History Main / InternalRetcon

11th Sep '17 9:27:53 AM FredMSloniker
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Subtrope of, and is most likely to happen when history is, WrittenByTheWinners. UnPerson is a variety where individuals are "retconned away". DeceasedFallGuyGambit is another form of this. For when the past isn't so much completely changed as painted in a more favorable or less favorable light, see TreacheryCoverUp and HistoricalVillainUpgrade. When this trope is about constantly denied fears or threats, then it is NoMereWindmill.

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Subtrope of, and is most likely to happen when history is, WrittenByTheWinners. UnPerson is a variety where individuals are "retconned away". DeceasedFallGuyGambit is another form of this. For when the past isn't so much completely changed as painted in a more favorable or less favorable light, see TreacheryCoverUp and HistoricalVillainUpgrade. When this trope is about constantly denied fears or threats, then it is NoMereWindmill. If the authorities ''literally'' change the past, that's a CosmicRetcon.
13th Aug '17 12:23:21 AM Vir
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** In "Road to Europe" Brian and Stewie go to Munich, and while riding a tour bus Brian points out that the travel brochures completely omit any mention of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]. The tour guide is infuriated by Brian's transgression and accidentally lets the fact that he's a neo-Nazi slip when he starts yelling in German.

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** In "Road to Europe" Brian and Stewie go to Munich, and while riding a tour bus Brian points out that the travel brochures completely omit any mention of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The tour guide is infuriated by Brian's transgression and accidentally lets the fact that he's a neo-Nazi slip when he starts angrily yelling in German.
30th Apr '17 10:43:58 AM nombretomado
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* A big part of how ''Film/MenInBlack'' works is that agents use Neuralyzers to wipe people's memories of alien encounters, replacing these memories with more plausible ones. When first involved in the use of one, WillSmith gets mad at TommyLeeJones for making a woman believe that her husband left her instead of getting killed and his body used by an alien, and promptly narrates a different {{Retcon}} stating that she kicked him out, that she's happy she kicked him out, and that now she wants to go shopping for nice things.

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* A big part of how ''Film/MenInBlack'' works is that agents use Neuralyzers to wipe people's memories of alien encounters, replacing these memories with more plausible ones. When first involved in the use of one, WillSmith Creator/WillSmith gets mad at TommyLeeJones Creator/TommyLeeJones for making a woman believe that her husband left her instead of getting killed and his body used by an alien, and promptly narrates a different {{Retcon}} stating that she kicked him out, that she's happy she kicked him out, and that now she wants to go shopping for nice things.
9th Mar '17 7:21:44 PM Give1Take2
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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'': [[TheChurch The Chantry]] is well-known to rewrite historical documents to suit its politics at the time, glorifying not-so-great people because their nation or descendants happen to be in the Chantry's current good graces; and retroactively villainizing, [[UnPerson erasing]], or [[RaceLift race-lifting]] heroes whose race, magical ability, and/or nationality is at odds with the Chantry's current political shit list.
** The Elves: Despite the EnslavedElves of [[TheEmpire Tevinter]] fighting alongside [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste]], the Chantry's "Bride of the Maker," to free all of Southern Thedas (human and elf alike) from [[TheMagocracy Tevinter's]] iron grip, a few centuries later the Chantry [[UnPerson struck Andraste's elven general Shartan out of all historical and religious texts and declared any mention of him blasphemy]], just because of their war against the Elven Dales. Even after forcibly converting the entire elven race to either convert to Chantry worship or hide out in the woods, the Chantry refuses to acknowledge any past elven heroes, going so far as to RaceLift [[spoiler:Ameridan, an elven mage dual-Creators/Maker worshiper from the Dales who lived shortly before the Fall of the Dales]] to a devout Andrastian human muggle because it fit their own ideal image.
** Mage heroes also often find their magical abilities conveniently left out of historical documents and retellings of their exploits, such as the aforementioned [[spoiler:Ameridan]]. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cassandra notes how unfair it is that the mages who helped her save the previous Divine (basically Fantasy Pope) from a dragon attack got increasingly left out of retellings of the rescue until they were forgotten entirely, while she alone was eventually promoted to Right Hand of the next Divine, just because she ''happened'' to be the only non-mage in that rescue.
** The Chantry also does this for minor personal details, like [[BuryYourGays sexuality]]. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', if the PlayerCharacter is male and romances [[GayOption Dorian]], Dorian can remark at one point that he wonders how long before the Chantry writes ''that'' part out of retellings of the Inquisitor's life?
** They also do this to ''[[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste herself]]''. One Chantry sister, in the first game, comments on how current Chantry preachers would have you believe that Andraste converted most of Southern Thedas and defeated [[TheMagocracy Tevinter]] by handing out flowers and singing, when in actuality she was a ruthless ''[[GoodIsNotNice war general]]'' who defeated her enemies through [[WarIsHell brutal war campaigns]].
7th Mar '17 4:44:05 PM KeithM
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*** Garrus was given a relatively important advisory position prior to ''Mass Effect 3'', and although he dismisses it as just something done to make him shut up, the turians aren't people who tend to stick someone in a pointless position, and despite the Alliance getting curb-stomped on the first day of the Reaper attack, there's indications that senior officers aside from Hackett were also taking the threat seriously. The implication is that while the Council didn't publicly agree with Shepard, three of the four Council species (and some allies) were quietly doing something to get ready just in case. The only ones who didn't seem to have been the asari.

