'''Basic Trope''': Everyone thinks a character is TheHero, but his/her reputation is grossly inflated.
* '''Straight''': Bob gets public credit for heroic deeds he never actually performed.
* '''Exaggerated''': Bob is a DirtyCoward who ran away from every battle he's been in, but everyone thinks he's the biggest hero in the army.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob's heroic deeds were easier and less impressive than everyone thinks. He's said to have slain a twenty-foot-tall dragon. It was really more like five feet tall, and he really just scared it off.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob is set up as a public hero by the government/media despite his lack of qualifications in order to give the public an inspirational role model.
** Bob can't exactly control how the public sees him. Even if he were to come clean about his lack of heroism, [[CassandraTruth his fans would rather cling to the myths anyway]], so he might as well roll with it while it lasts.
* '''Inverted''': Bob is a HeroWithBadPublicity who constantly performs heroic deeds while [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold getting absolutely no public acknowledgment for them]].
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob starts off as a Fake Ultimate Hero, but ultimately [[TookALevelInBadass grows into a true hero]].
** Alternatively, while Bob isn't as heroic as his reputation, he always assists the true heroes using his fame.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...until the situation gets bad, and he decides ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
* '''Parodied''': The falseness of Bob's reputation is blatantly obvious, but nobody ever figures it out.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Nobody is really sure how much of Bob's reputation is based in reality, and how much of it is lies; not even Bob himself.
* '''Averted''': Bob lives up to his heroic reputation.
* '''Enforced''': ???
* '''Lampshaded''': "My reputation for heroism is greatly exaggerated."
* '''Invoked''': ???
* '''Exploited''':
** Bob's inflated reputation results in people expecting him to act the part and is a constant source of trouble for him.
** Alternately, someone finds out the truth behind Bob's Fake Ultimate Heroism and uses it to blackmail Bob.
* '''Defied''': Bob corrects anyone he hears spreading undeservedly flattering rumors about him.
* '''Discussed''': "Sometimes, I wonder if Bob is really as much of a hero as people think he is..."
* '''Conversed''': ???
* '''Deconstructed''':
** The constant stress of basing almost his entire public life on a lie slowly wears Bob down, until he finally confesses everything.
** Although [[TheHero Alice]] doesn't mind Bob getting the reputation for himself, Bob has very low self-esteem knowing he doesn't deserve it and [[DespairEventHorizon eventually breaks down]].
** [[TheHero Alice]] gets frustrated at Bob getting all the reputation for himself and makes a FaceHeelTurn.
** One day, Bob will soon have to fight against an odd to prove his status. He fails horribly and that failure convinces everyone he's a phony.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** However, the person Bob confesses to helps Bob deal with his guilt and agrees to keep his secret.
** Bob does that again and by some luck, succeeds in a way to convince everyone he's not a phony
* '''Played For Laughs''': Bob has to engage in constant {{Zany Scheme}}s to maintain his fake reputation.
* '''Played For Drama''': Everyone decides to count on Bob when they need a hero, and he lets them down.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???