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6th Dec '16 3:15:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/jul/07/terrorism.world John Smeaton]]. Kicked a terrorist [[GroinAttack in the groin]]. Told the others that "This is Glasgow. We'll set about ye." The man [[BadAss embodies]] [[ViolentGlaswegian so many]] tropes.

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* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/jul/07/terrorism.world John Smeaton]]. Kicked a terrorist [[GroinAttack in the groin]]. Told the others that "This is Glasgow. We'll set about ye." The man [[BadAss embodies]] embodies [[ViolentGlaswegian so many]] tropes.
26th Nov '16 12:36:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a heroic combination of this, the UpgradeArtifact and taking a level in BadAss, Vent/Aile in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' start out exactly like this. Vent later comments that had he not saved Prairie in such a manner, he'd somehow regret it (despite the fact she's Giro's commander...)

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* In a heroic combination of this, the UpgradeArtifact and taking a level in BadAss, badass, Vent/Aile in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' start out exactly like this. Vent later comments that had he not saved Prairie in such a manner, he'd somehow regret it (despite the fact she's Giro's commander...)
11th Nov '16 12:31:19 PM rafi
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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** {{Nerd}}y wimpy Umino/Melvin proves himself a hero after he pushes his lifelong crush Naru/Molly out of the way of an enemy attack. Others express surprise that Umino, of all people, had saved a life. Is it any surprise they become a couple later?
** Makoto/Sailor Jupiter also starts out as a Heroic Bystander, seeing as she comes to Sailor Moon's defense in her first episode despite not yet knowing she has any powers.
** And the four Senshi in the FillerArc of ''Sailor Moon R''. They [[LaserGuidedAmnesia were made to forget their powers so they]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal could have a normal life,]] but when the MonsterOfTheWeek showed up and Moon fought it alone, [[JumpedAtTheCall they went in to fight it anyway,]] ''[[JumpedAtTheCall without even knowing they had any powers.]]'' Now THAT'S [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** {{Nerd}}y wimpy Umino/Melvin proves himself a hero after he pushes his lifelong crush Naru/Molly out
Rachel from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' spends the majority of the way of an enemy attack. Others express surprise that Umino, of all people, had saved a life. Is [[TraintopBattle Flying Pussyfoot]] hijack/massacre saving lives and rescuing hostages entirely unprompted, even though it any surprise they become a couple later?
** Makoto/Sailor Jupiter also starts out as a Heroic Bystander, seeing as she comes to Sailor Moon's defense in
was her job as an [[KnowledgeBroker information gatherer]] to lay low and stay ''out'' of trouble. She got an injured leg and hand for her effort, but [[WorthIt her conscience is clean.]]
* In the
first episode despite not yet knowing she has any powers.
** And
of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', when a truck crashes, the four Senshi in Britannian civilians merely stand and gawk at the FillerArc of ''Sailor Moon R''. They [[LaserGuidedAmnesia were made to forget scene, with some casually taking pictures with their powers so they]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal could have a normal life,]] cellphones. Lelouch is the only person who bothers actually trying to help.
* Maybe not directly helping anyone,
but in ''Manga/DeathNote'', when the MonsterOfTheWeek showed up and Moon fought it alone, [[JumpedAtTheCall they went in to fight it anyway,]] ''[[JumpedAtTheCall without even police surround the news building with their face-concealing helmets, knowing they had any powers.]]'' Now THAT'S [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].that Kira needs only a face and maybe a name to kill, one reporter on another channel speaks up. "This is right. This is the way a constitutional nation should behave!" He then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome proceeds to give out his full name on national television]].
* Early in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed swiftly takes out one of the two hijackers in the train's engine room. When the second hijacker reacts to this, the engineers he no longer has his gun pointed at promptly beat the shit out of him with their shovels.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' pretty much begins with a double occurrence of this trope.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Johnny the airship pilot, who is apparently the Magic World's equivalent of a cross-country trucker. He's earned his stripes by loaning his airship to the heroes and performing some high-intensity stunt-flying for them during the raid on Old Ostia.



