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26th Jul '16 1:11:20 PM Chaosenvoy
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** And let's not forget the episode in which she tried to convince the babies that the sky is falling, and ends up believing it herself.

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** And let's not forget the episode in which she tried to convince the babies that the sky is falling, and ends up believing it herself.herself after a stray tennis ball falls on her head.
8th Jul '16 1:05:06 AM RobTan
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** The Nazi Ambassador to Britain genuinely believed that the abdication of the allegedly pro-Nazi Edward VIII and replacement by the much less friednly George VI was the result of a Jewish/Masonic conspiracy. He also believed that the abdication would precipitate a civil war between Edward's supporters and parliament. It wasn't, and it didn't.
23rd May '16 9:38:29 PM Odacon_Spy
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** And also from ''Safehold'', this is, and is lampshaded as, the single creepiest attribute of church leader Zhaspahr Clyntahn--no matter what he does, he can come up with a justification for why it's the best course of action for everyone (and not just for him personally), often one that requires blatant disregard of facts he knows and doesn't know everyone else knows, and he seems to have compartmentalized his mind to such a degree that he can think himself innocent even as he knows he's guilty. [[spoiler:There's a scene in the third book where he and his fellows debate the proper course of action in response to a murder apparently committed by an enemy of the church. The others realize one by one that ''he'' paid the assassins, just so the enemy of the church would be blamed, but at any intimation the others make of this he's as indignant as if his conscience was spotless.]]

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** And also from ''Safehold'', this is, and is lampshaded as, the single creepiest attribute of church leader Zhaspahr Clyntahn--no matter what he does, he can come up with a justification for why it's the best course of action for everyone (and not just for him personally), often one that requires blatant disregard of facts he knows and doesn't know everyone else knows, and he seems to have compartmentalized his mind to such a degree that he can think himself innocent even as he knows he's guilty. [[spoiler:There's a scene in the third book where he and his fellows debate the proper course of action in response to a murder apparently committed by an enemy of the church. The As the meeting goes on, the others slowly realize one by one that ''he'' paid the assassins, [[FalseFlagOperation just so the enemy of the church would be blamed, blamed]], but at any intimation the others make of this he's as indignant as if his conscience was spotless.]]
11th May '16 7:41:19 PM M84
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** The above is one reason eyewitness testimony and even ''confessions'' aren't 100% reliable, even when the person providing it is trying to be sincere. Then consider that the results of quite a few court cases were (and still are) due almost entirely to eyewitness testimony and confessions.

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** The above is one reason eyewitness testimony and even ''confessions'' aren't 100% reliable, even when the person providing it is trying to be sincere. Then consider that the results of quite a few court cases were (and still are) due almost entirely to eyewitness testimony and confessions. [[FridgeHorror Including cases where the defendants' lives were on the line.]]
11th May '16 7:40:18 PM M84
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** The above is one reason eyewitness testimony and even ''confessions'' aren't 100% reliable, even when the person providing it is trying to be sincere.

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** The above is one reason eyewitness testimony and even ''confessions'' aren't 100% reliable, even when the person providing it is trying to be sincere. Then consider that the results of quite a few court cases were (and still are) due almost entirely to eyewitness testimony and confessions.
11th May '16 3:05:12 AM M84
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** The above is one reason eyewitness testimony and even ''confessions'' aren't 100% reliable, even when the person providing it is trying to be sincere.
10th May '16 2:10:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In Season Five of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have the character Starlight Glimmer, who preached in the idea that one didn't need their Cutie Mark to be happy. When she was exposed as a {{hypocrite}}, she still maintained her beliefs. The FruedianExcuse revealed at the end of Season Five would show why she had more than proper reasoning to believe this.

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* In Season Five of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have the character Starlight Glimmer, who preached in the idea that one didn't need their Cutie Mark to be happy. When she was exposed as a {{hypocrite}}, she still maintained her beliefs. The FruedianExcuse FreudianExcuse revealed at the end of Season Five would show why she had more than proper reasoning to believe this.
22nd Apr '16 1:26:56 PM DaibhidC
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* A minor character, [[spoiler:Mrs. Luxmore,]] in the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''[[HerculePoirot Cards On The Table]]''. This led to Major Despard being part of Mr Shaitana's collection of uncaught murderers, because she'd convinced herself he'd killed for her. To elaborate: [[spoiler: Mr. Luxmore was a botanist who hired Major Despard as a guide to a jungle tour. During the trip, Mrs. Luxmore made advances on Despard, who did not reciprocate. Mr. Luxmore suffered from a bout of fever and fell into delirium one night. Major Despard followed with his rifle, intending to merely take down the raving Luxmore without hurting him. Mrs. Luxmore surprised him and believed he was about to kill the botanist for her, so she tackled Despard, changing his nonlethal shot into a killing one. The woman lived for years with imaginary guilt over the incident.]]

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* A minor character, [[spoiler:Mrs. Luxmore,]] in the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''[[HerculePoirot ''[[Literature/HerculePoirot Cards On The Table]]''. This led to [[spoiler: Major Despard Despard]] being part of Mr Shaitana's collection of uncaught murderers, because she'd convinced herself he'd killed for her. To elaborate: [[spoiler: Mr. Luxmore was a botanist who hired Major Despard as a guide to a jungle tour. During the trip, Mrs. Luxmore made advances on Despard, who did not reciprocate. Mr. Luxmore suffered from a bout of fever and fell into delirium one night. Major Despard followed with his rifle, intending to merely take down the raving Luxmore without hurting him. Mrs. Luxmore surprised him and believed he was about to kill the botanist for her, so she tackled Despard, changing his nonlethal shot into a killing one. The woman lived for years with imaginary guilt over the incident.]]
22nd Apr '16 1:14:21 PM DaibhidC
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' had a mob killer who wanted to make a confession, but while he passed the polygraph and even an MRI scan, the confession didn't match the facts. It turned out he'd been so horrified by the crime ([[spoiler: which he hadn't even been able to commit]]) that he'd combined it in his head with a much cleaner kill from a different occasion, and genuinely believed that was what happened.
20th Apr '16 7:56:56 PM Anddrix
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* Walter, ultimately in ''Film/BigEyes''. [[spoiler:He insists he's an artist and continues to do so until his death, even after Margaret uncovers signatures on his paintings that prove they were someone else's work]].

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* Walter, ultimately in ''Film/BigEyes''. [[spoiler:He insists he's an artist and continues to do so until his death, even after Margaret uncovers signatures on his paintings that prove they were someone else's work]].really just mass-produced tourist souvenirs from France]].
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