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->'''Nick:''' How can you make rainbows come out of zombies?\\
'''Juliet:''' From awesome!
-->-- ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw''

Sometimes a character is so overflowing with the awesome that they don't actually have to ''do'' anything for it. They are not just awesome; they kind of have awesomeness as a power. All they have to do is walk into the room, or in in the most extreme cases, ''stand there''. Their mere existence radiates an effect of awesomeness that causes tangible physical harm to their enemies, and makes men and women fall in love with them. All anyone else can do is watch.

"Whoa... Dude, that guy is awesome..."\\
"What do you mean? He isn't ''doing'' anything -- whoa, he ''is'' awesome..."

Characters can be made of it. Groups can be made of it. Scenes can be made of it. Entire movies can be made of it. If awesomeness as a force didn't exist, how could anything ever be so cool it can be used as a laxative?

This trope (in case the multiple uses of the word "awesome" as if it has an objective meaning didn't tip you off) is by its very nature almost completely irrational and often used for comedy. Do ''not'' try to ruminate over the meaning of this trope. Either accept the physical manifestation of RuleOfCool, or watch a more logical show.

Not to be confused with [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome something awesome happening off-screen]], where the awesomeness's effect was probably justified by something tangible actually happening.

A SubTrope of ItRunsOnNonsenseoleum, RuleOfCool. A SuperTrope to AwesomenessIsVolatile.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' takes this pretty far:
** Gurren Lagann [[spoiler:(piloted by Simon and Viral)]] arrives [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to save the day. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome All nearby enemies are destroyed by the awesomeness of its arrival.]]
** [[RuleOfCool Spiral Energy]] in general allows the heroes' hot-bloodedness to manifest as anything from giant drills to [[spoiler: galaxy-sized robots]]. Essentially, Pure Awesomeness surpasses all known laws of physics. [[spoiler:Which is why the Anti-Spirals are against the use of Spiral Energy: eventually, the universe [[AwesomenessIsVolatile will be literally incapable of holding so much awesome and, as such, will collapse.]]]]
* ''Manga/KongohBancho'' invokes this trope in front of every normal person he meets.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', especially powerful individuals can strike weaker ones unconscious with their mere presence, through the power of "Haki" (Ambition). Two other types of Haki (that can be learned) enable users to gain split-second precognition and harden their defenses or strengthen attacks to harm immaterial or Haki-using enemies, but only one in a million inherently awesome people can use the Conqueror's Haki.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' does this on occasion such as [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/history_s_strongest_disciple_kenichi/v05/c038/5.html this instance,]] which actually [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/history_s_strongest_disciple_kenichi/v05/c038/6.html knocks Kenichi unconscious]], just because his masters are that awesome. Sakaki, in particular, is able to utilize the power of awesomeness. In Chapter 18 he makes a charging delinquent stop and fall on his butt retreating just by looking at him, and in Chapter 30 he apparently shoots a Hadouken from his fist (probably just a visual representation of the force of his punch).
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', a number of strong ninja, like Zabuza, Orochimaru, and [[spoiler:Sasuke with Orochimaru's power]], are capable of giving off a "killing intent" so strong that it paralyzes weaker enemies, despite apparently not being an actual jutsu of any kind. This is taken to ridiculous levels with [[spoiler:the First Hokage, who can literally cause the room he's standing in to crack just by flaring his chakra.]]
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'' has [[spoiler:Hinokage Kudo, whom no one knows, remembers, or even notices despite his large size. Why does no one notice him? Because he's so damn powerful people subconsciously repress the memory of his existence out of absolute fear. His unnotability has not earned him the nickname "Mr. Unknown." He hasn't earned this nickname 'cos no one knows who he is and therefore can't address him as anything in the first place]]. [[spoiler:Except Zenkichi for some weird reason.]]
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Nen users can kill non-users through sheer force of [[strike:awesome]] Nen.
* Gildarts from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has this and it brings [[spoiler:Natsu]] to tears[[note]]because it's the first time he's ever truly felt defeated[[/note]].
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'': when Asuka jr. bragged he had been assigned to capture Saint Tail by the mayor himself and Rina shouldn't butt in, her pointing out she's the mayor's niece caused her to be surrounded by an aura of awesomeness that blinded the presents.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Spiritual beings exert ''reiatsu'' on their surroundings, which is capable of bringing people to their knees or killing if intense enough. Most individuals [[SubvertedTrope need to consciously intensify such power, even if it looks like they're not doing anything]], but some people do it passively or [[PowerIncontinence can't even stop it]]. The most notable example is Primera Espada Coyote Starrk, who was always lonely (even going so far as to [[spoiler: split himself into two people, Starrk and Lilynette]], just so he wouldn't be alone anymore) because his ''reiatsu'' was '''so strong every Hollow going near him simply died'''.
