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->''No matter what scars you bear''
->''Whatever uniform you wear''
->''You can fight like a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]]''
->''Run like a leopard''
->''But you'll never be better than [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard!]]''
-->--"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiRDJLcYua0 Commander Shepard]]", '''Music/MiracleOfSound'''

The Ace is someone who is ridiculously good at what they do, whatever that happens to be, and everyone knows it. People look up to them, envy them, and are in awe of them. He or she has a reputation for [[WeDoTheImpossible doing the impossible]], and may be ShroudedInMyth, as people are unable to separate their real accomplishments from unfounded rumors.

In a work revolving around a specific activity, any kind of SeriousBusiness, the Ace will be the best at it. Other characters may refer to the Ace as "the best of the best" at this activity. In works lacking that sort of focus, they'll probably be extremely talented at ''everything''.

The Ace is rarely TheProtagonist, typically acting as the living embodiment of AlwaysSomeoneBetter. They'll drive the protagonist to greater efforts either out of [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] or by [[DareToBeBadass inspiring them]]. As such, if they're a main character, expect them to be either TheRival or TheMentor. If they're a minor but reoccurring character, then they'll almost certainly be HeroOfAnotherStory.

However TheHero typically evolves into [[TheAce an Ace]] by the end of their story by virtue of having [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential the most potential to unlock.]] By the time this happens the real Ace will likely be hit by TheWorfEffect a few times or both will be standing on equal ground.

The Ace is common in the {{Romance}} genre, but what they are good at usually has little effect on the romantic plot. Some {{Dystopia}}n settings feature an Ace, though they tend to be the victim of TallPoppySyndrome to show they're also [[BlackComedy good at dying]]. Protagonists in role-playing video-games are almost always Aces.

If the Ace's talent is operating combat vehicles, then they're an AcePilot, but note that not all ace pilots are an example of the Ace. If the Ace's private life isn't nearly as great as it seems from the outside, then they're a BrokenAce. Take this too far and you risk accusations of a MarySue (especially if the Ace is female). Though this trope is often played for comedy, Ace's impossible talents being the joke. If (s)he isn't really that amazing, then see FeetOfClay or FakeUltimateHero. If their talent is due to intelligence instead of simple awesomeness, see ImpossibleGenius. In a High School setting, they're typically the BigManOnCampus.

See UltimateLifeForm for a character that is ''literally'' perfect, and see WorldsBestWarrior where this is solely about combat success. Not to be confused with "ace," a shortened form of {{Asexual}}.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Air-Mazing Kid from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDHoLZXmW7s this]] 2013 SKECHERS Commercial.
* Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike from the 2010 Old Spice commercials. [[MemeticMutation He's on a horse]].
* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld from the Dos Equis beer commercials. For more of his exploits, see the other commercials [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U18VkI0uDxE here]].
* The bearded guy from the 2011 Heineken commercial, ''[[http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDHoLZXmW7s The Date]]''.
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Arisa}}'', the titular character is seen as this by the protagonist, her twin sister Tsubasa and her attempted suicide is what kickstarts the plot. [[spoiler: She turns out to be a BrokenAce]].
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' has Karma in regards to class E and Koro-Sensei for the entire series.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Levi and, to a lesser degree, Mikasa Ackerman.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s Claire Stanfield is a deconstruction. On the surface, he's brilliant, handsome, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower ridiculously athletic]], talented and generally so awesome at what he does that one must wonder if the universe revolves around him... Which is exactly the conclusion ''he's'' [[InsufferableGenius jumped to]]. This is not the sort of world-view you want someone whose many talents [[AxCrazy include murder to have]].
* Several characters in ''LightNovel/BenTo'', but especially "The Wizard", legendary master of [[MundaneMadeAwesome violent discount microwaveable dinner acquisition]].
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Guts would be considered this as everyother character is in awe of his strength as a swordsman and even before getting the berserk armor could kill an apostle which is almost impossible for a normal human being.
* Gin Ichimaru from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. According to his [[AllThereInTheManual stats]], he is a JackOfAllTrades, and managed to graduate from the Academy in just one year.
* Tsubasa Ohzora from ''CaptainTsubasa'' constantly walks the thin line between The Ace and BoringInvincibleHero (and TheMinnesotaFats, within the story). His Ace qualities are slightly downplayed in ''World Youth Cup'' and ''Road to 2002'', but not ''that'' much.
* Teresa from ''{{Claymore}}'' is the woman every ace in this trope aspires to be. She's a demon hunter, ranked at the top of her class, the most beautiful woman in her organization by far, and virtually unbeatable even in a group of her best subordinates. For example, after breaking the rules of [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Organization]] by killing a group of bandits that were threatening to kill a child traveling with her, she is sentenced to death by beheading. In a flash of light, her comrades appear to have sliced right through her, only to find all five of them wounded and bleeding from her lightning quick counterattack. It doesn't even appear as though she'd even drawn her sword at all.\\
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As if they didn't learn the last time, they attempt to bring her to justice ''again'' by recruiting members of the top ten ranked warriors in [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Organization]] to seek her out and kill her. After having exhausted their capacity of demonic power, only Priscilla, the second ranked warrior puts up even a decent fight. Even after she pushes herself beyond her limit, Teresa evens the score by using only 10% of her power (a rare occurrence, considering she generally fights without using any power at all) and aptly defeating her. [[spoiler:Her death at the hands of one of the most powerful beings in the series is clearly shown to be only possible through a very cheap sucker punch after she had let her guard down.]]
* Cowboy Andy in the "Cowboy Funk" episode on ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. [[ChewingTheScenery Scenery-chewing]], [[CloudCuckooLander completely-off-his-rocker]], the only person in the whole series to have a personal {{leitmotif}} that plays whenever he appears (and breaks the fourth wall, considering all the other characters hear it too), and is [[GoodOldFisticuffs able to stand up to Spike in a fistfight]].
* One of the few cases where TheAce is fully played for drama is ''Manga/CryingFreeman'', where Yoh Hinomura is a handsome, skilled, ''very'' aesthetically-sensitive man known as the most talented and famous potter in the world... but he has been forcefully recruited and [[MoreThanMindControl mind-controlled]] by the Chinese mafia to become their top assassin, and [[BerserkerTears cries outta regret]] after each kill.
* Nago (the [[SheCleansUpNicely cleaned up]] [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals one]]) in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is Yanagin's {{rival}}, who outdid Yanagin in academics, [[ActionGirl karate]], and [[BigEater ramen eating]].
* The Megaplayboy from ''Manga/DNA2'' is an extremely handsome man who can swoon every woman in the world with a single smile and also has a ridiculous level of fighting skills that lets him defeat the worst enemies. There's a catch, tho: this comes from his DNA... and he ''will'' make 100 women pregnant with sons who ''will'' become megaplayboys in the future, causing a HUGE superpopulation problem. Therefore, Karin Aoi comes from the future itself to actually ''kill'' the DNA of this super special Ace...
* Mana Aida in ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' is very athletic and dependable. She gets good grades, helps out several of the sports clubs, settles conflicts between students peacefully, and is the StudentCouncilPresident. When she becomes a Precure, she figures out her powers very quickly.
* Goku of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', most definitely. He also happens to be somewhat GenreSavvy (about this at least) in the Cell and Buu Sagas in that he wanted to avoid having the other Z Soldiers rely on him too much, knowing the [[CrutchCharacter drawbacks of it]].
* Kasuka Heiwajima from ''{{Durarara}}'' is ridiculously pretty, brilliant, talented in everything (his list of hobbies is TheLongList), filthy rich, extremely popular, and [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter everything that can possibly make his brother Shizuo look horribly inadequate in comparison]] (Shizuo himself ''adores'' him, but it ''is'' killing his self-esteem - he doesn't even like having their names mentioned in the same sentence because he thinks [[InsultToRocks it's insulting to his brother]]).
* {{Nabeshin}} when he appears in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' by merit of being [[ParodySue a parody of a Marty Stu]]. He is essentially a living DeusExMachina.
* Every American football team in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has an ace, with Sena being the ace running back for Deimon. More prominent to this trope, however, is Riku of the Seibu Wild Gunmen, who taught Sena how to run properly. Two more examples who fit this trope are Shin and the villainous version, [[[{{Jerkass}} Agon]]. Agon especially, since he has [[spoiler: God-Speed Impulse, which allows him to react faster than anyone, can catch up with Sena (at his average pace) after being passed by, and also stole the [[SignatureMove Devilbat Ghost]] after only seeing it]]. It is cemented by the fact that he's allowed to do whatever he wants by his school.
* [[PersonOfMassDestruction Gildarts]] [[BigBrotherMentor Clive]] in ''Manga/FairyTail'' is a wise LightningBruiser who's also considered pretty fun to be around by his peers. As Gildarts is 45, whereas most of the main cast is late teens to early 20s, Gildarts has had over twice as long to learn how to be awesome.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Alex Louis Armstrong, a HotBlooded and muscular guy who gives off BishieSparkle and is a master of alchemy and martial arts.
** His sister Olivia Milla Armstrong is one, too.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has Shinjyo, Randoll, and Osamu. Shinjyo is a 2-time European F-3 champion, Randoll is incredibly rich and excels at every sport and endeavor he could get his hands on and Osamu had an excellent record in F-3.
* {{Genshiken}} has Makoto Kousaka. Unlike the other socially awkward and mundane otaku in the show, he is an attractive, well dressed, charismatic, all around nice guy who also towers over the rest of the cast in intellect (he landed a job as a programmer after studying for one month). He's also the first member of Genshiken to get a girlfriend.
* Tatsugoro in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. A cop in Kabukichou, respected by everyone (including his vigilante rival), a good fighter, an upright, honest guy, got the girl and was thereby deemed TooCoolToLive. Two characters (his vigilante rival-turned-{{yakuza}} and TheHero) lampshade how awesome he was years later by saying that no matter how much they try to imitate Tatsugoro, they'll never be as good as him.
* Kintaro from ''GoldenBoy''.
* It's hard to decide if ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'' is an example of TheAce or a MartyStu but damn, he's cool. Heis also a rare example of an Ace that's also a bona fide ButtMonkey. Though it's balanced out by his moments of [[TheFool sheer idiocy]]:
-->'''Onizuka''': All right, I'll sell my organs then. No other choice, right?\\
'''Student''': Sell the brain first! You never use it!
* ''HajimeNoIppo'': David "Golden" Eagle. The second world champ Takamura faces and the complete opposite of Brian Hawk in both character and boxing style: Friendly, honorable, intelligent, hard-working and dignified and an orthodox "text-book" boxer who's best at the very basics of boxing and a good strategist inside the ring. Ippo mentioned how he looks like a super-hero, contrasted with Takamuras' {{Jerkass}} image of a super-villain. And if that isn't enough, he also has the "same eyes as Ippo". Yeah, the ones with the ominous glow that never give up.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** The title character is ridiculously good at everything she does. She is beautiful, gets top grades in class, was invited to join every club in school (and she abandoned them all one by one when she got bored), and during the sports festival won every single event personally. Subverted in that she's generally known as "[[CloudcuckooLander that weird chick]]" instead of TheAce, but she does prove her talents every once in a while. Kyon complains during the [[GroundhogDayLoop Endless Eight]] arc that the gods weren't being very fair when they divied out the stats. All of this is perfectly justified, of course, since she's a subconscious RealityWarper.
** The tenth novel gives us Yasumi Watahashi, a freshman girl looking to enter the SOS Brigade. She's cute, energetic, intelligent, eager to learn, earns everyone's trust instantly, can brew tea as well as Mikuru, and can even ''keep up with Haruhi in a marathon'', a feat which should literally be impossible. In fact, she's too perfect, and a lot of the audience started calling MarySue. [[spoiler:She is. Specifically, she's ''Haruhi's'' Sue, a younger copy of herself Haruhi subconsciously made to be able to use her RealityWarper powers to fend off an attack she sensed coming. Once the crisis is over, Yasumi conveniently disappears]].
* Played with in Manga/IlegenesKokuyouNoKiseki: Fon is ridiculously smart (skipping two grades in high school to graduate early), places first on every exam he takes, excels at virtually everything he's ever tried, and is [[TallDarkAndHandsome handsome to boot]]. Turns out, [[spoiler:Fon is an ArtificialHuman who was ''created'' to have all the qualities of a hero so that he could one day rid Ilegenes of corruption, thus making this an InvokedTrope. Everything he's accomplished in his life is the result of the genes he was created with and was planned by the scientists who made him. This revelation sends him into a HeroicBSOD, ending in him becoming a BrokenAce.]]
* Similar to Kei is Takumi Usui of ''Manga/MaidSama'' who excels at anything he does, whether it be athletics, cooking, academics, music, or anything else you can think of. Misaki thinks he's a space alien. It's probably true.
* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'': Serge is smart, athletic, good looking and, among other things, a musical prodigy and an excellent equestrian.
* Akisame Koetsuji of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' is generally known as one of the greatest jujutsu masters in the world, but is also a talented sculptor, calligrapher, philosopher, medical practicioner, Go player... and everything else he puts his mind to. Quoth Kenichi: "Is there a single thing this guy can't do!?"
** Answer #1: Be brave enough to take on [[BadassGrandpa the Elder]] in combat, apparently; in one instance when Koetsuji is arguing with the other Ryozanpakou masters about which of them could beat the others in a fight, the Elder comes on the scene and asks to be involved in the discussion. ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny The other masters immediately change the subject]]''.
** Answer #2: [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce Get over his inadvertent role]] [[MyGreatestFailure in Shigure's father's death in their mutual past]]]].
* All of the Generation of Miracles from ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' are this for their respective high school teams, but special mention goes to Aomine, who was considered TheAce of the Generation of Miracles.
