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7th Sep '17 12:07:13 AM KYCubbie
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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]].[[note]]This would be the first of [=UConn's=] current streak of four national titles.[[/note]]

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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]].[[note]]This would be the first of [=UConn's=] current streak of four straight national titles.titles for [=UConn=].[[/note]]



** 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).

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** 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 order after their inception in 1981.the 1979–80 season. 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).



*** Nova then knocked down 1-seed Michigan 59-55. Michigan featured eventual first-round selections Roy Tarpley and Gary Grant.

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*** Nova then knocked took down 1-seed Michigan 59-55. Michigan featured eventual first-round selections Roy Tarpley and Gary Grant.



*** 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.

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*** In the national championship game, the Wildcats faced off against Georgetown, who featured Patrick Ewing, David Wingate, 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.



*** The 1986 LSU Tigers, the first 11-seed to reach the Final Four, still tied for the lowest seed to do so. It took them two overtime periods just to get past their first opponent, 6-seed Purdue, but they kept rolling after that, and unlike future 11-seeds, they went through the toughest possible path, facing the 3-seed, 2-seed, and 1-seed in the following three rounds (the two later ones would face a 7 and a 10, in chronological order, in the Sweet 16 rather than a 2.)

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*** The 1986 LSU Tigers, the first 11-seed to reach the Final Four, still tied for the lowest seed to do so. It took them two overtime periods just to get past their first opponent, 6-seed Purdue, but they kept rolling after that, and unlike future 11-seeds, they went through the toughest possible path, facing the 3-seed, 2-seed, and 1-seed in the following three rounds (the two later ones would face a 7 and a 10, in chronological order, in the Sweet 16 rather than a 2.)2).



*** The 2011 Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Five years after George Mason's run (see above), the Rams, coming from the same conference, are considered a controversial at-large pick, but due to the newly expanded field, they have to play in the "First Four", forcing them to win just to reach the Round of 64. They easily handle their fellow borderline at-large selection, then crush their next two opponents, 6-seed Georgetown and 3-seed Purdue. They struggle with fellow low seed Florida State, a 10-seed, in the Sweet 16, but rebound to beat top seed Kansas, 71-61, to reach the Final Four, where upon they ran into...
*** The Butler Bulldogs. Already notable after losing in the Championship Game the previous year as a 5-seed, the Bulldogs, like the Rams a "mid-major" team, were an 8-seed in 2011. The 8-vs.-11 was by far the lowest seeding matchup ever in a Final Four game. The Bulldogs lost the Championship Game to Connecticut, who was a "mighty" 3-seed from a power conference...in which they'd been the ''9-seed'' in the conference tournament, forcing them to play the maximum five games to take the conference title, which they did.
*** The 2013 Wichita State Shockers, another lower-half-of-the-bracket, mid-major team that made the Final Four. They aren't ''as'' strong an example since their path through the region featured a pure David (13-seed La Salle, which managed to pull a pair of upsets of their own to reach the Sweet 16, also having to get through the First Four to even make the Round of 64) and a David-turned-Goliath (Gonzaga, a mid-major darling in the late 1990s, had seen their rise to basketball powerhouse culminate with a ''1-seed'' in 2013, which ended with the 9th-seeded Shockers sending them packing in the Round of 32.
*** The 2013 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. They became just the seventh 15-seed in tournament history to upset a 2-seed in the Round of 64, then took it a step further than the previous six by upsetting 7-seed San Diego State to reach the Sweet 16.
*** The 2016 Syracuse Orange. Unlike the other members of this list save for the two sets of Tigers, the 10th-seeded Orange came from a major conference, and their run was at first seemingly a fluke of getting upsets to happen in front of them: 2-seed Michigan State, which was actually considered the favorite to win the region, was bounced in the first round by Middle Tennessee State (the first 15-2 upset since FGCU's run), and Gonzaga, back in their old stomping grounds as a dark horse, reached the Sweet 16 as an 11-seed. Even their first opponent, 7-seed Dayton, wasn't from a major conference. Then they ran into the champion of '''their ''own''''' conference, top seed Virginia, in the Elite Eight, and won, becoming the first 10-seed to reach the Final Four.
* Marion Bartoli does this with some regularity. Her [[DarkHorseVictory 2013 Wimbledon win]], however, is ''not''a good example; Bartoli won the title over lower-seeded Sabine Lisicky, who arguably did most of the giant-killing by beating Serena Williams and 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwańska.

