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17th Jul '16 4:01:52 PM Discar
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* In the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', the Lizards have been the underdogs in their conflict with the Thundercats for generations. When the Lizards launch another attack on Thundera, King Claudus is confident that he can beat them back just as he's done countless times in the past. Unfortunately for Thundera, a powerful OutsideContextVillain has conscripted the Lizards as his own personal army and armed them with LostTechnology such as missile-launching HumongousMecha. The entire kingdom goes down in ''one night''.

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* In the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', the Lizards have been the underdogs in their conflict with the Thundercats for generations. When the Lizards launch another attack on Thundera, King Claudus is confident that he can beat them back just as he's done countless times in the past. Unfortunately for Thundera, a powerful OutsideContextVillain OutsideContextProblem has conscripted the Lizards as his own personal army and armed them with LostTechnology such as missile-launching HumongousMecha. The entire kingdom goes down in ''one night''.
15th Jul '16 5:03:32 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Many people forget that the Blue Bomber himself, ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', was originally a household servant robot. When Wily decided to get all {{jerkass}} and take over the world, Rock was repurposed into a fighting robot. This, in itself, is not the superweapon surprise. That comes when Rock's Variable Tool System, designed to allow him to use any tool without needing new instructions or programming, is also redesigned into Mega Man's Variable Weapon System, allowing him to use any ''weapon'' without serious modification to his systems. So the household cleaning robot instead becomes a superweapon of destruction, capable of getting an ''infinite number of new weapons at any time''. Surprise!

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* Many people forget that the Blue Bomber himself, ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'', was originally a household servant robot. When Wily decided to get all {{jerkass}} and take over the world, Rock was repurposed into a fighting robot. This, in itself, is not the superweapon surprise. That comes when Rock's Variable Tool System, designed to allow him to use any tool without needing new instructions or programming, is also redesigned into Mega Man's Variable Weapon System, allowing him to use any ''weapon'' without serious modification to his systems. So the household cleaning robot instead becomes a superweapon of destruction, capable of getting an ''infinite number of new weapons at any time''. Surprise!
29th Jun '16 1:32:39 PM inkoalawetrust
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A people who seem weak or defenseless prove, emphatically, not to be.

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A group of people who seem weak or defenseless prove, emphatically, not to be.
16th Jun '16 4:21:49 PM nombretomado
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* Not quite a peace vault per se, but the principle is the same in many of the ''TenchiMuyo'' continuities. If there are space pirates and would-be conquerors, why not set their sights on Earth? Simple: Ryu-oh, Tsunami and Ryo-ohki are all resident on the planet; any of these ships alone could fend off any enemy fleet save for Jurai's. Speaking of which, members of the Jurai Royal family treat the planet as their home away from home including their crown princess. Attacking Earth will likely bring Jurai's fleet down on you like the wrath of the kami. Plus there is this one guy called Tenchi Masaki who has a thing about conquering his homeworld... So I guess it's a three-in-one superweapon surprise in the Tenchi universe? Especially big in OVA continuity, where Earth is specifically a two-bit colony world that nobody cares about. Except for the above things. Oh, and Washu, the genius scientist who could destroy a planet by accident. Mihoshi has incredible luck, to the point where she can accidentally solve any case. Oh, and there are Tsunami's sisters...Who are goddesses.

