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6th Jan '17 1:37:43 PM ILikeRobots
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* Your Mileage May Vary, but... several of the countries from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' can be seen as such. The Roman Empire himself, for starters, is said to have had everything, but then vanished one day (although, as a young Italy remarks, he had many scars and was in pain beforehand, probably for a long time). Prussia used to be a great fighter, and now, he isn't a nation anymore. During the Revolution, America remarks how England "used to be so big". Kind-of played with in the case of France, when he isn't invited to one of the Allies' meetings and tries to remember some of his "finest hours", all of them ruthlessly destroyed/parodized (in the cases of Joan of Arc and Napoleon, because of England, and in two cases he just jumped into the fight when the enemy was already weak).

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* Your Mileage May Vary, but... several Several of the countries from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' can be seen as such.have moments like this. The Roman Empire himself, for starters, is said to have had everything, but then vanished one day (although, as a young Italy remarks, he had many scars and was in pain beforehand, probably for a long time). Prussia used to be a great fighter, and now, he isn't a nation anymore. During the Revolution, America remarks how England "used to be so big". big." Kind-of played with in the case of France, when he isn't invited to one of the Allies' meetings and tries to remember some of his "finest hours", hours," all of them ruthlessly destroyed/parodized destroyed/parodied (in the cases of Joan of Arc and Napoleon, because of England, and in two cases he just jumped into the fight when the enemy was already weak).weak).
** Portugal cheerfully says to Spain's face that he's happy that Spain's fallen into dire straits since his empire days, since it makes him feel better about [[NotSoDifferent his own fate]].
4th Jan '17 8:22:15 AM Gosicrystal
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* Pick a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} / TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' backstory. [[TheEmpire The galaxy spanning Empire of Mankind?]] [[CrystalDragonJesus Broken, with the Messiah on a life support.]] [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Glory days of the Dwarves?]] [[LostForever Now just another page in the Book of Grudges.]] [[OurElvesAreBetter The era of the High Elves being the greatest race in the Old World]] [[SpaceElves or lording it over the void of space as the Eldar?]] [[StartOfDarkness Enjoy your fall from grace, shattering your empire into fragments as a dying race]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero as well as creating a]] [[EldritchAbomination God of]] {{Squick}}. [[{{Precursors}} And the Old Ones, creator race of possibly the entire universe and practically godlike in power?]] [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Either dead, hiding or moved on.]] [[CrapsackWorld But do remember the universe/world we're talking about here.]]

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* Pick a ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} / TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' backstory. [[TheEmpire The galaxy spanning Empire of Mankind?]] [[CrystalDragonJesus Broken, with the Messiah on a life support.]] [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Glory days of the Dwarves?]] [[LostForever Now just another page in the Book of Grudges.]] Grudges. [[OurElvesAreBetter The era of the High Elves being the greatest race in the Old World]] [[SpaceElves or lording it over the void of space as the Eldar?]] [[StartOfDarkness Enjoy your fall from grace, shattering your empire into fragments as a dying race]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero as well as creating a]] [[EldritchAbomination God of]] {{Squick}}. [[{{Precursors}} And the Old Ones, creator race of possibly the entire universe and practically godlike in power?]] [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Either dead, hiding or moved on.]] [[CrapsackWorld But do remember the universe/world we're talking about here.]]
3rd Jan '17 5:45:49 AM Kakai
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* A retroactive example in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' - after facing Nale, Lift gets a glimpse on what he was like before immortality and guilt drove him insane. The difference between an intelligent, honorable Herald he was and the AxCrazy lunatic he is now is rather dramatic.
20th Dec '16 4:40:33 PM MoreEpicThanYou
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* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Joseph Joestar, main character of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Part 2]] (1938), was just as powerful in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] (1989). But in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] (1999), time has finally done its dirty work to him - he's withered, nearly deaf, partly senile, and generally on death's door. Josuke, his illegitimate son, can't bring himself to accept Joseph as his father for several reasons, and one of them is, "How could ''that'' seduce my mother?"

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* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Joseph Joestar, main character of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Part 2]] (1938), was just [[PowerCreep almost]] as powerful in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] (1989).(1987). But in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] (1999), time has finally done its dirty work to him - he's withered, nearly deaf, partly senile, and generally on death's door. Josuke, his illegitimate son, can't bring himself to accept Joseph as his father for several reasons, and one of them is, "How could ''that'' seduce my mother?"
28th Nov '16 6:32:30 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", Thoth-amon used to be a powerful magician, until he lost his RingOfPower. Then he had to flee for his life, and ended up being MadeASlave.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword", Thoth-amon used to be a powerful magician, until he lost his RingOfPower. Then he had to flee for his life, and ended up being MadeASlave.
26th Nov '16 1:45:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The line is used in ''EternalDarkness'' as [[TheDragon Pious]] kills [[PhysicalGod Mantorok]] in the second chapter. Considering [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he just punched out that story's equivalent of Cthulhu]] and consigned it to a slow and inevitable death, it is probably fitting.

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* The line is used in ''EternalDarkness'' ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' as [[TheDragon Pious]] kills [[PhysicalGod Mantorok]] in the second chapter. Considering [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he just punched out that story's equivalent of Cthulhu]] and consigned it to a slow and inevitable death, it is probably fitting.
26th Nov '16 1:45:18 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Tevinter Imperium used to rule most of Thedas, but now it's a [[VestigialEmpire crumbling remnant]] of its former glory with its one remaining claim to [[BadAss Bad Assness]] being that the [[ProudWarriorRace Qunari]] are trying to destroy it, and yet it's still managing to continue existing.

