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30th Sep '17 8:12:52 AM AFP
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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': In "Sugar Dirt", the human forces launch an assault to seize a base previously taken by the Chigs. The attack goes off flawlessly, and the humans effortlessly occupy the base and begin settling in. Given that the Chigs typically put up a hellishly difficult fight for the humans at every turn, their failure to defend the base sets off red flags for the human leaders. [[spoiler: It was a trap, and a devastating Chig counterattack, including additional forces pulled from another important Chig base, quickly overwhelms the human forces newly occupying the base.]]
30th Sep '17 6:36:17 AM AFP
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* ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'': In "The Battle At The Binary Stars", the USS ''Shenzou'' stands her ground against a fleet of two dozen Klingon warships. The Klingons, rallied together by [[TheFundamentalist T'Kuvma]] to take on the Federation, complain that the single starship [[NotWorthKilling poses no challenge for them.]] [[spoiler: Cue the arrival of ten Federation starships to back up ''Shenzou'', and the Klingons are presented with the challenge they wanted. With better than two-to-one odds in their favor, of course.]]
17th Sep '17 9:18:09 PM Lemia
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* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', the wise man Li Kao, who has a [[PragmaticHero slight flaw in his character]], tells Number Ten Ox that he would actually have become a criminal like his parents if he hadn't found getting away with crimes to be so easy it was boring and that solving crimes was more of a challenge for him.
12th Aug '17 2:26:14 PM LinTaylor
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Homer becomes the leader of the Stonecutters lodge he gets very little satisfaction out of everyone being at his beck and call, and when they play poker they always show him their cards, etc. He changes the group so that they do good in the community, but they don't like doing that so they all quit the Stonecutters and form a new lodge, the Ancient Society of No Homers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Homer becomes is revealed as the leader of Stonecutters' [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]], they start bending over backwards to keep him happy, which includes rigging games so that he always wins. When he goes bowling they count every roll as a strike (with Chief Wiggum even shooting the Stonecutters lodge he gets very little satisfaction out of everyone being at leftover pins with his beck and call, revolver), and when they play poker they always show him their cards, etc. He changes the group so that they do good in the community, but they don't like doing that so they all quit the other Stonecutters show Homer their cards and form a invent new lodge, hands on the Ancient Society of No Homers.spot ("What you've got there is the Royal...um, Sampler!"). Homer starts getting bored and dissatisfied with this pretty easily.
25th Jul '17 12:03:05 PM Gravidef
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* Creator/AgathaChristie invokes this trope in a sad way for "The Apples of Hesperides," one of the short stories in ''The Labours of Hercules.'' Emery Power, an [[Fiction500 incredibly rich]] man, hires Hercule Poirot to track down an extremely valuable (30,000 pounds-worth) golden goblet he had previously purchased at an auction and was stolen before he could receive it. Poirot eventually discovers the missing chalice at a small convent in Ireland; the thief's daughter had been a nun there, and she donated the goblet without realizing just how priceless it was. At Poirot's suggestion, Power lets the nuns keep the chalice--he's more interested in the knowledge that he ''owned'' the cup than the cup itself. But when Poirot returns to the Mother Superior and tells the whole story, he remarks that Power is a desperately unhappy man: his wealth has made him able to buy or obtain anything he wants, which has taken all the challenge--and therefore all the joy--out of his life.
8th Jul '17 6:35:18 PM NekoHybrid
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* ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' has intergalactic bounty hunter, Nagi, who has been relentlessly chasing down Ryoko. Near the end of the series when the cast were about to head out to fight Kagato, Ryoko and Nagi encounter each other in the ship's hall. Ryoko had already been severely injured in the previous fight with Kagato and tells Nagi that if she wants to settle things between them, then they should fight now. Nagi simply taps Ryoko in her wound, causing her to scream out in pain. The bounty hunter walks off, saying that fighting Ryoko while in such an injured state would leave a bad taste in her mouth.
14th Jun '17 9:14:37 PM elfey
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', at one point Londo is laid low by a poisoning, and one of his wives has a blood type which can save him. Though she actually doesn't like him and wouldn't entirely mind seeing him die, she donates her blood to save him anyway because she doesn't want to win her battles in such a one-sided way.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', at one point during the middle of deciding which two of his three wives to divorce, Londo is laid low by a poisoning, and one of his wives has a blood type which can save him. Though she actually doesn't like him and wouldn't entirely mind seeing him die, die as she would be his widow, she donates her blood to save him anyway because she doesn't want to win her battles in such a one-sided way.


