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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.]]
14th Jun '17 1:35:06 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 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]] 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.]]
6th Jun '17 7:22:14 PM nombretomado
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* Skyhawk, one of the superpowered defenders of Boston, in the WhateleyUniverse. He's super-strong and flies, but he's not as strong as he thinks. He tries to be a hero, but in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" he nearly gets a roomful of children killed by attacking the villains in a way that lets them see him coming from blocks away. Phase refers to him as 'Skydork'.

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* Skyhawk, one of the superpowered defenders of Boston, in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. He's super-strong and flies, but he's not as strong as he thinks. He tries to be a hero, but in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" he nearly gets a roomful of children killed by attacking the villains in a way that lets them see him coming from blocks away. Phase refers to him as 'Skydork'.
17th May '17 10:37:48 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' plays with and lampshades this. One of the Shadow Men references the "giant with clay feet" imagery to the other, who turns out not to be the threat he was built up to be, though still a dangerous foe. It is the lampshading (and more GenreSavvy) Shadow Man who is the real threat, and a BIG one too.

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* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' plays with and lampshades this. One of the Shadow Men references the "giant with clay feet" imagery to the other, who turns out not to be the threat he was built up to be, though still a dangerous foe. It is the lampshading (and more GenreSavvy) Shadow Man who is the real threat, and a BIG one too.
12th Mar '17 6:37:50 PM Fireblood
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* Hawkeye to Radar in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', right until Hawkeye sent him to Seoul on a "date", during which Radar was injured. After Hawkeye was drunk in the E.R because of guilt, Radar eventually saw him as an ordinary man, not the hero he looked up to.

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* Hawkeye to Radar in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', right until Hawkeye sent him to Seoul on a "date", during which Radar was injured. After Hawkeye was drunk in the E.R ER because of guilt, Radar eventually saw him as an ordinary man, not the hero he looked up to.



* In ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', Ace looks like he's a front-runner for champ of the quick-draw contest, aided by the fact that he's played by Lance Henriksen. It turns out that he mostly just hot air.

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* In ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', Ace looks like he's a front-runner for champ of the quick-draw contest, aided by the fact that he's played by Lance Henriksen. It turns out that he he's mostly just full of hot air.
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