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17th May '18 9:29:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The first book of ''Fanfic/TheLastSon'' is ''infamous'' for this, particularly where Superman and [[SickeninglySweethearts his]] [[RomanticPlotTumour love]] [[MarySue interest]] [[spoiler: Alison Blaire, a.k.a. Alia Ka-Lir]] are concerned. The former is the most powerful being on the planet, bar none and never has to use his full powers, immune to telepathy, immune to magic, gets over trauma ridiculously quickly, a super genius with DeusExMachina levels of technology, all while being college age at most. On top of this, he frequently proves to be HolierThanThou, giving people moral lectures that are never disputed by anyone but villains and the X-Men spend the entirety of Book One as his cheerleaders, effectively. The latter is a MarySue classic, with bucket loads of [[InformedAttribute informed attributes]] and the only people who dislike her are the various resident [[AlphaBitch alpha bitches]] and villains. It continues, to one extent or another, through the first three books - it's still too early in Book Four to really tell - and is considered something of a black mark on an otherwise very well conceived story.

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* The first book of ''Fanfic/TheLastSon'' is ''infamous'' for this, particularly where Superman and [[SickeninglySweethearts his]] [[RomanticPlotTumour love]] [[MarySue his love interest]] [[spoiler: Alison Blaire, a.k.a. Alia Ka-Lir]] are concerned. The former is the most powerful being on the planet, bar none and never has to use his full powers, immune to telepathy, immune to magic, gets over trauma ridiculously quickly, a super genius with DeusExMachina levels of technology, all while being college age at most. On top of this, he frequently proves to be HolierThanThou, giving people moral lectures that are never disputed by anyone but villains and the X-Men spend the entirety of Book One as his cheerleaders, effectively. The latter is a MarySue classic, with has bucket loads of [[InformedAttribute informed attributes]] and the only people who dislike her are the various resident [[AlphaBitch alpha bitches]] and villains. It continues, to one extent or another, through the first three books - it's still too early in Book Four to really tell - and is considered something of a black mark on an otherwise very well conceived story.



* Essentially, expect this to happen if a fanfic contains a Mary Sue (or Gary Stu). Everyone will praise them like no tommorow, and be excused should they do wrong upon others.



* It's the biggest thing Thanos must overcome when ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' comes out. See, Thanos is the BiggerBad of everyone's films, the UltimateEvil dreaded around the universe. Yeah, so what if the Avengers beat an actual Norse God and the alien army he summoned and the Guardians took down an evil sentient planet, that's ''nothing'' to the ultimate force of ultimate evil that no one has any chance of laying a scratch on - almighty Thanos, invincible master of death, destruction, despair, and doom! And we know this because [[InformedAbility we're told this over and over]] as for seven whole years the guy himself does [[OrcusOnHisThrone nothing but cameo here and there to talk about what he's going to do and occasionally order his minions to do things they'd have done anyway]]. Even the MCU's biggest fans aren't sure living up to ''this'' much hype is even possible. After release most people praises him as one of the most interesting villain in the MCU and his power is already established in the first ten minutes of the movie when he [[spoiler: beats Hulk so easily the green guy ''refuses'' to come out for the rest of the movie]] and then he shows the power of his gauntlet that lives up to expectation.

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* It's the biggest thing Thanos must overcome when until ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' comes came out. See, Thanos is the BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain of everyone's films, the UltimateEvil dreaded around the universe. Yeah, so what if the Avengers beat an actual Norse God and the alien army he summoned and the Guardians took down an evil sentient planet, that's ''nothing'' to the ultimate force of ultimate evil that no one has any chance of laying a scratch on - almighty Thanos, invincible master of death, destruction, despair, and doom! And we know this because [[InformedAbility we're told this over and over]] as for seven whole years the guy himself does [[OrcusOnHisThrone nothing but cameo here and there to talk about what he's going to do and occasionally order his minions to do things they'd have done anyway]]. Even the MCU's biggest fans aren't sure living up to ''this'' much hype is even possible. After release most people praises him as one of the most interesting villain in the MCU and his power is already established in the first ten minutes of the movie when he [[spoiler: beats Hulk so easily the green guy ''refuses'' to come out for the rest of the movie]] and then he shows the power of his gauntlet that lives up to expectation.



