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10th May '18 6:34:39 PM infernape612
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* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', Naesala takes advantage of the Begnion senators' greed by looting their ships and selling the swag to the others. He also ''[[MagnificentBastard sells his best friend]]'' for a nice sum. Whether or not he's being truthful when he says he planned to rescue him is up to you. In the sequel ''Radiant Dawn'', it turns out Naesala is just the poor [[TheWoobie victim]] of [[spoiler:the [[MacGuffin blood pact]]. It is never explained how he was able to swindle the senators while being forced to obey their will]]. Notably, he gets ordered around by a thirteen-year-old girl.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', Naesala takes advantage of the Begnion senators' greed by looting their ships and selling the swag to the others. He also ''[[MagnificentBastard sells his best friend]]'' for a nice sum. Whether or not he's being truthful when he says he planned to rescue him is up to you. In the sequel ''Radiant Dawn'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', it turns out Naesala is just the poor [[TheWoobie victim]] of [[spoiler:the [[MacGuffin blood pact]]. It is never explained how he was able to swindle the senators while being forced to obey their will]]. Notably, he gets ordered around by a thirteen-year-old girl.



** Chris Redfield also had it bad for good time, despite being the frigging TheHero of the first game, when ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' introduced Leon S Kennedy as the new protagonist Chris seriously degraded in popularity. Though Leon being a rookie cop and Chris being a trained veteran would seemly qualify Leon for TheScrappy inferior status, thanks the sheer coolness of Leon and quality of the games he stared in (Resident Evil 2 and the record braking ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'') Leon far surpassed Chris who was left looking like a stock extra in G.I Joe in comparsion.
** ResidentEvil5 did it's best to inject life and coolness back into Chris, having him pull some pretty outrageously badass moves like matching [[SunglassesAtNight Wesker]] in combat and literally [[SuperStrength punch boulders apart]] but despite this display Chris still lacked the quick wit and suaveness that the fans adored about Leon. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is his lowest point becoming a violent [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] after the death of his men who has to be talked back into action by his stock partner [[SideKick Piers]]. To be fair to Chris, Leon goes though some emo funk in the same game and even some suicidal inclinations not remotely present before.
*** Even in the Resident Evil CG movies, Chris draws the short straw only now appearing in ''Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta'', when Leon [[MomentOfAwesome rocked]] the previous two movies and forces Chris to share the spotlight in ''Vendetta''.

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** Chris Redfield also had it bad for good time, despite being the frigging TheHero of the first game, when ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' introduced Leon S Kennedy as the new protagonist Chris seriously degraded in popularity. Though Leon being a rookie cop and Chris being a trained veteran would seemly qualify Leon for TheScrappy inferior status, thanks the sheer coolness of Leon and quality of the games he stared in (Resident (''Resident Evil 2 2'' and the record braking ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'') Leon far surpassed Chris who was left looking like a stock extra in G.I Joe in comparsion.comparison.
** ResidentEvil5 ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' did it's its best to inject life and coolness back into Chris, having him pull some pretty outrageously badass moves like matching [[SunglassesAtNight [[SuperSoldier Wesker]] in combat and literally [[SuperStrength punch punching boulders apart]] but despite this display Chris still lacked the quick wit and suaveness that the fans adored about Leon. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is his lowest point becoming a violent [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] after the death of his men who has to be talked back into action by his stock partner [[SideKick Piers]]. To be fair to Chris, Leon goes though some emo funk in the same game and even some suicidal inclinations not remotely present before.
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*** Even in the Resident Evil ''Resident Evil'' CG movies, Chris draws the short straw only now appearing in ''Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta'', when Leon [[MomentOfAwesome rocked]] the previous two movies and forces Chris to share the spotlight in ''Vendetta''.
3rd May '18 4:01:29 PM mariofan1000
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** Master Roshi suffers from this in the original ''Dragon Ball'' anime. At the start of the series he is one of the strongest people on the planet, even stronger than the protagonist Goku. By the Piccolo Jr. arc he is little more than comic relief. Justified as he admitted his mentor role was over when the new generation surpassed him so he retired. He still gets his badass moments, such as taking on Frieza's army in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and its ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' adaptation

