This trope is when a character says something to another character but then will immediately whisper or silently mouth the opposite sentiment, but done so in a way that the other character doesn't hear/see. This might be done because they don't want to hurt the person's feelings; they'll tell a white lie but then immediately reveal their true feelings in an aside to a different character. This might also be done purely to deceive, such as a villain agreeing to hero's demands but then quietly ordering his mooks to attack the hero when his back is turned.
A generic example with, say, Bob and Alice, will have Alice asking Bob if he likes a particularly gaudy outfit. Bob doesn't want to hurt Alice's feelings, so he'll tell her "Oh yes! Love it!". However, as soon as she turns away, he'll look over at a friend and shake his head while mouthing "noooo...". An alternate example might be Alice asking Bob if he wants to go shopping. Bob, not wanting to anger her, will exuberantly say "Sure! I'd love to!". As Alice turns away, Bob then desperately whispers "Help me!" to passersby.
A work or character fond of Breaking the Fourth Wall may direct this remark straight to the audience.
See also Hypocritical Humor, for the more comedic use of this trope. For the more dramatic use, compare False Reassurance and I Lied. Also see I've Heard of That — What Is It?. Compare *Cough* Snark *Cough* for a more blatant way to simultaneously express and obscure a statement.
- In Non Non Biyori, Kazuho tries to comfort Komari — who was angsting about her shortness — by saying that Komari's height is normal for a 14-year-old. When the latter appeared to brighten up from this statement, Kazuho mutters about how she was using the average height standard of the Meiji era. Unfortunately Komari heard this and becomes even more depressed.
- The Castle of Cagliostro: After being cornered on the roof by the Count and his men, Clarisse offers to surrender her ring to him on the condition they let Lupin and Fujiko go. Cagliostro pretends to agree to these terms. Yet when his right hand man, Gordo, asks, he promply replies low enough so only Gordo can hear him: "When she moves away, shoot 'em."
- Project A-ko: At the end of Uncivil Wars, A-ko slyly asks B-ko "how far" Gail managed to get with her. B-ko catches the insinuation and hastily replies nothing happened, which A-ko accepts. That is, until B-ko smirks at the viewer and adds "nothing at all".
- So, I Can't Play H!: During Iria's battle against Lisara, Iria taunts her by threatening to seduce Ryosuke away from her. Lisara falls for it and plays right into her hands.
Iria: "Anything that belongs to Lisara is something I feel like stealing."Iria: (winks at the audience) "Kidding."Lisara: "Why you... YOU FRIKIN' WHORE!!"
- From Ursula's Villain Song "Poor Unfortunate Souls" in The Little Mermaid:
And I fortunately know a little magic
It's a talent that I always have possessed
And dear lady, please don't laugh, I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, the lonely, and depressed!
(aside to Flotsam and Jetsam) Pathetic.
(whispering) Flotsam, Jetsam, now I've got her boys!
- A slightly more blatant example is when she says the following toward the end of that song:
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the mayor, venting to Brent, calls the town's inhabitants "sardine-sucking knucklescrapers." Brent chimes in, "But not me, right?" The mayor assures him that he didn't mean him, but immediately grimaces and rolls his eyes once he turns away.
- Mean Girls featured this. Cady is talking to Regina, who calls out to a passing girl that she loves her skirt. Once the girl has moved on, Regina says to Cady, "That is the ugliest effing skirt I've ever seen." Cady laughs... and then flashes back to their first conversation, when Regina complimented her bracelet in exactly the same tone.
- The Princess Bride. When Buttercup asks Humperdinck to promise he'll return Westley to his ship:
Humperdinck: I swear it will be done. (aside to Count Rugen) Once we're out of sight, take him back to Florin and throw him in the Pit of Despair.
Count Rugen: I swear it will be done.
- In the Beatles movie Help!, when Ringo is about to have his finger shrunk with a potion so a magic ring can be removed, George speculates that there might be some insurance they could get out of it. John indignantly says "I wouldn't think of such a thing!", before whispering "Find out, eh?"
- Home Alone 2 had Buzz doing this, apologizing and being very contrite to the family for his part in the choir debacle, and then when Kevin is ready to do the same, he whispers, "Beat that, you little trout-sniffer."
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: When Pesudolus tells Miles Gloriosus that his bride-to-be, Philia, is dead, he first shouts to the skies that she is ugly! Ugly! UGLY! But then whispers that he only said that so the gods wouldn't get jealous.
- In one segment of Chappelle's Show, a reporter is investigating a "Jedi abuse scandal" analogous to the Catholic priest pedophilia scandals. While interviewing a "Jarth Mader", an anonymous victim who wears a helmet and has a respiration problem, Mader breaks down and puts his head in his hands in tears. The reporter says, out loud, to the cameraman, "Cut", but mouths the words "Keep rolling" when Mader's not looking.
- Doctor Who
Doctor: Oh, you're good... Amy, with regret, you're fired.
- In the episode "The God Complex", the Doctor is very impressed with Rita.
Doctor: Kidding! (mouthing to Rita) Call me.
Martha: It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!
- Inverted in the episode "Smith and Jones", when Martha steps into the TARDIS for the first time:
(Midway through Martha's line, the camera cuts to show the Doctor mouthing her words at the same time)
The Doctor: Really? Hadn't noticed.
- In the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Turkey or Fish", Ray tells his mother he'll eat her turkey and then mouths to Debra that he won't.
- In the Babylon 5 episode "The Quality of Mercy", Mollari goes to a bar with Lennier (mostly so he can rip him off, making him pay everything). Lennier then proceeds to bore him with his entire life story. Mollari, looking pained, says: "Really? That's really interesting." Then he whispers to the female bar tender: "Kill me?"
