->''"What do you mean, you don't belong? You're incredible! You see better than how most people can see! In fact, are you even blind?"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' responding to Garrett's refusal to return to Camelot in ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''.

Much like the InformedAbility, an Informed Flaw is a FatalFlaw that simply doesn't have any real effect on the event or character. It can come up in one of two forms:

# The narrative tells us about a flaw, whether it be through a character, the narration, or some other source. Said flaw then doesn't materialize and nobody would have ever thought of it if the segment describing said flaw was removed.
# Alternatively, the flaw in question might be showcased as an EstablishingCharacterMoment. After their first scene (where it will usually be pretty contrived and blunt), it will evaporate for the rest of the work. Think CompressedVice, only compressed to a single scene and not given any natural resolution.

In either case, the defining part is the total abandonment of the flaw after its introduction, with it playing no role and thus having no importance. Often, it comes about because a character is decided to be too unrealistic, so they add in a token flaw or two to add some flavor. Other times, it's just to pad out some of the length. However, most of the time, it's a result of careless rewrites.

InfallibleBabble ensures that it's never a case where the characters talking about his flaw are misinformed, or [[MaliciousSlander spiteful]].

This is often seen as a MarySue trait, especially when it's a flaw that would actually be pretty awesome were it not for the consequences (e.g. substance abuse, nymphomania, etc.).

Clumsiness is by far the most popular of the informed flaws, since it can be showcased once (so that another character can heroically save them) and then doesn't affect the plot or actually detract from the character's personality or motivations for the rest of the narrative. Alternatively it can be used a few times for comedic effect but can also be ignored as the plot demands.

Disabilities, especially milder, inconsistent or not readily visible disabilities, very often turn into informed flaws. They are milked for {{Angst}} at various moments, without interfering with the character's ability to do the things the plot expects them to do.

Remember that TropesAreTools - many examples on the page are negative, but that does not make the trope negative in nature. (See PlayingWithATrope.) A common variation that is NOT the result of poor writing is where the character him or herself believes that they have a flaw (i.e. a big nose) because of, say, past teasing or bullying, but to any viewer, it is obvious that such a flaw is nonexistent.

A SubTrope of InformedAttribute and ShowDontTell, and a SuperTrope of HollywoodHomely, HollywoodPudgy, HollywoodDateless, GorgeousGorgon, InformedLoner, TinMan, and DesignatedVillain. Related to InformedAbility, and SuetifulAllAlong. Contrast with IAmNotLeftHanded, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, and ObfuscatingStupidity.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids dub]] of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' gives Yusei entomophobia for apparently no other reason than to add an element of fear to his duel against an Insect duelist - despite the fact that his character shows no obvious outward signs of being afraid of bugs at all.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', people constantly comment on how ''bad'' a duelist Yuma is, more so in the dub, where Astral comments how "I once saw you lose to a vending machine." While Yuma isn't the InvincibleHero that previous protagonists in the past have been (he has lost to both Kaito and Shark) his record is still rather good (likely better than any standard, real-life player of the OCG) and like other protagonists, has defeated entities of god-like power, even without Astral's help at times. (Maybe even ''especially'' without Astral's help. Some of his worst battles have occurred when Astral was incapacitated or hurt.)
* Yuya of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is claimed to have a similarly shoddy record, with an early episode claiming that he's barely above average (56% win record). However, after obtaining Pendulums in the first episode, the only Duel we've see him lose is one in the second where he had no idea how to play them.
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', in a rather shabby attempt to make Chris Thorndyke likable, he often complains about being rich meaning he doesn't have any real friends, and his parents never being home. While at first this seems almost true, over time, he is shown to have more human friends, more guardians, and his parents repeatedly manage to physically show up for special occasions. Being obscenely wealthy is certainly never played as a disadvantage.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** In one of the episodes Usagi lists a bunch of her faults, one of them being that she's flat-chested. Her actual appearance contradicts that.
** Then there's a later episode where the MonsterOfTheWeek and Chibi-Usa both agree that she's fat. In reality, her proportions are more exaggeratedly thin than Barbie's even though she's constantly portrayed as a lazy BigEater. Apparently, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi originally intended Usagi to be slightly chubbier than the rest of the females, but you can't tell by the actual graphics.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'': Josuke is afraid of turtles. You only hear of this in the beginning when first introduced to him and it could have been used as a tactic against him by [[BigBad Kira]], like having an enemy Stand that turned things into turtles or even just resembled one.
* Musashi's kicks in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' are supposedly powerful with the drawback that he isn't entirely accurate. Yet he never missed a single kick in these sports (apart from a flashback where Shin had directly blocked it). Even his rival Kotaro, who is known for his 100% accuracy instead of power, misses a pivotal kick.
* ''Anime/DeathNote'': Matsuda is well-known for being an idiot, but this isn't really that evident. While he does tend to goof off, and isn't the brightest guy around, he's clearly competent enough to be on the task force. Plus, you can't help but look slow when you're in the same events as Light and L. If you watch any scene where the task force discusses their next move, Matsuda will usually raise at least one good point. He also [[TookALevelInBadass level grinds in competence]] during ADayInTheLimelight, where he manages to infiltrate Yotsuba, discover where a secret meeting is taking place, and narrow down the list of suspects from hundreds to eight. Then when caught, he plays one fast game of XanatosSpeedChess, using an alias he's barely familiar with, and fakes his own death without showing fear or breaking character. [[spoiler: And of course, he tops himself in the final episode.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sakura is teased for having a large forehead, yet she's not usually drawn with a forehead any bigger than the other characters.
** Tsunade's Mitotic Regeneration Technique (which she uses pretty often) is said to [[CastFromLifespan shorten her lifespan]]. [[spoiler:She's still alive in the series epilogue, which takes place around 15 years after the final arc, and there's no indication that she's in poor health. She'd be around 70. Though her mix of Uzumaki/Senju blood from her grandparents may have helped boost her resilience and lifeforce]]
* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', the male protagonist, Ataru, is described more than once as being the most unattractive teenage in all of Tomobiki. However, he looks like an average teenage boy. He has a steady girlfriend before the start of the series. Unknowingly charms the [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Cute Alien Girl]] Lum, who [[ClingyJealousGirl refuses to let him go]], and other female characters throughout the series and movies.
* Yomi of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is frequently seen trying to lose weight and being called fat by Tomo, even though she doesn't really look heavy at all. However, this could simply be Tomo being a jerk and Yomi taking her more seriously than she should, since no one else calls her fat.
* Nate being a RidiculouslyAverageGuy is a running gag in ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' but he isn't nearly as generic as he is stated to be.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', if a Devil Fruit user eats a second Fruit, he will not just die, he will ''explode''. At least that's what Blueno claims. Thing is, there's as many things contradicting this as there is confirming it. For starters, it's never happened onscreen and nobody can relate the names of anyone who has done this. Not to mention, Blackbeard does indeed have the powers of two Fruits, having [[spoiler: stolen one from Whitebeard]]. however, while Blackbeard is the only one to have two and lived, nobody can claim to have witnessed an event where a user has exploded as a result of trying it. (Likely, few are willing to test it.) Jabra seems to know someone who knows someone who this has happened to, and Blueno may have witnessed it himself. (Blueno does not believe ''anything'' he cannot confirm with his own senses, and he claims this ''is'' what happens if you eat a second, so he wouldn't have made the claim unless he was sure of it.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When "he" first appears in ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' a sharp-eyed reader might notice that the mysterious character Ronin seems to be ignoring Spider-Man and Iron Man. This makes sense when it's revealed that Ronin is actually Echo -- a deaf woman -- who can't lip-read someone whose mask/helmet covers their mouth... unfortunately, once that's revealed, Echo's deafness seems to go away; she even replies to comments made by people facing away from her.
* In ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', Alison, The Rumor, is described as being narcissistic despite never displaying this trait.
* An early ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Christmas story shows us an older boy who's supposed to be spoiled and unappreciative of his wealth, but the actual writing shows him as no worse than sheltered, and far from being unappreciative of his many toys, he's surfeited, and wants to move on to real things, which is perfectly normal and reasonable for a twelve year old.
* ''Comicbook/ZipiYZape'':
** The twins have bad publicity and some stories show the citizens running away in panic from Zipi and Zape as if they were terrorists or horrible monsters. In reality, Zipi and Zape are two of the nicest people in their town, and they always want to help people. The bad publicity may be due to CharacterizationMarchesOn, as in earlier stories the twins were slightly more mischievous and [[TricksterTwins more prone to perform pranks]] such as tying cans to dog tails. In later stories (the ones that are easier to find and everyone remembers), this trait is dropped, but the citizens' reaction to their pranks isn't. Another possibility is that ValuesDissonance is at play: the comic was made in a different time where people were more strict regarding certain behviors and may have [[FelonyMisdemeanor seen their pranks and actions as something more grave]].
* [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie Brown]] is often stated to be by far the least competent members of the Bat-family, to the point that her being completely out of her depth as Robin was the entire impetus for ''War Games''. While she's mostly self-taught, usually underequipped, and not as inhumanly skilled as some members of the group, in actual fights or on missions, she doesn't seem much less able than most versions of Robin, and can still manage to beat up dozens of thugs or sneak into top-security fortresses with the best of them.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[FanFic/APikachuInLove A Pikachu in Love]] gives us the other Pokemon considering Pikachu the 'teacher's pet' of the team due to being Ash's favorite. At most, this is only elaborated on once or twice, and we don't see any of the other Pokemon in the fic treating him as such.
* Ronan of ''Naruto Veangance Revelaitons'', has two flaws listed; he has a mole on his face, and he can't do housework. In the Official Mary Sue Litmus Test, he has over ''six times'' the point threshold at which the test says a character is a lost cause.
* ''FanFic/MyImmortal'': Snap and Loopin are apparently [[RonTheDeathEater pedophiles]] for [[ThePeepingTom peeping]] on Ebony. While it's certainly wrong to peep, [[HotForStudent especially on one's student]], Ebony is of legal age. Also, Loopin is apparently very dangerous even though he doesn't do anything, and is actually somewhat polite towards Ebony.
* The ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ForYourEyesOnly'' describes Sakura as being the type who ReallyGetsAround, which isn't really even much of a flaw in the first place, but is treated like one. She violently rejects the only male to speak with her onscreen, only ever flirts with one male offscreen and [[DieForOurShip is killed for it]]. We never even hear her point of view on this, as she doesn't get so much as a word of dialogue.
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Spike is apparently incredibly fat. He clearly isn't. This just reinforces how he is the eternal ButtMonkey of this universe.
* In ''FanFic/ThePrayerWarriors'', we are told that the Prayer Warriors don't murder, unlike the Satanists. Never mind that the vast majority of the deaths in the story are someone being murdered by a Prayer Warrior, and the relative few that aren't are often Prayer Warriors being killed while trying to kill someone else.
* ''FanFic/PinkPersonalHellAndAlteringFate'' plays this a little differently - Nickel Steel doesn't believe he's good at magic despite having a "magic" Cutie Mark. Actually, that's just ''him'' not being sure enough of himself - meaning his flaw isn't that he's unskilled at magic, moreso that he's just ''not sure of himself''.
* Justified in ''FanFic/WhenTheMoonFellInLoveWithTheSun''. Katniss considers herself ugly, but to hear Peeta tell it, she's the most beautiful girl in the world. This is one of the hints that that Katniss's [[UnreliableNarrator terrible self-esteem]] is colouring her narration.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Admiral Allison Nimitz really, really doesn't like working with the Pandorans and inhabitants of that wider galaxy because they're "uncivilized." She does anyway, claiming the GodzillaThreshold has been crossed, but given everything that's happened (and indeed looking at things Trans-Galactic Republic forces [[NotSoDifferent participated in previously]] such as at a minimum ignoring tyranny spreading as a result of their technology) her complaints [[{{Hypocrite}} fall flat]]. Further, the actions of the [[MegaCorp mega-corps]] [[JustifiedTrope make sense in their own universe]], which is even discussed by a Trans-Galactic Republic captain, alluding to [[BlueAndOrangeMorality "blue and orange paint"]].
* Naruto's orange outfit, tons of fanfics go out of their way to mock it, talk about how impractical it is for a ninja, and point out how ''insanely'' bright it is, but Naruto's getup isn't anymore brighter than what everyone else wears and as canon shows it hasn't hindered his stealth ability.
* Jeremiah Walker in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/19300/the-man-with-two-names The Man With Two Names]]'' is stated more than once to have a problem with his temper. Yet the only times he's shown losing his temper in the story are when someone is completely screwing him over such as his employer not only refusing to help him get a work visa so he won't get deported to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the Everfree Forest]]. The ultimate case being his argument and "murder" of his older brother Abe. Abe stole the pastor position at the local church which Jeremiah had wanted since childhood then proceeded to remove all Christian influences from the church to "be more inclusive", and his idea of helping Jeremiah is offering a recommendation for him to be pastor at a ''church of a different religion''. Furthermore, Abe is the one who escalated the argument to outright violence and Jeremiah accidentally stabbed him when Abe tried to choke him out and Jeremiah lashed out blindly with a knife.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The posters for ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' described Scrat as [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/54/14/de/5414de6832be072c6e6852ce45c71f6c.jpg mischievous]] when he is actually a ButtMonkey {{Determinator}} who only causes trouble unintentionally (and then suffers worse than anyone from it.)
* The Russian animated movie ''Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber'' draws attention to Ilya's superstitiousness for about its first half, and then it's forgotten and has no effect on the plot when the characters get to Constantinople.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Screenwriter Creator/SteveKloves said that the reason Hermione Granger became his favorite ''Literature/HarryPotter'' character was due to her having "no idea" of the effect she has on people, suggesting a certain degree of social ineptitude, yet this trait never seems to come up in [[Film/HarryPotter any of the films]] (except in the first where she butts in a lot of conversations she wasn't invited but that drops fast), where she seems quite capable of socializing with others, despite being a supposedly bookish nerd.
* In ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'', Jeremiah Ecks is introduced as an alcoholic that spent the previous couple years getting sloshed in bars. Apparently, not only did it not reduce his physical prowess at all, but he didn't even need any time to sober up.
* ''[[Film/{{Flubber}} The Absent-Minded Professor]]'''s absent-mindedness is showcased in the first fifteen minutes of the movie, then never appears again.
* In ''Film/TheBroadwayMelody'', the two main characters, a sister act, each have one. There's the "attractive but untalented one" (who seems every bit as good a dancer and singer as the other) and the "talented but plain one" (who is [[HollywoodHomely not even a little plain]]).
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Loki is said to be "sometimes mischievous", possibly as a nod to the [[TheTrickster mythological character]] he's based on. Except he's deadly serious and never does anything you could consider to be mischievous except in the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder absolute loosest sense of the word]]. His pranks were cut from the theatrical release and only included in the Extended Cut. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' however, Loki does show a rather dry sense of humor with a bit of FauxAffablyEvil. ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' continues what ''Avengers'' started, with Loki frequently playing the role of DeadpanSnarker.
* The protagonist in the pro-life film ''Film/OctoberBaby'' is a survivor of a botched abortion, and is said to have depression, epilepsy, asthma, and a childhood full of hip surgeries. Throughout the film she never exhibits any symptoms of the first two, never uses the inhaler after a couple of scenes in the opening act, and doesn't walk with any sign of a limp (and in fact spends hours dragging around a heavy suitcase).
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''. Dr. Lester apologizes for his horrendous speech impediment when in fact he has no impediment whatsoever; he just thinks he does because his secretary is extremely hard of hearing and mishears everything he says.
* In ''Film/TheGreatOutdoors'' we're told several times that Roman's daughters [[CreepyTwins are weird and creepy]], and the theme from ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' plays when they enter a scene. We're never shown '''why''' they would be considered weird or creepy (aside from being identical twins, which in itself is pretty mundane).
* ''Film/TheBrassTeapot'' has Payton, played by Alexis Bledel. By the way the other characters talk about her one would think she was the resident AlphaBitch, but other than some snootiness and condescension, she’s nowhere near that bitchy and she does keep inviting her poorer former high school classmates to her parties.
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', it's said that Zach [[BigBrotherBully "can be so mean"]] to his little brother, Gray. At worst, Zach is less compassionate than he could be regarding Gray's sadness over their parents' impending divorce, but when the ''Indominus rex'' attacks, Zach's BigBrotherInstinct kicks in.
* In ''Film/TheProducers'' Roger De Bris is supposedly a terrible theatrical director, but he competently stages a production of "Springtime For Hitler" complete with an elaborate BusbyBerkeleyNumber. Of course, his main problem is that he makes everything way too campy; it just happens to work out with "Springtime for Hitler" by pushing it into CrossesTheLineTwice territory.

