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20th Mar '17 7:17:41 AM ExSlacker
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* While telling the history of the Nedians to the heroes in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', [[MrExposition Mayor Nall]] describes Dr. Lantis as the one who discovered the means of defeating the seemingly-invincible Ten Wise Men. One of the heroes (an IntrepidReporter) suspects that there might actually a little inaccuracy on Nall's account. An optional quest allows the heroes to unearth the true historical records, where it is revealed that [[spoiler:Dr. Lantis is in fact the Ten Wise Men's creator.]]

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* While telling the history of the Nedians to the heroes in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', [[MrExposition Mayor Nall]] describes Dr. Lantis as the one who discovered the means of defeating the seemingly-invincible Ten Wise Men. One of the heroes (an IntrepidReporter) suspects that there might actually a little inaccuracy on Nall's account. An optional quest allows the heroes to unearth the true historical records, where it is revealed that [[spoiler:Dr. Lantis is in fact the Ten Wise Men's creator.creator, and [[BrainUploading uploaded his memories]] into the tenth and most powerful Wise Man, [[BigBad Gabriel]].]]
17th Mar '17 10:45:56 PM Golondrina
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* The ''Creator/MarquisDeSade'' is portrayed frequently as being solely persecuted for his literary works (which offended many due to their violent pornographic content). He is also held up as a liberal icon for his opposition to the Reign of Terror and capital punishment. However, while he was imprisoned for his writings, that came later in his life. Earlier he was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of his servants, but got light treatment as a noble. Though he did oppose the Terror and capital punishment, he also held other views that were retrograde even in his own time. For instance, De Sade stated that women should be open to having sex with any men who desired it, without exception, and advocated that people be able to do essentially whatever "[[AppealToNature came naturally]]", murder and rape included. In addition he was an early communist, which would qualify among many too. His literary works evidence all these views, and it's clear De Sade acted on them himself to some extent.
15th Mar '17 8:49:50 AM FF32
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* Most portrayals of Boudica paint her as a native freedom-fighter opposing AlwaysChaoticEvil Romans, and in Britian some see her as a National Hero. The fact is she systematically mass murdered tens of thousands by killing every man, woman, and child in the cities of Colchester, London, and St. Albans. These gruesome atrocities are often ignored, and when they aren't they're painted as justified or even necessary because the people in those cities were nasty Romans. Also ignored is the positive aspects of Roman rule (aqueducts, writing, new crops and livestock, new trade markets, etc), and the fact that her defeat at the Battle of Watling Street is extremely impressive from the Roman perspective (20,000 Romans held off 200,000 Bretons using nothing but discipline and determination). Disgustingly there is a statue of Boudica outside Colchester, a city she massacred, built specifically to honor the revolt but ignoring her crimes against humanity.

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* Most portrayals of Boudica paint her as a native freedom-fighter opposing AlwaysChaoticEvil Romans, and in Britian some see her as a National Hero. The fact is she systematically mass murdered tens of thousands by killing every man, woman, and child in the cities of Colchester, London, and St. Albans. These gruesome atrocities are often ignored, and when they aren't they're painted as justified or even necessary because the people in those cities were nasty Romans. Also ignored is the positive aspects of Roman rule (aqueducts, writing, new crops and livestock, new trade markets, etc), and the fact that her defeat at the Battle of Watling Street is extremely impressive from the Roman perspective (20,000 Romans held off 200,000 Bretons using nothing but discipline and determination). Disgustingly there There is even a statue of Boudica outside Colchester, a city she massacred, Colchester built specifically to honor the revolt but revolt, ignoring that the city has a layer of ash and rubble underneath it from all the buildings she and her crimes against humanity.forces burnt.
10th Mar '17 11:51:08 PM ZoeticCob
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* ''Literature/TheShahnameh'': The second third of the book mostly concerns semi historical characters or characters based on historical people performing greatly exaggerated or outright fantastic feats.

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* ''Literature/TheShahnameh'': The second third of the book mostly concerns semi historical characters or characters based on historical people performing greatly exaggerated or outright fantastic feats.feats, i.e., a strong and patriotic warrior named Rostam probably did live and rule in Sistan, but he sure as hell never killed a WHALE or behead a demon!!!
