Created By: DragonQuestZ on October 17, 2009
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Her acting has brought the house down, and brought down armies.

An army gets ready to invade a country, but someone faces them down. Oh, this is the star of a recent Soap Opera. He seems to think he can stop up. Does he have some way to stop them?

Actually, he does: ACTING!

When acting it's just a skill, it's practically a super power. For whatever reason, a character's acting can be just as effective against one's enemies as the powers of a Flying Brick.

Note that espionage often requires some acting skill, or just being able to bluff and con people, but those are not this trope. This is about acting as for the stage, film, etc. being a power itself.

Despite how good the character's acting is said to be, it's still as likely as not to involve Stylistic Suck.

Also, this isn't reserved for heroes, despite the name.

Compare Charles Atlas Superpower, Master of Disguise.
  • Airi from Those Who Hunt Elves.
  • Gary Johnston from Team America: World Police.
  • The very concept of piloting the Humongous Mecha in Sakura Wars is that preforming in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
    • Also in one of the anime episodes, Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a Tear Jerker to see the ghost finally happy again.
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  • October 14, 2009
    Bisected8
    Sammo Law, the main character of Martial Law was trained in Dance Theatre but adapted it to martial arts...or something like that.
  • October 14, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    This is about acting, not dance.
  • October 14, 2009
    sgamer82
    • Literally true with Elan in Order Of The Stick, his Dashing Swordsman class gives him remarkable fighting prowess for long as he can keep up a quipping swashbuckler act.
  • October 14, 2009
    DaeBrayk
    The tenth Doctor's talked/ faked his way out of some really tight situations that might count. The drunk scene in The Girl In The Fireplace, for example. The parts where he pretends to be John Smith in Smith And Jones (for the plasmavore, not that half-assed performance he was giving Martha) and the end of Family Of Blood. Or The Fires Of Pompeii, where he holds up the oracle queen with a squirt gun.
  • October 14, 2009
    bluepenguin
    @Dae Brayk: I think what's being gotten at here is more along the lines of what happened in the Shakespeare episode, where theatrical performance itself has power.
  • October 14, 2009
    DaeBrayk
    He says "For whatever reason", but yeah, the stuff I mentioned sort of ventures into... I forget what it's called, but Ferris Beuler's got it in spades. In real life you'd call it confidence and an excellent poker face, but I think there's a specific trope for it.
  • October 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Arguably, the Bard class in Dungeons And Dragons is this trope; a Bard's effectiveness at bamboozling opponents or making his allies tougher is in direct proportion to his powers of performance.
  • October 15, 2009
    Jhiday
    This happens to the protagonist of Moving Pictures : being a movie star somehow allows him to defy physics so that he can save the girl.
  • October 15, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    This isn't being able to bluff and BS. Adjusted the description to make that clear.
  • October 15, 2009
    random surfer
    "Master Thespian" from Saturday Night Live; even moreso his teacher Chin-Hua, who was able to look like Carl Weathers (despite being an 80 year old Chinese man) through "acting!"
  • October 15, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I thought Master Thespian might be an example. I just couldn't think of one that fit this.
  • October 15, 2009
    random surfer
    Here's another: MT and his mentor Baudelaire are practicing the duel from Hamlet. Master Thespian drops his foil and falls gracefully into Baudelaire's arms.
    Baudelaire: Master? Are you hurt?
    Master Thespian: Oh, Baudleaire, I'm afraid we've played this acting thing too far. You've made worm's meat of me! Adieu.. adieu.. remember me. Look! points The face of death is near! And so.. I flail! his legs kick before his body falls limp
    Baudelaire: Master! cries I have killed my protege! How.. how.. how.. how will you ever forgive me..?
    Master Thespian: stands Very good! I was merely acting!
    Baudelaire: So was I! I've fooled you again!
    Master Thespian: No! It is I who fooled you! For I am dead...and merely acting alive!
    Baudelaire: Genius!
  • October 15, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ That's funny, but not really this trope. If he had somehow stopped a war with his acting, that would count.
  • October 16, 2009
    FalconPain
    Man-E-Faces from He Man specializes in acting when not on duty. His main gimmick is being able to switch between three personas with various abilities, but his ability to act has also proven useful for him.
  • October 16, 2009
    Earnest
    One of (if not the) awesomest moments of Cordelia's in Angel was when she bluffed Angelus into thinking a jug of bottled water was actually holy water.
  • October 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Laguna in Final Fantasy VIII takes a job acting in a film when he's retired from the army and winds up fighting, instead of the costume dragon, a real dragon he initially mistakes for it. This indirectly leads him into the next stage of his career.
  • October 16, 2009
    random surfer
  • October 17, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Yes, in a couple of scenes, like pretending to fight to distract the guards.

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