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16th Aug '17 10:12:55 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is the case for the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Azura. To note:
** Despite playing an active role in the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' that would eventually lead to the destruction of the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer]] homeland, the Dunmer religion still highly reveres Azura. In fact, the destruction of the Dunmer homeland has made Azura ''more'' revered in the Dunmeri religion and was what ultimately ended worship of the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]], her most hated enemies.
** While listed as one of the "good" Daedra (both in Morrowind lore and by series' fans), Azura is also closely tied to and allied with [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], the Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]], and ''[[RedBaron King of Rape]]''. If [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the name didn't make it obvious]], just about everyone both in and out-of-universe considers him to be a "bad" Daedra. This is possibly a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as Azura's alliance with Molag Bal is only mentioned in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. Azura, like many of the other Daedric Princes, was a subject to CharacterizationMarchesOn since then.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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is the case for the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Azura. To note:
** *** Despite playing an active role in the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' that would eventually lead to the destruction of the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer]] homeland, the Dunmer religion still highly reveres Azura. In fact, the destruction of the Dunmer homeland has made Azura ''more'' revered in the Dunmeri religion and was what ultimately ended worship of the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]], her most hated enemies.
** *** While listed as one of the "good" Daedra (both in Morrowind lore and by series' fans), Azura is also closely tied to and allied with [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], the Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]], and ''[[RedBaron King of Rape]]''. If [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the name didn't make it obvious]], just about everyone both in and out-of-universe considers him to be a "bad" Daedra. This is possibly a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as Azura's alliance with Molag Bal is only mentioned in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. Azura, like many of the other Daedric Princes, was a subject to CharacterizationMarchesOn since then.
** Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of Plots whose sphere covers a litany of high crimes including murder, assassination, betrayal, and treason is near-universally considered one of the more outright malevolent Daedric Princes. However, similar to Azura, to the Dunmer, he is considered one of the "good" Daedra and the anticipation of [[PhysicalGod Almalexia]]. Specifically, they see Boethiah as a brutal but positive force, driving them to be tougher and stronger, and to be guarded against treachery and betrayal. In effect, Boethiah's harsh trials and ruthless betrayals push the the Dunmer to [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre become greater than they think they are]].
15th Aug '17 11:40:23 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is the case for the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Azura. To note:
** Despite playing an active role in the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' that would eventually lead to the destruction of the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer]] homeland, the Dunmer religion still highly reveres Azura. In fact, the destruction of the Dunmer homeland has made Azura ''more'' revered in the Dunmeri religion and was what ultimately ended worship of the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]], her most hated enemies.
** While listed as one of the "good" Daedra (both in Morrowind lore and by series' fans), Azura is also closely tied to and allied with [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], the Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]], and ''[[RedBaron King of Rape]]''. If [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the name didn't make it obvious]], just about everyone both in and out-of-universe considers him to be a "bad" Daedra. This is possibly a case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as Azura's alliance with Molag Bal is only mentioned in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. Azura, like many of the other Daedric Princes, was a subject to CharacterizationMarchesOn since then.
12th Aug '17 10:30:38 PM GlassRain
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* In a ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3514#comic strip,]] Superman is this: He's actually an alien invader who deluded people into thinking that he was saving them, eventually deluding himself along with his human victims. Another [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3502#comic strip]] (published the previous week) features Superman harming people, hiding his tracks by murdering journalists who are on to him, and then get public support for his noble quest to find the killer.

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* In a ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3514#comic strip,]] Superman is this: He's actually an alien invader who deluded people into thinking that he was saving them, eventually deluding King Radical in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' paints himself along as a friendly neighborhood gangster who supposedly helps the community by investing his ill-gotten gains in things like orphanages. In fact much of the audience wasn't sure he really was a villain until he launched his plan to [[spoiler:replace all the world's "boring" people with cool people from his human victims. Another [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3502#comic strip]] (published home dimension.]] And even after he [[spoiler:assassinates the previous week) features Superman harming people, hiding his tracks by murdering journalists who are on to him, president and then get public support for his noble quest to find the killer.takes over]] he's very popular.



* ''Webcomic/MechagicalGirlLisaANT'': Pink Flash. It helps that she looks the part of pink-and-frilly warrior of justice, while the real heroine looks like a scout for an upcoming BugWar.



* In a ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3514#comic strip,]] Superman is this: He's actually an alien invader who deluded people into thinking that he was saving them, eventually deluding himself along with his human victims. Another [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3502#comic strip]] (published the previous week) features Superman harming people, hiding his tracks by murdering journalists who are on to him, and then get public support for his noble quest to find the killer.



* King Radical in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' paints himself as a friendly neighborhood gangster who supposedly helps the community by investing his ill-gotten gains in things like orphanages. In fact much of the audience wasn't sure he really was a villain until he launched his plan to [[spoiler:replace all the world's "boring" people with cool people from his home dimension.]] And even after he [[spoiler:assassinates the president and takes over]] he's very popular.
18th Jul '17 2:38:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* The villains in the first two ''Film/TheNakedGun'' films.

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* The villains in the first two ''Film/TheNakedGun'' films.films are both respected businessmen.
18th Jul '17 2:30:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* J.P Valkinheiser in ''Film/NothingButTrouble''. After making their escape, the heroes inform the state troopers about the CorruptHick HangingJudge ruling Valkenvania like a dictator and executing anyone he pleases, but when they go back there it turns out that they all love the JP and his methods. They're about to dispose of the heroes instead for having seen too much when an earthquake destroys the town.

