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Alice has been acting suspicious. Bob knows she's up to something, watches her, and... comes to the wrong conclusion. He confronts Alice with what he thinks he knows, and Alice, to keep him from discovering her real secret, lets Bob think he got it right. May lead to a Maintain the Lie to keep Bob from catching on.

Sometimes Bob confronts Alice with a vague phrase like "I know your secret", and each of them thinks the other is talking about something different until Bob (it's always Bob) comes right out and says what he thinks the secret is.

Sub-Trope of Entertainingly Wrong. Compare Hey, Wait! (someone apparently caught the character red-handed, but actually noticed some other trivial thing) and Embarrassing Cover Up (the character "admits" some other explanation for the suspicious behavior).

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This can also be used by a quick thinker trying to convince someone to do something: simply let them come up with what they want out of it, and lie, affirming that that very thing will be in store for them if they come along.

If this manifests out-of-universe, such as a work's author replying to fan speculation with a "sure, let's go with that" and making it canon, see Ascended Fanon.

Compare Bait-and-Switch Accusation, I Meant to Do That or, in a different direction, Throw It In!.


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  • In a series of Twix commercials, a man lies to a woman to get her to come home with him. When they get to his place, it's a mess.
    Man: I've been robbed!
    Woman: And they trashed your place!
    Man: That is what happened.
  • An advert for The Yellow Pages has a man come home to find a woman inside his house. She tells him he's been burgled. Cut to a flashback demonstrating he simply left his home in that state. He invokes this trope then surreptitiously uses the yellow pages to find a cleaner.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Played for Drama in Attack on Titan. After he and his team are rescued from the Beast Titan's attack on Castle Utgard by reinforcements and taken to Wall Rosa, Reiner admits to being the Armored Titan and that Bertholdt is the Colossal Titan to Eren to try to convince Eren to come with them. However, Eren refuses to believe it, suggesting that Reiner is only saying that because he is exhausted and points out the Fridge Logic in Reiner's confession to convince him to come with them. At the time, Bertholdt, who is with the two of them, tries to stop Reiner from admitting any more and latches onto the suggestion the moment Eren presents it. Reiner then proceeds to play along with a haunted look on his face. However, this attempt quickly falls apart as Reiner enters into a guilt-induced rambling due to having developed a split personality disorder, before removing his sling as steam emits from his now-rapidly healing arm, revealing that Reiner was telling the truth the whole time and that he is a titan shifter. After Mikasa mortally wounds Bertholdt and Reiner when the latter makes a move on Eren, they transform into the Collossal and Armored Titans respectively, and it all goes downhill from there.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise: During their date at Destinyland, Kuroe undergoes a Partial Transformation into her Kaiju form in front of Arata. Kuroe runs off and has a bit of a Heroic BSoD and a Then Let Me Be Evil moment after thinking that her secret had been exposed, but it turns out that Arata thought that she was cosplaying as a dinosaur-like Destinyland character. Kuroe decides to go along with his misconception.
  • In the supplementary manga set before Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, while Nanoha, Alisa, and Suzuka watched a tape sent by Fate, a girl from another world whom Nanoha befriended, Alisa asked Nanoha a question that threatened to crack the Masquerade wide open.
    Alisa: What country is Fate from?
    Nanoha: Eh?
    Suzuka: Testarossa...is that an Italian name?
    Nanoha: Ah...oh yeah! Italian! She's Italian!
  • Subverted in Victorian Romance Emma: Adele does this to comfort and cover for Emma after a party. Emma gets drunk and lets her secret slip when she ends up crying over William. Adele gets it, but simply escorts Emma to her room with only a "Liquor can be overwhelming if you've never had it before."
  • The English dub of Crayon Shin-chan gives us this:
    Shin: What's "exasjulate" [ejaculate] mean? Some type of lady face cream?
    Hiro: Sure, let's go with that.
  • Code Geass:
    • When Lelouch encounters an opponent he can't fight (Nunnally), resulting in a 10-Minute Retirement:
      Shirley: You just seem sort of down.
      Lelouch: No, I'm fine.
      Rivalz: Can't sleep 'cause you're thinking about how much fun the trip will be?
      Lelouch: You're correct. Yeah, I'm excited about it.
      Shirley: Lulu, you're just like a little boy.
    • Arguably, Lelouch does this to Rolo: as Rolo is dying, he tells Lelouch that he knew Lelouch was lying about trying to kill him; Lelouch "admits" that Rolo is right to allow him a peaceful death. The alternate interpretation is that Lelouch actually did forgive Rolo at that point, and considered him a brother.
    • This also applies to how the other Black Knights view his relationship with C.C. While they assume she's his Dark Mistress she's in fact far from it, but he doesn't bother to correct them. C.C., on the other hand, tries to set the record straight with Tamaki, but he doesn't believe her.
  • In K, when Kukuri finds Shiro in the gym storeroom, she assumes he was trying to get out of helping with preparations for the school festival. He gives this response... possibly to himself as well, since his memory has just been rewritten. As for what made that hole in the roof? He did.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has Evangeline doing this during her fight with Setsuna during the tournament. She decides that Setsuna is getting too soft because of her friendships, and tries to force her to decide between her sword and her happiness. Setsuna believes it's a Secret Test of Character and ends up Taking A Third Option. Afterward, this conversation happens:
    Setsuna: The choices you gave me — it wasn't that I needed strength to defeat you, but what I did need to break through was to truly realize the power of my own will! That was the answer, wasn't it?!
    Eva: injured Nhn? Dunno...I s'ppose...
  • Otome no Iroha: When Iroha went to buy a bra and was caught by people who only met her after she was turned into a boy, they thought it was because she lost some bet. She gladly allowed them to think they were right.
  • Waratte! Sotomura-san: A girl once asked Sotomura where she could buy Sarashi to bind her chest. When Sotomura asked why she's being asked that, the girl said she believes that's what Sotomura does. Sotomura decided to allow the girl to believe that.
  • The Kaitou Saint Tail manga has a prequel chapter explaining how Saint Tail started stealing Just Like Robin Hood: Meimi, dressed in her stage clothes and performing some stage magic, recovered the key of a confessional that a kid had stolen as part of a courage test, only for the school journal to publish a bad picture Asuka Jr. had taken of her (he was there by chance) and dub her a Phantom Thief, giving Seira the idea to do just that.
  • When Kirie meets Umaru in Himouto! Umaru-chan, Umaru is in her Super-Deformed "inside mode". Between that and her hamster hood, Kirie doesn't recognize her as Umaru and asks if she's Umaru's younger sister. Umaru, who maintains an image of The Ace outside of her house, runs with it and introduces herself as "Komaru."
  • At the end of the final battle in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency, a series of lucky coincidences, including a volcano erupting, sends Arc Villain Kars flying off of the Earth. Just before he reaches the event horizon, Kars asks Joseph Joestar if this was his plan, and Jojo plays along to troll him.
    Kars: Did you plan this too, JoJo?! Tell me!
    Joseph: Why are you even asking!? I set a trap and you walked right into it! All of this went down like clockwork! (thinking) I just got lucky, but thinking I outsmarted him will drive Kars nuts!
  • In 3-gatsu no Lion, Rei responds to the estranged Kawamoto father's claim that he has no business with "his" family by stating that he intends to marry Hina, shocking everyone present and causing Hina to pass out. After he is warded off, Akari and the sisters' aunt Misaki wonder how to react properly to Rei's absolutely serious statement and what would be best for Hina; however, when Hina awakens, she happily thanks Rei for being reliable in "tricking" her father, convinced that it was a ploy to ward the scumbag off. Akari and Misaki look at each other, silently nod, and collectively slap their hands over Rei's mouth before he could correct her misconception.
  • Played with in Overlord (2012), where Ainz frequently finds himself going along with Demiurge's plans, because Demiurge believes that he's merely enacting Ainz's own (non-existent) grand schemes, and Ainz doesn't want to disappoint his subordinate by admitting that he's not the omniscient mastermind everyone else seem to think he is.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy is the first man that most women of Amazon Lily have come across, because the island is forbidden for men. He also happens to be a Rubberman due to his Devil's Fruit ability. The women also do not know about Devil's Fruits due to the island's isolation from the world (and because the Boa sisters kept the knowledge hidden for their personal reasons). The curious women ask Luffy if all men's bodies stretch like his does. Luffy doesn't want to bother explaining what Devil's Fruits are, so he just agrees that all men's bodies do stretch like rubber.
    • Later during the Wano arc, Denjiro commends Kin'emon for purposely misdirecting the potential traitor by telling him the meeting place in Yasuie's message was Tokage port, and not the wharf of Hato port. Kin'emon says that was his strategy all along, but thinks to himself "I got the message completely wrong".
  • In the very first episode of Pokémon, when Pikachu refuses to get into its Pokeball despite multiple attempts on Ash's part, Delia assumes they're playing catch. Ash responds with an "Uh, sure."

    Comic Books 
  • In The Goon, federal agents have been investigating the ties between the titular character and his boss, the infamous and secretive mobster Labrazzio, in whose name The Goon has been controlling crime in the city Eventually, the agents discover a tombstone with Labrazzio's name on it, and, recalling the Goon's story about how Labrazzio once hid out at the freakshow where the Goon grew up and took him in when his aunt was killed due to being caught in a shootout with men after Labrazzio, confront the Goon with their realisation that the Goon must have created the grave as a fake to throw people off of Labrazzio's scent. The Goon invokes this trope while making plans to destroy the tombstone, lest someone smarter figure out how things really happened. Namely, enraged by Labrazzio's callous dismissal of his beloved aunt's accidental death, the Goon attacked Labrazzio and killed him by beating his brains out with a rock. He buried Labrazzio, then stole the gangster's "favor diary" and claimed to be Labrazzio's new #1 in order to steal Labrazzio's place without anyone being the wiser.
  • Spider-Man: How Peter gets out of most situations when a disaster turns up and he simply has to leave the scene only to have Spider-Man show up a few seconds later.
    Harry: Parker!
    Spider-Man: What?
    Harry: You were the call Peter made on his cell phone. That's how you knew we were on our way to see Raxton! That's why you are out here.
    Spider-Man: Sssure. Let's go with that.
  • Scooby-Doo! Team-Up:
    • Fred notices that he and his friends "were just watching a concert by the singing Impossibles, and now the superhero Impossibles show up to save the day!" He says "that can only mean one thing": the superhero Impossibles are also fans of the singing Impossibles. Fluid-Man plays along.
      Fluid-Man: Uh... yes. Sure. We're, uh, fans.
    • In "Out of this World", once the names of the Martian Manhunter and his alien friends are cleared, the Persons in Plaid explain the aliens they "captured" were just taken to safety and would have explained it to the others earlier but fell asleep. It was a telepathy-induced sleep but the aliens who caused this decided to hide this fact.
      The Son of Saturn: Oh... yes. Um... sleep. You really should... go to bed earlier at night.
  • Robin Series: While Tim is usually pretty good at coming up with excuses, when someone hands one to him he'll happily use it. When the Elevator operator from his new building assumed he was at a strange production at the old opera house because his girlfriend had been invited there Tim was happy to say yes even though Steph hadn't told him about the invite because otherwise he'd have to come up with another reason to be in a condemned section of Gotham.

