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25th Apr '16 7:12:33 PM Discar
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series has a few like this. Queen Azshara of the night elves was responsible for the first demon invasion in ''TheWarOfTheAncients'', but her people loved her so much that until the very end they all believed that she was only a victim of her DeadlyDecadentCourt. Arcbishop Benedictus is the secret leader of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]] worshipping Twilight's Hammer cult and tries to stop the players from saving the world at the end of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm'', but nobody believes the players who slayed him. Finally, Kargath Bladefist is one of the most revered orcs of the Horde, with many locations named after him. When players have to kill him, the players are told to remember the hero he was in the past and not what he became because of demon corruption. Except he never was a hero; as revealed in ''RiseOfTheHorde'', he was a member of the Shadow Council who sold his people to the demons for personnal power. A rare case where ''nobody, not even most players'' discovered his true nature.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series has a few like this. Queen Azshara of the night elves was responsible for the first demon invasion in ''TheWarOfTheAncients'', but her people loved her so much that until the very end they all believed that she was only a victim of her DeadlyDecadentCourt. Arcbishop Benedictus is the secret leader of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]] worshipping Twilight's Hammer cult and tries to stop the players from saving the world at the end of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm'', but nobody believes the players who slayed slew him. Finally, Kargath Bladefist is one of the most revered orcs of the Horde, with many locations named after him. When players have to kill him, the players are told to remember the hero he was in the past and not what he became because of demon corruption. Except he never was a hero; as revealed in ''RiseOfTheHorde'', he was a member of the Shadow Council who sold his people to the demons for personnal power. A rare case where ''nobody, not even most players'' discovered his true nature.
20th Apr '16 11:07:25 AM Kakai
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* Count Falk in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' maintains an image of a nice, if misguided former rebel with a touching story of HeelFaceTrun and personality crafted to make many young and hot-headed knights follow him. His plan is to manipulate the Empire to do his bidding.

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* Count Falk in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' maintains an image of a nice, if misguided former rebel with a touching story of HeelFaceTrun HeelFaceTurn and personality crafted to make many young and hot-headed knights follow him. His plan is to manipulate the Empire to do his bidding.
20th Apr '16 11:05:56 AM Kakai
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* Count Falk in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' maintains an image of a nice, if misguided former rebel with a touching story of HeelFaceTrun and personality crafted to make many young and hot-headed knights follow him. His plan is to manipulate the Empire to do his bidding.
6th Apr '16 10:52:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* A major theme in ''SinCity'' is that nearly all of the main villains are public figures that are beloved by the media and citizens. This is mostly seen in the Roark family, a family of crimebosses that hold religious and political offices and have had a tight grip over the city for over a century now.
* Omar Ben Salaad in the {{Tintin}} book ''The Crab With the Golden Claws''. He's a well-respected trader who uses his reputation as a cover for an opium smuggling ring. In the 3D animated film adaption ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', which incorporates plot elements of Crab with the Golden Claws, Ben Salaad is a mere [[DemotedToExtra minor character]], with the [[AdaptationalVillainy role of villain passed to Sakharine]].

