->''"How the hell''
->''Did it [[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the show]]] do so well?''
->''When the main character is totally gay?''
->''He [[{{Wangst}} whines like a girl]]!''
->''And he fights like one, too!''
->''Crying "[[SurvivalMantra I must not run away]]!"''
->''I always thought that an anime hero was meant to have [[RatedMForManly big hairy balls]]!''
->''But then this guy, Shinji, seems quite unable to get up whenever he falls!"''
-->-- '''Creator/LittleKuriboh''' in a parody of the show's intro

The idea of a fandom and/or characters in a series disliking someone simply for not living up to the level of {{Badass}}ery that would be expected of the series or genre. Even more so if a little Angst is involved: expect that someone to be called out as {{wangst}}y.

This trope also leads to something of an AntiIntellectualism attitude: The hard, grumpy, antisocial badass will be worshipped for being manly and tough, while TheSmartGuy, even if she's/he's just as awesome, will be treated as a pussy because they dare to resort to anything other than their fists (even though the smarter character will often use certain [[TheGunslinger tropes]] [[CuttingTheKnot that are]] [[ThePlan seen as awesome]]).

If the character in question is far more badass than the fandom gives them credit for, they may well be UnderestimatingBadassery. In rare cases, the fandom know that a character is badass, but dislikes them all the same, either because the character isn't "badass enough" or because they are badass for reasons other than, for example, fighting ability. A quick way to test this is to think about what a character does in fiction and wait to see if any FridgeLogic emerges.

Compare RealWomenDontWearDresses, ARealManIsAKiller.

This trope is possibly a consequence of IJustWantToBeBadass. The WishFulfillment aspect of fiction generally makes people want to see characters they identify with do things that are cool/heroic/manly (i.e. {{Badass}}), which allows them to experience Badassery via a proxy of themselves. When the audience is denied their WishFulfillment, they may dislike it and displace that dislike onto a character. Generally, any character that isn't a nail chewing badass (and/or is capable of showing... *eugh* ''emotion'') will be instantly dismissed as a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] or CreatorsPet.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Shinji Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has many moments of angst, cowardice, selfishness, and reluctance and outright refusal to fight, but also has plenty of moments of heroism, bravery and absurdly awesome feats. But according to some people he is ''[[NeverLiveItDown always]]'' the former and the latter are anomalies that should be ignored in favour of mocking him. (Or, in the instance of [[Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K some]] [[Fanfic/ThousandShinji famous]] [[FanFic/NobodyDies pieces]] of fanfiction, [[PossessionSue have him take several thousand levels of badass]].)
** Shinji was the audience stand-in with some wish-fulfillment thrown in. He was expected to grow into a badass, as with other shounen leads. When he didn't meet audience expectations, some audience members saw it as [[TakeThat an attack]] [[ThisLoserIsYou against them]]. This would also explain why there are so many fix-fics where Shinji turns into what's expected from a shounen lead. One critic even pointed out that if Shinji had been female, Shinji would be far more popular and sympathetic (with Japanese audiences at least).
*** It also may explain why female EVA fans sometimes tend to be more sympathetic to Shinji's plight than male fans. [[HoYay That, and there's Kaworu...]]
** The idea of being an attack may not be unfoudned as Hideki Anno's escalating frustration and resentment of the otaku was pretty well-known.
** [[RealityEnsues This is what happens when a troubled kid is placed onto an unfanthomable situation]]. Exploring emotional pain was arguably the whole point of the show, and Shinji is a ChildSoldier who constantly suffers. If the series had been a realistic live-action show, audiences likely would have been more understanding. But since this was an anime featuring giant robot fights, a lot of people expected (or even ''demanded'') that the main character would be a super-confident badass. But in the end, that's not what Eva is about.
* For viewers of the anime version of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' unfamiliar with the VN, Shirou wasn't RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap until he finally subverted this trope. The early part of the series lacked the justifying and mitigating motivations behind Shirou's behavior, and revealed relatively late in the story how painful and potentially life-threatening his independent practice of magic was to him.
** Also, Sakura in the VN. She is a DamselInDistress, and in her route she doesn't kick ass like Saber or Rin, but that doesn't mean it's her fault that she's horrifyingly abused by the Matou family, [[spoiler: as well as raped constantly by her stepbrother Shinji]]. And yet fans continue to bash her, implying it's her own fault that she's an abuse [[spoiler: and rape]] victim!
* [[ShelteredAristocrat Mytho]] from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' sometimes gets flak for this from the fandom, thanks to being a DistressedDude for most of the first season... despite the fact that in the second season [[spoiler:once he regains most of his heart]] he's revealed to be a better, more capable swordsman than fan-favorite [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Fakir]]. [[spoiler:Given the ending, it's possible that the way this gets fans to prefer Fakir is intentional.]]
* [[UnluckyEveryDude Ganta]] from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is often lamented to be a useless, cowardly pansy, with many fans much preferring [[EnsembleDarkHorse Crow]] (who is often declared the most {{Badass}} character in that series). They seem to be ignoring the fact that Ganta is only 14 (compared to Crow, who is obviously much older than him) and was just a normal student who never really got into fights, and who is also ''new'' to Deadman Wonderland.
* Yukiteru from ''Manga/FutureDiary'', in that, much like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]], he is a young boy who was forced into a world of violence. For much of the run he is mostly intent to stay out of the survival game, sometimes protecting as best he can those he cares about (including enemies) and only killing when out of options, with utter revulsion. Importantly, he needs the guidance of Yuno and others to take effective action. Then after 20-30 chapters/18 episodes he [[BreakTheCutie gets broken]] and [[TookALevelInBadass takes a Level in Badass]].
* Canada from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. Partly as a case of MisplacedNationalism, many Western fans have a tendency to turn him into a MemeticBadass and DeadpanSnarker instead of the fairly nice, unassertive guy he is in canon.
** China is also bashed once in a while because of his "girly" looks and voice, and he also gets some "revision" to make him more snarky and assertive (though not nearly as much as with Canada). Even though he's shown to [[CuteBruiser have martial arts skills]] in canon and ''SuperStrength rivaling America's'' in the anime.
** Poland's {{Keet}} behavior and penchant for ponies and skirts makes him ''hated'' in some circles. Him being one of the few nations who will fearlessly stand up to [[PsychopathicManchild Russia]] will be conveniently ignored by them.
** In an odd case of this, fans of this kind don't hate Greece for being sleepy and laidback; they just want him to be with Turkey all the time because Turkey is the [[BerserkButton only thing]] that causes him to lose his calm, easygoing nature and hence makes him a HotBlooded {{Tsundere}} who's "stronger" and "cooler" than the calm NiceGuy he is with [[strike:Japan]] everyone who's not Turkey. Some of these fans even seem to believe that Greece [[ThePhilosopher waxing philosophical]], [[KindheartedCatLover taking care of numerous cats]], and [[ChivalrousPervert being affectionate and respectful toward Japan]] makes him a "[[FlatCharacter personality-devoid]] SatelliteLoveInterest" because apparently he can't be a strong or complex character if he isn't constantly angry, fight-happy, short-tempered, or otherwise "manly" like he is with Turkey.
** Lithuania gets this sometimes, due to his [[TheWoobie Woobie]] tendencies...as with Poland, the fact that he definitely has shades of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, and that it's the fandom itself that {{wimpifi|cation}}es him, tends to go ignored.
