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Basic Trope: A supposed badass doesn't live up to their billing.

    Heroic Version 
  • Straight: Prince Amazing is hailed as the most heroic of heroes, but when he goes to fight the forces of evil, he's useless, forcing the good guys to bail him out.
  • Exaggerated: There isn't a man, woman, or child alive who doesn't know the legends of Prince Amazing and his many feats. He's considered the foremost example of what a man should be in their society. He's also killed immediately when he goes into battle.
  • Downplayed: Prince Amazing is pretty brave when the chips are down, but he's nowhere near as good as the legends claim he is.
  • Justified: The prince is very good at promoting himself, and since no one really bothers to check the legends, he gets away with it.
  • Inverted: The prince is The So-Called Coward.
  • Subverted: The so-called Amazing Prince lost against a weak enemy, but only because he's sick.
  • Double Subverted: He still can't accomplish much when he's well-rested.
  • Parodied: Amazing Guy is hyped as a hero despite being a scrawny, stuttering geek who is as weak as he looks.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No claims are made about the prince's awesomeness.
  • Enforced: "We can't just have another 'I'm the perfect hero' Character. Let's have someone who's only treated like he's a Hero!"
  • Lampshaded: "That's Prince Amazing? Wow, he's not as heroic as what the stories made him up to be!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The prince is actually in cahoots with the bad guys and is being used as a trap. Since the heroes know that he'll likely be exposed as a fraud, they'll have to come check him out...
  • Defied: "Oh no, don't write that down. I was just playing around when I said I had the courage of a hundred men."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

    Villainous Version 
  • Straight: Emperor Evulz is considered one of the worst villains the world has to offer, but he's harmless when fought.
  • Exaggerated: The emperor is feared far and wide as The Dreaded; no one wants to face him and he only needs to threaten a country to make them surrender. But when the heroes face him, he surrenders as soon as they draw their swords.
  • Downplayed: It's clear that a lot of the fear around the Emperor is smoke and mirrors, but he's still semi-threatening.
  • Justified: The Emperor is fairly lazy and idle, so he tries to rely more on having a threatening reputation than relying on brute force.
  • Inverted: The Emperor is a Not-So-Harmless Villain.
  • Subverted: The Emperor more than lives up to his fearsome reputation.
  • Double Subverted: ...To an extent, anyway - he's committed a few atrocities, but that's about it.
  • Parodied: The Emperor hires a bunch of mooks to go around the country saying that he's the most fearsome villain ever. The mooks are more terrifying than he is.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The Emperor is frightening, but not overly so.
  • Enforced: "We can't make him as evil as people think he is, that's just too unrealistic."
  • Lampshaded: "He is surrendering? Al-Already?! Well... That was easy."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The legitimately-threatening emperor plays up his dangerous reputation knowing that the heroes will assume it's a fraud and come investigate.
  • Defied: Well aware of the disadvantage that represents having a weak body, the Emperor starts researching for methods to become stronger, so he doesn't fall in case he has to face the heroes personally.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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