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** Master Roshi suffers from this in the original ''Dragon Ball'' anime. At the start of the series he is one of the strongest people on the planet, even stronger than the protagonist Goku. By the Piccolo Jr. arc he is little more than comic relief. Justified as he admitted his mentor role was over when the new generation surpassed him so he retired. He still gets his badass moments, such as taking on Frieza's army in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and its ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' adaptationadaptation, and in the latter, joins the Tournament of Power and does well, taking out a number of dangerous opponents.
1st Apr '18 2:42:30 PM theLibrarian
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* The Ottoman Empire's janissaries underwent this as their existence went on. Formerly the elite of the Ottoman Army and one of the most feared fighting forces in Europe, as the Janissaries grew more powerful politically, their quality went down in inverse proportion as their formerly strict entry requirements were relaxed for family, hangers-on, attendants, and people who didn't do the one thing the janissaries were intended for: fighting, all in order to benefit from the greater prestige that came from the role. This, of course, caused the quality of the janissaries to go down, but any Ottoman sultan who decided that the janissaries needed to go often got overthrown and killed by them, until finally Sultan Mahmud II had enough and [[ThePurge disbanded them]] in what was known as the "Auspicious Incident."
29th Mar '18 9:22:48 PM merotoker
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** Sasuke Uchiha is strangely another contender for Badass Decay. At the start of Part II, he was on another level than Naruto, Sakura, and Sai together, and he took over Orochimaru's consciousness when [[GrandTheftMe he tried to transfer his mind into his]], battles the powerful Akatsuki member Deidara one on one and wins (AssPull escape notwithstanding) and then fights Itachi and manages to impress him and ''force'' him to use his trump card, [[PoweredArmor Susano'o]] to survive his [[ShockAndAwe Kirin]]. Then he faces the awesome [[CrazyAwesome Killer Bee]] and...gets pwned even with his full team AND is humiliated when he takes a tentacle of Killer Bee back to Akatsuki. Then he faces the Kages, and puts up an impressive but futile fight against [[FourStarBadass the Raikage, A]] before Gaara needed to [[SaveTheVillain save him]]. He fights Gaara who blocks all of his Amaterasu strikes without even moving while simultaneously protecting his siblings and Darui. He is then nearly killed by [[LadyOfWar Mei Terumi]] despite having a higher level of Susano'o available, needing White Zetsu to save him. And then [[BigBad Obito while playing Madara]] had to save him from being atomized by [[BadassGrandpa Onoki]]. He managed to get some badass credentials back when he fought and beat [[WellIntentionedExtremist Danzo Shimura]] despite Danzo holding back, the very fact he could hold out against [[RealityWarping Izanagi spam]] even Itachi complimented on. Then come Kakashi...he loses his sight fighting him when he gets Susano'o's final armor. And is nearly stabbed by Sakura in the back. Then in the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]] he takes down all Zetsus alone but is limited from fighting Kabuto with all power by Itachi.

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** Sasuke Uchiha is strangely another contender for Badass Decay. At the start of Part II, he was on another level than Naruto, Sakura, and Sai together, and he took over Orochimaru's consciousness when [[GrandTheftMe he tried to transfer his mind into his]], battles the powerful Akatsuki member Deidara one on one and wins (AssPull escape notwithstanding) and then fights Itachi and manages to impress him and ''force'' him to use his trump card, [[PoweredArmor Susano'o]] to survive his [[ShockAndAwe Kirin]]. Then he faces the awesome [[CrazyAwesome Killer Bee]] and...gets pwned even with his full team AND is humiliated when he takes a tentacle of Killer Bee back to Akatsuki. Then he faces the Kages, and puts up an impressive but futile fight against [[FourStarBadass the Raikage, A]] before Gaara needed to [[SaveTheVillain save him]]. He fights Gaara who blocks all of his Amaterasu strikes without even moving while simultaneously protecting his siblings and Darui. He is then nearly killed by [[LadyOfWar Mei Terumi]] despite having a higher level of Susano'o available, needing White Zetsu to save him. And then [[BigBad Obito while playing Madara]] had to save him from being atomized by [[BadassGrandpa Onoki]]. He managed to get some badass credentials back when he fought and beat [[WellIntentionedExtremist Danzo Shimura]] despite Danzo holding back, the very fact he could hold out against [[RealityWarping [[RealityWarper Izanagi spam]] even Itachi complimented on. Then come Kakashi...he loses his sight fighting him when he gets Susano'o's final armor. And is nearly stabbed by Sakura in the back. Then in the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]] he takes down all Zetsus alone but is limited from fighting Kabuto with all power by Itachi.



