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17th Jun '17 9:37:15 AM Gosicrystal
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He's been everywhere, seen everything, done it all and more. Given any chance, he'll tell you all about it, whether you want him to or not. His adventures may be [[TallTale blatantly impossible]], or simply impossible to believe, but he rarely shuts up about them, and generally reacts badly to anyone openly doubting him. This character may be crazy, [[SelfServingMemory deluded]], a ConMan, or a compulsive liar. These versions are prone to [[IRejectYourReality rejecting others' reality for their own]], as in the page quote. Often the listener will [[OccamsRazor dismiss his tales]], and then find out that TheMunchausen was [[CassandraTruth telling the truth]] [[ArkhamsRazor all along]].

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He's been everywhere, seen everything, done it all and more. Given any chance, he'll tell you all about it, whether you want him to or not. His adventures may be [[TallTale blatantly impossible]], or simply impossible to believe, but he rarely shuts up about them, and generally reacts badly to anyone openly doubting him. This character may be crazy, [[SelfServingMemory deluded]], a ConMan, or a compulsive liar. These versions are prone to [[IRejectYourReality rejecting others' reality for their own]], as in the page quote. Often the listener will [[OccamsRazor dismiss his tales]], and then find out that TheMunchausen The Munchausen was [[CassandraTruth telling the truth]] [[ArkhamsRazor all along]].
7th Apr '17 11:55:46 AM IamTheCaligula
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** In the Terry Gilliam film ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', the Baron turns out to be telling the absolute truth about his adventures and companions.

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** In the Terry Gilliam film ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', the Baron turns out to be telling the absolute truth about his adventures and companions. Which is especially impressive since he's [[spoiler: telling a story about present and ongoing events; most of the entire movie is a part of his story and, at the end of the movie, reality itself appears to have changed in order to accomidate his tall tale.]]
4th Feb '17 3:42:35 PM DaibhidC
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* Well, since you ask me for a character who, in the various stories told at his club, has claimed to encountered multiple supernatural creatures, been a pirate with a crocodile/magpie cross for a pet, crossed the Atlantic on horseback, survived a three-way duel where both other participants were aiming at him, and been present at the birth of Jesus Christ, I can only refer to the Storyteller in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme''.

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* Well, since you ask me for a character who, in the various stories told at his club, has claimed to have encountered multiple supernatural creatures, been a pirate with a crocodile/magpie cross for a pet, crossed the Atlantic on horseback, survived a three-way duel where both other participants were aiming at him, and been present at the birth of Jesus Christ, I can only refer to the Storyteller in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme''.
4th Feb '17 12:09:10 PM DaibhidC
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* Well, since you ask me for a character who, in the various stories told at his club, has claimed to encountered multiple supernatural creatures, been a pirate with a crocodile/magpie cross for a pet, crossed the Atlantic on horseback, survived a three-way duel where both other participants were aiming at him, and been present at the birth of Jesus Christ, I can only refer to the Storyteller in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme''.
21st Jan '17 6:33:10 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the story of Bullroarer Took, Bilbo's great grand-uncle, was likely told by a Munchausen. Supposedly, he was so big - for a hobbit - he was able to ride a horse - horse, ''not'' pony - and slew King Golfinbel in the Battle of the Green Fields, knocking the orc's head clean off with a club. The severed head sailed a hundred yards, and fell down a rabbit burrow, winning the battle and inventing the game of golf in the same instant. (At least one adaptation where this story is told by Gandalf causes him and the dwarves to laugh at the last part.)
19th Jan '17 2:59:21 AM yisfidri
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* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''[[Literature/MissMarple A Caribbean Mystery]]'' includes an old soldier named Major Palgrave, who tells endless stories about his past that no-one cares about and a few people doubt. The key story, in which he (or someone else) met a murderer is an important plot point [[spoiler:and is true]].

