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[[caption-width-right:350:How Homer Simpson remembers the last town hall meeting.]]

->''"I used to be an Asian Boy Scout! Wasn't that a weird week?"''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]]''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}} review''

This trope is when a character reminisces about something so outlandish and wild, it probably isn't true. Perhaps this character is out-and-out lying in an attempt to be interesting or shocking, or they might just be crazy enough to believe their crap. On occasion, if nobody else believes this person, it may actually prove to be true. In cases such as these [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain they are quickly forgotten]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment and never brought up again]].

Typically, this trope is played up for comedic effect and will often occur in lonely old people. Adventurers are also prone to these as they like to brag about their past adventures. Also common amongst the CloudCuckooLander.

If multiple characters have one of these about the same event, it could lead to a RashomonStyle story. If the event is frequently discussed, but never shown, it could be a NoodleIncident.

Compare NoodleIncident, CutawayGag, BigLippedAlligatorMoment, and ImagineSpot.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Burgundy recounts her first encounter with Cilan: he thrashed her in a Gym, then he and his Pansage loom over her, much to the horror of poor little Burgundy and her Oshawott. Arguably subverted, since Cilan acted rather unsettling during their rematch.
* In ''Manga/LoveLab'', Maki does this a lot, like having a flashback of her and Riko having a LoverTugOfWar with a ''human'' Huggy (Huggy is a pillow with a man drawn on it).

[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'', Dr. Evil describes his father as this.
-->'''Dr. Evil:''' He would make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark.
* Happens during the [[Podcast/RiffTrax riffing]] of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
-->'''Bill Corbett''': I don't blame her, I'd rather jump off a cliff than marry a man in a tri-corner hat.
-->'''Kevin Murphy''': That's experience talking isn't it. Really brings [[NoodleIncident that lost year in colonial Williamsburg]] into focus.
-->'''Bill''': [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain We shan't speak of that.]]
** Speaking of which, Jack Sparrow actually has a couple of moments like these throughout the series. Most notable is an ending to a story he's telling two guards where he claims "and then they made me their chief."
* The entire point of ''Film/SecondhandLions''. Great-uncle Hub's story is outlandish and wild about being in the French Foreign legion, fighting a sheik for the love of a princess, and all that sort of nonsense. The ending scene shows that it was all true.
* The whole premise of ''Film/BigFish'' is that Edward Bloom's stories about his life couldn't possibly be true. In the end it seems that some of the details might have been exaggerated, but the general events actually happened.

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Series/{{Community}}'' when Troy is being initiated into the Air Conditioner Repair School so no one would believe him and think he was just remembering a dream. Highlights include a black Hitler and an astronaut cooking paninis.
* The entire history of the Janitor from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. If you think you know something about him, you don't, or it is disproved later and re-proven after that.
-->'''Janitor:''' My father died [when I was young].
-->'''JD:''' I ''met'' your father!
-->'''Janitor:''' You met a man.
** Also:
-->'''JD:''' Was ''any'' of that true?
-->'''Janitor:''' I don't know. Someone would have to read it back to me.
** When the janitor tries to grow facial hair:
-->'''JD:''' It looks like tiny hamsters died all over your face!
-->'''Janitor:''' That happened once.
* ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" was about a man who told outrageous lies to his friends about his past. It comes back to bite him when he's abducted by aliens who have no concept of lying. Fortunately, the one thing he's really good at - playing the harmonica - turns out to give them excruciating pain.
* The first season of ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' had a recurring character of a crazy patron who would tell stories about his life that were all actually plots of popular movies. Then he was PutOnABus.
* Captain Jack Harkness in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' does this often in the form of references to relationships with historical characters (which could very well have actually happened since he's a time traveler and he's taken TheSlowPath) and impossible situations like being pregnant.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor will often slip in references to stories which may or may not involve Michelangelo, arrows, alien super-computers and pepper-pots with plungers. Random bystanders will think he's a madman. Well, he ''is'' a madman, but his stories are probably all true. Also, he's second only to Captain Jack at this point in terms of relationships with historical figures.
** [[AnythingThatMoves Depends on how you define "relationships", really]].
** Lampshaded in "The Doctor's Wife"--Rory asks Amy if she believes any of the Doctor's crazy memories, to which she responds she was there for some of them.
* In one episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Frank tries to pass off more than one story from John {{Rambo}}'s life as something that happened to him. No indication is given that he doesn't genuinely believe these things happened to him.
* Beans from ''Series/EvenStevens'' was a lot like this.
* Future!Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' occasionally had some of these, which were usually implied to be him simply misremembering things or being unable to recall what happened outside of his biased perspective, leading to the events of the episode suddenly veering into totally surreal territory for a few minutes. Usually prefaced by "Kids, I ''swear'' this is what happened next..."
** Barney often claims to have done some pretty crazy things. On the one hand, he does lie/exaggerate a lot, on the other hand...he ''is'' Barney so really anything's possimpible...


