History Main / AwfulTruth

26th Sep '16 4:11:49 AM Dravencour
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** The finale to Season 4 is a definite example of this: Dean learns that [[spoiler: the "Upper Management" of Heaven has no intention of stopping Lucifer's return. In fact, they ''want'' the Apocalypse to happen so that they can finally destroy Lucifer once and for all (which will also lead to the deaths of billions of innocent people who get caught in the crossfire). Made worse in Season 5 when the Winchesters realize their whole family was engineered for them to be the perfect vessels and all tragedies that happened were because of an angelic-driven destiny.]]

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** The finale to Season 4 is a definite example of this: Dean learns that [[spoiler: the "Upper Management" of Heaven has no intention of stopping Lucifer's return. In fact, they ''want'' the Apocalypse to happen so that they can finally destroy Lucifer once and for all (which will also lead to the deaths of billions of innocent people who get caught in the crossfire).crossfire, but it's not like they really give a damn about that part). Made worse in Season 5 when the Winchesters realize their whole family was engineered for them to be the perfect vessels and all tragedies that happened were because of an angelic-driven destiny.]]



* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Hey, Ange? You know how you're pretty sure that your AxCrazy aunt killed your beloved parents and brother? Well, it turns out [[spoiler:that your aunt [[SilentScapegoat just sorta went along with it]] because she didn't want you to find out that ''your parents'' were the AxCrazy murderers who killed everyone, and your aunt only killed your parents in what was more or less self-defense. Oh, and they never cared about you.]] [[StoicWoobie Hope that cheers you up a little]]!

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Hey, Ange? Ange-chan? You know how you're pretty sure that your AxCrazy aunt killed your beloved parents and brother? Well, it turns out [[spoiler:that your aunt [[SilentScapegoat just sorta went along with it]] because she didn't want you to find out that ''your parents'' were the AxCrazy murderers who killed everyone, and your aunt only killed your parents in what was more or less self-defense. Oh, and they never cared about you.]] [[StoicWoobie Hope that cheers you up a little]]!
19th Sep '16 6:35:47 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel "For the Love of Evil," the demon Lilith (yes, That Lilith) does a magnificent job corrupting Parry through lust and uses these to destroy his ego, such as "You will do what we need, solely because of your animal lust. And you will rue this one decision the rest of your days."

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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel "For the Love of Evil," ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', the demon Lilith (yes, That Lilith) does a magnificent job corrupting Parry through lust and uses these to destroy his ego, such as "You will do what we need, solely because of your animal lust. And you will rue this one decision the rest of your days."
14th Sep '16 11:30:15 PM PaulA
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* In the ''EndersGame'' book ''Shadow of the Hegemon'', Bean learns from a posthumous letter the Awful Truth about his own birth: That his increased intellect has a side effect in that [[spoiler:he will never ''ever'' stop growing, and will ultimately die young of the SquareCubeLaw because either his heart will not be able to maintain a body his size or his huge body will crush his spine.]]
* Speaking of ''EndersGame'', the fact that Ender was [[spoiler:not playing a game but committing genocide]] is a prime example.

