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4th Apr '18 2:11:30 AM Jgamer
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**** Meanwhile, the Big Five and Noah from the same arc have respectable aces of their own:
***** The Big Five bring back Five-Headed Dragon for their combined duel with Yugi and Joey, and when they manage to destroy it, they summon Berserk Dragon to replace it, which isn't as powerful as Five-Headed Dragon, but is still a sizable threat with 3500 ATK and the ability to attack ''four times'' a turn (though it loses ATK after every turn), not to mention that beating Five-Headed Dragon put Yugi and Yoey into a vulnerable position and they can't use the same monster they used to destroy the Five-Headed Dragon.
***** Noah's deckmaster Shinato's Arc can summon monsters that were previously destroyed for every monster his opponent has or use them to recover his life points by a huge amount. And if it somehow gets destroyed, he can summon the even more powerful Shinato, King of a Higher Plane, which has 3300 ATK, cuts his opponent's life points in half every time it destroys a defense position monster and gives the lost life points to him, and can remove itself from the playing field if it would get destroyed (which would make him lose due to the rules they were using), meaning that the opponent has to settle for winning the normal way by depleting the ''thousands'' of life points he's accumulated.
19th Mar '18 10:20:24 PM LinTaylor
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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' uses a similar structure to ''Gaim'' (successive villains and an overarching background threat), but less complicated. At the start of the show, the BigBad apparent is Kuroto Dan, Genm Corporation's CorruptCorporateExecutive and owner of a truly staggering [[AGodAmI God complex]], who manipulates both humans and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugsters]] to create his "ultimate video game", ''Kamen Rider Chronicle''. Then his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Parado [[DragonWithAnAgenda plays his hand]], the Bugsters take over Genm Corp, and they release ''Chronicle'' with the intent of [[KillAllHumans killing off humanity]] as payback for their [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential cruelty towards game characters]]. [[spoiler:Then out of nowhere Kuroto's father Masamune Dan, Genm Corp's previous CEO, shows up and reveals that [[MagnificentBastard he's had his own plans set into motion since the rest of the cast were children]], claiming for himself the power of ''Chronicle'''s GameBreaker character, Kamen Rider Chronus. Kuroto and Parado pull {{Heel Face Turn}}s (of varying sincerity), and even ''Chronicle'''s supposedly invincible BigBad Gamedeus is nothing more than a bump in the road compared to Masamune...especially after he absorbs Gamedeus when the Kamen Riders start approaching his level of power.]]

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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' uses a similar structure to ''Gaim'' (successive villains and an overarching background threat), but less complicated. At the start of the show, the BigBad apparent is Kuroto Dan, Genm Corporation's CorruptCorporateExecutive and owner of a truly staggering [[AGodAmI God complex]], who manipulates both humans and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugsters]] to create his "ultimate video game", ''Kamen Rider Chronicle''. Then his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Parado [[DragonWithAnAgenda plays his hand]], the Bugsters take over Genm Corp, and they release ''Chronicle'' with the intent of [[KillAllHumans killing off humanity]] as payback for their [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential cruelty towards game characters]]. [[spoiler:Then out of nowhere Kuroto's father Masamune Dan, Genm Corp's previous CEO, shows up and reveals that [[MagnificentBastard he's had his own plans set into motion since the rest of the cast were children]], claiming for himself the power of ''Chronicle'''s ''Chronicle''[='s=] GameBreaker character, Kamen Rider Chronus. Kuroto and Parado pull {{Heel Face Turn}}s (of varying sincerity), and even ''Chronicle'''s ''Chronicle''[='s=] supposedly invincible BigBad Gamedeus is nothing more than a bump in the road compared to Masamune...especially after he absorbs Gamedeus when the Kamen Riders start approaching his level of power.]]
19th Mar '18 10:18:29 PM LinTaylor
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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' uses a similar structure to ''Gaim'' (successive villains and an overarching background threat), but less complicated. At the start of the show, the BigBad apparent is Kuroto Dan, Genm Corporation's CorruptCoporateExecutive and owner of a truly staggering [[AGodAmI God complex]], who manipulates both humans and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugsters]] to create his "ultimate video game", ''Kamen Rider Chronicle''. Then his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Parado [[DragonWithAnAgenda plays his hand]], the Bugsters take over Genm Corp, and they release ''Chronicle'' with the intent of [[KillAllHumans killing off humanity]] as payback for their [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential cruelty towards game characters]]. [[spoiler:Then out of nowhere Kuroto's father Masamune Dan, Genm Corp's previous CEO, shows up and reveals that [[MagnificentBastard he's had his own plans set into motion since the rest of the cast were children]], claiming for himself the power of ''Chronicle'''s GameBreaker character, Kamen Rider Chronus. Kuroto and Parado pull {{Heel Face Turn}}s (of varying sincerity), and even ''Chronicle'''s supposedly invincible BigBad Gamedeus is nothing more than a bump in the road compared to Masamune...especially after he absorbs Gamedeus when the Kamen Riders start approaching his level of power.]]

