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-> ''"No one likes to see their favorite heroine killed off, but if she gets away scot-free every time, your fights will quickly lose the element of danger that makes them interesting. The same goes for characters that are essentially invincible."''
-->-- '''fantasyfaction.com''', ''[[http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/writing-fight-scenes Writing Fight Scenes]]''

[[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin Heroes win]]. It's a general rule of fiction. Sometimes, though, you want the hero to lose a few battles; this is a good way of establishing conflict and drama. A hero may well consistently lose but learn valuable [[AnAesop lessons]] out of it, get CharacterDevelopment, and grow strong enough to win for the series finale.

And then there are heroes who never lose. ''Ever.'' Not only that, but they win ''handily'', especially in life threatening situations. If any "losses" occur, they're typically ambiguous and open ended, brought about by clear cheating on the villain's part, or as a forfeit from the hero due to external causes (kidnapped LoveInterest, etc.). This of course tends to rob a given episode or movie franchise of dramatic punch when the viewer's reaction to a hero being lowered into a [[KilledOffForReal mortal]] DeathTrap is "LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt!" This type of hero is basically a walking personification of VictoryIsBoring.

Behind this is usually the idea that the hero is "[[TheAce just that good]]". Plus, he's the hero; good guys ''never'' lose! Doesn't matter [[TrainingFromHell how hard]] TheDeterminator trains, the hero is always [[HardWorkHardlyWorks two steps ahead]]. This is especially common in [[SeasonFluidity episodic series]] where the MonsterOfTheWeek is a regular occurrence (LoweredMonsterDifficulty when the hero comes to fight it), or in fighting series (whether kung fu, {{Mons}}, or card games) where the protagonist is on a quest ToBeAMaster. If taken to extremes, this trope turns into GodModeSue.

This is practically required if the hero is in some sort of TournamentArc or else in a situation where any loss would be disastrous (such as if all fights are to the death), as you can't afford to lose even once. Having the character routinely come close to losing, or requiring assistance from outside forces can help mitigate this.

Compare with ImmortalHero, where the heroes can and often do lose, but hardly ever die, the less suspenseful ShowyInvincibleHero, that would be this except that it focuses on the RuleOfCool, and the ComicallyInvincibleHero or TheAce, which follows RuleOfFunny. See also InvincibleVillain, their EvilCounterpart. The HeroProtagonist is especially at risk to this.

Contrast with FailureHero, who never wins at anything.

Compare InvincibleIncompetent, where the hero is still usually untouchable, but more due to [[TheFool dumb luck]] and LaserGuidedKarma than any real competance of their own.

SubTrope of TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin.

Contrast KryptoniteFactor and GoodFlawsBadFlaws, the main ways to make an Invincible Hero more... [[PerfectlyCromulentWord vincible]].[[note]]That is actually a word, meaning "[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vincible capable of being overcome]]"[[/note]]


!!Examples: Spoilers Ahoy!


