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5th Dec '16 2:21:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* Comrade Ogilvy in George Orwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''. Supposedly he sacrificed his life for Oceania but, in fact, he ''never existed'' and was only invented by the main character Winston Smith.

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* Comrade Ogilvy in George Orwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. Supposedly he sacrificed his life for Oceania but, in fact, he ''never existed'' and was only invented by the main character Winston Smith.
5th Dec '16 2:20:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* Haruka from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' was once known as a legendary [[{{Delinquents}} banchou]]. We see in a flashback that she was called such by classmates who thought it sounded cool, and it quickly snowballed to containing stories of her {{badass}}ery, and by that point Haruka's friends said that it was too much trouble to correct people when they ask about the legendary banchou, Haruka Minami. Although we get hints from that very same flashback that at least half of those rumors are actually true, added to her... [[BewareTheNiceOnes heavy-handed ways]] of dealing with certain problems, one has to wonder if there is some truth to the legend.

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* Haruka from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' was once known as a legendary [[{{Delinquents}} banchou]]. We see in a flashback that she was called such by classmates who thought it sounded cool, and it quickly snowballed to containing stories of her {{badass}}ery, badassery, and by that point Haruka's friends said that it was too much trouble to correct people when they ask about the legendary banchou, Haruka Minami. Although we get hints from that very same flashback that at least half of those rumors are actually true, added to her... [[BewareTheNiceOnes heavy-handed ways]] of dealing with certain problems, one has to wonder if there is some truth to the legend.



* Invoked in Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' when a fellow accuses [[TheAce professional hero]] Prince Charming of doing as Cornwell's Lancelot does. Subverted because a) by this point in the story, the reader '''knows''' Charming is a genuine {{Badass}}, and b) he proves it by asking the other guy to shoot an apple off Charming's head, William-Tell-style.

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* Invoked in Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' when a fellow accuses [[TheAce professional hero]] Prince Charming of doing as Cornwell's Lancelot does. Subverted because a) by this point in the story, the reader '''knows''' Charming is a genuine {{Badass}}, badass, and b) he proves it by asking the other guy to shoot an apple off Charming's head, William-Tell-style.
29th Nov '16 4:48:05 AM VVK
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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' by the villain. Steele, a literal glory hound, brags about how he'll lead the sled team into delivering (much needed) medicine for the town's dying children... only to end up lost in a blizzard. Then he gets [[UnwantedRescue rescued]] by the real hero, before being unceremoniously kicked off the team. The vindictive Steele then tries to sabotage the hero's efforts, not caring in the slightest how many lives will be lost from his wounded ego. He goes back to town, alone, spewing a [[BlatantLies bunch of crap]] to try and discredit Balto in the eyes of [[NiceGirl Jenna]] and the local dog populace. Only she [[CassandraTruth doesn't fall for it]]. At the end, Balto arrives in triumph and all the other dogs realize what a foul liar Steele is.
28th Nov '16 10:46:47 AM 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."

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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.clan. 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 She's trying to "save" him as 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."
23rd Nov '16 5:29:19 PM Vir
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* Captain Qwark from the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' video games fits this trope perfectly. Beloved as a hero by all the galaxy and initially idolized by Ratchet, Qwark turns out to be a selfish, cowardly, self-promoting {{Jerkass}} who switches loyalties (or plays both sides) whenever it's convenient. Despite all of this, he remains a mostly sympathetic character due to his sheer incompetence.

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* Captain Qwark from the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' video games fits this trope perfectly. Beloved as a hero by all the galaxy and initially idolized by Ratchet, Qwark turns out to be a selfish, cowardly, self-promoting {{Jerkass}} who switches loyalties (or plays both sides) whenever it's convenient. Despite all of this, he remains a mostly sympathetic character due to his sheer incompetence.



** 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.

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** This has changed in later iterations though. He actually helps in ''A ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time''...Time]]''... though that doesn't stop him trying to take all Ratchet's credit. He becomes a playable character in ''All ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One All 4 One'' One]]'' and ''Full ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault Full Frontal Assault'', 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.



* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'' has Nightburn, the hardest BadAss to walk [[strike:the Earth]] Filgaia. Except he's [[spoiler: a propaganda tool of the bad guys]], and never did any of the stuff he's famous for.
* In ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'', everyone thinks Lok is the mighty warrior from the Pupanunu's prophecy, and you go through the first part of the game trying to rescue him. As it turns out, Tak is the one destined to take out the Big Bad.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'' ''VideoGame/WildARMs5'' has Nightburn, the hardest BadAss to walk [[strike:the Earth]] Filgaia. Except he's [[spoiler: a propaganda tool of the bad guys]], and never did any of the stuff he's famous for.
* In ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'', everyone thinks Lok is the mighty warrior from the Pupanunu's prophecy, and you go through the first part of the game trying to rescue him. As it turns out, Tak is the one destined to take out the Big Bad.BigBad.



* In the Soviet campaign of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 2'' the character General Vladimir is a womanizing slob who is touted to be a great "Hero of the Soviet Union" and is constantly given all the credit for your character's successes whenever you and he work together during a campaign. Ironically [[spoiler: he catches on to the fact that the EvilChancellor Yuri wants to kill the Premier and take over the Soviet Union long before you do. You kill him on Yuri's orders, but then discover he was right and revolt against Yuri yourself.]]

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* In the Soviet campaign of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 2'' the character General Vladimir is a womanizing slob who is touted to be a great "Hero of the Soviet Union" and is constantly given all the credit for your character's successes whenever you and he work together during a campaign. Ironically [[spoiler: he catches on to the fact that the EvilChancellor Yuri wants to kill the Premier and take over the Soviet Union long before you do. You kill him on Yuri's orders, but then discover he was right and revolt against Yuri yourself.]]
23rd Nov '16 10:07:28 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': [[spoiler:All the cases that Goro Akechi "solved" to become a GreatDetective, every mystery that helped win him fame? He was the true perpetrator behind each of them, brainwashing unwitting "culprits" so he could sweep in and solve their crimes.]]
30th Oct '16 2:09:28 PM nombretomado
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** Volstagg was inspired by/based on Falstaff from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''HenryIV Parts I & II''.

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** Volstagg was inspired by/based on Falstaff from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''HenryIV ''Theatre/HenryIV Parts I & II''.
23rd Oct '16 10:03:18 AM rafi
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** Idem the detective Yamamura that is extremely clueless even after his promotion as Inspector.

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** Idem the detective Yamamura that that, unlike other police officers in the series, is extremely clueless even a complete idiot who can't do anything right. His reputation grows after Conan knocks him out to solve a case, which gives him more assignments and probably lead his promotion as to Inspector.



* 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.]]



* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', King, the number 7 ranked hero and supposedly the WorldsStrongestMan, is actually this. 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 portrayed sympathetically; he was simply MistakenForBadass and now has to rely on his reputation to save people through VictoryThroughIntimidation.]]



* Force and Shockwave in ''IronManArmoredAdventures'', when they aren't actively [[EngineeredHeroism staging their heroics]], take credit they aren't due. In this case, it's not so much narcissism as it is a gambit by Stane to discredit Iron Man.

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* Force and Shockwave An interesting version in ''IronManArmoredAdventures'', when they aren't actively [[EngineeredHeroism staging their heroics]], ''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 they aren't due. In for this case, deed just in case the Avatar shows up anyway.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode 'The Man Who Killed Batman', smalltime mob underling Sidney becomes instantly famous in Gotham's underworld when it looks like he fought off Batman and pushed him into a gas explosion, becoming, well, the Man Who Killed Batman. While 'Sid the Squid' enjoys the attention first, it goes south when he has to contend with thugs picking fights because AsskickingEqualsAuthority, and an irate Joker who's upset someone else killed Batman. Even going to Rupert Thorne for help proves no good, as Thorne believes Sidney was "[[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]]" and is trying to take over his operations. In the end, it turns out Batman survived and tailed Sid to collar Rupert. Sid goes to jail for his part in the mob, but finds satisfaction at being hailed as The Man Who ''Almost'' Killed Batman and Made a Fool of TheJoker.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** "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 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 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 this.
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers is this to the Martian Queen, but notably ''to no one else''.
** Though he ''is'' capable, he's just [[IdiotHero too stupid to handle it.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' combines this with an InfinityPlusOneSword to make the Sword Of Righteousness, a centuries-old LivingWeapon who claims to be able to make Jim the greatest hero of all time. While he can cut holes in the fabric of time, among other powers,
it's not so much narcissism as it is eventually revealed that nobody who's wielded him has ever actually won a gambit by Stane to discredit Iron Man.fight.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' special ''Wishology'', [[spoiler:Turbo Thunder]] spends a good deal of the trilogy telling everyone he's TheChosenOne. Of course, his actions in Part II prove he's anything but because he [[MissedTheCall slept through when he was needed.]]



