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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.
10th May '16 2:10:56 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers2015:'' The whole team has bad publicity, despite pretty much all of the line-up being some of the nicer people around. The American military and S.H.I.E.L.D. are just waiting for the team to step out of line and arrest them all. That they're supposedly run by A.I.M. has a lot to do with this.
** For an added bonus, the team includes Hawkeye and Songbird, who have both been heroes with bad publicity themselves.


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* ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' In the season 1 finale, Trixie (whose reputation in Canterlot was already in the toilet) gets even more bad publicity courtesy of several scheming nobles using the tabloids to slander her.
3rd May '16 6:33:50 AM StFan
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* The instigation for the events in Creator/MarvelComics' ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' [[CrisisCrossover crossover]] is a large amount of collateral damage (including a few hundred dead children) due to a TakingYouWithMe villain. For a brief time, ''all'' the heroes have bad publicity - [[BlamingTheVictim especially the few surviving New Warriors]]. The government's idea of damage control is, of course, a SuperRegistrationAct that promptly pits hero against hero. Public opinion then gives all the non-compliers bad publicity. When the new 'government-sponsored heroes' turn out to have overlooked a massive planet-wide [[ComicBook/SecretInvasion infiltration by aliens]], Iron Man and Spider-Woman wind up with bad publicity. At this point the government decides to put noted psychotic and multiple-murderer Norman Osborn in charge, due to his brief moment of VillainsDoTheDirtyWork. This works out about as well as you'd expect, thus leaving the reader to wonder if the ''US government'' isn't being depicted as a VillainWithGoodPublicity.

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* The instigation for the events in Creator/MarvelComics' ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' [[CrisisCrossover crossover]] is a large amount of collateral damage (including a few hundred dead children) due to a TakingYouWithMe villain. For a brief time, ''all'' the heroes have bad publicity - -- [[BlamingTheVictim especially the few surviving New Warriors]]. The government's idea of damage control is, of course, a SuperRegistrationAct that promptly pits hero against hero. Public opinion then gives all the non-compliers bad publicity. When the new 'government-sponsored heroes' turn out to have overlooked a massive planet-wide [[ComicBook/SecretInvasion infiltration by aliens]], Iron Man and Spider-Woman wind up with bad publicity. At this point the government decides to put noted psychotic and multiple-murderer Norman Osborn in charge, due to his brief moment of VillainsDoTheDirtyWork. This works out about as well as you'd expect, thus leaving the reader to wonder if the ''US government'' isn't being depicted as a VillainWithGoodPublicity.



** There is the fact that Peter began his superhero career as a teenager with no guidance and tended to be a wisecracking jerk who often screwed up and lost, and also tried more than once to draw a paycheck for it (nobody knows he needs the money to take care of his aunt). A bad first impression is hard to shake. Plus, being immature, he tended to egg-on JJ or get angry at him (which could be interpreted as threatening.)

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** There is the fact that Peter began his superhero career as a teenager with no guidance and tended to be a wisecracking jerk who often screwed up and lost, and also tried more than once to draw a paycheck for it (nobody knows he needs the money to take care of his aunt). A bad first impression is hard to shake. Plus, being immature, he tended to egg-on JJ or get angry at him (which could be interpreted as threatening.)threatening).



** Perhaps one of the biggest reason why Spider Man gets a lot of publicity (particularly the police force) is his [[ThouShallNotKill total unwillingness to kill the supervillains that he fights against]]. In fact, in Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan, [[spoiler:Otto Octavius inside Peter Parker's body, manages to ''win'' public support by killing Massacre. Something that Peter Parker himself is unwilling to do because [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he's aware of the moral hazards]]. Apparently, the public isn't really happy about Spidy fighting a supervillain, sending the villain to jail, only to escape again and commit crimes that are [[FromBadtoWorse worse]] ([[WhatTheHellHero something that Otto himself pointed out]] to Ghost!Peter).]]
** In the ComicBook/{{Ultimate|SpiderMan}} line of Spider-Man comics, JJ initially only wanted to make headlines. This quickly changed however. It came to a head after The Bugle publicly started to support Sam Bullit, who was running on an anti-vigilante (in other words, superheros) campaign. But later, after an attempt on his life by some of the Kingpin's goons, JJ went to Peter's house (after having fired Peter from his job at the Daily Bugle earlier) and revealed his deeper reasons. He'd launched a smear campaign against Spider-Man because he didn't like the fact that his own son, who had died in a space shuttle accident (a real hero in Jameson's eyes), wasn't thought of as one and didn't get the attention he deserved, while everyday people looked up to a guy swingin' in his underwear.

