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20th Jul '16 5:45:57 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Giroro. Although Giroro still the only one who seems genuinely militaristic in the platoon, and is not afraid to terminate with extreme prejudice when irritated. (Fortunately Keronians are MadeOfIron.) This is a show where ''all'' male characters inherently far weaker than their female counterparts, after all.
** Viper. The first Viper is treated by the Keroro Platoon as a deadly serious threat, who easily captures one and brings the rest to their knees. From that point on, they seem to be a steadily decreasing threat, ''despite'' each successive Viper tending to 'upgrade' in some way.
*** Keroro in Tamama's eyes who laments that the legendary Gunsou san he's heard in stories is just a silly man child. Of course in that particular episode/chapter (episode 336 and chapter 140) the readers [[spoiler: and Zoruru]] see a glimpse of [[{{CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass}} Keroro we've never seen before]] .
11th Jul '16 7:46:42 AM hoodiecrow
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** Vampires have been portrayed as conflicted and used to explore themes of sexuality ''[[OlderThanTheyThink since before]] Creator/BramStoker''. The gothic horror tradition is rife with these themes: Literature/VarneyTheVampire was angsting over his vampiric nature 200 years before Edward Cullen was thought of, and Literature/{Carmilla}}'s entire hat was EvilIsSexy. Even in Anne Rice's works, they're still thoroughly portrayed as monstrous, even the sympathetic ones (which is where their angst comes from). If anything, vampires suffer more from {{Flanderization}} than this trope.

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** Vampires have been portrayed as conflicted and used to explore themes of sexuality ''[[OlderThanTheyThink since before]] Creator/BramStoker''. The gothic horror tradition is rife with these themes: Literature/VarneyTheVampire was angsting over his vampiric nature 200 years before Edward Cullen was thought of, and Literature/{Carmilla}}'s Literature/{{Carmilla}}'s entire hat was EvilIsSexy. Even in Anne Rice's works, they're still thoroughly portrayed as monstrous, even the sympathetic ones (which is where their angst comes from). If anything, vampires suffer more from {{Flanderization}} than this trope.
9th Jul '16 4:14:12 PM Anddrix
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** [[SpotlightStealingSquad Uchiha]] [[BaseBreaker Sasuke]] is also strangely another contender for Badass Decay. [[spoiler: 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 War Arc he takes down all Zetsus alone but is limited from fighting Kabuto with all power by Itachi.]]

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** [[SpotlightStealingSquad Uchiha]] [[BaseBreaker Sasuke]] Sasuke is also strangely another contender for Badass Decay. [[spoiler: 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 War Arc he takes down all Zetsus alone but is limited from fighting Kabuto with all power by Itachi.]]



* Duncan of the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series started out as a bad boy {{jerkass}} from juvie who was able to intimidate most of the other campers. Come the next two seasons, possibly due to a RelationshipUpgrade with [[spoiler: [[BaseBreaker Courtney]]]], he starts to lose the intimidating aspect of him and occasionally gets his ass handed to him by some of the other campers. Two of which happen to Harold and Cody, the two nerdiest characters in the show. Although Duncan does get some of his badassery back late Season 3, when he teams up with [[BigBad Alejandro]] and starts acting like a ManipulativeBastard...but he fails at even that in the end.

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* Duncan of the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series started out as a bad boy {{jerkass}} from juvie who was able to intimidate most of the other campers. Come the next two seasons, possibly due to a RelationshipUpgrade with [[spoiler: [[BaseBreaker Courtney]]]], [[spoiler:Courtney]], he starts to lose the intimidating aspect of him and occasionally gets his ass handed to him by some of the other campers. Two of which happen to Harold and Cody, the two nerdiest characters in the show. Although Duncan does get some of his badassery back late Season 3, when he teams up with [[BigBad Alejandro]] and starts acting like a ManipulativeBastard...but he fails at even that in the end.
3rd Jul '16 12:58:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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{{Chickification}} is a gender-specific variant. {{Wimpification}} is a YaoiGenre and {{Slash|Fic}} specific variant. Someone who undergoes ''[[DentedIron physical]]'' Badass Decay may become a PerilousOldFool.

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{{Chickification}} is a gender-specific variant. {{Wimpification}} is a YaoiGenre and {{Slash|Fic}} specific variant. Someone who undergoes ''[[DentedIron physical]]'' Badass Decay may become a PerilousOldFool.
PerilousOldFool. {{Nerf}} is when this happens due to changes in gameplay mechanics.
3rd Jul '16 12:50:28 PM Morgenthaler
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** It plays with the concept with Locke. When we first see him, he's got an awesome [[TheObiwan Obi-Wan]] sage thing going on, throwing knives at boars and such. In episode three, we discover he was a rather pathetic and needy guy before the crash, and that he was in a wheelchair before the crash. Episodes starring him only went further as the audience discovers exactly how pathetic and needy he is and why he's that pathetic, as his apparent destiny as someone 'special' is {{foreshadow|ing}}ed more and more. In season six, we discover [[spoiler: that in the end, Locke was a pathetic failure who was used by everyone for their own ends, up to and including the BigBad of the whole show. Huh.]]

