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21st Jul '16 3:31:03 AM Tron80
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** Way back in the very first Superman stories, by way of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, this happened ''entirely'' as a result of his own tendency for morally questionable actions.
*** He started getting good publicity pretty quickly, though, since one of the city's most prominent reporters was ''in love with him.'' Being a reporter ''himself'' can't have hurt, either.

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** Way back in the very first Superman stories, by way of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, this happened ''entirely'' as a result of his own tendency for morally questionable actions.
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actions. He started getting good publicity pretty quickly, though, since one of the city's most prominent reporters was ''in love with him.'' Being a reporter ''himself'' can't have hurt, either.



** In the ''Comicbook{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' -in which Supergirl became a Red Lantern- this was subverted when Superman and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] talked about Supergirl. Superman admitted that Justice League teammate Hal Jordan had nothing good to tell about the Red Lanterns (even when they try to be heroes, Red Lanterns are generally regarded as violent, dangerous, blood-thirsty sociopaths); but he added that he judges people based on what they do, not what people say about them, and he forms his own opinions.

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** In the ''Comicbook{{Supergirl}}'' ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' -in which Supergirl became a Red Lantern- this was subverted when Superman and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] talked about Supergirl. Superman admitted that Justice League teammate Hal Jordan had nothing good to tell about the Red Lanterns (even when they try to be heroes, Red Lanterns are generally regarded as violent, dangerous, blood-thirsty sociopaths); but he added that he judges people based on what they do, not what people say about them, and he forms his own opinions.
21st Jul '16 3:27:06 AM Tron80
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* With the ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' storyline, Superman, Supergirl, Nightwing, Flamebird, Valor, and their friends are lumped together with General Zod and the Kandorians in Earth's eyes.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego, Paperinik, suffers from this in Comicbook/PaperinikNewAdventures, thanks to Angus Fangus, a low-life reporter who's decided to paint Paperinik as a menace to society for the sake of ratings. This mostly happens in his city, Duckburg; he has a pretty good reputation worldwide. All of this is {{Justified}}: the early stories of Paperinik made clear he was an hell of a criminal and TheDreaded, thus the people of Duckburg are ready to believe he just returned to his original ways, while people from outside Duckburg started hearing of him when he became a famous superhero and don't believe Angus.
* ComicBook/TheCreeper is often seen as a creep by the public and as an outright criminal by the police/other superheroes, but the twist is that he himself is more than willing to accuse and demonize the Creeper as Jack Ryder, his reporter/talk show host alter ego to lessen any suspicions that they might be connected. And Ryder is seen as an irritating TV menace on his own too.
* Franchise/TheGreenHornet actually invokes this. Since his day job consists of him being the owner and publisher of a major newspaper, Britt Reed, he constantly has his newspaper run stories about the Green Hornet being a dangerous criminal mastermind so he (as the Green Hornet) can infiltrate criminal gangs who assume he wants a cut of their operation.
* In a complete 180 of his long held status, Franchise/{{Superman}} in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} starts out as one of these (which is covered in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''.) It becomes full blown after he [[DarkestHour loses his powers and gets his identity outed]] in [[Comicbook/SupermanTruth the Truth storyline]] and [[UngratefulBastard half the population]] turns against him. His approval rating is now just ''twenty-five percent.''

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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With the ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' storyline, Superman, Supergirl, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'', Nightwing, Flamebird, Valor, and their friends are lumped together with General Zod and the Kandorians in Earth's eyes.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego, Paperinik, suffers from this in Comicbook/PaperinikNewAdventures, thanks to Angus Fangus, a low-life reporter who's decided to paint Paperinik as a menace to society for the sake of ratings. This mostly happens in his city, Duckburg; he has a pretty good reputation worldwide. All of this is {{Justified}}: the early stories of Paperinik made clear he was an hell of a criminal and TheDreaded, thus the people of Duckburg are ready to believe he just returned to his original ways, while people from outside Duckburg started hearing of him when he became a famous superhero and don't believe Angus.
* ComicBook/TheCreeper is often seen as a creep by the public and as an outright criminal by the police/other superheroes, but the twist is that he himself is more than willing to accuse and demonize the Creeper as Jack Ryder, his reporter/talk show host alter ego to lessen any suspicions that they might be connected. And Ryder is seen as an irritating TV menace on his own too.
* Franchise/TheGreenHornet actually invokes this. Since his day job consists of him being the owner and publisher of a major newspaper, Britt Reed, he constantly has his newspaper run stories about the Green Hornet being a dangerous criminal mastermind so he (as the Green Hornet) can infiltrate criminal gangs who assume he wants a cut of their operation.
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** In a complete 180 of his long held status, Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} starts out as one of these (which is covered in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''.) )
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It becomes full blown after he [[DarkestHour loses his powers and gets his identity outed]] in [[Comicbook/SupermanTruth the Truth storyline]] ''Comicbook/SupermanTruth'' storyline and [[UngratefulBastard half the population]] turns against him. His approval rating is now dropped to just ''twenty-five percent.''


