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14th Jul '17 5:41:10 PM NightShade96
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** {{Deadpool}} has been shown as possibly being Cap's superior. In their first meeting, Deadpool takes out the (mind-controlled) Captain with [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/deadpool/9.jpg a solid hit to the junk]]. In a recent team-up, an enraged Deadpool got into a heated battle with Steve Rogers, now Super Soldier. In that battle, Deadpool managed to put a really good hurting on the former Captain America. Just when it seemed that Deadpool was finally overpowering Rogers, he was shot in the back with several tranquilizer darts to end the battle and even then Deadpool was the one still standing while Cap was the one on his knees who looked worse for wear. Considering how Captain America usually shows up other superheroes like Wolverine and Spider-Man in their own comic books, it's quite amazing that Deadpool managed to come off looking really strong against Captain America with the implication that he might have won their interrupted battle if he were to continue going all-out.
* Heroes aren't the only ones with Popularity Power. DoctorDoom has become a villainous equivalent of Batman who can defeat anyone (given enough "prep time" (admittedly a FAR more stable claim than Batman, but still quite ridiculous)). Despite being the villain of the story, the good doctor has gained [[DracoInLeatherPants an immense following of fans]] who believe he's capable of defeating anyone and anything, including the most powerful beings in the comic books multiverse. Given enough time to study opponents, it is said that Doom could defeat {{Thanos}}, {{Galactus}}, Magneto, Hulk, Thor, Darkseid, Superman, Batman, Silver Surfer, Jesus, and even the almighty Rubik's Cube. It really is an almost endless list.

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** {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} has been shown as possibly being Cap's superior. In their first meeting, Deadpool takes out the (mind-controlled) Captain with [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/deadpool/9.jpg a solid hit to the junk]]. In a recent team-up, an enraged Deadpool got into a heated battle with Steve Rogers, now Super Soldier. In that battle, Deadpool managed to put a really good hurting on the former Captain America. Just when it seemed that Deadpool was finally overpowering Rogers, he was shot in the back with several tranquilizer darts to end the battle and even then Deadpool was the one still standing while Cap was the one on his knees who looked worse for wear. Considering how Captain America usually shows up other superheroes like Wolverine and Spider-Man in their own comic books, it's quite amazing that Deadpool managed to come off looking really strong against Captain America with the implication that he might have won their interrupted battle if he were to continue going all-out.
* Heroes aren't the only ones with Popularity Power. DoctorDoom ComicBook/DoctorDoom has become a villainous equivalent of Batman who can defeat anyone (given enough "prep time" (admittedly a FAR more stable claim than Batman, but still quite ridiculous)). Despite being the villain of the story, the good doctor has gained [[DracoInLeatherPants an immense following of fans]] who believe he's capable of defeating anyone and anything, including the most powerful beings in the comic books multiverse. Given enough time to study opponents, it is said that Doom could defeat {{Thanos}}, {{Galactus}}, Magneto, Hulk, Thor, Darkseid, Superman, Batman, Silver Surfer, Jesus, ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/SilverSurfer, {{Jesus}}, and even the almighty Rubik's Cube. It really is an almost endless list.



* In the ''Suicide Kings'' {{Deadpool}} storyline, Comicbook/ThePunisher beats Deadpool up to the point where he needs rescuing by Outlaw and [[spoiler: Daredevil]]. ''With a sword''. This is despite the Punisher being an ordinary human and Deadpool being a guy in peak physical fitness who heals all injuries, never gets tired and is almost definitely the best swordfighter in the Marvel Universe - plus, it's ''his book!'' In fact, any fight between someone with a HealingFactor and someone without is only going to end one way - that would be why they apparently put DP's factor on a major go-slow for this series.

