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9th Sep '17 8:51:08 PM sgamer82
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* ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' gives us two examples. First is main character Nike's father, who dreamed of being a Hero but was forced to give it up due to there being no evil to be Heroic ''at.'' He therefore raises Nike to become a Hero and, when evil does return, sends him out to battle it. The second example is Gale, who appears nearly OnceAnEpisode, faces the current crisis claiming himself the 'True Hero,' [[TheChewToy only to get beaten down and/or humiliated immediately after.]]

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* ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'' gives us two examples. First is main character Nike's father, who dreamed of being a Hero but was forced to give it up due to there being no evil to be Heroic ''at.'' He therefore raises Nike to become a Hero and, when evil does return, sends him out to battle it. The second example is Gale, who appears nearly OnceAnEpisode, faces the current crisis claiming himself the 'True Hero,' [[TheChewToy only to get beaten down and/or humiliated immediately after.]]
29th Aug '17 2:21:47 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->-- '''Col. John Konrad''', to Walker [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and the]] [[WhatTheHellPlayer player]], ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''

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-->-- '''Col. John Konrad''', to Walker [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and the]] and]] the [[WhatTheHellPlayer player]], ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''



** The game draws comparisons between Walker and the player themselves 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, [[{{Wrong Genre Savvy}} so the player assumes that they can sort everything out by just pressing forward, as does Walker]]. But when the game reveals its [[{{Deconstruction}} true nature]], it calls out the player for wanting to be a hero and treating war as a power fantasy through 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 themselves 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, [[{{Wrong Genre Savvy}} [[WrongGenreSavvy so the player assumes that they can sort everything out by just pressing forward, as does Walker]]. But when the game reveals its [[{{Deconstruction}} true nature]], it calls out the player for wanting to be a hero and treating war as a power fantasy through showing just [[FromBadToWorse how much worse things get]] due to Walker's actions.
15th Jul '17 2:48:09 PM harostar
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* Reiner Braun from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is hinted to be one, at least according to childhood friend Bertolt. He has strong ideals about how the strong should always protect the weak, and has a bad habit of rushing into danger as a result. [[spoiler: A ''very'' dark and tragic example, since he's actually TheMole and committed an act of mass murder at the age of 12 for the sake of his mission. The guilt over his crimes, and attachment to the humans he's gotten to know, causes him to go insane and begin [[BecomingTheMask repressing]] his memories so he can continue to believe he's a hero.]]

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* Reiner Braun from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is hinted deconstructs this with several characters, showing the dangers of getting caught up in ''trying'' to be one, a hero.
** Reiner Braun is greatly admired by his comrades for his strong sense of duty and tendency to put the needs of others before his own. He repeatedly puts himself
at least according risk to childhood save others, leading Connie to wonder if he's always been the sort to volunteer for the most dangerous tasks. Childhood friend Bertolt. He has strong ideals about how the strong should Bertolt darkly notes it's always protect been one of his worst habits, confusing the weak, and has a bad habit of rushing into danger as a result. others. [[spoiler: A ''very'' dark In truth, Reiner was a troubled child that was raised believing that becoming a "hero" would reunite his broken family and tragic example, since he's actually TheMole save his people. Unlike the other children in the [[TykeBomb Warrior Program]], he ''genuinely'' believed in the propaganda and committed an act of mass murder at the age of 12 for the sake of his mission. The guilt over his crimes, and attachment to thought exterminating the humans he's gotten to know, causes living within the Walls would make him a hero. When he realized everything was a lie, he began a downward spiral that would eventually lead to go him going insane from guilt. After being exposed as [[TheMole the Armored Titan]] and begin [[BecomingTheMask repressing]] essentially losing everything, he becomes a jaded ShellShockedVeteran desperate to prevent his memories younger cousin from repeating his mistakes]].
** Krista Lenz's traumatic past leads to her StepfordSmiler tendencies, and desire to be seen as a "good" person by others. This results in her essentially looking for a way to die as a "hero",
so he can continue that people would praise her. When a comrade collapsed in the snow during a training exercise, she tried in vain to believe he's a hero.]]drag him back to the base camp. Ymir ended up calling her out for her behavior, pointing out that Krista hadn't asked for help in carrying their half-dead comrade and was fully prepared to get them ''all'' killed as long as people would end up praising her sacrifice.
17th Jun '17 9:44:14 AM nombretomado
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* Interestingly, it's strongly implied that [[DarkMessiah Lelouch Lamperouge]] of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is this, as indicated by several in- and out-of-universe factors. For example, he's a fan of {{Tokusatsu}} and WordOfGod says that his voice actors[[note]]Creator/JunFukuyama, who is practically typecast as TheHero, and JohnnyYongBosch, best known for being a [[PowerRangers Power Ranger]][[/note]] were chosen in order to show that Lelouch is trying very hard to be something that he's not.