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    Fan Works 
  • This is played for laughs in Oh God Not Again!.
    Sirius: Top box. It was part of my reparation. Of course, the rest of it went to buying Harry a Firebolt but...
    Harry: You don't mind because I'm your godson and you love me?
    Sirius: ...Let's go with that, sure.
  • In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, when the Goblin King mistakes Hermione for a member of a long existing species rather than an entirely new one, Hermione both agrees with him and starts making up facts about her species on the spot.
  • Retro Chill
    • When Bob distracts Rupert, Earl, and Retro so Calvin can escape his cell. When they interrogate him, Earl blames it on stupidity. Bob shrugs and nervously says: "Sure, let's go with that."
  • In the The Fifth Act, the Nibelheim villagers assumes that the time-traveling older Cloud Strife is a relative of the younger Cloud Strife. Cloud chooses to go along with it and tells them that he's a paternal uncle.
  • Due to some confusion in The Accidental Sensei, Anko ends up the teacher of Team 7 while Kakashi gets her assignment as an Academy teacher. Sarutobi was going to fix the problem but instead goes along with Anko's assumption that she was given a genin team as a show of trust and Kakashi's assumption that he was being punished for his previous negligence.
  • In Harry Potter and the Marauders of the Mind Harry has the spirits of his parents, Remus and Sirius stuck in his head after he comes back to life. This results in harming himself during full moons due to the influence of Remus' werewolf side. After the first occurrence Snape's portrait accuses Harry of having been bitten during or shortly after the Final Battle. Naturally, Harry goes along with it.
  • Transmuting Freedom:
    Roger Davies: No, not why do you only have two possible traps worked out, why are you trying to figure out the traps in the first place? What's the point?
    Cedric Diggory: Don't be stupid, Davies. Clearly, they are trying to figure out whether the [Philosopher's] Stone is adequately protected or not. And if not, add extra protections to it. Right, Oliver?
    Oliver Wood: Umm...sure, Cedric. We'll go with that.
  • In One Crazy Long Day Harry and Snape try to help an all-wizard town hide its magic aspects from a stranded family of Muggles. The mother comments that they aren't doing a very good job of hiding things - and that they have absolutely no reason to conceal their love for one another. Several of the other townspeople cheerfully add a fake relationship to the general deception.
  • In Harry Potter and the Phoenix Burning a deaged, time-traveling Harry ends up going to school with his parents and their friends. When he deposits the Ravenclaw diadem Horcrux on Dumbledore's desk during Christmas break his first year, Dumbledore chides him...for using the diadem to obtain knowledge an eleven-year-old couldn't possibly possess. Harry pretends to be appropriately sheepish while hoping that's the end of it.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ghosts of the Past Trucy gets accidentally punched in the face by Iris resulting in massive case of Broken Pedestal for Trucy and eqally huge My God, What Have I Done? for Iris. Later Trucy finds out that Iris had a twin sister and immediately assumes it was her, not Iris who did the above, claiming Iris would never do that. No one denies. In a Pet the Dog moment Dahlia herself later admits to it. Unlike most examples Trucy's conclusion was actually Metaphorically True: Dahlia was the one who made Iris punch her ("made her" meaning Dahlia was haunting Iris driving her insane a Trucy was accidentally hit when Iris tried to push Dahlia away) and Iris would never do that willingly.
  • In "Arm Candy", part of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts series, Dick Grayson names a varicolored puppy "Harley" after Harley Quinn; when one of his muggle friends asks if he named it after the motorcycle, he agrees that that's exactly what he did.
  • In one story of the Facing the Future Series, Ghost Tucker says this word-for-word to Sam to cover up that he didn't know what she was talking about.
  • Pony POV Series: At one point, a grown up, alternate universe version of Spike called Nightdrake Bannerette arrives and rescues Rarity and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Before he departs, he asks the CMC to encourage Spike not to give up on trying to win Rarity's heart. When the CMC tell Spike the story, he automatically assumes Bannerette is his and Rarity's Kid from the Future and that this means he and Rarity are destined to be together. The CMC, who know Bannerette's true nature, try to correct him, but he is too excited to listen, so they shrug and just let him think that.
  • Fate/Long Night: Rin Tohsaka gets a hot spring installed in her house. She bathes in it and it feels so good that she falls asleep and misses class. Her classmate Ayako Mitsuzuri visits her asking why she didn't show up for class. When she sees Rin is flushed from being in the hot spring for so long, she assumes Rin has a fever and Rin goes along with it.
  • Robin is convinced that Xander and Willow have two different fake identities in A Brand New Day and is amazed at how thorough the second set is, being unable to find a single hint that it's false. Neither of the two correct him that they only have a single set of fake identities and the "second set" is real. To be fair to Robin, their real identities have some odd history attached to them, such as both being kicked out of boy scouts before enrolling in girl scouts and being officially declared twins despite having birthdays several months apartnote .
  • A Subtle Knife: When Kid Flash accidentally reveals the whole Team believes Artemis is actually Green Arrow's bastard daughter, she's very happy to let them think she's related to a genuine hero rather than being a villain's offspring.
    • Also, Edge knows that claiming to be a Self-Insert from the "real" world would be a bad strategy so when his teammates peg his home universe as Earth Bet he's quite relieved.
  • This trope is basically Jaune's motto in Professor Arc. Almost everything he doesn't achieve by not noticing the subtext (such as impressing Cinder with his courage when he genuinely didn't realize she was threatening him) is accomplished by letting someone come up with a theory about him and rolling with it.
  • Ashes of the Past: Thanks to a Time Crash, a Sylveon (up until then a Pokémon imagined up by Molly Hale and made real) is present at the beginning of time, causing Arceus to notice her typing and, despite not planning for it, incorporate it into the universe's creation, creating the Fairy-type and adding it via Cosmic Retcon.
  • In Taaroko's Season 9, this is basically Vi's reaction to Andrew's reasoning about why he doesn't trust Angel (which amounts to nothing more than "Spike doesn't like Angel so I don't like him"); Vi doesn't agree with that view, but decides it's not worth the effort to try and correct Andrew's 'delusions'.
  • In eXtra power twin Harry conceals his face at Kings Cross so he won't be recognized as his celebrity brother's estranged twin.
    Ginny: Are you so good looking people will go blind when they see you? Is that why you're hiding?
    Harry: Ok. Let's go with that excuse.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Peter leaves out rusty nails and other dangerous objects to test and train Izuku's Spider-Sense. Izuku is not reassured when Peter refuses to look him in the eye afterward.
    Peter: Oh thank God, it actually worked this time.
    Izuku: Like you knew it would… right, Peter-san?
    Peter: [refuses to make eye contact] Rrrriiiight. Yup, sure kid.
  • In This is Love, This is Not Treason Harry, who's hiding the fact he's gay, feels Ginny's hand creeping up his leg at the Gryffindor table and removes it.
    Ginny: What's wrong love?
    Harry: Nothing. Just don't do that.
    Ginny: Not a public display of affection kind of guy are you?
    Harry: Uh...sure let's go with that.
  • A more dramatic example occurs in Diplomacy when the Lich King speaks with Jaina and Thrall via magical projection. He makes a remark about "his body having fond memories of Jaina", which causes her to recoil in horror. Later, Garrosh makes a comment about Arthas' honor that causes Thrall to realize everyone assumes Arthas raped Jaina. Thrall, Tandred, and Aegwynn decide to run with the idea to help galvanize both the Alliance and Horde against the Scourge.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • When Jaune is learning to swim in a Beacon pool, Yang ogles Cinder in a bikini. Weiss thinks she's ogling Jaune, and Yang decides not to correct her.
    • Sapphire assumes Emerald is part of Jaune's harem, and orders the Grimm not to harm her. Yang is about to explain that Emerald isn't involved, but Emerald stops her because it's the only thing keeping her alive.
    • Lionheart keeps assuming Jaune has the most villainous motives possible, even for simple requests like food and shelter. Jaune eventually stops trying to explain himself.
  • The Ouroboros: When the six spacefarers call home to touch base with their counterparts and learn more about how they're supposed to close the supposed Stable Time Loop, Donnie mentions how they need to be mindful of the Butterfly Effect. Alt!Donnie latches onto that as an excuse to avoid explaining anything, citing 'spoilers'.
  • A Possible Encounter for a Phantom: In Chapter 66, Ron says Danny is "also NOT half-human and that little girl is his cousin and NOT his clone by his archenemy". After that, Danny isn't surprised "Kim doesn't have a secret identity".
  • In Sparks Fly, Clark Kent immediately recognizes Leslie Ellis despite her currently doing a perfect cosplay as Sailor Jupiter. Leslie makes a joke about Clark recognizing her by her bust and he quickly agrees.
  • Bring Me Back Home: Marinette mostly manages to pass herself as Bridgette without arousing too much suspicion, but at one point she gets into a conversation with Félix and tells him a story about trying to dance with Max years ago and accidentally breaking three of his toes, forgetting that Max may not even exist in this universe (at least by that name).
    Félix: Who's Max?
    Marinette: (momentarily panicking) Oh, uh, he used to go to our school, but just for a week, and then he left and opened up a deli with his uncle in… uh… Madrid!
    Félix: (Fascinating Eyebrow) Did he leave because you broke his toes?
    Marinette: Uhh… Yes. It's so embarrassing, don't tell anyone!
    Félix: Your secret is safe with me.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, the protagonist falls asleep, and suddenly she's floating and looking straight at herself lying in the bed. Then Dream of the Endless shows up out of nowhere to ask for her help, prompting Kara to ask if she's dreaming. Dream pauses and answers "Yes, let's say that you're dreaming". And since she's in the dream, she can be hurt by other dream things, hence she must treat them as if they were real dangers.
    Dream: "I am no enemy, Kara Zor-El. I am not Death. I am no ghost. But I need your help. The Dreaming needs your help."
    Kara: "Then this is a dream?"
    Dream: (tilting head) "Let us agree that it is. Yet, you must agree that if it is a dream, then you, in this form, are also a dream. In this dream, you may be endangered by the things of a dream. They must be treated as realities. Do you understand?"
  • In The Dragon Of Harrenhal, Carik's clothes look Braavosi to some people and he doesn't correct them when they assume he's from there or further East to save having to make up a lie about his origins.
  • Aggro-Culture: When Jitterbug asks Aunt Nancy if he is her fairy godspider, Nancy is amenable to the description.
  • In Linked in Life and Love, Roman finds himself having to do this when Ozpin declares him his deep-cover agent in the criminal underworld to get him off the hook from General Ironwood.
  • The General's Child: When General Lergen dies, he wakes up several years before the war. After spending a day freaking out over having traveled through time into his younger body, Lergen promptly heads out to find the orphanage Tanya lives in to adopt her and hopefully prevent Germania from losing the coming war by keeping her out of it. His servants, family, and coworkers all assume Tanya is his biological daughter, citing the facts from their perspectivenote . Lergen puts in a token effort to convince them otherwise before simply going along with it as it's easier to explain than time travel.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Shrek, when Fiona seems to be terrified because nightfall is upon them, Donkey exclaims: "Wait a minute, I know what's going on here! You're afraid of the dark, aren't you?". Fiona agrees that that's the case, when the truth is that she turns into an ogre by night.
  • In The Incredibles DVD short Jack-Jack Attack, this is the reason Syndrome managed to get his hands on Jack-Jack.
    Syndrome: Is this the... Parr's residence?
    Kari: HA-HA! YES! I'M KARI, THE BABY (eye twitch) SITTER!
    Syndrome: Uh... Hello, Kari... I'm, ah...
    Kari: YOU'RE MY REPLACEMENT! THANK HEAVENS YOU'VE COME! (beat) ...What does the "S" stand for?
    Syndrome: (fumbling) For... "sitter"! Yeah, sitter. Originally I was going to have the initials for "Babysitter", but...then I'd be going around wearing a big "BS", and (chuckle) you understand why I couldn't go with that.
    (cut to Kari telling the story to Agent Dicker)
    Dicker: And you believed him?
    Kari: THE BABY WAS EXPLODING!
  • In The LEGO Batman Movie, the Joker asks Sauron the location of the Batcave, which is located under Wayne Manor. This leads Joker to the conclusion that Bruce Wayne is Batman...'s roommate, to which Sauron can only say "Uh...yeah.".
  • The LEGO Movie:
    • When Emmet is discovered by Wyldstyle to have found the Piece of Resistance, the following exchange takes place:
      Wyldstyle: You're the Special! The prophecy states that you are the most important person in the universe. That's you, right?
      Emmet: Uhh...yes.
    • Also used when Emmet is told that the Kragle might explode when paired with the Piece of Resistance. He quickly identifies the corollary: that it might not explode. Vitruvius responds with the trope.
  • In Monsters, Inc. when Randall is accused by Mike of being at fault for allowing Boo to enter the Monster World because he was attempting to cheat his way to breaking the Scare Record, Randall is initially indignant before suddenly calming down and goes along with Mike's assumption and offering to help Mike return Boo to her door. In reality he was planning on using Boo as a test subject for the Scream Extractor which he hopes will revolutionise the Scaring Industry and only offers to help Mike so he could finally capture her. When he ends up catching Mike instead, he no longer bothers with the pretence and simply tries to use the Scream Extractor to torture the information out of him.
  • A Bug's Life: After Flik's plan to scare Hopper and his gang away with a fake bird fails, Hopper attempts to kill him before he spots the real bird, and Flik lets him believe it's fake to lure him to his own demise.
    Hopper: Well, what's this? Another one of your little bird tricks?
    Flik: Yep.
    Hopper: Are there a bunch of little girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!
  • In Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Mavis somewhat overhears Drac using his smartphone to try to find a date, but doesn't really catch the gist of it. When she finds him, though, she does realize that he's hiding something from her and comes to the conclusion that he's stressed and needs a break. Drac happily seizes upon this excuse, saying that it's exactly the case.
  • In Finding Nemo, when Marlin and the incredibly scatter-brained and forgetful Dory find themselves in pitch black darkness:
    Marlin: Dory, do you see anything?
    Dory: AAHHHH! Something's got me!
    Marlin: That was me! I'm sorry.
    Dory: [Gasp!!] Who's that?
    Marlin: [Exasperated] Who's that?! Who could it be?! It's me!
    Dory: Are... are you my conscience?
    Marlin: [Sigh] Uh, yep, yep, I'm your conscience. We haven't spoken in a while. How are you?
    Dory: Eh. Can't complain.
    Marlin: Hmm. Good.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In American Beauty, Ricky Fitz's authoritative (and homophobic) dad sees Ricky through the window giving his neighbor some weed. From his vantage point, it looked like Ricky was giving him oral sex, and looking through some of Ricky's recorded videos of his neighbor working out, he had suspicions that Ricky was gay. When he confronted Ricky about his homosexuality (Ricky is actually straight), Ricky admitted to giving oral sex for money because it was better than his father finding out he was selling drugs. Either that or he had just had enough of his dad's crap.
  • In Back to the Future, when Marty first meets his future mother Lorraine in 1955, she thinks he's called "Calvin Klein" since it's written on his underwear. Marty tries to correct her, but goes along with it to avoid arousing suspicion.
  • In Descendants, Ben assumes Mal only used the love potion because she had a crush on him and was afraid of being rejected. Not wanting to admit she's planning to use him to steal Fairy Godmother's wand, she allows him to think he's right.
  • The Eiger Sanction. Hemlock is an assassin sent on a climbing expedition because one of them is believed to be The Mole, but they don't know who. When he's the Sole Survivor after the expedition goes wrong, his superior assumes he decided to Kill Them All, and congratulates Hemlock on this unique solution. Meanwhile Hemlock already discovered that the mole was his friend on the expedition's support team. As his friend just saved his life, he decides not to argue.
  • In another Clint Eastwood movie City Heat, his character Lieutenant Speer tells a mobster he doesn't want to see his "ilk" hanging around. The mobster thinks he means an elk.
    Lt. Speer: Yeah. Now if I catch you loitering around my precinct again I'm gonna shoot me an ilk, do you understand?
  • In Galaxy Quest, the ship's been damaged and the Thermians suggest a workaround to get the ship to the nearest planet with what they need for repairs. Jason, clearly not understanding a word of the technobabble, but trying to maintain the image of a real Commander just goes with it.
    Fred Kwan: Hey, Commander. Listen, we found some beryllium on a nearby planet. And we might be able to get there if we reconfigure the solar matrix in parallel for endothermic propulsion. What'd'ya think?
    Jason Nesmith: We'll do that!
  • In The Green Hornet, the villain wears a gas mask simply to look scary. It ends up coming handy when Hornet surprises him with knockout gas, and he proclaims himself ungassable, attempting to suggest that he had worn the mask for its practicality all along.
  • An interesting variation occurs in Home Alone, where Kevin tells a man dressed in a Santa suit "I'm old enough to know you're not the real Santa Claus, but I also know that you work for him." The Santa actor just goes with it.
  • In Laughter in Paradise, Captain Russell is attempting to explain to his fiancée and her father that he needs to postpone the wedding for a month. However, the conditions of his cousin's will forbid from explaining why. His evasive answers give his fiancée and her father the impression that he has to go abroad to undertake a secret mission for the government. Russell decides to roll with it. This comes back to bite him when his fiancée runs into him several days later, still in London, and seemingly attempting to rob a jewellery store (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • In Maleficent, Aurora mistakes Maleficent for her Fairy Godmother. Despite being put out by the idea, Maleficent simply rolls her eyes and says nothing since Aurora's still calling her that years later.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • The Muppet Movie: Kermit has rejected Doc Hopper's offer to be the spokesfrog for his chain of "French Fried Frog Legs" restaurants and is walking back to the car.
    FOZZIE: (looking at the money) Five hundred dollars? Would you consider a bear in a frog suit?
    KERMIT: Fozzie!
    FOZZIE: I'm sorry, sir, I just lost my head. (They drive off)
    DOC HOPPER: Wait a minute, Mr. Frog. Everything's negotiable!
  • In The Muppets, Kermit the Frog gets three surprise volunteers to help out with the Muppet Telethon. None of them are particularly passionate about their involvement, but Kermit wisely takes all the help he can get.
    Whoopi Goldberg: Hi. I was told there was a career opportunity here, something about saving a theater?
    Selena Gomez: I don't know who you guys are. My agent just told me to show up.
    Rico Rodriguez: Are you one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
    Kermit: ...Yes, I am, and let me show you how you can help!
  • In The New Guy, Danielle confronts "Gil" (AKA a post-makeover Dizzy) with "I'm onto you". He thinks that she's talking about his previous identity as his last school's Butt-Monkey. She thinks that he's actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He decides to play along with that.
  • Star Wars:
    • In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi heads to the planet Kamino to investigate a bounty hunter. The Kaminoans instead think he's been sent by the Jedi Council to inspect the clone army they've been creating under the orders of one Master Sifo-Dyas, and Obi-Wan decides to play along.
      President Lama Su: But you must be anxious to inspect the units for yourself?
      Obi-Wan: That's... why I'm here.
    • In Rogue One, shortly after the skirmish on Jedha, K-2SO is asked by a stormtrooper what he is doing.
      Stormtrooper: Where are you taking these prisoners?
      K-2SO: These are prisoners?
      Stormtrooper: Yes. Where are you taking them?
      K-2SO: I'm taking them to imprison them... in prison.
      Cassian: He's taking us to–
      [K-2SO slaps Cassian with his metal hand]
      K-2SO: Quiet! And there's fresh one if you mouth off again.
  • In What Women Want, Nick Marshall is at one point confronted by Lola who claims to know the secret why he's so understanding of women: he's gay! In reality, it's because he can read the minds of women. Nick goes along with the story, mostly because Lola's thoughts reveal that a rejection from Nick would support her fears that she was undesirable and ruin her self-esteem.

