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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).
24th Jul '16 2:14:35 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.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''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.Teana. Of course, Teana would later go on to be an Ace herself.
6th Jun '16 12:52:20 AM mangamanic
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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Milhouse is chosen to play the KidSidekick in the new Radioactive Man film, Milhouse invokes this trope after being sick of shooting the picture and running away. Bart however responds that they are all pathetic losers who have done nothing of value and that the true heroes are the Van Dammes and the Stallones.

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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Milhouse is chosen to play the KidSidekick in the new Radioactive Man film, Milhouse invokes this trope after being sick of shooting the picture and running away. Bart however responds that they are all pathetic losers who have done nothing haven't solved any of value the world's problems and that the true heroes are the Van Dammes and the Stallones.
25th Apr '16 2:16:10 PM Quanyails
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* Film/{{Hancock}} This is a DiscussedTrope. Ray tells him to say "Good job" to the local policemen to improve his image. Hancock responds "If they're doing a good job, then why do I have to show up?" Ray then gives the They're-Not-Invincible line from the description. He ultimately does it, and the policeman says it right back.

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* Film/{{Hancock}} This is a DiscussedTrope.DiscussedTrope in ''Film/{{Hancock}}''. Ray tells him to say "Good job" to the local policemen to improve his image. Hancock responds "If they're doing a good job, then why do I have to show up?" Ray then gives the They're-Not-Invincible line from the description. He ultimately does it, and the policeman says it right back.
9th Apr '16 9:31:33 PM jormis29
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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'' the opening sequence has Jor-El, a mere scientist, storm into the middle of a war to save his son's life.
** In the sequel's opening Bruce Wayne charges into Metropolis during a war between two vastly powerful aliens without his batsuit to save who he could however he could.
9th Apr '16 6:57:32 PM MinorCharacter
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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'' the opening sequence has Jor-El, a mere scientist, storm into the middle of a war to save his son's life.
** In the sequel's opening Bruce Wayne charges into Metropolis during a war between two vastly powerful aliens without his batsuit to save who he could however he could.
26th Mar '16 3:58:16 PM StFan
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* ''{{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.

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* This was pretty much the premise of the kids' show ''HigglytownHeroes''. Although there were no superheroes in that show, it was all about "normal" people being heroic for different reasons.

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* This was pretty much the premise of the kids' show ''HigglytownHeroes''.''WesternAnimation/HigglytownHeroes''. Although there were no superheroes in that show, it was all about "normal" people being heroic for different reasons.



* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Super Rabbit" had WesternAnimation/BugsBunny receive a supply of [[SuperSerum Supercarrots]] that turn him into the titular Super-Rabbit. At the end of the cartoon, he loses his carrots to the bad guy and his horse after he unwittingly dropped the case and carrots midflight (and running out of power), at which point he says, "Hmm, this looks like a job for a ''real'' {{Superman}}!" He then runs into a phone booth and emerges [[SemperFi wearing a Marine uniform]], then he marches off to fight in WorldWarTwo.
** The Marines were so thrilled by this, they made Bugs Bunny an honorary Marine Master Sergeant.
* Taken to a logical conclusion in the ''RescueHeroes'' cartoon [[MerchandiseDriven based on the toyline]], where the characters are a team of firefighters, police and other professions (mountain climber, construction worker, doctor) who operate like superheroes, who focus on disaster relief and rescues around the world rather than fighting crime.
* Played straight in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Patriot Act":
-->'''Police Officer''': I just want to thank you Justice League guys for turning out in force. It means a lot to us.
-->'''Green Arrow''': Hey, we can't thank you enough--you're the real heroes.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Super Rabbit" had has WesternAnimation/BugsBunny receive a supply of [[SuperSerum Supercarrots]] that turn him into the titular Super-Rabbit. At the end of the cartoon, he loses his carrots to the bad guy and his horse after he unwittingly dropped the case and carrots midflight (and running out of power), at which point he says, "Hmm, this looks like a job for a ''real'' {{Superman}}!" Superman!" He then runs into a phone booth and emerges [[SemperFi wearing a Marine uniform]], then he marches off to fight in WorldWarTwo.
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UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The Marines were so thrilled by this, they made Bugs Bunny an honorary Marine Master Sergeant.
* Taken to a logical conclusion in the ''RescueHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/RescueHeroes'' cartoon [[MerchandiseDriven based on the toyline]], where the characters are a team of firefighters, police and other professions (mountain climber, construction worker, doctor) who operate like superheroes, who focus on disaster relief and rescues around the world rather than fighting crime.
* Played straight in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Patriot Act":
-->'''Police Officer''': Officer:''' I just want to thank you Justice League guys for turning out in force. It means a lot to us.
-->'''Green Arrow''':
us.\\
'''Green Arrow:'''
Hey, we can't thank you enough--you're the real heroes.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': This trope is the CentralTheme of the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor "Joker's Favor"]]. The subplot mentions that Gordon doesn't think he deserves an homage, but Batman does. Batman remarks that Gordon deals with Gotham's insanity 24/7 while the Batman only works at night.
** Similarly, as Gordon recovers from being wounded in "I Am The Night":
--> '''Gordon:''' If only I were younger could have been a hero like you.\\

