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11th Dec '17 5:23:27 AM Cryoclaste
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* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' games get accused of this with [[OlympusMons legendary Pokémon]]. It is true that their effect on the plot got greater in each generation but StatisticallySpeaking, it was not until generation four's [[LightningBruiser Arceus]] that generation one's Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends introduced [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until Generation five, which did not escalate the number, though it more than doubled the number of form shifting legends and another that surpassed Mewtwo in stat total, in two different ways but was still lower than Arceus.

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* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games get accused of this with [[OlympusMons legendary Pokémon]]. It is true that their effect on the plot got greater in each generation but StatisticallySpeaking, it was not until generation four's [[LightningBruiser Arceus]] that generation one's Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends introduced [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until Generation five, which did not escalate the number, though it more than doubled the number of form shifting legends and another that surpassed Mewtwo in stat total, in two different ways but was still lower than Arceus.
17th Jul '17 3:57:54 AM ClintEastwood
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17th Jul '17 3:57:53 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has been doing this, most obviously since the new series started in 2005. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf Game show controlling]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays Daleks]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Cybermen]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Daleks]] invading Earth, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia The Master]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums seizing control of Earth]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2913LastOfTheTimeLords decimating the population]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth Daleks again]], this time [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd attempting to destroy the universe]], Time Lords returning and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime attempting to end time]]... then, [[spoiler:not just time ending, but making it so that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens nothing even existed]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang in the first place]]]]. The sixth season finale features [[spoiler:the (almost) final death of the Doctor, which is arguably ''worse'' than the universe not existing.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has been doing this, most obviously since the new series started in 2005. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf Game show controlling]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays Daleks]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Cybermen]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Daleks]] invading Earth, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia The Master]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums seizing control of Earth]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2913LastOfTheTimeLords [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords decimating the population]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth Daleks again]], this time [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd attempting to destroy the universe]], Time Lords returning and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime attempting to end time]]... then, [[spoiler:not just time ending, but making it so that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens nothing even existed]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang in the first place]]]]. The sixth season finale features [[spoiler:the (almost) final death of the Doctor, which is arguably ''worse'' than the universe not existing.]]
19th Jun '17 5:18:10 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''OnePiece'' comes with Plot Leveling built in. We start in the East Blue, the weakest of the four main seas. Then move up to the Grand Line, which lives up to its hype of being difficult to sail and survive. Finally, the sailors who travel across the Grand Line's second half, the New World, refer to the first half as "Paradise" out of comparison to the New World.
** However the author throws a curveball once in a while. For example, right after the Alabasta arc, which Luffy took two defeats to just barely win on his third try against Crocodile, was the Jaya arc, the main antogonist was Bellamy. It took Luffy [[CurbStompBattle one punch]] to put him down, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome without stretching]].
** It should be note that the name of the first half "Paradise" was mentioned quite early near the beginning, only to be explained hundreds of chapter later. Given Oda's love of all thing Chekhov, he may very well be planning from the beginning.

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* ''OnePiece'' comes with Plot Leveling built in. We start in the East Blue, the weakest of the four main seas. Then move up to the Grand Line, which lives up to its hype of being difficult to sail and survive. Finally, the sailors who travel across the Grand Line's second half, the New World, refer to the first half as "Paradise" out of comparison to the New World.
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World. However the author throws a curveball once in a while. For example, right after the Alabasta arc, which Luffy took two defeats to just barely win on his third try against Crocodile, was the Jaya arc, the main antogonist was Bellamy. It took Luffy [[CurbStompBattle one punch]] to put him down, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome without stretching]].
** It should be note that the name of the first half "Paradise" was mentioned quite early near the beginning, only to be explained hundreds of chapter later. Given Oda's love of all thing Chekhov, he may very well be planning from the beginning.
stretching]].
29th May '17 8:59:00 PM nombretomado
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* {{Sierra}} dropped the ball with this one and their ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series. After the first one, where you save a small Barony, you jump immediately to saving the entire world from an evil genie. There's not much they can go from there, so you then save the world from an evil demon, followed by saving the world from an evil vampire, and finally saving the world from an evil dragon. Each one plays itself up like it's somehow worse than the one before it, even though the end results are pretty much the same.

