History Main / TheCape

10th Sep '16 8:04:16 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** 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.
30th Aug '16 5:11:07 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** New 52 Supergirl didn't want to hurt anyone and was willing to help people, but her obsession to bring Krypton back and her anger and loneliness issues were holding her back. During the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc she finally faced her inner demons and outgrew her angst and anger. When ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'' starts out, she has become the kind of hero who will punch criminals and monsters but also try to reach them out.

to:

** New 52 Supergirl didn't want to hurt anyone and was willing to help people, but her obsession to bring with bringing Krypton back and her anger and loneliness issues were holding her back. During the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc she finally faced her inner demons and outgrew her angst and anger. When ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'' starts out, she has become the kind of hero who will punch criminals and monsters but also try to reach them out.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', anyone who dons a costume is referred to as a 'Cape' though few indeed fit the actual trope. However there are several clear examples, Legend is a crystal clear case. Chevalier and several other heroes may well be examples and a couple of the Brockton Bay Wards fit as well. Most unusually though, the main [[VillainProtagonist character]] herself is very close to fitting, avoiding it mostly through disliking authority and simple answers.

to:

* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', anyone who dons a costume is referred to as a 'Cape' though few indeed fit the actual trope. However there are several clear examples, Legend is a crystal clear case. Chevalier and several other heroes may well be examples and a couple of the Brockton Bay Wards fit as well. Most unusually though, the main [[VillainProtagonist character]] herself is very close to fitting, avoiding it mostly through disliking authority and simple answers.
30th Aug '16 4:55:24 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Oddly enough, the classic Cape on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' isn't Comicbook/{{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.
*** To some extent it depends on the writer exactly how different The Big Red Cheese and Billy Batson actually are (they talk about each other in the third person, but there's substantial overlap). Given that Billy, even if he's not ''literally'' a Boy Scout, certainly tries to be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent, it makes a certain amount of sense that his super-powered alter ego is usually shown to be pretty much pegged at one edge of the sliding scale from idealism to cynicism.
*** [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] once observed that [[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 came back in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
** Franchise/{{Batman}} holds himself to enough standards that he is often closer to this than an AntiHero, just more on the pragmatic side. But regardless, there's a reason his comics are the TropeNamer for JokerImmunity.
** When Superman [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman was dead]], ComicBook/{{Steel}} took up the role of TheCape and fought "to keep the spirit of Superman alive."
** 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.
** 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.
** [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]][[labelnote:*]]HERO OF THE IMPER- oh wait[[/labelnote]] is a very surprising example of a Cape. If you only read her ''very'' troubled backstory, you'd think she'd be an AntiHeroSubstitute for Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. But her experiences shaped her into being a very idealistic character instead of an anti-hero.
** A number of the early DC heroes from the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica era were and often still are this trope, most notably Green Lantern/Sentinel and the original Flash.

to:

* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' is traditionally very much a Cape.
** During the Silver Age in particular she was one of the most caring and humble superheroes, perhaps more so than her cousin himself since for her first few years she had to do her heroism in secret.
** Kara died a hero in the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. When the Anti-Monitor attempted to destroy TheMultiverse, she sacrificed her own life so that her cousin might live. In so doing, however, she severely set back the Anti-Monitor's plans, making victory possible for the heroes of the surviving Earths. The greatest tragedy of all, however, was that with the destruction of the Multiverse and changes to the timestream, Kara was erased from history, and no one at all remembered her heroic life and death. And still she accepted this, though, because she accomplished her goal: save them all.
** Post-Crisis Supergirl acted like a selfish emo teen for a while when she showed up on Earth because she suffered from Kryptonite poisoning and it was messing her head up and altering her behavior. For all her problems, though, Kara was headed strongly in this direction by the time of the New 52 reboot. She'd put the past behind her, adopted Superman's attitude towards dealing with issues, built strong friendships with other heroes, and was well on her way to being the same sort of paragon as her cousin.
** New 52 Supergirl didn't want to hurt anyone and was willing to help people, but her obsession to bring Krypton back and her anger and loneliness issues were holding her back. During the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc she finally faced her inner demons and outgrew her angst and anger. When ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'' starts out, she has become the kind of hero who will punch criminals and monsters but also try to reach them out.
*
Oddly enough, the classic Cape on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' isn't Comicbook/{{Superman}}, 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.
*** ** To some extent it depends on the writer exactly how different The Big Red Cheese and Billy Batson actually are (they talk about each other in the third person, but there's substantial overlap). Given that Billy, even if he's not ''literally'' a Boy Scout, certainly tries to be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent, it makes a certain amount of sense that his super-powered alter ego is usually shown to be pretty much pegged at one edge of the sliding scale from idealism to cynicism.
*** ** [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] once observed that [[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 * Franchise/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 came back in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
** * Franchise/{{Batman}} holds himself to enough standards that he is often closer to this than an AntiHero, just more on the pragmatic side. But regardless, there's a reason his comics are the TropeNamer for JokerImmunity.
** * When Superman [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman was dead]], ComicBook/{{Steel}} took up the role of TheCape and fought "to keep the spirit of Superman alive."
** * 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.
** * 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.
** * [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl II Cassandra Cain]][[labelnote:*]]HERO OF THE IMPER- oh wait[[/labelnote]] Cain]] is a very surprising example of a Cape. If you only read her ''very'' troubled backstory, you'd think she'd be an AntiHeroSubstitute for Barbara Gordon as Batgirl.''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''. But her experiences shaped her into being a very idealistic character instead of an anti-hero.
** * A number of the early DC heroes from the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica era were and often still are this trope, most notably Green Lantern/Sentinel and the original Flash.



* 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 [[Franchise/{{Superman}} cousin]] himself since for her first few years she had to do her heroism in secret.
14th Aug '16 10:02:30 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI The Warrior of Light]] was made out to be a MASSIVE cape in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''. He's unwaveringly loyal to [[BigGood Cosmos]], [[ShutUpHannibal flatly shoots down]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia's]] HannibalLecture, and even vows to save his EvilCounterpart Garland from his fate. [[spoiler:No wonder Cosmos' BatmanGambit worked so well.]]

to:

* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI The Warrior of Light]] was made out to be a MASSIVE cape in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''.''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. He's unwaveringly loyal to [[BigGood Cosmos]], [[ShutUpHannibal flatly shoots down]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia's]] HannibalLecture, and even vows to save his EvilCounterpart Garland from his fate. [[spoiler:No wonder Cosmos' BatmanGambit worked so well.]]
1st Aug '16 9:51:41 PM Gamermaster
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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]], ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', where she gets the honor of punching out and arresting the BigBad.
9th Jul '16 12:01:19 AM ElectricBoogaloo
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** In crossover movies, the Showa Riders' (especially #1) ForGreatJustice schtick tend to be flanderized into this.
8th May '16 8:00:11 AM bwburke94
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[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.

to:

* [[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.

to:

%% 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

** 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.
Sagan.



[[/folder]]

[[folder:

to:

[[/folder]]

[[folder:
[[/folder]]
25th Apr '16 8:26:34 PM nicolasvladimir
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.''

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.



[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
[[/folder]]

----

to:

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
[[/folder]]

----
[[folder:
This list shows the last 10 events of 132. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheCape