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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' have the Avengers as this. Originally, they were a bunch of misfits, and even if two of them (Thor, and a reformed Loki) were literal legends, and another (Steve) had also achieved legendary status, none of the ordinary human population (or superhuman population, come to that) believed the first two existed, or that the latter was still alive. Now, they're heroes renowned throughout the Nine Realms, and possibly beyond.
** Harry becomes this in the second book, to an extent. While he's still mostly known only as the half-human son of Thor to humanity as a whole, and mostly a curiosity in that regard, among the superhuman/supernatural community (which already knew of him as 'the Boy Who Lived', but, again, mostly as a curiosity), and amongst the rest of the Nine Realms, his defeat of [[spoiler: Chthon]] raises him to legendary status, one that he burnishes with victory after victory (even if they sometimes come at hideous costs). It gets to the point where songs are being sung of his deeds in Asgard, to his intense embarrassment.



* The Mariachi from Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Film/ElMariachi'' Trilogy takes on this status in the sequels. Especially the third. It's invoked in the second movie, where he has a friend traveling ahead of him spreading the legend to see who starts panicking.

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* The Mariachi from Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Film/ElMariachi'' Trilogy takes on this status in the sequels. Especially the third. It's invoked in the second movie, where he has a friend traveling travelling ahead of him spreading the legend to see who starts panicking.



* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Belgarath and Polgara are {{Living Legend}}s already (even if Belgarath doesn't generally look or act the part - though he won't hesitate to demonstrate it if needs be). However, a number of the main cast undergo this between the first series and the second:
** Mandorallen goes from being a famously skilled knight in his own country in the first series to being a world-renowned MemeticBadass willing to take on armies (and is widely believed to be able to beat them singlehandedly).
** Ce'Nedra's raising of her army and status as [[spoiler: the Rivan Queen]] are referenced across the West.
** Silk is widely known as "the richest man in the world" (having gone into business and put all his spy tricks and lack of scruples to good use).
** Meanwhile, Belgarion is world-renowned, admired, and to a significant extent, feared as the Overlord of the West (though his actual Kingdom is just the rather small island of Riva) and, more pertinently, [[spoiler: the Godslayer, having killed Torak in single combat]]. He keeps complaining about how everyone keeps bring the last one up.



** In her first appearance in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', Granny Weatherwax is a cunning witch, but not portrayed as anything out of the ordinary. A few books later and she is the most respected and feared person in the entire Ramtops, and entire cultures have nicknames for her which basically translate to "Avoid at all costs".

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** In her first appearance in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', Granny Weatherwax is a cunning witch, but not portrayed as anything out of the ordinary.ordinary - though her duel with Archchancellor Cutangle, which ended as a draw (albeit one where Cutangle's inner monologue uneasily notes that if it had gone on much longer, she'd have beaten him) is an indication of just how powerful she really is. A few books later and she is the most respected and feared person in the entire Ramtops, and entire cultures have nicknames for her which basically translate to "Avoid at all costs".

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*** "The Wasteland Survival Guide" (a book that the PlayerCharacter canonically helps write), however, now has several editions that can be found all over both [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Mojave]] and [[VideoGame/Fallout4 the Commonwealth]].


* In the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse the Huanni race were introduced in the novel ''The Last Roundup'', in the person of cadet Skalli Jksilli, who wanted to be a diplomat. When a new Huanni character shows up in the ''Literature/StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch'', set a century later, mention is made of the august career Skalli has enjoyed, becoming a great diplomat.

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* In the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse ''Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse'' the Huanni race were introduced in the novel ''The Last Roundup'', in the person of cadet Skalli Jksilli, who wanted to be a diplomat. When a new Huanni character shows up in the ''Literature/StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch'', set a century later, mention is made of the august career Skalli has enjoyed, becoming a great diplomat.



** His Klingon rivals Kor, Kang, and Koloth are also legendary warriors when they appear on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

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** His Klingon rivals Kor, Kang, and Koloth are also legendary warriors when they appear on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

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* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'': By the time of ''VideoGame/ShinSakuraWars'', Sakura Shinguji has become a legendary top star in the Imperial Combat Revue, to the point where new character Sakura Amamiya tries to emulate her style.

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* ''Literature/SixOfCrows'' mentions Alina, the protagonist from Creator/LeighBardugo's [[Literature/TheGrishaTrilogy previous series]]. Specifically, Nina is actually ''praying'' to her, since Alina has essentially become a saint.


** Some of the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales Tales]] cast are remembered this way, but most notable is Sweetheart, who is remembered as 'Saint Sweetheart' in modern day for her many good deeds and curing the Whispering Plague. [[spoiler:This act was actually carried out by her children after her death, but she created the cure itself.]] Legends also attribute [[HealingHands healing powers to her]] she didn't actually have. [[spoiler:However, Applebloom [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial edited that in]]] when she was omnipotent as she felt it was a positive change.]]

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** Some of the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales Tales]] cast are remembered this way, but most notable is Sweetheart, who is remembered as 'Saint Sweetheart' in modern day for her many good deeds and curing the Whispering Plague. [[spoiler:This act was actually carried out by her children after her death, but she created the cure itself.]] Legends also attribute [[HealingHands healing powers to her]] she didn't actually have. [[spoiler:However, Applebloom [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial edited that in]]] in]] when she was omnipotent as she felt it was a positive change.]]


