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14th May '16 6:38:03 AM Doug86
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* After the first ranger mission in ''Videogame/BreathOfFire2'', your best buddy Bow gets falsely accused of burglary, and has to go into hiding while you search the world for the real perp. Once you finally get his name cleared and he can rejoin, he'll be far behind. He does require lower experience to level than other characters at this point to make up for it, but whether it is enough is debatable.

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* After the first ranger mission in ''Videogame/BreathOfFire2'', ''Videogame/BreathOfFireII'', your best buddy Bow gets falsely accused of burglary, and has to go into hiding while you search the world for the real perp. Once you finally get his name cleared and he can rejoin, he'll be far behind. He does require lower experience to level than other characters at this point to make up for it, but whether it is enough is debatable.
6th Apr '16 11:01:25 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': At the beginning of the manga, Ichigo's classmates begin developing spiritual power. However, as the storyline becomes focused on the spiritual worlds and spiritual threats, the plot quickly whittles Ichigo's group down to only three friends who continue to have core involvement: Uryuu, Sado and Orihime. Even they struggle at times to keep up with the ever-increasing threat levels. Ichigo's other close friends, Tatsuki, Keigo and Mizuho, only develop enough power to interact with, and become vulnerable to, the spirit world. They have to be left behind or protected because they cannot fight at the power level required.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': At the beginning of the manga, Ichigo's classmates begin developing spiritual power. However, as the storyline becomes focused on the spiritual worlds and spiritual threats, the plot quickly whittles Ichigo's group down to only three friends who continue to have core involvement: Uryuu, Ishida, Sado and Orihime.Inoue. Even they struggle at times to keep up with the ever-increasing threat levels. Ichigo's other close friends, Tatsuki, Keigo and Mizuho, only develop enough power to interact with, and become vulnerable to, the spirit world. They have to be left behind or protected because they cannot fight at the power level required.
6th Mar '16 2:22:45 AM SSJMagus
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** Poor Uub/Majuub ''really'' got screwed over... Goku trained him as a successor originally, as the reincarnation of Kid Buu. So obviously he's way more powerful... only to be absent for the first saga. Then comes the Baby Saga... where all he really does is hold off Baby Vegeta, even after gaining the powers of the good Majin Buu. In the Shadow Dragon Saga, all he does is scream loudly for a few seconds before [[CurbStompBattle going down in one shot.]]

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** Poor Uub/Majuub ''really'' got screwed over... Goku trained him as a successor originally, as the reincarnation of Kid Buu. So obviously he's way more powerful... only to be absent for the first saga. Then comes the Baby Saga... where all he really does is hold off Baby Vegeta, even after gaining the powers of the good Majin Buu.Buu, which ''ought to'' make him on par with Super Buu and thus stronger than any non-fused character. In the Shadow Dragon Saga, all he does is scream loudly for a few seconds before [[CurbStompBattle going down in one shot.]]


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*** The trope also gets averted outside the Straw Hat crew. For example, [[spoiler:Bellamy]] was basically a joke even his debut, so surely he would never be New World material, right? Nope, he really has increased that much in strength, and lost his old SmugSnake attitude to boot.
21st Feb '16 8:36:03 PM Blazer
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** The adaptation of ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' deconstructs he hell out of this trope, especially with Gohan. Because everyone's default reaction now is essentially "Let's wait until Goku and/or Vegeta shows up", a lot of them have essentially slacked off save for Piccolo and Tienshenhan. Gohan is the worst off as he focused more on his studies and his family than his training and, when he goes to fight, he can only sustain ''basic'' Super Saiyan form for only a few moments - he can't even reach Super Saiyan 2 or his "Mystic Gohan" level anymore. This costs him dearly as, here, Piccolo dies TakingTheBullet from a sadistic Frieza. When Piccolo is revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls, the first thing Gohan does is ask him to retrain him.
21st Feb '16 8:30:10 PM Blazer
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* Coldly discussed by Perfect Cell in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. After Vegeta allows Cell to go Perfect and proves to be much more stronger, Cell wipes the floor with Vegeta, giving him one last piece of advice before taking him out:
-->''Next time, why don't you remember your place like the rest of them...and wait for Goku.''
18th Feb '16 3:19:57 PM navaash
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*** Can be averted by acquiring [[Franchise/IndianaJones Harrison]] [[{{Expy}} Jones]]. His unique trait means that any follower he's on a mission with will be considered level 100 and will use his item level, so a fresh 90 can be caught up to 100 in 2~4 level 100 experience missions (providing the missions all succeed), which takes a day or so, or even faster if you use the teleport tower work order items that instantly complete a mission.
9th Feb '16 11:17:48 AM F1Krazy
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* In ''Series/RobotWars'', this was the source of a lot of BadassDecay. The contestant robots became more and more advanced with each passing series, and if you couldn't afford (or couldn't be bothered) to keep upgrading your robot to keep up, you'd be left behind ''very'' quickly. The most prominent example was Chaos 2, which literally turned the warzone on its head when it stormed to the Series 3 title. It won again in Series 4, but by a less comfortable margin, yet when the weight limit was increased for Series 5, George Francis neglected to take advantage. The result was Chaos 2 being knocked out in the semi-finals after running out of CO2, and by Series 6, the once-mighty machine was so far behind the times that it was dispatched in the heats by newcomer Dantomkia, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard in the very manner that Chaos 2 had once been so fond of]]: by [[RingOut flipping it out of the arena]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Poor Sokka, though he's TheSmartGuy, becomes a swordsman when he notices this trope, and has a lot of non-combat skills, is much less useful in direct fights against people with elemental powers. Because while Long Feng can kill someone with blunt force, you can't go chopping off heads on a kids show. However he did mess up [[spoiler: Sparky Sparky Boom Man]]. But, in general, he works best in group vs. group scenarios.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Poor Sokka, though he's TheSmartGuy, becomes a swordsman when he notices this trope, and has a lot of non-combat skills, is he's much less useful in direct fights against people with elemental powers. Because while Long Feng can kill someone with blunt force, you can't go chopping off heads on a kids kids' show. However However, he did mess up [[spoiler: Sparky Sparky Boom Combustion Man]]. But, But in general, he works best in group vs. group scenarios.



