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13th Sep '16 9:57:10 AM 32_Footsteps
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* ''Webcomic/MushroomGo'' has an interesting example in [[http://www.mushroomgo.thecomicseries.com/comics/59 Mario]]. Yes, ''that'' [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]. On one hand, everything about him is described as legends and myth, as people are too afraid in most circumstances to even get close to "Red Hat." Nobody is sure just ''what'' his limits are. However, as anyone who has played an appreciable amount of ''Super Mario Bros.'' games can confirm, what's described is NotHyperbole - it's an accurate description of what Mario can do in-game as early as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''.
6th Sep '16 1:06:38 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Speaking of Troy, Creator/{{Homer}} may be even more mysterious than the city he, or she, or they wrote about. The traditional image of Homer is a blind, illiterate man, but there's no way of knowing whether or not this is actually true.

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* Speaking of Troy, Creator/{{Homer}} may be is even more mysterious than the city he, or she, or they wrote about. The traditional image of Homer is a blind, illiterate man, but there's no way of knowing whether or not this is actually true.
6th Sep '16 1:01:59 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Speaking of Troy, Creator/{{Homer}} may be even more mysterious than the city he, or she, or they wrote about. The traditional image of Homer is an elderly, blind, illiterate man, but there's no way of knowing whether or not this is actually true.

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* Speaking of Troy, Creator/{{Homer}} may be even more mysterious than the city he, or she, or they wrote about. The traditional image of Homer is an elderly, a blind, illiterate man, but there's no way of knowing whether or not this is actually true.
6th Sep '16 12:59:13 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Speaking of Troy, Creator/{{Homer}} may be even more mysterious than the city he, or she, or they wrote about. The traditional image of Homer is an elderly, blind, illiterate man, but there's no way of knowing whether or not this is actually true.
31st Aug '16 3:37:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In C. S. Goto's BloodRavens novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'', an aspirant had heard tales of the "Sky Angels" but thought them overblown -- why, they didn't even agree on the color of their armor! When he actually sees {{Space Marine}}s in battle with Eldar, he is awe-struck. After a time, he realizes that they are fighting a stalemate, but he concludes that means the foe is worthy of their steel -- and that he and the other aspirants should help.

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* In C. S. Goto's BloodRavens Literature/BloodRavens novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'', an aspirant had heard tales of the "Sky Angels" but thought them overblown -- why, they didn't even agree on the color of their armor! When he actually sees {{Space Marine}}s in battle with Eldar, he is awe-struck. After a time, he realizes that they are fighting a stalemate, but he concludes that means the foe is worthy of their steel -- and that he and the other aspirants should help.



* In KennethGrahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', after the climax, Badger is used to threaten naughty weasel and stoat children -- which is unjust since he's [[FriendToAllChildren fond of children]].

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* In KennethGrahame's Creator/KennethGrahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', after the climax, Badger is used to threaten naughty weasel and stoat children -- which is unjust since he's [[FriendToAllChildren fond of children]].
18th Aug '16 12:41:44 AM PaulA
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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Admiral Count Aral [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]] does not hesitate use his hated (and false) sobriquet as "TheButcher of Komarr" to intimidate people if necessary, justifying this with "Why not? I paid for it." on at least one occasion. Later in life he admits to his son that he has found his murderous reputation "a "mixed damnation". Ironically, he actually has committed murderous crimes--just not the ones he's accused of.

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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Admiral Count Aral [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan does not hesitate to use his hated (and false) sobriquet as "TheButcher of Komarr" to intimidate people if necessary, justifying this with "Why not? I paid for it." on at least one occasion. Later in life he admits to his son that he has found his murderous reputation "a "mixed damnation". Ironically, he actually has committed murderous crimes--just not the ones he's accused of.
12th Aug '16 2:44:36 AM Faolin
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** The villains in the novel--the Chandrian--are also this trope. In fact, they are ''so'' Shrouded In Myth that practically every official source and educated person Kvothe encounters consider them to be purely mythological, making his quest to find them that much harder.

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** The villains in the novel--the Chandrian--are also this trope. In fact, they are ''so'' Shrouded In Myth that practically every official source and educated person Kvothe encounters consider them to be purely mythological, making his quest to find them that much harder. The Chandrian seem to actively encourage this by teleporting in and murdering anyone who is able to piece together enough to uncover [[SpeakOfTheDevil one of their names]] (along with their family, friends, and [[LeaveNoWitnesses anyone else in the same general area]]).
9th Aug '16 2:18:54 AM PaulA
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* True of two characters in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' universe - when she is introduced (via AnachronicOrder) in ''Taltos'', Vlad talks about how Sethra Lavode has gained a reputation as almost a fairy tale villain, known as an evil vampire enchantress who likes to [[BalefulPolymorph change into animals]] heroes that challenge her (All of which is true; she's also been Warlord of the Empire more times than anyone can keep track of, [[spoiler:is older than civilization, and has turned down an offer to become a god]]. If anything, the myths undersell her. She turns out to be surprisingly nice given this. The series also has Mario Greymist who is supposed to be the greatest assassin ever [[spoiler:and when Vlad meets him in ''Dzur'', he is a portly middle-aged man in appearance]]. Still quite ready and willing to kick ass, though.

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* True of two characters in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' universe - when universe:
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she is introduced (via AnachronicOrder) in ''Taltos'', Vlad talks about how Sethra Lavode has gained a reputation as almost a fairy tale villain, known as an evil vampire enchantress who likes to [[BalefulPolymorph change into animals]] heroes that challenge her (All her. All of which is true; she's also been Warlord of the Empire more times than anyone can keep track of, [[spoiler:is older than civilization, and has turned down an offer to become a god]]. If anything, the myths undersell her. She turns out to be surprisingly nice given this. The series also has this.
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Mario Greymist who is supposed to be the greatest assassin ever [[spoiler:and when Vlad meets him in ''Dzur'', ''Literature/{{Dzur}}'', he is a portly middle-aged man in appearance]]. Still quite ready and willing to kick ass, though.
29th Jul '16 3:08:17 PM lavendermintrose
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* ''Anime/{{K}}'' has the Silver King, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Adolf K. Weismann]]. To normal people, he might be an ordinary eccentric billionaire... or a cult leader... or an ''actual god''. Those involved with the Kings and Clans know that he is the First King, and that he is immortal, but not much else, since he's [[AllPowerfulBystander lived in a blimp for 70 years]] without much (if any) contact with anyone. It turns out [[spoiler: he's a sweet guy with not much of a sense of grandeur about himself at all, though he will use his immense power to help others when it comes down it it.]] The OneLetterTitle also might refer to his [[MysteriousMiddleInitial initial]].
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.
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