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21st Aug '16 9:12:45 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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** Season 7 introduced the Leviathans as beings so powerful and dangerous that God locked them away in purgatory to stop them from killing angels. Though this is mostly an InformedAbility because as it turns out, the Leviathans are pretty weak, routinely getting stopped by detergent, thus inverting the trope.

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** Season 7 introduced the Leviathans as beings so powerful and dangerous that God locked them away in purgatory to stop them from killing angels. Though this is mostly an InformedAbility because as it turns out, the Leviathans are pretty weak, routinely getting stopped by detergent, [[WeaksauceWeakness detergent]], thus inverting the trope.


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** The BigBad of Season Eleven is a clear example of this trope, the first completely clear example of a villain powerful enough that she topped Lucifer. Lucifer can't claim to be equal to God ([[BlasphemousBoast although he might wish he had such a status]], and he was defeated without God breaking [[OmnipotentBystander his usual policy of nonintervention]]. But The Darkness is God's sister, and truly seems to be as powerful as God. She poses so much more of a threat that God not only [[AchillesInHisTent decides to fight her with his full power]], but accepts that he needs the help of Lucifer (and other similarly untrustworthy allies) in order to do it.
14th Aug '16 7:16:21 AM Shale
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* VideoGame/Metroid2 drops Samus onto the title creatures' home planet with the goal of exterminating all of them. Despite the fact that in plot terms she's poking around the place more or less at random, she encounters strictly young, weak Metroids at first, and only runs into the older and powerful Zeta, Omega, larval and Queen Metroid enemies (yes, the larval form is one of the most dangerous) after she's had time to collect a bunch of upgrades.
9th Aug '16 7:35:15 PM Willbyr
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* ''MutekiKanbanMusume'', being a DeconstructiveParody of the FightingSeries, Inverts and subverts this trope because the opponents are not presented in order of menace to Miki, but in order of their CharacterAlignment: First we know ToughLove / AbusiveParent Mikiís mother, then BitchInSheepsClothing TheRival Megumi, later UnknownRival IdiotHero Kankuro, finishing with WorthyOpponent AngryGuardDog Toshiyuki, the only one of them who is not an ArrogantKungFuGuy.

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* ''MutekiKanbanMusume'', ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', being a DeconstructiveParody of the FightingSeries, Inverts and subverts this trope because the opponents are not presented in order of menace to Miki, but in order of their CharacterAlignment: First we know ToughLove / AbusiveParent Mikiís mother, then BitchInSheepsClothing TheRival Megumi, later UnknownRival IdiotHero Kankuro, finishing with WorthyOpponent AngryGuardDog Toshiyuki, the only one of them who is not an ArrogantKungFuGuy.
8th Aug '16 10:19:57 AM Willbyr
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* ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' both demonstrates and subverts this trope. While the important bosses continue to increase in difficulty, the entire series takes place [[spoiler:while the titular character continues to grow weaker]]. It is shown later in the series that two characters of similar strength, fighting at different times, have different levels of difficulty.

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* ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' both demonstrates and subverts this trope. While the important bosses continue to increase in difficulty, the entire series takes place [[spoiler:while the titular character continues to grow weaker]]. It is shown later in the series that two characters of similar strength, fighting at different times, have different levels of difficulty.
29th Jul '16 2:18:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The first villain's movie is [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Sunset Shimmer]], a former student of Celestia turned traitor who has become the AlphaBitch of the [[HighSchoolAU high school version]] of Equestria, stealing Twilight's Element of Magic in an effort to gain greater power. [[spoiler:Even though she gains a SuperPoweredEvilSide from the crown at the climax, complete with [[PlayingWithFire fireball magic]] and the ability to create a ZombieApocalypse]], she's really just a [[{{Jerkass}} bully]] with a domineering personality and a ''somewhat'' GenreSavvy brain, and Twilight and the human versions of her friends quickly and rather [[AntiClimaxBoss anti-climatically]] finish her off with the PowerOfFriendship at the end. [[spoiler:She also pulls a HeelFaceTurn]].

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** The first villain's movie is [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Sunset Shimmer]], a former student of Celestia turned traitor who has become the AlphaBitch of the [[HighSchoolAU high school version]] of Equestria, stealing Twilight's Element of Magic in an effort to gain greater power. [[spoiler:Even though she gains a SuperPoweredEvilSide from the crown at the climax, complete with [[PlayingWithFire fireball magic]] and the ability to create a ZombieApocalypse]], she's really just a [[{{Jerkass}} bully]] with a domineering personality and a ''somewhat'' GenreSavvy savvy brain, and Twilight and the human versions of her friends quickly and rather [[AntiClimaxBoss anti-climatically]] finish her off with the PowerOfFriendship at the end. [[spoiler:She also pulls a HeelFaceTurn]].



