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23rd Sep '17 7:53:36 PM PaulA
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** Creator/MarkTwain's ''Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis by the Sieur Louis de Conte]]'', which Twain called his favorite of all his books, is a rare example of near-total SarcasmFailure on Twain's part, being a straight, starry-eyed depiction of a LadyOfWar and her noble death at the hands of evil. A lot of people called him out on this, including Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, who kept Joan the traditional heroine in his play ''Saint Joan'', but felt that her enemies had been the victims of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade and opted for WhiteAndGreyMorality in his version of events. Quite incorrectly, however, as regards Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who ''was'' a swine.

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** Creator/MarkTwain's ''Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis by the Sieur Louis de Conte]]'', which Twain called his favorite of all his books, is a rare example of near-total SarcasmFailure on Twain's part, being a straight, starry-eyed depiction of a LadyOfWar and her noble death at the hands of evil. A lot of people called him out on this, including Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, who kept Joan the traditional heroine in his play ''Saint Joan'', ''Theatre/SaintJoan'', but felt that her enemies had been the victims of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade and opted for WhiteAndGreyMorality in his version of events. Quite incorrectly, however, as regards Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who ''was'' a swine.
8th Sep '17 11:14:13 PM JulianLapostat
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* {{UsefulNotes/Spartacus}}, the DoomedMoralVictor of the last known great slave revolts in Rome is often constantly portrayed a hero who fought for the freedom of fellow slaves. While the original motive was simply to escape. Their last stand at the hands of Roman Legions led by Crassius will be forever remembered as a heroic stand against slavery as popularized by {{Film/Spartacus}} and ''SpartacusBloodAndSand''

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* {{UsefulNotes/Spartacus}}, Spartacus, the DoomedMoralVictor of the last known great slave revolts in Rome is often constantly portrayed a hero hero, especially in the modern era from the 1700's onwards (before he was either unmentioned or forgotten). Someone who fought for the freedom of fellow slaves. While Since most of the history we have comes down from Roman sources, we have no sure way of gauging what his motives was. Some see him as a revolutionary out to topple the corrupt republic or an abolitionist, but others insist that their original motive was simply to escape. escape, and they also note that Spartacus' band composed or rural slaves and as such they tended to attack urban slaves who were loyal to their masters in the towns they attacked. Their last stand at the hands of Roman Legions led by Crassius UsefulNotes/MarcusLiciniusCrassis will be forever be remembered as a heroic stand against slavery as popularized by {{Film/Spartacus}} ''{{Film/Spartacus}}'' and ''SpartacusBloodAndSand''''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''.
7th Sep '17 7:39:19 PM PaulA
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* Charles Fort may be one of the most important figures in paranormal science, but he wasn't much of a hands-on investigator. The only weird event he claimed to be present for was a painting falling off a wall for no apparent reason. In a one-shot comic from Creator/DarkHorseComics, he's not only depicted as being directly involved in the things he investigates, but is upgraded to a badass action hero who saves the world from aliens. A preteen Creator/HPLovecraft gets to be his sidekick. At the end of the comic, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt puts him in charge of a secret [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT]]-like organization, putting us firmly into BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy territory.

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* Charles Fort may be one of the most important figures in paranormal science, but he wasn't much of a hands-on investigator. The only weird event he claimed to be present for was a painting falling off a wall for no apparent reason. Various comics have given him a more active role.
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In a one-shot comic from Creator/DarkHorseComics, he's not only depicted as being directly involved in the things he investigates, but is upgraded to a badass action hero who saves the world from aliens. A preteen Creator/HPLovecraft gets to be his sidekick. At the end of the comic, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt puts him in charge of a secret [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT]]-like organization, putting us firmly into BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy territory.territory.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Necronauts}}'', Fort, Lovecraft, Creator/HarryHoudini, and Creator/ArthurConanDoyle team up to save the world from an EldritchAbomination.
** The ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' story arc "The Shadow from Beyond Time" begins with Fort, Lovecraft, and Robo teaming up to defend the world from an EldritchAbomination, with Fort mentioning that he's had other adventures already including one associated with TheTunguskaEvent.
6th Sep '17 11:38:05 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''{{UsefulNotes/Spartacus}}'', the DoomedMoralVictor of the last known great slave revolts in Rome is often constantly portrayed a hero who fought for the freedom of fellow slaves. While the original motive was simply to escape. Their last stand at the hands of Roman Legions led by Crassius will be forever remembered as a heroic stand against slavery as popularized by {{Film/Spartacus}} and ''SpartacusBloodAndSand''

