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18th Sep '17 8:51:50 AM nakamuranrm
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* In ''Super Punch Out'' there are the two initial Minor Circuit Boxers, Gabby Jay and Bear Hugger. One is a weakling old man whose motto before the fight is "Let me Win! I lost so many times I forgot [sic] how winning feels like" and has 1 win by knockout and 99 losses, while the second, with slightly better stats of 17 wins - 12 losses pretty much just stands around waiting for you to beat him up until he taunts, or if you punch him in the face he will go for a "bear hug" attack that is pretty much easily dodgeable and opens up his guard, though he weights in at 400+ lbs and has lots of hit points.

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* In ''Super Punch Out'' the Snes version of {{VideoGame/PunchOut}} there are the two initial Minor Circuit Boxers, Gabby Jay and Bear Hugger. One is a weakling old man whose motto before the fight is "Let me Win! I lost so many times I forgot [sic] how winning feels like" and has 1 win by knockout and 99 losses, while the second, with slightly better stats of 17 wins - 12 losses pretty much just stands around waiting for you to beat him up until he taunts, or if you punch him in the face he will go for a "bear hug" attack that is pretty much easily dodgeable and opens up his guard, though he weights in at 400+ lbs and has lots of hit points.
18th Sep '17 8:47:40 AM nakamuranrm
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* In ''Super Punch Out'' there are the two initial Minor Circuit Boxers, Gabby Jay and Bear Hugger. One is a weakling old man whose motto before the fight is "Let me Win! I lost so many times I forgot [sic] how winning feels like" and has 1 win by knockout and 99 losses, while the second, with slightly better stats of 17 wins - 12 losses pretty much just stands around waiting for you to beat him up until he taunts, or if you punch him in the face he will go for a "bear hug" attack that is pretty much easily dodgeable and opens up his guard, though he weights in at 400+ lbs and has lots of hit points.
16th Sep '17 11:09:06 AM nombretomado
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* Early ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games tend to put some of the early SuperRobot support units in this category, such as [[Anime/MazingerZ Boss Borot, Aphrodite A]] and [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter-Q]], mostly because they'd either be around for one stage, just be re/re units (basically healers and re-suppliers), be completely pathetic stat-wise or all three. As Banpresto started to move away from this, the units got better - Boss Borot, for instance, [[TakeALevelInBadass took many levels in badass]] throughout the GameBoyAdvance era of games - ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' gives Boss the Borot Pressure Punch, which gives him a ranged attack. With [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal each]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny succeeding]] game, he gets it earlier and earlier. Then came ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' which shifts him to his ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' counterpart and makes him so much better.

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* Early ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games tend to put some of the early SuperRobot support units in this category, such as [[Anime/MazingerZ Boss Borot, Aphrodite A]] and [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter-Q]], mostly because they'd either be around for one stage, just be re/re units (basically healers and re-suppliers), be completely pathetic stat-wise or all three. As Banpresto started to move away from this, the units got better - Boss Borot, for instance, [[TakeALevelInBadass took many levels in badass]] throughout the GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance era of games - ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' gives Boss the Borot Pressure Punch, which gives him a ranged attack. With [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal each]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny succeeding]] game, he gets it earlier and earlier. Then came ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' which shifts him to his ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' counterpart and makes him so much better.
14th Sep '17 11:54:43 PM MBG
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** Luvdisc. The only fully-evolved Pokémon with lower base stats have gimmicks that make up for them; Luvdisc lacks even that. Luvdisc actually did have a gimmick in the third-generation games - Heart Scales, which are used to re-teach moves Pokémon have already forgotten, could only be found attached to wild Luvdisc. In the fourth-gen games, however, it's much easier to just dig up Heart Scales in the Underground, making poor Luvdisc completely pointless once again. It is made even more pointless when the Pokewalker is in play because one of the few areas there allows you to get Heart Scales with ease. It becomes useful again in the sixth-generation games, where they become easily catchable with an Old Rod in a few locations, allowing easy farming of Heart Scales if you have a Pokémon with Thief or Covet on you. In ''X/Y'', an NPC at a Pokémon Center will also trade a ''freaking Steelix'' for a Luvdisc. A ''powerful giant steel snake for a heart shaped fish.''\\