* Captain Good, a [[TheCape Cape]] participant from ''Yogi's Space Race'', is secretly a disguised [[DastardlyWhiplash Phantom Phink]] (an {{Expy}} of [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly]] - [-{{IN SPACE}}-]).

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* Captain Good, ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' was said to have been founded by classic noble pioneer Nathaniel Northwest. As we learn in "Irrational Treasure", [[spoiler: the real founder of Gravity Falls was eccentric former president [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Quentin Trembley]], who found it by falling into the valley on a [[TheCape Cape]] participant from ''Yogi's Space Race'', horse; his existence was erased by the U.S. government who declared Northwest, who was really a "waste shoveling village idiot", the town's founder.]]
** Season 2 implies that even that supposed truth was a lie in itself as Nathaniel [[spoiler:is revealed to have been a rather cunning and monstrous scoundrel, counter to what the government thought of him.]]
* Everybody thinks WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey
is secretly a disguised [[DastardlyWhiplash Phantom Phink]] (an {{Expy}} the greatest hero who ever lived. Nobody seems to notice that he's an idiot and his sidekick Spot does most of [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly]] - [-{{IN SPACE}}-]).the work. Whenever Spot defeats the bad guy while Hong Kong Phooey was busy ineffectually flailing around, he would look up and remark, "Wow, I moved so fast, even I didn't see myself do it".
* ''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.
* Force and Shockwave in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', when they aren't actively [[EngineeredHeroism staging their heroics]], take credit they aren't due. In this case, it's not so much narcissism as it is a gambit by Stane to discredit Iron Man.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** "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 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 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 this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' special ''Wishology'', [[spoiler:Turbo Thunder]] spends a good deal of the trilogy telling everyone he's TheChosenOne. Of course, his actions in Part II prove he's anything but because he [[MissedTheCall slept through when he was needed.]]
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers is this to the Martian Queen, but notably ''to no one else''.
** Though he ''is'' capable, he's just [[IdiotHero too stupid to handle it.]]
* ''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.
** Gadget then went on to believe that the REAL Santa Claus, locked in a prison that Gadget also ends up in, was a MAD Agent.
** Gadget never noticed that Claw was in the area, even when he was in the car right next to him, shaking his fist at him!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Lisa exposes the historical hero Jebediah Springfield as a fiendish pirate, but covers it up because the legend means so much to the people of her town.
** In "Homer Defined" Homer briefly becomes one when he saves Springfield from a nuclear explosion. People assume he did it by some sort of brilliant technical know-how, when it was really dumb luck. In the end everyone discovers that Homer succeeded despite idiocy, but he is happy because he didn't like being the Fake Ultimate Hero.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** "The Story of Catcher Freeman" reveals through [[RashomonStyle three different versions of
Major Man from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' appeared and stole 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 like a hound to hunt runaway slaves (Ruckus' version). Huey learns spotlight from the Internet girls by solving a bunch of problems before the girls could. The end of the episode reveals that he was merely a house slave named Tobias, an opportunistic DirtyCoward who decided to 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
set up all this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' special ''Wishology'', [[spoiler:Turbo Thunder]] spends a good deal
of the trilogy telling everyone he's TheChosenOne. Of course, his actions in Part II prove he's anything but because problems he [[MissedTheCall slept through fixed. It's revealed when he was needed.]]
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers is this to
the Martian Queen, but notably ''to no one else''.
** Though he ''is'' capable, he's just [[IdiotHero too stupid
girls get a {{Kaiju}} to handle it.]]
* ''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
"attack" the credit. He's so clueless city, where he admits 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.
** Gadget then went on to believe that the REAL Santa Claus, locked in a prison that Gadget also ends up in, was a MAD Agent.
** Gadget never noticed that Claw was in the area, even when he was in the car right next to him, shaking his fist at him!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Lisa exposes the historical hero Jebediah Springfield as a fiendish pirate, but covers it up because the legend means so much to the people of her town.
** In "Homer Defined" Homer briefly becomes one when he saves Springfield from a nuclear explosion. People assume he did it by some sort of brilliant technical know-how, when it was really dumb luck. In the end everyone discovers that Homer succeeded despite idiocy, but he is happy because
can't solve any problems he didn't like being set up in advance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "The Shiner", TJ arrives to school with a black eye from an embarrassing accident. His friends thought he fought bullies which led to a school-wide gossip thinking he's a hero. TJ is unable to confess until
the Fake Ultimate Hero.end of the episode, so he confirms he's a hero.