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** Perhaps one of the biggest reason why Spider Man Spider-Man gets a lot of publicity (particularly the police force) is his [[ThouShallNotKill total unwillingness to kill the supervillains that he fights against]]. In fact, in Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan, [[spoiler:Otto Octavius inside Peter Parker's body, manages to ''win'' public support by killing Massacre. Something that Peter Parker himself is unwilling to do because [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he's aware of the moral hazards]]. Apparently, the public isn't really happy about Spidy Spidey fighting a supervillain, sending the villain to jail, only to escape again and commit crimes that are [[FromBadtoWorse worse]] ([[WhatTheHellHero something that Otto himself pointed out]] to Ghost!Peter).Ghost Peter).]]
** In the ComicBook/{{Ultimate|SpiderMan}} line of Spider-Man comics, JJ initially only wanted to make headlines. This quickly changed however. It came to a head after The Bugle publicly started to support Sam Bullit, who was running on an anti-vigilante (in other words, superheros) -superheroes) campaign. But later, after an attempt on his life by some of the Kingpin's goons, JJ went to Peter's house (after having fired Peter from his job at the Daily Bugle earlier) and revealed his deeper reasons. He'd launched a smear campaign against Spider-Man because he didn't like the fact that his own son, who had died in a space shuttle accident (a real hero in Jameson's eyes), wasn't thought of as one and didn't get the attention he deserved, while everyday people looked up to a guy swingin' in his underwear.



** Apparently, it comes with the webs, because across the Multiverse it's revealed that numerous Spider-Men/Women/Girls have this going for them. SpiderGwen is wanted for the murder of Peter Parker and has drawn gunfire from police officers. The steampunk Lady Spider has been labeled a menace by J. Jonah Jameson in her world. SpiderManNoir isn't much loved where he comes from. And they're all [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse bouncing around]] [[ComicBook/WebWarriors the multiverse]] filling in where other Spider-Men were killed or lost, and finding themselves not necessarily welcome.

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** Apparently, it comes with the webs, because across the Multiverse it's revealed that numerous Spider-Men/Women/Girls have this going for them. SpiderGwen ComicBook/SpiderGwen is wanted for the murder of Peter Parker and has drawn gunfire from police officers. The steampunk Lady Spider has been labeled a menace by J. Jonah Jameson in her world. SpiderManNoir ComicBook/SpiderManNoir isn't much loved where he comes from. And they're all [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse bouncing around]] [[ComicBook/WebWarriors the multiverse]] filling in where other Spider-Men were killed or lost, and finding themselves not necessarily welcome.



* Over at Franchise/TheDCU, no matter how hard he tries, ComicBook/BoosterGold goes up against negative public opinion fairly often... usually due to his own screw-ups and glory-hound nature. He's getting better ... but the nature of his [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong time-travel mission]] means that, in the PresentDay, he's maintaining ObfuscatingStupidity and a JerkassFacade, so he ''still'' has bad publicity. Meaning that now he '''has''' to have bad publicity, as being an infamous screw-up is the ultimate insurance against his enemies (also time travelers) trying to RetGone him... But, among his family, he is the greatest hero of all.

