No matter what scars you bear
Whatever uniform you wear
You can fight like a krogan
Run like a leopard
is someone who is ridiculously good at what they do, whatever that happens to be, and everyone knows it. People look up to them, envy them, and are in awe of them. He or she has a reputation for doing the impossible
, and may be Shrouded in Myth
, as people are unable to separate their real accomplishments from unfounded rumors.
In a work revolving around a specific activity, any kind of Serious Business
, the Ace will be the best at it. Other characters may refer to the Ace as "the best of the best" at this activity. In works lacking that sort of focus, they'll probably be extremely talented at everything
The Ace is rarely The Protagonist
, typically acting as the living embodiment of Always Someone Better
. They'll drive the protagonist to greater efforts either out of envy
or by inspiring them
. As such, if they're a main character, expect them to be either The Rival
or The Mentor
. If they're a minor but reoccurring character, then they'll almost certainly be Hero of Another Story
However The Hero
typically evolves into an Ace
by the end of their story by virtue of having the most potential to unlock.
By the time this happens the real Ace will likely be hit by The Worf Effect
a few times or both will be standing on equal ground.
The Ace is common in the Romance
genre, but what they are good at usually has little effect on the romantic plot. Some Dystopian
settings feature an Ace, though they tend to be the victim of Tall Poppy Syndrome
to show they're also good at dying
. Protagonists in role-playing video-games are almost always Aces.
If the Ace's talent is operating combat vehicles, then they're an Ace Pilot
, but note that not all ace pilots are an example of the Ace. If the Ace's private life isn't nearly as great as it seems from the outside, then they're a Broken Ace
. Take this too far and you risk accusations of a Mary Sue
(especially if the Ace is female). Though this trope is often played for comedy, Ace's impossible talents being the joke. If (s)he isn't really that amazing, then see Feet of Clay
or Fake Ultimate Hero
. If their talent is due to intelligence instead of simple awesomeness, see Impossible Genius
. In a High School setting, they're typically the Big Man on Campus
See Ultimate Life Form
for a character that is literally
perfect, and see World's Best Warrior
where this is solely about combat success. Compare Broken Ace
. Not to be confused with “ace”, a shortened form of Asexual
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- The Air-Mazing Kid from this 2013 SKECHERS Commercial.
- Tennessee's Farm Bureau Insurance has Charlie, a farmer who can do open heart surgery, answer any question, an even helped the Titans win a game after getting a call from the coach.
- The Man Your Man Could Smell Like from the 2010 Old Spice commercials. He's on a horse.
- The Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis beer commercials. For more of his exploits, see the other commercials here.
- The bearded guy from the 2011 Heineken commercial, The Date.
Anime & Manga
- Batman is the Ace to such a degree that it's practically a super-power. He's the world's greatest detective, non-super-powered melee fighter, physicist, chemist, engineer, tactician, strategist, pilot, you name it. But it's balanced out by him having serious issues. He also tends to lose badly when faced with a brand new adversary he's had no opportunity to study and prepare for.
- In Boxers And Saints, Red Lantern Chu is considered to be this by all of the people in the village of Shan-Tung.
- The reason for Solaris The Tyrant Sun's second Face-Heel Turn in DC One Million was that every single descendant of Superman proved far nobler than him, causing great jealousy on his part.
- Dilbert character Topper at least claims he's this and he's never been successfully called on it. It doesn't matter what you've done whether its recycling, building a time machine, or giving birth, he claims he's done it better.
- Herbie Popnecker (aka The Fat Fury), as a sort of comical early deconstruction of superheroes, would qualify as a preeminent example, though he doesn't look or act the part, and his parents are oblivious. Invincible, endlessly talented, loved and trusted by his allies, respected and feared by his enemies, irresistible to women (on one occasion, much to his chagrin), famous throughout the universe, there's simply nothing he can't do with ease.
- FoxTrot gives us Grandma, Andy's mom, who has apparently traveled the world, is a world-class chef and well-informed in most all subjects. However, she deconstructs the trope when Andy finally reveals that living under her and her Monty Oum levels of awesome has made her almost unable to connect with her and feel seriously inferior to her.
- Best Tiger of Guarding the Globe. The world's greatest marksman by a ridiculous margin, he wears a blindfold so his work won't be boring. He infiltrated a bunker that only Magnattack should have been able to access. He once incapacitated ten men with one bullet (and no, they weren't standing in a line). His Guardians of the Globe teammate Knockout thinks he really is blind, and that his kung fu is so good he can somehow pass for a seeing man, and he deduced that Outrun wasn't herself because he could hear the difference in how she shaves her armpits. As he puts it, they don't call him "Good Tiger" — he's the best. He is, however, antisocial in the extreme, and has no life outside of being Best Tiger. The Best Tiger is always hunting.
- Hawkeye was this during the early run of West Coast Avengers. In a scene in which he's fighting to keep the Quinjet he's piloting from crashing, the narrator comments that many Avengers get praise for doing one thing well, but not Hawkeye—because he does MANY things well.
- Kick-Ass is not one, but Justice Forever gladly accept his offer to join the team based on his reputation as one. Although he is one of the more competent and likely the most experienced hero.
- Samuel Steele from Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is a perfect example of The Ace. Not only does he give Scrooge a run for his money, but he stands unscathed as a warehouse full of kerosene explodes in his face point-blank (while everyone around him ends up with Amusing Injuries), simply because it is not proper for a superintendent of the North-West Mounted Police to be 'blown up'.
- Lucky Luke might be the most notable example from Franco-Belgian comics. A "poor lonesome cowboy" and gunslinger with impossible aim and reflexes (he can draw faster than his own shadow, after all!), he's always in control and usually two steps ahead of everyone else. This is purely Played for Laughs.
- Similar to his mentor, Nightwing, who is acknowledged as the world's greatest acrobat, the best leader in the DCU, to the point where villains will team up with him because he asked nicely. This is in addition to being an extremely skilled, non-super-powered melee fighter and detective. He's also considered one of the nicest people around, and is shown to be on good terms with almost every superhero in the DCU.
- Rex the Wonder Dog from DC Comics is quite possibly the first and only instance of this being applied to a non-talking, non-anthropomorphic dog. Rex can and has done everything and anything. He can drive boats and cars. (?) He's a great fisherman. He can ski. He can rope cattle. And he once killed a Tyrannosaurus rex using an atomic bomb. (?!) All without opposable thumbs. Did we mention that he's a lauded investigative reporter and camera man? Or that he's a decorated World War II veteran and Super Soldier? And that nobody seems to find any of this the slightest bit strange? One only hopes that this was just meant as a huge satire. He can talk now, after having drank from the Fountain of Youth some time in the late '80s, but by that point his glory days were behind him.
- Superman himself has to count sometimes too, especially in certain stories like Our Worlds at War which were seemingly written just to show how much better than every other superhero he is.
- Tintin. He can knock out guys that are twice as big as him, drive motorcycles, planes, and tanks, survive gunshot wounds, and do a lot of other crazy stuff and still survive.
- Wolverine would like to remind you that he's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice. His daughter and Opposite-Sex Clone, X-23, may be even better. However she's tempered by a lot of emotional issues because of her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Hal Jordan of the Green Lantern series could be categorized as this, what with most other characters recognizing him as one of the greatest of his contemporaries.
- In early strips of Zits, Jeremy's older brother Chad was this (at least in the eyes of his jealous brother) to the extent that he was The Faceless
- Mobius in Ace Combat The Equestrian War, though it's justified, since he's a ponified version of the Player Character from Ace Combat 04. The griffins have Black Star and Gilda, though the latter is more of a Broken Ace.
- Yukihana from A Growing Affection has the skills of an S-Rank Jonin buy chooses to remain is a Genin. During the Demon Fox attack she hurt the demon enough to save the lives of the original Ino-Shika-Cho, and then proceeded to help Minato with his plan to seal the fox. All only day after giving birth. She was lethally wounded in the process.
- Zorro (not that Zorro) from Latias Journey. Berry Stoo and Mariah Susanson might also count, but are more a case of Parody Sues.
- Sara Nelson-Shimazu from the Lyrical Nanoha Fan Fic series called the Deva Series. Although now a Posthumous Character and thus subjected to pre-emptive Deus Exit Machina, in the backstory she was said to have sealed two Lost Logia on par with the canonical Book of Darkness by herself - remember how much trouble the Book of Darkness gave the canon characters - as well as being a highly accomplished mage who invented the eponymous system of magic, which has spells of both destruction and utility far beyond anything existing systems had to offer.
- Alexend from the French Pokémon Fanfic/Parody "Pokémon D/P: Plus qu'un jeu" (Pokémon Diamond/Pearl: More Than A game). Seemingly invincible, uses a sword rather than fight with his Pokémon, although he sometimes does so; always appears to help the main character, Zeronos (not related to Zeronos from Kamen Rider Den-O except his name which was taken from there, it's his ACTUAL NAME), when he's facing an opponent too strong for him, such as Drakness, or simply to destroy something too stupid for him to deal with normally (such as facing the Teletubbies in a Pokémon fight, Alexend just jumped in and killed them all in one slash of his sword before the fight even started, stating that it wouldn't have been funny to fight them anyway.). He have a tendency to show up (and go away when he's done) in an unnecessary cool looking fashion (includes Dramatic Wind, sparkles, lens flares and whatnot when he's in a good mood, but he his more likely to just pop up in a breeze of wind behind Zeronos and disappear the same way). Can be considered as a mix between Sidekick Ex Machina, Hypercompetent Sidekick and a bit of Parody Sue.
