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16th Jan '17 6:38:49 AM ayjazz
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The Villain With Good Publicity is very good at getting the hero (or other innocents who get too close to the truth) [[ClearMyName accused of criminal activity]]. Then again, heroics are 90% based on breaking and entering, stalking, trespassing, assault, battery, and espionage anyway, so he may have a point there.

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The Villain With Good Publicity is very good at getting the hero (or other innocents who get too close to the truth) [[ClearMyName accused of criminal activity]]. Then again, heroics are 90% based on breaking and entering, stalking, trespassing, assault, battery, and espionage anyway, [[VillainHasAPoint so he may have a point there.
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If the heroes are ''really'' unlucky, they're up against [[TheGovernment the entire government]] (or [[CorruptChurch church]], depending on the setting). The villain might also be [[EvilChancellor a single person within the government]], a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporation]] or other public figure with a [[SlaveToPR good PR department]], or a [[PathOfInspiration religion engineered for this purpose]]. There's also a good chance that he/she is [[EveryManHasHisPrice using copious amounts of bribery]] to keep his/her image clean. If things get even worse, [[GullibleLemmings the people whom the hero tries to protect will actively assist]] the villain against the heroes.

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If the heroes are ''really'' unlucky, they're up against [[TheGovernment the entire government]] (or [[CorruptChurch church]], depending on the setting). The villain might also be [[EvilChancellor a single person person]] [[AntagonisticGovernor within the government]], a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporation]] or other public figure with a [[SlaveToPR good PR department]], or a [[PathOfInspiration religion engineered for this purpose]]. There's also a good chance that he/she is [[EveryManHasHisPrice using copious amounts of bribery]] to keep his/her image clean. If things get even worse, [[GullibleLemmings the people whom the hero tries to protect will actively assist]] the villain against the heroes.
8th Jan '17 5:10:46 PM nombretomado
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* Within the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, there's Lex Luthor (during his WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries days and in the Cadmus Arc of ''Justice League Unlimited''), naturally enough, but we also have VandalSavage (during the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Maid of Honor") and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Derek Powers]] (until he unintentionally publicly exposed his radioactive condition).

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* Within the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, there's Lex Luthor (during his WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries days and in the Cadmus Arc of ''Justice League Unlimited''), naturally enough, but we also have VandalSavage ComicBook/VandalSavage (during the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Maid of Honor") and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Derek Powers]] (until he unintentionally publicly exposed his radioactive condition).
8th Jan '17 1:10:08 PM nombretomado
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* Senator [[spoiler: and later President]] Callahan, the nemesis of Spider Jerusalem in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', who has the habit of killing people close to him for sympathy ratings whenever one of his misdeeds becomes public.

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* Senator [[spoiler: and later President]] Callahan, the nemesis of Spider Jerusalem in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', who has the habit of killing people close to him for sympathy ratings whenever one of his misdeeds becomes public.
6th Jan '17 9:01:19 AM MasterFuzzy
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* Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. He's handsome, muscular, an excellent hunter, beloved by everyone in town, and probably the best thing to happen to Belle's village. The problem? He's vain, self-absorbed, interested in Belle because of her beauty, rude, scheming, and crazy enough to try killing the Beast in the end. Yet, everyone is loyal to him and doesn't question his character whatsoever.

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* Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. He's handsome, muscular, an excellent hunter, beloved by everyone in town, and probably the best thing to happen to Belle's village. The problem? He's vain, self-absorbed, only interested in Belle because of her beauty, rude, scheming, and crazy enough to try killing the Beast in the end. Yet, everyone is loyal to him and doesn't question his character whatsoever.
1st Jan '17 6:44:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sheriff Lucas Buck of ''Series/AmericanGothic''. Nowhere is this more obvious than in one episode where he is strolling down the hallway of the town hospital: on every side of him, men tip their hats and women hand him flowers, little old men and women thank him for the charity work that has enabled them to afford their medicines, children smile and wave, and so on. No one in Trinity could possibly believe good ol' boy Buck could have a mean bone in his body, let alone be Evil Incarnate. Gail finds herself working (unsuccessfully) against this mindset when investigating Buck and his connection to her parents' deaths; Dr. Crower is unable to convince anyone the sheriff is pure evil, hence making it easy to lock him up as crazy; and Caleb, [[WhatAnIdiot who knows right off the bat that something isn't right about the fellow]], ends up being taken in by his charisma and accepting him as his true father who's been wrongfully maligned and only wants to help raise him right.

