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** The webcomic also manages to [[InvertedTrope invert]] this trope: [[spoiler:if a Toone is hated by humans, they might transform into horrible monsters]].

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** The webcomic also manages to [[InvertedTrope invert]] this trope: [[spoiler:if a Toone [[ThePowerOfHate is hated by humans, humans,]] they might transform into [[BodyHorror horrible monsters]].monsters]]]].


* ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Magneto}} were originally classified as Alpha-Level mutants within the X-Men's RandomPowerRanking system, putting them both on par with ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and ComicBook/ProfessorX but below the Omega-Level mutants like ComicBook/JeanGrey and ComicBook/HopeSummers. Come ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen, however, those two very popular characters were very pointedly included on the list of surviving Omega Level mutants, apparently {{Retcon}}ning their previous classification.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Magneto}} were originally classified as Alpha-Level mutants within the X-Men's RandomPowerRanking system, putting them both on par with ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and ComicBook/ProfessorX but below the Omega-Level mutants like ComicBook/JeanGrey and ComicBook/HopeSummers. Come ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen, however, those two very popular characters were very pointedly included on the list of surviving Omega Level mutants, apparently {{Retcon}}ning their previous classification.classification - though this could have just as much to do with a recognition of the fact that they've repeatedly demonstrated Omega-Level scale power in the past.



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Destiny" had Angel and Spike in a titanic, epic brawl in an episode sometimes labeled a 'fan dream.' Spike often leads fan polls in popularity with Angel right behind him. Remember, BadassDecay only happened because he was a fan favorite. [[spoiler:Originally the episode was to have Angel win, because it is his show, but the writers realised that they were missing a golden opportunity to drive home Angel's loss of motivation. Once Angel got back his groove in later episodes he would soundly beat Spike in a normal fight, even once as a puppet. It's also worth noting that Spike actually beat Buffy in a fight once, which Angel never did.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Destiny" had Angel and Spike in a titanic, epic brawl in an episode sometimes labeled a 'fan dream.' Spike often leads fan polls in popularity with Angel right behind him. Remember, BadassDecay only happened because he was a fan favorite. [[spoiler:Originally the episode was to have Angel win, because it is his show, but the writers realised that they were missing a golden opportunity to drive home Angel's loss of motivation. Once Angel got back his groove in later episodes he would soundly beat Spike in a normal fight, even once as a puppet. It's also worth noting that Spike actually beat Buffy in a fight once, which Angel never did.did - though Spike has a particular advantage when fighting Slayers, because he's sussed out how they think, which is how he managed to kill two of them with relative ease.]]

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** The webcomic also manages to [[InvertedTrope invert]] this trope: [[spoiler:if a Toone is hated by humans, they might transform into horrible monsters]].


** A particularily JustForFun/{{egregious}} example would be R. Talsorian's ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' RPG. The Knight Sabers were built to ludicrous levels; Priss was superhumanly strong and could survive a hit from a 120mm cannon ''without her [[PoweredArmor Hard Suit]] or any other protection.''

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** A particularily JustForFun/{{egregious}} example would be R. Talsorian's Creator/RTalsorian's ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' RPG. The Knight Sabers were built to ludicrous levels; Priss was superhumanly strong and could survive a hit from a 120mm cannon ''without her [[PoweredArmor Hard Suit]] or any other protection.''


* The previous entry on IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular {{tag team}}s, which basically won them a paid trip to North America, [[DemotedToExtra where they would be buried in TNA]]. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it [[GoneHorriblyWrong didn't work]] would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into IWGP title contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into [[HateSink something they could work with]] and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slack]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event [=WrestleKingdom=] over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows cares he might lose support after all.

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* The previous entry on IWGP fan votes doesn't mention who the number one contender to Okada's belt was for a reason. No Limit were once among New Japan's most popular {{tag team}}s, which basically won them a paid trip to North America, [[DemotedToExtra where they would be buried in TNA]]. Then they would rebuild in CMLL, a sign of things to come. TNA sent its World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/JeffHardy to New Japan, NJPW attempted to use Hardy to jump start Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito's singles career and to say it [[GoneHorriblyWrong didn't work]] would be an understatement. Fans didn't care about the match, when Naito's partner Yujiro Takahashi turned on him because of the match or when Naito overcame the odds to ascend into IWGP title contention. When he was booed it was considered an improvement because fans often forgot about him entirely. So after "Okada" was voted out of the main event Naito went to Mexico again, hooked up with Rush and Log Los Ingobernables, saw how they turned [[XPacHeat absolute hatred from the crowd]] into [[HateSink something they could work with]] and took the idea back to NJPW to see if he could do the same with apathy. He fought his way into the G1 Climax and no one cared until they saw him basically [[TheSlacker slack]] his way to victory over an utterly perplexed [[TheAce Tanahashi]]. Fans suddenly loved Naito, who for the most part acted as if he ignored them, which made them love him more. Suddenly he was IWGP Intercontinental champion and fans were given the chance to vote for him to main event [=WrestleKingdom=] over Okada, though Naito of course [[DefiedTrope turned it down, saying NJPW should let the heavyweight title match go last like always]]. If he shows he cares he might lose support after all.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Magneto}} were originally classified as Alpha-Level mutants within the X-Men's RandomPowerRanking system, putting them both on par with ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and ComicBook/ProfessorX but below the Omega-Level mutants like ComicBook/JeanGrey and ComicBook/HopeSummers. Come ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen, however, those two very popular characters were very pointedly included on the list of surviving Omega Level mutants, apparently {{Retcon}}ning their previous classification.

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* In ''Webcomic/ScoobAndShag'', Popularity Power is ''a tangible in-universe force''. The power of a {{Toon}}e's [[OnePersonOnePower Ballyhoo]] is directly proportional to how much they're loved by humans. For example, the relatively-obscure [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Swiper]] can only detect an enemy's WeakPoint. On the other end of the spectrum, [[spoiler: WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse can instantly kill anyone with a hand gesture in the past or ''a single thought'' in the present.]]


