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22nd Mar '17 6:46:21 PM iowaforever
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* "Da Samurai" from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is reasonably skilled, able to take our a few robots on his own, but his overinflated ego causes him to act more like a bully in his dealings with the villagers, and he acts like he's the greatest fighter to have ever lived. When Jack wanders into town, Da Samurai goes out of his way to antagonize him into a fight, despite knowing about Jack's adventures and the enemies he has fought. Jack runs him through a rough HumiliationConga, after which Da Samurai is more than eager to try and be a better, more respectable person.
9th Mar '17 1:43:11 AM HyperKunoichi
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* A somewhat downplayed version of this trope shows itself in [[KnightInShiningArmor Flynn Schifo]], from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. While far from incompetent, he ''does'' end up getting all of the credit for most of [[TheHero Yuri's]] actions, which also results in two increases in his rank over the course of the game. Unusually for this trope, he's fully aware of his status as this. He doesn't like it one bit, and it greatly annoys him that Yuri doesn't seem to care that he doesn't get any of the credit he deserves.

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* A somewhat downplayed version of this trope shows itself in [[KnightInShiningArmor Flynn Schifo]], from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. While far from incompetent, he ''does'' end up getting all of taking the credit for most of [[TheHero Yuri's]] actions, which also results in two increases in his rank over the course of the game. Unusually for this trope, he's fully aware of his status as this. He doesn't like it one bit, and it greatly annoys him that Yuri doesn't seem to care that he doesn't get any of the credit he deserves.
4th Mar '17 1:39:01 PM nombretomado
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* The self-praising braggart Volstagg, of the ''Warriors Three'' from MarvelComics. For a time, his cowardice was his best weapon. The tree he was hiding in would break, dropping his not-inconsiderable bulk onto a roaming bad guy. Or the room he 'recons' (hides in) holds the InfinityPlusOneSword needed to send the demon back home. Turned upside down in that he becomes a regular hero. Canon that he was 'Home Alone' in the city of Asgard and pretty much kicked an invading army out all by himself.

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* The self-praising braggart Volstagg, of the ''Warriors Three'' from MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. For a time, his cowardice was his best weapon. The tree he was hiding in would break, dropping his not-inconsiderable bulk onto a roaming bad guy. Or the room he 'recons' (hides in) holds the InfinityPlusOneSword needed to send the demon back home. Turned upside down in that he becomes a regular hero. Canon that he was 'Home Alone' in the city of Asgard and pretty much kicked an invading army out all by himself.



* Falstaff from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV Parts I & II''. Volstagg from MarvelComics was based on Falstaff (as mentioned above).

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* Falstaff from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV Parts I & II''. Volstagg from MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics was based on Falstaff (as mentioned above).
4th Mar '17 10:35:45 AM nombretomado
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* A MarkTwain short story, ''Luck'' is about a priest in Britain who, out of pity, took aside and instructed the weakest trainee in the military. The priest never expected him to actually get accepted into the military, except he did, because a test of asking him questions (noted to be hard questions) he was given questions that were easy or ones the priest specifically gave him the answer to. Afterward, he continued to climb through the ranks of the military using 100% blind luck, such as getting lost and blindly leading his troop over a hill and just happening to find a camping French troop and attacking them off-guard. By the time of the story's present, he is extremely well-respected and high-ranking in the military despite every one of his achievements being done through nothing but luck.

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* A MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain short story, ''Luck'' is about a priest in Britain who, out of pity, took aside and instructed the weakest trainee in the military. The priest never expected him to actually get accepted into the military, except he did, because a test of asking him questions (noted to be hard questions) he was given questions that were easy or ones the priest specifically gave him the answer to. Afterward, he continued to climb through the ranks of the military using 100% blind luck, such as getting lost and blindly leading his troop over a hill and just happening to find a camping French troop and attacking them off-guard. By the time of the story's present, he is extremely well-respected and high-ranking in the military despite every one of his achievements being done through nothing but luck.
26th Feb '17 2:27:31 PM MikeW
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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Cyborg or no, Inspector Gadget couldn't detective his way out of a paper bag, but Penny just sits back and lets him take all the credit. He's so clueless that he not only doesn't even realize that he's not the hero, he often doesn't even realize who the villain is, if he even notices the villain at all! In the Christmas Special, he failed to notice that "Santa Claus" was actually Dr. Claw, and that he'd rigged Santa's workshop full of deathtraps, which Gadget ALSO failed to notice.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Cyborg or no, Inspector Gadget couldn't detective his way out of a paper bag, but Penny just sits back and lets him take all the credit. He's so clueless that he not only doesn't even realize that he's not the hero, he often doesn't even realize who the villain is, if he even notices the villain at all! In the Christmas Special, he failed to notice that "Santa Claus" was actually Dr. Claw, and that he'd rigged Santa's workshop full of deathtraps, which Gadget ALSO failed to notice. Amazingly, Claw himself somehow buys into the idea that Gadget is his arch-enemy who ruins his schemes, never noticing how Penny is real brains.
12th Feb '17 10:57:09 PM Mhazard
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Compare and contrast BigBadWannabe (aka Fake Ultimate Villain).

