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->''"Lo, praise of the prowess of people-kings\\
of spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,\\
we have heard, and what honor the athelings won!"''
-->-- '''''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'''''

People ought to remember TheHero. His heroic deeds, particularly a HeroicSacrifice, should be commemorated in story, song, and art.

And what's more, they frequently do, and they frequently are.

Not always -- being forgotten is one threat of WhatYouAreInTheDark -- but often. Some, indeed, become a LivingLegend. The heroes can [[GlorySeeker encourage themselves with the thought of getting it]], they can inspire themselves with the examples they have heard of, [[HundredPercentHeroismRating they can actually receive it]], they can [[ThinkNothingOfIt be embarrassed]] [[HumbleHero by it]], or it can be a convenient source of [[AllMythsAreTrue legends to be true]].

May be regarded as DueToTheDead.

ShroudedInMyth can stem from FamedInStory, through GossipEvolution, but it can also be InfallibleBabble, and usually is unless we have direct access to the events being told. TheMagnificent results when the hero gets a byname describing his deed; BadassBoast, when he can reel it off himself.

Contrast TheGreatestStoryNeverTold and DudeWheresMyRespect. Indeed, this may lead up that, as the character learns that fame is fickle, or that the good opinion of people of good character is better than the opinions of the crowd.

Heroes in love with InHarmsWay often long for this as well. Conversely, heroes seeking out HomeSweetHome may dislike it and [[ThinkNothingOfIt actively avoid it]] because it interferes with getting and staying home.

Note that the CoolSword, CoolHorse, castles, battlefields, etc. can also be FamedInStory. It's a contributing factor to coolness. Such a weapon is a LegendaryWeapon.

SuperTrope of NewsTravelsFast. Related to PropagandaHero. Usually involves some form of CharacterShilling. See TheDreaded for the villainous equivalent. When this transpires between volumes 1 and 2, see LegendaryInTheSequel. See SmithOfTheYard for celebrity detectives.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Kenshiro never hesitates in saying he follows the path laid by those before him when about to instill an asskicking on someone. Specifically, Rei, Toki and Raoh will always be shown.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina is '''never''' forgotten by Simon, his friends or the remaining ''entire human race''.
* All of Ala Rubra in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', but especially Negi's father, Nagi Springfield. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v24/c214/4.html One of the background shots in the Ostia festival]] shows that there's at least one movie that details their exploits.
** Negi himself is getting to this point in the Magic World under the guise of "Nagi", because of his resemblance to his father, and because he goes and fights in a massive Tournament.
* The title character of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' had achieved this by the time of the ''A's'' to ''[=StrikerS=]'' [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]], with tales about her reaching legendary status, with all that it entails.
--> '''Subaru:''' [[ContinuityNod By the time she was nine years old, she was already AAA Rank and had solved an interdimensional crisis case. And she managed to stop a dangerous weapon said to be impossible to destroy!]] \\
'''Teana:''' [[CassandraTruth That just sounds like a rumor]]. What kind of [[ImprobableAge nine year old]] [[LampshadeHanging was she]]?
** To give you an idea: Nanoha Movies exist ''in-universe''. Unfortunately these are also TSAB propaganda, so certain characters don't get de-famed in story even if they really, really deserve it-- such as Admiral Graham and his involvement during Book of Darkness incident.
** Hayate Yagami is shown to be similarly famed as the "[[RedBaron Living Lost Logia]]" and the one who felled the [[LostSuperweapon Saint's]] [[CoolStarship Cradle]]. A group of {{Big Bad Wannabe}}s in ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' who were planning to escape from captivity was [[TerrorHero immediately disabused of all notions of it]] when they learned that ''she'' was their captor's commanding officer, and were surprised that the rookies holding them didn't know of her fame.
* [[PrivateDefective Kogoro Mouri]] of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has gotten the reputation of a GreatDetective after one season [[spoiler: on the strength of [[OlderThanTheyLook Conan]] [[TeenGenius Edogawa's]] behind-the-scenes work]] and is often recognized by face or name by those around him. Frequently, when Kogoro's name and/or vocation enters conversation, it will provoke reactions of shock in the (not-yet-known-to-be-a) murderer (and/or others with something to hide). Although Kogoro almost never notices, Conan usually does—and this is often his first clue that something is amiss.
* Lina Inverse goes beyond world-renowned in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''. In the anime she finds out several of the epithets people know her by, which she's none-too-pleased with as they make her sound more like a blood-crazed psychopath than a great and wise mistress of arcane forces (to be fair, they're more accurate than her own self-image). One that particularly irks her is "Dragon Spooker", because supposedly dragons will step aside and let her pass mid-rampage rather than risk dealing with her. Then, later, a dragon in the middle of a town-destroying rampage catches a glimpse of her face and tries to nonchalantly make an escape....
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Mary Magdalene (not the Biblical character, but an orphan named after her) is a PostHumousCharacter who is ''very'' well-known among the ChurchMilitant exorcists for her legendary holy powers and graceful demeanor, and is brought up enough that her name is practically an [[ArcWords Arc Word]].
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': The Straw Hat Pirates become increasingly famous as the story goes on, eventually hitting the point where the mere mention of their names strikes fear into most pirates, criminals, and citizens. Bounties serve the general story purpose of making sure that all of the setting's pirates are well-known.
** There's also Gold Roger who is well known as the "King of Pirates".
** Each of the Four Emperors are amongst the most famous pirates in the world (though Shanks and Whitebeard are the only ones who seem to have respect). The Shichibukai and Admirals are more in line with being TheDreaded, since while they're famous, not a single one is treated with admiration except Jinbe or Aokiji, who both eventually quit.
* In ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', this happens all the time. Any ninja famous enough to have a nickname is generally the subject of legend. Just remember how the First Hokage is worshipped as the God of Shinobi, or how the White Fang was said to be even more of a legend than the Sannin, who were the subjects of lore in their own right. And then I haven't even mentioned the Yellow Flash or Uchiha Madara yet. There's a whole list of (mostly dead) characters who have achieved a legendary status.
** Interestingly enough, Obito only remembered of the White Fang that he had died as a hero for the village; Clearly Konoha's Academy only teaches the parts of the legend it wants its [[DrivenToSuicide students to know about]]
* The ''Manga/FairyTail'' Guild in the country of Fiore. They pride themselves on being one of the most known guilds around.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', everyone in heaven knows of [[TheHero Judas]], even if they've never seen him. He needs no introduction whenever he meets someone new.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the [[BadassCrew Band of the Hawk]] became Midland's national heroes through their efforts in the One Hundred Years' War against the Tudor Empire. After their banishment and eventual [[spoiler: demise during the Eclipse, which was deemed as a mysterious disappearance by the populace]], the people never forgot their actions and only hoped for the Hawks to return to save their kingdom from a new threat.