* Cosmo sometimes works like this in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Prime offenders would of course include Gods whose mere presence and aura will paralyze anyone and repell attacks, but even main characters can be included, such as Phoenix Ikki whose mere aura can slap silly some enemies and more, but the most clear instance of this is when a wounded and armor-less Seiya is cornered by three Silver Saints, about to be killed, when the Sagittarius Gold Cloth comes to his rescue covers his body for the first time. This prompts a MassOhCrap for every enemy involved on the scene, followed by a Cosmo discharge that gives the three Silver Saints (not the weakest ones either) a CurbStompBattle.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' - In issue #250, a large goat humanoid demon pins the protagonist John Constantine. All John did was to look at it, and it [[InvisibleMeansUndodgeable spontaneously exploded]] due to obvious badass reasons.
* In TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye, we meet a race of aliens called "[[JustForPun Personality Ticks]]", parasites who feed upon the charisma of those with extroverted personalities. They are defeated when Rodimus and Megatron are called, and the sheer ''presence'' the two of them have basically causes the ticks to overdose on awesome and die just from them entering the room.
* Nowadays, Paperinik (DonaldDuck's superhero/antihero alter ego) is [[TheDreaded so feared by most of Duckburg's criminals]] that when they're caught in the act [[FriendlyEnemy they have a little chat]] before taking their tools and all the evidence and giving themselves up to the police. The few who don't are from out of town (and learn quickly to do the same), supervillains who actually have a shot at beating him, or [[StupidCrooks the Beagle Boys]].
* Scrooge Mcduck. He was so awesome that he scared the living daylights out of ''Wyatt Earp'' during his goldrush days already, and broke Earp by just slinging around with his number one dime.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Former TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', where the legendary warrior's pure awesomeness alone is sufficient to blind enemies. [[AllJustADream At least in his dreams]]. Also, the Sword of Heroes is [[AbsurdlySharpBlade so sharp]] you can get cut just by looking at it. An extreme case of AudibleSharpness.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TronLegacy'':
** During the battle at the End Of Line club, the good guys are getting thoroughly trounced by Clu's [[EliteMooks Black Guards]]. At least until [[spoiler:Kevin Flynn walks into the room, kneels and touches the floor]]. Simply ''being there'' is enough for [[spoiler: Kevin to completely turn the tide, thanks to his PhysicalGod status in the Grid, by being a User with possession of the master disk.]]
** As they are leaving, several programs are shown on their knees, praying, and [[spoiler:Kevin Flynn]] walking out, holding his hands in a Christ-like manner.
--->'''digitalcrypt''': ''As someone who has worked in IT and software for two decades, it is one of my favorite moments in any movie, anywhere. Little collections of ones and zeros think they can go off and misbehave how they want and have their fun...and along comes a human: "I think that's enough chaos for today." :-) (Too bad the job isn't always THAT easy. But the end result is the same, even if it takes a lot more time and work sometimes.) ;-)''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The BadassBoast that makes any enemy tremble and flee in terror? "[[Series/DoctorWho I'm the Doctor]], and you're in the biggest library in the Universe. ''Look me up.''"
** And from the same series, "I'm River Song. Check your records again."

* A somewhat subtler form of this exists in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Middle-Earth in general was heavily inspired by folklore and heroic sagas. The characters' abilities have less to do with tangible physical characteristics like strength, endurance or skill and more to do with a more amorphous concepts such as "might" or "countenance." Hence, the greatest elves of the elder days could stand against balrogs and dragons simply because they possessed the might to do so. The actual tactics and details of the battles were irrelevant, the outcome was decided by a direct conflict of might.
** In one nice example, Finrod and Sauron "duel in songs of power." Finrod does pretty well for himself, but in the end, Sauron wins.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has the Ta'veren, who bend probability and to some extent even ''[[RealityWarper reality]]'', just by existing. The Dragon Reborn, the strongest Ta'veren in the whole of the reincarnating Pattern, eventually becomes able to do it ''intentionally''.
* In an interlude for Brandon Sanderson's ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', Lift describes her use of Stormlight this way. Her [[BondCreature spren]], who is an extremely serious scholarly gardener, is very annoyed at this.
-->'''Wyndle:''' It is called ''surgebinding''. You use your [[{{Mana}} investiture]] to--\\
'''Lift:''' No. It's because I'm awesome.
** When she's later confronted by an InspectorJavert type who's been hunting her, and she realizes he's using powers, her reaction is essentially, "He's awesome too? No fair!"