** Interestingly, aside from Team Evil and possibly [[spoiler: the Three Fiends (who have yet to show their full hand)]], this has mostly been played straight thus far. The first notable villains the Order encountered was the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Linear Guild]], who attacked them twice. Later, they dealt with Kubota, a corrupt aristocrat threatening to kill [[BigGood Lord Hinjo]], and Bozzok, the leader of the Greysky City Thieves' Guild. Next, they encounter [[spoiler:Tarquin, Elan's DangerouslyGenreSavvy father]] whose team subtly controls the Western Continent with an iron fist. And most recently, there is the [[spoiler: High Priest of Hel, serving the Goddess of Death who wants to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].

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** Interestingly, aside from Team Evil and possibly [[spoiler: the Three Fiends (who have yet to show their full hand)]], this has mostly been played straight thus far. The first notable villains the Order encountered was the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Linear Guild]], who attacked them twice. Later, they dealt with Kubota, a corrupt aristocrat threatening to kill [[BigGood Lord Hinjo]], and Bozzok, the leader of the Greysky City Thieves' Guild. Next, they encounter [[spoiler:Tarquin, Elan's DangerouslyGenreSavvy father]] whose team subtly controls the Western Continent with an iron fist. And most recently, there is the [[spoiler: High Priest of Hel, serving the Goddess of Death who wants to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].



* Lampshaded in WebVideo/TheLegendOfNeil. Wizzrobe lures Neil inot the first dungeon full of relatively weak monsters, but is GenreSavvy enough to wonder why he didn't lead him instead to dungeon 7, which is where Ganon's strongest minions dwell.

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* Lampshaded in WebVideo/TheLegendOfNeil. Wizzrobe lures Neil inot the first dungeon full of relatively weak monsters, but is GenreSavvy enough to wonder wonders why he didn't lead him instead to dungeon 7, which is where Ganon's strongest minions dwell.



** The next villain, King Sombra, is hard to place. He's certainly stronger than Chrysalis (who even powered up struggled with Celestia, while King Sombra took ''both'' Celestia and Luna to take out), it's unclear just how powerful he actually is as he spends most of the two parter unable to directly attack the group. However, he's clearly more ''dangerous'' than any preceding villain due to being DangerouslyGenreSavvy to the point his NearVillainVictory comes without him actually ''needing'' to do anything.

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** The next villain, King Sombra, is hard to place. He's certainly stronger than Chrysalis (who even powered up struggled with Celestia, while King Sombra took ''both'' Celestia and Luna to take out), it's unclear just how powerful he actually is as he spends most of the two parter unable to directly attack the group. However, he's clearly more ''dangerous'' than any preceding villain due to being DangerouslyGenreSavvy CrazyPrepared to the point his NearVillainVictory comes without him actually ''needing'' to do anything.
28th Jul '16 4:36:30 AM Morgenthaler
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** The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks sequel's]] villains, [[EnthrallingSiren The Dazzlings]], however, are extremely old and powerful beings, despite their teenage appearance and [[ImmortalImmaturity occasional temperaments]], who still have access to their magic, which they use via singing to create {{Hate Plague}}s and feed off the conflicts to grow stronger. Their leader, Adagio Dazzle, is essentially an even more {{Jerkass}} version of Sunset with actual threatening powers and a true DangerouslyGenreSavvy attitude thrown in for good measure. The final battle between them and the Rainbooms requires not only the aid from another outsider, [[spoiler:Vinyl Scratch]], but also the help of a [[spoiler:[[ReformedButRejected reformed]] [[TheAtoner Sunset Shimmer]], who successfully proves her HeelFaceTurn from the first movie was truly genuine]]. In the end, [[spoiler:they don't pull a HeelFaceTurn but simply run off, now powerless]].

