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8th Dec '16 3:53:15 PM roxana
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** Many biographies of UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson will gloss over or outright omit his affair with his slave Sally Hemings, the [[QuestionableConsent consensuality of which]] is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment a subject of considerable debate amongst historians]].

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** Many biographies of UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson will gloss over or outright omit his affair with his slave Sally Hemings, the [[QuestionableConsent consensuality of which]] is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment a subject of considerable debate amongst historians]]. Actually the existence of the affair itself is far from settled fact.
8th Dec '16 3:43:15 PM roxana
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* Lord Guilford Dudley in ''Film/LadyJane''. In the film, despite his bad boy persona, he's actually a virgin with a passion for social justice. In reality, Guilford had a well-established reputation for being a JerkAss (including a widely-reported temper tantrum when, after her coronation, Jane refused to make him king). The film has him falling in love with Jane (and she with him) despite the fact that the RealLife Jane actually refused to see him on the night before his execution.

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* Lord Guilford Dudley in ''Film/LadyJane''. In the film, despite his bad boy persona, he's actually a virgin with a passion for social justice. In reality, While Guilford had has a well-established historical reputation for being a JerkAss (including actual evidence indicates he was as much a widely-reported temper tantrum when, after her coronation, helpless pawn as Jane refused to make him king). herself. The film has him falling in love with Jane (and she with him) despite the fact him). In reality they seem to have been willing to tolerate each other, Jane's real problem was with her new father in law. The story goes that the RealLife Guildford requested a final interview with Jane actually before their executions which she refused to see him on the night before his execution.grounds it would only upset them both. .
6th Dec '16 3:19:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', Creator/FritzLang becomes one of Ed's allies in Weimar Berlin, and is depicted as an anti-fascist {{Badass}} who opposes Nazism as early as 1923. His real-life political leanings are less well known and Lang actively obscured them with his creative retellings of his life in Germany. However, he was thrown out of at least a couple German exile parties in Hollywood for making anti-Semitic comments, and was known to be abusive to his cast and crew on set. (Granted, it's hard to expect historical accuracy from a film that [[spoiler: depicts the Beer Hall Putsch as part of a coordinated effort to take over Germany with the help of a group attempting to open a portal into Ed's alchemical universe.]]) Lang putting an entire film crew into mortal danger just to get a shot of a dragon for ''Film/DieNibelungen'' seems fairly like him, though.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' turns Saitou Hajime into a {{Badass}} AntiHero. In actual history, he did manage to survive the mess that was the Meiji revolution and became a member of Japan's secret police (pretty much their equivalent of the FBI), but Watsuki freely admits that he pretty much made up all of the other details about Saitou's personality (as a minor note, [=RuroKen=] Saitou claims to have given up drinking, while in real life he died of a stomach ulcer as a result of it).

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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', Creator/FritzLang becomes one of Ed's allies in Weimar Berlin, and is depicted as an anti-fascist {{Badass}} badass who opposes Nazism as early as 1923. His real-life political leanings are less well known and Lang actively obscured them with his creative retellings of his life in Germany. However, he was thrown out of at least a couple German exile parties in Hollywood for making anti-Semitic comments, and was known to be abusive to his cast and crew on set. (Granted, it's hard to expect historical accuracy from a film that [[spoiler: depicts the Beer Hall Putsch as part of a coordinated effort to take over Germany with the help of a group attempting to open a portal into Ed's alchemical universe.]]) Lang putting an entire film crew into mortal danger just to get a shot of a dragon for ''Film/DieNibelungen'' seems fairly like him, though.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' turns Saitou Hajime into a {{Badass}} badass AntiHero. In actual history, he did manage to survive the mess that was the Meiji revolution and became a member of Japan's secret police (pretty much their equivalent of the FBI), but Watsuki freely admits that he pretty much made up all of the other details about Saitou's personality (as a minor note, [=RuroKen=] Saitou claims to have given up drinking, while in real life he died of a stomach ulcer as a result of it).



