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30th Sep '17 1:36:59 PM lillolillo
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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Doomsday'': Superman and Lois discuss a reporter [[note]] Clark Kent [[/note]] who is going to Afghanistan to cover the war. Superman says that, because he's invulnerable, he's not putting his life on the line when he does what he does, as opposed to the people who are fighting fires, fighting for freedom, and bringing the truth of such feats to the world. He even explicitly states that he's not brave, he just can take a bullet better than others.



* When Metropolis featured a non-powered superhero, Gangbuster, he and {{Superman}} had a talk in this vein: Gangbuster has actually run into fights joining Superman, when he was in far more danger than Superman was, and Superman tells him that he deeply admires it and wonders whether he would do the same without his powers.
** For the record, he ''did'', literally assuming the Gangbuster identity himself when he briefly lost his powers.
* The new ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' series manages to squeeze it in, and it does not even seem too {{Anvilicious}}, it actually makes perfect sense given the context. Power Girl is unconscious and lying in the middle of a large blast crater, being tended to by firefighters and EMT's. When she regains consciousness while being carried off on a stretcher they put her down and work to clear away the growing crowd of onlookers taking pictures while one firefighter helps her walk away. He says that he rarely gets a chance to help somebody like her ("Like me?" "Yeah...a ''hero''") and she replies "I can say the same thing about you."

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When Metropolis featured a non-powered superhero, Gangbuster, he and {{Superman}} Superman had a talk in this vein: Gangbuster has actually run into fights joining Superman, when he was in far more danger than Superman was, and Superman tells him that he deeply admires it and wonders whether he would do the same without his powers.
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powers (for the record, he ''did'', literally assuming the Gangbuster identity himself when he briefly lost his powers.
powers).
** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Doomsday'': Superman and Lois discuss a reporter [[note]] Clark Kent [[/note]] who is going to Afghanistan to cover the war. Superman says that, because he's invulnerable, he's not putting his life on the line when he does what he does, as opposed to the people who are fighting fires, fighting for freedom, and bringing the truth of such feats to the world. He even explicitly states that he's not brave, he just can take a bullet better than others.
* The new A ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' series issue manages to squeeze it in, and it does not even seem too {{Anvilicious}}, it actually makes perfect sense given the context. Power Girl is unconscious and lying in the middle of a large blast crater, being tended to by firefighters and EMT's. When she regains consciousness while being carried off on a stretcher they put her down and work to clear away the growing crowd of onlookers taking pictures while one firefighter helps her walk away. He says that he rarely gets a chance to help somebody like her ("Like me?" "Yeah...a ''hero''") and she replies "I can say the same thing about you.""
* In ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' issue #4, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'s final conversation revolves around Barbara's helplessness in the face of universal obliteration. At least her Kryptonian friend can fight thanks to her godlike powers, but what she can do? Kara reminds her nobody needs to powers to be a hero:
-->'''Supergirl:''' Barbara, there are thousands of people out there-- without powers like mine... the police, firemen, soldiers-- They're all ordinary people trying their best to keep this world from falling apart before its time.



* Mostly subverted in ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', where every superbeing is depowered. They do pay some lip service to this trope but when Supergirl (Linda Danvers) tries to continue fighting as a cop, she gets tired of doing the paperwork and decides to join some other depowered heroes to learn the BadAssNormal school of fighting. In this story, guys like Batman are the Real Heroes.

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* Mostly subverted in ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', where every superbeing is depowered. They do pay some lip service to this trope but when Supergirl (Linda Danvers) ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} tries to continue fighting as a cop, she gets tired of doing the paperwork and decides to join some other depowered heroes to learn the BadAssNormal school of fighting. In this story, guys like Batman are the Real Heroes.



* The TearJerker Fan Fic "February 1, 2003" has {{Franchise/Superman}} telling Franchise/WonderWoman that HE can fly into space without any threat of personal harm, which is why he admires non-powered astronauts who do it regardless.