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** Luvdisc. Luvdisc has a Base Stat Total of 330, the sixth lowest in the game of any fully evolved Pokémon, and [[FragileSpeedster most of that is in Speed]]. When you're fully evolved and your only stat that's better than a Bulbasaur is Speed, something is going dreadfully wrong. The only fully-evolved final-stage Pokémon with lower base stats have gimmicks that make up for them; them - the closest thing Luvdisc lacks even that. Luvdisc actually did have has to a gimmick in the third-generation games - is that it's a comparatively easy source of rare Heart Scales, which are used to re-teach moves Pokémon have already forgotten, could only be found attached to wild Luvdisc. In the fourth-gen games, however, it's much easier to just dig up Heart Scales in the Underground, making poor Luvdisc completely pointless once again. It is made and even more pointless when the Pokewalker is in play because one of the few areas then, there allows you are often other ways to get Heart Scales with ease. It becomes useful again in the sixth-generation games, where they become easily catchable with an Old Rod in a few locations, allowing easy farming of Heart Scales if you have a Pokémon with Thief or Covet on you.obtain them. In ''X/Y'', an NPC at a Pokémon Center will also trade a ''freaking Steelix'' for a Luvdisc. A ''powerful giant steel snake for a heart shaped fish.''\\
8th Sep '17 8:23:38 PM Sammettik
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* FightingVipers and later FightersMegamix feature Kumachan and Pandachan, two happy bears that have no connection to anything. Neither have animation frames, so they fight like balloons.
* Mace: The Dark Age has Ned, the AlmightyJanitor and Pojo... a literal chicken.

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* FightingVipers ''VideoGame/FightingVipers'' and later FightersMegamix ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix'' feature Kumachan and Pandachan, two happy bears that have no connection to anything. Neither have animation frames, so they fight like balloons.
* Mace: The Dark Age ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'' has Ned, the AlmightyJanitor and Pojo... a literal chicken.
3rd Sep '17 7:06:39 AM HalcyonDayz
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* In TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, the Blazing Torchbearer Archetype (Class Variation) trades three very useful Alchemist abilities (Crafting potions, using poisons and one discovery) for the incredible abilities of...making torches last forever (where the loosest of change would buy you a supply to last the entire game), increasing the lighting radius of torches (at a level where you'll have better light sources anyway), producing a flash which turns everyone around him blind (including himself) once per day, and making melee attacks which inflict less damage than he would do with a bomb, which as an alchemist he has a large supply of and can use them at range. The manual does specify that this archetype is meant for torchbearer NPCs which don't even see much combat to begin with.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, the Blazing Torchbearer Archetype (Class Variation) trades three very useful Alchemist abilities (Crafting potions, using poisons and one discovery) for the incredible abilities of...making torches last forever (where the loosest of change would buy you a supply to last the entire game), increasing the lighting radius of torches (at a level where you'll have better light sources anyway), producing a flash which turns everyone around him blind (including himself) once per day, and making melee attacks which inflict less damage than he would do with a bomb, which as an alchemist he has a large supply of and can use them at range. The manual does specify that this archetype is meant for torchbearer NPCs {{Non Player Character}}s which don't even see much combat to begin with.
2nd Sep '17 3:58:56 PM nombretomado
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* As part of a TakeThat from {{Capcom}} to {{Koei}}, Kanetsugu Naoe in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is introduced into the series as one of these. According to a line by Keiji Maeda in the third game, he even gets beat up by kids.

