Playing With / Chronic Hero Syndrome

Basic Trope: The protagonist(s) is addicted to heroic acts.
  • Straight: Alice is repeatedly sidetracked by various people in need, such as a person trapped in a car or an attempted robbery.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Occasionally Alice does a little more heroic action than necessary, but not much.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's Power Source actually requires her to perform several heroic acts a day in order to function.
    • Alice suffers from trauma stemming from how a young girl died when she chose to do the "logical thing" and call for help rather than dive in to save the day herself. Now, whenever she comes across someone who needs her help, her fears of history repeating itself keep her from ignoring them.
    • One of Alice's powers is Super Speed and lives in a Sugar Bowl where there are no real problems. She helps everyone because she has nothing better to do.
    • Alice is a genuinely Nice Girl who just likes to help people thus when she got Powers/Skills she decided to use them just to help everyone out.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice acts far too heroic for her own good... but then she refuses to rescue a kidnapped little girl.
  • Double Subverted: The overwhelming guilt causes Alice to rescue her later on.
  • Parodied: Alice is literally unable to stop acting heroic, complete with trying to quit and a Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere sequence.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice acts far too heroic for her own good... but then she refuses to rescue a kidnapped little girl. The overwhelming guilt causes Alice to rescue her later on... but it turns out that that was her sister - the original little girl is still trapped! Alice goes off to rescue her, but stops mid-step. Then she goes on anyway...
  • Averted: Alice never performs any more heroism than the norm.
  • Enforced: "We need to show how heroic Alice is! Let's have her repeatedly act heroic!"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Why can't I stop being a hero?"
    • "Building on fire, cat caught in tree, opening a peanut butter jar? Alice..." "Look, I don't choose who needs help with what, all right? I'm there, I help. It comes with the cape."
  • Invoked: Bob dares Alice to help 50 people in one day.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz sets up several dangerous situations in order to keep Alice busy while she works on her Death Ray.
  • Defied: Alice actively avoids minor dangerous situations.
  • Discussed: "Boy, is she heroic! How is she still standing after doing all that?"
  • Conversed: "Yet another over-zealous hero. Aren't you getting sick of those?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • After not being able to save a little girl from a burning building, Alice commits suicide.
    • In a way, the trope itself is a deconstruction of being The Hero.
    • People start to catch onto Alice's constant need to be the hero, and as a result she is easily taken advantage of.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Alice brags about how she can do 20 good deeds in one hour and proceeds to do so.
  • Played For Drama:

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