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* Superman during his transition from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]] may be the most outstanding example of this trope. From a noble vigilante who wasn't afraid of roughing it up with (non-superpowered) villains, to the nicest guy in the universe, who wouldn't kill a fly and only destroyed machines if no other choice was available. Unlike many of his Golden Age colleagues (e.g. Batman), many of his Silver Age trappings have stuck to this day, but please notice that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].

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* Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} during his transition from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]] may be the most outstanding example of this trope. From a noble vigilante who wasn't afraid of roughing it up with (non-superpowered) villains, to the nicest guy in the universe, who wouldn't kill a fly and only destroyed machines if no other choice was available. Unlike many of his Golden Age colleagues (e.g. Batman), many of his Silver Age trappings have stuck to this day, but please notice that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].



* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Phoebus was at least of average intelligence and is reasonable in his attitude towards outcasts once he has some experience with them. In the sequel, he is easily hoodwinked, displays a worse attitude towards the circus folk than toward Gypsies in the original film, and generally gets in the way more than helps.

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* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Phoebus was at least of average intelligence and is reasonable in his attitude towards outcasts once he has some experience with them. In [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameII the sequel, sequel]], he is easily hoodwinked, displays a worse attitude towards the circus folk than toward Gypsies in the original film, and generally gets in the way more than helps.



** Varys. At the beginning of the show, he was a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] and [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] ''par excellence''. By Season 7, however, he's just...there. His intelligence network must either be composed of amateurs or just nonexistent, because it failed to notice tiny little details like [[BloodKnight Euron Greyjoy]]'s fleet attacking [[BadassGay Yara]] and Theon's ships, and then also slipping up on the fact that House Lannister had abandoned Casterly Rock and was marching on Highgarden, the seat of Targaryen ally House Tyrell, and also the aforemntioned Euron sailing to Casterly Rock to cut off Dany's forces there. Possibly justified, given that [[TheDragon Qyburn]] might have taken over Varys' spy network. On the other hand, that shows a very dangerous lack of foresight on Varys' part. Also a case of AdaptationalWimp, given that, in the books, [[spoiler:Varys still has his "little birds", and uses them to kill [[TheGoodChancellor Kevan Lannister]].]]

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** Varys. At the beginning of the show, he was a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] and [[TheSpymaster spymaster]] ''par excellence''. By Season 7, however, he's just...there. His intelligence network must either be composed of amateurs or just nonexistent, because it failed to notice tiny little details like [[BloodKnight Euron Greyjoy]]'s fleet attacking [[BadassGay Yara]] and Theon's ships, and then also slipping up on the fact that House Lannister had abandoned Casterly Rock and was marching on Highgarden, the seat of Targaryen ally House Tyrell, and also the aforemntioned Euron sailing to Casterly Rock to cut off Dany's forces there. Possibly justified, given that [[TheDragon Qyburn]] might have taken over Varys' spy network. On the other hand, that shows a very dangerous lack of foresight on Varys' part. Also a case of AdaptationalWimp, given that, in the books, [[spoiler:Varys still has his "little birds", and uses them to kill [[TheGoodChancellor Kevan Lannister]].]]Lannister]]]].



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* You'd be hard-pressed to find a more prolonged, wasteful and easily-avoidable case of BadassDecay than Wrestling/BrayWyatt. When he debuted as the head of Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, Bray was ''terrifying'' despite not being a physically-imposing WrestlingMonster (although he commanded two in Wrestling/LukeHarper and Wrestling/ErickRowan)- he was simply the scariest ''character'' WWE had created since Wrestling/TheUndertaker was at his peak. Despite a terrible debut match against Kane, Bray and his family got ''massively'' over with the fans, with Bray managing to get cheered against not only BaseBreaker characters like Wrestling/JohnCena, but even crowd favourites like ''Wrestling/DanielBryan,'' and the Family's popularity probably peaked during their epic 2014 feud against Wrestling/TheShield. Unfortunately, what WWE seemed to take away from this was that Bray was so popular that he could be used to put over ''anyone'' and it wouldn't negatively affect him, and eventually people started to notice that, for all his threatening talk, Bray ''loses all the time.'' He has a lamentable 0-4 record at Wrestling/WrestleMania and has lost effectively ''every'' feud he's ever had. Even winning the WWE Championship at ''Elimination Chamber 2017'' didn't help because this only set up his betrayal by his then-acolyte Wrestling/RandyOrton, leading to an utterly ''[[{{Narm}} ridiculous]]'' Wrestling/WrestleMania match where he summoned [=PowerPoint=] projections of maggot and centipedes onto the ring before losing to an RKO. Subsequent feuds with stars like Wrestling/FinnBalor and even Wrestling/MattHardy have done nothing to elevate Bray, with most fans considering them to only be dragging down the other guy. Nobody is ''interested'' in the once-terrifying leader of the Wyatt Family any more because everyone knows he's ''always'' going to lose, because WWE [[HarmlessVillain just won't let him have any credibility!]]

