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20th Sep '17 10:32:26 PM SSJMagus
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* [[spoiler:The real Uchiha Madara]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. To make a very very long story very short, he has [[spoiler: basically every power that Naruto, Sasuke, Pain and Hashirama ever had, all turned UpToEleven]]. By his own admission, Kishimoto [[WritersBlock had no idea]] how to beat [[spoiler: Madara]] at that point. [[spoiler: It took Naruto and Sasuke being revealed to be reincarnations of the Sage of Six Path's youngest and oldest sons, respectively, and the omnipresent Sage himself giving them both some of his chakra to fight Madara, until Madara got his other Rinnegan eye,]] returned stronger than ever, and proceeded to [[spoiler: activate the Moon's Eye Plan, leaving everyone but Team 7 under his control.]] This lasts for about a page before he's [[spoiler: abruptly killed off and supplanted as BigBad by [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Kaguya]], the series's mythological BigBad that even the Sage of Six Paths couldn't defeat alone. And then [[FauxActionGirl Kaguya puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] [[AntiClimaxBoss and was offed in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down]].

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* [[spoiler:The real Uchiha Madara]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. To make a very very long story very short, he has [[spoiler: basically every power that Naruto, Sasuke, Pain and Hashirama ever had, all turned UpToEleven]]. By his own admission, Kishimoto [[WritersBlock had no idea]] how to beat [[spoiler: Madara]] at that point. [[spoiler: It took Naruto and Sasuke being revealed to be reincarnations of the Sage of Six Path's youngest and oldest sons, respectively, and the omnipresent Sage himself giving them both some of his chakra to fight Madara, until Madara got his other Rinnegan eye,]] returned stronger than ever, and proceeded to [[spoiler: activate the Moon's Eye Plan, leaving everyone but Team 7 under his control.]] This lasts for about a page before he's [[spoiler: abruptly killed off and supplanted as BigBad by [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Kaguya]], the series's mythological BigBad that even the Sage of Six Paths couldn't defeat alone. And then [[FauxActionGirl Kaguya puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] [[AntiClimaxBoss and was offed in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down]].down. While technically Kaguya is [[PhysicalGod even more powerful than Madara]], this is negated by the fact that she is [[WhatAnIdiot an idiot]] [[UnskilledButStrong with no clue how to actually fight]], repeatedly getting caught off guard by even the most simplistic tactics (it's a neat trick for somebody with 360-degree X-ray vision to manage to get ambushed repeatedly)]].



** Special mention goes to Gremmy Thoumeaux, "The Visionary," who had the power to make [[RealityWarper anything he imagined real]]. Whether it was creating truckloads of complicated machinery, large scale natural disasters, or just turning his opponent's body into something brittle, he had few limits. Luckily, when he fights Kenpachi, he [[spoiler:sticks almost entirely to physical attacks, mainly throwing larger and larger rocks at him. Someone called "The Visionary" suddenly lost all creativity and forgot powers they used minutes ago to become beatable]].

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** Special mention goes to Gremmy Thoumeaux, "The Visionary," who had the power to make [[RealityWarper anything he imagined real]]. Whether it was creating truckloads of complicated machinery, large scale natural disasters, or just turning his opponent's body into something brittle, he had few limits. Luckily, when he fights Kenpachi, he [[spoiler:sticks almost entirely to physical attacks, mainly throwing larger and larger rocks at him. Someone called "The Visionary" suddenly lost all creativity and forgot powers they used minutes ago to become beatable]].beatable. And then out of sheer pride he decided to imagine himself becoming ''physically'' strong enough to beat Kenpachi...except the fact that Kenpachi had survived such a ridiculous beating that Gremmy was starting to think of him as invincible. So by simultaneously imagining two contradictory things, Gremmy tried to imagine himself as having beyond infinite physical strength, with the result that [[RealityWarpingIsNotAToy he tore his own body to shreds]]. Kenpachi proceeds to note [[WhatAnIdiot what a complete moron]] Gremmy was]].