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Compare and contrast BigBadWannabe (aka Fake Ultimate Villain).
Villain) and FakeUltimateMook (a seemly menacing, but a very weak {{Mook}}).
4th Feb '17 5:01:28 AM Doug86
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* The ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' series is an early (1960's) example that could function as the trope namer, given that the entire thrust of the series is a complete scoundrel succeeding as a hero, all for reasons that are decidedly non-heroic

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* The ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' series is an early (1960's) (1960s) example that could function as the trope namer, given that the entire thrust of the series is a complete scoundrel succeeding as a hero, all for reasons that are decidedly non-heroic



%%* Harry {{Flashman}} (indeed, was the primary influence on Commissar Cain, among others).

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%%* Harry {{Flashman}} Literature/{{Flashman}} (indeed, was the primary influence on Commissar Cain, among others).
27th Jan '17 3:20:39 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', King, the number 7 ranked hero and supposedly the WorldsStrongestMan, [[spoiler: is actually this. He's the one who took credit for all of Saitama's superhero deeds (from the very first chapter with Vaccineman and even before that) since he happened to be the only man in the vicinity. Howewer he's portrayed sympathetically; he was simply MistakenForBadass and now has to rely on his reputation to save people through VictoryThroughIntimidation.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', King, the number 7 ranked hero and supposedly the WorldsStrongestMan, [[spoiler: is actually this. He's [[spoiler:He's the one who took credit for all of Saitama's superhero deeds (from the very first chapter with Vaccineman and even before that) since he happened to be the only man in the vicinity. Howewer he's portrayed sympathetically; he was simply MistakenForBadass and now has to rely on his reputation to save people through VictoryThroughIntimidation.]]
23rd Jan '17 1:09:59 PM MikeW
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* In season four of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' Jeffrey Mace is introduced as the new head of SHIELD, made the chief as an Inhuman who used his strength to save a woman during a bombing. At first keeping it quiet, he goes public to rally the agency's standing. However, during a mission, the "super-strong" Mace is wounded by a bullet while trying to get a case holding a drug. It turns out he's not an Inhuman and has no powers at all. His "saving" that woman was actually tripping over her, a photographer getting a photo that made it look like he was holding up a wall to save her. The President and General Talbot decided to use him as the face of the agency, with a drug to fake his strength. Subverted in that Mace really is a good man who hated the entire act and is ready to come clean to the press. However, Coulson (who saw Mace risking his life to help others) says he is a hero and lets him stay on as the public face while Coulson handles things behind the scenes.
15th Jan '17 3:56:02 PM nombretomado
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* Lars Halford from ''[[BrutalLegend Brütal Legend]]'' is a rare example of a Fake Ultimate Hero who was ''genuinely'' heroic, brave and selfless, determined to fight for the good of humanity 'til his last breath. The trouble is, his leadership skills consisted mainly of giving {{Rousing Speech}}es and looking good with a sword (not to mention being completely incapable of organizing the logistics of an army). That, of course, is why he needs... a [[HypercompetentSidekick roadie.]]

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* Lars Halford from ''[[BrutalLegend Brütal Legend]]'' ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' is a rare example of a Fake Ultimate Hero who was ''genuinely'' heroic, brave and selfless, determined to fight for the good of humanity 'til his last breath. The trouble is, his leadership skills consisted mainly of giving {{Rousing Speech}}es and looking good with a sword (not to mention being completely incapable of organizing the logistics of an army). That, of course, is why he needs... a [[HypercompetentSidekick roadie.]]
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