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6th Aug '15 11:54:18 AM WillDeRegio
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Grammatical errors.
6th Aug '15 11:54:15 AM WillDeRegio
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Grammatical errors.
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.
15th May '15 6:27:24 PM nombretomado
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* Used straight with Haseo's B-St form in ''DotHackGU''. While it is infinitely more powerful than his second form (as in, being able to use an attack that makes [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Gate of Babylon]] look minuscule), it also hampers with his cognitive ability so much so that he gets his ass handed to him by [[spoiler:Ovan]] really easily.
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* Used straight with Haseo's B-St form in ''DotHackGU''.''VideoGame/DotHackGU''. While it is infinitely more powerful than his second form (as in, being able to use an attack that makes [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Gate of Babylon]] look minuscule), it also hampers with his cognitive ability so much so that he gets his ass handed to him by [[spoiler:Ovan]] really easily.
12th May '15 1:29:11 PM nombretomado
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* While the demon forms of Elvis, Shannon, and Belze are nothing to sneeze at, it's Azel and the BonusBoss Evil Gene who are the most difficult bosses in ''GodHand'', mostly due to their speed and ability to dodge your attacks, even while you're using the God Hand.
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* While the demon forms of Elvis, Shannon, and Belze are nothing to sneeze at, it's Azel and the BonusBoss Evil Gene who are the most difficult bosses in ''GodHand'', ''VideoGame/GodHand'', mostly due to their speed and ability to dodge your attacks, even while you're using the God Hand.
1st May '15 1:08:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* The original {{Final Battle}} of ''{{Blade}}'' involved Deacon Frost [[{{One Winged Angel}} transforming]] into a giant {{Blob Monster}} made of [[{{Blood Magic}} blood]], rather than the {{Sword Fight}} with the eponymous protagonist. The original scene didn't play well with test audiences, who tuned out and lost emotional investment in the story because of this trope.
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* The original {{Final Battle}} of ''{{Blade}}'' ''Film/{{Blade}}'' involved Deacon Frost [[{{One Winged Angel}} transforming]] into a giant {{Blob Monster}} made of [[{{Blood Magic}} blood]], rather than the {{Sword Fight}} with the eponymous protagonist. The original scene didn't play well with test audiences, who tuned out and lost emotional investment in the story because of this trope.
25th Mar '15 7:12:59 PM nombretomado
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* Used straight with Haseo's B-St form in ''DotHackGU''. While it is infinitely more powerful than his second form (as in, being able to use an attack that makes [[FateStayNight Gate of Babylon]] look minuscule), it also hampers with his cognitive ability so much so that he gets his ass handed to him by [[spoiler:Ovan]] really easily.
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* Used straight with Haseo's B-St form in ''DotHackGU''. While it is infinitely more powerful than his second form (as in, being able to use an attack that makes [[FateStayNight [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Gate of Babylon]] look minuscule), it also hampers with his cognitive ability so much so that he gets his ass handed to him by [[spoiler:Ovan]] really easily.
25th Mar '15 1:03:29 PM Zoorteg
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* Sango, the trained {{youkai}} hunter of ''{{Inuyasha}}'', was taught that the most dangerous youkai are those which look human, a rule of thumb which proves almost universally true throughout the series. Of particular note is the fact that the worst defeat suffered by Sesshoumaru - who is presented as probably the most powerful youkai in the series - occurs the one time he transforms from his humanoid form into that of a giant dog, even though said transformation is presented as a power-''up''. ** Actually subverted in this series, as the most powerful demons are capable of attaining a human form and possess some sense of intelligence, using their monstrous form only when fighting seriously. In other words, it's not that looking human makes you stronger, it's that changing into a human is an ability that most weak demons don't have.
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* Sango, the trained {{youkai}} hunter of ''{{Inuyasha}}'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', was taught that the most dangerous youkai are those which look human, a rule of thumb which proves almost universally true throughout the series. Of particular note is the fact that the worst defeat suffered by Sesshoumaru - who is presented as probably the most powerful youkai in the series - occurs the one time he transforms from his humanoid form into that of a giant dog, even though said transformation is presented as a power-''up''. ** Actually subverted in this series, as the most power-''up''. Most powerful demons are capable of attaining a human form and possess some sense of intelligence, using their monstrous form only when fighting seriously. In other words, it's not that looking human makes you stronger, it's that changing into a human is an ability that most weak demons don't have.
5th Mar '15 10:17:37 AM DarkStarling
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* A running theme in TheLordOfTheRings is that, while monstrous beings may be superficially more powerful in some ways, their monstrosity is ultimately a result of corruption and weakens them in the long run. This applies even more to metaphysical beings like [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]], who was a dark towering monstrosity because he'd [[ShapeshifterModeLock LOST the ability to change form.]]
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