** Sister site Gamespot is doing [[http://uk.gamespot.com/greatest-video-game-hero/standings/index.html the same]]. Though it has become a subversion of itself with heavy interference, first from 4chan who managed to have the ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' beat [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] and Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog before bowing down to Samus, and later from '''Valve themselves''', who pushed a massive rally call for [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], which went to... well, it allowed Valve to proclaim [[http://store.steamgames.com/news/2959/ this]]: "[[Music/KanyeWest There are other great game heroes, and we're gonna let you play with them, but Gordon Freeman is THE BEST GAME HERO OF ALL TIME"]]

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** Sister site Gamespot is doing [[http://uk.gamespot.com/greatest-video-game-hero/standings/index.html the same]]. Though it has become a subversion of itself with heavy interference, first from 4chan who managed to have the ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' beat [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] and Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog before bowing down to Samus, and later from '''Valve themselves''', who pushed a massive rally call for [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], which went to... well, it allowed Valve to proclaim [[http://store.steamgames.com/news/2959/ this]]: "[[Music/KanyeWest There are other great game heroes, and we're gonna let you play with them, but Gordon Freeman is THE BEST GAME HERO OF ALL TIME"]]


* The Marvel comic series ''X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl'' outright has Doctor Strange stating that if people are missed enough, if they are popular enough, the laws of physics break and they can come back. Of course...Doctor Strange is suffering from a mental illness in this story so take this revelation with a grain of salt.
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk has been accused of this for years, but it became most apparent in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' where he easily defeats people he has no business defeating, like Comicbook/DoctorStrange. Though whether is it due strictly to popularity and PlotInducedStupidity or the Hulk actually should be able to defeat such characters is often debated.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has become a walking DeusExMachina in comic books and "versus debates" thanks to the words [[CrazyPrepared "with prep time"]]. Given enough prep time, [[MemeticBadass he is speculated to be able to defeat]]: {{Superman}}, ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, [[ComicBook/TheSandman Death]], Taxes, Tofu, and Jelly Beans. The sheer amount of times he's faced Superman and lived would qualify him here even if nothing else would.

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* The Marvel comic series ''X-Statix ''ComicBook/XStatix Presents: Dead Girl'' outright has Doctor Strange Comicbook/DoctorStrange stating that if people are missed enough, if they are popular enough, the laws of physics break and they can come back. Of course...Doctor Strange is suffering from a mental illness in this story so take this revelation with a grain of salt.
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk has been accused of this for years, but it became most apparent in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' where he easily defeats people he has no business defeating, like Comicbook/DoctorStrange.Doctor Strange. Though whether is it due strictly to popularity and PlotInducedStupidity or the Hulk actually should be able to defeat such characters is often debated.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has become a walking DeusExMachina in comic books and "versus debates" thanks to the words [[CrazyPrepared "with prep time"]]. Given enough prep time, [[MemeticBadass he is speculated to be able to defeat]]: {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, [[ComicBook/TheSandman Death]], Taxes, Tofu, and Jelly Beans. The sheer amount of times he's faced Superman and lived would qualify him here even if nothing else would.



** More concretely, he made contingency plans in one arc to take each member of the ComicBook/JusticeLeague down should they go crazy. Of course, they [[GoneHorriblyWrong fall into the wrong hands]], and work remarkably well on all the heroes.

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** More concretely, he made contingency plans in one arc to take each member of the ComicBook/JusticeLeague Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} down should they go crazy. Of course, they [[GoneHorriblyWrong Of course]], they [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmericaTowerOfBabel fall into the wrong hands]], and work remarkably well on all the heroes.



** In several stories, it's later expanded to note that every single one of the Justice League members have at least some vague plan to take out their team-members in case any one of them goes rogue. They vary in effectiveness, though. [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] contingency plan shows one of his own moments of Popularity Power - his plan to defeat Batman was to create a jetpack, strap it to him, and shoot him as far away as possible to be sure. Despite certain obvious flaws, his plan ''worked'' (even if it was entirely unnecessary for a guy that can casually exceed the speed of light and destroy planets without trying).

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** In several stories, it's later expanded to note that every single one of the Justice League members have at least some vague plan to take out their team-members in case any one of them goes rogue. They vary in effectiveness, though. [[Comicbook/GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] contingency plan shows one of his own moments of Popularity Power - his plan to defeat Batman was to create a jetpack, strap it to him, and shoot him as far away as possible to be sure. Despite certain obvious flaws, his plan ''worked'' (even if it was entirely unnecessary for a guy that can casually exceed the speed of light and destroy planets without trying).



** Fortunately Creator/AlanMoore seems to be immune to Popularity Power. During Moore's run on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' Batman takes on the much more powerful title character with plenty of prep time after making careful preparations, including putting wood cutting buzz-saws on the Batmobile and bringing a herbicide thrower. Comicbook/SwampThing wipes the floor with him.

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** Fortunately Creator/AlanMoore seems to be immune to Popularity Power. During Moore's run on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' Batman takes on the much more powerful title character with plenty of prep time after making careful preparations, including putting wood cutting buzz-saws on the Batmobile and bringing a herbicide thrower. Comicbook/SwampThing ComicBook/SwampThing wipes the floor with him.



** And sometimes, even [[CrazyPrepared "with prep time"]] is unnecessary. Like putting down Cheetah, who is a recurrent Wonder Woman villain, at times able to take a punch from Superman (who, for the uninitiated, has SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, which Batman lacks), with a single punch, running with three adults on his back, and sucking enough bullets to sink a frigate. And apparently, [[TripleShifter doesn't need to sleep]].
** One issue of Batman Confidential had him fighting several members of the proto-Justice League. He took down ComicBook/WonderWoman, ComicBook/TheFlash, Comicbook/GreenLantern, and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}. This was their first meeting, and he didn't know what any of their abilities were when the fight started. It helped that neither did the writer. Let's see... throwing a smoke bomb in front of The Flash is yet another example of writers forgetting that 1. He has SuperReflexes and even so wouldn't immediately crash into a wall if blinded 2. If you're in a small room with The Flash, there is no time to throw something before he reaches you. There's not time for a human to do ''anything'' before he reaches you. Wonder Woman cannot be taken out by kicking her in the stomach with human strength. At a best case scenario it's ineffective. Worse case, you break your foot. The same goes for ComicBook/MartianManhunter. Batman's ability to manhandle Aquaman or utterly incapacitate Comicbook/GreenLantern with a batrope is also just slightly dubious (Aquaman has Wonder Woman levels of SuperStrength and Green Lantern can make literally anything he can think of with his ring).

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** And sometimes, even [[CrazyPrepared "with prep time"]] is unnecessary. Like putting down Cheetah, ComicBook/{{Cheetah}}, who is a recurrent Wonder Woman villain, at times able to take a punch from Superman (who, for the uninitiated, has SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, which Batman lacks), with a single punch, running with three adults on his back, and sucking enough bullets to sink a frigate. And apparently, [[TripleShifter doesn't need to sleep]].
** One issue of Batman Confidential had him fighting several members of the proto-Justice League. He took down ComicBook/WonderWoman, ComicBook/TheFlash, Comicbook/GreenLantern, Franchise/WonderWoman, Franchise/TheFlash, Franchise/GreenLantern, and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}. This was their first meeting, and he didn't know what any of their abilities were when the fight started. It helped that neither did the writer. Let's see... throwing a smoke bomb in front of The Flash is yet another example of writers forgetting that 1. He has SuperReflexes and even so wouldn't immediately crash into a wall if blinded 2. If you're in a small room with The Flash, there is no time to throw something before he reaches you. There's not time for a human to do ''anything'' before he reaches you. Wonder Woman cannot be taken out by kicking her in the stomach with human strength. At a best case scenario it's ineffective. Worse case, you break your foot. The same goes for ComicBook/MartianManhunter. Batman's ability to manhandle Aquaman or utterly incapacitate Comicbook/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern with a batrope is also just slightly dubious (Aquaman has Wonder Woman levels of SuperStrength and Green Lantern can make literally anything he can think of with his ring).