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*** The 2011 Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Five years after George Mason's run (see above), the Rams, coming from the same conference, are conference,[[note]]At the time, Mason and VCU were members of the Colonial Athletic Association. VCU left for the Atlantic 10 Conference, considered by some to be a major basketball league, in 2012; Mason rejoined them a year later.[[/note]] were considered a controversial at-large pick, but due to the newly expanded field, they have had to play in the "First Four", forcing them to win just to reach the Round of 64. They easily handle handled their fellow borderline at-large selection, then crush crushed their next two opponents, 6-seed Georgetown and 3-seed Purdue. They struggle struggled with fellow low seed Florida State, a 10-seed, in the Sweet 16, but rebound rebounded to beat top seed Kansas, 71-61, to reach the Final Four, where upon whereupon they ran into...
*** The Butler Bulldogs. Already notable after losing in the Championship Game the previous year as a 5-seed, the Bulldogs, like the Rams a "mid-major" team, were an 8-seed in 2011. The 8-vs.-11 was by far the lowest seeding matchup ever in a Final Four game. The Bulldogs lost the Championship Game to Connecticut, who was a "mighty" 3-seed from a power conference... in which they'd been the ''9-seed'' in the conference tournament, forcing them to play the maximum five games to take the conference title, which they did.
did.[[labelnote:Postscript]]The Bulldogs are no longer a basketball mid-major; they became part of the reconfigured non-football Big East when it launched in 2013.[[/labelnote]]
*** The 2013 Wichita State Shockers, another lower-half-of-the-bracket, mid-major team that made the Final Four. They aren't ''as'' strong an example since their path through the region featured a pure David (13-seed La Salle, which managed to pull a pair of upsets of their own to reach the Sweet 16, also having to get through the First Four to even make the Round of 64) and a David-turned-Goliath (Gonzaga, a mid-major darling in the late 1990s, had seen their rise to basketball powerhouse culminate with a ''1-seed'' in 2013, which ended with the 9th-seeded Shockers sending them packing in the Round of 32.
32).[[labelnote:Postscript]]The Shockers followed that up the next season by entering the NCAA tournament unbeaten—the first D-I men's team to do so in over 20 years—but lost narrowly in the second round to Kentucky. After three more NCAA tournament appearances, they definitively left the ranks of basketball mid-majors by joining the American Athletic Conference, the other half of the split of the former Big East.[[/labelnote]]
*** The 2013 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. They became just the seventh 15-seed in tournament history to upset a 2-seed (Georgetown) in the Round of 64, then took it a step further than the previous six by upsetting 7-seed San Diego State to reach the Sweet 16.
*** The 2016 Syracuse Orange. Unlike the other members of this list save for the two sets of Tigers, the 10th-seeded Orange came from a major conference, and their run was at first seemingly a fluke of getting upsets to happen in front of them: 2-seed Michigan State, which was actually considered the favorite to win the region, was bounced in the first round by Middle Tennessee State (the first 15-2 upset since FGCU's run), and Gonzaga, back in their old stomping grounds as a dark horse, reached the Sweet 16 as an 11-seed. Even their first opponent, 7-seed Dayton, wasn't from a major conference. Then they ran into the champion of '''their ''own''''' conference, top seed Virginia, in the Elite Eight, and won, becoming the first 10-seed to reach the Final Four.
* Marion Bartoli does this with some regularity. Her [[DarkHorseVictory 2013 Wimbledon win]], however, is ''not''a ''not'' a good example; Bartoli won the title over lower-seeded Sabine Lisicky, who arguably did most of the giant-killing by beating Serena Williams and 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwańska.
25th Aug '17 3:09:20 PM Ninja857142
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* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is the aforementioned story in the [[Literature/TheBible Old Testament]] [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel Book of 1 Samuel]], where David kills the large and fearsome Goliath first by [[SufferTheSlings knocking him down with a rock launched from a sling]] and then [[OffWithHisHead cutting off the giant's head]] with [[{{BFS}} his own sword]]. Goliath, depending on translation, was either just under seven feet tall or just under ''nine feet tall'' and clad in nearly 150 pounds of bronze armor; David was in his late teens and completely unarmored. [[note]] From the biblical account, it has been argued that Goliath was suffering from complications of giantism that affected his mobility and vision, making him slow to react and blind from some angles. The Bible account stresses that Goliath needed an attendant to place his shield and guide his steps. While this was not unknown in armies of the day - the shield referred to was a large slab of wood and hide that could not be carried and needed to be emplaced - circumstantial evidence strongly suggests Goliath suffered from aggravated giantism, which would allow a smaller, nimbler, foe to attack from his blind sides.[[/note]][[note]]Claims about Goliath being disabled by giantism, however, does require one to disregard the fact that Goliath was the ''champion'' and greatest fighter among the Philistine army, which would certainly imply great prowess and an ability to handle major combat; this was not a cripple with a glaring weakness, it was a hardened veteran who knew what he was doing.[[/note]]
** The story has suffered somewhat from TechnologyMarchesOn; a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sling_%28weapon%29 sling]] is ''not'' a slingshot, it [[LethalJokeItem hits like a bullet]]. What David did was essentially the same thing as [[CombatPragmatist pulling out a pistol]] and [[BoomHeadshot shooting Goliath in the face]]. It was also something of a cultural in-joke; Hebrew militia units frequently deployed slings in large numbers thanks to shepherds using them against predators.

