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29th May '17 7:46:56 PM eroock
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-->--'''Usopp''', ''Manga/OnePiece''

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-->--'''Usopp''', -->-- '''Usopp''', ''Manga/OnePiece''
30th Nov '16 9:17:38 AM JackDavid
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* This wonderful image: http://zombiecarter.deviantart.com/art/Futurama-Undead-Zapp-Brannigan-331944580
13th Nov '16 6:11:08 PM __Vano
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Bob brags about some skill he possess, or [[BadassBoast some impressive feat he pulled off]] [[NoodleIncident in the past]]. In fact, Bob brags quite a lot about this. Alice may roll her eyes at the time, but she remembers. Because, [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail inevitably]], Bob and Alice will find themselves in a situation where success (and possibly survival) [[ChekhovsSkill utterly depends]] on that skill Bob has been bragging about. At which point Bob will confess, with great embarrassment, that [[MilesGloriosus his original claims were very overstated, if not completely fabricated]]. However, while Bob's first instinct is to turn tail and run, that is simply not an option: by the time Bob is exposed, Alice's plan is completely past the PointOfNoReturn. Since Bob is the ClosestThingWeGot, he has no choice but to attempt to live up to the original boasts.

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Bob brags about some skill he possess, or [[BadassBoast some impressive feat he pulled off]] [[NoodleIncident off in the past]]. In fact, Bob brags quite a lot about this. Alice may roll her eyes at the time, but she remembers. Because, [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail inevitably]], Bob and Alice will find themselves in a situation where success (and possibly survival) [[ChekhovsSkill utterly depends]] on that skill Bob has been bragging about. At which point Bob will confess, with great embarrassment, that [[MilesGloriosus his original claims were very overstated, if not completely fabricated]]. However, while Bob's first instinct is to turn tail and run, that is simply not an option: by the time Bob is exposed, Alice's plan is completely past the PointOfNoReturn. Since Bob is the ClosestThingWeGot, he has no choice but to attempt to live up to the original boasts.


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TruthInTelevision in that "fake it until you make it" is a viable business and political strategy. Understandably though, in RealLife they do all they can to avoid the aforementioned million-to-one chances, preferring bluffing, intimidation and disinformation to avoid actually showing what they're bragging about for as long as possible until they can afford to. Despite this, cases when a hastily-put-together fake manages to produce the required outcome (and even force them to imitate it in the final product as a result) are not unheard of.
17th Oct '16 11:58:03 PM Vir
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* Before the start of ''VideoGame/MediEvil'', [[FakeUltimateHero Dan boasts about being a great hero, and is remembered as one, but really isn't,]] by the end, however, he's truly become the hero he claimed to be. [[IronButtmonkey Being undead]] helped with that.

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* Before the start of ''VideoGame/MediEvil'', [[FakeUltimateHero Dan boasts about being a great hero, and is remembered as one, but really isn't,]] by isn't]]. By the end, however, he's truly become the hero he claimed to be. [[IronButtmonkey Being undead]] helped with that.
17th Oct '16 11:57:36 PM Vir
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* Before the start of 'VideoGame/MediEvil'', [[FakeUltimateHero Dan boasts about being a great hero, and is remembered as one, but really isn't,]] by the end, however, he's truly become the hero he claimed to be. [[IronButtmonkey Being undead]] helped with that.
* Captain Qwark of the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series. Throughout the series he boasts about how amazing and heroic he is, but always fails to live up to it (he's even a villain in the first game). In the third game however, he fakes his death, but when Ratchet and Clank find him, Clank tells him that there's still a chance for him 'to be the hero he always wanted to be'. Cue his entrance during the final boss battle in which he helps you fight Dr Nefarious.
** He's also helped out in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime Crack in Time]]'', despite maintaining his pathetic qualities.