- From Turnabout Storm, there's the murder victim Ace Swift, an Equestrian pegasus athlete known for winning every event he's ever compited in. It's subverted in the end, as he blackmailed everyone that had a chance to beat him.
- Wings To Fly: Do you want to invent an entirely new style of beamsaber combat that's better than the existing one? Lock Duo Maxwell in a room for three months and slip pizzas under the door. The room won't hold him though, you really do need the pizzas for that. Need an expert in salvage equipment? Duo's got your back. Diagnose Zero System exposure psychosis? He's got a checklist in his back pocket. Ironically he'll elaborate at length on his terrible childhood and why he ought to be a Broken Ace. But isn't.
- The Hunter in With Strings Attached. At least, Jeft is desperately trying to show the four that he's the Ace and they're feeble jerks. Unfortunately for him, the four force Character Development upon him, and he turns into quite a decent guy.
- The Italian remake of Battle Fantasia Project has a few, but they tend to be Broken Aces. On the other hand Sunset Shimmer plays it straight (to the point her character sheet describes her special talent as "completing and exceeding all her goals"), and Twilight Sparkle and Trixie are implied as such by the fact they were Sunset's rivals (especially Twilight, as she's the one Unicorn more powerful than Sunset herself).
Film - Animation
- Doctor Lucy Carmichael of Rugrats. She is completely awesome at everything she turns her hand to: aviation, cooking, parenting, mechanical engineering, medicine. During the episode that introduces her and her husband, it's a running gag how Didi (another character on the show) is constantly discovering new things to admire about her new friend and being totally blown away and a little intimidated. She's also quite friendly and kind — the kind of person who makes you wish you were cool enough to be her friend.
- Aladdin disguises himself as the completely over-the-top Prince Ali to woo Princess Jasmine, and he's introduced with a preposteously epic song that's one long hymn to his awesomeness.
- The Book of Life:
- Manolo Sanchez. When it comes to bullfighting, Carlos states that Manolo is destined to become the "greatest Sanchez bullfighter ever". Manolo also has a talent for thinking up song lyrics on the spot.
- Maria Posada is easily the best fighter of the series, and is able to give an epic encouraging speech to all of San Angel to fight Chakal and his bandits.
- Joaquin Mondragon, or so it seems, but he is actually using The Medal of Everlasting life, making it impossible to kill or even hurt him. Though by the end he decides to earn his reputation honestly.
- In The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ash's cousin, Kristofferson, is a fox kit who seemingly can do no wrong, although he tries not to make a big deal of it. Regardless, young Ash feels belittled by him, but eventually both achieve a mutual understanding and become friends.
- Subverted with Captain Sternn of Heavy Metal. Outwardly he looks to be the typical Ace, with the heroic clothes, the swagger, the lantern jaw, etc., but we soon discover he's really a despicable character despite his outward charms.
- Dr. Glickenstein from Igor.
- Mufasa from The Lion King.
- By the second movie, Simba certainly counts, too.
- Subverted with Scar. He's seems to be this, but it's later revealed he can be quite lazy.
- Subverted by Metro Man in Megamind. While otherwise fitting the trope to a tee, he really doesn't want to be a hero and fakes his own death in order to retire.
- The Shaymin from Giratina & the Sky Warrior!, likes to think of itself as one.
- In Rio, the bird that replaced Nigel in a project.
- In Barbie In A Mermaid Tale and its sequel, Merliah is a champion surfer.
Film - Live Action
- Buckaroo Banzai: cowboy, rock star, adventurer, brain surgeon.
- Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore from Apocalypse Now. He has that aura around him that seems like he will come out of the war without a scratch. And he surfs! The Redux, however, subverts his aura of invincibility after the main characters steal his surfboard and he's reduced to sending out pre-taped messages begging for it back.
- Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino- one of the very first things you find out about him is he is a master gambler, who never loses a bet.
- David Hasslhoff's character from Click.
- Subverted beautifully (and tragically) with Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. Aaron Eckhart actually seems to play nothing but deconstructed and subverted Aces, like in Thank You For Smoking and The Black Dahlia.
- Ash from the Evil Dead movies starts out as something of a nebbish, but by the last scene of the third film, has grown to become an Ace.
- Ferris Bueller, frustratingly so (to many of the other characters as well as to some viewers). His defining character trait is that he gets away with everything.
- Scarlett from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is so used to being one of the best that she takes any failure much harder than anyone else.
- The Great Leslie from The Great Race is this, causing his less-than-perfect archrival to cry out, "Your hair is always perfect, your clothes are always white!" at him. Leslie is one-half parody of this trope. Since The Ace is already something of a parody, you're really getting 50% more bang for your buck here.
- In The Guardian we have Jake Fischer, a champion swimmer who can outperform anyone else in the class, including the instructor, Senior Chief Randall, who held all the records before Fischer arrived.
- Sarah Ashburn from The Heat, to the point where the other officers hate her for being so proud.
- Nicholas Angel in Hot Fuzz could be a Deconstruction of this. With how good and dedicated he is to his job, he has no room for any other part of his life. His improbably good abilities also get him shunted off to the country because he's making everyone else look bad. This backfires on the Met, because when they want him back he won't go.
- Minnesota Fats from The Hustler, unquestioningly recognized by everyone as the best pool player ever.
- Elmont from Jack the Giant Slayer is the most brave and capable of the Guardians, and holds Jack in low esteem at first.
- John Tucker from John Tucker Must Die. He's awfully handsome, good at sports and loved by everyone, especially the girls. Even though he's a famous womanizer every single girl still want to be with him. He's so perfect that no attempt to destroy his popularity works and in the end he's still simply awesome.
- The diminutive, middle-aged Mr. Miyagi in the original Karate Kid series is an absolutely invincible karate master who never comes close to losing a single fight, in any of the four movies in which he appears, even when he's up against several strong young men who are themselves black belts. Any time someone threatens him, it's a given the character will get his butt whipped before you can say "Banzai!"
- In the Leap trilogy Shane Turner is a master of parkour, the leader of the crew, and in Rise Of The Beast he is the most knowledgeable about scripture.
- Jim Goose dominates the first half of the movie Mad Max. He has a great time even Just Before the Fall.
- The Matrix: Neo. Morpheus might be the captain of the ship, but Neo is the star player.
- Kevin, Pam's rich ex, in Meet the Parents.
- Captain Amazing from Mystery Men is a subversion. He seems like The Ace for his first two scenes in the movie, then turns out to be a panicky, self-serving dolt.
- In Our Man Flint, Derek Flint is a ludicrously competent Captain Ersatz of James Bond, with all of the latter's traits turned Up to Eleven. The Government tries to give him a code book? No need, he's designed a better one. They try to get him a plane? He'll fly his own, thanks anyway. Training? He's a master fencer, martial artist, and dancer. He can meditate so deeply that it passes for death, and wake up with no ill effects. He can speak Italian so fluently that it fools natives. He does complicated surgery with a letter opener. He can tell you what city a Bouillabaisse was made in just from tasting it once. The whole movie is like this. And somehow James Coburn makes it awesome instead of annoying.
- Kurt Russel's chracter in Sky High, to the annoyance of his wife and son. And the Big Bad.
- Subverted in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. An overly heroic super messiah comes in at the last minute, gives a rousing speech on how everyone should work together to win the game and singlehandedly bursts through the giant gates. He is instantly shot in the chest and loses all of his 99 lives. Made even funnier by the fact that he's played by Elijah Wood, and instead of having an actual name, he's simply known as "The Guy."
- Clark Devlin in the movie The Tuxedo.
- George Stone from The Untouchables could count as this, (as well as The Big Guy) with his Improbable Aiming Skills.
- There's a reason You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Everyone is in awe of his skills, he wins a tug of war with six men casually, blocks bullets with his bare hands, and brings a cornerstore barbershop into a business that rivals a corporation with shear zeal and energy. He loses a bit of his mojo with the cultural dissonance when coming to America but quickly regains it.
- Tom Cruise, who played the paradigm Ace Pilot in Top Gun made his early career playing a string of Aces : Ace Football Player in All The Right Moves, Ace Bartender in Cocktail, Ace pool player in The Color of Money, and Ace race car driver in Days Of Thunder.
- The title character in Undercover Brother. Master of Disguise and expert at martial arts and infiltration.
- In the middle section of Sin City, the character of Miho is introduced. She's mysterious and silent, but soon proven to be extremely deadly and efficient in the art of combat. She's a prostitute on top of that, though her skills in that category are never revealed.
- Legolas in The Lord of the Rings. Over the course of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies he has been injured exactly once, has insta-killed all but two orcs (which where either going to die anyways or still important for the rest of the story), killed an Oliphaunt as well as its ten+ riders and has never missed a shot.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. He is noted to have been an exceptional fighter, singer and was gorgeous. Someone close to him later recounted that he had no interest in fighting, it was just his nature to be superb at everything he tried. Most of the learned individuals of his time believed him to be the Prince Who Was Promised as a result. Of course, none of that lead to him opposing his father, Mad King Aerys, or saved him from having his chest caved in by Robert Baratheon.
- In-universe, Jake from Animorphs is seen as this. Whether or not he actually qualifies is a little more ambiguous.
- The Aristoi are selected (as their name implies) on the basis of being a group of Aces. They're all Omnidisciplinary Scientists, artistic geniuses, and charismatic leaders.
- John Galt of Atlas Shrugged, complete with one of the longest monologues ever written.
- Amanda 'The School Swot' Tweedle from the novel Blonde Genius and related short stories by J.T. Edson. She is better at most of her subjects than her teachers.
- BGQG has Reiji who placed at the top of his class.
