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18th Oct '17 3:10:00 PM jormis29
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* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': This played a crucial role during the "Return of Barry Allen" arc, and is explained in full after the man everyone thinks is the revived Barry turns out to be [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]]. As it turns out, following his LaserGuidedAmnesia from the trauma of time-travel and seeing a museum exhibit depicting his own death at Flash's hands[[note]]For context, this was a younger version of Zoom from before he first met Barry[[/note]], he mentally convinced himself that he ''was'' Barry, and this helped him to successfully pass the probing of [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's ring]], which would otherwise have outed him as a fraud right away if he hadn't honestly believed it to be true.

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* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': This played a crucial role during the "Return of Barry Allen" "ComicBook/TheReturnOfBarryAllen" arc, and is explained in full after the man everyone thinks is the revived Barry turns out to be [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]]. As it turns out, following his LaserGuidedAmnesia from the trauma of time-travel and seeing a museum exhibit depicting his own death at Flash's hands[[note]]For context, this was a younger version of Zoom from before he first met Barry[[/note]], he mentally convinced himself that he ''was'' Barry, and this helped him to successfully pass the probing of [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's ring]], which would otherwise have outed him as a fraud right away if he hadn't honestly believed it to be true.
18th Oct '17 11:57:12 AM JusticeReaper
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* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': This played a crucial role during the "Return of Barry Allen" arc, and is explained in full after the man everyone thinks is the revived Barry turns out to be [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]]. As it turns out, following his LaserGuidedAmnesia from the trauma of time-travel and seeing a museum exhibit depicting his own death at Flash's hands[[note]]For context, this was a younger version of Zoom from before he first met Barry[[/note]], he mentally convinced himself that he ''was'' Barry, and this helped him to successfully pass the probing of [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's ring]], which would otherwise have outed him as a fraud right away if he hadn't honestly believed it to be true.
16th Oct '17 5:41:27 PM troodos
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* This is a common trait of [[TheNarcissist narcissists]], who differ from other deceptive personality types by having an equally strong ability to deceive themselves.
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9th Oct '17 8:02:59 AM NNinja
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Gollum really believes that the ring was supposed to be his birthday gift. However, the ring is shown to corrupt every being who bears it, given a long enough time period. A major element of this corruption is that all it takes is close proximity to the ring to make a being eventually come to believe that they deserve to have it; that it is right and true and fair that they possess and wield it.
** In fact, this is part of how Gandalf first starts to suspect the truth about the Ring: He notices Bilbo's story of how he got the Ring has changed (even though there was nothing unethical about the original version), and that Bilbo seems to have convinced himself of the new version. The Ring made him need to justify his possession of it so much that the truth was never good enough. Not unlike Gollum.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
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''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gollum really believes that the ring was supposed to be his birthday gift. However, the ring is shown to corrupt every being who bears it, given a long enough time period. A major element of this corruption is that all it takes is close proximity to the ring to make a being eventually come to believe that they deserve to have it; that it is right and true and fair that they possess and wield it.
** In fact, this is part of how Gandalf first starts to suspect the truth about the Ring: He notices Bilbo's story of how he got the Ring has changed (even though there was nothing unethical about the original version), and that Bilbo seems to have convinced himself of the new version. The Ring made him need to justify his possession of it so much that the truth was never good enough. Not unlike Gollum.
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29th Sep '17 4:46:46 PM ZerroDefex
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** Said bishop is also the one responsible for the entire situation as he accused Dracula's human wife of being a witch and burned her at the stake.
26th Sep '17 4:00:38 PM StarTropes
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** Another villain is [[MyBelovedSmother an overcontrolling mother]] who abandoned her oldest son and told her other boys that he was killed in the foster system. When said son walks in very much alive, she goes into an epic FreakOut while repeatedly claiming that her son is dead. It is, however, ambiguous as to whether she had come to believe her own lies or if she was just pissed that her fiction was unravelling.
20th Sep '17 11:06:00 AM Nadim
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* ''Film/{{Captain America Civil War}}'': Tony believes that Wanda is staying at Avengers Headquarters because of its luxuries when it was really his own idea to put her under house arrest without notifying her, even calling out Steve for "rescuing" her. After he confronts her about it, he claims he was only protecting her even though he shares the same opinion as Ross about Wanda being destructive and reckless at times.
17th Sep '17 2:16:53 PM TargetmasterJoe
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** [[GreaterScopeVillain Onyx Prime]] was initially a brave warrior and crusader who could bring the rest of the Thirteen Primes down from their storytelling and blind idealism. Than Alpha Trion pointed out to him how stories could be used to inspire people; Onyx decided to try that out and began making up stories about himself, the other Thirteen, and their allies. At some point he started believing his own propaganda and devolved into a total egomaniac, partly leading to the first major war on Cybertron.

