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16th Mar '18 1:52:41 PM dasuberkaiser
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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.
** After defeating this threat, the party took some downtime clearing up loose ends (although one of them involved literally going to Hell), before the final arc started: Vecna, the SealedEvilInACan from the Briarwoods arc, was revived for real, and [[AGodAmI succeeded in becoming a God]]. Vox Machina had to seek help from the Gods themselves to find the items needed for a ritual to seal Vecna away once more. It was made clear that this was as far as it would go: win or lose, this would be the end of Vox Machina's story, and [[ChangingOfTheGuard the next arc would begin a new campaign with new characters.]]
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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.
** After defeating this threat, the party took some downtime clearing up loose ends (although one of them involved literally going to Hell), before the final arc started: Vecna, the SealedEvilInACan from the Briarwoods arc, was revived for real, and [[AGodAmI succeeded in becoming a God]]. Vox Machina had to seek help from the Gods themselves to find the items needed for a ritual to seal Vecna away once more. It was made clear that this was as far as it would go: win or lose, this would be the end of Vox Machina's story, and [[ChangingOfTheGuard the next arc would begin a new campaign with new characters.]]
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10th Mar '18 3:07:29 AM RedScharlach
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** For all of 5 minutes until he got stronger verions of his old powers, letting him beat someone who was apparantly as strong as him pre-sacrifice without [[NextTierPowerUp Bankai]] or his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Hollow Mask]].

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** For all of 5 minutes until he got stronger verions versions of his old powers, letting him beat someone who was apparantly apparently as strong as him pre-sacrifice without [[NextTierPowerUp Bankai]] or his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Hollow Mask]].



* The villains of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' seriously up their game with every installment. [[spoiler: [[Film/BatmanBegins Ra's Al Ghul]]]] had lofty plans, but they were foiled in the end by Batman and Gordon, the biggest thing he did that actually ''stuck'' was probably burning down Wayne mansion. [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]] caused mass panic all over Gotham and, though he didn't directly kill very many people, he still managed to [[spoiler: drive Harvey Dent, the hero of Gotham, insane, ending with Batman taking the blame for all of the people Harvey killed as Two-Face]]. [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Bane]] put Batman out of commision for several months and [[spoiler: completely took over the city while he was gone. He also came very close to detonating a nuclear bomb in the middle of Gotham]].

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* The villains of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' seriously up their game with every installment. [[spoiler: [[Film/BatmanBegins Ra's Al Ghul]]]] had lofty plans, but they were foiled in the end by Batman and Gordon, the biggest thing he did that actually ''stuck'' was probably burning down Wayne mansion. [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]] caused mass panic all over Gotham and, though he didn't directly kill very many people, he still managed to [[spoiler: drive Harvey Dent, the hero of Gotham, insane, ending with Batman taking the blame for all of the people Harvey killed as Two-Face]]. [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Bane]] put Batman out of commision commission for several months and [[spoiler: completely took over the city while he was gone. He also came very close to detonating a nuclear bomb in the middle of Gotham]].



** To give some perspective, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', a prequel to the rest of the series, revolved around... destroying a 1st generation superweapon and assassinating a defector. Plus there was something about getting ahold of enought money to take over the world in there...

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** To give some perspective, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', a prequel to the rest of the series, revolved around... destroying a 1st generation superweapon and assassinating a defector. Plus there was something about getting ahold hold of enought enough money to take over the world in there...



** And the [=RPGs=]. Take ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. First you had invincible Bowser take over the kingdom, then the Shadow Queen nearly take over the world (and it's an unsealed thousand year old demon with lightning powers too), and then Count Bleck (and [[spoiler:Dimentio]]) try to destroy the entirety of existence (in the former's case for good, latter's case to remake in own image). ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series too to an extent, the first game had Cackletta steal Peach's voice, second had aliens try to conquer the planet and genocide the population and the latter kinda went down a level again with Fawful and the Dark Star.

