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16th Aug '16 1:56:18 PM Someoneman
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'''Ulquiorra:''' ''([[CrowningMomentOfFunny patting dust]] [[CasualDangerDialog off his]] sleeve [[TheStoic nonchalantly]])'' Hmph. [[GoodIsBoring Yes, it would appear it was.]]

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'''Ulquiorra:''' ''([[CrowningMomentOfFunny patting dust]] [[CasualDangerDialog ''([[CasualDangerDialogpatting dust off his]] sleeve [[TheStoic nonchalantly]])'' Hmph. [[GoodIsBoring Yes, it would appear it was.]]



** Inuyasha began the series fighting only with his claws. Then he gets his sword, Tetsusaiga, and starts fighting primarily with that. Next he learns to use the Wind Scar, a powerful [[SwordBeam destructive wave attack]], under certain circumstances. Then he simultaneously learns to use the Wind Scar completely at will (after which its use becomes at the same time much more common and [[TheWorfBarrage much less effective]]) and learns the [[CounterAttack Backlash Wave]]. Eventually, his sword is upgraded to gain forms that can cut through any [[DeflectorShields barriers]] ([[ContractualBossImmunity except those that the plot demands be impenetrable]]), launch a barrage of diamond shards, destroy/absorb an opponent's demonic energy, and open a portal to the underworld to send enemies directly to hell. Although none of Tetsusaiga's attacks ever become completely obsolete, this trope is still in effect, with each new upgrade or technique decreasing in actual combat effectiveness shortly after it is obtained (except the underworld portal, obtained near the end). This is most evident for the Wind Scar, which, when it is first learned, is talked about as Tetsusaiga's true potential to slay 100 demons in a single swing, but which, by the end of the series, is essentially Inuyasha's most basic attack. It's so bad that it's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point by [[MasterOfIllusion Byakuya]] and [[NobleDemon Sesshoumaru]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny who are discussing Inuyasha as he fights]].

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** Inuyasha began the series fighting only with his claws. Then he gets his sword, Tetsusaiga, and starts fighting primarily with that. Next he learns to use the Wind Scar, a powerful [[SwordBeam destructive wave attack]], under certain circumstances. Then he simultaneously learns to use the Wind Scar completely at will (after which its use becomes at the same time much more common and [[TheWorfBarrage much less effective]]) and learns the [[CounterAttack Backlash Wave]]. Eventually, his sword is upgraded to gain forms that can cut through any [[DeflectorShields barriers]] ([[ContractualBossImmunity except those that the plot demands be impenetrable]]), launch a barrage of diamond shards, destroy/absorb an opponent's demonic energy, and open a portal to the underworld to send enemies directly to hell. Although none of Tetsusaiga's attacks ever become completely obsolete, this trope is still in effect, with each new upgrade or technique decreasing in actual combat effectiveness shortly after it is obtained (except the underworld portal, obtained near the end). This is most evident for the Wind Scar, which, when it is first learned, is talked about as Tetsusaiga's true potential to slay 100 demons in a single swing, but which, by the end of the series, is essentially Inuyasha's most basic attack. It's so bad that it's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point by [[MasterOfIllusion Byakuya]] and [[NobleDemon Sesshoumaru]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny who are discussing Inuyasha as he fights]].fights.
10th Aug '16 12:07:28 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, almost every weapon is useful from the start clear to the end of the games, with rapid-fire bullet hoses typically ending up as the ''least'' useful weapons. Even more unusually, the most useful weapon in the first game is commonly agreed to be the pistol that you get at the very beginning. This mirrors Bungie's earlier ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series, where all of the weapons also had their uses, and the pistols (especially when duel-wielded) were the best sharpshooting weapons in the game (though not to the ludicrous extent of ''Halo''). This does, however, raise the question of why the superhumanly strong player character [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't seem to get groupings tighter than several feet at a few yards]] with the assault rifle. Marathon explains this by having the assault rifle's description say it's notoriously badly designed. Perhaps the same is true of the Halo games?

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, almost every weapon you can get at the start is useful from the start clear right to the end of end, though the games, with rapid-fire bullet hoses typically ending hose ones do usually end up as being the ''least'' least useful weapons. Even more unusually, the most useful weapon in the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved first game game]] is commonly agreed to be the pistol that you get at the very beginning. This mirrors Bungie's earlier beginning.
* In the
''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series, where series (by ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' creator Creator/{{Bungie}}), all of the weapons also had have their uses, and the pistols (especially when duel-wielded) were the best sharpshooting weapons in the game (though not to the ludicrous extent of ''Halo''). This does, however, raise the question of why the superhumanly strong player character [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't seem to get groupings tighter than several feet at a few yards]] with the assault rifle. Marathon explains this by having the assault rifle's description say it's notoriously badly designed. Perhaps the same is true of the Halo games?game.
20th Jul '16 5:25:28 AM ChronoLegion
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* Vince from ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' does this to Michael. In thier first fight, Vince gives a decent account of himself despite having almost no energy reserves and a power that can't counter ice. Later they face off again but with Vince keeping a reserve large enough to shrug off ice blasts and new techniques that let him penetrate Michael's armor easily.

