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16th Jun '16 8:20:07 PM nombretomado
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** Although there are a few well-known instances of Captain America subverting this trope. There are plenty of battles where he shows up, makes an inspirational speech about determination over power, then gets his ass handed to him (most famously against Korvac, {{Thanos}}, and the Masters of Evil).

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** Although there are a few well-known instances of Captain America subverting this trope. There are plenty of battles where he shows up, makes an inspirational speech about determination over power, then gets his ass handed to him (most famously against Korvac, {{Thanos}}, ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, and the Masters of Evil).
5th Jun '16 5:21:07 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* After their perennial rivals reDRagon had petitioned Wrestling/RingOfHonor's match maker Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness for a shot at Matt Taven and Mike Bennett of The Kingdom in {{revenge|byproxy}} for Adam Cole's continual harassment of Kyle O'Reilly, Wrestling/TheYoungBucks {{Invoked|Trope}} this by petitioning ''the fans'' to get a shot at The Kingdom instead. [=McGuinness=] had already said yes to reDRagon and refused to go back on his word but did have The Bucks added to the match to appease the fans, making it a [[MeleeATrois three way]].
5th Jun '16 4:14:13 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* You can always tell when a FauxActionGirl face Diva is starting to get really popular with the fans: she'll start getting out-of-nowhere victories over heel Divas who are bigger and/or a great deal more athletic. Sometimes this will be due to [[MoralDissonance other face wrestlers helping the good girl out]] [[DoubleStandard (which is, of course, "cheating" when done by the heels)]], but at other times it's just due to the heel Diva's [[StupidEvil stupidity]] and/or [[BreakTheHaughty overconfidence]]. Which is how Wrestling/StacyKeibler, Maria Kanellis, and Wrestling/KellyKelly were able to gain victories over Wrestling/MollyHolly, [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Melina Perez]], and Wrestling/BethPhoenix, respectively, despite having none of their ability.
** See, WWE's plan was to push Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} but untrained Sable got really popular and got pushed instead. Then Wrestling/TrishStratus, who had spent her first year as a valet, defeated Wrestling/{{Ivory}} in a match so fans began to take her seriously as a wrestler instead of that model. Since then it hasn't worked. When Kelly Kelly became Divas Champion and went over on Beth Phoenix twice, fans chanted "BULL-SHIT!!" at her.

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* You can always tell when a FauxActionGirl face {{face}} Diva is starting to get really popular with the fans: she'll start getting out-of-nowhere victories over heel Divas who are bigger and/or a great deal more athletic. Sometimes this will be due to [[MoralDissonance other face wrestlers helping the good girl out]] [[DoubleStandard (which is, of course, "cheating" when done by the heels)]], but at other times it's just due to the heel Diva's [[StupidEvil stupidity]] and/or [[BreakTheHaughty overconfidence]]. Which is how Wrestling/StacyKeibler, Maria Kanellis, Wrestling/MariaKanellis, and Wrestling/KellyKelly were able to gain victories over Wrestling/MollyHolly, [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Melina Perez]], and Wrestling/BethPhoenix, respectively, despite having none of their ability.
** See, WWE's plan was to push Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} but untrained Sable got really popular and got pushed instead. Then Wrestling/TrishStratus, who had spent her first year as a valet, defeated Wrestling/{{Ivory}} in a match so fans began to take her seriously as a wrestler instead of that model. Since then it hasn't worked. When Kelly Kelly became Divas Champion and went over on Beth Phoenix twice, fans chanted Wrestling/{{c|rowdchant}}hanted "BULL-SHIT!!" at her.



* Despite losing in 2011's After ''Forjando un Ídolo'', ''Sangre Nueva'' and ''En Busca de un Ídolo'' tournaments, Titán was able to advance to the finals of En Busca and win the whole thing. Why? Because Wrestling/{{CMLL}} used a point system that was determined by fans votes. Essentially, fans demanded their favorite wrestler win already!
* Despite grooming Kazuchika Okada to succeed Hiroshi Tanahashi 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!
* Almost the entire reason behind Wrestling/BobSapp's success in Japan.

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* Despite losing in 2011's After ''Forjando un Ídolo'', ''Sangre Nueva'' and '''and''' ''En Busca de un Ídolo'' tournaments, Titán was able to advance to the finals of En Busca "En Busca" and win the whole thing. Why? Because Wrestling/{{CMLL}} used a point system that was determined by fans votes. Essentially, fans demanded their favorite wrestler [[ThrowTheDogABone win already!
already]]!
* Despite grooming Kazuchika Okada Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada to succeed Hiroshi Tanahashi 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!
* Almost the entire reason behind Wrestling/BobSapp's success in Japan. K1 and Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}} specifically picked him up from Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Wildside because they were in search of a ScaryBlackMan that would resemble a TV show villain but the fan response was the [[DracoInLeatherPants exact opposite]].
4th Jun '16 4:38:13 AM SomeoneElse17
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* Wrestling/AJStyles, who was such an awesome wrestler that he always got the loudest pop in Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Attempts to turn him heel failed because of this reason -- the most they ever managed was a HeroicNeutral [[WildCard tweener]]. AJ never managed to become a ''real'' heel until he went to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and became the new face of the Wrestling/BulletClub. Even then, he managed to win over the Japanese fans because he was, again, such an awesome wrestler. [[spoiler:Said popularity would then follow him to Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where his shirt would sell out within ''less than an hour'' of his debut at the 2016 Wrestling/RoyalRumble, and his entrance theme would crack the iTunes' top 100 songs within a day of being uploaded]].

