->''"The difficult we do at once. The impossible takes a little longer."''
-->-- Unofficial [[TheEngineer US Army Corps of Engineers]] motto

This character hasn't just beaten the odds once. He's survived several {{Suicide Mission}}s. The UriahGambit failed. He won the LastStand. In short, the hero has repeatedly accomplished so-called {{Impossible Task}}s. And his superiors or the world at large have taken notice... and unfortunately for the poor hero, he or she is now the [[WhoYouGonnaCall go-to person]] for missions that are thought impossible for anyone else.

Characters like this can get this reputation a number of ways.

* '''SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder''': The hero or heroes survive their superiors trying to kill them so many times deliberately in less important missions that when a crucial task that seems impossible actually does come up, they are the go-to group.
* '''Native Skill and Cunning''': They've overcome so many situations that others would have died in that they have accidentally built up a reputation for surviving anything. Nothing deliberate on the superiors part, but the odds came up and they beat them.
* '''TrainingFromHell''': The characters might not have actually beaten anything yet, but they were put through training that by all rights shouldn't be too much easier than the supposed impossible mission.
* '''{{Fake Ultimate Hero}}ism''': Their reputation is entirely undeserved or grossly blown out of proportion. Rumor and exaggeration may turn a simple feat into an epic accomplishment, or make them up wholecloth. This may or may not be because ThePowersThatBe enjoy seeing the character win and/or [[CosmicPlaything suffer.]]

One possible deconstruction of this trope is that the BigGood, BigBad, or some other powerful or [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] figure has been arranging things such that the characters always succeed, or at least have even odds. Once this aid is exposed, they have to face ''real'' impossible missions.

Subtrope is SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder. One of the reasons [[ItsUpToYou It's Up To]] the PlayerCharacter, OneManArmy, and OneRiotOneRanger. In VideoGames, SaveScumming probably helps. Compare ImpossibleThief, who does (usually even more blatantly) impossible things in a different context.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' gives us Kamina and his [[BadassCreed motto]]: "Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb!" That's [[LiteralMetaphor not a metaphor]]. [[BeyondTheImpossible He advocates doing things that are flat out impossible.]] The trick: in a universe that runs on HotBlooded-ness, ''it works''. It is contagious, as Simon and the whole team Dai-Gurren demonstrate, thus getting categorized as this kind of badass.
* This is essentially the overall main plot of ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', both the titular character and the crew of the Soyokaze are either SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder or just that badass, or some combination of both (the series doesn't make it clear which).
* From ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Yang Wen-Li: nicknamed "[[RedBaron The Magician]]" for his ability to emerge victorious against ridiculous odds: the first time he [[spoiler: captured Iselhorn fortress]], it was in fact a SuicideMission given by superiors who wanted to get rid of him: he emerged successful from said suicide mission with insulting ease. Eventually he gets so good at winning against impossible odds or getting draws out of otherwise unsalvagable situations that his ''entire national government'' ends up nearly begging him in one particular situation to solve yet another crisis for the Republic.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has two versions of this.
** First we have Zero, who takes a [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits rag tag group of terrorists]] and reforms them into a military organization to fight [[TheEmpire The Britannian Empire]], which rules over 1/3 of world.
** Second we have [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] [[Creator/SteveBlum Kyoshiro]] [[MemeticBadass Tohdoh]] (known as Tohdoh The Miracle Worker). He fought for Japan when Britannia invaded, and was the only person to win a battle against Britannia's [[MiniMecha Knightmare Frames]], which became known as the Miracle of Itsukushima. People [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpTheSun revere him for this]] despite the fact that he's not as good as people say. He even admits this. When he's put in charge of a battle in season one, he gets everyone captured.
* Shirou Emiya in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' survives battles against Servants where other Servants have failed. This is due to his training from hell since it's revealed that his magical self-training is physically demanding to the point of life-threatening, and has conditioned him to be more powerful and durable than Rin's more traditional study.