* [[Anime/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]] is best remembered as Hitokiri Battousai, and the revelation of who he is enough to make a cold blooded killer break into sweat.
* From the very beginning, Franchise/SailorMoon is so popular with the public that throughout the series you can see plushies, figurines, and even costumes made in her likeness (along with the other Senshi). Her predecessor, [[Manga/CodenameSailorV Sailor V]], is even more legendary, being greatly admired as a heroine of justice; she is talked about frequently before she is formally introduced, and there was even an ''anime'' being made about her. When Sailor Venus finally joins the team, Sailor Moon is a full-blown FanGirl of V's.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The most famous captain of the current generation is Byakuya, even commoners in the Rukongai know who he is. Ginjou explains it's because his extremely high social rank combines with his extremely high military rank to make him far more well-known than any "normal" captain or high-ranking aristocrat would be by themselves. Byakuya himself once implies that this creates an enormous pressure on him to be the role-model that all Soul Society must look to.
** When Ichigo first arrives in Soul Society, he discovers that just mentioning he was trained by someone called Urahara sends shock-waves through his listeners. Not only was Urahara someone who was infamous for being an exiled captain (later proven to have been framed by Aizen), but his long conflict with Aizen and his status as the most intelligent person alive means that not only has everyone heard of him, but everyone relies on him - even the people who don't want anything to do with him need his help. He's even a legend among the [[PraetorianGuard Royal Guard]].
---> '''Urahara''': "Hello, everyone! Calling all Captains of the Gotei 13! And their respective Lieutenants, of course! This is Urahara Kisuke! Some of you may not have met me or be familiar with my name but I hope you'll forgive me if I skip the introductions..."
---> '''Shinji''': "Heh. As if anyone wouldn't know your name, dumbass!"
* In ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' Shiroe discovers that the Landers have kept chronicles on the Adventurers from when the world was a game and view their past raids as feats of heroism. Ri Gan and Kinjo both refer to Shiroe as "the Archmage of the Tea Party".
** Debauchery Tea Party as a whole was fairly famous within the gaming community, and among Landers, due to its achievements without ever becoming a formal guild. The guild leader William was a fanboy who resented them for disbanding before he had a chance to join.
* Mr. Satan from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Sure the audience knows he's a FakeUltimateHero who's lucky to survive the stuff he puts himself through, but the people of Earth he's their greatest champion and savior. They named a city after him, the entire World Martial Tournament centers around him to the point he can skip the elimination round, something no other champion before him could do, and gets military support with just asking. His fame does comes in handy during the final story arc.
* The Franchise/{{Gundam}} franchise, thanks to the large number of works and sidestories, have quite a few examples of this trope. Among the first being Amuro Ray in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', which is also deconstructed given that his fame as a war hero and Newtype (thanks to the events of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'') also makes him a danger to TheFederation, leading to him in a GildedCage.
* In Anime/LoveLiveSunshine, μ's and A-Rise are considered two of, if not ''the'' most legendary school idol groups. There is no school idol group that has not heard about either of them.
* Many heroes in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' are famous to varying degrees but All Might is the most famous. And Midoriya's 1-A Class becomes well known after they successfully repelled a villain ambush during one of their classes, leading the media and the public to pay more attention to them during the Sports Festival.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', [[TheHero Yugi Muto]] becomes world-famous as the "King of Games" after winning the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments, and before that has already made a name for himself by being the first duelist to defeat [[TheRival Seto Kaiba]]. When the KC Grand Championship comes around, he's quite embarrassed at the size of his fanbase.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/{{Schippeitaro}}'', the young man will adventure until he gets this.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Clan Gully after they saved [[spoiler: Baron Beltorey]] in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire''. He is an influential person.
-->'''Beltorey''': This incident is going to spread like wildfire, and whether for better or worse, this small [[note]] The official number then[[/note]] eight-person clan is now officially on the map.
* ''FanFic/DigimonTrinity'': The original Digidestined[[note]] Tai, Sora, Matt, Mimi, TK, Izzy, Joe, Kari, Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken[[/note]] are noted to be as such from the first chapter.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''{{FanFic/Gemini}},'' the [[InvertedTrope inversion]] is PlayedForDrama. One of the things that worries VillainProtagonist Captain June Harper at the beginning of the story is the fact that the people holding her ''haven’t'' heard of the Time Agency despite their base being built so close to a Time Rift
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Apple Bloom became this in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] by working for years to free [[VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks Sunnytown]] from their curse and ''succeeding'' (it helped Discord cursed her the same way, [[spoiler:though Applejack [[MercyKill broke the curse after she succeeded by her request]]]]). For this act, she's remembered as Saint Applebloom of Sunnytown, especially by her descendants. [[spoiler:Applejack recently gave her another boost of fame for revealing her spirit helped free her from Discord's control.]]
* [[Fanfic/{{ANewChanceSeries}} A New Chance Series]]: After gaining [[OlympusMons Latios and Latias]] as Pokemon and using the former in the Johto Silver Conference, Ash gains the fame, fans ([[FanBoy especially Max]]) and recognition he failed to achieve in canon, with rivals and enemies alike knowing him as the kid with the Latios.
* ''Fanfic/TheTwilightChild'': Happens when the Mane Six travel to Canterlot for the Hearth's Warming play. An angry stage director confronts them when they arrive, but quickly changes tack when he realises who they are, or who Fluttershy and Rarity are, at least. He then allows them full reign in "his" theatre. [[DramaQueen Rarity]] takes [[TyrantTakesTheHelm full advantage of this]].
* After winging both Karasuba and Akitsu in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11121640/5/Birds-of-a-Feather Birds of a Feather]]'', Minato gains a reputation as the Demon Tamer Ashikabi who "battled Karasuba across the city for three days and three nights before emerging victorious and taking her as his woman".
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': The Straw Hats were infamous already in canon, but thanks to [[spoiler:the SBS]], their public connection is a lot more personal and in-depth.
* ''Fanfic/TheLoneTraveler'': The eponymous traveler moves around the multiverse, to various different universes at different times. Du to the time travel component, he finds out about his legend ''long'' before he has personally done many of the things that earned it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', the Furious Five are legendary kung fu masters famed across China. At the end of the film, the title character himself becomes a legend as the Dragon Warrior.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMusicOfTheVampire'': Scooby and the gang. [[spoiler:After getting caught, the villain explains that he lured them into the town because scaring people with their reputations would have increased the popularity he hoped to obtain with his hoax.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'':
-->'''Norrington:''' You are without a doubt the ''worst'' pirate I have ever heard of.\\
'''Jack Sparrow:''' But you ''have'' heard of me.
