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Basic Trope: A character who is fast, strong, and resilient.
  • Straight: General Drake can run faster than the heroes, hurts them badly after a few hits, and seems to shrug off most of their attacks.
  • Exaggerated: Drake is an Implacable Man who possesses inhuman attributes. He runs like a cheetah, hits with the force of a runaway freight train, and shrugs off direct hits from missiles.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Drake is slow and can neither dish it out nor take it.
  • Subverted:
    • Drake may be fast and strong, but he can't take a hit: heís a Glass Cannon.
    • Drake is strong, fast, and tough... but he's got no stamina. Anyone who survives until he wears himself out will easily be able to turn the tables.
  • Double Subverted: However, while his constitution is poor, he makes use of armor, a Healing Factor, and/or painkillers to negate this weakness.
  • Parodied:
    • Emperor Evulz plays catch with Drake by throwing a football as far as he can, then watching as his second-in-command catches and returns it within seconds.
    • Drake is asked what his weaknesses are. He just laughs and says: "Weakness? What's that?"
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: No one who contains a stellar, as opposed to average, mix of all these traits appears in the story.
  • Enforced: "The heroes need to use their brains to defeat their enemies every once in a while. So let's give them an opponent who is too strong, too fast and too tough to physically defeat".
  • Lampshaded: "This guy's faster, stronger and tougher than any of us!"
  • Invoked: Drake trains until his power matches his speed.
  • Exploited: Gordon tricks Drake into charging at him and dodges. Since Drake is both Too Fast to Stop and too strong to be stopped, there's nothing he can do to avoid smashing through the barriers protecting him from the spikes behind it.
  • Defied: Drake, who is a Jack-of-All-Stats, stumbles upon a Super Soldier serum which could exponentially increase his physical abilities. However, drinking the serum carries the risk of being stupid. Drake, not wanting to be a Dumb Muscle, chooses not drink the serum and walks away.
  • Discussed: "We can't beat Drake in a fight. So we'll have to beat him using our brains".
  • Conversed: "Well, so much for competitive balance."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Drake's extraordinary speed and strength makes him cocky in battle, leading him to underestimate the Weak, but Skilled heroes. His arrogant and gullible nature allows him to be easily tricked and ambushed, and it leads to his sound defeat.
    • A mech with such extraordinary armor, strength and speed will need to expend more energy to lug its bulk around, giving it very limited active time compared to standard issue mechs.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: "We canít outrun him!" "Thatís fine, I only have to outrun you!"
  • Played For Drama: Bob, Rin, Alice, Richard and Lana are not nearly as strong, fast or durable as Drake, and as a result they suffer a horrific No Holds Barred Beat Down.

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