** Creator/FrankMiller's Batman/Spawn crossover actually has their fight be even, ''to a degree.'' Batman beats down Spawn, but when Spawn turns the tables the rest of the fight is conveniently '''off panel.'''
** Wonder Woman beat down Batman in one of her issues. A criminal Batman was after sought sanctuary in Wonder Woman's headquarters, and Batman demanded she turn her over. Wondy said no. With her foot. In fact, WonderWoman is a good case of RealityEnsues, as his track record against her has been slightly against him. She's a FlyingBrick with no obvious weaknesses who often sees through his ruses.

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** Creator/FrankMiller's Batman/Spawn Batman[=/=]ComicBook/{{Spawn}} crossover actually has their fight be even, ''to a degree.'' Batman beats down Spawn, but when Spawn turns the tables the rest of the fight is conveniently '''off panel.'''
** Wonder Woman beat down Batman in one of her issues. A criminal Batman was after sought sanctuary in Wonder Woman's headquarters, and Batman demanded she turn her over. Wondy said no. With her foot. In fact, WonderWoman Wonder Woman is a good case of RealityEnsues, as his track record against her has been slightly against him. She's a FlyingBrick with no obvious weaknesses who often sees through his ruses.



* Despite allegedly being barely superhuman,[[note]]He's supposedly at the absolute peak of what normal humans can be capable of, i.e. as if he trained to that level like an Olympic athlete[[/note]] some of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's feats have gone seemingly far beyond what he "should" be able to do. Any average human superhero or villain who goes up against him is sure to lose. Even superpowered denizens like Franchise/SpiderMan and Wolverine fold before the Cap. And if that weren't enough, Captain America has actually gone rounds against [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], Hulk, and the other super heavyweights of the MarvelUniverse and STILL come out on top (or at the very least, fought these beings to a draw). Why? Because he's popular. Because he wears the red, white, and blue. And to top it all off, Marvel loves him so much that they'll almost never have the guy lose, just like DC is almost never going to have Batman lose. [[spoiler: 2017's "Secret Empire" saga may actually change that, when it comes to Hydra Cap.]]

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* Despite allegedly being barely superhuman,[[note]]He's supposedly at the absolute peak of what normal humans can be capable of, i.e. as if he trained to that level like an Olympic athlete[[/note]] some of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's feats have gone seemingly far beyond what he "should" be able to do. Any average human superhero or villain who goes up against him is sure to lose. Even superpowered denizens like Franchise/SpiderMan and Wolverine fold before the Cap. And if that weren't enough, Captain America has actually gone rounds against [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], Hulk, and the other Franchise/MarvelUniverse super heavyweights of the MarvelUniverse and heavyweightsnd STILL come out on top (or at the very least, fought these beings to a draw). Why? Because he's popular. Because he wears the red, white, and blue. And to top it all off, Marvel loves him so much that they'll almost never have the guy lose, just like DC is almost never going to have Batman lose. [[spoiler: 2017's "Secret Empire" saga may actually change that, when it comes to Hydra Cap.]]



*** In a ComicBook/FantasticFour story, Cap's shield takes Gladiator ({{Superman}}'s CaptainErsatz) at bay for minutes. Heat vision ("The heart of a star") and lighting-fast, moon-blasting punches don't even ''ruin the painting'' of the shield. Maybe it's not even ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Popularity Power in action - the Star and Strips logo must be a reality breaker.

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*** In a ComicBook/FantasticFour story, Cap's shield takes Gladiator ({{Superman}}'s CaptainErsatz) SupermanSubstitute Gladiator) at bay for minutes. Heat vision ("The heart of a star") and lighting-fast, moon-blasting punches don't even ''ruin the painting'' of the shield. Maybe it's not even ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Popularity Power in action - the Star and Strips logo must be a reality breaker.



** Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 parodies it best:
-->"I wear the flag. That means I don't lose."

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** Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance2'' parodies it best:
-->"I --->"I wear the flag. That means I don't lose."



** ComicBook/CivilWar at least is fair about about it. ComicBook/IronMan always wipes the floor with Cap in their various duels, causing him to need rescue by more powerful allies, unless Cap cheats by shorting out his armor in which case ComicBook/IronMan is basically helpless to do anything but lie there and eat shield, not really making Cap look all that powerful.

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** ComicBook/CivilWar at least is fair about about it. ComicBook/IronMan always wipes the floor with Cap in their various duels, causing him to need rescue by more powerful allies, unless Cap cheats by shorting out his armor in which case ComicBook/IronMan is basically helpless to do anything but lie there and eat shield, not really making Cap look all that powerful.



*** Actually Spider-Man was not beaten, but even then, Cap was dominating, and hurting Spider-Man with his punches, and to make it worse, Spider-Man was doubly enhanced from his normal stats, ans wearing an armor which made him bulletproof and allowed him to take hits from Titanium Man, the Iron Man foe. And despite being so enhanced Spidey still failed to defeat Cap despite landing a few hits, not even knocking him back.

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*** Actually Spider-Man was not beaten, but even then, Cap was dominating, and hurting Spider-Man with his punches, and to make it worse, Spider-Man was doubly enhanced from his normal stats, ans and wearing an armor which made him bulletproof and allowed him to take hits from Titanium Man, the Iron Man foe. And despite being so enhanced Spidey still failed to defeat Cap despite landing a few hits, not even knocking him back.



A really ridiculous example of Doom oozing [[GodModeSue God Mode Suedom]] was during an arc where he teamed up with Dr. Voodoo and battled their way across hordes of demons. Dr. Voodoo got taken down by Ghost Rider but before Ghost Rider could finish Voodoo, Doom came in and took Ghost Rider out with one punch. This is a highly dubious feat considering Ghost Rider has been shown to be able to fight toe to toe with Dr. Strange before, take some of his best attacks, and even defeat the Sorcerer Supreme after a brutal mystical fight. And of course, Doom's powers are only second best compared to Strange. Apparently, the message that the writers want to drive home is that one punch from Doom is greater than the sum of two Sorcerer Supremes put together.