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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' uses a similar structure to ''Gaim'' (successive villains and an overarching background threat), but less complicated. At the start of the show, the BigBad apparent is Kuroto Dan, Genm Corporation's CorruptCoporateExecutive CorruptCorporateExecutive and owner of a truly staggering [[AGodAmI God complex]], who manipulates both humans and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugsters]] to create his "ultimate video game", ''Kamen Rider Chronicle''. Then his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Parado [[DragonWithAnAgenda plays his hand]], the Bugsters take over Genm Corp, and they release ''Chronicle'' with the intent of [[KillAllHumans killing off humanity]] as payback for their [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential cruelty towards game characters]]. [[spoiler:Then out of nowhere Kuroto's father Masamune Dan, Genm Corp's previous CEO, shows up and reveals that [[MagnificentBastard he's had his own plans set into motion since the rest of the cast were children]], claiming for himself the power of ''Chronicle'''s GameBreaker character, Kamen Rider Chronus. Kuroto and Parado pull {{Heel Face Turn}}s (of varying sincerity), and even ''Chronicle'''s supposedly invincible BigBad Gamedeus is nothing more than a bump in the road compared to Masamune...especially after he absorbs Gamedeus when the Kamen Riders start approaching his level of power.]]
19th Mar '18 10:17:10 PM LinTaylor
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' is a strange case, as there is not just one faction of villains. The focus seems to shift to the faction that's currently the biggest threat. In the first arc, the main threat seemed to be rival Riders, with the occasional [[MonsterOfTheWeek Inves]]. In the second arc, [[MegaCorp Yggdrasill]] created improved New Generation Rider suits to be used by their elite. These were so strong, a normal Rider couldn't even hope to scratch them. Soon, it moved over to the villains being the [[spoiler: Overlord Inves]], who can easily defeat aforementioned New Generation Riders and can control the Forest. Once they're out of the picture, [[spoiler:the remaining antagonistic riders essentially fight each other for the BigBad spot before [[TheRival Kaito]] seizes it]]. The funny part? While all this sorting is going on, the BiggerBad, the [[EldritchLocation Helheim Forest]] essentially hung in the background of the battles, [[spoiler:even when it ousts itself.]]

