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13th Oct '17 8:20:40 AM AlexHoskins
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The superhero as an ideally good person. Generally associated with [[GoodOldWays older protagonists]] and often invokes elements of the MessianicArchetype. Has now become nigh-synonymous with the "classic" SuperHero.

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The superhero as an ideally good person. Generally associated with [[GoodOldWays older protagonists]] and often invokes elements of the MessianicArchetype. Has now become nigh-synonymous with the "classic" SuperHero.
SuperHero. This trope is used to evoke admiration amongst other good guys in certain ways.
12th Sep '17 6:37:02 AM Yozzy
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** Oddly, in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku's heroic traits were exaggerated in the anime, especially in the {{Non Serial Movie}}s, though he was a more ambiguous hero in the manga who fought to get stronger for the sake of winning fights because [[BloodKnight that was his favorite pass time]]. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', which had direct input from Goku's creator Creator/AkiraToriyama, shows a Goku that can be jarringly different from the one people are used to from the ''Z'' dub.
8th Sep '17 6:54:29 PM Greathera1023
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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.

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* The ComicBook/MartianManhunter is arguably also a better cape than the codifier, an example of this trope, 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.
3rd Sep '17 11:49:46 AM LavonPapillon1
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* While it is possible that all of the superheroes displayed in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' can qualify as this, Mr. Incredible and Syndrome's dynamic can qualify as a deconstruction of this trope. Mr. Incredible is shown to be a popular and inspiring hero, having many flattering articles of his super heroics, a fan club and even a key to the city of Metroville given to him by the mayor. This leads to him inspiring his "number one fan" Buddy to want to become a superhero just like him and trying to be his sidekick "Incrediboy." Because Mr. Incredible only wants to work alone, he inadvertently crushes the boy's dreams in an attempt to keep him safe, leading to him to becoming a sociopathic super''villain'' who's plot is to become a superhero in the eyes of the public involves killing off various veteran heroes, unleashing a giant robot into populated areas and then "stopping it", become a bastardization of The Cape.
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16th Aug '17 6:28:57 AM ChronoLegion
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--> '''The Ghost:''' (''to the MonsterOfTheWeek'') Please understand it is against my personal code to cause lasting harm to any individual. (''Throws him against a wall'') However, light to moderate injury is fine.
16th Aug '17 6:27:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* A ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special introduces one to the show. The Ghost is clearly a ComicBook/{{Superman}} {{Expy}} (justified, since Grant was a huge fan of Superman as a kid), protecting New York, while also working as a babysitter for his crush (who, as befits a Lois Lane {{Expy}}, has no idea that her babysitter and the Ghost are one and the same).
9th Aug '17 11:38:22 AM StFan
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:

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** In the {{Novelization}} of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', WonderWoman probes his reasons for being so visible. He easily could have done all of his superhero work anonymously instead of "showing off like Apollo". Superman replied that he felt that "an ounce of prevention" would do more good preventing crime. She counters that that was the source of all of the other metahumans' desire to do good - through ''his'' example.

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** In the {{Novelization}} of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman probes his reasons for being so visible. He easily could have done all of his superhero work anonymously instead of "showing off like Apollo". Superman replied that he felt that "an ounce of prevention" would do more good preventing crime. She counters that that was the source of all of the other metahumans' desire to do good - -- through ''his'' example.



** 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 -- she is not- not -- but because of her powers allowed her to do anything, and she chose to be a good person.



* Oddly enough, the classic Cape on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' isn't Franchise/{{Superman}}, but golden-age boy scout [[ComicBook/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' isn't Franchise/{{Superman}}, but golden-age boy scout [[ComicBook/{{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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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' with Stupendous Man, whose powers (not counting his costume) exist only in Mild-Mannered Calvin's imagination, and whose actual motives are purely selfish.
-->'''Stupendous Man:''' I was just about to use my stupendous powers to liberate some cookies being held hostage on the top shelf of the pantry! Now if you'll excuse me, duty calls!
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* The titular character in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. The movie is able to play this trope straight, and beautifully so, by giving him a deep need to prove himself and making him {{adorkable}}.
** The trope is also played straight in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' where Cap gives Tony Stark a lecture about his selfishness and lonewolf behaviour.
*** Which gets turned around at the end, when Tony is actively working with the other Avengers while battling all over New York and ends up [[spoiler:nearly performing a HeroicSacrifice, only being saved at the last moment by the Hulk]].
** The Vision in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. He has a great respect for humanity and even has some sympathy for [[BigBad Ultron]]. Notably, [[spoiler: he's the only Avenger besides Thor who is [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield worthy enough to wield Mjölnir]].]]
* As should be expected, Creator/ChristopherReeve as [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]] played this straight as well.
* While Creator/HenryCavill's [[Characters/DCExtendedUniverse Superman]] is not quite there yet in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', due to being a version of the Man of Steel going through a DeconReconSwitch, he shows shades of this, HumbleHero, and TheParagon, and has come to fit the three roles much better two years later (in universe) in Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice.