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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Confused and frightened, ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' fought Superman when they first met; which didn't exactly make the public like her. She yo-yo's back and forth on this, though. Some remember her fight with the Worldkillers in New York and praise her as a hero. Others... not so much.
** In the ''Comicbook{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' -in which Supergirl became a Red Lantern- this was subverted when Superman and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] talked about Supergirl. Superman admitted that Justice League teammate Hal Jordan had nothing good to tell about the Red Lanterns (even when they try to be heroes, Red Lanterns are generally regarded as violent, dangerous, blood-thirsty sociopaths); but he added that he judges people based on what they do, not what people say about them, and he forms his own opinions.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego, Paperinik, suffers from this in Comicbook/PaperinikNewAdventures, thanks to Angus Fangus, a low-life reporter who's decided to paint Paperinik as a menace to society for the sake of ratings. This mostly happens in his city, Duckburg; he has a pretty good reputation worldwide. All of this is {{Justified}}: the early stories of Paperinik made clear he was an hell of a criminal and TheDreaded, thus the people of Duckburg are ready to believe he just returned to his original ways, while people from outside Duckburg started hearing of him when he became a famous superhero and don't believe Angus.
* ComicBook/TheCreeper is often seen as a creep by the public and as an outright criminal by the police/other superheroes, but the twist is that he himself is more than willing to accuse and demonize the Creeper as Jack Ryder, his reporter/talk show host alter ego to lessen any suspicions that they might be connected. And Ryder is seen as an irritating TV menace on his own too.
* Franchise/TheGreenHornet actually invokes this. Since his day job consists of him being the owner and publisher of a major newspaper, Britt Reed, he constantly has his newspaper run stories about the Green Hornet being a dangerous criminal mastermind so he (as the Green Hornet) can infiltrate criminal gangs who assume he wants a cut of their operation.
19th Jul '16 10:22:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* In one episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry ends up being affected by the week's meta-human and ends up attacking his romantic rival Eddie as the Flash. After he's "cured", he tries to explain himself to Iris (again, as the Flash, since she doesn't know that he's Barry yet), but she wants to hear none of that. She quickly forgives him in subsequent episodes, however.
* In ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'', Kara ends up turning into a bitch under the influence of red kryptonite, turning the city against her. She laments [[WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately a single bad act turning many good acts moot]]. In the crossover episode with ''The Flash'', Barry tells her of the above-mentioned situation and explains that the only cure is time. Luckily, the real "cure" turns out to be Supergirl willing to publicly perform a HeroicSacrifice to save the people (in a twist, it's the regular folks who end up saving the day, if one can call [[BadassNormal firefighters]] "regular"). It's also pointed out in the episode that Kara's boss Cat hasn't written off Supergirl like the rest of the city.
12th Jul '16 8:41:20 PM ultimomant
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** All this comes to a head in "PvP", where [[spoiler:Penny is dismembered by Pyrrha in the Tournament and her robotic nature is fully revealed]]. Cinder gives a huge public address decrying the kingdoms of Vale and Atlas and asking the public why they should trust academies that create [[SociopathicSoldier psychotic]] ChildSoldiers and RidiculouslyHumanRobots. [[MagnificentBitch It seems to have worked swimmingly]].

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** All this comes to a head in "PvP", "[=PvP=]", where [[spoiler:Penny is dismembered by Pyrrha in the Tournament and her robotic nature is fully revealed]]. Cinder gives a huge public address decrying the kingdoms of Vale and Atlas and asking the public why they should trust academies that create [[SociopathicSoldier psychotic]] ChildSoldiers and RidiculouslyHumanRobots. [[MagnificentBitch It seems to have worked swimmingly]].
19th Jun '16 3:36:21 AM Nintendoman01
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* Franchise/{{Shrek}} is this in [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the first]] [[WesternAnimation/Shrek2 two movies]], because he's [[FantasticRacism an ogre]] and most people are fully prepared to assume the worst of ogres. By ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' onwards, this as changed, and the public not only accepts him, but views him as a local hero and role model.



** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has an especially tragic one that is also posthumous with [[spoiler:The Boss, who undertook a mission as a FakeDefector. But as soon as something went wrong, she was scapegoated by the U.S. government so they could save face, and she went along with it, both to prevent World War III and out of continuing to her country. From the start, she knew that her favorite student would kill her and she would be remembered in death as one of the most despicable traitors and war criminals in recorded history]].

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has an especially tragic one that is also posthumous with [[spoiler:The Boss, who undertook a mission as a FakeDefector. But as soon as something went wrong, she was scapegoated by the U.S. government so they could save face, and she went along with it, both to prevent World War III and out of continuing to her country. From the start, she knew that her favorite student would kill her and she would be remembered in death as one of the most despicable traitors and war criminals in recorded history]].history. Later games reveal that the mission wasn't even about saving face; the government wanted The Boss dead from the very beginning because they were afraid of her]].
11th Jun '16 2:42:15 AM DangerArtistNexus60
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* ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'': This trope has become Sonic's downfall - the Kane Broadcasting Company uses their footage to convince the population of Mobius that Sonic is actually a villain who might be ''worse'' than Robotnik, and the worst part of it is, the footage they have to back up their claims, while very one-sided, is still genuine. Sonic's base can spy on every zone in the world, Sonic himself [[JerkAssSue is a bit of a dick,]] and [[SuperPoweredEvilSide his super form is a monster who's already caused havoc before.]] Not to mention the fact that ''he created Robotnik''... This smear campaign worked so well in conjunction with the BigBad's evil scheme that Sonic is now a complete outcast, loathed and [[TheDreaded feared]] worldwide; even the ''Freedom Fighters'' (sans Tails) no longer trust him.

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* ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'': This trope has become Sonic's downfall - the Kane Broadcasting Company uses their footage to convince the population of Mobius that Sonic is actually a villain who might be ''worse'' than Robotnik, and the worst part of it is, the footage they have to back up their claims, while very one-sided, is still genuine. Sonic's base can spy on every zone in the world, Sonic himself [[JerkAssSue is a bit of a dick,]] and [[SuperPoweredEvilSide his super form is a monster who's already caused havoc before.]] Not to mention the fact that in essence, ''he created Robotnik''... This smear campaign worked so well in conjunction with the BigBad's evil scheme that Sonic is now a complete outcast, loathed and [[TheDreaded feared]] worldwide; even the ''Freedom Fighters'' (sans Tails) no longer trust him.



* In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'', this trope has become Sonic's downfall - the Kane Broadcasting Company uses their footage to convince the population of Mobius that Sonic is actually a villain who might be ''worse'' than Robotnik, and the worst part of it is, the footage they have to back up their claims, while very one-sided, is still genuine. Sonic's base can spy on every zone in the world, Sonic himself [[JerkSue is a bit of a dick,]] and [[SuperPoweredEvilSide his super form is a monster who's already caused havoc before.]] ''He created Robotnik''... This smear campaign worked so well in conjunction with the BigBad's evil scheme that Sonic is now a complete outcast, loathed and feared worldwide; even the ''Freedom Fighters'' (sans Tails) no longer trust him.
21st May '16 4:28:27 PM erforce
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* The ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', who are largely thought to be charlatans while they are saving the city. [[SequelReset The sequel shows that many people continue to doubt their legitimacy even after the climax of the first film]].

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* The ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}, who are largely thought to be charlatans while they are saving the city. ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows that [[SequelReset The sequel shows that many people continue to doubt their legitimacy legitimacy]] even after the climax of the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first film]].
17th May '16 5:10:31 AM JustKnown
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* Rose Marshal, the heroine of ''[[Literature/GhostStories Sparrow Hill Road]]'', is a [[BewareOfHitchHikingGhosts hitchhiking ghost]] straight out of urban legend, which is spooky enough, but it's her tendency to act as a voluntary {{Psychopomp}} for people fated to die on the road that's given her the undeserved reputation as a harbinger of death or even a rapacious reaper of the unwary, rising to the level of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished when she's targeted for revenge over a death she attended but did not cause.
15th May '16 4:19:49 PM Pseudoname
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* James Parnell in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' has this as part of his backstory. He was the leader of a mercenary group that dedicated itself to helping the little guy, often against the will of Hub. When a rescue attempt when wrong, the media blamed him for the loss of his own ship, the other ship, and every member of both crews.
14th May '16 4:32:55 PM aidreamer
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* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' becomes one in the final arc. The Doctor manages to stop King Radical from sacrificing billions of lives, but thanks to King Radical's almost magical charisma, almost no one is grateful for it. Quite the contrary, the entire world goes out for the Doctor's blood.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Parson is the main protagonist and TheChosenOne, having been chosen by the [[GeniusLoci spirit of the world]] to kill the BigBad. But between his unsettling genius, work for an aggressive faction, and his own [[CombatPragmatist total lack of honor]], just about everyone fears and loathes him.
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