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* The [[UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce Japanese Self-Defence Force]] in ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' never lost a single engagement - they won them all with sadistic ease. {{Justified}} most of the time since they are a modern, relatively well-funded [[InsistentTerminology armed force]] that has to face mostly [[MedievalStasis pre-medieval armies of legionnaires armed only with spears, shields, bows and arrows]] and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent the odd dragon]]. However, when they start simultaneously [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] American, Russian ''and'' Chinese [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Spec-Ops units]], things start to smell exceedingly fishy for a country that has been nominally anti-militaristic since WorldWarTwo. The fact that [[WordOfGod God]] is ex-JSDF himself and has expressed some [[PatrioticFervour rather strong feelings about Japan and the world]] doesn't help.
* Many fans agree that ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' would be a much better show without its main protagonist, Kirito. He's shown to be ridiculously smart (having built a top-of-the-line custom gaming PC at age 14, knowing how to hack SAO's code, among other things), and is easily considered the best player. He wins every fight with little effort. In fact, one of the only times he's ever lost was when his opponent cheated. There's one scene in particular in which a gang of player-killers rush him. He stands still, completely unfazed while he explains that his health regeneration skill is so high that ''it refills at a faster rate than his enemies can deal out damage.'' Later on, he gains a sword skill that is exclusive to him and him alone. Even when his health is depleted to zero, he somehow wills himself back to life to land the finishing blow on Kayaba. It isn't until the end of SAO2 that he actually loses a fight fair and square, and by that point it hardly matters.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar'' has Kenshi Masaki, a hero whose only weakness is his apprehension of what might happen to him if any of his hundreds of admirers gets him alone. In almost all his fights, he dances around his enemies without the slightest effort; even if it looks like his enemy's actually strong enough to beat him, it turns out he isn't fighting all-out and a single word of encouragement completely turns the battle around. His insane power and endurance is a source of humor in-universe; at one point the headmistress of the school where he's working warns the many people who want to use him that they need to take care not to exhaust him, while behind her he's jogging along with all kinds of massive, heavy material. When she turns around to see him carrying a log roughly five feet in diameter and maybe fifty feet long as if it was a twig, she quietly says "looks like he'll be fine".
* There's a reason Ban and Ginji are called the "Invincible Manga/GetBackers", they always succeed in their missions [[spoiler: even the one technically for the BigBad of the mini arc]] and never lose in a fight unless they are not used to the conditions.
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is an immortal SociopathicHero, able to survive even near-total bodily destruction. Though whether he's the series' hero is arguable, he receives quite a lot of screen time and plot focus, and few if any situations ever credibly threaten him. Note that Alucard starts off as a ShowyInvincibleHero... before even using a fraction of his powers.
** It's a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, actually. [[spoiler: The Major's plan seems to be simply to start a war with London. There's '''ALOT''' more to it than that. The point of his plan is to get Alucard down to a form where he's vulnerable enough to finally die. Starting a war and taking London down are pretty much just bonuses.]]
* This is the exact reason why Seijuro Hiko very rarely appears in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. According to the creator of the series, he would turn any battle in the series into a joke. Well, no... not so much a "joke" as a really ''short'' [[CurbStompBattle one-liner]], as any fight would be over in seconds. So, Watsuki keeps him out of normal fights, making him a ShowyInvincibleHero instead, with each appearance being a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]].
** Kenshin himself is this in the first few stories. The series starts out with EasingIntoTheAdventure where Kenshin is much stronger than all of the early villains. Later, the series becomes more serious and darker with villains that pose much more of a threat. Even so, Kenshin almost never actually loses a fight to any of them.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'': Amuro Ray had some narrow scrapes earlier in his career, but by the time of this film he, and his [[BiggerStick Nu-Gundam]], are essentially untouchable. He tears through most enemies as though they didn't exist, and even his archrival, Char Aznable, is only able to stand against him for a few minutes.
** One of the biggest problems many Gundam fans had with the ending of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' was that at the end [[HostileShowTakeover the returning SEED cast]] had won the final fight without losing a single named character. The new main characters' mecha didn't get a single scratch, and they even went so far as to [[YeahShot strike a victory pose]] at the end to ''show'' that they hadn't been scratched. Compare this to every final fight in other Gundam series, ''including the original Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', in which [[AnyoneCanDie every character can die]] and the main character often only gains a narrow victory, trashing his machine in the process.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': [[SociopathicHero Mikazuki Augus]] is virtually unstoppable, using one of the most powerful mobile suits in existence and benefiting from not just one, but ''three'' [[BrainComputerInterface Alaya-Vijnana implants]], which let him pilot it with preternatural skill. He's a ruthless CombatPragmatist who has never been defeated in combat and very rarely even finds himself on the defensive. In fact, he's a {{Deconstruction}}, as he [[UndyingLoyalty outsources his moral thinking to Orga]] and takes desperate measures to win [[HeroicRROD even if it costs him the movement of his limbs]]. At the same time, some of his enemies [[AntiVillain have sympathetic backstories]] and/or are genuinely good people, but are [[AlasPoorVillain killed off]] [[KilledMidSentence unceremoniously]] all the same, which might make the audience uneasy about rooting for Mikazuki when he kills them.
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' never loses a game of {{Mahjong}} in the anime or the manga. However he is reported to have once been beaten by the main character in author Fukumoto's earlier work ''Anime/{{Ten}}''.
** Further, when Akagi loses a round, it's typically because his opponent either got the better of him ("cheating" doesn't really count because Akagi abuses his opponents like a red-headed stepchild when he cheats, which is often) or because Akagi is purposely laying a trap [[spoiler: (RE: The third game, vs. Urabe)]].
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' simply never loses. You wonder why people in the anime even think he can. At the very worst, it will be a draw.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has gotten some flak for being one of the series with the most in-your-face examples of ThePowerOfFriendship conquering all. However, a point could genuinely be made for Erza Scarlet. She was los''ing'' against Master Jose (after being weakened from tanking a WaveMotionGun) before her own Guild Master took over, Jellal manages to paralyze her when her guard is down and shove her into a magic crystal that will kill her, Cobra's snake companion almost lethally poisoned her while she was focused on fighting the owner, and she's unable to hurt [[GreaterScopeVillain Acnologia]] just like everyone else in Fairy Tail, but she's never flat-out lost in a fair fight. The most egregious examples are the [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games arc]] (enters a MeleeATrois, one opponent gives her a rare one-sided beatdown before she suddenly overpowers her, gets her right foot shattered, the other opponent briefly beats her up while she's weakened before she whips out an armor that essentially makes her literally invincible) and the Tartaros arc (gets tortured badly enough to pass out at least twice, curb-stomps her torturer the second she's freed, quickly defeats the now demonized "other opponent" from the Grand Magic Games, has a rematch with the torturer who subjects her to even worse torture, and still comes out on top). The only opponent who actually truly ''defeats'' her (i.e. beats her to the point she can't fight anymore) [[spoiler:is her own [[ActionMom mother]] [[TheArchmage Irene Belsersion]], who's also a [[ItMakesSenseInContext dragon]]]], and even then, [[spoiler:it was technically a tie since Irene couldn't bring herself to kill Erza and instead ''stabbed herself'', thus taking her out of the fight too]].
* Takumi from ''Manga/InitialD'' starts out like this. In fact, it's the reason why Takumi's dad won't put a new engine in the Eight-Six. He says that Takumi needs to learn what defeat fells like so that he'll appreciate the upgrade. Then again, Takumi has been driving longer than any of his peers, to the point where people think that his car was a ghost. It helps that [[TricksterMentor his dad]] has been [[GambitRoulette secretly teaching him how to drift since he was 13.]]
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis's'' Ryoma Echizen has almost yet to lose a match.
** A match that counted for something. He has lost before to the captain of the team, who he had never previously played, [[PrideBeforeAFall to knock him down a peg and keep him from getting over confident]].
** If we count the anime, Ryoma lost in an unofficial match against [[spoiler:Genichirou Sanada]] so ''badly'' that he went into an HeroicBSOD. [[spoiler:Akutsu]] has to force him play against him [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan to snap Ryoma out of it]].
** Early on, he actually reveals that he gets trashed in tennis every day. But he's playing his dad, who is like the strongest player in the world (unofficially).
* Yugi of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has "lost" only five times, and only twice 'fairly.'
** To take it a bit further, Yami!Yugi ([[spoiler:AKA Atem]]) only lost one legit game in the manga, and that was to [[spoiler:Normal!Yugi]].
* Judai of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' takes after Yugi. He lost the first battles he had against Kaiser and Edo and his match with Kaibaman, and tied several times. He won on all other occasions. Several {{Big Bad}}s and rivals pointed this out, leading him to believe he needed [[TrueArtIsAngsty some inner darkness]] to be a true hero. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor...
** In the manga, he wins virtually every duel, but lost against Koyo Hibiki before coming to the academy (although Koyo was the World Champion, and this was before Judai got Terra Firma and Winged Kuriboh).
*** [[spoiler:The manga also has Judai losing to [[TheRival Manjoume]] at the final match of the tournament. In fact, just as ''Manjoume'' was getting dangerously close this status himself, Kaiser defeats him when he has all three of his most powerful monsters on the field.]]
*** [[spoiler:Having Manjoume almost play this trope straight in the manga is even funnier if you compare him to his Anime version, where he never ever manages to beat [[TheHero Judai]].]]
*** In Manjoume's case, however, one of his losses was a willful surrender after a successful IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight, and the other was when he easily could have won but was forced to throw the match.
*** Also inverted in a very cruel way with Fubuki Tenjouin, who [[spoiler:never wins a single duel in the Anime but is a champ in the manga.]]
* Initially {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', of all places. The real bad guys, the Dark Signers, spend most of their arc mopping the floor with Team Yusei. It's not until episode 50 that the Signers really gain [[IncrediblyLamePun momentum]] in their battle with the Dark Signers.
** Played straight with Crow, who has a better deck than anyone else on the show by far[[labelnote:note]]It should be noted that considering his deck to be "better" than the other character's decks only applies to an adaption of his deck to the RealLife card game (where Blackwings are a tournament staple, [[PowerCreep or at least used to be]]). Within the anime, no character's deck can be considered better or worse based on how they'd play in RealLife because the duel plots are fueled by {{Strong As They Need To Be}}/{{New Powers as the Plot Demands}}/{{Deus Ex Machina}}/luck, where Crow performs no differently than Yusei (not that he isn't Invincible Heroes too).[[/labelnote]], and only has two losses and a draw (not counting a duel he lost on purpose), a fantastic record for him considering he's not the main character and how often he duels. And even those duels were fought as part of a tag team tournament where he usually defeated one opponent before losing to a fresh one, while still putting up a much better fight than Jack and giving Yusei everything he needed to win.
** Yusei's "victory" over Team Unicorn through the sheer power of his super-charisma also has this trope written all over it.
*** If there's a #2 moment, it would probably be when he activated High And Low, and the top three cards of his Deck happened to have exactly 2700 ATK - any higher or lower, and he would have lost. There's a recurring joke in the fandom that he stacks his cards.
** While Yusei's win record seems rather contrived at times, he has had two legitimate losses. First one was against Jack in a flashback shown in episode 2 and the second was against Dark Signer Kiryu, although interrupted at the last second with his D-Wheel crashing and nearly getting himself killed by Ccapac Apu's attack.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' subverts this with Yuma, who loses much more than any other protagonist. Later played straight in ''ZEXAL II''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has Yuya, who has only lost four times in 100+ episodes, and the reason for his first onscreen loss was because of the new and mysterious summoning method he just created out of nowhere. However, his official victory rate is between 50 and 60% at the beginning of the story, that's why he spends a mini-arc to duel four duelists to gain a 60% victory rate to enter a tournament.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' usually averts this (Negi generally loses at least one fight with any villain before he beats them), but the TournamentArc followed the subtrope of getting to the finals and then losing. Although in that case, the victory was in ''reaching'' the finals, and what happened then.
** Alternatively, his father Nagi Springfield ''has'' been explicitly stated to be completely invincible. Through all the flashbacks, we've yet to see him greatly struggle ([[spoiler:with the exception of a tie and a climactic battle against someone by the name of "[[RedBaron Lifemaker]]"]]).
** In fact, the MythArc of the series concerns Nagi's disappearance ten years prior to the start of the series, and his son's attempts to find out what could possibly have happened to him.
** Jack Rakan is also effectively invincible. To the point the only opponents who have ever given him trouble are Nagi (who's ''more''... invincible... or something) and [[spoiler:the Lifemaker and Fate. Fate had to ''[[RealityWarper rewrite reality]]'' in order to have a shot, and Jack is still holding his own.]]
** And when Negi and Rakan finally fought each other in the finals of another TournamentArc [[spoiler: they both fought each other to a standstill and the fight ended in a draw. And even then, it's still a victory for Negi for reaching Rakan's level.]]
*** [[spoiler: However, this was only achieved through Rakan, who was still powerful enough to fight which Negi does note, deciding to let it be a draw and the fact that Kotarou getting beaten to the inch of his life while stalling time for Negi (it was a tag-team tournament) and helping Negi by briefly halting Rakan from moving so Negi can hit him with an extremely powerful spell.]]
* Kenshiro in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is nearly unstoppable. There are very few opponents that ever won a fight against him, or demonstrated superior skill, and he defeats all of them on second attempts, in one case without even having time to recover from the initial mauling. This trope is very prominent in the anime version, as it adds lots and lots of filler {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s against [[MonstersOfTheWeek Punks of the Week]], but much less so in the manga.
** When Kenshiro loses, he loses ''badly''. Both Souther and Kaioh really did a number on him, his first battle with Raoh was a close call, and his loss to Shin is the moment that sets the entire series in motion.
** A good way of characterizing Kenshiro is that since he never technically gets stronger over the course of the series, if he can't beat an opponent it doesn't mean his fists won't work, it just means he's punching them in the wrong way (Souther was a big example of this).
* Oddly Justified in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca''. Recca never loses a fight past a certain (fairly early) point in the series, but then again his powers come from a [[DealWithTheDevil deal he made with the dragons inside him]] so if he ever loses anything he'll die. His teammates lose all the time though, especially since much of the series is a team based tournament where they just barely win enough matches to move on every single time.
** Similarly, in ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' (done by the same author) Ginta never loses in the tournament, since if he loses, it's game over. His team mates on the other hand, can and have lost. Some of the rounds come down to a 3-2 win/loss ratios (with Ginta being last fighter to boot).
** The witch Dorothy plays this trope straight, however, as she also remains undefeated throughout the tournament. Even though she gets beaten down rather badly several times, she is able to pull through with sometimes seemingly impossible feats. [[spoiler:She does die in the anime, but eventually [[ClimacticBattleResurrection revives along everyone else]] for the final battle.]]
* Lina, the [[AntiHero anti-heroine]] of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', is less of this trope than it warrants, but it is painfully obvious how fellow mages Zelgadis, Amelia, and Sylphiel are out-classed against her, as she is the only person among them (and probably the entire world) who can both beam-spam the most powerful spell in the verse's BlackMagic, and can also draw power from [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse the Lord of Nightmares.]] She also shows ridiculous insight and intelligence often in random bursts, whereas normally she is fairly smart, but not inquisitive - the reverse happens with [[TheSmartGuy Zelgadis]], normally book-smart, but fails rather epically with battle strategies. It is her that takes down every single demonic being that the group encounters, which makes Xellos' comment of all four main characters being "[[TitleDrop Slayers]]" of demons far less credible - Lina defeated Shabranigdo while the others were taken down in one blow each. Filia, a Golden Dragon, Naga, [[GoldfishPoopGang her alleged rival]], and Pokota, a prince, are probably the only people that could rival her, but Filia is a [[HolierThanThou stuck-up, prissy, and naive]] priestess who often refuses to take part in the group's antics, Naga is incredibly flaky, and Pokota is stuck in the body of a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter stuffed animal]], knocking down his use by a solid margin. This mostly applies to the anime and the novels.
* ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', although there wasn't much of a choice for the writers outside of maybe a double-elimination round or two--the entire tournament was a vehicle for CharacterDevelopment and an opportunity for the main to confront her [[MissingMom absent mother.]]
** She loses battles outside of the tournament. And every fight was won after taking a beating first while she figured out her opponent's style and tricks, it was never a CurbStompBattle.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Utena, Utena... lost only ''one'' duel, and it was because she froze up thanks to Touga's MindScrew. This is justified early on by gaining the power of Dios in her duels, but it's not even just that. It was basically {{Lampshaded}} in her first duel with Juri--Juri, the [[LadyOfWar captain of the fencing team]] nearly ''does'' beat Utena because Utena is an amateur. But when she knocks Utena's sword away, it flies up into the air and cuts Juri's own rose, a "[[DeusExMachina miraculous]]" win against Juri, who had spent the whole time ranting against the impossibility of miracles. In the Black Rose arc Utena's opponents are usually inexperienced and fighting their own issues more than Utena herself, and in the final arc it comes out that Utena wins because her bond with Anthy, the Rose Bride, is much stronger than the screwed-up bonds between her opponents and ''their'' "Brides".
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' has its leading ladies usually come out on top, often with ridiculous ease, but considering that they're assassins the other option would end the series. There are a few exceptions, and they do get close a few times: Mirielle nearly dies in the first episode and only survives thanks to Kirika [[BigDamnHeroes showing up]], and Kirika herself gets seriously wounded in an early episode because of a stupid mistake.
* [[Manga/YakitateJapan Kazuma Azuma]] is completely stuck in this trope. Despite constantly being sabotaged in the Monaco Cup and being given the "worst possible opponent" over and over again in Yakitate 25, the worst he does is tie, or have his bread judged lower than someone in a different bracket. While he ''did'' finally lose to Miki Norihei in a seaweed bread contest, it can be hard to accept it as a true loss since his opponent was basically [[ProductPlacement a real-life person and corporate mascot.]]
* This is actually addressed in-story in ''Manga/BambooBlade''. Tamaki Kawazoe, or Tama-chan, is a kendo prodigy capable of defeating adults. One character in the series remarks that he thinks Tama ''should'' lose a bout, and not to an adult but to a girl her own age. He feels losing to an equal can teach things that no victory can. Ishida-sensei starts trying to get the team into tougher and tougher bouts in part to give Tama a chance to face others of her own level.
** Once she does [[spoiler: lose to a superior opponent, she does not know how to handle it ''at all'', having never lost before]]. Unfortunately, the anime at least ends before it properly tackles the consequences of this, but we're given a fair impression that it is an issue that will be dealt with.
** In the manga [[spoiler: she handles it a lot better than she does in the anime, quickly getting over it instead of sulking and nearly quitting kendo. She even ends up losing a second match against basically one of the kendo elite, and then her final match with [[TheRival fated rival]] Ura Sakaki ends without revealing who won.]]
* ''Manga/{{Zeorymer}}'' takes this about as far as it can go. The machine itself is ridiculously fast and can teleport, plus it's armored enough that it can shrug off ''nuclear weapons without even being at half power.'' And the few times it's seriously damaged in the manga, it just teleports in replacement parts from a parallel dimension. It doesn't help that the pilot has an OmniscientMoralityLicense and never gets any real comeuppance for all the crap he pulls.
** In fact, the only thing stopping the Zeorymer from owning everything within a 100-mile-radius in two seconds is its pilot being a total wuss until his evil side takes over. So how powerful exactly 'is' this monstrosity? Powerful enough to allow it to single-handedly beat the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games it appears in ALONE.
*** Want to see [[UpToEleven something even MORE insane?]] In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', Zeorymer can be '''UPGRADED''' into the Great Zeorymer. Feel free to let out an EvilLaugh as you see the enemy throw everything but the kitchen sink at it and die as the Great Zeorymer retaliates with all the Hakkeshu attacks.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', the protagonists lose from time to time(for example, Saki and Nodoka when they go against Fujita), but most of the time, not in cases when it would threaten their ability to continue in the tournament.
* From ''Manga/HareluyaIIBoy'', we have Hibino Hareluya, who has yet to even be pushed into being serious during a fight.
* Suzaku Kururugi of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a {{perspective flip}}ped version of this trope. He's always able to take down the "bad guys" with his SuperPrototype [[MiniMecha Knightmare Frame]], and always foils [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch's]] plans--but Lelouch is the ''protagonist''. Invoked by the Camelot research team, who name the afore-mentioned SuperPrototype '''[[FridgeBrilliance the "Lancelot"]]'''. Played ''very'' straight toward the end when [[spoiler:he and Lelouch end up on the same side and he effortlessly defeats the most powerful knight in the series, even after he reveals his future-reading superpower]].
** Subverted again when [[spoiler:Suzaku barely loses to Kallen in their final battle, though he survives and he might have thrown the fight, given that Lelouch's ThanatosGambit also relied on the world ''[[FakingTheDead thinking]]'' [[FakingTheDead Suzaku was dead]]]].
* Manga/{{Golgo 13}} never fails an assignment, or for that matter misses a shot. If he did, he'd lose his reputation as an assassin and there would be no series. Later chapters solve the problem by focusing more on the people who hire him and how their situations deteriorate to the point that they need to bring in a hitman. (Infamously, he doesn't appear in one story at all; the central character merely uses Golgo 13's reputation as a weapon.) The fact that the stories are standalone and bounce around time help in this regard. For completeness' sake, there have been several occasions of him missing, at least once by weapons sabotage creating a misfire, and one complete miss caused by the target's allegedly psychic bodyguard.
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' cannot be stopped, only slowed down. Despite it being mentioned early on that he has half of a vampire's strength and half of the weaknesses, he has since become such a MartyStu that nothing that the most powerful entities in his world can dish out against him [[TheStoic can even make him change his expression.]] The only one who could even remotely threaten him is his [[{{Dracula}} daddy dearest.]]
** Similar to the Golgo 13 example, and the Alucard example, he has reached the level of plot device. The story hinges on the growth and changes of the people surrounding him, and whether it will be a BittersweetEnding, or a DownerEnding, or a ShootTheShaggyDog.
** There's a rather striking case of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in the first novel when D gets briefly distracted by the lighting of a stick of time-bewitching incense that can make a vampire's senses think it's night or day, throwing off his concentration long enough for his opponent Rei-Ginsei to ''kill him'' in a straight fight. But then his parasite hand [[BackFromTheDead revives him]] and he's pretty much never threatened again for the rest of the series.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' is invincible. But since the show and character are both [[WidgetSeries crazy]], it's played for laughs and not to be taken very seriously. He does have weaknesses and gets hurt a few times, but never seriously enough to matter. [[spoiler: Except during the final battle of the original series, but even then he eventually [[HesBack recovers]]]].
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog leans into this territory on occasion. He is often presented with a cocky, unphasable WesternAnimation/BugsBunny-esque attitude, treating his often effortless victories against [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Dr.]] [[AffablyEvil Eggman]] as little more than a game.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}''. On the one hand, the protagonist, Ginko, always seems to identify the ''mushi'' at work in a particular episode with astonishing speed and accuracy, which would fit this trope; however, [[BittersweetEnding this doesn't always guarantee a completely happy ending]], as other factors, such as his arriving too late, the patients not following his instructions or there simply being nothing to be done in the first place, frequently get in the way of this.
** The trope is also somewhat {{justified|Trope}} in that Ginko is shown to do ''a lot'' of research into ''mushi'' in his time, probably more than most others in his trade; however, his young age might count against him in this (particularly in the manga, where he seems barely out his teens; the anime places him more in his late twenties or thirties).
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'', in which the [[HarmlessVillain villainous organization Florsheim]] are ''way'' below the league of their mortal enemy [[{{Sentai}} Sunred]], who inevitably defeats whoever they've scrounged up to defeat him in a single hit. Considering the show is a sitcom, adding actual battles and drama wouldn't fit in anyway.
* Played with in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', with Yang Wenli, who ''never'' actually militarily loses anything in which he plays a part, even against incredible odds. ''Ever.'' To his allies he's a HopeBringer, to his enemies he's a HeroKiller, and on both sides he's FamedInStory. However, his role as the Invincible Hero is subverted often and PlayedForDrama by Yang himself when he candidly admits that the moment he stops being invincible is also the moment he stops being a hero. By the end we find [[spoiler: he's NotSoInvincibleAfterAll.]]
** Notice that while Yang ''does'' win almost any battle as long as he's involved, it's often mentioned and hinted that he'll still lose in some areas. For example, while he nearly kills Reinhard during Battle of Vermillion, [[spoiler:Mittermeyer captures Alliance's capital, forcing Yang's fleet to ceasefire]]. In two other battles he wins over the Empire, capturing back Iserlohn Fortress, but [[spoiler:he lost Bucock and Fischer, one being his father figure, and another the "heart" of his fleet]]. It's even notified that [[spoiler:Yang won't stand a chance if Reinhard attacks again after Fischer is killed]].
** Reinhard, on the other hand, is also considered as Invincible from the beginning of the story to the point that [[spoiler:he effectively ends the whole war and unifies the universe ''half way through the story'']], but interestingly he'll always feel that his victory isn't complete when Yang is there to disrupt him from getting a total victory. The only real time he gets a crushing defeat is the Battle for the Corridor [[spoiler:where he lost two top admirals to Yang's ragtag fleet]].
* ''[[Anime/NeoHumanCasshern Casshern]]'' of ''Anime/CasshernSins,'' a rare case where it's PlayedForDrama. Casshern is both immortal and overpowering. He has no choice but to watch everyone around him die, and even when he tries to let someone else win in a fight, it never works out because his berserker mode tends to trigger against his will, leaving an increasing body count on his hands.
* The Hero in ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' is a level 99 DragonQuest protagonist, and is practically unbeatable in combat. However, this level of power makes him feel apart from humanity. He and the Demon Queen are trying to find a way to save the world peacefully.
* From ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' we have Itachi Uchiha. Of all the fights he's been in, he has neither been legitimately injured nor has lost. Even [[spoiler: being bisected by Kabuto]] didn't much slow him down, though since he [[spoiler:was an immortal Zombie at the time it's somewhat justified]]. Since its ''all'' part of his new plan, [[AssPull an impossible]] to use genjutsu, or he's just plain [[ILetYouWin throwing the fight]] ''[[WorfHadTheFlu on top of being sick]]''. And [[WorfHadTheFlu even when sick]] and [[ILetYouWin throwing a fight]], he still manages to win the fight, with enough time to plant a blast of Amaterasu fire into Sasuke's eye that only activates when he sees [[spoiler:Tobi's]] mask without Sasuke even knowing it's there.
** [[spoiler: Though it's deconstructed considering the poor bastard just wants to die in peace yet some bad guys keep finding a way to bring him back. Fortunately, he got his wish.]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': this is one problem that AntiHero Accelerator can run into at times: his powers are so unbelievably strong and versatile that there are very few situations that are any threat to him whatsoever, even after he's been DePowered to some extent. Like Alucard of ''Hellsing'', he tends to keep the fans' interest because it is usually ''very'' entertaining watching him slaughter all the bad guys, and the focus of his battles is usually on his inner character rather than the carnage he's perpetuating.
* Manga/OnePiece
** Luffy dodges this trope a few times: while he has only ever lost a handful of fights (and is usually unphased by anything his enemies throw at him) there are a lot of times (such as against Rob Lucci or when breaking into Impel Down) where it is made clear that Luffy wins only by sheer mind numbing determination (and spends a long while near comatose from his injuries). That's not even touching Marineford where Luffy's invincible status was deconstructed.
** His fight against Enel (who up to this point has been untouchable) subverts this wonderfully: while Enel is unable to hurt Luffy conventionally (Enel using lightning attacks and Luffy being made of rubber) Luffy can't hurt Enel conventionally either (as Enel can dodge all his attacks) and both must resort to cunning or insane tactics respectively.
** Deconstructed in the 4Kids (and only the 4Kids) dub with Kuina. She was the strongest fighter in her father's dojo, being able to beat anyone, regardless of age. However, after beating an adult, the person she defeated was so angry, he got his friends to beat her up, so she could never fight again. In the other formats, she just fell down the stairs and died.
* Tatsuya Shiba from ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' always wins his fights except against his master, though both are holding back.
** By the end of the first season, one begins strongly doubting if there is any threat whatsoever to either Shiba sibling; they effortlessly steamroll any opponent that faces them [[spoiler:even when they're both effectively reduced to half their actual power.]] Even other characters are sometimes given cause to be depressed by the ridiculous disparity in power, even with other tremendously strong characters around. A prime example is [[spoiler:Miyuki utterly crushing Shizuku in mere seconds in the Ice Pillar Break contest at the Nine Schools Competition. Shizuku is left in bitter tears afterwards - she didn't think she'd win (and by then, neither did the audience) but she didn't think she'd be so hopelessly outclassed.]] It actually gets worse, with Tatsuya [[spoiler:demonstrating the firepower of a multi-megaton nuclear ICBM by the first season finale.]]
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', where the hero, Saitama, is so strong that he defeats all his enemies with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just one punch]]. However, as a result he's growing increasingly detached from humanity and life in general because [[VictoryIsBoring there are no challenges for him]] and he's so much stronger than everyone else that he can't seem to relate to them as well anymore. He hasn't even noticed basic things like the entire city area around him being long abandoned.
* Sora and Shiro, the brother/sister duo from ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'', seem to not only win every game they play, but also have every move of their opponent planned out in advance. [[spoiler: However, they do occasionally "tie" when the outcome is still favorable to them.]]
* In 1985[[note]]Although the copyright date is given as "1984"[[/note]], ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (an anime made by Toei and Creator/GoNagai in 1972) was given an English dub called "Tranzor" Z, in which the OpeningNarration (created for the dub) refers to the titular robot as "a protector of peace so powerful, he cannot be destroyed". It has been pointed out, however, that if anything happened to the Hover Pilder (called simply the "hovercraft" in the dub), Mazinger / Tranzor Z would be finished. Also, the dub only covers the first 65 episodes. As a result, it never gets to the part where [[spoiler:Mazinger / Tranzor Z is in fact destroyed by the the Great General of Darkness]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is a big offender. Every single battle between Romans (or, really, anyone) and Gauls have the Gauls [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] their opponents, thanks to their magic potion that grant SuperSpeed, SuperReflexes, SuperStrength, and arguably NighInvulnerability. Plus, even in case of a shortage, they have [[TheJuggernaut Obelix]], who doesn't need to drink any potion since he fell in it during his childhood, and the effect never wore off. As a result, the Romans never, ''ever'', in any comic, manage to gain the smallest durable advantage over the Gauls.