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* J.P Valkinheiser Valkenheiser in ''Film/NothingButTrouble''. After making their escape, the heroes inform the state troopers about the CorruptHick HangingJudge ruling Valkenvania like a dictator and executing anyone he pleases, but when they go back there it turns out that they all love the JP and his methods. They're about to dispose of the heroes instead for having seen too much when an earthquake destroys the town.
18th Jul '17 2:28:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* J.P Valkinheiser in ''Film/NothingButTrouble''.

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* J.P Valkinheiser in ''Film/NothingButTrouble''. After making their escape, the heroes inform the state troopers about the CorruptHick HangingJudge ruling Valkenvania like a dictator and executing anyone he pleases, but when they go back there it turns out that they all love the JP and his methods. They're about to dispose of the heroes instead for having seen too much when an earthquake destroys the town.
8th Jul '17 3:38:44 AM azbyc15243
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* The main villain of ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', [[spoiler:the White Queen]]. It goes beyond the usual level of good publicity - [[spoiler:she is literally worshipped as a goddess, despite being an EldritchAbomination who doesn't care about anyone except the main character Kyousuke]].
6th Jul '17 5:20:08 PM Onlythrice
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** [[BigBad Killbane]] in the third game also qualifies. He's a famous millionaire professional wrestler who secretly leads a massive criminal organization, and uses his public image to slander the Saints and frame them for his crimes.
30th Jun '17 6:03:06 PM KaiAquila
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* The Mirando corporation in ''{{Film/Okja}}'' thanks to Lucys tireless marketing campaign hailing the superpigs as environment friendly and non-GMO. Not so much by the end, when the ALF has exposed the cruel conditions under which Okja and her kind are created. Though we never see the fallout of their reveal and Nancy states that so long as their products are cheap, they'll sell.
27th Jun '17 3:07:14 PM Austin
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* Doctor Doom wavers between this and ZeroPercentApprovalRating within [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]]. At least the citizens prefer him to any ''other'' ruler they've had, and even most members of the super-hero community will admit [[BetterTheDevilYouKnow he's better than the alternative.]] As head of state, he enjoys diplomatic immunity during his official visits to the States. On his "unofficial" visits, however...

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* Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom wavers between this and ZeroPercentApprovalRating within [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]]. At least the citizens prefer him to any ''other'' ruler they've had, and even most members of the super-hero community will admit [[BetterTheDevilYouKnow he's better than the alternative.]] As head of state, he enjoys diplomatic immunity during his official visits to the States. On his "unofficial" visits, however...



* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': The Riddler of Gotham fame has ascended to the high ranks of Gotham society because of his cunning manipulation of the media, and savored the role as Gotham's new "darling detective". Despite his numerous counts of larceny, complete disregard for human life, and the occasional murders of past days, his well-trained media circuits embrace him for his Sherlock Holmes-like method of deduction and flamboyant sense of personal theatrics. Outwitting the Gotham populace had never been so easy.

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': The Riddler ComicBook/TheRiddler of Gotham fame has ascended to the high ranks of Gotham society because of his cunning manipulation of the media, and savored the role as Gotham's new "darling detective". Despite his numerous counts of larceny, complete disregard for human life, and the occasional murders of past days, his well-trained media circuits embrace him for his Sherlock Holmes-like method of deduction and flamboyant sense of personal theatrics. Outwitting the Gotham populace had never been so easy.



* In [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoyevsky]]'s ''Demons'', both Stavrogin and Petr Stepanovic are highly regarded by the whole town, with the exception of a handful of characters who are either despised by everybody (Satov, Stepan Trofimovic) or too insane/lunatic to care (Kirillov). Petr Stepanovic actually pulls this off on two levels, as he is admired both in the high society he frequents and in his secret terrorist group.

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* In [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoyevsky]]'s ''Demons'', ''Literature/{{Demons}}'', both Stavrogin and Petr Stepanovic are highly regarded by the whole town, with the exception of a handful of characters who are either despised by everybody (Satov, Stepan Trofimovic) or too insane/lunatic to care (Kirillov). Petr Stepanovic actually pulls this off on two levels, as he is admired both in the high society he frequents and in his secret terrorist group.



* Marisi, in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Alara Unbroken''. He is credited by the Wild Nacatl with founding their society, but he turned them and the Cloud Nacatl against each other as part of Nicol Bolas's plan to create chaos on Alara.

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* Marisi, in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Alara Unbroken''.''Literature/AlaraUnbroken''. He is credited by the Wild Nacatl with founding their society, but he turned them and the Cloud Nacatl against each other as part of Nicol Bolas's plan to create chaos on Alara.



* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Iago in ''Othello'' is commonly referred to as 'honest Iago'.



%%* [[Theatre/{{Othello}} "Honest"]] [[SmugSnake Iago.]]

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%%* [[Theatre/{{Othello}} "Honest"]] [[SmugSnake Iago.]]* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Iago in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' is commonly referred to as 'honest Iago'.



* ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'': [[BoomerangBigot Bertrand]] is this for quite some time... until Cole and Kuo photograph him using his conduit powers and creating the [[EldritchAbomination swamp monsters]] that have been plaguing New Marais.

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* ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'': [[BoomerangBigot Bertrand]] is this for quite some time... until Cole and Kuo photograph him using his conduit powers and creating the [[EldritchAbomination swamp monsters]] monsters that have been plaguing New Marais.
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