* Seta Noriyasu from ''Manga/LoveHina'' fits this trope, being a comedically impossible benchmark for the YouSuck protagonist to reach after. He is better at everything than any of the other main characters are ([[DrivesLikeCrazy except anything involving safe operation of a motor vehicle]]), and about the only thing that fazes him is a MegatonPunch from Haruka or Naru and the fact that he is a high-level CloudcuckooLander. He may start out looking like the ace but in the {{Manga}} [[spoiler:later we see that he is way more like Keitaro then should be humanly possible, he failed to get into Tokyo U. 3 times, also was in a LoveTriangle that ended badly (Sarah's Mom, Haruka and Seta)[[note]]Sarah is not his kid. he always says the wrong thing to Haruka getting punch or taking a rocket to the face[[/note]]]]. He is good at martial arts, acts cool around anyone but his LoveInterest. [[spoiler: Keitaro takes these traits too.]]
* Chrono Harlaown from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is a less over-the-top variant of this, since he does prove consistently more effective than both Nanoha and Fate through being WeakButSkilled. Instead of HotBlood, we have TheStoic one. Nanoha herself is ''known'' as the "Ace of Aces".
* Chao Lingshen in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. Mentally, she's a genius inventor, engineer, and studies robotics, medicine, bio-engineering and quantum physics at university level. In talents, she's an expert at Chinese cooking. Financially, she's a wealthy entrepreneur thanks to these cooking abilities and her business management skills. Athletically, she's a specialist in Shaolin Kung Fu. [[spoiler: Supernaturally, she's a [[PlayingWithFire fire-using]], device-based TimeMaster]]. She also happens to be fifteen years of age and the most intelligent student in the school (this school happens to hold over 30'000 residents).
** She may act like an ace but she is also a [[spoiler: time-traveling, possibly SufficientlyAdvancedAlien relative of the Main Character whose true objective seems to change a Future ''Bad end''. a scheme which seemly has joined a GambitPileup with the current arc]] she might be an almost FixerSue or at least trying to be one.
** Jack Rakan could probably also count. He's obscenely powerful, capable of beating down the QuirkyMinibossSquad in [[OneWingedAngel their most powerful forms]] without taking a scratch. He can do anything (like reading minds, for some reason), and spends most of his fights goofing off because only about a dozen beings can seriously threaten him.
** Nagi is almost as hammy as Rakan, and is somehow still incredibly badass even without his magical powers.
* Char Aznable and the vast majority of his [[CharClone Expies]] in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' multiverse. Usually, they're TheHero's [[TheRival Rival]] or EvilCounterpart, making them less sympathetic (but no less BadAss).
** The most blatant example is [[BigBrotherMentor Mu La Flaga]] from ''GundamSEED'', otherwise known as the "man who makes the impossible possible", who seduces the insanely hot [[TheCaptain Murrue]] [[spoiler:TWICE]]! He's also arguably a better pilot than the actual main character Kira, without being a SuperSoldier. [[WordofGod Apparently]] he's actually a Newtype, even though SEED already has Newtype equivalents.
** George Glenn, in the backstory, was TheAce UpToEleven. He was a Nobel Prize winner, a star athlete, an AcePilot, a literal rocket scientist, and the creator of the space colonies. Shortly after becoming a celebrity he revealed to the world that he was a [[DesignerBabies Designer Baby]] and released the means by which others could be like him; 40 years later he was assassinated.
** Speaking of Char Clones (although not strictly in the Gundam multiverse), [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] and [[BoringInvincibleHero Suzaku]] come across to each other as this. Lelouch constantly felt cheated each time the mysterious white [[MiniMecha Knightmare]] showed up to ruin his plans with over-the-top acrobatics, whilst Suzaku felt that Zero was dirty terrorist who stole the "[[TheEmpire Good Guys']]" thunder. It only got worse when they discovered each others' identities.
* ''LightNovel/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey'': Almost all problems can and will be solved by Izayoi's [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom fists]].
* In the series ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' Meliodas is possible the ace of his group due to being the leader and possible the strongest member.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has Kaworu as a nice subversion. He synchronizes at a [[OverNineThousand higher level than any other pilot]] and is probably the only sane person. [[spoiler: He's also a HumanoidAbomination sent here to [[ApocalypseMaiden destroy humanity]]. He chooses not to, though.]]
* Portgas D. Ace ([[PunnyName haha]]) of ''OnePiece'' is the main character's badass big brother who rips through entire marine battalions effortlessly and with oppressive amounts of style. He's suave, friendly, helpful, polite, and everyone on the crew loves him, even going so far as to wonder how he could possibly be related to Luffy. Even before getting his Devil Fruit powers, he was tough enough to beat up his little brother ''after the latter got his'' (but Luffy doesn't begrudge him at all because he's ''just that cool''). Plus, he's still a good enough guy to ask the crew to look after Luffy for him while he's gone. Interestingly subverted when he is defeated by Blackbeard in his first major fight, [[TheWorfEffect probably to show the power of Blackbeard]]. In the end, he's really more of a BrokenAce: He wasn't quite as powerful as we thought, had ''severe'' daddy issues, was a bit too HotBlooded for his own good (though that's expected of someone who has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]]), and generally had problems of wondering if he was supposed to even exist.
** The admirals from the Marine/Navy are the most powerful marine soldiers the World Government has and apparently, there can only be three of them. Above them is the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Fleet Admiral]].
** Among all pirates, the Yonkou are the most powerful and most feared ones. A single Yonkou is much stronger than a Shichibukai, and if the Marine challenges a Yonkou to a war, it gathers at least 100,000 soldiers (including the three admirals) and call even all seven Shichibukai just to fight a single Yonkou and his/her crew.
* OokikuFurikabutte has two: Mihashi, the "official" ace pitcher, and Tajima, the ''real'' ace of Nishiura High, with the highest BA, OPS and RBI of the team.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' 's Yuichi "Ichi" Taira, who is extremely popular, good at sports, and intelligent. It later turns into a rather dark deconstruction, however. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation And it's debatable whether he was ever as great as he thought he was]], since [[UnreliableNarrator we only have his word on that]] and he's [[SmallNameBigEgo very narcissistic]] ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and later, insane]]).
* Gary in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' at the start of the series. He'd show up in a convertible (complete with cheerleaders) every so often and completely degrade Ash with just how better than him he was.
** Ends up being downplayed, though. Gary Oak was a badass that he has collected [[BrokeTheRatingscale ten badges]] [[http://www.halolz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/halolz-dot-com-pokemontvshow-garyfuckingoak-motivational.jpg from Kanto]], where [[MemeticMutation there are only 8 gyms]]. However, he gets owned in the Veridian City Gym by Mewtwo, and in the Kanto League preliminaries, both which Ash fared better. This, and the fact that Gary got pampered with a convertible, pretty much implies that Gary, [[BrilliantButLazy while being a skilled trainer, did not undergo the same effort of travelling/training/gym-badge-collecting that Ash, Brock, and Misty did.]]
** Alot of the rivals after him follow suit, especially the ones that beat him at the regional conference. Tyson had Mons from a region he didn't even hear about before meating him (for bonus he beat Ash just after Ash beat Gary), Harrison had a nearly fully evolved team of his and Morrison's team, and Vergil has a job on top off being a trainer. Doesn't even have to be his rival either, Soledad anyone?
** If an Elite four of champion appears they usually are this or subvert it. Lance is a DragonRider who takes on Legendaries, Cynthia is a LadyOfWar who deals out CurbStompBattle after battle and Flint completely shows up Ash. On the flip side Bruno looks like a bum, Drake appears to be a ArrogantKungFuGuy and Alder is a CasanovaWannabe but all show a level of understanding with pokemon that Ash and co. can only look up to.
* Keigo "Ore-sama" Atobe from ''ThePrinceOfTennis'' is the incarnation of this trope.
* Ranma Saotome of ''RanmaOneHalf'' is always the best at whatever fighting style, non-violent or semi-violent, feminine or masculine competition his opponents challenge him to. From coordinated team ice skating to the Tea Ceremony. All women want him, all men envy him (and sometimes want ''her'').
* ''RentalMagica'' has a {{deconstruction}}. The [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Association's]] investigator Kagezaki, who is apparently powerful and knows a lot, just stands nearby with a confident smile and interferes only when he absolutely must, however dire the case is. He's also royal pain in Astral's butt as their curator and seems to enjoy employing JerkAssFacade and constantly keeping the cast on their guard.
* Max Sterling in ''{{Robotech}}''. He's made a nice guy and a hopeless romantic (who almost gets in a StarcrossedLovers romance at some point, but manages to make his rival pull a HeelFaceTurn) to make him more of a sympathetic character, though, and the heroes want to have him for a friend both on and off duty. For instance, Rick Hunter, one of the lead characters who ''was'' a cocky pilot himself, is more than ready to acknowledge that Max is far better than himself, which makes him a great wingmate to have with you in battle.
** Max is considered undefeatable in the ''{{Robotech}}'' novelizations in either mecha-to-mecha or hand-to-hand combat, to the point that in the final battle of the first-generation novels engaging his blue-trimmed fighter is described as an instant death sentence.
** He's even better in his original ''{{Macross}}'' appearance as Max Jenius, and in ''{{Macross 7}}'', where he becomes the CoolOldGuy. Just look at his name!
** In the later stages of ''{{Macross 7}}'' Max is ordered to [[spoiler: sacrifice the entire million+ population of the Macross 7 fleet to bide time]] against the Protodevilin. Dismayed but not swayed, the Genius takes the battle to the enemy, even stealing the spotlight from [[spoiler: main character Gamlin's 'death']]. In the final battle, despite being a secondary character, Max outflys everyone, having the distinction of fighting closest to the BigBad [[spoiler: without having his VF explode]]
** In ''Super Robot Wars Alpha 3'', ''{{Macross 7}}'' is included, and Max is mostly used as the pilot of the Battle 7. And he still dodges attacks and shoots down enemies with the best of them.
* ''RosarioToVampire'' has Inner Moka. Not only is she one of the most {{badass}} characters in the series (which is [[WorldOfBadass saying something]]), but she's also very intelligent and analytical, her only flaws being her [[LethalChef complete inability to cook]] and her [[{{Tsundere}} aggressive, withdrawn personality]].
* Hiko Seijuro in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. He is so ridiculously powerful that the story never pits him against anyone important, as there would be no dramatic tension involved. In the OAV prequel to the show ("Trust and Beatrayal"), Seijuro is introduced by essentially causing a man to evaporate into nothing by hitting him so quickly with his sword. In the show's proper run, main character Kenshin (himself already famous as a savant of swordsmanship) struggles for months trying to learn how to fight as well as his master, and only gains the right to inherit his master's mantle after a very, very hard struggle--at which point his master reveals that the cape he wears is lined with a large amount of metal weights, meaning that he was still probably twice as strong as his student.
* In ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'', Misaki and Mashiro are absurdly talented artists with NoSocialSkills (caused by CloudCuckooLander Syndrome and an AmbiguousDisorder, respectively). Difficulties caused by their MinMaxing, and the other characters' attempts to overcome OvershadowedByAwesome, is one of the main themes of the story.
* Yutaka in ''Manga/ServantXService'' is excellent at academics, sports, housecleaning, cooking and everything else he tries without effort. On the other hand, [[BrilliantButLazy nothing really interests him]].
* Sonic fit this in SonicX and it almost every other Sonic related franchise.
* Kei Takishima from ''SpecialA'' is consistently ranked #1 in the school, filthy rich, handsome, and athletic to the point that it borders on CharlesAtlasSuperpower. About the only thing he can't do is get Hikari to realize that he likes her.
* Kirito, the ''protagonist'' of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', definitely fits this trope. He's probably the best of the 10,000 SAO players, and only loses duels when he isn't really trying... [[spoiler: or his foe is a [[KillerGameMaster Game Master]]. And even then, he sometimes wins. Even after ''dying'', [[OnlyMostlyDead he still wins.]]]] The leader of the Blood Knights is also an Ace; his health has never dropped below about 70%, and he beats Kirito in a duel. [[spoiler:Subverted, since he's the Game Master mentioned above and has GodMode on.]]
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' invokes this trope and intentionally cultivates this sort of image when in public to inspire Simon and the rest of his allies, even though he's far more restrained in private and admits he's as dependent on Simon as Simon is on him. TheWorfEffect aside it works out fairly well for him, all things considered, [[spoiler:until his untimely death]].
* Keith Goodman, aka "Sky High", from ''TigerAndBunny''. A ridiculously handsome, humble, {{adorkable}}, {{camp}} and [[NiceGuy well-meaning]] [[TheCape Cape]] with the title of "King of Heroes": he is the number one hero on Sternbild's [=HeroTV=] and is just as nice on-camera as off it. When an escaping criminal ends up being rescued by [[TheHero Kotetsu]] in episode 1, the criminal starts resisting and complaining because he would rather be rescued by Sky High.
* Judai of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': [[PlayingWithATrope played with]], [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] every which way in Season 3 when he begins to feel that he's not a real hero [[TrueArtIsAngsty without anything to burden him]] and success always coming too easily for him. As the BigBad convinces him, [[BrokenAce his greatest weakness is that he has no weakness]]. Also deconstructed with Ryou, who is the top student at the academy in Season One and has never lost a match (the only time he loses on-screen is when he forfeits to save his brother). When he goes to the Pro Leagues in Season Two, he suffers his first loss and has his confidence completely shattered, going into a losing streak that drives a FreakOut and eventually a FaceHeelTurn.
* Siegfried Kircheis in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' is the greatest tactician of the galaxy, a good fighter, a better marksman than his best friend Reinhard, and is the only one who was able to make [[TheRival Yang Wenli]] sweating bullets as the latter has no counter against him. He's also a NiceGuy and he would always call out Reinhard whenever the latter would do something morally questionable. [[spoiler: No wonder he's dead at the end of the first season, otherwise the story would have been over. His death is also one of the biggest meme sources in anime: [[MemeticMutation "If only Kircheis were here..."]]]]
