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25th Sep '17 12:21:07 PM EDP
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* This is a FandomSpecificPlot for ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' crossovers, where Naofumi is replaced by someone who in his home universe was far stronger and more competent as a hero but had competition while he's far more formidable in Melromarc. [[UpToEleven Brought to the (il)logical extreme]] with ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12451409/1/The-Hero-Melromarc-Needs-and-Deserves The Hero Melromarc Needs and Deserves]], as [[Manga/SaintSeiya Cancer Deathmask]], in addition to be a SociopathicHero at best, [[LightningBruiser can move at the speed of light and cause enormous destruction with a punch]] among [[SuperPowerLottery his many powers]].

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* This is a FandomSpecificPlot for ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' crossovers, where Naofumi is replaced by someone who in his home universe was far stronger and more competent as a hero but had competition while he's far more formidable in Melromarc. [[UpToEleven Brought to the (il)logical extreme]] with ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12451409/1/The-Hero-Melromarc-Needs-and-Deserves The Hero Melromarc Needs and Deserves]], Deserves]]'', as [[Manga/SaintSeiya Cancer Deathmask]], in addition to be a SociopathicHero at best, [[LightningBruiser can move at the speed of light and cause enormous destruction with a punch]] among [[SuperPowerLottery his many powers]].
25th Sep '17 7:49:31 AM AndreaTx
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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the angel, Castiel, is powerful enough that he's often [[PutOnABus sent on a mission]] during monster of the week episodes so as not to be available to solve all the Winchesters' problems with his scale busting angelic powers. He's far more powerful than the brothers are and can easily kill humans, demons, and monsters alike, but he's actually evenly-matched if not low powered when compared to his fellow angels, particularly the archangels, who have killed him on more than one occasion by exploding his vessel with a snap of their fingers.
19th Sep '17 3:03:05 PM Gosicrystal
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A character who, in their own reality/universe, is fairly normal, if not underpowered. They'd be a Mook or RedShirt back home, or someone fairly low key. Or maybe back home they're weak because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they have to measure up to god-level opponents or]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Whatever the reason, they're not considered strong.

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A character who, in their own reality/universe, is fairly normal, if not underpowered. They'd be a Mook or RedShirt back home, or someone fairly low key. Or maybe back home they're weak because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they have to measure up to god-level opponents or]] opponents]] or {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Whatever the reason, they're not considered strong.
9th Sep '17 3:31:23 PM Psyclone
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** Because of this, most weapons in the game are either usually harmless items (Toy Knife) or household items that are dangerous yet would be relatively innefective (Burnt Pan, Worn Dagger). [[spoiler:At the end of the Genocide Run, you find the "Real Knife", which being an actual weapon, serves as the InfinityPlusOneSword.]]


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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', since the game is a LARP, all weapons are repurposed household objects. The Sweet Katana is the only real weapon in the game and thus it serves as the game's InfinityPlusOneSword.
31st Aug '17 5:08:09 AM TerasOde
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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has no magic, leaving them defenseless against the likes of Sunset Shimmer, the Dazzlings, and [[spoiler:Gloriosa Daisy]], who were all considerably less powerful than the heavy hitters back home (at least until they went OneWingedAngel). When the alternate versions of the Mane Six gain Equestrian magic, they are vastly more powerful than the other residents of the Equestria Girls universe, and are immune to the sirens' spells. [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle, on the other hand, is a {{Subversion}}; her [[RealityBleed powers]] were a sufficient threat to endanger both worlds and were on par with the likes of Discord and Tirek in destructive potential]].

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* The world of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has no magic, leaving them defenseless against the likes of Sunset Shimmer, Shimmer or the Dazzlings, and [[spoiler:Gloriosa Daisy]], who were all considerably less powerful than are somewhere above average compared to the heavy hitters usual threats the heroes had to face back home (at least until they went OneWingedAngel). When the alternate versions of the Mane Six gain Equestrian magic, they are vastly more powerful than the other residents of the Equestria Girls universe, become strong enough to match them, and are it makes them immune to the sirens' spells.HatePlague. [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle, on the other hand, is a {{Subversion}}; her [[RealityBleed powers]] were a sufficient threat to endanger both worlds and were on par with the likes of Discord and Tirek in destructive potential]].
29th Aug '17 4:57:15 PM Malady
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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.

