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26th Jan '18 12:14:47 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', the final battle is between Wyrm, an enormous, ancient serpent as large as a planet who can easily kill angels, and the dog Mundo Cani, whose only weapon is a cow's horn. [[spoiler: Mundo Cani wins by blinding Wyrm's vulnerable eye, but at the cost of his own life.]]

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* In ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', the final battle is between Wyrm, an enormous, ancient serpent as large as a planet who can easily kill angels, and the dog Mundo Cani, whose only weapon is a cow's horn. [[spoiler: Mundo Cani wins by blinding Wyrm's vulnerable eye, but at the cost of his own life.]]
7th Jan '18 2:27:30 PM Derkhan
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** Also in ''Literature/DustOfDreams'', Amby and Jula Bole fight off and heavily injure a flying raptor that just demolished their carriage and killed three people inside it. Apparently, they jumped on its back and punched it into submission.
7th Jan '18 2:14:46 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** Really more of a rule than an exception in this series. A lot of gods go down like absolute chumps once some BadassNormal or another manages to get within arm's reach of their physical forms. What keeps most of them alive is that they hide in their personal Warrens and act as ThePowersThatBe. In ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', [[WarGod God of War Fener]] is exiled from his realm for complicated metaphysical reasons and spends several books ''fleeing for his life'', because the mortal realm is filled with people who's got both the means and the motive to kill him.
** In ''Literature/TheBonehunters'', Captain Paran incapacitates of [[spoiler:Poliel, the Mistress of Pestilence]], with the help of a shard of [[AntiMagic Otataral]], setting the scene up for [[CanisMajor the Deragoth]] to kill Poliel.
** In ''Literature/DustOfDreams'', man child Ublala Pung literally punches out the [[JerkassGods jerkass God of Fate]] known as [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the Errant]] when the latter is about to [[spoiler:kill Brys Beddict]] in the open street and Ublala runs into them.
12th Sep '17 8:22:42 PM PaulA
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* The TropeNamer is a scene from "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" where [[Creator/HPLovecraft the main man]] punches out Cthulhu about as literally as the circumstances allow -- he is (temporarily) thwarted when he is [[RammingAlwaysWorks run down by a steamship]] (he begins regenerating but becomes stuck in R'lyeh). Though [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu the heroic sailor doesn't come out of the encounter in the best of mental health]]...
** In August Derleth's ''Literature/TheTrailOfCthulhu'', the above sequence is one-upped when Cthulhu is thwarted (again temporarily) by [[NukeEm having a nuclear bomb dropped on him]].
*** In TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' however, this is dealt with by saying that Cthulhu will simply regenerate and then you'll have to face a ''radioactive'' EldritchAbomination. So it's not recommended.
** In Derleth's "The Whippoorwills in the Hills", the same thing was achieved with [[spoiler:dynamite]]... Okay?
** There's also "Literature/TheDunwichHorror". While the horror may not actually be a god (he's a spawn of one of them), the characters manage to banish him. As all three characters neither die nor become cripplingly insane (they're not so bad off as to be locked up), this is one of the few happy endings in the Cthulhu Mythos as penned by Lovecraft.
** Other more-or-less supernatural threats -- admittedly often of human origin themselves -- likewise ultimately come to bad ends at the hands of suitably motivated and determined humans in such stories as "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard", "Dreams in the Witch-House" or "The Shunned House", [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu if not always without cost]]. The helplessness of specifically members of the species ''Homo sapiens'' when faced with "Lovecraftian horrors" has been [[{{Flanderization}} generally exaggerated]] by [[RunningTheAsylum later writers]].