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** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' is a strange case, as there is not just case in that rather than having a single villain faction, different groups of antagonists show up throughout the show's run and unseat one faction of villains. The focus seems to shift to the faction that's currently the biggest threat. another. In the first initial arc, the main threat seemed Rider battles are comparable to be rival Riders, {{Mon}}s games, with Inves occasionally playing MonsterOfTheWeek. Then the occasional [[MonsterOfTheWeek Inves]]. In the second arc, [[MegaCorp Yggdrasill]] created improved Yggdrasill Corporation]], creator of the {{Transformation Trinket}}s, entered the stage with newer, more powerful belts held by their EliteFour who could defeat any of the normal Riders. After that, [[spoiler:the Inves's leaders, the Overlords]] show up with control over Helheim Forest and begin smacking around the New Generation Rider suits to be used by their elite. These were so strong, a normal Rider couldn't even hope to scratch them. Soon, it moved over to Riders. In the villains being the [[spoiler: Overlord Inves]], who can easily defeat aforementioned New Generation final stretch, [[spoiler:several Riders and can control the Forest. Once they're out of the picture, [[spoiler:the remaining antagonistic riders essentially fight each other vie for the BigBad spot before [[TheRival Kaito]] seizes it]]. The funny part? Golden Fruit, including [[MadScientist Ryoma Sengoku]] and [[LoveMakesYouEvil Mitsuzane "Micchy" Kureshima]]. In the very end it comes down to a battle between TheHero Kouta and TheRival Kaito over who'll get the Fruit and the power to reshape the world in their image.]] While all this sorting jockeying for position is going on, the BiggerBad, the [[EldritchLocation Helheim Forest]] essentially hung just quietly hangs in the background as the biggest threat to the entire planet, with some characters wanting to drop all this petty squabbling and team up to do something about it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' uses a similar structure to ''Gaim'' (successive villains and an overarching background threat), but less complicated. At the start
of the battles, [[spoiler:even show, the BigBad apparent is Kuroto Dan, Genm Corporation's CorruptCoporateExecutive and owner of a truly staggering [[AGodAmI God complex]], who manipulates both humans and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugsters]] to create his "ultimate video game", ''Kamen Rider Chronicle''. Then his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Parado [[DragonWithAnAgenda plays his hand]], the Bugsters take over Genm Corp, and they release ''Chronicle'' with the intent of [[KillAllHumans killing off humanity]] as payback for their [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential cruelty towards game characters]]. [[spoiler:Then out of nowhere Kuroto's father Masamune Dan, Genm Corp's previous CEO, shows up and reveals that [[MagnificentBastard he's had his own plans set into motion since the rest of the cast were children]], claiming for himself the power of ''Chronicle'''s GameBreaker character, Kamen Rider Chronus. Kuroto and Parado pull {{Heel Face Turn}}s (of varying sincerity), and even ''Chronicle'''s supposedly invincible BigBad Gamedeus is nothing more than a bump in the road compared to Masamune...especially after he absorbs Gamedeus when it ousts itself.the Kamen Riders start approaching his level of power.]]
11th Mar '18 5:54:14 AM EDP
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* ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', set before ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and telling the story of Sailor Venus before she became part of the group appropriately has a big bad who though a threat to Sailor V is an extreme small fry in the scheme of things. He's one step below the first arc's QuirkyMinibossSquad being an underling of Kunzite. ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' debuted before ''Manga/SailorMoon'' but wrapped up shortly after.

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* ** Averted, ''hard'', in the final arc of the manga: the first opponent they meet is ''Galaxia herself'', and the only reason she retreats and sends in her minions is that she needs Sailor Moon strong enough to match her and they'll be a good training while also serving to take out her allies, and she's more than willing to step back in if necessary for the latter job.
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''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', set before ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and telling the story of Sailor Venus before she became part of the group appropriately has a big bad who though a threat to Sailor V is an extreme small fry in the scheme of things. He's one step below the first arc's QuirkyMinibossSquad being an underling of Kunzite. ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' debuted before ''Manga/SailorMoon'' but wrapped up shortly after.



** Also {{Subverted}} for Seiya: the first foe he fights is Cassios, a candidate Bronze Saint, but the second is Shaina, ''the strongest and [[AxCrazy most psychotic]] Silver Saint available'', and he only survives because, following the code, she had left behind her Cloth as it was a personal matter, and thus wasn't sure of winning once he managed to make use of his (plus other personal reasons); in the anime Seiya has another run-in with her before the Silver Saints are deployed and, as this time she's on official business and thus is wearing her Cloth, she almost ''kills him''; and when the Silver Saints are deployed, [[NoNonsenseNemesis the first one to come out is almost as strong as Shaina and much saner]], and give Seiya the hardest non-Shaina fight until the Gold Saints.