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* In {{Albion}} ''VideoGame/{{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.
6th Aug '17 12:53:43 PM MarqFJA
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* Kanna from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. By dragon standards she's just a young child, but on Earth (where there are only five other dragons) she's the sixth strongest being in the world. The sheer scope of the power difference between the two worlds comes up when she and Tohru are "roughhousing" (in a manner that wouldn't look out of place in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'') and they tell Kobayashi that they were fighting at a ''human'' level.

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* Kanna from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. By dragon standards she's just a young child, but on Earth (where there are only five other dragons) she's the sixth strongest being in the world. The sheer scope of the power difference between the two worlds comes up when she and Tohru are "roughhousing" (in a manner that wouldn't look out of place in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'') and they tell Kobayashi that they were fighting at a ''human'' level.level (that is, at the level of the average human from '''their''' world).
3rd Aug '17 6:35:00 AM StFan
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* Ginta from ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' is a relatively normal boy in his home universe. However, when he comes to MAR, he's considered super strong because of the difference in gravity and atmospheric oxygen concentration.
** Which does not explain his ability to punch through stone barriers though, unless MAR is also a world of cardboard.

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* Ginta from ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' is a relatively normal boy in his home universe. However, when he comes to MAR, MÄR, he's considered super strong super-strong because of the difference in gravity and atmospheric oxygen concentration.
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concentration. Which does not explain his ability to punch through stone barriers though, unless MAR MÄR is also a world of cardboard.



*** This gets a humorous nod in the Buu Saga when Babidi's minion Pui-Pui brings the heroes to his home planet, thinking they'll be crushed by its gravity, which is 10 times greater than Earth's. Unfortunately for the poor sod, his opponent is Vegeta, who explains with a smirk that 10 [=Gs=] is nothing to him.

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*** ** This gets a humorous nod in the Buu Saga when Babidi's minion Pui-Pui brings the heroes to his home planet, thinking they'll be crushed by its gravity, which is 10 times greater than Earth's. Unfortunately for the poor sod, his opponent is Vegeta, who explains with a smirk that 10 [=Gs=] is nothing to him.



* This comes up several times in ''Manga/OnePiece'', where characters, usually one-shot, are hyped up as the strongest in whatever nation or island the story is taking place in at the time, only to be [[WorfEffect Worfed]] by a more worldly, and therefore more powerful, fighter. Zoro had this happen to himself in his "[[CurbStompBattle epic duel]]" with Mihawk at the Baratie; despite being the most infamous swordsman and bounty hunter in the East Blue, Mihawk makes short work of him
-->'''Mihawk:''' You may have a reputation, but you're still just a bunny. [...] You're a little frog, croaking in your puddle. Time you learned how big the world is.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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This comes up several times in ''Manga/OnePiece'', , where characters, usually one-shot, are hyped up as the strongest in whatever nation or island the story is taking place in at the time, only to be [[WorfEffect Worfed]] by a more worldly, and therefore more powerful, fighter. Zoro had this happen to himself in his "[[CurbStompBattle epic duel]]" with Mihawk at the Baratie; despite being the most infamous swordsman and bounty hunter in the East Blue, Mihawk makes short work of him
-->'''Mihawk:'''
him.
--->'''Mihawk:'''
You may have a reputation, but you're still just a bunny. [...] You're a little frog, croaking in your puddle. Time you learned how big the world is.



* Similar to the ''Manga/OnePiece'' example, ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' has this happen with Mashiro's uncle, Nobuhiro "Taro Kawaguchi" Mashiro. When he's first introduced, his drawings are fairly cartoon-like, bordering on StylisticSuck, and he is said to have been ignorant of several manga drawing techniques. However, Kaya's father reveals that Nobuhiro was quite good at art compared to his classmates.
-->'''Mr. Miyoshi''': (Nobuhiro) always had good ideas in his head, and got good grades in art class. He was especially talented at drawing.
-->'''Takagi''': Whaaat!? Taro Kawaguchi was good at drawing?! No way!
-->'''Mr. Miyoshi''': He was better than the rest of us-- a big fish in a small pond.
-->'''Mashiro''': Yeah, my uncle told me he realized how bad he was only after he decided to become a professional manga artist.

