Records of a fictional event were removed to justify Artistic License History
Do We Have This One?, Needs More Examples, Rolling Updates So you are watching a movie based on a historical event. As a history buff, you have a particular interest in this historical period but at the same time you know almost everything about it. As you watch you notice how much Artistic License - History is used, how blatantly hollywood their historical narrative is. You just can't wait for the film to end so you can rant on the internet about how historically inaccurate the movie is. But in the end, someone said to "erase the records" or "we may never speak of this again" regarding the events that had just happened. That phrase made sure that it made sense why our history books never record it. Basically an attempt by Historical Fiction writers to justify their Artistic License in history and allow them to either ignore historical stuff that would get in the way of writing the story or fill in the historical blanks. When done badly, it can look like a cop-out by the writers. Compare The Greatest Story Never Told, Written by the Winners Being an often time an ending trope, spoilers abound.