** Fate/Stay Night's Berserker manages to break Gilgamesh's chains of Enkidu. These chains strengthen based on how godly the Servant is. This Berserker is Heracles, so his god rank is A.
** His father, Kiritsugu Emiya, in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is hired for his reputation as an effective assassin against even the most powerful mages, mostly for [[CombatPragmatist fighting dirty]].
* Mu La Flaga in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' uses "I am a man who can make the impossible possible," as his CatchPhrase. He lives up to it with a combination of AcePilot skill, ingenuity, a healthy dose of common sense born of previous experience, and a bit of pure luck, to the point that in the penultimate episode he [[spoiler:blocks an ''antimatter cannon'' with his HumongousMecha and succeeds in shielding the ship behind him even though by all rights the positron beam should have gone right through his mobile suit and taken the ship out anyhow. And then the sequel reveals that he lived through it.]]
* Issei Hyodou, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', can be considered as this. Seriously, who can pull off crashing an engagement party and declare that [[spoiler: Rias' virginity belongs to him, take his rival's power and infuse it with him even though said rival's power is the total opposite of his, and ''summon the freaking god of breasts that makes'' '''''even gods from other mythologies''''' ''go "wtf".'']]
* The Three Aces in the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series have firmly established their reputation for achieving the impossible by the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs second season]]. In the supplementary manga set after it, their (future) superiors are completely baffled by what kind of miracle must have occurred to resolve a case, which, by all estimates, should have destroyed the entire planet, with a single fatality. Eventually, they conclude that this "miracle" had a name--or rather, three names: Nanoha Takamachi, Fate Testarossa, and Hayate Yagami.
* The primary reason why Goku is seen as TheAce and the HopeBringer in ''Manga/DragonBall''. He is known for doing the impossible from single-handedly destroying an entire army, defeating the Demon King and all his children, doing it again three years later, thwarting an alien invasion from members of his own race, taking down the most elite fighting force in the universe, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu regularly defeats those called the strongest in the universe]], and escaped an exploding planet, twice. At times his friends truly believe that he is invincible.
* By the latter half of ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Straw Hat Pirates have gotten a reputation for being so CrazyAwesome that very little can stop them, as Luffy has spearheaded attacks on the World Government's most highly protected complexes, the Judicial Island Enies Lobby, the prison Impel Down, and the Navy headquarters Marinford, and punched a World Noble in the face and lived to tell about it, circumstances surrounding those incidents notwithstanding. During Dressrosa, Trafalgar Law has no problem being DefiantToTheEnd to Don Quixote Doflamingo as he knows that even if he gets killed, nothing will stop the Straw Hats from destroying the villain's operations for good.

* ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' does this for ''construction''.
-->The City of New York tried to fix the George Washington bridge for 7 months. Then they called us.
-->We fixed it in one day. Before lunch.
* A heroic version, this basically sums up The Wreckers from the Transformers mythos. They tend to get called in when the job is incredibly dangerous and the chance of death is high.
--> ''Lost cause? Of course it's a lost cause! That's why we're'' here.
* Reed Richards invoked this trope in the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' arc "True Story":
-->"In order to deal with this phenomenon I will have to literally create an entirely new field of scientific study. Give me forty-eight hours."
** Doing the impossible is pretty much the Fantastic Four's mission statement. A subtle example, when they shrunk themselves to microscopic size to inject themselves into the bloodstream of their old friend Willie Lumpkin to remove an inoperable brain tumor. Lumpkin's doctor had previously said that only a miracle could save him. Ben Grimm's reply;
--->"A miracle...does that guy have any idea who he's talking to?"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* It's implied in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, that Samantha Shepard's suicide mission actually counted as a deconstruction since the "loyalty" missions in which she gained her crewmates' trust were at least partially set up by Cerberus in order to make Shepard and her team bond more tightly. This feeling of unearned success contributes to her HeroicBSOD. She is, however, still regarded as one who does the impossible--it's the reason why despite her [[WhatTheHellHero crimes]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic against civilians]] the powers-that-be opt to give her another chance. That Shepard & Co. ''can't'' just shoot, bludgeon, or talk their way through the threat facing her galaxy only shows how [[GodzillaThreshold how dangerous said threat is]]. The Citadel Council and others begin to regard the Trans-Galactic Republic as doing the impossible since their technology defies known physics, their ships are so strong, and they send ''Reapers'' packing. Such adoration seems misplaced after the events of ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', but it's all they have left [[spoiler:or so they think]].
