->''"I am ''so'' glad I was unconscious for all of this.."''
-->-- '''Kuzco''', "narrating" ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''

So Joe Suspect is explaining to the cops where he was last night. As he speaks, we get a FlashBack showing us the events.

But wait a minute! What we're seeing on screen doesn't fit what the voice-over is saying. While Joe tells the cops he had to work late, we see him in a bar. And when he admits he went to see the murder victim, but they came to an amicable agreement, the flashback shows them screaming at each other, and then him storming out. The visuals are understood as depicting the '''truth''', and not just a potentially inaccurate version of the events (in contrast to SelfServingMemory, where the visuals depict a '''false''' version of the events).

Can be used as a way of helping the viewers solve the [[MurderMystery Whodunnit]] without being a genius detective (because they learn the BigSecret directly), as a way of showing what sort of character we're dealing with, or just to ramp up the irony level of a story. Sometimes the description is accurate, but not entirely honest; or the visuals might reveal additional information that changes the nature of the story.

It can also be used for humorous purposes, to show that the character is not as gifted as they claim they are - they relate the events in a way that makes them seem particularly clever or talented, while we see they are actually ridiculously incompetent. However this can lead to continuity errors - if the writer forgets that the audience knows the truth but the listeners do not, the audience can be left wondering how somebody knows something they weren't told.

Compare ContrastMontage. Related to RashomonStyle, except that instead of someone else's version of events clashing, it's the cold, unvarnished truth. Unlike UnreliableNarrator, we're led to believe that the visuals tell us what really happened. Unless there's a MindScrew going on.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* There's something of an example of this (and a CrowningMomentOfFunny) in one of the late first season episodes of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Mao (a BodySnatcher Contractor in a cat's body) is trapped with several series antagonists and is narrating the beginning of the episode. While he narrates in a calm voice, talking about being a Contractor and thus rational enough to overcome fear, you see the cat shaking in terror, and when Mao talks about making a clever, rational choice, he... [[spoiler:meows. Apparently his brilliant idea was to pretend to be a normal cat and hope Amber had grabbed him out of CutenessProximity, and hadn't heard him [[TalkingAnimal talk]].]]
* In ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', when [[ButtMonkey Yoki]] encounters the Elrics again, he gives this whole account of how things have went downhill for him ever since he met them, and it's all presented in silent movie style. While he tells of being a good leader who was unjustifiably tricked, and tells of his investments failing, we see him abusing his power and his "investments" are more along the lines of him conning people and gambling away the rest of his money. The funniest part is his narration about "borrowing money" from a noble family -- it's actually a scene of him burgling the Armstrong home, and in a MythologyGag referencing a manga omake, he gets a piano dropped on him by the {{moe}} and harmless-looking [[CuteBruiser Katherine Armstrong]].
* This is one of the major tricks of the anime version of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', where Kyon's on-screen actions often contradict his narration. So, for example, in the first chronological episode, Kyon tells us he's not interested in Haruhi, after having just spent several scenes very obviously checking her out.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' when Lina cheerfully [[PreviouslyOn recaps previous episodes]] -- glossing over awkward moments that the video recap ''does'' show. The second episode got:
--> '''Lina''': In the end, peace was restored to the village... ([[spoiler:transition from the scene of nuking a dragon to the crater where this village once stood]])
--> '''Lina''': After bidding farewell to the grateful villagers... Gourry and I continue our journey... ([[spoiler:villagers chasing them with pitchforks]])
--> '''Lina''': Yeah, I know. But it's [[HalfTruth not a total lie]], okay?
* Anytime Genma talks about the past in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' ''starts'' with one of these courtesy of our protagonists [[HeroicComedicSociopath Oga]]: "Long long ago, in a certain place, there was a very handsome, cool, well-respected, entirely angelic young man..." When explaining the circumstances that led to him being declared surrogate dad to a demon for his friend, he talks about entirely innocent things while we see him beating on other delinquents and yakuza and making the former bow down to him while laughing manically.
* In the finale, ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' features [[spoiler:late]] Kaori stating in her goodbye letter that Watari will probably forget about her. As her voice says this, the viewer sees that Watari still keep a picture of himself and Kaori on his cell phone [[spoiler:and seemingly affected by her death]].