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* Over at Franchise/TheDCU, no matter how hard he tries, ComicBook/BoosterGold goes up against negative public opinion fairly often... usually due to his own screw-ups and glory-hound nature. He's getting better ...better... but the nature of his [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong time-travel mission]] means that, in the PresentDay, he's maintaining ObfuscatingStupidity and a JerkassFacade, so he ''still'' has bad publicity. Meaning that now he '''has''' to have bad publicity, as being an infamous screw-up is the ultimate insurance against his enemies (also time travelers) trying to RetGone him... But, among his family, he is the greatest hero of all.



* Just about all of the masked vigilantes in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' after they fell out of favor and costumed adventuring was made illegal - except for those who work for the American government. Of course, the only other one still active is Rorschach, and let's be fair - [[NinetiesAntiHero he's an insane person who does terrible things.]]
* The [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]' raison d'être is to be the team of superheroes that can do the DirtyBusiness and ''know'' they're going to come out with stains upon their name. Considering that it was funded by [[FightingDirty Batman]], it makes sense, but raises some [[ThouShaltNotKill interesting questions]].
** When Batman took control of the team again, he fired several of the members, pointedly because they weren't suited to that sort of reputation:
--->'''Batman''': Only criminals operate without constraints anymore, so we're going to ''cultivate'' the Outsiders' reputation as a team of ''outlaws''. I didn't think you'd ''mind'' sparing Nightwing and Thunder that kind of stigma.

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* Just about all of the masked vigilantes in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' after they fell out of favor and costumed adventuring was made illegal - -- except for those who work for the American government. Of course, the only other one still active is Rorschach, and let's be fair - -- [[NinetiesAntiHero he's an insane person who does terrible things.]]
* The [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]' raison d'être is to be the team of superheroes that can do the DirtyBusiness and ''know'' they're going to come out with stains upon their name. Considering that it was funded by [[FightingDirty Batman]], it makes sense, but raises some [[ThouShaltNotKill interesting questions]].
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questions]]. When Batman took control of the team again, he fired several of the members, pointedly because they weren't suited to that sort of reputation:
--->'''Batman''': -->'''Batman:''' Only criminals operate without constraints anymore, so we're going to ''cultivate'' the Outsiders' reputation as a team of ''outlaws''. I didn't think you'd ''mind'' sparing Nightwing and Thunder that kind of stigma.



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* Just about any CowboyCop is one of these.



* Mesa's gambit in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book ''Shadow of Freedom'' is to invoke this on the Star Empire of Manticore by going to several planets under the thumb of the Solarian League's Office of Frontier Security, offering resistance movements aid in Manticore's name, and letting it appear that Manticore left them in the lurch when the movements are either stopped or take major action thinking Manticore has their backs. It [[spoiler:fails, because someone ''does'' actually get word to Manticore -- and it's not like the Royal Manticoran Navy doesn't practically fetishise initiative, or anything]].
** Besides, the Manties, when they find out about it, realize that by going along, they are helping their own cause, and hurting Mesa's.

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* Mesa's gambit in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book ''Shadow of Freedom'' is to invoke this on the Star Empire of Manticore by going to several planets under the thumb of the Solarian League's Office of Frontier Security, offering resistance movements aid in Manticore's name, and letting it appear that Manticore left them in the lurch when the movements are either stopped or take major action thinking Manticore has their backs. It [[spoiler:fails, because someone ''does'' actually get word to Manticore -- and it's not like the Royal Manticoran Navy doesn't practically fetishise initiative, or anything]].
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anything]]. Besides, the Manties, when they find out about it, realize that by going along, they are helping their own cause, and hurting Mesa's.



* {{Series/Merlin}} would probably out a lot more villains if he didn't spend so much time [[ObfuscatingStupidity convincing everyone he's a moron]]. And on a lesser note, it's mentioned several times that while he's saved the kingdom, Arthur, and everyone on the show at least once, the fact that he's [[FantasticRacism magical]] will probably get him executed anyway due to all the magicians that attack Camelot.
* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]] uses his control over the media to pin several bombings (his doing to eliminate the Russian mob) and the deaths of several police officers (also his doing with snipers and agents working in the police) on Matthew Murdock's masked vigilante persona.

