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8th May '16 8:00:11 AM bwburke94
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* [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]], as portrayed by Kevin Sorbo. He doesn't have a cape or secret identity, but in all other aspects he pretty much fits the bill.

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* [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]], Series/{{Hercules|The Legendary Journeys}}, as portrayed by Kevin Sorbo. He doesn't have a literal cape or secret identity, but in all other aspects he pretty much fits the bill.



* Franchise/TheLoneRanger, full stop.

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%% ZCE * Franchise/TheLoneRanger, full stop.



* Barry Allen, the main character of ''Series/TheFlash2014''. Many critics and fans have pointed out that Barry is a sort of anti-anti hero. It also gets pointed out in the series itself, since he's sharply contrasted with the Series/{{Arrow}}, who is very much TheCowl.
-->'''Ollie''': You come from Central City, where it's always sunny and you give your enemies cutesy codenames.

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* Barry Allen, the main character of ''Series/TheFlash2014''. Many critics and fans have pointed out that Barry is a sort of anti-anti hero.anti-anti-hero. It also gets pointed out in the series itself, since he's sharply contrasted with the Series/{{Arrow}}, who is very much TheCowl.
-->'''Ollie''': -->'''Oliver Queen''': You come from Central City, where it's always sunny and you give your enemies cutesy codenames.



** A much less publicized character called Countdown is, if possible, even more so. He's no more powerful than Optimus (though his recent Ultra-class figure gives ridiculous statistics for him), but in attitude, morality, determination, intelligence, and so on, he's sort of a cross between [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]], {{Superman}}, Thor (from ''Series/StargateSG1''), and Carl Sagan.

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** A much less publicized character called Countdown is, if possible, even more so. He's no more powerful than Optimus (though his recent Ultra-class figure gives ridiculous statistics for him), but in attitude, morality, determination, intelligence, and so on, he's sort of a cross between [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]], {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Thor (from ''Series/StargateSG1''), and Carl Sagan.
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25th Apr '16 8:26:34 PM nicolasvladimir
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* The titular hero Tenório Cavalcanti, from the ''Film/OHomemDaCapaPreta'' presented himself this way for promoting his image. The titular cape also served the purpose of concealing his MG-34 at indoor environments, like in the famous I just shoot at men scene.
18th Apr '16 9:43:00 AM MaulMachine
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* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com Johnny Saturn]] Johnny Saturn I is a ''cape,'' due primarily to his reputation for integrity and his unwillingness to compromise. The Utopian, especially later in the series, is a ''cape,'' and his father Elect is the archetypical ''cape.''

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* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com Johnny Saturn]] Johnny Saturn I is wouldn't call himself a ''cape,'' cape, due primarily to his reputation for integrity brutality and his unwillingness to compromise. The Utopian, especially later in the series, is a ''cape,'' cape, and his father Elect is the archetypical ''cape.''archetypal cape (in-setting, he was the first caped superhero). However, the series deconstructs the idea slightly with Elect, who has been shown to possess absolutely terrible judgment and political blindness. Yes, he's a tremendously successful superhero and a loving husband, but he's also unable to adapt to the times or pick the right horse with political policy. He's seen cavalierly endorsing pointlessly discriminatory party platforms and disrespecting his gay son, among other slights.
12th Apr '16 9:55:19 AM rafi
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* Son Goku of ''Manga/DragonBall'', especially in later stories. He flies on a cloud that only supports the pure of heart; he is a firm believer that RousseauWasRight, always sparing his enemies and often [[DefeatMeansFriendship turning them into friends]]. He respects the pride of an individual, yet draws the line when that pride would hurt others; he always keeps his promise, no matter how little he understood when making it; and, above all, he never demands recognition or fame, instead preferring to live quietly and discreetly with his wife and sons, and then emerge from nothingness when the world - or even the universe - needs saving once more.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka Miki declares herself an ally of justice who will keep the city 'super safe'. She is one of the few magical girls who fights familiars in addition to witches to reduce the number of {{muggles}} that are killed by them, and of the five main characters her MagicalGirl outfit [[InvokedTrope is the only one]] [[SuperheroesWearCapes with an actual cape]]. [[spoiler: Homura explains why these magical girls are always the first to die or corrupt. Because they fight familiars (who don't drop grief seeds) they engage many more battles which means more chances to die in battle. Also, it taxes their magic supply which accelerates the rate at which their soul gem darkens. Because they run on lofty ideals like selflessness and heroism and justice, they are more vulnerable to despair, which turns them into witches]].



