[[caption-width-right:300:[-John Harvard, Founder, 1638 (Sorta)-] ]]

->''"The plaque for Burbank was filed in May first, 1887, by Dave Burbank, a dentist from the East Coast who got a wild hair up his ass one day and said, 'I'm gonna go west and form a town', and indeed he did! End of story! That's it, that's all that happened... Burbank was all like, 'Hey do you mind if I, uh, form a town here?' 'Sure, go ahead!' The end!"''
-->-- '''Creator/PattonOswalt'''

A universal trope, spotted as often in [[RealLife reality]] as it is in fiction. OurFounder is a statue of the FounderOfTheKingdom, be they a brave pioneer who established a colony in the New World, a missionary traveling the land building communities for his faith, a conqueror on his way to fame and riches, or a big-shot mogul who struck Big Business and got a nice-size stone replica of himself for his efforts. These are often to be spotted at crossroads, communal plazas downtown, or at parks, with some nice benches with old ladies feeding pigeons on them.

A favorite of [[{{Egopolis}} megalomaniacal despots with imperial aspirations]] and a very common decorative feature in places with [[MalevolentMugshot villains that put their face on everything.]]



* Since the marketing campaign that reintroduced "Jack", the Jack in the Box clown, as "CEO" of Jack in the Box, all Jack in the Box locations have prominently displayed a ornately framed portrait of Jack, with the inscription, "Our Founder" at the bottom.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kamina gets a statue at the heart of Kamina City at the halfway point of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[spoiler:He didn't live long enough to found the city himself, but he ''was'' the inspiration to its actual founders.]] After it is learned that his actions incurred the wrath of ScaryDogmaticAliens, the Antispiral, the statue is [[ToppledStatue toppled]] by panicking citizens as a [[SmashTheSymbol sign of refutation]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Hokage, including Konoha's founder, are honored in this manner; the cliff overlooking their village depicts the faces of all the Hokages/village leaders thus far. Also subverted as the other village founder [[spoiler:Uchiha Madara]] is remembered as a villain and does not have a statue in Konoha.
** Similarly, Suna's Kazekage's are honoured with life-sized statues. It's unclear whether the other major ninja villages have something similar.
* Arle Heinessen, founder of the Free Planets Alliance has a huge statue of himself in the ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', towering over the capital, bearing a close resemblance to Rio de Janeiro's "Christ the Redeemer".
* One of these serves as a plot point in the fifth episode of ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}''.
* Parodied in the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' anime. Principal Kunō is extremely fond of statues of himself, including a big one he'd set up at the entrance of Fūrinkan Highschool "for students to prostrate before". It is promptly destroyed by Ranma, who isn't even paying attention.
* ''Manga/MayonakaNiKiss'': A variation. Instead of a statue of Ichijou Group's founder, the Ichijous have a painting of the founder's wife. [[spoiler:When their main hotel in Tokyo is facing difficult times, the painting is sent there from their mansion upon Nono's suggestion.]]
* At the end of ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', [[spoiler:Shouko shows the aliens a pantheon of sculptures representing the ''kamitsuki'' whose HeroicSacrifice made the founding of the Empire possible, with pride of place given to [[TheHero Haruto]].]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Cornelius Coot, the founder of Duckburg, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and entourage's duck-inhabited home town, in the Creator/CarlBarks-penned issues of Walt Disney Comics. One instance had [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge McDuck]] and a foreign Raj competing to build the biggest one; it got to the point where you couldn't see the statues in their entirety from within the town borders.
* There's a statue of Civil War-era trader Ezra Small outside Smallville city hall in some ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' continuities.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': At the entrance of Deadworld's Hall of (In)Justice stands a statue of Judge Death to mark the spot where he killed the last living human, a founding monument for the new kingdom of the dead.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Jubilation T. Cornpone in ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' (and in [[{{Theater}} the musical]]).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'': [[spoiler:John Freeman]], Saver of Humens.
* Evil Calvin sets up one of these monuments after [[spoiler:taking over the world]] in ''Fanfic/RetroChill''.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}}-themed fics of Creator/AAPessimal, there are an awful lot of places in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica White Howondaland]] named for a colonial adventurer called Sir Cecil Smith-Rhodes. These ''begin'' with a whole country - [[UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}} Smith-Rhodesia]]. Even his ''wife'' got one - the town of Ladysmith-Rhodes. New Scrote is named for the village in the Sto Plains where Cecil was born. The progress of Cecil Smith-Rhodes across the Rimwards end of the continent of Howondaland is marked by the inevitable statues set up in his honour. A descendent of Sir Cecil visits Smith-Rhodesia for the first time, and follows the trail of statues in towns he founded, in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12321109/29/Gap-Year-Adventures Gap Year Adventures]].