    Literature 
  • In one of Robert Asprin's Myth books, Don Bruce, a Mob boss, comes to see Skeeve, who has been quietly sabotaging Mob operations, and says he knows Skeeve is the reason the Mob hasn't succeeded in moving into the dimension of Deva. He lists the evidence: Skeeve knows the territory, has connections on Deva, etc. His conclusion? They should have hired Skeeve to work for them in the first place. This echoes an earlier scene in which the Devan Merchants' Association hires Skeeve to defend them from the Mob, not knowing he was the one who originally brought the Mob to Deva. To cover up the truth, Skeeve agrees to work for both sides, so he has to maintain a balance between working for the Mob and limiting Mob activity on Deva. He then spends years being paid by both sides and doing nothing.
  • Leviathan has Deryn Sharp, who is a British Air Service midshipman and a young woman disguised as a man. When Dr. Barlow notices something unusual about Deryn's shaving, she concludes Deryn joined up too young, and this happens. Deryn actually was too young as well.
  • In Star Wars: Allegiance, five stormtroopers end up as fugitives from the Empire, but still consider themselves Imperials, remembering the oath they made to protect citizens of the Empire. When they stop at a spaceport on an out-of-the-way world and the local authorities fine them needlessly and confiscate their speeder bikes, they snoop around and find that the local authorities are very corrupt, confiscating weapons from the citizens, shooting protesters, and basically milking money from anyone and everyone. The local citizens aren't allowed to petition higher authorities and can't do much themselves, since they don't have blasters. So the stormtroopers take care of that problem for them. The locals are pleased, and believe the stormtroopers were sent officially.
    Atmino: You get back your bait all right?
    LaRone: Our what?
    Atmino: The speeder bikes. You were just dangling them out there so that Cav'Saran would pull that illegal confiscation, right?
    LaRone: [inwardly] It was amazing sometimes how hindsight enabled people to jump to such incredibly wrong conclusions. [out loud] Of course.
  • Discworld:
    • Vimes (and a few other Watchmen) play this line when someone takes a guess at the identity of the Watch's famous werewolf, and usually they guess it's Nobby. (They're wrong.) The reason they make this assumption is that Nobby is so strange-looking he has to carry around a certificate proving he's human.
      Sergeant Angua: Your deductive abilities will be the talk of the station.
    • In Maskerade, when Granny Weatherwax is doctoring a guy with a bad back, she tells him to sleep with a pine board under his mattress. He asks if this is so the knots in his back end up in the wood, and she agrees, since folk gibberish placebos are an important part of her treatments.
  • Miles in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga is the king of this. He just keeps letting people assume things about him, and pretty soon, he has his own mercenary army.
  • Percy Jackson guesses that Thalia Grace freaked out while driving the sun-chariot because her mom died in a car crash. Thalia lets it ride because it's better than admitting the daughter of Zeus, god of the Sky, is afraid of heights.
  • In John Dies at the End, when main character David takes Amy back to his place, they discover someone has broken in, searching for his Soy Sauce. It takes him a while to realize, though, because his place is normally such a mess. When David mentions the break-in, Amy says "They threw laundry all over the floor!" David responds "Yeah and they wore them first! The bastards!"
  • Mistborn: Vin pulls this when Kliss assumes she's been trying to drive a certain house into bankruptcy so House Renoux can corner the weapons market...when Vin is really part of a conspiracy to throw the city into civil war and overthrow the Lord Ruler.
  • Journey to Chaos: When Mad Scientist Hasina rescued Annala in Looming Shadow she says didn't arrive earlier because she had to "close up her work first". When Annala asks if that means she was engaged in lawful surgery on a client, Hasina grins and recites the trope.
  • In Honorverse Mike Henke derails at least one of the Mesan Alignment's schemes by this. By that point the Alignment has long been manipulating the protagonists' nation of Manticore into the war with the Solarian League, the ancient, vast and incredibly corrupt nation containing most of the Humanity's population. Naturally, they assumed that the Manties would avoid provoking the League, at least at that point, and tried a little gambit to ruin their reputation as a side, by putting their agent (posing as a Manticoran one) on the League's border, promising aid to various La Résistance movements in that restive region. The initial plan is to crush these local uprisings by betraying them and not providing any aid, thus in one blow getting rid of troublemakers, one planet at a time. A secondary objective is that if word ever got out, and the Manticorans ever became aware of the scheme, they assume that the Manticorans would do the logical thing and avoid a direct confrontation with the League and thus fail to provide the promised aid, crippling their reputation among the smaller nations who would also hear about it or anyone who might be inclined to side with them. Unfortunately to them, Mike, when alerted of the scheme by an agent of one of the rebellions contacting her independently, takes the news and runs with it, ordering all admirals and commodores of her station to give all the advertised aid against the League, and more if possible. Then her cousin the Queen, who by the time was also sick and tired of pussyfooting around the Sollies, and seeing the advantage Manticore had over the enormous but laughingly obsolete militarily League because of Manticore's crushing technical superiority, decided to Hell with that and supported her relative to the hilt.
  • The Hunger Games: When Caesar Flickerman asks Katniss exactly when she first fell for Peeta, she's evasive at first (since at this point she hasn't actually fallen for him yet) and then immediately goes along with his first guess.
  • In Dave Barry Slept Here, after mistaking a local tribe for Indians, Christopher Columbus winds up his "historic conversation" with their chief this way:
    Columbus: Listen, we have spent many weeks looking for India in these three storm-tossed vomit-encrusted ships, and we have cannons pointing at your wigwams, and we say you are Indians.
    Tribal Chief: B'nomi kawa saki! ("Welcome to India!")
  • A subtle examples appears in The Invisible Man. At one point Griffin, the titular invisible man, takes refuge with Dr. Kemp, an old university friend, and makes the assumption that Kemp is going to shelter and help him with his plans. Griffin's plans are all quite mad, however, and Kemp — having clocked that Griffin is neither on the side of the angels nor has all his marbles in the same bag — has actually summoned the police. This means that a substantial part of their conversation in the latter chapters of the book is essentially Griffin bragging about his experiments and grandiosely making plans for 'their' future efforts, while Kemp is basically nodding along and every so often looking at his watch to see how much longer he has to wait before the police show up. The pretence gets harder for Kemp the longer Griffin rants on and the more insane and vicious his plans get.
  • Tales of the Frog Princess: While time-travelling, Emma initially gets mistaken for one of her ancestors' Hazel and Millie's cousins, which she hastily agrees to. However, when Emma meets said cousins, they clearly don't know who this strange girl is, and are bewildered when she greets them. Once they're alone, Millie sits Emma down and says they need to have a talk about this. Emma panics, wondering if she should just tell Millie the truth or come up with some lie, when Millie suddenly says she knows Emma's secret, and understands perfectly — Emma's a bastard child, and Millie's uncle forced his wife to take her in and raise her alongside her own children. Millie's aunt and her daughters resent Emma for it, so that's why Emma avoids them. Emma quickly assures Millie that, yes, of course that would be the explanation.
  • The Hearts We Sold: At the climax, it's revealed that the demons are actually aliens who came to Earth after their homeworld was destroyed. Thanks to their apparently magical abilities and otherworldly nature, humans labelled them demons, and they decided to just roll with it.
  • In The Hollow Boy from Lockwood & Co., Lucy Carlise volunteers to accompany George Cubbins on his research for the first time ever because her other choice is spending time with Lockwood & Co's new secretary, Holly Munro, whom she can't stand. At one point, George says that he knows why it is that she's coming along, and that she needs to be careful because "Lockwood isn't pleased." Lucy says that she doesn't think that Lockwood has any right to object, seeing as she didn't ask for this, and George replies that Lockwood didn't either, to which Lucy shoots back "He hired her." George is puzzled for a moment, then says that what he's talking about is her fascination with the ghost on the particular case they're working on, and asks what she was talking about. At this, she replies "Oh, yes. Yes, the same. That's why I'm here with you. I want to know the story."
  • Cormoran Strike Novels
    • Cormoran has long given up trying to correct people who mispronounce his name as "Cameron" since as a detective it makes for a more cooperative witness for him to just go with the flow. In one instance in Career of Evil he actually gives his name as "Cameron" to a subject that he suspects wouldn't be able to grasp his real name.
    • For that matter, Strike often finds this to be a good practice in general sometimes to go with something an interview suspect puts out there if he can manage to do so believably, as they can often be more cooperative if they think they're being believed.
  • In The Irregular at Magic High School, Tatsuya sees someone sabotaging his sister's casting device note  and attacks them, demanding to know who they're working for. At this point, the local authorities come over and tell Tatsuya that they'll take care of things and there's no need for him to...restrain...the saboteur. They know that Tatsuya fully intended to kill him, (and Tatsuya knows they know that) but the sabotage matter is more important right now.
  • Isaac Asimov's "The Mayors": When Terminus gives the surrounding kingdoms aid in the form of advanced technology, Salvor Hardin notices the people insist on viewing it as sorcery. He makes a few modifications, and spreads the aid under the guise of divine power.
  • In the second Nevermoor book, Morrigan raises suspicion by refusing to tell anyone else what her "knack" is. The truth is that she's a Wundersmith, which have a very bad rep. Professor Mildmay, whose knack is making extremely accurate and detailed maps, tells her he's figured it out... her knack is a Boring, but Practical one like his, so she's embarrassed to admit it in front of some of her flashier, more impressive peers. No worries, he completely understands! Morrigan uncomfortably plays along with this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Are You Being Served?: Taken to its logical conclusion in "A Bliss Girl" when Mr. Humphries puts on heels and a wig to model a ladies' coat. Then Young Mr. Grace shows up and ...
    Young Mr. Grace: Do you have a boyfriend?
    Mr. Humprhies: Not at the moment.
    Young Mr. Grace: I've got a table at Romano’s with caviar and snapper dinner. Care to join me?
    Mr. Humphries: Well, it is Monday and me mother’s only got cottage pie!
    Young Mr Grace: Well, that settles it!
  • In Barney Miller Harris tells a worried couple that their daughter hasn't been coerced with drugs into converting to Hinduism; he could see by his experience. Barney tries to clarify by saying that Harris, as a police officer, has dealt with many suspects who are high... right? Harris' response is a shrug and a causal "Okay."
  • The Big Bang Theory, "The Love Car Displacement":
    Howard: Sorry. I just never figured that a guy like me going out with a girl like you would ever have to compete with a guy like that.
    Bernadette: Wait a minute, a girl like me? What's that mean?
    Howard: I'm... I...
    Bernadette: Are you saying you don't think I'm hot enough to go out with a guy like Glenn?
    Howard: No! No, I’m saying exactly the opposite.
    Bernadette: I'm too hot to go out with a guy like Glenn?
    Howard: Yeah, let's go with that.
    • When Penny asks Sheldon why he is doing Howard's laundry in Season 5 Episode 21.
      Penny: Why are you washing Howard's man panties?
      Sheldon: Because if I don't, he won't give my paper to Stephen Hawking. He's a famous physicist who...
      Penny: Yeah, yeah, I know. He's the wheelchair dude who invented time.
      Sheldon: That's close enough.
  • Bizaardvark:
    Amelia: Frankie Wong and Paige (pauses) Wong.
    Paige Olvera: Sure, let's go with that.
  • In the Breaking Bad episode "The Cat's in the Bag", Skyler, Walt's wife, sees him hanging out with smalltime drug-pusher Jesse Pinkman and assumes that Jesse is dealing Walt marijuana for medical reasons. Walt decides to run with the idea, as it's a fair bit more acceptable than "I'm making meth, he sells it."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Band Candy", Buffy is secretly caring for a Back from the Dead Angel, telling her mother that she's busing training with Giles, and Giles that she's home with her mother. One night she comes home to find them both comparing notes, so when they accuse Buffy of bunking off to party with her friends she plays along.
  • Bunk'd:
    • When Lou confiscates Tiffany's mobile phone during a conversation with her grandmother, the sound of loud rapid talking in Chinese can be heard. Lou asks if what she's hearing is affectionate and Tiffany responds with the appropriate line. Most likely, it was really angry yelling at Lou for interrupting the phone call.
    • This:
      Lou: So, Emma, what'd you think of your gift?
      Emma: I'm speechless.
      Lou: Because you loved it so much?
      Emma: Yeah, let's go with that.
  • Subverted in Castle; during "A Rose For Everafter", Castle has ignored Beckett's warnings about him seeing his ex-girlfriend because she could be a murder suspect and has met her. The next day, Beckett lays into Castle about how he's been going behind her back and refuses to listen to her instructions and orders — and then readjusts her chair, accusing Castle of sitting it in and adjusting it when she's not around. Castle is momentarily relieved, but eventually his guilt overcomes him and he confesses that he saw his ex-girlfriend. Turns out Beckett knew — she has surveillance photos — and the chair thing was just her playing games with him.
    • Played straight a couple of times once Castle and Beckett start dating and they're trying to keep Gates from finding out. Turns out she knew anyway. She is a cop, after all.
  • This happens frequently on Chuck. His sister says that she knows Chuck's secret, and he panics because he assumes she means the fact that he's a spy, but it turns out that she suspects him of cheating on his girlfriend. His best friend warns him about spies in the store, and he panics because he assumes the spies in question are his handlers, but his friend is really just being melodramatic about the Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. This is usually just for quick laughs rather than an extended plot.
