"A good name is more desirable than great riches, and high esteem, than gold and silver."
What people (in general, or at least in groups) think about you — or how they don't think of you. How you got there. And what it means to you.
Compare Fandom, Blame Tropes, Ego Tropes.
- 0% Approval Rating: Everyone hates the villainous leader.
- 100% Heroism Rating: Everyone loves the hero.
- Accidental Celebrity: Someone becomes famous without intending to.
- Almost Famous Name: Someone has a similar name to a celebrity.
- Bad Review Threat: A person uses the threat of creating a negative review in order to force another to give them something.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: A person doesn't want to be remembered as flawless and wishes for everyone to remember the bad things they've done as well as the good things.
- Bluff Worked Too Well: A bluff works so well that now everyone believes it, even when you no longer want them to.
- Celebrity Masquerade: A superhero whose normal-person self is famous (but not for their superheroism).
- Celebrity Superhero: A superhero who's famous for their superheroism.
- Clothes Make the Legend: A character becomes famous out-of-universe for their clothes.
- Controversy-Proof Image: A celebrity (usually a musician) is so popular, they can get away with anything.
- Convicted by Public Opinion: Someone gets accused of a crime and everyone assumes the person is guilty solely because they don't like the person.
- Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: A superhero with a corporate sponsor.
- Cult of Personality: A politician (who usually glorifies themselves) has a cultish group of fans.
- Dead Artists Are Better: An artist's work isn't truly appreciated until after they've died.
- The Dreaded: A character who is feared by everyone.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Character has a reputation of being a courageous badass, but is actually an outright coward.
- Fame Through Infamy: Someone does something heinous just to get on the news and be famous.
- Famous Ancestor: Someone whose coolness comes from the fact that they have, well, a famous ancestor.
- Famous for Being Famous: A celebrity gained fame, but then after a while, they are now only well-known for being famous.
- Famous for Being First: Someone who is famous for being the first ever to do something/be somewhere.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: Someone hailing from a foreign nation is named after some famous person from that nation's history or culture.
- Folk Hero: A hero who is well-known from stories, and may not exist. If they do exist, the stories exaggerate them a lot.
- Girl Next Door Turned Superstar: A celebrity who was loved by the hero back before they were famous and whom the hero still pines for.
- Glory Hound: Character wants all the credit for any good deed they're even remotely involved with.
- Glory Seeker: Somebody who goes to war because they really want to be famous.
- Hated by All: Somebody is hated and/or mistrusted by everyone else.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Everyone hates or distrusts the hero in spite of all the good the hero has done.
- A Hero to His Hometown: Somebody is well-known in their area, but not outside of it.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Someone is mean, has become famous for it, and is proud of it, so when they do something nice, they keep it secret.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: A wealthy, popular character is now poor and unpopular.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Someone is just about to become famous, but then suffers an injury or something meaning they can't do the thing they'd be famous for.
- The Kingslayer: Someone who gains a reputation for assassinating a king.
- Legend Fades to Myth: In a story, a character does something, but in the sequel, set in the far future, the characters believe something very different about what the now-historical character did.
- Legendary in the Sequel: The action hero is famous for their heroism in the sequel.
- Living Legend: A person who is very famous for their actions and is still alive.
- Loved by All: A character who is loved by everyone else.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Someone is named after someone who's famous in Real Life.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: Someone is hated in their own hometown.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Somebody did something bad or embarrassing in the past, and everyone else keeps bringing it up.
- Painful Persona: Someone is forced to adopt a personality that is at odds with their true self.
- Propaganda Hero: During tough times, a hero's heroism is exaggerated through propaganda and they become a symbol.
- Reputation Apathy: A character has a bad reputation and point blank doesn't care that they do.
- Respected by the Respected: Somebody is implied to have done something impressive and gained fame for it by having someone who's explicitly famous for doing something impressive treat them with respect.
- Self-Made Myth: A character lies to become a well-known mythical feature.
- Shrouded in Myth: Someone did something, became famous, but now people believe crazy, often supernatural, things about the person.
- Silent Scapegoat: A heroic character takes the blame for something bad, and usually dies as a result.
- Slave to PR: A character who will go to great lengths to maintain a good reputation (or a bad one in the case of a Card-Carrying Villain).
- Social Climber: Someone who will do anything, no matter how terrible, to become popular.
- So Hideous, It's Terrifying: A character is universally feared or avoided because of their sheer ugliness, regardless whether it is Played for Drama or Played for Laughs.
- Universally Beloved Leader: A ruler or a leader beloved by everyone.
- Villain Cred: A villain is famous among other shifty characters.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The bad guy is loved by everyone because their true despicable nature is not public knowledge.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: An old woman who was famous in her youth and wants to be still famous.
- You Rebel Scum!: A villainous authority insults a lower-ranking hero.
- 15 Minutes of Fame: Someone becomes famous for a brief period of time.
