History Main / AwfulTruth

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.
11th Jun '16 10:55:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 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 IncarnationsOfImmortality ''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."
8th Jun '16 5:39:57 AM WillBGood
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** The big secret of ''{{Film/Memento}}'' is that [[spoiler::Leonard has essentially become a SerialKiller because his original vengeance against his wife's murderer didn't bring him the needed closure, and thus he is rewriting his own history just to give himself a meaning in life]].

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** The big secret of ''{{Film/Memento}}'' is that [[spoiler::Leonard [[spoiler:Leonard has essentially become a SerialKiller because his original vengeance against his wife's murderer didn't bring him the needed closure, and thus he is rewriting his own history just to give himself a meaning in life]].
8th Jun '16 5:35:51 AM WillBGood
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* Several for the Hero System in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'': [[spoiler:Every time a Hero uses her [[LimitBreak Mankai]], [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique she gains a physical disability]] as a sacrifice to the Shinju. Heroes are also caught in an EndlessWar against the Vertexes -- [[AfterTheEnd that have destroyed everything on Earth except Shikoku]] -- once recruited.]]

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* Several for the Hero System in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'': [[spoiler:Every time a Hero uses her [[LimitBreak Mankai]], [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique she gains a physical disability]] as a sacrifice to the Shinju. Heroes are also caught in an EndlessWar a ForeverWar against the Vertexes -- [[AfterTheEnd that have destroyed everything on Earth except Shikoku]] -- once recruited.]]
25th May '16 12:06:49 AM M84
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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' reveals several awful truths about elven history. A recurring story is how the original elven homeland was destroyed by the Tevinter Imperium. [[spoiler:It was not. A survivor of that time reveals that the elves destroyed themselves in a civil war. Tevinter just enslaved the survivors out of opportunism. The vallasin? The markings Dalish elves wear as a mark of adulthood? Arlathan nobles put them on their slaves as tribute to the nobles' patron gods. Last, the elves say that their gods, including [[TopGod Mythal]] were imprisoned by Fen'Harel, the Dread Wolf. The truth is that Mythal and Fen'Harel were and remain good friends. Mythal was betrayed and murdered by someone else and her remains possessed Flemeth, who Mythal saw as a kindred spirit.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' reveals several awful truths about elven history. A recurring story is how the original elven homeland was destroyed by the Tevinter Imperium. [[spoiler:It was not. A survivor of that time reveals that the elves destroyed themselves in a civil war. Tevinter just enslaved the survivors out of opportunism. The vallasin? The markings Dalish elves wear as a mark of adulthood? Arlathan nobles put them on their slaves as tribute to the nobles' patron gods. Last, the elves say that their gods, including [[TopGod Mythal]] were imprisoned by Fen'Harel, the Dread Wolf. The truth is that Mythal and Fen'Harel were and remain good friends. Mythal was betrayed and murdered by someone else and her remains possessed Flemeth, who Mythal saw as a kindred spirit. ''Trespasser'' reveals that their "gods" were just a bunch of ''very'' powerful mages who let that power go to their heads and that ''they'' were the ones who killed Mythal because she tried to get them to stop abusing their power. Fen'Harel only sealed them away to stop the madness.]]
23rd May '16 11:54:57 AM HeroGal2347
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* There are two awful truths in ''Literature/TheNightGardener'':
** The tree and its malevolent guardian are causing the Windsors (and Molly) to waste away, and the only way to deal with it is to stop hoping things will get better and get away from it (or destroy it).
** Molly and Kip's parents put them in the last lifeboat after the crew of the ship they had booked passage on left them to die in the middle of a storm. Most likely they drowned when the ship went down. Molly personally considers this an awful truth she knows the likelihood of it from the beginning, but her brother was feverish when it happened and didn't see it, and she couldn't bear to tell him. Then the tree begins giving her letters from them...
19th May '16 9:49:50 PM Chariset
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** In case 2 of the second game, the AwfulTruth is that [[spoiler:Morgan Fey, Mia and Maya's aunt, is scheming to get Maya framed for murder so that her own daughter, Pearl, can become Master of Kurain village (although Morgan herself is not the murderer). This is hard enough on Mia and Maya, who loved their aunt, but it's even worse for Pearl herself; Mia arranges to have Pearl channel her during the second day of Maya's trial so that she won't have to see Morgan being exposed as an accomplice]].

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** In case 2 of the second game, the AwfulTruth Awful Truth is that [[spoiler:Morgan Fey, Mia and Maya's aunt, is scheming to get Maya framed for murder so that her own daughter, Pearl, can become Master of Kurain village (although Morgan herself is not the murderer). This is hard enough on Mia and Maya, who loved their aunt, but it's even worse for Pearl herself; Mia arranges to have Pearl channel her during the second day of Maya's trial so that she won't have to see Morgan being exposed as an accomplice]].



** In the fourth and final case, the truth is very simple, but devastating - [[spoiler:the man you've been forced to defend in court is guilty as sin, and you can't weasel out of defending him of a crime you know he committed.]]

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** In the fourth and final case, the truth is very simple, but devastating - devastating: [[spoiler:the man you've been forced to defend in court is guilty as sin, and you can't weasel out of defending him of a crime you know he committed.]]]]
** In ''Dual Destinies'', Edgeworth is callous/brave enough to say that the facts of the case point to an Awful Truth for Athena Cykes -- that she killed her mother and/or dismembered her dead body by innocently trying to 'fix' her. Everyone reacts in horror when they realize what Edgeworth is about to say, and what makes it worse is that he's partially correct. (Fortunately, the reality isn't quite so bad).
15th May '16 2:21:41 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''LightNovel/KumoDesuGaNaniKa'' reaching Level 10 Taboo reveals the forbidden knowledge of the world: [[spoiler:The skill system recycles souls and their energy to provide skills and XP, distorting the souls in the process. Due to centuries of incompetent management and MA generators continuing to damage the world, newly-born souls are on the verge of collapsing]].
14th Apr '16 6:58:51 PM aye_amber
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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_qMagfZtv8 music video]] for the song "Just" by ''{{Radiohead}}''. A man lies down in the middle of the street, refusing to get up or tell anyone why, because if they knew, they would do the same.[[spoiler: He does and they do.]]

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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_qMagfZtv8 music video]] for the song "Just" by ''{{Radiohead}}''.''Music/{{Radiohead}}''. A man lies down in the middle of the street, refusing to get up or tell anyone why, because if they knew, they would do the same.[[spoiler: He does and they do.]]
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