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*** In the Expanded Universe he becomes the Federation Ambassador to the Ferengi after adapting.
13th Jun '17 8:23:27 AM DVB
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon tells Roy to go away, [[LevelGrinding level up a few times]], and come back when he's tough enough to be a challenging opponent.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon tells Roy to go away, [[LevelGrinding level up a few times]], and come back when he's tough enough to be a challenging opponent. Xykon is an epic-level Sorcerer lich and thus very few things can actually put up a fight against him. Granted, when he starts being overpowered (as seen when he fights the ghost of Soon Kim), he becomes pretty uneasy. This is large in part due to being a ControlFreak.
** Also inverted when he and Team Evil are at Kraagor's Tomb. The tomb is built on a magic stone meaning the Lich can't just phase through it and thus him and his team have to fight the ''hordes'' of powerful monsters put in there. Xykon is actually pretty delighted since they're strong enough to give him ''experience'', something very rare at his level (though if Redcloak wasn't there to heal his injuries, he'd probably would've been defeated at least once.)
13th Jun '17 8:18:03 AM DVB
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** Like Goku, Vegeta loves a good fight and fighting people that can push his limits. Unlike Goku, however, who enjoys fighting people who can beat him, Vegeta only wants his opponents to be strong enough to last for a while. This can be seen when he fights Goku on Earth. At first, he enjoys toying with Goku since he assumes that he's only strong enough to give him a decent battle, but as soon as Goku begins to overpower him, he completely loses it. Also, when he fights Semi-Perfect Cell, he quickly becomes bored after knocking Cell around for a few minutes and complains about how Cell is so weak that he can't fully test his new power. Cell takes advantage of this and tells Vegeta that if he becomes complete that he will easily beat him. Vegeta allows Cell to absorb Android 18, assuming Cell will only become strong enough to give him a good fight, not that he can actually beat him.

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** Like Goku, Vegeta loves a good fight and fighting people that can push his limits. Unlike Goku, however, who enjoys fighting people who can beat him, Vegeta only wants his opponents to be strong enough to last for a while.while, though this is namely due to his pride. This can be seen when he fights Goku on Earth. At first, he enjoys toying with Goku since he assumes that he's only strong enough to give him a decent battle, but as soon as Goku begins to overpower him, he completely loses it. Also, when he fights Semi-Perfect Cell, he quickly becomes bored after knocking Cell around for a few minutes and complains about how Cell is so weak that he can't fully test his new power. Cell takes advantage of this and tells Vegeta that if he becomes complete that he will easily beat him. Vegeta allows Cell to absorb Android 18, assuming Cell will only become strong enough to give him a good fight, not that he can actually beat him.him.
*** Also deconstructed with Vegeta; his pride will often mean he will his opponents become stronger for the purpose of a greater fight and this has led for things going BadToWorse for the heroes in plenty of instances.
22nd Apr '17 5:08:43 AM Getta
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** AboveTheInfluence
** EnemiesEqualsGreatness
** EarnYourHappyEnding
** ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou,

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** * AboveTheInfluence
** * EnemiesEqualsGreatness
** EarnYourHappyEnding
** ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou,
* ILikeThoseOdds
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou
* WillfullyWeak



Compare IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, WorthyOpponent, and MookChivalry, which can be motivations for this trope, or LonelyAtTheTop, NoGuyWantsToBeChased, and VictoryIsBoring, which can be caused by this trope. Contrast DudeShesLikeInAComa, AndNowYouMustMarryMe, PsychicAssistedSuicide, and KickThemWhileTheyAreDown, where in similar situations the character is still satisfied by the result even with the lack of opposition.

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Compare IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, WorthyOpponent, and MookChivalry, which can be motivations for this trope, or LonelyAtTheTop, NoGuyWantsToBeChased, and VictoryIsBoring, which can be caused by this trope. Contrast DudeShesLikeInAComa, AndNowYouMustMarryMe, PsychicAssistedSuicide, and KickThemWhileTheyAreDown, where in similar situations situations, the character ''lack'' of opposition is still satisfied by favorable for the result even with the lack of opposition.
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