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** [[GreaterScopeVillain Onyx Prime]] was initially a brave warrior and crusader who could bring the rest of the Thirteen Primes down from their storytelling and blind idealism. Than Then Alpha Trion pointed out to him how stories could be used to inspire people; Onyx decided to try that out and began making up stories about himself, the other Thirteen, and their allies. At some point he started believing his own propaganda and devolved into a total egomaniac, partly leading to the first major war on Cybertron.



** Most of the Functionist Council enforce their oppressive worldview mainly to keep themselves in power, but Six-Of-Twelve eventually started buying into his own hype. He not only spouts Functionist rhetoric far more often and seriously than his comrades, but he continually claims to get visions from Primus ([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane we never learn whether he's really having them or is just delusional]]) and fuses a fake Matrix into his body, utterly convinced that it's the real deal when even a casual observer like Drift can tell its just a replica.

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** Most of the Functionist Council enforce their oppressive worldview mainly to keep themselves in power, but Six-Of-Twelve eventually started buying into his own hype. He not only spouts Functionist rhetoric far more often and seriously than his comrades, but he continually claims to get visions from Primus ([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane we never learn whether he's really having them or is just delusional]]) and fuses a fake Matrix into his body, utterly convinced that it's the real deal when even a casual observer like Drift can tell its it's just a replica.



** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': Huey seems to have deluded himself into believing that [[spoiler: he really didn't know that the "nuclear inspection" he arranged for [=MSF=] during ''Ground Zeroes'' was actually a Trojan Horse operation run by XOF]]. Taken to ludicrous extremes when [[spoiler: he continues to adamantly insist that Strangelove was DrivenToSuicide even in the face of solid evidence that he locked her up in the Peace Walker A.I. pod to suffocate]]. Ocelot even lampshades this on a cassette tape, remarking that the hardest man to break is "the kind that's fooling himself."

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': Huey seems to have deluded himself into believing that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he really didn't know that the "nuclear inspection" he arranged for [=MSF=] during ''Ground Zeroes'' was actually a Trojan Horse operation run by XOF]]. Taken to ludicrous extremes when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he continues to adamantly insist that Strangelove was DrivenToSuicide even in the face of solid evidence that he locked her up in the Peace Walker A.I. pod to suffocate]]. Ocelot even lampshades this on a cassette tape, remarking that the hardest man to break is "the kind that's fooling himself."


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* Trevor Belmont from ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' comes to this conclusion regarding the Bishop of Gresit, who genuinely thinks getting rid of the Speakers will make the hellish situation regarding Dracula's forces go away.
12th Sep '17 1:06:47 PM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'': Played humorously in the episode "[=MyTABs=] and My Pet". As one of the gang's attempts to get rid of the line, Dez disguises himself as an employee at the store and claims that there is a hidden golden horseshoe in the mall with the reward to whoever finds it being a free [=MyTAB=]. However, Dez genuinely believes that he works at the store so he literally hides a golden horseshoe which cost the final [=MyTAB=].
7th Sep '17 1:22:15 PM chopshop
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* A recurring theme in IDW's {{Franchise/Transformers}} comics:
** [[GreaterScopeVillain Onyx Prime]] was initially a brave warrior and crusader who could bring the rest of the Thirteen Primes down from their storytelling and blind idealism. Than Alpha Trion pointed out to him how stories could be used to inspire people; Onyx decided to try that out and began making up stories about himself, the other Thirteen, and their allies. At some point he started believing his own propaganda and devolved into a total egomaniac, partly leading to the first major war on Cybertron.
** Alpha Trion later argues that ''all'' of the Thirteen did this and he has a good point. We're shown that Nexus Prime died because when Galvatron came to kill him, he responded by spouting nonsense about how "only a Prime can kill a Prime". It was blatantly untrue, but Nexus seemed to [[AGodAmI genuinely think he was immortal]], not bothering to defend himself or flee at all. Galvatron killed him with one shot.
** Most of the Functionist Council enforce their oppressive worldview mainly to keep themselves in power, but Six-Of-Twelve eventually started buying into his own hype. He not only spouts Functionist rhetoric far more often and seriously than his comrades, but he continually claims to get visions from Primus ([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane we never learn whether he's really having them or is just delusional]]) and fuses a fake Matrix into his body, utterly convinced that it's the real deal when even a casual observer like Drift can tell its just a replica.
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