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7th Jun '17 1:45:40 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''{{Literature/Flatland}}'', this is how higher-dimensional beings appear to lower-dimensional ones. From the eyes of the 2-D main character, the 3-D sphere appears like a sorcerer, able to phase in and out, change shape, and see everyone's internal organs. The sphere is not particularly special in his own world, but his ability to intersect himself with Flatland quite easily makes him a god there.

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* In ''{{Literature/Flatland}}'', this is how higher-dimensional beings appear to lower-dimensional ones. From the eyes of the 2-D main character, the 3-D sphere appears like a sorcerer, able to phase in and out, change shape, and see everyone's internal organs. The sphere is not particularly special in his own world, but his ability to intersect himself with Flatland quite easily makes him a god there. It's taken up (or perhaps down) to its [[UpToEleven logical extreme]] in the 0th dimension: It's infinitesimally small, so the Point is the only being that can fit in it. Such that, the Point has no concept of other beings than itself, so they can't even communicate with it--anything it hears from other beings, the Point thinks it's hearing itself.



* The eponymous ogre of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is pretty standard for his kind. He still manages to fight off a dozen armed guards and take on a dragon, and he regularly sends thugs running. The fourth film shows he isn't a particularly strong, large or well-trained ogre -- in fact he's actually smaller than most.

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* The eponymous ogre of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is pretty standard for his kind. He still manages to fight off a dozen armed guards and take on a dragon, and he regularly sends thugs running. The fourth film shows he isn't a particularly strong, large or well-trained ogre -- in fact he's actually smaller than most. He is, however, a great deal more intelligent than any ogre in the movie [[spoiler:except Fiona]], who are almost all depicted as DumbMuscle.
3rd Jun '17 11:04:01 AM ZerroDefex
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** Which does not explain his ability to punch through stone barriers though, unless MAR is also a world of cardboard.
28th May '17 7:44:41 PM Gamermaster
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* ''[[Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault]]'': Back [[Bob
'''Literature/TheDresdenFiles home]], Harry is above average, but far from the top. In the world of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', both his power and versatility are unrivaled.

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* ''[[Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault]]'': Back [[Bob
'''Literature/TheDresdenFiles
[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles home]], Harry is above average, but far from the top. In the world of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', both his power and versatility are unrivaled.
28th May '17 11:31:12 AM HouseLyrander
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* In {{Albion}} there is the pistol from the prologue which is just an ordinary sidearm on the human spaceship it's found on that's only remarkable because of the circumstances it's found in, but on the titular primitive planet it's a TooAwesomeToUse DiskOneNuke that's deadlier than the InfinityPlusOneSword. A downplayed example would be the stimdrinks also found in the prologue which are considered potent but still ultimately unremarkable painkillers in space, but are [[ClosestThingWeGot serviceable substitutes]] for expensive magical healing potions planetside.
27th May '17 9:12:24 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', this is [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Suiryu's]] problem and the source of his pride. He's legitimately strong and would fit into the lower ranks of S-Class perfectly, but he's limited his world view to what he sees in the tournament ring. Fighting only people much weaker than him has blinded him to just how many monsters and heroes out there are stronger than him. He finally understands this once he fights the Dragon-level [[GeniusBruiser Gouketsu]] and realizes that for all his strength, [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh he can't make the monster even blink]] (for context, "Dragon" threats are among the most powerful opponents in the world and only surpassed by "God"-level ones. Even monsters on the rank below it, "Demon", are dangerous enough that even a low-ranked S-Class Hero can lose).
25th May '17 7:56:03 AM LordOfTheSword
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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', the extra-dimensional Ultra Beasts are considered a serious threat to both people and normal Pokémon (each having extremely high proficiency in one or two stats), but in their home dimension, each type is quite common and they're one of the few legendary-type Pokémon to explicitly avert SingleSpecimenSpecies.

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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', the extra-dimensional Ultra Beasts are considered a serious threat to both people and normal Pokémon (each having extremely high proficiency in one or two stats), (Celesteela, for example, is capable of ''burning down entire forests''), but in their home dimension, each type is quite common and they're one of the few legendary-type Pokémon to explicitly avert SingleSpecimenSpecies.
18th May '17 1:10:32 PM FrankLinegar
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* ''[[Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault]]'': Back [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles home]], Harry is above average, but far from the top. In the world of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', both his power and versatility are unrivaled.

