Playing With / God-Mode Sue

Basic Trope: A Mary Sue/Marty Stu that is ridiculously powerful.
  • Straight: Lily knows every martial art known to man, can survive getting stabbed in the head, and kills the Big Bad with a single punch.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Lily is a Boring Invincible Hero who almost manages to keep the audience's Willing Suspension of Disbelief. They only have a hard time suspending their disbelief for one or two fight scenes.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It turns out the story is being told by an Unreliable Narrator and Lily only knows one or two martial arts, survived a stab to the torso, and defeated the Big Bad with a sword, not a punch.
    • Bob is worse than useless in actual combat, but neither he nor anyone else knows this because his reputation alone sends all enemies running away screaming in terror. Thus, he never has to actually fight anyone.
    • Lily can crack a planet in half with a single punch, but faces enemies so powerful that she's still the underdog by comparison.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • God Man is an omnipotent, omniscient superhero whose plans are either comically simple or complex to the point of absurditynote .
    • Lily is literally god moding herself through life.
    • Lily goes to the point she declares herself as a god.
  • Zig Zagged: Lily opens the console and toggles god mode on and off on occasion.
  • Averted:
    • Lily is powerful, but believably so.
    • Bob is a three dimensional character with realistic flaws.
  • Enforced:
    • The author wants to live out their fantasies of being a total badass through the main character.
    • Author's reasoning:

      1) I like Lily.

      2) Lily's a total badass.

      3) Therefore the more badass my character is, the more awesome (s)he will be.
  • Lampshaded: "Really Lily? You're just making the rest of us look bad!"
  • Invoked: Lily does some experiments on Bob in order to make him a God Mode Sue Super Soldier.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob just let Lily do all the work, her being all godly and stuff.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "Hey Lily, if you can take down 90 people on your own, why the hell do you need me!?"
    Lily: "What if there's 91 people?"
  • Conversed: "And so, the adventures of the untouchable, transcendent Lily continues to not be worth watching since you know she will never get hurt."
  • Deconstructed: Lily's life becomes boring as a result of being nigh-invincible. She yearns for a worthy foe but she just can't find one.
  • Played For Laughs: Memetic Badass

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