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18th May '18 9:24:07 PM CV12Hornet
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** Another notable example was from 1984 through 1996 in the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague; during that span, not a single team from the American Football Conference won a Super Bowl. Not ever. Only two of the championships were even close, and they also qualified as utter heartbreakers for the hapless teams involved (the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII[note]Fullback Stanley Wilson getting caught with cocaine right before the game, before San Francisco ramming a 92-yard game-winning drive down their throats.[/note] and the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV[note]Two words: Wide Right[/note]). It wasn't until the 1997 season that the Denver Broncos (who themselves had suffered three fandom-scarring blowouts during the streak) finally caught up and won a championship.

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** Another notable example was from 1984 through 1996 in the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague; during that span, not a single team from the American Football Conference won a Super Bowl. Not ever. Only two of the championships were even close, and they also qualified as utter heartbreakers for the hapless teams involved (the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII[note]Fullback XXIII[[note]]Fullback Stanley Wilson getting caught with cocaine right before the game, before San Francisco ramming rammed a 92-yard game-winning drive down their throats.[/note] [[/note]] and the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV[note]Two XXV[[note]]Two words: Wide Right[/note]).Right[[/note]]). It wasn't until the 1997 season that the Denver Broncos (who themselves had suffered three fandom-scarring blowouts during the streak) finally caught up and won a championship.
18th May '18 9:23:06 PM CV12Hornet
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** Another notable example was from 1984 through 1996 in the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague; during that span, not a single team from the American Football Conference won a Super Bowl. Not ever. Only two of the championships were even close, and they also qualified as utter heartbreakers for the hapless teams involved (the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII, and the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV). It wasn't until the 1997 season that the Denver Broncos (who themselves had suffered three fandom-scarring blowouts during the streak) finally caught up and won a championship.

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** Another notable example was from 1984 through 1996 in the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague; during that span, not a single team from the American Football Conference won a Super Bowl. Not ever. Only two of the championships were even close, and they also qualified as utter heartbreakers for the hapless teams involved (the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII, XXIII[note]Fullback Stanley Wilson getting caught with cocaine right before the game, before San Francisco ramming a 92-yard game-winning drive down their throats.[/note] and the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV).XXV[note]Two words: Wide Right[/note]). It wasn't until the 1997 season that the Denver Broncos (who themselves had suffered three fandom-scarring blowouts during the streak) finally caught up and won a championship.
10th May '18 10:16:15 AM ZeroSD
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* Aoki and Kimura of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. Though Akoki and Kimura was never, at any point, at the same level as the main fighters.

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* Aoki and Kimura of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. Though Akoki Aoki and Kimura was never, at any point, at the same level as the main fighters.
10th May '18 10:07:28 AM ZeroSD
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** Android 18, quite possibly the only legitimately dangerous woman in the series, gets his with this immediately after her HeelFaceTurn. When she's first introduced in the Android Saga, she was strong enough to [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly defeat Android 19 and SSJ Vegeta]], and along with her brother 17, basically ended the world in Future Trunks' timeline after [[TotalPartyKill killing every.]] [[HeroKiller Single. Z-fighter]]. After marrying Krillin though, the only fight she wins is against [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]]. Her only roles in the series after that initial high points are to be [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Cell]], [[EatenAlive eaten by Buu]], and [[TheWorfEffect defeated in one pimp slap by Beerus.]] She doesn't even participate in the battle against Freeza's forces in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' despite, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out to Krillin]] that she is still stronger then him. Although there is some justification in that, after the Cell arc, she stopped participating in major battles, everybody not named Goku got [[CurbStompBattle their asses beat ten shades of blue]] by Beerus, and during ''Resurrection F'' Krillin asked her to protect their daughter Marron in case things went south with Freeza.

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** Android 18, quite possibly the only legitimately dangerous woman in the series, gets his with this immediately after her HeelFaceTurn. When she's first introduced in the Android Saga, she was strong enough to [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly defeat Android 19 and SSJ Vegeta]], and along with her brother 17, basically ended the world in Future Trunks' timeline after [[TotalPartyKill killing every.]] [[HeroKiller Single. Z-fighter]]. After marrying Krillin though, the only fight she wins is against [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]]. Her only roles in the series after that initial high points are to be [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Cell]], [[EatenAlive eaten by Buu]], and [[TheWorfEffect defeated in one pimp slap by Beerus.]] She doesn't even participate in the battle against Freeza's forces in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' despite, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out to Krillin]] that she is still stronger then him. Although there is some justification in that, after the Cell arc, she stopped participating in major battles, everybody not named Goku got [[CurbStompBattle their asses beat ten shades of blue]] by Beerus, and during ''Resurrection F'' Krillin asked her to protect their daughter Marron in case things went south with Freeza. The Universal Survival Arc in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' finally gives her a chance to shine, but that also highlights how underused she'd be.
28th Apr '18 8:53:24 PM KaisertheGreat
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** Android 18, quite possibly the only legitimately dangerous woman in the series, gets his with this immediately after her HeelFaceTurn. When she's first introduced in the Android Saga, she was strong enough to [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly defeat Android 19 and SSJ Vegeta]], and along with her brother 17, basically ended the world in Future Trunks' timeline after [[TotalPartyKill killing every.]] [[HeroKiller Single. Z-fighter]]. After marrying Krillin though, the only fight she wins is against [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]]. Her only roles in the series after that initial high points are to be [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Cell]], [[EatenAlive eaten by Buu]], and [[TheWorfEffect defeated in one pimp slap by Beerus.]] She doesn't even participate in the battle against Freeza's forces in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' despite, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out to Krillin]] that she is still stronger then him. Although there is some justification in that, after the Cell arc, she stopped participating in major battles, everybody not named Goku [[CurbStompBattle their asses beat ten shades of blue]] by Beerus, and during ''Resurrection F'' Krillin asked her to protect their daughter Marron in case things went south with Freeza.

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** Android 18, quite possibly the only legitimately dangerous woman in the series, gets his with this immediately after her HeelFaceTurn. When she's first introduced in the Android Saga, she was strong enough to [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly defeat Android 19 and SSJ Vegeta]], and along with her brother 17, basically ended the world in Future Trunks' timeline after [[TotalPartyKill killing every.]] [[HeroKiller Single. Z-fighter]]. After marrying Krillin though, the only fight she wins is against [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]]. Her only roles in the series after that initial high points are to be [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Cell]], [[EatenAlive eaten by Buu]], and [[TheWorfEffect defeated in one pimp slap by Beerus.]] She doesn't even participate in the battle against Freeza's forces in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' despite, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out to Krillin]] that she is still stronger then him. Although there is some justification in that, after the Cell arc, she stopped participating in major battles, everybody not named Goku got [[CurbStompBattle their asses beat ten shades of blue]] by Beerus, and during ''Resurrection F'' Krillin asked her to protect their daughter Marron in case things went south with Freeza.
22nd Apr '18 7:37:35 AM onyhow
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* This is implied to be the fate of the Brotherhood of Steel in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Decades ago, they were one of the strongest factions around, due to having a massive supply of pre-war technology and the engineers to maintain them, in an era where everyone else is trying to struggle back to Iron Age levels AfterTheEnd. But when other sides started to get their hands on the stuff, and started rebuilding and advancing, the Brotherhood's reclusiveness and MachineWorship meant that they stayed stagnant, while their rivals got more and more powerful. This culminated in the Battle of HELIOS One, where the Mojave Brotherhood chapter faced off against an NCR force that outnumbered them fifteen-to-one and possessed plenty of weapons competitive with what the Brotherhood could offer. By the start of the game, the remains of the Mojave chapter is huddled in a bunker and hoping that they can count on their ever-narrowing tech advantage if anyone finds them. It also doesn't help that their general xenophobia prevents them from being able to replenishing their numbers quickly, unlike their enemies.

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* This is implied to be the fate of the Brotherhood of Steel in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Decades ago, they were one of the strongest factions around, due to having a massive supply of pre-war technology and the engineers to maintain them, in an era where everyone else is trying to struggle back to Iron Age levels AfterTheEnd. But when other sides started to get their hands on the stuff, and started rebuilding and advancing, the Brotherhood's reclusiveness and MachineWorship meant that they stayed stagnant, while their rivals got more and more powerful. This culminated in the Battle of HELIOS One, where the Mojave Brotherhood chapter faced off against an NCR force that outnumbered them fifteen-to-one and possessed plenty of weapons competitive with what the Brotherhood could offer.offer[[note]]It also doesn't help that their leader is an absolute asshole who only cares about unlocking the secret of HELIOS One and ordered the Brotherhood to defend the base, a highly indefensible location, who proceed to abandon them after he found out that he lacks a necessary tool to use the base's DeathRay to turn the tide[[/note]]. By the start of the game, the remains of the Mojave chapter is huddled in a bunker and hoping that they can count on their ever-narrowing tech advantage if anyone finds them. It also doesn't help that their general xenophobia prevents them from being able to replenishing their numbers quickly, unlike their enemies.
22nd Apr '18 7:31:27 AM onyhow
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* This is implied to be the fate of the Brotherhood of Steel in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Decades ago, they were one of the strongest factions around, due to having a massive supply of pre-war technology and the engineers to maintain them, in an era where everyone else is trying to struggle back to Iron Age levels AfterTheEnd. But when other sides started to get their hands on the stuff, and started rebuilding and advancing, the Brotherhood's reclusiveness and MachineWorship meant that they stayed stagnant, while their rivals got more and more powerful. This culminated in the Battle of HELIOS One, where the Mojave Brotherhood chapter faced off against an NCR force that outnumbered them fifteen-to-one and possessed plenty of weapons competitive with what the Brotherhood could offer. By the start of the game, the remains of the Mojave chapter is huddled in a bunker and hoping that they can count on their ever-narrowing tech advantage if anyone finds them.

