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4th Jul '17 12:09:29 AM Statzkeen
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* In the [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E01TheHomecoming Season 2 opener]] of Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine, we meet Li Nalas, who is revered all across Bajor as one of the great heroes of the resistance, especially known for a mission where he snuck in and assassinated a particularly cruel Cardassian leader. As it turns out, two of them just happened to run into each other in the woods as the Cardassian leader was taking a bath in a lake - he just walked out of the water in his underwear and Li Nalas shot him. The story [[UrbanLegends kept getting exaggerated]] as it spread.
26th Jun '17 12:11:59 AM creader
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23rd May '17 9:37:39 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** There's also Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets''. He's a renowned celebrity, famed for fearlessly facing ferocious foes and other threats and always coming out unscathed, but it's immediately apparent that Lockhart is all talk and no action, which shouldn't be if he actually achieved all those feats. It turns out close to the end that not only is Lockhart not as badass as he seems to be, he's actually a complete fraud: the only skill he really has is [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Memory Charms]], which he's used to find and interview wizards and witches who ''actually'' did those things and then wipe out their memories and claim that he did them himself. His incompetence [[LaserGuidedKarma comes back to bite him]] when he tries to do the same to Harry and Ron but the spell backfires and he loses his own memories.

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** There's also Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets''.Secrets]]''. He's a renowned celebrity, famed for fearlessly facing ferocious foes and other threats and always coming out unscathed, but it's immediately apparent that Lockhart is all talk and no action, which shouldn't be if he actually achieved all those feats. It turns out close to the end that not only is Lockhart not as badass as he seems to be, he's actually a complete fraud: the only skill he really has is [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Memory Charms]], which he's used to find and interview wizards and witches who ''actually'' did those things and then wipe out their memories and claim that he did them himself. His incompetence [[LaserGuidedKarma comes back to bite him]] when he tries to do the same to Harry and Ron but the spell backfires and he loses his own memories.
23rd May '17 9:37:04 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** There's also Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets''. He's a renowned celebrity, famed for fearlessly facing ferocious foes and other threats and always coming out unscathed, but it's immediately apparent that Lockhart is all talk and no action, which shouldn't be if he actually achieved all those feats. It turns out close to the end that not only is Lockhart not as badass as he seems to be, he's actually a complete fraud: the only skill he really has is [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Memory Charms]], which he's used to find and interview wizards and witches who ''actually'' did those things and then wipe out their memories and claim that he did them himself. His incompetence [[LaserGuidedKarma comes back to bite him]] when he tries to do the same to Harry and Ron but the spell backfires and he loses his own memories.
4th May '17 1:42:40 AM ValdarSai
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* Pretty much every protagonist from ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon''. Each of them collects all eight badges from their region (16 for the two Johto characters), and they all defeat some form of crime syndicate, all at the age of 11. They also get lost inside one-room buildings and can struggle for hours to pass trivial obstacles.

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* Pretty much every protagonist from ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon''. Each of them collects all eight badges from their region (16 for the two Johto characters), characters and 20 for the fan-made region characters) and defeat the Elite Four and Champion, they all defeat some form of crime syndicate, all at the age of 11. and some have even traveled to other dimensions and realities. They also get lost inside one-room buildings buildings, black out to weak 'mons and can struggle for hours to pass trivial obstacles.
19th Feb '17 8:38:40 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Although the protagonist of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used to be a [[LivingLegend bona fide]] [[KnightErrant badass]], at the start of the show he's spent more than a year in deep depression and doing nothing but DrowningMySorrows, which has left him out of shape and incapable of carrying out heroic deeds as he once did. The first few episodes have several occasions where he essentially coasts by on his old reputation, but after that point, he is forced to start regaining his old form.

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* Although the protagonist of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used to be a [[LivingLegend bona fide]] [[KnightErrant fide badass]], at the start of the show he's spent more than a year in deep depression and doing nothing but DrowningMySorrows, which has left him out of shape and incapable of carrying out heroic deeds as he once did. The first few episodes have several occasions where he essentially coasts by on his old reputation, but after that point, he is forced to start regaining his old form.
19th Feb '17 8:37:32 PM TheWanderer
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* Although the protagonist of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used to be a bona fide badass, at the start of the show he's spent more than a year in deep depression and DrowningMySorrows, which has left him out of shape and incapable of carrying out heroic deeds as he once did. The first few episodes have several occasions where he has to coast by on his old reputation, but after that point, he is forced to start regaining his old form.

