->''"No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed."''
->''"Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. I could have at least gotten a bruise or maybe a small scratch..."''
-->--'''Vegetto''', ''Manga/DragonBall''

So you have a setup for an epic action show, but you've raised the stakes so high that even one loss will be devastating. Maybe EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce. You could try to fake it with an apparent loss in the middle of the episode, multi-part series or perhaps a bittersweet victory when a character has a HeroicSacrifice, but otherwise you can't have a genuine loss.

This would likely mean an InvincibleHero if any suspense was played up, so the show doesn't play up the suspense. The audience generally knows the hero will win regardless, but their interest is maintained in the ''how'' they will win as well as other elements, resulting in it still being entertaining. However, the author's character writing must be on point or careless use of this could result in a GodModeSue.

Contrast FailureHero, compare EscapistCharacter, TheAce.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', despite being a RealRobotGenre series, plays with the magically self-evolving AGE system, which always upgrade with new gimmicks regularly just to let the heroes become ''showy'' and ''[[CurbStompBattle overly]] [[SecondHourSuperpower powered]]''. AGE-2 Double Bullet comes into mind here.
* ''Anime/{{Akagi}}'' fits. Due to the way it's narrated and the fact that it's a {{prequel}} to another story, ''Anime/{{Ten}}'', where Akagi already is a legend, you are ''supposed'' to know that Akagi always wins. The story is about ''how'' he became a legend. And looking badass while doing it.
* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'' wouldn't have a career (and we wouldn't have a series) if he ever failed. The series has gone on for as long as it has on equal parts this trope and his steady recession from the spotlight (his stories are now largely about the people hiring him).
* Both subverted in the absolute cruelest and most heart-rending way possible and later played straight in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[spoiler:Kamina appears to be going this route in classic {{Super Robot|Genre}} fashion, but he's killed ruthlessly in episode 8 after letting his guard down. After the TimeSkip (specifically in Part IV), however, Simon plays it straight, never getting so much as a scratch on him.]]
** This starts long before the timeskip; basically as soon as Simon [[spoiler: gets over Kamina's death]] nobody save the Anti Spiral King and Lordgenome could touch him.
** It's also subverted in the finale; even after the crew combines into a mech the size of a galaxy, or in the compilation movie, an entire universe, the Anti-Spiral is able to match them strength for strength, because they're in a pocket universe that the Anti-Spiral controls. It's Simon himself that proves indestructible.
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'': Cobra is a lot like this. You don't ever doubt he'll handily win and hand the bad guys their rear. The only question is : "how will he do it, and how cool will it look?"
* Mamoru Takamura of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' is an example in all of his unimportant matches. He usually steamroll KO's his opponents in the first round, sometimes it's just shown in a stillstanding picture. In one of his matches (the one before his World Match), this trope is even used by Takamura [[GenreSavvy on purpose]], as he ''wanted'' to come off absolutely invincible to the audience, which is why he only used his weak hand to defeat his opponent. All of his serious matches don't fit this trope, however.
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is so ridiculously invincible that it's clear from the beginning no opponent is any real threat to him. Of course he has so much fun [[MookHorrorShow massacring the bad guys]] that it's hard to care. The drama instead comes from the storyline and in fact, his unbeatable nature is the driving force behind alot of the antagonaists', motives. Both [[spoiler: Anderson and Walter]] fail to beat him and the only other person who could stand up to him, The Captain [[spoiler: who is a werewolf]], never fights him, but is defeated by his fledgling, Seras (though he ''did'' give the means to kill him and Millenium's whole point is to fight and die...)
* Takuto of ''Anime/StarDriver'', as of writing, has not lost a single fight, but that's okay, because he wins each one in a different way. A different ''awesome'' way. [[spoiler:And the villains have even started incorporating his inevitable {{curbstomp|Battle}}s into their plans]] After getting his MidSeasonUpgrade, the battles become much more samey.
* Dante from the ''[[Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries Devil May Cry]]'' anime is ''supposed'' to be this since he pretty much waltzes through every fight in the series. Somewhat justified as the series is supposed to focus on Dante's day-to-day jobs so he never goes up against any major threats. However, many people found it more to be an example of a Boring InvincibleHero. The supposed major threat he goes up against in the last episodes is [[spoiler: quickly disposed of once he gets serious.]]
