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3rd Jan '17 10:23:46 PM LinTaylor
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* Saitama in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' is both an aversion and a straight send up of a classic superhero. He's often selfish and is only a hero because IJustWantToBeBadass. He's a bit of a BloodKnight at heart and he literally dreams of fighting something that can give him a challenge. His knowledge of the world he lives in is borderline nonexistent at times. However, he inspires devotion from the heroes around him for a reason. Genos, PersonOfMassDestruction and cliche android boy hero, regards Saitama as his teacher. He's the WorldsStrongestMan who lives in virtual obscurity, but doesn't use his absurd power for anything except being a hero. He doesn't care about the ranks as long as they don't inconvenience him, and he fought off monsters for years without realizing he wasn't getting credit for his work.

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* Saitama in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' is both an odd example. Initially he comes off as an aversion since he just wants fame, fortune, and [[BloodKnight a straight send up of a classic superhero. He's often selfish and is only a hero because IJustWantToBeBadass. He's a bit of a BloodKnight at heart and he literally dreams of fighting something that can give good fight]] to alleviate the soul-crushing ennui that's affected him a challenge. His knowledge of since he became the world he lives in is borderline nonexistent at times. WorldsStrongestMan. However, he inspires devotion from as the story progresses, we get glimpses of a more idealistic side of his character, tying into the fact that unlike many heroes around who really are just in it for money or acclaim, he's wanted to be a hero since he was a kid and thus has a good idea of what a hero ''should'' be like. Thus, he starts making himself into a SilentScapegoat, willingly painting himself as a scam artist who mooches off of other heroes' hard work, in order to maintain the public's trust in other heroes -- not just the noble ones, but the selfish {{Jerkass}}es too. Over time this hurts his image with the public, but he accrues a small circle of TrueCompanions who know him for a reason. Genos, PersonOfMassDestruction the good person he really is, and cliche android boy hero, regards this seems to make him happy. Probably reaches its peak in the climax of the Hero Hunter arc, where Saitama as his teacher. He's [[spoiler:talks Garou down by correctly surmising that rather than hating heroes, he loved them and simply got disillusioned by the WorldsStrongestMan who lives in virtual obscurity, but doesn't use his absurd power for anything except being dark side that came from making heroics a hero. He doesn't care profession.]]
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about the ranks as long as they don't inconvenience him, and he fought off monsters for years ''OPM'' without realizing giving a nod to Mumen Rider. He might just be an ordinary man on a bicycle, but he's noble, kind-hearted, and above all else brave. When a giant monster who had defeated a dozen other heroes threatened innocent civilians, Mumen fought him despite knowing that he wasn't getting credit stood no chance, all while delivering an epic WorldOfCardboardSpeech. There's a ''reason'' he's one of the most beloved heroes, both in-universe and out; if his body were as strong as his heart, Mumen would give Superman a run for his work. money.
30th Dec '16 1:18:39 AM Tron80
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** In ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', Jonathan Kent explains that his son's real and greatest power is not being mightier than a locomotive or faster than a speeding bullet.
--->'''Jonathan:''' Your greatest power isn't being able to fly or see through walls. It's knowing what the right thing to do is.
20th Nov '16 8:12:14 PM BattleMaster
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* Atlas in ''ComicBook/PS238''.

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* Atlas in ''ComicBook/PS238''.''ComicBook/PS238'' seems to be a mild deconstruction. His chronic heroism destroys his marriage since he's never there for his wife, and he ultimately abandons Earth and his depowered son in order to take control of his homeworld in order to try and fix it. Julie 84 is a much straighter example.
16th Nov '16 1:08:50 AM Tron80
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} is usually considered the most famous modern example of a Cape. He could just about be considered the TropeCodifier; the fact that he wears a cape is one of the main reasons why capes are associated with costumed superheroes.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman
is usually considered the most famous modern example of a Cape. He could just about be considered the TropeCodifier; the fact that he wears a cape is one of the main reasons why capes are associated with costumed superheroes.



* {{Spider-Man}} is Marvel's second greatest Capeless Cape after Captain America; he radiates the ideals of responsibility and hope for others. He once was originally a young man whose goal was just to get into university and study science, but while on an excursion to a museum he was bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him super-powers. After he discovers the responsibility that comes with the power he now possesses, he protects his city and loved ones from whatever may threaten them. Like Cap, Spidey is one of the most trusted and beloved heroes in the franchise, and one of the friendliest and selfless of the entire heroic roster. Many heroes, including Cap, enjoy his presence, along with his heroism, determination and light-heartedness, due to the fact he is [[TheHeart the heart]] of the Marvel Universe.
* Todd [=McFarlane=]'s ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' subverts the cape image with minor characters repeatedly pointing out how "faggy" Spawn's superhero outfit looks. Also, he's ''very'' much a NinetiesAntiHero.

