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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })A character has some specific tell, often a particular tic which gives them away when they lie. Of course, another character is bound to pick up on this.
The Trope Namer, of course, is Pinocchio's nose, which increased in size whenever he lied.
The first step to becoming a Consummate Liar is to make sure you don't have any of these. These are impossible to hide from a Living Lie Detector. This is how You Can Always Tell a Liar. If the signal is really obvious, the character effectively (though not technically) Cannot Tell a Lie.
See also The Tell for characters with a tell that points to their emotional state rather than their honesty.
Not to be confused with a Gag Nose (except of course that Pinocchio's own nose is an example of both tropes). And no relation to Pinocchio Syndrome.
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An episode of F/X: The Series has a cold opening in a courtroom, with a character having issues with his nose, which soon starts growing as he speaks. After the shot is over, it's revealed to be an inflatable prop nose.
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An interesting variant in The Smurfs: in "Tattle-Tail Smurfs", Brainy puts a spell on the Smurflings that causes their tails to grow whenever they tattle-tale.
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In Pinocchio (1992), there is a Played for Laughs evocation. When Geppetto asks his puppet if he would be a good boy, it seems to move his head to say yes, and then his nose grows. A played straight example happens later when Pinocchio lies to the Fairy about the coins. Time later, when Pinocchio is asked to help, his nose grows proving that he didn't have the intention to do so, but later he genuinely changes his mind.
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One episode of Hello Kitty Fairy Tale Fantasynote Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater in the U.S. retells the Pinocchio story, with the same results when Pinocchio lies. There's an additional twist, however—when the fairy says she's helped Pinocchio too many times, and she's not going to bail him out anymore, her nose grows.
A similar thing happens to Catnip's character in the same episode, except it's her tail instead of her nose.
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There was a whole Coupling ramble on this — The Prickles, where you freeze and can feel said prickles all over your face ready to burst into rampant blushing; the Blurts, where you try to cover your prickles by blurting out denials; and the Head laugh, where you realize you were speaking too quickly and need to make everything seem alright and overcompensate with the Head Laugh.
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This bites Pinocchio in the ass in Shrek the Third when he comes under interrogation from a villain and obviously can't successfully lie to him because his nose will give him away. Pinocchio gets around this by making a statement so completely confusing that even he doesn't know what he's saying.
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In Titus, Christopher can tell when his fiance Erin is lying to him, because words not flow from her mouth good.
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The whole point to the show Lie to Me is that the main cast has been trained to search for these when suspects in crimes are being interrogated. More specifically, Lightman actually claims in one episode that his tell is that he rubs his forehead while lying. (This was a setup for him to point out another character's, which was twisting her hands.) It's unclear whether he was actually telling the truth about that.
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In The Simpsons episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", Homer's eye shifts back and forth whenever he lies. Later, Bart does the same thing.
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In Full House, after D.J. is punished when she appears to be drinking at the school dance, Stephanie ends up being the only one who believes her when she says she's innocent. She says it's because D.J. looked her in the eyes when she said she wasn't drinking, where as when she lies, she looks at the top of her head.
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Miraculous Ladybug: In the episode "Oni-chan", the titular villain attaches a thorn to the forehead of resident Consummate Liar Lila which grows whenever she tells a lie. It's also used by the villain to track down where Lila is at any given time.
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In Laid-Back Camp, Aoi's irises will shrink and lose gloss when she tells a lie. Chiaki picks it up, and eventually Nadeshiko picks it up too.
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Pinochimon (Puppetmon) in Digimon Xros Wars has the same quirk as the character he's named for.
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In V for Vendetta, Evey can tell that a newsreader is giving a false report if she blinks a lot.
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Airplane! has the doctor telling the passengers that nothing is wrong, everything is fine, and they will be landing shortly. His nose gets longer with every lie he tells.
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Penny from RWBY, being inspired by the trope namer, has the tic of hiccuping loudly whenever she lies.
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In the Shrek franchise:
Played for laughs in Shrek 2 where Pinocchio actually appears. Shrek tells him to lie on purpose so they can use his nose like a hook to reach a key, but he can't think of one at the moment. Donkey tells him to say he's wearing women's underwear, but that doesn't work (because he is) Fortunately when he denies that he is, that's a lie, so he's able to hook the key.
This bites Pinocchio in the ass in Shrek the Third when he comes under interrogation from a villain and obviously can't successfully lie to him because his nose will give him away. Pinocchio gets around this by making a statement so completely confusing that even he doesn't know what he's saying.
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Harry Potter: Ron Weasley's ears go red when he's angry or lying.
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Pinocchio himself appears in a Sesame Street skit where Kermit - in his reporter outfit - asks him to demonstrate his "talent". Unfortunately for Kermit, Pinocchio gets carried away, and tells lots and lots of absurd lies, snagging Kermit with his nose, pushing him through the wall and about a mile over the forest outside.
