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"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.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone hates the villain.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: A person beloved by everyone.
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  • 100% Heroism Rating: Everyone loves the hero.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Folk Hero: A hero who is well-known from stories, and may not exist. If they do exist, the stories exaggerate them a lot.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Propaganda Hero: During tough times, a hero's heroism is exaggerated through propaganda and they become a symbol.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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