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5th Apr '18 4:55:57 AM CountDorku
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* The early Imperium in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' managed one of the more ironic ones. The Emperor of Mankind was explicitly antireligious and [[AGodIAmNot rejected any claims about his own divinity]]...but had no problem being treated with an excess of awestruck respect. Characters in the early Literature/HorusHeresy books constantly refer to him as "the Emperor, beloved by all", if that helps contextualise the obsessive devotion he instilled into the early Imperium. It's really not surprising that, despite his avowed rejection of godhood, the underground cult that deified him became the state religion following his [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport confinement on the Golden Throne]]; the general culture was already primed to treat him like a god, even if he rejected the specific title ''of'' "god".
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29th Mar '18 8:41:55 AM VulgarBee
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', all of the Homeworld Gems literally live to serve the Diamond Authority. Peridot expresses confidence that they're literally perfect, and she's probably not alone. This is seen a bit more frighteningly at the end of Season 3, where several Gems show the detrimental effects on someone's sanity this can have, and how fanatical they are to their Diamonds despite the Diamonds clearly not returning their devotion.
31st Jan '18 1:20:11 PM UchuuFlamenco
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* The Helenists in ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'' are obsessive fan girls that revolve their fashion and lifestyle around Helena. [[spoiler:They eventually transform into an actual cult when they attempt to sacrifice Kaz in a ceremony to summon demons so they could be possessed just like Helena was.]]
30th Jan '18 7:02:00 PM Discar
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Cults as frequently represented in fiction are self-created but in practise, cults can also be developed independently 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 YeGoodeOldeDays before this upstart with their fancy new ways arrived. In this manner, a cult of personality is merely a highly cunning PR stunt.

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Cults as frequently represented in fiction are self-created but in practise, cults can also be developed independently 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 the kingdom 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 YeGoodeOldeDays before this upstart with their fancy new ways arrived. In this manner, a cult of personality is merely a highly cunning PR stunt.
24th Oct '17 2:57:58 AM TrollBrutal
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* Much of superhero tropes is largely about building a Cult around certain characters complete with logos, AnimalMotif, banners and symbols. ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' in particular is a rather classic example, since most of his crime-fighting activity is about creating and making a vulnerable child orphan into a terrifying, impressive, legend and guardian of the city. Batman creates a logo around himself, acts and behaves in a certain manner, weaponizes his legend and reputation, and the city of Gotham likewise becomes a playground for his cult, with the GCPD building a Batsignal that illuminates the night, and the person of Batman being heavily associated with his city to the point that the city is seen as an extension of himself.
3rd Oct '17 2:59:11 PM WillKeaton
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* Music/MichaelJackson is a noble non-political example. Quite a few pop stars have been elevated to legendary proportions by their fans, especially if they died relatively young -- Music/ElvisPresley was the most prominent example for decades, followed closely by John Lennon. By comparison, Jackson ''actively'' cultivated this trope in his lifetime, pushing the ForcedMeme of "The King of Pop" and casting himself as a great humanitarian and FriendToAllChildren. (Consider [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c93o05SrWzE this.]]) Moreover, he encouraged fans to regard anything negative reported about him as nothing more than persecution by the sinister mass media. This worked; after his death they went publicly berserk, and the [[http://www.vegasseven.com/ae/2013/05/29/deification-michael-jackson mythologizing around him only continues to grow]], as do UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories and harassment/demonization of those perceived as his enemies.

