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14th Mar '16 2:50:14 AM DannWoolf
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* ''''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Sportsmaster is obsessed with this in to the point where he's willing to betray his former bosses and ally with his hated daughter just to restore it [[spoiler: because Aqualad killed his heroine daughter Artemis without him being involved. When it turns out she's alive and it was all a trick to help Aqualad in his deep cover mission, Sportsmaster accepts the cred loss to help keep their cover, because he'd rather see his former bosses punished for allowing it to happen in the first place.]]

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* ''''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Sportsmaster is obsessed with this in to the point where he's willing to betray his former bosses and ally with his hated daughter just to restore it [[spoiler: because Aqualad killed his heroine daughter Artemis without him being involved. When it turns out she's alive and it was all a trick to help Aqualad in his deep cover mission, Sportsmaster accepts the cred loss to help keep their cover, because he'd rather see his former bosses punished for allowing it to happen in the first place.]]
10th Mar '16 6:48:53 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': After ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended, Discord (who has the ability to break the fourth wall) holds a funeral for Bill Cipher, saying he admired his ability to invoke chaos and deals with the devil.
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10th Mar '16 6:39:05 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a pirate's bounty is often used as a rough estimate of how dangerous they are, and bounties are often discussed as though they were PowerLevels[[note]]The bounty does not scale the actual power of a person. It indicates how the World Government is thinking about the criminal, how many crimes they know from the criminal and how many crimes can be leaked to the public[[/note]. Pirates with high bounties will use them for bragging rights and to recruit crew members who want to work for the toughest pirate on the seas.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a pirate's bounty is often used as a rough estimate of how dangerous they are, and bounties are often discussed as though they were PowerLevels[[note]]The bounty does not scale the actual power of a person. It indicates how the World Government is thinking about the criminal, how many crimes they know from the criminal and how many crimes can be leaked to the public[[/note].public[[/note]]. Pirates with high bounties will use them for bragging rights and to recruit crew members who want to work for the toughest pirate on the seas.
9th Mar '16 6:16:12 PM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a pirate's bounty is often used as a rough estimate of how dangerous they are, and bounties are often discussed as though they were PowerLevels. Pirates with high bounties will use them for bragging rights and to recruit crew members who want to work for the toughest pirate on the seas.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a pirate's bounty is often used as a rough estimate of how dangerous they are, and bounties are often discussed as though they were PowerLevels.PowerLevels[[note]]The bounty does not scale the actual power of a person. It indicates how the World Government is thinking about the criminal, how many crimes they know from the criminal and how many crimes can be leaked to the public[[/note]. Pirates with high bounties will use them for bragging rights and to recruit crew members who want to work for the toughest pirate on the seas.
30th Jan '16 3:07:45 AM bwburke94
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** And used again in a story in the 1970s where rumors of Batman's murder sweep through the underworld, prompting the villains to assemble a JokerJury of their own to evaluate the Villain Cred of the various supervillains (ranging from SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker to ComicBook/LexLuthor to Catwoman) claiming to be Batman's killer.

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** And used again in a story in the 1970s where rumors of Batman's murder sweep through the underworld, prompting the villains to assemble a JokerJury of their own to evaluate the Villain Cred of the various supervillains (ranging from SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker to ComicBook/LexLuthor to Catwoman) ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}) claiming to be Batman's killer.



* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' "The Man Who Killed Batman" provides us with one-time character Sid 'The Squid', a small time crook who wished to gain some cred as a big shot... And succeeded when he got in a scuffle with Batman and, completely by accident, ''apparently killed him''. Then it's {{Deconstructed}}. As the real life saying goes, "when you're king of the hill, everyone else wants to knock you off". First, he becomes a target for another crook looking to earn cred for himself by taking down the guy who killed Batman. Then, he's kidnapped by TheJoker, who [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ld0uIhst3TA tries to kill Sid]] for [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou depriving him of the chance to kill Batman himself]]. Finally, when he goes to [[TheDon Rupert Thorne]] for help in getting away, Thorne decides that he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity putting on an act]] as part of an attempt to take over Thorne's drug racket. After all, if someone is tough enough bring down ''the Caped Crusader himself'' then why wouldn't Thorne see him as a rival? Of course, Batman was alive after all, [[HesJustHiding letting people think he was dead]] and keeping Sid alive through these misadventures in order to follow him and find out who was running the crime ring. In the end, Sid ''did'' get some prison cred as the man who ''nearly'' killed Batman and then proceeded to make fools of the Joker and Thorne.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' "The Man Who Killed Batman" provides us with one-time character Sid 'The Squid', a small time crook who wished to gain some cred as a big shot... And succeeded when he got in a scuffle with Batman and, completely by accident, ''apparently killed him''. Then it's {{Deconstructed}}. As the real life saying goes, "when you're king of the hill, everyone else wants to knock you off". First, he becomes a target for another crook looking to earn cred for himself by taking down the guy who killed Batman. Then, he's kidnapped by TheJoker, The Joker, who [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ld0uIhst3TA tries to kill Sid]] for [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou depriving him of the chance to kill Batman himself]]. Finally, when he goes to [[TheDon Rupert Thorne]] for help in getting away, Thorne decides that he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity putting on an act]] as part of an attempt to take over Thorne's drug racket. After all, if someone is tough enough bring down ''the Caped Crusader himself'' then why wouldn't Thorne see him as a rival? Of course, Batman was alive after all, [[HesJustHiding letting people think he was dead]] and keeping Sid alive through these misadventures in order to follow him and find out who was running the crime ring. In the end, Sid ''did'' get some prison cred as the man who ''nearly'' killed Batman and then proceeded to make fools of the Joker and Thorne.
23rd Jan '16 12:24:04 PM nombretomado
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* An anti-hero example comes from the StevenSeagal film ''Film/AboveTheLaw''. After being informed that he's now number four on the FBI's Most Wanted list, Nico quips that he wanted to be number one.

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* An anti-hero example comes from the StevenSeagal Creator/StevenSeagal film ''Film/AboveTheLaw''. After being informed that he's now number four on the FBI's Most Wanted list, Nico quips that he wanted to be number one.
26th Dec '15 6:40:51 PM nombretomado
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* One SilverAge ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' story has the Mirror Master get upset that he's only ranked as the third most successful criminal in the prison newspaper, so he breaks out to commit more crimes in the hope of raising his standing.
* A SilverAge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story has the Joker and Clayface commit crimes using each other's M.O.s so that each can claim the title of Public Enemy #1.

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* One SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' story has the Mirror Master get upset that he's only ranked as the third most successful criminal in the prison newspaper, so he breaks out to commit more crimes in the hope of raising his standing.
* A SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story has the Joker and Clayface commit crimes using each other's M.O.s so that each can claim the title of Public Enemy #1.
24th Oct '15 11:38:44 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* After much evil perpetrated around the Tri-State Area, [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Dr. Doofenschmirtz]] rescues [[PetTheDog one kitten]] from a tree, and risks the complete loss of his evil-genius status.

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* *''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': After much evil perpetrated around the Tri-State Area, [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Dr. Doofenschmirtz]] Doofenschmirtz rescues [[PetTheDog one kitten]] from a tree, and risks the complete loss of his evil-genius status.



* Sportsmaster is obsessed with this in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' to the point where he's willing to betray his former bosses and ally with his hated daughter just to restore it [[spoiler: because Aqualad killed his heroine daughter Artemis without him being involved. When it turns out she's alive and it was all a trick to help Aqualad in his deep cover mission, Sportsmaster accepts the cred loss to help keep their cover, because he'd rather see his former bosses punished for allowing it to happen in the first place.]]

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* ''''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Sportsmaster is obsessed with this in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' to the point where he's willing to betray his former bosses and ally with his hated daughter just to restore it [[spoiler: because Aqualad killed his heroine daughter Artemis without him being involved. When it turns out she's alive and it was all a trick to help Aqualad in his deep cover mission, Sportsmaster accepts the cred loss to help keep their cover, because he'd rather see his former bosses punished for allowing it to happen in the first place.]]
1st Oct '15 2:30:19 PM ThArcanist
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed in Worm]] as a sort of metaphorical 'shield'; after all, if you're ''just that terrifying'' nobody will start a fight in the first place, essentially giving you a free victory. Grue is the one who first talks about this, but it's eventually embraced by [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]].

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed in Worm]] in]] Literature/{{Worm}} as a sort of metaphorical 'shield'; after all, if you're ''just that terrifying'' nobody will start a fight in the first place, essentially giving you a free victory. Grue is the one who first talks about this, but it's eventually embraced by [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]].
1st Oct '15 2:29:31 PM ThArcanist
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed in Worm]] as a sort of metaphorical 'shield'; after all, if you're ''just that terrifying'' nobody will start a fight in the first place, essentially giving you a free victory. Grue is the one who first talks about this, but it's eventually embraced by [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]].
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