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On Ben 10: Alien Force, Kevin claims that Ben's left eyelid twitches whenever he lies. Fortunately, this also applies to an Evil Twin.
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In the cartoon "Iggy Arbuckle" the title character's snout twitches when he lies.
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Brick in The Middle has a very obvious tell: he simply whispers to himself "I'm lying."
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In the Red Dwarf episode "The Inquisitor", Lister points out that Kryten's leg jiggles when he lies.
A couple of episodes actually have him say "Lie Mode" before saying something untrue. It's not clear whether or not he realizes he's doing it.
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In Here Comes Peter Cottontail, the titular rabbit's left ear droops whenever he tells a fib.
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In Gotham Girls, Poison Ivy invades the home of a politician who wants to pave over a park and sprays him with "Pinocchio spores" that cause him to grow vines from his body every time he lies. He immediately resigns from politics and cancels the decree to have the park paved over.
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In Ballerina, Victor knows when Félicie is lying because when she does, her nose quivers.
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On Arthur, when the title character begins fidgeting with his glasses, it's almost certain that he's lying.
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Goldie & Bear: The episode "Pinocchio-itis" has Goldie's nose growing thanks to the titular ailment. The cure is to be truthful for 24 hours, but things get complicated when she has to tell lies to keep Jack's surprise party a surprise.
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In Tales of Symphonia, Colette always giggles when she lies. Lloyd notices this when she lies that she still eats, sleeps, and feels a sensation when she is, in fact, turning into an angel. Lloyd even says "You always do that fake giggle when you lie!"
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Every time Monmon from Zatch Bell! lies, his face will grow longer.
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The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Beak" shows Phineas scratches his left ear whenever he lies.
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Senator Bedfellow's nose actually grows while he's being interviewed on television in one Bloom County strip. "Hold it."
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In Chrono Crusade, Chrono realizes something's wrong when Rosette is blackmailed by the villain to go off by herself and follows her. When she asks how he knew something was wrong, he responds "When you lie, you start babbling. I've seen you do it for four years. I know at least that much about you."
Interestingly enough, this trope comes into play subtly again towards the end of the manga. When Chrono is trying to hide an ally's death that he can sense in another room, he closes his eyes and forces himself to smile, while babbling to Rosette about how they can celebrate their victory every year together (while she questions him about what's wrong). Eight chapters later, he once again closes his eyes and has a strained smile on his face when he tricks Rosette into taking his hand so he can temporarily "stop" her time and rush off to fight Aion alone.
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In Knives Out, Marta compulsively vomits whenever she lies. Even by omission. Given that she's a character in a murder mystery, she is not having a good time for most of the movie.
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Mario once did the "nose growing upon a lie" schtick as part of a Take That! towards Sony. It's the first imitation he does in this video.
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In Howl's Moving Castle, Martha Hatter has a habit of holding her hands together and spinning her thumbs when speaking. Except, that is, when she lies.
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In What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Kevin Caffery cannot lie without blinking uncontrollably.
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Lost, "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1": Jack explains that the fact that his stitches are bleeding means his appendectomy is healing. Kate says, "You know how when most people are lying, they can't look you in the eye? You do the exact opposite."
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In the The Loud House episode, "Pasture Bedtime", Clyde is revealed to get stomach cramps whenever he lies.
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Pointing these out is a vital gameplay element in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Particularly notable is the instance in which the killer tenses his hand in such a way that his scar looks like a skull. Yikes.
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Played for laughs in Shrek 2 where Pinocchio actually appears. Shrek tells him to lie on purpose so they can use his nose like a hook to reach a key, but he can't think of one at the moment. Donkey tells him to say he's wearing women's underwear, but that doesn't work (because he is) Fortunately when he denies that he is, that's a lie, so he's able to hook the key.
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Parodied in the sixth Police Academy movie, where a Spot the Imposter situation is solved by "the Pinocchio test": Pulling on the noses of both characters, which ends up pulling a Latex Perfection mask off.
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Jack Byrnes, the father in Meet the Parents can tell Greg Focker is lying by feeling Greg's pulse.
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In One Piece, Usopp lies many times throughout the series. Also, throughout the series, his nose gradually grows longer, but its normally ignored in the show.
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There was an episode of Hannah Montana all about this; whenever anyone would mention their own lying tics then she would end up doing it. Giggling and sweating were two of them, but there were more.
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In Code Geass, Lelouch and Suzaku can tell when the other is lying if they are looking away. Suzaku figures out that Lelouch is lying in his confession of deliberately geassing Euphie to kill the Japanese at the SAZ.
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Fflewddur Fflam's harp from The Black Cauldron, which always falls apart whenever he tells a lie.