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* Vince from ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' does this to Michael. In thier first fight, Vince gives a decent account of himself despite having almost no energy reserves and a power that can't counter ice. Later they face off again but with Vince keeping a reserve large enough to shrug off ice blasts and new techniques that let him penetrate Michael's armor easily. It doesn't help that Michael has just put Vince into a state of TranquilFury by hurting one of his friends and threatening to hurt another.
11th Jul '16 10:11:30 PM FurMatrix
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**** Somewhat justified with Tamers, as half the cast got their Digimon in the second half (And one in the final quarter) of the series, getting Digivices only a few episodes prior to Takato managing to Biomerge, making it less CantCatchUp and just the secondary casts' partners appearing too late.
3rd Jul '16 12:45:51 PM ShinyManaphy
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** Generally speaking, each new generation will shake up the metagame and knock various old favourites off their perches and down a tier. Mega Evolution's introduction completely reshaped the metagame, causing many Pokemon to just not be used in their base forms. (If you see a Kangaskhan, assume she's going to be a Mega Kangaskhan by the end of her first turn on the field.) And then there's Mega Rayquaza, which singlehandedly destroyed the entire Ubers tier and had to have an ''entire new tier'' created for it just to keep things balanced.
7th Jun '16 2:02:14 PM Galacton
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Compare CostumeEvolution.

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Compare CostumeEvolution. Contrast BagOfSpilling.
2nd Jun '16 12:40:27 PM DoctorTItanX
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** However, unlike most protagonists subjected to this trope, Ichigo doesn't learn newer, more powerful moves to replace the Getsuga Tensho, or even (except in [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique one special case]]) learn improved versions of it. He simply gets stronger and makes it effective again... until the next, even more powerful villain shows up, which results in the cycle repeating. One thing he does (way too infrequently) to improve its effectiveness is, instead of [[SwordBeam firing the Getsuga right away]] is leave it surrounding his blade and slice his opponent, then fire off the attack while his sword is already inside their body. This guarantees a hit and bypasses their defenses... but it's still the same attack.
** In the last arc he ''finally'' learns a new technique... which is simply two of them at once.

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** However, unlike most protagonists subjected to this trope, Ichigo doesn't immediately learn newer, more powerful moves to replace the Getsuga Tensho, or even (except in [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique one special case]]) learn improved versions of it. He simply gets stronger and makes it effective again... until the next, even more powerful villain enemy shows up, which results in the cycle repeating. One thing he does (way too infrequently) to improve its effectiveness is, instead of [[SwordBeam firing the Getsuga right away]] is leave it surrounding his blade and slice his opponent, then fire off the attack while his sword is already inside their body. This guarantees a hit and bypasses their defenses... but it's still the same attack.
** In the last arc arc, he ''finally'' learns a new technique... which is simply two of them at once.
30th May '16 6:56:10 PM Ramona122003
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** Goku's Kaio-Ken technique is almost never seen used by him after the first season when he first transformed into a Super Saiyan; WordOfGod and a filler episode demonstrated that a combination of the two have {{deadly|Upgrade}} consequences for the user. Namely, combining the Kaio-Ken with a Super Saiyan is suicidal since the Kaio-Ken is a stressful technique and Super Saiyan is stressful enough [[spoiler: However, Goku learns to combine the Kaio-Ken with his Super Saiyan God Super since that transformation is calm and requires a calm mind to use. Although, it's still a work in progress and initially has a 90% failure rate]].

