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19th Jun '17 6:49:43 AM Psyga315
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* The season 3 finale of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Ruby suddenly [[spoiler:discover that she inherited an incredible secret power from her mother]], which allows her to immobilize the [[spoiler:Grimm dragon central to Cinder's plan]] with the only foreshadowing for this being a vague, throwaway line way back in the first episode of season 1 that could have meant anything. Subverted in that [[spoiler:even with both the Dragon and Cinder taken out of commission, it barely saved anything. RWBY's broken, Pyrrha's dead, Beacon is effectively no more, and Cinder still got what she wanted in the first place]].

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* The season 3 finale of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Ruby suddenly [[spoiler:discover that she inherited an incredible secret power from her mother]], which allows her to immobilize the [[spoiler:Grimm dragon central to Cinder's plan]] with the only foreshadowing for this being a vague, throwaway line way back in the first episode of season 1 that could have meant anything. Subverted in that [[spoiler:even with both the Dragon and Cinder taken out of commission, it barely saved anything. RWBY's broken, Pyrrha's dead, Beacon is effectively no more, and Cinder still got what she wanted in the first place]].place]] DoubleSubverted when we find that in the next volume, [[spoiler:Cinder's taken out of commission because of that power and thus, Ruby's journey is slightly easier. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Slightly]].]]
10th Jun '17 3:45:54 PM Edvardelis
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* The finale of the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' manga. At one point, the main villain Priscilla got so overpowered, that active readers at the time were sure that nothing but an ass pull could save the day. They did not know how right they were. [[spoiler:In the end, the main protagonist, Claire, awakens, a process that gives a Claymore an enormous boost in strength and agility, but makes them lose their humanity and become a demon. Except neither of those two things happen, but she becomes Teresa of the Faint Smile reborn, a warrior considered to be the strongest Claymore there ever was, who then proceeds to ''awaken as well'' and turn Priscilla literally into dust in a matter of panels.]]

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* The finale of the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' manga. At one point, the main villain Priscilla got so overpowered, that active readers at the time were sure that nothing but an ass pull could save the day. They did not know how right they were. [[spoiler:In the end, the main protagonist, Claire, awakens, a process that gives a Claymore an enormous boost in strength and agility, but makes them lose their humanity and become a demon. Except neither of those two things happen, but that she becomes ''awakens into'' Teresa of the Faint Smile reborn, a warrior considered to be the strongest Claymore there ever was, who then proceeds to ''awaken as well'' and turn Priscilla literally into dust in a matter of panels.]]
** [[spoiler:There was a very very early [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]], however. Whereas every other claymore in existence was fused with Yoma remains, Claire was instead fused with ''Teresa's'' remains, which is why Clair was referred to as one-quarter Yoma.
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9th Jun '17 1:30:28 PM Prometheus117
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** It's common for Natsu to win the final battle of any given arc by means of random temporary power-up, some of which are better handled than others. The first time was against Jellal, when it turned out he could eat Etherion, then with Zero when [[spoiler:Jellal]] gave him a special magical boost, though that time it was justified because [[spoiler:Jellal was intentionally replicating the same effect that first allowed Natsu to beat him]]. DoubleSubversion in the Tenrou Island arc where Natsu is losing and suddenly gets the ability to also use lightning [[spoiler:from Laxus]] only to continue to lose, but then it turns out that the Exceed who wandered off earlier stumble upon the BigBad's weakness and destroy it, unknowingly giving Natsu and company the edge they need to win.
** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12, who are only topped by Zeref and Acnologia in terms of power, both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].

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** It's common for Natsu to win the final battle of any given arc by means of random temporary power-up, some of which are better handled than others. The first time was against Jellal, when it turned out he could eat Etherion, then with Zero when [[spoiler:Jellal]] gave him a special magical boost, flame, though that time it was justified because [[spoiler:Jellal was intentionally replicating the same effect that first allowed Natsu to beat him]]. him and he had previously shown the ability to use fire magic thanks to the [[ChekhovsGun Abyss Break spell, which requires fire as one of its components]]]]. DoubleSubversion in the Tenrou Island arc where Natsu is and company are losing and suddenly gets the ability to also use lightning [[spoiler:from Laxus]] only to continue to lose, but then it turns out that the Exceed who wandered off earlier stumble upon the BigBad's weakness and destroy it, unknowingly giving Natsu and company the edge they need to win.
** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12, who are only topped by Zeref and Acnologia in terms of power, both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. herself [[spoiler:after having the internal realization that she could no more kill Erza now than when she was a baby]]. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed despite Gildarts discovering his weakness and decides to end the battle by killing everyone save Zeref with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].[[spoiler:out of sheer [[ThickerThanWater loyalty to him since [August's] his son]]]]. As the spell takes effect, however, [[spoiler:he sees his mother Mavis suffering in the destruction and, realizing he can't kill or hurt her anymore than he could disobey his father]], prevents the spell from completing but dies because it's too far gone to save himself.
9th Jun '17 12:39:50 AM Dravencour
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* The finale of the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' manga. At one point, the main villain Priscilla got so overpowered, that active readers at the time were sure that nothing but an ass pull could save the day. They did not know how right they were. [[spoiler:In the end, the main protagonist, Claire, awakens, a process that gives a Claymore an enormous boost in strength and agility, but makes them lose their humanity. Except none of those two things happen, but she becomes Theresa instead, a warrior considered to be the strongest Claymore there ever was, who then proceeds to ''awaken as well'' and turn Priscilla literally into dust in a matter of panels.]]

