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23rd Jun '16 7:58:05 PM LadyJaneGrey
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Compare SuperLoser. Contrast ShowyInvincibleHero. Usually falls prey to WhatMeasureIsANonBadass Also see IneffectualSympatheticVillain, the evil counterpart.

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Compare SuperLoser.SuperLoser and SuperZeroes, the latter being the comedic version. Contrast ShowyInvincibleHero. Usually falls prey to WhatMeasureIsANonBadass Also see IneffectualSympatheticVillain, the evil counterpart.
7th Jun '16 4:35:28 PM Acebrock
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' has a ShowWithinAShow called Hero Boy, a parody of ''Anime/AstroBoy'', where the eponymous hero ''always'' fails in comic fashion. It also happens to be Freakazoid's favorite show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' has a ShowWithinAShow called Hero Boy, a parody of ''Anime/AstroBoy'', where the eponymous hero ''always'' fails in comic fashion. In the one episode we see, he tried to beat the {{Kaiju}} attacking Tokyo by ineffectually beating its foot before it brushes him off with nary a second thought. It also happens to be Freakazoid's favorite show.
7th Jun '16 4:29:19 PM Acebrock
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* ''WesternAnimation/Freakazoid'' has a ShowWithinAShow called Hero Boy, a parody of ''Anime/AstroBoy'', where the eponymous hero ''always'' fails in comic fashion. It also happens to be Freakazoid's favorite show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Freakazoid'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' has a ShowWithinAShow called Hero Boy, a parody of ''Anime/AstroBoy'', where the eponymous hero ''always'' fails in comic fashion. It also happens to be Freakazoid's favorite show.
7th Jun '16 4:29:00 PM Acebrock
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* ''WesternAnimation/Freakazoid'' has a ShowWithinAShow called Hero Boy, a parody of ''Anime/AstroBoy'', where the eponymous hero ''always'' fails in comic fashion. It also happens to be Freakazoid's favorite show.
5th Jun '16 6:34:08 PM Dravencour
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* From ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', one gets the sense the author is a sadist from the fact that Rock is ''never'' going to learn that trying to do good in the CrapsackWorld he ''voluntarily'' entered will '''always''' end in tears.

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* From ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', one gets the sense the author that Rei Hiroe is a sadist from the fact that Rock is ''never'' going to learn that trying to do good in the CrapsackWorld he ''voluntarily'' entered will '''always''' end in tears.
5th Jun '16 6:32:59 PM Dravencour
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He might make some headway against a rival in the first or second round, but the rival neatly trounces them before the end credits, sometimes thanks to a DiabolusExMachina.
(The latter is especially common in [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption potentially series-resolving situations]].) Any "wins" he does pull off are ambiguous and open-ended, [[UnwittingPawn further the]] [[EvilPlan villain's plan]], or blatantly make things [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that much worse for the unwitting hero]]. This, of course, tends to rob a given episode or movie franchise of dramatic punch when the viewer's reaction to a hero making steps to resolving their lifelong goal is "[[YanktheDogsChain You're Just Yanking Our Chains!]]"

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He A Failure Hero might make some headway against a rival in the first or second round, but the rival neatly trounces them before the end credits, sometimes thanks to a DiabolusExMachina.
DiabolusExMachina. (The latter is especially common in [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption potentially series-resolving situations]].) Any "wins" he does pull off are ambiguous and open-ended, [[UnwittingPawn further the]] [[EvilPlan villain's plan]], or blatantly make things [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that much worse for the unwitting hero]]. This, of course, tends to rob a given episode or movie franchise of dramatic punch when the viewer's reaction to a hero making steps to resolving their lifelong goal is "[[YanktheDogsChain You're Just Yanking Our Chains!]]"
5th Jun '16 6:32:21 PM Dravencour
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[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope And then there are Failure Heroes.]]

These are heroes who never win.

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[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope And then there are Failure Heroes.]]

are]] ''[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope these]]'' [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope heroes.]] These are heroes who never win.
20th May '16 9:25:40 AM burninmylight
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*** Made funnier when you stop to notice that it really didn't, infact it held him back. After the 3 year time skip Sasuke developed even more speed and skill, new versions of chidori, had practice with his cursed seal form, and had much of Orochimaru's resources at his disposal. Naurto on the other hand seems to have only learned how to make a bigger Rasengan (which is functionally more or less the same as a regular one) and how to dispel weak genjutsu (which is useless against anyone specializing in it). Naruto learns all of his new and useful abilities AFTER the 3 year time skip which makes those 3 years of training look like a huge waste. Not helping things is that it's implied that the training focused mostly on pulling more and more of the Nine Tailed Fox's chakra, under the auspice of it being needed to protect himself from the Akatsuki. [[DidntThinkThisThrough You know, the group of S-Class rogue ninjas that were all put together in order to capture and take down Tailed Beast Hosts like Naruto and had tricks and techniques that could render their advantages of being powered by monsters useless]], [[HypnoticEyes one of whom even had a bloodline power that could control the Tailed Beasts outright in its base form]], and using the Fox's chakra was more of a liability than an advantage to Naruto due to his sanity eroding the more power he brought out under the faulty methods used to control the chakra and [[CastFromHitPoints it was outright unhealthy if he ever tried to go past three tails.]]

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*** Made funnier when you stop to notice that it really didn't, didn't; infact it held him back. After the 3 year three-year time skip skip, Sasuke developed even more speed and skill, new versions of chidori, Chidori, had practice with his cursed seal form, and had much of Orochimaru's resources at his disposal. Naurto Naruto on the other hand seems seemed to have only learned how to make a bigger Rasengan (which is functionally more or less the same as a regular one) and how to dispel weak genjutsu (which is useless against anyone specializing in it). Naruto learns all of his new and useful abilities AFTER the 3 year three-year time skip which makes those 3 three years of training look like a huge waste. Not helping things is that it's implied that the training focused mostly on pulling more and more of the Nine Tailed Fox's chakra, under the auspice of it being needed to protect himself from the Akatsuki. [[DidntThinkThisThrough You know, the group of S-Class rogue ninjas ninja that were all put together in order to capture and take down Tailed Beast Hosts like Naruto and had tricks and techniques that could render their advantages of being powered by monsters useless]], [[HypnoticEyes one of whom even had a bloodline power that could control the Tailed Beasts outright in its base form]], and using the Fox's fox's chakra was more of a liability than an advantage to Naruto due to his sanity eroding the more power he brought out under the faulty methods used to control the chakra and [[CastFromHitPoints it was outright unhealthy if he ever tried to go past three tails.]]
16th May '16 4:11:27 AM SirPellucidar
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* A good number of the Hero Association members from One Punch Man fall into this trope. It's very rare for anyone other than [[InvincibleHero Saitama]] to defeat a major villain. Especially notable are Genos, Sneck, Mumen Rider, and Darkness Blade.
12th May '16 11:59:42 PM Eddy1215
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* For much of ''Series/Castle'' Beckett had this problem with [[SingleIssueWonk regard to her mother's murder.]] Though she slowly makes progress, she almost always looses her cool and is easily caught off guard by events. [[spoiler: She finally is victorious outright in Season 6, gaining enough evidence to bring down the mastermind.]]

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* For much of ''Series/Castle'' ''Series/{{Castle}}'' Beckett had this problem with [[SingleIssueWonk regard to her mother's murder.]] Though she slowly makes progress, she almost always looses her cool and is easily caught off guard by events. [[spoiler: She finally is victorious outright in Season 6, gaining enough evidence to bring down the mastermind.]]
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