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.
Kain, the undisputed king of this trope for many reasons, but none more so then manipulating history itself for his own means via time travel and being able to outwit not just powerful sorcerers and mages, but an actual parasitic elder god with only his own memories of history's events to guide him all the while fighting against an entire time line of individuals out to get him and with only a magic sword to assist him, a magic sword that was useless against his most dangerous enemy until the near end of his scheme.. upon which he not only punched out Cthulu, but buried him with the rubble of his own home all while accenting it with one of the greatest "Shut up Hannibal's" of all time.~Pumablues
Amazo, from the DCAU. He starts out with no powers other than the standard Immune to Bullets. He can't fly, and can't even punch through a flimsy steel door. He then, one by one, absorbs all of the Justice League's powers, while at the same time becoming smarter and smarter. He is then able to start beating the heroes at their own powers, such as using a Flash Step against the Flash and using his duplicated power ring to drive Green Lantern into the ground. He finally gets bored of Earth, after becoming the most powerful opponent the League had ever faced, and leaves. And this is all from looking at the heroes. He is good at what he does. ~ Freiberg
How are we forgetting Cacame Awemedinade, the World's most badass elf and Elf King of Dwarfs!? (that being what he was in a generated world. It's the badassery that's the memetic part, really... though he IS capable of slaying dragons without armour and single handedly routing human sieges...) ~ TARDISES
If you've ever met Dio Brando, and didn't fight against him or work under him, then chances are you've slept with him. Of course, the third category is not exclusive of the former two. ~ King of the Mime Swing
The Christmas Bowl in Eyeshield 21. The Devil Bats beat a 40-point spread against the Teikoku Alexanders with nine minutes left in the last quarter of the game. Did I forget to mention that the Alexanders are an all-star high school football team who had won every single Christmas Bowl for the past twenty years without giving up a single point against any of their opponents? Talk about doing the impossible. ~ Andyroid
Network. Howard Beale, insane fictional character, has an influence on the Real Life political discourse 35 years later. ~ Nlpnt
Neon Genesis Evangelion. A show designed to criticize and point out the shallow and superficial aspects of Otaku culture at the time, such as the idolization of simplistic character types, passing over deeper themes and meanings in favor of glorified combat, and the objectifying sexualization of female characters, ultimately resulted in...a stronger idolization of simplistic character types, passing over deeper themes and meanings in favor of glorified combat, and the objectifying sexualization of female characters. And death threats. ~ King of the Mime Swing
Lyla's father from August Rush, anyone? It's bad enough that he's one hell of a Stage Dad, but it's hard not to throw your mobile phone at the screen after he sends his daughter's baby to an orphanage after it was born (while she was in a coma) and tells her that her baby had died. Christ, if that isn't heinous, I don't know what is. ~ jackedup85
From InuYasha: Rin, for Sesshoumaru. He starts out as a power-hungry son of a bitch who utterly loathes humans. When Rin dies during his quest into Hell itself to unlock the ultimate power of his sword Tenseiga, he drops the sword and stands there holding the little girl's body, realizing that obtaining that power means nothing to him if the price is Rin's life. His minion, Jaken (who normally snarks about Rin being an annoyance), says something to the effect that Sesshoumaru's disposition prevents him from ever shedding tears—so he, Jaken, will weep for Rin in his master's place. You're not the only one, Jaken. ~Venovel
"Tangram Set 1" by Tangerine Dream is pretty much just one long, twenty-minute collection of Most Wonderful Sounds arranged into a progressive melody. If I had to pick one sound from it then it would be the ethereal windchime noise that plays from 3:26 to 3:34. -Ziggy Zag
That little hissing sound you get when popping the cap off of an ice cold bottle of beer after a long, hot, summer's day. Or, if you don't drink alcohol, same noise as applies to a glass bottle of coke. ~ SG_Man_Forever
Hyadain's Quick Man / Quick!!!. It's full of this, but around 2:02, Quickman goes into a monologue that just goes nuts ~Enlong