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* You'd be hard-pressed to find a more prolonged, wasteful and easily-avoidable case of BadassDecay than Wrestling/BrayWyatt. When he debuted as the head of Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, Bray was ''terrifying'' despite not being a physically-imposing WrestlingMonster (although he commanded two in Wrestling/LukeHarper and Wrestling/ErickRowan)- he was simply the scariest ''character'' WWE had created since Wrestling/TheUndertaker was at his peak. Despite a terrible debut match against Kane, Bray and his family got ''massively'' over with the fans, with Bray managing to get cheered against not only BaseBreaker characters like Wrestling/JohnCena, but even crowd favourites like ''Wrestling/DanielBryan,'' and the Family's popularity probably peaked during their epic 2014 feud against Wrestling/TheShield. Unfortunately, what WWE seemed to take away from this was that Bray was so popular that he could be used to put over ''anyone'' and it wouldn't negatively affect him, and eventually people started to notice that, for all his threatening talk, Bray ''loses all the time.'' He has a lamentable 0-4 record at Wrestling/WrestleMania and has lost effectively ''every'' feud he's ever had. Even winning the WWE Championship at ''Elimination Chamber 2017'' didn't help because this only set up his betrayal by his then-acolyte Wrestling/RandyOrton, leading to an utterly ''[[{{Narm}} ridiculous]]'' Wrestling/WrestleMania match where he summoned [=PowerPoint=] projections of maggot and centipedes onto the ring before losing to an RKO. Subsequent feuds with stars like Wrestling/FinnBalor and even Wrestling/MattHardy have done nothing to elevate Bray, with most fans considering them to only be dragging down the other guy. Nobody is ''interested'' in the once-terrifying leader of the Wyatt Family any more because everyone knows he's ''always'' going to lose, because WWE [[HarmlessVillain just won't let him have any credibility!]]



*** Even in the Resident Evil CG movies, Chris draws the short straw only now appearing in Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta, when Leon [[MomentOfAwesome rocked]] the previous two movies and forces Chris to share the spotlight in Vendetta.

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*** Even in the Resident Evil CG movies, Chris draws the short straw only now appearing in Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta, ''Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta'', when Leon [[MomentOfAwesome rocked]] the previous two movies and forces Chris to share the spotlight in Vendetta.''Vendetta''.



* A common criticism of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' is that this happens to [[spoiler:the Queen of Blades herself]] at the ending. Dropping from one of the most powerful characters and [[spoiler:''queen bitch of'' the universe]] to a DamselInDistress in one scene? The fans did not enjoy this at all. Reversed in the next part of the game, though.

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* A common criticism of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' is that this happens to [[spoiler:the Queen of Blades herself]] at the ending. Dropping from one of the most powerful characters and [[spoiler:''queen bitch of'' the universe]] to a DamselInDistress in one scene? The fans did not enjoy this at all. Reversed in the next part of the game, though.



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** The Mane Six also go through this in the movie. While it's excusable for Rarity due to her being a unicorn against anti-magic armor, [[SuperStrength Applejack]] and [[FastestThingAlive Rainbow Dash]] in the beginning forget that they can fight off the bad guys, and even during the big fight all Applejack does is tie a rope around some {{mook}}s. [[CowardlyLion Fluttershy]] also goes through this, despite being previously hinted at having just as much flying potential as Rainbow Dash. The most egregious of it happens to [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] in that she's rarely shown using any of the advanced magical techniques shown throughout the series, instead opting for basic levitation and magic blasts. [[spoiler:When she's captured by Tempest Shadow, she doesn't think to teleport or at least turn herself into a small creature like a Breezy to escape, instead opting to blast at the cage she's in despite learning the hard way early on that the enemies' technology is resistant to magic. After Tempest's VillainSong, the most she does until her friends come to rescue her is sit around moping while her magic is taken, and after that the only thing she does by herself is save Tempest Shadow when the Storm King betrays her. In essence, she's reduced to a DamselInDistress until she remembers she's the Princess of Friendship.]]