  • In an episode of The Closer, after Brenda uses Obfuscating Stupidity to sabotage another detective's interrogation of a suspect because she wants to be the one to solve the murder, her boss suspects there's something she's not telling him. When he guesses that she has info from the FBI, she runs with that.
    • She also does this when Finn and Provenza take control of a crime scene without her permission, Pope yells at her thinking she was the one who ordered them to do so. She goes along with it to figure out what is going on.
  • From Community episode "Home Economics", Pierce gets angry at Britta's ex boyfriend (whose band he recently joined) about not getting his share of the credit for a song they wrote (an insulting song about Britta caused by the ex's Creator Breakdown regarding the events in "Social Psychology"). Britta watches their argument from a distance without hearing the words, leading to this exchange:
    Britta: Pierce, did you just defend my honor?
    Pierce: Uh... yeah, totally.
  • Dexter: Rita thinks Dexter is a heroin addict, which he goes along with to keep from having to explain that he's a serial killer. Later in the season, Dexter is brought to the station by the FBI after finding his blood slides missing. He assumes that he's been exposed as the Bay Harbor Butcher, but in fact the agents are there to protect him because his nemesis Sergeant Doakes is suspected of the murders.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Runaway Bride", the Doctor decides to run with Donna's assumption that he's a Martian when he sonics a payphone because it simplifies matters. It also leads the Empress of the Racnoss to underestimate him at the climax of the episode.
    • In "Dinosaurs On a Spaceship" when Amy chats with Nefertiti:
      Nefertiti: And you, Amy, are you also a queen?
      Amy: [Beat] Yes... yes I am.
  • Firefly: "Our Mrs. Reynolds". After Mal kisses The Vamp and is knocked out by her drugged lipstick, Inara finds his prone body, believing him dead, as she's been suspicious of The Vamp for a while. When she realizes he's just unconscious, she's so relieved that she kisses him...and gets knocked out. When the rest of the crew finds and revives them, she claims she slipped and hit her head. Mal comes to the wrong conclusion and Inara lets him labor under the delusion since it saves her from having to admit the truth.
    Mal: C'mon, tell the truth: You didn't just trip, did you?
    Inara: N-no.
    Mal: Well, isn't that somethin'. [smirks] I knew you let her kiss you.
  • One episode of Frasier has Martin and Frasier believing Niles is having a fling with Roz during a family weekend at a cabin. Niles plays along to cover the fact that he's trying to hook Roz up with Donny so Niles can be with Daphne.
  • Occurs loads in Friends.
    • When Monica and Chandler are looking for a new house, they don't tell anyone for fear that it would upset them. As a result, Phoebe and Rachel see Chandler get into the car of an attractive woman (the real-estate agent), follow them to a house in the suburbs, and conclude that they are having an affair. In this case both Monica and Chandler let Phoebe and Rachel labour under this delusion for half the episode before revealing the truth.
    • Another notable one is when Ross has been practicing telling a story (Joey told him it would get a woman to have sex with him) in front of a video camera. When Rachel walks in, she asks him "Were you just talking to yourself?" He answers, out loud, "That's less embarrassing. Yes, yes I was."
  • Happens in Game of Thrones when Sansa is apprehensive about her impending marriage to Tyrion (a dwarf) and having to have sex with him. Margaery encourages her to give him a chance and that it never hurts to try something at least once, since she might like it after all.
    Sansa: Did your mother tell you that?
    (beat)
    Margaery: (laughs) Yes, sweet girl. My... mother taught me.
  • Glee:
    Kurt: I'm in love with someone. (stares longingly at Finn)
    Mercedes: (sees Rachel stand up) Rachel?!
    Kurt: ...Yes. For several years now.
    • During Alcohol Awareness Week, the kids put on a particularly bad performance while hungover after a night of partying, which ends with Brittany and Santana throwing up onstage ("...Everyone drink responsibly."). The whole club gets called into Principal Figgins' office and they think they're about to get suspended, but Figgins is thoroughly convinced that the whole thing was staged to warn against the dangers of drinking and praises them. They uncomfortably go along with it.
  • Grey's Anatomy, "The Time Warp":
    Alex: You look like a cool person, and I need some cool cases...ever since the elevator thing and heart guynote , it's just...
    Callie: Wait, that was you? You're the heart in the elevator guy?
    (beat)
    Alex: Sure, let's go with that.
  • Hannah Montana Rico is blackmailing Miley for the majority of the episode claiming to know her secret. Thinking the secret is involving her other life as Hannah Montana, she agrees to meet and discuss terms with him. When he reveals the secret that he knows is that she carries a teddy bear around with her, Miley feigns being upset while being relieved that he knows nothing.
  • In Haven: Boston detective Tommy Bowen is in Haven, and Nathan realizes he has to tell him about the Troubles or risk more people showing up. Upon hearing Nathan's story, Tommy mentions that he's seen what this job does to cops and how they deal with it. Some turn to drugs, alcohol, or religion, and the ones in Haven blame what they see on the supernatural. He adds that as long as it doesn't effect the case, he's fine with it. Nathan has no reason to correct him, but Tommy later actually sees the Troubles firsthand.
  • How I Met Your Mother: There's this gem in one episode, when Robin walks in on Ted playing with one of his architectural models.
    Robin: Ted? Are you acting out the last scene of Sleepless in Seattle with little dolls?
    Ted: ...how long have you been standing there?
    Robin: Like two seconds.
    Ted: Yeah, just the last scene.
  • In the pilot episode of iZombie, Liv has trouble explaining why she knows the identity of the dead Jane Doe when her boss and the newbie homicide detective were just discussing how they haven't had any luck ID'ing her. Obviously, she can't just tell the detective that she's a zombie, and she started working at the morgue so she could eat the brains of the recently deceased people who are brought in for autopsies, and she can sometimes get flashes of memory from those brains.
    Ravi: Liv's kind of... psychic.
    (beat)
    (cue disbelieving look from the detective)
    Liv: ...ish.
    • To his credit, the detective knows there's more going on than what's being told, although he'd never guess she's actually a zombie.
  • Just Shoot Me!: Overlapping with Embarrassing Cover-Up. In "Blackmail Photographer", Maury uses a picture of Elliot with Adrienne (before she and Finch were married, but Finch is insecure about the marriage as it is) to get himself hired. Maury happens to meet astronaut Alan Drake in the office, and asks for a signed picture, saying he loves Space Invaders. When Maury gets fired, he hands the wrong envelope to Finch and doesn't stay to realize he didn't give Finch the picture of Elliot:
    Finch: What the hell?
    Elliot: Look, buddy, it was one night of passion, but it's over. I pray to God that it doesn't change our friendship, but if you never look at me the same, I guess I'll understand.
    Finch: (glances at picture again) You slept with Colonel Drake?
    (Finch shows Elliot the picture)
    (beat)
    Elliot: Yes. Yes, I did.
    Finch: "To my number one... space invader"?
    Elliot: ...That's right.
    Finch: I'm gonna need a little time with this.
    Elliot: So am I.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze: Ryusei has a Freak Out during a special exam, and his friends think that he only faked it so that he'll have more free time on his hands, thus being available for Zodiarts attacks. Wanting to keep up his stoic image, Ryusei just goes along with their idea...
    Ryusei: I can't admit that I failed because I was freaking out.
  • K.C. Undercover:
    Marisa: I can't believe your family opened up their hearts and home to such an adorable little girl. Where did you say you were from again? Wyoming?
    Judy: Sure, let's go with that.
  • Merlin: Morgana tells Merlin she'll keep his secret, and Merlin thinks she's talking about him being a sorcerer, but it turns out she thinks he's in love with Gwen.
  • On The Mindy Project, Mindy and Danny start secretly dating. When Morgan stays at Mindy's house, he finds a pair of male underwear. However, he wrongly assumes that it's Peter's underwear and Peter is the one that Mindy is secretly dating, and tells Jeremy. Later, Mindy and Peter pretend to flirt to make Danny jealous (so that he will be willing to make their relationship public), which leads to Morgan and Jeremy confronting Mindy about the consequences of dating a Frat Bro like Peter and also the fact that it's an Office Romance. Danny's reaction to their misguided belief that Peter and Mindy are dating falls into this trope and his reluctance to reveal their relationship causes them to break up.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 is rife with this. One episode has Mike descending from the Satellite to Earth to escape.
    Servo: And once you're down there, you'll find help to get us, right?
    Mike: (long beat) Yeah, exactly.
  • The Nanny: This is how the whole show starts. After breaking up with her boyfriend and leaving her job at his bridal suite, she starts working as a door-to-door cosmetics salewoman. When she shows up to the Sheffield's home, the butler Niles asks whether she's there for an interview as a nanny, to which she says "I could be...", and after an unusual interview, Maxwell Sheffield hires her because the nanny agency didn't have anybody available at that time.
  • In No Ordinary Family, when Stephanie's parents visit, Jim's habit of frequently sneaking out to fight crime initially leads to him being Mistaken for Cheating by Stephanie's father, which leads Jim and Steph to consider telling her parents about their powers. But as they're about to do so, Stephanie's father announces that he's figured out that what Jim's actually been sneaking out to do is help the homeless, so they let him continue believing that.
  • Pair of Kings: After a giant spider is destroyed and the Kings got dirtied by it. When Brady asked asked Boomer if that's the reason Boomer said he needed a change of underwear, Boomer hesitated before answering 'Yes'.
    • When Mikayla got stuck with Brady in his body and Lanny in Boomer's (long story), Boomer assumed it was Mikayla making Brady skip like a girl and the trope came into play.
  • Subverted in Prison Break. Michael burns his back while wearing a guard uniform for part of his escape plan, and when fibers from it are picked out of his wound, the warden assumes that a guard has been abusing him. However, going along with this would also hinder Michael's plan, so he has to just say he doesn't know what they're talking about.
    • But only until he manages to pin it on Geary, whose removal is beneficial to the plan.
  • Pushing Daisies:
    • Olive thinks Chuck faked her own death. In fact, Chuck was really dead and was resurrected by the pie maker.
    • When Olive notices that Chuck and Ned never touch each other:
      Olive: Do you have some sort of deadly food allergy to Ned?
      Chuck: I'm going to say yes.
  • In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina is trying to retrieve a magical duplicator box she accidentally sold to Mr. Kraft (who is using it to duplicate a lot of gold bars). However, Sabrina is having a magical crisis that is causing parts of her body to rot (long story), which happens in front of Mr. Kraft (but heals at that point as well). Mr Kraft accuses her of being... a space alien. Sabrina says "OK!" and turns into an armored humanoid alien, congratulates Kraft on recognizing her despite having "taken the form" of one of his students, and orders him to return "their" box and give ALL the gold to charity (threatening him with "the probe" when he's reluctant to comply).
  • In Saturday Night Live, Bryan Cranston reprised his Breaking Bad role as Walter White in a sketch in which Walter had been appointed head of the DEA by President-elect Trump.
    Jake Tapper Mr. White, how did you even get considered for this job? Do you know Donald Trump?
    Walter White: No. Nope. But I'm a big fan, I like his style, he acts first and then asks questions later. I also like that wall he wants to build. Nothing comes in from Mexico, meaning, a lot less competition for the rest of us.
    Jake Tapper: You mean jobs?
    Walter White: [brief chuckle] Sure.
  • In Scrubs, when the Janitor and Dr. Cox get into a fight about the dispensation of a high-quality patient's room, each wanting it for himself...
    Dr. Cox: There really is only one way to end this.
    Janitor: We each ingest a cyanide capsule, on three. One, two, three. (gulp)
    Dr. Cox: No! What are you doing?
    Janitor: Mine's a skittle.
    Dr. Cox: ...Mine too?
    (beat)
    Janitor: ..Sure.
  • In an episode of Sesame Street, Papa Bear and Mama Bear welcome a second cub. Baby Bear goes to meet her and wants to know her name, but their parents haven't thought of one. Baby Bear checks the new cub out a bit, quietly remarking that she's "a little curly bear". He is overheard, and Papa and Mama name the new cub Curly.
  • Skins: Naomi and Emily has danced around each other for the entire season. They are at a party, both being three sheets into the wind.
    Naomi: [motioning between the bottles in her hand] So, what do you want?
    Emily: [completely mesmerized by her] Anything. Just give me a fucking...Just.. Just give me a...[leans over and kisses her; Naomi shows absolutely no resistance]
    Naomi: Oh... [her denial catches up with her libido] It's only the drugs, right?
    Emily: ...Sure.
    [the two start to make out like crazy]
  • A variation occurs in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "I, Borg". When the eponymous drone, Hugh, first meets Picard, he recognizes him as Locutus of Borg. Picard decides to play along, expecting that if he thinks he's talking to another member of the collective, Hugh will prove Picard's suspicions about him correct. What Hugh does instead shocks him.
  • The Drew Carey Show episode "The Engagement" has a psychologist named Dr. Rider (played by Eugene Levy) evaluate Mimi for her lawsuit against the store. When he says that he finds Mimi fascinating, Mimi interprets it as flirting with her. Dr. Rider then says that he doesn't date patients. When she asks if it was because he took an oath, he responds. "OK."
  • The Thin Blue Line episode "Honey Trap" featured Detective Inspector Derek Grim and Inspector Raymond Fowler using Constable Maggie Habib as a Honey Trap to capture a criminal. Fowler's girlfriend, Sergeant Patricia Dawkins, thought he and Maggie were having an affair. In retaliation, Dawkins broke something valuable to Fowler, who claimed it represented all the values he stands for. She then replied he doesn't stand for any and mentions knowing what he and Maggie are doing. Wrongly believing she figured out about the Honey Trap, he comments about it, revealing to her the truth. She then let him think he was right, and he tells her he agrees with her reaction.

