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27th Aug '16 4:15:31 AM morenohijazo
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* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Dark Ranger]] struggles with this. For a time, Dark Ranger was constantly having to upgrade his gear to compete with the increasingly dangerous supervillains he was facing.

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* ''Fanfic/FairyDanceOfDeath'': By design, for any good game. As the players progress through the World Tree, each new level presents a more difficult challenge than the last. In some cases, such as the 25th gateway boss, the DifficultySpike is lethal.






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* ''Roleplay/SayakaQuest'': Skadi. A triple-Witch spawned from a natural 100 on the difficulty role and the second most powerful Witch fought to date.



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31st Jul '16 1:37:37 PM nombretomado
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* In the DCComics series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', the entire population of Biyala (one of TheDCU's {{Qurac}}s) is killed in a single issue. Despite the horrified reactions of characters at the time, this had never been mentioned before (since ''52'' was a prequel), and the few times it was brought up again, it was "Dangit! Some people died!" rather than being a horrible, culture-breaking genocide.

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* In the DCComics Creator/DCComics series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', the entire population of Biyala (one of TheDCU's Franchise/TheDCU's {{Qurac}}s) is killed in a single issue. Despite the horrified reactions of characters at the time, this had never been mentioned before (since ''52'' was a prequel), and the few times it was brought up again, it was "Dangit! Some people died!" rather than being a horrible, culture-breaking genocide.



* Over at MarvelComics, meanwhile, the killer robot Ultron has wiped at least one entire country (of the {{Ruritania}} variety) off the map.

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* Over at MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, meanwhile, the killer robot Ultron has wiped at least one entire country (of the {{Ruritania}} variety) off the map.
17th Oct '15 12:18:40 PM Anddrix
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* {{Sinestro}}. With an army of Yellow Lanterns behind him. Plus Superboy Prime. Plus Hank Henshaw, who ''also'' has Superman's powers (and [[{{Immortality}} can't die]] [[DeathSeeker no matter how much he wants to]]). Plus '''the motherfucking [[spoiler:Anti-Monitor]].''' After the Sinestro Corps War, what the hell can be considered a threat to the [[GreenLantern Green Lanterns]]? Satan? God? [[MemeticBadass BATMAN!?]]

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* {{Sinestro}}.Sinestro. With an army of Yellow Lanterns behind him. Plus Superboy Prime. Plus Hank Henshaw, who ''also'' has Superman's powers (and [[{{Immortality}} can't die]] [[DeathSeeker no matter how much he wants to]]). Plus '''the motherfucking [[spoiler:Anti-Monitor]].''' After the Sinestro Corps War, what the hell can be considered a threat to the [[GreenLantern Green Lanterns]]? Satan? God? [[MemeticBadass BATMAN!?]]
14th Jun '15 12:53:16 PM DarkElfPrincess
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* The season finales of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' tend to play with this rule. Sometimes it's just the Doctor's life at stake, while other times the whole universe is threatened. The BigBads for each story arc and what they threaten are as follows:

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* The season finales of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' tend to play with this rule. Sometimes it's just the Doctor's life at stake, while other times the whole universe is threatened. The BigBads {{Big Bad}}s for each story arc and what they threaten are as follows:
14th Feb '15 7:31:06 PM BlastHardcheese
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* The season finales of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' unashamedly follow this rule.

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* The season finales of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' unashamedly follow ''Series/DoctorWho'' tend to play with this rule.rule. Sometimes it's just the Doctor's life at stake, while other times the whole universe is threatened. The BigBads for each story arc and what they threaten are as follows:
** The Daleks (Earth)
** The Daleks + Cybermen (Earth)
** The Master (Earth and the Galaxy)
** Davros (all of creation)
** The Time Lords (all of creation)
** The Silence (the Doctor's life + all of creation as an unforeseen side-effect)
** The Great Intelligence (the Doctor's life + all of creation)
** The Master again (Earth)
21st Oct '14 11:35:45 AM nombretomado
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* First, ''TheAuthority'' went up against a terrorist organization with the numbers and power to attack three major cities in the course of a few days. Then, they took on an enemy that had conquered an alternate reality Earth and turned an entire country into a rape camp. Then they took on ''God''. Then...

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* First, ''TheAuthority'' ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' went up against a terrorist organization with the numbers and power to attack three major cities in the course of a few days. Then, they took on an enemy that had conquered an alternate reality Earth and turned an entire country into a rape camp. Then they took on ''God''. Then...
13th May '14 4:25:51 PM Wackd
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* The DCAU version of the Joker may be an exception, although this was largely mitigated by what broadcast standards allowed the show. Joker's plans tended to focus on his original trademark convoluted plots of many different types, everything from selling poisoned fish to just messing with someone's life, rather than outright murdering anyone in cold blood -- thus explaining the rarity of his trademark non-wacky pistol. Nonetheless the direct-to-video ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker movie]] saw fit to censor a few disturbing bits.
** Ironically, his ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version points out that this trope is why [[spoiler:he doesn't want Batman to die; while he's around,]] the Joker can continue to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of lives at once, instead of becoming the one-off petty crook he was before.

