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23rd May '16 6:19:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': [[EvilOverlord Tomas de Torquemada]] builds the Termight death cult entirely around his person and forces everyone to worship him as the immortal god-dictator of mankind. Sometimes this is PlayedForLaughs by combining this with TheMerch -- Terrans can buy Torquemada's memoirs, Torquemada posters, Torquemada action movies, Torquemada busts, and Torquemada pillows and pyamas!
25th Apr '16 4:47:44 AM aye_amber
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* The band LivingColour has a song called ''Cult Of Personality" which [[DiscussedTrope discusses this]] trope and name-drops relevant individuals such as Mussolini and Gandhi.

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* The band LivingColour Music/LivingColour has a song called ''Cult Of Personality" which [[DiscussedTrope discusses this]] trope and name-drops relevant individuals such as Mussolini and Gandhi.
16th Apr '16 5:26:08 AM Morgenthaler
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31st Mar '16 4:23:48 PM Alceister
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** More recently, Xi Jinping has been increasingly seen as attempting to foster this, under the guise of fighting corruption.
2nd Mar '16 11:26:42 PM JulianLapostat
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A cult of personality refers to massive adulation of a political or historical figure. TheOtherWiki defines it as "when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized, heroic, and, at times god-like public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise." Often the subjects of cults of personality are treated as gods, held responsible for the good things affecting a country. The cult may often claim outlandish accomplishments for the subject in order to bolster their popularity. On the other hand, heroic stories about the subject's life may be endlessly repeated in order to reinforce the cult.

The word "cult" is usually used to refer to a small religious group, but it can also mean "devotion to a saint" in Christianity and this is where the phrase come from. It was first used in a political sense by KarlMarx, but was popularised by NikitaKhrushchev when he denounced Stalin in 1956.

A common feature of dictatorships such as UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, [[RedChina Peoples Republic of China]] and [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Stalinist Russia]].

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A cult of personality refers to massive adulation of a political or historical figure. TheOtherWiki defines it as "when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized, heroic, and, at times god-like public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise." Often the subjects of cults of personality are treated as gods, held responsible for the good things affecting a country.country, policies are tied to a certain figure and epoch. The cult may often claim outlandish accomplishments for the subject in order to bolster their popularity. On the other hand, heroic stories about the subject's life may be endlessly repeated in order to reinforce the cult.

Cults as frequently represented in fiction are self-created but in practise, cults can also be developed indepently of the subject's active will and desire. After a person's death, the new cult is hijacked by parties or other factions so as to claim a certain tradition, which otherwise does not really exist in the present for them to claim, and so give their new and fresh ideas an aura of legitimacy and continuity in the eyes of the people, who otherwise would see the new team as merely a political outsider and new upstart. Cults often derive from new regimes and revolutions. It is also present in TheKingdom and TheEmpire where a new regime, if he is an UnexpectedSuccessor, TheConqueror, TheUsurper, or *gasp* a woman, would need to go out of their way to make their ideas presentable and acceptable to the people with memories of the GoodOldDays before this upstart with their fancy new ways arrived. In this manner, a cult of personality is merely a highly cunning PR stunt.

The word "cult" is usually used to refer to a small religious group, but it can also mean "devotion to a saint" in Christianity and this is where the phrase come from. It was first used in a political sense by KarlMarx, Creator/KarlMarx, but was popularised by NikitaKhrushchev UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev when he denounced Stalin in 1956.

1956. It is also distinct from state sponsored cults and government enforced religious policies and reforms. A CultOfPersonality is distinctly political in character and is usually identified as a common feature of dictatorships such as UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, [[RedChina Peoples Republic of China]] and [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Stalinist Russia]].



* A lot of religious cults have created a literal cult of personality around their leaders.

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* A lot The concept of religious cults have created a literal cult the Cult of personality Personality has classical origins. In Ancient Egypt and Rome, Pharoahs and Emperors were deified and made into Godlike figures for the people to worship. There were taboos against deificiation while the person was alive but Emperors worked around it to their leaders.advantage.
16th Feb '16 3:31:38 PM BigBaragon
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* A key part of the Forsaken in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is their blind obedience to Syllvanas which ''was'' second only to revenge on the Lich King. Her face is the dominating feature of the forsaken icon, their EliteMooks are to a man {{Expy}}s of her, a female Elf, in a primarily human organization. Unlike other races, whose leaders all still have ''some'' degree of loyalty to their people and further their cause varying from [[TheGoodKing Varian, Thrall, Vol'jinn, , Baine, and Genn]] to [[MasterRace even]] [[EntitledBastardGarrosh]], Sylvannas is purely out for her own benefit and uses the Forsaken as disposable pawns.