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** And the [=RPGs=]. Take ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. First you had invincible Bowser take over the kingdom, then the Shadow Queen nearly take over the world (and it's an unsealed thousand year old thousand-year-old demon with lightning powers too), and then Count Bleck (and [[spoiler:Dimentio]]) try to destroy the entirety of existence (in the former's case for good, latter's case to remake in own image). ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series too to an extent, the first game had Cackletta steal Peach's voice, second had aliens try to conquer the planet and genocide the population and the latter kinda went down a level again with Fawful and the Dark Star.
5th Feb '18 8:21:35 PM ZerroDefex
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* Occurred with the first four ''DieHard'' films: first an office building is held hostage, then an airport, then all of New York City, and finally all of the USA. The fifth movie toned it back to a smaller time villain in a foreign country.
23rd Jan '18 2:20:19 PM RacattackForce
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* Bowser, of ''SuperMarioBros'', has gone from locking a Princess in a castle to cursing her whole castle with creepy dreamworld-doors, to lifting it up into space, to trying to take over galaxies. But, of course, Mario wasn't lazy either. He went from "my only move is to jump on your head" to literal kick-boxer to using the power of the stars. Oh, the number of his power-up-items also increased rapidly.
** And the [=RPGs=]. Take ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. First you had invincible Bowser take over the kingdom, then the Shadow Queen nearly take over the world (and it's an unsealed thousand year old demon with lightning powers too), and then Count Bleck (and [[spoiler:Dimentio]]) try to destroy the entirety of existence (in the former's case for good, latter's case to remake in own image). ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series too to an extent, the first game had Cackletta steal Peach's voice, second had aliens try to conquer the planet and mass destroy the population and the latter kinda went down a level again with Fawful and the Dark Star.

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* Bowser, of ''SuperMarioBros'', has gone from locking a Princess in a castle to cursing her whole castle with creepy dreamworld-doors, to lifting it up into space, to trying to take over galaxies. But, of course, Mario wasn't hasn't been lazy either. He went He's gone from "my only move is to jump on your head" head", to literal kick-boxer kick-boxer, to using the power of the stars.stars, to ''body possession''. Oh, the number of his power-up-items also increased rapidly.
** And the [=RPGs=]. Take ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. First you had invincible Bowser take over the kingdom, then the Shadow Queen nearly take over the world (and it's an unsealed thousand year old demon with lightning powers too), and then Count Bleck (and [[spoiler:Dimentio]]) try to destroy the entirety of existence (in the former's case for good, latter's case to remake in own image). ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series too to an extent, the first game had Cackletta steal Peach's voice, second had aliens try to conquer the planet and mass destroy genocide the population and the latter kinda went down a level again with Fawful and the Dark Star.



* Though the creators are doing their best to avoid the trope, ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s uber-powerful, all-purpose battle suit, introduced at the GrandFinale, became so all-powerful (it was even powered up during the first episode of the [[UnCancelled new season]]) that the creators had to HandWave the non-use of this battle suit as being in repair for 4/5ths of the fourth season.

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* Though the creators are doing their best to avoid the trope, ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s Somewhat subverted in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. The titular character gained an uber-powerful, all-purpose battle suit, introduced at suit in the GrandFinale, became GrandFinale... but then the show got renewed for a PostScriptSeason, so all-powerful (it was even powered up during the first episode of the [[UnCancelled new season]]) that season had the creators had to HandWave the non-use of this battle suit as being get damaged and stuck in repair for 4/5ths of until the fourth season.new final episode.
23rd Jan '18 2:11:23 PM RacattackForce
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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. Yes, their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation (see page quote). But [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]], it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legendary and mythical mons introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. And as of ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass the aforementioned God Pokémon Arceus via some form of SuperMode.[[note]]As a side note regarding the page quote, the "life and death" is a case of HilariousInHindsight. Pokémon for those concepts didn't exist at the time of the video, so it just served as an extra gag. They actually became a thing in the sixth generation. [[BrickJoke Oh, and they decided to go with "Truth and Ideals" for Generation 5]], in case you were wondering.[[/note]]

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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. Yes, their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation (see page quote). But [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]], it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legendary and mythical mons introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. And as of ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass the aforementioned God Pokémon Arceus via some form of SuperMode.[[note]]As a side note regarding the page quote, the "life and death" is a case of HilariousInHindsight. Pokémon for those concepts didn't exist at the time of the video, so it just served as an extra gag. They gag...until the sixth generation, where they actually became a thing in the sixth generation. thing. [[BrickJoke Oh, and they decided to go with "Truth mons representing "truth and Ideals" ideals" for Generation 5]], in case you were wondering.[[/note]]
23rd Jan '18 2:08:10 PM RacattackForce
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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. Yes, their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation (see page quote). But [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]], it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legendary and mythical mons introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. And as of ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass the aforementioned God Pokémon Arceus via some form of SuperMode.