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* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is the aforementioned story in the [[Literature/TheBible Old Testament]] [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel Book of 1 Samuel]], where David kills the large and fearsome Goliath first by [[SufferTheSlings knocking him down with a rock launched from a sling]] and then [[OffWithHisHead cutting off the giant's head]] with [[{{BFS}} his own sword]]. Goliath, depending on translation, was either just under seven feet tall or just under ''nine feet tall'' and clad in nearly 150 pounds of bronze armor; David was in his late teens and completely unarmored. [[note]] From the biblical account, it has been argued that Goliath was suffering from complications of giantism that affected his mobility and vision, making him slow to react and blind from some angles. The Bible account stresses that Goliath needed an attendant to place his shield and guide his steps. While this was not unknown in armies of the day - the shield referred to was a large slab of wood and hide that could not be carried and needed to be emplaced - circumstantial evidence strongly suggests Goliath suffered from aggravated giantism, which would allow a smaller, nimbler, foe to attack from his blind sides.[[/note]][[note]]Claims about Goliath being disabled by giantism, however, does require one to disregard the fact that Goliath was the ''champion'' and greatest fighter among the Philistine army, which would certainly imply great prowess and an ability to handle major combat; this was not a cripple with a glaring weakness, it was a hardened veteran who knew what he was doing.[[/note]]
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[[/note]] The application of this trope in the story has suffered somewhat from TechnologyMarchesOn; a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sling_%28weapon%29 sling]] is ''not'' a slingshot, it [[LethalJokeItem hits like a bullet]]. What David did was essentially the same thing as [[CombatPragmatist pulling out a pistol]] and [[BoomHeadshot shooting Goliath in the face]]. It was also something of a cultural in-joke; Hebrew militia units frequently deployed slings in large numbers thanks to shepherds using them against predators.
19th Aug '17 6:56:21 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Touma in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Seriously, complete invulnerability to all supernatural powers ''sounds'' awesome, but let's think about this. A. It's his only power. B. Against non powered opponents, if anything it works again him by influencing his luck. C. It doesn't protect him from the effects of said powers such as shrapnel. D. Using this ability means he can't use any sort of weaponry and therefore has to get into punching range of his opponent. E. It's only a single limb, not his entire body. Opponents so far: An esper with extremely potent electric abilities. An essentially all powered magician able to draw on what is apparently the entirety of magical knowledge. A reality warper who can literally kill with a thought or do anything he thinks of. [[SuperPowerLottery Accelerator, who can not only take a nuke head on but hit you back with it even harder.]] [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right, a magician who has an undodgeable and always lethal attack and can level cities without effort. ''The ArchangelGabriel, second most powerful angel in existence who can end all life on Earth in minutes.'']] Basically, a partial immunity to their abilities on his side and ''street fighting skills.'' David Versus Goliath much? [[spoiler:And naturally, any opponents who don't rely entirely on these abilities tend to crush him. Kanzaki and Tsuchimikado, basically, who go for a wide range of abilities instead of relying on the raw power of whatever their ability is.]]

