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20th Feb '17 9:31:50 PM VeryMelon
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* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Tsumugu Kinagase. When he first appeared he seemed a hyper-competent fighter and strategist, [[BadassNormal being able to subdue the protagonist Ryuko without any fancy powers]]. He was also shown to be a master of traps and some sort of CombatMedic, as he fought with needles that rendered targets paralyzed but fully healed after that. When the real BigBad appeared and the heroes began fighting [[spoiler:basically an AlienInvasion]], his abilities suddenly became useless and he was repeatedly curbstomped without ever being useful again - probably because everyone else was either getting their Goku Uniforms upgraded or mastering the true potential of their Kamui, while he had already reached the peak a non-enhanced human could reach. On top of that, his storyline was never fully resolved and just sort of abandoned.

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* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
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Tsumugu Kinagase. When he first appeared he seemed a hyper-competent fighter and strategist, [[BadassNormal being able to subdue the protagonist Ryuko without any fancy powers]]. He was also shown to be a master of traps and some sort of CombatMedic, as he fought with needles that rendered targets paralyzed but fully healed after that. When the real BigBad appeared and the heroes began fighting [[spoiler:basically an AlienInvasion]], his abilities suddenly became useless and he was repeatedly curbstomped without ever being useful again - probably because everyone else was either getting their Goku Uniforms upgraded or mastering the true potential of their Kamui, while he had already reached the peak a non-enhanced human could reach. On top of that, his storyline was never fully resolved and just sort of abandoned.
19th Feb '17 10:16:27 AM nombretomado
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* By the end of ''Anime/CodeGeassLelouchOfTheRebellion'', Kallen and Suzaku are not only [[AcePilot the most skilled Knightmare pilots in the series]], but each of them [[SuperPrototype has access to a Knightmare Frame more technologically advanced than anything else out there]]. Opponents who could previously give Kallen or Suzaku a good one-on-one fight can now last only slightly longer against them than [[{{Mooks}} the hordes of unnamed Knightmare pilots]] those two [[OneManArmy slaughter by the dozens]].

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* By the end of ''Anime/CodeGeassLelouchOfTheRebellion'', ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion]]'', Kallen and Suzaku are not only [[AcePilot the most skilled Knightmare pilots in the series]], but each of them [[SuperPrototype has access to a Knightmare Frame more technologically advanced than anything else out there]]. Opponents who could previously give Kallen or Suzaku a good one-on-one fight can now last only slightly longer against them than [[{{Mooks}} the hordes of unnamed Knightmare pilots]] those two [[OneManArmy slaughter by the dozens]].
17th Feb '17 1:55:00 PM STRX
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* Happens a lot in Anime/Beyblade
** In the third season[=/=]G-Revolution, Lee has this problem and never gets over it until the team match between White Tigerz X and the All Stars.
** Anime/MetalFightBeyblade: Out of all the main character, Benkei has the least amount of development and growth compared to the rest, and never wins a battle after Masters unless he's with Kyoya. Even Kenta outgrows this by Fury.
*** The reason for Zeo's FaceHeelTurn before the beginning of the series.
** In Anime/BeybladeBurst: Daina fears this will happen to him, hence why in episode 23 [[spoiler: he cheats to win the match against Yugo, which he regrets in the next 3 episodes]].
17th Feb '17 1:43:06 PM Tropetastic1995
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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 Krillan though, the only fight she wins is against [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule 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 CurbStomp|ed 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 Krillan Krillin though, the only fight she wins is against [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule 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 CurbStomp|ed by Beerus, and during Resurrection F Krillin asked her to protect their daughter Marron in case things went south with Freeza.



** The adaptation of ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' deconstructs the 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.

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** The adaptation of ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' deconstructs the 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. Later on in the series, it's shown that Krillin has actually developed a serious inferiority complex over his weakness relative to Goku.