* The four quite rightly get this reputation in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' when they achieve some highly improbable successes. To the point where the following dialogue with the Circle takes place:
-->Suddenly the Scheme-Maker thumped her fist on the table and grinned. “So! Seems impossible to touch Cloud Horn. Recalcitrant owners. Deadly consequences if caught stealing. Can't give much in way of resources, since seems like a waste. Have to use own gear. Still, only Key mission now. Welcome to try. Want?”
-->The four looked at one another, knowing they were all of the same mind. “I reckon we'll have a bash,” said Paul. “We're a bit good at the impossible.”
-->“Especially the impossible at a luxury resort,” murmured John.

* ''Film/TheFifthElement:'' Korben Dallas is an overworked and unappreciated cabbie who ends up having to save the universe. Helps that he's Creator/BruceWillis, which crops up in many of his roles.
* ''Film/DieHard:'' Nevermind anything else this overworked NYPD cop does, he ''takes out a helicopter with a police car''. He's just a mook that always ends up in the wrong place at the right time, or as they say in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': "That's what makes you That Guy."
** Weirdly, John is usually this ''on accident''. He's never the first guy anyone goes to in an out-of-control terrorist crisis in the films, doesn't get any accolades, and it is in fact suggested in the 4th film that his police department and many other law enforcement agencies consider his actions to be a fluke or an embarrassment. Somehow however, he always ends up being right in the middle of the terrorist plots he thwarts.
* John Franchise/{{Rambo}} arguably meets the first three criteria.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': As does Riddick. For instance, outrunning the lethal sunrise on an alien planet, or resisting having his soul ripped out by a half-dead warlord through sheer force of will.
* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Alan Quatermain (Creator/SeanConnery) apparently actually hired a guy to screen visitors because of his reputation for skill.
* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' teams seem to fill this role.
* ''Film/TheATeam'': As defined by the officer pursuing the Alpha Team:
-->'''Capt. Charisa Sosa:''' ...they are the best at what they do, and they specialize in the ridiculous.
* Peter lampshades this in ''Film/GhostbustersII'':
-->'''Venkman:''' Kitten, what I'm saying is that, sometimes, shit happens, someone's gotta deal with it, and who're you gonna call?

* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is a subversion. He's got a rep for being the great and powerful wizard who can solve any problem, but he's really a fake. (Starting with ''Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz'', he BecomesTheMask and becomes a real hero.)
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** Rogue Squadron of the ComicBook/XWingSeries, and its commander Wedge Antilles in particular. One of the Rogues' mottoes is "Impossible is our stock in trade, and success is what we deliver." No matter how many Rogues die in combat, Wedge always survives, and the squadron always rebuilds.
** In a book of the Literature/NewJediOrder, Wedge isn't one of the Rogues anymore, instead commanding a good-sized portion of the New Republic's fleet in the days after Coruscant falls to the Yuuzhan Vong. What's left of the New Republic's ruling council tells him to hold Borleias as long as possible. Wedge is highly savvy and sees through them, aware that they want him and his entire command to get gloriously killed so that they can surrender later. He bullies them into giving him more resources by threatening to quit, along with most of his command staff, if they don't. Ultimately he sets up a new Rebel Alliance to work quietly under the radar, and while he ultimately retreats away from Borleias, he gives the Vong one hell of a bloody nose on the way out.
** In the same duology of books, after setting up their base on Borleais, an enemy fleet attempts to take back a temporary base they're fabricating on the moon. Wedge and Tycho very specifically plan this operation so as to make it look like they lose the moon and run back to the planet in retreat. Due to coincidental timing by the cavalry and their BigDamnGunship, they end up destroying the entire fleet instead.
