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14th Aug '17 3:02:04 PM Gregzilla
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** In the series, Danny's first major foe was a LethalChef who did little more then throw a [[MoodSwinger pissy fit]] over a changed menu. Slowly, but surely he combats more appropriate villains ranging from TheHunter, the BigBad, a [[VainSorceress sadistic emotion sucker]], and his own BadFuture self. By the last season, he's battling ghosts with God-like powers.

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** In the series, Danny's first major foe was a LethalChef who did little more then throw a [[MoodSwinger pissy fit]] over a changed menu. Slowly, but surely he combats more appropriate villains ranging from TheHunter, a HunterOfMonsters, the BigBad, a [[VainSorceress sadistic emotion sucker]], and his own BadFuture self. By the last season, he's battling ghosts with God-like powers.
14th Aug '17 10:07:37 AM Owlorange1995
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has used this for the first three seasons.
** The first BigBad was Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash, who was able to successfully defeat Barry in their first clashes. However, Thawne's speed is fluctuating and requires constant use of tachyonic technology to keep it stable. He also suffers the drawback of being unable to kill Barry at all, since he needs him to become fast enough to create a breach of the space-time continuum that Thawne can get back home through.
** In Season Two, Zoom is not only faster than Barry, but manages to [[spoiler: successfully steal his speed]] for a time. He has several abilities unavailable to Thawne, including the ability to toss lightning and create clones of himself through time travel. Finally, Zoom has an entire army of metahumans that he can pit against Team Flash as he pleases.
** Season Three features Savitar, who spends most of his screen time bound to the Speed Force. He is so impossibly fast that only speedsters like the Flash can see the wisps of light he leaves behind. He can use the powers of the Philospher's Stone to invade the mind sof others and pit the members of Team Flash against one another. Finally, [[spoiler: he is revealed to be Future Flash, giving him an intimate knowledge of Team Flash that no other villain had. No matter what plan Barry comes up with to stop him, Future Flash will simply draw on whatever new memories he gains and plan around it. Only the HeroicSacrifice of H.R. allows the heroes to disrupt the plans of Future Flash and kill him once and for all.]]
13th Aug '17 12:59:22 PM Eschar
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* In ''Literature/{{Wyrm}}'', the dragon variations that the protagonists have to fight get progressively harder, ending with Wyrm itself - although, since they've found Eltanin by then, Wyrm isn't srictly one of the dragons required by the game.
13th Jul '17 8:53:18 PM Chytus
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** Beerus from ''[[Anime/DragonballZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' is even higher in power than any villain in canon, being an official "God of Destruction" for his universe and is [[TheDreaded feared by all the gods in the universe]]. He curb stomped Super Saiyan 3 Goku without trying and [[spoiler: even the Super Saiyan God form, officially the strongest Super Saiyan state,]] only forced him to go to 70% of his power and Goku still lost. That's right, Goku famous for almost always winning, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter was outmatched by someone will always be better than him]][[spoiler:.... maybe]]. And the real kicker, [[spoiler: his assistant Whis is actually much stronger than him]] and there are eleven other universe's Gods of Destruction who could be [[SerialEscalation stronger than Beerus]].

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** Beerus from ''[[Anime/DragonballZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' is even higher in power than any villain in canon, being an official "God of Destruction" for his universe and is [[TheDreaded feared by all the gods in the universe]]. He curb stomped Super Saiyan 3 Goku without trying and [[spoiler: even the Super Saiyan God form, officially the strongest Super Saiyan state,]] only forced him to go to 70% of his power and Goku still lost. That's right, Goku famous for almost always winning, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter was outmatched by someone will always be better than him]][[spoiler:.... maybe]].him]]. And the real kicker, [[spoiler: his assistant Whis is actually much stronger than him]] and there are eleven other universe's Gods of Destruction who could be [[SerialEscalation stronger than Beerus]].



