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Basic Trope: A character who is effortlessly good in almost everything.

  • Straight: Adam McAwesome is a School Idol who is good looking enough to work as a model as his side job and is surrounded adoring fan girls and guys wherever he goes. He is also the top of his class (if not his entire school) in every single subject without having to study, is athletic enough to go toe-to-toe with professional players even though he's not a part of any athletic team (and therefore is not involved in their practices), and is a Nice Guy to boot.
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  • Exaggerated: Adam McAwesome is physically perfect, has a leitmotif that sounds like a national anthem on steroids and a perfectly glinting set of teeth. He enters the scene to save the main characters from the Big Bad's Death Trap and absconds with The Baroness (who has instantly fallen for him) after suplexing the villain's entire supply of Elite Mook bodyguards all at once so they explode. As Adam rides off into the sunset he delivers a final and epic Kirk Summation that leaves everyone present swooning after him.
  • Downplayed: Adam is a twelve-year-old who's widely regarded as extremely cool. Unlike his peers, he has no zits or braces, and he's got a girlfriend and good grades. He even has a job as junior coach of the Pee-Wee Teeball Team. He also wears Cool Shades and gets a ride to school on his dad's Cool Bike. However, aside from the teachers all being friendly to him, it's obvious that no adult gets that he's totally cool.
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  • Justified: The Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny are actual rules of physics in the show, and Adam knows how to exploit it.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Adam is shown to have some telling character flaws that give him areas where he is inferior to the protagonists.
  • Double Subverted: But these flaws are comedic and non-serious and have no impact on his ability to save the day.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Adam shows up and heroically rescues the cast in a dramatic over-the-top fashion, only to reveal after the fact that he was really scared crapless of the whole ordeal and only acted that way to one-up the villain. He then leaves the rest of the cast to their ordeals, stating that his heart won't take much more... Then, the moment the heroes are out of sight, Adam immediately leaps off to save someone else in a similar fashion. He only acts weak and insecure after the fact because he doesn't want the rest of the cast to feel inferior and unnecessary.
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  • Averted: There's no Ace in the cast. The heroes are the most heroic people around.
  • Enforced: The writers respond to accusations by their audience that their characters 'aren't heroic enough' by adding a character who overcompensates and then some.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Adam was born a normal person, but takes special drugs or Bio-Augmentation to make himself smarter, stronger, more handsome, and generally better than everyone else.
  • Exploited: The heroes know that Adam is better at them at everything, so whenever he shows up, they pack it and leave to save resources.
  • Defied: The heroes chase off The Ace before he starts making them look bad (i.e. immediately after showing up).
  • Discussed: "Is this guy for *real*?" "You tell me; I'd hate to think of what we're in for if he turns out to be a deranged hallucination."
  • Conversed: "This show can't expect me to take someone that perfect seriously."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: Broken Ace again.

Return to The Ace here. Adam could, of course, burst in there heroically and do it for you, but is that really worth the risk that he'll end up accidentally seducing your girlfriend/boyfriend/you in the process?

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