** Hungary is sometimes used as THE example of a "strong female character" and as a yardstick to measure all the other Hetalia girls with, with her fans then bashing the other girls for "not being strong enough". Conversely, she's also bashed due to the trope: many "feminist fans" believe that she was only a good female character when she was a little kid, due to thinking that she was a boy. They then state that when she [[GirlinessUpgrade became girlier]] and later became Austria's ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend she "lost her strength" and "betrayed feminism" for hanging around Austria's BigFancyHouse and protecting a NonActionGuy like him.
** ALL the female characters have been smacked around with this trope, no matter how their personalities and roles are. For the "fandom feminists" Belgium is a weak whore for wearing a cute dress ''once'' and using flowing skirts sometimes (nevermind that she's a [[SelfMadeMan self-made woman]] and a PluckyGirl who doesn't let her brother Netherlands and other guys boss her), Belarus is a psycho bitch for dressing like an ElegantGothicLolita and chasing after her brother Russia (while Russia [[DoubleStandard is fetishized and adored for being even more psychotic than she is]]), Taiwan is a stupid bitch who wants to be Japan's "child bride" and nothing else (even when she interacts with the Asian boys as an equal and without fear, and that she NEVER clings to Japan), Liechtenstein is a weakling whom everyone takes pity of (despite how she can handle someone as grumpy as Switzerland without even blinking), etc.
** The [[GenderFlip Nyotalia cast]], when not being bashed for being too "girly" or "useless" compared to their male counterparts, are also sometimes used as a way to bash on the canon female characters, deeming ''them'' to be less badass and compelling than whatever potential the Nyotalia characters could have. The male Nyotalia characters are also sometimes deemed better than their canon female counterparts, simply because they'd appear stronger.
* A couple of fans had this complaint about Canute in ''Manga/VinlandSaga''. Many hoped he'd be killed off eventually. [[ForegoneConclusion Which is moronic, since he is a historical figure that lived to be quite old, and thus the only guaranteed survivor amongst the heroes.]] There is a ''very'' good chance that people who are complaining [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great don't even know he's a real person.]]
* A complaint regarding a number of DemotedToExtra characters from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Prime example is Yuuno Scrya, but many would also level the complaint regarding Chrono Harlaown, who has shown himself to be genuinely BadAss on occasion. Some people would even say this about Nanoha herself, because she seems to be nonlethal no matter how much property damage she ends up inflicting, up to and including blowing through a large portion of a warship from inside. It's actually supposed to be a sign of Nanoha's power that she has enough self-control to only inflict nonlethal but very, very painful magical damage.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime is TheMedic, a BarrierWarrior and a true pacifist in a battle manga. In universe and out she is regarded as unsuited for battle. When her TraumaCongaLine was taken to its natural HeroicBSOD climax, she was castigated as irredeemable by a portion of the fanbase for not breaking out of character to fight back against villains even the combat characters were being thrashed by, despite her never once giving up trying to heal and shield those fighters. Conversely, combat characters who have suffered an HeroicBSOD and actually given up entirely (including the main character) receive sympathy, excuses and forgiveness from the fanbase who consider it to be character development. Eventually, WordOfGod himself stepped in to point out that Orihime's experience is quite a natural human reaction to the level of abuse and stress she had suffered. It didn't stop the double-standard.
** Rukia, like Hungary above and Lyndis below, is frequently used as the yardstick to measure the "strength" of Bleach women, who often end up compared unfavourably to her, ''especially'' Orihime.
* This ''somehow'' happened in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Many of Kamina's fanboys (which is about 90 percent of the people that watched the show), refuse to acknowledge Simon as the main character, simply because, according to them, he's not as badass as Kamina... despite the fact that the show made it clear that Simon far surpassed Kamina by the end of the show, and without Simon's help, Kamina wouldn't have made it as far as he did. In the [[spoiler:LotusEaterMachine, ''Kamina himself'' admits that Simon has surpassed him.]] MisaimedFandom at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.
** Probably due more to ReplacementScrappy Syndrome, for those who actually dislike Simon anyways. In terms of badasstry, Simon has done WAY more than Kamina has if only for the fact that he has much more screen time. May also have to do with Kamina's more moronic and over-the-top personality (moronic is not diminutive since fans love the fact that he acts like a moron).
** Additionally, Rossiu is considered TheScrappy by a large number of fans because he's the OnlySaneMan and more subdued and cynical than the rest of the cast.
* Alphonse Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' gets hit pretty hard with this in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. He's not weak, but he's much more reluctant to fight than his brother, and has a much quieter personality in general. He's still a main player whose actions have a direct effect on plot development, but many fans dislike him for not being proactive or badass enough.
* This trope is probably one reason why Fuu from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' gets a lot of hate, having no fighting prowess and being TheHeart of her group. There's some MisaimedFandom in this opinion, in that while her co-protagonists, Jin and Mugen, are certainly badass, it's quite clear that they really lack social/life skills (Jin starts out stoic to the point of apathy and isn't good at anything except kendo; Mugen is a hotheaded SociopathicHero who doesn't plan ahead at all), and probably wouldn't have developed as people had Fuu not roped them into serving as her bodyguards.
** Fuu does start out rather spoiled, dragging along the two bodyguards without any planning. It's not so much that she influences the other protagonists (though one would argue that she's the primary instigator); they all contribute to their own developments. At a certain point, none of them want to be separated and learn their own personal lessons.
* Happens in the ''Manga/OnePiece'' fandom too. If they're not badass, THEY SUCK AND ARE ANNOYING AND WEAK, no questions asked. [[FanDumb Apparently, to many fans it matters not if a character is intelligent, has a wonderful heart, or has a strong moral compass.]] And never mind that many of the badasses on this show never would have gotten anywhere or would be dead by now if not for the 'weak' characters.
* Madoka Kaname from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is [[TheScrappy condemned by the fanbase]] for being [[{{Wangst}} emotionally crushed]] by all that happens to her at the start, this changes as the anime progresses and show more of Madoka's character and the situation that she is in.
** It would seem these fans focus on Madoka's justified grief at the situation without taking into account that [[spoiler: Madoka is a firmly proactive protagonist, saving people from unwittingly killing themselves at the hands of a witch, singlehandedly trying to stop Sayaka from fighting, and trying to convince Homura to team up with Sayaka for her benefit; all of this meant to establish that trying one's best to do what's right doesn't always result in a happy ending. Perhaps the audience missed the point?]]
** The ending makes it a DefiedTrope, as she [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescues herself from the scrappy heap]] ''without'' becoming a badass. [[spoiler:She essentially saves everyone with ThePowerOfLove, by {{Rules Lawyer}}ing herself into goddessdom.]]
* One of the key reasons some [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]] fans find Yugi and his friends unlikable. (The other? RonTheDeathEater). This trope also sums up the attitude to non-dueling main characters who are sometimes seen as useless or unnecessary in a world where DuelsDecideEverything.
* One of the reasons why many fans like Mikoto more than main heroine Index in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Sure, their difference in personality has something to do with it but the fact that Index is a more passive and usually non-combat character while Mikoto is an ActionGirl definitely had impact. Thing is, Index can be BadassAdorable when she wants to. People just ignore that.
* Out of the fans of ''Manga/FairyTail'' who prefer Erza over Lucy, a good portion of them were heavily influence by this.
** In-universe example: Laxus Dreyar's early {{jerkass}}ery toward his guildmates, eventually culminating in his attempt to take over the title guild during the Fighting Festival arc, is largely due to him being well under this trope's influence. Thankfully he [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindness]] later on.
* If you follow an anime series in which the heroine is bullied or abused (specially by her classmates or her family) and doesn't resort to beating them up as a result... please think twice before reading the comments and/or reading about it on blogs. Mikan from ''Manga/GakuenAlice'', Tohru from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' and Nanako of ''OniisamaE'' are specially hated by stupid watchers who blame ''them'' for the hardships they go through "because they're weak whores who don't fight back".