* ''Manga/HareluyaIIBoy'': You never wonder whether or not Hibino is going to succeed or not. You only wonder to what degree of funny and awesome his successes will be.
* ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'': Rushuna Tendo always wins, but ''damn'' if she doesn't [[MsFanservice look hot while doing so.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Vegetto. He effortlessly dominates Buu even when turned into a piece of candy, and mocks him the entire time. It does help that Buu had been quite an InvincibleVillain until that point, making someone beating him up even more satisfying. The only reason he doesn't just destoy him him as soon as he can is part of a plan to free everyone Buu has absorbed by this point.
** It's averted in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' though, since Vegetto is facing an opponent actually worth his effort this time around, and he's aware he has a time limit of an hour ''at most''. He still holds the upper hand throughout the battle.
** Gotenks is a subversion. He's similar in power to Vegetto, but spends ''so'' much time showing off that his FusionDance inevitably wears off before he can get serious. This flaw continues into ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
** Goku for most of the Red Ribbon Army Saga. Outside of a couple of close calls with General Blue and Mercenary Tao, Goku dominated almost every foe he came across. It wasn't a question if Goku was going to win, but how much humiliation he was going to heap upon his opponent before he kicked them to the curve.
* Dark Schneider from ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' is this most of the time.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' makes it clear that Tifa, Yuffie, and the rest are at the peak of human ability, but Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo are superhuman. Meanwhile, it takes all three of them working together to challenge Cloud. The three of them or one [[spoiler:Sephiroth. Or Bahamut.]]
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': Ryoma already starts the series as a skilled tennis player, but his evolution in strategies and DefeatingTheUndefeatable makes it worth watching.
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is possibly the archetypical shonen example. There's never any question that he'll win, or even that his opponent will put up a fight; it's all about the catharsis.
* Sebastian from the anime version of ''Manga/BlackButler'' can do absolutely anything that Ciel orders him to but he tends to do considerably more than is actually necessary. When ordered to win an ice sculpting contest, he builds Noah's Ark and designs it so that the top will split open to reveal another statue inside of it that consists of dozens of animals. Then when ordered to retrieve a stolen diamond he defeats the thieves while winning an ice skating contest that wasn't even happening and ends it by sailing through the broken on the statue of Noah's ark he made earlier.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Judai Yuki almost always wins, but his variety of Fusion Monsters (and the few occasions where he works around it) make a rather entertaining show.
* Anime/GaoGaiGar, at least [[spoiler: until the Primevals arrive.]]
* ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'': Koko's BadassCrew usually demolish their foes in clever ways, which only serves to make the two times they're genuinely challenged all the more stark.
* ''Anime/{{Kirby Right Back At Ya}}'': Kirby often got into many sticky situations do to being a SuperGullible KidHero [[BigEater with an appetite]] he just can't control and he would often get knocked around at the start of most fights. However, once [[PowerCopying he inhaled and copied a foe's powers]], his opponent was often '''''[[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass as good as DEAD.]]''''' Since this effectively made him a walking DeusExMachina, you could pretty much say that the fun from his fights came not from seeing if he'd win or not, but what ''ability'' he'd use to kick butt. And since he used over 20 abilities in that show, things never got stale.
* Momonga and all of his strongest followers are a VillainProtagonist version in ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}''. They are overpowered enough compared to the setting that their victory comes as a foregone conclusion, but nevertheless it's always awesome. It helps that Momonga knows over 700 spells, so he handily averts a BoringYetPractical LimitedMoveArsenal.
* Teresa from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', especially [[spoiler: In the final fight against Priscilla]]
* Whenever Saitama of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' takes the field, it's a given that his opponent will be (usually) dispatched with just [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one punch]]. The only thing usually at stake is just how many heroes are beaten by the enemy of the week before he arrives.
* ''Anime/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey'': Sakamaki Izayoi. The only subversion happens when, [[spoiler: after winning a fight against a [[InvincibleVillain invincible villain]] with powers similar to his own, he holds back an [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abomination]] alone until reinforcements arrive and he finally retreats to tend to his wounds]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Superman}}, and the Creator/AlanMoore-created ComicBook/TomStrong, count as this. There's no question they'll win, it's just how long it'll take to get them there--and what interesting moral questions the victory will raise.
