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20th Jan '17 10:58:54 AM luord
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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Valentine is well-known as a beloved eccentric billionaire philanthropist. He even has a movie about his life coming out. Of course, it's not that hard to get people to love you when you give the world free, unlimited cell coverage.

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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Valentine [[BigBad Valentine]] is well-known as a beloved eccentric billionaire philanthropist. He even has a movie about his life coming out. Of course, it's not that hard to get people to love you when you give the world free, unlimited cell coverage.
19th Jan '17 10:13:14 PM luord
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* In ''Literature/ErIstWiederDa'', Adolf Hitler himself comes back to life in the modern world, and manages to become a media sensation despite not hiding in the slightest that he is literally Hitler. At one point he is caught on tape literally [[ShootTheDog shooting a dog]] but manages to play it off by donating money to animal welfare causes.

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* In ''Literature/ErIstWiederDa'', Adolf Hitler himself comes back to ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Valentine is well-known as a beloved eccentric billionaire philanthropist. He even has a movie about his life in the modern world, and manages to become a media sensation despite coming out. Of course, it's not hiding in the slightest that he is literally Hitler. At one point he is caught on tape literally [[ShootTheDog shooting a dog]] but manages hard to play it off by donating money get people to animal welfare causes.love you when you give the world free, unlimited cell coverage.
19th Jan '17 8:34:47 PM contrafanxxx
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** Interestingly, despite being a maniacal world-conqueror, Cobra Commander is apparently well-liked by his subordinates. When he returns to his headquarters after being broken out of super-high-security prison, several workers say things like "It's good to have you back, Boss!"

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** Interestingly, despite being a maniacal world-conqueror, Cobra Commander is apparently [[HundredPercentAdorationRating well-liked by his subordinates.subordinates]]. When he returns to his headquarters after being broken out of super-high-security prison, several workers say things like "It's good to have you back, Boss!"
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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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.
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