* Many parts of the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' FanDumb utterly embody this attitude as applied to ''any'' character: any time a character appears to be something less than a {{Badass}} who accomplishes everything without any effort whatsoever, you have hordes of people saying how they must suck as a character because they are "weak". In the rare occasions where they don't, they'll bitch that the writer sucks for not making them "badass enough" or turning them into {{Mary Sue}}s.
* Shouma Takakura from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' gets potshots that range from mere affectionate jokes to straight-up bashing for not being as action-geared as his older brother Kanba. [[spoiler: Even more so after episode 19.]]
* Kaoru of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is the head of her own dojo and is [[InformedAttribute ostensibly]] a national-level fencing champion. But hanging around Kenshin and Sanosuke and the caliber of villains they fight means she is constantly outclassed. Still doesn't mean she deserves the utter SHIT she gets from fandom.
* Never mind that White of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has her own dreams (which boils down to making people happy nationwide with the added bonus of boosting the economy), knows what she has to do to achieve them, and can ''do'' it as well (which involves running her own ''business'', an impressive feat for a girl in her [[ImprobableAge mid-teens]]); she gets constantly bashed for not knowing how to battle right off the bat. Fans seem to ignore that [[SuperEmpowering Yellow]] and [[LadyOfWar Platinum]] initially didn't know how to battle in their respective arcs.
* Max from the {{Anime/Pokemon}} anime, largely due to having no Pokemon.
* Ami/Sailor Mercury from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' suffered a bit from this in the first season. Her bubble attack only temporarily fogged the area and lowered the temperature, making her the only member without an offensive attack. Cue cries of WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway and claims of her being useless despite still playing an important role as TheSmartGuy.
* Almost every non-Saiyan fighter from ''Anime/DragonballZ'' is hit with this to some extent, but Krillin and Yamcha (the latter especially) get some of the worst criticism. Both guys are ''very'' strong by human terms but are called "weak" by a good chunk of the fanbase because they're not as strong as the Saiyans. They also get criticized for dying a lot despite being far from the only characters that died more than once.
* Armin from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is sometimes the target of this trope. He starts out as a CowardlyLion that is physically weak (by military standards) but possesses a [[TheSmartGuy brilliant]] [[TheChessMaster mind]], often comparing himself negatively to his much more physically-gifted comrades. His lack of confidence and tendency to doubt himself wears on some fans, prior to him realizing his strengths and becoming a ManipulativeBastard. This extends even into the marketing of the series, with EnsembleDarkhorse [[TheAce Levi]] frequently replacing him alongside Eren and Mikasa. This gives the impression that Armin is a minor character, as opposed to the third member of the series' main PowerTrio.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Nite Owl II of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' definitely qualifies for this. Since he decided he wouldn't want to be involved in a futile battle of good against evil for the rest of his life and retired, he's clearly the "worst" of the main characters.
** Even Rorschach held this view for a period of time. And considering his popularity with readers, his view of Nite Owl II probably contributed to the way a lot of fans saw him. Rather ironic considering how Moore intended the ''[[MisaimedFandom exact opposite]]'' effect.
** Parodied in ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', where Dan and Cyclops discuss this trope.
* Speaking of which, Scott[=/=]ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} himself seems to fall into this trope. Holds his own against Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} in hand-to-hand combat, takes out the entire team when they're brainwashed and he's injured, beats up six men at once with his eyes shut, pulls off impossible trick shots, ''earns'' the nickname Fearless Leader… and a lot of ''ComicBook/XMen'' fans still think of him as a pussy, because he dares to not get along with [[AntiSue Wolverine]] (which, [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]], is pretty badass in its own little way).
** Later years come with an inversion - some don't like him because he takes [[TookALevelInBadass several levels in badass]] one after another since JossWhedon's ''Astonishing X-Men'', that it's just ridiculous - fans think that his balls took control over him and they are leading the X-Men right now.
*** It has less to do with his actions and more with his many years of being a boring by-the-book StandardizedLeader, constantly angsting over Jean Grey didn't help much either, then throw in inconsistent writing and voila. Though, as previously mentioned this has [[TookAlevelInBadass definitely]] changed over time.
*** Also, for the young teen male fan demographic (which, let's face it, is a large chunk of the audience for comics, stereotype or not), Scott's powers don't look like ''fun''. Yes, they're potent, yes, they can be used to take down most targets...but the constant, unremitting ''self control'' they demand looks more like work than fun. Which it is, by any reasonable standard Scott's mutant ability is a curse, because he can't control it other than by use of his visor. Thus, even though Scott has, at times, displayed every single identifying mark of the Badass (he is, in fact, a major Badass), he's not the kind of badass a 13 year old boy wants to be.
** Notably, however, is its no so much that he isn't a badass, as stated previously. Its that his badassary isn't, well, blatant, or as blatant as Wolverine's. When dealing with a situation, Cyclops [[TheStrategist will think about it first and plan out a strategy]], which, in fairness, he's very good at. After Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, he's the best strategist in the Marvel Universe. While Wolverine will just run into it head first and get similar results. However, this is usually ignoring something important: [[NighInvulnerability Wolverine can heal and has indestructible bones]], [[GlassCannon Cyclops does not]]. Wolverine can just run into a situation, get tossed around, and recover in time to hit back, [[TheSmartGuy while Cyclops needs to use his brain]] [[CombatPragmatist in order to beat most threats to win]]. Combined with RunningTheAsylum, which lead Cyclops to becoming a massive JerkAss (since, for some reason, being a jerk is seen as Badass for some strange, stupid reason) to make him 'better'. Those who do like him tend to resent the writers, the VocalMinority fans responsible for this attitude, and Wolverine for this, as it does come down to, basically, Cyclops being 'boring' [[GoodIsDumb because he's smart]].
*** Ironically, Wolverine has became an inversion in recent years: [[CreatorsPet Because writers grew up with him and love him for being a badass]], [[CanonSue he's became so badass its became ridiculous and the fact his way is presented as 'right']], he's gotten quite a bit of flak. In fairness, Wolverine has always worked better as a StaticCharacter, so when they try to write him seriously, it can come off as irritating or Narmy.
* While not usually, a BadassNormal hero will get heat for being 'normal' and not super powered. An yes, that includes Franchise/{{Batman}} (though obviously, this is so rare its not really warrant noting). As there's many superheroes to which normal problems would be boringly easy, they need threats that would challenge them. But, this leaves the badass normals useless in these situations: If they're only human, than it would be ridiculous for them to deal with the same level of threats the other does regularly. But, in a shared universe, the normal guy will look pathetic in comparison: Superman can deal with planets colliding, while Batman can (just barely) deal with two trains colliding by himself. While they can be compensated in Team ups by the 'normal' guy doing something more flashy (such as performing some insanely cool looking martial arts moves to fight a group of enemies) while the super dos something more boring looking (like just a simple backhand to all three), usually, there will be a massive power slant, resulting in team ups being used to deal with middle ground threats at most while SupermanStaysOutOfGotham. Because of this, the BadassNormal will have a certain stigma to deal with: They'll have to really prove they're a tough badass, who can deal with the situation head on or else they'll be regarded as pathetic.
** The most notable of this case being Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} of Comicbook/TheAvengers: Despite being one of the most popular of the group and one of the most badass heroes in the Marvel Universe, he's often seen, in universe and out, by some as being 'the weakest' of Avengers, since while his teammates include [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]], [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], and Comicbook/IronMan, he's 'just a guy with a bow and arrow'. The fact that he can ''keep up with'' these guys without falter is sadly lost on some people.
