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31st Aug '16 12:41:29 AM PaulA
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* Hyoudo Issei from ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' is a shining example of this. Despite starting as TheEveryman inducted into the [[TheBeautifulPeople Occult Research Club]], he spends the [[LongRunner next twenty volumes]] becoming the envy of any normal guy. He's surrounded by beautiful, adoring women [[{{Polyamory}} who have no problems sharing]], the other two guys in the club are his best friend and an underclassman who idolizes him, the most beautiful girl in school [[OfficialCouple is his girlfriend]], he's one of the most powerful members of his generation, he's now rich beyond his wildest dreams because his eccentric brother-in-law made a TV show about him, and he's on the fast track to becoming a noble in the demon world. Who ''wouldn't'' want to be him?

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* Hyoudo Issei from ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' is a shining example of this. Despite starting starts as TheEveryman inducted into the [[TheBeautifulPeople Occult Research Club]], he and spends the [[LongRunner next twenty volumes]] volumes becoming the envy of any normal guy. He's surrounded by beautiful, adoring women [[{{Polyamory}} who have no problems sharing]], the other two guys in the club are his best friend and an underclassman who idolizes him, the most beautiful girl in school [[OfficialCouple is his girlfriend]], he's one of the most powerful members of his generation, he's now rich beyond his wildest dreams because his eccentric brother-in-law made a TV show about him, and he's on the fast track to becoming a noble in the demon world. Who ''wouldn't'' want to be him?
25th Aug '16 3:04:35 PM PrincessGwen
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* ''Manga/OutlawStar'': Gene Starwind is almost certifiably the epitome of this trope: [[{{Hunk}} Hot, muscular guy]] with lots of {{Shirtless Scene}}s? Check. Awesome fighting skills? Check. Lecherous pervert who still scores booty all the time with various incredibly hot women? Check. Spends cash like popcorn yet never runs out because some bounty is always available for collection? Check. Has a highly sought after CoolSpaceship? Check. Commands a BadassCrew that is mostly female, follows his insane orders without much questioning and adores him? Check. Has a MagicalGirlfriend that loves him dearly and heals all his injuries via IntimateHealing? Check. Wields a one of a kind HandCannon that is also a WaveMotionGun? Check. Allways leaves the bad guys [[SayMyName screaming in frustration]]? Check. Can act as an obnoxious, irresponsible ManChild all the time and get away with it without breaking a sweat? DOUBLE CHECK. Yes, you totally want to be him. And if not: [[CatchPhrase BITE HIM!]]

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* ''Manga/OutlawStar'': Gene Starwind is almost certifiably the epitome of this trope: [[{{Hunk}} Hot, muscular guy]] with lots of {{Shirtless Scene}}s? Check. Awesome fighting skills? Check. Lecherous pervert who still scores booty all the time with various incredibly hot women? Check. Spends cash like popcorn yet never runs out because some bounty is always available for collection? Check. Has a highly sought after CoolSpaceship? Check. Commands a BadassCrew that is mostly female, follows his insane orders without much questioning and adores him? Check. Has a MagicalGirlfriend that loves him dearly and heals all his injuries via IntimateHealing? Check. Wields a one of a kind HandCannon that is also a WaveMotionGun? Check. Allways Always leaves the bad guys [[SayMyName screaming in frustration]]? Check. Can act as an obnoxious, irresponsible ManChild all the time and get away with it without breaking a sweat? DOUBLE CHECK. Yes, you totally want to be him. And if not: [[CatchPhrase BITE HIM!]]



*** [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Juudai / Jaden Yuki]] ''starts out'' at this trope, being a teenager who always wins in card games in a world that DuelsDecideEverything, attending a school ''created for dueling'' without parents supervision and his teachers are ObviouslyEvil, never studying in class but managed to pass for his dueling skill and has an awesome deck filled with superheroes and aliens creatures. However, season 2 and 3 Deconstructed this so much by putting him through a massive TraumaCongaLine and burdened by the responsibility put upon him. This was thankfully [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructed]] in season 4.

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*** [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Juudai / Jaden Juudai/Jaden Yuki]] ''starts out'' at this trope, being a teenager who always wins in card games in a world that DuelsDecideEverything, attending a school ''created for dueling'' without parents supervision and his teachers are ObviouslyEvil, never studying in class but managed to pass for his dueling skill and has an awesome deck filled with superheroes and aliens creatures. However, season 2 and 3 Deconstructed this so much by putting him through a massive TraumaCongaLine and burdened by the responsibility put upon him. This was thankfully [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructed]] in season 4.



** The [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 new reboot]] seems to bring Lara down a bit from being so larger then life in an attempt to make her more relateable, but she still remains an untrained twenty something post grad with more academic know how then a chief archeologist, and once she [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] (a prerequisite for any origin story).

