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29th Jan '16 11:30:36 AM AHI-3000
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* One episode of ''TheBoondocks'' features this about a historical figure, Catcher Freeman. One of the slaves in the background describes Freeman like this: "14 feet tall... And he can fly! Underwater!". Characters in the present continue this by telling several wildly conflicting stories about him until Huey searches him up on the internet and finds what is presumably the true (at the least more believable) version.
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* One episode of ''TheBoondocks'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' features this about a historical figure, Catcher Freeman. One of the slaves in the background describes Freeman like this: "14 feet tall... And he can fly! Underwater!". Characters in the present continue this by telling several wildly conflicting stories about him until Huey searches him up on the internet and finds what is presumably the true (at the least more believable) version.
24th Jan '16 4:11:45 PM NeonFox
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* According to Natasha Romanoff: "Most of the intelligence community doesn't believe he exists. The ones that do call him the [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]]. He's credited with over two dozen assassinations over the past ''fifty'' years." Steve replies, "So he's a ghost story."
21st Jan '16 7:13:08 PM HeraldAlberich
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* This happens to Z, the main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''. His reputation alone leads a people's revolution while the ant himself is entirely absent and unaware of what's happening back at the colony. One rumor says he caused a soldier ant to burst into flames by looking at him, when said spontaneous combustion was actually caused by an insect-scale KillSat: a kid with a magnifying glass.
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* This happens to Z, the main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''. His reputation alone leads a people's revolution while the ant himself is entirely absent and unaware of what's happening back at the colony. One rumor says he caused a soldier ant to burst into flames by looking at him, when said spontaneous combustion was actually caused by an insect-scale KillSat: a kid with a magnifying glass.SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass.
19th Jan '16 5:14:54 PM DarkHunter
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind is surprised to hear the weird and wonderful theories people develop about the Great Wizzard (sic), including being 9 foot tall, multiheaded, and breathing fire. Rincewind tends to resent his reputation for always escaping danger not because it is untrue ''per se'', but because people assume he then must be a great hero who defeats his enemies, rather than his deliberate, actual attempts to be a well-planned (but breathing) coward.
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind is surprised to hear the weird and wonderful theories people develop about the Great Wizzard (sic), including being 9 foot tall, multiheaded, and breathing fire. Rincewind tends to resent his reputation for always escaping danger not because it is untrue ''per se'', but because people assume he then must be a great hero who defeats his enemies, rather than his deliberate, actual attempts to be a well-planned (but breathing) coward.

*** Of course, the truth is pretty impressive: "Sam Vimes [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} once arrested Vetinari for treason]]. Sam Vimes [[Discworld/GuardsGuards once arrested a dragon]]. Sam Vimes [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands]]. (He's an arresting fellow, Sam Vimes.) Sam Vimes [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant killed a werewolf with his bare hands]], and carries the law with him like a lamp. Watchmen across half the continent will say that [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Sam Vimes is as straight as an arrow, can't be corrupted, won't be turned, never took a bribe]]. The Assassins' Guild ''refuses'' contracts on Sam Vimes." **** Strictly, it was Carrot who arrested the dragon, but the rest is all true. Also, the Assassin's Guild refuses contracts both because he's so unkillable, and because his death would leave Ankh-Morpork in a shambles, but still, they dassn't try to kill him. **** [[Discworld/{{Thud}} And thats not to mention that he arrested an]] EldritchAbomination within himself [[HeroicWillpower by sheer force of autodiscipline]]. And he doesn't even know it. Seriously, the man is more of a subversion... *** It's mentioned in passing at least once that city police forces that pattern themselves like the Ankh-Morpork City Watch are often called "Sammies" (even in areas where most people haven't heard of him), in part thanks to the Ankh-Morpork trained watchmen who leave the city to take up officer positions elsewhere. **** Presumably a reference to the fact that British police officers are nicknamed "Bobbies" in reference to Robert Peel, the man who wrote the [[strike: book]] precepts on How To Be A Good Copper. *** More recently, he's become something of a demon amongst some dwarves (for whom his most impressive title is not 'Duke' nor 'Commander' but 'Blackboard Monitor').