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* Sheriff Lucas Buck of ''Series/AmericanGothic''.''Series/AmericanGothic1995''. Nowhere is this more obvious than in one episode where he is strolling down the hallway of the town hospital: on every side of him, men tip their hats and women hand him flowers, little old men and women thank him for the charity work that has enabled them to afford their medicines, children smile and wave, and so on. No one in Trinity could possibly believe good ol' boy Buck could have a mean bone in his body, let alone be Evil Incarnate. Gail finds herself working (unsuccessfully) against this mindset when investigating Buck and his connection to her parents' deaths; Dr. Crower is unable to convince anyone the sheriff is pure evil, hence making it easy to lock him up as crazy; and Caleb, [[WhatAnIdiot who knows right off the bat that something isn't right about the fellow]], ends up being taken in by his charisma and accepting him as his true father who's been wrongfully maligned and only wants to help raise him right.
26th Dec '16 8:15:38 PM PaulA
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* In the Sci-Fi Channel's ''Series/FlashGordon'' series, Ming of Mongo goes to great lengths to present himself to his subjects as "The Benevolent Father" (but can never quite live down his old nickname "Ming the Merciless").
** He can grant a smuggler's sick daughter extra water rations while ordering his execution in the same breath.

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* In the Sci-Fi Channel's ''Series/FlashGordon'' ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' series, Ming of Mongo goes to great lengths to present himself to his subjects as "The Benevolent Father" (but can never quite live down his old nickname "Ming the Merciless").
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Merciless"). He can grant a smuggler's sick daughter extra water rations while ordering his execution in the same breath.
21st Dec '16 3:11:30 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the Third Street Saints operate a massive media empire that has since made the members celebrities in the eyes of Stillwater. This includes taking the time to give autographs in the middle of a bank robbery to having cops you're in the middle of fighting ask you to autograph your weapons before putting them down. By [[VideoGame/SaintsRow4 the fourth game]], The Boss has even become [[PresidentEvil President of the United States]]. Of course, this doesn't mean that the Boss is a good president; they had a 3% approval rating. '''Had.''' It dropped to [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating zero]] the next day.

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the Third Street Saints operate a massive media empire that has since made the members celebrities in the eyes of Stillwater. This includes taking the time to give autographs in the middle of a bank robbery to having cops you're in the middle of fighting ask you to autograph your weapons before putting them down. By [[VideoGame/SaintsRow4 the fourth game]], The Boss has even become [[PresidentEvil President of the United States]]. Of course, this doesn't mean that the Boss is a good president; they had a 3% 20% approval rating. '''Had.''' It dropped to [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating zero]] the next day.
21st Dec '16 3:08:23 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Senator Armstrong, to the extent that he's a 2020 presidential candidate. Of course, this is at least partially because he doesn't write his own speeches, by his own admission.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Senator Armstrong, [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]], to the extent that he's a 2020 presidential candidate. Of course, this is at least partially because he doesn't write his own speeches, by his own admission.



* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the Third Street Saints operate a massive media empire that has since made the members celebrities in the eyes of Stillwater. This includes taking the time to give autographs in the middle of a bank robbery to having cops you're in the middle of fighting ask you to autograph your weapons before putting them down. By the fourth game, The Boss has even become [[PresidentEvil President of the United States]].

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the Third Street Saints operate a massive media empire that has since made the members celebrities in the eyes of Stillwater. This includes taking the time to give autographs in the middle of a bank robbery to having cops you're in the middle of fighting ask you to autograph your weapons before putting them down. By [[VideoGame/SaintsRow4 the fourth game, game]], The Boss has even become [[PresidentEvil President of the United States]].States]]. Of course, this doesn't mean that the Boss is a good president; they had a 3% approval rating. '''Had.''' It dropped to [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating zero]] the next day.