* Played straight for most of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Shin, Ken's initial rival and the man who engraved the seven scars on his chest, isn't even the strongest of the Nanto Seiken masters, but rather Souther, a character who is introduced a bit later and is shown to be immune to the effects of Ken's martial art at first. Jagi, the first of Ken's adoptive brothers to appear in the story, is a petty thug who never truly mastered Hokuto Shinken, but is still stronger than the average {{mook}}, in contrast to Raoh, the eldest and the last one to appear, who is the BigBad for most of the first series and ends up [[HeroKiller killing most of Ken's allies]]. Then there's Kaioh, the ultimate Big Bad of the second series, who was the only villain that was actually immune to Kenshiro's ultimate technique of Musou Tensei and almost killed him during their first encounter. Subverted in the final chapters of the manga, in which the final villain, Bolge, was just an average wasteland thug no stronger than Jagi.

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* Played straight for most of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Shin, Ken's initial rival and the man who engraved the seven scars on his chest, isn't even the strongest of the Nanto Seiken masters, but rather Souther, a character who is introduced a bit later and is shown to be immune to the effects of Ken's martial art at first. Jagi, the first of Ken's adoptive brothers to appear in the story, is a petty thug who never truly mastered Hokuto Shinken, but is still stronger than the average {{mook}}, in contrast to Raoh, the eldest and the last one to appear, who is the BigBad for most of the first series and ends up [[HeroKiller killing most of Ken's allies]]. Then there's Kaioh, the ultimate Big Bad of the second series, who was the only villain that was actually immune to Kenshiro's ultimate technique of Musou Tensei and almost killed him during their first encounter. Subverted in the final chapters of the manga, in which the final villain, Bolge, was just an average wasteland thug no stronger far weaker than Jagi.Shin or Jagi, and was only a threat due Kenshiro having [[spoiler:lost his memories and fighting abilities]].
8th Mar '18 2:51:15 PM VVK
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The protagonist Baam starts out as a beginning Regular and starts working his way up with numerous companions. Since Baam has special talents that enable him to become powerful very quickly after he gets past a slow start, he's usually overpowered for his current level -- he can CurbStomp a group of D-class Regulars in seconds after just becoming on himself, for example -- so tends to be pitted against the most powerful individuals available wherever he is. Since much more powerful beings do exist in the Tower, he occasionally has a brush-in with someone he has absolutely no chance of beating, like the Irregular Urek Mazino, but never really has to fight one of them properly, at least without having someone equally powerful to help.

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The protagonist Baam starts out as a beginning Regular and starts working his way up with numerous companions. Since Baam has special talents that enable him to become powerful very quickly after he gets past a slow start, he's usually overpowered for his current level -- he can CurbStomp a group of D-class Regulars in seconds after just becoming on himself, for example -- so he tends to be pitted against the most powerful individuals available wherever he is. Since much more powerful beings do exist in the Tower, he occasionally has a brush-in with someone he has absolutely no chance of beating, like the Irregular Urek Mazino, but never really has to fight one of them properly, at least without having someone equally powerful to help.
8th Mar '18 2:50:36 PM VVK
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* This is built in to the world of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', which is a sort of RolePlayingGameVerse without the RPG. For one thing, this means that characters get stronger and stronger, as if they are gaining levels. People climbing the Tower are called Regulars, and they are constantly tested at successively higher floors with higher and higher difficulty. Regulars are ranked from E-class to A-class in order of ascending power, and there's a lot of variation within a class, too. Regulars of higher levels are constantly becoming more powerful, apparently due to a combination of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority competition and increasing standards for advancement]] and the use of [[MagicByAnyOtherName Shinsoo]]. Those who reach the "top" -- the floor of [[GodEmperor Zahard's]] palace -- become Rankers, who gain even greater powers. They are have a rank that's simply a number indicating how far they're from being number one among Rankers. The top 1% are termed High Rankers. Usually, the higher one's rank, the more powerful that ranker is. Some of the highest ranks are held by "Irregulars", people so powerful they can basically break all the rules of the Tower and wipe the floor with the lesser PhysicalGods. Also at the top are King Zahard and the heads of the Ten Families, who rule the Tower. Basically, there's a ready-made roster of individuals ranging from powerless to CosmicEntity for the heroes to confront.\\

