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Basic Trope: A character tries to pass a mistake off as a planned moved.

  • Straight: Alice falls over, knocks over a Priceless Ming Vase, and lands in a pile of wool. She says, "I meant to do that."
  • Exaggerated: Alice claims she meant to flunk a test she had previously hoped to get straight A's on.
  • Downplayed: Alice claims a half-intentional stunt was all-intentional.
  • Justified: Alice is not above lying and is easily embarrassed.
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  • Inverted: Alice claims something she meant to do was an accident.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But she's lying.
    • "But I meant to do what I did before, too."
  • Parodied: Alice claims she meant to do something she obviously didn't, or Alice really DID mean to do "that".
  • Averted: Nobody is clumsy, nobody lies, or nobody lies about being clumsy despite having a few clumsy liars on the setting.
  • Enforced: This is Alice's first scene on the show, and the writers want to show she is klutzy, easily embarrassed, and not above lying.
  • Lampshaded: "I don't think you did mean to do that."
  • Invoked: Alice is easily embarrassed and not above lying and Bob trips her up.
  • Exploited: Alice is not allowed to make mistakes, and she has made one, so she lies, and gets away with it as her friends are holding the Idiot Ball.
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  • Defied: Alice has sworn to never tell a lie.
  • Discussed: "Why does Alice always lie and say she meant to do that? She isn't fooling anybody!"
  • Conversed: "Why do these characters claim they meant to do something they obviously didn't?!"
  • Deconstructed: There are only so many times this excuse works. Once Alice has used up her allotment thereof, she becomes a laughingstock, or worse, a pariah.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice and/or other people incur Amusing Injuries.

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