--->'''Tycho:''' We'll put that in your biography. Wedge Antilles was so great [[SpringtimeForHitler he couldn't lose when he tried]].
** In the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', it's explicitly stated that Anakin stands out in this regard, even for a Jedi. Obi-Wan even reflects on this at one point: "But for Anakin Skywalker, the completely impossible had an eerie way of being merely difficult."
* Literature/CiaphasCain's is the HERO OF THE IMPERIUM because this trope is his stock and trade. His heroism is a mixture of "undeserved reputation" and genuine ability, odd as that sounds. He typically gets sent in to do something "merely" difficult, tries to take the easy way out, finds out things are much worse than they seem, and ends up doing the impossible anyway, only further enhancing his reputation.
** Just one example: In ''Death or Glory'', he's shot down onto a strange planet in the middle of a continent controlled by Orkish invaders. His plan: get the frak out of there as soon as possible. The result: becoming a rallying point for a growing army of survivors, [[spoiler: destroying thousands of Orks, and personally dueling the Ork Warboss to (the Ork's) death, effecting the liberation of the planet almost personally.]]
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': The Vorkosigan Family. As Cordelia remarks; "The difficult we do at once. The impossible takes a little longer."
* Literature/JamesBond. Even more so in the films.
* Some ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' characters;
** Lu Tze is just that badass as well as a fake ultimate hero simultaneously. Granny Weatherwax is a total badass.
** The entire city of Ankh-Morpork has gained this reputation by ''Discworld/TheLastHero''; according to Lord Vetinari, the reason the people of the Counterweight Continent ask him, and by extension the city's people, to stop Cohen the Barbarian from blowing up the Disc is because, in his words, "They believe us to have zip, zing, get-up-and-go, and can-do." Notably, the crew selected to go after Cohen consists of; Rincewind, IneptMage, CosmicPlaything and ActionSurvivor, Captain Carrot, TheAce and TheUnchosenOne who may be the last son of the city's royal family, and Leonard Da Quirm, a brilliant inventor who designs weapons of mass destruction as a hobby. The Librarian, who has been an orangutan and the only member of UnseenUniversity's staff who really knows what to do, ended up part of the crew by accident.
* Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Lan, Thom Merril, even Jain Farstrider from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' have this quality and Lan, Mat and Perrin have all unwittingly received followers for it. Granted, Mat IS that lucky and Perrin can talk with wolves, but hey...
* Near the end of ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', Inigo Montoya and Fezzik face a seemingly impossible task and feel lost without Vizzini, who was the brain of the outfit. They decide that the one they need to help them is the Man in Black -- because he already climbed the Cliffs of Insanity without a rope, and beat the world's greatest fencer Inigo in a swordfight, the world's strongest giant Fezzik in wrestling and the, uh, [[SmugSnake kind of smart]] Vizzini in a game of wits.
** At one point the Man in Black deems a task impossible, until they had a wheelbarrow and Holocaust cloak, and then suddenly he has a plan that works perfectly with only these two items.
* Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor, in Creator/TheBrothersGrimm story, is a fake ultimate hero. Having killed seven flies, he embroiders a belt with the BadassBoast "Seven In One Blow" and then has to use [[GuileHero his wits]] to fulfill challenges from people who think it was seven ''men''.
* Literature/GauntsGhosts would fall under the first category.
* David Gunn's Sven goes from living with barbarian aliens that wiped out his command to killing armies across the galaxy.
* The Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers have rebooted ancient computers, solved planetary plagues, explored starships that can crash-dive into suns, made planets disappear, installed and booted up a warp core while being crushed inside a gas giant, and built devices that can ''alter the laws of probability''. In fact their motto is practically "If we can't do it, it can't be done."
** To top it off, the motto that appears on their actual 'corps patch' is "We got it", and they've got a reputation for being able "to turn rocks into replicators" that doesn't seem to be exaggerated in the least.