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* Due to Three-Dog's news/radio show on Galaxy News Radio, the ghoul Roy Phillips is this in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. Despite being a total bastard who is willing to murder an entire hotel full of people (who, all but one, were assholes) and ''will do'' if he's let in, along with not giving a shit about anyone that's not him, he still has Good Karma as he's a "poor victim" of cruel racists who won't let a ghoul live in their hotel according to Three-Dog. Since he has Good karma, the game penalizes you if you kill him after he's let in, if your not sneaking with a Stealth Boy on that is.
9th Dec '16 2:06:30 PM Gosicrystal
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* Theo Galavan of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' Season 2 secretly staged a mass breakout at Arkham Asylum just so he could thwart the released criminals to gain public reputation. Then he had Penguin assassinate numerous political candidates while also staging a 'failed' assassination on Theo, "convincing" him to run for mayor of Gotham at the urge of his ever-more-adoring fans.
** Penguin himself becomes this in Season 3. Despite his well known criminal reputation, he gains vast public support after calling out the GCPD for their gross incompetence in handling the escaped super villains from Indian Hill, and rallying the populace behind him to handle it [[BurnTheWitch the old fashioned way]]. Afterwards, he's popular enough to run for mayor.
* Gus Fring on ''Series/BreakingBad''. On the surface, he is a respectable businessman, and a major supporter of local law enforcement agencies. In reality, he has no qualms with murder and other heinous acts just to keep his meth empire going.
** The [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]], Walter White, also falls under this. He's a High School Chemistry Teacher who beat cancer. This is demonstrated perfectly in a season 3 episode where his wife, Skylar, calls the cops on him. [[CassandraTruth She ends up looking bad in front of the cops when their son sides with Walt.]]

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
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Theo Galavan of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' in Season 2 secretly staged a mass breakout at Arkham Asylum just so he could thwart the released criminals to gain public reputation. Then he had Penguin assassinate numerous political candidates while also staging a 'failed' assassination on Theo, "convincing" him to run for mayor of Gotham at the urge of his ever-more-adoring fans.
** Penguin himself becomes this in Season 3. Despite his well known criminal reputation, he gains vast public support after calling out the GCPD for their gross incompetence in handling the escaped super villains from Indian Hill, and rallying the populace behind him to handle it [[BurnTheWitch the old fashioned way]]. Afterwards, he's popular enough to run for mayor.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
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Gus Fring on ''Series/BreakingBad''.on. On the surface, he is a respectable businessman, and a major supporter of local law enforcement agencies. In reality, he has no qualms with murder and other heinous acts just to keep his meth empire going.
** The [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]], Walter White, also falls under this. He's is a High School Chemistry Teacher who beat cancer. This is demonstrated perfectly in a season 3 episode where his wife, Skylar, calls the cops on him. [[CassandraTruth She ends up looking bad in front of the cops when their son sides with Walt.]]



** Later, in the same series, Jasmine took this trope to the logical extreme with good publicity through [[{{Brainwashed}} mass brainwashing]].

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** Later, in the same series, Jasmine took takes this trope to the logical extreme with good publicity through [[{{Brainwashed}} mass brainwashing]].



* Pick a perp, any perp, on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.

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* Pick a perp, any perp, on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.%%* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''



* Desus, one of the signature characters of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', is one of the most famous and well-liked of the First Age Solars, and has no real enemies. Even those who oppose his faction are convinced of his nobility and good intentions. As for his true character...Well, he ''repeatedly'' beat his wife, Lilith, until she miscarried, and then brainwashed her into believing that it was ''all her fault''. And that's how he treats the woman he (in his own sick way) ''loves''. You don't even want to know what he does to people he's ''not'' attached to...And let's not even think about what he does to people that he actually ''dislikes''.
** Considering that Lilith was one of the toughest warriors that ever lived out of a race whose entire shtick is "enduring hardship", that hints at just ''how badly'' Desus was beating her.