* In ''[[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy Darksaber]]'', Pellaeon is said to have little charisma. What does he do in that series? Display more persuasive ability and likability than anyone else on his side. Before that was written, he was known to have taken command of what was left of the fleet during the disaster at Endor, calling the retreat. [[Literature/HandOfThrawn After this was written]] he set up a [[PeaceConference peace treaty]] with the New Republic and talked the Imperial Remnant into accepting it. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, that's something someone with little charisma can do]].
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', people keep saying that Roland is a slow thinker who lacks imagination, yet he comes up with many an inventive strategy and thinks quickly on his feet in more than a few occasions.
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' places Marco Lombardi in Purgatory to do penance for his sins, but everything Marco says and does demonstrates strong sense of virtue and public responsibility. Since we know nothing about Marco outside of the ''Comedy'', there is no indication as to why Dante choose to put him in Purgatory instead of in Heaven.
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Bean is claimed to be bad at commanding large armies, but can use a few as precisely as a scalpel. Why he would be bad with large armies is never given any examples past being stated so... until the POVSequel ''Literature/EndersShadow'' which revealed said trait was in fact a lie to keep Bean from shouldering too many responsibilities because he's Ender's replacement in case he fails. Being a P.O.V. sequel also gives it more time to show that the lie does have a bit of truth to it; Bean's tactics are excellent, but morale under his command tends to be low because he's not good at empathizing with others.
* Tom and John's father in ''Literature/TheGreatBrain'' books has a reputation for buying new inventions that turn out to be worthless, but it never happens in any of the stories. He orders a flush toilet in the first book that works, to everyone's surprise, and gives John a basketball and backboard that make him the most popular kid in town.
* ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series:
** [[DarkChick Diana]] is apparently a "slut" who really gets around, which is admitted by even Diana herself. In fact, in previous books she even wears the label proudly despite many characters ([[InsufferableGenius Astrid]], [[BadassGay Dekka]], [[GenkiGirl Brianna]], [[TheDragon Drake]]) thinking ill of her for it and making it her main identifier in the series, apart from her being "beautiful and snarky". However, she's only been in a romantic relationship with [[BigBad Caine]] in the duration of the series, and spent a lot of time declining his advances too. She's never cheated in the series or flirted with anyone but Caine, leading some fans to think this reputation is unfair. Unfortunately can be a case of TruthInTelevision, seeing as some young girls tend to get labelled by their peers as "sluts" based on appearance and demeanor rather than actions.
** Sam's flaw is how he's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w_yz5Ekaz0 "always trying to play the hero"]] and how it constantly backfires on him despite him doing the right thing...It seems to be more [[AngstDissonance self pity in recent installments of the series]] (reasons for the self pity ranging from having to be the leader, ''not'' being the leader, everything going wrong, nothing going wrong and it being boring, his girlfriend refusing to be pressured into sex and repercussions from '''cheating'''). But he's the nice guy who does the right thing always and gets [[MarySue disproportionate retribution from his godly sacrifices.]]
* Gideon Lightwood from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'', is supposedly an even bigger {{Jerkass}} than his little brother, although he's shown himself to be nicer than Gabriel. Considering that was Will speaking, it's no wonder[[note]][[CharacterDevelopment He ''was'' possibly a bigger asshole than Gabriel, but he shaped up during his time in Spain]][[/note]].
* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': Bertie Wooster claims to have terrible luck with women in general, only being able to attract a certain type. It seems that that type is the only one who ever shows up in the stories.
* In John Ringo's ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series, the main character is said to have degenerative injuries from years in the [=SEALs=] that forced him off the teams and out of the Navy itself. Precisely, "degenerative damage in half the major joints in his body and a back that was compacted enough for a fifty-year-old," none of which slows him down at any point. He needs to stretch at the start of the first book, he wakes up stiff halfway through the book, it gets a brief mention once or twice in the second or third books and then is never mentioned again. This wouldn't be that big a deal, but he's [[TropicalEpilogue not lounging on a beach sipping a drink]], he's running and gunning with people half his age.
* In the ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'' novels of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs there are a race of gorilla-like humanoids called Sagoths. In the book it is stated a few times that Sagoths are inferior to humans in intelligence. However, none of the Sagoth characters appear to be particularly stupid, the Sagoth guard captain in the second book is able to see through a human's ruses and the Sagoth that Tarzan befriends in the fourth book seems to be of at least average intelligence.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Bianca, as a child of Hades, is said to have a fatal flaw of holding grudges, but it never really shows up, though the book doesn't have much of a chance to show it before [[spoiler:her death]]. Even after that happens, she doesn't seem to hold any grudges at all, much to the frustration of her brother Nico (who blames Percy).
* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': Some mentions of the Bloodwrath mention that those cursed with it can't tell friend from foe and end up attacking their own allies without realizing it. Except that we've never seen any evidence that this could happen, making the Bloodwrath [[CursedWithAwesome more awesome than cursed.]] It's possible everyone realises that one should stay out of the way of people like that.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' plays with this trope in regards to the narrator. Lemony often compares himself to the Baudelaires and finds himself wanting, and calls himself a coward. However, his "autobiographical" series, ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'', shows that he is every bit as courageous and capable as the Baudelaires and even exceeds them in certain aspects (unlike the Baudelaires, Snicket has a more intuitive grasp of people and is capable of pulling off a BatmanGambit at need).
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'':
** Holmes' drug use is this in the first few books. Naturally, since A. it wasn't really all that out of the ordinary for the time, at least for those of Holmes' bohemian lifestyle; B. he mainly does it from boredom when he doesn't have a case, and the stories are all about the cases; and C. Watson eventually gets him to kick the habit, it just doesn't come up. Adaptations like ''The Seven Percent Solution'' love to push this angle for all it's worth.
** Watson lists several of his own "vices" in the first book, which include being lazy, hating arguments and noise, and getting up at odd hours at night. Seeing as how he's a ShellShockedVeteran recovering from being wounded and ill, these hardly count as vices and do not appear in later stories after he recovers. He also says that he has "another set of vices when I'm well", none of which are ever actually depicted in the stories either (there are subtle allusions that hint that these mysterious vices may include gambling and ''possibly'' womanizing, but they are never shown). Of course, he ''is'' the narrator; [[UnreliableNarrator maybe he's editing out the parts he's uncomfortable with?]]
** Holmes also has a number of flaws in the first book which were pretty much forgotten afterward -- in particular, his deliberate ignorance of everything not directly connected to the study of crime. In ''A Study in Scarlet'' he claims to know nothing of literature or astronomy; in later stories he demonstrates considerable knowledge of both.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this trope regarding bastards. Sometimes they're implied to be the lowest of the low - even wildings use the word 'bastard' as an insult to them, and bastards are also known as 'baseborn'. Yet we're also told that their life is usually easier than a common person, and it's far from uncommon to see bastards win knighthoods or command armies. This is likely a consequence of the MedievalStasis; in Westeros society, there's often no question of a child's parentage, but they're legally a bastard because they were born out of wedlock and that's that. And it's hard to legally adopt a child or declare someone other than their actual child their heir because so much of the society's government and power structure is driven by inheritance. Therefore, we see several characters who are technically bastards but were never particularly mistreated for their birth, if their parent wants them around and just can't change the law and just as many people born legitimately who are mistreated for some other reason.
** The ''Dunk and Egg'' prequel stories give some more nuance to this, clarifying that the term 'baseborn' only applies to bastards with one commoner parent - bastards of two noble parents are not considered baseborn.
* In the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' series, main character Jon Tom is usually mentioned to be a horrible singer by everyone, including himself. It's a minor plot point in the first novel (when his singing actually starts a bar fight), but after that is mostly just something that the other characters will occasionally mock him for.
** This could be partly because he tries to take singing ''lessons'' over the course of the series (which covers over two decades in-universe), and partly because by the standards of the setting he's in (rock and its derivatives are unknown and there are common species with innately more melodic voices than humans) his singing style ''is'' much harsher than anyone's used to. Whether and how much it's an actual flaw (as he's making music for magic rather than audience entertainment) is never really clear.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel "Immortal Coil" has android antagonists who are supposedly incapable of applying the information they gather to personal growth or change. Yet either their personalities have profoundly altered since their creation, or the (organic) Old Ones were ''profoundly'' stupid to craft a race of androids with an obsessive hatred of non-cybernetic life and then go on depending on those androids for more than the time it takes to switch them off or pick up a firearm.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** Edward Cullen always tells Bella that he's "dangerous" and "she should stay away from him." However everyone knows he would never hurt Bella physically. While he does mentally abuse her and is extremely controlling, he doesn't cross the line into physically hurting her. He always thinks he knows better what is good for her than she herself, like in New Moon where he broke up with her. [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Allegedly to protect her from him and his vampire family.]]
*** Edward is an [[TheAtoner atoner]] who doesn't trust himself not to fall back into bloodlust. It doesn't help that Bella's blood smells super-delicious to him and to his knowledge that has only ever ended badly for the human involved. This is arguably less an informed flaw and more a case of self-doubt that turned out not to be justified.
** Edward says at a few points that humans find vampires naturally frightening, and thus try to avoid them. Given that the entire town all but hero-worships the Cullens for being so beautiful, mysterious, generous, and so on, that's kind of hard to buy. Of course, we're later told that vampires have physical features meant to lure humans closer, so it could just be a case of the author not being able to make up her mind/remember what she wrote.
** Another alleged flaw of the vampire race is that they need the {{masquerade}} to protect them from being exterminated by humans. This seems a baseless fear since [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires in Twilight]] have none of the traditional vampire weaknesses (unless you count sparkling in sunlight), but do have SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, are nigh-unkillable even if they don't use either of the above, and can easily create a whole army of new vampires. Add in powers like foreseeing any danger (like an incoming human army or cruise missile), and the Cullens alone could take on a country and win, even if the humans are aware of their existence.
** Bella claims that she just doesn't get along with most people, having no friends in Phoenix besides her mother. The instant she gets to Forks, everyone she meets clamors to be her friend. Not to mention that while she insists she's uninteresting, she gets the attention of Edward, who it is stressed had no interest in most folks outside of his vampiric family, ever since his transformation[[note]]albeit through the plot device of her blood smelling especially attractive to him[[/note]].
*** Alternatively, Bella is the [[UnreliableNarrator narrator]] so this could just be her self esteem issues talking. Plus her mass appeal seemed largely due to her being the new girl from an exotically distant locale rather than because she was especially good with people. Self esteem issues or no, though, the depictions of the various characters over the next few books show most of them wanting to be Bella's friend, wanting to go out with her, or being bitterly jealous of her.
** Leah is often described as a shrew of the highest order, to the point where ''Breaking Dawn'' has Jacob finding it extremely weird to have a civil conversation with her, and everyone agreeing that the miserable life she's living is her own fault. While Leah does say some not nice things, a lot of her "jerkishness", like trying to convince Jacob to stop pursuing Bella because she's getting married, makes a lot of sense. Not to mention that her "shrewish" behavior started after her she lost her fiance to her cousin, turned into a werewolf, went through the stress of her dad dying, and generally had her whole life ruined and screwed up. It is not surprising that haters of the series see Leah as the UnintentionallySympathetic [[TheWoobie Woobie]], garnering a ''massive'' fanbase in the process.
** Jessica and her group, with the exception of Angela, are described quite differently than what they are. Bella says they're shallow, annoying, clingy, and rude. Indeed, right after meeting Jessica, Bella thinks to herself that Jessica just wants to be her friend to be popular, but we never find out what made Bella think that. In ''Midnight Sun'' (a POVSequel starring Edward) his mind reading depicts them this way, too, but many people feel this is out of character, and essentially Meyer trying to confirm her assertions. Basically, Jessica was already popular, and Bella was never sociable enough to help her with that even if she weren't.\
* For a guy who claims he was far too squeamish to finish medical school, Escott from ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'' seems awfully at-ease with collecting bottles full of cow blood for Jack every couple of books [[spoiler: or even letting Jack bite his wrist when he's ''really'' horrifically injured]].
* In Elizabeth Vaughan's ''Warprize'', the protagonist explains in narration that she's not "diplomatic" enough to be a good queen. However, she has just spent ''the entire novel'' bonding with a tribe of foreigners, advising them on Xyian politics and medicinal techniques, and trying (successfully) to keep her ArrangedMarriage with their king stable. So that 'flaw' comes off as a lie she tells herself in order to justify [[spoiler:passing the crown to someone else and permanently joining the tribe]]...[[FridgeBrilliance which may be the point]].