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** The [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 new reboot]] seems to bring Lara down a bit from being so larger then than life in an attempt to make her more relateable, but she still remains an untrained twenty something post grad with more academic know how then than a chief archeologist, and once she [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] (a prerequisite for any origin story).story).



* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Genius MIT graduate working in a secret research facility turned ActionSurvivor in the first game, then in the second he fills a role of leadership for an oppressed humanity. All of this mainly with a crowbar. He's essentially this trope in videogame form. Could have something to do with him being a SilentProtagonist.

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* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Genius MIT graduate working in a secret research facility turned ActionSurvivor in the first game, then in the second he fills a role of leadership for an oppressed humanity. All of this mainly with a crowbar. He's essentially this trope in videogame video game form. Could have something to do with him being a SilentProtagonist.
1st Aug '16 4:19:35 PM pinkdalek
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* The Doctor, from ''Series/DoctorWho''. Owner of an effectively self-powering, BiggerOnTheInside time machine that lets him go anywhere in time and space he feels like - and no matter where that is, his ability to save the day lets him get away with acting (and dressing) like a [[TheWonka complete lunatic]] regardless of cultural norms. Oh, and his travelling companions tend to be attractive twenty-something women.
** As a corollary, the Doctor's companions (especially Rose, who was explicitly created for this). Many, many children in the UK have grown up wishing the Doctor would come and whisk them away to adventures in his TARDIS.

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* The Doctor, from ''Series/DoctorWho''.''Series/DoctorWho'':
**The Doctor.
Owner of an effectively self-powering, BiggerOnTheInside time machine that lets him go anywhere in time and space he feels like - and no matter where that is, his ability to save the day lets him get away with acting (and dressing) like a [[TheWonka complete lunatic]] regardless of cultural norms. Oh, and his travelling companions tend to be attractive twenty-something women.
** As a corollary, the The Doctor's companions (especially Rose, are an AudienceSurrogate who was explicitly created for this).also get to be more grown-up, cooler and more fun than the children. Many, many children in the UK have grown up wishing the Doctor would come and whisk them away to adventures in his TARDIS. Rose from the new series was specifically created to be this, as were Susan and Sarah Jane from the old.
** Daleks. It's been noted for half a century that children strongly identify with Daleks - it's often suggested that it is because they act like bratty toddlers (even having AmbiguousInnocence) but get to exterminate adults, allowing children to explore anger and hate in a safe way. The 60s comics even used Daleks as heroes because this was what children wanted.
** In "Pyramids of Mars", when the Doctor shows Lawrence Scarman into the TARDIS, watch how Michael Sheard (who plays Scarman) chooses to play it - his otherwise adult character suddenly starts acting like an excited child. Sheard said that he hadn't known how to perform the scene, but then decided that his job was to 'live the dream of the children in the audience'.
26th Jul '16 3:19:44 PM DynamiteXI
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** Speaking of Jaime, the writers of ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' invoked this by having her use her bionics to accomplish mundane tasks, just like any other normal person would do in the same situation. Who needs a can opener when you have a bionic hand?
20th Jul '16 12:35:10 PM JamesAustin
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* Just about every single one of [[Creator/AdamSandler Adam Sandler's]] roles. The dilemmas his characters face can be summed up as ''"[[WebVideo/HonestTrailers He's too rich and his wife is too hot]]"''.
* The Man With No Name of the DollarsTrilogy is smart, handsome, intelligent, has women (and men!) after him, and is the sort of guy that audiences feel they want to be.

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* Just about every single one of [[Creator/AdamSandler Adam Sandler's]] roles. The As ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' put it, the dilemmas his characters face can be summed up as ''"[[WebVideo/HonestTrailers He's "He's too rich and his wife is too hot]]"''.
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* The Man With No Name of the DollarsTrilogy Film/DollarsTrilogy is smart, handsome, intelligent, has women (and men!) after him, and is the sort of guy that audiences feel they want to be.
8th Jul '16 12:02:19 PM Willbyr
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* Ciel of ''BlackButler''. An incredibly rich and beautiful TeenGenius that nearly everyone loves and respects who has an almighty {{Bishounen}} BattleButler that can grant his every wish and can be ''extremely'' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything close]] to [[HoYay him]] at times? Not to mention his DarkAndTroubledPast (which he was 'rescued from' by the aforementioned butler), EvenTheGuysWantHim, he works for the ''queen'', and he owns the largest toy company in Britain...all starting before the age of ''twelve''.