[[folder: Audio Play]]

* This happens multiple times throughout [[Creator/BradNeely Brad Neely's]] ''AudioPlay/WizardPeopleDearReader'' -- an audio accompaniment to the first ''Literature/HarryPotter'' movie, which is intended to be run while the film itself is muted. These include such things as the eleven-year-old protagonists drinking cognac and floating jack-o'-lanterns falling on people's heads... But probably the most memorable example is that of "Harmony's" intense death and resurrection by Harry while Hermione is obviously perfectly fine on-screen.
--> Just then, the giant dog awakes itself and is just much faster than last time. It's so fast, dear readers, that you guys can't even see that it just goes right ahead and takes a big chunk out of Harmony. He bites what is most of her head off. She is dead in an instant. Harry blacks out. Out of him come powers no-one even knew existed. Time is stuck on the cog of Harry's will. He turns the dog inside out and then dissolves it into a pudding. Harmony is in two pieces, but Harry, with eyeballs turned completely white, recapitulates her form and blows life into her.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' features a corrupt detective talking about how he was busting some drug-dealers when the seven-foot bat creature attacked him for no reason, but he managed to fight it off. The art shows Batman breaking in on the detective taking his cut from the criminals the detective alleges he was apprehending. Batman does not approve.
** A similar sequence occurs in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', when a businessman describes the harrowing ordeals he went through during Gotham's blackout. The panel-images make it clear that his own every-man-for-himself callousness ''caused'' much of the violence he's complaining about.
* A really horrific example is in the first issue of Vertigo's ''ComicBook/HouseOfMystery'' series. The narration is a rather uneventful story about a girl who moves back to her hometown after her parents died, becomes a wife and mother, but doesn't love her children. None of this is actually untrue, but the art fills in minor gaps like the fact that [[spoiler:the other residents of the city are all BigCreepyCrawlies, and her children were loads of maggots that left a huge hole in her back that she still has]].
** Also used more humorously in the rather mundane tale a young man tells about his almost being late for work. And it IS mundane...to him. [[spoiler:He's so used to his world being overrun by supernatural creatures ranging from giant spiders to vampire cats (not a typo) that he doesn't even think the constant peril he has to deal with is worth mentioning.]]
* Used in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' to introduce Astoria and her relationship to Moon Roach. Oddly subverted when, much later, another character tells a version of the story which doesn't match the art or narration of the first one.
* Played with in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' oneshot that introduced Harley Quinn. When Harley summarizes her time with the Joker, at first the art shows the Joker being a lot less enthusiastic about her than her account would have you think... but as the narration progresses, the images begin to match up with what she's saying.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'''s first annual (1997) works like this in comic book form. Citizen V is telling the story of how the heroic Thunderbolts were formed to their newest member, Jolt. As the Bolts are actually villains in disguise (and Jolt is not in on the secret), his narration shows the cover story while the actual pictures and dialog reflects what really happened.
* ''Comicbook/CableAndDeadpool'': during a quiet moment in between story arcs, Cable and Deadpool swap stories of their respective childhoods. However, what we see happening in the flashbacks is subtly different from what they tell each other in narrative captions, and Cable and Deadpool know each other well enough not to take the stories at face value.
* In ''[[Comicbook/{{Fables}} Jack of Fables]]'', Jack's highly unreliable MartyStu narration captions are placed right on panels showing exactly what ''really'' happened, and just ''how'' grossly Jack is exaggerating.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** One ''[[ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks Future Shocks]]'' strip had a man in a bar telling his life story to a stranger. The teller told of how he was a loving husband and father whose family were abducted by a warlord, and so he took revenge by entering the warlord's services as a blacksmith and making shoddy weapons, then running off on the eve of a major battle. The panels show that he was actually a cruel miser whose wife ran away, taking her kids with her. He beat his son to death, and the weapons he made were of substandard quality due to incompetence rather than design. The strip ends with him lying in an alley in a pool of blood, the stranger standing over him with a knife.
** The first strip in ''[[ComicBook/TheGrievousJourneyOfIchabodAzrael The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in His Wake)]]'' uses this is bit. The narrator says he heard that Ichabod's introduction to killing was when he killed 20 horsemen, but we see him killing one man in a duel. Later, the narrator relates a story about how Ichabod had a secret love who was able to calm his insane rage and dismisses it as nonsense, but the images show that that's exactly the case.
* In a {{Creator/Marvel}} UK ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' story, Octane tells Ratbat about how he bravely stood up to the vast Autobot onslaught only to be pushed back by overwhelming numbers. The images show him running like a coward from just two Autobots.
* ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' has Emil Burbank discussing his past to a military contact while we see the truth, that reveals Burbank as a murderous sociopath.
* ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' manages to sneak it in under the radar, only obvious [[EasterEgg to those who pay close attention]]. When ComicBook/TheQuestion surprises Renee Montoya on Day Three of Week Two, she panics, grabs her gun and begins firing. However, [[StealthHiBye he vanishes without a trace]]. The next morning Renee is trying to figure out what the hell happened, especially since "I ''know'' I hit him ''dead center''," but he left without trouble. However, if you look back at the previous panel, there are two "blam" effects to indicate gunshots and two holes in his jacket...''next'' to his body. She might "know" she hit him dead center, but we can see that she just plain missed him completely.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fell}}'': Detective Richard Fell "[[PoliceBrutality cleverly negotiates]] with the [[CrazyHomelessPeople king of Yaakistan.]]"
* The 2010 ComicBook/IronMan annual features [[SuperVillain The Mandarin]] describing his life story to the director he's forcing to adapt it. The captions are what the Mandarin [[BlatantLies claims]] happened while the images are what really transpired and they paint the Mandarin in a considerably [[JerkAss less]] [[ForTheEvulz flattering]] light.
** At one point, the Mandarin looks over actors to play Tony Stark, running down ones who are total dead ringers as wrong but when he sees a short, unattractive overweight man, yells "that's him!"

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''. When Bowler Hat Guy is [[MrExposition ranting to a captured Lewis]] about [[MotiveRant why he has a grudge against him]], he says several things that flatly contradicts what is seen on the screen. For instance, he claims that everybody at school hated him after we see a couple of kids being friendly to him and inviting him to hang out, and that he and the evil robotic hat Doris retreated to their "[[SupervillainLair villainous lair]]" to make their EvilPlan - while the actual footage shows them going to an [[SugarBowl adorable]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny kiddy restaurant]].
* Happens throughout ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'', as Cody is being interviewed for a surfing documentary, including descriptions by him of how he was a natural surfer, only for the actual shots to show him constantly falling off his board. Slightly justified, as he wants to look his best on film.
* As indicated by the page quote, Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' tends to wander obnoxiously off the rails while narrating, to the point that the sadder-but-wiser Kuzco-on-screen finally tells Kuzco-as-narrator to shut up.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* One of the most striking uses of the unreliable voiceover is in Terence Malik's ''Film/{{Badlands}}'', where Holly, naive and infatuated with Kit, overlooks some kinda-sorta evil murderous duplicitous tendencies of his...
* The naive Forrest in ''Film/ForrestGump'' plays this trope straight. Played for humor (and sometimes for drama), you'll see Forrest describing the upstart Apple Computers as a fruit company; Charlie, the codename for the Vietcong, as some guy the Army was looking for; and in one scene, he describes Jenny's father as a "loving man, always kissing and touching his daughters." The line pretty much sums up the real truth of Jenny's situation.
* Don's narrative on how he became a Hollywood star in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''. His words paint his journey as a smooth, refined and comfortable one. The series of flashbacks that accompanies them show that it was actually an arduous and often undignified struggle to the top.
-->"Dignity, always dignity!"
* The ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movie. Tom Cruise's character knows that [[spoiler:Jon Voight]]'s character is a traitor, and pretends to believe [[spoiler:his]] story, but is imagining the way it really happened.
* ''Film/Cube2Hypercube'': One of the characters said he was a management consultant, but his flashbacks showed he was actually a private detective. The other ones don't so much directly lie as leave out the fact that they're all connected to the hypercube's creators or know more than they let on. For instance, one of them is actually [[spoiler:a freelance superhacker who designed the thing]] and another [[spoiler:is an operative working for the organization behind it.]]
* Agent Smecker does this the other direction during the scene that leads up to the Il Duce shootout in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''- he's an investigator and not a suspect, and describes what he concludes happens as we watch what really happens such as the moment when he pegs Rocco as a "real sicko" who wanted his victim to suffer -- and he's on the floor getting choked out by the "victim" and begging for his life. He also gets wrong how many guys are present during the Il Duce shootout based on the [[ThrowAwayGuns number of guns]] at the scene, which it turns out were all used by one guy.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': "Fezzik took great care in reviving Inigo." Said over a scene of Fezzik repeatedly dunking the drunken Inigo into buckets of water.
