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19th Jun '16 5:14:23 AM LtFedora
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** On top of that, from 1943 to 1944, the US Navy commissioned more ships than the Imperial Japanese Navy had in their ''entire'' seventy year existence.
17th Jun '16 8:18:54 AM Moonstreak
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That is, unless someone does something [[IdiotBall stupid]] or [[MoralEventHorizon evil]] enough to repulse them. Whether it was the heroes or the villains, anyone who steps over some inexcusable line will invite their wrath, and this isn't the regular NeutralNoLonger give-the-other-side-some-reinforcements wrath ... this is "we have an army of Cthulhu clones" wrath. Expect an OhCrap from the receiving end if and when the former neutrals start whipping out the [[FantasticNuke doomsday weapons]]. On the other hand, for the beleaguered side ''not'' subject to the proverbial giant's wrath, this is a moment of celebration as they gain a powerful ally and they will [[YouAreNotAlone fight alone no more]].

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That is, unless someone does something [[IdiotBall stupid]] or [[MoralEventHorizon evil]] enough to repulse them. Whether it was the heroes or the villains, anyone who steps over some inexcusable line will invite their wrath, and this isn't the regular NeutralNoLonger give-the-other-side-some-reinforcements wrath ...wrath... this is "we have an army of Cthulhu clones" wrath. Expect an OhCrap from the receiving end if and when the former neutrals start whipping out the [[FantasticNuke doomsday weapons]]. On the other hand, for the beleaguered side ''not'' subject to the proverbial giant's wrath, this is a moment of celebration as they gain a powerful ally and they will [[YouAreNotAlone fight alone no more]].
1st Jun '16 9:08:43 AM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', [[spoiler: the first season's plot is the Green King's attempt to bring the immortal Silver King into the conflict after he has been an AllPowerfulBystander in his blimp for decades]]. This plan is kicked off with [[spoiler: the Colorless King]]'s murder of Tatara Totsuka... on the night of December 7th. [[spoiler: The Silver King ends up uniting the Red and Blue clans in an alliance against the Green Clan and defeating them.]]
29th May '16 5:45:59 PM Taskmaster123
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** This trope is played with in that the sleeping giant is generally supposed to ''want'' to stay neutral during the conflict, but the situation in the United States was more complex. While most of the American population wanted to stay out of both the war in Europe and the war in the Pacific because America had its' own problems (it's easy for people to overlook that America was only now coming out of the Great Depression), President Roosevelt had by necessity a broader worldview and knew that a Europe and Pacific controlled by Axis powers would ''not'' be in America's best interests. While Pearl Harbor came as a terrible shock to him, he wasted no time in rallying Americans to the fact that while they had not started the fight, it was their job to finish it.
21st May '16 10:07:29 PM scaredinmate#94
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21st May '16 10:07:24 PM scaredinmate#94
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* This is how ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' starts out; an empire in Roman battle gear with dragons and orcs decides to invade Earth starting at Ginza, Japan, thinking that it would be an easy invasion. Then the [[BadassArmy JSDF decides]] to [[CurbStompBattle get rid of them]]. To say [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it was one-sided]] is an understatement. Lelei La Lalena even describes it as "The Empire stepped on a griffon's tail."
14th May '16 2:15:37 AM Doug86
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* In the 1960s ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' comics, this happened to Magneto when he tried to recruit the Stranger via intimidation.

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* In the 1960s ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' comics, this happened to Magneto when he tried to recruit the Stranger via intimidation.
4th May '16 6:01:45 PM CyberTiger88
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', if you ride out the [[AxCrazy No Mercy]] route all the way to the end, your final opponent is [[spoiler: Sans, the lazy, affable skeleton.]] He chides you for everything you've done, stating he "can't afford to not care anymore" and warns you that if you take another step "You're going to have a very bad time", and [[ThatOneBoss he isn't lying.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', if you ride out the [[AxCrazy No Mercy]] route all the way to the end, your final opponent is [[spoiler: Sans, the lazy, affable skeleton.]] He chides you for everything you've done, stating he "can't afford to not care anymore" and warns you that if you take another step "You're going to have a very bad time", and [[ThatOneBoss [[SNKBoss he isn't lying.]]
8th Apr '16 8:36:22 AM JOKER_G
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** Russia is known to support Syria government for a long time, but after the bombing of a Russian flight, they decided to do a lot more. Now Russian special force is fighting side by side with Syria government troops, Russian tanks and heavy artillery take part in every major engagements.
30th Mar '16 8:56:09 AM ObsidianFire
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** Not just the Romulan involvement in the Dominion War. The entire Dominion War itself could be considered this from the Dominion's perspective, as they ''severely'' underestimated Federation technical prowess and industrial capacity, to the point that Federation engineers became an entire army of {{Memetic Badass}}es in the eyes of the Dominion, who witnessed the Federation turn just about anything they could get their hands on into a starship and cranking their industrial base UpToEleven, to the point that one Vorta claimed a Federation engineer could "turn rocks into replicators". Not to mention the original Dominion contingent had no idea how [[HumansAreWarriors warlike]] humanity could become when the need arose. (Their Cardassian allies were considerably more GenreSavvy in this regard, however).

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** Not just the Romulan involvement in the Dominion War. The entire Dominion War itself could be considered this from the Dominion's perspective, as they ''severely'' underestimated Federation technical prowess and industrial capacity, to the point that Federation engineers became an entire army of {{Memetic Badass}}es in the eyes of the Dominion, who witnessed the Federation turn just about anything they could get their hands on into a starship and cranking their industrial base UpToEleven, to the point that one Vorta claimed a Federation engineer could "turn rocks into replicators". Not to mention the original Dominion contingent had no idea how [[HumansAreWarriors warlike]] humanity could become when the need arose. (Their Cardassian allies were considerably more GenreSavvy smarter in this regard, however).
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