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10th Aug '16 9:41:22 AM Willbyr
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* ''BusouRenkin'' justifies this: Homunculi can only attack in the manner of the base creature. Gorilla-based can just use pure strength, an eagle-based one can use their talons, but only a humanoid homunculus can use real weapons. This includes the titular superweapons, by the way.

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* ''BusouRenkin'' ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' justifies this: Homunculi can only attack in the manner of the base creature. Gorilla-based can just use pure strength, an eagle-based one can use their talons, but only a humanoid homunculus can use real weapons. This includes the titular superweapons, by the way.
7th Aug '16 8:25:11 AM azraelfinalstar
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* Typically played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' (See also BishounenLine ). Notably lampshaded by Piccolo: the Saiyan warrior Nappa is a huge , towering mountain of muscle, but he's clearly much weaker than (and more than a little afraid of angering) the Saiyan Prince Vegeta, who is noticeably short, even compared to average humans.
13th Jun '16 1:55:05 PM morenohijazo
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* SeikenDensetsu3 has plenty of huge, monstrous bosses to challenge the player...but by far the hardest battles are against the human-sized villains like Koren and Jagan.

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* SeikenDensetsu3 ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' has plenty of huge, monstrous bosses to challenge the player...but by far the hardest battles are against the human-sized villains like Koren and Jagan.
29th May '16 10:47:09 PM Delphi
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* SeikenDensetsu3 has plenty of huge, monstrous bosses to challenge the player...but by far the hardest battles are against the human-sized villains like Koren and Jagan.
30th Apr '16 8:32:24 PM ultimomant
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** Andre the Giant, whose hulking size gave him massive sway in the wrestling world, but also crippled him as the years went by and eventually led to him dying prematurely. Andre himself stated that his freakish strength allowed him to save his brother's life when a tractor fell on him, so he considered the trade-off worth it if for no other reason.

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** Andre the Giant, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, whose hulking size gave him massive sway in the wrestling world, but also crippled him as the years went by and eventually led to him dying prematurely. Andre himself stated that his freakish strength allowed him to save his brother's life when a tractor fell on him, so he considered the trade-off worth it if for no other reason.
29th Feb '16 9:47:28 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' plays Monstrosity Equals Weakness straight: The Monster of the Week is, well, monstrous, while the QuirkyMinibossSquad is humanoid, and the first BigBad has only human-looking forms. The series also inverts BishonenLine: the aforementioned Quirky Miniboss Squad tend to start out human-looking, switch to less-attractive, animal-inspired forms for battle, and have full-fledged giant hideous monster forms when it's time for the heroines to kill them off.

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* ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' plays Monstrosity Equals Weakness straight: The Monster of the Week is, well, monstrous, while the QuirkyMinibossSquad is humanoid, and the first BigBad has only human-looking forms. The series also inverts BishonenLine: the aforementioned Quirky Miniboss Squad tend to start out human-looking, switch to less-attractive, animal-inspired forms for battle, and have full-fledged giant hideous monster forms when it's time for the heroines to kill them off.
6th Aug '15 11:54:18 AM WillDeRegio
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6th Aug '15 11:54:15 AM WillDeRegio
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This trope can also take on a more metaphorical meaning. Many stories show humans overcoming non-human opponents who vastly surpass them in strength or power. Usually this is because the non-human entity doesn't see humans as a threat and underestimate them. The human will therefore win because they used knowledge and cunning to defeat their non human opponent. In this context it can be said that it is because humans are weak that they can do amazing things. Having limitations placed on you forces you to try harder and focus all of you abilities. This usually results in quick and tremendous growth in the area a human focuses on. Also, having strong or clear weaknesses makes you aware of them and to not become over confident or careless e.g. humans know that can die so they avoid risky behavior or humans know they ar physically vulnerable so they invent armor and weapons to compensate for that. The biggest example is arguably the human spirit. Human have strong spirits because you have to have a strong spirit to live with and deal with mortality, physical weakness, etc. Conversely, a monstrous opponent is arrogant, easily caught off guard, and if a situation arises where they are, perhaps for the first time, in a situation where they are vulnerable then they freak out, panic, burst into a rage, and any other dangerous and self-harming behavior.

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This trope can also take on a more metaphorical meaning. Many stories show humans overcoming non-human opponents who vastly surpass them in strength or power. Usually this is because the non-human entity doesn't see humans as a threat and underestimate them. The human will therefore win because they used knowledge and cunning to defeat their non human opponent. In this context it can be said that it is because humans are weak that they can do amazing things. Having limitations placed on you forces you to try harder and focus all of you abilities. This usually results in quick and tremendous growth in the area a human focuses on. Also, having strong or clear weaknesses makes you aware of them and to not become over confident or careless e.g. humans know that they can die so they avoid risky behavior or humans know they ar are physically vulnerable so they invent armor and weapons to compensate for that. The biggest example is arguably the human spirit. Human have strong spirits because you have to have a strong spirit to live with and deal with mortality, physical weakness, etc. Conversely, a monstrous opponent is arrogant, easily caught off guard, and if a situation arises where they are, perhaps for the first time, in a situation where they are vulnerable then they freak out, panic, burst into a rage, and any other dangerous and self-harming behavior.
4th Jul '15 10:37:15 AM nombretomado
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* The order of [[LegacyOfKain Kain's]] Lieutenants ascends in order of weakest to strongest. You begin with Melchiah, who is basically nothing more than a stitched together bundle of rotting flesh, and end with Kain, who is still largely humanoid despite his evolution.

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* The order of [[LegacyOfKain [[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Kain's]] Lieutenants ascends in order of weakest to strongest. You begin with Melchiah, who is basically nothing more than a stitched together bundle of rotting flesh, and end with Kain, who is still largely humanoid despite his evolution.
24th May '15 4:37:55 PM nombretomado
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* Often used in ''HouseOfTheDead'' in terms of its bosses, where the various bosses one fights may be anything from mutant animals to hulking giants to living plants, but the final boss will usually be a very humanoid creature that only has a bit of zombie-ness about him. This is not often used with the normal enemies, though, where the most dangerous are usually the most inhuman.

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* Often used in ''HouseOfTheDead'' ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' in terms of its bosses, where the various bosses one fights may be anything from mutant animals to hulking giants to living plants, but the final boss will usually be a very humanoid creature that only has a bit of zombie-ness about him. This is not often used with the normal enemies, though, where the most dangerous are usually the most inhuman.
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