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* {{Spider-Man}} Franchise/SpiderMan is Marvel's second greatest Capeless Cape after Captain America; he radiates the ideals of responsibility and hope for others. He once was originally a young man whose goal was just to get into university and study science, but while on an excursion to a museum he was bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him super-powers. After he discovers the responsibility that comes with the power he now possesses, he protects his city and loved ones from whatever may threaten them. Like Cap, Spidey is one of the most trusted and beloved heroes in the franchise, and one of the friendliest and selfless of the entire heroic roster. Many heroes, including Cap, enjoy his presence, along with his heroism, determination and light-heartedness, due to the fact he is [[TheHeart the heart]] of the Marvel Universe.
* Todd [=McFarlane=]'s ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' subverts ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'' provides the cape image with minor characters repeatedly pointing out how "faggy" Spawn's superhero outfit looks. Also, he's ''very'' much a NinetiesAntiHero.two most popular Capes of Franchise/TheDCU and the Marvel Universe: Superman and Spider-Man, respectively.



* Captain Metropolis in the backstory of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is the closest to emulating the mold... but of course, this is ''[[{{Deconstruction}} Watchmen]]''. He's noted to have been racist, and [[spoiler: was in a homosexual relationship with Hooded Justice]]. Among the main characters, Ozymandias is a deconstruction of the Cape.
** The Comedian is a very brutal deconstruction of the Cape.
** Both Nite Owls would also qualify. The first Nite Owl is actually closest to being a conventional superhero out of the whole group.
** Based on the first Nite Owl's description of him in "Under The Hood", Dollar Bill seems pretty close to being one too. And he actually wears a cape... [[CapeSnag unfortunately for him]].



** Of course, Atlas did start out as, and remained, pretty much the closest thing they had to TheCape. This was even lampshaded when Astra comments you could have put a [[{{Superman}} big S on his chest]] and dared someone to claim it wasn't appropriate.

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** Of course, Atlas did start out as, and remained, pretty much the closest thing they had to TheCape. This was even lampshaded when Astra comments you could have put a [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} big S on his chest]] and dared someone to claim it wasn't appropriate.



* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}''. In the television series, Supergirl straddles between being The Cape and TheHeart.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}''.''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}''. In the television series, Supergirl straddles between being The Cape and TheHeart.
15th Nov '16 11:20:08 PM Tron80
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** Argued in ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn: Kara is a real hero, not because she is perfect -she is not- but because of her powers allowed her to do anything, and she chose to be a good person.

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** Argued in ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn: ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'': Kara is a real hero, not because she is perfect -she is not- but because of her powers allowed her to do anything, and she chose to be a good person.
15th Nov '16 11:19:09 PM Tron80
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** Argued in ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn: Kara is a real hero, not because she is perfect -she is not- but because of her powers allowed her to do anything, and she chose to be a good person.
--->"And part of her goodness is being torn away with it... for it was her heritage, her superiority over ordinary mortals, that forged her to make the ultimate decision to use her powers for good rather than for evil..."
14th Nov '16 5:09:48 AM AnotherGuy
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* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}''. In the television series, Supergirl straddles between being The Cape and TheHeart.
15th Oct '16 10:18:20 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* All Might of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is an AffectionateParody of this trope while also managing to play it straight. He is a typical [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] SuperHero who also happens to be the world's most powerful hero as well as being considered the "symbol of peace" and the main source of inspiration not only for the main character, but also several other ones. Also somewhat of a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype since a critical wound has left him unable to maintain his powers or appearance for more than a short time, which is a secret to the general populace so he has to limit his power usage for the sake of keeping up his image.

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* All Might of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is an AffectionateParody of this trope while also managing to play it straight. He is a typical [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] SuperHero who also happens to be the world's most powerful hero as well as being considered the "symbol of peace" and the main source of inspiration not only for the main character, but also several other ones. Also somewhat of a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype since a critical wound has left him unable to maintain his powers or appearance for more than a short time, which is a secret to the general populace so he has to limit his power usage for the sake of keeping up his image. Adding to the {{Deconstruction}} is the fact that InUniverse he's set the bar for being a hero so outrageously high that numerous characters develop inferiority complexes from not being able to measure up.
2nd Oct '16 10:11:18 PM Gamermaster
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* Fate Testarossa of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' spends one or two seasons as a DarkMagicalGirl. Flash forward 10 years in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' and she's a LawfulGood law enforcer donning a white cape instead of her old completely black attire. Out of the main trio, she is the most classically heroic and focused on enforcing justice and has neither Hayate's trickster attitude nor Nanoha's BloodKnight characteristic. This is also evident in the climax of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', where she gets the honor of punching out and arresting the BigBad.

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* Fate Testarossa of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' spends one or two seasons as a DarkMagicalGirl. Flash forward 10 years in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'' and she's a LawfulGood law enforcer donning a white cape instead of her old completely black attire. Out of the main trio, she is the most classically heroic and focused on enforcing justice and has neither Hayate's trickster attitude nor Nanoha's BloodKnight characteristic. This is also evident in the climax of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', where she gets the honor of punching out and arresting the BigBad.
10th Sep '16 8:04:16 AM Tron80
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** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Kara is nice, good-natured, sefless and trusting. And she always tries to make the right thing. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor used her innocence against her, earning her trust so he could manipulate her.
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