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* {{Sierra}} {{Creator/Sierra}} dropped the ball with this one and their ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series. After the first one, where you save a small Barony, you jump immediately to saving the entire world from an evil genie. There's not much they can go from there, so you then save the world from an evil demon, followed by saving the world from an evil vampire, and finally saving the world from an evil dragon. Each one plays itself up like it's somehow worse than the one before it, even though the end results are pretty much the same.
25th May '17 5:56:32 PM Gideoncrawle
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->'''Lucas:''' Let see here... [[OlympusMons we got time and space, every human emotion, every natural element and nature itself, life and death]]... what do we go for next?\\
'''Dawn:''' Only one place left to go... (''[[StabTheSky points skyward]]'') we go for GOD!\\
'''[[RecordNeedleScratch RRRIIIIIPPPP!]]'''\\

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->'''Lucas:''' Let see here... [[OlympusMons we got time and space, every human emotion, every natural element and nature itself, life and death]]...death... what do we go for next?\\
'''Dawn:''' Only one place left to go... (''[[StabTheSky points skyward]]'') (''points skyward'') we go for GOD!\\
'''[[RecordNeedleScratch RRRIIIIIPPPP!]]'''\\'''RRRIIIIIPPPP!'''\\
5th Apr '17 11:17:12 PM PaulA
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* Done by Creator/DavidWeber in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''; Honor gets roughly one promotion per book, and [[LensmanArmsRace there's roughly one revolutionary advance in military technology per book.]] So while the [[StandardStarshipScuffle big space battle]] of the first book is [[StandardSciFiFleet one outgunned cruiser versus a disguised battlecruiser]] in a peacetime skirmish, the most recent books involve battles between hundreds of ships flinging [[MacrossMissileMassacre tens of thousands of nuclear missiles]] at each other in a galactic-level, multi-sided war. Honor has literally reached highest rank possible in ''both'' of the navies in which she currently serves. Weber intended to break the cycle by killing her off and letting her children [[ChangingOfTheGuard pick up where she left off]] about two books back, but co-author EricFlint [[TakeAThirdOption gave her a literal new lease on life]] by pushing the newest war up about 20 years and shifting the focus to [[CastHerd other groups of characters]] to keep from having to promote Honor so damn much.

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* Done by Creator/DavidWeber in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''; Honor gets roughly one promotion per book, and [[LensmanArmsRace there's roughly one revolutionary advance in military technology per book.]] So while the [[StandardStarshipScuffle big space battle]] of the first book is [[StandardSciFiFleet one outgunned cruiser versus a disguised battlecruiser]] in a peacetime skirmish, the most recent books involve battles between hundreds of ships flinging [[MacrossMissileMassacre tens of thousands of nuclear missiles]] at each other in a galactic-level, multi-sided war. Honor has literally reached highest rank possible in ''both'' of the navies in which she currently serves. Weber intended to break the cycle by killing her off and letting her children [[ChangingOfTheGuard pick up where she left off]] about two books back, but co-author EricFlint Creator/EricFlint [[TakeAThirdOption gave her a literal new lease on life]] by pushing the newest war up about 20 years and shifting the focus to [[CastHerd other groups of characters]] to keep from having to promote Honor so damn much.
7th Dec '16 7:06:55 AM Ramidel
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* In ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'', we go from a military commander who wants to be taller, to an evil demon king, to the proud and arrogant prince of Goku's race that can crush Goku and his friends with ease, to the ruler of the galaxies that ''commanded'' said prince, to a genetic amalgam created from various good and bad guys including said ruler, and the... what can probably be called abomination Majin Buu, who destroys planets and people for the hell of it. SerialEscalation has made it so the series is widely known for parody-level absurd power levels, where you could practically sneeze and destroy a planet, but put it back almost as easily.