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* {{Series/Merlin}} ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Merlin would probably out a lot more villains if he didn't spend so much time [[ObfuscatingStupidity convincing everyone he's a moron]]. And on a lesser note, it's mentioned several times that while he's saved the kingdom, Arthur, and everyone on the show at least once, the fact that he's [[FantasticRacism magical]] will probably get him executed anyway due to all the magicians that attack Camelot.
* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'', [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]] uses his control over the media to pin several bombings (his doing to eliminate the Russian mob) and the deaths of several police officers (also his doing with snipers and agents working in the police) on Matthew Murdock's masked vigilante persona.



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* [[Literature/TheBible Jesus Christ]] was this during His preaching days. It kinda led to his death (depending on which translation you read). He also warns his disciples that the world will hate them.
* [[Literature/TheBible Thomas]] was the only disciple to volunteer to die with Jesus in John 11:16, was one of the few people in the Gospels to explicitly call Jesus God, and, according to Church tradition, traveled all the way to India to preach Christianity. Even so, most people only know him as the guy who didn't believe that Jesus had really come back. "Doubting Thomas" is a common nickname for a skeptic.

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Jesus Christ]] was Christ is this during His preaching days. It kinda led to his death (depending on which translation you read). He also warns his disciples that the world will hate them.
* [[Literature/TheBible Thomas]] was ** Thomas is the only disciple to volunteer to die with Jesus in John 11:16, was one of the few people in the Gospels to explicitly call Jesus God, and, according to Church tradition, traveled all the way to India to preach Christianity. Even so, most people only know him as the guy who didn't believe that Jesus had really come back. "Doubting Thomas" is a common nickname for a skeptic.



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* ''{{DarthWiki/Soundscape}}'' has [[PayEvilUntoEvil Scyrrhic]] (and all of his associates/subordinates), [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters when it comes to]] the government and the powerful businesses that control it. Due to GrayingMorality, some certainly feel that he's more of a VillainWithGoodPublicity at times.
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* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', [[spoiler:The Mad King essentially manipulates the entire city into believing that X-Ray and Vav are nothing but a bunch of SuperZeroes and that Mogar is the hero they really deserve. It doesn't help that he's ''right'' - Vav's a nice guy, but not all right in the head and X-Ray suffers from a crippling case of ItsAllAboutMe and that's not counting the destruction they've caused by their antics.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
** When the city is briefly overrun by a Grimm invasion, Ironwood reports his concerns about Ozpin's apparently laid-back approach to protecting the city to the Vale Council, who enter discussions with the Atlas Council. The two councils agree to strip Ozpin of responsibility for overseeing the security of the Vytal Festival in favour of Ironwood, and the Vale Council makes it clear that Ozpin's job will be discussed once the tournament has ended. During the tournament, Beacon students are framed for vindictive, violent acts on world television, leading to discontent with Ozpin's leadership of Beacon Academy.
** After Yang and Mercury's battle ends, Cinder's machinations ensure the entire world witnesses Yang suddenly shoot Mercury in the leg for no apparent reason. The stadium crowd's reaction is so ugly it causes a spike in Grimm activity, and Yang's apparently vindictive action doesn't just damage her reputation but also Beacon's and Ozpin's, too. Ironwood is therefore forced to disqualify Team RWBY.
** 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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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the Wulfenbachs suffer a lot from this. OK, they are the despot of Europa and his heir, but Klaus is often accused of being the Other, betraying the Heterodynes, etc. He could probably use a good propaganda service which would only have to use some positive facts. Gil is also accused of having destroyed Dr beetle's lab for no reason (well, actually, he just send a bomb back to the thrower, saving not only his life but an innocent assistant as well). [[spoiler:After the Wulfenbachs' fall during the TimeSkip, Europa is in chaos again and quite a few people now think of their rule as a "golden age".]]
* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': The ''WebComic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' are a group of cryptid hunters, who strive to protect humanity. But, as far as as the general public's concerned, it's the cryptids who need saving ''[[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/live_from_las_vegas from them]]'', since they believe the PMS's actions are inhumane. And their image is made worse [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/back_to_you_don by their leader's flippancy]] and flagrant [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/i_am_not_a_waitress disregard for the laws protecting cryptid rights.]] Which puts them at odds with [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETM]][[note]]"'''P'''eople for the '''E'''thical '''T'''reatment of '''M'''onsters"[[/note]], who eventually [[ObstructiveBureaucrat takes legal action against them.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the Wulfenbachs suffer a lot from this. OK, they are the despot of Europa and his heir, but Klaus is often accused of being the Other, betraying the Heterodynes, etc. He could probably use a good propaganda service which would only have to use some positive facts. Gil is also accused of having destroyed Dr beetle's Dr. Beetle's lab for no reason (well, actually, he just send a bomb back to the thrower, saving not only his life but an innocent assistant as well). [[spoiler:After the Wulfenbachs' fall during the TimeSkip, Europa is in chaos again and quite a few people now think of their rule as a "golden age".]]
* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': ''Webcomic/VampireCheerleaders'': The ''WebComic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' ''Webcomic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' are a group of cryptid hunters, who strive to protect humanity. But, as far as as the general public's concerned, it's the cryptids who need saving ''[[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/live_from_las_vegas from them]]'', since they believe the PMS's actions are inhumane. And their image is made worse [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/back_to_you_don by their leader's flippancy]] and flagrant [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/i_am_not_a_waitress disregard for the laws protecting cryptid rights.]] Which puts them at odds with [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETM]][[note]]"'''P'''eople for the '''E'''thical '''T'''reatment of '''M'''onsters"[[/note]], who eventually [[ObstructiveBureaucrat takes legal action against them.]]