** This has actually started to become inverted in recent years, due to the popularity of Badass Normals (Franchise/{{Batman}} in particular). Now it's the superpowered ones who are seen as less {{Badass}} because they have superpowers, yet the Badass Normals are written as being able to take on the same threats as they do.
** It doesn't help that Badass Normals tend to be shoehorned into the role of TheSmartGuy in teamup situations, since it's a role they can conceivably fill without superpowers, which [[DependingOnTheWriter in the hands of a bad writer]] can make [[GeniusBruiser characters that are plenty smart in their own titles]] look like DumbMuscle by comparison.
* Similarly, the Bat Family, Batman's partners, Robins, sidekicks, and mentees. While Batman has the same stigma as above, he's still seen as an incredible badass. So, his sidekicks, who unfortunately are limited in how many levels they can rise to or risk overshadowing him, tend to appear this (Dick Grayson being the poster child of DistressedDude during {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} does NOT help one bit). With exception of Cassandra Cain, they're occasionally hit with this by someone, the worst being Stephanie Brown. While each member have at least one skill they excel at (Dick's leadership and acrobatics, Tim's detective skills, Babs' intelligence, Jason's homicidal violence, etc) Steph is a realistic portrayal of a Badass Normal: She's got an average intellect and reasonable training and skills in fighting and athletics, she lacks PhotographicMemory and TrainingFromHell the others possess. So, while she is, really, as badass, if not more so, than many real life people or action heroes, she's limited in what she could reasonably achieve.
** When Steph replaced Cass, there as many who screamed, if they didn't play the, albeit somewhat justified, Race Card. They stated that Steph didn't 'deserve' to replace Cass, which included such people as Creator/GailSimone (who does regret reacting with such, due to how good Steph's run was), and to this day there's many a HateDumb that will decry her as 'weak', 'pathetic', 'stupid', and call her 'incompetent' for not having {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s and being ThePollyanna.
* In the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' fandom, though some of the "weaker" characters will have their fans, they are generally hated for not being as badass, interesting, or compelling as the major members of the team. A few examples come from this:
** Aqualad/Tempest took heat from some fans ''and'' DC editorial for having "lame" powers (similar opinions exist about his mentor, Aquaman), and for coming off weaker, less "manly", and less proactive than the other male Titans. Even after he got an upgrade in power, his role gradually diminished and he was killed off. Phil Jimenez (who wrote the Tempest mini-series) has stated that the current editorial team wasn't too fond of the character.
** Flamebird, for being ditzy and more obsessed with Robin at first than actually fighting seriously. Even after her character development, her hatedom still considers her "too useless", "girly", "stupid", and a waste of space that could be given to tougher characters.
** Jericho, for being too sensitive, a "wuss", not being much of an action guy, and having a flamboyant costume and weird hair in his early days. The showrunners of the animated series had stated they felt the need to try to make him look more badass, as they considered him to be pathetic in the comics.

* Played with, and possibly subtly {{deconstruct|ion}}ed in ''Film/DeathProof''. The initial group of women that run into Stuntman Mike are treated as annoying, [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters disposable types]] while the second group are the heroines we cheer for. No matter that the second group prove themselves to be irresponsible jackasses (such as abandoning one of their own to a seriously creepy possible rapist simply so they could whiz around in a car for a few hours); since they are indisputably {{Badass}}, we like them more than the theoretically more sympathetic (but non-{{Badass}}) first group.
* Take any of Creator/StevenSeagal's later movies; the most common complaint will be that he hardly does any real fighting anymore since he's gotten older and put on weight. Though this is perhaps what inevitably happens when you build your entire early film career on subpar movies whose central appeal is you being a total badass. The fact the he is often replaced with a double hasn't helped.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' got flak for Megatron, who in the first film was touted as being an unstoppable badass and in the second film easily tore apart most threats, being unable to fight during the third film due his grievous injuries from the last film, [[BoomHeadshot namely, the large hole in his head from being shot at point blank range by Optimus]]. As he's too injured to do much by himself, he gets essentially bullied around by [[spoiler: Sentinel]] and is later [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] by Optimus, and people see this as an insult to their childhood or call him Anti-Climatic, all the while ignoring the reason for this. ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' also gave Megatron Flak for coming BackFromTheDead in a (theoretically) more powerful body, but utterly failing at his fight(s) with Optimus only succeeding at his first through a cheap shot, and failing at the second because of Optimus's upgrades.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', [[IdealHero Fix-It]] [[NiceGuy Felix Jr.]] seems fairly unimpressive next to his {{Love Interest|s}}, [[ActionGirl Sgt. Calhoun]]. But when the chips are down, he ventures out into much tougher worlds than his own to save his game and faces down insectoid cyborg monsters in defense of the whole arcade.

* This trope is behind much of the FanDumb dislike of characters (especially the women) in Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Badass characters can get away with murder, while characters who are decidedly not, such as twelve-year old Sansa, incite a negative fan reaction from both the moronic fanboys and the misogynistic fangirls who believe that [[RealWomenDontWearDresses it's anti-feminist to be girly and like it.]]\\\
Although a lot of people who don't like Sansa cite [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealism]] and NiceJobBreakingItHero as the reason why her "uselessness" is such a problem. In spite of her general inaction, she still managed to be RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for many of them her once she wised up and became more worldly, without needing to take badass actions.
* ''Literature/FightClub'' is supposed to be a deconstruction of this. ''[[MisaimedFandom Supposed]] [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing to be]]''. [[Film/FightClub The movie]] less so.
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Ginny Weasley. Molly Prewett-Weasley. Nymphadora Tonks. Lily Evans-Potter.]] All of these women are bashed endlessly by the FanDumb and called "weak", "slutty", submissive to men", "submissive to gender roles" and other misogynistic insults for one or another "reason". (Several of them rooted in {{Shipping}}, sadly.) i.e., Ginny becomes more outspoken, blossoms into a fine CuteWitch plucky girl and Harry falls for her? It doesn't matter, she '''only''' developed to be more "desirable" to Harry and steal him from Hermione who deserves him so much more! What a MarySue!
** Molly, though, has gained the liking of many, many fans after her [[spoiler:duel with Bellatrix Lestrange in which she manages to kill her]], especially for her epic PreAsskickingOneLiner.
* In-universe in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga: near the end of ''Barrayar'', Cordelia is furious when she realizes that she's respected for ordering a man's head cut off, when other women who endured much more are dismissed.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': This may contribute to Frodo's poor reputation. While most of the characters including the other hobbits get {{Badass}} moments, Frodo's progressive weakening while carrying the ring means that he is able to do less and less.
* Sandry from ''Literature/CircleOfMagic''. She's the most feminine of all the main characters, with a very sweet personality and a love of fashion. Her magic over thread is as obvious case of HeartIsAnAwesomePower- she uses it to defeat whole troops of soldiers, hold a person's very life-force to their body, and ''joins the minds of the four main characters together'', just to start. That said, numerous fans express intense dislike of her compared to other characters, who are more masculine.
* Peeta of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' occasionally receives this because of DieForOurShip. Because of his upbringing, Peeta lacks the survival skills of many of his fellow tributes, and it's a common accusation to hear people saying that Katniss should've chosen Gale over him because he's "more badass."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Because of the mystery surrounding the character and his agelessness, many ''Series/{{Lost}}'' fans built up Richard Alpert as the answer to the entire show, the most powerful character, and, among some fans, a literal MemeticBadass and the show's version of Chuck Norris. Fans on GameFAQs and Lostpedia even developed a joke episode dealing with the idea that he is a superhuman badass. So when the end of season 5 revealed Richard to be an ordinary person with realistic flaws and personality (as well as being an UnwittingPawn), the fandom reacted violently and Richard suddenly became unpopular.