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* In ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'', we go from a military commander who wants to be taller, to an evil demon king, to the proud and arrogant prince of Goku's race that can crush Goku and his friends with ease, to the ruler of the galaxies that ''commanded'' said prince, to a genetic amalgam created from various good and bad guys including said ruler, and the... what can probably be called abomination Majin Buu, who destroys planets and people for the hell of it. SerialEscalation has made it so the series is widely known for parody-level absurd power levels, where you could practically sneeze and destroy a planet, but put it back almost as easily. There was a single reversal in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', however, when it's made clear that said galactic ruler was in fact a greater threat than most of his successors; this is a result of trying to work some sanity back into a franchise riddled with [[PostScriptSeason Post Script Seasons]].
24th Nov '16 2:08:55 AM BigKlingy
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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole has this, though justified by the show being a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign so the plot had to level up with the players. We arrive in the middle of it, since the campaign had been running for two years before it was streamed.
** Vox Machina started out fighting various minor threats, with [[Creator/MatthewMercer the Dungeon Master]] house-ruling weaker versions of iconic monsters like Liches and Dragons for the party to fight. Their first major StoryArc involved freeing a [[DemonicPossession demonically-posessed]] [[FakeKing royal family]].
** The first on-stream arc had Vox Machina adventuring through the Underdark, fighting Duergar, masmatched abominations and eventually a powerful Beholder that had taken control of an Illithid colony.
** A minor "filler" story arc occurred after, though it did involve one half of the party fighting an adult White Dragon.
** The third arc saw Vox Machina liberating the hometown of one of its members from an [[UnholyMatrimony evil married couple]] of a powerful vampire and sorceress who sought to revive a GodOfEvil. In doing so, they had to start a full-on revolution among the populace and fight an entire undead army.
** The next arc is where things really stepped up.''Four'' Ancient Chromatic Dragons descend on the world, [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore destroying several major cities entirely]] and each alone posing more of a threat than anything the party has fought before, requiring the party to gather [[InfinityPlusOneSword legendary weapons]] from all across the world.
** WordOfGod says that if the party gets through this, they'll eventually level up from saving the world to saving ''existence''. Only after that would a ChangingOfTheGuard occur.
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5th Oct '16 8:59:41 PM Vrahno
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was supposed to last for one year, but the sets sold well and the writers saw potential in the story.
** 2001: elemental robo-warriors, the Toa fight wild animals, then tougher animals, their evil selves, and the main villain, the all-powerful Makuta.
** 2002: Toa deal with swarms of all-destroying critters likewise wielding elemental powers.
** 2003: Makuta returns and unleashes his "sons", of whom only six are enough to cause serious damage. Makuta himself is defeated, seemingly for real. Was also meant to be the ending, but LEGO kept extending the line's run.
** 2004: flashback which reveals that most of the menaces the Toa have had to face before are pretty low-tier.
** 2005: ExecutiveMeddling forces the writers to reuse the concept of TheSwarm, this time with GiantSpiders that take over continents and serve the Brotherhood of Makuta. The Dark Hunters, previously represented by two operatives, are shown as an expansive organisation and one of the world's most powerful forces.
** 2006: back in the present, six thugs easily beat the Toa, so a new set of heroes take center stage. Beings more powerful and knowledgeable than ever are revealed, and the world is expanded into a wider universe.
** 2007: these newbie Toa battle ancient warlords and their army of sea creatures while the universe around them literally dies and has to be revived. Makuta is back, though the Toa don't fight him.
** 2008: the original Toa team returns, more powerful than ever. Their foes? A whole team of Makuta.
** 2009: subversion, in this semi-{{retool}}, the bad guys are powerless desert fighters, but the conflict is only a setup for...
** 2010: planet-sized robots duke it out for the fate of the entire universe as LEGO wants [[WrapItUp to be done with the line]].
** PostScriptSeason: all the various characters start looking for the {{precursors}}, one of whom is a loose mass murderer capable of who-knows-what, but [[LeftHanging the story simply stopped there]].
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