* {{Webcomic/Metacarpolis}}: In Emi's flashback, it is revealed that she was a former magical girl who became an idol when her and her group signed up to be stars. However, she finds her career turn sour when she stops a mugger with a gun by....breaking his legs. Let's just say, it goes pretty public.

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* {{Webcomic/Metacarpolis}}: ''Webcomic/{{Metacarpolis}}'': In Emi's flashback, it is revealed that she was a former magical girl who became an idol when her and her group signed up to be stars. However, she finds her career turn sour when she stops a mugger with a gun by....by... breaking his legs. Let's just say, it goes pretty public.public.
* 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.



* 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.



* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', [[spoiler:The Mad King essentially manipulates the entire city into believing that X-Ray and Vav are nothing but a bunch of SuperZeroes and that Mogar is the hero they really deserve. It doesn't help that he's ''right'' - Vav's a nice guy, but not all right in the head and X-Ray suffers from a crippling case of ItsAllAboutMe and that's not counting the destruction they've caused by their antics.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
** When the city is briefly overrun by a Grimm invasion, Ironwood reports his concerns about Ozpin's apparently laid-back approach to protecting the city to the Vale Council, who enter discussions with the Atlas Council. The two councils agree to strip Ozpin of responsibility for overseeing the security of the Vytal Festival in favour of Ironwood, and the Vale Council makes it clear that Ozpin's job will be discussed once the tournament has ended. During the tournament, Beacon students are framed for vindictive, violent acts on world television, leading to discontent with Ozpin's leadership of Beacon Academy.
** After Yang and Mercury's battle ends, Cinder's machinations ensure the entire world witnesses Yang suddenly shoot Mercury in the leg for no apparent reason. The stadium crowd's reaction is so ugly it causes a spike in Grimm activity, and Yang's apparently vindictive action doesn't just damage her reputation but also Beacon's and Ozpin's, too. Ironwood is therefore forced to disqualify Team RWBY.
** 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]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has... well, the titular gargoyles. Brooklyn even lampshades their "publicity problem" in "Hunter's Moon."
** [[spoiler: Creator/GregWeisman has alluded to that being only temporary. After saving the city a few times, the Clan becomes a branch of the NYPD and eventually, due to [[HeroicSacrifice Goliath's sacrifice]] sometime in the future, the United Nations declares the Gargoyle Species a protected race, acknowledges its sentience, and creates a Nation for the Gargoyles to founded.]]
* Ben in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' has this when his SecretIdentity gets outed. Will Harangue, jerk reporter even breaks out the [[Franchise/SpiderMan "threat or menace"]] false dichotomy:
-->'''Ben''': Maybe I can do more good as a public superhero than I did in secret. Sure, most people think I'm a menace now.
-->'''Julie''': Only 26% of adult viewers think you're a menace.
-->'''Ben''': See? That's not bad.
-->'''Julie''': 74% think you're a threat.