* 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 just in case the Avatar shows up anyway.]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Captain Hindsight. Everyone praises him for his "heroic deeds" but he doesn't actually do anything, all he ever does is tell people things what they could've done to prevent disasters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "The Shiner", TJ arrives to school with a black eye from an embarrassing accident. His friends thought he fought bullies which led to a school-wide gossip thinking he's a hero. TJ is unable to confess until the end of the episode, so he confirms he's a hero.
* Major Man from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' appeared and stole the spotlight from the girls by solving a bunch of problems before the girls could. The end of the episode reveals that he set up all of the problems he fixed. It's revealed when the girls get a {{Kaiju}} to "attack" the city, where he admits that he can't solve any problems he didn't set up in advance.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode 'The Man Who Killed Batman', smalltime mob underling Sidney becomes instantly famous in Gotham's underworld when it looks like he fought off Batman and pushed him into a gas explosion, becoming, well, the Man Who Killed Batman. While 'Sid the Squid' enjoys the attention first, it goes south when he has to contend with thugs picking fights because AsskickingEqualsAuthority, and an irate Joker who's upset someone else killed Batman. Even going to Rupert Thorne for help proves no good, as Thorne believes Sidney was "[[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]]" and is trying to take over his operations. In the end, it turns out Batman survived and tailed Sid to collar Rupert. Sid goes to jail for his part in the mob, but finds satisfaction at being hailed as The Man Who ''Almost'' Killed Batman and Made a Fool of TheJoker.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Lisa exposes the historical hero Jebediah Springfield as a fiendish pirate, but covers it up because the legend means so much to the people of her town.
** In "Homer Defined" Homer briefly becomes one when he saves Springfield from a nuclear explosion. People assume he did it by some sort of brilliant technical know-how, when it was really dumb luck.
In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' end everyone discovers that Homer succeeded despite idiocy, but he is happy because he didn't like being the Fake Ultimate Hero.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Captain Hindsight. Everyone praises him for his "heroic deeds" but he doesn't actually do anything, all he ever does is tell people things what they could've done to prevent disasters.
* The King of Sling in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}''. It turns out that everyone in his home cavern knows his tales of glory are exaggerated, but they don't care because they are so entertaining.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''
episode 'The Man Who Killed Batman', smalltime mob underling Sidney becomes instantly famous in Gotham's underworld when it looks like he fought off Batman "The Hero" introduces Brad Starlight, a blonde, [[TopHeavyGuy barrel-chested]] macho guy who enlists Wander and pushed him into a gas explosion, becoming, well, Sylvia as his sidekicks in his quest to rescue the Man Who Killed Batman. While 'Sid beautiful Princess Demurra from the Squid' enjoys evil King Drakor. Not only does Starlight quickly prove himself incompetent at the attention first, it goes south when he has to contend with thugs picking fights because AsskickingEqualsAuthority, and an irate Joker who's upset someone else killed Batman. Even going to Rupert Thorne for help proves no good, as Thorne believes Sidney was "[[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]]" and is trying to take over his operations. In the end, whole "hero" business, [[spoiler: it turns out Batman survived Demurra is ''willingly'' getting hitched to King Drakor, who isn't such a bad guy after all, and tailed Sid Brad is the ''real'' bad guy trying to collar Rupert. Sid goes to jail for claim Demurra as his part in the mob, but finds satisfaction at being hailed as The Man Who ''Almost'' Killed Batman and Made bride.]]
* Captain Good,
a Fool [[TheCape Cape]] participant from ''Yogi's Space Race'', is secretly a disguised [[DastardlyWhiplash Phantom Phink]] (an {{Expy}} of TheJoker.[[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly]] - [-{{IN SPACE}}-]).