* 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.
* 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 afterlife. [[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 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.
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 afterlife.aftseerlife. [[IronicHell Essentially, the sort of world they were trying to create in the first place]]]].
8th Sep '17 7:59:48 AM Sapphirea2
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** Also played straight in the Series 10 finale. "World Enough and Time"/"The Doctor Falls" is bridged by a {{Cliffhanger}} in which the Doctor is faced with [[spoiler: his companion Bill Potts having been fully Cyber-converted]], which he has never been able to undo on his own, and the next episode puts him in a position [[PowerfulAndHelpless where he cannot seek out a solution elsewhere]]. Moreover, in the denouement he is completely helpless to do anything due to [[spoiler: dying on a battlefield]]. BUT THEN [[spoiler: Heather, last seen as a shapeshifting time-and-spaceship in the season premiere, returns to true love Bill having reasserted her personality, brought her powers under control, ''and'' gained new ones to boot in the interim. She promptly turns Bill into a similar being and they take the Doctor back to the TARDIS, with Bill hoping against hope he'll come back as they leave for greener pastures. Turns out her tears in her new form are enough to jump start his body (though he is still resisting regeneration as of the Ray Of Hope Ending, leading into his Grand Finale)]]. Hooray!
1st Aug '17 11:04:39 AM KOman
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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic]]. The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, and while the human form needs the Dragon Slayers alive to stabilize his body and mind, he can't keep the heroes down despite previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]

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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic]]. The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, and while the human form needs form, who repeatedly rants about wanting the Dragon Slayers alive to stabilize dead, wastes his body and mind, he can't keep the heroes down time casually beating them up despite previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]
22nd Jul '17 11:48:52 AM Megadoomer
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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic]]. The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, while the human body was messing with the Dragon Slayers despite claiming that he plans to kill them all, and previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]

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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic]]. The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, and while the human body was messing with form needs the Dragon Slayers alive to stabilize his body and mind, he can't keep the heroes down despite claiming that he plans to kill them all, and previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]
20th Jul '17 5:53:13 AM Scraggle
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** Actually the [[spoiler: intervention of Teresa ]] was not required to beat Priscilla. Priscilla was beaten by the conjugate efforts of the seven ghosts, the awakened ones present and first of all[[spoiler:the participation of Raki, the only thing that Priscilla couldn't anticipate]]. The arguable asspull was only necessary to counterbalance the diabolus ex machina that Priscilla received.
19th Jul '17 4:40:58 PM Skylentt
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** Actually the [[spoiler: intervention of Teresa ]] was not required to beat Priscilla. Priscilla was beaten by the conjugate efforts of the seven ghosts, the awakened ones present and first of all[[spoiler:the participation of Raki, the only thing that Priscilla couldn't anticipate]]. The arguable asspull was only necessary to counterbalance the diabolus ex machina that Priscilla received.
17th Jul '17 10:01:53 PM MagiMecha
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* ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'' has this problem with [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] and the heroes stuck in space. The heroes are trapped on the outside of a powerful barrier covering the Earth. The only person who can break through it is the new Quasar, but she's put into a ConvenientComa early on. Other heroes attempt to break through it - Spectrum, who has the power to transform into any form of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum; Blue Marvel, who can manipulate matter and anti-matter; and Starbrand, whose power is the same as the one from ComicBook/TheNewUniverse, which is "do anything you want" -- and they ''still'' can't break through it. Even worse, ComicBook/{{Galactus}} refuses to help (due to being in a weakened state prior) and, for some strange reason, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer has decided to be a no-show for some strange reason.
17th Jul '17 8:19:23 PM merotoker
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* Phibrizo from ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers Next]]'': The credibility point was broken about at the point where he [[spoiler:killed all of Lina's friends without much effort at all, then backpedaled, said he only killed their bodies, and then threatened to destroy their souls as well. And then we got the very literal DeusExMachina...]]

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* Phibrizo from ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers Next]]'': The credibility point was broken about at the point where he [[spoiler:killed all of Lina's friends without much effort at all, then backpedaled, said he only killed their bodies, and then threatened to destroy their souls as well. And then we got the very literal DeusExMachina...]]DeusExMachina..]].



* This is one of the primary problems with the "Chapter Black" arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Sensui walks in and shatters the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil with a power level far beyond anything Yusuke could possibly obtain in the short amount of time he has before the portal to demon world opens. Cue the last minute DeusExMachina bloodline power up. This is then horribly subverted by revealing [[spoiler:the sides were uneven in the other direction - King Enma's men show up and seal the portal with a minimum of fuss. All of the damage was for ''[[ShaggyDogStory nothing]]''.]]

