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Reputation Montage
A montage used to establish how famous someone is, usually by showing the various rumors told about them.
(permanent link) added: 2013-06-18 04:39:31 sponsor: Argon2 edited by: MorningStar1337 (last reply: 2014-07-31 21:35:48)

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This type of montage is usually triggered by someone inexperienced or new to the setting asking the other characters who someone is. Some variation of the response: "Character X...How do I even begin to explain Character X..." is common.

Cue montage.

"I heard he was raised by wolves in Vermont." "I heard he slept with a Spice Girl." "I heard he works for the CIA." "I hear he's so badass that hell itself spat him back out!"

And so on, switching between various cliques and ethniticies of people till the viewer gets an idea of how famous Character X is. (Bonus points if the rumors turn out to be all lies...or all true.) This montage is a quick, familiar way to establish a character's reputation and hopefully garner a few laughs in the process. Usually used to introduce the Alpha Bitch, the Memetic Badass, and, in especially suggestive works, the Memetic Sex God. Most of the examples used in the montage will remain a Noodle Incident, and the characters in such a montage are often Chekhov's Gunmen or recurring minor characters.

Compare Shrouded in Myth


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    Comic Books 
  • Vampirella Revelations #0 from 2005 has three interpretations of Vampirella told from the perspectives of three vamps which have heard about her but never seen her. Turns out in the end that she's in the bar with them, and she's nothing like what any of them described.


    Live Action TV 

  • In Wicked, part of the song "Thank Goodness" has the crowd variously mention rumors about the Wicked Witch of the West, including that she can shed her skin, has a magic eye that always stays awake, and that she's so evil she can be melted by pure water.

     Western Animation 
  • Parodied Once an Episode in the Animaniacs "Chicken Boo" sketch, with the third person always saying something like "I heard he's a giant chicken."
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