Created By: Thinks Too Much on September 21, 2009
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Hundred Percent Adoration Rating

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"The Lienid love their princes".
-- Graceling

There are rulers who everyone hates. There are plain old bad rulers - God Save Us from the Queen!, the Royally Screwed Up, or The Caligula. There are useless rulers. Then there are characters such as The High Queen, The Wise Prince and those pulling off a Vetinari Paradox who do their job well. And then there are people with this. Everyone loves them. They aren't just loyal. They aren't just grateful to have them in charge. They actually care about their rulers on a personal level. A simple request - not an order, an appeal - will get immediate results. They will be hugely honored when a favor is granted to them. Threatening or insulting their ruler triggers anger. If a ruler is sick or hurt, they'll worry like it's their own family. They follow wherever the rulers lead, but never forget that they're human. These rulers have a Hundred Percent Adoration Rating. They are almost always Royals Who Actually Do Something and almost always Modest Royalty.

Contrast 0% Approval Rating.

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Literature
  • The Lienid in Kristin Cashore's Graceling tend to feel this way about their princes, as the page quote indicates - a sea captain is explicitly described as worrying about one such prince "as if it were a member of her family".
  • The short story "American History" portrays John F. Kennedy as regarded this way; possibly Truth in Television.

Should We Have This?? Also, is the Kennedy example Truth in Television or Hollywood History? I would not know.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • September 21, 2009
    jason taylor
    Actually, I should think that in Real Life they are usually Royals Who Only Conduct Parades after all a real Royal Who Actually Does Something will sooner or later do something unpopular. For instance everyone seems to like Queen Lizzie, even anti-monarchists, simply because she is great at being the U Ks Team Mom but never really has to make unpopular decisions.
  • September 21, 2009
    Meshakhad
    In the Dune prequels, the Atreides are portrayed like this on Caladan. It is implied that this has been the case for generations.
  • September 21, 2009
    melloncollie
    In One Piece, King Cobra and his family are normally treated this way in their home country, Alabasta, until Crocodile shows up.
  • September 21, 2009
    Zaka51
    In Tales Of The Abyss, when Princess Natalie and the rest of the group are being pursued by the king's guards, normal civilians stand in the way to stop them in order to protect their princess, even though Natalie protests, pointing out that she's not even the actual princess, but the citizens reply that they don't care about her false title of royalty, they care about how kind and helpful she was as a leader.
  • September 21, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Real Life: Elizabeth I of England.
  • September 21, 2009
    jason taylor
    Lizzie first didn't have that while she reigned.
  • September 21, 2009
    Madrugada
    Kennedy didn't have 100% approval. He fascinated people, but not everyone liked him.
  • September 21, 2009
    random surfer
  • September 21, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
  • September 21, 2009
    melloncollie
    As I understand it, it's not specifically about villains. It's about rulers/leaders with good publicity. Kennedy and Nausicaa in the examples are definitely not villains.
  • September 21, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    The musical Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, beloved wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron. Both were popular among the people, but she in particular was greatly adored and eventually given the title of "spiritual leader of Argentina". Making this Truth In Television.

    May I suggest Beloved By The People or Beloved Ruler as a title?
  • September 22, 2009
    STUART
    Beloved By All. I think Princess Buttercup was described in this way.
  • September 22, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Captain Carrot of the City Watch exudes some kind of charisma field that causes everyone to like him, and actually behave like decent and kind people, and is subtly implied repeatedly stated to be the rightful King of Ankh-Morpork. He has no interest in the position, however, so this may be a subversion.
  • September 22, 2009
    Fanra
    The short story "American History" portrays John F Kennedy as regarded this way; possibly Truth In Television.
    Nowhere near the truth.

    American Presidents who are assassinated tend to get a Historical Hero Upgrade. Kennedy did have a decent approval rating but it was nowhere near 100%. One of the reasons why he kept the USA in Vietnam was that he was afraid of the backlash if he pulled out. He was planning to exit Vietnam only after he was reelected.

    His death left LBJ holding the bag and since LBJ was slightly nutty about being perceived as anything less than a macho man, well, we know the rest.

    Also note that JFK actually got little done as far as passing laws, it was only after his death that a combination of factors, including using the grief of his death, the 1964 elections, and LBJ's skill at playing Congress, that LBJ actually got the laws passed.

    The best way for those who don't know history, is to just think of JFK as Obama. There are a lot of people who dislike and hate Obama, as well as those who like him. Obama is in very many ways, very much like a modern JFK.
  • September 23, 2009
    Thinks Too Much
    @ Dragon Quest Z: I can see which end of the Sliding Scale Of Idealism Versus Cynicism you occupy. No, this is hero with good publicity.

    I'd intended Hundred Percent Adoration Rating to tie in with Zero Percent Approval Rating, but if everyone hates it, I'll see about a change.

    Thank you for the JFK input, I'll leave him under "portrayed as".
  • September 23, 2009
    melloncollie
    I like the title the way it is.

    Also, would most Disney princesses count?
  • September 23, 2009
    Jordan
    RE Queen Elizabeth, I've read that under her reign (as well as that of her dad, Henry), there was more torture than at any other point in English history. Like I think she certainly gets the treatment in a lot of media as "Good Queen Bess", but doesn't really fit this in reality.
  • September 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @Jordan: Largely because the torture was already going before Henry and Elizabeth but their being doormats instead of keeping a hand on the dirty business allowed the torturers to run amok.
  • September 23, 2009
    Jordan
    That's true, I had interpreted that stat though with the implication that Henry and Elizabeth's supporters tortured a whole lot of political/religious dissidents- this was the time period where there were violent religious wars between Catholics and Protestants.
  • September 23, 2009
    melloncollie
    Catholics were the minorty, so Elizabeth had a high approval rating from the majority anyway.
  • September 25, 2009
    Thinks Too Much
    I think we should just put a warning: No Real Life examples, please. Any other fictional examples?
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