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25th Aug '16 10:41:50 PM Adeon
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** This happens to cowardly non-magical wizard Rincewind in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', due to exaggerated tales of his deeds told by his sidekick from previous adventures, Twoflower (while Rincewind ''did'' perform many of the "heroic" deeds attributed to him, they attribute to him a much higher level of competence and ability than he actually had, and neglect to mention the fact he was scared out of his gourd the whole time, and mostly got by on luck alone). Like Literature/CiaphasCain, Rincewind is horrified by the attention, because his admirers quickly expect him to perform incredibly dangerous deeds to save their country.\\
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In the same book, his contemporaries at the Unseen University have a much more realistic idea of Rincewind's disposition, but he ends up being chosen as the man for the job anyway for two reasons: First, the word "Wizzard" on his hat is spelled the right way (compared to other solutions they were seeking for the riddle of the identity of the "Great Wizzard"), and second, Ridcully finds the common thread in Rincewind's experiences, i.e. none of it ever actually kills him.

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** This happens to cowardly non-magical wizard Rincewind in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', due to exaggerated tales of his deeds told by his sidekick from previous adventures, Twoflower (while Rincewind ''did'' perform many of the "heroic" deeds attributed to him, they attribute to him a much higher level of competence and ability than he actually had, and neglect to mention the fact he was scared out of his gourd the whole time, and mostly got by on luck alone). Like Literature/CiaphasCain, Rincewind is horrified by the attention, because his admirers quickly expect him to perform incredibly dangerous deeds to save their country.\\
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In the same book, his contemporaries at the Unseen University have a much more realistic idea of Rincewind's disposition, but he ends up being chosen as the man for the job anyway for two reasons: First, the word "Wizzard" on his hat is spelled the right way (compared to other solutions they were seeking for the riddle of the identity of the "Great Wizzard"), and second, Ridcully finds the common thread in Rincewind's experiences, i.e. none of it ever actually kills him.
7th Aug '16 7:55:21 PM Lanthorn
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* KoreanWebToon ''Hello Hellper'': [[spoiler: Adonis, the prettiest and seemingly most dangerous member of Killberos, is actually a weakling who was mistaken for a legendary fighter and used it to escape bullying. Gwangnam (who is implied to be the person Adonis was mistaken for) helped him by preserving the charade but told he should eventually find friends he can trust (there are hints that one of his middle-school friends knows but also kept quiet)]].

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* KoreanWebToon ''Hello Hellper'': [[spoiler: Adonis, the prettiest and seemingly most dangerous member of Killberos, is actually a weakling who was mistaken for a legendary fighter and used it to escape bullying. Gwangnam (who Killberos' late leader Gwangnam, who is implied to be the person whom Adonis was mistaken for) "impersonated", helped him by preserving the charade but by coincidentally(?) dressing like Adonis (a hip kid from the big city of Seoul) and thrashing a violent gang; also helping him was the tradition that the person who moves and talks the least is the most dangerous. Gwangnam told Adonis that he doesn't care who or what he really is but he should eventually find other friends he can trust (there are hints that one of his middle-school friends knows but also kept quiet)]].trust.]]
7th Aug '16 7:38:42 PM Lanthorn
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* KoreanWebToon ''Hello Hellper'': [[spoiler: Adonis, the prettiest and seemingly most dangerous member of Killberos, is actually a weakling who was mistaken for a legendary fighter and used it to escape bullying. Gwangnam (who is implied to be the person Adonis was mistaken for) helped him by preserving the charade but told he should eventually find friends he can trust (there are hints that one of his middle-school friends knows but also kept quiet)]].
4th Aug '16 10:28:51 AM Willbyr
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* In ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', this is invoked as Yako pretends to be a genius child prodigy detective in order to draw peoples attention away from Neuro, who acts as her assistant but is actually the one solving the crimes. As a demon, Neuro cannot be the one to get the spotlight, so he needs a patsy/victim/chew toy to be his face. This isn't to say Yako is useless. She possesses an incredible amount of empathy (something a demon totally lacks), and the more the story goes on, the more TheyFightCrime together.

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* In ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', this is invoked as Yako pretends to be a genius child prodigy detective in order to draw peoples attention away from Neuro, who acts as her assistant but is actually the one solving the crimes. As a demon, Neuro cannot be the one to get the spotlight, so he needs a patsy/victim/chew toy to be his face. This isn't to say Yako is useless. She possesses an incredible amount of empathy (something a demon totally lacks), and the more the story goes on, the more TheyFightCrime together.
31st Jul '16 10:33:02 AM nombretomado
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* The DCComics character ComicBook/BoosterGold originally played this straight. His origin story is of a disgraced football player from the future who steals a flight ring and a super suit from a museum, then travels back to the modern day with a [[NonHumanSidekick reprogrammed tour guide robot]] full of old news data about disasters and the like. Though he does prove himself to be a true hero early in his career, later writers end up portraying him as a self-serving, fame-obsessed laughingstock that all of the big name heroes (save for Wonder Woman and Superman) treat like crap, even when he does stuff like facing Doomsday by himself, in order to buy Superman and his fellow JLA time to regroup.

