Created By: Kitch on March 16, 2012

Crouching Badass, Hidden Grandpa

A major foe turns out to be an older relative

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A disguised major foe comes out and challenges a character, perhaps the protagonist. During the fight, when the foe is satisfied with what he sees from the character, he unmasks, and reveals himself to be...the character's grandfather! Or some other older relative. Typically they will be the one who gave that character their earliest training.

The characters I am thinking of are Grandpa Gohan from Dragon Ball, and Vice-Admiral Garp from One Piece. Both first appeared masked, and discarded those masks for a surprise reveal after fights.
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  • March 16, 2012
    So... let's make a replica of Luke I Am Your Father for every possible relation, preferrably with less than indicative snowclone names? Or let's not? ;]
  • March 16, 2012
    Yeah, this is a completely unnecessary trope.
  • March 16, 2012
    And apart from that, we're trying to steer away from putting badass in the names of tropes that are only sort of related.

    Anyway, I don't think I agree that this is Luke I Am Your Father. Rather, this is more of a casual testing thing, isn't it? Sort of like seeing how well someone has grown rather than any true surprise.