* In ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter: New Blood'', Derek and Angie from the first game are hailed as medical heroes, and in one [[BonusLevel Challenge Operation]], [[spoiler:they supervise ''New Blood'' protagonists Markus and Valerie on a series of simulated operations [[NostalgiaLevel featuring GUILT]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter: New Blood'', Derek and Angie from the first game are hailed as medical heroes, having been the ones to eradicate GUILT, and in one [[BonusLevel Challenge Operation]], [[spoiler:they supervise ''New Blood'' protagonists Markus and Valerie on a series of simulated operations [[NostalgiaLevel featuring GUILT]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter: New Blood'', Derek and Angie from the first game are hailed as medical heroes, and in one [[BonusLevel Challenge Operation]], [[spoiler:they supervise ''New Blood'' protagonists Markus and Valerie on a series of simulated operations [[NostalgiaLevel featuring GUILT]].]]


** In the "Forever Red" special from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', Tommy Oliver, the SixthRanger from the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', gets this treatment. It's even jokingly mentioned at the end that he has his own fan club. This holds over into ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' when the team learns their teacher "Dr. O" is actually one of the oldest Rangers, only to be corrected by his assistant Hayley that he's the greatest.

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** In the "Forever Red" special from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', Tommy Oliver, the SixthRanger from the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', gets this treatment. It's even jokingly mentioned at the end that he has his own fan club. This holds over into ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' when the team learns their teacher "Dr. O" is actually one of the oldest Rangers, only to be corrected by his assistant Hayley that he's not the greatest.oldest, "just the best."


It's also common (particularly in games like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'') for {{Game Master}}s to apply this trope in their groups by having a previous game's characters be well-known or recognized by characters in a new game.



* By the time of the events of ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'', Sei Iori has become a world famous gunpla battler and model builder. In fact, the model that protagonist Sekai uses is just a prototype of one of Sei's works, yet it performs better than most models.

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* ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'':
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By the time of the events of ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'', the show, Sei Iori has become a world famous world-famous gunpla battler and model builder. In fact, the model that protagonist Sekai uses is just a prototype of one of Sei's works, yet it performs better than most models.



* Jotaro Kujo is treated by the villains in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' as just another one of Joseph's party, only unique because killing him means eliminating another [[BadassFamily Joestar descendant.]] Then he overthrows [[TheDreaded DIO]] [[spoiler:and copies his ability to stop time]], and suddenly every villainous Stand-user knows his name and rightly fears him. When he returns in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Part 6]], the [[BigBad Big Bads]] make it a priority to eliminate him first, treating the parts' respective protagonists like secondary threats.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
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Jotaro Kujo is treated by the villains in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' as just another one of Joseph's party, only unique because killing him means eliminating another [[BadassFamily Joestar descendant.]] Then he overthrows [[TheDreaded DIO]] [[spoiler:and copies his ability to stop time]], and suddenly every villainous Stand-user knows his name and rightly fears him. When he returns in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Part 6]], the [[BigBad Big Bads]] make it a priority to eliminate him first, treating the parts' respective protagonists like secondary threats.



* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'',

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* While his reputation as ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}[='=]s'' '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''' is part of the series, the first ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' short stories and novels are set in in his early days where he's a wet-behind-the-ears commissar who's just began gaining a false reputation for heroism. Plus the novels are in AnachronicOrder, so he has varying levels of fame (depending when in his life it's set) in each. The most dramatic is ''Death or Glory'' (the fourth published), which is set at the very beginning of his career where nobody outside his regiment has heard his name, and ''Cain's Last Stand'' (the sixth published), which takes place at the end of his career and on the same world where there are statues of him as "Cain the Liberator" and towns he visited have been renamed in his honor.
* In Isaac Asimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, you see Hari Seldon transform from an IgnoredExpert to a legendary figure. The prequel novels reveal that young Seldon was a low-level mathematician from a backwater world whose presentation about the ''theoretical possibility'' of psychohistory attracted the attention of TheEmperor (in fact, the whole thing was masterminded by [[spoiler:a RidiculouslyHumanRobot]], who inspired Seldon to continue his work and turn it from theory into practice).
* More Asimov examples from ''Robot Trilogy'':
** Double subverted with Susan Calvin, one of the first robopsychologists. She had plenty of fame in her time, and by the Robot series, she's a mythical figure… in the spacer worlds. Back on Earth, she is barely another name in the history books (the fact that they don't like robots on earth doesn't help matters). In later series, she gains a mythical status on all the worlds.
** Also from the Robot Series, there is Elijah Baley. In the second and third books, his abilities gained him respect even among the spacers (who do not like the Earth people much in the first place), and by the time of Robots and Imperium, he was so famous that even they named one of the new colonized planets after him.

