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29th Apr '16 10:59:52 AM TVRulezAgain
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* Lemony Snicket, author of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' and framed fugitive, is shrouded in errors made by the Daily Punctilio rather than myth.
* 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 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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* Lemony Snicket, author of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' and framed fugitive, is shrouded in errors made by the Daily Punctilio rather than myth.
* 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 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.
28th Apr '16 7:09:28 AM Willbyr
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28th Apr '16 7:09:08 AM Willbyr
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26th Apr '16 3:58:15 PM Josef5678
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* Gandalf, specifically in ''Literature/TheHobbit': "Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale. Tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went, in the most extraordinary fashion."

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* Gandalf, specifically in ''Literature/TheHobbit': ''Literature/TheHobbit'': "Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale. Tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went, in the most extraordinary fashion."
26th Apr '16 10:53:02 AM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the legendary Knight Artorias the Abysswalker, who is said to have entered into the Abyss and come out untouched, and is credited for stopping the initial spread of the Abyss in the ruined nation of Oolacile. In the DLC, the player gets to travel back in time and participate in that legend. The reality: Artorias was indeed a brave and selfless knight, but he was unable to halt the Abyss, and was consumed and corrupted by it just like everyone else. The player is the one who actually halts the Abyss, and also puts poor Artorias [[MercyKill out of his misery]]. Since most of the games' lore is based around legends and folktales, this episode also casts considerable doubt on... well, most of the lore in general. Who is to say the legends are accurate?
23rd Apr '16 2:29:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FatherTed'', the mysterious Beast of Craggy Island causes some especially odd rumors, such as: It has four ears, two are for listening and two are sort of back-up ears. Some of the ears are on the inside of its head. For some reason it has a tremendous fear of stamps. Its yawn sounds like Creator/LiamNeeson chasing a load of hens around inside a barrel. Instead of a face, it has four arses.

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* In ''FatherTed'', ''Series/FatherTed'', the mysterious Beast of Craggy Island causes some especially odd rumors, such as: It has four ears, two are for listening and two are sort of back-up ears. Some of the ears are on the inside of its head. For some reason it has a tremendous fear of stamps. Its yawn sounds like Creator/LiamNeeson chasing a load of hens around inside a barrel. Instead of a face, it has four arses.



* Early in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', we meet one of the heroes of the Bajoran Resistance movement, whom the new Bajoran government wants to replace Major Kira with as liaison to the Federation. He's competent, but many of his successes are good luck and more are just stories. [[spoiler:He soon dies a heroic death.]]

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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Early in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', on, we meet one of the heroes of the Bajoran Resistance movement, whom the new Bajoran government wants to replace Major Kira with as liaison to the Federation. He's competent, but many of his successes are good luck and more are just stories. [[spoiler:He soon dies a heroic death.]]



* Abed's film "ABED" in Series/{{Community}} got this treatment even before it was even revealed.