* The ''Film/MysteryTeam'' was once a well-respected and popular part of their town.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman [[spoiler:takes the blame for Harvey Dent's murders]], and is subsequently hated by the people of Gotham. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', he gets his good name cleared, and in the end [[spoiler:a statue of him is erected]].
* [[spoiler:Captain Dax]], at the end of ''Film/StarshipTroopers2HeroOfTheFederation''. Played for irony, as [[TheEmpire the Federation]] trumpets him as the champion of the very ideals he was shown to be very cynical towards in life.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' touches on how the main characters have become famous or infamous due to their exploits in their previous movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. For instance, Tony Stark refers to [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]] as "a living legend who kind of lives up to his legend."
* Robin and the Merry Men are this by the end of ''Film/RobinHood1991''.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': Yogurt!
--> '''Yogurt:''' ''(In Mel Brooks' best [[AlterKocker Yiddish accent]])'' You heard of me?
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen becomes one of the biggest celebrities in Panem.
* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': It ''is'' the Wild West. Still, Sonny can recognize many of the townsfolk from dime novels he's read about them.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', both Comicbook/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Batman}} are famous superheroes, and much discussed. Indeed, one of main themes of the film is the public's perception of the two, and their perception of each other, compared to the truth of who they really are as people. This means that they're also ''infamous'' in story, as well - Superman's methods and motives are continually questioned, and Batman is a figure of mystery and [[HorrifyingHero terror]]. By the end of the film, and in ''Film/SuicideSquad'', public opinion is firmly on Superman's side, after [[spoiler: he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] his life to stop Doomsday]].
* The main premise of ''Film/MyNameIsNobody'', where Beauregard is the most famous gunslinger of the West. This is actually a nuisance for the hero, as he constantly has to be cautious and sort some other people's problems out. In the end, he even fakes his own death just to retire.

* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', they hear the tales of Beren and Lúthien at Rivendell. Frodo and Sam discuss, on the way, whether they would get such a story, and they are deeply moved when they are rescued from Mount Doom and actually get to hear "Nine-fingered Frodo and the Ring of Doom".
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Red Fury'', Rafen looks at the carvings about the tomb, recounting the deeds of a Blood Angel who had actually entombed Sanguinius's body; it inspires him to carry on. Later, Turkio considers how he, a mere line-brother, will not be remembered in stories, but still carries on.
* In Lee Lightner's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolf's Honour'', the skald, Morgrim, attends all that happens to recount it in song. When Mikal realizes he overheard him [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious talking to his unconscious superior]], he angrily demands to know how Morgrim will tell it; Morgrim declares that he will say that a hero paid his respect to his lord before battle, and Mikal refuses to believe it, thinking Morgrim will remember him as a failure. Morgrim assures him that his lord had felt the same way on many an occasion.
* Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain[[note]]HERO OF THE IMPERIUM![[/note]] finds his story being told (inaccurately) all over the place.
%%* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the heroes' motivation is that their attack on the gods will be ''remembered''; they even drag along a minstrel to be sure of it. [[spoiler:And in the end, the minstrel gets them to save the gods by pointing out if they destroy the gods -- and the world -- no-one will be around to remember. And then he recounts the story in heavy metal.]]
** [[PosthumousCharacter Dave Likely]] is known throughout the city in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''. [[spoiler:Though at the end, the Game disowns fame for how you play]].
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/HorusHeresy'' books, the Legions are accompanied by remembrancers to ensure this. [[spoiler: Well, until Horus massacres them.]]
* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/DeadBeat'', Luccio gives this as a reason [[spoiler:to insist on Harry's becoming a warden]]; he's fought more evils than many wizards much older than him, and it's known. In later books, Harry notes that he thinks of it as part ShroudedInMyth, because he remembers how close some of the things were. He doesn't seem to realise that ''only just'' raising a zombie Tyrannosaurus Rex is still a nigh-on Godly feat.
** Harry is also TheDreaded to various supernatural baddies. At one point a Red Court Vampire [[spoiler: who also happens to be one of the Court's most deadly and skilled assassins]] turns and runs screaming at the sight of Harry.
*** Harry manages to go from a relative unknown in the first book to being recognized on sight by more and more people after only a few books. It helps that there's generally a gap of about 6 months to a year between each book, which is plenty of time for word to spread. And with the series on 15 books and counting, the gaps between books really start adding up.
* [[DeathSeeker Gotrek]] brings [[BadassBookworm Felix]] along in [[Literature/GotrekAndFelix the stories that bear their names]] so that his final end might be memorialized in song.
** Felix frequently [[LampshadeHanging wonders]] [[FridgeLogic how, exactly, he is supposed to survive something that can kill]] [[{{Determinator}} Gotrek]], [[AnAxeToGrind the]] [[OneManArmy nastiest]] [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarf]] [[UpToEleven alive]].
** As of ''Manslayer'', we know that Felix's brother Otto has been publishing the journals he sent home for safekeeping (to act as notes for the eventual epic). And they have proven to be popular, if taken for fiction in some quarters, and disliked by those "slandered" by their portrayal.
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Endless Blue'', Hardin tells Mikhail that immortality is when people know your name millennia after your death. [[spoiler:Mikhail later threatens to eradicate all record of him if he does something.]]
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', the heroes exploit this: although they were careful to never mention the thief or what he stole [[SpeakOfTheDevil by name]] for a time, they get all the minstrels to start telling certain stories. This creates such a clamor that the bad guy can't pick them out of the crowd.
* A major theme of Creator/BenCounter's ''Daemon World''. The narrator recounts legends rather than tell the straight story of anything. (Partly because that way contradictions can be introduced.)
* In Henry Zhou's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''The Emperor's Mercy'', Imperial Guardsmen are surrounded by Chaos forces and [[LastStand are fighting on]], despite dying of hunger and disease. Roth tells Celemine that they had no choice but to stay with them. The commander hears and instantly wants to fight a last charge: they can get them to their ship and [[YouShallNotPass hold off the enemy]] -- and that way, they can be remembered. (They are. In fact, their eighteen minutes defense of the ship is immortalized in a mural ''on Terra''.)
