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18th Aug '17 7:50:38 AM LittleBuster
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* ''Tatsuya Shiba from TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' is a TropeCodifier for such characters in the TroubledButCute variation being an absolutely outstanding TeenGenius, ChickMagnet, DeadpanSnarker TheStoic and incredibly competent InvincibleHero, who is despised by the magicians' elite as a mediocrity in talents and beauty, despite the fact that he is able to defeat any of them thanks to his mind and without using any complicated spells. In addition, he also despises by his family, while being the target of BigBrotherWorship his literally perfectly beautiful [[spoiler: DesignerBaby]] TheAce younger sister, with whom [[spoiler: he can also become a couple because of their genetic differences due to genetic modifications]]. The last volumes even advance it UpToEleven, allowing Shiba to influence the alignment of forces in politics and potentially change society in accordance with their political views.

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* ''Tatsuya Shiba from TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' is a TropeCodifier for such characters in the TroubledButCute variation being an absolutely outstanding TeenGenius, ChickMagnet, DeadpanSnarker TheStoic and incredibly competent InvincibleHero, who is despised by the magicians' elite as a mediocrity in talents and beauty, despite the fact that he is able to defeat any of them thanks to his mind and without using any complicated spells. In addition, he also despises is despised by his own family, while being the target of BigBrotherWorship his literally perfectly beautiful [[spoiler: DesignerBaby]] TheAce younger sister, with whom [[spoiler: he can also become a couple because of their genetic differences due to genetic modifications]]. The last volumes even advance it UpToEleven, allowing Shiba to influence the alignment of forces in politics and potentially change society in accordance with their political views.
18th Aug '17 7:43:26 AM LittleBuster
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* ''Tatsuya Shiba from TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' is a TropeCodifier for such characters in the TroubledButCute variation being an absolutely outstanding TeenGenius, ChickMagnet, DeadpanSnarker TheStoic and incredibly competent InvincibleHero, who is despised by the magicians' elite as a mediocrity in talents and beauty, despite the fact that he is able to defeat any of them thanks to his mind and without using any complicated spells. In addition, he also despises by his family, while being the target of BigBrotherWorship his literally perfectly beautiful [[spoiler: DesignerBaby]] TheAce younger sister, with whom [[spoiler: he can also become a couple because of their genetic differences due to genetic modifications]]. The last volumes even advance it UpToEleven, allowing Shiba to influence the alignment of forces in politics and potentially change society in accordance with their political views.
** And although many critics and ordinary people argue whether he is more MartyStu or extreme PanderingToTheBase, it allows him to be a much more popular character in the series than any of the female characters and to attract young guys in fandom.
** His sister Miyuki Shiba is also in many ways a similar character for young girls, being an extraordinarily talented DudeMagnet NiceGirl and TheAce, who has almost a divine appearance and is regularly receives care, protection and big brotherly love from her handsome NiceGuy ChickMagnet mentioned above, the elder brother Tatsuya. All this leads to the fact that this series has a rather huge EstrogenBrigade, very rare for such young male-oriented light novels.
17th Aug '17 5:56:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'': A king, partly divine, all but invincible, SuperStrength, gets laid with every girl in his kingdom but snubs ''the goddess of [=R3D H0T S3XX0RS=]''... Gilgamesh is wish-fulfillment SnarkBait by modern standards. He's effectively protected by a GrandfatherClause, since he predates most tropes.
7th Jul '17 3:05:34 PM TwilightLord
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* ''VideoGame/HuniePop'' is deliberately set up to let you be one of these. You, the main character, start out as a shy virgin who can barely even talk to girls, and, with some help from Kyu the love fairy, end up having sex with several beautiful girls, including [[LittleBitBeastly a catgirl]], [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe an alien]], [[spoiler:the aforementioned Kyu, and finally ''the goddess of love herself, Venus'']]. And you do it all by, essentially, playing ''VideoGame/Bejeweled''.

