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** From the episode "Army of Ghosts", an army of several thousand Cybermen has just managed to conquer Earth. Then a spaceship stored in Torchwood's basement opens up, and out come four Daleks. A large part of the next episode has the Daleks effortlessly killing the Cybermen.
3rd Mar '16 6:43:18 PM merotoker
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* A(n even more) sinister variant in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': The only way to defeat The Walpurgis Night is [[spoiler:by making Madoka fight her. Doing this promptly turns her into [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the even more devastating]] Kriemhild Gretchen.]]
** In the finale [[spoiler:Kriemhild Gretchen is defeated ''by Madoka'' via a {{Wishplosion}}.]]
* And then the even more sinister version with [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', when they SummonBiggerFish using the forces of two witches and most of the Puella Magi at their best to defeat Kyubey... Only for [[spoiler:Homura to turn out to be even more powerful than everyone, and she promptly seals the power of both Kyubey and Madoka...]]

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* A(n even more) sinister variant in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': The only way to defeat The Walpurgis Night is [[spoiler:by making Madoka fight her. Doing this promptly turns her into [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the even more devastating]] Kriemhild Gretchen.]]
Gretchen]].
** In the finale [[spoiler:Kriemhild Gretchen is defeated ''by Madoka'' via a {{Wishplosion}}.]]
{{Wishplosion}}]].
* And then the even more sinister version with [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', when they SummonBiggerFish using the forces of two witches and most of the Puella Magi at their best to defeat Kyubey... Only for [[spoiler:Homura to turn out to be even more powerful than everyone, and she promptly seals the power of both Kyubey and Madoka...]]Madoka..]].



* In one ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' story arc, Strange is menaced by the cosmically powerful sorceress Umar. He finds and releases an artificial EldritchAbomination called Zom which is the one thing that scares her. Needless to say this quickly backfires (if Strange couldn't handle Umar, he has no chance of containing something bigger than her), and he has to find a bigger fish yet, going through a chain of deals which ends with the Living Tribunal, ''the'' single biggest fish in the entire Marvel ''Multiverse'' (apart from an unseen, vaguely-defined "[[TheMaker One-Above-All]]").
** The Tribunal himself was defeated in the leadup to ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}''. It seems this was done by the mysterious 'Rabum Alal' - Sumerian (yes, really) for "Great Destroyer" - as Black Swan, kind of his herald in a sense, calls him.
** And now, as of ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', the Living Tribunal [[spoiler:is dead at the hands of the Beyonders]].

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* In one ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' story arc, Strange is menaced by the cosmically powerful sorceress Umar. He finds and releases an artificial EldritchAbomination called Zom which is the one thing that scares her. Needless to say this quickly backfires (if Strange couldn't handle Umar, he has no chance of containing something bigger than her), and he has to find a bigger fish yet, going through a chain of deals which ends with the Living Tribunal, ''the'' single biggest fish in the entire Marvel ''Multiverse'' (apart from an unseen, vaguely-defined "[[TheMaker One-Above-All]]").
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One-Above-All]]"). The Tribunal himself was defeated in the leadup to ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}''. It seems this was done by the mysterious 'Rabum Alal' - Sumerian (yes, really) for "Great Destroyer" - as Black Swan, kind of his herald in a sense, calls him.
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him. And now, as of ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', the Living Tribunal [[spoiler:is dead at the hands of the Beyonders]].



-->'''[[spoiler:Scarlet]]''': YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith! I'm [[spoiler:Scarlet Overkill! The world's greatest super villain!]]\\

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-->'''[[spoiler:Scarlet]]''': YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith! I'm [[spoiler:Scarlet Overkill! The world's greatest super villain!]]\\villain]]!\\



-->'''Qui-Gon:''' [[TropeNamer Always a bigger fish.]]

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-->'''Qui-Gon:''' [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers Always a bigger fish.]]