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]'' starts with the teen protagonist Kerowyn going on a rescue mission alone to save her brother's fiancee. By mid-book "Kerowyn's Ride" has become a popular song. Three-quarters of the way through everyone she meets seems to know it... and half of them cannot sing.
** Kero gets off lucky compared to Kethry (her grandmother) and Tarma (her teacher). They had to deal with several, many of which were composed and consciously embellished (motivated by mere money? nonsense!) by one particularly irritating minstrel with a fixation on the latter.
* ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has several references to the pulpy, facts-optional dramas created around Luke Skywalker, one of which is plot-important. Luke does not appreciate these and the impressions that they give about him.
* In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wedge Antilles and Red Flight are sent to Adumar purely because they're famous pilots. In this case, at least, the pilot-happy culture did know what they'd actually done.
** Played for laughs in another ''X-Wing'' novel. Mirax Terrik takes advantage of her father, Booster Terrik's, fame as a smuggler on several occasions to force merchants to either play fair with the Rogues, or to even get them a discount. Then Corran tries to pull it ''himself'' when a buyer tries to outbid them while out shopping for parts with Mirax, only for Mirax to sheepishly interject to warn him the man they're bidding against ''is'' her father.
* Professor [=McGonagall=] rightly predicted that Literature/HarryPotter would "be famous. I wouldn't be surprised if today was named Harry Potter Day. There won't be a child in our world who doesn't know his name."
** Fulfilled (beyond RealLife) at the end of the saga, since Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard talks about "the seven volumes on the life of Literature/HarryPotter", hinting that they may have been published for real in the book's universe.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', ''The Phoenix Exultant'', and ''The Golden Transcedence'', "Deeds of renown without peer" are Phaethon's great desire, and ArcWords.
* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'': [[OurElvesAreBetter Zal]] is a [[ElvishPresley rock star]]. He's also known for trying to bring together the elves and the demons, but for those who know it's more Infamous In Story.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' story "In Remembrance", after taking Thuro out on a patrol rather farther than they should have, the Ghosts make much of his recognizing an ambush and fixing a flamer on the field. Thuro then goes on to commemorate them in a statue; the story is framed as an interview about that, his most famous work.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair novel ''Against All Enemies'', Paul Sinclair is told that his superior officer is intimidated by him, owing to his reputation for IncorruptiblePurePureness.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Fugitives of Chaos]]'', Grendel talks of how Hesiod wrote of his mother and is not surprised that Amelia is shy about meeting her, her being famous and all.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'', the stories of the main characters (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella) are as well known in their world as they are in ours. Played with as the versions of the story that are most well known are the LighterAndSofter Disney versions while what really happened is closer to the DarkerAndEdgier Grimm Brothers versions.
* Patrick [=McLanahan=] from Creator/DaleBrown books experiences both this and TheGreatestStoryNeverTold. While he is recognised as a hero for such events as the counterattack against the [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain American Holocaust]], there are also many of his world-saving missions that the public will never know about until he's dead if not years after due to being black ops.
* In Creator/ConnieWillis's ''Literature/AllClear'', the men working at making Hitler think that Calais is the attack point are given instructions after D-Day after the observation that the rest of the army will get credit; they will be covered up.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/RedNails", Valeria "of the Red Brotherhood, whose deeds are celebrated in song and ballad wherever seafarers gather." Also, Conan himself is hardly immune to this.
** The very first Conan story written, "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword," opens with an epigraph from an in-universe historical text called The Nemedian Chronicles, which reads in part, "Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."
** In ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', he makes good use of his reputation from his days as a corsair.
* Creator/DavidGemmell's heroes usually become famous when songs are written about their deeds. Druss, Waylander, the Earl of Bronze and the Thirteen are remembered long after they are dead.
** Ulric's big regret about Druss's death is that he will be cast as the villain of the stories that will be written about the siege. He did not know that his champion put poison on his sword and would have never allowed it but history will not remember it that way.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'' is explicitly described as being about him when he was young and not famed in story; in it, a friend declares he will make a song so his deeds will be rememember, but either he didn't or the song was lost. However, by ''Literature/TheFarthestShore'', Ged is indeed famed.
* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/TheEyreAffair'', Achron's motive.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** "The Rains of Castamere"
** "A one-armed smith killed the king of giants? There will be songs written about this!"
** Jamie "The Kingslayer" Lannister is (in)famous throughout Westeros for killing Aerys [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Mad King"]] Targaryen, for being incredibly good-looking, and for being the best swordsman in the kingdom. He finds it rather annoying.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Aldrick ex Gladius often serves as TheDragon for whichever character is currently in control, and not as a clear antagonist on his own, but he is legendary throughout Alera for his famed skill with the sword. His duel with Araris Valerian, also legendary because of his skill, is still being talked about ''fifteen years later''.
* ''Literature/TheWarGods'': Much to his embarrassment, Prince Bahzell has his own ballad (''The Lay of Bahzell Bloody-Hand'') constantly added to by his "bard" friend Brandark. Unfortunately for Bahzell, Brandark set it to the tune of a popular drinking song, and NewsTravelsFast.
* Virtually all of Creator/SimonRGreen's heroes become this.
* Katniss, Peeta and any other tribute [[spoiler:who won their Game and thus survived]] due to the very nature of "''Literature/TheHungerGames''". Just like with reality show contestants in real life...
* In Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' novel ''The Mark of Athena'', Annabeth is surprised to find, among tapestries depicting other famous events, the time she and Percy were kissing under a river.
* Mary "Jackie" Faber, aka ''Literature/BloodyJack'': the common seamen of the Royal Navy call her "Puss-in-Boots", consider her a good luck charm, and practically worship the deck she walks on. Her fame becomes even more widespread once her friend Amy starts publishing her adventures.
* In ''Literature/TheOrphansTales'' Zmeya's tragic story is so popular people go mad from love for her, or like [[spoiler: Oubliette]] try to follow her to the land of death.
* In ''Literature/SpheresOfInfluence'': Ariane proves to be this after her actions in ''Grand Central Arena'', when she meets her first fan in the Arena, asking for her autograph.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', Sigfried Smith is a celebrity at the age of fourteen for having killed a dragon. He also saved Roanoke Campus from a flying, flaming skunk.
* After Arrow-Odd of ''Literature/TheSagaOfArrowOdd'' has returned from his very first raiding expedition that took him to Bjarmaland, almost everyone to whom he introduces himself asks in response, "Are you the Odd that went to Bjarmaland?"
* According to the beginning of ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'', Twilight has become famous around Equestria.
* Arthur Schoenberg from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', "one of the greatest Strigoi killers in living guardian history". He appears only briefly as a corpse, but he is the most famous guardian to appear in-universe. His exploits are covered in schoolbooks at the Academy.