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* While his reputation as ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}[='=]s'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''[='=]s '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''' is part of the series, the first ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' short stories and novels are set in in his early days where he's a wet-behind-the-ears commissar who's just began gaining a false reputation for heroism. Plus the novels are in AnachronicOrder, so he has varying levels of fame (depending when in his life it's set) in each. The most dramatic is ''Death or Glory'' (the fourth published), which is set at the very beginning of his career where nobody outside his regiment has heard his name, and ''Cain's Last Stand'' (the sixth published), which takes place at the end of his career and on the same world where there are statues of him as "Cain the Liberator" and towns he visited have been renamed in his honor.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
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In Isaac Asimov's the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, you see Hari Seldon transform from an IgnoredExpert to a legendary figure. The prequel novels reveal that young Seldon was a low-level mathematician from a backwater world whose presentation about the ''theoretical possibility'' of psychohistory attracted the attention of TheEmperor (in fact, the whole thing was masterminded by [[spoiler:a RidiculouslyHumanRobot]], who inspired Seldon to continue his work and turn it from theory into practice).
* More Asimov examples from ** The ''Robot Trilogy'':
** *** Double subverted with Susan Calvin, one of the first robopsychologists. She had plenty of fame in her time, and by the Robot series, she's a mythical figure… in the spacer worlds. Back on Earth, she is barely another name in the history books (the fact that they don't like robots on earth doesn't help matters). In later series, she gains a mythical status on all the worlds.
** Also from the Robot Series, there is *** Elijah Baley. In the second and third books, his abilities gained him respect even among the spacers (who do not like the Earth people much in the first place), and by the time of Robots and Imperium, he was so famous that even they named one of the new colonized planets after him.



* Played with in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', for instance, the four children from the first book return to Narnia, only to find to their great surprise that it's a thousand years in the future (thanks to NarniaTime). They're regarded as legends if not fairy tales, and their return is considered much the same as if King Arthur returned to modern-day Britain. Trumpkin is also dismayed to find that they've come back as kids, since [[YearInsideHourOutside they were adults when they left]].

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* Played with in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
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In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', for instance, the four children from the first book return to Narnia, only to find to their great surprise that it's a thousand years in the local future (thanks to NarniaTime). They're regarded as legends if not fairy tales, and their return is considered much the same as if King Arthur returned to modern-day Britain. Trumpkin is also dismayed to find that they've come back as kids, since [[YearInsideHourOutside they were adults when they left]].



* [[AvertedTrope Averted]], much to Jim's chagrin, in the ''Literature/TennisShoes'' adventure series. Despite having saved the lives of some very important people, and aiding in the assassination of the evil king, very few people remember 'Jimawkins', so when he tries to show off for his kids, they are less than impressed.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' which tells the tale of how a plucky orphan girl, Angharad "Harry" Crewe, became the first woman to wield the famous blue sword, Gonturan, since the legendary Lady Aerin. Its prequel, ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' tells how a young girl named Aerin came to take up the blue sword to save her people from a dragon and a sorcerer.

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* ''Literature/TennisShoes'': [[AvertedTrope Averted]], much to Jim's chagrin, in the ''Literature/TennisShoes'' adventure series.chagrin. Despite having saved the lives of some very important people, and aiding in the assassination of the evil king, very few people remember 'Jimawkins', so when he tries to show off for his kids, they are less than impressed.
* ''Literature/TheBlueSword'': [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' which Inverted]]. The story tells the tale of how a plucky orphan girl, Angharad "Harry" Crewe, became the first woman to wield the famous blue sword, Gonturan, sword Gonturan since the legendary Lady Aerin. Its prequel, ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'', tells how a young girl named Aerin came to take up the blue sword to save her people from a dragon and a sorcerer.



* By the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] in the ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' [[TrilogyCreep trilogy]], the protagonist of the first three books, Tally Youngblood, has exposed a dark secret (and done other stuff) which has created a cult of followers for her.

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* ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'': By the [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] book in the ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' [[TrilogyCreep trilogy]], the protagonist of the first three books, Tally Youngblood, has exposed a dark secret (and done other stuff) which has created a cult of followers for her.



* Kvothe the Bloodless, also called the Arcane and Six-string, protagonist of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' has ''quite'' the reputation as one of the greatest fighters, wizards, musicians and adventurers in living memory. So much so, the story uses the framing device of a historian tracking him down to hear the true story behind the legends. Some of the stories about Kvothe were greatly exaggerated, but many weren't.
* In Orson Scott Card's ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', Ender essentially skips thousands of years by spending it on [[TimeDilation near-light-speed space ships]], only to discover [[Literature/EndersGame his actions as a child]] are still remembered and he is still thought of as a legendary historical villain. And while Ender has been demonized, his older brother (who was intensely psychopathic in the first book) is remembered in historical legend for being a deeply benevolent writer. Fortunately, the average person knows him only as "Ender Wiggin," so he can use his real name (Andrew) without issue.
** Ender is also a famous writer as the original Speaker for the Dead, author of ''The Hive Queen and the Hegemon''. No one guesses that the author of that book would also be the hated Ender the Xenocide.

