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"Lies! All lies! You are the greatest liar I have ever met!"
- Garth of Izar

A lie is a deliberate statement which is untrue, usually as a means to deceive or mislead another individual. Someone who told a lie is called a "liar".

When Captain Jonathan Archer assumed Kessick was lying on his death bed about the coordinates of Xindus, Trip Tucker questioned this statement and asked why he should've lied to them. (ENT: "The Xindi")

One of the great myths surrounding Vulcans was that the race was incapable of telling a lie. While generally believed to be accurate, Vulcans were, in fact, capable of telling lies, usually justifying this action as a logical course towards a means to an end. An example of this would be lying to carry out a secret mission or lying to protect the lives of others. Both Spock and Valeris were capable of lying, although Valeris' motives were somewhat dubious. Tuvok admitted that Vulcans were capable of telling lies but added that he had never found it prudent or necessary to do so, after an inquiry by Seven of Nine into whether or not they were capable of lying. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"; TOS: "Errand of Mercy"; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; VOY: "Hunters"; Star Trek Into Darkness)

In 2268, the crew of the USS Enterprise was forced to once again deal with "Harry" Mudd, a con artist that they had had previous dealings with. These dealings ultimately provided an opportunity to confuse an android, Norman, who had been posing as a member of the ship's crew. Describing Mudd to Norman, James T. Kirk stated, "Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that. Everything Harry tells you is a lie." Mudd then told the android, "Listen to this carefully, Norman. I am lying," trapping the android with a type of paradox and eventually leading to a breakdown due to a flood of illogic. (TOS: "I, Mudd")

In reality, this type of paradox is known as the liar paradox.

Lying could cause mental and physical tension. In 2268, Doctor Leonard McCoy found no evidence that a group of orphaned children from the Starnes Exploration Party were lying. (TOS: "And the Children Shall Lead")

Miranda Jones once called James T. Kirk a liar, proclaiming, "It's a lie!" when Kirk stated that Jones had tried to murder Spock while mind-melding with a Medeusan. (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")

Garth of Izar once said that Marta was "the greatest liar I have ever met," when she claimed to have written a verse from a play by William Shakespeare. (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

Lying after having sworn an oath to tell the truth is known as perjury. (TOS: "Court Martial")

In 2364, Jenice Manheim, reunited with Captain Jean-Luc Picard, whom she had once loved, asked him why he had stood her up at a planned meeting at the Café des Artistes before he shipped out to serve in Starfleet. Picard stated that he was scared and she replied that she did not actually want the truth. He asked if she had wanted him to lie and she admitted "Of course. A nice, soft, painless lie." At this, he replied that he was confused, that he thought it was Tuesday when it was actually Wednesday and that he went to the Café Moulin instead of the Café des Artistes. (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")

On the planet Brax, Q was known as the "God of Lies". (DS9: "Q-Less")

Data once told Timothy that androids do not lie; however, Data himself was very capable of lying. Data once lied to the entire crew of the USS Enterprise-D, regarding an incident wherein the Paxans erased the memories of the Enterprise's crew (except for Data) due to a xenophobic fear bordering on the extreme. Data also once lied to an entire bar full of patrons in an effort to make Ro Laren appear as a Maquis sympathizer, as part of an elaborate plan to infiltrate a local resistance cell. In both of these cases, however, Data was acting under direct orders and not by his own design. Data also lied to Samuel Clemens about the purpose of a machine he was building when displaced in time, most likely in accordance with Starfleet's temporal displacement policy. (TNG: "Hero Worship", "Clues", "Preemptive Strike", "Time's Arrow, Part II") When the USS Enterprise-E was thrown back in time to 2063, Data was captured by the Borg Queen, who grafted skin onto him. When Data cradled the skin, he stated he was doing so simply because he was imitating the behavior of Humans and the Queen commented, "You're becoming more Human all the time. Now you're learning how to lie." (Star Trek: First Contact) Data's brother, Lore, also possessed the capability to lie, and he lied to Data about which of them had been constructed first. (TNG: "Datalore")

Like Data, The Doctor, another artificial lifeform, was capable of lying. When queried regarding this matter by Seska in 2373, he told her, "I've learned that a bedside manner occasionally requires me to, how should I put it, soft-pedal the truth. But bald-faced lying, calculated deceit? I don't have much experience with that sort of thing." This, however, was itself a lie, as The Doctor's continued operation on the USS Voyager was itself a deception designed to allow The Doctor to attempt to sabotage Seska and the Kazon's efforts to retain control of the starship. Later, when Seska discovered his ruse, she told him that he was more talented in deception than he had led her to believe, and he replied that he was inspired by the presence of a master. (VOY: "Basics, Part II")

The Brekkians built their symbiotic partnership with the Ornarans upon a lie, claiming felicium was a medicine instead of a drug. (TNG: "Symbiosis")

When Croden claimed that he had heard of other shape-shifters in the Gamma Quadrant, Odo called it a lie, stating that he had overheard him talking to Quark. Croden admitted that he "dissembled a little," but that shape-shifters were harsh in their judgments. Later, when again accused of lying by Odo, he stated that there were times when he didn't dissemble. (DS9: "Vortex")