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* The DCComics Creator/DCComics character ComicBook/BoosterGold originally played this straight. His origin story is of a disgraced football player from the future who steals a flight ring and a super suit from a museum, then travels back to the modern day with a [[NonHumanSidekick reprogrammed tour guide robot]] full of old news data about disasters and the like. Though he does prove himself to be a true hero early in his career, later writers end up portraying him as a self-serving, fame-obsessed laughingstock that all of the big name heroes (save for Wonder Woman and Superman) treat like crap, even when he does stuff like facing Doomsday by himself, in order to buy Superman and his fellow JLA time to regroup.
26th Jul '16 9:40:25 PM MikeW
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* On a fifth season episode of ''Series/LostGirl'' Bo tries to find out who is trying to kill Musashi, a legendary warrior who has been hailed by generations of his family for winning a major battle and is about to ascend to the head of the family. Bo finds out the person behind it is Tomoe, Musashi's sister. It turns out ''she'' was the hero who won the battle and when people assume Musashi (the elder son) did it, she let them out of honor, unaware her brother would turn into a major arrogant jerk who now believes the lie himself. It turns out that if he tries to ascend as a fraud, he'll be cursed into a demon form. Bo and Tamsin end up proving to the clan how Tomoe was the true hero and Musashi is forced to spend his days working a menial job at the clan's resturant to pay back all the money he spent wildly when he was the "hero."
18th Jul '16 4:56:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* An interesting version in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. When Zuko returns to the Fire Nation he is held as a hero for [[spoiler: killing the Avatar-]] something which the Fire Nation considers heroic. In reality, [[spoiler: his sister [[ManipulativeBastard Azula]] let him take credit for this deed [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy just in case the Avatar shows up anyway]].]]

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* An interesting version in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. When Zuko returns to the Fire Nation he is held as a hero for [[spoiler: killing the Avatar-]] something which the Fire Nation considers heroic. In reality, [[spoiler: his sister [[ManipulativeBastard Azula]] let him take credit for this deed [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy just in case the Avatar shows up anyway]].anyway.]]
27th Jun '16 3:25:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* A 2-part ''Comicbook/DarkwingDuck'' comic that was run in the ''DisneyAdventures'' magazine featured Darkwing being shown up by a new team of super-heroes. However, their leader (Mr. Wonderful, a [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] CaptainErsatz) was in league with Darkwing's arch-enemy Steelbeak and the rest of his team were [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]] who weren't as powerful as they initially believed.

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* A 2-part ''Comicbook/DarkwingDuck'' comic that was run in the ''DisneyAdventures'' ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' magazine featured Darkwing being shown up by a new team of super-heroes. However, their leader (Mr. Wonderful, a [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] CaptainErsatz) was in league with Darkwing's arch-enemy Steelbeak and the rest of his team were [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]] who weren't as powerful as they initially believed.
26th Jun '16 10:47:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* The short-lived Disney cartoon ''TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'' used a similar plot for its Pith Possum segment, mixing in BitchInSheepsClothing. The title character gets upstaged by a new hero called Super Water Buffalo, only he was actually a [[NiceCharacterMeanActor villain using his "heroics" to secretly steal from the people he was "saving"]]. When exposed, Pith proceeds to deliver him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.

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* The short-lived Disney cartoon ''TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'' used a similar plot for its Pith Possum segment, mixing in BitchInSheepsClothing. The title character gets upstaged by a new hero called Super Water Buffalo, only he was actually a [[NiceCharacterMeanActor villain using his "heroics" to secretly steal from the people he was "saving"]]. When exposed, Pith proceeds to deliver him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
22nd Jun '16 12:15:40 AM PaulA
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* * In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", after the huntsman kills the dragon, the marshal cuts his head off while he sleeps and then claims the reward for himself. His {{Talking Animal}}s [[BackFromTheDead restore him]], and when he goes to the city with the animals, the princess identifies him, and since he has the tongues of the dragon, he can prove the marshal a liar.

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* * In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", after the huntsman kills the dragon, the marshal cuts his head off while he sleeps and then claims the reward for himself. His {{Talking Animal}}s [[BackFromTheDead restore him]], and when he goes to the city with the animals, the princess identifies him, and since he has the tongues of the dragon, he can prove the marshal a liar.
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