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18th May '16 5:22:21 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ZigZagged with ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s'' Commissar Literature/CiaphasCain. He's known as the '''[[TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame HERO OF THE IMPERIUM]]''', but in his memoirs (the novels are [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis framed as such]]), he points out that in reality he only acts heroic for the masses and spends most of his time [[DirtyCoward making things comfortable and as safe as possible for himself or fleeing in terror]] and mostly saves the day by [[AccidentalHero pure accident]]. His InUniverse editor -- one of the people who actually saw through his acting -- points out that he ''is'' a skilled and inspirational leader and also brave when he ''has to'', although blessed with the good/bad luck of being constantly thrown into bad situations (and his inflated reputation means he often has to go into the Jaws of Hell to [[SlaveToPR maintain his reputation]]). [[ShrugOfGod The author even admits to not knowing]] whether Cain is really a cowardly scoundrel or [[HeroicSelfDeprecation just doesn't give himself enough credit]], but suspects it's a bit of both.

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* ZigZagged with ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s'' Commissar Literature/CiaphasCain. He's known as the '''[[TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame HERO OF THE IMPERIUM]]''', but in his memoirs (the novels are [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis framed as such]]), he points out that in reality he only acts heroic for the masses and spends most of his time [[DirtyCoward making things comfortable and as safe as possible for himself or fleeing in terror]] and mostly saves the day by [[AccidentalHero pure accident]]. His InUniverse editor -- one of the people who actually saw through his acting -- points out that he ''is'' a skilled and inspirational leader and also brave when he ''has to'', although blessed with the good/bad luck of being constantly thrown into bad situations (and his inflated reputation means he often has to go into the Jaws of Hell to [[SlaveToPR maintain his reputation]]). [[ShrugOfGod The author even admits to not knowing]] whether Cain is really a cowardly scoundrel or [[HeroicSelfDeprecation just doesn't give himself enough credit]], but suspects it's a bit of both. Motives and details aside, he ''actually did'' all the heroic deeds attributed to him. It's only in his very first story where he gets handed credit for a victory when he was really just running away and saved the day by accident when he stumbled into the enemy flanking force, in the others he just tries and fails to chose the safest assignments before saving the day where he does end up.
15th May '16 1:37:26 PM AHI-3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Story of Catcher Freeman" reveals through [[RashomonStyle three different versions of the tale]] that Catcher Freeman was basically this. He wasn't a mighty MemeticBadass who led a slave rebellion (Robert's version) or a PsychopathicManchild who was used as a hound to hunt runaway slaves (Ruckus' version). Huey learns from the Internet that he was merely a house slave named Tobias, an opportunistic DirtyCoward who decided to stick with the rebels after he accidentally shot his own master/father, who he was about to sell a ([[AnachronismStew movie]]) script to for his freedom. Naturally, Robert and Ruckus both choose to reject this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
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"The Story of Catcher Freeman" reveals through [[RashomonStyle three different versions of the tale]] that Catcher Freeman was basically this. He wasn't a mighty MemeticBadass who led a slave rebellion (Robert's version) or a PsychopathicManchild who was used as like a hound to hunt runaway slaves (Ruckus' version). Huey learns from the Internet that he was merely a house slave named Tobias, an opportunistic DirtyCoward who decided to stick side with the rebels after he accidentally shot his own master/father, who he was about to sell a ([[AnachronismStew movie]]) script to for his freedom. Naturally, Robert and Ruckus both choose to reject this revelation.
** This trope gets invoked in "It's Goin' Down". Ed Wuncler I, Ed Wuncler III, and Gin Rummy planned to use a bomb in an attempt to murder a security guard named Dan Stuckey. Although Dan is really just a [[FatIdiot fat and stupid]] [[FatBastard jerkass]], Ed I was going to fabricate a cover story that Stuckey was a heroic martyr killed by terrorism, and then create a lucrative media franchise to profit from all
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11th May '16 11:53:54 AM TheBigBopper
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* Recently in ''Manga/OnePiece'', Buggy the Clown has become a Fake Ultimate ''Villain'' after the revelation of facts about his past make all the lower level members of the group he's with idolize him, while everyone else wonders how he could be so weak and cowardly [[spoiler:when he was a member of Gol D. Roger's crew.]] He uses this to his advantage and quells a potential mutiny against Luffy, [[spoiler: Jinbei, Crocodile and Mr. 1]] and rallies them to fight with them at [[spoiler:Marine HQ]] [[BigBadWannabe while he will be the one to]] [[spoiler:[[BigBadWannabe kill Whitebeard in the war]]]]. Naturally, they cheer in excitement. He manages to accidentally create such an image for himself that [[spoiler: he becomes [[PsychoForHire one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea]] over the course of the time-skip.]]