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* The finale of the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' manga. At one point, the main villain Priscilla got so overpowered, that active readers at the time were sure that nothing but an ass pull could save the day. They did not know how right they were. [[spoiler:In the end, the main protagonist, Claire, awakens, a process that gives a Claymore an enormous boost in strength and agility, but makes them lose their humanity. humanity and become a demon. Except none neither of those two things happen, but she becomes Theresa instead, Teresa of the Faint Smile reborn, a warrior considered to be the strongest Claymore there ever was, who then proceeds to ''awaken as well'' and turn Priscilla literally into dust in a matter of panels.]]
8th Jun '17 9:26:40 PM Psyga315
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* The season 3 finale of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Ruby suddenly [[spoiler:discover that she inherited an incredible secret power from her mother]], which allows her to immobilize the [[spoiler:Grimm dragon central to Cinder's plan]] with the only foreshadowing for this being a vague, throwaway line way back in the first episode of season 1 that could have meant anything.

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* The season 3 finale of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Ruby suddenly [[spoiler:discover that she inherited an incredible secret power from her mother]], which allows her to immobilize the [[spoiler:Grimm dragon central to Cinder's plan]] with the only foreshadowing for this being a vague, throwaway line way back in the first episode of season 1 that could have meant anything. Subverted in that [[spoiler:even with both the Dragon and Cinder taken out of commission, it barely saved anything. RWBY's broken, Pyrrha's dead, Beacon is effectively no more, and Cinder still got what she wanted in the first place]].
11th Apr '17 9:03:41 PM LadySugarQuill
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the first book]] Harry's about to be killed by [[spoiler: Quirrel, but Quirrel suddenly starts grabbing him with bare hands rather than with magic, like he did just before, and it turns out [[ThePowerOfLove his mother's sacrifice infused him with power to burn evil on contact]]]].
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the second book]] Harry's about to be killed by [[spoiler:the Basilisk, but Dumbledore sends a phoenix to his rescue]].
** Inverted in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the third book]] where the heroes have discovered what is really going on have the villain in custody and are preparing to live happily ever after, when one character forgets the thing his life revolves around, which allows the villain to escape causing the plot of the next four books.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth book]], [[RunningGag Harry's about to be killed by]] [[spoiler: Voldemort, when it turns out that their wands share cores and can't fight against each other, and there's a conveniently placed Portkey nearby]]. This is clearly planned all along since the fact of the shared cores was mentioned in the first book when Harry was buying his wand, but it comes across as a contrivance because Harry (and thus the reader) was never told what effect this would have.
** This trope was lampshaded in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the fifth book]], when both the above examples are touted by Hermione and other members of the DA as evidence for why Harry was qualified to teach the DA, much to the frustration of ''Harry'', who keeps trying to explain that those things happened completely by coincidence and had nothing to do with his intelligence or skill (everyone just ignores him and points instead at the things he ''did'' do all on his own).
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the seventh book]] when Voldemort needs someone to check if Harry is alive, the one who chooses to do so is the only one who would lie for information only Harry would know. But of course, that was the point.
11th Apr '17 9:00:37 PM LadySugarQuill
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* ''Sluagh'' is the second book in the [[Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness DAYD canon]], focusing on Neville Longbottom. In it, a 22-year-old Neville takes the remaining members of Dumbledore's Army into battle against another Dark wizard, and [[spoiler: Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Neville's new wife Hannah are brutally, horrifically slaughtered.]] Except the first book in DAYD canon had an epilogue that contradicted all of that, so you just ''knew'' there'd be a big magic ResetButton lurking somewhere...
26th Mar '17 9:05:26 AM Demotivator
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** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12 both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].

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** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12 12, who are only topped by Zeref and Acnologia in terms of power, both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].