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*** Of course, ** The issue with Vimes is that even the honest truth is pretty impressive: of his exploits sound like overblown tall tales: "Sam Vimes [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} once arrested Vetinari for treason]]. Sam Vimes [[Discworld/GuardsGuards once arrested a dragon]]. Sam Vimes [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands]]. (He's an arresting fellow, Sam Vimes.) Sam Vimes [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant killed a werewolf with his bare hands]], and carries the law with him like a lamp. Watchmen across half the continent will say that [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Sam Vimes is as straight as an arrow, can't be corrupted, won't be turned, never took a bribe]]. The Assassins' Guild ''refuses'' contracts on Sam Vimes." **** Strictly, it was Carrot who arrested the dragon, but the rest is all true. Also, the Assassin's Guild refuses contracts both because he's so unkillable, and because his death would leave Ankh-Morpork in a shambles, but still, they dassn't try to kill him. **** " [[Discworld/{{Thud}} And thats not to mention that he arrested an]] EldritchAbomination within himself [[HeroicWillpower by sheer force of autodiscipline]]. And he doesn't even know it. Seriously, the man is more of a subversion... *** It's mentioned in passing at least once that city police forces that pattern themselves like the Ankh-Morpork City Watch are often called "Sammies" (even in areas where most people haven't heard of him), in part thanks to the Ankh-Morpork trained watchmen who leave the city to take up officer positions elsewhere. **** Presumably elsewhere. (Presumably a reference to the fact that British police officers are nicknamed "Bobbies" in reference to Robert Peel, the man who wrote the [[strike: book]] precepts on How To Be A Good Copper. *** More Copper.) Most recently, he's become something of a demon amongst some dwarves (for whom his most impressive title is not 'Duke' nor 'Commander' but 'Blackboard Monitor').
15th Jan '16 5:30:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* The nature of the [[BigBad Sea Hags]] in FiftyFathoms. A problem for any party who wants to save the world.
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* The nature of the [[BigBad Sea Hags]] in FiftyFathoms.''TabletopGame/FiftyFathoms''. A problem for any party who wants to save the world.
5th Jan '16 2:57:06 PM ultimomant
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* By the time in ''Film/{{TheForceAwakens}}'' the heroic duties of the Original Trilogy PowerTrio Luke,Leia, and Han have become somewhat of a myth to the more common folk. Even main heroine Rey is in shock to find out Luke Skywalker is indeed a real person.
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* By the time in ''Film/{{TheForceAwakens}}'' of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' the heroic duties of the Original Trilogy PowerTrio Luke,Leia, Luke, Leia, and Han have become somewhat of a myth to the more common folk. Even main heroine Rey is in shock to find out Luke Skywalker is indeed a real person.
26th Dec '15 5:11:28 PM CaptainSkywalker
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* By the time in ''Film/{{TheForceAwakens}}'' the heroic duties of the Original Trilogy PowerTrio Luke,Leia, and Han have become somewhat of a myth to the more common folk. Even main heroine Rey is in shock to find out Luke Skywalker is indeed a real person.
19th Dec '15 7:49:24 PM nombretomado
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* Part of the appeal of the character Ronnie Gardocki, on ''TheShield'', was his mystery shrouded past.
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* Part of the appeal of the character Ronnie Gardocki, on ''TheShield'', ''Series/TheShield'', was his mystery shrouded past.
14th Dec '15 1:35:26 PM Discar
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Holy Child is no longer a trope.
* This works to the entire world's disadvantage in the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'', after two girls rediscover a long-forgotten telekinetic technique. In a matter of days, they're [[HolyChild Holy Children]] and the story has been elevated into grandiose myth. The kids get so self-conscious they start mind-blocking and lose ''all'' their ESP abilities.
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* This works to the entire world's disadvantage in the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'', after two girls rediscover a long-forgotten telekinetic technique. In a matter of days, they're [[HolyChild Holy Children]] Children and the story has been elevated into grandiose myth. The kids get so self-conscious they start mind-blocking and lose ''all'' their ESP abilities.
2nd Dec '15 2:21:13 PM Ambaryerno
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* Comicbook/{{X 23}} to an extent. The mere mention of her name involved in events surrounding ''Messiah Complex'' sets off red flags with Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}, and prompts them to send a team (actually H.A.M.M.E.R. agents infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.) after her. Her reputation as an assassin is certainly justified. What ''nobody'' expects is that this accomplished killer is outwardly.
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