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Some shows play a hero's absurdly overpowered abilities and near-invulnerability for laughs. Since the fights themselves are a foregone conclusion, they frequently get skipped or handled in one panel (this trope is particularly common in comics.) The characters frequently lampshade this trope, and in the rare case where a fight actually does have any build-up, it will often end in a deliberate anticlimax. Sight gags are often used to lampshade it further, such as supporting characters playing cards or otherwise ignoring the latest BigBad (or even the fight itself.)

Works with this trope tend to bring in enemies capable of threatening the hero eventually, especially as time goes on and the initial joke wears thin; this can turn the hero a plain old InvincibleHero if the comedy is discarded entirely. Sometimes this also involves CerebusSyndrome as the comedy fades into the background at the same time. Up until then, though, the vast majority of fights are deliberate, comical {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s.

When you have an invulnerable hero in a dramatic show, or one that tries to get you to take the fights seriously, it's an InvincibleHero. When the focus is on the RuleOfCool, it's a ShowyInvincibleHero.

Might feature TheAce, or instead InspectorOblivious. Compare the IronButtmonkey.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[FaceOfAThug Seiichirou Kitano]] from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is MistakenForBadass by nearly everyone in the entire series. Either some stupid thugs are dumb enough to challenge him, only to be horrified just by looking at him, or other people think he's a demon and try to attack him. The results are either that Kitano just [[BadassPacifist pushes them unconscious]] or they knock themselves out accidentally. And everyone believes Kitano has defeated them, even when he himself doesn't realize that he's in a middle of a fight.
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': Koro-sensei is a super creature capable of moving [[SuperSpeed at up to Mach 20]] and is invulnerable to nearly all weapons except the AppliedPhlebotinum specially made to kill him. The whole series is about his class trying to kill him, after all.
** Subverted when it is revealed throughout the series that Koro-sensei has a ton of weaknesses (easily panics, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal weakens after regenerating his tentacles]], [[DistractedByTheSexy boobs]]...).
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}:''
** Oga is the strongest delinquent in his school. The running gag is that other people spend whole episodes trying to find him and challenge him only to get beaten in a few seconds without him paying much attention.
** Or without even noticing them, in some cases, such as Himekawa's attempt at revenge.
** This invincibility is removed against specific opponents, though (Tojo before Oga was ready, the Pillar Squad before he trained, etc) or for comic effect (Beel's shocks, his sister kicking his ass...)
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': Bobobo and his pals take this trope UpToEleven. In its run, practically no one was able to truly have him on the ropes. The fights weren't about seeing if Bobobo and his friends would win, but seeing just how big of a fool he could make out of enemies before they do and just how [[CrazyAwesome crazy and nonsensical]] they make those fights. Such methods include [[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake having Bobobo and his friends]] [[PlotArmor survive the most ridiculous of assaults]], [[CrossingTheLineTwice having Bobobo treat his allies (namely Don Patch and Jelly Jiggler) as mere weapons to abuse]], and laying the hurt on his enemies '''''[[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext with GIANT NOSEHAIRS!!]]'''''
* ''Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK'' has a main character with an absurd number of psychic powers... None of which he actually wants, as they don't turn off, and nothing can surprise or challenge him.
* ''Manga/TheDevilKingIsBored'' is the VillainProtagonist version of this trope. The Devil King is bored because he's so overpowered that nothing challenges him. He even kidnaps a princess for the sole reason that heroes would come and rescue her, therefore making his life a little less boring.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' was like this early on, with Goku's absurd invulnerability played for laughs most of the time. While it fades after a while, it comes back later on in ''Z'', such as during the Cell Saga filler where Goku goes looking for the new Dragon Balls. The only "antagonists" are some ordinary human mobsters and Tao Pai Pai, and the level of non-threat they are is totally played for laughs.
** Taken UpToEleven in the start of the Buu saga, where the first two enemies faced are both comically one-sided curb stomps. One of the enemies is literally defeated by Goku powering up - Goku never even bothers attacking him. The other one boasts about how he is unbeatable because he is used to fighting in ten times Earth gravity, only to find out that the Z warriors regularly train in 500 times Earth gravity. Vegeta doesn't even bother powering up.
--> "Maybe if this was five hundred times gravity, you might have an advantage. But ten? ''I don't even feel it''."
* ''Manga/DragonHalf'' almost completely ran on this trope. Nobody even comes close to posing a challenge for Mink, but it's so goofy that nobody cares.
