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Basic Trope: A superhero or similarly heroic character is subject to hatred, distrust, fear and resentment from the public at large despite performing largely altruistic actions.

  • Straight: Despite apprehending criminals, rescuing people in need and diffusing potential threats to the safety of the city, Amazing Girl is largely subject to ridicule and distrust from the general public, and numerous public voices call for her arrest or confinement.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Despite saving the entire planet from complete annihilation several times over, Amazing Girl is routinely hunted by mobs of angry citizens and government death squads intent on nothing less than her complete extermination.
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    • Hero with Bad Publicity
  • Downplayed: Amazing Girl is only distrusted by a large section of the public, who don't like her political opinions; everyone else is willing to judge her by her heroic actions.
  • Justified:
    • Amazing Girl's genuinely altruistic, noble and heroic actions provoke inferiority in the minds of the public, who feel they can't measure up to her example. This inferiority expresses itself as jealousy and resentment.
    • Prior to becoming a superhero, Amazing Girl was responsible for a major catastrophe resulting in the loss of many lives and the destruction of a large area, which she is attempting to redeem herself for.
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    • Amazing Girl's methods of performing her altruistic actions are themselves questionable and/or illegal.
    • The public are being manipulated or brainwashed by a Villain with Good Publicity with a grudge against Amazing Girl.
    • Amazing Girl is an involuntary member of a group that is known for being Always Chaotic Evil, and previous experiments in trusting one of them turned out badly.
    • Amazing Girl is an Attention Whore, and her attitude in front of the camera makes it impossible to like her.
    • While Amazing Girl does save the day, her actions draw attention from something far worse and the people know it.
    • Amazing Girl has always done the right thing for the citizens, even if what she did was morally questionable.
    • Amazing Girl was formerly a villainess who has already turned her life around, but society distrusts her and refuses to let go of what she's done.
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    • While Amazing Girl's motives are truly altruistic, she is also a very Smug Super that constantly belittles the citizens on how useless and helpless they are. Essentially a super hero's version of a White Man's Burden.
    • Amazing Girl is an anti-social loner who doesn't have time for small talk and citizens took offense to her lifestyle.
    • Amazing Girl is an Idiot Heroine whose stupidity grates on their nerves every now and then, even in the most serious situations.
  • Inverted:
    • Internalized Categorism
    • The public loves Amazing Girl, and never stop loving her no matter what she does.
    • Alternatively, it's Amazing Girl who mocks the citizens, no matter how much assistance and affection they give her during her rough times.
    • Destructo Girl is always loved everyone even though she tried to destroy everything.
    • Amazing Girl has Heroic Self-Deprecation and no matter how many times she saved lives and get thanks for it, she feels herself worthless for being The Hero.
    • Villain with Good Publicity
  • Subverted: It turns out only a small fraction of the people have issues with her. The vast majority are grateful and throw a parade in her honor.
  • Doubly Subverted:
  • Parodied: Amazing Girl can do absolutely nothing to please the people, whose criticisms and rejection of her take on increasingly and ludicrously petty dimensions.
  • Zig Zagged: The general public doesn't like Amazing Girl, but she continues to be a hero anyway. Dr. Evilton lampshades how she's fighting for a bunch of Ungrateful Bastards who will never like or respect her, only for Amazing Girl to retort that she's not fighting for them:
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "It's boring to have a superhero who everyone likes! We need to have loads of people hate our superhero to avoid this!"
  • Lampshaded: "No matter what I do, it seems like I can never please these people."
  • Invoked: Amazing Girl is shy and would feel undeserving of any admiration the population might shower upon her, so she makes herself appear flawed and unlikeable despite all the good she does, earning herself many enemies.
  • Defied: "Seriously, let's give Amazing Girl a chance before we all start whaling on her."
  • Exploited:
    • Dr. Evilton uses the public's distrust of Amazing Girl as the start of an attack on her self-esteem.
    • Alternatively, the public were Entitled Bastards making sure that Amazing Girl gets stressed out on earning their respect.
  • Implied: Amazing Girl mentions how she loves everything in her town, except for the media's portrayal of her.
  • Discussed: "All right, it's time for me to start fighting crime!" "I hope people don't start hating you for it, like those ungrateful bastards in that comic book I read!"
  • Conversed: "I'm constantly amazed that Amazing Girl doesn't just give up on those hopeless ingrates."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The lack of respect and suspicion she receives disillusions Amazing Girl, who retires in bitterness. Later, when a major catastrophe hits the city, there's no one around to save the day, and Amazing Girl sees no reason to lift a finger to help the ingrates who previously rejected her so snidely.
    • See Exploited 2. This time, Amazing Girl gives up trying to tolerate the public's ungratefulness and leaves the town for good.
    • Due to all the abuse that Amazing Girl suffers, she develops trust problems and a great suspicion for others, no matter who she is.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Amazing Girl saves the town from bandits; the townspeople "thanked her" by beating her to a pulp as the bandits watch with disgust, with one of them commenting "And I thought we're the bad guys."
  • Played For Drama:

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