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Queen Amatheia united the Mermares into a single civilization. The Mermares' capital, Mako Island, has a life size statue of her. Her successors just get busts.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Film/OsmosisJones'', our founder is (what else?) a sperm cell.
* A statue of Stanley Steamer in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. Or, it may not be a statue at all, but Stanley himself, bronzed.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke: [[WesternAnimation/LaBalladeDesDalton The Ballad of the Daltons]]'', a statue of the late Henry Dalton is seen next to the orphanage that was built thanks to his money. More specifically, it's a statue of Henry Dalton on a horse and ''about to be hanged''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metegol}}'': The new town has a statue that honors the full team, with Amadeo taking point. The old town had a statue to honor its founder before El Grosso destroyed it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'', there is a statue of Helm Hammerhand in Helm's Deep, though it is not named in the dialogue. It may be mentioned in the director's commentary, though. They don't directly name the statue, but his horn is explicitly named at least once.
-->'''Theodin:''' The Horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the deep, one last time!
* There's a statue of the founder of the college in ''Film/AnimalHouse'', complete with super-bland quote/motto "Knowledge Is Good".
* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure''. There's a statue of Bill and Ted in TheFuture! In this case, they're not the actual ''founders'' of the future community. It was just totally enlightened by their radical "Be excellent to each other / Party on, dudes" philosophy.
* The Joel Schumacher-directed installments of the [[TheEighties 1980s]] / [[TheNineties 1990s]] ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film series has enormous statues of unspecified men (and, inexplicably, a replica of the Statue of Liberty) littered around Gotham City.
* The first ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie begins with Reed and Ben visiting Victor Von Doom to get funding for Reed's experiment; the two pause to watch as a gigantic statue of Doom is being erected outside his offices.
* Not the founder of Gotham, but [[spoiler:the Goddamn Batman]] gets a statue erected in remembrance of his heroic deeds at the end of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', Geordi mentions to Zephram Cochrane that the spot where he's standing is the future location of a statue of himself in the 24th century. He tries to RefuseTheCall after hearing this, and has to be stunned by Riker.
-->'''Riker:''' You told him about the statue?
* ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'':
** ''Film/BattleForThePlanetOfTheApes'' has a statue of Caesar, the ape civilization's founder.
** The ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'' remake ends when [[spoiler:Leo walks up the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial and sees the statue of General Thade, who went back in time farther than Leo and started an ape rebellion]].
* ''Film/HighSchoolHigh'' has a RunningGag in which the students regularly desecrate the statue of the school's founder.
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the late John Hammond has a statue erected of him outside the Hammond Creation Lab, complete with a hue-accurate replica of his famous amber-topped walking stick.
* Like the ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', example above, Metropolis in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' has had a statue of Comicbook/{{Superman}} erected after after his [[Film/ManOfSteel victory against Zod]]. This outrages a lot of people, (and it's implied [[HumbleHero Clark]] isn't too fond of it either) notably because said statue is in the middle of a memorial for the victims of Zod's attack, and plenty of people blame Superman for the tragedy.

* The Creator/IsaacAsimov short story entitled "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_a_Good_Cause— In a Good Cause]]" centers around the unfairness of these statues, as the idealist to whom the primary statue in the story is erected is [[spoiler:committed to his cause, but almost completely irrelevant to realizing it.]]
* The novel ''[[Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit Who Plugged Roger Rabbit?]]'' has the "Toontown Telltale" headquarters, where a popular checkout-line tabloid is printed. The columns at the door are carved to resemble the paper's four Toon founders: Sleazy, Slimey, Dreck, and Profane. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Let that be an indication of the contents of the paper]].