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** The Mane Six also go through this in the movie. While it's excusable for Rarity due to her being a unicorn against anti-magic armor, [[SuperStrength Applejack]] and [[FastestThingAlive Rainbow Dash]] in the beginning forget that they can fight off the bad guys, and even during the big fight all Applejack does is tie a rope around some {{mook}}s.{{mooks}}. [[CowardlyLion Fluttershy]] also goes through this, despite being previously hinted at having just as much flying potential as Rainbow Dash. The most egregious of it happens to [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] in that she's rarely shown using any of the advanced magical techniques shown throughout the series, instead opting for basic levitation and magic blasts. [[spoiler:When she's captured by Tempest Shadow, she doesn't think to teleport or at least turn herself into a small creature like a Breezy to escape, instead opting to blast at the cage she's in despite learning the hard way early on that the enemies' technology is resistant to magic. After Tempest's VillainSong, the most she does until her friends come to rescue her is sit around moping while her magic is taken, and after that the only thing she does by herself is save Tempest Shadow when the Storm King betrays her. In essence, she's reduced to a DamselInDistress until she remembers she's the Princess of Friendship.]]



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26th Mar '18 12:40:13 PM MasterFuzzy
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** The prequel trilogy did this to Darth Vader... sort of. He only shows up properly at the very end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', once "Anakin Skywalker" is done and over with, but the one time he's there features [[BigNo one of the most infamous]] {{Narm}} [[BigNo moments ever]] that really makes him seem less impressive.

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** The prequel trilogy did this to Darth Vader... sort of. He only shows up properly at the very end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', once "Anakin Skywalker" is done and over with, but the one time he's there features [[BigNo one of the most infamous]] {{Narm}} [[BigNo moments ever]] that really makes him seem less impressive. However, ''Film/RogueOne'' subverts this, with a MookHorrorShow that reminds the audience just why he's TheDreaded.



** The Daleks, especially over the course of the new series. In the first episode, a single Dalek on near future Earth was presented as likely to START by killing everyone in the nearest city, should it escape. A Dalek army required the intervention of a being with powers little short of God-like. One of the cult of Skaro confidently predicted that five million Cybermen could be destroyed by a single Dalek. Later, they emasculate themselves by merging with humans. By 2010, Daleks serve tea when undercover, and when not undercover their ship's weaponry is successfully disabled by three human-piloted ''Spitfires'', albeit ones with Dalek guns.
** The ship was nearly drained of power at the time. In their first ever appearance, in the First Doctor serial ''The Daleks'' (1963-64), they serve meals to the Doctor and his companions when they're not undercover, but ''in control'' -- the good guys are their prisoners. True, there's an evil plot afoot -- but it's a remarkably subtle plot by Dalek standards, and taking prisoners at all is out of character. They only go undercover in ''Victory of the Daleks'' because there's no other way to ensure the survival of their race.
** On top of that however, "Asylum of the Daleks" has them [[spoiler:borrowing a page from the Cyberman's playbook (namely, converting a Human into a full Dalek as well as the Dalek Human Zombies).]], but the more prominent sign of Badass Decay would be [[spoiler:"The Daleks subtract love and add anger"]].
** On the subject of ''Series/DoctorWho'', The Cybermen in the classic era were infamously subject to this. By the time 80's Who rolled around, the Cybermen were routinely being killed with Solvents, concentrated fire from Human weapons and most infamously, anything made of Gold, from Gold Dust to Gold Coins. This appeared to have been rectified in the New Who era. However, later on, they are defeated by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver a golden ticket]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime a father's love for his son]].

