In one episode, Marge asks Reverend Lovejoy why the church needs to build such a tall steeple. He replies, "To compensate for my own sense of smallness."
- South Park does this with Craig in "Pandemic", but Kyle also frequently veers in this territory.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- Steven Universe:
- Amethyst tends toward this.
Pearl: Greg is... nice, Steven... but I doubt Rose would trust someone like him with such a powerful weapon.
Amethyst: Your dad's kind of a mess, Steven.
- She also gives it to herself in "Cat Fingers:" Pearl blames her for Steven's predicament and later claims that the moral of the episode is never to listen to Amethyst. Both times Amethyst replies "That's fair."
Steven: Amethyst... am I the cruelest creature on the planet?
Amethyst: Oh Steven, those are just words that people use to describe how they feel about you.
- Also Garnet. When Jamie sent her a love letter, her idea of a reply was just a letter saying "No." When coaxed into adding more, she adds "The End. Forever, and even after that."
- Amethyst tends toward this.
- Commander Feral in SWAT Kats. Diplomacy is not his strong suit.
- In an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, Hamton always gets Picked Last for soccer games. Plucky says it's not because they don't like him, but rather because he's "a lousy goalie".
- In Trollz a stone ogre hates liars and only accepts the truth, even when it's negative. She asks the trolls if she's ugly, to which Amethyst agrees, but when Mica lies and says she's gorgeous she flies into a rage and attacks him.
- In VeggieTales, one of the Silly Songs with Larry features Larry looking for his hairbrush. When Junior hears Larry wondering over his missing hairbrush, he has this to say about it:
Junior: Why do you need a hairbrush? You don't have any hair!
- Nobody, even the announcer, on Wacky Races hides their disdain for the villain, Dick Dastardly. He even deflects it in an episode of the spinoff:
Announcer: As Yankee Doodle Pigeon breaks the morning stillness while flying another dangerous mission, he keeps a wary eye out for the villainous Vulture Squadron. Skippered by the deadly, diabolical, despicable demon of the skyways, Dick Dastardly.
Dastardly: You left out dashing and debonair! (evil laugh)