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* Similar to the ''Manga/OnePiece'' example, ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' has this ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'':
** This
happen with Mashiro's uncle, Nobuhiro "Taro Kawaguchi" Mashiro. When he's first introduced, his drawings are fairly cartoon-like, bordering on StylisticSuck, and he is said to have been ignorant of several manga drawing techniques. However, Kaya's father reveals that Nobuhiro was quite good at art compared to his classmates.
-->'''Mr. Miyoshi''': (Nobuhiro) --->'''Mr. Miyoshi:''' [Nobuhiro] always had good ideas in his head, and got good grades in art class. He was especially talented at drawing.
-->'''Takagi''':
drawing.\\
'''Takagi:'''
Whaaat!? Taro Kawaguchi was good at drawing?! No way!
-->'''Mr. Miyoshi''':
way!\\
'''Mr. Miyoshi:'''
He was better than the rest of us-- us -- a big fish in a small pond.
-->'''Mashiro''':
pond.\\
'''Mashiro:'''
Yeah, my uncle told me he realized how bad he was only after he decided to become a professional manga artist.



* TheFlash, of DC Comics fame, is considered a bit of an inversion when DC and Marvel did one of their crossovers. In the Marvel Universe, there's no Speed Force (the source of his super-speed), so he's basically an ordinary man.

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* TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, of DC Comics fame, is considered a bit of an inversion when DC and Marvel did one of their crossovers. In the Marvel Universe, there's no Speed Force (the source of his super-speed), so he's basically an ordinary man.



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fan fiction in general tends to do this, partially because the setting takes so much RefugeInAudacity. Heck, one of the primary weapons is a gun that shoots [[MoreDakka automatic,]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill armor-piercing]], [[{{BFG}} .75 cal]] [[MadeOfExplodium rocket-propelled grenades.]] This is considered one of the tamer weapons in the setting. More exotic guns include ones that fire monomolecular shards of metal, acid, fire, hypersonic projectiles, lasers, sound, horrible energy that strips you down to your core, molecule by molecule, and the power of Hell itself. God help the other universe and their puny mundane magic solid shots and plain ThunderboltIron swords in any crossover, because the GodEmperor isn't. And the Dark Gods will likely just make it worse.
* Example related to the above; in ''FanFic/TheMissionStaysTheSame'', Captain Gallardi starts off as an EliteMook with a slightly better than average gun, and Maeteris is young for [[SpaceElves an Eldar Farseer]]. Once they arrive in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, though, Gallardi's lasgun can punch through most armor and shielding with little difficulty, and Maeteris' abilities allow her not only to see upcoming danger, but destroy multiple squads of enemies by herself.
* Inverted in SleepingWithTheGirls as the protagonist finds himself suddenly far more fragile in other universes due to them involving over the top SlapStick violence with everyone trying to give him a MegatonPunch and him just being a normal human. This trope is also played straight, though, as the protagonist comes from our world, which has no magic. Thusly, when he goes to other worlds that ''do'' have magic, he isn't hurt by magical attacks at all. He can still be hurt or killed by magical side effects, such as the heat of a fireball causing his clothes to burn or to boil water he's drinking.
* This trope applied to humans is the basis of many a "Humanity, Fuck Yeah!" story: See HumansAreWarriors and [[HumanityIsSuperior related]] [[HumansAreCthulhu tropes]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' fan fiction in general tends to do this, partially because the setting takes so much RefugeInAudacity. Heck, one of the primary weapons is a gun that shoots [[MoreDakka automatic,]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill armor-piercing]], [[{{BFG}} .75 cal]] [[MadeOfExplodium rocket-propelled grenades.]] This is considered one of the tamer weapons in the setting. More exotic guns include ones that fire monomolecular shards of metal, acid, fire, hypersonic projectiles, lasers, sound, horrible energy that strips you down to your core, molecule by molecule, and the power of Hell itself. God help the other universe and their puny mundane magic solid shots and plain ThunderboltIron swords in any crossover, because the GodEmperor isn't. And the Dark Gods will likely just make it worse.
* Example related to the above; in ''FanFic/TheMissionStaysTheSame'', ''Fanfic/TheMissionStaysTheSame'', Captain Gallardi starts off as an EliteMook with a slightly better than average gun, and Maeteris is young for [[SpaceElves an Eldar Farseer]]. Once they arrive in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, though, Gallardi's lasgun can punch through most armor and shielding with little difficulty, and Maeteris' abilities allow her not only to see upcoming danger, but destroy multiple squads of enemies by herself.
* Inverted in SleepingWithTheGirls ''Fanfic/SleepingWithTheGirls'' as the protagonist finds himself suddenly far more fragile in other universes due to them involving over the top over-the-top SlapStick violence with everyone trying to give him a MegatonPunch and him just being a normal human. This trope is also played straight, though, as the protagonist comes from our world, which has no magic. Thusly, when he goes to other worlds that ''do'' have magic, he isn't hurt by magical attacks at all. He can still be hurt or killed by magical side effects, such as the heat of a fireball causing his clothes to burn or to boil water he's drinking.
* This trope applied to humans is the basis of many a "Humanity, Fuck Yeah!" story: See HumansAreWarriors and [[HumanityIsSuperior related]] [[HumansAreCthulhu tropes]].
drinking.