** The beginning of season 6 had [[spoiler:"Fake Locke"'s first act after killing Jacob being to ''beat up Richard'' in front of the Others for no apparent reason other than to establish his authority]]. That didn't go over well with the aforementioned people.
* This often happens on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' where people make it to the finals but are told they're not badass by the jury despite that the game's Slogan is "Outwit, Outplay", and "'''Outlast'''". They tend to forget that ''last'' "O"...
** Amber Brkich in Survivor: All-Stars was the first major example of this. Many felt that Boston Rob should had won for ruling strategically and physically. However, Rob's game left three angry jurors who was against him and he did poorly under questioning. Amber on the other hand, did well and only had one person against her.
** Natalie White was considered this on ''Series/{{Survivor}} Samoa'', particularly by her aggressive competitors who were with her in the last tribal council. Then jury-member Erik stands up and delivers a speech in which he points out that since she's still in the game, she must be doing ''something'' right, and furthermore, did it in a way that didn't sacrifice her integrity. Meanwhile, [[OutOfFocus Mick]] claimed to deserve votes (Natalie didn't), while Russell Hantz just sociopathically bullied his way through the game and finished by boasting "These two suck - Aren't I awesome?" to the jury. This speech may well have contributed to her 7-2-0 win. Much of a BaseBreaker as it was, compared to the ''following'' season, this would be ''nothing.''
** Sandra Diaz-Twine in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' had this by the BaseBreaker fans as well as Russell Hantz himself. Russell claims that Sandra being able to win ''twice'' is somehow proof that the game's rules are flawed, because she would be ''terrible'' at physical challenges and have ''zero'' personal immunities under her belt, yet was good enough with people to know what was up, and was able to play the lesser of three evils. ("I hate Russell, too.") Meanwhile, Parvati already had a pretty loyal fan base and played a game more people approved of, as opposed to Sandra who [[XanatosSpeedChess went with the flow]]. Mario Lanza (a foremost columnist on Survivor) pointed on his [[http://funny115.com/v2/2.htm "The Fall of Russell Hantz entry]] on his The Funny 115 that She and Russell taunted the heroes with J.T.'s letter. Some Sandra supporters even pointed out that Sandra ''had'' more allies in the jury (including the entire Heroes tribe) and [[WhatAnIdiot Russell should have considered that]] -- Parvati ''did'' realize this and [[CassandraTruth tried to get Russell to see this too]], but he kept on insisting that Sandra had no chance of winning... just like he insisted that Natalie had no chance of winning in ''Samoa''. Cue the HumiliationConga.
** Becky likely received no votes because of the final four tie-breaker where she and Sundra took two hours to make fire. Never mind that she ''and'' Sundra helped Yul and Ozzy go on a chain of immunity wins when the mutiny reduced their tribe to four.
** In fact, the ''Survivor'' players accused of being this are [[DoubleStandard almost always female]]. Matthew, Rupert, Bob, and Fabio were criticized by some for their lack of strategic play compared to others, but not ''nearly'' as much as the above listed females were.
** Overall, "niceness" tends to be an extremely underrated trait among a vocal portion of the fanbase who complain whenever a strategic player is beaten by a less strategic but more likeable one and call these "nicey nice" winners "undeserving" winners who won only because they were facing bitter juries who didn't appreciate the strategy of their opponents. This not only ignores that more often than not, these so-called "strategic" players had horrible jury performances (Twila from ''Vanuatu, Sugar from ''Gabon'', '' Russell from ''Samoa'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains'', and Sash from ''Nicaragua'') compared to the strategic winners who knew how to read and work the jury (Chris from ''Vanuatu'', Todd from ''China'', Parvati herself from ''Micronesia'') or bring along opponents even more disliked than them (Brian from ''Thailand'', Danni from ''Guatemala'' and Boston Rob from ''Redemption Island,'' ), but also that niceness ''has'' proven to be a valuable asset multiple times like how Bob's fatherliness endeared him to Sugar and Fabio's likability compared to his opponents was most likely the major reason for Naonka voting for him in the end in spite of having regularly made fun of him in earlier episodes.
* Dr. Keller suffered from this a bit in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. While the other doctors in the show are also pretty non-action-oriented, Keller's fragility, especially when contrasted with Teyla's hardy survival instincts in the episode "Missing", do make her a boring character for some. To be fair, she isn't a soldier, but Rodney's been pretty badass since his big sacrifice in the second episode, so Keller does look pretty weak by comparison.
* This happens a ''lot'' with Guinevere in the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' fandom, with her portrayal caught in a quagmire of DieForOurShip, RealWomenDontWearDresses, and a MisaimedFandom that believes Morgana is a great feminist icon. Where to start? On the surface, Guinevere is essentially portrayed as a ShrinkingViolet, a stark contrast to Morgana as a SpiritedYoungLady. Morgana gets to do lots of cool things: [[ActionGirl sword-fight]], telekenetically throw people through the air, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm stand up to King Uther]] and wear [[GorgeousPeriodDress gorgeous costumes]]. Guinevere's role is to be Arthur's {{Love Interest|s}}, Merlin's BlackBestFriend, and is often accused of being an ExtremeDoormat.
** However, this is a ''huge'' simplification of each woman's characterization and CharacterArc: namely that Morgana's [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil fall into evil]] was marked by her ItsAllAboutMe attitude in which she ranks her own grievances and pain against the needs of others and begins a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against not just Uther, but ''everyone'', including innocent people. In contrast, Guinevere (who is also deeply wronged by Uther when he has her innocent father executed) rises above her inner turmoil and explicitly refuses wallow in hate. Many fans seem to have ''completely'' missed the juxtapositioning of Guinevere's declaration that she would never seek vengeance against Uther because: "that would make me just like him" with the recent observations by ''several'' characters that Morgana is now no different from Uther. It also fails to take into account the fact that Morgana is quite often a FauxActionGirl, with plans that are ill-thought out and fail ''constantly'', whereas Guinevere's attempts at proactivity have a far higher success rate (retrieving the morteus flower from the dungeon, arguing on behalf of the women in Ealdor for their right to defend their homes, discovering a vital clue that allows her and Merlin to outwit the Witchfinder, convincing the council to open the gates of Camelot and allow the refugees to seek shelter in the city, escaping Helios's men by submerging herself in the river). Though Guinevere has played the DamselInDistress a few times, Morgana has been in similar situations just as often ([[DistressedDude as have all the male characters]]) and is extremely WeakWilled given the consistency [[HypnotizeThePrincess with which she is placed under enchantments]]. Guinevere, on the other hand, has the ''unprecedented'' move of removing an object of enchantment from her body of her own free will (and thus breaking the spell she was under).
*** The reactions to ''Lancelot and Guinevere'' are a perfect example of this trope. Most of the complaints about the episode state it as Guinevere's biggest DamselInDistress moment, and that she needed three attempts by Morgana, Lancelot, and then Arthur and Merlin to rescue her due to her extreme incompetence. 1) It was Guinevere's YouShallNotPass moment that saved Morgana, not the other way around, 2) In Lancelot's rescue, we never see her get captured, so we don't know if she tripped or ran into a group of bandits, and 3) All of that would have been for nothing had Gwen not kept up a Morgana impression throughout the duration of her imprisonment, which kept her alive until help could come. Uther even mentions that it would take a small army to beat the number of bandits in the fortress she was held in, so unless you're expecting her to spontaneously turn into [[{{Series/Firefly}} River Tam]], there was no way she could have escaped without help.
