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21st Apr '18 2:46:02 AM StFan
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* Lex Luthor once discovered evidence that Clark Kent is {{ComicBook/Superman}}... and promptly dismissed it, because why would a PhysicalGod use such a humble personality? A lot of his rage can be put down to [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Superman not acting the way Luthor would act with all that power]], and it drives Luthor nuts.
* Hugo Strange projects his many, ''many'' neuroses onto {{ComicBook/Batman}}, certain that he only fights crime because he gets off on beating weaker people (Strange being a short, glasses-wearing psychiatrist who occasionally dresses as Batman).
* J. Jonah Jameson is convinced that Franchise/{{Spider Man}} is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.

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* Lex Luthor once discovered evidence that Clark Kent is {{ComicBook/Superman}}...ComicBook/{{Superman}}... and promptly dismissed it, because why would a PhysicalGod use such a humble personality? A lot of his rage can be put down to [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Superman not acting the way Luthor would act with all that power]], and it drives Luthor nuts.
* Hugo Strange projects his many, ''many'' neuroses onto {{ComicBook/Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Batman}}, certain that he only fights crime because he gets off on beating weaker people (Strange being a short, glasses-wearing psychiatrist who occasionally dresses as Batman).
* J. Jonah Jameson is convinced that Franchise/{{Spider Man}} Franchise/SpiderMan is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.
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* In the ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode "I Only Have Eyes For You," Giles is convinced that a haunting is [[spoiler:Jenny]] trying to communicate, despite all evidence to the contrary.

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* In the ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "I Only Have Eyes For You," Giles is convinced that a haunting is [[spoiler:Jenny]] trying to communicate, despite all evidence to the contrary.



* A regular feature of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor arrives in a situation, announces that what's going on is nothing like what the local authority figure believes, and is immediately worked into the authority figure's theory as being part of the problem. However, the Doctor has been known to suffer from tunnel vision himself, for instance in "The Curse of Peladon", where he finds it hard to believe the Ice Warriors aren't the baddies.
** The Doctor, who despises war and killing and hates himself for hurting innocent people, cannot believe that Clara's ex-soldier boyfriend Mr. Pink is anything but a BloodKnight who glories in death and destruction. Mr. Pink, now a middle-school teacher [[NotSoDifferent who also despises war and killing and hates himself for hurting innocent people]], upon learning The Doctor is a Time ''Lord'', cannot believe that an officer ("an ''aristocrat!''" at that) is anything but an UpperClassTwit GloryHound who doesn't care about "lower people" getting hurt. In the end, they agree that Clara loves them both and that's all that really matters (The Doctor also settles on referring to Pink as a muscle-headed PE teacher (Pink teaches math), which is probably an upgrade from heartless killer soldier).

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* A regular feature of ''Series/DoctorWho''. ''Series/DoctorWho''.
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The Doctor arrives in a situation, announces that what's going on is nothing like what the local authority figure believes, and is immediately worked into the authority figure's theory as being part of the problem. However, the Doctor has been known to suffer from tunnel vision himself, for instance in "The Curse of Peladon", where he finds it hard to believe the Ice Warriors aren't the baddies.
** The Doctor, who despises war and killing and hates himself for hurting innocent people, cannot believe that Clara's ex-soldier boyfriend Mr. Pink is anything but a BloodKnight who glories in death and destruction. Mr. Pink, now a middle-school teacher [[NotSoDifferent who also despises war and killing and hates himself for hurting innocent people]], upon learning The Doctor is a Time ''Lord'', cannot believe that an officer ("an ''aristocrat!''" at that) is anything but an UpperClassTwit GloryHound who doesn't care about "lower people" getting hurt. In the end, they agree that Clara loves them both and that's all that really matters matters. (The Doctor also settles on referring to Pink as a muscle-headed PE teacher (Pink [Pink teaches math), math], which is probably an upgrade from heartless killer soldier).
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the eponymous character is dead set on blaming anything and everything that goes wrong at Hogwarts on Snape or Malfoy.
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry is convinced that Draco has become a Death Eater and is up to some evil scheme. Even after compelling evidence is offered showing Draco wasn't even around when a certain event occurs, Harry refuses to consider the possibility that Draco wasn't involved. In a case of RightForTheWrongReasons, Draco actually ''was'' up to something, and was involved in several of the mysterious events, but Harry was drawing his conclusions from gut instinct and his personal hatred for Draco rather than any actual evidence. It's also a case of DramaticIrony, as a chapter at the start of the book proves to the readers that Voldemort has set Draco some unspecified task, but none of the good guys knew about it.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the eponymous character is dead set on blaming anything and everything that goes wrong at Hogwarts on Snape or Malfoy.
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Malfoy. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry is convinced that Draco has become a Death Eater and is up to some evil scheme. Even after compelling evidence is offered showing Draco wasn't even around when a certain event occurs, Harry refuses to consider the possibility that Draco wasn't involved. In a case of RightForTheWrongReasons, Draco actually ''was'' up to something, and was involved in several of the mysterious events, but Harry was drawing his conclusions from gut instinct and his personal hatred for Draco rather than any actual evidence. It's also a case of DramaticIrony, as a chapter at the start of the book proves to the readers that Voldemort has set Draco some unspecified task, but none of the good guys knew about it.






