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17th Jun '16 5:20:17 PM Doug86
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* Timely Comics' (future MarvelComics) writers imagined the ComicBook/RedSkull back in 1941 as a cartoonish exaggeration of evil fit for propaganda against UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, as nobody would believe such creature did exist. At least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Dirlewanger a few]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich senior]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Schellenberg figures]] of the Nazi empire did suspiciously similar things during [[WorldWarII the war]], but the world found out only years after.

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* Timely Comics' (future MarvelComics) Creator/MarvelComics) writers imagined the ComicBook/RedSkull back in 1941 as a cartoonish exaggeration of evil fit for propaganda against UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, as nobody would believe such creature did exist. At least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Dirlewanger a few]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich senior]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Schellenberg figures]] of the Nazi empire did suspiciously similar things during [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]], but the world found out only years after.
12th Mar '16 9:21:30 PM FF32
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* The film ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' ran into this trope. It was, in fact, based on a true story, but nobody would believe it...when it was, in fact, not exaggerated in the slightest. So writer JMichaelStracynski added sources to the script and such, to prove it was real! Not only that, but many of the more bizarre and freaktacular parts of the serial killer's exploits were left out, as they distracted from the main story. During an DVD extra, Creator/ClintEastwood noted that if it were fiction, no one would believe it.

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* The film ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' ran into this trope. It was, in fact, based on a true story, but nobody would believe it...when it was, in fact, not exaggerated in the slightest. So writer JMichaelStracynski Creator/JMichaelStracynski added sources to the script and such, to prove it was real! Not only that, but many of the more bizarre and freaktacular parts of the serial killer's exploits were left out, as they distracted from the main story. During an DVD extra, Creator/ClintEastwood noted that if it were fiction, no one would believe it.
8th Mar '16 11:45:43 PM Naram-Sin
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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents aroind Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.

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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents aroind around Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.
8th Mar '16 11:44:17 PM Naram-Sin
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': ''many'' of their stranger episodes have been based on actual events. [[note]]See that page's entry on RippedFromTheHeadlines for the sleep-destroying list of episodes based on real crimes.[[/note]] As it turns out, [[CaptainObvious serial killers and sadists often have severe mental issues]] and do things that seem like the work of PulpMagazine villains. Like building death courses in meat packing plants, keeping their victims chained for years in their basement, [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} centering their crimes around bizarre obsessions and signature murder rituals]], and taunting the authorities with CriminalMindGames.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': ''many'' ''Many'' of their stranger episodes have been based on actual events. [[note]]See that page's entry on RippedFromTheHeadlines for the sleep-destroying list of episodes based on real crimes.[[/note]] As it turns out, [[CaptainObvious serial killers and sadists often have severe mental issues]] and do things that seem like the work of PulpMagazine villains. Like building death courses in meat packing plants, keeping their victims chained for years in their basement, [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} centering their crimes around bizarre obsessions and signature murder rituals]], and taunting the authorities with CriminalMindGames.




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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents aroind Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.
8th Mar '16 10:44:26 PM Naram-Sin
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* [[BasedOnATrueStory Obviously]], the events of the film ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' actually happened. But what they don't mention is that there were several ''additional'' malfunctions, and one or two of the events mentioned in passing in the movie were actually critical problems in reality. There were removed/downsized because, yes, producers thought no one would believe it. No one in the Apollo program at the time would have believed it either had it not actually happened. (The movie depicts Sy Liebergot as saying "It's reading a ''quadruple'' failure. That can't happen!" because that's what he really said. But it ''did'' happen.) Also, some test audiences reacted poorly to the ending - saying it could never happen and was totally unrealistic.

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* [[BasedOnATrueStory Obviously]], the events of the film ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' actually happened. But what they don't mention is that there were several ''additional'' malfunctions, and one or two of the events mentioned in passing in the movie were actually critical problems in reality. There These were removed/downsized because, yes, producers thought no one would believe it. No one in the Apollo program at the time would have believed it either had it not actually happened. (The movie depicts Sy Liebergot as saying "It's reading a ''quadruple'' failure. That can't happen!" because that's what he really said. But it ''did'' happen.) Also, some test audiences reacted poorly to the ending - saying it could never happen and was totally unrealistic.
5th Feb '16 3:45:55 AM REV6Pilot
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* The world's most proficient sniper, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Simo Häyhä AKA "The White Death"]], has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions. TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]

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* The world's most proficient sniper, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Simo Häyhä AKA "The White Death"]], has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions.conditions, which includes the lack of a scope. TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]
21st Jan '16 9:01:05 PM loracarol
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* The writers of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' note several times in episode commentary that many of the villains on the show are heavily inspired by real-world events. In fact, they've commented that they needed to tone down some of the cartoonish villainy some CEOs display, as people wouldn't believe it.