** Most plot tension actually comes from [[TheHero Asterix]] being excessively prudent and avoiding confrontation with Romans troops, even though he and Obelix are more than able to defeat hundreds of EliteMooks on their own, and have already done so a few times.
** When trying to steal Caesar's laurel wreath, Asterix states that the magic potion doesn't protect from being harmed by Roman weapons. Whether it's true or not is unclear, but they never seem to be hurt anyway.
** On one occasion, a Gaul spy working for Caesar pulls what looks like a perfect XanatosGambit : he tries to prevent Asterix from getting [[MacGuffin the oil necessary to cook the magic potion]] by all means necessary, hoping to trick Getafix into giving him said potion's recipe. Even after Asterix somehow [[DeusExMachina stumble upon an oil well]], he destroys their oil bag and informs Ceasar that the Gauls [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow are now totally deprived of their only mean of defense]]. Except that Getafix turns out to have found a new recipe for the magic potion during their journey.
** In ''Asterix and the Cauldron'', Asterix and Obelix sign up for some prize fights in order to raise money. However, the Magic Potion makes the fights so one-sided that people quickly lose interest, and the fight promoter runs out of other fighters willing to fight the pair.
** The reason Asterix is excessively prudent some of the time, is that there are often non-powered allies or something else that they want to protect, like a barrel of magic potion (in ''Asterix in Britain'') and a direct confrontation would put them or it at peril. Otherwise, plot tension happens only when Asterix loses his flask of potion.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, with a few exceptions, such as never being able to beat archvillains such as {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} or ComicBook/LexLuthor, though that's mostly due to JokerImmunity.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a comic where he competes against another super-hero character who [[spoiler:is dying because of a method he used to rejuvenate himself. Superman's friends point out this strange energy and Superman reveals what he has learned. Because his opponent cheated, said opponent]] technically loses, making Superman [[TearJerker tearfully remark "When you're Superman, what's one more victory?"]]
** ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' uses this quite well to actually make Superman relatable again. He's constantly lamenting how no one seems to care about him anymore, having moved on to the more fallible and relatable characters in Marvel's comics, and is frozen by self-doubt when Lex Luthor's newest scheme wipes out every other superhero in the world. He's finally able to win with the realization that all of those other heroes are relatable because they're all doing the same thing we all are, trying to be more like Superman. (Made slightly humorous/heartwarming in that it is Creator/StanLee that points this out to him.)
** Creator/GrantMorrison has saved him from this multiple times by making him the ShowyInvincibleHero and [[RuleOfCool making him fun to watch.]] The ComicBook/AllStarDCComics run being the most prominent example.
*** Also prominent early in Morrison's JLA run where Superman briefly muses that he isn't sure if he lives up to his legend. Pages later he restores the Moon's orbit by giving it magnetic poles. Later still, while he's battling the archangel Azmodel:
--->TheFlash (Wally): This is the man who said he couldn't live up to his legend . . . he's wrestling an angel.
*** And all this while the League is dealing with the actual BigBad. He got Superman out of the way as the writers often have to do in League stories, but gave him cool stuff to do.
*** How To Write Superman Well is summed-up in ''one word'' in the aforementioned angel-wrestling scene:
---->'''Asmodel:''' "Yield!"
---->'''Superman:''' "'''[[BigNever NEVER!]]'''"
** Speaking of supporting characters, one of the reasons (non-[[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]) Superman usually ''isn't'' described as a CanonSue is from the focus of the tension being more on danger to other people rather than danger to Superman. While Superman himself is near-invulnerable, saving loads of people at once is usually made extremely difficult, making the readers concerned about the people Superman can't save and its emotional effect on him.
** Long story short, Superman's biggest problem is DependingOnTheWriter. Some people just don't know how to write him, so he comes across as dull and too powerful.
*** At several points, attempts have been made to give Superman weaknesses and vulnerabilities in order to have him being seriously threatened and make him relatable. Kryptonite was the first such attempt, but then writers simply took off with it, inventing literally dozens of forms of kryptonite with each one affecting him differently. It got so bad that some people did the math and calculated that Krypton must have been a planet roughly the size of the entire solar system in order for so many different chunks of it, randomly distributed throughout space by the planet exploding many light years away, to have found their way to earth. Then the idea was put up that if he was cut off from the rays of our yellow sun, then his powers would quickly fade. Okay for awhile, but then it was retconned that his cells all acted as storage batteries, storing sufficient amounts of energy to keep his powers going for quite some time, even if cut off from the sun. Currently, Superman is depicted as being very vulnerable to magic.
** Creator/JossWhedon talked about the difficulties of WB putting together a ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' movie versus his own massive success with ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. He pointed out that the Avengers are easier to write and film since they all either have relatable problems or are weak enough to write action scenes for, while comparatively, characters like Superman and Franchise/WonderWoman are seen as "gods" without many flaws [[note]] despite the fact that [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor one of the Avengers is]] [[Main/PhysicalGod literally a god.]][[/note]]. Add in other powerhouse characters like Comicbook/GreenLantern and TheFlash, and it becomes very difficult to write convincing threats for the group in a cinematic setting.
* Much like Superman, Franchise/{{Batman}} is memetically thought of as this. While he suffers several personal losses, in the public's eyes he rarely loses battles. What? He's CrazyPrepared and a master of the BatmanGambit!
** Batman is only invincible ''half'' the time. His CrazyPrepared skills obviously only work in situations he's planned for, so if he meets a new rogue or an old one with a new trick, he will typically '''lose''' the initial encounter: the villain will get away scot-free and Batman will get his ass soundly beaten. After escaping and researching the new foe, however, he will always win round two. In fact, the bit about him planning perfectly for every situation is mostly MemeticMutation - most of his victories in the comics come from going into situations technically outmatched but having enough general knowledge to [[IndyPloy make up a plan on the spot,]] and getting general knowledge about the situation often involves not making any headway or being straight up defeated until he finds what he needs to know.
** Batman is invincible, not always victorious. He often loses, or fails to catch the villain. [[spoiler: War Games, Under the Red Hood, Death in the Family]] are costly losses, [[spoiler: The Pearl]] was a [[PyrrhicVictory costly win]], [[spoiler:the Killing Joke]] is a Pyrrhic unresolved.
** Batman exemplifies this trope in ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. He has to, since he wouldn't survive his first mistake against a JLA-class menace.
** Somewhat averted in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. The first time Batman fights the leader of the mutants, he gets whomped by the guy. As the series progresses, he gets more and more injured. [[spoiler:By the end, he even dies... temporarily]].
** ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain,'' on the other hand, plays this trope obnoxiously straight. Batman is always right, always in control, and [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly defeats everyone he fights,]] while [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech lecturing them on how lame they are.]]
** He lost pretty often [[{{Flanderization}} in the old days]]. In fact, almost ''every episode'' of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show had a cliffhanger in the middle where Batman was captured and had to escape a villain's deathtrap.
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' has a character who is a [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] of this trope named "Fantabula-man".
* Fletcher Hanks' ''Stardust the Super Wizard'', who has [[FlyingBrick super-strength, flight, invulnerability]] and [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands any power that would be useful in a situation]], and [[GodModeSue no weaknesses.]] A large part of the entertainment value comes from the utterly bizarre punishments he doles out to evildoers.
** His other character, Fantomah the Jungle Queen, was Stardust's DistaffCounterpart.
** These were pretty much Hanks' stock-in-trade, in fact - even his CharlesAtlasSuperpower characters like "Space" Smith and Big Red [=McLane=] were capable of taking on wave after wave of enemies in a fight and winning effortlessly every time (unless the plot demanded they [[BadassInDistress suddenly be struck from behind and captured]], and even that would be only a minor inconvenience). At the end, their adversaries would either be swiftly brought to justice or ironically killed in the last few panels, and the comic would abruptly end with the heroes leaving to go elsewhere. From the perspective of a unsophisticated, hard-living guy like Hanks, who abandoned his children at a young age and regularly got into bar brawls in taverns across New York, this was a perfectly sensible way of telling a story.
* DC's ''ComicBook/TheSpectre'' is a bit like this, being nigh-omnipotent (sometimes); much like Hanks' work, as mentioned above, a lot of his older comics focused on the [[FateWorseThanDeath Fates Worse Than Death]] he'd inflict on his enemies.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, with her powers consisting of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway enhanced Squirrel abilities and being able to talk to squirrels]], [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower has yet to lose a single match]]. Accounting her wins are ComicBook/{{Thanos}} with the combined power of the entire universe and {{Deadpool}}; even Doctor Doom is dead scared of her. This is entirely PlayedForLaughs.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, thanks to his ridiculous [[HealingFactor regenerative abilities]], can now regenerate from [[FromASingleCell only a few cells]] in a matter of minutes. While still a very popular and interesting character, his ability kills any dramatic tension.
** [[TheWorfEffect Doesn't mean Wolverine always wins, though]].
*** And you always know he isn't going to win against Magneto, who nearly killed him at least once.
** Used [[TearJerker tragically]] in Jason Aaron's run, where the BigBad's plan actually ''depended'' on Logan being invincible, and since Logan ''is'', of course, invincible, [[KarmaHoudini he's entirely successful]]. Logan comes away without a scratch as always, but is more ''emotionally'' broken than he's ever been before.
* Lampshaded in Robert Kirkman's "Brit" comics. The hero's one power is that he's invincible.
* Similarly, Kirkman's character "ComicBook/{{Invincible}}", from the same-titled comic, has a main character who's the most powerful person on Earth, because he's the son of that comic universe's answer to Superman (well, sorta). And indeed, he ''is'' pretty invincible…[[spoiler:until his dad beats him nearly to death.]] While he remains impossible to hurt for most, there're plenty of critters out there more than powerful enough to kill him. [[spoiler:Chief among these are the fifty-or-so supervillains that comprise the "viltrumite" species from which Invincible's dad hails, who are effectively-ageless {{flying brick}}s with physical powers that increase the longer they exist.]] The existence of such threats requires ComicBook/{{Invincible}} to lend significant focus to things other than straight-up fights, like the ethics of superheroism, the best ways for empowered individuals to improve their civilizations and the [[spoiler:choice between preserving traditions that are killing his people and abandoning culture in order to survive (in Thragg's case).]]
* Monica from Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' falls into this sometimes. Sure, a [[PintsizedPowerhouse 7-year old superstrong girl]] is funny. But [[ImprobableWeaponUser beating up people with a plush bunny]] is [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption the only way to defeat every villain in existence]]? Especially when she's not the protagonist of the story?!
* In ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', this is very much how Luke evolved in the series... An example of TropesAreNotBad: Morris and Creator/ReneGoscinny used this to their advantage by making the villains (especially the Dalton Cousins) the driving force of many stories. The fun is not watching how Luke will win, but how the villains will lose (and, in the Dalton's case, how will Averell and Joe's interactions ultimately doom Joe's plans).
* Franchise/{{Tintin}} in the eponymous comic series. Hergé, the author, was so aware of this trope that he grew uninterested in his lead character and began focusing more on sidekick Captain Haddock halfway through the series.
* Subverted with [[ComicBook/LesLegendaires the Legendaries]]; despite the fact they have the reputation of being invincible heroes, they actually appear as [[CoolLoser goofy and clumsy most of the time]], having trouble with quotidian tasks such as protecting a potion from an mere thief, only to [[LetSGetDangerous reveal]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass how badass they truly are]] when a ''real'' threat shows up. Even then, they are usually over-powered by said real threat and have to earn their victory, especially during the [[GodOfEvil Anathos]] [[DarkerAndEdgier Cycle]].
* This trope is often held to be one of the reasons ''ComicBook/XMan'' got cancelled. Nate Grey, the title character, was powerful to begin with (which is unsurprising considering his background) but frequently lost fights due to his [[HowDoIShootWeb inexperience]] and the genetic flaw which made sure that his powers were killing him, leading to frequent instances of PsychicNosebleed and one of his powers switching off. Even so, he was powerful enough to beat AOA!Apocalypse to a pulp after taking on [[OverlordJr Holocaust]] and ''unconsciously resurrect'' someone (though it is dubious as to how alive Maddie actually was). Most of the tension came through his CharacterDevelopment away from being a LivingWeapon whle trying to figure out his place in this new world and fix his powers. By the end, he'd got his powers fixed and was leaps and bounds ahead of every other telepath and telekinetic in the MarvelUniverse, with only planetary or universal scale threats being capable of giving him pause, and treated the multiverse as his personal stepladder. He was killed off in the final issue ([[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence sort of]]), and when he came back some years later, [[DeathIsCheap as comic characters are wont to do]], after several rounds with the Dark X-Men and Dark Avengers, the writers made note to depower him down to a very limited form of telekinesis and an even more limited form of telepathy.
* Herbie Popnecker, ''a.k.a.'' The Fat Fury, is this trope taken to its logical extreme. He doesn't look it, but he's quite possibly the most powerful character in all of comicdom. His superpower is mainly "being able to do whatever would be most convenient at the time," whether that be time travel, hypnosis, walking on air. Note that Herbie is a fat (literally, ball-shaped) nine-year-old with thick eyeglasses and a fondness for lollipops.
* [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], especially during the Golden Age. With having no discernible limits on his strength, speed and invincibility, and only a handful of short-lived opponents able to challenge him in a fight, most stories were about trying to defeat him psychologically or contriving to trap him before he could change to his super-powered form.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' spin-off ''Jack of Fables'' plays with this. The eponymous [[DesignatedHero "hero"]] made himself completely indestructible (Fables gain power based on popularity, and having created three mega-successful blockbusters about his own adventures, he's the most famous and beloved fairy tale character in history,) but is virtually a ButtMonkey in terms of how often he suffers humiliating and/or excruciatingly painful injuries (though his personality means you never have any sympathy for him). His interactions with Gary the Pathetic Fallacy (who is the first of the Literals, the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of meta-concepts of story-telling,) lead to him being told that having made himself an Invincible Hero, the universe (driven partly by the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality,) now ''has'' to provide a balance to it in the form of a never-ending series of fatal injuries and spectacularly bad luck to provide something for his powers to be tested against and prove themselves necessary.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* God-Man in the ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug'' strip by Ruben Bolling is this, taken to the ultimate conclusion. God-Man is omnipotent and omniscient and foils supervillain schemes by [[RealityWarper casually rearranging the universe]]. The character is mostly used to criticizes organized religion rather than ridiculous comic-book tropes, but there is a large overlap.... Except when it comes to putting a stop to the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything violent rivalries between his various]] [[FanDumb fan clubs]]. He always fails at that.
* Martine Clocquer from the Normandy flashbacks in ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane''. Though judging by readers' reactions to her (particularly on ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon''), it's more like [[DesignatedHero Invincible Designated Hero]]. Considering her main opponents are ThoseWackyNazis, being considered a DesignatedHero when fighting AcceptableTargets says something about how well she's written.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' intentionally sets out to subvert this - sure, Harry, the titular Child of the Storm, is a demigod because of his being the son of Thor, who had incarnated as James Potter as a first run at the whole humility thing. Needless to say, it went horribly wrong and Thor had to have his mind wiped because the grief of losing his wife and the shock of being murdered drove him insane. Sure, his mother is a relative of the Grey clan (as in, Jean Grey) and passes on to Harry the psychic abilities associated with that name. [[spoiler: Plus, his protection is basically the Phoenix Force, which his mother merged with.]] On paper, he's invincible, but the slow development of these abilities in contrast to the rapid increase in the kind of threat his enemies pose, his total inexperience with his abilities (something which Baron Zemo and Daken exploit ruthlessly [[spoiler: with Daken even succeeding in killing him in chapter 70]]) and his being a GlassCannon negate those on-paper advantages, even before one takes into account that he tends to go after people who are even more powerful than he is. Moreover, the key thrust of the story is that above all, Harry is a young boy who simply wants a family and something approximating a normal life (though he comes to reluctantly accept that part of him enjoys life or death fights). As a result, the primary source of tension and drama is his emotionally adjusting to his dramatically altered circumstances, handling the tremendous amount of stress placed on him by facing numerous murder attempts [[spoiler: including one successful one]], a [[spoiler: failure to save Luna Lovegood from HYDRA's attack, who he'd gone out of his way to protect]] and dealing with a lifetime's worth of repressed emotions as he opens up - rage chief among them - the latter two resulting in [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking And then there's puberty,]] which comes with plenty of challenges of its own.
* The [=MST=] treatment of ''FanFic/TomSwiftAndHisWarTank,'' points out that Tom is this.
-->'''Servo''': I've never read any of the books in this series, and I'll bet I know everything there is to know about him already. He's really good at everything that he does, which is everything done by any American of his age and class. Girls admire him, but he only has pure love for one. He's RogerRamjet played straight. He is, in effect, every bit as annoying as every MarySue ever penned.
* Robynne a.k.a. Hottie II from [[http://fanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Hottie_3:_The_Best_Fan_Fic_in_the_World Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World]] once she gets her Super Hottie Goddess transformation.
* An amazing subversion comes in the plot of a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' doujin Koamakyou by [[http://touhou.wikia.com/wiki/Tohonifun Tohonifun]]. The protagonist for the games is shown fighting through the bosses of one of the games brutally; violently impaling the first to the ground, angrily mocking the second's attempts to fight, simply ignoring the third, and fighting the fourth and fifth at the same time. [[spoiler:At the end of the battle with the fourth and fifth, the fifth stabs her in the back, ignoring the rules of the games... and the protagonist turns around completely unharmed. Turns out, she's pissed off because she completely personifies this trope: as the lead of the series, she can't lose. Ever. In anything. In a world where the best way to pass time is the joy of fighting, and you can never conceivably lose a battle...]]
* The writers of ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'' are trying to avert this, but the discussion to this end can and has [[FlameWar gotten inflammatory]] at times.
* In ''Fanfic/FateRevelationOnline'', Shirou and Ilya's in-SAO reputations are growing into this. In fact, a minor plot point in the story is the worry that the [[ObviousRulePatch auto-balancing functions]] of the Cardinal system will lead to an inversion of LoweredMonsterDifficulty and make the game [[NintendoHard harder]] for ''everyone else''.
-->'''Shirou:''' "So it's a [[MortonsFork choice]]. Between saving people now and sacrificing people in the future, and sacrificing people now so that people in the future will be safe."\\
'''Diabel:''' "There is a third possibility. In gamer slang, you could call it the [[[{{Nerf}} Nerf Bat]]]. The rules of the game will beat down the nail that sticks up."
** This reputation only grows when the game patches them into [Titled Players], with one of the perks being ''complete exclusion'' from the auto-balancing system, as its way of solving the issue.
* In a Series/{{Firefly}} crossover, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2857962/1/Browncoat_Green_Eyes Browncoat, Green Eyes]]'', HarryPotter plays this trope straight. He has limits, but they aren't anything that can be exploited by anyone in the Firefly 'verse. Thankfully, he isn't using his powers to kick everyone's ass, it's more of a mystery novel where his powers aren't an instant solution.
* This is to be expected in most ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' crossovers, being that most of the inhabitants of that universe [[BadassArmy are]] [[EldritchAbomination as]] [[PsychicPowers they]] [[GreyAndGrayMorality are]]. One exemplar of this is ''Fanfic/GodOfDeath'' which puts a SpaceMarine on [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Azeroth]], [[CurbStompBattle with predictable results]]. Few fanfics can handle this well enough so that it won't be one-sided, like ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3678670/1/Chains_of_the_Kindred Chains of the Kindred]]'' which crosses [=W40k=] with ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' deliberately [[AvertedTrope averts this]] with River. The author has stated that he dislikes fanfics that turn River into a solve-everything "easy button" who casually defeats most enemies, and instead portrays River as a FragileSpeedster and GlassCannon who has managed to get badly beaten when taking on overwhelming odds. One fight actually ended with River getting shot, her back wrenched, and a leg broken.
* An interesting subversion in FanFic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster, which involves [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ben Tennyson]] taking part in [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the Holy Grail War]]. Considering he has both [[MultiformBalance the Ultimatrix]] and a decently powerful Servant by his side, he is pretty much overpowering everyone in the war (except possibly [[StoryBreakerPower Gilgamesh]]), and is considered by many as the biggest threat. The subversion comes from the fact Ben, being from a more kid-friendly show, appears as a WideEyedIdealist in the Nasuverse, which is a major handicap in the GreyAndGrayMorality context of the Holy Grail War, as almost everyone else will either act [[CombatPragmatism pragmatic]] or [[ManipulativeBastard try to take advantage on his idealism]]. He still is considered a major threat, but most of his fight aren't that one-sided.
* Invoked in an interesting way in [[FanFic/AkatsukiKittenPhoenixCorporationOverhaul Akatsuki Kitten: Phoenix Corporation Overhaul]]. There are ''eleven'' characters like this... and all of them work directly for the author. She admits to designing them with [[GodModeSue God Mode Sues]] in mind. They are meant to be the most powerful beings possible, so that they can "set the story up" for her to write it. Surprisingly, the characters are still fairly popular when they aren't the SpotlightStealingSquad. Even then, the author takes into account complaints about them being shown too often and shunts them out of view in favor of canon for a few chapters.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSweetieChroniclesFragments'', the Twilight fragment in the maze repeatedly complains about how Sweetie Belle and Blueblood keeps trumping her deadly challenges like they're nothing. Since the duo are trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop, they usually spend several loops failing miserably and often get killed in gristly fashions before they work out the solution (and the fragment loves to see ''that'' happen) but only they remember it happening, so to the fragment it's as though they just walk in and win.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Remember that one kid nobody wanted to play "Cops and Robbers" with because he always gave himself the [[GameBreaker super everything-proof force field, magical sword that cuts through anything and laser machine gun that never runs out of ammo]]? Well, that kid grew up to be director Kurt Wimmer:
** ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}:'' WordOfGod is that Wimmer made Preston a "god of death" because he always imagined his heroes that way.
** ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' has a similar hero. Violet, a super-powerful "[[OurVampiresAreDifferent hemophage]]," can defeat mere humans without any effort. When she is confronted by a mob of fellow superhuman hemophage bad-asses, she [[spoiler:cuts every single one of their heads off with a single swing.]]
* A prime example: The main hero of the Japanese movie (and ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode) ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'', whose invincibility depends largely on his ability to repel energy weapons (as well as his ability to choose really pathetic enemies.) "Your weapons are useless against me!" becomes something of a {{Catchphrase}} for the hero, who uses it no less than ''seven times'' during the course of the movie. Interestingly, this line was added by the English dubbing. In the original Japanese film, The Prince is not invulnerable, which is why he occasionally dodges laser fire.
* Any character played by Creator/StevenSeagal, who destroys all his enemies with insulting and sadistic ease. Enemies spend a good deal of their time talking about how much of a badass Seagal's characters are. This is all a result of Seagal's input. He says his characters are "born perfect," making them {{God Mode Sue}}s. One partial exception comes in ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'', when Seagal pulls a HeroicSacrifice himself after a boarding action goes bad ("partial," because Seagal spent so much time crying in his dressing room about it, that they had to change the scene to make his death "less certain--" despite that he's sucked out of a moving jet at 30,000 feet... without a parachute). Another exception comes from the film ''Film/{{Machete}}'' (although he plays the villain in that one), where he dies, but still manages to no-sell a machete in the gut for a couple of minutes before finishing himself off.
* The title character of ''Film/IpMan'' [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] all his enemies, but the choreography is tight enough to eliminate boredom. More likely a ShowyInvincibleHero. Subverted in the sequel, where [[spoiler:the Twister actually knocks him down several times and the final victory is very much hard-won.]] While Ip mows through everyone else in the first film the BigBad, while outclassed by Ip, does manage to hold his own for at least half of the final fight, get in a few licks of his own and comes close to winning by RingOut a couple of times.
* Spoofed in ''Film/RustlersRhapsody'', a western-parody starring Tom Berenger. The hero repeatedly lampshades the fact that he's defeated the villains in countless frontier towns without much effort, and always will, because he's the good guy. The villains in this particular town get GenreSavvy and hire ''another'' "good guy" to fight him, presenting him with his first-ever challenge.
* 'Bone' in ''Film/BloodAndBone'', even more than most of the heroes on this page. The only reason an opponent ever gets in a hit that actually leaves a mark is so he can get patched up by his SassyBlackWoman landlady and give her a Tai Chi lesson. It doesn't matter how many opponents he has, or what weapons they have, he pwns them. At least the other examples lose a fight or at least look like they might at times. Not Bone.
* ''Film/RockyBalboa'' has an in-world example. The fight between the nearly 60-year-old Rocky and current champ Mason Dixon is set up because Dixon's undefeated streak is making the sport boring.
* Neo of ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' grows so strong by the end of [[Film/TheMatrix the first movie]] that when he fights three enhanced Agents alone in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', he casually quips "Huh, upgrades" when one of them blocks an attack. The only bad guy who is capable of taking him on equal terms is [[spoiler:smith with a powerful copy of himself that's absorbed the Oracle's powers.]])
* Ricky Bobby in ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'', to the point where [[OpposingSportsTeam opposing teams]] have to raid Formula One so they can defeat him.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'' has the [[{{Shazam}} title character]] being the only person with superpowers in the serial, and being NighInvulnerable to boot. Surprisingly however, this trope is averted, despite Captain Marvel being immune to bullets, blades and other common types of attacks. Throughout the serial, sufficiently advanced technology is shown to be able to harm him enough to knock him out, and he's placed in situations where its stated that even his invulnerability might not be enough to protect him, such as a death trap involving ''molten lava''. The serial also came out when the character's comic series was fairly young, and he had yet to become quite as invincible as he would be eventually.
* Captain Amazing in ''Film/MysteryMen'' is introduced with a long history of this due to his perfect win record. World-class super powers, a wealthy SecretIdentity, photogenic charisma, and the connections to arrange release of his nemesis in order to keep merchandise interest up.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Film/{{Thor}}, except when depowered by Odin or refusing to fight his brother, it's pretty obvious that nothing can threaten him.
** Interestingly, this is largely averted in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', even though he's just as powerful. Having to fight people at his same power level, or wave upon countless wave of enemies during the final battle (to the point he's visibly ''exhausted''), takes away most of the problem. Iron Man puts up a prolonged fight against him, Captain America counters the previously unstoppable Mjölnir with his shield, and Hulk ends his fight with Thor by smashing him into the ground. However, Thor does fare relatively well throughout the movie, and it could also be argued that he held back at certain points, but it's clear that he's struggling to get along.
** Kurse thoroughly dispenses with Thor's invincibility in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''.
* This was one of the criticisms of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''. In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Riddick was a lot more human but in the sequel, Riddick is suddenly turned into the smartest, strongest, and most skilled person in the movie. Not a single opponent lands a clean hit on him until his climactic fight with the BigBad. For a comparison, in ''Film/PitchBlack'' Johns was able to effortlessly subdue Riddick with nothing more than a ''baton''.
* In ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'', the hero Yang defeats every enemy with a single swing, never getting so much as a scratch. In the very beginning, he defeats the "best swordsman in the world... ever" effortlessly.
* Selene from ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' is this in spades, starting out as invincible to begin with and even being more powerful than her boyfriend, who was supposed to be the most powerful creature of all time once he became a hybrid, and ends up being little more than her attack dog. Then [[FromBadToWorse it snowballs from there]] when she gets an ''[[UpToEleven upgrade]]'' in the second film and is made immune to sunlight and possibly to all other vampire weaknesses. In the fourth film this is taken to ridiculous levels and [[spoiler: her daughter]] is just as bad. By the fourth film Vampires pretty much consider her a God. What makes it worse is that in the Underworld series [[StrongerWithAge the older you are, the more powerful you are]]. Despite what should be a massive gap in power, she succeeds in killing ''The FIRST VAMPIRE'' in the second film, who himself became a hybrid and as such should be able to beat down everyone in the cast with ease. She never takes more than one-two hits per film (and even then only because the plot demands that she has to in order to keep the movie from more or less dying midway through) and even then just shrugs them off like they were nothing.
* Machete in ''Film/{{Machete}}'', due to outclassing everyone else in sheer badassitude, which even gets invoked at the end. [[spoiler:Torrez has defeated Machete in a knife duel and is about to kill him, which Luz notes will happen if they don't interfere. Sartara counters her by noting that Machete simply ''can't'' lose purely because he's Machete, and Luz says she's got a point. Then Machete suddenly gets up and impales Torrez.]]
* JetLi in ''Film/KissOfTheDragon''. He can clear out a building full of {{Corrupt Cop}}s and a room full of black belts and make it look easy.
* Happens gradually in ''Film/{{Lucy}}''. The protagonist starts out as naive and helpless, but gains powers that allow full control over her own body, then to anticipate and out-think her opponents, and eventually allow her to control matter and time.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Quicksilver busts Magneto out of the Pentagon single-handedly. No one else needs to be there. (For instance, Beast uses a tech thing to mess up the cameras, but Quicksilver is so fast that he's invisible to cameras, so it doesn't matter.) The kitchen scene in particular made it obvious that this is all just a game to him, and there's really no chance of failure. He could easily solve the entire plot by himself, which is probably why the writers jettisoned him after the Pentagon scene.
* In ''Film/{{Megaforce}}'', the titular Megaforce is a private army "whose weapons are the most powerful science can devise": motorcycles that shoot missiles, dune buggies with lasers, and a hologram of a woman in a bikini. In the climax, Megaforce's only possible escape route is being guarded by a company of tanks on flat ground with a clear firing range. Megaforce's brilliant strategy is to just drive straight at the tanks in broad daylight. No one on Megaforce is killed or injured doing this, and even the guy who misses the plane taking off gets away because his motorcycle ''[[AssPull can fly]]''.
* This is an accusation often leveled at the ''Franchise/DieHard'' sequels. John [=McClane=] started off [[Film/DieHard the first film]] as an aversion of this trope, a hero who gets hurt like anyone else would. By the time of ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', he's able to brush off falling through several stories of glass despite pushing 60.
* Eggsy from ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' borders on this: By the end of the film the only things that have really posed a challenge to him [[spoiler:were killing his dog and fighting Gazelle, almost an InvincibleVillain in her own right]]; everything else he aced with flying colors and, of the two exceptions, one ended up not deterring him and the other he succeeded, albeit with a lucky shot. Not bad for a street punk with at best a year's worth of formal training.