    Music 
  • The famously bizarre music video for Front 242's Headhunter was a result of this trope. A misunderstanding of the lyrics and some crossed wires between the band and director Anton Corbijn resulted in the everpresent image of eggs. The band decided that they liked it this way.

    Radio 
  • In John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, when a clueless man is making the preparations to hold his wedding at what is very obviously Castle Dracula, The Renfield (who is named Igor) keeps doing this. It turns out the "groom" is actually the Count doing a practice run, and he complains Igor is making it obvious.
    Groom: Tell me, does that organ still play?
    Igor: Oh, yes. In fact it usually...
    (opening bars of Toccata and Fugue in D minor)
    Igor: There we are.
    Groom: Wow. You have an organist on permanent standby?
    Igor: I... suppose we must do, yes. Now, a couple of things. It's very important you don't use any Christian music or, you know, symbols of any kind during the service.
    Groom: Ah, because you're only licensed for secular services.
    Igor: ...Yes, that'll be it. Also, for the reception, we're only licensed for... non-garlicky meals.

    Theatre 
  • After having to prove he didn't embezzle from the Treasury by revealing his extramarital affair, the title character of Hamilton asks if Jefferson, Madison, and Burr will keep the secret, to which Burr ambiguously says "No-one else was in the room where it happened." (Understandably not reassured even after demanding a concrete answer, Hamilton decides to reveal it all himself.)
    Hamilton: Is that a yes?
    Jefferson, Madison, & Burr: Uh... yes.
  • In Cactus Flower, Julian has to agree with Toni's suspicion that the embarrassing secret about Stephanie is that she's a nymphomaniac, because he couldn't confess the simple truth to her about Stephanie not being married to him.
  • The following exchange from The Drowsy Chaperone:
    Chaperone: Me. No. Bride. Perhaps I can take a message.
    Adolpho: Yes, yes, very good... Dear Van De Graaf Bride. I must make love to you, and transport you to place of ecstasy, sooner is better, signed Adolpho, King of Romance.
    Chaperone: Well, well, you saw through my little ruse.
  • The Mrs. Hawking play series: In Vivat Regina, Nathaniel, desperate to keep the secretary to the German ambassador from entering her offices during a party which Mrs. Hawking is casing, remarks that he's only there to support the classical singer that's being feted. The secretary excitedly asks "You are a devotee of the German opera?" After a moment, Nathaniel declares "Why, yes!" and goes on about Wagner, even though it's clear he's making things up as he goes. It's the first sign of his skills as The Face on the team.

