A character has gotten something really rare, expensive, shouldn't exist, or at the very least, not supposed to have at all, and is questioned on how it was obtained. Thus, the character has to think of a plausible answer. Blatant Lies ensue, especially if the actual answer is incriminating or otherwise secret. Frequently there will be an assertion that the something Fell Off the Back of a Truck.
- In The Hobbit, where Bilbo lies to the Dwarves about how he got the ring and what it can do.
- Pops up in Eragon. The eponymous hero has a mark on his hand because he's bound to a dragon, and needs to explain it. He just says he's had it for as long as he can remember.
- In The Moonstone, the eponymous diamond is pawned to a moneylender. His first question is "How did you come by this?" and he refuses to lend anything until he's got a truthful answer.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: after being forced to flee Kings Landing, Princess in Rags Arya Stark is asked how she got her castle-forged sword Needle. She replies truthfully that It Was a Gift, but everyone just assumes that she stole it as she's posing as a Street Urchin.
- Ask White Pearl and Steven (almost!) anything:
- When Steven finds a five dollar bill, he and White Pearl go to a convenience store. When Steven expresses interest in a shelf of snacks, White Pearl stores all of it in her gem when he is not looking. When he finds out about this later, he reprimands her and tells her they need to pay for food with money lest they get arrested. She then takes out a stack of dollar bills. Steven does not ask where she got it, but the look on his face shows that he is clearly worried about the implications.
- When Steven asks if White Pearl has an ID of some kind, she gives him one. It is not her's, but rather an out of date ID of an old Russian Man from the late-70's.
- In one episode of Doug, Al and Moo have to ask for Skeeter's help in dealing with an invention that's become increasingly erratic and dangerous. When Skeeter looks it over, he's impressed with the design, but becomes alarmed when he realizes it's fueled by Plutonium. When he asks the twins where the heck they found Plutonium, they respond in unison that "we found it".
- The Fairly OddParents!: Timmy's response to people asking where he got his stuff from wishing by saying it's from the internet. Up to and including:
Dad: Where did you get heat vision??Timmy: Uh... Internet?
- This led to one episode where his parents think that he's been stealing the items he's been wishing for, especially since those exact same items had just been stolen.
- In the Family Guy Empire Strikes Back parody "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" Darth Stewie is talking to an underling, and suddenly notices that the underling is eating a piece of cake. "Cake? Where did you get cake?" "Oh, it's Gary's birthday, but I think there isn't any cake left." (Quotes not 100% accurate, but that's the gist.)