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* ''Digimon Adventure Tri'' averts this trope, however, as everyone else does get to unlock their Mega Forms to catch up with Matt's Gabumon and Tai's Agumon.
11th Feb '17 5:15:42 PM Xtifr
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* In both the computer and tabletop version of Avalon Hill's ''Third Reich'' the French army never improves, ever. Normally this isn't a problem, because France usually falls to the Germans no later than Spring 1941. But sometimes, especially if the Axis player decides to go east and attack the Soviet Union first, France may hold out more or less indefinitely, in which case this trope becomes very noticeable. Every other country gets new units in 1942 or '43; even the Italians get a paratrooper and another 9-factor fleet. The French are stuck with mostly 2-3 infantry and a few 3-5 armor units, plus two 5-factor air fleets, and they never get a paratrooper. There's just not a lot they can do at that point. Although this may be more a case of "Can't Avoid Falling Behind".

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* In both the computer and tabletop version of Avalon Hill's Creator/AvalonHill's ''Third Reich'' the French army never improves, ever. Normally this isn't a problem, because France usually falls to the Germans no later than Spring 1941. But sometimes, especially if the Axis player decides to go east and attack the Soviet Union first, France may hold out more or less indefinitely, in which case this trope becomes very noticeable. Every other country gets new units in 1942 or '43; even the Italians get a paratrooper and another 9-factor fleet. The French are stuck with mostly 2-3 infantry and a few 3-5 armor units, plus two 5-factor air fleets, and they never get a paratrooper. There's just not a lot they can do at that point. Although this may be more a case of "Can't Avoid Falling Behind".
2nd Feb '17 4:29:14 PM sasagane_alan
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** In ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'', Kenzaki/Blade and Hamjime/Chalice seal all the Undead in their respective suits of spade and hearts first, and get the ultra-powerful King and Wild forms capable of vaporizing the occasional Undead-based robot that comes along. Tachibana/Garren manages to get by with his Jack Form, but poor old Mutsuki/Leangle, who was the strongest Rider in his introduction, capable of smacking all the others around, gets beat up whenever a multi-episode Undead comes along. It's ridiculous enough that, the first time Chalice achieves Wild Form, Leangle is knocked down just from him posing.

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** In ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'', Kenzaki/Blade and Hamjime/Chalice Hajime/Chalice seal all the Undead in their respective suits of spade and hearts first, and get the ultra-powerful King and Wild forms capable of vaporizing the occasional Undead-based robot that comes along. Tachibana/Garren manages to get by with his Jack Form, but poor old Mutsuki/Leangle, who was the strongest Rider in his introduction, capable of smacking all the others around, gets beat up whenever a multi-episode Undead comes along. It's ridiculous enough that, the first time Chalice achieves Wild Form, Leangle is knocked down just from him posing.
2nd Feb '17 4:27:43 PM sasagane_alan
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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' has something similar to Gaim above with having a fairly sizable number of riders, but if anything the secondary heroes get hit even harder both with how rapidly the power-ups expand and having such explicit PowerLevels.
1st Feb '17 4:51:55 PM starofjusticev21
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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' has something similar to Gaim above with having a fairly sizable number of riders, but if anything the secondary heroes get hit even harder both with how rapidly the power-ups expand and having such explicit PowerLevels.
31st Jan '17 2:43:39 PM SaraJaye
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** There's a cathartic case of this in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'': the main rival, Calem/Serena, starts out as the person in the group who knows the most about being a Trainer. However, s/he never tries to battle you at first, yet constantly talks about how mighty s/he is. At one point, s/he even gets into a competition with the player, where they try to see who the better battler is. After saying s/he will [[SmugSnake win]], not only does your rival refuse to battle you, s/he will NOT battle you until forced into it. So after being pressured into a battle with you finally, it [[CatharsisFactor really feels good to have Serena/Calem beat the snot out of the other trainer.]] It's only after humiliating him/her that Calem/Serena finally starts to be nice.
30th Jan '17 11:04:53 AM ZombieAladdin
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Can result in WeAreTeamCannonFodder, and is the flip side of VillainDecay. Compare to RedemptionDemotion, where ex-villains immediately start to suck rather than slowly going through a process.

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Can result in WeAreTeamCannonFodder, and is the flip side of VillainDecay. Compare to RedemptionDemotion, where ex-villains immediately start to suck rather than slowly going through a process.
process; and VillainForgotToLevelGrind, where this phenomenon happens to a recurring villain rather than supporting characters.
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