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30th Mar '16 2:14:04 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'': [[spoiler:Fergus]] is presented as the only master armourer in the entire game, and takes [[spoiler:the quiet, unassuming young Skellige girl Yoana]] as his apprentice. In reality, he can barely forge a nail, and it's [[spoiler:Yoana]] who is the actual master armoursmith. [[spoiler:She made an arrangement with him to pose as the "face" of the smithy because no-one would believe that anyone but a dwarf, let alone a woman, could be a world-class armoursmith. Unlocking her services requires you to find a way to reveal the charade.]]
21st Jan '16 9:41:02 PM Pastykake
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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 FeetOfClay 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 FeetOfClay 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.



* Don Kanonji from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' plays with this trope. The audience would assume he's a fake, judging by his over-the-top style and the fact that he's [[ComesGreatResponsibility using his supposed powers for personal gain]], but he really ''can'' see ghosts. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to actually get rid of them and, in the episode that introduces him, ends up turning a ghost into a Hollow before Ichigo can stop him. He does mean well, setting up the Karakura Heroes, which at least keeps the kids out of trouble. His main problem is the fact that everything he does is done through a LargeHam filter. He later proves to at least be useful with his negligible reiatsu and [[spoiler:[[BigDamnHeroes saved Tatsuki from Aizen by buying her some time]]]].
** Not to mention that he saved [[BadAss Ichigo's ass]] when he got caught dead to rights by that same hollow while trying to save Kanonji's ass. The look on Ichigo's face after Kanonji's paltry-looking Cannonball says it all.
*** On a subtler [[HeartwarmingMoments moment]], he admits to his LargeHam filter being in place because he is [[InvokedTrope deliberately acting like a children's show protagonist]] to inspire and entertain his audience.

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* Don Kanonji from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' plays with this trope. The audience would assume he's a fake, judging by his over-the-top style and the fact that he's [[ComesGreatResponsibility using his supposed powers for personal gain]], but he really ''can'' see ghosts. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to actually get rid of them and, in the episode that introduces him, ends up turning a ghost into a Hollow before Ichigo can stop him. He does mean well, setting up the Karakura Heroes, which at least keeps the kids out of trouble. His main problem is the fact that everything he does is done through a LargeHam filter. He later proves to at least be useful with his negligible reiatsu and [[spoiler:[[BigDamnHeroes [[spoiler:[[JustInTime saved Tatsuki from Aizen by buying her some time]]]].
** Not to mention that he saved [[BadAss Ichigo's ass]] He also saves [[{{Badass}} Ichigo's]] ass when he got Ichigo gets caught dead to rights by that same hollow Hollow while trying to save Kanonji's ass.Kanonji. The look on Ichigo's face after Kanonji's paltry-looking Cannonball says it all.
*** ** On a subtler [[HeartwarmingMoments moment]], he admits to his LargeHam Large Ham filter being in place because he is [[InvokedTrope deliberately acting like a children's show protagonist]] to inspire and entertain his audience.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective" (with Jason Alexander as the guy with FeetOfClay).

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective" (with Jason Alexander as the guy with FeetOfClay).Feet of Clay).



* The PBS show ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' did this a lot. One villain turned out to be a failed artist living in his aunt's basement. A computer hacker nearly shuts down the school, but when she's caught, she has no reason for her crimes other than to get attention. The THABTO gang from the pilot were the ultimate example: they steal a lot of money, wear creepy monster masks, perform secret ceremonies, communicate in code, send people death threats, and try to strangle the heroes. The good guys humiliated the THABTO gang by revealing their pathetic secret: all the scary masks and codes were part of an elaborate plan...to win a video-game tournament.
* Subversion: ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'', "Am I Blue?" There's a theft at the "Galaxy Girl" convention, and the perp leaves clues which imply a weirdo who watches way too much TV. When the ''perps'' are caught, they indeed are weirdos, but they have sound financial reasons for the theft. [[spoiler: They created Galaxy Girl and sold the idea, but never got any money]]
* The third season of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' does a StoryArc on this. Manny makes a spectacular FaceHeelTurn, transforming from the girl next door into TheVamp. After she's repeatedly seduced a boy, we get the FeetOfClay moment when Manny asks a friend, "how do you know if a guy used a condom?" From there, her HeelFaceTurn comes swiftly.

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* The PBS show ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' did does this a lot. lot.
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One villain turned turns out to be a failed artist living in his aunt's basement. basement.
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A computer hacker nearly shuts down the school, but when she's caught, she has no reason for her crimes other than to get attention. attention.
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The THABTO gang from the pilot were are the ultimate example: they steal a lot of money, wear creepy monster masks, perform secret ceremonies, communicate in code, send people death threats, and try to strangle the heroes. The good guys humiliated humiliate the THABTO gang by revealing their pathetic secret: all the scary masks and codes were part of an elaborate plan...to win a video-game tournament.
* Subversion: ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'', ** Subverted in "Am I Blue?" Blue?": There's a theft at the "Galaxy Girl" convention, and the perp leaves clues which imply a weirdo who watches way too much TV. When the ''perps'' are caught, they indeed are weirdos, but they have sound financial reasons for the theft. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They created Galaxy Girl and sold the idea, but never got any money]]
money.]]
* The third season of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' does a StoryArc on this. Manny makes a spectacular FaceHeelTurn, transforming from the girl next door into TheVamp. After she's repeatedly seduced a boy, we get the FeetOfClay Feet of Clay moment when Manny asks a friend, "how do you know if a guy used a condom?" From there, her HeelFaceTurn comes swiftly.