* ''Theatre/HenryV'' ignores several inconvenient aspects of the historical king, probably because he was a {{badass}} warrior King of England at a time when English nationalism was on the rise after hundreds of years of domination by French overlords. Still, he could easily have been seen as a villain, even by the Elizabethans. He executed captured enemy knights, presided over some horrible bloodbaths, doomed both sides to keep fighting a pointless war, burned "Protestant" heretics[[labelnote:*]]strictly speaking, Lollards, but these were seen as Protestant forerunners by many Elizabethans[[/labelnote]] alive--including Sir John Oldcastle, the original of Shakespeare's Falstaff--[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[GoodScarsEvilScars had a nasty scar across his face]].

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* ''Theatre/HenryV'' ignores several inconvenient aspects of the historical king, probably because he was a {{badass}} badass warrior King of England at a time when English nationalism was on the rise after hundreds of years of domination by French overlords. Still, he could easily have been seen as a villain, even by the Elizabethans. He executed captured enemy knights, presided over some horrible bloodbaths, doomed both sides to keep fighting a pointless war, burned "Protestant" heretics[[labelnote:*]]strictly speaking, Lollards, but these were seen as Protestant forerunners by many Elizabethans[[/labelnote]] alive--including Sir John Oldcastle, the original of Shakespeare's Falstaff--[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[GoodScarsEvilScars had a nasty scar across his face]].
29th Nov '16 3:08:43 PM MrThorfan64
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* ''Theatre/RichardIII'' with its HistoricalVillainUpgrade for Richard, makes other characters look more heroic. Lord Stanley is portrayed as a loyal and noble vassal, who heroically acts to put Henry VII on the throne. In real life the Stanleys were notoriously treacherous and double-dealing, switching between sides, and at Bosworth Lord Stanley didn't do anything with his troops, it was his brother Sir William Stanley who basically stabbed Richard in the back when he attacked his forces. And William was later executed by Henry for supporting a Pretender. However Lord Stanley's descendants ended up funding Shakespeare's plays, hence his glowing portrayal. Another character who gets an upgrade is George, duke of Clarence, who is portrayed as, at worse, a bit naive and foolish, though his joining the Lancastrians is portrayed it is glossed over. In reality George was a massive SmugSnake, who spent a lot of his time plotting against his brother Edward IV, trying to have them declared illegitimate, joining the Lancastrians so he could gain more influence, and finally getting executed after he bullied a court into executing someone, then left court without permission, which was basically the precursor to rebellion. However he is probably portrayed as more heroic to contrast him with his youngest brother Richard.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Renly Baratheon is portrayed by the Lannister-Tyrell regime as a heroic and glamorous figure who came back from the dead to defeat his wicked brother Stannis Baratheon. In reality Renly, though brilliant with publicity and putting on an image of TheGoodKing, really has only publicity going for him. He shows himself in private to be a SmugSnake, greedy for more influence, showing no real administrative skills, along with being a terrible military leader and fighter, and trying to usurp the throne after his brother Robert's death with the Tyrells' aid, along with planning the [[TheEvilPrince death of Robert's true heir]], [[CainAndAbel his brother Stannis]]. However after his death the Tyrells join the Lannisters so they can get more power, and Garlan Tyrell disguises himself in Renly's armor so it appears he came back from the dead, therefore Renly is given a better reputation. This is suitable considering Renly is based on the treacherous George, duke of Clarence (see above). Oddly enough this was missed in the TV series, which tries to portray Renly as an ideal ruler (though this comes across as InformedAbility).



* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Ned Stark is considered one of the greatest swordsmen of his generation because he defeated Ser Arthur Dayne in single combat at the Tower of Joy. Dayne was a master swordsman and had a reputation for honor and chivalry. Bran Stark is shown a vision of what really happened during the fight at the Tower of Joy. Ned and five of his soldiers attacked Dayne and another knight of the Kingsguard. Ned killed the other Kingsguard, but Dayne really was as good as the stories said and he killed Ned's four remaining soldiers. He then destroyed Ned in one-on-one combat. Dayne was about to kill a disarmed Ned when he was stabbed in the back by Howland Reed who was wounded at the beginning of the fight and presumed dead. The fight at the Tower of Joy was brutal and dirty but few people know what really happened since Ned and Howland, the only survivors, refused to talk about it. Stories turned Ned into a brilliant swordsman who defeated the chivalry Ser Arthur Dayne in a honorable duel.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Ned Stark is considered one of the greatest swordsmen of his generation because he defeated Ser Arthur Dayne in single combat at the Tower of Joy. Dayne was a master swordsman and had a reputation for honor and chivalry. Bran Stark is shown a vision of what really happened during the fight at the Tower of Joy. Ned and five of his soldiers attacked Dayne and another knight of the Kingsguard. Ned killed the other Kingsguard, but Dayne really was as good as the stories said and he killed Ned's four remaining soldiers. He then destroyed Ned in one-on-one combat. Dayne was about to kill a disarmed Ned when he was stabbed in the back by Howland Reed who was wounded at the beginning of the fight and presumed dead. The fight at the Tower of Joy was brutal and dirty but few people know what really happened since Ned and Howland, the only survivors, refused to talk about it. Stories turned Ned into a brilliant swordsman who defeated the chivalry Ser Arthur Dayne in a an honorable duel.
26th Nov '16 2:59:51 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheUntouchables Eliot Ness]] is frequently depicted as a badass, incorruptible law officer who became AlCapone's ArchEnemy after refusing to take a bribe from him. In reality Ness had little to do with Capones conviction and Capone might barely have been aware Ness ''existed''. Ironically for a man best known for fighting bootlegging he also became an alcoholic later in life. When a federal building was slated to be named after him, a critic argued that it might as well be named after {{Batman}}.

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* [[TheUntouchables Eliot Ness]] is frequently depicted as a badass, incorruptible law officer who became AlCapone's ArchEnemy after refusing to take a bribe from him. In reality Ness had little to do with Capones conviction and Capone might barely have been aware Ness ''existed''. Ironically for a man best known for fighting bootlegging he also became an alcoholic later in life. When a federal building was slated to be named after him, a critic argued that it might as well be named after {{Batman}}.Franchise/{{Batman}}.
26th Nov '16 1:25:42 PM Monsund
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* Guy Fawkes gets this nowadays, along with HistoricalBadassUpgrade. Gunpowder Plot Day/Guy Fawkes Day ''isn't'' meant to celebrate him, it's meant to celebrate the narrow prevention of a terrorist attack on the capital by the conspiracy he was a part of. A conspiracy whose plan was to blow up most of Britain's government from the King on down by blowing up Parliament and everybody in the general vicinity in order to replace a bigoted Protestant constitutional monarchy with an Absolutist Catholic one, which [[StopBeingStereotypical horrified most Catholics.]] The fact that he was TheBrute of the plot rather than the EvilGenius is just the icing on the cake, leave alone that his incompetence compromised the plot and he ratted everyone out under torture (which is not very Catholic what with the whole martyrdom thing). Creator/AlanMoore when discussing his use of Guy Fawkes in his comic, noted that its a tradition among English people, especially the lower classes [[DracoInLeatherPants to root for the bad guys]], and likewise Guy Fawkes Day ought to be celebrated ironically. For a long time, it was a common joke that Fawkes was the last man "to walk into Parliament with honest intentions".
** It should be noted that Guy Fawkes, far from "ratting out" his fellow conspirators, was tortured for hours on the rack before he incriminated anyone else, even getting grudging respect from James I himself, and the Catholics had been treated atrociously under James, fined and imprisoned for pracicing their faith,.
26th Nov '16 1:15:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/DateMasamune is played like this in many works. In real life, he may as well be categorized with UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga; he killed his brother to rise to power (his nagging mother constantly opposed him and promoted his brother for clan leader) and betrayed the alliance with the other clans without much discussion (and conquering them). He also showed little respect to Hideyoshi when he was called to join the attack on Odawara (and late to come to boot!). But in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo,'' he ends up becoming Kyo's ally, though he may be rude and brash (aka Bontenmaru). And in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', he becomes the {{Badass}} JerkWithAHeartOfGold hero with a somewhat charming personality and several PetTheDog moments (seen with [[BattleButler Kojuurou]] and [[MoralityPet Itsuki]], or [[AllThereInTheManual in the Drama CD]], [[TheWoobie Oichi]]) And in ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna'', ''[[GenderFlip she]]'' is a [[BoisterousBruiser Boisterous]] [[CuteBruiser]] and LargeHam who's an ally of the heroes. This one is averted in Koei's Warriors series. In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', he comes off as a jerk, but hides a lot of ambitions that are beneficial for Japan. But in ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'', he becomes Orochi's henchman and is pretty much loyal to him and has no qualms on bringing chaos into the world.