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* Abed's film "ABED" in Series/{{Community}} ''Series/{{Community}}'' got this treatment even before it was even revealed.
16th Apr '16 7:36:39 AM FoolsEditAccount
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/UncommonTime''. Not only are all the myths about the World Tuning and the spirits 100% true, but Alto's ancestor Arietta is everything the legends claimed her to be and more. Alto actually fears invoking this trope when the party prepares to look through Arietta's memories in the Uncommon Time BonusDungeon and when [[spoiler:meeting Arietta's preserved personality copy]], but in the end discovers that Arietta really was the hero she always looked up to and she needn't have worried.
15th Apr '16 12:40:54 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the Winter Soldier, feared around the world as an unstoppable, [[ImplacableMan implacable]], faceless wraith, [[OneManArmy a killing machine without equal]] and a HeroKiller par excellence. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment His first appearance is suitably nightmarish, with it being left unclear whether or not he's actually human, silencing a room of hardened Death Eaters and the like by throwing the heads of a Nundu and a Chimera on the floor. He'd killed them without taking a scratch, or, apparently, even slowing down.]] In fact, he scares the crap out of quite literally everyone, with Nick Fury admitting that while he isn't actually afraid of him, he ''is'' 'terrified of what he's capable of', and the prospect of his return is greeted with a sort of quiet hysteria that Harry notes is actually far more disturbing than the fearmongering about Sirius.
* ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'': Over the course of the [[YearInsideHourOutside 1500 years that have passed]] since she helped to found Equestria, this has happened to Megan.
* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'': Harry is noted as variously being considered as either some sort of god, an avenging angel, an incarnation of one of the Valar, or an elf lord who had revealed himself in a time of need. Harry generally finds it rather funny, and considers glamouring his ears into points on hearing the last one. Since he is the titular 'Wizard in the Shadows', and he turns up wherever there is trouble and kills it, this is not surprising.
** He is even outright compared to Batman by Ron (who can't actually remember Batman's name, and has to be corrected).
** Merlin. It's a vast surprise when it's revealed that not only [[spoiler: does he have grandchildren]] but he's still meddling.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfiction:
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''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the Winter Soldier, feared around the world as an unstoppable, [[ImplacableMan implacable]], faceless wraith, [[OneManArmy a killing machine without equal]] and a HeroKiller par excellence. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment His first appearance is suitably nightmarish, with it being left unclear whether or not he's actually human, silencing a room of hardened Death Eaters and the like by throwing the heads of a Nundu and a Chimera on the floor. He'd killed them without taking a scratch, or, apparently, even slowing down.]] In fact, he scares the crap out of quite literally everyone, with Nick Fury admitting that while he isn't actually afraid of him, he ''is'' 'terrified of what he's capable of', and the prospect of his return is greeted with a sort of quiet hysteria that Harry notes is actually far more disturbing than the fearmongering about Sirius.
* ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'': Over the course of the [[YearInsideHourOutside 1500 years that have passed]] since she helped to found Equestria, this has happened to Megan.
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** ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'': Harry is noted as variously being considered as either some sort of god, an avenging angel, an incarnation of one of the Valar, or an elf lord who had revealed himself in a time of need. Harry generally finds it rather funny, and considers glamouring his ears into points on hearing the last one. Since he is the titular 'Wizard in the Shadows', and he turns up wherever there is trouble and kills it, this is not surprising.
** *** He is even outright compared to Batman by Ron (who can't actually remember Batman's name, and has to be corrected).
** *** Merlin. It's a vast surprise when it's revealed that not only [[spoiler: does he have grandchildren]] but he's still meddling.meddling.
** This process is how Harry's "Mr. Black" persona in ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'' comes to be known as an immortal ex-Dark Lord super-Auror type and the personification of Death. When Harry tells Fred and George that his reputed summer adventures are "one way of looking at it" they commend him on unintentionally pranking the entire wizarding world.



* ''Fanfic/AMightyDemonSlayerGroomsSomePonies'': Megan (from G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'') becomes this over the thousands of years after she left Ponyland. By the time the fanfic takes place, in the modern-day empire of Equestria, she is believed to have been a mighty, tall fearless warrior, not to mention the [[MessianicArchetype pony Messiah]]. When she meets face-to-face with the ponies, she finds their beliefs ridiculous.
* The same thing has happened in ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'', except that Princess Celestia was actually in a position to correct people's misapprehensions but didn't, for reasons that aren't terribly well-explained. Megan is a ''bit'' annoyed about this, but it gets overshadowed by the [[YearInsideHourOutside time desynch issue]] that meant everyone ''else'' she knew before is long dead.
* Yet another ''Friendship is Magic'' story that gives humans this treatment is ''Fanfic/{{The Last Human|A Tale Of The Pre Classical Era}}'', a FusionFic with Peter S. Beagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''. There are also plenty of rumors surrounding General Yarak and his White Roc (the story's stand-in for King Haggard and the Red Bull).
* This process is how Harry's "Mr. Black" persona in ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'' comes to be known as an immortal ex-Dark Lord super-Auror type and the personification of Death. When Harry tells Fred and George that his reputed summer adventures are "one way of looking at it" they commend him on unintentionally pranking the entire wizarding world.
* [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] enjoys this reputation in Fanfic/ShepardsRR. After all, he did unite a galaxy of bickering aliens, end a cycle of galactic annihilation that had continued for billions of years, and blew up a sun or two. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic The Equestrians]] are naturally curious to learn why all Shepard's companions speak almost reverently about him, and once they have access to his biography, they [[TheDreaded realize just who]] [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun they're dealing with]].

