Playing With / The Paragon

Basic Trope: A hero who inspires others to be heroic.
  • Straight: Alice does her duty to help others just so they can learn how to help themselves.
  • Exaggerated: Alice saves the world from a race of evil aliens in order for them to learn how to take down bigger threats.
  • Downplayed: Alice does random acts of kindness hoping that everyone else will do the same for others.
  • Justified: Alice isn't going to be around forever, so she has to make sure other heroes can carry on her work.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice Is simply doing heroic actions and pretending to be the Paragon, purely for the attention it gets her.
  • Double Subverted: ... but she really does care for the wellbeing of other people, and encourages other heroes to be better than her.
  • Parodied: Alice goes around brutally slaughtering random felons in an attempt of Training the Peaceful Villagers. She thinks everyone else is inspired by her heroism, when in reality they're Motivated By Fear not to act against her will.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "I may be a hero, but all of you can be heroes, too."
  • Invoked: Alice's mentor coerces her in leading examples for the citizens to keep them on the straight and narrow.
  • Exploited: The Corrupter targets Alice and manipulates her into breaking the wills of people she seeks to inspire.
  • Defied: The Big Bad upholds their oppressive regime by killing anyone who attempts to serve as an example for the masses.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???


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