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5th Dec '16 1:43:59 PM Morgenthaler
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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 versus the Twister in the second film is this very straight. TheHero may have got his {{Badass}} 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.
22nd Nov '16 11:58:45 AM spiritsunami
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** Other notable Davids:
*** 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.)
*** The 2002 Missouri Tigers, the only team seeded 12 or lower to reach the Elite Eight. While this accomplishment is slightly dulled by the fact that unlike most 12-seeds who reach the Sweet 16, they were spared from playing a 1-seed, it should also be noted that the 8-seed that took care of said 1-seed the previous round was ''UCLA'', the most successful program in the sport's history.
*** 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.



* The 1960 World Series: The Pittsburgh Pirates were grossly outmatched by a New York Yankees team who outscored, outhit and outplayed them in almost every category except wins. The Yankees defeated them in three of the games with scores of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0 but the Pirates' victories were close. Game 7, which the Pirates won 10-9, was the first to have the series end on a game-winning home run.

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* The 1960 World Series: The Pittsburgh Pirates were grossly outmatched by a New York Yankees team who outscored, outhit and outplayed them in almost every category except wins. The Yankees defeated them in three of the games with scores of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0 but the Pirates' victories were close.close (and the Yankees still outhit the Pirates in 3 of those 4 wins). Game 7, which the Pirates won 10-9, was the first to have the series end on a game-winning home run.



** Somewhat of a staple for final bosses in later games which adopt the MonsterOfTheWeek formula, especially [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Dark Gaia]] who's roughly the size of a ''continent''. That Sonic usually handles such enemies in his SuperForm however removes any pretence of him being at a disadvantage.

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** Somewhat of a staple for final bosses in later games which adopt the MonsterOfTheWeek formula, especially [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Dark Gaia]] who's roughly the size of a ''continent''. That Sonic usually handles such enemies in his SuperForm however removes any pretence pretense of him being at a disadvantage.
22nd Nov '16 5:06:28 AM StarTropes
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* 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.
22nd Nov '16 3:31:52 AM Morgenthaler
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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 ''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.]]

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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}} badass by the standards of ''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.]]
1st Nov '16 7:40:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** In the Battle of Endor, Admiral Ackbar apparently didn't expect to ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW_hGOFukMQ destroy]]'' the Super Star Destroyer. As its bridge tower is on fire and it careens out of control into the Death Star, his bridge crew cheers and he just flops into his chair, jaw agape in disbelief as he watches it erupt into a fireball.

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** In the Battle of Endor, Admiral Ackbar apparently didn't expect to ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW_hGOFukMQ destroy]]'' the Super Star Destroyer. As its bridge tower is on fire and it careens out of control into the Death Star, [[AndMissionControlRejoiced his bridge crew cheers cheers]] and he just flops into his chair, jaw agape in disbelief as he watches it erupt into a fireball.
30th Oct '16 9:39:09 PM Mhazard
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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 [[SufferTheSling 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 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 Old Testament Book of 1 Samuel, where David kills the large and fearsome Goliath first by [[SufferTheSling [[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.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.
30th Oct '16 9:36:43 PM Mhazard
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* The trope namer is the aforementioned story in the Old Testament Book of 1 Samuel, where David kills the large and fearsome Goliath first by knocking him down with a rock launched from a sling and then cutting off the giant's head. 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 hits like a bullet. What David did was essentially the same thing as pulling out a pistol and 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 trope namer [[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 [[SufferTheSling knocking him down with a rock launched from a sling sling]] and then [[OffWithHisHead cutting off the giant's head.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 hits like a bullet. What David did was essentially the same thing as [[CombatPragmatist pulling out a pistol pistol]] and [[BoomHeadshot shooting Goliath in the face.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.
26th Oct '16 1:37:55 AM rafi
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* Thorfinn versus Thorkell in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', with no clear cut victor in either of their two fights, though Thorkell concedes the second fight after Thorfinn tears out his eye.
* The basic premise of ''Manga/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' revolves around Misaki coming to terms with being small and choosing a small Angel. Hikaru, naturally, ''never'' fights anyone smaller than she is; they're all bigger, heavier, and initially have a strong upper hand.

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* Thorfinn versus Thorkell Deconstructed to absolutely ''horrifying'' degrees in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Humanity are the underdogs in every way to the Titans, and this usually means a very gruesome death. On the other hand, the trope is played absolutely straight with no clear cut victor in either of their two fights, though Thorkell concedes the second fight after Thorfinn tears out his eye.
* The basic premise of ''Manga/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' revolves around Misaki coming to terms with being
Mikasa Ackermann and Colonel Levi, who are both fairly small but incredibly skilled. This allows them to devastate the ranks of normal Titans and choosing even present a small Angel. Hikaru, naturally, ''never'' fights anyone smaller credible threat to the more dangerous [[spoiler: Human-controlled]] ones.
** [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/14/146226/3046952-shingeki-no-kyoujin-ep-1-001-614x345.jpeg This image]] nicely sums up the entire concept.
* [[EvilDiva Diva's]] [[NighInvulnerable Chevaliers]] in ''Anime/BloodPlus'' are more powerful
than she is; they're all bigger, heavier, and initially have a strong upper hand.[[WeakButSkilled Saya's]] as the former receive much more [[BloodyMurder blood]].