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''The First Battle'''s finale, [[spoiler:proto-[=StarClan=]]] shows up to tell both the protagonists and the antagonists what horrible people they are for fighting. The fact that the Moor Group were fighting ''to protect themselves from being slaughtered by the BigBad'', who they had unsuccessfully tried to reason with before, is never really acknowledged.
* In one book of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', Wedge Antilles' childhood friend Mirax teases him about his ego, saying that it's so big he thinks he can control it. Wedge's pride is barely shown at all - in ''Wraith Squadron'' he puts up with one of his pilots saying that at twenty-eight he's too old for the job to a point and then challenges her to a race and wins, but he doesn't even rub it in. He once goes on a [[TranquilFury spectacularly destructive but strategically unnecessary strafing run because a TIE pilot and the ground defenses "irked" him for almost shooting him down,]] but that incident is never followed up on. Wedge is happy getting little credit, and once when playing a gambit for the benefit of one of his pilots regrets that credit will go to him and not them. Granted, Mirax ''also'' says (in the same dialogue, no less) that as a redeeming characteristic, he usually ''can'' (and does) keep it in check. [[BewareTheNiceOnes And those few times he doesn't, it's usually his enemies that are the worse off for it.]] In ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' has the sixty-year-old Wedge say that he knows he wasn't involved in a particular plan because that plan had failed. He's got much more of an ego ''after'' the X-Wing novels, though those are the books which show him in the most detail.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'': Oliver is stated in the first episode to have multiple old injuries including twelve fractures that never properly healed. These wounds never take it's toll when he's jumping on the rooftops, beating up bad guys to a pulp and being the biggest BadassNormal of the ''{{Seires/Arrowverse}}''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy is a complicated example. She is supposed to be a inversion of the girly blonde cheerleader who gets killed by the monster in a horror film. It's implied that [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]] takes place before the series and there she ''started out'' as the girly bimbo cheerleader, but that becoming TheChosenOne put an end to much of that. The show doesn't start until ''after'' she TookALevelInBadass.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Hunter Zolomon/Zoom, BigBad of season 2, is revealed to take a drug called Velocity-6 (and later versions until 9) that enhances his speed but in the process it starts to weaken him and he needs to steal Barry's speed in order to survive the cellular degeneration. Except we never see this actually affect him in any way. By contrast, the one-shot villain Trajectory uses Velocity-9 but it causes both an addiction and a mental breakdown that results in a split personality and it's effects end up killing her. Granted, Zoom was already a speedster, thus he already has the speed force in him to keep him active longer, but he still manages to win out almost every encounter with The Flash despite his insistence he's dying.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ramsay's sadism and pointless violence is pointed out by Roose as a problem. But so far the bastard gets around precisely because he is a violent sadist, since the people he breaks usually stay broken. It finally comes back to bite him at the end of Season 6.
** Hodor can only say his own name, but for all that, he seems to entirely understand what people say to him; he just can't say anything back except his own name, which he utters with varying inflections depending on what he means to say. When Meera talks to him in "The Door" about the kind of breakfast she's looking forward to, he answers with increasing enthusiasm as she lists a fried egg, a rasher of bacon, a slice of blood sausage.
** If anything Qyburn's experiment fixed Gregor's mind, not damaged it. He went from a brute of few words who goes on rampage out of anger to a restrained mute who only kills when told to by Cersei.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', for all of Volume 3's talk about Sylar's uncontrollable "hunger", he seems perfectly capable of hanging around and interacting with other supers without popping open their brains to see what makes them tick. This seems to be the case even after he turns back fully to the side of evil (he never chows down on Luke, for example, despite on multiple occasions being given a good reason to do so. Ditto for Doyle, who he must have been lugging around for more than a day). Peter Petrelli, on the other hand, pretty much chops open the head of ''every single person'' he meets after acquiring Sylar's ability, despite (unlike Sylar) receiving no apparent tangible benefit from doing so. This becomes even more baffling when Sylar learns how to take powers without killing but ''decides'' to do so anyway (it's fun for him), leading one to assume the hunger talk was nonsense and Peter is so thick he felt the compulsion because he thought he would.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': In the episode "Jenkins", the gang tells Marshall that he is the "reacher" to Lily's "settler". Which means that Marshall would never get anybody better then Lily. Yet in a past episode, the opposite is true in which it shows a single Marshall getting numbers from other women and having Lily fail at making it out on her own and wanting to get back together with Marshall.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Much is made of Q being a liar. For example, Worf in "Déjà Q" says "You have fooled us too often, Q," and Vash in "Q-Less" mentions that the people of the planet Brax believe Q is the god of lies. Yet he almost never lies onscreen, something [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Janeway explicitly points out.]]
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the ''Defiant'' is supposedly overpowered for its size and [[FragileSpeedster almost tore itself apart when it was pushed to its top speed]] in testing. It never performs anything less than flawlessly in the show, however. Apparently, chief engineer O'Brien is ''just that good''. It's later clarified that the fix is actually pretty simple, but it requires violating standard Federation safety rules; two episodes involve cast members getting other ships of the same class up to snuff almost immediately by basically changing the settings.
* In ''Series/BloodTies'', the main character supposedly has retinitis pigmentosa, which makes her have very poor peripheral vision and night vision - not that it affects her ''at all'' after the very first episode. Even if she could see reasonably well in daylight, she should have been ''blind'' at night - after all, retinitis pigmentosa is also known as ''night blindness''. But she can easily navigate in a darkened room using a tiny little penlight. In the [[Literature/BloodBooks book series]] Vicki has serious problems navigating at night. The fact that she can't drive in the dark is a major plot point in the second book.
* The pilot episode for ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'' informs the audience that the family in question is highly dysfunctional and on the edge of fragmenting. The show's framing story is that of the two parents seeking marital counseling in an effort to save their family. However, the 'dysfunctional family' idea is dropped for the rest of the series.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Martin suffers from a bit of this. While he is often described as being cranky and intolerable before moving in with Frasier, flashback episodes generally portray him with the same pleasant, easy-going personality he always has. Likewise, as an active and energetic man for his age, he rarely comes off as crippled enough to justify having a full-time, live-in medical assistant. This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to a degree in the episode "Dial M For Martin," where the plot centers around the question of whether Daphne's services are still needed (with a predictably belaboured ResetButton ending).
** Similarly, Lilith is usually spoken of as if she is the devil herself. Yet while she is portrayed as a bit emotionless and overly rational, there are no signs of malign intent or immorality that would justify this reputation.
* James Berluti on ''Series/ThePractice'' is supposed to be a less-good lawyer than the other employees at [=McDonnel=]-Young. In fact, Bobby pointedly makes everyone ''except'' James partner in one day. But while he may lack polish, James seems to have a similar win-loss record as everyone else, and is shown winning cases through sheer relentlessness the partners couldn't match.
* ''Series/MikeAndMolly'' has Mike buying a [[CoolCar 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air]], driving it for several days, showing it off, and then [[TheAllegedCar flaws]] that are supposed to exist before he bought it, like poor transmission performance, no heat and an exhaust leak show up that no one could have missed in the time he owned it.
* Frank Burns of ''{{Series/MASH}}'' is stated to be a terrible surgeon despite being one of the camp's only four doctors and the camp having a 97% survival rate. Other than Burns occasionally breaking down under pressure and making human mistakes, we don't see him actually kill every single patient he's given, and handles about the same number of wounded as any other doctor. There are, however, numerous episodes where one of the other doctors has to operate on one of his patients again, or step in on his operations, because he was too impatient or simply too arrogant to do it right the first time. He also tends to get easier cases with routine operations. There's certainly enough of these episodes to hold up the idea that he's incompetent, simply not that he's 100% lethal (which is more the others mocking him than making a statement of fact).
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', Morgana speaks of Guinevere's hands, saying "her fingers are worn, her nails are broken." In a later episode, a villain identifies Gwen (disguised as Morgana) as an imposter because she has "the hands of a servant." Yet whenever we get a close-up of actress Creator/AngelCoulby's hands, the audience can see she has smooth skin and beautifully manicured nails.
* In ''Series/{{Survivor}}'''s 23rd season, everyone apparently says Edna was weak. Yet the only challenges that Upolu ''didn't'' win was where Edna was sitting out.
* Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is often described as, at best, homely, despite being played by Tina Fey. It's explained in universe/by breaking the 4th wall when Liz steps in front of a High Definition camera, which reveals that her face looks like it belongs to the Wicked Witch of the West.
* Juliette Barnes over in/on ''{{Series/Nashville}}'' is constantly being described as a bad singer while Rayna Jaymes is ostensibly the real thing... but Creator/HaydenPanettiere (Juliette) is actually a pretty good singer, whereas Website/TelevisionWithoutPity's view of Connie Britton (Rayna) is even shared by some (though not all) of her staunchest fans - "to put it politely, [[PrecisionFStrike she cannot fucking sing]]."
* Officer Garcia on ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' is depicted as being racist but we hardly ever see this trait (however, we do see his {{Jerkass}} traits a lot).
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Joey and Chandler's apartment supposedly being "small." While not as big as the others' apartments, it was still fairly big. Also, their apartment being a dive. While it might not have been quite as fancy as Monica and Rachel's, it was still a pretty good looking and decently kept apartment.
** Chandler being bad with women in later seasons. Early in the show, writers occasionally make him shy about chatting up women or women being put off by a joke that falls flat. However, he's usually viewed as being the "funny one", able to swoop in and charm women with a laid back attitude and humour. His problems with women are pinned down as being commitment phobia, not getting women in the first place. After his relationship with Monica kicks off, he's increasingly written as the guy that can't even chat women up and mocked by the gang for being so bad with women. This is despite being the only guy in a stable, functional, happy relationship with a beautiful woman while Joey and Ross are single, divorced, pining for people they can't have, or otherwise completely dysfunctional about women.
** Phoebe is known to be a horrible singer by her friends and strangers, but her singing voice would be considered average or below average in a real life setting and not as horrible as the bad singers you would see on ''Series/AmericanIdol''. Phoebe in one episode gets sick and her voice gets deeper and more raspy when she sings, which makes everyone think she actually sounds better this way.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' constantly reminds us that Alex is a KarmaHoudini and that NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished for Justin. Considering that Alex has been punished for saving her best friend's life, and Justin has got off scot-free for deliberately almost causing the apocalypse, it's kind of hard to take seriously.
* The Angels in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are supposed to be emotionless and unable to have feelings. [[spoiler: That's why Anna decided to remove her grace and became a human]]...yet they show lots of emotions through the entire series...
* Douglas Bader in ''Series/HorribleHistories'' is introduced during the RAF pilots musical number. He informs us that he has prosthetic legs (as did his historical counterpart), but has no problems dancing an energetic, choreographed BoyBand routine with lots of kneedrops and poses.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The War Doctor is built up as a much darker and more violent incarnation than the others, so much so that subsequent Doctors pretend he never even existed. However, we never actually see him commit any of the atrocities that have made him such a pariah, save for almost destroying his home planet, which he ends up ''not'' doing. Even then, two other Doctors are there to assist him, so it's not even that the War Doctor crosses any lines that none of his other selves would cross.
*** However, this is something of an in universe example, as due to the time manipulation, no iteration of the Doctor, except the eleventh (being the latest iteration involved) can remember the events, so they all THINK the War Doctor did something much worse than he did (killing the Time Lords, instead of saving them)
** We are repeatedly assured through Series 7 and 8 that Clara is a 'control freak'. She is, but it takes until "The Caretaker" (the sixth episode of Series 8) before it manifests in her behavior whatsoever, and even then we get episodes like "Kill The Moon" and "Flatline" where the Doctor purposefully gives her direct control over situations and she is hurt by the Doctor not wanting to take charge. There's also a running joke in Series 8 that her face is 'too wide', despite her face being perfectly normal.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': The doctors and staffers all describe Sacred Heart Hospital as a "dump," when it looks for all the world like a shiny, sterile and perfectly pleasant facility.
* [[Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow George Lopez]] and [[Series/DrakeAndJosh Josh Nichols]] have big heads. They're actually pretty average for guys of their sizes.
* ''Series/LostInSpace'' - Will Robinson is occasionally accused of making up stories, despite the fact that he never does so.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': From season 2 onwards, it is repeatedly stated by the heroes that Grant Ward does not take responsibility for his crimes, preferring instead to blame John Garrett, his family, or anyone else he can think of for the way he turned out. Ward himself, however, ''does'' repeatedly own up to his actions, even going so far as to explicitly [[{{Jossed}} Joss]] the possibility he might have been brainwashed or otherwise forced to act against his will. While it is arguable he's only saying these things in an attempt to manipulate the heroes and earn their forgiveness (which he wants for his own self-fulfillment more than genuine remorse for the pain he's caused them) it still creates a pretty clear dissonance between how we're told he acts and how he actually acts.

