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4th Sep '16 10:31:09 AM BattleMaster
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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', there was a time period during the early Clan invasion until just before the Fed-Com Civil War where new 'Mechs such as the Clan Omnis or advanced-tech Inner Sphere assault 'Mechs had to quickly make names for themselves. In these cases they were often shown destroying an ''Atlas'', otherwise revered as one of the biggest, toughest, and most dangerous Battlemechs around.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', there was a time period during the early Clan invasion until just before the Fed-Com Civil War where new 'Mechs such as the Clan Omnis or advanced-tech Inner Sphere assault 'Mechs had to quickly make names for themselves. In these cases they were often shown destroying an ''Atlas'', otherwise revered as one of the biggest, toughest, and most dangerous Battlemechs around. This is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because while the ''Atlas'' is a famous mech with a fearsome reputation in-universe, it's not actually that great of a mech and therefore it's pretty easy to build soemthing that's more powerful than it is, especially if the new mech has more advanced weaponry and equipment.
2nd Sep '16 5:13:37 AM Coso
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** Early in UBW, Servant Rider is hit by this trope. [[spoiler: Although being regarded as one of the strongest Servant, she is killed off-screen with "Just one blow" by Caster's Master Kuzuki Souchirou, who is a mere human with his strength enhanced by Servant Caster's magic. A similar fate will almost fall upon Servant Saber, regarded as the strongest servant.]]
29th Aug '16 5:24:35 AM carralpha
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* Parodied in [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/10/12/why-cant-avengers-infinity-war-cost-1-billion/#7352f144579f this]] Forbes article speculating on the events of AvengersInfinityWar:
-->'''Steve:''' Oh my god, Thanos has just murdered Iron Man, the central character to this entire Marvel Universe thus far! I would have thought Tony was untouchable, but Thanos just killed him!
--> '''Scott:''' Wow, if he can do that, he really must be the great and powerful villain that we all suspected that he was!
--> '''Thor:''' Right you are, tiny friend! This Thanos character is indeed beyond any mere foe we have ever faced!



21st Aug '16 9:32:06 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' series, kender are supposed to be immune to fear. Consequently, they're almost constantly having a strange, new, unfamiliar feeling to let the reader know something is so scary that even they got scared!

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* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series, kender are supposed to be immune to fear. Consequently, they're almost constantly having a strange, new, unfamiliar feeling to let the reader know something is so scary that even they got scared!
19th Aug '16 3:42:41 PM Ninja857142
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[NobleBigot Equius]], the strongest of the trolls, (he ''[[TestosteronePoisoning punched the head off an ogre with his bare hands!]]'') is [[spoiler: easily strangled to death by [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] as his first victim]]. This is arguably both a [[PlayedStraight straight play]] and a subversion, since WordOfGod says [[spoiler: he could have easily broken the bowstring with his STRONG neck, but didn't because [[FantasticRacism Gamzee is a highblood]] and therefore had the right to kill him]], [[CombatSadomasochist at least in Equius' mind]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
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[[NobleBigot Equius]], the strongest of the trolls, (he ''[[TestosteronePoisoning punched the head off an ogre with his bare hands!]]'') is [[spoiler: easily strangled to death by [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] as his first victim]]. This is arguably both a [[PlayedStraight straight play]] and a subversion, since WordOfGod says [[spoiler: he could have easily broken the bowstring with his STRONG neck, but didn't because [[FantasticRacism Gamzee is a highblood]] and therefore had the right to kill him]], [[CombatSadomasochist at least in Equius' mind]].



** Jade Harley is the most powerful God-Tier kid in the series. She has limitless power derived from the First Guardians as well as God-Tier, and is capable of effortlessly shrinking planets down to small size. [[spoiler: Gets her ass kicked by [[TheFool Jake English]] of all people using a huge blast of concentrated hope.]]

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** Jade Harley is the most powerful God-Tier kid in the series. She has limitless power abilities derived from the Green Sun, the power source of the First Guardians Guardians, as well as God-Tier, and is capable of effortlessly shrinking planets down to small size. [[spoiler: Gets her ass kicked by [[spoiler:As it turns out, not even the Green Sun can match the [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower fully unleashed power of hope]] from [[TheFool Jake English]] of all people using a huge blast of concentrated hope.people.]]
7th Aug '16 1:09:22 PM AlleyOop
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Named for the tendency in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' for hostile creatures to do that very thing to Worf.

