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29th May '16 4:23:49 AM Doug86
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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}}:

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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!
13th May '16 12:01:00 AM ultimomant
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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'' ''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?



* {{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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* {{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}. The name "Metropolis" comes from the Greek and Latin roots for "[[TheCity city,]]" so Clark Kent is basically Everyman, Everywhere.
8th May '16 11:53:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Simon the Digger of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. His beloved adoptive brother is [[MemeticBadass Kamina]], he hangs out with [[MsFanservice Yoko]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Nia]], almost everyone around him is incredibly supportive and he ends up leading a rebellion against (in order) an earth-wide tyranny, then a ''universe''-wide tyranny at the ages of [[ImprobableAge about fourteen]] and then about twenty-one. In a world where [[GiantRobot mechs]] quite frequently do the impossible, he's literally the best Gunmen pilot there is.

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* Simon the Digger of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. His beloved adoptive brother is [[MemeticBadass Kamina]], he hangs out with [[MsFanservice Yoko]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Nia]], almost everyone around him is incredibly supportive and he ends up leading a rebellion against (in order) an earth-wide tyranny, then a ''universe''-wide tyranny at the ages of [[ImprobableAge about fourteen]] and then about twenty-one. In a world where [[GiantRobot mechs]] quite frequently do the impossible, he's literally the best Gunmen pilot there is.
3rd May '16 9:40:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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So you just picked up this book about a character who's powerful, [[TheAce incredibly talented]], [[ChickMagnet irresistible to the opposite sex]], [[MosesInTheBullrushes long-lost]] [[RoyalBlood royalty]], and FriendToAllLivingThings. Sounds like a horrible MarySue story, right?

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So you just picked up this book about a character who's powerful, [[TheAce incredibly talented]], [[ChickMagnet irresistible to the opposite sex]], [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes long-lost]] [[RoyalBlood royalty]], and FriendToAllLivingThings. Sounds like a horrible MarySue story, right?
28th Apr '16 10:43:08 AM SheldonDinkleburg
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* The leads of shows like ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. What kid didn't wish for an ImprobablyHighIQ, {{Fairy Companion}}s, or access to a secret organization loaded with BambooTechnology to [[GadgeteerGenius invent]] or [[MakeAWish wish]] their imagination to life and help them out of [[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou child]][[YouAreGrounded hood]][[BabysitterFromHell 's]] [[TheBully many]] [[SadistTeacher jams]]?

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* The leads of shows like ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. What kid didn't wish for an ImprobablyHighIQ, {{Fairy Companion}}s, or access to a secret organization loaded with BambooTechnology to [[GadgeteerGenius invent]] or [[MakeAWish wish]] their imagination to life and help them out of [[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou child]][[YouAreGrounded hood]][[BabysitterFromHell 's]] [[TheBully many]] [[SadistTeacher jams]]?jams]]? Even relatively normal kid protagonists are still able to go out and have adventures without adult supervision.
6th Mar '16 5:45:15 AM pablo360
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* Lyle Phipps of ''Webcomic/{{Great}}'' is perhaps the ultimate example of this trope, about as much as the aforementioned [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]]. After being brought to the edge of the DespairEventHorizon when losing his job and his wife on the same day, he decides to hell with it and swears that from that day forth, he would be a BadAss. [[TookALevelInBadass Which he promptly does.]] He goes to a bad part of town and challenges a street gang. Not only does he win, he becomes [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority their leader]], and helps the now-{{Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters}} deal with their emotional issues. This eventually leads to him meeting a beautiful woman who marries him, and the two of them take over Lyle's new father-in-law's noodle shop, becoming multi-millionaires whom everybody looks up to. He also has such great charisma that he is able to create a self-help program that actually works, through sheer force of personality alone. He then becomes a {{deconstruction}} of this trope when his wife becomes a better chef than him, leading to him going off on his own to improve himself some more, [[DeconReconSwitch only to become a]] {{reconstruction}} when he realizes that he doesn't need worldly success to be happy, and contents himself with running a small noodle stand at the park.

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* Lyle Phipps of ''Webcomic/{{Great}}'' is perhaps the ultimate example of this trope, about as much as the aforementioned [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]]. After being brought to the edge of the DespairEventHorizon when losing his job and his wife on the same day, he decides to hell with it and swears that from that day forth, he would be a BadAss. [[TookALevelInBadass Which he promptly does.]] He goes to a bad part of town and challenges a street gang. Not only does he win, he becomes [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority their leader]], and helps the now-{{Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters}} deal with their emotional issues. This eventually leads to him meeting a beautiful woman who marries him, and the two of them take over Lyle's new father-in-law's noodle shop, becoming multi-millionaires whom everybody looks up to. He also has such great charisma that he is able to create a self-help program that actually works, through sheer force of personality alone. He then becomes a {{deconstruction}} of this trope when his wife becomes a better chef than him, leading to him going off on his own to improve himself some more, [[DeconReconSwitch only to become a]] {{reconstruction}} when he but realizes that he doesn't need worldly success to be happy, and contents himself with running a small noodle stand at the park.
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