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' was said to have been founded by classic noble pioneer Nathaniel Northwest. As we learn in "Irrational Treasure", [[spoiler: the real founder of Gravity Falls was eccentric former president [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Quentin Trembley]], who found it by falling into the valley on a horse; his existence was erased by the U.S. government who declared Northwest, who was really a "waste shoveling village idiot", the town's founder.]]
** Season 2 implies that even that supposed truth was a lie in itself as Nathaniel [[spoiler:is revealed to have been a rather cunning and monstrous scoundrel, counter to what the government thought of him.]]
* Everybody thinks WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey is the greatest hero who ever lived. Nobody seems to notice that he's an idiot and his sidekick Spot does most of the work. Whenever Spot defeats the bad guy while Hong Kong Phooey was busy ineffectually flailing around, he would look up and remark, "Wow, I moved so fast, even I didn't see myself do it."
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' combines this with an InfinityPlusOneSword to make the Sword Of Righteousness, a centuries-old LivingWeapon who claims to be able to make Jim the greatest hero of all time. While he can cut holes in the fabric of time, among other powers, it's eventually revealed that nobody who's wielded him has ever actually won a fight.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Hero" introduces Brad Starlight, a blonde, [[TopHeavyGuy barrel-chested]] macho guy who enlists Wander and Sylvia as his sidekicks in his quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Demurra from the evil King Drakor. Not only does Starlight quickly prove himself incompetent at the whole "hero" business, [[spoiler: it turns out Demurra is ''willingly'' getting hitched to King Drakor, who isn't such a bad guy after all, and Brad is the ''real'' bad guy trying to claim Demurra as his bride.]]
* The King of Sling in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}''. It turns out that everyone in his home cavern knows his tales of glory are exaggerated, but they don't care because they are so entertaining.
23rd Oct '16 7:25:17 AM rafi
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* Kitano, from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is a Fake Ultimate Villain but a [[TheHero Real Hero]] too. Unfortunately his in-universe [[FaceOfAThug bad PR]] makes him an hero only to a very few people, or to {{Delinquents}}.



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has one-shot character Cowboy Andy who has apparently built himself up a certifiable reputation as a famed bounty hunter despite the Bebop crew having never heard of him before, and in Spike's case particularly gets on his nerves due to most of the other characters noting how [[NotSoDifferent similar]] they are. The difference is while he does have all of Spike's recklessness, he has absolutely none of the skills or intuition to back it up. He repeatedly mistakes other people for the terrorist everyone is hunting for in the episode including Spike twice, and near the end of the episode when said terrorist manages to trap both him and Spike, Andy immediately cracks under the pressure while Spike manages to keep his cool and look for a way out.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Many episodes features this, as Conan's deductions are revealed in the voice of the unconscious Kogoro Mouri, building the man's reputation as a detective (despite the fact that Mouri is a mediocre detective at best).
*** Well, if you WANT to get technical, Mouri/Moore DOES eventually gain some competence in the detective field in later seasons, as he's later shown able to piece much of the case together but cannot solve it due to lacking hard evidence. Conan's crime solving, mainly comes from hunches and correct guesses regarding suspects, whereas Moore's method involves mostly evidence and little to no Gut.
*** He's quite skilled at Judo and displays almost a frightening level of skill as a detective when the life of his daughter and/or Conan hangs in the balance. He at least has the potential to be a real hero, if he [[BrilliantButLazy weren't such a slacker most of the time.]]
** Sonoko Suzuki also gets a bit of this treatment as well due to the fact that she's the most common person Conan knocks out and solves cases through when Kogoro is unavailable. As a result she's come to be thought of as a GeniusDitz in spite of the fact that she doesn't even have a fraction of Kogoro's deductive skills, let alone Conan's.
** Idem the detective Yamamura that is extremely clueless even after his promotion as Inspector.



** Not to mention the fact that the DevilBats freakishly small team means that most of the players are on the field all the time, regardless of their speciality.

