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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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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.
22nd Nov '16 3:35:59 PM Nithael
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* While his PeoplePuppets are incredibly powerful, and he is capable of [[PersonOfMassDestruction unbelievably terrifying deeds]] by proxy, Nagato, AKA [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Pain]] turns out to be...a withered near-skeleton of a man incapable of standing ''upright or moving on his own'' and constantly at death's door.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': While his PeoplePuppets are incredibly powerful, and he is capable of [[PersonOfMassDestruction unbelievably terrifying deeds]] by proxy, Nagato, AKA [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Pain]] Pain turns out to be...a withered near-skeleton of a man incapable of standing ''upright or moving on his own'' and constantly at death's door.


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* Mayor Takeshi Hirokawa from ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' is the leader of the parasites in East Fukuyama City, and his plan to turn the city into a feeding zone for the parasites makes him responsible for most of the heroes' problems, but he himself is a normal human who dies without a fight when the army goes after him.
30th Oct '16 3:26:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* TropeNamer: ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in that the titular "wizard" is only a BadassNormal, minus the {{Badass}}. 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 BadassNormal, minus the {{Badass}}.normal man. Doubly so considering the firey hologram avatar he was giving out.
19th Oct '16 9:04:58 AM TMNTFanGirl
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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.

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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.shrew.
** [[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]].
18th Oct '16 6:29:58 AM JJHIL325
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* Mr. Big in ''Film/{{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.

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* Mr. Big in ''Film/{{Zootopia}}'' ''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.
11th Oct '16 5:24:52 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* The boss of the second world of ''[=McDonald's=] Treasure Land Adventure'' is a scary bat-like robot, which, when destroyed, is revealed to be piloted by a tiny and cute green bat in yellow overalls, who [[OcularGushers bursts into tears]]. Ronald is able to cheer him up in the following cutscene by giving him some of his magic jewels, [[DefeatMeansFriendship and in return, the boss gives him the third piece of the treasure map]].


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* Skulker from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is really a tiny and pathetically weak ghost. The body most people see is just a high-tech suit. As he spends almost all of his time in the suit, however, this isn't a huge weakness.
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