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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.
13th Jul '16 4:34:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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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. Thought Falon gave him a hell of a fight and even caught him mid jump-punch which is pretty damn insane. His defeat of Falcon proves his mettle even more when Luis repeatedly describes Falcon as a badass, which he most certainly is, during the movie's conclusion.

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* "Film/AntMan"
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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. Thought Falon gave him a hell of a fight and even caught him mid jump-punch which is pretty damn insane. His defeat of Being able to hang with Falcon proves his mettle even more when Luis repeatedly describes Falcon as a badass, which he most certainly is, during superhero on par with the movie's conclusion.Avengers.



** Worf's grandfather suffered from this in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', only instead of getting physically beaten up he got owned in court whilst trying to defend Kirk and [=McCoy=] (though to be fair, it ''was'' a show trial, and he was going to lose no matter ''how'' well he defended his clients).



** And the ''Enterprise'' itself, boasted as one of the most advanced ships in the Federation fleet ( a few years prior), [[spoiler:gets curbstomped by the ''Vengeance'' (A brand-new, so logically even more advanced) without even being able to fire a single shot back. An understandable outcome for a cruiser versus a battleship]].

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** And the ''Enterprise'' itself, boasted as one of the most advanced ships in the Federation fleet ( a (a few years prior), [[spoiler:gets curbstomped by the ''Vengeance'' (A brand-new, so logically even more advanced) without even being able to fire a single shot back. An understandable outcome for a cruiser versus a battleship]].



** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', [[spoiler:When he confronts the First Class, Shaw kills one of them in the conflict. Who does he kill? The guy whose power is gaining the traits he needs to survive in any situation.]]

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** * In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', [[spoiler:When he confronts the First Class, Shaw kills one of them in the conflict. Who does he kill? The guy whose power is gaining the traits he needs to survive in any situation.]]



* Obi-Wan Kenobi had his fare share of worf effects through the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series. Obi-Wan was killed the first time we got to see Darth Vader in action, was getting beaten by Darth Maul (alongside his mentor) until Maul picked up the IdiotBall, and was beaten by Count Dooku twice.
** He nearly becomes fish food thanks to [[BadassNormal Jango Fett]], though he managed to put up ''much'' more of a fight than against Dooku.

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* Obi-Wan Kenobi had his fare share of worf effects through the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series. Obi-Wan was killed the first time we got to see Darth Vader in action, was getting beaten by Darth Maul (alongside his mentor) until Maul picked up the IdiotBall, and was beaten by Count Dooku twice.
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twice. He nearly becomes fish food thanks to [[BadassNormal Jango Fett]], though he managed to put up ''much'' more of a fight than against Dooku.
25th Jun '16 4:27:35 PM Timwi
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Named for the tendency in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' for hostile creatures [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXrlhN9rPoc to do that very thing to Worf.]]

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Named for the tendency in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' for hostile creatures [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXrlhN9rPoc to do that very thing to Worf.]]
Worf.
25th Jun '16 4:27:10 PM Timwi
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Compare BadassInDistress and TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled, both of which can overlap. Killing off a RedShirt or two is a slightly different method for achieving a similar effect. If the character beats up a whole ''army''', ConservationOfNinjutsu is probably at work. HopelessBossFight, when the Worf Effect is shown in a form of BossBattle. Contrast FightDracula, in which a writer has a pre-established character (as opposed to a new one) demonstrate their awesomeness by fighting Dracula (but not necessarily winning). See also [[Analysis/TheWorfEffect the analysis page]] for some side analysis of this trope.

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Compare BadassInDistress and TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled, both of which can overlap. Killing off a RedShirt or two is a slightly different method for achieving a similar effect. If the character beats up a whole ''army''', ''army'', ConservationOfNinjutsu is probably at work. HopelessBossFight, when the Worf Effect is shown in a form of BossBattle. Contrast FightDracula, in which a writer has a pre-established character (as opposed to a new one) demonstrate their awesomeness by fighting Dracula (but not necessarily winning). See also [[Analysis/TheWorfEffect the analysis page]] for some side analysis of this trope.
22nd Jun '16 3:39:11 PM PixelKnight
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** [[DemotedToExtra Hegemonic]] [[TheBrute Brute.]] Biggest, toughest, meanest of the Derse agents, save Jack once he gets the ring. His [[AlternateUniverse Midnight Crew counterpart]] Hearts Boxcars devours the heads of his enemies whole and rips huge safes out of brick walls. Yet in the first iteration of the kids' game he's slain off-screen by the [[BewareTheNiceOnes relatively harmless-looking and meek Parcel Mistress]] (using the sword his boss gave her, no less), and in the post-[[ResetButton Scratch]] session decapitated in one sweep by Dirk Strider with only three panels worth of screen time.

