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6th Jun '18 12:34:59 PM DeeeFoo
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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 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.

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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 underestimates 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 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.


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* In Manga/Gantz, many of the different alien beings encountered look monstrous and grotesque. However, it's always the humanoid-looking ones that seem to give the protagonists the most trouble. This is taken to the next level in the final arc, where the final enemy is a civilization of giant humanoid beings that possess far more advanced intelligence and technology than the humans.
16th May '18 4:56:34 PM Everdream
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* Ligers (male lion-tigress hybrids) are prone to joint problems and other health defects directly caused by being larger than either parent species. Tigons (male tiger-lioness hybrids) don't suffer from the same problems, because a quirk of the genetics involved causes them to be smaller than either parent species.
18th Jan '18 5:03:10 PM ReaderAt2046
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* Nouda in ''Literature/BartimaeusTrilogy'' is far less dangerous as a giant demonic monster than as a balding middle-aged man. {{Justified}} in that our world is harmful to demons, who aren't native to it. Nouda temporarily got around this by possessing a human host, but his essence proved too strong for the human body to contain, and he started bursting back out it, loosing the projective insulation of a human body in the process.
16th Dec '17 1:57:28 PM nombretomado
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** Joseph Merrick, ''TheElephantMan'', had a pronounced limp, difficulty speaking, his enlarged right arm was useless and he had to sleep with care lest his enlarged head break his neck.

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** Joseph Merrick, ''TheElephantMan'', ''Film/TheElephantMan'', had a pronounced limp, difficulty speaking, his enlarged right arm was useless and he had to sleep with care lest his enlarged head break his neck.
25th Nov '17 10:30:18 AM thatother1dude
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* ''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.

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* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' plays Monstrosity Equals Weakness straight: ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'': 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.
1st Oct '17 7:17:41 AM CG-Druid
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* Also the anime ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' qualifies for it. The Awakened Being there have both a human form and a monstrous form. Actually the Awakened Being are much stronger in their monstrous form than in their human form. But all the Awakened Beings first seen in their human form before they turn, are really strong opponents. The Awakened Being, which you sees from the outset in their monstrous form, are defeated faster.

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* Also the anime ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' qualifies for it. The Awakened Being Beings there have both a human form and a monstrous form. Actually the Awakened Being are much stronger in their monstrous form than in their human form. But all the Awakened Beings first seen in their human form before they turn, are really strong opponents. The Awakened Being, which you sees from the outset in their monstrous form, are defeated faster.
1st Oct '17 7:16:47 AM CG-Druid
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* Also the anime ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' qualifies for it. The Awakened Being there have both a human form and a monstrous form. Actually the Awakened Being are much stronger in their monstrous form than in their human form. But all the Awakened Beings first seen in their human form before they turn, are really strong opponents. The Awakened Being, which you sees from the outset in their monstrous form, are defeated faster.
20th Jun '17 6:21:50 AM OrigamiPhoenix
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* Arguably present in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Apostles tend to be human-ish when introduced, [[OneWingedAngel proceed to become incredibly monstrous]], and subsequently die within the next chapter or so. Not that normal {{mooks}} don't already [[CurbStompBattle steamroll]] regular humans, but the main character Guts makes shorter work out of the least human-ish monsters.
15th Jun '17 10:07:35 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons of the Books of Zeref]] are extremely powerful and dangerous foes, but there's a noticeable trend that the more humanoid they are, the more dangerous they are. Hulking brutes who tower like buildings over humans like [[EldritchAbomination Lullaby and Deloria]], introduced earlier in the manga, are eventually outclassed entirely by the likes of [[HavingABlast Jackal]] or [[PeoplePuppets Seliah]], who are human-sized and only have dog ears or horns to distinguish them from humans. [[GreenThumb Mard Geer]], [[spoiler:[[LightEmUp Larcade]], and [[TheHero Natsu Dragneel]]]] are the most powerful demons shown yet and look just like normal humans outside of their OneWingedAngel forms.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons of the Books of Zeref]] are extremely powerful and dangerous foes, but there's a noticeable trend that the more humanoid they are, the more dangerous they are. Hulking brutes who tower like buildings over humans like [[EldritchAbomination Lullaby and Deloria]], introduced earlier in the manga, are eventually outclassed entirely by the likes of [[HavingABlast Jackal]] or [[PeoplePuppets Seliah]], who are human-sized and only have dog ears or horns to distinguish them from humans. [[GreenThumb Mard Geer]], [[spoiler:[[LightEmUp Larcade]], and [[TheHero Natsu Dragneel]]]] [[TheGhost E.N.D.]]]] are the most powerful demons shown yet and look just like normal humans outside of their OneWingedAngel forms.forms. This is {{justified}} since [[spoiler:Zeref created them both to perfect the art of CreatingLife so he could bring his little brother BackFromTheDead and to [[DeathSeeker make something strong enough to kill him]]. The most powerful demon of all, E.N.D., is fittingly enough said reanimated brother, [[TheHero Natsu Dragneel]]]].
15th Jun '17 10:03:20 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons of the Books of Zeref]] are extremely powerful and dangerous foes, but there's a noticeable trend that the more humanoid they are, the more dangerous they are. Hulking brutes who tower like buildings over humans like [[EldritchAbomination Lullaby and Deloria]], introduced earlier in the manga, are eventually outclassed entirely by the likes of [[HavingABlast Jackal]] or [[PeoplePuppets Seliah]], who are human-sized and only have dog ears or horns to distinguish them from humans. [[GreenThumb Mard Geer]], [[spoiler:[[LightEmUp Larcade]], and [[TheHero Natsu Dragneel]]]] are the most powerful demons shown yet and look just like normal humans outside of their OneWingedAngel forms.
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