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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. Yes, their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation (see page quote). But [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]], it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legendary and mythical mons introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. And as of ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass the aforementioned God Pokémon Arceus via some form of SuperMode.[[note]]As a side note regarding the page quote, the "life and death" is a case of HilariousInHindsight. Pokémon for those concepts didn't exist at the time of the video, so it just served as an extra gag. They actually became a thing in the sixth generation. [[BrickJoke Oh, and they decided to go with "Truth and Ideals" for Generation 5]], in case you were wondering.[[/note]]
23rd Jan '18 2:01:44 PM RacattackForce
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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. It is true that their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation, but [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]] it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. By ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', however, there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass Arceus via some form of SuperMode.

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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. It is true that Yes, their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation, but generation (see page quote). But [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]] perspective]], it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends legendary and mythical mons introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. By And as of ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', however, there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass the aforementioned God Pokémon Arceus via some form of SuperMode.
23rd Jan '18 1:58:38 PM RacattackForce
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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. It is true that their effect on the plot grows greater with each generation, but StatisticallySpeaking it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. By ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', however, there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass Arceus via some form of SuperMode.
** Each regional evil team has had their goals inflate over time. After Team Rocket, a realistic Mafia-esque band of poachers and criminals, a slew of groups centered their plans around Legendary Pokémon, with the end goals of flooding the land/evaporating the sea, then rewriting the universe, then domination by FantasyGunControl, then domination by freezing everything solid, then enacting ''mass genocide'' for all but a wealthy few. Even when Team Rocket returns in ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', their boss fancies himself an upgrade from TheDon to MultiversalConqueror.

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** [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. It is true that their effect on the plot and the lore behind them grows greater with each generation, but StatisticallySpeaking [[StatisticallySpeaking from a gameplay perspective]] it was not until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it back. By ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', however, there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass Arceus via some form of SuperMode.
** Each regional evil team has had their goals inflate over time. After the first two generations gave us Team Rocket, a realistic Mafia-esque band of poachers and criminals, a slew of groups every subsequent team started aiming higher with plans centered their plans around Legendary Pokémon, with the end goals of Pokémon. These plans have included flooding the land/evaporating the sea, then rewriting the universe, then domination by FantasyGunControl, then domination by freezing everything solid, then and enacting ''mass genocide'' for all but a wealthy few. Even when Team Rocket returns isn't exempt from this, as their return in ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' has their boss fancies fancy himself an upgrade from TheDon to MultiversalConqueror.
23rd Jan '18 1:51:06 PM RacattackForce
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17th Jan '18 1:34:24 PM SpinAttaxx
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* The ''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.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games get accused of this with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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[[OlympusMons legendary Pokémon]]. Legendary Pokémon]] are frequently accused of suffering this. It is true that their effect on the plot got grows greater in with each generation generation, but StatisticallySpeaking, StatisticallySpeaking it was not until generation four's [[LightningBruiser ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''[='=]s [[PhysicalGod Arceus]] that generation one's ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[='=]s original InfinityPlusOneSword Mewtwo was surpassed in stat total. On the other hand, the sheer number of legends introduced per game [[CommonPlaceRare kept going up]] until Generation five, which did not escalate the number, though ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' dialed it more than doubled the number of back. By ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', however, there are at least ''five'' Legendary Pokémon that surpass Arceus via some form shifting legends of SuperMode.
** Each regional evil team has had their goals inflate over time. After Team Rocket, a realistic Mafia-esque band of poachers
and another that surpassed Mewtwo in stat total, in two different ways criminals, a slew of groups centered their plans around Legendary Pokémon, with the end goals of flooding the land/evaporating the sea, then rewriting the universe, then domination by FantasyGunControl, then domination by freezing everything solid, then enacting ''mass genocide'' for all but was still lower than Arceus.a wealthy few. Even when Team Rocket returns in ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', their boss fancies himself an upgrade from TheDon to MultiversalConqueror.
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