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* This is one of the primary problems with the "Chapter Black" arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Sensui walks in and shatters the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil with a power level far beyond anything Yusuke could possibly obtain in the short amount of time he has before the portal to demon world opens. Cue the last minute DeusExMachina bloodline power up. This is then horribly subverted by revealing [[spoiler:the sides were uneven in the other direction - King Enma's men show up and seal the portal with a minimum of fuss. All of the damage was for ''[[ShaggyDogStory nothing]]''.]]nothing]]'']].



* The last episode of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' begins with the [[spoiler:Scub Coral command center destroyed, with Eureka now forced to become the new command center... except that [[BigBad Dewey Novak]] gave her a virus that will spread to destroy the rest of the Scub Coral on the planet. Meanwhile, Scub Coral antibodies are threatening the good guys. Just when everything seems set for a DownerEnding, ThePowerOfLove transforms the Nirvash and [[TheHero Renton]] goes off to save Eureka and the day.]]

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* The last episode of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' begins with the [[spoiler:Scub Coral command center destroyed, with Eureka now forced to become the new command center... except that [[BigBad Dewey Novak]] gave her a virus that will spread to destroy the rest of the Scub Coral on the planet. Meanwhile, Scub Coral antibodies are threatening the good guys. Just when everything seems set for a DownerEnding, ThePowerOfLove transforms the Nirvash and [[TheHero Renton]] goes off to save Eureka and the day.]]day]].



** Guts has possibly gotten one major thing in his favor, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain ironically caused by the Godhand themselves]]: [[spoiler:Griffith's plan to obtain his own kingdom involved fusing the LayeredWorld into a single plain of existence--before this they only existed in a spirit realm separate from the mortal world, meaning any encounter Guts could have before then was nothing but FightingAShadow.]]

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** Guts has possibly gotten one major thing in his favor, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain ironically caused by the Godhand themselves]]: [[spoiler:Griffith's plan to obtain his own kingdom involved fusing the LayeredWorld into a single plain of existence--before this they only existed in a spirit realm separate from the mortal world, meaning any encounter Guts could have before then was nothing but FightingAShadow.]]FightingAShadow]].



** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic.]] The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, while the human body was messing with the Dragon Slayers despite claiming that he plans to kill them all, and previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]
* [[spoiler:The real Uchiha Madara]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. To make a very very long story very short, he has [[spoiler: basically every power that Naruto, Sasuke, Pain and Hashirama ever had, all turned UpToEleven.]] By his own admission, Kishimoto [[WritersBlock had no idea]] how to beat [[spoiler: Madara]] at that point. [[spoiler: It took Naruto and Sasuke being revealed to be reincarnations of the Sage of Six Path's youngest and oldest sons, respectively, and the omnipresent Sage himself giving them both some of his chakra to fight Madara, until Madara got his other Rinnegan eye,]] returned stronger than ever, and proceeded to [[spoiler: activate the Moon's Eye Plan, leaving everyone but Team 7 under his control.]] This lasts for about a page before he's [[spoiler: abruptly killed off and supplanted as BigBad by [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Kaguya]], the series's mythological BigBad that even the Sage of Six Paths couldn't defeat alone.]] [[spoiler: And then [[FauxActionGirl Kaguya puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] [[AntiClimaxBoss and was offed in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down.]]

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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic.]] magic]]. The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, while the human body was messing with the Dragon Slayers despite claiming that he plans to kill them all, and previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]
* [[spoiler:The real Uchiha Madara]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. To make a very very long story very short, he has [[spoiler: basically every power that Naruto, Sasuke, Pain and Hashirama ever had, all turned UpToEleven.]] UpToEleven]]. By his own admission, Kishimoto [[WritersBlock had no idea]] how to beat [[spoiler: Madara]] at that point. [[spoiler: It took Naruto and Sasuke being revealed to be reincarnations of the Sage of Six Path's youngest and oldest sons, respectively, and the omnipresent Sage himself giving them both some of his chakra to fight Madara, until Madara got his other Rinnegan eye,]] returned stronger than ever, and proceeded to [[spoiler: activate the Moon's Eye Plan, leaving everyone but Team 7 under his control.]] This lasts for about a page before he's [[spoiler: abruptly killed off and supplanted as BigBad by [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Kaguya]], the series's mythological BigBad that even the Sage of Six Paths couldn't defeat alone.]] [[spoiler: And then [[FauxActionGirl Kaguya puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] [[AntiClimaxBoss and was offed in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down.]]down]].



