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* Parodied in episode six of ''Podcast/MysteryShow'':
-->'''Starlee:''' As someone who's been in the mystery business for weeks, this case frankly seemed a little beneath my experience level.
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* Carly Simon's ''You're So Vain'', natch.
* Extreme's ''Kid Ego''.

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* A surprising number of {{player character}}s.


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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The ''TabletopGame/EpicLevelHandbook'' features the City of Union, a PocketDimension hosting a BazaarOfTheBizarre for the most powerful entities in TheMultiverse. Two recent arrivals are the self-proclaimed "Jade Pair" SwordAndSorcerer duo, who think their CharacterLevel 7 entitles them to deference and exorbitant pay in a city where the bottom-shelf beat cops are Level 14.

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* In ''Theatre/CanCan'', Boris proudly declares himself a greater sculptor than Michelangelo, but has never had a public showing of his work let alone sold anything.

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* ''Radio/DeadRingers:'' David Davis purports himself as "the master negotiator", when in fact he's a complete moron whose blustering, ludicrous ideas, and mind-bending stupidity keep getting him into trouble he could easily avoid if he just paid attention to what he was doing (including nearly getting killed by Mafioso).


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* Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve on ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly'' was a pompous gasbag, although once the character moved to his own spinoff show these tendencies were downplayed.

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* Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve on ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly'' ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly'' was a pompous gasbag, although once the character moved to his own spinoff show these tendencies were downplayed.


* Excessively Righteous Blossom in ''{{Exalted}}''. Because awesomeness is required to be an Exalt, he actually isn't too bad -- it's just that he thinks his most impressive gifts are in areas that he isn't actually any good at, while neglecting his very real skills.

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* Excessively Righteous Blossom in ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Because awesomeness is required to be an Exalt, he actually isn't too bad -- it's just that he thinks his most impressive gifts are in areas that he isn't actually any good at, while neglecting his very real skills.


* The [[RisingEmpire Tau Empire]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. They like to think they are a SuperiorSpecies with super-advanced technology and their "The Greater Good" ideology, and are incredibly confident in their manifest destiny to unite the stars under their banner. They're really [[TooDumbToLive dangerously]] overstating their race's potential; they became a space-faring race only relatively recently, their empire is relatively small and weak, they are utterly naive and completely unaware of the kind of [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxy]] they inhabit and what nightmares lurk in it, and every encounter they have had with the galaxy's major players (the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Imperium of Man]], the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]], the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Orks]], the [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] and the [[RobotWar Necrons]]) mostly resulted in the Tau getting [[CurbStompBattle their asses kicked]] until another race intervened, or they manage to pull a win through sheer blind luck. The fandom generally views them as TheScrappy for this reason.

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* The [[RisingEmpire Tau Empire]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. They like to think they are a SuperiorSpecies with super-advanced technology and their "The Greater Good" ideology, and are incredibly confident in their manifest destiny to unite the stars under their banner. They're really [[TooDumbToLive dangerously]] overstating their race's potential; they became a space-faring race only relatively recently, their empire is relatively small and weak, they are utterly naive and completely unaware of the kind of [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxy]] they inhabit and what nightmares lurk in it, and every encounter they have had with the galaxy's major players (the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Imperium of Man]], the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]], the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Orks]], the [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] and the [[RobotWar Necrons]]) mostly resulted in the Tau getting [[CurbStompBattle their asses kicked]] until another race intervened, or they manage to pull a win through sheer blind luck. The fandom generally views them as TheScrappy for this reason. For context's sake, every time the tau lose a world, it is a big deal, and their major expansions essentially consist of them taking over a dozen or so worlds. The Imperium, by contrast, as the second youngest species in the galaxy, has controlled and held on to a million planet empire for ten thousand years, with all of the internal strife the Tau are only just beginning to experience.


* OlderThanSteam [[ZerothLaw with]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
** Dogberry in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
** Polonius from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.

