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8th Apr '17 5:05:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Rifts}}'', [[TheEmpire the Coalition States]] High Command likes to blame all the ills in the world on [[FantasticRacism magic and non-humans]]. In the beginning it was just a convenient {{Scapegoat}} Emperor Prosek and his advisers used in order to grab more power. However, they've been telling their people the Big Lie for so long that they now believe it themselves.

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* In ''{{Rifts}}'', ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'', [[TheEmpire the Coalition States]] High Command likes to blame all the ills in the world on [[FantasticRacism magic and non-humans]]. In the beginning it was just a convenient {{Scapegoat}} Emperor Prosek and his advisers used in order to grab more power. However, they've been telling their people the Big Lie for so long that they now believe it themselves.
1st Apr '17 2:21:06 AM Astaroth
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* Sydney in ''Videogame/VagrantStory'' accuses [[PlayerCharacter Ashley Riot]] of this, claiming that Ashley murdered an innocent woman and her child in the course of his duties as a soldier, and was so ashamed of what he'd done that he re-imagined the incident as a family picnic with the woman as his wife, the child his son, and the murder being carried out by some random thugs. [[UnReveal it's left ambiguous as to which of the two versions is correct]].
27th Mar '17 2:40:42 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': Shredder's NeverMyFault personality is due to the fact that he truly believes he has done nothing wrong and everything that happened to him (and Karai) is Splinter's fault and not his own. Karai calls him out on this in "The Super Shredder".
6th Mar '17 4:37:03 PM MsZephy7
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* In the anime/manga of ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', Rajendra dramatically broke down in tears at his father's funeral. The scene appeared to be a bit too melodramatic to be not planned but Narsus believed the prince's tears are genuine. Rajendra had played the role of a loving son for so long, he ended up believing it.
22nd Feb '17 3:57:31 PM Discar
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22nd Feb '17 3:57:21 PM Discar
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* A rare positive example in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'''s Lightweavers. For these people, BelievingTheirOwnLies really ''can'' make those lies truth.

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A rare positive example in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'''s the Lightweavers. For these people, BelievingTheirOwnLies really ''can'' make those lies truth.truth.
** ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'': Nalan, Herald of Justice, has managed to convince himself that the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] is not coming, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, including things he sees with his own eyes. [[spoiler:Subverted as it turns out he has mounting doubts and is desperate to convince himself that the Desolation isn't real. Unfortunately for him, the lies don't take as well as he would wish them to.]]



* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Nale has managed to convince himself that the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] is not coming, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, including things he sees with his own eyes. [[spoiler:Subverted as it turns out he has mounting doubts and is desperate to convince himself that the Desolation isn't real. Unfortunately for him, the lies don't take as well as he would wish them to.]]
13th Feb '17 2:19:57 PM Blazer
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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Valiant" had Jake Sisko and Nog meet up with the crew of the ''Defiant''-class U.S.S. ''Valiant''... or rather, the Starfleet Academy ace group Red Squad taking over for the crew of the ''Defiant''-class U.S.S. ''Valiant''. The captain, Tim Watters, believes that it is their destiny to make their mark on the Dominion War and seek to do so by attacking a prototype Jem'Hadar ship and the crew follow along, believing him. This is despite the fact that they're just a group of recently-graduated students that had their cruise run interrupted by the start of the Dominion War and some of them would rather just go home.
15th Jan '17 5:47:06 PM thatother1dude
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* Happens to Angelica on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' several times. For example:
** In one episode, after tricking Chuckie into thinking a disease she made up is turning him into a rhinoceros, a horn-shaped bump on her head, along with gray-colored scabs on her legs, leads her to think that ''she'' has contracted "rhinoceritis". Also counts as LaserGuidedKarma.
** After all the babies come down with chicken pox, Angelica, being the AlphaBitch that she is, convinces them that they'll all turn into actual chickens. By the end of the episode, she herself has contracted the pox, and when an egg falls into her car seat, she freaks out and believes that she's turning into a chicken herself.
** 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 after a stray tennis ball falls on her head.
** There was also the episode where Stu and Didi give Tommy's old toys to Dil, and Angelica tells Tommy that once his parents give all of his old stuff to Dil, he'll disappear. In the end, Susie explains that a person doesn't disappear from giving away hand-me-downs. Angelica expresses her thankfulness on being an only child, and thus gets to keep all of her stuff, but then her dad comes by and tells her that he and Charlotte have decided to give all of her old stuff to Tommy. This causes Angelica to scream in fear that ''she'll'' disappear once her parents give all of her old stuff to Tommy.
** Another episode had Angelica scaring Tommy and Chuckie by saying they'll get sucked down the drain (After an incident where Tommy accidentally loses one of his toys this way) whenever they take a bath, and throughout the episode they try to find ways to get out of it, which includes flushing anything bath time related down the toilet. Ironically, she accidentally flushes her own doll, Cynthia, down the toilet. The plumber recovers it, but the doll is ruined.

