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30th Jun '16 8:45:14 PM damus2300
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* The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Blu-ray lore does this with Westeros history. The people and events that viewers are familiar with look different depending on the characters describing them.
23rd Jun '16 3:09:45 AM Luppercus
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* On ''TheMiddle'' episode ''Hecks at the Movie'' Frankie and Mike have very different accounts on how Mike shut Frankie in the middle of a conversation; in Frankie's account Mike was incredibly rude and everyone felt sorry for her whilst in Mike's account she was interrupting one of their friends telling a story and he was very tender and polite with her, of course the audience see was really happened at the beginning of the episode (unlike most Rashomon stories) which is part of the joke.
2nd Jun '16 8:51:30 AM bt8257
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Inspired by the famous Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', in itself inspired by the short story ''In a Grove'' by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa. This influential early example is a sophisticated use of this and, [[UnbuiltTrope unlike many later examples]], provides no definitive answers as to the truth. Nowadays, the "Rashomon Episode" is a staple of {{sitcom}}s since it lends itself well to comedy.

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Inspired by the famous Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', in itself inspired by the short story ''In a Grove'' by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa. This influential early example is a sophisticated use of this and, [[UnbuiltTrope unlike many later examples]], provides no definitive answers as to what the truth.truth is. Nowadays, the "Rashomon Episode" is a staple of {{sitcom}}s since it lends itself well to comedy.
1st Jun '16 10:36:47 PM damus2300
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* On ''Series/{{Life}}'', everyone has a conflicting story of how rock star Jude Hayes died. [[spoiler: He didn't. It's implied he is mentally unstable and has been living as a homeless though rich man for years.]]
1st Jun '16 10:20:59 PM damus2300
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* ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' is both the {{Trope Namer|s}} and the {{Trope Maker|s}}. In medieval Japan a husband and wife are accosted by a bandit. We see the story of the encounter only in flashback. Facts common to all stories: 1) The husband is overpowered and tied up by the bandit, 2) there is a sexual encounter between the bandit and the wife, and 3) the husband ends up dead. At the murder trial each principal tells a different story of the incident that puts him/herself in a good light, but each confesses to the murder, so we don't believe anyone is outright lying just to conceal his/her own guilt. For the sake of getting the husband's story first hand, we are asked to believe that a local ShrineMaiden is able to summon his spirit to testify.
** The wife claims that she was raped. When her husband demonstrated a sneering contempt for her helpless submission to the bandit, she killed him with a knife in her shock at his betrayal.
** The bandit claims the sex was consensual and the wife wanted to leave her husband for him. He killed the husband in a spectacular sword fight between highly skilled warriors over possession of the woman.
** The husband also claims the sex was consensual. In his story the unfaithful wife leaves with the bandit and there is no fight. Overcome with sorrow and shame, he takes his own life (his story is told through a medium).
** A woodcutter claims to have seen the whole thing. In his story, the sex is consensual. The wife wants to start a new life with the bandit, but urges him to kill her boring husband. This [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusts even the bandit]], who releases the husband; neither of them want the woman now. As she's about to be abandoned, the wife taunts the two into fighting for their own honor, if not for hers. The fight is a messy, comic brawl between ill-prepared cowards ending in the husband's death. Even the woodcutter's story is suspect, however. When his audience asks what happened to the wife's ornate dagger, he's accused of stealing it and looks guilty.



* The movie ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'' features a detective investigating the death of actor George Reeves. He goes through the many possible (and ultimately conflicting) theories on what happened.

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* The movie ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'' features a detective investigating the death of actor George Reeves. He goes through the many possible (and ultimately conflicting) theories on what happened.



* ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' is both the {{Trope Namer|s}} and the {{Trope Maker|s}}. In medieval Japan a husband and wife are accosted by a bandit. We see the story of the encounter only in flashback. Facts common to all stories: 1) The husband is overpowered and tied up by the bandit, 2) there is a sexual encounter between the bandit and the wife, and 3) the husband ends up dead. At the murder trial each principal tells a different story of the incident that puts him/herself in a good light, but each confesses to the murder, so we don't believe anyone is outright lying just to conceal his/her own guilt. For the sake of getting the husband's story first hand, we are asked to believe that a local ShrineMaiden is able to summon his spirit to testify.
** The wife claims that she was raped. When her husband demonstrated a sneering contempt for her helpless submission to the bandit, she killed him with a knife in her shock at his betrayal.
** The bandit claims the sex was consensual and the wife wanted to leave her husband for him. He killed the husband in a spectacular sword fight between highly skilled warriors over possession of the woman.
** The husband also claims the sex was consensual. In his story the unfaithful wife leaves with the bandit and there is no fight. Overcome with sorrow and shame, he takes his own life (his story is told through a medium).
** A woodcutter claims to have seen the whole thing. In his story, the sex is consensual. The wife wants to start a new life with the bandit, but urges him to kill her boring husband. This [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusts even the bandit]], who releases the husband; neither of them want the woman now. As she's about to be abandoned, the wife taunts the two into fighting for their own honor, if not for hers. The fight is a messy, comic brawl between ill-prepared cowards ending in the husband's death. Even the woodcutter's story is suspect, however. When his audience asks what happened to the wife's ornate dagger, he's accused of stealing it and looks guilty.



* The entire premise of ''Film/VantagePoint''. The events leading up to [[spoiler:an attempt to assassinate the US President]], told from eight perspectives, each revealing more information than the last. Only in the last telling do we have the whole story and the aftermath. Though in this case, none of the perspectives are objectively wrong; it's just that most of them are operating with incomplete information.

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* The entire premise of ''Film/VantagePoint''. The events leading up to [[spoiler:an attempt to assassinate abduct the US President]], told from eight perspectives, each revealing more information than the last. Only in the last telling do we have the whole story and the aftermath. Though in this case, none of the perspectives are objectively wrong; it's just that most of them are operating with incomplete information.
1st Jun '16 5:15:57 PM damus2300
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* This is the whole basis for the ''Film/{{Gigi}}'' musical number "I Remember It Well".
1st Jun '16 5:01:43 PM damus2300
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* The history of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is filled to the brim with conflicting accounts of the same events thanks to [[GossipEvolution gossip]] and [[UnreliableNarrator biased historians]].
30th May '16 9:07:44 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE7POV P.O.V.]]" While the actual events play out "straight" for the audience, each of the three officers narrating the events gives a different take. Bullock makes himself come off as the competent hero and says Batman screwed everything up (we know who really messed up). The rookie cop makes Batman come off as a supernatural being. Montoya more or less tells what really happened, and believed Batman was killed in the fire.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE7POV P.O.V.]]" While the actual events play out "straight" for the audience, each of the three officers narrating the events gives a different take. Bullock makes Bullock's account is filtered heavily through SelfServingMemory, as he tries to paint himself come off as the competent hero and says Batman as the one who screwed everything up (we know who really messed up). The Wilkes, [[NaiveNewcomer the rookie cop makes cop]], is being honest in his account, but he misunderstood quite a bit of what happened, resulting in him describing Batman come off as a supernatural being. being rather than a costumed crimefighter. Montoya more or less tells what really happened, and believed but she also mistakenly believes Batman was killed in the fire.
26th May '16 6:28:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Literature/AsILayDying'' by WilliamFaulkner is told from the heads of something like fourteen narrators, and the only half-sane one in the entire book gets sent to an insane asylum for trying to burn his mother's steadily-decaying body in someone else's barn and while inside the asylum, ''goes'' crazy. Major points (and potentially a Ph.D) to whoever can actually figure out who's reliable and what's going on.

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* ''Literature/AsILayDying'' by WilliamFaulkner Creator/WilliamFaulkner is told from the heads of something like fourteen narrators, and the only half-sane one in the entire book gets sent to an insane asylum for trying to burn his mother's steadily-decaying body in someone else's barn and while inside the asylum, ''goes'' crazy. Major points (and potentially a Ph.D) to whoever can actually figure out who's reliable and what's going on.
24th May '16 1:57:08 PM Laevatein
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** As a matter of fact, this could apply to 40K's fluff as a whole, with all of it being written by the various factions (and allowing any continuity errors to be explained away as propaganda).
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