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Basic Trope: A heroic character who is hated.

  • Straight: Bob is wrongly accused of robbing banks and the townspeople hate him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is wrongly accused of everything and the whole world hates him.
    • Even though Bob's True Companions are well liked, everyone wonders why they would associate themselves with him and assume that they would have to keep him on a tight leash, even though they trust him completely.
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    • Bob is a heroic individual who saved the world multiple times, adopts homeless puppies and is wholly devoted to fighting injustice. The public blames him for all of the world's problems and believes him to be a walking embodiment of evil. There is even a religion with him as an equivalent of Satan and his Arch-Enemy Vlad Scarlord as The Messiah.
    • Bob's very existence prevented the universe from exploding, yet people accuse him of being a genocidal maniac because his birth coincided with the time that the universe nearly exploded.
  • Downplayed: Bob is distrusted due to his secretive nature.
    • Bob is considered a bit crazy by most people because he fights things that are Invisible to Normals.
  • Justified:
    • Bob comes an intimating appearance and demeanor.
    • Rumors of his wrongdoings are heavily pushed by a Villain with Good Publicity.
    • Bob does heroic acts, but without the knowledge Bob has gained, people seem to think attacking that diamond mine was a little too close to evil to go unquestioned. This snowballs into an outright fear of Bob, thinking that he might attack anyone or anything.
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    • Bob runs around town wearing a mask and keeping his identity a secret, which no decent person would feel the need to do, and thus must be untrustworthy.
    • Bob used to be a bad guy.
    • Bob is an Anti-Hero of the morally ambiguous variety.
    • People keep catching Bob doing bad things, but they fail to see the true context behind his acts of alleged villainy.
  • Inverted: Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is accused of murder, but Alice calls out the accusers and says Bob is innocent.
    • Alternatively, it turns out the accusations weren't so far off after all...
    • When Bob doggedly continues to do good deeds, even in spite of all the scorn he gets, the townspeople start to seriously doubt and question the accusations against Bob and eventually come to accept him as a hero.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
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    • Bob is purported as the cause of Global Warming.
    • Every time something bad happens, it's always Bob's fault. Always.
    • Bob is the ultimate do-gooder and everyone can see that, but still refuses to trust anybody wearing a mask.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is originally hated by the townspeople due to his mysterious nature, but eventually gains their trust by fighting crime. However, his actions, though good, end up causing massive property damage and they begin to hate him for that. He fixes the way he fights crime so that he doesn't cause unnecessary damage and pays for everything he breaks, which earns the trust of the people back, but a misunderstanding due to an evil doppelganger cause them to distrust him again.
  • Averted: Bob is immediately and continuously loved by the people he protects.
  • Enforced: "Every hero is always beloved and respected. Let's try something different."
  • Lampshaded: "Wow Bob, you really can't catch a break, can you?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
allowing him to get away with
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