History Main / ShroudedInMyth

7th Jul '16 5:30:29 PM Doug86
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* The Emperor in Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[BookOfSwords Books of Swords]]''. He is a clown, or he is the most powerful man in the world. He is immortal, or he is dead. He is the king of beggars, or he is the father of kings. We never get the full story. We meet the Emperor, but we never learn his history. He may have been the BigBad Emperor from Saberhagen's ''Empire of the East'' series, but who knows. Come to think of it, ''that'' Emperor is equally Shrouded in Myth.

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* The Emperor in Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[BookOfSwords ''[[Literature/BookOfSwords Books of Swords]]''. He is a clown, or he is the most powerful man in the world. He is immortal, or he is dead. He is the king of beggars, or he is the father of kings. We never get the full story. We meet the Emperor, but we never learn his history. He may have been the BigBad Emperor from Saberhagen's ''Empire of the East'' series, but who knows. Come to think of it, ''that'' Emperor is equally Shrouded in Myth.
5th Jul '16 11:21:59 AM Jake
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** Early 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.]]

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** Early 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.stories; the example given being [[TheDreaded a particularly notorious Cardassian military officer]] whose death was made out to be some kind of epic DuelToTheDeath... when in fact they walked into each other as said Cardassian was getting out of the lake where he'd been taking a swim, shot him before he could grab the sidearm he'd left next to his clothes and didn't even realise who the guy was until later. [[spoiler:He soon dies a heroic death.]]
28th Jun '16 11:06:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Patrick Rothfuss's ''TheNameOfTheWind'', as main character Kvothe tells Chronicler about his past he's interrupted by some locals coming into the inn, telling a story about the legendary Kvothe the Kingkiller that is a hilariously exaggerated and embellished retelling of events that Kvothe himself had gone over a few minutes before. They had no clue that the story was really about the [[RetiredBadass unassuming innkeeper]] who's been serving their beer for the past year. As a youth he'd been the one to deliberately start many of the first rumors about himself.

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* In Patrick Rothfuss's ''TheNameOfTheWind'', ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', as main character Kvothe tells Chronicler about his past he's interrupted by some locals coming into the inn, telling a story about the legendary Kvothe the Kingkiller that is a hilariously exaggerated and embellished retelling of events that Kvothe himself had gone over a few minutes before. They had no clue that the story was really about the [[RetiredBadass unassuming innkeeper]] who's been serving their beer for the past year. As a youth he'd been the one to deliberately start many of the first rumors about himself.
26th Jun '16 10:30:37 AM nombretomado
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* In ''BaldursGate 2'', Renal the "Bloodscalp", head of the Shadow Thieves in Athkatla [[spoiler:(but not really; he's a front man)]] is disappointed when he first meet you, having expected something more impressive. One of the possible dialogue options is to tell him that you expected more from such a high-ranking [[TheSyndicate Shadow Thief]].
** In the first game, after clearing out the mines, the players can see the start of the rumors of the "Eight Feet Tall, Incredibly Handsome/Beautiful Spell-slinging badasses" rumors that you could either try to dispel, or help spread it. There's even a sequence where you can convince a particularly stupid bounty-hunter ogre to leave you alone:

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* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'':
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In ''BaldursGate 2'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Renal the "Bloodscalp", head of the Shadow Thieves in Athkatla [[spoiler:(but not really; he's a front man)]] is disappointed when he first meet you, having expected something more impressive. One of the possible dialogue options is to tell him that you expected more from such a high-ranking [[TheSyndicate Shadow Thief]].
** In [[VideoGame/BaldursGate the first game, game]], after clearing out the mines, the players can see the start of the rumors of the "Eight Feet Tall, Incredibly Handsome/Beautiful Spell-slinging badasses" rumors that you could either try to dispel, or help spread it. There's even a sequence where you can convince a particularly stupid bounty-hunter ogre to leave you alone:
3rd Jun '16 4:07:33 AM BillyHorrible
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*** Well, even if we take away everything from said source, we still keep a villainous character who is wanted on an international scale and whose face isn't even known[[spoiler: until the end. Maybe.]]
1st Jun '16 9:24:33 PM ReturnedYetAgain
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* Robin McKinley's ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'' sees this happen to Robin Hood. Folk legend quickly transforms Robin from a runaway forester who accidentally killed a man in self defense, to the valiant outlaw rebel against Norman tyranny who's a crack shot with the bow and robs the rich to feed the poor. (Some even believe he's one of [[TheOldGods]] come to save England, a sideways reference to more modern myths.) A newcomer to his band is shocked to discover that Robin is actually the worst archer of the bunch. King Richard wryly expresses disappointment that the real Robin Hood doesn't wear seven-league boots and knock down walls with his voice.

