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* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' is based on this as well. That's far less "all myths are true" as it is "those books that were written are true; I know because I'm the one that experienced it, and [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis told the stories to the writer]]."

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* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' is based on this as well. That's far less "all myths are true" as it is "those books that were written are true; I know because I'm the one that experienced it, and [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis [[DirectLineToTheAuthor told the stories to the writer]]."

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* In ''Zodiac'', every House has a story about the Thirteenth Guardian, Ophiuchus. While none of them mention him by name, it's clear that all of them are connected. [[spoiler:The Libra tale in particular serves as {{Foreshadowing}} that the Original Guardians got the wrong culprit, with the real villain—Aquarius—walking free.]]

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* ''Literature/IgniteTheStars'': Knives tells the cadets a story about an star system called Fugue, abandoned because of a mysterious monster. Ia doesn't think it's real, and neither does Knives. [[spoiler:While there isn't a monster, Fugue is a real place, where the Commonwealth has a secret portal gate called [=GodsEye=].]]

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* The Literature/DiogenesClub story "Richard Riddle, Boy Detective in 'The Case of the French Spy'" begins with the KidDetective protagonist, on holiday in a seaside town, being warned away from a seaside cliff with a local legend that its erosion is caused by angry "sea ghosts" coming out of the ocean at night and clawing away at it, trying to bring down the house built on the clifftop. Later in the story, he also hears another legend about a strange-looking man who was found on the shore near the cliff during the Napoleonic Wars, and was arrested by a guard patrol as a suspected French spy. It turns out that the "sea ghost" legends are inspired by real ancient FishPeople who live off the coast, one of whom was the "French spy" who was captured during the Napoleonic Wars and has been held captive ever since in the house on the clifftop. It's not established whether it's literally true that the captive's people have been undermining the cliff, but in the circumstances it wouldn't be surprising.


* The GameBoy game ''Final Fantasy Legend II'' (''VideoGame/SaGa2'' in Japan) avoids this. One world your characters explore has a myth that turns out to be true and another myth that turns out to be false. [[spoiler:Also, there are actually 78 "MAGI", not just 77 as mentioned at the beginning of the game.]]

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* The GameBoy UsefulNotes/GameBoy game ''Final Fantasy Legend II'' (''VideoGame/SaGa2'' in Japan) avoids this. One world your characters explore has a myth that turns out to be true and another myth that turns out to be false. [[spoiler:Also, there are actually 78 "MAGI", not just 77 as mentioned at the beginning of the game.]]


* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a StorybookOpening of the tale of "The Mare in the Moon". Despite being referred to as an "old ponytale" by others, Twilight Sparkle believes the legend has a basis in reality and is concerned by prediction of [[BigBad Nightmare Moon's]] escape from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment on the moon]], which is scheduled to happen within days. Of course it's all absolutely, literally true, and [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the return happens exactly as predicted]].

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a StorybookOpening of the tale of "The Mare in the Moon". Despite being referred to as an "old ponytale" by others, Twilight Sparkle believes the legend has a basis in reality and is concerned by prediction of [[BigBad Nightmare Moon's]] escape from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment on the moon]], which is scheduled to happen within days. Of course it's all absolutely, literally true, and [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the return happens exactly as predicted]]. Later episodes feature novels starring Indiana Jones {{Expy}} Daring Do, initially thought to be a ShowWithinAShow but later also revealed to be RealAfterAll.


** If you buy the non-canon sequel to a semi-canon TV special ''[Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock'', the legend of the original Super Saiyan is ALSO true, and was caused by Goku's father and a StableTimeLoop. [[CanonDiscontinuity IF you buy it.]]

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** If you buy the non-canon sequel to a semi-canon TV special ''[Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock'', ''Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock'', the legend of the original Super Saiyan is ALSO true, and was caused by Goku's father and a StableTimeLoop. [[CanonDiscontinuity IF you buy it.]]



* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Dr. Hell joined an archaelogical expedition to the Greek island of Bardos, thinking maybe several ancient legends told that island was defended by an army of [[HumongousMecha mechanical giants]] were true. Unfortunately to everybody else, he was right. Myth/ClassicalMythology plays an increasingly important role in each retelling of the series, until the point of Greek gods start showing up and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' BigBad is revealed being [[spoiler:Hades]] in ''Anime/ShinMazinger''.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Dr. Hell joined an archaelogical expedition to the Greek island of Bardos, thinking that maybe several ancient legends told that telling of the island was being defended by an army of [[HumongousMecha mechanical giants]] were true. Unfortunately to for everybody else, he was right. Myth/ClassicalMythology plays an increasingly important role in each retelling of the series, until the point of Greek gods start showing up and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' BigBad is revealed being [[spoiler:Hades]] in ''Anime/ShinMazinger''.

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* In ''VideoGame/BoxxyQuestTheGatheringStorm'', you can buy a [[InGameNovel storybook]] that contains heavy foreshadowing disguised as myths and fairy tales. Specifically, it has stories about the duel between Virtua and Legion, the Sky Queen searching for her master, and Lady Ny’agai abducting children, although none of the characters are actually mentioned by name. There’s also a hermit who will tell you more about Legion long before he becomes relevant to the plot.


* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' plays with this trope, in that the particulars of a certain historical event relevant to the main plot of the game are [[TheRashomon recounted differently by different parties]].
** Played with humorously in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' where Sheogorath asks you (or you ask yourself if you've become Sheogorath) to fulfil a prophecy a small village has about the end of the world that includes attacks by rats and ''FLAMING DOGS DROPPING FROM THE SKY''. The prophecy is used as little more than a prank.

