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Basic Trope: Someone claims they don't have some skill, but when the chips are down, it turns out they do.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are at prom night, and Alice thinks Bob can't dance. He leads her onto the floor and dances like a champ. Upon being confronted about this, he says "I Lied".
  • Exaggerated: After prom, Alice and Bob go back to a motel room and have fantastic sex — despite Bob claiming he has no idea what to do in bed. After that, they wake up the next morning and Bob makes her a five-star breakfast despite claiming he can't cook...
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  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob go out on the dance floor. He can't dance particularly well, but he dances better than Alice thought.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was lying for some reason or another, like his father disapproving his interest in dance.
    • Bob didn't know how to dance... Until very recently, because he took some classes.
    • Alice was asking about a specific dance, which Bob doesn't know. If it's another dance, he can usually ace it.
  • Inverted:
    • Becoming the Boast - Bob claims he knows how to dance, but can't. When he gets out on the floor, he performs well enough to avoid embarrassment.
    • Bob's claims of dancing skill are quickly proved wrong and he doesn't avoid embarrassment.
  • Subverted: Bob claims he can't dance. Alice assumes this trope is in play and makes him dance anyways. He really can't.
  • Double Subverted: He can't dance because he has some sort of mental block. Once removed, he's splendid.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob insists he can't dance while performing moves that would make Michael Jackson himself jealous with rage.
    • Bob claims he can't do anything before doing it. He claims he doesn't know how to go the potty before he uses the toilet, for instance.
    • "I thought you said you didn't know how to dance!" "Oh crap... I don't!"
  • Zig Zagged: Bob claims he can't dance... and he can't, until he removes a mental block. But he's still not very good.
  • Averted:
    • Bob can dance, and makes no claim to the contrary.
    • Bob refuses to dance, since, after all, he said he couldn't.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Come on, out on the dance floor. I know how these things go — you say you can't dance, so you'll turn out to be top-notch when we get on the floor."
  • Invoked: Bob claims he can't dance while taking lessons on the side, just so he can surprise Alice.
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice tries to lead Bob onto the dance floor. He refuses, as he told her he couldn't dance.
    • Bob doesn't ask Alice to the dance in the first place.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice is clearly surprised when she's dancing with Bob.

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