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* %%* OlderThanSteam [[ZerothLaw with]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
** %%** Dogberry in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
** %%** Polonius from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
** %%** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.
* Pozzo in ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'' expects Vladimir and Estragon to be terrified by the mere mention of his name. They've never even heard of him.


* Phil Harris played this type on both ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and his own program ''ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''. (Jack Benny himself, of course, displayed many of these traits as an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist.)

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* Phil Harris played this type on both ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and his own program ''ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''.''Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''. (Jack Benny himself, of course, displayed many of these traits as an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist.)


* Phil Harris played this type on both ''TheJackBennyProgram'' and his own program ''ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''. (Jack Benny himself, of course, displayed many of these traits as an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist.)

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* Phil Harris played this type on both ''TheJackBennyProgram'' ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and his own program ''ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''. (Jack Benny himself, of course, displayed many of these traits as an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist.)


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* Aside from Calvin himself, this is downplayed with Hobbes in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> ''"Hello, my name's Hobbes. I'm a tiger."''\\
''"Yes, I know, You're just dazzled that the legendary tiger is actually speaking to you."''
* In the essay-fic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the LemonyNarrator sees herself as a better historian than any other pony, despite still being a student at the University of Canterlot.
** Although apparently she has sold some of her previous essays as books, [[spoiler: but they're obviously not doing too well, given she has to blatantly advertise them in-essay.]]
* If a story has in its summary that its bashing then 90% of the time Sasuke fall under this trope in a Naruto fic.
--> ''"I'm an UCHIHA Elite, no ONE is better than ME!"''\\
''"How can a clanless loser, Naruto, beat me, an ELITE UCHIHA!"''
* [[spoiler: MNightShyamalan]] from ''FanFic/BringMeAllYourElderly''. [[spoiler: All of the movie characters refer to him as "Lord Shyamalan", he compares himself to Creator/AlfredHitchcock and blames Awng for ruining his dream rather than realizing he's a shitty director[=/=]writer]].
* Lestat in the Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer story ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-1/DianeCastle+Xendra.htm Xendra]]'' thinks of himself as a badass master vampire to be feared by all. In reality, he's an overweight fledgling that's only a few months old, which puts him at the bottom of the vampire hierarchy. Only his still human friends following his orders convinces other vampires he's an ancient master vampire to hold so many humans in his thrall.
** [[TheScrappy Kennedy]] believes herself far superior to Buffy due to both her wealth and martial arts training. However, Buffy's been a Slayer for three years and fought horrors Kennedy could barely imagine. Furthermore, vampires sired on the Hellmouth are shown to be far more dangerous than in other places[[note]]A freshly risen fledgling is both skilled in martial arts and roughly as strong and fast as a vampire with several years under their belt[[/note]].
* [[Franchise/StargateVerse Senator Kinsey]] honestly seems to think the United States can stand up to an interstellar empire with vastly superior technology in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/25/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'', despite said empire utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] the Goa'uld Hegemony. Kinsey outright tells [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Nar]][[PhysicalGod uto]] that "the United States of America will not sit back and allow him to do whatever he wants." Naruto finds it rather amusing he thinks they have a choice given that the only reason he and Xanna won't simply [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth]] is that they would rather conquer it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5571816/23/Win-Some-Lose-Some God of War]]'', Naruto mentions how pretty much everyone he fights thinks they're "worth the axe". Not only is Naruto literally superhuman even before chakra is taken into account (having basically become a physical clone of [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters]]), but his training for the last three years was fighting on the frontlines of a war. So when he fights the other rookies again after he returns, they get frustrated that he doesn't take them seriously, not realizing how much he has to hold back to avoid killing them.
