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6th May '16 2:52:03 PM TheSinful
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* The [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]] in ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' who took the combined efforts of the Titans to defeat whom could each easily destroy the world if not for [[WorfHadTheFlu being weakened in some way]] are revealed to be the minions of the Void Gods who seek to corrupt the entire universe.
6th Apr '16 1:01:21 AM Pichu-kun
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* From ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'': The Blade Breakers are taking on the All-Starz in America. Tyson and Ray easily take down two gimmicky bladers. Then Max's mom reveals that those two bladers were some of their weakest, and the purpose of the battle was to gather data.

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* From ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'': ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'': The Blade Breakers are taking on the All-Starz in America. Tyson and Ray easily take down two gimmicky bladers. Then Max's mom reveals that those two bladers were some of their weakest, and the purpose of the battle was to gather data.
18th Mar '16 10:46:52 AM ChronoLegion
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* A downplayed example in ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence''. In the [[Film/IndependenceDay first film]], humanity barely survives the alien onslaught and manages to destroy the alien fleet at great cost. Come the sequel 20 years later, a new, much larger, alien armada is on the way to put down the upstart humans, possibly implying that the first one was just a small flotilla by the alien standards.
7th Mar '16 4:44:22 AM ChronoLegion
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** The third game also reveals that [[spoiler:there is no possible way the combined forces of the galaxy can hope to defeat the entire Reaper armada, despite reverse-engineering some of their tech. The only way to stop them is with the Crucible]].
7th Mar '16 4:36:06 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'', the mightiest battle fleet of the entire known space is attacked by an unknown aggressor, who deals them heavy damage before being taken down. It turns out, however, that said "aggressor" was a ''mere'' scout of the super-advanced Geometer civilization.

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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'', the mightiest battle fleet of the entire known space is attacked by an unknown aggressor, who deals them heavy damage before being taken down. It turns out, however, that said "aggressor" was a ''mere'' scout of the super-advanced Geometer civilization. To be fair, though, the Geometers don't have warships ''per se'', but they have a good number of such scout ships.
6th Mar '16 1:33:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''TheStarsAreColdToys'', the mightiest battle fleet of the entire known space is attacked by an unknown aggressor, who deals them heavy damage before being taken down. It turns out, however, that said "aggressor" was a ''mere'' scout of the super-advanced Geometer civilization.

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''TheStarsAreColdToys'', Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'', the mightiest battle fleet of the entire known space is attacked by an unknown aggressor, who deals them heavy damage before being taken down. It turns out, however, that said "aggressor" was a ''mere'' scout of the super-advanced Geometer civilization.



* In AesopsFables, a lion is hit by an arrow, and runs away from the man who shot him. A fox, seeing this, makes fun of him, and the Lion retorts, "Yes, I'm retreating. If he's sending a messenger like this, just think how tough the man himself must be!"

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* In AesopsFables, Literature/AesopsFables, a lion is hit by an arrow, and runs away from the man who shot him. A fox, seeing this, makes fun of him, and the Lion retorts, "Yes, I'm retreating. If he's sending a messenger like this, just think how tough the man himself must be!"



* Happens in ''SonicChronicles''. The first Marauder that Sonic encounters is only a scout. Sonic expects an easy fight, only for the scout to turn out to be a difficult boss (well, difficult for a first level boss).

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* Happens in ''SonicChronicles''.''VideoGame/SonicChronicles''. The first Marauder that Sonic encounters is only a scout. Sonic expects an easy fight, only for the scout to turn out to be a difficult boss (well, difficult for a first level boss).
3rd Mar '16 8:21:37 AM 20person
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* ''Fanfic/EventHorizonStormOfMagic'': Applies to the Company's colonies in relation to the lands they're located in. At one point, Fred boasts to the Small Council that their little colony has a higher GDP and industrial output than the rest of the Seven Kingdoms combined.
4th Feb '16 12:10:48 PM Classified
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* The intro to the ''Alien Crossfire'' ExpansionPack to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' shows two Progenitor ships warping into orbit and proceeding to blast each other to bits, with only their {{Escape Pod}}s making it to the planet. The survivors turn out to be equal to the long-established human colonies. The aliens have an additional victory type, requiring them to build a SubsoaceAnsible, after which a ''massive'' armada warps into orbit and starts to descend. Understandably, the game ends at that point.

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* The intro to the ''Alien Crossfire'' ExpansionPack to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' shows two Progenitor ships warping into orbit and proceeding to blast each other to bits, with only their {{Escape Pod}}s making it to the planet. The survivors turn out to be equal to the long-established human colonies. The aliens have an additional victory type, requiring them to build a SubsoaceAnsible, SubspaceAnsible, after which a ''massive'' armada warps into orbit and starts to descend. Understandably, the game ends at that point.
24th Jan '16 2:38:49 PM hollow49
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* At the end of ''Mutineer's Moon'', the first book in David Weber's "Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes" series, there is an Apocalyptic space-battle on the fringes of Earth's solar system between human beings and a race of alien {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Hundreds of thousands of humans die, and Terran civilization is nearly wiped out, but eventually the good guys win. And its only then, in the last pages of the book, that it is discovered that the invasion fleet humanity nearly lost to was only a scouting force, and the ''real'' invasion fleet (with a thousand times the number of battleships than the fleet that just attacked Earth) is still coming.

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* At the end of ''Mutineer's Moon'', the first part of ''The Armageddon Inheritance'', the second book in David Weber's "Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes" series, there is an Apocalyptic space-battle on the fringes of Earth's solar system between human beings and a race of alien {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Hundreds of thousands of humans die, and Terran civilization is nearly wiped out, but eventually the good guys win. And its only then, in the last pages of the book, that it is discovered that the invasion fleet humanity nearly lost to was only a scouting force, and the ''real'' invasion fleet (with a thousand times the number of battleships than the fleet that just attacked Earth) is still coming.
2nd Jan '16 11:40:05 AM ultimomant
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* At the start of ''DragonBallZ'', when Raditz arrives to Earth, it takes the combined efforts of Piccolo and Goku, some help from Gohan, and even a HeroicSacrifice from Goku to kill him. During his last moments, Raditz tells of his two stronger companions, who will come to Earth in a year.

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* At the start of ''DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Raditz arrives to Earth, it takes the combined efforts of Piccolo and Goku, some help from Gohan, and even a HeroicSacrifice from Goku to kill him. During his last moments, Raditz tells of his two stronger companions, who will come to Earth in a year.



* In one issue of {{Superman}}, Superman has been training for weeks and had to team up with [[OverlordJr the son of one his enemies]] to fight Imperiex. After a hard battle, Superman wins the battle and thinks Imperiex is through and goes home. Sometime later we find out that "Imperiex" was just a probe and that Imperiex Prime was a gigantic version of the thing Superman fought.

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* In one issue of {{Superman}}, ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', Superman has been training for weeks and had to team up with [[OverlordJr the son of one his enemies]] to fight Imperiex. After a hard battle, Superman wins the battle and thinks Imperiex is through and goes home. Sometime later we find out that "Imperiex" was just a probe and that Imperiex Prime was a gigantic version of the thing Superman fought.


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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': A group of Cloud Gremlins take control of a storm cloud and attempt to invade the weather factory of Cloudsdale. Since the storm cloud is protected by dark magic, it takes a bit of teamwork from Rainbow Dash and Rodan to destroy it. Before they can celebrate, a cloud about 5 times bigger than the first carrying the main Cloud Gremlin force arrives, and the first group even mentions they were just the scouts.
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