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* Music/MichaelJackson is a noble non-political example. Quite a few pop stars have been elevated to legendary proportions by their fans, especially if they died relatively young -- Music/ElvisPresley was the most prominent example for decades, followed closely by John Lennon. By comparison, Jackson ''actively'' cultivated this trope in his lifetime, pushing the ForcedMeme of "The King of Pop" and casting himself as a great humanitarian and FriendToAllChildren. (Consider [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c93o05SrWzE this.]]) Moreover, he encouraged fans to regard anything negative reported about him as nothing more than persecution by the sinister mass media. This worked; after his death they went publicly berserk, and the [[http://www.vegasseven.com/ae/2013/05/29/deification-michael-jackson mythologizing around him only continues to grow]], grow,]] as do UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories and harassment/demonization of those perceived as his enemies.
3rd Oct '17 2:58:46 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore", Homer travels to India after the Nuclear Plant is outsourced, where he becomes corrupted and takes over, establishing himself as a God. The rest of the family travel to India where they meet Mr. Burns, who takes them in his boat to the plant. When they reach the plant, they find all of the workers chanting to Homer and that they have painted his face on a large silo. Homer is dressed like Mola Ram from TempleOfDoom and the workers are bowing to him as he sits on a throne. Turns out they just liked Homer's American Labor benefits of personal days, coffee breaks, and "mylar balloons on your birthday."

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* In ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore", Homer travels to India after the Nuclear Plant is outsourced, where he becomes corrupted and takes over, establishing himself as a God. The rest of the family travel to India where they meet Mr. Burns, who takes them in his boat to the plant. When they reach the plant, they find all of the workers chanting to Homer and that they have painted his face on a large silo. Homer is dressed like Mola Ram from TempleOfDoom and the workers are bowing to him as he sits on a throne. Turns out they just liked Homer's American Labor benefits of personal days, coffee breaks, and "mylar balloons on your birthday."
3rd Oct '17 2:58:15 PM WillKeaton
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* In "TheSimpsons" episode "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore", Homer travels to India after the Nuclear Plant is outsourced, where he becomes corrupted and takes over, establishing himself as a God. The rest of the family travel to India where they meet Mr. Burns, who takes them in his boat to the plant. When they reach the plant, they find all of the workers chanting to Homer and that they have painted his face on a large silo. Homer is dressed like Mola Ram from TempleOfDoom and the workers are bowing to him as he sits on a throne. Turns out they just liked Homer's American Labor benefits of personal days, coffee breaks, and "mylar balloons on your birthday."

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* In "TheSimpsons" ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore", Homer travels to India after the Nuclear Plant is outsourced, where he becomes corrupted and takes over, establishing himself as a God. The rest of the family travel to India where they meet Mr. Burns, who takes them in his boat to the plant. When they reach the plant, they find all of the workers chanting to Homer and that they have painted his face on a large silo. Homer is dressed like Mola Ram from TempleOfDoom and the workers are bowing to him as he sits on a throne. Turns out they just liked Homer's American Labor benefits of personal days, coffee breaks, and "mylar balloons on your birthday."
3rd Oct '17 2:57:14 PM WillKeaton
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* Borderlands2: Handsome Jack is the Joker CEO version of Comstock; the only thing he does more thoroughly than inflicting pain on the "bandit" citizens of Pandora is plaster his masked face persona across everything Hyperion. ''EVERYTHING''.

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* Borderlands2: ''Borderlands2'': Handsome Jack is the Joker CEO version of Comstock; the only thing he does more thoroughly than inflicting pain on the "bandit" citizens of Pandora is plaster his masked face persona across everything Hyperion. ''EVERYTHING''.
16th Sep '17 12:55:26 PM nombretomado
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* Many religions create a cult of personality around their gods and especially the human founder of their belief system: Christians have JesusChrist, Jews have Moses and Abraham, Muslims have the Prophet Muhammed, Buddhists have Siddhartha Gautama, Scientologists have L. Ron Hubbard and Majority of Raelians have Raël (Claude Vorilhon).

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* Many religions create a cult of personality around their gods and especially the human founder of their belief system: Christians have JesusChrist, UsefulNotes/JesusChrist, Jews have Moses and Abraham, Muslims have the Prophet Muhammed, Buddhists have Siddhartha Gautama, Scientologists have L. Ron Hubbard and Majority of Raelians have Raël (Claude Vorilhon).
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