* Kenshi Masaki of of IsekaiNoSeikishiMonogatari (TenchiMuyo!: War on Geminar). He was raised as a BadassNormal by a family full of PhysicalGods and [[GodinHumanForm avatars of cosmic powers]]. Whether it be combat, cooking, house keeping, wilderness skills, or stimulating massage, Kenshi is unmatched in the world he has been sent to. It becomes something of a running gag the way he steamrolls over the best and brightest of Geminar and yet still thinks of himself as nothing special.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} is the Ace to such a degree that it's practically a super-power. He's the world's greatest detective, non-super-powered melee fighter, physicist, chemist, engineer, tactician, strategist, pilot, you name it. But it's balanced out by him having ''[[BrokenAce serious]]'' [[DarkAndTroubledPast issues]]. He also tends to lose badly when faced with a brand new adversary he's had no opportunity to study and [[CrazyPrepared prepare for]].
* In ComicBook/{{Boxers And Saints}}, Red Lantern Chu is considered to be this by all of the people in the village of Shan-Tung.
* The reason for Solaris The Tyrant Sun's second FaceHeelTurn in ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' was that every single descendant of Superman proved far nobler than him, causing great jealousy on his part.
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} character Topper at least claims he's this and he's never been successfully called on it. It doesn't matter what you've done whether its recycling, building a time machine, or giving birth, he claims he's done it better.
* Herbie Popnecker (aka The Fat Fury), as a sort of comical early deconstruction of superheroes, would qualify as a preeminent example, though he doesn't look or act the part, and his parents are oblivious. Invincible, endlessly talented, loved and trusted by his allies, respected and feared by his enemies, irresistible to women (on one occasion, much to his chagrin), famous throughout the universe, there's simply nothing he can't do with ease.
* FoxTrot gives us Grandma, Andy's mom, who has apparently traveled the world, is a world-class chef and well-informed in most all subjects. However, she [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] the trope when Andy finally reveals that living under her and her Creator/MontyOum levels of awesome has made her almost unable to connect with her and feel seriously inferior to her.
* Best Tiger of ''Guarding the Globe''. The world's greatest marksman by a ridiculous margin, he wears a blindfold so his work won't be boring. He infiltrated a bunker that only Magnattack should have been able to access. He once incapacitated ten men with one bullet (and no, they weren't standing in a line). His Guardians of the Globe teammate Knockout thinks he really is blind, and that his kung fu is so good he can somehow pass for a seeing man, and he deduced that [[spoiler:Outrun]] wasn't herself because he could [[spoiler:''hear'' the difference in how she ''shaves her armpits'']]. As he puts it, they don't call him "Good Tiger" -- he's the ''best''. He is, however, antisocial in the extreme, and has no life outside of being Best Tiger. The Best Tiger is ''always'' hunting.
* {{Hawkeye}} was this during the early run of West Coast Avengers. In a scene in which he's fighting to keep the Quinjet he's piloting from crashing, the narrator comments that many [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] get praise for doing one thing well, but not Hawkeye--because he does MANY things well.
* Samuel Steele from DonRosa's ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' is a perfect example of TheAce. Not only does he give Scrooge a run for his money, but he [[BulletproofFashionPlate stands unscathed as a warehouse full of kerosene explodes in his face point-blank]] (while everyone around him ends up with AmusingInjuries), simply because it is not ''proper'' for a superintendent of the North-West Mounted Police to be 'blown up'.
* LuckyLuke might be the most notable example from Franco-Belgian comics. A "poor lonesome cowboy" and gunslinger with impossible aim and reflexes (he can draw faster than his own shadow, after all!), he's always in control and usually two steps ahead of everyone else. This is purely PlayedForLaughs.
* Similar to his mentor, {{Nightwing}}, who is acknowledged as the world's greatest acrobat, ''the'' best leader in the DCU, to the point where ''villains'' will team up with him because he asked nicely. This is in addition to being an extremely skilled, non-super-powered melee fighter and detective. He's also considered one of the nicest people around, and is shown to be on good terms with almost every superhero in the DCU.
* ''Rex the Wonder Dog'' from DCComics is quite possibly the first and only instance of this being applied to a non-talking, non-anthropomorphic dog. Rex can and has done everything and anything. [[http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/2860252.html He can drive boats and cars. (?) He's a great fisherman]]. He can ski. He can rope cattle. [[http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/2888811.html And he once killed a Tyrannosaurus rex using an atomic bomb]]. (?!) All without opposable thumbs. Did we mention that he's a lauded investigative reporter and camera man? Or that he's a decorated WorldWarII veteran and SuperSoldier? And that [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight nobody seems to find any of this the slightest bit strange?]] One only hopes that this was just meant as a huge satire. He ''can'' talk ''now'', after having drank from the Fountain of Youth some time in the late '80s, but by that point his glory days were behind him.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} himself has to count sometimes too, especially in certain stories like Our Worlds at War which were seemingly written just to show how much better than every other superhero he is.
* {{Franchise/Tintin}}. He can knock out guys that are twice as big as him, drive motorcycles, planes, and tanks, survive gunshot wounds, and do a lot of other crazy stuff and still survive.
* {{Wolverine}} would like to remind you that he's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice. His daughter and OppositeSexClone, {{X-23}}, may be even ''better''. However she's tempered by a ''lot'' of emotional issues because of her DarkAndTroubledPast.
* Hal Jordan of the {{Green Lantern}} series could be categorized as this, what with most other characters recognizing him as one of the greatest of his contemporaries.
* In early strips of ''{{Zits}}'', Jeremy's [[AloofBigBrother older brother]] Chad was this (at least in the eyes of his [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter jealous]] brother) to the extent that he was TheFaceless
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[spoiler: Mobius]] in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', though it's justified, since he's a ponified version of the PlayerCharacter from [[spoiler: AceCombat04]]. The griffins have Black Star and [[spoiler: Gilda]], though the latter is more of a BrokenAce.
* Yukihana from FanFic/AGrowingAffection has the skills of an S-Rank Jonin buy chooses to remain is a Genin. During the Demon Fox attack she hurt the demon enough to save the lives of the original Ino-Shika-Cho, and then proceeded to help Minato with his plan to seal the fox. All only day after giving birth. She was lethally wounded in the process.
* Zorro (not ''[[OnePiece that]]'' Zorro) from ''FanFic/LatiasJourney''. [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Berry Stoo and Mariah Susanson]] might also count, but are more a case of [[ParodySue Parody Sues]].
** Likewise, Auron from the sequel, FanFic/BraveNewWorld.
* Sara Nelson-Shimazu from the ''LyricalNanoha'' FanFic series called the ''FanFic/DevaSeries''. Although now a PosthumousCharacter and thus subjected to pre-emptive DeusExitMachina, in the backstory she was said to have sealed two Lost Logia on par with the canonical Book of Darkness by herself - remember how much trouble the Book of Darkness gave the canon characters - as well as being a highly accomplished mage who invented the eponymous system of magic, which has spells of both destruction and utility far beyond anything existing systems had to offer.
* Alexend from the French Pokémon Fanfic/Parody "Pokémon D/P: Plus qu'un jeu" (Pokémon Diamond/Pearl: More Than A game). Seemingly invincible, uses a sword rather than fight with his Pokémon, although he sometimes does so; always appears to help the main character, Zeronos (not related to Zeronos from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' except his name which was taken from there, it's his ACTUAL NAME), when he's facing an opponent too strong for him, such as Drakness, or simply to destroy something too stupid for him to deal with normally (such as facing the Teletubbies in a Pokémon fight, Alexend just jumped in and killed them all in one slash of his sword before the fight even started, stating that it wouldn't have been funny to fight them anyway.). He have a tendency to show up (and go away when he's done) in an unnecessary cool looking fashion (includes DramaticWind, sparkles, lens flares and whatnot when he's in a good mood, but he his more likely to just pop up in a breeze of wind behind Zeronos and disappear the same way). Can be considered as a mix between SidekickExMachina, HypercompetentSidekick and a bit of ParodySue.
* From ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', there's the [[PosthumousCharacter murder victim]] [[OriginalCharacter Ace Swift]], an Equestrian pegasus athlete known for winning every event he's ever compited in. It's {{subverted|Trope}} in the end, [[spoiler:as he blackmailed everyone that had a chance to beat him]].
* ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'': Do you want to invent an entirely new style of beamsaber combat that's better than the existing one? Lock Duo Maxwell in a room for three months and slip pizzas under the door. The room won't hold him though, you really do need the pizzas for that. Need an expert in salvage equipment? Duo's got your back. Diagnose Zero System exposure psychosis? He's got a checklist in his back pocket. Ironically he'll elaborate at length on his terrible childhood and why he ought to be a BrokenAce. But isn't.
* The Hunter in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. At least, Jeft is desperately trying to show the four that he's the Ace and they're feeble jerks. Unfortunately for him, the four [[spoiler: force CharacterDevelopment upon him, and he turns into quite a decent guy]].
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Doctor Lucy Carmichael of Rugrats. She is completely awesome at everything she turns her hand to: aviation, cooking, parenting, mechanical engineering, medicine. During the episode that introduces her and her husband, it's a running gag how Didi (another character on the show) is constantly discovering new things to admire about her new friend and being totally blown away and a little intimidated. She's also quite friendly and kind -- the kind of person who makes you wish you were cool enough to be her friend.
* Disney/{{Aladdin}} disguises himself as the completely over-the-top Prince Ali to woo Princess Jasmine, and he's introduced with a preposteously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM5VGfiSd3s epic song]] that's one long hymn to his awesomeness.
* In ''The WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'', Ash's cousin, Kristofferson, is a fox kit who seemingly can do no wrong, although he tries not to make a big deal of it. Regardless, young Ash feels belittled by him, but eventually both achieve a mutual understanding and become friends.
* Subverted with Captain Sternn of ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''. Outwardly he looks to be the typical Ace, with the heroic clothes, the swagger, the lantern jaw, etc., but we soon discover he's really a despicable character despite his outward charms.
* Dr. Glickenstein from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''.
* Mufasa from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Simba certainly counts too. (Like Father, Like Son.)
* Subverted by Metro Man in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. While otherwise fitting the trope to a tee, [[spoiler:he really doesn't want to be a hero and fakes his own death in order to retire]].
* The Shaymin from ''[[{{Pokemon}} Giratina & the Sky Warrior!]]'', likes to think of itself as one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', [[spoiler:the bird that replaced Nigel in a project]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale'' and [[WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale2 its sequel]], Merliah is a champion surfer.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Buckaroo Banzai]]: cowboy, rock star, adventurer, brain surgeon.
* Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore from ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. He has that aura around him that seems like he will come out of the war without a scratch. And he surfs! The Redux, however, subverts his aura of invincibility after the main characters steal his surfboard and he's reduced to sending out pre-taped messages begging for it back.
* Sam "Ace" Rothstein in {{Casino}}- one of the very first things you find out about him is he is a master gambler, who never loses a bet.
* David Hasslhoff's character from ''Film/{{Click}}''.
* Subverted beautifully ([[FallenHero and]] [[TragicVillain tragically]]) with Harvey Dent in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Aaron Eckhart actually seems to play nothing but deconstructed and subverted Aces, like in ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' and ''Film/TheBlackDahlia''.
* Ash from the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' movies starts out as something of a nebbish, but by the last scene of [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness the third film]], has grown to become an Ace.
* [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris Bueller]], frustratingly so (to many of the other characters as well as to some viewers). His defining character trait is that he gets away with ''everything''.
* Scarlett from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is so used to being one of the best that she takes any failure much harder than anyone else.
* The Great Leslie from ''Film/TheGreatRace'' is this, causing his less-than-perfect archrival to cry out, "Your hair is always perfect, your clothes are always white!" at him. Leslie is one-half parody of this trope. Since TheAce is already something of a parody, you're really getting 50% more bang for your buck here.
* In ''Film/TheGuardian'' we have Jake Fischer, a champion swimmer who can outperform anyone else in the class, including the instructor, Senior Chief Randall, who held all the records before Fischer arrived.
* Sarah Ashburn from ''Film/TheHeat'', to the point where the other officers hate her for being so proud.
* Nicholas Angel in ''Film/HotFuzz'' could be a {{Deconstruction}} of this. With how good and dedicated he is to his job, he has no room for any other part of his life. His improbably good abilities also get him shunted off to the country because he's ''making everyone else look bad''. This backfires on the Met, because when they want him back he won't go.
* Minnesota Fats from ''Film/TheHustler'', unquestioningly recognized by everyone as the best pool player ever.
* Elmont from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' is the most brave and capable of the Guardians, and holds Jack in low esteem at first.
* John Tucker from ''Film/JohnTuckerMustDie''. He's awfully handsome, good at sports and loved by everyone, especially the girls. Even though he's a famous womanizer every single girl still want to be with him. He's so perfect that no attempt to destroy his popularity works and in the end he's still simply awesome.
* The diminutive, middle-aged Mr. Miyagi in the original ''[[Film/TheKarateKid Karate Kid]]'' series is an absolutely invincible karate master who never comes close to losing a single fight, in any of the four movies in which he appears, even when he's up against several strong young men who are themselves black belts. Any time someone threatens him, it's a given the character will get his butt whipped before you can say "Banzai!"
* Jim Goose dominates the first half of the movie ''MadMax''. He has a great time even Just Before the Fall.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Neo. Morpheus might be the captain of the ship, but Neo is the star player.
* Kevin, Pam's rich ex, in ''MeetTheParents''.
* Captain Amazing from ''Film/MysteryMen'' is a subversion. He ''seems'' like TheAce for his first two scenes in the movie, then turns out to be a [[FeetOfClay panicky, self-serving dolt]].
* In ''Film/OurManFlint'', Derek Flint is a ludicrously competent CaptainErsatz of Film/JamesBond, with all of the latter's traits turned UpToEleven. The Government tries to give him a code book? No need, he's designed a better one. They try to get him a plane? He'll fly his own, thanks anyway. Training? He's a master fencer, martial artist, ''and'' dancer. He can meditate so deeply that it passes for death, and wake up with no ill effects. He can speak Italian so fluently that it fools natives. He does complicated surgery with a letter opener. He can tell you ''what city a Bouillabaisse was made in'' just from tasting it once. The whole movie is like this. And somehow Creator/JamesCoburn makes it awesome instead of annoying.
