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17th Sep '17 4:22:06 PM GMon
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' features an example on one uncharted world: you can discover a number of corpses and wrecked vehicles bearing signs of [[MechaMooks geth]] weapons fire. Unfortunately for the geth, this happened in a [[SandWorm thresher maw]] nest. For another layer, you'll likely find this after killing said thresher maw.
13th Sep '17 12:22:23 PM ZombieAladdin
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Compare to AlwaysSomeoneBetter, SaveTheVillain, DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu, ExitPursuedByABear, SelfDisposingVillain, and EvilerThanThou. If {{invoked|Trope}}, see SummonBiggerFish. If it's a videogame, and you have to also fight the bigger fish, it's a BaitAndSwitchBoss. For actual bigger fish (and other things), see SeaMonster. If someone thinks they're scaring off an antagonist and it's really because there's a bigger fish around that they can't see, then that's ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou. (That version is usually PlayedForLaughs.)

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Compare to AlwaysSomeoneBetter, SaveTheVillain, DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu, ExitPursuedByABear, SelfDisposingVillain, EvilerThanThou, and EvilerThanThou.TheWorfEffect (in which the "big fish" character keeps encountering bigger fish). If {{invoked|Trope}}, see SummonBiggerFish. If it's a videogame, and you have to also fight the bigger fish, it's a BaitAndSwitchBoss. For actual bigger fish (and other things), see SeaMonster. If someone thinks they're scaring off an antagonist and it's really because there's a bigger fish around that they can't see, then that's ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou. (That version is usually PlayedForLaughs.)
5th Sep '17 1:51:45 PM Lopiny
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* ''WebVideo/BreakingTrail'''s most popular videos are an ever-growing escalation of "What stings harder than the last animal?", which started at fire ant level, and kept going to velvet ants, tarantula hawks, bullet ants, and as of this writing viewers are still waiting for him to find a warrior wasp to finally top it off.
6th Aug '17 11:09:31 AM GGCrono
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* This trope is exemplified in the ''MagicTheGathering'' card [[https://img.scryfall.com/cards/normal/en/c14/16.jpg?1496446996 Reef Worm]].
3rd Aug '17 11:34:04 AM Malady
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* No matter what fish you are in ''OdellDownUnder'', there is always something that can eat you. Even the largest fish, the great white shark, can still be eaten... by another great white shark.

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* No matter what fish you are in ''OdellDownUnder'', ''VideoGame/OdellDownUnder'', there is always something that can eat you. Even the largest fish, the great white shark, can still be eaten... by another great white shark.
25th Jul '17 12:29:59 PM Linda58
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the Borg are one of the most terrifying and unstoppable alien forces in the franchise. In the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Battle of Wolf 359]], a single Borg cube annihilated 40 Federation ships without taking a scratch. In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', we finally meet their bigger fish: Species 8472. Their introduction shows two Borg cubes being effortlessly destroyed, [[KilledMidSentence in the middle of saying]] ResistanceIsFutile no less.
** The possibility of this was [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] in the episode "Unity", where the crew encounter a powerless Borg cube. B'Elanna suggests the cube was either damaged by an "[[NegativeSpaceWedgie electro-kinetic storm]]" or someone more powerful than them. Everyone is visibly unnerved by the possibility of that.
22nd Jul '17 5:28:23 AM Probie
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* In ''Fanfic/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAvengerS'', what will happen if the TSAB have a diplomatic meeting with Earth? [[spoiler: The Asgardians will join in, obviously!]]
16th Jul '17 2:51:17 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Franchise/StarWars Film/ThePhantomMenace'', as Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar travel in a sub through the watery core of Naboo, this happens twice in a row for a total of ''4'' progressively bigger fish. (Although the 2nd and 4th monsters are [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sando_aqua_monster the same individual]].)
-->'''Qui-Gon:''' There's [[TropeNamers always a bigger fish.]]
** Fun fact: the 3rd/4th monster is not a fish at all, but a whale-like mammal.
* The heroes of ''Film/JurassicPark'' are about to get eaten by velociraptors, but the ''T. rex'' shows up, pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment and saves the day. How it appeared there without anyone noticing, or why the protagonists are now less terrified than they were earlier, remains completely unexplained (there was a barely noticeable hole in the wall it possibly came in through). [[WordOfGod According to the the producers]], they were struggling with the ending when they came to the realization that it was really the hero of the movie, and that was when everything fell into place.
* In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', the heroes run from a ''Spinosaurus'' straight into the hunting grounds of a ''T.Rex''. The spinosaur [[spoiler:"rescues" the heroes [[TheWorfEffect by killing]] the ''T. rex'']], but later begins chasing them again.
* Following the running theme of the franchise, in ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the Indominus Rex proves too much for everything thrown at her [[spoiler: until the T-Rex knocks her through a fence to the edge of the lagoon and [[GiantSwimmer the mosasaur]] eats her]].

