History Main / ShroudedInMyth

22nd Oct '17 8:23:30 AM Wooboo
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* Few tanks (or weapons for that matter) in history inspire as much fear and reverence than the WorldWarII-era Tiger I. The German heavy tank was developed as a response to the lack of tanks comparable to French and British heavy tanks encountered during the Battle of France in the German army, and was deployed for the first time on the Eastern Front in late 1942. Heavily armored, and armed with an 8.8 cm [=KwK=] 36 [=L/56=] cannon capable of destroying most Allied armored vehicle from ranges exceeding 2,000 yards, it caused a mass OhCrap reaction among Allied command, which spurred the development of several up-gunned and more heavily armored Allied tanks (such as the [=M26=] Pershing and [=A41=] Centurion) and anti-armor ammunition. Despite the fearsome reputation, it was far from perfect. The over-engineered nature of the tank and the sheer difficulty in transporting such a large fighting vehicle made it a considerable strain on the already-taxed logistics management of the German army, and were produced in too few numbers to impact the overall war effort on their own. In the years following the Second World War, the legend of the Tiger grew to such proportions that it has since gained the reputation as an invincible superweapon, spawning such myths as the "five Shermans to kill one Tiger" fable, and often used as the example of the supposed superiority of ''all'' German tanks against Allied fighting vehicles, especially the American Sherman tank.
22nd Oct '17 7:40:49 AM Wooboo
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* [[KillItWithFire Greek Fire]] was the name for an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantines in naval combat against their enemies, similar to napalm and projected using a flamethrower-like device. The weapon was said to be extremely effective, and made such an impression that almost every incendiary device recorded in medieval European texts is called "Greek Fire", including Chinese and Mongol gunpowder weapons, which in addition to often-exaggerated contemporary accounts only added to the ensuing confusion about what Greek Fire actually was. The formula for Greek Fire was a closely guarded secret, and after the fall of the Byzantine Empire, [[LostTechnology it was lost]]. Since then, many have tried to find the exact formula to Greek Fire through experimentation, though nobody knows for sure what exactly the Byzantines used for it.
26th Sep '17 8:06:21 AM Andyroid
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* Some say that he sleeps in a barrel of nitrous oxide...and that he has an irrational fear of staples. All we know is, [[TopGear he's called the Stig.]]

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* ''Series/TopGear'' has their "tame racing driver", The Stig. Some say that he sleeps in a barrel of nitrous oxide...and that he has an irrational fear of staples. All we know is, [[TopGear [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname he's called the Stig.]]Stig]].
8th Sep '17 9:10:27 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Regina George, of all people, in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
-->''"I hear she does car commercials in Japan"''.

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* ''Film/MeanGirls'' uses CharacterShilling to establish Regina George, of all people, in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
-->''"I
George as a feared and revered AlphaBitch before we even meet her:
-->'''Janis Ian:''' Regina George...how do I begin to explain Regina George?
-->'''Emma Gerber:''' Regina George is flawless.
-->'''Lea Edwards:''' She has two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus.
-->'''Tim Pak:''' I hear her hair's insured for ten thousand dollars.
-->'''Amber D'Alessio:''' I
hear she does car commercials -- in Japan"''.Japan.
-->'''Kristen Hadley:''' Her favorite movie is ''Film/VarsityBlues''.
-->'''Short Girl:''' One time she met John Stamos on a plane...
-->'''Jessica Lopez:''' And he told her she was pretty.
-->'''Bethany Byrd:''' One time she punched me in the face... it was awesome!
4th Sep '17 5:56:49 AM UchuuFlamenco
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* In ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' Issue "King of the Klondike", readers are not privy to what ''exactly'' happened when Scrooge hit his RageBreakingPoint with Soapy Slick and his thugs. After the RedEyesTakeWarning, we shift to outside of the riverboat, in sepia tones, as the gambling ship falls to pieces. The narration makes it clear that no one in town really knew what happened, even saying that the whole thing might have been exaggerated in many retellings, or just made up entirely. Regardless, whatever went on was enough to turn Scrooge McDuck, then a scrappy prospector, into a legend.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' Issue "King of the Klondike", readers are not privy to what ''exactly'' happened when Scrooge hit his RageBreakingPoint with Soapy Slick and his thugs. After the RedEyesTakeWarning, we shift to outside of the riverboat, in sepia tones, as the gambling ship falls to pieces. The narration makes it clear that no one in town really knew what happened, even saying that the whole thing might have been exaggerated in many retellings, or just made up entirely. Regardless, whatever went on was enough to turn Scrooge McDuck, [=McDuck=], then a scrappy prospector, into a legend.
2nd Sep '17 12:36:19 PM GM_3826
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** 2000 years after the events of his own games, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]] is remembered in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' as a fierce and unforgiving OneManArmy; [[spoiler:Lucina]] is shocked when [[spoiler:Tiki]] tells her that he was actually a kind and considerate idealist who cared deeply for his friends.
17th Aug '17 7:56:03 AM cdrood
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* In ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'', an elderly Ranse Stoddard is a famous political figure due to this. The movie is a WholeEpisodeFlashback of Ranse setting the record straight about who the titular man actually is to a group of reporters. In the end, the reporter throws away his notes.
-->'''Reporter''': "This is the west, Sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"
14th Aug '17 2:55:52 PM Gregzilla
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--> '''Monroe''': You're the monster under the bed! [...] You're not ''real!'' You're a scary story we tell our kids! Be good or [[TheHunter a Grimm]] will come and [[OffWithHisHead cut your head off]]...