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*** Garrus was given a relatively important advisory position prior to ''Mass Effect 3'', and although he dismisses it as just something done to make him shut up, the turians aren't people who tend to stick someone in a pointless position, and despite the Alliance getting curb-stomped on the first day of the Reaper attack, attack there's indications that senior officers aside from Admiral Hackett were also taking the threat seriously. seriously, enough that when it became clear ''something'' was happening they immediately called Shepard for advice. The implication is that while the Council and assorted Council governments didn't publicly ''publicly'' agree with Shepard, three of the four Council species (and some allies) were quietly doing something things to get ready just in case. The only ones who didn't seem to have been were the asari.
15th Feb '17 1:07:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* The FramingDevice for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is that the CorruptChurch had covered up their crimes during the War of the Lions, and erased [[UnPerson Ramza]], a crucial figure from that war, out of the history books. A few centuries later, a report detailing Ramza's exploits in uncovered and released.

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The FramingDevice for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is that the CorruptChurch had covered up their crimes during the War of the Lions, and erased [[UnPerson Ramza]], a crucial figure from that war, out of the history books. A few centuries later, a report detailing Ramza's exploits in uncovered and released.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the Council decided that publicly backing Shepard's warnings about the Reapers was a losing move. Any evidence was covered up and blame was pinned solely on Saren and the geth. Codex entries even refer to the Reapers as a "conspiracy theory".

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In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the Council decided that publicly backing Shepard's warnings about the Reapers was a losing move. Any evidence was covered up and blame was pinned solely on Saren and the geth. Codex entries even refer to the Reapers as a "conspiracy theory".
15th Feb '17 1:07:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' episode ''The Enemy'', the 58th are being debriefed on what happened on their last mission, where they were subjected to a new Chig weapon that amplifies fears into full-blown crippling phobias. After the debrief is done, the conversation between the troopers at the end indicates that they collaborated to [[UnreliableNarrator leave out other far worse details.]]

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* In the ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' episode ''The Enemy'', the 58th are being debriefed on what happened on their last mission, where they were subjected to a new Chig weapon that amplifies fears into full-blown crippling phobias. After the debrief is done, the conversation between the troopers at the end indicates that they collaborated to [[UnreliableNarrator leave out other far worse details.]]
12th Dec '16 12:23:27 AM KeithM
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*** Garrus was given a relatively important advisory position prior to ''Mass Effect 3'', and although he dismisses it as just something done to make him shut up, the turians aren't people who tend to stick someone in a pointless position, and despite the Alliance getting curb-stomped on the first day of the Reaper attack, there's indications that senior officers aside from Hackett were also taking the threat seriously. The implication is that while the Council didn't publicly agree with Shepard, three of the four Council species (and some allies) were quietly doing something to get ready just in case. The only ones who didn't seem to have been the asari.
30th Nov '16 5:26:56 PM MitchellProductions
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Subtrope of, and is most likely to happen when history is, WrittenByTheWinners. UnPerson is a variety where individuals are "retconned away". DeceasedFallGuyGambit is another form of this. For when the past isn't so much completely changed as painted in a more favorable or less favorable light, see TreacheryCoverUp and HistoricalVillainUpgrade.

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Subtrope of, and is most likely to happen when history is, WrittenByTheWinners. UnPerson is a variety where individuals are "retconned away". DeceasedFallGuyGambit is another form of this. For when the past isn't so much completely changed as painted in a more favorable or less favorable light, see TreacheryCoverUp and HistoricalVillainUpgrade. When this trope is about constantly denied fears or threats, then it is NoMereWindmill.
10th Aug '16 9:02:34 PM Donquill
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the Diamond Authority leading the Homeworld Gems have been apparently doing their best to cover up how badly things went for them in the Rebellion. They even went as far as to [[spoiler:UnPerson Pink Diamond after Rose shattered her, to the point that only Rebellion veterans seem to remember that she existed ''at all'']].
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