* Subverted in the backstory of ''Penric's Mission'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold. Penric is so good at sorcerous healing that his local hospital assigns him all the hopeless cases, including the patients even sorcery can't cure. After an emotionally draining period of seeing most of his patients die and never being given any easy successes, he burns out and seeks a different career.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor. He flies in a time machine that can go anywhere and any''when'' in the universe, has saved the Earth more times than he can count, saved the universe and all of reality itself repeatedly. He defeats intergalactic races of pure evil on a daily basis, thinks crippling dictatorships is a rather average outing, and can do all of this with a kettle, a piece of string, and a screwdriver.
--->'''Doctor:''' It's impossible!\\
'''River:''' ''How'' impossible?\\
'''Doctor:''' Two minutes.
** That being said, he's so used to being impossible and amazing that he's devastated when he ''can't'' pull out an impossible miracle. In "Voyage of the Damned," [[spoiler: when he can neither save all of his friends nor pull a falling Astrid out of an emergency teleport]], he bellows, "I CAN DO ANYTHING!" as he all but rips the teleport mechanism to shreds.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': "I'm Rodney [=McKay=]. Difficult takes a few seconds; impossible, a few minutes!"
** Also, Sheppard has flown several [[SuicideMission Suicide Missions]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 have gotten so adept at this the [[AncientAstronauts Asgard]] have, on more than one occassion, 'hired' them.
** There is even a sprinkle of this within (but not yet recognised outside of) the Destiny '[[TheUnchosenOne Expedition Crew]]' in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', especially for [[AscendedFanboy Eli]].
* In an old Polish series ''Zmiennicy'', one of the workers at a theater says: [[BadassBoast "I do the impossible offhand,]] [[UpToEleven for miracles you have to wait a bit."]]
* The Impossible Mission Force in ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Used by Mal Reynolds during the Battle of Serenity Valley to describe his unit:
-->"We have done the impossible. And that makes us mighty."
** Subverted pretty hard immediately after, though, because they [[CurbStompBattle lose pretty badly.]]
* Jack Bauer of ''Series/TwentyFour''. Throughout the series he persevered through gunshot wounds, beatings, torture, explosions, plane crashes, drug addiction, biological weaponry and even clinical death. He very quickly becomes the guy anyone in the government goes to if they want to get shit done in as short a time as possible.
* James West and Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' are apparently the government's go-to team whenever the impossible needs to be done.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be punished. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."
* In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', when people with latent magical power are driven beyond the DespairEventHorizon, their InnerDemon bursts forth into the real world; coming back from the brink is said to be practically impossible. Haruto Souma, the title character, does this ''twice'': once in the backstory (which gave him the ability to use magic in the first place), and again in TheMovie. The latter gets a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] when the BigBad outright says "[[ThisCannotBe That's impossible!]]" and Haruto responds "Isn't doing the impossible what wizards are all about?"
* [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet engineers]] have an InUniverse reputation for this, the motto that appears on their actual 'corps patch' is "We got it", and claims that they are able "to turn rocks into replicators" that don't seem to be exaggerated in the least.

* Savoyard march song ''Gironfla'', where the King of Savoy musters himself an army of 80 halberd-armed peasants, 4 cast iron guns and baggage train of 20 donkeys, puts a twenty-year old EnsignNewbie Cristopho de Carignan to lead it - and wins the French army sent against it. [[spoiler:The song is based on RealLife historical events.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* {{Challenge Gamer}}s are effectively this. NintendoHard? More like "just try harder." ThatOneBoss? More like "try, try again." They'll gladly take on what most gamers will RageQuit out of.
* Master Chief of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is a combination of both TrainingFromHell and Native Skill and Cunning. He's already considered to be one of the best Spartan-II {{Super Soldier}}s by the beginning of the first game, but his exploits after most of the other [=IIs=] have died are what really turn him into a legend. Really, Spartans as a whole are considered to be this by the rest of the UNSC, the [[SuperPrototype IIs]] especially.