** A notable recent example was in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne. In 2014, along with the new 1.6L turbocharged engines, the FIA introduced a set of restrictions that limited the amount of development that manufacturers could do to these engines during the season. When Mercedes turned out to have the best engine by some margin, the restrictions meant that there was nothing Ferrari and Renault could do about it, and Mercedes proceeded to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp the rest of their field]] two seasons running. The final straw came when Honda entered in 2015 with a sub-par engine and were left unable to get it up to scratch, turning [=McLaren's=] entire season into one long HumiliationConga. Fearing that the Honda debacle would put other potential engine suppliers off, and that Mercedes' dominance would put the ''existing'' suppliers off, the FIA scrapped the restrictions for 2016 onwards.



* The Matthew Effect. Named for a line in the bible which says that those that have will be given more, but those that don't won't even be given any. The sports example? Many people noticed that if you're born past June, you're pretty much screwed since they won't let you on the team for one more year. And one year, unfortunately, makes a LOT of difference, as those accepted keep getting better training, while those that didn't aren't even allowed the next year.

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* The Matthew Effect. Named for a line in the bible UsefulNotes/TheBible which says that those that have will be given more, but those that don't won't even be given any. The sports example? Many people noticed that if you're born past June, you're pretty much screwed since they won't let you on the team for one more year. And one year, unfortunately, makes a LOT of difference, as those accepted keep getting better training, while those that didn't aren't even allowed the next year.
6th Feb '16 7:24:09 PM LaptopGuy
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** On a related note, it appears no WWE superstar will ever attain the popularity that StoneColdSteveAustin and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] attained.

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** On a related note, it appears no WWE superstar will ever attain the popularity that StoneColdSteveAustin Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] attained.attained. Only Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/CMPunk, and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] have been able to make a play for it.
28th Jan '16 5:20:50 PM ReyKenobi
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* Occasionally an issue in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Companions usually join the player at the end of a particular planet's story arc. After the first couple, the game begins offering two planets to do in the story arc with no particular order required (though usually one is slightly lower-level then the other). Since the player could theoretically get either companion first they each tend to be at about the same gear level meaning that the second one obtained of the two will seem underpowered. While gear is resonably easy to come by, it can be a more pressing issue for droids like M1-4X and SCORPIO, who use less-common droid parts instead.

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* Occasionally an issue in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Companions usually join the player at the end of a particular planet's story arc. After the first couple, the game begins offering two planets to do in the story arc with no particular order required (though usually one is slightly lower-level then the other). Since the player could theoretically get either companion first they each tend to be at about the same gear level meaning that the second one obtained of the two will seem underpowered. While gear is resonably easy to come by, it can be a more pressing issue for droids like M1-4X and SCORPIO, who use less-common droid parts instead. This was changed with Fallen Empire, where companion gear became aesthetic (and the droids used nothing)
28th Jan '16 5:17:04 PM ReyKenobi
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*** However, this still happens as most people instinctively try to pick followers with trait(s) that they are lacking. Lower level missions seem to ''never'' require these traits at all.
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