* Music/{{Devo}}'s "Mongoloid" is about someone with down syndrome who is "happier than you and me" but otherwise lives a perfectly normal life, with no one aware he is different. The song initially seems to be praising this guy's ability to fit in with society. However Devo are actually saying that society has devolved to the point where it's impossible to tell a mentally handicapped person from someone who isn't.

* The ancient Greeks often described [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Herakles]] as dumb or at least less clever than other classical heroes. This is in stark contrast to a man who found an unconventional and clever way (combined with a hell of a lot strength) to solve almost all of his problems. This all may simply come from the need to give Herakles a flaw, as the adventures of a [[InvincibleHero genius with super strength would be a lot less suspenseful.]]

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* Charlie Brown in ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'' claims that everyone hates him and he has no friends, even though Schroeder and Linus are clearly his friends, and although Lucy insults him, she also hangs around with him an awful lot. Also, all the neighborhood kids let him be manager and captain of the baseball team. Of course, this makes more sense when you know that the creator Charles M. Schulz, even when he had a wife, five children and millions of fans, still complained of being anxious and lonely. This is slightly more evident, if still underwhelming, in the animated cartoons, where the others can sometimes be [[ComedicSociopathy more apathetic or ignorant of his suffering]]. Charlie Brown's defining characteristics are being wishy-washy and most of the symptoms you think of when you hear the term "clinical depression". Too bad ThereAreNoTherapists other than Lucy.
* Therese of ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' was repeatedly described as shallow, petty, materialistic and whatever else Lynn Johnson could use to paint her as the villain in Anthony's marriage. However, she rarely got any panel time that involved anything other than complaining to Anthony about Liz - whom she turned out to have good reason to dislike. When she was shown interacting with other characters, she came off as little more than a normal, if somewhat removed person and some thought her actions were justified when details of their marriage came to light.
* Lieutenant Fuzz of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is often described as the world's biggest {{Jerkass}} by the other officers (and by Sergeant Snorkel) for no other reason than that he's a bit immature and occasionally dull. Sure enough, he bugs General Halftrack (for advice or approval) quite often, but that still doesn't explain why the other officers seem to hate him so much and with such sincerity. Even the military chaplain claims he can't find any redeeming qualities in Fuzz (and he doesn't help matters by adding "''I really tried!''")
** Fuzz has done ''plenty'' of annoying things. He's an ObstructiveBureaucrat who drives the general up the wall with his long essays on trivial things. He wants to be a SergeantRock, but he cries in pain from a paper cut. He once made the entire camp furious by making the radio station cancel a Music/GlennMiller concert so he could broadcast his essay, "The Strategy that Won us the Battle of Tippycanoe". And he's so immature, he can get DrunkOnMilk; literally.
* Ever since the start of the strip's run, ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} has been consistently described as being fat, but, as drawn, [[ArtEvolution he has actually gotten significantly more svelte over the years]].
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': In one comic, it's claimed Susie eats sandwiches by taking them apart and eating each ingredient separately. Not only is this never referenced again, several later comics show Susie eating her sandwich normally.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* This is usually done on purpose by the [[{{heel}} rudos]] (hence why they're called rudos). Claim a [[{{face}} fan favorite wrestler]] is stupid (Wrestling/RobVanDam), then you can by extension call his fans stupid because they relate to him. Call one of the humblest guys on the roster (Wrestling/JohnCena) arrogant because he brought up a flaw you actually have.
* Another way is accuse the [[YouBastard fans of something]]. Wrestling/ChrisJericho once showed video evidence to prove the fans were hateful toward men like him because they hated values, but the video showed the audience clapping for him.