* The Commander/Steve Stronghold from ''Film/SkyHigh'', [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter to the annoyance of his son]].
* Subverted in ''SpyKids 3-D: Game Over''. An overly heroic super messiah comes in at the last minute, gives a rousing speech on how everyone should work together to win the game and singlehandedly bursts through the giant gates. He is instantly shot in the chest and loses all of his 99 lives. Made even funnier by the fact that he's played by Elijah Wood, and instead of having an actual name, he's simply known as "The Guy."
* Clark Devlin in the movie ''Film/TheTuxedo''.
* George Stone from ''Film/TheUntouchables'' could count as this, (as well as TheBigGuy) with his ImprobableAimingSkills.
* There's a reason ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan''. Everyone is in awe of his skills, he wins a tug of war with six men casually, blocks bullets with his bare hands, and brings a cornerstore barbershop into a business that rivals a corporation with shear zeal and energy. He loses a bit of his mojo with the cultural dissonance when coming to America but quickly regains it.
* Tom Cruise, who played the paradigm AcePilot in ''Film/TopGun'' made his early career playing a string of Aces : Ace Football Player in ''Film/AllTheRightMoves'', Ace Bartender in ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'', Ace pool player in ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'', and Ace race car driver in ''Film/DaysOfThunder''.
* The title character in ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. MasterOfDisguise and expert at martial arts and infiltration.
* In the middle section of ''Film/SinCity'', the character of Miho is introduced. She's mysterious and silent, but soon proven to be extremely deadly and efficient in the art of combat. She's a prostitute on top of that, though her skills in that category are never revealed.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ASongOfIceAndFire has Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. He is noted to have been an exceptional fighter, singer and was gorgeous. Someone close to him later recounted that he had no interest in fighting, it was just his nature to be superb at everything he tried. Most of the learned individuals of his time believed him to be the [[MessianicArchetype Prince Who Was Promised]] as a result. Of course, none of that lead to him opposing his father, [[TheCaligula Mad King Aerys,]] or saved him from having his chest caved in by [[BloodKnight Robert Baratheon.]]
* In-universe, Jake from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is seen as this. Whether or not he actually qualifies is a little more ambiguous.
* The {{Literature/Aristoi}} are selected (as their name implies) on the basis of being a group of Aces. They're all {{Omnidisciplinary Scientist}}s, artistic geniuses, and charismatic leaders.
* John Galt of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', complete with [[AuthorFilibuster one of the longest monologues ever written]].
* Amanda 'The School Swot' Tweedle from the novel ''Blonde Genius'' and related short stories by JTEdson. She is better at most of her subjects than her teachers.
* Buck in ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild''. He's strong, bold, intelligent, clever, patient, and just about whatever else he needs to be to thrive in his harsh conditions. Over the course of the story he kills the alpha sled dog, leads the sled pack, pulls a 1,000 lb sled, kills a bull moose by himself, slaughters an entire band of Native Americans and outfights in entire wolf pack to become their alpha. By the end of the story, he's a legendary figure.
* Appleby in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is good at everything he puts his hand to. He's handsome and charismatic and everybody likes him. Yossarian hates that son of a bitch.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Carrot Ironfoundersson. So much so that it was played for full shock effect when in [[spoiler: ''The Fifth Elephant'']] he challenged the BigBad to a fair fight (a very foolish move in itself) and promptly got his ass handed to him.
* Franchise/DocSavage was raised from birth to be the pinnacle of human physical and mental achievement.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Gilderoy Lockhart likes to maintain a public facade of TheAce, but he's really a FakeUltimateHero.
** Cedric Diggory is more of a textbook Ace in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''. [[spoiler:Then he is killed in seconds upon confronting the villains]].
** Harry himself also counts in way. At least in the areas of Quidditch and Defense Against the Dark Arts, it's shown that he is exceptionally talented; naturally gifted, however, with his DarkAndTroubledPast, he's more of a BrokenAce.
** Hermione is great at pretty much every branch of magic, save for Divination.
** Dumbledore, who is considered the greatest sorcerer in the world and is the only person [[BigBad Voldemort]] is afraid of.
* Lee Child's Literature/JackReacher.
* Three words: Bond. Franchise/JamesBond. (The film version anyway; the literary version is somewhat more realistic.)
* While on the subject of ''Franchise/StarWars'', [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Kyp Durron]] averts TheAce, at least in ''I, Jedi''. Yes, he grew up in a penal colony, where he was a slave. Yes, he is extremely powerful as a Jedi, rivaling Luke in raw talent alone. Then things go downhill: he gets possessed by the spirit of Exar Kun and goes on an anti-Empire rampage, killing his brother and twenty-five million innocents with the help of a superweapon. At the end of it, Luke lets him rejoin the Jedi after he breaks free, which causes Mara Jade and "Kieran Halcyon" to resign as Jedi students.
* "Literature/JeevesAndWooster": Jeeves spends ninety percent of his time [[TheJeeves pressing Bertie Wooster's shirts]] and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder solving his problems for him]], yet somehow manages to be ''highly'' popular and sought-after, know everything about what's going on, and have a more active social life even than his master.
* Carter (and, to a lesser extent, every other male protagonist) from Literature/JohnCarterOfMars.
* Dirk Pitt from [[Literature/NUMASeries Clive Cussler's novels]]. Officially a marine engineer by trade, he also is an [[GuileHero cunning]] action hero who has defeated the world-threatening schemes of a veritable menagerie of villains, made a number of discoveries that changed history and has little difficulty getting a [[GirlOfTheWeek Girl Of The Novel]]. I have not mentioned the nice collection of antique cars he owns, have I? ... I guess I just did.
* Slim in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', Westley tracks down men on a secret mission and climbs a mountain with his bare hands before easily defeating a master swordsman at fencing, a giant at hand-to-hand combat, and a clever thief at a mind game. Later, through his skills and cunning he and Buttercup become the first people ever to survive the Fire Swamp, and in a physically weakened state after having been revived from the dead, he helps two other men storm a castle surrounded by sixty armed guards, all before [[ToThePain bluffing his way]] out of a swordfight with a man dead-set on killing him, which the man had done once before.
* Ankoku, Aiden's Mahoka instructor in ''Literature/RogueSorcerer'', is immensely powerful, to the point where she can easily overpower other masters.
* ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' has Han Solo's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Dash Rendar. He's a very good pilot and a very good shot, and he's ridiculously arrogant, though this does annoy some of the characters. Failing to destroy something he was shooting at actually causes a HeroicBSOD on his part, and then he shapes up a bit. He also appears in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.
---> If Zak were in a normal mood, Dash Rendar would have been just the kind of person he'd want to meet. Zak had always been more of a thrill-seeker than his sister, and he could tell that adventures followed Dash Rendar like the tail on a comet. But Zak had done enough adventuring lately, and now Dash just looked like trouble.
* Literature/SirDerekAndTheFaeries: The titular Sir Derek is one, which is why no one in the king's court likes him
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Henry "Hank" Jellicoe is introduced in ''Game Over'' as this. He is in charge of Global Securities, an organization that is like the Vigilantes, but it spans the entire world. It has network even greater than Charles Martin's, and indeed Charles looks up to the man like no one else does. However, the books ''Cross Roads'' and ''Deja Vu'' reveal that Henry is actually a BrokenAce.
* Asher in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' is a walking, talking encyclopedia when it comes to exactly two topics: survival, and useless trivia.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Dragonetz is a famous warrior, a popular lady's man, and as a troubador he's second to none. This makes an expert at everything the court thinks is important.
* Professor John Kenner of the Creator/MichaelCrichton novel ''Literature/StateOfFear'': graduated from an MIT engineering course and a Harvard Law course both at higher than average speed, became a professor at MIT at 25 and still manages to be a hot-shot federal agent. Oh, and he is apparently able to quote geological surveys from memory. The only thing keeping him from being absolutely perfect is him at one point confessing he isn't good at languages and a major WhatAnIdiot moment.
* Jeff Raven of AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' series: A "Wild Talent"[[note]]A human with PsychicPowers and no formal training[[/note]] from a boondocks colony no one had ever heard of until aliens attacked it. He first shows up - as [[TheFaceless a mental presence]] in the middle of ''The Rowan''. By the end of the book, not only are he and the title character a couple (with a child), he's on the fast track to take over as head of Federated Teleport & Telepath - a position The Rowan had been considered for.
* Lionblaze from ''Literature/WarriorCats''. He's an awesome at fighting, hunting, and everything else the Clans care about. Of course, it all comes from his secret invincibility powers. Whether or not he is ashamed about this varies depending on what point is his character development the series is at.
* [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tycho_Celchu Tycho Celchu]], an AcePilot of the ''XWingSeries''. He's a fairly major character, but never the main one, which is just as well since he could very easily become a CanonSue, at least in the novels - in the comics he's one pilot out of twelve and mostly distinguishable because of his origin, his original hairtrigger temper, and his romance with Winter. He's an ''insanely'' good pilot, as a Force-Sensitive protagonist [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Quote:Tycho_Celchu#I.2C_Jedi finds]] - so good that flying against him is apparently the hardest thing Corran has ''ever'' done, and he'd fought a Sith Lord not that long before - and gets a lot of praise from the people on his side, to the point where everyone on his side who doesn't think he's a double agent loves him. He's also a bit of a [[TheWoobie woobie]] in-universe and [[EnsembleDarkHorse very, very popular]] out of it. This exchange, taken entirely out of context:
-->'''Celchu''': "I've been reviewing engineering records and damage statistics."
-->'''Janson''': "While we've been maneuvering?"
-->'''Celchu''': "Restraining myself so you could keep up with me left me plenty of time for intellectual pursuits. I also composed a symphony and drafted a plan to bring peace to the galaxy."
* Any Heinlein hero you care to name
** Lazarus Long a.k.a Woodrow Wilson Smith a.k.a The Senior from the Future History series is the Ace other Aces aspire to be, and a deconstruction of the trope.
** Zeb and Jacob from ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast''
** Oscar Gordon in ''Literature/GloryRoad'' is another super-competent warrior-engineer. Rufo as well.
** Colin Campbell in ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls''. His all-around competence is unsurprising considering that [[spoiler:Lazarus Long is his father]]
** Nearly any Heinlein character who isn't an outright ''villain'' is an Ace, unless they're either "Fivers" or Comic Relief, and even some of ''those'' are hypercompetent in certain limited fields.
* Doppelle of ''What Made Universe'' by Creator/FredricBrown. He also might be The MarySue, as a result of the universe resulting from a science fiction editor's musing of how a young fan of his, Joe Doppelberg, might conceive of the world working.
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* From ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' Artie, The Strongest Man... ''IN THE WORLD!'' Was a subversion of this trope. He was ridiculous looking, but from the protagonists' standpoint there was no denying he was quite possibly the Strongest Man... ''IN THE WORLD!'' Saves the day countless times, then vanishes.
* Austin From ''AustinandAlly'' He is very good at singing, dancing, and a ton of instruments. Ally even states that "Good things always happen to you, and you don't even try! Your life is like a gold star".
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The Groolugg falls into this category. Aside from being a bit dim, he really is just that good. That's how he got the title of Groosalugg ("brave and undefeated.")
** The Immortal is the apex of the trope. [[BadAss Total badass]], [[SexGod had a threesome with Darla and Drusilla]], [[TortureTechnician then right after tortured both Angelus and Spike]], [[MartyStu climbed mount Everest several times and wrote a self-help book that is a "life-changer"]]. The Immortal is, simply put, everything Spike and Angel want to be ''only better''. And he ''always'' beats them. And he also sleeps with Buffy, who spurns both Angel and Spike in the episode "The Girl in Question"...
* Warren Keffer on ''Series/BabylonFive'' showed up in season 2 because ExecutiveMeddling required J. Michael Straczynski to include this sort of character. Naturally, he didn't appreciate this and had him unpleasantly killed off as soon as he could get away with it.
* Starbuck from the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''. But see also Starbuck in the 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' started out this way, but in a subversion, she began slipping over the course of the series due to childhood trauma, her tumultuous relationship with Apollo, and the machinations of the Cylon Leoben Conoy. By the end of season three, the character is a nervous wreck incapable of flying a simple patrol mission without endangering the fleet.
* ''TheBigBangTheory'' has David Underhill to Leonard. He's a physicist like Leonard except he's smarter, incredibly attractive, suave, and has loads of cool hobbies. He's introduced to Penny and starts dating her almost immediately, when it took Leonard ages to even get one date with her. At the end it turns out [[spoiler:he's actually married]].
* Lord Flashheart (WOOF!) in ''{{Blackadder}}'' is so much of an Ace that on his first appearance, ''he gets his own version of the ThemeSong.''
-->Lord Flashheart, Lord Flashheart, I wish you were the star.
-->Lord Flashheart, Lord Flashheart, you're sexier by far.
** Also: "Hurrah! It's the Scarlet Pimpernel!"
* Hilariously averted in ''BlackBooks''. One of Bernard's friends tries to extoll his virtues to a girl. "You! What did you say to Kate? She thinks I'm the Renaissance! She'll think I've lied. I have to go along with all this 'reclusive genius' stuff. She's going to be very upset when she finds out I'm a reclusive wanker!"
* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Angela's ex-husband Grayson is an ace. He build a house for her with his bare hands while smuggling medical supplies into Cuba and supporting an orphanage. On top of that, he is simply beautiful.
* Played with in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' in the episode "Superstar". Jonathan appears to be this, and turns out to be using a spell that made him so perfect. Played somewhat straight with Riley on his return episode in season 6.
* Series/{{Castle}}: Beckett's old flame and mentor is presented as this at first. He later ruins his friendship with her, but the features of the trope are still there.
* On ''{{Cheers}}'' Sam Malone had an unseen older brother who was TheAce. Most of the regulars (with the notable exception of Frasier) treat Sam himself this way at least some of the time, since he's good-looking and was a professional athlete while they're ... well ... the sort of people who hang out with Cliff and Norm.