** Special mention goes to Gremmy Thoumeaux, "The Visionary," who had the power to make [[RealityWarper anything he imagined real]]. Whether it was creating truckloads of complicated machinery, large scale natural disasters, or just turning his opponent's body into something brittle, he had few limits. Luckily, when he fights Kenpachi, he [[spoiler:sticks almost entirely to physical attacks, mainly throwing larger and larger rocks at him. Someone called "The Visionary" suddenly lost all creativity and forgot powers they used minutes ago to become beatable.]]

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** Special mention goes to Gremmy Thoumeaux, "The Visionary," who had the power to make [[RealityWarper anything he imagined real]]. Whether it was creating truckloads of complicated machinery, large scale natural disasters, or just turning his opponent's body into something brittle, he had few limits. Luckily, when he fights Kenpachi, he [[spoiler:sticks almost entirely to physical attacks, mainly throwing larger and larger rocks at him. Someone called "The Visionary" suddenly lost all creativity and forgot powers they used minutes ago to become beatable.]]beatable]].



** A villainous example, this happens to [[BigBad Kira Yoshikage]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]]. When he paints himself into a corner, the [[{{Macguffin}} Stand Arrow]] suddenly reveals a few new functions, moving on its own to give him the new power to [[GroundhogDayLoop do that day over]]. This [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow trope]] essentially becomes a feature of the Arrow, granting [[PlotArmor certain characters]] a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power]] to survive their current danger.

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** A villainous example, this happens to [[BigBad Kira Yoshikage]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]]. When he paints himself into a corner, the [[{{Macguffin}} [[MacGuffin Stand Arrow]] suddenly reveals a few new functions, moving on its own to give him the new power to [[GroundhogDayLoop do that day over]]. This [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow trope]] trope essentially becomes a feature of the Arrow, granting [[PlotArmor certain characters]] a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power]] to survive their current danger.



* {{Invoked}} in the fight between ComicBook/ScottPilgrim and Todd Ingram, when Scott acknowledges that only a contrived DeusExMachina could save him. Cue the Vegan Police.
* In the final issue of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' the universe splintering war between Snow White and Rose Red is resolved [[spoiler: when Rose speaks to one of her soldiers (implied to be Boy Blue BackFromTheDead),and he simply asks her [[ArmorPiercingQuestion what happens]] to Snow's ''kids'' after it's all over. Rose Red [[HeelRealization realizes]] she never even [[ChildrenAreInnocent thought about them]], and immediately surrenders.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'':''Century'' ends with Allan, Mina, and Orlando engaged in a hopeless battle against the Moonchild/[[spoiler:Harry Potter]]. Just when all seems to be lost [[spoiler: {{God}}, in the form of Literature/MaryPoppins, descends from on high to destroy him, although She's too late to save Allan.]]
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' is no stranger to this, especially during the GeorgePerez reboot that put more emphasis on magic and mythology. Perez's first Circe storyline stands as an especially shining example, with Circe more-or-less curbstomping all the good guys until she gets her clock cleaned by a ''literal'' God, namely [[spoiler:Hermes]].

