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26th Jun '16 8:35:45 PM nombretomado
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* The very nature of the [[SecretWar Oblivion War]] in TheDresdenFiles makes all battles the [[AncientTradition Venatori]] fight to protect humanity this trope by default. In fact, if any of said battles became known to an outsider, it would automatically become a sound defeat.

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* The very nature of the [[SecretWar Oblivion War]] in TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' makes all battles the [[AncientTradition Venatori]] fight to protect humanity this trope by default. In fact, if any of said battles became known to an outsider, it would automatically become a sound defeat.
6th Jun '16 4:15:53 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'' applies this to the entire fic. [[spoiler: While the protagonists are likely seen as heroes and saviors to the citizens of Arcadia, they specifically ask that the news of their heroics be kept on its shores, in effect, forfeiting any fame or glory, even going so far as to give the Shadow Spawn Cortez's horde. They realize no-one would likely believe them, and might think they were crazy.]]
22nd May '16 11:48:20 PM Ramona122003
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron's heroism in "Exchange" has to be kept secret to protect the secrecy of the ninja school he saved. Unlike most other instances, this is actually followed up on: In "Gorilla Fist", Kim is all, "Hey, who's that girl, why does she think Ron is a hero, and why the heck won't Ron say anything about her?" when she meets the girl from that episode.

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Ron's heroism in "Exchange" has to be kept secret to protect the secrecy of the ninja school he saved. Unlike most other instances, this is actually followed up on: In "Gorilla Fist", Kim is all, "Hey, who's that girl, why does she think Ron is a hero, and why the heck won't Ron say anything about her?" when she meets the girl from that episode.
22nd May '16 11:47:46 PM Ramona122003
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* [[TropeNamer Named]] for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where glory-grabbing newbie hero ComicBook/BoosterGold saves the world while everyone else is off saving the world from something ''else'' (specifically, from a powerful sorcerer named Mondru). Afterwards, Franchise/{{Batman}} lectures him for not following orders.
** Between this and Booster's main series, he really likes this trope. It's no accident he's called, "The Greatest Hero History Will Never Know."
** At least he got the girl in the end, who was the ''one'' person who actually knew what he had done... not to mention a HotScientist.
*** "Squeaky wheel, buddy."
*** He also got out of the subversion of HeroInsurance by the other Leaguers.

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* [[TropeNamer Named]] for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where glory-grabbing newbie hero ComicBook/BoosterGold saves the world while everyone else is off saving the world from something ''else'' (specifically, from a powerful sorcerer named Mondru). Afterwards, Franchise/{{Batman}} lectures him for not following orders.
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orders. Between this and Booster's main series, he really likes this trope. It's no accident he's called, "The Greatest Hero History Will Never Know."
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" At least he got gets the girl in the end, who was is the ''one'' person who actually knew knows what he had has done... not to mention a HotScientist.
*** "Squeaky wheel, buddy."
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HotScientist. He also got out of the subversion of HeroInsurance by the other Leaguers.
22nd May '16 11:45:15 PM Ramona122003
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*** This continues to happen as the story progresses - [[KnightTemplar the World]] [[TheGovernment Government]] usually goes to great lengths to cover up their failures and mistakes to make sure its enemies do not gain support.

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*** ** This continues to happen as the story progresses - [[KnightTemplar the World]] [[TheGovernment Government]] usually goes to great lengths to cover up their failures and mistakes to make sure its enemies do not gain support.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' - Ash Ketchum is occasionally recognized by random people who saw him lose in regional tournaments. Nobody seems to know he saves the world a few times every year on the side.
** Ash ''himself'' [[LaserGuidedAmnesia can't remember]] [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first time he did so]].
** Even more bizarre, no one even mentioned him [[spoiler: bringing down ''two'' [[OlympusMons legendaries]] on live television.]]
*** Being the ONLY person in the whole of Sinnoh to [[spoiler: have managed to take down even one of said legendaries]], you'd think that'd earn him some street cred.
* After Gohan in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' destroys Cell, Hercule steps in and takes all the credit instead. Not that the heroes mind -- they like their privacy. This would become a plot point in the next arc, as Hercule, being the FakeUltimateHero, is responsible for most of the energy granted from the Earth's population into Goku's Spirit Bomb, destroying Buu. Even then, the Dragon grants a wish for everyone to forget the devastation Buu causes (the people still somehow remember Hercule as the savior, though).

