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15th Mar '17 11:52:20 AM StarTropes
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** Another episode has Picard asking for some help from his good buddy Gowron. Gowron himself was letting the press know that he did not have as much help from Picard as there really was; this trope's name was given word for word.

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** Another episode "Unification" has Picard asking for some help from his good buddy Gowron. Gowron himself was letting the press know that he did not have as much help from Picard as there really was; this trope's name was given word for word.
9th Mar '17 8:00:35 PM Give1Take2
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Discussed. At the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Dalish Camp]], the [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] can walk in on a Dalish storyteller recounting the history of his people, and how they were conquered and basically enslaved by Andrastian humans for refusing to convert to the worship of the human [[{{God}} Maker]]. If a non-Dalish Warden points out that the Chantry says that the elves weren't so innocent either (kidnapped human children for human sacrifice blood magic rituals, attacked the helpless human village of Red Crossing, etc), he'll counter that history is written by the winners, and since humans won that war of course they'll demonize the elves to justify what they did to them afterwards (invaded, conquered, and stole their homeland; forced their people to convert or hide out in the woods; kept those who did convert as second-class citizens, etc).
1st Mar '17 4:30:19 AM GrigorII
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[[caption-width-right:320:"On this battleground in 1886, 300 Native Americans lost their lives, and 4 brave Americans lost their hats". Oh, those poor hats!]]
27th Feb '17 12:13:58 PM MegaMarioMan
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** [[CrashCourse History is mostly written by the winners, but when it's written by the losers they are very bitter about the winners]].

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** [[CrashCourse [[WebVideo/CrashCourse History is mostly written by the winners, but when it's written by the losers they are very bitter about the winners]].
9th Feb '17 1:52:17 PM scaredinmate#94
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* ''Literature/{{Gate}}'': Three years before the main story, the Empire invaded the Kingdom of the [[LittleBitBeastly Warrior Bunnies]]. The Warrior Bunnies fought back, but Queen Tyuule realized that if this continued, they would lose. She bravely offered herself to Prince Zorzal as a SexSlave if he would spare her people. Unfortunately, he took her as a slave and then [[ILied had the Kingdom razed anyway]], with anyone who couldn't escape killed or enslaved. The Empire then claimed and recorded that Tyuule cowardly sold out her people and offered herself to Zorzal to save her own life. As a result, the survivors hate Tyuule's guts and think she is a traitor.
23rd Jan '17 4:51:31 AM floormonger
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* As a result of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, Communism became seen as DeaderThanDisco and later histories and popular culture often downplayed the contributions of American communists in the arts, their persecution during the RedScare and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist. While the Civil Rights Movement became VindicatedByHistory, the fact that American communists were the first to go South and organize African Americans in poor black neighborhoods during TheGreatDepression and paved the road for later events is often left out of historical accounts.

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* As a result of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, Communism became seen as DeaderThanDisco and later histories and popular culture often downplayed the contributions of American communists in the arts, their persecution during the RedScare and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist. While the Civil Rights Movement became VindicatedByHistory, the fact that American communists were the first to go South and organize African Americans in poor black neighborhoods during TheGreatDepression and paved the road for later events is often left out of historical accounts.
13th Jan '17 4:46:08 PM Bissek
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** The most common misconceptions about Napoleon, namely his height (TheNapoleon) comes from the success of English propaganda and the rise of the Anglophone. It is a fact that Napoleon was of average height for his time and no historian has found conclusive proof that Napoleon was driven to conquest because of insecurity regarding his height. On the flip-side, it should be noted that Napoleon published his memoirs a mere few years after his defeat, and it became an instant best-seller and cemented his legend, so even though Napoleon lost, he did write his own take on history, a highly self-centered and self-pitying one at that, but equally influential nonetheless.

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** The most common misconceptions about Napoleon, namely his height (TheNapoleon) comes from the success of English propaganda and the rise of the Anglophone. It is a fact that Napoleon was of average height for his time time[[note]]The image of him being short stemmed from him usually being surrounded by his bodyguard unit, which was staffed by very tall men, making him look short by comparison[[/note]] and no historian has found conclusive proof that Napoleon was driven to conquest because of insecurity regarding his height. On the flip-side, it should be noted that Napoleon published his memoirs a mere few years after his defeat, and it became an instant best-seller and cemented his legend, so even though Napoleon lost, he did write his own take on history, a highly self-centered and self-pitying one at that, but equally influential nonetheless.
10th Jan '17 6:14:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned''. Invoked. Crassus muses that [[NotSoDifferent both he and Spartacus]] see themselves as the hero of the tale, and their opponent as the villain. Crassus then states that only history will judge who the hero was; [[ForegoneConclusion he, of course, wins]].

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* ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned''. ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned'':
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Invoked. Crassus muses that [[NotSoDifferent both he and Spartacus]] see themselves as the hero of the tale, and their opponent as the villain. Crassus then states that only history will judge who the hero was; [[ForegoneConclusion he, of course, wins]].
10th Jan '17 6:14:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned]]''. Invoked. Crassus muses that [[NotSoDifferent both he and Spartacus]] see themselves as the hero of the tale, and their opponent as the villain. Crassus then states that only history will judge who the hero was; [[ForegoneConclusion he, of course, wins]].

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* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned]]''.''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned''. Invoked. Crassus muses that [[NotSoDifferent both he and Spartacus]] see themselves as the hero of the tale, and their opponent as the villain. Crassus then states that only history will judge who the hero was; [[ForegoneConclusion he, of course, wins]].
10th Jan '17 6:13:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': This trope is in full effect here. Several characters of the Greater Nazi Reich sometimes mention the "American genocide", referring to the mass murder of the Indians in their history. By accentuating these negative events, the victors portray the Americans they conquered as a savage people with a tendency to brutally kill off whoever gets in their way, making the victors look more sympathetic (or, alternatively, as proof that the Americans already had Nazi-like tendencies before the Axis invaded). The Nazis also refer to their genocide against the Jews as their war against Semite terrorists. This chillingly shows that the winners of a war can portray the losers as terrible as they want them to be, distracting the people from their own wrongdoings.
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