* ''{{Literature/Sharpe}}'': Sharpe and Harper go undercover to investigate corruption in their regiment by enlisting as rankers, and are regaled by the recruiting sergeant with stories about how every enlisted man in the South Essex can be a succesful badass like his best friends Major Richard Sharpe and RSM Patrick Harper, whom he taught everything they know...
* In ''Literature/SonOfTheBlackSword'' by Creator/LarryCorreia, the hero is known as "Black Hearted Ashok" after twenty years service to the Protectors. [[DeTerminator He's earned it.]]
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' there is Kallor, who, Way, way back was the High King of [[spoiler: Jacuruku]] and his actions made him infamous enough to lure three gods to curse him. He is widely known as "The High King".
* Firestar in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Even before he became a Clan leader, he was well-known among the Clans for his heroic, if sometimes mouse-brained, deeds. After becoming [=ThunderClan=]'s leader, he is regarded as one of the greatest cats the forest has ever seen, and even after [[spoiler:his death]] all five Clans tell stories about him. In ''Shattered Sky'', [[spoiler:[=SkyClan=]]] trusts Twigpaw immediately once she tells them that she was from the Clan that Firestar had led before she was born.
* David Charleston of ''TheReckonersTrilogy'' achieves this after the first book due to his pivotal role in the assassination of a notorious superhuman tyrant. The [[CapeBusters Reckoners]] as an organization seem to have some in-universe notoriety independently of David, although most individual members are anonymous.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* As shown in semi-fictional form in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', Ronald Speirs used his reputation as a cold-blooded killer to his advantage. This was explicitly pointed out by Speirs to Lipton. In both the show and in real life, no-one is quite sure if he really was that much a stone-cold killer. On the other hand, given the stuff he is actually known to have done (his CrowningMomentOfAwesome being his run straight through a German occupied village... and then ''back'') his rep really didn't need extra padding.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tywin Lannister's destruction of House Reyne inspired the song "The Rains of Castamere," which serves as the Lannister theme.
** Lord Eddard Stark is renowned across Westeros as one of the leaders of Robert's Rebellion who deposed a psychotic King.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Hiro [[ButNowIMustGo has to leave Yaeko and return to the present]], she promises to tell people everywhere of his brave acts as Kensei so that the little boy Hiro will have lots of fantastic bedtime stories.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Forest of the Dead", the Tenth Doctor is trying to rescue some humans who are stuck in a library being claimed by a colony of aliens. They don't care about the humans, and are going to kill them just to get them out of the way. The Doctor tells them "I'm the Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the Universe. Look me up." They back off immediately.
** This trope backfires SPECTACULARLY on the Doctor during series 5 and 6. As a result of throwing his weight around, the Doctor has become FamedInStory as a TechnicalPacifist OneManArmy who survived the Time War by [[OmnicidalManiac wiping out his own people along with the other guys]] and generally seems to like playing God with the universe while [[CloudCuckoolander being somewhat/completely bonkers]] -- and the bad guys respond by not waiting around for the Doctor to "fall from the sky and tear down [their] world" and taking the fight to him instead, putting the Doctor's closest friends (and sometimes the whole rest of the universe) in the crosshairs as well. In the end, [[spoiler:the Doctor has to fake his own death and go back to being anonymous in order to continue operating]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s Klingons love immortalizing their great heroes in song; for example, Kahless. Klingons being [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingons]], they tend to shout "This day will be remembered in song!" at the drop of a hat. One gets the impression that they probably say it after a particularly good meal.
** The crew of ''Voyager'' gains quite the reputation in the Delta Quadrant. Admittedly, it's not all roses; one planet had a museum exhibit in which the ''Voyager'' crew were a bunch of sadistic Nazis.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Sisko, being a key commander in the war (and long before that an anticipated one), gets some of this, and is explicitly described as a public figure by his journalist son. His psycho-graphic profile becomes required reading among the Vorta. Later a Romulan senator meets Sisko and after listing off some of his accomplishments, vaguely insinuates he's unimpressed.
** Picard seems to be seen as somewhat of a hero on Earth for saving them from the Borg.
** After his house is dishonored, most Klingons Worf meets know exactly who he is.
** Archer and to a lesser extent his senior crew probably also qualify, as they seemed to get some public attention after starting their historic mission, and later prevented the destruction of the Earth.
* Moya's crew in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has built up quite a few impressive exploits as a result of being chased all over the galaxy by bad guys. As a result, word has gotten around, though the stories are a bit... exaggerated, in some respects.
** First, in "Suns and Lovers":
-->'''Borlik:''' You know, I heard he destroyed a Peacekeeper Gammak Base, murdered an entire Nebari battalion, even laid waste to a Shadow Depository. The guy was a devil: he raped and pillaged, he popped eyeballs--\\
'''Crichton''': Whoa-whoa! Where do they get these stories? Let's set the facts straight. First off, there was no raping, very little pillaging, and Frau Blucher popped all the eyeballs.
** And again in "Scratch and Sniff":
-->'''Raxil:''' Two guns? I mean... I thought you were the Great Crichton & D'Argo! I mean... you blew up a shadow depository! I thought you'd bring pelshfer charges! And a plasma bomb! And a really big gunship! BUT NO! YOU BRING NOTHING! YOU BRING TWO LITTLE WEAPONS THAT WOULDN'T KILL A NIKNIK!\\
'''D'Argo:''' ''(hesitantly)'' You... have heard of us?\\
'''Raxil:''' Yeah. I've heard stories. But obviously they aren't worth a bucket of dren!
* By the end of the series, ''Series/StargateSG1'' has made the entirety of Earth's forces both famed and feared throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.
** A few specific examples:
*** In "The Warrior", a newly-introduced Jaffa greets SG-1 with "I honor he who would kill his god. And to his brethren of the Tau'ri: slayers of Ra, Hathor, Setesh, Heru'ur, Sokar, Cronus, and Apophis."
*** Though their reputation is somewhat exaggerated in that case. It was ''Apophis'' who did away with Heru-ur, the Tok'ra who got rid of Sokar, and the Replicators who ultimately crippled Apophis' ship to the point of smashing into that planet (though it was the infamous RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun moment in the ''previous'' episode that got SG-1 and Apophis out in Replicator territory in the first place, so they had a hand, in a roundabout way.)
*** The Goa'uld Nerus arranges to end up at Stargate Command under the pretense of helping them defeat the Ori (he's actually TheMole.) His introductory scene finds him extremely disappointed at the personnel changes in SG-1 as he was really looking forward to meeting O'Neill and Colonel Carter.