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* This is built in to the world of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', which is a sort of RolePlayingGameVerse without the RPG. For one thing, this means that characters get stronger and stronger, as if they are gaining levels. People climbing the Tower are called Regulars, and they are constantly tested at successively higher floors with higher and higher difficulty. Regulars are ranked from E-class to A-class in order of ascending power, and there's a lot of variation within a class, too. Regulars of higher levels are constantly becoming more powerful, apparently due to a combination of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority competition and increasing standards for advancement]] and the use of [[MagicByAnyOtherName Shinsoo]]. Those who reach the "top" -- the floor of [[GodEmperor Zahard's]] palace -- become Rankers, who gain even greater powers. They are have a rank that's simply a number indicating how far they're from being number one among Rankers. The top 1% are termed High Rankers. Usually, the higher one's rank, the more powerful that ranker Ranker is. Some of the highest ranks are held by "Irregulars", people so powerful they can basically break all the rules of the Tower and wipe the floor with the lesser PhysicalGods. Also at the top are King Zahard and the heads of the Ten Families, who rule the Tower. That's to sat nothing if the Tower's Guardians/Administrators, who gave those rulers their power. Basically, there's a ready-made roster of individuals ranging from powerless to CosmicEntity for the heroes to confront.\\
8th Mar '18 5:52:42 AM Berserker88
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* The ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' trilogy's main antagonists follow this pattern:
** [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Tai Lung]], despite being powerful enough to defeat both the Furious Five and Master Shifu, is still only one guy and his focus is solely on the Dragon Scroll, making him a complete non-issue to anyone outside the Valley of Peace (at least in the short term).
** [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Then comes]] [[EvilOverlord Lord Shen]], who controls a large army, invented a weapon powerful enough to render kung fu obsolete, and seeks nothing less than to conquer all of China. He's not as physically menacing as Tai Lung, but he's a ''far'' greater threat.
** Then ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' cranks it UpToEleven with Kai, an absurdly powerful master of chi who completely eclipses the previous villains in scale and threat level. For perspective, [[spoiler: he's the first villain to actually beat Po in a straight fight, [[CurbStompBattle and rather easily at that]].]] Even his minions are more threatening, being EliteMooks formed from other kung fu masters.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' trilogy's franchise's main antagonists follow this pattern:
** The first film has [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Tai Lung]], despite being powerful enough to defeat both Master Shifu's former disciple and a OneManArmy capable of plowing through a few dozen rhinos, the Furious Five and Master Shifu, Five, ''and'' Shifu himself with little effort. But he is still only one guy and his focus is solely on the Dragon Scroll, making him a complete non-issue to anyone outside the Valley of Peace (at least in the short term).term). This makes him the perfect StarterVillain, but he pales quite a bit compared to the following antagonists.
** [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Then comes]] ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' brings [[EvilOverlord Lord Shen]], who controls a large army, invented a weapon powerful enough to render kung fu obsolete, and seeks nothing less than to conquer all of China. He's not as physically menacing imposing as Tai Lung, but he's a ''far'' far greater threat.
threat, and with a more personal connection to TheHero to boot.
** Then ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' cranks it UpToEleven with Kai, [[TheAssimilator Kai the Collector]], an absurdly powerful master of chi who completely eclipses the previous villains in scale and threat level. For perspective, [[spoiler: he's the first villain to actually beat Po in a straight fight, [[CurbStompBattle and rather easily at that]].]] Even his minions are more threatening, being EliteMooks formed from other kung fu masters.masters that can go toe-to-toe with most of the cast individually.
2nd Mar '18 5:45:05 AM VVK
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* This is built in to the world of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', which is a sort of RolePlayingGameVerse without the RPG. For one thing, this means that characters get stronger and stronger, as if they are gaining levels. People climbing the Tower are called Regulars, and they are constantly tested at successively higher floors with higher and higher difficulty. Regulars are ranked from E-class to A-class in order of ascending power, and there's a lot of variation within a class, too. Regulars of higher levels are constantly becoming more powerful, apparently due to a combination of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority competition and increasing standards for advancement]] and the use of [[MagicByAnyOtherName Shinsoo]]. Those who reach the "top" -- the floor of [[GodEmperor Zahard's]] palace -- become Rankers, who gain even greater powers. They are given a have a rank that's simply a number indicating how far they're from being number one among Rankers. The top 1% are termed High Rankers. Usually, the higher one's rank, the more powerful that ranker is. Some of the highest ranks are held by "Irregulars", people so powerful they can basically break all the rules of the Tower and wipe the floor with the lesser PhysicalGods. Also at the top are King Zahard and the heads of the Ten Families, who rule the Tower. Basically, there's a ready-made roster of individuals ranging from powerless to CosmicEntity for the heroes to confront.\\

