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15th Jan '17 7:11:14 PM Peridonyx
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/user/ElementGames/videos ElementGames]]'s custom ''WWE 2K17'' story, "Corporate John Cena," has The New Ministry. Despite being led by The Undertaker -- who, as an individual, actually averts this just as much as his RealLife self -- they lose every Tag bout they're in (including their debut), one member [[spoiler:(Finn Balor)]]'s soon humiliated and destroyed right before [=WrestleMania=], and then the other [[spoiler:suddenly betrays The Deadman right after his victory there]]. What's especially sad is that their MalevolentMaskedMen buildup beforehand was actually quite impressive.
1st Jan '17 6:49:57 PM Doug86
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%%* ''JusticeLeagueInternational'' would play this for laughs, usually with BlueBeetle (Ted Kord) and BoosterGold.

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%%* ''JusticeLeagueInternational'' would play this for laughs, usually with BlueBeetle ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted Kord) and BoosterGold.ComicBook/BoosterGold.
26th Dec '16 3:34:41 AM EricW
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** {{Daredevil}} doesn't have it much easier. Because of his gritty setting, it's easy to have his life picked apart, and even his power plays for more permanent victories end in failure and despair.
19th Dec '16 3:33:38 PM Valiona
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*** Made funnier when you stop to notice that it really didn't; in fact it held him back. After the three-year time skip, Sasuke developed even more speed and skill, new versions of Chidori, had practice with his cursed seal form, and had much of Orochimaru's resources at his disposal. Naruto on the other hand seemed to have only learned how to make a bigger Rasengan (which is functionally more or less the same as a regular one) and how to dispel weak genjutsu (which is useless against anyone specializing in it). Naruto learns all of his new and useful abilities AFTER the three-year time skip which makes those three years of training look like a huge waste. Not helping things is that it's implied that the training focused mostly on pulling more and more of the Nine Tailed Fox's chakra, under the auspice of it being needed to protect himself from the Akatsuki. [[DidntThinkThisThrough You know, the group of S-Class rogue ninja that were all put together in order to capture and take down Tailed Beast Hosts like Naruto and had tricks and techniques that could render their advantages of being powered by monsters useless]], [[HypnoticEyes one of whom even had a bloodline power that could control the Tailed Beasts outright in its base form]], and using the fox's chakra was more of a liability than an advantage to Naruto due to his sanity eroding the more power he brought out under the faulty methods used to control the chakra and [[CastFromHitPoints it was outright unhealthy if he ever tried to go past three tails.]]


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* Maria Nitzschmann, (aka [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho Nishizumi]] from ''Fanfic/{{Heimatfront}}''. She's a BDM conscript who's tasked with delivering several tanks to the front, but things quickly get out of hand, and she's in charge of a mostly female group of combatants who do what they can to ensure that Germany gets more favorable terms in the post-war peace talks. Unfortunately, even apart from the ForegoneConclusion involved, Maria faces much steeper odds than Miho with all of Miho's weaknesses and none of her strengths. Since Maria's only qualification for commander is knowing more about tanks than is socially acceptable for a woman in Nazi Germany, she's lucky to even survive.
5th Dec '16 2:14:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* Cited as one of the main reasons why Wrestling/{{WCW}} went under in its later years; every single {{Face}} that tried to go up against the {{Heel}} stable [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] invariably got ruthlessly squashed, including Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/RicFlair, and even in one of its most infamous moments in history Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, who was a ShowyInvincibleHero before. It was almost a ridiculous cycle of [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] and then [[YankTheDogsChain yanking its chain]] just to get it back into kicking range. Sting seemed to have the [=nWo=] beat... and then it resurged. Flair returned and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen were reformed... and they did nothing. Bill Goldberg was, well, [[{{Badass}} Bill Goldberg]]... and Nash beat him with outside interference. Nash was all right though, because his nWo was opposed to Hogan's... and then the FingerPokeOfDoom happened.

