History Main / HowTheMightyHaveFallen

19th Jan '16 2:59:46 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/{{Updraft}}'', Tobiat, a scruffy, mad-seeming vagrant in Kirit's home tower, was once one of the exalted Singers, the closest thing the city has to rulers.
15th Jan '16 11:40:36 AM Baeraad555
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* Arch-Imager Vagel from ''Literature/MordantsNeed''. Once the most powerful Imager in the world and arch-enemy of BigGood King Joyce during the founding of Mordant, at the start of the series many believe that he's the mastermind behind the recent troubles. Once he actually appears, it turns out that he's a wreck, passively serving the real mastermind [[spoiler: Eremis]] in the dreary hope that by doing so he'll at least get to see the people who brought him low fall. In the end [[spoiler: even his final defeat is anticlimactic. While Gilbur goes down fighting and Eremis gets satisfyingly HoistByHisOwnPetard, Vagel is last seen fleeing in panic from a crazy old man, who then kills him off screen by impaling him on a tree branch.]]
13th Jan '16 7:43:03 AM Piando
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* ''MangaDragonBall'':
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* TropeNamer is Literature/TheBible; the phrase occurs in 2 Samuel 1:19, 1:25, and 1:27. ** Interestingly, not quite an example despite being TropeNamer. The mighty in question, Saul, has ''literally'' fallen in battle, not merely fallen from power.
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* TropeNamer [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] is Literature/TheBible; the phrase occurs in 2 Samuel 1:19, 1:25, and 1:27. ** Interestingly, not quite an example despite being TropeNamer. [[TropeNamers TropeNamer.]] The mighty in question, Saul, has ''literally'' fallen in battle, not merely fallen from power.

* In ''GodsBehavingBadly'' by Marie Phillips, the Greek Gods are holed up in a dilapidated house in contemporary London, much diminished in power because [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly no-one believes in them anymore]], what with "the upstart carpenter" and all.
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* In ''GodsBehavingBadly'' ''Literature/GodsBehavingBadly'' by Marie Phillips, the Greek Gods are holed up in a dilapidated house in contemporary London, much diminished in power because [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly no-one believes in them anymore]], what with "the upstart carpenter" and all.