* An episode of ''Series/ChinaBeach'' features a hot-shot colonel who comes in with a mustache and sunglasses, talks TheRambo out of his self-pity, goes swiming and kills a shark for dinner, becomes the grand-prize in a sex-lottery among all of the women, and then flies out on a helicopter heroically (and stupidly) standing on the skid, while a poem is spoken about how great he is.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Captain Awesome
** Bryce Larkin is also quite the Ace.
** As is Cole Barker, who appears to be at least partly based on James Bond.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Beginner Pottery, Rich is introduced as an Ace in the pottery class that Jeff, Abed and Annie take. Rich's inherent brilliance at pottery and life in general (he is also a doctor and just does the class to relax) ends up getting Jeff so mad that he performs "the hilarious guy on guy" variant of Film/{{ghost}}ing on Rich and then leaves the class.
* Captain Jack Harkness, in his early ''Series/DoctorWho'' appearances. The Doctor became the ace to poor Craig in "The Lodger". He was better than Craig at football, and his job, and convinced his girlfriend to leave town, and talked to a cat, and had a sexy shower scene, and...
** Dorothy "Ace" McShane herself, of course! She is so proficient in making improvised explosives that the Doctor comes to heavily rely on her skill, despite repeatedly voicing his disapproval of Ace's methods.
* ''{{Frasier}}'' episode "The Perfect Guy" features Dr. Clint Weber (played by [[Film/TheRocketeer Billy Campbell]]), an outrageously good-looking (even Frasier's father is stunned) Oxford-certified M.D. (who put himself through med school working as a ''sous chef'', leaving him an expert cook), polyglot (speaking at least English, French and Korean), pilot, squash champion, and generally charming individual. After an episode of slowly giving in to envy after a series of increasingly unlikely upstagings, Frasier gleefully discovers the man can't sing.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica's season 1 boyfriend Allan who was good at sports, is a delight in conversation and apparently well-endowed. The gang didn't take it well when Monica decided to break up with him.
* A character ''named'' Ace appeared in ''{{Gap}}''. Prior to his appearance, it was mentioned that he must be awesome to have earned the name, but was revealed to be just a normal person.
* Takaoka Eiji of ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''. Before becoming [[SixthRanger BoukenSilver]], he, alone, in his human form, is an even match for the Ashu demons, whom the other five Boukengers can barely defeat when morphed. He uses the pronoun [[JapanesePronouns "ore-sama"]] and consistently acts like TheAce.
** [[JustifiedTrope There's a reason for this...]] [[spoiler: Eiji is ''half''-human. His mother was an Ashu]].
** Plus, that was his debut. Once he's more set into the series, he starts getting less badass.
** Also in a previous Sentai, ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', there's Takeru/Red Mask, who'll claim that he's an expert Karateka who became so because one day as a kid, he suddenly declared he wanted to do Karate, as well as being a well-behaving, good, top-scorer and good looking boy back in the days. Would be true in the present too... except when the team went back to the past, they found out that he's [[BrattyHalfPint anything but]] TheAce, and it takes [[MyFutureSelfAndMe the future self's warning]] that he finally started manning up and starts his way to become an ace. At the end of said episode, the team [[WhatTheHellHero called out his lies]] [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]].
* Fonzie on ''HappyDays'' turned into this once he became a {{Breakout Character}}
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Max dates a great guy, Grant, who everybody says is too good for him, and he soon wins over the entire gang (except for Dave, who is being deliberately difficult because he wants to be the gang's cool guy). Subverted when its shown that Grant is needy, and that's why he was trying to impress everybody anyway.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Robin's first post-Ted boyfriend, the Argentine masseur Gael (played by Enrique Iglesias). EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* Jack Campbell, [[DisappearedDad Tripp's dad]] from [[ImInTheBand I'm in the Band]]. As Derek said, "[[IndianaJones Indiana Jones]] or [[SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes]]? Pick one; (he) can't be both!" Oh, and he [[ButForMeItWasTuesday captured Bigfoot]]!
* But none of them have anything on Ken Hayakawa, TheHero on KaiketsuZubat. He's TheAce to such an extent that he was codifying this trope back when it was an UnbuiltTrope. To put it in perspective, OnceAnEpisode, he'd say to the enemy of the week, who was always a specialist in a certain area of combat that he was the second-best user of that fighting style in Japan. Then, after being asked who was the best, he'd whistle and tip his hat. And to prove that it wasn't just empty words, he would then proceed to prove it.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''/Souji Tendou is a particularly grating version of this, [[UpToEleven cranked to 11]]. And he's ''the protagonist''. You end up rooting for the bad guys very, very quickly.
** Or you root for Kagami, who has to struggle through a long period fighting monsters with nothing but normal weapons until he finally gets a TransformationTrinket to call his own.
** Before Tendou, there was Jou Shigeru/''Series/KamenRiderStronger'', who was a self-absorbed Ace at the beginning of the series but grew to be a likeable hero like most Riders.
** After Tendou, ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' a.k.a. Tsukasa Kadoya would've been one, if it wasn't subverted by the fact that his photos always come out wrong and he's always the target of the Hikari-style Laughing Pressure Point.
** Tsukasa proves how you do such a character right. With a couple chinks in his armor you make him fun instead of a MarySue. Tendou really ''was'' as perfect in every way as he thought he was, which makes him fun sometimes, but it's also a weakness. It was also justified to some degree, as Tsukasa took on a different role in whatever world he went to. For example, the World of Series/KamenRiderKuuga had him as a police officer. So naturally he has to be good at a large variety of things to be able to pull that off.
* ''KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire'' has Ralph Longshaft (spelled Ralph, pronounced Rafe) introduced this way. He's everything Krod aspires to be [[spoiler:up until he is revealed as TheMole and betrays them to the BigBad]].
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', the entire [[BadassCrew main cast]] is largely this. [[TheBigGuy Eliot]] even falls into the category of InvincibleHero.
* Eliot Spencer on ''{{Series/Leverage}}''. A GeniusBruiser, {{Omniglot}}, and master of AwesomenessByAnalysis, a talented country singer, SupremeChef, and pro baseball player, and TheCasanova, to boot. If not for his lack of tech savvy (and his DarkAndTroubledPast), he'd be almost nauseatingly perfect.
* Occasionally seen as a visiting doctor in ''Series/{{Mash}}''. And just as often subverted. One doctor, coerced into visiting by Hawkeye and BJ, [[spoiler: has a HeroicBSOD midway through the episode, just before having to perform a delicate and life-threatening surgery on a patient. He's found in the Swamp, drunk, much to Hawkeye's disgust]]. A second Ace doctor, filling in for a sick Potter [[spoiler:[[OutDamnedSpot also breaks down]]]] just before a [[RecycledScript suspiciously similar operation]]. A surgeon, temporarily appointed to the 4077th [[spoiler: ''wasn't even a surgeon'', but someone ''pretending'' to be one]]. There was one episode involving an Ace colonel that was played by... wait for it... Leslie Nielson.
** The drunk doctor (played by Alan Alda's father) was a veteran of WWI and WWII, and he simply explained that war and age had taken their toll such that experience and expertise were of no avail against the ravages of time and the horrors of war.
** Dr. Winchester was an Ace surgeon, dated celebrities and was often able to outsmart Hawkeye Pierce.
* Lancelot serves as this during his early appearances on ''{{Merlin}}'', mostly showing up the rest of the knights of Camelot in chivalry and in fighting prowess.
* ''TheMiddleman'''s main character of the same name. A GoshDangItToHeck type who very rarely curses, drinks only milk, walks in and out of [[WretchedHive wretched hives of scum and villainy]] with barely a scratch, and can be an annoyingly perfect BadassNormal. Luckily, he's an excellent Middleman and mentor to his partner, [[ActionGirl Wendy]] [[BadassNormal Watson]], and his Ace-ness just provides amusing fodder when he ''isn't'' quite so perfect.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Freddie "The Frog" Robdal. A debonair, gentleman thief who was a charming, generous and very clever man, who had a fondness and talent for art, was a hit with the ladies, and whose last job was the sucessful theft of half a million pounds worth of gold bullion, which he hid by burying it at sea under one of his pseudonyms (which he planned to retrieve using his skills as a diver). The image is slightly ruined by the fact that he died by sitting on a detonator during a later job.
* Chris Traeger on ''ParksAndRecreation'' is blindingly handsome, so [[ThePollyanna positive]] that his own girlfriend doesn't notice when he breaks up with her, runs at least ten miles a day, and is immediately well-liked by nearly everyone he meets. (The positivity is justified by his admission that he was born with an extremely rare blood disorder and was only expected to live for a few weeks, thus making every day a gift.) It's all subverted by the fact that he actually isn't very good at his job: as a state auditor, he's in the business of making budget cuts, but because he finds it hard to say no to anyone, he never got anything done until he was paired with the comparatively dour ObstructiveBureaucrat Ben.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' had Justin. It's difficult to find a Scrappy in that season, for [[ReplacementScrappy obvious reasons]], but Justin is a [[TeenGenius preteen genius]] who, by the end of the season, is the most experienced Ranger on the team, due to his four companions leaving. Oddly, he has a character, including a [[DarkerAndEdgier father who abandoned him because he couldn't deal with Justin's mother's death]] and [[FreudWasRight he uses Tommy as a substitute father]], but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Jason David Frank leaving the show]] cut that plot short.
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' had Zhane, the Silver Ranger. As a SixthRanger, he'd be expected to be cooler than the rest... but he did it with ''flash.''
* [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Ynon]] from the Israeli series ''Series/PrisonersOfWar'', who is hand-picked to take part in Operation Judah due to his physical and mental excellence as a soldier, and who is shown to master new skills - such as the use of a code finger-tapping language - in seconds.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXYfnWRp1Q0 "Ace" Rimmer]] ([[PhraseCatcher what a guy!]]) in ''Series/RedDwarf'', the TropeNamer. Interestingly, when the regular Rimmer [[spoiler:decides to become the [[LegacyCharacter new Ace Rimmer]], it appears that he will intentionally avoid acting in the same way the Ace he met did]] because he found Ace to be an annoying prat.
* A few episodes of the ancient detective show ''TheRockfordFiles'' contrasted James Garner's hard-luck PI Jim Rockford with Lance White, a handsome Ace Detective with a snazzy suit and car who needed only to walk into a room or step into a field of weeds to discover the needed clue...Lance was played by Tom Selleck with an XL serving of ham. The annoyed Rockford is left to complain that "It doesn't work that way!"
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Dr. Kevin Casey is an example where the Ace has a "hidden" FatalFlaw.
** A first season episode had an intern named Murdoch also appear to be the Ace, handling all of the problems that came his way without flinching, but breaking down at the end of the episode.
** Dr. Molly Clock, a brilliant shrink who could not only heal ''The Todd'', make any character realize their problems, but her everlasting good mood couldn't be crushed by Dr. Kelso and Dr. Cox ''combined'' either.
* "Rod" [=McKay=] from [[Series/StargateAtlantis "McKay & Mrs. Miller"]] is an imitation Ace Rimmer; he's Rodney [=McKay=] from an AlternateUniverse and charms everyone on Atlantis (save Rodney himself) while saving the day. It's subverted at the end when everyone says they prefer Rodney because Rod was overbearing and ''[[WeWantOurJerkBack too nice]]''.
* Tom Paris in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''; designed a warp engine that went to infinite speed, picks locks, leads commando teams, is an ace pilot, and he's the field medic.
* Josh Lyman on ''TheWestWing''... [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation according to his fans, at least]].
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' franchise, Fantöm, Amaras and Spectre for their respective factions. Fantöm is that in the overall game [[spoiler:because the creator has been getting his avatar illegally enhanced behind his back. Amaras becomes number one once the whole thing is discovered]].
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* Achilles and Odysseus of TheIliad and TheOdyssey are this trope to different degrees. Achilles borders on BoringInvincibleHero while Odysseus is one of the earliest known examples of a GuileHero.
* Heracles was a great athlete, warrior, general, sailor, explorer and trickster among other things.
* Cu Chulainn, hero of the ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge'' and other stories of CelticMythology, had a reputation of being awesome at everything, be it fighting, sports, chess, crafting and solving riddles, chariot-riding, being ridiculously good-looking, or [[SuperpoweredEvilSide turning into a horrific, bloodthirsty monster and going on a killing-spree]].
* Gilgamesh of TheEpicOfGilgamesh was such an Ace, his bored fits caused his people to beg the gods to send him a friend.
* In other tales, Lugh joined the Tuatha Dé Danann because while the gods had a master smith, warrior, bard, sorcerer, and harper, they did not have among their number someone who excelled in them all ''simultaneously''.
* Norse myth makes every god but one into the butt of many jokes, including Thor for being such a dumb meathead. Odin, however, gets away with being an unstoppable warrior, leader, maker of the world with the bones of Ymir, who knows all the charms and has the wisdom of Mimir as well as literally irresistible (as in, they are magically compelled) charm for the ladies.
* The tall tales of Pecos Bill catalogue his many outlandishly improbable accomplishments, such as eating dynamite and lassoing a tornado.
* Sun Wukong from JourneyToTheWest borders on CanonSue. He is so capable and has so many powers and so much prowess, he is able to tell both Heaven and Hell off, defying first the various Hells to avoid punishment, and then Heaven when he was given a low-ranking posting for a god. The Monkey King has strength, speed, superior fighting prowess, magic transformations, and knows many magics. After defeating 10,000 warriors of Heaven by himself, he is finally bound by the Buddha. He eventually brokers a deal to get out by accompanying a monk, and on the pilgrimage earns nothing less than full Buddhahood.
* Zhuge Liang of TheRomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms is a gifted prophet, thinker, inventor, strategist, poet, musician, and statesman. He is so cunning, he kills a man with a sternly worded letter. Guan Yu also qualifies, as he is a brilliant general, sage, and scholar whose sheer badassery lets him keep playing calmly playing go as surgery is done on his arm. Cao Cao is an example of the Ace as an InformedAbility, because after a few episodes of sheer mind-blowing brilliance, he quickly turns into GeneralFailure
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* HulkHogan. Whenever he would perform his "Hulk Up" maneuver, did he ''ever'' fail to block an opponent's punch?