* Subverted in Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''[[Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm Year of the Griffin]]'', the statue of the wizard Policant actually turns out to [[spoiler:''be'' Policant, who apparently turned himself into a statue as part of a prophecy, to be revived in the titular Year of the Griffin.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Alberto Malich, founder of Unseen University. When Malich returns from [[TheGrimReaper Death's country]] in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' and destroys his statue, they believe the statue has come to life. When Malich goes back, the wizards recommend that the replacement statue be constructed in a very secure dungeon.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind finds a statue of One Sun Mirror, founder of the Agatean Empire, on a pedestal of gold in a lake of quicksilver beneath a huge artificial hill built by the Forbidden City. He notes the inscription on it, which simply says "One Sun Mirror". The implication being that no-one standing there could fail to know who that was.
** There's a statue of Khuft, the founder of Djelibeybi, in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. It shows a noble figure with a patriarchal face, an outstretched hand and a chin you could crack rocks on. When Teppic has a vision of a toothless and rather shifty old man in a grubby loincloth, it takes him a while to make the connection.
* The statue at the Ministry of Magic in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' which is replaced by a NightmareFuel inducing new statue in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
%%* Our Munsell in ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey''.
* The ''Literature/EdgarAndEllen'' book series features the town of Nod's Limbs. An incident regarding the statue erected to the town's founder is the reason the town (originally called Nod's Lands) bears its current name.
* In the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel ''The Ancestor Cell'', there are statues of the six founders of Time Lord society ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors Omega]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin Rassillon]], [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures the Other]], Pandak, Aperion and Eutenoyar) in the six corners of the Panopticon. Until people start screwing around with time, so there are four statues (one of which is the Doctor) and eventually just one.
* Craig Shaw Gardner's {{Novelization}} of Tim Burton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' has a scene, cut from the film at the script stage, in which the mayor unveils a statue he expects to be of John T. Gotham, but which is actually of the Joker
* ''Literature/AMagesPower'': A statue of the Mother Dragon stands on top of her guild, the Dragon's Lair. Basilard "introduces" Eric to it when the latter joins as a novice. There are also statues of the first five captains in the courtyard.
* In ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'', the main dome of the Temple is decorated with an enormous statue of Church's founder, Eric Langhorne.
* ''You're Stepping on my Cloak and Dagger'' by Roger Hall. In the final days of the O.S.S, America's spy agency during World War II, Hall keeps a picture of [[MilitaryMaverick Wild Bill Donovan]] behind his desk, with a sign attached saying OUR FOUNDER. Unfortunately Donovan is ''persona non grata'' now that the war is over, so the sign is replaced by one saying [[WantedPoster WANTED]]. When a member of the top brass sees the picture he walks out in a huff, Hall's office gets shut down the next day and he's returned to civilian life.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In a similar spirit, the statue of Jayne Cobb in Jaynestown on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Mal himself takes a very dim view on this trope, believing that anyone who's ever had a statue built of themselves was probably a sumbitch of some sorts.
* The Master did this, rather epically, in the series 3 finale of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
-->'''Martha:''' All over the Earth, those things. [[RushmoreRefacement He's even carved himself into Mount Rushmore.]]
* The offices of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' [[http://leverage.wikia.com/wiki/Leverage_Consulting_%26_Associates Consulting & Associates]] have an oil painting of "Harlin Leverage III" (actually an aged-up Nathan Ford, [[HiddenDepths painted by Hardison]]). It also [[spoiler:has a stash of emergency cash hidden in it]].
* In the second episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', the very last shot is a pan over to a bust of Nathan Ingram's head - revealing both that he was the founder of IFT, and his status as a PosthumousCharacter.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* A lot of Greek heroes were said to found famous cities.
** Cadmus (the guy who "created" the Golden Fleece) supposedly founded Thebes, home of Oedipus' family, being Phoenician originally.
** Perseus, Hercules, and Theseus were all said to pass by certain famous locations during their adventures, supposedly explaining their significance.
** ''Literature/TheIliad'': Aeneas's descendants went on to settle/found Britain, Rome, and Alba Longa, according to much later authors.
** Telegonus, Odysseus' son by Circe, is said to have founded the Italian city of Tusculum.
* The Franks, a Germanic tribe who conquered Gaul and renamed it France, were supposedly founded by "Francus", who by one account was the son of Hector, the hero of Troy.
* Romulus is said to be the founder of the city of Rome (he's said to be descended from Aeneas above; since he was RaisedByWolves, one wonders how the genealogists figured this out).