* Yusuke Urameshi of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has his SuperheroOrigin in a FirstEpisodeResurrection after he is killed [[DivingSave saving]] a little kid from being hit by a car. He is told that he is being given a chance at resurrection because he wasn't supposed to die then: the PowersThatBe never expected a {{delinquent|s}} like him to make a HeroicSacrifice.
* ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' pretty much begins with a double occurrence of this trope.



* Rachel from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' spends the majority of the [[TraintopBattle Flying Pussyfoot]] hijack/massacre saving lives and rescuing hostages entirely unprompted, even though it was her job as an [[KnowledgeBroker information gatherer]] to lay low and stay ''out'' of trouble. She got an injured leg and hand for her effort, but [[WorthIt her conscience is clean.]]
* In the first episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', when a truck crashes, the Britannian civilians merely stand and gawk at the scene, with some casually taking pictures with their cellphones. Lelouch is the only person who bothers actually trying to help.
* Maybe not directly helping anyone, but in ''Manga/DeathNote'', when the police surround the news building with their face-concealing helmets, knowing that Kira needs only a face and maybe a name to kill, one reporter on another channel speaks up. "This is right. This is the way a constitutional nation should behave!" He then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome proceeds to give out his full name on national television]].
* Early in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed swiftly takes out one of the two hijackers in the train's engine room. When the second hijacker reacts to this, the engineers he no longer has his gun pointed at promptly beat the shit out of him with their shovels.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Johnny the airship pilot, who is apparently the Magic World's equivalent of a cross-country trucker. He's earned his stripes by loaning his airship to the heroes and performing some high-intensity stunt-flying for them during the raid on Old Ostia.



* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** {{Nerd}}y wimpy Umino/Melvin proves himself a hero after he pushes his lifelong crush Naru/Molly out of the way of an enemy attack. Others express surprise that Umino, of all people, had saved a life. Is it any surprise they become a couple later?
** Makoto/Sailor Jupiter also starts out as a Heroic Bystander, seeing as she comes to Sailor Moon's defense in her first episode despite not yet knowing she has any powers.
** And the four Senshi in the FillerArc of ''Sailor Moon R''. They [[LaserGuidedAmnesia were made to forget their powers so they]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal could have a normal life,]] but when the MonsterOfTheWeek showed up and Moon fought it alone, [[JumpedAtTheCall they went in to fight it anyway,]] ''[[JumpedAtTheCall without even knowing they had any powers.]]'' Now THAT'S [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].
* Yusuke Urameshi of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has his SuperheroOrigin in a FirstEpisodeResurrection after he is killed [[DivingSave saving]] a little kid from being hit by a car. He is told that he is being given a chance at resurrection because he wasn't supposed to die then: the PowersThatBe never expected a {{delinquent|s}} like him to make a HeroicSacrifice.



* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'', an assailant that Batman has been chasing throughout the episode is sneaking up on Batman from behind when he is hit over the head from behind with a skate board by a street kid, in response Batman thanks the kid and says that he owes him one.
* Common in the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
*** While fighting to rescue a girl that the Mad Hatter had kidnapped, Batman manages to remove the mind control device on one of the Hatter's PeoplePuppets. The man Batman saves is the girl's fiance, and he returns the favor by disabling the rest of the Hatter's pawns. They're programmed to only attack Batman, so they ignore him as he removes their own mind control devices.
*** The episode "Trial" features Janet van Dorn, Gotham City's new D.A. and an outspoken critic of Batman's methods. Eventually, she and Batman are both kidnapped and taken to Arkham, where Batman's RoguesGallery forces the two of them into a deadly game: van Dorn must defend Batman on the charge of making the supervillians into criminals, with [[KangarooCourt said villains as the jury, and the Joker as judge]]. A guilty verdict means they both die, while a "not guilty" means they live. Though at first panicked, van Dorn proves her legal expertise by manipulating all of the villains on the witness stand into making confessions about their insanity, proving that Batman isn't to blame for their problems. Shockingly, the villains give Batman a not guilty verdict--only to [[ForegoneConclusion decide to kill them both anyway: after all, they're insane.]] Batman is trapped in a straitjacket, tied to an electric chair, and about to be unmasked by the Joker, which is when van Dorn gets to pull off ''another'' Heroic Bystander moment by throwing a batarang at the light hanging from the ceiling, plunging the room into darkness and allowing the Caped Crusader to escape. Batman himself thanks van Dorn for her help at the end of the episode.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Every time an incident is affecting large groups of people, the episode will always show at least one nameless bystander being heroic, often inspiring the superheroes to remember what they're fighting for. For instance, in the episode "Patriot Act", General Eiling, a WellIntentionedExtremist who hates metahumans, takes an experimental serum and transforms into a hulking monstrosity. He attacks Central City during a parade for the Justice League that features either [[BadassNormal individuals with no powers]], those who use magical artifacts, and STRIPE, an android. The crowd is bored and wondering where the "good" heroes are when Eiling arrives. The third and fourth-string Leaguers do their best to hold him off, but he proves too powerful for them. Shining Knight is the last to fall, and Eiling is about to crush him when the innocent bystanders quite literally stand up to Eiling, making a shield with their bodies to protect Shining Knight. An elderly woman then disarms Eiling with an ArmorPiercingQuestion, while a young boy points out that Eiling himself is the only individual on the scene who actually ''has'' superpowers. This combined effort is enough to stop the general's rampage and save both the city and the rest of the heroes.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]", ComicBook/JimmyOlsen drags an unconscious man out of a crashed helicopter. At the end, he saves the Man of Steel himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' revolves around a set of normal teens that sub in for heroes in other dimensions. While most of the heroes they replace look or act the part (a powerful warrior/knight in shining armor/sword-fighting princess/etc) some are just normal civilians who decided to do something brave.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** One episode had the title characters kidnapped by an obsessive {{fanboy}} who added them to [[TheCollector his collection]] of Powerpuff Girl merchandise. The girls are powerless to stop him, and eventually the citizens of Townsville pay the Girls back for continually saving them by going to the fanboy's house, destroying his merchandise, and rescuing the girls before the police arrest him. The end of the episode even credits the "people of Townsville" for saving the day, rather than the Girls themselves.
** Another episode hilariously inverts this trope. The people of Townsville become so lazy and reliant on the Girls for everything--including changing light bulbs, scooping kitty litter, and, in the Professor's case, passing him the remote control because he doesn't want to get up--that they decide to take a break from saving the day. When another giant monster attacks the town, the citizens are completely unconcerned--but when the Girls tell them to solve the problem themselves, they panic, running around trying to escape the beast. Eventually, the monster gets tangled up in telephone wires, and the girls have to coach the populace in destroying it step by step; this proves difficult when the citizens cannot draw even extremely simple conclusions: when asked why putting a toaster in a bathtub is a bad idea, they respond, "Duh! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Because then you'd have to go to the bathroom every time you wanted toast!"]] Highlights include the townspeople imagining they have superpowers, and one old man, trying to defeat the monster, suggesting, "[[ItMakesSenseInContext I could be soggy toast!]]"



* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpider-Man'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** One episode had the title characters kidnapped by an obsessive {{fanboy}} who added them to [[TheCollector his collection]] of Powerpuff Girl merchandise. The girls are powerless to stop him, and eventually the citizens of Townsville pay the Girls back for continually saving them by going to the fanboy's house, destroying his merchandise, and rescuing the girls before the police arrest him. The end of the episode even credits the "people of Townsville" for saving the day, rather than the Girls themselves.
** Another episode hilariously inverts this trope. The people of Townsville become so lazy and reliant on the Girls for everything--including changing light bulbs, scooping kitty litter, and, in the Professor's case, passing him the remote control because he doesn't want to get up--that they decide to take a break from saving the day. When another giant monster attacks the town, the citizens are completely unconcerned--but when the Girls tell them to solve the problem themselves, they panic, running around trying to escape the beast. Eventually, the monster gets tangled up in telephone wires, and the girls have to coach the populace in destroying it step by step; this proves difficult when the citizens cannot draw even extremely simple conclusions: when asked why putting a toaster in a bathtub is a bad idea, they respond, "Duh! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Because then you'd have to go to the bathroom every time you wanted toast!"]] Highlights include the townspeople imagining they have superpowers, and one old man, trying to defeat the monster, suggesting, "[[ItMakesSenseInContext I could be soggy toast!]]"
* Common in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, especially ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Every time an incident is affecting large groups of people, the episode will always show at least one nameless bystander being heroic, often inspiring the superheroes to remember what they're fighting for. For instance, in the episode "Patriot Act", General Eiling, a WellIntentionedExtremist who hates metahumans, takes an experimental serum and transforms into a hulking monstrosity. He attacks Central City during a parade for the Justice League that features either [[BadassNormal individuals with no powers]], those who use magical artifacts, and STRIPE, an android. The crowd is bored and wondering where the "good" heroes are when Eiling arrives. The third and fourth-string Leaguers do their best to hold him off, but he proves too powerful for them. Shining Knight is the last to fall, and Eiling is about to crush him when the innocent bystanders quite literally stand up to Eiling, making a shield with their bodies to protect Shining Knight. An elderly woman then disarms Eiling with an ArmorPiercingQuestion, while a young boy points out that Eiling himself is the only individual on the scene who actually ''has'' superpowers. This combined effort is enough to stop the general's rampage and save both the city and the rest of the heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** While fighting to rescue a girl that the Mad Hatter had kidnapped, Batman manages to remove the mind control device on one of the Hatter's PeoplePuppets. The man Batman saves is the girl's fiance, and he returns the favor by disabling the rest of the Hatter's pawns. They're programmed to only attack Batman, so they ignore him as he removes their own mind control devices.
** The episode "Trial" features Janet van Dorn, Gotham City's new D.A. and an outspoken critic of Batman's methods. Eventually, she and Batman are both kidnapped and taken to Arkham, where Batman's RoguesGallery forces the two of them into a deadly game: van Dorn must defend Batman on the charge of making the supervillians into criminals, with [[KangarooCourt said villains as the jury, and the Joker as judge]]. A guilty verdict means they both die, while a "not guilty" means they live. Though at first panicked, van Dorn proves her legal expertise by manipulating all of the villains on the witness stand into making confessions about their insanity, proving that Batman isn't to blame for their problems. Shockingly, the villains give Batman a not guilty verdict--only to [[ForegoneConclusion decide to kill them both anyway: after all, they're insane.]] Batman is trapped in a straitjacket, tied to an electric chair, and about to be unmasked by the Joker, which is when van Dorn gets to pull off ''another'' Heroic Bystander moment by throwing a batarang at the light hanging from the ceiling, plunging the room into darkness and allowing the Caped Crusader to escape. Batman himself thanks van Dorn for her help at the end of the episode.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]", ComicBook/JimmyOlsen drags an unconscious man out of a crashed helicopter. At the end, he saves the Man of Steel himself.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'', an assailant that Batman has been chasing throughout the episode is sneaking up on Batman from behind when he is hit over the head from behind with a skate board by a street kid, in response Batman thanks the kid and says that he owes him one.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' revolves around a set of normal teens that sub in for heroes in other dimensions. While most of the heroes they replace look or act the part (a powerful warrior/knight in shining armor/sword-fighting princess/etc) some are just normal civilians who decided to do something brave.



1st Nov '16 12:51:05 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Mary Jane [[DamselScrappy FINALLY]] gets to be one in ''Film/SpiderMan3'', saving Spider-Man from Venom by throwing a cement block on him, allowing Spidey to break free of his grip. Also to her credit, she attempted to be one in ''Spider Man II'' as well, but Doc Ock [[GenreSavvy learned his lesson from Aunt May's aforementioned moment]] and disarmed her quickly.

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** Mary Jane [[DamselScrappy FINALLY]] gets to be one in ''Film/SpiderMan3'', saving Spider-Man from Venom by throwing a cement block on him, allowing Spidey to break free of his grip. Also to her credit, she attempted to be one in ''Spider Man II'' as well, but Doc Ock [[GenreSavvy [[TaughtByExperience learned his lesson from Aunt May's aforementioned moment]] and disarmed her quickly.
15th Oct '16 8:49:02 AM siberia82
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* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', when Charles realizes that no one on the US Coast Guard vessel is willing to help Erik, he dives into the dark, frigid ocean without hesitation to save the life of a drowning stranger.

