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8th May '18 2:05:37 PM Isaac_Heller
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* An extreme example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[spoiler: throughout the series, [[BigGood Rose Quartz]] was viewed as a saintly hero who led a courageous rebellion against the forces of Pink Diamond in order to save the Earth. But in Season 5, it is revealed that Rose Quartz actually ''was'' Pink Diamond in disguise all along, who created this identity and rebellion in order to escape the responsibility of colonizing (thus destroying) Earth, a responsibility she herself had ''begged'' for but came to regret after she fell in love with the planet and the human beings who lived there.]]
22nd Apr '18 7:21:56 PM zylon
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** Taken to new levels in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Not only does he tells the world that he defeated [[TopGod Beerus]] and ascended into godhood, his fake hero status has spread into the universal. Aliens gave him a medal for 'defeating' the God of Destruction.

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** Taken to new levels in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Not only does he tells the world that he defeated [[TopGod Beerus]] and ascended into to godhood, his fake hero status has spread into across the universal. universe. Aliens gave him a medal for 'defeating' "defeating" the God of Destruction.
15th Apr '18 8:20:24 AM RobTan
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** Ironically, because of these easy victories, Vaelin sees himself as something like this. He's a good fighter but by the standards of the elite order of [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] he grew up in, his skills range from mediocre to the high end of average, and in fact he's actually one of the worst at mounted combat. He's considered special because of his leadership ability, not his martial prowess. His notoriety is built largely on beating other men who had inflated reputations, and he's bemused by how in awe everyone is of him killing people who could barely hold a sword.

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** Ironically, because of these easy victories, Vaelin sees himself as something like this. He's a good fighter but by the standards of the elite order of [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] he grew up in, his skills range from mediocre to are at best on the high end of average, and in fact he's actually one of the worst at mounted combat. He's considered special because of his leadership ability, not his martial prowess. His notoriety is built largely on beating other men who had inflated reputations, and he's bemused by how in awe everyone is of him killing people who could barely hold a sword.
14th Apr '18 4:27:26 AM RobTan
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** Ironically, because of these easy victories, Vaelin sees himself as something like this. He's a good fighter but by the standards of the elite order of WarriorMonks he grew up in, his skills range from mediocre to the high end of average, and in fact he's actually one of the worst at mounted combat. He's considered special because of his leadership ability, not his martial prowess. His notoriety is built largely on beating other men who had inflated reputations, and he's bemused by how in awe everyone is of him killing people who could barely hold a sword.

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** Ironically, because of these easy victories, Vaelin sees himself as something like this. He's a good fighter but by the standards of the elite order of WarriorMonks [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] he grew up in, his skills range from mediocre to the high end of average, and in fact he's actually one of the worst at mounted combat. He's considered special because of his leadership ability, not his martial prowess. His notoriety is built largely on beating other men who had inflated reputations, and he's bemused by how in awe everyone is of him killing people who could barely hold a sword.
14th Apr '18 4:24:04 AM RobTan
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* In ''Raven's Shadow'', Vaelin frequently encounters figures with grandiose titles like "The Hope of the Empire", "Trueblade", etc., who are considered predestined saviours or mighty warriors among their people, and yet fail to put up any real fight.
** "The Hope" is a particular example. He was the supposedly Gods-anointed heir to a continent-spanning empire, was universally beloved, and considered one of the greatest men alive. Everyone who actually knew him, or saw him in action, however, agrees that he had no business being on a battlefield, and if Vaelin hadn't killed him, somebody else would have.
** Ironically, because of these easy victories, Vaelin sees himself as something like this. He's a good fighter but by the standards of the elite order of WarriorMonks he grew up in, his skills range from mediocre to the high end of average, and in fact he's actually one of the worst at mounted combat. He's considered special because of his leadership ability, not his martial prowess. His notoriety is built largely on beating other men who had inflated reputations, and he's bemused by how in awe everyone is of him killing people who could barely hold a sword.
9th Apr '18 3:03:56 PM StarSword
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* One early story arc in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' featured Li Nalas, the greatest hero of the Bajoran resistance. He had chased down Gul Zarale, an infamous Cardassian war criminal, and then killed him, inspiring Bajoran rebels all across the world with his bravery. His return was expected to unite Bajor under him. Only it's a massive exaggeration. Li Nalas was scouting when he accidentally fell into a lake some Cardassian was bathing in, and shot him in his underwear before the man could get his own gun. Only afterward did he realize it was the Cardassian War Criminal Gul Zarale, and the story spread and got [[GossipEvolution slightly changed as it went on]] until it didn't remotely resemble what he actually did. Li Nalas hated that he was regarded as a hero and considered himself a massive fake, to the point that when he [[HeroicSacrifice dies quite heroically]] his last words are to express relief at being "off the hook" for needing to live up to his supposedly undeserved reputation.

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* One early story arc in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' featured Li Nalas, the greatest hero of the Bajoran resistance. He had chased down Gul Zarale, an infamous Cardassian war criminal, and then killed him, inspiring Bajoran rebels all across the world with his bravery. His return was expected to unite Bajor under him. Only it's a massive exaggeration. Li Nalas was scouting when he accidentally fell into a lake some Cardassian was bathing in, and shot him in his underwear before the man could get his own gun. Only afterward did he realize it was the Cardassian War Criminal war criminal Gul Zarale, and the story spread and got [[GossipEvolution slightly changed as it went on]] until it didn't remotely resemble what he actually did. Li Nalas hated that he was regarded as a hero and considered himself a massive fake, to the point that when [[spoiler:when he [[HeroicSacrifice dies quite heroically]] his last words are to express relief at being "off the hook" for needing to live up to his supposedly undeserved reputation.reputation]].