* Even though it's called ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' in translation, it's ironic that the battles are few and far between. The battles that don't challenge him aren't even on panel. You see them attacking, then in the next panel Hayate is walking away and the attacker is on the ground with a CranialEruption. The ones who ''do'' challenge him are the (at worst) minor characters, usually the ones on his side.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' has a variation on this: Tylor is comically invincible despite the fact that he has no apparent skills that suggest he should be. As a result, his crew is never less incredulous about how they keep surviving encounters that almost certainly should have resulted in all of them being killed.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Jack Rakan and Nagi Springfield, who's completely invincible because... well, because... because he ''just is!''
* Saitama, the eponymous ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', who rigorously trained his body until he could defeat any enemy with one punch. In the first episode, he's having an existential crisis because he became a hero to spice up his dull life, but it's been so long since he's felt a real challenge that his life has gotten painfully boring again, and he doesn't know what to do next.
* Sunred from ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred''. The entire series is just one long GoKartingWithBowser moment between Sunred and his 'ArchEnemy', the [[HarmlessVillain not-so-evil]] organization Florsheim. When the monsters demand to fight him due to ContractualGenreBlindness, the battles are hilariously one-sided and very rarely shown on-screen.

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/{{Pucca}}''. Despite being a little girl she's the strongest character in the show and she's always pulling out NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obélix frequently play their inhuman strength for laughs.
** And the battles happen off-screen often -- on one occasion, pain stars and screams drifted into view, while the narration announced something like "[[RelaxOVision It's such a beautiful day today that we'll skip the extreme violence in this scene.]]"
* Fightman, a one-off character ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} has to kill, is like this.
* Deadpool's archnemesis ComicBook/SquirrelGirl has beaten ComicBook/DoctorDoom so many times he doesn't even put up a fight when she invades Latveria, ''by herself'', to borrow his time machine. She's also ([[DependingOnTheWriter supposedly]]) beaten Thanos, The Mandarin, M.O.D.O.X., and Fin Fang Foom. [[BewareTheSillyOnes She's a teenage mutant who has]] [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing all of the powers of a squirrel]].
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke stories often devote more time to the comic failings of the episode's bad guys, since their defeat is inevitable (which isn't to say it's easy, Luke always needs to plan something).
* ComicBook/PlasticMan is usually played this way as his powers basically make him a cartoon character on steroids. He was once scattered in small chunks across the ocean floor for 3000 years and it only sobered him up a little. Well, at least until he got back from vacation.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} sometimes gets used this way, especially in some of the Silver Age comics.
%%** [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], too.
* Gilbert Shelton's Wonder Wart-Hog is successfully fending off an alien bombardment of the world, throwing the bombs into space - then catches a little firecracker-sized bomb, which goes off in his hand. He's completely unharmed, but the whole city's been vaporized, except for sections of a building and street behind him forming sort of a reverse ImpactSilhouette.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Sometimes Paul's [[NighInvulnerable Nigh Invulnerability]] is played for laughs in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', such as when the Octo-Bot slams him around and all he can do is swear—and John and George catch the absurdity of the situation and stagger around helplessly with laughter.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' has this with the Ultramarines, which the Emperor is fully aware of and uses for his own gains. It's implied that they became this when their Chapter Master Marneus Calgar made a deal with ''something'' after [[spoiler:seeing his brothers be slaughtered by Tyranids]] and the guilt is eating away at him.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCMNWAJiz5Y Their take on SLY MARBOOOOOO!!!]] He can fly in the hard vacuum of space wearing nothing but his flak armor for one thing, and can shatter steel with his manly screaming. The only time he's fought opponents who've actually ''survived'' his beatdown was when he went 1 v. 3 against the Chaos Champions [[MasterSwordsman Lucius the Eternal]], [[BodyHorror Typhus of the Death Guard]], and [[TheArchmage Ahriman of the Thousand Sons]] after Lucius [[BloodKnight invited him to a "party" to fight him]].
** To a lesser extent, Kaldor Draigo. His only weakness (aside from his insanity) is that he's forced to go back to [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]] when summoned to the material plane. His rampant insanity renders him incapable of self doubt, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve which in the Warp]] means that nothing can stop him, simply because he believes they can't.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Metro Man of ''WesternAnimation/MegaMind''.
** It's also a Deconstruction of this trope. [[spoiler: Metro Man is so invincible, the people take him completely for granted, never allowing him to have his own life. He actually fakes his own death, tricking his [[VillainProtagonist nemesis]] into believing his latest evil scheme actually succeeded.]]
