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2nd Jan '17 3:38:41 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Early in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}, the titular character has to get past a pack of Troll Kongs- giant, four-armed, ''monster apes.'' The first one Toriko encounters is just a scout, and while its no match for our hero, it barfs on Toriko, leaving our hero smelling like the much weaker, ''far less dangerous'' Troll Kong. Which means Toriko can't intimidate the rest of the pack.

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* Early in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}, ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the titular character has to get past a pack of Troll Kongs- giant, four-armed, ''monster apes.'' The first one Toriko encounters is just a scout, and while its no match for our hero, it barfs on Toriko, leaving our hero smelling like the much weaker, ''far less dangerous'' Troll Kong. Which means Toriko can't intimidate the rest of the pack.
8th Dec '16 5:41:40 PM DarkHunter
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': In the backstory, the incredibly advanced Ancient Ones fought a titanic war against beings known as the Outsiders, who are thought to come from another universe and who appeared in massive, solar system-sized constructs that began altering physics around them and eating up resources like nothing ever seen. The Ancient Ones managed to barely destroy ''one'' of these things, which prompted the rest to retreat. The Ancient Ones theorize that those massive things were Outsider scout ships, possibly even non-military in nature. They're not sure why the Outsiders backed off, and are concerned should they ever make another appearance.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': In the backstory, the incredibly advanced Ancient Ones fought a titanic war against beings known as the Outsiders, who are thought to come from another universe and who appeared in massive, solar system-sized constructs that began altering physics around them and eating up resources like nothing ever seen. The Ancient Ones managed to barely destroy ''one'' of these things, which prompted the rest to retreat. The Ancient Ones theorize that those massive things were Outsider scout ships, ships or probes, possibly even non-military non-combative in nature. They're not sure why the Outsiders backed off, and are concerned should they ever make another appearance.
8th Dec '16 5:40:25 PM DarkHunter
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': In the backstory, the incredibly advanced Ancient Ones fought a titanic war against beings known as the Outsiders, who are thought to come from another universe and who appeared in massive, solar system-sized constructs that began altering physics around them and eating up resources like nothing ever seen. The Ancient Ones managed to barely destroy ''one'' of these things, which prompted the rest to retreat. The Ancient Ones theorize that those massive things were Outsider scout ships, possibly even non-military in nature. They're not sure why the Outsiders backed off, and are concerned should they ever make another appearance.
8th Dec '16 5:34:14 PM DarkHunter
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** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the human military thinks they will defeat the Zentraedi because they don't realize just how massive the alien armada is. And even then, the only reason they were surviving against the scouts was because the scouts were probing humanity's defenses to learn more about them, rather than just stomping them out of existence. [[spoiler:The Macross Beam that humanity is so proud of on the eponymous ship? ''Half the Zentraedi warships have one.'' They just weren't using them.]] Also, the mighty fleet they ''barely'' managed to defeat was the ''114th fleet'': there are many others out there, and could show up any time.

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** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the human military thinks they will defeat the Zentraedi because they don't realize just how massive the alien armada is. And even then, the only reason they were surviving against the scouts was because the scouts were probing humanity's defenses to learn more about them, rather than just stomping them out of existence. [[spoiler:The Macross Beam that humanity is so proud of on the eponymous ship? ''Half the Zentraedi warships have one.'' They just weren't using them.]] Also, the mighty fleet they ''barely'' managed to defeat was the ''114th fleet'': there are many others out there, and could show up any time. Though later series don't make as big a deal about it, it's implied that encounters and wars with roving Zentraedi fleets are very common occurrences as they expand throughout the galaxy, only being minor conflicts by virtue of the Zentraedi not being a unified army, allowing the humans to take them on one by one, and the humans' realization that exposure to culture tends to stop them dead in their tracks.
13th Nov '16 5:25:51 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The first Menos Grande seen in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is the first really challenging fight that Ichigo faces. He couldn't even beat it on his own at the time and he and Ishida worked together to destroy it. Much later, Ichigo is disturbed when he learns that Gillian class Menos like the one he fought are mere foot soldiers in Hueco Mundo.
** After Hitsugaya's group wins against the first group of Arrancars, although Grimmjow is winning against Ichigo until he's forced to withdraw, Hitsugaya points out that the ones they killed are most likely not the elites.