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka Miki declares herself an ally of justice who will keep the city 'super safe'. She is one of the few magical girls who fights familiars in addition to witches to reduce the number of {{muggles}} that are killed by them, and of the five main characters her MagicalGirl outfit [[InvokedTrope is the only one]] [[SuperheroesWearCapes with an actual cape]]. [[spoiler: Homura explains why these magical girls are always the first to die or corrupt. Because they fight familiars (who don't drop grief seeds) they engage many more battles which means more chances to die in battle. Also, it taxes their magic supply which accelerates the rate at which their soul gem darkens. Because they run on lofty ideals like selflessness and heroism and justice, they are more vulnerable to despair, which turns them into witches]].



* 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.
* Son Goku of ''Manga/DragonBall'', especially in later stories. He flies on a cloud that only supports the pure of heart; he is a firm believer that RousseauWasRight, always sparing his enemies and often [[DefeatMeansFriendship turning them into friends]]. He respects the pride of an individual, yet draws the line when that pride would hurt others; he always keeps his promise, no matter how little he understood when making it; and, above all, he never demands recognition or fame, instead preferring to live quietly and discreetly with his wife and sons, and then emerge from nothingness when the world - or even the universe - needs saving once more.
* 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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* Any Creator/HannaBarbera '60s superhero.
** WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost
** WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}
** The Mighty Mightor
* WesternAnimation/TheTick regards himself as a Cape, and no one questions his sincerity. Nevertheless, the citizens often say "StopHelpingMe!"
* FunnyAnimal example: Gizmoduck, from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman derives his super powers]] from a specially crafted PlotTechnology set of PoweredArmor, and does not have an EvilCounterpart, but he is TheCape in every other sense of the trope. Charisma, sterling reputation, unwavering principles, black and white outlook on morality, motivated by his sense of civic duty, and flat out the single most personally powerful character in his setting. He also exhibits instances of ByThePowerOfGreyskull (or as he puts it, "Blathering blatherskite!") and even in-show LampshadeHanging of TheMerch, cheerfully appearing at public events not only to hobnob with his fans and reinforce his reputation as a friend of the public, but also to provide an official market supply for his ever-full fanclub's desire for Gizmo-tchotchkes. In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', this is not as strong, as the show gave more screentime to his SecretIdentity, but in ''Darkwing'', he's almost never out of costume.
* [[ShowWithinAShow The Crimson Chin]] on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' is usually this. [[Creator/AdamWest Catman]] tries to be this, but he's too much of a CloudCuckoolander to pull it off.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' with a group of alien superheroes led by a rules-spouting Superman {{expy}}. When they 'port in, the current MonsterOfTheWeek is less than happy to see them:
-->'''Vulkanus: '''Rrrgh! Capes! ''I hate capes!''
* Hego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is a parody of this archetype.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. Metroman is a classic Superman Expy Cape (right down to his backstory originating on a doomed homeworld) who [[spoiler:grows tired of having to live up to his responsibilities and fakes his death to retire]]. Megamind is his evil counterpart, who fell into supervillainy after his childhood attempts at doing good went wrong (ironically, at times because of Metroman's competition). After [[spoiler:Metroman fakes his death, Megamind then tries to create his ''own'' Cape to fight in the form of Titan, which goes horribly wrong (forcing Megamind to finally become the Cape ''himself'' to stop him and save Metro City)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' went through trial and error in their movie origin story in order to gain the trust and love of the Townsville people.
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* Any Creator/HannaBarbera '60s superhero.
** WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost
** WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}
** The Mighty Mightor
* WesternAnimation/TheTick regards himself as a Cape, and no one questions his sincerity. Nevertheless, the citizens often say "StopHelpingMe!"
* FunnyAnimal example: Gizmoduck, from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman derives his super powers]] from a specially crafted PlotTechnology set of PoweredArmor, and does not have an EvilCounterpart, but he is TheCape in every other sense of the trope. Charisma, sterling reputation, unwavering principles, black and white outlook on morality, motivated by his sense of civic duty, and flat out the single most personally powerful character in his setting. He also exhibits instances of ByThePowerOfGreyskull (or as he puts it, "Blathering blatherskite!") and even in-show LampshadeHanging of TheMerch, cheerfully appearing at public events not only to hobnob with his fans and reinforce his reputation as a friend of the public, but also to provide an official market supply for his ever-full fanclub's desire for Gizmo-tchotchkes. In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', this is not as strong, as the show gave more screentime to his SecretIdentity, but in ''Darkwing'', he's almost never out of costume.
* [[ShowWithinAShow The Crimson Chin]] on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' is usually this. [[Creator/AdamWest Catman]] tries to be this, but he's too much of a CloudCuckoolander to pull it off.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' with a group of alien superheroes led by a rules-spouting Superman {{expy}}. When they 'port in, the current MonsterOfTheWeek is less than happy to see them:
-->'''Vulkanus: '''Rrrgh! Capes! ''I hate capes!''
* Hego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is a parody of this archetype.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. Metroman is a classic Superman Expy Cape (right down to his backstory originating on a doomed homeworld) who [[spoiler:grows tired of having to live up to his responsibilities and fakes his death to retire]]. Megamind is his evil counterpart, who fell into supervillainy after his childhood attempts at doing good went wrong (ironically, at times because of Metroman's competition). After [[spoiler:Metroman fakes his death, Megamind then tries to create his ''own'' Cape to fight in the form of Titan, which goes horribly wrong (forcing Megamind to finally become the Cape ''himself'' to stop him and save Metro City)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' went through trial and error in their movie origin story in order to gain the trust and love of the Townsville people.
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31st Mar '16 5:20:00 PM Ninjabot
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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.