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** The Daleks, especially over the course of the new series. In the first episode, a single Dalek on near future Earth was presented as likely to START by killing everyone in the nearest city, should it escape. A Dalek army required the intervention of a being with powers little short of God-like. One of the cult of Skaro confidently predicted that five million Cybermen could be destroyed by a single Dalek. Later, they emasculate themselves by merging with humans. By 2010, Daleks serve tea when undercover, and when not undercover their ship's weaponry is successfully disabled by three human-piloted ''Spitfires'', albeit ones with Dalek guns.
** The ship was nearly drained of power at the time. In their first ever appearance, in the First Doctor serial ''The Daleks'' (1963-64), they serve meals to the Doctor and his companions when they're not undercover, but ''in control'' -- the good guys are their prisoners. True, there's an evil plot afoot -- but it's a remarkably subtle plot by Dalek standards, and taking prisoners at all is out of character. They only go undercover in ''Victory of the Daleks'' because there's no other way to ensure the survival of their race.
** On top of that however, "Asylum of the Daleks" has them [[spoiler:borrowing a page from the Cyberman's playbook (namely, converting a Human into a full Dalek as well as the Dalek Human Zombies).]], but the more prominent sign of Badass Decay would be [[spoiler:"The Daleks subtract love and add anger"]].
** On the subject of ''Series/DoctorWho'',
The Cybermen in the classic era were infamously subject to this. By the time 80's Who rolled around, the Cybermen were routinely being killed with Solvents, solvents, concentrated fire from Human weapons and most infamously, anything made of Gold, gold, from Gold Dust gold dust to Gold Coins.gold coins. This appeared to have been rectified in the New Who era. However, later on, they are defeated by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver a golden ticket]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime a father's love for his son]].son]].
** The Sontarans suffered a minor version of this-they were almost unarguably more dangerous in the 1970s and 1980s, at one point ''invading Gallifrey itself,'' but become a little less badass and rather more comic in stories such as "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "Time of the Doctor." However, they're still quite dangerous, so it's more of a downplayed trope.
11th Mar '18 11:59:47 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Shining Armor went from a Captain of the Royal Guard to getting his butt constantly handed to him by the BigBad and making a fool of himself in front of the main cast. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes. That his defining BadAss trait as a BarrierWarrior was usurped by Princess Cadance (who's far better at it because [[PhysicalGod alicorn princess]]) as early as his very next episode played a big role in reducing and limiting his presence in the series to "married to / brother of princesses" and "victim of current villain".

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** Shining Armor went from a Captain of the Royal Guard to getting his butt constantly handed to him by the BigBad and making a fool of himself in front of the main cast. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes. That his defining BadAss trait as a BarrierWarrior was usurped by Princess Cadance (who's far better at it because [[PhysicalGod alicorn princess]]) as early as his very next episode played a big role in reducing and limiting his presence in the series to "married to / brother of princesses" and "victim of current villain".
11th Mar '18 1:02:00 AM gophergiggles
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** Shining Armor went from a Captain of the Royal Guard to getting his butt constantly handed to him by the BigBad and making a fool of himself in front of the main cast. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes.

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** Shining Armor went from a Captain of the Royal Guard to getting his butt constantly handed to him by the BigBad and making a fool of himself in front of the main cast. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes. That his defining BadAss trait as a BarrierWarrior was usurped by Princess Cadance (who's far better at it because [[PhysicalGod alicorn princess]]) as early as his very next episode played a big role in reducing and limiting his presence in the series to "married to / brother of princesses" and "victim of current villain".
10th Mar '18 2:04:09 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Father lost a lot of his credibility after "Operation G.R.A.D.U.A.T.I.O.N", and lost it completely when his role as the sinister main villain was taken away from him by Grandfather in "Operation Z.E.R.O". Even after Grandfather was defeated, Father never fully recovered. Also qualifies as VillainDecay.
6th Mar '18 12:57:06 PM SpinAttaxx
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** Though they're rarely individual characters, Legendary Pokémon often fall victim to this [[UniquenessDecay as weaker/less-impressive iterations appear later on]] (expect this to happen with [[SoLastSeason older Legendaries]]). Case in point, Lugia: [[Anime/Pokemon2000 first introduced]] as a powerful and intelligent being capable of calming {{Physical God}}s, the Johto series goes on to show a ''family'' of Lugia, none of which are as intellient or even come close to matching the original's majesty and power. And the physical gods it calmed? They pop up a lot too, with one (Articuno) even being used by a Trainer and defeated by Ash like any other Pokémon (albeit with difficulty).

