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5th Jan '18 2:44:06 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' has LampshadeHanging on one instance of this:
-->Observing this near impossible escape from certain death, Frito wondered how much longer the authors were going to get away with such tripe. He wasn't the only one.
29th Dec '17 12:38:27 AM HopeFox
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Twilight faces down Sunset Shimmer's demonic form with no weapons or magic, then gets hit by a fireball. This would have killed Twilight and company for real if the magic of friendship hadn't intervened, blocked the fireball, and one-shotted Sunset.
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14th Dec '17 11:00:20 PM BobRiddle
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight faces down Sunset Shimmer's demonic form with no weapons or magic, then gets hit by a fireball. This would have killed Twilight and company for real if the magic of friendship hadn't intervened, blocked the fireball, and one-shotted Sunset.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Twilight faces down Sunset Shimmer's demonic form with no weapons or magic, then gets hit by a fireball. This would have killed Twilight and company for real if the magic of friendship hadn't intervened, blocked the fireball, and one-shotted Sunset.
6th Dec '17 1:10:43 PM BobRiddle
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight faces down Sunset Shimmer's demonic form with no weapons or magic, then gets hit by a fireball. This would have killed her for real if the magic of friendship hadn't intervened, blocked the fireball, and one-shotted Sunset.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight faces down Sunset Shimmer's demonic form with no weapons or magic, then gets hit by a fireball. This would have killed her Twilight and company for real if the magic of friendship hadn't intervened, blocked the fireball, and one-shotted Sunset.
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6th Dec '17 12:59:19 PM BobRiddle
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight faces down Sunset Shimmer's demonic form with no weapons or magic, then gets hit by a fireball. This would have killed her for real if the magic of friendship hadn't intervened, blocked the fireball, and one-shotted Sunset.
4th Dec '17 6:41:17 AM BrendanRizzo
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* The original [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn trilogy]] of ''Franchise/StarWars'' books by Creator/TimothyZahn would be a good example. Although the Imperial and New Republic forces were mostly equal on paper, Grand Admiral Thrawn held the initiative and never let go for an instant. 2 3/4ths of the three books were dedicated to the heroes struggling not so much to win as to survive. At the climax of the final book, Luke and Mara were trapped on Thrawn's clone world at the mercy of Joruus C'baoth and the majority of the Republic navy were warping right into a massive trap at the site of their planned counterattack against Thrawn's forces. Only a series of increasingly catastrophic and unlikely setbacks in the final quarter of the third book allowed the heroes to win the day. The author himself even commented that writing a plausible ending was difficult because he had "written himself into a corner" by establishing Thrawn as such a MagnificentBastard. To his credit Zahn ''did'' lay groundwork for many of the setbacks that Thrawn suddenly faced, but having them all work out so perfectly in the heroes' favor and ''all coming together at the same time'' (thus denying Thrawn an opportunity to adjust his tactics as he had done in previous battles) was a stretch.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the last eight or so books have a constantly advancing horde of Imperial Order soldiers advancing little by little across the New World. The heroes have minor victories here and there, and during the fighting retreat led by Kahlan under [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Operation Fuck Your Shit Up]], the D'Haran army slaughtered the Order by the dozens for every casualty they took, but the Order [[MillionMookMarch had the sheer numbers]] to [[ZergRush overwhelm all opposition]]. In the end, the Imperial Order had cut right through the middle of the Midlands and had advanced to D'Hara, where the only army of consequence left in the New World was holed up in a city on a plateau surrounded on all sides. Even sending cavalry into the Old World to [[MoralDissonance pursue a policy of total war]] as part of Operation Fuck Your Shit Up ''Twice'' barely made a dent (partly because said cavalry was fought off by [[spoiler:a witch riding a Dragon]]). The only way the heroes managed to pull out a victory was to find the MacGuffin from the first book and eventually use it to [[spoiler:create a new world (which is, incidentally, implied to be [[EarthAllAlong Earth]]) and magically banish everybody that shared the Imperial Order's philosophies there to live out their lives without magic, wonder or the hope of an aftseerlife. [[IronicHell Essentially, the sort of world they were trying to create in the first place]]]].

