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11th May '16 6:16:21 AM ChronoLegion
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* The fan-made video ''Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar'' has the Four Years war between TheFederation and the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] [[TheEmpire Empire]] portrayed this way. Each side keeps trying to head the other off with better ships and tactics. At first, the Klingons win battle after battle with their superior D6 battlecruisers. Then Starfleet commissions the new ''Ares'' class, the first dedicated Federation warships. The new ships turn the tide, especially after Captain Kelvar Garth (later nicknamed "Garth of Izar" by the Klingons) pushes his own USS ''Ares'' to the limits and pulls off a daring maneuver that cripples the Klingon forces in the system. The Klingons, not content to let the Federation get away with this, starts building a brand-new, much more advanced ship class, the now-iconic D7. In response, Starfleet designs the even larger, more powerful ''Constitution'' class, as the ''Ares'' class would prove no match for the [=D7s=]. It's a race who can get their ships finished and deployed faster. Played with in that both sides agree that if the Klingon high council had listened to their main commander Kharn they could have had the [=D7s=] deployed in time to immediately counter the ''Ares'' before they had much effect. Only their arrogance after early successes prevented a complete Klingon victory.

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* The fan-made video ''Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar'' WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar'' has the Four Years war between TheFederation and the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] [[TheEmpire Empire]] portrayed this way. Each side keeps trying to head the other off with better ships and tactics. At first, the Klingons win battle after battle with their superior D6 battlecruisers. Then Starfleet commissions the new ''Ares'' class, the first dedicated Federation warships. The new ships turn the tide, especially after Captain Kelvar Garth (later nicknamed "Garth of Izar" by the Klingons) pushes his own USS ''Ares'' to the limits and pulls off a daring maneuver that cripples the Klingon forces in the system. The Klingons, not content to let the Federation get away with this, starts building a brand-new, much more advanced ship class, the now-iconic D7. In response, Starfleet designs the even larger, more powerful ''Constitution'' class, as the ''Ares'' class would prove no match for the [=D7s=]. It's a race who can get their ships finished and deployed faster. Played with in that both sides agree that if the Klingon high council had listened to their main commander Kharn Kharn, they could have had the [=D7s=] deployed in time to immediately counter the ''Ares'' before they had much effect. Only their arrogance after early successes prevented a complete Klingon victory.
11th May '16 6:10:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* Not nearly as crazy as ''Lensman'', but the [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression First Galactic War]] in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' is a good example of technological escalation taking place over the decades-long conflict. [[NonindicativeName Despite the name]], the war was confined to a few dozen systems in our corner of the galaxy. The technologically-advanced and militarized [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] attempts to subjugate the disparate and largely peaceful colonies in order to forcibly offload excess population from the homeworld. However, the colonies band together and form a unified front, despite, initially, using a rag-tag fleet of converted ships to counter Earth's strike fleet, and the projected quick conflict turns into the bloodiest war in human history. First, the standard tanks and troop transports of the Alliance are surprisingly easily fought off by the colonists of the planet Dabog using their unique {{Walking Tank}}s. Since then, nearly all manned planetary combat vehicles are of the walker type due to their superiority to the traditional treaded and wheeled vehicles. The Alliance starts producing better and more automated walkers with advanced AI systems, partnering them with human pilots for an unprecedented partnership. To counter them, the less advanced colonists mass produce their own walkers, relying on their superiority and determination. Eventually, the Alliance [=AIs=] get so good that, even in the event of the pilot's death, his AI can continue the fight using the same tactics and ferocity. The colonists counter with the development of the less advanced but cheaper and mass-produced AttackDrones of both walker and treaded variants, who lack true AI but can network together for coordinated attacks. In space, both sides try to outdo one another in more advanced and deadly weaponry with the Alliance, once again, placing its faith on greater automation and AI usage. The colonists eventually develop a WaveMotionGun that shoots a burst of AntiMatter that can obliterate a small planetoid and anything in the vicinity, which quickly becomes a deterrent-type weapon due to the uncontrolled nature of a matter/antimatter reaction and the inability to scale it down. The Alliance makes several failed attempts to get their hands on one. Even a thousand years after the war, its horrors are still present in humanity's racial memory, and many space and planetary graveyards are still home to roaming machines that are still attempting to fulfill their programming, and a good number of novels involve wartime echoes threatening to unleash destruction upon humanity again.
10th May '16 8:26:45 AM eroock
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->''First we got The Bomb and that was good''\\

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->''First ->''"First we got The Bomb and that was good''\\



''Who's next?''