- Buck in The Call of the Wild. He's strong, bold, intelligent, clever, patient, and just about whatever else he needs to be to thrive in his harsh conditions. Over the course of the story he kills the alpha sled dog, leads the sled pack, pulls a 1,000 lb sled, kills a bull moose by himself, slaughters an entire band of Native Americans and outfights in entire wolf pack to become their alpha. By the end of the story, he's a legendary figure.
- Appleby in Catch-22 is good at everything he puts his hand to. He's handsome and charismatic and everybody likes him. Yossarian hates that son of a bitch.
- Franco Rocafirme, from Conciencia y Voluntad is basically good at anything that he puts effort in. Specially combat, but also philosophy, leadership, conspiration, and more.
- Discworld's Carrot Ironfoundersson. So much so that it was played for full shock effect when in The Fifth Elephant he challenged the Big Bad to a fair fight (a very foolish move in itself) and promptly got his ass handed to him.
- Doc Savage was raised from birth to be the pinnacle of human physical and mental achievement.
- Harry Potter:
- Gilderoy Lockhart likes to maintain a public facade of The Ace, but he's really a Fake Ultimate Hero.
- Cedric Diggory is more of a textbook Ace in Goblet of Fire. Then he is killed in seconds upon confronting the villains.
- Harry himself also counts in way. At least in the areas of Quidditch and Defense Against the Dark Arts, it's shown that he is exceptionally talented; naturally gifted, however, with his Dark and Troubled Past, he's more of a Broken Ace.
- Hermione is great at pretty much every branch of magic, save for Divination.
- Dumbledore, who is considered the greatest sorcerer in the world and is the only person Voldemort is afraid of.
- Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
- Three words: Bond. James Bond. (The film version anyway; the literary version is somewhat more realistic.)
- While on the subject of Star Wars, Kyp Durron averts The Ace, at least in I, Jedi. Yes, he grew up in a penal colony, where he was a slave. Yes, he is extremely powerful as a Jedi, rivaling Luke in raw talent alone. Then things go downhill: he gets possessed by the spirit of Exar Kun and goes on an anti-Empire rampage, killing his brother and twenty-five million innocents with the help of a superweapon. At the end of it, Luke lets him rejoin the Jedi after he breaks free, which causes Mara Jade and Keiran Halcyonnote to resign as Jedi students.
- "Jeeves and Wooster": Jeeves spends ninety percent of his time pressing Bertie Wooster's shirts and solving his problems for him, yet somehow manages to be highly popular and sought-after, know everything about what's going on, and have a more active social life even than his master.
- Carter (and, to a lesser extent, every other male protagonist) from John Carter of Mars.
- Dirk Pitt from Clive Cussler's novels. Officially a marine engineer by trade, he also is an cunning action hero who has defeated the world-threatening schemes of a veritable menagerie of villains, made a number of discoveries that changed history and has little difficulty getting a Girl Of The Novel. I have not mentioned the nice collection of antique cars he owns, have I? ... I guess I just did.
- Slim in Of Mice and Men.
- In The Princess Bride, Westley tracks down men on a secret mission and climbs a mountain with his bare hands before easily defeating a master swordsman at fencing, a giant at hand-to-hand combat, and a clever thief at a mind game. Later, through his skills and cunning he and Buttercup become the first people ever to survive the Fire Swamp, and in a physically weakened state after having been revived from the dead, he helps two other men storm a castle surrounded by sixty armed guards, all before bluffing his way out of a swordfight with a man dead-set on killing him, which the man had done once before.
- Ankoku, Aiden's Mahoka instructor in Rogue Sorcerer, is immensely powerful, to the point where she can easily overpower other masters.
- The Reynard Cycle: Many, many examples. The crew of the Quicksilver in Reynard the Fox alone features folk who are all renowned for their excellence. Amongst the crew? The world's greatest archer, thief, strongman, swordsman, and psychopath.
- Shadows of the Empire has Han Solo's Suspiciously Similar Substitute, Dash Rendar. He's a very good pilot and a very good shot, and he's ridiculously arrogant, though this does annoy some of the characters. Failing to destroy something he was shooting at actually causes a Heroic BSOD on his part, and then he shapes up a bit. He also appears in Galaxy of Fear.
If Zak were in a normal mood, Dash Rendar would have been just the kind of person he'd want to meet. Zak had always been more of a thrill-seeker than his sister, and he could tell that adventures followed Dash Rendar like the tail on a comet. But Zak had done enough adventuring lately, and now Dash just looked like trouble.
- Sir Derek And The Faeries: The titular Sir Derek is one, which is why no one in the king's court likes him
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Henry "Hank" Jellicoe is introduced in Game Over as this. He is in charge of Global Securities, an organization that is like the Vigilantes, but it spans the entire world. It has network even greater than Charles Martin's, and indeed Charles looks up to the man like no one else does. However, the books Cross Roads and Deja Vu reveal that Henry is actually a Broken Ace.
- Asher in Someone Else's War is a walking, talking encyclopedia when it comes to exactly two topics: survival, and useless trivia.
- Song at Dawn: Dragonetz is a famous warrior, a popular lady's man, and as a troubador he's second to none. This makes an expert at everything the court thinks is important.
- Professor John Kenner of the Michael Crichton novel State of Fear: graduated from an MIT engineering course and a Harvard Law course both at higher than average speed, became a professor at MIT at 25 and still manages to be a hot-shot federal agent. Oh, and he is apparently able to quote geological surveys from memory. The only thing keeping him from being absolutely perfect is him at one point confessing he isn't good at languages and a major What an Idiot moment.
- Jeff Raven of Anne McCaffrey's Tower and the Hive series: A "Wild Talent"note from a boondocks colony no one had ever heard of until aliens attacked it. He first shows up - as a mental presence in the middle of The Rowan. By the end of the book, not only are he and the title character a couple (with a child), he's on the fast track to take over as head of Federated Teleport & Telepath - a position The Rowan had been considered for.
- Lionblaze from Warrior Cats. He's an awesome at fighting, hunting, and everything else the Clans care about. Of course, it all comes from his secret invincibility powers. Whether or not he is ashamed about this varies depending on what point is his character development the series is at.
- Tycho Celchu, an Ace Pilot of the X-Wing Series. He's a fairly major character, but never the main one, which is just as well since he could very easily become a Canon Sue, at least in the novels - in the comics he's one pilot out of twelve and mostly distinguishable because of his origin, his original hairtrigger temper, and his romance with Winter. He's an insanely good pilot, as a Force-Sensitive protagonist finds - so good that flying against him is apparently the hardest thing Corran has ever done, and he'd fought a Sith Lord not that long before - and gets a lot of praise from the people on his side, to the point where everyone on his side who doesn't think he's a double agent loves him. He's also a bit of a woobie in-universe and very, very popular out of it. This exchange, taken entirely out of context:
Celchu: "I've been reviewing engineering records and damage statistics."
Janson: "While we've been maneuvering?"
Celchu: "Restraining myself so you could keep up with me left me plenty of time for intellectual pursuits. I also composed a symphony and drafted a plan to bring peace to the galaxy."
- Any Heinlein hero you care to name
- Lazarus Long a.k.a Woodrow Wilson Smith a.k.a The Senior from the Future History series is the Ace other Aces aspire to be, and a deconstruction of the trope.
- Zeb and Jacob from The Number Of The Beast
- Oscar Gordon in Glory Road is another super-competent warrior-engineer. Rufo as well.
- Colin Campbell in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. His all-around competence is unsurprising considering that Lazarus Long is his father
- Nearly any Heinlein character who isn't an outright villain is an Ace, unless they're either "Fivers" or Comic Relief, and even some of those are hypercompetent in certain limited fields.
- Doppelle of What Made Universe by Fredric Brown. He also might be The Mary Sue, as a result of the universe resulting from a science fiction editor's musing of how a young fan of his, Joe Doppelberg, might conceive of the world working.
- George Beard is established as this in the Captain Underpants book "The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers." Within the span of five minutes, he outwits an auto mechanic who mocks a bullying victim, then intimidates the bullies into submission using only a tie — on his first day of kindergarten. He later masterminds the plan to humiliate and scare said bullies into reforming, and is only slightly fazed when he has to adapt his plans due to some lucky guesswork from Kipper.
- Nancy Drew. She's only eighteen, but capable of pretty much anything—over the course of the books, she's a certified diver, master code breaker, Olympic-level equestrian and figure skater, actress who can memorize an entire part and go on stage with a day's notice, ski jumper, pilot, skilled florist... and that's just a few of her many titles. Nancy also has a virtually perfect memory, and is extremely beautiful, kindhearted, good with animals, friendly to everyone she meets (including her enemies, unless they're trying to actively kill her), an ally to the police (often doing their job better than they do), able to get herself out of every death trap, kidnapping, and lethal situation that villains place her in, and has solved mysteries dating back to the 1800s. And she does it all with a smile, and never brags once. The girl is perfect.
Live Action TV
- From The Adventures of Pete & Pete Artie, The Strongest Man... IN THE WORLD! Was a subversion of this trope. He was ridiculous looking, but from the protagonists' standpoint there was no denying he was quite possibly the Strongest Man... IN THE WORLD! Saves the day countless times, then vanishes.
- Austin From Austinand Ally He is very good at singing, dancing, and a ton of instruments. Ally even states that "Good things always happen to you, and you don't even try! Your life is like a gold star".
- Warren Keffer on Babylon 5 showed up in season 2 because Executive Meddling required J. Michael Straczynski to include this sort of character. Naturally, he didn't appreciate this and had him unpleasantly killed off as soon as he could get away with it.
