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5th Dec '16 3:36:10 PM Morgenthaler
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This trope is mainly about the process, but also describes the outcome, even if the process wasn't shown on screen. ShroudedInMyth is the outcome when this is used to exaggerate a character's {{Badass}}itude to epic levels. Of course, this process ''must'' have taken place to produce the legend; spreading false rumors about oneself in order to gain respect/fame/money/hot babes/whatever the character wants does not apply here. MaliciousSlander, alas, also develops through this.

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This trope is mainly about the process, but also describes the outcome, even if the process wasn't shown on screen. ShroudedInMyth is the outcome when this is used to exaggerate a character's {{Badass}}itude badassitude to epic levels. Of course, this process ''must'' have taken place to produce the legend; spreading false rumors about oneself in order to gain respect/fame/money/hot babes/whatever the character wants does not apply here. MaliciousSlander, alas, also develops through this.



* May or may not have happened in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', since we don't hear the full story when it's told the first ''or'' last time, ''and'' what we actually hear from the final version has really happened. However, it's phrased so that Marlin sounds like a total {{badass}}, when in reality he was more of an ActionSurvivor.

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* May or may not have happened in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', since we don't hear the full story when it's told the first ''or'' last time, ''and'' what we actually hear from the final version has really happened. However, it's phrased so that Marlin sounds like a total {{badass}}, badass, when in reality he was more of an ActionSurvivor.
2nd Dec '16 5:23:49 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', one of Guts' more famous feats during his time leading the Hawk's Raiders is his killing of somewhere around one hundred Tudor mercenaries in one night, earning him the nickname "Hundred-Man Slayer". Later in the story, Isidro gushes about how badass the leader of the Hawks' Raiders was (unaware that Guts and this man are one and the same), and says he once killed one ''thousand'' men in a single night. Guts silently remarks "It's been exaggerated".
29th Oct '16 10:06:27 AM eowynjedi
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* In ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'', Lionel and Jean give the UpperClassTwit "townies" a piece of their minds when they realize the ringleader had Lol the gardener beat up. The next time they visit the country, the village is wild with tales of the barbecue being put out with a fire extinguisher, the fictitious "KBM" (kicked by mule) medal Jean claimed that Lionel had becomes the Victoria Cross, and there's a debate over how many townies got thrown over the hedge. Jean "admits" that it was two instead of six just because it's fun to have a reputation.
25th Oct '16 2:49:26 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* In TheGreatAlicornHunt, this turns out to have been behind the CMC's PersonOfMassDestruction reputation. Basically, they seemed to always be present when something went into disaster, ponies had selective memories and gossip tarnished their reputation beyond easy repair. Given that those same GossipyHens [[AdultsAreUseless did absolutely nothing]] [[KidsAreCruel when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon mercilessly bullied them]], the trio ain't happy.
19th Oct '16 4:28:30 PM Classified
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* In the fifth season premiere of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Radar gets told that HQ is going to order the 4077th to move ten miles down the road. Within three links, the camp becomes convinced that an entire enemy battalion is inbound. Colonel Potter addresses the entire camp to refute the rumors, only to be interrupted halfway through by a [[ThisIsNotADrill legitimate order to bug-out]].
25th Jun '16 11:20:55 AM res20stupid
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* This is what sets off the plot to the Creator/JenniferAniston RomanticComedy ''Rumor Has It'' - Aniston's character Sarah hears that her mother ran off with another man a week before marrying her father, then hears that this incident helped inspire the movie ''Film/TheGraduate'' with Sarah's grandmother being personally identified as MrsRobinson. The movie's plot is Sarah's quest to determine if the rumor is true.
14th May '16 9:53:39 PM damus2300
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* This happened in ''Film/SergeantYork'' when he captures an entire German division single handed. The identity of his prisoners change with each retelling until finally everyone thinks he captured the Kaiser.
14th May '16 9:40:33 PM damus2300
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* Seiji's friend from ''Manga/MidoriDays'' spreads stories about how tough he is but it sometimes gets out of control. He explains Seiji's bandaged hand (hiding Midori) because he smashed it on a car that almost hit him.
* Kitano from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is made of this. His fearsome appearance lead people to assume all sorts of things about him that turn him into an inhuman monster.
5th Apr '16 6:17:53 AM TheWanderer
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** Stringer Bell hears that two of his men have spotted stick-up man Omar, and gives the okay for them to attack despite it being Sunday (the "truce" day). What he doesn't know is that not only is it Sunday, but Omar is taking his grandmother home from church. Both Omar and his grandmother narrowly escape, but Stringer's partner Avon mentions stories about their people shooting her and urinating on her church hat.
** String and Omar's deaths become street legend. String is played up as a coward (he was DefiantToTheEnd) and Omar is supposedly killed in A RoaringRampageOfRevenge (he was shot in the back while buying cigarettes).

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** Stringer Bell hears that two of his men have spotted stick-up man Omar, and gives the okay for them to attack despite it being Sunday (the "truce" day). What he doesn't know is that not only is it Sunday, but Omar is taking his grandmother home from church. Both Omar and his grandmother narrowly escape, but Stringer's partner Avon mentions stories making the rounds among the other drug lords ([[EvenEvilHasStandards who are all appalled by the whole thing]]) about their people shooting her and urinating on her church hat.
** String and Omar's deaths also become street legend. String is played up as Marlo Stanfield's crew (falsely) take credit for String's death and claim he was a coward who desperately tried to bribe them into sparing him, (he was DefiantToTheEnd) and Omar is supposedly killed in A RoaringRampageOfRevenge (he an epic LastStand against a whole group of heavily armed killers, or even killed by the police who then made it look like Omar was killed by his fellow criminals. (He was shot in the back by a kid who used to idolize him while buying cigarettes).
10th Mar '16 8:54:47 PM damus2300
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* Z's ''accidental'' kidnapping of Princess Bala in ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' becomes subject to this, and he becomes a role model for workers who ant to be treated by the colony.

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* Z's ''accidental'' kidnapping of Princess Bala in ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' becomes subject to this, and he becomes a role model for workers who ant want to be treated better by the colony.
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