- 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.
- Lily can kill 100 people from 1,000 miles away just by thinking and can teleport in and out of existence.
- Bob can make his enemies completely cease to exist just by raising his eyebrow.
- 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.
- Lily is actually God!
- Lily wanted to be a badass all her life and has now gained new Reality Warping powers.
- Lily is a part of an advanced race of superhuman beings who are capable of doing such things.
- Lily is an Eldritch Abomination from another dimension or universe.
- Lily has been taking a new Super Serum each and every day for a thousand years.
- 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:
- Zig Zagged: Lily opens the console and toggles god mode on and off on occasion.
- Lily is powerful, but believably so.
- Bob is a three dimensional character with realistic flaws.
- 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.
- Lily knowing the audience will hate her or that things will get boring pretty fast if she doesn't have any realistic flaws; goes out of her way to become a more flawed a person, trying out new flaws to see which one sticks.
- Bob feels that his powers give him an unfair advantage, so he renounces them and lives as a typical mortal.
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
- Played For Drama: Lily may be nigh-unstoppable... but once Tall Poppy Syndrome kicks in, that's a moot point. Most people in-universe find her to be absolutely insufferable, and with literally an infinite number of ways to make someone green with envy, she manages to get herself a 0% Approval Rating. Since she Just Wants To Be Loved, and finds that it's Lonely at the Top, she finds herself in a bit of a pickle as a result.
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