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22nd Aug '16 10:17:13 PM Valen
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* Drakath from ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' looks and sounds tough, with a cool cape, neat sword, and quickly established rivalry with the player character. After an introduction fight, he proceeds to spend the rest of the story arc [[ButtMonkey constantly being embarrassed, outwitted, terrified, and handily defeated.]] Even his boss [[BigBad Sepulchure]] regularly screws with him. [[spoiler: Does a 180 and becomes a KnightOfCerebus after fusing with the Ultimate Orb and becoming a giant dragon of darkness.]]
3rd Aug '16 12:49:47 PM thatmadork
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* ''Literature/AmericasStepbrotherAmericasEnemyTwoPointZero'': Despite being one of the most terrifying totalitarian regimes in all fiction, Oceania is reduced to a ridiculous pushover when faced with the UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks circa 2014. As the ForeverWar between the three superstates is just a song-and-dance routine meant to waste resources, fought by poorly armed and poorly motivated conscripts backed up by cumbersome SchizoTech vehicles, and ZergRush is the only tactic the Oceanian leadership seem capable of using, even though time and time again [[CurbStompBattle they just die in droves at minimal cost to their American opponents]].
26th Jul '16 9:49:07 AM dlchen145
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** [[spoiler:Season 4 ''might'' have subverted this. Though friendly enough to the ones he's not guarding, he was the one thing keeping Lord Tirek, the worst and most dangerous villain to appear yet, from escaping Tartarus.]]
28th Jun '16 10:30:34 PM VeryMelon
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** Part of this can be attributed to the prejudice Loghain faces from being a former commoner. While his RagsToRiches story has made him popular with the people, his fellow nobles actively despise both him and his daughter. It doesn't help that his main political ally is ''Howe'', a despicable noble simply in it for a power grab, who's openly disliked by everyone. The fact that they plot the destruction of [[BigGood the Cousland household]] at the start killed any chance of them being able to sway others to their side.
** This is also subverted; his reputation isn't based on his statesmanship, it's based on his skill as a ''general''. Politically he is in way over his head, but in the civil war his actions triggered he and his few allies are taking on the rest of the country and ''winning''.
22nd Jun '16 11:10:41 PM redandready45
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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Byron Hadley, is an abusive prison guard who beats a helpless, terrified inmate to death. [[spoiler: However, when he was dragged off to prison for his crimes, he apparently broke down and cried]].
16th Jun '16 11:00:21 AM redandready45
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Bart develops a crush on his new next door neighbor Laura Powers. However, she instead falls for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys the bully Jimbo Jones]]. Bart sends a knife-wielding Moe Syzslak after Jimbo, who tearfully begs for his life, prompting Laura to break up with him, having exposed himself as a weakling.
19th Apr '16 2:58:27 PM Jacob175
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* Raijuta Isurugi from ''Manga/{{Rurouni Kenshin}}'' boasts all the time about his skills at kenjutsu, and how it should always be a murderous technique. In the end, he's revealed to be a phony SoreLoser who never actually killed someone.

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* Raijuta Isurugi from ''Manga/{{Rurouni Kenshin}}'' ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' boasts all the time about his skills at kenjutsu, and how it should always be a murderous technique. In the end, he's revealed to be a phony SoreLoser who never actually killed someone.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in a strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' where Calvin asks Hobbes what a paper tiger is. [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Hobbes]] informs him that it's like a paper boy: a tiger with a newspaper route. After continuing to read for a bit, Calvin concludes that the book is complete nonsense.



* ''Series/{{Survivor}}:

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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Calvin comes across the term in a book he's reading for homework and asks his tiger Hobbes what the definition is. [[KnownothingKnowItAll Hobbes responds that]] it's a tiger with a newspaper route, much like a paperboy. One BeatPanel later:

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* Parodied Parodied/discussed in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Calvin comes across the term in a book he's reading for homework and asks his tiger Hobbes what the definition is. [[KnownothingKnowItAll Hobbes responds that]] it's a tiger with a newspaper route, much like a paperboy. One BeatPanel later:



* Cerberus from ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' (Yes, ''[[{{Hellhound}} that]]'' Cerberus). True he's a fierce three-headed monster ''quite literally from Tartarus'' that's the size of the average house, but all it takes to tame him is a belly rub and a friendly game of fetch.

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* Cerberus from ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' (Yes, ''[[{{Hellhound}} that]]'' Cerberus). True he's a fierce three-headed monster ''quite literally from Tartarus'' that's the size of the average house, but all it takes to tame him is a belly rub and a friendly game of fetch.
15th Apr '16 8:44:25 PM Blazer
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* Interestingly, when the aforementioned two meet in ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'', this is one of the deciding factors in determining a victor. [[spoiler: Despite both men being way out of their league in their respective canons, Mr. Satan can actually back up his talk as he's strong enough to pull three buses, punch through the side of one and tear a phone book in half in addition to being a legitimate World Tournament Champion. Dan, however, cannot back up his talk as all of his attacks are pathetically weak and his one canonical win -- against Sagat -- was done out of ''pity'' to prevent him for continuing his suicidal RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
17th Mar '16 9:49:41 PM BaconManiac5000
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in a strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' where Calvin asks Hobbes what a paper tiger is. [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Hobbes]] informs him that it's like a paper boy: a tiger with a newspaper route. After continuing to read for a bit, Calvin concludes that the book is complete nonsense.
6th Mar '16 12:38:27 PM Tehrannotaur
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Acts ruthless but is shown to be a coward when confronted.

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Acts ruthless imposing but is shown to be a coward when confronted.
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