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** Not to mention the fact that the DevilBats "Devil Bats" freakishly small team means that most of the players are on the field all the time, regardless of their speciality.speciality.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' Aiguille Delaz. He is the fake ultimate hero for his fleet and Anavel Gato. Basically he ran from battle 3 years ago in A Baoa Qu and took half the fleet with him, retconning his way in his autobiography(the beginning scene of the anime) stating he only left because Kycilia killed Gihren, which he had no way of knowing at the time. Delaz took Gato in just because he need more protection when running away. Gato somehow idolized Delaz as a hero. Delaz did that when Gato's true idol/hero, Dozle Zabi, just [[AFatherToHisMen died protecting his men]], including Gato, helped a lot, but makes one wonder why Gato did not think of the differences between the two.
* 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. Killberos' late leader Gwangnam, who is implied to be the person whom Adonis "impersonated", helped him by preserving the charade 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.]]
* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'' Taiga is this to his school. They think that he has greatest magic power that anyone can get and defeated the strongest teacher. The reality is he has [[BadassNormal no magic at all]] just [[GoodOldFisticuffs brawling]], [[AwesomeByAnalysis quick thinking]], [[BadassBoast really good]] [[BatmanGambit at talking]] [[WarriorTherapist people down]], [[MadeOfIron tough as nails]], and [[{{Determinator}} he will never give up]]. He still is at an extreme disadvantage in any fight so his first "strategies" are to [[LovableCoward hide, run]], or [[BatmanGambit let/trick his friends into fighting for him]]. He does get AntiMagic a little bit into the story line, but he is never as powerful or as competent as his friends, {{rival}}s, and fellow students believe him to be.
* In ''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.
* Haruka from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' was once known as a legendary [[{{Delinquents}} banchou]]. We see in a flashback that she was called such by classmates who thought it sounded cool, and it quickly snowballed to containing stories of her {{badass}}ery, and by that point Haruka's friends said that it was too much trouble to correct people when they ask about the legendary banchou, Haruka Minami. Although we get hints from that very same flashback that at least half of those rumors are actually true, added to her... [[BewareTheNiceOnes heavy-handed ways]] of dealing with certain problems, one has to wonder if there is some truth to the legend.



* Almost every single episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' (''Case Closed'' in English) features this, as Conan's deductions are revealed in the voice of the unconscious Kogoro Mouri (Richard Moore), building the man's reputation as a detective (despite the fact that Mouri is a mediocre detective at best).
** Well, if you WANT to get technical, Mouri/Moore DOES eventually gain some competence in the detective field in later seasons, as he's later shown able to piece much of the case together but cannot solve it due to lacking hard evidence. Conan's crime solving, mainly comes from hunches and correct guesses regarding suspects, whereas Moore's method involves mostly evidence and little to no Gut.
** He's quite skilled at Judo and displays almost a frightening level of skill as a detective when the life of his daughter and/or Conan hangs in the balance. He at least has the potential to be a real hero, if he [[BrilliantButLazy weren't such a slacker most of the time.]]
** Sonoko Suzuki/Serena Sebastian also gets a bit of this treatment as well due to the fact that she's the most common person Conan knocks out and solves cases through when Kogoro/Richard is unavailable. As a result she's come to be thought of as a GeniusDitz in spite of the fact that she doesn't even have a fraction of Kogoro/Richard's deductive skills, let alone Conan's.
* In ''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.



* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'' Taiga is this to his school. They think that he has greatest magic power that anyone can get and defeated the strongest teacher. The reality is he has [[BadassNormal no magic at all]] just [[GoodOldFisticuffs brawling]], [[AwesomeByAnalysis quick thinking]], [[BadassBoast really good]] [[BatmanGambit at talking]] [[WarriorTherapist people down]], [[MadeOfIron tough as nails]], and [[{{Determinator}} he will never give up]]. He still is at an extreme disadvantage in any fight so his first "strategies" are to [[LovableCoward hide, run]], or [[BatmanGambit let/trick his friends into fighting for him]]. He does get AntiMagic a little bit into the story line, but he is never as powerful or as competent as his friends, {{rival}}s, and fellow students believe him to be.
* Haruka from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' was once known as a legendary [[{{Delinquents}} banchou]]. We see in a flashback that she was called such by classmates who thought it sounded cool, and it quickly snowballed to containing stories of her {{badass}}ery, and by that point Haruka's friends said that it was too much trouble to correct people when they ask about the legendary banchou, Haruka Minami. Although we get hints from that very same flashback that at least half of those rumors are actually true, added to her... [[BewareTheNiceOnes heavy-handed ways]] of dealing with certain problems, one has to wonder if there is some truth to the legend.
* Kitano, from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is a Fake Ultimate Villain but a [[TheHero Real Hero]] too. Unfortunately his in-universe [[FaceOfAThug bad PR]] makes him an hero only to a very few people, or to {{Delinquents}}.

