History Main / FauxSymbolism

21st Apr '16 1:52:28 PM maxwellsilver
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!!Tropes often employed for FauxSymbolism:

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!!Tropes often employed for FauxSymbolism:
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20th Apr '16 7:32:47 PM Eievie
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* ''FireEmblem'' games generally name characters and weapons after people and weapons in mythologies from EVERYWHERE in Europe. The names don't go any deeper than being names. ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' has a character named Tethys (a Greek Goddess), the sacred spear Siegmund (named after a Norse Hero) and the sacred sword Sieglinde (named after Siegmund's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]] Ironically, they're wielded exclusively by Lords who are twin brother and sister *and* have quite the [[{{Twincest}} twincest-y]] vibes). They just sound cooler than boring names, nothing more.

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* ''FireEmblem'' games generally name characters and weapons after people and weapons in mythologies from EVERYWHERE '''everywhere''' in Europe. The names don't go any deeper than being names. ''FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones'' has a character named Tethys (a Greek Goddess), the sacred spear Siegmund (named after a Norse Hero) and the sacred sword Sieglinde (named after Siegmund's [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]] Ironically, they're wielded exclusively by Lords who are twin brother and sister *and* ''and'' have quite the [[{{Twincest}} twincest-y]] twincestuous]] vibes). They just sound cooler than boring names, nothing more.
6th Apr '16 11:36:23 AM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/StringTheory'', when Abel uses his PsychicPowers to manifest inside Schtein's MentalWorld and read his memories, Abel is the only figure in black-and-white amid a vividly coloured, surreal landscape. Abel finds it curious, neglecting to consider that Schtein lost his colour vision before their first meeting.

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* In ''Webcomic/StringTheory'', when Abel uses his PsychicPowers to manifest inside Schtein's MentalWorld and read his memories, Abel is the only figure in black-and-white amid a vividly coloured, surreal landscape. Abel finds it curious, neglecting to consider forgetting that Schtein lost his colour vision after the events of the memory but before their first meeting.
5th Apr '16 1:45:34 AM erforce
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* In KennethBranagh's ''Film/{{Hamlet}}'', the eponymous TragicHero's body is hoisted awkwardly so that the arms splay and the head flops back giving a brief cruciform. This would only make sense if there were ''any'' other sacrificial/messianic imagery in the rest of the film.
** Actually a ShoutOut to LaurenceOlivier, who fell into the same pose (being caught by his ankles by other actors) in his performances of Coriolanus.

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* In KennethBranagh's Creator/KennethBranagh's ''Film/{{Hamlet}}'', the eponymous TragicHero's body is hoisted awkwardly so that the arms splay and the head flops back giving a brief cruciform. This would only make sense if there were ''any'' other sacrificial/messianic imagery in the rest of the film.
** Actually a ShoutOut to LaurenceOlivier, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, who fell into the same pose (being caught by his ankles by other actors) in his performances of Coriolanus.



* in ''Film/{{Spiderman2}}'', After Peter stops the train, his webs have him hanging as if crucified. The citizens lifting him over their heads and laying him down just before he wakes up works as an allusion to Christ's resurrection.

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* in ''Film/{{Spiderman2}}'', In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', After Peter stops the train, his webs have him hanging as if crucified. The citizens lifting him over their heads and laying him down just before he wakes up works as an allusion to Christ's resurrection.



* In ''{{Elysium}}'' the titular space station where the rich and powerful take residence after abondoning the destitue Earth, has a shape of a wheel with five equidistant spokes. So every time it or it's outline is shown on screen, it's positioned to look like an inverted pentagram. Subtle.
* ''SouthlandTales'' is notorious [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible for]] [[CrucifiedHeroShot pulling]] [[ArcWords just]] [[ReferenceOverdosed about]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory every]] [[AsTheGoodBookSays tactic]] [[RuleOfSymbolism imaginable]] to try to make itself look "deep and profound." Listing every single instance would probably more than double this page in length, but when a movie is trying to make [[{{Narm}} "Pimps Don't Commit Suicide"]] sound like a profound statement with ''utter sincerity,'' you know it's being hit with this trope '''hard.'''