** {{Averted}} in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Beerus is the first enemy the Z-Fighters face and he is so far above their level that Goku is still weaker than him even after training with Whis. Frieza is a threat after coming back to life, training, and gaining an ultimate form that surpasses Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, but he's still weaker than Beerus and would have been no threat at all if Goku and Vegeta worked together. His army is also easily defeated by the Z-Fighters who included Master Roshi and were missing several of their heavy-hitters like [[WrittenInAbsence Buu, Android 18]], and Gotenks only appears for a short time. In the Champa Saga, while there is no villain per say, only Hit on the U6 team poses a threat to Goku and Vegeta in their god forms, and strength-wise he is at best a little above Golden Frieza. Skill-wise, however, he is far more dangerous. Champa himself may be a little weaker than Beerus, but he is still far above any of the heroes since he was ready to murder [[spoiler: the entire U6 team]] despite all the power they showed and Goku is helpless to do anything about it. The next ArcVillain, Copy-Vegeta, is as strong as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, which makes him on par with Golden Frieza and Hit. Even in just in his base, Copy-Vegeta is leagues above Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, [[WorfEffect who can't even harm him]]. In the Future Trunks Saga, [[spoiler: Goku Black]] is said to be only as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku. However, Black is able to improve rapidly much like Hit, and by the time Goku and Vegeta confront him in the future he is able to go toe-to-toe with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed that he has a Super Saiyan form, Super Saiyan Rose, which he uses to strike down Vegeta with one blow and he's ''still'' getting stronger. To make matters worse for the heroes, they also have to deal with Future Zamasu who is almost even with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and an immortal]].It gets taken UpToEleven for the final four episodes of the arc where Black and Future Zamasu [[spoiler: perform a Potara Earring Fusion to create Merged Zamasu, who delivers an effortless CurbStompBattle to Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks all at once, ''all at their full power'', forcing ''Vegito'' to make a return appearance to stand a chance against him, although it's still unclear whether he's any stronger than Beerus. Then it's played horrifyingly straight for the first time ever when Merged Zamasu loses his physical form and becomes an insane EldritchAbomination with the ability to ''consume the entire future multiverse and break time to the point where he can devour the present timeline as well'', something that Beerus could never hope to achieve (nor desire to achieve), and '''nothing''' hurts him anymore. Nothing except the TopGod himself, Zeno-sama.]]

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** {{Averted}} in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Beerus is the first enemy the Z-Fighters face and he is so far above their level that Goku is still weaker than him even after training with Whis. Frieza is a threat after coming back to life, training, and gaining an ultimate form that surpasses Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Blue Goku, but he's still weaker than Beerus and would have been no threat at all if Goku and Vegeta worked together. His army is also easily defeated by the Z-Fighters who included Master Roshi and were missing several of their heavy-hitters like [[WrittenInAbsence Buu, Android 18]], and Gotenks only appears for a short time. In the Champa Saga, while there is no villain per say, only Hit on the U6 team poses a threat to Goku and Vegeta in their god forms, and strength-wise he is at best a little above Golden Frieza. Skill-wise, however, he is far more dangerous. Champa himself may be a little weaker than Beerus, but he is still far above any of the heroes since he was ready to murder [[spoiler: the entire U6 team]] despite all the power they showed and Goku is helpless to do anything about it. The next ArcVillain, Copy-Vegeta, is as strong as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, which makes him on par with Golden Frieza and Hit. Even in just in his base, Copy-Vegeta is leagues above Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, [[WorfEffect who can't even harm him]]. In the Future Trunks Saga, [[spoiler: Goku Black]] is said to be only as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku. However, Black is able to improve rapidly much like Hit, and by the time Goku and Vegeta confront him in the future he is able to go toe-to-toe with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed that he has a Super Saiyan form, Super Saiyan Rose, Rosé, which he uses to strike down Vegeta with one blow and he's ''still'' getting stronger. To make matters worse for the heroes, they also have to deal with Future Zamasu who is almost even with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Blue Goku and an immortal]].It gets taken UpToEleven for the final four episodes of the arc where Black and Future Zamasu [[spoiler: perform a Potara Earring Fusion to create Merged Zamasu, who delivers an effortless CurbStompBattle to Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks all at once, ''all at their full power'', forcing ''Vegito'' to make a return appearance to stand a chance against him, although it's still unclear whether he's any stronger than Beerus. Then it's played horrifyingly straight for the first time ever when Merged Zamasu loses his physical form and becomes an insane EldritchAbomination with the ability to ''consume the entire future multiverse and break time to the point where he can devour the present timeline as well'', something that Beerus could never hope to achieve (nor desire to achieve), and '''nothing''' hurts him anymore. Nothing except the TopGod himself, Zeno-sama.]]
8th Jul '17 3:46:39 PM nombretomado
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* Done in all the MarioAndLuigi games. What's strange here though is that there are many cases of late game areas and early game areas located right next to one another. As in, part of say, the desert is explored at the beginning and part is explored at the end of the game. Given that the enemies are scaled to match this, it means that sometimes you've literally only got a four foot wall between an area with weak enemies and one with strong ones, and no real reason why the latter never seem to cross it.
** It's also done interestingly in MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory, in that the big enemies Bowser fights are actually weaker than the small ones he usually just crushes underfoot. What this means is that when Mario and Luigi revisit the area later, they find that the small enemies are the ones actually scaled to their current level...