* Ender Wiggin from ''Literature/EndersGame'' gets banished from Earth for being one of these, since everyone is rightly terrified that if he decides to take over the world, no one would be able to do a damn thing to stop him. This only means that his sociopathic brother Peter takes over instead (creating a golden age of peace and unity).
--> "It doesn't matter how bad they stack the odds, if you're on the other side no fight will ever be fair."
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' plays with this trope. In earlier novels the ultimate victories are Honor's. She wins at great costs to her crew and ship, but always does the major turning in the end. However, as Haven becomes better characterized, she often just survives {{Pyrrhic Victor|y}}ies. Until she ultimately spends a year in a POW camp.
** Ultimately the original storyline was to [[HeroicSacrifice kill]] Honor in 'At All Costs' to fulfill her role as Horatio Nelson [[RecycledInSPACE In SPACE!]], which would have resulted in the second trope.
* [[Literature/AgentPendergast Aloysius Pendergast]], at least in the book ''Brimstone'', is the very essence of this trope.
** Subverted in the later books. It's true that Pendergast never loses when he's on the offensive, but cracks and fails badly when he himself, and those he loves and protects, are the ones attacked. The price of Pendergast's intensive training and discipline to obtain his badass abilities is also [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype explored in depth]].
* Peekay, the main character of ''Literature/ThePowerOfOne'', doesn't lose a single boxing match in the entire book. He does {{Handwave}} this at one point by noting that with such a wide range of opponents in South Africa, it wasn't unusual for someone to go 40-0 at the Junior level, but he's also something of a {{Determinator}} anyway.
* Any book by Creator/RaymondEFeist, of [[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Krondor]] fame. While the characters have their fair share of misery, the definition of such people as Jimmy the Hand, Mara Acoma, and Roo Avery is that they ''always'' succeed at ''everything'' they put their minds to.
* Also, many books by Creator/PiersAnthony, in particular the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series. The books revolve around contests in a wide variety of games, styles, and arenas, and the protagonist Stile ''always'' wins ''every single one'' of them. Except one that is simply a dice roll of pure luck with no skill involved, which is so briefly described and swept under the rug that it's easy to miss.
** Well, its a double-elimination tournament, so there's no way the story can have him end as champion ''except'' by having him win every single round but one. You are correct in that his one loss in the Games was deliberately scripted to be in no way his fault, ever, it was just pure random chance.
** Also, Stile has been training for at least ten years for this exact tournament, as well as for the Metagame (the game which picks which game is played in each round). He (and other serious competitors) are rarely the Olympic-caliber equivalent at ''anything'', and do in fact have weak areas, but can deflect attempts to exploit those into a "nearby" strength. And there's a good amount of unspoken mutual agreement between the more sportsmanlike people to have "honorable tests", as well.
** This is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d to a degree once he becomes a noble. The other nobles have noticed that he never loses anything and start taking bets on who can make him lose first. The winner's victory, however, is short lived, as Stile only lost the bet because he bet another noble (a much larger amount) that somebody would tamper with the last bet to force him to lose.
** A metric tonne of implied (and sometimes more than implied) behind the scenes [[TheChessmaster Chessmastering]] by [[spoiler:the Game computer, the other Self-Aware Robots, and the original Blue Adept]], among others, are also involved, matching Stile deliberately with opponents he was likeliest to beat, putting him in fields where he excelled, etc.
* Feric Jaggar, hero of ''Literature/TheIronDream'', never loses at anything, ever. The pace of the plot is determined primarily by how fast he can swing the "Steel Commander". This is intentional; it's part of the book's StylisticSuck.
* This seems present in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', but only so far as Quidditch goes. The Gryffindor team is the "good" team which never loses so long as Harry is playing -- the only losses he experiences are ones where he's knocked out or isn't playing at all, because Harry's quidditch skill is so good that no one else can ever rightfully win against him. It's also played straight in that the Slytherins, in Harry's view at least (and most other characters as well, it seems, like Luna, Lee, etc.) seem to cheat gratuitously in every match against Gryffindor, because there is no possible way that any team (including Slytherin) could win against Harry's Gryffindor if they played fairly. While this trope doesn't extend to the rest of the ''Harry Potter'' series, this is one example where it seems to hold true every time.
* The heroes of any given chivalric romance.
** ''Amadis of Gaul'' and Sir Tristram are particular offenders.
** Inverted with ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', though, as Orlando eventually turns into TheIncredibleHulk because [[LoveMakesYouEvil Angelica does not love him]], and slaughters hundreds of innocents.
** Roland, from ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland''. Although he has to die in order to be the DoomedMoralVictor (and because the actual Roland died in that battle), most of his wounds are somewhat self-inflicted things, like when his temples explode because he's blowing so damn hard on that horn in order to warn Charlemagne's army. Also he keeps fighting even when his brains are running out his ears and onto his army.
* [[MagnificentBastard Leto Atreides II]] in the last third of ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune'' when he becomes a [[KillItWithWater nigh immortal]] HalfHumanHybrid capable of [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] even his aunt [[RegentForLife Alia]]. Essentially a superhero without a supervillain.
** [[spoiler: Arguably, becoming this is an integral part of Leto's [[ThePlan plan]] to rid humanity of its desire for messianic figures and leaders, by becoming the most immensely powerful dictator ever. Being invincible means the resistance will have to push so much harder and will be forced to evolve far beyond what they would've otherwise achieved.]]
* Some book reviewer once commented that the protagonists of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's later novels never have problems, "only transient difficulties."
* Any protagonist from a Creator/JamesByronHuggins novel. All of them (with the exception of Longinus in ''Nightbringer'') are {{Badass Normal}}s who no matter what they are facing -- superhuman nephilim (''Nightbringer''), a genetically-engineered government-built dragon (''Leviathan''), squads of highly-trained {{Mook}}s (''The Reckoning''), prehistoric Hulk analogs (''Hunter''), or an ancient Egyptian sorcerer (''Sorcerer'') -- they will always contemptuously beat them.
* Richard Rahl from ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' flirts with this trope. Every book, he spends his time working himself into a more and more impossible situation, only to casually brush it aside at the climax.
* ''Literature/DeaconChalk'' of the book Blood and Bullets. He has more preparedness than Batman and can slay vampires better than Buffy and Blade combined even though he is a completely vanilla human. He also apparently lives in the same world as the Winchester boys and Anita Blake, despite them being completely different continuums. It reads like not so good fanfiction despite the fact that it's a published novel.
* Matthew Sobol's Literature/{{Daemon}} from Daniel Suarez' books skirts this trope closely in the first book because of the incredibly complicated GambitRoulette Sobol puts into place that apparently comes off without a hitch. It's justified by the fact that Sobol put lots and lots of redundancy and backup plans into the system, but that shifts the Invincible Hero status to Sobol. Although he is an InvincibleVillain in this case. [[spoiler: [[NecessarilyEvil Or is he?]]]] The sequel ''Freedom(tm)'' ramps up the action to put serious question into the ''Invincible'' part as well.
* Not a person, but a whole organization: The Service in Creator/JamesBlish's ''The Quincunx of Time''. As the prologue points out:
-->The press was free... Yet there had been nothing to report but that:\\
(a) an armada of staggering size had erupted with no real warning from the Black Horse Nebula; and\\
(b) [[CurbStompBattle the Service had been ready]].[[note]]With three times as many ships as the enemy armada, perfectly positioned to enfilade it as soon as it broke from cover.[[/note]]\\
By now, it was commonplace that the Service was always ready. It had not had a defect or a failure in well over two centuries.
* Subverted in ''The Most Popular Book in the World'', a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' parody. The author killed off certain characters whose counterparts in ''Twilight'' do not die [[spoiler: (including Candy and Hector 2.0)]] because she found it unrealistic in the original books that vicious battles are fought against the Volturi and yet no one on the heroes' side is killed.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Black Widowers story]] "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Northwestward]]"
* Pick a pulp novel hero. Any pulp novel hero from the 1930s whether it be [[Franchise/ConanTheBarBarian Conan]], Literature/{{Kull}}, SolomonKane, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, {{Tarzan}}, or especially, Franchise/DocSavage. They will be far superior to any other human (even those of their own group), irresistibly attractive to females, and the best warrior that ever lived, requiring dozens of other warriors to even stand a chance; and usually a brilliant intellectual. Some writers knew this might be boring so they toned down one of these aspects or got rid of it all together. Other times they were able to make the rest of the story interesting enough that it didn't matter.
** John Carter, at least, is occasionally shown as having some doubts about his ability to get out of his latest scrap... though to return to the "invincible" theme, often he's not actually worried about ''losing'', he's just concerned that he may not be able to win ''fast enough'' to prevent some other event that's happening at the same time (often, Dejah Thoris being kidnapped). If it's less than 90% of the way through the book, he probably ''won't'' win fast enough.
* Sarah in ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl'' isn't completly invulnerable-but notably she acts that way with a cool, calm demeanor that is never frightened of the Monsters, ninjas, or Star Trek Cosplayers masquerading as ninjas she faces.
* Sun Wukong of ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' is a classic example. He's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]], [[MadeOfIron immortal,]] [[SuperStrength super strong]], [[SuperSpeed super agile]], [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours kung-fu hero.]] The gods had to put a [[KidWithTheLeash magic circlet on him just to so he wouldn't destroy everything.]] [[AdaptationExpansion Later variations]] grew wary of this trope and began to tone him down a bit, but the original Monkey King was an unstoppable Invincible Hero.
** Although also a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] since he's [[AntiHero far from a 'hero']], and creates almost as many problems for Xuanzang and the other monks as he solves, either directly or indirectly. He fits this trope better in the early chapters where he's the central protagonist, but it's so much fun to read that he's more of a ShowyInvincibleHero; and it's again subverted in that he does eventually lose, twice: once to [[KnightInShiningArmour Erlang Shen]] and the other gods, then again to [[CurbStompBattle the Buddha]]. Plus, once the journey begins he almost never defeats an enemy in battle, instead relying on trickery or getting help from one of the gods.
* The City Watch of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books has been threating to turn into a collective version of this for some time: the Watch is now so large, powerful and influential - many of its personnel are serious badasses in their own right - that very few plausible threats are much of a threat to it anymore. Noticeably since ''Jingo'' most storylines have involved either actual wars or separating Sam Vimes and the other main characters from their vast resources via distance (''Snuff'') or time (''Night Watch'') with the bulk of the Watch functioning as TheCavalry. The author himself noted this problem = any story set in Ankh-Morpork later in the series would by default rapidly become a "Watch" book if he wasn't careful and deliberately created the Moist von Lipwig character as a way of setting stories in the city with a protagonist who wanted ''nothing'' to do with the Watch.
** In ''Snuff'', Sam Vimes himself has become this, in the eyes of many long-time Discworld fans. In the course of the book, he is never once seriously tested or takes a wrong turn, he has all life's problems sorted out, and, like Peter Parker, he has had the bite from the radioactive spider, so to speak, that confers a superpower on him. And this is worrying.
** In the Discworld series as a whole, Vetinari's plans ''never'' fail. '''''Never'''''. If Vetinari is involved with the main character of the book in some way, their schemes will turn out successful (even if not in the way the main character expects).
* ''[[Literature/{{Berserker}} Berserker's Planet]]'' features a gladiatorial tournament. One of the contestants claims that he 'has never met a man who could stand against him'. Subverted in that, as one of the more intelligent contestants points out, this being the culmination of a series of to-the-death duels that's true for all the survivors; even those that got killed in the previous rounds must have been undefeated up to that point.
* Roran from Creator/ChristopherPaolini's ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is the perfect example of this trope. Despite being a farm boy at the start of the series, and never once going through any kind of training (in either tactics or combat), he picks up a hammer in the second book and becomes an instant He-man who is able to defeat almost 200 men by himself in a single confrontation. He never once loses a fight and his daring military plans eventually culminate in him winning the entire war for the rebels, again despite a complete lack of any kind of battle experience whatsoever.
* In ''Literature/{{Corpies}}'', Titan is rightly called the strongest man in the world by his merchandise. However, when Hexcellent asks about it, he points out that he is the ''physically'' strongest man but by far not the most powerful Super in the world. However, he does have decades of experience as a Hero fighting criminal Supers, not to mention the HCP TrainingFromHell that every Hero must go through to be licensed. He's got plenty of tricks up his sleeve for when fists aren't enough. During a fair, his team participates in a tug-of-war contest with others. However, Titan realized very quickly that the crowd almost never cheers for them because everyone knows that he'll inevitably win without even trying. So he tells his teammates that he's not going to participate anymore. They argue that they'll lose. He says that they might, but they'll win the support of the crowd for doing their damned best. Indeed, that is what ends up happening. Their boss Mr. Greene is annoyed at the loss but is happy about the PR. Fortunately for the readers, the main challenge of the story is such that even Titan is tested, providing for plenty of excitement.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The leads in courtroom dramas tend towards this, especially ''Franchise/PerryMason'' and ''Series/{{Matlock}}''. This is usually to prevent KarmaHoudini because [[AllUpToYou no one else can ever figure this shit out for themselves]]. One of the actors on Perry Mason actually said that all of the four cases that Mason actually lost were declared mistrials off-camera.
** This is explicitly discussed in ''Series/BostonLegal'''s usual Meta way, when Alan gets worried that the lawyers of their firm are winning too much, making their cases less exciting.
* Michael Westen in the early seasons of ''Series/BurnNotice'', at least in regards to his non-spy [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains Of The Week]]. His skills and resourcefulness so vastly outclass his opponents that there simply is no dramatic tension. It's a measure of Mike's usual invincibility that the most effective scene in the series showed him nearly whimpering in the face of one more, notably galling injustice. Michael's more serious opponents put up a better fight, and "beat" him several times. In later seasons, Michael is less invincible, as his plans often hit a major bump halfway through (often because the client does something stupid) that leaves him racing to regain control of the situation.
** Michael's invincibility was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilariously]] by a member of a Russian assassination squad in Season 4's "Past and Future Tense"
--->'''Russian assassin''': He's Michael Westen! [[ILikeThoseOdds There's only four of us]]!
** Also subverted in the very first episode, where Westen's beaten badly enough that he has bruises for days after, which he shows to a client to point out that no amount of training renders you immune to an ass-kicking.
** The trope isn't played perfectly straight in the first season. In one episode, Michael has to take on a bounty hunter who is noticeably larger than he. In the commentary, the show's creator and Michael's actor say they wanted to put him in a fight he simply couldn't win. [[CaptainObvious He doesn't]].
* Horatio Caine from ''Series/CSIMiami'', to such an extent that it has become a worldwide SnarkBait.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** After his first season (in which he was a ''very'' flawed and fallible hero doing his best in difficult circumstances), the Third Doctor's era had tendency to fall into this. Creator/JonPertwee liked to play the Doctor as being always in control and one step ahead, and as time wore on in the era the Brigadier devolved from a powerful and pragmatic figure the Doctor struggled to influence to a comedy incompetent the Doctor could easily overrule. Being the Doctor, he was smarter than everyone around him, and being the moral centre of the show, he was always right about everything. When Philip Hinchcliffe took over the producer role and Tom Baker the mantle of the Doctor, both liked the idea of making the Doctor a more distant and fearful figure who would face physical and emotional pain and make the occasional poor decision.
** A common criticism of the Graham Williams era is that the Fourth Doctor ends up as one of these. The preceding era (produced by Philip Hinchcliffe) would often play BreakTheBadass with him by forcing him to struggle through his fear or physical pain, or having him paralysed by indecision and get squeamish about [[ShootTheDog Shooting The Dog]], or even letting him get {{Mind Rape}}d or beaten up, so the powerful character of the Doctor and Creator/TomBaker's [[LargeHam charismatic performance]] would have something to overcome. But, by the Williams era, he's physically strong enough to best people in a straight up fight, has all sorts of amazing Time Lord powers that get him out of scrapes, he can [[TheCharmer charm his way into making anyone love him]] or [[MasterActor act his way into making anyone hate him]], is so clever that he can solve the mysteries in his head and needs no-one else's help, and he does it all with a [[AsideGlance winning smile to the camera]]. His rather odd and difficult personality keeps him entertainingly flawed and he does some great character-based and slapstick comedy in these seasons, but it's almost never used to create in-story tension. The very first story of the JNT era signalled a big backlash from this by making the Doctor both physically and emotionally vulnerable in a [[RapidAging way obvious in promotional pictures]]; later, the same producer oversaw the Doctor's regeneration into a younger and more subtle character defined by his [[BreakTheCutie flaws and vulnerabilities]].
* Subverted by ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' - the heroes are all on the losing side all the time. Even their wins can't be considered as wins, more of a just-barely-managed-to-stay-alive-one-more-day situation. It's so bad that you might actually get pissed at the show for constantly making them lose.
* Subverted with Peter Petrelli and Hiro Nakamura in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Peter could gain any other superhero's ability simply by standing near them. Hiro could stop time, teleport, and travel through time, making him nearly impossible to defeat in battle. However, the problem with these heroes was that they were given too many opportunities to solve all the problems of the plot too quickly. This meant that they had to clutch an IdiotBall in order to keep the plot moving, leading to many KillHimAlready moments among fans. Even the writers realized this and had both characters significantly weakened for a time.
* Souji Tendou, the titular ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''. He effortlessly defeats every single challenge that comes his way, and any exceptions are either PlayedForLaughs (such as his obsession with winning a scratchcard game) or because [[ILetYouWin he let the other person win]]. It got so bad that the show had to introduce an EvilTwin just to give him an adequate challenge, and with ''that'' it only took a few episodes for him to overcome it. Of course, his awareness of his utter invincibility is one of the aspects of Tendou's character. Series/KamenRiderKiva, on the other hand... has no real excuse once he gets Emperor Form.
* Sportacus from ''Series/{{Lazytown}}''. He has no character flaws, never fails at anything he tries and is hero-worshiped by everyone (except Robbie Rotten). The ''only'' thing that keeps him from being a MarySue is that he's as naive as everyone else in the show (except, again, Robbie) to the point where it becomes {{Adorkable}}.
* Eliot Spencer in ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. As the group's muscle, he is unstoppable. The bar for his abilities was set high in the show's pilot, as he enters a room full of armed mobsters and defeats them all in a matter of seconds. From this point on, anyone he faces is doomed. The fact that he works completely unarmed only adds to this trope.
** Then he is forced to use guns in a season finale, at which point he obliterates a roomful of trained mercenaries without a scratch on him. Just because he doesn't like guns doesn't mean he can't use them.
** An episode in the first season has him getting beat up by one of Sterling's men, despite surprising the guy. Then it turns out Spencer was either pretending or just had an off day, when he comes back and pummels the guy.
* ''Series/MacGyver''. Earlier seasons were still able to portray him as fairly interesting in spite of his contractual invincibility (if often through DiabolusExMachina), but after the writers finished turning him into a full-fledged FixerSue, it got to a point where it was almost subversive to not have an improvised gadget work to full effect (it would still remedy the situation regardless...).
* Patrick Jane from ''Series/TheMentalist'' fits this archetype very well. It doesn't matter what manner of outlandish or dickish moves or claims he pulls, he will ''always'' be justified in doing them, even if if there would be no reason to do so beforehand. He always wins. A fine example of this is the fourth season premiere, where he manages to drum up a million dollars by himself for bail, while in jail, and manages to get away with ''murdering a man'' who had never been investigated prior, by convincing the jury that the man was his arch nemesis, when in reality he wasn't.
* Parodied in a sketch of ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', in which a hero who can summon an army of angels teams up with a hero who can [[OvershadowedByAwesome ride a BMX bike really well]]. The BMX hero keeps suggesting clever ways to fight the villains with his BMX bike, but the other hero keeps pointing out that simply summoning an army of angels would solve all their problems.
* Shawn Spencer in ''Series/{{Psych}}''; others might one up him once or twice an episode but it's always Shawn (except maybe for ADayInTheLimelight episodes) who makes the final break and solves the case. He's [[SmugSuper so damn smug]] about it, you find yourself wishing he'd lose in his own arena at least ''once''.
* Has come close to killing ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' a few times. Often, one tribe comes into the merge so down on numbers that the members only have a shot at winning if the other tribe breaks. More recent seasons have added extra means of immunity to counteract this.
** Boston Rob Mariano. By now has overtaken Russell Hantz as the CreatorsPet, and getting his own Survivor season to himself with the dumbest cast since ''Samoa''. And given that the players in ''Samoa'' made [[TooDumbToLive stupid move after stupid move]], that's saying a lot!
* ''[[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]'', while supposedly a regular mortal (questions about her true father aside), is pretty much unbeatable. She has defeated entire armies on her own along with war gods, archangels, and demons in direct battle despite their vastly superior strength. Any time she meets an enemy she cannot directly defeat she either acquires [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new powers, skills, or weapons]] that allow her to triumph or her enemies [[ForgotAboutHisPowers conveniently forget about the powers]] that would let them easily defeat a mortal.