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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.
22nd Mar '16 6:52:31 AM narm00
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Capes are usually born with their powers, or get them in a [[FreakLabAccident unique fashion]] (or are given them to [[TheParagon act as champions of Good]]). Though this is not absolutely necessary; its the mindset (or self-preception) that's critical.

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Capes are usually born with their powers, or get them in a [[FreakLabAccident unique fashion]] (or are given them to [[TheParagon act as champions of Good]]). Though this is not absolutely necessary; its it's the mindset (or self-preception) that's critical.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka Miki declares herself an ally of justice who will keep the city 'super safe'. She is one of the few magical girls who fights familiars in addition to witches to reduce the number of {{muggles}} that are killed by them, and of the five main characters her MagicalGirl outfit [[InvokedTrope is the only one]] [[SuperheroesWearCapes with an actual cape]]. [[spoiler: Homura explains why these magical girls are always the first to die or corrupt. Because they fight familiars (who don't drop grief seeds) they engage many more battles which means more chances to die in battle. Also, it taxes their magic supply which accelerates the rate at which their soul gem darkens. Because they run on lofty ideals like selflessness and heroism and justice, they are more vulnerable to despair, which turns them into witches]] .
* Mr. Legend and Sky High from ''TigerAndBunny''. [[TheHero Kotetsu]] wants to be this but [[DestructiveSavior his destructive approach]] to justice usually gets in the way.
** In an interesting turn of events [[spoiler: Mr. Legend turns up to be a {{Subversion}} of this trope]], and while well-intentioned, Sky High is a bit of a ditz.
* Fate Testarossa of ''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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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka Miki declares herself an ally of justice who will keep the city 'super safe'. She is one of the few magical girls who fights familiars in addition to witches to reduce the number of {{muggles}} that are killed by them, and of the five main characters her MagicalGirl outfit [[InvokedTrope is the only one]] [[SuperheroesWearCapes with an actual cape]]. [[spoiler: Homura explains why these magical girls are always the first to die or corrupt. Because they fight familiars (who don't drop grief seeds) they engage many more battles which means more chances to die in battle. Also, it taxes their magic supply which accelerates the rate at which their soul gem darkens. Because they run on lofty ideals like selflessness and heroism and justice, they are more vulnerable to despair, which turns them into witches]] .
witches]].
* Mr. Legend and Sky High from ''TigerAndBunny''.''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. [[TheHero Kotetsu]] wants to be this but [[DestructiveSavior his destructive approach]] to justice usually gets in the way.
** In an interesting turn of events [[spoiler: Mr. Legend turns up out to be a {{Subversion}} of this trope]], and while well-intentioned, Sky High is a bit of a ditz.
* Fate Testarossa of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''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.



** Oddly enough, the classic Cape on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' isn't Comicbook/{{Superman}}, but golden-age boy scout [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]. The series also frequently has subplots involving Superman's motivations and temptations despite being TheCape everyone looks up to.

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** Oddly enough, the classic Cape on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' isn't Comicbook/{{Superman}}, but golden-age boy scout [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]. The series also frequently has subplots involving Superman's motivations and temptations despite being TheCape everyone looks up to.



