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15th Feb '17 5:33:51 PM Lloigor
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Compare[=/=]Contrast the ExpectationLowerer, a character that allows you to feel awesome by being much worse than you are; and ThisLoserIsYou; a character who the creator feels is a representative of the audience. This trope has nothing to do with the Escapist [[Film/TheEscapist Film]] or [[Website/TheEscapist Website]]

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Compare[=/=]Contrast the ExpectationLowerer, a character that allows you to feel awesome by being much worse than you are; and ThisLoserIsYou; a character who the creator feels is a representative of the audience. This trope has nothing to do with the Escapist [[Film/TheEscapist Film]] film]] or [[Website/TheEscapist Website]]
website]].
7th Feb '17 6:04:38 PM Noah1
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** Tuxedo Mask may count as an example for the guys. He is a handsome, young man who throws roses at monsters of the week and gets to fight alongside multiple women, plus being crushed on and eventually [[spoilers: getting to die in Usagi's arms via Heroic Sacrifice.]]

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** Tuxedo Mask may count as an example for the guys. He is a handsome, young man who throws roses at monsters of the week and gets to fight alongside multiple women, plus being crushed on and eventually [[spoilers: [[spoiler: getting to die in Usagi's arms via Heroic Sacrifice.]]



* 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 Anime News Network: "Lupin is by far the character I most relate to. What I really like about Lupin is his freedom, his boundless freedom that allows him to do whatever he wants whenever he wants and never really be tied down to anything or anyone in particular."

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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 Anime News Network: "Lupin AnimeNewsNetwork:
-->"Lupin
is by far the character I most relate to. What I really like about Lupin is his freedom, his boundless freedom that allows him to do whatever he wants whenever he wants and never really be tied down to anything or anyone in particular."



* ''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 finally cast off all their social fears 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 finally cast off away all their social fears 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.



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. There is a quote on the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck page that says: "Daffy is who we are, but Bugs is who we would like to be." This could very well be the appeal of the KarmicTrickster, [[CartoonPhysics defying the laws of physics]] to stay several steps ahead of your foes in the most hilarious way possible.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. There is a quote on the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck page that says: "Daffy [[ThisLoserIsYou is who we are, are]], but Bugs is who we would like to be." This could very well be the appeal of the KarmicTrickster, [[CartoonPhysics defying the laws of physics]] to stay several steps ahead of your foes in the most hilarious way possible.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In the 20th century, Phillip J. Fry was your typical down-on-his-luck {{Idiot|Hero}} ManChild who would never amount to anything. 1000 years into TheFuture, and he's landed a steady job traveling the cosmos, interacting with all sorts of crazy aliens and robots, and has even been instrumental in [[SaveTheWorld saving the world]] a few times.



* 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]]? Even relatively normal kid protagonists are still able to go out and have adventures without adult supervision.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn the Human Boy lives in the fantasy world of every kid's imagination, enjoys fighting evil [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower like no-one's business]], and has a [[FunnyAnimal talking]], [[RubberMan stretching]] [[HeroesLoveDogs dog]] as his brother and {{sidekick}}, and when he's not adventuring, hangs out with the likes of a living video game console and a sexy, fun-loving, and all-around fun vampire girl in a TreehouseOfFun with a room full of gold. Unfortunately, things get {{deconstructed}} as he grows older. Namely, dealing with different sides and hidden secrets of his friends, the ramifications of being (possibly) the last human alive, and most painfully, dealing with his love life with very little guidance and no prospective romantic partners that match both his age and his species. [[note]] Even the room full of treasure got deconstructed. The only reason it got so big is because Finn and Jake didn't know they could spend it. Once they did, they blew it in less than a day.[[/note]]

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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]]? Even relatively normal kid protagonists are still [[FreeRangeChildren able to go out and have amazing adventures without adult supervision.
supervision]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn the Human Boy lives in the fantasy {{fantasy}} world of every kid's imagination, enjoys fighting evil [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower like no-one's business]], and has a [[FunnyAnimal talking]], [[RubberMan stretching]] [[HeroesLoveDogs dog]] as his brother and {{sidekick}}, and when he's not adventuring, hangs out with the likes of a living video game console and a sexy, fun-loving, and all-around fun vampire girl in a TreehouseOfFun with a room full of gold. Unfortunately, things get {{deconstructed}} as he grows older. Namely, dealing with different sides and hidden secrets of his friends, the ramifications of being (possibly) the last human alive, and most painfully, dealing with his love life with very little guidance and no prospective romantic partners that match both his age and his species. [[note]] Even the room full of treasure got deconstructed. The only reason it got so big is because Finn and Jake didn't know they could spend it. Once they did, they blew it all in less than a day.[[/note]]
7th Feb '17 5:14:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.'' Scrawny 4F artist from Brooklyn becomes a 1A SuperSoldier and [[TheCape the embodiment of all that is good and right]] about [[{{Eagleland}} America]].