* OC Tetsuya in ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'' is basically Tamaki with all his negative attributes turned UpToEleven. Besides being a total slob and rather useless in combat both in a knightmare and on foot, he's also shown to be a [[FantasticDrug Refrain]] dealer. Despite all that, he thinks of himself as the biggest badass ever and challenges Zero to a fight for "stealing his glory" by defeating Cornelia in Saitama. Particularly noteworthy is that Tetsuya isn't even a high ranking member in his resistance cell, but a grunt stuck on guard duty.
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* Aside from Calvin himself, this is downplayed with Hobbes in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> ''"Hello, my name's Hobbes. I'm a tiger."''\\
''"Yes, I know, You're just dazzled that the legendary tiger is actually speaking to you."''
* In the essay-fic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the LemonyNarrator sees herself as a better historian than any other pony, despite still being a student at the University of Canterlot.
** Although apparently she has sold some of her previous essays as books, [[spoiler: but they're obviously not doing too well, given she has to blatantly advertise them in-essay.]]
* If a story has in its summary that its bashing then 90% of the time Sasuke fall under this trope in a Naruto fic.
--> ''"I'm an UCHIHA Elite, no ONE is better than ME!"''\\
''"How can a clanless loser, Naruto, beat me, an ELITE UCHIHA!"''
* [[spoiler: MNightShyamalan]] from ''FanFic/BringMeAllYourElderly''. [[spoiler: All of the movie characters refer to him as "Lord Shyamalan", he compares himself to Creator/AlfredHitchcock and blames Awng for ruining his dream rather than realizing he's a shitty director[=/=]writer]].
* Lestat in the Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer story ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-1/DianeCastle+Xendra.htm Xendra]]'' thinks of himself as a badass master vampire to be feared by all. In reality, he's an overweight fledgling that's only a few months old, which puts him at the bottom of the vampire hierarchy. Only his still human friends following his orders convinces other vampires he's an ancient master vampire to hold so many humans in his thrall.
** [[TheScrappy Kennedy]] believes herself far superior to Buffy due to both her wealth and martial arts training. However, Buffy's been a Slayer for three years and fought horrors Kennedy could barely imagine. Furthermore, vampires sired on the Hellmouth are shown to be far more dangerous than in other places[[note]]A freshly risen fledgling is both skilled in martial arts and roughly as strong and fast as a vampire with several years under their belt[[/note]].
* [[Franchise/StargateVerse Senator Kinsey]] honestly seems to think the United States can stand up to an interstellar empire with vastly superior technology in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/25/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'', despite said empire utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] the Goa'uld Hegemony. Kinsey outright tells [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Nar]][[PhysicalGod uto]] that "the United States of America will not sit back and allow him to do whatever he wants." Naruto finds it rather amusing he thinks they have a choice given that the only reason he and Xanna won't simply [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth]] is that they would rather conquer it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5571816/23/Win-Some-Lose-Some God of War]]'', Naruto mentions how pretty much everyone he fights thinks they're "worth the axe". Not only is Naruto literally superhuman even before chakra is taken into account (having basically become a physical clone of [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters]]), but his training for the last three years was fighting on the frontlines of a war. So when he fights the other rookies again after he returns, they get frustrated that he doesn't take them seriously, not realizing how much he has to hold back to avoid killing them.
* OC Tetsuya in ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'' is basically Tamaki with all his negative attributes turned UpToEleven. Besides being a total slob and rather useless in combat both in a knightmare and on foot, he's also shown to be a [[FantasticDrug Refrain]] dealer. Despite all that, he thinks of himself as the biggest badass ever and challenges Zero to a fight for "stealing his glory" by defeating Cornelia in Saitama. Particularly noteworthy is that Tetsuya isn't even a high ranking member in his resistance cell, but a grunt stuck on guard duty.
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%%* OlderThanSteam [[ZerothLaw with]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
%%** Dogberry in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
%%** Polonius from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
%%** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.

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%%* * OlderThanSteam [[ZerothLaw with]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
%%** ** Dogberry in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
%%** ** Polonius from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
%%** ** Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.

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