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A really ridiculous example of Doom oozing [[GodModeSue God {{God Mode Suedom]] Sue}}dom was during an arc where he teamed up with Dr. Voodoo and battled their way across hordes of demons. Dr. Voodoo got taken down by Ghost Rider ComicBook/GhostRider but before Ghost Rider could finish Voodoo, Doom came in and took Ghost Rider out with one punch. This is a highly dubious feat considering Ghost Rider has been shown to be able to fight toe to toe with Dr. Strange before, take some of his best attacks, and even defeat the Sorcerer Supreme after a brutal mystical fight. And of course, Doom's powers are only second best compared to Strange. Apparently, the message that the writers want to drive home is that one punch from Doom is greater than the sum of two Sorcerer Supremes put together.



** In the ''Suicide Kings'' ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} storyline, Comicbook/ThePunisher beats Deadpool up to the point where he needs rescuing by Outlaw and [[spoiler: Daredevil]]. ''With a sword''. This is despite the Punisher being an ordinary human and Deadpool being a guy in peak physical fitness who heals all injuries, never gets tired and is almost definitely the best swordfighter in the Marvel Universe - plus, it's ''his book!'' In fact, any fight between someone with a HealingFactor and someone without is only going to end one way -- that would be why they apparently put DP's factor on a major go-slow for this series.

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** In the ''Suicide Kings'' ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} storyline, Comicbook/ThePunisher ComicBook/ThePunisher beats Deadpool up to the point where he needs rescuing by Outlaw and [[spoiler: Daredevil]]. ''With a sword''. This is despite the Punisher being an ordinary human and Deadpool being a guy in peak physical fitness who heals all injuries, never gets tired and is almost definitely the best swordfighter in the Marvel Universe - plus, it's ''his book!'' In fact, any fight between someone with a HealingFactor and someone without is only going to end one way -- that would be why they apparently put DP's factor on a major go-slow for this series.



** In a Creator/GarthEnnis crossover with ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Punisher treats Wolverine with disdain, blasting off his face with a shotgun, then shooting him [[GroinAttack in the balls]] with the shotgun for complaining about it, then running over him with a steamroller. In some fairness, Logan was drunk.
** When Punisher tried to assassinate Norman Osborn, then leader of the ComicBook/DarkAvengers, he found his PopularityPower turned off, as ComicBook/{{Daken}} showed what a confrontation between Punisher and a Wolverine out for blood would ''really'' look like: Daken shrugs off everything Punisher has, toying with him, and then chops him up like a meat processor before dumping his chunks down the sewers.

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** In a Creator/GarthEnnis crossover with ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Franchise/{{Wolverine}}, Punisher treats Wolverine with disdain, blasting off his face with a shotgun, then shooting him [[GroinAttack in the balls]] with the shotgun for complaining about it, then running over him with a steamroller. In some fairness, Logan was drunk.
** When Punisher tried to assassinate Norman Osborn, then leader of the ComicBook/DarkAvengers, he found his PopularityPower Popularity Power turned off, as ComicBook/{{Daken}} showed what a confrontation between Punisher and a Wolverine out for blood would ''really'' look like: Daken shrugs off everything Punisher has, toying with him, and then chops him up like a meat processor before dumping his chunks down the sewers.



-->"Did I mention I beat up Firelord once? No, seriously. Firelord."
** ComicBook/SecretWars also, infamously, had Spidey mop the floor with the ComicBook/XMen, including Wolverine, all on his own. (Though in this case it should be noted that Spider-Man didn't actually "defeat" people like Colossus and Rogue, just tangled them up in webbing long enough for him to escape.)

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-->"Did --->"Did I mention I beat up Firelord once? No, seriously. Firelord."
** ComicBook/SecretWars ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|1984}}'' also, infamously, had Spidey mop the floor with the ComicBook/XMen, including Wolverine, all on his own. (Though in this case it should be noted that Spider-Man didn't actually "defeat" people like Colossus and Rogue, just tangled them up in webbing long enough for him to escape.)



* For {{Wolverine}}, take for example ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_vs_DC Marvel vs. DC/DC vs. Marvel]]'' comics, which was literally one big popularity contest. One issue had a scene in which Wolverine is able to make short work of Lobo, an alien being that gave Superman a run for his money and destroyed an entire planet, in less than four panels, simply because polls showed that his stats were higher that week. Moreover, both of them have regenerative healing, but Lobo is able to regenerate his entire body FromASingleCell if his entire body is destroyed. The best part? The final blow of the fight [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome took place off-panel]], because, apparently, ''even the writers'' couldn't figure out how Wolverine could possibly win.

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* For {{Wolverine}}, Franchise/{{Wolverine}}, take for example ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_vs_DC Marvel vs. DC/DC vs. Marvel]]'' comics, ''ComicBook/MarvelVersusDC'', which was literally one big popularity contest. One issue had a scene in which Wolverine is able to make short work of Lobo, an alien being that gave Superman a run for his money and destroyed an entire planet, in less than four panels, simply because polls showed that his stats were higher that week. Moreover, both of them have regenerative healing, but Lobo is able to regenerate his entire body FromASingleCell if his entire body is destroyed. The best part? The final blow of the fight [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome took place off-panel]], because, apparently, ''even the writers'' couldn't figure out how Wolverine could possibly win.



** The same series also had Wolverine's X-Men teammate ComicBook/{{Storm}} hand a smack-down to WonderWoman, which seemed more than a little unlikely to many objective observers; however, ''X-Men'' titles were selling better than Wonder Woman at the time.

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** The same series also had Wolverine's X-Men teammate ComicBook/{{Storm}} hand a smack-down to WonderWoman, Franchise/WonderWoman, which seemed more than a little unlikely to many objective observers; however, ''X-Men'' titles were selling better than Wonder Woman at the time.



*** On the subject of Wonder Woman, in the 90's there was a series of DC Versus Marvel trading cards. When it came time for the long-awaited Comicbook/JusticeLeague vs. [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] set, the artist had Wonder Woman, arguably the most powerful heroine in the Franchise/DCUniverse, face off against ...Comicbook/BlackWidow. While Black Widow is extremely popular and very kickass in her own right, she's still a BadassNormal with no superpowers, and as such shouldn't be much of a threat to Wonder Woman.

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*** On the subject of Wonder Woman, in the 90's there was a series of DC Versus Marvel trading cards. When it came time for the long-awaited Comicbook/JusticeLeague Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} vs. [[Comicbook/TheAvengers [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] set, the artist had Wonder Woman, arguably the most powerful heroine in the Franchise/DCUniverse, Franchise/TheDCU, face off against ...Comicbook/BlackWidow.ComicBook/BlackWidow. While Black Widow is extremely popular and very kickass in her own right, she's still a BadassNormal with no superpowers, and as such shouldn't be much of a threat to Wonder Woman.