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* Done in all the MarioAndLuigi ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games. What's strange here though is that there are many cases of late game areas and early game areas located right next to one another. As in, part of say, the desert is explored at the beginning and part is explored at the end of the game. Given that the enemies are scaled to match this, it means that sometimes you've literally only got a four foot wall between an area with weak enemies and one with strong ones, and no real reason why the latter never seem to cross it.
** It's also done interestingly in MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory, ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', in that the big enemies Bowser fights are actually weaker than the small ones he usually just crushes underfoot. What this means is that when Mario and Luigi revisit the area later, they find that the small enemies are the ones actually scaled to their current level...
8th Jul '17 2:57:17 AM azbyc15243
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** Also played straight in TheEyeOfTheWorld, where the protagnoists first ahve to put up with a hundred Trolloks then a few hundreds plus Mashadar, and then the Blight plus two Forsaken.

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** Also played straight in TheEyeOfTheWorld, where the protagnoists protagonists first ahve have to put up with a hundred Trolloks then a few hundreds plus Mashadar, and then the Blight plus two Forsaken.Forsaken.
* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' is a deliberate aversion of this. The main villain, [[spoiler:the White Queen]], is active in the very first volume and in all subsequent ones. [[spoiler:She]] is always the ManBehindTheMan to the human villains of each volume, who also don't follow a linear progression of power. The reason why [[TheHero Kyousuke]] doesn't get immediately [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]], despite this trope being subverted, is because [[spoiler:the White Queen is in love with him and deliberately gives him opportunities to win]].
1st Jul '17 9:52:58 AM jakethegamer983
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' uses this trope. If you go directly from town A to town B, you'll have the right level of enemies to face. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell you how to get there without wandering, and lined both sides of the path with high-level enemies, leading to slight missteps to be fatal.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' uses this trope. If you go directly from town A to town B, you'll have the right level of enemies to face. Unfortunately, [[GuideDangIt they forgot to tell you how to get there without wandering, wandering]], and lined both sides of the path with high-level enemies, leading to slight missteps to be fatal.
21st Jun '17 10:58:52 AM Gosicrystal
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This trope has ancient roots. Possibly the earliest example, at least in the English language, is the OlderThanPrint epic ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''. It just makes good sense that as our heroes fight the forces of evil, [[TaughtByExperience they should get better at fighting the forces of evil.]] So as the story progresses, the fights should get easier and easier. Of course, having an overly easy fight is just [[RuleOfDrama bad drama]], so you have to consistently increase the threat the heroes face. This results in the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil. The first villain you meet is the weakest, and the last is the strongest. As the heroes get strong enough to defeat their current enemy, a new enemy will emerge that forces them to reach another skill level. It would be an AntiClimax if the hero defeated the Baddest Ass and spent the remaining time contending with not-quite-as-Bad Asses.