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* Ciel of ''BlackButler''.''Manga/BlackButler''. An incredibly rich and beautiful TeenGenius that nearly everyone loves and respects who has an almighty {{Bishounen}} BattleButler that can grant his every wish and can be ''extremely'' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything close]] to [[HoYay him]] at times? Not to mention his DarkAndTroubledPast (which he was 'rescued from' by the aforementioned butler), EvenTheGuysWantHim, he works for the ''queen'', and he owns the largest toy company in Britain...all starting before the age of ''twelve''.



* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'': In another story, Kenshiro would be a MarySue. Luckily, it's not too hard to want to be him. This is a dude who beats enemies and blows them up like bombs on a day-to-day basis, and these enemies happen to be super evil that toys around with the weak just to be a bully because they have strength, so it's ALSO an escapism of upholding justice and beating evil in the most epic way possible. He protects the innocent, and more or less turns into The Messiah. He has to work at his victories and doesn't just get them handed over to him on a silver platter. This guy has coolness surrounding him like an aura.

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* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'': ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': In another story, Kenshiro would be a MarySue. Luckily, it's not too hard to want to be him. This is a dude who beats enemies and blows them up like bombs on a day-to-day basis, and these enemies happen to be super evil that toys around with the weak just to be a bully because they have strength, so it's ALSO an escapism of upholding justice and beating evil in the most epic way possible. He protects the innocent, and more or less turns into The Messiah. He has to work at his victories and doesn't just get them handed over to him on a silver platter. This guy has coolness surrounding him like an aura.
30th Jun '16 7:21:57 PM Nyame
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': The initial popularity of Felicity Smoak and the Felicity/Oliver (Olicity) ship was no doubt due to this. Awkward, but cute with a genius IQ who acts as tech support for a handsome, {{Badass}} billionaire vigilante that she has a hopeless attraction to was fodder for fan girls who wanted to project themselves through Felicity. While Felicity did get promoted to a more prominent role in the second season because of this and had more ShipTease with Oliver, the final pairing was clearly supposed to be Laurel/Oliver. However, the original show runner and many of the writers were replaced so they could start up ''Series/TheFlash2014'', and the new show runner decided to have Felicity replace Laurel as the official love interest starting season three [[PanderingToTheBase due to her popularity]]. And focus more on romance and drama and Felicity in general. [[SeasonalRot That's generally where many considered the show to have]] [[JumpTheShark Jumped the Shark]].
4th Jun '16 1:27:31 AM MerryMikael
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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' can be seen as this. Even though some really nasty and horrific things do happen to him the whole time, his conviction in facing opponents that would terrify a normal human being, along with his cool sword and great look, probably make him someone to admire. [[DeconstructorFleet But like everything else]] in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts is a huge deconstruction of this. Yes, he's [[TheAce amazingly skilled, strong and sexy]], but he became this way as a direct result of a TraumaCongaLine that began, technically, even before he was born. You may wish to be ''like'' Guts, but no one wants to ''be'' Guts.

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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' can be seen as this. Even though some really nasty and horrific things do happen to him the whole time, his ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': His conviction in facing opponents that would terrify a normal human being, along with his cool sword extraordinary strength and great look, probably skill in using his gigantic sword, other weapons and wits against his opponents, make him someone to admire. stand out. [[DeconstructorFleet But like everything else]] in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts is a huge deconstruction of this. Yes, he's [[TheAce amazingly skilled, strong and sexy]], but he deconstruction. He became this way as a direct result of [[TraumaCongaLine a TraumaCongaLine series of really nasty and horrific things]] that began, technically, even before he was born. You may wish to be ''like'' Guts, but no one wants to ''be'' Guts.
29th May '16 4:23:49 AM Doug86
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23rd May '16 9:06:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' is a very vicious [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this. Wesley Gibson is a put-upon hypochondriac loser whose girlfriend is cheating on him. Then he finds out that his deceased father was a supervillain assassin, so he assumes his father's open seat in TheMasquerade, TakesALevelInBadass, and eventually becomes one of the most powerful people in the world. However, when we say "supervillain", [[CardCarryingVillain we mean it]]. He becomes a mass-murdering psychopath who casually notes that he raped a celebrity, kills any innocent person who looks at him funny, and eventually [[YouBastard calls out the reader]] for cheering him on.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' is a very vicious [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this.the idea of EvilIsCool-as Escapist Character. Wesley Gibson is a put-upon hypochondriac loser whose girlfriend is cheating on him. Then he finds out that his deceased father was a supervillain assassin, so he assumes his father's open seat in TheMasquerade, TakesALevelInBadass, and eventually becomes one of the most powerful people in the world. However, when we say "supervillain", [[CardCarryingVillain we mean it]]. He becomes a mass-murdering psychopath who casually notes that he raped a celebrity, kills any innocent person who looks at him funny, and eventually [[YouBastard calls out the reader]] for cheering him on.
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