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* Before the start of 'VideoGame/MediEvil'', ''VideoGame/MediEvil'', [[FakeUltimateHero Dan boasts about being a great hero, and is remembered as one, but really isn't,]] by the end, however, he's truly become the hero he claimed to be. [[IronButtmonkey Being undead]] helped with that.
* Captain Qwark of the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series. Throughout the series he boasts about how amazing and heroic he is, but always fails to live up to it (he's even a villain in the first game). In the third game however, he fakes his death, but when Ratchet and Clank find him, Clank tells him that there's still a chance for him 'to "to be the hero he always wanted to be'. be". Cue his entrance during the final boss battle in which he helps you fight Dr Dr. Nefarious.
** He's also helped out in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]'', despite maintaining his pathetic qualities.
11th Aug '16 10:55:18 AM NoxSky12599
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->''"It's true, I've deteriorated. I used to lie a lot more... '''Now I can actually do these things!'''"''
-->--'''Usopp''', ''Manga/OnePiece''
28th Mar '16 5:10:58 PM poi99
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* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. Gilderoy Lockhart's an amazing fighter of dark-forces- werewolves, hags, vampires, he's fought them all and managed to write about them. Except in reality he's an inept fool; pretty much everyone realises this and their suggestions about BecomingTheBoast are mostly out pleasure to see him squirm. [[spoiler: Eventually, Harry and Ron genuinely force him to help face the Basilisk, since he's the closest thing they've got. Instead, Lockhart subverts the trope, attempting to memory-wipe them and abandoning Ginny to die.]]
16th Mar '16 3:50:28 PM ObsidianFire
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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', the Miller's Daughter, Cora, lies to her king (who is nearly bankrupt) that she can spin straw into gold. The bluff backfires on her, as the king promptly orders for her to be locked in a tower and to transform a roomful of straw. Luckily for Cora, though, {{Rumplestilskin}} ''does'' know how to spin straw into gold, and he's willing to do it for her. Being rather GenreSavvy, Cora demands that he teach her how as well.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', the Miller's Daughter, Cora, lies to her king (who is nearly bankrupt) that she can spin straw into gold. The bluff backfires on her, as the king promptly orders for her to be locked in a tower and to transform a roomful of straw. Luckily for Cora, though, {{Rumplestilskin}} ''does'' know how to spin straw into gold, and he's willing to do it for her. Being rather GenreSavvy, Cora demands that he teach her how as well.
18th Feb '16 10:17:30 AM Morgenthaler
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** An early episode of has a Bajoran, Li Nalas, who is famed as being a great resistance leader, who later admits he is nothing of the sort. It's something of an inversion in this case, in that his reputation was not his own doing (he was, in fact very uncomfortable with it), but actually spread by other Bajoran freedom fighters who needed a hero to inspire them. He ''did'' actually kill an infamous villain, but it was mostly a lucky accident (he stumbled upon the guy bathing in a lake, shot him in his underwear when he saw him running to his phaser, and only found who he was after someone else came across them). After that, as his legend grew, he got credit for almost every successful campaign by the resistance despite never having actually been in charge or heavily involved in carrying them out. [[HeroicSacrifice But when the time comes, he shows that he can be every bit the legend that people already believe.]] Even after proving himself, Li Nalas shows that he still considers himself unworthy. His LastWords are "Off the hook," reflecting his relief that he'll no longer have to live up to a reputation he doesn't think he deserves.

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** An early episode of has a Bajoran, Li Nalas, who is famed as being a great resistance leader, who later admits he is nothing of the sort. It's something of an inversion in this case, in that his reputation was not his own doing (he was, in fact very uncomfortable with it), but actually spread by other Bajoran freedom fighters who needed a hero to inspire them. He ''did'' actually kill an infamous villain, but it was mostly a lucky accident (he stumbled upon the guy bathing in a lake, shot him in his underwear when he saw him running to his phaser, and only found who he was after someone else came across them). After that, as his legend grew, he got credit for almost every successful campaign by the resistance despite never having actually been in charge or heavily involved in carrying them out. [[HeroicSacrifice But when the time comes, he shows that he can be every bit the legend that people already believe.]] Even after proving himself, Li Nalas shows that he still considers himself unworthy. His LastWords are "Off the hook," reflecting his relief that he'll no longer have to live up to a reputation he doesn't think he deserves.
18th Feb '16 10:13:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* An early episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has a Bajoran, Li Nalas, who is famed as being a great resistance leader, who later admits he is nothing of the sort. It's something of an inversion in this case, in that his reputation was not his own doing (he was, in fact very uncomfortable with it), but actually spread by other Bajoran freedom fighters who needed a hero to inspire them. He ''did'' actually kill an infamous villain, but it was mostly a lucky accident (he stumbled upon the guy bathing in a lake, shot him in his underwear when he saw him running to his phaser, and only found who he was after someone else came across them). After that, as his legend grew, he got credit for almost every successful campaign by the resistance despite never having actually been in charge or heavily involved in carrying them out. [[HeroicSacrifice But when the time comes, he shows that he can be every bit the legend that people already believe.]]
** Even after proving himself, Li Nalas shows that he still considers himself unworthy. His LastWords are "Off the hook," reflecting his relief that he'll no longer have to live up to a reputation he doesn't think he deserves.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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An early episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has a Bajoran, Li Nalas, who is famed as being a great resistance leader, who later admits he is nothing of the sort. It's something of an inversion in this case, in that his reputation was not his own doing (he was, in fact very uncomfortable with it), but actually spread by other Bajoran freedom fighters who needed a hero to inspire them. He ''did'' actually kill an infamous villain, but it was mostly a lucky accident (he stumbled upon the guy bathing in a lake, shot him in his underwear when he saw him running to his phaser, and only found who he was after someone else came across them). After that, as his legend grew, he got credit for almost every successful campaign by the resistance despite never having actually been in charge or heavily involved in carrying them out. [[HeroicSacrifice But when the time comes, he shows that he can be every bit the legend that people already believe.]]
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]] Even after proving himself, Li Nalas shows that he still considers himself unworthy. His LastWords are "Off the hook," reflecting his relief that he'll no longer have to live up to a reputation he doesn't think he deserves.
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