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* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'': The protagonist Kvothe the Bloodless, also called the Arcane and Six-string, protagonist of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' has ''quite'' the reputation as one of the greatest fighters, wizards, musicians and adventurers in living memory. So much so, so that the story uses the framing device of a historian tracking him down to hear the true story behind the legends. Some of the stories about Kvothe were greatly exaggerated, but many weren't.
* In Orson Scott Card's ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', Ender essentially skips thousands of years by spending it on [[TimeDilation near-light-speed space ships]], only to discover [[Literature/EndersGame his actions as a child]] are still remembered and he is still thought of as a legendary historical villain. And And, while Ender has been demonized, his older brother (who was intensely psychopathic in the first book) is remembered in historical legend for being a deeply benevolent writer. Fortunately, the average person knows him only as "Ender Wiggin," Wiggin", so he can use his real name (Andrew) without issue.
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issue. Ender is also a famous writer as the original Speaker for the Dead, author of ''The Hive Queen Queen'' and ''The Hegemon'', the Hegemon''.books that cemented his and his brother's current reputations. No one guesses that the author of that book would also be the hated Ender the Xenocide.



** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] is regarded as a legendary captain in all of the sequels and spin-off series (except for Enterprise, of course). In fact, in the semi-reboot by Abrams, the time-travelling Romulan immediately recognizes Kirk as having been Starfleet's greatest captain.
*** This took a little while to kick in. The second Next Generation episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E2TheNakedNow The Naked Now]] had the computer [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that it was [[RecycledScript almost exactly the same thing]] that happened to Kirk and company in [[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime The Naked Time]], only for nobody to recognize the name.

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** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] is regarded as a legendary captain in all of the sequels and spin-off series (except for Enterprise, of course). In fact, in the semi-reboot by Abrams, the time-travelling Romulan immediately recognizes Kirk as having been Starfleet's greatest captain.
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captain. This took a little while to kick in. The second Next Generation episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E2TheNakedNow The Naked Now]] had the computer [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that it was [[RecycledScript almost exactly the same thing]] that happened to Kirk and company in [[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime The Naked Time]], only for nobody to recognize the name.



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* It's common (particularly in games like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'') for {{Game Master}}s to apply this trope in their groups by having a previous game's characters be well-known or recognized by characters in a new game.
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* Played straight ''and'' subverted by the [[CanonDiscontinuity discredited]] ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh''. Several Programs mention Tron as a great hero who mysteriously vanished after his victory over Master Control, and one NPC wistfully wishes he would return to help fight off the Datawraiths. (In a strange way, though, they ''did'' get his [[SpinOffspring little brother]]...) However, ''no one'' there seems to remember Flynn.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', Snake is a rookie [[spoiler: sent in because the BigBad expected him to fail.]] Snake is regarded as a legendary soldier in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' from his exploits in the 8-bit era. This becomes a major theme in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', where it's deconstructed by [[HeroWorshipper the slightly pathetic protagonist.]]
** Big Boss gets this as well. In the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', he's basically Snakes CO who mostly just gives you instructions over the radio and turns out [[spoiler: To be running Outer Heaven at the same time and thus the BigBad]]. By ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', he's obtained a reputation as a Mercenary of some renown. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Big Boss is being fawned over left and right by practically everyone as the WORLD'S GREATEST SOLDIER! ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', being prequels, goes back to establish why he's so legendary by the time of Metal Gear Solid.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', and its remakes, you are just an eleven year old rookie trainer. By the end of the game you've beaten every gym leader, singlehandedly brought down a mafia, and become champion of the Indigo league. By the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver sequels]] you are now held with high regard as the boy who brought down Team Rocket and the strongest Pokemon trainer in the world.
** Game Freak has actually encouraged players to invoke this trope with Red, who has the highest levelled Pokemon team in the main games (not counting battle facilities where everyone is Lv 100). When it was discovered that Barry's final levels in Platinum surpassed Red's, [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=] corrected that by making Red's levels higher.
** The protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' seems to be one of these but unlike Red it's never specified which protagonist is the hero, due to the franchise having gender options for your character since Crystal. As such, the games themselves imply both are the hero depending on which character you play as: Hilda if you are Nate and Hilbert if you are Rosa.
* The protagonist from ''VideoGame/FableII'' is recognized as a great hero in ''VideoGame/FableIII''.
** Played with in the case of the protagonist from Fable 1. His legend is inscribed on the walls of the Sanctuary, but he otherwise receives no specific mention.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, Shepard is generally seen as a legend to humans from the very beginning of the first game, hence being chosen as the first human Spectre. His/her legend has just grown exponentially by the second. By the time of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' thanks to his/her exploits in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Commander Shepard is now seen as a galaxy wide legendary hero. Through each installment, [[WorldsBestWarrior Shepard is unquestionably regarded as one of the biggest badasses ever seen in the galaxy]], by practically all races regardless of their relations with one another, [[BigGood thus being a unifying figure like no other]], to the point that the final scene in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is [[spoiler:a grandparent telling a child about "The Shepard", who at this point has become a semi-mythic figure (thus justifying all the different choices in various playthroughs as a case of UnreliableNarrator and/or LegendFadesToMyth).]]
** Subverted in [[VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda the sequel]], where the number of times Shepard is even mentioned can be counted on one hand.

