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10th Apr '18 8:21:36 AM Rytex
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* Literature/HarryPotter lived in the belief that his parents died in a car crash for 10 years, until it is revealed to him by Hagrid that they were in fact killed by the BigBad.

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* Literature/HarryPotter ''Literature/HarryPotter:''
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lived in the belief that his parents died in a car crash for 10 years, until it is revealed to him by Hagrid that they were in fact killed by the BigBad.BigBad.
** After the climactic events of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', the Ministry does not want to believe that Voldemort's return, so they work to discredit Harry and Dumbledore, including by attempting to convince people that Cedric Diggory died in a tragic accident, and several witches and wizards believe it (such as Seamus Finnigan's mother). Once Harry and Dumbledore are proven right, and the smear campaign against them is proven false, the Wizarding World are forced to realize that Voldemort murdered Cedric Diggory and that Voldemort has returned.
** The first chapter of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' has Cornelius Fudge explaining to the Muggle Prime Minister that the accidents that led to the deaths of several people were actually attacks by the Death Eaters, due to the war against Voldemort.
19th Dec '17 5:40:39 PM Zazie122
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* Kohta from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' was told that his sister had died of an illness. In reality, she was torn in half right in front of him by a jealous Lucy, but the memory of it was so traumatic that he suppressed it and the illness explanation was easier to digest.

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* Kohta Kouta from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' was told that his sister had died of an illness. In reality, she was torn in half right in front of him by a jealous Lucy, but the memory of it was so traumatic that he suppressed it and the illness explanation was easier to digest.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Grisha Yeager's [[spoiler:younger sister Faye dies after the two sneak out of their ghetto as children and are caught by Marley military officers, who deny any involvement. Grisha ''knows'' that they did something]], but it's not until many years later that he learns that [[spoiler:Faye was fed to Sergeant Gross's dogs as "punishment"]]. This prompts him to [[spoiler:join LaResistance (as he was informed of the circumstances of Faye's death by a member of the Eldian Restoration Movement)]], which sets in motion the events leading up to the start of the series.
21st Aug '17 12:53:02 PM NNinja
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* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' Santa claims that his parents died in an accident leaving him and his younger sister. Two games later, in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' it's revealed that they didn't. His father was given death sentence for a murder he didn't commit and his mother was DrivenToSuicide.
6th Jul '16 12:52:37 PM DragonRanger
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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Film/IronMan's parents died years ago in a car accident; but it was revealed in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' (after being hinted at in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'') that they had been assassinated by HYDRA.




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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Iris West believed that her mom Francine died when she was a child. It turns out that she was a drug addict who had abandoned her family, and Iris' father Joe lied to her because he didn't want her to develop abandonment issues. Iris finds this out when Francine comes back to settle loose ends because she now really ''is'' dying.
15th Jun '16 6:27:11 PM Doug86
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* In the Lois Lowry WorldWarII novel ''Literature/NumberTheStars'', we are told that Annemarie's older sister Lise was killed when she was hit by a car near the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Denmark. At the end of the book, Annemarie's parents tell her the truth: Lise was a member of LaResistance. She was hit by a car, but it was a car driven by Nazis who deliberately ran her down as she tried to flee from them.

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* In the Lois Lowry WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII novel ''Literature/NumberTheStars'', we are told that Annemarie's older sister Lise was killed when she was hit by a car near the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Denmark. At the end of the book, Annemarie's parents tell her the truth: Lise was a member of LaResistance. She was hit by a car, but it was a car driven by Nazis who deliberately ran her down as she tried to flee from them.
28th May '16 9:39:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''ThePretender'', Jarod was told that his parents had been killed in a plane crash; his discovery that they weren't is one of the things that prompts him to break out and start WalkingTheEarth.

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* In ''ThePretender'', ''Series/ThePretender'', Jarod was told that his parents had been killed in a plane crash; his discovery that they weren't is one of the things that prompts him to break out and start WalkingTheEarth.
23rd May '16 12:10:56 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{ComicBook/Alix}} Senator'': Alix's friend Enak died honorably in the war between Rome and Egypt several decades ago. Except Alix knows the truth: Enak deserted to get his wife and infant son Khephren to safety, but only Khephren survived, to be raised by Alix. To prevent his friend's memory from being tarnished, Alix put up an EmptyGrave mentioning his publically accepted death. [[spoiler:Naturally, the truth is that Enak actually survived all these years, unbeknownst to Alix or Khephren. RealityEnsues when they ''don't'' form a happy family again afterwards, Enak eventually staying in Egypt.]]
29th Jan '16 5:31:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the SvenHassel novels when a main character dies his relatives or girlfriend is told he was shot in the head and felt no pain, instead of a slow death trapped in a burning tank or with their body ripped open in no-man's land.

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* In the SvenHassel Creator/SvenHassel novels when a main character dies his relatives or girlfriend is told he was shot in the head and felt no pain, instead of a slow death trapped in a burning tank or with their body ripped open in no-man's land.
2nd Jan '16 10:35:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'', Sookie and her brother Jason were raised by their grandmother after both parents died during a flood. After discovering that their Gran actually had an affair with a fairy that resulted in their father's birth, it is revealed that a clan of water fairies were responsible for the deaths because their fairy ancestors had been at war for quite some time.

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* In ''TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'', ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'', Sookie and her brother Jason were raised by their grandmother after both parents died during a flood. After discovering that their Gran actually had an affair with a fairy that resulted in their father's birth, it is revealed that a clan of water fairies were responsible for the deaths because their fairy ancestors had been at war for quite some time.
13th Dec '15 3:20:02 PM Doug86
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* Inverted in ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'': [=McGill=] finds out his wife has told his daughters that he got hit by a train, rather than tell them he was sent to jail.

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* Inverted in ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'': ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'': [=McGill=] finds out his wife has told his daughters that he got hit by a train, rather than tell them he was sent to jail.
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