** And now we have Ywhach, the final BigBad of the series who is pretty much Aizen 2.0. He steamrolls ''everyone'' that goes against him (including Yamamoto, the head of the Gotei 13 who has the ''power of a sun''), manages to get into the Soul King palace, beats his Elite Guards by reviving his own elite guards after they're initially defeated, and manages to take the Soul King's power and merge with it. His power at this point boils down to being a RealityWarper who can see and manipulate every possible future to his whim, even outright breaking the rules of other powers if he wants. By this point, readers are wondering if there's even a way for him and his cronies to be beaten since every new power the heroes use doesn't seem to put them down for very long. [[spoiler:Ironically, Aizen proves to be crucial to his defeat, distracting Ywhach long enough for Ichigo to [[AntiClimax kill him with one shot]]. When Ywhach uses his power to bring himself back from the dead, Ishida negates his powers, which leads to him dying immediately from a single attack from Ichigo.]]
** This is also true of Gerard Valkyrie, "The Miracle". His power amounts to getting bigger, stronger, and faster whenever he's attacked, no matter how thoroughly his body is destroyed. [[spoiler:In the end, Ywhach had to kill him off by taking back the power he'd been granted, simply because there was no believable way for the heroes to win against such a cheap opponent. The same goes for all the remaining Sternritter, whose powers pretty much amounted to "I'm invincible."]]

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** And now we have Ywhach, Yhwach, the final BigBad of the series who is pretty much Aizen 2.0. He steamrolls ''everyone'' that goes against him (including Yamamoto, the head of the Gotei 13 who has the ''power of a sun''), manages to get into the Soul King palace, beats his Elite Guards by reviving his own elite guards after they're initially defeated, and manages to take the Soul King's power and merge with it. His power at this point boils down to being a RealityWarper who can see and manipulate every possible future to his whim, even outright breaking the rules of other powers if he wants. By this point, readers are wondering if there's even a way for him and his cronies to be beaten since every new power the heroes use doesn't seem to put them down for very long. [[spoiler:Ironically, Aizen proves to be crucial to his defeat, distracting Ywhach Yhwach long enough for Ichigo to [[AntiClimax kill him with one shot]]. When Ywhach Yhwach uses his power to bring himself back from the dead, Ishida negates his powers, which leads to him dying immediately from a single attack from Ichigo.]]
** This is also true of Gerard Valkyrie, "The Miracle". His power amounts to getting bigger, stronger, and faster whenever he's attacked, no matter how thoroughly his body is destroyed. [[spoiler:In the end, Ywhach Yhwach had to kill him off by taking back the power he'd been granted, simply because there was no believable way for the heroes to win against such a cheap opponent. The same goes for all the remaining Sternritter, whose powers pretty much amounted to "I'm invincible."]]
26th Mar '17 9:03:04 AM Demotivator
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* It's common in ''Manga/FairyTail'' for Natsu to win the final battle of any given arc by means of random temporary power-up, some of which are better handled than others. The first time was against Jellal, when it turned out he could eat Etherion, then with Zero when [[spoiler:Jellal]] gave him a special magical boost, though that time it was justified because [[spoiler:Jellal was intentionally replicating the same effect that first allowed Natsu to beat him]]. DoubleSubversion in the Tenrou Island arc where Natsu is losing and suddenly gets the ability to also use lightning [[spoiler:from Laxus]] only to continue to lose, but then it turns out that the Exceed who wandered off earlier stumble upon the BigBad's weakness and destroy it, unknowingly giving Natsu and company the edge they need to win.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail''
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It's common in ''Manga/FairyTail'' for Natsu to win the final battle of any given arc by means of random temporary power-up, some of which are better handled than others. The first time was against Jellal, when it turned out he could eat Etherion, then with Zero when [[spoiler:Jellal]] gave him a special magical boost, though that time it was justified because [[spoiler:Jellal was intentionally replicating the same effect that first allowed Natsu to beat him]]. DoubleSubversion in the Tenrou Island arc where Natsu is losing and suddenly gets the ability to also use lightning [[spoiler:from Laxus]] only to continue to lose, but then it turns out that the Exceed who wandered off earlier stumble upon the BigBad's weakness and destroy it, unknowingly giving Natsu and company the edge they need to win.win.
** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12 both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].
2nd Feb '17 11:29:16 PM BobRiddle
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* In ''Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2'', Chrysalis' AntiMagic throne has rendered Starlight's group completely powerless and they have no means of fighting back, leading to all of them getting captured. What ultimately saves them? [[spoiler: The last-minute HeelRaceTurn of Chrysalis' swarm]].
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