Does Not Illustrate: Charles Atlas Superpower

Deadlock Clock: 14th Nov 2012 11:59:00 PM
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1 TropeEater2nd Aug 2012 05:39:13 PM from the depths of Hell
That One Troper
All I see is someone punching through a skyscraper.
   Evil is my favorite color.   
2 SeptimusHeap3rd Aug 2012 01:02:25 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Yes, and they look like superpowered people, too.
3 Willbyr3rd Aug 2012 03:56:04 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Keep Until Better Image Suggested...definitely could use something better.
Not sure we'd be able to find an image that makes clear they don't actually have superpowers. Maybe something from one of the Trope Namer ads?
5 Nitramy8th Aug 2012 04:07:17 AM from Antipolo City, PH , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Evil-Smiting Umbrella
Keep the current image, but make it also a link to the video that shows off said "skyscraper-punting".
Neither goony beard-men nor rainbow-haired she-twinks will stand in the way of my dreams!
Maybe a panel of a comic describing a character like this? The first one that comes to mind is Negi Springfield describing Jack Rakan's background (EDIT: Chapter 243, p4-5). Maybe Rock Lee.

edited 14th Aug '12 5:30:10 PM by Prime32

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Teutonic Tomboy T-Girl
I don't see how the current image merits keeping - there's no evident difference between this and, say, a long shot of members of the Legion of Super-Heroes doing something similar. It seems like you need knowledge of the work for it to make any sense as an example.

I think we basically need an image with both:
  • Someone doing something that looks "superhuman" and
  • Someone talking about the fact that she actually isn't superhuman.

I don't think there's any way to get the trope across purely visually, unless (maybe) there's an image of Batman or Sherlock Holmes or James Bond doing something - where it's presumed that both everybody recognizes the character and knows he's not actually superhuman.

Possible borderline idea based on that thought: this meeting of Batman and Sherlock Holmes. The last panel could maybe be used, as Holmes looks quite old, and it's not difficult to deduce that he's talking about how he could possibly be long-lived enough to be walking around in the same time period as Batman.

edited 14th Aug '12 5:40:50 PM by suedenim


A good image for this needs to explain somehow that if you train hard enough, you can do anything...

I have a couple of images I found online... how do I show them?

edited 26th Aug '12 10:24:56 PM by NoyTelin

9 DeviantBraeburn26th Aug 2012 10:36:38 PM from Dysfunctional California
Wandering Jew

Link them.
Everything is Possible.

But some things are more Probable than others.


But how do I do that? When I link an image, it says no hotlinked images please.

edited 27th Aug '12 12:01:51 AM by NoyTelin

11 SeptimusHeap27th Aug 2012 12:59:44 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
You need to put them in a link: [[URL]] not URL.
12 Willbyr27th Aug 2012 04:18:14 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Or even better, [[URL description of pic]]...that way people have a clue as to what the pic is before clicking the link.
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Ranma VS. Ryoga Breaking Point fight

edited 27th Aug '12 12:47:55 PM by NoyTelin

serial tweaker, sorry
[up] replace "URL" with a link.

edited 27th Aug '12 12:35:07 PM by bananasloth

please don't capitalize my handle. I just don't like it.
15 ShadowHog27th Aug 2012 12:35:10 PM from Earth , Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
[up][up] Not quite. Here's another demonstration.

Code: [[ Rayman fights Bzzit]]
Result: Rayman fights Bzzit

edited 27th Aug '12 12:35:35 PM by ShadowHog

Ok, thanks... ^_^'
17 TropeEater6th Sep 2012 05:19:29 PM from the depths of Hell
That One Troper
I think something along the lines of a character in a Training Montage followed by him Punching out Cthulhu or some such superhuman feat.
   Evil is my favorite color.   
What about Batman's origin story?
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^ Second and last frame only?
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20 Willbyr11th Sep 2012 08:07:44 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
[up] That works for me, with a caption like "Plus there's that whole bat-in-the-window thing..."
Teutonic Tomboy T-Girl
Hmm, that could work. The one-handed barbell lift thing certainly looks superhuman, unless Bruce is doing prop comedy.
I have arranged an image with the two panels and placed it in the article, as supported. I'm open to suggestions for the text below if someone has better ideas, but "Plus there's that whole bat-in-the-window thing..." requires the reader to be aware of that detail of Batman's origin (which is not included here, and if we used the whole page, the "atlas superpower" thing is less evident)
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23 Willbyr12th Sep 2012 06:46:47 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Don't jump the gun; we haven't actually decided to use the pic, just that it's an option to consider. I pulled it off the page.

I so want to reference a scene from The Dark Knight Returns in the caption, but I think it'd be too long: "How else do you think he could carry 220 pounds of sociopath to the top of Gotham's Twin Towers?"

Just train hard enough, and you will become the greatest superhero.

edited 12th Sep '12 6:49:04 PM by Willbyr

Murder Blast
Why was the original removed?

I think the caption underneath it explained it. "Train hard enough and you too can punt skyscrapers..."

Can we keep the caption and least and just modify it? I liked that one! -_- "Train hard enough and you too can punt/block/punch/kick [insertgiantobject].
25 JapaneseTeeth11th Oct 2012 05:11:28 PM from Meinong's jungle , Relationship Status: Mu
-happy Welsh noises-
[up]Read the earlier posts in the thread. That image was a bad illustration because it relies entirely on the caption to inform the reader that they aren't actually superpowered.

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