* In ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', this is used when one of the lead characters describes their previous evening to their love interest. While they describe going to an elegant club, the audience sees them trying to gain admission to a seedy strip club. Similarly, their account of celebrating with a drink is matched by them vomiting violently from cheap booze.
* The obscure comedy ''Film/SororityBoys'' used this when one of the characters is describing how he discovered a plot-important hidden camera, leading to a VCR in a lockbox. He fudges the details of the discovery to cover his invasion of his roommate's privacy as if everything was already in the open, while it shows him actually stumbling drunkenly into the hidden camera, yanking on cables, and finally shooting open the lockbox with a revolver.
* ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' does this, but it isn't the narrator's fault. When [[spoiler:Ennis finds out Jack died]], he calls his widow to know what happened. She tells him [[spoiler:Jack]] was fixing a flat tire when the hubcap blew off in his face and he choked to death on his own blood, but while she's talking, we see soundless clips of [[spoiler:Jack beaten to death with a crowbar by a man the couple met at a party, whom Jack presumably came onto later]]. [[HumansAreBastards What really makes it enraging is how any blind cop could have seen through the hubcap story, unless the police deliberately looked the other way.]]
** In the case of the short story the [[AdaptationExpansion film was based on,]] the trope applies, as the majority of it was from Ennis' point of view. A recurring theme for Ennis is what his dad made him witness when he was young, and something in Lureen's voice makes him think "So it was the tire iron."
* In the Mexican comedy movie ''Matando Cabos'', the father of a girl narrates how he walked in on his daughter and her boyfriend holding hands and kissing (while we see them screwing like animals), asked the boyfriend to stop (gave him a swirly), saw the boyfriend get rude and belligerent (raise his hands in terror), and politely asked him to leave (beat him senseless and threw him out of the house).
* A variation in ''Film/HerAlibi'', when Tom Selleck's character, a writer, voices over his ongoing spy novel inspired by the on-screen reality.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf 2007}}'': Beowulf claims a bunch of sea monsters attacked him during the race with Breca. We ''do'' see him fighting said sea monsters, but when he claims another sea monster dragged him down under the water, it's actually a beautiful mermaid that he ends up "plunging his blade into."
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' primarily uses UnreliableNarrator, but the flashbacks are ''slightly'' closer to reality than the narration. Eg, his story involves a man named "Kobayashi", but the flashbacks show an obviously non-Japanese man in that role.
* ''Film/{{Walker}}'', details the 1856 conquest of Nicaragua by an American soldier sponsored by a cadre of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive industrialists]] (most prominent of whom is Cornelius Vanderbilt), and the protagonist's narrations--which sound a lot like quotes from an official log or report--are blatantly contradicted by the action of the scenes they introduce.
* In ''Film/OneTrueThing'', the main character, Ellen, is shown discussing her mother's death with a detective. Her voice-over narration seems at first to match up with what is shown on the screen, but as the film progresses it becomes clear that she is not giving the detective the full story, and has glossed over her family's problems.
* In the 1978 adaptation of ''Film/DeathOnTheNile'', as Salome Otterbourne is saying "I was talking to one of the crew, who was showing me a most intriguing sight, a buffalo and a cow yoked together tilling the soil", a flashback is shown in which she is in fact secretly buying alcohol from said crew member.
* In the movie ''Eat and Run,'' [=McSorely=] is constantly NarratingThePresent. When he finds a locked door he needs to open in a hurry, he describes shooting it with his gun, the locks flying off. In reality his gun was empty and he had to unlock the door using a set of keys.
* Sara tells Aiden in ''[[Film/TheForest2016 The Forest]]'' about her parents' death in a car accident right in front of their house while we see that the actual cause of death was murder/suicide.

* While not visually depicted, William Makepeace Thackeray's novel ''Literature/TheLuckOfBarryLyndon'' contrasts the charming VillainProtagonist's high opinion of himself with the sardonic commentary of the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis "editor"]].
** Stanley Kubrick considered doing his film adaptation this way, but eventually decided to play it straight with an Omniscient Narrator, as he felt this trope would be too comical.
** Or is Kubrick's narrator actually prejudiced against the lead character? Several times the Narrator explains Lyndon's behavior in a manner which makes no sense other than to cast his actions in a bad light whereas what we're seeing on screen might be viewed as positive or even noble - his refusal to spy on the Irish ambassador for the Prussians, for example. Similarly, the Narrator claims that Lyndon only married for money, despite our seeing plenty of visual evidence of a loving relationship.