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* ''{{UsefulNotes/Spartacus}}'', {{UsefulNotes/Spartacus}}, the DoomedMoralVictor of the last known great slave revolts in Rome is often constantly portrayed a hero who fought for the freedom of fellow slaves. While the original motive was simply to escape. Their last stand at the hands of Roman Legions led by Crassius will be forever remembered as a heroic stand against slavery as popularized by {{Film/Spartacus}} and ''SpartacusBloodAndSand''


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* On hearing the word "Suffragette", people generally think of women advocating the extension of the franchise to their gender. However, this is the result of the term being conflated with the broader idea of suffrage activism, whose practitioners were called "suffragists". In reality, the term was used by contemporaries to describe UK militants such as the Women's Social and Political Union. Many of their activities were property damage, up to the point of domestic terrorism. Arson and bombings were not off the table. Furthermore, the amount of positive impact they had is subject to debate among historians. While it's generally agreed that their early activities had a dramatic mobilizing impact on the suffrage movement, there is a school of thought that argues the suffragettes did more harm than good overall when it came to their cause.
4th Sep '17 12:47:52 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* Parodied in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', where it states that Richard III's reputation was a result of Henry VIII's changing of history, and that instead of being a wicked king, Richard was a loving uncle to his two nephews, one of whom would eventually become king.
26th Aug '17 12:49:24 PM NineballCirno
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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 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 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]] {{Boisterous|Bruiser}} 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.



* Chris Gardner in ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness''. Although somewhat true, he was somewhat more of a JerkAss than he was in the film, as Cracked notes here [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16478_7-movies-based-true-story-that-are-complete-bullshit.html]] (quote: "he actually didn't even know where the hell his son was for the first four months of the program."

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* Chris Gardner in ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness''. Although somewhat true, he was somewhat more of a JerkAss than he was in the film, as Cracked notes here [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16478_7-movies-based-true-story-that-are-complete-bullshit.html]] html here]] (quote: "he actually didn't even know where the hell his son was for the first four months of the program."



* On ''Series/The Ghost And Mrs. Muir'', Captain Gregg tries to convince everyone that a celebrated local hero was a ne'er do well and braggard. Yet when his grave is uncovered, the headstone reads of a man 'who did not hesitate', it seems the ghost has not a chance of changing any minds. When the dedication ceremony occurs, Gregg summons a wind-storm to completely uncover the headstone, which then reads 'He did not hesitate - He Ran Like Hell!'. Played with in a later episode, when Gregg realizes his recall of a second-hand account about two of the American Founding Fathers may not be perfect, and nearly ruins Mrs. Muir's son's school report by insisting they were bitter adversaries, not the friends the boy originally believed. While Gregg's stubbornness nearly derails the reputation of another rival-in-life by showing the school he supposedly founded was in fact founded much earlier, his historian descendant is delighted; it means their school is among the oldest in all of New England.

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* On ''Series/The Ghost And Mrs. Muir'', ''Series/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'', Captain Gregg tries to convince everyone that a celebrated local hero was a ne'er do well and braggard. Yet when his grave is uncovered, the headstone reads of a man 'who did not hesitate', it seems the ghost has not a chance of changing any minds. When the dedication ceremony occurs, Gregg summons a wind-storm to completely uncover the headstone, which then reads 'He did not hesitate - He Ran Like Hell!'. Played with in a later episode, when Gregg realizes his recall of a second-hand account about two of the American Founding Fathers may not be perfect, and nearly ruins Mrs. Muir's son's school report by insisting they were bitter adversaries, not the friends the boy originally believed. While Gregg's stubbornness nearly derails the reputation of another rival-in-life by showing the school he supposedly founded was in fact founded much earlier, his historian descendant is delighted; it means their school is among the oldest in all of New England.
21st Aug '17 3:19:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* Among ThoseWackyNazis, Hitler's chief architect and later Minister of Armaments Albert Speer tends to be cast in a pretty favorable light by many movies that take his biased memoirs at face value. It also helps that he is one of the only Nazis who declared himself an atoner at the Nuremberg Trials, as well not being particularly obsessed with the whole racial purity thing. But they often tend to overlook his eager use of slave labor, disposession of Jewish tenants for his architectural plans, and his sheer efficiency at managing the German economy prolonging the war unnecessarily. To what extent he knew about the Holocaust is also up for debate. While not as horrible as someone like Himmler, filmmakers are too easy with swinging the pendulum in the other direction when in real life he was a very morally ambiguous man.