** Averted in the film ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. Actually Baragon is never attacked by the JDSF, as the Cabinet never actually takes action. In this instance Godzilla is still the Bigger Fish. Baragon goes straight to battle with him. Baragon is the hero, but nowhere near being the bigger fish.

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** Averted in the film ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. Actually Baragon is never attacked by the JDSF, as the Cabinet never actually takes action. In this instance Godzilla is still the Bigger Fish. Baragon goes straight to battle with him. Baragon is the hero, but nowhere near being the bigger fish.



* The Empire plays this role at the end of ''Shadows of the Empire'', just as it looks like the rebels are about to be obliterated by Xizor's forces.

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* The Empire plays this role at the end of ''Shadows of the Empire'', ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', just as it looks like the rebels are about to be obliterated by Xizor's forces.






* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 4 is all over this trope. One group of Losties hides from the freighties in the Others' Barracks. Later, a group cornered in a house are able to leave because the smoke monster (the series' original antagonist) attacks the bad guys. In the finale, when the Others showed up, fans at [[TelevisionWithoutPity TWoP]] commented that they felt like the cavalry had arrived, quite a sharp contrast to the Others' first appearance in "Exodus Part 2".
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' Episode 6 features a scene in which Nick is rescued from a Future Predator when said predator is attacked by a ''Gorgonopsid''.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' season 4 is all over this trope. One group of Losties hides from the freighties in the Others' Barracks. Later, a group cornered in a house are able to leave because the smoke monster (the series' original antagonist) attacks the bad guys. In the finale, when the Others showed up, fans at [[TelevisionWithoutPity [[Website/TelevisionWithoutPity TWoP]] commented that they felt like the cavalry had arrived, quite a sharp contrast to the Others' first appearance in "Exodus Part 2".
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' ''Series/{{Primeval}}''
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Episode 6 features a scene in which Nick is rescued from a Future Predator when said predator is attacked by a ''Gorgonopsid''.



* In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople The Little People]]," an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', a spaceman discovers a race of ant-size people and uses his size to [[AGodAmI proclaim himself their god]]...until two spacemen who are giants even to ''him'' show up.

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* In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople The Little People]]," an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'', a spaceman discovers a race of ant-size people and uses his size to [[AGodAmI proclaim himself their god]]...until two spacemen who are giants even to ''him'' show up.



* In several classic Creator/WarnerBros & MGM cartoons, one throwaway gag would be for a fish to eat something, then a bigger fish would eat that fish, then a bigger fish would eat ''that'' fish, [[RuleOfThree then a punch line to the bit]]. Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where the 3-eyed fish is eaten by a 6-eyed fish, which is then eaten by a 9-eyed fish. Which is then eaten by a swimming Homer.
** Parodied even earlier by ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' in "Neptune Nonsense": When the goldfish Felix was trying to catch has this happen to it, Felix manages to free the goldfish, only for it to turn around and eat all four fish that ate it. Felix quickly decides to find another fish.
* The TexAvery classic ''KingSizeCanary'' has an alley cat, bulldog, mouse, and canary all squaring off against each other, and thanks to a bottle of miracle-growth tonic, they all take turns being the bigger fish.

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* In several classic Creator/WarnerBros & MGM cartoons, one throwaway gag would be for a fish to eat something, then a bigger fish would eat that fish, then a bigger fish would eat ''that'' fish, [[RuleOfThree then a punch line to the bit]]. Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where the 3-eyed fish is eaten by a 6-eyed fish, which is then eaten by a 9-eyed fish. Which is then eaten by a swimming Homer.
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Homer. Parodied even earlier by ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' in "Neptune Nonsense": When the goldfish Felix was trying to catch has this happen to it, Felix manages to free the goldfish, only for it to turn around and eat all four fish that ate it. Felix quickly decides to find another fish.
* The TexAvery Creator/TexAvery classic ''KingSizeCanary'' ''WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary'' has an alley cat, bulldog, mouse, and canary all squaring off against each other, and thanks to a bottle of miracle-growth tonic, they all take turns being the bigger fish.