* Classical Chinese philosophy discusses a concept known as ''de'' (德) which is usually translated "inherent character; inner power; integrity" in Daoism, "moral character; virtue; morality" in Confucianism, and "quality; virtue" (guna) or "merit; virtuous deeds" (punya) in Chinese Buddhism. However the actual description of the effects of ''de'', particularly in the most ancient (i.e. pre-Confucian and pre-Buddhist) contexts include de's ability to instil a sense of awe or submission in other people; an amoral and innate quality of leadership, awesomeness or effectiveness that can occur as often or as easily in an evil person as in a good person, and is therefore more like "charisma", "awesomeness", "being chosen" or "being set above others". Later artistic depictions of the quality of ''de'' show historical figures of great power and merit subduing barbarian hordes or wild beasts with a mere glance, or even with shere aloofness.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter was half man, half amazing and one half the tag team champions. The only man amazing enough to have three halves.
* When asked in Ybor Florida to describe Heidi Lovelace, Solo Darling used non-descriptive terms, such as "She's about this awesome," and gestured with her arms as if it was a physical trait like height...and people immediately realized whom she was talking about.
* Really, anytime the entrance theme of someone particularly notable plays, especially during something like the Royal Rumble or a similar big match. Doesn't matter if they're old or young, big or small[[note]]Though being big would certainly be a factor[[/note]], heel or face... they usually have the power to stop a match with their sheer presence, and that's often ''before'' they even enter the room. Just ask guys like Wrestling/TheBigShow or [[Wrestling/KevinNash Big Daddy Cool]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDIOk2u1dqo Diesel]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the 3rd edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', many powers have the mechanical effect of bolstering allies or hindering enemies through the awesomeness of the power or the character using it.
** The Exemplar class lets you pick one skill which can be used to impress people, in a manner so awesome that everyone in 60 ft becomes undyingly loyal to him.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** It overflows with characters that through their sheer presence can invigorate allies to near-invincibility, render enemies catatonic with fear or anything in between, ranging from Tau Ethereals (members of the ruling class), Space Marine Chaplains (SuperSoldier {{Badass Preacher}}s), and fiery incarnations of the Eldar god of War and Murder.
** And then there's [[FourStarBadass Creed]], [[MemeticMutation tactical genius]], who can use his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower awesomeness]] to hide a [[TankGoodness Baneblade]] on open ground. Partially through camouflage, mostly through badassery. And the orks - the [[CrazyAwesome orks]] get this a lot.
* This is essentially how the "presence attack" mechanic in the ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' works for characters with a high enough Presence stat (basically charisma). Presence attacks take no time and don't really require the character to do anything else -- although the right kinds of supplemental actions certainly ''help'' -- and can make other people hesitate, stop what they're doing to listen, or at the highest levels of effect outright surrender, faint, or be inspired to instant loyalty, all from the character's sheer awesome force of personality alone.
* Similar to the above, ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the Presence skill, and its associated special techiques. A [[BadassPreacher Zenith Caste]] can make '''armies''' too awestruck to attack. Actually, almost everything the [[UpToEleven Solar]] Exalted do is a case of AwesomenessIsAForce.
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' features the Style skill, which is basically a measure of how awesome a character is. The example the book gives as a use for the skill is having thunder crash in time with your strikes while fighting during a thunderstorm.
** Additionally, characters with large amounts of [[KiManipulation ki energy]] or [[{{Mana}} magic power]] start creating noticeable changes in their environment, like miniature localized windstorms or earthquakes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN'':
** If a player manages to obtain trophies (ranging in difficulty from completing low-level plotlines to beating an insanely difficult, once a week minigame eleven times), Awesome points are given out which can be spent on bonus abilities. Also, certain levels of awesome are required for some quests.
** In the game's story, Awesome is ninja culture's name for the metaphysical source of free will.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the mere presence of the Servants has a little bit of this. And when a character like Lancer gets ''serious'', the pure awesome makes both you and the air freeze in fear. The most extreme example of this is Gilgamesh, who nearly makes [[TheHero Shirou]] shit himself without even showing any killing intent. Justified in the fact that Gilgamesh is one of the most powerful beings in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} and can defeat [[TheDreaded Berserker]] without even trying and is in possession of a weapon capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth-Shattering Kabooms]].
* The characters of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' regularly cause huge explosions from the presence of their sheer manly awesomeness. Yes, even the women.
