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9th Feb '17 2:13:56 PM ANTMuddle
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Subtrope of MoreThanMeetsTheEye. A character is not as tough as their physical appearance and/or personality suggests. Basically the opposite of HiddenBadass (though they ''can'' and oftentimes ''do'' go the route of the CowardlyLion or the CorneredRattlesnake).

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Subtrope of MoreThanMeetsTheEye. A character is not as tough as their physical appearance and/or personality suggests. Basically the opposite of HiddenBadass (though HiddenBadass, though they ''can'' and oftentimes ''do'' go the route of the CowardlyLion or the CorneredRattlesnake).
CorneredRattlesnake.
9th Feb '17 2:02:19 PM ANTMuddle
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Subtrope of MoreThanMeetsTheEye. A character is not as tough as their physical appearance and/or personality suggests. Basically the opposite of HiddenBadass (though they ''can'' go the route of the CowardlyLion or the CorneredRattlesnake).

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Subtrope of MoreThanMeetsTheEye. A character is not as tough as their physical appearance and/or personality suggests. Basically the opposite of HiddenBadass (though they ''can'' and oftentimes ''do'' go the route of the CowardlyLion or the CorneredRattlesnake).
6th Feb '17 3:44:22 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:250:But it still loses to the [[RockPaperScissors Scissor Lizard]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:But [[caption-width-right:250:[-But it still loses to the [[RockPaperScissors Scissor Lizard]].]]
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6th Feb '17 3:44:01 PM eroock
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[[quoteright:223:[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/paper_tiger_1985.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:223:But it still loses to the [[RockPaperScissors Scissor Lizard]].]]

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[[quoteright:223:[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering [[quoteright:250:[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/paper_tiger_1985.org/pmwiki/pub/images/paper_tiger.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:223:But [[caption-width-right:250:But it still loses to the [[RockPaperScissors Scissor Lizard]].]]
30th Jan '17 1:44:38 PM Arachnos
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* The house robots from ''Series/RobotWars'' were imposing in stature, had fearsome designs and were hyped up as terrifyingly powerful death machines. However, not all of them were all that much more powerful than the average contestant:
** Sir Killalot's drill-lance lacked the piercing power to do any damage and was only really useful for picking disabled opponents up ([[HoistByHisOwnPetard something which occasionally ended up with Killalot faceplanting from the weight of the opponent]]). On the plus side, at least his claw was quite powerful.
** Dead Metal's buzzsaw, while emitting impressive showers of sparks, rarely amounted to any serious damage.
** Matilda was one of the worst examples back when she had a chainsaw for a tail. Despite her dinosaur-like form and GlowingEyesOfDoom she was next to harmless, especially as [[TechnologyMarchesOn robot armors became too tough for the chainsaw to even scratch]]. The producers eventually allowed [[TheAce Razer]] to utterly mangle Matilda during a match and used it as a pretext to [[CameBackStrong upgrade her with a very powerful flywheel]] which took her soundly out of PaperTiger territory.
** Sgt. Bash had two weapons, neither of them useful: a pincer which was not as powerful as Killalot's and a flamethrower which never really did anything aside from [[TheChewToy constantly setting Diotoir's fur on fire]].
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25th Jan '17 6:54:44 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-24680-5/Semet+A+White+Knight+in+Bayville.htm A White Knight in Bayville]]'', [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution Mystique]] turns into "The Thing with Teeth" while fighting [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]]. But while it's great for scaring her minions, Xander is an experienced demon hunter and punches her in it's weak point, causing Mystique to collapse in pain.
* While facing several Naruto-like creatures ([[YourWorstNightmare born of a genjutsu bringing people's worst fears to life]]) in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/48/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'', Naruto's female clone Akiko outright calls them Paper Tigers once she realizes that since they're born of civilians fear of Naruto (know nothing of what he's capable of), said creatures simply fight like drunken civilians.

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* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-24680-5/Semet+A+White+Knight+in+Bayville.htm A White Knight in Bayville]]'', Bayville,]]'' [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution Mystique]] turns into "The Thing with Teeth" while fighting [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]]. But while it's great for scaring her minions, Xander is an experienced demon hunter and punches her in it's weak point, causing Mystique to collapse in pain.
* While facing several Naruto-like creatures ([[YourWorstNightmare born of a genjutsu bringing people's worst fears to life]]) in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/48/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'', Naruto,]]'' Naruto's female clone Akiko outright calls them Paper Tigers once she realizes that since they're born of civilians fear of Naruto (know nothing of what he's capable of), said creatures simply fight like drunken civilians.
11th Jan '17 5:38:30 AM Nutster
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* In order to survive, many animals make themselves to be much more fearsome then they actually are. Many butterflies have eyespots on their wings to deter would-be predators (such as songbirds). Another example is the King Snake, which has a red, black and yellow pattern that's similar to the high venomous Coral Snake, but the King Snake itself is harmless to people. There's even a saying that goes with this: "Red touches yellow, kill a fellow; red touches black, you're okay, jack." [[DontTryThisAtHome Please be aware that this phrase]] ''[[DontTryThisAtHome only]]'' [[DontTryThisAtHome applies to species native the US]]. In Central and South America, the different coral and king snake species are ''much'' harder to tell apart.

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* In order to survive, many animals make themselves to be much more fearsome then they actually are. Many butterflies have eyespots on their wings to deter would-be predators (such as songbirds). Another example is the King Snake, which has a red, black and yellow pattern that's similar to the high highly venomous Coral Snake, but the King Snake itself is harmless to people. There's even a saying that goes with this: "Red touches yellow, kill kills a fellow; red touches black, you're okay, jack." [[DontTryThisAtHome Please be aware that this phrase]] ''[[DontTryThisAtHome only]]'' [[DontTryThisAtHome applies to species native the US]]. In Central and South America, the different coral and king snake species are ''much'' harder to tell apart.
18th Dec '16 11:26:05 AM AnotherDuck
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''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' (PS3) has a skit where Flynn is cooking, and when they rely on Estelle to change cooking duty to her, she gives out a shout of determination that she won't let everyone down... only when she approaches Flynn, he tells her that the food will be ready. Estelle does nothing but nods as she weakly steps away from him.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' (PS3) has a skit where Flynn is cooking, and when they rely on Estelle to change cooking duty to her, she gives out a shout of determination that she won't let everyone down... only when she approaches Flynn, he tells her that the food will be ready. Estelle does nothing but nods as she weakly steps away from him.
27th Nov '16 4:40:53 AM DecisiveHeifer
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''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' (PS3) has a skit where Flynn is cooking, and when they rely on Estelle to change cooking duty to her, she gives out a shout of determination that she won't let everyone down... only when she approaches Flynn, he tells her that the food will be ready. Estelle does nothing but nods as she weakly steps away from him.
22nd Oct '16 5:43:52 AM Morgenthaler
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