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* A major theme in ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is that nearly all of the main villains are public figures that are beloved by the media and citizens. This is mostly seen in the Roark family, a family of crimebosses that hold religious and political offices and have had a tight grip over the city for over a century now.
* Omar Ben Salaad in the {{Tintin}} ComicBook/{{Tintin}} book ''The Crab With the Golden Claws''. He's a well-respected trader who uses his reputation as a cover for an opium smuggling ring. In the 3D animated film adaption ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', which incorporates plot elements of Crab with the Golden Claws, Ben Salaad is a mere [[DemotedToExtra minor character]], with the [[AdaptationalVillainy role of villain passed to Sakharine]].
4th Apr '16 12:38:01 PM Manny20444
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', L. Thompson Lincoln, AKA Tombstone, is the Big Man and also a CompositeCharacter with Kingpin. He shares Kingpin's ability to trash Spider-Man in hand-to-hand much more easily than any of Spidey's more tricked-out foes, but also possesses an equal or even greater good publicity, as everyone thinks of him as a beloved philanthropist. Especially impressive, since he's ObviouslyEvil looking, being a ScaryBlackMan [[EvilAlbino albino]] with [[FangsAreEvil sharpened teeth]]. Ultimately deconstructed, when because of the present witnesses Linkoln refuses to team up with some of the more out-going criminals to kill Spider-Man, and even thwarts their efforts in favor of taking on Spider-Man one-on-one, out of view. However, he's weakened by the prolonged melee-a-trois, and Spider-Man defeats him and exposes him as a villain anyway.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', L. Thompson Lincoln, AKA Tombstone, Norman Osborn(who is secretly the Big Man Green Goblin) is still an example of this due to the fact that he a ruthless businessman, inventor, gifted chemist, the founder and also a CompositeCharacter with Kingpin. He shares Kingpin's ability to trash Spider-Man in hand-to-hand much more easily than any head of Spidey's more tricked-out foes, but also possesses an equal or even greater good publicity, as everyone thinks of him as a beloved philanthropist. Especially impressive, since he's ObviouslyEvil looking, being a ScaryBlackMan [[EvilAlbino albino]] with [[FangsAreEvil sharpened teeth]]. Ultimately deconstructed, when because of OsCorp, and the present witnesses Linkoln refuses to team up with some father of the more out-going criminals to kill Spider-Man, and even thwarts their efforts in favor of taking on Spider-Man one-on-one, out of view. However, he's weakened by the prolonged melee-a-trois, and Spider-Man defeats him and exposes him as a villain anyway.Harry Osborn.
6th Mar '16 5:03:17 PM MajinAkuma
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** Rex Godwin in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. Most residents of Neo Domino saw him as the benign head of Security (meaning he was the head of city government, more or less) and even acted as a benign mentor to the heroes; even some of them started to doubt that his intentions where anything but just until his true plan was revealed at the SeasonFinale. (Even so, Godwin could technically be called a WellIntentionedExtremist, albeit in the most extreme sense of the term.)

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** Rex Godwin Goodwin in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. Most residents of Neo Domino saw him as the benign head of Security (meaning he was the head of city government, more or less) and even acted as a benign mentor to the heroes; even some of them started to doubt that his intentions where anything but just until his true plan was revealed at the SeasonFinale. (Even so, Godwin Goodwin could technically be called a WellIntentionedExtremist, albeit in the most extreme sense of the term.)


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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': [[spoiler:It's revealed that Frost is a space pirate like Freeza, but Frost "saves" the planets he hsd enslaved to get good publicity in his universe. And nobody saw through him until Jaco sees him cheating during his fights with Goku and Piccolo.]] Beerus also revealed that Freeza did the same thing, [[CardCarryingVillain but he wasn't very known for that]].
29th Feb '16 9:47:54 AM Blazer
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* ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'' had [[spoiler: The Mad King]] in this position during the second half of Season Two. [[spoiler:He's able to take back his company, win the hearts of the city and make X-Ray and Vav look pathetic in front of the mightier Mogar (which isn't really ''that hard'') as well as turn the two against each other and be all-around awesome while initiating a plot to gain amazing powers by making people drink the milk from Mogar's mother, then sap it away for himself. The only thing that stops him is having him have a VillainousBreakdown.]]
29th Feb '16 6:14:58 AM Blazer
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* The page quote from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' refers to the actions of Retired Admiral Norah Satie, a respected member of Starfleet who quickly grows paranoid at the idea that there was a conspiracy on board the ''Enterprise''. Picard is able to expose her by invoking her father, which pisses her right off. Worf, who had been more than willing to follow her, is quite discouraged by the fact that he did so, though Picard tells him the above as a means to reassure him, that it's easy to be swayed by a villain hiding under good intentions.
23rd Feb '16 8:57:06 AM godzillavkk
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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 public 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 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 public people whom the hero tries to protect will actively assist]] the villain against the heroes.
2nd Feb '16 3:54:01 AM Adept
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** Then, over in ''[[AceAttorneyInvestigations Investigations]]'', [[spoiler: we have sweet old Quercus Alba, kind ambassador and decorated war hero. And murderous head of a smuggling ring.]]

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** Then, over in ''[[AceAttorneyInvestigations ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations Investigations]]'', [[spoiler: we have sweet old Quercus Alba, kind ambassador and decorated war hero. And murderous head of a smuggling ring.]]
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