* Many superhero comics run on this principle, but in different ways.
** In early DC [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comics, there wasn't any doubt that the hero would survive an save the day, the question was what bit of clever logic (or AssPull, depending on the writer) they would use to overcome the villains (who themselves were often [[ComplexityAddiction pretty showy]]). This basic idea would eventually evolve into the SuperDickery UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks is better known for.
** In modern times, superhero comics usually make the inevitability of the hero's victory interesting by shifting tension away from winning or losing, and focusing on other problems. Creator/{{DC|Comics}} heroes tend to get a lot of suspense and drama out of whether or not they will manage to save ''everyone'' in the villain's path (they often don't succeed, which leads to angst), while Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} heroes often have personal beefs with their villains and the drama stems more from their relationship with the villain and the emotional issues that get brought up during the fight.
* The ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Old Times" references the former method, and uses the latter, to show how growing old has affected the hero.
* ComicBook/TheMetabarons are all this, starting with Aghnar. They are able to win against impossible odds, especially when Aghora slaughters an entire universe in a mirror dimension. The dramatic tension of the series comes largely from the horrible tragedy that continuously befalls the Metabaron clan.
* ComicBook/TheSpectre is a perfect example of this trope. Being one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe (he's essentially the God of Revenge (or, more literally, the Revenge of God)) there's not really anything that can threaten him. Sometimes his comics have him pass judgment on morally ambiguous situations and draw suspense from the question of what his final decision will be, and there are other times when he gets de-powered so he can succumb to TheWorfEffect. For the most part, though, The Spectre comics are all about watching the title character brutally dispatch horrible people.
* The main appeal of ''ComicBook/StardustTheSuperWizard,'' a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] character with [[SuperpowerLottery more powers than Superman,]] who spends most of his time taking down petty criminal organizations and terrorist factions, none of which can even visibly slow him down. The appeal of the comic (aside from [[SoBadItsGood Fletcher Hanks's bizarre artwork]]) is seeing the... creative ways that Stardust vanquishes his hopelessly-outgunned foes. In one famous example, a MadScientist tried to take over America with an oxygen-destroying ray. After destroying the ray and completely reversing its effects in the space of two panels, Stardust proceeded to grab the man, [[BodyHorror turn him into a disembodied head]], fly into space, and throw him into the waiting arms of a giant 'headhunter' monster, which [[NightmareFuel absorbs the scientist into its body as he begs for mercy.]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Inverted in ''Fanfic/TheTSABActurusWar''. The author has stated that the TSAB will win and the point of the story is the VillainousValour of the DRA as it tries to make the Bureau bleed as badly as possible for that victory.
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[=/=]''Series/{{Smallville}}'' crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4299118/1/Stakes_and_Fenceposts Stakes and Fenceposts]]'', even armed with magic, the Buffyverse villains are simply no match for Clark Kent, and he pretty much just destroys them all as a total badass.
* The Agents in [[FanFic/AkatsukiKittenPhoenixCorporationOverhaul Akatsuki Kitten: Phoenix Corporation Overhaul]]. They were designed with the idea of {{God Mode Sue}}s in mind, and despite rarely shown fighting, are strong enough to knock all of Akatsuki off their feet. The fun parts come at times like an omake that involved an agent going to the Literature/HarryPotter dimension, and killing a few Death Eaters by making their blood explode, as well as the "[[ThoseWackyNazis Dancing]] [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]" incident. Despite the author's expectations (and occasionally, it's hinted, her hopes) that the characters would be controversial and hated, the characters come across as individual and amusing enough that they're actually fairly popular among the readers.
* Though the fic does make efforts to avoid making him too invincible, Ben in ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'' has moments of this. The most famous example being when he [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle literally quashes]] [[TheJuggernaut Berserker]] as [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Way Big]]]], which turns into such a CrowningMomentOfFunny and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]] at the same time that it doesn't really bother you.
