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3rd Nov '17 8:45:46 AM TheKaizerreich
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* The entire ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series bar 1 or 2 exceptions has faceless protagonists as the respective Commander or General of your chosen side (and even if not, the player characters are generally very cool). This allows players to freely act like any kind of military commander they would like to, while building giant bases, training swarms of infantry and sending out dozens of [[TankGoodness awesome tanks]] in all shapes and sizes, alongside mecha, aircraft and sometimes battleships. Or occasionally lone commandos who can cause more damage than Superman. Most games put the fate of the world into the player's hand and allow their side total domination of the world, while they serve (and sometimes usurp) awesome characters like Kane, Stalin, Yuri and others, who hand out military honours and congratulatory remarks by the bucket load.
20th Oct '17 5:01:20 AM Sapphirea2
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* The title character in 1981's ''Film/{{Arthur}}'': He's insanely wealthy, never has to work, has a loyal and awesomely snarky valet, can have just about everything he desires, travels in glamorous circles in New York City, and while he is TheAlcoholic, as Creator/RogerEbert's original review points out he's what every drunk person ''thinks'' they are -- [[FunPersonified witty and a joy to be around]]. His only problems, as he sees them, is that his family and their peers are all too stuffy and he hasn't found true love, which of course is something money can't buy -- and when he finally finds it, it's with a working-class woman he can't have without risking his inheritance, which hinges on an ArrangedMarriage with someone who would bring him down to Earth. Ironically, it's pursuing love instead of money that finally leads him to achieving some maturity, and in the HappyEnding he still gets both! About the only thing he isn't, due to the casting of Creator/DudleyMoore in a role that was conceived with a performer like Creator/WarrenBeatty in mind, is conventionally attractive -- key word being ''conventionally''. In the film, Arthur actually asks someone "Don't you wish you were me? I know I do" -- which became the basis for one of the film's {{Tagline}}s ("Don't you wish you were Arthur?"). It's generally agreed that one reason the 1988 sequel and 2011 remake are not as effective as the original is because they both try to bring the character down to Earth by treating his vices (alcohol in particular) more seriously and realistically, and that's at cross-purposes to this trope.
13th Oct '17 9:41:08 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* The Man With No Name of the 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.

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* The Man With No Name of the Film/DollarsTrilogy is smart, handsome, intelligent, has women (and men!) after him, always wins, and is the sort of guy that audiences feel they want to be.
11th Oct '17 7:50:28 PM tsstevens
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** The setting itself also appeals to this. You're essentially in Fantasy Scandinavia, in a land where fantasy Vikings and fantasy Romans are battling for control, where dragons roam, or as many fans had pointed out you're in ''Series/GameOfThrones where fantasy Starks and fantasy Lannisters are battling for control, where dragons roam, and GoT is one of the many many ''many'' mods that can further the idea. Massive predators lurk, evil elves plot in the shadows, and thieves, werewolves, wizards, and assassins do their work. Everywhere you go, there's monsters to kill, bandits to put to justice, evil wizards to defeat, vampires to slay, and countless more badguys to battle. And when you're not looking for things to fight, there's the [[SceneryPorn an absolutely jaw-droppingly wondrous environment to explore.]]

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** The setting itself also appeals to this. You're essentially in Fantasy Scandinavia, in a land where fantasy Vikings and fantasy Romans are battling for control, where dragons roam, or as many fans had pointed out you're in ''Series/GameOfThrones ''Series/GameOfThrones'' where fantasy Starks and fantasy Lannisters are battling for control, where dragons roam, and GoT is one of the many many ''many'' mods that can further the idea. Massive predators lurk, evil elves plot in the shadows, and thieves, werewolves, wizards, and assassins do their work. Everywhere you go, there's monsters to kill, bandits to put to justice, evil wizards to defeat, vampires to slay, and countless more badguys to battle. And when you're not looking for things to fight, there's the [[SceneryPorn an absolutely jaw-droppingly wondrous environment to explore.]]
11th Oct '17 7:49:46 PM tsstevens
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** The setting itself also appeals to this. You're essentially in Fantasy Scandinavia, in a land where fantasy Vikings and fantasy Romans are battling for control, where dragons roam, massive predators lurk, evil elves plot in the shadows, and thieves, werewolves, wizards, and assassins do their work. Everywhere you go, there's monsters to kill, bandits to put to justice, evil wizards to defeat, vampires to slay, and countless more badguys to battle. And when you're not looking for things to fight, there's the [[SceneryPorn an absolutely jaw-droppingly wondrous environment to explore.]]