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* Among ThoseWackyNazis, Hitler's chief architect and later Minister of Armaments Albert Speer tends to be cast in a pretty favorable light by many movies that take his biased memoirs at face value. It also helps that he is one of the only Nazis who declared himself an atoner at the Nuremberg Trials, as well not being particularly obsessed with the whole racial purity thing. But they often tend to overlook his eager use of slave labor, disposession of Jewish tenants for his architectural plans, and his sheer efficiency at managing the German economy prolonging the war unnecessarily. To what extent he knew about the Holocaust is also up for debate. While not as horrible as someone like Himmler, filmmakers are too easy with swinging the pendulum in the other direction when in real life he was a very morally ambiguous man. The German docudrama ''Speer und Er'' at least got this right by never downplaying his personal failings.
20th Aug '17 5:19:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Among ThoseWackyNazis, Hitler's chief architect and later Minister of Armaments Albert Speer tends to be cast in a pretty favorable light by many movies that take his biased memoirs at face value. It also helps that he is one of the only Nazis who declared himself an atoner at the Nuremberg Trials, as well not being particularly obsessed with the whole racial purity thing. But they often tend to overlook his eager use of slave labor, disposession of Jewish tenants for his architectural plans, and his sheer efficiency at managing the German economy prolonging the war unnecessarily. To what extent he knew about the Holocaust is also up for debate. While not as horrible as someone like Himmler, filmmakers are too easy with swinging the pendulum in the other direction when in real life he was a very morally ambiguous man.
15th Aug '17 2:29:43 AM RobTan
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* The Jacobite risings are usually framed as Scottish struggles for independence from the English yoke, Bonnie Prince Charlie in particular is looked on as something of a TragicHero by Scots nationalists. In reality, there were Jacobite minorities in England and Hanoverians in Scotland, and the English Parliament had deposed the Catholic James II for being too pro-French, not pro-Scottish. Furthermore, while the Stuarts certainly wanted to reclaim the Scottish throne, at the time still legally separate from England, they were probably more concerned with the richer and more powerful Kingdom of England. So, while there was certainly an element of nationalism among the Scottish Jacobites, the risings were more of a struggle between Britain's Protestant political elite and continental Europe's old Catholic nobility than the [[RightfulKingReturns true king]] fighting to free his people.

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* The Jacobite risings are usually framed as Scottish struggles for to restore the [[RightfulKingReturns Rightful King]] and achieve independence from the English yoke, yoke; Bonnie Prince Charlie in particular is looked on as something of a TragicHero by Scots nationalists. In reality, there were Jacobite minorities in England and Hanoverians in Scotland, and the English Parliament had deposed the Catholic James II for being too pro-French, not pro-Scottish. Furthermore, while the Stuarts certainly wanted to reclaim the Scottish throne, at the time still legally separate from England, they were probably more concerned with the richer and more powerful Kingdom of England. So, while there was certainly an element of nationalism among the Scottish Jacobites, the risings were more of a struggle between Britain's Protestant political elite and continental Europe's old Catholic nobility than the [[RightfulKingReturns true king]] king fighting to free his people.
8th Aug '17 6:29:15 AM RobTan
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* The Jacobite risings are usually framed as Scottish struggles for independence from the English yoke, Bonnie Prince Charlie in particular is looked on as something of a TragicHero by Scots nationalists. In reality, there were Jacobite minorities in England and Hanoverians in Scotland, and the English Parliament had deposed the Catholic James II for being too pro-French, not pro-Scottish. Furthermore, while the Stuarts certainly wanted to reclaim the Scottish throne, at the time still legally separate from England, they were probably more concerned with the richer and more powerful Kingdom of England. So, while there was certainly an element of nationalism among the Scottish Jacobites, the risings were more of a struggle between Britain's largely Protestant political and financial elite, and the continental European Catholic royal houses and papacy.

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* The Jacobite risings are usually framed as Scottish struggles for independence from the English yoke, Bonnie Prince Charlie in particular is looked on as something of a TragicHero by Scots nationalists. In reality, there were Jacobite minorities in England and Hanoverians in Scotland, and the English Parliament had deposed the Catholic James II for being too pro-French, not pro-Scottish. Furthermore, while the Stuarts certainly wanted to reclaim the Scottish throne, at the time still legally separate from England, they were probably more concerned with the richer and more powerful Kingdom of England. So, while there was certainly an element of nationalism among the Scottish Jacobites, the risings were more of a struggle between Britain's largely Protestant political elite and financial elite, and the continental European Europe's old Catholic royal houses and papacy.nobility than the [[RightfulKingReturns true king]] fighting to free his people.
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