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* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', when ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': When Charles Xavier realizes that no one on the US Coast Guard vessel is willing to help Erik, Erik Lehnsherr, he dives into the dark, frigid ocean without hesitation to save the life of a drowning stranger.
12th Oct '16 12:32:04 AM Tron80
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* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' episode "Worlds Finest", the people of National City are still reeling from Supergirl's actions under the influence of red kryptonite and have lost faith in her. However, during the climactic showdown between Supergirl (with the assistance of [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]]) and the evil duo of [[ShockAndAwe Livewire]] and [[MakeMeWannaShout Silver Banshee]], Supergirl prevents Livewire from shooting down a helicopter (which would've crashed down onto a crowd of innocents) by putting herself in the path of the blast. Seeing this, the people in the park rally around the Supergirl and prevent the villains from harming their heroine. Livewire and Silver Banshee are stopped by firefighters, who hose them down with water, shorting out Livewire and, by extension, Silver Banshee. Furthermore, thanks to Barry's experience with retrofitting the Iron Heights prison in his own world to contain metahumans, National City's prison is likewise retrofitted to be able to contain individuals with superpowers, allowing them to be handed over to the justice system.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' episode "Worlds Finest", the people of National City are still reeling from Supergirl's actions under the influence of red kryptonite and have lost faith in her. However, during the climactic showdown between Supergirl (with the assistance of [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]]) and the evil duo of [[ShockAndAwe Livewire]] and [[MakeMeWannaShout Silver Banshee]], Supergirl prevents Livewire from shooting down a helicopter (which would've crashed down onto a crowd of innocents) by putting herself in the path of the blast. Seeing this, the people in the park rally around the Supergirl and prevent the villains from harming their heroine. Livewire and Silver Banshee are stopped by firefighters, who hose them down with water, shorting out Livewire and, by extension, Silver Banshee. Furthermore, thanks to Barry's experience with retrofitting the Iron Heights prison in his own world to contain metahumans, National City's prison is likewise retrofitted to be able to contain individuals with superpowers, allowing them to be handed over to the justice system.
12th Oct '16 12:31:05 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' once highlighted the story of Pete Donacek, a former hockey player and a doorman at an Astro City hotel. He once saved a little girl's life during a giant robot attack. He sees her every day, doesn't even know her name, but knowing that he did that kind of thing for someone, that he went to Astro City and lived the dream of being a real hero... As he puts it, "My name is Pete Donacek. I live in Astro City. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I wear a uniform too.]]"

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* ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' once highlighted the story of Pete Donacek, a former hockey player and a doorman at an Astro City hotel. He once saved a little girl's life during a giant robot attack. He sees her every day, doesn't even know her name, but knowing that he did that kind of thing for someone, that he went to Astro City and lived the dream of being a real hero... As he puts it, "My name is Pete Donacek. I live in Astro City. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I wear a uniform too.]]""



* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen rushed to Superman's aid when the hero was overcome by kryptonite fire on his suit. A few burns were nothing when it came to saving his pal.

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* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen ComicBook/JimmyOlsen:
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rushed to Superman's Franchise/{{Superman}}'s aid when the hero was overcome by kryptonite fire on his suit. A few burns were nothing when it came to saving his pal.



* Used to absolutely devastating effect in the penultimate chapter of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}.'' [[ChekhovsGunman Several minor characters who we've seen throughout the book]] are by a newsstand in New York City when a lesbian couple (who have also appeared repeatedly) gets into a brutal fight. The various individuals all run over to help--one of the few times that they actively choose to do something to fight back against the CrapsackWorld they live in. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Adrian Veidt, better known as Ozymandias, has already launched his plan to transport a giant alien into the middle of the city to scare the world into nuclear armistice. The final panels of the chapter see the couple and the Heroic Bystanders trying to help them looking absolutely ''terrified'' as a blinding white light washes over them; the opening panels of the next chapter show the carnage, including everyone in the skirmish, lying dead.]] Though [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]], it also serves as FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: Ozymandias was convinced that humanity was too far gone to solve their own problems, but the actions of these people show that once they started acting instead of waiting for heroes to save them, they ''could'' have at least begun to improve their lot and create a genuinely better world out of choice rather than fear...but Veidt's hasty actions have made that impossible.]]

