This is simply what you think is the (not some of the, the) best example of any trope (an objective trope, not subjective, since this already is subjective). The "Crowning Example" if you will.
There could be several reasons you think an example is the best.
You think it's the best in terms of illustrating the trope.
You think it's the most well done.
It's your favorite play in that trope.
You just really like the source material.
Oh, several things before you list examples:
Each troper gets one example per trope, no more.
Don't go "no, this is," or phrases like that. This is about our own personal favorites.
Syphile Val'Sarghress qualifies for no less than 7 of the bulleted points on the main page, but isn't played for laughs at all. She's really an example of just how bad someone forced to take care of a child can become. ~Katsuhagi
Sigma. He has been killed at least 8 times. ~ DAN004
Ridley. He's survived being blown up at least twice, having ancient artifacts attack his weak point, falling down a 16,000 meter shaft, falling victim to The Corruption twice note Phazon and being infected by the X, and of course, on Super Metroid, he was killed... and then the planet his remains were on was destroyed. ~ Videogmer314
Whistler in the Blade movies. We actually see him brought back to life at the beginning of the second movie, then killed again at the beginning of the third, making his previous resurrection seem completely pointless. — Cuchulainn
Captain Harlock. Stoic and reserved, but he is a truly compassionate and heroic man - on top of which he's an incredible duelist, marksman, strategist, astronaut and all-around awesome guy. ~ As The Anointed
Kratos. He did wipe out nearly the ENTIRE Greek Pantheon. ~ babyhenchy1
Amaterasu, mother of all, goddess of the sun, Shiranui reborn, and "Ammy." Also known as "Snowy," "Fluffball," "Fuzzface," and when not kicking 8 headed dragon ass, she's playfully batting around her helper fairy, taking a nap, or rolling around on her back with her tongue lolling out. ~ SG_Man_Forever
"I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN." ~Sinesofinsanity
"Hello Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe! But bad news everyone, 'cause guess who! HAH! You lot, you're all whizzing about, its very distracting. Could you all stay still for a moment, because I! AM! TALKING! Now the question of the hour is who's got the Pandorica. Answer: I do. Next question: who's coming to take it from me? Come onnnnnn! Look at me, no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else: I don't have anything. To. Lose. So! If you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceships with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica, tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, AND THEN, do the smart thing. Let someone else try first!" ~ Pastylover2
Heed my words, evildoers! If thou doth wish to challenge the Odinson, thou will face the divine power of mighty Mjolnir! Never shall the God of Thunder relent!
"I'm Hub McCann. I've fought in two World Wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses and swords to artillery and tanks. I've seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I've won and lost a dozen fortunes, killed many men, and loved only one woman with a passion a flea like you could never begin to understand. That's who I am. Now go home, boy!" ~ Devil's Advocate
The oath of the Night's Watch: "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come." ~ Lyanna, King of the Mime Swing
The old code, from Dragonheart (although it claims to be the code of the real life King Arthur I guess). "A knight shall know only courage, he voice will only speak the truth, his sword will defend the realm, his strength will protect the weak, his wrath will destroy the evil" ~ AON
Creed of the Blackwatch: "WHEN WE HUNT, WE KILL. NO ONE IS SAFE; NOTHING IS SACRED. WE ARE BLACKWATCH! WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE! WE WILL BURN OUR OWN TO HOLD THE RED LINE, IT IS THE LAST LINE TO EVER HOLD."~ randomtroper95.
