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9th Jul '17 10:00:44 PM Orbiting
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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', the [[PathOfInspiration Immaculate faith]] tends to turn most people Celestial [=PCs=] will encounter into potential Lemmings if their nature is discovered, as it preaches that they are "Anathema", demonic entities that seek to destroy Creation. The funny part is that [[GreyAndGrayMorality the reputation isn't entirely undeserved.]]

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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the [[PathOfInspiration Immaculate faith]] tends to turn most people Celestial [=PCs=] will encounter into potential Lemmings if their nature is discovered, as it preaches that they are "Anathema", demonic entities that seek to destroy Creation. The funny part is that [[GreyAndGrayMorality the reputation isn't entirely undeserved.]]
13th Jun '17 11:12:50 PM jormis29
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** This trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink much more recent than many readers think]]. During the days of JackKirby and StanLee, Latveria's inhabitants were portrayed as the hapless subjects of a despot who changed his mind at the drop of a hat and demanded absolute obedience no matter how ridiculous his orders were. It wasnt until much later that the Latverians actually started to support him (mainly because Doom's backststory was fleshed out and it was revealed that he had overthrown a racist, feudal dictator).

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** This trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink much more recent than many readers think]]. During the days of JackKirby Creator/JackKirby and StanLee, Creator/StanLee, Latveria's inhabitants were portrayed as the hapless subjects of a despot who changed his mind at the drop of a hat and demanded absolute obedience no matter how ridiculous his orders were. It wasnt until much later that the Latverians actually started to support him (mainly because Doom's backststory was fleshed out and it was revealed that he had overthrown a racist, feudal dictator).
29th May '17 8:47:39 PM SilentStranger
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* Following Marvel's ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', most of the US population is perfectly willing to acclaim psychotic murderers like ComicBook/NormanOsborn and Mac Gargan (a/k/a the Scorpion) as heroes. Despite the fact Norman has been found guilty of being the Green Goblin, and consequently is a known lunatic and mass murderer. They proved equally willing to demonize well-known heroes like Captain America and Iron Man pretty much on command.

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** This trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink much more recent than many readers think]]. During the days of JackKirby and StanLee, Latveria's inhabitants were portrayed as the hapless subjects of a despot who changed his mind at the drop of a hat and demanded absolute obedience no matter how ridiculous his orders were. It wasnt until much later that the Latverians actually started to support him (mainly because Doom's backststory was fleshed out and it was revealed that he had overthrown a racist, feudal dictator).
* Following Marvel's ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' (and even long before that), most of the US population is perfectly willing to acclaim psychotic murderers like ComicBook/NormanOsborn and Mac Gargan (a/k/a the Scorpion) as heroes. Despite the fact Norman has been found guilty of being the Green Goblin, and consequently is a known lunatic and mass murderer. They proved equally willing to demonize well-known heroes like Captain America and Iron Man pretty much on command. This is actually so bad that when The Avengers had a crossover with the JLA, the fact that the citizens of DC's Earth greeted the heroes with adulation made the Avengers think that the League had taken over the planet and ''forced'' people to cheer for them. Seriously, Marvel's civilians are such ungrateful dicks that ''CAPTAIN AMERICA'' cant even conceive being greeted with praise anymore.
** The earliest sign of this was how easily they turned against SpiderMan as part of Jonah Jameson's smear campaign. Nevermind how many times Spidey had saved New York from being obliberated and what the other papers reported, the Daily Bugles personal grudge convinced most people that Spiderman was a menace.



** In ''KingdomCome'', it's revealed that Orion eventually slew his father and took over Apokalips, hoping to be able to reform the inhabitants. He failed, the ones who didnt support him out of fear tried to violently overthrow him, forcing Orion into basically becoming just as bad as his father just to keep Apokalips from descending into complete anarchy.



* In the novel ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Quasimodo, our "hero," believes that Frollo's guards are the good guys and the gypsies are the bad guys. The actual ''situation'' is that Frollo's guards are trying to kill Esmeralda (the woman Quasi is trying to protect) while the gypsies are trying to save her. So you have Quasi systematically thwarting the efforts of the gypsies while making every attempt to help the guards.

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* In the novel ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Quasimodo, our "hero," believes that Frollo's guards are the good guys and the gypsies are the bad guys. The actual ''situation'' is that Frollo's guards are trying to kill Esmeralda (the woman Quasi is trying to protect) while the gypsies are trying to save her. So you have Quasi systematically thwarting the efforts of the gypsies while making every attempt to help the guards. Somewhat justified since Quadimodo had been raised by Frollo since infancy and has little understanding of the world beyond Notre Dame.



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', a number of villagers believe Link to be a criminal who has kidnapped the Princess due to propaganda disseminated by Agahnim, who has deposed the king. Two will even call the guards to attack Link if they see him.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', a number of villagers believe Link to be a criminal who has kidnapped the Princess due to propaganda disseminated by Agahnim, who has deposed the king.king (and sent him into the DarkWorld). Two will even call the guards to attack Link if they see him.
18th May '17 9:42:50 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The citizens of Latveria are usually portrayed as genuinely fond of Doctor Doom, and willing to stand up for him against the likes of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica or the ComicBook/FantasticFour. With good reason, he's responsible for freeing them from an unpopular dictator and subverting ReedRichardsIsUseless by making Latveria one of the most prosperous countries in... [[{{Ruritania}} Europe]]? All he asks for is the unconditional loyalty of his citizens. Some citizens are aware they will be killed horribly if they screw around, DependingOnTheWriter.

