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Basic Trope: A character has some sort of secret which they refuse to reveal, ostensibly because it would be detrimental to the listener's mental health.

  • Straight: Alice shows up at work wearing an astronaut costume. Bob, upon asking why, is told that he's better off not knowing.
  • Exaggerated: Alice shows up for work dressed as an astronaut, bleeding, carrying a mysterious package, and being followed by giraffes. "You do not want to know," she says. "About what?" "Anything."
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  • Downplayed: Alice feeds somebody something, causing them to get ill very quickly. When asked what she fed them, she only says "do you not want to know."
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice's "big secret" turns out to be hilariously tame.
  • Double Subverted: However, Fridge Horror sets in as Bob realizes the actual significance of what Alice said and starts hunting for the Brain Bleach.
  • Parodied: Bob desperately wants to find out Alice's secret, and so becomes her slave on the condition that she'll eventually tell. She never does.
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  • Zig-Zagged: However, Alice assures Bob that he just has an overactive imagination and it's really not that bad. She then flashes a Psychotic Smirk towards the camera.
  • Averted: Bob asks, Alice tells.
  • Enforced: It's part of a Noodle Incident being left to the viewer's imagination.
  • Lampshaded: "Why do you always say that? I always find out, and it's never as interesting as you make it sound!"
  • Invoked: Alice deliberately withholds trivial information in order to seem more interesting.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Rather than say "you don't want to know" and risk people's curiosity, Alice simply lies.
  • Discussed: Upon seeing Alice, Bob asks coworker Sally why Alice is dressed like that. Sally tells him he probably doesn't want to find out.
  • Conversed: "You know, I was going to ask, but I probably don't want to know."
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  • Deconstructed: Alice starts to fray under the tremendous strain of keeping something so awful to herself.
  • Reconstructed: ...but the hints she starts dropping make Bob realize he does NOT want to know, and he refuses to listen.

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