[[folder: Radio]]
* In the Edinburgh episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', the Storyteller sketch has him explain that his inability to pronounce "f" and "th" sounds led to him being discharged from the Third And Fourth (Forthshire) Fusiliers, only to instead join his uncle Theodore Finnemore's Thimble Factory, where he works under Thaddeus [=McFarlane=] procuring fingers and thumbs. And, for the purposes of telling the story, he has no problem describing any of this. Indeed, at one point, even within the story, he's able to announce his realisiation that "Theodore Finnemore is the foremost thumb-fence this side of the Firth of Forth".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A standard trick by powergamers in tabletop [=RPG=]s is to take [[MinmaxersDelight a character flaw that will have almost no impact on their character]], to reap the benefits (Flaws usually come with perks, or extra XP). A common example is taking a social flaw, and then to simply never speak in character.
** Most [=DMs=] of these systems get wise to this after their first experience or two and start limiting character flaws players can take. The ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' 4th edition rulebook went out of its way to encourage [=DMs=] to make certain flaws unavailable to characters who are never likely to get into a situation where they matter.
** Conversely it is often seen as the responsibility of the [=DM=] to ensure that characters run into situations where there flaws will come into play and ensuring the player roleplays the flaw.
** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' may be the most timeless example of a DM punishing such foolish behavior by players. Oh, so you gave your fighter critically low charisma so you could have more strength? Cue the fighter being the only one available to negotiate the reward for the party's recent exploits. Hope you're good at rolling 20s!
* ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' played this straight by giving you character creation points for flaws. ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' corrects it by making flaws work by granting you additional experience after any session where they came up and caused you actual problems -- so if you choose a flaw that never causes you any problems, you don't get any benefit from it, either.
* Any system that includes a "Nightmares" flaw is generally ripe for this, mainly because most [=DMs=]/[=GMs=]/Storytellers aren't willing to waste time coming up with elaborate, horrifying nightmares for one character, and many systems only describe the consequences of the character being tired from lack of sleep or nerves without applying actual mechanical penalties in the flaw's description. This often results in a grumpy, obnoxious character with little patience, which is what your average munchkin is looking to play anyway.
* Somewhat famously, TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} had the flaw of WeirdnessMagnet. This was popular among [[{{Munchkin}} min-maxers]] for the expedient reason that player characters are invariably Weirdness Magnets already.
* One way many tabletop games avoid this sort of problem is to attach flaws to related perks, providing a benefit at the expense of a flaw (for example, being able to deal more damage at the cost of also receiving more), thus ensuring that in any situation where the benefit can be reaped, the flaw also comes into play.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': Master Xehanort believes the Worlds have a "tyranny of Light" and must be balanced out with Darkness. First problem is, the universe is segregated into planes of Light and Dark, and the main settings happen to all be in the Realm of Light. Second problem is, the Realm of Darkness is a {{Hell}}ish EldritchLocation no one would want to live in (What's the appeal of Darkness exactly?). Third problem is, all the major threats (even the extraordinarily rare LightIsNotGood examples) have been Darkness-aligned, whereas all the major solutions (even the extraordinarily rare DarkIsNotEvil examples) have been Light-aligned. All of this, along with him being such a PersonOfMassDestruction [[TheSociopath Sociopath]] who clearly favors Darkness anyway, is why he's so UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to many players.
* In-Universe example in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''. Wheatley is a personality core designed to make stupid decisions, and [=GLaDOS=] continually remarks how big of a moron he is. In reality he outsmarts her and Chell numerous times, even using traps that ''rely'' on their belief that he is stupid to work. [[FridgeBrilliance Five possible justifications]]:
** He was designed to be a moron in the same way [=GlaDOS=] was designed not to kill all of Aperture's employees with deadly neurotoxin.
** The worst possible decision he could make would be to [[spoiler:stay in control and let everything explode]], and every smart decision he makes is allowed by his programming because of [[spoiler:their final outcome if he succeeds]].
** [=GLaDOS=] is just lying about, or misinterpreting Wheatley's actual role.
** He was designed specifically to distract [=GLaDOS=] and runs like the Facts Core. If the Facts Core constantly gave out incorrect facts you would be quick to just do the opposite of whatever it said, however now and then it actually produces a correct fact which means you either always assume it's wrong and when a correct idea comes up you do the opposite and fail, or it forces you to analyze each one to check against the "broken clock being right twice a day".
** [[RuleOfDrama Chell was right about the universe having gone mad]] [[http://kotaku.com/5799408/why-chell-doesnt-speak and doing everything in its power to spite her]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** Meryl Silverburgh was mentioned as having had 'special psychotherapy to destroy her interest in men'. ''It didn't work''. It's not even that Snake 'cures' her - she's flirting with him from the very beginning, before she even knows who he is or what he's like, besides 'handsome', and not five minutes after the supposed psychotherapy is mentioned, Psycho Mantis is telling Snake that she's fallen for him. The aim was probably to present her as someone who'd locked away all of her femininity in order to succeed as a soldier, but it has absolutely no effect on her character and absolutely no explanation is even attempted.
** Psycho Mantis claims that Snake is ''even worse'' than the game's BigBad, Liquid Snake. While Snake is undoubtedly a JerkAss, he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold not without conscience]] and actually ''stopped'' World War III ''twice,'' while Liquid is trying to start it. There is no obvious indication in spoken dialogue or backstory to back up Mantis's claim. Then again, screwing with people's heads is Psycho Mantis' entire schtick.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the radio characters frequently remind us that Para-Medic is considered obnoxious because she talks too much. She does talk an awful lot, but so does everyone else in the series. In fact, compared to most characters, she's relatively subdued, as she only talks to you when the player chooses to contact her directly, apart from a small handful of forced conversations here and there - most of which are her butting in on ''another'' radio character's conversation, in contrast to the legitimately-annoying character who served her role in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty the previous game]], who would at multiple points throughout the game force you into a ten-minute Codec call.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' Kyosuke's mech Alt Eisen is stated to be an awkwardly-designed mech that Kyosuke can only use because of [[BornLucky his insane luck]], yet StatisticallySpeaking there isn't anything that keeps the thing from functioning perfectly as a MightyGlacier and fair much better than the average [[MookMobile Gespent]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', the Ecologist attribute card points to a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens scary dogmatic]] side (namely, the belief that they must slaughter any sentient species that harms a world's environment), that doesn't seem to show up.
* According to ''[[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Art of Fighting's]]'' canon, Kyokugen's Ryuugeki discipline is said to be flawed, due to the severe imbalances of focusing almost exclusively on kicks. Which places it below the Kooh discipline (used by [[HeirToTheDojo Ryo]]) that emphasizes equal activity between the arms and legs. Tell that to [[SharpDressedMan Robert]], 'cuz apparently, he didn't get that memo. Not only is he canonically stated to be Ryo's equal, he's been described as "a natural genius" [[DefeatMeansRespect by friend and foe alike]], and has defeated some of the most proficient martial artists in [[Creator/{{SNK}} SNK's]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters universe.]]
* At the very beginning of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', people talk about how Lucca's made yet another "crazy invention", and sarcastically say they hope it doesn't blow up like all the others. Over the course of the game Lucca then proceeds to invent a teleportation device (the Telepod), a portable flamethrower (her Flame Toss attack), a portable hypnotic device (her Hypno Wave attack), a knockout device (her "Zonker 38", which she can use to rescue Crono), a supply of potent hand grenades (her Napalm and Mega Bomb attacks), a device capable of controlling warps in the space/time continuum (the Gate Key), fixes and improves on a piece of futuristic technology that's been rusted out for over 300 years (Robo), and discovers a way to harness solar energy and use it as a weapon (the Wonder Shot).
** The teleportation device manages to make someone vanish instead of successfully teleporting them the second time it's used (though that isn't really her fault - it only made Marle vanish because her magical pendant (powered by Lavos, no less) interfered with it), and many of those (flamethrower, grenades, Wonder Shot) are literally inventions that blow up or blow other things up -- they're just ''supposed'' to do that.
** Lucca's father Taban fits this too. He's amazed that their teleportation device works, but he then proceeds to develop a series of increasingly effective pieces of body armor for Lucca (the Taban Vest, Taban Helm and Taban Suit), and also converts solar energy into a device capable of increasing its user's physical power (the Sun Shades).
** One of his devices ''did'' cripple his wife. [[spoiler:At least until Lucca uses time travel to change that, though he would have built a device that ''almost'' crippled his wife.]] Perhaps this is a case of in-universe NeverLiveItDown.
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', Seth Of The Dead's official bio on the website claims he's a meth addict. In game, he's completely insane and not healthy-looking, but we never see him anywhere near meth or impaired by need for it (especially in contrast to a character met later on who is a cocaine addict, and talks about almost nothing besides his coke addiction to the point where it reaches OverlyLongGag).
** Landon Ricketts' bio describes him as 'vain and pretentious'. The worst he gets is slightly arrogant about his genuinely phenomenal gun-slinging ability, when poking fun at Marston for 'barely being able to shoot straight'. His self-deprecating attitude towards himself (and his love life), his genuine devotion to the people of Mexico, his compassion towards Marston and his thoughtful but straight-talking manner actually lead to him coming across as humble, the precise opposite of what his bio says. Especially in contrast with the genuinely vain and pretentious Mexican politicians. He ''is'' vain and pretentious in the AlternateUniverse zombie DLC, though.
* Various sources state that Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog can be a jerk at times. This contrasts with his actual in-game portrayal. He is always portrayed as a caring, friendly, if somewhat snarky guy. While more a case of CharacterizationMarchesOn, bios also sometimes refer to Tails being childlike and hyperactive, despite his personality being [[WiseBeyondTheirYears even more mature and rational than Sonic's]] for the large part. Note, however, that this only really applies to the games -- [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie in]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground other]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM media]] Sonic's a lot more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and Tails is usually more childlike and naive. This applies least for Sonic in ''Anime/SonicX'', in which he can be rather impolite and disrespectful of other people at other times but is still pretty nice nonetheless, and least for Tails in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', in which he's a ''lot'' more intelligent and mature than Sonic could ever hope to be.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Goblins have a reputation of things they invent blowing up in their faces, most notably their zeppelins, where everyone remarks about crashes and explosions, yet no matter how many times you ride them, nothing bad happens. In particular, the Azshara-Twilight Highlands zeppelin is described as a virtual deathtrap filled with volatile gas, fuel that "shouldn't even be moved, much less flown", and even the parachutes will most likely kill you. Yet the zeppelin is brought down by dragons near its destination.