* The ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9605098/1/To-Ascend To Ascend]]'', where Touma Kamijou starts the original series at his maximum potential, allowing him to curb-stomp anyone and solve almost any problem without breaking a sweat. The fans love it.
* In ''[[Fanfic/ChibipoesAcceleration Acceleration]]'', Taylor Triggers with Accelerator's powers. As a result, she stands heads and shoulders above almost everyone; apart from a PowerNullifier character, a grand total of one opponent can beat her in a direct fight. The question isn't will she lose, but how does she pull off the win, and what the consequences will be for herself and those around her.
* The original version of the ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' [[http://imgur.com/a/CaVa4 Choose Your Own Adventure]] is meant to create these. The powers available are so powerful that unless a writer deliberately stacks the deck against himself or screws up critically, the question shouldn't be can he win, but how and what the consequences of that will be.
* All four to a point, but particularly John and Paul, in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone''. Because they're [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifists]], the point of the story isn't that they always overwhelm their opponents. In fact, they're trying ''not'' to fight and very much resent it when they have to engage in combat, so they do their best to make every battle a CurbStompBattle (albeit a non-harmful one) in an effort to discourage people from attacking them. It doesn't work.
* ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'' [[PlayedForLaughs plays this for all the comedy it's worth]] with four {{Peggy Sue}}s that have all the strength and skill of their adult selves (minus summon contracts) and don't even bother to hide the fact that they've become exponentially stronger seemingly overnight. The closest thing to a challenge that any of them face (barring each other) is when Hinata faces off against Orochimaru, and even then she dominates the fight very quickly.

* Film/JamesBond, sometimes.
* ''Film/IpMan''. Until the final fight nothing gives him trouble, and even the final villain isn't too big a problem. Not so much in the sequel, where one character fights him to a clear draw, and another manages to keep him on the ropes and even knock him down once. Even less so in the third film, where the fight against one foe isn't about actually winning so much as trying to stand his ground for 3 minutes.
* Cleric John Preston from ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
* ''Film/TheExpendables''. Not so much in the sequel either.
* ''Film/{{Commando}}'': [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger John Matrix]]. He shoves cars, [[OneManArmy defeats an entire army]], successfully brawls with dozens of police officers at the same time and [[MadeOfExplodium blows lots of shit up]]. In a bid to give the movie a WorthyOpponent (and hang a lampshade), Bennett even says that either he or Matrix could single-handedly take out that army.
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': Jason Bourne. The thrill of those movies isn't from whether or not he'll succeed, but ''how''. Case in point, any action hero can fight off a surprise attacker, but only Jason Bourne can do it with [[ImprovisedWeapon a pencil]].
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', the title character had to be BroughtDownToNormal to be given a fair fight. While he has his powers, he pretty casually decimates an army of Frost Giants, shoves the Destroyer's energy blast back in its face without taking a hit, and while Loki does initially begin the fight by kicking him around, it's because Thor refuses to fight until Loki starts threatening Jane Foster. At which point, Thor tackles him through a wall and lays his hammer on his chest. The point of that first movie was to show a god discovering humanity.
* Superman in the climax of ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''. While he spends most of the movie dead or recovering from his resurrection, when he shows up during the final battle it's ''the'' moment that turns the tide in the heroes' favour. Steppenwolf, who can fight Wonder Woman and Aquaman to a standstill, is unable to land a single punch and gets trounced with zero effort.
* ''Film/JohnWick'' downplays the "invincible" part, but fully embraces the "showy". John is a OneManArmy, effortlessly dispatching waves of mooks with a stylized combination of GunFu (preferably headshots) and hand-to-hand combat. However, a select few people give him serious trouble throughout the movie. In particular, his first fight against Kirill in the Red Circle ends with Kirill throwing him off a balcony. [[spoiler:After he gets stabbed in his final fight with Viggo, he's in bad enough shape that it's implied he's ready to die until HeroicWillpower kicks in and he drags himself to a vet to stitch himself up.]]

* Literature/CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM'''). Since the series is presented as his heavily-edited memoirs, there is no question as to whether or not he'll survive, [[CosmicPlaything but rather just how much more the universe can throw at him]]. Interestingly, he's an InvincibleHero from the perspective of everyone InUniverse, only the reader (and his lover/boss Inquisitor Vail) know just how scared he is.