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' - Ash Ketchum is occasionally recognized by random people who saw him lose in regional tournaments. Nobody seems to know he saves the world a few times every year on the side.
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side. Ash ''himself'' [[LaserGuidedAmnesia can't remember]] [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first time he did so]].
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so]]. Even more bizarre, no one even mentioned him [[spoiler: bringing down ''two'' [[OlympusMons legendaries]] on live television.]]
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]] and being the ONLY person in the whole of Sinnoh to [[spoiler: have managed to take down even one of said legendaries]], you'd think that'd earn him some street cred.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Almost all of Goku's adventures and world saving isn't known by the general public. Only a few people know that he's the one who killed King Piccolo and beat his son three years later at the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament. No one knows who destroyed the Red Ribbon Army, who stopped the Saiyan Invasion, and the entire mess with Frieza happened on another planet and he was killed before he could terrorize the Earth. This gets {{Deconstructed}} when Goku begs the people of Earth for energy to fuel the Spirit Bomb, and gets almost nothing since the public have no clue who he is.
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After Gohan in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' destroys Cell, Hercule steps in and takes all the credit instead. Not that the heroes mind -- they like their privacy.privacy, although they're still annoyed by Hercule being a shameless GloryHound. This would become a plot point in the next arc, as Hercule, being the FakeUltimateHero, is responsible for most of the energy granted from the Earth's population into Goku's Spirit Bomb, destroying Buu. Even then, the Dragon grants a wish for everyone to forget the what Buu looks like, but not devastation Buu causes (the he caused, which is how the people still somehow remember Hercule as the savior, though).savior.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler:The entire series ends up being a [=GSNT=] due to Madoka's wish]]--only Homura remembers what happened, and even Kyubey only acknowledges that she ''might'' be telling the truth.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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[[spoiler:The entire series ends up being a [=GSNT=] due to Madoka's wish]]--only Homura remembers what happened, and even Kyubey only acknowledges that she ''might'' be telling the truth.



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has this as the entire premise: everyone thinks Celestial Being is just a terrorist group that just happens to be capable of curbstomping everyone into the ground all by themselves. It does change a little at the end of the second season when they get some recognition for exposing [[VillainWithGoodPublicity A-LAWS]] but they're still regarded as terrorists.
** The DistantFinale at the end of TheMovie may have seen them eventually recognized as heroes, if humanity's first two interstellar spaceships (the ''Sumeragi'' and the ''Tieria'') being named after members of Celestial Being is any indication.
*** Not to mention the ''start'' of the movie, where there's Celestial Being: The Movie, where they're heroes fighting to defeat A-Laws in an inaccurate retelling of the second season.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has this as the entire premise: everyone thinks Celestial Being is just a terrorist group that just happens to be capable of curbstomping everyone into the ground all by themselves. It does change a little at the end of the second season when they get some recognition for exposing [[VillainWithGoodPublicity A-LAWS]] but they're still regarded as terrorists.
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terrorists. The DistantFinale at the end of TheMovie may have seen them eventually recognized as heroes, if humanity's first two interstellar spaceships (the ''Sumeragi'' and the ''Tieria'') being named after members of Celestial Being is any indication.
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indication. Not to mention the ''start'' of the movie, where there's Celestial Being: The Movie, where they're heroes fighting to defeat A-Laws in an inaccurate retelling of the second season.



** The manga ''[[Franchise/GundamExpandedUniverse Gundam Legacy]]'' has a similar tack, especially in the final volume (ironically set one year after ''0083''). Another group of Zeon holdovers has plans to nuke their home colony as punishment for "knuckling under" to the Federation, and an alliance of Federation, Zeon, and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Titans]] characters forms to prevent the crisis. Again, the incident is hushed up afterwards, and the characters involved either disappear into history or get ReassignedToAntarctica.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Touma Kamijou saves the day all the time, yet no one in Academy City (besides his TrueCompanions, enemies, and UnwantedHarem) have a clue who he is. How Touma is not treated like a celebrity after [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeating Accelerator]] is beyond me, as people do mock Accelerator all the time for the loss. Touma doesn't mind much, as fame doesn't interest him. Touma's adventures ''are'' well known in the world of magic, where he is regarded as TheDreaded.