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* {{Invoked}} {{Invoked|Trope}} in the fight between ComicBook/ScottPilgrim and Todd Ingram, when Scott acknowledges that only a contrived DeusExMachina could save him. Cue the Vegan Police.
* In the final issue of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' the universe splintering war between Snow White and Rose Red is resolved [[spoiler: when Rose speaks to one of her soldiers (implied to be Boy Blue BackFromTheDead),and he simply asks her [[ArmorPiercingQuestion what happens]] to Snow's ''kids'' after it's all over. Rose Red [[HeelRealization realizes]] she never even [[ChildrenAreInnocent thought about them]], and immediately surrenders.]]
surrenders]].
* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'':''Century'' ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': ''Century'' ends with Allan, Mina, and Orlando engaged in a hopeless battle against the Moonchild/[[spoiler:Harry Potter]]. Just when all seems to be lost [[spoiler: {{God}}, in the form of Literature/MaryPoppins, descends from on high to destroy him, although She's too late to save Allan.]]
Allan]].
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' is no stranger to this, especially during the GeorgePerez Creator/GeorgePerez reboot that put more emphasis on magic and mythology. Perez's first Circe storyline stands as an especially shining example, with Circe more-or-less curbstomping all the good guys until she gets her clock cleaned by a ''literal'' God, namely [[spoiler:Hermes]].



* An example of "Only the ''Original'' Author can Save Them Now": mirroring the final attack to the final boss in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/125344 An Earthbound Journey]]'' the one who ends up doing the final prayer and help winning the final battle for the heroes is [[spoiler:the show's original creator Creator/LaurenFaust.]]
* In chapter 35 of Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami, the author admits that he made the villain too strong, so he decided to reset the story by having the protagonist randomly find a [[ResetButton Reset Note]].

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* An example of "Only the ''Original'' Author can Save Them Now": mirroring the final attack to the final boss in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/125344 An Earthbound Journey]]'' the one who ends up doing the final prayer and help winning the final battle for the heroes is [[spoiler:the show's original creator Creator/LaurenFaust.]]
Creator/LaurenFaust]].
* In chapter 35 of Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami, ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'', the author admits that he made the villain too strong, so he decided to reset the story by having the protagonist randomly find a [[ResetButton Reset Note]].



* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Our heroes only survive the Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh because [[AuthorExistenceFailure the animator suffers a fatal heart attack]]. Director Terry Gilliam admitted in the DVD commentary that he wrote himself into a corner in that scene and had no idea how the characters could get out of their dilemma. Thankfully the film is over-the-top comedy so he could come up with the solution of just killing himself (since he was the animator) off.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Our heroes only survive the Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh because [[AuthorExistenceFailure the animator suffers a fatal heart attack]]. Director Terry Gilliam Creator/TerryGilliam admitted in the DVD commentary that he wrote himself into a corner in that scene and had no idea how the characters could get out of their dilemma. Thankfully the film is over-the-top comedy so he could come up with the solution of just killing himself (since he was the animator) off.



* 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 afterlife. [[IronicHell Essentially, the sort of world they were trying to create in the first place.]]]]
* ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' by Peter Hamilton paints the heroes into a corner with its galactic ZombieApocalypse, and then has to end with a literal DeusExMachina. [[spoiler: The Naked God is a machine with godlike powers, used to save the human race.]] This is built up throughout the trilogy, with what at first appears to be a minor part of the plot involved in investigating various possible sources of external power, and the revelation that the problem has been solved before by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens. It is also made clear that the problem is likely solvable by human technology, but only at immense social and economic cost.
** He does it again in the Literature/VoidTrilogy, perhaps even more literally - [[spoiler: The Anomine machine makes a protagonist, Gore, into a god.]] Subverted in that the god powers [[spoiler: are not actually used; the fact that they can exist is enough to convince the Firstlife to un-create the Void.]]

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* 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 afterlife. [[IronicHell Essentially, the sort of world they were trying to create in the first place.]]]]
place]]]].
* ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' by Peter Hamilton paints the heroes into a corner with its galactic ZombieApocalypse, and then has to end with a literal DeusExMachina. [[spoiler: The Naked God is a machine with godlike powers, used to save the human race.]] This is built up throughout the trilogy, with what at first appears to be a minor part of the plot involved in investigating various possible sources of external power, and the revelation that the problem has been solved before by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens.{{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s. It is also made clear that the problem is likely solvable by human technology, but only at immense social and economic cost.
** He does it again in the Literature/VoidTrilogy, perhaps even more literally - [[spoiler: The Anomine machine makes a protagonist, Gore, into a god.]] god]]. Subverted in that the god powers [[spoiler: are not actually used; the fact that they can exist is enough to convince the Firstlife to un-create the Void.]]Void]].



