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20th May '18 10:58:17 AM wingedcatgirl
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* Cutscenes. In any game Cutscenes will either give you [[CutscenePowerToTheMax a game breaking ability you never get to use in gameplay]] or [[CutsceneIncompetence knocked out by the butt of a gun despite normal gameplay that only makes you slightly dizzy]].
* In any game with ActionCommands expect to see this happen. Characters do notable things getting to that point in the fight, but then do something a fare deal more impressive well when they need to.
* This happens with weapons very frequently in video games, especially in games that make use of stats independent from those weapons. For instance, if the attacker has their attack stat high enough they can one shot a tank with a ''pistol'', while if their defensive stat is high enough they can [[MadeOfIron take tank rounds from that same tank with no damage.]]
28th Apr '18 4:35:09 PM thatother1dude
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* The titular ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' is probably the greatest example of this trope. In spite of his muscular physique, he manages to find himself on the receiving end of a good beating by anyone nearly half the size smaller than him, ''even by children'', which is pretty bizarre considering that he effortlessly wrestled a crocodile in an early episode.

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* The titular ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' is probably the greatest example of this trope. In spite of his muscular physique, he manages to find himself on the receiving end of a good beating by anyone nearly barely half the size smaller than him, his size, ''even by children'', which is pretty bizarre considering that he effortlessly wrestled a crocodile in an early episode.
8th Apr '18 11:41:29 PM azbyc15243
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* The supervillain Lung, from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has this as an explicit power. The longer he fights the stronger he becomes, slowly morphing from a man into an enormous unstoppable dragon. Ironically he is taken out by the Hero in the first arc and serves as a StarterVillain, despite the fact that he in the past went toe to toe with the literal bringers of the apocalypse. beings that can sink continents and burn cities from the face of the earth.

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* The supervillain Lung, from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has this as an explicit power. The longer he fights the stronger he becomes, slowly morphing from a man into an enormous unstoppable dragon. Ironically When given enough time, he is can fight [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]] one on one. He's taken out by the Hero Taylor in the first arc and serves arc, serving as a StarterVillain, despite the fact that due to being defeated before he in the past went toe has time to toe with the literal bringers of the apocalypse. beings that can sink continents and burn cities from the face of the earth.become too powerful to defeat.
21st Mar '18 9:39:43 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* David in {{Film/Unbreakable}} has a version of this, but the trope is played with in that he was middle aged before he noticed. While he is quite strong in the normal sense it's because he lifts weights as part of his normal exercise routine, and the amount he lifts is set to where it provides decent resistance but isn't likely to actually hurt himself. Thanks to the events of the movie he has reason to suspect that he's stronger than he thinks and makes an attempt to find his actual bench limit, only to find that he's still straining the same amount no matter how much weight he ads.
20th Mar '18 4:44:26 PM K2Misfit
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** [[ActionGirl Elisa]] [[TwoferTokenMinority Maza]] is an even greater example of the trope as despite being a BadassNormal supernatural and/or technological figures that usually relies on [[GuileHero brains over brute force]], she consistently ends up in a DesignatedGirlFight with ''[[DarkActionGirl Demona]]'' over the latter's gun for as long as the plot needs her to yet during an instance where Elisa [[spoiler: became a [[CuteMonsterGirl gargoyle]]]], it was treated like a long-overdue TheDogBitesBack right down to Demona's [[OhCrap reaction.]]
27th Feb '18 12:39:03 AM aksnitd
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* This is actually the ability of David in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'' where he is as physically strong as he needs to be. In one scene he tests his limits by bench-pressing. He strains with the initial weight, but no matter how much weight he adds, he's still able to lift it. In an alternate scene he does the same thing in the football club's gym, where David, a fit but not particularly muscular guy, lifts around ''500 pounds''.
23rd Feb '18 5:52:15 AM erforce
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* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd example. The nerd is able to beat [[Film/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] in a fight, but has trouble beating WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.

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* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd example. The nerd Nerd is able to beat [[Film/FridayThe13th [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] in a fight, but has trouble beating WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
15th Feb '18 10:23:11 AM ading
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* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd example. The nerd is able to beat Jason in a fight, but has trouble beating WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.

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* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd example. The nerd is able to beat [[Film/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] in a fight, but has trouble beating WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.


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* ''WesternAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': Splendid, being a Superman parody, has this in spades. One episode had him killed by a small explosion, while another had an explosion that destroyed everything else on Earth but left him without a scratch.
30th Jan '18 11:05:01 AM Ccook1956
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* Fearless Fly, from 1965's ''WesternAnimation/MiltonTheMonster,'' gets his superpowers from a pair of eyeglasses that magnifies his strength to match his eyesight. In an episode where he loses the glasses, he becomes as weak as his secret identity, Homer Housefly.
20th Jan '18 3:56:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The skill and power of the Jedi tends to vary greatly from episode to episode. In some episodes they'll be literal [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] who effortlessly plow through dozens of battle droids and win entire battles singlehandedly, in others, they'll struggle to beat a single BadassNormal who may not even be all that badass. Exactly how strong the characters were in relation to each other was also very inconsistent, for example, in "Revenge" Obi-Wan teams up with [[spoiler: Ventress]] to fight Savage Oppress and [[spoiler: Darth Maul]], and Obi-Wan says they're outmatched. In the very next episode, Obi-Wan fights the two again, ''by himself'', and beats them handily, wounding Oppress and force the pair to flee.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': The skill and power of the Jedi tends to vary greatly from episode to episode. In some episodes they'll be literal [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] who effortlessly plow through dozens of battle droids and win entire battles singlehandedly, in others, they'll struggle to beat a single BadassNormal who may not even be all that badass. Exactly how strong the characters were in relation to each other was also very inconsistent, for example, in "Revenge" Obi-Wan teams up with [[spoiler: Ventress]] to fight Savage Oppress and [[spoiler: Darth Maul]], and Obi-Wan says they're outmatched. In the very next episode, Obi-Wan fights the two again, ''by himself'', and beats them handily, wounding Oppress and force the pair to flee. Standard Battle Droids also suffer badly from this; whether they're a complete joke even with a massive numbers advantage or a legitimate threat in a fair fight varies with the episode.
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