* George [=MacDonald=] Fraser would seem to have borrowed the above technique in the {{Literature/Flashman}} book ''Flashman's Lady''. The novel contains extracts from the diary of Flashman's wife, Elspeth, a BrainlessBeauty who he suspects is a serial adulteress throughout the series. These extracts, which are written in a melodromatic "female novelist" style (think a bad version of ''Jane Eyre'') are edited by Elspeth's sister who doesn't think Elspeth is quite as innocent as she presents herself.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'', where the news station is trying to make out the storm hitting Miami as the Big One, but fail miserably, like when the reporter is telling the camera that people should stay out of the water as two dude jog up behind her, wave at the camera, and then go for a swim. The storm did cause a few deaths, however... but they were all from the news station.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Used extensively in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp The Unicorn and the Wasp]]", when the suspects are giving their alibis. A GenreSavvy viewer can spot that [[spoiler:the culprit is the one person who ''isn't'' shown doing something shady in flashback.]]
** Also used in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]", when the titular bride is describing how she and her fiance met and fell in love.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' uses this with a twist: in some cases, the voiceover ''is'' unreliable. However, so are the images shown, even if we know the image not to be true. For instance, when Ted recalls a night in college when he smoked a joint, he called it "eating a sandwich", and we see him, Marshall and Lily sharing a very large sandwich (and acting high).
** Sometimes played straight though, such as when he claims he and Victoria spent their last day together going all over the city and going to fabulous places, but we see that they actually spent the whole day having sex.
* Used in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' in the episode "The Usual Suspects" (ironically, not a trope from the film, ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'').
* ''Series/TheLastDetective'' uses this on occasion, as suspects will give accounts of happenings to Dangerous and co. In one episode, dealing with a murder at a college reunion, one character describes the interaction between the chief suspect and the eventual victim as heated but not really violent, but the audience sees a very vindictive interaction on the brink of coming to blows.
* Used for comedic effect in the TV series ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where the show would open with a Quinn Martin PoliceProcedural style title card: "Tonight's Episode," followed by the title, which always completely different from the one given by the narrator.
* Trivial and mildly amusing instance in ''Series/FlashForward2009'': Wedeck (the [=FBI=] boss) claims his vision of the future had him in a meeting (at 10pm?), while the visual was an overhead shot of him sitting in a restroom stall, pants down, reading the newspaper (apparently the sports section, from later dialogue). He later confessed the real story to Benford, adding that he'd emerged from his blackout to find another agent drowning in the urinal and in need of resuscitation (which Wedeck found embarrassing to admit having done).
* A favorite comic device on ''Series/TopGear'': Jeremy Clarkson's narration frequently contradicts events on screen, usually to deny responsibility for what he did or to claim responsibility for what he didn't do.
* In a variation, unreliable subtitles are used in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. The aunt of two young girls found alone in their apartment comes into the interrogation room and asks the girls what happened in Chinese. The subtitles reflect what the girls actually said but the aunt lies to the detectives. Fortunately, Dr. Huang was there to call her out on it.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' uses a variation during TheSummation, which Jonathan is explicitly advancing as a hypothetical version of events. It usually turns out to be correct in BroadStrokes, but some details can be off. The [[StylisticSuck laughably implausible]] "dramatic reconstruction" of the case in an episode of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Eyes and Ears]]'' may also fall under this one.
* Spike's flashbacks and narration in a season five episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' are wildly different. Also any flashback narrated by Andrew is a chance for him to exercise his cloudcuckoolander tendencies to the fullest.
* In the third season ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS03E02TheSignOfThree The Sign of Three]]", Sherlock's best man speech is full of flashbacks. One involves how John first asked him to be his best man. After John finally told him bluntly that he wanted Sherlock to be his best man, Sherlock explained in his speech that he told John how honored he was, etc. Cut to the flashback where Sherlock just stands there staring at the same spot for several minutes, while John waits patiently. Sherlock then continues that it was only later he realized that he said none of that out loud.
* ''Series/TrueDetective'' There are a significant number of seemingly minor contradictions early on between what is said and what is shown as Hart and Cohle recap the events of 1995 in 2012. This comes to a head in episode 4 in which there is a significant diversion to the point of outright lies.