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* Used to absolutely devastating effect in Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''Supergirl vol 5 #20'', Supergirl is fighting a cyclops (long story) and being trounced by the penultimate chapter of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}.'' [[ChekhovsGunman Several minor characters who we've seen throughout the book]] are giant monster. Then a bystander hands an arrow dropped by a newsstand in New York City when a lesbian couple (who have also appeared repeatedly) gets into a brutal fight. The various individuals all run an Amazon (long story) over to help--one of Supergirl, and she uses it to blind the few times that they actively choose to do something to fight back against the CrapsackWorld they live in. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Adrian Veidt, better known as Ozymandias, has already launched his plan to transport a giant alien into the middle of the city to scare the world into nuclear armistice. The final panels of the chapter see the couple and the Heroic Bystanders trying to help them looking absolutely ''terrified'' as a blinding white light washes over them; the opening panels of the next chapter show the carnage, including everyone in the skirmish, lying dead.]] Though [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]], it also serves as FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: Ozymandias was convinced that humanity was too far gone to solve their own problems, but the actions of these people show that once they started acting instead of waiting for heroes to save them, they ''could'' have at least begun to improve their lot and create a genuinely better world out of choice rather than fear...but Veidt's hasty actions have made that impossible.]]cyclops.
3rd Oct '16 11:36:37 PM Gravidef
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* Used to absolutely devastating effect in the penultimate chapter of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}.'' [[ChekhovsGunman Several minor characters who we've seen throughout the book]] are by a newsstand in New York City when a lesbian couple (who have also appeared repeatedly) gets into a brutal fight. The various individuals all run over to help--one of the few times that they actively choose to do something to fight back against the CrapsackWorld they live in. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Adrian Veidt, better known as Ozymandias, has already launched his plan to transport a giant alien into the middle of the city to scare the world into nuclear armistice. The final panels of the chapter see the couple and the Heroic Bystanders trying to help them looking absolutely ''terrified'' as a blinding white light washes over them; the opening panels of the next chapter show the carnage, including everyone in the skirmish, lying dead.]] Though [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]], it also serves as FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: Ozymandias was convinced that humanity was too far gone to solve their own problems, but the actions of these people show that once they started acting instead of waiting for heroes to save them, they ''could'' have at least begun to improve their lot and create a genuinely better world out of choice rather than fear...but Veidt's hasty actions have made that impossible.]]
30th Sep '16 12:05:07 PM Flash1191
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** Comicbook/TheMightyThor's hammer can supposedly only be lifted by those who possess a hero's nature and a pure heart. So far this effectively means Thor, Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/WonderWoman, Franchise/{{Superman}}, a couple supporting cast characters from the Thor comic like ComicBook/BetaRayBill, and [[TheRealHeroes a random paramedic]] who handed it to Thor after he found it in the aftermath of an [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] fight. By the time Thor realized the significance of this, the guy had wandered off.

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** Comicbook/TheMightyThor's hammer can supposedly only be lifted by those who possess a hero's nature and a pure heart. So far this effectively means Thor, Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/WonderWoman, Franchise/{{Superman}}, a couple supporting cast characters from the Thor comic like ComicBook/BetaRayBill, and [[TheRealHeroes a random paramedic]] who handed it to Thor after he found it in the aftermath of an [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] fight. By the time Thor realized the significance of this, the guy had wandered off.ComicBook/BetaRayBill.
24th Sep '16 9:49:10 AM nombretomado
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* Li Tsung of ''{{Series/Longstreet}}''. In his first appearance, he saves Mike Longstreet from a gang of Long Shore-Men. Though it helps that he is played by BruceLee.

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* Li Tsung of ''{{Series/Longstreet}}''. In his first appearance, he saves Mike Longstreet from a gang of Long Shore-Men. Though it helps that he is played by BruceLee.Creator/BruceLee.
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