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* This is built in to the world of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', which is a sort of RolePlayingGameVerse without the RPG. For one thing, this means that characters get stronger and stronger, as if they are gaining levels. People climbing the Tower are called Regulars, and they are constantly tested at successively higher floors with higher and higher difficulty. Regulars are ranked from E-class to A-class in order of ascending power, and there's a lot of variation within a class, too. Regulars of higher levels are constantly becoming more powerful, apparently due to a combination of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority competition and increasing standards for advancement]] and the use of [[MagicByAnyOtherName Shinsoo]]. Those who reach the "top" -- the floor of [[GodEmperor Zahard's]] palace -- become Rankers, who gain even greater powers. They are given a have a rank that's simply a number indicating how far they're from being number one among Rankers. The top 1% are termed High Rankers. Usually, the higher one's rank, the more powerful that ranker is. Some of the highest ranks are held by "Irregulars", people so powerful they can basically break all the rules of the Tower and wipe the floor with the lesser PhysicalGods. Also at the top are King Zahard and the heads of the Ten Families, who rule the Tower. Basically, there's a ready-made roster of individuals ranging from powerless to CosmicEntity for the heroes to confront.\\
2nd Mar '18 5:43:41 AM VVK
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* This is built in to the world of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', which is a sort of RolePlayingGameVerse without the RPG. For one thing, this means that characters get stronger and stronger, as if they are gaining levels. People climbing the Tower are called Regulars, and they are constantly tested at successively higher floors with higher and higher difficulty. Regulars are ranked from E-class to A-class in order of ascending power, and there's a lot of variation within a class, too. Regulars of higher levels are constantly becoming more powerful, apparently due to a combination of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority competition and increasing standards for advancement]] and the use of [[MagicByAnyOtherName Shinsoo]]. Those who reach the "top" -- the floor of [[GodEmpreror Zahard's]] palace -- become Rankers, who gain even greater powers. They are given a have a rank that's simply a number indicating how far they're from being number one among Rankers. The top 1% are termed High Rankers. Usually, the higher one's rank, the more powerful that ranker is. Some of the highest ranks are held by "Irregulars", people so powerful they can basically break all the rules of the Tower and wipe the floor with the lesser PhysicalGods. Also at the top are King Zahard and the heads of the Ten Families, who rule the Tower. Basically, there's a ready-made roster of individuals ranging from powerless to CosmicEntity for the heroes to confront.\\

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* This is built in to the world of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', which is a sort of RolePlayingGameVerse without the RPG. For one thing, this means that characters get stronger and stronger, as if they are gaining levels. People climbing the Tower are called Regulars, and they are constantly tested at successively higher floors with higher and higher difficulty. Regulars are ranked from E-class to A-class in order of ascending power, and there's a lot of variation within a class, too. Regulars of higher levels are constantly becoming more powerful, apparently due to a combination of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority competition and increasing standards for advancement]] and the use of [[MagicByAnyOtherName Shinsoo]]. Those who reach the "top" -- the floor of [[GodEmpreror [[GodEmperor Zahard's]] palace -- become Rankers, who gain even greater powers. They are given a have a rank that's simply a number indicating how far they're from being number one among Rankers. The top 1% are termed High Rankers. Usually, the higher one's rank, the more powerful that ranker is. Some of the highest ranks are held by "Irregulars", people so powerful they can basically break all the rules of the Tower and wipe the floor with the lesser PhysicalGods. Also at the top are King Zahard and the heads of the Ten Families, who rule the Tower. Basically, there's a ready-made roster of individuals ranging from powerless to CosmicEntity for the heroes to confront.\\
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