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Recap / Bravestarr S 1 E 2 Fallen Idol

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"I never asked to be your hero."

Bravestarr receives a terrible message telling him that his former teacher Jingles Morgan is wanted for murder. Morgan winds up on New Texas, and Bravestarr finds himself forced to confront his fallen idol.

This episode contains an example of the following tropes:

  • Big Damn Heroes: After Bravestarr wins, Hex orders Thunderstick to blast them both. Just then, Fuzz and Thirty-Thirty pop up out of the ground and Thirty-Thirty lets Sara Jane do the rest.
    Thirty-Thirty: Sorry, Hex. Not today! *BOOM*
  • Broken Pedestal: Bravestarr's mentor and idol Jingles Morgan turns out to be wanted for murder, which devastates Bravestarr. Throughout the episode, Bravestarr often comments in a mournful tone of voice how much he admired him. Upon Jingles' arrest, he attempts to understand why his idol attempted to kill him (it was a test of his ruthlessness to join Tex Hex's gang), only for Morgan to show how far he has fallen from the beloved Jerk with a Heart of Gold Bravestarr remembers by saying that he never asked for that hero worship.
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  • Clear Their Name: Averted. Not once during the entire episode does Bravestarr doubt that Jingles really did murder someone. Of course, the fact that Jingles did it in a crowded arena with a couple hundred witnesses would make it really hard to doubt it anyway.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Bravestarr's mentor Jingles Morgan used this kind of weapon. Bravestarr rightfully called it dangerous, and admired Morgan for his ability to use one properly. This admiration was misplaced; he later discovered that his hero was wanted for murder, having used it to kill someone after losing his temper.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Morgan's opponent Salaman Bliss did do some Unsportsmanlike Gloating, but that did not justify disintegrating the poor guy.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Tex Hex tells Jingles he can join their gang if he passes a test and kills Bravestarr. However, Jingles has no compunction about killing Bravestarr and never really cared about him in the first place.
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  • Large Ham: Jingles, before his Face–Heel Turn anyway.
  • Last-Second Chance: Bravestarr refuses to draw first, calling Jingles his hero and pleading with him to surrender peacefully. Jingles hesitates to draw...for a few seconds.
  • Loophole Abuse: Bravestarr tells Thirty-Thirty this is This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself, and Thirty-Thirty grudgingly lets Bravestarr go ahead alone. Then he tells Fuzz they're going to follow Bravestarr anyway - to "keep an eye on him".
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Inverted. Jingles is a mentor who turned evil.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I! Never! LOSE!"
  • Quick Draw: Jingles Morgan was the fastest draw at the Academy. But in the final showdown, Bravestarr is just a little bit quicker.
  • Sore Loser: Jingles Morgan lost a friendly fighting match and fell off a bridge into mud. People laughed at his defeat, even his victorious opponent (which seems too close to Unsportsmanlike Gloating). In a moment of Uncontrollable Rage, he grabbed his nearby disintegrator pistol and blasted the opponent with it, killing him.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Jingles still dresses like a Space Marshal.
  • There Was a Door: Jingles makes his entrance to the Hexagon by blasting a hole in the door with his disintegrator.
    Jingles: Knock. Knock.
    Tex Hex: [deadpan] Come on in. Door's open.
  • Tragic Villain: Jingles Morgan was the best of the best, a legend among his peers, practically worshipped by his students — but one impulsive action cost him everything. Worst of all, he's painfully aware that he's destroyed his life, but his pride won't let him turn back.
  • Tunnel King: Deputy Fuzz's tunnel-digging skill allows him and Thirty-Thirty to follow Bravestarr undetected. He even knows that the impatient techno-steed's idea to speed up the process by firing Sara Jane has "collapse" written all over it, but he can't stop him. Afterwards, he reasserts his authority as the expert.
  • You No Take Candle: A rare aversion for Deputy Fuzz; when Thirty-Thirty collapses a tunnel the pair are in by being trigger-happy, he snarks at him in clear English, albeit with his standard accent.


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