Like many dictators, Gaddafi carefully controlled how his image was used, often portraying himself as a deity or beloved leader.

 

 

With the rebellion, however, freedom of expression in rebel controlled areas means that ridicule has become a key weapon in the fight against the climate of fear that has long gripped the country.

Anti-Gaddafi caricatures and graffiti have sprung up across cities such as Benghazi, most of them portraying him in an unflattering light. (Reuters; Finbarr O'Reilly)