-->The "normal" life. So that's what I was living; subsisting on Doritos, self-hatred and a keg-can of Heineken. That's the normal life. Blasting cops with level threes while they're just trying to help people is the normal life. Knowing I'll never really get anywhere, be anybody, do anything - That's the normal life.

The Shocker: Legit is a fanfic by Creator/MaxLandis (son of director John Landis), and is about the Shocker (Herman Schultz) trying to go legit. Big surprise, huh? There's also a lot of Marvel references, appearances by a handful of other superheroes and supervillains, an expansive conspiracy theory, the Shocker's interactions with his best friend, The Rhino, who is a bit of a [[TheDitz ditz]], and the superb narration told in the voice of The Shocker. It also fleshes out both The Shocker and the Rhino as friends (in some pretty heartwarming scenes). The fanfic itself is highly quotable. The Shocker kind of turns into a MartyStu by the end, but overall it's definitely worth a look.

Can be found [[http://forgotten.faithweb.com/MaxLandis/legit00.htm here]]

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!!Examples:

* AbusiveParents: Shocker's dad put him in a box inside a box inside a box (ad nauseam for about 20 times), and was in general a jerk to him. [[spoiler:[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Which is a great way to make the reader hate him before he's revealed as the]] BigBad]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:(takes off mask) "I'm Felicia Hardy. [[WhatTheHellHero Who the]] ''[[WhatTheHellHero hell]]'' '''[[WhatTheHellHero are YOU]]'''?"]]
* BadGuyBar: The Bar With No Name.
* BerserkButton: Spider-Man is this for Shocker.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Shocker is a GadgeteerGenius safecracking expert, Rhino is huge, superhumanly strong, and somewhere between TheBrute and the GentleGiant.
* CombatPragmatist: Shocker in most of his fights.
* ContinuityNod: A lot of them. Borders on ContinuityPorn.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shocker, full-stop. Though some supporting characters occasionally fill this role, as well.
* TheDitz: Rhino.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:In the epilogue, it's mentioned that after Felicia died she made a deal with Mephisto.]]
* ErectionRejection: An In-universe example; Herman gets one of these when he sees that Black Cat has a Spider-Man navel piercing.
* FriendlyTarget: Rhino.
* GenreSavvy: Shocker.
* GoodFeelsGood: Played with. It feels like crime, only ''better''.
* {{Gorn}}: Several scenes like this, such as [[spoiler:the Grizzly being electrocuted inside his suit]] and [[spoiler:when Shocker [[LudicrousGibs gibs]] the Griffin by firing a vibration down his throat]].
* GroinAttack: Shocker ''explodes'' [[spoiler:Bullseye]]'s testicles via vibration.
* HeelFaceTurn: Pretty much the whole point of the fic.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Martin Blank, the Gibbon at the end.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Herman has this mentality towards Reed Richards and Tony Stark due to their genius..
* HuskyRusskie: Rhino aka Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich.
* ItsPersonal: Herman is very fond of his best friend, Rhino, and, apparently, of his windows.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: [[spoiler:The Punisher]] does this to Herman.
* ManChild: Rhino.
* ManInTheMachine: [[spoiler:Johnny Ohnn, aka Spot.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: Several fights.
* PoliceAreUseless: Lampshaded. Herman suggest they get better weapons (that is, some Doc Ock tentacles or some Shocker Gauntlets).
** He then changes his mind when offered the opportunity by [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] because he's afraid that low-level punks will start getting a hold of it and spread mayhem.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Herman goes into this when he learns that [[spoiler:Peter Parker, the friendly nerd that's accompanied him is actually non other than Spider-Man.]]
* RuleOfCool: Acknowledged.
--> This gets another cheer, and again, I understand; seeing a six-foot-tall guy knocking back an nine-foot-tall guy with an uppercut is just goddamn cool.
* SongFic: There's a radio playing "Saturday Night's Alright" by Elton John in one chapter and the lyrics are interspersed throughout the chapter.
* YouBastard: At multiple points, Shocker takes shots at the audience for their (he assumes) dismissive attitudes towards various supervillains.
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