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* In the ''Suicide Kings'' {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} storyline, Comicbook/ThePunisher beats Deadpool up to the point where he needs rescuing by Outlaw and [[spoiler: Daredevil]]. ''With a sword''. This is despite the Punisher being an ordinary human and Deadpool being a guy in peak physical fitness who heals all injuries, never gets tired and is almost definitely the best swordfighter in the Marvel Universe - plus, it's ''his book!'' In fact, any fight between someone with a HealingFactor and someone without is only going to end one way - that would be why they apparently put DP's factor on a major go-slow for this series.
12th Jun '17 1:01:47 PM NVPOWER
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* Despite allegedly being [[BadassNormal just a hair above maximum human potential]], some of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's feats have gone seemingly far beyond what he "should" be able to do. Any average human superhero or villain who goes up against him is sure to lose. Even superpowered denizens like {{Spider-Man}} and Wolverine fold before the Cap. And if that weren't enough, Captain America has actually gone rounds against [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], Hulk, and the other super heavyweights of the MarvelUniverse and STILL come out on top (or at the very least, fought these beings to a draw). Why? Because he's popular. Because he wears the red, white, and blue. And to top it all off, Marvel loves him so much that they'll never have the guy lose, just like DC is never going to have Batman lose.

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* Despite allegedly being [[BadassNormal just a hair above maximum human potential]], barely superhuman, some of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's feats have gone seemingly far beyond what he "should" be able to do. Any average human superhero or villain who goes up against him is sure to lose. Even superpowered denizens like {{Spider-Man}} and Wolverine fold before the Cap. And if that weren't enough, Captain America has actually gone rounds against [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], Hulk, and the other super heavyweights of the MarvelUniverse and STILL come out on top (or at the very least, fought these beings to a draw). Why? Because he's popular. Because he wears the red, white, and blue. And to top it all off, Marvel loves him so much that they'll almost never have the guy lose, just like DC is almost never going to have Batman lose.lose. [[spoiler: 2017's "Secret Empire" saga may actually change that, when it comes to Hydra Cap.]]



** This is made especially ridiculous in the animated movie, ''UltimateAvengers'', which has the team fight The Hulk in the finale and has Cap last better than any others who engage him in a direct fight. Notably, The Hulk takes down ComicBook/TheMightyThor (an ACTUAL GOD) in two blows. Cap gets thrown all over the place and manages to endure around/over FOUR. Sure, he's bleeding and disoriented afterwards, but logically he shouldn't even be conscious.
** During the Reigning storyline, Rune King Thor, which is THOR empowered with BOTH the Odinforce (his father Odin's power) and power gained from magical Asgardian Runes, curbstomps pretty much everyone in his path, even defeating both Thing and Hulk TOGETHER off-panel, but Cap lays quite the beatdown on him

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** This is made especially ridiculous in the animated movie, ''UltimateAvengers'', which has the team fight The Hulk in the finale and has Cap last better than any others who engage him in a direct fight. Notably, The Hulk takes down ComicBook/TheMightyThor (an ACTUAL GOD) in two blows. Cap gets thrown all over the place and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome manages to endure around/over FOUR. FOUR.]] Sure, he's bleeding and disoriented afterwards, but logically he shouldn't even be conscious.
** During the Reigning storyline, Rune King Thor, which is THOR empowered with BOTH the Odinforce (his father Odin's power) and power gained from magical Asgardian Runes, curbstomps pretty much everyone in his path, even defeating both Thing and Hulk TOGETHER off-panel, but Cap lays quite the beatdown on himhim. [[TheWorfEffect Consistency, what's that?]]



*** Though in the case of Korvac, Cap is shown to be visibly hurting him, making him cry out in pain. Cap's putting the hurt on a cosmic entity itself would be stupid, but on top of that, before and after the hurting Cap put on Korvac, he was withstanding blows from seriously pissed, legit class 100s like Thor, Iron Man and Wonder Man, which makes it more absurd, because anyone who can be hurt by Cap should literally explode from full force punches from those within Thor's strength class.
** It should be noted that Cap's shield is often described as playing merry havoc with the laws of physics. For example, it's not just indestructible (it can shrug off a direct hit from everything short of Thor with the power of Odin), but it also arrests most (if not all) of the momentum directed at it, too. One imagines that works in reverse when used as a weapon. But still, all it should take is one shot from most people listed here and Cap is down for the count. To put in perspective just ''how'' weird Cap's shield is, the Avengers were, at one point, defeated by Molecule Man, an extremely powerful individual who can manipulate matter at the molecular level. Molecule Man messes around with the hero's weapons, including ''{{Mjolnir}},'' but it's Cap's shield that freaks him out the most, not the ancient Asgardian magical weapon of storms.