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* In ''{{Elysium}}'' ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' the titular space station where the rich and powerful take residence after abondoning the destitue Earth, has a shape of a wheel with five equidistant spokes. So every time it or it's outline is shown on screen, it's positioned to look like an inverted pentagram. Subtle.
* ''SouthlandTales'' ''Film/SouthlandTales'' is notorious [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible for]] [[CrucifiedHeroShot pulling]] [[ArcWords just]] [[ReferenceOverdosed about]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory every]] [[AsTheGoodBookSays tactic]] [[RuleOfSymbolism imaginable]] to try to make itself look "deep and profound." Listing every single instance would probably more than double this page in length, but when a movie is trying to make [[{{Narm}} "Pimps Don't Commit Suicide"]] sound like a profound statement with ''utter sincerity,'' you know it's being hit with this trope '''hard.'''
28th Mar '16 2:43:48 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' manga (and possibly by extent the game, but correct me if I'm wrong), the character Setsuna has a scene during his MindRape arc torturing Maria with her tied to a cross.

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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' manga (and possibly by extent the first ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' game, but correct me if I'm wrong), the character there's a scene where villain Jade Setsuna has a scene during his MindRape arc torturing Maria with her tied to a cross.cross, with the manga indicating that he was [[MindRape Mind Raping]] her.
5th Mar '16 10:13:39 PM Kirayoshi
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** In-universe example in "Let's Kill Hitler":
--->'''Rory''': [[ItMakesSenseInContext Okay, I'm trapped inside a giant robot replica of my wife]]. I'm really trying not to see this as a metaphor.
1st Mar '16 5:59:22 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/StringTheory'', when Abel uses his PsychicPowers to manifest inside Schtein's MentalWorld and read his memories, Abel is the only figure in black-and-white amid a vividly coloured, surreal landscape. Abel finds it curious, neglecting to consider that Schtein lost his colour vision before their first meeting.
29th Feb '16 3:04:36 PM Outership
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** The symbolism of Xenogears is not faux. Xenogears is an example of Meaningful Symbolism. The creators had a specific reason and purpose for every symbol they used, and each symbol related directly to the story. Nothing was thrown in because it "looked cool", or to fool people into thinking the story was deeper and more meaningful than it is, or because the creators were hacks who couldn't handle symbolism properly. The creators have published writings that explain every symbol and layer of the story. It is also completely possible for a player to figure out the story's symbolism and layers on their own.
** The creators also published writings fully explaining the symbolism and layers of Xenosaga, but since they were fired from that franchise after the first game, none of what they intended ended up being used.
22nd Feb '16 12:06:09 AM SSJMagus
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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' went through a phase in UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} when a lot of new characters had Biblical or religious names, sometimes appropriately (Apocalypse and his Horsemen), vaguely appropriately (Babel spires), or for no particular reason at all (Bishop, Gideon). Ahab would count, except that he's an obvious reference to ''Literature/MobyDick.''
** Other examples would be the Acolytes, Exodus and Joseph. But this type of thing had been going on since the 1960s when you had Professor Charles Xavier (the name of a Catholic saint, made even more blatant when they added the middle name Francis), the original X-Man Angel (the name "Beast" presumably is only coincidentally reminiscent of the Book of Revelation), and villains Juggernaut (who gets a Hindu-Judaeo-Christian trifecta as his civilian name is Cain and he is Professor X's step-brother) and Lucifer. In the 1970s and 1980s there would also be two characters called Ariel, the Hellfire Club, Jubilee, two Thunderbirds (Amerindian mythology), Karma, Nimrod, Rachel, and Legion. And names from Graeco-Roman mythology like Cyclops, Proteus and Callisto.

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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' went through a phase in UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} when a lot of new characters had Biblical or religious names, sometimes appropriately (Apocalypse and his Horsemen), vaguely appropriately (Babel spires), or for no particular reason at all (Bishop, Gideon).Gideon[[note]]In both cases, it would turn out that these were the characters' real names[[/note]]). Ahab would count, except that he's an obvious reference to ''Literature/MobyDick.''
** Other examples would be the Acolytes, Exodus and Joseph.Joseph[[note]]who was, to be fair, named in-universe by a Catholic nun[[/note]]. But this type of thing had been going on since the 1960s when you had Professor Charles Xavier (the name of a Catholic saint, made even more blatant when they added the middle name Francis), the original X-Man Angel (the name "Beast" presumably is only coincidentally reminiscent of the Book of Revelation), and villains Juggernaut (who gets a Hindu-Judaeo-Christian trifecta as his civilian name is Cain and he is Professor X's step-brother) and Lucifer. In the 1970s and 1980s there would also be two characters called Ariel, the Hellfire Club, Jubilee, two Thunderbirds (Amerindian mythology), Karma, Nimrod, Rachel, and Legion. And names from Graeco-Roman mythology like Cyclops, Proteus and Callisto.
21st Feb '16 9:25:11 AM MsChibi
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