* JohnCena, who somehow manages to "win" even when he loses. Which he rarely does.
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* Joey Percival of George Bernard Shaw's ''Misalliance'' is a daring, intelligent, handsome pilot who shows up in Act 2 to [[strike:steal]] [[AllWomenAreLustful be pursued by]] another man's fiancee and generally outshine most of the rest of the cast, although arguably he himself is outshone by the even more daring Lena [[strike:Shc]] [[strike:Sch]] [[strike:Szcz]] [[TheUnpronounceable the Polish Lady]].
* Electra the Electric Engine in ''StarlightExpress'', who shows up in the railyard and promptly outdoes even the local JerkJock Greaseball. His [[PraetorianGuard component/assistant cars]] sum make it very obvious that he's the best around:
-->"Electra is ''cool''. Electra is ''hot''. Cool. Hot. A megastar. A megawatt. Rich, hot, powerful. Rich, hot, cool."
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* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' has Kai Allard-Liao. There are other great [=MechWarriors=] in the setting, of course, but after getting over his initial self-esteem issues Kai is just about universally acknowledged as essentially unbeatable in a 'Mech, period, with the main mitigating factor simply being that even he can only be in one place at a time.
* Anyone on the miraculous Aspect Arc known as "The Ace" in ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'' is just plain better than you at doing skill-based things, especially after 3+, to the extent that eventually they gain the ability to surf sound waves and punch characters out of comic books. Of course, the other Miraculous Arcs offer options such as [[FisherKing control over large areas]], [[TheFairFolk becoming a fairytale monster]], [[ElementalPowers control over elements]], [[PowerOfTheVoid blasting things out of existence]], [[RealityWarper reality warping]], [[PowerAtAPrice binding powers to various pacts and injuries]], or the ever-popular [[ScaledUp turning into a giant snake]], so it's not a guaranteed "I Win" button all that often.
* ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Most of the Primarchs are the best of the best there is, and are quick in learning what they are taught, as they are all genetic clones of the God Emperor. Most notably Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines who was a great statesman and powerful warrior. Then there's Fulgrim, he had the looks, the skills, and in his quest for perfection, he ended up corrupted by Slaanesh.
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* Pierce in ''VideoGame/BattalionWars 2''. He even [[spoiler:pulls off ''three'' BigDamnHeroes moments in a single mission--the last one, no less]].
* Subverted by ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Bang Shishigami -- he's got the attitude of TheAce down pat, what with his over-the-top theatrics, constant attempts at taking the centre stage of every scene he's in, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} traits, {{leitmotif}} (he's also got a second one, complete with vocals by JAMProject, for his SuperMode), HotBlooded-ness and dedication towards being a true 'Hero of Justice'. He's also the resident JokeCharacter who, though not in any way lacking in competence, is still only a human in a cast consisting of [[OneManArmy Super]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Humans]], [[EldritchAbomination various]] [[{{Vampire}} Monsters]], [[LittleBitBeastly Beast]][[CatGirl kins]], {{Robot Girl}}s, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Samurai Ghost Robot Time Traveler]] and people possessing [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]], making him horribly WrongGenreSavvy and making everybody else [[PlayedForLaughs treat him like a joke]].
** Played straight by [[ColonelBadass Colonel Kagura Mutsuki]]. He has a high ranking in the NOL, he's charismatic enough to earn [[IceQueen Rachel's]] respect upon her meeting him, and he's strong enough to match [[PersonOfMassDestruction Azrael]] in combat. Even [[TheHero Ragna]] starts to feel out-shined by him, and finds him rather annoying. [[HandsomeLech Kagura does have one major personality flaw]], but it doesn't really hold him back much and is more PlayedForLaughs than a personal weakness.
* Citan Uzuki from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. He is "officially" just a rather skilled doctor, but as Fei once states, "the doc knows a lot about a lot of things". Apart from his medical skills, he is also a genius mechanic and engineer, one of the greatest swordsmen in the world, a talented martial artist, usually the most intelligent person around, a keen psychologist, a [[spoiler:highly skilled spy and double agent]], an expert in LostTechnology (although some people are better than him at that), a good and responsible husband and father, and maybe the only person in the world who understands something of the game's metaplot (whose implications would scare the shit out of any normal person) without being at least several hundreds of years old. With all of that, he still manages to be a really kind, caring and accessible person who helps everyone and will usually always say and do the right thing. The only things he sucks at is ''cooking''. (But his wife is amazing at it.)
* Drake Redcrest from ''ChibiRobo''. Or at least he's a toy based on an ace from a [[ShowWithinAShow show within the game]].
* Isaac Clarke of Franchise/DeadSpace. Extremely competent [[TheEngineer engineer]], skilled pilot, occasional hacker, and seasoned [[SpaceX Space]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]] Killer. Occasionally kills [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] with a [[ImprovisedWeapon Plasma Cutter.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'''s flagship {{badass}}, Dante. Mostly in [=DMC3=] and [=DMC4=]. In the first few minutes of [=DMC3=], he [[MadeOfIron takes scythe blades through the arm, leg and chest]]. He casually rips the blade from his chest without flinching, then proceeds to kick the crap out of a bunch of Mooks using only a bunch of billiard balls and a gun. [[CrowningMomentofAwesome While munching on pizza]]. Almost always has a one-liner ready for the situation at hand, while also succeeding in not being a heartless SociopathicHero too.
** Though he is the villain, Vergil could be considered this way too. The Daniel Southworth-voiced, blue-clad, [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] [[AloofBigBrother Aloof]] EvilTwin beats Dante at one point.
** Dante is more of an Ace in ''[=DMC4=]''. Every time he shows up he upstages Nero in some way and spends half the game killing the villains that Nero couldn't kill.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' is the quintessential Ace, mixed with a bit of {{Jerkass}} for good measure. He publishes a book titled ''Why I'm So Great'', collects his own memorabilia, and, while saving the world from aliens, is more concerned with the aliens [[MarsNeedsWomen stealing Earth's nubile women]] than Earth itself, and has a virtually endless collection of one-liners.
* In most of the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, you can take the special trait "Mysterious Stranger," which lets the player be occasionally and spontaneously aided by a man in a coat and fedora, armed with a six-shooter, who shows up, shoots everyone who has any intent of hurting the player, and then leaves. It's rare that it happens, but his overwhelming badassery makes up for it. His unique magnum can kill just about anything that moves (or doesn't) in one hit, but he still likes to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill unload all six rounds into them]].
* In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''-verse:
** Before his StartOfDarkness, [[BigBad Sephiroth]] was known as the absolute best of the elite group SOLDIER and admired as a hero. He was actually so good that, according to Cloud, the stories people told about him were ''understating'' how strong he was -- rather than the other way around as usual.
** Zack Fair, especially in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''. He's everything Cloud wants to be -- upbeat, popular with everyone, cheerful and fun-loving, JumpedAtTheCall and never came down, actually a member of SOLDIER, etc. He did nearly everything Cloud's famous for and did it first, up to and including riding on the top of trains, fighting rogue [=SOLDIERs=] and arguably did a better job of all of it. He's the first to meet Aerith by falling into her flower bed, as Cloud does years later. Almost everyone Zack encounters likes him, or at least they don't hate him even though he works for Shinra -- this includes Cissnei, Tseng, Sephiroth, Yuffie, Tifa, etc. The only time Zack really fails at a critical moment is in trying to stop Sephiroth during the Nibelheim Incident -- unfortunately, Zack's efforts are DoomedByCanon. Though he eventually loses to Sephiroth, Zack manages to put up a darn good fight. Zack is the sort of guy who's just TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. His death is a ForegoneConclusion, but he naturally dies in an epically heroic way, still every inch a Hero and every ounce an Ace.
** Even death doesn't stop Zack, because he [[spoiler: appears to Cloud just as Sephiroth is charging for the kill and manages to give Cloud a time-stopped heroic pep talk from beyond the grave, inspiring Cloud to find the strength not only to fight on, but to win decisively in a single attack]].
** Zack's position as TheAce is lampshaded in episode 8 of ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'', when Zack first shows up and works with the player character Turk. The title of that episode is "A Light That Penetrates Through the Darkness" or "A Light Even Darkness Can't Penetrate". Guess who they're referring to.
** It even gets a bit meta; Zack is one of, if not THE most popular characters of the FFVII compilation. Possibly the entire franchise.
** Though ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' also shows that Zack had some [[BrokenAce serious issues]] due to all of the misery the game puts him through. To Cloud and others Zack was an awesome heroic figure -- but Zack himself had HeroicSelfDeprecation in spades and died still wondering if he had managed to become a true hero.
* Tidus the "Blitz Ace" in VideoGame/FinalFantasyX. Yuna also fits this role quite well in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' as well, as demonstrated through her ChronicHeroSyndrome. Tidus is only really TheAce in Blitzball; he's an IdiotHero for a lot of the game.
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. Ephraim starts off so damn amazing he's a borderline GodModeSue. However, when he gets back to Renais, [[spoiler: Seth tells him that the citizens are not cheering for his return. They're only happy because Orson's reign of terror is over.]] Ephraim takes this as the sign that his LeeroyJenkins tendencies haven't been great for his people and begins to mature from then on.
** Not only that, but his fame as TheAce is one of the biggest reasons why his friends Innes and [[spoiler: Lyon]], despite both being very talented in their own areas, show quite the degree of inferiority complexes and covert/not-so-covert envy. In the first case Ephraim only sees it as normal FriendlyRivalry, but Innes [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter takes it more seriously]] to the point of telling Eirika that he'll only propose to her after defeating Ephraim; in the latter, it's massively PlayedForDrama since [[spoiler: Ephraim ''adores'' Lyon and never ever sees him as inferior, so he's struck ''hard'' (read: he's driven to tears) when he learns about Lyon's psychological troubles and how a part of them can be linked to seeing himself as inferior to Ephraim.]]
* VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius has a few of them. Ike qualifies in his Radiant Dawn incarnation, the Black Knight is busy [[spoiler: being the best general for both Daein and Begnion ''at the same time,'']] and Bastian seems to be a man of many talents.
* Captain Falcon in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''.
* Prince Peasley in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]''. [[TwinkleSmile Whenever he smiles, the entire screen flashes white]]. [[HoYay Luigi swoons over him]].
* Miranda Lawson from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is a noteworthy example, what with being genetically engineered to the summit of human perfection. She doesn't seem to have a problem with [[InsufferableGenius mentioning it from time to time]].
** Deconstructed through conversations. She suffers from an inferiority complex caused by having all her physical and intellectual abilities hand-tailored from birth, which causes her to feel that she can't take credit for any of her accomplishments on her own merit. Even more so, because she can't help but compare herself to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Commander Shepard]], another Ace, who she sees as having accomplished everything s/he's done without being genetically engineered.
* Zero to X in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series.
* The Boss from ''MetalGearSolid3'', who not only managed to fight in World War II while pregnant and give birth on the battlefield, she gave ''herself'' a Caesarean section! She's the fictional [[spoiler:Mother of American Special Forces]], and ''the'' reason behind all of the events of the Metal Gear saga.
** Snake from the same series is superficially The Ace, a legendary OneManArmy who's saved the world on multiple occasions and capable of wooing any woman ([[HoYay or man]]) he encounters, but the player, those close to him and Snake himself know that the truth is far less flattering. (It turns out that [[spoiler:much of Naked Snake/Big Boss' accomplishments are fabrications created by Zero]], while Solid Snake is [[spoiler:an imperfect -- and rapidly aging -- clone of Big Boss]]. He may have saved the world, but it's revealed that in doing so, [[spoiler:he's been an unwitting part of a not-so-AncientConspiracy's feud with Big Boss, then Revolver Ocelot]].)
** Grey Fox. "Fighting was the only thing... the only thing I was good at...". He was considered a hero and TheAce even after his defeat in Metal Gear 2.
* Marco from ''Main/MetalSlug''.
* Aki in ''VideoGame/NamcoHigh'' is running perfect marks in every subject at once (and she's taking ''all'' the subjects) and is president of every club and star player of every sports team. The only thing she isn't good at is having more than four seconds a day of personal time. [[spoiler:Also, she's a superhero.]]
* Dan Murray of Game/TheNextBigThing is a sports writer of no little renown, and good friends with most of the important Hollywood types. Everyone loves him so much that he can belittle, insult, and demean them until he's blue in the face and they'll just laugh and say, "What a guy!"
* Tom Goodman from ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever''. Subverted [[spoiler: because he's already dead, and the one you meet is an impostor]].
* Joe Chin from ParappaTheRapper.
* The protagonist of ''RadiantHistoria'' is this; he was able to learn an invisibility spell after seeing an enemy use it ''once''. From the perspective of the non-time travelers, its even more ridiculous. "We need a one-of-a-kind magic item protected by the most powerful army in the world!" "Oh, I have that right here in my pocket." He had to jump between two different timelines a few dozen times to get it, but they don't see that.
* Deconstructed in the {{Hentai}} game ''Season of the Sakura''; protagonist Shuji Yamagami is instantly good at any sport[[note]][[SuperDrowningSkills except swimming]][[/note]] without needing to practice or train, but refuses to participate in any club unless its members can beat him fair and square. Eventually he explains to his friends that he tried being the "school hero", but [[HardWorkHardlyWorks the people who actually had to work to get where they were]] resented him for just having skill handed to him on a silver platter, and he ended up being shunned and hated, which was why he transferred to this new school in the first place.
* A protagonist example exists in Sonic himself from Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog. He always manages to foil whatever scheme the villains have, and his sheer charisma has most of the cast looking up to him. [[SmugSuper And Sonic is very much aware of his status too.]]
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] himself. Going through all his accomplishments would take all day.