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* ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'': Played straight ''and'' subverted by the [[CanonDiscontinuity discredited]] ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh''.subverted. Several Programs mention Tron as a great hero who mysteriously vanished after his victory over Master Control, and one NPC wistfully wishes he would return to help fight off the Datawraiths. (In a strange way, though, they ''did'' get his [[SpinOffspring little brother]]...) However, ''no one'' there seems to remember Flynn.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
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In ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', the first game, Snake is a rookie [[spoiler: sent [[spoiler:sent in because the BigBad expected him to fail.]] Snake is regarded as a legendary soldier in fail]]. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' from , Snake is regarded as a legendary soldier for his exploits in the 8-bit era. This becomes a major theme in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', where it's deconstructed by [[HeroWorshipper the slightly pathetic protagonist.]]
protagonist]].
** Big Boss gets this as well. In the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', he's basically Snakes Snake's CO who mostly just gives you instructions over the radio and turns out [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:to be running Outer Heaven at the same time and thus the BigBad]]. By ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', he's obtained a reputation as a Mercenary mercenary of some renown. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Big Boss is being fawned over left and right by practically everyone as the WORLD'S GREATEST SOLDIER! ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', being prequels, goes back to establish why he's so legendary by the time of Metal ''Metal Gear Solid.Solid''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', and its remakes, you are you're just an eleven year old eleven-year-old rookie trainer. By the end of the game you've beaten every gym leader, singlehandedly brought down a mafia, and become champion of the Indigo league. By the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver sequels]] you are now held with high regard as the boy who brought down Team Rocket and the strongest Pokemon Pokémon trainer in the world.
** Game Freak has actually encouraged players to invoke this trope with Red, who has the highest levelled Pokemon Pokémon team in the main games (not counting battle facilities where everyone is Lv 100). When it was discovered that Barry's final levels in Platinum surpassed Red's, [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=] corrected that by making Red's levels higher.
** The protagonist of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' seems to be one of these these, but unlike Red due to the franchise having had gender options for your character since Crystal it's never specified which protagonist is the hero, due to the franchise having gender options for your character since Crystal.hero. As such, the games themselves imply both are the hero depending on which character you play as: Hilda if you are Nate and Hilbert if you are Rosa.
* The protagonist from ''VideoGame/FableII'' is recognized as a great hero in ''VideoGame/FableIII''.
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** Played with in the case of the protagonist from Fable 1.''Fable 1''. His legend is inscribed on the walls of the Sanctuary, but he otherwise receives no specific mention.
** The protagonist from ''VideoGame/FableII'' is recognized as a great hero in ''VideoGame/FableIII''.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, Shepard is generally seen as a legend to humans from the very beginning of the first game, hence being chosen as the first human Spectre. His/her legend has just grown exponentially by the second. By the time of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' thanks to his/her exploits in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Commander Shepard is now seen as a galaxy wide legendary hero. Through each installment, [[WorldsBestWarrior Shepard is unquestionably regarded as one of the biggest badasses ever seen in the galaxy]], by practically all races regardless of their relations with one another, [[BigGood thus being a unifying figure like no other]], to the point that the final scene in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is [[spoiler:a grandparent telling a child about "The Shepard", who at this point has become a semi-mythic figure (thus justifying all the different choices in various playthroughs as a case of UnreliableNarrator and/or LegendFadesToMyth).]]
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LegendFadesToMyth)]]. Subverted in [[VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda the sequel]], where the number of times Shepard is even mentioned can be counted on one hand.



* A minor example, but in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'', the current hero [[JiveTurkey Jake]], sees Andy, a hero from the previous game, as a legend.
* The Warden in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is regarded as a great hero in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', due to stopping the blight in Ferelden before it could spread to other nations, making it the shortest Blight ''in the entire history of Thedas''. Similarly, Hawke is acknowledged in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' as a famous hero, although a somewhat more divisive one due to their role in starting the Mage-Templar war.
* This is what has happened to Lloyd in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. He was a BookDumb, often reckless kid in the original. But having defeated so many villainous forces, and leading the way in changing the two worlds, Lloyd is praised in many places as "Lloyd the Great"- to the dismay of new protagonist Emil Castagnier.

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* ''VideoGame/NintendoWars'': A minor example, but in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance ''Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'', Strike'', the current hero [[JiveTurkey Jake]], sees Andy, a hero from the previous game, as a legend.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': The Warden in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is regarded as a great hero in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', due to stopping the blight in Ferelden before it could spread to other nations, making it the shortest Blight ''in the entire history of Thedas''. Similarly, Hawke is acknowledged in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' as a famous hero, although a somewhat more divisive one due to their role in starting the Mage-Templar war.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'': This is what has happened to Lloyd in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''.Lloyd. He was a BookDumb, often reckless kid in the original. But having defeated so many villainous forces, and leading the way in changing the two worlds, Lloyd is praised in many places as "Lloyd the Great"- to the dismay of new protagonist Emil Castagnier.



* Both X and Zero from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series have become this in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series.
** Averted with X's predecessor, Rock. It's as though no one has ever heard of him.

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* ''Franchise/MegaMan'': Both X and Zero from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series have become this in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series.
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series. Averted with X's predecessor, Rock. It's as though no one has ever heard of him.