* An in universe example appears in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', with characters such as Willow, Xander and Dawn being derided for not being badass. Buffy eventually bitches everyone out because they aren't, which comes back to bite her when her nemesis Faith appears and treats the potential Slayers as though they will be badass, in time.

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* [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] in general tend to get this. Who cares if they can put an arrow through your eye from a mile away? They're far too [[{{Elfeminate}} girly]] to pose a [[KilledMidSentence serious- *thwuck* *thump*]]
* In any tabletop RPG, it's not uncommon for certain character builds to be considered badass or overly strong. In some cases this is simply because conventional player wisdom expects them to be (such being the case with many late-game Wizard builds in 3rd edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'') or because the setting declares them to be so (Street Samurai in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', Juicers in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''). However, every gamemaster runs a game their own way and a character that is theoretically badass on paper may turn out to be useless because the challenges the party faces aren't in their area of expertise.
** To use one of the aforementioned examples, a street samurai in ''Shadowrun'' is a cyberwared-rocking, face-destroying nightmare of a combat monster… until the party realizes stealth, ingenuity and kill-free missions work out better. The end result is a screwed-out player rocking back and forth in his/her seat, looking utterly useless.
** In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' forums, you are worthless if you can't deal lots of damage. Thus metagaming pros like Divination Wizards are overlooked. So are smooth talking Bards and Rogues who can stealth and sneak and talk their way out of anyone who wants to listen.
* The Tau and the Craftworld Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' get a lot of stick from the fandom for not being as [[RatedMForManly overtly manly]] as the other factions, although they are no less awesome. It should tell you something that the biggest factions in terms of sales are the Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Imperial Guard and Orks. In words, all armies where everyone is bulging with muscle and has "run at the enemy shouting and brandishing an oversized rusty melee weapon" as their main battle strategy. The Dark Eldar ever so occasionally get this treatment as well, although they avoid the worst of it by being WickedCultured and [[TheUnfavourite having only about twenty people in the world play as them]].

[[folder:TV Tropes]]
* This is part of the reason that TheChick is looked down upon, because she tends to be a non-action, non-{{badass}}. And {{Chickification}} is ''immediately'' labeled to an ActionGirl [[RealWomenDontWearDresses who shows any "female" emotion]].
* Eight words: WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Subverted with HeartIsAnAwesomePower.
* NonActionGuy: Described with "de-masculinized" in the trope description, with the possibility of [[TookALevelInBadass becoming more badass]] being described as "masculination." [[SarcasmMode Because everyone knows]] that Real Men ''Must'' Be Badass.
* This is one of the reasons why the tropes {{Badass}} and {{Jerkass}} are often synonymous with each other.

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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra Branford]] from ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. Many were unhappy with her characterization--while her timidity and fear of PowerIncontinence is in line with how she behaved in the early game, they didn't like that she seemed to be [[{{Narm}} hiding behind the half-pint Onion Knight]] when she got to be a serious MamaBear in her home game.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Princess Sarah]] endured similar accusations when made into a playable character in ''VideoGame/TheatrhythmFinalFantasy''.
* The Protagonist of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Sora, seems to be somewhat of a BaseBreaker because of this. He's goofy, naive, and lacks angst ''and'' ambition, and is incredibly gentle and empathic. His attitude sort of screams the opposite of badassery. He is also quite possibly the second most powerful individual in the universe, beaten out by a reality warping physical god. Without training or preparation, he has accomplished more than three of his (formally trained) predecessors put together. His combat prowess is ridiculously inflated in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts2'''s ActionCommands, but this serves only to highlight the dissonance.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' has been met with tremendous backlash for various reasons, but among them is that Max is now well into middle age, heavier and bald.
* Eliwood from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe''. He says he doesn't like war that much. [[SarcasmMode Clearly, he must be a pansy]].
** He's screwed over by [[JackOfAllStats being balanced between]] Lyn and Hector (a FragileSpeedster and MightyGlacier respectively, both of whom can easily become {{LightningBruiser}}s). Compared to some of the ''other'' lords in this series, he's a freaking death machine, especially compared to his own ''son'' Roy from the sixth game.
** Roy and Eliwood are the same pre-promotion and Roy is a complete beast and better than his father post-upgrade. It also depends on whether you got lucky with the random number generator level system.
** ActionGirl and {{Proud Warrior Race G|uy}}irl Lyndis aka Lyn is used as THE yardstick by which a lot of FE females are measured. I.e., lead female Eirika from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' is often compared disfavorably to Lyn, and "weaker" females like Ninian, Florina or Nino are hotly bashed for "not being strong women" like Lyn is.
*** The aforementioned Eirika is often put under the microscope, nitpicked and/or downright bashed for being a sensitive NiceGirl aside of AllLovingHero and the ActionGirl, with some even openly ''denying that both she and Ephraim are the protagonists of the game''... saying Ephraim is the only lead ''[[InsaneTrollLogic and using non-canon things like FANART to prove it]]''. This has become worse ever since VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening has her in the Bride class: it doesn't matter that she's still a fighter and also gains access to staves, HOW DARES THE OFFENSIVE HOBAG WEAR A PRETTY DRESS... nevermind that the whole bride!Eirika is an ''optional'' download, that the Bride class is [[CombatMedic actually]] [[LadyofWar pretty]] [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery useful]], and that you can get Eirika as her usual ActionGirl as well if you desire so.
** But this doesn't come anywhere ''near'' close to the sheer hatred poor [[SubmissiveBadass Sumia]] gets for this in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Never mind the fact that the single-handedly saved Chrom's life ''in her first battle'', that she once [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan hits him to get him out of his funk]] ''and'' that [[LadyOfWar she never backs off the battlefield]] [[ActionMom even if she's married with kids]], the FanDumb still considers her "weak" and [[RealWomenDontWearDresses "anti-feminist"]] for ''daring'' to [[ThroughHisStomach bake Chrom pies and do his laundry during their supports.]] Most of this hate comes from fans of other Chrom pairings who use this trope in an attempt to "justify" their DieForOurShip towards here. (Much like Ninian in FE 7) It ''really'' doesn't help that two of Chrom's other potential love interests, Sully and the Female Avatar, are TheLadette and a BadassBookworm respectively (and Sully is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff much more popular in America than in Japan]]); this made both poor girls (very powerful ''and'' likeable characters in their own rights, and good friends with Sumia to boot) the ''perfect'' vessels for the sexist fangirls who think "feminine bad, tomboyish good", [[DoubleStandard often while reducing Sully and Female Avatar's worth as women to either of them getting Chrom's cock for herself]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'''s Raiden got a lot of flak from fanboys, mostly for being a ReplacementScrappy for Solid Snake, but attributed to him being a "weak, [[{{Bishonen}} overly-feminine]] character" (despite the fact that he fought well, ''taking down several Metal Gears, killing the BigBad'', and did far better than most people could have done in his [[GambitPileup profoundly shitty situation]], leaving with renewed purpose, the [[WellDoneSonGuy respect]] of his mentor, a renewed relationship with the woman he loved, and with the child of a castmate still alive). ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' reinvented him to be a cyborg ninja, and these days, he's a lot more popular - even though his ninja self spent half of the game dying slowly of kidney failure and the other half whining about his awful situation (something which in ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' he would have tried to deal with) and taking orders from a little girl. It just goes to show how shallow this trope (and/or people's standards of Badassery) is; Raiden was judged pathetic because of his [[PrettyBoy appearance]] (his actions apparently did not matter). Also an example of MisaimedFandom. ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' revolved around the idea of Raiden rejecting puppetry and not being pigeon-holed into the role of Solid Snake in favor of finding his own identity. He kinda-sorta succeeded, and he had a reasonably hopeful ending. Come ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', and Raiden has [[ShaggyDogStory been forced into the role of Cyborg Ninja]]. Fanboys think this is awesome, when in the context of the series it is decidedly not.