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** * The manga ''[[Franchise/GundamExpandedUniverse Gundam Legacy]]'' has a similar tack, especially in the final volume (ironically set one year after ''0083''). Another group of Zeon holdovers has plans to nuke their home colony as punishment for "knuckling under" to the Federation, and an alliance of Federation, Zeon, and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Titans]] characters forms to prevent the crisis. Again, the incident is hushed up afterwards, and the characters involved either disappear into history or get ReassignedToAntarctica.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Touma Kamijou saves the day all the time, yet no one in Academy City (besides his TrueCompanions, enemies, and UnwantedHarem) have a clue who he is. How Touma is not treated like a celebrity after [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeating Accelerator]] is beyond me, belief, as people do mock Accelerator all the time for the loss. Touma doesn't mind much, as fame doesn't interest him. Touma's adventures ''are'' well known in the world of magic, where he is regarded as TheDreaded.



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' all the events of the Kyoto arc involving Shishio Makoto will always be kept secret, even if the heroes' actions have saved the Meiji Government from chaos.

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the events of the Kyoto arc involving Shishio Makoto will always be kept secret, even if the heroes' actions have saved the Meiji Government from chaos.



* In the DCUniverse, ComicBook/BoosterGold is going through ''his entire superhero career'' as TheGreatestStoryNeverTold, as he deals with TimeTravel, [[ObfuscatingStupidity so he has to be an idiot]] in the history books in order to prevent anyone messing with the timeline from having 'Eliminate Booster Gold' as step one.
** Batman knows, because Booster's failed attempt to prevent Batgirl's handicapping as per ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' results in Joker's camera having pictures of a beaten Booster. When he revealed this to Booster, he offered himself as a SecretKeeper. Later on, Booster would explain himself to Dick Grayson, Bruce's successor as Batman. Dick also kept the secret.
* The UK ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' did this in spades for Miles "Tails" Prower's early appearances. He had several comic where he would return to the Nameless Zone or join the Zonerunners in Chemical Plant Zone where he would perform great feats (usually by fluke), save the day, but on return not be able to say anything to Sonic either because it's hard for him to explain what happened or because Sonic is just too damn eager to move onto the next thing. A Summer Special issue continued this tradition by having a comic where Tails took out a whole swarm of badniks, only to have the last one catch him off guard and have Sonic to save him from it. Sonic admonishes Tails for not being able to defeat "one measly badnik" and doesn't believe Tails' protests that there were many more of them.

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* In the DCUniverse, ComicBook/BoosterGold is going through ''his entire superhero career'' as TheGreatestStoryNeverTold, as he deals with TimeTravel, [[ObfuscatingStupidity so he has to be an idiot]] in the history books in order to prevent anyone messing with the timeline from having 'Eliminate Booster Gold' as step one.
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one. Batman knows, because Booster's failed attempt to prevent Batgirl's handicapping as per ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' results in Joker's camera having pictures of a beaten Booster. When he revealed this to Booster, he offered himself as a SecretKeeper. Later on, Booster would explain himself to Dick Grayson, Bruce's successor as Batman. Dick also kept the secret.
* The UK ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' did this in spades for *''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''
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Miles "Tails" Prower's early appearances. He had several comic where he would return to the Nameless Zone or join the Zonerunners in Chemical Plant Zone where he would perform great feats (usually by fluke), save the day, but on return not be able to say anything to Sonic either because it's hard for him to explain what happened or because Sonic is just too damn eager to move onto the next thing. A Summer Special issue continued this tradition by having a comic where Tails took out a whole swarm of badniks, only to have the last one catch him off guard and have Sonic to save him from it. Sonic admonishes Tails for not being able to defeat "one measly badnik" and doesn't believe Tails' protests that there were many more of them.



* Depending on your views on Adrian, the main plot of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' may or may not play it straight. [[spoiler:He ''claims'' to be saving the world- by killing millions of people and creating enough fear to prevent a nuclear holocaust that would kill ''billions'' instead. For obvious reasons, he doesn't admit to it, but he also loses likely ''trillions'' of dollars and his own peace of mind as well in the process and doesn't benefit from it at all.]]
** Technically, assuming that his predictions of the nuclear war and its prevention are right on the money (questionable but possible), he does save his own life and business by saving the world. Hard to sell anything after the civilization is gone, even if you personally survive the holocaust in some remote location.
** It's also left deliberately ambiguous as to whether the story never gets told or not.