*** A "[[{{Elseworld}} What If...?]]" of this storyline saw Wolverine practically ''wipe out the entire MarvelUniverse''. This was especially headachey because it had ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, who canonically pulled the metal from Wolvy's bones and left him for dead in the original, shanked. It did, however, have Kitty prove why phasing is awesome.
* Parodied by the Marvel character of ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, who manages to hand some of the most powerful, godlike villains in the MarvelUniverse a humiliating defeat despite having not particularly impressive superpowers.
** It's reached the point where other people are starting to recognize her tendency to beat nearly godlike beings, with ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} gaining extra recognition for being powerful enough to be defeated by Squirrel Girl.
*** Twice.

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*** A "[[{{Elseworld}} What If...?]]" of this storyline saw Wolverine practically ''wipe out the entire MarvelUniverse''. Franchise/MarvelUniverse''. This was especially headachey because it had ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, who [[ComicBook/FatalAttractions canonically pulled the metal from Wolvy's bones and left him for dead in the original, original]], shanked. It did, however, have Kitty prove why phasing is awesome.
* Parodied by the Marvel character of ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, who manages to hand some of the most powerful, godlike villains in the MarvelUniverse Marvel Universe a humiliating defeat despite having not particularly impressive superpowers.
** It's reached the point where other people are starting to recognize her tendency to beat nearly godlike beings, with ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} gaining extra recognition for being powerful enough to be defeated by Squirrel Girl.
***
Girl. Twice.



--> "Yeah, that's right. Squirrel Girl totally pwns Doc Doom. Know why? '[[ArmedWithCanon Cause of somethin' that happened in a story by]] '''Steve-freakin'-Ditko'''! That's ''so'' in continuity. [[TakeThat So just deal with it, fanboy]]."
* A notable aversion came in one of the DC/Marvel crossovers, when the JLA went up against the X-Men. Batman, the most popularity-powered character of them all, sprang a surprise attack on Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} who, while he has plenty of fans, also attracts more hate than probably any other X-Man (with the possible exception of Comicbook/{{Gambit}}). Guess which one got taken down.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' this is one speculated source of the eponymous Fables' powers. The more popular the story about a Fable is, the more powerful they are. For example, Snow White recovered from a sniper's bullet to the skull--her sister Rose Red might not have survived since most people have forgotten her part of the fairytale-- Frau Totenkinder is one of the most powerful Fables in existence because she is every anonymous witch in folklore, and Goldilocks raises this to a level bordering on BlessedWithSuck when she discovers she can't heal any faster than the fish are eating her.

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--> ---> "Yeah, that's right. Squirrel Girl totally pwns Doc Doom. Know why? '[[ArmedWithCanon Cause of somethin' that happened in a story by]] '''Steve-freakin'-Ditko'''! That's ''so'' in continuity. [[TakeThat So just deal with it, fanboy]]."
* A notable aversion came in one of the DC/Marvel crossovers, when the JLA went up against the X-Men. Batman, the most popularity-powered character of them all, sprang a surprise attack on Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} who, while he has plenty of fans, also attracts more hate than probably any other X-Man (with the possible exception of Comicbook/{{Gambit}}).ComicBook/{{Gambit}}). Guess which one got taken down.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' this is one speculated source of the eponymous Fables' powers. The more popular the story about a Fable is, the more powerful they are. For example, Snow White recovered from a sniper's bullet to the skull--her sister Rose Red might not have survived since most people have forgotten her part of the fairytale-- Frau Totenkinder is one of the most powerful Fables in existence because she is every anonymous witch in folklore, and Goldilocks raises this to a level bordering on BlessedWithSuck when she discovers she can't heal any faster than the fish are eating her.



** Does the same in ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse''. He also gives an interesting speech to Wolverine about his healing factor. He states that it's incredibly fitting: the popular character has a power that makes him immune to death. Deadpool berates Wolverine because according to him, Logan doesn't live because of his skills, but because the fans love him. This may come off as hypocritical, because in that alternate universe, Deadpool managed to kill people that he should logically never be able to kill (like The Avengers, Spider-Man, Galactus, ect...). Why? Because he's just as popular as Wolverine.
-->'''Deadpool:''' Your tendency to come back from the brink of death has nothing to do with your healing factor. Your mutant power isn't regeneration. It's ''popularity''.

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** Does the same in ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse''. He also gives an interesting speech to Wolverine about his healing factor. He states that it's incredibly fitting: the popular character has a power that makes him immune to death. Deadpool berates Wolverine because according to him, Logan doesn't live because of his skills, but because the fans love him. This may come off as hypocritical, because in that alternate universe, Deadpool managed to kill people that he should logically never be able to kill (like The Avengers, Spider-Man, Galactus, ect...etc...). Why? Because he's just as popular as Wolverine.
-->'''Deadpool:''' --->'''Deadpool:''' Your tendency to come back from the brink of death has nothing to do with your healing factor. Your mutant power isn't regeneration. It's ''popularity''.



* The Marvel villain Arcade has to date, been 100% unsuccessful at killing any superheroes or villains that feature in his appearances. It's assumed that all of his success with Murderworld assassinations occur offscreen. Killing overweight and out of shape buisnessmen is one thing. But he is clearly out of his league with superpowered characters. But his offbeat characterization (not too unlike ComicBook/TheJoker) is probably why he gets to stay around for the occasional guest appearance, and trying to TakeALevelInBadass in the pages of the cheap ''Film/BattleRoyale''/''Literature/HungerGames'' ripoff known as ''Comicbook/AvengersArena.''
* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} is an incredibly popular villain. So of course, writers have to amp up his badassery from reasonable to absurd. The man has enhanced reflexes, speed, strength and intelligence, but only several times above peak human as opposed to, oh, Kryptonian level. In Identity Crisis #3, ''he single-handedly took out an entire Justice League roster''. He stops Black Canary from using her Canary Cry via a bag over her head. (That scream of hers can rip through steel). He beats the Atom senseless with the light from an ordinary laser pointer because 'the Atom has no mass when he shrinks'. (This directly contradicted how the Atom's power has worked since his very first appearance in comics.) Green Lantern Kyle Rayner can't use his ring because Deathstroke grabs his hand, and uses his own willpower to overpower Kyle's. (Not only do GL rings ''not work that way'', at that time Kyle's ring had a failsafe put in to refuse commands from anyone not having Kyle's brainwave pattern... and that's before you factor in the pure unleaded stupidity of Kyle actually being caught within arms' reach of Deathstroke at all, seeing as how '''he can fly and Deathstroke can't'''.) Oh, but at least in those cases, he put a ''minimal'' degree of effort in. Against the Flash, Wally West just ran right onto the tip of Deathstroke's sword to dodge his bombs. (Wally West can move at the speed of light -- on a ''slow'' day. To be able to move too fast for Wally to be able to react in time, Deathstroke's sword would have needed a built-in hyperdrive.) He was eventually defeated by Green Arrow poking his bad eye with an arrow in frustration.