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* ''[[Fanfic/ASongOfIceAndFiresThatWerentAllMyFault A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault]]'': Back [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles [[Bob
'''Literature/TheDresdenFiles
home]], Harry is above average, but far from the top. In the world of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', both his power and versatility are unrivaled.



* '''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''': Harry has power that to humans seems amazing, but as wizards go he's fairly young and not considered particularly powerful by the white council, with Harry himself admitting he'd be outright no match for Morgan, to say nothing of the senior council members.
** On top of this there's fairies and other supernatural creatures who's innate power is beyond (presumably)any wizards.
*** To elaborate, there's Mother Summer and Mother Winter, the latter of which has magic powerful enough to craft a spell the ''entire white council combined'' couldn't create, even at a time she was at her weakest and did so with no effort. There's Mab and Titania who's true forms nearly broke Garry's mind(and he himself called his power a speck of dust compared to theirs), there's Odin and the Elking, who are on par with Mab and Titania, there's the Eldest Gruff who has killed at least 3 senior council members, and that's just the Fairy Courts. There's also the forest people, one of which compares human wizards to "children waiving around handguns", Ferrovax, a Dragon who's will alone crushed Harry into the ground with no effort, and the archangel Uriel who apparently has the power to destroy ''galaxies''! Overall Harry spends most of his time in over his head power wise, and has to rely on his clever plans to succeed more than his magic.



** The inhumans are also this. They're a major threat to the(mostly human) shield agents but even the strongest ie Hive and Lash don't have near the power of, say, Thor or The Hulk. This becomes fairly obviously when Ghost rider is introduced and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps]] both Quake and Hellfire.



* ''Series/JessicaJones'': Jessica and Luke are good examples. Compared to normal people they're complete powerhouses, but since they share a universe with the likes of The Avengers, they're relatively low on the superhuman totem pole. For reference, their powers are basically the same as The Hulk, but they're leagues below the Jade Giant in terms of power. Considering the rest of the Avengers include PoweredArmour users and a PhysicalGod, it's safe to say their powers aren't a big draw. Even SuperSoldier Captain America and BadassNormal Widow and Hawkeye have fighting skills that make them much more effective than UnskilledButStrong Jess and Luke (although Luke is shown to be a capable fighter in his own series but living in a [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength World Of Cardboard]] causes him to focus too much on not killing to combine his strength and skill effectively).
** Kilgrave also counts, his powers in this series are borderline StoryBreakerPower, but like his comic counterpart he's not exactly an Avengers level threat. Particularly since many Avengers can NoSell his virus based powers (Vision isn't human, Thor is immune to earthly viruses, Hulk has a healing factor, Iron Man's suit can filter the virus out, Hawkeye is immune to mind control after the first movie, and Captain America can [at least in the comics] resist him through sheer willpower).

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* ''Series/JessicaJones'': Jessica and Luke are good examples. Compared to normal people they're complete powerhouses, but being able to lift cars and in Luke's case shrug off bullets. But since they share a universe with the likes of The Avengers, they're relatively low on the superhuman totem pole. For reference, their powers are basically the same as The Hulk, but they're leagues below the Jade Giant in terms of power. Considering the rest of the Avengers include PoweredArmour users and a PhysicalGod, it's safe to say their powers aren't a big draw. Even SuperSoldier Captain America and BadassNormal Widow and Hawkeye have fighting skills that make them much more effective than UnskilledButStrong Jess and Luke (although Luke is shown to be a capable fighter in his own series but living in a [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength World Of Cardboard]] causes him to focus too much on not killing to combine his strength and skill effectively).
** Kilgrave also counts, his powers in this series are borderline StoryBreakerPower, but like his comic counterpart he's not exactly an Avengers level threat. Particularly since many Avengers can NoSell his virus based powers (Vision isn't human, Thor is immune to earthly viruses, Hulk has a healing factor, Iron Man's suit can filter the virus out, Hawkeye is immune to mind control after the first movie, and Captain America can [at least in the comics] resist him through sheer willpower).willpower) and he's something of a one trick pony who doesn't have any additional fighting skills or powers to fall back on.
16th May '17 10:24:22 AM nombretomado
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** Upon remembering of his encounter with [[{{Tsukihime}} Altrouge Brunestud]], [[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} Phobos]], a powerful mage in his own right and a capable {{Chessmaster}}, [[OhCrap cries out in terror]], reveals to Kandrakar the plan that would have allowed him to sneakily take over, and ''returns to his cell'' (to be fair, once he doesn't have a whole planet supplying him with magic Phobos isn't particularly dangerous in combat even for ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}''[='=]s standards, and it's implied the only reason he was still around was that he [[BornAgainImmortality reincarnates with all his memories every time he's killed]] and was GenreSavvy to not let himself get caught alive until the current generation of Guardians managed to get the drop on him);
** [[{{Tsukihime}} Enhance]] is explicitely the ''weakest'' of the Dead Apostle Ancestors, and to fight the others he has to rely on them being {{Squishy Wizard}}s. Trhvmn Ortenrosse is a stronger Dead Apostle Ancestor, but isn't comparable in power to the top 10 (his strongest point being he's not a Squishy Wizard like most other Dead Apostle Ancestors). When they find themselves together fighting against a Nightmare Factory branch, they casually tear through their forces without even trying. Then the Nightmare Factory tries his HeroicBSOD-inducing nightmares... At which point Ortenrosse ''takes offence they tried to scare [[EvilerThanThou those who cause nightmares to the scariest things on the planet]]'', and wipes them out. Remember, neither of them is even close to be the strongest or scariest of the Dead Apostle Ancestors;

