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Basic Trope: An accusation that someone is blatantly lying, often in such a way that the accusation is discredited.

  • Straight: Dave tells a group of people that Emperor Evulz is evil. Evulz, walking past, responds by emphatically calling Dave a liar.
  • Exaggerated: Evulz grabs a megaphone and shouts to everyone nearby that Dave is "a filthy lying liar of lies, who is lying".
  • Downplayed: Evulz merely implies the accusation that Dave is lying. ("Yes, and kittens do not taste great.")
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  • Justified: Evulz needs to protect his reputation to improve his mook recruitment rates.
  • Inverted: Evulz confirms that he is, in fact, evil, as part of a Genghis Gambit.
  • Subverted: "Nah, I'm kidding, I'm totally evil."
  • Double Subverted: "I knew you thought I was evil! That's discrimination! Just because I'm wearing spiky armour and have red eyes..."
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There is no accusation, veiled or otherwise.
  • Enforced: "Evulz is pretty formidable. Let's give him a weakness that deflates his threat level a little. How about a complete lack of tact or social grace?"
  • Lampshaded: Dave retorts "A liar, eh? How about you riposte with something a little wittier next time."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Dave knows that Evulz is terrible at lying, and uses it to his advantage to substantiate rumours that Evulz is evil.
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  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: Evulz knows that nobody would believe him, so says nothing.
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Dave jumped at the call because of the prospect of adventure, but the fight is made too easy when Evulz lets the vital information slip. Evulz watches his recruits leaves in droves and mourns his failure. The audience is given a bitter anticlimax.
  • Reconstructed: Sure, Evulz may be evil, but he has the respect of his underlings. A large amount of his army remains loyal in spite of his agenda, allowing the adventure to continue with just a brief bruising of Evulz's pride.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The scene is not remotely serious, taking part after a more dramatic arc as a breather, and having anything other than a blatant accusation would ruin the humour.

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