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*** Though in the case of Korvac, Cap is shown to be visibly hurting him, making him cry out in pain. in. The fact that Cap's putting the hurt on a cosmic entity itself would be stupid, [[CoolButStupid cool, yet stupid]], but on top of that, before and after the hurting Cap put on Korvac, he was withstanding blows from seriously pissed, legit class 100s like Thor, Iron Man and Wonder Man, which makes it more absurd, because anyone who can be hurt by Cap should literally explode from full force punches from those within Thor's strength class.
** It should be noted that Cap's shield is often described as playing merry havoc with the laws of physics. For example, it's not just indestructible (it can shrug off a direct hit from everything short of Thor with the power of Odin), but it also arrests most (if not all) of the momentum directed at it, too. One imagines that works in reverse when used as a weapon. But still, all it should take is one shot from most people listed here and Cap is down for the count. To put in perspective just ''how'' weird Cap's shield is, the Avengers were, at one point, defeated by Molecule Man, an extremely powerful individual who can manipulate matter at the molecular level. Molecule Man messes around with the hero's weapons, including ''{{Mjolnir}},'' but it's Cap's shield that freaks him out the most, not the ancient Asgardian magical weapon of storms. Why? [[UncannyValley It's never explained...]]



** Cap himself puts it best in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2:

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*** Actually Spider-Man was not beaten, but even then, Cap was dominating, and hurting Spider-Man with his punches, and to make it worse, Spider-Man was doubly enhanced from his normal stats, ans wearing an armor which made him bulletproof and allowed him to take hits from Titanium Man, the Iron Man foe. And despite being so enhanced Spidey still failed to do anything to Cap despite landing a punch, not even knocking him back

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*** Actually Spider-Man was not beaten, but even then, Cap was dominating, and hurting Spider-Man with his punches, and to make it worse, Spider-Man was doubly enhanced from his normal stats, ans wearing an armor which made him bulletproof and allowed him to take hits from Titanium Man, the Iron Man foe. And despite being so enhanced Spidey still failed to do anything to defeat Cap despite landing a punch, few hits, not even knocking him backback.



** Punisher was on the receiving end in a Punisher/Batman crossover. Bats beat him in about two panels and described his fighting style as that of a bar brawler, which given Frank Castle's rather extensive training includes SEAL training and one particular writer went into detail on his martial arts techniques....But mostly, that crossover is also another case of Batman's own Popularity Power at work.

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** Punisher was on the receiving end in a Punisher/Batman crossover. Bats beat him in about two panels and described his fighting style as that of a bar brawler, which given Frank Castle's rather extensive training includes SEAL training and one particular writer went into detail on his martial arts techniques....But mostly, that crossover is also another stupid case of Batman's own Popularity Power at work.



* In an InfinityCrusade issue, it is shown that Spidey's popularity power can even evolve into GodModeSue, with him defeating the combined forces of Thor, Moondragon, Invisible Woman, Sasquatch, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Moon Knight, Multiple Man, Gamora and Archangel while being under a magical illusion that makes it seem to Spidey that he is fightong his ''human'' friends. That's right, Spiderman defeated them all while holding back like how he would against ordinary humans

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* In an InfinityCrusade issue, it is shown that Spidey's popularity power can even evolve into GodModeSue, with him defeating the combined forces of Thor, Moondragon, Invisible Woman, Sasquatch, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Moon Knight, Multiple Man, Gamora and Archangel while being under a magical illusion that makes it seem to Spidey that he is fightong fighting his ''human'' friends. That's right, Spiderman defeated them all while holding back like how he would against ordinary humanshumans.



** In his "Brainwashed by Hydra" arc, Wolverine takes on the like of Namor, the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and Creator/StanLee knows [[WolverinePublicity how many others]], without getting beaten or captured once. While this was partially explained by Wolverine being given additional support by HYDRA technology (such as being teleported in and out on top of his targets, or given supplementary weapons), the key word is "partially".

