Well, it IS the correct IRL term for the phenomenon, but the wikipedia page for the IRL phenomenon is shorter than my thumb if you exclude the references, and I have unusually short fingers. This is a very uncommon, under-researched, and under-known phenomenon, and I don't think it's reasonable to measure it directly against Chronic Hero Syndrome, which is much more common.
I do agree, though, that this trope could use a rename to avoid confusion. Manufactured Hero or Munchausen's Heroics, maybe? Munchausen's by proxy is, I believe, a much better-known phenomenon, and it's quite similar in terms of the perpetrator's goal of creating a crisis/endangering others to get attention.
edited 27th Oct '12 8:32:44 PM by Pig_catapult