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''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' plays with this trope, in that the particulars of a certain historical event relevant to the main plot of the game are [[TheRashomon recounted differently by different parties]].
** Played with humorously in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' where Sheogorath [[MadGod Sheogorath]] asks you (or you ask yourself if you've become Sheogorath) to fulfil fulfill a prophecy a small village has about the end of the world that includes attacks by rats and ''FLAMING DOGS DROPPING FROM THE SKY''. The prophecy is used as little more than a prank.


* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', the teacher explains that the mountain they're camped out underneath is called the Eye of God, and some ways away down in the valley there's a tall, thin spire that's known as the Devil's Chair. According to legend, the peak of the Eye of God was the place where the world was created, and once a year, the very tip of the mountain's shadow falls exactly at the peak of the Devil's Chair. Though the teacher admits it's merely a legend (and the mountain's shadow actually never goes near Devil's Chair), Kevin climbs the mountain, and at the top he discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to [[RealityWarper harness the forces of creation]]. And lo and behold, when he puts them on, he sees the shadow move fall exactly where his teacher said it would.

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* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', the teacher explains that the mountain they're camped out underneath is called the Eye of God, and some ways away down in the valley there's a tall, thin spire that's known as the Devil's Chair. According to legend, the peak of the Eye of God was the place where the world was created, and once a year, the very tip of the mountain's shadow falls exactly at the peak of the Devil's Chair. Though the teacher admits it's merely a legend (and the mountain's shadow actually never goes near Devil's Chair), Kevin climbs the mountain, and at the top he discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to [[RealityWarper harness the forces of creation]]. And lo and behold, when he puts them on, he sees the shadow move fall exactly where his teacher said it would.



* Funny subversion in ''Videogame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' remake. At one point you're sent to find the legendary sword, which the legends claim to have been forged by the gods and able to cut mountains in half. Just one line after that you're informed that all of that is just legend, and the sword itself is probably not even magical, but that you should get it just to boost the morale of the people. It turns our that the myth ''really wasn't'' true... but the sword is still good enough to be useful by the time you get to it.

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* Funny subversion in ''Videogame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' remake. At one point you're sent to find the legendary sword, which the legends claim to have been forged by the gods and able to cut mountains in half. Just one line after that you're informed that all of that is just legend, and the sword itself is probably not even magical, but that you should get it just to boost the morale of the people. It turns our out that the myth ''really wasn't'' true... but the sword is still good enough to be useful by the time you get to it.


** If you buy the non-canon sequel to a semi-canon TV special ''Episode of Bardock,'' the legend of the original Super Saiyan is ALSO true, and was caused by Goku's father and a StableTimeLoop. [[CanonDiscontinuity IF you buy it.]]

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** If you buy the non-canon sequel to a semi-canon TV special ''Episode of Bardock,'' ''[Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock'', the legend of the original Super Saiyan is ALSO true, and was caused by Goku's father and a StableTimeLoop. [[CanonDiscontinuity IF you buy it.]]

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* Seeing as how it's a show with time travel and aliens, this trope is practically a requirement in ''Series/DoctorWho'': every time the Doctor visits a place-- real or fictional-- with a famed historical/mythological legend surrounding it, you can guarantee that it heavily involves both the Doctor and whatever monster he has to fight this time. Hell, this extends to the point where ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock the extinction of the greater dinosaurs]]'' was the doing of one of the Doctor's enemies.


* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a StorybookOpening of the tale of "The Mare in the Moon". Despite being referred to as an "old ponytale" by others, Twilight Sparkle believes the legend has a basis in reality and is concerned by prediction of [[BigBad Nightmare Moon's]] escape from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment on the moon]], which is scheduled to happen within days. Of course it's all absolutely, literally true, and [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the return happens exactly as predicted]]. The Season 4 finale reveals that only Celestia witnessed Nightmare Moon's transformation and banishment, so she must have written the prophecy to FlingALightIntoTheFuture.

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a StorybookOpening of the tale of "The Mare in the Moon". Despite being referred to as an "old ponytale" by others, Twilight Sparkle believes the legend has a basis in reality and is concerned by prediction of [[BigBad Nightmare Moon's]] escape from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment on the moon]], which is scheduled to happen within days. Of course it's all absolutely, literally true, and [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the return happens exactly as predicted]]. The Season 4 finale reveals that only Celestia witnessed Nightmare Moon's transformation and banishment, so she must have written the prophecy to FlingALightIntoTheFuture.


* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a StorybookOpening of the tale of "The Mare in the Moon". Despite being referred to as an "old ponytale" by others, Twilight Sparkle believes the legend has a basis in reality and is concerned by prediction of [[BigBad Nightmare Moon's]] escape from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment on the moon]], which is scheduled to happen within days. Of course it's all absolutely, literally true, and [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the return happens exactly as predicted]].

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a StorybookOpening of the tale of "The Mare in the Moon". Despite being referred to as an "old ponytale" by others, Twilight Sparkle believes the legend has a basis in reality and is concerned by prediction of [[BigBad Nightmare Moon's]] escape from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment on the moon]], which is scheduled to happen within days. Of course it's all absolutely, literally true, and [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight the return happens exactly as predicted]]. The Season 4 finale reveals that only Celestia witnessed Nightmare Moon's transformation and banishment, so she must have written the prophecy to FlingALightIntoTheFuture.

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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' spends a lot of time having characters tell you about Allice, an Egyptian mummy that was being transported in the Titanic. June believes that the ship sank because of Allice's curse, and Seven and Ace add to the legend with their own bits of info. Near the end of the game, you find the coffin where Allice was being carried, you open it... [[spoiler:and you find nothing but a key and an emblem, both used to solve a puzzle. Allice is just a way to talk about ICE-9, which is tied to the morphogenetic field, which is a powerful theme in the game]].
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