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** In his "Brainwashed by Hydra" arc, Wolverine takes on the like of Namor, the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and Creator/StanLee knows [[WolverinePublicity how many others]], without getting beaten or captured once. While this was partially explained arguably justified by Wolverine being given additional support by HYDRA technology (such as being teleported in and out on top of his targets, or given supplementary weapons), the key word is "partially"."arguably".



** Does the same in ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse''. He also gives an interesting speech to Wolverine about his healing factor. He states that it's incredibly fitting: the popular character has a power that makes him immune to death. Wolverine doesn't live because of his skills, but because the fans love him.

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** Does the same in ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse''. He also gives an interesting speech to Wolverine about his healing factor. He states that it's incredibly fitting: the popular character has a power that makes him immune to death. Deadpool berates Wolverine because according to him, Logan doesn't live because of his skills, but because the fans love him.him. This may come off as hypocritical, because in that alternate universe, Deadpool managed to kill people that he should logically never be able to kill (like The Avengers, Spider-Man, Galactus, ect...). Why? Because he's just as popular as Wolverine.



* The Marvel villain Arcade has to date, been 100% unsuccessful at killing any superheroes or villains that feature in his appearances. It's assumed that all of his success with Murderworld assassinations occur offscreen. Killing overweight and out of shape buisnessmen is one thing. But he is clearly out of his league with superpowered characters. But his offbeat characterization (not too unlike SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) is probably why he gets to stay around for the occasional guest appearance, and trying to TakeALevelInBadass in the pages of the ''Film/BattleRoyale'' inspired ''Comicbook/AvengersArena.''

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* The Marvel villain Arcade has to date, been 100% unsuccessful at killing any superheroes or villains that feature in his appearances. It's assumed that all of his success with Murderworld assassinations occur offscreen. Killing overweight and out of shape buisnessmen is one thing. But he is clearly out of his league with superpowered characters. But his offbeat characterization (not too unlike SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) is probably why he gets to stay around for the occasional guest appearance, and trying to TakeALevelInBadass in the pages of the ''Film/BattleRoyale'' inspired cheap ''Film/BattleRoyale''/''Book/HungerGames'' ripoff known as ''Comicbook/AvengersArena.''



* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, Zero somehow pushed his way from MauveShirt status to the co-protagonist role - even after ''being killed''!

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* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, Zero somehow pushed his way [[EnsembleDarkhorse from MauveShirt status to the co-protagonist role - even after ''being killed''!killed''! Later on, he also got his own series.]]



* The only reason why most people remembered ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' was for the boss Tremor, an EnsembleDarkhorse since his debut and was a character most players requested to be added to a full game. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' included the earth elemental as an exclusive UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita battle as an non-playable UnexpectedCharacter, before being added to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' as DownloadableContent with his own unique moveset and ending.

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* The only reason why most people remembered ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombnatSpecialForces'' was for the boss Tremor, an EnsembleDarkhorse since his debut and was a character most players requested to be added to a full game. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' included the earth elemental as an exclusive UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita battle as an non-playable UnexpectedCharacter, before being added to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' as DownloadableContent with his own unique moveset and ending.
10th Jun '17 2:45:51 PM nombretomado
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* TheIncredibleHulk has been accused of this for years, but it became most apparent in WorldWarHulk where he easily defeats people he has no business defeating, like Comicbook/DoctorStrange. Though whether is it due stritcily to popularity and PlotInducedStupidity or the Hulk actually should be able to defeat such characters is often debated.