* This is pretty much what makes Literature/ArtemisFowl so enjoyable. The main character should be, by any standard, a [[MaryTzu Marty Tzu]], but it's so much fun to see him pull out his schemes that it won't bother you.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and its counterpart ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. It's never a question what will happen in battle, but how impressive the [[HumongousMecha megazord]] will be and how big of an [[StuffBlowingUp explosion]] will follow.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': The title character is one. Once you know what the show is like, you know he's got the criminal anyway. The fun is watching him nail the bad guys bit by bit.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': The same applies to Michael Westen. Oh, yeah. He's gonna get the guy. But the appeal is in watching him and his buddies pull it off.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' may sometimes doubt his own ability to solve the case, but we never do. The interest lies in watching him solve the cleverest crimes on the basis of what seem to be [[EurekaMoment the thinnest inspirations]], and on anticipating the moment when he'll finally [[TheSummation explain everything]] and catch the killer (who is almost always a [[{{Jerkass}} horribly smug jackass]]) red-handed. [[note]]This only applies to solving cases. Practically everything else is a huge challenge for him. The fun doesn't just come from watching him do what he's ''good'' at.[[/note]]
** Also averted with the one case he failed to solve; the murder of his wife and seeing him finally do so is all the more gratifying.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is similar in the vein of Monk. We all know that Shawn Spencer will solve the case and save the day, but his and Gus' hijinks with the police, the often convoluted and strange circumstances of the cases, the personal relationships and [[CharacterDevelopment growth Shawn and the cast go through]] was what made the show fun.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'': John Steed and Emma Peel never lose. They're not even challenged very frequently by the diabolical masterminds who oppose them. But that doesn't matter -- what matters is that they both look ''incredibly cool'' while they're doing...well, ''anything''.
* This is most of the appeal of watching ''Series/MacGyver''. If the title character's in a strait jacket and handcuffs while poachers are about to release some kind of nerve gas into the air supply of a zoo, the question is never, "is he going to fail?" Rather, it's "[[MacGyvering How's he going to use a paper clip, his pants, four Tic-Tacs,]] [[CrazyAwesome a blender that doesn't work,]] [[OverlyLongGag a teaspoon's worth of peanut butter, a blender that does work, and a handful of wet dirt]] to jimmy himself loose, disable the pumps, and beat the bad guys before time runs out?"
* The original ''Series/MissionImpossible'' was a team of Showy Invincible Heroes. Sure, there might be a hiccup or two along the way, but you know the M.I. team will always achieve their goals. The ''real'' fun is in seeing how the simultaneous parallel plots ingeniously come together in the final act to deliver the bad guys' comeuppance.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] rarely loses, and even when he does, odds are he'll repay the favor later.
** Of course, given the sort of things his enemies tend to get up to, the ripple effect, if not the plan itself, would probably change history such that the universe would end (or [[spoiler:never have existed]] as of the Season 5 finale).
** While he rarely loses and his companions rarely die, some seasons ''do'' leave the survival of any and all people introduced in the current episode up for grabs. In other seasons, not so much. It's DependingOnTheWriter.
* Ken Hayakawa from ''Series/KaiketsuZubat''. He is '[[TheAce #1 in Japan' at everything]], including [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the special skill of the villain he's presently fighting]]. It isn't a matter of ''how'' he'll when, it's all about how ''freaking awesome'' he's going to look doing it.
* ''Series/Leverage'': Similar to ''Series/BurnNotice'' above, it's never a question about if Nate has the upper hand, but rather how he's going to get around the glitch in his plans (and whether it's truly a glitch, or was part of his plan all along).

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This was pretty much the entire point of Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}'s character, especially in his Wrestling/{{WCW}} run. He built up a win streak of almost 200 wins straight, and the entire appeal of that streak was in seeing who he could beat next, how quickly he could do it and what new moves he'd bust out to do so. And when the streak finally ended, it was due to arguably the most extreme cheating in the history of pro wrestling: Wrestling/KevinNash won by ''having Goldberg shot with a taser gun'', making it clear that in an actual match Goldberg still would've been unbeatable.
