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17th May '16 1:47:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Most ancient matches of ''DeadliestWarrior'' have a fast, lighter warrior fighting a larger, stronger warrior.

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* Most ancient matches of ''DeadliestWarrior'' ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' have a fast, lighter warrior fighting a larger, stronger warrior.
11th May '16 2:54:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Soccer manga and anime ''Series/GiantKilling'' is basically about this: the protagonist is a coach whose mission is to bring a bottom-feeder Japanese team (for which he played in his professional career and was an idol before moving to an English team in the same situation) up to top contender level. The term "Giant Killing" redirects here because it is a common saying for this trope as applied to association football.

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* Soccer manga and anime ''Series/GiantKilling'' ''Manga/GiantKilling'' is basically about this: the protagonist is a coach whose mission is to bring a bottom-feeder Japanese team (for which he played in his professional career and was an idol before moving to an English team in the same situation) up to top contender level. The term "Giant Killing" redirects here because it is a common saying for this trope as applied to association football.
7th May '16 3:29:45 PM KomodoClassic
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* ''Literature/AllForTheGame'' pits the main characters, the Palmetto State Foxes, against the Edgar Allen Ravens. Palmetto State is the worst team in the league and the laughingstock of college [[FictionalSport Exy]]. The Ravens are the undefeated champions.
4th May '16 3:49:12 PM contrafanxxx
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* Max vs. Rictus in the climax of ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
1st May '16 8:41:15 PM KYCubbie
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** A 5-seed entering the tournament, the Cardinals won their first two games to make the Sweet 16. There they met Baylor, the reigning national champions who were 74-1 over the past 2 seasons (with the only loss coming against #4 Stanford when their second best player was injured). Bonus points for Baylor having a literal Goliath on their roster, 6'8" player of the year, Brittney Griner. Louisville played a very physical game to limit Griner, and made a tournament record 16 3-pointers to find themselves up late in the game. One of the game's signature moments was when Louisville point guard Shoni Schimmel, nearly a foot shorter than Griner, drove on her, scored, drew a foul, and turned to briefly stare Griner down. After falling behind with [[DownToTheLastPlay 9 seconds to go,]] they drove the length of the court and drew a foul. Monique Reid, a player who had missed a key free throw only minutes earlier, was taking the shots. She made both, and Louisville pulled off what many thought was an impossible upset.

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** A 5-seed entering the tournament, the Cardinals won their first two games to make the Sweet 16. There they met Baylor, the reigning national champions who were 74-1 over the past 2 seasons (with the only loss coming against #4 Stanford when their second best player was injured). Bonus points for Baylor having a literal Goliath on their roster, 6'8" player of the year, Brittney Griner. Louisville played a very physical game to limit Griner, and made a tournament record 16 3-pointers to find themselves up late in the game. One of the game's signature moments was when Louisville point guard Shoni Schimmel, nearly a foot shorter than Griner, drove on her, scored, drew a foul, and turned to briefly stare Griner down. After falling Schimmel fouled out with 4 minutes to go, the Cards remained in the game, but fell behind with [[DownToTheLastPlay 9 seconds to go,]] they go]]. They then drove the length of the court and drew a foul. Monique Reid, a player who had missed a key free throw only minutes earlier, was taking the shots. She made both, and Louisville pulled off what many thought was an impossible upset.



** In the National Championship, they faced powerhouse [=UConn=], a program with (at the time) 7 national championships, and a team that had beaten Louisville handily during the regular season. A win against this Goliath would secure their run as the greatest in tournament history. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, [[RealityEnsues reality ensued,]] and they wound up on the losing end of the [[CurbStompBattle largest blowout]] [[DownerEnding in championship game history.]]