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* ''VideoGame/HuniePop'' is deliberately set up to let you be one of these. You, the main character, start out as a shy virgin who can barely even talk to girls, and, with some help from Kyu the love fairy, end up having sex with several beautiful girls, including [[LittleBitBeastly a catgirl]], [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe an alien]], [[spoiler:the aforementioned Kyu, and finally ''the goddess of love herself, Venus'']]. And you do it all by, essentially, playing ''VideoGame/Bejeweled''.''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}''.
7th Jul '17 3:04:56 PM TwilightLord
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* ''VideoGame/HuniePop'' is deliberately set up to let you be one of these. You, the main character, start out as a shy virgin who can barely even talk to girls, and, with some help from Kyu the love fairy, end up having sex with several beautiful girls, including [[LittleBitBeastly a catgirl]], [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe an alien]], [[spoiler:the aforementioned Kyu, and finally ''the goddess of love herself, Venus'']]. And you do it all by, essentially, playing ''VideoGame/Bejeweled''.
19th Jun '17 7:17:14 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* The titular character of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is [[DitzyGenius highly intelligent]], [[TheAce exceedingly athletic]], [[InformedAttractiveness very attractive]], [[TheAce omni-talented]], and has a club of people who follow her beck and call, not to mention an entire secret organization of [[PsychicPowers esper]] that exists to keep her happy. {{Deconstructed}} in that she's not the viewpoint character, and the story gives focus on how her JerkAss antics make the lives of the AudienceSurrogate Kyon, as well as the others, a pain. She instead becomes a ParodySue, and she's also the closest thing that the early novels and the anime have to an ''antagonist''...
** One could argue that Kyon, already being the [[CharacterNarrator viewpoint character]] and AudienceSurrogate, is the escapist character of the series. He's implied to be very smart ([[UnreliableNarrator though he never claims it]]), [[DeadpanSnarker constantly comes up with witty comments]], and is surrounded by three good-looking ([[[InformedAttractiveness as acknowledged in-universe]]) female characters, at least one of whom is likely to appeal to you.

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* The titular character of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is [[DitzyGenius highly intelligent]], [[TheAce exceedingly athletic]], [[InformedAttractiveness very attractive]], [[TheAce omni-talented]], and has a club of people who follow her beck and call, not to mention an entire [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction secret organization organization]] of [[PsychicPowers esper]] espers]] that exists to keep her happy. {{Deconstructed}} in that she's not the viewpoint character, and the story gives focus on how her JerkAss antics make the lives of the AudienceSurrogate Kyon, as well as the others, a pain. She instead becomes a ParodySue, and she's also the closest thing that the early novels and the anime have to an ''antagonist''...
** One could argue that Kyon, already being the [[CharacterNarrator viewpoint character]] and AudienceSurrogate, is the escapist character of the series. He's implied to be very smart ([[UnreliableNarrator though he never claims it]]), [[DeadpanSnarker constantly comes up with witty comments]], and is surrounded by three good-looking ([[[InformedAttractiveness ([[InformedAttractiveness as acknowledged in-universe]]) female characters, at least one of whom is likely to appeal to you.
19th Jun '17 7:05:55 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, is [[DitzyGenius highly intelligent]], [[TheAce exceedingly athletic]], [[InformedAttractiveness very attractive]], [[TheAce omni-talented]], and has a club of people who follow her beck and call, not to mention an entire secret [[PsychicPowers esper]] organization that exists to keep her happy. Somewhat {{deconstructed}}, in that she is not the viewpoint character, and her JerkAss antics make the lives of [[AudienceSurrogate Kyon]] and the others a pain. She's instead a ParodySue, and is also the closest thing that the early novels and the anime have to an ''antagonist''...
** One could argue that Kyon, already being the [[CharacterNarration viewpoint character]] and AudienceSurrogate, is more of an escapist character. He's implied to be very smart ([[UnreliableNarrator though he never claims it]]), [[DeadpanSnarker constantly comes up with witty comments]], and is surrounded by three good-looking ([[[InformedAttractiveness as acknowledged in-universe]]) female characters, at least one of whom is likely to appeal to you.