Uncle Lonnie, Action; "You're threatening me? That's a laugh... I'm seventy-nine years old. I've got one kidney, one ball and one lung. I take Viagra just to keep from peeing on my shoes, and you're threatening me? Who are you frightening?" — Cuchulainn
Literature/Discworld, Cohen the Barbarian. Tried to return fire to the gods in the form of an explosive, decided not to, and mugged the Valkyries. ~ Ionz
Doomguy. Just a space marine and starting off with only a pistol and some bullets for it - He then goes on to clean both bases on the moons of Mars, enter Hell TWICE, and single handedly repel a demon invasion, effectively DESTROYING HELL the second time he went there. He's awesome when he's gibbing stuff with the BFG-9000, and when he's being a BERSERKER PACKING MAN AND A HALF, and going to RIP AND TEAR DEMON GUTS! ~ TARDISES
Gentleman Johnny Marcone. He once managed to sever a rope with a thrown knife while hanging upside down in the dark. Not only that, but as of book nine, he is the sole signatory of the Unseelie Accords to be a non-magical mortal human. ~ spacemonkey37
Shepherd Book, who taught us all that while the Bible may have specific things to say about killing, it's somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps. And if the guy whose kneecaps you shoot out just happens to fall face-first into a big metal girder, well, so much the better. —Wrybread
Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun. What's not to love about a preacher who looks after the orphanage he runs with combination rocket launcher/machine gun/pistol rack in the shape of a huge cross that he carries around like it was a feather? — The Wanderer
The whole of the Ratchet & Clank series, with rare exception there is absolutely no given explanation for how you lose all or almost all of your usually egregiously large arsenal between each game. Most of them make an attempt at explanation, but none of it really holds up when the exact same circumstance can take place later during gameplay and the weapons are kept. Can also be (in most cases) a shining example of Cutscene Incompetence, especially in Deadlocked, where you are captured by a bare handful of the same robots that you will be destroying by the dozens later in the game, often with a single round of ammo from the Harbinger. ~Whiteface, occasional troper who doesn't feel like registering
All Mega Man series. The trope's nicknamed "Mega Man Amnesia" by fans for a reason. ~ DAN004
Star Wars Expanded Universe: the base on Nkllon — basically fifty AT-AT walkers or so connected together with a small city built on top, constantly walking to stay on the dark side of the slowly-turning planet because going onto the day side would be rapidly followed by melting. Also counts as a Mercurial Base. ~ Mutant Rancor
Mortal Engines. The main point of the series is all the cities on wheels.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare as a whole. Almost any time a well-known line from Shakespeare gets repeated colloquially odds are its' being misquoted or used out of context. "Lead on Macduff" from Macbeth ("Lay on, Macduff" in the original) and "Alas Poor Yorick, I knew him well" are two of the most common examples. This one is the Most Triumphant Example if only because it's been going on for centuries.
"To be or not to be" while holding Yorick's skull ~ Lophotrochozoa
''Prideengen Toppa Gurren Lagann paved the countryside, this show vaporized the mountain that was originally there. ~ ChaosKnux
Doom's Realm667 beastiary having a lot of zombies armed with much stronger weapons such as the BFG and mod-exclusive weapons that make that weapon look like a pea shooter such as, recently in the forums, the Devastator; (not to mention, zombies in tanks, hovercars, and segways) there's even talk of a nuclear missilelauncher zombie.
Discord. Sure, he's a funny-looking Mix-and-Match Critter with the maturity of a child. He's also an eons old God of Chaos who can twist the fabric of reality with a snap of his fingers, can Mind Rape even the most resilient ponies effortlessly, and doesn't care for anything other than his own amusement. — MrCropper
The one that takes the cake: Gin's zanpakutou. It's a wakizashi, so technically speaking it's smaller than a katana — but then again, it stretches. A lot. Especially when in Bankai mode. 13 kilometers! ~ Carla
Final Fantasy XII; on the wall behind the counter at the main weapon shop, is a Behemoth type monster's sword. This thing's at least as long as Sephiroth's, and about three times as wide and thick as Cloud's. — Cuchulainn
Slash Emperor. 'That which consumes planets'. Increases in length to match the size of the target, meaning, that if the user wanted too, he could extend the damn thing to the size of a planet. ~ SEES Wild Card
H.P. Lovecraft's creatures, most of whom were established as extra-terrestrial or extra-dimensional. ~ ZiggyZag, orphu, Man Without A Body, Popette