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* Depending on your views on Adrian, the main plot of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' may or may not play it straight. [[spoiler:He ''claims'' to be saving the world- by killing millions of people and creating enough fear to prevent a nuclear holocaust that would kill ''billions'' instead. For obvious reasons, he doesn't admit to it, but he also loses likely ''trillions'' of dollars and his own peace of mind as well in the process and doesn't benefit from it at all.]]
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]] Technically, assuming that his predictions of the nuclear war and its prevention are right on the money (questionable but possible), he does save his own life and business by saving the world. Hard to sell anything after the civilization is gone, even if you personally survive the holocaust in some remote location.
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location. It's also left deliberately ambiguous as to whether the story never gets told or not.
20th Apr '16 9:42:56 AM Silverblade2
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* Pick a ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' episode. '''[[OnceAnEpisode Any]]''' ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' episode.
* OR ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Perry, the secret agent, pulls this off on a regular basis.
16th Apr '16 5:15:43 PM Bissek
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* In VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, the Imperial Agent storyline can be summed up as this since you're part of the Imperial Intelligence. Can be especially frustrating considerign that, at the end of their questline, the Agent had just [[spoiler:destroyed a AncientConspiracy that was very close to wipe out the Sith ''and'' the Jedi,]] but nobody will ever know. Though to be fair, Keeper warned you in the prologue that you were doing the dirty work and that you would never know glory.

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* In VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, the Imperial Agent storyline can be summed up as this since you're part of the Imperial Intelligence. Can be especially frustrating considerign considering that, at the end of their questline, the Agent had just [[spoiler:destroyed a AncientConspiracy that was very close to wipe out the Sith ''and'' the Jedi,]] but nobody will ever know. Though to be fair, Keeper warned you in the prologue that you were doing the dirty work and that you would never know glory.


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* In the prologue and chapter 5 of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', Class VII singlehandedly stops a terrorist assault intended to seize control of a pair of enormous cannons and use them to bombard a major international trade conference. They never received any public recognition for this, as the entire incident was classified [[spoiler:(not to mention rendered moot when the entire base that was attacked in the incident was completely destroyed two months later)]]. When they return to Thors, only one member of the student body outside of Class VII was aware of the attack, and she knew because she had been present at the conference that was nearly fired upon.
12th Apr '16 10:02:02 AM rafi
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* Saitama from ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' can [[OneHitKill defeat anything with one punch]] but he never seems to get proper credit for this: whether it's because he's not a registered hero, or assumed to be a fraud because of his low ranking once he finally does register (he got a poor score on the written test, despite shattering every record for the physical), or because somebody else [[spoiler:(King)]] got credit for his work. Either way, he remains a low-ranking hero despite his godlike abilities and frequent effortless victories.

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* Saitama from ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' can [[OneHitKill defeat anything with one punch]] but he never seems to get proper credit for this: whether it's because he's not a registered hero, or assumed to be a fraud because of his low ranking once he finally does register (he got a poor score on the written test, despite shattering every record for the physical), or because somebody else [[spoiler:(King)]] got credit for his work. Either way, That said, Saitama still moves up in rank after each victory, because the Hero Association at least recognizes that he remains a low-ranking hero despite his godlike abilities and frequent effortless victories.is responsible (and if he's not, they figure promoting him will prove it). He's also slowly gaining the respect of various heroes, who do realize that Saitama really is as powerful as advertised.
27th Mar '16 8:20:30 PM nombretomado
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* Bates from DowntonAbbey tries constantly to be this, but is increasingly thwarted by Lord Grantham and the rest of the household staff's affection and concern for him. Anna in particular is very good at weaseling the (always very noble) truth about his past out of him, especially [[spoiler: once they become a couple.]] It takes nearly the entire first season of the show for the characters and the audience to find out where Bates lived before coming to Downton, and still longer for them to find out why such an evidently kind and honorable man would [[spoiler: have spent time in prison for theft. Turns out he was covering for his evil wife, who had actually stolen the silver.]]
* One episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', "The Voyage Home", revolved around a trio of astronauts traveling back to Earth from Mars. Earlier, two of the astronauts had been replaced by aliens, leaving just the one human who eventually learns about the impostor. Forced to choose between making it back to Earth and the fame and glory he would receive and preventing the alien species from spreading to Earth, the final astronaut finally decides to be a hero and sabotages the re-entry procedure causing the ship to burn up, with Ground Control believing it to be a disasterous malfunction. The ending narration: The true measure of a hero is when a man lays down his life with the knowledge that those he saves... will never know.
* {{Series/Merlin}} is built on the trope. Magic is punishable by death, and so to everyone except the court physician, Merlin is Arthur's clumsy, moronic servant who can't wield a sword and mainly serves as the PluckyComicRelief and ButtMonkey of the team. Behind the scenes, Merlin defeats dragons, two immortal armies, and countless magical foes. Also deconstructed to a point, as Merlin has deal with the emotional baggage that being treated as a useless coward while you save everyone's skins.

