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12th Apr '18 1:10:33 AM PaulA
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* In the 2004 version of ''Film/TheAlamo'', Davey Crockett expresses the sentiment that he, himself, is an example of this trope, being propped up by public opinion and overblown stories about his so-called exploits. He's not, but it makes for a poignant moment.

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* In the 2004 version of ''Film/TheAlamo'', ''Film/{{The Alamo|2004}}'', Davey Crockett expresses the sentiment that he, himself, is an example of this trope, being propped up by public opinion and overblown stories about his so-called exploits. He's not, but it makes for a poignant moment.
6th Mar '18 9:58:30 PM Robotnik
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* Mr. Satan from DragonBall. A strong martial artist by non-super-powered standards, but he's a ButtMonkey and [[OvershadowedByAwesome much weaker than even the weakest of the main heroes and villains]].

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* Mr. Satan from DragonBall.''Manga/DragonBall''. A strong martial artist by non-super-powered standards, but he's a ButtMonkey and [[OvershadowedByAwesome much weaker than even the weakest of the main heroes and villains]].


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' episode "Kenny the Cat", everyone in Bikini Bottom, especially [=SpongeBob=] himself, idolizes the cat of the same name whose claim to fame is being able to hold his breath underwater for days at a time despite being a land-dweller. When [=Spongebob=] discovers that Kenny has actually been using a hidden oxygen tank, he's literally heartbroken. Kenny tearfully convinces him to keep his secret, but he gets found out anyway. Thankfully for him, [=SpongeBob=] comes up with an idea for a new gimmick; since CatsHateWater, he can be a cat who ''likes'' it.
16th Feb '18 10:11:27 AM XFllo
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* [[spoiler: Eddy's brother]] on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is actually both types at once. [[spoiler: The whole series plays him up as TheAce, someone who Eddy looks up to an admires. When we finally see him in TheMovie, he is quickly revealed to be a jerk whose constant abuse toward Eddy was the reason for his JerkassFacade. Then type two comes into effect when Ed defeats him by removing a hinge on his trailer door, causing it to hit him in the face. WordOfGod says this is because he never received pain in his life, so the door hurt him more than it would anyone used to pain]].

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* [[spoiler: Eddy's brother]] on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is actually both types at once. [[spoiler: The whole series plays him up as TheAce, someone who Eddy looks up to an admires. When we finally see him in TheMovie, he is quickly revealed to be a jerk whose constant abuse toward Eddy was the reason for his JerkassFacade.him pretending to be a jerk. Then type two comes into effect when Ed defeats him by removing a hinge on his trailer door, causing it to hit him in the face. WordOfGod says this is because he never received pain in his life, so the door hurt him more than it would anyone used to pain]].
6th Feb '18 11:42:48 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': Gizmoduck (originally from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'') repeatedly visits Saint Canard for the express purpose of thwarting evildoers, and his sterling reputation as a "super-powered" champion of justice far outshines that of the headline-hogging glory-hound ostensibly starring in this show, but more than once he has gotten himself captured by supervillains and needed Darkwing to rescue him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': Gizmoduck (originally from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'') ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'') repeatedly visits Saint Canard for the express purpose of thwarting evildoers, and his sterling reputation as a "super-powered" champion of justice far outshines that of the headline-hogging glory-hound ostensibly starring in this show, but more than once he has gotten himself captured by supervillains and needed Darkwing to rescue him.
11th Sep '17 2:38:17 PM Byzantine
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*''Comicbook/FantasticFour'': The Miracle Man/Joshua Ayers in his first appearance, "Fantastic Four" vol. 1 #3 (March, 1962). A villainous stage magician who was supposedly tougher than the Thing, could bring statues to life, terrorized New York City, defeated the United States Army and stole tanks from them, and repeatedly bested and humiliated the Fantastic Four. Once temporarily blinded by the Human Torch's flames, he was rendered powerless. It turned out that he was just a MasterOfIllusion, who could mesmerize entire crowds through eye contact. He was never a physical threat to begin with. Later writers have given Miracle Man genuine magical powers and tried various temporary power-upgrades to make him a more credible threat. It has not really worked and his reputation is that of a second-rate [[Characters/XMenBrotherhoodOfMutants Mastermind]].
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2nd Aug '17 3:26:32 AM Kindle4Light
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog''

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* ''Manga/SgtFrog''%%* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has ZeroContextExample
22nd Jul '17 3:25:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** And [[VillainWithGoodPublicity even further]] in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
** Fascinatingly, the ''book'' of ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is the only iteration of the story in which he has actual power. He appears to be some kind of magical criminal fleeing his home dimension, and Dorothy, who comes from the same place, is his inadvertent nemesis. ([[spoiler:Elphaba is his daughter.]])
** Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful shows Oz struggling with this character defect, from his worries about disappointing his carnival fans at the beginning to his decision at the end to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans set himself up as a fake wizard to protect the land from the Wicked Witches]]. But despite his failures, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he is great and powerful enough]] to dethrone the wicked Evanora with a successful attack on the Emerald City.
*** In the musical he has a long self-justifying song with about the same content as his original explanation.
* The title character of ''Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora'' has a reputation as the folk hero the "Thorn of Camorr", a GentlemanThief seeking justice for the common people. The real Locke is [[AntiHero a much more selfish and flawed character, but not without heroic qualities]].