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''Who's next?''next?"''
9th May '16 5:19:08 PM McJeff
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* The Wrestling/DragonGate promotion has been the worst offender of the new millennium, in the case of finishing moves. CIMA's Schwein went from instant victory to repeated nearfall in just three years; Naruki Doi's Bakutare Sliding Kick was reduced to TheWorfBarrage; and SHINGO's Last Falconry was replaced by an upgraded version that failed to keep opponents down (the renamed Original Falconry became a low-level impact move) while his death finisher, MADE IN JAPAN, suffered such BadassDecay that SHINGO's rival [=BxB=] Hulk was able to survive three of them.

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* The Wrestling/DragonGate promotion has been the worst offender of the new millennium, in the case of finishing moves. CIMA's Schwein went from instant victory to repeated nearfall in just three years; Naruki Doi's Bakutare Sliding Kick was reduced to TheWorfBarrage; and SHINGO's Shingo Takagi's Last Falconry was replaced by an upgraded version that failed to keep opponents down (the renamed Original Falconry became a low-level impact move) while his death finisher, MADE IN JAPAN, suffered such BadassDecay that SHINGO's Shingo's rival [=BxB=] Hulk was able to survive three of them.
2nd May '16 2:02:19 PM Willbyr
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* ''TransformersSuperGodmasterforce'' has one of these between the Autobots and Decepticons, as both sides develop more and more powerful upgrades for their commanders.

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* ''TransformersSuperGodmasterforce'' ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodmasterforce'' has one of these between the Autobots and Decepticons, as both sides develop more and more powerful upgrades for their commanders.



** And the race is re-started again in ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' with the Dividers able to render useless any magical weaponry showed at the time thus forcing the TSAB to take a risk by making weapons that convert magic into conventional energy to power up physical attacks, getting closer and closer to breaking their once stone settled ban on mass-based weaponry.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' starts off with a single HumongousMecha fighting monsters, to every nation on Earth having them and engaging in conflicts of World War proportions, to epic wars in space between galaxies. The action grows in scale and the mecha in size rapidly from there, and peaks at the point where [[spoiler: one of the mecha is ''larger than galaxies'' and can stand toe-to-toe with God]]. Overall, this series is something of a {{Deconstruction}} of the idea. The main characters are trapped in a Lensman Arms Race because the Getter Rays, the energy of [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution]], keeps pushing them forward regardless of the consequences for the universe. The antagonists are fighting them to prevent this, but by attacking humanity they only make them stronger. This results in a vicious cycle of increasingly escalating power that will eventually destroy the universe.
* In {{Claymore}} this trope turns out to be the real reason [[spoiler:Claymores and related demonic hybrid beings are developed. The nation is gearing up for a war with another nation that has successfully militarized ''dragons'' of all things.]]

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** And the race is re-started again in ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' with the Dividers able to render useless any magical weaponry showed at the time thus forcing the TSAB to take a risk by making weapons that convert magic into conventional energy to power up physical attacks, getting closer and closer to breaking their once stone settled ban on mass-based weaponry.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' starts off with a single HumongousMecha fighting monsters, to every nation on Earth having them and engaging in conflicts of World War proportions, to epic wars in space between galaxies. The action grows in scale and the mecha in size rapidly from there, and peaks at the point where [[spoiler: one of the mecha is ''larger than galaxies'' and can stand toe-to-toe with God]]. Overall, this series is something of a {{Deconstruction}} of the idea. The main characters are trapped in a Lensman Arms Race because the Getter Rays, the energy of [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution]], {{evolution|aryLevels}}, keeps pushing them forward regardless of the consequences for the universe. The antagonists are fighting them to prevent this, but by attacking humanity they only make them stronger. This results in a vicious cycle of increasingly escalating power that will eventually destroy the universe.
* In {{Claymore}} ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' this trope turns out to be the real reason [[spoiler:Claymores and related demonic hybrid beings are developed. The nation is gearing up for a war with another nation that has successfully militarized ''dragons'' of all things.]]
22nd Apr '16 2:51:49 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a space-time warping weapon, which is really just a weaponized extension of the aformentioned FTL tech), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.