* In the [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole final book]] of his Franchise/TheDarkTower saga Stephen King does this literally by sending his characters a letter to warn them of a trap. He even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it in the note with a sentence to the effect of "Here comes the Deus Ex Machina!" Notably, the whole incident leads to them meeting the mysterious Patrick Danville, who eventually [[spoiler: kills the Crimson King by harnessing his unexplained ability to [[ArtInitiatesLife create living artwork]] to erase him from existence]]. It's heavily implied that King himself sends Danville to the Ka-Tet as a "secret weapon".

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* In the [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole final book]] of his Franchise/TheDarkTower saga Stephen King Creator/StephenKing does this literally by sending his characters a letter to warn them of a trap. He even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it in the note with a sentence to the effect of "Here comes the Deus Ex Machina!" Notably, the whole incident leads to them meeting the mysterious Patrick Danville, who eventually [[spoiler: kills the Crimson King by harnessing his unexplained ability to [[ArtInitiatesLife create living artwork]] to erase him from existence]]. It's heavily implied that King himself sends Danville to the Ka-Tet as a "secret weapon".



* The destruction of the One Ring in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings.'' [[ArtifactOfDoom The Ring]] was overwhelming Frodo's resistance at the last, and it was simply not believable that he would be able to throw it into the Cracks of Doom. Then Gollum attacked - and died a DisneyVillainDeath that just "happened" to take the One Ring with him. [[TropesAreTools This ties into one of the themes of the book]]: that [[HumansAreFlawed humans CANNOT redeem themselves entirely on their own]] and must simply do the best they can and rely on [[DeusExMachina divine grace]] to take care of the rest.
** This is saved from being a straight AssPull because the text earlier sets up the point. Frodo foreshadows Gollum's death when he threatens to use the One as a matter of last resort to command Gollum to throw himself from a high place or into fire, suggesting that Frodo in fact commanded Gollum to leap, and Gollum's will held just long enough to get the ring. Likewise, Gandalf, as an angel, is the most in tune with the divine plan, and he comments repeatedly that "the pity of Bilbo" may rule many fates, and that Gollum may have some role to play. It easily fits Tolkien's Christian eschatology.

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* The destruction of the One Ring in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings.''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings.'' [[ArtifactOfDoom The Ring]] was overwhelming Frodo's resistance at the last, and it was simply not believable that he would be able to throw it into the Cracks of Doom. Then Gollum attacked - and died a DisneyVillainDeath that just "happened" to take the One Ring with him. [[TropesAreTools This ties into one of the themes of the book]]: that [[HumansAreFlawed humans CANNOT redeem themselves entirely on their own]] and must simply do the best they can and rely on [[DeusExMachina divine grace]] to take care of the rest.
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This is saved from being a straight AssPull because the text earlier sets up the point. Frodo foreshadows Gollum's death when he threatens to use the One as a matter of last resort to command Gollum to throw himself from a high place or into fire, suggesting that Frodo in fact commanded Gollum to leap, and Gollum's will held just long enough to get the ring. Likewise, Gandalf, as an angel, is the most in tune with the divine plan, and he comments repeatedly that "the pity of Bilbo" may rule many fates, and that Gollum may have some role to play. It easily fits Tolkien's Christian eschatology.



** Invoked, inverted, subverted, played with, tap-danced on, and turned sideways in the fifth series finale: with [[spoiler: Amy dead, Rory an Auton, the Doctor locked in the Pandorica, the TARDIS exploding with River inside it, and every star and every planet winking out of existence; everything is hopeless until the Doctor suddenly appears out of thin air and gives Rory the solution to everything. It promptly turns out to be a paradox operating under a StableTimeLoop that breaks all kinds of rules and which the Doctor is only doing because the entire universe is about to be destroyed anyway and the multiple layers of paradoxes cause all kinds of major difficulties for the characters throughout the episode.]]

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** Invoked, inverted, subverted, played with, tap-danced on, and turned sideways in the fifth series finale: with [[spoiler: Amy dead, Rory an Auton, the Doctor locked in the Pandorica, the TARDIS exploding with River inside it, and every star and every planet winking out of existence; everything is hopeless until the Doctor suddenly appears out of thin air and gives Rory the solution to everything. It promptly turns out to be a paradox operating under a StableTimeLoop that breaks all kinds of rules and which the Doctor is only doing because the entire universe is about to be destroyed anyway and the multiple layers of paradoxes cause all kinds of major difficulties for the characters throughout the episode.]]episode]].