While being questioned by Kira Nerys, Aamin Marritza claimed that he was not suffering from Kalla-Nohra Syndrome, but rather Pottrik Syndrome. As Doctor Julian Bashir had both confirmed the illness as Kalla-Nohra and confirmed that the symptoms definitely not match chose of Pottrik, Kira knew that he was lying and that he had been at the Gallitep labor camp. She stated it would be a very short interrogation if he made his lies so transparent, and he replied that he would try to make them more opaque. Later, when Gul Dukat questioned why Marritza was being held on Deep Space 9, he suggested that Benjamin Sisko did not trust him because he was a Cardassian. To that, Sisko replied that he did not trust Marritza because had lied about being at Gallitep, and Dukat asked if they had charged him with lying. (DS9: "Duet")

When Elim Garak was in danger of dying due to a malfunctioning cranial implant, he told Doctor Julian Bashir a number of conflicting stories regarding his past. After the danger had passed, Bashir asked of him which of the stories were true and which weren't. Garak replied that they all were true, and Bashir asked, "Even the lies?", to which Garak responded, "Especially the lies." (DS9: "The Wire")

When the Romulan Ruwon was interrogating Quark, he told him he thought he was lying. Quark asked about which part, and Ruwon replied, "All of it," to which Quark responded that he was at least consistent. (DS9: "Visionary")

In 2372, when Lieutenant Commander Worf confronted a Changeling posing as General Martok (believed by all, at the time, to be the real Martok) about the actions of his troops such as detaining and searching ships in neutral space, "Martok" replied that what he had done was in the best interest of the Alpha Quadrant. Worf was not impressed, stating, "You must think me a fool to make your lies so transparent." (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

In 2371, Tuvok requested an autonomic response analysis from Tom Paris when he regained consciousness. Kes therefore asked Tuvok if he'd really thought that Paris would lie to them. (VOY: "Ex Post Facto")

Doctor Julian Bashir once told Elim Garak the tale of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," a Human children's story about a boy who was tasked with guarding a flock of sheep but repeatedly lied by shouting that a wolf was attacking the flock until nobody believed him when a wolf really came, resulting in both him and the sheep being eaten. Bashir summarized the story's moral as being that if you lie all the time, nobody will believe you even when you are telling the truth. Garak, however, came to a different conclusion, finding the story's moral to be that you should never tell the same lie twice. Later, when Odo told Commander Benjamin Sisko that Garak was telling the truth about having no idea why Romulans might want to kill him, he explained that if Garak did know then he would already be spinning an elaborate web of lies to cover the truth. To this, Garak replied that the truth was usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination. (DS9: "Improbable Cause")

The Vhnori Loria accused Harry Kim of lying about what he had said regarding their afterlife. (VOY: "Emanations")

The holographic character Unferth accused Freya of believing the lies of The Doctor and attacked The Doctor in an attempt to kill him. (VOY: "Heroes and Demons")

While entering a dark matter nebula, B'Elanna Torres found evidence that was different from the telling of Tuvok. Captain Janeway mentioned, puzzled, that there was no reason Tuvok should lie. (VOY: "Cathexis")

Augris told Commander Chakotay that it seemed Voyager made more enemies than friends since becoming stranded in the Delta Quadrant. Some factions in the quadrant even thought that the whole story of Voyager was a lie. (VOY: "Resistance")

In 2373, when Elim Garak decoded a secret Cardassian transmission, a Changeling posing as Doctor Julian Bashir caught him in a lie that it was a five-year-old planetary survey report. When Garak then suggested that they steal a runabout to search for Enabran Tain, "Bashir" replied, "You want me to lie to my commanding officer, violate Starfleet regulations, and go with you on a mission into the Gamma Quadrant which will probably get us both killed?!" Later, when Garak went on said mission with Worf, he spun a story about wanting to attend Starfleet Academy. When Worf realized that Garak really had no desire to attend Starfleet Academy, he asked Garak what the reason was for all the deception, and Garak replied, "Lying is a skill like any other, and if you want to maintain a level of excellence, you have to practice constantly." Worf told him to practice on someone else. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow")

In 2374, Captain Benjamin Sisko concocted an elaborate plan to draw the Romulan Star Empire into the Dominion War. Although the plan was approved by Starfleet Command, Sisko commented, in a later deleted personal log, "I was the one who had to look Senator Vreenak in his eye and convince him that a lie was the truth." Later, in the same deleted log, he stated, "So... I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover up the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But most damning of all... I think I can live with it... And if I had to do it all over again... I would." (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

There were no lies or deceptions among the Borg in the Borg Collective. (VOY: "Day of Honor")

When Captain Janeway asked The Doctor to be transferred to the USS Prometheus in the Alpha Quadrant, she was honest to him and mentioned she wouldn't lie to him about the danger this assignment could be for him. (VOY: "Message in a Bottle")

The Ferengi have a saying that "A good lie is easier to believe than the truth." (VOY: "Shattered")

In the writers' second draft script of ENT: "Breaking the Ice", Jonathan Archer and Trip Tucker exchanged lies with each other. Archer claimed he needed antacids due to indigestion from having eaten meatballs and Vulcan food, whereas his real motive for wanting the medicine was that Vulcan Captain Vanik had annoyed him. Trip, in turn, stated he had received a bruise on his cheek because he had become "a little careless inside a ventilating unit," when, in fact, the bruise was from T'Pol having hit him. Both Archer and Tucker doubted the other's lie, correctly suspecting the truth instead.

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