10th Mar '17 11:37:07 PM ZoeticCob
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'''Literature/TheShahnameh'': The second third of the book mostly concerns semi historical characters or characters based on historical ppeople performing greatly exaggerated or outright fantastic feats.

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'''Literature/TheShahnameh'': * ''Literature/TheShahnameh'': The second third of the book mostly concerns semi historical characters or characters based on historical ppeople people performing greatly exaggerated or outright fantastic feats.
10th Mar '17 11:34:16 PM ZoeticCob
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'''Literature/TheShahnameh'': The second third of the book mostly concerns semi historical characters or characters based on historical ppeople performing greatly exaggerated or outright fantastic feats.
8th Mar '17 2:00:25 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker have been romanticized as dashing outlaw lovebirds to the point that it's easy to forget that their "flaunting of society's rules" left a ''lot'' of dead bodies in its wake, both police and civilian. As a rule, criminals generally don't get [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill four machine guns emptied into their bodies]] for being {{Loveable Rogue}}s who just rob banks for fun.
** The reason for such massive firepower used against them is because police considered them more dangerous to confront than any other outlaws of the time, as they had stolen several military grade weapons from National Guard armories that left officers outgunned in straight fights and did not hesitate to shoot police on sight. They were willing to gun down civilians at the first hint of resistance and often robbed innocent people instead of banks, with one instance leading to Clyde [[MoralEventHorizon beating and shooting an unarmed shopkeeper dead for $60]].

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* Much like Jesse James mentioned above, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker have been romanticized as dashing outlaw lovebirds to the point that it's easy to forget that their "flaunting of society's rules" left a ''lot'' of dead bodies in its wake, both police and civilian. As a rule, criminals generally don't get [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill four machine guns emptied into their bodies]] for being {{Loveable Rogue}}s who just rob banks for fun.
** The reason for such massive firepower used against them is
bodies in an ambush]] without a ''very'' good reason, and that was because police they were considered them more dangerous to confront than any other outlaws of the time, as they had stolen several military grade weapons from National Guard armories that left officers outgunned in straight fights and did not hesitate to shoot police on sight. TheDreaded. They were willing to gun gunned down civilians at the first mere hint of resistance resistance, deliberately killed police officers, and often robbed innocent people small stores instead of banks, with one instance leading to Clyde [[MoralEventHorizon beating and shooting an unarmed shopkeeper dead for $60]].$60]]. Admitting, historians now believe Clyde had something of a FreudianExcuse; He was imprisoned in the [[HellholePrison infamously brutal]] Eastham Prison Farm for 2 years before the pair's crime spree began, and he was repeatedly abused by the [[PoliceBrutality prison guards]] and [[PrisonRape inmates]] during his stay.
1st Mar '17 10:48:58 PM Fireblood
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* ''Creator/TheMarquisDeSade'' is portrayed frequently as being solely persecuted for his literary works (which offended many due to their violent pornographic content). He is also held up as a liberal icon for his opposition to the Reign of Terror and capital punishment. However, while he was imprisoned for his writings, that came later in his life. Earlier he was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of his servants, but got light treatment as a noble. Though he did oppose the Terror and capital punishment, he also held other views that were retrograde even in his own time. For instance, De Sade stated that women should be open to having sex with any men who desired it, without exception, and advocated that people be able to do essentially whatever "[[AppealToNature came naturally]]", murder and rape included. In addition he was an early communist, which would qualify among many too.

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* ''Creator/TheMarquisDeSade'' The ''Creator/MarquisDeSade'' is portrayed frequently as being solely persecuted for his literary works (which offended many due to their violent pornographic content). He is also held up as a liberal icon for his opposition to the Reign of Terror and capital punishment. However, while he was imprisoned for his writings, that came later in his life. Earlier he was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of his servants, but got light treatment as a noble. Though he did oppose the Terror and capital punishment, he also held other views that were retrograde even in his own time. For instance, De Sade stated that women should be open to having sex with any men who desired it, without exception, and advocated that people be able to do essentially whatever "[[AppealToNature came naturally]]", murder and rape included. In addition he was an early communist, which would qualify among many too. His literary works evidence all these views, and it's clear De Sade acted on them himself to some extent.