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** Upon remembering of his encounter with [[{{Tsukihime}} [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Altrouge Brunestud]], [[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} Phobos]], a powerful mage in his own right and a capable {{Chessmaster}}, [[OhCrap cries out in terror]], reveals to Kandrakar the plan that would have allowed him to sneakily take over, and ''returns to his cell'' (to be fair, once he doesn't have a whole planet supplying him with magic Phobos isn't particularly dangerous in combat even for ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}''[='=]s standards, and it's implied the only reason he was still around was that he [[BornAgainImmortality reincarnates with all his memories every time he's killed]] and was GenreSavvy to not let himself get caught alive until the current generation of Guardians managed to get the drop on him);
** [[{{Tsukihime}} [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Enhance]] is explicitely the ''weakest'' of the Dead Apostle Ancestors, and to fight the others he has to rely on them being {{Squishy Wizard}}s. Trhvmn Ortenrosse is a stronger Dead Apostle Ancestor, but isn't comparable in power to the top 10 (his strongest point being he's not a Squishy Wizard like most other Dead Apostle Ancestors). When they find themselves together fighting against a Nightmare Factory branch, they casually tear through their forces without even trying. Then the Nightmare Factory tries his HeroicBSOD-inducing nightmares... At which point Ortenrosse ''takes offence they tried to scare [[EvilerThanThou those who cause nightmares to the scariest things on the planet]]'', and wipes them out. Remember, neither of them is even close to be the strongest or scariest of the Dead Apostle Ancestors;
7th May '17 2:03:42 PM dracogeorge
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** Although in some ways played straight and zig-zagged, as he is stated to still be leagues above the average soldier on Remnant, and he is highly skilled and versatile, so while in some ways he is weak compared to the average Hunter, in other ways he exceeds them (can turn invisible and walk silently, has far better senses and reflexes, has a supercomputer for a brain, is still able to run faster than many Hunters, can tell when someone is lying), and it is balanced out by Aura only protecting people if they consciously raise it and keep it active (meaning he can defeat even the strongest Hunter if he manages to sneak up on them). [[spoiler:This is shown when he is able to spot an assassin, calculate the trajectory of the assassin's bullet, and knock the bullet off course within the span of four seconds, then is the only one besides [[SuperSpeed Ruby]] able to keep up with him, and is able to tell the assassin is playing dead by reading his biometrics.]]
26th Apr '17 4:27:37 PM normanale834
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* This is [[PlayedForLaughs hilariously]] shown in [[{{WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged}} Dragonball Z Abridged's]] "Cell vs" shorts. Various characters such as [[{{Manga/YuYuHakusho}} Yusuke Urameshi]] and [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] show up to try their hand in the Cell Games. The results are predictable.



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* This is what often ends up happening when people on fictional 'versus debate' forums make unbalanced threads, not realizing the power disparity between different settings. For example, Krillin from Dragon Ball Z might be considered a weak character in his native setting, but that wouldn't stop him from casually slaughtering everything in the Naruto verse.
** This is [[PlayedForLaughs hilariously]] shown in [[{{WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged}} Dragonball Z Abridged's]] "Cell vs" shorts. Various characters such as [[{{Manga/YuYuHakusho}} Yusuke Urameshi]] and [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] show up to try their hand in the Cell Games. The results are predictable.
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