Created By: Grandy on November 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Wackd on December 5, 2011

Shattered Delusion of Immortality

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Do We Have This? A character (usually a king) fancies himself a God, or at least immortal, even though he isn't; he was tricked into thinking so by someone else (usually the evil vizier or similar) or perhaps just thinks he's immortal because... well, he's crazy.

As soon as The Hero arrives to fight him (kings that think themselves immortal are invariably evil), and manages to scratch his face, or his chest, or his leg, and a single tiny drop of blood falls down.

And then the man who fancied himself immortal FLIPS THE **** OUT, calling for a medic or the guards or trying to stop the tiny streak of blood with his own hands.

So yeah, a trope about people who realise they bleed, and freak out because the idea of vulnerability never occurred to them before.

I've seen it a couple of times. Definetely enough to make a trope out of it. One was in Conan the Barbarian comics, I think, but I can't remember the name of the king in question...
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  • November 27, 2011
    So basically, A God Am I leading to Minor Injury Overreaction?

    • The Invincible Pearl does this in One Piece after Luffy punches him in the nose.
    • Gaara of the Sand from Naruto acts this way after Sasuke manages to stab him through his shield of sand.
      Gaara: What's this warm, wet stuff?...BLOOD! MY...MY BLOOD!
  • November 27, 2011
    No, wait, it's Blood Upgrade.

    Yeah, nothing to see here anymore I guess.
  • November 27, 2011
    Actually I don't think we have a "guy who thinks he's god" trope. A God Am I requires the character gaining supernatural powers.
  • November 27, 2011
    Maybe "Not So Immortal/Invincible After All"?
  • November 28, 2011
    Hmm. Maybe A God Am I needs to be taken to TRS if it's not simply "a guy who thinks he's a god".
  • November 28, 2011
    Captain Hammer at the end of Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog.
  • November 29, 2011
    Volsung in Thorgal after his magic girdle is switched for a fake
  • November 29, 2011
  • November 29, 2011
    ^ I like. Punny, too.
  • November 29, 2011
    Seconding A Fraud Am I. Punny trope names FTW!
  • November 29, 2011
    I'm calling Bad Snowclone on A Fraud Am I. How is anyone supposed to know what the name means without being familiar with A God Am I first?
  • December 5, 2011
    I might not be the best person to defend it, since I made the suggestion, but A Fraud Am I is referencing a Person who claims to be something he or she is not. The fact that it is done unknowingly does not get conveyed in the title, but it doesn't need to be imho.
  • December 5, 2011
    • The subject of an episode of NCIS, a man thinks he is immortal and jumps overboard
  • December 5, 2011
    "Fraud" implies that you know that you're not really immortal/invicible and are just purposefully lying, to mislead others. The way this trope is being described, this is when someone honestly believes themselves to be immortal/invincible, and they're completely and utterly surprised when they are defeated/injured/etc.

    Sudden Vulnerability Revelation, perhaps?
  • December 5, 2011

    Live Action Television:
    • In the Futurama episode, "Insane in the Mainframe", Fry comes to belive that he is a robot disguised as a human due to Two Plus Torture Makes Five. After he's stabbed and oil comes out (because he had a can of oil in his pocket) others start to believe so too. Only when he discovers the can and feels the blood does he realize he's human and could have been killed.
  • December 5, 2011
    A Dog Am I got rejected by Fast Eddie under the "no Stock Phrases" rule, so my thinking is A Fraud Am I is a non-starter.
  • December 5, 2011
    The Fighting Narcissist is highly prone to these kinds of scenes.

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