* Proponents of globalization and similar trends point to this as a way to ensure world peace. The bigger fish in this case is economics. If two or more countries are intimately tied together economically, then they can't attack each other because even the victor would be greatly damaged by the economic repercussions. This was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the European Union and is cited as a major (if not predominant) reason why war between China and the United States is almost impossible in the current economic climate -- which is one reason China is working hard to find other markets for its products so it has more options in its foreign policy, especially when it comes to such hot topics as Taiwan. Whether this will work in practice, only time will tell; after all this same theory was applied to Europe between roughly 1870 and 1914. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Didn't work out so well.]]

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* Proponents of globalization and similar trends point to this as a way to ensure world peace. The bigger fish in this case is economics. If two or more countries are intimately tied together economically, then they can't attack each other because even the victor would be greatly damaged by the economic repercussions. This was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the European Union and is cited as a major (if not predominant) reason why war between China and the United States is almost impossible in the current economic climate -- which is one reason China is working hard to find other markets for its products so it has more options in its foreign policy, especially when it comes to such hot topics as Taiwan. Whether this will work in practice, only time will tell; after all this same theory was applied to Europe between roughly 1870 and 1914. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Didn't work out so well.]]
8th Feb '16 4:59:01 PM ading
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** Done in a more subtle way at the end. [[spoiler:Scarlet Overkill makes off with the crown of England... only to be literally frozen in her tracks by a young Felonious Gru, who takes the crown right out of his hands and flies off.]]

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** Done in a more subtle way at the end. [[spoiler:Scarlet Overkill makes off with the crown of England... only to be literally frozen in her tracks by a young Felonious Gru, who takes the crown right out of his her hands and flies off.]]
9th Jan '16 5:03:15 PM Discar
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->''“‘Monster’ is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’ve just gotten used to being the cat.”''

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->''“‘Monster’ ->''"'Monster' is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’ve just gotten used to being the cat.”''"''
2nd Jan '16 4:37:41 AM Ulrik54
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-->'''Qui-Gon:''' [[TropeNamer Always a bigger fish.]]
28th Dec '15 6:54:35 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'', there's a ruined town that you can find remnants of a Raider encampment in. They were wiped out when Super Mutants moved in. By the time you get there, the town is full of dead Super Mutants and live Deathclaws.
28th Dec '15 8:27:49 AM Perseus
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* In Chapter 6 of ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', the party have just finished a fairly tough boss fight with a Tainted Sphinx when ''three'' more show up. Then the colossal [[BonusBoss Telethia]] swoops in and tosses the beasts around like ragdolls before flying away. The characters are left wondering whether it intended to save them or toy with them.
26th Dec '15 7:54:03 PM ultimomant
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* For the first three seasons of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Librarian [[ TheDreaded "Tammy Two"]] (Ron Swanson's second ex-wife-named-Tammy) is the clear BigBad of the series. Then at the end of season three, the cast are informed that "Tammy One" is on the scene. Tammy Two ''immediately flees in terror''.

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* For the first three seasons of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Librarian [[ TheDreaded [[TheDreaded "Tammy Two"]] (Ron Swanson's second ex-wife-named-Tammy) is the clear BigBad of the series. Then at the end of season three, the cast are informed that "Tammy One" is on the scene. Tammy Two ''immediately flees in terror''.
17th Dec '15 1:02:50 PM erforce
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* In the first ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' movie, a Franchise/{{Predator}} attacks Alexa, but is killed by an Franchise/{{Alien}}.

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* In the first ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' movie, ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'', a Franchise/{{Predator}} attacks Alexa, but is killed by an Franchise/{{Alien}}.
8th Dec '15 8:02:26 AM Loekman3
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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar: Chains of Olympus'', Kratos fights a Cyclops, which is then eaten by a basilisk.

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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar: Chains of Olympus'', ''VideoGame/GodOfWarChainsOfOlympus'', Kratos fights a Cyclops, which is then eaten by a basilisk.
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