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.
Fawlty Towers: "Oh?? And may I ask what you were expecting to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window?? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeests sweeping majestically..." -Ziggy Zag
Probably not quite my pick in terms of "raw pretty," but Bethesda Softworks managed to take the city of Washington, D.C., shower it in nuclear bombs, and still make it oddly beautiful, all the while fully subverting the Real Is Brown effect exhibited by not quite half of the other areas in the game. That takes talent. *
Mass Effect 2. Look out the window and admire the futuristic elegance of Illium or the filthy, gritty beauty of Omega, and you'll be too distracted by the scenery to focus on the mission. This game manages to make each place seem much bigger than it is and perfectly evokes the atmosphere of every location, from the ship junkyard Korlus to the prison ship Purgatory. - Silver1881
I'm fairly certain Avatar became the world's highest grossing film primarily because of this. ~ RL Nice
Season 10 of Degrassi. Really? Nobody wears a regular T-shirt under the school polo and takes the latter off as soon as they leave the building? Nobody? This in a school where the uniform was introduced in the middle of a school year as punishment for a few students' bad behavior, in a country where they are by no means the norm? Really? ~ Nlpnt
Lee Linjun. JerkassNeidermeyer? Check. Useless in a fight? Check. Half-assed tragic backstory for which he blames a much more likeable character? Check. Turns traitor and kills the Badass Grandpa with a cheap shot? Check. He may not be the best known Scrappy, but dammit, he's trying the hardest! ~ Saieras
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Elim Garak, hands down: even in-universe, his ability for obfuscation is legend. And the best thing is, because everyone expects him to lie about everything (and he actively encourages everyone to believe this), it means no-one can tell which lies are the important ones! ~ Wyldchyld
Worf: "But why all the deception?"
Garak: "Because lying is a skill like any other and to maintain a level of excellence, one must practice it constantly."
Asura's Wrath. Even though the game hasn't come out, the sheer types of different gameplay, the scale, the amount of strength, determination, and power the main character has, everything about it takes the Action Genre of video games to a completely new level of ridiculousness. ~ Demongodofchaos
Warhammer 40000. This is a setting where the weakest weapons available can punch through several feet of concrete, the standard issue guns fire rocket propelled armor piercing explosive shells, there are not one, not two, but three evil factions that threaten all life in the galaxy, the resident unstoppable Horde of Alien Locusts that has already eaten several worlds is just a scouting party for an even more gigantic swarm that has already eaten several entire galaxies, yet are implied to be fleeing from something worse, the Inquisition solves problems by exterminating entire planets, and Humongous Mecha sport gatling guns that fire shells that are each the size of a car. ~ RL Nice
EVE Online ~aureon : To the point of someone closing his virtual bank to RMT the stolen money and pay for his mortgage rate. And people disrupting their opponent's leaders connections. And the list goes on...
Sora of Kingdom Hearts. Not only has he housed Ventus's heart since he was a small child, but he had Kairi's for most of the first game. Finally, in addition to Ven, he also has Roxas (and Xion by proxy) and possibly even Vanitas calling his body home. ~ Animenutcase
Jeez, if he charged rent, he'd be a millionaire. ~ Wragnaroq R. Maggeddon
Though, generally, not as fierce or dedicated to protecting their ships, Golden Sun fans are notable in their ability to ship everything with everything. This isn't limited to living things either. Rule of thumb is it it's a person, place, animal, thing or concept which was at least mentioned once, it has at least 3 shipping partners. Fun examples include Isaac with the roof he spent 3 years repairing, some characters with their psychic powers or weapons and Kraden with himself. - Flash Cutter
Merlin shipping Arthur and Guinevere on Merlin. In a flashforward to Gwen's coronation he is seen weeping with joy at the sight of his two best friends sitting beside each other on their thrones. ~ Ravenya003
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni. It goes back and forth enough to give you whiplash. One episode goes a water gun fight, a few episodes later a fight to the death on top of a school that will explode with the smallest spark. between the same characters mind you. ~ Zfish9
Elfen Lied is also all over the damn place. It mixes a lot of silliness with a very tragic story, yet even the tragedy's premises are often absolutely ridiculous (mainly due to Bullying The Dragonsrepeatedly - rottenvenetic
Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart; think Pablo Picasso meets Eric Cartman, with a dash of Boll. Granted, he could back up some of his claims, but that still didn't stop him from being a egotistical jerk. ~ King Cr Inu Yasha
Rugal Bernstein Unlike the rest of the suggested people though, just because he's an SNK Boss - and one with several incarnations - that doesn't make him universally hated. Plus, you know, he's the Trope Codifier ~ The Jerk with No Name,
Alpha-152 of Dead or Alive 4. In a game based on melee combos and grapples, this T-1000 with breasts can hit you from across the screen with a lightning-fast, unblockable attack that knocks off about half your life bar. And that's just one move in her frustratingly broken arsenal. The trick seems to be that she becomes mysteriously incompetent in one battle out of every twenty; you just have to wait until it happens. ~ Gfrequency
You.Every last one of you. Nothing more than an organised mass of molecules, and, well, just look at you! You're commanding countless electrons just reading this entry. You've taken a collection of noises and squiggles and arranged them into something with definite meaning. You can think, you can reason, you can imagine, you can dream - and I'm honoured to share this universe with you. ~Monkey Physics
Dragon Ball Z Abridged. The series parodies this trope to death in the Namek arc. In short, there is a space equivalent to everything, from everyday items, to businesses, cities, and continents. - mysterykcad
Prototype is much more than a successor to The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, it's basically a sequel to that game with the Marvel license filed off, a bunch of new moves for your sadistic pleasure, and Bloodier and Gorier. And people-eating. ~Pikawil
The Powerpuff Girls episode "Members Only" may be Anvilicious, but you can't deny that Major Glory's (particularly harsh) speech captures the essence of this trope perfectly. ~ Lale
"We are the men! The protectors, the hunters, the fighters, and the show-offs, and the noisemakers! You are little girls! You should be at home with your mommy learning how to cook and clean and... blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-whatever women stuff. So leave the superheroics to the super men!"
Izumi Curtis, so very much, especially her response to learning that Ed and Al tried to resurrect their mother is to give them a thorough beating until they can barely stand, giving her most pissed-off expression. Then when they're kneeling before her submissivly, eyes closed and preparing for verbal punishment, she tenderly and comfortingly embraces them - Caellach Tiger Eye
Doctor Who exploding every star in every universe at every point in history, causing almost everything to never have existed in the first place. It was almost a Class Z., being ONE PLANET AND MERE MINUTES AWAY. ~ TARDISES
Genma from the second season of Darker than Black who literally does every single thing mentioned in the description of how such a character acts. Note that this is only a Twelve Episode Anime and he doesn't even appear in all episodes. - Jordan
The Pawnee in Dances With Wolves. They attack a white settlement...despite being allied with the United States! ~ wanbli
Dexters Laboratory, episode "Dexter & Computress Get Mandark!!" It was written and narrated by a six and a half-year-old and animated to match, down to every meandering tic the narrative takes. As this is essentially a poorly narrated Fanfic given visual form by the creators, this also possibly predates more than a few dramatic readings of badly written Fanfics. ~ Excel-2009
Dwarf Fortress, obviously. Name one other game that tracks individual fingers, toes, hair, tissue layers, internal organs, and teeth on every living creature in the entire game world. You can't. ~ Insanity Prelude
Doesn't see- *Boundary betwene acceptance and rejection manipulated over to acceptance* SECONDED — TARDISES (and yes, I typed my seconding like that to demonstrate her power. She can control boundaries. ANYTHING can be considered a boundary.)
Honorable mention to Getter Robo since it really is the most super of them all, but I have to go with Mazinger Z. It is still to this day the measuring stick for all other super robot series, as well as my favorite cartoon since childhood. ~Danny V El Acme
Jonathan Creek is one of the "best" examples, but not really in a good way. Over the course of the series, he had three female partners, all forms of Intrepid Reporter and all having a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship with him. The original, Maddie, was notably not conventionally attractive, which wasn't true of her replacements, and was also a rather more complex, sympathetic character. ~ Jordan