- Starbuck from the original Battlestar Galactica. But see also Starbuck in the 2000s Battlestar Galactica started out this way, but in a subversion, she began slipping over the course of the series due to childhood trauma, her tumultuous relationship with Apollo, and the machinations of the Cylon Leoben Conoy. By the end of season three, the character is a nervous wreck incapable of flying a simple patrol mission without endangering the fleet.
- The Big Bang Theory has David Underhill to Leonard. He's a physicist like Leonard except he's smarter, incredibly attractive, suave, and has loads of cool hobbies. He's introduced to Penny and starts dating her almost immediately, when it took Leonard ages to even get one date with her. At the end it turns out he's actually married.
- Season 2 has Lord Flashheart (WOOF!), who is so much of an Ace that on his first appearance, he gets his own version of the Theme Song.
Lord Flashheart, Lord Flashheart, I wish you were the star.
Lord Flashheart, Lord Flashheart, you're sexier by far.
- Also, from season 3: "Hurrah! It's the Scarlet Pimpernel!"
- Hilariously averted in Black Books. One of Bernard's friends tries to extoll his virtues to a girl. "You! What did you say to Kate? She thinks I'm the Renaissance! She'll think I've lied. I have to go along with all this 'reclusive genius' stuff. She's going to be very upset when she finds out I'm a reclusive wanker!"
- In Bones, Angela's ex-husband Grayson is an ace. He build a house for her with his bare hands while smuggling medical supplies into Cuba and supporting an orphanage. On top of that, he is simply beautiful.
- Played with in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the episode "Superstar". Jonathan appears to be this, and turns out to be using a spell that made him so perfect. Played somewhat straight with Riley on his return episode in season 6.
- Castle: Beckett's old flame and mentor is presented as this at first. He later ruins his friendship with her, but the features of the trope are still there.
- On Cheers Sam Malone had an unseen older brother who was The Ace. Most of the regulars (with the notable exception of Frasier) treat Sam himself this way at least some of the time, since he's good-looking and was a professional athlete while they're ... well ... the sort of people who hang out with Cliff and Norm.
- An episode of China Beach features a hot-shot colonel who comes in with a mustache and sunglasses, talks The Rambo out of his self-pity, goes swiming and kills a shark for dinner, becomes the grand-prize in a sex-lottery among all of the women, and then flies out on a helicopter heroically (and stupidly) standing on the skid, while a poem is spoken about how great he is.
- Captain Awesome
- Bryce Larkin is also quite the Ace.
- As is Cole Barker, who appears to be at least partly based on James Bond.
- In the Community episode Beginner Pottery, Rich is introduced as an Ace in the pottery class that Jeff, Abed and Annie take. Rich's inherent brilliance at pottery and life in general (he is also a doctor and just does the class to relax) ends up getting Jeff so mad that he performs "the hilarious guy on guy" variant of ghosting on Rich and then leaves the class.
- Captain Jack Harkness, in his early Doctor Who appearances. The Doctor became the ace to poor Craig in "The Lodger". He was better than Craig at football, and his job, and convinced his girlfriend to leave town, and talked to a cat, and had a sexy shower scene, and...
- Dorothy "Ace" Mc Shane herself, of course! She is so proficient in making improvised explosives that the Doctor comes to heavily rely on her skill, despite repeatedly voicing his disapproval of Ace's methods.
- Frasier episode "The Perfect Guy" features Dr. Clint Weber (played by Billy Campbell), an outrageously good-looking (even Frasier's father is stunned) Oxford-certified M.D. (who put himself through med school working as a sous chef, leaving him an expert cook), polyglot (speaking at least English, French and Korean), pilot, squash champion, and generally charming individual. After an episode of slowly giving in to envy after a series of increasingly unlikely upstagings, Frasier gleefully discovers the man can't sing.
- Friends: Monica's season 1 boyfriend Allan who was good at sports, is a delight in conversation and apparently well-endowed. The gang didn't take it well when Monica decided to break up with him.
- A character named Ace appeared in Gap. Prior to his appearance, it was mentioned that he must be awesome to have earned the name, but was revealed to be just a normal person.
- Takaoka Eiji of GoGo Sentai Boukenger. Before becoming BoukenSilver, he, alone, in his human form, is an even match for the Ashu demons, whom the other five Boukengers can barely defeat when morphed. He uses the pronoun "ore-sama" and consistently acts like The Ace.
- There's a reason for this... Eiji is half-human. His mother was an Ashu.
- Plus, that was his debut. Once he's more set into the series, he starts getting less badass.
- Also in a previous Sentai, Hikari Sentai Maskman, there's Takeru/Red Mask, who'll claim that he's an expert Karateka who became so because one day as a kid, he suddenly declared he wanted to do Karate, as well as being a well-behaving, good, top-scorer and good looking boy back in the days. Would be true in the present too... except when the team went back to the past, they found out that he's anything but The Ace, and it takes the future self's warning that he finally started manning up and starts his way to become an ace. At the end of said episode, the team called out his lies for laughs.
- Fonzie on Happy Days turned into this once he became a Breakout Character
- In Happy Endings Max dates a great guy, Grant, who everybody says is too good for him, and he soon wins over the entire gang (except for Dave, who is being deliberately difficult because he wants to be the gang's cool guy). Subverted when its shown that Grant is needy, and that's why he was trying to impress everybody anyway.
- How I Met Your Mother: Robin's first post-Ted boyfriend, the Argentine masseur Gael (played by Enrique Iglesias). Even the Guys Want Him.
- Jack Campbell, Tripp's dad from I'm in the Band. As Derek said, "Indiana Jones or Sherlock Holmes? Pick one; (he) can't be both!" Oh, and he captured Bigfoot!
- But none of them have anything on Ken Hayakawa, The Hero on Kaiketsu Zubat. He's The Ace to such an extent that he was codifying this trope back when it was an Unbuilt Trope. To put it in perspective, Once an Episode, he'd say to the enemy of the week, who was always a specialist in a certain area of combat that he was the second-best user of that fighting style in Japan. Then, after being asked who was the best, he'd whistle and tip his hat. And to prove that it wasn't just empty words, he would then proceed to prove it.
- Kamen Rider Kabuto/Souji Tendou is a particularly grating version of this, cranked to 11. And he's the protagonist. You end up rooting for the bad guys very, very quickly.
- Or you root for Kagami, who has to struggle through a long period fighting monsters with nothing but normal weapons until he finally gets a Transformation Trinket to call his own.
- Before Tendou, there was Jou Shigeru/Kamen Rider Stronger, who was a self-absorbed Ace at the beginning of the series but grew to be a likeable hero like most Riders.
- After Tendou, Kamen Rider Decade a.k.a. Tsukasa Kadoya would've been one, if it wasn't subverted by the fact that his photos always come out wrong and he's always the target of the Hikari-style Laughing Pressure Point.
- Tsukasa proves how you do such a character right. With a couple chinks in his armor you make him fun instead of a Mary Sue. Tendou really was as perfect in every way as he thought he was, which makes him fun sometimes, but it's also a weakness. It was also justified to some degree, as Tsukasa took on a different role in whatever world he went to. For example, the World of Kamen Rider Kuuga had him as a police officer. So naturally he has to be good at a large variety of things to be able to pull that off.
- Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire has Ralph Longshaft (spelled Ralph, pronounced Rafe) introduced this way. He's everything Krod aspires to be up until he is revealed as The Mole and betrays them to the Big Bad.
- On Leverage, the entire main cast is largely this. Eliot even falls into the category of Invincible Hero. A Genius Bruiser, Omniglot, and master of Awesomeness by Analysis, a talented country singer, Supreme Chef, and pro baseball player, and The Casanova, to boot. If not for his lack of tech savvy (and his Dark and Troubled Past), he'd be almost nauseatingly perfect.
- Occasionally seen as a visiting doctor in Mash. And just as often subverted. One doctor, coerced into visiting by Hawkeye and BJ, has a Heroic BSOD midway through the episode, just before having to perform a delicate and life-threatening surgery on a patient. He's found in the Swamp, drunk, much to Hawkeye's disgust. A second Ace doctor, filling in for a sick Potter also breaks down just before a suspiciously similar operation. A surgeon, temporarily appointed to the 4077th wasn't even a surgeon, but someone pretending to be one. There was one episode involving an Ace colonel that was played by... wait for it... Leslie Nielson.
- The drunk doctor (played by Alan Alda's father) was a veteran of WWI and WWII, and he simply explained that war and age had taken their toll such that experience and expertise were of no avail against the ravages of time and the horrors of war.
- Dr. Winchester was an Ace surgeon, dated celebrities and was often able to outsmart Hawkeye Pierce.
- Lancelot serves as this during his early appearances on Merlin, mostly showing up the rest of the knights of Camelot in chivalry and in fighting prowess.
- The Middleman's main character of the same name. A Gosh Dang It to Heck! type who very rarely curses, drinks only milk, walks in and out of wretched hives of scum and villainy with barely a scratch, and can be an annoyingly perfect Badass Normal. Luckily, he's an excellent Middleman and mentor to his partner, Wendy Watson, and his Ace-ness just provides amusing fodder when he isn't quite so perfect.
- Only Fools and Horses: Freddie "The Frog" Robdal. A debonair, gentleman thief who was a charming, generous and very clever man, who had a fondness and talent for art, was a hit with the ladies, and whose last job was the sucessful theft of half a million pounds worth of gold bullion, which he hid by burying it at sea under one of his pseudonyms (which he planned to retrieve using his skills as a diver). The image is slightly ruined by the fact that he died by sitting on a detonator during a later job.
- Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation is blindingly handsome, so positive that his own girlfriend doesn't notice when he breaks up with her, runs at least ten miles a day, and is immediately well-liked by nearly everyone he meets. (The positivity is justified by his admission that he was born with an extremely rare blood disorder and was only expected to live for a few weeks, thus making every day a gift.) It's all subverted by the fact that he actually isn't very good at his job: as a state auditor, he's in the business of making budget cuts, but because he finds it hard to say no to anyone, he never got anything done until he was paired with the comparatively dour Obstructive Bureaucrat Ben.
- Power Rangers Turbo had Justin. It's difficult to find a Scrappy in that season, for obvious reasons, but Justin is a preteen genius who, by the end of the season, is the most experienced Ranger on the team, due to his four companions leaving. Oddly, he has a character, including a father who abandoned him because he couldn't deal with Justin's mother's death and he uses Tommy as a substitute father, but Jason David Frank leaving the show cut that plot short.
- Ynon from the Israeli series Prisoners Of War, who is hand-picked to take part in Operation Judah due to his physical and mental excellence as a soldier, and who is shown to master new skills - such as the use of a code finger-tapping language - in seconds.
- "Ace" Rimmer (what a guy!) in Red Dwarf, the Trope Namer. Interestingly, when the regular Rimmer decides to become the new Ace Rimmer, it appears that he will intentionally avoid acting in the same way the Ace he met did because he found Ace to be an annoying prat.
- A few episodes of the ancient detective show The Rockford Files contrasted James Garner's hard-luck PI Jim Rockford with Lance White, a handsome Ace Detective with a snazzy suit and car who needed only to walk into a room or step into a field of weeds to discover the needed clue...Lance was played by Tom Selleck with an XL serving of ham. The annoyed Rockford is left to complain that "It doesn't work that way!"
- Dr. Kevin Casey is an example where the Ace has a "hidden" Fatal Flaw.
- A first season episode had an intern named Murdoch also appear to be the Ace, handling all of the problems that came his way without flinching, but breaking down at the end of the episode.
- Dr. Molly Clock, a brilliant shrink who could not only heal The Todd, make any character realize their problems, but her everlasting good mood couldn't be crushed by Dr. Kelso and Dr. Cox combined either.
- "Rod" McKay from "McKay & Mrs. Miller" is an imitation Ace Rimmer; he's Rodney McKay from an Alternate Universe and charms everyone on Atlantis (save Rodney himself) while saving the day. It's subverted at the end when everyone says they prefer Rodney because Rod was overbearing and too nice.
- Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager; designed a warp engine that went to infinite speed, picks locks, leads commando teams, is an ace pilot, and he's the field medic.
- In The Doctor's fantasies in "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy," he is this.
Phlox: But the Doctor does much more than just practice medicine. He has access to the entire ship, and he seems to be an expert on... everything. In fact, the Captain just gave him authorization to command the Bridge! It was a very exciting moment.
- Josh Lyman on The West Wing... according to his fans, at least.
- Achilles and Odysseus of The Iliad and The Odyssey are this trope to different degrees. Achilles borders on Boring Invincible Hero while Odysseus is one of the earliest known examples of a Guile Hero.
- Heracles was a great athlete, warrior, general, sailor, explorer and trickster among other things.
- Cu Chulainn, hero of the Táin Bó Cúailnge and other stories of Celtic Mythology, had a reputation of being awesome at everything, be it fighting, sports, chess, crafting and solving riddles, chariot-riding, being ridiculously good-looking, or turning into a horrific, bloodthirsty monster and going on a killing-spree.
- Gilgamesh of The Epic of Gilgamesh was such an Ace, his bored fits caused his people to beg the gods to send him a friend.
- In other tales, Lugh joined the Tuatha Dé Danann because while the gods had a master smith, warrior, bard, sorcerer, and harper, they did not have among their number someone who excelled in them all simultaneously.
- Norse myth makes every god but one into the butt of many jokes, including Thor for being such a dumb meathead. Odin, however, gets away with being an unstoppable warrior, leader, maker of the world with the bones of Ymir, who knows all the charms and has the wisdom of Mimir as well as literally irresistible (as in, they are magically compelled) charm for the ladies.
- The tall tales of Pecos Bill catalogue his many outlandishly improbable accomplishments, such as eating dynamite and lassoing a tornado.
- Sun Wukong from Journey to the West borders on Canon Sue. He is so capable and has so many powers and so much prowess, he is able to tell both Heaven and Hell off, defying first the various Hells to avoid punishment, and then Heaven when he was given a low-ranking posting for a god. The Monkey King has strength, speed, superior fighting prowess, magic transformations, and knows many magics. After defeating 10,000 warriors of Heaven by himself, he is finally bound by the Buddha. He eventually brokers a deal to get out by accompanying a monk, and on the pilgrimage earns nothing less than full Buddhahood.
- Zhuge Liang of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a gifted prophet, thinker, inventor, strategist, poet, musician, and statesman. He is so cunning, he kills a man with a sternly worded letter. Guan Yu also qualifies, as he is a brilliant general, sage, and scholar whose sheer badassery lets him keep playing calmly playing go as surgery is done on his arm. Cao Cao is an example of the Ace as an Informed Ability, because after a few episodes of sheer mind-blowing brilliance, he quickly turns into General Failure
- El Canek, starting in 1978 when he defeated Lou Thesz and won the Universal Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Championship. He was so popular in Mexico that UWA could coast on Canek beating people for another ten years. Never could beat Mil Mascaras though.
- Hulk Hogan, starting in 1984. Whenever he would perform his "Hulk Up" maneuver, did he ever fail to block an opponent's punch?
- In 1989, Big Van Vader won the Catch Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship in Germany, The International Wrestling Grand Prix Heavyweight Championship in Japan and the Universal Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship in Mexico, traveling between three continents to defend the three belts. Vader was the closest thing Professional Wrestling ever had to a true world heavyweight champion. As far as "world titles" go, he has had thirteen separate reigns, so there is that too.
- Though he was nicknamed "Fatso" by detractors, Kurt Angle was the first person Cauliflower Alley Club declared to be a "Future Legend", as he started to gain a reputation as being just that good in 1995 after he won a gold medal in at The Amateur World Championships in Atlanta. He truly cemented it next year in 1996 when he won an Olympic Gold Medal despite suffering a broken neck in the preliminaries. Oh and despite his "fragile" body he can easily suplex much larger professional wrestlers like The Big Show. Oh its true, its damn true!
- In 1996 Ultimo Dragon became the most decorated professional wrestler of all time. Not in total number of titles ever won but total number of belts held in a single period. He was the active reigning and defending champion of ten titles! Like Vader, these included belts of promotions on three different continents, though Dragon was a cruiser weight (or junior weight, or welter weight, middleweight, light heavyweight-he held belts in all those divisions)
- Kazushi Sakuraba, after making the jump from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts, became the first person to ever hand one of the Legendary Gracie brothers a defeat in a professional fight and went on to defeat four of them and become champion of UFC Japan. Even after injuries stunted his mixed martial arts career, he was pretty much set as a professional wrestler (and there is much less distinction between the two in Japan anyway, in part because of his and trainer Nobuhiko Takada efforts in both fields)
- Once reluctant wrestler Carly Colón actually got some proper training in 2000, he quickly caught on, defeating every member of La Familia del Milenio available to fight him and forcing Ray González to seek off island help after Carly proved to difficult to keep the WWC Universal Championship away from. Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, himself an example, eventually got the job done only for Carly to win the title back five days later.
- Kyra's gimmick in EWF and UPW was that of a woman who had shot to the top of every activity she had ever partaken in, starting with tiger cub wrestling when she was three years old to the CIA in her late teens and now wrestling in her mid twenties(with beauty contests somewhere in between). However, this only extended to those two promotions and a handful of others in the Western USA. Elsewhere, such as WWA Tijuana, the likes of Caged Heat's Loca and Ayako Hamada used Kyra as a punching bag.
- AJ Styles in the International Wrestling Cartel, despite never being a full time member thanks to his loyalty to TNA and TNA's tendency to mettle in things, was the first man to be part of the "match of the year" three years in a row and has never actually lost the IWC Super Indy Championship in a match. The only man tougher in IWC than AJ Styles is Abyss, who has never lost a match hosted by the Cartel. AJ Sytles is also the only wrestler to have ever won ALL SIX of the championships ever made eligible for Triple Crown and/or Grand Slam status in TNA history.
- Mike Quackenbush defended six belts from three different countries, Mexico, USA and Germany all at once in 2004. In fact, one could argue he was the ace of Chikara for the first nine years of its existence, and can't argue at all that he was the ace among the technicos.
- John Cena, 2005 onward, who somehow manages to "win" even when he loses. Which he rarely does.
- The Kings Of Wrestling in between 2005 and 2006 were the aces of tag team wrestling in the USA. They held the CZW, Ring Of Honor and Chikara tag team championships all at once and only really dropped the belts because WWE was interested in Castagnoli, only to abruptly drop him, allowing the Kings to reform up until WWE finally found something for Castagnoli to do. This was not the case in Japan however, where the Kings entered Pro Wrestling NOAH's Global Tag League and lost all of their matches in 2008. They got a little winning streak started in 2010 but when they tried the Global Tag League again in 2011, they merely placed 7th out of 8 in the round robin.
- 2007 was the year of Dos Caras Jr, where he went on to win the CMLL Heavyweight Championship and held it until the last three days of 2008 when he got an offer with WWE. Since leaving WWE, El Patron Alberto, as he came to be known, became the World Heavyweight Champion of both AAA and The World Wrestling League in 2015, he did this after the two's working relationship ended.