* We're told that ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'''s {{Love Interest|s}} Chelsee is a mutant, but unlike the other mutants featured in the game who all have noticeable physical deformities, Chelsee looks like a normal human. In fact, she's even rather pretty. Lampshaded, in that it's mentioned in-game that ''nobody'' knows what her mutation actually is, and she's not telling.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', at the start the game Zelda complains about how lazy [[TheHero Link]] is. For the rest of the game, Link comes off as far from lazy with all running around the surface killing a small army of demons he does. This is something of a RunningGag, as Link is often portrayed as having to be [[GoodMorningCrono dragged out of bed]] and put to work at the start of quite a few of the games.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', a [[BirdPeople Rito]] woman visiting Gerudo Town claims that the Rito have especially poor night vision, but this is never dealt with in the story other than her comment about it.
* Garet in the original ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' is mentioned by his little brother to be a [[BigEater compulsive glutton]]. This is never mentioned again in canon (though [[SpinOffspring Tyrell]] gives it a CallBack in ''Dark Dawn''). Likewise, the official Nintendo strategy guide for ''The Lost Age'' directly describes [[TheBrute Agatio]] as "... [[DumbMuscle [lacking] substance between the ears]]". This is the guy who outwits [[TheChessmaster Alex]] to his face, and later [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty sabotages Isaac's party]] because he knows he won't win a fair fight with them. Lacking substance ''he ain't''.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has Dallas, a playable character who is a heavy smoker and has trouble breathing at times. This is never mentioned in the game at all nor does it reflect on Dallas' physical abilities since he can run around without being short of breath.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' series:
** The first ''Left 4 Dead'' has Bill, a Vietnam veteran whose knees are messed up due to the shrapnel injury he got during the war. Despite the fact that Bill complains about having to go up flights of stairs, he can run up and down stairs without any problems during the game.
** ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' states that Coach injured his knee during his days in college football and it sacked his football career. On top of this, Coach is overweight, which would make running and climbing more difficult for him. The injury and weight problem is shown off in the opening intro scene where Coach has to take a breather from climbing up several flights of stairs (while the younger and more fit Nick, while still noticeably out of breath, is blazing on past him), but Coach is not hindered at all during the actual game.
* The translocator in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' was slightly {{nerf}}ed from the original game - it now has an ammo limit which slowly recharges. The justification for this is that using the thing too much can result in a disease called "Teleportation Related Dementia", even though in the original game there's literally nothing preventing you from just translocating everywhere for an hour or so, other than maybe [[TeleFrag someone sabotaging the disc]] or trying to take a flag with them. Much like replacing the SniperRifle with a LightningGun that shows exactly where the sniper's shooting from, the real reason is ''precisely'' to prevent people from translocating everywhere all the time as part of game balance.
* Ange in ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' is a BigEater and is said to be overweight. However, this doesn't detract from her ability to perform melee combos, and she [[http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ToIR-Ange-Kongwai-MA.jpg certainly doesn't look any more pudgy than the rest of the cast.]]
* Dan Hibiki, the iconic JokeCharacter of ''Franchise/StreetFighter,'' frequently has the joke taken a bit ''too'' far. It's been variously claimed that his homegrown martial art is completely useless, that he can't land a single hit on Sakura, a talented schoolgirl fighter who also briefly studied under him before deciding she's better learning things on her own and that the Gadoken is about as powerful as a slap. Though Dan's power has fluctuated over his history, he's still an incredibly muscular man who can jump six feet straight up and shoot fireballs out of his hands, even if only for a few inches before it disappears. It can get especially disconcerting when playing ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', where Dan's Gadoken is actually ''[[LethalJokeCharacter stronger]]'' than the [[KamehameHadoken Hadoken]] when it hits.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': The ending of ''Radiant Dawn'' says Aran became known for his honest, if clumsy, work. However, none of his ([[DemotedToExtra admittedly little]]) dialogue suggests that he is clumsy at all, and his fantastic Skill growth would imply that he's not clumsy at all.
* [[TheCutie Noel Vermillion]] of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' is stated in-universe to be a poor physical combatant with little in the way of athletic skill. In gameplay, however, she's a textbook FragileSpeedster and her fighting style is very acrobatic, with plenty of graceful jumps and flips. Heck, [[MurderousThighs just look at her standing neutral throw]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight'', each of the kids has to get over their flaws to reunite and save the world--Aire the RoyalBrat, Brandt trying IneffectualLoner, Jusqua getting more heart of gold in his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A]]. Yunita is variously described as TheLoad, prideful, or an IneffectualLoner by the others, but since her experience in the first half is getting hit with the backlash of ''their'' issues, we never really see this apart from some subtle indications that are open to interpretation.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' Michael is repeatedly teased and mocked for being overweight. However, Michael doesn't look close to being overweight. He starts the game with the most stamina of the three protagonists and he does most of the field work during missions.
* Big Hat Logan in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is said to be famously antisocial, with him wearing his famous big hat in order to block out the people around him. When you actually meet him, he is nothing but friendly and helpful.
* For someone so supposedly afraid of her past and future, VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} doesn't seem very afraid to charge ahead and massacre anything in the way of her getting her memories back.
* The mercs in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' have a few:
** While their sanity (or lack thereof) isn't questioned, they have been described as "mostly having below-average IQ's" by Miss Pauling, and as "idiots" by Helen the Administrator, though each of them later displayed smarts ranging from GeniusDitz to DitzyGenius level, probably factoring in the "emotional stability" part of IQ amongst others. A later comic shows why they make such claims; Helen believes them to be just like the lead poisoned idiots of Teufort, while Miss Pauling has secretly been providing all of them with bottled water, except the Soldier, who didn't bother listening to her warnings.
** Also, both of them claim that the mercs are illiterate; videos seem to contradict this, as all of them except the Soldier and maybe the Pyro are able to read just fine, with the Heavy and the Engineer even holding [=PhDs=] and the Medic having an MD, since he had a medical license in the past.
* Videogame/DarkestDungeon has this as a ''mechanic.'' Because of the way the quirk sistem works it is entirely possible to have a melee character with a damage, accuracy and critical chance reduction to ranged attacks (and vice versa).
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' Maya describes her past attempts at channelling spirits as "hit-and-miss". This might've been true for the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney first game in the series]] where she did have a few failures, but that's when she's specifically described as being still in training. One game later, while she continues to train, she's considered full-fledged spirit medium, and from that point onward she never once she failed to channel a spirit of a dead person.
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Vegas''[='=] BigBad turns out to be Gabe Nowak, a teammate from the first mission who was effectively the team screw-up, and the prologue of the sequel decides to show us exactly how much of a screw-up he was... and it fails completely at this. Not least for the fact that the AI of Gabe and Logan for this mission is ''far'' superior to the [[ArtificialStupidity might-as-well-be-brain-damaged duo]] of Mike and Jung you're babysitting for the rest of the game, but because Gabe keeps making decisions that the writing goes out of its way to portray as "bad" and not how you should do things, only for the gameplay to do nothing to bear this out - for instance, one of the first encounters with enemies has him suggest throwing a frag grenade to just kill them all immediately. Logan suggests that if you do so, other terrorists will hear it and execute their hostages, but you can then do exactly as Gabe suggests for ''every'' encounter, except maybe the one that ''actually'' involves hostages, and not suffer for it in the least. The worst he gets is accidentally getting the hostage negotiator killed, because it legitimately seemed like the terrorists were going to just kill the hostages anyway; being [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism narcissistic]], which only really comes up twice, once bragging that he could take a sniper out from twice the distance the player does and once assuming he performed a breaching maneuver perfectly; and, when the team is ambushed and he gets incapacitated after defusing a bomb at the end of the mission, angrily assuming that the team deliberately set him up to get killed for his screw-ups - screw-ups that aren't nearly as numerous or terrible as the game wants you to think. It's telling that when you finally confront him at the end of the game, he has to completely change track to being angry at you over ''covering for'' his screw-ups and not letting him learn from them - with the added bonus of him covering for the nonexistence of his own flaw by fabricating a completely new informed flaw for Bishop (their supposed "babying" of their recruits and not letting them mature on their own - even though Logan, the other recruit from the prologue, is as competent as you can get considering he's the player character in the previous game).
* [[TheDragon Lord Crump]] from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is allegedly both a moron and, according to [[BigBad Grodus]] is his "most idiotic henchman". However, while a bit dense, Crump time and time again is very good at laying traps and out thinking the heroes, managing to outfox Mario and friends ''twice'' in the second dungeon, once by rigging a fake Puni Orb pedestal to entrap them, and once by letting them find the Crystal Star and swiping it from under their noses. He also only resorts to fighting them when he has superior numbers or [[HumongousMecha Magnus Von Grapple]] at his side, otherwise he relies on said trickery or traps which tend to only fail to a DeusExMachina nobody could have reasonably seen coming like [[CursedWithAwesome Mario's brand new "curse"]] or [[BigDamnHeroes Cortez and his crew unexpectedly aiding Mario's team]].
* A plot point in ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future'' is that the Foe stole virtues (actual literal virtues, like Compassion and Intelligence) from the dolphins, but in practice the 'altered' dolphins don't ''completely'' lack those traits. One of them helps you solve a puzzle in the level ''Master of Forgotten Skills'', and another is desperate to save his ill father. It's more like those traits are weaker, or fewer dolphins have them, than that they are gone completely.
* In ''VideoGame/FateExtra CCC'', Elizabeth Bathory is said to have zero talent for writing songs and is tone-deaf, to the point that her Noble Phantasm is belting out a song through castle sized amplifiers (though one might argue that any sound blasted out of amps that powerful would be severely damaging). In ''VideoGame/FateExtellaTheUmbralStar'', we do hear her sing, and while the lyrics are trashy, her actual singing is very good. All the characters still react as though it grates on their ears.

