History Main / MaliciousSlander

30th Oct '16 11:01:44 AM ZarbiNerada
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* In [[http://derpiboo.ru/147019 this]] ''Celestia's Servant Interview'' comic, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Gilda]] is claiming that in their run-in in ''Griffon the Brush-Off'', Fluttershy yelled at her and threw racial slurs.

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* In [[http://derpiboo.ru/147019 [[https://derpibooru.org/147019 this]] ''Celestia's Servant Interview'' comic, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Gilda]] is claiming that in their run-in in ''Griffon the Brush-Off'', Fluttershy yelled at her and threw racial slurs.
29th Oct '16 3:48:01 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', it is hinted at that several very unflattering rumours regarding Maia's person and the reasons for his relegation circulate at court. It does not make his job any easier, especially since these rumours were started by his father, the previous emperor, who had said some things that could be interpreted very unfavourably. In truth, his father just resented Maia for being the result of an unhappy arranged marriage.
8th Oct '16 5:10:15 PM InsanityPrelude
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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'': [[spoiler:Echo Girl]] tries to pull this on Jumin and Zen for turning down her romantic advances in one of the routes. [[spoiler:Her claim that Zen sexually harassed her]] nearly tanks his career, although the other rumor (that [[spoiler:Jumin is gay]]) gets shrugged off.
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21st Sep '16 8:58:54 PM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'': After defeating the titular dragon that has been scouring the land and was prophesized to perform a ritual with a FallenHero that would bring the apocalypse, you return home only to discover that the apocalypse has occurred. The Duke, who was famous for dealing with the last dragon, has speed-aged into an old man. He reveals that last time, ''he'' made a deal with the dragon, who did NOT destroy the world but simply slept until now. By rejecting the DealWithTheDevil and defeating the dragon YOU have signaled the end of the world. In spite, the Duke publically slanders YOU as the Deal Taker, justifying his claim with the destruction that surely would not have come if you destroyed the dragon as the prophecies (and common sense) foretold. They side with him.
21st Sep '16 8:47:23 PM kome360
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* ''Film/LittleNicky'': Nicodemus (AKA Little Nicky) is framed for murdering a bunch of people in a five-star restaurant. The massacre wasn't even real. The film is so hideously doctored that a demon behind the times gets the reference:
-->Nicky:What the heck?! That's just my face plastered in that scene from Scarface!



* At the beginning of the arson cases segment in ''VideoGame/LANoire'' [[spoiler: Cole's partner sets him up protect his superiors from a scandal, using the fact he had an affair with a German woman (a refugee from Nazi Germany) to brand him a traitor who ran out on his wife (she threw him out.]] This is lampshaded by the description of the default outfit for the arson cases;

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* At the beginning of the arson cases segment in ''VideoGame/LANoire'' [[spoiler: Cole's partner sets him up protect his superiors from a scandal, using the fact he had an affair with a German woman (a refugee from Nazi Germany) to brand him a traitor who ran out on his wife (she threw him out.out).]] This is lampshaded by the description of the default outfit for the arson cases;
19th Sep '16 8:58:52 AM StFan
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No RealLife examples--suffice to say that ''all'' propaganda contains elements of this, but to what extent is highly debatable. Too much chance of FlameBait--besides which, we don't want ''this'' to be a SelfDemonstratingArticle. We should note that this trope is not exactly the same as malicious slander/libel/defamation in strict legal terms; in the law of defamation, "malice" means (in most jurisdictions, including, most importantly,[[note]]In legal terms: besides being the law applying most directly to ThisVeryWiki, American law is the one that gets the most mileage out of the concept of "malice"[[/note]] the United States) publishing/disseminating false information about another either ''knowing'' that the information is false (i.e., saying things you know are not true), or ''recklessly disregarding the possibility'' that it is false (i.e. saying things that might or might not be true but which you have no basis for saying, and if they happen to be true, it's an accident). Simply repeating something you heard doesn't generally count, so in general terms ordinary town gossip isn't going to get you very far in a slander/libel/defamation suit.[[note]]This can be important, as it can govern liability (depending on where you are and who is suing who, someone suing someone else for defamation/libel/slander may need to prove malice, and, generally speaking, punitive damages, if they are available at all, would only be available if the defamer spoke/wrote with malice).[[/note]] However, mere gossip can be enough to be this trope.

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No RealLife examples--suffice examples -- suffice to say that ''all'' propaganda contains elements of this, but to what extent is highly debatable. Too much chance of FlameBait--besides FlameBait -- besides which, we don't want ''this'' to be a SelfDemonstratingArticle. We should note that this trope is not exactly the same as malicious slander/libel/defamation in strict legal terms; in the law of defamation, "malice" means (in most jurisdictions, including, most importantly,[[note]]In legal terms: besides being the law applying most directly to ThisVeryWiki, American law is the one that gets the most mileage out of the concept of "malice"[[/note]] the United States) publishing/disseminating false information about another either ''knowing'' that the information is false (i.e., saying things you know are not true), or ''recklessly disregarding the possibility'' that it is false (i.e. saying things that might or might not be true but which you have no basis for saying, and if they happen to be true, it's an accident). Simply repeating something you heard doesn't generally count, so in general terms ordinary town gossip isn't going to get you very far in a slander/libel/defamation suit.[[note]]This can be important, as it can govern liability (depending on where you are and who is suing who, someone suing someone else for defamation/libel/slander may need to prove malice, and, generally speaking, punitive damages, if they are available at all, would only be available if the defamer spoke/wrote with malice).[[/note]] However, mere gossip can be enough to be this trope.