* The titular ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' vs. just about anyone he goes head to head with, especially Shin and Agon.
** In reality, however, neither Agon or Shin are especially tall, Sena's just ''that'' short. A better example would be the lanky Mizumachi vs the stout Komosubi.

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* While most fights with the outclassed characters in ''Manga/DragonBall'' results in a straight up CurbStompBattle, the exception occurs at the end of the Saiyan Saga. [[KidHero Son Gohan]] and [[CantCatchUp Krillin]] end up having to stop Vegeta when [[TheHero Goku]] wasn't able to. Krillan and Gohan were no match for Vegeta's flunky Nappa (who Goku flattened), and even though Vegeta is [[WorfHadTheFlu injured out from his fight with Goku]], he still has enough fight the two of them can't even scratch him. However, despite the odds, they manage to narrowly win after hitting him with leftover energy from Goku's spirit bomb and Gohan using the artificial moon Vegeta created to [[OneWingedAngel turn into an Ozaru]] and injures him enough to force him to (barely) retreat
** In fact, ''Dragon Ball'' is one of the ultimate subverters of the trope. Vegeta, Freeza, Majin Buu and Beerus were either small characters or their final forms were not their largest. Not to mention Goku as a kid, who for most of his childhood looked like an eight year old, took down characters much bigger than him especially King Piccolo.
* The titular ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' vs. just about anyone he goes head to head with, especially Shin and Agon.
**
Agon. In reality, however, neither Agon or Shin are especially tall, Sena's just ''that'' short. short.
**
A better example would be the lanky Mizumachi vs the stout Komosubi.Komosubi. Their entire challenge is about who is more stronger between a tall end a short guy.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Kenshiro isn't exactly a small guy, but he usually takes on huge people, sometimes ''twice'' his size, and wins handily most of the time (keeping in mind that Raoh is also bigger than him).
* Soccer manga and anime ''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.



* [[EvilDiva Diva's]] [[NighInvulnerable Chevaliers]] in ''Anime/BloodPlus'' are more powerful than [[WeakButSkilled Saya's]] as the former receive much more [[BloodyMurder blood]].
* Soccer manga and anime ''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.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Kenshiro isn't exactly a small guy, but he usually takes on huge people, sometimes ''twice'' his size, and wins handily most of the time (keeping in mind that Raoh is also bigger than him).

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* [[EvilDiva Diva's]] [[NighInvulnerable Chevaliers]] in ''Anime/BloodPlus'' are more powerful than [[WeakButSkilled Saya's]] as the former receive much more [[BloodyMurder blood]].
* Soccer manga
The basic premise of ''Manga/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' revolves around Misaki coming to terms with being small and anime ''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.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Kenshiro isn't exactly
choosing a small guy, but he usually takes on huge people, sometimes ''twice'' his size, Angel. Hikaru, naturally, ''never'' fights anyone smaller than she is; they're all bigger, heavier, and initially have a strong upper hand.
* ''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 handily most their one-on-one by using their disproportionate strengths and his lack of the time (keeping in mind presence to make Murasakibara forget that Raoh is also bigger than him).he's being marked, and then ducks into the path of his movement to draw a foul as Murasakibara turns around carelessly]].



* ''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.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy do this constantly when he takes on foes [[TheDreaded who are renowned for their might]].
* 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.



* ''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]].
* Deconstructed to absolutely ''horrifying'' degrees in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Humanity are the underdogs in every way to the Titans, and this usually means a very gruesome death. On the other hand, the trope is played absolutely straight with Mikasa Ackermann and Colonel Levi, who are both fairly small but incredibly skilled. This allows them to devastate the ranks of normal Titans and even present a credible threat to the more dangerous [[spoiler: Human-controlled]] ones.
** [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/14/146226/3046952-shingeki-no-kyoujin-ep-1-001-614x345.jpeg This image]] nicely sums up the entire concept
* While most fights with the outclassed characters in ''Manga/DragonBall'' results in a straight up CurbStompBattle, the exception occurs at the end of the Saiyan Saga. [[KidHero Son Gohan]] and [[CantCatchUp Krillin]] end up having to stop Vegeta when [[TheHero Goku]] wasn't able to. Krillan and Gohan were no match for Vegeta's flunky Nappa (who Goku flattened), and even though Vegeta is [[WorfHadTheFlu injured out from his fight with Goku]], he still has enough fight the two of them can't even scratch him. However, despite the odds, they manage to narrowly win after hitting him with leftover energy from Goku's spirit bomb and Gohan using the artificial moon Vegeta created to [[OneWingedAngel turn into an Ozaru]] and injures him enough to force him to (barely) retreat
** In fact, ''Dragon Ball'' is one of the ultimate subverters of the trope. Vegeta, Freeza, Majin Buu and Beerus were either small characters or their final forms were not their largest. Not to mention Goku as a kid, who for most of his childhood looked like an eight year old, took down characters much bigger than him especially King Piccolo.