* In the series finale of ''Series/NipTuck,'' Matt convinces Christian to let him take back his daughter by saying he and his fiancee (who Matt dumped at the altar) talked and are getting back together. The audience sees the truth, which is the girl berating Matt to get out of her life and literally spitting on him.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug'' does this in one Billy Dare strip. The narration obviously does not match what we see in each comic panel. At the end, Billy Dare murders the narrator.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/OnAClearDayYouCanSeeForever'', Daisy Gamble makes her past life in eighteenth-century England sound so very refined. When she says that her in-laws "ate as if food was a sin," for instance, what the audience sees is them rushing to the table and [[JabbaTableManners pigging out]].


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Early in ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'', [[http://rayneshikama.deviantart.com/gallery/26497595?offset=96#/d2yifld Brian recounts how he woke up as a girl]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** When asked how he and Elliot originally met, Tedd claimed that they [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-24 "just met on the playground."]] The actual illustrations show that there was a bit more to it than that. Elliot [[BullyHunter saved Tedd from a bully]] while [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaking him for a girl.]]
** In the Hammerchlorians arc, when Susan finally gets around to telling the story of what happened in France (which had, up until that point been a long-standing NoodleIncident), the narration boxes show what she's saying, but the flashbacks show the audience what is actually happening. While she never lies, she does leave out a few parts of the story, like how [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1095 her mother browbeat her principal]] into allowing her to go on the trip to France at all, and [[spoiler:how she was [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1100 forced to kill a vampire with an ax.]]]]
* [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-09/comic/team-scramble/suddenly-words-thousands-of-them/ Wildfire's letter]] in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''.
** Subverted, in that Rogue knows ''exactly'' how full of crap she is.
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0083.html This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Hilgya's description of her JerkAss husband contradicted by the pictures of him being pretty much the nicest guy in the universe.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', Jason [[http://thewotch.com/index.php?epDate=2003-09-10 recounts]] his reaction to the Mythos virus turning him into a satyr girl.
* ''Webcomic/LatchkeyKingdom'': In the Tourist arc, Svana [[http://latchkeykingdom.smackjeeves.com/comics/2181964/tourist-25/ explains]] to Bridget how she "chanced" upon her ██████████, but the images reveal she was actually stalking her and she actively sought the item as soon as she learned it was dropped.
* Whenever the campers of ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'' relate how they wound up at there, they ''always'' leave out the fact that they were [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] by their [[AbusiveParents abusive]] and [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] families. It's not clear how much of this is due to SelfServingMemory or due to simply not wanting to truthfully talk about it.
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' has some (inverted) elements of this: The voiceover is usually sound advice, but the illustrations often show said advice [[ComicallyMissingThePoint misapplied as badly as possible]].


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic starts his review of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferngully}} 2'' by fondly recounting that WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick volunteered to help him review the first movie, while the video shows her repeatedly smashing his head into his desk during their fight over it.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': In "For Glorious Mother Equestria", the LemonyNarrator tries to spin the events of the episode as political propaganda, so most of his descriptions are directly contradicted by what happens on-screen. No one is fooled.
-->'''Narrator:''' But wait! The evil dragon has lured ponies into his lair. What evil plans does he have for them?\\
'''Spike the dragon:''' I'm glad I'm able to spend my birthday with all of my friends! I'm so happy and full of love!


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "P.O.V." plays out this way. One of the best episodes of the series, it starts with Officers Willkes and Renee Montoya driving to meet Detective Harvey Bullock for a planned sting against a local crime lord. When they arrive at the location, however, Bullock is unconscious outside and the building is on fire. With most members of the gang escaping, along with the two million dollars that the police department had planted as part of the sting, InternalAffairs believes that the three cops were either grossly incompetent or [[DirtyCop in cahoots with the criminals]]. The three officers then each explain what they did during the lead-up to and aftermath of the botched sting. Officer Willkes is honest, but [[NewMeat being new to the force]] he had never before seen Batman and he misunderstood many of the feats he saw Batman perform, ascribing him superhuman powers. Detective Bullock is perfectly aware of what happened, but [[CowboyCop deliberately alters his rendition to cover up his own mistakes]]. Of the three, only Renee Montoya [[ByTheBookCop gives an honest retelling of the night]] as to the best of her ability (with a few mistakes, such as thinking that Batman had been trapped under falling debris). During each of their stories, {{flashback}}s show what ''really'' happened, along with where the narration differs from the actual events.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' used this in an episode where he posed as a gangster. Jack describes (with some careful word choice to ensure that his story is true FromACertainPointOfView) how he set up a hit and blew up the target's house, while visuals show him quietly evacuating the inhabitants and giving them the money to find a new home in some other town.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "Log Date 7 15 2," Steven gets a hold of [[spoiler:Peridot]]'s voice log and listens to it. Each log entry is accompanied by a corresponding flashback; in entries detailing events Steven was present for, it's clear that [[spoiler:Peridot]]'s [[SmallNameBigEgo very high opinion of herself]] is tainting the storytelling:
*** She says that she'd decided to call Steven by his name instead of "The Steven"; in reality, Steven asked her to do so, and she declined (in a somewhat rude manner, which Steven rebuked her for).