- Bread and Circuses: Using entertainment and fun to distract the public from their problems.
- The Corpse Stops Here: A person is assumed to have killed someone just for being seen near the body.
- Engineered Public Confession: The heroes expose the Villain with Good Publicity by tricking him into publicly revealing his true colors.
- Famed in Story: A hero who is very famous for their heroism.
- Gossip Evolution: When gossip spreads through word of mouth, it gradually becomes exaggerated.
- Gossipy Hens: A group of people, usually women, who do nothing but gossip.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Someone does something worthy of fame, but no one knows it happened.
- Gullible Lemmings: People who believe, and try to help, the villain.
- Insidious Rumor Mill: A character seeks to ruin the reputation and isolate another by lying or manipulating the friends, family members, and colleagues they share with them.
- Leave Behind a Pistol: A good guy turns bad, then kills themselves as redemption and leaves a gun or similar.
- Legacy Seeker: A character is obsessed with leaving a lasting mark on the world.
- Malicious Slander: Someone spreads malicious lies about the hero to badmouth them.
- Mask of Sanity: An insane celebrity who fakes sanity.
- Not Helping Your Case: Someone tries to deny accusations directed at them, but their response only adds fuel to the suspicions that the accusations are true.
- Propaganda Machine: Villains in the government produce the news to make propaganda.
- Restrained Resistance, Reckless Rebellion: Opposition is split between those who advocate a controlled and restrained response and those who demand swift action at any cost. At the most extreme, the former might be portrayed as Reasonable Authority Figures while the latter Ax-Crazy Blood Knights who only care about harming their foe no matter the collateral damage, or conversely the former portrayed as all-talk while the latter are the only ones who get anything done.
- Socially Scored Society: A setting where everyone's reputation is ranked/scored, and it affects their quality of life.
- Think Nothing of It: Someone is famed for their heroism but insists it was nothing.
- Treachery Cover Up: A traitor pretends they never betrayed anyone.
- Witch Hunt: People are hunted down because society thinks they have black magic.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Manipulating people by pretending that someone hurt you.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Whenever a character becomes popular, they let their newfound fame go to their head.
- Becoming the Mask: What was intended to be the agent's cover ends up becoming the kind of person they actually are.
- Beneath the Mask: A character has a hidden side of their personality.
- Clear My Name: Someone framed of a crime has to prove they are innocent.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Someone does something heroic, but doesn't become famous.
- Easily Condemned: It's easy to convince everyone that the hero who did nothing but help everyone who needed it has now gone bad.
- Easily Forgiven: In spite of what the other person did to them, this person has no problem at all in letting bygones be bygones.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Someone did heroic things and became famous, but nobody knows what the person looks like, so people are surprised when they meet them, usually because the celebrity is shorter than expected.
- Fame Gate: In a video game, fame is a stat.
- Glory Days: Someone used to be famous but now isn't.
- Groupie Brigade: Celebrities always get swarmed by people wanting autographs, bits of clothes, etc.
- I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Viewers see the character as their actor.
- I Am Not Spock: Actor tries to distance themselves from their most famous role.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: Someone gushes to a celebrity that they're their biggest/number one fan.
- Instant Web Hit: If somebody posts something online, it'll go viral instantly.
- The Magnificent: A hero becomes famous and earns a cool nickname.
- "Meet the Celebrity" Contest: A character either participates in or is the prize for a contest that will allow someone to meet a celebrity.
- No Badass to His Valet: Someone tough (and often famously so) can intimidate all but one.
- No Fame, No Wealth, No Service: Places that only let in celebrities.
- No Hero to His Valet: Someone awes everyone with their fame, except one.
- Not on the List: A character isn't on the entry list for an event, often because they aren't cool or famous enough.
- Popularity Cycle: You're going to be popular... then you're going to lose it all and get replaced.
- Recognition Failure: A gag about someone not recognising a celebrity.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Famous!: A celebrity thinks that their fame means they can get away with anything.
- Sell-Out: Someone only does something popular to make money.
- Successful Sibling Syndrome: Someone feels jealous and overshadowed because their sibling is famous.
- They Call Him "Sword": A famous warrior gets a nickname related to a weapon.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Someone has made a whole group of people mad, and the group forms an angry mob.
- Trade Your Passion for Glory: A character becomes famous, lets it go to their head, but then loses the personality trait that led to their fame in the first place.
- The Tyson Zone: A celebrity who's known for doing bizarre things, to the point where any story about them can be believed.
- Uninvited to the Party: Not getting invited to a party, sometimes because you aren't considered cool or popular enough.
- Waving Signs Around: Signs for protests, sporting events, etc.
- Warts and All: A person remains revered and respected in spite of their flaws.
- What You Are in the Dark: Somebody does something in private that determines where they fall on the hero/villain spectrum.
- You Are the New Trend: A famous person has his mannerisms copied by everyone.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Someone's plan involves making everyone hate them.