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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.
5th Apr '16 10:07:54 AM MajinAkuma
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** To put this into perspective, Kuroko is 168 cm (5'6") and 57 kg (~126 pounds). Murasakibara is ''208 cm'' and '''99 kg''' (6'10" and 218 lbs). It's like pitting an adult against a child. If that wasn't bad enough, Muraskibara is physically the most gifted player in the league by an ''enormous'' margin, while Kuroko is inarguably the weakest starter Serin has, possibly the weakest player, physically, in the series. In real life, a mismatch of that degree wouldn't just be sad, it'd be outright ''dangerous'' for the smaller player. Nonetheless, [[spoiler:Kuroko wins their one-on-one by using their disproportionate strengths and his lack of presence to make Murasakibara forget that he's being marked, and then ducks into the path of his movement to draw a foul as Murasakibara turns around carelessly]].

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** To put this into perspective, Kuroko is 168 cm (5'6") and 57 kg (~126 pounds). Murasakibara is ''208 cm'' and '''99 kg''' (6'10" and 218 lbs). It's like pitting an adult against a child. If that wasn't bad enough, Muraskibara Murasakibara is physically the most gifted player in the league by an ''enormous'' margin, while Kuroko is inarguably the weakest starter Serin has, possibly the weakest player, physically, in the series. In real life, a mismatch of that degree wouldn't just be sad, it'd be outright ''dangerous'' for the smaller player. Nonetheless, [[spoiler:Kuroko wins their one-on-one by using their disproportionate strengths and his lack of presence to make Murasakibara forget that he's being marked, and then ducks into the path of his movement to draw a foul as Murasakibara turns around carelessly]].
5th Apr '16 10:05:59 AM MajinAkuma
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** Nanoha's {{Expy}} Miura also tends to face Goliaths, all of them (Micaiah, Vivio and Erie) happen to be much taller than her. Both, Micaiah and Erie and much older and more experienced than her and they are also Inter-Middle favorites with a pretty good history of Inter-Middle records. Micaiah is a OneHitKill expert, while Erie is a BeamSpam specialist, but Miura manages to defeat both of them with a very strong FinishingMove while she's on the edge of defeat. And her other opponent, Vivio, is only a little more experienced than her, but Vivio is also the ''main character'' of ''[=ViVid=]'', who should be protected from PlotArmour. Even that isn't enough to make Miura fall.

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** Nanoha's {{Expy}} Miura also tends to face Goliaths, all of them (Micaiah, Vivio and Erie) happen to be much taller than her. Both, Micaiah and Erie and much older and more experienced than her and they are also Inter-Middle favorites with a pretty good history of Inter-Middle records. Micaiah is a OneHitKill expert, while Erie is a BeamSpam specialist, but Miura manages to defeat both of them with a very strong FinishingMove while she's on the edge of defeat. And her other opponent, Vivio, is only a little more experienced than her, but Vivio is also the ''main character'' of ''[=ViVid=]'', who should be protected from PlotArmour. Even that isn't enough to make Miura fall. It does help that Miura is a LightningBruiser, while her opponents are either a GlassCannon, a FragileSpeedster and a SquishyWizard; with her being tough, fast and strong, she can endure most of their attacks until she counters them with fast and powerful moves.
26th Mar '16 6:49:05 PM ElecMan
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* Also ic college Football, 2006 Fiesta Bowl. Boise State-Oklahoma. Heck, when the broadcast team openly acknowledge the trope ("This is truly a David and Goliath situation" etc), and an undefeated team goes up against one of the winningest teams in the history of the sport. And pulls off one of THE most improbable and thrilling wins....yeah, I think it qualifies.

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* Also ic in college Football, 2006 Fiesta Bowl. Boise State-Oklahoma. Heck, when the broadcast team openly acknowledge the trope ("This is truly a David and Goliath situation" etc), and an undefeated team goes up against one of the winningest teams in the history of the sport. And pulls off one of THE most improbable and thrilling wins....yeah, I think it qualifies.


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* The NCAA Men's Tournament in general features several opportunities in the early rounds for David to fell Goliath before Goliath gets a chance to make a deep run. More often than not, [[RealityEnsues another Goliath restores order]] as early as the second round, though David occasionally runs as far as the Final Four.
** The 1985 Villanova Wildcats were a rare David to run the full March Madness gauntlet. The Big East emerged as a powerful conference in short time after their inception in 1981. The Georgetown Hoyas and St. John's Red Storm pressed forward as championship favorites while the Wildcats were an afterthought, entering the Big Dance with an 18-9 regular-season record (9-7 vs Big East opponents).
*** The Mideast 8-seed Wildcats first edged out 9-seed Dayton 51-49. Dayton played on their home court in the game.
*** Nova then knocked down 1-seed Michigan 59-55. Michigan featured eventual first-round selections Roy Tarpley and Gary Grant.
*** Nova then upset 5-seed Maryland 46-43 in a Mideast semifinal.
*** The Wildcats defeated 2-seed North Carolina, a perennial power, 56-44 in the Mideast final.
*** In the semifinals, they bested Midwest 2-seed Memphis State (since renamed the University of Memphis) 52-45.
*** In the national championship game, the Wildcats faced off against Georgetown, who featured Patrick Ewing, David Wingate, Jr. and Reggie Williams in their starting five. The Hoyas became heavy favorites after settling one final score with West 1-seed St. John's 77-59. Behind two late free throws and an intercepted pass in the closing seconds, Villanova upset Georgetown 66-64 and emerged with the program's first national title. They were the lowest seed ever to win an NCAA Tournament.
26th Mar '16 2:50:50 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The story has suffered somewhat from TechnologyMarchesOn; a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sling_%28weapon%29 sling]] is ''not'' a slingshot, it hits like a bullet. What David did was essentially the same thing as pulling out a pistol and shooting Goliath in the face.
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