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->''"Look at these people; amazing how sheep'll turn up for the slaughter\\
No-one condemning, you lined up like lemmings, you led to the water\\
Why can't they see what I see? Why can't they hear the lies?\\
Maybe the fee's too pricey for them to realize..."''
-->-- '''Dr. Horrible''', ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''

Gullible Lemmings not only [[VillainWithGoodPublicity believe the villain]] but ''actively try to help him.'' They aren't {{Mooks}} or LesCollaborateurs, just regular citizens being what they think is a HeroicBystander. If the villain is persuasive enough, everyone in the village, town, city, country or any other kind of community will support them.

Gullible Lemmings generally facilitate the existence of the EasilyConqueredWorld. See HorribleJudgeOfCharacter when this trope is applied to individuals. See also GoodAllAlong and BurnTheWitch.

No RealLife examples, please, due to RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/SonicX'': Knuckles takes this trope UpToEleven; on multiple occasions, Dr. Eggman has lied to him, claiming to want to pull a HeelFaceTurn, and despite having realized he had been duped before, he readily falls for the same trick again. It's even lampshaded in the episode "An Enemy in Need," where Amy outright asks Knuckles just how many more times he has to fall for Eggman's lies before he realizes that Eggman will ''never'' change.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', there are interviews of the "man on the street" indicating widespread public support of the KnightTemplar protagonists and their extreme "tough on crime attitude". This is in spite of the fact that in both cases the templars in question suggest that they plan on broadening their list of targets once they get rid of the truly evil people.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': This was used as a humanizing move in the Hades arc. It's revealed that the [[{{Mooks}} Spectres]] in Hades' realm believe he is trying to bring about a UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for all humanity... the "[[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Great Eclipse]]" being the means. Of course, Hades just has a vague and nebulous all-consuming contempt towards humanity and the living, and wants all existence to be in an orderly dead state.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Nico Robin's tragic back-story had her betrayed left and right by the people who sheltered her so that they could collect the bounty on her head and hand her to the World Government.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Stiyl and Kanzaki [[spoiler: wipe their friend Index's memory yearly because the church told them she would die otherwise. The church was right, but only because they had put the curse on her themselves.]]
* The rival Idol Unit Jupiter in the anime version of ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]''... at least until they found out their president's utter love for underhanded tactic, in which they've had enough and after too many times being ignored, they quit. In game, [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen they decided to not use whatever tactics he promoted and fought fair and square.]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, as often as the heroes outmatch Team Rocket, you can almost always expect them to fall hook, line and sinker for a booby trap or PaperThinDisguise beforehand. Played with for Meowth's HeelFaceMole stunts, since the heroes have become increasingly suspicious and prone to LampshadeHanging as they've continued. Even then though, they usually ''still'' work eventually.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The citizens of Latveria are usually portrayed as genuinely fond of Doctor Doom, and willing to stand up for him against the likes of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica or the ComicBook/FantasticFour. With good reason: he's responsible for freeing them from an unpopular dictator and subverting ReedRichardsIsUseless by making Latveria one of the most prosperous countries in... [[{{Ruritania}} Europe]]? All he asks for is the unconditional loyalty of his citizens. Some citizens are aware they will be killed horribly if they screw around, DependingOnTheWriter. This trope is [[NewerThanTheyThink much more recent than many readers think]]. During the days of Creator/JackKirby and Creator/StanLee, Latveria's inhabitants were portrayed as the hapless subjects of a despot who changed his mind at the drop of a hat and demanded absolute obedience no matter how ridiculous his orders were. It wasn't until much later that the Latverians actually started to support him (mainly because Doom's backststory was fleshed out and it was revealed that he had overthrown a racist, feudal dictator).
* Following Marvel's ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' (and even long before that), most of the US population is perfectly willing to acclaim psychotic murderers like ComicBook/NormanOsborn and Mac Gargan (a.k.a. the Scorpion) as heroes. Despite the fact Norman has been found guilty of being the Green Goblin, and consequently is a known lunatic and mass murderer. They proved equally willing to demonize well-known heroes like Captain America and Iron Man pretty much on command. This is actually so bad that when The Avengers had a crossover with the JLA, the fact that the citizens of DC's Earth greeted the heroes with adulation made the Avengers think that the League had taken over the planet and ''forced'' people to cheer for them. Seriously, Marvel's civilians are such ungrateful dicks that ''CAPTAIN AMERICA'' cant even conceive being greeted with praise anymore. The earliest sign of this was how easily they turned against ComicBook/SpiderMan as part of Jonah Jameson's smear campaign. Nevermind how many times Spidey had saved New York from being obliterated and what the other papers reported, the Daily Bugles personal grudge convinced most people that Spider-Man was a menace.
* Despite all his boasting and legitimate prowess, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} has been defeated, publicly, several times. Each time, the people of his world that he has brutally oppressed for untold generations ''help him back up'', metaphorically or literally, instead of booting him out or just leaving him to die. Partly because they fear his retribution if he recuperates on his own and they don't help, but mostly because, thanks to the mindset he instills in every one of his "subjects", well...
-->''I am many things, Kal El, but here, I am god''
** There's also the fact that Darkseid has ''lieutenants'' like Granny Goodness, Desaad, Kalibak and the like. As long as ''they're'' not publically abandoning him, attempting to boot him out or leave him to die is probably a bad idea... and most of them will stick by him through rough patches either because they actually do think he's a good leader or because they realize just how bad their lives could get if one of the OTHERS took over. Desaad ''has'' turned on Darkseid in the past on occasion, when he thought Darkseid was truly beaten and he could take over. It never ends well for him. He's fortunate that Darkseid considers the attempts pathetic enough to be amusing.
** In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', it's revealed that Orion eventually slew his father and took over Apokalips, hoping to be able to reform the inhabitants. He failed, the ones who didnt support him out of fear tried to violently overthrow him, forcing Orion into basically becoming just as bad as his father just to keep Apokalips from descending into complete anarchy.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Act I of ''Fanfic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'', Kurumu and Mizore are attacked and [[ForcefulKiss forcibly kissed]] by the Kiyo brothers, who had [[VoluntaryShapeshifting disguised themselves]] as the girls' respective boyfriends to trick them into fighting each other. When the trick is revealed in chapter 30, the Kiyo brothers even rub in their faces that it was easy to pull off because both Mizore and Kurumu were so ready to believe the worst in the other's respective boyfriends; the girls are [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone both devastated by the realization]].