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* Interestingly, it's strongly implied that [[DarkMessiah Lelouch Lamperouge]] of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is this, as indicated by several in- and out-of-universe factors. For example, he's a fan of {{Tokusatsu}} and WordOfGod says that his voice actors[[note]]Creator/JunFukuyama, who is practically typecast as TheHero, and JohnnyYongBosch, Creator/JohnnyYongBosch, best known for being a [[PowerRangers Power Ranger]][[/note]] were chosen in order to show that Lelouch is trying very hard to be something that he's not.
13th Jun '17 4:54:23 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': The opening of the episode "There's A Penfold In My Suit" has Penfold putting on one of DM's jumpsuits under the delusion it will make his as heroic as DM.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': The opening of the episode "There's A Penfold In My Suit" has Penfold putting on one of DM's jumpsuits under the delusion it will make his him as heroic as DM.
13th Jun '17 4:51:52 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': The opening of the episode "There's A Penfold In My Suit" has Penfold putting on one of DM's jumpsuits under the delusion it will make his as heroic as DM.
8th Jun '17 6:13:03 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Most of Nikki Roxx's more embarrassing or horrific defeats were half TheWorfEffect and half this trope. She is a big strong wrestler but nowhere near as big or strong as she thinks she is, as seen in various runs such as All Pro, LLF and Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} but none more apparent than Wrestling/{{TNA}}, where her efforts to be helpful lead to the Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople, who eventually ended Roxxi's TNA career.

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* Most of Nikki Roxx's more embarrassing or horrific defeats were half TheWorfEffect and half this trope. She is a big strong wrestler but nowhere near as big or strong as she thinks she is, as seen in various runs such as All Pro, LLF and Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} but none more apparent than Wrestling/{{TNA}}, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero where her efforts to be helpful helpful]] lead to the Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople, who eventually ended Roxxi's TNA career.
16th Feb '17 1:00:26 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', most of Junpei Iori's motivation to help SEES is based on his desire to be a genuine hero. This desire causes him to [[IdiotHero rush into dire situations without any forethought]], become intensely jealous of the Main Character for his role as TheCaptain of the group, and even reveal his SecretIdentity to a girl to gain recognition (a move that later backfires horribly). [[CharacterDevelopment He eventually grows out of it, though]], and by the time of [[PlayableEpilogue The Answer]], he is arguably the most level-headed member of the party.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'', there's a character who was convinced that she's the reincarnation of a Chinese Warrior and ended up being used by the bad guys as she tried to be a great heroine. It eventually led to her being trapped in a burning building. Poor thing.

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* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'', there's a young girl who's convinced that she's the reincarnation of the Mayan warrior Ixquic and ends up being used by the bad guys as she tries to be a great heroine. It eventually leads to her being trapped in a burning building. Poor thing. Thankfully, she survives the experience and pulls herself back to reality again, deciding to become a manga artist instead.
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In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', most of Junpei Iori's motivation to help SEES is based on his desire to be a genuine hero. This desire causes him to [[IdiotHero rush into dire situations without any forethought]], become intensely jealous of the Main Character for his role as TheCaptain of the group, and even reveal his SecretIdentity to a girl to gain recognition (a move that later backfires horribly). [[CharacterDevelopment He eventually grows out of it, though]], and by the time of [[PlayableEpilogue "[[PlayableEpilogue The Answer]], Answer]]", he is arguably the most level-headed member of the party.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'', there's a character who was convinced that she's the reincarnation of a Chinese Warrior and ended up being used by the bad guys as she tried to be a great heroine. It eventually led to her being trapped in a burning building. Poor thing.
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31st Jan '17 12:40:57 AM BattleMaster
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* Conrad Verner from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. He's Commander Shepard's number 1 fanboy, but hasn't got the brains to recognize that he's not anywhere near skilled enough to follow his/her example and become a Spectre. It's up to the Commander to keep him from getting himself killed. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Or not]].

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* Conrad Verner from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. He's Commander Shepard's [[LoonyFan number 1 fanboy, fanboy]], but hasn't got the brains to recognize that he's not anywhere near skilled enough to follow his/her example and become a Spectre. It's up to the Commander to keep him from getting himself killed. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Or not]].
25th Dec '16 5:55:53 AM Reign
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* Illidan Stormrage from ''Franchise/Warcraft'' grew up being told he had a great destiny because he was born with rare golden eyes. Being told that all his life fed his ego and much of his personality revolves around how he has to be the one to save the day and get the girl, though he grows to resent [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter his twin brother Malfurion]] for being the one to ''actually'' do that in the War of the Ancients. Eventually he became a WellIntentionedExtremist and UnscrupulousHero branded as a villain by those around him. Best summed up in a quote of his in ''World of Warcraft's'' Well of Eternity dungeon:

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* Illidan Stormrage from ''Franchise/Warcraft'' ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' grew up being told he had a great destiny because he was born with rare golden eyes. Being told that all his life fed his ego and much of his personality revolves around how he has to be the one to save the day and get the girl, though he grows to resent [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter his twin brother Malfurion]] for being the one to ''actually'' do that in the War of the Ancients. Eventually he became a WellIntentionedExtremist and UnscrupulousHero branded as a villain by those around him. Best summed up in a quote of his in ''World of Warcraft's'' Well of Eternity dungeon:
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