Unreliable Narrator / Web Comics

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  • Bad Machinery: Narrator unreliability is openly acknowledged in the footnote to this strip:
    It's worth saying at this point that Charlotte is merely describing to Shelley what she thinks the mystery boys might have said and done. There is no guarantee that these events transpired exactly this way. But there's no way of knowing that they didn't.
  • In Collar 6, Butterfly and Trina give mutually exclusive versions of how Butterfly got information on Michelle's techniques from Trina, and Word of God has confirmed that this was intentional. Its unusual, in that both of them presented versions that made themselves look worse Butterfly claiming she tortured Trina, and Trina claiming she gave up the information freely.
  • One of the characters in Flying Man and Friends, Harbor the loon, is convinced that his belly and the bottle of eggnog he carries with him count as two separate characters. This is never refuted, so it's his word against dead silence. In one strip, he somehow detonates an atomic bomb that is never explained (and is eventually undone). The entire story is unreliable.
  • In Frivolesque, any strip focusing mostly on Flore shouldn't be trusted too much. What's real and what's a figment of her wild imagination isn't always clear.
  • Homestuck has a subversion. After the reader goes to Doc Scratch for some god moding help, he gives out a huge amount of exposition and his self-serving memory prompts Andrew Hussie, the creator of the comic, to break through the "fifth wall" and beat him up.
    • There's also the Mindfang Journal, embellished and flowery as it is written. Word of God is that everything Mindfang wrote in it is true, though only as she perceived it putting a few accounts into question.
    • Aranea Serket, Mindfang's pre-Scratch counterpart, is proudly the cast's Exposition Fairy, but the fact that she goes rogue in an attempt to defeat Lord English puts some of her claims into scrutiny.
  • The Nightmare Fuel-ish animated short arc "Twist, Twist, Twist" in Jack. "I'm in hell because I love my wife... imagine that."
  • MegaTokyo has a consistent running theme of different perceptions of reality and what events fit into which character's reality, creating what is, in effect, an entire cast of unreliable narrators -what is perfectly obvious and logical for one character is dismissed out of hand as impossible by another, if it gets noticed at all.
    • Of course, considering how often it comes up, even so far as to be lampshaded by both characters and the author, this is probably more of an Unreliable Author.
    • Also, since all of the examples above are about Pirovision being unable to see Largoland, it's worth pointing out that it works both ways.
    • Additionally, nature and circumstances of Piro and Miho's "relationship" differ greatly depending on who's telling the story.
  • In Ménage à 3, the trope is briefly and explicitly but stylishly demonstrated by Senna in her description to Gary of her falling out with Sandra, starting here. (She claims that Sandra used supernatural powers. Compare and contrast the true story here.) Senna, who evidently loves her telenovelas, isn't the sort to let the truth get in the way of a melodramatic story that shows herself in a much better light than reality.
  • The Order of the Stick
  • Played for Laughs in Penny Blackfeather by Nathaniel, whose recaps blatantly contradict events we've seen. He also trolls the Adventurer a couple of times.
  • None of the Scandinavian countries are telling the whole unvarnished truth about Norway's butter crisis.
  • Schlock Mercenary had one scene narrated via "The Memoirs of Jud Shafter, K.F.D.A. Commando" — not quite in sync with panels. Later this bitten him in the butt (sorry).
  • Sluggy Freelance
    • Done in a complicated way in "bROKEN": There's no narrator as such, but it's revealed at the end that some scenes have been shown through Torg's skewed memories. We keep seeing versions of a scene where he's standing in the background and someone else is sitting on the ground at the foreground. When he goes to see a psychiatrist having realised that perhaps these memories are inaccurate, he figures out that he's remembering things like that because he's suppressing a memory of what really happened in one scene near the end — where someone really was sitting like that, but which was shown differently, edited by his mind to remove evidence of something terrible.
    • Later, we believe we are seeing Torg relating his experiences in the Digbot city to Sasha, when in fact we are seeing Torg telling Kiki a largely embellished story about relating the experiences in the Digbot city to Sasha—a recursive flashback, as it were. While it definitely seemed weird, there was nothing to indicate that what we were seeing was false until Torg got killed by a porcupine on a boomerang—and then resurrected by said porcupine, who is also a necromancer.
    • A few of the Christmas stories, including a "Gift of the Maji" variation in which Torg and Riff sold their shoulders to science to pay for each other's coat/flannel... but they didn't appear shoulderless to the old man Torg told the story in a bar.
    • Torg's story to the storyteller in the original Stormbreaker saga. He gives an account that's at least partially the story of Army of Darkness including telling the storyteller he had a chainsaw for a hand. The majority of the story being accurate after this beginning is never questioned, except for the bits where we see that Torg edits it because the bard says no-one will believe that. Besides, Zoë is present to correct him.
  • Sunstone is narrated by Lisa writing about the events some five years in the future; but Lisa is writing for retail, meaning some of the events are embellished. We know this due to the framing device showing Lisa's wife calling bullshit on certain events.
  • Played with in a Super-Fun-Pak Comix strip titled "Unreliable Narrator", in which the protagonist is interrupted in his narration of his activities on an ordinary day by a call from an annoyed friend chastising him for not picking her up at the airport as promised.
  • What the Fu is narrated by the main character, who sometimes pads out the blind spots with imaginary scenes, which employ even broader stereotypes than the comic generally does.


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