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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Part and parcel of the CrapsackWorld nature of the setting, since the Imperium runs on fundamentalism and rigid discipline. One reason Ork kommandoes (seven foot tall killing machines who are stealthy and able to perform covert missions in addition to being the charge-happy dakka-shooting lunatics we know and love) are successful is that a Guardsman who tried to report their existence was executed for cowardice, as what he said went against Imperial doctrine.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Part and parcel of the CrapsackWorld nature of the setting, since the Imperium runs on fundamentalism and rigid discipline. One reason Ork kommandoes (seven foot tall (seven-foot-tall killing machines who are stealthy and able to perform covert missions in addition to being the charge-happy dakka-shooting lunatics we know and love) are successful is that a Guardsman who tried to report their existence was executed for cowardice, as what he said went against Imperial doctrine.
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* Denzel Crocker in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' immediately attributes anything slightly unusual to fairy godparents. Granted he is correct a lot of the time, but he is just as quick to attribute completely mundane events to them.
* Shredder in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. He claims [[NeverMyFault Splinter is responsible for everything bad in his life]]. At first it seems like he's just lying to manipulate his henchmen, but soon it becomes clear that [[BelievingTheirOwnLies he seriously believes in the bizarre conspiracies he attributes to Splinter]], violently rebuking any evidence to the contrary. He clings to this theory so obsessively that he sometimes seems to be outright delusional; at one point he sincerely claims to have watched Splinter murder somebody that he himself killed.

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\n* Denzel Crocker in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' immediately attributes anything slightly unusual to fairy godparents. Granted he is correct a lot of the time, but he is just as quick to attribute completely mundane events to them.
* Shredder in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''.''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. He claims [[NeverMyFault Splinter is responsible for everything bad in his life]]. At first it seems like he's just lying to manipulate his henchmen, but soon it becomes clear that [[BelievingTheirOwnLies he seriously believes in the bizarre conspiracies he attributes to Splinter]], violently rebuking any evidence to the contrary. He clings to this theory so obsessively that he sometimes seems to be outright delusional; at one point he sincerely claims to have watched Splinter murder somebody that he himself killed.
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11th Mar '18 9:11:04 PM GentlemensDame883
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* Played for tragedy in ''Manga/YourLieInApril''. Early on, it is shown that Kousei's late mother Saki once beat him bloody for underperforming at piano, causing him to wish she was dead. Later, we see the same event from her point of view, where she confesses to a close friend that she pushed him to abusive extents because she was terminally ill and convinced that piano mastery was the only way he could make a living after her passing. Whether this puts a sympathetic sheen on a secretly-broken woman's tough love or just makes her more monstrous for being blind to any other ways Kousei could have gotten by remains one of the divisions in the fandom.
3rd Mar '18 5:42:18 AM nighttrainfm
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* J. Jonah Jameson is convinced that Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.

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* J. Jonah Jameson is convinced that Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} Franchise/{{Spider Man}} is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.
3rd Mar '18 5:42:07 AM nighttrainfm
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* J. Jonah Jameseon is convinced that Franchise/{{Spiderman}} is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.

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* J. Jonah Jameseon Jameson is convinced that Franchise/{{Spiderman}} Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.
3rd Mar '18 5:41:50 AM nighttrainfm
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* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' version of Riddler is so convinced that Batman is nothing more than a thug that bullies those weaker than him and that his tech is stolen than others, that [[spoiler: after Scarecrow removes Batman's mask in live television, Nigma [[IRejectYourReality refuses to believe it and "figures out" that he entire thing was a conspiracy]] ''created by Batman, Scarecrow, and most of the human populace'' just to trick him.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' version of Riddler is so convinced that Batman is nothing more than a thug that bullies those weaker than him and that his tech is stolen than others, that [[spoiler: after Scarecrow removes Batman's mask in live television, Nigma [[IRejectYourReality refuses to believe it and "figures out" that he the entire thing was a conspiracy]] ''created by Batman, Scarecrow, and most of the human populace'' just to trick him.]]