Sector General, with beings with two hearts, intelligent viruses, beings that eat radiation, a species which must carry around paint and paint itself regularly in order not to starve to death, creatures that live for thousands of years and never stop growing during that time, six-legged elephants who always stand up, and more. ~ Freiberg
The Doctor's two hearts. Or, you know, any of the Time Lords' two hearts. And the ability to metabolize toxins with "something salty and a big shock". And regenerating when near death. ~ Voodoo Child
The Uryuom. Shapeshifting, using limited telepathy where other species exchange pheromones and for linguistic Brain Uploading, reproduction via what they call "eggs"... The least weird description of which would be "symbiosis with a conflict-resolving DNA cross compilier" (it can make a non-sterile hybrid from almost anything, and can process twelve DNA sources). And makes sense evolution-wise if you allow the effects themselves. ~ T Beholder
Pretty much all of the aliens in the Animorphs series. You've got blue centauars with no mouths, a pair of eye mounted on tentacles, a razor sharp blade on their tail, four hearts (one in each of their hoofs), communicate telepathically, and absorb food nutrients through their hoofs. Then you've got the yeerks, which are giant green/gray slugs that flatten themselves out and take over your mind through the ear canal. They are blind, almost deaf, and basically helpless in their natural form, and every three days have to bask in the light of their homeworld, or they'll die. That's not even getting into Visser Three's crazy ass alien morphs, amongst which are multi headed dragon like monsters, aliens with wheels for feet, and one alien that shoots missiles out of its mouth. ~ SG_Man_Forever
John A. Zoidberg. He has many multiple organs, so much he can do a live comentary on his own Alien Autopsy ("Removing the heart" "Take, I've got four of them!"). Alsdo apparently his species' different development stages forms resemble every marine creature ever. And in adult form, he has tendrils for a nose, crab claws, can vomit ink like a squid, produces pearls, and so the list goes on. ~ Electric Boogaloo
The piggies. They turn into trees as part of their reproductive cycle. ~ spacemonkey37
Northern Exposure episode "War and Peace". Brilliantly surprising because outside of this one episode, the series doesn't break the fourth wall, but just this one time they go all out, with the characters calling for the writers to write a better ending, etc. (There's an even longer version of the scene as an extra on the DVD release, which is even better.) ~ Devil's Advocate
Freddie, a friend of Bob the Angry Flower is the latest in a sequence of people trying to rescue Bob and Stumpy from certain death, the narrator's words indicate he is as doomed as all the others, so he shoots the textbox as he goes.
Bones in "Journey to Babel" who manages to get both Kirk and Spock into sickbeds, keep them there and tell them to shut up. Cue him turning to the camera with a big grin on his face as he says, "Well, whaddaya know? I finally got the last word!"
Kid Icarus: Uprising breaks it near constantly throughout the entire game. After the final credits roll, stay on the feather screen long enough and Hades shatters whats left of it while hanging a few lampshades. ~ Pink Hanabi
Yukari Yakumo is one of the greatest examples. She's a Reality Warper who is so lazy she has not one but 2 shikigami doing almost everything for her! (the player even has to go through them twice (albeit one was just stage 2, not extra of phantasm) in order to even face her, and she's the ONLY phantasm boss in the entire series! - TARDISES, Feather7603
There is no such silly concept as agreeing on things in the Neon Genesis Evangelion fandom. In fact, given how pervasive Evangelion became in the anime community, and in pulp culture as a whole, the arguments spread out from the show and even into fandoms of other genres and mediums. That's right; NGE's base is so fractured that it breaks the bases of other series. ~ King of the Mime Swing
At the beginning of the Atari 2600 Superman game you are Clark Kent and you have to walk one screen to the right and approach a bridge, which is blown up, forcing you to walk back to the screen whence you started, enter the phone booth, and change into the Superman garb so you can fly over it. The game does not allow you to bypass this extra step. And it's right at the beginning of the game! ~ ZiggyZag
Pokémon Black and White has several literal examples, and they stopped even trying to come up with semi-plausible justifications. One guard won't let you pass because there's "something ahead".
Mileena from Mortal Kombat series. Over time she's evolved into the series Ms. Fanservice, she's easily the most Stripperiffic character in the series (and that's really saying something), she has a flawless body exposed for your viewing pleasure... and she has a face that will give you nightmares! ~ Arcane Azmadi