*** [[GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] once observed that [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is essentially 10-year old Billy Batson's concept of the perfect adult, made real.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen. A CSI with SuperSpeed powers, a trained police officer, and founding member of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, he sacrificed himself to save the multiverse in a last ditch attempt to defeat the Anti-Monitor, this was one of the longest lasting comicbook hero deaths until "he got better" in Final Crisis.

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*** [[GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] once observed that [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is essentially 10-year old Billy Batson's concept of the perfect adult, made real.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen. A CSI with SuperSpeed powers, a trained police officer, and founding member of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, he sacrificed himself to save the multiverse in a last ditch attempt to defeat the Anti-Monitor, this was one of the longest lasting comicbook hero deaths until "he got better" he came back in Final Crisis.''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.



** The ComicBook/MartianManhunter is arguably also a better cape than the codifier, as he is the most well-loved superhero in the entire southern hemisphere of Earth, and he is (DependingOnTheWriter, of course), more powerful than Supes.

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** The ComicBook/MartianManhunter is arguably also a better cape than the codifier, as (in his 90s ongoing) he is the most well-loved superhero in the entire southern hemisphere of Earth, and he is (DependingOnTheWriter, of course), more powerful than Supes.



* {{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, while on an excursion to a museum he was bitten by a venomous spider, having no life taking effects but instead turning him into a man who now possesses spidery features. Then once having control over the power he now possesses he must arise at every moment where his city and loved ones may run into danger. Like Cap, Spidey is Marvel's 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 ''{{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}} is Marvel's second greatest Capeless Cape after Captain America, 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 venomous radioactive spider, having no life taking effects but instead turning giving him into a man who now possesses spidery features. Then once having control over super-powers. After he discovers the responsibility that comes with the power he now possesses possesses, he must arise at every moment where protects his city and loved ones from whatever may run into danger. threaten them. Like Cap, Spidey is Marvel's 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 heroes, including Cap, enjoy his presence presence, along with his heroism, determination and light heartedness light-heartedness, due to the fact he is [[TheHeart the heart]] of the Marvel Universe.
* Todd [=McFarlane=]'s ''{{Spawn}}'' ''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.



** The Comedian is a very brutal deconstruction of the Cape,

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** The Comedian is a very brutal deconstruction of the Cape,Cape.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', the Plutonian was seen as one of these until his FaceHeelTurn. The comic book series is essentially exploring what would happen both is Comicbook/{{Superman}} went bad and, by extension, what would happen if someone who ultimately didn't have the moral fibre to be TheCape was given this role.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', the Plutonian was seen as one of these until his FaceHeelTurn. The comic book series is essentially exploring what would happen both is if Comicbook/{{Superman}} went bad and, by extension, what would happen if someone who ultimately didn't have the moral fibre to be TheCape was given this role.



* The eponymous ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' might well qualify. For all her faults and frailties, she knows what's right, and will go to tremendous lengths to do just that. [[spoiler:In the last story in issue 5, she's willing to very probably die to save Mindf*** , and she only slightly knows the other woman. Mindf*** had to resort to using ''mind control'' to force Empowered to save herself instead.]]

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* The eponymous ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' might well qualify. For all her faults and frailties, she knows what's right, and will go to tremendous lengths to do just that. [[spoiler:In the last story in issue volume 5, she's willing to very probably die to save Mindf*** , and she only slightly knows the other woman. Mindf*** had to resort to using ''mind control'' to force Empowered to save herself instead.]]



* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com Johnny Saturn]]Johnny Saturn I is a ''cape,'' due primarily to his reputation for integrity and his unwillingness to compromise. The Utopian, especially later in the series, is a ''cape,'' and his father Elect is the archetypical ''cape.''
* The title of Thom Zahler's independent comic-book sitcom ''LoveAndCapes'' says it all. Issue 10 reveal some practical reasons for superheroes to wear capes.
* Thundermind of DC's ''Great Ten'' fulfills this archetype despite lacking a cape. As a result, he's the only member of the Great Ten deemed capable of being a media darling.

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* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com Johnny Saturn]]Johnny Saturn]] Johnny Saturn I is a ''cape,'' due primarily to his reputation for integrity and his unwillingness to compromise. The Utopian, especially later in the series, is a ''cape,'' and his father Elect is the archetypical ''cape.''
* The title of Thom Zahler's independent comic-book sitcom ''LoveAndCapes'' ''WebComic/LoveAndCapes'' says it all. Issue 10 reveal reveals some practical reasons for superheroes to wear capes.
* Thundermind of DC's ''Great Ten'' ''ComicBook/GreatTen'' fulfills this archetype despite lacking a cape. As a result, he's the only member of the Great Ten deemed capable of being a media darling.



* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, is traditionally very much a Cape. During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} in particular she was one of the most caring and humble superheroes, perhaps more so than her [[{{Superman}} cousin]] himself since for her first few years she had to do her heroism in secret.

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* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is traditionally very much a Cape. During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} in particular she was one of the most caring and humble superheroes, perhaps more so than her [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} cousin]] himself since for her first few years she had to do her heroism in secret.



* Cassandra Cain, the lead of ''Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat'' was already the cape during her time as Batgirl, but becomes even more hopeful and and strong after her religious conversion to Catholicism and changing her title to ''Angel of the Bat''.

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* Cassandra Cain, the lead of ''Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat'' ''Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat'', was already the cape during her time as Batgirl, but becomes even more hopeful and and strong after her religious conversion to Catholicism and changing her title to ''Angel of the Bat''.



* As should be expected, Creator/ChristopherReeve as ''Film/{{Superman}}'' played this straight as well.
* While Creator/HenryCavill's [[Characters/ManOfSteel Superman]] is not quite there yet due to being a version of the Man of Steel going through a Main/DeconReconSwitch, he shows shades of this. Main/HumbleHero and Main/TheParagon, he does fit the three roles much better two years later (in universe) by Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice.

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* As should be expected, Creator/ChristopherReeve as ''Film/{{Superman}}'' [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]] played this straight as well.
* While Creator/HenryCavill's [[Characters/ManOfSteel [[Characters/DCExtendedUniverse Superman]] is not quite there yet in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', due to being a version of the Man of Steel going through a Main/DeconReconSwitch, DeconReconSwitch, he shows shades of this. Main/HumbleHero this, HumbleHero, and Main/TheParagon, he does TheParagon, and has come to fit the three roles much better two years later (in universe) by in Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice.



* Sarah the titular character in ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl''. But that's just the character she plays. On the inside shes a snarky, and egotistcally Self Satisfed . But she hides it as the BigGood . Or maybe thats who she really is.

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* Sarah Sarah, the titular character in ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl''. But that's just the character she plays. On the inside shes a she's snarky, and egotistcally Self Satisfed . egotistically self-satisfed. But she hides it as the BigGood . BigGood. Or maybe thats that's who she really is.



* Played straight in the {{Nightside}} novels with Julian Advent, who could've been another Dr. Jekyll, but chose to drink a formula that brought his ''Good'' side to the fore instead.

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* Played straight in the {{Nightside}} Literature/{{Nightside}} novels with Julian Advent, who could've been another Dr. Jekyll, but chose to drink a formula that brought his ''Good'' side to the fore instead.



* Gently subverted in ''WearingTheCape''. The more powerful and photogenic superheroes are major media celebrities, who often publicly play to the Golden Age Hero stereotype and have whole marketing campaigns and PR departments to back them up.

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* Gently subverted in ''WearingTheCape''.''Literature/WearingTheCape''. The more powerful and photogenic superheroes are major media celebrities, who often publicly play to the Golden Age Hero stereotype and have whole marketing campaigns and PR departments to back them up.



* Michael Carpenter from ''TheDresdenFiles'', although he'd never trivialize his work as a Knight of the Cross by comparing it to comic-book superheroism, fits this trope.

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* Michael Carpenter from ''TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', although he'd never trivialize his work as a Knight of the Cross by comparing it to comic-book superheroism, fits this trope.



* American Eagle, of ''LegacyTheTaleOfTheAmericanEagle''. His idealism and code of "No One Dies", (even when running through Vietnamese jungle after a drug cartel and getting repeadtedly ambushed), annoys the team of mercenaries accompanying him to no end.

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* American Eagle, of ''LegacyTheTaleOfTheAmericanEagle''.''Literature/LegacyTheTaleOfTheAmericanEagle''. His idealism and code of "No One Dies", (even when running through Vietnamese jungle after a drug cartel and getting repeadtedly ambushed), annoys the team of mercenaries accompanying him to no end.



* For bonus points, a new genre television show: ''Series/TheCape''. Ironically the title character is actually TheCowl.
* [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]], as portrayed by Kevin Sorbo. He doesn't have a cape or secret identity, but in all other aspects he pretty much fits the bill.

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* For bonus points, a new genre television show: show ''Series/TheCape''. Ironically the title character is actually TheCowl.
* [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]], as portrayed by Kevin Sorbo. He doesn't have a cape or secret identity, but in all other aspects he pretty much fits the bill.