1st Mar '17 10:46:54 PM Fireblood
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* ''Creator/TheMarquisDeSade'' is portrayed frequently as being solely persecuted for his literary works (which offended many due to their violent pornographic content). He is also held up as a liberal icon for his opposition to the Reign of Terror and capital punishment. However, while he was imprisoned for his writings, that came later in his life. Earlier he was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of his servants, but got light treatment as a noble. Though he did oppose the Terror and capital punishment, he also held other views that were retrograde even in his own time. For instance, De Sade stated that women should be open to having sex with any men who desired it, without exception, and advocated that people be able to do essentially whatever "[[AppealToNature came naturally]]", murder and rape included. In addition he was an early communist, which would qualify among many too.
1st Mar '17 10:36:23 PM Fireblood
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* Creator/HPLovecraft, in biographies and fan tributes, will often have his racism omitted, and he was a racist even by the standards of his time; he believed that the different human races constituted different ''species'', an idea laughably out of date even by the 1930s. Some commentators even believe that his famous EldritchAbomination characters were intended as metaphors for immigrants and people of color, as he believed them to be alien and abhorrent to that degree.
** His short story "the Street" is the most explicit example of this went the monstrous aliens destroying quaint New England are the filthy immigrants from Ruritania without metaphor.
* Many UsefulNotes/WorldWarII films have shades of this for both sides of the conflict, with the RedArmy and its commanders, such as Georgy Zhukov, being the most commonly upgraded side in World War II fiction. Though it is true that the Red Army had the most to do with militarily defeating Germany, many works of fiction centered around them deem them the "Heroes" of World War II who assisted in defeating the cruelest regime in history, while conveniently ignoring the ''long'' list of the Red Army's own [[VillainOfAnotherStory shocking crimes before, during, and after the War]]. Zhukov, whom the Allied generals called "the finest leader of their time", was notorious for his lack of concern for his men, and while undoubtedly a skilled leader, his penchant for acceptable casualties didn't make him an idol of many Soviet soldiers.
** Stalin too is often given this treatment at least in Russian media and propaganda. He's shown as a staunch rival of Hitler and one who despised what Nazi Germany did while neglecting the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and that at the start of the war, Soviet Union and Nazi Germany invaded Poland as part of that agreement. He's also given credit for pulling the Soviet Union out of its agrarian economy and into the role of a superpower but this forced modernization program and incompetence led to a huge famine crisis that led to the deaths of 5 million people. His repressive administration led to mass persecution of political dissidents who were either executed after torture or sent to TheGulag and it's estimated that more than a million lives were lost as a result of his direct policies with an additional deaths caused by the gross incompetence of his administration. While Stalin's programs ''did'' have a lot to do with the Soviet Union's industrialization and eventual superpowerdom it came at a huge cost and thanks to the repressive nature of his polices, it left a mess of poor institutions and planning that created additional problems for the Soviet Union.
* UsefulNotes/MalcolmX is frequently seen as a civil rights hero and courageous political leader of the 1960s, who wanted a more rapid end to racial segregation and general societal racism than his counterparts; despite this, he advocated heavily for violence and racism against whites as a means to overturn society, going as far to try to form an equivalent to "Black Nazism" in his early years after he formed a friendship with George Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft, in biographies and fan tributes, will often have his racism omitted, and he was a racist even by the standards of his time; he believed that the different human races constituted different ''species'', an idea laughably out of date even by the 1930s. Some commentators even believe that his famous EldritchAbomination characters were intended as metaphors for immigrants and people of color, as he believed them to be alien and abhorrent to that degree.
degree. The one exception where he can be called {{fair for his day}} is in praising Jews and Hispanics--in fact his wife was Jewish.
** His short story "the Street" is the most explicit example of this went when the monstrous aliens destroying quaint New England are the filthy immigrants from Ruritania without metaphor.