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* The original [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn trilogy]] of ''Franchise/StarWars'' books by Creator/TimothyZahn would be a good example. Although the Imperial and New Republic forces were are mostly equal on paper, Grand Admiral Thrawn held holds the initiative and never let lets go for an instant. 2 3/4ths Two and three quarters of the three books were are dedicated to the heroes struggling not so much to win as to survive. At the climax of the final book, Luke and Mara were are trapped on Thrawn's clone world at the mercy of Joruus C'baoth and the majority of the Republic navy were are warping right into a massive trap at the site of their planned counterattack against Thrawn's forces. Only a series of increasingly catastrophic and unlikely setbacks in the final quarter of the third book allowed allow the heroes to win the day. The author himself even commented that writing a plausible ending was difficult because he had "written himself into a corner" by establishing Thrawn as such a MagnificentBastard. To his credit Zahn ''did'' lay groundwork for many of the setbacks that Thrawn suddenly faced, faces, but having them all work out so perfectly in the heroes' favor and ''all coming together at the same time'' (thus denying Thrawn an opportunity to adjust his tactics as he had done in previous battles) was a stretch.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the last eight or so books have a constantly advancing horde of Imperial Order soldiers advancing little by little across the New World. The heroes have minor victories here and there, and during the fighting retreat led by Kahlan under [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Operation Fuck Your Shit Up]], the D'Haran army slaughtered the Order by the dozens for every casualty they took, but the Order [[MillionMookMarch had the sheer numbers]] to [[ZergRush overwhelm all opposition]]. In the end, the Imperial Order had cut right through the middle of the Midlands and had advanced to D'Hara, where the only army of consequence left in the New World was holed up in a city on a plateau surrounded on all sides. Even sending cavalry into the Old World to [[MoralDissonance pursue a policy of total war]] as part of Operation Fuck Your Shit Up ''Twice'' barely made a dent (partly because said cavalry was fought off by [[spoiler:a witch riding a Dragon]]). The only way the heroes managed to pull out a victory was to find the MacGuffin from the first book and eventually use it to [[spoiler:create a new world (which is, incidentally, implied to be [[EarthAllAlong Earth]]) and magically banish everybody that shared the Imperial Order's philosophies there to live out their lives without magic, wonder or the hope of an aftseerlife.afterlife. [[IronicHell Essentially, the sort of world they were trying to create in the first place]]]].
19th Nov '17 3:51:11 PM BobRiddle
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* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/392241/gem-fusion-rarity Gem Fusion Rarity]] parodies this in its prologue: [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Equestria Vlitra]], an ancient being even more horrific than Tirek, effortless erases all Equestrian magic and steamrolls the ''Rainbow Powered'' Mane Six. The only reason why there's even a plot afterwards is because Rarity is a [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse half-Gem]] and regenerates back onto the Gem planet afterwards.
16th Nov '17 12:50:50 PM BobRiddle
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** Discord is so powerful that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 his]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 debut]] would have literally ended the series if he didn't just let the Mane Six win.

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** Discord is so powerful that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 his]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 debut]] would have literally ended the series if he didn't just let the Mane Six win.
16th Nov '17 12:50:36 PM BobRiddle
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** Discord is so powerful that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicTheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 his]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicTheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 debut]] would have literally ended the series if he didn't just let the Mane Six win.

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** Discord is so powerful that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicTheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 his]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicTheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 debut]] would have literally ended the series if he didn't just let the Mane Six win.
16th Nov '17 12:49:54 PM BobRiddle
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** Discord is so powerful that [[Recap/TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 his]] [[Recap/TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 debut]] would have literally ended the series if he didn't just let the Mane Six win.

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** Discord is so powerful that [[Recap/TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicTheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 his]] [[Recap/TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicTheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 debut]] would have literally ended the series if he didn't just let the Mane Six win.
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