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* Touma in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Seriously, [[AntiMagic complete invulnerability to all supernatural powers powers]] ''sounds'' awesome, but let's think about this. A. [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer It's his only power.power]]. B. Against non powered opponents, [[BadassNormal non-powered opponents]], if anything it works again him by influencing his luck.[[BornUnlucky luck]]. C. It doesn't protect him from the effects of said powers such as shrapnel. D. Using this ability means he can't use any sort of weaponry and therefore has to get into punching range of his opponent. E. It's only a single limb, not his entire body. Opponents so far: An esper with extremely potent electric abilities. An essentially all powered all-powered magician able to draw on what is apparently the entirety of magical knowledge. A reality warper RealityWarper who can literally kill with a thought or do anything he thinks of. [[SuperPowerLottery Accelerator, who can not only take a nuke head on but hit you back with it even harder.]] [[spoiler:Fiamma of the Right, a magician who has an undodgeable and always lethal attack and can level cities without effort. ''The ArchangelGabriel, second most powerful angel in existence who can end all life on Earth in minutes.'']] Basically, a partial immunity to their abilities on his side and ''street fighting skills.'' David Versus Goliath much? [[spoiler:And naturally, any opponents who don't rely entirely on these abilities tend to crush him. Kanzaki and Tsuchimikado, basically, who go for a wide range of abilities instead of relying on the raw power of whatever their ability is.]]



* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'': Kuroko versus Murasakibara. Holy '''hell''', Kuroko versus Murasakibara. 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, 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]].
* Repeatedly for the eponymous character of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Fate: More experienced. Reinforce: More powerful. Vivio: More powerful. Thoma: ...Yeah. Bonus points that all of them are taller than her (in Fate's case, a little bit).
** 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.

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* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'': Kuroko versus Murasakibara. Holy '''hell''', Kuroko versus Murasakibara. 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, 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]].
* Repeatedly for the eponymous character of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Fate: [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate]]: More experienced. Reinforce: [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs Reinforce]]: More powerful. Vivio: [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Vivio]]: More powerful. Thoma: ...[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Thoma]]: ...Yeah. Bonus points that for all of them are being taller than her (in Fate's case, a little bit).
** Nanoha's {{Expy}} Miura [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid 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.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi's fight with Jack Rakan. Negi 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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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi's fight with Jack Rakan. Negi was training most of the series to defeat a KnightOfCerebus named Fate Averenecus, Averruncus, 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.



* In many Anime/{{Pokemon}} battles, Ash's Pikachu is the David to Goliaths that include Dragonite, Tyranitar, Metagross, Regice, etc. Either Pikachu will pull off an underdog victory, or he'll go down after a grueling fight.



* ''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.

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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 [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Kaiser]], [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Jack]], [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL Kaito]] and Reiji [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV 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.



* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' gives the straightest example the franchise can give with [[spoiler:the BigBad Zarc not only being the World Duel Champion but also has the power of a god due to fusing with his dragons vs Rei, a pro duelist armed with four cards meant to counter Zarc's power. Despite all odds, she was able to defeat Zarc, kick starting the series.]]
* In many Anime/{{Pokemon}} battles, Ash's Pikachu is the David to Goliaths that include Dragonite, Tyranitar, Metagross, Regice, etc. Either Pikachu will pull off an underdog victory, or he'll go down after a grueling fight.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' gives the straightest example the franchise can give with [[spoiler:the BigBad Zarc not only being the World Duel Champion but also has the power of a god due to fusing with his dragons vs Rei, a pro duelist armed with four cards meant to counter Zarc's power. Despite all odds, she was able to defeat Zarc, kick starting the series.]]
* In many Anime/{{Pokemon}} battles, Ash's Pikachu is the David to Goliaths that include Dragonite, Tyranitar, Metagross, Regice, etc. Either Pikachu will pull off an underdog victory, or he'll go down after a grueling fight.
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* SpiderMan versus his RoguesGallery member [[MeaningfulName The Rhino]].

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* SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan versus his RoguesGallery member [[MeaningfulName The Rhino]].



** ''Film/GameOfDeath'', pitting Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This was a bit of a subversion as not only did KAJ's character possess a significant height, strength, and reach advantage, but was also [[LightningBruiser remarkably fast and agile for his size]] while being a match of Lee's character in terms of fighting ability.
** Nearly every Jackie Chan movie.

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** ''Film/GameOfDeath'', pitting Bruce Lee Creator/BruceLee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This was a bit of a subversion as not only did KAJ's character possess a significant height, strength, and reach advantage, but was also [[LightningBruiser remarkably fast and agile for his size]] while being a match of Lee's character in terms of fighting ability.
** Nearly every Jackie Chan Creator/JackieChan movie.
11th Aug '17 11:57:54 AM LtFedora
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has an invincible fleet of alien spaceships proceeding to wipe out human cities, and after the world's militaries fail to stop them, the person who figures out a clever way to defeat the aliens is a nerdy Jewish cable repairman named [[MeaningfulName David]].
10th Aug '17 4:57:05 PM Jeduthun
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* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is the aforementioned story in the Old Testament Book of 1 Samuel, where David kills the large and fearsome Goliath first by [[SufferTheSlings knocking him down with a rock launched from a sling]] and then [[OffWithHisHead cutting off the giant's head]] with [[{{BFS}} his own sword]]. Goliath, depending on translation, was either just under seven feet tall or just under ''nine feet tall'' and clad in nearly 150 pounds of bronze armor; David was in his late teens and completely unarmored. [[note]] From the biblical account, it has been argued that Goliath was suffering from complications of giantism that affected his mobility and vision, making him slow to react and blind from some angles. The Bible account stresses that Goliath needed an attendant to place his shield and guide his steps. While this was not unknown in armies of the day - the shield referred to was a large slab of wood and hide that could not be carried and needed to be emplaced - circumstantial evidence strongly suggests Goliath suffered from aggravated giantism, which would allow a smaller, nimbler, foe to attack from his blind sides.[[/note]][[note]]Claims about Goliath being disabled by giantism, however, does require one to disregard the fact that Goliath was the ''champion'' and greatest fighter among the Philistine army, which would certainly imply great prowess and an ability to handle major combat; this was not a cripple with a glaring weakness, it was a hardened veteran who knew what he was doing[[/note]]