* Many UsefulNotes/WorldWarII films have shades of this for both sides of the conflict, with the RedArmy and its commanders, such as Georgy Zhukov, being the most commonly upgraded side in World War II fiction. Though it is true that the Red Army had the most to do with militarily defeating Germany, many works of fiction centered around them deem them the "Heroes" "heroes" of World War II who assisted in defeating the cruelest regime in history, while conveniently ignoring the ''long'' list of the Red Army's own [[VillainOfAnotherStory shocking crimes before, during, and after the War]].war]]. Zhukov, whom the Allied generals called "the finest leader of their time", was notorious for his lack of concern for his men, and while undoubtedly a skilled leader, his penchant for acceptable casualties didn't make him an idol of many Soviet soldiers.
** Stalin too is often given this treatment at least in Russian media and propaganda. He's shown as a staunch rival of Hitler and one who despised what Nazi Germany did while neglecting the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and that at the start of the war, Soviet Union and Nazi Germany invaded Poland as part of that agreement. He's also given credit for pulling the Soviet Union out of its agrarian economy and into the role of a superpower superpower, but this forced modernization program and incompetence led to a huge famine crisis that led to the deaths of 5 million people. His repressive administration led to mass persecution of political dissidents who were either executed after torture or sent to TheGulag TheGulag, and it's estimated that more than a million lives were lost as a result of his direct policies with an additional deaths caused by the gross incompetence of his administration. While Stalin's programs ''did'' have a lot to do with the Soviet Union's industrialization and eventual superpowerdom superpowerdom, it came at a huge cost and thanks to the repressive nature of his polices, it left a mess of poor institutions and planning that created additional problems for the Soviet Union.
* UsefulNotes/MalcolmX is frequently seen as a civil rights hero and courageous political leader of the 1960s, who wanted a more rapid end to racial segregation and general societal racism than his counterparts; despite this, he advocated heavily for violence and racism against whites as a means to overturn society, going as far to try to form an equivalent to "Black Nazism" in his early years after he formed a friendship with George Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party. In fairness, he got better during his last years, denouncing racism and supporting alliances with sympathetic whites, but his earlier stances tend to be glossed over.



** The Vietcong/NLF gets the same treatment. Whereas pretty much everone knows the My Lai massacre, few can name the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_at_Hu%E1%BA%BF Hue massacre]] during the Tet offensive. At one point they killed a civil servant, his wife, [[WouldHurtAchild his children]],[[KillEmAll his daughter in law and servants]], [[AndYourLittleDogToo his cat and dog]] and [[UpToEleven his goldfish]].
* The IRA gets this treatment, mostly because American writers have a natural sympathy with pro-independence rebels against British rule. It is true that the Irish and Catholics were disenfranchised in the UK at the time, and the British Army and the RIC were unquestionably brutal during the Irish War of Independence. However, the IRA (or at least elements within it) were and still are notorious for attacking civilians, anti-Protestant violence, extortion and what we recognise today as classic terrorist tactics like street bombings and letter bombs. During The Troubles IRA splinter groups were notorious for gangland-style "punishment shootings", where they would kneecap people who they felt had crossed them.
* 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 openly felt remorse for German soldiers he had killed and prayed for the dead Germans when he returned to the site of his feat.
* Vladimir I of Kiev, a Russian ruler credited with bringing Christianity to the country, is venerated as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church and as one of Russia's best early leaders in general. He was also an extremely [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]] even for his time, was involved in the murder of one of his brothers, and became Christian more because it was the most politically and militarily convenient thing to do at the time than genuine faith.
* [[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 ''[[IgnoredEnemy existed]]''. Capone probably considered whoever was in charge of the North Side gang as his arch enemy; Ness' ten man crew could barely scratch his million dollar bootlegging empire. 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 Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell is often invoked as a free-speech dissident icon on both the Right and the Left, citing his warnings about Stalin's totalitarian regime and calling out his fellow leftists for their blind support of communism, which was certainly a valid point in the 30s and 40s. However, this has led to an ironic secular canonization (of the kind that Orwell himself criticized) where everyone assumes that because [[LogicalFallacies Orwell was right about Stalin, he was right about everything]], nor do they appreciate that an author who wrote about the deceptiveness of language and mendacity, [[{{Hypocrite}} was himself prone to exaggeration and outright lying]].