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* Cited as one of the main reasons why Wrestling/{{WCW}} went under in its later years; every single {{Face}} that tried to go up against the {{Heel}} stable [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] invariably got ruthlessly squashed, including Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/RicFlair, and even in one of its most infamous moments in history Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, who was a ShowyInvincibleHero before. It was almost a ridiculous cycle of [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] and then [[YankTheDogsChain yanking its chain]] just to get it back into kicking range. Sting seemed to have the [=nWo=] beat... and then it resurged. Flair returned and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen were reformed... and they did nothing. Bill Goldberg was, well, [[{{Badass}} Bill Goldberg]]...Goldberg... and Nash beat him with outside interference. Nash was all right though, because his nWo was opposed to Hogan's... and then the FingerPokeOfDoom happened.
22nd Nov '16 9:50:17 PM Ramona122003
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* Yamcha from ''Manga/DragonBall'' suffers this way due to TheWorfEffect. Early on, he was used in each Tenkaichi Budoukai to show off how amazing some new character was. This continued with successive new enemies killing or almost killing him first to prove their threat level. After Android #20 impaled him through the chest, Yamcha decided just to call it quits for the day and start rocking a yellow ''Miami Vice'' suit. He still ended up being murdered (again) by the BigBad an arc later, though.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', every non-Saiyan fighter (or more specifically, every fighter not named Goku or Gohan) suffers this by the start of the Frieza saga. Even Piccolo who gets two hefty powerups, is still only good for holding off a major foe for an episode or two before being disposed of. Vegeta suffers a similar fate, despite being a Saiyan and second in strength to Goku. Vegeta practically exists to show that being a Saiyan with cosmic levels of power still isn't enough to make a dent in the enemy for long, you have to have {{heart|IsAnAwesomePower}} like Goku has.
*** While neither got to beat the main villain, Vegeta and Piccolo both did get to off minor villains in the android arc (androids 19 and 20) and the movies, and win against Cell's weaker forms, until he transformed and trounced them.

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Yamcha from ''Manga/DragonBall'' suffers this way due to TheWorfEffect. Early on, he was used in each Tenkaichi Budoukai to show off how amazing some new character was. This continued with successive new enemies killing or almost killing him first to prove their threat level. After Android #20 impaled him through the chest, Yamcha decided just to call it quits for the day and start rocking a yellow ''Miami Vice'' suit. He still ended up being murdered (again) by the BigBad an arc later, though.
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** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', every non-Saiyan fighter (or more specifically, every fighter not named Goku or Gohan) suffers this by the start of the Frieza saga.Saga. Even Piccolo who gets two hefty powerups, is still only good for holding off a major foe for an episode or two before being disposed of. Vegeta suffers a similar fate, despite being a Saiyan and second in strength to Goku. Vegeta practically exists to show that being a Saiyan with cosmic levels of power still isn't enough to make a dent in the enemy for long, you have to have {{heart|IsAnAwesomePower}} like Goku has.
*** While neither got ** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Future Trunks gets this hard. For over a year, he fights [[spoiler: Goku Black]] and loses every time despite his best efforts. Black also gets stronger every time they battle, making victory for him more impossible. After going to the past to get help, Goku, Vegeta, and he still can't beat Black and Black has a powerful ally, [[spoiler: Future Zamasu, who is an immortal]]. During their second battle, he learns that Black specifically [[spoiler: chose his timeline to punished him for breaking the main villain, Vegeta time taboo and Piccolo both did get to off minor villains in creating a new Time Ring when he saved Goku from the android arc (androids 19 heart virus]]. All this frustration and 20) anger causes him to transform into a new form of Super Saiyan…which only puts him on par with Black and the movies, [[spoiler: Future Zamasu]], and win he's quickly overwhelmed. Then, just when it seems he finally won against Cell's weaker forms, until he transformed all the odds thanks to [[spoiler: unconsciously creating a Spirit Bomb from all the survivors on Earth, merging it into his sword, and trounced them.slicing Merged Zamasu in half]], it all comes crashing down when [[spoiler: Merged Zamasu's soul fuses with the multiverse and kills everyone in it except for a named few. What's left is erased by Future Zen'o, leaving Trunks' timeline nothing but an empty void. Except for Future Mai, Trunks [[AllForNothing literally lost everything]]]].
19th Nov '16 9:41:02 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Poor Gon from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' can't catch a break sometimes. In his last Hunter exams he only passes because his rivals have pity on him. As a result, he spends a lot of the next volumes training to overcome his weakness. He decides to help his friend Kurapica in his fight against the Genei Ryodan but he is kidnapped. After Gon is released and Kurapica stops his plans, Gon keeps training and becomes the first person to beat the Greed Island game. Things were looking better for him as he met his first teacher, Kite, and started exploring with him. In a short time later, his teacher is killed by the enemies known as Chimera Ants and Gon goes on a quest to defeat the Chimera Ants under the belief that Kite managed to survive. When learning Kite's situation is hopeless, Gon goes through so much angst that he sacrifices his life to get revenge on Kite's killer. He succeeds but his condition is left so bad that Killua spends an entire arc searching for a method to save his life.
** Oh, and it turns out Kite is alive, albeit reincarnated as a friendly Chimera Ant.
24th Oct '16 2:56:53 AM SneaselSawashiro
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*** Made funnier when you stop to notice that it really didn't; infact it held him back. After the three-year time skip, Sasuke developed even more speed and skill, new versions of Chidori, had practice with his cursed seal form, and had much of Orochimaru's resources at his disposal. Naruto on the other hand seemed to have only learned how to make a bigger Rasengan (which is functionally more or less the same as a regular one) and how to dispel weak genjutsu (which is useless against anyone specializing in it). Naruto learns all of his new and useful abilities AFTER the three-year time skip which makes those three years of training look like a huge waste. Not helping things is that it's implied that the training focused mostly on pulling more and more of the Nine Tailed Fox's chakra, under the auspice of it being needed to protect himself from the Akatsuki. [[DidntThinkThisThrough You know, the group of S-Class rogue ninja that were all put together in order to capture and take down Tailed Beast Hosts like Naruto and had tricks and techniques that could render their advantages of being powered by monsters useless]], [[HypnoticEyes one of whom even had a bloodline power that could control the Tailed Beasts outright in its base form]], and using the fox's chakra was more of a liability than an advantage to Naruto due to his sanity eroding the more power he brought out under the faulty methods used to control the chakra and [[CastFromHitPoints it was outright unhealthy if he ever tried to go past three tails.]]

