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* It's implied in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, that Samantha Shepard's suicide mission actually counted as a deconstruction since the "loyalty" missions in which she gained her crewmates' trust were at least partially set up by Cerberus in order to make Shepard and her team bond more tightly. This feeling of unearned success contributes to her HeroicBSOD. She is, however, still regarded as one who does the impossible--it's the reason why despite her [[WhatTheHellHero crimes]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic against civilians]] the powers-that-be opt to give her another chance. That Shepard & Co. ''can't'' just shoot, bludgeon, or talk their way through the threat facing her galaxy only shows how [[GodzillaThreshold how dangerous said threat is]]. The Citadel Council and others begin to regard the Trans-Galactic Republic as doing the impossible since their technology defies known physics, their ships are so strong, and they send ''Reapers'' packing. Such adoration seems misplaced after the events of ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', but it's all they have left [[spoiler:or so they think]].

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* It's implied in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, that Samantha Shepard's suicide mission actually counted as a deconstruction since the "loyalty" missions in which she gained her crewmates' trust were at least partially set up by Cerberus in order to make Shepard and her team bond more tightly. This feeling of unearned success contributes to her HeroicBSOD. She is, however, still regarded as one who does the impossible--it's the reason why despite her [[WhatTheHellHero crimes]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic against civilians]] the powers-that-be opt to give her another chance. That Shepard & Co. ''can't'' just shoot, bludgeon, or talk their way through the threat facing her galaxy only shows how [[GodzillaThreshold how dangerous said threat is]]. The Citadel Council and others begin to regard the Trans-Galactic Republic as doing the impossible since their technology defies known physics, their ships are so strong, and they send ''Reapers'' packing. Such adoration seems misplaced after the events of ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', but it's all they have left [[spoiler:or so they think]].

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* State Alchemists in ''{{Manga/FullmetalAlchemist}}'' are the best of the best when it comes to alchemy. They're almost all practitioners of highly specific types of alchemy and have to pass a yearly test to make sure that they are still skilled enough to stay. Edward Elric and Shou Tucker were explicitly instated because they have done something that no one else has ever seen with alchemy.


** Played with by giving you a whole squad of badasses in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[BadassCrew Every squadmate]] is either the best in their profession or just ridiculously tough - [[BadassGrandpa Zaeed]] in particular is described as just like Shepard except for the fact he takes cheques (and is incapable of leading.) According to the squad, they're also sent into suicidal odds about twice a day.

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** Played with by giving you a whole squad of badasses in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[BadassCrew Every squadmate]] is either the best in their profession or just ridiculously tough - [[BadassGrandpa Zaeed]] Zaeed in particular is described as just like Shepard except for the fact he takes cheques (and is incapable of leading.) According to the squad, they're also sent into suicidal odds about twice a day.


* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be punished. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be punished.executed. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': A third-person variation occurs at the end of "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]; Scrooge tells Launchpad he is the only pilot he knows capable of pulling off the impossible things necessary on his missions.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry developing a reputation for being more or less unstoppable. No matter how hard you knock him down, even if you ''kill him'', he'll bounce back, and more importantly, hit back - ''hard''. Of course, there are a lot of caveats behind this, and it doesn't account for the TraumaCongaLine, or for the fact that Harry understandably does not appreciate being a DoomMagnet (most of the time. He's more of a BloodKnight than he generally likes to admit).
** Peter Wisdom a.k.a. [[spoiler: Regulus Black]], Director of [=MI13=] once flippantly remarks, "We're [=MI13=], we break the Laws of Nature for a living."


* ''Film/DieHard:'' Nevermind anything else this overworked NYPD cop does, he ''takes out a helicopter with a police car''. He's just a mook that always ends up in the wrong place at the right time, or as they say in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': "That's what makes you That Guy."

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* ''Film/DieHard:'' ''Film/DieHard's'' John [=McClane=]. Nevermind anything else this overworked NYPD cop does, he ''takes out a helicopter with a police car''. He's just a mook that always ends up in the wrong place at the right time, or as they say in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': "That's what makes you That Guy."


* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': The Professor regularly sends the Planet Express crew on [[SuicideMission missions that he doesn't expect them to survive]]--not because he wants to kill them, but because he views them as completely expendable.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Professor regularly sends the Planet Express crew on [[SuicideMission missions that he doesn't expect them to survive]]--not because he wants to kill them, but because he views them as completely expendable.



* {{Invoked}} in the ''WesterAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long is Forever?" when Starfire thinks defeating Warp and changing the BadFuture is impossible.

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* {{Invoked}} in the ''WesterAnimation/TeenTitans'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long is Forever?" when Starfire thinks defeating Warp and changing the BadFuture is impossible.

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* The super villain group known as The Undersiders in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' starts out being perceived as a fairly unremarkable group, but has a firm reputation for escaping seemingly impossible situations. As the story progresses, [[spoiler:they proceed to destroy or subjugate all local villains, while humiliating the government and Hero efforts to stop them. They effectively take over their home city and become its mostly-benevolent warlords]]. Needless to say, in the sequel series, the term ''Undersider'' has some serious infamy and renown.
** Protagonist [[CombatPragmatist Taylor Hebert]] in particular is known for this. To name a few instances, she [[spoiler:kills the top-ranked hero [[GeniusBruiser Alexandria]], partially leads the attack [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu and (unprecedented) actual victory against]] the Endbringer Behemoth, and then mind-controls multiple dimensions-worth of parahumans in order to save the world. By the sequel series, she’s become a [[TheDreaded semi-mythical figure]]]]. All of this is accomplished by a thin teenaged girl who’s superpower is the ability to control bugs.


* John Franchise/{{Rambo}} arguably meets the first three criteria.

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* %%* John Franchise/{{Rambo}} arguably meets the first three criteria.

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* In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry Dresden paraphrases (and one-ups) the US Army Corps of Engineers motto (quoted at the top of this page) by stating to his apprentice Molly: "The ''impossible'' we do at once. The ''unimaginable'' takes a little longer". Truly, Harry may be the Earth's strongest wizard of his generation and, in the span of twenty years, got out of countless impossible situations (though not unscathed), unwillingly building himself [[TheDreaded one hell of a reputation]].


* This trope is used as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-hanging]] HandWave in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Warlords of Draenor'' for how a certain NPC is able to sell you a new copy of the expansion's epic/legendary ring, ie. the ring equivalent of an InfinityPlusOneSword.

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* This trope is used as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-hanging]] HandWave in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Warlords of Draenor'' for how a certain NPC {{NPC}} is able to sell you a new copy of the expansion's epic/legendary ring, ie. the ring equivalent of an InfinityPlusOneSword.


* This trope is used as a HandWave in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Warlords of Draenor'' for how a certain NPC is able to sell you a new copy of the expansion's epic/legendary ring, ie. the ring equivalent of an InfinityPlusOneSword.

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* This trope is used as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-hanging]] HandWave in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Warlords of Draenor'' for how a certain NPC is able to sell you a new copy of the expansion's epic/legendary ring, ie. the ring equivalent of an InfinityPlusOneSword.

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--> '''PlayerCharacter''': Where can I replace a lost ring or acquire another?
--> '''Khadgar''': Impossible! Your ring is a handcrafted masterpiece of exquisite arcane craftsmanship, invaluable and irreplaceable! ...On the other hand, Zooti Fizzlefury outside of my tower here is an expert in procuring the impossible. Maybe you could cross his palms with some gold.


** At one point the Man in Black deems a task impossible, until they had a wheelbarrow and Holocaust cloak, and then suddenly he has a plan that works perfectly with only these two items.

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** At one point the Man in Black deems a task impossible, until he hears they had have a wheelbarrow and Holocaust cloak, and then suddenly he has a plan that works perfectly with only these two items.

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