* Several BruceSpringsteen songs, most notably "Glory Days", which is the TropeNamer [[GloryDays for another trope]]. * "Viva La Vida" by {{Coldplay}} tells the story of a man who overthrew a corrupt king and took his place. He had money, power, and an admiring kingdom, but he soon became corrupt just like the first king. Upon realizing how far he had fallen, he became disillusioned with his position of power and allowed himself to be removed from the throne and [assumedly] spent the rest of his days looking back on his reign and laments his fate.
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* Several BruceSpringsteen Music/BruceSpringsteen songs, most notably "Glory Days", which is the TropeNamer [[TropeNamers TropeNamer]] [[GloryDays for another trope]]. * "Viva La Vida" by {{Coldplay}} Music/{{Coldplay}} tells the story of a man who overthrew a corrupt king and took his place. He had money, power, and an admiring kingdom, but he soon became corrupt just like the first king. Upon realizing how far he had fallen, he became disillusioned with his position of power and allowed himself to be removed from the throne and [assumedly] spent the rest of his days looking back on his reign and laments his fate.
5th Jan '16 12:05:57 AM MrInsecure
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* In ''Anime/TheDevilIsAPartTimer,'' the titular Devil is transported from his world (where he is the commander of a massive army of demons and possesses extraordinary magical power) to our mundane world, [[BroughtDownToNormal where he is no more powerful than a regular human]] and has to take a job at a fast food restaurant to survive. [[spoiler: The same winds up being true for the Hero that tried to oppose him, as well as his most powerful subordinates.]] ** [[SubvertedTrope However,]] unlike most cases of this trope, he doesn't seem overly distressed about his fall from power. Instead, he sees it as an opportunity to climb the ranks and amass power in this world [[spoiler: just like he did in his original world]]. When [[spoiler: the destined Hero]] also shows up, she has a similar attitude towards her own position in this world.
1st Jan '16 10:06:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''SnowCrash'': Chuck Wrightson. Once the president of Kenai and Kodiak, now a homeless drunk.
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* ''SnowCrash'': ''Literature/SnowCrash'': Chuck Wrightson. Once the president of Kenai and Kodiak, now a homeless drunk.
29th Dec '15 8:47:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Slayers}}'': NEXT has Martina, a princess whose kingdom is blown up by Lina, and who takes to following the heroine around seeking revenge.
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* ''{{Slayers}}'': NEXT ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}: NEXT'' has Martina, a princess whose kingdom is blown up by Lina, and who takes to following the heroine around seeking revenge.
29th Dec '15 1:49:39 PM Nintendoman01
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* In ''DragonBall'' Goku more or less expresses this when he mocked Frieza's final attack after he deemed him too weak and NotWorthKilling. He states this again after Frieza was cut himself in half by his own attack. Finally, after being force to blast Frieza after he tried to shoot him in the back, Goku has an expression that practically embodies this trope. For someone who was once called the strongest in the universe, it was indeed a mighty fall.
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* In ''DragonBall'' ''MangaDragonBall'': ** Goku more or less expresses this when he mocked Frieza's final attack after he deemed him too weak and NotWorthKilling. He states this again after Frieza was cut himself in half by his own attack. Finally, after being force to blast Frieza after he tried to shoot him in the back, Goku has an expression that practically embodies this trope. For someone who was once called the strongest in the universe, it was indeed a mighty fall.fall. ** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', this has happened to Frieza's entire empire. They went from being the most feared and powerful force in the universe, who controlled 70% of the known universe, to barely qualifying as an army after not only losing Frieza and his father, but all their best fighters on Namek. According to Sorbet, they're on their last legs and are considered a laughing stock.
7th Dec '15 10:18:20 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Said by Stretch Snodgrass ([[DumbJock of all people]]) of Mr. Conklin, in the episode ''Spare That Rod''. [[spoiler: Walter Denton had forged a letter threatening Mr. Conklin with dismissal for being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his disciplinary methods. Mr. Conklin was forcing himself to be meek and humble as a result.]]
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Said by Stretch Snodgrass ([[DumbJock of all people]]) of Mr. Conklin, in the episode ''Spare "Spare That Rod''. [[spoiler: Walter Rod". [[spoiler:Walter Denton had forged a letter threatening Mr. Conklin with dismissal for being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his disciplinary methods. Mr. Conklin was forcing himself to be meek and humble as a result.]]
7th Dec '15 8:38:59 PM Nyame
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* Wrestling/{{WCW}}. At one point ''the'' most successful wrestling promotion in the world, the only promotion to ever drive Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to the brink of defeat, its disastrous twilight years are what it's best remembered for (where it became ''the'' SnarkBait for fans) -- that, and [[Literature/TheDeathOfWCW having a book that illustrates everything that could go wrong in a wrestling promotion by outline the circumstances surrounding its fall, and the eventual impact it had on the industry]]. It's history, more-or-less.
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* Wrestling/{{WCW}}. At one point ''the'' most successful wrestling promotion in the world, the only promotion to ever drive Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to the brink of defeat, its disastrous twilight years are what it's best remembered for (where it became ''the'' SnarkBait for fans) -- that, and [[Literature/TheDeathOfWCW having a book that illustrates everything that could go wrong in a wrestling promotion by outline outlining the circumstances surrounding its fall, and the eventual impact it had on the industry]]. It's history, more-or-less.more-or-less. * Wrestling/MattHardy had a mental breakdown after Wrestling/{{Lita}} cheated on him with Wrestling/{{Edge}}. At one point one of the most popular wrestlers of the early '00s, Matt entered a downward spiral that lasted years, culminating in him faking a suicide note for cheap publicity. It utterly destroyed his reputation, to the extent that his [[Wrestling/JeffHardy drug-addled younger brother]], who, earlier that same year, arrived at a PPV he was main eventing stoned out of his gourd, forcing the match to end in ''ninety seconds'' just so he wouldn't hurt anybody, was regarded as ''more responsible than him''. While Matt has worked to get his life back together since then, his legacy will forever be marred by his actions and has most likely blackballed him from ever returning to WWE.
30th Nov '15 7:32:59 PM Nyame
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* Wrestling/{{WCW}}. At one point ''the'' most successful wrestling promotion in the world, the only promotion to ever drive Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to the brink of defeat, its disastrous twilight years are what it's best remembered for (where it became ''the'' SnarkBait for fans) -- that, and [[Literature/TheDeathOfWCW having a book that illustrates everything that could go wrong in a wrestling promotion by outline the circumstances surrounding its fall, and the eventual impact it had on the industry]]. It's history, more-or-less.
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