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* Not quite a peace vault per se, but the principle is the same in many of the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' continuities. If there are space pirates and would-be conquerors, why not set their sights on Earth? Simple: Ryu-oh, Tsunami and Ryo-ohki are all resident on the planet; any of these ships alone could fend off any enemy fleet save for Jurai's. Speaking of which, members of the Jurai Royal family treat the planet as their home away from home including their crown princess. Attacking Earth will likely bring Jurai's fleet down on you like the wrath of the kami. Plus there is this one guy called Tenchi Masaki who has a thing about conquering his homeworld... So I guess it's a three-in-one superweapon surprise in the Tenchi universe? Especially big in OVA continuity, where Earth is specifically a two-bit colony world that nobody cares about. Except for the above things. Oh, and Washu, the genius scientist who could destroy a planet by accident. Mihoshi has incredible luck, to the point where she can accidentally solve any case. Oh, and there are Tsunami's sisters...Who are goddesses.
9th Jun '16 2:31:14 PM Spartan125
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* ''VideoGame/Halo3'' has a heroic version of this trope where the Ark is [[TheReveal revealed]] to [[spoiler: contain a foundry at its core that could build Halo rings to replace those that have been destroyed, and a partially constructed replacement for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Installation 04]] is uncovered.]] Suddenly the [[EldritchAbomination Gravemind's]] idea of sending all of his [[TheVirus Flood]] forces to the Ark in an effort to keep them outside of the range of the other [[DepopulationBomb Halo]] [[LostSuperweapon rings]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough doesn't seem like such a smart idea]] and the Flood is [[spoiler: [[HoistByHisOwnPetard finally killed off by the firing of the installation]], albeit at the cost of the ring and damaging the Ark]]. This was pulled off without the Gravemind knowing anything until the last minute because no one else knew much about this either in an unusual case of UnspokenPlanGuarantee and the [[ThePrecursors Forerunners]] removed all knowledge of important information on other installations that could prove useful to the Flood from the minds of the [[AncientKeeper Monitors]] of each installation. Even Cortana wasn't sure of the exact details of what solution the Ark contained when she sent her message to the [[TheFederation UNSC]] forces to warn of the threat of the Flood.

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* ''VideoGame/Halo3'' has a heroic version of this trope where the Ark is [[TheReveal revealed]] to [[spoiler: contain a foundry at its core that could build Halo rings to replace those that have been destroyed, and a partially constructed replacement for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Installation 04]] is uncovered.]] Suddenly the [[EldritchAbomination Gravemind's]] idea of sending all of his [[TheVirus Flood]] forces to the Ark in an effort to keep them outside of the range of the other [[DepopulationBomb Halo]] [[LostSuperweapon rings]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough doesn't seem like such a smart idea]] and the Flood is [[spoiler: [[HoistByHisOwnPetard finally killed off by the firing of the installation]], installation, albeit at the cost of the ring and damaging the Ark]]. This was pulled off without the Gravemind knowing anything until the last minute because no one else knew much about this either in an unusual case of UnspokenPlanGuarantee and the [[ThePrecursors Forerunners]] removed all knowledge of important information on other installations that could prove useful to the Flood from the minds of the [[AncientKeeper Monitors]] of each installation. Even Cortana wasn't sure of the exact details of what solution the Ark contained when she sent her message to the [[TheFederation UNSC]] forces to warn of the threat of the Flood.
8th Jun '16 12:26:28 PM Spartan125
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* ''VideoGame/Halo3'' has a heroic version of this trope where the Ark is [[TheReveal revealed]] to [[spoiler: contain a foundry at its core that could build Halo rings to replace those that have been destroyed, and a partially constructed replacement for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Installation 04]] is uncovered.]] Suddenly the [[EldritchAbomination Gravemind's]] idea of sending all of his [[TheVirus Flood]] forces to the Ark in an effort to keep them outside of the range of the other [[DepopulationBomb Halo]] [[LostSuperweapon rings]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough doesn't seem like such a smart idea]] and the Flood is [[spoiler: [[HoistByHisOwnPetard finally killed off by the firing of the installation]], albeit at the cost of the ring and damaging the Ark]]. This was pulled off without the Gravemind knowing anything until the last minute because no one else knew much about this either in an unusual case of UnspokenPlanGuarantee and the [[ThePrecursors Forerunners]] removed all knowledge of important information on other installations that could prove useful to the Flood from the minds of the [[AncientKeeper Monitors]] of each installation. Even Cortana wasn't sure of the exact details of what solution the Ark contained when she sent her message to the [[TheFederation UNSC]] forces to warn of the threat of the Flood.
7th Jun '16 2:30:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Isaac Asimov's very own ''{{Foundation}}'' had an example of this. A customs inspection by the fading but still powerful Empire intercepts a trading vessel from said Foundation. During inspection, one of the officers accidentally turns an atomic drill at full strength on himself, illustrating this way that the Foundation should not be messed with since even their ''tools'' are weapons surpassing in power that of the Empire itself.