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--> '''Monroe''': You're the monster under the bed! [...] You're not ''real!'' You're a scary story we tell our kids! Be good or [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters a Grimm]] will come and [[OffWithHisHead cut your head off]]...



** The Space Pirates, not to be outdone, have grown Samus into their cultural mythology as a one-woman demonic grim reaper. Every game in the ''Prime'' series features an ApocalypticLog sequence in which the Space Pirates describe the impending horror of a raid by "TheHunter." To clarify, the ''Prime'' series shows numerous other bounty hunters, and implies that there are many more; that it is Samus alone that they call [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Hunter]] shows how ''terrified'' they are of her.

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** The Space Pirates, not to be outdone, have grown Samus into their cultural mythology as a one-woman demonic grim reaper. Every game in the ''Prime'' series features an ApocalypticLog sequence in which the Space Pirates describe the impending horror of a raid by "TheHunter."The Hunter." To clarify, the ''Prime'' series shows numerous other bounty hunters, and implies that there are many more; that it is Samus alone that they call [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Hunter]] shows how ''terrified'' they are of her.
12th Aug '17 10:43:49 PM Discar
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--->'''[[spoiler:Amy Pond]]:''' There's someone coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing, but trust me, he's on his way. [...] There's a man who will never let us down. And not even an army can get in the way. [...] He's the last of his kind. He looks young but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds for years. And wherever they take you, [[spoiler:Melody]], however scared you are, I promise you, you'll never be alone. [...] Because this man is your father. [...] He has a name but the people of our world know him better ... as the Last Centurion.

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--->'''[[spoiler:Amy Pond]]:''' There's someone coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing, but trust me, he's on his way. [...] There's a man who will never let us down. And not even an army can get in the way. [...] He's the last of his kind. He looks young but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds for years. And wherever they take you, [[spoiler:Melody]], however scared you are, I promise you, you'll never be alone. [...] Because this man is your father. [...] He has a name but the people of our world know him better ...better... as the Last Centurion.
10th Aug '17 4:19:52 PM Discar
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': the Doctor's name and knowledge of his various incarnations is sprinkled liberally throughout history. There are groups dedicated to seeking him out, but for the most part, especially in Nine's initial portrayal during the new series' first episode ''Rose'', he is portrayed as a strange enigma whose true identity is known only to a few and who seems to appear all over the place in totally unconnected ways (well, unconnected except for the fact that there's always trouble wherever he goes: from the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic, to Pompeii, to a 51st Century weapons factory.) This is one instance where his reputation is well deserved.
--> '''The Doctor:''' You're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up. (The aliens in question do so, and promptly ''run for their lives''.)

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': the ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The
Doctor's name and knowledge of his various incarnations is sprinkled liberally throughout history. There are groups dedicated to seeking him out, but for the most part, especially in Nine's initial portrayal during the new series' first episode ''Rose'', he is portrayed as a strange enigma whose true identity is known only to a few and who seems to appear all over the place in totally unconnected ways (well, unconnected except for the fact that there's always trouble wherever he goes: from the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic, to Pompeii, to a 51st Century weapons factory.) This is one instance where his reputation is well deserved.
--> ---> '''The Doctor:''' You're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up. (The aliens in question do so, and promptly ''run for their lives''.)



--> '''The Doctor:''' Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically...''run.''

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--> ---> '''The Doctor:''' Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically...''run.''



--> '''Dorium:''' All those stories you've heard about him. They're not stories, they're true.
** Also [[spoiler: The Last Centurion]] from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]].

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--> ---> '''Dorium:''' All those stories you've heard about him. They're not stories, they're true.
** Also [[spoiler: The Last Centurion]] Rory Williams]] from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]].Bang]]. He spent [[spoiler:''two thousand years'' guarding the Pandorica while his fiance healed inside. By the time she gets out, the tale of "the Last Centurion" is chronicled in museums detailing his appearance in every single culture throughout history up to the London Blitz. Since the entire universe is falling apart at this point, people's belief in this story is one of the few things holding it together. When the universe gets rebooted, the myth of the Last Centurion is woven throughout human history, even though it technically didn't happen this time]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Amy Pond]]:''' There's someone coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing, but trust me, he's on his way. [...] There's a man who will never let us down. And not even an army can get in the way. [...] He's the last of his kind. He looks young but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds for years. And wherever they take you, [[spoiler:Melody]], however scared you are, I promise you, you'll never be alone. [...] Because this man is your father. [...] He has a name but the people of our world know him better ... as the Last Centurion.
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