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* Bates from DowntonAbbey ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' tries constantly to be this, but is increasingly thwarted by Lord Grantham and the rest of the household staff's affection and concern for him. Anna in particular is very good at weaseling the (always very noble) truth about his past out of him, especially [[spoiler: once they become a couple.]] It takes nearly the entire first season of the show for the characters and the audience to find out where Bates lived before coming to Downton, and still longer for them to find out why such an evidently kind and honorable man would [[spoiler: have spent time in prison for theft. Turns out he was covering for his evil wife, who had actually stolen the silver.]]
* One episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', "The Voyage Home", revolved around a trio of astronauts traveling back to Earth from Mars. Earlier, two of the astronauts had been replaced by aliens, leaving just the one human who eventually learns about the impostor. Forced to choose between making it back to Earth and the fame and glory he would receive and preventing the alien species from spreading to Earth, the final astronaut finally decides to be a hero and sabotages the re-entry procedure causing the ship to burn up, with Ground Control believing it to be a disasterous disastrous malfunction. The ending narration: The true measure of a hero is when a man lays down his life with the knowledge that those he saves... will never know.
* {{Series/Merlin}} ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' is built on the trope. Magic is punishable by death, and so to everyone except the court physician, Merlin is Arthur's clumsy, moronic servant who can't wield a sword and mainly serves as the PluckyComicRelief and ButtMonkey of the team. Behind the scenes, Merlin defeats dragons, two immortal armies, and countless magical foes. Also deconstructed to a point, as Merlin has deal with the emotional baggage that being treated as a useless coward while you save everyone's skins.
20th Mar '16 3:12:13 PM StFan
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--->Those people that cast you into this desert land will no longer remember you. You are once again free to travel the face of this world as you want. All to whom you tell this tale will believe it to be but a fable. Only you shall know the truth of what you have seen.

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--->Those -->'''Martek:''' Those people that cast you into this desert land will no longer remember you. You are once again free to travel the face of this world as you want. All to whom you tell this tale will believe it to be but a fable. Only you shall know the truth of what you have seen.



* ''MuvLuvAlternative'': [[spoiler: Second Lieutenant Takeru Shirogane's achievements and central role in completing Alternative IV, and even his existence, will never be revealed to the rest of the world, due to him ceasing to exist and consequently getting [[RetGone wiped]] from the memories of everyone except Kasumi and Yuuko, who had vowed to take the secret of his existence, and therefore that of parallel worlds, to the grave. With all of his comrades dead, no one else will ever know that a certain bratty hero saved the world. ''No one.'']]



* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'': [[spoiler: Second Lieutenant Takeru Shirogane's achievements and central role in completing Alternative IV, and even his existence, will never be revealed to the rest of the world, due to him ceasing to exist and consequently getting [[RetGone wiped]] from the memories of everyone except Kasumi and Yuuko, who had vowed to take the secret of his existence, and therefore that of parallel worlds, to the grave. With all of his comrades dead, no one else will ever know that a certain bratty hero saved the world. ''No one.'']]



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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': [[spoiler: When White Mage kills [[BigBad Chaos]], no one will give her the credit. Since White Mage refuses to let the Light Warriors be recognized as heroes, she lets the [[HarmlessVillain Dark Warriors]] take it, as they're the next best option. She does eventually apologize to Red Mage for doing so and admits to Thief that despite all the wanton destruction and other sociopathic behavior that the Light Warriors' actions ''did'' ultimately lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy.]]
* [[http://xkcd.com/693/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': [[spoiler: When White Mage kills [[BigBad Chaos]], no one no-one will give her the credit. Since White Mage refuses to let the Light Warriors be recognized as heroes, she lets the [[HarmlessVillain Dark Warriors]] take it, as they're the next best option. She does eventually apologize to Red Mage for doing so and admits to Thief that despite all the wanton destruction and other sociopathic behavior that the Light Warriors' actions ''did'' ultimately lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy.]]
* %%* [[http://xkcd.com/693/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.
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