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Playing With: Fake Ultimate Hero
Basic Trope: Everyone thinks Bob is The Hero, but his reputation is grossly inflated.
  • Straight: Bob gets public credit for heroic deeds he never actually performed.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a Dirty Coward who ran away from every battle he's been in, but everyone thinks he's the biggest hero in the army.
  • Downplayed: Bob's heroic deeds were easier and less impressive than everyone thinks. He's said to have slain a twenty-foot-tall dragon. It was really more like five feet tall, and he really just scared it off.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is set up as a public hero by the government/media despite his lack of qualifications in order to give the public an inspirational role model.
    • Bob can't exactly control how the public sees him. Even if he were to come clean about his lack of heroism, his fans would rather cling to the myths anyway, so he might as well roll with it while it lasts.
  • Inverted: Bob is a Hero with Bad Publicity who constantly performs heroic deeds while getting absolutely no public acknowledgment for them.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob starts off as a Fake Ultimate Hero, but ultimately grows into a true hero.
    • Alternatively, while Bob isn't as heroic as his reputation, he always assists the true heroes using his fame.
  • Double Subverted: ...until the situation gets bad, and he decides Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
  • Parodied: The falseness of Bob's reputation is blatantly obvious, but nobody ever figures it out.
  • Zig Zagged: Nobody is really sure how much of Bob's reputation is based in reality, and how much of it is lies; not even Bob himself.
  • Averted: Bob lives up to his heroic reputation.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "My reputation for heroism is greatly exaggerated."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Bob's inflated reputation results in people expecting him to act the part, and is a constant source of trouble for him.
    • Alternately, someone finds out the truth behind Bob's Fake Ultimate Heroism, and uses it to blackmail Bob.
  • Defied: Bob corrects anyone he hears spreading undeservedly flattering rumors about him.
  • Discussed: "Sometimes, I wonder if Bob is really as much of a hero as people think he is..."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The constant stress of basing almost his entire public life on a lie slowly wears Bob down, until he finally confesses everything.
    • Although Alice doesn't mind Bob getting the reputation for himself, Bob has very low self-esteem knowing he doesn't deserve it and eventually breaks down.
    • Alice gets frustrated at Bob getting all the reputation for himself and makes a Face-Heel Turn.
  • Reconstructed: However, the person Bob confesses to helps Bob deal with his guilt and agrees to keep his secret.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob has to engage in constant Zany Schemes to maintain his fake reputation.
  • Played For Drama: Everyone decides to count on Bob when they need a hero, and he lets them down.

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