* This is, more or less, the ''only'' way that the [[AuthorAvatar two]] [[CanonSue main]] [[SmallNameBigEgo characters]] in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series ever interact with non-main characters. It's either Buck and Rayford are thinking about how special they are and what a privilege it is for the rest of their unnamed co-workers and friends to associate with them, or it's these unnamed co-workers and friends gushing about them. This can be seen as the authors ignoring the ShowDontTell method of storytelling, merely ''telling'' us how earnest, passionate, and sincere their characters are rather than actually ''showing'' any of these qualities. Buck especially pairs it with a bad case of an InformedAttribute; he's supposed to be this legendarily incorruptible reporter who's impossible to intimidate or bribe, and he keeps being described as such even after we've seen him agree to bury multiple major stories in exchange for protection from the group they would have exposed and a job.

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* This is, more or less, the ''only'' way that the [[AuthorAvatar two]] [[CanonSue main]] [[SmallNameBigEgo two main characters]] in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series ever interact with non-main characters. It's either Buck and Rayford are thinking about how special they are and what a privilege it is for the rest of their unnamed co-workers and friends to associate with them, or it's these unnamed co-workers and friends gushing about them. This can be seen as the authors ignoring the ShowDontTell method of storytelling, merely ''telling'' us how earnest, passionate, and sincere their characters are rather than actually ''showing'' any of these qualities. Buck especially pairs it with a bad case of an InformedAttribute; he's supposed to be this legendarily incorruptible reporter who's impossible to intimidate or bribe, and he keeps being described as such even after we've seen him agree to bury multiple major stories in exchange for protection from the group they would have exposed and a job.



* S.D. Perry's novelizations of the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series go to extraordinary lengths to sell readers on how smart, brave, tough, smart, gifted, smart and really, ''really'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment smart]] Rebecca Chambers is, despite her scientific knowledge never rising above what anyone who paid attention in junior-high chemistry would already know. Every sympathetic character, even the protagonists from the actual games, gets at least one inner monologue describing how fiercely independent, resourceful and intelligent she is, and she becomes the star of ''two'' original novels where she basically saves the world singlehandedly while riding atop a massive, cresting wave of adulation from the other characters. Keep in mind these books were written before the 2002 ''[=REmake=]'' [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap changed Rebecca's characterization]] into that of a well-grounded and very stressed-out young woman in way over her head, so Perry's only source of inspiration for her genius MarySue version was the obliviously cheerful dingbat from the 1996 original.

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* S.D. Perry's novelizations of the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series go to extraordinary lengths to sell readers on how smart, brave, tough, smart, gifted, smart and really, ''really'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment smart]] Rebecca Chambers is, despite her scientific knowledge never rising above what anyone who paid attention in junior-high chemistry would already know. Every sympathetic character, even the protagonists from the actual games, gets at least one inner monologue describing how fiercely independent, resourceful and intelligent she is, and she becomes the star of ''two'' original novels where she basically saves the world singlehandedly while riding atop a massive, cresting wave of adulation from the other characters. Keep in mind these books were written before the 2002 ''[=REmake=]'' [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap changed Rebecca's characterization]] into that of a well-grounded and very stressed-out young woman in way over her head, so Perry's only source of inspiration for her genius MarySue version was the obliviously cheerful dingbat from the 1996 original.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lana spent the first several years of the show's run being the girl everyone was in love with; she was Clark's long-term hopeless crush, the object of every villain's twisted affection (so that Clark could rescue her every week or so) and everyone else's bestest friend. All of the praise heaped upon the character couldn't hide the fact that [[{{JerkSue}} she really wasn't all that amazing, and would often indulge in petty behavior]]. As the show wore on, her awesomeness [[GodModeSue caught up with all the shilling of her when she got a dose of superpowers]]. This made her all the more irritating and she finally left the show in season eight.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lana spent the first several years of the show's run being the girl everyone was in love with; she was Clark's long-term hopeless crush, the object of every villain's twisted affection (so that Clark could rescue her every week or so) and everyone else's bestest friend. All of the praise heaped upon the character couldn't hide the fact that [[{{JerkSue}} she really wasn't all that amazing, and would often indulge in petty behavior]]. behavior. As the show wore on, her awesomeness [[GodModeSue caught up with all the shilling of her when she got a dose of superpowers]].superpowers. This made her all the more irritating and she finally left the show in season eight.
17th May '18 9:13:19 PM waters20
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* During the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Arnold is walking with Sid and tinky to deliver Iggy's homework to him at his house and Sid and Stinky boast about how cool Iggy is, despite the fact that this was never explained prior to the episodes he appeared in and he was just a typical recurring character like everyone else on the show.