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** Though they're rarely individual characters, Legendary Pokémon often fall victim to this [[UniquenessDecay as weaker/less-impressive iterations appear later on]] (expect this to happen with [[SoLastSeason older Legendaries]]). Case in point, Lugia: [[Anime/Pokemon2000 first introduced]] as a powerful and intelligent being capable of calming {{Physical God}}s, the Johto series goes on to show a ''family'' of Lugia, none of which are as intellient intelligent or even come close to matching the original's majesty and power. And the physical gods it calmed? They pop up a lot too, with one (Articuno) even being used by a Trainer and defeated by Ash like any other Pokémon (albeit with difficulty).
6th Mar '18 12:56:21 PM SpinAttaxx
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Vegeta starts out as an evil and downright sadistic badass but as time went on and his number of friends increased, so did his overall morality. Even Vegeta seemed to realize he'd been defanged and had made a much better villain than a hero, and purposefully had one of the later villains try to turn him evil again. It didn't seem to quite take; after killing a nameless crowd and brawling a little with Goku, he was back to fighting baddies and [[spoiler:topped it off with a HeroicSacrifice]]. He got better. This is ''Dragon Ball Z''; almost nobody of importance dies - [[DeathIsCheap permanently.]]

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Vegeta starts out as an evil and downright sadistic badass badass, but as time went on and his number of friends increased, so did his overall morality. Even Vegeta seemed to realize he'd been defanged and had made a much better villain than a hero, and purposefully had one of the later villains try to turn him evil again. It didn't seem to quite take; after killing a nameless crowd and brawling a little with Goku, he was back to fighting baddies and [[spoiler:topped it off with a HeroicSacrifice]]. He got better. This is ''Dragon Ball Z''; almost nobody of importance dies - -- [[DeathIsCheap permanently.]]



** Frieza and Cell are this in the fillers. The once seemly-unbeatable Frieza and even more powerful Cell are casually beaten by Goku and pikkon in a filler episode of ''DBZ''. Then, in ''Dragon Ball GT'', they team up to get revenge on Goku and then are both [[CurbStompBattle quickly beaten by him in under five mintues - in his base form no less]]. Subverted for Frieza in 'Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where he is actual portrayed as competent but still is nowhere near the menacing threat he was in the Namek saga.

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** Frieza and Cell are suffered this in the fillers. The anime. Though the original manga never featured them again after their deaths, {{filler}} between the Cell and Buu Sagas had both once seemly-unbeatable Frieza and even more powerful Cell are foes get casually beaten by Goku and pikkon in a filler episode of ''DBZ''. Pikkon. Then, in ''Dragon Ball GT'', ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', they team up to get revenge on Goku and then are both [[CurbStompBattle quickly beaten by him in under five mintues - mintues]] -- in his base form while de-aged into a child, no less]]. Subverted for less. Frieza got better in 'Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where he is actual actually portrayed as competent competent, but still is nowhere near the menacing threat he was in the Namek his own saga.



** Ash suffers from this himself up to BW. At the end of each region or so, the guy's at the top of his game, taking down fully evolved Pokémon with ease, and in the case of DP, singlehandedly taking on a legendary with Pikachu and fighting it to a draw. Then Ash dumps his entire team (and apparently Pikachu's levels) with Oak. Pikachu then goes on to having a hard time dealing with baby Pokémon. Averted with the BW-XY transition, however: Ash lost a great deal of his badassery in BW, only to gain them back again in the first two episodes of XY. By the second episode of XY he took on (and successfully tamed) a rampaging Garchomp with just himself, his Pikachu, and his Froakie.

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** Ash suffers from this himself up to BW. At the end of each region or so, the guy's at the top of his game, taking down fully evolved Pokémon with ease, and in the case of DP, singlehandedly taking on [[OlympusMons a legendary Mythical Pokémon]] with Pikachu and fighting it to a draw. Then Ash dumps his entire team (and apparently Pikachu's levels) with Oak. Pikachu then goes on to having a hard time dealing with baby Pokémon. Averted with the BW-XY transition, however: Ash lost a great deal of his badassery in BW, only to gain them back again in the first two episodes of XY. By the second episode of XY he took on (and successfully tamed) a rampaging Garchomp with just himself, his Pikachu, and his Froakie.


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** Though they're rarely individual characters, Legendary Pokémon often fall victim to this [[UniquenessDecay as weaker/less-impressive iterations appear later on]] (expect this to happen with [[SoLastSeason older Legendaries]]). Case in point, Lugia: [[Anime/Pokemon2000 first introduced]] as a powerful and intelligent being capable of calming {{Physical God}}s, the Johto series goes on to show a ''family'' of Lugia, none of which are as intellient or even come close to matching the original's majesty and power. And the physical gods it calmed? They pop up a lot too, with one (Articuno) even being used by a Trainer and defeated by Ash like any other Pokémon (albeit with difficulty).
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