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Basic Trope: A musician or other public figure can get away with pretty much anything.

  • Straight: Bob, a rockstar, brings home a different "girlfriend" every night, smokes, uses drugs, and drinks like a fish. Not only does this not hurt his public image, it actually enhances it.
  • Exaggerated: Bob actually murders someone, and none of his fans bat an eye.
  • Downplayed: Bob is very conservative, but his liberal fans still like him.
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  • Justified: Bob has a public persona (and maybe a real personality, too) as a bad boy. This makes him popular with women, and with men who want to be like him.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice poses nude for a magazine, and loses a lot of fans because their image of her as pure and wholesome has been shattered.
    • Alternatively, Bob doesn't drink or do drugs (not even so much as coffee), and only has sex with his wife at home (or, alternatively, doesn't have sex at all). He's never posed nude for a magazine, doesn't go clubbing, and rarely goes to parties. (And when he does, they're the kind of parties that involve Pictionary or charades and a crudite platter, not Hookers and Blow.) Nor has he ever been involved in a violent altercation with anyone, or advocated violence. His squeaky-clean public image is what keeps fans flocking to him.
  • Subverted:
    • Because of some aspect of Bob's identity (i.e. his skin color, sexual orientation, where he's from, his religion, etc.), he is scrutinized more, and therefore people are more quick to decry him as morally bankrupt.
    • Bob is idolized by children and teens, and therefore, it matters how he behaves on and off stage.
    • Bob is caught with drugs, gets arrested, and goes to rehab.
  • Double Subverted:
    • People within that demographic, however, look at Bob as a hero.
    • He doesn't lose popularity because he did something scandalous.
    • Most other people wouldn't have gone to rehab, they would have gone to Prison.
  • Parodied: Bob openly states that his fans are uncultured pricks and he hates all of them. This improves his public image, and his fans start idolizing him even more.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't do anything scandalous or controversial.
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    • Bob is not a public figure of any kind, and doesn't have much of a social media presence.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: In a concert, Bob thanks his fans for sticking by him even while he does bad things.
  • Invoked: Bob, a rockstar, is seen doing lines of coke of a prostitute's butt.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob uses his exploits to gain publicity.
    • Alternatively, Bob doesn't do anything exciting in his day-to-day life, unless having pancakes for dinner instead of breakfast counts. (See "Untwisted.") He does this on purpose so the paparazzi will just get so bored, they'll give up on stalking him and trying to catch him doing something wrong, and go tail some trainwreck of a Former Child Star instead.
  • Defied: That isn't really the kind of image Bob wants to portray, or he's worried he'll get fired, so he doesn't do it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Untwisted: Bob's image is controversy-proof because he doesn't really do anything terribly exciting or scandalous in his day-to-day life. He doesn't say anything controversial on social media (if he has much of a social media presence at all), or wear anything that could be considered cultural appropriation (or any other fashion "don't"), or even go clubbing. He doesn't date (either he is Happily Married or a Celibate Hero). His Music Videos consist of fractals and other patterns, and his lyrics are squeaky-clean or nonexistent. He rarely has or goes to parties, and when he does, they tend to be the kind that involve sitting around and talking, or playing charades or Pictionary, not the kind that involve drugs or turn into orgies. If he drinks at all, it's never more than one beer, or one glass of wine. And the paparazzi got tired of watching him doing mundane, boring things like buying toilet paper, taking his dog out to do its business (and always picking up after the dog), folding laundry, picking up dry-cleaning, going through the car wash, getting the same bagel and coffee at the same place every day, taking out the garbage (that contains nothing exciting, salacious, or scandalous- they looked), heating up leftovers, watering his plants, etc. They want to see him doing things like having one-night stands, cheating on his wife or girlfriend, doing lines of cocaine, Making Love in All the Wrong Places, having a messy breakup or divorce, getting arrested, developing a spare tire, buying drugs, saying the N-word, wearing an ugly shirt, etc., but he just isn't doing it.

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