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* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, The titular character of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is [[DitzyGenius highly intelligent]], [[TheAce exceedingly athletic]], [[InformedAttractiveness very attractive]], [[TheAce omni-talented]], and has a club of people who follow her beck and call, not to mention an entire secret organization of [[PsychicPowers esper]] organization that exists to keep her happy. Somewhat {{deconstructed}}, {{Deconstructed}} in that she is she's not the viewpoint character, and the story gives focus on how her JerkAss antics make the lives of [[AudienceSurrogate Kyon]] and the others AudienceSurrogate Kyon, as well as the others, a pain. She's She instead becomes a ParodySue, and is she's also the closest thing that the early novels and the anime have to an ''antagonist''...
** One could argue that Kyon, already being the [[CharacterNarration [[CharacterNarrator viewpoint character]] and AudienceSurrogate, is more of an the escapist character.character of the series. He's implied to be very smart ([[UnreliableNarrator though he never claims it]]), [[DeadpanSnarker constantly comes up with witty comments]], and is surrounded by three good-looking ([[[InformedAttractiveness as acknowledged in-universe]]) female characters, at least one of whom is likely to appeal to you.
19th Jun '17 6:51:43 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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While MarySue is generally defined as being a bad thing, some of the most widely loved characters in existence are Escapist Characters with any number of CommonMarySueTraits. While a badly written Escapist Character can come off as a MarySue, the key difference between the two is that a MarySue is ''[[AuthorAppeal the author's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy, while the Escapist Character also functions as the ''[[AudienceSurrogate audience's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy.

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While MarySue is generally defined as being a bad thing, some of the most widely loved characters in existence are Escapist Characters with any number of CommonMarySueTraits. While a badly written Escapist Character can come off as a MarySue, the key difference between the two is that while a MarySue is ''[[AuthorAppeal the author's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy, while the Escapist Character [[NotSoDifferent also functions as as]] the ''[[AudienceSurrogate audience's]]'' wish fulfillment fantasy.



* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. Somewhat {{deconstructed}}, especially considering she's the closest thing that the early novels and the anime have to an ''antagonist''...
** One could argue that Kyon is more of an escapist character. He's reportedly very smart ([[UnreliableNarrator though he never claims it]]), [[DeadpanSnarker constantly making witty comments]], and is surrounded by three good-looking (as acknowledged in-universe) female characters, at least one of whom is likely to appeal to you.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, is [[DitzyGenius highly intelligent]], [[TheAce exceedingly athletic]], [[InformedAttractiveness very attractive]], [[TheAce omni-talented]], and has a club of people who follow her beck and call, not to mention an entire secret [[PsychicPowers esper]] organization that exists to keep her happy. Somewhat {{deconstructed}}, especially considering she's in that she is not the viewpoint character, and her JerkAss antics make the lives of [[AudienceSurrogate Kyon]] and the others a pain. She's instead a ParodySue, and is also the closest thing that the early novels and the anime have to an ''antagonist''...
** One could argue that Kyon Kyon, already being the [[CharacterNarration viewpoint character]] and AudienceSurrogate, is more of an escapist character. He's reportedly implied to be very smart ([[UnreliableNarrator though he never claims it]]), [[DeadpanSnarker constantly making comes up with witty comments]], and is surrounded by three good-looking (as ([[[InformedAttractiveness as acknowledged in-universe) in-universe]]) female characters, at least one of whom is likely to appeal to you.



* Franchise/{{Superman}}. The name "Metropolis" comes from the Greek and Latin roots for "[[TheCity city,]]" so Clark Kent is basically Everyman, Everywhere.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. The He's TheCape, ''the'' IdealHero, and TheParagon whom everyone looks up to, as well as an [[SuperpowerLottery immensely powerful]] FlyingBrick who put most of the [[Franchice/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] to shame. And the name "Metropolis" of his city, "Metropolis", comes from the Greek and Latin roots for "[[TheCity city,]]" so Clark Kent is basically Everyman, Everywhere.