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
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The titular character in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. The movie is able to play this trope straight, and beautifully so, by giving him a deep need to prove himself and making him {{adorkable}}.
** The trope is also played straight in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' where Cap gives Tony Stark a lecture about his selfishness and lonewolf behaviour.
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lone wolf behavior. Which gets turned around at the end, when Tony is actively working with the other Avengers while battling all over New York and ends up [[spoiler:nearly performing a HeroicSacrifice, only being saved at the last moment by the Hulk]].
** The Vision in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. He has a great respect for humanity and even has some sympathy for [[BigBad Ultron]]. Notably, [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's the only Avenger besides Thor who is [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield worthy enough to wield Mjölnir]].]]
* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'': As should be expected, Creator/ChristopherReeve as [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]] played Superman plays this straight as well.
* While Creator/HenryCavill's [[Characters/DCExtendedUniverse Superman]] is not quite there yet in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', due to being a version of the Man of Steel going through a DeconReconSwitch, he shows shades of this, HumbleHero, and TheParagon, and has come to fit the three roles much better two years later (in universe) in Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice.''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.



* [[Literature/XWingSeries Tycho Celchu]]. He's a [[AcePilot brilliant pilot]] but not superhuman. What makes him a Cape - well, there's an exchange in ''Wedge's Gamble'' that illustrates it.
-->'''Horn''': "So, you don't even know, really, if you are an [[ManchurianAgent Imperial agent]] waiting to happen or not?"
-->'''Celchu''': "I know I'm not. Being able to prove it is something else again."
-->'''Horn''': "But being constantly under suspicion, that's got to wear on you. Why put up with it? How can you put up with it?"
-->'''Celchu''': "I put up with it because I must. Enduring it is the only way I can be allowed to fight back against the Empire. If I were to walk away from the Rebellion, if I were to sit the war out, I would have surrendered to the fear of what Ysanne Isard might, might, have done to me. Without firing a shot she would have made me as dead as Alderaan, and I won't allow that. There's nothing in what I have to live with on a daily basis that isn't a thousand times easier than what I survived at the hands of the Empire. Until the Empire is dead, I can never truly be free because I'll always be under suspicion. Living with minor restrictions now means someday no one has to fear me."
** Wedge, his CO, probably qualifies too. One example: during [[Literature/NewJediOrder the Borleias evacuation]], the shuttle he's supposed to ride out is destroyed, so he grabs a damaged X-Wing from the vehicle bay. A freighter warns him of nearby Vong ground troops, so he goes and destroys them. Then, while escorting the transport up, they're jumped by a squadron (12, for those of you keeping score at home) of Vong fighters. Wedge proceeds to pull them off the freighter and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome annihilate the squad]], losing his shields in the process. ''Another'' squadron catches up to the freighter in this time, and Wedge pulls ''them'' away too, despite knowing that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat there's no possible way he can win]].[[spoiler: ..except [[BigDamnHeroes the Rogues]] showing up.]]
-->'''Gavin Darklighter''': "Blackmoon Eleven, what did you think you were doing going after an entire squadron?"
-->'''Wedge''': "My job."
* Subverted viciously in Minister Faust's ''Journal of Dr. Brain''. Omnipotent Man is a semi literate idiot, The Flying Squirrel is a racist, Iron Maiden is a self-loathing depressive etc.