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games. Between the 3rd and 4th games Phoenix had built up a reputation as a legendary defense attorney, but then had a fall from grace which caused him to lose his license and the respect of the community.
** Played straight in Dual Destinies, where Phoenix's name has been cleared and his past adventures have earned him the nickname "Turnabout Terror" for his ability to turn the tide in his favor through wild tactics and bluffing.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in [[VideoGame/DragonQuestI the]] [[VideoGame/DragonQuestII first]] [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIII three]] ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games. [[spoiler:Your character in the third game becomes a legend in the ''first'' game]].
* [[NoNameGiven The Nameless Hero]] of ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' attains this reputation among the former convicts by the time of ''Gothic II'', particularly with [[ExpansionPack Night of the Raven]] installed. This is partly due to bringing down the Barrier, but mainly due to simply getting favor with everyone in the first game.
* Bobbin Threadbare from ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'' was apparently supposed to be this in the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned but not produced sequels]] ''Forge'' and ''The Fold'', and appear in an [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan]]-like fashion and give the new heroes advice.
* In the final mission of ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'', ISAF sends nine ace pilots to assist Mobius One. In the arcade mode of ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', ISAF sends Mobius One against a virtual airforce ''[[OneRiotOneRanger alone]]'', because his individual effectiveness is estimated [[OneManArmy greater than an entire squadron]].

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[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' most games. Between the 3rd and 4th games Phoenix had built up a reputation as a legendary defense attorney, but then had a fall from grace which caused him to lose his license and the respect of the community.
** Played straight in Dual Destinies, ''Dual Destinies'', where Phoenix's name has been cleared and his past adventures have earned him the nickname "Turnabout Terror" for his ability to turn the tide in his favor through wild tactics and bluffing.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'': [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in [[VideoGame/DragonQuestI the]] [[VideoGame/DragonQuestII first]] [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIII three]] ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games. [[spoiler:Your character in the third game becomes a legend in the ''first'' game]].
* * ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'': [[NoNameGiven The Nameless Hero]] of ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' attains this reputation among the former convicts by the time of ''Gothic II'', particularly with [[ExpansionPack Night of the Raven]] installed. This is partly due to bringing down the Barrier, but mainly due to simply getting favor with everyone in the first game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'': Bobbin Threadbare from ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'' was apparently supposed to be this in the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned but not produced sequels]] ''Forge'' and ''The Fold'', and appear in an [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan]]-like fashion and give the new heroes advice.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'': In the final mission of ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'', mission, ISAF sends nine ace pilots to assist Mobius One. In the arcade mode of ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', ISAF sends Mobius One against a virtual airforce ''[[OneRiotOneRanger alone]]'', because his individual effectiveness is estimated [[OneManArmy greater than an entire squadron]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', your main character is a naive vault dweller, with zero experience with the outside world whatsoever. Fast forward to ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', the Vault Dweller has become a legendary figure, and a household name, whose actions have changed the wasteland forever.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'': the [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Lone Wanderer]] is hardly mentioned by any character returning from ''Fallout 3'', even the ones whom the story forces you to meet.
* The heroes from the first two ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games are famous thirty years later in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', though whether they're remembered as heroes or not depends on who you ask -Unleashing alchemy had major consequences for Weyard and not everyone is aware of the [[SaveTheWorld circumstances]] that made it necessary for them to do so. Felix in particular seems to have gone down in history as a villain. While he did work for the bad guys in the first game, he had [[GoodAllAlong noble intentions]] in doing so, and by the end of the second game he and Isaac were on the same side.
* Technically in the same game, but still in TheStinger for a new one, In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[spoiler: Thanks to Adult Mithra telling the story of her father and having it passed down for generations, Asura is basically this, even hundreds of millions of years into the future.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', your main character is a naive vault dweller, with zero experience with the outside world whatsoever. Fast forward to ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', the Vault Dweller has become a legendary figure, and a household name, whose actions have changed the wasteland forever.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'': ''VideoGame/Fallout4'': the [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Lone Wanderer]] is hardly mentioned by any character returning from ''Fallout 3'', ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', even the ones whom the story forces you to meet.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The heroes from the first two ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games are famous thirty years later in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', though whether they're remembered as heroes or not depends on who you ask -Unleashing alchemy had major consequences for Weyard and not everyone is aware of the [[SaveTheWorld circumstances]] that made it necessary for them to do so. Felix in particular seems to have gone down in history as a villain. While he did work for the bad guys in the first game, he had [[GoodAllAlong noble intentions]] in doing so, and by the end of the second game he and Isaac were on the same side.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': Technically in the same game, but still in TheStinger for a new one, In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[spoiler: Thanks one. [[spoiler:Thanks to Adult adult Mithra telling the story of her father and having it passed down for generations, Asura is basically this, even hundreds of millions of years into the future.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has slowly built this up over time, despite the generalization of the player characters (it is generally accepted that a 'band of heroes' achieved many great feats such as defeating Illidan, Malygos, the Lich King, and so on).

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has slowly built this up over time, despite the generalization of the player characters (it is generally accepted that a 'band "a band of heroes' heroes" achieved many great feats such as defeating Illidan, Malygos, the Lich King, and so on).