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* Robin McKinley's [=McKinley=]'s ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'' sees this happen to Robin Hood. Folk legend quickly transforms Robin from a runaway forester who accidentally killed a man in self defense, to the valiant outlaw rebel against Norman tyranny who's a crack shot with the bow and robs the rich to feed the poor. (Some even believe he's one of [[TheOldGods]] [[TheOldGods the old pagan gods]] come to save England, a sideways reference to more modern myths.) A newcomer to his band is shocked to discover that Robin is actually the worst archer of the bunch. King Richard wryly expresses disappointment that the real Robin Hood doesn't wear seven-league boots and knock down walls with his voice.
1st Jun '16 9:21:45 PM ReturnedYetAgain
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* ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'' sees this happen to Robin Hood. Folk legend quickly transfoms from a runaway forester who accidentally killed a man in self defense, to the valiant outlaw rebel against Norman tyranny who's a crack shot with the bow and robs the rich to feed the poor. A newcomer to his band is shocked to discover that Robin is actually the worst archer of the bunch.

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* Robin McKinley's ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'' sees this happen to Robin Hood. Folk legend quickly transfoms transforms Robin from a runaway forester who accidentally killed a man in self defense, to the valiant outlaw rebel against Norman tyranny who's a crack shot with the bow and robs the rich to feed the poor. (Some even believe he's one of [[TheOldGods]] come to save England, a sideways reference to more modern myths.) A newcomer to his band is shocked to discover that Robin is actually the worst archer of the bunch.bunch. King Richard wryly expresses disappointment that the real Robin Hood doesn't wear seven-league boots and knock down walls with his voice.
1st Jun '16 9:18:17 PM ReturnedYetAgain
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* ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'' sees this happen to Robin Hood. Folk legend quickly transfoms from a runaway forester who accidentally killed a man in self defense, to the valiant outlaw rebel against Norman tyranny who's a crack shot with the bow and robs the rich to feed the poor. A newcomer to his band is shocked to discover that Robin is actually the worst archer of the bunch.
23rd May '16 7:06:58 AM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidGemmell's character Druss the Legend from ''Legend'' and various sequels. He's fully aware that he's mortal and fallible and that the bards have exaggerated his prowess, but he also knows the value of his legend to morale.

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* Creator/DavidGemmell's character ''Literature/{{Drenai}}'' saga:
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Druss the Legend from ''Legend'' and various sequels. is introduced in ''Literature/{{Legend}}'' as a sixty-year-old RetiredBadass. He's fully aware that he's mortal and fallible and that the bards have exaggerated his prowess, but he also knows the value of his legend to morale.morale.
** Waylander appears in his own novels as a backstabbing regicide Anti-Hero who was less than sporting at the best of times; by Druss's time he has been transformed into a Knight In Shining Armour in the popular imagination.
22nd May '16 8:34:07 AM Nyame
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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."

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* According ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' has the titular antagonist. His origins remain a mystery, yet what he's done over the course of the last five decades have shaped the world, and rightfully earned him the title of [[TheDreaded the world's deadliest assassin]]. Even Natasha, arguably the best spy in the world and a deadly assassin in her own right, is apprehensive of him thanks to Natasha Romanoff: a previous encounter, and when he appears it becomes very clear that only Steve, LivingLegend and, as Nick Fury said, the greatest soldier in history, is capable of matching him. [[spoiler:Of course, things become less mythical when Steve sees his face, and realizes that he's a brainwashed Bucky Barnes]].
-->'''Natasha Romanoff''':
"Most of the intelligence community doesn't believe he exists. The ones that do call him the [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]].Soldier. He's credited with over two dozen assassinations over the past ''fifty'' years." Steve replies, "So "
-->'''Steve Rogers''': "[[TheSpook So
he's a ghost story.story]]."
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