Unreliable narrators

What often puzzles me is that in literature, typically, you need to introduce a visible flaw in a character to designate him as an “unreliable narrator”, while everybody else around are assumed to be “reliable”. As if not having a visible flaw makes anyone reliable. My take on this is that if you think someone is completely sane and not crazy, it only means you don’t know this person well enough. Still waters run deep.

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