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** [[DemotedToExtra Hegemonic]] [[TheBrute Brute.]] Biggest, toughest, meanest of the Derse agents, save Jack once he gets the ring. His [[AlternateUniverse Midnight Crew counterpart]] Hearts Boxcars devours the heads of his enemies whole and rips huge safes out of brick walls. Yet in the first iteration of the kids' game he's held in a headlock by Dad Egbert and later slain off-screen by the [[BewareTheNiceOnes relatively harmless-looking and meek Parcel Mistress]] (using the sword his boss gave her, no less), and in the post-[[ResetButton Scratch]] session decapitated in one sweep by Dirk Strider with only three panels worth of screen time.
19th Jun '16 2:53:51 PM nombretomado
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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has the Nohgri, silent-stalking little commando people who are ''very'' good fighters. The same [[TheThrawnTrilogy trilogy]] which introduces them has them accept Leia as the Mal'ary'ush, the Lady Vader, so some of them become her bodyguards. Very nearly every work set after that has them either inexplicably not present or getting tricked, out-tracked, and out-fought by ''everyone''. [[HandOfThrawn Shada Du'kal]] even wonders if their reputation is exaggerated, although she at least is a Mistryl shadow guard, only had to get past one of them, and had a very novel way of tricking him. This is taken to ridiculous depths in ''Literature/NewJediOrder''.

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* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has the Nohgri, silent-stalking little commando people who are ''very'' good fighters. The same [[TheThrawnTrilogy [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy trilogy]] which introduces them has them accept Leia as the Mal'ary'ush, the Lady Vader, so some of them become her bodyguards. Very nearly every work set after that has them either inexplicably not present or getting tricked, out-tracked, and out-fought by ''everyone''. [[HandOfThrawn Shada Du'kal]] even wonders if their reputation is exaggerated, although she at least is a Mistryl shadow guard, only had to get past one of them, and had a very novel way of tricking him. This is taken to ridiculous depths in ''Literature/NewJediOrder''.
16th Jun '16 9:19:11 AM ChaoticNovelist
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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 {{Badass}}ery 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 {{Badass}}ery reputation as the "biggest, toughest" etc. begins to look more like an InformedAbility than anything else.



Compare BadassInDistress and TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled, both of which can overlap. Killing off a RedShirt or two is a slightly different method for achieving a similar effect. If the character beats up a whole ''army'''s worth of Worfs, ConservationOfNinjutsu is probably at work. HopelessBossFight, when the Worf Effect is shown in a form of BossBattle. Contrast FightDracula, in which a writer has a pre-established character (as opposed to a new one) demonstrate their awesomeness by fighting Dracula (but not necessarily winning). See also [[Analysis/TheWorfEffect the analysis page]] for some side analysis of this trope.

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Compare BadassInDistress and TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled, both of which can overlap. Killing off a RedShirt or two is a slightly different method for achieving a similar effect. If the character beats up a whole ''army'''s worth of Worfs, ''army''', ConservationOfNinjutsu is probably at work. HopelessBossFight, when the Worf Effect is shown in a form of BossBattle. Contrast FightDracula, in which a writer has a pre-established character (as opposed to a new one) demonstrate their awesomeness by fighting Dracula (but not necessarily winning). See also [[Analysis/TheWorfEffect the analysis page]] for some side analysis of this trope.
9th Jun '16 1:31:54 PM Stealth
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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.
6th Jun '16 12:07:18 PM Larkmarn
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** Averted in Roman Mythology, where Mars is treated with much greater dignity. In the Roman pantheon, Mars was the father, guardian, and patron of the Roman people, second only to Jove in importance and power.
15th May '16 11:46:53 AM nombretomado
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* Just like his comic counterpart, {{Wolverine}} gets this treatment in the [[Film.{{X-Men}} X-Men movie series]]. {{Magneto}}, Mystique, Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, and the Juggernaut all had their way with him throughout the series to show how tough they are. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]]!

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* Just like his comic counterpart, {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} gets this treatment in the [[Film.{{X-Men}} X-Men ''Film/XMen'' movie series]]. {{Magneto}}, series. ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, Mystique, Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, and the Juggernaut all had their way with him throughout the series to show how tough they are. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]]!
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