* Similarly, in the earlier Bungie game ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', the character is implied to be [[spoiler:a cyborg super-soldier, the hero of a thousand faces, and the personification of Destiny itself.]] As the series progresses, he goes from surgical strikes to being the turning point of a war to single-handedly routing entire armies.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has been blow up, shot at, fallen heights that would've crippled others, and has actually been ''shot in the head'' by a ''Desert freaking Eagle'', and somehow he ''still'' has a bad guy body count well into the triple digits by the second game, and has personally ended the life of anyone who's ever pointed a gun at him. [[spoiler:And yet somehow the villains of the third game somehow think it's a good idea to make this completely unkillable man their ''fall guy''.]]
* The Prince in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' wants to kill off the PC, but [[TheUriahGambit since he can't order an execution sends us on increasingly dangerous suicide missions]].
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', where [[spoiler:the protagonist was genetically ''designed'' to cut through Rapture like a hot knife through butter.]] The [[RespawnPoint Vita Chambers]] help.
* The arcade mode in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' applies this to Mobius 1, the player character of ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies''. The mission commander explains that Mobius 1 was chosen to put down an Erusian rebellion ''by himself'' because his kill count exceeds that of ''[[OneManArmy entire squadrons]]''. Oh, and the Erusians know him as "[[RedBaron the]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Grim]] [[TheGrimReaper Reaper]]."
* Played with in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Shepard, on his/her own, is a clear total badass, and was selected as the first human Spectre specifically on account of being a Badass -- what he/she did, the player chooses at the character creation screen. In fact, Shepard gets huge amounts of credit and respect for being such a Badass, unlike many such characters. Shepard's ''[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits squad]]'', on the other hand, tends to be closer to elite cannon fodder; most of them aren't as obviously Badass as Shepard when they first join, but by the time the games are over, they've done enough LevelGrinding that impossible tasks are just another day's work.
** Played with by giving you a whole squad of badasses in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[BadassCrew Every squadmate]] is either the best in their profession or just ridiculously tough - [[BadassGrandpa Zaeed]] in particular is described as just like Shepard except for the fact he takes cheques (and is incapable of leading.) According to the squad, they're also sent into suicidal odds about twice a day.
*** Lampshaded by Tali at game's end:
----> '''Tali:''' I can't believe you [[spoiler:destroyed the Collector base]]. They said it couldn't be done. Then again, they say that about a lot of the things you do.
*** Also lampshaded when recruiting Thane.
---->'''Shepard''': They told me it was impossible to get to Ilos, too.\\
'''Thane''': A fair point. You've made a career on performing the impossible.
*** Garrus also has this winner:
---->'''Garrus:''' The Collectors killed you once and all it did was ''piss you off''.
* ''VideoGame/AirForceDelta Strike'': Need a team to [[AirstrikeImpossible fly into the eye of a tornado to destroy its generator]], [[ViolationOfCommonSense destroy rail-gun artillery by flying down the barrel]], or clear an [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer absurdly spacious subway]] of enemy weapons? Call in the Delta Squadron.
* [[TheHero Lightning]] almost invokes this trope word for word in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', declaring she, the other party members, and [[HumansAreSpecial humanity as a whole]] to be just that badass. By this point the gang has taken down [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu multiple god-like beings]], some of them had to be defeated several times, and the party is still going.
-->"We live to make the impossible possible!"
** Gets taken to BeyondTheImpossible levels in the [[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII trilogy's final game]], where [[spoiler: she slays the TopGod of the entire series' universe! And even though she acknowledges in the ending that [[HesJustHiding he may not be dead but simply in crystal stasis]], she still states it doesn't matter since humanity [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu already beat him once]] and they can do it again if he ever comes back.]]
*** On another level, the world [[YouCantFightFate is fated to be destroyed on day 13.]] But if you play the game right, [[spoiler: you can ''[[ScrewDestiny make the world continue to exist for a 14th day.]]'']]
* This level of badassery is almost exactly how Samus is characterized in the manual for the original ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'', having completed countless missions that others would have deemed impossible.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': In a less physical version of this trope, Phoenix Wright makes a living of turning an impossible trial on its head. If the only choices he has are the impossible and the [[BuffySpeak even more impossibler]], he'll do ''both simultaneously''.