** The original myth claims that Romulus killed his brother Remus, but an alternate account is that Remus survived and went on to found the city of Reims in France. Fittingly, Reims was home to a tribe of the Belgae, who notoriously gave Rome a lot of trouble during their conquests.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The statue of Kermit in the park in ''Film/ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie'' isn't an example. When the ItsAWonderfulPlot kicks in and the park becomes a shopping mall dominated by a statue of CorruptCorporateExecutive Rachel Bitterman, on the other hand...

* In the radio version only of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', the 15-mile-high statue of Arthur Dent on the planet Brontitall. (He didn't found the society there, but he inadvertently inspired them to alter their entire way of life.)

[[folder:Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} IOU'' has a statue in the middle of the "Pent" marked "Our Founder". Said statue is humanoid-shaped, but worn down with age, and has hints of tentacles on the face. Oh, and testing showed it to be older than the universe.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* A well-known example is "Partners", the statue found in most Disneyland-style Ride/DisneyThemeParks of Creator/WaltDisney and Mickey Mouse.
** A different statue of Walt and Mickey, called "Storytellers", was created for Disney California Adventure and depicts him as he first arrived in Los Angeles during TheRoaringTwenties. Oddly enough, the statue also appears at Tokyo [=DisneySea=] and Shanghai Disneyland.
** Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has an additional statue, "Sharing the Magic", showing Roy O. Disney (who spearheaded the park's construction after Walt's death) and Minnie Mouse sitting on a bench.
* Similar to Disney, Hersheypark in Pennsylvania boasts a bronze statue of chocolate mogul Milton Hershey.
* And over at Ride/UniversalStudios Florida, the New York area of the park has a statue of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew_Wasserman Lew Wasserman]], a long-time MCA/Universal executive who not only helped build the park, but also helped spearhead many of Universal's 70s/80s blockbusters and essentially made the studio what it is today.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' has a replica of the Disneyland statue, but with Oswald the Rabbit instead of Mickey, as Oswald is Wasteland's ruler.
* There's a statue of the protagonist of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII''.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' has the evil villain Gruntilda, who rather likes to decorate things having to do with her with grand-scale depictions of herself. Her lair itself is shaped like her head, but the most Our Founder-esque example is the enormous statue of herself she keeps in a swamp, surrounded by a moat guarded by a giant piranha.
* In many ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros.'' platformers (and even some spin-offs such as ''VideoGame/MarioKart''), the world is littered with stone depictions of BigBad Bowser. Most of them are actually in his castle, though, along with big portraits of him and doors carved in his image.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', New Pork City has a giant Porky statue which serves as a bonus boss.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Two examples from ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' are the EasterEgg at Wacky Workbench, and the giant statue at Stardust Speedway.
** Act 2 of Panic Puppet Zone from ''3D Blast'' revolves around climbing a path that surrounds an Eggman statue.
** Hang Castle of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes''. Sonic calls attention to an Eggman statue at a certain point in the stage. [[spoiler:And then it flips over to show [[{{Foreshadowing}} Metal Sonic]].]]
** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has Eggman finally build Eggmanland and one of the first things Sonic sees is a giant gold Eggman statue in front of the gate.
--->'''Sonic:''' I'll never understand Eggman's tastes.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Medina Village was founded by Ozzie after Magus lost the Fiend-Human War in 600 AD. His descendant is the town's mayor, and after you defeat Magus, they dance around Ozzie's statue (because Magus is no longer quite so inspiring). Defeat ''Ozzie'', however, and all of this vanishes -- the fiends, without anyone to stir up antihuman resentment, founded the town themselves, and Ozzie's descendant is now a janitor. The change is reflected by the attitude of the townsfolk and the background music. Prior to defeating Ozzie, the townsfolk are hostile to outsiders, the music is dark and foreboding and creepy chanting fills the main square. After kicking Ozzie's ass, the townsfolk are friendly and the music is cheerful and upbeat sans chanting.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock'':
** In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', statues of Comstock can be found all around Columbia. A similar statue is also shown at the beginning of Rosalind Lutece (or Robert Lutece via a Tear), the scientist responsible for Columbia being [[FloatingContinent able to float]].
** ''{{VideoGame/BioShock|1}}'' also opens with a large bust of Andrew Ryan above the Bathysphere that takes you to Rapture.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', as the Nords of Skyrim venerate Talos, the apotheosis of the Emperor Tiber Septim, there are naturally numerous statues or shrines dedicated to him in several of the cities and dotted about the landscape.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': the final firefight in the Grissom Academy level involves a large statue of Jon Grissom.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has Cave Johnson, founder of Aperture Science. Rather than statues, he gets a couple of paintings depicting his slow descent into insanity.