    Stand-up Comedy 
  • One of Jeff Dunham's earlier opening routines has him talk about how his Peanut puppet set off an airport contraband swab scanner after reading as plastic explosives. The TSA guy suggests that the scanner might have confused lotion for explosives, and Jeff immediately denies this given the implicationsnote , cheerily insisting "I've been making bombs in my garage!"

    Tabletop Games 
  • In one of the first edition Exalted sourcebooks, this is the advice given to young Solars who want to use their powers to help people without drawing the attention of the Wyld Hunt. There are many ways to acquire superhuman powers in the setting, and the common people don't know enough to tell them apart, so whatever they guess that your powers come from, tell them that that's exactly it. Are you the son of a god? Yes. Do you possess an artifact from the First Age? Yes. Did a sorcerer enhance you with a spell? Got it in one.

    Video Games 
  • Ford Cruller of Psychonauts was severely psychologically damaged in an important battle years ago, and becomes scatterbrained, to say the least, when taken away from the large levels of Psitanium located underneath the camp where the game takes place. When he leaves the metal, he takes on split personalities who have no trace of Cruller's intelligence and wherewithal. He tells Raz, the protagonist, that this is because he wants to keep his identity a secret, so he 'pretends' not to recognize Raz. Cruller doesn't reveal the real reason until much later in the game.
  • Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals uses this in Hugh's recruitment conversation, when he mentions that he needs the money for his grandmother, Roy immediately asks if she's sick. "Uh, yeah, really sick". He later mentions that "she gets really bad headaches around her back" as an "example of the pain" that she suffers from. Roy suspects that something's up, but doesn't press the issue.
    • Hilariously enough, you eventually recruit his grandmother 3-4 levels later. And no, she doesn't have any illnesses: on the contrary, she's a healthy and very potent Druid.
  • In Fallout 3, the player character often comes across people who are either a bit kooky, have a bit of a misguided view of the world as it was / is or are quite crazy. In the dialogue options, there's usually at least one which enables the player character to politely humour the NPC in order to enable the conversation to progress. There's also usually an option for the player character to simply bluntly and rudely point out how crazy the NPC is.
  • In Alpha Protocol, making Mike play along with the crazy is the best way to curry favour with resident completely insane Conspiracy Theorist Steven Heck.
  • In the Netherbattle Tournament DLC for Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, Fenrich encounters an imaginary Tyrant Valvatorez created from his "intense desires." Hearing this, Fenrich starts thinking out loud and realizes that if this Valvatorez is a figment of his imagination, then he could do anything Fenrich wanted, even something like-
    Imaginary Valvatorez: Correct! I will win this tournament and rule the Netherworld, if that is your wish!
    Fenrich: [beat, then sweatdrop] Y-Yes, my lord! It is!
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo has a varient of this, when Neo tries to start an Escort Mission -
    Old herbalist: [seeing Neo standing silently in front of him] Is it my time ?
    Neo: [confused] What just like that?
    Old herbalist: You are a demon, and I accept my fate.
    Neo: [more confused] Demon ? Why do you keep calling me a demon ?
    Old herbalist: A demon that does not think it is a demon, you are very odd.
    Neo: [gives a Sure, Let's Go with That Fascinating Eyebrow] Oh, whatever, we'll go out the back.
  • During their pursuit of the Tidal Crystal in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (as seen in the E3 demos), Amy volunteers to accompany Sonic while Tails and Knuckles head back, or so she suggests. Knuckles takes offense to her taking charge... only to suggest the exact same strategem the very next sentence.
    Sonic: You win this round, Knuckles. Amy, let's go.
  • In Eternal Sonata, when the party is supposed take care of the "ghosts" underneath the Mandolin Church, Allegretto decides to jet and fetch Polka, his crush who is currently separated from the party. Viola suggests that the reason he's leaving is because he's scared of ghosts, and he happily seizes on that excuse, stating that he never told anyone before, but he's super-scared of ghosts.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky has an example that's only noticeable in hindsight (or if you've fallen victim to Late-Arrival Spoiler, since Falcom doesn't bother to hide it anymore). At the start of Chapter 2 of FC, Scherazard confronts the Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Olivier, claiming she knows full well who he really is and that there's no point in hiding it: he's an Erebonian operative. He gives in and say she's right. He's really much, much more than that: he's the prince of Erebonia.
  • In Chapter 2 of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Emma uses her special brand of magic to heal a wound Rean got while jumping in to protect Jusis and Machias from a monster they thought they had all taken down. Later, Rean comments on how amazingly well his shoulder feels, asking Emma if she used some special sort of medicine. She starts to say that she didn't, then... "I-I mean, yes, I did! I used a special kind of medicine I brought with me from back home. My grandmother made it by combining a number of medicinal herbs together, I believe..." Later, in Chapter 6, she recognizes the barrier sealing the party inside Lohengrin Castle, saying that she's always had a sixth sense about these sorts of things. Jusis mentions that adherents of the Septian Church have often been said to have strange powers and asks if she's with the church. She at first says that it's kind of the opposite, but then backtracks and says "You've got me! I've always been a big supporter of the church." Also, at one point, Sara has to leave for a while to help Toval with some bracer work, leading the students of Class VII to quip about her having a hot date. When she returns, Rean discovers her muttering about all the work that Toval gave her and asks her how her "hot date" went. Sara is at first confused, but then seizes upon what Rean just gave her, saying that it was great, with plenty of action.
    Rean: Yeah, I want to believe it, but somehow I don't think so.
  • In Hometown Story, one of the story arcs involves a foreign girl named Lamisa being found on the town's beach and staying with the person who found her while gradually learning the local language. The very last scene relating to her reveals that she did this regarding her name. It's not her name, which she never bothered to correct once her grasp on the local language got better, but her native language's word for "thank you".
  • In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, any dealings you have with Mistress Therana will involve this. The other Telvanni councilors note that "she hasn't aged well," and getting anything out of her requires you to play along with whatever insane story she is telling at the moment.
  • In Blaster Master Zero, Jason asks Eve what she knows about the mutants. She pauses for a second and then replies that the database on the Sophia the 3rd doesn't call them "mutants", but sure. She then enthusiastically uses all the names Jason has like "Mutant Lord" for the enemies for the rest of the game. What, is she going to hurt their feelings?
  • This is a big premise in Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!. Shallow Larry Laffer goes for the ultimate pursuit of Shamarra Payne, who is a beautiful and rich guest staying at the same hotel. She states that despite being rich, successful, and happy, she lacks purpose in her life. As Larry presents various gifts to her, she concludes that each gift must be Larry's way of teaching her something about life: An orchid refers to the uniqueness of nature, a diamond means that whatever pressure she has is forming her into something beautiful, etc. Larry is by no means a deep thinker, but does not correct her since all he wants to do is sleep with her and these insights don't seem to jeopardize that.
  • In Spandex Force: Superhero U Calculatron states that he's planned his entire educational path up to level 50, as well as what super powers to choose.
    Player character: Isn't that a bit...
    Calculatron: Neat and orderly? Planned? Precise?
    Player character: Um...yes, let's go with that.
  • Not long into Spider-Man (PS4), Otto Octavius catches Peter working on his damaged costume, and is stunned to realize that his lab assistant is...the guy who designs Spider-Man's equipment. Peter goes along with this. During the climax, however, Otto reveals he knows the truth, so either he worked it out or was only ever sparing Peter's feelings.

    Visual Novels 
  • In CLANNAD, Tomoya's modus operandi as a trickster mostly consists of simply not correcting the misunderstandings of others, but going along with their incorrect suspicions, ("Yeah, this is exactly what it looks like!"), and watching as Hilarity Ensues.
  • Oryou Sonozaki acts this way regarding the family reputation in Higurashi: When They Cry. Although the Sonozakis are yakuza, they haven't done any of the stuff people- including their heirs- think they have. They just take advantage of the gossip to look tough. It's a very nasty deconstruction as this is indirectly responsible for many of the cycles of death and madness.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All, Case 4, this is what happens if Phoenix presents the profile of "John Doe" to his client. He knowingly plays along with Phoenix's misinformation about Doe's identity - i.e. that he's merely a butler.
  • Used in Fate/stay night, when Issei comes over, and wonders why Saber is there.
  • In Doki Doki Literature Club!, Yuri comments that she has awful backaches, and starts to explain why. Before she can say it, she trails off, but her embarrassed expression indicates that she was probably about to say it's because of her large bust size. After an awkward pause, the main character says it's probably because she has poor posture, to which Yuri hastily agrees. (Amusingly, it's unclear whether the main character is genuinely clueless, or just letting Yuri off the hook with an alternate, less embarrassing explanation.)
  • Ikemen Sengoku:
    • The main character says this trope name word-for-word in Hideyoshi's route when she absentmindedly pats a sleepy Hideyoshi's head and he bemusedly asks her if she's copying his head-patting habit with her.
    • When Mitsuhide starts spending every waking moment of his time with the female main character in his route, people start assuming that they've become a couple. The main character is dismayed by this misconception, but Mitsuhide goes along with it because it'll divert others away from the real reason they've begun spending all their time together: namely, that the main character overheard Mitsuhide talking about betraying his lord Nobunaga and he's making sure she doesn't get a chance to tell anyone about it.

    Web Animation 
  • Chargesdotcomdotbr had a story arc titled "My Girl", where a young man was dating a woman who was Mt F transgender. The young man's mother, who used to be friends with her when she identified as male, told the now her to end the relationship. When she learned she's now wealthy, she decided to ask for a DNA test. The young man didn't understand. When a friend of his came up with a crazy theory regarding aliens, his other friends decided to invoke the trope.
  • During the Black Templars podcast episode of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, High Marshal Helbrecht eventually seems to figure out that the Centurion is in fact a disguised Rogal Dorn, his chapter's long-lost primarch and someone the entire chapter would be utterly desperate to have back. He very pointedly does not call Dorn out on this, reasoning that Dorn must be keeping himself hidden for a reason.
    Helbrecht: Thank you, friendly centurion. I would ask you your name, but.... I assume it is not yet time.
  • Red vs. Blue uses this a lot.
  • This exchange from Halo vs. Counter-Strike:
    Master Chief: Well, since this is your last life and all, I guess I won't be seeing you around.
    Counter-terrorist: Hey! M-my gun's pointed at you too!
    Master Chief: Yeah... But I have an overshield.
    Counter-terrorist: Oh yeah? Well... uh... This gun has armor piercing rounds in it!
    Master Chief: Really?
    Counter-terrorist: Yeah... yeah... Let's go with that.