* Sanger Zonvolt from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. A LargeHam whose only real weakness is that his mecha's attacks all cost energy. He gains Ace status during the Earth Cradle where he takes on a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg zombie version of himself from another dimension]] in a duel, accidentally destroys a bunker that was supposed to withstand the apocalypse, and then one hit kills a boss. Like Kamina he can say the cheesiest crap and make it look badass.
-->'''Sanger Zonvolt''': I am Sanger Zonvolt! The sword that cleaves evil!
** Or on one memorable occasion:
--->I am Sanger Zonvolt! [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu The sword that cleaves the gods!]]
** Sanger's partner, [[strike:Elzam von Branstein]] Ratsel Feinschmecker fits this trope as well. Every one of his appearances is heralded by his [[MemeticMutation memetic]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome theme song]], and will inevitably involve much ass-kicking, bullet-dodging, and/or [[SupremeChef Supreme Chefery]]. Before he took on his PaperThinDisguise, however, he spent a game as a BrokenAce.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Van Grants is ''the'' Ace in a world that's just a few competent civilians short of being a WorldOfBadass [[spoiler:and, in a weird way, while he's very much a [[BrokenAce broken one]], [[{{Reconstruction}} he's also a straight one]]... [[BigBad to the villains]].]]
* By reading his CV, it is clear Santino from ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' was every bit the ace... [[DemBones Just too bad that by the time you meet him, he's been dead for decades]]. None of his crew-members seem to have realized this, however, as they still think he's awesome.
* Saxton Hale from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* In ''TokimekiMemorial 1'', main heroine Shiori Fujisaki is gorgeous, booksmart, kind-hearted, athletic, feminine, popular... What does she ''not'' have, as the "golden girl" of Kirameki High? Ah, she's very picky in regards to boyfriends... Well, you can still try to woo her and become her VictoriousChildhoodFriend! [[MultipleEndings Unless you choose to court other girls, that is]].
* Lara Croft from the ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' series. She has excellent acrobatic and fighting skills, and iconic sex appeal. She is broadly intelligent with a witty sense of humor, and can speak multiple different languages. Not to mention she owns a fortune, living in a manor and has her own butler.
* Maniac from ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' straddles the line between actually being The Ace and [[SmallNameBigEgo merely pretending to be]]--he starts as a reckless nutcase with a superiority complex, but eventually becomes every bit as formidable as he thinks he is, with ''two thousand confirmed kills'' by the start of ''Wing Commander Prophecy''.
* A weapon example in The Monster Hunter Series. The newest weapon, the "battle tonfas", in unite is critized for being a weapon that exceled in way too many aspects and ruined the competetive balance, rendering some other weapons close to obsolete. It has the mobility and versality of sword and shield, the fire rate of dual blades, the charge-gauge-based special attacks like a charged axe, but with spontaneous damage output like wyvern fire from a gunlance. On top of it all, it has a jumping move and can keep attacking mid air. Oh, did I mention that it can do both IMPACT and CUTTING damage by utilizing the gauge and is therefore the quickest impact weapon you can use to knock out a monster? Japanese fans said that this weapon has at once put lance, hammer, dual blades and insect glaive all to tears.
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* Miles Edgeworth of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' comes across as this. Handsome, rich, extremely intelligent, cultured and a living legend at his job. Subverted though, he's got a whole heap of [[BrokenAce personal problems]] and starts as something of an AmoralAttorney.
* Shirou Emiya from ''FateStayNight'' is considered the star of the archery club years after having left, is just as good a fencer and martial artist as he's with the bow, is technologically savvy, a SupremeChef, incredibly handsome, filthy rich and lives in a giant mansion with 5 beautiful young women who are all madly in love with him. Oh, and he's also a powerful wizard and has the willpower of a god. Makes it all the more infuriating to hear him monologuing every five minutes about how much of a loser he is.
** [[BrokenAce Not really]]. He's got [[MartyrWithoutACause some horrible]] [[HeroicSelfDeprecation self-worth]] [[ChronicHerosyndrome issues]], his beliefs and mindset are outdated and unrealistic, and at some point he's so destroyed on the inside [[spoiler: that his VERY badass and cynical future self, Archer, comes to show exactly what kind of person he will grow into -- and intends to '''murder''' him]]. Even with all of his talents, ''there is something deeply wrong with Shirou''.
* Each in their own way, both Shizune and Lilly from KatawaShoujo [[DeconstructorFleet deconstruct]] this trope. Shizune (representing the anime heroine archetype of the willful, energetic, "super charismatic" club/student council president most iconically depicted by Haruhi Suzumiyah) is so naturally excellent at everything she does that (perhaps combined with her deafness making it hard for her to relate to other people) she doesn't seem to fully realize that some people ''may not be as good as she is'', considering them lazy or lacking sufficient drive if they fail to match her (impossible) standards. Meanwhile, Lilly (who represents the perfect, princesslike, motherly, borderline saintly character) means well when she takes care of those she believes need her help, but is so unbelievably good at everything that she inadvertently only causes them to feel even less sure of themselves because they can never hope to be as good as she is.
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'':
** [[CoolBigSis Kurugaya]] is good-looking, athletic (to the point where she can FlashStep), intelligent enough to have one of the highest scores in maths despite constantly skipping and having no bad subjects, charming, and more than able to take care of herself in a fight. This actually leaves Riki feeling a bit insecure during their route, feeling that [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy she's helping him out much more than vice versa]].
** Also, Kyousuke. A charismatic, intelligent {{Bishounen}} that pretty much all of the characters look up to. He even has his own 'advice service' that is really just random students fawningly asking him for details about all the impossibly incredible things he's done. [[spoiler:Of course, it's hard to say what is and isn't a result of him manipulating the fake world, and by Refrain he's turned into one hell of a BrokenAce.]]
* Tei in ''VisualNovel/{{Nameless}}'' quickly become the most popular guy in school, is considered the most attractive of his already very attractive friend group, succeeds at everything he tries, and constantly takes care of and solves problems for his less mature friends. [[spoiler: [[BrokenAce Ultimately subverted.]]]]
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* Jack Fortinbras, of ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}''. A running joke about his character is the unanswered question of how he has time to captain the school's rugby team and get straight As in his Physics program.
-->'''Jack''': I couldn't possibly do my research without my team.\\
'''Stephen''': Nice to hear there are things you can't do.\\
'''Jack''': That's not fair. There's lots of things I can't do.\\
'''Stephen''': Name three.\\
'''Jack''': I can't fly an aeroplane. I can't carve stone especially well. I can't think of a third thing.
* Bob from ''BobAndGeorge'' is an interesting case, as he is actually the main ''antagonist''. The things that he can do are hilariously ridiculous, like how he can ''[[http://bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=010114 kill a hologram]]'', because "he's just that good". He also always gets himself up [[http://bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=001215 by doing a back-flip]], because he's that cool, and not because the author couldn't find any good sprites of him standing up.
* Fred from ''Webcomic/TheChapelChronicles'' never loses a board or card game. Never. Since games are one of Chapel's obsessions, she finds this astonishingly unfair.
* In ''CityOfReality'', newcomer Hawk thinks that SUEPR Team Five leader Todo is this: idealistic and generous to a fault, skilled enough to defeat any challenge, and recipient of general acclaim and affection. However, as the entire story is a {{Deconstruction}} of a MarySueTopia, Todo's idealism is sorely challenged by the world outside Reality.
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has an ace ''named'' [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/tag/ace/ Ace]]. His crew is almost a MirrorUniverse version of CK's, but better looking and more capable.
* Possibly Nanase from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. She is a black belt in Anime-Style Martial Arts, can currently bench-press 160 pounds [[spoiler:before her burnout she could press 200]], has "insanely potent" magic, and is trilingual in Japanese, English, and French.
** That said, the trilinguil is justified. She grew up in a bilingual house, and studied French. And most of her magic is not exactly damaging spells. She's a minor illusionist, albeit a very good one. But, in day-to-day life...total Ace.
* Will from ''Webcomic/{{Fanboys}}''. Made sixty-thousand-plus a year in prize money from gaming tournaments, can hold his own in a fight against [[spoiler:Berserk!Lemmy]], has ''[[http://fanboys-online.com/index.php?comic=86 "hacked" a board game]]'', and now he's apparently a Bond-style government agent.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Othar Tryggvassen (GentlemanAdventurer!) who's always willing to swashbuckle and ham it up like nobody's business, and who's somehow able to survive all manner of ridiculous dangers (plummeting to his death and turning up unharmed a few pages later is his specialty). He's also dangerously insane, but since he firmly believes he's the dashing hero in a thrilling scientific romance, being insane doesn't get in the way of him playing the Ace role to the hilt. He also has a rather large amount of charisma, though for a Spark it's normal.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has a female example -- Jones. She's both medium ''instructor'' "among other things" and embodiment of some sort of perfection which includes beauty (she's the single character consistently drawn with more details than the protagonist, just to make a point) and [[TheJuggernaut godlike toughness]] with undercurrent of deadpan "SeenItAll". There is also Robox, who is the Yin to eternal ButtMonkey Boxbot's Yang. The comic has yet to say what exactly either of them do, beyond the fact that "Everybody likes Robox" and "Nobody likes Boxbot".
* From Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, Bro Strider, elder brother of [[TheLancer Dave Strider]], by far surpasses any of the Kids or the Guardians in combat ability, and trumps Dave for sheer irony.
** Dirk acts like this, and he certainly has shades of it, but the stress of [[spoiler: Living in a BadFuture in which he and Roxy are the last of humanity, having to raise himself without anyone but [[DemonicDummy Li'l Cal]] to help him, and having to maintain the charade of being asleep on Derse]] make him more of a BrokenAce.
* Dora of ''QuestionableContent'' has serious issues with her brother Sven due to his being an Ace. Sven himself has serious issues with him being an Ace. He becomes a BrokenAce when he starts to realize he doesn't really have much to his personality besides picking up hot chicks, using wacky situations to get out of uncomfortable ones and writing music he hates.
* Carlyle from ''SamAndFuzzy'', a very humble form as he does not seem to want to be identified -- he is TheFaceless and shows up on several points to dispense {{Koan}}s to the characters (who never realize it's him); most of his heroic deeds happen off-screen and are referred to by others. The first major arc of the comic kicks off when [[UnluckyEverydude Sam]] tries to take on one of Carlyle's assignments and ends up in a spat of trouble with the Ninja Mafia.
* In {{Sheldon}}, Flaco is a former cosmonaut, a gold medalist in the modern pentathlon, read several hundred books over the course of one summer, and - according to one strip - will eventually become an admiral in the Bulgarian navy. Did we mention that he's a foot-tall lizard who talks in squeaking sounds?
* The main character of ''WebComic/TooMuchInformation'' is ''named'' Ace. He doesn't even have a last name. And while he does make mistakes on occasion, he seems to fall into this quite often, especially where women are concerned - practically every female in a 5-mile radius seems to automatically fall for him (including lesbians and ''ghosts''), and he had racked up 7 marriage-proposals before he turned 18. His foot-rubs are internationally renowned. At a charity Bachelor Auction, he brought in $5.000, which resulted from one woman bidding 2.500, and two others pitching in 1.250 each, while agreeing to 'share'. The two who are sharing? A grandmother and granddaughter. The granddaughter is a supermodel. The high bidder? [[spoiler:A vampiress who thinks he's hot]].
** Oh! Now it turns out that Ace is also a whiz at hapkido.
** However, his cooking is not 'inedible', it's just so ultra-spicey you have to be ''that manly'' to eat it, and only Ace is ''that manly''. His favorite ice-cream flavor is 'Habanero'.
** Recent evidence also suggests that he has 'spiritual power' on par with a Demigod or a Seraphim. And that his former 5-mile radius of seduction has been extended to the point where girls in Korea are committing suicide to be with him. If this man isn't stopped soon, his aura will extend to Babeatron IV, and then we'll be facing an invasion of {{Green Skinned Space Babe}}s...
* Ogrek the Undisciplined in ''{{Yamara}}''. Irredeemable {{Munchkin}}? [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-10-13 check]]. [[ChivalrousPervert Has a big bonus to spot ladies whom he deems "cute" even if they are hiding]]? [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-07-25 check]]. [[GoodScarsEvilScars "Heroic" scar]] and "veteran parade" uniform? Right here. Evading compromising situation ''with grace''? [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-09-22 check]]. Comment on having 20,000 hobgoblings as neighbours? "[[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-10-31 Nice, quiet professionals]]". CrazyPrepared while carrying almost nothing and ''[[ForgottenBirthday remembers her birthday]]'' no matter what's going on? [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-11-10 check]]. And let's not start on his ''[[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2006-01-16 other]]'' wife.
* The "official" Ace is [[http://www.yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-06-02 Ultima Thule]]. She's "eidolon of humanity" and as such has [[RPGMechanicsVerse all stats at the Human racial maximum]]. Since it includes Intelligence and Wisdom, she's not an adventurer (high-risk waste of time!) but a banker.
--> '''Fea''': Now she's reading Socrates and Tao Te Ching.
--> '''Joe''': Perhaps she's trying to improve herself.
--> '''Fea''': --[[spoiler:Simultaneously]].
* Payet Best of ''GuildedAge'' became a destined hero when TheCall suffered a case of mistaken identity and chose him over the real hero, [[MissedTheCall who was mere minutes late.]] He'd then go on to become a widely-renowned adventurer, slaying wicked monsters and bedding eager women as a talented musician, unbeatable combatant, and master of the IndyPloy. This has led to [[{{Understatement}} some minor issues with hubris,]] however, which often makes him impossible to approach among his peers who do ''not'', in fact, believe the world revolves around him.
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* Super 55 from ''AHDotComTheSeries'' is an example turned all the way up to CanonSue levels for comedic purposes.
* ChuckNorris, via MemeticMutation. And every other MemeticBadass[=/=]MemeticSexGod.
* Captain Hammer ("the Hammer is my penis") from ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' sends up the Ace along with everything in the Superhero genre, but with a twist.
* The Armory Master of Roleplay/EinsteinianRoulette. Fiery and incredibly beautiful, she is capable of impressing feats of crafting and combat, going unscathed through several high-risk missions without having so much as a scar to show. Before being put under the service of the HMRC, she worked in a bakery. She was good at that too.