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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Angry Angels squadron in the pilot is touted as the best in the Marine Corps. They're completely butchered in the first major battle with the Chigs. It's possibly {{justified}} however: humanity is said to have not seen any actual wars in many years, and learns a few things fighting that battle that allow the rookies of the 58th Reconnaissance Squadron (the protagonists) to do much better in their own first outing. [[spoiler:Also, much later in "The Angriest Angel", their SoleSurvivor Col. T.C. [=McQueen=] goes head-to-head against a Chig AcePilot and wins despite the inner ear injury he took in the pilot.]]
6th Apr '18 12:21:58 AM RedScharlach
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* The self-praising braggart Volstagg, of the ''Warriors Three'' from 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. And then when Vostagg hit the DespairEventHorizon after failing to save a group of orphan children, he claimed [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel the Ultimate Marvel version of Mjolnir]] for himself and declared that he would now be a brutal AntiHero version of his old friend Thor.

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* The self-praising braggart Volstagg, of the ''Warriors Three'' from 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. And then when Vostagg Volstagg hit the DespairEventHorizon after failing to save a group of orphan children, he claimed [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel the Ultimate Marvel version of Mjolnir]] for himself and declared that he would now be a brutal AntiHero version of his old friend Thor.



* Trevor Beauregard, Pinkerton detective, loves exaggerating his accomplishments to his kind brother in French comic ''ComicBook/CottonKid''. Said kid brother is the actual hero of the series. In this instance, even the actual protagonist buys into the FakeUltimateHero's hype.

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* Trevor Beauregard, Pinkerton detective, loves exaggerating his accomplishments to his kind kid brother in French comic ''ComicBook/CottonKid''. Said kid brother is the actual hero of the series. In this instance, even the actual protagonist buys into the FakeUltimateHero's hype.



* The ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' series is an early (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
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series

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* The ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' series is an early (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
non-heroic.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' seriesseries:
6th Apr '18 12:14:27 AM RedScharlach
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** A better example is Haruto Sakuraba, a mediocre receiver who is hailed as the ace of Ojou (the second best school in Tokyo) due to his good looks, and modeling contract. During the match with Deimon, Sena accidently injures Sakuraba forcing Sakuraba to question his path in life. He eventually shaves his hair, bulks up, and becomes one of the best wide receivers in the country due to his height.

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** A better example is Haruto Sakuraba, a mediocre receiver who is hailed as the ace of Ojou (the second best school in Tokyo) due to his good looks, and modeling contract. During the match with Deimon, Sena accidently accidentally injures Sakuraba forcing Sakuraba to question his path in life. He eventually shaves his hair, bulks up, and becomes one of the best wide receivers in the country due to his height.
31st Mar '18 12:37:27 PM erforce
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* In ''Film/{{Ravenous}}'', Lt. Boyd is promoted to Captain after his actions during a battle during the Mexican American War. He managed to take a Mexican stronghold single-handedly, by surprise... because he froze with fear and played dead as the rest of his troop died around him, and his supposedly dead body was piled with the rest of the corpses inside the fort after the battle. His superior officer was very aware of this fact, and states that he should be executed for dereliction of duty and desertion, but it would be bad for morale if a "war hero" were to be executed. They instead [[KickedUpstairs promote him]] but [[ReassignedToAntarctica assign him to the worst post in the military]], the dysfunctional Fort Spencer. (Not a spoiler - it's the first scene of the movie.)

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* In ''Film/{{Ravenous}}'', ''Film/Ravenous1999'', Lt. Boyd is promoted to Captain after his actions during a battle during the Mexican American War. He managed to take a Mexican stronghold single-handedly, by surprise... because he froze with fear and played dead as the rest of his troop died around him, and his supposedly dead body was piled with the rest of the corpses inside the fort after the battle. His superior officer was very aware of this fact, and states that he should be executed for dereliction of duty and desertion, but it would be bad for morale if a "war hero" were to be executed. They instead [[KickedUpstairs promote him]] but [[ReassignedToAntarctica assign him to the worst post in the military]], the dysfunctional Fort Spencer. (Not a spoiler - it's the first scene of the movie.)
26th Mar '18 12:24:14 PM LlamaAdventure
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** ''VideoGame/DragonBallSuper'' also introduces [[spoiler: Monaka, an alien touted by Beerus throughout the Universe 6 arc as being the strongest being he ever faced off against.]] Not only is all the hype surrounding him a complete lie, but he's not even strong by normal human standards like Mr. Satan. [[spoiler: Beerus just uses him as motivation for Goku to improve himself with the knowledge that there's AlwaysSomeoneBetter. Ironically, Monaka ends up winning the Universe 6 tournament when his opponent Hit, who had just defeated both Vegeta ''and'' Goku, realizes how weak Monaka actually is and promptly throws the fight, both out of respect for Goku and contempt for his employer Champa.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DragonBallSuper'' also introduces [[spoiler: Monaka, an alien touted by Beerus throughout the Universe 6 arc as being the strongest being he ever faced off against.]] Not only is all the hype surrounding him a complete lie, but he's not even strong by normal human standards like Mr. Satan.Satan, and spends most of the Universe 6 arc unconscious from fear at witnessing everyone else's power, which is passed off as him being in deep concentration. [[spoiler: Beerus just uses him as motivation for Goku to improve himself with the knowledge that there's AlwaysSomeoneBetter. Ironically, Monaka ends up winning the Universe 6 tournament when his opponent Hit, who had just defeated both Vegeta ''and'' Goku, realizes how weak Monaka actually is and promptly throws the fight, both out of respect for Goku and contempt for his employer Champa.]]
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