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* The DCAU version of the Joker may be an exception, although this was largely mitigated by what broadcast standards allowed the show. Joker's plans tended to focus on his original trademark convoluted plots of many different types, everything from selling poisoned fish to just messing First, ''TheAuthority'' went up against a terrorist organization with someone's life, rather than outright murdering anyone in cold blood -- thus explaining the rarity of his trademark non-wacky pistol. Nonetheless numbers and power to attack three major cities in the direct-to-video ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker movie]] saw fit to censor course of a few disturbing bits.
** Ironically, his ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version points out
days. Then, they took on an enemy that this trope is why [[spoiler:he doesn't want Batman to die; while he's around,]] the Joker can continue to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of lives at once, instead of becoming the one-off petty crook he was before.had conquered an alternate reality Earth and turned an entire country into a rape camp. Then they took on ''God''. Then...



* ''{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted to use the legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted to wipe out the universe and reshape it to their will. What next!?
** [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA]]
* First, ''TheAuthority'' went up against a terrorist organization with the numbers and power to attack three major cities in the course of a few days. Then, they took on an enemy that had conquered an alternate reality Earth and turned an entire country into a rape camp. Then they took on ''God''. Then...

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* ''{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted to use the legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted to wipe out the universe and reshape it to their will. What next!?
** [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA]]
* First, ''TheAuthority'' went up against a terrorist organization with the numbers and power to attack three major cities in the course of a few days. Then, they took on an enemy that had conquered an alternate reality Earth and turned an entire country into a rape camp. Then they took on ''God''. Then...

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* ''{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted to use the legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted to wipe out the universe and reshape it to their will. What next!?
** [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA]]

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* The DCAU version of the Joker may be an exception, although this was largely mitigated by what broadcast standards allowed the show. Joker's plans tended to focus on his original trademark convoluted plots of many different types, everything from selling poisoned fish to just messing with someone's life, rather than outright murdering anyone in cold blood -- thus explaining the rarity of his trademark non-wacky pistol. Nonetheless the direct-to-video ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker movie]] saw fit to censor a few disturbing bits.
** Ironically, his ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version points out that this trope is why [[spoiler:he doesn't want Batman to die; while he's around,]] the Joker can continue to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of lives at once, instead of becoming the one-off petty crook he was before.
21st Oct '13 10:16:21 AM dasuberkaiser
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* Pretty much ditto for ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. Season one: The Master, a vampire lord. Season 2, Angleus, a possibly more vicious vampire, if not powerful, and, of course, a more personal threat, seeing as it was Buffy boyfriend having a {{Face Heel Turn}} that Buffy herself was partly responsible for. Season 3, the Mayor, a century old sorcerer who can't be injured or killed, and is a VillainWithGoodPublicity. Season four was Adam, a demon/human/cyborg hybrid that was so strong, it took [[spoiler: tapping into the primal forces of the Slayer]] to defeat him. Season five was Glory, a hell-god capable of destroying all reality. To top this, Buffy went with the "personal enemy" again, this time being her best friend, Willow, taking the FaceHeelTurn. In season seven, Buffy fought the personfication of all evil. Now in season eight, she has to deal with Twilight, a powerful... something that can easily beat her physically, and who has a massive cult behind him. Plus the United States military and the [[{{Hero With Bad Publicity}} general public]] are against her. Oh, and a couple of rogue Slayers.

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* Pretty much ditto for ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. Season one: The Master, a vampire lord. Season 2, Angleus, a possibly more vicious vampire, if not powerful, and, of course, a more personal threat, seeing as it was Buffy boyfriend having a {{Face Heel Turn}} that Buffy herself was partly responsible for. Season 3, the Mayor, a century old sorcerer who can't be injured or killed, and is a VillainWithGoodPublicity. Season four was Adam, a demon/human/cyborg hybrid that was so strong, it took [[spoiler: tapping into the primal forces of the Slayer]] to defeat him. Season five was Glory, Glorificus, a hell-god capable of destroying all reality. To top this, Buffy went with the "personal enemy" again, this time being her best friend, Willow, taking the FaceHeelTurn. In season seven, Buffy fought the personfication of all evil. Now in season eight, she has to deal with Twilight, a powerful... something that can easily beat her physically, and who has a massive cult behind him. Plus the United States military and the [[{{Hero With Bad Publicity}} general public]] are against her. Oh, and a couple of rogue Slayers.
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