* ''Hjältekväde'' ("Hero's song") is a popular song at swedish {{SCA}} gatherings, about the noble duke Caspian (no relation to the Narnia guy) who leads his army to fight the enemy. Except he dies in the seventh verse from a stray arrow. But since the song is (jokingly intended to be) commissioned by "the duke" (maybe a successor or relative, maybe Caspian himself), the songwriter amends this by having a goose land on his head and take the arrow. As the song continues, the hero gets killed in several un-heroic but fairly realistic ways (he gets stabbed by a spearman from behind, crushed by a panicking horse, and butchered by the more skilled enemy leader) and hastily saved by various contrivances (he's carrying a sack of potatoes on his back for explicitly no reason at all, the horse falls in love with a passing moose, and he wins the duel with no description at all). The song continues to sing about how dull it is to have the hero win all the time and never let him even take a scratch, but assures the listeners that when '''real''' nobles go out to fight, they're just as vulnerable as anyone else...
* Lampshaded and parodied by Blues Traveler in their song "Run-Around": "Like a bad play where the heroes are right/And nobody thinks or expects too much/Hollywood's callin' for the movie rights/Sayin' hey babe, let's keep in touch"

* At a panel discussion/writer's workshop summarized [[http://gabri-jade.livejournal.com/105471.html here]], Creator/TimothyZahn, writer of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', called this trope "Superman Syndrome", where characters were so powerful that there were few challenges for them; he mentioned that a lot of Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse writers have done that with the Jedi, elevating their powers so far beyond what we saw in the movies. He considers it boring, because who could ever really challenge or defeat such characters? Characters had to genuinely surmount whatever difficulties that might create, not use a deus ex machina to escape.
** An excellent example of his addressing this, specifically with respect to ''StarWars'', can be seen in the ''HandOfThrawn'' duology, with Luke Skywalker finally learning a lesson that it took him from all the way back in ''The Empire Strikes Back'' (when he rushed off headlong to save his friends) to learn: the Force can guide a Jedi's actions, if they let it. He needed to let go of the torrent of raw power to hear, essentially, the wisdom of the Force. In doing so, he had to trust that his friends and family could handle themselves without him, as he ''knew'' they could, and to trust in his own abilities and his own path (the specific catalyst being to head to the one place where he saw a vision of himself, not just of others). It worked out pretty damn well. (This was promptly discarded by future writers, who went back to the style of superweapons and insane power for good and evil alike.)
*** This is subverted in KnightsOfTheOldRepublic. If you talk to Jolee Bindo, he will tell you about his friend with great Destiny, Andor Vex. He was monumentally strong in the Force, and was prophesied to have a great destiny, which would change the face of the galaxy for centuries. He was captured by a marauding Warlord, and when approached, decided to rely on his reputation and perceived importance to history. This pissed off the warlord, who threw him down a reactor core ventilation shaft. His body hit something sensitive, causing the ship to be destroyed, along with the warlord, freeing the sector from his iron grip. So... yeah, destiny!
*** To make it even better, Jolee Bindo does not relate the story as a piece of somber wisdom but as a hilarious anecdote, laughing the entire time he's telling it. He already knows what the PC's "great destiny" that everyone keeps alluding to is as well, he just likes openly messing with people.
* In sports, whenever a season gets utterly dominated by [[TheJuggernaut an unstoppable favorite]], particularly if [[http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-ruining-nba-basketball even other strong contestants can't keep up with them]]. At time fans can still like it, particularly a FlashyInvincibleHero (the NBA Finals' audience records were when MichaelJordan was trampling everyone). Other times, they'll just get bored (Michael Schumacher winning five straight FormulaOne championships, with barely any competition most years).