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* Recently in In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Buggy the Clown has become a Fake Ultimate ''Villain'' after the revelation of facts about his past make all the lower level members of the group he's with idolize him, while everyone else wonders how he could be so weak and cowardly [[spoiler:when he was a member of Gol D. Roger's crew.]] He uses this to his advantage and quells a potential mutiny against Luffy, [[spoiler: Jinbei, Crocodile and Mr. 1]] and rallies them to fight with them at [[spoiler:Marine HQ]] [[BigBadWannabe while he will be the one to]] [[spoiler:[[BigBadWannabe kill Whitebeard in the war]]]]. Naturally, they cheer in excitement. He manages to accidentally create such an image for himself that [[spoiler: he becomes [[PsychoForHire one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea]] over the course of the time-skip.]]
8th May '16 11:54:15 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Played with [[spoiler: Kamina]] in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. While really a passionate hero who wants to liberate humanity, they flat out admit that they weren't able to accomplish anything without [[spoiler: Simon]] and in the end, [[spoiler: died way before the final battle]]. However, it was thanks to their courage and belief that the heroes prevailed in the end and [[spoiler: Kamina was that inspirational for the heroes even beyond his death.]]

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* Played with [[spoiler: Kamina]] in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. While really a passionate hero who wants to liberate humanity, they flat out admit that they weren't able to accomplish anything without [[spoiler: Simon]] and in the end, [[spoiler: died way before the final battle]]. However, it was thanks to their courage and belief that the heroes prevailed in the end and [[spoiler: Kamina was that inspirational for the heroes even beyond his death.]]
22nd Apr '16 5:43:15 PM Hanz
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** This has changed in later iterations though. He actually helps in ''A Crack in Time''... though that doesn't stop him trying to take all Ratchet's credit. He becomes a playable character in ''All 4 One'' and ''Full Frontal Assault'', turning him into a true hero in his own right.

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** This has changed in later iterations though. He actually helps in ''A Crack in Time''... though that doesn't stop him trying to take all Ratchet's credit. He becomes a playable character in ''All 4 One'' and ''Full Frontal Assault'', turning him into a true hero in his own right. The reboot of the first game even makes him more heroic and less cowardly to match his characterization in the later games.
26th Mar '16 10:15:32 AM nombretomado
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* Captain Good, a [[TheCape Cape]] participant from ''Yogi's Space Race'', is secretly a disguised [[DastardlyWhiplash Phantom Phink]] (an {{Expy}} of [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly]] - [-{{IN SPACE}}-]).

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* Captain Good, a [[TheCape Cape]] participant from ''Yogi's Space Race'', is secretly a disguised [[DastardlyWhiplash Phantom Phink]] (an {{Expy}} of [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly]] - [-{{IN SPACE}}-]).
20th Mar '16 11:44:31 AM Prfnoff
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* In the 1999 movie ''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 the 1999 movie ''Ravenous'', ''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.)
19th Mar '16 12:06:03 AM Hossmeister
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5th Mar '16 10:03:03 PM Prfnoff
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* Captain Fist in ''{{Girly}}'' sometimes falls into this category. He does heroic stuff normally, but sometimes other people give him credit for the things the main characters do.

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* Captain Fist in ''{{Girly}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' sometimes falls into this category. He does heroic stuff normally, but sometimes other people give him credit for the things the main characters do.



* In ''FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?264 Cindy thinks Randy went out to rescue the others trapped in the storm -- so sweet, so loyal, so heroic.]]

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* In ''FauxPas'', ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?264 Cindy thinks Randy went out to rescue the others trapped in the storm -- so sweet, so loyal, so heroic.]]
2nd Mar '16 9:06:50 PM MaxwellDaring
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* Metternich from ''BALADA:Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' keeps trying to avoid battle, ends up in the most deadly fight, smehow manages to dodge death untill victory, thus he's an aclaimed hero who gets shoved into even more dangerous battles.
** They way his military career starts summarizes the character perfectly and deserves mention, by the man himself:"And that my readers, is how my inglorious career began, with poisoned drinks, crazy luck, a lot of pain, and my personal favorite stupidity and the eternal question of why such a combination exists and what it has against good and honest folk and me of course."


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* Metternich from ''BALADA:Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' keeps trying to avoid battle, ends up in the most deadly fight, smehow manages to dodge death untill victory, thus he's an aclaimed hero who gets shoved into even more dangerous battles.
** They way his military career starts summarizes the character perfectly and deserves mention, by the man himself:"And that my readers, is how my inglorious career began, with poisoned drinks, crazy luck, a lot of pain, and my personal favorite stupidity and the eternal question of why such a combination exists and what it has against good and honest folk and me of course."
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