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** The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks sequel's]] villains, [[EnthrallingSiren The Dazzlings]], however, are extremely old and powerful beings, despite their teenage appearance and [[ImmortalImmaturity occasional temperaments]], who still have access to their magic, which they use via singing to create {{Hate Plague}}s and feed off the conflicts to grow stronger. Their leader, Adagio Dazzle, is essentially an even more {{Jerkass}} version of Sunset with actual threatening powers and a true DangerouslyGenreSavvy scheming attitude thrown in for good measure. The final battle between them and the Rainbooms requires not only the aid from another outsider, [[spoiler:Vinyl Scratch]], but also the help of a [[spoiler:[[ReformedButRejected reformed]] [[TheAtoner Sunset Shimmer]], who successfully proves her HeelFaceTurn from the first movie was truly genuine]]. In the end, [[spoiler:they don't pull a HeelFaceTurn but simply run off, now powerless]].
17th Jul '16 3:34:56 PM Discar
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Occasionally, a [[StoryBreakerPower particularly strong]] or evil villain will ignore this trope and [[FinalBossPreview arrive early]] to [[CurbStompBattle beat the hell out of the heroes]], [[DeusExitMachina only to leave them alive]] because they're NotWorthKilling. Villains who use [[ObfuscatingStupidity this as a tool]] are often {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s. Sometimes, rather than toss a stronger villain at the heroes the writer might decide to surprise them with an OutsideContextVillain that uses different tactics than brute force.

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Occasionally, a [[StoryBreakerPower particularly strong]] or evil villain will ignore this trope and [[FinalBossPreview arrive early]] to [[CurbStompBattle beat the hell out of the heroes]], [[DeusExitMachina only to leave them alive]] because they're NotWorthKilling. Villains who use [[ObfuscatingStupidity this as a tool]] are often {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s. Sometimes, rather than toss a stronger villain at the heroes the writer might decide to surprise them with an OutsideContextVillain OutsideContextProblem that uses different tactics than brute force.
16th Jul '16 7:03:08 PM phoenixrider
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** Season 2 starts off [[AvertedTrope averting]] this with Darth Vader [[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]] all the heroes, their Rebellion cell and undoing all their hard work on Lothal. Then played straight with the heroes facing off first against Imperial characters such as Agent Kallus, then the [[EvilGenius Seventh Sister]] and [[TheBrute Fifth Brother]] are introduced to replace the Inquisitor. The season switches plays with this for several episodes by switching threats, until the finale [[spoiler: re-introduces Maul. Who quickly [[TheWorfEffect kills the the Inquisitors]] and proves much more cunning, aiming the seduce Ezra to the dark Side and blinding Kanan. Last of all, Darth Vader returns near the end, forcing [[YouShallNotPass Ahoska to hold the line while the others escape.]]]]
** Season 3 looks to continue this with the introduction of [[spoiler: Grand Admiral Thrawn]] as the new major threat.
12th Jul '16 5:37:11 AM longWriter
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This progression is grounded in the plot by Tok'ra. He says that every time the Tau'ri defeat a System Lord an even worse one inevitably takes his or her place. By killing Ra, and others, SG-1 kept disrupting the Goa'uld balance of power, allowing more aggressive Goa'uld to sweep up now-leaderless forces and rise in threat level. They didn't cause Anubis, but probably sped up his timetable. They did make the Replicators more dangerous, by giving the nanotech precursor of the Replicators to the Asgard, from whom it was then captured. A self-application of StopHelpingMe, the Ori only found out about the Milky Way galaxy when Daniel Jackson and Vala accidentally warped over to their home galaxy and caused a scene. An unfortunate coincidence, perhaps, but still their doing.

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This progression is grounded in the plot by Tok'ra. He says that every time the Tau'ri defeat a System Lord an even worse one inevitably takes his or her place. By killing Ra, and others, SG-1 kept disrupting the Goa'uld balance of power, allowing more aggressive Goa'uld to sweep up now-leaderless forces and rise in threat level. They didn't cause Anubis, but probably sped up his timetable. They did make the Replicators more dangerous, by giving the nanotech precursor of the Replicators to the Asgard, from whom it was then captured. A self-application of StopHelpingMe, UnwantedAssistance, the Ori only found out about the Milky Way galaxy when Daniel Jackson and Vala accidentally warped over to their home galaxy and caused a scene. An unfortunate coincidence, perhaps, but still their doing.
8th Jun '16 9:07:32 PM Az_Tech341
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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 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 clearly 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 only as strong as Vegeta's base form, which makes him by far the weakest arc villain. Regardless, he is still leagues above Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, [[WorfEffect who can't even harm him]]. Copy-Vegeta is later on revealed to have acces to Vegeta's strongest SuperMode, which would put him slightly below Golden Friezza and Hit, who have more raw power and advanced skills respectively.

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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 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 clearly 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 only as strong as Vegeta's base form, which makes him by far the weakest arc villain. Regardless, he is still leagues above Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, [[WorfEffect who can't even harm him]]. Copy-Vegeta is later on revealed to have acces access to Vegeta's strongest SuperMode, which would put him slightly below Golden Friezza Frieza and Hit, who have more raw power and advanced skills respectively.
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