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* During the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Arnold is walking with Sid and tinky to deliver Iggy's homework to him at his house and Sid and Stinky boast about how cool Iggy is, despite the fact that this was never explained prior to the episodes he appeared in this episode and he was just a typical recurring character like everyone else on the show.show in episodes beforehand.
17th May '18 9:11:51 PM waters20
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* During the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/Hey Arnold'' episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Arnold is walking with Sid and tinky to deliver Iggy's homework to him at his house and Sid and Stinky boast about how cool Iggy is, despite the fact that this was never explained prior to the episodes he appeared in and he was just a typical recurring character like everyone else on the show.

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* During the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/Hey Arnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Arnold is walking with Sid and tinky to deliver Iggy's homework to him at his house and Sid and Stinky boast about how cool Iggy is, despite the fact that this was never explained prior to the episodes he appeared in and he was just a typical recurring character like everyone else on the show.
17th May '18 9:10:45 PM waters20
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* During the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/Hey Arnold'' episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Arnold is walking with Sid and tinky to deliver Iggy's homework to him at his house and Sid and Stinky boast about how cool Iggy is, despite the fact that this was never explained prior to the episodes he appeared in and he was just a typical recurring character like everyone else on the show.
17th May '18 7:24:46 AM trixus
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* It's the biggest thing Thanos must overcome when ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' comes out. See, Thanos is the BiggerBad of everyone's films, the UltimateEvil dreaded around the universe. Yeah, so what if the Avengers beat an actual Norse God and the alien army he summoned and the Guardians took down an evil sentient planet, that's ''nothing'' to the ultimate force of ultimate evil that no one has any chance of laying a scratch on - almighty Thanos, invincible master of death, destruction, despair, and doom! And we know this because [[InformedAbility we're told this over and over]] as for seven whole years the guy himself does [[OrcusOnHisThrone nothing but cameo here and there to talk about what he's going to do and occasionally order his minions to do things they'd have done anyway]]. Even the MCU's biggest fans aren't sure living up to ''this'' much hype is even possible.

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* It's the biggest thing Thanos must overcome when ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' comes out. See, Thanos is the BiggerBad of everyone's films, the UltimateEvil dreaded around the universe. Yeah, so what if the Avengers beat an actual Norse God and the alien army he summoned and the Guardians took down an evil sentient planet, that's ''nothing'' to the ultimate force of ultimate evil that no one has any chance of laying a scratch on - almighty Thanos, invincible master of death, destruction, despair, and doom! And we know this because [[InformedAbility we're told this over and over]] as for seven whole years the guy himself does [[OrcusOnHisThrone nothing but cameo here and there to talk about what he's going to do and occasionally order his minions to do things they'd have done anyway]]. Even the MCU's biggest fans aren't sure living up to ''this'' much hype is even possible.
possible. After release most people praises him as one of the most interesting villain in the MCU and his power is already established in the first ten minutes of the movie when he [[spoiler: beats Hulk so easily the green guy ''refuses'' to come out for the rest of the movie]] and then he shows the power of his gauntlet that lives up to expectation.
11th May '18 12:56:38 PM randomtroper89
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* Owen on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' particularly during the second season. Most of his accomplishments are either a) based on dumb luck or b) somehow related to [[BigEater eating]], yet everybody acts like they're incredible talents. In the first episode of ''Total Drama Action'', for example, he manages to avoid being caught by the monster simply because he's too fat to pick up, then eats a bunch of fake food because he wouldn't just stop and listen to Chris tell him it was fake. But by coincidence he happened to burp out the key they were supposed to find, and immediately we get several other characters wowed by his accomplishment. When he's voted off by Courtney in a later episode, everyone acts like she's crossed the MoralEventHorizon, even though a.) he (and the other Grips) were all TheLoad in that day's challenge, and b.) she only had the deciding vote because the others all wasted theirs, voting for her despite her having immunity.
** Notably averted during the following seasons. In ''World Tour'', he is openly mocked by several other characters and made into a ButtMonkey. In seasons 4 and 5 he has cameos, but is likely to be mocked and abused as others.

