History Main / DavidVersusGoliath

10th Mar '17 9:16:55 AM CosmicFerret
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** The 2004 EuropeanChampionship saw an extraordinary feat of serial giant killing. Greece arrived as rank outsiders, having only qualified once before when they were knocked out at the group stage. They were widely expected to repeat this feat. But they won their first group match against the hosts, Portugal. Still, they only just reached the quarter finals ahead of Spain and Russia, and only beat Spain on goals scored. Nobody expected them to win their quarter-final against France, the defending champions and one of the pre-tournament favourites. But they did, and found themselves up against the Czech Republic in the semi-final. The Czechs were considered the form team, having won all three of their group matches and having won their quarter-final 3-0. Surely Greece couldn't beat them? They could, and reached the final. Could they somehow possibly be able to beat Portugal on their own soil for a second time? Yup, somehow they did, and took the trophy home.

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** The 2004 EuropeanChampionship UsefulNotes/EuropeanChampionship saw an extraordinary feat of serial giant killing. Greece arrived as rank outsiders, having only qualified once before when they were knocked out at the group stage. They were widely expected to repeat this feat. But they won their first group match against the hosts, Portugal. Still, they only just reached the quarter finals ahead of Spain and Russia, and only beat Spain on goals scored. Nobody expected them to win their quarter-final against France, the defending champions and one of the pre-tournament favourites. But they did, and found themselves up against the Czech Republic in the semi-final. The Czechs were considered the form team, having won all three of their group matches and having won their quarter-final 3-0. Surely Greece couldn't beat them? They could, and reached the final. Could they somehow possibly be able to beat Portugal on their own soil for a second time? Yup, somehow they did, and took the trophy home.
9th Mar '17 7:46:46 PM H.TorranceGriffin
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* ZigZagged at one point in ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}'' when we see WarriorPrince Marek, a physically powerful man in full armor who has trained for battle most of his life, is on trained warhorse, and has minions behind him to pass or toss any weapons that he does not have on him; attacking Kasia, a teenaged peasant girl who hardly knows more than what end of the only sword she has to hold... [[CursedWithAwesome and whose strange woodlike flesh will turn any weapon Marek can hope to get his hands on atop granting her at least as much strength as his warhorse]].
9th Mar '17 8:51:10 AM JackG
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Lampshaded and averted when Littlefinger gives his back story, in which he fought a duel for the hand of the woman he loved. "I'd read all the stories. The little guy always defeats the big guy in the end." Unfortunately, Littlefinger lost out to the betrothed of the woman he loved, and he realises [[ManipulativeBastard he's got to play things his way]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Lampshaded and averted when Littlefinger gives his back story, in which he fought a duel for the hand of the woman he loved. "I'd read all the stories. The little guy always defeats the big guy in the end." Unfortunately, Littlefinger lost out to the betrothed of the woman he loved, and he realises [[ManipulativeBastard he's got to play things his way]].way]].
-->"So I challenged him to a duel. I mean why not -- I'd read all the stories. The little hero always beats the big villain in all the stories. In the end, she wouldn't even let him kill me. [snip] Do you know what I learnt, losing that duel? I learnt that I'll never win. Not that way. That's their game, their rules. I'm not going to fight them, I'm going to fuck them. That's what I know, that's what I am. And only by admitting what we are can we get what we want."
9th Mar '17 4:27:41 AM JackG
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Lampshaded and averted when Littlefinger gives his back story, in which he fought a duel for the hand of the woman he loved. "I'd read all the stories. The little guy always defeats the big guy in the end." Unfortunately, Littlefinger lost out to the betrothed of the woman he loved, and he realises [[ManipulativeBastard he's got to play things his way]].
26th Feb '17 12:12:21 PM nombretomado
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* IpMan versus the Twister in the second film is this very straight. TheHero may have got his badass cred down pat earlier, but the Twister is not only physically larger, he had destroyed the OldMaster who fought Ip to a draw [[spoiler: and killed him]], so there is a definite underdog vibe.

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* IpMan Film/{{Ip Man|2}} versus the Twister in the second film is this very straight. TheHero may have got his badass cred down pat earlier, but the Twister is not only physically larger, he had destroyed the OldMaster who fought Ip to a draw [[spoiler: and killed him]], so there is a definite underdog vibe.
21st Feb '17 8:30:07 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in the DaleBrown novel ''Flight of the Old Dog''. Near the end, the Old Dog is [[IncrediblyLamePun hounded]] by a [=MiG-29=] Fulcrum. Although the Old Dog is a massive bomber and the Fulcrum is a much smaller fighter, the Fulcrum is clearly the Goliath because the Old Dog is not only less manoeuvrable or speedy, but also [[YouCanBarelyStand Can Barely Stand]], with damaged/malfunctioning equipment and crew members far from their best.

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* Played with in the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Flight of the Old Dog''. Near the end, the Old Dog is [[IncrediblyLamePun hounded]] by a [=MiG-29=] Fulcrum. Although the Old Dog is a massive bomber and the Fulcrum is a much smaller fighter, the Fulcrum is clearly the Goliath because the Old Dog is not only less manoeuvrable or speedy, but also [[YouCanBarelyStand Can Barely Stand]], with damaged/malfunctioning equipment and crew members far from their best.
13th Feb '17 5:31:05 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' novel ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'', Hornblower's little sloop ends up fighting against a large French frigate, the ''Loire''. Despite being in a tricky area to navigate in weather that gives the ''Loire'' an additional advantage, Hornblower's maneuvering is so clever that he not only evades the bigger ship, he actually gets it into a position where he can fire a broadside unopposed. Although he doesn't destroy it, he confounds its attempt to chase him away from his station and forces it to run off home.
11th Feb '17 7:09:28 AM Iknewwhothekillerwas
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* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/09/09 features a strip]] where Calvin says to Moe, "You're so dumb you probably never thought about how a sparrow's smaller size and greater maneuverability is an advantage in fighting off big crows." Calvin is then punched by Moe.

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* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/09/09 features a strip]] where Calvin says to Moe, "You're so dumb you probably never thought about how a sparrow's smaller size and greater maneuverability is an advantage in fighting off big crows." Calvin is then punched by Moe.
7th Feb '17 8:26:31 PM erforce
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* Pretty much every ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movie.

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* %%* Pretty much every ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movie.
3rd Feb '17 10:58:07 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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** His successor Comicbook/{{X-23}} is in a similar situation, only she has less than two decades of experience and is vastly more delicate[[note]](while she does heal faster, limbs take time to grow back and severe head trauma leaves her helpless for several minutes)[[/note]].

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** His successor Comicbook/{{X-23}} Comicbook/{{X23}} is in a similar situation, only she has less than two decades of experience and is vastly more delicate[[note]](while she does heal faster, faster due to retaining most of her original skeleton, limbs take time to grow back and severe head trauma leaves her helpless for several minutes)[[/note]].
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