--> "Batman is obviously much cooler, but that’s because he’s a very energetic and adolescent fantasy character: a handsome billionaire playboy in black leather with a [[BattleButler butler]] at his beck and call, [[CoolCar better cars]] and [[UtilityBelt gadgetry]] than Film/JamesBond, a horde of fetish [[FemmeFatale femme fatales]] baying around his heels and no boss. That guy's Superman day and night. Superman [[FarmBoy grew up baling hay on a farm.]] He goes to work, for a boss, in an office. He pines after a [[IntrepidReporter hard–working gal.]] Only when he tears off his shirt does that heroic, ideal inner self come to life. That's actually a much more adult fantasy than the one Batman’s peddling but it also makes Superman a little harder to sell. He's much more of a working class superhero, which is why we ended [[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman the whole book]] with the image of a laboring Superman."

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--> "Batman is obviously much cooler, but that’s because he’s a very energetic and adolescent fantasy character: a handsome billionaire playboy in black leather with a [[BattleButler butler]] at his beck and call, [[CoolCar better cars]] and [[UtilityBelt gadgetry]] than Film/JamesBond, a horde of fetish [[FemmeFatale femme fatales]] baying around his heels and no boss. That guy's Superman day and night. Superman [[FarmBoy grew up baling hay on a farm.]] He goes to work, for a boss, in an office. He pines after a [[IntrepidReporter hard–working gal.]] Only when he tears off his shirt does that [[TheCape heroic, ideal inner self self]] come to life. That's actually a much more adult fantasy than the one Batman’s peddling but it also makes Superman a little harder to sell. He's much more of a working class superhero, which is why we ended [[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman the whole book]] with the image of a laboring Superman."



** Could be a {{Deconstruction}}, as his gifts hardly benefit him either due to thinking too small (his first use for his powers was entering small-time show business) or focusing his constant efforts on validating his right to have those gifts (rescuing people and fighting crime, selling his photos or teaching chemistry for change rather than exploiting his photographic talent or scientific know-how for greater profit).

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** Could be a {{Deconstruction}}, as his gifts hardly benefit him either due to thinking too small (his first use for his powers was entering small-time show business) or focusing his constant efforts on [[WithGreatPower validating his right to have those gifts gifts]] (rescuing people and fighting crime, selling his photos or teaching chemistry for change rather than exploiting his photographic talent or scientific know-how for greater profit).



* The titular protagonist from Herge's ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' series could possibly qualify as one of these; he's a successful journalist embarking on incredible adventures accompanied by a medley of unusual comrades. Not only that, but Herge himself admitted that Tintin's limited personality was a means of enabling readers to assume Tintin's position and experience such great adventures, and that writing the books provided him Wish Fulfillment, having initially conceived Tintin as an idealized version of himself.

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* The titular protagonist from Herge's ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' series could possibly qualify as one of these; he's a successful journalist embarking on incredible adventures accompanied by a medley of unusual comrades. Not only that, but Herge himself admitted that Tintin's [[TheEveryMan limited personality personality]] was a means of enabling readers to [[AudienceSurrogate assume Tintin's position position]] and experience such great adventures, and that writing the books provided him Wish Fulfillment, having initially conceived Tintin as an idealized version of himself.



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Queen Elsa definitely counts. There's a reason her SignatureSong "Let it Go" is such a hit: in one catchy tune, she encapsulates many moviegoers' desire to cast away all their social hangups and finally be themselves. Having [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] [[SwissArmySuperpower that can]] [[GorgeousGarmentGeneration instantly weave dresses]], craft enormous {{Ice Palace}}s, and conjure [[{{Snowlems}} living snowmen]] is [[{{Pun}} icing]] on the cake.

