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11th Sep '16 12:01:01 AM TheDarkFather
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*WebAnimation/ADayWithBowserJr: Bowser Jr is insecure, clumsy and socially awkward, but has a good heart and is able to defeat Ludwig, who is bigger, stronger, and a formidable magician.
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8th Sep '16 4:25:12 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Any climactic combat or competition where the hero is the underdog. Generally refers to conflicts where the hero is of much smaller physical stature than the villain. The hero will usually win if he's WeakButSkilled in contrast to the UnskilledButStrong foe, or otherwise ''very'' good at DeadlyDodging. If the villain is ''much'' larger, the hero may attempt a ColossusClimb.

Named after the biblical account of David and Goliath from [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2017;&version=31; 1 Samuel, chapter 17.]] (Note that in that story, David claims to have won only through DivineIntervention, so ironically, the TropeNamer is not an accurate example of the Trope.)

If the ''villain'' is the underdog, you may be looking at VillainousValour. If a monster is underestimated, see KillerRabbit. [[TheBrute Brutes]] easily lend themselves to being Goliaths. ConservationOfNinjutsu is when Goliath's superiority is in the numbers, while NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight is when Goliath's superiority is having a weapon against the unarmed David. A sufficiently confident Goliath may see fit to start ToyingWithTheirEnemy.

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Any Broadly speaking, this trope is any climactic combat or competition where the hero is the underdog. Generally More specifically, it refers to conflicts where the hero is of much smaller physical stature than the villain. The hero will usually win if he's WeakButSkilled in contrast to the UnskilledButStrong foe, or otherwise ''very'' good at DeadlyDodging. If the villain is ''much'' larger, the hero may attempt a ColossusClimb.

Named This trope is named after the biblical account of David and Goliath from [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2017;&version=31; 1 Samuel, chapter 17.]] (Note that in that story, David claims to have won only through DivineIntervention, so ironically, the TropeNamer is not an accurate example of the Trope.)

If the ''villain'' is the underdog, you may be looking at VillainousValour. If a monster is underestimated, see KillerRabbit. [[TheBrute Brutes]] easily lend themselves to being Goliaths.Goliaths but they are disqualified from that trope is they are also LargeAndInCharge. ConservationOfNinjutsu is when Goliath's superiority is in the numbers, while NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight is when Goliath's superiority is having a weapon against the unarmed David. A sufficiently confident Goliath may see fit to start ToyingWithTheirEnemy.


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric often phrases his battles in terms of himself being small and his foe being large. For instance, when he triumphs over a certain orc his victory thought is "And the wasp defeats the lion!" This also happens when fighting mages with greater experience, raw power, or knowledge (which is most of them).
22nd Aug '16 10:31:55 AM XTC
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this at its core, as the RagtagBunchOfMisfits, outmatched by even a single Decepticon, must fight together with their unique powers (e.g. Ratchet's EMP + Bumblebee's stingers = weapon), grit and determination to prevail.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this at its core, as the RagtagBunchOfMisfits, outmatched by even a single Decepticon, must fight together with their unique powers (e.g. Ratchet's EMP + Bumblebee's stingers = weapon), grit and determination to prevail. In particular, the series itself opened and each season closed with one-on-one fights between Optimus Prime's David and Megatron's Goliath.
22nd Aug '16 10:21:06 AM XTC
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', any fight against [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Predaking]] turns into this ([[spoiler: except for [[EldtrichAbomination Unicron]]'s fight with him in "Predacons Rising" where he gets flattened)]], since while Predaking isn't stupid, he has no experience fighting having been a recently created entity, thus he gets by through his raw power and ability to NoSell everything, while whoever is fighting him, mostly the Autobots, tries to get by through quick thinking and team work, which, is never enough to stop him. The closest to a subversion is his fight with Optimus Prime since Optimus is closer to his power, and size, than everyone else is, but Optimus still loses regardless.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', any fight against [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Predaking]] turns into this ([[spoiler: except for [[EldtrichAbomination Unicron]]'s fight with him in "Predacons Rising" where he gets flattened)]], since while Predaking isn't stupid, he has no experience fighting having been a recently created entity, thus he gets by through his raw power and ability to NoSell everything, while whoever is fighting him, mostly the Autobots, tries to get by through quick thinking and team work, which, is never enough to stop him. The closest to a subversion is his fight with Optimus Prime since Optimus is closer to his power, and size, than everyone else is, but Optimus still loses regardless. Subject to VillainDecay and the show's well-known inconsistent depictions of strength (e.g. Insecticons dying
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this at its core, as the RagtagBunchOfMisfits, outmatched by even a single Decepticon, must fight together with their unique powers (e.g. Ratchet's EMP + Bumblebee's stingers = weapon), grit and determination to prevail.
21st Aug '16 7:46:54 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has done a few takes on the original story. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2010-05-13 One comic]] had David trying to point out that killing a guy, even a really big guy, by putting a rock through his head isn't really that impressive. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2013-02-15 Another]] has God intending the story to be a parable about technology beating brute strength, only for humans to instantly misinterpret it.
14th Aug '16 1:18:21 PM Kakai
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* In the climax of second book of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Karyl - a regular and currently mightily exhausted man - is pitied against [[spoiler:Raguel]], a three-metres-tall avatar of destruction mounted on a ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Tyrannosaurus Imperator]]''.
27th Jul '16 1:16:49 PM Willbyr
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* Kishima Kouma as Goliath vs. Nanaya Kirei as David. Kouma has essentially no skill whatsoever because he doesn't ''need'' any. His skin is tougher than steel, he can punch through trees effortlessly and doesn't tire. Kiri is essentially the most skilled assassin on Earth. Unfortunately, he's an assassin and not a magus or anything like that, so he's reduced to hammering at one side of Kouma's neck and then hitting the other to try and break it. The difference in skill is so huge that his opponent doesn't even realize he almost died with that attack. Key word: Almost. [[SubvertedTrope Goliath wins]]. Foregone conclusion, though, if you've played {{Tsukihime}}.