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** And [[VillainWithGoodPublicity even further]] in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
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* Fascinatingly, the ''book'' of ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is the only iteration of the story in which he has actual power. He appears to be some kind of magical criminal fleeing his home dimension, and Dorothy, who comes from the same place, is his inadvertent nemesis. ([[spoiler:Elphaba is his daughter.]])
** Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful shows Oz struggling with this character defect, from his worries about disappointing his carnival fans at the beginning to his decision at the end to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans set himself up as a fake wizard to protect the land from the Wicked Witches]]. But despite his failures, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he is great and powerful enough]] to dethrone the wicked Evanora with a successful attack on the Emerald City.
*** In the musical he has a long self-justifying song with about the same content as his original explanation.
* The title character of ''Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora'' has a reputation as the folk hero the "Thorn of Camorr", a GentlemanThief seeking justice for the common people. The real Locke is [[AntiHero a much more selfish and flawed character, but not without heroic qualities]].
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9th Jul '17 9:07:02 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Played with in that he ''is'' a powerhouse magically, killing several people before they manage to confront him in person.
29th Jun '17 9:55:45 PM Getta
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This is when a character who is generally held to be incredibly talented is revealed in the end to be a total incompetent. If the incompetent character is on the side of the heroes, this forces the heroes to save the "savior", who is usually an obnoxious example of The Rival, or a [[FakeUltimateHero phony example]] of AlwaysSomeoneBetter. Straight-laced heroes usually have to swallow their {{pride}} to help this jerk. The NaiveNewcomer may be shocked to find he's [[WartsAndAll not the nice guy everyone thinks he is]]. [[GreenEyedMonster Other heroes]] will squeeze every benefit they can out of it. If the character is an idol in the eyes of the protagonist(s), BrokenPedestal often follows. If the character with the Feet of Clay is a villain, [[TheWorfEffect at first]] he will appear to be all-powerful and frightening, but will turn out to be [[VillainExitStageLeft a coward]], a weakling [[TheManBehindTheCurtain hiding behind]] illusions, a HarmlessVillain, or TooDumbToLive.

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This is when a character who is generally held to be incredibly talented is revealed in the end to be a total incompetent. If the incompetent character is on the side of the heroes, this forces the heroes to save the "savior", who is usually an obnoxious example of The Rival, or a [[FakeUltimateHero phony example]] of AlwaysSomeoneBetter. Straight-laced heroes usually have to swallow their {{pride}} to help this jerk. The NaiveNewcomer may be shocked to find he's [[WartsAndAll not the nice guy everyone thinks he is]]. [[GreenEyedMonster Other heroes]] will squeeze every benefit they can out of it. If the character is an idol in the eyes of the protagonist(s), BrokenPedestal often follows. If the character with the Feet of Clay is a villain, [[TheWorfEffect at first]] he will appear to be all-powerful and frightening, but will turn out to be [[VillainExitStageLeft a coward]], a weakling [[TheManBehindTheCurtain hiding behind]] illusions, a HarmlessVillain, or TooDumbToLive.
TooDumbToLive. This can be subverted if they attempt, and succeed, to BecomingTheBoast.
14th Jun '17 1:35:24 AM jtierney50
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* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' we have a character named Ishmael who is this. He tells colonists that he can predict weather using "magic", constantly uses coercion disguised as cordiality (and, on occasion, [[StealthPun actual cordial]] in his role as a facilitator, and makes others give up on possessions in order to use them himself under the excuse that he's doing it for their well-being. Naturally, the Baudelaires were disgusted. And it is even [[StealthPun hinted at]] [[VisualPun by having him cover up his supposedly-damaged feet with healing clay.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' we have a character named Ishmael who is this. He tells colonists that he can predict weather using "magic", constantly uses coercion disguised as cordiality (and, on occasion, [[StealthPun actual cordial]] cordial]]) in his role as a facilitator, and makes others give up on possessions in order to use them himself under the excuse that he's doing it for their well-being. Naturally, the Baudelaires were disgusted. And it is even [[StealthPun hinted at]] [[VisualPun by having him cover up his supposedly-damaged feet with healing clay.]]
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