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12th Apr '16 4:58:29 PM Andyroid
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** The game draws comparisons between Walker and the player at several points, and this is probably the most obvious and explicit of them. ''The Line'' disguises itself as a standard modern military shooter to begin with, [[{{WrongGenreSavvy}} so the player assumes that they can sort everything out by just pressing forward, as does Walker]]. But when the game reveals it's [[{{Deconstruction}} true nature]], it calls out the player for wanting to be a hero and treating war as a power fantasy though showing just [[FromBadToWorse how much worse things get]] due to Walker's actions.

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** The game draws comparisons between Walker and the player at several points, and this is probably the most obvious and explicit of them. ''The Line'' disguises itself as a standard modern military shooter to begin with, [[{{WrongGenreSavvy}} so the player assumes that they can sort everything out by just pressing forward, as does Walker]]. But when the game reveals it's [[{{Deconstruction}} true nature]], it calls out the player for wanting to be a hero and treating war as a power fantasy though through showing just [[FromBadToWorse how much worse things get]] due to Walker's actions.


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* Handsome Jack, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', is utterly convinced he's the hero who's going to use the power of the Vault to conquer and tame Pandora. Unfortunately, he's also convinced that [[MoralMyopia he's justified in doing all sorts of horrible things]] to his employees (who are [[WeHaveReserves expendable]]), the people of Pandora (who are all "bandit scum" in his eyes), and anyone who gets in his way (like the Vault Hunters and the Crimson Raiders).
24th Feb '16 12:39:57 PM Dravencour
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* Utena from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' desires to become the saintly Prince who saved her as a child, and most of the series deals with deconstructing, subverting, and arguably playing straight this concept as Utena is essentially sent through Hell and back, and that's before we find out that her memories of her encounter with the Prince are anything but fully accurate.

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* Utena Tenjou from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' desires to become the saintly Prince who saved her as a child, and most of the series deals with deconstructing, subverting, and arguably playing straight this concept as Utena is essentially sent through Hell and back, and that's before we find out that her memories of her encounter with the Prince are anything but fully accurate.



* Sayaka from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Given [[GenreDeconstruction what kind of anime this is]], things end badly. [[BreakTheCutie Very]], [[DespairEventHorizon very]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie badly]].

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* Sayaka Miki from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Given [[GenreDeconstruction what kind of anime this is]], things end badly.badly for her. [[BreakTheCutie Very]], [[DespairEventHorizon very]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie badly]].
22nd Feb '16 7:54:52 PM nmn3r3
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* Dave Strider of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' exhibits some Heroic Wannabe traits--he's expressed a fixation on becoming a "hero" and seems to be willing to sacrifice anything to save his friends.

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* Dave Strider of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' exhibits some Heroic Wannabe traits--he's traits-- he's expressed a fixation on becoming a "hero" and seems to be willing to sacrifice anything to save his friends.friends. [[spoiler:Except the former isn't true-- Dave's childhood TrainingFromHell inflicted by his older brother ruined the concept of heroism for him. Dave doesn't want to fight, get hurt, see blood, or hear metal noises, but the narrative keeps forcing him to adopt a "reluctant hero" role.]]
23rd Jan '16 11:52:56 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The unifying trait of the Lucha Family, most obvious with Leva Bates, who styles herself a superhero and feels the need to stop members of the locker room she knows have bad intentions but in a more subtle way, both Los Bendejos(Jay Rios and Eddie Cruz) think of themselves as motivational role models whose job is to elevate the spirits of the audience and locker room, which often sees them suffer indignities. Mia Yim meanwhile is another example of a wrestler who is big and strong but not quite to the extent she thinks she is.

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* The unifying trait of the Lucha Family, most obvious with Leva Bates, who styles herself a superhero and feels the need to stop members of the locker room she knows have bad intentions but in a more subtle way, both Los Bendejos(Jay Ben Dejos(Jay Rios and Eddie Cruz) think of themselves as motivational role models whose job is to elevate the spirits of the audience and locker room, which often sees them suffer indignities. Mia Yim meanwhile is another example of a wrestler who is big and strong but not quite to the extent she thinks she is.
16th Jan '16 9:30:32 AM Dravencour
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* ''FrankenFran'' has an extremely disturbing example ([[UpToEleven yes, disturbing for the series]]). One of the Sentinels literally gets a high from pursuing vengeance, so whenever he gets in a fight he ''arranges'' for the maximum amount of collateral damage. Then he swears to the dead that he will avenge them, and starts off anew.

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* ''FrankenFran'' has an extremely disturbing example ([[UpToEleven yes, disturbing for the series]]).example, [[UpToEleven even by this series' standards]]. One of the Sentinels literally gets a high from pursuing vengeance, so whenever he gets in a fight he ''arranges'' for the maximum amount of collateral damage. Then he swears to the dead that he will avenge them, and starts off anew.
22nd Nov '15 11:18:01 PM DragonQuestZ
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Compare TheChosenWannabe.
18th Nov '15 6:05:02 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The unifying trait of the Lucha Family, most obvious with Leva Bates, who styles herself a superhero and feels the need to stop members of the locker room she knows have bad intentions but in a more subtle way, both Los Bendejos(Jay Rios and Eddie Cruz) think of themselves as motivational role models whose job is to elevate the spirits of the audience and locker room, which often sees them suffer indignities. Mia Yim meanwhile is another example of a wrestler who is big and strong but not quite to the extent she thinks she is.
8th Nov '15 7:59:59 PM nombretomado
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* Utena from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' desires to become the saintly Prince who saved her as a child, and most of the series deals with deconstructing, subverting, and arguably playing straight this concept as Utena is essentially sent through Hell and back, and that's before we find out that her memories of her encounter with the Prince are anything but fully accurate.