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** Goku's Kaio-Ken technique is almost never seen used by him after the first season when he first transformed into a Super Saiyan; WordOfGod and a filler episode demonstrated that a combination of the two have {{deadly|Upgrade}} consequences for the user. Namely, combining the Kaio-Ken with a Super Saiyan is suicidal since the Kaio-Ken is a stressful technique and Super Saiyan is stressful enough [[spoiler: However, Goku learns to combine the Kaio-Ken with his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form since that transformation is calm and requires a calm mind to use. Although, it's still a work in progress and initially has a 90% failure rate]].
30th May '16 6:55:01 PM Ramona122003
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** Weighted clothing. First appears near the end of ''Dragon Ball'' as an effective means of showing IAmNotLeftHanded, all but disappears by the Cell Saga. The idea of training in weighted clothing was replaced by training in artificial gravity chambers. Vegeta, for example, likes to train in ''500 times Earth's gravity'', which adds far more weight to him than any amount of clothing could. To quote [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged the abridged series]]:
--->'''Piccolo:''' That concept just sort of lost meaning after a while, didn't it?
** Goku's Kaioken technique is almost never seen used by him after the first season when he first transformed into a Super Saiyan; WordOfGod and a filler episode demonstrated that a combination of the two could have {{deadly|Upgrade}} consequences for the user. [[spoiler: It gets subverted in the long run as Goku learns to combine the Kaio-Ken with his Super Saiyan Blue form and maintain it, although it's a work in progress and initially has a 90 percent failure rate.]]
** The Super Saiyan transformation itself goes from [[TheChosenOne legendary and exclusive]] to being shared by a handful of individuals at once with ascended stages beyond the standard grade. Most notable with Gohan's final upgrade in the series: once he attains that, he neither has to nor is even ''able'' to transform into a Super Saiyan anymore. Though he is seen in Super Saiyan form in works set after ''Z'', due to not keeping up his training and needing the transformation to acces his full potential. Like the Kaio-Ken example above, Goku and Vegeta subvert it in the long run as, after ascending to Godhood, they perfect their Super Saiyan forms and no longer need Super Saiyan 2 or 3. The fact their Base form alone surpasses what Goku could do as a Super Saiyan 3 helps as well.
*** The page quote references how late in the series Vegeta's young son Trunks was merely struggling a bit in the Gravity Room with him, and just suddenly decided to go Super Saiyan to run around more easily, shocking his father. He then irritated Vegeta by admitting the younger Goten could also use the form.

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** Weighted clothing. First appears near the end of ''Dragon Ball'' as an effective means of showing IAmNotLeftHanded, all but disappears by the Cell Saga. The idea of training in weighted clothing was replaced by training in artificial gravity chambers. Vegeta, for example, likes to train in ''500 times Earth's gravity'', which adds far more weight to him than any amount of clothing could. To quote [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged the abridged series]]:
--->'''Piccolo:''' That concept just sort of lost meaning after a while, didn't it?
Although, Piccolo still trains with weighted cloths and takes them off when he's serious.
** Goku's Kaioken Kaio-Ken technique is almost never seen used by him after the first season when he first transformed into a Super Saiyan; WordOfGod and a filler episode demonstrated that a combination of the two could have {{deadly|Upgrade}} consequences for the user. Namely, combining the Kaio-Ken with a Super Saiyan is suicidal since the Kaio-Ken is a stressful technique and Super Saiyan is stressful enough [[spoiler: It gets subverted in the long run as However, Goku learns to combine the Kaio-Ken with his Super Saiyan Blue form God Super since that transformation is calm and maintain it, although requires a calm mind to use. Although, it's still a work in progress and initially has a 90 percent 90% failure rate.]]
rate]].
** The Super Saiyan transformation itself goes from [[TheChosenOne legendary and exclusive]] to being shared by a handful of individuals at once with ascended stages beyond the standard grade. The page quote references how late in the series Vegeta's young son Trunks is merely struggling a bit in the Gravity Room with him, and just suddenly decides to go Super Saiyan to run around more easily, shocking his father. Vegeta then becomes irritated when he learns that Goten can also transform. Most notable with Gohan's final upgrade in the series: once he attains that, he neither has to nor is even ''able'' doesn't need to transform into a Super Saiyan anymore. Though he is seen in Super Saiyan form in works set after ''Z'', due to not keeping up his training and needing the transformation to acces his full potential. Like the Kaio-Ken example above, [[spoiler: Kaio-Ken]], Goku and Vegeta subvert it in the long run as, after subverts this. After ascending to Godhood, godhood, they perfect their Super Saiyan forms and no longer need Super Saiyan 2 or 3. The fact They can also merged their Base form alone surpasses what Goku could do as Super Saiyan forms with their god powers, creating a Super Saiyan 3 helps as well.
*** The page quote references how late in the series Vegeta's young son Trunks was merely struggling
God Super Saiyan, which is basically a bit in the Gravity Room with him, more powerful and just suddenly decided to go stable version of Super Saiyan to run around more easily, shocking his father. He then irritated Vegeta by admitting the younger Goten could also use the form.God.
29th May '16 7:59:37 PM BattleMaster
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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has had this happen a lot in its various comic book incarnations since, due to being MerchandiseDriven, it's always needed to promote the latest toys. In the original Marvel run, there came the [[CombiningMecha Combiners]], then the Headmasters, then the Powermasters, then the Pretenders, each group getting their shot in the spotlight only to be bumped out when the newer guys showed up. In IDW's run of the comics, characters are frequently reformatted to have their appearance match whatever the latest toy of that character, even if it doesn't make sense (such as a character on Cybertron with a Cybertron vehicle mode suddenly getting an Earth vehicle mode instead). This is occasionally [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
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