>main character has a following, just for being "Sexy."
>Main character learns that "the man" was actually the good guy and the rebels are evil
>democracy is considered "good", but fails miserably in filtering out corruption and bureaucratic fuckery that rapidly escalates shit into wars, genocide, you name it
>"the man" acts overtly evil, but only when exercising their authority to root out rebel terrorists who want their clusterfuck of a political system back in power
>Main character wants to rebel against The Man but starts selling out his ideals more and more as he gets popular until he is The Man
>"The Man" is just whatever the worst thing would be at the moment
This shit drives me up the wall.
Or the reverse, like in Eragon, where there's no real indication that the Empire is evil and the rebels good. We're just told that they are and supposed to take the narration's word for it.