*** When SG1 gets captured in "Off the Grid", the bad guy (a small-time player in the Lucian Alliance) knows exactly who they are.
** Same thing happens in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Word spreads pretty quickly around the Pegasus Galaxy about the people living in Atlantis and battling the Wraith (and later, the Replicators.)
*** Of course, word also spreads about how many of these crises they were responsible for in the ''first'' place. They are the kings of NiceJobBreakingItHero, to the point that the Pegasus Galaxy would be a ''lot'' safer if the Atlantis crew had never shown up.
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'' has a subversion. An opposing lawyer fully expects Harvey to know him by reputation even though he usually practices in another city. However, Harvey never actually heard of him. Turns out the guy is so good that none of Harvey's lawyer friends and colleagues are willing to talk about the brutal trouncing he gave them in the courtroom.
* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', Duncan [=MacLeod=] is a legend in his home village of Glen Finnan. "He came back from the grave, took up his father's sword and slew the Viking". Duncan has to do it all over again, though, because when he killed Kanwulf the first time, he was a newborn immortal and didn't know he had to take his opponent's head.
** Naturally, there are a ton of stories floating around about Methos, which enables the fake Methos in "The Messenger" to do his thing.
* Played with in ''Series/AgentCarter'' - Agent Carter's name is well-known amongst Americans due to her involvement in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', but her exploits are not. Instead, she's portrayed in radio dramas exclusively as Captain America's frequently-captured DamselInDistress.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester apparently has something of a MemeticBadass status among evil creatures.
-->'''Cain''': Dean Winchester is asking for help? That's not the man I read about on demon bathroom walls.
** His brother Sam is such a legend in the supernatural world that Death, who is typically indifferent towards everything, considers it an ''honour'' to [[spoiler:reap his soul.]]
** Played with with Castiel. Every angel in Heaven seems to know who he is, but they tend to mostly remember the ''bad'' parts of his legacy. Even those who sympathize with him, like Samandriel, tend to just say things like "he was always trying to do the right thing" rather than thinking of him as an actual hero.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy is described by Dracula as "world-famous".
* ''Series/Babylon5'': Before taking command of B5, John Sheridan is already famed not only as the only Earthforce commander to destroy a Minbari capital ship (and live to tell the tale) during the Earth/Minbari war, but the only Earthforce commander to survive an engagement with the Minbari ''period''. The Minbari see him as their RedBaron, "Starkiller," for the exact same reasons.
** Sheridan, and those around him, become so famous that they're still talked about a thousand years in the future. [[spoiler: And even a million years in the future, they're still remembered.]]

* By season 11 of Machinima/RedVsBlue, the Blood Gulch Crew's exploits have become well-known enough for a band of rebels to look up to them for inspiration and leadership.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare warns about this in "Sonnet 25":
-->''The painful warrior famoused for fight,\\
After a thousand victories once foiled,\\
Is from the book of honour razed quite,\\
And all the rest forgot for which he toiled:''
* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson's "TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade":
-->"When can their glory fade?\\
O the wild charge they made!"

* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' Aleksandr Kerensky is well revered by everyone in the Inner Sphere, and the Clans view him as a MessianicArchetype. Jerome Blake is also revered as this by [=ComStar=] and the Word of Blake.

* In ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', the offer of the GoYeHeroesGoAndDie song:
-->''Go, ye heroes, go to glory —\\
Though ye die in combat gory,\\
Ye shall live in song and story! ''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', stand-outs of Frank West and Chuck Greene from the previous games can be seen in Los Perdido's museum exhibit on the history of zombies.
* Practically every Grey Warden who kill an Archdemon, ending a Blight in the process in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. In a example, the grey warden Garahel, who ends the Fourth Blight; is still considered a renowned great hero 400 years after his death, EVEN with the fact that he is an elf, a race victim of FantasticRacism.
* This is one of the defining features of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Since it takes place over several years, your exploits are talked about quite frequently.
* This is true of [[Frachise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] in most incarnations where he can talk to people, but especially so in the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG R]][[VideoGame/PaperMario P]][[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi G]]s.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. [[spoiler: In the end, protagonist Eddie Riggs doesn't get fame, glory or even credit for the things he did. He wouldn't have it any other way.]]
** But it's also played totally straight with [[spoiler:his father]].
* If [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] had chosen to save the council in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', there will be an advertisement for a movie of his/her heroics in the Battle of the Citadel in the sequel.
** Though this is also subverted, as some of Shepard's greatest achievements, [[spoiler: namely his/her victory over the Collectors and [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]]]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold is unknown to everyone]], though Shepard is still well known and respected/feared by everyone anyway, as they are still acknowledged as a humongously huge badass.
** By the time ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' comes around, Shepard's reputation is so great that his/her commanding officers willingly stand aside and allow him/her to make the decisions in the greatest war humanity has ever been involved in. They outright state that Shepard is the only hope the galaxy has.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', bards will sing about your exploits ''to you'', and if you are [[KarmaMeter notorious]], wanted posters with your name and (obscured) face start appearing, while town yellers will start denouncing you. During multiplayer, you can sometimes hear the town yellers mentioning your single-player character.
** During the last Lair of Romulus in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' (Basilica di San Pietro), while you're trailing the target cardinal, a group of other cardinals can be overheard discussing you:
-->'''Cardinal #1:''' His name is Ezio Auditore.
-->'''Cardinal #2:''' Who?
-->'''Cardinal #1:''' The Assassin. Killed the Banker. They say he walks the halls of ''il Vaticano'' ("the Vatican"), with no one able to stop him.
** By [[WesternAnimation/AssassinsCreedEmbers 1524]], legends about Ezio's skills have spread as far as China.
* In some of the ''{{VideoGame/Avernum}}'' games your characters' fame plays a role in how well you're treated. After the first game, you sometimes hear mentions of the "Great Heroes" of the previous game.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', many if not most members of LaResistance know of you and your exploits.
** Especially the Vortigaunts, who consider Gordon Freeman to be their own personal Moses and call him "the Free Man."
* Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is this in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. Many of his fellow soldiers are well aware of his abilities, senior officers are willing to take risks based on his assessment, and he does get remembered as the saviour of humanity in the ads leading up to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Even the Covenant are also aware of him, as "the demon" that destroyed one of their holy relics.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', this gets bumped up even more: the Master Chief is a freaking legend, to the point that a superior officer who ''disagrees'' with him and [[spoiler: orders his arrest for disobeying a direct order and committing an act of mutiny and desertion, all legally justified, is later removed by Command]]. Plus everyone in the ''Infinity'' chooses to help Master Chief rather than follow said captain's orders.