'''O'chul:''' You find the idea that I have some sort of secret knowledge implanted in my brain by the elders of the Sapphire Guard that has been so deeply suppressed that no magical effect can unearth it to be simpler... than the idea that I just don't know anything?

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'''O'chul:''' You find the idea that I have some sort of secret knowledge implanted in my brain by the elders of the Sapphire Guard that has been so deeply suppressed that no magical effect can unearth it to be simpler...''simpler''... than the idea that I just don't know anything?
2nd Feb '18 2:26:09 AM Cryoclaste
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* Something of a recurring theme with guards in [[ForgottenRealms Ed Greenwood]]'s novels, who seem to be prone to theorizing that ''anyone at all'' they don't personally know and who wants to get past them is up to no good and therefore needs to be brushed off, arrested, or simply killed outright. A classic example in the "Shadow of the Avatar" trilogy has the protagonists come back from a patrol for the Lord of Shadowdale and be accosted by guards ''of'' the Lord of Shadowdale, who casually dismiss all their claims and seem all too eager to engage in some casual bloodshed for their own amusement (to be fair, those particular guards were newly hired, but still).

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* Something of a recurring theme with guards in [[ForgottenRealms [[Literature/ForgottenRealms Ed Greenwood]]'s novels, who seem to be prone to theorizing that ''anyone at all'' they don't personally know and who wants to get past them is up to no good and therefore needs to be brushed off, arrested, or simply killed outright. A classic example in the "Shadow of the Avatar" trilogy has the protagonists come back from a patrol for the Lord of Shadowdale and be accosted by guards ''of'' the Lord of Shadowdale, who casually dismiss all their claims and seem all too eager to engage in some casual bloodshed for their own amusement (to be fair, those particular guards were newly hired, but still).
12th Dec '17 1:43:53 PM chopshop
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* Shredder in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''. He claims [[NeverMyFault Splinter is responsible for everything bad in his life]]. At first it seems like he's just lying to manipulate his henchmen, but soon it becomes clear that [[BelievingTheirOwnLies he seriously believes in the bizarre conspiracies he attributes to Splinter]], violently rebuking any evidence to the contrary. He clings to this theory so obsessively that he sometimes seems to be outright delusional; at one point he sincerely claims to have watched Splinter murder somebody that he himself killed.
7th Nov '17 2:46:04 PM Killerikala
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* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' version of Riddler is so convinced that Batman is nothing more than a thug that bullies those weaker than him and that his tech is stolen than others, that [[spoiler: after Scarecrow removes Batman's mask in live television, Nigma [[IRejectYourReality refuses to believe it and "figures out" that he entire thing was a conspiracy]] ''created by Batman, Scarecrow, and most of the human populace'' just to trick him.]]
22nd Oct '17 9:44:00 PM foxley
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* J. Jonah Jameseon is convinced that Franchise/{{Spiderman}} is a threat and a menace, and no matter how many acts of heroism Spider-Man performs, nothing will change his mind.


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* Denzel Crocker in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' immediately attributes anything slightly unusual to fairy godparents. Granted he is correct a lot of the time, but he is just as quick to attribute completely mundane events to them.

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5th Oct '17 11:17:01 PM AuraXtreme
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** Redcloak believes O-Chul is hiding the location of the gate from him despite multiple torture sessions and every coercive spell he can think of. The fact that O-Chul ''doesn't know'' (the first five guardians of the Gates swore not to look for the gates' locations precisely in case this happened) isn't about to stop him.

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** Redcloak believes O-Chul is hiding information about the location defenses of the gate Girard's Gate from him despite multiple torture sessions and every coercive spell he can think of. The fact that O-Chul ''doesn't know'' (the first five guardians of the Gates swore not to look for the gates' locations precisely in case this happened) isn't about to stop him. [[spoiler:In Redcloak's case, it's actually a subversion: while he is baffled that the Sapphire Guard would throw away the security of the world for a foolish promise by their predecessors, he's accepted it and is using the interrogation as an excuse to hang around Azure City instead of continuing to the next Gate as per Xykon's intentions.]]
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