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* The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is the aforementioned story in the [[Literature/TheBible Old Testament Testament]] [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel Book of 1 Samuel, Samuel]], where David kills the large and fearsome Goliath first by [[SufferTheSlings knocking him down with a rock launched from a sling]] and then [[OffWithHisHead cutting off the giant's head]] with [[{{BFS}} his own sword]]. Goliath, depending on translation, was either just under seven feet tall or just under ''nine feet tall'' and clad in nearly 150 pounds of bronze armor; David was in his late teens and completely unarmored. [[note]] From the biblical account, it has been argued that Goliath was suffering from complications of giantism that affected his mobility and vision, making him slow to react and blind from some angles. The Bible account stresses that Goliath needed an attendant to place his shield and guide his steps. While this was not unknown in armies of the day - the shield referred to was a large slab of wood and hide that could not be carried and needed to be emplaced - circumstantial evidence strongly suggests Goliath suffered from aggravated giantism, which would allow a smaller, nimbler, foe to attack from his blind sides.[[/note]][[note]]Claims about Goliath being disabled by giantism, however, does require one to disregard the fact that Goliath was the ''champion'' and greatest fighter among the Philistine army, which would certainly imply great prowess and an ability to handle major combat; this was not a cripple with a glaring weakness, it was a hardened veteran who knew what he was doing[[/note]] doing.[[/note]]
6th Jul '17 11:28:50 PM SavageSamurai
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** In [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Metal Sonic]] vs [[Franchise/MegaManX Zero]], this trope is taken UpToEleven when Metal Sonic transforms into the battleship-sized [[SuperForm Metal Overlord]] against the 5'6" Zero. [[spoiler: Zero easily slices through Metal Overlord]].
28th Jun '17 11:31:12 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Jerry versus Tom.
* WesternAnimation/TweetyAndSylvester: Sylvester versus Tweety.
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}: Popeye versus Bluto/Brutus.
* WesternAnimation/TheRoadRunner versus Wile E. Coyote.
* WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} versus his opponents.

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* %%* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Jerry versus Tom.
* %%* WesternAnimation/TweetyAndSylvester: Sylvester versus Tweety.
* %%* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}: Popeye versus Bluto/Brutus.
* %%* WesternAnimation/TheRoadRunner versus Wile E. Coyote.
* %%* WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} versus his opponents.



** 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

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** Any fight against [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Predaking]] turns into this ([[spoiler: except for [[EldtrichAbomination [[EldrtichAbomination 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
28th Jun '17 11:28:54 AM LadyJaneGrey
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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

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', any ''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 dyingdying
** Megatron is, of course, one of the biggest, toughest, and nastiest bad guys in the Franchise. [[spoiler:Who finally does him in? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Bumblebee, the smallest of them all]].]]
24th Jun '17 12:39:21 AM DustSnitch
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* Uniquely for a depiction of the famously disadvantaged David, this is an AvertedTrope in Michelangelo's ''Art/{{David}}''. we get no sculpture of Goliath for reference, but David is certainly larger here than any man could expect to be. There is no attempt here to portray David as an underdog or less physically endowed.
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11th Jun '17 1:43:09 PM nombretomado
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** Great example was the 2011 Women's FifaWorldCup. Two times champion United States, home of great players such as Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe, pulled many victories such as defeating the strong Brazilian team ''in a 122 minute plus penalties match'', was in the finals against Japan, which reached there mostly through upsets (including defeating home team and defending champions Germany). Amazingly, the American AmazonBrigade that towered over the Japanese (literally. Some of the above listed names are almost 6 ft, while the average height of the Japanese players was under 5'5'') failed to score only on seemingly endless opportunities and the [[PluckyGirl Nadeshiko Japan]] resisted until the penalty shootouts, [[DarkHorseVictory which they won]].

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** Great example was the 2011 Women's FifaWorldCup.UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup. Two times champion United States, home of great players such as Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe, pulled many victories such as defeating the strong Brazilian team ''in a 122 minute plus penalties match'', was in the finals against Japan, which reached there mostly through upsets (including defeating home team and defending champions Germany). Amazingly, the American AmazonBrigade that towered over the Japanese (literally. Some of the above listed names are almost 6 ft, while the average height of the Japanese players was under 5'5'') failed to score only on seemingly endless opportunities and the [[PluckyGirl Nadeshiko Japan]] resisted until the penalty shootouts, [[DarkHorseVictory which they won]].
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