** Subversion: ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' often takes a villain revealed to have FeetOfClay, and re-uses them as a SitcomArchNemesis. You know they're not dangerous, but if you can't get rid of them, they're really annoying...

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** Subversion: ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' often takes a villain revealed to have FeetOfClay, Feet of Clay, and re-uses them as a SitcomArchNemesis. You know they're not dangerous, but if you can't get rid of them, they're really annoying...
17th Jan '16 4:15:37 PM nombretomado
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* The K'Tang in ''StarControl 3''. They appear as gigantic creatures in heavy PoweredArmor, flying powerful ships, threatening everything they encounter, and proudly proclaiming their dominance of the Crux Hegemony - a powerful consortium of several space-faring species. In truth, they are tiny, puny creatures who are barely capable of surviving without their suits, and in fact they are not even the masters of the Hegemony, being no more than puppets in the hands of another member-species, the Ploxis.

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* The K'Tang in ''StarControl 3''.''VideoGame/StarControl3''. They appear as gigantic creatures in heavy PoweredArmor, flying powerful ships, threatening everything they encounter, and proudly proclaiming their dominance of the Crux Hegemony - a powerful consortium of several space-faring species. In truth, they are tiny, puny creatures who are barely capable of surviving without their suits, and in fact they are not even the masters of the Hegemony, being no more than puppets in the hands of another member-species, the Ploxis.
27th Nov '15 12:30:04 PM MarkLungo
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->'''Lockhart:''' My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think *I'd* done all those things!

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->'''Lockhart:''' My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think *I'd* ''I'd'' done all those things!



14th Nov '15 12:41:13 AM nombretomado
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* Which in turn probably inspired The Red Knight, a figment of RobinWilliams' [[MagicalRealism imagination]] that guards against him [[FreudianExcuse remembering his past]] in ''Film/TheFisherKing''.

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* Which in turn probably inspired The Red Knight, a figment of RobinWilliams' Creator/RobinWilliams' [[MagicalRealism imagination]] that guards against him [[FreudianExcuse remembering his past]] in ''Film/TheFisherKing''.
2nd Nov '15 9:23:38 AM Hanz
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* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' has King, a renowned S-Class Hero who in actuality is a completely average person who just happens [[FaceOfAThug to have an intimidating appearance]]. His reputation is built upon the fact that he always ended up in the aftermath of [[ComicallyInvincibleHero Saitama's]] fights, which led to him accidentally taking the credit.
1st Nov '15 9:12:03 PM nombretomado
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* Captain Qwark in ''RatchetAndClank'' wobbled between this and FallenHero in his first two appearances, which implied he was at some point an actual hero before his fall from grace, but settled firmly into this trope at the same time as his HeelFaceTurn.

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* Captain Qwark in ''RatchetAndClank'' ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' wobbled between this and FallenHero in his first two appearances, which implied he was at some point an actual hero before his fall from grace, but settled firmly into this trope at the same time as his HeelFaceTurn.
16th Sep '15 3:59:31 AM eroock
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->--''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''

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->--''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
-->-- ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
27th Aug '15 8:09:55 PM Adept
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-->'''Harry:''' You're running away? After all that stuff you did in your books?
-->'''Gilderoy Lockhart:''' Books can be misleading...
-->'''Harry:''' You wrote them!
-->'''Gilderoy Lockhart:''' My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think *I'd* done all those things!
-->--''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''

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-->'''Harry:''' ->'''Harry:''' You're running away? After all that stuff you did in your books?
-->'''Gilderoy Lockhart:''' ->'''Lockhart:''' Books can be misleading...
-->'''Harry:''' ->'''Harry:''' You wrote them!
-->'''Gilderoy Lockhart:''' ->'''Lockhart:''' My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think *I'd* done all those things!
-->--''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
->--''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
27th Aug '15 8:09:16 PM Adept
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-->'''Harry:''' You're running away? After all that stuff you did in your books? \\
'''Gilderoy Lockhart:''' Books can be misleading... \\
'''Harry:''' You wrote them! \\
'''Gilderoy Lockhart:''' My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think *I'd* done all those things!

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-->'''Harry:''' You're running away? After all that stuff you did in your books? \\
'''Gilderoy
books?
-->'''Gilderoy
Lockhart:''' Books can be misleading... \\
'''Harry:'''
misleading...
-->'''Harry:'''
You wrote them! \\
'''Gilderoy
them!
-->'''Gilderoy
Lockhart:''' My dear boy, do use your common sense! My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think *I'd* done all those things!
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