* Franchise/KamenRider often has protagonists like these for the Heisei lineup, and with some shows this is done to contrast from the rest of the rest of the morally ambiguous cast. While having just motives, the older Showa Riders often fought Shocker out of revenge.

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* Franchise/KamenRider often has protagonists like these for the Heisei lineup, and with some shows this is done to contrast from the rest of the rest of the morally ambiguous cast. While having just motives, the older Showa Riders often fought Shocker out of revenge.



* The LoneRanger, full stop.

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* The LoneRanger, Franchise/TheLoneRanger, full stop.



* The CrashTestDummies song "Superman's Song" is actually a fairly interesting, in that it contrasts Superman with Tarzan, to explore the concept of TheCape, as sort of a Reconstruction of the concept before Deconstruction of it became popular.

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* The CrashTestDummies Music/CrashTestDummies song "Superman's Song" is actually a fairly interesting, in that it contrasts Superman with Tarzan, to explore the concept of TheCape, as sort of a Reconstruction of the concept before Deconstruction of it became popular.



* Optimus Prime, from ''any'' incarnation of the ''{{Transformers}}'' franchise, is a non-superhero example, somewhat like Carrot above but played a great deal straighter. To be fair, Optimus and the rest of his race do fall under the SuperRobot category, so to us PunyEarthlings, he seems pretty strong... But his respect for sentient life, his [[PatrickStewartSpeech inspiring oratory]], his dedication to justice, his courage in the face of impossible odds, as well as being one of the finest warriors and most well-constructed Transformers in history... He's a shining example of this trope, and a beacon of light in a war without end.

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* Optimus Prime, from ''any'' incarnation of the ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, is a non-superhero example, somewhat like Carrot above but played a great deal straighter. To be fair, Optimus and the rest of his race do fall under the SuperRobot category, so to us PunyEarthlings, he seems pretty strong... But his respect for sentient life, his [[PatrickStewartSpeech inspiring oratory]], his dedication to justice, his courage in the face of impossible odds, as well as being one of the finest warriors and most well-constructed Transformers in history... He's a shining example of this trope, and a beacon of light in a war without end.
21st Mar '16 8:53:56 AM Tron80
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* 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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* Superman 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.



** When Superman [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman was dead]], ComicBook/{{Steel}} took up the role of TheCape and fought "to keep the spirit of Superman alive." Many readers thought he was an even better Cape than the Man himself.

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** When Superman [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman was dead]], ComicBook/{{Steel}} took up the role of TheCape and fought "to keep the spirit of Superman alive." Many readers thought he was an even better Cape than the Man himself."



* ''Literature/{{Archvillain}}: Mighty Mike, a FlyingBrick who spends his time saving kittens from trees and stopping forest fires.

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* ''Literature/{{Archvillain}}: ''Literature/{{Archvillain}}'': Mighty Mike, a FlyingBrick who spends his time saving kittens from trees and stopping forest fires.
6th Mar '16 9:39:37 AM nombretomado
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*** He tends to come off when well written as something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Though he is basically an {{Expy}} fusion of {{Superman}} and CaptainAmerica (backstory by the way of Captain Marvel) after all.

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*** He tends to come off when well written as something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Though he is basically an {{Expy}} fusion of {{Superman}} and CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (backstory by the way of Captain Marvel) after all.
28th Feb '16 1:52:17 PM KeyaS
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** ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} is considered one of the greatest capes in the entire DC universe (right up there with Superman himself) as he's one of the most experienced superheroes who ''ever'' operated (having started around age twelve). Even Superman and Batman are willing to defer to him on occasion.

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** ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} is considered one of the greatest capes in the entire DC universe (right up there with Superman himself) as he's one of the most experienced superheroes who ''ever'' operated (having started around age twelve). Even Superman and Batman are willing to defer to him on occasion. Ironic, because he hates wearing capes.
27th Feb '16 9:13:53 AM nombretomado
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** The trope is also played straight in ''Film/TheAvengers'' where Cap gives Tony Stark a lecture about his selfishness and lonewolf behaviour.

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** The trope is also played straight in ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' where Cap gives Tony Stark a lecture about his selfishness and lonewolf behaviour.



* As should be expected, ChristopherReeve as ''Film/{{Superman}}'' played this straight as well.

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* As should be expected, ChristopherReeve Creator/ChristopherReeve as ''Film/{{Superman}}'' played this straight as well.
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