    Webcomics 
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • George is hostile to Justin's friend Elliot right off the bat and doesn't let up on getting the truth from Justin about the recent magical goings-on (which involved Elliot)...until he finds out that Elliot is not, in fact, Justin's boyfriend. Suddenly he's a lot less belligerent, and perfectly willing to admit that Justin has a point and the issue is kind of complex. Contextual clues suggest there may be a different reason for this than the one he ends up admitting to:
      Justin: Did my having a boyfriend just make you so uncomfortable that you got extra defensive about everything?
      George: ...Yes. I have learned a valuable lesson about friendship and acceptance and will never do it again.
    • Much later, when Greg comments that Elliot should cut his hair, Elliot asks if it's “because an anime protagonist might change their hair to symbolize their growth?
      Greg: ...sure, let's go with that.
  • Girl Genius, in this example when Theo is telling the younger students a story about the Heterodyne Boys he made up on the spot. Also a meta-Ascended Fanon.
  • The Order of the Stick does it here, after what was supposed to be a Badass Boast:
    Vaarsuvius: Oh, forget it. It would take longer to make you understand than it would to research the next spell.
    Elan: Wait — are you saying that you're going to research the spell "Haste" if I don't distract you anymore?
    Vaarsuvius: Yes, that is it exactly. You have perfectly gleaned my true intentions, well done. Have a cookie.
    • An earlier one:
      Roy: Too bad you froze Elan by accident.
      Vaarsuvius: Accident...yes. Of course. By accident.
    • Here, Redcloak is told he can become Supreme Leader of the hobgoblins through Klingon Promotion. He immediately kills the hobgoblin he's talking to, under the assumption that was the Supreme Leader.
    Xykon: Hey, you over there. That guy WAS your Supreme Leader, right?
    (Hobgoblin is wearing the Headdress of Supreme Leadership, the Shiny Gold Amulet of Supreme Leadership, and holding the Scepter of Supreme Leadership)
    Hobgoblin: Yes. Yes he was.
  • Least I Could Do: Beginnings.
    Kid Rayne: Take me to the barbecue, I was learning about fire.
    Mr. Summers: For a school project?
    Kid Rayne: Okay.
  • In Ménage à 3 Gary thinks he lost his blanket while sleepwalking. Zii, not ready to tell Gary what really happened goes for the "Sure, Why Not?" line.
  • Dr. Schlock tries to use this trope in this Sluggy Freelance strip. It doesn't work.
  • Done frantically by Hannelore of Questionable Content here, when Sven reveals that his cat has been barfing due to a bug.
    Faye: Wow, he landed right in the laundry hamper. Nice aim.
    Hannelore: Aim. Right.
  • In 2015 in Kevin & Kell, Harold flies into Carnivore Summer Camp to rescue Jess after she was captured by another predator camper's drone. When he arrives, he thinks they were alerted by his flapping, when it reality it was his natural foul odor since he's a herbivorous bird.
    Harold: Was it the flapping of my wings that alerted you to my presence?
    Harcourt: Let's go with that, sure.
  • Combined with Let Them Die Happy in a Hijinks Ensue where the characters are erased from time as part of a one-off gag. Elijah thinks this means that they'll end up in a better future, like the ending of Back to the Future, and Joel doesn't have the heart to tell him that's not what's about to happen.
    Joel: No, it's... yeah, sure, thats what happens.
  • In one of Paul Gadizkowski's King Arthur in Time and Space comics that preceded Arthur, King of Time and Space, Pelleas tells Gawaine that he now understands the point Gawaine was making when he offered to seduce the Lady Ettarde "on Pelleas's behalf"; that a woman who could be won that way wasn't worth having. Gawaine says nothing in response to this, then says to Nimue "Well, if the lad wants to believe I'm that clever, why should I say him nay?"
  • Forest Hill Kaleb overhears his mother Flora having sex with Colin, and thinks they were just bouncing on the bed, which she does not deny. Benni is not fooled, but does not say anything until later when Kaleb isn't around, and this is a good thing, because he thought that Colin and Flora were having sex with Colin's daughter, Tanya.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Lalli's attitude towards Emil coming to the conclusion that their Sharing a Body situation is a Sanity Slippage induced case of Hearing Voices. Considering that Lalli himself seems to be bemused by the situation and Emil has been believing in magic for less than twenty-four hours at that point, it's probably for the best.
  • In Sleepless Domain, shortly after Undine's experienced the tragic loss of her Magical Girl team, she meets Heartful Punch, who hasn't heard and responds to Undine's shock to that fact by asking if they broke up. Undine goes with that, adding that she'd rather not talk about it. Heartful Punch doesn't press and invites Undine to go monster hunting with her. Undine, grateful that, for once, someone isn't walking on eggshells around her, accepts.
  • Carry On: In this page, Songween's Captain, Azkikkia is introducing her subordinates.
    Azkikkia: "And this [Hyena with dreadlocks] is Dixie."
    Kathy: "— she's from the south?"
    Azkikkia: Yyyeah. We'll go with that."
  • Skin Horse has a zombie named Dan Franklin, who happens to look a bit like Benjamin, and is continually correcting people on this point. By "Purple Waves", he's given up.
    Marcie: No way! Zombie Ben Franklin!
    Dan: ...yes. Go with that.

    Web Original 
  • In Bleach (S) Abridged, when Ichigo first meets the Old Man in his mindscape, he assumes the guy is the spirit of his Zanpakuto, Zangetsu. After a moment of shock, he adopts that identity and prevents the Inner Hollow from correcting Ichigo.
  • In Episode 43 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Krillin and Gohan detect Cell as a bit of each of the fighters his DNA is comprised of. Which Gohan describes as everyone except Yamcha. Yamcha reasons that's because he's right here. Krillin responds with this.
  • In The Thrilling Adventure Hour episode "Basil's Day", a father bring his daughter to Frank and Sadie Doyle to cure her of demonic possession. The first thing the Doyles do after realizing the problem is take the child to their bedroom and tie her to their bed so she can not harm herself or others.
    Basil: Ropes on the bed? Do you do a lot of exorcisms?
    (beat)
    Sadie: Uh...
    Frank: Sure...
  • In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Bing first sees a camera in Lizzie's room as she and Jane are shooting a recorded letter for Charlotte. When he walks on her recording for the vlog later, he assumes it's another recorded letter, and she plays along.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic's review of the 1984 Supergirl movie, he points out that several scenes would be very suggestive out of context (and sometimes even in context), causing him to believe the screenwriter accidentally submitted the script of a porno and the producers took it at face value, and the writer went with it for the sake of his job. This becomes a Running Joke throughout the review.
    Producer: It says here two men fondle her skirt and then she blows them. [Beat] With her super breath?
    Writer: Yes! Yes, that's exactly what I mean!
  • From the end of The Case of the Gilded Lily:
    Wilhelmina: "[Here's] to finding out the blackmailer was just my kind, loving husband who'd never do anything to hurt me."
    Ford: [beat] Okay.