* Provost Willem fills the role in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' as the original founder of what would become the Healing Church, though he gets no recognition, as in his last years he was branded TheHeretic and tossed back into the decaying ruins of the College of Byrgenwerth, staring into the depths alone in his wheelchair.
* In the pig level of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Virtual Bart'', just before the battle with the executives guarding the rest of the captive pigs, a framed picture of Krusty's head with the words, "OUR FOUNDER" on the plaque of the frame can be seen, as well as busts of Krusty's head.
* Several examples in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'':
** The Dorado and Castilo maps each have a statue of Guillermo Portero, war hero and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive founder of LumeriCo]] who was born in Dorado. The reason for the statue on Castilo is unknown, as it's a different statue (and asset) but clearly the same man.
** Overwatch's Swiss headquarters (eventually) had a giant statue of their leader, Strike Commander Jack Morrison. This is eventually a point of contention between Morrison and his rival Reyes, who had been passed over in favor of Morrison for leadership of Overwatch, in the "Uprising" comic: Reyes, whose covert ops department Blackwatch had been shut down by the UN, refused to help in the London crisis, even in planning a response (which he ''would'' be allowed to do under the UN sanction). When asked for help, he [[MemeticMutation shrugged]] and said "[he's] not the one with the statue".
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Hyrule Castle in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has a statue in the central hall of the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]].
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Zora's Domain and Goron City have statues of Mipha and Daruk, the old Champions of those respective races. Having the statues specifically pointed out to [[AmnesiacHero Link]] is enough for him to recover his memories of them.
* Though he arrived a few years after its official founding, Laurentia from ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' remembers larger-than-life adventuring pioneer Lucien Moreau this way. In reality, he was a BrokenAce whose [[WellDoneSonGuy expectations]] damaged the lives of all of his children, but Laurentia loved its mythology and he was useful enough as a heroic founding figure for him to get ShroudedInMyth with his actual problems permanently swept under the rug.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Redcloak has his statue in Azure City-slash-[[PleaseSelectNewCityName Gobbotopia City]]. It says "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0660.html Our Leader]]" since he didn't found the city, just conquered it.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0750.html General Tarquin]] also has a statue of him lording over a beheaded enemy in Bleedingham.
* In the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' chapter "Jägermonsters to the Rescue", it turns out that [[spoiler:in Agatha's two-year absence, Gil has topped Mechanicsburg's city walls]] with towering statues of Agatha. While not its founder, Agatha ''is'' the Heterodyne, and therefore the rightful ruler. Dimo describes them as being over 150 meters tall. For the non-metrically inclined, that's ''500 feet''. Agatha is... less than pleased.
-->'''Agatha:''' I... I am going to '''kill''' him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jebidiah Springfield (Hans Sprongfeld), whose statue embiggens Springfield's main square.
** Shelbyville also has a statue of their founder, Shelbyville Manhattan, along with two women, possibly his cousins.
** One episode has a hospital erect a bronze statue of Homer after he gave them a gigantic donation. What they didn't realize is that it was Mr. Burns making the donation through Homer.
** "Bart Vs. Australia" has an Australian museum with a giant statue of a Snake lookalike with the caption "Our First Prime Minister" (a reference to Australia having been used as a penal colony).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Dale Dimm, the founder of Dimmsdale.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** The town from the episode "Avatar Day" has a statue of Chin the Great/the Conquerer, although that also doubles as a memorial, as it's on the spot he died. [[spoiler:Well, almost on the spot. He [[DisneyVillainDeath plummeted off a cliff]], and you can't put a statue in thin air.]]
** Avatar Kyoshi also had one in her hometown, interestingly... as she was the one who killed the aforementioned Chin, creating Kyoshi Island in the process.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Republic City's harbor has a giant statue of Aang, the Avatar from the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender previous series]], who founded United Republic alongside [[spoiler:Zuko]].
** The city's police headquarters has a life-sized statue of Toph, who played a part in the force's organization and training. She has another statue in the metal city of Zaofu. Interestingly enough, Toph herself didn't directly participate in the creation of Zaofu, but she did invent metalbending [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender when she was only a child]], a feat that made the city's creation possible.
** Zuko also got a statue of himself in front of Central Station, complete with real fire streaming from his outstretched hand.