* Inverted in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'': the last MonsterOfTheWeek is able to survive a DeusExMachina style FinishingMove. Except for the fact it doesn't, it dies and the footage is then played backwards to revive it. They then pull another DeusExMachina to kill it by [[StupidSacrifice sacrificing their zords]] even though they still had [[HumongousMecha Megazords]] they hadn't even used yet.
** Later in the episode the BigBad is shown to be NotQuiteDead and in the ground battle survives a hit from the Red Rangers [[SuperMode Battlizer]], gets up and proceeds to split into 4 copies. Which they can only stop with a type 3 DeusExMachina (the episode seemed to love those). Worse, the one time they had used that type 3 it wasn't in the real world, it was in a comic book world making it a type 2.

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* Inverted in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'': the last MonsterOfTheWeek is able to survive a DeusExMachina style FinishingMove. Except for the fact it doesn't, it dies and the footage is then played backwards to revive it. They then pull another DeusExMachina to kill it by [[StupidSacrifice sacrificing their zords]] even though they still had [[HumongousMecha Megazords]] they hadn't even used yet.
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yet. Later in the episode the BigBad is shown to be NotQuiteDead and in the ground battle survives a hit from the Red Rangers [[SuperMode Battlizer]], gets up and proceeds to split into 4 copies. Which they can only stop with a type 3 DeusExMachina (the episode seemed to love those). Worse, the one time they had used that type 3 it wasn't in the real world, it was in a comic book world making it a type 2.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': during the final battle [[spoiler:with Zemus/Zeromus, the heroes are initially defeated, only for their friends to revive them through ''prayer''.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' had the exact same thing happen. [[spoiler: Killed by final boss, revived by dead super-wizards, HeroicRematch.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': during the final battle [[spoiler:with Zemus/Zeromus, the heroes are initially defeated, only for their friends to revive them through ''prayer''.]]
''prayer'']].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' had the exact same thing happen. [[spoiler: Killed by final boss, revived by dead super-wizards, HeroicRematch.]]HeroicRematch]].



* You cannot defeat Giygas. Seriously, the final battle of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is [[UnwinnableByDesign Unwinnable]] by any normal, in-game means. You have to [[spoiler:invoke Paula's [[RandomEffectSpell Pray]] ability, which before now has only had certain randomized and often dangerous effects. She calls on many of the characters you've seen so far in the game, but even [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower their support]] is not enough to defeat Giygas. Only after she calls out in desperation for ''anyone'' to help does [[BreakingTheFourthWall the player]] finally pray for Giygas to die, effectively saving the party with the sheer force of wanting to win the damn game.]]

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* You cannot defeat Giygas. Seriously, the final battle of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is [[UnwinnableByDesign Unwinnable]] {{Unwinnable|ByDesign}} by any normal, in-game means. You have to [[spoiler:invoke Paula's [[RandomEffectSpell Pray]] ability, which before now has only had certain randomized and often dangerous effects. She calls on many of the characters you've seen so far in the game, but even [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower their support]] is not enough to defeat Giygas. Only after she calls out in desperation for ''anyone'' to help does [[BreakingTheFourthWall the player]] finally pray for Giygas to die, effectively saving the party with the sheer force of wanting to win the damn game.]]game]].



* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', where [[spoiler:the Handmaid]] tries to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break a]] [[PlayingWithATrope fifth wall]] to allow Andrew Hussie's AuthorAvatar to save her from [[PhysicalGod the current narrator]]. The author literally charges in to rescue her like a BigDamnHero [[spoiler:but ultimately fails. She escapes from the current narrator, but is immediately caught by his master, who's even worse.]]

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', where [[spoiler:the Handmaid]] tries to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break a]] [[PlayingWithATrope fifth wall]] to allow Andrew Hussie's AuthorAvatar to save her from [[PhysicalGod the current narrator]]. The author literally charges in to rescue her like a BigDamnHero [[spoiler:but ultimately fails. She escapes from the current narrator, but is immediately caught by his master, who's even worse.]]worse]].