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** The setting itself also appeals to this. You're essentially in Fantasy Scandinavia, in a land where fantasy Vikings and fantasy Romans are battling for control, where dragons roam, massive or as many fans had pointed out you're in ''Series/GameOfThrones where fantasy Starks and fantasy Lannisters are battling for control, where dragons roam, and GoT is one of the many many ''many'' mods that can further the idea. Massive predators lurk, evil elves plot in the shadows, and thieves, werewolves, wizards, and assassins do their work. Everywhere you go, there's monsters to kill, bandits to put to justice, evil wizards to defeat, vampires to slay, and countless more badguys to battle. And when you're not looking for things to fight, there's the [[SceneryPorn an absolutely jaw-droppingly wondrous environment to explore.]]
4th Sep '17 8:53:00 PM Peteman
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* Rand al'Thor of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is a rather brutal deconstruction. He's an ordinary teenage farmboy who discovers that he has tremendous magical power, becomes a fantastically skilled warrior, has three beautiful women in love with him, and is destined to save the world from the GodOfEvil. Unfortunately for him, ItSuckstoBeTheChosenOne ''big time''; his magical power will eventually drive him insane, every few books he gets another WoundThatWillNotHeal inflicted on him, about a third of the world treats him like a living god, the second third wants to use him, and the rest just want him dead, he has no idea how to stop the BigBad, and the previous Chosen One- his previous incarnation, by the way- went mad and killed everyone he loved, and then himself (and his AxCrazy ghost is now hanging out in Rand's head, occasionally sharing space with TheDragon). Have a fun time, Rand!

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* Rand al'Thor of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is a rather brutal deconstruction. He's an ordinary teenage farmboy who discovers that he has tremendous magical power, becomes a fantastically skilled warrior, has three beautiful women in love with him, and is destined to save the world from the GodOfEvil. Unfortunately for him, ItSuckstoBeTheChosenOne ''big time''; his magical power will eventually drive him insane, every few books he gets another WoundThatWillNotHeal inflicted on him, about a third of the world treats him like a living god, the second third wants to use him, and the rest just want him dead, he has no idea how to stop the BigBad, and the previous Chosen One- his previous incarnation, by the way- went mad and killed everyone he loved, and then himself (and his AxCrazy ghost is now hanging out in Rand's head, occasionally sharing space with TheDragon). Have a fun time, Rand!
2nd Sep '17 11:58:21 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play ''MGS4'', while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play ''MGS4'', the game, while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.
2nd Sep '17 11:56:28 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', ''MGS4'', while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.
2nd Sep '17 11:54:46 AM HalcyonDayz
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play MGS4, while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also highlights how unhealthy it can be to use first person shooter games as part of your escapist fantasies; not only does Snake have a lot of disdain for how warfare has changed due to social attitudes and technology, Big Mama has a long speech about how it helps mould people into viewing warfare as being just a game and possibly becoming soldiers themselves for the wrong reasons. To really drive home the point, it even shows an image of someone choosing to play MGS4, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', while emphasising how bad these games are! Moral of the story is that Kojima ''really'' doesn't want you to admire Solid Snake, or any FPS heroes who are like him.
30th Aug '17 7:15:33 PM Pichu-kun
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* Archie from ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' is a huge ChickMagnet with girls always falling into his lap, despite him not really doing anything. He also is a musician, is on the football team, lives in a pretty scenic town, has a lot of friends, and is above-average looking (bar his EarlyInstallmentCharacterWeirdness).

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* Archie from ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' is a huge ChickMagnet with girls always falling into his lap, despite him not really doing anything. He also is a musician, is on the football team, lives in a pretty scenic town, has a lot of friends, and is above-average looking (bar his EarlyInstallmentCharacterWeirdness).EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignWeirdness).
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