** Orwell famously described Eton College as a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors and invoked it in his criticism of the Billy Bunter stories, with Creator/AlanMoore using Orwell's criticism in ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen as grounds to submit those characters to AdaptationalVillainy. As his biographers and later writers have noted, Orwell was a school prefect at Eton and was mentored by the Headmaster and well taken care of, and as a prefect he would rat out boys he suspected of homosexuality to the authorities, remaining a lifelong homophobe, describing his enemies as "pansy left" and other such slurs. He was also an antisemite which to his credit, [[http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2012/10/19/the-last-of-mr-blair/ he only evinced in his private diaries]] [[note]]One his entries states: ''[[InsaneTrollLogic What I do feel is that any Jew, i.e. European Jews, would prefer Hitlerís kind of social system to ours, if it were not that he happens to persecute them]].''[[/note]]. Ironically, Orwell's homophobia and anti-semitism in addition with his anti-fascism are qualities that make him NotSoDifferent from UsefulNotes/JosefStalin himself.
** Orwell's famous essay "Shooting the Elephant" and another essay on the "The Hanging" were long regarded as anti-colonial essays about a British Civil Servant who resented the British Raj, that was until his biographers unearthed the fact that Orwell lied about the EscapedAnimalRampage that he claimed to have heroically stopped. In truth, Orwell [[GreatWhiteHunter hunted that elephant either for sport or by accident]], he was reprimanded by his Colonel who called him a "disgrace to Eton College" and ReassignedToAntarctica. Likewise, there's no evidence that he ever attended a hanging. And for all his criticisms about government surveillance and informants in his essays and novels, he himself, [[http://www.mhpbooks.com/the-fable-of-the-weasel-by-alexander-cockburn/ at the end of his life gave a list]] that accused Paul Robeson, the African-American entertainer and civil rights activist of being "anti-white"[[note]]Robeson campaigned for Welsh Miners and other liberal causes[[/note]], and said that Creator/CharlieChaplin was possibly Jewish.
** In general, academic historians regard Orwell's uncritical elevation as a truth-teller as harmful to understanding of key 20th Century events. Paul Preston, the historian of the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar noted that [[http://www.albavolunteer.org/2013/09/differing-views-on-orwell-at-len-crome-memorial-event/ Orwell's]] Literature/HomageToCatalonia uncritically glorifies the anarchist revolution while villainizing the Communists who supported the Spanish Republic, which thanks to Orwell's fame has made many people believe that the Civil War failed because of inter-left factionalism, when in fact the anarchist revolution was utopian/unworkable and filled with more than a few flaws and drawbacks. Historians of Communism and Soviet Studies, note likewise that while Orwell's Literature/NineteenEightyFour is a useful and relevant satire, it has often led to many people seeing it as an accurate lens for how Stalin worked when the new information coming out in the 90s provided a more complex and intricate view of the Communist society than previously believed, but Orwell's vision has created TheThemeParkVersion in most people's mind.

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** The Vietcong/NLF gets the same treatment. Whereas pretty much everone everyone now knows about the My Lai massacre, few can name the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_at_Hu%E1%BA%BF Hue massacre]] during the Tet offensive. At one point they killed a civil servant, his wife, [[WouldHurtAchild his children]],[[KillEmAll his daughter in law and servants]], [[AndYourLittleDogToo his cat and dog]] and [[UpToEleven his goldfish]]. After their victory, persecution of South Vietnamese in business and government occurred, plus repression of ethnic Chinese (many of whom were active in both fields).
* The IRA gets this treatment, mostly because American writers have a natural sympathy with pro-independence rebels against British rule. It is true that the Irish and Catholics were disenfranchised in the UK at the time, and the British Army and the RIC were unquestionably brutal during the Irish War of Independence. However, the IRA (or at least elements within it) were and still are notorious for attacking civilians, anti-Protestant violence, extortion and what we recognise recogniae today as classic terrorist tactics like street bombings and letter bombs. During The Troubles IRA splinter groups were notorious for gangland-style "punishment shootings", where they would kneecap people who they felt had crossed them.
them or as a means of cracking down on crime, particularly drug dealing (despite [[{{Hypocrite}} becoming involved with it themselves]]).
* 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'' 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 openly felt remorse for German soldiers he had killed and prayed for the dead Germans when he returned to the site of his feat.