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* The writers of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' note several times in episode commentary that many of the villains on the show are heavily inspired by real-world events. In fact, they've commented that they needed to tone down some of the cartoonish villainy some CEOs [=CEOs=] display, as people wouldn't believe it.



** Another major aspect of how he was caught is remarkable - when he'd started his killings, computerization hadn't taken off. When he resumed [[EvilGloating the taunting letters]], he sent a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the local news network... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader#Arrest without realizing it had metadata from a deleted]] MicrosoftWord file on it, which was last modified by "Dennis". [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Had he not sent in that floppy disk, he likely wouldn't have been caught]].

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** Another major aspect of how he was caught is remarkable - when he'd started his killings, computerization hadn't taken off. When he resumed [[EvilGloating the taunting letters]], he sent a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the local news network... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader#Arrest without realizing it had metadata from a deleted]] MicrosoftWord Microsoft Word file on it, which was last modified by "Dennis". [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Had he not sent in that floppy disk, he likely wouldn't have been caught]].
29th Dec '15 12:26:08 PM neitokun
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**Even funnier is when one considers, exactly, WHY Gavrio Princip was able to kill Franz Ferdinand in the first place. Three attempts were made on Fredinand's life during the parade, but the perpetrators were either caught, or in one case, their hand grenade didn't go off. Depressed by this development, Princip went to a little cafe he liked to get a sandwich and sulk, when, due to a wrong turn, Ferdinand was turning around in the driveway and stopped to help an old woman with something. And Princip just happened to have his pistol on him, still...
19th Nov '15 9:57:05 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The world's most proficient sniper, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Simo Häyhä AKA "The White Death"]], has 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions. TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]

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* The world's most proficient sniper, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Simo Häyhä AKA "The White Death"]], has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions. TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]
6th Oct '15 8:20:10 PM jormis29
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** Imperial Germany's repeated seizure of the VillainBall until it ensured its own defeat also counts. From the invasion of Belgium (which wasn't actually as needed and inevitable as Schlieffen and Moltke put it), to the unrestricted submarine warfare, to the Zimmerman Telegram, an offer to divide the (neutral but pro-Entente) United States with civil war-torn Mexico, when Germany had its hands full in Europe, and that to reach its destination had to be sent by a cable controlled by Germany's enemy Britain and the United States itself. The offer could have been easily painted as British propaganda intended to make the US declare war on Germany if Germany's foreign minister Arthur Zimmerman had not come forward immediately and recognized the telegram as real. Germany's many other pre-war blunders which destroyed Bismarck's careful work to isolate France, and alienated successively Russia, Britain, Japan, Italy, Portugal and the United States also ensured that there would be a war in the first place, and that Germany could only rely on the decomposing Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires when it happened.

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** Imperial Germany's repeated seizure of the VillainBall until it ensured its own defeat also counts. From the invasion of Belgium (which wasn't actually as needed and inevitable as Schlieffen and Moltke put it), to the unrestricted submarine warfare, to the Zimmerman Zimmermann Telegram, an offer to divide the (neutral but pro-Entente) United States with civil war-torn Mexico, when Germany had its hands full in Europe, and that to reach its destination had to be sent by a cable controlled by Germany's enemy Britain and the United States itself. The offer could have been easily painted as British propaganda intended to make the US declare war on Germany if Germany's foreign minister Arthur Zimmerman Zimmermann had not come forward immediately and recognized the telegram as real. Germany's many other pre-war blunders which destroyed Bismarck's careful work to isolate France, and alienated successively Russia, Britain, Japan, Italy, Portugal and the United States also ensured that there would be a war in the first place, and that Germany could only rely on the decomposing Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires when it happened.
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