** Cabbage Merchant gets a statue outside of Cabbage Corp.
** Sokka has a statue on top of a tiered fountain in front of the Southern Water Tribe Cultural Center. It features him holding aloft his [[ContinuityNod trusty]] [[WeaponOfChoice boomerang]].
** By the time of Book Four, Asami has built a statue of Korra herself in the middle of Republic City's central park (now named "Avatar Korra Park"), as part of the revamp of the city's infrastructure. [[spoiler:The fact that Asami and Korra end up as a couple by the end of the series puts that particular action in an interesting light]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'': Addison Single, founder of Single Town. But [[ThatsNoMoon that's no statue...]] [[spoiler:It's Addison Single himself, who is in truth an alien BlobMonster, turned into stone.]]
* The city wherein ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is set has [[Theatre/{{Harvey}} Elwood P. Dowd]], in a subtle and clever nod to [[NotSoImaginaryFriend the premise of the show]]. Of course, Foster's Home itself has a bust of Madam Foster, which Bloo promptly... [[IncrediblyLamePun busts.]]
* Whenever [[TheMeanBrit Mad Mod]] shows up in an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, you can be sure his likeness will soon get plastered over almost everything: busts, portraits, statues, posters, ''et cetera''. He himself often (inexplicably) [[ArtShift metamorphoses into strange alternate (and usually British pop culture-themed) designs]], such as the Blue Meanie from ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' and God from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. This counts as Our Founder because one time he used a grand-scale hypnotic trick to reclaim America in the name of Jolly Old England, proclaiming himself its first King.
* Similar to the ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' example, ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' has an episode in which the girls are whisked away to the year 3000 and discover that all of society is now founded on their music. There is a skyscraper-sized statue of them in the futuristic city, featuring both of them [[BackToBackBadasses back-to-back]] in a signature pose.
* The sentient worms who infested Fry's bowel in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Parasites Lost" have a statue of Fry in their city. Instead of "Our Founder", the pedestal read "The Known Universe".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', there is a celebration devoted to the founder of Agrabah, but no actual statue. It would have been a mistake if there was one, of course, but that's hardly new for ''Aladdin'', so we'll put it down as coincidental accuracy.
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'': At first, when the Headmistress spoke of the school's foundation, it seemed there was a painting of the founder but instead there was the man in person, always with a frame ahead of him and [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep his name is "El Fundador"]]. His signature move is founding. In fact, he made the school appear from [[{{Hammerspace}} his pocket]] to finish an adversary who intended to turn masked wrestling into a fad.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': The Fireside Girls (at least the troop led by Isabella) seem to have a painting of their founder but she was just sitting in front of a framed window.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', Malucia has a golden statue of herself, and puts a foam hand on it to cheer about her inevitable triumph.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Nathaniel Northwest founded the eponymous town, and Northwest family are celebrated by the town into the present day. [[spoiler:It turns out he never founded the town. He was given the title of founder by the US government to cover up the existence of Quentin Trembley]].
** In the final episode [[spoiler:Soos has made one of Stan for the Mystery Shack. Because it's so poorly made, kids run away screaming the second it's unveiled.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', when the moonbase is rebuilt at the end of ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', it includes an impressive statue of [[MyHeroZero Numbuh Zero]].
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', Donald makes a few changes to the House while Mickey is away temporarily. At one point, he removes a framed picture of Mickey labeled "Our Founder" and replaces it with a giant gold statue of himself reading "Our Leader".

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* Many universities in RealLife have Our Founder statues.
** Harvard famously has the Statue of Three Lies which reads: "John Harvard, Founder, 1638" (The statue is attributed to Harvard, but as there was no physical record of what he looked like it was instead based on a student, Sherman Hoar. Also, while Harvard certainly contributed heavily to the school with a large bequest and four hundred some odd books, it was actually founded two years beforehand, so if anything he's more like ''a'' founder than ''the'' founder).
** Averted with Texas A&M University. The statue that receives all the attention is Lawrence Sullivan Ross, the man attributed with ''saving'' the university.
** Averted with the University of Maryland. The [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Jim_Henson_Statue best-known statue on campus]] (apart from that of the mascot) is of [[Creator/JimHenson one of the school's most famous alumni]].