    Western Animation 
  • Became a Running Gag Catch Phrase on The Fairly Oddparents to the point where they could parody it:
    Vicky: Hey, this microphone uses technology to make your voice deep and irresistible.
    Timmy: Uh... sure, let's go with that.
    Vicky: Which means everyone will think I'm you!
    Timmy: No! Let's not go with that!
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has Iroh deciding to teach Zuko a powerful yet dangerous technique. As Zuko tries to understand why they're drinking tea instead of practising, he comes up with the explanation that it's because tea is a relaxing drink and will allow him to do better when he's taught.
    Iroh: Oh yeah, good point! ...I mean, yes.
  • Used in the Danny Phantom episode with the ghost disease. The ghost disguised as a doctor uses the phrase at least twice.
  • In one episode of Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot, Grizzle attempts to capture the Care Bears by telling them he's turned over a new leaf and has a gift for them, which is actually a codeword-activated trap. When he accidentally sets off the trap and gets captured along with everyone else, the Care Bears realize he hadn't changed at all, but their visiting child friend, McKenna, interprets the situation as Grizzle "giving them the gift of togetherness." Grizzle very quickly agrees.
  • In the Sushi Pack episode "Red Hot Chili Planet," Wasabi runs away from home and is caught by The Hot Squad. They accuse him of being sent to spy on them, which Wasabi truthfully denies. So they ask if he's there to join them instead. Wasabi thinks for a moment and then agrees.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Chez Platypus," Perry the Platypus attempts to do his usual "break down the door" entrance, only to get his foot stuck in the door. Dr. Doofenshmirtz starts to help him out, commenting, "You're really trapped in here...just like I planned!" And then he goes off to describe his latest scheme, leaving Perry with his foot in the door.
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Beezy dressing like Jimmy, telling Heloise "It's lucky you had an extra set of Jimmy clothes." Heloise mummers "Yeah, lucky..." before entering and reveling in her Jimmy-themed Stalker Shrine.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Homie the Clown", Homer is being held at gunpoint by the local Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club, who believe him to be Krusty the Klown, when the real Krusty bursts in.
      Homer: Krusty! You came to save me!
      Krusty: Yeah... that's what I did.
    • In "Last Exit to Springfield", Homer has to excuse himself during a union negotiation with Burns to use the bathroom. This leads to an Overly Long Gag of Homer looking through doors to find the bathroom, which cuts back to Burns discussing how the negotiation is going with Smithers. When Homer comes back:
      Burns: I take it you found the bathroom?
      Homer: (guiltily) Uh...yeah, that's right!
    • In "Who Shot Mr. Burns", Marge tries to bury Grampa's gun, but Grampa digs it back up:
      Grampa: Oh, you're the bee's knees, baby. I missed you bad.
      Marge: Were you talking to me?
      Grampa: Uh.... yes.
      Marge: (shudders)
    • In "Treehouse of Horror":
      Ominous Voice: They are all against you, Bart. You must kill them all. They all must die...
      Bart: Are you my conscience?
      Ominous Voice: I— Yes! I am...
    • Played straight and subverted in the same scene in "Beyond Blunderdome" when Marge fantasizes about Mel Gibson during sex:
      Homer: You're thinking about me, right?
      Marge: Of course, Homie. Aren't you thinking about me?
      Homer: I will now!
  • In My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo try to cover for Cheerilee, who has gone after the missing Twinkle Wish, when the mayor asks where she is. Sweetie Belle says she's gone ballooning, which the mayor doesn't like the sound of, so Scootaloo quickly changes it to "she's gone to get balloons." The mayor takes this to mean Cheerilee is getting decorations for the festival, and Sweetie Belle replies brightly, "If you say so."
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Swarm of the Century," the town of Ponyville is plagued by a swarm of parasprites, which destroy the town on the day that Princess Celestia is supposed to visit. However, Pinkie Pie manages to get rid of the 'sprites by putting together a one-man band and leading the bugs out of town, pied piper-style, just as the Princess arrives on the outskirts of town. Celestia assumes the procession is a parade in her honor, and Twilight Sparkle quickly assures her that it is, indeed, a parade. Though her subsequent speech about why she can't stick around due to an infestation of parasprites elsewhere raises the rather strong possibility that she is just messing with Twilight and allowing her to save face.
  • The Family Guy episode "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein": Max Weinstein says he cannot eat Lois's marshmallow and fish casserole. Lois assumes because it's not kosher, and after looking at it Weinstein lets her think that.
    Max: ...Yeah, let's go with that.
  • In the T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Snap Dad", Snaptrap starts dating Dudley's mother and says they met at the laundromat.
    Dudley's Mom: No grown man should be walking around with ketchup on his shirt.
    Snaptrap: Yes...that's what it was, ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup.
  • Kim Possible:
    • In the episode "The Mentor of Our Discontent", Drakken has Shego don a blonde wig and dress in order to distract Martin Smarty, whilst he and Frugal Lucre break into his office. The distraction works, but Smarty becomes just a little too enamoured with Shego for her tastes, leading to this exchange;
      Martin Smarty: Well, hello...Being a single father such as I am, it would be my privilege to assist you, Miss...?
      Shego: Whoa! Back off!
      Martin Smarty: Miss...Wobakoff??
      Shego: Yeah...fine. Miss Wobakoff. Yeah...clever.
    • There's also the the misunderstanding Kim and Ron had over the Magno-Rings in "Car Alarm";
      (as Kim is about to jump out of the Sloth onto the Kepler)
      Wade: Wait! Before you go—
      (the glove box pops open revealing two golden rings; Kim and Ron stare wide-eyed at each other whilst Rufus hums "Here Comes The Bride")
      Ron: ...I had nothing to do with this!
      Wade: Ron... They're Magno-Rings. They'll help you hold on to the side of the Kepler.
      Ron: Haha! Right. That's what I thought they were... y'know... for.
  • This is how the Pound Puppies get a puppy adopted in one episode of the 2010 series:
    A puppy jumps into the arms of a debarking airline pilot
    Pilot: Well, what have we here?
    His son runs up to greet him
    Son: Daddy! Oh boy, you brought me a puppy?
    Wife: Oh, Scott, you're so thoughtful. (smooch)
    Pilot: Er, uh, yes, yes, I am.
    • "Lucky the Dunce" also features an example playing off Cookie's Cannot Spit It Out attraction to Lucky
      Lucky: C'mon! Let's go, dogs, go! (heroically charges offscreen)
      Cookie: (admiring tone) I love it when he talks that way.
      Squirt: Yeah, it's almost like you can see the gears of genius working in his brain.
      Cookie: (nervous, eyes shifting) Uh... sure, that's how I meant it, yeah.
  • In Young Justice, when Superboy needs a civilian name, Martian Manhunter suggests "Kent". Not privy to Superman's identity, Miss Martian and Superboy assumed he was referring to the late Kent Nelson whom they had met earlier.
    Superboy: "Wait, shouldn't I be 'Conner Nelson' then?"
  • King of the Hill: When Dale had a dream that clued him to the fact his wife cheated on him with John Redcorn and her son Joseph was indeed a result of this, he concluded instead that he was a Native American like John Redcorn, who let Dale think he did interpret the dream correctly.
  • Tom and Jerry Tales: Tom once entered a cat show and Jerry and Nibbles decided to sabotage him. One of their plans included adding lemon juice at his voice spray for his Pagliacci act. With the sounds he made once the juice made effect, the narrator assumed (and announced) that Tom gave up opera and decided to imitate bird songs. Tom decided to play along.
  • Atomic Betty lost her diary with notes of her missions as a Galactic Guardian. When Penelope found and read the diary, she assumed the entries were all made up and Betty allowed her to believe that.
    • Betty thought Noah's poem to her was written by Duncan to Penelope. Noah let her think she was right.
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: Hannibal McFist once tried to destroy the Ninja with a Powered Armor. When the Ninja removed the helmet, he assumed McFist was being forced. McFist tried to play along but the Ninja wondered why somebody would force him. Since McFist failed to come up with an excuse, the Ninja figured out McFist is a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • In the second season of Mia and Me, when Mia's rival Violetta obtains a shard of the gem from Mia's bracelet and is transported to Centopia when Mia goes there, she encounters Shiva and Xolana during her first visit there. When the two of them ask what her name is, they mishear Violetta stumbling on her words as she attempts to figure out how to respond as "Varia", which Violetta then decides to use as her alias in Centopia so Mia won't recognize her.
  • Happens in We Bare Bears. Panda meets a beautiful French girl online named Celine, but gets so nervous chatting with her on webcam that Grizzly and Ice Bear pose as him when he chickens out, but it becomes a mess when they fall in love with her too. Panda eventually confesses the charade to her, but Celine admits that she hasn't been honest herself: she's not really French, she's from New Jersey. When she signed up for the website, autocorrect changed her hometown from Paramus to Paris, and she just went with it.
  • Elena of Avalor: When Victor tells Elena Esteban was willingly involved with Shuriki's invasion, she assumes Victor is lying. Esteban plays along with Elena's assumption.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In one episode, Mr. Cat confesses to Kaeloo that he has a huge crush on her, but she assumes that he's joking about it. Fearing that he may be rejected, or worse, he pretends that he was indeed joking.
    • In Episode 138, Stumpy says he can't clean his room because he's "unable to move". Kaeloo scolds him for being lazy, but Mr. Cat suggests that he might have dyspraxia and explains what that is. After hearing the symptoms, Stumpy fakes them so that he can laze around all day without doing chores.
  • Futurama:
    • When Bender is describing humans to the other robots in "Fear of a Bot Planet":
      Robot: Is it true that they bite you on the neck when you sleep to drain your transmission fluid, and then you become human yourself?
      Bender: Sure, why not?
    • A dark example occurs in "Leela's Homeworld", when Leela encounters a pair hooded strangers who have been tracking her life and assumes they killed her parents. Of course, they actually are her parents, but they're so ashamed of being mutants and because they want her to avoid the stigma associated with them, they let her think so and even allow her to kill them in vengeance before Fry intervenes and reveals the truth.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In the episode "Bombad Jedi" Padmé claims to Gunray that Ono never intended to leave the Republic and that the entire episode was a plan to capture the Viceroy. Ono, having seen what the Separatists' ways are like and having come to regret the brief alliance, goes along with this immediately.
  • Rick and Morty: In "Total Rickall", Morty has Rick at gunpoint because he believes he's an alien parasite that implants fake memories. Rick, in turn, believes Morty is a parasite and taunts him, daring him to shoot him, since apparently most of his memories of Morty were awful. After Morty realises that parasites only create good memories and thus Rick is real, he asks him if that's what he's been trying to tell him by insulting him. By the way Rick answers affirmatively, it's heavily suggested that this trope is in use.
    • Later, during a standoff with a Council Rick that was holding Summer hostage, Morty shoots his own Rick in the head with a pistol Rick had given to him earlier, thinking Rick was liable to shoot Summer to get to the Council Rick. Both Summer and Morty are baffled when Rick gets up, with at worst a small first degree burn on his forehead. When Summer asks what the hell just happened, Rick explains it was "the oldest Rick trick in the book," and shows her the side of the pistol he gave to Morty, with "Fake gun, shoot me in standoff" written on its side.
    Morty: Haha, yeah, good thing I saw that message.
  • In "Franklin and the Thunderstorm" from Franklin, Franklin is nervously staring out the window of the library, which he and his friends have taken refuge in, worried that there's going to be a thunderstorm. Bear asks him if he's sad because their game got rained out and he quickly agrees with this.
  • In an episode of Justice League Unlimited, Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman are in the underworld to fight Felix Faust when they're attacked by some minor demons, but suddenly the demons are frightened by Hawkgirl's feathered wings. She catches on and goes with it:
    That's right, I'm an angel! You can mess with me if you want but [points upwards] I don't think you want to mess with the boss! (the demons flee)
  • In Gravity Falls, Dipper brings a video game character to life in the hopes that the character could beat up his rival. Due to said character acting like the world is a stereotypical fighting game from the nineties, we get this exchange:
    Dipper: His name is Robbie V. and he's kinda like my arch-enemy.
    Rumble McSkirmish: Did he kill your father?
    Dipper: Well, he's dating the girl I like and he posts a really annoying amount of status updates.
    Rumble McSkirmish: And then he killed your father!
    Dipper: Uh, sure!
  • Miraculous Ladybug has several examples, in accordance with superhero tradition.
  • In The Dragon Prince, Viren, in order to get Soren to stop trying to squash the insect acting as his magical communication relay with the elf mage Aaravos, went along with his son's assumption as to what it was:
    Viren: Do not smoosh the purple creature. Think of it as my animal familiar.
    Soren: So you're saying you've just adopted a little bug pal?
    Viren: [sighing exasperatedly] ...Yes, Soren, he is my 'little bug pal'.
  • In Central Park:
    • In Season 1 "Dog Spray Afternoon", when Cole is about to take Shampagne from Helen for a walk, Helen decides that she and Shampagne are going somewhere else and no kids are allowed, which makes Cole suspicious. Helen was planning to kill Shampagne by tricking him to run into a busy street, but changes her mind when she thinks about Cole. When Cole confronts her, he believes she ditched him because he walks too slow and Helen accepts that's the reason.
    • In Season 1 "Hot Oven", after Helen realizes she can get rid of Shampagne by getting him to bite Bitsy, she laughs evilly causing Augustus to ask her if she's laughing at him because he's a dog therapist and Helen went along with it.

    Real Life 
  • Prince was so prolific during his lifetime (39 studio albums!) that he frequently invoked this, rarely second-guessing himself while recording. Dirty Mind is essentially thirty minutes of polished demos he recorded at his home studio, often finishing multiple songs a day. During the recording of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker", a power failure in the mixing console essentially removed all of the low-end, leaving a thin, flat sound. He ended up liking the effect and released it as is.
  • We've all had some version of this conversation at some point:
    You: (to someone else in the conversation) Yeah, she sucked... but in a good way.
    Oblivious Colleague: Oh! So like a B-movie?
    You: (realizing what you just said) Yeah, that's what I meant.
  • This is a good tactic to use when you're running a Dungeons & Dragons game: if the players figure out something and they're wrong, but it wouldn't do any harm to change things so that they're right, just go with it: it's no extra work for you and makes your players feel clever for "working it out".
    • Also a good tactic when the DM asks if you did something in preparation. "Did you do X before Y?" "...yeah, sure."
    • Though this can backfire; it is especially entertaining when the players start to say "Sure, let's go with that", then get that deer-in-the-headlights look because they just realized the DM might actually be checking to see if they did something that would insta-kill them.
    • Can also be turned against the players if their guesses about what's coming are worse than what the DM planned.
  • Chuck Palahniuk tells the story of a time he was on a plane and the flight attendant said he'd figured out that Fight Club was really about a group of guys watching two men have sex in a bath house. Pahlaniuk said his response was basically "Yeah, sure, why not?" Guy gave him free drinks for the rest of the flight.
  • This tends to crop up on the Not Always Right blog when the stupidity of the various customers has gotten the employee in question so bewildered/annoyed/Mind Screwed that they just want to get the person out of the shop as quickly as possible.
    • Particularly savvy employees will play along with the crazy customer to soothe their (often completely irrational) fears. One example is convincing a Conspiracy Theorist customer that there are no surveillance drones in her refrigerator. They're only in refrigerators that are much more expensive than the one she has. The Conspiracy Theorist believes this completely and even thanks the employee for the "help"!
    • Also this lighthearted example, where an employee informs technical support that a previously reported technical problem was no longer present, expressing uncertainty as to whether the technician had fixed it or if the error had just resolved itself. The technician's reply is almost word-for-word the trope name.note 
  • This is a tactic emergency personnel and police are increasingly being encouraged to use when dealing with people having delusions due to mental illness/other issues affecting their perception of reality to get them to cooperate if you have to bring them in for their own/other's safety. A classic one is if someone believes they are being hunted by the Milkman Conspiracy to offer to bring them to a "safe" place where they won't be harmed, usually the hospital, and to provide someone, usually a police officer, to "guard" them at the hospital itself, which establishes a sense of trust. There are however limits to this, such as not saying you see something someone is hallucinating, and your own safety should never be compromised in the process.
  • Some old peoples' homes have started putting up fake bus stops so dementia patients can satisfy their need to "get away" or "go home" (even if they haven't lived in or even visited the place they're talking about for twenty years). Due to the deterioration of the brain that comes with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, nurses and other hospital workers find it difficult to reason with them, so they just direct them towards one of these fake bus stops so they can wait for a bus that will never come. Some wait for hours, then give up, saying they must have missed the bus and will try again later, though others will forget why they came here in the first place and let the nurse lead them back to their room. Almost of all them, however, report feeling more satisfied and generally happier, simply because they were able to go out and do something proactive, even if that something will be completely forgotten the next day. The creator of this fake bus stop program says that "The sense that they have the freedom to do what they feel they need to do is very soothing to patients.".
    • There's a nursing home in the Netherlands set up like a small village, complete with stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and a hair salon, for this exact purpose. The entire point is to provide a homey atmosphere that allows the patients to live a normal life while still receiving the care they need.
  • The naming of the racehorce Potoooooooo. From the article, "Pot-8-Os acquired the strange spelling of his nickname through a transliteration error, when a stable lad was asked to write the original name, "Potatoes", on a feed bin. The lad's version, Potoooooooo, was said to amuse his lordship so he kept it." This horse went on to be a champion and is an ancestor of most modern Thoroughbreds (which is why The Other Wiki has an article about the animal).
  • This, ultimately, was how East Germany ended up reacting to the government decree that the borders would be open. They had meant for refugees only (i.e. people leaving and never coming back), and referred mostly to the East/West Germany border. At the press conference, an ill prepared functionary failed to stress these points and was asked by a western journalist if the Berlin Wall was to be opened immediately. The press secretary, not being fully briefed, invoked this trope as a response. Cue thousands of people showing up at the checkpoints demanding to be let through. Cue the end of East Germany a short time later.
  • One comic from The Far Side dubbed a stegosaur's tail spikes the Thagomizer, "after the late Thag Simmons". Paleontologists realized that the arrangement of spikes didn't actually have an official name, so they adopted the term.

 
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After Helen realizes she can get rid of Shampagne by getting him to bite Bitsy, she laughs evilly causing Augustus to ask her if she's laughing at him because he's a dog therapist and Helen went along with it.

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