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* The Marvel villain Arcade has to date, been 100% unsuccessful at killing any superheroes or villains that feature in his appearances. It's assumed that all of his success with Murderworld assassinations occur offscreen. Killing overweight and out of shape buisnessmen businessmen is one thing. But he is clearly out of his league with superpowered characters. But his offbeat characterization (not too unlike ComicBook/TheJoker) is probably why he gets to stay around for the occasional guest appearance, and trying to TakeALevelInBadass in the pages of the cheap ''Film/BattleRoyale''/''Literature/HungerGames'' ''Film/BattleRoyale''/''Literature/TheHungerGames'' ripoff known as ''Comicbook/AvengersArena.''
* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} is an incredibly popular villain. So of course, writers have to amp up his badassery from reasonable to absurd. The man has enhanced reflexes, speed, strength and intelligence, but only several times above peak human as opposed to, oh, Kryptonian level. In Identity Crisis ComicBook/IdentityCrisis #3, ''he single-handedly took out an entire Justice League roster''. He stops Black Canary ComicBook/BlackCanary from using her Canary Cry via a bag over her head. (That scream of hers can rip through steel). He beats the Atom ComicBook/TheAtom senseless with the light from an ordinary laser pointer because 'the Atom has no mass when he shrinks'. (This directly contradicted how the Atom's power has worked since his very first appearance in comics.) Green Lantern Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner can't use his ring because Deathstroke grabs his hand, and uses his own willpower to overpower Kyle's. (Not only do GL rings ''not work that way'', at that time Kyle's ring had a failsafe put in to refuse commands from anyone not having Kyle's brainwave pattern... and that's before you factor in the pure unleaded stupidity of Kyle actually being caught within arms' reach of Deathstroke at all, seeing as how '''he can fly and Deathstroke can't'''.) Oh, but at least in those cases, he put a ''minimal'' degree of effort in. Against the Flash, Franchise/TheFlash, Wally West just ran right onto the tip of Deathstroke's sword to dodge his bombs. (Wally West can move at the speed of light -- on a ''slow'' day. To be able to move too fast for Wally to be able to react in time, Deathstroke's sword would have needed a built-in hyperdrive.) He was eventually defeated by Green Arrow ComicBook/GreenArrow poking his bad eye with an arrow in frustration.



* Agent Coulson of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse was a fairly minor character in ''[[Film/IronMan1 Iron Man]]'' before he became a recurring character throughout the series. At the peak of his popularity, and once [[TheComicallySerious his characterization]] [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee had developed]], he was suddenly killed in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Upon hearing of this, Website/{{Twitter}} and Website/{{Tumblr}} ''exploded'' with support for him to come back, campaigning the slogan [=#CoulsonLives=]. Their attempts were so successful that not only did Marvel bring Coulson BackFromTheDead ''and'' make him the star of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', [[AscendedMeme they even made tweeting #CoulsonLives unlock a trailer]] for the TV show.

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* Agent Coulson of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse was a fairly minor character in ''[[Film/IronMan1 Iron Man]]'' before he became a recurring character throughout the series. At the peak of his popularity, and once [[TheComicallySerious his characterization]] [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee had developed]], he was suddenly killed in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Upon hearing of this, Website/{{Twitter}} and Website/{{Tumblr}} ''exploded'' with support for him to come back, campaigning the slogan [=#CoulsonLives=]. [[FirstLawOfResurrection Their attempts were so successful successful]] that not only did Marvel bring Coulson BackFromTheDead ''and'' make him the star of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', [[AscendedMeme they even made tweeting #CoulsonLives unlock a trailer]] for the TV show.



* Jerry Springer didn't win ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'', but he got a lot farther than his dancing talent alone would have carried him. It got to the point that he actually asked his fans to stop voting for him, as he only appeared on the show to learn to dance and was tired of coming back.

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* Jerry Springer ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'':
** Creator/JerrySpringer
didn't win ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'', win, but he got a lot farther than his dancing talent alone would have carried him. It got to the point that he actually asked his fans to stop voting for him, as he only appeared on the show to learn to dance and was tired of coming back.



* Not only does Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/XMenStern X-Men]]'' prominently feature a large ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} bust on the playfield, there is also a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition "Wolverine Blue" table with extra features and custom artwork.

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* Not only does Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/XMenStern X-Men]]'' prominently feature a large ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} bust on the playfield, there is also a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition "Wolverine Blue" table with extra features and custom artwork.



** Another storyline involved a [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] {{Jobber}} losing a few matches to better-known wrestlers under names like "The Cannonball Kid", "The Good Luck Kid", "The Kamikaze Kid", etc. until finally, now simply known as "The Kid", he scored an upset victory over [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]]. This earned him the name "The 1-2-3 Kid", as his entire gimmick was that he started getting upset victories, winning 2 more times against Razor Ramon, then beating other top heels as they came out of the woodwork to put the kid "in his place". Razor actually made a HeelFaceTurn simply by taking his losses in good humor and taking the kid under his wing. Eventually. As a side note, said kid was Wrestling/SeanWaltman, the wrestler later known as Syxx (in the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]) and [[XPacHeat X-Pac]] (in Wrestling/DGenerationX).
*** Subverted once he became the {{Trope Namer|s}} for XPacHeat.

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** Another storyline involved a [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] {{Jobber}} losing a few matches to better-known wrestlers under names like "The Cannonball Kid", "The Good Luck Kid", "The Kamikaze Kid", etc. until finally, now simply known as "The Kid", he scored an upset victory over [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]]. This earned him the name "The 1-2-3 Kid", as his entire gimmick was that he started getting upset victories, winning 2 more times against Razor Ramon, then beating other top heels as they came out of the woodwork to put the kid "in his place". Razor actually made a HeelFaceTurn simply by taking his losses in good humor and taking the kid under his wing. Eventually. As a side note, said kid was Wrestling/SeanWaltman, the wrestler later known as Syxx (in the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]) and [[XPacHeat X-Pac]] X-Pac (in Wrestling/DGenerationX).
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Wrestling/DGenerationX). Subverted once he became the {{Trope Namer|s}} for XPacHeat.



* In a Meta Example during the 1990s, Wrestling/TheUndertaker had his [[AmplifierArtifact urn]] stolen and melted down by [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]'s henchman, Kama Mustafa. Taker turned to [[FanCommunityNicknames his Creatures Of The Night]] to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve give him the strength]] to beat Kama in a casket match. Being one of the most popular wrestlers in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], he had no trouble getting enough.

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* In a Meta Example during the 1990s, Wrestling/TheUndertaker had his [[AmplifierArtifact urn]] stolen and melted down by [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]'s henchman, Kama Mustafa. Taker turned to [[FanCommunityNicknames his Creatures Of The of the Night]] to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve give him the strength]] to beat Kama in a casket match. Being one of the most popular wrestlers in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], he had no trouble getting enough.