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* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'': Kuroko versus Murasakibara. Holy '''hell''', Kuroko versus Murasakibara.
** To put
In ''Anime/TurnAGundam,'' this into perspective, Kuroko is 168 cm (5'6") sums up the tense stand-off between Earth-bound humanity 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 Moonrace. Which 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 so bad except that he's being marked, the Moonrace is a technologically advanced society while the people on Earth have ''at best'' little more than UsefulNotes/WorldWarI technology. Even though biplanes, artillery and then ducks concentrated attacks do ''some'' damage, it's not until the Turn A steps into the path of his movement to draw a foul as Murasakibara turns around carelessly]].
* Deconstructed to absolutely ''horrifying'' degrees in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Humanity are
picture and the underdogs in discovery of mobile suit caches from the Dark History that they actually stand a chance. [[spoiler:We later find out that every way single fight in the series is a David to the Titans, and this usually means a very gruesome death. On Turn A's Goliath since it's essentially the other hand, the trope is played absolutely straight most powerful mobile suit ever built.]]
* Thorfinn versus Thorkell in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'',
with Mikasa Ackermann and Colonel Levi, who are both fairly small but incredibly skilled. This allows them to devastate the ranks no clear cut victor in either of normal Titans and even present a credible threat to the more dangerous [[spoiler: Human-controlled]] ones.
** [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/14/146226/3046952-shingeki-no-kyoujin-ep-1-001-614x345.jpeg This image]] nicely sums up the entire concept
* While most fights with the outclassed characters in ''Manga/DragonBall'' results in a straight up CurbStompBattle, the exception occurs at the end of the Saiyan Saga. [[KidHero Son Gohan]] and [[CantCatchUp Krillin]] end up having to stop Vegeta when [[TheHero Goku]] wasn't able to. Krillan and Gohan were no match for Vegeta's flunky Nappa (who Goku flattened), and even
their two fights, though Vegeta is [[WorfHadTheFlu injured out from his Thorkell concedes the second fight with Goku]], he still has enough fight the two of them can't even scratch him. However, despite the odds, they manage to narrowly win after hitting him with leftover energy from Goku's spirit bomb and Gohan using the artificial moon Vegeta created to [[OneWingedAngel turn into an Ozaru]] and injures him enough to force him to (barely) retreat
** In fact, ''Dragon Ball'' is one of the ultimate subverters of the trope. Vegeta, Freeza, Majin Buu and Beerus were either small characters or their final forms were not their largest. Not to mention Goku as a kid, who for most of
Thorfinn tears out his childhood looked like an eight year old, took down characters much bigger than him especially King Piccolo.eye.



* ''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.
* In ''Anime/TurnAGundam,'' this sums up the tense stand-off between Earth-bound humanity and the Moonrace. Which wouldn't be so bad except that the Moonrace is a technologically advanced society while the people on Earth have ''at best'' little more than UsefulNotes/WorldWarI technology. Even though biplanes, artillery and concentrated attacks do ''some'' damage, it's not until the Turn A steps into the picture and the discovery of mobile suit caches from the Dark History that they actually stand a chance. [[spoiler:We later find out that every single fight in the series is a David to the Turn A's Goliath since it's essentially the most powerful mobile suit ever built.]]
* [[Anime/{{Doraemon}} Nobita versus Gian]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy do this constantly when he takes on foes [[TheDreaded who are renowned for their might]], usually ending in DefeatingTheUndefeatable.
* 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.
24th Oct '16 4:57:35 PM Pysiewicz
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* While all smaller races from ''TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination'' can fit, halflings [[StealthPun take the cake]], since they are cute little gluttons able to [[BewareTheNiceOnes smash you into pulp with sneak attacks and slings]] if pushed too hard.
23rd Oct '16 1:42:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* The 2010 Seattle Seahawks were the first NFL team in a non strike shortened year to win a division with a losing record. Their playoff game was against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. How much of an underdog were they? Before the game TheOnion posted a picture of the Seahawks with the caption, "Saints get first round bye." Despite being double digit underdogs, Seattle pulled out the victory propelled by an amazing touchdown run, leading to the infamous headline, [[http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/new-orleans-saints-lose-firstround-bye,18755/ "New Orleans Saints Lose First Round Bye."]]

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* The 2010 Seattle Seahawks were the first NFL team in a non strike shortened year to win a division with a losing record. Their playoff game was against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. How much of an underdog were they? Before the game TheOnion Website/TheOnion posted a picture of the Seahawks with the caption, "Saints get first round bye." Despite being double digit underdogs, Seattle pulled out the victory propelled by an amazing touchdown run, leading to the infamous headline, [[http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/new-orleans-saints-lose-firstround-bye,18755/ "New Orleans Saints Lose First Round Bye."]]
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