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16th Apr '16 5:01:07 PM KingLyger
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* The "Ignore them, they'll go away" school of handling being bullied relied on this trope, and has thankfully been acknowledged to be a generally lousy way of handling bullies. The expectation was if you don't respond to the bully they will get bored. As always when applying fiction tropes to RealLife, RealityEnsues and actual results vary widely, sometimes it works, but sometimes the bully is satisfied by the simple ongoing challenge of trying to get noticed again.

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* The "Ignore "ignore them, they'll go away" strategy of dealing with school of handling being bullied bullies relied on this trope, and has thankfully been acknowledged to be a generally lousy way of handling bullies. trope. The expectation was if you don't didn't respond to the bully they will bully, they'd get bored. bored and leave you alone. As always when applying fiction tropes to RealLife, RealityEnsues and actual [[RealityEnsues reality ensued]]. Actual results of this technique vary widely, widely; sometimes it works, but sometimes the bully is satisfied by the simple ongoing challenge of trying to get noticed again.again. In any case, "just ignore them" has been acknowledged to be a generally lousy way of handling bullies.
13th Apr '16 10:25:44 AM Dravencour
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-> '''King Kai''': Goku, just transform into a Super Saiyan!\\

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-> ---> '''King Kai''': Goku, just transform into a Super Saiyan!\\
12th Apr '16 5:05:21 AM StarTropes
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* The [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Hirogen]] from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' are like this. The more powerful and cunning the prey, the more enjoyable the hunt. [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard This comes back to bite them on the ass]] when they program holographic prey that become more dangerous than their creators.
11th Apr '16 2:39:18 AM Nintendoman01
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** After becoming perfect, Cell quickly becomes bored after stomping Vegeta into the ground and Trunks' Ultra Super Saiyan form proves to be too slow to give him a good challenge. So, he decides to create the Cell Games so Goku and his friends can become stronger to challenge him and test his perfect power. He never once considers the possibility that any of the Z-Fighters could become strong enough to defeat him, only expecting them to be able to give him a good fight. This eventually leads Cell to [[RageBreakingPoint pushing Gohan to his breaking point]] so he can unleashed his hidden power after Goku declares Gohan to be the strongest fighter in the Cell Games. [[GoneHorriblyRight He gets his wish, and promptly get his ass kicked]], resulting in an epic VillainousBreakdown.
10th Apr '16 2:40:17 AM Nintendoman01
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10th Apr '16 2:36:14 AM Nintendoman01
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* One of the defining traits of Goku in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' is that he will always fight fair if he can, and will often hold back his full potential in order to make things more interesting if the stakes aren't too high. Given that he is literally the most powerful fighter in the universe, 99.9% of people in said universe wouldn't be able to touch him otherwise. Shown in his afterlife training when the Western Kai challenges him to show off his moves with ten tons of weight attached to each limb:
---> '''King Kai''': Goku, just transform into a Super Saiyan!
---> '''Goku''': Well yeah, but won't that make it too easy?

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
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One of the Goku's defining traits of Goku in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' is that he will always fight fair if he can, and will often hold back his full potential in order to make things more interesting if the stakes aren't too high. Given that he is literally the most powerful fighter in the universe, 99.9% of people in said universe wouldn't be able to touch him otherwise. Shown in his afterlife training when the Western Kai challenges him to show off his moves with ten tons of weight attached to each limb:
---> -> '''King Kai''': Goku, just transform into a Super Saiyan!
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Saiyan!\\
'''Goku''': Well yeah, but won't that make it too easy?easy?
** 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.
8th Mar '16 10:36:06 AM theek01
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* In ''[[Series/TheLibrarians2014 The Librarians]]'', this is at least part of the reason why Ezekiel Jones is on the team. Before becoming a Librarian-in-Training, he was a world-class thief, and as Stone points out, with the resources the Library has given him, he could rob the world blind with barely any effort. Ezekiel replies by saying that that would be ''too'' easy, and he likes a challenge.
26th Feb '16 5:19:27 AM MegaMarioMan
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* A running theme in the ''SlyCooper'' games. Sly and his entire family have spent all of their lives robbing master criminals rather than ordinary people, as the latter poses absolutely no challenge at all. Sly sums up their attitude in the first game: "You rip off a master criminal, you know you're a master thief."

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* A running theme in the ''SlyCooper'' ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games. Sly and his entire family have spent all of their lives robbing master criminals rather than ordinary people, as the latter poses absolutely no challenge at all. Sly sums up their attitude in the first game: "You rip off a master criminal, you know you're a master thief."
30th Jan '16 1:46:32 PM MsChibi
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Compare IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, WorthyOpponent, and MookChivalry, which can be motivations for this trope, or LonelyAtTheTop 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 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.
30th Nov '15 6:27:11 PM CLT009
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Converse to MiseryBuildsCharacter, which is about how problems can (sometimes) be good for you rather than a complete ''lack'' of problems being bad.
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