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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and weapons, some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, and increased use of AI-controlled drones, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a space-time warping weapon, which is really just a weaponized extension of the aformentioned aforementioned FTL tech), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.
11th Apr '16 1:49:11 AM KJMackley
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* This is going on in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Humanity's gone from not being worth anyone's notice to rather shocking. When S.H.I.E.L.D. started using the Tesseract to produce weapons, that got the attention of {{Thanos}}, who bargained with Loki to retrieve it. When Earth drove off the Chitari in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', that only seemed to make him ''more'' interested in us.
** Advance trailers for ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' seem to imply Earth will be a battleground for control of the remaining Infinity Gems.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', the US government wants to nationalize the Iron Man tech because they're afraid other nations will copy and mass-produce it before they can. Stark counters with evidence that enemy nations' attempts at this are failing hilariously, but nonetheless shows that they're trying. Then Ivan Vanko shows up and proves that Tony's not the only genius who can do amazing things WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS, adding fuel to the government's arguments.

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* This is going on in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Humanity's gone from not being worth anyone's notice to rather shocking.
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When S.H.I.E.L.D. started using the Tesseract is introduced in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' it was used to produce weapons, that got weapons by the attention of {{Thanos}}, who bargained with Loki to retrieve it. When Earth drove off Red Skull, and when put into the Chitari hands of the good guys for the next 70 years it was deemed too dangerous to experiment on. In response to the discovery of Asguardians in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', SHIELD started looking into tapping into the Tesseract again, which is where ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Avengers|2012}}'' starts off. Loki is tasked to retrieve the Tesseract and use it to return it to Thanos, bringing in the alien Chitauri army to Earth. Once fended off by the Avengers, ComicBook/{{Thanos}} is informed that Earth is much more dangerous than they expected and that only seemed to make him ''more'' interested in us.
** Advance trailers for
us. Later films in the MCU introduce more items like the Tesseract and identifies them as the Infinity Gems, which will reach a head in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' seem to imply where Earth will be a battleground for control of the remaining Infinity Gems.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', ** On a smaller scale, ''Film/IronMan2'' has the US government wants trying to nationalize take the Iron Man tech because they're afraid other nations will copy and mass-produce it before they can. Stark counters with evidence that enemy nations' attempts at this are failing hilariously, but nonetheless shows that they're trying. Then Ivan Vanko shows up and proves that Tony's not the only genius who can do amazing things WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS, make advanced powered armor tech, adding fuel to the government's arguments.arguments. By ''Film/IronMan3'' Tony is trying to leapfrog himself, building faulty armors, because of his fear of not being prepared for new threats.


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* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse has this happening almost instantly, using the dramatic events of ''Film/ManOfSteel'' as a springboard.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' shows that having a being as insanely powerful as Superman dramatically alters world politics but also inspires certain individuals to try and provide countermeasures to him. Batman and Lex ended up fighting for control of a large chunk of [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]], the only thing that can harm Superman. By the end of the film it is speculated that [[GreaterScopeVillain something bad is on the horizon]], and they'll need to [[Film/JusticeLeague unite a team to face it]].
** ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suggests that this BoxedCrook team would be another factor in trying to ward off Superman in case he turns against the world. Before Superman the knowledge of metahumans was kept to a minimum, but ever since he showed up he's been a "beacon" to pull them out of the shadows.
28th Mar '16 7:11:25 AM ChronoLegion
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** In a similar vein, China purchased an old Soviet-era aircraft carrier, and is now attempting to build a naval air arm from scratch. It'll take 20 years to do so, but, the current stuff looks threatening on paper...

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** In a similar vein, China purchased an old Soviet-era aircraft carrier, carrier (of the same class that the current Russian flagship), and is now attempting to build a naval air arm from scratch. It'll take 20 years to do so, but, the current stuff looks threatening on paper...
26th Feb '16 5:03:59 PM LordOfTheSword
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This is what happens when (nation-)''states'' attempt to prove that MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours or build a BiggerStick.

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This is what happens when (nation-)''states'' (nation-)states attempt to prove that MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours or build a BiggerStick.
24th Feb '16 11:42:01 AM DarkHunter
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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a type of weaponized space-time warping device), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.

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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a type of weaponized space-time warping device), weapon, which is really just a weaponized extension of the aformentioned FTL tech), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.
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