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Queen Elsa definitely counts. There's a reason her SignatureSong "Let it Go" is such a hit: in one catchy tune, she encapsulates many moviegoers' desire to cast away all their social hangups and finally be themselves. Having without restraints. Her [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] powers]], [[SwissArmySuperpower that can]] [[GorgeousGarmentGeneration instantly weave dresses]], craft enormous {{Ice Palace}}s, and conjure [[{{Snowlems}} living snowmen]] snowmen]], is the [[{{Pun}} icing]] on the cake.



* Film/JamesBond, although the films since ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' show him being much more flawed. Until then, the movies had undergone SerialEscalation as the producers tried to outdo themselves with increasingly over-the-top [[BondOneLiner quips]], [[CoolCar cars]], [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys gadgets]], and [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girls]].

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* Film/JamesBond, although the films since ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' show his most recent Creator/DanielCraig incarnation shows him being much more flawed. Until then, the movies had undergone SerialEscalation as the producers tried to outdo themselves with increasingly over-the-top [[BondOneLiner quips]], [[CoolCar cars]], [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys gadgets]], and [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girls]].



* Bella Swan (for ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s target audience). Her oft-complained about [[FlatCharacter blandness]] was not a result of bad writing, but a deliberate decision on Stephenie Meyer's part so readers can step into her shoes more easily and experience what it's like to be loved by [[RelationshipSue Edward Cullen.]] Basically she effortlessly catches the eye of the perfect boyfriend and his beautiful, powerful, wealthy family, is fought over or secretly desired by every guy she meets, becomes an eternally beautiful and powerful vampire, and has just the right special power to protect her new family from a vampire army (which was strong enough even before it was amped by becoming a vampire that no vampire powers could work on her).

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* Bella Swan (for ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s target audience). Her oft-complained about [[FlatCharacter blandness]] was not a result of bad writing, but a deliberate decision on Stephenie Meyer's part so readers can step into her shoes more easily and experience what it's like to be loved by [[RelationshipSue Edward Cullen.]] Basically she She's a [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy very ordinary girl]] who effortlessly catches the eye of the perfect boyfriend and his beautiful, powerful, wealthy family, is fought over or secretly desired by every guy she meets, becomes an eternally beautiful and powerful vampire, and has just the right special power to protect her new family from a vampire army (which was strong enough even before it was amped by becoming a vampire that no vampire powers could work on her).
18th Jun '17 7:42:15 AM Piterpicher
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* Lupin of ''Franchise/LupinIII''. He's a PhantomThief [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]], traveling the world stealing priceless artifacts with his masterful cunning, trying to score with recurring FemmeFatale Fujiko (or the GirlOfTheWeek) and always managing to be one step ahead of both the law and his adversaries. As quoted from author Monkey Punch in an interview with AnimeNewsNetwork:

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* Lupin of ''Franchise/LupinIII''. He's a PhantomThief [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]], traveling the world stealing priceless artifacts with his masterful cunning, trying to score with recurring FemmeFatale Fujiko (or the GirlOfTheWeek) and always managing to be one step ahead of both the law and his adversaries. As quoted from author Monkey Punch in an interview with AnimeNewsNetwork:Website/AnimeNewsNetwork:
27th May '17 11:59:03 PM BreadBull
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* Literature/PercyJackson. So what if you don't do well in school, and your stepfather is a jerk? You're really a super-powerful demigod with Poseidon for a father, and you get to do cool stuff from now on! Though as with Harry Potter, CerebusSyndrome set in, and became more of an example of ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne.

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* Literature/PercyJackson. So what if you don't do well in school, and your stepfather is a jerk? You're really a super-powerful demigod with Poseidon for a father, and you get to do cool stuff from now on! (This is likely why Rick wrote it in the first place - his son happens to have dyslexia and ADHD. Coincidence? I think not.) Though as with Harry Potter, CerebusSyndrome set in, and became more of an example of ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne.
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