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Basic Trope: A supposed Bad Ass doesn't live up to their billing.
Straight: Prince Amazing is hailed as the most heroic of heroes, but when he goes to fight the forces of evil, he's useless, forcing the good guys to bail him out.
Exaggerated: There isn't a man, woman, or child alive who doesn't know the legends of Prince Amazing and his many feats. He's considered the foremost example of what a man should be in their society. He's also killed immediately when he goes into battle.
Downplayed: Prince Amazing is pretty brave when the chips are down, but he's nowhere near as good as the legends claim he is.
Justified: The prince is very good at promoting himself, and since no one really bothers to check the legends, he gets away with it.
Subverted: The prince is hailed as an amazing hero...and it turns out he is every bit the legends make him out to be.
Double Subverted: However, we see that he's only done a few of the things he's claimed to do, and the rest are all lies.
Zig Zagged: ???
Averted: No claims are made about the prince's awesomeness.
Enforced: "We can't just have another 'I'm the perfect hero' Character. Let's have someone who's only treated like he's a Hero!"
Exploited: The prince is actually in cahoots with the bad guys and is being used as a trap. Since the Genre Savvy heroes know that he'll likely be exposed as a fraud, they'll have to come check him out...
Defied: "Oh no, don't write that down. I was just playing around when I said I had the courage of a hundred men."
Straight: Emperor Evulz is considered one of the worst villains the world has to offer, but he's harmless when fought.
Exaggerated: The emperor is feared far and wide as The Dreaded; no one wants to face him and he only needs to threaten a country to make them surrender. But when the heroes face him, he surrenders as soon as they draw their swords.
Downplayed: It's clear that a lot of the fear around the Emperor is smoke and mirrors, but he's still semi-threatening.
Justified: The Emperor is fairly lazy and idle, so he tries to rely more on having a threatening reputation than relying on brute force.
Subverted: The Emperor more than lives up to his fearsome reputation.
Double Subverted: ...To an extent, anyway - he's committed a few atrocities, but that's about it.
Parodied: The Emperor hires a bunch of mooks to go around the country saying that he's the most fearsome villain ever. The mooks are more terrifying than he is.
Zig Zagged: ???
Averted: The Emperor is frightening, but not overly so.
Enforced: "We can't make him as evil as people think he is, that's just too unrealistic."
Lampshaded: "He is surrendering? Al-Already?! Well... That was easy."
Exploited: The legitimately-threatening emperor plays up his dangerous reputation knowing that the heroes will assume it's a fraud and come investigate.
Defied: Well aware of the disadvantage that represents having a weak body, the Emperor starts researching for methods to become stronger, so he doesn't fall in case he has to face the heroes personally.
Back to Feet of Clay. You know, I heard that trope page was so awesome but I don't think it lives up to the hype...