- Irish Airborne in the International Wrestling Cartel's tag team division from the start of 2009 till mid 2010 where they not only held the tag team championships for fifteen months but Dave and Jake Crist also put the former aces, Sexual Harassment, on the shelf. Just in the tag team division though, as they were lackeys otherwise.
- Sara Del Rey in Jersey All Pro Wrestling after she won their Women's Championship 2009 and went on to hold it for the next three years with JAPW having to go out and find more challengers after she beat all they had and her reign only ended due to her WWE schedule interfering with defenses. She had defenses in the main event too.
- Eddie Kingston, after he decided Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes needed to be defeated. He went on to become the first Chikara Grand Title holder and held onto it for three years, going into a sort of Heroic Blue Screen of Death when he lost it Icarus.
- TNA's fans voted for Austin Aries as the wrestler they most wanted to see TNA sign and they got their wish in 2011, where he won the X Division Championship and proceeded to defeat every single wrestler in the division, to the point TNA decided to give up on getting him challengers and asked him to drop the belt and compete in a different division. This ended up being defied by Samoa Joe, who while X division champion after Aries dropped the belt again, challenged Aries, or rather, demanded Austin Aries challenge him, and then successfully retained the belt.
- 2011 was the year that really established Hailey Hatred in Japan. With help from Queens Revolution partner Kaori Yoneyama she held onto the TLW world tag team titles, Daily Sports Tag Team Titles, Japanese Women's Pro Wrestling Project Tag Team Titles, TLW World Women’s Singles Title, Japanese Women's Pro-Wrestling Project Open Championship and IMW Hybrid Fighting all at once. She'd further cement her legacy in 2012, as though she lost some belts, Hatred still ended up holding onto six at once by the end of the year, IMW Hybrid Fighting, the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship, the Reina World Tag Team Championship, the Remix Pro Women's Championship, the TLW World Women's Championship and the Triangle Ribbon Championship, this time holding belts based in the USA and Mexico in addition titles of Japanese promotions.
- Okada Kazuchika was declared Shin Hein Jidai no Ace by New Japan Pro Wrestling following his return from TNA, acquisition of IWGP Heavyweight Championship and naming of MVP of the professional wrestling business by Tokyo Sports in 2013. In a bout of Critical Dissonance the fans voted Hiroshi Tanahashi to be the ace of New Japan, so New Japan listened and put Tanahashi higher on the card.
- Joey Percival of George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance is a daring, intelligent, handsome pilot who shows up in Act 2 to
steal be pursued by another man's fiancee and generally outshine most of the rest of the cast, although arguably he himself is outshone by the even more daring Lena Shc Sch Szcz the Polish Lady.
- Electra the Electric Engine in Starlight Express, who shows up in the railyard and promptly outdoes even the local Jerk Jock Greaseball. His component/assistant cars sum make it very obvious that he's the best around:
"Electra is cool. Electra is hot. Cool. Hot. A megastar. A megawatt. Rich, hot, powerful. Rich, hot, cool."
- BattleTech has Kai Allard-Liao. There are other great MechWarriors in the setting, of course, but after getting over his initial self-esteem issues Kai is just about universally acknowledged as essentially unbeatable in a 'Mech, period, with the main mitigating factor simply being that even he can only be in one place at a time.
- Anyone on the miraculous Aspect Arc known as "The Ace" in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine is just plain better than you at doing skill-based things, especially after 3+, to the extent that eventually they gain the ability to surf sound waves and punch characters out of comic books. Of course, the other Miraculous Arcs offer options such as control over large areas, becoming a fairytale monster, control over elements, blasting things out of existence, reality warping, binding powers to various pacts and injuries, or the ever-popular turning into a giant snake, so it's not a guaranteed "I Win" button all that often.
- Warhammer 40,000: Most of the Primarchs are the best of the best there is, and are quick in learning what they are taught, as they are all genetic clones of the God Emperor. Most notably Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines who was a great statesman and powerful warrior. Then there's Fulgrim, he had the looks, the skills, and in his quest for perfection, he ended up corrupted by Slaanesh.
- No mention of Sanguinius? Sure, he may not have had Guilliman's statemanship skills, Fulgrim's passion, or the physical prowess of, say, Russ or Vulcan, but he was widely considered the best blend of all of the Emperor's attributes, and he was a Nice Guy and All-Loving Hero of the highest calibre. He was also probably the most skilled fighter of the Primarchs, though not necessarily the strongest - just look at how he single-handedly held the gates of the Imperial Palace against literally everything the Forces of Chaos had.
- Miles Edgeworth of Ace Attorney comes across as this. Handsome, rich, extremely intelligent, cultured and a living legend at his job. Subverted though, he's got a whole heap of personal problems and starts as something of an Amoral Attorney.
- Shirou Emiya from Fate/stay night is considered the star of the archery club years after having left, is just as good a fencer and martial artist as he's with the bow, is technologically savvy, a Supreme Chef, incredibly handsome, filthy rich and lives in a giant mansion with 5 beautiful young women who are all madly in love with him. Oh, and he's also a powerful wizard and has the willpower of a god. Makes it all the more infuriating to hear him monologuing every five minutes about how much of a loser he is.
- Not really. He's got some horrible self-worth issues, his beliefs and mindset are outdated and unrealistic, and at some point he's so destroyed on the inside that his VERY badass and cynical future self, Archer, comes to show exactly what kind of person he will grow into — and intends to murder him. Even with all of his talents, there is something deeply wrong with Shirou.
- Each in their own way, both Shizune and Lilly from Katawa Shoujo deconstruct this trope. Shizune (representing the anime heroine archetype of the willful, energetic, "super charismatic" club/student council president most iconically depicted by Haruhi Suzumiyah) is so naturally excellent at everything she does that (perhaps combined with her deafness making it hard for her to relate to other people) she doesn't seem to fully realize that some people may not be as good as she is, considering them lazy or lacking sufficient drive if they fail to match her (impossible) standards. Meanwhile, Lilly (who represents the perfect, princesslike, motherly, borderline saintly character) means well when she takes care of those she believes need her help, but is so unbelievably good at everything that she inadvertently only causes them to feel even less sure of themselves because they can never hope to be as good as she is.
- Little Busters!:
- Kurugaya is good-looking, athletic (to the point where she can Flash Step), intelligent enough to have one of the highest scores in maths despite constantly skipping and having no bad subjects, charming, and more than able to take care of herself in a fight. This actually leaves Riki feeling a bit insecure during their route, feeling that she's helping him out much more than vice versa.
- Also, Kyousuke. A charismatic, intelligent Bishounen that pretty much all of the characters look up to. He even has his own 'advice service' that is really just random students fawningly asking him for details about all the impossibly incredible things he's done. Of course, it's hard to say what is and isn't a result of him manipulating the fake world, and by Refrain he's turned into one hell of a Broken Ace.
- Shouichi "Capt" Kazama from Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai possesses ungodly good luck and is blessed with good looks, popularity, charisma and general skill in everything he tries. Howevever, he's not without his flaws.
- Tei in Nameless quickly become the most popular guy in school, is considered the most attractive of his already very attractive friend group, succeeds at everything he tries, and constantly takes care of and solves problems for his less mature friends. Ultimately subverted.
- In Grisaia No Rakuen we see Sachi from Grisaia No Kajitsu show up to Mihama. She's a straight A student, athletic enough to almost match a former basketball club member about six inches taller, pretty, diligent, friendly and a good cook, though not at Amane's level. She's referred to as an honor student, which the class doesn't really understand until they learn that she's actually obsessive about fulfilling responsibilities and orders so that she can be a 'good girl.'
- Jack Fortinbras, of Academia. A running joke about his character is the unanswered question of how he has time to captain the school's rugby team and get straight As in his Physics program.
Jack: I couldn't possibly do my research without my team.
Stephen: Nice to hear there are things you can't do.
Jack: That's not fair. There's lots of things I can't do.
Stephen: Name three.
Jack: I can't fly an aeroplane. I can't carve stone especially well. I can't think of a third thing.
- Bob from Bob and George is an interesting case, as he is actually the main antagonist. The things that he can do are hilariously ridiculous, like how he can kill a hologram, because "he's just that good". He also always gets himself up by doing a back-flip, because he's that cool, and not because the author couldn't find any good sprites of him standing up.
- Fred from The Chapel Chronicles never loses a board or card game. Never. Since games are one of Chapel's obsessions, she finds this astonishingly unfair.
- In City of Reality, newcomer Hawk thinks that SUEPR Team Five leader Todo is this: idealistic and generous to a fault, skilled enough to defeat any challenge, and recipient of general acclaim and affection. However, as the entire story is a Deconstruction of a Mary Sue Topia, Todo's idealism is sorely challenged by the world outside Reality.
- Commander Kitty has an ace named Ace. His crew is almost a Mirror Universe version of CK's, but better looking and more capable.
- Possibly Nanase from El Goonish Shive. She is a black belt in Anime-Style Martial Arts, can currently bench-press 160 pounds before her burnout she could press 200, has "insanely potent" magic, and is trilingual in Japanese, English, and French.
- That said, the trilinguil is justified. She grew up in a bilingual house, and studied French. And most of her magic is not exactly damaging spells. She's a minor illusionist, albeit a very good one. But, in day-to-day life...total Ace.
- Will from Fanboys. Made sixty-thousand-plus a year in prize money from gaming tournaments, can hold his own in a fight against Berserk!Lemmy, has "hacked" a board game, and now he's apparently a Bond-style government agent.
