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Playing With: I'm Not a Hero, I'm...
Basic Trope: The Hero denies being a hero.
  • Straight: Bob single-handedly save the passengers of an out-of-control train. When the news reporter claim him a hero, Bob utter this trope.
  • Exaggerated: Bob single-handedly save everyone on the planet from a certain death by meteor crash. When the news reporter claim him a hero, Bob goes on a long rant explaining why he's not a hero.
  • Downplayed: Bob single-handedly saved the passengers of an out-of-control train. When the news reporter claim him a hero, Bob says that it's because he has the competence to do so and it doesn't come out as boasting.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a humble person.
    • Bob is a beta- or even omega-type guy.
    • Bob doesn't like the responsibilities that will inevitably come to heroes.
    • Bob caused a great deal of damage in the process of the rescue and feels too guilty to call himself a hero.
    • Bob had legitimately self-serving motives for his seeming act of heroism, and spells them out in no uncertain terms. He didn't care if a bunch of complete strangers lived or died as a result of his actions.
  • Inverted: Bob is caught dooming the passengers to a burning trainwreck. When the torch-and-pitchfork mobs come at him, he say "No, I'm not a villain. I Did What I Had to Do." The other option was endangering the lives of people on the route of the train.
  • Subverted:
    • "I'm not hero, I'm a SUPERHERO. Write THAT down in your newspaper!"
    • When Bob rescues Alice from her kidnappers, Alice calls him a hero. Bob tells her that he is not one, and then takes her back to the kidnappers telling Alice that he: "warned her"
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: "I'm not a hero, I'm just a social reject with no jobs, no money, no hope of the future. This is just a momentary flash of altruism in the infinitely cold darkness that is my life. Now if you will excuse me, I'll cut myself."
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • No one acts like a hero, no one can praise them, and thus no one can deny the claim.
    • "You're a hero, Bob!" "I... guess I am, aren't I?"
  • Enforced: An Aesop, either about humility, or about being proud of your achievement.
  • Lampshaded: "You don't seem to be the flashy type."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The reporter lowers Bob's confidence further, because she's a minion of Dr. Evulz.
  • Defied: "I'm not a hero, I'm-" "He's the hero, folks! Give him an applause!" "Yeah! Bob is the man!" "...Guess I'm the hero."
  • Discussed: "I suppose I'm have to say I'm not really a hero even though I slew thirty dragons singlehanded and rescued the World's Most Beautiful Woman from the Evil Overlord. That's what every other hero does."
  • Conversed: ???

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