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* Kishima Kouma as Goliath vs. Nanaya Kirei as David. Kouma has essentially no skill whatsoever because he doesn't ''need'' any. His skin is tougher than steel, he can punch through trees effortlessly and doesn't tire. Kiri is essentially the most skilled assassin on Earth. Unfortunately, he's an assassin and not a magus or anything like that, so he's reduced to hammering at one side of Kouma's neck and then hitting the other to try and break it. The difference in skill is so huge that his opponent doesn't even realize he almost died with that attack. Key word: Almost. [[SubvertedTrope Goliath wins]]. Foregone conclusion, though, if you've played {{Tsukihime}}.''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''.
6th Jul '16 9:54:15 PM genolution
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** Robert Lundgren in his work ''The World Wonder'd'' actually makes the point that it was ''Yamato'', not ''Kongo'' that scored the majority of the hits on Taffy 3's ships, including a hit on USS White Plains that overpenetrated and detonated under her keel, crippling her. This was the longest range naval gunnery hit ever.
29th Jun '16 7:15:22 PM nombretomado
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** [[http://psyinsti.deviantart.com/art/Death-Battle-Ezio-Auditore-vs-Lu-Bu-450484417 Ezio Autidtore vs Lu Bu]]. Ezio is {{Badass}} by the standards of AssassinsCreed, but Lu Bu is a OneManArmy with CharlesAtlasSuperpower to an insane degree, but fortunately for Ezio, he's also impulsive, not too smart, and very arrogant. [[spoiler: This allows Ezio to barely win since Lu Bu's overconfidence prevents him from killing Ezio immediately, leading to a Ezio manages to get some hits in, also helped by Ezio refusing to give up despite losing an arm and getting beaten half to death, and narrowly kill him. Also helping Ezio is that he's actually durable based on his own merits, with most of Lu Bu's health coming from his armor.]]

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** [[http://psyinsti.deviantart.com/art/Death-Battle-Ezio-Auditore-vs-Lu-Bu-450484417 Ezio Autidtore vs Lu Bu]]. Ezio is {{Badass}} by the standards of AssassinsCreed, ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', but Lu Bu is a OneManArmy with CharlesAtlasSuperpower to an insane degree, but fortunately for Ezio, he's also impulsive, not too smart, and very arrogant. [[spoiler: This allows Ezio to barely win since Lu Bu's overconfidence prevents him from killing Ezio immediately, leading to a Ezio manages to get some hits in, also helped by Ezio refusing to give up despite losing an arm and getting beaten half to death, and narrowly kill him. Also helping Ezio is that he's actually durable based on his own merits, with most of Lu Bu's health coming from his armor.]]
21st Jun '16 1:31:31 PM Willbyr
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* [[BattleAngelAlita GUNNM]]: Gally/Alita is a female cyborg 5 foot tall and that doesn't appear to be more that 20. She routinelly defeats foes many times her size (however, her battle style being designed to handle larger foes, said foes' overconfidence, and the fact that [[CuteBruiser her bodies]] [[PintSizedPowerhouse are most of the time advanced combat models]] are important factors). In almost every important battle she fought, she was stated as WeakButSkilled (and lost to more skilled and stronger opponents), and the 2 important battles she was stronger, one she only won because her flesh-and-blood opponent though it'd be appropiate, and the other she toyed with her opponent [[spoiler:until her body was hijaked by the superpower she was stealing her power source, and got punched to pieces. She survived and may get better...]]
** Also, Sechs taking on the Jovian seeded team by him/herself and putting up a fight (the first form of said "team" was about 500 meters wide, and got larger), Zazie and her relatively weak body (and [[MoreDakka tons of guns]]) fighting in the ZOTT semifinals and finals (where 2 superpowers try their latest MDW, and those LOST before the finals), and Caerula Sanguis fighting a cyborg with Chinese Swords.

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* [[BattleAngelAlita GUNNM]]: ''Manga/{{GUNNM}}'':
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Gally/Alita is a female cyborg 5 foot tall and that doesn't appear to be more that 20. She routinelly defeats foes many times her size (however, her battle style being designed to handle larger foes, said foes' overconfidence, and the fact that [[CuteBruiser her bodies]] [[PintSizedPowerhouse are most of the time advanced combat models]] are important factors). In almost every important battle she fought, she was stated as WeakButSkilled (and lost to more skilled and stronger opponents), and the 2 important battles she was stronger, one she only won because her flesh-and-blood opponent though it'd be appropiate, and the other she toyed with her opponent [[spoiler:until her body was hijaked by the superpower she was stealing her power source, and got punched to pieces. She survived and may get better...]]
** Also, Sechs taking on the Jovian seeded team by him/herself and putting up a fight (the first form of said "team" was about 500 meters wide, and got larger), Zazie and her relatively weak body (and [[MoreDakka tons of guns]]) fighting in the ZOTT semifinals and finals (where 2 superpowers try their latest MDW, and those LOST before the finals), and Caerula Sanguis fighting a cyborg with Chinese Swords.
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