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* Owen on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' particularly during the second season. Most of his accomplishments are either a) based on dumb luck or b) somehow related to [[BigEater eating]], yet everybody acts like they're incredible talents. In the first episode of ''Total Drama Action'', for example, he manages to avoid being caught by the monster simply because he's too fat to pick up, then eats a bunch of fake food because he wouldn't just stop and listen to Chris tell him it was fake. But by coincidence he happened to burp out the key they were supposed to find, and immediately we get several other characters wowed by his accomplishment. When he's voted off by Courtney in a later episode, everyone acts like she's crossed the MoralEventHorizon, even though a.) he (and heand the other Grips) Grips were all TheLoad in that day's challenge, and b.) she only had the deciding vote because the others all wasted theirs, voting for her despite her having immunity.
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immunity. Notably averted during the following seasons. In ''World Tour'', he is openly mocked by several other characters and made into a ButtMonkey. In seasons 4 and 5 he has cameos, but is likely to be mocked and abused as others.
3rd May '18 2:12:30 AM Estvyk
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* When Carol Danvers aka ComicBook/MsMarvel got a Superman-esque costume change and name upgrade to ComicBook/CaptainMarvel, she was suddenly treated as the Marvel Universe's greatest female superhero. This rang false with a lot of fans since she was a second-stringer at best for most of her existence, and it was really obvious that she was being propped up for her upcoming Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 movie]] at the expense of Marvel's more prominent female heroes like [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey, Storm]] and the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]] - whose film rights fall outside the MCU. Around the same time, these other females were downplayed or PutOnABus.

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* When Carol Danvers aka ComicBook/MsMarvel got a Superman-esque costume change and name upgrade to ComicBook/CaptainMarvel, she was suddenly treated as the Marvel Universe's greatest female superhero. This rang false with a lot of fans since she was a second-stringer at best for most of her existence, and it was really obvious that she was being propped up for her upcoming Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 movie]] at the expense of Marvel's more prominent female heroes like [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey, Storm]] and the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]] - whose film rights fall outside the MCU. Around the same time, these other females were downplayed or PutOnABus. This has led to her being nicknamed "Marvel's Wrestling/RomanReigns".
18th Apr '18 2:50:29 PM TheLuckyCat
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* In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', the class of ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' ''constantly'' go on and on about how great Chiaki is and get [[OutOfFocus very little to do]] for much of ''Side:Despair'' she even gets made class president because of how apparently amazingly kind and selfless she is, whereas similar acts by other characters get nowhere near the same amount of praise.
17th Apr '18 11:33:38 AM PhantomRider
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* ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'': Many characters give this treatment to Franchise/{{Superman}} after his death in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman gush over how he was a paragon of hope to the world and with his death, the world has become a darker place. [[spoiler:leading Batman to plan his resurrection. Even after he gets off to a rocky start with the rest of the heroes, he easily befriends them and earns their respect. Franchise/TheFlash in particular is elated to stand alongside Superman and they have a race at the end of the movie.]] Given his [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial]] treatment in the first two movies, this might be a case of TropesAreNotBad.

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* ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'': Many characters give this treatment to Franchise/{{Superman}} after his death in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman gush over how he was a paragon of hope to the world and with his death, the world has become a darker place. [[spoiler:leading [[spoiler:Leading Batman to plan his resurrection. Even after he gets off to a rocky start with the rest of the heroes, he easily befriends them and earns their respect. Franchise/TheFlash in particular is elated to stand alongside Superman and they have a race at the end of the movie.]] Given his [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment controversial]] treatment in the first two movies, this might be a case of TropesAreNotBad.
TropesAreNotBad. However, it rings a bit hollow when the shilling is done by characters who've never met him as far as we can know, and the world always [[HeroWithBadPublicity blamed him for the collateral damage]] rather than seeing him as a hero. In BVS, somehow he even manages to get blamed for the deaths of people killed ''with guns.'' The way they talk about him perfectly fits "classic" Superman, but in the {{DCEU}}, this is the ''first'' we're hearing of ''anyone'' ever drawing hope from his heroic example.
*It's the biggest thing Thanos must overcome when ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' comes out. See, Thanos is the BiggerBad of everyone's films, the UltimateEvil dreaded around the universe. Yeah, so what if the Avengers beat an actual Norse God and the alien army he summoned and the Guardians took down an evil sentient planet, that's ''nothing'' to the ultimate force of ultimate evil that no one has any chance of laying a scratch on - almighty Thanos, invincible master of death, destruction, despair, and doom! And we know this because [[InformedAbility we're told this over and over]] as for seven whole years the guy himself does [[OrcusOnHisThrone nothing but cameo here and there to talk about what he's going to do and occasionally order his minions to do things they'd have done anyway]]. Even the MCU's biggest fans aren't sure living up to ''this'' much hype is even possible.
15th Apr '18 3:57:32 PM Apocrypha
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* Done a lot in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' on ''Side:Despair'', to the point where the majority of the cast are completely DemotedToExtra for the sake of excessive praise of Chiaki [[CreatorsPet and how every good thing anybody does is all because of her.]]
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