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* The first Menos Grande seen in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is the first really challenging fight that Ichigo faces. He couldn't even beat it on his own at the time and he and Ishida worked together ''just to destroy it.make it retreat''. Much later, Ichigo is disturbed when he learns that Gillian class Menos like the one he fought are mere foot soldiers in Hueco Mundo.
** After Hitsugaya's group wins against the first group of Arrancars, although Grimmjow is winning against Ichigo until he's forced to withdraw, Hitsugaya points out that the ones they killed are most likely not the elites. In another scene, Aizen confirms this by saying those were the weakest of the arrancar.
31st Oct '16 4:19:08 PM cybertoy0
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* Early in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}, the titular character has to get past a pack of Troll Kongs- giant, four-armed, ''monster apes.'' The first one Toriko encounters is just a scout, and while its no match for our hero, it barfs on Toriko, leaving our hero smelling like the much weaker, ''far less dangerous'' Troll Kong. Which means Toriko can't intimidate the rest of the pack.
22nd Sep '16 9:02:53 PM TheSinful
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** The Burning Legion, while dangerous, has been driven off multiple times by the forces of Azeroth, even killing most of its highest ranking commanders. The ''Legion'' expansion aptly demonstrates how little that matters. Not only has Azeroth only ever faced a tiny fraction of the Legion's forces, but none of those commanders were permanently killed. And now Azeroth is apparently the ''last'' world left to be conquered so the Burning Legion is focusing all of it's forces on them.
22nd Sep '16 2:18:49 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Remember that giant alien warfleet that was shown obliterating Earth as a side effect of its battle against another in the beginning of the game? A portion of which you're fighting on the new planet you're stranded on? Yeah, that wasn't a real army. It was a bunch of criminals. The heroes are rather disturbed to learn that the force that destroyed Earth and nearly drove humanity to extinction is nothing more than a "run-of-the-mill crime syndicate" in a multi-galaxy-spanning civilization.

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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Remember that giant alien warfleet that was shown obliterating Earth as a side effect of its battle against another in the beginning of the game? A portion of which you're fighting on the new planet you're stranded on? Yeah, that wasn't a real army. It was a bunch of criminals. The heroes are rather disturbed to learn that the force that destroyed Earth and nearly drove humanity to extinction is nothing more than a "run-of-the-mill crime syndicate" in a multi-galaxy-spanning civilization.
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22nd Sep '16 2:06:09 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': Remember that giant alien warfleet that was shown obliterating Earth as a side effect of its battle against another in the beginning of the game? A portion of which you're fighting on the new planet you're stranded on? Yeah, that wasn't a real army. It was a bunch of criminals. The heroes are rather disturbed to learn that the force that destroyed Earth and nearly drove humanity to extinction is nothing more than a "run-of-the-mill crime syndicate" in a multi-galaxy-spanning civilization.
14th Sep '16 8:36:30 PM PaulA
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* In the prequel novels to ''Literature/EndersGame'', the Formics invade with an enormous and powerful starship, which also turns out to be TheMothership to several landers and hundreds of fighters. The invasion is barely stopped with millions dead. Then a girl analyzes astronomical data collected by satellites and realizes it was only a scout ship sent in advance of the real mothership, which is in the process of being cannibalized to build an armada for the real invasion. Of course, since it's a prequel, the outcome is already known.

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* In the prequel novels to ''Literature/EndersGame'', ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels, the Formics invade with an enormous and powerful starship, which also turns out to be TheMothership to several landers and hundreds of fighters. The invasion is barely stopped with millions dead. Then a girl analyzes astronomical data collected by satellites and realizes it was only a scout ship sent in advance of the real mothership, which is in the process of being cannibalized to build an armada for the real invasion. Of course, since it's a prequel, prequel to ''Literature/EndersGame'', the outcome is already known.
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