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* Happens to Angelica on of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' several times. For example:
usually torments the younger babies by lying to them about some mundane thing to make it seem terrifying. Correspondingly, her [[LaserGuidedKarma comeuppance]] often involves circumstances making her think she was right:
** In one episode, after After tricking Chuckie into thinking a disease she made up is turning him into a rhinoceros, a horn-shaped bump on her head, along with gray-colored scabs on her legs, leads her to think that ''she'' has contracted "rhinoceritis". Also counts as LaserGuidedKarma.
"rhinoceritis".
** After all the babies come down with chicken pox, Angelica, being the AlphaBitch that she is, Angelica convinces them that they'll all turn into actual chickens. By the end of the episode, she herself has contracted the pox, and when an egg falls into her car seat, she freaks out and believes that she's turning into a chicken herself.
** And let's not forget the episode in which she She tried to convince the babies that the sky is falling, and ends up believing it herself after a stray tennis ball falls on her head.
** There was also the episode where Stu and Didi give Tommy's old toys to Dil, and Angelica tells Tommy that once his parents give all of his old stuff to Dil, he'll disappear. In the end, Susie explains that a person doesn't disappear from giving away hand-me-downs. Angelica expresses her thankfulness on being an only child, and thus gets to keep all of her stuff, but then her dad comes by and tells her that he and Charlotte have decided to give all of her old stuff to Tommy. This causes Angelica to scream in fear that ''she'll'' disappear once her parents give all of her old stuff to Tommy.
** Another episode had Angelica scaring Tommy and Chuckie by saying they'll get sucked down the drain (After After an incident where Tommy accidentally loses one of his toys this way) whenever down the drain, Angelica scares Tommy and Chuckie by saying they take a bath, and throughout could suffer the same fate. Throughout the episode they try to find ways to get out of it, which includes flushing anything bath time related down the toilet. Ironically, she accidentally flushes her own doll, Cynthia, down the toilet. The plumber recovers it, but the doll is ruined.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', Knuckles starts bragging that he defeated Eggman by himself, won over the girls, and was elected governor while Sonic cowardly ran away. When everyone points out that's not how it happened, he brushes them off and starts thinking up his acceptance speech as governor. Of course, Knuckles is an idiot - he would believe this sort of thing.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', Knuckles starts bragging that [[SelfServingMemory he defeated Eggman by himself, won over the girls, and was elected governor while Sonic cowardly ran away.away]]. When everyone points out that's not how it happened, he brushes them off and starts thinking up his acceptance speech as governor. Of course, Knuckles is an idiot - he would believe this sort of thing.
1st Jan '17 2:56:15 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Nale has managed to convince himself that the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] is not coming, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, including things he sees with his own eyes. [[spoiler:Subverted as it turns out he has mounting doubts and is desperate to convince himself that the Desolation isn't real. Unfortunately for him, the lies don't take as well as he would wish them to.]]
24th Dec '16 10:17:48 AM gb00393
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** Joffrey seems to truly think of himself as a magnificent and heroic king, constantly boasting of crushing his enemies even though his faction's success is entirely founded on the competence of his uncle and grandfather, and in spite of Joffrey's interference.

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** Joffrey seems to truly think of himself as a magnificent and heroic king, constantly boasting of crushing his enemies even though his faction's success is entirely founded on the competence of his uncle and grandfather, and in spite ''in spite'' of Joffrey's interference.
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