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23rd May '17 2:11:38 AM Shadowgazer
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* [[spoiler: Griffith]] from the Anime/Berserk is the king of this trope never doing anything evil unless it will advance his goals and won't cause much of a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity negative publicity]]. Give him any reason profitable enough though, any reason, and he will cross the MoralEventHorizon like a chicken would a road. In fact only once in his life did he [[spoiler: do something ForTheEvulz against this principle and that was because it was aimed at the one and only person who dared to make him doubt himself and forget his dream.]]
20th May '17 11:01:11 PM Prometheus117
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* It turns out [[PhysicalGoddess Princess Celestia]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' absolutely ''hates'' having to attend the boring Grand Galloping Gala year after year, but she does since her subjects expect their ruler to attend.

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* It turns out [[PhysicalGoddess Princess Celestia]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' absolutely ''hates'' having to attend the boring Grand Galloping Gala year after year, but she does since her subjects expect their ruler to attend. In general, it also turns out that nothing brings her more stress than having to constantly [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask maintain the air of a calm, confident ruler before her subjects]].
13th May '17 11:43:40 AM Schismatism
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* Angelo and Brian Souballou, in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', are absolutely slaves to PR: the task of running their empire and a huge cult practically demands that they spend a lot of their time posing as respectable human beings. Otherwise, they wouldn't have much of an empire.
* Virtually every big villain in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' does this: Xykon seems for the most part to care about style almost as much as he does power, but the biggest of all is Tarquin, whose SmugSnake affectation means his schemes really ''have'' to be drawn in part by public relations.
29th Apr '17 4:40:17 PM nombretomado
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* PrisonArchitect has the [[SarcasmMode most wonderful and beloved Mayor]], who is such a slave to PR the moment the media starts harrasing him about ANYTHING prison related he'll slam you with stupid edits like "Remove all excercise equpiment from the yards in 24 hours or be fined massively until you do." Of course, nobody asked you about this, so have fun with prisoners getting so angry they start a riot.
* Teru of ''TokimekiMemorial Girl's Side 2'' practically has a SplitPersonality due to this trope. He's very curt and snappy to the heroine, but if she reminds him that ''other people'' are watching, he immediately [[SugarAndIcePersonality switches from Ice to Sugar]] so fast it'll make your head spin.

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* PrisonArchitect has the [[SarcasmMode most wonderful and beloved Mayor]], who is such a slave to PR the moment the media starts harrasing harassing him about ANYTHING prison related he'll slam you with stupid edits like "Remove all excercise equpiment exercise equipment from the yards in 24 hours or be fined massively until you do." Of course, nobody asked you about this, so have fun with prisoners getting so angry they start a riot.
* Teru of ''TokimekiMemorial Girl's Side ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide 2'' practically has a SplitPersonality due to this trope. He's very curt and snappy to the heroine, but if she reminds him that ''other people'' are watching, he immediately [[SugarAndIcePersonality switches from Ice to Sugar]] so fast it'll make your head spin.
28th Apr '17 3:46:12 AM shamchimp28
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the PRT (which is in charge of the Wards and the Protectorate--the youth and adult government superhero teams) has the Image department, which cares about this and nothing else. [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/drone-23-1/ Chapter 23.1]] introduces Glenn Chambers, head of Image.
-->'''Hoyden:''' All Glenn cares about is the image, the PR. Up to you to figure out how to hold yourself like a 'lady' while you're dealing with street thugs with guns.
** Multiple layers of PR slavery as it turns out: Glenn himself is not stupid, he just knows that if anybody is going to [[spoiler:expose the corruption in the PRT]], they'll need public support. Which incidentally is something [[HorrifyingHero Taylor]] [[AntiHero has]] [[VillainProtagonist trouble]] [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant with]].
** Played With when it comes to the villains. They must be able to maintain a reputation as being formidable, so that their underlings respect them and their enemies think twice about attacking them. Half of what the Undersiders do, for example, is built around maintaining their Rep in the Brockton Bay villain scene. But villains [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't have too nasty a reputation]], or otherwise they end up exhausting the heroes' patience and/or [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating causing the public to demand their heads]]. There are rules to the hero/villain game, after all, and breaking them causes everyone to take drastic action. So simply being a villain is a balancing act, with one slip-up having potentially disastrous results.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the PRT (which is in charge of the Wards and the Protectorate--the youth and adult government superhero teams) has the Image department, which cares about this and nothing else. [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/drone-23-1/ Chapter 23.1]] introduces Glenn Chambers, head of Image.
-->'''Hoyden:''' All Glenn cares about is the image, the PR. Up to you to figure out how to hold yourself like a 'lady' while you're dealing with street thugs with guns.
** [[spoiler:In more than one way, as it turns out: Glenn has HiddenDepths, knowing just how bad things are in Worm as a whole, and he really wants to help Taylor finally clean the PRT's corrupt command structure...and to do that, she needs the PR behind her, something [[HorrifyingHero she]] [[AntiHero has]] [[VillainProtagonist trouble]] [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant with]].]]
** Played With when it comes to the villains. They must be able to maintain a reputation as being formidable, so that their underlings respect them and their enemies think twice about attacking them. Half of what the Undersiders do, for example, is built around maintaining their Rep in the Brockton Bay villain scene. But villains [[EvenEvilHasStandards can't have too nasty a reputation]], or otherwise they end up exhausting the heroes' patience and/or [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating causing the public to demand their heads]]. There are rules to the hero/villain game, after all, and breaking them causes everyone to take drastic action. So simply being a villain is a balancing act, with one slip-up having potentially disastrous results.
23rd Mar '17 1:20:26 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Come to that, just about every other thing in the Literature/{{Discworld}} seems to be affected by this trope in some way or another - people's expectations and beliefs frequently affect, at the very least, the aspects of supernatural entities not affected by the morphic field attributed to [[AnthropomorphicPersonification being human-shaped]] â a mistake on the part of a very inept sculptor resulted in the Ephebian Goddess of Wisdom carrying around a penguin instead of an owl; an entire separate timespace exists so the Hogfather can deliver all his presents in a single night; and Death's domain has a black-on-black, skull-and-bones motif because, quite frankly, it's expected. Though he did add some wheatfields in the background after the events of ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' to brighten the place up a bit.

