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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.
27th Nov '16 7:44:23 PM ProfessorDetective
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* ''Webomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick and Squigly -- One is a poet who has survived and escaped hell multiple times as well written at least one poem so good that makes most woman weak at the knees. The other is skilled at parkour and is able to achieve flight through narcotics alone. Both deal with beings like God, Satan, Jesus and Buddha on a regular basis... and neither one of them has the respect of anyone in the comic, reader included.

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* ''Webomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick and Squigly -- One is a poet who has survived and escaped hell Hell multiple times as well written at least one poem so good that it makes most woman go weak at the knees. The other is skilled at parkour and is able to achieve flight through narcotics alone. Both deal with beings like God, Satan, Jesus and Buddha on a regular basis... and neither one of them has the respect of anyone in the comic, reader included.
27th Nov '16 7:38:31 PM ProfessorDetective
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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.

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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 is, in fact fact, a loser.



Compare with ExpectingSomeoneTaller in which the character is still badass but just doesn't fit the expected image, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass where the character is mostly a moron but when the time is right unleash their inner badass, and CowardlyLion where a character is badass in spite of their otherwise cowardly and timid personality.

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Compare with ExpectingSomeoneTaller in which the character is still badass but just doesn't fit the expected image, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass where the character is mostly a moron but when the time is right to unleash their inner badass, and CowardlyLion where a character is badass in spite of their otherwise cowardly and timid personality.



* Jacuzzi Splot from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. He's the leader of a gang of bootleggers, destroyed 18 Russo Family speakeasies in a single night, survived the Pussyfoot Train incident including fighting unarmed with a single, tiny bomb against someone with a flamethrower, stood up to [[AxCrazy Ladd Russo]], willingly almost fought [[ShowyInvincibleHero Claire]], sacrificed himself to protect someone from being harmed, and has a sword tattoo on his face. He's also a timid shrinking violet who cries all the time, not the least bit physically intimidating, has no special skills, and one of the nicest characters in entire cast. Even when he's shown robbing a mob-run store, shooting with his tommy-gun left and right he's bawling his eyes out.

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* Jacuzzi Splot from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. He's the leader of a gang of bootleggers, destroyed 18 Russo Family speakeasies in a single night, survived the Pussyfoot Train incident including fighting unarmed with a single, tiny bomb against someone with a flamethrower, stood up to [[AxCrazy Ladd Russo]], willingly almost fought [[ShowyInvincibleHero Claire]], sacrificed himself to protect someone from being harmed, and has a sword tattoo on his face. He's also a timid shrinking violet who cries all the time, not the least bit physically intimidating, has no special skills, and one of the nicest characters in the entire cast. Even when he's shown robbing a mob-run store, shooting with his tommy-gun left and right he's bawling his eyes out.



* [[{{Manga/Trigun}} Vash The Stampede]], AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Humanoid Typhoon]]. A legendary force of destruction, leaving nothing but rubble in his wake, and sporting the worlds highest bounty (60 billion double dollars). Then you meet him... a goofy, spiky haired nitwit, with a great love of donuts. Most of the destruction comes from the many, many, ''many'' people constantly trying to kill him. ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Most]]'' [[PersonOfMassDestruction of it]]. [[spoiler: That said, much of the act is ObfuscatingStupidity. Piss him off enough, and you learn firsthand where the page picture on GlowingEyesOfDoom came from.]]

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* [[{{Manga/Trigun}} Vash The Stampede]], AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Humanoid Typhoon]]. A legendary force of destruction, leaving nothing but rubble in his wake, wake and sporting the worlds world's highest bounty (60 billion double dollars). Then you meet him... a goofy, spiky haired spiky-haired nitwit, with a great love of donuts. Most of the destruction comes from the many, many, ''many'' people constantly trying to kill him. ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Most]]'' [[PersonOfMassDestruction of it]]. [[spoiler: That said, much of the act is ObfuscatingStupidity. Piss him off enough, and you learn firsthand where the page picture on GlowingEyesOfDoom came from.]]



** Buggy the Clown, an early villain who admittedly TookALevelInBadass...but not as much as others in universe ''think'' he took. Also a lot of his reputation is form being a member of Gold Roger's crew like Shanks...where they were both cabin boys. A lot of his power post timeskip comes from the fact that he commands a crew of badasses, not that he is one (being a noticable aversion to AsskickingEqualsAuthority for the series).