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* In the ''EndersGame'' book ''Shadow of the Hegemon'', ''Literature/ShadowOfTheHegemon'', Bean learns from a posthumous letter the Awful Truth about his own birth: That his increased intellect has a side effect in that [[spoiler:he will never ''ever'' stop growing, and will ultimately die young of the SquareCubeLaw because either his heart will not be able to maintain a body his size or his huge body will crush his spine.]]
* Speaking of ''EndersGame'', At the fact end of ''Literature/EndersGame'', the revelation that Ender was [[spoiler:not playing a game but committing genocide]] is a prime example.genocide]].
14th Aug '16 8:13:18 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', Elena searches for her long lost mother. She finally learns her mother's identity [[spoiler: when said mother takes bloody revenge on Elena's father for repeatedly raping her when she was a prisoner of war.]] Likewise, the main plot of ''The Vor Game'' is triggered by Gregor learning that his late father was a rapist and murderer.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Elena searches for her long lost mother. She finally learns her mother's identity [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when said mother takes bloody revenge on Elena's father for repeatedly raping her when she was a prisoner of war.]] Likewise, the war]].
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main plot of ''The Vor Game'' ''Literature/TheVorGame'' is triggered by Gregor learning that his late father was a rapist and murderer.
13th Aug '16 9:36:00 PM Mesmiranda
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* In ''VideoGame/Undertale'', the monsters along the way tell you a heartbreaking story. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, a child climbed Mount Ebott and fell through the barrier between the human world and the underworld. They were rescued by the king's son, Asriel, and happily adopted by his family. One day the child fell sick and, after begging to see the flowers of their village one last time, died, and Asriel in his grief absorbed the child's soul. He broke through the barrier and brought the child's body to the village, but the villagers attacked him out of fear. Asriel refused to fight back and, mortally wounded, returned to the underworld where he too collapsed and died. From then on the king vowed that all humans who fell through the barrier were to be killed, and promised to destroy the barrier once and for all with seven human souls.]]
** The truth, which the player/Frisk discovers in the True Laboratory, is even worse: [[spoiler:the entire thing was a massive [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambit]] by the Fallen Child. They deliberately killed themselves by eating buttercup flowers and persuaded Asriel to absorb their soul, so that he could go to the surface with the Fallen Child's body and provoke a war with the humans. It's not clear whether the Fallen Child only wanted six souls to break the barrier or wanted humanity wiped out entirely, but Asriel himself says the Fallen Child was "not the nicest person".]]

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* In ''VideoGame/Undertale'', ''Undertale'', the monsters along the way tell you a heartbreaking story. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, a child climbed Mount Ebott and fell through the barrier between the human world and the underworld. They were rescued by the king's son, Asriel, and happily adopted by his family. One day the child fell sick and, after begging to see the flowers of their village one last time, died, and Asriel in his grief absorbed the child's soul. He broke through the barrier and brought the child's body to the village, but the villagers attacked him out of fear. Asriel refused to fight back and, mortally wounded, returned to the underworld where he too collapsed and died. From then on the king vowed that all humans who fell through the barrier were to be killed, and promised to destroy the barrier once and for all with seven human souls.]]
** The truth, which the player/Frisk discovers in the True Laboratory, is even worse: [[spoiler:the entire thing was a massive [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambit]] by the Fallen Child. They deliberately killed themselves by eating buttercup flowers and persuaded Asriel to absorb their soul, so that he could go to the surface with the Fallen Child's body and provoke a war with the humans. It's not clear whether the Fallen Child only wanted six souls to break the barrier or wanted humanity wiped out entirely, but Asriel himself says the Fallen Child was "not the nicest person".]] ]]
13th Aug '16 9:35:22 PM Mesmiranda
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* In ''[[VideoGame/Undertale Undertale]]'', the monsters along the way tell you a heartbreaking story. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, a child climbed Mount Ebott and fell through the barrier between the human world and the underworld. They were rescued by the king's son, Asriel, and happily adopted by his family. One day the child fell sick and, after begging to see the flowers of their village one last time, died, and Asriel in his grief absorbed the child's soul. He broke through the barrier and brought the child's body to the village, but the villagers attacked him out of fear. Asriel refused to fight back and, mortally wounded, returned to the underworld where he too collapsed and died. From then on the king vowed that all humans who fell through the barrier were to be killed, and promised to destroy the barrier once and for all with seven human souls.]]
** The truth, which the player/Frisk discovers in the True Laboratory, is even worse: [[spoiler:the entire thing was a massive [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambit]] by the Fallen Child. They deliberately killed themselves by eating buttercup flowers and persuaded Asriel to absorb their soul, so that he could go to the surface with the Fallen Child's body and provoke a war with the humans. It's not clear whether the Fallen Child only wanted six souls to break the barrier or wanted humanity wiped out entirely, but Asriel himself says the Fallen Child was "not the nicest person".]]