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* This is implied to be the fate of the Brotherhood of Steel in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Decades ago, they were one of the strongest factions around, due to having a massive supply of pre-war technology and the engineers to maintain them, in an era where everyone else is trying to struggle back to Iron Age levels AfterTheEnd. But when other sides started to get their hands on the stuff, and started rebuilding and advancing, the Brotherhood's reclusiveness and MachineWorship meant that they stayed stagnant, while their rivals got more and more powerful. This culminated in the Battle of HELIOS One, where the Mojave Brotherhood chapter faced off against an NCR force that outnumbered them fifteen-to-one and possessed plenty of weapons competitive with what the Brotherhood could offer. By the start of the game, the remains of the Mojave chapter is huddled in a bunker and hoping that they can count on their ever-narrowing tech advantage if anyone finds them. It also doesn't help that their general xenophobia prevents them from being able to replenishing their numbers quickly, unlike their enemies.
31st Mar '18 10:00:16 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Creator/{{Gottlieb}} was THE pinball manufacturer, and the first choice for operators and collectors, up until TheEighties, when solid state technology became small enough, advanced enough, and inexpensive enough to be put into pinball machines. Gottlieb's competitors, Creator/WilliamsElectronics and [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally]], both adopted solid state components into their machines as early as 1978, which allowed for pre-recorded audio, digital score displays instead of scoring reels (which also allowed the machines to display letters as well as numbers), more complex rules, save data, and more complex playfield designs. Gottlieb, meanwhile, continued to make machines the same way as before. Though they eventually adopted solid state systems and other advancements in arcade gaming, Gottlieb remained a few years behind Williams and Bally--as Gottlieb adopted the new technology the competitors used, said competitors already had new and more advanced components inside their machines. Eventually, with no reason for operators to buy Gottlieb's machines over the other companies, Gottlieb folded in 1995.
* Williams and Bally would experience their own case of this trope a few years later. Having merged into one company, they were unable to remain financially viable in the dwindling arcade scene as video games moved almost completely into the home and as they became increasingly advanced and varied in their gameplay. Unlike Gottlieb, however, they TookAThirdOption: Williams moved into gambling machines, whereas Bally would focus on making yachts and fitness centers, which has allowed them to survive into the present day.
26th Mar '18 1:14:13 AM Loekman3
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** Tien, despite training for a decade straight, still couldn't match Gohan, who only started training again the last year or so, and wound up having to stop the fight because he was getting beaten so badly. He also has the worst performance among all the Universe 7 fighters as he gets ringed out by a random mook in a way that could have been easily prevented and has among the least eliminations out of all the U7 members.

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** Tien, despite training for a decade straight, still couldn't match Gohan, who only started training again the last year or so, and wound up having to stop the fight because he was getting beaten so badly. He also has the worst performance among all the Universe 7 fighters as he gets ringed out by a random mook in a way that could have been easily prevented and has among the least eliminations out of all the U7 members. The [[Manga/DragonBallSuper manga]] makes it even worse as neither him nor Krillin even score a single elimination and were unceremoniously wiped out by Frost in the first few minutes of the tournament.
10th Mar '18 3:26:42 PM nombretomado
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** ''Warlords of Draenor'' has this problem with garrison followers. If you do a lot of follower missions to level them up, chances are that followers recruited later will be behind your current ones. Especially {{egregious}} with random followers recruited in the garrison inn, who always start at level 90, even if you have twenty level 100 followers by that point. Luckily, to mitigate this trope, the game tries to provide missions spread over your follower levels, so that the lower-level ones can catch up, or even be paired with higher-level followers to increase mission success chance. This problem was alleviated by the garrison's successor in ''Legion''; champions gained later on begin at a higher level (possibly even 110), and disposable troops have no levels or equipment to begin with. The

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** ''Warlords of Draenor'' has this problem with garrison followers. If you do a lot of follower missions to level them up, chances are that followers recruited later will be behind your current ones. Especially {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} with random followers recruited in the garrison inn, who always start at level 90, even if you have twenty level 100 followers by that point. Luckily, to mitigate this trope, the game tries to provide missions spread over your follower levels, so that the lower-level ones can catch up, or even be paired with higher-level followers to increase mission success chance. This problem was alleviated by the garrison's successor in ''Legion''; champions gained later on begin at a higher level (possibly even 110), and disposable troops have no levels or equipment to begin with. The
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