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Any match between a main eventer ({{face}} or {{heel}}) and someone lower down the card involving a potential world title change will inevitably involve this. Even if the lower-carder ''does'' manage to win, it's usually the result of a disqualification or countout (on which the title cannot change hands); if not, it's a non-title match, often for the lower-carder to "earn" a title shot. [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt Like you would REALLY]] have [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]] win the world title.
* Among the members of the newly formed Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA, Wrestling/LouThesz was considered the TropeMaker. One of the selling points that managed to unite the territories of the 1940s was that each would have a say in who held the World Titles but Thesz worked behind the scenes to ensure that man with the World Heavyweight Title was him.
* Most of WWE's main event {{face}}s seem to have this aura of invincibility around them. Hulk Hogan and Wrestling/TheUndertaker will lose cleanly once in a blue moon. Wrestling/HulkHogan's a fairly interesting example here, as that same aura of invincibility that made him a god in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] bored Wrestling/{{WCW}} fans to tears (well, that, and the horrible storylines and god-awful gimmicks that surrounded him). Then they turned him heel, and he became more popular than he was since he left WWF. Then he greatly outstayed his welcome and the problems started again.
* The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior is the poster child of an "Invincible Hero." The Ultimate Warrior possessed an arsenal that consisted of clotheslines and shoulder blocks. He managed to beat the Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan in 31 seconds for the IC belt at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 88'', beat Hulk Hogan for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VI'' in 1990, and generally never lost a match unless severe interference was involved. He was eventually fired for extorting [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] for money. He was eventually rehired by Vince and made a return at ''[=WrestleMania=] XII''. He capped off his career in the WWF by completely no-selling Triple H's Pedigree and remaining undefeated until he was fired again.
* La Tigresa after a HeelFaceTurn, her third WWC Women's Title run from April 17th 1993 to February 25th 1998 when she had to vacate the belt due to an arrest.
* The ultimate professional wrestling example of this trope is Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. He had a winning streak of 173 after his WCW debut, finally broken by Wrestling/KevinNash after Wrestling/ScottHall shocked him with a taser. Although many, many fans didn't consider the streak boring at all. Goldberg could still get outwitted by other wrestlers though. And Wrestling/BretHart beat Goldberg several times after the streak was broken. And Goldberg lost some of his invincibility once he joined WWE.
* Wrestling/TripleH gets a lot of this, to the extent that reviewer guidelines for ''Smackdown Vs. RAW '09'' explicitly forbade showing him in a "prone or defenseless position". Guess how that one went.
* Subverted by Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH in the case of heavyweight champion Jun Akiyama vs. challenger Masao Inoue, a perennial heel midcarder who'd unexpectedly won a contender's tournament... since his inevitable doom was so "obvious" -- Inoue could neither overpower, outsmart, nor out-wrestle Akiyama -- that the match began with him immediately using his signature moves at the beginning and became a race to see if he could out''heel'' his opponent in time, Inoue's "tricky" cheating heel ways against Akiyama's heel brutality...
* The Briscoe Bros get accused of this a lot in relation to Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Full Impact Pro's TagTeam divisions, especially after their HeelFaceTurn. Where it took over a decade for there to emerge a three time holder of any other belt the team had already held the ROH tag team belts ''eight'' times. Even when the [[Wrestling/ChrisHero Kings]] Of [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Wrestling]] managed to surpass the Briscoes as the longest running tag team champions Mark and Jay proved able to reliably beat the Chris and Claudio to the point the latter had to run all sorts of outside interference to stay competitive. It wasn't until reDRagon that the Briscoes finally met their match as a tag team, although as individuals Mark and Jay are much more fallible.
* This is one of the main criticisms that Wrestling/JohnCena receives, on multiple levels:
** He's been pushed so heavily for so long that he almost never loses, and any loss is always accompanied by a mitigating factor (eg: outside interference, his opponent cheating, Cena tripped and fell, being screwed over by a crooked referee or heel authority figure, a tag team partner [[FaceHeelTurn betraying him]], etc.) Furthermore, Cena simply ''does not care'' about any losses he incurs, always laughing them off, treating them as a fluke or simply showing up the next night with no injuries whatsoever. The intention was probably to promote good sportsmanship, but when you don't have consequences that characters actually care about then it sucks all the drama from the room.
** In the ring itself, he's infamous for having four to five {{Heroic Second Wind}}s per match at uneven intervals.
* Wrestling/AustinAries in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, specifically in their X-Division, so much so that "Option C" (anyone with the X Division belt can trade it in for a shot at the World Heavyweight Title) was created just to get the belt off Austin Aries. Or rather Austin Aries created option C on the assumption he could ''always'' win back the X Division Title.
* The Wrestling/{{Ryback}} character was debuted as one of these. Until Wrestlemania, he had only lost four matches (five including the Royal Rumble, and even then, he was the last elimination), and only two of which can technically be called "fair." First, a crooked ref low-blows him against Wrestling/CMPunk, then he's against Wrestling/TheShield, a group of three powerful guys, who even then will usually get beaten down by him without the element of surprise. His only "fair" losses were a six-man tag match teaming with [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and Wrestling/{{Kane}}, and another TLC match against CM Punk, where there are really no rules to be broken. Ryback lost a match to Wrestling/MarkHenry in ridiculous fashion at Wrestlemania 29 and following his FaceHeelTurn and resulting feud against Wrestling/JohnCena, lost almost all of his invincibility and now loses fairly often, oftentimes to guys much lower on the card than him.