* From ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', the Sun God:
-->'''Pyron''': "I can't hear you over all this ''awesome''!"
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' has domains as a big part of the story. They're basically magic background fields where the person generating them creates a form of sympathetic magic. A sufficiently powerful being could completely change the flow of battle just by showing up.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* [[BigBad DMK]] is finally defeated at the end of the ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' series ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', solely due to the eponymous character's [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001760 glowing personal charm.]] Sepulchritude, the most powerful attack in the whole comic, runs on ''awesome''.
* King Radical's secret master plan in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' turns out to hinge on this. [[spoiler:He's trying to make the Doctor's universe ''too awesome for lame people to exist'', thus sacrificing them to summon refugees from the dying Radical Lands.]]
* In [[http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=721 one strip]] of ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'', Gandalf staff is said to give him +2 to Awesome.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' has many instances of parodying this - the reviewers find they can do amazingly awesome things just because the character they're role-playing as (and in one case the actor playing the character they are role-playing as) possesses some form of Pure Awesomeness.
** It's ''broadcasted'' on Channel Awesome.
* According to Creator/{{Tobuscus}}' Literal Trailer for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', this is how Ezio kills a guard (it's actually an arrow that just isn't shown, but RuleOfFunny).
--> ''Guard says, "Stop," / Just kill him with your awesome.''
* In ''WebVideo/AHDotComTheSeries'', Super55 and [[Music/ElvisPresley The King]] are characters of this type.
* A recurring theme in ''Creator/ShackTactical'' videos, with regards to [[MemeticBadass Dslyecxi]]. When he's around (particularly, flying a CAS helicopter), [[AcePilot he inspires a vague sense of safety]]. If the helicopter is shot down, it's immediately replaced with despair. If he's on the enemy team and believed to be nearby, [[MookHorrorShow it's palpable dread]]. And if he's ever captured, there is literally no such thing as a sufficient number of guards. [[ThatOnePlayer And it's all absolutely justified]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Common when people achieve a certain degree of celebrity status, such as music stars. People used to lose their shit over Michael Jackson just standing on stage. And before him, Elvis. And before ''him'', Frank Sinatra. Sinatra's early career subverted this, as the girls in his audience who were really, ''really'' losing their shit and fainting in the aisles were hired plants put there to create hype.
* A group of men once tried to rob a house, tying up the owner's wife. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18751_6-insane-true-stories-too-awesome-chuck-norris-movie.html After taking one look at a picture]] of the owner, they dropped everything, untied her and ''ran''. This needs reiteration. They didn't even see the woman's husband. They saw a ''picture'' of him. And you can bet those men are spending the rest of their lives in a state of pure terror. Who was in the picture? Creator/DolphLundgren.
* Back when Italy was still divided between various countries, a group of pro-unification patriots led by Carlo Pisacane landed in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and tried to start an insurrection only to be lynched by the people. Years later Giuseppe Garibaldi tried the same... And started the insurrection by ''asking the Sicilians to rise up in arms''. He would also provide help to the Kingdom of Sardinia, later the Kingdom of Italy, because they were the only ones capable of keeping him from a repeat performance.
* After escaping from his first exile, Napoleon arrived in France with 700 soldiers. As he marched to Paris, the numbers of his troops swelled from veterans joining him during the route and the regiments sent to arrest him ''mass-deserting the moment they actually saw him or received a letter asking to join him''. The only regiment that actually came close to ''try'' and arrest him was the one he met at Grenoble, and those dropped their weapons when Napoleon dismounted his horse, came withing gun range and told them "If any of you will shoot his Emperor, here I am".