* Milo from ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNatural20'' isn't a particularly powerful Wizard by D&D standards, but he can pull things that the Potterverse can't, which sorta makes up for what the Potterverse wizards can do but not him.
** [[spoiler:On the other and substantially more frightening side of the equation, there's the witch who got sent over, strongly implied to be Bellatrix Lestrange, who is not bound by The Rules of Milo's world and stomps his old party with ease.]]

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* Milo from ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNatural20'' isn't a particularly powerful Wizard by D&D standards, but he can pull things that the Potterverse can't, which sorta makes up for what the Potterverse wizards can do but not him.
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him. [[spoiler:On the other and substantially more frightening side of the equation, there's the witch who got sent over, strongly implied to be Bellatrix Lestrange, who is not bound by The Rules of Milo's world and stomps his old party with ease.]]



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--> '''Sarah:''' Can you stop it?
--> '''Reese:''' I don't know. With these weapons, I don't know.

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--> '''Sarah:''' -->'''Sarah:''' Can you stop it?
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it?\\
'''Reese:''' I don't know. With these weapons, I don't know.



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''-based media can invoke this easily, considering that the setting includes rules for everything from [[TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}} gang warfare]] to [[TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic city sized starships]]. Flak armor, the "default" body armor for an [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guardsman]], is high-tier in games like ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' or ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', and a "standard" Space Marine from the main ruleset can serve as an army-smashing boss monster in a smaller-scale game.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''-based ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''-based media can invoke this easily, considering that the setting includes rules for everything from [[TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}} gang warfare]] to [[TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic city sized starships]]. Flak armor, the "default" body armor for an [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guardsman]], is high-tier in games like ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' or ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', and a "standard" Space Marine from the main ruleset can serve as an army-smashing boss monster in a smaller-scale game.



