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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.
23rd May '16 9:04:33 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.
19th May '16 1:46:12 PM Willbyr
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** Of course, this also pretty much applies to the protagonist in any harem series. ''TenchiMuyo'', ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', et cetera. Amusingly, one of the biggest complaints about these sorts of characters being wishy-washy ignores the fact that it's the easiest way to make an escapist character not feel ''openly'' exploitative of the situation.

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** Of course, this also pretty much applies to the protagonist in any harem series. ''TenchiMuyo'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', et cetera. Amusingly, one of the biggest complaints about these sorts of characters being wishy-washy ignores the fact that it's the easiest way to make an escapist character not feel ''openly'' exploitative of the situation.
16th May '16 9:47:07 AM Doug86
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* ConanTheBarbarian and {{Tarzan}} were and are both this for fantasy fans of a certain age. Big, heroic {{Badass}} of a guy who has grand adventures and (for Conan) [[ReallyGetsAround gets lots of hot babes?]] Sign me up!

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* ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian and {{Tarzan}} Literature/{{Tarzan}} were and are both this for fantasy fans of a certain age. Big, heroic {{Badass}} of a guy who has grand adventures and (for Conan) [[ReallyGetsAround gets lots of hot babes?]] Sign me up!
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