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
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This trope is the CentralTheme of the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor "Joker's Favor"]]. The subplot mentions that Gordon doesn't think he deserves an homage, but Batman does. Batman remarks that Gordon deals with Gotham's insanity 24/7 while the Batman only works at night.
** Similarly, as Gordon recovers from being wounded in "I Am The the Night":
--> ---> '''Gordon:''' If only I were younger could have been a hero like you.\\



* Subverted in "WesternAnimation/DanVs The Superhero" when SmugSuper Terrifi-guy tells a group of firefighters he just helped out that they're the real heroes...except that they can't fly or stop bullets or anything cool like that.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the team's firehouse is in danger of being repossessed; later, a freak accident transports the heroes back in time to the 60's, where due to the same accident, the city has a sudden ghost problem, and the firefighters who originally owned the building are dealing with it. The Ghostbusters aid them discreetly from the sidelines, and when they return to the present day, their troubles regarding the firehouse are over; due to what happened, those same firefighters were regarded as heroes, the firehouse regarded as a memorial site because of it.

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* Subverted in "WesternAnimation/DanVs The Superhero" when SmugSuper Terrifi-guy tells a group of firefighters he just helped out that they're the real heroes... except that they can't fly or stop bullets or anything cool like that.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the team's firehouse is in danger of being repossessed; later, a freak accident transports the heroes back in time to the 60's, where due to the same accident, the city has a sudden ghost problem, and the firefighters who originally owned the building are dealing with it. The Ghostbusters aid them discreetly from the sidelines, and when they return to the present day, their troubles regarding the firehouse are over; due to what happened, those same firefighters were regarded as heroes, the firehouse regarded as a memorial site because of it. it.
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6th Mar '16 10:00:22 AM nombretomado
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* While never specifically addressed, the issue is confused in ''TopTen''. [[EveryoneIsASuper When everyone is super]], who are the real heroes?
* A bunch of these turn up at the end of Comicbook/CivilWar to stop CaptainAmerica finishing off IronMan.
* Naturally, there's no reason that superheroes and "ordinary" heroes have to be antagonists. One issue of ''IronMan'' has [[PyroManiac Firebrand]] set fire to a homeless shelter while trying to kill Iron Man and Captain America. Cap and [[Comicbook/WarMachine James Rhodes]] (who's serving as a CostumeCopycat in wearing the suit for Tony Stark) concentrate at first on protecting the inhabitants of the shelter, but once the emergency crews show up Iron Man leaves them to take care of the fire and the wounded while he keeps Firebrand from doing any more damage.

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* While never specifically addressed, the issue is confused in ''TopTen''.''ComicBook/TopTen''. [[EveryoneIsASuper When everyone is super]], who are the real heroes?
* A bunch of these turn up at the end of Comicbook/CivilWar to stop CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica finishing off IronMan.
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* Naturally, there's no reason that superheroes and "ordinary" heroes have to be antagonists. One issue of ''IronMan'' ''ComicBook/IronMan'' has [[PyroManiac Firebrand]] set fire to a homeless shelter while trying to kill Iron Man and Captain America. Cap and [[Comicbook/WarMachine James Rhodes]] (who's serving as a CostumeCopycat in wearing the suit for Tony Stark) concentrate at first on protecting the inhabitants of the shelter, but once the emergency crews show up Iron Man leaves them to take care of the fire and the wounded while he keeps Firebrand from doing any more damage.



* [[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 ''CaptainAmerica'' has been able to wield it), but a random paramedic, not even named, once picked it up and handed it back to him.

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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 ''CaptainAmerica'' ''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.



* This trope was invoked in a series of variant covers for Marvel Comics from July 2011. With the theme of "I Am CaptainAmerica" (released to coincide with the release of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''), the covers featured people of various professions(police officer, fighter fighter, judge, soldier, teacher, paralympic athlete, etc), with each illustration incorporating elements of Captain America's shield or uniform.

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* This trope was invoked in a series of variant covers for Marvel Comics from July 2011. With the theme of "I Am CaptainAmerica" ComicBook/CaptainAmerica" (released to coincide with the release of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''), the covers featured people of various professions(police officer, fighter fighter, judge, soldier, teacher, paralympic athlete, etc), with each illustration incorporating elements of Captain America's shield or uniform.
27th Feb '16 10:43:24 AM nombretomado
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* Film/TheAvengers took time during the climactic battle to show ordinary fire fighters helping people from destroyed buildings and tending to their wounds and the NYPD doing their best to shoot down the Chitauri with just their service pistols.

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* Film/TheAvengers Film/{{The Avengers|2012}} took time during the climactic battle to show ordinary fire fighters helping people from destroyed buildings and tending to their wounds and the NYPD doing their best to shoot down the Chitauri with just their service pistols.
16th Feb '16 4:23:21 PM TitoMosquito
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* In one "Got Milk?" commercial, a milkman doing his rounds falls down a trapdoor, and into a conference room where ComicBook/TheAvengers and a couple other Marvel heroes are meeting, who assume he's there for an interview. While his only "power" is the ability to deliver his much-desired product to customers, they consider that enough for him to join them.

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* In one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Q984Mf3lY "Got Milk?" commercial, commercial]], a milkman doing his rounds falls down a trapdoor, and into a conference room where ComicBook/TheAvengers and a couple other Marvel heroes are meeting, who assume he's there for an interview. While his only "power" is the ability to deliver his much-desired product to customers, they consider that enough for him to join them.
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