- Girl Genius has Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!) who's always willing to swashbuckle and ham it up like nobody's business, and who's somehow able to survive all manner of ridiculous dangers (plummeting to his death and turning up unharmed a few pages later is his specialty). He's also dangerously insane, but since he firmly believes he's the dashing hero in a thrilling scientific romance, being insane doesn't get in the way of him playing the Ace role to the hilt. He also has a rather large amount of charisma, though for a Spark it's normal.
- Gunnerkrigg Court has a female example — Jones. She's both medium instructor "among other things" and embodiment of some sort of perfection which includes beauty (she's the single character consistently drawn with more details than the protagonist, just to make a point) and godlike toughness with undercurrent of deadpan "Seen It All". There is also Robox, who is the Yin to eternal Butt Monkey Boxbot's Yang. The comic has yet to say what exactly either of them do, beyond the fact that "Everybody likes Robox" and "Nobody likes Boxbot".
- From Homestuck, Bro Strider, elder brother of Dave Strider, by far surpasses any of the Kids or the Guardians in combat ability, and trumps Dave for sheer irony.
- Dirk acts like this, and he certainly has shades of it, but the stress of Living in a Bad Future in which he and Roxy are the last of humanity, having to raise himself without anyone but Li'l Cal to help him, and having to maintain the charade of being asleep on Derse make him more of a Broken Ace.
- Dora of Questionable Content has serious issues with her brother Sven due to his being an Ace. Sven himself has serious issues with him being an Ace. He becomes a Broken Ace when he starts to realize he doesn't really have much to his personality besides picking up hot chicks, using wacky situations to get out of uncomfortable ones and writing music he hates.
- Carlyle from Sam and Fuzzy, a very humble form as he does not seem to want to be identified — he is The Faceless and shows up on several points to dispense Koans to the characters (who never realize it's him); most of his heroic deeds happen off-screen and are referred to by others. The first major arc of the comic kicks off when Sam tries to take on one of Carlyle's assignments and ends up in a spat of trouble with the Ninja Mafia.
- In Sheldon, Flaco is a former cosmonaut, a gold medalist in the modern pentathlon, read several hundred books over the course of one summer, and - according to one strip - will eventually become an admiral in the Bulgarian navy. Did we mention that he's a foot-tall lizard who talks in squeaking sounds?
- The main character of Too Much Information is named Ace. He doesn't even have a last name. And while he does make mistakes on occasion, he seems to fall into this quite often, especially where women are concerned - practically every female in a 5-mile radius seems to automatically fall for him (including lesbians and ghosts), and he had racked up 7 marriage-proposals before he turned 18. His foot-rubs are internationally renowned. At a charity Bachelor Auction, he brought in $5.000, which resulted from one woman bidding 2.500, and two others pitching in 1.250 each, while agreeing to 'share'. The two who are sharing? A grandmother and granddaughter. The granddaughter is a supermodel. The high bidder? A vampiress who thinks he's hot.
- Oh! Now it turns out that Ace is also a whiz at hapkido.
- However, his cooking is not 'inedible', it's just so ultra-spicey you have to be that manly to eat it, and only Ace is that manly. His favorite ice-cream flavor is 'Habanero'.
- Recent evidence also suggests that he has 'spiritual power' on par with a Demigod or a Seraphim. And that his former 5-mile radius of seduction has been extended to the point where girls in Korea are committing suicide to be with him. If this man isn't stopped soon, his aura will extend to Babeatron IV, and then we'll be facing an invasion of Green Skinned Space Babes...
- Ogrek the Undisciplined in Yamara. Irredeemable Munchkin? check. Has a big bonus to spot ladies whom he deems "cute" even if they are hiding? check. "Heroic" scar and "veteran parade" uniform? Right here. Evading compromising situation with grace? check. Comment on having 20,000 hobgoblings as neighbours? "Nice, quiet professionals". Crazy-Prepared while carrying almost nothing and remembers her birthday no matter what's going on? check. And let's not start on his other wife.
- The "official" Ace is Ultima Thule. She's "eidolon of humanity" and as such has all stats at the Human racial maximum. Since it includes Intelligence and Wisdom, she's not an adventurer (high-risk waste of time!) but a banker.
Fea: Now she's reading Socrates and Tao Te Ching.
Joe: Perhaps she's trying to improve herself.
- Magick Chicks: Faith and her boyfriend, Ash, are the respective alphas at Artemis and Apollo Academy.
not exactly a pushover, but she's had a relatively easy life, and has never before even faced a slayer who consistently wanted to kill her.
Even if Layla were well-trained for combat, the odds would heavily favor Faith.
As it is, anything resembling a fair fight was going to more or less end like this."
- Payet Best of Guilded Age became a destined hero when The Call suffered a case of mistaken identity and chose him over the real hero, who was mere minutes late. He'd then go on to become a widely-renowned adventurer, slaying wicked monsters and bedding eager women as a talented musician, unbeatable combatant, and master of the Indy Ploy. This has led to some minor issues with hubris, however, which often makes him impossible to approach among his peers who do not, in fact, believe the world revolves around him.
- Super 55 from AH.com: The Series is an example turned all the way up to Canon Sue levels for comedic purposes.
- Chuck Norris, via Memetic Mutation. And every other Memetic Badass/Memetic Sex God.
- Captain Hammer ("the Hammer is my penis") from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog sends up the Ace along with everything in the Superhero genre, but with a twist.
- The Armory Master of Einsteinian Roulette. Fiery and incredibly beautiful, she is capable of impressing feats of crafting and combat, going unscathed through several high-risk missions without having so much as a scar to show. Before being put under the service of the HMRC, she worked in a bakery. She was good at that too.
- Pom Pom from Homestar Runner, to an extent.
- Ace from The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness was (fittingly) one of these at first, but as time went on his team began to lose respect for him when he started becoming less of an ace and more of a traditional Marty Stu. Lori could also be considered a female example. This has given Mortal enough basis to accuse them both of being a Mary Sue. Though the author is trying to fix that.
- In the Noob franchise, Fantöm, Amaras and Spectre for their respective factions. Fantöm is that in the overall game because the creator has been getting his avatar illegally enhanced behind his back. Amaras becomes number one once the whole thing is discovered.
- ProtonJon of The Runaway Guys by being the best at everything, except for luck. For example, in the Super Smash Bros video they did, it came to a point where all three of them were facing each other. Jon had to use a controller he wasn't used to, but still managed to beat both Chugga and NCS at the same time, while still having 2 stock out of 5 left. In the New Super Mario Bros Wii LP, while everyone else was having problems with their lives, Jon had reached 99 lives while still screwing everyone else (mostly Chugga) over.
- The Law from Video Game High School is recognized as one of, if not the best player In a World where video games have become Serious Business. He's popular, intelligent and a Chick Magnet to boot. He is also a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that only cares about himself and torments people that get in his way or show him up (like the protagonist did in the first episode.)
- The Whateley Universe has this with Chaka, whose instinctive ki mastery lets her pick up more than just wire-fu martial arts tricks within moments and who's certainly prone to hamming it up. Or going after half-demonic hybrid weres with a rolled-up newspaper.
- Heck, Team Kimba has so many of these that the one who OWNS MARVEL COMICS, is a density manipulator who can instant-KO anyone without a force field, and is trying to become the new Batmannote ...considers himself the weakest link.
- Pyrrha from RWBY. A famous athlete who graduated from Sanctum with highest honours and won several fighting tournaments before joining Beacon, she backs up her reputation by being the most skilled fighter on Team JNPR and, if Weiss is correct, the most skilled student in all of Beacon Academy. She fights in battles with an incredibly complicated shortsword/spear/rifle switch weapon, and possesses a very powerful Aura. Despite her reputation and prowess, she is a Humble Hero and all-round Nice Girl, a stark contrast to Weiss' Rich Bitch personality. Her only significant character flaw is her occasional Extreme Doormat tendencies. note
- Slickis, Ickis' famous father from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is this Academy's Most Esteemed Graduate and gets treated like a celebrity when he stops by for a visit. He's a champion athlete, a talented and innovative Scarer, great at public speaking, and he's such a Nice Guy everybody loves to be around him. His relationship with Ickis is strained at first, because Slickis spends more time being famous than being a Dad but they reconnect after Slickis reveals he wasn't always so skillful and reaffirms that he believes Ickis can do great things.
- Sir Victor in Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
- Howie from Almost Naked Animals.
- Hello Nurse of the Animaniacs in not only the Trope Naming Hello, Nurse!, but also The Ace. According to the song about her, her list of accomplishments includes winning the Tony, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer, obtaining several P.H.Ds, playing Chopin without rehearsing, singing opera at the Met, starring as the lead role in King Lear, becoming the ambassador to China, and not smoking.
- Jet from Avatar: The Last Airbender is portrayed like this; he's strong, he's a good leader, he sweeps Katara off her feet, and Aang doesn't even seem to notice because he thinks Jet is awesome too. Only Sokka is suspicious of him, and for good reason; they later find out that Jet is rather psychotic and was willing to kill innocent people in order to wipe out a few fire nation soldiers.
- Really, this trope is pretty much the point of any Avatar. The series is about Aang's journey to become The Ace.
- In Bob's Burgers, Bob grows envious of Jimmy Pesto.
- Aldrin Pesky from The Buzz on Maggie combines this with Jerk Jock and Big Brother Bully in his attitude towards younger siblings Maggie and Pupert. He actually cares for Bella, the baby of the family. He's the captain of all the high school sports teams, has at least one in-universe fangirl swooning over him at his Burger Fool job, and his teeth sparkle when he smiles. Deconstructed partly when Maggie wants to get a better part-time job than Aldrin (or at least let everyone think she has). Aldrin discovers the ruse and is FURIOUS that she would lie about her accomplishments when he worked very hard to get where he is (a later episode confirms how insanely hard his sports training routines are), but he still offers to recommend Maggie to the manager once she admits she was wrong. Usually, he's too much of an Aloof Big Brother to even bother giving advice, possibly because he's The Unfavorite in their extended family, as Uncle Jeb blatantly favors Maggie (and later Pupert) and only compliments Aldrin when he realizes that gaining muscle mass means Aldrin can do more work.