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* The citizens of Latveria are usually portrayed as genuinely fond of Doctor Doom, and willing to stand up for him against the likes of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica or the ComicBook/FantasticFour. With good reason, reason: he's responsible for freeing them from an unpopular dictator and subverting ReedRichardsIsUseless by making Latveria one of the most prosperous countries in... [[{{Ruritania}} Europe]]? All he asks for is the unconditional loyalty of his citizens. Some citizens are aware they will be killed horribly if they screw around, DependingOnTheWriter.



* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the BigBad, King Radical, successfully [[spoiler:overthrows the U.S. government and forms a dictatorship. His charisma is so strong, that even though he openly plans to sacrifice billions of people to save his own world, all of his would be victims love him.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the BigBad, King Radical, successfully [[spoiler:overthrows the U.S. government government, blows up Congress and forms a dictatorship. dictatorship under himself. His charisma is so strong, that strong that, even though he openly plans to sacrifice billions of people to save his own world, all of his would be victims love him.]]
13th May '17 10:52:35 AM nombretomado
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-->''"My election platform was to build a giant robot sawblade that would cut Canada off at the top and then attach it to Australia so they wouldn't bother us anymore! My vice president... is FuManchu! What the hell is wrong with you people?! I'm pretty sure that's not even legal! Oh, man, we are so going to jack this country up beyond repair!"''

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-->''"My election platform was to build a giant robot sawblade that would cut Canada off at the top and then attach it to Australia so they wouldn't bother us anymore! My vice president... is FuManchu! Literature/FuManchu! What the hell is wrong with you people?! I'm pretty sure that's not even legal! Oh, man, we are so going to jack this country up beyond repair!"''
26th Jan '17 8:00:57 PM Maverickface
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Seymour Guado takes this UpToEleven. No matter what he does, what he plans, how ObviouslyEvil he acts, and how downright [[{{Squick}} creepy\\ he gets, the public of Spira will instantly assume that he's the good guy and anybody who opposes him is a villain, without even asking what the full story is. Somewhat justified in that he's one of the world's four Maesters of Yevon, the religion that basically ''runs'' the entire planet.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Seymour Guado takes this UpToEleven. No matter what he does, what he plans, how ObviouslyEvil he acts, and how downright [[{{Squick}} creepy\\ creepy]] he gets, the public of Spira will instantly assume that he's the good guy and anybody who opposes him is a villain, without even asking what the full story is. Somewhat justified in that he's one of the world's four Maesters of Yevon, the religion that basically ''runs'' the entire planet.
26th Jan '17 4:29:14 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/InTheYear2050AmericasReligiousCivilWar'' posits a history where shifting demographics lead to a radical Islamic group capturing Congress and the Presidency in one election cycle, then setting up to dismantle everything American. Also, they called themselves the Green Party, so the majority of voters thought they were running on environmental issues.
26th Dec '16 11:16:02 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Seymour Guado takes this UpToEleven. No matter what he does, what he plans, how ObviouslyEvil he acts, and how downright [[{{Squick}} creepy\\ he gets, the public of Spira will instantly assume that he's the good guy and anybody who opposes him is a villain, without even asking what the full story is. Somewhat justified in that he's one of the world's four Maesters of Yevon, the religion that basically ''runs'' the entire planet.
** An old man in one of Macalania Temple's side rooms will discuss Seymour's achievements. He performed good deeds for Yevon and the Guado sometime before the game, which presumably earned him a trustworthy reputation.



* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'': Dr. Paradigm is able to blame the [[HeroWithBadPublicity Street Sharks]] for virtually anything, and the citiens of Fission City will accept his judgement without question.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'': Dr. Paradigm is able to blame the [[HeroWithBadPublicity Street Sharks]] for virtually anything, and the citiens citizens of Fission City will accept his judgement without question.question. The Sharks only manage to put a dent in his credibility by forcing him to assume his [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting Piranoid form]] on national TV.
23rd Dec '16 12:17:44 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'': Dr. Paradigm is able to blame the [[HeroWithBadPublicity Street Sharks]] for virtually anything, and the citiens of Fission City will accept his judgement without question.
22nd Oct '16 5:21:21 PM Jhonny
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* Satirized in an episode of TheSimpsons. Kang and Kodos have replaced Clinton and Dole at the election, but what else would the voters do, throw their vote away on a third candidate?

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* Satirized in an episode of TheSimpsons. Kang and Kodos have replaced Clinton and Dole at the election, but what else would the voters do, throw their vote away on a third candidate?candidate?[[note]]Incidentally in the real life 1996 election there ''was'' a third candidate, Ross Perot, whom Groening likes to make fun of both on the Simpsons and in Futurama. While his 1996 run wasn't nearly as successful as his 1992 run, he did get over 8% of the vote[[/note]]
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