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.'' Scrawny 4F artist from Brooklyn becomes a 1A A1 SuperSoldier and [[TheCape the embodiment of all that is good and right]] about [[{{Eagleland}} America]].
7th Feb '17 4:56:58 PM Agent_B
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.'' Scrawny 4F artist from Brooklyn becomes a SuperSoldier and [[TheCape the embodiment of all that is good and right]] about [[{{Eagleland}} America]].

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.'' Scrawny 4F artist from Brooklyn becomes a 1A SuperSoldier and [[TheCape the embodiment of all that is good and right]] about [[{{Eagleland}} America]].
4th Feb '17 4:42:51 AM YetAnotherAutist
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* Lila Nova of ''Literature/HothouseFlowerAndTheNinePlantsOfDesire'' is a rather shameless one of these.
26th Jan '17 10:06:57 AM Wyldchyld
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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 [[FetishFuelStationAttendant 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 [[FetishFuelStationAttendant fetish]] 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."
24th Jan '17 10:04:40 PM Ramona122003
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Son Goku. He is an AllLovingHero who is TheAce and HopeBringer among his friends and the universe at large. He is considered one of the strongest beings in the universe, regularly defeats super-powered aliens, androids, demons, and even gods, and can learn about any technique by just seeing it once. The fact that he was born weak and gained his strength through good old-fashioned hard work on top of being extremely talented also endear him to a lot of people. There were many cries of outrage (at least in Japan) when the author tried to replace him with his more down to Earth son. There's reason why he became the {{Expy}} to many modern day {{Shonen}} protagonists and often compared to Franchise/{{Superman}}.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Son Goku. He is an AllLovingHero who is TheAce and HopeBringer among his friends and the universe at large. He is considered consider one of the strongest beings in the universe, regularly defeats super-powered aliens, androids, demons, and even gods, and can learn about any technique by just seeing it once. The fact that he was born weak and gained his strength through good old-fashioned hard work on top of being extremely talented also endear him to a lot of people. There were many cries people, which is part of outrage (at least in Japan) when the author tried to replace him with why he is seen as a better main character than his son, who much more down to Earth son.Earth. There's reason why he became the {{Expy}} to many modern day {{Shonen}} protagonists and often compared to Franchise/{{Superman}}.
24th Jan '17 2:04:40 PM pinkdalek
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** The Doctor's companions are an AudienceSurrogate who 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.

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** The Doctor's companions are an AudienceSurrogate who 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 for adventures in his TARDIS. Rose from TARDIS.
*** Susan Foreman was added to
the new series show for this reason. The two teachers were needed for the show's original {{edutainment}} premise, and then an innocent teenager and close relative of the Doctor was specifically added so children could imagine themselves aboard the TARDIS.
***Leela was
created because Creator/PhilipHinchcliffe was concerned that the show lacked a companion that little girls would want to be, rather than one who [[DamselScrappy always got rescued]] or who [[MuggleBestFriend didn't have any cool features]]. She's an extremely strong and highly intelligent ActionGirl from a warrior tribe selectively bred to embody the Doctor's courage and passion, with highly aware senses and a great outfit. She gets to come with the Doctor and learn about the world (and stab robots).
*** Creator/RussellTDavies stated that Rose was intended
to be this, as were Susan and Sarah Jane this. She is an AudienceSurrogate already, but also a young woman from the old.a London council estate who gets picked out of her boring life to find adventure and love (!) with an alien much cooler than her current boyfriend.
19th Jan '17 4:12:20 PM deven0711
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** Tuxedo Mask may count as an example for the guys. He is a handsome, young man who throws roses at monsters of the week and gets to fight alongside multiple women, plus being crushed on and eventually [[spoilers: getting to die in Usagi's arms via Heroic Sacrifice.]]
14th Jan '17 2:44:34 PM Xtifr
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* Apparently, TimSchafer designed Raz from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' to be this. This is why he's human; originally, the game was going to be about a psychic ostrich. ''Seriously.''

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* Apparently, TimSchafer Creator/TimSchafer designed Raz from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' to be this. This is why he's human; originally, the game was going to be about a psychic ostrich. ''Seriously.''
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