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* UsefulNotes/DateMasamune is played like this in many works. In real life, he may as well be categorized with UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga; he killed his brother to rise to power (his nagging mother constantly opposed him and promoted his brother for clan leader) and betrayed the alliance with the other clans without much discussion (and conquering them). He also showed little respect to Hideyoshi when he was called to join the attack on Odawara (and late to come to boot!). But in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo,'' he ends up becoming Kyo's ally, though he may be rude and brash (aka Bontenmaru). And in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', he becomes the {{Badass}} JerkWithAHeartOfGold hero with a somewhat charming personality and several PetTheDog moments (seen with [[BattleButler Kojuurou]] and [[MoralityPet Itsuki]], or [[AllThereInTheManual in the Drama CD]], [[TheWoobie Oichi]]) And in ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna'', ''[[GenderFlip she]]'' is a [[BoisterousBruiser Boisterous]] [[CuteBruiser]] and LargeHam who's an ally of the heroes. This one is averted in Koei's Warriors series. In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', he comes off as a jerk, but hides a lot of ambitions that are beneficial for Japan. But in ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'', he becomes Orochi's henchman and is pretty much loyal to him and has no qualms on bringing chaos into the world.
23rd Nov '16 6:11:16 AM scipio22
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*** Even his goals were less than noble. While the novel depicts him as a loyal subject of the Han Empire and distant relation to the emperor himself, in reality Liu Bei spent most of his life as a mercenary, betraying many warlords who took him in before he establishing Shu Han. And his descent from the Han Dynasty was so distant that his adopted son, Liu Yong, who he ordered to commit suicide because of the birth of his biological son, was more closely related to the royal family.
31st Oct '16 1:17:20 PM Morgenthaler
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** UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson is seen in portrayals as a war hero and a populist BadAss who loved his wife dearly and stood up for the people against the wealthy elite. However this overlooks his responsibility for the Trail of Tears and Indian Removal that forced many Native Americans from their lands and caused many to die in the process. (Through to be fair, he did it because he believed it would prevent war with the tribes and, possibly, a civil war.).

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** UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson is seen in portrayals as a war hero and a populist BadAss badass who loved his wife dearly and stood up for the people against the wealthy elite. However this overlooks his responsibility for the Trail of Tears and Indian Removal that forced many Native Americans from their lands and caused many to die in the process. (Through to be fair, he did it because he believed it would prevent war with the tribes and, possibly, a civil war.).
20th Oct '16 2:19:19 PM AHI-3000
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* Sergeant Alvin C. York of the U.S. Army got this treatment, which he openly lampshaded, once he returned from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Famed for leading a small contingent of soldiers to victory with a ''huge'' number of enemy prisoners after the rest had been slaughtered by enemy fire, York immediately got a huge hero's treatment Stateside, which he complained against and tried to deny. Books were written making his exploits completely fantastic, and movies did the same, such as one of the earliest showing him charge an enemy position with a pistol single-handedly and killing a few dozen German soldiers, which he himself said ''never happened'' [[note]] What actually happened was that he ran out of ammo for his Enfield 1917 rifle during a tense firefight and switched to his 1911 to defend himself.[[/note]] It should also be noted that York was a pacifist who openly felt remorse for German soldiers he had killed and prayed for the dead Germans when he returned to the site of his feat.

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* Sergeant Alvin C. York of the U.S. Army got this treatment, which he openly lampshaded, once he returned from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Famed for leading a small contingent of soldiers to victory with a ''huge'' number of enemy prisoners after the rest had been slaughtered by enemy fire, York immediately got a huge hero's treatment Stateside, which he complained against and tried to deny. Books were written making his exploits completely fantastic, and movies did the same, such as one of the earliest showing him charge an enemy position with a pistol single-handedly and killing a few dozen German soldiers, which he himself said ''never happened'' [[note]] What actually happened was that he ran out of ammo for his Enfield 1917 rifle during a tense firefight and switched to his 1911 to defend himself.[[/note]] It should also be noted that York was a pacifist who openly felt remorse for German soldiers he had killed and prayed for the dead Germans when he returned to the site of his feat.
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