*** When Steven shows her [[ShowWithinAShow a teen romance soap opera]], she tells her log that humans waste a lot of their time with "meaningless distractions"... when [[NotSoAboveItAll she actually developed an obsession with the show]], and spent three days analyzing the relationships between characters based on the one episode she had on hand.
** Inverted in "Buddy's Book"; the ''narration'' is considered accurate, but the events described are depicted with an ImagineSpot, since Steven and Connie have nothing else to work with. When Garnet and Pearl appear in the story, they look the same way they do in the present; Connie points out the FridgeLogic, and the scene is altered to put them in period-appropriate clothing. The duo also imagine Buddy as [[AndYouWereThere their friend Jamie]], but at the episode's end, they notice a portrait of the man and realize they were ''way'' off (however, they agree that they like their version better).
* The Monarch of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' once had to narrate his first use of his super villain persona because it turned out his tribunal didn't have "[[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands a magic window to the past]]" and didn't have [[SinisterSurveillance videos of everything]]. The Monarch says he was defeated only because Venture hired a squad of [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot ex-Navy SEAL ninja gorilla witches]] and had a tank, while he was really taken out quite brutally by his one female guard with minor help from his lame robot.
** Before that, when on trial, he lied about his reaction to a tell-all book about him also containing various things about Dr. Girlfriend, claiming he reacted calmly, forgave the henchman that wrote it, and amicably broke up with Dr. Girlfriend. He really was in inconsolable rage, killed the one blamed for writing the book [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill in an incredibly over the top manner]] ("Lower the giant hair dryer!"), and kicked Dr. Girlfriend out loudly right before crying into his pillow.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Lucky tells Hank and co. about how his grandfather found "the perfect walnut stump". He says that his grandfather was a pastor found the stump while on a church picnic and "went on to be with the Lord" before he could recover it, but the flashbacks show that his grandfather was actually a criminal who stumbled across the stump while escaping from WorkingOnTheChainGang and was executed in the electric chair. Unlike many examples, the implication is that Lucky isn't consciously lying, but that this is the version of the story he was told himself.
* Waspinator explains how he left [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars the Earth]] for [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines Cybertron]], tearing himself away from his prehistoric worshippers. The video footage shows the contrary.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' has a bizarre example, where [[PyroManiac Ash]] says he's gotten a fear of all movies because his father left him waiting at a movie theater, neglecting to mention how his father's negligence ''set the room he was waiting in on fire.''
* Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Craetor/AdamWest tell the story of Miles Musket, the settler who allegedly founded Quahog with the help of a magic talking clam. West states that Musket was thrown overboard for "speaking his mind", while the flashback shows that Musket was an incredibly grating [[MotorMouth blabbermouth]] who the other settlers threw overboard just to preserve their own sanity.
* The ''Western/AdventureTime'' episode "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS6E16JoshuaAndMargaretInvestigations Joshua and Margaret Investigations]]" has Jake telling a story about the day he was born. This starts a WholeEpisodeFlashback. At the end of the flashback, Jake's parents [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain say that they won't ever tell Jake how he was born.]] And indeed, when the show returns to the present, Jake says that his parents never told him - [[MindScrew which suggests he wasn't actually talking about the contents of the flashback.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "Vendettas", Vinnie tells [[ICallItVera his gun]] the stories of his three previous encounters with the gargoyles. He frequently reiterates that he was unfazed, valiant, and did everything he could to prevent the disasters that occurred, while the flashbacks shown suggest otherwise.