* The title character of the ''Videogame/MegaManX'' series gets this a lot. His actual viewpoint (except for in the seventh game) is that he'd rather not fight, but does because he feels he has to. But because he wishes he didn't have to go to war, he's usually portrayed as a pansy and/or gay (though the latter has more to do with the HoYay between him and Zero). Zero, by contrast, is a {{Badass}} killbot with a laser sword, who enjoys EpicBattleBoredom, and is thus ''much'' more popular.
** Fans also like to completely ignore the fact that once X has all his upgrades and armors, he's an unstoppable OneManArmy who is much more powerful than Zero. Not only that but both he and Zero have climatically fought each other ''to a tie'', Zero outright says X is the better Hunter, and a bad guy [[ColonyDrop killed millions]] so X would fight him all-out (and had no interest in fighting Zero). But no, still a pansy because he realizes that after 8 wars, more fighting doesn't solve anything.
*** It's truly amazing how many people can dismiss him technically beating Zero in X5, while surrounded by a virus that weakens him and renders Zero {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le, and only succumbs to its effects ''after'' beating the death machine into the ground.
** But it cuts both ways. X is one of the more popular protagonists in part because he's considered to be farther up the badass scale than Rock and the others. PowerLevels and Sigma's sometime-MagnificentBastard status have something to do with it.
* The main reason people hate Edward/Gilbert in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. All things considered, Cecil and Kain are about as spoony as he is, but they're powerful frontline fighters and Edward is a support character who was not very useful at all before his abilities were rebalanced in later editions.
** Rosa also suffers from this. She's a white mage/archer and while her one offensive spell is on par with Meteor, it is just the one and takes longer to cast; her archery gives her the best damage output of all the mages but her white magic is usually more needed. She also gets hit with the DistressBall for a big chunk of the story and is in love with Cecil from the start. (So of course she's ''only'' interested in him ever, never mind the many times she adds relevant commentary on the plot and politics.) BlackMage Rydia--with her arsenal of spells and summons, BigDamnHeroes moment and UST with Edge--gets far more attention from the fandom.
* Carl Johnson from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''; his actual feats are comparable to those of Tommy Vercetti and Niko Bellic, but he also has a tendency to show compassion to those who he wronged. Because, [[SarcasmMode you know, actually ''considering'' the ramifications of his actions every once in a while makes him a pussy.]] It does not help that some of his cutscenes involve [[CutsceneIncompetence some lack of competence]]. Pushed around by two cops, scolded by his brother or being literally raped by a psychotic woman does not help his case.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Rinnosuke, the only named humanoid male character in the entirely of Gensoukyou that isn't missing or dead who happens to completely lack any combat ability. If he isn't ignored entirely in favour of more badass characters, the fandom almost constantly portrays him as a MemeticBadass (known as [=MANnosuke=]) who all of Gensoukyou fears and/or a MemeticSexGod who is the constant target of everyone's affections (though granted, it is never certain whether ''Touhou'' fandom is joking or not). Furthering the trope, this may be linked to how Rinnosuke is the oldest and closest friend of Marisa (regularly considered the manliest character in the series), and a badass character having a non-badass friend is ''clearly'' blasphemy.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** There is a small but vocal group of people who will not stand for anyone who uses non-attacking moves in their monsters. There seems to be a continuum here; one example of disagreement among this group is whether or not Sleep moves are acceptable. This is likely a side effect of competitive circles, who dislike moves and strategies that rely on luck calculations such as chance of evasion and duration of status effects. After all, one of their goals is for any two matches in which the players perform the same actions to have the same outcome, and thus conclusively prove which player is more skilled and not more lucky. It's also a mentality holdover from the average first playthrough, when the player is wondering why the hell [[UselessUsefulSpell Tail Whip, Growl, and Leer]] are even in the game.
** Also from the ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' fandom are people who view [[spoiler: N Harmonia]] as "weak and stupid" because he doesn't go around doing a ton of evil stuff like the other main-series antagonists before him did (this despite the fact that he ''does'' manage to use a Legendary Pokemon far more effectively than the others, and he still controls the story to a greater extent than any villain before him except [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]]).
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors,'' one of the biggest reasons Guan Suo gets backlash from fans is solely for his [[{{Bishonen}} character design]] (Or more specifically, having flower in his hair). The majority of the backlash comes from [[AmericansHateTingle fans from the west]], who only seem to tolerate characters with a bishounen appearance if their actions or relevance screams badassery. But since he fits neither [[note]]His very addition was based on his popularity base on Chinese folklore rather than RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms.[[/note]], he is seen as a Scrappy in their eyes.
* This one of the reasons why Yuki from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' was hated. Since she was a mix of BarrierMaiden and OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who didn't fight, fans of other female characters thought she was stupid, useless, weak, and [[DieForOurShip stole Kyo from "more deserving" strong females]] (and/or [[HoYay other males]]).

* Some ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fans are enraged at trollwoobie Tavros for failing to stand up to Vriska, who enjoys killing people ''and crippled him''. [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle And for being impaled on his own lance when he finally decides to confront her.]] ]] Which leads to a horrible pun of the [[spoiler:''wheelchair bound'']] Tavros not being able to ''stand up'' to Vriska.
* The creator of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'' has a very dim view of the tendency of some parts of the ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' fanbase to blast players as "undeserving" just because they weren't as strategic as their opponents, ''especially'' in regards to claims that Russell Hantz "should" have won over Natalie and/or Sandra, and has criticized this mindset repeatedly in his comic. Whenever he sets up a strategic player to be beaten by a less strategic one, he'll make sure to point out that the winner might not have had the best strategic game but played a much better social game (Montana from Season 3, Ker from Season 7, Cherman from Season 9) and that their "strategic" opponent alienated members of the jury by either backstabbing more than they needed to (Baxter from Season 3) or turning off people with their sociopathic gameplay (Wrecker from Season 7, Bonnie from Season 9). This hasn't stopped some fans from complaining about these winners having "no game", especially in regards to Ker, but the SFC fanbase by large seems to be more accepting of these winners with Montana and Cherman easily being among the series' most popular winners.
* This trope is {{deconstructed|Trope}} in-universe in ''Webcomic/{{Great}}''. The main character, Lyle, [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] after realizing that his boring and mundane life sucks, and ultimately becomes a highly successful chef. The deconstruction comes in when his wife turns out to be a better chef than he, thus leading to [[SoLastSeason everybody else finding Lyle's food inedible]], and Lyle being unable to accept the fact that somebody is better than him. So he goes on a journey of self-discovery, and doesn't realize until the last arc that, even though he was very successful, he wasn't ''happy'', and only finds contentedness when he settles for just running a small noodle shop in the park, and living a normal life. The comic is [[{{Anvilicious}} practically screaming to the reader]] that one does not need to be a {{Badass}} to live a fulfilling life.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* An in-universe example: in Season 10 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Church claims that Washington has gone from being a {{Badass}} Freelancer who could fight toe-to-toe with Tex to [[spoiler:Carolina]]'s whipping boy - yet he is still a skilled fighter and has in fact [[spoiler:turned the Blues into a much more effective fighting force]]. The BadassDecay is relative when compared to [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce Carolina]]]]. And it gets completely revoked when he [[spoiler:puts a gun to Carolina's head when she threatens Tucker and shoots her an IronicEcho before walking out on her.]]