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* Isaac Asimov's very own ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' had an example of this. A customs inspection by the fading but still powerful Empire intercepts a trading vessel from said Foundation. During inspection, one of the officers accidentally turns an atomic drill at full strength on himself, illustrating this way that the Foundation should not be messed with since even their ''tools'' are weapons surpassing in power that of the Empire itself.
27th May '16 4:03:02 AM Freezer
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** Earth as a whole is this to The Race. When they first scouted Earth, it was during TheMiddleAges. Given the rate of development of themselves and the two previous races they had conquered, they expected the "Tosevites" to just be getting around to the crossbow by the time they brought their invasion fleet. The fleet arrived during the latter part of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks to Humanity's unexpected rate of advancement, bewildering (to the Race) ability to adapt to and counter any Lizard advantage (short of the [NukeEm "explosive metal bombs"] on their starships) and doubly-bewildering capacity for self-sacrifice (whether to destroy enemies or protect allies), they manage to force The Race into a stalemate.[[note]]And in the sequel series, surpass and subdue them in a matter of decades.[[/note]]

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** Earth as a whole is this to The Race. When they first scouted Earth, it was during TheMiddleAges. TheMiddleAges. Given the rate of development of themselves and the two previous races they had conquered, they expected the "Tosevites" to just be getting around to the crossbow by the time they brought their invasion fleet. fleet. The fleet arrived during the latter part of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks to Humanity's unexpected rate of advancement, bewildering (to the Race) ability to adapt to and counter any Lizard advantage (short of the [NukeEm [[NukeEm "explosive metal bombs"] bombs"]] on their starships) and doubly-bewildering capacity for self-sacrifice (whether to destroy enemies or protect allies), they manage to force The Race into a stalemate.[[note]]And in the sequel series, surpass and subdue them in a matter of decades.[[/note]]
27th May '16 4:00:57 AM Freezer
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* Invoked In-Universe in ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars''. An advanced spacefaring civilization invades a world that is still in Middle Ages and intends to rout and enslave all locals. This is discovered by TheFederation, and even more advanced civilisation which, however, has an AlienNonInterferenceClause prohibiting them of overtly takoing position. So they plan to get the Empire to withdraw by convincing them that local people have supernatural powers like telekinesis.

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** Earth as a whole is this to The Race. When they first scouted Earth, it was during TheMiddleAges. Given the rate of development of themselves and the two previous races they had conquered, they expected the "Tosevites" to just be getting around to the crossbow by the time they brought their invasion fleet. The fleet arrived during the latter part of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks to Humanity's unexpected rate of advancement, bewildering (to the Race) ability to adapt to and counter any Lizard advantage (short of the [NukeEm "explosive metal bombs"] on their starships) and doubly-bewildering capacity for self-sacrifice (whether to destroy enemies or protect allies), they manage to force The Race into a stalemate.[[note]]And in the sequel series, surpass and subdue them in a matter of decades.[[/note]]
* Invoked In-Universe in ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars''. An advanced spacefaring civilization invades a world that is still in Middle Ages and intends to rout and enslave all locals. This is discovered by TheFederation, and even more advanced civilisation civilization which, however, has an AlienNonInterferenceClause prohibiting them of overtly takoing position. So they plan to get the Empire to withdraw by convincing them that local people have supernatural powers like telekinesis.
15th May '16 3:18:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Metroid}}'' has the Chozo: peaceful bird-like people who lived in harmony with nature. Also were once ''the'' single most technologically-advanced race ''ever''. Vanished without a trace by the time the series continuity starts, but their remnant technology demonstrates this trope well. In particular, their statues, while decorative and ceremonial, also function as guardians of important places to the Chozo: Ridley, in ''[[MetroidPrime Prime]]'', blew up one of their temples trying to kill Samus, and got six giant lasers to the chest for doing so (''after'' Samus beat him into the ground). Samus is the [[OneManArmy only Chozo soldier present in the known universe]], and that's enough to give nightmares to the most ruthless race of the galaxy, (essentially [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]] with a technological level approaching the [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]]'s)