* In the novel ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Quasimodo, our "hero," believes that Frollo's guards are the good guys and the gypsies are the bad guys. The actual ''situation'' is that Frollo's guards are trying to kill Esmeralda (the woman Quasi is trying to protect) while the gypsies are trying to save her. So you have Quasi systematically thwarting the efforts of the gypsies while making every attempt to help the guards. Somewhat justified since Quadimodo had been raised by Frollo since infancy and has little understanding of the world beyond Notre Dame.
* ''Trollslayer'' has Literature/GotrekAndFelix encounter a village that helps an evil sorcerer who is holding their children hostage. The heroes don't find out that he's mutated them all into his personal army until after they've ''killed them all''.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', the citizens of Sterling City fall right in line to support the New Rangers -- Cloak in disguise, with a single true Ranger mind-controlled. [[spoiler:When two other true Rangers show up, they are denounced as Cloak operatives and fakes.]]
* ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': The citizens of the Old Republic/Empire/New Republic/Galactic Alliance ''will'' turn on the Jedi to help a villain at the drop of a hat.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Sam Vimes reflects that the problem with democracy, the ''big'' problem, is that every citizen of Ankh-Morpork would get a vote. Even Nobby Nobbs. And Nobby's vote would have the same value as Sam's. Sam saw the flaw in democracy straight away.
* ''Literature/InTheYear2050AmericasReligiousCivilWar'' posits a history where shifting demographics lead to a radical Islamic group capturing Congress and the Presidency in one election cycle, then setting up to dismantle everything American. Also, they called themselves the Green Party, so the majority of voters thought they were running on environmental issues.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the [[PathOfInspiration Immaculate faith]] tends to turn most people Celestial [=PCs=] will encounter into potential Lemmings if their nature is discovered, as it preaches that they are "Anathema", demonic entities that seek to destroy Creation. The funny part is that [[GreyAndGrayMorality the reputation isn't entirely undeserved.]]

* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': The citizens of Oz are like this, eating up everything the Wizard and Morrible say about Animals, and later about Elphaba. After trying to fight the propaganda and failing, Elphie turns this to her advantage when [[spoiler:the rumor that "her soul is so unclean/pure water can melt her!" is put to the test]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Seymour Guado takes this UpToEleven. No matter what he does, what he plans, how ObviouslyEvil he acts, and how downright [[{{Squick}} creepy]] he gets, the public of Spira will instantly assume that he's the good guy and anybody who opposes him is a villain, without even asking what the full story is. Somewhat justified in that he's one of the world's four Maesters of Yevon, the religion that basically ''runs'' the entire planet. An old man in one of Macalania Temple's side rooms will discuss Seymour's achievements. He performed good deeds for Yevon and the Guado sometime before the game, which presumably earned him a trustworthy reputation.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', a number of villagers believe Link to be a criminal who has kidnapped the Princess [[HeroWithBadPublicity due to propaganda disseminated by Agahnim]], who has deposed the king (and sent him into the DarkWorld). Two will even call the guards to attack Link if they see him.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', the grunts from Team Galactic fit this description. They believe Galactic is a natural energy company, and only battle the protagonist because they were promised rare Pokemon in return. Little did they know their evil leader's main ambition was to [[spoiler:destroy this world and create a new universe he could rule]]. Brilliant, guys.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite The people of Unova]] are conscientious of their Pokemon to a fault. At Accumula Town, Ghetsis Harmonia makes a speech about the virtues of Pokemon liberation and how Pokemon can never truly be equal to humans while bound to a ball -- and they just eat it up. It's only after Team Plasma gets a little too overt that the League starts taking action when all someone had to do to potentially ''derail the entire plot'' was present a historical overview of Pokemon crime history in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver other]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire four]] [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl regions]] as a counterpoint back at Accumula. [[spoiler:Oh, and for someone to give [[TheWoobie N]] some much-needed TLC; that'd be great, too]].
%%* ''VideoGame/Wizard101'' most likely has few instances, however the most glaringly obvious example from the game is Crab Alley.
* The citizens of Mikado in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' live strict lives never defying their superiors and any progressive ideas are shut down at the least and gets them executed at worst. This is especially telling when you learn that the "[[TomeOfEldritchLore Literature]]" that drives those who read it so insane they mutate into demons is [[spoiler: completely normal literature from modern day Japan. They're such lemmings that they suffer from YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm at the ''concept'' of the free lifestyle of your average human in the 2000s.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the BigBad, King Radical, successfully [[spoiler:overthrows the U.S. government, blows up Congress and forms a dictatorship under himself. His charisma is so strong that, even though he openly plans to sacrifice billions of people to save his own world, all of his would be victims love him.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Dr. Horrible ''believes'' this to be the case, and his plans for world domination are all wrapped up in [[WellIntentionedExtremist plans to fix the world's problems and get rid of the flawed society which currently exists]].
* Used in ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' during his review of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Doctor Insano]][[note]]making his first appearance[[/note]] is elected President of the US, and his inaugural address consists of him berating the American populace for being [[TooDumbToLive so stupid]] that they elected a man who didn't even bother hiding the fact that he's a thoroughly evil MadScientist. This is of course a gigantic parody and lampshading of a plot twist in the game, where the Sorceress (who is ObviouslyEvil) is made leader of a nation and the people cheer for her even as she openly insults them.
-->'''Doctor Insano:''' My election platform was to build a giant robot sawblade that would cut Canada off at the top and then attach it to Australia so they wouldn't bother us anymore! My vice president... is Literature/FuManchu! What the hell is wrong with you people?! I'm pretty sure that's not even legal! Oh, man, we are so going to jack this country up beyond repair!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The XXXI century people elected as president... the head of Richard Nixon (disembodied, still living, and preserved via 30th century science). Is it needed to say anything else?
** They also elected the first Robot President, John Quincy Addingmachine. He struck a note with the voters when he promised not to go on a killing spree, but like most politicians he promised more than he could deliver.
** Also there is President Fxjkhr, who replaced the statue in the Lincoln Memorial with one of himself sitting atop a pile of skulls.
** There's also the time the people of New New York elected a MadScientist as governor, who moved all of Earth's historical landmarks to Monument Beach and carved himself onto [[RushmoreRefacement Mount Rushmore]]. Which he also moved to the beach.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The citizens of the Fire Nation are portrayed as pretty much exactly the same as the citizens of the Earth Kingdom, with the main difference that they're completely dedicated to TheEmpire after swallowing about a hundred years worth of propaganda and having information about various acts of war kept from them. While this could be attributed to any group of citizens during the rule of a power others would call tyrannical, this really gets shown for what it is when [[spoiler:the new Fire Lord, Zuko, takes power and instantly ends the war, at which point every Fire Nation citizen shown is completely behind him]]. Looks like they might just love their rulers too much.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Used to an expert degree in the series finale. Superman finally knocks over Darkseid, tells the citizens of Apokolips that they're free... and to his dismay, they help the fallen despot to his feet and take him off to recuperate. ''"I am many things, Kal-El... but here, I am '''God'''."'' This example borders on straight up ReligionOfEvil. The people of Apokolips are pretty much brainwashed slaves that worship their cruel and tyrannical God ''for being cruel and tyrannical''.
* Strongly implied to be this in the Justice Lord's universe before they changed things in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "A Better World", where ComicBook/LexLuthor was President of the United States, in spite of his history of villainy, and had apparently killed the Flash. Superman killed him in the end, but this tendency convinced him and the rest of the then-League to become tyrannical overlords.
* Satirized in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Kang and Kodos have replaced Clinton and Dole at the election, but what else would the voters do, throw their vote away on a third candidate?[[note]]Incidentally in the real life 1996 election there ''was'' a third candidate, Ross Perot, whom Groening likes to make fun of both on ''The Simpsons'' and in ''Futurama''. While his 1996 run wasn't nearly as successful as his 1992 run, he did get over 8% of the vote[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'': Dr. Paradigm is able to blame the [[HeroWithBadPublicity Street Sharks]] for virtually anything, and the citizens of Fission City will accept his judgement without question. The Sharks only manage to put a dent in his credibility by forcing him to assume his [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting Piranoid form]] on national TV.