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* A key part of the Forsaken in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is their blind obedience to Syllvanas which ''was'' second only to revenge on the Lich King. Her face is the dominating feature of the forsaken icon, their EliteMooks are to a man {{Expy}}s of her, a female Elf, in a primarily human organization. Unlike other races, whose leaders all still have ''some'' degree of loyalty to their people and further their cause varying from [[TheGoodKing Varian, Thrall, Vol'jinn, , Baine, and Genn]] to [[MasterRace even]] [[EntitledBastardGarrosh]], [[EntitledBastard Garrosh]], Sylvannas is purely out for her own benefit and uses the Forsaken as disposable pawns.
16th Feb '16 3:31:06 PM BigBaragon
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16th Feb '16 3:30:35 PM BigBaragon
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* A key part of the Forsaken in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is their blind obedience to Syllvanas which ''was'' second only to revenge on the Lich King. Her face is the dominating feature of the forsaken icon, their EliteMooks are to a man {{Expy}}s of her, a female Elf, in a primarily human organization. Unlike other races, whose leaders all still have ''some'' degree of loyalty to their people and further their cause varying from [[TheGoodKing Varian, Thrall, Vol'jinn, , Baine, and Genn]] to [[MasterRace Gar]][[EntitledBastard rosh]], Sylvannas is purely out for her own benefit and uses the Forsaken as disposable pawns.

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* A key part of the Forsaken in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is their blind obedience to Syllvanas which ''was'' second only to revenge on the Lich King. Her face is the dominating feature of the forsaken icon, their EliteMooks are to a man {{Expy}}s of her, a female Elf, in a primarily human organization. Unlike other races, whose leaders all still have ''some'' degree of loyalty to their people and further their cause varying from [[TheGoodKing Varian, Thrall, Vol'jinn, , Baine, and Genn]] to [[MasterRace Gar]][[EntitledBastard rosh]], even]] [[EntitledBastardGarrosh]], Sylvannas is purely out for her own benefit and uses the Forsaken as disposable pawns.
2nd Dec '15 10:04:00 PM Nohbody
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* The ''Franchise/BioShock'' series uses this, somewhat with Rapture's Andrew Ryan, but most prominently with Columbia's Zachary Comstock, who uses giant posters, statues, buildings, and audio messages to spread his message and paint himself as an all knowing Holy man [[spoiler: except his opposes group [[LaResistance Vox Popuil]] and Protagonist Booker Dewitt]].

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* The ''Franchise/BioShock'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series uses this, somewhat with Rapture's Andrew Ryan, but most prominently with Columbia's Zachary Comstock, who uses giant posters, statues, buildings, and audio messages to spread his message and paint himself as an all knowing Holy man [[spoiler: except his opposes group [[LaResistance Vox Popuil]] and Protagonist Booker Dewitt]].
12th Sep '15 6:15:44 PM StFan
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* British satirical magazine ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' skewered excitable people in the ruling Conservative Party who, during TheEighties, were explicitly saying that any criticism of MargaretThatcher, however slight, was tantamount to treason. They ran a spoof of ''{{Commando}}'' war comics where Thatcher was elevated to The Fuhrer, mighty beloved leader and guardian of the Thousand Year Right, where Tory Party conferences became uniformed affairs held at Nuremburg. This was to make the point that a cult of personality focused on an infallible strong Leader is not a healthy thing for ''any'' country to have, least of all a notional democracy.

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\n* British satirical magazine ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' skewered excitable people in the ruling Conservative Party who, during TheEighties, were explicitly saying that any criticism of MargaretThatcher, however slight, was tantamount to treason. They ran a spoof of ''{{Commando}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}'' war comics where Thatcher was elevated to The Fuhrer, mighty beloved leader and guardian of the Thousand Year Right, where Tory Party conferences became uniformed affairs held at Nuremburg. This was to make the point that a cult of personality focused on an infallible strong Leader is not a healthy thing for ''any'' country to have, least of all a notional democracy. \n



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