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** It plays with the concept with Locke. When we first see him, he's got an awesome [[TheObiwan Obi-Wan]] Obi-Wan sage thing going on, throwing knives at boars and such. In episode three, we discover he was a rather pathetic and needy guy before the crash, and that he was in a wheelchair before the crash. Episodes starring him only went further as the audience discovers exactly how pathetic and needy he is and why he's that pathetic, as his apparent destiny as someone 'special' is {{foreshadow|ing}}ed more and more. In season six, we discover [[spoiler: that in the end, Locke was a pathetic failure who was used by everyone for their own ends, up to and including the BigBad of the whole show. Huh.]]
29th Jun '16 6:14:41 AM SpinAttaxx
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** Mewtwo, while not as extreme as other Pokémon, did undergo this for a while. Once the most powerful Pokémon, Mewtwo's ability to take special hits was cut by the Special stat split, the introduction of Dark-types, Steel-types, [[StoneWall Blissey]], and more Pokémon with similar or higher base stat totals made countering Mewtwo easier, and the physical/special split of moves made many once-good special moves become physical (which Mewtwo isn't as good with). [[TookALevelInBadass Then Gen V gave Mewtwo a]] SecretArt [[TookALevelInBadass that destroys Special Attack walls, and Gen VI gave it]] ''[[TookALevelInBadass two]]'' [[TookALevelInBadass Mega Evolutions with the highest base stats of any Pokémon]] (rivalled only by Mega Rayquaza).
26th Jun '16 3:36:22 PM SpinAttaxx
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** Some [[NonElemental Normal-types]] like Tauros and Snorlax were very good in the days of ''Red/Blue'', with access to a wide movepool for type coverage, hitting most types for at least neutral damage, all around good stats. As the games went on (with both the Special stat split and the Physical/Special split of moves occurring, and PowerCreep setting in with the introduction of more specialized Pokémon), most of those former {{Lightning Bruiser}}s ended up becoming more of a JackOfAllStats with their movepools reduced in usefulness from before.

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** Some [[NonElemental Normal-types]] like Persian, Tauros and Snorlax were very good in the days of ''Red/Blue'', with access to a wide movepool for type coverage, hitting most types for at least neutral damage, all around good stats. As the games went on (with both changing game mechanics[[labelnote:*]]like the Special stat split and split, the Physical/Special split of moves occurring, move split, and critical hits no longer being determined by Speed (this particularly hurt Persian bad)[[/labelnote]] and PowerCreep setting in with the introduction of more specialized Pokémon), most of those former {{Lightning Bruiser}}s ended up becoming more of a JackOfAllStats with their movepools reduced in usefulness from before.


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** Bronzong and Metagross were once very good, with only two weaknesses as Steel/Psychic-types (and Bronzong changed that to one with both of its abilities). That changed with Gen VI, which removed Steel's resistance to Dark and Ghost. Subsequently, Bronzong and Metagross became easier to take down (and Metagross's Meteor Mash move had its power reduced).
** Moves change in power, effect and accuracy across generations, potentially undergoing this. For example, in ''Red/Blue'', Blizzard had 120 power and 90% accuracy, and Hyper Beam didn't require a recharge turn if it defeated a Pokémon. In later games, Blizzard's accuracy became ''70%'' (and Gen VI made its power 110), and Hyper Beam now always requires a recharge turn after use.
26th Jun '16 3:19:54 PM SpinAttaxx
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* In ''Diamond/Pearl'', Regigigas is fought at Level 70, making it a challenging battle. In ''Platinum'', for whatever reason, it was lowered to ''Level 1'', making it far less challenging to fight (but harder to capture... unless you have [[HPToOne False Swipe]]).

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* ** In ''Diamond/Pearl'', Regigigas is fought at Level 70, making it a challenging battle. In ''Platinum'', for whatever reason, it was lowered to ''Level 1'', making it far less challenging to fight (but harder to capture... unless you have [[HPToOne False Swipe]]).
26th Jun '16 3:19:22 PM SpinAttaxx
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* In ''Diamond/Pearl'', Regigigas is fought at Level 70, making it a challenging battle. In ''Platinum'', for whatever reason, it was lowered to ''Level 1'', making it far less challenging to fight (but harder to capture... unless you have [[HPToOne False Swipe]]).
26th Jun '16 3:14:22 PM SpinAttaxx
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' split the Special stat into two stats - Special Attack and Special Defense. A Pokémon's old Special became one stat, while the other was brand new. For some, this cut their usefulness - Gyarados' Special Attack was reduced, Flareon couldn't use Special moves to work around its poor Physical movepool, and many special {{Lightning Bruiser}}s (like the aforementioned Psychic-types) became {{Glass Cannon}}s.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' split the Special stat into two stats - Special Attack and Special Defense. A Pokémon's old Special became one stat, while the other was brand new. For some, this cut their usefulness - Gyarados' Special Attack was reduced, Flareon couldn't use Special special moves to work around its poor Physical movepool, physical movepool as effectively anymore, and many special {{Lightning Bruiser}}s (like the aforementioned Psychic-types) became {{Glass Cannon}}s.
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