"How do you say this... You know I think love is a waste of time, because life is so short, right? ImeanwhyshouldIhavetowastemyprecioustimeonsomeoneelse?IhavesomanythingsIwanttodoandworkisfinallypickingupforme-" (CUT DUE TO LENGTH)
Red Mage is the living embodiment of this trope, to the point where he was initially unwilling to save his own life if it affected his character alignment. It's mentioned that he's the Last of His Kind, because every Red Mage was like this, and they "stupided themselves to extinction." ~ mysterykcad
Well until Michael Bay films his breakfast being made, I'll have to settle for this educational film called "Conan The Librarian", where a library card was treated like a sacred item. I like reading, but that was just silly. ~Lord TNK
The Nostalgia Critic yawning, getting out of bed, brushing his teeth, moseying into the kitchen, and eating breakfast cut and scored in a way that proves once and for all that you can indeed make anything exciting by making an 80's sports montage-type scene out of it. -Ziggy Zag
AKB0048. Not only is this group of Idol Singers treated as the most amazing thing in the world (natch, the series is about them, after all), but we learn that it comes with defending the galaxy from Anti-Fun Soldiers enforcing a ban on entertainment with ships and lasers and space battles. Oh yeah, and there's also a Myth Arc of sorts. Yeah, the show is a bit... grandiose. -Physical Stamina
Richard, Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, Mistress of Magma, and the Mayor of a little village up the coast. ~ Wragnaroq R Maggeddon
DoctorWho The Doctor has a fair few. Namely;Theta Sigma, The Last of The Time Lords, The Oncoming Storm, Ka-Faraq-Gatri, Destroyer of Worlds, Bane of Nightmares, John Smith, The Lonely God, Christo, The Sainted Physician, The Raggedy Doctor, The Man Who Gives Monsters Nightmares, The Madman With A Box, Predator of the Daleks.~ MH Mhasf 1998
MTV Networks is the all-time champion of this. Its namesake (and sibling VH1) have abandoned music videos for Snark Bait reality shows, CMT, once standing for Country Music Television, now shows game shows and Follow the Leader reality shows that were on Fox five years ago, TV Land has started to dump shows from the 50s and 60s to add more recent reruns and reality shows, and The Nashville Network was retooled into The National Network and later Spike TV. The only networks under their banner that haven't appeared to veer wildly off-course are Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. ~ Anonymous User, Willy Four Eyes, The Red Red Kroovy, Carla
Bleach: Captain Hitsugaya Toshiro stabbing his childhood friend and possible love interest Hinamori Momo in the heart. —ncfan
Bumblebee of Transformers Animated managed to simultaneously get an enemy spy started on his way to being head of intelligence, but also to send an innocent man (well, machine) to the stockade, where he spent the next fifty-plus years slowly becoming insane and vengeful before breaking out to come after Bumblebee for revenge. (Both of those situations, incidentally, manage to get worse.) Way to go, bee. ~ Scrounge
Hades. He robbed Hercules of his divinity in the first five minutes of the movie, then spent the next 88 minutes of it unknowingly helping him recover it. ~ Carla
First Despair talked Rao into creating life on an inherently unstable world with the ultimate aim of creating a single being to mourn and despair like never before. This plan ended up in Superman - a hero who manages to inspire hope even in universes where he does not exist. ~ Canonier
Ace Attorney has a lot of this since criminals have to make mistakes to get caught. The best example is probably Matt Engarde, who would have kept Phoenix in a Morton's Fork situation where he basically had to get Engarde off the hook if he hadn't taken the highly stupid and highly unnecessary step of recording Juan Corrida's assassination without Shelly De Killer's knowledge. Third game also has 2 straight cases where culprits slip up and give testimony that proves they were the ones who murdered the victim of the case. ~ stupidskeleton
Metal Slug 3. First time I went all the way through this game, it took 44 credits, maybe half of which were on the last stage. Whereas Bullet Hell games can be tamed with enough dedication and studying patterns, the Metal Slug series gets its difficulty from the sheer number of cheap shots. ~ Ray Ayanami
Star Trek. Every single series made has had several people nearly die due to a safety hazard that should have been cleared up long before the ship left docking. Special mention goes to the holodeck, which seems designed to lull people into a false sense of security before killing them. ~ Doodler