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* As part of a TakeThat from {{Capcom}} Creator/{{Capcom}} to {{Koei}}, Kanetsugu Naoe in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is introduced into the series as one of these. According to a line by Keiji Maeda in the third game, he even gets beat up by kids.
25th Aug '17 11:44:34 AM MBG
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* The ''Franchise/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise has the Chaos Spawn; humans that devolved into beasts which are used as cannon fodder or kept as pets. They did get a major buff in the 6th edition of ''40K'', making them a LethalJokeCharacter.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise has the Chaos Spawn; humans that devolved into beasts which are used as cannon fodder or kept as pets. Due to being insane, they [[LuckBasedMission move randomly]], wandering around the map at various (mostly slow) speeds until they hopefully stumble into enemy units... and on top of that, they have a high point cost, lowish stats, and aren't particularly good in melee, so even if they do manage to engage the opponent, they usually suck against them. Indeed, it was calculated that the only unit a Chaos Spawn could make up its point cost against are ''[[GlassCannon Fire Warriors]]'', and even then, not always. They did get a major buff in the 6th edition of ''40K'', making them a LethalJokeCharacter.
4th Aug '17 6:13:02 PM MBG
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** Some characters from the anime can fill this role when they're opponents in videogames, particularly characters [[TheLoad who never dueled.]] Tristan and Mokuba tend to favor the aforementioned extremely weak Normal Monsters or suicidally bad strategies, but Dorothy in ''Tag Force'' seems to be an ongoing experiment in laughably bad deckbuilding. One of her Decks has nothing but Level 5 or higher Normal Monsters, making it impossible for her to play anything. Another is a sixty-card (and therefore hugely inconsistent) deck based on bringing out the weakest Fusion Monsters in the game. Yet another is a deck that's nothing but drawing cards, causing her to deck herself out, and a fourth is a deck of nothing but detrimental cards like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Burning_Algae Burning Algae]] or [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fine Fine]]. In ''Tag Force 3'', though, she's a LethalJokeCharacter when she's partnered with you: her Deck is nothing but Tuners and Synchro-based support cards with a powerful assortment of Synchros, but since Synchros need a Tuner and a non-Tuner, she can't summon any of them... but since you're partnered with her, you can just provide the non-Tuners.

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** Some characters from the anime can fill this role when they're opponents in videogames, particularly characters [[TheLoad who never dueled.]] Tristan and Mokuba tend to favor the aforementioned extremely weak Normal Monsters or suicidally bad strategies, but Dorothy in ''Tag Force'' seems to be an ongoing experiment in laughably bad deckbuilding.making unplayable decks. One of her Decks has nothing but Level 5 or higher Normal Monsters, making it impossible for her to play anything. Another is a sixty-card (and therefore hugely inconsistent) deck based on bringing out the weakest Fusion Monsters in the game. Yet another is a deck that's nothing but drawing cards, causing her to deck herself out, and a fourth is a deck of nothing but detrimental cards like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Burning_Algae Burning Algae]] or [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fine Fine]]. In ''Tag Force 3'', though, she's a LethalJokeCharacter when she's partnered with you: her Deck is nothing but Tuners and Synchro-based support cards with a powerful assortment of Synchros, but since Synchros need a Tuner and a non-Tuner, she can't summon any of them... but since you're partnered with her, you can just provide the non-Tuners.
4th Aug '17 5:58:07 PM MBG
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** ''Skull Servant'' was literally considered to be unplayable due to being a normal monster with only 300 ATK and 200 DEF. The fact that he was so weak has allowed an entire culture of decks to be devoted around him and was influential enough to stimulate Konami to create cards like ''King Of The Skull Servants'' to make ''Skull Servant'' more powerful.

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** ''Skull Servant'' Skull Servant was literally considered to be unplayable due to being a normal monster with only 300 ATK and 200 DEF. The fact that he was so weak has allowed an entire culture of decks to be devoted around him and was influential enough to stimulate Konami to create cards like ''King King Of The Skull Servants'' Servants to make ''Skull Servant'' Skull Servant more powerful.powerful.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Artist Dark Artist]] - a monster with stats that were below-average in its time, and godawful at any time thereafter, and its only effect is that when it's attacked by a Light monster, it gets ''even weaker.''
** Some characters from the anime can fill this role when they're opponents in videogames, particularly characters [[TheLoad who never dueled.]] Tristan and Mokuba tend to favor the aforementioned extremely weak Normal Monsters or suicidally bad strategies, but Dorothy in ''Tag Force'' seems to be an ongoing experiment in laughably bad deckbuilding. One of her Decks has nothing but Level 5 or higher Normal Monsters, making it impossible for her to play anything. Another is a sixty-card (and therefore hugely inconsistent) deck based on bringing out the weakest Fusion Monsters in the game. Yet another is a deck that's nothing but drawing cards, causing her to deck herself out, and a fourth is a deck of nothing but detrimental cards like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Burning_Algae Burning Algae]] or [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fine Fine]]. In ''Tag Force 3'', though, she's a LethalJokeCharacter when she's partnered with you: her Deck is nothing but Tuners and Synchro-based support cards with a powerful assortment of Synchros, but since Synchros need a Tuner and a non-Tuner, she can't summon any of them... but since you're partnered with her, you can just provide the non-Tuners.
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