* InUniverse: [[{{Munchkin}} Pete]] in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' took Lactose Intolerance as a flaw ...for [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2]], a droid that doesn't eat. His character is also supposed to be effectively mute, which never comes into play as none of the players ever act that much in-character anyway.
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'': Red Mage [[{{Munchkin}} abuses this]] as much as possible to [[MinMaxing max out]] his "character sheet".
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', multiple characters, including Aranea herself, comment that she always tends to bring conversations back to herself. While she is extremely talkative and [[MsExposition literally addicted to explaining things]], she mostly talks about other people, except when she's explaining who she is in her introduction. Calliope on the other hand is portrayed as modest even though she talks about herself far more than Aranea does.
* Gary of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' claims to have a mass of psychological problems sufficient to sustain a [=PhD=] thesis, but he seems to be just a fairly ordinary {{geek}} with poor social skills, a taste for porn (to geekily obsessive but not socially disabling levels), and in early episodes, a tendency to suffer manga-style nosebleeds in the presence of attractive real women. This ''may'' be deliberate, showing that his real problem is just self-pity. It becomes especially egregious as the story progresses and Gary ends up becoming the most sexually successful character in the comic, wooing dozens of women, and yet still gets extremely nervous around women.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', Crimney assures Fuchsia [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-03-10 he's not always sweet, he gets angry]]. His flustered difficulty shows how seldom this happens.
* Keli from ''Webcomic/WorldOfFizz'' is [[http://fergoandenrique.comicgenesis.com/d/20101016.html said to have]] a "[[GassHole high gas factor]]", although other characters are more frequently shown belching or farting than Kelli, in fact she is rarely shown doing it all.
* Donut from ''Lily Love'' complains that she can't attract men because she's chubby, not light skinned, has thick legs, and has a large forehead. None of that is blatantly correct. She's portrayed as pale in colored artwork and is skinny.
* Zoro in ''Webcomic/OnePieceGrandLine3Point5'' was ''supposed'' [[InvokedTrope to have this.]] His {{Munchkin}} metagaming player, Cory, took a ton of flaws he never expected to come into play for extra feats, such as his Loyalty flaw not mattering because Zoro didn't answer to anyone... until he joined Luffy's crew. The GM has targeted some of his other intended-to-be-useless flaws as well, making the trope truly subverted.
** On the other hand, the Game Master will often stack useless flaws onto {{Non Player Character}}s in order to give them enough skill points to keep up with his ridiculously powerful players. "I gave them Tourette's and made them mute" was an excuse given for how Buggy's goons had such good dodging skills.
** Overlapping with CursedWithAwesome, it is apparently a "flaw" that a sleeping Zoro wakes up when anything out of the ordinary is nearby.

