08:40:17 PM Jul 27th 2014
So this means that the main character can't be female, I guess? Otherwise Atomic Betty would've worked.
09:22:58 PM Oct 22nd 2011
I'd seriously question whether this really is a Dead Unicorn... yes, in the respect that the parody versions are a more substantial trope in their own right, does not detract from the fact that an awful lot of early Sci-Fi WAS paternalistic and formulaic
08:19:37 AM Jul 27th 2011
Other (serious) examples from literature: Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter; CL Moore's Northwest Smith.
02:46:37 PM Oct 20th 2011
Northwest Smith isn't a traditional space opera hero or parody of such in the slightest. He was a space cowboy created in a time when those characters were already staples of the pulps, but was notable for having his own series. Really, he's more of an antihero than anything else. As for John Carter, he's definitely a straightforward classic hero, but doesn't fit into the mold described in the trope page.