** See, WWE's plan was to push Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} but untrained Sable got really popular and got pushed instead. Then Wrestling/TrishStratus, who had spent her first year as a valet, defeated Wrestling/{{Ivory}} in a match so fans began to take her seriously as a wrestler instead of another model. Since then it hasn't worked. When Kelly Kelly became Divas Champion and went over on Beth Phoenix twice, fans Wrestling/{{c|rowdchant}}hanted "BULL-SHIT!!" at her.

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** See, WWE's plan was to push Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} but untrained Sable got really popular and got pushed instead. Then Wrestling/TrishStratus, who had spent her first year as a valet, defeated Wrestling/{{Ivory}} in a match so fans began to take her seriously as a wrestler instead of another model. Since then it hasn't worked. When Kelly Kelly became Divas Champion and went over on Beth Phoenix twice, fans Wrestling/{{c|rowdchant}}hanted {{c|rowdchant}}hanted "BULL-SHIT!!" at her.



** The fact that going against Wrestling/DanielBryan is enough to turn the massively popular Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels heel showcases ''his'' popularity power. Bryan had so much PopularityPower that it eventually forced them to change plans for [[Wrestling/WrestleMania the biggest show of the year]] just so that year's main event wouldn't implode in on itself.

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** The fact that going against Wrestling/DanielBryan is enough to turn the massively popular Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels heel showcases ''his'' popularity power. Bryan had so much PopularityPower Popularity Power that it eventually forced them to change plans for [[Wrestling/WrestleMania the biggest show of the year]] just so that year's main event wouldn't implode in on itself.



* After their perennial rivals reDRagon had petitioned Wrestling/RingOfHonor's match maker Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness for a shot at Matt Taven and Mike Bennett of The Kingdom in {{revenge|byproxy}} for Wrestling/AdamCole's continual harassment of Kyle O'Reilly, Wrestling/TheYoungBucks {{Invoked|Trope}} this by petitioning ''the fans'' to get a shot at The Kingdom instead. [=McGuinness=] had already said yes to reDRagon and refused to go back on his word but did have The Bucks added to the match to appease the fans, making it a [[MeleeATrois three way]].

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* After their perennial rivals reDRagon had petitioned Wrestling/RingOfHonor's match maker Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness for a shot at Matt Taven and Mike Bennett of The Kingdom in {{revenge|byproxy}} for Wrestling/AdamCole's continual harassment of Kyle O'Reilly, Wrestling/TheYoungBucks {{Invoked|Trope}} {{invoked|Trope}} this by petitioning ''the fans'' to get a shot at The Kingdom instead. [=McGuinness=] had already said yes to reDRagon and refused to go back on his word but did have The Bucks added to the match to appease the fans, making it a [[MeleeATrois three way]].



** White Wolf's ''Street Fighter'' RPG. Theoretically based on [[StreetFighter the arcade game franchise]], a by-the-book starting campaign is more about the role roughly "real world compliant" martial artists would have in a world with StreetFighter characters in it (i.e. window dressing.)

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** White Wolf's ''Street Fighter'' RPG. Theoretically based on [[StreetFighter [[Franchise/StreetFighter the arcade game franchise]], a by-the-book starting campaign is more about the role roughly "real world compliant" martial artists would have in a world with StreetFighter characters in it (i.e. window dressing.)



** In previous generations, popularity was a factor when deciding which Pokemon should get an regular evolution or a [[SpinOffBabies baby form]].

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** In previous generations, popularity was a factor when deciding which Pokemon should get an a regular evolution or a [[SpinOffBabies baby form]].



** Sister site Gamespot is doing [[http://uk.gamespot.com/greatest-video-game-hero/standings/index.html the same]]. Though it has become a subversion of itself with heavy interference, first from 4chan who managed to have the ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' beat [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog before bowing down to Samus, and later from '''Valve themselves''', who pushed a massive rally call for [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], which went to... well, it allowed Valve to proclaim [[http://store.steamgames.com/news/2959/ this]]: "[[Music/KanyeWest There are other great game heroes, and we're gonna let you play with them, but Gordon Freeman is THE BEST GAME HERO OF ALL TIME"]]

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** Sister site Gamespot is doing [[http://uk.gamespot.com/greatest-video-game-hero/standings/index.html the same]]. Though it has become a subversion of itself with heavy interference, first from 4chan who managed to have the ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' beat [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog before bowing down to Samus, and later from '''Valve themselves''', who pushed a massive rally call for [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], which went to... well, it allowed Valve to proclaim [[http://store.steamgames.com/news/2959/ this]]: "[[Music/KanyeWest There are other great game heroes, and we're gonna let you play with them, but Gordon Freeman is THE BEST GAME HERO OF ALL TIME"]]



* Absolutely {{Defied|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. The makers have made it explicit that they '''do not''' allow a character to win by Popularity Power, unless their research shows the character in question would win. [[spoiler:Even if it's a character that's popular with themselves, as "Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.]] This is easily shown in highly divisive battles "[[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" and "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[Franchise/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" [[spoiler: as Superman and Yang both won their matches, infuriating ''Dragon Ball'' fans because they feel Goku is ''much'' stronger than Superman despite two matches proving otherwise and infuriating ''Final Fantasy'' fans because they felt that Screw Attack was trying to suck up to Creator/RoosterTeeth for ''RWBY'''s third season and that Tifa should have won.]]

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* Absolutely {{Defied|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. The makers have made it explicit that they '''do not''' allow a character to win by Popularity Power, unless their research shows the character in question would win. [[spoiler:Even if it's a character that's popular with themselves, as "Haggar vs. Zangief" shows.]] This is easily shown in highly divisive battles "[[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}}" and "[[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[Franchise/FinalFantasyVII [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" [[spoiler: as Superman and Yang both won their matches, infuriating ''Dragon Ball'' fans because they feel Goku is ''much'' stronger than Superman despite two matches proving otherwise and infuriating ''Final Fantasy'' fans because they felt that Screw Attack was trying to suck up to Creator/RoosterTeeth for ''RWBY'''s third season and that Tifa should have won.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', this is one of Danny's enemies' powers. Ember Mclain is a ghost whose power grows exponentially the more people cheer her name. The only way Danny can initially defeat her is by having Tucker sing on international TV... [[HollywoodToneDeaf an act so horrifying]] it de-hypnotizes the populace of the world almost instantly.
* In the DCAU, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} fired his [[AlwaysAccurateAttack Omega Beam]] at Franchise/{{Batman}}...''and missed.''
** Well, more of a "forced Batman to run all over the place before finally positioning a Mook into it and let it die instead." Still counts, though. On the other hand, Batman's actual ''attacks'' were at best distractions for Superman to capitalize on and at worst mere annoyances.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', this is one of Danny's enemies' powers. Ember Mclain [=McLain=] is a ghost whose power grows exponentially the more people cheer her name. The only way Danny can initially defeat her is by having Tucker sing on international TV... [[HollywoodToneDeaf an act so horrifying]] it de-hypnotizes the populace of the world almost instantly.
* In the DCAU, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} fired his [[AlwaysAccurateAttack Omega Beam]] at Franchise/{{Batman}}...''and missed.''
**
'' Well, more of a "forced Batman to run all over the place before finally positioning a Mook into it and let it die instead." Still counts, though. On the other hand, Batman's actual ''attacks'' were at best distractions for Superman to capitalize on and at worst mere annoyances.