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* The TearJerker Fan Fic Fanfic "February 1, 2003" has {{Franchise/Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} telling Franchise/WonderWoman that HE can fly into space without any threat of personal harm, which is why he admires non-powered astronauts who do it regardless.
2nd Sep '17 4:47:12 AM EDP
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* In the ''ComicBook/XMen'' graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'' it's a cop who takes down [[SinisterMinister reverend William Stryker]]. Cops had been at the rally for a while, complaining they had to protect a racist' free speech but still did their job, but the moment Stryker aimed a gun at Kitty Pride one of them shot him because you just don't kill an unarmed little girl on ''their'' watch.
21st Aug '17 8:11:11 AM BlindJustice-2515
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** ''Film/SpiderMan1'' (2001) had the citizens of New York helping Spider-Man, by throwing things at the Green Goblin, while they shout motivating lines such as "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!". Although it's never acknowledged, this saves not just Spider-Man's, but also Mary Jane's, and a group of kid's lives.

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** ''Film/SpiderMan1'' (2001) had the citizens of New York helping Spider-Man, by throwing things trash and rocks at the Green Goblin, while they shout motivating lines such as "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!". Although it's never acknowledged, this saves not just Spider-Man's, but also Mary Jane's, and a group of kid's lives.
7th Jun '17 12:29:01 PM EDP
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* {{Discussed}} in the manga remake of ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', where a police chief laments to Saitama how they're doing their best but have lost the public respect because the members of the Hero Association are more imposing and publicize everything they do while the police prefer to just do their job and go on as usual. Saitama then silently plays the trope straight when a Mysterious Being attacks the police station and he kills the monster, dons a police uniform and throws its body at the feet of the Heroes that had been called to deal with it and the media crew a Hero Association higher-up had sent with them, so the police for once will get the respect they deserve.
2nd Mar '17 5:40:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Several episodes during the arc in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' with the Rangers de-aged to children and unable to perform any heroic actions shows the Angel Grove Police actually managing to keep order and preventing panic during the crisis.

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Several episodes during the arc in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the original series]] with the Rangers de-aged to children and unable to perform any heroic actions shows the Angel Grove Police actually managing to keep order and preventing panic during the crisis. crisis.
** In ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', Lt. Stone has a moment where he stumbles upon Goldar and Rito. Thinking an invasion was a foot. he chases them all over the park to try to arrest them. (Granted, the two were amnesic and not doing anything evil, but Stone didn't know that.)
15th Feb '17 10:01:23 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' involves a DirtyCop kidnapping the Girls because he thinks they outshine the actual police; the more benign cops are the ones who pull the BigDamnHeroes moment.
27th Oct '16 1:00:44 AM KJMackley
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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' featured a real life {{tearjerker}} moment where the first episode after 9/11 had New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduce actual 9/11 responders to the audience in the ColdOpen. Talking with Lorne Michaels, Michaels asked if they (after an event like this) can be funny. Giuliani replied "[[TakeThatUs Why start now?]]" to a standing ovation. In a retrospect Tracy Morgan said he greeted the responders and patted one on the shoulder, seeing dust fly off; they literally came from the field.
30th Sep '16 12:05:46 PM Flash1191
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* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'s hammer, Mjolnir, cannot be used or even lifted by any but the "worthy". History shows that this worthiness is not a common trait (even among the Avengers, only ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' has been able to wield it), but a random paramedic, not even named, once picked it up and handed it back to him.
2nd Sep '16 1:01:38 AM Manw0name
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** For the record, he ''did'', literally assuming the Gangbuster identity himself when he briefly lost his powers. Also, Gangbuster eventually crippled himself and died alone.

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** For the record, he ''did'', literally assuming the Gangbuster identity himself when he briefly lost his powers. Also, Gangbuster eventually crippled himself and died alone.
24th Jul '16 2:18:30 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', when Teana suffers a HeroicBSOD after realizing [[CantCatchUp she'll never be an ace of the Bureau]], Nanoha (herself one of the most decorated aces) gives her a pep talk that boils down to the idea that the [[SpacePolice Bureau]] doesn't need more aces--it needs honest, hard-working young people who get the job done--like Teana. Of course, Teana would later go on to be an Ace herself.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', when Teana suffers a HeroicBSOD after realizing [[CantCatchUp she'll never be an ace of the Bureau]], Nanoha (herself one of the most decorated aces) gives her a pep talk that boils down to the idea that the [[SpacePolice Bureau]] doesn't need more aces--it needs honest, hard-working young people who get the job done--like Teana. Of course, Teana would later go on to be an Ace herself.herself (Nanoha's point was that she could get there at a more sensible pace rather than performing life threatening TrainingFromHell).
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