* [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide Femmy]] {{bi|TheWay}}sexual Donnie [=DuPre=] from ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' got the comments sections flinging homophobic insults like "pathetic f*g" because, get this [[FauxHorrific horror]], he ending up crying after being kidnapped, left in the woods to die, his every attempt at getting food failed, [[spoiler: he was missing his dead mommy]] and he thought nobody would mourn him. [[SarcasmMode What a whiny twit]].
* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'': PlayedForLaughs InUniverse. In "Mr. Plinkett Reacts to the ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'' Trailer", Mr. Plinkett makes fun of [[Characters/StarWarsImperialCourt Emperor Palpatine]] for [[UnderestimatingBadassery not being badass enough]]. At least by today's standards, mainly because [[BadassGrandpa he doesn't look the part]].
--> '''Mr. Plinkett:''' Look, Palpy, just get lost. No one cares about the emperor anymore. We care about new cool robotic sith lords with [[MultiArmedAndDangerous 16 lightsaber blades]] and robot faces and prosthetic arms that flip around and explode. By all standards today, you're an old outdated grandpa who couldn't even beat up Yoda. [[UnderestimatingBadassery Everyone could beat up Yoda]]!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Korra from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has gotten heat, bashing, shaming and false FauxActionGirl accusations for daring to angst and cry when she feels [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter she can't live up to]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar Aang's]] [[TheAce awesome legacy]], and especially for crying [[spoiler: and maybe even ''considering suicide'' to allow for a better Avatar to be reborn ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation according to some]])]] when [[spoiler: Katara couldn't restore her bending]] in the GrandFinale. Among the more understandable criticism of how this was dealt with in-story, loud screams of "sexism" and "misogyny" were heard from "fandom feminists" everywhere.
** Fandom only started to lighten up in the Asami hate when she showed herself as an ActionGirl BadassNormal. And yet the moment she showed ''human'' reactions to the LoveTriangle business, some people were and still are quick to accuse her of being "nothing but Mako's ClingyJealousGirl" (Despite how she mostly ''{{defie|dTrope}}s'' the CJG trope.)
** The trope was actually lampshaded in series. Korra at first assumed that Asami was a prissy RichBitch only into shopping and makeovers, and only started treating her with respect when she learned she was a BikerBabe. Korra was not supposed to be seen as being in the right: it was established that she had [[NoSocialSkills a chronic lack of social skills]] due to [[SkilledButNaive her sheltered upbringing]], that she was acting very rude towards the SpoiledSweet girl who sponsored her and her team, and she also made lots of assumptions ''solely'' based on Asami's looks and her wealthy background without bothering to dig deeper. [[CharacterDevelopment She later took these assumptions back]], aknowledging that having girlier interests doesn't automatically equal to being a priss.
** And now there's the passive-aggressive and insidious war between Korra fans and Asami fans, in which the trope is thrown back and forth to make one girl look better than the other. [[FanDumb Fandom truly is unpleasable.]]
* Lion-O from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' gets this treatment both in and out of universe. His more pacifistic and merciful attitude is dismissed and mocked by his own race for not adhering to their warrior culture values. On the fandom side, many fans have expressed a disliking of Lion-O for losing a lot of the battles he gets into, especially in contrast to his brother Tygra who beats him every time they fight. When Lion-O does overcome his enemies, it is usually done through cunning or seen as being done too easily or without any real skill.
** What's ironic is that a major theme of the series is showing how [[DeconstructedTrope someone doesn't need to be badass to be heroic]], nor do they even need to be a good fighter to be badass, and how ultimately ruling through strength instead of kindness causes more problems than it solves. In fact, it could be said that the series subtly deconstructs this trope, but it's something many fans seem to miss. Lion-O's real victories don't come from simply defeating Mumm-Ra, but through his ability to unite the races of Third Earth, some of whom have hated each other for centuries.
** That being said, Lion-O ''does'' become a much more competent warrior as the series progresses, and is even able to defeat enemies which Tygra cannot. He both TookALevelInBadass ''and'' got nice CharacterDevelopment.
* Toa Vakama, the supposed leader of the Toa Metru from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has built up an unrelenting hate-base for his {{Wangst}}y portrayal in the second movie, where even his own fellow Toa pushed him around. This, despite that he defeated the BigBad almost all by himself (granted, through trickery, but still) and that his depiction in the comics and novels (which were written by the "official" writer, not the hired movie-writers) made him out to be far more competent and far less emo. Probably one of the main reasons for this hate is that the previous Fire Toa, Tahu, was a ''very'' badass, battle-hungry hothead. Vakama actually TookALevelInBadass in the third movie, but by then, [[NeverLiveItDown the fandom's opinion had already been settled]].
* Julie Yamamoto from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. The character gets incredible amounts of hate from the fandom, being called a ShallowLoveInterest, a DamselScrappy and an useless character, to the point the writers ended up [[spoiler:PanderingToTheBase and having her break up with Ben]]. In truth, she was very rarely an actual DamselInDistress (it happened only three times over the course of five season, each season being at least of 15 to 20 episodes) and TookALevelInBadass quite fast over the course of the show; she just happened to be less frequently involved in the whole "Saving the world" thing than the three protagonists.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Canon {{Love Interest|s}} Dana Tan is often called weak and useless, compared to the two {{Fan Preferred|Couple}} LoveInterests, Max Gibson and Melanie Walker, a would-be sidekick and a [[spoiler:former]] criminal respectively. While Dana has fewer ActionGirl attributes and moments than the other two, she's also not involved in the action as often. The times when she is, she handles herself pretty well for a civilian, averting the NeutralFemale and DamselInDistress tropes by actively trying to get herself out of trouble.
* This mentality gave rise to the "Applejack is a background pony" meme within the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, because she's the only one of the group not able to fly, use magic, or have Pinkie Pie's [[ToonPhysics borderline reality warping]] abilities. Needless to say, it's also something of a FandomBerserkButton because most fans will be quick to point out she's [[TheReliableOne pretty]] [[TeamMom damned]] {{Badass}} [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower without]] [[NiceHat them]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "Fabian strategy" is a term for a military strategy in which battle is avoided in favor of wearing down the enemy by misdirection, denying them resupply, and other generally non-violent tactics. It was named for the Roman commander [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Fabius Maximus]], who knew that fighting [[MagnificentBastard Hannibal]] head-on was a losing proposition. He also knew that Hannibal was operating in enemy territory, making resupply difficult, and had virtually no ability to besiege Rome itself. Fabius therefore simply did not march out to fight. As time went on this seemed more and more cowardly to the Romans, who eventually removed Fabius and installed someone more aggressive as commander. Hannibal then ''crushed'' the Roman army at the Battle of Cannae, one of the worst defeats in military history. The Romans wised up and went back to denying Hannibal battle, and he achieved few other significant victories over them. The Fabian strategy has been utilized at other periods in history, such as the American Revolution and the Russian defense against {{Napoleon|Bonaparte}}. Despite the proven success of the strategy in certain situations, commanders who implement it are often seen as weak and cowardly.
** To add to the irony Fabius still had to be incredibly violent, just not towards Hannibal's standing army. Hannibal was actually able to recruit large numbers of allies among the tribes and city-states of Italy, who, after all, were hardly thrilled about Roman domination. Fabius' strategy was to deny Hannibal supplies and reinforcements from these allies by marching in to a place after Hannibal had left and massacring the town or towns that had helped him.
* Stalin felt his way about his son. When said son tried [[BungledSuicide and failed]] to shoot himself, Stalin remarked that "he couldn't even shoot straight."