[[folder: Newspaper Comic ]]

* ''Comicstrip/BloomCounty''. Milo sometimes did this, but about Binkley's life, not his own. Note that Milo and Binkley are both children.
-->'''Milo:''' Tell me, Binkley, if you had your life to live over again, would you do everything the same? Would you have left home to join those Bohemian resistance fighters? Would you have married that Turkish leopard smuggler? Would you have spent those twenty years chasing white tigers in the mountains of Ceylon?

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* The late Dave Allen frequently gave different reasons on how he [[{{Fingore}} lost one of his fingertips]] in order to derive material from his injury; the reasons included his brother accidentally bit it off, he maimed himself to avoid war, it was stuck in a bottle of whiskey that eventually dissolved it and he wore it down by obsessively brushing dust off himself (to name a few).

[[folder: Theater]]
* The play ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife'' takes place in a San Francisco bar over the course of a single day in 1938. One patron is an odd old man in strange clothing. Throughout the day, he tells a series of unbelievable stories, every one of which starts with him stating the unlikely event, the place, and the year. In the final act, he tries to make a corrupt vice cop stop harassing a dancer/prostitute and is thrown out of the bar. Minutes later, the vice cop is shot offstage. The old man returns to the bar, and someone says the cop has been killed. The old man says,
-->I killed a man once. San Francisco, 1938. I didn't like the way he talked to ladies, so I went and got my pearl-handled pistol, waited for him to get out of the bar, and shot him . . . I had to throw that beautiful pistol into the bay . . .