** In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', Buck points out to Locke that if they succeed in arresting John and the rest of Blue Team--again, for legitimate reasons because Blue Team has disobeyed orders and gone AWOL--Fireteam Osiris is going to be hated by everyone in the UNSC, including the other Spartans.
* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', in contrast to other Links in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' who are obscure both during and after the events of those games. A century before the main plot, he became famous across Hyrule as the Hylian Champion upon obtaining the [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Master Sword]]. When he emerges from the [[HealingVat Shrine of Resurrection]] a century later AfterTheEnd, he's still famous as the man who fell in battle against the forces of Calamity Ganon, with some characters figuring out who he is based on him carrying the Sheikah Slate and the Master Sword.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''. Many characters know of Samus Aran's exploits. In ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Prime 3]]'', many Federation soldiers are starstruck when you talk to them. And that's not even getting into the Space Pirates' [[TheDreaded immense fear of her]].
* In the ''Videogame/MegaManZero'' series, Zero is well-known as a Maverick Hunter even a hundred years after he went missing, and the reactions of who he meets differ depend on which side of the war they're on, with the Resistance and Ciel viewing him as their resurrected savior, and Neo Arcadia viewing him as a FallenHero who now works for terrorists.
* Franchise/ProfessorLayton, even though he is ''[[OverlyLongGag no]]'' detective.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Get enough status with the NCR, and they'll laud your awesomeness whenever you show up. Many other factions do the same. Quite a few other people recognize your sheer badassery; after freeing Raoul (requiring you to cut a swath through a dozen supermutants) he says "When a supermutant tells you to do something, you do it. Well, maybe ''you'' don't..."
** The Vault Dweller from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' is not only the creator of the entire tribe of Arroyo in the sequel, and thus obviously important to them, but they're hailed as a hero in NCR as well due to saving them from raiders back when they were still the humble town of Shady Sands (even if they don't even remember what gender the Vault Dweller was.)
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers'', as you progress through the tournaments and the various areas, your player character slowly becomes famous. Many of the generic {{Non Player Character}}s you meet in later levels already recognize you, and many are excited to race against you. Eventually, the two snooty fangirls for [[MrFanservice Santos and Reinhart]] even switch over to becoming fans of ''you,'' and act as if they were really rooting for ''you'' all along.
* Garret of ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' doesn't often get recognized on sight (he's a thief after all, if he's doing his job properly, people won't know what he looks like), but his name certainly becomes more and more well known as the series goes on. By the second game, he's on the City Watch's most wanted list, and by the third he is ShroudedInMyth and considered able to steal just about anything, from anyone.
* You get more and more famous as you progress through any Franchise/TheElderScrolls game. You get songs written about you and everything.
* In the early acts of VideoGame/TitanQuest, various storytellers and poets will tell you stories from Greek, Egyptian and Chinese mythology. By the time you get to Act V, they're telling stories about you.
* A codec conversation with Kevin in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' R04 reveals that Sundowner used to have quite the reputation in his pre-cyborg soldier days.
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'', by the time of the sixth quest zone (which takes place several months from the beginning), people start talking about the dragon-rider as if he/she is a hero on par with the mythic figures from the age of legends. By the ninth quest zone, the dragons are referring to him/her with curses and have made killing the dragon-rider their top priority. The dragon-rider can't escape this trope even after being teleported to the other side of the continent. He/she almost immediately becomes TheChosenOne destined to free a SlaveRace.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': [[{{Eagleland}} Terry]] [[GratuitousEnglish Bogard]] became famous, after defeating Geese Howard at the conclusion of the original game. Afterward, his fame continued to spread by facing-off against subsequently tougher opponents, like [[NobleDemon Wolfgang]] [[BloodKnight Krauser]], and Kain, which has made him a LivingLegend. Terry is even referred to as both [[RedBaron "The Legendary Lone Wolf"]] and [[BloodKnight "The Hungry Wolf, Bogard".]]
* ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'': As is the case with Terry, [[HeirToTheDojo Ryo Sakazaki]] and [[SharpDressedMan Robert Garcia]] are also reknowned for their fighting ability and their achievements.
** According to canon, Ryo became the champion of the first official ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' tournament by defeating Geese. Which took place over a decade before Geese's fated match with Terry. Because of his prowess, he has earned the title "Mouteki no Ryu" ([[MeaningfulName "The Invincible Dragon"]]) and has gone on to become legend.
** Robert is credited for defeating [[TheDragon Mr. Big]], who's known to be one of the most feared and powerful crimelords in South Town, to help save Ryo's sister, [[LoveInterest Yuri.]] In addition, he's recognized as Ryo's equal in prowess and stature and is famed as the first known foreign practictioner of Kyokugenryu Karate, and as the first foreigner to ever master the discipline. Robert has also been acknowledged as a "natural genius" [[DefeatMeansRespect by friend and foe alike]], which has earned him the title of "Saikyo no Tora" - [[MeaningfulName "The Mightiest Tiger".]]
* Several characters in ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'' are as famous as they are in the real world.
** Heroes like Goku, Mario and Sonic are widely respected and admired.
** Autolycus still retains his title as the "king of thieves" and is considered the greatest thief in Rakenzarn.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Unlike previous ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' heroes, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts become famed all across Japan for their heists, even if their true identities remain unknown to most people. [[spoiler:During the field trip to Hawaii, they find out that even the Americans have heard of them.]]
* The player character in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have been steadily gaining fame throughout the expansions. From their adventures in ''Burning Crusade'', fighting the Scourge in ''Wrath Of the Lich King'' and facing Deathwing in ''Cataclysm''. By ''Warlords Of Draenor'' the Alliance/Horde give them command of their own fortress and garrison. With them being considered one of the most powerful people in the world in ''Legion'', and recognized as one of if not the best member of their class(in story) in the world. Becoming leader of their own order.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' are perhaps the first games in the franchise to avert DudeWheresMyRespect after you defeat Team Flare and become champion of the Kalos region. Instead of a private ceremony with the regional professor and the (former) champion like in previous games, Professor Sycamore throws you a parade in the heart of Lumiose City, where you're awarded the ''Legion d'honneur''.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Abraham Van Helsing in ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'' is widely known as the hero of the Vampire War, knighted to the Most Excellent Order by Queen Victoria and nicknamed the "human weapon" for his combat prowess. Lupin and Frankenstein also have some measure of repute before the story begins, Lupin as a GentlemanThief and Victor as a former Royal Alchemist and current wanted terrorist, but ''everybody'' has heard of Van Helsing. Reactions to him tend to vary from respectful awe to pants-wetting terror depending on how likely it seems that he's going to start shooting at the person in question.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Bill and Barry Heterodyne were revered across Europa as the greatest heroes of their generation. There are plenty of books and plays about their adventures, many greatly exaggerated.