** Cornell University has one that is across a quad from a statue of the first president. A local legend says that if a virgin walks between them, the two statues will stand up, walk across the quad, and shake hands to congradulate each other on the university's chastity. They have yet to get out of their seats. That's a joke variant on the traditional story, which is that they shake at midnight on the anniversary of the university's founding (or sometimes some other significant date). Footprints are painted on the sidewalk between them.
** The founder of University College London, Jeremy Bentham, had his body ''mummified'' and donated to the school so they could save on the expense of a statue to commemorate him. The head is a waxwork as the mummification job left the original looking rather ghoulish and because [[WackyFratboyHijinks drunk students kept 'kidnapping' it]]. There used to be a tradition of wheeling it into faculty meetings and making a note on the minutes that Bentham attended [[CaptainObvious but didn't vote on any motions]].
* Many countries do this for national heroes; Dublin's O'Connell Street has statues of Daniel O'Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell at each end.
* Apparently every town and city in Britain was founded by either Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, or both.
* William Penn looks down on Philadelphia from an impressive statue atop City Hall, at the center of the city's skyline. A several-year run of failure for Philadelphia's sports teams was blamed on a new stadium cutting off Penn's view of the river; perhaps it's a coincidence that when a small figurine of Penn was put on top of the stadium, facing the river, Philadelphia's teams subsequently won several championships.
* [=McDonald's=] for years had brass plaques at the entrances with "Our Founder, Ray Kroc"; the [=McDonald=] brothers themselves getting short, if any mention. Wendy's does something similar with a photograph of their founder, Dave Thomas, in some promotional materials, as well as in framed posters all over any given Wendy's location.
* Somewhere in Apple, Inc. headquarters is a framed Apple I motherboard with the caption "OUR FOUNDER".
* Possibly the most infamous example, the statue of Saddam Hussein that was pushed over.
* These are ''everywhere'' in North Korea. What's more, they got so good at it they have a minor industry based around exporting such patriotic statues ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Renaissance_Monument Senegal took them up on one]]).
* Atatürk is all over Turkey, apparently not just the founder of the country but of just about every local establishment and tradition. He did change many things in Turkey mightily, among them constructing a modern, staunchly secular and Western-Oriented republic out of a recessive and staunchly Muslim VestigialEmpire, as well as introducing tea to a previously [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee crazy]] nation that had just lost its Arab possessions. One of the things that make current leader Erdogan controversial is his breaking with some traditions claimed to be based on Atatürk, such as blurring the line between Islam and national politics.
* UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi's face is the only Indian leader that adorns India's currency and notes, his birthday is also a National Holiday in India.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington provides the name of D.C.'s capital and has a rank of permanent superiority that can never be surpassed.
* The Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania has one of Milton Hershey in its rotunda.
* One can hardly go anywhere in Kingston, Ontario without being reminded that Sir John A. Macdonald (Canada's first Prime Minister) grew up there and got his political start there. Among other things, there's a Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, a restaurant called Sir John's Public House, Sir John A Macdonald Public School, a Sir John A Macdonald Hall at Queen's University, and a life-size statue of him in City Park.
* The largest statue of UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck is located near the Port of UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}. During the German Kaiserreich (1871-1918), which Bismarck helped found, Bismarck was very close to everywhere, especially after his death in 1898. Every major city has a street or square named for him and there are statues of him in many places as well. Even herring has been named for him, because he supposedly once said he liked its taste and German fishers were so grateful, they named one type of preparing it after him.
* Nicaragua was governed between 1979 and 1990 by a party called the "Sandinistas" named after Augusto C Sandino, who fought against an US occupation of his country in the 1930s and died at the hands of the dictator whose son the Sandinistas toppled four decades later. While in power the Sandinistas put Sandino on currency, their campaign material and countless tacky T-shirts. When they were voted out in 1990 they put a silhouette of him on top of one of the highest mountains in the capital, Managua, incidentally the site of the former presidential palace and not too far from where Sandino was assassinated. When the Sandinistas returned to power in 2006, the Sandino imagery came back, though much less pronounced. Only one banknote (and none of the coins) today has any relation to him, and it doesn't bear his image but rather a picture of the hut he was born in. Students still have to learn the details of his life, though.
* Much like Atatürk, Lenin used to be everywhere not just as the icon of Soviet Union, but also an icon of the socialist revolution worldwide. TheGreatPoliticsMessup caused a significant amount of these statues to be taken out as part of the [[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection Decommunization]] process in former Eastern-Block countries, however many still remain in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus where even some new ones have been erected.