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* Wrestling/AJStyles, who was such an awesome wrestler that he always got the loudest pop in Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Attempts to turn him heel failed because of this reason -- the most they ever managed was a HeroicNeutral [[WildCard tweener]]. AJ never managed to become a ''real'' heel until he went to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, a company that had previously only seen his work personally a handful of times at the most, and became the new face of the Wrestling/BulletClub. Even then, he managed to win over the Japanese fans because he was, again, such an awesome wrestler. [[spoiler:Said Said popularity would then follow him to Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where his shirt would sell out within ''less than an hour'' of his debut at the 2016 Wrestling/RoyalRumble, and his entrance theme would crack the iTunes' top 100 songs within a day of being uploaded]].uploaded.
23rd Apr '16 3:51:09 PM MagBas
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* Absolutely {{Defied|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. The makers have made it explicit that they '''do not''' allow a character to win by Popularity Power, unless their research shows the character in question would win. [[spoiler:Even if it's character that's popular with themselves, as "Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.]] This is easily shown in highly divisive battles "[[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" and "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[Franchise/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" [[spoiler: as Superman and Yang both won their matches, infuriating ''Dragon Ball'' fans because they feel Goku is ''much'' stronger than Superman despite two matches proving otherwise and infuriating ''Final Fantasy'' fans because they felt that Screw Attack was trying to suck up to Creator/RoosterTeeth for ''RWBY'''s third season and that Tifa should have won.]] Those results are [[BrokenBase contentious]] and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment that is all that will be said about them]].

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* Absolutely {{Defied|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. The makers have made it explicit that they '''do not''' allow a character to win by Popularity Power, unless their research shows the character in question would win. [[spoiler:Even if it's character that's popular with themselves, as "Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.]] This is easily shown in highly divisive battles "[[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" and "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[Franchise/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" [[spoiler: as Superman and Yang both won their matches, infuriating ''Dragon Ball'' fans because they feel Goku is ''much'' stronger than Superman despite two matches proving otherwise and infuriating ''Final Fantasy'' fans because they felt that Screw Attack was trying to suck up to Creator/RoosterTeeth for ''RWBY'''s third season and that Tifa should have won.]] Those results are [[BrokenBase contentious]] and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment that is all that will be said about them]].
23rd Apr '16 12:32:37 PM cricri3007
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* Absolutely {{Defied|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. The makers have made it explicit that they '''do not''' allow a character to win by Popularity Power, unless their research shows the character in question would win. [[spoiler:Even if it's character that's popular with themselves, as "Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.]] This is easily shown in highly divisive battles "[[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" and "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[Franchise/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" [[spoiler: as Superman and Yang both won their matches, infuriating ''Dragon Ball'' fans because they feel Goku is ''much'' stronger than Superman despite two matches proving otherwise and infuriating ''Final Fantasy'' fans because they felt that Screw Attack was trying to suck up to Creator/RoosterTeeth for ''RWBY'''s third season and that Tifa should have won.]]

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* Absolutely {{Defied|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. The makers have made it explicit that they '''do not''' allow a character to win by Popularity Power, unless their research shows the character in question would win. [[spoiler:Even if it's character that's popular with themselves, as "Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.]] This is easily shown in highly divisive battles "[[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" and "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[Franchise/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" [[spoiler: as Superman and Yang both won their matches, infuriating ''Dragon Ball'' fans because they feel Goku is ''much'' stronger than Superman despite two matches proving otherwise and infuriating ''Final Fantasy'' fans because they felt that Screw Attack was trying to suck up to Creator/RoosterTeeth for ''RWBY'''s third season and that Tifa should have won.]]]] Those results are [[BrokenBase contentious]] and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment that is all that will be said about them]].
16th Mar '16 9:42:32 AM Megazord
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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 his ''human'' friends. That's right, Spiderman defeated them all while holding back like how he would against ordinary humans
10th Mar '16 2:21:48 PM NickFalcon
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** 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.

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** 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.
8th Mar '16 6:55:01 AM captainpat
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this is Mask de Masculine's actual power. He gets stronger the more people cheer for him. As long as he has at least one fan, he's unstoppable.
8th Mar '16 6:48:39 AM captainpat
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** The entire issue is parodied in [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000745.html this]] ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' strip.
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