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* ''{{Metroid}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' has the Chozo: peaceful bird-like people who lived in harmony with nature. Also were once ''the'' single most technologically-advanced race ''ever''. Vanished without a trace by the time the series continuity starts, but their remnant technology demonstrates this trope well. In particular, their statues, while decorative and ceremonial, also function as guardians of important places to the Chozo: Ridley, in ''[[MetroidPrime Prime]]'', blew up one of their temples trying to kill Samus, and got six giant lasers to the chest for doing so (''after'' Samus beat him into the ground). Samus is the [[OneManArmy only Chozo soldier present in the known universe]], and that's enough to give nightmares to the most ruthless race of the galaxy, (essentially [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]] with a technological level approaching the [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]]'s)



* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the Gaians--and, in the expansion, the Cult of Planet--seem like rather wimpy factions, what with being more concerned with environmentalism than proper defense training, a lucrative economy, or developing weapons technology. That is, until you find that their devotion to the environment also gives them an innate ability to take control of the extremely dangerous [[MindRape mindraping]], live-brain-devouring native fauna of Planet. Did we mention that said fauna is equally threatening to unarmored infantrymen carrying ancient guns and your best tanks armed with literal black hole generators and armored with space-time itself? You ''don't'' want to know what they can do once they figure out how to breed their own...

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* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the Gaians--and, in the expansion, the Cult of Planet--seem like rather wimpy factions, what with being more concerned with environmentalism than proper defense training, a lucrative economy, or developing weapons technology. That is, until you find that their devotion to the environment also gives them an innate ability to take control of the extremely dangerous [[MindRape mindraping]], live-brain-devouring native fauna of Planet. Did we mention that said fauna is equally threatening to unarmored infantrymen carrying ancient guns and your best tanks armed with literal black hole generators and armored with space-time itself? You ''don't'' want to know what they can do once they figure out how to breed their own...



* The Liir from ''SwordOfTheStars'' are normally pacifistic and were targeted for enslavement by the "[[AbusivePrecursors Suul'Ka]]" for it. The enslavement led to two things: Firstly, that the Liir will turn directly from TheFettered into TheUnfettered when pushed too far and ''stay that way'', and two, that their innate skill with technology renders them really good at [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters making bio-weapons of 'extinction'-level virulence]] and turning their (now exterminated) captors' techology into a workable technological basis for making starfleets.

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* The Liir from ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' are normally pacifistic and were targeted for enslavement by the "[[AbusivePrecursors Suul'Ka]]" for it. The enslavement led to two things: Firstly, that the Liir will turn directly from TheFettered into TheUnfettered when pushed too far and ''stay that way'', and two, that their innate skill with technology renders them really good at [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters making bio-weapons of 'extinction'-level virulence]] and turning their (now exterminated) captors' techology into a workable technological basis for making starfleets.



* The game ''ImmortalDefense'' has people ascended to pathspace to serve as the [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] meant to destroy the oncoming invasion of the Bavakh. You are one such of these people. [[spoiler: You fail.]]

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* The game ''ImmortalDefense'' ''VideoGame/ImmortalDefense'' has people ascended to pathspace to serve as the [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] meant to destroy the oncoming invasion of the Bavakh. You are one such of these people. [[spoiler: You fail.]]
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