* Wrestling/JohnCena tends to float into this territory sometimes; often times it's just the InvincibleHero, but when he DOES start selling properly (usually in an I Quit or Last Man Standing match) and goes into full-on {{Determinator}} mode, it can be downright scary how much legitimate punishment he can absorb before finally getting the upper hand back and even the smarks start wanting to watch him get back up. Easy enough to say it's all part of the script, but then you remember he usually returns from a legitimate injury in between a third and a quarter of the time he logically should...

* OlderThanTelevision: ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', as well as any superhero radio adaptations.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is the king of this trope in tabletop gaming, where the heroes are expected to be very showy (up to and including getting bonus dice on their actions if they're showy enough when they do them), and largely invincible. The trope does not hold with respect to major antagonists. Many of them outclass player characters as much as the latter outclass common {{Mooks}}.
* The Smallville RPG takes this to an interesting place by making all [=PCs=], and even most [=NPCs=], impossible to kill (well, unless the Player chooses to have them die for dramatic reasons) so that all the drama is carried by character interactions, and the interest by how they go about building and destroying beliefs and relationships.
* It may be worth noting that if a game simply makes player characters hard or impossible to kill (whether intrinsically so through its rules or by providing explicit options to "cheat death"), that's actually not in and of itself this trope or [[InvincibleHero its cousin]] already. It takes more than mere immortality to make a character actually ''invincible''...simply because they can always easily stay alive, even in perfect health, and ''still lose'' in the end. (This actually does seem to be a concept that some gamers and even game ''designers'' have trouble wrapping their heads around -- the "if you can't die, there's no challenge!" meme is an old and pretty entrenched one.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many Tool-Assisted {{Speed Run}}s. If a player dies in one, it was certainly just to save time.
* The battles in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (and maybe other installments in the series as well) can be like this. Most of them are easy, but oh so flashy if you want that. The final battle against "Safer Sephiroth" is an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion in that the villain is going to lose for sure, almost certainly on your first try, but he's so showy he still manages to come across as godlike. The more-final duel between Cloud and Sephiroth is also an example, as it is unloseable but you're probably going to win it with [[LimitBreak Omnislash]], which you may not have even seen before that. And yes, it is showy.
* Dante of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' is practically the personification of this... [[CutscenePowerToTheMax in the cutscenes anyways]]. Ingame, you can make the cutscenes look ''tame'' by comparison.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] are Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s main examples of this trope.
** Their next biggest two examples, [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] and Franchise/{{Kirby}} seem to invoke it even more than the main two. Both have build up a reputation that even though their victory is guaranteed, they're going to make it a spectacle for the player with the former usually [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up an entire planet]] and the latter killing a god or EldritchAbomination.
* Master Chief of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fame fits this trope quite well in the original trilogy, though less so starting from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. Inverted with the protagonist of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': the Fall of Reach [[DoomedByCanon is guaranteed]]; the fun is in seeing how awesomely you lose.
* Modern era ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games like ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', and ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' turn Sonic into this, seeing as how much of the fun comes from running through the levels almost nonstop and looking awesome doing so. ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' deconstructs a lot of this in the cutscenes as it shows what happens when Sonic pulls this trope without thinking.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' is very much this when it comes to most enemy mooks. Subverted in some fights with the 7 Deities, where at first he seems to lose, but as his anger builds, he eventually goes into this territory. A number of plot-mandated defeats occur at times, but are followed by, literally, climbing out of the afterlife and starting a new fight with the next Deity, reinforcing this trope.
* Kerrigan in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' already is a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch leading a HordeOfAlienLocusts, and becomes a full-blown GameBreaker and {{Physical God}}dess who literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills and consumes Eldritch Abominations for snack]] by the second half of the game. Very little missions have her in an actual position of inferiority, but it's so much fun to destroy entire armies with her that you most likely won't complain.
* At least canonically, the titular protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' seems to be this [[CutscenePowerToTheMax when not under the player's control]], with only [[spoiler:Father Balder and Aesir]] ever really worrying her. The game itself is NintendoHard, but a competent player will [[CatharsisFactor certainly feel like the invincible, unshakable dominatrix that Bayonetta is]] when they master it.