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* TheIncredibleHulk has been accused of this for years, but it became most apparent in WorldWarHulk ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' where he easily defeats people he has no business defeating, like Comicbook/DoctorStrange. Though whether is it due stritcily strictly to popularity and PlotInducedStupidity or the Hulk actually should be able to defeat such characters is often debated.
10th Jun '17 7:07:32 AM MagBas
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': The titular protagonists victories over Spider Man and Iron Man are vehemently argued to be this by one part of the fanbase. The other is vehemently opposed to it.
10th Jun '17 6:15:26 AM Megazord
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': The titular protagonists victories over Spider Man and Iron Man are vehemently argued to be this by one part of the fanbase. The other is vehemently opposed to it.
8th Jun '17 8:57:51 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The previous entry IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular {{tag team}}s, which basically won them a paid trip to North America where they would be buried in TNA. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it didn't work would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went back to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into something they could work with and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slacked]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows cares [[GenreSavvy he might lose support after all.]]

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* The previous entry IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular {{tag team}}s, which basically won them a paid trip to North America where they would be buried in TNA. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it didn't work would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went back to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into something they could work with and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slacked]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event [=WrestleKingdom=] over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows cares [[GenreSavvy he might lose support after all.]]
8th Jun '17 8:54:08 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The previous entry IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular TagTeams, which basically won them a paid trip to North America where they would be buried in TNA. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it didn't work would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went back to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into something they could work with and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slacked]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows cares [[GenreSavvy he might lose support after all.]]

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* The previous entry IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular TagTeams, {{tag team}}s, which basically won them a paid trip to North America where they would be buried in TNA. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it didn't work would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went back to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into something they could work with and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slacked]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows cares [[GenreSavvy he might lose support after all.]]
8th Jun '17 8:53:28 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Despite grooming Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada to succeed Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi as the new face of the company, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling ended up putting Hiroshi Tanahashi's matches back in the main event over Okada's, even though Okada was IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Why? Because the fans voted for Hiroshi Tanahashi to stay in the main event! Historically, the IWGP Heavyweight belt hasn't necessarily been viewed as the most important of New Japan's, even thought the company usually presents it as the top prize, due to cases like this, as well as popular wrestlers like [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]] and Wrestling/ShinsukaNakamura making fans hold the Junior Heavyweight and Intercontinental belts in equal respect to it.

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* Despite grooming Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada to succeed Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi as the new face of the company, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling ended up putting Hiroshi Tanahashi's matches back in the main event over Okada's, even though Okada was IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Why? Because the fans voted for Hiroshi Tanahashi to stay in the main event! Historically, the IWGP Heavyweight belt hasn't necessarily been viewed as the most important of New Japan's, even thought the company usually presents it as the top prize, due to cases like this, as well as popular wrestlers like [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]] and Wrestling/ShinsukaNakamura Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura making fans hold the Junior Heavyweight and Intercontinental belts in equal respect to it.


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* The previous entry IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular TagTeams, which basically won them a paid trip to North America where they would be buried in TNA. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it didn't work would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went back to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into something they could work with and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slacked]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows cares [[GenreSavvy he might lose support after all.]]
27th May '17 3:36:51 PM nombretomado
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* The ''ViewtifulJoe'' anime adaption did with this Alastor. In the game he's not seen as an especially tough fight, but he's an EnsembleDarkhorse in the anime which led to him being presented as the strongest villain in the first season besides the BigBad. This trope likely also played in reverse with Fire-Leo, who in the game is [[ThatOneBoss unanimously regarded as the toughest fight]], which meant fans complaints about how hard he was made the anime turn him into an AdaptationalWimp.

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* The ''ViewtifulJoe'' ''Anime/ViewtifulJoe'' anime adaption did with this Alastor. In the game he's not seen as an especially tough fight, but he's an EnsembleDarkhorse in the anime which led to him being presented as the strongest villain in the first season besides the BigBad. This trope likely also played in reverse with Fire-Leo, who in the game is [[ThatOneBoss unanimously regarded as the toughest fight]], which meant fans complaints about how hard he was made the anime turn him into an AdaptationalWimp.
9th May '17 1:52:34 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* The only reason why most people remembered ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' was for the boss Tremor, an EnsembleDarkhorse since his debut and was a character most players requested to be added to a full game. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' included the earth elemental as an exclusive UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita battle as an non-playable UnexpectedCharacter, before being added to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' as DownloadableContent with his own unique moveset and ending.
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