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* Desus, one of the signature characters of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', is one of the most famous and well-liked of the First Age Solars, and has no real enemies. Even those who oppose his faction are convinced of his nobility and good intentions. As for his true character...Well, he ''repeatedly'' beat his wife, Lilith, until she miscarried, and then brainwashed her into believing that it was ''all her fault''. And that's how he treats the woman he (in his own sick way) ''loves''. You don't even want to know what he does to people he's ''not'' attached to...And let's not even think about what he does to people that he actually ''dislikes''.
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''dislikes''. Considering that Lilith was one of the toughest warriors that ever lived out of a race whose entire shtick is "enduring hardship", that hints at just ''how badly'' Desus was beating her.



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

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



* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', [[spoiler:Melodia]], was one of the world's most beloved nobles...and puppeteered the ZeroPercentApprovalRating Emperor Geldoblame into doing the grunt work.
** Baelheit, and later [[spoiler:Verus]] from ''Origins'' work this way as well.
* [[spoiler:The Cruxis and the Tethe'allan side of the Church of Martel]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* Possibly your character, in the game ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''; as the game's base assumption is that your character is evil, rather than choosing between being good or evil, your moral choice is whether to be an AxCrazy maniac who slaughters all in your path...or a Villain With Good Publicity who uses the respect and gratitude of the people to further your own evil ends.

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* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', [[spoiler:Melodia]], was one of the world's most beloved nobles... and puppeteered the ZeroPercentApprovalRating Emperor Geldoblame into doing the grunt work.
** %%** Baelheit, and later [[spoiler:Verus]] from ''Origins'' work this way as well.
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''Origins''.
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[[spoiler:The Cruxis and the Tethe'allan side of the Church of Martel]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'':
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Possibly your character, in the game ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''; first game; as the game's base assumption is that your character is evil, rather than choosing between being good or evil, your moral choice is whether to be an AxCrazy maniac who slaughters all in your path...or a Villain With Good Publicity who uses the respect and gratitude of the people to further your own evil ends.



** Walton Simons, too. "Some people are just good, you know? Good to the bone."
* Umbrella had good publicity in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' until it was involved in Raccoon's destruction. Not only does the US government tear up all contracts with the company, their public stocks take a nosedive.
** The movies unfortunately play this straight, to the point that, rather than the U.S. government nuking Raccoon City, it was Umbrella itself who did so, and they got off completely scot-free while making the survivors [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes With Bad Publicity]]. By the time the public realizes any of the truth, the ZombieApocalypse has begun, and they're ''still'' the only major human authority left.

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** %%** Walton Simons, too. "Some people are just good, you know? Good to the bone."
Simons.
* Umbrella had good publicity in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' until it was involved in Raccoon's destruction. Not only does the US government tear up all contracts with the company, their public stocks take a nosedive.
** The movies unfortunately play this straight, to
nosedive. In the point that, movies, rather than the U.S. government nuking Raccoon City, it was Umbrella itself who did so, and they got off completely scot-free while making the survivors [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes With Bad Publicity]]. By the time the public realizes any of the truth, the ZombieApocalypse has begun, and they're ''still'' the only major human authority left.



* In the scenario of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'', former TragicHero Jin becomes corrupted, takes over the Mishima Zaibatsu, and uses it for various atrocities. The people turned to the G Corporation, led by Kazuya, one of the series' villains (and [[BaitTheDog ex-hero]]), as the savior of the world from the Zaibatsu, and Kazuya happily uses it to his advantage to try to get rid of Jin. Never mind that Kazuya is also evil and has done lots of atrocities with the Zaibatsu in the second series. Or maybe Jin's treatment are way worse.
** And before Jin took over, Heihachi was known to run the Zaibatsu as this.
*** [[spoiler: However, it turns out that Jin was in fact a WellIntentionedExtremist who was attempting to draw out Azazel, the source of the Devil Gene, and destroy him.]]
* King Tejara in [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} D'ni]] history.

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* In the scenario of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'', former TragicHero Jin becomes corrupted, takes over the Mishima Zaibatsu, and uses it for various atrocities. The people turned to the G Corporation, led by Kazuya, one of the series' villains (and [[BaitTheDog ex-hero]]), as the savior of the world from the Zaibatsu, and Kazuya happily uses it to his advantage to try to get rid of Jin. Never mind that Kazuya is also evil and has done lots of atrocities with the Zaibatsu in the second series. Or maybe Jin's treatment are way worse.
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worse. And before Jin took over, Heihachi was known to run the Zaibatsu as this.
*** [[spoiler: However, it
this -- however, [[spoiler:it turns out that Jin was in fact a WellIntentionedExtremist who was attempting to draw out Azazel, the source of the Devil Gene, and destroy him.]]
* %%* King Tejara from ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' in [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} D'ni]] D'ni history.