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This trope has ancient roots. Possibly the earliest example, at least in the English language, is the OlderThanPrint epic ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''. It just makes good sense that as our heroes fight the forces of evil, [[TaughtByExperience they should get better at fighting the forces of evil.]] So as the story progresses, the fights should get easier and easier. Of course, having an overly easy fight is just [[RuleOfDrama bad drama]], so you have to consistently increase the threat the heroes face. This results in the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil.Sorting Algorithm of Evil. The first villain you meet is the weakest, and the last is the strongest. As the heroes get strong enough to defeat their current enemy, a new enemy will emerge that forces them to reach another skill level. It would be an AntiClimax if the hero defeated the Baddest Ass and spent the remaining time contending with not-quite-as-Bad Asses.
21st Jun '17 10:44:47 AM Gosicrystal
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* The final boss fight in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'':[[spoiler:Ganondorf goes from gargantuan teleporting boar, to a demon head made of pure energy to a man on horseback who can summon ghost horsemen at will, to a final fight between you and him on foot with swords. But the overall difficulty ramps up: in each successive fight you lose abilities -- the ability to turn into a wolf and use Midna's magic, then Zelda's magic, and eventually it's down to you and your sword. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And then your fishing rod.]]]]

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* The final boss fight in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'':[[spoiler:Ganondorf ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[spoiler:Ganondorf goes from gargantuan teleporting boar, to a demon head made of pure energy to a man on horseback who can summon ghost horsemen at will, to a final fight between you and him on foot with swords. But the overall difficulty ramps up: in each successive fight you lose abilities -- the ability to turn into a wolf and use Midna's magic, then Zelda's magic, and eventually it's down to you and your sword. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And then your fishing rod.]]]]]]
4th Jun '17 9:32:18 AM Prometheus117
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** Threats thus far are a ordinary dark guild wielding a fairly weak soul sucking demon, a rival turned evil who is on par with one of the main characters and wanted to unseal a similar demon, a rival guild who's master is on par with the BigGood who was trying to put Fairy Tail out of business, An old friend turned evil who was on par with the BigGood and wanted to revive [[SealedEvilInACan Zeref]] (this is when all threats start to guarantee death), One of the larger dark guilds who wanted to start a guild war, a foreign king who had no powers beyond a HumongousMecha who was willing to kill the guild for their magic, then a former guild member and his new, serious dark guild who easily [[CurbStompBattle CurbStomped]] the BigGood and were trying to create a world where only 10% of the population could survive. [[spoiler:Then there's also the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse who the entire main and supporting cast can't put a scratch on and only leaves once it assumes they're dead.]] The most recent arc seems to be toning it back down with a government official who only wants one guild member, supposedly for the sake of the country at the cost of her life, [[spoiler:except it turns out that was a RedHerring and the true threat is one of the current dragonslayers [[FutureBadass from the]] [[FutureMeScaresMe future]] with seven dragons that can curbstomp most of the mages at the place, and even the dragonslayers are hard-pressed to hurt them]]. It gets toned back down when the next arc involves at worst a fairly average demon and another rival turned evil (though she was [[{{Jerkass}} pretty nasty]] even before that), but it sets up the events for the final dark guild filled with genocidal demons who want to [[TheMagicGoesAway erase all the magic in the continent]], all for the purpose of reviving their leader, who, from the words and actions of other characters in the know, is a demon on par with both [[BigBad Zeref]] [[spoiler: and the previously-mentioned Black Dragon]]. The [[spoiler: 2nd ]] Time-Skip also has format to it's villains. Orochi's Fin is only a problem for it's rival guild Lamia Scale as Natsu with his off-screen training takes down it's legions of monsters with ease. A black magic cult Avatar seems to be just as weak until Natsu sees [[spoiler: [[{{Fake Defector}} Gray Fullbuster]] working with the cult until it's revealed to be a ploy to expose Avatar. ]] An entire country that wants to invade Ishgar for the Lumen Histoire, has a {{Praetorian Guard}} with members on par with [[{{Worlds Strongest Man}} God Serena]] [[spoiler:, who defected for unknown reasons]] and is led by some dude named Spriggan [[spoiler: which is another name for Zeref.]]
** It gets played straight with the Balam Alliance, though. You first have Oracion Seis as the weakest, then Grimoire Heart which is led by the BigGood 's mentor, and finally, Tartaros, a completely genocidal guild comprised entirely of Zeref's demons and led by [[spoiler: the very same and previously mentioned demon that once gave ''Igneel'' a hard ass-kicking. Keep in mind that non-Dragon Slaying magic does jack squat against dragons in the series.]]