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', Yuna has become a celebrity in Spira for her achievements in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. This results in the two major factions, New Yevon and the Youth League, seeking her support. Yuna, for her part, just wants to enjoy life and continue helping people. (And save the world. Again.)
** This also extends to her surviving guardians to a lesser extent; much like how Auron was revered in the original due to guarding High Summoner Braska (Yuna's father), Lulu, Wakka, Rikku, and Kimahri are similarly respected as such.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', Yuna has become a celebrity in Spira for her achievements in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. This results in the two major factions, New Yevon and the Youth League, seeking her support. Yuna, for her part, just wants to enjoy life and continue helping people. (And save the world. Again.)
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) This also extends to her surviving guardians to a lesser extent; much like how Auron was revered in the original due to guarding High Summoner Braska (Yuna's father), Lulu, Wakka, Rikku, and Kimahri are similarly respected as such.



* Many of the [=NPC=]s and heroes from the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' have become legendary in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. As an example, Jora is revered among the Norn, and her redemption is noted on the statue that honors her: "Blood washes blood."
* Revan from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is remembered as legendary in the SpiritualSequel ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' Interestingly, the Jedi remember him as a legendary Jedi hero, while the Sith prefer to see him as the quintessential Sith. One leader of a cult devoted to him remarks that his gender is unclear in ancient texts (reflecting the fact that the player could choose either gender). [[spoiler: When he shows up in flashpoints he's an insane dark-side (male) Jedi, and in his own expansion the two parts of his soul have split into separate beings, one light and one dark.]]

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* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': Many of the [=NPC=]s and heroes from the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' game have become legendary in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. As an example, Jora is revered among the Norn, and her redemption is noted on the statue that honors her: "Blood washes blood."
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
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Revan from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is remembered as legendary in the SpiritualSequel ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic.'' ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Interestingly, the Jedi remember him as a legendary Jedi hero, while the Sith prefer to see him as the quintessential Sith. One leader of a cult devoted to him remarks that his gender is unclear in ancient texts (reflecting the fact that the player could choose either gender). [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When he shows up in flashpoints he's an insane male dark-side (male) Jedi, and in his own expansion the two parts of his soul have split into separate beings, one light and one dark.]]



* The player character (and all of the recruitable characters) from ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' get this treatment, but not until ''III'': The canon player character, as seen on the box art for the original, was appointed Lady Montbarron by King Konreid after she helped save Ehb, and she and all her companions are entombed in a shrine not far from the estate that she was given. Two of the main characters are descendants of her, and a third is a descendant of Meric, one of the companions you can get in the original.

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* ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'': The player character (and and all of the recruitable characters) from ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' characters get this treatment, but not until ''III'': The canon player character, as seen on the box art for the original, was appointed Lady Montbarron by King Konreid after she helped save Ehb, and she and all her companions are entombed in a shrine not far from the estate that she was given. Two of the main characters are descendants of her, and a third is a descendant of Meric, one of the companions you can get in the original.



* For ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', Altair and Ezio are like this to those that have come after them. In Altair's case, he started out as a Master Assassin stripped of his rank for breaking the rules of the Brotherhood, then earned his way back up, eventually becoming Grandmaster of the Order. For Ezio, he started out as a RichIdiotWithNoDayjob until his father and brothers were killed, putting him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. By the time his saga's done, he's been a Mentor of the Brotherhood and put the Assassins into a golden age.
* Also from the Assassin's Creed series is Aveline de Grandpre of VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation. During her game, she is the daughter of a wealthy noble moonlighting as an Assassin in colonial New Orleans. During her DLC in Assassin's Creed IV, Connor's letter tells that she's known as a great slave liberator even as far up as New England.

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* For ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
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Altair and Ezio are like this to those that have come after them. In Altair's case, he started out as a Master Assassin stripped of his rank for breaking the rules of the Brotherhood, then earned his way back up, eventually becoming Grandmaster of the Order. For Ezio, he started out as a RichIdiotWithNoDayjob until his father and brothers were killed, putting him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. By the time his saga's done, he's been a Mentor of the Brotherhood and put the Assassins into a golden age.
* Also from the Assassin's Creed series is ** During ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation'', Aveline de Grandpre of VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation. During her game, she is the daughter of a wealthy noble moonlighting as an Assassin in colonial New Orleans. During her DLC in Assassin's ''Assassin's Creed IV, IV'', Connor's letter tells that she's known as a great slave liberator even as far up as New England.



** In the series premiere, the central cast are regular citizens[[note]]and Twilight, Princess Celestia's protege[[/note]] who save their world from the forces of darkness. In the premiere of the second season they visit the royal palace and are surprised to see a series of stained glass windows telling the story of their battle. Strangely, they're still not often recognized or treated as heroes by the general public both before and after they save the world a second time. Though this may be due to the fact that [[SeenItAll most of the ponies of the world have long ago gotten used to weirdness that keeps popping up all over Equestria.]] It gets JustForFun/{{egregious}} by Season 4 when one of them becomes a Princess and no one barely bats an eye at this save for the plot-important premieres and finales, as well as a single episode.
** Happens to Spike in the Crystal Empire. On his first arrival, all he does is carry the Crystal Heart to help Princess Cadence. By the opening of the Equestria Games he's a nationally beloved hero.