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* Creator/HPLovecraft:
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The TropeNamer is a scene from "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" where [[Creator/HPLovecraft the main man]] a heroic sailor punches out Cthulhu about as literally as the circumstances allow -- he is (temporarily) thwarted when he is [[RammingAlwaysWorks run down by a steamship]] (he begins regenerating but becomes stuck in R'lyeh). Though [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu the heroic sailor doesn't come out of the encounter in the best of mental health]]...
** *** In August Derleth's Creator/AugustDerleth's ''Literature/TheTrailOfCthulhu'', the above sequence is one-upped when Cthulhu is thwarted (again temporarily) by [[NukeEm having a nuclear bomb dropped on him]].
*** **** In TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' however, this is dealt with by saying that Cthulhu will simply regenerate and then you'll have to face a ''radioactive'' EldritchAbomination. So it's not recommended.
** *** In Derleth's "The Whippoorwills in the Hills", the same thing was achieved with [[spoiler:dynamite]]... Okay?
** There's also "Literature/TheDunwichHorror". While the horror may not actually be a god (he's a spawn of one of them), the characters manage to banish him. As all three characters neither die nor become cripplingly insane (they're not so bad off as to be locked up), this is one of the few happy endings in the Cthulhu Mythos as penned by Lovecraft.
** Other more-or-less supernatural threats -- admittedly often of human origin themselves -- likewise ultimately come to bad ends at the hands of suitably motivated and determined humans in such stories as "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard", "Dreams in the Witch-House" "Literature/TheDreamsInTheWitchHouse" or "The Shunned House", "Literature/TheShunnedHouse", [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu if not always without cost]]. The helplessness of specifically members of the species ''Homo sapiens'' when faced with "Lovecraftian horrors" has been [[{{Flanderization}} generally exaggerated]] by [[RunningTheAsylum later writers]].
8th Sep '17 7:37:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The climax of ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]'' sees a superhumanly intelligent PhysicalGod [[spoiler:possessed by an even more powerful EldritchAbomination]] come up against a GenreSavvy CombatPragmatist with a magic sword.

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* The climax of ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]'' sees a superhumanly intelligent PhysicalGod [[spoiler:possessed by an even more powerful EldritchAbomination]] come up against a GenreSavvy CombatPragmatist with a magic sword.
5th Sep '17 4:30:50 AM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Touma repeatedly does this, and thanks to his AntiMagic right hand, it's usually literal. In his very first fight, he punches out a regenerating construct made of 3000 degrees Celsius flames. He later punches out Accelerator, the strongest esper who can NoSell a nuclear explosion. At the end of the first series, he [[ColonyDrop drops the Star of Bethlehem]] on Archangel Gabriel.
** In one of the side stories, [[BadassAdorable Itsuwa]] disrupts a spell that has summoned [[spoiler:Nyarlhotep]] by driving her spear straight through him.
29th Aug '17 5:14:11 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the next book of his personal storyline it turns out that while he did drive off it's attempt to possess him, it was so impressed that now it just casually hangs around him and gives him little boosts like being able to see in pitch darkness.
6th Aug '17 8:01:28 PM azbyc15243
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* The main conflict in ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' is between Kyousuke and the White Queen, the latter being an EldritchAbomination who is by far the most powerful being in the setting. At the end of each volume (except the fifth) Kyousuke manages to find some way to defeat her, or at least thwart her plans. However, the ''only'' reason he's able to do this is because the White Queen is madly in love with him, and considers it just as enjoyable to let him win.
* ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'': On several occasions, Satori manages to defeat vastly more powerful [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Archenemies]]. He kills a Valkyrie by stabbing her in the neck with a pen ([[spoiler:though only with the assistance of a powerful AI]]) and knocks out Lilith by electrocuting her.
27th Mar '17 6:07:09 AM TudorRose
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* Done repeatedly in Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/Deptford Mice'', ''Deptford Histories'', and ''Whitby Witches'' series.

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* Done repeatedly in Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/Deptford Mice'', ''Literature/DeptfordMice'', ''Deptford Histories'', and ''Whitby Witches'' series.
21st Mar '17 6:45:02 PM nombretomado
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* John Taylor from the ''{{Nightside}}'' books does this approximately ''every five minutes.'' No sooner does he hype how much of a terrifying unbeatable badass so-and-so is, then half a page later he beats them.

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* John Taylor from the ''{{Nightside}}'' ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' books does this approximately ''every five minutes.'' No sooner does he hype how much of a terrifying unbeatable badass so-and-so is, then half a page later he beats them.
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