* Dr. Wily in ''VideoGame/MegaMan9''. Failed several times and people still believe he can change.
** Serpent and Master Albert from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' and ''Advent'', respectively.

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* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
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Dr. Wily in ''VideoGame/MegaMan9''. Failed several times and people still believe he can change.
** Serpent and Master Albert from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' and ''Advent'', respectively.
change.



%%** Serpent and Master Albert from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' and ''Advent'', respectively.



* [[spoiler:Mr. Verich, AKA Greevil,]] in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness]]''.
* [[spoiler: Dusknoir]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2'' has elements of this at first.
** Blake Hall from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'' is the president of Altru Inc., the largest corporation in Almia. He is highly popular among the citizens of Almia because he claims to have invented an efficient alternative to fossil fuels, but [[spoiler: he drove his father from his own company because he didn't want to use the Dark Crystal]], and [[spoiler:his 'efficient energy source' involves using the Dark Crystal to make every Pokemon in the region his mindless slave]].

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* %%* [[spoiler:Mr. Verich, AKA Greevil,]] in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness]]''.
* [[spoiler: Dusknoir]] %%* [[spoiler:Dusknoir]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon 2'' has elements of this at first.
** * Blake Hall from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'' is the president of Altru Inc., the largest corporation in Almia. He is highly popular among the citizens of Almia because he claims to have invented an efficient alternative to fossil fuels, but [[spoiler: he drove his father from his own company because he didn't want to use the Dark Crystal]], and [[spoiler:his 'efficient energy source' involves using the Dark Crystal to make every Pokemon in the region his mindless slave]].



* Chairman Drek from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'' is this, as well as a CorruptCorporateExecutive, to the extent that he tears up and destroys entire planets and ''no one'' but a simple mechanic and a robot even thinks about trying to stop him. He's also the man who gives good PR to the otherwise useless superhero Captain Qwark. Qwark then does a FaceHeelTurn through the course of the game and, in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]], tries to manufacture heroic publicity for himself by causing the Protopet disaster. [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal The third game]] is then spent [[HeelFaceTurn with much time under his command]], believing he's going to turn on you before he fakes a HeroicSacrifice, only to finally do some actual heroics at the end.

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* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'':
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Chairman Drek from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'' is this, as well as a CorruptCorporateExecutive, to the extent that he tears up and destroys entire planets and ''no one'' but a simple mechanic and a robot even thinks about trying to stop him. He's also the man who gives good PR to the otherwise useless superhero Captain Qwark. Qwark then does a FaceHeelTurn through the course of the game and, in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]], tries to manufacture heroic publicity for himself by causing the Protopet disaster. [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal The third game]] is then spent [[HeelFaceTurn with much time under his command]], believing he's going to turn on you before he fakes a HeroicSacrifice, only to finally do some actual heroics at the end.



* [[VideoGame/NellyCootalot Baron Widebeard]] manages to keep Saul Island and the Barony of Meeth under control, thanks to his major publicity stunts, enough entertainment and hospitality for a small island, and [[spoiler:stealing gold from the Leprechauns and forcing the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter spoonbeaks]] into slavery.]]
* The Iron Throne merchant's guild in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
** The sequel has the corrupt Harper Galvarey, who is seen as a veritable saint by his Harper kin, despite being an ObviouslyEvil SmugSnake.

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* [[VideoGame/NellyCootalot Baron Widebeard]] Widebeard from ''VideoGame/NellyCootalot'' manages to keep Saul Island and the Barony of Meeth under control, thanks to his major publicity stunts, enough entertainment and hospitality for a small island, and [[spoiler:stealing gold from the Leprechauns and forcing the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter spoonbeaks]] into slavery.]]
* %%* The Iron Throne merchant's guild in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
** The sequel * ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' has the corrupt Harper Galvarey, who is seen as a veritable saint by his Harper kin, despite being an ObviouslyEvil SmugSnake.



** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', a Mage Hawke is seen as this from the warped perspective of [[KnightTemplar Knight-Commander Meredith]], being a troublesome Apostate who's allowed to roam free, sowing anarchy and chaos in their wake, because the people of Kirkwall see Hawke as their Champion. In a similar vein, Meredith regards a Non-Mage Hawke as a troublemaker who openly consorts with apostates and is plotting to subvert her authority. Of course, this is because Meredith sees ''herself'' as the hero of the story. [[WrongGenreSavvy She's not]].

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** * In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', a Mage Hawke is seen as this from the warped perspective of [[KnightTemplar Knight-Commander Meredith]], being a troublesome Apostate who's allowed to roam free, sowing anarchy and chaos in their wake, because the people of Kirkwall see Hawke as their Champion. In a similar vein, Meredith regards a Non-Mage Hawke as a troublemaker who openly consorts with apostates and is plotting to subvert her authority. Of course, this is because Meredith sees ''herself'' as the hero of the story. [[WrongGenreSavvy She's not]].



* [[spoiler: General Shepherd]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. [[spoiler: He deliberately instigates a US-Russian war because he thinks America's become weak and pathetic, and he wants to make it a military power again. Even after Soap and Price successfully kill him, the public still thinks Shepherd is a war hero, and they are [[HeroWithBadPublicity international terrorists.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: General [[spoiler:General Shepherd]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. [[spoiler: He deliberately instigates a US-Russian war because he thinks America's become weak and pathetic, and he wants to make it a military power again. Even after Soap and Price successfully kill him, the public still thinks Shepherd is a war hero, and they are [[HeroWithBadPublicity international terrorists.]]]]



* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Light Side path for Sith characters often invoke this as the image the Empire ''should'' be trying to cultivate, having the secondary effect of making the Republic appear worse in comparison. Likewise, Light Sided options often use PragmaticVillainy and BenevolentAlienInvasion tactics to bring planets (mostly) peacefully under Imperial control.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** The
Light Side path for Sith characters often invoke this as the image the Empire ''should'' be trying to cultivate, having the secondary effect of making the Republic appear worse in comparison. Likewise, Light Sided options often use PragmaticVillainy and BenevolentAlienInvasion tactics to bring planets (mostly) peacefully under Imperial control.



* In ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', there is a internet media company called Blume. They are responsible for the ctOS technology that is supposed to keep the whole city of Chicago wired, making communication easy for the citizens. However, you find out that Blume is monitoring everyone unknowingly, and is using some of the information as blackmail against others and to secretly impose a PoliceState on the citizens of Chicago, as well as perform assassinations against anyone they can't control. [[spoiler: After the events of the game, Blume is able to maintain their [[KarmaHoudini good publicity status]] by covering up their actions, which is reported during the ending credits. And after the credits, a Blume commercial is shown, promoting version 2.0 that expands their operations beyond the city of Chicago and is now nationwide.]]
** Lucky Quinn also fits this trope. He holds charity events alongside Chicago's mayor under public eye, but [[spoiler: is actually a murderer and a mob boss.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', there ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'':
** There
is a an internet media company called Blume. They are responsible for the ctOS technology that is supposed to keep the whole city of Chicago wired, making communication easy for the citizens. However, you find out that Blume is monitoring everyone unknowingly, and is using some of the information as blackmail against others and to secretly impose a PoliceState on the citizens of Chicago, as well as perform assassinations against anyone they can't control. [[spoiler: After the events of the game, Blume is able to maintain their [[KarmaHoudini good publicity status]] by covering up their actions, which is reported during the ending credits. And after the credits, a Blume commercial is shown, promoting version 2.0 that expands their operations beyond the city of Chicago and is now nationwide.]]
** Lucky Quinn also fits this trope. He holds charity events alongside Chicago's mayor under public eye, but [[spoiler: is actually a murderer and a mob boss.]]boss]].
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* Several villains in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series work this way.
** [[spoiler: ''Justice For All'''s last villain, Matt Engarde]]. Rather than dirtying his own hands, [[spoiler: he hired [[ProfessionalKiller professional assassin]] [[NobleDemon Shelly de Killer]] to kill his rival actor, and then had De Killer force a lawyer to save his ass through taking his loved ones hostage, and tried to frame his manager for it]]. Even if he's not the only Villain With Good Publicity, he's the most notable in the series, [[spoiler: especially since we only have a confirmation that he's a villain ''midway'' through the case]]. Even before he's convicted, his many misdeeds are exposed in court on the last day of the trial, and the judge tells him that even if he can't convict him, it has become clear that he's [[YouMonster a despicable]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech human being]].
** Then, over in ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations Investigations]]'', [[spoiler: we have sweet old Quercus Alba, kind ambassador and decorated war hero. And murderous head of a smuggling ring.]]