* In most monotheistic religions, God is an omnipotent, invincible being who can do anything.
** One of the calling cards of Catholicism is a larger focus on the Virgin Mary. It has been speculated that the reason is simple: many practitioners can relate more to the Virgin Mary than Jesus or God because of this trope.
** Also a factor in JesusWasWayCool.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', every army is this... [[UnreliableNarrator when appearing in their own codex]]. When they are appearing in other races' codexes, [[TheWorfEffect they tend to get beaten...]]
** Some codices don't take the Invincible Hero approach. ''Codex: Eldar'' shows that while they still have much strength in them, they are quite clearly sliding towards inevitable destruction. ''Codex: Dark Eldar'' is the same: the Dark Eldar are doomed.
** And [[RedShirtArmy the Imperial Guard]]... well you know...
** The Ork logic goes something along these lines: "Orkz are never beaten in combat, if we win we win, if we die, we die fighting so that doesn't count and if we run away it's ok because we're always back for [[FunetikAksent anuvver]] go".
** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] avert this rather painfully, being the only army whose own rulebook goes into vast description about all the times the Tyranids ''lose''. (Granted, nearly every single one of these cases serve as textbook examples of PyrrhicVictory.) The logic is supposedly [[WrittenByTheWinners "if they won, you wouldn't be hearing about it."]] As the Tyranids measure it their invasion so far has been a reconnaissance mission before the bulk of their forces arrive.
* This is criticism that is very often leveled against ''{{Exalted}}'', as the eponymous Exalted themselves are always portrayed by the system as completely indestructible übermensch that can outplan Batman, outdrink [[IronMan Tony Stark]], outfight Everyone and survive any attack. The cunning player and GM will find many, many weaknesses that can be exploited in order to make their lives miserable, no least the crippling flaw all Exalted must choose.
* The Challenge Rating system introduced in 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was specifically weighted to select opponents that the player characters had a fairly good chance of demolishing, as the expectation was that they'd tackle about four fights in a row before they'd get to replenish resources. That didn't stop game masters from siccing an occasional above-CR opponent on the heroes to keep them from getting cocky, but one who stuck strictly to equal-CR encounters and allowed too many rest-and-recharge breaks could easily turn their campaigns into this trope.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* No matter what is thrown at him Mario in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' franchise will never lose against Bowser or whoever is the MonsterOfTheWeek. While Nintendo did subvert it a few times by having Mario be defeated by the main villain in a few games, Mario either gets HeroicSecondWind and continues the fight, or he he spends time getting stronger and getting the MacGuffin so he can challenge the boss again and win this time.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' will always have Link obtain the Triforce of Courage (if the game has the Triforce in it) and he'll always defeat Ganon/Ganondorf. Link is too determined and brave to even think about losing. However, Nintendo did subvert it once when explaining the timeline split created from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and stated that the 3rd timeline leading into the Game Boy, SNES, and NES ''Zelda'' games was caused by Link's defeat from Ganondorf, which would only happen if the player actually failed in their quest.
* Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games will never lose against the space pirates or any other threat that comes into the galaxy. While there are a few times Samus has come very close to defeat, she bounces right back with more determination than ever. The only actual defeat she suffers from is in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' where Dark Samus incapacitates her (along with the other bounty hunters) and causes her to fall into a coma for a few months. As soon as she wakes up, Samus is back in business to kick some ass again ans he gets her revenge on Dark Samus.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** No matter which branch of the series it is, Sonic '''never''' loses against Eggman, or any other villain for that matter, and he and his friends [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin always come out on top in the end]]. At worst, the villains will just temporarily incapacitate him. [[spoiler:Even ''killing'' him, which Mephiles the Dark succeeded in doing in Sonic 2006, was a short term setback for Sonic thanks to the Chaos Emeralds.]] Apparently, this is due to a Sega mandate that Sonic is never allowed to lose, or at least suffer any long term losses.
** Similarly, [[UnscrupulousHero Shadow]], due to being conceptualized to take on Sonic easily, has a massive level of this, especially in [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his game]]. Averted in the franchise's recent years, with him becoming less prominent and, at best, getting to race or fight [[TheRival Sonic,]] and watch in the climax.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** The series spoofs this as characters are [[GenreSavvy well aware]] that this trope is one of the privileges of the Main Character/[[TheHero Hero]] and will [[HostileShowTakeover try to steal the spot]] when they can. However, in the actual storylines, the main character usually has his ass completely handed to him by a character a thousand levels higher at least once.
** In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', Mao wants to defeat the overlord. He's been studying tropes, so he figures his best bet is to become a hero, since heroes never lose. [[spoiler: Super Hero Aurum from the same game used to be one of these, [[FallenHero but then he went crazy.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', Lightning is a rare female example. She easily takes down anyone or anything that stands in her way of her quest, and all by herself too. [[spoiler: She even takes down God himself, the most powerful being in the universe (or at least, he was until she came back).]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'': Welkin is never wrong about anything, ever (even if he's being [[CloudCuckoolander loopy about it]]), and because losing him constitutes a game over in every mission, he never retreats or dies. He's also usually in the Edelweiss, which is expensive to activate and has very limited movement, and so for many missions it's easier and more efficient to have him sit pretty in the tank and have your squad do the dirty work.
* Ike in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn''. He even tells the FinalBoss before fighting her that [[BadassBoast in every battle he's been in, he always comes out on top]]. Interestingly enough, Ike is actually the antagonist in several parts of ''Radiant Dawn'' when you're [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent playing as Micaiah]]. He even appears as a boss in one chapter, and can be fought normally -And he still never loses! If you defeat him, you'll "win" the chapter automatically (normally it's a defend mission) but GameplayAndStorySegregation kicks in and the following cutscene explains that [[TheBattleDidntCount you're still losing the battle]]. Regardless of what side the player is on, Ike's forces beat Micaiah's every time.
* The ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series fits this trope. Aside from being a puzzle master (depending on the [[NintendoHard player's difficulty with the game]]) he can sword fight, build massive guns out of casino equipment, rescue damsels in distress, and solve cumbersome mysteries that not even the detectives can figure out.
* ''Grotesque Tactics'' - both the first and second game - is generally an RPG parody, and plays with tropes all the time, but nothing as much as Holy Avatar - he is the proverbial knight in shining armor, with cool shades and three maidens all fawning over him, and he has been everywhere, done everything. Adding to this trope is one of his special attacks, which is a one-hit-kill for weaker enemies, actually stating so in the description of the skill!
* Some in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fandom depict Reimu Hakurei as this, an unstoppable force not unlike a Determinator but with much less motivation required. Storyline-wise this is somewhat accurate; the main purpose of the spellcard system is to let anyone have a fair go at Reimu while ruling out the possibility of accidentally killing her, as her existence is necessary for the setting's continued existence. On the other hand, she ''has'' lost a number of fights in the multiplayer games' story modes and was outright stomped by Watatsuki no Yorihime, who herself is a clearer example, capable of defeating [[TimeMaster Sakuya Izayoi]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Remilia Scarlet]], [[DarkMagicalGirl Marisa Kirisame]] and Reimu herself, all of them considered some of the strongest players in Gensokyo, ''in succession''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'' series gets a bit silly with this, as the usually nameless player controlled commander for each faction invariably leads their forces to victory over and over again no matter how one sided or overwhelmingly unfair the battles they are faced with are. Even if you [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] the faction you're helping in a prior mission.
** In Episode V of Starcraft: Brood War, you help lead the UED to become the most dominant faction in the galaxy, effectively dismantling the Zerg forces and taking over the capital of the Terran Dominion. In Episode VI (you play as the Zerg), you effectively undo all the progress you just made, systematically wiping out all of the UED strongholds and bringing the Zerg swarms back under Kerrigan's rule. Either the player is some sort of strategic demigod or the UED military [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou simply can't function]] without your personal guidance and support.
* Though averted in gameplay, FridgeLogic turns Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' into this. The game's FramingDevice has Desmond using the Animus to relive Altaïr's life through ancestral memory, and the health bar is represented as "sync". If the player does something that the "real" Altaïr never did, like killing an innocent, Desmond loses sync with Altaïr's memories, and instead of death, Desmond is fully desynchronized from the Animus and must re-enter. You ''also'' lose sync if Altaïr takes any damage in a fight. Which means the "real" Altaïr ''never had an enemy land a hit on him.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': Although the player character can die, you can always reload a save and try again. [[spoiler:What makes this count is that this is a major plot point InUniverse: characters such as [[HeroAntagonist Sans]] and [[BigBad Flowey]] are [[MediumAwareness well aware]] of this ability and both comment on how many times you've died facing them, and the latter is even better at this than you are, since not only can he screw around with your own save file, but [[SaveScumming abuse a save-state function]] that you can't even use. Of course, this only counts if you're doing the Neutral or Pacifist Runs: if you're doing the Genocide Run, Frisk becomes an InvincibleVillain.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The duo of protagonists from ''WebComic/{{Skullkickers}}'' certainly qualify. They don't seem to take as much as a scratch in any fight, both are nigh invulnerable and beat any odds with ease. They also come equipped with a handgun in a medieval setting- for the short while they lost this edge, a deus ex machina reunited the characters with their lost gear almost immediately.
* Rocky from ''Webcomic/PokemonX'' has [[NonLethalKO fainted]] a grand total of twice, and this was so notable that it was actually pointed out when it happened that it was the first time it had ever happened. 596 pages into the comic. This also lead to Brendan's first ever defeat in the comic -- but he's an IdiotHero, so we tend to overlook ''his'' invincibility. (What's more, the second time Rocky fainted, Brendan technically ''tied''.)
* In the dozen plus years ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has been around, there have only been a handful of characters who aren't horribly outclassed when facing [[KillerRabbit Bun-Bun]], and only three who have ever actually beaten him in one-on-one combat: [[spoiler:Aylee's [[EvilTwin evil clone]], Blacksoul (who is actually Bun-Bun [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet from the future]]), and Oasis (who had to [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands suddenly unveil]] [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic abilities]] to pull that off).]] Bun-Bun only ''barely'' qualifies as a hero.
** An alternative view is that Bun-Bun works as a way to establish an enemy as 'top tier', and the rarity of beating him is so it keeps its credibility and doesn't suffer from TheWorfEffect.
* The ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' B-comic Tempts Fate has the hero perform based on the amount of donations the readers send in. Needless to say, Tempts Fate wins every battle with extreme ease, and the readers can feel the accomplishment of having helped along this overwhelming victory.
* Interestingly, for all of a GodModeSue AuthorAvatar that he is, [=Comic!Chris=] of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' subverts this greatly, mostly in his earlier stories. Most of his battles seem to have him on the ropes, end up rescued by someone else before he turns the tables on his opponents. He doesn't get into Invincible Hero territory until his last (published) issue, where he systematically destroys his opponents with ease.
** That being said, Sonichu himself would most often defeat all of his opponents, sometimes with lethal force, without breaking a sweat. It comes from a combination of the author's belief that his characters are real, not wanting to make his characters work hard to achieve their goals, and most of the ''Sonichu'' stories being his way of venting his frustration at some obstacle in his life.
* The Sisterhood in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. They repeatedly raid the Devil's facilities and get away with it effortlessly and without retaliation.
* Rai from ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' is perhaps the strongest character character in the whole Noblesse-verse, only matched by the Lord. [[spoiler: But the more he uses his powers, the more he uses up his life force, and by the time I'm writing this, he is already beyond recovery.]]
* The "dragon rider" from ''[[Recap/GameOverTalesCrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture Game Over Tales: Crouching Ostrich, Hidden Vulture]]''' has killed countless {{Mooks}} by the time the comic starts. [[spoiler: She dies at the end of it.]]
* Saitama of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. He is absolutely invincible to absolutely everything, and the ability to defeat anything with one punch sets him as the most powerful hero. As a result, he no longer finds any excitement in villain fights, and hopes for an opponent who can challenge him.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' features many former supervillains (teenage angst and forced MadScience murder rituals don't mix) who have immortality, and the two main characters get upgraded to this after saving the world for the first time (Actually, they were bred to be immortal, but didn't realize it until after one of the few things that could kill them was obliterated). The implication is that the story is shifting to two newly introduced characters, Astali and Castella (The fact that Astali grows GagBoobs just like the main character is great evidence for this).