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* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'' Taiga is this to his school. They think that he has greatest magic power that anyone can get and defeated the strongest teacher. The reality is he has [[BadassNormal no magic at all]] just [[GoodOldFisticuffs brawling]], [[AwesomeByAnalysis quick thinking]], [[BadassBoast Played with [[spoiler: Kamina]] in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. While really good]] [[BatmanGambit at talking]] [[WarriorTherapist people down]], [[MadeOfIron tough as nails]], and [[{{Determinator}} he will never give up]]. He still is at an extreme disadvantage in any fight so his first "strategies" are a passionate hero who wants to [[LovableCoward hide, run]], or [[BatmanGambit let/trick his friends into fighting for him]]. He does get AntiMagic a little bit into the story line, but he is never as powerful or as competent as his friends, {{rival}}s, and fellow students believe him to be.
* Haruka from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' was once known as a legendary [[{{Delinquents}} banchou]]. We see in a flashback
liberate humanity, they flat out admit that she was called such by classmates who thought it sounded cool, they weren't able to accomplish anything without [[spoiler: Simon]] and it quickly snowballed to containing stories of her {{badass}}ery, and by that point Haruka's friends said that in the end, [[spoiler: died way before the final battle]]. However, it was too much trouble thanks to correct people when they ask about the legendary banchou, Haruka Minami. Although we get hints from their courage and belief that very same flashback the heroes prevailed in the end and [[spoiler: Kamina was that at least half of those rumors are actually true, added to her... [[BewareTheNiceOnes heavy-handed ways]] of dealing with certain problems, one has to wonder if there is some truth to inspirational for the legend.
* Kitano, from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is a Fake Ultimate Villain but a [[TheHero Real Hero]] too. Unfortunately
heroes even beyond his in-universe [[FaceOfAThug bad PR]] makes him an hero only to a very few people, or to {{Delinquents}}.death.]]



* In ''Manga/UbelBlatt'', all of the Seven Heroes are fake heroes. A few of them have started to believe their own lies too. Ironically, the only one who feels guilty about this and tries to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure to atone for it is the guy who came up with the scheme in the first place.



* In ''Manga/UbelBlatt'', all of the Seven Heroes are fake heroes. A few of them have started to believe their own lies too. Ironically, the only one who feels guilty about this and tries to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure to atone for it is the guy who came up with the scheme in the first place.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has one-shot character Cowboy Andy who has apparently built himself up a certifiable reputation as a famed bounty hunter despite the Bebop crew having never heard of him before, and in Spike's case particularly gets on his nerves due to most of the other characters noting how [[NotSoDifferent similar]] they are. The difference is while he does have all of Spike's recklessness, he has absolutely none of the skills or intuition to back it up. He repeatedly mistakes other people for the terrorist everyone is hunting for in the episode including Spike twice, and near the end of the episode when said terrorist manages to trap both him and Spike, Andy immediately cracks under the pressure while Spike manages to keep his cool and look for a way out.



* Played with [[spoiler: Kamina]] in ''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.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' Aiguille Delaz. He is the fake ultimate hero for his fleet and Anavel Gato. Basically he ran from battle 3 years ago in A Baoa Qu and took half the fleet with him, retconning his way in his autobiography(the beginning scene of the anime) stating he only left because Kycilia killed Gihren, which he had no way of knowing at the time. Delaz took Gato in just because he need more protection when running away. Gato somehow idolized Delaz as a hero. Delaz did that when Gato's true idol/hero, Dozle Zabi, just [[AFatherToHisMen died protecting his men]], including Gato, helped a lot, but makes one wonder why Gato did not think of the differences between the two.
* 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. Killberos' late leader Gwangnam, who is implied to be the person whom Adonis "impersonated", helped him by preserving the charade 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.]]
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* Happened to UsefulNotes/JosephStalin and Chairman {{Mao}}, at least in the West. During their life they were respected internationally, especially among leftists and third world revolutionaries, as political and economic visionaries. Stalin in particular was praised for defeating the Nazis during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. However, after their deaths, new information released portrayed them in a different light, as absolute dictators who amassed huge death tolls (in the tens of millions) to achieve their goals. Despite this, these two still have their supporters in their home countries, who argued that the dictators' purges were justified in their end result of bringing stability to their countries previously ravaged by civil war and revolutions.

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* Happened to UsefulNotes/JosephStalin and [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Chairman {{Mao}}, Mao]], at least in the West. During their life they were respected internationally, especially among leftists and third world revolutionaries, as political and economic visionaries. Stalin in particular was praised for defeating the Nazis during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. However, after their deaths, new information released portrayed them in a different light, as absolute dictators who amassed huge death tolls (in the tens of millions) to achieve their goals. Despite this, these two still have their supporters in their home countries, who argued that the dictators' purges were justified in their end result of bringing stability to their countries previously ravaged by civil war and revolutions.
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