** Sister site Gamespot is doing [[http://uk.gamespot.com/greatest-video-game-hero/standings/index.html the same]]. Though it has become a subversion of itself with heavy interference, first from 4chan who managed to have the ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' beat [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] and SonicTheHedgehog before bowing down to Samus, and later from '''Valve themselves''', who pushed a massive rally call for [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], which went to... well, it allowed Valve to proclaim [[http://store.steamgames.com/news/2959/ this]]: "[[Music/KanyeWest There are other great game heroes, and we're gonna let you play with them, but Gordon Freeman is THE BEST GAME HERO OF ALL TIME"]]

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** Sister site Gamespot is doing [[http://uk.gamespot.com/greatest-video-game-hero/standings/index.html the same]]. Though it has become a subversion of itself with heavy interference, first from 4chan who managed to have the ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' beat [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] and SonicTheHedgehog VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog before bowing down to Samus, and later from '''Valve themselves''', who pushed a massive rally call for [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], which went to... well, it allowed Valve to proclaim [[http://store.steamgames.com/news/2959/ this]]: "[[Music/KanyeWest There are other great game heroes, and we're gonna let you play with them, but Gordon Freeman is THE BEST GAME HERO OF ALL TIME"]]


-->'''''{{Website/Wrestlecrap}}''''': ''There were 18 WCW Title victories in the year 2000; at 12 days [[StuntCasting David Arquette]] had a longer reign than Wresling/ChrisBenoit (who admittedly quit the day after winning), [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Wrestling/JeffJarrett three times, [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]], Wrestling/RicFlair twice, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/VinceRusso.''

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-->'''''{{Website/Wrestlecrap}}''''': ''There were 18 WCW Title victories in the year 2000; at 12 days [[StuntCasting David Arquette]] had a longer reign than Wresling/ChrisBenoit Wrestling/ChrisBenoit (who admittedly quit the day after winning), [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Wrestling/JeffJarrett three times, [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]], Wrestling/RicFlair twice, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/VinceRusso.''


* The only reason why most people remembered ''VideoGame/MortalKombnatSpecialForces'' was for the boss Tremor, an EnsembleDarkhorse since his debut and was a character most players requested to be added to a full game. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' included the earth elemental as an exclusive UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita battle as an non-playable UnexpectedCharacter, before being added to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' as DownloadableContent with his own unique moveset and ending.

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* The only reason why most people remembered ''VideoGame/MortalKombnatSpecialForces'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' was for the boss Tremor, an EnsembleDarkhorse since his debut and was a character most players requested to be added to a full game. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' included the earth elemental as an exclusive UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita battle as an non-playable UnexpectedCharacter, before being added to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' as DownloadableContent with his own unique moveset and ending.


** In a Creator/GarthEnnis crossover with ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Punisher treats Wolverine with disdain, blasting off his face with a shotgun for no reason, then shooting him [[GroinAttack in the balls]] with the shotgun for complaining about it, then running over him with a steamroller. Despite vowing a blood vendetta against him, Wolverine never lifts a blade-sprouting hand to Punisher in return. Which, as anyone who knows anything about Wolverine's powers or temperament would tell you is absolute nonsense.

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** In a Creator/GarthEnnis crossover with ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Punisher treats Wolverine with disdain, blasting off his face with a shotgun for no reason, shotgun, then shooting him [[GroinAttack in the balls]] with the shotgun for complaining about it, then running over him with a steamroller. Despite vowing a blood vendetta against him, Wolverine never lifts a blade-sprouting hand to Punisher in return. Which, as anyone who knows anything about Wolverine's powers or temperament would tell you is absolute nonsense.In some fairness, Logan was drunk.


** One issue of Batman Confidential had him fighting several members of the proto-Justice League. He took down WonderWoman, ComicBook/TheFlash, Comicbook/GreenLantern, and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}. This was their first meeting, and he didn't know what any of their abilities were when the fight started. It helped that neither did the writer. Let's see... throwing a smoke bomb in front of The Flash is yet another example of writers forgetting that 1. He has SuperReflexes and even so wouldn't immediately crash into a wall if blinded 2. If you're in a small room with The Flash, there is no time to throw something before he reaches you. There's not time for a human to do ''anything'' before he reaches you. Wonder Woman cannot be taken out by kicking her in the stomach with human strength. At a best case scenario it's ineffective. Worse case, you break your foot. The same goes for ComicBook/MartianManhunter. Batman's ability to manhandle Aquaman or utterly incapacitate Comicbook/GreenLantern with a batrope is also just slightly dubious (Aquaman has Wonder Woman levels of SuperStrength and Green Lantern can make literally anything he can think of with his ring).

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** One issue of Batman Confidential had him fighting several members of the proto-Justice League. He took down WonderWoman, ComicBook/WonderWoman, ComicBook/TheFlash, Comicbook/GreenLantern, and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}. This was their first meeting, and he didn't know what any of their abilities were when the fight started. It helped that neither did the writer. Let's see... throwing a smoke bomb in front of The Flash is yet another example of writers forgetting that 1. He has SuperReflexes and even so wouldn't immediately crash into a wall if blinded 2. If you're in a small room with The Flash, there is no time to throw something before he reaches you. There's not time for a human to do ''anything'' before he reaches you. Wonder Woman cannot be taken out by kicking her in the stomach with human strength. At a best case scenario it's ineffective. Worse case, you break your foot. The same goes for ComicBook/MartianManhunter. Batman's ability to manhandle Aquaman or utterly incapacitate Comicbook/GreenLantern with a batrope is also just slightly dubious (Aquaman has Wonder Woman levels of SuperStrength and Green Lantern can make literally anything he can think of with his ring).


* Batman's other villains Bane and Deathstroke have benefited from this as well, like the time Bane onepunched the aforementioned Cheetah without being on Venom.

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* Batman's other villains Bane ComicBook/{{Bane}} and Deathstroke ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} have benefited from this as well, like the time Bane onepunched the aforementioned Cheetah without being on Venom.

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