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** The Tevinter Imperium used to rule most of Thedas, but now it's a [[VestigialEmpire crumbling remnant]] of its former glory with its one remaining claim to [[BadAss Bad Assness]] Assness being that the [[ProudWarriorRace Qunari]] are trying to destroy it, and yet it's still managing to continue existing.
11th Nov '16 6:50:31 PM Willbyr
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* In ''BlackButler'', Sebastian says this of [[spoiler:Ash/Angela]] in the first SeasonFinale. In this case, he's referring to three things exactly: first, the {{Irony}} that someone who adored [[PureIsNotGood Purity]] is now [[EmotionEater drawing power]] [[{{Hypocrite}} from human corruption]], second that is a ''literal'' FallenAngel, and third, that [[spoiler:s/he]] is [[CurbStompBattle about to go]] '''[[CurbStompBattle DOWN]]'''.

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* In ''BlackButler'', ''Manga/BlackButler'', Sebastian says this of [[spoiler:Ash/Angela]] in the first SeasonFinale. In this case, he's referring to three things exactly: first, the {{Irony}} that someone who adored [[PureIsNotGood Purity]] is now [[EmotionEater drawing power]] [[{{Hypocrite}} from human corruption]], second that is a ''literal'' FallenAngel, and third, that [[spoiler:s/he]] is [[CurbStompBattle about to go]] '''[[CurbStompBattle DOWN]]'''.
30th Oct '16 1:30:11 PM MCanter89
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* In ''BlackButler'', Sebastian says this of [[spoiler:Ash/Angela]] in the first SeasonFinale. In this case, he's referring to three things exactly: first, the {{Irony}} that someone who adored [[PureIsNotGood Purity]] is now [[EmotionEater drawing power]] [[{{Hypocrite}} from human corruption]], second that is a ''literal'' FallenAngel, and third, that [[spoiler: s/he]] is [[CurbStompBattle about to go]] '''[[CurbStompBattle DOWN]]'''.

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* In ''BlackButler'', Sebastian says this of [[spoiler:Ash/Angela]] in the first SeasonFinale. In this case, he's referring to three things exactly: first, the {{Irony}} that someone who adored [[PureIsNotGood Purity]] is now [[EmotionEater drawing power]] [[{{Hypocrite}} from human corruption]], second that is a ''literal'' FallenAngel, and third, that [[spoiler: s/he]] [[spoiler:s/he]] is [[CurbStompBattle about to go]] '''[[CurbStompBattle DOWN]]'''.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': The [[SecretPolice Obsidian Order]] was Cardassia. [[TheSpymaster Enabran Tain]] was the Obsidian Order. Not even the [[StateSec Central Command]] dared challenge him and [[MagnificentBastard Garak]] was his official protégé. In Cardassia, it doesn't get much more powerful than that. Then Garak ended up in [[TheExile exile]] for an [[MysteriousPast unrevealed crime]] and now Cardassians have this view of him. [[BullyingADragon Gul Toran]] even quotes this trope verbatum to him in the episode "Profit and Loss".
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Illyria used to be worshiped by millions and held dominion over multiple dimensions. Due to her reincarnation in a [[PunyHumans mortal body]], as of series end, she's capable of being defeated by a minion of creatures she previously barely noticed. And the closest thing she has to a worshiper drinks a lot and called her a smurf.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': The [[SecretPolice Obsidian Order]] was Cardassia. [[TheSpymaster Enabran Tain]] was the Obsidian Order. Not even the [[StateSec Central Command]] dared challenge him him, and [[MagnificentBastard Garak]] was his official protégé. In Cardassia, it doesn't get much more powerful than that. Then Garak ended up in [[TheExile exile]] for an [[MysteriousPast unrevealed crime]] crime]], and now the Cardassians have this view of him. [[BullyingADragon Gul Toran]] even quotes this trope verbatum to him in the episode "Profit and Loss".
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Illyria used to be worshiped by millions and held dominion over multiple dimensions. Due to her reincarnation in a [[PunyHumans mortal body]], as of series end, she's capable of being defeated by a minion of creatures she previously barely noticed. And the closest thing she has to a worshiper drinks a lot and called her a smurf.



* In ''Series/{{Rome}}'' the defeated king of the Gauls, Vercingetorix is thrown before Julius Caesar, stripped of his clothes and made to kiss the Imperial standard. Then he's dragged to Rome in a cage, displayed in a triumph and strangled.

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* In ''Series/{{Rome}}'' ''Series/{{Rome}}'', the defeated king of the Gauls, Vercingetorix Vercingetorix, is thrown before Julius Caesar, stripped of his clothes clothes, and made to kiss the Imperial standard. Then he's dragged to Rome in a cage, displayed in a triumph and strangled.



* Invoked in [=NBC's=] ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' when Dr. Lecter is finally behind bars. Facing the new warden, [[spoiler:Dr. Bloom]], he gets a speech warning him to stop toying with Will Graham:

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* Invoked in [=NBC's=] NBC's ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' when Dr. Lecter is finally behind bars. Facing the new warden, [[spoiler:Dr. Bloom]], he gets a speech warning him to stop toying with Will Graham:
29th Oct '16 10:52:58 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[BigBad Cinder Fall's]] current condition as of the opening of Volume 4 has shades of this. [[spoiler: Despite having become the Fall Maiden and instigating the fall of Beacon Academy and Ozpin, she's critically injured by Ruby's power and forced to stay close to Salem for healing; on top of it all, Salem's other subordinates have no respect for her, deem her a failure, and mock her to her face. She didn't expect this outcome, and is ''not'' happy about it.]]
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