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* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''[[Literature/MissMarple A Caribbean Mystery]]'' ''Literature/ACaribbeanMystery]]'' includes an old soldier named Major Palgrave, who tells endless stories about his past that no-one cares about and a few people doubt. The key story, in which he (or someone else) met a murderer is an important plot point [[spoiler:and is true]].
9th Dec '16 5:03:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', when notorious gunslinger English Bob has a writer named Beauchamp trailing him around, to whom he is telling his life's story for publication. When English Bob arrives at Big Whiskey to pursue the bounty on the men who cut up Delilah, he [[CurbStompBattle gets his ass kicked]] and arrested by Little Bill, who tosses him in jail. Little Bill then spends the next few hours reading through the manuscript and utterly ''emasculating'' Bob, revealing everything he's been telling the writer has been fabricated and ''heavily'' embellished to make him look like a bigger BadAss than he really is. After Bob is ejected from town the next morning, Beauchamp stays on with Bill to write his story, whom Bill encourages. It ''seems'' that Bill is doing this as well, until the climax when Will Munny shows up [[spoiler: to avenge Ned Morgan, who was tortured to death over killing the men who hurt Delilah]]. Little Bill stares down Munny's shotgun and tells his posse to take Munny down after he shoots, even though it likely means he'll have already been killed. {{Averted| Trope}} outright with Munny, who flat-out tells Beauchamp to take a hike when the kid tries to cozy up to ''him'' as well.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', when notorious gunslinger English Bob has a writer named Beauchamp trailing him around, to whom he is telling his life's story for publication. When English Bob arrives at Big Whiskey to pursue the bounty on the men who cut up Delilah, he [[CurbStompBattle gets his ass kicked]] and arrested by Little Bill, who tosses him in jail. Little Bill then spends the next few hours reading through the manuscript and utterly ''emasculating'' Bob, revealing everything he's been telling the writer has been fabricated and ''heavily'' embellished to make him look like a bigger BadAss badass than he really is. After Bob is ejected from town the next morning, Beauchamp stays on with Bill to write his story, whom Bill encourages. It ''seems'' that Bill is doing this as well, until the climax when Will Munny shows up [[spoiler: to avenge Ned Morgan, who was tortured to death over killing the men who hurt Delilah]]. Little Bill stares down Munny's shotgun and tells his posse to take Munny down after he shoots, even though it likely means he'll have already been killed. {{Averted| Trope}} outright with Munny, who flat-out tells Beauchamp to take a hike when the kid tries to cozy up to ''him'' as well.
30th Nov '16 2:57:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', [[FishOutOfWater Edward Elric]] tells fantastic stories about his exploits as a boy to residents of Munich. Everybody thinks he's [[CloudCuckooLander messed up in the head]], but since this is Fullmetal Alchemist and the guy telling the stories is [[{{Badass}} Edward Elric]], they're all ''absolutely true''.

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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', [[FishOutOfWater Edward Elric]] tells fantastic stories about his exploits as a boy to residents of Munich. Everybody thinks he's [[CloudCuckooLander messed up in the head]], but since this is Fullmetal Alchemist and the guy telling the stories is [[{{Badass}} Edward Elric]], Elric, they're all ''absolutely true''.
23rd Nov '16 1:11:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used in ''SecondhandLions'', in which whether the story told by the two uncles is true or false plays an important role in the plot.

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* Used in ''SecondhandLions'', ''Film/SecondhandLions'', in which whether the story told by the two uncles is true or false plays an important role in the plot.



* In ''TheCommitments'', Joey 'The Lips' Fagan constantly talks about his many encounters with famous musicians. You name one, he's worked with/met him. Most of the characters in the movie think he's full of it, all though a few still believe in his unlikely stories. [[spoiler: in the end, it's revealed that he was both telling the truth and lying: he does apparently know Wilson Picket well enough to get him to show up for a gig, albeit too late, but also tells his mother he's off playing with Joe Tex, who is actually dead]]

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* In ''TheCommitments'', ''Film/TheCommitments'', Joey 'The Lips' Fagan constantly talks about his many encounters with famous musicians. You name one, he's worked with/met him. Most of the characters in the movie think he's full of it, all though a few still believe in his unlikely stories. [[spoiler: in the end, it's revealed that he was both telling the truth and lying: he does apparently know Wilson Picket well enough to get him to show up for a gig, albeit too late, but also tells his mother he's off playing with Joe Tex, who is actually dead]]



* In ''DonJuanDemarco'', the title character is so good at spinning romantic fantasies he starts believing them himself, and is nearly committed to a mental hospital.

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* In ''DonJuanDemarco'', ''Film/DonJuanDemarco'', the title character is so good at spinning romantic fantasies he starts believing them himself, and is nearly committed to a mental hospital.
26th Oct '16 9:27:41 PM PaulA
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels by PeterDavid play with this trope a lot. In them, many folks in Starfleet Command express doubt at the fantastic scenarios that play out in the canon episodes. For many of them, they ''must'' take the Captain's word at it. Space amobea indeed.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels by PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid play with this trope a lot. In them, many folks in Starfleet Command express doubt at the fantastic scenarios that play out in the canon episodes. For many of them, they ''must'' take the Captain's word at for it. Space amobea indeed.



* In DavidDrake's ''Starliner'', Richard Wade sponges off a group of passengers, alleging that he always forgets to carry enough cash to pay for drinks and such. His tall tales are so entertaining, though, that his listeners end up feeling it was worth it. A subversion: the reader sees evidence that at least some of Wade's accounts are true ... and at the end, [[spoiler:he arranges for the people he borrowed from to spend several days in the best suites of their destination planet's best hotel, so the part about him actually being wealthy and influential appears to be true as well]].

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* In DavidDrake's Creator/DavidDrake's ''Starliner'', Richard Wade sponges off a group of passengers, alleging that he always forgets to carry enough cash to pay for drinks and such. His tall tales are so entertaining, though, that his listeners end up feeling it was worth it. A subversion: the reader sees evidence that at least some of Wade's accounts are true ... and at the end, [[spoiler:he arranges for the people he borrowed from to spend several days in the best suites of their destination planet's best hotel, so the part about him actually being wealthy and influential appears to be true as well]].
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