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* [[Literature/XWingSeries ''Literature/XWingSeries'':
**
Tycho Celchu]].Celchu. He's a [[AcePilot brilliant pilot]] but not superhuman. What makes him a Cape - -- well, there's an exchange in ''Wedge's Gamble'' that illustrates it.
-->'''Horn''': "So, --->'''Horn:''' So, you don't even know, really, if you are an [[ManchurianAgent Imperial agent]] waiting to happen or not?"
-->'''Celchu''': "I
not?\\
'''Celchu:''' I
know I'm not. Being able to prove it is something else again."
-->'''Horn''': "But
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'''Horn:''' But
being constantly under suspicion, that's got to wear on you. Why put up with it? How can you put up with it?"
-->'''Celchu''': "I
it?\\
'''Celchu:''' I
put up with it because I must. Enduring it is the only way I can be allowed to fight back against the Empire. If I were to walk away from the Rebellion, if I were to sit the war out, I would have surrendered to the fear of what Ysanne Isard might, might, have done to me. Without firing a shot she would have made me as dead as Alderaan, and I won't allow that. There's nothing in what I have to live with on a daily basis that isn't a thousand times easier than what I survived at the hands of the Empire. Until the Empire is dead, I can never truly be free because I'll always be under suspicion. Living with minor restrictions now means someday no one has to fear me."
me.
** Wedge, his CO, probably qualifies too. One example: during [[Literature/NewJediOrder the Borleias evacuation]], the shuttle he's supposed to ride out is destroyed, so he grabs a damaged X-Wing from the vehicle bay. A freighter warns him of nearby Vong ground troops, so he goes and destroys them. Then, while escorting the transport up, they're jumped by a squadron (12, for those of you keeping score at home) of Vong fighters. Wedge proceeds to pull them off the freighter and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome annihilate the squad]], losing his shields in the process. ''Another'' squadron catches up to the freighter in this time, and Wedge pulls ''them'' away too, despite knowing that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat there's no possible way he can win]].[[spoiler: ..[[spoiler:..except [[BigDamnHeroes the Rogues]] showing up.]]
-->'''Gavin Darklighter''': "Blackmoon --->'''Gavin Darklighter:''' Blackmoon Eleven, what did you think you were doing going after an entire squadron?"
-->'''Wedge''': "My job."
squadron?\\
'''Wedge:''' My job.
* Subverted viciously in Minister Faust's ''Journal of Dr. Brain''. Omnipotent Man is a semi literate semi-literate idiot, The Flying Squirrel is a racist, Iron Maiden is a self-loathing depressive etc.



* Michael Carpenter from ''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.
** Knights have all the virtues, including humility. When Harry has repeatedly compared him to everything from Superman to Dudley Do-Right, Michael has usually seemed to actually find it moderately funny, somewhat complimentary, and not in the least embarrassing. Which pretty much doubles down on the trope.

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* Michael Carpenter from ''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.
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trope. Knights have all the virtues, including humility. When Harry has repeatedly compared him to everything from Superman to Dudley Do-Right, Michael has usually seemed to actually find it moderately funny, somewhat complimentary, and not in the least embarrassing. Which pretty much doubles down on the trope.



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* 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.
-->[[OpeningNarration But wherever there was evil, whenever an innocent would suffer, there would be Hercules!]]
* 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 morally ambiguous cast. While having just motives, the older Showa Riders often fought Shocker out of revenge.

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* Series/{{Hercules|The Legendary Journeys}}, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': Hercules, 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.
-->[[OpeningNarration -->'''OpeningNarration''' But wherever there was evil, whenever an innocent would suffer, there would be Hercules!]]
Hercules!
* Franchise/KamenRider ''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 morally ambiguous cast. While having just motives, the older Showa Riders often fought Shocker out of revenge.



-->'''Oliver Queen''': You come from Central City, where it's always sunny and you give your enemies cutesy codenames.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}''. In the television series, Supergirl straddles between being The Cape and TheHeart.

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-->'''Oliver Queen''': Queen:''' You come from Central City, where it's always sunny and you give your enemies cutesy codenames.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}''.''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}''. In the television series, Supergirl straddles between being The Cape and TheHeart.



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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' with Stupendous Man, whose powers (not counting his costume) exist only in Mild-Mannered Calvin's imagination, and whose actual motives are purely selfish.
-->"I was just about to use my stupendous powers to liberate some cookies being held hostage on the top shelf of the pantry! Now if you'll excuse me, duty calls!"

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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' with Stupendous Man, whose powers (not counting his costume) exist only in Mild-Mannered Calvin's imagination, and whose actual motives are purely selfish.
-->"I was just about to use my stupendous powers to liberate some cookies being held hostage on the top shelf of the pantry! Now if you'll excuse me, duty calls!"
Captain Courageous from ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic''.



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* Captain Courageous from ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic''.

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* Captain Courageous Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler The Hurricane is, essentially, Franchise/{{Superman}} meets the GreenLantern by way of [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West]].
* More recently, Wrestling/JohnCena doesn't actually have a SuperHero gimmick, but nonetheless has earned the FanNickname "Super Cena" both
from ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic''.his resemblance to this trope and his tendency to never lose cleanly.