Chapter 10: Origins from Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. A remake of the ENTIRETY of the original Castlevania, down to the enemies, bosses, and even all of the breakable walls and other secrets. Awesome. ~Thief of Time
The monster in the prison cell of Silent Hill 2. You never see it, but it moans in a low, guttural voice, and can be targeted with a firearm and killed. Worse, it makes a human-like sound when attacked. People have all but driven themselves crazy over this monster, and how it wouldn't be nearly as scary if you just knew what the fuck it was. ~ SG_Man_Forever
From Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Fai. Despite the silly nicknames and laid-back smile, he realizes some plot points from the beginning that the reader doesn't find out until the very end, not to mention the whole "spy for the enemy" thing. ~Eriyu
Tan Hadron in Edgar Rice Burroughs's A Fighting Man Of Mars. Outstanding even among Burroughs's normally bone-headed-about-love heroes. On his quest to rescue Sanoma Tora, he sees Tavia, a slave girl, in trouble and saves her. After that, 1. he sees beautiful women and thinks Tavias is more beautiful than they, and then wonders why he didn't think of Sanoma; 2. he is betrayed into the hands of his enemy, and the traitor has to be either Sanoma or Tavia, and when he learns it was Sanoma, his reaction is overwhelming gratitude that it was not Tavia; 3. he taunts Sanoma with having lost his love, because he has found another, and not a princess but a slave girl; and 4. another character, who had overheard the last, said he was obviously talking about Tavia — and he still denies it! — Goldfritha
Although Katniss Everdeen had this problem in canon the story When the Moon Fell in Love with the Sun takes this to a new level. An AU where Katniss didn't go to the 74th Games and Peeta was the Victor on his own, Peeta returns to District 12 and 'buys' her in exchange for taking care of her poor and starving family. Despite the fact that the world knows Peeta has a girl in District 12 that he loves in secret (he still admitted it in a public interview, although didn't name Katniss), despite the fact that in the arena he kept the handkerchief she gave him as a token of strength and comfort to the point that everyone assumed he got it from his love (although admittedly she doesn't recognise it), despite the fact that he's famous and rich and yet still hasn't hooked up with this girl, despite the fact that he didn't actually deny her mother's suggestion that he wants to marry her, despite the fact that he is more generous to her family than she could have dreamed, despite the fact that he treats her like a queen, she still insists on wondering why he's doing all this for someone as insignificant as her and thinks he only wants her for either a domestic servant or a bedwarmer! She takes Oblivious to Love so far that it borders on Too Dumb to Live and it's actually pretty comical. - Arcane Azmadi
Rin Satsuki. She was Dummied Out from the first Windows game, and nothing exists of her except her name, the titles of two of her attacks, and one monochrome picture which may or may not actually be of her; there is effectivel no canon material of her. However, she has a small fandom, complete with fanart. ~ Kimiko Muffin
I'd have to agree, being pretty much the only example I know. And of course then there's those like you who use her but don't reveal much. ~ TARDISES
"Ferb, I think I know what we're gonna do today!" and "Where's Perry?" and Doofenshmirtz's -inators and "Curse you Perry the Platypus!" and Candace trying to bust Phineas and Ferb and Candace failing to bust Phineas and Ferb and their mothers offer them a snack in the end. ~PKFL_531
Bub's Concession Stand. Not just the only store, also the only comedy club, the only ISP, the only motor lodge etc. In other words, it is the only business that exists in the Homestar Runner universe. ~ IfOnly
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Has the tenth most number of volumes of any manga period, features an enormous cast of colorful, clever characters, and the manga-ka has done artwork featured in the Louvre, yet it didn't even receive a proper anime adaptation until 25 years after its debut, in a time where manga that's been out for six months can receive basically the same. But, when you come out on the coattails of those othertwo big Shounen action series of the '80s, then you're fighting a losing battle when it comes to popularity and influence. ~ King of the Mime Swing