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Named for the tendency in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' for hostile creatures to do that very thing to Worf.
Worf. Also known in ProfessionalWrestling as [[{{Jobber}} "jobbing"]].
5th Aug '16 7:55:40 PM Ebrbfureh
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For new villains, it's common for them to pick up the toughest character among the heroes (usually TheBigGuy) and hurl them across the room or otherwise take them out in one blow, thus showing that they are the real deal. It's even a genuinely good strategy - take out the biggest and toughest in a group, and the rest will accept how tough you are instead of having to prove it over and over. When used sparingly and appropriately, this is a powerful way to establish said villain as a serious and credible threat, leaving the audience thinking, "Wow, they just beat up ''Worf''! They must be bad news!" But if the same character is repeatedly used as the target of displays like these, then the character [[BadassDecay begins to look weak]], and if abused, their reputation as the "biggest, toughest" etc. begins to look more like an InformedAbility than anything else.

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For new villains, it's common for them to pick up the toughest character among the heroes (usually TheBigGuy) and hurl them across the room or otherwise take them out in one blow, thus showing that they are the real deal. It's even a genuinely good strategy - -- take out the biggest and toughest in a group, and the rest will accept how tough you are instead of having to prove it over and over. When used sparingly and appropriately, this is a powerful way to establish said villain as a serious and credible threat, leaving the audience thinking, "Wow, they just beat up ''Worf''! They must be bad news!" But if the same character is repeatedly used as the target of displays like these, then the character [[BadassDecay begins to look weak]], and if abused, their reputation as the "biggest, toughest" etc. begins to look more like an InformedAbility than anything else.



** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', ''Darth Vader'' is this once or twice. But it's used pretty carefully, considering - he's not part of the regular cast and never actually gets ''defeated'', but he's definitely brought in so the reader can go "Whoah! Vader {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s everyone! This guy must be tough!" In ''Army of Terror'' [[spoiler: Eppon]] holds his own against him in a lengthy fight, countering his best moves but having his countered in turn, and that fight never concludes. The [[spoiler: literal DarthVaderClone]] is also on nearly-equal footing and is only beaten because he has no lightsaber, but that might be expected.

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** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', ''Darth Vader'' is this once or twice. But it's used pretty carefully, considering - -- he's not part of the regular cast and never actually gets ''defeated'', but he's definitely brought in so the reader can go "Whoah! Vader {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s everyone! This guy must be tough!" In ''Army of Terror'' [[spoiler: Eppon]] holds his own against him in a lengthy fight, countering his best moves but having his countered in turn, and that fight never concludes. The [[spoiler: literal DarthVaderClone]] is also on nearly-equal footing and is only beaten because he has no lightsaber, but that might be expected.



** Lesnar also got to Worf Effect ''for'' The Big Show. Show went from being the Big Man Who Loses to the man who broke Lesnar's -- the man who slaughtered ''Hulk Hogan'' -- winning streak (with a little outside interference) overnight. That was partly because the tag line for the angle was "don't wake the sleeping giant" - a particularly unconvincing version of WorfHadTheFlu.

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** Lesnar also got to Worf Effect ''for'' The Big Show. Show went from being the Big Man Who Loses to the man who broke Lesnar's -- the man who slaughtered ''Hulk Hogan'' -- winning streak (with a little outside interference) overnight. That was partly because the tag line for the angle was "don't wake the sleeping giant" - -- a particularly unconvincing version of WorfHadTheFlu.
4th Aug '16 6:48:14 PM wname8037
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* The reverse happens in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', where the Winter Soldier gets his ass kicked by new hero Comicbook/BlackPanther.
2nd Aug '16 12:00:22 PM comicwriter
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* ''Film/AntMan'': Scott makes it to the roof of the Avenger's Headquarters only to be confronted by well-established hero, Falcon. In quick succession Scott enters the Avengers HQ, defeats Falcon in a one-on-one fight, and escapes to reveal he successfully completed the mission. Being able to hang with Falcon proves his mettle as a superhero on par with the Avengers.

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* ''Film/AntMan'': Scott makes it to the roof of the Avenger's Headquarters only to be confronted by well-established hero, Falcon.Comicbook/TheFalcon. In quick succession Scott enters the Avengers HQ, defeats Falcon in a one-on-one fight, and escapes to reveal he successfully completed the mission. Being able to hang with Falcon proves his mettle as a superhero on par with the Avengers.


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* The reverse happens in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', where the Winter Soldier gets his ass kicked by new hero Comicbook/BlackPanther.
20th Jul '16 5:26:57 PM 313Bluestreak
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** Henry might have finally become an aversion. Since the Draft this year, he has been tear-assing through Smackdown, booked like the Juggernaut, culminating in his dethroning the aforementioned Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions. The promos have made heavy mention that it's his first title reign in his 15 year (on and off) WWE career, so we may get a decent run with Henry as champ.

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** Henry might have finally become an aversion. Since the Draft this year, 2011 Draft, he has been tear-assing through Smackdown, booked like the Juggernaut, culminating in his dethroning the aforementioned Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Title at Night of Champions. The promos have made heavy mention that it's his first title reign in his 15 year (on and off) WWE career, so we may get a decent run with Henry as champ.
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