** Not to mention the fact that Harangue is going a step above JJ with the hero he smears by actually trying to ''kill'' Ben outright at least once.
** Though actually played with; kids love him, and the government will occasionally collaborate with him.
** Creator/DwayneMcDuffie actually stated that Harangue is despised by many people for his antagonism towards Ben, and his attempts to turn everyone against him are always unsuccessful.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has... well, the titular gargoyles. Brooklyn even lampshades their "publicity problem" in "Hunter's Moon."
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" [[spoiler: Creator/GregWeisman has alluded to that being only temporary. After saving the city a few times, the Clan becomes a branch of the NYPD and eventually, due to [[HeroicSacrifice Goliath's sacrifice]] sometime in the future, the United Nations declares the Gargoyle Species a protected race, acknowledges its sentience, and creates a Nation for the Gargoyles to founded.found.]]
* Ben in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' has this when his SecretIdentity gets outed. Will Harangue, jerk reporter even breaks out the [[Franchise/SpiderMan "threat or menace"]] false dichotomy:
-->'''Ben''': Maybe I can do more good as a public superhero than I did in secret. Sure, most people think I'm a menace now.
-->'''Julie''': Only 26% of adult viewers think you're a menace.
-->'''Ben''': See? That's not bad.
-->'''Julie''': 74% think you're a threat.
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dichotomy. Not to mention the fact that Harangue is going a step above JJ with the hero he smears by actually trying to ''kill'' Ben outright at least once.
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once. Though actually this played with; with: kids love him, and the government will occasionally collaborate with him.
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him. Creator/DwayneMcDuffie actually stated that Harangue is despised by many people for his antagonism towards Ben, and his attempts to turn everyone against him are always unsuccessful.unsuccessful.
-->'''Ben:''' Maybe I can do more good as a public superhero than I did in secret. Sure, most people think I'm a menace now.\\
'''Julie:''' Only 26% of adult viewers think you're a menace.\\
'''Ben:''' See? That's not bad.\\
'''Julie:''' 74% think you're a threat.



* Just like in the comics, Spider-Man suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Oddly enough, J. Jonah Jameson at first shows some signs that he hates Spidey (although it is shown on the daily bugle newspapers), and simply views him as easy publicity but still tries to discredit him. However, similar to ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, a story about Spider-Man in a rival newspaper outsells the Daily Bugle's own story on his son's heroic landing of a space shuttle. As a result, Jameson finally snaps and begins a smear campaign against the web slinger.

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Just like in the comics, Spider-Man suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Oddly enough, J. Jonah Jameson at first shows some signs that he hates Spidey (although it is shown on the daily bugle newspapers), and simply views him as easy publicity but still tries to discredit him. However, similar to ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, a story about Spider-Man in a rival newspaper outsells the Daily Bugle's own story on his son's heroic landing of a space shuttle. As a result, Jameson finally snaps and begins a smear campaign against the web slinger.



* Believe it or not, Captain America was on the receiving end of this following the fallout of the Skrull storyline in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. [[spoiler:This thanks to the machinations of the Skrull impersonating Cap, who manipulated the Avengers and told the world to surrender to the Skrull forces.]]