** Played the most explicitly for laughs when an angry Roxanne grabs everything heavy within reach and throws it at him and he just stands still with a blank expression and lets her finish venting and the objects shatter against him.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/AceVentura''. In one scene, Ace [[BulletCatch catches a bullet]] fired at him in his teeth.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', where among other things Jake and Elwood casually dodge bullets from multiple shooters, survive a propane explosion, having an apartment complex dropped on them, and walk away from several car crashes that would probably kill a normal human. It's heavily implied to be the result of DivineIntervention, as they're on a MissionFromGod.
* ''Film/TheMask'' has Stanely act like a goofball and/or a prop comic as he defeats his enemies and the villains (they're not necessarily the same)
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'': Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the Sûreté is a stealth example. On the surface he's a bungling incompetent, but try to hurt or kill him and the would-be assassins will wind up killing each other or themselves...
* ''Film/BlackDynamite'': Black Dynamite is a parody of the blaxpoitation action hero, being the meanest, most badass black dude in this world and the next. Secondary characters keep dropping like flies around him but any opponents at best just momentarily inconvenience him personally.

* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' (''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM'') is this PlayedForLaughs. We already know he'll get out of it alive and well and his reputation as an InvincibleHero further increased, we're just here to see how many shout-outs/willing young ladies/creative excuses/sadistic choices he'll run into.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheTick2001'' usually played the eponymous character's nigh-invulnerability for laughs. He even lampshades it in the opening moments of the first episode of the TV series by trying to blow himself up as a demonstration.
* Angel Summoner on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', whose power is to "summon a horde of celestial superbeings at will". The joke is that he's one half of a superteam with Not-So-BadassNormal "the BMX Bandit", who struggles to look relevant next to his nigh-omnipotent partner.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[MemeticBadass Saxton Hale]] of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fame. Just about every piece of material with him in it has to do with ridiculously dangerous stunts such as skydiving out of exploding planes and murdering massive beasts with his bare hands. There's even a [[GameMod custom game mode]] called Vs. Saxton Hale which pits an entire team of mercenaries against a one-shotting Hale with an absurd amount of health. The only thing that ever canonically puts a stop to him is [[spoiler:Gray Mann forcing him to [[WouldntHitAGirl fight a little girl]].]]

* The eponymous ''Webcomic/AdventureDennis'' takes visible damage sometimes, but it never affects him and always goes away.
* Dan in ''Webcomic/BadGuyHigh'', for the most part.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Othar Tryggvassen, '''[[GentlemanAdventurer GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!]]''' is generally treated as so invulnerable that they often don't bother to show or explain how he escapes traps (or only a vague NoodleIncident-style description of the items he used is listed).
** When der Kestle opens a bottomless-pit trapdoor under him, [[spoiler:his sister]] yells at it in anger and grief. Der Kestle is unswayed, saying that he wasn't much of a hero if he could be killed by a little something like ''that''... and sure enough, Othar strolls back into the room in the very next panel, with an offhand comment about how annoying the Castle is.
** {{Exploited|Trope}} by Gil when he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120305 chains Tarvek]] to "'''OTHAR TRYGGVASSEN''' ''GentlemanAdventurer'', vanquisher of eeeevil", dumps them in his prototype flying machine, and drops them out of his airship, knowing full well Othar (and Tarvek by extension) will survive. He even calls out to Tarvek wanting to know how Othar gets out of that one.
--->'''Tarvek:''' How did you--\\
'''Othar:''' HA! A mere chain is ''nothing'' for an adventurer such as myself!\\
'''Tarvek:''' What? No! I thought he'd ''broken your back!''\\
'''Othar:''' Oh, that. Special trousers.\\
'''Tarvek:''' ''What!?''\\
'''Othar:''' ''Very'' heroic.
* Powers Guy in the webcomic ''[[http://www.man-man.org/ Man-Man]]'' is a SuperpowerLottery winner who can sort out anything; usually off panel.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. There's no question that anyone she fights is going to lose; the problem is convincing her to fight.
* Bun-Bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', most of the time. While he's faced some serious challengers, the majority of his fights are him utterly dominating someone just off panel. Then again, the "hero" side of it is questionable, as he usually has to be bribed, tricked, or otherwise convinced to fight villains.
* ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug'': [=GodMan=], the superhero with omnipotent powers. He's basically {{God}} (from the Bible) fused with Superman. He's the image of the GodModeSue page [[LiteralMinded for a reason]].