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* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': Fluttershy's CatchPhrase is "I'm just so shy!" and any time she doesn't comment on her shyness, [[PhraseCatcher other characters will do it for her]]. She's yet to have any difficulty speaking up or interacting with others. The cast seems to be using "shy" as a synonym for ExtremeDoormat.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has Jake ignoring Finn for nearly the entire episode because he seems to believe out of absolutely nowhere that Finn constantly makes up adventures.
* Steve Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. One common joke about him is him supposedly being extremely feminine, despite not being noticeably girlier than most 14 year old boys. One episode even has him join a lesbian gang because the members thought he was more girl than boy and in "LGB Steve," he joined a women's roller derby team because Hayley introduced him to the team as her sister and the other team members believe that he's too feminine to be a boy.
* Lana Kane from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is constantly made fun of by other people for having big hands, even though her character is drawn in proportion with normal sized hands. [[note]]This is actually somewhat of a development gag - Her voice actress, Aisha Tyler, has rather large hands.[[/note]]
* Ackar from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'' is said to be an old warrior way past his prime, and as such, his people are growing tired of him. Doesn't stop him from performing impossible multi-somersaults and wiping away a gang of marauding Bone Hunters and their dinosaur steeds with ease.
* We're told Ember's song "Remember" from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is a mediocre song. Sam goes on that it's pre-packaged bubblegum pop taking away fame from proper artists and Danny makes fun of it too. Real-world fans love the song and it honestly has pretty deep lyrics. In-series her PopularityPower's seem to cause a MisaimedFandom since they only seem to like the catchy chorus and ignore the rest.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Meg Griffin is constantly being called fat and ugly by the rest of the cast--she's apparently so ugly that people maim themselves to get out of taking her to a school dance, scream and set themselves on fire just from looking at her, and immediately puke when they see her topless (an earlier episode showed that she could flash people without petrifying them, though she had a slight deformity as "one's an innie and one's an outie"). However, she's drawn just like the rest of the cast, no worse, and while she does look a bit chubby, she's ''certainly'' not fat. The really hilarious thing is, aside from being slightly pudgier, Meg looks almost exactly like her mother Lois, who the series depicts as a ravishing sex goddess.
** Likewise, Peter's boss, Angela, is also portrayed as being ugly and not worth having sex with. Other than Angela's breasts sagging down when they're revealed, she looks pretty plain.
** Peter himself is shown in "The Fat Guy Strangler" to be so fat he's developed his own orbit. While he ''is'' big (his overhanging stomach acts as a censor when nude), he ends up looking downright svelte in comparison to some of the guys who join his "National Association for the Advancement of Fat People".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Project Satan involved building a car out of the most evil car parts in the world, including the windshield wipers of KITT (from ''Series/KnightRider''). When Fry pointed out KITT wasn't evil, Calculon tells them the windshield wipers were, it just didn't come up in the show much.
** PlayedForLaughs during a "Tales of Interest" segment [[OffToSeeTheWizard parodying]] ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. The introduction of the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion are all rushed through without giving them much of a chance to show off ''why'' they need what they need from the Professor, until Zoidberg just pulls up in a taxi as the Cowardly Lion (without a costume) and flatly proclaims, "And I'm the third guy. Courage. Not enough of it."
** Leela's problems with depth perception. If you only count in-show achievements, Leela hardly has any depth perception problems at all, being an excellent spaceship pilot and a skilled martial artist. Indeed, the only time Leela has any problems with depth perception is immediately after it is brought up how she has problems with depth perception, making her real flaw the CentipedesDilemma.
** Matcluck, a SimpleCountryLawyer [[PettingZooPeople hyperchicken,]] is regularly referred to as a terrible, terrible lawyer. He's been put on trial for incompetence, and once [[InsanityDefense pled insanity]] for his client with the evidence being that they hired him. Indeed, he doesn't seem like [[TheDitz a very smart guy]] (though it's ''Futurama;'' [[CrapsackWorld everyone's pretty dumb]]), but he's actually not an incompetent lawyer. In fact, onscreen, he has a ''perfect record.'' Yes, even the insanity defense.
*** At one point, he introduces evidence and testimony against his own client, and afterward moves that he be disbarred for it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon is said to have a terrible singing voice. However, anyone with an ear can hear that Thom Huge actually has a nice singing voice. Otherwise, he would not have been asked to perform the musical numbers. Also, his ability to cook is questioned... obviously he can make lasagna capably, and presumably other dishes as well; however, when he deviates from his small store of pat recipes and experiments, the results leave much to be desired (he once used mayonnaise as a substitute for some necessary ingredient, reasoning that "it's the same color"). Even Garfield won't touch these culinary abortions.
* Quite a bit of fuss in a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode is about how 12-year old Dipper has the voice of a pubescent boy whose voice is breaking. The problem is Dipper sounds like a full-grown man. His voice isn't remotely squeaky.
* ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'': Kryosis is said to be incredibly arrogant even more so than Stanford to whom he's an EvilCounterpart to. In the show itself he barely says much and usually functions to shoot at stuff. In his ADayInTheLimelight webisode he's portrayed as a calculating warrior who manipulates his comrade to psyche him up for a fight, which he later explains and is thanked for.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' Dib is regularly mocked for having a giant head, even though his head is the same size as any other character's.
* Homer Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fame is frequently portrayed as being seriously, even ''morbidly'' obese, even though he has a relatively average body type compared to other people in Springfield. Apu, Krusty, and Dr. Hibbert, to name three, are just as fat as Homer though they're never portrayed as such, while Barney, Mayor Quimby, and Chief Wiggum are considerably fatter and the Comic Book Guy is by far the fattest of them all. However, one episode had Springfield declared the fattest town in the USA, so there's at least some acknowledgement. As the whole of Springfield is overweight, this is not so much "informed" but more normal for the town.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' plays with this a lot, such as informing the audience that a character is hideously ugly or very attractive when they look no different than anyone else.
** In one episode, Cartman is sent to jail, leaving the other boys to single Clyde out as "obviously" the fattest kid in the class, even though he is literally the exact same shape as all the other kids other than his hair.
** Special mention goes to Ugly Bob, who was exiled from Canada for his ugliness despite looking identical to every other Canadian (and not being considered ugly by non-Canadians). It turns out that his ugliness gives him [[spoiler:the gorgon-like ability to turn anything that looks at him into stone]].
** In "The Hobbit", Wendy points out her and the other kid's imperfections (like Bebe having acne and Jason having freckles, yet they're not shown); like herself having pimples and crooked bottom teeth (neither of which are visible), and points out that Stan has short stubby legs, even though they look just like everyone else's.
* As stated by multiple characters in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh One's butt is supposed to be ridiculously huge, but it looks just about the same as the other character's.
* Broadside, of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', is stated [[AllThereInTheManual in his bio]] to be a complete nervous wreck. He's a Triple Changer whose altmodes are a space jet and an aircraft carrier, but he's both afraid of heights and gets seasick easily. You'd think this'd make him near-useless, right? Well, not really; Broadside's fears have been ignored by pretty much every bit of media. In fact, given his ([[YourSizeMayVary usually]]) massive size and his membership into the elite and high-risk Wreckers in the comics, Broadside's pretty consistently shown to be the opposite of scared or ineffectual.