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** In the National Championship, they faced powerhouse [=UConn=], a program with (at the time) 7 national championships, and a team that had beaten Louisville handily during the regular season. A win against this Goliath would secure their run as the greatest in tournament history. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, [[RealityEnsues reality ensued,]] and they wound up on the losing end of the [[CurbStompBattle largest blowout]] [[DownerEnding in championship game history.]]history]].[[note]]This would be the first of [=UConn's=] current streak of four national titles.[[/note]]
1st May '16 2:04:07 PM Ninjabot
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi's fight with Jack Rakan. Negi has training most of the series to defeat a KnightOfCerebus named Fate Averenecus, and through some circumstances, he's fighting Jack, a character so overpowered that not only does Fate actively avoid fighting him, but considerable humor is made from how invincible he is. For the most, Negi is losing, Jack [[NoSell No Selling]] everything he does, Negi only surviving because Jack only wants to test him, not kill him, but he does manage to fight to draw by prodding Jack's ego and causing him to use an attack that Negi uses his new EnergyAbsorption trick that he came up with take the power from injure him enough that with the power he has left after putting everything into his Titan Slayer Spear move, he and Jack end up [=KO'ing=] each other.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi's fight with Jack Rakan. Negi has was training most of the series to defeat a KnightOfCerebus named Fate Averenecus, and through some circumstances, he's fighting Jack, a character so overpowered that not only does Fate actively avoid fighting him, but considerable humor is made from how invincible he is. For the most, Negi is losing, Jack [[NoSell No Selling]] everything he does, Negi only surviving because Jack only wants to test him, not kill him, but he does manage to fight to draw by prodding Jack's ego and causing him to use an attack that Negi uses his new EnergyAbsorption trick that he came up with to take the power from and injure him enough that with the power he has left after putting everything into his Titan Slayer Spear move, he and Jack end up [=KO'ing=] each other.


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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' which constantly has the main character Saitama go up against creatures many times his own size, quite often reaching {{Kaiju}} proportions, nevertheless keeping him the overdog of every fight he's in because he defeats ''every'' opponent with no real effort. Some fights involving the stronger S-class heroes are portrayed like this as well.
** Played straight with Saitama's fight against Crablante, as it was before he had his powers. Same goes for Mumen Rider vs. The Deep Sea King.
1st May '16 12:37:19 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]], a tiny magical pony, vs. [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]], a giant killer robot with a host of weapons. [[spoiler:It's a CurbStompBattle with Starscream on the receiving end.]]

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** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]], a tiny magical pony, vs. [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream]], a giant killer robot with a host of weapons. [[spoiler:It's a CurbStompBattle with Starscream on the receiving end. The one hit he lands on her [[NoSell has no effect]].]]
8th Apr '16 5:46:19 AM thatmadork
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** One possible outcome features the Minutemen, an army of wastelander militia with weapons which qualify as jury-rigged SchizoTech, versus [[spoiler:the Brotherhood of Steel with their Vertibirds and high-tech armoured Knights. Depending on how much you built up the Castle, it can either be a hard-won fight or an [[CurbStompBattle absolutely humiliating thrashing]] for the Brotherhood.]]
5th Apr '16 10:20:24 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'': Generally, this trope comes in whenever there is a duel between Yugi and his expies against Kaiba and his expies. Kaiba, Kaiser, Jack, Kaito and Reiji usually use monsters with high ATK, but none of them is UnskilledButStrong -- they ''are'' highly skilled. Yugi and his expies usually use monsters that are weaker in battle, but they use more combos to overcome their powerful foes. In the end, the winner is who who is more skilled.
5th Apr '16 10:09:20 AM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjoume's duel against his CorruptPolitician (and [[{{Jerkass}} complete jerk]]) of a brother Chosaku clearly fit the Trope, but whether it was a straight example or an inversion is hard to determine, because it's hard to say who was David and who was Goliath. Chosaku was using a deck full of powerful Dragon beatsticks, while Manjoume had a deck full of monsters will only 0 Attack Points, and seeing as Manjoume won, the obvious answer is, the Trope was played straight. On the other hand... Seeing as Manjyome had built his deck using a careful and clever strategy, while Chosaku was sloppy and used almost ''no'' strategy other than [[AttackAttackAttack "hit him with everything you have"]], you might argue that the opposite was true, and that Manjoume was more of a Goliath here than his SmallNameBigEgo brother ever could be.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjoume's duel against his CorruptPolitician (and [[{{Jerkass}} complete jerk]]) of a brother Chosaku clearly fit the Trope, but whether it was a straight example or an inversion is hard to determine, because it's hard to say who was David and who was Goliath. Chosaku was using a deck full of powerful Dragon beatsticks, while Manjoume had a deck full of monsters will only 0 Attack Points, and seeing as Manjoume won, the obvious answer is, the Trope was played straight. On the other hand... Seeing as Manjyome Manjoume had built his deck using a careful and clever strategy, while Chosaku was sloppy and used almost ''no'' strategy other than [[AttackAttackAttack "hit him with everything you have"]], you might argue that the opposite was true, and that Manjoume was more of a Goliath here than his SmallNameBigEgo brother ever could be.
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