* Squad 7 from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' fits this trope rather well (despite technically being mere militia) thanks to Welkin Gunther's leadership, and they end up being assigned numerous suicide missions deemed too unglamorously dangerous for the regular Gallian army. Though the brass treats them as mere CannonFodder, Squad 7 always manages to pull off an astonishing victory against near-impossible odds, or at the very least, delay the enemy hordes long enough to allow allied units to successfully retreat (before making their own escape).
** Squad 442 ("The Nameless") from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' is a penal legion whose exploits under the command of Kurt Irving grow to rival those of Squad 7 itself, even if [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold their heroics will forever remain a state secret]].
* This trope is used as a HandWave in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Warlords of Draenor'' for how a certain NPC is able to sell you a new copy of the expansion's epic/legendary ring, ie. the ring equivalent of an InfinityPlusOneSword.

* The gang of ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' are an example of SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder. Schaefer has tried and failed to get them killed so many times on minor missions that he goes to them now if he really does have a job that needs doing against all odds. The B-team and C-team are also examples of this trope, but for different reasons, the B-team is an entire team of TheAce CowboyCop types of various flavors and TrueCompanions who do it with pure skill, and the C-team does it by simply [[NoKillLikeOverkill blowing everything up, shooting everything up, dicing everything up]] and calling in weapons of mass destruction way too often.
* ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' has Space Ranger cadets put into [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Unwinnable Training Situations]] repeatedly...and they're graded by how many ways they can figure out to pull off an "impossible" victory.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Fellowship of ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles''. Especially after Year Four, when they accomplish a task that is explicitly stated to be impossible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* MickeyMouse in "Disney/BraveLittleTailor" whose boast that he "killed seven [flies] in one blow!" was taken out of context and he was tasked with taking out a nearby problem giant.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. "I can do anything" is her tagline. [[BraggingThemeTune She's even got a song about it]].
** Lampshaded in a flashback from TheMovie "A Sitch In Time"
--->'''Kim:''' Okay, type in "[=KimPossible=].com."
--->'''Ron:''' Loading... Loading... "Kim Possible. She can do anything." Yeah, you know, it sounds a little braggy.
--->'''Kim:''' It's like a commercial, Ron. It's supposed to be braggy.
** Heck, her ''name'' alludes to this ability, which comes up as a semi-regular PhraseCatcher; Sometimes she'll do something remarkable or say she's planning to do so, and another character will say "It's impossible!". Ron's responds "Check the name." (About the only time the {{punny name}}s are noticed in-universe.)
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', to the point that they just sort of assume it.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', Sam's skateboard simulation computer program stumbles upon a move that it has deemed physically impossible. Otto doesn't believe it, so he tries to pull it off and at one point does...[[spoiler:with a little assistance from a tennis ball shot out of the Stimpletons' lawn mower.]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': The Professor regularly sends the Planet Express crew on [[SuicideMission missions that he doesn't expect them to survive]]--not because he wants to kill them, but because he views them as completely expendable.
-->'''The Professor:''' [[CatchPhrase Good news, everyone.]] Tomorrow, you'll all be making a delivery to Ebola 9, the virus planet.
-->'''Hermes:''' Why can't they go today?
-->'''The Professor:''' Because tonight's a special night, and I want you all to be alive.
* This trope has been an exact quote for WesternAnimation/TheImpossibles.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Bill Cipher has raised HellOnEarth, and having been separated from his immediate family and lost his Journal, Dipper has hit the DespairEventHorizon. However, Wendy voices her belief that, having done incredible feats throughout the summer, taking Bill down is something Dipper can do.
-->'''Wendy:''' I've seen a lot of crazy stuff this summer, but nothing as amazing as you and your sister.
* {{Invoked}} in the ''WesterAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long is Forever?" when Starfire thinks defeating Warp and changing the BadFuture is impossible.
-->'''Nightwing:''' Good. If memory serves, we've done the impossible before.