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* A sizable chunk of the drek Comicbook/SpiderMan deals with can be blamed on J. Jonah Jameson's blatant libel in the ''Daily Bugle''. He actually once took them to court over it, but unfortunately his overenthusiastic lawyer then included Peter Parker in the suit.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strips, poor Opus was accused of committing "penguin lust" by Bill the Cat (who had become a telemarketing scam artist who called himself "Oral Bill"). Despite never even telling anyone just what "penguin lust" was, Opus became a pariah because of it (so much that the public library revoked his card) and was eventually driven out of Bloom County - until, that is, everyone got bored of Bill and stopped listening. Of course, by then, finding Opus and telling him he could come back was a challenge.

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* A sizable chunk of the drek Comicbook/SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan deals with can be blamed on J. Jonah Jameson's blatant libel in the ''Daily Bugle''. He actually once took them to court over it, but unfortunately his overenthusiastic lawyer then included Peter Parker in the suit.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strips, poor Opus was accused of committing "penguin lust" by Bill the Cat (who had become a telemarketing scam artist who called himself "Oral Bill"). Despite never even telling anyone just what "penguin lust" was, Opus became a pariah because of it (so much that the public library revoked his card) and was eventually driven out of Bloom County - until, that is, everyone got bored of Bill and stopped listening. Of course, by then, finding Opus and telling him he could come back was a challenge.
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* In one series of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strips, poor Opus was accused of committing "penguin lust" by Bill the Cat (who had become a telemarketing scam artist who called himself "Oral Bill"). Despite never even telling anyone just what "penguin lust" was, Opus became a pariah because of it (so much that the public library revoked his card) and was eventually driven out of Bloom County - until, that is, everyone got bored of Bill and stopped listening. Of course, by then, finding Opus and telling him he could come back was a challenge.
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* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'',
** the heroine's sister-in-law tells her brother that the heroine had refused to sell her a pumpkin, which she sold to others, when in fact the heroine had given her one as a gift and had then run out.
** the heroine's brother tells the king and queen that her hand had been chopped off because she was a witch, getting her driven off.

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* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'',
** the The heroine's sister-in-law tells her brother that the heroine had refused to sell her a pumpkin, which she sold to others, when in fact the heroine had given her one as a gift and had then run out.
** the The heroine's brother tells the king and queen that her hand had been chopped off because she was a witch, getting her driven off.



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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genevieve_of_Brabant Genevieve of Brabant]], the wife of palatine count Siegfried of Treves, was accused of adultery by a rebuffed would-be lover and had to live in [[TheLostWoods the woods]] with her son (She had actually been put in death row, but the executioner took pity on her and let her go.) Fortunately, she had magical help from a magical roe deer, who helped FallenPrincess Genevieve get food while residing in a cavern. When her husband finds out about the deceit, he goes to search for Genevieve and their kid, and thanks to the roe he finds them and asks for forgiveness.
** It's apparently based on the real life story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_of_Brabant Marie of Brabant]], only that Marie wasn't as lucky as Genevieve and ''did'' end up executed.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genevieve_of_Brabant Genevieve of Brabant]], the wife of palatine count Siegfried of Treves, was accused of adultery by a rebuffed would-be lover and had to live in [[TheLostWoods the woods]] with her son (She had actually been put in death row, but the executioner took pity on her and let her go.) Fortunately, she had magical help from a magical roe deer, who helped FallenPrincess Genevieve get food while residing in a cavern. When her husband finds out about the deceit, he goes to search for Genevieve and their kid, and thanks to the roe he finds them and asks for forgiveness. It's apparently based on the real life story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_of_Brabant Marie of Brabant]], only that Marie wasn't as lucky as Genevieve and ''did'' end up executed.



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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Zola [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090302 repeats]] rumors about Gil at Beetleburg, saying he was completely crazy there. ([[RightInFrontOfMe To Gil, actually.]])

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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Zola [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090302 repeats]] rumors about Gil at Beetleburg, saying he was completely crazy there. ([[RightInFrontOfMe To Gil, actually.]])



* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': Charlie's answer to charges of having violated neutrality by helping one side for free.
** Actually, he simply denies helping them for free. He doesn't call it slander until they suggest he actually spent money helping them.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': Charlie's answer to charges of having violated neutrality by helping one side for free.
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free. Actually, he simply denies helping them for free. He doesn't call it slander until they suggest he actually spent money helping them.



* ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/020117c How keep Dr. Light from realizing you're evil? Why, say the guy who says that has turned evil.]]
* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', Garland starts an ad campaign linking the Light Warriors to recent attacks of terrorism. Inverted in that the Light Warriors ''are'' responsible for recent attacks of terrorism.
* In ''MenInHats'', Aram [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20040209.html takes one of Jeriah's poems, rewrites it to be anti-religious, and passes it along to religious zealot Sam]].

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* ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'': ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/020117c How keep Dr. Light from realizing you're evil? Why, say the guy who says that has turned evil.]]
* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Garland starts an ad campaign linking the Light Warriors to recent attacks of terrorism. Inverted in that the Light Warriors ''are'' responsible for recent attacks of terrorism.
* In ''MenInHats'', ''Webcomic/MenInHats'', Aram [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20040209.html takes one of Jeriah's poems, rewrites it to be anti-religious, and passes it along to religious zealot Sam]].



* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Phase is a Goodkind. That means his family is the most famous, most important group of mutant haters on the planet. Phase is a mutant at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. Pretty much everybody there assumes he's still a mutant-hating monster. In the beginning of "Ayla and the Mad Scientist", people are gossiping about him supposedly kicking Bladedancer out of Team Kimba, and all the horrible reasons that might be behind it. To make matters worse, Bladedancer asked to be tossed out of Team Kimba (as part of gambit to place her as a [[TheMole mole in another group]]), so it's hard to deny.

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Phase is a Goodkind. That means his family is the most famous, most important group of mutant haters on the planet. Phase is a mutant at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. Pretty much everybody there assumes he's still a mutant-hating monster. In the beginning of "Ayla and the Mad Scientist", people are gossiping about him supposedly kicking Bladedancer out of Team Kimba, and all the horrible reasons that might be behind it. To make matters worse, Bladedancer asked to be tossed out of Team Kimba (as part of gambit to place her as a [[TheMole mole in another group]]), so it's hard to deny.



* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' adapts ''TheRailwaySeries'' Reconstruction "Dirty Work", in which Diesel creates Malicious Slander about the tender engines to frame Duck.

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* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
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adapts ''TheRailwaySeries'' ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' Reconstruction "Dirty Work", in which Diesel creates Malicious Slander about the tender engines to frame Duck.




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14th Aug '16 7:09:08 PM billybobfred
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* Used as the main plot device in ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''. At a 1930s all-girls school, a bratty girl mad at her teachers conquers up a lie about them being lesbian lovers. Considering one of them was engaged, and this was the early thirties, it single-handedly ruined their lives.

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* Used as the main plot device in ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour''. At a 1930s all-girls school, a bratty girl mad at her teachers conquers conjures up a lie about them being lesbian lovers. Considering one of them was engaged, and this was the early thirties, it single-handedly ruined their lives.
11th Aug '16 8:54:26 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'', Miles is surrounded by rumors that he killed Ekaterin's husband in order to woo her.
** It backfires in a scene that is blended CrowningMomentOfAwesome and CrowningMomentOfFunny, courtesy of Miles' father and Ekaterin herself.
---> "It seems if you are Vorkosigan enough, you can get away with Murder!"
---> "If you truly believe that, ''[[RefugeInAudacity why are you standing in my way?]]''"

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'', ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', Miles is surrounded by rumors that he killed Ekaterin's husband in order to woo her.
** It backfires in a scene that is blended CrowningMomentOfAwesome and CrowningMomentOfFunny, courtesy of Miles' father and Ekaterin herself.
---> "It seems if you are Vorkosigan enough, you can get away with Murder!"
---> "If you truly believe that, ''[[RefugeInAudacity why are you standing in my way?]]''"
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10th Aug '16 9:00:26 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'', Charissa spreads lies and scary gossip about Alaric Morgan as part of her plan to undermine him. She's assisted by her lover, [[spoiler: the traitorous Lord Ian Howell]], who tells her, "I'd assumed it was an exercise in maliceónot that you need the practice." Since Morgan is already a known Deryni, her efforts merely add to [[HeroWithBadPublicity his bad reputation]].

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* In ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Deryni Rising]]'', Charissa spreads lies and scary gossip about Alaric Morgan as part of her plan to undermine him. She's assisted by her lover, [[spoiler: the traitorous Lord Ian Howell]], who tells her, "I'd assumed it was an exercise in maliceónot that you need the practice." Since Morgan is already a known Deryni, her efforts merely add to [[HeroWithBadPublicity his bad reputation]].
10th Aug '16 7:29:50 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' portrays Lady Jane Rochford as a malicious gossip who is prone to creating rumors wholesale out of spite, since she's trapped in a horrible marriage with George Boleyn and that's how she chooses to deal with it. Thomas Cromwell doesn't necessarily believe her, but her stories are handy when it comes time to break Henry's marriage with Anne.



* In ''Series/WolfHall'', this is how Anne Boleyn gets disgraced.

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* In ''Series/WolfHall'', this is how Anne Boleyn gets disgraced.disgraced, mainly at the hands of her sister-in-law Lady Jane Rochford--she accuses her husband of having an incestuous affair with Anne, and Thomas Cromwell works up a rationalization to make it plausible for the court.
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