* Saren Arterius, at least briefly, under the cover of being a SPECTRE in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' .
** Nassana Dantius would also qualify.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Saren Arterius, at least briefly, under the cover of being a SPECTRE in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' .
** Nassana Dantius would also qualify.
SPECTRE.



%%** Nassana Dantius.



* Kane, resident MagnificentBastard of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', attained much of his power in the First Tiberium War through clever manipulation of the media against the Global Defense Initiative, painting them as the very same violent, bloodthirsty murderers his own Brotherhood of Nod usually turned out to be. He continues his fine tradition in the Third Tiberium War, with the Brotherhood playing the only stabilizing influence in Earth's Yellow Zones, feeding and protecting the population of the economically ruined and poor regions of the world, all the better to stoke the fires of their hatred for the perceived oppressors of GDI....
** In the fourth game, he's actually working ''with'' the GDI to combat the tiberium threat.

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* Kane, resident MagnificentBastard of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', attained much of his power in the First Tiberium War through clever manipulation of the media against the Global Defense Initiative, painting them as the very same violent, bloodthirsty murderers his own Brotherhood of Nod usually turned out to be. He continues his fine tradition in the Third Tiberium War, with the Brotherhood playing the only stabilizing influence in Earth's Yellow Zones, feeding and protecting the population of the economically ruined and poor regions of the world, all the better to stoke the fires of their hatred for the perceived oppressors of GDI....
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GDI... In the fourth game, he's actually working ''with'' the GDI to combat the tiberium threat.


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* Many villains in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series work this way:
** The person who killed both Neil Marshall and Bruce Goodman in "Rise from the Ashes" is [[spoiler:Damon Gant, the police chief. He's good friends with the judge, making your case even more difficult]].
** ''Justice For All'''s last villain, [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]]. Rather than dirtying his own hands, [[spoiler:he hired [[ProfessionalKiller professional assassin]] [[NobleDemon Shelly de Killer]] to kill his rival actor, and then had De Killer force a lawyer to save his ass through taking his loved ones hostage, and tried to frame his manager for it]]. Even if he's not the only Villain With Good Publicity, he's the most notable in the series, [[spoiler: especially since we only have a confirmation that he's a villain ''midway'' through the case]]. Even before he's convicted, his many misdeeds are exposed in court on the last day of the trial, and the judge tells him that even if he can't convict him, it has become clear that he's [[YouMonster a despicable]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech human being]].
** [[spoiler:Renowned defense attorney and Apollo's mentor Kristoph Gavin]] kills both Shadi Smith and Drew Misham in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. This contributes to the first case of the game being a WhamEpisode.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations Investigations]]'' we have [[spoiler:sweet old Quercus Alba, kind ambassador and decorated war hero. And murderous head of a smuggling ring]].
** The BigBad of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', and killer of Cases 4 and 5, is none other than [[spoiler:the man disguised as Bobby Fulbright, that detective who speaks of justice with pride]].
** ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'':
*** The killer in Case 1, [[ReverseWhoDunnit Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin]], is the head monk of Tehm'pul Temple. He also teaches dahmalan lessons, and is respected by the judge.
*** The one who kills [[spoiler:Justice Minister Inga]] in Case 5 is none other than [[spoiler:the queen of Khura'in, Ga'ran]]. This makes it very, very difficult to prove them guilty.
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