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rocket Hat]], who dishes out constant effortless beat-downs of the Moon Men (or at least their emperor), but when the reader can actually see him, he never moves or even speaks. In fact, throughout the entire run of the comic, he only appears in two poses.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales' SuperSpeed made him completely untouchable in most of his original appearances, all of which was played in a slapstick tone. In the De Patie Freleng shorts, he was made slightly more fallible but still had shades of this.
** To a lesser extent WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and the rest of the hero ensemble. Bugs lost slightly more often even in his earliest appearances but his obvious superior wit over his foes is often a defining trait and a prominant source of humor.
** Pair this trope to an IronButtmonkey, and you have many of the Creator/ChuckJones Road Runner and Coyote shorts, where an invincible Roadrunner will wade through all of Wile E. Coyote's "ingenius" traps. The ZanyCartoon CartoonPhysics, Wile E. Coyote's inability to [[DidNotThinkThisThrough think things through]], and the Roadrunner's ability to always surprise the Coyote conspire to keep the Roadrunner perfectly safe.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' is probably the UrExample. Most of the fun comes from the way Popeye casually uses his strength for mundane tasks. Once he gets the spinach in him though, he becomes even ''more'' comically invincible.
** Granted, the build up to him using said spinach usually has him beaten down or humiliated by the foe until eating it becomes a neccessity. Though he can create spinach from nothing as he does in Fowl Play ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpFluRcPg94 see 6:02]]) he is always invincible, he just chooses to let his enemies think they can win first before laying the smack down.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog occasionally leans into this, especially in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' and ''Anime/SonicX''; every now and then, however, Dr. Eggman will remind him he is a NotSoHarmlessVillain. More so in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' wherein Dr. Eggman is pretty much a HarmlessVillain by comparison.
* The animated incarnation of ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' in spades. He is basically a NighInvulnerable [[RealityWarping Reality Warper]] who can make things work on CartoonPhysics at will. As soon as Stanley puts the mask on, the villains no longer stand a chance. But since he also is a huge {{Troll}} who enjoys messing with his opponents with hilarious hijinks, you usually ''still'' spend a good time watching him win constantly.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Armed with CharlesAtlasSuperpower and an incredibly powerful MagicWand, Ludo and his minions (for now) hardly pose any threat to her. But she just so happens to be a GenkiGirl and a MagicallyIneptFighter so she'll often use the most zany, over-the-top, and outrageous of methods to defeat her enemies in the most hilarious way possible. From [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext narwhal blasts to super syrup waves.]] As a bonus, she often leaves quite a bit of [[DestructiveSavior collateral damage in her wake.]] Star is also hilariously inept at using her wand for anything other than combat purposes, which leads to her accidentally doing things like sucking Marco's room into a black hole or turning her home-room teacher into a troll.
-->'''Star:''' (''In the credits'') I'm blasting monsters and I never break a sweat!
* Cow's [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]]-[[RuleOfFunny speaking]] superhero alter-ego, Supercow, from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''. Whenever she becomes [[BewareTheSillyOnes Supercow]], there's always a CurbstompBattle without Cow getting a single scratch. Otherwise however, [[TooDumbToLive things are different]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': The show is certainly prone to using the Tick's NighInvulnerability for a laugh, such as when he auditions for his super hero locale by surviving an absurd deathtrap during the pilot. Even when in an actual scrap that has some dramatic weight behind it, the Tick will often suffer a comic pratfall that turns on his being nearly indestructible.
* Much of the humor in ''WesternAnimation/BabyHuey'' revolves around this trope. The fox frequently tries to do him in and have a meal, but every one of his traps [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire horribly]] due to Baby Huey's size. Of course, Huey is usually completely unaware of this.
* In many of his appearances, WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} was absolutely [[TheDeterminator unstoppable]]. Drop a safe on him, and he'll open it from the inside. Throw him off a cliff, and he'll be standing behind you when you turn around. Usually he was [[TheAce just that good]], but on one occasion the punchline was that [[spoiler: there were dozens of him]].
* When the ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' came up against a foe they couldn't beat, [[GodzillaThreshold there was always a last resort]]: releasing Muzzle from his [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]-style straitjacket frame. The camera stayed on the other Road Rovers while Muzzle took care of business [[GoryDiscretionShot off-camera]]. This only failed once, when Muzzle was distracted by [[spoiler: a female dog]].