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** In the series premiere, the central cast are regular citizens[[note]]and Twilight, Princess Celestia's protege[[/note]] who save their world from the forces of darkness. In the premiere of the second season they visit the royal palace and are surprised to see a series of stained glass windows telling the story of their battle. Strangely, they're still not often recognized or treated as heroes by the general public both before and after they save the world a second time. Though this may be due to the fact that [[SeenItAll most of the ponies of the world have long ago gotten used to weirdness that keeps popping up all over Equestria.]] It gets JustForFun/{{egregious}} by Season 4 when one of them becomes a Princess and no one barely bats an eye at this save for the plot-important premieres and finales, as well as a single episode.
episode. Generally speaking, the main characters' deeds and status tend to get played up in the premieres and finales and quietly ignored the rest of the time.
** Happens This happens to Spike in the Crystal Empire. On his first arrival, all he does is carry the Crystal Heart to help Princess Cadence. By the opening of the Equestria Games he's a nationally beloved hero.



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': in the first year, there was the Legend of Lhii, a legendary lavasurfer, on the island of Mata Nui and nothing else from that. Come 2004, a flashback, and there's a Toa named Lhikan whom was the basis of that legend.
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'':
** In the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Ben Tennyson was just a kid with a super-powerful watch. [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce 5 years later]], he was fairly popular within circles of the alien community. [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien By the third series]], his identity became public and is now a full-blown celebrity.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. in the first year, there was the Legend of Lhii, a legendary lavasurfer, on the island of Mata Nui and nothing else from that. Come 2004, a flashback, and there's a Toa named Lhikan whom was the basis of that legend.
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'':
''Franchise/Ben10'':
** In the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', ''Ben 10'', Ben Tennyson was just a kid with a super-powerful watch. [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce 5 years later]], he was fairly popular within circles of the alien community. [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien By the third series]], his identity became public and is now a full-blown celebrity.



** And on a hilarious note, [[RunningGag The Cabbage Merchant]][[note]]In every episode presenting him, his precious cabbages would be eaten or destroyed, most often by Aang and his allies in an accident[[/note]] went on to found a successful company, Cabbage Corp, which has a statue of him and his cabbages in front of the company's headquarters. Thus far, he's the only person in the series to have a statue in that city and not be a member of the main group.

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** And on a hilarious note, [[RunningGag The the Cabbage Merchant]][[note]]In every episode presenting him, his precious cabbages would be eaten or destroyed, most often by Aang and his allies in an accident[[/note]] went on to found a successful company, company named Cabbage Corp, which has a statue of him and his cabbages in front of the company's headquarters. Thus far, he's the only person in the series to have a statue in that city and not be a member of the main group.



* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' casts the conflict and veterans of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' as this. The cast are the descendants of the original Autobots and Decepticons.

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''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' casts the conflict and veterans of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' as this. The cast are the descendants of the original Autobots and Decepticons.


May or may not be ShroudedInMyth. Compare and Contrast with: FromNobodyToNightmare, TookALevelInBadass. The reverse is UniquenessDecay, where once-legendary things have become commonplace in sequels. See also LegendFadesToMyth, where by the time the sequel rolls around, the legends managed to get a few details wrong.

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May or may not be ShroudedInMyth. Compare and Contrast with: FromNobodyToNightmare, TookALevelInBadass. The reverse is UniquenessDecay, where once-legendary things have become commonplace in sequels. See also LegendFadesToMyth, where by the time the sequel rolls around, the legends managed to get a few details wrong.
wrong. May happen in a DistantSequel.


** Big Boss gets this as well. In the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', he's basically Snakes CO who mostly just gives you instructions over the radio and turns out [[spoiler: To be running Outer Heaven at the same time and thus the BigBad]]. By MetalGear2, he's obtained a reputation as a Mercenary of some renown. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Big Boss is being fawned over left and right by practically everyone as the WORLD'S GREATEST SOLDIER! ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', being prequels, goes back to establish why he's so legendary by the time of Metal Gear Solid.

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** Big Boss gets this as well. In the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', he's basically Snakes CO who mostly just gives you instructions over the radio and turns out [[spoiler: To be running Outer Heaven at the same time and thus the BigBad]]. By MetalGear2, ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', he's obtained a reputation as a Mercenary of some renown. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Big Boss is being fawned over left and right by practically everyone as the WORLD'S GREATEST SOLDIER! ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', being prequels, goes back to establish why he's so legendary by the time of Metal Gear Solid.

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** Big Boss gets this as well. In the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', he's basically Snakes CO who mostly just gives you instructions over the radio and turns out [[spoiler: To be running Outer Heaven at the same time and thus the BigBad]]. By MetalGear2, he's obtained a reputation as a Mercenary of some renown. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Big Boss is being fawned over left and right by practically everyone as the WORLD'S GREATEST SOLDIER! ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', being prequels, goes back to establish why he's so legendary by the time of Metal Gear Solid.


** [[UpToEleven taken even FURTHER with ''Battle for Azeroth'', where you're essentially considered a part of your faction's leadership, as well as an AmBadassAdor to/from the various allied races.

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** [[UpToEleven taken even FURTHER with ''Battle for Azeroth'', Azeroth'']], where you're essentially considered a part of your faction's leadership, as well as an AmBadassAdor to/from the various allied races.

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** [[UpToEleven taken even FURTHER with ''Battle for Azeroth'', where you're essentially considered a part of your faction's leadership, as well as an AmBadassAdor to/from the various allied races.

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