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* Believe it or not, Captain America was is on the receiving end of this following the fallout of the Skrull storyline in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. [[spoiler:This thanks to the machinations of the Skrull impersonating Cap, who manipulated the Avengers and told the world to surrender to the Skrull forces.]]



* Princess Luna of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Her role as [[TheSacredDarkness Princess of the Night]] and her [[PerkyGoth love of creepy]] [[LargeHam public display]] causes most Ponies in her backstory to shun her while loving her sister, which [[GreenEyedMonster results]] in her original FaceHeelTurn. After her banishment, return (after a thousand years), defeat and redemption, many Ponies find it hard to believe in her new HeelFaceTurn. StatusQuoIsGod is [[AvertedTrope averted]]: eventually (though not before some misunderstandings), some ponies come to trust her again.

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* Princess Luna of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Her role as [[TheSacredDarkness Princess of the Night]] and her [[PerkyGoth love of creepy]] [[LargeHam public display]] causes most Ponies in her backstory to shun her while loving her sister, which [[GreenEyedMonster results]] in her original FaceHeelTurn. After her banishment, return (after a thousand years), defeat and redemption, many Ponies find it hard to believe in her new HeelFaceTurn. StatusQuoIsGod is [[AvertedTrope averted]]: eventually (though not before some misunderstandings), some most ponies come to trust her again.



3rd May '16 6:15:03 AM StFan
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Usually serves as the grass-roots support for a SuperRegistrationAct. Can be a reason that HilaritySues. Especially ironic when it happens to the SlaveToPR. Think of it as a tamer situation than BewareTheSuperman, where the only people who are acting like the supers are the ones to be feared are individuals and not society. The permanent version of the UntrustingCommunity. When the hero's problems are evident only to intimates, is NoHeroToHisValet. A bad guy that people like is VillainWithGoodPublicity. A character who can do no wrong in the public eye has HundredPercentAdorationRating.

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Usually serves as the grass-roots support for a SuperRegistrationAct. Can be a reason that HilaritySues. Especially ironic when it happens to the SlaveToPR. Think of it as a tamer situation than BewareTheSuperman, where the only people who are acting like the supers are the ones to be feared are individuals and not society. The permanent version of the UntrustingCommunity. When the hero's problems are evident only to intimates, is NoHeroToHisValet. A bad guy that people like is VillainWithGoodPublicity. A character who can do no wrong in the public eye has HundredPercentAdorationRating.
HundredPercentHeroismRating.
22nd Apr '16 9:53:44 AM Silverblade2
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* Starts to happen in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Season 8 and in full force in Season 10.

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* %%* Starts to happen in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Season 8 and in full force in Season 10.
25th Mar '16 3:47:04 PM Manny20444
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* Just like in the comics, Spider-Man suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Oddly enough, J. Jonah Jameson at first shows no signs that he hates Spidey (although it is shown on the daily bugle newspapers), and simply views him as easy publicity but still tries to discredit him. However, similar to ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, a story about Spider-Man in a rival newspaper outsells the Daily Bugle's own story on his son's heroic landing of a space shuttle. As a result, Jameson finally snaps and begins a smear campaign against the web slinger.

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* Just like in the comics, Spider-Man suffers from this in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Oddly enough, J. Jonah Jameson at first shows no some signs that he hates Spidey (although it is shown on the daily bugle newspapers), and simply views him as easy publicity but still tries to discredit him. However, similar to ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, a story about Spider-Man in a rival newspaper outsells the Daily Bugle's own story on his son's heroic landing of a space shuttle. As a result, Jameson finally snaps and begins a smear campaign against the web slinger.
14th Mar '16 9:35:20 PM Kuruni
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* The Burners in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'', especially Mike Chilton, the leader. Abraham Kane, the leader of Detroit Deluxe is likewise the VillainWithGoodPublicity.

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* The Burners in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'', especially Mike Chilton, the leader. Abraham Kane, the leader of Detroit Deluxe is likewise the VillainWithGoodPublicity.
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