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* A common gag on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', most of the times that any of the characters remember something, it is bound to be something along these lines. Strong Bad himself admitted that he had a very unphotographic memory... More like a drawing or doodle memory actually.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Featured in a GuestStrip that uses old panels but changes the dialogue. It turns a scene [[ItMakesSenseInContext cutting between Benjamin Franklin talking to Beeman in Purgatory and some LARPers in a graveyard]] into a scene with [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Benjamin Franklin (who's really King George III) giving a really weird account of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.]] (In which everyone ends up praising King George III.)
--> '''"Thomas Jefferson"''': Hey! Who the hell are you?
--> '''Guy wearing blackface to look like a dark elf''': George Washington.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* As the above quote indicates, Chester A. Bum of WebVideo/BumReviews has a lot of these. He will often talk about times in his life where crazy and outlandish scenes from the movies he saw were actually like things that happened to him. Expect the line "except, instead of (insert activity here), I just did drugs" to follow many of these statements.
* [[http://s.cdn.gaiaonline.com/images/publishing/weekly/2009/08/05/4-koma-juviecamp.jpg "I got stabbed in the part of my brain that produces flashbacks."]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has [[TheDitz Caboose]] who couldn't remember anything correctly to save his life, and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Donut]] who's probably aware that he's making things up, but we never get any proof.
* Solomon "Duke" Todd of ''Literature/ShadowUnit'' is prone to these, though it can be difficult to tell when they're real memoried and when he's just making them up...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted and parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', twice. In the episodes "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "A Clockwork Origin," Professor Farnsworth is declared crazy and everything he has just said has been lunacy. In retaliation, he begins ranting and shouts "and he's my uncle" pointing to the much younger character, Fry. This is actually true, as Fry [[HumanPopsicle comes from the distant past]] and is Farnsworth's great great great great great etc uncle (and his [[spoiler: great great great great great great great etc [[MyOwnGrampa grandfather]]]]. However, nobody believes him, writing him off as nuts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Many of Abe Simpson's ramblings fall under this.
** Homer's memory of Marge's comments at town hall in "$pringfield".
--->'''Homer:''' ...And so I said to the President, "Get this..."
** In "Children of a Lesser Clod", Homer decides to use morphine to help him remember his basketball accident. Now, instead of crashing into the backboard, he recalls jumping so high he flew into outer space, slam dunked Jupiter, and got hit by [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson's]] spaceship.
* Pretty much every CutawayGag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is one of these, where a character will say something like "This is just like when I..." before cutting away to a crazy situation that almost certainly couldn't have happened.
** Played with several times and as early as the first season, where Peter set up the memory sequence, only for the clip to play the previous scene that led to the current situation. Lois rightly pointed that out. In another, Stewie sets up the gag only to be baffled that it was just dialog and there was no clip. Another gag revealed that one of Peter's memories was so out of left field, they didn't even have a clip to cut to and frantically looked for one that fit the situation the best.
* Arnold's grandfather on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' spouts these frequently. At one point, Arnold calls him out on a particularly outrageous war story:
-->'''Arnold:''' Grandpa, you did ''not'' [[AdolfHitlarious fight Adolf Hitler]]. You're making this all up.\\
'''Grandpa:''' Heh heh heh. Okay, you got me. I made that part up. Pretty funny, huh? ...It was Goebbels.
* Roger in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has these on a regular basis. Of course, he's a 1600-year-old alien MasterOfDisguise who [[BecomingTheMask becomes the mask]] on a regular basis, so no one really knows how many of them are true. Roger included.
* [[CrazyAwesome Izzy]] on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' may be lapsing into this constantly, but it would be hard to tell--she openly admits that some of her mad stories are just lies, while at least a few others seem to actually be true.
* Gir from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' tends to fall pray to these. Especially when he is asked to remember something important.
* During the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", the Cutie Mark Crusaders ask the Mane 6 about how they acquired their marks. Pinkie Pie explains how she grew up on a "rock farm", where there were "no laughing, no fun, only rocks" and she had to push rocks around all day, until the sonic rainboom made her feel joy and she threw a spontaneous party for her family. The scene cuts to the present and she finishes with "...and that's how Equestria was made!" much to the complete bafflement of the CMC. The fanbase is somewhat divided on the issue of whether her story is true or a complete fabrication.
** Later seasons have ran with it, and it's apparently actually true, if photos of said party on her wall are indication. Though one element left out of the flashback was her 3rd sister, Maude Pie. She was first mentioned briefly in a novel before appearing in one of the photos of the party, later in the same season she appeared in a proper episode named after her.
* Monterrey Jack from ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'', likes to tell crazy stories of his past adventures. Many of them are true. Probably.
* At the end of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', Harvey has a flashback of a scene at the beginning of the episode, except the scene looks incredibly different, with characters present that weren't there the first time and elements that don't even seem possible such as a scuba diver floating in the middle of the room.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has numerous characters either remembering odd events, not remembering a particular event (or oddly not remembering one memory out of a chain of similar situations even though remembering any of them at all meant that they should have really known better than to get into their current situation), or remembering stuff that never happened at all.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' opens with Billy trying to take Grim's scythe to attack a gorilla at the zoo. When Grim stops him he's told that they had been in agreement on the idea the previous week. The scene then cuts to Billy's memory of that, where Grim, now a camel-based MixAndMatchCritter in a surreal landscape, tells Billy to get "those nasty gorillas", and offers to ride him over.
-->'''Billy''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Now bend over and let me ride your humps!]]