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Heroic Realism contains references to and descriptions of controversial political ideologies as they are relevant to the subject of the page, which may be distressing for some people. User discretion is advised. This page exists for the purpose of documentation. The administrators and moderators do not necessarily endorse the philosophy associated with the aesthetic.

Heroic Realism is a graphic design style solely focusing on political propaganda of any kind; where the persons featured in the art are portrayed as heroes. The origins of Heroic Realism are traced back to the 1920s-1930s in the Soviet Union (where one important substyle developed: See Socialist Realism), Nazi Germany, and even the USA, whose political leaders explicitely asked for their propaganda to look "heroic" and even "romantic"[1]. While Heroic Realism has always been associated with the more extreme political ideologies, it can actually be used to represent any political value; for example, the famous "We Can Do It!" American Kitsch poster is an example of feminism being portrayed in Heroic Realism. Some posters may also be apolitical, and just focus in the "Hero" vibe.

Generally, the visuals of Heroic Realism focus on a Realistic art style, usually featuring a single person and rarely a group of people, always promoting at least one idea of any kind. The political message is usually strong and portrayed in a clear, bold font.

Despite being somewhat visually similiar to Realism, it has one major difference: Realism itself is meant to focus on scenes of everyday life being portrayed in an actually realistic way, while Heroic Realism only takes the art style to make propaganda look real or believable, despite being idealistic and not realistic.


  • Realistic art style
  • A person or group of people who are being portrayed as "heroes".
  • Attempting to promote an ideal
  • Strong political messages in the texts
  • Clear and bold text fonts
  • Heroic poses
  • Political symbology and flags (often)
  • Finger pointing (often)
  • National personifications (often)


Fictional Characters[]

  • Captain America
  • Pretty much any fictional personification of any country, including:
    • Uncle Sam (United States of America)
    • John Bull (United Kingdom)
    • Marianne (French Republic)
    • Germania (Germany)
    • Mother Russia (Russia)