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* Utena from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' desires to become the saintly Prince who saved her as a child, and most of the series deals with deconstructing, subverting, and arguably playing straight this concept as Utena is essentially sent through Hell and back, and that's before we find out that her memories of her encounter with the Prince are anything but fully accurate.
26th Aug '15 5:05:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mr. Furious in ''Film/MysteryMen'' cultivates an anti-hero persona; he rests his laurels on an exaggerated story where he lifted a city bus (he pushed it while the driver accelerated), and tries to lend himself mystery with false names like "Phoenix Dark," "Phoenix Dirk," "Phoenix Dark Dirk," and "Dirk Steel" before finally admitting his name is actually Roy. Subverted in that when faced with an actual crisis, he actually ''does'' become superhumanly strong and agile when angered.
%%* The titular characters in ''Film/MysteryTeam''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' opens with a group of Batman-wannabes trying to bust a mob deal, but get in over their heads within a few moments. The real Batman rescues and chastises them for trying to do Batman's job ''without'' Batman's training, experience, or equipment. [[spoiler:In a TooDumbToLive fashion, one of them is later captured and killed by the Joker.]]
* In ''Film/TheLionKing2'', [[BigBrotherBully Nuka]] is hopelessly envious of Kovu's exalted position, and takes every opportunity he can to remind people of this. His issues stem from [[FreudianExcuse maternal neglect]] and the lack of respect everyone else shows him. ([[{{Jerkass}} The latter is completely justified.]]

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* Mr. Furious in ''Film/MysteryMen'' cultivates an anti-hero persona; he rests his laurels on an exaggerated story where he lifted a city bus (he pushed it while the driver accelerated), and tries to lend himself mystery with false names like "Phoenix Dark," "Phoenix Dirk," "Phoenix Dark Dirk," and "Dirk Steel" before finally admitting his name is actually Roy. Subverted in that when faced with an actual crisis, he actually ''does'' become superhumanly strong and agile when angered.
%%* The titular characters in ''Film/MysteryTeam''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' opens with a group of Batman-wannabes trying to bust a mob deal, but get in over their heads within a few moments. The real Batman rescues and chastises them for trying to do Batman's job ''without'' Batman's training, experience, or equipment. [[spoiler:In a TooDumbToLive fashion, one of them is later captured and killed by the Joker.]]
* In ''Film/TheLionKing2'', ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', [[BigBrotherBully Nuka]] is hopelessly envious of Kovu's exalted position, and takes every opportunity he can to remind people of this. His issues stem from [[FreudianExcuse maternal neglect]] and the lack of respect everyone else shows him. ([[{{Jerkass}} The latter is completely justified.]]



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* Mr. Furious in ''Film/MysteryMen'' cultivates an anti-hero persona; he rests his laurels on an exaggerated story where he lifted a city bus (he pushed it while the driver accelerated), and tries to lend himself mystery with false names like "Phoenix Dark," "Phoenix Dirk," "Phoenix Dark Dirk," and "Dirk Steel" before finally admitting his name is actually Roy. Subverted in that when faced with an actual crisis, he actually ''does'' become superhumanly strong and agile when angered.
%%* The titular characters in ''Film/MysteryTeam''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' opens with a group of Batman-wannabes trying to bust a mob deal, but get in over their heads within a few moments. The real Batman rescues and chastises them for trying to do Batman's job ''without'' Batman's training, experience, or equipment. [[spoiler:In a TooDumbToLive fashion, one of them is later captured and killed by the Joker.]]
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* Joxer from ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', who ends up making a HeroicSacrifice to save Gabrielle.

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* Joxer from ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', who ends up making a HeroicSacrifice to save Gabrielle.



* An intern on {{Grimm}} is eventually outed as a hero-worshipper of the main character, Nick. He pretends to be a Grimm himself, believing that all Wesen must die and murdering two Wesen before Nick captures him. He is revealed to be a [[BoomerangBigot Wesen himself]].

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* An intern on {{Grimm}} Series/{{Grimm}} is eventually outed as a hero-worshipper of the main character, Nick. He pretends to be a Grimm himself, believing that all Wesen must die and murdering two Wesen before Nick captures him. He is revealed to be a [[BoomerangBigot Wesen himself]].



* Moomintroll of ''TheMoomins''. He tries to be the hero so very, very hard.
* Billy Billions of Ben10Omniverse decides to create his own hero team in order to compete with Ben. It barely lasts more than a week before the teammates tear each other apart.

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* Moomintroll of ''TheMoomins''.''WesternAnimation/TheMoomins''. He tries to be the hero so very, very hard.
* Billy Billions of Ben10Omniverse WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse decides to create his own hero team in order to compete with Ben. It barely lasts more than a week before the teammates tear each other apart.
26th Aug '15 5:04:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-03/66 Chris]] in ''ErrantStory''. Unfortunately for him, in this webcomic you actually have to be [[{{Badass}} seriously dangerous]] to be a main character.
* Anthony, of ''ThePlayersGuideToSISU'', is desperately struggling to be seen as a full-fledged hero, but hasn't made it yet. Possibly because of his elf obsession.

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* [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-03/66 Chris]] in ''ErrantStory''.''Webcomic/ErrantStory''. Unfortunately for him, in this webcomic you actually have to be [[{{Badass}} seriously dangerous]] to be a main character.
* Anthony, of ''ThePlayersGuideToSISU'', ''Webcomic/ThePlayersGuideToSISU'', is desperately struggling to be seen as a full-fledged hero, but hasn't made it yet. Possibly because of his elf obsession.
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