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** Come to that, just about every other thing in the Literature/{{Discworld}} seems to be affected by this trope in some way or another - people's expectations and beliefs frequently affect, at the very least, the aspects of supernatural entities not affected by the morphic field attributed to [[AnthropomorphicPersonification being human-shaped]] â human-shaped]]: a mistake on the part of a very inept sculptor resulted in the Ephebian Goddess of Wisdom carrying around a penguin instead of an owl; an entire separate timespace exists so the Hogfather can deliver all his presents in a single night; and Death's domain has a black-on-black, skull-and-bones motif because, quite frankly, it's expected. Though he did add some wheatfields in the background after the events of ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' to brighten the place up a bit.
3rd Mar '17 12:34:17 PM kazokuhouou
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* This trope is why Garon doesn't just get rid of his concubines in ''FanFic/TheLostKing'' despite all their infighting and treachery: some of them are noble and getting rid of them would anger their families, possibly to the point of rebellion. [[spoiler: Indeed, after a concubine and her daughter died under suspicious circumstances, the concubine's brother hired an assassin to kill Garon out of revenge, blaming him for not protecting them. He gets Garon's wife Katerina instead.]] Other concubines are self made women who are either powerful in their own right or have valuable assets that could be turned against Garon if ''they'' got expelled. So, to keep the peace in Nohr, he's got to keep them all, for all he's heartbroken over the deaths of his children and his two wives, and is uninterested in womanizing anymore. (Note he does sleep with ''one'' more woman-Elise's mother).
12th Feb '17 5:16:28 PM EricW
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* ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' features Galvanax the BigBad. As a previous battleworld champion, he's all about going after the rangers, but his advisers point out, if he gets knocked down even once he could lose his fanbase and followers. As such, he keeps sending out proxies until the right time.
27th Dec '16 10:26:19 AM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': In the wake of the PR fiasco that was Enies Lobby, the Marines have effectively become PR's ''bitch'' for the foreseeable future. To the point that Sengoku has permanently reassigned every single Marine that follows "[[KnightTemplar Absolute Justice]]" (such as Admiral Akainu and Vice-Admiral Onigumo) to the New World so that way they can't make things worse than they already have.
27th Dec '16 6:18:24 AM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', John and George rid an inn of thieves by making all the toilets fill up with sewage. Their triumph is rudely destroyed by the Guardians, for whom they were working; the Guardians chastise them for saving the inn in such an embarrassing and non-Guardians fashion. (Spectrem: "Look, guys, it's not that we aren't pleased you helped free the inn. We are! And we really like that you're concerned about the people. But, you know, you always gotta take lotsa little things into account before you do something. And the Guardians' rep is not all that little. You gotta understand that doing something inappropriate in our name can cause big harm to our image, which could endanger a lot of people in the future.") Because of this, they refuse to absorb the damage to the inn and end up taking more than half of John's reward money to cover it.
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