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When the titular character of The Amazing World of Gumball is lying, he sounds like a nervous wreck, stutters and also has a Motor Mouth. He couldn't even trick his mother.
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In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "Cody's Report Card!", Cody reveals to Junior that he has a medical condition, wherein he farts every time he lies. The medical condition comes into play when Cody says that he's straight, and later when he tries to lie to his parents that he didn't get a B+ in Spelling.
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In Game of Thrones, Catelyn makes Bran promise he won't go climbing again, and he agrees. After a moment, she says, "You know something? You always look at your feet before you lie."
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On The Jeffersons, Louise notes to a friend that she can tell when George is lying because he always scratches his ear when he does. Later in the episode, she catches him in a hotel room with another woman. Despite how bad it looks, she instantly believes him when he tells her that there's nothing going on between them because he doesn't display the tic in question.
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In an episode of Digimon Adventure 02, TK's brother Matt is making excuses for the current Digidestined one of their sisters, and she promptly calls bullshit, claiming people blink a lot when they lie. "Uhhhhh....*blinkblinkblinkblink*" She promises to take his excuse...for a date, much to his defeat.
Pinochimon (Puppetmon) in Digimon Xros Wars has the same quirk as the character he's named for.
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Ned from Pushing Daisies is a terrible liar in any case (Ned: "The plane was hijacked!" Coroner: "How'd you know that?" Ned: "DNA... ish."), but also gives himself away with his Twitchy Eye and unrelated babbling. Olive's tell is that she answers questions with questions when she's hiding something or trying to lie.
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Hägar the Horrible; The horns on Hagar's helmet fall off if he tells a lie to his wife.
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CSI example: Catherine was able to penetrate one witness' story by recalling her eye movement: "People tend to look left when remembering, right when creating." It's handy to know, but not infallibly reliable.
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The creators of Aladdin have confirmed that whenever Aladdin tells a lie, the feather on his Prince Ali hat falls in his face.
Not to mention Genie's literal Pinocchio Nose - and head - when Aladdin first tells him he'll wish for Genie's freedom.
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In AR∀GO: City of London Police's Special Crimes Investigator, the titular character has a habit of tugging at his ear whenever he's lying.
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The Negotiator has a character use the same logic as the CSI example below.
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In one of the The Princess Diaries books, Mia's grandmother points out that Mia's nostrils flare when she lies.
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Once Upon a Time August isn't quite the convincing liar he would like to be. Then again, he is Pinocchio after all.
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James Bond thinks he's figured out Le Chiffre's tell (playing with his poker chips) in Casino Royale (2006), but turns out that the one round where he acted on it was a Batman Gambit, and Bond proceeds to lose everything until Felix Leiter bails him out.
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On Family Guy, Peter says he knows Ted Turner isn't telling the truth when he blinks twice. He first noticed it after watching a Barbara Walters interview, when Ted said he'd be with Jane Fonda forever.
In one episode, Brian's nose begins growing longer and longer as he talks about how Loretta, Cleveland's ex-wife, is attractive.
Stewie frequently squints his eyes and grins while he clinches his teeth whenever he lies.
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Oh and the other Boov from Home change colors when they feel different emotions, including turning green when they try to lie, something Tip is quick to catch onto.
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Star Trek: Voyager:
In the series finale "Endgame", Reginald Barclay has managed to overcome his stuttering by the early 25th century, but when he gets pressed for information of Admiral Janeway's whereabouts by the Doctor, Barclay begins to stammer, which is an indicator that he is hiding something.
In another episode, Chakotay tells Janeway that he can always tell when she's lying because she touches her commbadge when she does. Of course, she's touching it at that moment. (However, if it's a habit of hers, it's one we never see on the TV screen either before or after this incident.)
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In MacGyver (1985), Jack Dalton's left eye twitches whenever he lies. It's mentioned in his first scene with Mac.
Including in his faked funeral.
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Cyrano de Bergerac: Alluded by Cyrano at Act II Scene III, after he has fought one hundred men, Cyrano has a slight cut on his hand and is talking casually to his friends Ragueneau and Lise:
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In Frasier, Frasier and Niles each have some negative physical consequences when they lie or otherwise violate their code of ethics: Frasier suffers stomach pains and Niles gets nose bleeds.
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In Kingdom Hearts, it's been noted that whenever Axel lies or is unsure of what he's saying he breaks eye-contact.
Disney's adaptation of the Trope Namer appears in the first game as well, to absolutely hilarious effect. Pinocchio, afraid he's going to die, tells Jiminy "I'm not gonna make it..." and his nose grows. "Oh! I guess I'm okay!"
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In Robert Sawyer's Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy, the titular tyrannosaurian race literally turned blue in the face if they tried to tell a lie. Most of them, anyway.
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