* Vladimir I of Kiev, a Russian ruler credited with bringing Christianity to the country, is venerated as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church and as one of Russia's best early leaders in general. He was also an extremely [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]] even for his time, was involved in the murder of one of his brothers, and became Christian more because it was the most politically and militarily convenient thing to do at the time than genuine faith.
faith. He also coerced people to become Christians, warning they would be in trouble if they didn't.
* [[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 Capone's convictio,. and Capone might barely have been aware Ness ''[[IgnoredEnemy existed]]''. Capone probably considered whoever was in charge of the North Side gang as his arch enemy; Ness' ten man crew could barely scratch his million dollar bootlegging empire. Ironically for a man best known for fighting bootlegging 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 Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell is often invoked as a free-speech dissident icon on both the Right and the Left, citing his warnings about Stalin's totalitarian regime and calling out his fellow leftists for their blind support of communism, which was certainly a valid point in the 30s and 40s. However, this has led to an ironic secular canonization (of the kind that Orwell himself criticized) where everyone assumes that because [[LogicalFallacies Orwell was right about Stalin, he was right about everything]], nor everything]]. Nor do they appreciate that an author who wrote about the deceptiveness of language and mendacity, [[{{Hypocrite}} was himself prone to exaggeration and outright lying]].
** Orwell famously described Eton College as a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors and invoked it in his criticism of the Billy Bunter stories, with Creator/AlanMoore using Orwell's criticism in ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen as grounds to submit those characters to AdaptationalVillainy. As his biographers and later writers have noted, Orwell was a school prefect at Eton and was mentored by the Headmaster and well taken care of, and as a prefect he would rat out boys he suspected of homosexuality to the authorities, remaining a lifelong homophobe, describing his enemies as the "pansy left" and other such slurs. He was also an antisemite which to his credit, [[http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2012/10/19/the-last-of-mr-blair/ he only evinced in his private diaries]] diaries]].[[note]]One his entries states: ''[[InsaneTrollLogic What I do feel is that any Jew, i.e. European Jews, would prefer Hitlerís kind of social system to ours, if it were not that he happens to persecute them]].''[[/note]]. ''[[/note]] Ironically, Orwell's homophobia and anti-semitism antisemitism in addition with to his anti-fascism are qualities that make him NotSoDifferent from UsefulNotes/JosefStalin himself.
** Orwell's famous essay "Shooting the Elephant" and another essay on the "The Hanging" were long regarded as anti-colonial essays about a British Civil Servant who resented the British Raj, that was until his biographers unearthed the fact that Orwell lied about the EscapedAnimalRampage that he claimed to have heroically stopped. In truth, Orwell [[GreatWhiteHunter hunted that elephant either for sport or by accident]], he was reprimanded by his Colonel who called him a "disgrace to Eton College" College", and ReassignedToAntarctica. Likewise, there's no evidence that he ever attended a hanging. And for all his criticisms about government surveillance and informants in his essays and novels, he himself, himself [[http://www.mhpbooks.com/the-fable-of-the-weasel-by-alexander-cockburn/ at the end of his life gave a list]] that accused Paul Robeson, the African-American entertainer and civil rights activist of being "anti-white"[[note]]Robeson "anti-white",[[note]]Robeson campaigned for Welsh Miners and other liberal causes[[/note]], causes.[[/note]] and said that Creator/CharlieChaplin was possibly Jewish.
** In general, academic historians regard Orwell's uncritical elevation as a truth-teller as harmful to understanding of key 20th Century events. Paul Preston, the historian of the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar noted that [[http://www.albavolunteer.org/2013/09/differing-views-on-orwell-at-len-crome-memorial-event/ Orwell's]] Literature/HomageToCatalonia uncritically glorifies the anarchist revolution while villainizing the Communists who supported the Spanish Republic, which thanks to Orwell's fame has made many people believe that the Civil War failed because of inter-left factionalism, when in fact the anarchist revolution was utopian/unworkable and filled with more than a few flaws and drawbacks. Historians of Communism and Soviet Studies, Studies note likewise that while Orwell's Literature/NineteenEightyFour is a useful and relevant satire, it has often led to many people seeing it as an accurate lens for how Stalin worked worked, when the new information coming out in the 90s provided a more complex and intricate view of the Communist society than previously believed, but Orwell's vision has created TheThemeParkVersion in most people's mind.
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