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14th May '16 9:23:08 PM damus2300
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* Julius Caesar in ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is a walking, talking example of this.
-->'''Caesar''': "It's only hubris if I fail."
12th May '16 9:33:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' posits that all of history is deliberately distorted by TheKnightsTemplar to strengthen their position, cover up their existence, and vilify the Assassins. This HandWave permits the dev team to stuff the series with exquisite research while still taking creative license with history when necessary for the sake of the story.

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' posits that all of history is deliberately distorted by TheKnightsTemplar UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar to strengthen their position, cover up their existence, and vilify the Assassins. This HandWave permits the dev team to stuff the series with exquisite research while still taking creative license with history when necessary for the sake of the story.



* Knights, albeit they both won and lost various wars, so this is more on them as a social/political class. Much like how we found out more recently with the samurai, the knights in most cases weren't the nicest of people. Sure, the KnightInShiningArmor existed, but they were in no way the majority. Most knights were essentially mercenaries who just happened to be much more heavily armed than the average one. Most nobles didn't trust them as far as they could throw them, King Philip IV of France had [[TheKnightsTemplar the original Knights Templar]] almost completely wiped out (primarily because he didn't want to pay off France's monetary debt to them), with his son having the pope finish the job. From the 10th to 16th centuries, most knights were pretty infamous for being particularly brutal and (ironically) honorless. Some of this did exist in writing from the time, like when Creator/GeoffreyChaucer sneaked in a comment about the sacking of Alexandria in the Knight's Prolouge, which was historically known for a battle where the knights raped and pillaged everything they saw. Most of this part of knight history went away when the knights jazzed up their stories for the nobility. When not officially at war, knights commonly started waging private wars against each other. They were more like rival gangs at times than anything to do with "chivalry".

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* Knights, albeit they both won and lost various wars, so this is more on them as a social/political class. Much like how we found out more recently with the samurai, the knights in most cases weren't the nicest of people. Sure, the KnightInShiningArmor existed, but they were in no way the majority. Most knights were essentially mercenaries who just happened to be much more heavily armed than the average one. Most nobles didn't trust them as far as they could throw them, King Philip IV of France had [[TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar the original Knights Templar]] almost completely wiped out (primarily because he didn't want to pay off France's monetary debt to them), with his son having the pope finish the job. From the 10th to 16th centuries, most knights were pretty infamous for being particularly brutal and (ironically) honorless. Some of this did exist in writing from the time, like when Creator/GeoffreyChaucer sneaked in a comment about the sacking of Alexandria in the Knight's Prolouge, which was historically known for a battle where the knights raped and pillaged everything they saw. Most of this part of knight history went away when the knights jazzed up their stories for the nobility. When not officially at war, knights commonly started waging private wars against each other. They were more like rival gangs at times than anything to do with "chivalry".
11th May '16 5:42:21 AM jormis29
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* The history of the Realm in ''{{Exalted}}'' proclaims there was a time when the world was ruled over by demonic "Anathema" who harrowed and tormented mankind, and it was only through the overwhelming force of the Dragon-Blooded that they were driven back into the shadows. While this isn't entirely inaccurate from [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity what sometimes happened under the rule of the Solars]], it sure does obscure a lot of the nuances.

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* The history of the Realm in ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' proclaims there was a time when the world was ruled over by demonic "Anathema" who harrowed and tormented mankind, and it was only through the overwhelming force of the Dragon-Blooded that they were driven back into the shadows. While this isn't entirely inaccurate from [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity what sometimes happened under the rule of the Solars]], it sure does obscure a lot of the nuances.
9th May '16 9:59:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek: Birth of the Federation'' - When you choose to play the Cardassians, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhV43JiGiSE their opening]] claims this as one of their motivating principles.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek: Birth of the Federation'' VideoGame/BirthOfTheFederation'' - When you choose to play the Cardassians, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhV43JiGiSE their opening]] claims this as one of their motivating principles.
9th May '16 9:51:21 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies, Viktor rewrote vampire history to appear as if he was the original vampire, when, in fact, it was [[spoiler:another Elder, Marcus]]. So this is a literal case of history being [[IncrediblyLamePun written by the Viktor.]]

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* In the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies, Viktor rewrote vampire history to appear as if he was the original vampire, when, in fact, it was [[spoiler:another Elder, Marcus]]. So this is a literal case of history being [[IncrediblyLamePun written by the Viktor.]]]] Despite this, he doesn't hide the fact that [[spoiler:Marcus is a son of the first immortal Alexander Corvinus, although he claims it's a children's story]].
15th Apr '16 5:59:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Discussed by the messenger of the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Conclave]] in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'', when he declared the winner of the ''Kings War'' arc and said winner protested the [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot late intervention]]:

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* Discussed by the messenger of the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Conclave]] in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'', when he declared the winner of the ''Kings War'' arc and said winner protested the [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot late intervention]]:intervention:
10th Apr '16 6:24:37 AM aye_amber
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5th Apr '16 5:26:17 PM Godzillawolf
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** Cadence defies this after the Changeling battle: [[spoiler:Cadence beats Chrysalis and becomes the Changeling Queen, Chrysalis dying of her injuries and [[{{Reincarnation}} is reincarnated as an innocent filly]]. Cadence then tells the Changelings to remember Chrysalis for the good she did, but also not deny the evil either.]]
10th Mar '16 5:35:15 PM Jeduthun
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* Spoofed on Website/{{Twitter}} by the popular comedy account [[https://twitter.com/thetweetofgod/status/648952093794009089 The Tweet Of God]]:
--> People say history is written by the winners, but actually history is written by historians, and most of them are losers.
5th Mar '16 8:04:10 AM Jhonny
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**This goes so far that some theologians in fact apply a "rule of embarrassment" to find out which things are likely to have happened. A tale of Jesus being wrong would have no place in a hagiography and hence some theologians argue that it only found its way into a story written by a Christian because it actually happened.
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