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Wouldn't the inverse of this trope be Big Name, Small Ego?
Someone important, which is very modest.
Modest Royalty, Humble Hero.
I know that trope used to be called Ted Baxter, and from my basic understanding, it contrasted the insufferable genius trope. Well, Sky Lynx (from Transformers) was listed under both tropes. Since it's probably not possible for him to both, I just went ahead and deleted him from the example list. Sky Lynx may have a giant ego, but he usually has the skills to back it up.
However, with the name change, if this trope means something different, then it's possible that he may fit. But anyways, here's the example that I deleted:
Going further back to the G1 cartoon, we have Sky Lynx, a particularly egregious example as he 1. doubles up as the troop transport, and 2. turns from said transport into a massive dinosaur-ish creature which splits into a bird-like robot and a cat-like robot. The bird half is appropriately duck-like.
I'm sure it's come up before, but...why not just move this to Darth Wiki and keep Ted Baxter as its own trope?
Why do that? Even before the merge they were pretty much the same trope.
Really? I always thought that the original "Small Name Big Ego" refers to creators instead of fictional characters.
It was originally about creators, but suffered massive Trope Decay and became an excuse to bash any celebrity you don't like. Half of the examples were people who could not meaningfully be called a "Small Name" and the "Big Ego" part tended to boil down to "He sucks but he won't admit it".
That's no reason to merge two distinctly different tropes into one and then ignore the original meaning because it's "not nice." That's just misuse of the trope. I agree, there should be two pages, one on Darth Wiki, but it'll never happen at this point.
That's not two "distinctly different tropes" at all. The only difference is that one is a particular field and the other is general.
Locked again. Why? It was doing well after the Ted Baxter merge?
If Uwe Boll is going to be redlinked for the forseeable future, wouldn't it be prudent to move his quote to the quotes section and remove the link?
Would like to add this passage to the article:
Small Name, Big Ego types can frequently overlap with The Determinator. Because they care so intensely about gratifying their egos and possess absolute confidence in their own abilities, they will frequently stop at nothing to get the things they want and the recognition they think they deserve, and the mental roadblocks that hinder most people in pursuit of their ambitions - self-doubt, uncertainty, concern for others and/or desire to avoid confrontation - are far less daunting to them. If their determination pays off, they can upgrade from Small Name, Big Ego to Broken Ace.
Mind telling me what happened to the discussion?
It has been moved to archived discussion
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Hmmm...why was it moved there?
It appears that the management has decided to perma-lock the page, so the debate over valid examples is moot now.
Now THAT is just lame.
Well, no. Because I saw what this page became right before the decision to kill all the examples on it and lock it. It was pretty darn ugly; tropers with grudges against other tropers posting each-other as examples. Funny how being listed among the Uwe Bolls and Armond Whites of the world is a greater insult than, say, being listed on But You Screw One Goat!...
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How well does it match the trope?