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* ''WsternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction:
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''Fanfic/AMightyDemonSlayerGroomsSomePonies'': Megan (from G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'') becomes this over the thousands of years after she left Ponyland. By the time the fanfic takes place, in the modern-day empire of Equestria, she is believed to have been a mighty, tall fearless warrior, not to mention the [[MessianicArchetype pony Messiah]]. When she meets face-to-face with the ponies, she finds their beliefs ridiculous.
* ** The same thing has happened in ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'', except that Princess Celestia was actually in a position to correct people's misapprehensions but didn't, for reasons that aren't terribly well-explained. Megan is a ''bit'' annoyed about this, but it gets overshadowed by the [[YearInsideHourOutside time desynch issue]] that meant everyone ''else'' she knew before is long dead.
* ** Yet another ''Friendship is Magic'' story that gives humans this treatment is ''Fanfic/{{The Last Human|A Tale Of The Pre Classical Era}}'', a FusionFic with Peter S. Beagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''. There are also plenty of rumors surrounding General Yarak and his White Roc (the story's stand-in for King Haggard and the Red Bull).
* This process is how Harry's "Mr. Black" persona in ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'' comes to be known as an immortal ex-Dark Lord super-Auror type and the personification of Death. When Harry tells Fred and George that his reputed summer adventures are "one way of looking at it" they commend him on unintentionally pranking the entire wizarding world.
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** [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] enjoys this reputation in Fanfic/ShepardsRR. After all, he did unite a galaxy of bickering aliens, end a cycle of galactic annihilation that had continued for billions of years, and blew up a sun or two. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic The Equestrians]] are naturally curious to learn why all Shepard's companions speak almost reverently about him, and once they have access to his biography, they [[TheDreaded realize just who]] [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun they're dealing with]].with]].
** ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' has Littlepip, who quickly acquires a rather impressive reputation. It's deserved, as she's smart, deadly and extraordinarily determined, but never outgrows being small, socially inept and a terrific dork. Towards the end of the fic this is noted by several characters who were really ExpectingSomeoneTaller.



* Fanfic/FalloutEquestria has Littlepip, who quickly acquires a rather impressive reputation. It's deserved, as she's smart, deadly and extraordinarily determined, but never outgrows being small, socially inept and a terrific dork. Towards the end of the fic this is noted by several characters who were really ExpectingSomeoneTaller.
15th Apr '16 12:33:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* Played with in FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi, Mercury's exploits- magical, and on the field of battle -are recounted remarkably accurately. This might be because her detractors have a vested interest in downplaying her achievments, and thus her combat reputation is basicaly accurate. Her [[AnythingThatMoves other]] [[ExtremeOmnisexual reputation]], on the other hand...

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* Played with in FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi, Mercury's exploits- exploits -- magical, and on the field of battle -are -- are recounted remarkably accurately. This might be because her detractors have a vested interest in downplaying her achievments, and thus her combat reputation is basicaly accurate. Her [[AnythingThatMoves other]] [[ExtremeOmnisexual reputation]], on the other hand...
14th Apr '16 1:32:41 PM Prfnoff
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*** Something similar happens in ''Batman: Gotham Knight'', where one of the kids encountered Batman and was left with the impression that he was some kind of robot; another thought he was some sort of shadow-creature; and the last thought he was a literal [[HalfHumanHybrid Bat-Man]].

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*** Something similar happens in ''Batman: Gotham Knight'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'', where one of the kids encountered Batman and was left with the impression that he was some kind of robot; another thought he was some sort of shadow-creature; and the last thought he was a literal [[HalfHumanHybrid Bat-Man]].
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