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars Film/ThePhantomMenace'', as Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar travel in a sub through the watery core of Naboo, this happens twice in a row for row: their sub is first attacked by a total of ''4'' progressively bigger fish. (Although the 2nd and 4th monsters are crablike [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Opee_sea_killer?file=Opee_Sea_Killer_eats.png Opee Sea Killer]], and then later by a serpentine [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Colo_claw_fish Colo Claw Fish]]. On both occasions, a ''massive'' [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sando_aqua_monster Sando Aqua Monster]] comes along and eats the same individual]].)
smaller predator.
-->'''Qui-Gon:''' There's [[TropeNamers always a bigger fish.]]
fish]].
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** Fun fact: the 3rd/4th monster is not a fish at all, but a whale-like mammal.
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The heroes of ''Film/JurassicPark'' are about to get eaten by velociraptors, ''Velociraptors'', but the ''T. rex'' shows up, pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment trounces the raptors and saves the day. How it appeared there without anyone noticing, or why the protagonists are now less terrified than they were earlier, remains completely unexplained (there was a barely noticeable hole in the wall it possibly came in through). [[WordOfGod According to the the producers]], they were struggling with the ending when they came to the realization that it was really the hero of the movie, and that was when everything fell into place.
* ** In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', the heroes run from a ''Spinosaurus'' straight into the hunting grounds of a ''T.Rex''. ''T. rex''. The spinosaur ''Spinosaurus'' [[spoiler:"rescues" the heroes [[TheWorfEffect by killing]] the ''T. rex'']], but later begins chasing them again.
* Following the running theme of the franchise, in ** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the Indominus Rex ''Indominus rex'' proves too much for everything thrown at her [[spoiler: until the T-Rex ''T. rex'' knocks her through a fence to the edge of the lagoon and [[GiantSwimmer the mosasaur]] eats her]].



* The [[Film/StarTrek 2009]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reboot has this happen when Kirk is abandoned on an ice planet. He gets chased by some sort of space-polar-bear. After a while another massive creature smashes through the ice and eats it. [[SuperPersistentPredator Then promptly throws the large slab of meat it just caught to chase down Kirk.]]

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* The [[Film/StarTrek 2009]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reboot has this happen when Kirk is abandoned on an ice planet. He gets chased by some sort of space-polar-bear. space polar bear. After a while another massive creature smashes through the ice and eats it. kills it -- [[SuperPersistentPredator Then and then promptly throws the large slab of meat it just caught to chase down Kirk.]]Kirk]].
13th Jul '17 4:22:38 PM tigris115
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** The opening credits sequence has a gag where the minions find a boss, that boss is eaten, and the minions want to serve the new creature... until that creature is eaten as well, culminating in the Minions serving a TyrannosaurusRex.

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** The opening credits sequence has a gag where the minions find a boss, that boss is eaten, and the minions want to serve the new creature... until that creature is eaten as well, culminating in the Minions serving a TyrannosaurusRex.''TyrannosaurusRex''.
27th Jun '17 5:45:32 AM AgentOfLegend
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* ''Literature/{{TheCrusaders}}'' has the Earth almost destroyed by the first arc's villain, Dr. Anarchy, who was legitimately a big deal. Then, the Brutikai warrior, Glorien, walking in and [[VillainTeamUp recruiting]] him.

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* ''Literature/{{TheCrusaders}}'' ''[[Literature/TheCrusaders The Crusaders]]'' has the Earth almost destroyed by the first arc's villain, Dr. Anarchy, who was legitimately a big deal. Then, the Brutikai warrior, Glorien, walking walks in and [[VillainTeamUp recruiting]] recruits]] him.
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