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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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30th Jul '16 12:59:40 PM nombretomado
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* Done by 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 DavidWeber 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.
3rd Jul '16 6:56:31 PM wuggles
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* ''Series/{{Haven}}'' ran into this in its later seasons. It originally started out as the story of Audrey Parker, a [[StrangeCopInAStrangeLand cop]] who is stuck in the town of Haven, Maine and helps the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Troubled]] townspeople, all while trying to piece together the mystery of her past and who exactly the Colorado Kid is. As the seasons go on, Audrey finds out [[spoiler: that she is immortal and constantly returns to the town of Haven every 27 years, after which she goes into a magical barn and takes the Troubles with her. Unfortunately, things get messed up and she can no longer do so. Then she finds out actually the reincarnation of Mara, an evil CosmicEntity who created the troubles and who was punished by being forced to help the Troubled. They end up dealing with her lover, William, before having to deal with Mara herself, who unleashes all sorts of Troubles on the town. The final season is Audrey dealing with Mara's father,a SatanicArchetype who cuts Haven off from the rest of the world, wipes everyone's memories of its existence, and almost destroys the world.]]

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* ''Series/{{Haven}}'' ran into this in its later seasons. It originally started out as the story of Audrey Parker, a [[StrangeCopInAStrangeLand cop]] who is stuck in the town of Haven, Maine and helps the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Troubled]] townspeople, all while trying to piece together the mystery of her past and who exactly the Colorado Kid is. As the seasons go on, Audrey has to deal with [[CosmicEntity cosmic entities]], reincarnation, and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. More specifically, she finds out [[spoiler: that she is immortal and constantly returns to the town of Haven every 27 years, after which she goes into a magical barn and takes the Troubles with her. Unfortunately, things get messed up and she can no longer do so. Then she finds out actually the reincarnation of Mara, an evil CosmicEntity who created the troubles and who was punished by being forced to help the Troubled. They end up dealing with her lover, William, before having to deal with Mara herself, who unleashes all sorts of Troubles on the town. The final season is Audrey dealing with Mara's father,a SatanicArchetype who cuts Haven off from the rest of the world, wipes everyone's memories of its existence, and almost destroys the world.]]
3rd Jul '16 6:53:59 PM wuggles
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* ''Series/{{Haven}}'' ran into this in its later seasons. It originally started out as the story of Audrey Parker, a [[StrangeCopInAStrangeLand cop]] who is stuck in the town of Haven, Maine and helps the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Troubled]] townspeople, all while trying to piece together the mystery of her past and who exactly the Colorado Kid is. As the seasons go on, Audrey finds out [[spoiler: that she is immortal and constantly returns to the town of Haven every 27 years, after which she goes into a magical barn and takes the Troubles with her. Unfortunately, things get messed up and she can no longer do so. Then she finds out actually the reincarnation of Mara, an evil CosmicEntity who created the troubles and who was punished by being forced to help the Troubled. They end up dealing with her lover, William, before having to deal with Mara herself, who unleashes all sorts of Troubles on the town. The final season is Audrey dealing with Mara's father,a SatanicArchetype who cuts Haven off from the rest of the world, wipes everyone's memories of its existence, and almost destroys the world.]]
16th Apr '16 8:42:52 PM Ramidel
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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
** The series crashed into the ceiling headlong when it went for a PostScriptSeason. They had already killed off the greatest warlord of the Century's End, Kenshiro's big brother and EvilCounterpart Raoh, and Kenshiro was already such an InvincibleHero that there was no way that they could either power him up any more or give him another credible challenge, but they had to try anyway. The Land of Shura arc was the result of their attempt to scale up Raoh; they created an EvilCounterpart ''style'' to Hokuto Shinken based on an evil version of ''[[KiAttacks touki]]'', and had Kaioh be [[spoiler: Kenshiro's ''biological'' older brother instead of his sempai]]. They also [[spoiler: made the Land of Shura be Kenshiro's birthplace]] in an attempt to rebuild the EmotionalTorque of the first series. General fan consensus is that it didn't quite work.
** The post-Shura arcs' [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of this trope demonstrates exactly why it's [[NecessaryWeasel necessary]]. After Kenshiro leaves the Land of Shura, the manga starts using villains who would have been [[MonsterOfTheWeek Punks of the Week]] in the ''first'' series (and in fact, the final villain was retconned into ''having been'' an ordinary GiantMook). While the series tries to [[ChangingOfTheGuard refocus on the younger supporting cast]], such as Ryu and Bat, inevitably Kenshiro is going to get involved in the fight, at which point the villains [[CatchPhrase don't even know that they're already dead]]. Even more than Land of Shura, these arcs are seen as a sign of terminal FranchiseZombie-ism.
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