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* In ''[[VideoGame/Undertale Undertale]]'', ''VideoGame/Undertale'', the monsters along the way tell you a heartbreaking story. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, a child climbed Mount Ebott and fell through the barrier between the human world and the underworld. They were rescued by the king's son, Asriel, and happily adopted by his family. One day the child fell sick and, after begging to see the flowers of their village one last time, died, and Asriel in his grief absorbed the child's soul. He broke through the barrier and brought the child's body to the village, but the villagers attacked him out of fear. Asriel refused to fight back and, mortally wounded, returned to the underworld where he too collapsed and died. From then on the king vowed that all humans who fell through the barrier were to be killed, and promised to destroy the barrier once and for all with seven human souls.]]
** The truth, which the player/Frisk discovers in the True Laboratory, is even worse: [[spoiler:the entire thing was a massive [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambit]] by the Fallen Child. They deliberately killed themselves by eating buttercup flowers and persuaded Asriel to absorb their soul, so that he could go to the surface with the Fallen Child's body and provoke a war with the humans. It's not clear whether the Fallen Child only wanted six souls to break the barrier or wanted humanity wiped out entirely, but Asriel himself says the Fallen Child was "not the nicest person".]] ]]
13th Aug '16 9:33:38 PM Mesmiranda
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* In ''[[VideoGame/Undertale Undertale]]'', the monsters along the way tell you a heartbreaking story. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, a child climbed Mount Ebott and fell through the barrier between the human world and the underworld. They were rescued by the king's son, Asriel, and happily adopted by his family. One day the child fell sick and, after begging to see the flowers of their village one last time, died, and Asriel in his grief absorbed the child's soul. He broke through the barrier and brought the child's body to the village, but the villagers attacked him out of fear. Asriel refused to fight back and, mortally wounded, returned to the underworld where he too collapsed and died. From then on the king vowed that all humans who fell through the barrier were to be killed, and promised to destroy the barrier once and for all with seven human souls.]]
** The truth, which the player/Frisk discovers in the True Laboratory, is even worse: [[spoiler:the entire thing was a massive [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos Gambit]] by the Fallen Child. They deliberately killed themselves by eating buttercup flowers and persuaded Asriel to absorb their soul, so that he could go to the surface with the Fallen Child's body and provoke a war with the humans. It's not clear whether the Fallen Child only wanted six souls to break the barrier or wanted humanity wiped out entirely, but Asriel himself says the Fallen Child was "not the nicest person".]]
13th Aug '16 12:31:18 PM nombretomado
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* [[DichterUndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler's non-fiction book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' is full of them and culminates in "optimism is cowardice."

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* [[DichterUndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler's non-fiction book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' is full of them and culminates in "optimism is cowardice."
22nd Jul '16 2:12:46 AM Kid3t3rnity
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** Although we do seem to be making some progress in terms of our societal advancement (gay rights, women rights, decrease of general warfare etc.). The process is still agonizingly slow and we probably will never be rid of war and barbarism entirely.

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** Although we do seem to be making some progress in terms of our societal advancement (gay (LGBTQ rights, women women's rights, decrease of general warfare etc.). The process is still agonizingly slow and we probably slow, though. However, another awful truth to accept is that humanity will never always be rid of flawed and divisive, and things like war and barbarism will never really go away. At least, not entirely.
20th Jun '16 10:58:02 PM TSBasilisk
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Compare YouAreNotReady and ForbiddenFruit. Contrast YouDidntAsk. If they're being obnoxious about it, it's FigureItOutYourself. See also TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow for when you really shouldn't know. Can also be a case of YouDoNOTWantToKnow. Compare HeelRealization, which is an awful truth, but not one anyone else kept from you. Often invokes SchmuckBait.

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Compare YouAreNotReady and ForbiddenFruit. Contrast YouDidntAsk. If they're being obnoxious about it, it's FigureItOutYourself. See also TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow for when you really shouldn't know. Can also be a case of YouDoNOTWantToKnow. Compare HeelRealization, which is an awful truth, but not one anyone else kept from you. Often invokes SchmuckBait.
SchmuckBait. If the truth is about the character's own nature they may be a TomatoInTheMirror.
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