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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler The Hurricane is, essentially, Franchise/{{Superman}} meets the GreenLantern by way of [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West]].
* More recently, Wrestling/JohnCena doesn't actually have a SuperHero gimmick, but nonetheless has earned the FanNickname "Super Cena" both from his resemblance to this trope and his tendency to never lose cleanly.
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* In the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' TheCape was originally Centurion, the Superman Expy. Following his death TheCape is Captain Thunder.
** Divinos in the ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer!'' M&M setting.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' TheCape ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', the Cape was originally Centurion, the Superman Expy. Following his death TheCape the Cape is Captain Thunder.
** * Divinos in the ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer!'' M&M setting.



* In "TheAdventuresOfGynoStar" Gyno-Star embodies a feminist version of the trope, attempting to abide by a strict feminist code (although often failing).
* Several characters in the JohnnySaturn series could qualify, but the most blatant is The Utopian, the local Superman {{Expy}}, he's one of the series' most moral characters, and his powers are actually fueled by his idealism, the one time he (completely accidentally) breaks the ThouShaltNotKill rule, he is BroughtDownToNormal instantly. He claims he's powered by his "Devotion to the Utopian ideal", but it's never made clear if he lost his powers for breaking the code, or if [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone his guilt and horror over doing so]] caused him to somehow shut his powers off since genuinely believed he didn't deserve them.

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* In "TheAdventuresOfGynoStar" ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfGynoStar'', Gyno-Star embodies a feminist version of the trope, attempting to abide by a strict feminist code (although often failing).
* Several characters in the JohnnySaturn ''Webcomic/JohnnySaturn'' series could qualify, but the most blatant is The Utopian, the local Superman {{Expy}}, he's one of the series' most moral characters, and his powers are actually fueled by his idealism, the one time he (completely accidentally) breaks the ThouShaltNotKill rule, he is BroughtDownToNormal instantly. He claims he's powered by his "Devotion to the Utopian ideal", but it's never made clear if he lost his powers for breaking the code, or if [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone his guilt and horror over doing so]] caused him to somehow shut his powers off since genuinely believed he didn't deserve them.



* The titular villainess of ''InterviewingLeather'' has nothing but respect for the "old school" superheroes.

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* The titular villainess of ''InterviewingLeather'' ''Literature/InterviewingLeather'' has nothing but respect for the "old school" "old-school" superheroes.



* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there are plenty. The Headmistress of Whateley Academy is a retired Superhero and very much fits the TheCape trope, even if her current superheroine garb is a body suit without cape. Since she's been fighting villains since 1943, she has a 1940's sensibility about superheroing... along with over sixty years of experience. She still looks [[OlderThanTheyLook early- to mid-thirties]].

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there are plenty. plenty.
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The Headmistress of Whateley Academy is a retired Superhero and very much fits the TheCape The Cape trope, even if her current superheroine garb is a body suit without cape. Since she's been fighting villains since 1943, she has a 1940's sensibility about superheroing... along with over sixty years of experience. She still looks [[OlderThanTheyLook early- to mid-thirties]].



* Unlike his MarvelUniverse counterpart, the Sentry of MarvelsRPG is TheCape. Other heroes might also qualify, but he stands out.

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* Unlike his MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse counterpart, the Sentry of MarvelsRPG ''Roleplay/MarvelsRPG'' is TheCape.TheC ape. Other heroes might also qualify, but he stands out.



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10th Jun '17 9:00:30 AM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, there are plenty. The Headmistress of Whateley Academy is a retired Superhero and very much fits the TheCape trope, even if her current superheroine garb is a body suit without cape. Since she's been fighting villains since 1943, she has a 1940's sensibility about superheroing... along with over sixty years of experience. She still looks [[OlderThanTheyLook early- to mid-thirties]].

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there are plenty. The Headmistress of Whateley Academy is a retired Superhero and very much fits the TheCape trope, even if her current superheroine garb is a body suit without cape. Since she's been fighting villains since 1943, she has a 1940's sensibility about superheroing... along with over sixty years of experience. She still looks [[OlderThanTheyLook early- to mid-thirties]].
25th Apr '17 3:46:40 AM rafi
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* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'' provides the two most popular Capes of Franchise/TheDCU and the Marvel Universe: Superman and Spider-Man, respectively.
7th Apr '17 8:21:10 AM 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. 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.

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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. And then [[spoiler: he retires, prompting all sort of villains who were previously too afraid to act to come out of the woodwork.]]
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