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'':
** [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-13.html How November heard of Perrault]]
** [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-01.html The Boy even sings]] of Prince Ricardo.
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/chapter-04/page-252/ Paddington]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Julio Scoundrèl.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html It's also what Elan's father desires above all.]]
* Bait that Webcomic/EvilDiva [[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=801 holds out to her mother]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd appears to be this. At least amongst the magical community; Jerry could identify him just from Susan's brief explanation. [[spoiler: Jerry claims it's because of Mr. Verres, but only after a significant pause.]]
** Also Justin, after the Fire Summon and Taurcanis Draco attacks.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', Jared, Blue Yonder, is well known enough [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1080254/blue-yonder-prologue-page-14/ to be recognized after his rescue]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1790 Slick argues this is reward enough]] for becoming TheMuse.
* In ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-12-20/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/a-grim-dawn/ a battle to be recounted in epics through the ages -- or maybe a limerick.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00593.htm Sam's criminal tendencies conflict with a desire for this.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfSueAndKathryn'', the titular heroines are renowned for heroic deeds such as stopping an army of elves and were-elephants. [[HeroicComedicSociopath At least, to those who haven't gotten to know them yet.]]
* The dragon general Lady Red from ''WebComic/DraconiaChronicles'' is famed enough to inspire {{Squee}} among non-fire dragons. She even [[AscendedFanboy accidentally hand-picked]] [[ImYourBiggestFan her biggest fan]] completely at random by using the "point-and-draft" method of conscription.
* Quant, a Ranker from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', who only appeared in person in one story arc where he revealed himself as rather buffoonish and a manchild, must be one of the most popular characters in the Tower since his face is on nearly everything from public service announcement posters over chocolate bars to strength measuring devices.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Pyrrah Nikos in ''WebAnimaton/{{RWBY}}'' is this for her status as a combat prodigy and repeated tournament victories (she's even on cereal boxes!). Deconstructed though: all that fame from such a young age has resulted in some serious LonelyAtTheTop issues, even getting into BrokenAce territory. One of the initial reasons she fell for Jaune is that he ''hadn't'' heard of her, and so treated her like anyone else.
* This is invoked by ''Roleplay/OpenBlue''. Adding "Extra Information", rumors surrounding your character, is part of the character profile template.
* The Outcasts of ''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}'' will be "whispered of as legends" in the future, [[spoiler: up to 150 years or more after the events of the story.]]
* Over the course of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Undersiders and Travelers become national news for [[spoiler:having taken over Brockton Bay]].
* [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', as far as [[LoveInterest Carlos]] [[HotScientist the Scientist]] is concerned. Every time Cecil mentions him, he always describes Carlos as being magnificently handsome, talks about his perfect hair, and at one point tries to hold a ceremony naming him as Night Vale's most important citizen. Due to the paranormal nature of the show, it's not clear if this is some [[{{Glamour}} mysterious effect]] Carlos is having on everyone, if Cecil and the population of Night Vale just [[LoonyFan develop unnatural obsessions with random individuals]], or if Carlos is just really that good looking. It's implied that the townsfolk are at least as enamored with Carlos' hair as Cecil, driving Barber Telly out of town for cutting it. Old Woman Josie has also described Carlos as "perfect", adding that he "smells like lavender chewing gum".
* In ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere'', stories of the deeds and accomplishments of the Rhavenfell family and their allies are slowly spreading outside the West. Within Rhavenfell proper, there isn't a single person who hasn't felt awe towards the ruling family (including Kytheus himself) for their accomplishments.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Many of the characters are famous in-universe. Aang, as the avatar, is the most obvious. His fame is a mixed blessing; people either greatly respect him or want to kill him. All members of the Fire Nation royalty are famous: Zuko for being the disgraced prince, and Iroh for being [[RetiredBadass The Dragon of the West]].
** By ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra, everyone'' from the original series is quite famous, though of course Aang gets the biggest spotlight. Changing the Fire Nation from TheEmpire and a global threat and restoring the world to peace is basically considered to be the work of the partnership of Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko. As for the current generation, Asami's goes from being the daughter of a captain of industry to ''being'' a captain of industry, Mako and Bolin were well-known athletes from the start (and as of Season 3, Bolin is famous as the world's first movie star), and as the son of Aang and head of the family that (until season three) is currently all that remains of the Air Nomad civilization and Airbending itself, Master Tenzin is an important figure indeed. And Korra? Well, people either greatly respect her or want to kill her. (Comes with the territory, and we're ''not'' just talking about villains. For Aang, it's the actions of past Avatars, or for disappearing for a hundred years. For Korra, it's mostly the aftermath of season two, though there are ''also'' those who think Korra should solve ''everything'' and blame her for everything down to the last pothole in the street.)
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom, of said show, becomes famous. His powers become well-known in the Ghost Zone, and despite initial skepticism, in the human world as well. Earlier in the show he is more infamous, believed to be evil, although by the end of the show he is hailed as a defender of the world.
* Ben Tennyson's identity as a superhero is revealed in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' by an investigating fanboy and he has mixed feelings about it: on the one hand, he's the idol of millions of young people and kids, but on the other hand he's hounded by a TV pundit who tries to convince everyone he's a threat (even though the guy's pretty ineffectual and has to resort to a KillerRobot like most of Ben's foes). Eventually the adoration wears thin as he can't even enjoy a smoothie break with his team without being mobbed by fans, and the strain it puts on his relationship with his girlfriend. However, it also comes in handy: authorities cooperate with him instead of getting in his way, and there's an instance or two of minor hoods standing down the moment they see the Omnitrix emblem.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' has the main character, a friendly [[TheDreaded T-Trux]] named Ty who works together with a small group of friends to build and help others. His exploits get him increasing amounts of notoriety over the course of the series. By season 2, the locals know him and stop running from him on sight. By season 3, outsiders have heard of the T-Trux that helps others but some think its just a fairy tale. By season 4, a group of refugee Dinotrux know Ty Rux by name and [[AllLovingHero seek him out knowing that he will help them]].
* On a ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'' {{crossover}} installment with the cast of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'', Doc thinks Pooh looks familiar upon seeing him floating in the air on balloons and recognizes him immediately when he says that he's Pooh.