* Wario is like this in his adventure games (''VideoGame/WarioLand'', ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' and ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise''). It's obviously from the start he will win; the guy is either literally invincible or so damn tough he may as well be. But the appeal is watching him beat up hordes of monsters near effortlessly or use his invincibility and the comical reactions he can receive from enemy attacks to navigate the levels.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Leo "the Legendary Man" Shishigami in ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays''. When he is around, the question is never "can he win?" but "what kind of ridiculously awesome stunt will he pull off to win?" This is almost taken to ComicallyInvincibleHero at some points. This is probably the reason he is PutOnABus for more than half of the series. Even some of the toughest characters are less than enthused at the idea of having him as an enemy.

* Parodied, or something, by Andrew Smith of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', who has the power to "create order," essentially a ridiculously overpowered version of WindsOfDestinyChange. He can cause absurdly improbable {{Contrived Coincidence}}s (if he throws a deck of cards in the air, they will land in one lined-up stack, ''in order''), be CrazyPrepared completely by accident, end a training simulation via a holodeck glitch that makes the desired MacGuffin inexplicably appear at his feet, stabilize otherwise uncontrollably random things like Parley's teleporting ability, and who knows what else. He could probably resolve the whole plot in one chapter with dozens of invoked {{Deus Ex Machina}}s, so his power is mostly PlayedForLaughs instead (Parley {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the fact that his power "makes everything boring"). And then when he tries to use it as a Medium, he gets mobbed by people out for their own personal DeusExMachina and has to flee.
* Rai from ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' trilogy is explicitly about Humanity (as in, the people of Earth starting from January 2008) versus both Heaven and Hell, and it becomes quite obvious before long[[note]]From [[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=117613 the thread]] that eventually led to the trilogy, even.[[/note]] who's winning... but the ride is full of ''awesome'', win and even heroic tragedy in a setting that at times seems to laugh at the idea thereof... well, up until Book 3: ''Lords of War'', at which point it's "the morning after." What, you thought [[spoiler:Humanity becoming the masters of Heaven, Hell, and Earth]] would be consequence-free?
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Tex devolving into this in the later seasons. She was always the best of the characters but her skills have been hyped to the level where there is not one single competent threat she can face. Combined with her Jerkass personality it's hard to see why the series creators want the audience to be rooting for her. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she ultimately always loses and/or dies in the end. The memory she's based upon is of Alison losing and dying, so it's hardcoded into the original Tex A.I. and Epsilon Tex to always fail in the end.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. Bar a few exceptions, he always outwits his foes, and it is always hilarious. Also the Road Runner. And WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales. And just about any other ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' hero you can think of. It's a staple of their style.
* The eponymous robot of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' and its pilot, Coop, in the grand tradition of the SuperRobotGenre it lovingly parodies.
* WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} likes doing this from time to time. He becomes one more and more as the franchise goes on. At the beginning of the show, he already had 10 alien forms, each one with its own powers. Currently, he has reach over 70 different forms, and literally as many different ways he can kick his enemies' asses.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. 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, well, it's difficult for us to ever feel afraid for you. However, the show isn't about them fighting villains, but about them creating incredible things; it just happens that they sometimes fight and defeat villains in the process.
** Also, Perry the Platypus. Even his ArchEnemy Doofenshmirtz doesn't honestly think that there's any way Perry will lose anymore, but he wins in such hilariously awesome ways that the fans don't mind.
* [[NominalHero Calling him a "hero"]] [[VillainProtagonist is questionable at best]], but Dan of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' is an example. He almost always gets his revenge on the episode's antagonist, even if it's something you wouldn't think it would be possible to get revenge on, like an abstract concept. On the rare occasion that he doesn't win, it's usually because he has a PetTheDog moment and decides to forgive his intended victim. Still, the ways he gets revenge are always hilarious and often [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass surprisingly badass]]. It helps that he's also the ButtMonkey, so while he always wins in the end, he goes through a lot of misfortune to get there.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Harlem Globetrotters. Their games are sports-themed theater in which they always win. The appeal is watching them perform AwesomeButImpractical stunts and tricks to beat their boring, conventional opponents. Their long-time rivals the Washington Generals only won a single game, apparently by accident, and the audience reacted with horror.