- Captain Planet — seriously, is there any power this guy doesn't have? If pollution weren't more prevalent than kryptonite, he'd make Superman look like Aquaman.
- Captain Star of the eponymous series is called the "greatest hero any world has ever known", and a legendary captain and explorer with hundreds of worlds named after him. Despite being effectively exiled to a remote corner of the universe still manages to save the day on numerous occasions. On his Show Within a Show, he's even more so.
- A character simply known as "The Kid" from Codename: Kids Next Door. And, somewhat appropriately, he's also an Ace Pilot.
- Danger Mouse. His ending Theme Song even tells you outright: "He's The Ace! He's amazing!! He's the strongest, he's the quickest, he's the BEST!!"
- Used to its fullest in the Danny Phantom episode "Identity Crisis" where Danny splits in two, one of which embodies his heroic qualities. So much so that Large Ham speeches are an everyday occurrence for him, no tasks is too great or small for him to command—he can fight crime and vacuum his room with much pumped glee—his dramatic entrances are peppered with flashy backgrounds, imaginary wind dramatically blows his hair no matter where he is, and the music blasts triumphantly every time he appears on screen or does something over-the-top, including practicing appropriate superhero facial expressions.
- Chalky Studebaker in both series of Doug, incredibly smart, amazing athlete. However in both series, he's hinted at being a Broken Ace. Outright deconstructed in one episode when he and Doug get identical results on a test. Doug knows he didn't cheat, so the only other possibility is that Chalky cheated. After spending a day chasing Chalky through three different sports and band practice he finally corners him at his house and finds out that Chalky's been so busy with all his extracurricular activities he never had time to study. Then Chalky's dad proudly shows off his son's Trophy Room, then adds that he's got a long way to go to catch up to his brother. Doug comments that it's a pretty big wall to fill and Chalky agrees and misses a game to re-take the test.
- Cornfed Pig from Duckman fits this to a tee. He has dozens of degrees, has worked hundreds of jobs, and is a certified expert at everything. He materializes new skills whenever it is necessary or funny, from performing surgery on the fly, constructing a working helicopter from bamboo, or performing the works of Hendrix, he can do it.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: Kevin is pretty much this, at least in-universe.
- Subverted with Eddy's older brother. Throughout the series, Eddy has been building up his brother as heroic and compassionate for him, but the Grand Finale movie revealed that he's actually a sociopath who's been torturing Eddy for as long as they've been together and that Eddy made up everything he said about him. And from what we've heard, Eddy's not the only one.
- Prince Daring of Ever After High is this. It's pretty much his ONLY purpose in life, much to the detriment of his little brother, Daxter.
- Zapp Brannigan from Futurama is a subversion. Most people think he's an amazing hero, until they meet him.
- Captain California in Hero High is a subversion. Physically he fits, but he's not quite competent enough.
- I.M. Weasel from I Am Weasel. It got toned down in later seasons, but his first season incarnation is very much this and played the role of foil to the resident Butt Monkey I.R. Baboon.
- Professor Membrane in Invader Zim. Or at least he could be, if he had enough common sense to believe Dib about anything.
- In Jelly Jamm, the Queen is this. She is athletic, knowledgeable and caring, and, with the help of a few Dodos, runs the Musical Factory that provides the music for the whole universe, while her husband, the King, rather plays golf and plays with the kids.
- Kim Possible is a rare example of this being the protagonist herself. She's a straight-A head cheerleader who is involved in nearly every extracurricular activity, and she is quite Genre Savvy and can learn how to pilot something in just a few seconds. She can do anything, indeed.
- Mei Ling in Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five. She was the top student at the martial arts academy where Crane worked as the janitor and is a true blue friend who helped the underconfident bird achieve his dream to enroll in the school.
- Experiment 262 from Lilo & Stitch: The Series is a superhero compared to the other experiments. He was originally designed as a war weapon, but Jumba screwed up the formula and created a being with no capacity for evil. Jumba considers him a failure and locked him away whenever company came around. Oh, and his name actually is Ace.
- Rick Thunderbolt of Ōban Star-Racers is famous, gorgeous (complete with waist-length black hair and Cool Shades,) beloved, one of the world's best racers - and knows it. Over the course of the show's first arc, he is crippled so he can never race again, and ends up as a mentor figure to Molly, teaching her everything he knows so that she can succeed where he did not.
- The titular duo of Phineas and Ferb. They're so exceptionally talented in all fields that they can accomplish literally just about anything imaginable - and will - if they feel it can keep them occupied for a day.
- Isabella can be thought of as this too, considering she is easily able to overcome nearly impossible physical and mental challenges on a day-to-day basis just to earn Fireside Girl patches.
- In one episode of The Proud Family, Trudy hires a housekeeper called "Renee" who is good at almost everything. Trudy gets jealous because she feels that she doesn't fit to everyone's standards and she feels that she has been replaced, so she decides to let her go because she's too "perfect."
- Vince LaSalle from Recess. T.J. was one in the early season one episodes. Played with in "Here Comes Mr. Perfect" with Jarad Smith, a new student who ends up being the best at everything, though deconstructed when it's revealed that he doesn't have many friends because he's better than every other student at everything.
- Regular Show has Skips. In general, he's good at everything.
- Deconstructed in one episode, where Skips is shown to be horrendously computer-impaired.
- Also, Rigby's little brother Don fits this trope perfectly. He is a successful accountant who is a large contrast to his groundskeeper brother.
- Hunter from Road Rovers is kind of a mix of this, The Hero and Idiot Hero. Nothing bad ever happens to him and he's always cracking jokes during missions.
- Lucy Carmichael from Rugrats, who had so many talents and accomplishments she appeared to be a parody of Positive Discrimination.
- Brian Boitano is presented as The Ace on South Park, despite never appearing on the show. According the musical number about him in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, he has magical fire-breath and once punched out Khublai Khan. He does appear in the 1995 "Spirit of Christmas" short, though only to give An Aesop speech.
- Spongebob Squarepants has 4 of them. Spongebob is this compared to Squidward, as are Mr. Krabs to Plankton, Squilliam to Squidward and Sandy to basically everyone.
- Aren't you forgetting someone? Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen! He was Number 1!
- Jack Royal from Squirrel Boy.
- Stressed Eric lives next door to the Perfect family. Ray Perfect is Eric's coworker and excels everywhere that Eric fails dismally.
- TaleSpin has at least two examples (one appearance each):
- Whistlestop Jackson, hero to millions!
- And the appropriately-named Ace London! ("You got that right!") He's good, knows it, makes a big point of it, and unsurprisingly, gets on Baloo's nerves as a result of his insufferable attitude.
- A possible third example played with is Rick Sky. Ace Pilot and squadron commander during TaleSpin's equivalent to World War I, and a living legend. Except for the fact he disappeared with a load of silver vital to the war effort and was branded a traitor. He claims that he really didn't steal the silver after all, and instead crashed on a glacier with his squadron and was trapped there for a couple decades. Of course he doesn't help his case when he steals the Sea Duck. But he did it to try and get the silver back. Any disillusionment Baloo felt over these events is pretty thoroughly dashed when Rick and his recovered squadron willingly take on Don Karnage in what's implied to be a Suicide Mission to give Baloo time to escape with the silver, ultimately clearing their names. The Ace indeed.
- Aqualad is portrayed this way in his debut episode of Teen Titans.
- Underdog — completely invincible to all natural physical harm, Super Strength taken Up to Eleven, speed of lightning, treats bullets like they're raindrops, destroys bad guys' vehicles (from cars to train to tanks) just by standing there doing nothing and letting them crash when they hit him, takes out monsters in one or two punches like they're toys, and loves to make dramatic entrances where something gets destroyed and he declares "There's no need to fear!/Underdog is here!" The catch? His powers are the effect of a Super Serum pill, and he often spends half the episode dangerously weak if not nigh-helpless until he's able to take it and re-charge, which makes for an interesting balance of strength and vulnerability.
- In The Venture Bros., Brock Samson is a Rated M for Manly God-Mode Sue, Played for Laughs. It helps that he picks up some character depth along the way.
- Jonas Venture Jr. also qualifies... and only gets more infuriating as the series progresses.
- Jonas Venture Sr. too, albeit posthumously. Everyone who ever knew him considered him a god among men. Even Rusty, who knows full well what a self-absorbed asshat he was, can't bring himself to break out of his father's shadow.
- Dr. Henry Killinger takes this Up to Eleven while still playing it straight. Whenever he appears, expect his actions to result in a major change in the Venture universe. So far, he has completely rebuilt the Monarch's criminal organization while reuniting him with Dr. Girlfriend. He then rebuilds Venture Industries to its former glory almost overnight while giving Rusty Venture a much-needed Heel Realization. Then, after the Guild of Calamitous Intent is thrown into chaos by the Sovereign killing off most of the Council of Thirteen, he kills the Investors and re-establishes the Guild with the surviving members and the Revenge Society. He is terrifyingly good at what he does.
- Played straight in The Weekenders with minor character and Lor's crush, Thompson Oberman. Nicely lampshaded by Tino and Carver:
Carver: He's a jock and a nerd!
Tino: Yeah, way to ruin the curve, Thompson.