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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** The later seasons show that Agent Washington is WeakButSkilled compared to the other Freelancer agents, especially the powerhouses like Tex, Carolina, and Maine. He's a complete badass compared to the regular Blood Gulch crew, though, especially in his first few appearances. In the prequel bits, Wyoming's shown to be virtually useless compared to the other Freelancers, but in the Blood Gulch episodes, he serves as a rather dangerous villain, with most of his appearances before the finale have him getting the better of the Reds, Blues, and even Tex (who easily tossed him around during their first meeting in Season 9). This is largely due to [[CombatPragmatist pulling off sneak attacks]], [[BiggerStick alongside having the ability to manipulate time]].
** This trope also gets inverted. The Freelancers did pretty well against hordes of regular, competent enemies in the prequel seasons. When the meet the Reds and the Blues they still toss them around like the incompetent idiots they are [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder but they tend to have a much lower success rate.]]
** While Simmons is one of the more rational and well-adjusted members of the Red Team, this is only compared to the fanatic, gung-ho Sarge, the apathic Grif, and the very ditzy Donut. When Dr. Emily Grey compliments his intelligence in season 13, she has to clarify that he's smarter than his teammates.
** In the original series, Wyoming was constantly getting one over on the Reds, Blues, and even Tex, while in the prequel arcs, he's shown to be mediocre at best for a Freelancer. Partly justified in that he had time manipulation powers in the original series he didn't display in the prequels.
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the later seasons show that Agent Washington is WeakButSkilled compared to the other Freelancer agents, especially the powerhouses like Tex, Carolina, and Maine. He's a complete badass compared to the regular Blood Gulch crew, though, especially in his first few appearances. In the prequel bits, Wyoming's shown to be virtually useless compared to the other Freelancers, but in the Blood Gulch episodes, he serves as a rather dangerous villain, with most of his appearances before the finale have him getting the better of the Reds, Blues, and even Tex (who easily tossed him around during their first meeting in Season 9). This is largely due to [[CombatPragmatist pulling off sneak attacks]], [[BiggerStick alongside having the ability to manipulate time]].\\
This trope also gets inverted. The Freelancers did pretty well against hordes of regular, competent enemies in the prequel seasons. When the meet the Reds and the Blues they still toss them around like the incompetent idiots they are [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder but they tend to have a much lower success rate.]]
** While Simmons is one of the more rational and well-adjusted members of the Red Team, this is only compared to the fanatic, gung-ho Sarge, the apathic Grif, and the very ditzy Donut. When Dr. Emily Grey compliments his intelligence in season 13, she has to clarify that he's smarter than his teammates.
** In the original series, Wyoming was constantly getting one over on the Reds, Blues, and even Tex, while in the prequel arcs, he's shown to be mediocre at best for a Freelancer. Partly justified in that he had time manipulation powers in the original series he didn't display in the prequels.



-->'''Principal Skinner:''' Lisa, you have a choice: you may continue to be challenged in third grade or return to second grade and be merely a big fish in a small pond.
-->'''Lisa:''' [[StatusQuoIsGod Big fish! Big fish!]]

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-->'''Principal Skinner:''' Lisa, you have a choice: you may continue to be challenged in third grade or return to second grade and be merely a big fish in a small pond.
-->'''Lisa:'''
pond.\\
'''Lisa:'''
[[StatusQuoIsGod Big fish! Big fish!]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}'': Blukic and Driba are [[TheGreys Galvans]], which makes them technologically savvy enough to get by as {{Bungling Inventor}}s on Earth, but by standards of their own planet they're complete idiots.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}'': ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': Blukic and Driba are [[TheGreys Galvans]], which makes them technologically savvy enough to get by as {{Bungling Inventor}}s on Earth, but by standards of their own planet they're complete idiots.



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30th Jul '17 7:28:35 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Discussed in ''Manga/ACentaursLife'' during the marathon; while protagonist Hime can run 100m in about 9 seconds (as fast as or faster than our own current world record holder, Usain Bolt), when she tries actually ''racing'' she's left lagging massively behind the other competitors. This is because, as the title suggests, Hime is a ''centaur,'' so while she can leave all her bipedal friends eating the dust of her hooves, compared to professional runners of her own race she's a slowpoke.
23rd Jul '17 11:10:24 AM MBG
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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' is generally considered a second-tier hero at best in the mainstream DC Universe, however, when he is transported to the ''Creator/{{Wildstorm}}'' universe, he proves to be almost unstoppable, all but casually walking through ComicBook/TheAuthority, that worlds' mightiest [[NinetiesAntiHero "heroes"]].

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' is generally considered a second-tier hero at best in the mainstream DC Universe, however, when he is transported to the ''Creator/{{Wildstorm}}'' universe, he proves to be almost unstoppable, all but casually walking through ComicBook/TheAuthority, that worlds' mightiest [[NinetiesAntiHero "heroes"]]. Of course, part of this is that Captain Atom [[WillfullyWeak holds back]] a ''lot''.
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