** Incidentally, Hussie can't save anyone now [[spoiler: [[RageAgainstTheAuthor because Lord English killed him.]]]]

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** Incidentally, Hussie can't save anyone now [[spoiler: [[RageAgainstTheAuthor because Lord English killed him.]]]]him]]]].



* Also {{invoked|Trope}} in ''WebComic/LsEmpire'' to defeat Dark Star. After all; [[spoiler: what could stop an [[AuthorAvatar author]], aside from another author?]] Invoked again in the final arc when [[spoiler: Temporary Dark Samus (now an editor) takes one of the authors hostage and [[TimeStandsStill causes the comic to grind to a near permanent halt]].]]

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* Also {{invoked|Trope}} in ''WebComic/LsEmpire'' to defeat Dark Star. After all; [[spoiler: what could stop an [[AuthorAvatar author]], aside from another author?]] author]]? Invoked again in the final arc when [[spoiler: Temporary Dark Samus (now an editor) takes one of the authors hostage and [[TimeStandsStill causes the comic to grind to a near permanent halt]].]]halt]]]].



* 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]] 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]].]]

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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]] DoubleSubverted place]]. DoubleSubversion 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]].]]Slightly]]]].



* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Slade came BackFromTheDead, with fire powers and immortality that let him [[CurbStompBattle manhandle all the Titans without breaking a sweat]]. And he was ''nothing'' compared to the BigBad Trigon, who [[RealityWarper turned the entire planet into a fiery hellscape]] within ''seconds'' of [[DemonicInvaders entering our world]]. It's only through a handful of plot contrivances that the Titans even ''survive'' until the finale, and they only win in the end by Raven [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe suddenly becoming the most powerful being in the universe]]. This is somewhat foreshadowed by Raven [[spoiler: being the [[DemonicInvaders Demonic Invader's]] daughter and heir all along, with the SuperpoweredEvilSide you might expect]].

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* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Slade came BackFromTheDead, with fire powers and immortality that let him [[CurbStompBattle manhandle all the Titans without breaking a sweat]]. And he was ''nothing'' compared to the BigBad Trigon, who [[RealityWarper turned the entire planet into a fiery hellscape]] within ''seconds'' of [[DemonicInvaders [[TheLegionsOfHell entering our world]]. It's only through a handful of plot contrivances that the Titans even ''survive'' until the finale, and they only win in the end by Raven [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe suddenly becoming the most powerful being in the universe]]. This is somewhat foreshadowed by Raven [[spoiler: being the [[DemonicInvaders Demonic Invader's]] Invader's daughter and heir all along, with the SuperpoweredEvilSide you might expect]].



* 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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* 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]].swarm.]]
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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic.]] The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance.

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** Acnologia proves completely invulnerable to everything thrown at him ''before'' [[spoiler:he reveals that he can eat magic.]] The only thing left for the story to do is [[spoiler:hastily reintroduce a character thought to have been long dead along with a convenient black hole to shove him into]]... and even ''that'' doesn't work, in fact making Acnologia ''even stronger''. Said power-up forces Acnologia to [[spoiler:split between a now mindless Dragon body and his more vulnerable human form]], just to give the protagonists a fighting chance. [[spoiler:The Dragon body simply keeps firing at random without killing anyone despite being able to sense their magic, while the human body was messing with the Dragon Slayers despite claiming that he plans to kill them all, and previously displaying the ability to kill the continent's strongest mage in the blink of an eye.]]
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** Guts has possibly gotten one major thing in his favor, ironically caused by the Godhand themselves: [[spoiler:Griffith's plan to obtain his own kingdom involved fusing the LayeredWorld into a single plain of existence--before this they only existed in a spirit realm separate from the mortal world, meaning any encounter Guts could have before then was nothing but FightingAShadow.]]

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** Guts has possibly gotten one major thing in his favor, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain ironically caused by the Godhand themselves: themselves]]: [[spoiler:Griffith's plan to obtain his own kingdom involved fusing the LayeredWorld into a single plain of existence--before this they only existed in a spirit realm separate from the mortal world, meaning any encounter Guts could have before then was nothing but FightingAShadow.]]
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