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** Buggy the Clown, an early villain who admittedly TookALevelInBadass...but not as much as others in universe in-universe ''think'' he took. Also Also, a lot of his reputation is form from being a member of Gold Roger's crew like Shanks...where they were both cabin boys. A lot of his power post timeskip time skip comes from the fact that he commands a crew of badasses, not that he is one (being a noticable noticeable aversion to AsskickingEqualsAuthority for the series).



* For a lot of the series, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' views himself as one of these. The event that made him famous happened when he was a baby and when in Order of the Phoenix he gets asked to teach a defense against the dark arts club, he argues that all his other achievements have been either through luck or from getting a lot of help. He begins to grow out of this in the seventh book, as he is now the one taking the fight to Voldemort, and his previous experiences fighting against the Dark Arts help him realize what has to be done.

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* For a lot of the series, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' views himself as one of these. The event that made him famous happened when he was a baby and when when, in Order ''Order of the Phoenix Phoenix,'' he gets asked to teach a defense against Defense Against the dark arts Dark Arts club, he argues that all his other achievements have been either through luck or from getting a lot of help. He begins to grow out of this in the seventh book, as he is now the one taking the fight to Voldemort, and his previous experiences fighting against the Dark Arts help him realize what has to be done.



* 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 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 point, he is forced to start regaining his old form.



* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'', the player character is a relatively ordinary person who accomplishes his/her increasingly long list of heroic deeds with a lot of bravery, luck and help from his/her TrueCompanions. The general populace start to see him/her as a LivingLegend on par with the expy of ''Hercules'' while the antagonistic dragons come to ''fear'' him/her. His/her closest companions are more realistic but still place him/her in very high regard. Being elevated like this is a little unnerving for the dragonrider.

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* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'', the player character is a relatively ordinary person who accomplishes his/her increasingly long list of heroic deeds with a lot of bravery, luck luck, and help from his/her TrueCompanions. The general populace start starts to see him/her as a LivingLegend on par with the expy of ''Hercules'' while the antagonistic dragons come to ''fear'' him/her. His/her closest companions are more realistic but still place him/her in very high regard. Being elevated like this is a little unnerving for the dragonrider.



* ''Webomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick and Squigly -- One is a poet who has survived and escaped hell multiple times as well written at least one poem so good that makes most woman weak at the knees. The other is skilled at parkour and is able to achieve flight through narcotics alone. Both deal with beings like God, Satan, Jesus and Buddha on a regular basis... and neither one of them has the respect of any one in the comic, reader included.

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* ''Webomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick and Squigly -- One is a poet who has survived and escaped hell multiple times as well written at least one poem so good that makes most woman weak at the knees. The other is skilled at parkour and is able to achieve flight through narcotics alone. Both deal with beings like God, Satan, Jesus and Buddha on a regular basis... and neither one of them has the respect of any one anyone in the comic, reader included.



** Black Mage may also count. He is the universe's chew toy and is the most likely to experience pages of torture with no resistance. It is acknowledged once that he has the apocalyptic power of three wizards, [[spoiler:he took over hell at one point, vaporized the Fiend of Earth, controlled the Temple of Fiends with his mind, drained the evil from five of the most evil creatures ever to exist (including himself), and had the ability to cast a doomsday-triggering spell right from the beginning of the comic. Regardless, he is rarely played up as a badass.]]

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** Black Mage may also count. He is the universe's chew toy and is the most likely to experience pages of torture with no resistance. It is acknowledged once that he has the apocalyptic power of three wizards, [[spoiler:he took over hell at one point, vaporized the Fiend of Earth, controlled the Temple of Fiends with his mind, drained the evil from five of the most evil vilest creatures ever to exist (including himself), and had the ability to cast a doomsday-triggering spell right from the beginning of the comic. Regardless, he is rarely played up as a badass.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': A villainous example with Jack Spicer. In the span of three seasons he has built countless robotic armies, a time machine, a Shen Gong Wu detector, a shapeshifter, highly impressive AI, is responsible for the release of Wuya thus causing the Wu to start revealing themselves and in a future without Omi he would be ruler of the whole world. Not bad for a guy who lives with his parents. He also had the best track record against the heroes out of anyone who has challenged them, having claimed several victories whereas any other villain is lucky to have one or two.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': A villainous example with Jack Spicer. In the span of three seasons he has built countless robotic armies, a time machine, a Shen Gong Wu detector, a shapeshifter, highly impressive AI, is responsible for the release of Wuya thus causing the Wu to start revealing themselves and in a future the future, without Omi Omi, he would be the ruler of the whole world. Not bad for a guy who lives with his parents. He also had the best track record against the heroes out of anyone who has challenged them, having claimed several victories whereas any other villain is lucky to have one or two.
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