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9th Apr '17 3:13:24 PM ultimomant
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* TropeNamer: ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in that the titular "wizard" is only a normal man. Doubly so considering the firey hologram avatar he was giving out.

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* TropeNamer: ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in that the titular "wizard" is only a normal man. Doubly so considering the firey flaming hologram avatar he was giving out.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': In "Jack and the Smackback", the Aqualizer is really a tiny, pathetic slug-like creature inside a powerful robotic suit.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'': Subverted in "The Gamesmaster". The Gamesmaster seems at first to just be a spoiled brat in a control room hiding behind his robots and traps. When Flint manages to fight past them and confront the man face to face, he's [[OhCrap shocked]] to find the man is over ten feet tall and incredibly strong.
26th Feb '17 3:44:21 PM Vox
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** Darth Vader is an unusual example, as most of his scenes involve him being a terrifying badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.

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** Darth Vader is an unusual unconventional example, as most of his scenes involve him being a terrifying badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.
17th Feb '17 11:52:55 AM rva98014
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* Mr. Big in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is the most feared [[TheMafia mafia boss]] in the eponymous city. Most of his goons are increasingly massive [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]], so Judy naturally assumes [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mr. Big would be the biggest of them all]]...but he's actually a tiny arctic shrew.
15th Jan '17 2:18:32 PM DustSnitch
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** Darth Vader is an unusual example, as most of his scenes involve him being a terrifying {{Badass}} without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.

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** Darth Vader is an unusual example, as most of his scenes involve him being a terrifying {{Badass}} badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.
13th Jan '17 4:35:51 PM Vox
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** Darth Vader: most of his scenes involve him being a scary badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.

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** Darth Vader: Vader is an unusual example, as most of his scenes involve him being a scary badass terrifying {{Badass}} without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.
30th Nov '16 2:26:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mad Mod in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' turns out to be a feeble old man running a simulator. The version they were going after was actually a hologram.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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Mad Mod in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' turns out to be a feeble old man running a simulator. The version they were going after was actually a hologram.
30th Nov '16 2:25:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mr. Big in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is the most feared [[TheMafia mafia boss]] in the eponymous city. Most of his goons are increasingly massive [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]], so Judy naturally assumes [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mr. Big would be the biggest of them all]]...but he's actually a tiny arctic shrew.
* In an alternative ending of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', Oogie Boogie ended up being [[MadScientist Dr. Finklestein]], who was trying to teach Sally a lesson and was [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] that she chose Jack over him. As it was, Boogie turned out to be ... practically a MindHive collected of thousands of little bugs, who when they were split apart could only squeal "My bugs! My bugs!" over and over.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10SecretOfTheOmnitrix'', Ben and company confront the creator of the Omnitrix, a giant alien with a booming voice. It turns out to be a biosuit. Azmuth is a tiny froglike alien, a member of Grey Matter's race.
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* Mr. Big in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is the most feared [[TheMafia mafia boss]] in the eponymous city. Most of his goons are increasingly massive [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]], so Judy naturally assumes [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mr. Big would be the biggest of them all]]...but he's actually a tiny arctic shrew.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' in Beastmen of Mars the players will find out who is behind the horrifying Cult of the Worm. He’s fairly underwhelming, yet not…

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' in Beastmen of Mars the players will find out who is behind the horrifying Cult of the Worm. He’s fairly underwhelming, yet not…not...



* In an alternative ending of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', Oogie Boogie ended up being [[MadScientist Dr. Finklestein]], who was trying to teach Sally a lesson and was [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] that she chose Jack over him.
** As it was, Boogie turned out to be ... practically a MindHive collected of thousands of little bugs, who when they were split apart could only squeal "My bugs! My bugs!" over and over.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix]]'', Ben and company confront the creator of the Omnitrix, a giant alien with a booming voice. It turns out to be a biosuit. Azmuth is a tiny froglike alien, a member of Grey Matter's race.
30th Nov '16 2:22:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' subverts this -- we're meant to think of the Emperor this way, as being unbelievably sinister despite being totally helpless and weak, right up until he suddenly unleashes the Force Lightning. The Emperor seems set up to be Yoda's opposite. Physically unimposing, but near God-like powers when he actually chose to use them. One of the Star Wars RPG books speculated that a no holds barred Jedi duel between Yoda and The Emperor could devastate a planet. [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith The actual fight]] only thrashed a building, but was nevertheless awesome.
** Darth Vader is a semi-example: most of his scenes involve him being a scary badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' subverts this ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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-- we're meant to think of the Emperor this way, as being unbelievably sinister despite being totally helpless and weak, right up until he suddenly unleashes the Force Lightning. The Emperor seems set up to be Yoda's opposite. Physically unimposing, but near God-like powers when he actually chose to use them. One of the Star Wars RPG books speculated that a no holds barred Jedi duel between Yoda and The Emperor could devastate a planet. [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith The actual fight]] only thrashed a building, but was nevertheless awesome.
** Darth Vader is a semi-example: Vader: most of his scenes involve him being a scary badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.
30th Nov '16 2:21:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[FridgeBrilliance Actually, it's not really that surprising]]--[[TruthInTelevision in real life, shrews are actually quite vicious, such as fighting/killing/eating animals who are larger than them]]. [[WordOfGod The filmmakers wanted a "vicious carnivore" to be the most feared crime boss in Zootopia, and they felt a shrew was the best fit for it]].
30th Nov '16 2:20:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** Darth Vader is a semi-example: most of his scenes involve him being a scary BadAss without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.

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** Darth Vader is a semi-example: most of his scenes involve him being a scary BadAss badass without peer, but when he finally removes his mask he reveals himself as a frail, crippled old man wholly dependent on his robotic suit for his strength and intimidation factor, as well as to survive.
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