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7th Oct '17 10:39:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' takes the Bigger Stick trope very literally, substituting upgrades and power-ups with [[SerialEscalation increasingly humongous]] HumongousMecha, eventually culminating in the titular mech which uses ''[[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit galaxies]]'' [[RuleOfCool stepping stones and shurikens]]''.

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' takes the Bigger Stick trope very literally, substituting upgrades and power-ups with [[SerialEscalation increasingly humongous]] HumongousMecha, eventually culminating in the titular mech which uses ''[[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit ''[[JustForFun/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit galaxies]]'' [[RuleOfCool stepping stones and shurikens]]''.
5th Sep '17 5:37:14 PM TonyG
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* Creator/DrSeuss's ''The Butter Battle Book'' featured two separated races, the Yooks and the Zooks, building bigger and bigger weapons to go against each other, each time with the Zooks ahead in the arms race. In the end both sides develop a weapon capable of obliterating the other side, resulting in both wielders of the weapons staring down each other in a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything life-or-death]] [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar stalemate]] -- all because they were [[Anvilicious arguing]] over [[SeriousBusiness which side of a slice of bread should be buttered]].

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* Creator/DrSeuss's ''The Butter Battle Book'' ''Literature/TheButterBattleBook'' featured two separated races, the Yooks and the Zooks, building bigger and bigger weapons to go against each other, each time with the Zooks ahead in the arms race. In the end both sides develop a weapon capable of obliterating the other side, resulting in both wielders of the weapons staring down each other in a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything life-or-death]] [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar stalemate]] -- all because they were [[Anvilicious [[{{Anvilicious}} arguing]] over [[SeriousBusiness which side of a slice of bread should be buttered]].
2nd Jun '17 5:27:00 PM CashSloth
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Gilgamesh is practically the personification of this trope. Most Servants usually possess one to three Noble Phantasms, with very few having more than that. Gil, on the other hand, has the Gate of Babylon, which gives him access to an ''infinite'' number of them. Compared to most other Servants, he's much less skilled in direct combat. However, since his primary method of fighting involves simply sitting back and overwhelming his opponents with a [[StormOfBlades countless number of weapons]], his lack of skill is rarely ever a factor.
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15th Feb '17 2:52:09 PM astaroth911
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', where, according to WordOfGod, long wands "tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic"[[https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-lengths-and-flexibilit]],rather than how powerful the wand or its master is.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', where, according to WordOfGod, long wands "tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic"[[https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-lengths-and-flexibilit]],rather than how being more powerful the wand or its master is.than shorter wands.
15th Feb '17 2:51:11 PM astaroth911
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*[[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', where, according to WordOfGod, long wands "tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic"[[https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-lengths-and-flexibilit]],rather than how powerful the wand or its master is.
2nd Jan '17 2:10:53 AM SeptimusHeap
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Although this trope is not inherently [[FreudWasRight Freudian]], a large majority of its examples are. The Bigger Stick is probably going to end up being a {{BFS}} or {{BFG}}. Mostly unrelated to CarryABigStick.

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Although this trope is not inherently [[FreudWasRight Freudian]], Freudian, a large majority of its examples are. The Bigger Stick is probably going to end up being a {{BFS}} or {{BFG}}. Mostly unrelated to CarryABigStick.
14th Oct '16 4:37:58 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** In the second season, after being soundly defeated by the new villain group with shiny NitroBoost equipped weapons and with their own weapons suffering heavy damage, Nanoha and Fate's weapons are repaired and upgraded with the same nitro boost systems. They fight the villains a second time with the upgraded weapons, but this time to a standstill and forces them to retreat.
** And in Season 3, they get even bigger sticks, culminating with a DungeonBypass through an entire warship with a single shot.
** And in Force (the sequel), They continue to get more bigger stick, after they found out the antagnoists' weapons are [[AntiMagic immune to magic]].

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** In [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs the second season, season]], after being soundly defeated by the new villain group with shiny NitroBoost equipped weapons and with their own weapons suffering heavy damage, Nanoha and Fate's weapons are repaired and upgraded with the same nitro boost systems. They fight the villains a second time with the upgraded weapons, but this time to a standstill and forces them to retreat.
** And in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers Season 3, 3]], they get even bigger sticks, culminating with a DungeonBypass through an entire warship with a single shot.
** And in Force ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'' (the sequel), They they continue to get more bigger stick, sticks, after they found out the antagnoists' antagonists' weapons are [[AntiMagic immune to magic]].
5th Aug '16 7:46:42 AM Ripburger
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* Generally the M.O. of ''[[VideoGame/XCom X-COM]]'', where Earth's defenders are woefully underequipped to fight the alien menace, who have much bigger sticks. Grinding through casualties to scratch out victories allows X-COM to acquire those big sticks, research them, and turn them on their masters. In some games, X-COM actually ''improves'' on the designs, which ends up as a problem for the aliens, who are unable to do the same.

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* Generally the M.O. of ''[[VideoGame/XCom X-COM]]'', ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}'', where Earth's defenders are woefully underequipped to fight the alien menace, who have much bigger sticks. Grinding through casualties to scratch out victories allows X-COM to acquire those big sticks, research them, and turn them on their masters. In some games, X-COM actually ''improves'' on the designs, which ends up as a problem for the aliens, who are unable to do the same.
20th Jun '16 7:18:19 PM Pastykake
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Although this trope is not inherently [[FreudWasRight Freudian]], a large majority of its examples are. The BiggerStick is probably going to end up being a {{BFS}} or {{BFG}}. Mostly unrelated to CarryABigStick.

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Although this trope is not inherently [[FreudWasRight Freudian]], a large majority of its examples are. The BiggerStick Bigger Stick is probably going to end up being a {{BFS}} or {{BFG}}. Mostly unrelated to CarryABigStick.



** The events of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' are touched off by the Earth Alliance's attempt at building a BiggerStick with which to fight the more physically-abled Coordinators of ZAFT, and ZAFT's theft of all but one of those {{Bigger Stick}}s. Then the protagonist and TheRival get even ''bigger'' sticks halfway through the series, which only the BigBad in the Biggest Stick yet succeeds in being an actual threat to... The only exception is AcePilot Mu La Flaga, who manages to hold his own against Coordinators in cutting-edge HumongousMecha while he is piloting a much less powerful mobile armor and, in some cases, only a fighter jet. Nevertheless, in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', even Mu gets a BiggerStick. And then there's cases where you want your BiggerStick to literally be much bigger. Cue [[OhCrap Destroy Gundam.]]

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** The events of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' are touched off by the Earth Alliance's attempt at building a BiggerStick Bigger Stick with which to fight the more physically-abled Coordinators of ZAFT, and ZAFT's theft of all but one of those {{Bigger Stick}}s. Then the protagonist and TheRival get even ''bigger'' sticks halfway through the series, which only the BigBad in the Biggest Stick yet succeeds in being an actual threat to... The only exception is AcePilot Mu La Flaga, who manages to hold his own against Coordinators in cutting-edge HumongousMecha while he is piloting a much less powerful mobile armor and, in some cases, only a fighter jet. Nevertheless, in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', even Mu gets a BiggerStick. Bigger Stick. And then there's cases where you want your BiggerStick Bigger Stick to literally be much bigger. Cue [[OhCrap Destroy Gundam.]]
22nd May '16 12:42:42 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' brings back the Brotherhood's big stick, Liberty Prime Mk. II. Being one of the most technologically advanced factions in the Boston Wasteland, similar to how the Enclave were a mere 10 years prior, Liberty Prime is a Super Sledge when compared to everyone else's dried twigs, figuratively speaking.
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