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** Threats thus far are a ordinary dark guild wielding a fairly weak soul sucking demon, a rival turned evil who is on par with one of the main characters and wanted to unseal a similar demon, a rival guild who's master is on par with the BigGood who was trying to put Fairy Tail out of business, An old friend turned evil who was on par with the BigGood and wanted to revive [[SealedEvilInACan Zeref]] (this is when all threats start to guarantee death), One of the larger dark guilds who wanted to start a guild war, a foreign king who had no powers beyond a HumongousMecha who was willing to kill the guild for their magic, then a former guild member and his new, serious dark guild who easily [[CurbStompBattle CurbStomped]] the BigGood and were trying to create a world where only 10% of the population could survive. [[spoiler:Then there's also the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse who the entire main and supporting cast can't put a scratch on and only leaves once it assumes they're dead.]] The most recent arc seems to be toning it back down with a government official who only wants one guild member, supposedly for the sake of the country at the cost of her life, [[spoiler:except it turns out that was a RedHerring and the true threat is one of the current dragonslayers [[FutureBadass from the]] [[FutureMeScaresMe future]] with seven dragons that can curbstomp most of the mages at the place, and even the dragonslayers are hard-pressed to hurt them]]. It gets toned back down when the next arc involves at worst a fairly average demon and another rival turned evil (though she was [[{{Jerkass}} pretty nasty]] even before that), but it sets up the events for the final dark guild filled with genocidal demons who want to [[TheMagicGoesAway erase all the magic in the continent]], all for the purpose of reviving their leader, who, from the words and actions of other characters in the know, is a demon on par with both [[BigBad Zeref]] [[spoiler: and the previously-mentioned Black Dragon]]. The [[spoiler: 2nd ]] Time-Skip also has format to it's villains. Orochi's Fin is only a problem for it's rival guild Lamia Scale as Natsu with his off-screen training takes down it's legions of monsters with ease. A black magic cult Avatar seems to be just as weak until Natsu sees [[spoiler: [[{{Fake Defector}} Gray Fullbuster]] working with the cult until it's revealed to be a ploy to expose Avatar. ]] An entire country that wants to invade Ishgar for the Lumen Histoire, has a {{Praetorian Guard}} with members on par with [[{{Worlds Strongest Man}} God Serena]] [[spoiler:, who defected for unknown reasons]] and is led by some dude named Spriggan [[spoiler: which is another name for Zeref.]]
Zeref]], and finally [[spoiler:the previously mentioned Black Dragon who is opposed to ''everyone else'' and wants to kill all the remaining dragon slayers]].
** It gets played straight with the Balam Alliance, though. You first have Oracion Seis as the weakest, weakest with both the fewest members and the most [[AntiVillain sympathetic villains]] aside from their Guild Master, then Grimoire Heart which is led by the BigGood 's mentor, and finally, Tartaros, a completely genocidal guild comprised entirely of Zeref's demons and led by [[spoiler: the very same and previously mentioned demon that once gave ''Igneel'' a hard ass-kicking. Keep in mind that non-Dragon Slaying magic does jack squat against dragons in the series.]]
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