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* Although the protagonist of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used to be a [[LivingLegend bona fide badass, fide]] [[KnightErrant badass]], at the start of the show he's spent more than a year in deep depression and doing nothing but DrowningMySorrows, which has left him out of shape and incapable of carrying out heroic deeds as he once did. The first few episodes have several occasions where he has to coast essentially coasts by on his old reputation, but after that point, he is forced to start regaining his old form.
1st Feb '17 4:45:05 AM IamTheCaligula
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} by Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. His description says that he only has [[OneHitPointWonder 1 HP, 1 DEF,]] [[ScratchDamage 1 ATK]] and is the weakest enemy in the entire game. [[spoiler:What the description doesn't tell you is that he's also the WorldsBestWarrior, that he deals 1 HP damage ''per frame'' and that his attacks bypass your MercyInvincibility, so that's [[DeathByAThousandCuts 40 HP damage per second]], not counting the stacking [[DamageOverTime Karmic Retribution]] effect he applies with every hit. Sans is also a bona fide CombatPragmatist compared to the other monsters: he will take the first turn away from you, interrupt his opening monologue to attack you out of the blue, attack you during ''your turn'', and actually ''dodge'' your attacks. Halfway through his fight, he'll offer you the chance to spare him, and if you take it, well, prepare to '''[[ISurrenderSuckers get]] [[OneHitKill dunked]] [[KarmicDeath on]]'''.]]

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} by Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. His description says that he only has [[OneHitPointWonder 1 HP, 1 DEF,]] [[ScratchDamage 1 ATK]] and is the weakest easiest enemy in the entire game. [[spoiler:What the description doesn't tell you is that he's also the WorldsBestWarrior, that his attacks bypass your MercyInvincibility and that he deals 1 HP damage ''per frame'' and that his attacks bypass your MercyInvincibility, frame'', so that's [[DeathByAThousandCuts 40 HP damage per second]], not counting the stacking [[DamageOverTime Karmic Retribution]] effect he applies with every hit. Sans is also a bona fide CombatPragmatist compared to the other monsters: he will take the first turn away from you, interrupt his opening monologue to attack you out of the blue, attack you during ''your turn'', and actually ''dodge'' your attacks. Halfway through his fight, he'll offer you the chance to spare him, and if you take it, well, prepare to '''[[ISurrenderSuckers get]] [[OneHitKill dunked]] [[KarmicDeath on]]'''.]]
5th Jan '17 2:45:47 PM DustSnitch
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You hear tales about the character. Every achievement, every victory. You get assured time and time again that every story you've heard is true. You come to the conclusion [[ShroudedInMyth only someone of a divine level of badassery could have done these things.]]

Then you meet them.

It's not so much that the stories about the hero were false so much as they just left out a few crucial details. Namely that the hero is, in fact, a loser.

It's not an [[ObfuscatingStupidity act]]. If it is, even they have started to believe it. It's not them stealing the credit from their [[HyperCompetentSidekick sidekick]] either.

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You hear tales about A Badass On Paper is a character who, despite having honestly accomplished wild achievements and incredible victories, defies high expectations and is instead quite the character. Every achievement, every victory. You get assured time and time again that every story you've heard is true. You come to the conclusion [[ShroudedInMyth only someone of a divine level of badassery could have done these things.]]

Then you meet them.

It's not so much that the stories about the hero were false so much as they just left out a few crucial details. Namely that the hero is, in fact, a loser.

It's not an [[ObfuscatingStupidity act]]. If it is, even they have started to believe it. It's not them stealing the credit from their [[HyperCompetentSidekick sidekick]] either.
loser.
12th Dec '16 9:43:12 PM Doug86
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* ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' is a superhero whose achievements include defeating [[HeroKiller an apparently invincible robot designed to kill superheroes]], a [[Manga/DragonballZ Goku]] {{Expy}} and [[EldritchAbomination the Shadow]]. He's also too stupid to operate a car's seatbelt.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' is a superhero whose achievements include defeating [[HeroKiller an apparently invincible robot designed to kill superheroes]], a [[Manga/DragonballZ [[Anime/DragonballZ Goku]] {{Expy}} and [[EldritchAbomination the Shadow]]. He's also too stupid to operate a car's seatbelt.
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