* Pom Pom from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', to an extent.
* Ace from Roleplay/TheInsaneQuestOfUnfathomableRandomness was ([[MeaningfulName fittingly]]) one of these at first, but as time went on his team began to lose respect for him when he started becoming less of an ace and more of a traditional MartyStu. Lori could also be considered a female example. This has given [[BlobMonster Mortal]] enough basis to accuse them both of being a MarySue. Though the author is [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap trying to fix that]].
* ProtonJon of LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys by being the best at everything, except for luck. For example, in the Super Smash Bros video they did, it came to a point where all three of them were facing each other. Jon had to use a controller he wasn't used to, but still managed to beat both Chugga and NCS ''at the same time,'' while still having 2 stock out of 5 left. In the New Super Mario Bros Wii LP, while everyone else was having problems with their lives, Jon had reached 99 lives while still screwing everyone else (mostly Chugga) over.
* The Law from ''WebVideo/VideoGameHighSchool'' is recognized as one of, if not the best player InAWorld where video games have become SeriousBusiness. He's popular, intelligent and a ChickMagnet to boot. He is also a BitchInSheepsClothing that only cares about himself and torments people that get in his way or show him up (like the protagonist did in the first episode.)
* The WhateleyUniverse has this with Chaka, whose instinctive ki mastery lets her pick up more than just wire-fu martial arts tricks within moments and who's certainly prone to hamming it up. Or going after [[EldritchAbomination half-demonic hybrid weres]] with a rolled-up newspaper.
** Heck, Team Kimba has so many of these, the one who OWNS MARVEL COMICS, is a density manipulator who can instant-KO anyone without a force field, and is trying to become the new Batman...considers himself the weakest link. Oh, and also trained under David Xanatos.
* [[TheSmartGuy Pyrrha]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. A famous athlete who graduated from Sanctum with highest honours and won several fighting tournaments before joining Beacon, she backs up her reputation by being the most skilled fighter on Team JNPR and, if Weiss is correct, the most skilled in the whole Beacon Academy. She fights in battles with an incredibly complicated [[MixAndMatchWeapon shortsword/spear/rifle switch weapon]], and possesses a very powerful Aura. Despite her reputation and prowess, she is a HumbleHero and all-round NiceGirl, a stark contrast to Weiss' RichBitch personality. Her only significant character flaw is her occasional ExtremeDoormat tendencies.
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* Slickis, Ickis' famous father from ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' is this Academy's Most Esteemed Graduate and gets treated like a celebrity when he stops by for a visit. He's a champion athlete, a talented and innovative Scarer, great at public speaking, and he's such a NiceGuy everybody loves to be around him. His relationship with [[TheResenter Ickis]] is strained at first, because [[BrokenPedestal Slickis]] [[WhenYouComingHomeDad spends more time being famous than being a Dad]] but they reconnect after Slickis reveals he wasn't always so skillful and reaffirms that he believes [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre Ickis]] can do great things.
* [[KnightInShiningArmor Sir Victor]] in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''.
* Howie from ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals''.
* Hello Nurse of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' in not only the [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] HelloNurse, but also TheAce. According to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpS3eFqhxSQ song]] about her, her list of accomplishments includes winning the Tony, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer, obtaining several P.H.Ds, playing Chopin without rehearsing, singing opera at the Met, starring as the lead role in Theatre/KingLear, becoming the ambassador to China, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking not smoking]].
** But there is one thing Hello Nurse cannot do: [[DreadfulMusician sing]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7izMvoFuDM Here be evidence...]]
** Or she's TheDitz given a bit of in-universe MemeticMutation. Either way is fun.
* Jet from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is portrayed like this; he's strong, he's a good leader, he sweeps Katara off her feet, and Aang doesn't even seem to notice because he thinks Jet is awesome too. Only Sokka is suspicious of him, and for good reason; they later find out that Jet is rather psychotic and was willing to kill innocent people in order to wipe out a few fire nation soldiers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Bob grows envious of Jimmy Pesto.
* Aldrin Pesky from ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'' combines this with JerkJock and BigBrotherBully in his attitude towards younger siblings Maggie and Pupert. He actually cares for [[YoungestChildWins Bella]], the baby of the family. He's the captain of all the high school sports teams, has at least one in-universe fangirl swooning over him at his BurgerFool job, and his teeth sparkle when he smiles. Deconstructed partly when Maggie wants to get a better part-time job than Aldrin (or at least let everyone think she has). Aldrin discovers the ruse and is FURIOUS that she would lie about her accomplishments when he worked very hard to get where he is (a later episode confirms how insanely hard his sports training routines are), but he still offers to recommend Maggie to the manager once she admits she was wrong. Usually, he's too much of an AloofBigBrother to even bother giving advice, possibly because he's TheUnfavorite in their extended family, as Uncle Jeb blatantly favors Maggie (and later Pupert) and only compliments Aldrin when he realizes that gaining muscle mass means Aldrin can do more work.
* CaptainPlanet -- seriously, is there any power this guy ''doesn't'' have? If pollution weren't more prevalent than kryptonite, he'd make Franchise/{{Superman}} look like [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Aqua]][[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} man]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainStar'' of the eponymous series is called the "greatest hero any world has ever known", and a legendary captain and explorer with hundreds of worlds named after him. Despite being effectively exiled to a remote corner of the universe still manages to save the day on numerous occasions. On his ShowWithinAShow, he's even more so.
* A character simply known as "The Kid" from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. And, somewhat appropriately, he's also an AcePilot.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''. His ending ThemeSong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4rWLW2jmmo even tells you outright]]: "He's TheAce! He's amazing!! He's the strongest, he's the quickest, he's the BEST!!"
* Used to its fullest in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Identity Crisis" where [[StarfishCharacter Danny splits in two]], one of which embodies his heroic qualities. So much so that LargeHam speeches are an everyday occurrence for him, no tasks is too great or small for him to command--he can fight crime and vacuum his room with much pumped glee--his dramatic entrances are peppered with flashy backgrounds, imaginary wind dramatically blows his hair no matter where he is, and the music blasts triumphantly every time he appears on screen or does something over-the-top, including practicing appropriate superhero facial expressions.
* Chalky Studebaker in both series of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', incredibly smart, amazing athlete. However in both series, he's hinted at being a BrokenAce. Outright deconstructed in one episode when he and Doug get identical results on a test. Doug knows he didn't cheat, so the only other possibility is that Chalky cheated. After spending a day chasing Chalky through three different sports and band practice he finally corners him at his house and finds out that Chalky's been so busy with all his extracurricular activities he never had time to study. Then Chalky's dad proudly shows off his son's TrophyRoom, then adds that he's got a long way to go to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter catch up to his brother]]. Doug comments that it's a pretty big wall to fill and Chalky agrees and misses a game to re-take the test.
* Cornfed Pig from ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' fits this to a tee. He has dozens of degrees, has worked hundreds of jobs, and is a certified expert at everything. He materializes new skills whenever it is necessary or funny, from performing surgery on the fly, constructing a working helicopter from bamboo, or performing the works of Hendrix, he can do it.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy:'' Kevin is pretty much this, at least [[TheScrappy in-universe]].
** [[spoiler: Subverted]] with Eddy's older brother. Throughout the series, Eddy has been building up his brother as heroic and compassionate for him, but the GrandFinale [[TheMovie movie]] revealed that [[spoiler: he's actually a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who's been torturing Eddy for as long as they've been together and that Eddy made up everything he said about him. And from what we've heard, ''[[FridgeHorror Eddy's not the only one.]]'']]
* Prince Daring of ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' is this. It's pretty much his ONLY purpose in life, much to [[AloofBigBrother the detriment of his little brother, Daxter.]]
* Zapp Brannigan from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is a subversion. Most people think he's an amazing hero, until they meet him.
* Captain California in ''WesternAnimation/HeroHigh'' is a subversion. Physically he fits, but he's not quite competent enough.
* I.M. Weasel from ''IAmWeasel''. It got toned down in later seasons, but his first season incarnation is very much this and played the role of foil to the resident ButtMonkey I.R. Baboon.
* Professor Membrane in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. Or at least he could be, if he had enough common sense to believe Dib about anything.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JellyJamm'', the [[HundredPercentAdorationRating Queen]] is this. She is [[{{Badass}} athletic]], knowledgeable and [[ParentalSubstitute caring]], and, with the help of a few Dodos, runs the [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows Musical Factory]] that provides the music ''for the whole universe'', while [[OppositesAttract her husband]], the King, rather plays golf and [[OneOfTheKids plays with the kids]].
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible is a rare example of this being the ''protagonist'' herself. She's a straight-A head cheerleader who is involved in nearly every extracurricular activity, and she is quite GenreSavvy and can learn how to pilot something in just a few seconds. [[PhraseCatcher She can do anything]], indeed.
* Mei Ling in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda: Secrets of the Furious Five''. She was the top student at the martial arts academy where Crane worked as the janitor and is a [[NiceGuy true blue friend]] who helped the underconfident bird achieve his dream to enroll in the school.
* Experiment 262 from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' is a superhero compared to the other experiments. He was originally designed as a war weapon, but Jumba screwed up the formula and created a being with no capacity for evil. Jumba considers him a failure and locked him away whenever company came around. Oh, and his name actually is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ace]].
* Rick Thunderbolt of ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' is famous, gorgeous (complete with waist-length black hair and CoolShades,) beloved, one of the world's best racers - and knows it. Over the course of the show's first arc, he is crippled so he can never race again, and ends up as a mentor figure to Molly, teaching her everything he knows so that she can succeed where he did not.
* The titular duo of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', Trudy hires a housekeeper called "Renee" who is good at almost everything. Trudy gets jealous because she feels that she doesn't fit to everyone's standards and she feels that she has been replaced, so she decides to let her go because she's too "perfect."
* Vince [=LaSalle=] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. T.J. was one in the early season one episodes. Played with in "Here Comes Mr. Perfect" with Jarad Smith, a new student who ends up [[CanonSue being the best at]] ''[[CanonSue everything]]'', though deconstructed when it's revealed that he doesn't have many friends because he's better than every other student at everything.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has Skips. In general, he's good at everything.
** Deconstructed in one episode, where Skips is shown to be horrendously computer-impaired.
** Also, Rigby's little brother Don fits this trope perfectly. He is a successful accountant who is a large contrast to his groundskeeper brother.
* Hunter from ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' is kind of a mix of this, TheHero and IdiotHero. Nothing bad ever happens to him and he's always [[CasualDangerDialog cracking jokes during missions]].
* Lucy Carmichael from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', who had so many talents and accomplishments she appeared to be a parody of PositiveDiscrimination.
* Brian Boitano is presented as TheAce on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', despite never appearing on the show. According the musical number about him in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', he has magical fire-breath and once punched out Khublai Khan. He does appear in the 1995 "Spirit of Christmas" short, though only to give AnAesop speech.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has 4 of them. Spongebob is this compared to Squidward, as are Mr. Krabs to Plankton, Squilliam to Squidward and Sandy to basically everyone.
** Aren't you forgetting someone? Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen! He was Number 1!
* Jack Royal from ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'' lives next door to the [[MeaningfulName Perfect]] family. Ray Perfect is Eric's coworker and excels everywhere that Eric fails dismally.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' has at least two examples (one appearance each):
** Whistlestop Jackson, hero to millions!
** And the appropriately-named ''Ace London!'' ("You got that right!") He's good, knows it, makes a big point of it, and unsurprisingly, gets on Baloo's nerves as a result of his insufferable attitude.
** A possible third example played with is Rick Sky. AcePilot and squadron commander during ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin's'' equivalent to WorldWarI, and a living legend. Except for the fact he disappeared with a load of silver vital to the war effort and was branded a [[BrokenAce traitor]]. [[spoiler: He claims that he really ''didn't'' steal the silver after all, and instead crashed on a glacier with his squadron and was trapped there for a couple decades. Of course he doesn't help his case when he steals the Sea Duck. But he did it to try and get the silver back]]. Any disillusionment Baloo felt over these events is pretty thoroughly dashed when Rick [[spoiler: and his recovered squadron willingly take on Don Karnage in what's implied to be a SuicideMission to give Baloo time to escape with the silver, ultimately clearing their names.]] TheAce indeed.
* Aqualad is portrayed this way in his debut episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}} -- completely invincible to all natural physical harm, SuperStrength taken UpToEleven, [[SuperSpeed speed of lightning]], treats bullets like they're raindrops, destroys bad guys' vehicles (from cars to train to tanks) just by standing there doing nothing and letting them crash when they hit him, takes out monsters in one or two punches like they're toys, and loves to make dramatic entrances where something gets destroyed and he declares "[[GratuitousIambicPentameter There's no need to fear!/Underdog is here!]]" The catch? His powers are the effect of a SuperSerum pill, and he often spends half the episode dangerously weak if not nigh-helpless until he's able to take it and re-charge, which makes for an interesting balance of strength and vulnerability.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Brock Samson is a RatedMForManly GodModeSue, PlayedForLaughs. It helps that he picks up some [[CharacterDevelopment character dept]]h along the way.
** Jonas Venture Jr. also qualifies... and only gets more infuriating as the series progresses.
** Jonas Venture Sr. too, albeit posthumously. Everyone who ever knew him considered him a god among men. Even Rusty, who knows full well what a self-absorbed asshat he was, can't bring himself to break out of his father's shadow.
** Dr. Henry Killinger takes this UpToEleven while still playing it straight. In his two major appearance so far in the series, he completely rebuilds the Monarch's criminal organization while reuniting him with Dr. Girlfriend, and then rebuilds Venture Industries to its former glory almost overnight while giving Rusty Venture a much needed HeelRealization. He is terrifyingly good at what he does.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' with minor character and Lor's crush, Thompson Oberman. Nicely lampshaded by Tino and Carver:
--> '''Carver:''' He's a jock ''and'' a nerd!
--> '''Tino:''' Yeah, way to ruin the curve, Thompson.
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