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*** Made funnier when you stop to notice that it really didn't; infact in fact it held him back. After the three-year time skip, Sasuke developed even more speed and skill, new versions of Chidori, had practice with his cursed seal form, and had much of Orochimaru's resources at his disposal. Naruto on the other hand seemed to have only learned how to make a bigger Rasengan (which is functionally more or less the same as a regular one) and how to dispel weak genjutsu (which is useless against anyone specializing in it). Naruto learns all of his new and useful abilities AFTER the three-year time skip which makes those three years of training look like a huge waste. Not helping things is that it's implied that the training focused mostly on pulling more and more of the Nine Tailed Fox's chakra, under the auspice of it being needed to protect himself from the Akatsuki. [[DidntThinkThisThrough You know, the group of S-Class rogue ninja that were all put together in order to capture and take down Tailed Beast Hosts like Naruto and had tricks and techniques that could render their advantages of being powered by monsters useless]], [[HypnoticEyes one of whom even had a bloodline power that could control the Tailed Beasts outright in its base form]], and using the fox's chakra was more of a liability than an advantage to Naruto due to his sanity eroding the more power he brought out under the faulty methods used to control the chakra and [[CastFromHitPoints it was outright unhealthy if he ever tried to go past three tails.]]
11th Oct '16 6:11:33 AM MasterHero
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': The Chaos mercenary group has done nothing but lose in some way. None of their long-term strategies work against the Windemere Kingdom and more than once they are forced on the defensive or just run away. All the heroes tend to get is motivation to do better next time... and they're lucky to even achieve ''that!''

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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': The Chaos mercenary group has done nothing but lose in some way. None of their long-term strategies work against the Windemere Kingdom and more than once they are forced on the defensive or just run away. All the heroes tend to get is motivation to do better next time... and they're lucky to even achieve ''that!''''that!'' [[spoiler:It does make their victory at the end of the series a lot more cathartic, though]].
3rd Oct '16 8:46:33 AM Eddy1215
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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. 9 first turns on a literal killing machine [[IdiotBall despite all evidence at the time saying his actions would be a bad idea]]. The machine kills [[spoiler:2]], whom they [[NiceJobBreakingItHero were trying to rescue in the first place]]. Later, when [[spoiler:7 and 8]] are kidnapped, he orchestrates a plan to both rescue them and destroy the machine. [[spoiler:8]] ends up dead while [[OhCrap the machine still works]], which proceeds to kill [[spoiler:5 and 6]]. He comes up with yet another plan which involves [[spoiler:sacrificing himself]]. But this changes when [[spoiler:1 shoves him out of the way and gets the ax instead. Despite that, he ''did'' finally achieve success when he used the talisman to defeat the machine]].

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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. 9 first turns on a literal killing machine [[IdiotBall despite all evidence at the time saying his actions would be a bad idea]]. The machine kills [[spoiler:2]], whom they [[NiceJobBreakingItHero were trying to rescue in the first place]]. Later, when [[spoiler:7 and 8]] are kidnapped, he orchestrates a plan to both rescue them and destroy the machine. [[spoiler:8]] ends up dead while [[OhCrap the machine still works]], which proceeds to kill [[spoiler:5 and 6]]. He comes up with yet another plan which involves [[spoiler:sacrificing himself]]. [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]]]]. But this changes when [[spoiler:1 [[spoiler:[[TakeMeInstead 1 shoves him out of the way and gets the ax instead.instead]]. Despite that, he ''did'' finally achieve success when he used the talisman to defeat the machine]].
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