Created By: battlecow on March 7, 2011 Last Edited By: battlecow on October 21, 2012

Noblesse Oblige

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OK, so, I would think that this one had already been trope'd, but for some reason, I can't find it anywhere. I searched pretty hard around relevant pages and whatnot, but only to find ignominious failure.

You know that thing where someone's political status (or simply importance to the plot) provides them with combat power? Present all the way from Greek Myth (*kaff* Hector *kaff*) to Shakespeare (I started looking for this after reading "Richard III,") to all sorts of modern-day stuff. It basically means that someone's status as a ruler/noble/main character allows them to blow past "commoners" even if fighting is those commoners' profession and there's really no reason why the "important" character should be so much better than them.

Similar to, but distinct from, Authority=Asskicking.
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • March 7, 2011
    I don't think that's what noblesse oblige means.
  • March 7, 2011
    No, it isn't. The title there is simply a bad idea for a trope name.
  • March 7, 2011
    Noblesse oblige is mentioned on the description of Royals Who Actually Do Something, which is the closest trope to the true meaning of the phrase.
  • March 8, 2011
    @battlecow/OP: "someone's political status provides them with combat power" is Authority Equals Asskicking, so you might want to delete that part from the description. For example, Hector is already on that page.

    The "main characters are powerful in combat for no good reason" could be a trope assuming we don't have it already.
  • October 21, 2012
    "Main characters are powerful in combat for no good reason" sounds very close to Instant Expert