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* Tennyo, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, was looking like this until she got curb-stomped in "Boston Brawl 2".
** And then she got ''hammered'' in "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy" and had a HeroicBSOD.
** There has been discussion on the Whateley forum boards to the effect that Team Kimba as a whole may be turning into this, though; they're uncommonly powerful for a group of freshmen (and that power has only ''grown'' considerably since their introduction about a single in-universe semester ago with no sign of slowing down yet), have so far suffered only temporary setbacks at worst, and their adversaries keep [[IdiotBall underestimating them]] to the point where the suspension of disbelief starts to show stretch marks.
** They survived their one real loss ('Birthday Brawl') intact, with the purpose of the story being to replace the 'CardboardPrison' and 'OffscreenVillainDarkMatter' tropes with onscreen events that serve the same narrative purpose.
* Creator/ChuckNorris. His ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' incarnation has both infinite health and a plethora of one-hit kill moves, and any statement that this is the slightest bit cheap is met with cries of "BLASPHEMY!"
** Until you find out that there are much deadlier characters than him, ''[[DefeatingTheUndefeatable some of which have beaten him before]]''. For instance, there's one that can defeat anything (including Chuck!) ''[[InstantWinCondition before the round even starts]]''.
*** Ironically, said character is an incarnation of the abovementioned [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]].
* In the Website/GameFAQs Character Battles, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] [[MemeticMutation always wins.]] While the other characters have seen their strength fluctuate over the years, Link started as a God tier character, and just kept on climbing. He was removed from the main bracket in 2005 to give other characters a chance to win. Due to a ReTool changing the format to four way free-for-alls, Link returned to the main bracket in 2007, but by then, not even the rest of [[FanNickname the Noble Nine]] (the nine characters considered to be the strongest) could touch him, never mind [[CurbStompBattle any other poor sod unlucky enough to get in his way.]]
** Humorously, the one time Link was defeated in the Character Battles, it was by the ''{{Tetris}}'' [[JokeCharacter L-Block]]. It was plainly obvious that this only happened because the [=GameFAQs=] userbase was simply ''sick'' of Link winning every year without fail.
** And then [[LargeHam DRAAAAAVEN]], using general popularity of [[VideoGame/LeagueofLegends League of Legends]], stole Link's victory a second time.
* [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]] in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/3-reasons-its-so-hard-to-make-superman-interesting_p2/ 3 Reasons It's So Hard to Make Superman Interesting]] spends a page deconstructing the Invincible Hero and [[DeconReconSwitch then another reconstructing]] a hero faced with the SadisticChoice of whom to save at any given moment.
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight]] remarks how suspicious it is that the murder victim [[TheAce had a flawless winning record]] (it turns out [[spoiler:he blackmailed every competitor who posed a threat]]), and [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] agrees. The joke is that Phoenix had a perfect record of his own until he took [[spoiler:Matt Engarde's]] case, and that the games make a big deal out of most of the prosecutors having perfect win records (until they come up against Phoenix, of course).

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny has spent the whole of his career as a KarmicTrickster effortlessly outwitting and humiliating B-listers and icons alike in the ''Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies'' pantheon, such as Beaky Buzzard and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck respectively. So untouchable is Bugs, that of the many adversaries he faced over the roughly 172 cartoons he originally starred in, the number of characters able to best the trickster rabbit can be counted '''on one hand'''; Elmer Fudd and Cecil Turtle being the most successful examples.
** Yosemite Sam was actually created as a response to this trope; Elmer Fudd is many things, but intelligent is not one of them, and consequently, there were only so many ways Bugs could outsmart him before it got old. Sam was created with the intent of giving Bugs an adversary smart enough to give him trouble. Another explanation is they wanted a character mean enough to get the audience back on Bugs' side. Fudd was so [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain hapless]] and AffablyEvil that Bugs was starting to come across as an unheroic bully.
*** Or ''revert'' to it. Some of the very first early Bugs cartoons show him causing trouble for Elmer for no reason other than he feels like it. "Elmer's Candid Camera" is a classic example -- Elmer isn't even "hunting wabbits", but Bugs still teases him mercilessly.
*** And when it turned out that Sam ended up being portrayed not that much more intelligent than Elmer, the soft-spoken, but incredibly technologically advanced and dangerous Marvin the Martian was created, who, more likely than not, fought Bugs to a tie (such as both being left hanging on a crescent of moon, a gag repeated in Marvin's better known Duck Dodgers' appearance.)
** Perhaps to balance this, it is often Bugs' most pitiful foes that manage to score a victory over him, both [[TooDumbToLive Elmer Fudd]] (''Rabbit Rampage'', ''Hare Brush'') and [[EnsembleDarkHorse Daffy Duck]] (counting this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIvO74ZC5c obscure Tang endorsement from ''The Bugs Bunny Show'']], ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' and Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''The Big Game'' from 2001) have got the upper hand over Bugs a couple occasions in a rather spectacular fashion.
** Writers were often careful to balance Bugs' victories with the odd ButtMonkey role (eg. ''Falling Hare'', ''Rabbit Rampage'', the ''Tortoise Beats Hare'' trilogy of shorts). It was made all the more apparent due to Bugs' inexperience to being on the losing end of an EscalatingWar and thus [[BitchInSheepsClothing his carefree attitude tended to fade the moment he was on the receiving end of a gag rather than making one]]; Bugs could dish it out, but he sure couldn't take it.
** Incidentally, one of Bugs' greatest defeats happened off-screen, in a cartoon he only cameoed in. In "Porky Pig's Feat", Daffy and Porky are trapped in a hotel room because they can't pay the bill. HilarityEnsues. Finally, Porky suggests they call Bugs for advice. It turns out Bugs is locked in the next room over (he tried all the stuff they did).
* Most ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' protagonists leaned into this trope, perhaps even more so Speedy Gonzales, whose SuperSpeed made him near untouchable by antagonists such as Sylvester (the odd occasion the cat actually placed the mouse in his mouth he often merely charged with enough power to rip (harmlessly) through his tail, suggesting it was actually ''physically impossible'' for Sylvester to eat Speedy).
** Speedy's power was downgraded slightly during the [[DorkAge De Patie Freleng era]], being placed in more incidental roles where he was occasionally shown to have more difficulty gaining a victory. He began working under similar stipulations as Bugs, having spaced out occasions he lost when he got too cocky, and an already defeated and harmless villain [[WhosLaughingNow got a final laugh]] (eg. "Panchos Hideaway"). The one alternate is in "Mucho Locos" when Daffy (who for once isn't antagonizing Speedy) hears him mocking him behind his back and mallets him on the head. Tweety's appearances however never went outside evading a hungry cat, thus he became the only protagonist to never lose (outside possibly [[HeroAntagonist the Road Runner]]).
*** Speedy also suffered a pretty significant loss in "Chili Con Corny." Not only do one of Daffy's traps knock him silly enough to make him [[CirclingBirdies see stars]] (arguably the only time that happened to him), the episode also ends with him on the losing side, as his ally turns against him to side with Daffy.
* WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}. The show becomes somewhat better since the Planeteers are the main stars, but the Cap himself often feels more like some sort of DeusExMachina who can just fix ''anything.'' Some episodes have him immobilized by pollution (or [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler hate]]), forcing the Planeteers to help him, but usually he's just called within the last five minutes to easily defeat the villain and magically repair whatever damage has been done.
** Made slightly more interesting whenever he is forced to fight his evil twin, and gets his ass handed to him.
* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' averts this so much it can be considered an inversion: the Earth team seems to get by winning as few races as possible. At least one time their continuation hinged on a match ''they weren't even in''.
* Lampshaded and mocked in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when Fry [[StylisticSuck writes a superhero comic]]:
-->'''Leela:''' If I could offer a little constructive criticism - there was never any real peril. [[SomethingPerson Delivery Man]] has like [[SuperpowerLottery 30 superpowers!]]
-->'''Fry:''' That's because he was [[SpiderMan bitten by a radioactive]] Franchise/{{Superman}}!
* [[CaptainErsatz The Silver Skeeter]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'''s comic book episodes: He's made of liquid metal (thus NighInvulnerable) and can fly through space on his skateboard, which is extremely compared with Quail Man's intellectual "powers of the Quail." Doug, frustrated that Skeeter's GodModeSue is taking over his story, calls Skeeter out with this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors'''s biggest failing was the complete invincibility of its antiheroes.
* The 1967 Creator/HannaBarbera series ''WesternAnimation/{{Shazzan}}'' featured an all-powerful Genie as its title character; the writers professed difficulty with the series, because Shazzan was so powerful that they couldn't think up any difficulties for him to face.
** In one episode, Nancy was trapped in The Underworld and Shazzan couldn't just teleport her back. In another, the kids were trapped behind a forcefield that Shazzan couldn't affect. That was about it.
** [[WonderTwinPowers Chuck and Nancy need to put their rings together and say 'Shazzan' for him to appear]] so most of the conflicts involved them being separated or the rings being stolen.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' when, after Batman returns from yet another seeming demise, the Joker shouts "Why won't he stay dead?"
** A bit rich [[JokerImmunity coming from him]].
* Lampshaded -- or should it be Mirrored Disco Balled? -- in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' with the EarWorm "Drives Us Bats", in which the Music Meister --and eventually the DC Universe -- expresses hilariously the frustrations of dealing with the omnipotent god-dammed Batman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' or ''[[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Road Runner]]'' cartoons the DesignatedVillain is [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption always condemned to failure]]. It gets tiresome after a while and makes one want to go RootingForTheEmpire.
** Your sympathy is ''supposed'' to lie with Wile E. Coyote. The thing of it is, he could stop the pain at any time by not chasing the Roadrunner.
** Tom occasionally got a victory over Jerry (especially in later shorts), often when the mouse started their EscalatingWar without provocation. Add to that as often as Jerry won, he was still vulnerable to AmusingInjuries, albeit not nearly as often as Tom.
*** Jerry's Invincible Hero status is partially owed to WeirdAlEffect. There are a deceptively large amount of shorts where Jerry wasn't the clear victor (either due to Tom getting the last laugh, or the two falling into a stalemate where neither was better off). Even in the instances Jerry was victorious, the times he won handily were rather uncommon, with him often shown struggling against Tom, or taking nearly as much slapstick pain and humilation as he did.
* Averted in the TV series version of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. After the movie became a hit, the mouse house decided to make a weekday afternoon toon based on it. Except that by the end of the film, Herc is incredibly powerful and has handily defeated nearly every major threat mythological ancient Greece had to offer. The solution was to make the tv show an {{interquel}} taking place during Herc's high school years (a period skipped over entirely in the film) with Hercules always self-identifying as a "hero in training," and looking a tad scrawny compared to his adult self from the latter two-thirds of the movie.
* A sort of in-universe example happens in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron,'' when Jimmy is actually banned from the school Science Fair because everyone is sick of him winning year after year.
* Played for laughs with Brock Samson in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** When he was fat, he lost pretty quickly. And [[MeaningfulName when he lost his hair (though he quickly got a second wind)]].
** After 21 TookALevelInBadass, Brock was given a run for his money.
** One episode played with this trope, as a villain used Brock's sheer invincibility in a EvilPlan.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask''. He's invincible due to deliberate cartoon physics as a given superpower. His only weakness is that his mask can be removed, but even then he can fool his adversaries with trick mask removals. That, and [[WeaksauceWeakness the common cold]], apparently.
* Cartman tries to act like one on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in the "Good Times With Weapons" episode. Every time the other kids give their ninjas a power, Cartman immediately jumps in and declares that he has a better version of the same power.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' episode "Doomien" has Rikochet and Buena Girl as a tag-team who always seems to win, to the point that no one is actually rooting for them in the tag-team matches.
* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. The writers were very much aware of this, however, and included ''{{in-universe}}'' arguments that sidekick Ron is a superior hero because he's fallible.
* Mandy in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' claims that she "never loses." Over the course of the series, she seems to have backed up that claim pretty well. She's gone up against all sorts of things, and anything she couldn't take out on her own, she could with Billy's help. Every competition she enters, she takes the top spot. Several times, she becomes the EvilOverlord of the universe. It's no wonder she's a DeadpanSnarker--it's the only thing left that amuses her. She did lose to the [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]] once, though.
** The Abominable Snowman gave her a run for her money as well, needing Grim taking advantage of a glacier to beat him.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Captain Implausible is a superhero on a [[ShowWithinAShow show within the show]]. The whole premise of his show is he's impossible to beat.
** That about sums up Phineas and Ferb's whole situation. When you have to build your own super-intelligent AI and program it to trap you repeatedly in order to have a little fun, and then you defeat it effortlessly, it's difficult to ''ever'' feel afraid for you. The only times Phineas and Ferb ''can't'' do something is usually when they simply decide that they can't. Accordingly, if there's any tension in ''Phineas and Ferb'', it's usually emotional tension, such as Phineas being angry at Perry in TheMovie. Candace is in [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption the opposite situation]].
* WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat. In the comics, he always had some AppliedPhlebotinum (magic beans, magic carpet, magic potion, magical gnome servants, etc.) on hand when he needed it. The 50s series condensed all these items into his signature magic bag, which can [[AwesomeBackpack turn into]] or [[BagOfHolding produce]] ''anything''. (It also served as a convenient MacGuffin to get the bad guys after him.)
* The title hero of Hanna-Barbera's ''WesternAnimation/TheAtomAntShow'' (1965-1968). In one episode only it was revealed (and subsequently forgotten) that he could be involuntarily distracted by the presence of a picnic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', while Rufus and Amberley waver inconsistently between this and an InvincibleIncompetent, the Dream Maker and Wuts were almost completely unassailable, having insurmountable magic powers that could take out the Urpneys (and sometimes even Zordrak) with utter ease (Rufus and Amberley's competence usually depended how long they needed to pad out the story until the other more powerful heroes could quickly take care of everything). The Wuts suffered only a single case of TheWorfEffect in "The Spidermobile".
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' mentioned that they weakened a number of characters for the show so that they wouldn't be [[StoryBreakerPower Story Breakers]]. ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and Miss Martian in particular are far less powerful than their comic book counterparts, and this may extend to Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/MartianManhunter as well.
* This is the reason Yoda rarely got ADayInTheLimelight on ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The writers had problems coming up with something that would challenge him. He directly fought the Separatists only once, and eventually starred in a Force-themed story.