->''"Rose tint my world. Keep me safe from my trouble and pain."''
-->-- "Rose Tint My World", ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''

The Romantic movement of the 19th century was a style of art that stirred the emotions, like sadness, joy and nostalgia. Later, some people used that style to depict things they favored in an idealized manner, even if such things were already seen as positive.

This trope can be applied to people, places, historical events, ideologies or anything else. Although only occasionally accurate to the facts, they can still make for great stories. If taken too far, though, they can make their subjects into {{Mary Sue}}s or {{Mary Suetopia}}s.

Note that this isn't about just trying to make something look good, or make it look exciting. It's about stirring the emotions, not just pumping the adrenaline.

May lead to ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything if part of the romanticizing requires the people to not do the evil parts of the job.

Compare TheThemeParkVersion, PoliticallyCorrectHistory, HistoricalHeroUpgrade, HistoricalVillainUpgrade.

Contrast {{Demonization}}.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' does this for UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, with the interesting workaround that it takes place in TheFuture where the protagonists must fight against hostile aliens, because no decent person could ever do a rose-tinted narative about the ''actual'' [[MoralEventHorizon WWII-era Japan]]. Co-creator Creator/LeijiMatsumoto is admittedly heavily influenced by the 19th century Romantic writers & artists.

* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', portraying William Wallace and the Scots as strong earthly [[NobleSavage noble]] types, and the English as monsters who all have perms.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' has often been accused of romanticizing the Mafia (not the violent parts, but other parts of the movies).
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'': the Spartans are [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade beatified]] as ultimate badasses and the Persians are [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade vilified]] as subhuman monsters, because the story is told by a Spartan as morale booster to his army. [[WordOfGod Word of]] [[Creator/FrankMiller God]] is that a lot of that is in-universe propaganda, due to the UnreliableNarrator. In other words, the rose tinting is happening ''in-universe''.

* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'': romanticizes the antebellum United States South. Due to [[EnforcedTrope many people in the South not being that far removed from the War or Reconstruction]]).
* Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', and, to an even greater extent, ''Adventures of Huck Finn'', are the work of an author trying to reconcile his nostalgia for the old South with his knowledge that slavery is bad.
%%* ''Literature/ARoseForEmily''
%%* In Creator/RudyardKipling's "Literature/TheThreeDecker",

%%* Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice were accused of doing this with ''Theatre/{{Evita}}''.

* Deconstructed in the infamous ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]]'' episode [[Recap/RenandStimpy2x07SonofStimpy Son of Stimpy]], as a means of indirectly criticizing Hollywood productions that creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi feels rely more on this trope (and others), and less on the actors' acting and the interactions of the characters. He intentionally wrote the episode the way he did in order to prove the point that it wasn't that difficult to stir the viewers' emotions by using certain theatrical and music tricks in a story[[note]]Or even an entire production as a whole.[[/note]] that (he feels) has no real substance.[[note]]"And [he] didn't have to [[Disney/{{Bambi}} shoot anyone's mother]], either." He also cites ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' as another film that he feels relies more on "fake pathos" and less on the interactions between the characters.[[/note]] The article in question has all of the "stinky" details.[[note]]i.e., to the point where "stinky" is...uh, an important plot point. Be warned, this episode really is that stupid. Again, however, this was intentional, so that he could prove the previously mentioned point.[[/note]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse: The New Adventures'', "Mouse from Another House"[[note]]Which gives this version of Mighty Mouse a Franchise/{{Superman}}-like [[OriginsEpisode origin]] [[SuperheroOrigin story]].[[/note]] was also meant to deconstruct this trope, but John (who had previously worked on this show) and others who were involved felt that it had been lost on the viewers, since the director [[PoesLaw misinterpreted the story as a straight pathos tale instead of a satire of one]], and played it as such..

%%[[folder:Real Life]]
%%* The documentary ''The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'' portrayed Hugo Chavez as a martyr during his near-ousting.