- In Slings & Arrows, Holly is introduced as the nice lady taking over a company, then, whispered, "She's the devil".
- Hannah Montana: A judge tells the defendant he'd have a chance to explain himself but later he whispers to Miley and Lily he actually won't.
- From Survivor: South Pacific:
Cochran: I have a chance, right?Ozzy: Of course you have a chance. Everyone has a chance. [Cut to the Confession Cam] He doesn't have a chance...
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: As Colonel Talbot says he's going to visit to get some answers, Coulson replies "Sounds good!" But as soon as the call ends, he comments "That doesn't sound good..."
- Parodied in the Studio C sketch, "Evil Asides" where the creepy old lady says many ominous things in her asides...and the other people can hear her—they can even hear the creepy music that accompanies it!
- In Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the game Narrate has two people acting out a Film Noir scene in an unconventional setting (usually Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles), complete with aside narration.
Ryan: "Fresno, eh? That's a lovely town."Ryan: "It wasn't."
- Older Than Steam: William Shakespeare is fond of employing this trope with his villains.
- Iago does this in Othello.
- Richard III does this, most notably after wooing Lady Anne.
- Fabian does this in Twelfth Night.
Fabian: Very brief, and to exceeding good sense—less.
- In the second scene of Cymbeline, two lords collectively do this to Cloten, with one sucking up to him and the other making the snarky asides.
- Team Fortress 2
- In the video "Meet The Medic", the Medic tells the Heavy that "Ribs grow back". Then he whispers to his dove: "No they don't." note That said, his medigun can probably grow them back anyways.
- The Mann vs. Machine update revealed a few post-WAR! event domination clips that reveal the enemy Soldier and Demoman never stopped being friends, even though they were hired to kill each other.
Demoman: Everyone, I do not like this man! He is a soulless monster! (aside) I really do like you, though; it's just for show.
- In Diablo III, the Scoundrel has a personality that can easily apply these.
Lyndon: Fair price indeed! (aside) You're getting swindled!
- GLaDOS does this in Portal 2, when Wheatley begins to recycle GLaDOS's "You Are Fat" and "You Are Adopted" insults—badly—GLaDOS asks him what, exactly, is wrong with those things. As Wheatley is at a loss for words, GLaDOS says to you:
GLaDOS: For the record, you are adopted And That's Terrible. But just work with me.
- In season 3 of RWBY, Emerald is shown very friendly to team RWBY at the fair. Once they're out of earshot, Emerald tells Mercury she hates them. She's only acting nice on orders from Cinder.
- In the UK dub of The Mr. Men Show episode "Cooking":
Miss Naughty: Did you enjoy the salads?
Mr. Grumpy: Oh, yes, it was delicious.
Mr. Quiet: It was?
Mr. Grumpy: (aside) That's not true.
Mr. Quiet: Oh.
- In the Futurama episode "The Sting", Farnsworth is seated between Leela and Bender:
- The Simpsons
- Parodied in the episode "Homer the Whopper" when Homer has a fitness trainer. Whenever the trainer is on the phone, he says nice things to the person on the phone, then immediately tells Homer that he really felt the opposite way, and hates that person. He even does it when he says goodbye at the end of the conversation, turning to Homer and saying, "Bad bye." This is driven to the extreme when he does this while having a conversation with Homer in person and still making opposing statements as asides. When Homer asks him to stop, he says, "I'm sorry," then as the aside, says, "I'm not sorry." Remember: he's only talking to one person here.
- This was a Running Gag with stereotypical Italian chef Luigi Risotto: he would be incredibly polite to his customers, run in the kitchen and immediately badmouth them to his unseen cook Salvatore unaware that they can hear him.
Luigi Risotto: Oh, you miss you friend, huh? Don't-ah you worry, my cook can surely cheer you up-ah. (enters kitchen) Hey Salvatore, give-ah the ugly kid a plate of the red-ah crap-ah!
- Krusty tries to do this in "A Star Is Burns," but ends up inverting it. Springfield is hosting a film festival, and Burns makes an autobiographical biopic that is self-indulgent and obviously plagiarized. After Krusty votes for it, the others are incredulous and he responds:
Krusty: Let's just say it moved me. TO A BIGGER HOUSE! ...Uh-oh, said the loud part quiet and the quiet part loud. Eh heh heh.
- Metalocalypse. Ofdensen offers Dr. Rockso the Rock-and-Roll Clown a ride home from the compound, telling a minion "Give him whatever he wants", then quietly, "Put the boots to him, medium-style."
- The Critic Vlada Veramirovich will always greet the cast kindly, but then state insults about them to his waiter in a foreign language. Parodied in From Chunk to Hunk.
Vlada: I do it because I love you.Announcer: Vlada Veramirovich is paid 5 million dollars for his service and does not love any of you.
- The Transformers - Punch, in his disguise as the Decepticon Counterpunch, did this once.
Counterpunch: (to some Decepticons) You deal with my Autobot counterpart. I've heard he's nearby.(leaves the room and transforms)Punch: ...Real nearby.(runs back into the room)
- American Dad!: In "Finger-Lenting Good", Roger makes a comment about wanting to see everybody's 'ta-tas' during his Mardi Gras party - except Haley's, saying that they're ugly and "90% nips". Jeff (Haley's husband) pulls this trope.
Haley: They're not ugly!Jeff: (reassuringly shakes his head, to Haley)(Haley looks down to her plate)Jeff: (also reassuringly nods his head, to Stan and Francine)